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Bobby D’Husky: Notes on a foster dog

Yet another member of the Del Rio Husky Horde picked up as a stray.

Last Updated: Aug 4th, 2020

Base Info:

  • Arrival date: July 27, 2020
  • Breed: Husky
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: Youth, Adult, Mature, Senior
  • Birthdate: January 2019
  • Weight: 52 Pounds 07/22
    .              50.8 pounds 08/04
  • Neutered: Yes
  • General Health: Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor
  • Temperament: Calmer than most Husky’s and quite affectionate.
  • SAFER Test performed: 0728/2020
  • PetFinder Listing: N/A: claimed by A Pathway to Hope
  • Get the Adoption Application (Contact A Pathway to Hope)
  • Departure date: Undetermined

History

Yet another stray Husky picked up in Del Rio.  He has been neutered and is wearing a rabies tag, so he had a home.  But the tag is registered in another county.  Did he run off?  Was he dumped?  Was he stolen and escaped?  We have no idea.  The rabies tag offers little info and there is no microchip.  In any case the shelter will not hang onto him because adopting Husky’s to locals has never worked out.  Every one has been returned.  It’s better for the dog to find a Husky rescue to find them a proper home with someone who appreciates this breed’s unique qualities.  A Pathway to Hope is one such rescue.  PMFC is fostering until transport can be arranged.

Bobby’s Progress Summary:

Detailed notes on this foster dog’s progress are posted below the summary.

Relational Behavior

  • Relates well to other dogs: No problems seen
  • Can eat food/treats near other dogs: Unknown
  • Preferred style of play: Unknown
  • Is affectionate: Yes
  • Is good with:
    . Men: Yes
    . Women: Yes
    . Children: Unknown, but probably
    . Cats: Probably not.  Huskies normally aren’t
  • Jumps up on people: No
  • Mouths: No
  • Walks well on a leash: Yes

House Dog Training

  • Willingly enters his crate: No Yes
  • Is calm/quiet while in crate: No Yes
  • Understands going outside to potty: No Yes
  • Alerts me of need to go outside: No Yes
  • Is destructive of bedding and/or toys: No Yes
  • Refrains from kitchen counter cruising: No Yes
  • Stays off people furniture: No Yes

Terms of Adoption:

Commands:

  • Comes when called: Unknown
  • Sits on command: Yes
  • Down / Off: N/A so far
  • Shake / Paw: No
  • Kennels on command: Yes

Bobby’s Medical

  • 1-DAPPv: 07/22/2020 (Friends Animal Shelter)
    . Booster: date (by)  DUE AUG 12th
  • Bordatella: 07/22/2020 (FAS)
  • Wormed: Dates | Product | Dose | By
    . 07/22 – 07/24/2020 | Panacur | 10 ml | FAS
  • Rabies: Aug 4, 2020 Cedarwood Veterinary Hosp.
  • Microchipped: Aug 4, PetKey Not registered
    To register: https://www.freepetchipregistry.com/
  • Spay/Neuter: Done prior to intake
  • Heartworm Test: date, result (by)
    . Aug 4, 2020 4dx- all negative
  • Flea/Tick preventative:
    .
    .
  • Heartworm preventative:
    . date, Ivermectin, dose
    .
  • NOTES:
    .
    .

Diet

Boarding facility feeds Purina.
Victor Classic – Professional Dry Dog Food
0 cups AM, 0 cups PM.
PMFC Peanut butter cookies
Retriever Beef Basted Sticks
Jones Beef Hooves
Grillerz Pork Femur

Gallery

In chronological order, newest at the bottom. Some pictures are linked to a more detailed Doggy Tale about that update, click those to open the related story.

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Progress Updates

Progress notes are listed below, in chronological order, newest at the bottom.

July 25

I have gone by the shelter to evaluate Bobby.  He tried hard to push out he door when I opened it, but once I was inside and the door latched he was sweet and calm.  He even rolled over on his back to get a belly rub.  We have no open kennel for this boy, so I’ve arranged to board him for a week.  I’ll go there as often as I can to do a SAFER test and get him accustomed to me.  I am to move him from the shelter to boarding Monday morning (the 27th).

July 31

Bobby gave us a scare on Wednesday: while in the play yard he went over their 6 foot high fence.  He hadn’t shown any interest in the fence before so this was unexpected.  But the emergency ended quickly because Bobby was just hungry for some BBQ from the place down the street.  He trotted down there, the fella tossed him some meat pieces to hold his attention while Steve caught up and snagged him.  He’s back in his room safe and sound, but he’ll be leash walked from now on!

August 4th

I picked Bobby up from Kathy’s Grooming Parlor, where he is boarding,  and took him to Cedarwood Veterinary Hospital for testing and a rabies vaccination.  We had some errands to run on the way, but those all went unusually smoothly and we were running 1/2 hour ahead of schedule.  I decided we should stop in at the Park-n-Float on River Street to relax together while we wait for the clock to catch up to us.

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Hunter: Notes on a foster dog

A typical black lab: vigorously friendly, goofy, loves everyone.

Last Updated: Aug. 6, 2020

Base Info:

  • Arrival date: July 20, 2020
  • Breed: Black Labrador
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: Youth, Adult, Mature, Senior
  • Birthdate:
  • Weight: 46.6 Pounds
  • Neutered: Yes
  • General Health: Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor
  • Temperament: Outgoing, goofy, lovable
  • SAFER Test performed: Yes PASSED
  • PetFinder Listing: 48576168
  • Available for adoption? YES | Rescue? YES
  • Get the Adoption Application (PDF form, print, complete, return)
  • Departure date: Undetermined

History

Taken in by Animal Control when the young man who owned him went to jail on charges not related to the dogs.  Hunter was quite skinny, but did not appear to have been abused.

Hunters Progress Summary:

Detailed notes on this foster dog’s progress are posted below the summary.

Relational Behavior

  • Relates well to other dogs: Yes
  • Can eat food/treats near other dogs: Yes but lets others take his food.
  • Preferred style of play: Likes to frolic in the yard
  • Is affectionate: Yes
  • Is good with:
    . Men: Yes
    . Women: Yes
    . Children: No (too active for small kids)
    . Cats: Unknown
  • Jumps up on people: Yes
  • Mouths: No
  • Walks well on a leash: Yes

House Dog Training

  • Willingly enters his crate: No Yes
  • Is calm/quiet while in crate: No Yes
  • Understands going outside to potty: No Yes
  • Alerts me of need to go outside: No Yes
  • Is destructive of bedding and/or toys: No Yes
  • Refrains from kitchen counter cruising: No Yes
  • Stays off people furniture: No Yes

Terms of Adoption:

  • Submit a completed Adoption Application (PDF form, print, complete, return).
  • Contact information for your veterinarian is required and we will do a reference check.  We do not adopt to people who neglect their dogs.
  • An adoption Contract must be signed by PMFC and Adopter.  This is a legal document and an actual signature is required.  If the form must be mailed back and forth, allow time for that to happen.  Electronic PDF is allowed if you can print/scan.
  • Adopter arranges transport.  We have worked with PETS LLC and HEARTS LLC (fees are paid to the transport service).
  • Adoption fee is $200.00  This generally does NOT cover what we have invested in medical care and room & board.  But it helps.

