Monday, September 27, 2010

Danny Quinn is FAMOUS!

Danny Quinn, now a cartoon star!
A few weeks ago, I came home after work to find my blue eyed, chocolate and tan, double dapple tweenie Dachshund, Danny, with his head stuck in a pasta carafe which I happened to use for Milk Bones.  It had been way in the back out of the reach, so thought I, of the dogs....till I left Queenie out.  My counters were cleared and Danny's dilemma ensued.  He was banging the bottle/carafe on the floor, trying to free His Greediness's head.  I did not get a photo as I did not know how long he had been doing this.  I helped free him, wrote about it in my online newspaper blog, then, after a bit, sent it to Draw the Dog.com.  Today, Danny is THE Draw the Dog!  Here is the link to Danny's cartoon: Bobbing (oops..).
Thanks for the feedback on my phone dilemma.  I received several very viable options to pursue and will do so.  I also used a condensed version of my entry as a letter to the editor.  Silverwalk has a good reputation in this area; the thought of someone perhaps threatening us will not be taken lightly.  Have heard nothing more.  
The upgrades to first the dog areas and then a door to my bedroom so I can really be alone are proceeding wonderfully.  I don't know the whole cost but have scheduled myself for extra shifts for several months :).  Margie is the chief "sidewalk superintendent."
Margie - keeping watch


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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Barking Dogs - and Mysterious Phone Messages

A concern has re-focused by an anonymous caller.  He last left two messages the summer of 2009, politely complaining of the barking dogs; the second of those messages stated "something will have to be done."  I took that as a threat.  In those first messages, he ended with "thank you."   In the message on my answering machine (not sure of the date as my date/time was not set - but within the past week), he used my first name.  He does not leave his name.  My dogs are put up for the night when I am home during the week with the large dogs having access to the back yard but not the front nor the field.   My home/sanctuary is in the county.   My sanctuary is licensed.  I have two signs up along my fence stating who we are plus multiple private property/no trespassing signs.  The sheriff's office knows who I am and what I do as does our local humane society with whom I cooperate - I currently have 4 dogs from them.   Has anyone encountered a similar situation?  How have you dealt with someone who seems to be bothered by your dogs but won't identify himself?  It bothers me that now, again, he has called after such a long lull.   This person has never talked to me in person nor on the phone; just leaves the messages.  Hey, I work night shifts - I know what it is like to not be able to sleep due to extraneous noises but I use ear plugs and compensate for it as best I can.  I have noticed a white pick-up driving slowly by a couple times the last few days; not an official one as is being used by the road and electric crews.   My fear is harm to my dogs.  My grace is my God and my neighbors - we watch out for one another.  I have talked with my closest neighbors - they are not troubled or at least would not say so.  One did appreciate my putting up the dogs at night as best I can to facilitate normal sleep hours for all.   Thanks for any feedback. 


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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, September 20, 2010

It's MONDAY!

Wow - it is indeed Monday.  Did you see the list of blogs with new entries to the right?  Lots and lots of great stuff, esp. the link to theCBS Early Show about the Michael Vick dogs showing the world what redemption is really all about.  Check the links and watch that video!
Jedi TreeWalker
I had a gentleman here this morning to look at helping me get the house and grounds straightened up and more safe for the dogs and for me :).  He LOVED the hounds, particularly Jedi TreeWalker and my little Sheltie, Sheila.  He grew up with a bird dog who was a pet till his dad's shotgun and vest came out - then she was all business :).  Wonderful stories.  I am so looking forward to some help with big stuff. 
Sadie is at the vet overnight at my request.  She is heart warm NEGATIVE - YESH!  However, something else is going on as she has been off feed since Friday night/Saturday morning :(.  Looks like, though spayed, she may have an endometriosis infection (probably thanks to Hoss in his intact days); white count is up but no fever.  I will pick her up tomorrow when I take Annie in for her yearly.  Am I the only one who has so many dogs I forget when their vet visits are due?  I think I am going to have my vet make a house call next July as I kept getting reminders for dogs for July appts.  Must be a good month to bring in dogs - now just need to keep finding those very good homes and fosters! 
Speaking of adoption, Shiloh is still in his new home, Sassie cont. to do great and I need to do a follow up on Oxford to see how his adoption went.  Enjoy the photos; hope all had good weekends :).
Lady Bug!
Sadie - gorgeous; get better soon!


