Saturday, April 7, 2012
Ever wonder what goes into selecting, training, and caring about those dogs who serve in our military? "Soldier Dog", written by Maria Goodavage and published this year by Dutton, part of Penguin Books, introduces the reader to the life of military dogs in the United States Armed Forces. It's a fascinating read, well written, about what goes into these soldiers and the special relationships that develop between dogs and their handlers. And the kindness and love that goes into training them. Written in a relaxed and open style, this book is a page turner: once I started reading it, I couldn't put the book down. An affecting and warm book about a rarely discussed subject, a must read for every one who loves dogs and respects our military men and women who serve around the world.
Nina, now known as Molly, is the 10 pound girl that was pulled from a puppy mill in Lancaster County, PA in April 2011. She was 6 years old and kept outside in a rabbit hutch all year round. After being lovingly fostered by Jodi Groff, she found her forever home with the Bromley family.
When she was adopted, Molly showed some signs of a double luxating patella, but NEBTR didn't want to keep possible surgery from finding her a forever home. So the Bromleys were told that should her condition worsen, NEBTR would have the treating vet who Jodi used for her care perform the surgery at NEBTR expense.
It was determined this month that Molly indeed needed double luxating patella surgery. So the NEBTR community all pitched in to help. Brad Estabrook and Liz O'Connell met the Bromleys and transported her from Connecticut to New Jersey, where Lowell and Ellen Thelin picked up the next leg of the relay. They met Jodi Groff in Pennsylvania.
After the surgery, everyone me at Kamp Kanine to wish Molly a happy recovery and return to the Bromleys. Pictured above are Jodi Groff, holding Molly, and the Bromley family. Jodi noted, "I've had a lot of fosters but she is one of the ones that still tugs at my heart. The thought of such a social dog being held alone in a rabbit hutch then literally saved from being shot still haunts me. I couldn't have asked for a better family for her."
It definitely takes a village!
Friday, April 6, 2012
Rocky was adopted to Deanna Chamberlain in Mt. Laurel NJ on Dec. 10. Rocky is extremely spoiled by Deanna and he loves every second of it. They take lots of walks and he loves to go for car rides with her. Deanna says she doesn't know how she lived without a dog for so long because she loves him being around so much!
Thursday, April 5, 2012
It's hard to believe that we've just had our two week anniversary with Sassy. She feels like she's always been with us. She's decided that she likes to sleep with my Mom and that she's not much of a morning person. I get up at 4:45 and take her out. She flies back up the stairs to crawl back under the covers with my Mom.
She's doing ok with the housetraining. It will take a while with all the changes she's had. We have to get used to her schedule. She's funny because she doesn't usually pee when we go for walks (too many new sights and sounds) but has to come back inside and go right out into her dog run. She did get into a bag with some paperback books and ripped into some of them even though she has lots of toys. She must be a voracious reader. Ha!
As you know, she loves to run and play and have her belly rubbed. We are doing our best to oblige. She has her own blanket o the couch so that she can make her own nest. She is a wild woman when she gets excited. Ha! She found out that our sofa makes a great backboard. She surfed off it like a skateboarder during one play session.
Just wanted you to know that she's doing very well.
Thank you again for bringing us together!
Linda, Helen & Sassy
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Hello everyone, I got little 1 1/2 yr old 12 lb Mia a few days ago. She is the smallest BT I've ever seen! She is so cute and sweet! Loves to give kisses. I attached a pic. She has the most adorable face! She was surrendered by her owner because the child was too rough with Mia. She said Mia would just take everything and never would bite. She is very submissive and nervous at times. But I think she is doing great. She is getting along good with my Golden Retriever, they have already started playing. She is so fast it's like a cartoon she buzzes all around him! Doing good with the cats too, but she wants to play rough with them at times. She listens well though, if I say "no" or even snap my fingers she responds quickly. She is going to the vet Monday and will need to be spayed. I will keep you updated!
Get well wishes go out to Lisa Vaughn's foster boy Nitro, recovering from surgery. He's being kept company by her foster pug pup.
Lisa says, "Here is Nitro recovering. And our pug foster making sure she keeps him company since he isn't feeling well. He had 10 teeth removed today and a mass taken out. He's doing pretty good for his age. Still groggy and hasnt eaten anything but he's moving all over the place."
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Received this tip from a horticulturist: If your plants are infested with scale or other diseases, make a safe and affordable insecticide by combining one quart water with two tablespoons of Dawn dish washing liquid and spray plants, including undersides, thoroughly. need to spray every time it rains, but no worries about toxicity.
Monday, April 2, 2012
Sunday, April 1, 2012
Sadly, Foster Mom Robin Leone writes, "Our foster Ozzy unexpectedly lost his battle with cancer on 3/10, 1 short month after he was diagnosed." Ozzy was one of a bonded pair. He came with a Norwich Terrier Harry, also known as Rocky, and Ozzy served as the seeing eyes for the little Norwich. After serving so honorably, Ozzy deserved nothing but the best, and Robin was able to provide it for him for the last months of his life. She cared for him, and saw him through his cancer diagnosis and decline, with courage, strength and love. Robin is another of those foster mothers who take in pups for their last remaining days so that they can go to the Rainbow Bridge knowing that they were loved and cherished. Thank you, Robin, you truly made a difference to this little soul. She gave him lots of love when he needed it most.