Commands:

  • Comes when called: sort of
  • Sits on command: Yes
  • Down / Off: No
  • Shake / Paw: No
  • Kennels on command: Yes

Hunter’s Medical

  • DA2PPv: 07/17/2020 (NAC)
    . Booster: date (by)
  • Bordatella: 07/17/2020 (NAC)
  • Wormed: Dates | Product | Dose | By
    . 07/17/2020 Pyrantell Pamoate 4.5 cc NAC
    . 08/6-8/2020 Fendbendazole 10 ml PMFC
  • Rabies: 08/05/2020 by Claws & Paws
  • Microchipped: 08/05/20 PetKey Not registered
    To register: https://www.freepetchipregistry.com/
  • Neuter: date (by) – Unknown but done
  • Heartworm Test: 08/05/20 NEGATIVE Claws & Paws
  • Flea/Tick preventative:
    . 08/05 Fipronil topical 44-85 lbs
    .
  • Heartworm preventative:
    . 08/06, Ivermectin, .5 ml
    .
  • NOTES:
    .
    .

Diet

Victor Classic – Professional Dry Dog Food
1½ cups AM, 1¼ cups PM mixed with cheese shred
PMFC Peanut butter cookies
Retriever Beef Basted Sticks
Jones Beef Hooves
Grillerz Pork Femur

Gallery

In chronological order, newest at the bottom. Some pictures are linked to a more detailed Doggy Tale about that update, click those to open the related story.

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Progress Updates

Progress notes are listed below, in chronological order, newest at the bottom.

July 24

Hunter has been here for four days now.  In that time we’ve found him to be friendly, outgoing, well behaved on a leash, fond of playing in a light rain, but not a downpour (I can’t blame him for that).  He does not eat much.  I think he’s accustomed to his brother, Bailey, snatching up most of the food.  Because of that tendency I move Hunter to another kennel at feeding time.   The rest of the time they coexist peacefully in one kennel.  In fact, they prefer it that way.

August 5

I’ve been mixing shredded cheese into Hunter’s kibble to encourage him to eat.  He’s thin and needs to eat.  I separate him from Bailey at meal time because Bailey will push Hunter out of his dish and eat both servings.  The cheese has encouraged Hunter, he is eager to get his dish at feeding time and he has been finishing his full portion.  This morning I left out the cheese to see if he’d eat without the additive.  Hunter stuck his nose in the bowl and sniffed, lifted his head and glared at me, “What are you pulling here?  Where’s my CHEESE?” then he went and lay down on his bed in protest.  That didn’t last long before he decided he was hungry and would eat what he had even if it is sub-standard.  I guess he would eat plain kibble, but since he still needs the calories I’ll continue to add the cheese.  It makes him happy.

Hunter also went to Claws and Paws for a Cause mobile vet today for his Rabies vaccination, heart worm test and microchipping.  He did really well.  He’s a good boy.

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Bailey: Notes on a Foster dog

This strikingly handsome dog takes a bit to warm up to strangers, but is calm and friendly when he does.

Last Updated: Aug.2, 2020

Base Info:

  • Arrival date: July 20, 2020
  • Breed: Shepherd Mix
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: Youth, Adult, Mature, Senior
  • Birthdate:
  • Weight: 55.4 Pounds
  • Neutered: Scheduled Aug 25
  • General Health: Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor
  • Temperament: A little skittish, but friendly once acquainted.
  • SAFER Test: Passed
  • PetFinder Listing: N/A
  • Fostering for Animal Rescue Network of New England
  • Departure date: Undetermined

History

Taken into custody by Animal Control when the young man who owned him went to jail for charges not related to the dogs, he was underweight and nervous.

Bailey’s Progress Summary:

Detailed notes on this foster dog’s progress are posted below the summary.

Relational Behavior

  • Relates well to other dogs: Yes
  • Can eat food/treats near other dogs: No – greedy
  • Preferred style of play: He and Hunter like to wrestle in their “room”.
  • Is affectionate: Yes
  • Is good with:
    . Men: Yes
    . Women: Yes
    . Children: Unknown but probably
    . Cats: Unknown
  • Jumps up on people: Not so far
  • Mouths: No
  • Walks well on a leash: Mostly.

House Dog Training

  • Willingly enters his crate: No Yes
  • Is calm/quiet while in crate: No Yes
  • Understands going outside to potty: No Yes
  • Alerts me of need to go outside: No Yes
  • Is destructive of bedding and/or toys: No Yes
  • Refrains from kitchen counter cruising: No Yes
  • Stays off people furniture: No Yes

Commands:

  • Comes when called: More consistent now.
  • Sits on command: Yes
  • Down / Off: Yes
  • Shake / Paw: Yes
  • Kennels on command: Yes

Bailey’s Medical

  • DA2PPv: 07/17/2020 (NAC)
    . Booster: Not yet due (PMFC)
  • Bordatella: 07/17/2020 (NAC)
  • Wormed: Dates | Product | Dose | By
    . Pyrantel Pamoate, 07/17/2020 5.5 cc
  • Rabies: date (by) NEEDED
  • Microchipped: NONE DETECTED
    Yes, BRAND Not registered
    http://www.petmicrochiplookup.org/
    To register: https://www.freepetchipregistry.com/
  • Spay/Neuter: date (by) NEEDED
  • Heartworm Test: date, result (by)
    NEEDED
  • Flea/Tick preventative:
    .
    .
  • Heartworm preventative: NOT TILL TESTED
    . date, Ivermectin, dose
    .
  • NOTES:
    .
    .

Diet

Victor Classic – Professional Dry Dog Food
1½ cups AM, 1¼ cups PM.
PMFC peanut butter treats
Retriever Beef Basted Sticks
Jones Beef Hooves
Grillerz Pork Femur

Gallery

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Progress Updates

Progress notes are listed below, in chronological order, newest at the bottom.

July 26

Bailey has been with us for almost a week and has changed quite a lot in that time.  When Animal Control dropped him off here last Monday He was a wild thing on the leash and getting him to his kennel was a struggle.  Once he settled down he has been manageable.

Temperamentally, he’s skittish:  he flinches at touch and seems fearful if I come up on him unexpectedly, although once he realizes it’s me, he relaxes and enjoys the petting.  He’s walking well on a lead and I can let him wander the yard supervised but unattended while I clean his kennel.  He does not yet come when I call him, so he’s always dragging a 20 foot lead when out of his kennel.

He rooms with his sorta-sibling, Hunter, and they get along fine except that Bailey is greedy about food and treats and will snatch Hunter’s away from him.  Hunter lets him, so I feed Hunter separately.  Bailey shows little interest in other dogs when he’s out in the yard with them.

Aug 2

Bailey just mastered the “Paw” command.  He has known and responds well to the “Sit “command.  And the last few times I’ve called him, he has come running, so we’re making progress with that.  He knows he’s not allowed to go up the walkway toward the door of the house.  When he starts nosing up that way I call, “Bailey, no, come back out in the yard.” and he immediately returns to the play yard.  He is quite bright and willing to obey.

He has also become much more affectionate.  He now enjoys a good petting and will seek it out.

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Smokie Archound (Archie for short): Notes on a foster dog

This sweet trusting dog has spent his life being beaten and mistreated.

Yet he retains his loving spirit and trusting heart.

Last Updated: July 31, 2020

Base Info:

  • Arrival date: July 13, 2020
  • Breed: Hound
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: Youth, Adult, Mature, Senior
  • Birthdate: 2009 (according to surrendering family)
  • Weight: @55 Pounds
  • Neutered: Yes
  • General Health: Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor
  • Temperament: Mild and gentle, affectionate, a true gentleman.
  • SAFER test performed? No.
  • Departure date: July 31 headed for Karen the Amazing via A.R.N.N.E.

