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Tonka

Tonka has clearly been a family dog, he is trained and well behaved. But he’s been on his own for a long time and is in rough shape. But he’s at PMFC now and we’ll take good care of him.

Last updated: Sept 28, 2022

History

Tonka was picked up for vagrancy by City of Newport Animal Control on Sept 24th. He is emaciated, fur is badly matted, has ear infections, skin issues, and heart worms. He’s a gentle, sweet boy and has been trained. But he’s been roughing it for a while. No tags, no microchip, no response to Found Dog notices. His future didn’t look good. But A Pathway to Hope stepped in and PMFC will foster him for them while we get him healthy again.

Base Info:

  • Arrival date: Sept 28, 2022
  • Breed: Golden Retriever/Husky mix
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: Mature
  • Birthdate: 09/24/2015
  • Weight: 46.8 pounds on Sept 24 (should be 70 pounds)
    ………..
  • Spayed/Neutered: Not Yet
  • General Health: Poor
  • Temperament: Calm and gentle – but the sick ones often are.
  • SAFER Test performed: Yes No – Passed Failed: reason
  • Departure date: Undetermined

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Stella Bella Piglet-Pooh

Stella is a sweet Georgia Peach who is here for heartworm treatment and a penchant for chasing cats.

Last Updated: August, 31, 2022

History

Stella was adopted from a large rescue in Atlanta Georgia, in poor physical condition and heartworm positive. Stella’s Mom began the heartworm treatment process and helped her gain weight and get into shape. Stella proved to be cat aggressive, and there were 5 cats in the family. Stella’s Mom tried hard to get Stella over her fascination with chasing cats, but Stella wasn’t responding. Mom sequestered Stella in part of the house, but that’s no way for a dog to live. She began searching for a rescue that would take Stella and would be a good place for her to complete her heartworm treatment. She found Piney Mountain Foster Care and reached out to us.

Base Info

  • Arrival date: August 27, 2022
  • Breed: Staffordshire Terrier
  • Sex: Female
  • Age: Adult
  • Birthdate: @ July 13, 2020
  • Weight: @53 pounds on Aug 27
    ………..
  • Spayed/Neutered: Yes
  • General Health: Fair (good condition but HW+)
  • Temperament: Exceptionally sweet and loving.
  • SAFER Test performed: Yes – Failed: reactive to all female dogs. Okay with males. ** see 8/31 notes below.
  • Departure date: Undetermined

Relational Behavior

NOTE: Stella has only just arrived. Info below will be updated as we get to know this sweet girl.

  • Relates well to other dogs: Sort of (seen 8/31 notes below).
  • Can eat food/treats near other dogs: Undetermined
  • Preferred style of play: Likes to run, like rough-n-tumble play with other dogs.
  • Is affectionate: Yes
  • Is good with:
    . Men: Yes
    . Women: Yes
    . Children: Untested but probably
    . Cats: NO, high prey drive.
  • Jumps up on people: Yes
  • Mouths: No
  • Walks well on a leash: Yes, if she’s not pouting.

Commands

  • Comes when called: Yes
  • Sits on command: Not yet
  • Down / Off: Not yet
  • Shake / Paw: Not yet
  • Kennels on command: Yes. with a bribe

House Dog Training

  • Willingly enters his/her crate: Not yet
  • Is calm/quiet while in crate: Yes No
  • Understands going outside to potty: Yes No
  • Alerts me of need to go outside: Yes No
  • Is destructive of bedding and/or toys: Yes No
  • Engages in kitchen counter cruising: Yes No
  • Stays off people furniture: Yes No

Adoption Information:

Stella is currently undergoing medical rehabilitation. She will be adoptable once that is complete.

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Observations

August 31, 2022

Stella arrived around 10:30 Friday night. Her first night was confusing and anxious. S.A.F.E.R. testing is supposed to be done as soon after admit as possible so the dog does not become acclimated to the handler. I tested Stella Saturday, mid morning. She did quite well except for interactions with other dogs. She was hostile toward all the females, including my mentor dog, Blondie Bear, who is 13 years old and as sweet and gentles as can be. Stella acted playfully toward the make dogs. Even Blade, who came out after Stella was in her outside run and tried to intimidate her by snorting and lunging at her. Stella found that entertaining and her tail was wagging madly the whole time, “Do that again, that’s funny!” Blade was miffed at his failure to intimidate.

