When I clean Luna’s kennel I put her on a 20 foot steel cable tether to keep her from going over a fence while I’m busy cleaning and not able to watch her closely.Today there was something up in the woods above our house that had all the dogs revved up. Especially Luna. She was leaping like a hooked game fish. The picture angle makes it look like she’s standing on the timbers, but she’s not. I marked her starting position for this standing leap.
When I was done cleaning kennels things had calmed down so I took Luna out for her potty run. She won’t “go” in the play yard, she has to be in the trees. This seems to be something drilled into her by her former family, “Do not defile the children’s play yard.”
We encountered what it was that had them excited: a grey and white, stump-tailed cat with a permanent “so what are you going to do about it” expression on his face (he or she is one of a burgeoning number of feral cats in our area) was crouching in the leaves not 8 feet from where we were walking. Had it not moved, I think Luna would have missed it entirely, but it spooked when I looked at it and it went a ways up a tree then leapt off deeper into the woods, Luna took off after it and took my arm with her.
I got her back to her kennel using just the one remaining arm and am now in the process of gluing the missing arm back on. Man that hurts.
Notation for her resume: NOT cat friendly. I don’t now that she would have hurt it, but she definitely chases cats.
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Luna has been something of an enigma since her arrival. On the one hand, she has been single-minded in her attempts to escape. She came here because NAC had no place they could humanely confine her. Once she got here she set about dismantling her kennel. I finally had to armor plate the inside of her “room” to prevent her getting purchase on the safety mesh or chain-link with her claws and shredding the former and distorting the latter. Before I got that done, she actually bent the panel clamps and pulled the door panel into her kennel!
While all this was going on, i was taking her out for leash walks four times a day. The other dogs are released to run and play in our fenced yard, but Luna’s determination to escape causes me to worry that she will just go over a wall as soon as I’m not watching. A theory that was verified the first time I put her on a tether so I could clean her kennel. She wriggled out of her harness and I caught her trying to hop over the wall by our back porch. Luna is a big girl and Animal Control learned that she could climb out of their 6′ high kennels. I have a steel net over the top of mine to discourage that.
Well, we survived the Apocalypse of July. Buddy spent the evening in his hunker bunker, Josephine managed to squeeze under our bed (amazing!) then poked her nose out and said, “Come on in, Blondie Bear, it’s better under here.” Blondie (4 times Josie’s size) just looked at her with exasperation and poked my elbow with her nose. Her signal that she desperately needs scritchies. Callie Roo curled up in a ball on a snuggle bed and trembled.
I don’t know if rain intervened or if the revelers ran out of combustibles, but, mercifully, the noise fest did not drag on into the night. Once all the noise subsided, the entire group of us heaved a collective sigh of relief and drifted off to sleep.
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Last Updated: Aug 8, 2019
Luna was a stray picked up by Newport Animal Control and taken to their facility. She is a Great Dane / Black Lab mix. Not terribly large as, Danes go, but larger than the average dog and quite strong despite being scrawny from hunger. Luna could easily climb out of the regular kennels at N.A.C. The only kennel they have that could contain her is their “vicious dog cell” and that is in a part of the building that is not air conditioned. In the late-June mid-day heat, it becomes far too hot for anything to stay in there long. They needed another solution. So the manager, Lisa, reached out to me: would I foster her for them? We found a way to make that happen and I picked her up this morning.
UPDATE: Luna has been adopted!
(maybe … waiting on a decision)
Luna arrived today. Luna is a special case: a stray picked up by Newport Animal Control and taken to their facility. She is a Black Lab / Great Dane mix. Small, as Great Danes go, but larger than the average dog and quite strong despite being scrawny from hunger.
Newport Animal Control is working out of a make-shift facility in an unused building downtown. Their kennels are lightweight, free-standing affairs. Not sturdy enough to hold Luna, who proved able to climb over the walls and/or pull the door until the latch bends and it opens. The only kennel they had that could contain her was their “vicious dog cell” and that is in a part of the building that is not air conditioned. In the late-June mid-day heat, it becomes far too hot for anything to stay in there long. They needed another solution. So the manager, Lisa, reached out to me: would I foster her for them? We found a way to make that happen and I picked her up this morning.