Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Alpha Roll - NOT plus Justus gets his Home

I have my answers on the alpha roll and they are not pretty.   Thanks, Kristine, for your input in the comments; comments are always welcomed by bloggers as we need validation or correction.  When done at all, the "alpha roll" is apparently with the intent to kill.  Now, who in their right mind would want their dog to think they were going to kill them?  Not me...I sent my friends several links re: alpha roll  Here are two more I found through Beagles-on-the-Web.com (thanks, Caron!).  Check this out: Dog Training Guide and be sure to click the link to which she refers.  WOW.   You will see these bloggers added to my blog list ASAP. 

Other news - I am adopting my foster dog, Justus.  He is simply a wonderful puppy, we have worked hard together with a long way to go.  I did not want him to go anywhere else - yes, Jordan, I know every dog deserves her own home; Justus's will just simply be here with a lot of friends.   Justus is the black and tan Coonhound puppy with webbed feet and a white speckled splotch on his chest, making him an American dog aka mutt :).  One gorgeous, fun mutt who still can sleep on my lap.  He should be one year old in January, best guess :).

video
      Here is a very short video of Justus with Dino, the very large Harrier? mix. 


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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, November 27, 2010

Alpha Roll Opinions, please!

While with his potential adopters over Thanksgiving, Jedi was alpha rolled twice because he pottied inappropriately.  This information has upset me to no end.  Perhaps I am wrong but to me, the alpha roll is very old school, a punishment for a young dog who is not house-trained and should be reserved only, if at all, for very aggressive dogs, which Jedi is not.  His family is wonderful.  His sibling is a senior Airedale now 12 years old - and this is the training Jed's parents now remember and are using.  He is none the worse - he truly had a wonderful time and I know he will enjoy going back over Christmas.  I need to research and check out this alpha roll thing, though.  It just seems over the top, even for a young, strong dog.  I have NO doubt of the love and care this couple will give Jedi - but he won't be in this home permanently till next fall, if even then....meanwhile, he will be going for 2-4 day stretches when wife has time off to devote to a young dog who knows nothing.  He did learn to use a dog bed instead of a couch - YESH.  He did please his sibling by needing longer walks, which, while she has arthritis, she reportedly enjoyed as well :).  So, all in all, a very good visit - Jed needs to be consistently, positively trained on his house manners....good boy :).   Some updated education seems in order, tactfully, for all of us as again, I am unsure in this area.  Wife knew I was upset from my reaction on the phone.  Bottom line - Jedi came home more relaxed and calm than when he is here.  He made nary a peep of a bark or howl on his visit, used his crate successfully and went out with his sibling in the middle of the night.  Thank you, God, we did not get the forecast ice storm...this time. 

Those of you who follow this blog know I like to play with color, template and photos.  Hopefully, the site will now be stable through Christmas - perhaps even to Jan. 6!  Oh, joy!  I am now having houndsong - I truly enjoy it, though!!


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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, November 21, 2010

Student Volunteers ROCK

Volunteers are a God-send.  Yesterday, after a busy 12+ hr. night shift, I had a quick breakfast and then hit the ground running with two volunteers from SEMO needing service hours.  My floors are now sparkling because "you dogs deserve very clean floors."  I took photos to send to my inspector, they looked so good.  Plan is for them to be back twice in December to finish out their hours.   Thank you!

Notre Dame HS
Having them here reminded me of the Notre Dame students who helped out two days in a row last spring - and the hand-written thank you note I still need to send to Brother David.  They were great - they focused on the yard, really clearing stuff out including some literal old dead wood from a tree which sheds limbs every ice storm.  Yes, I hope they will be back.

 We did have a pack incident (no injuries - lots of sturm und drang).  In hindsight, I need to remove myself more from the dogs instead of trying to control things.  This pack, in general, does well together.  Both Cane and Hoss are very loud, which makes me crazy but does not indicate any aggression per se, it is just them - so, I better need to recognize this every day and not over react.   On the other hand, in my home, I don't have TV, I use my answering machine all the time to avoid the phone (mostly due to my speech impediment) and even now, am typing this in silence broken only by dog snores, which I love.  So, my personal tolerance for noise is low....sorry, Cane and Hoss - I promise to do better. 