History

Surrendered to Greenville Animal Control, this sweet trusting dog has spent his life being beaten and mistreated by a mentally handicapped resident of the group home where Smokie lived.  Yet he retains his loving spirit and trusting heart.  Because of GAC policy, Animal Control was going to put him down.  But Jammie, of Cats In the Cradle in Mosheim TN, came to his rescue and pulled him out just in time.  She asked for help and Animal Rescue Network of New England. stepped up.  Piney Mountain is fostering him for A.R.N.N.E.  We hope he can finally join a family who will appreciate his awesomeness.

Smokie’s (Archie’s) Progress Summary:

Detailed notes on this foster dog’s progress are posted below the summary.

Relational Behavior

  • Relates well to other dogs: Mostly
  • Can eat food/treats near other dogs: Yes
  • Preferred style of play: Walking.  Does some frolicking with Josephine, our youngest
  • Is affectionate: Yes
  • Is good with:
    . Men: Yes
    . Women: Yes
    . Children: Yes
    . Cats: Unknown
  • Jumps up on people: No
  • Mouths: No
  • Walks well on a leash: Yes

House Dog Training

  • Willingly enters his crate: Needs mild encouragement
  • Is calm/quiet while in crate: Yes
  • Understands going outside to potty: Yes
  • Alerts me of need to go outside: Yes (whines)
  • Is destructive of bedding and/or toys: No
  • Refrains from kitchen counter cruising: Yes
  • Stays off people furniture: Yes

Terms of Adoption:

Commands:

  • Comes when called: Yes, although slowly
  • Sits on command: No
  • Down / Off: N/A
  • Shake / Paw: No
  • Kennels on command: Yes

Smokie’s Medical

  • Max 5: 07/08/2020 (Animals West Vet. Hosp.)
    . Booster: 1-DAPPv 07/23/2020 (PMFC)
    . 368150-03  Ser:02121845B  Exp:04May21
  • Bordatella: 07/08/2020 (Animals West Vet. Hosp.)
  • Wormed: Dates | Product | Dose | By
    . 07/14-16/2020 Fendbendazole 11ml PMFC
  • Rabies: 07/08/2020 (Animals West Vet. Hosp.)
  • Microchipped: Yes.
    http://www.petmicrochiplookup.org/
    To register: https://www.freepetchipregistry.com/
  • Spay/Neuter: Date unknown-done long ago.
  • Heartworm Test: 07/08/2020 (Animals West Vet. Hosp.) NEGATIVE
  • Flea/Tick preventative:
    . 07/14/2020 Fipronil 45-88 lb topical
    .
  • Heartworm preventative:
    . 07/14/2020, Ivermectin orally, 0.6 ml
    .
  • NOTES:
    . Teeth are in good shape for his age.
    . Has several fatty tumors, 2 large on his belly.
    . Has several wart-like growths on his head.
    . Has a hard mass on his left shoulder.
    . Movement seems a bit stiff, starting on Synovi G4 supplements and 1200 mg Fish Oil caps
    . 07/24 Trizulra+Keto ear wash used to break up waxy discharge.  Right ear was the worst.
    . A cyst came up in Archie’s left eye, lower lid.  I’ve been treating it with Boric Acid solution, but that hasn’t helped much.  Cedarwood prescribed NeoPolyDex Opth Solution for 7 days.  I’ll treat until he leaves.

Diet

Started him on Mature formula kibble: HATED It!
Switched him to what everyone else eats (Victor Professional) and home-made stew: much better.
1¼ cups kibble & 3.5 oz stew per feeding (AM & PM)

He’s picky about treats too.  His favorite is Canine Carry-outs Pot Roast Flavor.  He’s become fond of our PMFC Peanut Butter treats too.

Gallery

In chronological order, newest at the bottom. Some pictures are linked to a more detailed Doggy Tale about that update, click those to open the related story.

That’s enough ‘outside’ I want back in.

Progress Updates

Progress notes are listed below, in chronological order, newest at the bottom.

July 14

Smokie slept well last night, no baying or barking at all.

When I fed him this morning I let him out to free-range wander (figured I’d have no trouble catching him if I needed to and he’s definitely not going to climb over the fencing) while I fed the others.  When I was done with that, Smokie was standing watching.  I called him and he strolled over to get head scritchies and went right back in to his room to eat his breakfast.

The people who surrendered Smokie claim he’s 11 years old.  Both Jammie and I feel he’s not that old — or he’s well preserved.

July 15

It got really hot today: 102° air temperature and when you add in the humidity we got a heat index of about 185° (joking here, but it was hot).  Smokie, being an elderly gentleman, was not handling the heat well.  So I set up a large crate in the house and risked the ire of The House Dogs by bringing him indoors.

Buddy Beagle and Callie Roo are forever fosters who have decided they are tired of the constant flow of foster dogs through THEIR house and get grumpy with them.  Blondie Bear and Josephine (both are adopted rescues) are always ready to welcome new friends.

I use a baby gate to partition off areas to keep house guests and house dogs separate until they work out their issues.  Smokie enjoyed being cooler.  He was crated (except for the occasional yard run) while i was working during the day ( a lot of in and out as I tend to the dogs) but in the evening he got to come out and lounge around the den while I worked at my desk.  He’d come over to me frequently to get scritchies.  Nothing demanding, just come stand there and look at me with a “Pleeeease?” expression.  It cooled off nicely that evening, but we decided to try letting Smoke stay indoors.  He whined a little when we all went to bed, but then settled and slept soundly until I got up at 4:30.  He went outside for a long yard break then settled in on a bed in the den while I updated our web site.

July 17

Smokie has become a house dog.  For the past couple of days Smokie has been inside with us almost full time day and night.  On Thursday Marie and I had to go run errands and it was in the morning: still cool, so we put Smoke in his kennel outside while we were away.  But otherwise he’s hanging out in our den.  He gets to explore the house when the House Dogs go outside for a potty run or to ward off a delivery truck or wandering cat.

Smokie is a picky eater, and I’m having trouble finding things he likes.  But he’s pretty low-energy, so he probably doesn’t need to eat much.  Or — maybe we just need to find the right bribe: Marie mixed some shredded cheese into his kibble and he gobbled them right down!

Learning to be a kitchen helper

Mastered Kitchen Helper

Enjoying movie snacks with the gang

On Friday nights Marie makes some home-made stir fry and we eat off tray tables in the living room to watch an old Sci-fi movie.  The dogs get special treats too.  Smokie (Archie) is fitting right in.

July 22

Archie is such a dear old fellow, and is now a free-range house dog.  He sleeps wherever he wants at night and is free to wander the house all day – even when I go outside to work with the dogs there.  We do crate him when Marie and i both go away for an extended period just like we do with Buddy and Callie Roo.

Who? Me?!

They’re all good dogs, but when left on their own for too long they tend to get together and cook up mischief.  Mostly with Josephine.  Josie is our chief mischief maker.

I got word yesterday that Archie has a ticket to ride the transport on July 31st.  He’ll arrive at the quarantine center in NH (state requirement) on August 1st.  His new Momma is also adopting Hunny, another senior Tennessee hound so they will at least have the same accent and will be able to relate well.  They both do the “propeller tail” thing, so it will be interesting to see if the twirl their tails together.

Buddy Beagle was giving Archie a hard time for a while because Archie was trying to lay his head over Buddie’s back – a dominance move that says, “I’m the boss, you are under me” and Buddy took exception to that and I needed to intervene before it got ugly.  But they’ve worked through that as Archie learned that in fact *I* am pack leader and Blondie Bear is Boss Dog under me.  Although, she is a benevolent leader.  In fact, Buddy and Archie often go out to  wander the yard together — this is so one can pee on the same spots the other does but it’s done without conflict.