By Saturday afternoon, Stella had changed her mind about the girls and was using her play time to go around and invite each of them to play. None accepted, they were still remembering her behavior that morning

By Monday the other girls are fascinated by Stella’s squeaky bunny toy, and Stella was delighted to show them how it worked. All were getting along fine. I’d been keeping Blondie Bear inside during play times (much to her consternation) so there was no risk Stella would hurt her while my attention was elsewhere.

Wednesday morning I brought Blondie out with me for cleaning and play time. I put Stella on a long lead and let her approach Blondie Bear.

So that ended well, and I expect she will learn to relate to the others as well.

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Sonny Specklefoot

Last updated on July 22, 2022

History

Sonny was one of three dogs taken in by Piney Mountain Foster in an emergency situation to keep them from being shot by a “neighbor” whose rabbits were killed and he accused these three. Sonny and his litter mate, Cher, behaved in a bonded manner with Cher taking the dominant roll and Sonny the recessive. He was very shy and reclusive until Cher moved on. He has since blossomed with a personality of his own.

Base Info

  • Arrival date: Feb 18, 2022
  • Breed: Hound/Labrador
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: Young adult
  • Birthdate: @ April 2021
  • Weight: 54.4 pounds
  • Spayed/Neutered: Yes
  • General Health: Excellent
  • Temperament: Shy but sweet. Food-centric.
  • SAFER Test performed: No
  • Departure date: July 12,2022

Adoption Information

Adopted

Sonny has been adopted (July 21, 2022)

Progress Summary

Detailed notes may be available below photo gallery.

Relational Behavior

  • Relates well to other dogs: Yes, plays well with male and female dogs.
  • Can eat food/treats near other dogs: No – will steal food from other dog.
  • Preferred style of play: Loves to run/chase/bump, but will also engage in gentle mouth wrestling with a friend.
  • Is affectionate: Yes in a shy way.
  • Is good with:
    . Men: Yes
    . Women: Yes
    . Children: Yes
    . Cats: Unknown
  • Jumps up on people: Not so far
  • Mouths: No, unless you have food/treat in your hand.
  • Walks well on a leash: Yes, most of the time. Gets balky if scared.

Commands

  • Comes when called: Yes
  • Sits on command: Yes
  • Down / Off: Yes
  • Shake / Paw: Not yet
  • Kennels on command: Yes, with a bribe/treat

House Dog Training

  • Willingly enters his crate: Yes. He LOVES his crate and blanket.
  • Is calm/quiet while in crate: Yes unless you’re fixing food.
  • Understands going outside to potty: Keeps his crate clean, not yet reliable while loose indoors.
  • Alerts me of need to go outside: Yes
  • Is destructive of bedding and/or toys: Not initially, has begun chewing his blanket at night.
  • Engages in kitchen counter cruising: Yes. He’ll be on top of your fridge if there’s food up there!
  • Stays off people furniture: Undetermined, don’t have furniture in The Guest Cottage yet.

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Zane Goodfellow

Last Updated: Sept 22, 2022

History

Zane was one of three dogs dumped on Piney Mountain Rd and accused of killing a residents rabbits. Reaction included gunfire. To keep them safe, PMFC built an emergency shelter and took them in. Zane’s companions were a pair of 9 month hound pups: friends but clearly not relatives.

Base Info

  • Arrival date: Feb 18, 2022
  • Breed: Siberian Husky
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: Adult (currently 4-5 years)
  • Birthdate: 2017
  • Weight: 48 pounds on Feb 14 (should be 70)
    ……….. 52 pounds March 1
    ………… 57 pounds March 11
    ………… 66 pounds May 25
    ………… 70 pounds Aug 1
  • Spayed/Neutered: Yes
  • General Health: Excellent
  • Temperament: Mild for a Husky
  • SAFER Test performed: No
  • Departure date: Undetermined

Relational Behavior

  • Relates well to other dogs: Yes, responds stoically to antagonistic kenneled dogs.
  • Can eat food/treats near other dogs: Has become guarded, but not excessively.
  • Preferred style of play: Mixed. Can play gently or rowdy.
  • Is affectionate: Yes, mostly aloof but does enjoy petting and treats.
  • Is good with:
    . Men: Yes
    . Women: Yes
    . Children: Unknown, but probably.
    . Cats: Unknown
  • Jumps up on people: No
  • Mouths: No
  • Walks well on a leash: Yes

Commands

  • Comes when called: Generally – depends on if he’s busy. He IS a Husky.
  • Sits on command: Yes.
  • Down / Off: N/A
  • Shake / Paw: Yes
  • Kennels on command: Yes

Observations

Zane tolerates The Children’s (his hound companions) rambunctious behavior but does not enjoy it. Sometimes they gently mouth-wrestle, he likes that. He does not like being dirty, and seems to want to be indoors. He may have been a house dog.


