Great News, Pup Joan Is Adopted!
She is now part of the family that adopted Lola2 back in 2015.
BILL ANNOUNCES: These are combined Straydog Radio Shows covering the events of March 3, through March 12, 2017. We are trying to get caught up here, so we put them all together. All right Juana, tell us what happened.
JUANA: We are going to summarize each day. Friday, March 3rd was a good day and it was a pretty day. Wendy and Wup were playing in the Shirley Olsen Beemer Park. They’ve been together for a while and sometimes he is strange. He has personality quirks. Sometimes Wup doesn’t play well or he gets jealous or he barks at Banjo, his next door neighbor. He can’t get to Banjo, so he jumps on Wendy. If we correct him, he stops. He realizes that Wendy is his friend and he stops. He will back off. We see them playing something like tug-o-war, then Wup plays well. We took pictures of that.
Daisy and her pups are back together. We had Daisy spayed and she came home from Morton Clinic on Wednesday. Her pups are growing fast and they were all very happy to have their mother back. It was a good day.
Now I will talk about Saturday, March 4th. We noticed that puppy Chico had an ulcer on his eye and we took him to the vet. He was getting eye drops and having to wear an e-collar.
He has been staying in H1. He runs around with the H1 Gang and they have all accepted him. I can now tell you that he has recovered completely. I was afraid that he might lose his eye, but he’s healed completely and he’s doing well.
We attended an Adoption Day event on Saturday, March 4th. David took Lita, Joan, Hank and PoPo. Joan was adopted into a wonderful home on March 11 and we hear that she’s doing very well.
We haven't talked about Winston in a while. He was playing in the Beemer Park. He was standing there listening to Caragan make squeaky noises with a fluffy toy. He loves to carry a stuffy toy around.
We have pictures of Blondie. She’s still active and she still loves to play ball in the park. She’s about 11 or 12 years old and she tires easily. She used to play non-stop for the entire time that she was in the park. She would fetch a ball constantly. She can probably only go for two or three rounds now and then she gets tired and pants. We are all aware of her age and try not to tire her out.
Cheyenne was having problems getting up and around.
Amy and Cheyenne were brought to us about five years ago and they were already senior dogs. They were adopted together as six-month-old puppies and their adopters brought them back to us after having them for eight years. They had to move from a house into an apartment and thought that Cheyenne and Amy were too big for an apartment. Amy and Cheyenne were then at least 12 years old. Cheyenne was having trouble getting up and around recently. But we lost Amy and I never thought that Amy would go before Cheyenne. Amy was still up and running and going, but we lost her on Saturday, March 4th. We knew that she was slowing down, but we thought that we were going to have her with us for a long time.
Jackson was also slowing down.
We took pictures of Jackson and Lady going down the ramp on March 4th.
Jackson is no longer with us. This is the problem we have, when we do shows at a later date. We also got pictures of Jackson and Lady playing in the park. Lady was slowing down, but she still runs and plays ball. Jackson was really mopey.
We took Lola outside.
She really loved it. This was the first time that we put Lola outside in a kennel, because she’s such an energetic girl. It is too bad that she doesn’t get along with other dogs, because she loves people. She loves attention. We put her in an outside kennel and she had so much fun running and playing. We put her in Roscoe’s kennel at first, because it’s a stand alone kennel and it doesn’t share a fence line with other dogs. She almost got out of there, but we caught her. We moved her and she’s doing very well.
Ozzie is finally off his leash. He was recovering from FHO hip surgery in this photo. He had been recuperating and we were walking him on a leash. He is still living in H1 and he’s now finally off the leash and he is so happy to be able to run and be off the leash. He’s doing very, very well and he’s very happy with his kennelmate Ariel.
At the end of the day, somebody dumped a dog. We named him Larry.
We thought he was a neighbor’s dog. He is a bird dog or a pointer and he’s super skinny. We walked around the whole neighborhood, to see if he belonged to anyone. We are out in the country and people have hunting dogs, like him, but no one claimed him. He’s not neutered or chipped and he had no tags. We took him to Morton Clinic, obviously. And we waited longer than we should have, before we neutered him. No one has claimed him yet.
