Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Puppy Love - One at a Time



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.

Ah, I am still in puppy love with Margie, the mutt puppy. Perhaps it is because I had to learn from the bottom up (and am still climbing the ladder) of how to raise her properly to avoid problems later. Current issues include food and home guarding. The mite, 9.9# now, barked off a full grown intact male Lab. She is learning day by day. Here I think is the kicker - when I lay down to sleep or nap, she will curl up on my tummy most times unless she feels compelled to play or chew on her rope. Margie seems to seek me out - what a pure, innocent ego boost that is :).

I now have another puppy named Sophie. We are looking at finding a different rescue for her. She is a terrific 6-8 month old Beagle girl, well bred, probably gun shy but I am finding, with all the other dogs, the attention puppies need, with Sophie, is one more than I can handle at the moment. Sophie, too, loves to sleep on my lap. The highlight of my daily life is having her, Margie and the two Dachshunds on my lap - "Sorry, if the phone is for me, you will have to take a message; my dog(s) are asleep on my lap and if I get up, I will disturb them." - Charlie Brown.

Margie is ready to graduate from her Great Dane long term confinement to a Lab size crate with her "bedroom" inside. Besides, I need the Great Dane crate for Bodie, the new English Coonhound here in exchange for Sugar Bear and Mimi.

Sugar Bear and Mimi are now in a wonderful humane society in Chicago called "A Caring Place Humane Society." They are both in foster homes, especially important for Sugar Bear. Hopefully, "A Caring Place" will be able to take in more Beagles in the future as they seem to be able to find homes for them easier than I here in southeast MO. Bodie is a wonderful hound with some intestinal issues but nothing some love and consistent diet isn't helping. He is coming 2 in February and one of the most personable dogs I have ever met; he does need leash work, however - HA.

Enjoy the nice rain of today - remember it is preparing the ground for spring. I can say this as I have pee and poop (well, HAD) in the breezeway due to the FACT that hounds do not like to get their tootsies wet.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Don't walk a Coonhound at Midnight

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.

OK, small lesson here. Raccoons are nocturnal, therefore, a lot of raccoon scent could be expected after dark - probably more so than in the daytime. Coonhounds by breeding and nature scent and track raccoons. When one walks a Coonhound, oh, say between 11 PM and midnight, one will NOT be walking a quiet dog :(. I walked Lady Bird at that time this night and ho, boy, she scented something, waking all the dogs in the neighborhood and probably beyond. Lesson learned AGAIN. It was a busy, busy day with us all finally napping in the late evening before a late meal and bedtime (which for me and the newest Beagle has yet to come).

New Beagle is a 6 month old female named Sophie. Very pretty, wonderful lap dog, but not accustomed to home, hearth and crate. It is her voice I hear now AT midnight, objecting to being crated for, unknown to her, less than 6 hours. She is in the breezeway with other dogs, personal and rescue. I house crate dogs by need, not by whether they "belong" to me or not. So, hopefully, she will settle soon. Miss Margie, for a short time, was loudly telling her to be quiet - so I had two littles yelling at each other...

Earlier, when M. and I were unloading food, Scout and the new English Coonhound, Bodie, decided to be dueling Coonies, not unlike dueling banjos - one would howl/bark, then the other, back and forth. We just looked at them. They didn't seem upset with each other, just "dueling." Funny boys.

Well, I may have to bring Sophie inside as she is causing several to voice their displeasure - wait, some silence - perhaps she is finding it is time to cease and desist. This Beagle girl is GORGEOUS, well bred and probably gun shy....her story later. I am going to try to get some sleep - HA.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Catch all before heading out in the Rain

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.

Too long since I talked w/you all. Things are going well. I am waiting to hear about moving a couple dogs north to Chicago in exchange for an English Coonhound. This would be my third EC. I think I may die surrounded by them :). It would be a better chance for those I move to be adopted but am getting a bit ansy as I need to arrange vet certs, etc. for travel potentially tomorrow!

Betsy, sweet Betsy, was adopted by a family whose mom passed the Lady Bird test. LB is normally a very resevered dog w/people at first but w/N., she went right up to her, lowering her head to tuck into her chest for a pet. Who needs more references than that? Now, if LB were good w/other dogs, she would have had a home but....Betsy is good w/everyone and everything.

Mutt puppy Margie is really coming into her own. Dr. Ian Dunbar wants her to bring me a chew toy when I come home; she prefers to chew on Little Lenny or Sugar Bear. I have photos of her pinning Spanky the Pit Bull :). Spanky is pretty good w/the littles - she plays w/them and cleans everyone's left ear. Margie barked off a roaming Lab - he is a neighborhood dog who goes from his home to another up the road past my home. Boy, M. is tough for 8# + by now. We see the vet for next set of shots tomorrow - I am very interested in how much she weighs. She is staying quite small; saw a 9 week old pup at Petco this past weekend - much bigger than Margie - looked Boxer type.

Still debating the foster vs licensed rescue issue even though I had made up my mind. A now deceased friend of mine once told me to make up my mind, stop thinking and move forward! I am a ditherer to the Nth degree :(.

I have ramped up training w/Sugar Bear. She is very smart - picked up sit, down like THAT. Is doing better w/leash work, too, though working on a short loose leash has a ways to go. Great news - Sugar Bear has a sponsor for her heart worm treatment! S. is already sponsoring Oxford's meds/food monthly. Thank you so much!

My dog walkers have very demanding schedules this year and we are feeling the loss of their presence. Hopefully, Laura will be here Friday. Scout needs to walk and gets left behind as I have to get LB and SB out at least twice a day. Farrah wants her walks, too, as do Oxford and Mimi. On the upside, I have a phone call to return of two coeds wanting to help walk plus a couple junior volunteers every two weeks - great for all of us!

Remember to start to winterize your dogs' homes, inside and out. I need a new dog door - gosh, just put the check in the mail, Bobbie. Straw and shavings for outside houses. Make adjustments to keep your water liquid - mine comes into the breezeway, which is not ideal as it gets spilled but it stays liquid :).