July 27th

Archie passed his health certification today.  I have to go back tomorrow, so I’ll pick up the completed paperwork then rather than making us both sit outside in the heat while they fill that out — which can take a while since they’re doing that between phone calls, and running patients in and out, and processing payments, etc.  This “New Normal” is hard on most everyone.

July 31

We had a going away party for Archie last night, with extra treats – which caused him to need to go outside at 11:00 and at 3:00 last night.  He’s been quiet and reserved this morning, he knows somethings up.  After the 3:00 run I settled in on the sofa to rest and Archie came and stood beside the sofa to get scritchies.  I gave him scritchies until he couldn’t stand up anymore and went around the end of the sofa to lie on a plush runner rug that is there.  We both dozed until the other dogs stared wanting out at their usual time of 4:30.

Archie has been really good about letting me put his eye drops in twice a day — as long as he gets his Pot Roast treat afterward.  He does love those!

Archie enjoying his truck ride with us.

Happy Tails, Sir Archie!

 

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Blade Malawoofer: Notes on a foser dog

Picked up as a stray by Animal Control, this poor boy has obviously been mistreated

Last Updated: Aug 6, 2020

Base Info:

  • Arrival date: July 10, 2020
  • Breed: Pure Malamute
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: Youth, Adult, Mature, Senior
  • Birth date: unknown
  • Weight: @70 pounds
  • Neutered: Scheduled
  • General Health: Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor
  • Temperament: Wary of most strangers.
  • Claimed by A Pathway to Hope
  • Departure date: Undetermined

History

Brought to the Friends Animal Shelter of Cocke County by Animal Control, he was frightened and defensive.  Most could not go into his kennel to clean.  A shelter staffer, Autum, broke through his defenses and helped him be more accepting.  Autum is my hero!  she saved this beautiful boy’s life.

Blade’s Progress Summary:

Detailed notes on this foster dog’s progress are posted below the summary.

Relational Behavior

  • Relates well to other dogs: Yes
  • Can eat food/treats near other dogs: Yes
  • Preferred style of play: chasing
  • Is affectionate: With people he trusts
  • Is good with:
    . Men: Mostly not.
    . Women: Some.  More than men
    . Children: Unknown
    . Cats: Probably not
  • Jumps up on people: Starting to with Marie
  • Mouths: No
  • Walks well on a leash: Yes

House Dog Training

  • Willingly enters his crate: Unknown
  • Is calm/quiet while in crate: Unknown
  • Understands going outside to potty: Unknown
  • Alerts me of need to go outside: N/A
  • Is destructive of bedding and/or toys: Unknown
  • Refrains from kitchen counter cruising: Unknown
  • Stays off people furniture: Unknown

Terms of Adoption:

Contact A Pathway to Hope for an adoption application.

Commands:

  • Comes when called: Sometimes
  • Sits on command: Yes
  • Down / Off: Working on that
  • Shake / Paw: Yes
  • Kennels on command: Yes

Blade’s Medical

  • 5Way: 07/09/2020 Friends Animal Shelter
    . Booster: NEEDED
  • Bordatella: 07/09/2020  FAS
  • Wormed: Dates | Product | Dose | By
    . 8/6-8/2020 Fendbendazole 12 ml PMFC
    .
  • Rabies: Scheduled Sept 9
  • Microchipped: UNKNOWN
    http://www.petmicrochiplookup.org/
    To register: https://www.freepetchipregistry.com/
  • Neuter: Scheduled Sept 9
  • Heartworm Test: Scheduled Sept 9
  • Flea/Tick preventative:
    .
    .
  • Heartworm preventative:
    . NOT UNTIL TESTED
    .
  • NOTES:
    .
    .

Diet

Victor Professional Classic kibble, 2 cups AM, 1 1/4 cup PM
PMFC Peanut Butter Treats
Retriever Basted Beef Sticks
Jones Beef Hooves

Gallery

In chronological order, newest at the bottom. Some pictures are linked to a more detailed Doggy Tale about that update, click those to open the related story.

Progress Updates

Progress notes are listed below, in chronological order, newest at the bottom.

June 27th

Blade is still at the shelter.  He is not adoptable right now because of his fear and bad attitude.  I’ve been going in a couple days a week to work with him and have made some headway, but Autum has been amazing with him!

A rescue said they would pull him, but then backed out.  So he is again in need of a solution.  I’ve committed PMFC to taking him so he doesn’t get euthanized.

June 29th

I went to visit Blade again.  Autum has made great progress with him, he knows “sit” and “paw”, and will walk on a leash with her.  He found that he HATES hats and loves Vienna Sausages.  We have another dog in care who also hates hats because his former owner would take off his baseball cap and beat him mercilessly with it.  Maybe something similar happened to Blade.

July 10

Friends Animal Shelter is supposed to be bringing Blade out to PMFC in their van with Autum riding with him to keep him calm.  His room is ready and we are all excited to have him in residence where I  can spend much more time with him.

And I have a supply of Vienna Sausages laid in for him!

July 29

We’ve been making some great progress in getting Blade to be more comfortable with Doug.  He LOVES Marie and lets her do anything she wants with him.  What got Blade to loosen up some was when Doug would go out into the yard with Marie and Blade and get Blade to play.  Blade like to play a game we call, Lunge, Snort, Run.  He acts fierce, but when Doug repeats the behavior runs off to do a lap around the yard.

Aug 6

Blade has gotten to where he expects me to play The Game with him every evening.  He does seem to enjoy it and it encourages him to run himself to exhaustion.  That helps him get in shape and he’s ready to go back to his room and rest when were done.

Marie and I took Blade for a truck ride the other day.  Marie got in the passenger seat and I led him out to the truck.  To his credit, he loaded right up into the extended cab.  He rode well, looking around, occasionally poking me in the ear with his nose to say, “Faster, Doug,, faster.”  But we were just going on a 4 mile jaunt around the block and our twisty, bumpy mountain roads do not lend themselves to high speed travel, so I took it easy to avoid stressing The Big Guy out by bouncing him around back there.

He was reluctant to get out when we got back home, he wanted to ride some more!  This was a practice run.  We’ll take him to the park-n-float park for an outing next, then we’ll take him in for neutering.  That will have to be done at Friends Animal Shelter so Autum can help move him around to get him to and from his surgical procedure.

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Roscoe Redusky: Notes on a foster dog

Adopted by a good family as a pup, Roscoe turned out to be more than they bargained for.

Last Updated: July 3, 2020

Base Info:

  • Arrival date: June 26, 2020
  • Breed: Siberian Husky
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: Youth, Adult, Mature, Senior
  • Birth date: 06/15/2019 (est)
  • Weight: @45 Pounds
  • Neutered: Yes
  • General Health: Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor
  • Temperament: Happy, playful, rowdy
  • Claimed by A Pathway to Hope
  • Departure date: July 1, 2020

History

Brought to the Friends Animal Shelter of Cocke County by Animal Control, he was underweight and his neck was raw from where some one had used a shock collar on him.  He was adopted by a family who loved him and cared for him, but they did not have a fenced yard, and he was fond of going off on his own.  Roscoe became too strong for them to leash walk, so they surrendered him back to the shelter.

While living with his family, his sibling was a small, sweet, Chihuahua/Pomeranian mix who couldn’t weigh more than 5 pounds.  These two were the best of friends and would chase each other through the house and sleep on the sofa, nose to nose, at night.

Roscoe’s Progress Summary:

Detailed notes on this foster dog’s progress are posted below the summary.