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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, November 18, 2010

Festive Colors and Fostering - Huh?

With kudos and attribution to Trish McConnell, her Jack Frost leaves photo is now gracing the top of this blog (at least on this date depending on when you read this).  I have decided to not rail against the encroachment of Christmas commercialism this year.  Advent is only a week and a half away - the Sunday following Thanksgiving.  Uff da.  So, here is a holiday colored blog theme for a bit - till it snows, perhaps.  Some brighter colors seem more festive to me. 

I do believe Lady Bug may have a new home.  Am still working on the vet reference but her potential family is excited about the fact she fetches.  Due to my speech impediment, my friend and board member Jenifer made the initial reference calls - she liked what she heard.  YESH for Lady Bug!!  OK, need to talk to the vet but sounds good for her so far.

Lenny aka "Pirate"
I still have hounds available for fostering during the holidays.  This really helps them be more prepared for their new homes.   Last year, Lenny found his foster/new home with Chris - and has several times been featured in the paper with his new girlfriend!  Chris had seen Lenny when he first entered the Humane Society with his bulbous and painful eye.  After he came to Silverwalk and with the funds raised by HSSEMO volunteers, we were able to remove the eye.  Lenny became "the Pirate!"  What a sweetie - and he is a tough little dog, too - though, due most likely to his previous upbringing, he will shake and shiver at almost everything.   He is in a great home now.  Thanks, Chris!  Fostering works!  and you can bring the dog back to Silverwalk when your mutually decided upon time limit is up....how is that for a deal??  Try it - Lenny likes it!




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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, November 15, 2010

