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Call Me Selfish…

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For me, fostering is a selfish act.  I am a fickle person who changes material things often and I ‘have commitment issues’! I also prefer to keep myself naive because, well, it’s easier on me!  Animal rescue is ugly and heartbreaking! I’ve tried different avenues to help or work with animals/rescues from walking dogs at animal control, visiting rescue cats and cleaning up cages at a local pet store or fostering a pup and taking her from event to event in an attempt to get her adopted; watching people love on her, ask how they would go about adopting her and then never hearing from them 💔 ! I’ve found that fostering puppies for THIS rescue works for me!  I get a new puppy every few weeks, I keep them for what is a short period of time in the rescue world, send them back to the rescue where they stay at an adoption center until they get adopted (which is normally quick because, let’s face it, they’re puppies and puppies get adopted faster than an older dog).  I don’t have to deal with people ‘dissing my kids’ by saying you’d love to adopt them and then never fill out the application!  I get more fun and love than exercise or poop (although it’s really close) and don’t have to deal with the heart wrenching side!  SEE SELFISH!!!

Part of fostering is the cycle that animal ‘owners’ usually take a lifetime to go through.  You get a new puppy (hopefully adopted or rescued) teach it right from wrong, love it even when it’s bad, encourage it when it’s scared, nurse it when it’s sick and say goodbye with hugs, kisses and tears!  This means that your heart is now that much fuller because of all that!!! For people that foster, that ‘lifetime’ could be weeks or months or sometimes years! We know at some point you will HAVE to say goodbye and it is NEVER easy! I knew this foster period was only going to be for days as these two were slated for an event where they would hopefully find immediate homes!!  My job was simply to let them see just a glimpse of what was to come!

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Going for car rides

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Surprisingly, I did not cry for these two!  They are adorably perfect pups and my confidence that they would be placed in forever homes through the event was high.  Blue Belle slept in hers that very night.  Hudson Bay would have to wait.  I will stalk the website until I see that he gets his home as well; I’m sure it will be soon.

What that means for me, is that I get to do it all over again.  A new set of pups will be coming soon and more adventures will follow.

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I’m Back…

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I know it’s been forever since I’ve posted anything and I’m sure you’re all wondering where I’ve been.  Well, in short, we lost my Mom at the end of July, switched voice over ip phone systems at work (what a nightmare), took a long weekend with some of my favorite girls, had a new server installed at work at the same time our installer lost his Dad and his backup had family emergencies as well.  (deep breath in, ssslllooowww exhale out).  With all that we are also attempting to sell my Moms house without an agent and I think it’s starting to weigh on my husband who has been acting as the real estate agent since he is bi-lingual.   I think it may be time to find a pro!

That’s a lot, isn’t it!? Well don’t feel too bad for the ol’ hubby because in the midst of all that, my boss came to me in September and asked if I wanted (ha ha) to go to a conference in, of all places, Orlando!  For those of who you don’t know my husband, over the last 30 years he has connived 🙂 a trip to Orlando between 8 – 10 times.  To say this is one of his favorite vacations would definitely be an understatement!  He earned this one though, so while I sat in a hotel conference for 8 – 9 hours a day, he putzed around Orlando sending me texts of all the places he’d been!  Not a bad way to see Disney if ya ask me!  (Don’t feel bad for me either, we took some time for vacation as well!)

Honestly, I’ve had this blog on my mind for some time since my mom passed away in July but never really came up with anything that I felt would warrant a post.  Today, I got a tag on Facebook from a lady I know who works with a rescue group (Chicago Pit Stop to give them a plug) who has been trying to get me to foster for them for some time.   My first thought was that there were puppies at Chicago Animal and Control that needed rescuing and they couldn’t be pulled until she had a foster home set up (her tags make me nervous because I am SSOO ready to foster again).  To my surprise, this is the picture she tagged me in!  Can you imagine how tickled I was!   OK, I’m biased, but aren’t my babies gorgeous!

 

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Darwin, Duke, Delilah and Dixie!

Fosters puppies are coming soon too!  Feelin’ the urge!

Don’t forget that October is breast cancer awareness month also!  My mom was a breast cancer survivor <3!!

 

Forget the Pibble knees…

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I had intended on having this post be a part 2 of Whats With Pibble Knees and how breeders of all dogs, not just pitties, are ruining the quality of ALL breeds!  They don’t care about what the outcome is, they just want numbers.  The more in the litter or the more litters per year, the more dollars they get, whether its puppy mills or dog fighters.  In a perfect world, EVERYONE would just go to a reputable breeder to get their dogs.  Shelters would be extinct!  It would be an honor to breed dogs, create life and get quality living, breathing beings; they would care what was produced!  They would go to wonderful homes and would be taken care, as family members, until they die!  Teaching their human children the right and wrong way to treat animals so that when they had their own homes, the process would start all over again. OK I’m back from Lalaland!