Relational Behavior

  • Relates well to other dogs: Yes
  • Can eat food/treats near other dogs: Yes
  • Preferred style of play: chasing
  • Is affectionate: Yes
  • Is good with:
    . Men: Yes
    . Women: Yes
    . Children: If trained to restrain his rowdiness
    . Cats: Probably (see notes above)
  • Jumps up on people: Yes
  • Mouths: No Yes
  • Walks well on a leash: No

House Dog Training

  • Willingly enters his crate: Yes
  • Is calm/quiet while in crate: No (separation anxiety)
  • Understands going outside to potty: Yes
  • Alerts me of need to go outside: Yes
  • Is destructive of bedding and/or toys: No
  • Refrains from kitchen counter cruising: No Yes
  • Stays off people furniture: No

Terms of Adoption:

Contact A Pathway to Hope for an adoption application.

Commands:

  • Comes when called: Sometimes
  • Sits on command: Yes
  • Down / Off: Yes (use “easy” as the command)
  • Shake / Paw: No
  • Kennels on command: Yes

Medical

  • 5Way: 01/28/2020 Friends Animal Shelter
    . Booster: June 30, 2020 Cedarwood Veterinary
  • Bordatella: 01/28/2020 FAS
  • Wormed: Dates | Product | Dose | By
    . 01/28/2020 Nemex,  pills
    . 06/27-29/2020 Fendbendazole, 9 ml
  • Rabies: 02/10/2020 Humane Society of TN Valley
  • Microchipped: Yes, Petstablished, registered
    http://www.petmicrochiplookup.org/
    To register: https://www.freepetchipregistry.com/
  • Neuter: 02/10/2020 Humane Society of TN Valley
  • Heartworm Test: 06/30/2020, result (Cedarwood)
  • Flea/Tick preventative:
    . Hartz Ultraguard date unknown
    .
  • Heartworm preventative:
    . Not given
    .
  • NOTES:
    .
    .

Diet

Blue Buffalo Chicken & Brown Rice, 1½ cups AM, 1 cup PM
PMFC Peanut Butter Treats
Retriever Basted Beef Sticks

Gallery

In chronological order, newest at the bottom. Some pictures are linked to a more detailed Doggy Tale about that update, click those to open the related story.

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Progress Updates

Progress notes are listed below, in chronological order, newest at the bottom.

June 26th

He just arrived.  He rode well in the transport box in my truck, he only fussed when I stopped for intersections, as long as we were moving he was quiet and still.  He was eager to meet the other Huskies.  Cyrus was unwelcoming at first, which confused Roscoe.  They all settled down after a bit.

June 30th

Roscoe passed his health certification today.  He is also a really good boy.

July 2nd

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Sweet Cyrus Huskadoll: Notes on a foster dog

Skittish and something of a crybaby right now, she’s been mistreated. We’ll need to restore her trust.

Last Updated: July 13, 2020

Base Info:

  • Arrival date: June 13, 2020
  • Breed: Husky mix
  • Sex: Female
  • Age: Youth, Adult, Mature, Senior
  • Estimated birth date:  August 2019
  • Weight: 34.8 Pounds (July 14)
  • Spayed: June 30, 2020
  • General Health: Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor
  • Temperament: Nervous, but seeks attention.
  • SAFER test performed? Yes-passed
  • Claimed by A Pathway to Hope
  • Departure date: July 16th, 2020

History

Part of a free-ranging pack of three sibling Husky mixes, this little girl was the shrinking violet of the group.  They were caught and brought in by a good Samaritan who didn’t want them to get hurt by wandering free.

Cyrus’ Progress Summary:

Detailed notes on this foster dog’s progress are posted below the summary.

Relational Behavior

  • Relates well to other dogs: Yes.  All except Smokie: she strongly dislikes him, but gets along with everyone else.
  • Can eat food/treats near other dogs: Yes
  • Preferred style of play: Running, gentle wrestling, circling Beagles
  • Is affectionate: Nervous of strangers but seeks attention.  Warms quickly.
  • Is good with:
    . Men: Yes
    . Women: Yes
    . Children: Probably
    . Cats: Unknown
  • Jumps up on people: No
  • Mouths: No
  • Walks well on a leash: Yes.

House Dog Training

  • Willingly enters her crate: No
  • Is calm/quiet while in crate: No Yes
  • Understands going outside to potty: No Yes
  • Alerts me of need to go outside: Yes
  • Is destructive of bedding and/or toys: No
  • Refrains from kitchen counter cruising: No Yes
  • Stays off people furniture: No Yes

Terms of Adoption:

Contact A Pathway to Hope for an adoption application.

Commands:

  • Comes when called: Yes
  • Sits on command: Yes
  • Down / Off: Yes
  • Shake / Paw: Working on it
  • Kennels on command: Yes

Medical

  • 5 Way: 06/05-2020 (Friends Animal Shelter)
    . Booster: 06/30/2020 (Cedarwood Veterinary Hospital)
  • Bordatella: 06/05/2020 (FAS)
  • Wormed: Dates | Product | Dose | By
    . 06/05 – 06/07/2020  Panacur 6.7ml (FAS)
    . 06/16 – 06/18/2020 Fendbendazole 7 ml (PMFC)
  • Rabies: 06/30/2020 (Cedarwood)
  • Microchipped: 06/30/2020 PetKey Not registered
    http://www.petmicrochiplookup.org/
    To register: https://www.freepetchipregistry.com/
  • Spay/Neuter: 06/30/2020 (Cedarwood)
  • 4DX Test: 06/30/2020 (Cedarwood)
    RESULTS: all tests were negative
  • Flea/Tick preventative:
    . July 3: Fipronil topical
    .
  • Heartworm preventative:
    . July 3, Ivermectin oral, .4 ml
    .
  • NOTES:
    . May have been exposed to Parvo June 30.  Will perform test on July 5
    . Test performed, result negative.  Has shown no symptoms.

Diet

4health puppy kibble, 1 cup AM, 1 cup PM
PMFC Peanut Butter Treats
Retriever Basted Beef Sticks
Jones brand Beef Hooves

Gallery

In chronological order, newest at the bottom. Some pictures are linked to a more detailed Doggy Tale about that update, click those to open the related story.

Progress Updates

Progress notes are listed below, in chronological order, newest at the bottom.

June 13th

While she was running freely in a large play yard at the shelter I could not catch her.  She would approach if I was empty handed and let me chuck her under the chin or scratch an ear.  If I carried a slip lead, she wanted nothing to do with me.  With the shelter staff’s help we got her crated for transport.  In her kennel, I was able to do the SAFER test and gain some acceptance from her.

She desperately needs brushing and a bath.

That afternoon I took her out on a long lead for walks in the yard.  It is rumored she can go right over a chain-link fence so I’m taking no chances.  With each outing she became more comfortable with and more adept at walking on a lead.  In all cases, she was ready to go back into her room at the end.  It is already her “safe space”.

Yay I can see you again!

I did take out the privacy barrier between her room and Adam’s.  That reduced stress levels quite a bit.

Buddy says, “I like these two, they may be honorary Beagles.”

June 15

Cyrus has lost most of her skittishness already.

I brushed her and got a grapefruit sized ball of fur off her.  There is more to go still.

She will now come to me when I call her in her kennel and roll over on her back for a belly rub while I clip on her lead.  She is also doing much better at walking in the yard on a long lead.  Far more calm and manageable.

Her thinking is more scattered than her brother Adam, so she’s not learning her commands as quickly, but she tries to please by doing something cute.  If nothing else, she defaults to rolling over for a belly rub.  She is also into using her paws to touch me, and likes to lick faces.  She’s such a love!

