Foster dog Maxxie was adopted this past Saturday
Foster dog Maxxie was adopted this past Saturday
BILL ANNOUNCES: Straydog Radio Show covering the events of Saturday, September 5, 2015. Bill and Juana here in the van on the way back from Tyler, where we just dropped off big dog James. We already talked about that on our Friday show. Here’s Juana with the Saturday report. Go ahead, Juana, you hold the mike.
JUANA: Yes, Bill. It was a very, very sad morning at Straydog. I spent the night at the shelter to help our overnight crewmember, David Ford, take care of Zack and James. Zack had surgery to remove his leg earlier that week and then on Friday we went to get big dog James. He came home to Straydog for the weekend. I went to pick James up at the clinic on Friday, so I could learn how to care for him. I needed to know how to feed him and give him his medicine.
Around 9:30 p.m., I was checking on Zack and changing his bedding and talking to David. I was giving Zack water, because he wasn’t moving very much. I also gave him his medicine. He drank a lot of water and raised his head and looked at us. I guess that was goodbye. I realize that now. It was a sad look and he looked right at us. He seemed fine. As far as I could tell, he wasn’t breathing hard or panting and he seemed comfortable. He passed away around 11:30 that night. I had just gone back to the little trailer, where David and I were taking care of Zack and James. It was so sad and so unexpected. I thought he would pull through. He was such a strong dog. He never stopped eating and he never stopped fighting. He wasn’t using his leg, but I guess it was just too much for him. I thought he would have made it. Lisa’s Big Boy was old and fragile, when the same thing happened to him years ago, and he made it. It might have been the weight on Zack. I just don’t know. He passed away. Rest in peace, our Zacky-boy. I am so sorry that this happened to him. He was such a great dog.
Big puppy James did well. He didn’t vomit and he was taking his medicine and eating. He was going outside and he was doing well.
Almost every Saturday we attend an adoption event. David Rentz and our wonderful volunteers were going to an Adoption Day event at Petsmart in Mesquite. David was taking Chester, Patrick, Miss B and Genie. Genie was kind of scared, but she needs to find a forever home. She’s such a wonderful little black dog. She’s a Cocker Spaniel/Lab dog mix and she’s just an adorable baby. We also had a home visit scheduled for Mariela. She was adopted and she went to a good forever home. We got a full report and pictures of that from David. Like I said, Mariela was adopted but none of the other dogs were. Sometimes it just takes a long time to find good forever homes. We will just have to give it time.
Back at our shelter, we were shorthanded again. Maci, George Jr., Wayne and I were the only workers. I hired four girls about a week or so ago and I thought that we would have plenty of help. Shelby normally works on Saturday, but she asked if she could take time off and go to Oklahoma this weekend. It was Labor Day weekend and she didn’t have school on Monday. Little did I know that none of the new girls would show up. We still did everything that we normally do and the dogs were happy.
We also had a visit from two of Stacey’s friends. They were interested in Marcela. I thought it was so cool. Mariela had a home visit and Marcela had people interested in her on the same day. Mariela and Marcela were rescued together and they are so very sweet. They are full grown and so friendly and they are potty trained. Stacey’s friends came to meet Marcela. They said that they were thinking about bringing their other dog to meet Marcela later on that day. Later that day, they texted Stacey and said that they would pass on Marcela.
In addition to having such a sad day and losing Zack that day, we also found more dogs with ringworm, to top it off. A few days ago, we noticed that Newly had them. Then on Saturday we noticed that Quinn had ringworm. We had to put her in quarantine. I asked Maci to stop walks, while we checked out all of the dogs. Then later Saturday, we noticed that C-Stat had ringworm.
BILL: How many dogs have ringworm?
JUANA: Polly has ringworm sores for the second time this year. Newly, Quinn, and C-Stat have them. Portia still has them. MJ and Judy have them too, but Judy is almost clear. That was seven. I will jump ahead and tell you that we found ringworm on Noel on Monday. That makes eight dogs in quarantine. It’s scattered around the shelter. It’s not all in one place. We are bleaching all of the kennels again. We stopped walks for two days. I am disappointed, but it’s not that bad. We were almost done with the dreaded ringworm, but now there are a few more dogs with ringworm.
