We are very happy to announce that Ginger girl was adopted!
Last Saturday a family met Ginger at our Adoption Day event we held at the Katy Trail Ice House in Plano and fell in love with her. We did the home visit today and after meeting her two new buddies it was easy to see that it would work. What a perfect set up! Congratulations to Ginger and her new family. Below are some photos of the home visit.
BILL ANNOUNCES: Straydog Radio Show covering the events of Thursday, November 9, 2017. Bill and Juana here with the Thursday report. What happened on that day, Juana?
JUANA: It was busy and it was pretty cold that day. It’s been awhile since we have talked about Cesar. Even though he is blind, he has glaucoma. The doctor prescribed two medications for him and we administer them faithfully, twice a day.
The doctor suggested that we remove his eyes, because the pressure on his eyes hasn’t gotten any better. When he suggested that, I asked him to do some blood work and Cesar’s white blood cells were elevated. That indicates an infection. After two rounds of treatment, the infection is still there. The doctor thinks he might have cancer. And Cesar seemed to be doing better with the medication. He wasn’t scratching at his eyes or squinting as much. They didn’t seem to be bothering him as much. As we do this report, it is November 28th and we have to talk about this now. But we were maintaining Cesar’s glaucoma with his eye medicine in early November.
We get a vanload of dog food every two weeks. We want to thank our wonderful, wonderful angel contributor, Mr. Randall, who donates all of this food. He is committed to providing all of our dog food. He donated a train-car container and we can now store all of this food. We used to have to go and get it every week and we now get it every two weeks. Our whole crew helps to unload it on dog food day. It takes us a good 10 or 15 minutes to unload all of this food, when everyone helps. It’s amazing! We can’t thank Mr. Randall enough. You don’t know much this helps us. He tells us to get what we need and that’s what we are doing. Thank you very, very much, Mr. Randall!
This is Amber1 caregiving Rowdy and Beto. We also have an Amber2.
We are still working on getting our shelters ready for the winter. We are stuffing the doghouses with hay and putting up front boards to block the wind.
This is the shelter that Tyler is building for Erika and Junior. It’s not yet finished.
We also bought some new tires for one of our wagons. We have fix-a-flat and all of that, but that only works for about a week. We use this wagon so much for transporting laundry and canned dog food to the kennel office from the storage container. So we had to buy some new tires for our wagon. Stormy and Maci know how to change tires. They said their fathers taught them. That’s very helpful. I don’t know to change a tire.
This is Amber2 caregiving Hank and Natalie. Natalie is sitting pretty. She shakes and sits pretty for a treat.
Larry was the walker in Pat Arnold Park. There he is doctoring blind and deaf Colt’s eyes. Larry was washing his eyes and applying animax.
We keep Colt’s eyes clean with eye wash. We don’t remove blind dogs’ eyes to save us work. We will work to keep their eyes. We only remove their eyes, if it’s medically necessary. We take care of Colt’s eyes faithfully and we do it every day. The doctor said that, as long as we don’t mind the work, we might be able to keep his eyes. One of our caregivers suggested just removing his eyes. We only remove a blind dog’s eyes, if they have too much discharge or if they are irritated or infected or if we can’t control the infection. Their eyes are connected to their brain and an infection can be dangerous.
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BILL ANNOUNCES: Straydog Radio Show covering the events of Thursday, November 2, 2017. Bill and Juana here with the first show in a while. We have been so busy, but let’s try to get caught up with what happened today, which is the 2nd. Juana, what happened today? It’s about 9:00 at night and we need to hurry up. I think we had an adoption didn’t we? That’s the important thing. Anyway, go ahead and start of us off.
JUANA: We have a lot of new people working here and it will take our readers a little time to catch up with our new employees. The first picture of the day is one of Garrett.
If you were at the Golf Tournament, you might have met him. He came to help us at the Golf Tournament for the first time. He is one of our kennel crew members. He was working in kennels here and we still do the same thing every day. Actually, today was a very good day and it was too warm. Our dogs would rather have a cool day. It has been cool here lately and the dogs really like that. It was cold at the Golf Tournament, but our dogs liked it. 55 degrees is their 75 degrees. It was 85 degrees today here at Straydog and it was too hot.
There’s Mr. Friendly and Polly sniffing around the park.
Larry is a new employee. He has been with us for about three months. He started working in kennels. Today was his third day to be trained as a walker. He has a rescue himself. He rescues Pit Bulls, who have had a hard life. They are either fighting dogs or mistreated dogs. He has 13 of these babies. He has a big yard and kennels and his vet taught him how to handle the dogs. He tries to socialize them, so they can be rehomed, if it’s possible. Not all of them can be socialized. He does all that by himself and he is very careful. He’s a very good worker and he is an excellent caregiver and he loves the dogs.
BILL: How did he hear about us?
JUANA: He applied for a kennel tech job at Morton Clinic and they had already filled the position. They gave him our number and told him that Straydog is always looking for good people. And we are. He came to the right place and he’s working out great!
Stormy and Maci were training him yesterday, but he did all of the walks by himself today.
We are going to be talking about Cesar a lot more. He has glaucoma in both of his eyes. The doctor thought that his only solution was to remove both of his eyes and he is already blind. He was born blind. I asked the doctor to do some bloodwork to make sure that he is healthy enough to withstand surgery. The doctor did and he found out that he has an infection. His white cells were elevated, which indicated an infection. He put him on antibiotics and he’s been on them for over a month now.
BILL: We are back. We had to stop, because we are in the middle of cooking dinner and that’s what the noise is in the background. I am helping cook dinner.
JUANA: My dinner is better than yours.
BILL: I’m having brown rice and she’s having white rice.
