Friday, March 26, 2010

Sassie: Back and Improving

What an utterly splendid day here in the Cape Girardeau, MO area and environs.  It was easy to put the dogs out this morning with no rain and cool sunshine. 

Sassie, a Treeing Walker Coonhound, is back.  She had been adopted by a woman and her young daughter but turned out to want to be Boss - of everyone.  This beautiful dog was left at her shelter as an owner turn-in when her family moved after rearing her for 4 years.  Hmmmm.....we had thought she had difficulty with the pack and would love to be with her own family.  Not yet - they tried hard but she is not an easy dog.  I have her kenneled, in the pen or on a leash most of the time to adjust to pack life, to learn that NILIF (Nothing In Life Is Free) and to know I am the Boss, no one and no dog else - benevolent though I prefer to think of myself.   She has been on a regimented schedule now for 3 days - it seems to be helping.  Her walks are improving but she does not want to yield to commands, so today we worked on a very short leash with a choke chain, loose when she was relaxed at my side, tighter when she pulled: it was up to her.  She was in the yards/field this afternoon with the pack in the sunshine while I was reading and observing behavior.  She did very well - even leaping over the fence to help me help the neighbor round up her two wayward Pugs.  Sigh.  She had done this in her adoptive home but not here.  I hope and pray it was a situational opportunity only!  HA - I like delusions.  We will carry on - I hope to put her in CGC classes to help her overconfidence and give her permission to let someone else carry the burden of Boss.

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 Silverwalk Beagle & Hound Sanctuary, Inc. for more information about Silverwalk and our dogs needing homes.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Oy vey!

 How could I not mention in my last post the very best present for Margie's birthday - ADOPT A DOG IN NEED on her and your behalf.  You will be blessed :)!  Remember, June 21 - Margie's first birthday which she almost didn't have :(.

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 Silverwalk Beagle & Hound Sanctuary, Inc. for more information about Silverwalk and our dogs needing homes.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Margie and the Home Show


This past weekend was the time of the Home and Garden Show in Cape G.  It is retailers, hobbyists, garderners, and dog/cat rescues plus others getting together to let people know we are here and what we have for the community as spring starts.

Margie was at the Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary booth on Friday.  Silverwalk was able to share a corner, which is all we needed.  I helped man it w/Alice and Sherry on Friday as I worked both Sat and Sun DAY shifts.  Let me say with full confidence - Margie the Mutt Puppy, dumpster diving rescuee, was a HIT.  She never met a stranger, LOVED children, tried to play w/other dogs.  What I particularly found fascinating about her was her very astute response to the other dogs.  If they gave her a growl, she gave them a submission; she saw a friend's dog staring at her and tucked her tail and head - later, they made friends.   She did the same w/a Greyhound - they both ended up wanting to play.  Margie LOVES; she is able to adapt herself to win over any stranger - dog or human.

I did NOT have her there to adopt out - nope, she is my puppy for my old age,  I hope and pray.  I had her there to share her story of being saved from a dumpster at 7 weeks old, showing what a wonderful dog this "throwaway" is.  God spare the person who put her in that dumpster.   However, there were numerous people who would have taken her home!  Thanks always to her late rescuer, Margie, and to Debi, who gave her to me to adopt out, knowing I would not.
 
We had a very good response at Safe Harbor and all the rescue booths.  My friend, Melanie Coy, manned the MAAL booth (Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation).  It featured the photos winners of last year and this year.  One prominent photo was Spanky the day she was first found and seen in the woods.  I wept, as I do now writing this.  Stacy had her Busch Pet Products booth there, Marilyn was there w/ACE and Bollinger County Stray Project, HSSEMO, Greyhounds....We had a very good representation of rescue/sanctuary/shelters, products and animal welfare.


For your calendars, Margie's birthday will be celebrated June 21 - she will be one year old.  She is accepting cards, emails, comments to this blog and Perspective on Pets, etc.  Anyway you choose, in thought, prayer, or good wishes - please remember Margie and all the thrown away dogs who light up or could light up the world - June 21.  CELEBRATE.

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 Silverwalk Beagle & Hound Sanctuary, Inc. for more information about Silverwalk and our dogs needing homes.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Tissues, Please!