We followed our normal routine on Saturday.
Annie was barely walking on Saturday. I increased her medicine and decided that, if she didn’t get any better by Monday, we would take her to the vet. Morton Clinic is getting like us and they are always open. I was going to give her until Monday and see if she was better. I know that she has very bad arthritis on her front shoulder. That’s how Honey started and she ended up having an osteosarcoma and the same thing happened to Zack. We lost Zack like that too. I don’t want to start messing with her leg. I don’t even want to talk about the dogs we lost recently. I hope that Annie just has a bruise.
BILL: I guess that we already reported that we dropped big dog James at the Starnes Clinic in Tyler with Dr. Lay and we will have a report on that on the Tuesday show.
We’ll be back again tomorrow with another report from Straydog.
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BILL ANNOUNCES: Straydog Radio Show covering the events of Thursday, September 3, 2015. Bill and Juana here early Friday morning and we are doing yesterday’s report. Go ahead Juana; start us off.
JUANA: Yes, Bill. It was a good day. We didn’t get any bad news, like we did on Wednesday. Everybody is hanging in there and we are still struggling with finding a worker or crewmember. A lot of people just can’t handle this kind of work. We were supposed to have two people here today and they didn’t show. On Thursday, Morgan and Bree were here. Bree left at 11:00 and she said it was her last day. She just couldn’t do it. She’s the one with a baby. Her sister Morgan is planning to come back, but only for four-hour shifts. But she asked for a few days off and she wasn’t here. And Lacy is working Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. I hope that she will be here on Sunday. She came all last week, so I am confident that she will be here. Courtney went to the hospital yesterday and she texted me this morning. She was going back to the hospital today. She’s not over her illness. She’s running fever and vomiting. She has a good attitude. She’s just very fragile. She needs to get stronger or the dogs will pull her everywhere. She’s very sweet and nice to the dogs and the dogs really like her. I just don’t know if she will be able to make it.
We were training Morgan to work in the kennels and we were planning on training the other girls to do the dogs’ walks. We haven’t had any luck and we don’t have any designated walkers, except for poor Stephanie and Maci. And Maci only works the weekends. I need to train somebody else to do walks. Since Morgan plans to stay with us, but only for half days, that will give us a good head start on the dogs’ walks until she leaves. We can start walks right after we feed the dogs. If she leaves at 10:30 or 11:00, at least half of the dogs will have already gotten their walks. That would make it much easier for us to cover walks. If we don’t have enough people to finish the kennels or caregiving, then George and I can help finish the walks. We will have finished our morning chores of feeding the hospital dogs, giving out medicine and making runs to the vet. We just have to make sure that someone will take care of walks after Morgan leaves. We trained her to do walks yesterday and she did pretty well. She made it through last week and she learned to do the kennels quickly. She’s a strong girl and she’s a CNA. She works at a nursing home in Mabank and she wanted to do something different.
BILL: Okay, we’re back. Juana where were we?
JUANA: We were with Cesar in the park. I was telling you that we were training Morgan to do walks in the morning and Stephanie was training her. When Morgan left, I took over walks. The grass had gotten so tall and we were so shorthanded. I decided that we had to dedicate the afternoon to cutting the grass and weed-eating and doing as much as we could. We couldn’t even find the poopers in the park and in the kennels. We got a lot of the grass cut. Brianna was here in the morning and the crew finished kennels early and we dedicated the afternoon to mowing and weed-eating. It won’t take any time to finish what’s left to do inside the big fence.
We got good pictures of Cesar playing with his soccer ball in the park. It’s not a soccer ball. It’s a huge ball, but he likes to play soccer. He’s amazing! He’s blind, but he can hear. He loves to play and he can hear and he can smell his soccer ball.
We got several pictures of Stephanie and Morgan. Morgan was walking the dogs and Stephanie was just helping her and making sure that none of the dogs got away from her.
I was trying to take pictures here, but the camera was messing up. There’s Beto with a baby toy. He was carrying it in his mouth and loving it.
