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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: May 25, 2020

Base Info:

  • Arrival date: Apr. 30, 2020
  • Breed: Husky / Black Lab mix
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: Puppy, Young 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?  YES   Rescue?  YES
  • Get the Adoption Application (PDF form, print, complete, return)
  • Departure date: Undetermined

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: Gets along with 4 of his 6 companions here.
  • Can eat food/treats near other dogs: No
  • Preferred style of play: RUNNING!
  • 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

Terms of Adoption:

  • Contact information for your veterinarian is required and we will do a reference check.
  • We prefer Spirit goes to a Husky experienced home.
  • Adopter arranges transport.  We have worked with PETS LLC and HEARTS LLC (fees are paid to the transport service) or we will join a relay run: we will transport up to first 50 miles for free.
  • Adoption fee is $200.00  This does NOT cover what we have already invested in Spirit’s medical care and room & board.  But it will help.
  • Get the Adoption Application (PDF form, print, complete, return).

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)
  • 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.

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.

Questions?  Comment below, or e-mail me at Doug@PineyMountainFoster.org.

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Chip Schnauzhuahua: Notes on a foster dog

A cute, playful fellow with a good temperament.

Last Updated: May 3, 2020

Base Info:

  • Arrival date: March 16, 2020
  • Breed: Schnauzer/Chihuahua mix
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: Puppy, Young Adult, Mature, Senior
  • Weight: 14.0 Pounds
  • Spayed/Neutered: Yes
  • General Health: Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor
  • Temperament: Playful, affectionate, a little needy (Chi)
  • Departure date: April 24, 2020, headed to A.R.N.N.E.

History

One of a bonded pair owned by an elderly woman who developed dementia and could no longer properly care for her boys.  The woman’s daughter surrendered them to Animal Control.

Chip’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: Mostly he just follows either me or Carme around.  Likes to run with Josephine.
  • Is affectionate: Yes
  • Is good with:
    . Men: Yes
    . Women: Yes
    . Children: Yes
    . Cats: No Yes
  • Jumps up on people: Yes
  • Mouths: Yes (gently)
  • 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

Commands:

  • Comes when called: Yes
  • Sits on command: No (he stands up instead)
  • Down / Off: No
  • Shake / Paw: No
  • Kennels on command: Yes

Chip’s Medical

  • DA2PP: 02/2/20 (NAC)
    . Booster: 02/26/20 (NAC)
  • Bordatella: 02/2/20 (NAC)
  • Wormed: Dates | Product | Dose | By
    . 02/2/20 | Pyrantel | 1.2 cc | NAC
  • Rabies: 04/14/20 (Cedarwood) #000321
  • Spay/Neuter: Prior to surrender
  • Heartworm Test: 03/16/20, NEG, (Cedarwood)
  • Flea/Tick preventative:
    . 02/12/20 Capstar, 11.4 mg (NAC)
    . 02/26/20 Frontline Plus (NAC)
  • Heartworm preventative:
    . 03/16/20, Ivermectin, .1 ml (PMFC)
    . 04/16/20, Ivermectin, .1 ml (PMFC)
  • NOTES:
    . Has fur loss from flea allergy.  Bathing with Keto-C shampoo has helped heal that and the fur is growing back in.  We will continue this treatment while he’s here.
    . Microchip# 982000408360982

Diet

4health Salmon& Potato kibble.
½ cup AM & ½ cup PM
LOVES our Peanut butter treats.

Gallery

In chronological order, newest at the bottom.

Hair-do like a teeny lion

Chip & Carme, best buds
PIC PIC

Progress Updates

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

March 16

Chip and his “brother” Carme were surrendered to Newport Animal Control over a month ago.  Chip had  hair loss from what tuned out to be a flea allergy.  NAC cleared them of fleas and has been bathing Chip is medicated shampoo that is improving.  They had their heart worm test this morning, it was Negative, I was alerted, and I scooted right over to pick them up so we can begin the mandatory 2 week quarantine period before transport.  Otherwise, they are both ready to travel.

March 20

I have been attaching long leads to Carme and Chip when I let them out of their kennel to play in the yard.  This is partly to be sure I can get them back in their kennels.  Playing “can’t catch me” with a young, spry dog is no longer my idea of fun.  I am also concerned that if he wanted to, Chip might be able to squeeze through gaps in our gates.  He’s pretty small.

Chip has been coming to me when I call him – and he show no interest in escaping the yard — so I’ve dispensed with the lead.  He eagerly comes when I call him, always happy to get a good head scratching.

April 5

Little Chip a such a cute fellow. One of my favorite things about him is the bark he does when he’s happy: it’s a “whoop-whoop-whoop” that is straight out of the Three Stooges. Unfortunately hi didn’t do that one for me today, but he was still totally adorable as he talked with me. Give him a listen!

He is also a MAJOR lap dog.  Any time Marie or I are in the yard with him and sit down, regardless of where Chip is, he will shout” LAAAAAAAP!” as he comes racing across the lawn to leap into our lap and curl up for petting.  He’s so little and light-weight that his enthusiastic arrival causes no discomfort, but it is hilarious!

April 28

Chip and Carme’ left us last Friday (the 24th), riding along with Phoenix. They have landed in their foster home in New Hampshire. We knew Chip would be happy anywhere he could find a lap to snuggle into – and he did. Carme’ seems to be settling in nicely too. Happy tails, boys!

May 3

Chip and his “brother” Carme’ have been moved to a foster to adopt home. This is how ARNNE always does things, it gives a family a chance to try it out before committing to adoption. Unless something bad happens, this is usually their forever home.

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Carme’ Shepcorgo: Notes on a foster dog

A well-behaved boy.

Last Updated: May 3, 2020

Base Info:

  • Arrival date: March 16, 2020
  • Breed: Corgi/Shepherd mix
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: Puppy, Young Adult, Mature, Senior
  • Weight: 43.8 Pounds
  • Spayed/Neutered: Yes
  • General Health: Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor
  • Temperament: Calm, a little aloof right now.
  • Departure date: April 24, 2020 going to A.R.N.N.E.

History

One of a bonded pair owned by an elderly woman who succumbed to dementia and could not care for her dogs.  The lady’s daughter surrendered them to Newport Animal Control.

Carme’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:  wandering and peeing on things
  • Is affectionate: Likes petting, doesn’t seek it
  • Is good with:
    . Men: Yes
    . Women: Yes
    . Children: Yes
    . Cats: No Yes
  • 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

Commands:

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

Carme’s Medical

  • DA2PP: 02/12/20 (NAC)
    . Booster: 02/26/20 (NAC)
  • Bordatella: 02/12/20 (NAC)
  • Wormed: Dates | Product | Dose | By
    .     02/12/20  | Pyrantel  |  4.3 cc  | NAC
  • Rabies: 04/14/2020 (Cedarwood) #0000322
  • Spay/Neuter: done before surrender
  • Heartworm Test: 03/16/20, Neg (Cedarwood)
  • Flea/Tick preventative:
    . 02/12/20, Capstar, 57 mg
    . 02/26/20, Frontline Plus
  • Heartworm preventative:
    . 03/16/20, Ivermectin, .45 ml
    . 04/16/20, Ivermectin, .45 ml
  • NOTES:
    . No issues
    . Microchip #911001001439094

Diet

4health Salmon & Potato kibble, 1¼ cups AM, 1 cup PM.  Enjoys our peanut butter cookies as treats.

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.

Carme the Magnificent
PIC PIC PIC

Progress Updates

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

March 16

Carme and his “brother” Chip were surrendered to Newport Animal Control over a month ago.  They had their heart worm test this morning, it was Negative, I was alerted, and I scooted right over to pick them up so we can begin the mandatory 2 week quarantine period before transport.  Otherwise, they are both ready to travel.

March 20

I have been attaching long leads to Carme and Chip when I let them out of their kennel to play in the yard.  This is partly to be sure I can get them back in their kennels.  Playing “can’t catch me” with a young, spry dog is no longer my idea of fun.

Carme has been coming to me when I call him – usually, and it helps if I have a bribe ready for him: he is fond of my peanut butter cookies — so I’ve dispensed with the lead.  If I let him out often enough Carme prefers to do his business in the yard, not in his “house”.

April 28

Chip and Carme’ left us last Friday (the 24th), riding along with Phoenix. They have landed in their foster home in New Hampshire. We knew Chip would be happy anywhere he could find a lap to snuggle into – and he did. Carme’ seems to be settling in nicely too. Happy tails, boys!

