(almost) Wordless Wednesday

Some photos from the adoption events this weekend:

Lucy (above and below) is one of those once-in-a-lifetime dogs.  She loves kids (she really is the epitome of the phrase “Nanny Dog”), is great with other dogs, a total snuggle bug, and is comically mellow.  Lucy is just absolutely perfect but for some reason still looking for her forever home.

A potential adopter for Lucy?

Charlie, the cutest little cattle dog I have ever met, was also there.  A very nice couple spent a lot of time playing with him so fingers and paws crossed that he gets adopted!

Prince and his big sister Queenie were at both events too.  They might just be the cutest and sweetest little hound pups I have ever met.  A friend is fostering them and (probably thanks to her amazing training skills) they are already learning all sorts of tricks!  Don’t you just want to take them home and snuggle them?

Some friends also came out with their personal dogs too.  Katelyn brought her impressively well-mannered pit bull mix Jango to both events.  She is an amazing advocate and with a dog as great as Jango, she is changing a lot of minds.  Check her out here if you want to follow her advocacy work.

Pooped from all of the excitement

And finally, Shalini with her incredibly cute Kahlua.  Kahlua is a little shy, especially in big crowds, but he did wonderful amidst all the excitement!  Look how handsome:

Happy Halloween everyone!

Hollie: Update

Before we get to Hollie, I have to address something.  I am a terrible, awful, horrible pit bull advocate.  I completely forgot to say anything about National Pit Bull Awareness Day on my blog that is suppose to be positively promoting pit bulls!  Bad Morgan.

Maggie spent the day just hanging out (and by hanging out, I mean sleeping) but I did talk to a lot of people at the adoption events about how amazing pit bulls are.  In fact, tomorrow I will post some pictures of the cute little pittie we had at the events.  I hope everyone did a little something special on Saturday for the “holiday”.

Ok, back to Hollie.  Last week my mom attempted to take Hollie in for a check-up but she did not handle it well and they had to leave without actually accomplishing anything other than getting some new medicated shampoo for her skin and a sedative for her next visit.  Before anyone thinks we are bad people for giving a dog a sedative, while normally I wouldn’t condone this, it really was in the best interest of Hollie.

When the people from the shelter saw Hollie they all started crying!  She looks that much better.  At the vet, they basically did a check-up, got her current on all of her shots, and clipped her toenails (which were like daggers).  Aside from continuing to give her baths with medicated shampoo, she is good to go!  Some people have asked if what she has is Demodex mange but that is not the case.  It is in fact a yeast infection.

Isn’t it amazing how much her fur has grown in in just a couple of weeks?  And she is gaining weight quite nicely as well.  A friend and fellow dog rescuer/volunteer for Last Hope contacted me and offered me something called “satin balls” which help with weight gain.  She had a very underweight dog a while back and made a huge batch of them but didn’t end up using everything she made.  I am going to pick them up today and see if Hollie will eat them.  If not, I have another friend with a very emaciated little pup that I will pass them along to.  (Isn’t it awesome how people will come together to help each other out?  While there are some loonies out there, I generally find it pretty amazing how much “rescue” people will help each other, but I digress.)

As always, I have to apologize for my terrible phone pictures.  My mom brought Hollie by my office after her appointment today and all I had was my phone, so it was that or nothing.  On a positive note though, Hollie wouldn’t sit still even long enough for me to snap a decent picture, which I take as just another sign that she is in fact feeling great!  I can’t wait to see her continued progess.

Leo needs a home for the Holidays

Happy Monday everyone!  Boy, what a busy weekend it was.  All I can say is dogs, dogs, dogs.  Saturday and Sunday I was gone basically all day at adoption events, which unfortunately I wasn’t able to bring Maggie to, so she did a whole lot of this while I was gone (pardon the awful red eye):

Yes, Maggie actually sleeps like that, it’s not a quickly snapped shot before she moved into a new position.  She is such a goof.  Tonight we will be going to a Halloween party at her obedience school where I am hoping she catches the eye of a potential adopter!  Everyone cross your fingers and paws for us!

So, backing it up a little, on Friday I went out to take pictures and meet a dog that Last Hope Rescue is trying to help.  We were contacted by a very nice lady named Lynn after she saw this little dog lying in a puddle on the side of the road and stopped to help.  Nearby there were people in the process of moving but they denied the dog being theirs.  The poor guy was in rough shape so she brought him to her house.

As you can see, he is about as cute as it gets.  When I got there he came right over to say “hi” and see what I was all about.  We sat and chatted for awhile then I got Lynn to help me test him out with one of her dogs.  Up until this point she had been keeping them separate since she already has four and two of them tend to be very territorial.  So I put Leo on a leash (which he walks like quite the gentleman on) and she brought out one of her dogs on a leash too.  We spent some time walking around near each other without letting the dogs get too close at first.  As we got closer and closer the boys kind of checked each other out but neither seemed to care at all about the other.  Eventually they both flopped down and laid in the sun right next to each other while Lynn and I chatted some more.

After I left, Lynn and her husband decided to let their dogs out one at a time to meet Leo.  They all got along wonderfully and played chase with each other.  Leo was even happy to share his bones with his new friends.  Lynn said that it was obvious he was very happy to get to be part of the pack.

Leo is such a sweet boy and would make a wonderful addition to any family.  He is very neat and clean, as I am learning Chows tend to be, gets along wonderfully with other dogs, and is just a big old sweetheart.  If you or anyone you know might be interested in either fostering or adopting Leo please get in touch with either me or Last Hope Rescue at lasthoperescuefl@gmail.com.  Let’s find Leo a home of his very own for the holidays! 

What the What?

