It's always such a pleasure when an older dog finds a forever home. That's what has happened to Bernie and we are all so happy for him. Last weekend at the 2016 RV Supershow Bernie crossed paths with his new mom Wendee and today he was adopted. Bernie now has a buddy named Scotty and they get along just great together.
Our dear friend David Bonski has always had a special place in his heart for Bernie and he is just thrilled that he has found a family to love him. A very special thank you to Wendee and her husband Patrick for bringing Bernie into their home.
BILL ANNOUNCES: Straydog Radio Show covering the events of Thursday, September 22, 2016. Bill and Juana here with the Thursday report.
JUANA: September 22 is actually the birthday of two of my sons. They are both named Jose, but everyone knows them as Roberto and Gordie and they were both born on the same day.
BILL: Happy Birthday, Jose and Jose!
JUANA: They were born on the same day, six years apart.
It was a good day at our shelter. We finally had enough people to work in the kennels and give the dogs more caregiving time. Tyler finished Ebony and Nelson’s shelter. He worked on their porch roof today. We got several pictures of kennel work.
While Maci was working in George-dog’s kennel and she was cleaning his pool. George was running around. Maci was laughing at him and hugging him. He always wants to be hugged. It’s such a good picture.
Catherine was the walker in Pat Arnold Park. She was about to take Fatso, Miss B and blind and deaf Colt to the park. You can see that Fatso and Miss B were all excited and ready to go. This morning Colt wasn’t ready to go. He was sound asleep. He has a great sense of smell. He smelled her right away and he was ready to go to the park. It is amazing, how well he can smell.
BILL: We heard a special on the radio yesterday. Dogs can smell so much better than humans. They have millions more receptors and they have stereo nostrils. Each nostril is separate and they can tell which direction the smell is coming from. He gets his pictures of the world, basically through his nose. He can also feel.
JUANA: We were talking about the fact that all of the dogs need their sense of smell more than their sight or hearing. They don’t hear as well as they can smell.
BILL: This poor guy can’t see or hear, but his sense of smell is amazing.
JUANA: Lacie came to help us and she trimmed some of our dogs. We have some long-haired babies inside. They looked so nice, when Lacie finished them. She trimmed Angel2. She’s a Shih Tzu and Lacie trimmed her face and she looked so pretty.
Lacie was working on Peanut there and she’s looking pretty good.
Melanie used to work for us and she came to Straydog to volunteer with Lacie that morning. She helped check our dogs and trim nails. When Lacie comes to Straydog, we do a lot more doctoring and extra things that we can’t normally do. We just don’t have the time. Last week, when our vet came to Straydog and vaccinated our dogs, she found that a lot of our dogs’ ears were infected and she sent us some BNT. Melanie and Lacie treated five dogs with ear infections with the BNT. One of them was Snickers. Marco and Noel also had infections. I didn’t get pictures of all of them.
This is Winston with Storm and Thunder.
Winston is still with them and they are all doing so well. I’m not sure when we took Storm to the vet. I know that before Dr. Dumeyer vaccinated the dogs, she, Lacie and the new vet tech Ashley examined all of the dogs. The doctor found that Storm had another tumor in her throat. We took her to the vet the very next day and it can’t be removed. It has gone completely down her throat. There’s no way to get it all out. It started about two years ago, when she had a cancerous tumor on her gums and the doctor removed that one. It hasn’t come back until now. Now it is all of the way down her throat and they can’t take it out. She’s doing well. She’s eating and acting okay. The doctor sent her home with antibiotics. We will just have to keep her comfortable until she’s ready to go. We will know, when it’s time. She’ll stop eating and she’ll slow down. We’ll know then what to do. In the meantime, she’s playing and eating and we will just give her all of the love that we can.
Ranger had a bad episode about a month or so ago and he’s come back. He’s about 95% or more and he’s doing very well. He hasn’t had any more seizures. He is still living indoors and he’s eating very well. He and Beauty run to the park by themselves. Their kennelmate Shep passed away and it’s only Beauty and Ranger now.
We did a lot of caregiving and doctoring. Jacob was the walker in the Shirley Olsen Beemer Park. We checked MoMo and Aggie for ringworm. Aggie never got ringworm, but her kennelmate MoMo had it for about four months. He was the first one to start it and the last one to be healed. We got them out of quarantine and they went to the park. We took a ton of pictures of them in the park, because it’s been so long since they went to the park. They were running and playing. MoMo almost didn’t know what to do, because he was so excited to be in the park and it’s been so long since he’s been there. It was the cutest thing. They are amazing dogs.
