It was a beautiful day to have an outdoor Adoption Day at Top Golf in Allen Texas. A great time was had by all. Our dogs Patrick, Handsome and Cadet greeted every visitor with hugs and smiles. We did not have any adoptions today but Handsome did have some interest from two different families, both of whom were going to take their golf clubs home and think about adding a possible new family member to their home. Thanks goes to all of our volunteers who came out and helped with the event.
BILL ANNOUNCES: Straydog Radio Show covering the events of Saturday, October 10, 2015. Bill and Juana here early Monday morning with the Saturday report. Let’s talk about what happened on Saturday. I was there too.
JUANA: We both were here bright and early and we had a full crew. It was a good day. David was also here early. It wasn’t even8:00 in the morning yet. Adoption Day was going to be at Top Golf, a big driving range in Allen, Texas. They set up a booth and a tent and tables to sell raffle tickets. We only sold about 15 raffle tickets, but it was good exposure. We want to thank all of our volunteers and everybody, who set this up for us. Our dogs really enjoyed it!
There are pictures of David leashing Mr. Handsome and then I took Cadet to the van. Copper really wanted to go, but he didn’t go. David already had Patrick in the van. He got him in the van, before we got the camera going. Our wonderful Adoption Day volunteers and David and Tom and Linda went to Top Golf with Handsome, Patrick and Cadet on Saturday.
I want to report on the kitty that we rescued about two weeks. Emma named him Cupcake. He’s doing so well and his ear is healing. All of the black, dead skin is falling off and we can see the new skin. We don’t know if it’s a boy or girl yet, but we think it’s a boy. Paladin, the smallest dog at our house, and Cupcake get along so well and I put them together. Three of our dogs, Freddie, Maya and Patches, don’t like cats. BamBam likes cats and so does Paladin. I think Connie would be okay with cats, but I don’t know. We separate the kitty from our other dogs, when he is at our house, and we put him in our big bathroom. Paladin has been staying in there with him at feeding time and playtime. It’s so much fun to watch Cupcake and Paladin tussling and playing. The kitty is doing so well. He’s eating and drinking and using the litter box and he’s doing so well. I left them outside in the temporary kennel and they played until they got tired. Then I brought them back inside. They had a fun day at Straydog.
Jacob was the walker of the day. He had a little trouble with Charlie. When we take Charlie to the park and he’s not ready to go back, he puts his four foot brakes on and he won’t go. Shelby was trying to coax Charlie into coming. He listened and started following Shelby. Then he would stop and go back. They finally had to carry him back to his kennel. He’s our dog with Muscular Dystrophy and he enjoys his life here at Straydog. He’s doing very well and he’s eating well.
There’s Blondie and Tobi. When our crew was working in kennels, I asked them to water the trees. Some of them are starting to dry up. We raked around the trees and made little moats around them, so they would hold water.
I want to report on our newest rescue. Dr. Glover brought Sally to us, because they couldn’t keep her. I have been keeping her in Hospital One. The doctor told me that she loved being outside and she preferred to come inside at night to sleep. We discovered that she can fetch. Shelby started tossing balls to her and she would bring them back. She’s so cute and she’s very docile. She’s still scared and she’s afraid of this whole situation. It’s all new to her, but she had a good time in the park. We’ve been sweet-talking to her and coaxing her and telling her that she’s going to be okay. She’s eating and that’s a good sign. She’s eating, going to the bathroom, sniffing and playing. She’s doing very well. We will take her to Adoption Day soon. She’s a very, very good dog, but she might have to be the only dog in the household. We will try introducing her to a male dog and see if she could get along with a male dog. We will do that soon and report on that too.
Jacob was doing walks and Maci was checking all of the dogs for ringworm during caregiving. There aren’t any new cases and blind and deaf Colt is doing much better. Judy is almost clear, so we have almost everybody out of quarantine. Brian has a skin rash and it’s not that bad. It’s a little red. He has skin allergies and they come and go. He’s had trouble with this all of his life. We put a little Animax on it and cleaned it up. He loves the swimming pool and he gets all muddy. We tried to clean the sand off of him and doctor him. He’s a good boy and he looks so good. In the past, we’ve had to crate him, because we couldn’t keep weight on him. But he is now running free and exercising. We haven’t had to crate him and he has maintained his weight. He’s not on three meals a day anymore. He only gets two meals a day. It might just be that he’s getting older and his metabolism is slowing down. Like the rest of us, he’s getting plump.