JUANA: The doctor said that Cesar’s infection was not from his eyes. It’s from something else. After two full rounds of antibiotics, it hasn’t gotten any better. The doctor also took sonograms and x-rays and he can’t find where the infection is. He thinks that the infection is lymphoma, which is cancer of the lymph nodes. He doesn’t know for sure. That means that he can’t have the surgery, if he has cancer. The reason for the surgery would be for him to be more comfortable, because the pressure on his eyes can be painful. We are now giving him eye drops and we stopped the antibiotics. As you can see in this photo, where he is lying down, he is eating and doing well.
He now seems comfortable. I asked the doctor, if we could let him be. He’s not squinting or pawing at his eyes anymore. We took him to the doctor initially, because we noticed that his eyes were bothering him. He’s not deaf and he knows what is going on around him. He can hear us and he is enjoying his normal life and having good days. So we will wait and see.
This is Sally and Sparkle.
We will have to give you an update on them. Sally was adopted from Straydog two years ago, after we got Sally from my doctor. The doctor had another small dog and Sally didn’t get along with that dog. So my doctor brought Sally to Straydog and we found a very good home for her. After about a month, Sally’s new family went to Denton Shelter to adopt a sister for Sally and that was Sparkle. That was two years ago. Then about a month ago, Sally and Sparkle’s family came to PetSmart to talk to David. The lady, who adopted Sally and Sparkle, has cancer and she can no longer care for them. She is devastated and she wanted to return Sally, but she was also concerned about Sparkle. She asked if we could possibly take Sparkle. She was in tears, so I couldn’t let her down. We now have both of them. They are rooming together. They were indoors for a while, but we needed the space. The weather has been beautiful, so I put them outside. They love it! They have been here about a month or so. I promised this lady that, if they ever got adopted, they would go together because they love each other.
About a month ago, long-time contributors of ours, Karen and Doug came to Straydog to look for a female Lab. They were interested in Cadet, Wendy and several of our Labs. They loved Wendy, when they met her. I told them that Wendy can be rambunctious and she would need training, but she is very smart. They assured me that they have a trainer and they would have the dog they chose trained. They walked around the shelter and met some of our dogs. They met Cadet and loved her as well, but Cadet was very, very skittish with them. I have never seen Cadet act that way. When they met Wendy, she was very sweet and well behaved. She made a liar out of me, she didn’t jump on them. She is a beautiful dog. They decided to try Wendy with Jack, their Yellow Lab and make sure they got along. David and I did the home visit about a month ago and Wendy was so good and the dogs liked each other. Karen and Doug were leaving for a trip and they asked if they could pick Wendy up on November 2nd, when they got back home. Wendy already had a great home visit about a month ago and today was the day that we took Wendy to her new home. Wendy had been living with Chester, so we took pictures of them in the park, before she went on her second home visit. We will talk about Wendy’s second home visit later on in this report.
This story is a sad one. We got two new dogs today, Molly and Francis.
Molly is a beautiful German Shepherd and the white hunting dog is Francis. I thought they were two girls, but Francis is a boy. They came from an elderly contributor, who had to go into a nursing home. He couldn’t take care of them anymore. They are both nine years old and I don’t know if he has had them since they were pups, but he has had them for a very long time. We were contacted by his daughter, who already has five dogs, and she couldn’t take them. David went to get them and he said that it was a devastating moment for our contributor and for his dogs. David got them on Sunday and brought them to Morton Clinic, so I could make space for them here at Straydog. I didn’t have any empty kennels. I knew that Wendy was going to her new home today, so I asked George to go to the clinic and get them. I put Chester indoors in a crate and I put Francis and Molly in Wendy and Chester’s kennel. The weather is so beautiful and I couldn’t put these two big dogs inside, because we don’t have the space. As soon as they got to Straydog, we brought them to the Beemer Park and they loved it. They ran and played and they did very well at feeding time. We have heating lamps for them and we have hay for them. They had been living indoors, but they love their outside kennel and they are doing well. They are both so very sweet -- Molly and Francis.
Then we got another new dog. Shelby called me abut 7:00 on Sunday night and I was still here at Straydog. She said that she was coming out of church, when some people came to the church and asked for gas money. The church people gave them some cash. They took the money and, when they turned the car on, they dumped this poor dog out of their car and left her. She looks like a Weenie/Lab mix and she’s short. She’s as sweet as she can be and she had a collar. This poor baby was lost. She acted as though she couldn’t believe what had happened to her. Shelby picked her and held her in her arms. She called me and asked, “What can I do? I can’t take her home.” I told Shelby to take her to Morton Clinic and she didn’t have heartworms or any worms at all. When she got to Straydog, I carried her to Hank and Natalie’s kennel.
I know that Hank and Natalie are both very sweet. I told them that they had to help me out and accept this sweet little girl, who Shelby named, “Missy.” She’s only about 25 pounds and she’s full-grown. She is about one or two years old and she’s so sweet and little. Natalie and Hank just sniffed her and they were all so very good.
Now I want to tell you about Wendy’s second home visit. I got there late. I got there at 5:15 instead of 4:00. There’s Jack greeting Wendy.
Karen and Doug have such a beautiful lake home near us. They also have a home in Dallas. Their lake house was so beautiful and I asked if they could adopt me. There’s Karen and Doug greeting Wendy.
This is their backyard, which fronts to the lake. It was so beautiful! It was all fenced and Wendy was running and playing and she was so happy.
We barely got a family picture because Wendy wouldn’t sit still. I told Karen and Doug that I would share these pictures with them.
BILL: That’s it for today. We will be back tomorrow with another report from Straydog.
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