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King Arthur

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

Last updated Jan 21

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. He is a powerful fellow.

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)
  • Neutered: Yes, Jan. 19, 2022
  • General Health: Excellent
  • Temperament: Affectionate and gentle. Has separation anxiety.
  • SAFER Test performed: Yes – Passed
  • Departure date: Undetermined

Adoption Information

Start by submitting a completed Adoption Application (Now an on-line, mobile friendly form).

  • Contact information for your veterinarian is required and we will do a reference check.
  • If local (within @50 miles), schedule a meet-n-greet after your application has been processed. If you have another dog, bring it. A home inspection and interview will be done after a successful meet-n-greet.
  • If not local, adopter needs to contact a reputable rescue in THEIR area and request that rescue pull the dog from us after performing a home inspection and investigation of their own. You will then adopt the dog from them.
  • Local adoption fee is $200.00  This includes spay surgery, vaccination against Parvovirus, Distemper, Adednovirus, Rabies, and Bordatella and a thorough de-worming. This dog has been microchipped and will be registered in the adopters name. Any health issues we found were addressed and are described below.

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: 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? Yes: 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
  • Alerts me of need to go outside: Gets really loud if crated and needs to potty.
  • Is destructive of bedding and/or toys: No
  • Engages in kitchen counter cruising: Yes
  • Stays off people furniture: His foster allows this.

Gallery

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 was at the start of the road Arthur’s fosters live on. 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.


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.


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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!

Elsa

Clearly, Elsa was once a well behaved family pet. But something happened that caused her to be terrified of people.

Last Updated Oct 4, 2021

History

Elsa was picked up as a stray in a suburb of Knoxville TN. Elsa was transferred to C.A.R.E. in Jefferson City and Sigrid became Elsa’s sponsor. At this point, Elsa was described as terrified of people. She would back into a corner and try to melt into the floor if anyone approached her. She would not walk on a lead. If picked up she would void her bladder and bowels all over the person. But she tugged at Sigrid’s heart and Sigrid determined to save her.

Elsa was spayed on September 13, then transferred to Piney Mountain Foster Care for psych rehab. All of us expected it to be a long process.

Base Info

  • Arrival date: Sept 13, 2021
  • Breed: Schnauzer mix
  • Sex: Female
  • Age: Adult
  • Birthdate: Unknown
  • Weight: @ 35 pounds Sept 13
    ……….….. 48.2 pounds Oct 5
  • Spayed: Yes.
  • General Health: Excellent – a little skinny
  • Temperament: Timid, sweet, happy
  • SAFER Test performed: No – too scared at admittance
  • Departure date: Undetermined

Relational Behavior

  • Relates well to other dogs: Yes, she loves other dogs
  • Can eat food/treats near other dogs: Yes
  • Preferred style of play: She likes to run and will tussle a little but is not fond of rough play.
  • Is affectionate: Wants to be – is timid
  • Is good with:
    . Men: Yes
    . Women: Yes
    . Children: Probably
    . Cats: Unknown
  • Jumps up on people: No
  • Mouths: No
  • Walks well on a leash: Does very well in known areas, balky when going someplace new,

House Dog Training

  • Willingly enters her crate: Yes, with bribe
  • Is calm/quiet while in crate: Yes, except if she needs to potty: whines.
  • Understands going outside to potty: Yes
  • Alerts me of need to go outside: Yes – goes to door or whines and looks toward the doorway.
  • Is destructive of bedding and/or toys: No
  • Engages in kitchen counter cruising: Yes – must keep an eye on her
  • Stays off people furniture: Yes

Gallery

Progress Updates

Monday Sept 13

Marie and I went to Jefferson City to meet Sigrid as the van returned with dogs and cats who’d been “fixed” that day. Elsa was still little bit loopy but the shelter staff managed to move her from their transport crate into mine and we loaded her into our truck. She traveled well.

At Piney Mountain, we moved her transport box inside the kennel building before opening it. I needed to remove the toggles and take the top of the transport box off to get Elsa out of it. She is very scared, but makes no attempt to bite as I handle her.

I gave her a bowl of kibble for dinner, but she didn’t eat it. Then I put a harness on her, to avoid injuring her neck, and attached leash. Getting her into the play yard to potty was a matter of interlacing my fingers under her chest, one leg on either side of her, and trundling her along with her front legs just off the ground and her hind legs digging in to resist. Once in the play yard I released her and sat down (to be less intimidating).

She did not potty – but because of the surgery she had not eaten or drunk anything all day, so that wasn’t surprising. I offered her treats to allow me to approach her, then try to get her to approach me. That worked well. Then I trundled her back into her box, removed her harness, and got her settled for the night.

Tuesday, Sept 14

Elsa seemed to have had a good night. She kept her room clean. She has not eaten yet (I left a dish of her kibble in with her overnight) but she did eat a beef stick and several of our peanut butter cookies as well as a few Bil-Jac treats before she went to bed, so she’s not starving.

Busy day today. I had a delivery to make and errands to run in the early morning, then kennel cleaning, then a veterinarian appointment in the afternoon. Kennel cleaning took longer than usual because I did some rearranging so I could get Elsa into the Pit Bull crate (more room in there in case we need to use some form of licking deterrent) but I could not have it sitting out in the middle of the floor. We went outside for a while before I put her in her new room. She was not happy with it until I put a heavy blanket over the top and back. She seems content now. And she did eat her kibbles while I was out on my errands this morning. I left her harness on while I went to run morning errands. When I got back I found she’s chewed the harness off. I tossed that one and got out another, I’ll just be sure to remove it when she’s left on her own.

After dinner play time yielded some interesting steps. Feeling that she’s cowed by my following her around at leash length and will not potty, I put her on a 12 foot lead this evening. That didn’t really help for I was still “following her”. So I sat down and let her circle.

We got to where when I called and held out my hand she would come over to me just close enough I could scratch her under her chin. I let her drag the lead while exploring the yard. She seemed fond of Maggie and hung out near her kennel for a while. Blondie Bear was also loose in the yard and the two of them walked together for a while.

She still didn’t potty. It’s not uncommon after spay surgery to be either loose or constipated. I gave her canned for dinner, I’ll give her another can for breakfast to make sure she doesn’t get plugged up.

We also looked at her incision tonight. It looks great. No indication she’s been licking.

Wednesday, Sept 15

After breakfast, Elsa went outside and into the play yard to say hello to each of her neighbors.

Elsa urinated copiously but produced nothing solid. After some wandering, she went over and sat beside the gate, seeming ready to go back to her room. Accomplishing that was not so smooth, but it was not traumatic either. Still skittish, but doing better.

Mid-morning: We have POOP! Large quantity, normal consistency but there are live worm segments present. This afternoon I’ll start a 3 day course of Fenbendazole (SafeGuard) that will take care of them. She just needed to get ALLL THE WAY across the yard from me to get past the modesty.

