Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Day Off

My day off work today took Carl and me to Old Towne Alexandria for a little business. We made the nearly 2 hour drive with no problem and arrived on time.  However, the trip home there were a few wrong turns that even our navigation app couldn't keep up with.  Eventually we found our way, but we were on the opposite side of town from where we needed to be, passing near the Washington Monument.
After stopping for lunch, we were finally home by late afternoon.
In the warmth of the late afternoon sun, we spent some time outside with all the dogs. Cricket was having a pretty good day today, but still seems to tire easily.
She has pretty much gotten over her bout with vestibular syndrome. However, she's has had a couple of days this week that haven't been the best. I think it may be her arthritis that's bothering her, because she sometimes has problems walking and staying on her feet. But her appetite is good, thanks to the added cat food! So, we'll continue to take each day as it comes for this little lady that has just less than 3 months until her 17th birthday.
I hope you've had a pretty good day too. 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Buddy Settles In

~Josh and Sheba, playing their favorite game~
The colorful foliage is rapidly diminishing in our area.  Within a week or so, winter woods will prevail.  But on Saturday, we enjoyed autumn’s last colorful hurrah.  The crisp air felt more like mid-December than mid-November.
Today we still have the cold temperatures, but there are clouds that will soon bring us some much needed rain.
As I mentioned in my last post, Buddy has settled in nicely and is getting used to his new routine.  Yesterday we were off to the vet to have his staples removed from the fight in his previous foster home. I also wanted to talk to my vet about a plan to resolve all his skin problems and allergies. We were loaded up with everything from eye medications to shampoos, that all together I think will eventually make a difference, and relieve all his itchiness.     
Buddy is a friendly and affectionate boy with great house manners, and does what he's asked to do. Buddy may not have received his needed vet care, but it wasn't because his family didn't care about him, they simply weren't able to afford it. Below is part of an e-mail the volunteer who picked him up wrote to me when I asked her about Buddy's former family: 
 "Buddy's owner was genuinely upset when he handed Buddy over to me and was crying.  It was very obvious that he loved Buddy and was going to miss him terribly.  He has actually called and texted me to see how Buddy is doing ... he lived in a rather low-income area and jobs are pretty scarce so I understand how things could have gotten to this point with Buddy.  I'm sure the he was hoping that things would turn around for him and he could afford Buddy's care again.  I think Buddy was definitely attached to his owner, he said that he loved going for walks to the park.  The morning he brought Buddy out to me he said Buddy thought he was going to the park because he was so excited. I felt so bad driving away with this man's dog that he loved.  That was my first time picking up a dog from a give up owner, and I don't think I'll be volunteering to do it very often."  
My heart really goes out to this man that I've never met. It's a sad story, but one that in this economy is repeated all too often.  However, Buddy is going to be okay because of his unselfishness and doing what was best for him. I hope his former owner will be too.       

Friday, November 14, 2014


Relieved.  That's how I'm feeling.  Relieved that the long week is finally over and that a little excursion with Sunny is over too. I realized about a week ago that Sunny's rabies vaccine was nearly expired. Given Sunny's history, it's best to make sure that he's kept up to date on everything.  My regular vet is about an hours drive each way. So with spare time at a premium and knowing Sunny would be stressed out by the car ride and being at the vet, I opted to take him to a practice that's closer to home. The vet-hospital is a large multi-doctor, 24 hour-a-day practice. Because of my involvement with the rescue, I've taken dogs there over the years and am familiar with a few of the vets that work there.
There is only one vet that I prefer not to see for reasons ranging from his indifference, to what a co-worker and I think is just his total incompetence. What were the odds that he would be the one Sunny would be seeing?  Better than I thought they would be.  Of course "he" didn't remember me. I explained to him Sunny's history and asked him to please take it slowly with him because it was easy to see that he was visibly nervous. I suggested a muzzle to do the exam and to keep everyone safe. He rolled his eyes, explained to me that he was experienced with nervous dogs like Sunny, but they would muzzle him if it made me feel better.  Along with his arrogance, I'll admit that I also didn't like the way "he" related to Sunny when he was examining him, calling Sunny names like, baby, boo-boo, sweetheart, honey and precious. (blech!) But the exam and vaccine were given without any problem and I was relieved when it was all over.  I then offered to remove Sunny's muzzle, but "he" did it instead and when it was taken off, Sunny whipped his head around and snapped at him, and headed for the door.  "He" didn't say a word, and when I was paying the bill, I had to grin when I saw on Sunny's chart a bright yellow "caution" sticker. I do love a good "I told you so" and my good boy Sunny too.
Thank-you all for your continued good wishes for Cricket and welcome for Buddy. Buddy has settled in nicely and Cricket is doing wonderfully!  Look for an update on them very soon!  

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Buddy Arrives at Golden Pines

The four days I had off have gone much, much too quickly!  Tomorrow it's back to work with several things left undone that I'd hoped to get too.
Late yesterday afternoon we welcomed Buddy to Golden Pines.  He comes to us from another foster home where he and the residing dog had gotten into a fight. Unfortunately, Buddy was badly injured and the two were unable to get along after that. Before coming into the rescue, Buddy was living around the city of Baltimore Maryland.
Unfortunately his owner has come up against some hard times and was unable to care for Buddy who has been plagued with severe skin allergies for quite some time. His coat is really thin, and missing in a lot of places, including on his face.  Buddy doesn't feel really well, has a very poor appetite, and it's thought that there are other underlying health issues that will have to be dealt with very soon.  
 Buddy's introductions to his new pack went pretty well.  We took things very slowly because it can be overwhelming for a dog who may already be feeling stressed out.  But today, after a good nights sleep, he seems to be in better spirits and explored the yard and enjoyed some time outside getting better acquainted with everyone.
Which takes us to Cricket.  Many thanks for all your good wishes and vibes for her which have really helped. I would guess that she's already about 50% recovered.
Just as I hoped, Cricket is back on her feet, but still has dizzying moments and will stumble and fall over. We are hand feeding her right now even though she doesn't have much of an appetite because of the nausea she's feeling from everything.  It's all very tiresome for her and she's sleeping a lot.  But she did choose to spend some time outside getting to know the "new boy" this afternoon which judging by the smile on her face, (below) I think was a good sign and she kind of enjoyed too, don't you think?
I hope you enjoyed your weekend too!