Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
One of Frodo's favorite snowy activities is to catch snowballs. Suki(Bess) tried to play along but preferred to chase Frodo rather than get a mouthful of snow.
In this rather dizzying video you see Frodo catch 2 snowballs and Suki run around a bit, enjoying a little playtime in the snow.
Our rattie, Frodo, who usually loves to eat paper was sure there was a set up when we put a box full of paper in front of him so he would "pick" the winning ticket. He refused to do anything but sniff so we had to bury treats in the tickets and the first ticket he knocked out of the box was the winner.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
For those of you who haven't heard of the rewards program, any Coke products typically have a code under the lid. A person can sign onto a Website and enter those numbers to get points. The points can then be used for a wide array of prizes.
So here's what I need you to do. Save your Coke lids and then E-mail me the number under the lid and then what product the lid was on (i.e. Cherry Coca-Cola 2 liter). Any Coke products will have these so look for Minute Maid, Dasani, Barq's Rootbeer, Sprite... I will then sign into the New Rattitude account and enter the codes to upload the points. Then when we have enough I'll announce a raffle. Sound good?
Right now the fundraising team has come up with a goal of 1350 points. In just 2 days we have 120 points just from New Rattitude team members, so this is very doable. Start E-mailing me those Coke codes! I know a few out there (who shall remain nameless) who should have quite a few Diet Coke codes to send to me. :)
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Whew, this is the third post today! I promise, it will be the last because I've got stuff to get done!
Anyhow, I work at an awesome independent pet store and sometimes a rep comes in and offers us a deal on collars that she/he is clearing out of their stock. This happened recently and I bought up several of the smaller sizes thinking that either I could sell them to raise money for New Rattitude or use them for the fosters.
They left collar is a 10-14" collar, with ribbon sewed to 3/4" black webbing. My favorite are the two red webbing 3/4" collars with the bone design, both 10-14". Then the little rainbow Celtic design collar is a 7-10" collar on 1/2" green webbing. The last collar is an 8-14" "Gentle Collar" by Goldpaws and is made of orange microfleece with the white fabric sewn on top. They are super soft collars - great for dogs who tend to have somewhat naked necks like my Frodo. The first 4 collars are by Premier. I'll sell the collars for $8 each plus whatever it costs to ship them which is still below retail which I believe is $10-$15. There were some larger collars as well so if you have a bigger dog, I could probably pick out some larger ones to show you, too.
Just E-mail me at adoptapup @ earthlink.net (remove spaces) if you are interested.
If you are wondering what to do with all that time on your hands now that voting isn't required, consider clicking on The Animal Rescue Site's "click for food" button each day. Advertisers on the site pay per click and all that money goes to pay for food for animal shelters in low-income areas. A click generates .6 bowls of food. You can even set it up so they will send you a daily reminder.
Thanks again, everyone. The fact that a brand-spanking new rescue group could win out over all the other groups and shelters based in Georgia is pretty amazing! That's teamwork for you.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
In this picture the little Texas transplant is experiencing her first snow and her dad said that she was less than thrilled with the stuff.
Here at our house the dogs are also having a little snow time. Frodo doesn't mind it and actually likes trying to catch snowballs in his mouth. Bess just acts like nothing has changed but Tilly is a little primadonna and doesn't like her toes to touch the snow. She tries to get away with peeing on the doormat so she doesn't have to move away from the door so now I get to bundle up and carry her across the yard to where the big Douglas firs have kept the ground clear of snow. Then I get to stand and shiver while she takes her sweet time marking every plant in the snow free zone and trying to find the perfect spot to poop - you know the routine - sniffing every spot and then circling in ever narrower circles, spiraling down to the perfect spot. The temperature is in the teens tonight so by the time we come back inside my teeth are chattering and I'm frozen.