May 3

Carme’ and his “brother” Chip have been moved to a foster-to-adopt home. And they have BOYS! This is a standard process with ARNNE, to give a family the chance to try things out before committing to adoption. In most cases this will be their permanent home.  Carme’ looks pretty happy to me!

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Camden Tangelockz: Notes on a foster dog

The Humane Society of Jefferson County nick-named this guy “Dreadlocks” because of his twisted, knotted fur.

Hopefully he’ll be able to be groomed one day soon and the moniker won’t fit any more.

Last Updated: May 11, 2020

Base Info:

  • Arrival date: Feb. 06, 2020
  • Breed: Poodle Mix
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: Puppy, Young Adult, Mature, Senior
  • Weight: 26 Pounds (April 23)
  • Neutered: Yes
  • General Health: Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor
  • Temperament: Wants to interact, but cannot be handled.
  • Departure date: Undetermined returning to H.S.J.C.

History

Camden was one of several dogs pulled from a hoarding situation in Green county that ended up at the Humane Society of Jefferson County.  He is not at all aggressive but is terrified of being touched, so he cannot be handled — or groomed.  He needs a low-stress environment to just chill out and learn to trust.

Camden’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: unknown
  • Is affectionate: In his own way, just no touching.
  • Is good with:
    . Men: Yes
    . Women: Yes
    . Children: No
    . Cats: Unknown
  • Jumps up on people: No
  • Mouths: No
  • Walks well on a leash: No

House Dog Training

  • Willingly enters his crate: Yes
  • Is calm/quiet while in crate: 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: Yes
  • Sits on command: No
  • Down / Off: N/A
  • Shake / Paw: No
  • Kennels on command: No

Medical

  • DA2PP: 01/18/2020 (HSJC)
    . Booster:
  • Bordatella: 01/18/2020 (HSJC)
  • Wormed: Dates | Product | Dose | By
    .    01/18/2020 | Strongid | ??? | HSJC
  • Rabies: 01/18/2020 (???)
  • Neuter: April 22, 2020 (HSJC)
  • Heartworm Test: date, result (by) NEEDED
  • Flea/Tick preventative:
    . date, product, dose
  • Heartworm preventative:
    . date, product, dose (must be tested first)
  • NOTES:
    . I’m told he has bad teeth and needs soft kibble or he won’t eat.
    .4/23 – 4/27 Amoxicillin Trihydrate 62.5 mg 2 x daily for infected ingrown claw (removed at neuter)

Diet

Mixture of Pedigree Pouches and Kibbles & Bits: (supplied by HSJC), 1 cup twice a day.

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.

Camden says he’s a BEAR, he wants to hibernate in his den.

A new snuggle friend.

Enjoying the sunshine

Progress Updates

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

Feb 6

Camden has just arrived, so we don’t know much yet.  However he tolerated riding around in a transport box without fussing and crying.  I checked on him frequently.  During the transport and after being released into his kennel he seemed guardedly interested in Marie and me.  Not shrinking away and cowering in a corner.  That’s a good place to start with him.

Feb 12

Camden has lost his fear of me to the point he tends to be underfoot a lot while I’m in his room doing “housekeeping”.  He will come right up and take bits of cheeseburger (sliders) from my fingers, but won’t let me pet him yet.  Working on it … we’re getting there.

Feb 16

Cammie is making some progress with his fearfulness.  He won’t quite let me touch him, but he will take treats from my fingers and will come over and sniff my hand.

During this cold, I set up an old transport box that’s missing its door inside the garage/lumber-shed/kennel.  It’s on a sheet of Styrofoam to insulate it from the cold concrete slab and held in place against the doorway through the wall with concrete blocks. I draped a blanket over the box leaving the louvers on one side open, put lots of blankets inside it, and set up a propane furnace to blow warm air through the open louvers.  That gave him a warm place to go when it got down to 24° at night.

April 8

Made some progress with Camden today.  He has been willing to come out and be quite close to me any time I’m in his kennel with him, but is leery of my hands.  If I reach out to touch him he scampers away.  Every day at noon I take him a few hot dog bits.  He will take these from me if I pinch them between thumb and fore-finger, but if I lay one on an open palm he stays back.  Until today.

April 24

Camden was neutered at Humane Society of Jefferson County (HSJC) on Wednesday the 22nd.  While he was unconscious, they shaved off the tangled mat he was wearing and checked him for hidden problems.  I’ve seen matted up dogs like this end up with colonies of maggots underneath, living in skin lesions.   Not the case here: aside from and ingrown and infected dew claw and one small skin lesion he’s in good shape.

He is not happy about being naked, though!  That will grow back, and I need to get him accustomed to being touched, so he can be brushed (at least) and (hopefully) groomed occasionally.

May 11

It’s been almost three weeks since Camden’s neutering and he should be all healed up now.  I can’t tell for sure because he will not let me look closely let alone touch.

It’s time to take the cone off, but it does not untie by pulling on the ends of the gauze rope.  I’ll need to cut it off, but he still reacts badly to touching and I don’t want to accidentally stab him in the neck with scissors.  I’ve been in touch with Julie, Manager at HSJC, about getting him a dose of something to relax him.  She says she has some Trazadone in the proper dosage that should do the trick.

I had hoped to be able to use his cone to protect me from being bitten so I could try some “forced petting” but that has not panned out.  His fear of being touched is deeply ingrained, not just an aversion.  Yet he meets me at his kennel door when I bring him food, plays around my feet while I clean his kennel, and will all but climb into my lap (I’m sitting on the floor)  when I feed him his mid-day hot dog treats.  He will take them off my open palm.  But will not allow me to touch him. (sigh)

 

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Phoenix Grahoond: Notes on a foster dog

Phoenix is so named because everyone who knows her believes that although she may have been found

in the ashes of her life, she WILL rise again.

Last Updated: April 28, 2020

Base Info:

  • Arrival date: Jan. 15, 2020
  • Breed: Grey Hound/Shepherd mix
  • Sex: Female
  • Age: Puppy, Young Adult, Mature, Senior
  • Weight: Records show 29.1 pounds at NAC intake!
    .              34 Pounds at PMFC arrival
    .              37.1 lbs Feb 3rd
    .              39.1 lbs Feb 27
    .              39.8 lbs Mar 5
    .              40.1 lbs Mar 10
    .              39.8 lbs Mar 19
    .              40.5 lbs Apr  23
  • Spayed/Neutered: Yes
  • General Health: Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor
  • Temperament: Sweet, calm, affectionate, goofy
  • Departure date: April 24, 2020  Headed for a foster-to-adopt home through A.R.N.N.E.

History

Phoenix was spotted running loose behind Food City West in Newport and Animal Control was called in to catch her.  She was scrawny, wormy, and extremely frightened, but not at all aggressive.  She spent 25 days at Animal Control before PMFC pulled her on behalf of ARNNE.  During that time she ate very little and was scared and depressed despite the NAC staff’s attempts to comfort her and provide an enticing diet.

Phoenix’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: Likes to run with Josie
  • Is affectionate: Yes
  • Is good with:
    . Men: Yes
    . Women: Yes
    . Children: No Yes
    . Cats: Yes (no reaction to cats at NAC)
  • Jumps up on people: No
  • Mouths: No
  • Walks well on a leash: Yes

House Dog Training

  • Willingly enters her 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
  • Stays off people furniture: Yes, so far.

Commands:

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

Medical

  • DA2PP: 12/23/19 (NAC)
    . Booster: 02/03/2020 (Cedarwood)
  • Bordatella: 01/16/2020 (PMFC)
  • Wormed: Dates | Product | Dose | By
    . 12/20/2019 Pyrantel 3 cc NAC
    . 01/14/2020 Proziquantel ?? NAC
    . 01/14-16/2020 Panacur 8 ml NAC/PMFC
  • Rabies: 02/03/2020 (Cedarwood) #000090
  • Spay/Neuter: Was done long ago
  • Heartworm Test: 01/14/2020, Neg (Cedarwood)
  • Flea/Tick preventative:
    . date, product, dose
  • Heartworm preventative:
    . 01/16/2020, Ivermectin solution, 0.4 ml
    . 02/17/2020, Ivermectin solution, 0.4 ml
    . 03/17/2020, Ivermectin solution, 0.4 ml
    . 04/16/2020, Ivermectin solution, 0.4 ml
  • NOTES:
    .Microchip #982000409195236

Diet

We’ve switched her to home-made stew using recipes from my upcoming book.
03/03 Started feeding her Satin Balls for lunch (1/2 lb each) for this week to see if they help her gain weight faster.  They did!
3/10 eliminated lunch, just two meals from now on.  Cutting back on the fats.  Sticking with the home made stew for now: 12 oz. stew twice each day.
April 6, changed to 1/2  cup 4health Salmon and Potato kibble topped with 5 oz. home made stew in the AM and 3/4 cup kibble topped with 8 oz stew in the PM.  This seems to suit her eating habits well.

