Sunday, July 24, 2011

Hot week w/ Awesome Open House

What a week. I've missed blogging here. With the heat & work hours, it was easy to put off. My computer is in the "shop" morphing into a MacBook Pro (smaller one) and upgrading the software from Apple's Leopard to the newest Lion - RRAWRR! I am writing this on my iPhone (which functionally is an iPod Touch as I gave up the costly phone/data fees).

The Open House at Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary was very successful. We had visitors trickle through all afternoon, Elvis entertained us (I have a scarf with his sweat to prove it!), door prizes were given away and awesome Green Moutain organic, fair trade coffee was donated at a suggested price. Debi and Robyn from Rainbow Ranch filmed the spectacular grounds, animals and volunteers. Kudos to all who sweated into puddles spiffing up the grounds, houses and animals.

Claire, a mutt puppy perhaps white shepherd/golden, perhaps Aussie mix, was loved on by all as was Leon Redbone, Silverwalk's Redbone Coonhound puppy. Both put such great paws forward they were adopted by the same family !! Claire is already home (she is small at 10 weeks old) with Leon to follow in a couple weeks. So much for his foster and puppy prodigy plans!

Am not sure how to do photos so I direct you to Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary's Facebook page. In the next few days, photos will be added including Claire and Leon.

Stay cool and happy. Remember, the only moment we actually have is NOW.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Hot矇l Shiloh

I made this video soon after Farrah arrived; a presenter at the Cape Adoption Options event here noted how annoying this Beagle (Shiloh) was to Farrah, whose Petfinder listing was her focus. 

The feeding schedule is, well, there isn't one.  Everyone gets fed twice a day but depending on my work, sleep and errand schedule, the times change.  The pattern does not - this is appreciated especially by Shiloh.  I got the impression the other night, I was his food, sleep, cuddle stop during his sojourns.  He scratches at the window if I don't see him immediately; comes in the house, nods to the others and bee-lines for his food spot in the back room.  Yes, sir, and would you like fresh linens and a mint on your pillow, too?

Younger and much slimmer - Shiloh asks me to open the doors for him now - sigh. 
Shiloh is a free spirit Beagle.  Neither chain link, 6 ft privacy nor underground with the chain link can keep him home.  I give him to God every day for his safety.  He is well tolerated and attended by the neighbors; he looks for a pet, a treat and trots on.  In the backyard the other evening I heard his rabbit voice - no mistaking that bawl.  I glanced over to see a full size rabbit scampering for the creek well ahead of Shiloh.  Watching Beagles track is interesting as they circle the scent trail to catch everything possible. Shiloh lost his rabbit.  More than once, with the numerous Beagles here over the years, I have yelled, "Run, bunny, run!!!!"

Always a good sport - click here for his Petfinder listing
The sweet thing about Shiloh is his gentle, persistent demand for attention, love of belly rubs and knowing his home (he has lived here since Dec. 2007).  I am charmed by his not running off, not following a deer (as far as I know and he is not telling) and greeting me each time I drive in.   He has been adopted out twice: the first time, he perfected his formerly unknown fence scaling ability by flipping himself over multiple yards in a St. Louis neighborhood.  Not good for his heart nor that of his adopter so back he came.  The second time, he proved, yes, he could scale a 6 ft privacy fence effectively yet with difficulty; he segued to his default digging prowess.  A family took him to classes & trained him to earning his CGC title - thank you, D.!  He has always been considered the mascot of Silverwalk and I believe, unless he finds a farm somewhere to call home, Shiloh will remain here with Monk, a pair of Beagle bookends.

Monk by R. Steffen
Shiloh by R. Steffen

Friday, July 15, 2011

We have Plans for You

Join me for the fun at Petco this Sunday, July 17 - I will be there from 2 PM to 4 PM with Bagles: Darling Clementine and Betty Boop.  What is a Bagle if not to eat?  It is a Beagle/Basset cross and these are two of the sweetest you will ever meet. 

Betty Boop, Bagle

Darling Clementine, Bagle
Leon Redbone will be going to foster care to start his puppy prodigy program before eventually heading to Charleston.  I took him for a walk drag this afternoon.  First, he dragged me; then I dragged him.  He has NO clue about a leash, I had no treats with which to lure him BUT, he quickly learned if he stayed by my side, he avoided playing a Marlin (as in big fish).  My prediction:  Leon will be a star!

Leon Redbone, Coonhound in water

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Finally, Cool Air @ Silverwalk

We have AC - air conditioning.  Tomorrow, after my morning appt., I am running to buy fans to donate to the Salvation Army.  Being without AC, watching my dogs and myself wilt with no energy, not even enough to eat, has made me even more appreciate the need for heat relief in our community; indeed, throughout the entire Midwest to East Coast.  As I have said in another blog, not understanding the symbiotic relationship between my furnace and AC ("I'll just get a new furnace in the fall" - HA) could have been deadly to some of my seniors.  Cyrano Beagle, he who plays with Leon, has been out of his crate (a safe place for a blind dog living in a pack) and in front of or near a fan; was there when I got home this morning.

Everyone is saying this and I do hope everyone is doing it but please, be checking on your neighbors, the elderly, those w/o AC and all animals.  We can suffer through this but let no one, human or animal, die from it because we did not check on them.  Thank you, my friends.

In the spirit of everyone checking on everyone, let me share a poem a colleague shared with me last night - it puts the onus of action directly on each of us individually:

                          Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, And Nobody

 This is a little story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody.
There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.
Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.
Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody's job.
Everybody thought that Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn't do it.
It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.

Now, how do I transport 17 dogs to MT?.......

Friday, July 8, 2011

Leon Redbone - There will only be One

Leon Redbone is sleeping in a large crate in the house.  Shhhh.  I don't want to wake him - he cleverly uses the dog door - if I wake him now, I will need to put him outside so I can sleep before work again tonight (and thereby close my back door to almost one and all).  I tried cuddling him to sleep on my lap as Justus enjoyed when a puppy; two things: Leon is bigger than Justus puppy age-wise, and he could not settle.  After waking from a not very restful nap, I fed one and all, using the indoor crate for Leon so he literally wouldn't be put-out.  I am finishing my lunch (during which my mowers timely came and are mowing with all dogs crated), then will let all out for my afternoon nap.

Miracle: Leon is heart-worm negative, negative on his fecal and we could not find fleas nor ticks on his body.  He was a little loopy after being neutered yesterday; is fully recovered today, back to his normal self.  What a lovely, loving Redbone Coonhound Leon is!

Leon Redbone with Cyrano - slideshow pending!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Red Dogs

There was a time when almost all the dogs here were tri-color Beagles with a yellow Lab and my black & tan hound mix, Penney, RIP.  Not so much anymore.  I currently am running a special on red dogs.  You have met Darling Clementine, I hope.  Here are Phoebe Clearly and Leon Redbone, in order.

Phoebe "I've been in a two dog household; this isn't Kansas anymore."

Phoebe Clearly - I can do this; I can find a new family!

Leon Redbone putting the charm on skeptical Justus

Leon trying to play with senior, almost blind Cyrano, who acquitted himself quite well. 

The other Leon Redbone....for whom Leon is named. 

Sunday, July 3, 2011


Familiar?  It is at my house Silverwalk.  The dogs here, though, chewed up and strewed about my hardback copy of Marley and Me.
disclaimer - any similarity to hounds at Silverwalk is utterly, uh, similar.