Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day - My Dad & Loving for a Living

The title today is linked to a very good blog whose writers and dog lovers tell, in multiple ways and better than I could, the stories of our dogs of war and their human veterans.  My dad was not a pet person - I did not know this till I was an adult since we had pets all our lives - my mom was and of course, we children were.  Below you can read more about my dad, a great man and a proud veteran.
 My father was a veteran in WWII.  He served in the India/Burma theatre as an Army private loading bombs onto planes.  He mostly only talked about the War in terms of accomplishment - what the sacrifices of his comrades and families made to keep the world free from the very true tyranny overtly threatening to destroy it.  All my dad's brothers served as well - the four of them - and all were blessed to come home.  The only time I saw my dad weep over what he had endured was when I unthinkingly took him to see "Memphis Belle."  The Memphis Belle was a war plane like the ones my dad worked on which flew out of Britain to Europe.  The focus of the film was the last flight of the Memphis Belle.  She was riddled with bullets and flak but her crew and pilots managed against all odds to get her and them home to safely in Britain.  This is how I recall it - if I am wrong, please correct me.  As I sat next to my dad watching this film, I saw him weeping.  "We were only 19 years old.  We knew nothing."  I cannot imagine being put to the test our veterans of all wars have been and at such young ages.  My dad, Robert Beach, for whom I am named, spoke of seeing planes leave and then not come back; of comrades go and die in service to not only our country but to the world.   The tyranny we face now in this first part of the 21st century is one more of inertia, of ease, of entitlement - the good we have is from God and our service men and women; the laziness is from expecting too much because we "deserve it."  Shame on us for, in our lives of taking, consuming, irresponsibility, lack of respect to our fellows, we dishonor the sacrifices which gave us these choices.  I challenge everyone reading to closely examine your lives - does any of this ring true?  How and in what way can you, not necessarily being in the Armed Forces, serve our country and keep our freedoms?  I certainly include myself as one who has failed the spirit of my dad and his comrades.  We need people to ethically run for public office, to participate on local boards and community service organizations, to challenge our Federal system to re-read the Constitution AFTER we re-read it ourselves - it is the bedrock and foundation of this country.  One thing for sure my father did not like was the up and coming globalization of this world - he foresaw financial and moral catastrophe  - much of which has come to pass and much of which can be corrected.  Memorial Day - remember, reflect, re-commit yourselves to the good of all peoples and animals in this land and the world.

My father died after a fall at the VA hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.  He fell in the lobby probably from a spontaneous hip fracture.  His body could not recover - his spirit wanted him to be with his fellow vets - he loved this hospital.  My sister and I were with him when he died - I informed the nurse of his death.  This hospital does not hide its dead in a block covered gurney.  Their bodies, which sacrificed for this country, are draped with an American flag, they and their loved ones go on the final journey through the halls, where everyone able stands in respect and salutes a fallen soldier.  My father was a great man, though his name will not be known to many beyond those of us who loved him and those to whom he reached out.  Thank you, veterans - I and my house will strive to honor you more.


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Silverwalk recently became part of Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary, Inc. in Jackson, MO, a licensed, 501c3 tax exempt sanctuary mostly for cats with some dogs and now Silverwalk Hounds. Silverwalk remains in Cape Girardeau County, MO, specializing in Beagles, other hounds and senior dogs. There are always dogs needing adoption and sponsorship. Please see Silverwalk Hounds for more information about Silverwalk and Safe Harbor, our dogs and "adorable adoptable" cats needing very good homes.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Lost, Found and Foster

Danny Quinn
FOUND!!!

It is after 2 in the morning and I am still up.  I know I am a night person but this is crazy.  Part of the problem is Danny, my blue eyed, chocolate and tan, double dapple, tweenie Dachshund is no where to be found.  I even checked the garbage.  I worked in the garage some, trying to get the mower to start - NOT.  I don't think he got out but where can he be?  I have checked every doorway, every cupboard, even shined a light into crates to be sure he was not in with someone else - AHA - I didn't check the breezeway crates - hold that thought! Nope :(.  Now up to God and his collar - which has saved him several times before as he is an escapee wanna be.   Please keep him in your prayers.