Gallery

A heavy shirt to help keep her warm

A custom made hoodie does even better.

Happily resting in her “room” indoors.

Wandering the yard now.

Ready to go for a jog.

She’s a house dog now.

Progress Updates

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

Jan 18

I’ve let Phoenix settle in for the past few days.  She is well behaved.  Rarely barks at all.  She acts like she’s been a house dog before.  She’s scrawny, so it’s hard  to keep her warm in the January days, so we’ve gone through a couple of iterations of outer wear for her.  She loves her hoodie!

She sleeps inside in a crate at night and on the colder days.  When it’s warmer she has a futon with a thick felt blanket atop it to lounge on.  She needs to put on weight, but she eats so little that’s going to be hard.

Jan 24

Phoenix very much prefers to be indoors in her cushy crate where it is warm and dry and there is no wind.  Because she is SO thin, she does not tolerate cold at all.

When she does come outside, on nice afternoons: some have been up in the 50 degree range, she gets a futon as a bed and a warm wool blanket to lay on.  I hang a brood lamp above to provide warmth as well.

On those nice afternoons, Phoenix does like to wander the yard.  Now that her depression is dissipating she is eating better.  That gives her strength to go out walking around.

YUM, warm beef stew!

She is a picky eater.  She won’t touch kibble yet, and the canned food has to be stew.  In order to get her to eat the pate’ style dog food I have to chunk it up and add beef or chicken broth — effectively making it stew.  And it has to be warm, she won’t eat cold stew.  But then neither would I.  So I warm it before I take it out to her.

She’s up to 21 cans of stew per week.

When she first arrived, I was doing well to get her to eat one can a day.  She’s up to finishing three cans per day now.  It’s hard to tell if she’s gained any weight just by looking at her, I need to take her to Cedarwood and put her on a scale.  But her energy level is up and she’s developing a delightful, quirky personality.  She has quite the sense of humor. 

I have yet to hear her bark, but she is communicative through head tosses and mouth movements.  She lets me know when she needs to go out, and when she’s ready to go back in.  Her eye’s are brighter and she desires affection more now that she feeling better.  Starvation does tend to take the fun out of life.

Jan 27

Normally Phoenix makes a quick trip outside to potty then wants back inside where it’s warm.  But since I put a heated pad in her bed she is enjoying being outside much more.

I think maybe she is Shepherd mixed with some Grey Hound.  Now that she’s developing a personality again, some of her mannerisms are decidedly Gra-Hooond.

Jan 29

Phoenix is a skinny gal who has been gradually increasing her food intake. She does not like kibble, so I feed her wet food. She prefers stew. Especially beef stew.

She is to where she will polish off a can at each of her three daily meals. Time to increase her portion to help her gain weight. I thought I’d try mixing 1/2 cup of kibble into her stew before I warm it up for her. It must be warm when I take it to her or she’ll leave it and go back to her heated bed.

She took a couple of bites then reared her head up and stared at the contents of her bowl for several moments. Turning her head she looked over her shoulder at me with a definite “What do you think you’re trying to pull here, bub?” look.

After a while she began to eat again, slowly. It took her quite a while to finish. When I collected her bowl, there in the bottom was almost 1/2 cup of kibbles that had been sucked clean and spit back out!

Okay, you win: no more kibbles!

Jan 30

We had a nice, warm, sunny afternoon today. The perfect chance to strip that hoodie off of Phoenix and launder it. She said, “I don’t LIKE being naked!” and was relieved when I brought her red hoodie back out to her.

Jan 31

Today I let her out of her kennel to use the yard while I went in the house to warm up her lunch. Previously she never moved faster than a leisurely walk, but when she saw me coming down the path with her bowl of warm salmon mush she trotted over and did a little happy dance. It made my heart SO happy to see her acting like a dog again.

Feb 2

Her level of activity and animation are WAY up the last few days (see video in Gallery above).  This is great to see.

Feb 3

Phoenix went to Cedarwood for her physical and an estimate on the cost for getting her in good shape again.  She did well, and everyone commented on how much better she looks now and how much more animated she is.  Phoenix was friendly with the other people in the waiting room and the Shepherd pup who was waiting with us.

She rode well with me in the truck, and was highly conversant the whole way.  She’s so funny!

Feb 16

I love this dog!  She is so funny.  I have yet to hear her bark, but she talks to me all the time with mouth movements, head shakes, and bouncing on her front legs.

She is gaining weight and I’d like to have the blood panel done on her as soon as we can afford it to see if she is a candidate for surgery.  If she’s got weak kidneys or heart anesthesia could kill her, so we need to know that first.

Phoenix loves attention and walks well on a leash.  She sleeps in a crate inside the heated bunkhouse, and is eager to go inside at 9:00 PM.

She can’t hold her bladder longer than from 9:00 PM to 4:30 AM, so I go out to walk her and put her back in her box until breakfast time at 5:30.  If it’s warm enough, she comes out to her kennel to eat, if not she eats inside and I’ll bring her out when it warms up.

She needs walking every 2 hours during the day or she will be needing a blanket change and crate scrubbing.

Feb 18

I tried making some home-made stew as an alternative to canned food for Phoenix.  Will she like it?

Feb 20

Phoenix was getting lonely sleeping in the bunkhouse alone at night, so I brought her (and her crate) into the house.  She’s doing REALLY well.   When she came in Phoenix immediately claimed this bed as “hers”.  That will be contested, but for now that claim holds.

The whole PMFC gang came to say “Hi”, but Blondie Bear settled in to keep Phoenix company.  Blonde Dogs must stick together.

She is SO sweet, gentle, and unassuming.  In the evening I put her hoodie back on her and took her outside. She wandered off into the yard, I went back inside.  She was gone for the longest time, so I went out to call her in because it was cold.  When I called her she came BOUNDING back through the snow like a gazelle, “Oh! You’re letting me come back in!?”  It’s hard to say what this girl has been through, but she doesn’t expect much from people.

Feb 25

That was GOOD! May I have more?

I’ve switched Phoenix to new stew recipe that uses potatoes, cheese, and chicken fat to help her gain weight.  She LOVES it!

We’ve also launched a new fund-raising campaign to get the funds we need to pay for the vet care she needs.  I’m having no luck at all with grants.  Gonna have to do it the old fashioned way.

Skinny Dog Stew: chicken, potato, cheese, spinach, oats.

Phoenix is doing fabulously as a house dog.  She has mostly stayed in the den, but has recently started coming out to wander a little.  She does like to dine in the kitchen with the others, I have to stand guard to keep Josephine from trying to horn in on Phoenix’s meal.  They all want some of THAT!

March 1

I have been discussing Phoenix’s “talking” with Christine from ARNNE.  This motivated me to go out and check up on the characteristics of Greyhounds.  Here are some of my favorite entries from that list:

  • Greyhounds are not barkers. If you have a barker, then you probably have a more insecure dog and he is barking because something has frightened him. … Greyhounds communicate with you by whining. Whining to be let in, to eat, to play, to get up on the bed — you name it and they’ll talk (whine) to you about it.
  • Grunt, growl, mmmmmmmph. These are the sounds greyhounds make when sleeping and dreaming. Don’t share a bed or couch with a dreaming greyhound. You could end up with a big harpoon of a leg in your side.
  • Contrary to popular belief, greyhounds do not need long walks or vast amounts of exercise. If your hobby is walking then your greyhound’s stamina can be built up over a couple of months. … For a normal greyhound, two, yes, two 20 minute walks per day are sufficient.
  • The greyhound is intelligent, gentle with a quiet disposition, and in spite of its great athletic ability, is content to spend most of the day sleeping.
  • Greyhounds are one of the oldest breeds of dogs, tracing back over 8,000 years to early cave drawings.
Phoenix’s safe place

As for my own observations, when she first arrived she did not like being touched and would flinch away if I did.  Now she likes being petted gently and often comes to me to seek being stroked on the head.