Stay tuned for an introduction of our newest foster, Rocket, who will join us here after he has knee surgery on December 29th.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
K-9 Rescue Barbie
This Christmas season, give the latest, hottest new Barbie -- K-9 Rescue Barbie. She comes with her own Ford Aerostar van, and various size dog crates inside. She has a cell phone that's barely working due to overuse and underpayment. Barbie herself is decked out in jeans, grungy athletic shoes, and a t-shirt that says "Dogs are Better Than Any Other Living Thing on Earth". She comes with a road atlas of every town and state in North America, and a compass on the dashboard of the van. She also has a map of every Starbucks. Optional is the special Rescue Dog Barbie laptop computer with the names and addresses of every other dog rescue person on earth, in case she gets somewhere and a contact fails to show up. Running buddy, "Lucky", the three-legged, blind Shih Tzu doll is available for an additional $49.95. For $89.95 you can complete the set with "Pissed off husband at home, Ken," and the various foster dogs at $20 each.
Prices for accessories are:
Fake snow falling on Barbie's van: $12.95
Flat tire for Barbie's van: (see "Barbie's Road Service Kit")
Barbie's First Aid Kit: (human): $11.75, (canine): $69.50
Barbie's Speeding Ticket: $95 (Mississippi- -$195)
Barbie's coat-that-she- had-to-buy- in-Minnesota: $85
Barbie's Vet Bill for Lucky in Vaughn, New Mexico: $63.45
Barbie's contact, Rhonda, who she had to give gas money to in Mesa Verde,Texas: $20
Barbie's bill to get her contact, Luis, out of jail in Bakersfield, California: $500
Barbie's bill to get Luis's dogs out of the pound in Bakersfield, California: $265
Barbie's hotel/kennel bill in Laughlin, Nevada, while she waits for her contact:$532
Barbie's overalls that she has to buy while in Minden, Nebraska, hunting down lost coonhounds: $49.95
Pizza for Barbie's suspicious looking hitch-hiker with sick puppy: $15
Vet bill for hitch-hikers sick puppy in Des Moines, Iowa: $143.29
Barbie's doggie wheelchair for "Klause" the rescue dachshund in Leavenworth, Kansas: $143
Barbie's van detailing/fumigation from hauling parvo/kennel cough puppies: $187
Barbie's resume to get new job when she gets home from run: $29.95
And let us not forget her sister doll - Cat Rescue Barbie, who comes with the same equipment, (substitute "cat" for "dog"), plus:
Folding ladder in vehicle: $129.95
Have-a-heart trap: $29.95
Cans of tuna for baiting trap: $11.95
Long handled fishing net: $39.95
Case of Simple Solution: $259.95
Black light (to detect cat urine): $29.95
Tee shirt that says "The More I Know About Men, The More I Love My Cat" $19.95
Running buddy "Jeep" - 3-legged tailless cat named after vehicle that claimed her missing appendages: $89.95
Vet bill for Jeep $397.95
Friend Edith, 87-year-old feral colony feeder, who calls begging favors when her arthritis acts up and she can't get out: $59.95
Food for Edith's colony cats (after all, Edith is on Social Security) $139.95
Friend Margie, do-gooder with pristine home and one spoiled cat, whose idea of being a rescuer is to pick up strays and take them to Barbie for rehab, vetting, fostering, and placement: $89.95
Vet bills for Margie's rescues $892.95
Mother Sadie, who calls weekly to ask Barbie when she is going to get rid of all those smelly cats and give her some grandchildren already $89.95 (telephone extra)
Shrink who talks Barbie out of killing above-mentioned persons each week $500
Vet who makes house calls and doesn't blink at unannounced visits and odd-hour consultations: *priceless*
Friday, December 5, 2008
She had her second heartworm treatment shot on the 3rd and unfortunately had a reaction to it. There was a lot of swelling and it was quite painful, however, an anti-inflammatory quickly solved the problem and she was back to normal. She doesn't seem as knocked out as she did with the last shot and isn't at all happy about being kept kenneled again now for so much of the time. We are using a mild tranquilizer to keep her calm, but it doesn't work as well as I wish it would.