I am an Animal Rescuer and a Nurse

I am an Animal Rescuer.
   I am a nurse
I will never bring about world peace.
   I will never solve the health care dilemma. 
I’m not a brain surgeon, and I’ll never transplant an organ to save a life.
   I will care for those who have had brain surgery; I will prepare families to donate the organs of their deceased loved ones. 
I don’t have the ear of a powerful politician or world power.
   I see too much politics in health-care today and always. 
I can’t end world hunger.
   I can't heal the world. 
I’m not a celebrity, and God knows I’m not glamorous!
   I come to my vocation clean and pressed, leaving rarely the same. 
I’m not looked up to by millions around the world. Very few people even recognize my name.
   Those who do will soon forget it as they move on...
I’ll never win the Nobel prize.
    I'll never win a National Nurse of the Year award. 
I’ll never save the rain forest or end global warming.
    Neither will I cure cancer nor totally stop pain.
There are a lot of things that I’ll never do or become.
    As both an animal rescuer and a nurse. 
But today I placed a cat.
    But today I kept someone's loved one alive. 
It was a small, scared, bundle of flesh and bones that was dropped off in a shelter by unfeeling people that didn’t care what happened to it.
    His family is afraid of what may not happen - that he may not heal. 
I found it a home.
    Today I gave them hope.   
It now has contentment and an abundance of love. A warm place to sleep and plenty to eat. A child has a warm fuzzy new friend, who will give this family unquestioning devotion and teach them about responsibility and love.
    His family knows strangers care for him....willing to work long hours on his behalf. 
No, I’m not a rocket scientist. But today I saved one of God’s precious creatures.
    Neither am I an astronaut (sigh) - but today, I fought off pain for one who could not speak. 
Today, I made a difference. I am an Animal Rescuer.
   Today, I made a difference.  I am also a nurse. 
My job is to assist God’s creatures.
   My job is to assist God's creatures, both human and animal. 
I was born with the need to fulfill their needs.
   I was born with the need to fulfill their needs. 
I take in new family members without plan, thought or selection.
   I carefully and gently work with my patients, families and my animals. 
I have bought dog and cat food with my last dime.
   I have answered the phone at three in the morning when more help was needed. 
I have patted a mangy head with a bare hand.
   I have cared for those infected before we knew they were.  I have used my touch. 
I have hugged someone vicious and afraid.
   I have soothed someone unable to understand what had happened to him. 
I have fallen in love a thousand times.
   I have cheered those as they heal, becoming their real selves again. 
And I have cried into the fur of a lifeless body.
   I have prepared the body of a loved one for their family members to visit and mourn. 
I have animal friends and friends who have animal friends.
   I have nurse friends and friends who have nurse and doctor friends. 
I don’t often use the word “pet.”
   I avoid using endearments, addressing my patients with dignity. 
I notice those lost at the road side, and my heart aches.
   I prepare a room, bed, my brain and heart for those injured on the road.   
I will hand raise a field mouse and make friends with a vulture.
   I will ride with my patient by ambulance; I will calm an hysterical mother. 
I know of no creature unworthy of my time.
   I know of NO creature unworthy of my time. 
I want to live forever if there aren’t animals in Heaven.
   I hope to see many of my patients and fellow nurses and doctors in Heaven. 
But I believe there are.
   Yes - God is good: She saves both humans and animals; indeed, my dogs are in Heaven. 
Why would God make something so perfect and leave it behind?
   Why would God not make a way for my patients to meet Her again?
We may be master of the animals, but the animals have mastered themselves.
    As a nurse, I master no one but respect their rights, their wishes, their concerns.
Something people still haven’t learned.
   People are afraid of losing control in the hospital.  I need to help them maintain as much dignity and choice as possible. 
War and abuse make me hurt for the world, but a rescue that makes the news gives me hope for humankind.
   The story behind the story of a now one armed man gives me hope. 
I am part of a quiet but determined army, making a difference every day.
   I am indeed part of two quiet but determined armies, making a difference every day. 
There is nothing more necessary than warming an orphan.
   There is nothing more necessary than meeting an injured or diseased person where they are - and helping them to heal: physically, mentally and spiritually. 
Nothing more rewarding than saving a life.
   Nothing more rewarding than saving a life. 
No higher recognition than watching them thrive. 
   No higher recognition than watching them prepare to go home with loved ones. 
There is no greater joy than seeing a baby play, who only days ago was too weak to eat.
   There is no greater joy than to see patients return whom I no longer recognize because they have healed. 
I am an Animal Rescuer.
   I am a nurse.  I am an Animal Rescuer.  And I pray. 

Black: Anonymous
Brown: Roberta Beach  
   



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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Commiting Random Acts of Kindness and Senseless Beauty

This past week, the hounds at Silverwalk were blessed by two people (that I know of) who stepped outside of their wants and needs to benefit homeless dogs living here.  Thank you, thank you.

The first was Steven.  He is a young man who had a birthday party.  I think he may be still in the "boy" delineation of age but what he did was manly, so I call him a "young man."  He did not want presents.  He asked his guests to bring dog food for Silverwalk instead of presents.  This blows me away.  This was Steven's day, HIS day and he used it to benefit homeless dogs.  His dad caught up with me at church last Sunday to transfer the dog food to my vehicle.  Steven, thank you and we will pay it forward.

Friday night at work, a colleague whom I admire, always learn from and whose compassion is boundless, asked how many dogs were at Silverwalk.  I told Leigh 19 - 5 of my own, 14 needing homes.  For Thanksgiving, the employees of St. Francis Medical Center are each given a Schnuck's gift card plus a free meal in our restaurant.  Generosity from an institution committed to paying it forward.  Leigh went one better.  She gave me her Schnuck's card to me to use for dog food, knowing how much food she went through for their three dogs and having a tough time imagining my feeding nineteen.  Her kindness and generosity are appreciated more than she will ever know.  Thank you, Leigh - we will pay it forward.

