|Danny Quinn napping on my legs|
And I need to get dogs adopted as I have too many. My dogs live in an open pack in that they are not kenneled in outdoor kennels but live as Foxhounds (though in a house!). With the larger numbers I now have, I notice the stress on all the dogs, both the newbies and those who have been here longer. Our state license dept. always tell us to keep our numbers down and yet, where else will some of these cats & dogs go if not to us?
|Annie Beagle in her younger days - she's mine :)|
So how do I de-stress the dogs and myself?
- A new friend and I are working on putting up donated chain link fence so we have 3 separate areas in the acreage for dogs to be, thus allowing me to separate the pack with fewer dogs interacting together.
- Snowman is moving to a new
fosterfoster to adopt home in NY - yeah for him!
- Gidget will be adopted as soon as she is done with her heart-worm treatment and spayed, opening up her foster home to another dog from Silverwalk (I hope).
- I'm learning to compartmentalize my life somewhat so I can study and keep ahead of what I need to do and be for work as well as do all I can for my dogs.
- Silverwalk has a number of new volunteers interested in starting this week as soon as I snag a volunteer application; two of whom like weekends (on which I am usually only "on call" at night). YESH.
- Another friend has set aside an upper room in her new, lovely old house for me - where I can go and sleep w/o hound-song, in the dark, laying flat, alone. Sometimes, this is heaven...last night I had 9 dogs on me but I was still exhausted from two nights of crazy work, they were great comfort as I slept hard anyway.
|Justus on top of my big chair - 60# of firm pillow|
It is now "easier" to say "no" with my upcoming surgery. I cannot take in anyone else and yet, I see the need every day - and it competes with many other social needs for which I, too, want to volunteer (homelessness, CASA, etc.).
What I personally need to do is remember why and what type of dog I originally wanted to rescue: Beagles with whom to train for good social skills and manners, ready for new homes and better lives. I wanted to find dogs homes but I also wanted to train them for their best homes.
|Shiloh decked out for Halloween|
I also read blogs, check out your links, meet-up with shelters/rescues who can help me and vice verse as well as pray and read, thanking God daily for this mission and for the friends, learning it gives me everyday - esp. from the dogs.