Thursday, Sept 16

While I was cleaning kennels Elsa was softly calling me, “I need to Goooooooooooo”. So I rushed getting Maggie back in her room and let Elsa out. She went straight to the gate and trotted across the yard to a spot she liked and defecated. She was much happier afterward.

Elsa is an exceptionally clever girl! At the 2:00 play time I went out and Luna was dancing around inside her bedroom, seemingly enthralled by something goin on inside the building. I peeked through the roll-up door windows and saw Elsa running loose inside.

She did no damage, only got into a trash can that had a coupe of empty dog food cans in it. I took her out in the yard and when I put her back I made triple-sure the door latch was down and locked. This evening I went out to check, and she was loose again! One would think she has some Border Collie in her! I’ve wired the latch, and will see if she’s still contained when I take her dinner out in a few minutes.

Friday, Sept 17

Just finished evening yard time for the dogs. Elsa is doing well with Go Walkies, where I hold onto the handle of her harness and keep her walking beside me. She destroyed the orange harness this morning and is using a grey one now. Better design: just one buckle to mess with so it’s easy on-off which is good because I take it off after each yard time. She also got quite chummy with Blondie Bear today.

Saturday, Sept 18

I moved Elsa’s room into the back of the building next to Pearl’s bedroom. Elsa seems to like being bunked in next to Pearl, she is calmer now between yard outings. It also seems to help if I leave a light on back there. Up front the garage door windows let in lots of light, back there it’s a bit dark. The yard run we just did went well. She didn’t do anything, but getting her to “walkies” out to the yard took almost no coercion at all and just a little to get her back inside. While outside she was snuggling up beside Maggie’s kennel and they were “conversing”. Twas quite sweet.

Sunday, Sept 19

As we walk back and forth between kennel and play yard I use a standard leash and she walks along beside me BEAUTIFULLY! Loose leash. She only get reluctant when we get into new territory (like going into the house for the first time).

She is quite bright, and so much wants to be included and loved. It’s just a matter of gently introducing her to new things, building on the trust we have formed.

We brought Elsa in the house this evening to see how she’d do, and she did beautifully. I took her back to her room for dinner. In the evening Marie was working with Blade and could hear Elsa crying because she’s lonely. I got a large wire crate out of storage and set it up in our bedroom (all the dogs sleep in there at night). We brought Elsa inside again just before we sat down to our dinner. She behaved exceptionally well: no begging. She snoozed in the den with me until bed time, went outside to potty then into her crate I set up for her.

She slept peacefully all night. Went out with the others to potty in the morning and ate breakfast in the kitchen with the other dogs, no issues at all. It looks like we have another house dog!

Monday, Sept 20

Clearly, Elsa has been a house dog before as she is doing wonderfully. The only issue we need to keep working on is getting her to walk on a leash and go willingly wherever I go. Right now she leash walks well if we’re going somewhere she’s familiar with, but new areas are met with heavy resistance. Once we have that conquered, Elsa will be ready to go home to Sigrid’s for final training and placement for adoption.

Saturday, Sept 25

Elsa has recovered from her surgery, is feeling fine, and has settled in here to the point she is getting playful with our other residents. She is especially fond of Josephine, our little Dachi-Beagle. Josie was intimidated at first because Elsa is so much bigger, but when she found Elsa to be careful not to hurt her, she joined into the play. And Callie Roo makes sure the play does not get out of hand.

We are almost to the point where I can let Elsa out into the yard to potty and play and she will come back when I call her. She will come to the point of peeking around the corner of the house, but if I’m in sight she will duck back and return to the yard. When I go after her, she evades me very little and will walk calmly with me back to the door by my loosely holding the handle on her harness.

Monday, Oct 4

Elsa is just about ready to go on to her new home. She will need some time to adjust after the move (she relies on routine and familiarity for comfort), but she has become a regular member of our family. She has started helping herself to any food I might leave momentarily unattended on the kitchen counter, so I have to be mindful of that.

She is, going outside to potty with the other house dogs, and is more often coming back with them rather than making me go out to fetch her back in. When she does not come back on her own it’s because it’s a nice day and she’d rather hang out by the kennels and chat with Pearl and Maggie.

If I take her outside around 8:30 PM she sleeps through the night and will “hold it” until around 7:30 AM.

Pearl Brindusky

Pearl was one of three dogs picked up for vagrancy by the pet police. No owner ever came to claim her, so she’s starting anew.

Last updated: Nov 17, 2021

History

Pearl was picked up with two other dogs: Camo; who is clearly related to Pearl, but younger, and another unrelated dog who was adopted before we pulled these two. All were classed as strays, posted on the Animal Control Facebook page but no one came to reclaim any of them, so Animal Control made them available.

Base Info

  • Arrival date: June 9, 2021
  • Breed: Husky mix
  • Sex: Female
  • Age: Adult
  • Birthdate: @ June 2019
  • Weight: @ 45 pounds on June 9
    …………………44.8 pounds on July 1
  • Spayed: Yes, July 1, 2021
  • General Health: Excellent
  • Temperament: Can be rowdy at times, but has learned to express affection gently.
  • SAFER Test performed: Yes – Passed
  • Departure date: Undetermined

Adoption Information

  • Start by submitting a completed Adoption Application (Now an on-line, mobile friendly form).
  • Contact information for your veterinarian is required and we will do a reference check.
  • If local, (within reasonable driving distance) schedule a meet-n-greet after your application has been processed. If you have another dog, bring it. A home inspection and interview will be done after a successful meet-n-greet. Sometimes we can bring the dog to you for a combined meet-n-greet and home inspection.
  • Local adoption fee is $200.00  This includes spay surgery, vaccination against Parvovirus, Distemper, Adednovirus, Rabies, and Bordatella and a thorough de-worming. This dog has been microchipped and will be registered in the adopters name. Any health issues we found were addressed and are described below.

Progress Summary

Detailed notes and discussion are available below the summary and gallery.

Relational Behavior

  • Relates well to other dogs: Yes, she relates positively to friendly dogs
  • Can eat food/treats near other dogs: Yes
  • Preferred style of play: Likes solo play with balls (video below), running and wrestling with dogs.
  • Is affectionate: Yes, very much so.
  • Is good with:
    . Men: Yes
    . Women: Yes
    . Children: Unknown – pretty rowdy for toddlers.
    . Cats: Unknown
  • Jumps up on people: Not any more.
  • Mouths: Rarely – doing much better
  • Walks well on a leash: Doing better
  • Housebroken: Working on that.

Commands

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

Diet

Victor Classic – Professional Dry Dog Food
PMFC Peanut butter cookies given as rewards for compliance.
Occasional snacks include:
Retriever Beef Basted Sticks
Beef Hooves
Pig ears


Photo Gallery

June 12, 2021

Pearl is coming along. She still gets excited when we are in the yard together: jumping on me and nipping at my hands. Camo was the same way at first. I’m using the same technique I did with him and it is helping, she just slower at being dissuaded from this behavior. She’s not dumb: she has learned “In Your Room” (although she does not always comply right away) and she now knows “sit” (and is compliant).