Queenie
Kisses

 Here are our newbies to the Silverwalk sanctuary, all came from our local humane society, the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri, with whom we work closely to save as many lives as possible.

   Todd                                           

Queenie was quite taken aback initially by all the dogs.  She now plays with Husky/Bernese mix Cane and the foster Coonhound puppy, Justus.  Kisses remains more shy - she is 10 y/o and has THE softest fur I think I have ever felt - even softer than Seymour's.  Todd is a very small Beagle like Queenie but thinks he is the Great Pyrenees of the pack, regularly patrolling the perimeters for any varmints, suspicious characters or rabbits.....They are all delightful dogs and we are lucky to have them here.  Finally, I think the majority of dogs here are Beagles and I feel so good about that - I simply love Beagles the best

And then, yet, there are those dogs who are simply born smart - like Justus, the 4 month old black and tan Coonhound puppy I am fostering for American Black and Tan Coonhound Rescue.  I picked him up on Tuesday.  I swear he is now at least crate trained to potty outside; has had only one poop accident in the house, maybe a pee or two but that is it.  When he gets rumbling in his crate, we go outside.  Almost immediately and in the same area, he does his business.  Course, the whole week has been like tonight as I have diligently been taking him out which does my sleep no good but man, he is sharp.  We started working on sit and "no bark" tonight.  I also gave him Margie's old Kong with part of his food and a home made dog treat in it.  Mmmmm....he liked that :).  Here is, I think, one of the best pictures I have so far of Justus: 
Justus at 4 months of age


Can you imagine what he will look like when he is full grown?!  Right now he is mostly all "hollow legs."  He sure can eat!  Someone is going to be very lucky and had darn well be very good to this boy when they adopt him.  For information on adoption for Justus, please contact Jayne through American Black and Tan Coonhound Rescue.  

Danny has his collar and microchip....but he is a little dog in a big, big world - or not; hopefully he is stuck somewhere here in the house.  I need to get some sleep.  Thanks for reading and praying. 


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Silverwalk recently became part of Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary, Inc. in Jackson, MO, a licensed, 501c3 tax exempt sanctuary mostly for cats with some dogs and now Silverwalk Hounds. Silverwalk remains in Cape Girardeau County, MO, specializing in Beagles, other hounds and senior dogs. There are always dogs needing adoption and sponsorship. Please see Silverwalk Hounds for more information about Silverwalk and Safe Harbor, our dogs and "adorable adoptable" cats needing very good homes.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Oldies but Goodies


This is my blind Bloodhound, Katey.  She came from a multi-breed dog breeder who was unable to breed her anymore and wanted a great life for her.  She doesn't sleep all the time.  She uses her nose to find her way around and to find any food AT ALL.  She is a very loving dog who is not up for adoption.  She stays here :).  Katey is 6 years old.  She loves to be in the yard with the pack or in the house snoozing. 
I want to encourage everyone to help your adopters and yourselves to look beyond a dog's "disability" or age to their wonderful, true nature.  Some may have shorter lifespans than others; it makes them no less special than that "perfect" puppy.  What it does is, after you have received from them all the love, gratitude and life lessons they have to give you and you helped them to the Rainbow Bridge with tears in your eyes and a hole in your heart,  give you an enlarged and more open heart for another less than perfect dog in need.  After all, who among us is perfect?  We are all ages, genders, intelligence/compassion levels....I urge you to reach out to those dogs overlooked at your shelter, your local sanctuary, your pound.  Puppies are sweet - I have my Margie - but older and "disabled" dogs offer joy, tenderness and compassion to us.  Go for the oldies - they really are the goodies!



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 Silverwalk recently became part of Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary, Inc. in Jackson, MO, a licensed, 501c3 tax exempt sanctuary mostly for cats with some dogs and now Silverwalk Hounds. Silverwalk remains in Cape Girardeau County, MO, specializing in Beagles, other hounds and senior dogs. There are always dogs needing adoption and sponsorship. Please see Silverwalk Hounds for more information about Silverwalk and Safe Harbor, our dogs and "adorable adoptable" cats needing very good homes.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Our Volunteers are Graduating - Godspeed & Thank you!