Sunday, March 5th was a rainy day and it was a good day. We didn’t get many pictures that day.
Monday, March 6th was my sister’s birthday. She’s 21 years old. Happy Birthday, Esther!
Here are a few pics from the day.
MJ had a wound. I’ve seen bites like this before and I was positive that it was a spider bite. It was a circle, where the skin was open. We put her on Animax and antibiotics and it went away. This type of wound is usually nickel-sized and it heals after a week or so. I confirmed this with the doctor and it seems to work. Several dogs have been bitten by spiders over the years and I was positive that it was a spider or some kind of insect bite. It wasn’t a black widow spider bite or a snake bite or a dog bite. Other than that, MJ is doing well.
Tuesday, March 7th was a very good day. There isn’t much to report. We followed our normal routine and we had a full crew.
Wednesday, March 8th was a pretty, sunny day. We also had time on this beautiful day to brush the H2 dogs. Sometimes we go through our routine and we don’t have the time to do the extra things. We were able to brush Fancy, Goldie, Mike and Colt and all the long-haired inside dogs. I was so happy that Maci, Jacob and Shelby were all able to help me give these dogs a very good brushing.
There’s Snickers and Luis in the park.
They are still getting along very well. It’s been awhile since we lost Big Foot and we put Snickers with Luis almost immediately. We didn’t know if it would be a good match, since both Luis and Big Foot are dogs with attitude and they can get jealous. We are very careful, especially at treat times, but they are doing fine. They seem to really love each other. I am so very happy for Snickers, because I was very worried about her, when we lost her Big Foot. Snickers and Luis are doing so very, very well together. It’s amazing how dogs can grieve and then go on with their lives, after having a kennelmate that they have loved for so long. Good for them!
At this time, we also had Mitzi and Baby Girl with us.
We committed to care for them, while their owner was in the hospital. Mr. Charlie lives by himself in Cedar Creek and his relatives live in Houston. His daughter contacted us the day he was taken by ambulance to the hospital. His two dogs were locked in the house and we went and got them and planned to take care of them until someone could come and get them. Mr. Charlie was out of rehab on March 8th and he and his daughter came to get his girls. He wasn’t able to get out of the car. His daughter and I went to get his girls and as soon as they saw Mr. Charlie they were so happy. Baby Girl is an older Lab, who can barely walk. When she saw Mr. Charlie, she jumped right in the car. That is such a wonderful story and we were so happy to be able to help. They are all doing well.
Now we are going to talk about Thursday, March 9th. Something happened between C-Stat and Ricky, when they were playing too rough.
Ricky must have jumped on C-Stat’s back and it caused him to have damage to his spine. He wasn’t able to put any pressure on one of his legs and he was dragging it. The doctor said that if he didn’t get well eventually, he might need an MRI and surgery on his spine. But the first thing that we should try was to let it heal on its own with a lot of rest. We gave him muscle relaxers and pain medicine. He didn’t seem to be in pain, but he wasn’t able to put pressure on his leg and he was dragging it. It’s about a month later and he’s running and playing. Sometimes, things like that just take time.
Rose came to visit Elizabeth and she brought her treats and other things.
Rose assured us that she was working on separating and reconfiguring her house and building a new fence, so she could have her dog and Elizabeth. This would be her third attempt to adopt Elizabeth. We have never done this before, but we have seen the love between Rose and Elizabeth.
Her determination to adopt Elizabeth is inspiring. Rose has put in the effort to make it work. It must be meant to be. We had to keep Elizabeth in a crate, because we didn’t have any space outdoors for her. And no one else had shown any interest in Elizabeth. Initially Rose waited months to adopt Elizabeth, while she was being treated for heartworms. Unfortunately, it didn’t work twice and Rose just kept coming to visit Elizabeth. It’s an amazing story and Rose was determined to adopt Elizabeth. I can tell you that it has happened and Elizabeth and her other dog are living separately in Rose’s house and it’s going well. We have kept dogs away from each other and it’s not easy.