June 23

Cyrus no longer needs a lead in the yard.  She comes when I call her and has stopped eye-balling the top of the fences as though deciding if she could climb over.  She is learning her commands, but doing it in an unusual way.

Cyrus is hysterical. She watches me put Adam through “sit” several times (he’s very good at that one).  Then when it’s her turn she will stand up on her hind legs and wave a paw at me.  “No, that’s not ‘sit’, no treat.”  So she flops down on her back and wiggles.  “No, still wrong”.  So I show her “sit” again.  She fights it, but eventually she does sort of sit on her left leg, for a moment, “Close enough, GOOD GIRL, SIt!” and I give her a treat. I think we’ve gotten to where she knows what I want from her, but she has to make a game of getting us there. The treats are less important to her than they are to Adam.  She likes to play.

July 3

Cyrus is SUCH a sweetie!  Quite affectionate and gentle.  She is recovering well from her spay surgery.  Her incision looks great and she has not been licking at it.  She HATED the cone that was installed after surgery and quickly kicked it off, then went back to sleep.

She is sharing a kennel with her brother, Adam, they prefer it that way and that freed up space that I could take in Roscoe Redusky when that need came up.  He left on transport last night, but I’ll leave Adam and Cyrus together.  They’re both “fixed” now and are happier together.

I feed them with separate bowls but in the same kennel.  I just have to remain on-station to distract whoever gets done first so he or she does not go after the other’s bowl.  There are no hostilities when that happens, I just want to be sure both get their full portion of food.

July 11

About a week ago I found that Cyrus was making a habit of standing in her water bowl to cool her tootsies.  So I laid out the dog’s kiddie pool and put an inch of water in the bottom.  She had had spay surgery a few days before and should not be getting wet, but just standing in the pool should be okay.  She did indeed enjoy cooling all four feet at once, but as soon as I looked away for a moment, SPLOSH, and she was lying in the water.

“No, no, Cy, you mustn’t do that!”

I ran her out, dried her off and put up the pool.  She cried and fussed about it for quite a while.

Now she is recovered and can play in the pool again.  Will she still want to?  Will anyone else?

July 14

Cyrus has shown no symptoms of Parvo, and she is going in to the veterinarian today for her Health Certification so she can transport on Thursday the 16th (Passed and has been Certified).

Cyrus has learned well the “sit” command, and sometimes tosses in the cutest head toss as if to say, “I can obey AND be cute!”

Cyrus has a distinct dislike of our new arrival, Smokie.  This comes as quite a surprise since she gets along fine with everyone else.  Perhaps because he’s new she see’s him as an interloper.  I’ll see if she settles down over the next couple of days before transport.

I set up the pool again on the sidewalk in front of Cy & Adam’s room so I could leave it there.  Cy makes use of it each time she’s out and Blondie Bear AND Blade have both dunked their feet as well.  I was surprised when Blondie did it, normally she hates getting her feet wet.

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Adam Huskherd: Notes on a foster dog

A sweet natured, affectionate boy.  Quite laid back most of the time.

Last Updated: July 13, 2020

Base Info:

  • Arrival date: June 13, 2020
  • Breed: Husky Mix
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: Youth, Adult, Mature, Senior
  • Estimated Birth: August, 2019
  • Weight: 39.8 Pounds (07/14/2020)
  • Neutered: June 30, 2020
  • General Health: Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor
  • Temperament: Timid at first, but warms quickly and seeks attention.
  • SAFER test performed?  Yes-passed
  • Claimed by A Pathway to Hope
  • Departure date: July 16th, 2020

History

Part of a free-roaming husky pack/family, we know little about their history.

Adam’s Progress Summary:

Detailed notes on this foster dog’s progress are posted below the summary.

Relational Behavior

  • Relates well to other dogs: Yes
  • Can eat food/treats near other dogs: Yes but is greedy, will wolf his food and go after the others’
  • Preferred style of play: Running & mouth wrestling.
  • Is affectionate: Yes
  • Is good with:
    . Men: Yes
    . Women: Yes
    . Children: Probably
    . Cats: Unknown
  • Jumps up on people: No
  • Mouths: No
  • Walks well on a leash: Yes

House Dog Training

  • Willingly enters his crate: Yes, with bribery
  • Is calm/quiet while in crate: Not for long
  • Understands going outside to potty: Yes
  • Alerts me of need to go outside: Yes
  • Is destructive of bedding and/or toys: No
  • Refrains from kitchen counter cruising: No
  • Stays off people furniture: No

Terms of Adoption:

Contact A Pathway to Hope for an adoption application.

Commands:

  • Comes when called: Yes
  • Sits on command: Yes
  • Down / Off: N/A
  • Paw: Yes
  • Kennels on command: Yes

Medical

  • 5Way: 06/05/2020 (Friends Animal Shelter
    . Booster: 06/30/2020, Cedarwood
  • Bordatella: 06/05/2020 (F.A.S.)
  • Wormed: Dates | Product | Dose | By
    . 06/05 – 06/072020 Panacur 7 ml FAS
    . 06/16 – 06/18 Fendbendazole 7 ml PMFC
  • Rabies: 6/30/2020 by Cedarwood Veterinary Hospital
  • Microchipped: 06/30/2020 PetKey Not registered
    http://www.petmicrochiplookup.org/
    To register: https://www.freepetchipregistry.com/
  • Neuter: 06/30/2020 Cedarwood
  • 4DX Test: 06/30/2020 by Cedarwood
    . All 4 tests were NEGATIVE
  • Flea/Tick preventative:
    .  July 3 Fipronil topical
    .
  • Heartworm preventative:
    . July 3, Ivermectin oral, .4 ml
    .
  • NOTES:
    .
    .

Diet

4health Puppy kibble, 1 cup AM, 1 cup PM
PMFC Peanut Butter Treats
Retriever Basted Beef Sticks
Jones brand Beef Hooves

Gallery

In chronological order, newest at the bottom. Some pictures are linked to a more detailed Doggy Tale about that update, click those to open the related story.

 

Progress Updates

Progress notes are listed below, in chronological order, newest at the bottom.

June 13th

Adam is the more outgoing of this brother-sister team.  They were in a large play yard when we came to pick him up. I’d met him a couple days ago to do a SAFER test on him.  He was a little tricky to catch then.  Today he came right up to me and let me slip a lead on him.  He rode well once we got rolling.  He settled into his room at PMFC immediately and was welcoming with the rest of our pack came parading by to say “howdy!”

He arrived only minutes ago, I’ll get pictures soon.

June 15th

We’ve had a couple of days to get to know this sweet fellow, and he to know us.  He is quite bright, learning his commands quickly,   He shows no interest in trying to go over the fence,although he loves running in the yard.  When he’s done playing he races first to the back door of the house, wanting in, then he comes back to his room, kennels easily and sits for his treat.  Such a good boy!

June 17th

A couple more days and Adam is settling in nicely.  I still use a long lead when I let him out into the yard, but I let him run freely now, I’m confident he won’t cry to climb over a fence or pick a fight with any of the other dogs.  He’s quite a gentle dog, actually.

June 23rd

I stopped using the safety lead a few days ago, Adam will readily come when I call him now and I’m not worried about him scaling a fence.  He knows where the food come from, and get fed regularly.

July 3rd

Adam came through his surgery well and is recovering nicely.  So far he has not been licking his incision so I have not re-coned him.  Per my request, Cedarwood coned him after surgery, but he quickly kicked the come off – while going ballistic about wearing it.  Once it was off, he went to sleep and remained calm.

Adam can be clear across the yard, or up on the back porch but if I call “Adam, COME!” he comes racing to me.  What a good boy!