In 4 weeks she'll be back at the vet's for a final test to make sure she is heartworm free and assuming all is well, she'll be heading to her new home in early January. I'm happy because she will be living a couple miles from my house so I'll get to visit her and hear about how she's doing.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tilly and Bess had done some "human training" of Troy and I and last night we had to start the process of letting them know that we are the ones who do the training, not them.
The foster dogs sleep in crates in our bedroom at night. We keep the house pretty cold at night so I prefer to have them in either Hunter or our bedroom upstairs where it's warmer. Anyhow, one night I was woken by Tilly, frantically scratching at her crate door. I figured it was a bathroom emergency and carried her crate downstairs and let her outside. She immediately ran and leaped off deck for the nearest fern she could mark. After that she did her typical wandering and marking every shrub and tree she could find in the back yard (trust me, there are a LOT) and then she was back at the door, ready to go back to bed. Of course, when I went back upstairs Bess was awake and so I figured I might as well take her out as well if she needed to go. So out we went.
That was the first night. Well, this became a nightly occurrence. Bess wasn't as bad as Tilly. She doesn't like being cold and so the prospect of a cold backyard wasn't as enticing to her as it was to Tilly. Tilly on the other hand got to the point where we were taking 2-3 trips a night down the stairs to the sliding glass door. Yesterday I realized what was happening. As long as she had a chance to run around outside before bed there was no reason she needed to get up 3 times for trips outside. She had trained me to get up at 1, 3 and 5am so she could have a little fun.
So last night the retraining happened. I went to bed with a squirt bottle at my side. That was all it took for Tilly - a squirt bottle sitting next to me where she could see it. There wasn't a peep out of her last night, even when I knew she was awake because Bess was being loud. Bess on the other hand, needed a couple squirts from across the room before she realized the "make the humans get out of bed" trick was no longer working for her. After that it was quiet. Everyone slept until 6 am. I was SO glad it was as easy as a couple of squirts.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
In this photo you can see Miss Bess' pregnant belly as she sits in the crate. It seemed like once we noticed, each day her belly was noticeable bigger. It's very sad that we aren't able to save the puppies.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
So save yourself some driving this season and shop from your computer instead. You can buy just about anything through goodshop. Recently I asked the volunteers at New Rattitude what the weirdest or most obscure thing that they have ever goodshopped for. I wanted to get some examples for you to prove that just about anything can be found on goodshop - and earn New Rattitude some money when you buy it.
They came back with some great things: smurfs, herbal moth repellant, day planner refill pages, shoes, specialty skin care products and German silver cello strings.
Some of the most common sites that people shop at can be linked to from Goodshop: Target.com, Bestbuy.com, Amazon.com, L.L. Bean, Gap, eBay, Toys R Us, drugstore.com, giftcertificates.com...
A Website that one of my adopters told me about and I just love is Drs. Foster & Smith Pet Supplies (drsfostersmith.com). They have great prices and a huge selection of doggy stuff. Another Washington New Rattitudette swears by Zappos.com, an online shoe store. I'm sure that whatever you love to shop for, you'll find it on goodshop.com. It's a great way to stretch your holiday shopping dollar: you will be shopping and giving to charity at the same time.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
I just had to share this great moment in Tilly's rehabbing. I was playing tug with Frodo and Tilly inched up and grabbed a corner and was pulling with him. I let go and lo and behold, she started playing tug with him! She even won and headed off under the coffee table to chew on her prize. Little Miss Tilly has come a long way, from the terrified puppymill girl who came to us in August.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
When clicker training, the first thing that you do is "load the clicker". You teach the dog that click=reward. Most of the time it takes about 3 clicks and the dog has figured it out, but Bess was so overjoyed about not being on the end of a leash that she could really care less about the treats and was more interested in exploring. After a few minutes she settled down though and figured out that clicks are GOOD!
Within a couple minutes she understood the sit command (with a hand signal) and was really fast with her sits. What a smart girl she is! We'll work on this a couple more days so it's really ingrained and then we'll work on sit-stay.