She loves her swimming pool. I put that in there because she would stomp in her water bowl. She plays in her pool all the time. When it gets hot I’ve seen her laying in the water, resting.


June 22

We’ve taken to calling her Pearl the Squirrel because of the goofy antics she gets into – she’s DEFINITELY a Husky! She rarely goes into her dog house, but she loves to sit or stand atop it. My favorite is when she lounges over the entrance part like she’s draped over a barrel (photo in the gallery above). So funny.

She is starting to move away from me when she gets play time. Sometimes she just wanders a short way away to sniff the grass, other times she takes off and RUNS in big lazy laps around the yard. But if I call her she comes right back to me.

She learning that she gets more petting if she’s calm and stays, “down”. When she insists on jumping on me she goes back to her room early. She’s learning. Not as fast as Camo DeTigger did (they are clearly related) but she is learning. She even let me trim her nails yesterday. A major step forward.


July 2

Pearl was spayed, HW tested and got her rabies and microchip yesterday. She is heartworm negative, so we can now safely make her available for adoption. While she was groggy from the surgery I trimmed all her toenails and got her into a surgical onsie instead of putting her in a cone. She would HATE the cone!

By bed time last night we managed to get a small tail-wag out of her. She tried to eat something but it came back up. This morning the tail is swinging wider and she’s in less pain. She ate the stew I brought her for breakfast but left the kibble part for later. Probably wise until her tummy is feeling better.


July 5

Pearl is back to being her spunky self again (video above). She wants to know when she can have her swimming pool back. That won’t be until next week. The incision looks good and is healing well but she needs a full 10 days before she can get wet again.


July 10

Pearl has healed up well from her spay surgery. She decided she was tired of the surgical onesie she was wearing (instead of a cone – Huskies HATE cones) and she slipped out of it and shredded it. Technically she has a few days to go but she’s leaving the incision alone so I’ll not harass her further.


July 14

I have been keeping Blade and Pearl separate because Blade was antagonistic toward Pearl. She did not return hi animosity. I figured Blade was just being Blade and reacting to change. He doesn’t like change, even a pretty girl moving in next door. A few days ago I finally let them out to play in the yard together. At first Blade was being grumpy, but Pearl soon won him over and they were running and playing in the yard. See video above. Pearl does not seem to dislike any of the dogs and would be happy to play with any of them. I’ll star testing that soon.


Sept 21

Pearl gets along with and will play with all the other outside dogs. She has calmed down and is more manageable in the jumping on people to demand affection department.


Nov 17

Pearl has calmed quite a bit now. She’s still a Husky and has a lot of energy, but has learned to direct it in proper directions. She rarely jumps up on me or tries to mouth me. She has learned to appreciate some quiet time with a chew bone or toy (See “Kongs” video above). She also appreciates a spell of calm petting.

With the colder weather I have been closing the kennel dogs in their bedrooms at night. The kennel building is heated and closing the doggie doors keeps the cold out. I gave her a blanket to snuggle into on her Kuranda, she seemed to appreciate that the first night, but has since decided it’s a toy and spends the night destroying it.

She keeps her room clean every night, waiting until I let her out after breakfast to relieve herself. A good start on house breaking/crate training. I have no trouble getting her to come into her room at night, she is not averse to being confined in her room.


Dec 11

Pearl is doing MUCH better as restraining her enthusiasm and demanding attention from me. We have been closing her into her bedroom at night because of the cold. She has a perfect score for keeping her room clean and dry all night long. Well, except for those times when she goes snorkeling in her water bucket. But that is clearly drinking water not urine. What a husky to do when she gets bored? Shove her head into her water bucket and blow bubbles through her nose, of course!

Giving her a Kong toy stuffed with biscuits has given her something less soggy to do until she’s ready for bed.


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Camo DeTigger

A happy, easy-going hound of a feller who just wants to be loved.

Last updated: June 7, 2021

History:

Arrested for vagrancy by Animal Control in Newport TN, we know nothing about where he came from or why he was homeless. But he was a model prisoner in Doggy Jail so we sprung him and he’s here to be gentrified so he can find a loving forever home.

Base info:

  • Arrival date: May 26, 2021
  • Breed: American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: Adult
  • Birthdate: Est: Dec 26, 2019
  • Weight: 55 pounds on June 1
  • Neutered: Yes
  • General Health: Excellent
  • Temperament: A little rowdy but a happy, playful fellow.
  • SAFER Test performed: Yes – Passed
  • Departure date: Undetermined

Adoption Information

  • Submit a completed Adoption Application (Now an on-line, mobile friendly form).
  • Contact information for your veterinarian is required and we will do a reference check.
  • If local, a meet-n-greet is encouraged. If you have another dog, bring it.
  • An adoption Contract must be signed by PMFC and Adopter.  This is a legal document and an actual signature is required.  If the form must be mailed back and forth, allow time for that to happen.  Electronic PDF is allowed if you can print/scan.
  • If not local, adopter arranges transport.  We frequently work with HEARTS LLC (fees are paid to the transport service) but have other options available.
  • Adoption fee is $200.00  This includes spay/neuter surgery, vaccination against Parvovirus, Distemper, Adednovirus, Rabies, and Bordatella and a thorough de-worming. This dog has been microchipped and will be registered in the adopters name. Any health issues we found were addressed and are described below.

Progress Summary

Detailed notes and discussion are below the summary

Relational Behavior

  • Relates well to other dogs: Yes
  • Can eat food/treats near other dogs: Yes
  • Preferred style of play: Undetermined just wants to be petted
  • Is affectionate: Yes, quite so.
  • Is good with:
    . Men: Yes
    . Women: Yes
    . Children: Older kids, yes. Probably to bouncy for little kids right now.
    . Cats: Unknown
  • Jumps up on people: Doing much better now.
  • Mouths: Doing much better now. See June 7 notes below
  • Walks well on a leash: Yes but see May 28 notes below

Commands

  • Comes when called: Yes.
  • Sits on command: Yes. Picked this up from watching me with Blade.
  • Down / Off: Doing much better now.
  • Shake / Paw: Not yet
  • Kennels on command: Yes.

Diet

Victor Classic – Professional Dry Dog Food
1¼ cups plus 0 oz. home made stew AM and PM
PMFC Peanut butter cookies given as rewards for compliance.
Occasional snacks include:
Retriever Beef Basted Sticks
Jones Beef Hooves
Grillerz Pork Femur


Progress Notes

May 27

Camo transported home from NAC well: no barking or thrashing around, no vomiting or fear voiding. It seems he likes to ride. He has met all of our gang and has no issues with any of them. Blade has an issue with Camo, but that’s because Blade resents change. Blade is harassing Camo and will nip Camo’s toes if he puts them up on the fencing between them.