Justus, Sheila, Allie, Seymour, Todd and Betty
Betty Boop-how do YOU spell "wisdom?"



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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Space and Silence = Gratitude

Cane - Husky/Bernese mix?
I don't speak of "white space" as much as I do, mostly to myself, of "silence."  With a nod to the recent Zen Habit's blog entry to the right re: White Space, I had already noted and experienced a very small bit today.   I have two large dogs who don't eat well alone - Cane and Sadie.  I began a couple days ago to sit between them in the front room as they ate - giving them permission to eat at their leisure as well as giving them my time.  I hear snuffling, I feed them a bit by hand, I simply sit and be with them.  Some "white space/silence" in my days. 
Sadie - new Black and Tan girl
Another way one may gain some space is to ask for help.  My dear Coonhounds, beloved as they are, busted a pane of glass - no one was injured but there is no screen behind it.  I had nothing, so I thought, to repair it well, so put up some plastic to keep the bugs out and have been shuffling the Coonies between the front yard and their crates to keep them safe.  The weekend is coming, though - I work night shift and normally keep the large dogs in the breezeway with access to the back yard.  How could I protect the big dogs and my neighbors' weekend sleep?  I called for help.  We found I had drywall in my garage which we used to protect from the inside - plus we removed all the glass.   The time we spent effecting the repair was not quiet - I had potential adopters drop by with the dogs loudly greeting them.  The relief and graciousness shown by my friends is always appreciated - we all have had a weird week; it was good for some "space" and time shared:  the dogs settled, the potential adopters will email for an adoption application and now, I am having some supper....surrounded by hounds I have not seen for most of the day....it is a nice time...though Betty Boop is crying as she cannot get to me due to the number of hounds at my feet.
Betty Boop - my only photo, so far
I was gone most of the day to a skills workshop required by my hospital of clinical staff and also attended a unit meeting - one of those monthly meetings to help keep staff and management up to snuff with what was going on in the hospital and particularly on our unit.   While these skills stations can be redundant with information already known, such was not the case today.  I had seen some of the new dressings in use but had not been shown what they were or what all they entailed; I gleaned some information about better managing diabetic patients, who are often askance when "we" take away their home routines....and rightly so.  This, for sure, was a lab in which I learned more than I already knew.   While it was a busy time, it gave my mind some space in which to learn and expand.  I am looking forward to working with my boss and the new innovations being tried in our unit.   Feeling better about my work is good - and that in itself is space.
Think of the "white space/silence" your dogs, work or hobbies have offered you today.  Did you take advantage of it?  Are you able to sit back and simply breathe for a few minutes in appreciation for all you have and do?  I know I have TONS to catch up on tomorrow which I was not able to get to today - it will be there.   For now, we are relaxing. having enjoyed the "space/silence" we were offered, in particular, this day.  



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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Who Doesn't need a Harvey?




What more can I add?  No dog does this, yet sometimes, we expect so much more from our dogs before investing our time and effort into them to help them become the very best they, and consequently, we can be.  Harvey has invested in himself.  Go and do likewise!  but first, simply enjoy and have a laugh for your day :). 



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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, September 11, 2010

SEPTEMBER 11, 2001

Today we remember September 11, 2001 - those who died, those who survive, those who risked their lives, human and canine, to search and rescue first survivors, then bodies, bringing peace to bereaved families.  The dogs had no respirators like their handlers.  They answered the call as they had been trained, giving comfort to those rescued and those still searching.  We remember the brave men and women on the flight over PA.  After learning of the destruction in NYC and realizing how off course they were, they said "We CAN make a difference," and they did.  We remember those lost at the Pentagon - from the air and on the ground.  We remember, we forgive but we will never forget. 



