Adoption Day with the "Clear the Shelters" campaign went extremely well. Several dogs were adopted and forever homes were found. We want to thank the many volunteers, all the team members involved, and the wonderful people at Petco Rockwall in making this a successful day.
Wonderful News! Boston Has Been Adopted!
Boston's new parents met him last weekend at the DFW Boat Expo and fell in love with him right away. We lined up a home visit and it went terrific. Boston's new friend and buddy Duke, a beautiful German Shepherd, accepted him and now Boston has a place he can call his forever home. Congratulations Boston!
BILL ANNOUNCES: Straydog Radio Show covering the events of Tuesday, July 25, 2017. Go ahead Juana, let’s talk about what happened Tuesday.
JUANA: Tuesday was a good day. I am telling you, Heather is such a fast learner, just like Maci. She knows how to do kennels the right way, the way I like them. She is also trained to do walks. She’s very good. All of the dogs have accepted her and they love her. She’s a dog person. I hope that Heather will stay with us for a long time. We have lost a lot of people, because they had to go back to school, which is great. I encourage all of our teenagers to go to college. And other people have quit, because of the hot weather. It’s been so tremendously hot this week.
BILL: This summer hasn’t even been as hot as some other summers have been.
JUANA: Sometimes new people just can’t take it. The only person that we have had for over a year is Maci and Wayne has been here for over 10 years. That’s it. Those are the only ones that we still have. Stephanie and David Ford are our overnight crewmembers and they don’t want to work days anymore. We also have so much going on inside and I have to have George and my sister Esther working inside with me. Ronnie quit. It’s been so crazy this past month or so. I hope that these new people will stay.
I want to thank Colleen. She ran her own restaurant for many years. She recently sold her business and she retired. She loves animals and she loves dogs. When she heard about Straydog, she came to Straydog and she worked for us on Saturdays and Sundays. But the heat got to her. She’s older than I am and she just couldn’t take the heat. We are still great friends and she plans to volunteer after the weather changes. She helped me hire this new group of people. We had four new hires and they were in training. She interviewed and prescreened them for me. In the past, when I put a notice on Facebook, I would be swamped with responses and it was a lot of work. It would take me an entire day to go through all of the responses and call people. This time, Colleen put up an ad and she got a lot of responses. She contacted every one of them. She interviewed them and screened them and then she told me which ones she thought would work. She did a tremendous job of selecting Heather and Amber and Chad. Chad’s name is Roger, but we call each other over the walkie-talkie and we say, “Roger,” so we call him Chad. Then we hired one other guy, who we thought would be great, and he only lasted one week. But we’re doing well.
This is Heather and Maci is training her to be a park walker.
Maci was telling me about Travis. We lost Brian about a month ago and Maci noticed that Travis had black skin tags. Brian had skin cancer like this, but he passed away from a stroke. Travis previously had a cancerous growth and it had to be removed, so we watch him closely. We took Travis to the vet and these tags were analyzed. These tags are not cancerous, so he’s doing well. There’s Heather loving on Travis.
There’s Wayne-O working in kennels.
This is Chad (Roger). He’s doing well. He’s learning here. There’s Brody. I really hope that Chad will be with us for a long time.
This puppy is Duke, one of Marcy’s puppies.
You probably remember that Marcy had 11 puppies. One of our long-time friends and contributors, Ms. Bollinger, also volunteers with Operation Kindness. Because of her, we now have a relationship with Operation Kindness in Dallas. It’s a famous no-kill shelter and they have tremendous success in placing puppies for adoption. We are out in the boondocks here and Operation Kindness agreed to take all of Marcy’s puppies. After they were weaned and they got their first puppy shots, they took them and they were all adopted or placed in foster homes. But we kept one, because one of Sherri’s friends saw him on Facebook and she wanted to adopt him. We were planning to do his home visit on Thursday, so we took him to the vet on Tuesday for his second set of puppy shots. He wasn’t ready to be neutered, because he was only three months old. He is such a beautiful puppy and his potential adopter named him, “Duke.”
Mr. Rudy-boy, the last of Ms. Pat’s rescue also went to the vet. He is 14 years old. He was born in 2003, the same year Ms. Pat passed away.
Rudy is slowing down, so we took him to the vet about 10 days before this, because he wouldn’t eat at all and he had bloody diarrhea. After bloodwork and x-rays, the doctor said that his kidneys were failing. He also had an infection. He put him on Amoxicillin. After he finished the Amoxicillin, the vet hoped that he would be better. Rudy wouldn’t take his meds and he’s so stubborn. He still won’t eat, like he should. If he doesn’t want it, he won’t eat it. We have him on a special diet, because of his kidneys. The only thing he takes long term is Tramadol, because he’s so old. He hasn’t even ever had arthritis or anything like that. He doesn’t take anything like Rimadyl or anything else that might hurt his kidneys or his liver. He was going to be checked, because he wasn’t doing well.
There’s Duke. He’s so pretty.
BILL: He looks black in this photo.
JUANA: No he is grey and white. He’s a Catahoula and he looks like his momma and his momma is totally Catahoula. He is just so cute. Dr. James examined him and he is in excellent health and he’s a good-looking puppy. He got his puppy shots and his Bordetella shot.
George didn’t take any pictures of Rudy, because he was holding Rudy. He’s such a stubborn boy. The infection is still there and he hasn’t improved very much. The doctor wants him to finish this 20-day course of meds. I am afraid that he will give up on us. He’s very tired and he walks to the park very slowly.
BILL: It’s getting close. Okay, we’ll be back tomorrow with another report from Straydog.
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