Saturday, August 29, 2009

Soft Dog Days

Silverwalk is a small, private, licensed dog sanctuary in Cape Girardeau County, MO. It specializes in Beagles, other hounds and senior dogs. There are always dogs needing adoption and sponsorship. Please see our website for more information about Silverwalk and our dogs needing homes.

Soft dog days. For the last two weeks, I have been walking around with a head full of snot and ears completely plugged up. This is not what laid me low - I finally had nausea which, for me, can be very scary for various reasons and this sent me to bed and fasting. Yech - what an intro. Yet it informs what has happened this week - Lady Bird is at the vet for a break, as I twice missed properly working with her and two of my dogs in the house suffered (though superficially) as a result. Poor LB - so much angst and no where to put it except never at humans, only other dogs and moving objects. I am waiting for direction from her shelter as she is a foster dog. So, both of us needed a break :(.

And how in the world does Lady Bird's troubles and my illness lead to "soft dog days?" Well, because for the last two nights, 1) I slept in the recliner downstairs with dog snores around me and gentle soft dog bodies on mine and 2) last night, slept in my bed with Little Lenny. Now, Little Lenny often comes upstairs but heads first for the dog bed on the floor next to my bed. However, last night, I picked him up, petted and coddled him, placing him on the bed with me. He stayed there all night long :). He looked to be petted this morning again. He may yet become the lap dog we all see in him.

On the other hand, Shiloh pined for Lady Bird yesterday, not leaving home till evening. You heard right, my friends, Shiloh, the wanderer, stayed home missing his buddy. He finally got his mojo back in the evening and went out zooming in circles so fast and strongly, Sugar Bear and Spanky could only watch in amazement - and Scout couldn't even bark. HA.

Check out My Dog Farm - it is a blog I follow and is written by my friend Rochelle who brought me Morley. Morley was adopted a week ago Friday and is doing very well in her new home, yet, yes, cont. to escape. An electronic fence is pending, I am told :). You go, Morley girl. R was very generous in her comments; you could see the love and concern she had for this young dog she rescued from the streets of Morley, MO.

We rescue because we love and we have been called to this task. We rejoice when homes are found and support one another when they are not; we suffer each others' heartaches at the loss of a companion animal be it cat, dog or rat whether she "belonged" to us or was one of our "foster" animals. Godspeed, Rat Attack :(. You were much beloved.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

New homes and training

Silverwalk is a small, private, licensed dog sanctuary in Cape Girardeau County, MO. It specializes in Beagles, other hounds and senior dogs. There are always dogs needing adoption and sponsorship. Please see our website for more information about Silverwalk and our dogs needing homes.

I am a bit discombobulated this morning. Morley Woods went to her new home yesterday morning with an RN from work who I admire, enjoy and who is a dog person. Yeah, Morley! And Shiloh is on an overnight to be sure he gets along w/potential doggie roommates :) - he is not yet back today though, for me, it is still early. YESH. So, feeding this morning was weird as I had to very much adjust who was here and who was not....at one point, I walked around w/a bowl of food not sure for whom it was, then remembered it was for Penney, who is out off leash in the driveway and may or may not want breakfast.

Penney is my own dog of at least 7 years. My neighbors call her a "good 'ol dog" as she wanders around, avoids trouble, clears yards of moles, is savvy and comes home. She is really waiting for me to take someone on a walk. Penney then walks w/us but makes wide circles, always keeping me in her eye - she is such a cool dog who is going grey and hopefully will be around for many more years.

Today Scout is going as the Silverwalk dog to Safe Harbor's adoption event at Bucheit's in Jackson. They gave us time every Saturday in August for our cats from Safe Harbor and SH then invites Silverwalk to bring a dog. I now coordinate the adoption events. Today we have another volunteer as well who will pick up the kittens from SH and be w/me at Bucheit's. So, if you read this in time, we will be there from 1 PM to at least 3 PM today and next Saturday. Scout is in a CGC class with Melanie Coy every Wednesday night - he is making small steps as he is a nervous dog but boy, when he hears her car pull up, he is ready to go; this past Wednesday, Melanie stepped in the house and Scout went straight to her, smacking his butt on the floor in a sit without even being asked.

