Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
|Tenley went home with another foster last Sunday but she didn't stay there for long. She moved into a prospective adopter's home already and so far, so good. Keeping paws crossed for this one. It is a definite lifestyle improvement for the dog. |
|I'm planning to meet Teddy's prospective adopters on Saturday at some location yet to be determined off of I-95. I can't imagine that they won't love him. |
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Saturday, June 25, 2011
The kicker is that New York apparently doesn't have any residency requirements for marriage. My brother-in-law is gay and lives in New York City. He called last night, ecstatic about the news, and offered to throw us a wedding. He was heading down to the West Village to the Stonewall Inn, ground zero for all gay celebrations. For anyone who doesn't know, the Stonewall was the site of riots back in 1969 when gay patrons of the bar began fighting back against the facist pigs who routinely raided the place because it was a gay hangout.
Friday, June 24, 2011
Clay has been out of town this week, which gives me a break from cooking and feeling guilty about all the dog hair. I think I've finally shaken the cold that hit me right after vacation. I haven't finished my work for the week, but I'm not behind going into Friday, so I can split Friday's work between Friday and Saturday and sort of coast into the weekend. Here's some pics to enjoy.
|St. Rocky doing his therapy gig out in Utah. All those little kids, I don't know how he stands it.|
|This is Samson and his hiking buddy, Gus, on one of their weekly adventure hikes|
|This is the Appalachian Wanderer, a/k/a Zeus, after a bath and brushing. |
He is now called Bentley and I think today is the day they get the yellow lab, Barnum, back to be Bentley's brother.
|This is a lovely young girl, an owner surrender from over in the Valley. |
She isn't coming to my place because another volunteer took her in.
I'm very happy about that for everyone concerned.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
This dog's biggest obstacle to adoption is her age, probably 9 years or so. And again, I can not take her in right now and she's not bad off where she is. In fact, it's probably a better life than she has had for many years.
Name issues aside, these two similar stories point out the need for all of us to consider our dogs and our own mortality. I have too many dogs for Clay to be responsible for if something were to happen to me. It's something that all responsible pet owners need to think about, and plan for. Some people have stronger support networks among family and friends than others. There are certain people out there for whom I will always be their doggie backup and they know it, and I will always take back my fosters, of course, but I can't be a retirement home for all of them or the rescue operation would come to an end. At some point, operating a canine retirement home might be an option, and a way to get out of the more intensive and higher volume rescue work. It's definitely a void that needs to be filled in the world of rescue.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
I had a follow up appointment with our Zachary today for his second Lyme vaccine so I made an appointment for Romeo at about the same time. Although the news wasn't great (positive for Lyme), I'm glad I took him in because it's better to know about it so I could get him started on the four week course of doxycycline.
His skin shows what has probably been a chronic yeast infection, which was also affecting his ears. I can't bathe him for 10 days because his neuter incision is held together with a water soluble glue, so I got a prescription for an anti-fungal oral medication that I'll need to get filled at a pharmacy. Of course, that necessitated doing some basic blood work as well.
It wasn't a fun day for either of us. The dog I had who looked great and seemed readily adoptable now needs a month of medication and will need someone willing to manage a chronic yeast infection, which is probably due to a food allergy because he's a German Shepherd. It does confirm my belief that I did the right thing by turning away a potential adopter for the dog last weekend. The woman loved his personality, but she had neither the inclination nor the wherewithal to take on a dog who might need something more than cheap dog food and maybe an annual vaccination.
With it being so hot outside, he's loving life up in my office. Max, the male black lab, is up here too because he was neutered yesterday as well. His sister, Maddie, isn't too happy about the separation from Max. I'm going to try to adopt them together, although I do think they'd both be fine going their separate ways. The word from the Animal Connections vet about Bo the rottie is that his xrays looked fine, but the EKG showed an unusual heart rhythm, so he is going to ask a veterinary cardiologist to take a look at the EKG.
Monday, June 20, 2011
1. Romeo to CASPCA for neuter, vaccinations, and heartworm test;
2. Max to CASPCA for neuter, vaccinations, and heartworm test;
3. Maddie to Animal Connections vet for vaccinations and heartworm test;
4. Bo to Animal Connections vet for exam and beginning of heartworm treatment.
The drop off at CASPCA went smoothly, no problems, so I went on the next stop. The vet came out and right away didn't want to treat Bo today. He wanted to do two more weeks of doxy (he's already had two weeks of it), and do xrays of his chest. Fine, I left them and came back home. This is not a vet that I've done heartworm treatment with before and I swear, none of them do it the same way. It appears that this is going to be a three month process, at a minimum with this vet.
|Max, after surgery|
This evening Max and Romeo are in crates up in my office sleeping it off.
|Romeo, settled into a crate for the night|