Friday, January 30, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
To thank people for adopting a pet vs. buying one, Planet Dog has put together a cool free rescue kit. The kit contains a special promotion code for 10% off planetdog.com for 1 full year PLUS:
An Orbee-Tuff adopt toy (Ball for dogs, a Mouse for cats)
An adopt. campaign decal and WOOF or MEOW EURO sticker.
A Bark mini-magazine
A special promotional offer from Dog’s Life magazine
All you have to do is send Planet Dog a copy of the adoption certificate/contract you received from your shelter or rescue group. For more info link to Planet Dog's "Kiss me, I’m adopted" kit Webpage. I'm just bummed that I can't send away for one. Those minty scented Orbee balls are AWESOME and I love the adopt campaign decal.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Frodo LOVES the plush squeakie toys that are brought out when we have puppy fosters at the house and can often be found skulking around their crates, waiting for one of us to forget to lock the crate door to keep him out. Here he is, sitting atop the couch with his prize, but Laika didn't let him keep it for long. She's a 5 pound, tough little cookie and she just bounced up there and grabbed it back from him.
I don't know what it is about shearling material but the dogs are obsessed with it.
Here's a photo of Laika, after she snagged the bone back from Frodo. He looks on longingly but is too much of a wuss to try and take it back.
Friday, January 23, 2009
February 7th-14th is "Have a heart for chained dogs" week, and there's a group called Dogs Deserve Better that send out valentine's to owners of these dogs, hoping to educate them on why a dog shouldn't be chained. Yes, most people won't pay attention to this, but if the effort makes even a few dog's lives better it is worth it!
If you go to their Website it will give a detailed explanation but here's the basics. They want folks to send in mailing addresses of homes where dogs are chained. Then they will send Valentines cards along with a brochure about the problems of chaining a dog. Kids around the country volunteer to make these cards and then the group sends them out to the addresses that have been collected.
Last year 10,435 cards were sent out and this year their goal is 12,500. Either E-mail them an address at firstname.lastname@example.org or link to their Website and fill out an online form.
The above photo is from the Dogs Deserve Better group.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
- Each $1.50 vote will bring you to the Paypal shopping cart.
- To vote multiple times for an entry simply change quantity in the cart.
- To vote for multiple dogs/entries add them to the cart and pay just once! This saves time and saves NR from paying extra Paypal fees.
If at a later date you see that your favorite photo needs more votes, feel free to vote again. All money raised from this contest will help pay the vetting expenses of the 25 or so rescued puppies that are currently in New Rattitude nurseries.
7:45 pm - WHOOPS! I got so excited that I jumped the gun. TOMORROW is when the voting starts. So be sure to start voting tomorrow. :)
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Last night I decided to take a few more photos of Miss Laika and after about 50 shots with a little black blur in them I opted for video, which is a better media for a wild and crazy little pup. Why am I not introducing a video? Well, that didn't work out either.
It seemed like every video that Hunter would start talking and say something that I didn't really want to share with the rescue world. In the first video he was talking about Guinness world records and said "did you know that there was a guy who pulled a car by his nipples?" Of course I had turned on the video camera right as he said "nipples" which sounded like a really weird thing to say as a video of a little puppy was playing.
In the next video I was about to shut the camera off when he exclaimed, "ewwww, Frodo has weiner gunk!"
Well, I thought the third time was a charm. The video was cute - Laika attacking a monster tug toy that we have. I uploaded the photos and video to the computer and when I played the video, realized that I must have double pushed the button or something. There was about 1 second of video. So I only have a photo that represents most photos taken of Laika - everything in focus but with a little black blur somewhere in the frame. This was one of the last photos taken and note the look on Frodo and Hunter's face. After 10 minutes everyone was a little tired and wondering how much longer until the little bucking bronco was worn out.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
It is a sad fact in rescue that we cannot save them all. Sometimes there is no open foster home to take the dogs, and sometimes, like in Luna's case, we are too late to save them. At least in Luna's case she experienced a week of love and care before she passed.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
New Rattitude Video
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
So, I'm sure some of you are tired of my Tilly videos, but here is another one of her with her favorite toy, mini tennis balls. This is her little corner of the kitchen where she is babygated in. Invariably you can look in her bed and find 4-5 little balls in the bed or under the cushion.
As many of you know, Tilly is a rescued puppymill breeder who at 7 years old is just now learning to play.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
So Rocket seems to be getting around more but he's still very sensitive about his leg. At first I was worried that the surgery might not have worked, since the vet's assistant said he should be touching down on it now. He's not, but I think that it's a combination of the fact that he's very sensitive about his leg after so many years of it hurting and that the muscles are tight. He's super careful and will yelp like he's been stepped on if you get too close for his comfort to his leg, even if you haven't touched him. On top of that he's got it pulled up at all times and the muscles seem really tight. I have been massaging it and after I stop (he won't tolerate it for more that 30 seconds or so) he will go walk and then stretch the leg way out behind him, straightening it.
He's also laying on that side of his body now sometimes, on top of the leg, so I think that the pain isn't that bad at this point.
He comes to work with me so I will regularly be massaging his leg and hopefully soon he'll start using it again. He did touch it to the ground last night, which was a first since the surgery, but he hasn't done that since. I just need to be patient with him because he's gone through a lot in the last week. He'll start using the leg when he's ready to.
On a happier note, I will be doing the home visit tonight of the couple who has applied to adopt him. The references have been checked and everything looks great so he should be going home very soon. Thankfully they have very good vets who I know and they will continue the care that New Rattitude started at the Edgewood Veterinary Clinic.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
Thanks to everyone who took the time to enter a vote for us in this contest. There weren't a ton of votes, but hey, we won anyhow.
Frodo became a little money hungry and hopped into the chair that I had left out, reached up, and snagged the dollar at the top of the stack. This is what's left of it. Thank goodness the $20 and $10 were at the bottom. There was about $50 he could have munched. Argggghhhh!!!!!
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Thursday, January 1, 2009
He seems to be feeling a bit better and has become quite attached to Troy. In fact he scared me to death yesterday when he tried to go down the stairs to see Troy when he was in the rec room. He wobbled there midway down the steps, frustrated that I would dare interrupt his descent by carrying him back up to the main level of the house.
Since he's a bit overweight he's been getting small portions for meals and when the other dogs get treats he gets a piece of sweet potato instead of the the jerky that they are getting. After each meal he looks up at me like he's waiting for the next course. We're not being mean, it's just that with his knee surgery, and any arthritis he has from the luxating patella it's important not to make the joint carry any more weight than it has to. The 2-3# that he will lose will make a big difference in his healing time and his long term overall health. An overweight dog is at much higher risk for diabetes, pancreatitis, and other dangerous diseases.
Like all male dogs (and Tilly), Rocket likes to mark the shrubs of the back yard to stake his claim. For some reason he feels the need to lift his healthy back leg to do this marking, which makes it a tricky endeavor. He does this hilarious move: first, he tentatively takes his rear left leg off the ground, balancing on his front legs and rear right wrapped leg. The rear leg then kicks off and he tries to balance on his front two legs as he pees on the shrub. This doesn't work well though, so he ends up doing a modified canine cartwheel, complete with urine sprinkle, since he can't balance on his front legs very well. The worst part is one of the other dogs will often walk up and pee on his handiwork and then the poor guy has to start all over again. Thankfully Rocket keeps his marking to outside, unlike Tilly.
We will take him to the vet's on Monday for his leg wrap to be removed and for them to check the incision. He's leaving the wrap alone for the most part, but does lick the edge of the bandage every once in awhile so I am watching to make sure he doesn't develop a hot spot there.