So every now and then I check my “stats” which tells me how many people have clicked on my blog and where they are from.  I haven’t done this is ages but for some reason I did today…and I was SHOCKED!

Thats 21 countries!  Sure, most of these have only seen my blog once or twice, but 21 countries?!  I have no idea how these people found my little bitty blog but boy am I flattered!  And it’s been viewed over 5,500 here in the United States.  Seriously, I started this in May, when did it go from just my mom and dad reading it to all of these people?  Very flattering.

So thank you everyone that reads my blog!  Even if I’ve only touched one person and changed their mind, it is totally worth it – and that’s coming from someone that fancies herself a terrible writer and dreads each post but forces herself to continue on the off chance that it will maybe reach the right person.  Seriously, thank you.

While I’m at it, I might as well throw in some shameless self-promoting.  I started a Facebook page (click here) so that people could follow me there if that’s easier for them.  Think about either “Liking” my Facebook page and/or “following” my blog!  Hey, I’m only trying to spread the good word (plus I get all giddy when I get a new follower).

Ok, so enough of that.  Let’s talk about dogs!

I’m getting ready to head out to take pictures of a dog we are trying to help.  His owners moved and left him behind – how do you do that?  Anyways, after that I am helping with some dog introductions since we are getting new dogs to the rescue.  Then on Saturday and Sunday I’ll be volunteering all day which means that sadly, Maggie will be stuck at home.  I thought I was going to get to take her to these events and show her off but it didn’t work out that way.  Oh well, she will definitely be going to the Halloween Party at Doggie Dayz!

In other exciting news, Hollie has already started regrowing her furs!  I know the picture isn’t too great, but check her out:

Are you doing any fun doggie activities this weekend?  I’d love to hear about them!  And thanks again to everyone that reads my blog!

 

 

I Rescued A Human Today

I stumbled across this little piece awhile ago and thought it was one of the most spot-on things I had read in a long time.  Since October is Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog month, I thought this was a pretty appropriate time to share.  I do not get credit for writing this, I am merely passing it along in hopes it will speak to someone and they then consider adopting a shelter dog.

I RESCUED A HUMAN TODAY by Janine Allen

Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the kennels. I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her.

I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn’t be afraid. As she stopped at my kennel I blocked her view from a little accident I had in the back of my cage. I didn’t want her to know that I hadn’t been walked today. Sometimes the overworked shelter keepers get too busy and I didn’t want her to think poorly of them.

As she read my kennel card I hoped that she wouldn’t feel sad about my past. I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someone’s life.

She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me. I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her. Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship. A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well.

Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms.

I would promise to keep her safe.

I would promise to always be by her side.

I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes.

I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor. So many more are out there who haven’t walked the corridors. So many more to be saved. At least I could save one.

I rescued a human today.

 

(almost) Wordless Wednesday

Maggie with her pretty “necklace”:

And of course, the bloopers:

Seriously, how do I still have this dog?  She is awesome!  Please tell your grandma, tell your neighbor, tell your hairdresser, tell your mailman’s best friend’s sister’s cousin about Maggie and help me find her forever home!

Meet Hollie

I’m guessing anyone that read my last post is wondering how, in Maggie’s words, the “sickie” dog that I went to get on Sunday is doing.  Well let me just tell you, someone forgot to mention to Hollie that she looks sick, because she sure doesn’t act like it!  This girl has got SPUNK!

Ok, so she might look a little yucky, and a little like a hyena as some of you have mentioned, but she is a doll!  When we got to the shelter, it was clear that the staff loved her.  Like, really loved her.  They quickly filled us in on her back story, the fact that since she was in such bad shape she would be the first to be put down if they got too full, and all of her quirks.  The love they had for her was clear, and I can totally understand why.

Hollie LOVES car rides.

Despite how bad Hollie looks, she is suprisingly healthy.  She basically has a yeast infection on her skin which is why she has almost no fur.  While yeast infections aren’t too serious, and very easy treat (Tag gets them in her ear all the time), if left unchecked they can have results like Hollie’s.  Obviously she is an extreme case, but it happens.  She also seems to have an ear infection, which we will get looked at tomorrow at the vet, but other than that (and needing to beef up a little) she is healthy!  The biggest shocker?  She is heartworm negative!  So what does that all mean?  That with time, love, a steady supply of food and antibiotics, we should have a beautiful dog on our hands in no time at all!

              Sunbathing

So what’s Hollie’s personality like?  Well, like I said, she’s got spunk!  And attitude.  Not it a bad way, more like a I-don’t-want-to-come-to-you-you-can-chase-me-around-instead kind of way.  Seriously, someone forgot to tell Hollie that she isn’t 110% healthy.  She is so sweet too.  She’s a little quirky about how you can touch her, her skin is very sensitive, but she loves to be right next to you.  And kisses!  She loves to give kisses.

And the kisses bring me to my next point.  On kiss number 473 I noticed that Hollie’s tongue is almost completely black.  No, she does not have some crazy disease, this is a sign that she does in fact have Chow in her!  Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe that Chow’s are the only breed known to have black tongues which means that even if she isn’t 100% Chow, she must have some Chow in her.  But at the end of the day, who really cares what breed she is, she’s sweet and that’s what matters most.

So Hollie is all settled in at my mom’s.  She is doing great walking on the leash, she loves her crate which we put in the sun room so she can soak up the rays, and she is getting along with Tess (my mom’s lab.)  She’ll be going in tomorrow for a vet visit but we aren’t expecting them to say much more than “continue with the antibiotics”.  I’ll keep everyone updated on her progress but it shouldn’t be long at all before Hollie is ready to meet potential adopters!  Yay!