Saturday, January 24, 2009

Update on Quincy

Hi all,

Quincy is a mill dog from Pa. He has mastered the stairs, finally. He used to be the slowest dog on the stairs, but now he's usually ahead of the crowd. He's also running around the back yard with Sweetie. Sweetie has taken him under her wing for showing him stuff to get into, like cat poop! He gets along with my dogs like he's always been here. He eats like a champ, not picky like he was in the beginning. He's still a little shy about coming near people. Sweetie has also taught him how to knock over glasses of water I'm drinking in the living room. God bless Sweetie, last night Quincy knocked over a glass of water and ice cubes on my lap. I really think Sweetie is proud of him. He crates well, barks sometimes (I'm working on that). I don't have any children for him, but I think he'd be ok with an older child. He's doing good with potty training, some accidents and leg lifting. He will make someone a great pet.


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Friday, January 23, 2009

Dahlia's Puppies are Growing

Here they are, in all their cuteness!

Dahlia, the mother, was Julie's foster dog. One morning, Julie heard squeaky noises from the dog bed, and discovered that Dahlia had had two puppies. She named them Fiorello and Wisteria, and Dahlia and her babies had found their forever homes. As Julie said, "I don't want her to ever have to feel sad or scared or confused about where she's going. So she's home and her pups are with her."

Thursday, January 22, 2009

This Could Happen To You - Please Act!

This was posted on another list with permission to cross-post. Please read. This is important for ALL dog owners!

Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2009 17:23:12 -0600
From: Karlene
Subject: Please Act on this - it could happen to you.

I'm grieving today over one of our rescue girls who died yesterday, four days after the beginning of her heartworm treatment. In the midst of
my grief though, I'm overwhelmed with the desire to do something positive, and thus this post . . .

Another situation is really bothering me right now . . . and has me frustrated and determined to ask each one of you to take action. On
September 24, 2008, a 45 year old woman left for work, as she did most days. She probably gave a pat to her two old labby boys as she left,
and wished them a nice day. She knew they would be fine until she got home - they had the run of the house and a doggy door allowing them access
to the yard whenever they wanted to go out. It was a part of the daily routine. On this September day though, the routine was broken. An aortic
aneurysm ended the woman's life, and she never came back home. I didn't know her, I only learned of the situation recently when I heard of two old Labs,
10 and 12, destined to be put down on the 14th. I put the word out about them, and started searching for more info. I learned that these old guys had
been boarded at their Vet's office since their Mom didn't come home. I learned that "everyone" thought that "someone else" was looking for a home for
them. Finally, the woman's brother said he couldn't pay their boarding any longer - they had to find homes or else. That's when everyone jumped
into action.

I went to see the boys. Sweet, sweet dogs. The chocolate boy, Tracker, has arthritis. He takes "little old man" tottery steps in the front,
and slow steps behind. He is sweet and loves cookies and having the special place behind his ear scratched. Shooter, the black boy, moves
better, but his hearing is failing and I know he doesn't see as well as he used to. He, too, is affectionate and loves to be petted. Lab Rescue of LRCP
stepped up and offered to take these guys, but the local contact had gotten enough response when steps were finally taken to find a home for these boys
that she declined the offer. As of Friday night, the boys were still with the Vet, but that might have changed as early as yesterday. Whatever the
case, they are no longer in danger of being put down. The fact remains though, that there was no plan in place for them. These sweet old boys had
their lives changed in a moment, and have been dealing with turmoil and upheaval for nearly 4 months now? Why?? Because everybody thought somebody
was doing something, and nobody was.

That's why I'm writing. Do YOU have a plan, written down and accessible by the people you trust, that specifies what should happen to your dogs
should you leave some day and never return? These boys are lucky . . . the woman's family and friends, knowing how much she loved her dogs, chose to
have them cared for. But with no one responsible for making other arrangements for them, they have been stuck in limbo. This was a real wake up call
for me, and I am asking you to let this serve as a wake up for you as well. Do not let another week go by without making arrangements for your dogs,
talking to someone you can trust to be responsible for them, and putting your plan in writing. Even if you are married or in a relationship, take the time
to make a plan for your dogs. I know my husband wouldn't want all of these dogs running out his ears and would want to place some of them, and he
would want to do it according to my wishes - but how can he if he doesn't know what those wishes are. And should something happen to the two of us, I
don't want my dogs to have to go through what Shooter and Tracker have had to deal with. I don't want your dogs to face this, either. Please take steps
this week to ensure they don't have to.