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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.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Transitions

Most of you may have had the holiday weekend off but not me.  I work every weekend, holiday or no.  This weekend had the added joy/sorrow of saying "good-bye" to a very long term resident, the Silverwalk mascot, Shiloh, who was adopted to a home in Metropolis, IL.  I made sure they knew he was accustomed to being a free spirit - they have a vinyl 6' fence - YESH!  Son was torn between more flashy but demanding due to age/lack of knowledge Justus and very laid back Shiloh.  They came to visit in the afternoon; Shiloh had already been out most of the night and he was tired.  He will be wonderful, though, at soccer matches and with his new young owner's friends.   Shiloh is an escapee who knows how to get home...I wonder if they have a country club or a Methodist church nearby as Shi likes to golf and is of the Methodist faith :).  God speed, Shiloh - you are a GREAT dog, titled in CGC for over a year, too.

Shiloh - handsome Beagle


Shiloh wasn't the only dog to find a home.  On Saturday, Sassie aka Sassafras, the female Treeing Walker Coonhound who ran with Shiloh in the neighborhood, went home to St. Louis - her new family consists of mom, a 13 y/o human brother and a canine GSD mix brother.   I have heard back and she is doing GREAT.  Some adjustment on behalf of both dogs which was to be expected.   Mom came to see a variety of the larger female hounds here at Silverwalk.  I knew quickly who grabbed her heart as Sassie, off leash, kept coming back when we called.  When Sassie licked her new mom's chin, that was it.  Godspeed and keep enjoying your new home, Sassie!

Smiling Sassie


And that's not all!  Oxford, yes, Oxford, aka "Itchabod," and "Yeasty Boy," has a very viable adoption app. from his AR rescue.  He has been here for a couple years as a foster for PAWS in Marion, AR - now he may have a home!  He was "cat-scanned" at Safe Harbor this morning as new home has a cat.  Well, he had no trouble, meeting nose to nose with several kittens and cats.  He is being updated at the vet as we speak and hopefully, will move on toward home on Friday.  Wow - I LOVE Oxford...I know his rescue will be sure his new home does, too :). 

Who could not love this face?  Oxford!


With rescue, when it rains, it pours.  We brought in Sadie and Hoss last week, said good-bye to Sassie and Shiloh this week and perhaps Oxford.  A lost/stray Beagle girl is pending a vet visit, then will join Silverwalk.   One concern voiced this weekend was "How can I take her away from her family here?"  Because, every dog needs their own family - Silverwalk dogs are happy dogs but they are happier in their own homes.  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.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Enjoy a Laugh, Forget your Wardrobe, Have a Great Weekend!

Once you can accept the universe as being something expanding into an infinite Nothing which is something, wearing stripes with plaid is easy.

Albert Einstein






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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Coonhound Showcase

Jedi TreeWalker & Sassie, TWC
A small showcase of Silverwalk's current Coonhounds with newbies Hoss and Sadie who arrived on Tuesday, fitting right into the pack. 

Jedi TreeWalker and Sassie here don't normally get along too well as Jedi doesn't take Sassie's "being boss" seriously.  So when I saw them like this, I HAD to get a photo!



Justus, Black and Tan puppy about 8 mon. old

Justus, who came to Silverwalk as an approx. 4 month old puppy, is now a coming 8 month old Black and Tan.  The family who had to leave Sadie and Hoss were very impressed with his stance, his toe ticking (a B&T thing), his tail - everything!  Justus and Shiloh have a family coming to look at them on Monday to adopt one - I hope!




Hoss, coming 4 y/o male Redbone

Sadie, coming 5 y/o Black and Tan female





Hoss, here, is a newbie - he has been running in the acre field - note the long, hanging tongue.  He is a very nice, very big boy who does not have an indoor voice but loves his people.  He and Sadie, below, are just settling in, having arrived on Tuesday.  They are doing better than their family who had a very rough trip home without them.





Sadie, though older than Hoss, has deferred to him all her life after welcoming him into her home as a puppy.  She is more shy than he - I need to go out in the evening, leash her up to bring her into the house - she hasn't quite got the dog door yet - but she will.  Justus seems to be in love with her.






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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.