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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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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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Darwin Von Doodlebug IV

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Social media has it’s good points and bad points!  The bad being, what ends up on social media – STAYS on social media, especially pictures!  Facebook can be like a therapy session that the rest of you have to ‘listen’ to but it can also be like a picture diary.  With the events of this past week, I keep telling myself to stay off Facebook but like a train wreck, my ADD brings me back time and time again, looking back, like a movie of the past year at pictures or posts – torturing myself, not knowing why I keep doing it.

On Fridays, the ‘grandkids’ come over if Tracy has to work to have some puppy play time.  Delilah loves when Darwin comes over because he puts up with her ‘play’.  After Oscar came home, we had gone out to get something to eat and when we came back, my son , Ryan, told us that Darwin had thrown up! Hmm, not that unusual! With a total of 8 animals in the household at one time or another, any one of them could be spewing something. It wasn’t even an after thought, it was time to feed the dogs! Four dogs, four bowls, four places!  I ran out to the store and when I got back, my husband told me that Darwin had thrown up 2 more times! Within about 4 – 5 hours he threw up a total of 4 times.  Looking back now, he went from his jumpy, playful perky self to an ‘I don’t feel so good Mommy!’ little boy!  We called Brandon to let him know and he ended up being up with him all night (he is such a good doggy daddy)!

Saturday morning, the vet managed to squeezed him in, gave him a quick once over, x-rays, a few shots for the nausea and sub Q fluids and sent him home with some anti nausea medicine.   Darwin seemed to be a little better throughout the day but still not his barking at every squirrel, no depth perception/bumps into everything, so excited to see you self.  Brandon kept in contact with the vet by email/phone throughout the weekend and on Sunday, they both decided he probably needed to go back in Monday morning; but that if he got any worse, he should go to the emergency vet but expect them to opt for emergency surgery (which wouldn’t have been a surprise).  Darwin managed to keep some food down and was still drinking but wasn’t getting any better!

Monday morning back to the vet, more exams, blood work, xrays, barium series this time and, low and behold…an obstruction.  The dye never left his stomach and seemed to be getting absorbed by something.  Surgery it would be!  His vitals weren’t that great so the vet decided that they would get his numbers up and do the surgery Tuesday morning.   The surgery was successful, he had two blockages.  They found some stringy stuff and some plastic stuff (possibly a nylon bone).  They showed it to Brandon, I don’t know all the details on exactly what it was but, YAY, it was out and Darwin would be on the road to recover!  He stayed at the vet all day Tuesday and Brandon was able to pick him up on Wednesday after 2 pm.  Oscar and I went over to see Darwin that evening and so Oscar could help Brandon cut a counter top.  I sat and cuddled with Darwin (& Dixie).  He was doing good, normal after surgery grogginess but still gently hopping off the couch, wagging his tail when he saw Papa and then back on the couch for cuddles with Nana!  Sicky little boy, I will just cuddle you and it will be all better very soon! ❤

Thursday morning Brandon says that Darwin had a bad night, couldn’t get comfortable, was very restless and flopping in bed.  He wasn’t able to keep his medicine down and hadn’t really had anything to eat although he was drinking water.  Around 6 am, he had gone out and pooped ‘a little nugget’ but by around 7 am he was projectile vomiting all over the place, whining and shaking in pain.   Tracy called the vet and rushed him back in so they could administer the medicines by shot or IV and see what else was going on.

I’ll make the rest of this quick, because that’s how it went…by around 11:30 am they were rushing him back into surgery, by around 1:30…he was gone!  Apparently, the part of the intestine after the blockage gets weak from the lack of blood flow or fluids and ruptured.  Our beloved, 2nd foster failure, bull in a china shop, has to lean against you even when he walks, licks you CONSTANTLY, rests his head on your knee/leg/arm while you’re eating was gone.  As I type this, I still can’t believe it, how fast it all happened or that it happened at all.

There aren’t too many dogs that I look at that I don’t think are cute, I pretty much love them all but Darwin had THE most gorgeous face around and he always melted your heart when he looked at you with that heart shaped nose.  I just couldn’t help but smooch his face, even when he was in trouble or getting on my nerves!