Adam and Cyrus have been sharing a kennel.  They actually prefer it that way (they are siblings) and they get along just fine.  I have to stay on station when I feed them.  They each have a bowl and whoever gets done first will try to go after the others dish but there are no fireworks between them.  I distract the first until the second is done.

Adam makes SUCH a fuss when he needs to go out in the yard.  As long as I heed his demand, he will keep their room spotlessly clean.

Adam may have been exposed to Parvo while at Cedarwood for neutering.  I have a Parvovirus test on hand and will test him on July 5th.  So far he’s showing no symptoms.

July 14

No symptoms appeared, so I did not test.  Adam goes for his Health Certification today so he can Transport on Thursday the 16th.  He passed his Certification.

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Creo Terrhund: Notes on a foster dog

Creo’s is a strange and unhappy tale.  We’re trying to give him a happy ending.

Last Updated: July 14, 2020

Base Info:

  • Arrival date: June 5th, 2020 (remote foster home)
  • Breed: Black & Tan Hound / Terrier mix
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: Youth, Adult, Mature, Senior
  • Birth: 3/11/2016
  • Weight: 49 Pounds
  • Spayed/Neutered: Yes
  • General Health: Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor
  • Temperament: Devoted, protective, active
  • PetFinder Listing: 48152661
  • ADOPTED!
  • Departure date: July 13, 2020

History

Creo came out of a hoarding situation created by a mentally handicapped man.  He was abused in ways we can’t even describe.  Yet, Creo so desperately wants to be loved that he will follow his people around all day.  He climbs out of an outdoor kennel, not to run off but so he can go sit on the porch and wait to be let in with his family.  He needs socialization so he does not see all visitors as a threat to his family.  He lived in a foster home, but it was remote and isolated, he became too protective.  He lived in a shelter and was allowed to wander the halls during the day to meet new people.  That was nice, but being shut up in a kennel and “abandoned” at night stressed him out and he began behaving unpredictably, nipping a couple of people.  They were going to put him down.  We pulled him to give him one last chance.

Creo’s Progress Summary:

Detailed notes on this foster dog’s progress are posted below the summary.

Relational Behavior

  • Relates well to other dogs: Yes
  • Can eat food/treats near other dogs: Yes
  • Preferred style of play: Romping
  • Is affectionate: Yes
  • Is good with:
    . Men: Fears men, especially in hats
    . Women: Yes
    . Children: No
    . Cats: Yes
  • Jumps up on people: No
  • Mouths: No
  • Walks well on a leash: Yes

House Dog Training

  • Willingly enters his crate: Yes
  • Is calm/quiet while in crate: Yes
  • Understands going outside to potty: Yes
  • Alerts me of need to go outside: Yes
  • Is destructive of bedding and/or toys: No
  • Refrains from kitchen counter cruising: Yes.  Will sit and wait patiently as Fridge is opened to get a treat.
  • Stays off people furniture: No (sleeps on the bed or floor)

Terms and Process of Adoption:

  • If local you may arrange a meet-n-greet.
  • Submit a completed Adoption Application (PDF form, print, complete, return).
  • Contact information for your veterinarian is required and we will do a reference check.  We do not adopt to people who neglect their dog’s health.
  • An adoption Contract must be signed by PMFC and Adopter.  This is a legal document and an actual signature is required.  If the form must be mailed back and forth, allow time for that to happen.  Electronic PDF is allowed if you can print/scan.
  • Adopter arranges transport if needed.  We have worked with PETS LLC and HEARTS LLC (fees are paid to the transport service).
  • Adoption fee is $150.00

Commands:

  • Comes when called: Yes
  • Sits on command: Yes
  • Down / Off: No
  • Shake / Paw: No
  • Kennels on command: Yes

Medical

  • DA2PP: 1/13/2020 (F.A.S.)
    . Booster: date (by)
  • Bordatella: 1/13/2020 (F.A.S.)
  • Wormed: Date | Product | Dose | By
    . 1/13-15/2020 Panacur 9.2 ml F.A.S.
    .
  • Rabies: 02/03/2020 (U.T.C.V.M.)
  • Microchip: yes (Datamars – not registered)
    http://www.petmicrochiplookup.org/
    To register: https://www.freepetchipregistry.com/
  • Spay/Neuter: 02/13/2020 (U.T.C.V.M.)
  • Heartworm Test: 03/10/2020, Negative (Claws&Paws)
  • Flea/Tick preventative:
    . 3/11/2020 K9 Advantix II
    . 5/13/2020 Bravecto, 2.14 ml
  • Heartworm preventative:
    . 3/10/2020, Heartguard,
    . 6/10/2020, Heartguard,
  • NOTES:
    .
    .

Diet

Kibble

Gallery

In chronological order, newest at the bottom.

Progress Updates

Progress notes are listed below, in chronological order, newest at the bottom.

June 23

Creo is in foster with Gwen, who has been caring for him since he was brought into the local animal shelter, along with several other dogs, and surrendered by a man who (according to shelter staff) was beating the dogs with his hat.  Creo is, therefore, skittish around men, especially men with hats.  He does fine with women.

Creo is learning his commands.  He is house broken, and is generally obedient.

July 13, 2029

Creo was adopted by a Veteran today.  Their meet-n-greet went very well with Creo being uncharacteristically accepting and attentive of the older gentlemen.   Congratulations to Dennis for arranging this great match!

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Spirit Huskador: Notes on a foster dog

This playful, spirited  boy is just a pup and has not had much if any training, but we’ll get him settled down and teach him to be a Good Boy.

Last Updated: June 13, 2020

Base Info:

    • Arrival date: Apr. 30, 2020
    • Breed: Husky / Black Lab mix
    • Sex: Male
    • Age: Youth,  Adult, Mature, Senior
      Birthdate: November 2019
    • Weight: 24.3 Pounds
    • Neutered: May 14, 2020
    • General Health: Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor
    • Temperament: Playful, vigorous, affectionate
    • PetFinder Listing
    • Available for adoption?  ADOPTED
    • Departure date: June 12, 2020

History

Spirit was one of four dogs surrendered by a family claiming they were moving and they could not afford to support the dogs.  Spirit spent only a few hours at the Friends Animal Shelter of Cocke County before we happened by and agreed to take him.  The shelter manager knew he, being a Husky, would degrade quickly  in close confinement.  She also wants him adopted to someone experienced in handling Huskies, which she is not likely to find locally.  We are able to give him more comfortable accommodations and cast a wider net for a proper permanent home, so we took him with us.

Spirit’s Progress Summary:

Detailed notes on this foster dog’s progress are posted below the summary.

Relational Behavior

  • Relates well to other dogs: Some dogs.
  • Can eat food/treats near other dogs: No
  • Preferred style of play: RUNNING and nipping
  • Is affectionate: Yes
  • Is good with:
    . Men: Yes
    . Women: Yes
    . Children: Yes (Too rowdy for toddlers)
    . Cats: Unknown but probably not (Husky)
  • Jumps up on people: Likes to give hugs
  • Mouths: Yes, but doing better.
  • Walks well on a leash: No.  Working on that.