Camo’s first night here was not the best, but that’s not entirely his fault. We had a full moon ( and it was orange: they call it a Blood Moon) and critters were running in the woods and other dogs on the mountain were barking. So Camo barked too. Everly got in on it, but I think she was scolding him, saying, “Shut up I want to sleep.” But sleeping was something no one was doing, so I went out and lured everyone but Blade into their inside rooms and shut them in. I moved Blades water bowl outside and shut his door too just to maximize the muffle. We could still hear them, but it was much more subdued and we did get some sleep after that.


May 28

Last night went much, much better and I did not need to sequester anyone.

Camo went on a play-date yesterday. Another couple of ladies who also do dog rescue asked if Camo would come play with their Mr. Shorty, who needs socialization. We agreed. Mr. Shorty didn’t feel like playing: maybe because Camo was still wearing his Kennel Funk cologne. So Deann and Amber offered to bathe him. He smelled much better afterward. And they fell in love with him.

Other Notes: It is my practice to put all new arrivals on a 12 foot lead until they learn the “come” or recall command. I can use it as a long leash, or let them drag it around for free play and recall training. But if they decide to play “can’t catch me” I have a better chance of thwarting their game. When the dog will come when called I dispense with the lead. In Camo’s case it was a hindrance right away because instead of wandering off he would do figure 8s around my feet, quickly hobbling me. I have a hard time getting him to wander off a few steps so I can get some photos. His favorite place to sit is between my feet. So we’re not using the lead.

But when we went out to his play-date yesterday, he walked on his leash quite well and was a perfect gentleman … err … dog, through the whole thing.


June 2

Camo was neutered, vaccinated against rabies, and heart worm tested yesterday. His HW test came back negative, so he’s all set. We just need to keep him from licking the incision. Dr. Greenen’s notes say, ” Heart: no murmur, even rhythm, Ears: minimal wax, canals healthy, Great body condition.” I also gave him his second Parvo/Distemper vax when he got home while he was still subdued.

I let him ride inside the truck cab with me on the way home from Cedarwood Veterinary. He did very well.


June 7th

Camo has done very well with his training. He is super-eager to please so he trains easily, I just need to make it clear to him what I expect and he complies.

At first I had a lot of trouble with him jumping up on me and biting my hands. He was seeking affection, but going about it in the wrong way: probably a left-over behavior from poor training as a puppy. With some dogs it’s really hard to break them of this once they are adults. Not Camo. I would just get him into “down/off” and “sit” (which he learned on his own from watching me work with Blade – that’s how smart he is) I’d love up on him.

I remembered a trick the following day: when he started jumping and nipping, my hands went into my pockets or behind my back so he could not see them and he’d get no attention from me. When he got especially jumpy he’d go right back in his kennel and was done with that play session. He learned quickly not to waste his play times by being too insistent.

Camo left yesterday evening for a sleep-over at his friend, Mr. Shorty’s, house. Mr. Shorty’s family is thinking of adopting Camo and they want to see if he will fit in well with their current pack, so Camo is in a Foster-To-Adopt situation. They say it is going well so far.


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Everly

Everly is a fun-loving young girl looking for an active family to play with. Her small size makes her well suited as a house dog.

Last updated: July 10, 2021

History

Base Information

  • Arrival date: May 22, 2021
  • Breed: Basenji mix
  • Sex: Female
  • Age: Youth
  • Birthdate: July, 2020
  • Weight: 28.4 pounds on May 10
    ……………..29.9 pounds on June 16
  • Spayed: YES June 16, 2021
  • General Health: Excellent
  • Temperament: Active, mildly affectionate
  • SAFER Test performed: Yes – Passed
  • Departure date: Undetermined

Adoption Information

  • Submit a completed Adoption Application (Now an on-line, mobile friendly form).
  • If local, a meet-n-greet is encouraged. If you have another dog, bring it.
  • If not local, adopter arranges transport.  We frequently work with HEARTS LLC (fees are paid to the transport service) but have other options available.
  • Adoption fee is $200.00  This includes spay/neuter surgery, vaccination against Parvovirus, Distemper, Adednovirus, Rabies, and Bordatella and a thorough de-worming. This dog will be microchipped and the chip will be registered in the adopters name. Any health issues we found were addressed and are described below.

Progress Summary

Detailed notes are below the summary

Relational Behavior

  • Relates well to other dogs: Yes. Gets a little over-bearing in rough play with some.
  • Can eat food/treats near other dogs: Yes
  • Preferred style of play: She loves running & wrestling
  • Is affectionate: Yes
  • Is good with:
    . Men: Yes
    . Women: Yes
    . Children: Yes
    . Cats: Probably not, due to high prey drive of her breed.
  • Jumps up on people: When excited, yes. Once she calms, no.
  • Mouths: No
  • Walks well on a leash: Yes: pulls a little, working on that.
  • Housebroken: No

Commands

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

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Progress Updates

May 22, 2021

She just arrived, we’re all getting to know her. She is active and needs to learn her manners, but she it not at all aggressive toward anyone, even Blade who is doing his best to intimidate her. She just turns it into play!


May 24

Everly is loosening up a bit now and is becoming affectionate. She is not a barker – I can’t say I’ve heard her bark yet. She cry a little when I put her back in her kennel after play, but settles down quickly. She has been absolutely quiet at night – a blessing since the kennels are right outside our bedroom windows and the windows are open at night right now.


May 28

Everly really wants to play with the others dogs. All the other kennel dogs, but especially Luna. Everly will go to Luna’s kennel and shove her snout through the fencing to lick Luna’s nose. It’s so sweet. they’d probably be fine together but I want to wait until I have someone else here to help with “introductions” and managing their play until we see for sure.


June 20

Everly is doing well after her spay surgery. When she was first released from Cedarwood Veterinary Hospital, P.C. she was one pitiful pup. And she soon began licking at her incision, so I had to cone her, making her just that much less happy. At one point she walked over to the fencing between her room and Blades, pressed the cone up against it and implored, “Help me Blade!”. He came and sniffed out the situation but wasn’t able to offer a solution.

Over the past few days Everly has steadily regained her energy and perkiness. Today she wants to show you how well she now obeys the “come” command (video above). She goes back for her post-op exam on Wednesday then will be available for adoption or rescue placement.


June 28

Everly is doing well with her surgical recovery and was de-coned today. She is everly so grateful.


July 10

Everly has had several meet-n-greets over the past week. For the first one, Everly got all excited about someone new being here and was jumpy. I had her on a lead and controlled her as best I could, but she was determined and the woman beat a hasty retreat. Not interested.

Two more came days later and Everly greeted each enthusiastically. But they persevered and Everly calmed down. She let them pet her, she gave kisses and she even went on a leash walk around the yard with each. They both pronounced her a sweet girl and are both interested in adoption. She has a couple more people interested in her. We’ll see how those go before Dennis makes a final determination.