There’s a black widow spider. We were about to take Portia to the park and we always use that gate. It was right near the latch. Luckily, George Jr. noticed that it was on the gate or it might have bitten him. George has great vision and he saw it and jumped away. We got some stuff to kill it and we removed the eggs. We’ve seen more black widows this year than we have in past years. We’ve seen a lot of them this year. Luckily, none of the dogs have been bitten. At least there weren’t any that we know about. After we got rid of the spider, we brought Portia to the Beemer park. She knows her routine. She runs to the park and she plays and she sniffs. She’s doing very well.
Jacob was in park one, which was Ms. Pat’s park. That was the original big play yard. There he is picking up poopers.
There's Blondie was smiling.
Blind Cesar was playing with his ball.
Shelby was giving out cookies. Roscoe was in the park and he was asking her for a cookie. She was walking towards David and Wayne.
Shelby went in there with Wayne and David. Wayne is sweet, but David is the crazy one. He jumps on you. You have to be careful or he will bump your nose. They look like twins, but Wayne is a little shorter and a little fatter. David is skinnier and taller. Or, you could go in there, and the one that jumps on your face is David.
I feel so badly for Purtis. The doctor removed all of his knots. Like Big Boy, who had the lumps on his throat and he couldn’t drink water, Purtis is feeling poorly. He can barely walk and his leg is so swollen. I take off his ecollar and I hand feed him with a fork and he’s eating well. He’s taking his medicine and eating liver. David, our overnight crewmember, has had trouble feeding him. He wouldn’t eat for David twice at night. George suggested that we remove his ecollar, before we feed him, and that we use a fork to feed him. Then he will eat. He has to wear the ecollar, because he was messing with the stitches on his leg. We don’t want it to get infected or have him take out his stitches. I walk Purtis around the park and he’s hanging in there.
I didn’t get a photo of James, but he has diarrhea. He shouldn’t have that problem, because he takes Metronidazole twice a day. I will call Dr. James and we’ll find out what is happening with James. It might be that the puppy food is too rich for him, but we’ll see.
BILL: We’ll be back again tomorrow with another report from Straydog.
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BILL ANNOUNCES: Straydog Radio Show covering the events of Friday, October 9, 2015. Bill and Juana here and it is early Saturday morning in Hospital No. 1 at Straydog. We are doing yesterday’s report. Go ahead Juana, what happened Friday?
JUANA: Friday was a very busy day.
BILL: I was here early in the morning. I walked the H1 dogs.
JUANA: We had a full crew, thank goodness. Stephanie has completely recovered from being sick last week. She missed a lot of work last week and we were shorthanded. She came back on Thursday. Excuse me, I’ve got the hiccups and I am cold. It’s cold this morning.
BILL: It was about 59 degrees at 6 a.m., when we arrived.
JUANA: Connor is usually off on Friday and Jacob had to go out of town. He asked if he could be off on Friday. I asked Stephanie to work on Friday, which is usually her day off, and cover for Jacob. Stephanie, Maci, George Jr., Wayne, Bill and I were here.
Maci was the walker of the day. We have great pictures of big, handsome, blind doggie Cesar in the park. You can’t even tell that our disabled dogs are disabled. They know their routines and they know everything that is going on, especially Cesar. He is blind, but he’s not deaf, and he can hear. He isn’t at a disadvantage. He doesn’t miss anything. He knows what he’s doing and he doesn’t run into stuff, unless we move things. He extends his feet as he steps, like a German goose step, and sticks his feet way out to feel his way. That’s how the Germans marched and that’s how Colt walks too. There’s Maci taking Cesar back to his kennel and giving him a cookie.
We’ve talked about Erika limping. We have been keeping an eye on her and she isn’t limping anymore. She’s a little hefty and she probably needs to be on a diet. The day that George Jr. reported that she was limping, we cut her toenails and we looked for stickers. She must have just strained her leg. She digs and she runs a lot. She and her kennelmate dig into Nelson and Ebony’s kennel and they get a lot of exercise.
Gracie had surgery on her leg on Monday and she came back to Straydog on Tuesday. She’s doing very well. She had the cysts removed from her leg and samples were sent to the lab for testing. We don’t have the results yet, but she’s doing great. We hope it’s not cancer. She runs and plays and barks and takes her cookies.
Pokey is slowing down and he’s an old man. He’s doing well. He enjoys his outings to the park. He can’t eat dry food anymore, but he loves canned food and livers with broth to make them soft. He eats A/D prescription food and that is keeping him in good health.