November is Adopt a Senior Dog Month.  Silverwalk Beagle & Hound Sanctuary has many senior dogs.  For the most part, they are already prepared to be in a home, won't chew up your shoes, love to go for walks as well as hang out with the family.  Till Christmas, the senior dogs at Silverwalk, whose adoption fees are normally $100, are $50.  All these dogs are up to date on shots, heart worm negative and on treatment, get regular flea and tick treatment and live in a home with other dogs and me.  Here are some of them:

Allie Mae is not even listed on Petfinder.  She is perfectly house trained, let's me know when it is time to go to bed, keeps my feet warm and is a very delightful dog.  Her get-along is not as fast as I am sure it used to be.  Allie Mae would be a particularly good companion for a senior citizen looking for a medium size dog to keep them company. 
Betty Boop looks like she has had too many puppies.  She was found a stray, stayed at the house she chose whose owner contacted Silverwalk.  Betty is here and wow, what a little personality.  OK, she is not very active but she does keep watch, has a wonderful deep little bay, will zoom around on occasion (which is utterly hilarious) and is house broken.  I think she is 3/4 Beagle and 1/4 Basset as she has the wrinkly short Basset legs but looks otherwise more Beagle.  She will be be a mostly quiet companion for you in your home and on your couch...
Kisses lost her home due to the economy.  Believe it or not, she is about 10 years old, house broken, wonderful with people and children and would love to be an only dog with a senior citizen or family.  She bonds very tightly with her human(s).  Her fur is some of the softest I have ever felt. 
How about a larger dog?  Cane is a Husky mix, 11 years old who, the other day, leaped over my adult Treeing Walker Coonhound without touching him.  Don't tell Cane he is old - just give him some Deramaxx, good food, walks and watch him run.  Cane is good with children but grew up as an only dog; he is not thrilled with the multiple dogs here.  He, too, is house broken and ready to steal your heart.
  Lady Bug is literally half the size she was on arrival to Silverwalk.  She loves to fetch the ball or her un-stuffed toy, is house trained (and will train you, too!).  She is such a perfect 15" Beagle, I am really surprised she has not been adopted.  She does well in public - was a witch at Busch Pet Product's Howl O'Ween party, has been to Petco and to Safe Harbor to visit.  Lady Bug does well with people of all ages, dogs and, while she has not been "cat scanned," I think she would do well with cats, too. 

If none of these dogs appeal to you, please check out the dogs at Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary,  Bollinger County Stray Project, Rainbow Ranch in Morse Mill, MO and our local Humane Society of Southeast Missouri.  All have dogs of varying ages but remember, November is Adopt a Senior Dog Month - and hopefully, we will all be seniors some day, appreciating those who will value us even as our length of years decline. 




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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Find Lady Bug a Home

Margie

I am so busted.  You all know or should know or I am letting you know that dogs should not ride in your laps while driving.  In fact, like children, they should not even be in the front of the car but in a crate or tethered in the back.   WELL - knowing better,  I let Margie ride on my lap to the vet for her yearly and back home.  She had a nail removed which was partially coming off and was slow to wake up from the sedation.  I kept her on my lap while she slept on my way home.  I stopped for gas.  So did the trauma surgeon who oversees our trauma program at my hospital.  As he told me last night, he could not believe he was seeing one of his ICU nurses driving with a dog on her lap.  Mea culpa.  Pleading that it was Margie gained me no ground.  Busted. 

Lady Bug
Today is an utterly gorgeous, so not normal November day in the seventies with some clouds but light breeze.  After I woke up, I went outside with the pack.  I sat on the edge of the gate bridge, watching dogs sun themselves, petting those coming close, particularly Sheila Sheltie, throwing Lady Bug's raggedy lamb for her after playing tug while watching out for my fingers.  Sheila was not impressed with LB's occasional imposition on her petting and let her know it.  Sheila may be a senior but she is a Princess - we must never forget that :).  It was a joy to see such a large and diverse pack of hounds quietly enjoying some time with me.  
Princess Sheila

A young friend stopped over again today.  One question she had was why wasn't Lady Bug adopted yet?  Good question - she is house broken, she likes to play ball, has a toy with her most times, she is friendly to all and is a very pretty Beagle.  So, why hasn't anyone wanted to adopt her?  It beats me.  She will make a great pet.  She is not much of a lap dog, likes to sleep under the bed or on her own pillow and is very social.   She is a delight to have here but truly needs a real  home.   Please share her Petfinder link:  Adoptable Dogs: Lady Bug.