Our grass was starting to grow and it was mowing time. I have several pictures of David Rentz mowing the Beemer Park and around our campus.
Our wonderful volunteer Polly comes here every Thursday and she visits the H2 dogs. She brings special treats to her special dogs. She also brings pies or cookies that she’s baked for us. She’s a very sweet lady.
Friday, March 10 was a very good day. Wolfie and Genie were in the park.
Wolfie loves new toys. He would love to have a new toy every day. We cannot let him bring them back to their kennel, because Genie will chew them up. He can only have toys that aren’t stuffy in his kennel. He only gets to play with stuffy toys in the park, while we are watching Genie and making sure she doesn’t steal and destroy his toys.
I caught Shelby taking selfies with Mickey and then she posed, so we could take pictures of her with Mickey and Minnie in the Beemer Park. She likes to take selfies with the dogs and it’s the cutest thing.
Ralph is in H2 now and he loves living inside. He is a big love of a dog. It will take a special person to adopt him, because he’s so big and strong. When he gets to go outside, he takes off running and playing and jumping. He’s a big, strong dog and he has shown signs of food aggression. When he finishes eating, we can’t touch his bowl until we take him outside or he will growl and try to bite. We leave the bowl there, while he is outside. Then we pick up his bowl and refresh his water, etc. and that works. We could never take a chance and let him be near a child, because he is so big and very strong.
Wayne was caregiving Copper and Cadet and Copper was giving Wayne kisses. It’s so cute.
We never take pictures of our overnight crewmember David Ford. He was coming up the ramp in his rain jacket. He was here to take over for us and it was a rainy evening.
On Saturday, March 11, we held a special Adoption Day event with Rag Tag Rescue. We took about 15 or 16 dogs. We got pictures of Miss B, Copper and Cadet, Minnie, puppies Elliott, Hank and Chico, Maci, PoPo, Henry and others. Everybody was helping bring the doggies to the trailer. Kate and Patrick use their trailer to transport dogs to adoption events and on this day they took our dogs to PetSmart. We didn’t have any adoptions, but it was a big event with all of our volunteers. We want to thank our wonderful volunteers for all that they do for us. Jacob also came to help David Rentz. They talked to people and it’s hard to manage that many dogs and talk to interested people. The trailer attracts attention and people want to ask questions. We try to have as many people as we can, who know the dogs, so they can give a quick response to interested visitors. It’s best, when we can give the story of each dog, when asked.
It was a good day back at the shelter. We followed our routine and fed and walked our dogs and gave them lots of love and caregiving.
On Sunday, March 12, we gave Beauty his subcutaneous fluids. He has pancreatitis. He’s doing well and some days are better than others. He’s taking antibiotics and we still have to give him fluids to keep his kidneys working.
It was a chilly morning and you can see that our crewmembers were all wearing sweaters and jackets and hoodies.
We took pictures of Sherri getting down on her knees and trying to give Diesel some cookies without looking at him. He will come and get cookies from you, as long as you don’t look at him.
We have new walkie-talkies for everyone. We finally decided that we just had to incur this expense. It’s the only way we can communicate at the shelter and they are so essential in emergencies or just in our day-to-day routine. I always tell new employees that this walkie-talkie is their M-16. You can’t lose your M-16. If you lose it and something happens, you will be in trouble. These walkie-talkies are rechargeable, which is less expensive than our old walkie-talkie batteries. Those batteries were very expensive. We are taking very good care of our new walkie-talkies.
Ricky had been sharing a kennel with puppies Lita and Joan. Joan was adopted on Saturday, March 11 and Lita was still with Ricky. We had to separate Lita from Ricky, because Lita is so small and Ricky was picking on her. We put Lita with Daisy and her puppies. Even though Lita is older than Daisy’s pups, she’s small and it’s worked well.
BILL: That was our report from March 3 through March 12, 2017. We’ll be back again soon with another summary report of a whole bunch of shows together.
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