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Heartworm Treatment

Zane tested positive for heartworms on March 11, 2022. It was a STRONG positive, so a microscopic exam of his blood was done confirming that his count is exceptionally high. The Vet Nurse warned that he may not be savable.

On March 15th we went in again and had chest x-rays done. His heart was NOT enlarged and no serious lung damage was seen. That was encouraging. We started him on Doxycycline and Prednisone, the first step in treating the heartworms.

Zane received his first Immiticide injection on April 25th, and he tolerated it quite well. Another 3 weeks of Prednisone to reduce inflammation in the lungs.

Zane in crate heartworm
Not feeling so good.

His 2nd and 3rd injections were done on May 24th and 25th. This left him feeling sick and sore for a few days. I tried bringing him into our house, but he just whined and fidgeted. When the other House Dogs came to say “hello” he warned them off – not being mean, just a low growl to let them know he’d prefer to be left alone. He was in pain and in an unfamiliar place. When I took him outside to potty he went straight to the gate that leads to The Guest Cottage and said, “I want to go back to MY house.” I moved his crate back in there so he’d be more comfortable.

Zane will be going back to Cedarwood Veterinary Hospital on June 22 for a blood test to check for HW microfilaria. Until then I must keep him from getting overactive. He is on crate rest and leash walking while in recovery to prevent dead worm tissue causing an embolism in his lung. A bad embolism would cause him to drown in his own blood.

That blood test revealed a very low cunt of microfilaria, but they ARE still there. He gets another dose of Heartgard in a couple of days, that will take care of those. Another blood test is scheduled for next month.

Zane passed a blood test in August and was neutered. He is now available for placement.


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Ariel

Born through a disreputable breeding practice, this Double Merle Aussie girl has had a rough time in her short life so far.

Last Updated: March, 27, 2022

History

One of three puppies born from the breeding of two Merle Australian Shepherds, all three had issues with hearing and eyesight. The breeder surrendered the pups to a local rescue. Sevier County Humane Society pulled the pups from the rescue and reached out to Piney Mountain Foster for help with the two who were deaf. We contacted A Pathway to Hope in New Jersey, and they agreed to take them. The third pup, Ariel, was adopted out. She was returned several months later with a lame excuse as the reason. It is clear the adopter did not train the dog and when the cute, bouncy, nibbling ball of fluff got to be 35 pounds she was no longer “adorable”. We see this all the time. She was abandoned because she did not train herself.

Base Info

  • Arrival date: March 3, 2022
  • Breed: Australian Shepherd
  • Sex: F
  • Age: Youth
  • Birth date: July 19, 2021
  • Weight: 37.4 pounds on March 3, 2022
    ………..
  • Spayed/Neutered: Yes
  • General Health: Good
  • Temperament: Rowdy, playful, affectionate.
  • SAFER Test performed: No
  • Departure date: Undetermined

Relational Behavior

  • Relates well to other dogs: Yes. Tries to make friends with everyone
  • Can eat food/treats near other dogs: Tends to invade other dogs bowl.
  • Preferred style of play: Running and rowdy play.
  • Is affectionate: Yes
  • Is good with:
    . Men: Yes
    . Women: Yes
    . Children: Yes, though too rowdy right now for young children.
    . Cats: Unknown
  • Jumps up on people: Yes
  • Mouths: Doing better
  • Walks well on a leash: Doing better

Commands

  • Comes when called: She’s hard of hearing, don’t think she can hear me.
  • Sits on command: Yes (use hand signal)
  • Down / Off: Not yet
  • Shake / Paw: Not yet
  • Kennels on command: Yes, use hand signal, expects a treat.

Diet

4Health Puppy kibble mixed with one Pedigree Pouch, fed morning and evening.
She gets a variety of treats through the day as rewards for obedience.

