Our Senior Girl Hannah Was Adopted Today!
BILL ANNOUNCES: Straydog Radio Show covering the events of Wednesday, December 7, 2016. This is Bill and Juana here with the Wednesday report. It was another cold day and we have pictures of our crew draining the hoses.
JUANA: It was another cold day and we knew that Thursday was going to be another freezing cold morning. Half of our crewmembers are new and they haven't worked here in the winter. After our crew did their morning chores and they finished the kennel work, we taught our new crewmembers about what it is like to work here in the winter. We have already told them about this, but now they were actually getting to do it. We have to drain the hoses. Maci was showing Caragan how we leave the faucets dripping and we hang up the end of the hoses and then we walk on them, to make sure that there isn’t any water in them.
We don’t want the hoses to freeze, when they are full of water. Even though the hoses can be frozen in the morning, we wait until it’s a little warmer to try and use them. We do our caregiving first and it’s much easier on our hands and our bodies to do the kennel work later in the day. The dogs enjoy caregiving, no matter what time of day they get it. Obviously, after we feed our dogs and pick up poop, we carry a stick with us or we use the end of a shovel to break the ice in the water buckets, so our dogs can have some water. We didn’t get any pictures of us doing that on this day, but I am sure we will get an opportunity to take pictures of that in the future. Our new crewmembers were learning our winter routine that morning.
We talked about how we introduced Wup and Wendy on Tuesday. The reason I wanted to do that show is because that night I had a talk with a lady, who wanted to adopt Leyla a long time ago. We had already done that home visit. This lady is a retired FBI agent and she had my telephone number. She called because a very skinny black Lab/Pit mix came to her ranch and she was feeding him. He was in bad shape and he's very, very sweet. He liked her dogs, but her dogs didn’t like him. She wanted to help this dog and wondered if we could take him. I told her that we didn’t have any space, because we don’t. She asked if she could adopt one of our dogs to make space and she said that she would take care of all of the vet bills for this poor dog. I told her that sometimes that doesn’t work and we don’t ordinarily do this type of exchange, but she really needed help with this dog. She said that she had been looking on Petfinder and she liked Wendy and Hannah and others. I told her that either Wendy or Hannah would be a great choice. They are both so submissive and good and her dogs would probably accept either one of them.
There’s Caragan in the brown coat in the park with Mo.
I asked David to help me with the home visit. The lady and I went through the adoption application that night together. She really wanted to adopt one of our dogs. She really wanted to give one of our dogs a home. I hoped that she would pick Hannah, because Wendy and Wup had just been introduced and they were doing so well together. If she had picked Wendy, it would have been wonderful. But Hannah has never had a home. She’s nine years old and she’s never been chosen. She’s been with us for over five years and she’s still outside. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Hannah could find a home for Christmas and be an indoor girl? David and I went and we took Hannah and Wendy. Hannah shares a kennel with Chubs. There’s Chubby. He looked at me as if to say, “Don’t take my Hannah-banana.” But we did.
There’s Hannah getting in the van.
Then we brought Wendy out.
We went to this lady’s house. She already had four dogs. She’s retired and she lives on a wonderful ranch that she works herself. She has two pet horses, who roam free, and there are ponds on the property. There’s David with the horses. They are friendly.
Everything is fenced and the dogs are fenced separately in the front yard. The dogs go in and out of the house at will.
There’s Ms. Hannah-banana and there’s the lady. Her name is Cindy. She has a wonderful home.
There’s Wendy. Her dogs didn’t like Wendy, but Wendy liked them. So Cindy decided it was Hannah.
We went in the house and she has a bedroom for the dogs. The dogs stayed outside, while Cindy filled out the paperwork. They are all inside dogs and they are all rescues.
They all got along with Hannah and we said our goodbyes.
Cindy said that every morning she walks the ranch with her dogs. The ranch is completely fenced. She walks the dogs off leash and they follow her. Hannah has gone for walks off leash with Cindy and her dogs.
BILL: That’s a long driveway.
JUANA: We brought Wendy home and fed her and then she went back outside with Wup.
It worked out great. Cindy gave us a very nice donation for Murphy, the dog she rescued. He went to Morton Clinic and he had a broken pelvis. Cindy paid Murphy’s vet bill and I just had to help her.