I am pleased to report Lady Bird is making baby step progress in her work to overcome her fear aggression. I have seen nice progress as we walked the bike trail this week: I walked her on the left side as I wanted to be able to move her off the trail and avoid confrontations as walkers, runners and cyclists came to us - she did very well. Then I read in Randy Grim's new book, Don't Dump the Dog, to be sure a fear based dog not only sits but sits and relaxes. Was not sure how that would work but walked her out yesterday w/Shiloh, Spanky and Sugar Bear (those three were not invited, they just invite themselves *sigh*). She started looking for treats, watching my face, then I let her walk, smell in a field while Shi went off - I circled her, treated, had her sit, massaged - by the time we were on our way back, her tail was up and swinging. I called that "relaxed." She reminded me of a horse who is in the right frame, relaxed w/a tail and butt gently swinging. This walk did not take that long but it took mental work on both our parts to make it more than a physical walk. I kept my shoulders relaxed and did NOT respond to any barks or tension on her part, even when she started to bark when we got close to home and she anticpated her fear up the hill - I circled her with a leading treat filled hand so she followed my hand and again, focused on me, not her fear. My initial goal is to let her know she is safe with me - no matter what. This will take time but she is worth it.

The humidity is low this weekend which allowed me to take Lady Bird and Spanky, quite spontaneously, to Panera's - me for breakfast, them for a car ride and some training work. In trying to get Lady Bird to "down," Spanky kept downing and wanting the treat I was trying to use for her! They were hilarious and are now resting after breakfast at home. Have a great weekend and remember, love your dogs more than they love you - which, I assure you, is impossible :).

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Silverwalk - a Happening Place!

Silverwalk is a small, private, licensed dog sanctuary in Cape Girardeau County, MO. It specializes in Beagles, other hounds and senior dogs. There are always dogs needing adoption and sponsorship. Please see our website for more information about Silverwalk and our dogs needing homes.

Oh, boy - so much going on, I am so behind in keeping you all informed.
  1. Connor, the blue tick Coonhound, fostered for American Black and Tan Rescue, went to his new home on Monday;
  2. Same day I brought home Betsy, a very sweet young Beagle girl from Debi Baker of Recycling Rover in Morse Mill, MO - Betsy is trying to play w/everyone :).
  3. New website dedicated to "broken dogs" - less than perfect dogs who are most probably overlooked in adoptions but need and deserve good homes: www.brokendogs.net. Please check it out and give me your opinion. The one link so far is to my youngest sister's project in VA, The Shiloh Project. Nancy is dynamic!
  4. Sometime this week will be adding neighbor dog, black lab mix named Sugar Bear - my neighbors have to move and can't take her w/them :( so I told Brandon, her young owner, I would try to find her a good home. Should be spayed, UTD on shots w/HW check. Will let you know....
  5. Lady Bird is on house arrest: I am working very hard to curb and assist her in her fear behavior, which can scare the bejesus out of anyone who doesn't know her :(. One neighbor thinks I should put her down. I think she deserves as much chance as I can give her, praying for an only dog home where she will be loved and understood. Lady Bird is a foster for Marion PAWS of Marion, AR. Check out her entry on another blog of mine blessedsilence.
  6. Both Scout and Shiloh are attending CGC class on Wednesdays. Scout is being handled by a former professional dog handler and current Pit Bull advocate while Shiloh is being handled by a volunteer who has a hard time giving him up at the end of class. Shiloh is a star; Scout is nervous but looking forward to class - won't work for treats but will for a rest in the car - go figure.
  7. Silverwalk has had 7 adoption inquiries since a week ago Monday! Of course, Connor has moved on; Charlie Parker has had his second inquiry as has Morley Woods. Lady Bird did, too but I had to be honest about her potential behavior in a rescue cat household :(. Sargeant, a courtesy listing, also had an inquiry....Scout and Shiloh as well....if another adoption happens, I will be thrilled!
  8. Oxford has a sponsor! Sherry is sponsoring his vet, medicine and special food for his skin issues. Thank you, Sherry!
  9. Photos in this entry courtesy of Silverwalk friend and Morley's rescuer, Rochelle.
I am sure I am missing something, so please remind me - I will get photos in later but wanted to get something online so you didn't think I had forgotten about you all. I do enjoy reading everyone else's posts as well :). Have a wonderful weekend - and dog bless.