Saturday, March 26, 2011

Saturdays are Tough

My usual current work schedule is Thursday and Saturday nights.  This makes Saturdays tough.  I don't sleep well on Fridays before going back to work; I now have a wonderful volunteer on Thursdays which impacts my pre-schedule sleep - she is SO worth it.   So, Saturdays can be tough energy wise for me as well as for the dogs.  Their days have been upset with the "new" though regular routine of work and limited time together outside, training and being able to well split up the pack for relaxation all round. 
Today was particularly rough for me as I crushed, not pinched, crushed the middle three fingers of my right/dominant hand in the garage door.  If you Google "crush injuries" you will understand my differentiation and no, I am not in danger of rhabdomyolysis.  I had planned to ride on a road trip with a friend, sleeping most of the way.  I could not even use my hand to open the dog food till four hours had passed, so I called and canceled :(.   My middle finger (the one, you know - HA) is still swollen with deep bruising and petechiae (broken capillary vessels) at the very top.  Typing now at eleven o'clock at night is tender :(.  The dogs still need supper, I have let the puppies out in and out of the house to make up for their extended confinement during the day while I slept with my hand propped up after holding it under cold water.  Stupid, stupid, stupid. 

Cane
On a lighter note, Friday afternoon I had forgotten the back gate was still closed.  I let the bigger dogs out in the back but the smalls and Cane out in the front.  After lunch, I went to look and man, did I wish I had a camera for video.  There was big grumpy Cane, Ala Mr. Wilson of Dennis the Menace fame, standing and looking at the puppies (3) and small, zippy Beagles zooming around and under him as they played in the front yard.  He was barking some but as color commentary.  The whole scene was a joy to watch, which is why I did not interrupt it to grab a camera.  I simply enjoyed the moment. 

Queenie & Hoss
Hoss is at the vet spa this weekend.  Thursday evening, as I was getting to my car to go to work, he joined me.  I work 12+ hours.  He slept the entire time!  I had a chance to go check on him at 0300 - sound asleep.  You know what they say about sleeping dogs - I quietly backed away.  On our way home, I dropped him off at the vet as #1, he had scraped himself up on Monday which, as I previously posted, I was treating but then #2, he was favoring the distal joint of his right front leg.  I saw some swelling; he didn't like me moving it.  Monica contacted me later suggesting to save $ on XRs as it looked like a soft tissue injury and if I was OK, they could keep him more quiet over the weekend than I.  This is one of the two Coon hounds American Black and Tan Coon hound Rescue apparently abandoned to me.  They had had them listed and then, de-listed them.  I only knew about it when a reader alerted me to the fact.  My inquiry has gone unanswered :(   Since they are/were fosters,  my vet knows them - and knows my situation with them and I love my vet :).  Therefore, Hoss is resting up, poor boy.  The car, BTW, was DRY.  This is some dog.  He really does like his people.



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

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Where Hoss goes to the Movies, I finally remember the Toilet Paper & Hickory Dock steals my Heart

Hoss is not an easy dog to catch.  He is wily, smart and knows he can outmaneuver a  human - even injured.  He must have caught his leg on a fence wire going under or over on Monday.  He was abraded but today was the first time I saw an pulled open area on his foot.  I am giving him antibiotics, cleaning him out with H2O2 and spraying on triple antibiotic spray AND trying to keep him less active, which is how he ended up going to the movie theatre Tuesday evening while I went in to see "Paul."  He was out running around, wouldn't come in but is a sucker for an open car door, even if it is the hatch.

Okay - if you can put up with a lot of mild, stupid cursing including the F word AND you really like Lucas/Spielberg's Sci/Fi or Sci/Fantasy films (depending on how serious you are about your science), you should enjoy "Paul."  I am sure I missed a few of the jokes from the movies but some were just great - like walking into the bar while the band played the music from the bar in "Star Wars."  Shooting the communication device "boring conversation anyway."  "Paul" will win no awards and it shouldn't - but it made me laugh out loud several times.  Hoss did fine, even letting me stop at Schnuck's to finally get the toilet paper I had had on my list for a week....so simple... 

Hickory Dock in his private quarters
Hickory Dock - I have new photos, he has made himself at home.  WHAT A GREAT DOG!  He is still intact though one would not know from his behavior - my vet did say he was a bit "small" for a dog his size if you know what I mean.   Blessing in disguise for me.  Dock just hangs out with everyone else, "kennels" with Cane (grumph, humph, grrr) for meals in the hallway (hey, it was his choice) and after starting out a wee bit peckish about his meals has done a 180 - FEED ME.  He runs up to me to be petted, bays along with everyone else at the traffic and hangs out in one of the front dog houses - too cute.  Be still my heart.  He is on Petfinder.  Do I care if he is ever adopted?  Heck, no!

Does anyone else notice I have my own "Dock Cane?"  I better tell Karen :).