This was sent to me by a rescue friend.  If anyone knows the author, please share.  For those of you who foster, adopt and/or volunteer on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves, this is for you:


To My Foster Mom (or Dad)

There I sat, alone and afraid,
You got a call and came right to my aid.
You bundled me up with blankets and love.
And, when I needed it most, you gave me a hug.
I learned that the world was not all that scary and cold.
That sometimes there is someone to have and to hold.
You taught me what love is, you helped me to mend.
You loved me and healed me and became my first friend.
And just when I thought you'd done all you do,
There came along not one new lesson, but two.
First you said, "Sweetheart, you're ready to go.
I've done all I can, and you've learned all I know."
Then you bundled me up with a blanket and kiss.
Along came a new family, they even have kids!
They took me to their home, forever to stay.
At first I thought you sent me away.
Then that second lesson became perfectly clear.
No matter how far, you will always be near.
And so, Foster Mom, you know I've moved on.
I have a new home, with toys and a lawn.
But I'll never forget what I learned that first day.
You never really give your fosters away.
You gave me these thoughts to remember you by.
We may never meet again, and now I know why.
You'll remember I lived with you for a time.
I may not be yours, but you'll always be mine.

- Author Unknown


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 Silverwalk Beagle & Hound Sanctuary, Inc. for more information about Silverwalk and our dogs needing homes.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

A Portrait in Real Life

 My youngest sister, Nancy, is the real dog person in our family.  she has had the Shiloh Project for years in VA - she won't move back to MN though, she says, she never saw as much snow in MN as they had this year in VA.  This is a painting of her and her husband Bill's senior dog, Mikey.  Nancy does life coaching for at risk teens and those needing help in school.  A mom is an artist, needed help for her son but had no money; she and Nancy bartered for this painting and time for her son.  I love the concept of bartering - talent and time is exchanged instead of money - involves the whole persons much more than a purchase.  Isn't this great?
 
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 Silverwalk Beagle & Hound Sanctuary, Inc. for more information about Silverwalk and our dogs needing homes.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

"It's Always Something!" - Gilda Radnor

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 Silverwalk Beagle & Hound Sanctuary, Inc. for more information about Silverwalk and our dogs needing homes.

Today has been restful and as quiet as a houseful of hounds can be, unlike yesterday.  Oy vey.  Wednesday started off  by taking Pip and Squeak to the vet for their neuters along with Bailey for a different vet for her heart worm check after her month treatment.   Despite the fact Bailey had been out in the yard for some time before we left, she, unlike the wee boys who did their business in the outside X-pen, pooped a large one in the car before the first vet.  At least it was the proper color and consistency, no more blood!   She is still very slightly positive, so will keep her quiet for a bit longer but start her on her ivermectin.  She spent the morning doing errands with me - what a good dog!  Walked her out twice, did not bark or fuss in the car at all whether or not I was there.  She will make someone an awesome house dog.

I finally get home to find the breezeway in a total uproar.  Crates were moved, the heater element was pulled out of the wall (doesn't work) and the windows Katey had moved out from their lower casements previously appeared to be moved further out.  I observed this as I moved through.  Then, no Katey.  I went back - the windows swung open at a touch.  Good grief - a blind bloodhound was out on the prowl searching, I know, for her chosen paramour, Shiloh Beagle.  I grabbed a leash and went out front of the house, calling her name.  After just a few calls, I heard her bay - toward the back of the house.  I had seen Shiloh in the pasture so....and there she was, wandering outside the pasture in the brush.  I kept calling and she came to me down the embankment, through the low water creek and up the embankment on my side right to me!  Thank you, God!  I introduced her to my neighbors just in case this ever happened again.  GOOD GIRL, Katey.  Oh, Pip and Squeak did well, too, though both were shaky and very tired after I picked them up; today they were their old selves.  

Part of Wednesday's business was cleaning between taxiing and dog searching.  Courtney came over, having volunteered to help me clean.  Now, you gotta be ready for Courtney.  She comes with energy, an agenda and a plan.  Whoosh!  She was very happy with the Shark steam mop I finally bought - it is really cool and does the job, though with my floors, I bought like 6 extra pads.  HA.  I left her to get the puppies.  When we got back, everyone was home, the crates were where they needed to be - most out of the house and into the breezeway (after I had re-screwed the windows back into the casements and called my window guys to come give me an estimate on a good repair) and it smelled so good!  Thank you, Courtney!  I was able to nap before going into work at 11 PM for night shift with the puppies on my lap....sweet. Oxford did wake me up once, thinking it was time to eat; I chose to think it was time for his bath, so he got a bath and I got about 20 minutes more rest, if not sleep.  Oxford was not impressed.