We celebrated both old and new times today.  Cynthia H. was back in the States from her teaching sojourn in Australia.  She will have graduation tomorrow with her class from SEMO and move on to Indianapolis.  We have missed her, were ecstatic to see her and await the time she is able to bring Farrah into her home. 

Volunteers are so crucial to any shelter, rescue or sanctuary.  We cannot care for the pets entrusted to us without the dedicated help of those volunteers who work when they could rest for the betterment of animals.  At Silverwalk, we look forward to seeing Laura and some of the other SEMO volunteers again - but know they have new lives coming on, not always here near Silverwalk. 

We at Silverwalk salute all graduates this season, particularly those who have made time in their busy lives for others less fortunate, be they canine, feline or human.  We thank you, bless you and pray you continue to care for others as much or more than you care for yourselves.  Godspeed.



 
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Silverwalk recently became part of Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary, Inc. in Jackson, MO, a licensed, 501c3 tax exempt sanctuary mostly for cats with some dogs and now Silverwalk Hounds. Silverwalk remains in Cape Girardeau County, MO, specializing in Beagles, other hounds and senior dogs. There are always dogs needing adoption and sponsorship. Please see Silverwalk Hounds for more information about Silverwalk and Safe Harbor, our dogs and "adorable adoptable" cats needing very good homes.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Some Silver (and Green) Walking

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We have had changes at Silverwalk.

Chip is in MN for more intense socialization; after a day or so of "where is my brother?" Monk is being more social himself - coming into the house more often, coming closer to me in the yard, almost walking up to the dog walkers this afternoon.  Exactly what I was hoping for when I sent Chip on first.

Scout is, as of Friday evening, in AR at Leanne's for a bit, then hopefully finding a smaller foster home with lots of structure.  We had somewhat of a comedy of errors.  I was at the back of the Blytheville McDonald's at Exit 63 as Scout is made more nervous by traffic.  Apparently, Leanne and Lisa were in the front.  I don't know who was there first.  Neither of us had shared what type of car we had but both Leanne and I had iPhones.  So, I get this message about them being there and was I not able to make it?  I said yes, I was there, too, in the back - LOL.  Scout was transferred; after a couple more late night exchanges re: food, etc. which I had left off his list, he is good to go and so is Leanne.  Thanks, guys.  God speed, Scout!

Cane's legs are green as he helped me finish mowing the dogs' acre Friday afternoon before the rain and drive to Blytheville.  I tried him out in the breezeway in Sassie's crate with Sassie inside in Scout's crate.  Cane is a big dog with a big bark; he is also accustomed to being a house dog who tolerates Katey's blind bumbling with good humor; Sassie does not.  In the house came Cane and Saturday evening will find Sassie back in her old crate. 

Dino is here from HSSEMO.  He is such a great dog that when not adopted, a volunteer contacted Silverwalk and we brought him here.  He is not yet listed on PF but to me, he looks like a small Lab in a Beagle coat with a tail curling over his back.  For sure, I am very tempted to try the DNA testing on him.  He is very attractive, not pushy, in love with Lady Bug (unrequited), a real gem.  We are glad to have him here!

Silverwalk recently became part of Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary, Inc. in Jackson, MO, a licensed, 501c3 tax exempt sanctuary mostly for cats with some dogs and now Silverwalk Hounds. Silverwalk remains in Cape Girardeau County, MO, specializing in Beagles, other hounds and senior dogs. There are always dogs needing adoption and sponsorship. Please see Silverwalk Hounds for more information about Silverwalk and Safe Harbor, our dogs and "adorable adoptable" cats needing very good homes.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Monk - Home Alone with the Pack


        Monk - home alone in the pack without Brother Chip. 
Wordless Wednesday

Silverwalk recently became part of Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary, Inc. in Jackson, MO, a licensed, 501c3 tax exempt sanctuary mostly for cats with some dogs and now Silverwalk Hounds. Silverwalk remains in Cape Girardeau County, MO, specializing in Beagles, other hounds and senior dogs. There are always dogs needing adoption and sponsorship. Please see Silverwalk Hounds for more information about Silverwalk and Safe Harbor, our dogs and "adorable adoptable" cats needing very good homes.