Selena and Luna are sisters. Selena had a ringworm-type fungus in her mouth. She’s all clear and good. Embry is still living indoors, because of the cut that he got last weekend. He’s doing much better and I’ve been thinking of taking him outside today or tomorrow. He still has staples, but we really need the kennel, because Zack might be coming home. And Dr. Lay said he might be sending James home for the weekend. Then I would need two kennels. I need Zack’s kennel for Zack and James’ kennel for James. I might have to put Embry back outside.
Newly has the worst luck ever, poor baby. He was so happy to go to the park and he was so happy to be back in his kennel. He was sick and he had to stay at the clinic for several days. He now has ringworm on his tummy. I took pictures of the big old spots on his tummy. We had to put him in quarantine. He is just so depressed. He’s on top of his shelter and he looks so sad. You can see the bleach bucket there. I went in there and put on my gloves and petted him and gave him some cookies. I doctored his ringworm and I hope it clears up soon. It kills him that he can’t go to the park. We don’t have that many dogs that can’t go to the park, because we have less and less ringworm. That’s a good thing.
There’s Morgan and Stephanie walking dogs back and forth. Here she is bringing blind and deaf Colt, Miss B and Fatso back to their kennel.
We were mowing and weed-eating for the rest of the afternoon. Ronnie was mowing. Stephanie was weed-eating and Wayne was push mowing. I took over walks and I took lots of pictures in the park.
There’s Wup and Annie. Annie is getting old, but she’s doing very well. She loves walks and caregiving time.
We had a visitor. Our volunteer Ms. Polly comes to Straydog every Thursday and this Thursday was no exception. She gave cookies out to the doggies. I asked if I could take her picture with the push mower and she stood next to it. It’s a cute picture.
There’s Brownie and Joe in the park. They really love the park and jumping in and out of the pool. I was having so much fun taking pictures of all of the dogs that I was walking in the park.
There are Marco and Banjo playing. They seem to be fighting. They are so rough and they growl, but they are just playing. Then they jump in the pool. Their kennelmate Tabitha stays away from them. Then the three of them walk back to their kennel together and they get their cookies. Then everybody goes their own way.
The Three Amigos, Fletcher, Jazzie2 and Fritz2 are waiting to go to the park next and there they are.
I didn’t take pictures in the morning. I put Cooper outside and then I brought Luis into H2. I hoped that Cooper would get to outside with Soullie. Cooper is such a loudmouth. His bark echoes through H2. I tried to put him outside and bring Luis inside. The first thing Cooper did was jump on top of his shelter and get on top of the tarp. I had to bring Cooper inside and put Luis back outside. I just wanted to cut down on the noise in H2.
BILL: Can you find another kennel for him outside?
JUANA: It would have to be a kennel with a top on it, like Sam’s kennel. Cooper is a jumper.
I called Morton Clinic and asked how Zack was this morning. They said he was doing better. I would feel better if he was at Straydog. He gets so nervous, when he’s not at Straydog. He knows his kennel and his bed and his routine here and that’s where he feels secure. We brought him home and he couldn’t walk. We had to leave him in the crate and untie the bottom of the crate, so we could lift him up and try to walk him. He only took one step or two and Ronnie picked him up. We put him in a temporary kennel and we put a blanket in there. We left him there for a little while. We hugged him and kissed him. We could tell that he wasn’t feeling well, but he seemed to be more relaxed at being back home. We struggled to get him inside and we had his kennel and his bed ready for him.
Zack did not want to eat very much. We fed him canned food on Thursday and he only ate a few bites for our overnight crewmember David. I hope that his pain medicine kicks in and he will start feeling better soon. I know he’s in pain. We will take it day by day. It’s too soon to tell if he will be able to walk or not. I remember that Big Boy’s surgery was similar and he struggled so much. We were afraid to do it for Big Boy, because he was so old and we didn’t think that he would make it with three legs. But he did and I hope Zack will too, because he has such a strong will.
BILL: Let’s hope. We’ll be back again tomorrow with another report from Straydog.
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