Every time I started writing or thinking about the direction the post would take me, I found myself getting angry, sad or disgusted just thinking about what happens to animals in puppy mills, basement cages or secluded dog fighting ‘arenas’.  That’s one of the reasons I started fostering!  I couldn’t stand going to the shelters, seeing the animals in cages, barking like crazy, pleading with their eyes to get out.  Maybe I’m a weenie, I don’t know!  It broke my heart!  On the other hand, I’m not a person who would do well in a customer service job because I would most definitely give you my opinion and it was surely coming out when I was thinking about backyard breeders, puppy mills or dog fighters!  It would not have been a positive post!  Anybody interested in reading these posts are more than likely dog/animal lovers, have dogs/animals of their own or volunteers with dogs/animals/shelters and they already know what comes and goes, the horror stories about shelters/abused animals and how dreadful people can be and feel the same as I do ANYWAY!!

There is probably not, in recent history, a more prominent backyard breeder, dog fighter, animal abuser than Michael Vick and his Bad Newz Kennels!  After Michael Vick’s 51 pit bulls were seized from his property in April 2007, two rescue groups took most of them in — Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah, and BAD RAP (Bay Area Doglovers Responsible About Pit Bulls) in San Francisco. Don’t get me started on this topic!

Finally, the positive and the direction this post SHOULD go…

Although the Vicktory dogs don’t have perfect stories, most have perfect, positive endings!  If you follow any of them on Facebook (and if you don’t, I suggest you do), you can see that although they still have some issues and health problems, they are wonderful dogs, in fantastic homes with loving families who are willing to do the work that they needed, not only for the Vick dogs but for many other fosters as well!

Today, instead of beating a dead horse and  bashing people who do everything wrong when it comes to animals or pitbulls, read about where a few of these dogs are today, 5 years later!  All because of the work of loving people who didn’t think these dogs should just be discarded.  They knew they deserved a second chance and, OBVIOUSLY, rightly so!

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Darwin sez ‘How you doin’?’
Way to go Vicktory Dogs!

What’s with Pibble knees?

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Our experience started with Dixie at about 4  – 6 months old.  She had been going to the dog park since she was 12 weeks old but one day, she started limping and it seemed that she didn’t stop for 3 years!  She had her first ACL surgery when she was just about a year old.  Dixie is a pretty lazy dog but when she wants to run, she takes off like a shot! When the limping started, our minds wondered, going over all the possibilities of what it could be.  Just cold from the snow?, a sliver in her pad; maybe she stepped on something?, a sprain?, maybe something got pulled?!  You start at the least painful and travel to the worst case scenario.  Finally, the decision to seek veterinary advise!  The routine is to rest the dog for anywhere from two weeks to 6 months along with anti-inflammatorys to see if that helps!  For Dixie it was a no go.  X-rays of her knee showed she had torn the ACL, the meniscus and had some arthritis.  She was only a year old!!  It would be surgery for her! 😦  Now if trying to keep a dog at rest for two weeks (give or take) isn’t hard enough!  Try keeping even a lazy dog from no running, no jumping, no stairs, no couches, no beds  FOR 6 WEEKS!  If any of you know little Miss Lazy Dixie Doodles, stairs may be ok but jumping, couches or beds?  BE SERIOUS!  She was not a happy camper – although she did like being picked up to get on the couch  AND it was a little funny watching her figure that cast out (especially when it came to potty breaks) but you could see she was miserable and it was hard just to lay down!

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The one word of advise that came from the orthopedic surgeon when Dixie had her surgery was, if she tore one, she will more than likely tear the other!  ‘Sure Doc, what’s the likelihood!?’  Well, let me tell you that the likelihood is very high!  Not only did Dixie have to have yet another surgery, she tore #2 in less than a year.   Keep in mind that even though her cast came off in two weeks, the no jumping, no stairs, blah blah blah goes for 6 weeks and they REALLY don’t completely recover for  quite a few months!  Dixie barely recovered from #1 when we came to the realization that she would need #2!

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I remember my husband giving me that look when he heard the cost of the surgery!  My response was, ‘What?  You think if it was Duke we wouldn’t be footing that bill?’  Of course we would!  Well, this post is dedicated to anyone who has had to rest their dog; restrict activity; take short,  slow walks; carried their dogs up and down stairs umpteen million times just to go to the bathroom OR who have had to pay for ACL surgery!  Talk about OUCH!   Brandon didn’t even have #1 paid for before she needed #2. (Thank you CareCredit)

So Dixie had two ACL surgeries, one year apart.  One of my past fosters that I still get updates on, Zoe, had double ACL surgery this year!  Like back to back isn’t bad enough, have them both done at the same time! DOUBLE OUCH (note the pain patch on her hiney)! Poor Zoe!

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Yesterday, Delilah was told she has a luxating patella!  Actually, both her knees ‘luxate’ but the left one is pretty obvious where the right isn’t so bad!  For those of you who don’t know what a luxating patella is:  basically her knee slips out of the socket or grove that it is supposed to sit in/on and it causes her lameness!