Thanks!  And enjoy the good weather while we have it.  Apparently some much needed rain is forecast for the weekend with temps in the more seasonal 50s. 


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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, November 4, 2010

Moving On at Silverwalk Beagle & Hound


Silverwalk Beagle & Hound Sanctuary, Inc. was always meant to be a small, home-based sanctuary.  The numbers have grown in the past two years as the economy has tanked.   I do not regret bringing in any dog at all but I know I cannot keep up with 14 adoptable dogs on site.  On Silverwalk Hounds, I have placed a notice stating I cannot take in any new dogs for the foreseeable future unless I have increased adoptions and foster homes (I have no foster homes; they are precious commodities).   I feel sad about this in that I personally would really like to bring in more Beagles....  I am disheartened about the crisis caused by the passage of Prop B, with multiple dogs being dumped in auctions or being threatened with death unless a rescue or PROP B SUPPORTER fosters/adopts them.   The caps are intentional.  Because I vote, because I try to be a responsible citizen, if I vote for something, then I need to be ready for the consequences of my actions.  Those who voted for Prop B now need to step up even more than perhaps they had before and foster/adopt, volunteer, donate, ensure the consequences of this amendment, which doesn't go into effect for one year, is not a pure bloodbath or multiple transfers of dogs out of state to even worse puppy mills.   I have already heard back from one supporter/cross-poster who contacted HSUS for help and was denied.   There may be some grace as Jeff City looks at reconciling the differences between these the two dog laws; as an amendment, Prop B may need to be adjusted for current law.  The amendment included no functions for enforcement, which was one of my continuing arguing points.  How would it be more effective than current law?  Please see KC Dog Blog.

I digress.  I did not want to revisit Prop. B.  What is done is done; hopefully, our legislature will listen to wisdom...Those of us who love dogs now need to work much closer together despite and because of our differences in approach; I think we can all complement one another than alienate....if we alienate, we only hurt those we seek to save.

What I do want to do is share with you all Silverwalk's new website, Silverwalk Beagle & Hound Sanctuary, Inc.  The URL is http://silverwalkhounds.org.  It includes an online adoption application as well as a contact form - more user-friendly communication.  I am still working on adding information about hounds, so that link is "under construction."   As you look it over,  PLEASE feel free to offer suggestions, particularly for ease of use on dial up systems.   Those of us in town and nearby outlying areas tend to forget a large part of Internet is still dial up throughout the country.   I love video and photos yet understand the pain of downloading them on a dial up system.

Silverwalk remains the same - I still have no room at this inn.  All the dogs, personal and rescue, are still treated and spoiled as always.  I am trying to "help" them all to be more accustomed to crating for varying intervals, particularly at night, but it is not easy as I was slothful with the last "batch" of dogs who came into the program.   They do not always appreciate this help :). 
To those who read and respond to this blog, today, in the future and in the past, I thank you for your support,  your feedback,  your passion for helping in whatever manner you are able to save those who have no voice.  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.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Lady Bug - A New Dog :)

Lady Bug, watching Ruth and Julie leave :( - April, 2010

                                                                                                                            
Lady Bug at Busch's Pet Products, Oct. 30, 2010
Lady Bug, formerly known as "Bertha," came to Silverwalk in April.  She was pulled and transported by now two rescue friends.  She was very fat.  I called her a "double Beagle."  Poor Lady Bug weighed about 40#.  However, she was very sweet, watching her friends leave was heart-breaking.   She is housebroken.  She now is a tennis ball fiend (somewhat unusual for a Beagle) and carries some de-stuffed toy with her almost everywhere.  In the pack, with over an acre on which to run and play, chasing her balls and being on a strict diet, has changed her for the better, health-wise.  Yeah, Lady Bug! I need to get her officially weighed!



Check our adoptable dogs - click the logo
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.