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

Monday, March 21, 2011

Updates on Newbies, Japan

Wow.  That blog hop on my previous post grew to 170 blogs before being closed.  Lots of help for the animals and their owners in Japan.  A disturbing entry on Facebook yesterday indicated imminent killing of multiple pets unable to be reunited with family.  Several readers followed up and it seemed not to be true - I hope.  How, in this relatively short time, can pets be reunited or saved with family who don't know where they are?  Reminds me of the debacle that happened after Katrina - dogs adopted out, then refused to be returned to owners who finally found them.  Not all, thank God - some adopters were extremely compassionate, knowing the situation of dog and family.

See Sally using her hound nose
The puppies are growing here at Silverwalk.  Sally went to the Home Show for the last hour on Sunday - was quite the hit.  She particularly liked children.  I took her to Panera afterward for my supper and a walk around the grounds.  Again, she headed for some children, did not jump up but sat after the children, very correctly, asked if they could pet her.  Good girl!  Both Jane and Sally keep their crate clean, only doing their business on potty pads or outdoors.  Wow. 

Hickory Dock - gentleman dog
Senior walker Coonhound, Hickory Dock, is awesome.  He likes to sleep outside in a crate lined with cedar chips and shavings.  He comes to me for petting and more likely, food, smelling so good.  So far, no accidents in the house.  He will be an wonderful pet for someone.  Does not dig or jump the fence.  

Twinkle Toes - yawning at the spring jonquils
Twinkle Toes fka Poker Face lost some of his lap time over the weekend so while I had breakfast this morning, he was napping in my lap - doesn't bother the computer at all.  He does not like puppy food but eats up his adult food - go figure.  He had a tennis ball the other day - went by several dogs making sure they saw his treasure, after which, of course, a chase ensued - just what he wanted :). 

There are enough homes out there for our dogs.  As rescuers, our challenge is to convince those people who may choose a pet store or breeder to choose us instead.  We need to make it so!




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

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

PAWS FOR JAPAN


On another blog, I have posted for several days about Japan.  Now, I am turning and sharing with you, my dog blog friends and your friends.  Join the blog hop for Japan's animals, chip in to the Relief Fund (and yes, it really does go to the animals), then post, add your blog to the hop.  I feel so hopeless.  My concerns are miniscule compared to what the Japanese are facing.  What can I do??  I can support with my dollars, my prayers and the time it takes to write and ask for your support as well.  This time, I don't have images, though I have seen many.  I am amazed, yet not surprised, how compassionate people are being to one another, caring for each other first, then seeking relatives/friends; caring to find and rescue animals as well as people.  Please, CHIP IN.  Thank you.




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

Monday, March 14, 2011

Puppypalooza!

Poker Face, Beagle puppy
This past week, Silverwalk saw an explosion in puppies - well, three but three is a lot for an adult/senior dog focused sanctuary!

"Poker Face," a Beagle puppy, was planned for; he will be going to CO Beagle Rescue.  Silverwalk is his temporary foster home.  What a little gem.  PF is about 5 months old, all vetted but needs next puppy shots and is already a lap dog.  Sigh.

See Sally
Look Jane
I then received a rather frantic call from a neighbor's sister - she had found two puppies in the trees near a dilapidated park at the edge of our area.  They were crying and followed her home, then down the road to Silverwalk.  PRECIOUS.  Black and white, they appear Basset mix, particularly Sally.  "Look Jane" and "See Sally" are maybe 2-4 months old - don't remember hearing an age guess from Monica.  Speaking of seeing the vet, we walked bounced in the door at LaCroix and wow, hearts melted, Facebook was opened for adding them, photos taken and lots, lots of loving on all parts.  They are healthy from initial exam but I am trying to keep them isolated to be sure for at least another week.  Today I was gone all day to IL picking up a senior Coonhound - another gem.  The girls were out in a front pen separate from the pack.  A friend stopped over after lunch to be sure all were well - and they were.  After I got home and put up the Coonie, Hickory Doc - with a gentle gray face to die for - I fed everyone.  The "girls" tend to like to bark and carry on a bit; I gave them some loving and put them up in their Great Dane crate for the night.  After feeding, I think they passed out from being so active while I was gone - haven't heard a peep.  Good girls!

video
First video of Poker Face - yes, he needs a better name.  Suggestions are welcome!


  
click HERE to see our adoptable dogs

Monday, March 7, 2011

Blogging with Style

Drum roll, please!  I really, really like Royalty Living a Regular Life by Tracy.  Thank you, again, for the Stylish Blogger Award.