Helping fix dinner

Phoenix is really smart and trains easily.  She is doing better about holding her bladder at night and I’ve been letting her sleep on her bed in the den at night.  I crate her only when we’re leaving the property for an extended period.  Until recently she spent nearly all of her indoor time right here.  She is happy to sleep away most of the day.  Over the past few days she has started wandering out as she gains confidence that the other house dog’s aren’t trying to kill her with their rowdy play.  She even comes out to the kitchen at meal times to watch preparation and enjoys eating her meals with the other dogs.

March 3

I started feeding Phoenix Satin Balls for lunch.  Will carry this through the week and see if it helps her put on weight faster.

Phoenix has been “free-range sleeping” on her bed in the den. Not because we’re sequestering her but because she’s more comfortable there in her own space than in with the whole pack.

Last night just after 3:00 am I heard the soft huffing that is how Phoenix speaks to me and I woke up. She was standing next to the bed telling me she needs to go out to pee. Not something she normally does in the middle of the night, but … if she needs to go, she needs to go.

I let her out, she came back, got her treat and went back to bed.

I’m so proud of how far this girl has come. This was, as Marie put it, “A bold and courageous move” for her.

March 17

She’s wagging her tail occasionally.  Normally it just hangs straight down, but today it has been up about half way and swinging side to side.  So good to see!

March 20

Her tail is not wagging today.  Yesterday she had her surgeries – or, as it turned out: surgery.  As they were shaving her belly for the spay surgery they found an old, faint spay scar.  Spay surgery unnecessary!  As they were cleaning her teeth, they decided the molar they thought was bad was just really grungy and extraction was not needed.  So all they ended up having to do, surgically, was the removal of the two lumps on her leg.

She started licking the incisions just before bed time, so I put her in a donut.  As it turned out, I was up frequently through the night and was able to check on her often.  She slept through the night.  About 4:30 this morning she wanted to go out and pee.

She refused dinner last night, but ate some breakfast this morning.  I made an appetizer for her with small pieces of Satin Balls (with her medications hidden inside).  She’s been sleeping most of the time since.  That’s the best thing for her.  She will be feeling better soon.

March 27

Phoenix had her stitches removed yesterday.  I took the cone off and she immediately started picking off scabs, so the cone went back on and I’m treating the bleeding spots with Chlorhexadine and Bacitracin.

Dr. Courtney informed me this morning that the histopathology on Phoenix’s lumps came back: both benign and both completely removed. Good News!

A.R.N.N.E. has made reservations on P.E.T.S. LLC for her to be picked up April 17th.

April 4

I removed Phoenix’s cone again.  All her wounds are healed up to where she can’t do any more damage.

Kibbles topped with fish stew

Phoenix has decided that she’s being discriminated against since she gets a bowl of straight stew and everyone else gets kibble topped with stew.  Keep in mind that previously Pheenie would not eat kibble if I gave it to her.  But this morning she ate about 2/3 of her stew, then went and shouldered Blondie out of her bowl to eat her kibbles.  Blondie said, “Okay then I’ll go eat your stew.  Fair trade!”  And they did.  They’re both really good girls.

I’m hoping that now that Phoenix is not encumbered with that cone she and Josie will do some racing in the yard again.  Phoenix is in good health now, but she needs exercise to tone up her muscles.  She’s been convalescing for too long.  I’ve got just under two weeks to get her shaped up and ready to go to her new family.

Phoenix’s roosting spot

As an update: Phoenix is not crated anymore.  Even when we leave the property for an extended time I leave her loose in the house, just make sure she goes out right before we leave.

Until recently Phoenix pretty much stayed on her special bed in the den.  But lately she will come wandering out when Marie and I are having dinner and stand staring at Marie, hoping for a hand-out.  We don’t do that, but she hopes.  At night when the rest of us are settling in the bedroom, she comes in and looks around the room like she would like to join us.  She is welcome, and we encourage her to stay, but she goes back to her own place.  Maybe now that she’s not dealing with the added burden of the cone she will choose to curl up in one of the empty beds and stay the night with us.

Phoenix is hard of hearing.  Not surprising in an older dog.  She is not deaf, but one has to speak loudly for her to hear us, and it’s easy to sneak up behind her and startle her (especially when she was in a cone).  We have had to be mindful if this: she’s still unsure of her position in our home and spooks easily, sending her scampering back to her bed where she feels safe because I make the other dogs stay off of that one bed, leaving it always for her.

April 15

Every animal lover knows that a dogs tail tells volumes about what the dog is thinking or feeling. (If you don’t know, check this out: https://pineymountainfoster.org/dogs-tail-tells-a-tale/ ) so you will understand the happiness I feel over the recent changes in Phoenix.

Phoenix is … uncertain, about her surroundings and the other dogs, and at first about us. She has obviously had a hard life, including neglect (starved almost to death) and probably abuse. Her tail has hung straight down most of the time we’ve known her. And she spends most of her time camped out on the special bed I set up for her in our Den. Normally, all dog beds are shared property and all the dogs rotate through the 10 available beds (not counting blankets and crates). But I have judiciously maintained that THIS bed if for Phoenix. It is her one safe place since she no longer needs a crate. At all. She’s a wonderful house dog and I trust her to be loose even when we leave the property for a long while.

In the past week or so, Phoenix has been venturing out of the Den more often. First to take her meals with the other dogs. Then to hang around while Marie and I eat. To check on us if we’re in the living room watching a DVD. And most recently, to greet Marie when she gets home from work.

This is always a joyous occasion that sometimes turns into a rowdy party. Phoenix has been coming out to watch, standing in the end of the hallway where she is out of the fray. The past two days, she has joined in with the bouncing around – and TAIL WAGGING – as the whole pack greets (accosts) Marie. It does my heart good to see her tail up where a dog’s tail belongs and swinging side to side as she bounces on her front legs and sings, her soft, “har, har, harrrr” which is as close to barking as she ever gets.

Pheenie will be leaving us the end of this week. The long trip, quarantine for 2 days, then introduction to a new family and location may set her back a bit. But I know she’s going into a foster-to-adopt situation with a family who is experienced and has two other senior dogs. Phoenix will do well there, and I look forward to getting updates from them.

April 16

Transport run cancelled by the carrier.  Her departure has been rescheduled to April 24.  I’ll need to have her health certification done again since the current cert will be expired by the time she arrives on the 25th.

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Scout Shepherd: Notes on a foster dog

Originally named “Gus” by the Friends Animal Shelter, details eventually came out as to who he was and why he is so scared of people.  You’d be scared too if someone shot you in the head!  Scout is here to find serenity and learn trust once again.

Last Updated: April 15, 2020

Base Info:

  • Arrival date: Jan. 14, 2020
  • Breed: Shepherd Mix
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: Puppy, Young Adult, Mature, Senior
  • Weight: @ 55 Pounds
  • Spayed/Neutered: Unknown
  • General Health: Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor
  • Temperament: SCARED!
  • Gets Along with: People, Dogs, Cats
  • Crate Trained: No
  • Housebroken: No
  • Departure date: Undetermined

History

Scout was part of a “pack” of dogs whose owner let them run loose in the neighborhood.  One neighbor took exception to that and shot Scout in the head.  He survived — physically — but is so scared of people now he won’t let most people anywhere near him.

Scout’s Progress Summary:

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

Dog to Dog Behavior

  • Relates well to other dogs: Yes
  • Can eat food/treats near other dogs: Yes
  • Preferred style of play:

Dog to People Behavior

  • Is affectionate: Getting there
  • Is good with:
    .   Men: No – doing much better with me.
    .   Women: No (except Autumn at FAS, he likes her.)
    .   Children: No
  • Jumps up on people: No
  • Mouths: No
  • Walks well on a leash: No – gator rolls

House Dog Training

  • Willingly enters his crate: No
  • 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: No
  • Sits on command: No
  • Down / Off: No
  • Shake / Paw: No
  • Kennels on command: No

Medical

  • DA2PP: date (by)
    . Booster:
  • Bordatella: date (by)
  • Wormed: Dates | Product | Dose | By
  • Rabies: date (by)
  • Spay/Neuter: date (by)
  • Heartworm Test: date, result (by)
  • Flea/Tick preventative:
    . date, product, dose
  • Heartworm preventative:
    . date, product, dose
  • NOTES:
    .
    .

Diet

4health Salmon and Potato kibble.

Our peanut butter treats as rewards for compliance.  Other treats include Retriever Beef Basted Sticks and Hartz Oinkies: Chicken

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.

Your room is ready, sir.

Tarp in place to block that cold North wind.

Scouts hidey hole from the bitter cold.

Dog’s eye view

New ceiling from sheets of cardboard over warm room hold down the heat.

But he’s not having any part of that, so I hung a heat lamp over his bed outside.