For Tilly I muffled the click at first because I was worried that it might frighten her. In fact, I wasn't sure that she was even ready for training, but I figured, what the heck, it won't hurt to try. I think that she understood, but I'm not fully certain. She too was busy exploring the bedroom because she usually is only in the room at night in her crate. She understood the click=reward part, but her skittishness made it tough to fully know much she was taking in. Sit is easy for Tilly because (at least for me) if I say "Tilly" she will run over to me, look up at me and sit there to find out what I want. It's just what she does. I used the hand signal with her as well, however, I think she was more nervous about the hand and that was why she sat, not because she understood that I was asking her to sit. That's okay. We have time to work on things and as long as the training periods are short and positive, it can only do good because she's getting more socialization.
Today at the Pet Market a regular customer offered to hold her for me while I rang something up. I warned her that in the past Tilly has nipped when she gets fearful and wants to get down. She said she didn't care, she'd been bitten by much bigger dogs than an 8# terrier, so we tried it. Tilly was NOT happy about being pushed so far out of her comfort zone, but she lived. She stiffened up and looked pointedly up at the ceiling to avoid eye contact, but she didn't snarl or nip. (Phew) The lady just pet her and cooed to her. As soon as she was handed back she snuggled in close but kept looking over at the lady, checking her out and then quickly looking away to make sure the eye contact wasn't seen as a challenge. YAY TILLY! On top of that, she was so cute in her little bandana that we got about $10 in donations in Izzy's surgery donation jar just this morning. Only $85 to go and the surgery will finally be paid for. Then the jar will become Bess and Allie's heartworm treatment donation jar (Allie is a momma dog that is being fostered with her pups in Yakima and also needs heartworm treatment once they are fully weaned.) Since we don't have heartworm here in Washington (thank goodness!) the cost of treatment is sky high. Even with deep discounts from our rescue vet it will still be about $300 per dog to treat them.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Hunter took some video of Izzy and Frodo wrestling downstairs in the rec room on her last evening with us. They played and played until Frodo kept running to the door, checking to see if it was open so he could escape the little terror. But alas, he was trapped. We are still really missing this lively little family member.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Anyhow, Kathy has a couple foster puppies at her house so Izzy will get to play with them in one of those giant crates that Kathy has (more like a small room) instead of being cooped up alone, like she has been here. I took her to work with me yesterday and Kathy picked her up there. Since it was slow, I let her wander the store and it was very cute to watch.
She has been one of the most difficult fosters for me to let go. I'm not sure why, but I think it is something about her friendly personality. When she was at the pet store with me, she was positive that each person approaching the counter had come expressly to see her and would strain to escape the front pack I had her in. I would lift her out and she would attack the customer with kisses like they were her long lost family and of course this helped with donations to the "help pay for Izzy's surgery" jar on the counter. :) So, I kissed Izzy, gave her a bunch of hugs and then said goodbye to my girl so I could help the next customer. When he asked about where she was going, I explained her story with tears rolling down my cheeks. It was embarrassing, but the poor guy felt so bad that he shoved a five dollar bill in Izzy's donation jar, so at least my humiliation paid a bit.
Here are some photos I took of her that morning in the store as she wandered around. For all her good traits, she is quite the little shoplifter!
Stealing bully sticks
Stealing cat toys
Trying on coats
Shopping for dog food
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Now, although this was disgusting, it isn't like I haven't had to clean out a poopy crate before. Puuuuuleeeaaase. The problem was, I'm home alone with a dog that hates water, can't have her pulse race, and I've got to get her washed off. At the same time, I know that at any moment the guys will ring the doorbell because for some reason the extra weight of running with a key kills them and they need me to open the door for them. This will set Frodo off, who will bark until the door is opened. In the meantime I'm holding a dog that is dripping in crap.
