Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Hound Play @ Silverwalk

This is my first YouTube video/slideshow.  It features our new dog, Jedi, a young Treeing Walker Coonhound; Justus, a 6 month old black & tan Coonhound puppy; Annie Beagle, Todd Beagle and Margie, Carin terrier mix.  Still no photos of Allie Mae - she goes outside, does her business and comes back in.  I hope you enjoy - let me know if anyone has trouble viewing.  For those with dial-up, I apologize as I remember how loooong dial-up can take.  So, sit back, relax and enjoy the Hounds of Silverwalk!









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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.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Allie Mae - AWESOME

We have a guest at Silverwalk.  Her name is Allie Mae Hobbit.  She was an owner turn-in to our local humane society, a volunteer of which text-ed me as soon as possible.  You see, it was claimed that Allie Mae was 19 years old, a "smooth hair Golden Retriever."  R. did not want her left in the shelter environment if at all possible.  She is a red golden color after 3 baths and blood colored rinse water from the fleas.  As claimed, she is housebroken.  We don't think she is truly 19 years old but yes, she is an old dog.  She is sweet, not overly protective, accepting of all the dogs here without getting frazzled (except for her first day - 18 other dogs, even coming in increments, is a large adjustment).  She is gaunt with a prominent back bone and a barrel chest with visible ribs.  Allie Mae's new last name is Hobbit because, after less than 2 days here, she knew and showed me where the food was stored - just in case I had forgotten and oh, by the way, she was hungry - she told me so as she sat just so next to the food bin to which she had pointed with her nose.  So, A.M. likes her first and second breakfasts, she wants her water bowl filled all the time ala Oxford, though she will stand and whine by the empty bowl while Oxford puts his foot in it, rattling it to get my attention,  and thank you, God, she uses the "old dog" orthopedic bed which was meant for Cane, who we know is 11 years old but HE thinks he is a puppy - he play bows to me.  Allie Mae can go up and down the full flight of stairs to my upper half story bedroom; she danced after we were downstairs to go outside, then to EAT.  Yes, I have now received kisses, sweetly and lightly, from this most charming of creatures.  I have no photos yet - sorry - they will be forthcoming.  Now that she has settled some, I debate about listing her for adoption.  My first reaction was not to - she is old, she seems comfortable.  I have no clue what her heart worm status is and it doesn't matter - I am not going to put her through that noxious treatment at her age.  I will get her to my vet for a look see, perhaps a dental - maybe, a rabies and a bordetella; not worried about the other vax, either.  Allie Mae sits politely while I fix 19 bowls of dog food, watching intently.   At some point not recently, someone took some time, love and cared for her to be such a very polite, intelligent dog.   For now, she is a permanent resident.  Perhaps THE perfect home will show up for her as did for Katey.  Until then, I get to savor her company and delightful personality.  Those who left her had lost a job, could no longer afford her - such was the story anyway.  Silverwalk is blessed with Allie Mae Hobbit, golden Beagle mix.  AWESOME!



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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, June 25, 2010

Katey at Home

Katey, very comfortable in her home





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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, June 24, 2010

Teaching to "Say Hi"

Today I am sharing an embedded post from "Dog Spelled Forward."   You can find this blog in my blog list.  Eric talks about how to teach a behavior which hopefully will help a dog and owner to politely greet visitors without knocking them over.   I will be practicing this with Justus,  my now 6 month old Black and Tan Coonhound foster puppy - he likes to jump up and gnaw on my arm.  Let me know what you think by leaving a comment.   Thanks, Eric!

Dog Training - Targeting and Say Hi                                                            


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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.

Monday, June 21, 2010

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARGIE!


MARGIE: MUTT PUPPY, DUMPSTER DIVER - 
THIS IS YOUR DAY!
Not quite a year ago, Margie was found by Margie, a Wal-Mart employee and volunteer at Recycling Rover in Morse Mills. She was in an enclosed dumpster, about 7-8 weeks old, and making enough noise for human Margie to look all over and finally, open up the dumpster to find Margie.  She came to Silverwalk September 22, 2009 for my birthday on Sept. 25.  The initial plan was to adopt her out - that plan lasted a month.  She hopefully will be the dog who will see me into my old age, the puppy I was going to have after I finished rescue (HA) - she just came earlier than imagined.  Who knows her parentage?  I am now calling her a Cairn Terrier mix as her personality fits that description to a T, though physically she is an American dog, also known as a mutt. Margie is independent, possessive of my lap (read: not wanting to share) and compassionate.  On a recent stormy day, late Agnes was trembling and in great distress due to the storm; Margie came to her, stayed with her, licking her mouth - when Agnes moved to a  more enclosed space, Margie went with her.  What a good dog.  Thank you, God, for Margie and all those who are blessed by her life - her late rescuer Margie, her original rescue home Recycling Rover and Debi, who KNEW I would keep this dog as well as those who have loved you in this past year which, had your dumper had his/her way, would not have been.  Our gain and blessing in you is their loss and shame.  
Please, join me in celebrating Margie's life today and this entire week - do what ever you can for those who have no voice in your life, be they canine, feline or human; commit yourselves to a random act of kindness daily this week as a present to Margie; open up your home to either a foster dog or an adopted dog or cat, let those in your life know you love them.  God bless.