Update on HaNa

Hi Yall! Just wanted to give you an update on our foster princess Ha-
Na. Ha-Na is doing pretty well. She is getting along with the other
girls, but seems to really enjoy laying in a pile of blankets and just
relaxing. She does not have a ton of energy. She absolutely adores my
son. She is better with him then anyone in the house, dog or human!
This suprises me as she is partially blind, and one would think that a
three year old would startle her...but not Ha-Na! She has not learned
the steps yet or how to walk on the leash, but socially, she is doing
great. She is doing well on her potty training...and boy does she LOVE
snacks! We took her to the vet this week, as i think that the vet may
have underestimated the mess in her mouth. Sure enough, she has a
terrible infection in her gums and needs antibiotics. Her teeth are
soooooo yucky! She is due for her spay and dental in March! Ill keep
you updated on her progress!

-- Amy

Inner Peace

If you can start the day without caffeine,

If you can get going without pep pills,

If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,

If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,

If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it,

If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time,

If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,

If you can resist treating a rich friend better than a poor friend,

If you can conquer tension without medical help,

If you can relax without liquor,

If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,

..Then You Are Probably The Family Dog!

A Feel Good Story

Our 14 year old dog, Abbey, died last month. The day after she died, my 4 year old daughter Meredith was crying and talking about how much she missed Abbey. She asked if we could write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her. I told her that I thought we could so she dictated these words:

Dear God,

Will you please take care of my dog? She died yesterday and is with you in heaven. I miss her very much. I am happy that you let me have her as my dog even though she got sick.

I hope you will play with her. She likes to play with balls and to swim. I am sending a picture of her so when you see her. You will know that she is my dog. I really miss her.

Love, Meredith.

We put the letter in an envelope with a picture of Abbey and Meredith hand addressed it to God/Heaven. We put our return address on it Then Meredith pasted several stamps on the front of the envelope because she said it would take lots of stamps to get the letter all the way to heaven. That afternoon she dropped it into the letter box at the post office. A few days later, she asked if God had gotten the letter yet. I told her that I thought He had

Yesterday, there was a package wrapped in gold paper on our front porch addressed, 'To Meredith , 'in an unfamiliar hand. Meredith opened it. Inside was a book by Mr. Rogers called, 'When a Pet Dies.' Taped to the inside front cover was the letter we had written to God in its opened envelope. On the opposite page was the picture of Abbey & Meredith and this note:

Dear Meredith,

Abbey arrived safely in heaven.

Having the picture was a big help. I recognized Abbey right away.

Abbey isn't sick anymore. Her spirit is here with me just like it stays in your heart. Abbey loved being your dog. Since we don't need our bodies in heaven, I don't have any pockets to keep your picture in, so I am sending it back to you in this little book for you to keep and have something to remember Abbey by.

Thank you for the beautiful letter and thank your mother for helping you write it and sending it to me. What a wonderful mother you have. I picked her especially for you.

I send my blessings every day and remember that I love you very much.

By the way, I'm easy to find, I am wherever there is love.


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The Lilly Chronicles - Part 4

Well, Miss Lilly has been spayed. She did very well.
really didn't seem to phase her at all.

There are days we take one step forward, then two steps back, but
things are slowly coming along for Lilly.

She is still unsure of Humans and does not react to hugs or kisses yet.
But in time, I am sure Lilly will one day figure out...that the love a
forever home gives is what she has been waiting for all this time.
As Lilly prepares for a forever home, we will continue to love and
support her until the day she leaves.

If anyone is interested in adopting Lilly or if you know someone who is
ready for a Boston like Lilly, please contact the group/application.

until later.....

-- Tammy

Just a Dog

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-- Contributed by Elly

From Boo's Forever Home


Hope all is well with you. I just thought I would drop this line to let you know how Booda is doing.

Tomorrow is Boo's 5th birthday and Thursday he will be with us 3 years. My how time has gone by. He is doing fine and is certainly part of our family. He has his special chair to sleep on but prefers to snuggle against one of us while we are watching TV. He could have easily been named Snuggles. Boo also learned how to sun himself on the staircase as the sun shines through our front window.

Have a Good New Year!

Bruce & Stella Anglin