Scout is letting me pet him!

FINALLY! I got a collar on him

Progress Updates

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

Jan 14

Today Scout bade farewell (for a while) to Autumn at Friends Animal Shelter.  She was the only staff member able to get inside Scout’s defenses (and his kennel).  She accomplished this with her gentle spirit — and bags of Krystal cheeseburgers.

I took her advice and showed up for my first “interview” with Scout with a bag of bribery in tow.  It worked, he let me come into his kennel and sit in one corner while he cowered in the opposite corner.  But he let me in!

Yesterday Marie bought a box of White Castle cheeseburgers at the grocery store — they’re pretty much the same, right?  Maybe not!  Today I held out a quarter of a White Castle to Scout, he sniffed it and turned up his nose, “That is NOT a Krystal cheeseburger!”  He wanted nothing to do with it — until we got him into the transport box and were on our way to PMFC, then he decided to pick out the meat and cheese, but stomped the bun into paste on the floor of his box.

Jan 19

It’s going to be COLD over the next few nights, down in the teens.  Yeah, yeah, the Wisconsinites scoff when I say that, “You call THAT cold?” Well, yeah, in Tennessee we DO call that cold.  And I’m concerned about Scout.  All the others will go inside at night — and in the day if it’s too cold, just come out for potty breaks.  But Scout isn’t having any part of wearing a collar yet, much less going for leash walks.

The plan has always been to have inside and outside areas for our kennels.  But the inside part has not come to pass yet.  But we decided to try to do something with it for Scout.

Dog’s eye view

The building is still full of lumber stacks.  There is an aisle between one stack and the kennel side wall.  We bought a couple of brood lamps to hang over that aisle, put a piece of carpet on the floor set a raised bed in there with blankets on it and a bed warmer under them, then blocked off the end of the aisle with a large live trap stood on end.  Then, I unblocked the door to the interior so he could get in there.  I put his water dish in there, and his food dish.  He went in to eat then came back out.  I went in to retrieve the dish and it was noticeably warmer so it should stay reasonably comfortable even when it gets down to the 20’s outside.

Jan 26

Scout still prefers his outside bed.  But then, it’s only getting down to the mid 30’s at night.  I think enclosed spaces make him nervous.  But someone has been in sleeping on that bed in the warm room.  So, maybe, late at night when things are boring …

When I take Phoenix her lunch bowl, I warm up a White Castle cheeseburger for Scout.  He has gotten to where his eyes light up when I come out at noon.  I tear it into quarters and he takes the pieces from my fingers.  He will let me  pet him on the muzzle, and when I go in his kennel to perform “housekeeping” he often just lies on his bed and watches instead of scooting about trying to find an escape route.  We’re getting there.

Feb 4

Feb 16

This boy has reached a tableau. He is comfortable with me being in his room and will let me pet him, but he’s still too nervous to put a collar on. I think it would do him a world of good to get him out of his kennel occasionally for some yard time. But I’d need to be able to get him back in, and that means a collar and lead at the least.

He too has an inside space, a larger space, heated with a brood lamp where he can escape the bitter cold. He usually does not use it. I can only guess that he prefers to be out where he can see what’s going on. So he has a heat lamp over his outside bed as well. There have been a couple of times that I went out for Phoenix’s early walk and Scout was in his hidey hole.

March 6

Scout hates the camera, so it’s hard to get photos or videos of his progress, but we are making some progress.

He will now let me pet him any time I want.  He still loves his cheeseburger for lunch, and will come right over and stand next to me to get the pieces I tear off for him.  He does a little spin-in-a-circle happy dance when I bring him food.  His tail is not tucked up hard under his belly all the time.

Heavy rain spooks him really badly and this is about the only time he will go hide inside the building.  Otherwise he prefers to lounge on his Kuranda under the heat lamp.  That steel roof IS loud in a heavy rain.  I should probably have the underside of it sprayed with urethane foam to deaden that and insulate it against heat transfer in the summer.

March 20

We have made slow, steady progress with Scout.  He still stresses and is anxious about human interaction, but he will let me pet him any time I want.  He is especially sensitive about touching the left side of his head behind the ear, that may be where the bullet wound is.

When I bring him his cheeseburger for lunch, he does a little happy dance by twirling in a circle.  I wish I could get video of it, but if I bring the camera, even if I set it up outside the kennel, he spooks out and won’t do anything.  He will walk right over and stand in front of me to get the cheeseburger pieces I hand him.

His tail is now longer permanently tucked tight up under his belly, Most of the time it hangs down and is motionless.

I did get a collar on him.  That caused him to lie on his bed and tremble the rest of the day.

Its been a couple of days now and he’s getting used to the collar, as long as I don’t touch it.  It’s possible it presses on that bullet wound and hurts – but that’s a guess.  A harness might be better for him, but getting him into a harness is a pipe dream right now.  My goal is to get him out in the yard on a lead.  He’d do better if he had some freedom.

April 15

Every animal lover knows that a dogs tail tells volumes about what the dog is thinking or feeling. (If you don’t know, check this out: https://pineymountainfoster.org/dogs-tail-tells-a-tale/ ) So you will understand the happiness I feel over the changes in Scout.

Scout is (or was) terrified. So much so that he was perishing at the shelter. So he came to Piney Mountain to find some serenity. It’s been a long road, a road paved with White Castle Cheese Sliders as inducements for him to let me get close (Thank you Autum: that was a great tip). He has spent much of his time with his tail tucked up tight under his belly. Terrified. You would too if someone yelled at you for being in his yard and then shot you in the head. He survived, but he carries more than physical scars.

He has come to anticipate my mid-day visit, when I bring him a warm cheese slider, tear it up into pieces and hand feed it to him. He got into a habit of doing a little spinning dance of joy when I approached his kennel with his favorite snack. In the past few days he has started doing this when I bring him his morning and evening kibbles too. And yesterday he turned loose and allowed his tail to come up above his spine as he spun around. I loved seeing that!

He allows me to pet him on the head and shoulders. He often draws down to the floor: he’s still nervous about it, but not fearful. And if I’m late with his lunch, he’s not afraid to call me out, reminding me that he’s waiting. It’s slow, but he’s making progress.

It may be that Scout will need someone special to give him a forever home. Someone who is patient and kind, and gentle. He may never be a “normal” dog again. But Scout is a sweet fellow. An exceptionally handsome fellow. A good boy. He wants to be loved, and to love, but that fear of being hurt again gets in the way. It won’t be long now that the crust is cracking, and he’s opening up. Now that that tail is rising to the occasion.

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Cheyan Cinnastreak: Notes on a foster dog

Friday the 13th may be unlucky to some, but for Cheyan this was one wonderfully lucky day:
she got sprung from Animal Control, passed her blood tests, and got to meet a couple more Beagles!

Last Updated: Feb 13, 2020

Base Info:

  • Arrival date: Dec. 13, 2019
  • Breed: Beagle
  • Sex: Female
  • Age: Puppy, Young Adult, Mature, Senior
  • Weight: 31.2 Pounds currently
  • Spayed/Neutered: Yes
  • General Health: Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor
  • Temperament: A bit timid, but very sweet and friendly.
  • Departure date: January 17, headed for New Hampshire.

History

Cheyan was an owner surrender.  Her Mom lived in an apartment with no yard, and just let Cheyan run loose.  Neighbors were complaining and calling Animal Control.  When they picked up Cheyan, Mom said, “Just keep her.”  When she came to Animal Control she was terrified: all eyeballs and tremble.  The staff there worked with her and she has calmed down, but was still skittish with strangers.

Cheyan’s Progress Summary:

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

Dog to Dog Behavior

  • Relates well to other dogs: Yes
  • Can eat food/treats near other dogs: Yes
  • Preferred style of play: She likes to run/chase and wrestling.

Dog to People Behavior

  • Is affectionate: Yes
  • Is good with:
    . Men: Is scared of large men, does fine with me.
    . Women: Yes
    . Children: Yes
    . Cats: Yes
  • Jumps up on people: Yes, but is very gentle, seeking petting.  Still, I’m working on that.
  • Mouths: No
  • Walks well on a leash: Yes

House Dog Training

  • Willingly enters her crate: Yes, with a bribe.
  • Is calm/quiet while in crate: Yes.  If left alone she will bark for a bit, but settles down.
  • Understands going outside to potty: Yes
  • Alerts me of need to go outside: Yes: goes to the door.
  • Is destructive of bedding and/or toys: No
  • Refrains from kitchen counter cruising: No.  She knows it’s bad, but … she’s a beagle.
  • Stays off people furniture: Mostly.