 
 
 
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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.

Monday, June 14, 2010

ADOPTED - LADY BIRD!!!

Above is Lady Bird as she was when she first came to Silverwalk from Marion PAWS of Marion, AR as a foster.  


To the right is a photo taken by Rochelle Steffen - showcasing Lady Bird's true elegance and intelligence.

 Left is a "glamour" shot done at a photo shoot in Petco.  Lady Bird is watching my hand which has a treat.  Has she not become a most beautiful dog?
Here is another photo of Lady Bird from the same shoot.  On January 14, 2010, I reluctantly but knowing it was best for her, took Lady Bird to Memphis to meet the Puppy Bus going to the NE USA - specifically for her, Lucky Pup Rescue in ME.

YESTERDAY, LADY BIRD WAS ADOPTED INTO HER OWN HOME.  No one can imagine how I love this dog and am so very, very happy and gratified to all those who made her real home possible. 



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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.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Miss Queenie's Adventure

Friday evening, Miss Queenie and I went to Festus to meet and greet a potential adopter for her.  This adopter started out by stating in her first email "I want to adopt Queenie."  Now, she is unsure of adding another Beagle to her home.  It was a long trip for an uncertain future.  Queenie and Daisy both wanted to chase the several rabbits they saw, though Daisy had the Beagle squawl while Queenie barked.  They did well together off leash in an enclosed tennis court and walked back to the cars both held by W.  I would always want an adopter to be sure before they adopted - as sure as anyone can be - as I want the Silverwalk dogs to go to forever homes who truly want them.  However, I don't know that I will be making many more trips for unsure adoptions.  My rescue mentor, Judy H., expects her adopters to come to her.  In order to make them feel comfortable, she updates each dogs' Petfinder on a regular basis, talks with the adopters' by phone and is very open, honest about her dogs, their likes and dislikes in rescue.  Marilyn at Bollinger County Stray Project does similar updates and is sure to include her personal assessment re: personality and response to commands, etc.  I, too, am very open, honest about what I see in a dog at Silverwalk.  One thing I have noticed in updates from my adopters is the change in dogs after moving from a large pack to a smaller one, with or without another dog.  They seem like different dogs!  They blossom into themselves more so than they are able to do here, though we work hard to make each one feel special. 

Click on Queenie's photo for her Petfinder listing.

Festus was the start of Queenie's adventure.  After our meet and greet, I needed to have supper.  It had cooled enough by then (JOY) to let the windows open in the car while I ate at Festus's Panera.  As I sat and allowed myself to really relax, I realized, after two consecutive days of driving distances to first bring in a new dog (Jedi) and then for Queenie, I needed to simply sleep before I tried to drive back to Cape.  I inquired about local dog-friendly motels.  Even when I don't have a dog with me, I only, on principal, stay at dog-friendly motels.  There was a Drury right up the road.  They had a room!  I text-ed a friend who let my indoor dogs out Saturday morning, then Queenie and I relaxed.  Well, I relaxed.  Queenie was unsure about this motel thing as she did not have access to her yard as at home.  However, she did her business before we slept, she slept all night and in the morning, whined to go outside.  YESH.  I wasn't sure if she was house-trained or not, I still would not claim she is but this was a very good sign.  She did her business and we were on the road again - but this time, Queenie went to the vet for the weekend - more adventure! - as she is being spayed Monday morning.  So many new things for a little dog in a very few days!  All to help her find her a very good home for life :).   Look at her photo - she does deserve one, doesn't she?