Observations

Hearing

Ariel is not completely deaf, she responds to barking dogs and closing the front door hard it will wake her from a sleep. The floor is concrete, I don’t think she’s feeling vibrations. But she does not seem to be able to hear me speaking or calling her. Maybe she chooses not to hear, it’s hard to say.

Vision

Ariel navigates the Cottage and the play yard just fine. The way she throws her forelegs out in front of her when she runs makes me think she is visually impaired – especially in the left eye. She may lack depth perception, but can see well enough to get along. Both pupils are irregular. Vision may be distorted.

General

Ariel is smart and she does train. But one must find a way to communicate to her what you want her to do — and to get past the flighty, rowdiness that she still engages in since she still thinks she’s a little puppy.

She approaches all of my dogs with a submissive, almost pleading attitude, “Please be my friend”, even the dogs, sometimes especially the dogs, who are yelling at her that she doesn’t belong here. I have not seen her respond in aggression to any other dog. She has found a good friend in Zoey (female Husky) and they play well together.

When I get a second handler out here I will test her with other dogs in open play. Many times a dog in a kennel will harass a roaming dog when they will not behave that way if both are free or the roles are reversed.

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Zoey Zoomheart

Found running loose and picked up by a good Samaritan, Zoey is starting life over.

Last Updated: Sept 10, 2022

Zoey the Magnificent!

History

Zoey was found running loose along with a 13 week puppy. Maybe her puppy, we don’t know. Both are Husky. A kind lady picked them up and took them to City of Newport Animal Control to check for microchip and publish Found Dog notices. No chip. No one claimed them. So they both came to Piney Mountain Foster Care for fostering while awaiting transport to A Pathway to Hope rescue in New Jersey.

Base Info

  • Arrival date: Feb 7, 2022
  • Breed: Husky
  • Sex: Female
  • Age: Adult
  • Birthdate: Approx Feb. 2020
  • Weight: 54.5 pounds on Feb 7
    ……….. 51.2 Lbs on Mar 1 (Not eating kibble well, adding canned food)
    ………… 55.6 lbs on Apr 27
    ………… 55.0 lbs on July 1
  • Spayed/Neutered: Yes
  • General Health: Excellent
  • Temperament: On the calm, quiet side for a Husky.
  • SAFER Test performed: No
  • Departure date: Undetermined

Relational Behavior

  • Relates well to other dogs: Yes, most dogs.
  • Can eat food/treats near other dogs: Yes.
  • Preferred style of play: Running. She LOVES to run/race/bump with another dog.
  • Is affectionate: Yes, aloof but likes petting
  • Is good with:
    . Men: Yes
    . Women: Yes
    . Children: Yes
    . Cats: Unknown, but probably. Sits quietly and watches feral cats while others go bonkers.
  • Jumps up on people: No
  • Mouths: No
  • Walks well on a leash: Yes

Commands

  • Comes when called: Yes
  • Sits on command: Yes
  • Down / Off: N/A
  • Shake / Paw: Not yet
  • Kennels on command: Yes

Adoption Information

Zoey is promised to A Pathway to Hope in Hawthorne NJ. Please contact them regarding adoption. We are happy to answer questions about Zoey’s health and history, since we know her best.

We also post photos and short stories to Facebook daily.


Zoey has decided to turn the tables. Instead of thinking of her cone as cruel punishment, it’s a fashion accessory: an exclusive item, since only she has one.

Sept 10, 2022

Zoey has been successfully transported to New York state where her foster-to-adopt family welcomed her into their home. They have kindly sent several pictures and descriptions of her settling process. I think this one says the most. This is Zoey’s new sister, Luna, showing Zoey around the place. Zoey is both enthralled with and intimidated by the pool. So much more exciting than the big box of water she enjoyed here!

Zoey sees the pool

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King Arthur

This fine, well-behaved regent is seeking a new court.

Last updated March 17, 2022

History

City of Newport Animal Control got a call about a dog hit by a car and went and picked him up. Arthur’s leg was a little sore at first but no serious injury. He resided there for a few months before being adopted. But his new mom brought him back a few days later. She said he was too big for her — meaning he pulled too hard and she didn’t know how to correct that.