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Maggie

Maggie was a member of a loving family until the situation with their landlord changed and he demanded they get rid of their dogs. No fault of the dogs, but they lost their home … or they decided to move to Alaska, whichever.

Last updated Dec 19, 2021

Eager to play fetch

Base Info:

  • Arrival date: March 30, 2021
  • Breed: Dutch Shepherd (breed info)
  • Sex: Female
  • Age: Youth (less than 1 year)
  • Birthdate: @ Dec. 3, 2020
  • Weight: @ 25 pounds on Mar 30
  • . 50.0 pounds on Oct 5
  • Spayed: Yes
  • General Health: Excellent
  • Temperament: Playful, energetic, affectionate.
  • SAFER Test performed: Yes – Passed
  • Departure date: April 26, 2021 (ADOPTED)
  • Return date: August 23, 2021 (from Newport Animal Control)
  • Departure date: undetermined

Adoption Information

  • Start by submitting a completed Adoption Application (Now an on-line, mobile friendly form).
  • Contact information for your veterinarian is required and we will do a reference check.
  • If local, schedule a meet-n-greet after your application has been processed. If you have another dog, bring it. A home inspection and interview will be done after a successful meet-n-greet.
  • If not local, adopter needs to contact a reputable rescue in THEIR area and request that rescue pull the dog from us after performing a home inspection and investigation of their own. You will then adopt the dog from them.
  • Local adoption fee is $200.00  This includes spay surgery, vaccination against Parvovirus, Distemper, Adednovirus, Rabies, and Bordatella and a thorough de-worming. This dog has been microchipped and will be registered in the adopters name. Any health issues we found were addressed and are described below.

Progress Summary

Detailed progress notes are listed below the summary and photo gallery

Relational Behavior

  • Relates well to other dogs: Yes, eagerly greets other dogs
  • Can eat food/treats near other dogs: Doesn’t bother her, but she’s piggish: will get into other dogs dish
  • Preferred style of play: Likes to frolic and jump on play mate. Great at playing fetch! Learning Tug
  • Is affectionate: Yes
  • Is good with:
    . Men: Yes
    . Women: Yes
    . Children: Yes
    . Cats: No: plays too rough.
  • Jumps up on people: Not any more.
  • Mouths: Not any more.
  • Walks well on a leash: Fair

Commands

  • Comes when called: Yes
  • Sits on command: Yes
  • Will “Stay” (See the video)
  • Go Potty: Yes
  • Down / Off: Yes
  • Shake / Paw: Working on that
  • Kennels on command: Yes
  • Crates on command: Yes

House Dog Training

  • Willingly enters her crate: Yes.
  • Is calm/quiet while in crate: Mostly, unless she gets lonely or needs to potty.
  • Understands going outside to potty: Yes
  • Alerts me of need to go outside: Goes to the door and bounces on it.
  • Is destructive of bedding and/or toys: No
  • Engages in kitchen counter cruising: Probably – now that she’s big enough.
  • Stays off people furniture: Working on that. If we’re sitting on the sofa she wants up there too. Otherwise, yes.

Diet

  • Purina One puppy kibble now transitioning to Victor Classic – Professional Dry Dog Food
  • PMFC Peanut butter cookies given as rewards for compliance.
  • Occasional snacks include:
    Retriever Beef Basted Sticks
    Jones Beef Hooves
    Knuckle beef bones

Gallery

Progress Updates

March 31

She did excellently last night. I brought her in around 8:30. Marie played with her for a bit then I settled her in her crate. We fiddled about for a while getting ready for bed, then slipped off. Both of the new girls remained quiet and slept through the night. I got up once around 3:00 to greet John and they stirred, but did not fuss. I went back to bed and so did they. I got up at 4:00 (as is my habit) and took each of them outside to potty, gave each a drink, and began my study time. Both behaved splendidly!

I have taken her outside to potty several times today and she always produces. No bashfulness here. Has kept her crate clean today and been a very good girl.


April 4

Maggie is settling in well. after a couple of the other dogs snarled at her for being a pest she has reigned in her exuberance and is better about inviting others to play rather than demanding. She’s also developed patience when I leave the room with her crated, she knows I’ll be back and does not fuss.


April 11

Maggie is getting big! She’s only gained 4 pounds but she’s 50% bigger than she was when she arrived. Longer, lankier, leaner. Looking like a dog not a puppy. I’m feeding her at plus 50% of her recommended rate for weight because she is a puppy and growing fast. Also adding cheese for the added calcium she needs.


April 14

Maggie was spayed yesterday. While she was out we also had her chip implanted, heart worm test done, and brought all her vaccinations up to date. She did well with this procedure and is heart worm negative (a good thing). She did not feel well last night, but that’s to be expected: spaying is major surgery. She did not feel so bad as to refuse dinner last night though!

This morning she’s looking really thin. Gaunt even. Can missing ONE meal do that to a puppy? I’ll increase her feed amount to get her filled out properly again. This morning is is wanting to lick at her incision. We cannot allow that. I tried a wrap, she defeated it. I tried a cone, she hated it. So I switched to a donut. She’s doing better with that.

Maggie will need about a week to recover, then she’ll be ready to adopt.


April 18

Maggie had an excellent meet-n-greet this afternoon with a lady who wants her as a service dog (she’s hearing impaired), and the trainer who would turn her into a service dog, and a fellow who will help with it all. They all loved her, and she loved them. We submitted our observations to Dennis, our Adoption Coordinator (who was out of the area this weekend) and we’ll see what he decides.

Maggie is undergoing a growth spurt. She is 50% larger now than when she came in a couple of weeks ago and the growth is mostly in her legs. I am over-feeding her, and adding extra cheese for the calcium she needs, to keep up with her nutritional needs. As you would expect, she’s a bit awkward as she learns to use her new stilts.


April 26

Maggie has been adopted by a woman who is going deaf. She has been searching for a suitable candidate as a service dog for two years. Both she and her service dog trainer think Maggie is just perfect. So Maggie has a new home and a new purpose in life. We’re so happy for Maggie!

August 23

Maggie was surrendered to Newport Animal Control on August 7th, but not by the person we adopted Maggie to. It’s a confusing, conflicting story and we’re sure we’re not getting all of it or maybe not all of it is true. Whatever. Maggie was stuck at NAC while we finished rebuilding our kennels. That was completed at 2:00 this afternoon. At 4:00 Doug went into Newport to fetch her back here.

When she left, her step-sibling (Baby) was twice Maggie’s size, now Maggie is twice Baby’s size! Baby seemed to recognize her despite the shelter stink she wore. Maggie definitely recognized Baby! Blondie says she needs a bath.