It was nice to sleep in real dark and nice to come home to a pack whom I love - even Jedi, who, at 74#, wants to be a lap dog :).  I hope you all have/had a wonderful weekend and are refreshed for the coming week.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Don't Look Back

Sunshine, who found her child at Eastertide
My friend Alice of Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary called yesterday to give me a funny to which I could very much relate.  A senior small dog, Skeeter, who had followed Alice around SH literally at her heels the entire time he was there, was adopted yesterday - and went home without a backward glance at Alice.  Betrayed!  HA.  So like Sunshine, who, a couple years ago, I fostered for SH, teaching her how to walk on a leash, etc.  Sunshine loved children - she had been spending her mornings waiting for the morning school bell to ring, then dash to the elementary school, making her way inside to be near her children when able.  The principle was concerned as the school is on a highway, so he called SH/Alice, who called Marilyn, who called me - I was off and went to scoop up the lovey.  Well, she did NOT like a crate but she did like my pack.  One day, a family came to meet her - the young girl fell in love and Sunshine loved back.  I handed her leash to the girl.  She and Sunshine walked to the car without a backward glance - Sunshine's gaze was on HER child.  Betrayed - by the very best intentions :).  Godspeed, Skeeter!





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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, June 4, 2010

Heaven, Home, Heaven Again

Wow - what a week.  After Memorial Day on Tuesday, as noted, Agnes went to heaven with a blessing and much love. 

Katey - finding her way by a nose
On Wednesday, my blind bloodhound, Katey, who had not formally been up for adoption, was adopted by a wonderful family who are very familiar to adoption - all their children are adopted special needs, and now, so is their dog.  First report - mom and dad each blamed each other for snoring - it was Katey, switching sides of the bed on the floor!  She got a bath and a full brushing, followed her new parents as they did yard work, and walked out on a leash w/the kids to do her business.  THIS is the type of home we want all our dogs to go to. 

Also on Wednesday, before Katey found her home (and that is a story in and of itself), I pulled Lemon, a hound mix, from HSSEMO with their blessing.  She had been dumped near a factory here, then loved along w/Queenie by a wonderful couple.  Lemon had started either coughing up or vomiting yellow tenacious fluid; I called my vet before leaving the shelter to at least board her and get her checked before bringing her home.  Long story short: she has an ileus which is not responding to treatment - Dr. Keith did blood work, XRs, her fecal showed a bazillion hookworms, whip-worms and tapes, a barium swallow with no barium passing into her intestines.  Unsure what was going on, she opened her up expecting intussusception (where the intestine folds into itself like an accordion) but "only" finding ileus, where the peristalsis of the intestines is no longer moving things along.  Despite medicines both IV and topical, she did not respond this morning as expected.  I was unsure how far to go yesterday but after I went out and spent time with her, despite the cost, I wanted to give her a chance.  Now, the chance and the cost are both prohibitive - we decided to let her go to heaven with heavy hearts - at least she knew she was beloved both at the shelter and the vets'.  So hard and I don't even have a photo of her.   I am going to worm all my dogs simply as a precaution and good measure; they eat dirt and roots which sometimes contain whip-worms - I don't want to go here again :(.

Didn't help that I felt lousy on Thursday, so much so I called in sick to work.  Now I love my work; staffing can often be in a crunch so I HATE to call in but I could not go in and do my patients' any good.  Better today but on clear liquids to be sure I am good to go tomorrow. 
Rosie, late St. Bernard/Pyr cross

I was contacted by a rescue friend for another rescue looking to place a formerly starving TWC (Treeing Walker Coonhound).   Well, CJ had helped me enormously a few years back trying to place a St.B/Pyr mix (she is a Pry rescue rep/foster for AR & MO), so I said I would like to look at him.  I saw the pics, heard all she has done and would do for him before he came and now he is coming when ready.  He looks better than his pics - thank God and Carolyn!

Justus, the Coonhound puppy I am fostering for ABTCR, is growing like a weed.  He is becoming a very nice boy.  I think there is a B&T at the shelter, either that or a Dobie w/natural ears - YESH.  Big boy, which I can see Justus becoming....

Emotional week.  Think I will go see "Marmaduke" tonight if it is here.  I need a good belly laugh.  Have a GREAT weekend.


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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.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Agnes - Home at Last

AGNES
 Unknown DOB - June 1, 2010
Rest well, Aggie - play with Spanky, Raggedy Ann, Penney, Louie, and Beau
Agnes came to Silverwalk about 3-4 years ago.  She was an old dog then.  She had absolutely no adoption inquiries which was fine with me.  She was smart, devoted. loved to walk and gambol in the field.  This morning, before it became so hot, she rode in the car (which she loved) with me to morning prayer.  I told Fr. Bob the plan for heaven; he offered her a blessing before we went on to breakfast.  We spent time with a friend, then stopped at my wonderful vets' to make an appt.  Dr. Ann was able to help her right  then - we said our final good-byes and her spirit passed away from this earth but her memory will long live on.....Godspeed, Agnes, you blessed many lives.


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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.