I got the shower sprayer down, warmed the water, and then tried to spray off her legs and paws thinking she wouldn't mind it as much. Her legs were spinning, trying to climb out of the tub and I could feel her heart pumping. I was panicking and thinking - oh please don't die, please don't die. Poop is everywhere - in the tub, on me, on her - THEN the doorbell rings because the guys are home and they want ME to come downstairs and open the door for them. Like clockwork, our neurotic dog Frodo starts barking his head off. I'm crying and trying to calmly whisper the whole time, "It's okay baby, you're alright, we're almost done good girl..." OMG!! I just about had a nervous breakdown. The good news is that for the first time ever Hunter didn't repeatedly ring the doorbell until I came to open the door. After the second ring I heard the garage door open.
Troy helped clean up the crate while I dried and calmed Bess and he even got everything in the washer. Then Hunter went and got a magazine and crawled in bed with the freshly cleaned Bess and held her while he read and talked on the phone to his friend. She curled up under the covers, let out a big sigh and fell asleep, exhausted from her ordeal.
I have to hand it to all of you Midwest/East Coast foster moms who go through this over and over with your foster dogs. You gals must have nerves of steel.
I am assuming a day of chewing pizzles and tendons had something to do with Bess' upset tummy. Likely, the heartworm meds are also taking their toll. I mixed some pumpkin puree in with her food tonight and hopefully that will help put a halt to any "3rd Poop Disaster of 2008." For those of you who are new to the blog, back in July we had the "1st Poop Disaster of 2008" with our foster dog Mango.
So, things are calm and quiet again. The dogs are all snoozing in their crates and the guys are in bed. I am confident that we can avoid anymore problems like this. Plus, I'm proud of how the guys quietly stepped in to help calm Bess and get things back to normal - whatever normal might be in this dog crazy household.
I thought I'd take a little time this morning to update everyone on our girls.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
On Sunday night Izzy and Bess took one last romp together around the living room before Bess started her heartworm treatment and had to be kept crated and calm. From the video you can see that Miss Bess looks very healthy and robust.
Well yesterday, when they ran the hearworm test to check the level of her infection we were sure they were going to come out and tell us she was either a low positive or even that the shelter had run a false positive test. Ends up poor Bess was high positive and will have to go through a double treatment protocol. They ran a chest x-ray to determine if she was a level 3 or 4, and thank goodness, her heart looks normal so she is a level 3. She received her shot, was kept overnight, and this morning I went to pick her up.
The poor thing looked so scared. I carried her out to the car and gave her some rawhide to chew on and put her in her crate with her favorite blanket and bed. She settled right down and started chewing.
When we got home everyone got fed and I added the herbal anti-anxiety drops to everyone's food to keep everyone calm. Heck, I even squirted some in my coffee because, lord knows after the weekend/Monday that I had, I needed some as well.
Now everyone is resting calmly. I added some milk thistle to Bess' food to aid liver function while the chemicals are still in her system. She's also getting probiotics and Omega 3 and 6 to help boost her immune system.
Later I'll run by the Pet Market and pick up some more yummy chews that will keep her from getting to bored. I have some drugs that I'll use to relax her during the critical days, but for the next few days we are going to try to do things naturally. Seeing as there are 4 dogs and a teenager in the house, this may be more difficult than expected, but we'll take it one moment at a time and adjust the plan as needed.
For now, everyone is sleeping and the house is unusually quiet for one that has 4 terriers in it.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Bess loves sqeaky toys, but after about 2-3 minutes of squeaky, she gets bored and decides she needs to see what it is that's doing all the squeaking. Then she gets busy performing a squeakectomy on the toy. So far Izzy has been our only foster ever who is satisfied to chew stuffed toys and not disembowel them.
Tilly is getting braver and braver. She will even go up and sniff the guys' hands these days and took a treat from Hunter's hand the other day when I wasn't even nearby. AMAZING!
Frodo is busy with his job as the fun police, since Izzy and Bess are always wrestling and playing. He keeps everyone in line as we've come to expect from our persnickety little man. He is getting ready for his 4th birthday this Saturday, but he has the attitude of a 10 year old dog. I can only imagine how he'll be as an elderly dog. Sheesh.