I completely forgot that this was his full name until I started writing this (some how the boys in our house got LONG names)!  Social media therapy also allows one to write down their thoughts, removing them from a persons head, releasing just a little hurt, although any animal lover  knows, not all of it and not forever!

Here’s to you – Darwin Von Doodlebug IV!   Your life was SO short, we had you for just one year but the imprint you have left us with will last us a lifetime!

RIP my gorgeous Tin Man

08/??/12 – 11/14/13

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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!!

 

Dog Safe Foods

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I said to my husband the other day, ‘for as many dogs as I’ve had in my life; I’ve never had a relationship with one like I do with Duke’ (and more & more daily with Delilah).  maybe that comes with age, NO maturity (because that doesn’t necessarily come with age).  I’ve said time and time again, I’ve has learned so much beginning with my sons’ dog Harley about dogs – I can’ just watch them all day anymore (maybe that comes with age?).

Long ago, whatever was leftover didn’t get thrown away, it went in the dogs bowl!  I wonder if the life expectancy of our beloved canines are longer now because we know better?  I’m sure most o the items at the bottom of this list were fed to our animals!   I DO give my dogs table scraps, I know some people are against this.  I am, however, much more cautious about what I am passing to them.

Feel free to save the picture and post it on your fridge!

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Happy 4th of July

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Independence Day is fast approaching!  This year it ends up on a Thursday with many companies closing on the 5th for extended weekends.

PLEASE KEEP YOUR BABIES SAFE THIS YEAR!

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Dogs Don’t Bite “Out of the Blue”

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Since I haven’t had too much to post about, I saw this today and thought I would share with you all! I may do a few ‘dog safety’ posts since the weather is getting so nice and the dogs will be running a muck in abundance!

Although my opinion is biased, Duke is a very good dog;  he, however, does NOT have good dog to dog greeting manners!!  I have to be careful when passing other dogs or with dog introductions.  I normally have to get close enough to the human, wait for him to relax and turn Duke so he gives the butt first (he won’t give it up on his own).  Although we’ve been working on it, if he were off leash, he would run up to the dog; nose to nose, and as long as the other dog doesn’t react to his aggressive approach, Dukes would get a sniff, go to pee on something and that’s all. I KNOW he doesn’t mean any harm but the other dog or owners can get freaked out very easily, rightly so.

The other day, we were on the front porch.  I had both Duke and Delilah on LONG leashes in a down stay for ‘leave it’ practice.  A guy with a dog roller bladed by.  At first I thought the dogs were doing good, showing signs of excitement but staying down!  The human and dog got just past the porch and (@$%#^&*_) Duke takes off.  Of course, Delilah followed suit.  Well, Delilah stopped when she got to the end of her leash but Dukes tether broke.  He ended up knocking the human to over and the dog just started squealing because he scared them so badly and the human had to jump to his feet and pick up the dog to get it away from Duke!  I felt horrible – I must find a way to get his behavior to stop!  Dukes actions could so easily turn into a bite or even a fight!

On that note, here are some signs of what appear to be friendly but are actually the dog asking you not to approach.

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‘Chicken Soup’ For The Dog Lovers Soul

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I’m sure you all know the feeling… sore and scratchy throat, cough, headache! It seemed to be a weenie of a cold and travelled quickly from my head to my nose down to my chest within a few days. Other than a tickle in my throat, I thought I had it licked. A few days of feeling bad and coughing like crazy and it was gone! Woo Hoo, Cold 2013 was a minor event, in and out before spring even started!

Yesterday I woke up and was so congested and weak, every breath I could take followed with about a 30 second coughing fit!!! I couldn’t even walk up a flight of stairs without getting out of breath. I felt it creeping back over the weekend but didn’t think anything of it since it wasn’t so bad initially. Cold 2013 came in like a lamb but surely was going out like a lion. UGH!

Well, if there is a positive to being sick, it’s my furry buddies who didn’t leave my side.

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I spent the entire day on the couch and they were right there with me, one at my back/feet, the other in front in ‘spoon’ position!

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Almost makes not feeling well worth while, ALMOST!

Here’s to hoping Cold 2013 doesn’t hang around, hubby started with the same symptoms today! Let’s see if the puppers are into snuggling with Papa too!