Today, everyone having been in a crate in either the breezeway or house (and both Shiloh and Katey were in the house!), I let everyone loose after getting home in the sunshine and warm air - they had all endured T-storms in the night with strong rain and wind.  I lay down and was able to sleep, mostly, till about 2 PM!  It was quiet - the only barking was occasionally.  So nice.  Now we are all resting again prior to my going back to work tonight.  We have had a quiet, pleasant day but I will say - when I put Katey out in the morning, she went into the outside pen as the first thing I observed her doing was scooping out the fringes of the breezeway!  She was fine till we all started stirring. She is a wonderful dog - watching her play with a toy is heartwarming.

All will be well. 

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Rescue - Draw the Dog....and bring her home!

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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 Silverwalk Beagle & Hound Sanctuary, Inc. for more information about Silverwalk and our dogs needing homes.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Petfinder Furkeeps

http://www.petfinder.com/promotions/furkeeps

Above is a link to some awesome suggestions for making the right pet adoption for you and your family - so your pet will be yours "furkeeps." There is a lot to consider but sometimes, it just happens. Pets are wonderful but take time and attention. I love my pets - I have had horses, cats and now dogs. Please, if you are considering adopting, check out this link.

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 Silverwalk Beagle & Hound Sanctuary, Inc. for more information about Silverwalk and our dogs needing homes.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Change is Good

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 Silverwalk Beagle & Hound Sanctuary, Inc. for more information about Silverwalk and our dogs needing homes.

All dogs pictured need homes.  In order of photos are Pip and Squeak, two Dachshund mix puppies, boys, will be neutered Wednesday, Mar. 10.  They are about 6-7 months old, tweenie size, probably mixed w/Chihuahua.  You want a lap dog?  These guys fit the bill.

The third photo is of Bailey, who has turned into a lovely Black and Tan Coonhound just wanting to be a house dog.  She is a Silverwalk foster dog for American Black and Tan Coonhound Rescue.  Bailey is finishing up her heart worm treatment on Monday. 

The final two photos are first of Monk, then his "brother," Chip.  They were brought to Silverwalk about 2 years ago this spring after spring floods.  Both are semi-feral in that they love to be w/the pack but not so much w/humans (unless it is cold!).  In talking w/their initial rescuer, our consensus was they were probably born in the field and never really knew humans till their initial rescue.  Hopefully, they will be moving to a rescue w/more feral experience than I as they both would be wonderful pets once more tame.   Again, these photos are by my friend, Rochelle Steffen.  Thanks!
 PIP
I have made some changes to the blog layout.  First, I am home sick this weekend - I work weekend option, so missing a weekend is a BIG DEAL.  So, should you be utterly offended by any changes, keep my current situation in mind - I may recoil when I review after I recover!
 SQUEAK
I moved my followers to the very bottom of the blog.  I value you all immensely but I am a competitive person.  I found myself measuring the success of the blog by the number of followers I had.  WRONG.  Because you are treasured and I know myself, I kept my followers listing but moved you more out of sight.  I still want people to join up!  I know it is a pain to join Google for just this blog but...I hope it is worth it.
BAILEY, foster for American Black and Tan
I was adding way too many quotes to my e-mail signature.  I read Leo Babauta's latest post where he does not use a sig (Zen Habits - it is in "my blogs").  A very good email friend of mine, however, shared w/me how my email sig of "All will be well" has been helpful to her as she has gone through mastectomy, radiation and now chemotherapy.  So, I am keeping that part of the sig and moving a lot of the quotes here.  I hope you enjoy them and should you have some to share, send them my way! 
MONK
Oh, the background.  I simply like to play w/backgrounds.  It changes.  The mission and focus of Silverwalk does not :).
CHIP, Monk's "brother", we think
BTW, when I contacted Chip and Monk's initial rescuer, who now has an extensive rescue network of contacts, about help finding a place for the Boys, she was first shocked they were still here and then let me know after bringing them to me, she was inspired to go into rescue.  All will be well :). 

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Sigh :) - Photos Katey and Margie

The breeders I got Katey from want to give me another female Bloodhound.  I consider that a compliment.  She no longer makes milk for her puppies, is intact and is black and tan.  I love Bloodhounds.  Scout may go crazy with another one, though!  She is sighted :).  Katey has lost weight - I want to get her weighed.  She will stand by the back fence where Shiloh chases rabbits and "look" - smelling the chase.  Above is Katey; below are some recent photos by my friend Rochelle Steffen - she is moving to FL in the summer; I may send Danny Quinn with her - he hates, hates the cold and won't wear a sweater, the booger.   These are Margie, the Mutt Puppy found in a St. Louis area Wal-Mart dumpster at about 7 weeks old; she is now about 6 months and my puppy princess:


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 Silverwalk Beagle & Hound Sanctuary, Inc. for more information about Silverwalk and our dogs needing homes.