This photo was taken on Bess' first day with us. She was trying to introduce herself to Frodo, but he wasn't so sure he liked her.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Izzy lost a baby tooth last night - one of her molars, or whatever the canine equivalent might be. She was running around making weird faces and then she would rub her face on the couch. It got so frenzied it started to look like a seizure.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
So New Rattitude members kicked into high gear. Donations were made to pay for her heartworm treatment and I had a friend at Horizon Airlines try to find a volunteer to fly out to Dallas and bring her back to Washington since she couldn't fly in cargo because of her heartworm.
She was pulled from the shelter and driven quite a distance to Jodi, a NR volunteer in the Dallas area. Jodi cleaned her up, gave her a bunch of love and got her ready to fly to Washington.
An incredible volunteer was found and he spent an entire day flying and sitting around at airports to bring little Blessed to safety. We met him at Sea-Tac Airport and welcomed Blessed to Washington State. We'll have her here for a few days until her foster mom, Kathy, is back from Arizona. Then she'll start her heartworm treatment and get healthy so she can find a family to join.
Blessed is such a sweet little gal. She hates when her people aren't around and gets worried and barks, but we are working on that. She just needs to learn that just because she can't see someone, doesn't mean they won't come back for her. She's playful in spite of the heartworm and has made a great playmate for our foster, Izzy. One thing she has in common with Izzy is that she isn't housetrained, but we are working on that as well. With her one ear up, one ear down, she has a sweet comical look and is quite adept at stealing hearts. What a great story of how much can be accomplished when a bunch of great people work together to save a dog.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
After much thinking, I have decided to name them Katie and Benny -- and here's why. I'm a newspaper editor who got in this business because I saw the power of newspapers when The Washington Post's great work ultimately led to Nixon's resignation because of Watergate. I was just a kid then but knew from that moment on that journalism would be my career and my passion. (Along the way, I added rat terriers and Kenny Rogers as passions, too, but that's another story.) So, Katie gets her name after Katharine Graham, who was the publisher of the Washington Post during Watergate, and Benny is named after Ben Bradlee, who was editor of the paper. (And would probably kill someone if they called him Benny!)
There was recently a puppymill bust in North Carolina and 137 rat terriers were seized. New Rattitude has foster parents fostering several of the mommas and their newborn pups so there may be more opportunities to name a few more puppies.
In the photo, Katie is on the left, and Benny on the right.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
What a difference a day makes, though. Today she has learned to use the cone as a tripod and will sometimes walk along with two feet and the cone. It's hilarious! However, by this afternoon she was walking almost normally - just a little stiff.
The happy surprise after the surgery was that it came in at $775, rather than the $1,000 that we were quoted. Kathy Young has covered the cost of surgery until enough money comes in to pay for it. That way we didn't have to make poor Izzy wait for the surgery until we were able to raise the full amount of money, which may take awhile.
If you can donate even a little bit to her surgery, link to New Rattitude's Canine Clinic page and there's a donation button on the page that will specify the money goes to cover Izzy's surgery. We need to get this paid off ASAP because there was a puppymill bust in North Carolina and 137 rat terriers were seized. New Rattitude will be fostering many dogs and puppies from this bust which will be a bit of a financial strain.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
New Rattitude is proud to announce the birth of our first set of rescued puppies! Their momma, Allie, was about to give birth but there was parvo in the shelter and if the pups were born in that environment it would be a death sentence. All dogs would have been put to sleep, including momma.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Repairing the foot was beyond what they could do at the vets and would need an orthopedic specialist. All the bones would need to be rebroken and pins put in to set things correctly. She's still so young and at this point it might do more harm than good to work on the foot. The emergency vet in Texas didn't think that it would be worth it to fix the foot, since it's the knees and not the foot that is causing the pain at this point. We'll see. I'll call later this afternoon to see how things went and will post a comment to let folks know the details. We'll pick her up tomorrow morning. It will be a relief to have her back home with me.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
As you read in the last post, Izzy has a runny nose and with every sniff she sprays wet booger juice. Gross? Yeah, tell me about it. So that was still going on. Then, she pooped on the kitchen floor. "At least it wasn't on the carpet" I was thinking as I cleaned up. At the same time, Tilly was in the living room, ON THE CARPET, pooping. Exasperated, I got the Spot-bot (a necessary tool for any foster family) out to steam the spot before we headed to the dog park.