So Maggie’s story starts anew…

Sept 21

Maggie loves to play with all the other kennel dogs. She is pretty rowdy, but the others are big enough to play along. Maggie will play both the dominant and the submissive roles in play, and will allow short rest breaks when her companion requests it. Blondie Bear is a senior and does not play much. Maggie respects that and does not press the issue. Maggie should get along well with any non-aggressive dog of similar size.

Nov 5

Maggie has learned to play with all her neighbors. Each one has a different play style and Maggie adjusts to suit their style. She comes (enthusiastically) when called and will go right into her room. I no longer have to remind her not to jump on me, and she has stopped “mouthing”. Occasionally when we’re playing tug she’ll nip me, but that’s an honest mistake: I just need to be careful. She’s getting more affectionate too. Still a little aloof, but seeking short periods of petting more often.

Nov 16

The past few nights have been getting down into the low 30’s: too cold to leave Maggie in her outside kennel. She does not have one of out in-out runs where the dog can come inside to escape bad weather. So I’ve been walking her around and bringing her inside at bed time. She stays in our Mega Crate at night. I expected her to resist this, but she seems to remember her crate training.

After the first night, every time I let her out of her kennel she runs to the gate leading to the front of the building and paws at it, “Let’s go in, I want to be inside.”

I put her to bed at 8:30 pm. When I get up (4:30 am) I go outside and bring her into the play yard to pee and poop. She quickly takes care of business and is ready to go back inside. She crates right up and settles in to rest until breakfast.

Breakfast for the kennel dogs is around 6:45. Each dog eats in their room, then gets let outside to attend to their “needs”. Most come right back and want to be back inside. Maggie is no different except that eating is a poop trigger and she needs to go out as soon as she finishes her meal.

If it’s real cold I’ll bring her back in and crate her until 8:30 when I start cleaning kennels. Then she gets a play session in the yard with one of the other dogs while I’m cleaning their kennels.

So far, by this time it’s starting to warm up and she can stay outside.

After kennel cleaning they all get a special treat. Today I handed out Kong toys. Maggie is quite bright and figured out ho to get the biscuit very quickly.

Nov 29

We’ve spent a couple of weeks doing the inside-in-a-crate-at-night thing because it gets cold at night and Maggie is not equipped to handle cold. She has short fur and is lean, so she has little to insulate her. Fortunately, she does not mind going indoors and sleeping in her crate. On the contrary, she is eager to get inside! I use a short slip-lead to walk her to the kennel door because we have to go outside the play yard perimeter fence. After she goes potty, she will often come back to me and place her head inside the loop of the lead, then start walking toward the gate, “I’m done. Come on, let’s go inside.” She makes me laugh.

As long as I get her out at 4:30 am she keeps her crate clean and dry all night. I take her out every two hours during the day until it warms up enough to stay in her outside kennel. Once the sun comes over our mountain (about 10:00 am) she likes being outside.


Dec 18

Maggie has a meet-n-greet today. It’s raining now, but that may abate before her guests arrive. She’s being considered as a playmate for a full sized (120 pounds) GSD named Rascal.

Rascal is looking for a best friend and playmate.

Dec 19

We got word from Maggie’s potential new Dad about progress:
“The drive home went very well, she’s a good traveler. She actually fell asleep on Pat’s feet.”
He included this photo to show how the two are getting along.

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Baby

Baby and Maggie were members of a family who loved them, but were neglectful, until the their landlord decided they were a nuicance and he demanded they get rid of their dogs. No fault of the dogs, but they lost their home.

Last updated: Aug 28, 2021

Base Info

  • Arrival date: March 30, 2021
  • Breed: Border Collie
  • Sex: Female
  • Age: Adult
  • Birthdate: @ 03/25/2019
  • Weight: @ 40 pounds on March 30
    ……………..42.8 lbs. on May 12
    ……………..37.7 lbs on June 11
  • Spayed: Yes
  • General Health: Fair (HW+ being treated now)
  • Temperament: Exceptionally sweet, gentle, affectionate
  • SAFER Test performed: Yes – Passed
  • Departure date: Undetermined

Adoption Information

NOTE: Baby has tested Positive for Heart Worms. We cannot adopt her out until that is treated. Treatment will take around 120 days, and it will be EXPENSIVE! We will need to raise the funds to pay for it before we can begin treatment. Baby will not be available for adoption for several months.

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

Progress Summary

Detailed notes are below the summary

Relational Behavior

  • Relates well to other dogs: Yes. Gets territorial about her crate, but relates well when in the open.
  • Can eat food/treats near other dogs: Oddly, she is guarded when in her crate, but not when eating or taking treats in a loose group.
  • Preferred style of play: She likes to run in the yard and gentle tussling.
  • Is affectionate: Yes, very much so.
  • Is good with:
    . Men: Yes
    . Women: Yes
    . Children: Yes
    . Cats: Unknown
  • Jumps up on people: Yes – but doing much better.
  • Mouths: No. Does nose-bump my hands
  • Walks well on a leash: Yes

Commands

  • Comes when called: Yes
  • Sits on command: Yes
  • Down / Off: Yes
  • Shake / Paw: Yes
  • Kennels on command: 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, goes to the door.
  • Is destructive of bedding and/or toys: Bedding no, plush toys: yes but not terribly so.
  • Engages in kitchen counter cruising: No
  • Stays off people furniture: Most of the time. See notes for May 10 below.

Diet


Gallery

Progress Updates

March 30

Baby arrived this morning. All new intakes go into a kennel for evaluation and dog-dog testing with our “staff”. Most stay in their kennel for a while because most intakes are wild-eyed, hooligan, street dogs pulled from a shelter. Baby and her sister, Maggie were beloved house dogs. They should progress well.

This is raw, unedited footage. I’ll replace it with a cleaner version when I get the chance.

March 31

She did excellently last night. I brought her in around 8:30. Marie played with her for a bit then I settled her in her crate. We fiddled about for a while getting ready for bed, then slipped off. Both of the new girls remained quiet and slept through the night. I got up once around 3:00 to greet John and they stirred, but did not fuss. I went back to bed and so did they. I got up at 4:00 (as is my habit) and took each of them outside to potty, gave each a drink, and began my study time. Both behaved splendidly!

This afternoon I was baking dog cookies. I moved crates for Baby and Maggie from the den to the living room where they have a good view of the kitchen. Baby is reliably house broken and a pretty calm girl, so I let her out of her crate to wander the front part of the house while I worked. She found a comfy spot in the kitchen with a better view of the stove and lounged on a blanket.

After a few minutes, Maggie got lonely and started fussing. Baby got up, went back into her crate (beside Maggie’s crate) and laid down. Maggie stopped fussing.

How sweet is it that Baby cares that much about her little sister?


April 2

Baby has been with us three nights now. Each night she has retired to her crate for the night around 9:00, after her last potty run, settles in quickly and sleeps the night through. I hear her stir if I get up in the night to use the bathroom. but she settles again when I do.