Commands:

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

Medical

  • DA2PP: 12/07/2019 (NAC)
    . Booster: 12/21/2019 (PMFC)
  • Bordatella: 12/07/2019 (NAC)
  • Wormed: Dates | Product | Dose | By
    .   12/07/2019 Pyrantel Pamoate 2.0 ml (NAC)
  • Rabies: 12/26/2019 (Cedarwoood)
  • Spay/Neuter: 12/26/2019 (Cedarwoood)
  • Heartworm Test: 12/13/2019, Negative (Cedarwood)
  • Flea/Tick preventative:
    . 12/29/2019, Credelio, 25-50 lbs
  • Heartworm preventative:
    . 12/13/2019, Ivermectin Solution, 0.3 ml
    . 01/13/2020 Heartgard, 26-50 lb
  • NOTES:
    .  She has been underweight because she’s a picky eater.  It is suspected she existed on table scraps before.  21.4 lbs at NAC intake.
    .

Diet

4Health Salmon & Potato recipe, 1¼ cups AM, 1 cup PM.  She is eating this well now.
Loves our peanut butter treats as rewards.

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Progress Updates

Notes on Cheyan’s progress will be entered below: newest on the bottom.

Dec 13

When I first met Cheyan, she was still quite scared: choosing to stay at the back of her kennel and tremble.  Today she did better.  It did not take nearly as long as I thought it might to win her trust enough to fit her into a harness.  I was warned that she’s a runner.  If she gets loose, she will turn into a cinnamon colored streak that is exceptionally hard to catch again.  A harness is more secure, and easier on her neck if she decides to start jerking the leash.  She did not.  In fact she walked well in the harness.

I took her to Cedarwood Veterinary Hospital for her Heartworm test.  While she was with me in the waiting room, she sat calmly between my knees.  When folks came to say “Hi” she responded well to most.  There was one fellow — large side of average for a man — who came in with a cat, stopped to pet Cheyan but she dived under the chairs.  As we were leaving, another large fellow met us outside and, although he was friendly and gentle, Cheyan was terrified of him.   She did not react this way to the women, and she was wary of me at first, but got past that quickly.  I suspect this is because I’m small, for a man, and I got down on the floor with her quickly to ease her tensions.

Cheyan has had a potty run with Buddy Beagle.  They got along famously!  When I went into her kennel to put on her walking harness, she stood up and slipped her head through the neck hole — she really wanted to go for a walk.  Smart girl!

Dec. 23

Cheyan has given me no trouble at all.  She’s a sweet, loving little gal who adores being petted, enjoys playing with other dogs, and runs like the wind.  She’s good at keep-away, too.  Until she will reliably come when called, I keep a “handle” on her during yard play time.  This is a 12 to15 foot length of rope with a piston clip fastened to one end.  I attach this to the collar or harness of dogs in training so I can get hold of them by grabbing or stepping on the rope as they tease me by flashing by, just out of reach.

She walks well on a leash, and looks forward to going inside at night.  She sleeps in a crate, has not torn up her blankets and is quiet once she gets past the initial, “don’t go away” phase right after I leave the room.

Dec 26

I took Cheyan to Cedarwood Veterinary Hospital this morning for her spay surgery.  She rode inside the extended-cab with me and did well.  I’ve set up a crate for her in the house where she will be sleeping until she transports north in January.

After her surgery, Cheyan was in a good deal of pain, but refused to take her Tramadol (for said pain).  Eventually I had to poke it down her throat, which she made more traumatic than it needed to be.

The only thing she has eaten in the last 24 hours got vomited up in the truck on the way home from the veterinarian, so the pain meds hit hard and fast on an empty stomach.  Hopefully she will feel like eating in the morning after a good night’s rest.

Dec 28

Cheyan went over 30 hours without eating or drinking anything.  Everything she consumed, even water, came right back up.  I took her to Cedarwood and Dr. Courtney gave her an IV injection of something to fight the nausea.  That worked.  She finally settled in to sleep and when she awoke was able to keep down a little water.  She wasn’t interested in the food I offered her.  So we tried some shredded mozzarella cheese and bacon bits.  That interested her!  So I rolled out my secret weapon.  Something I keep on hand to use in giving medications to dogs who won’t take pills hidden in cheese, peanut butter, or hot dog: Cat food!  The tins of cat food with small chunks of meat in gravy.  Dogs go nuts for that stuff and its got less salt and fat than cheese and bacon – which is okay as a kick-starter but not a meal.  I gave her half of a can of the canned cat food and she licked the bowl clean!  I left her a small bowl of kibble to nibble on over night, and she has, but don’t want to over-do on her first meal after being empty for so long.

Oh, and she is not as housebroken as I had thought.  So I set up a BIG crate for her to rest in.

Jan 5

Cheyan has recovered well from her surgery.  She is eating regularly and eagerly.  She’s still a bit thin, but not so bony now that she’s been eating.  She does run a lot so she burns up a lot of the calories she takes in.

Cheyan still gets along with everyone.  She is better at the house breaking thing but I have to keep an eye on her.  When she needs to go out she goes to the door.  If I miss that, she will pee on the floor.  She has never left a BM in the house.  As long as I let her out often she’s fine.

She can eat free-range with the other dogs.  And she plays well with everyone.  She is not intimidating to anyone (other than having weaponized her cone (LOL)) but is the only one who can keep up with Bandit.

Jan 14

Cheyan hanging with her friends.

Cheyan & Blondie

Hey, what gives?

Mischief with Buddy

Resting with Callie Roo

Snoozing with Josie

Jan 15

Cheyan has been doing really well in her house-breaking: no accidents in quite a while now, and she has started coming to get me if I don’t see her standing at the door.  She’s also ready to dispense with the crate for sleeping at night.

She pays attention when she gets rowdy in the house and I teller to settle down.  And she is doing much better at going outside and coming back.  Where she would go out and stay out for an hour or more, she now comes back more quickly.  This is good when we’re doing potty runs and another shift needs to go out.

I don’t like letting all 6 dogs go out unsupervised at once — too much chance of one aggravating another, who grumps, which could start an argument, which will turn into a full-on dog fight as everyone piles in.  Not good!  I avoid setting that up.

Jan 18

We sent Cheyan off to A.R.N.N.E. yesterday.  In her last week here she has become quite civilized.

Cheyan developed this as her “nest”. Her favorite bed adorned with her favorite toys arranged so each is in easy reach. Any time I didn’t see her, this is where she would be.

But when the need arose, Cheyan could share her special space with others.

Cheyan rode well on our little road trip to meet her ride North.

We met the transport at a truck stop.

Cheyan’s paperwork was found to be in order and a stateroom assigned for the journey.

Our part in Cheyan’s rescue story has come to an end.  But the rest of her life, a happier life, is about to begin.  Happy tails, Little Miss!

Feb 13

Her adoption is complete and her NH foster mom writes, “Cheyan takes the last step to her forever home tomorrow. Cheyan we’ll miss you and we’ll never forget you. Stay goofy and adorable. Have a wonderful life.”

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Burton Flirtsworthy: Notes on a foster dog

Burton is quite the lover.  He loves everyone, and just wants attention.  He even plays with cats.

 

Last Updated: Dec 28

Base Info:

 

  • Arrival date: Dec. 7, 2019
  • Breed: Black & Tan Hound
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: Puppy, Young Adult, Mature, Senior
  • Weight: @ 49 Pounds (should be 60-70)
    .              54.8 pounds 12/18
  • Spayed/Neutered: Not yet
  • General Health: Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor
  • Temperament: Friendly, affectionate, gentle.
  • Gets Along with: People, Dogs, Cats
  • Crate Trained: Yes
  • Housebroken: Working on it
  • Departure date: Undetermined

History

Picked up as a stray on November 30th, this poor boy was skin and bones.  He needed some serious groceries!

Progress Summary:

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

Dog to Dog Behavior

  • Relates well to other dogs: Yes
  • Can eat food/treats near other dogs: No: is grabby from being starved.
  • Preferred style of play: He’s not really into play.  He prefers to explore the yard.  Another dog may join him on walking around, but if the other gets rowdy, Burton retires to his room.