There are requirements to fulfill in receiving this award, I have found: 
  • Thank the person who gave it to you - that would be Tracy and her gorgeous and most entertaining Coonhounds, Bella and Daisy.  Thank you.
  • List seven things/secrets about you,  your dogs, whatever.  Here goes:
1. The one thing I can always rely on to surprise people who have met and not known me long but long enough to think they know me well is that I regularly raced autocross in MT with my Triumph Spitfire and Porsche 911 and would it again in a heartbeat .
2. Horses have been the driving animal passion in my life.  Dogs are great, rescue is challenging and rewarding, but horses soothe my soul.
3. I don't currently have a horse.   I do have 19 dogs in residence - and they daily bless my spirit. 
4. When I was 16 and attending the United Methodist Church, I asked our pastor if    Methodists had nuns, thinking I would become one.  They did and I did not.
5. Once, when visiting cousins, they all went to the MN Vikings football game, leaving me home with my aunt.  When I mentioned I liked football, too, she was shocked - "Bobbie, I see you always with your nose in a book!  I had no idea." True - I go nowhere without a book or two.
6. I have a running love affair with senior dogs like Cyrano, Betty Boop and Cane.
7. I cannot tell stories or jokes but most of my very good friends can.
  • I need to pass this award onto other bloggers.  Previous recipients have chosen more or less from 5-15, so here goes:
  1. Wilf the PON Discovers France - gently, beautifully written by Angus
  2. Rescued Insanity - Kristine is becoming a lynch pin in the dog blogging world.
  3. My Dog Farm - my fav animal photog, HSSEMO foster home and friend, Rochelle.
  4. Live with Flair - Heather uses everyday moments to show us God.
  5. Barnyard of the Tragically Hip - three times a week, a new look at life.
  6. Be More with Less - Courtney challenges me to live with less stuff, more life.
  7. Will My Dog Hate Me?  Edie helps me live sanely with my dogs - and laugh.
I now have the privilege of telling these blogs they have won :).   I may just make this a regular part of this blog - finding and recommending "new" (to me) blogs by following others' links and enjoying the blog hops.  Thanks again and read on.  Congratulations!


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

Friday, March 4, 2011

An Award and Anguish

" I had rather a fool make me merry, than experience make me sad ". ~ Wilf the PON via Angus in France Profunde. 

Royal Coonhounds has granted us an award given her by Georgia Little Pea @ Little Dogs on Long Leashes.  I am astounded, grateful and thinking furiously of our 7 secrets to share plus the blogs to whom to forward this award.


Right now, my heart and soul are with Wilf, Angus and the "font" in France.  In the last 24 hours, Wilf has gone completely blind.  If you don't follow their blog, you should and it is one to which I will forward my Stylish Blogger Award.  I cannot imagine the pain this family is going through watching Wilf decline - and yet, love springs eternal in Wilf for Kelleeee.  Diabetes is not a disease I would wish on anyone - nor is cancer.  The cancer I was able to overcome (but not myself alone - God forbid) though with residual losses, not unlike St. Paul's thorn but the other I have avoided.  I did have two cats who developed diabetes.  Anna Louise was first diagnosed, treated with insulin and diet but Squash went undetected till he began to develop neuropathy.  The day this most pristine male cat was no longer able to keep himself clean by soiling outside the litter box on himself and the floor, was the beginning of the end for him.  He had always been fanatical about being clean and using his box properly.  I could not bear to see him in distress because his legs would no longer cooperate with his frequent needs.  I miss them both.  I keep Wilf close to my heart and in my prayers every day.  

Thank you, Tracy, for enjoying us and hounds, and wanting to share us with others.  I commend you all to keep Wilf in your prayers as well as his family.   One blog decided.....so many I enjoy and learn from and laugh with :).  The weekend cometh....



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

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Quiz

Trained pigs who find truffles are similar to which?
  1.   Farrah pawing my leg for a pet.
  2.   Raindrops on the roof.
  3.   Danny Quinn searching for, finding and eating poop.
  4.   Roller Derby addiction. 
Danny Quinn on patrol

Answer:  #3!  If I see Quinnie very interested in something on the floor or in the yard, I grab a scoop or toilet paper because I know he has found some poop.  I have had him at least 4 years; he is no better than when I first emailed back his rescue to tell them he was a "poop-aholic."  Sigh.  At least I know where to go in my yard to start poop scooping.

Pigs flying will happen before:
  1. Hoss stops jumping the 4 ft fence
  2. Hoss stops being a personal heat pump on my lap on the recliner. 
  3. Hoss stops baying at anything and everything.
  4. All of the above.
Hoss in his home before coming to SW
Answer: #4!  I have/had 3 dogs who fit the heat pump mode: Spanky RIP, Hoss and Cane, though Cane climbs in the bed not the recliner.  Hoss came up again the other night.  Thank God I had turned off the electric blanket.  I still had to strip off my over-top and pull my legs out of the blanket to keep from burning up.  Once he is asleep, he is asleep!  Oh, and I think thanks to Susan working him several times a week, his baying is settling down some...jury still out.

Which reminds me:  I was gone for a bit the other day, left dogs behind the miracle gate and NO ONE JUMPED OVER even though two of the dogs could have with the other gate.  WooHoo.



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