House Dog Training

  • Willingly enters his crate: No Yes
  • Is calm/quiet while in crate: No Yes
  • Understands going outside to potty: Yes
  • Alerts me of need to go outside: Yes
  • Is destructive of bedding and/or toys: Yes
  • Refrains from kitchen counter cruising: No Yes
  • Stays off people furniture: No Yes

 

Commands:

  • Comes when called: Yes
  • Sits on command: Yes
  • Down / Off: Yes
  • Shake / Paw: Not yet
  • Kennels on command: Not reliably, almost

Medical

  • DA2PP: 04/30/2020 Friends Animal Shelter
    . Booster: 05/14/2020 (Cedarwood)
  • Bordatella: 04/30/2020 FAS
  • Wormed: Dates | Product | Dose | By
    .   04/30 – 05/02  Panacur  5ml  PMFC
  • Rabies: May 14 Cedarwood Veterinary
  • Neuter: May 14 Cedarwood Veterinary
  • Heartworm Test:
    .  May 14 Cedarwood Veterinary: NEGATIVE
  • Flea/Tick preventative:
    .  05/03/2020 Fipronil 9.70% 23-45 pounds
    .
  • Heartworm preventative:
    . 05/15/2020, Ivermectin, .25 ml
    .
  • Microchipped? YES (PetKey) Not yet registered.
  • NOTES:
    .  Thin and bony under his fur, working on that
    .  Carprophen (75 mg) given for 5 days after neuter.

Diet

4health Puppy kibble, 1½ cups AM, 1½ cups PM.  Retriever Beef Stick mid-day, PMFC Peanut Butter Cookies for compliance.

Gallery

In chronological order, newest at the bottom.

Progress Updates

Progress notes are listed below, in chronological order, newest at the bottom.

May 3

Spirit has been with us a few days now and we’ve had a chance to evaluate his behavior.

He is a rowdy boy and tends to get wild when we interact with him.  But, when we catch a moment when he settles to pet him, he calms down immediately and will happily stand, leaning against our legs, enjoying his petting.  When he’s had enough petting he wanders off into the yard to play.  If we stop too soon he gets rowdy again.

Being a Husky he is vocal, but he is quiet at night.  He is playful, but a bit assertive with the other dogs.  I’m working on helping him learn his place in the pack.  Getting him neutered will help.

He does guard-food.  As skinny as he is that’s not surprising.  I would not feed him with other dogs yet.

He appears to be in good health.  He’s been wormed and saw no worms being ejected.  We’ll get his rabies, microchip, and a health screening as soon as we can schedule the neuter.

May 5

Being just a puppy, Spirit has an energetic, playful side. But he also has a sweet, attentive side. But, it would seem, no middle ground at all!

May 11

In the past I have allowed Spirit to play in the yard with some of the other dogs.  He did fine with Buddy: he intimidates lil Josephine, but she hunkers down and waits for him to lose interest.  Blondie will play with him sometimes and when he gets too rowdy she tells him off.  Generally he listens and runs off to play in the yard.  I don’t trust him around Callie.  Callie has been getting … reactive, to pushy dogs.  Best to keep them separate for now.

Spirit has started being hateful toward other dogs when they are in the yard and he is kenneled, especially Callie and Buddy.  I assumed it was because they were free and he confined.  The other day I let Spirit out of his kennel with Buddy in the yard.  Spirit was on a long lead.  He took off toward Buddy and I clamped down on that lead.  I burned my hand, but stopped him a couple feet short of Buddy while Spirit snapped and snarled at Buddy.  Buddy just stood there looking at him like, “What’s YOUR problem?”  I reeled Spirit in and put him back in his kennel.

Blondie is big enough to intimidate him when he gets too rowdy, I’m keeping him away from the Beagles for now.  He’s scheduled to be neutered later this week, maybe that will take the spit and vinegar out of him.

May 14

Spirit was neutered today.  He passed his Heartworm test, so I can put him on a preventative.  He was clear of intestinal parasites.  And he did well in his surgery.  He rebounded quickly and has been quite active and HUNGRY since he got home.  I am having trouble keeping a cone on him, being a Husky he is quite clever in finding ways to get it off (and chew it up).  This will likely be this cone’s last tour of duty!

May 19

Spirit has done exceptionally well in his surgery recovery and in his efforts to destroy the cone he wears to keep him from licking at his incision.

May 22

Spirit finds the cone he’s wearing frustrating and entertaining at the same time.  It impedes his free movement, limits his vision, and interferes with feeding and drinking.  He learned quickly to hold his head up while running so the cone does not dig in and send him into a somersault.  Eating and drinking are still a comically messy process because the cone tends to flip his dish over.

When bored, he does his best to eat the cone.  He has gotten out of it a couple of times, but he did not go straight to licking his incision.  That is still looking fine, and I will remove (and dispose of) his cone Sunday evening.  That will reduce his frustration level and make him more compliant again.

May 30

Spirit had a meet-n-greet with Alicia and her dog, Savage.  Savage is a full-blooded Husky and Alicia has done a great job of training him, he is a calm, gentle, patient fellow.  Alicia wants a play mate for Savage, but as we brought them together Spirit insisted on trying to nip Savage in the face.  I had Spirit on a lead so I was able to prevent that from happening, but he would not be dissuaded.  We eventually labeled this attempt a failure and they left.  I downgraded is rating for dog compatibility a notch.  I think he was trying to play, but it was inappropriate play.

Housebreaking

We have had inquiries about adopting him.  As to “Is he housebroken?”, I have to answer: probably.

He was living with a family and three other dogs.  I do not know what their living arrangements were, but Spirit definitely knows what the door to the house is and wants in there.  When he needs to potty he does yell for me and if I’m quick he will hold it until released into the yard.

He plays hard and is destructive of blankets and toys.  Not in an aggressive way, just being playful.  I would crate him when left alone in a home for an extended time, at least until he learns the routine and rules of your home.

Why Limited to a Husky-Experienced Home?

Huskies are a unique breed in the dog world.  They are exceptionally smart, and as is typical of the smarter breeds, they tend to be … opinionated.  If you let them, they will dominate your home.  Heading that off is not difficult, it just takes consistency in making it clear that you are the pack leader.  Most Huskies also shed like crazy — this has not been the case with Spirit, but as a rule, they do.  Huskies tend to be vocal and like to converse with their owners, sometimes loudly.  Huskies are strong, energetic dogs with tons of stamina (sled dogs, duh!).  If any of this will grate on your nerves, you do not want a Husky.

Not long ago shelters worked through a glut of Huskies because people saw them on Game of Thrones and wanted one, only to find they were not prepared for Husky ownership and dumped them.  I know, I worked in a shelter then and saw it first hand.  It was heart breaking seeing these gorgeous, personality filled dogs being adopted because they were Huskies and then returned days later because they were … Huskies.

But, for those who will set and maintain boundaries; have the time, space, and energy to work with the dog; and own a good vacuum; Huskies are highly rewarding and entertaining companions.

On the Up Side

For a Husky, Spirit is not as vocal as most (usually), he hardly sheds at all, he likes to play in water, and he is quite a lover (all traits he gets from his Lab side).  And he is a gorgeous dog.  He’s really smart.  Small for a Husky, he’s easier to leash walk.  He will make a great companion … for someone who isn’t expecting him to be a lazy Labrador.

June 12, 2020

I love you, Mamma, take me home with you!

After quite a few inquiries and two false starts on adoption (both fell through after being approved), Spirit was adopted today.  His new Mom has lots of Husky experience, a fenced yard, and her references checked out glowingly and quickly.   She had all the information I needed and we don’t (can’t) do home inspections, so I saw no good reason to make her wait while we considered it.  I did call the other member of the adoption committee and discussed it with her, so it was still done “by the book” it’s just a smaller book than what rescues do.

Spirit looked a little confused at first, “Where are we going, Mamma?” But he settled in and once they got to hi new home had had TOYS to play with and gas to lounge in, an ladies to dote on him. He’s a HAPPY BOY!

Happy tails, Spirit!

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