Dog to People Behavior

  • Is affectionate: Yes
  • Is good with:
    . Men: Yes
    . Women: Yes
    . Children: Unknown – but probably.
  • Jumps up on people: No
  • Mouths: No
  • Walks well on a leash: No.  Pulls.  Working on that

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: No.
  • Is destructive of bedding and/or toys: No
  • Refrains from kitchen counter cruising: No he will seek food anywhere it may be found.
  • Stays off people furniture: No Yes

Commands:

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

Burton’s Medical

  • DA2PP: 11/30/2019 (FAS)
    . Booster: 12/18/2019 (FAS)
  • Bordatella: 11/30/2019 (FAS)
  • Wormed: 11/30 to 12/02/2019 | Product? | 9.8 ml | (FAS)
  • Rabies: NEEDED
  • Spay/Neuter: NEEDED
  • Heartworm Test: NEEDED, result (by)
  • Flea/Tick preventative:
    . date, product, dose
  • Heartworm preventative:
    . date, product, dose
  • NOTES:
    . Burton was underweight by 15 pounds.
    . Burton’s teeth are bad, but that does not seem to affect his eating.

Diet

4Health Salmon & Potato recipe, 1¼ cups with 2 Tbs Coconut oil 3x daily.  Down from 1 cup 5x daily now that he’s looking good.

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

 

Dec 8

He loaded up easily and rode well in a transport box from FAS to PMFC.  Initial meetings with the PMFC gang went smoothy, Bandit really wanted to play with him.  I think the two of them will get along well.  But I was wrong.  Bandit is too “enthusiastic”, Burton is not strong enough to match him, so Burton retreats.  He likes Buddy Beagle, though!

That night, he crated easily and settled in right away.

Sunday afternoon I let him play with Josephine (who declined) and Buddy (who followed Burton around calmly).  He’s doing exceptionally well at getting along with others.

Dec 18

I took Burton to FAS for his parvo booster today.  It’s COLD out so I let him ride in the extended cab of my truck instead of using a transport box in the back.  I have a shell over the bed so there would be no wind, but there’s no heat back there so it would still be 29° in there.  He did well.  He also behaved at the shelter, even played with a couple of hallway cats.

Dec 28

Burton is looking much better.  Being a big, lanky hound Burton should be … lanky.  But not scrawny like he was.  His ribs, spine, and hips no longer show through in sharp relief and he is building muscle in his legs.  His cough has cleared up too.

But he is still the sweet, gentle, affectionate fellow Burton has always been.  He will make a great family companion.

He still attacks his food like he hasn’t eaten in days, and he has become quite strong – and can pull like a tractor on a leash.  Using a front clip helps deter that.  He has not torn up the bedding in his crate and he LOVES going inside at night to sleep.

He likes to explore and will be a wanderer if allowed to run loose.  Burton is ready to seek a forever home.

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Dawson Wigglestump: Notes on a foster dog

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Last Updated: Dec. 7

Dawson is a friendly, gentle, amusing fellow.  I can’t imagine why someone starved him then dumped him.

Base Info:

  • Arrival date: Dec. 2, 2019
  • Breed: Boxer/hound mix
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: Puppy, Young Adult, Mature, Senior
  • Weight: 53.8 Pounds
  • Neutered: Not yet
  • General Health: Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor
  • Temperament: Sweet, playful, loving
  • Gets Along with: People, Dogs, Cats
  • Crate Trained: Yes
  • Housebroken: Yes No
  • Departure date: December 7th, 2019

History

Dawson was dumped by someone at the end of a dead-end road in Del Rio. He was 30 pounds under-weight and in pretty rough shape, but still a sweet boy. A local called Animal Control to come rescue him.  He weighed 46.1 pounds at that time – should be at least 70 pounds!  Friends Animal Shelter put eight pounds on him before he came here.  I’ll finish the job so they can adopt him into a GOOD home.

Progress Summary:

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

Dog to Dog Behavior

  • Relates well to other dogs: Yes
  • Can eat food/treats near other dogs: No Yes
  • Preferred style of play: He likes to play with a large ball.  Hasn’t initiated play with Blondie yet.

Dog to People Behavior

  • Is affectionate: Yes
  • Is good with:
    . Men: Yes
    . Women: Yes
    . Children: Unknown
  • Jumps up on people: He bounces into me in play.
  • 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: No Yes
  • Alerts me of need to go outside: No Yes
  • Is destructive of bedding and/or toys: No
  • Refrains from kitchen counter cruising: No Yes
  • Stays off people furniture: No Yes

Commands:

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

Dawson’s Medical

  • DA2PP: 11/19/2019 (FAS)
    . Booster:
  • Bordatella: 11/19/2019 (FAS)
  • Wormed: 11/19/2019, Panacur, 9 ml (FAS)
  • Rabies: NEEDED
  • Spay/Neuter: NEEDED
  • Heartworm Test: NEEDED, result (by)
  • Flea/Tick preventative:
    . date, product, dose
  • Heartworm preventative:
    . date, product, dose
  • NOTES:
    . At intake he has a bad case of runny stool due to his digestive system shutting down from starvation.  I’ll add sweet potato to his kibble to help regulate the bowels.
    .

Diet

1 cup 4Health Salmon & Potato recipe with Coconut oil and fresh sweet potato added,  5 times daily

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

When picked up by Animal Control, Dawson weighed only 46.1 pounds when he should be at least 70 pounds.  He was described to me as being “skin on bones”.  He is approximately 1 year old, maybe a bit less.  Probably someone’s Christmas puppy last year, now dumped to make room for this years “gift”.  His digestive system isn’t working right from having been empty for too long.  We’re addressing that with pureed pumpkin and small, frequent meals.

When I picked him up he met the shelter cat on his way to the scales.  He gave the cat a friendly, “Hello there!” and kept walking.

Dec. 02

His first day has been spent settling in.  Our gang has been out to meet him and no one had any disparaging words.  Except Spartacus the 23 pound beagle.  He stood up on fencing and baroo’d several times, telling Dawson that he is boss here.  Dawson cocked his head and looked at him with a “you’ve GOT to be kidding me” look.

Dawson found a yard ball and had a great time playing with it while I set up a crate in the bunkhouse for him to sleep in at night.  Bandit will be glad to have a roomie again.

This big boy is going to go through a LOT of kibble as we get some weight back on him, and coconut oil, and canned pumpkin.  If anyone would like to help us with that expense, we’d be ever-so grateful.

Dec. 5

Over the past couple of days, adding mushed up sweet potato (from my garden) to Dawson’s kibble has done wonders for his diarrhea.  He’s passing almost normal stools now.  And I think his bones are not showing through quite as sharply as they were.  He’s getting kibble measured for a dog of 125 pounds PLUS coconut oil.  He’s fed at 5:30 am, 9:00 am, noon, 3:00 pm, and 5:30 pm.

He goes inside at night to sleep and he is good about going into his crate and settling for the night.  In the morning he’s eager to get out but does not drag me back to the play yard.  He eats his breakfast, makes a quick potty run, then returns to his room (kennel) to settle in on the blankets on his Kuranda with his chew toys and his ball.  He LOVES that ball!

Dec. 7

Im going WHERE!?
I’m going WHERE!?

Last night we got back late (just before midnight) from a transport and I was messaging with Elisha at Friends Animal Shelter.  She said that a rescue in Boston had seen this page and really wants Dawson.  I mean REALLY want’s him, and they want him ASAP.  So I took Dawson back to FAS this morning where he will hook up with Brother Wolf (from Asheville NC), who will facilitate his transport to Boston.  Wow!

It has been a genuine pleasure working with this handsome fellow.  I loved the way when I’d bring his food to him (in a zip-lock baggie because I made up the days supply every morning) he’d put a paw on his dish and scoot it back and forth, indicating, “Here it it, this is my dish.  Put the food in here so I can eat.  I’m SO hungry!”  But he never went after the baggie or tried to take the food away from me.  Handsome and polite!  Happy tails, big fella!

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Bandit Steele: Notes on a foster dog

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Last Updated: Jan 26, 2020

Bandit has been in foster care with Steele Away Home – Canine Foster and Rescue for quite some time.  He came into the program with mild aggression issues – more like intimidation issues.  Anyone who came up to him timidly would get growled at.  A confident approach yielded acceptance.  That foster believes she has him worked through that and, for a change, PMFC gets to be the Finishing School instead of Boot Camp.

Base Info:

  • Arrival date: Nov. 19, 2019
  • Breed: Shepherd Mix
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: Puppy, Young Adult, Mature, Senior
  • Weight: @ 50 Pounds
  • Neutered: Yes
  • General Health: Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor
  • Temperament: Playful, happy, friendly
  • Gets Along with: People, Dogs, (Cats unknown)
  • Crate Trained: Yes
  • Housebroken: Yes
  • Departure date: January 13, 2020, going to S.A.V.E.