It was Thursday and our volunteer Polly came to Straydog as she usually does. She doesn’t stay as long as she used to. She’s in her mid-80s and she has so much to do. She goes around the neighborhood and feeds stray cats. She has about three kitties in her own house and two dogs. She still comes to Straydog to volunteer every Thursday and she still cooks for us. She’s amazing and we all love her. She always brings a cake or a pie or cookies or fudge that she makes for us. Her son rescued Beretta. He was driving and he accidentally hit Beretta. He took her to Morton Clinic and paid all of her bills, because she bruised her pelvis. She had been at Morton’s for a long time and we brought her to Straydog and put her in a temporary kennel.
We decided to introduce her to Mickey. I had Mickey and Ronnie had Beretta. It was amazing! They started running and playing. She’s heartworm negative and her hip is better. These dogs are both so very friendly and they ran all over the park and had so much fun together. I called Polly to come to H2 and see them.
Polly’s son felt so badly and he wanted to adopt Beretta. But he already had two big German Shepherds and he couldn’t. I told Polly to tell her son that Beretta was in a good place. She has recovered and she’s healthy and happy and she has a friend. We had to move Ranger and Beauty indoors and we moved Travis and Maria to Ranger and Beauty’s kennel. Then we had to remove Travis and Maria’s kennel because the electric company trimmed a tree and it was in danger of falling over onto their kennel. We had to remove the entire kennel, while we had someone cut the tree. The guys fixed the kennel and we had this kennel available, so we put Beretta and Mickey there.
BILL: We’ll be back soon with another report from Straydog.
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BILL ANNOUNCES: Straydog Radio Show covering the events of Wednesday, September 21, 2016. Good morning, Juana. What happened on Wednesday, the 21st?
JUANA: It was another busy day and a good day. We didn’t take a lot of pictures, because we were really busy and shorthanded. Ronnie had to do walks again. He was the walker in the Shirley Olsen Beemer Park.
Maci and Wayne were working in kennels.
It’s been months since we placed Elizabeth with Rose. It didn’t work out, because Rose’s dog jumped on Elizabeth and Elizabeth reacted. Rose has been thinking about trying again, because she really loves Elizabeth. Rose wants another chance and she wants to try again. She is going to doggie training and she was going to separate the rooms. We considered this second try, because we haven’t had enough adoptions and we don’t have the room for all of the dogs we currently have. Our shelter is too full. Poor Elizabeth has been living in a big crate and she goes outside every two hours. I don’t have an outside kennel available for her. I knew that Rose really loves her and she really wanted to try again. I thought we should try it again, because it might work or it might not, but we will know that we tried. It’s the situation that we are in and I know that Rose has waited for Elizabeth for a long time and she waited through Elizabeth’s heartworm treatment. This morning we took Elizabeth to Morton Clinic, because she wouldn’t let us brush her and her hair was very long. She’s a Chow. The staff at Morton’s had to give her a little anesthesia, in order to trim her hair. They worked on her and made her pretty, because Rose was going to come to Straydog to pick her up.
Tyler has been working on Nelson and Ebony’s kennel. He already put the sides on it and he painted it. The only thing left to do was put a porch roof on it.
We didn’t get a lot of pictures of Rose with Elizabeth. David and I had to put the crate on the ground to get Elizabeth out of the van. Elizabeth was still sleepy, when she got back from Morton Clinic. Rose was so very happy to pick Elizabeth up and we wish them both the best of luck on their second try. Rose has a plan and she knows what to do.
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BILL ANNOUNCES: Straydog Radio Show covering the events of Tuesday, September 20, 2016. Happy Birthday to my brother Tom, who is 70 years old today.
JUANA: Happy Birthday, Tom! It was a good day and there was such a beautiful sunrise this morning! This is a beautiful, beautiful picture.
We are still rebuilding and fixing the dogs’ shelters. This time we were fixing Nelson and Ebony’s shelter. It’s been a long time, since it was fixed. It was Scottie’s shelter a long time ago. It was so badly rotted that Tyler couldn’t save any of it. It was just falling apart and it was in bad shape. He had to start over. You can see the big hole in the floor.
We had a full crew and everybody worked very hard. Maci and Wayne were the kennel workers, Jacob was the walker in Pat Arnold Park and Ronnie was the walker in the Shirley Olsen Beemer Park. We were shorthanded and we had a new employee that Wayne was training. She didn’t even last a week. She couldn’t handle it. I tell everyone that it is a hard job and it’s not for everyone. The weather wasn’t even that bad. It had cooled down some. She hadn’t worked in ten years and she just wasn’t able to do this job. It’s not for everyone and we understand.
Lady and Jackson are senior dogs and I can’t believe it. It seems like only yesterday that they were puppies and running around. We rescued them in 2004 or 2005. Jackson was adopted once and Lady-bug was never adopted. They’ve both torn their ACLs and they’ve both had TPLO operations on both legs. They are now retired, senior dogs and live in H2. They walk slowly. They have their good days and their bad days and they are okay, except for the pain of arthritis.
That was it for today.
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