Stephanie was caregiving Handsome. He is a big handsome boy and that’s why we named him, “Handsome.” He’s a St. Bernard mix and he’s such a beautiful dog. He’s so very friendly. Stephanie was petting him and talking to him and he’s just so cute. He went to Adoption Day today at Top Golf in Allen. We will have a table out there and we’ll sell raffle tickets and tell everyone about our Golf Tournament next week. David took Handsome, Cadet and Patrick. They are very easygoing dogs and they will do a great job of representing Straydog. We hope that people will come out to Top Golf and support us and purchase raffle tickets and sign up to play at our Golf Tournament.
There's Maci bringing Snickers and Big Foot from the park. We’ve been talking about Snickers, because she’s doing something that she’s never done before. She has started to bite people. She bit Connor and then she growled at Stephanie. That is very unusual for her. She’s not finishing her food. She’s a little aggressive with her food and she wants to finish it. If we try to pick up her bowl, she will go after it. She doesn’t want anyone to touch it. She’s never done that to Wayne or me, but we have a lot of new people and Snickers will try to get away with it.
BILL: Has Colt’s ringworm cleared up yet? Can he go to the park?
JUANA: No. We take Oreo and Panda to the park during the morning break. They stay in the park for the entire break time. That’s what is happening. He’s taking the middle section right now, but Oreo and Panda know that they go to the park at 8 a.m.
BILL: Fatso was barking, like he was going next.
JUANA: Something is wrong with Snickers and she hasn’t had any blood work done in a long time. The other day, she had bloody stool. I warned everybody that she might have something, like hookworms. Hookworms will make dogs sick and they can’t eat, even though they are hungry. Something is definitely going on with little Snickers and she will be going to the vet.
There are pictures of Wayne caregiving Thunder and Storm. Storm always smiles at the camera, when she is getting brushed. Thunder will dance around hoping that he won’t get brushed. They are senior doggies and they are getting up there in age. They are doing so well.
Little Bear isn’t doing very well, bless his heart. The time is getting closer for both Bear and Jessie. They are both going downhill. Bear had tremendously horrible diarrhea. I’ve never run from diarrhea and this time I couldn’t take it. He messed himself three times and it was really bad. So I bathed him and dried him off and brought him back inside. He amazes me. He’s so strong willed and he won’t give up. He will snap at your hands, if you have a cookie. He eats at feeding time and he never has any problems. He’s very skinny, but I think he’s all muscle. He and Jessie eat a lot and they don’t gain weight. I asked David Ford how Bear did last night and he didn’t have any diarrhea. I hope it was just a bug or a virus.
I was worried about letting Purtis have surgery. I hope he doesn’t have cancer. His legs were so swollen and he had terrible knots and he had surgery to remove them. We brought him home from the clinic on Friday evening. His bottom was purple. It looked like a big bruise. I guess it was from the swelling. The doctor said it would go away. His leg was so swollen this morning and he could barely walk. We will have to take it day by day, like we did with Big Boy. Purtis is a strong boy and I know he will make it. After I fed him, I tried to walk him in the park. He only walked about a quarter of the way and he sat down and he wouldn’t walk any further. I had to carry him back to his kennel. This morning, I was amazed, because he walked around.
BILL: He walked around the park and he slowed down on the way back in. I could have picked him up, but I coaxed him into walking back.
JUANA: We will just have to take it day by day with our little Purtis.
We had a visitor. We keep saying that we don’t have any room for any more dogs and we can’t accept any more dogs. But sometimes, we just have to make an exception and this was a special case. This is Sally. She was living with a doctor’s family, but she was in a tough situation. The doctor plans to become a Straydog donor and he didn’t have any options for Sally. The doctor didn’t want to put her to sleep, because she’s such a sweet dog. But she fought with his other dogs and they almost lost another little dog and his wife was in tears. We took Sally from him and we told him that we would try to find a good home for her. I thought we would try her with a male dog, when I get to know her better, and see if she could get along with a male dog. If that doesn’t work, she might have to be a single dog. She’s only about 45 pounds. She’s an Aussie. She’s a white, fluffy dog and she’s beautiful. She’s potty trained and she walks on a leash. She’s very sweet with people. She’s just an alpha dog. We will introduce her to everyone through Petfinder and possibly Adoption Day. She’s been spayed and micro-chipped and she’s had all of her shots. I moved Tuffy closer to Bunny in the front and I used Sandy’s crate in the back for her. She was very nervous and she was crying. It was a very sad situation.
BILL: We’ll be back soon with another report from Straydog.
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