Base Info:

  • Arrival date: Dec. 14, 2021
  • Breed: Black & Tan Hound
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: Adult: approx 3 years
  • Birthdate: Unknown
  • Weight: 51.6 pounds on Dec 14
    ……….. 47.6 pounds Jan 19 (different scale)
    ………… 44.6 pounds Feb 21 (increasing food)
    ………… 47.0 pounds Mar 11
  • Neutered: Yes, Jan. 19, 2022
  • General Health: Excellent
  • Temperament: Affectionate and gentle. Some separation anxiety.
  • SAFER Test performed: Yes – Passed
  • Departure date: March 18, 2022

Adoption Information


Progress Summary

Detailed notes are below the summary

Relational Behavior

  • Relates well to other dogs: Yes
  • Can eat food/treats near other dogs: Seems okay with it.
  • Preferred style of play: Likes racing and gentle wrestling with another dog. No interest in toys yet.
  • Is affectionate: Yes
  • Is good with:
    . Men: Yes
    . Women: Yes
    . Children: Yes
    . Cats: Yes
  • Jumps up on people: No
  • Mouths: No
  • Walks well on a leash? Vastly improved! Just needs to be kept in practice.

Commands

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

House Dog Training

  • Willingly enters his crate: Not yet
  • Is calm/quiet while in crate: No, gets vocal but not destructive
  • Understands going outside to potty: Yes. he is well housebroken.
  • Alerts me of need to go outside: Gets really loud if crated and needs to potty.
  • Is destructive of bedding and/or toys: If he gets bored while kenneled.
  • Engages in kitchen counter cruising: Yes, he is shameless!
  • Stays off people furniture: His foster allows this.

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Arthur decided to get up a Glee Club or Choir to keep everyone entertained.

Dec 14, 2021

Arthur spent the day here at Piney Mountain while waiting for his foster mom to get off work. He was kept crated inside and given potty and play time in our big yard every two hours. He is not fond of being crated but did not tear up his crate nor the blanket. He would get vocal (howling) if he thought I was near enough to hear. Other times he sat calmly and quietly in his crate and waited. (I have ways of knowing these things).

Dec 15. 2021

Foster mom, Stacey reported that Arthur’s meet-n-greet with her other dogs went well, he ignored her cats completely, is not sure how it’s going to go with her chickens, and he is absolutely dismayed by the Guineas dive bombing him from the roof top. He did well that night.

Dec 17, 2021

We have separation anxiety with destructive behavior. Hopefully it’s a temporary behavior. He digs under fences too and can escape. Foster dad is installing deterrents. He finally started eating today.


Dec 19, 2021

Foster mom reports that at 3:00 AM the house dogs went nuts: something was in the yard attacking their chickens. They let the pack out to drive it away. Arthur returned with a mostly dead chicken in his mouth, dropped it at her feet and trotted away. Foster dad dispatched the chicken. Arthur, the ever helpful!


Dec 25, 2021

King Arthur went on a quest.

Arthur has been problematic in that he finds and exploits the weaknesses in his foster family’s fencing. He is quite inventive and can squeeze through a hole smaller than one would imagine. Dennis has been working at plugging each newly discovered weakness and Arthur had not run off, just explored a little beyond the fence until he was noticed and retrieved. Until last Wednesday.

Arthur dug under a fence and ran off. Dennis called me. Arthur was wearing his collar with our phone number embroidered into it. There are vicious dogs in the area. And coyotes. And the occasional bear. We were both deeply concerned. Searching for him was really not an option because the terrain is rugged, mountain forest.

Shortly afterward, a fellow called me asking if I’d lost a dog. I got his info: he had not gone far. Dennis went and got him. Dennis was working from home that day, so he kept him in the house (except for leash walking potty runs) the rest of that day, then brought him back here Thursday morning.

Blade has become pretty much a house dog, so his apartment in the Guest Cottage could be made available, we put Arthur in there. He was okay with that until after dinner and the associated potty run in the yard. Then I was walking him back to his apartment and he became agitated, wanting to head up the chute to the back door of our house, “No, no, you don’t understand: I NEED to go in the house. I need to lay on the sofa. I need to snuggle a cat! It’s bedtime!”

“I’m sorry bud. You HAD that cush gig, but you insisted on running off. That is really dangerous. So now you’re back here. But I’ll do what I can to make you comfy.”

I put a big cushy blanket on his bed and gave him a cat sized stuffed toy to cuddle with. Then I closed up his bedroom door to keep the cold out and bid him good night. It’s not what he wants, but it will do. To date he has not torn up the blankets or the stuffed toy.