History

Bandit was raised by a couple who lived in a camper.  When that was no longer a suitable arrangement he went through a couple of homes and into rescue because he had developed a bad attitude.  Can you blame him?  But Ashton seems to have done a fine job of working him through that and restoring peace and happiness to this giddy boy.

Progress Summary:

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

Dog to Dog Behavior

  • Relates well to other dogs: Yes. A tad (playfully) overbearing for some.
  • Can eat food/treats near other dogs: Yes
  • Preferred style of play: He loves to run, playing tug-o-war, and tussling with other dogs.

Dog to People Behavior

  • Is affectionate: Yes
  • Is good with:
    . Men: Yes
    . Women: Yes
    . Children: Yes
  • 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: 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: No
  • Stays off people furniture: No

Commands:

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

Bandit’s Medical

  • DA2PP: 09/26/2019 (SAH)
    Booster:
  • Bordatella: 09/26/2019 (SAH)
  • Wormed: Dates | Product | Dose | By
    .  12/15–17/2019 Fendbendazole 11ml PMFC
  • Rabies: 09/26/2019 (Paws and Claws)
  • Neuter: 09/26/2019 (Paws and Claws)
  • Heartworm Test: date, result (by)
    . 09/26/2019 – Negative – (Paws and Claws)
  • Flea/Tick preventative:
    . date, product, dose
  • Heartworm preventative:
    . 09/26/2019, product, dose
    . 10/26/2019, product, dose
    . 11/26/2019, Ivermectin solution, 0.5 ml
    . 12/26/2019, Ivermectin solution, 0.5 ml
  • NOTES:
    .
    .

Diet

4Health Salmon & Potato recipe, 1½ cups AM, 1¼ cups PM.
Peanut Butter Treats as rewards for crating and kenneling.

Progress Updates

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.

 

GALLERY

Buddy and The Bandit, cooking up some mischief.

Detailed Notes

Nov. 19

Bandit has been living with Ashton for a couple of months as she worked him through an “intimidation” issue.  Upon his arrival I greeted him and he responded warmly.  He and Blondie Bear got acquainted, played a little, then Bandit went off to sniff out the play yard.  Before she left, Ashton put Bandit in his kennel and he responded well.  He is getting along with his neighbors: Major and Spartacus, and all the house dogs have been out to greet him.

At bed time, Bandit went inside the bunkhouse with Major and Spartacus.  I showed him which crate is his, he went in after the cookie I tossed in, then sniffed out his blankets before settling in to sleep.

In the morning all was well in his crate.  He walked with me back to the play yard and kennels, where his breakfast was waiting.  But it was too early for him to eat (6:00 AM).  He preferred to go out in the play yard and run in the dark.  And run, and run, and run…

Nov 22

While all three main kennels were occupied, Bandit occupied the middle one with Major on one side and Spartacus on the other.  Bandit would occasionally speak loudly at Spartacus (a small beagle).  Starty is about as unassuming as anyone could be.  We know that Bandit had issues of trying intimidate those who seemed weak or afraid of him.  So when Major left I moved Bandit into the kennel Major had vacated (after sanitizing it, of course).  For the time being that leaves an empty kennel between them to mitigate any chance of hostility between them.

I allowed Buddy Beagle to come outside today for the mid-day play session.  Buddy and Bandit played together a little then got into a contest of dominance, first with paws on shoulders, then trying to mount one another.  That got Buddy to growling so I ended play time between them.  Bandit seemed to be good natured through the whole episode, it was Buddy who felt pressured to stand up to the bigger dog.

Bandit has kept his room clean, waiting for his play times to relieve himself.  He has been quiet almost all of the time, and he loves going inside at night to sleep in his crate.  He’s not thrilled about the crate part, but does not fight it either.  So far he has been friendly with everyone who has been here.

Nov. 26

Bandit is getting frustrated.  He wants SO much to be a house dog, sees other dogs going into the house and stands at the door, barking “LET ME IN”.

But despite his frustrations he is being good.  He keeps his kennel clean.  He keeps his crate clean at night, has not torn up bedding in either location, and he plays well with others.  Two of the beagles are intimidated by his size and enthusiasm and won’t play with him.  One Beagle, the smallest one, turns the table on him by getting in under Bandit and pushing his legs.  This confuses Bandit so that he hops around with an adorably confused look on his face, “What’s going on, what is he doing?” then he heads for his kennel.  This 23 pound Beagle is just too much for him!

Probably because of his frustration he has not warmed up to me much.  He is not unfriendly, just would rather be running in the yard than getting petted by me on his play times.  He used to come when I called him and would let me pet him a while.  Now he comes to within about 20 feet and stands there looking at me like, “When I get what *I* want, you get what you want.”  That has to be the Shepherd in him!

Nov 30

Bandit likes to play in the yard with Blondie Bear.  When it’s his play time I leave him out for extra time while I do a chore: yard pick-up, mail run, or maybe a spot of gardening.  Today I was heading out for the mail run.  Bandit was down in the low corner.  I went out the middle gate.  I didn’t pay too much attention to Bandit’s activity because he would have to come all the way around the garden to get to where I was.

But in a masterful stroke of precision timing, just as I pushed the gate open enough to slip out, I heard, Pa-dum, pa-dum, pa-dum then felt a WHOOSH as Bandit rocketed through the gate with me.  NOOOOOOO!

Until a dog will respond to “Come” consistently I always attach a “handle” before I let them out into the yard.  This is a piece of light rope about 8 feet long with a piston clip on one end.  Nothing on the other end that might hurt him should it snag on something as he flies around the yard.  Something I can stomp on, then grab when he’s playing keep away.  Which he does sometimes.

Rather than getting upset (and letting him know he’s pushed my buttons) I talked to him the same as I would in the yard.  He ran a loop around my Mom’s house (probably to say “Hello” to the mail carrier who was picking up a box down there) then a loop around me to say, “Lookee, lookee, I’m FREE!” then off into the woods above our house.  I could hear his progress as he crashed through the brush, but could not see him.

I began to envision the poster: “Last seen heading north on Piney Mountain Rd”.  But then I heard it: children’s laughter.  Ah, ha!

I went down the driveway and began hiking along the roadway to the next house.  When I got there, there were three young boys, the dog who lives there, and the Dad in the yard.  Dad had Bandit by that rope “handle” and was looking at the tag I put on all of our dogs collars, just in case.  I called out a “hello” and asked him to hang onto my escapee.

The boys gathered around Bandit and all seemed to be having a good time.  So, we can add “good with kids” to his resume.  This is not my favorite way to learn this, though.

Dec 8

Today I tested Bandit with Josephine and Buddy Beagle.

Dec 12

Bandit was not happy with sleeping in the bunkhouse alone after Dawson Wigglestump left to go to Boston. But we have a new friend for him: Burton Flirtsworthy. But Burton is a lover not a wrestler, and he’s weakened by being starved half to death. We’re feeding him 5 times a day and teaching him to be a good boy. Can he handle being Bandit’s friend?

Bandit’s New Bunkie – Burton from Doug Bittinger on Vimeo.

Dec 16

Bandit has a lot of style.  He does the “shake” (paw) thing with extra flair, running in the yard is a fluid motion, and even when just lounging around in the sun he makes it look like he’s the best at it there is.

Bandit is willing to play with any of the other dogs.  Some of them are not so willing because he’s a bit rambunctious in his play style, and that’s intimidating at first.  But he can scale back to play with smaller dogs too. (See Dec. 8 entry)

Dec 28

Buddy and The Bandit, cooking up some mischief.

Bandit is becoming frustrated at not being invited inside to be a house dog and is acting out a bit: tearing up his bed pads in his kennel and deliberately peeing and pooping in there even right after he’s been out in the yard.

The bedding in the crate he sleeps in at night remains untouched, and he has not defiled that.  That is “in doors”, so is closer to what he wants.

We have had no incidents of intimidation or aggression with him.  He can be pigheaded about thinks like coming back in his kennel after free-play.  I still have to put a “handle” on him to have any hope of catching him before he says he done playing.  If I let him go until he says he’s done, he will return and freely enter his kennel to get a drink and a treat.  Before then, he will play keep-away with me.

Jan 5

Today Bandit met his match for exuberant play: a skinny little beagle girl.  Who’d-a-thunk it!

Jan 26, 2020

SAVE Announced today: “Bandit has left the building (on his humom’s lap 🤣)! He found a family complete with a fur brother named Moose! Happy life ahead!”

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