I was told that she’s never been crated and would resist being crated. It found it is just the opposite. She finds comfort in her “room” and prefers to be in there when not playing or being petted. If she has toys, treats or food in there, she will be grumpy toward other dogs who approach her crate, warding them off. But if I cover the crate with a blanket – just on the side where another dog might be – she is calm and mannerly.

I have not noticed any aggressive behavior in her at all when out of the crate. She is friendly and playful with everyone, but at the same time respectful. If the other dog does not want to play, she will withdraw her attentions and seek entertainment elsewhere. I have not tried giving her toys or treats outside the crate with other dogs present. Not yet. I’ll give her some time to get more comfortable with The Pack first.


April 11

Baby is doing really well. She is super-sweet and smart as well. She loves to cuddle – can get a little pushy about that sometimes, but I’m working on that. She plays well with the other dogs – mostly. She sometimes gets a bit rough with our “delicate little flower” Josephine. But Callie Roo is good at reminding her to be gentle.

April 13

Baby is at the clinic to be spayed and vaccinated against rabies. We also have them implant the microchip and do the Heart Worm test while the dog is unconscious. Unfortunately, Baby tested POSITIVE for Heart Worms. We are proceeding with the spay surgery, microchip, and vaccinations. We will have to get a quote from our vet on treating her for the Heart Worms, but it will delay any adoption while she undergoes treatment. We know it’s expensive. We will need to do a fund-raiser for her treatment.


April 20

May 4

Baby is progressing very nicely. Her major annoyance for me was her habit of greeting me by standing up and raking her front feet down my belly and legs. This is just poor training: something that was cute as a tiny puppy, so it was allowed, maybe even encouraged. When the dog gets older it’s no longer cute. Being a Border Collie, she instinctively wants to be “touchy” with her forelimbs. I’ve been working with her on channeling this and we’ve compromised.

May 10

Baby is scheduled to begin heart worm treatment on May 12th. That should be completed 120 days after that.

Baby has been good about staying off the people furniture, except that she and Marie have decided it’s okay for her to come up on the bed for some bedtime belly rubbing.

Baby was insistently affectionate when she got here, often interrupting my work at my desk by crawling onto my lap and punching my arms with her nose (making it impossible to type), demanding petting. We’ve been working on that. Now when she wants petting she comes over, stands on her hind legs and places one paw on the back of my chair and one paw between my shoulder blades. If I don’t respond in a few moments she will start tapping my back gently with that foot, “Sir, please sir, may I have a moment of your time?” It’s very sweet, and it never fails to get her some snuggle time — as soon as I get to a stopping point. She is one bright dog (Border Collies are) and she’s willing to compromise to make everyone happy.


May 14

Baby has begun heart worm treatment. The initial phase is to kill the microfilaria in her blood and reduce inflammation and risk of infection with Doxycycline and Prednisone. Typically this goes for 30 days then she gets the first Immiticide injection. This process will take months and is expensive (typically runs around $1,600.00 for a dog her size). If you want to help us pay for her life-saving treatment, please do so below — and we Thank you!


May 30

Baby’s energy level has declined quite a lot. She no longer goes out to play with the others in the yard. Most times she will not leave the walkway, but insists she stay right beside me. She pees and poops on the gravel then wants right back in the house to lounge in her crate. Whether this is due to her medications or the worms chewing on and clogging her heart I cannot say. We elected to save $300 by opting out of the x-rays and blood panel prior to treatment. She seems in good spirits and still has a healthy appetite.

She eagerly anticipates snuggling with me in bed while I read before lights-out. When I go in to change into my PJs she repeatedly peaks around the corner to see if I’m ready. If not she ducks back into the den where her crate is. When I’m settled into the bed with my big reading pillow she comes in and sits beside the bed, her little tail stump wiggling madly, until I say, “okay” then she leaps up on the bed and flops down beside my legs. It makes her SO happy.


June 11

A quick update on Baby.

She spent the day at Cedarwood Veterinary Hospital, P.C. to get her first Immiticide treatment. They say she did very well and all of the staff (and everyone in the waiting room this evening) think she is the SWEETEST most loving dog. And, of course, she is!

When she got home she trotted up the walkway, in the back door and straight to her room, her sanctuary, until I had dinner ready to serve. Eat, go out to potty, then right back to her room, with her toy treasury. She’s sleeping now, glad to be home.

She goes back in a month for her second round of shots, then begins a 30 day recuperation period with strictly limited activity. Basically this is crate rest to keep her from forming an embolism in her lungs. That would be bad: she could die.

July 31

On most evenings it is Doug’s habit to take a shower then sit in bed and read for a while. When he comes out of the bathroom Baby (Bae Bae) is generally lounging on the people bed ready for evening snuggles.
Last night, as he was heading for the shower, he stopped to grab his PJs and heard a soft “whump”. Looking beside him he found Baby already in position, “I’m ready for snuggles.”
“They’d be stinky snuggles, let me shower first.”
“I like stinky stuff. I’m a dog.”
“I’m going to shower first anyway.”
“Whatever. I’ll be here waiting for you.”
And she was.

Baby is doing really well with her heart worm treatment recovery.

She is becoming a bit of a nuisance with her habit of stepping in front of me as I’m walking down the hallway, flopping down on the floor and rolling up on her back to demand a belly rub. Normally I just step over her and keep going, then come back to offer a belly rub when I’ve accomplished my task. I want to discourage her from trying and trip us.

August 21

Baby has gone on several home visits with her prospective adopters including two visits where Marie and I left her there with them. The latest one was for two hours. Baby did well: no anxiety over us leaving her.

The next morning, Marie was readying to leave the house and Baby was dancing by the door, “Let’s go, let’s go, I want to go see my other family again.” She was disappointed to find that Marie was going to work.

Baby is scheduled to begin her Foster-To-Adopt phase next week. Here a quick look at this cutie being silly.

Aug 28

Baby napping on floor

Baby (now going by Babe) is on a two week trial, or foster-to-adopt, session in her new home. She has visited several times, so these people were not strangers to her. Martha sent this shot this morning: Babe seems to be settling in well. She and Dick spend their days hanging out together, going for walks and taking naps. They snuggle up together at night. She even gets along with their cats. Looks like a success story in the making!

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Luna Lovepitt

I met this sweetheart Monday March 15th. We’ve been watching her for a while but didn’t have an available apartment for her. Now we do. She is skittish, but willing to be friends – once she got used to me and as long as Lee was there. She gets along great with the NAC staff now. She’s four years old and until Newport Animal Control rescued her she had spent her entire life in a dog box. Not a kennel, a hunter’s dog box! She was terrified of everything and everyone at first, but she’s learning to like this vast new world.