BILL: We are even in the number of dogs we have. We went down one and we went up one. That’s it for the Wednesday report. We’ll be back soon with another report from Straydog.
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BILL ANNOUNCES: Straydog Radio Show covering the events of Tuesday, December 6, 2016. This is Bill and Juana here with the Tuesday report.
JUANA: We went back and did some old radio shows, because we wanted to catch up a little bit. Every day around here is important and this day was especially important, because new rescue Lizzy was returned. First of all, Lizzy was in a foster home and then she had a home visit. Erin took care of the home visit and Lizzy was adopted. Her new family couldn’t keep her, because she suffered from separation anxiety, when they went to work. They put her in a crate and she hurt herself breaking out of the crate. She had scrapes on her nose. Then they tried putting her outside, because they had a fenced yard, but she got into it with their cat and that didn’t work. Then the foster parents, who rescued her, couldn’t keep her. They travel so much for work and they were out of town, when she was returned. So Lizzy came to Straydog and she is so sweet and so friendly and we wanted to try and find a kennelmate for her. Wup had been by himself for a long time. He kenneled with Annie for the longest time, before we lost Annie. The crew wanted to try Lizzy with Wup, because Lizzy is so very sweet and Wup doesn’t get along with just anybody. Lizzy is very submissive, so we hoped that Wup would like her.
Before we get to Lizzy and Wup, I want to show you the pictures I got of our crew working very hard in kennels.
And this is Zoe preparing meals in the Kennel Office.
There’s Erika and Junior in the park with Jacob.
Erika is such a cutie. She was adopted once, but she bit one of the little boys. That was a very long time ago and she’s never gotten adopted again, bless her heart.
Tyler was working on the roof, when he was trying to tear down the big shelter that Tony Walker built for the family, Mamma, Briar and Bobby. Thank God, he didn’t fall.
Then Wayne came and helped his father. Tyler built a brand new shelter for Ricky and C-Stat in the back of that kennel. We didn’t need the old shelter and it took up way too much room. Now that kennel works so much better and it is huge.
I was telling you about the fact that we wanted to introduce Wup to Lizzy. This was the first time that Lizzy had been at the shelter. She was fostered and then adopted and returned and now she lives at our shelter. Zoe was in the Shirley Olsen Beemer Park holding Wup.
Maci came through holding Lizzy.
I asked Ronnie to hold Wup. We didn’t even have enough time to take a photo, because Wup was so bad and he was all over Lizzy. It didn’t work at all. The crew started introducing them through the fence and that never works.
Wendy was jumping up and down at the fence line. She lives with Chester and he’s too thin, even though we feed him a third meal every day. I wanted to bring him inside and stop him from running, but I didn’t want Wendy to be by herself. The only thing that puts weight on a dog, like Chester, is to bring him inside and limit his exercise. Wendy has a lot of energy and Wup does too, but Wendy is very submissive. I wanted to try Wendy with Wup and no one else wanted to try.
I had Ronnie hold Wup and I had Wayne hold Wendy. Wup wanted to attack her, but I kept talking to Wup and telling him to calm down.
Everyone was saying that it wasn’t going to work. I wanted to walk them. Wendy is so very submissive. Even though Wup wanted to attack her, Wendy just wanted to kiss him and Wup realized that she wasn’t so bad. Wup just wants to act like that, but he’s really not mean. I know that Wendy is very, very submissive.
I told them to let Wendy and Wup off their leashes and everyone was so amazed and happy that Wup had fun. He was playing and running and enjoying himself.
There’s Wendy. She jumped in the pool to cool off. She’s so fat and she hadn’t been running that much in a long time.
Wup is so athletic. Wendy hasn’t been playing that much, because Chester doesn’t like to play. Wendy was cheating. Wup was running in big circles and she would run in a little circle to catch him. Then we walked to Wup’s kennel and Wup was fine.
He’s still adjusting, because he doesn’t know how to be a kennelmate. But it’s worked out and they are doing well. At feeding time, dogs can get aggressive, so we bring sweet Wendy inside. Then after feeding time, we bring her back outside to Wup.
BILL: That’s it. We’ll be back again soon with another report from Straydog.
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