At the dog park I took Tilly out of her crate in the back and she submission peed in her bed. She had also puked in the crate on the drive over. Wonderful. :I Then, Frodo stepped in poop and also rolled in something dead and rotting. While Frodo worked up his stink, I was looking at Tilly's paw and noticed she had these large bumps on the side, they looked a little like infected slivers. After a little prodding, "pop" out came a pussy sliver on my hand. By this time I was trying not to retch.
We got home, cleaned Frodo up, started up the laundry to wash Tilly's bed and blankets and then went to get Izzy to take her outside. Too late. Poor Izzy had peed in her crate and then sat in the pee. More bed washing. More dog washing. Once you throw in the eye goobers from Tilly and Izzy, you've got one big mix of dog grossness.
Of course, cute little Izzy licked my face as I washed her off. Frodo did a hilarious dance of joy at his discovery of the putrid "cologne" and Tilly stood on her hind legs and danced in front of me, trying to get a few pets and looking completely adoreable. They all reminded me that sometimes you have to put up with a few goobers to see what's really important.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
To learn a bit more about the group or just to see the cute little ratties that we are already rescuing, link to the New Rattitude Website. The site is still under construction so bear with us as our Web team finishes up the new site design, but there's plenty to see on it currently so don't wait to check it out. One of these days you'll open the Website and the home page will dazzle you, I promise. :)
Friday, September 12, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Bud is on house arrest right now until I can move the compost bin to a new spot in the back yard. Today he jumped up on the bin and over the fence into the neighbor's back yard. Unfortunately he was working in his yard and had the gates open and out Bud went for a trot around the neighborhood. We sprinted after him for about a 1/4 mile before we were able to corner him in someone's yard. Have you ever raced a rat terrier? Trust me, you will not win unless they let you or you're good at herding.
Then he did it again this evening only the gates were locked so he was trapped in our neighbor's yard, thankfully. Now he is on leash when we go out for bathroom breaks and tomorrow I'll fix things up so he can roam freely with the other dogs again. He is acting like I am killing him by making him be on a leash when he's outside.
Friday, September 5, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
That alone would have been enough to be irratating to them, but add to it the fact that Tilly went into high fear mode and was biting and charging at anyone who even looked at her before and after the surgery. They gave her a pain shot both to help with her pain and also as a sedative to calm her down so she would rest for awhile. When I picked her up I went in the back and sat on the floor, thinking she would see me and run to me in relief. Nope. She was frozen in place curling her lip and not letting me get within about 2 feet of her. Finally they just gave me a couple of towels which I used to protect my hands from being bitten when I picked her up to take out to the car.
We put the crate in a corner of the living room and everyone steered clear of her until bedtime. After the other dogs were done outside I carried the crate outside and set it on the lawn, talking gently to her the whole time. Then I set a bowl of water on the ground and opened the crate door from where she couldn't see me. Luckily she was thirsty and out she came. I closed the door and she wandered around a bit and peed, which made me ecstatic. Then I squatted down next to her, facing away from her and she let me pet her for a bit. She seemed too weak to walk back across the lawn, so I brought the crate to her and gently lifted her inside. I pet her as she was standing near the front of the crate so she could see that someone's hands in her crate wasn't a bad thing. Whew.
Since then we have been taking regular forays outside, but always carrying her outside and inside in the crate. I want to give her more time to heal before I start getting her to come out of her crate and walk around the house. It's a little frustrating, because it feels like I've lost all the progress that I had made, but the fact that she is letting me pet her and actually seeking me out lets me know that she will bounce back once she's feeling a little better.
Sprocket will be neutered this coming Tuesday and thankfully his surgery and trip to the vet should be much less eventful.
The photo above shows Tilly the day after she came to us, before I had noticed she was "in heat" and she was still running around sans diaper. It shows her "thick waist" from behind.