Arthur is an exceptionally sweet, attentive boy and will make someone a great companion. He just needs to be supervised in a fenced yard. Someone who is home most of the time would be ideal.

NOTE added March 11

Arthur has been in residence here at Piney Mountain for a month and a half and has not once tried to dig out or climb over our fencing. He is now routinely allowed to run unsupervised in the play yard while I am cleaning the Guest Cottage. Sometimes he plays with another dog, sometimes he’s solo, but he’s fine either way. When it’s chilly I put a blanket on his bed at night, he likes that. But I pick it up in the morning or it becomes a plaything and gets torn up.

Jan 21, 2022

Arthur went in for neutering on the 19th and has been recuperating.

He came home about dinner time, so I fed him and let him eat what he would. Most dogs don’t eat much right after surgery despite being starved that day. Arthur ate about half his portion, then finished it off overnight.

He wasn’t trying to lick his incision, so I delayed coning him until bedtime, checking on him often. It’s possible he would have left it alone and I’m torturing him unnecessarily. But it’s also possible he’d get bored, start licking and open the thing up. That would be bad. He didn’t go crazy or anything, but the look he gives me is heartbreaking, “What did I do? I try to be a good boy. Why do this to me?” I must be strong. For his sake, I must be strong. Even if it feels like I’m being heartless.

By the following day, Arthur had learned to take the cone in stride. He even seemed to appreciate the fact that it kept his head dry in the rain. He doesn’t hold it against me anymore and is eating well and behaving like the champ he is.

Going to and from the vet, Arthur rode in the cab of the truck with me. He loaded up well. He rode well and was watching everything whizzing past. No car sickness. He stood between the seats, draped over the console, would have been on the front seat except I had him restrained with a safety strap. He sometimes rested his chin in the crook of my elbow. So Sweet! Next time he can ride up front.


January 28

Arthur has healed up nicely from his neuter surgery and is playing with the other dogs again. He shows very little interest in escaping the play yard now and does not generally get vocal when kenneled (separation anxiety). He will let me know if he needs out to potty. But as long as I keep to the usual schedule, he can and will wait for the next potty run.


March 14

Arthur has become really good with the recall command. and is a super good boy in his kennel. He always keeps it neat and tidy — unless I’m away from here too long, and he just can’t hold his urine any longer. That my fault not his. Arthur does not like Zane, but gets along well with all the other dogs. He is annoyed by Ariel (energetic puppy) an her insistence that he play with her. Sometimes he does, other times he just wants to be left alone to do what he’s doing. Other times he comes back to me and says, “PLEASE put me back in my room so I can get away from this WILD CHILD.”


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Front Wall Done – almost

Construction on the front wall part of this project is done. I still need to prime the bare wood and install trim, but the hard work is finally done.

Now lets look at what’s going on inside.

There is a lot of work to do inside. But now it can be done in relative comfort, and our residents can stay warm and snug at night. that will be done easier once we get the insulation installed. That, and redoing the electrical wiring, are next.

Gabriel

Gabriel

History

Surrendered to a shelter by a breeder because he did not meet their standards.

Base Info

  • Arrival date: Oct 18, 2021
  • Breed: Double Merle Australian Shepherd
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: Puppy
  • Birthdate: @ July 22, 2021
  • Weight: 13 pounds on Oct 18
    ……….. 13.2 Lbs Nov. 2
  • Spayed/Neutered: Yes
  • General Health: Excellent
  • Temperament: Playful, inquisitive. Learning to be affectionate.
  • SAFER Test performed: No
  • Departure date: Nov. 4, 2021 heading for A Pathway to Hope. They will handle his adoption.

Gallery

Gabriel in his play pen out front of the kennel building while I clean inside. I can see him, he can see me. Please excuse the background: that’s behind my workshop where I store kennel parts and all manner of building supplies.

Progress Updates

Oct. 19, 2021

Gabriel has settled into his room and is a playful, inquisitive boy. Clearly he is not blind, as was suspected. I don’t think he’s deaf either, for he responds to sounds when I’m behind him. His left eye appears to be “lazy” (doesn’t track with his right eye). He has an occasional cough. We’ll see what the vet has to say about that tomorrow.