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Last updated: Dec 18, 2021

Base Info

  • Arrival date: March 22, 2021
  • Breed: Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Sex: Female
  • Age: Adult
  • Birthdate: Jan 2017
  • Weight: 70.4 Pounds on Jan 15, 2021.
  • Spayed/Neutered: Not Yet
  • General Health: Good
    Temperament: Shy, skittish, easily frightened., but affectionate
  • SAFER Test performed: No
  • PetFinder Listing: LINK (Not listed yet, awaiting spaying and HW test)
  • Available for adoption? YES | Rescue? YES
  • Departure date: Undetermined

Adoption Information

NOTE: Luna is not yet ready for adoption, she is still in rehab., but doing well. Once we’ve helped her deal with her anxiety issues she will make someone a wonderful companion. But she needs to heal first.

  • Start by submitting a completed Adoption Application (Now an on-line, mobile friendly form).
  • Contact information for your veterinarian is required and we will do a reference check.
  • If local (within @50 miles), schedule a meet-n-greet after your application has been processed. If you have another dog, bring it. A home inspection and interview will be done after a successful meet-n-greet.
  • If not local, adopter needs to contact a reputable rescue in THEIR area and request that rescue pull the dog from us after performing a home inspection and investigation of their own. You will then adopt the dog from them.
  • Local adoption fee is $200.00  This includes spay surgery, vaccination against Parvovirus, Distemper, Adednovirus, Rabies, and Bordatella and a thorough de-worming. This dog has been microchipped and will be registered in the adopters name. Any health issues we found were addressed and are described below.

Progress Summary

Detailed notes are below

Relational Behavior

  • Relates well to other dogs: Yes. She avoids aggressive dogs, but will play rough with a dog who is not out to hurt her. She is also happy to just “hang out” with another dog.
  • Can eat food/treats near other dogs: Yes, she and Blade often enjoy a meal near one another.
  • Preferred style of play: She likes to run and bump with Blade. She does this cute ninja spin to bash Blade with her butt.
  • Is affectionate: Yes
  • Is good with:
    . Men: Yes
    . Women: Yes
    . Children: Undetermined. Too rowdy for small kids.
    . Cats: Undetermined
  • Jumps up on people: No
  • Mouths: No
  • Walks well on a leash: Yes

Commands

  • Comes when called: Yes
  • Sits on command: Yes
  • Down / Off: Most of the time
  • Shake / Paw: Yes
  • Kennels on command: Yes

House Dog Training

Not yet applicable


Diet

Victor Classic – Professional Dry Dog Food: 2 cups AM and 1¼ cups PM
PMFC Peanut butter cookies given as rewards for compliance.
Occasional snacks include:
* Retriever Beef Basted Sticks
* Jones Beef Hooves
* Pig Ears

Terms of Adoption

  • Submit a completed Adoption Application (PDF form, print, complete, return).
  • Contact information for your veterinarian is required and we will do a reference check.  We do not adopt to people who neglect their dogs.
  • An adoption Contract must be signed by PMFC and Adopter.  This is a legal document and an actual signature is required.  If the form must be mailed back and forth, allow time for that to happen.  Electronic PDF is allowed if you can print/scan.
  • Adopter arranges transport.  We have worked with HEARTS LLC (fees are paid to the transport service).
  • Adoption fee is $200.00  This includes spay surgery; distemper, parvo, bordatella, and rabies vaccinations; de-worming, heartworm test, and microchip.

​Progress Updates

March 23, 2021

Luna’s first full day here has completed successfully. She stays in her bedroom on her Kuranda dog bed. Partly because her next door neighbor, Blade, likes to cow her by throwing himself against the tin privacy panel between them. NOISY! I’m going to replace that with plywood. That will take the fun out of it for him.

She has been out in the yard with me for walks several times. Trees creaking in the breeze and loud trucks rolling by on the hard road spook her at first, but she learns to ignore them. She walks well on the leash when using a Martingale collar so she can’t pull out of it – which is her first inclination when she gets spooked: pull out and run away. But some petting and soothing words calm her down quickly and we resume the walk.


March 26

Two big steps taken today. First, while we were on a walk I dropped the lead and let Luna wander freely. In the past she was circling around my legs all the time, today she was going off a little ways to check out interesting smells in the grass. She stayed within 6 feet of me as I canvased the yard doing a poop pick-up. Then I got the pruners and did some tree trimming. While I was focused on that, Luna wandered off. She was way over by the fence, looking out toward the road out front. But she glanced back to be sure I was still where she left me.

When finished I called her. At first I got the tilt-head of confusion. But I started slapping my knees and calling her in a high pitched voice and she came trotting back to me. We walked back to her kennel. I bribed Blade to not scare her, and she went right inside and on through to her bedroom.

Later, while cleaning kennels, I gave Luna a bath. I used a bucket of soapy water and a wash cloth, not a hose, then towel dried her. She did really well with this, even licked my face to let me know she wasn’t mad. She smells better too.


April 12

Luna has made a good deal of progress. She is no longer afraid to come out of her bedroom and is not afraid of other dogs coming up to her kennel to chat. She reacts well to friendly dogs. If one goes aggressive on her she will return the same.

She now responds enthusiastically to the “Come” command, (see video above) galloping all the way across the yard if need be. Just in the past two days Luna has mastered the “sit” command.

Her appetite is also much improved. She generally finishes her bowl of food within 20 minutes of receiving it instead of taking many hours.


April 21

I moved Luna from K3 to K1 yesterday. She took to the move well, no pouting or cursing like Blade did when I tried to move him once. Being in K1 will help to socialize her because it brings her out of the back corner and into the Lime Light kennel. She needed the seclusion at first. But she’s doing much better now. If things get overwhelming, she can always retire to the privacy of her bedroom. And she truly likes having a patch of sunshine to lie in in the afternoons. She never got that in K3.


May 5

Luna has done well in learning her commands and is becoming more social. Not really friendly with anyone but me yet, but at least she is curious – wanting to come out and visit when we have guests who are playing with other dogs.


July 17

We have had a number of guests come through here lately – human and canine – and Luna has reacted to them in mixed fashion. Some she accepts readily, others she is quite fearful of. I’m not sure what determines her reaction as there is no common denominator that I can see.


Oct 5

Luna is still insecure around strangers, but she warms up quickly to those who will persist and allow her to get to know them on her terms. Once she’s comfortable, she is quite affectionate and obedient. She is good at amusing herself with a chew toy, but has not chewed up her bed. She plays well with the other kennel dogs and Blondie Bear but HATES Callie Roo (one of our house dogs. I do not know why, but I suspect Callie stirs the pot with Luna. Callie has been known to do that.


Dec 18

One of our Board members, Jennifer, has been coming in weekly to work with Luna. At first, she was skittish but once Jen sat down (to reduce the apparent threat she represented) Luna warmed up to her and quickly became affectionate. Luna’s last name (Lovepitt) is appropriate because she is quite affectionate once she gets comfortable with someone.

I’m going to try various calming agents to see if we can’t get her settled enough to the veterinarian for spaying,

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