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 She had been coming in from the back yard holding her left hind leg up!  She wouldn’t put weight on it but then would walk it off and be fine!  One time this even happened on a walk WHILE she had her puppy Uggs on!  Here come all those from minor injury to worse case scenario thoughts!  Since she would need to be sedated for removal of a cyst from her hind right paw that kept growing, popping and bleeding, we thought we should see if the vet thought an x-ray was in order!  Good thing we did!  Although, it’s not the worst case possible and surgery is not necessary at this point, WHAT’S WITH PIBBLE KNEES!?!?!?!?!?!?  I hear so many dogs having to have these types of surgeries lately that it makes me wonder.  Actually it makes me mad because I have another thought as to why this happens but we will save that for another post!

And on second thought, I think the hardest part for the dogs is the cone!

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My dogs crack me up!

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I’ve always said that I don’t trust people who don’t have animals in their homes, or at least the ones who choose to NOT have them. There are valid reasons why people don’t have an animal; cost, medical, time, space…but the people who actually make that decision to not have an animal kind of makes me suspect! I am also leery of anyone that my dog doesn’t like! There is this apparently friendly, pleasant gentleman that I sometimes pass while waking my dogs; he lives on my block, always say ‘hello, good morning and/or have a nice day’ on his way to church! DUKE DOES NOT LIKE HIM! I trust my dog!

Although our household went eight years without having a dog in he house, we still had cats! Now, don’t get me wrong, cats are hilarious! Kitty Meow Meow has the loudest meow when she gets a milk ring in her mouth and walks around the house as if she just caught the best tasting mouse!  She is also the first animal that came back in our house after we had to put down long time animals back to back due to illness, therefore, she is the oldest.  She has seen many a dog and cat come and go!  When she sees a new one come through the door, she gets this look on her face like “Another one?  What am I not GOOD enough for you!?”

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Picasso  loves to climb into plastic Jewel bags and get picked up while he bites holes in the bag! He also knocks the plays with the alphabet magnets I have on my fridge for my nieces.  I’m not quite sure how many are under the fridge at this point.  I also say that Picasso has middle child syndrome because he is the one with the most ‘issues’ (his nicknames are Piggy-fatso because he is first to the food bowl, scarfs the food down and then pukes unchewed food, or Sissy-Casso because EVERYTHING scares him)  but he is still my baby boy!

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Thumper came into our home after Katrina and completely took over the house.  He was the cocky new kid on the block and would attack your legs, bite you and ‘flick’ you off with his hind legs!  I actually had to ‘Cesar Millan’ him once or twice.  He has since become one of THE most loveable cats with the longest fangs AND has his own stuffed pet frog (we will keep secret what he uses it for)!!

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Kurly Q is Ryans’ girlfriends cat and has only been with us for a short period of time but made himself at home immediately and fits in perfectly!  Kurly is quite the lover to all, human, cat or dog!  He walks around the house and rubs up against anyone around just to get some attention.  He is very vocal and sometimes looks for Delilah, rolls on his back when he finds her for a kitty/puppy wrestling match, then proceeds to meow like crazy as if Delilah is killing him!  We would yell at Delilah for being too ‘ruff’ but then realized Kurly kept coming back for more and can truly hold his own against a dog!  Truth be told, I think Kurly would kick Delilahs butt!

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Kurly Q or Mr. Q as I sometimes call him!

Dogs on the other hand are not as predictable as the cats! Awhile back we heard Duke whining while staring at the couch, this went on for some time.  I finally put a blanket on the couch and he happily jumped on the couch, gave that nesting spin, a plop and a satisfied sigh!  (REALLY?  Who is training who here?)  He thinks he is a lap dog even though he is 65 pounds and passes gas when he sits down and turns to look at the closest butt to see where that sound came from! I swear he sometimes looks at another dog, rather than he own rear end, as if pointing a finger!

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Did I do that?

Delilahs nesting ‘dance’ looks like she is a bucking bronco.  She puts her nose down as if sniffing the blanket, quickly bucks her head up and spins around, never moves a blanket with her paws or anything like a normal nesting routine goes (maybe you have to see it!)  She has OCD and chews on soft things like pillows, blankets or clothing when you scratch her neck or when she can’t play with Darwin. Not to destroy them, it’s that itchy chew that dogs do when they are scratching themselves in sensitive areas using their front teeth!? Or she barrels back into the house from outside when it’s cold or wet and does this backwards scoot along the back of the couch either drying or scratching herself, we haven’t figured out which yet.

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Today, Daisy walked around the house with a large Milk Bone in her mouth while Delilah followed her around hoping she would drop it. This went on for, no lie, almost two hours before Daisy finally laid down and fell asleep with the biscuit still in her mouth. She busted me taking a picture of her though!

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MY milkbone!

My dogs will play with a ball and when it rolls under a couch will whine to get it, even when there are 2 others laying right behind them,  they get the biggest kick out of tossing something in the air just to chase after it or get this confused ‘where did it go?’ look on their faces,  look for items that they think you’ve thrown, bury raw hides just to dig them up later because they are better in their soggy state or choose the sparkliest cat toy over the longest doggie rope!

If you are reading this, you are more than likely an animal owner so you see why I don’t trust people who choose not to have animals in their homes?  How could you love (wow an honest typo) LIVE without them!?  Share the funny things your animals do!!!!