Oct. 20

Gabriel spent the day at the vet today for evaluation. Totally deaf. He has good vision in at least one eye. No issues with his lungs, Dr. thinks the occasional “cough” is more of a reflux/regurgitation. He only did it once during the day he spent there, so it’s hard to say for sure. Dr. Sandra did a chest x-ray just to make sure there were no issues with his lungs. They were clear. He does have Coccidia, I start him on a 6 day course of Albon tomorrow. We’ll re-test afterward. Gabriel was declared a “Total Snuggle-bug” and the staff had to take turns cuddling with him.

Oct. 30

Gabriel is doing well. he has completed his course of Albon and his poops have become normal. He will be retested next Tuesday to be sure he’s clear of the Coccidia and to get his Health Certification so he may travel interstate on November 4th.

Gabriel’s intake was an emergency situation. He needed a place to go. A Pathway to Hope would take him, but needed a local foster to care for him until transport. He’s just a little feller, so we agreed to keep him in our mega-crate in the kennel building. He has a play pen in the yard where I can take him for fresh air, sunshine, and safe interaction with other dogs. That has been a good solution for him. But now that the weather is getting chilly – and it’s been raining – spending the night in the kennel building is not the best solution for him So we brought him in the house last night, now that there should be no chance he’d infect the house dogs with Coccidia.

Gabriel slept through the night despite the fact that I was up several times during the night walking past his crate each time. He would lift his head to watch me, but as I slid back into bed he went back to sleep too.

In the morning I took him outside to pee. He did. Wasn’t ready to do anything else yet, so we went back inside and I moved his crate to the den where I would be trying to study. After a little fussing, Gabe settled in to play with the toys in his crate, then took a nap.

He did poop in his crate. I smelled it and took it out before he stomped in it. All in all, he did really well for his first night.

Nov 3

Gabriel is doing well at learning to be a house dog. He is pretty well crate trained already. He sleeps through the night every night, waiting until I get up around 4:30 to go outside to relieve himself. He gets several free-play sessions a day where he can run at large. That’s in the house or outside if he chooses. Whatever he wants to do. He loves to explore, but always keeps an eye on me. As long as he can see me he will wander around, greet all the other dogs, sniff out treasures, and just get to know the area. If I move, — ZIP — he’s right beside me!

When he goes back to his crate, he is good most of the time. He gets boisterous when I’m dishing up the dog food and if I’m in the room and he wants to play. If I leave the room, he quiets down and plays or sleeps.

Nov 5

Gabriel has arrived safely in New Jersey and has THREE handsome young fellows to accompany him to his new foster home.

Happy Tails to you sweet Gabriel!

Peppa

Peppa had the misfortune to be born deaf, thus difficult to adopt despite being adorable.

Last Updated: Dec 25, 2021

History

Peppa is one of three 12 week old puppies that were owner surrendered as unwanted and ended up at the Sevier County Humane Society. They are all adorable and her brother and sister were quickly adopted. But not Peppa, because she was born deaf and needs a home that will work with her and her special needs. SCHS reached out to Piney Mountain Foster, to get this girl out of the shelter environment. We agreed. We then reached out to A Pathway To Hope in New Jersey who found a suitable foster home and agreed to take this sweet girl once she is healed up from her spay surgery enough to travel. They will work with her to get her ready to be adopted into a loving home.

Base Info:

  • Arrival date: Oct. 11, 2021
  • Breed: Australian Shepherd
  • Sex: Female
  • Age: 12 weeks
  • Birthdate: July 19, 2021
  • Weight: 10.0 pounds on Oct 11
    ………..
  • Spayed/Neutered: Yes, Oct 11, 2021
  • General Health: Good
  • Temperament: Playful, affectionate
  • SAFER Test performed: Yes: Passed
  • Departure date: October 14, 2021

Adoption Information

Adopted

Progress Summary

Detailed notes are below the summary

Relational Behavior

  • Relates well to other dogs: Yes
  • Can eat food/treats near other dogs: Undetermined
  • Preferred style of play: Undetermined
  • Is affectionate: Yes
  • Is good with:
    . Men: Yes
    . Women: Yes
    . Children: Yes
    . Cats: Probably
  • Jumps up on people: Yes she’s a puppy in need of training.
  • Mouths: Yes she’s a puppy in need of training.
  • Walks well on a leash: No

Gallery

Progress Updates

Oct 14

Dec 25

Peppa is in a forever family and has grown into such a beauty. Her Mom sent this photo of Peppa (now Zuzu) and her fur-sister. What a wonderful Christmas present!