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Ramblin Rambo

This little fella may have once been well cared for, but that changed and Rambo required intervention by Animal Control to abate an Animal Cruelty situation.

Last Updated: April 11, 2021

Base Info

  • Arrival date: Feb 2, 2021
  • Breed: Shih Tzu
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: Senior
  • Birthdate: July 3, 2007
  • Weight: 14 pounds on Feb 2
    • 15 pounds on Feb 8
  • Neutered: Yes
  • General Health: Fair
  • Temperament: Mild, calm, friendly, bossy
  • SAFER Test performed: Yes – Passed
  • Departure date: Undetermined

History

Newport Animal Control was called in due to a reported case of neglect/cruelty. They found Little Rambo wandering around the house with his fur so matted they could not find his eyes or feet. He had feces caked in his fur and had a tumor the size of an orange hanging off his anus. And he STUNK! The owner agreed to surrender Rambo rather than facing a cruelty charge. Animal Control took Rambo to Cedarwood Veterinary Hospital.

C.V.H. staffer Amy Huff volunteered 4 hours of her own time to work with the A.C.O. to shave out the mats and get him ready for an examination. Dr. Sandra Manes removed the tumor and set up his wound care schedule.

Piney Mountain Foster stepped in to get Rambo out of the shelter environment and take over his medical care.


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

Progress Summary

Detailed notes are found below.

Relational Behavior

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

Commands

  • Comes when called: Yes with Stacey, No with Dennis
  • Sits on command: Not yet
  • Down / Off: Not yet
  • Shake / Paw: Not yet
  • Kennels on command: N/A

House Dog Training

  • Willingly enters his crate: Not yet
  • Is calm/quiet while in crate: He was at first, now NO.
  • Understands going outside to potty: Yes, but if its raining or really cold he will not go willingly.
  • Alerts me of need to go outside: Sometimes
  • Is destructive of bedding and/or toys: No
  • Engages in kitchen counter cruising: Ha, that’s funny!
  • Stays off people furniture: He can’t get up there by himself, but we (foster parents) built him some stairs so he can get up if he wants to.

Diet

He was accustomed to eating table scraps. We’ve tried various wet and dry foods. He will eat one for a while then wants something else. You’d think he is a cat! His foster home has him free-feeding on Purina Pro Small Bites.


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Progress Updates

Feb 2

Rambo’s ride here and first day have been uneventful. The plan is for this little fella to reside in a foster home, but he will stay here until that’s all arranged.

Rambo has a fairly involved wound care regimen, but he tolerates it well.

He did fine in his crate. I took him outside for a potty run every 3 hours. 8:30 rolled around and I included Rambo in our bed time potty run routine, then I went to sit in bed and read. Rambo was having none of that, he started barking.

Short version: I went to sit with him in the den. Not good enough, he wanted OUT of the crate. Eventually I caved in. He came and laid across my legs to get pets for a while, then began touring the dog beds in the room. Around midnight he settled on his favorite. I took the other one (the smaller one of course) and that’s where we spent the night.


Feb 3

Rambo had a good day with me here today. He spent some time wandering the yard with the other house dogs. Everyone was quite civil. Dennis and Stacy came by on their way home from work to pick up Rambo and his gear. I will post updates from them as I get the information.

What lies ahead? Once Rambo is healed up from his tumor removal he will need a blood panel done to test for cancer and organ failure, and a heart worm test, and if all that is good he will need to be neutered. When that’s healed up we’ll get the poor feller a good grooming so he looks nice. He’s pretty patchy-looking right now because of the neglect he suffered and subsequent matted fur removal.


Feb 5

hair cut
Ah got mah hair did.

Rambo’s foster mom, Stacey, had Rambo groomed. He looks better! She says, “I think he feels better too. Most definitely smells better. I pulled into A&W to get a root beer float. You should have seen the happy dance he did. He knew where we were! I thought maybe he would eat a cheeseburger, but he didn’t. Picky little thing.”


Feb 8

Rambo went to Cedarwood for a rabies vaccination, a complete blood panel, and a surgical follow-up exam. The bloodwork looks good except for being anemic. He has a grade 3 heart murmur. He has a couple more nodules coming up on his butt. We will do a needle aspirate of these for biopsy to see if these are malignant or benign, and go from there.


Mar. 8

It has been a month since my last check-in. Rambo is doing well with Dennis and Stacey and they are quite fond of him. He gets along great with their whole pack, including the cats. He seeks out one kitten in particular when he wants to snuggle for a nap, and his feelings toward another cat are, lets say, more of an amorous nature. He’s confused, obviously!

When outdoors he will ramble off a ways, but when he gets beyond his comfort zone he just stops and waits for someone to retrieve him. Being a senior dog, his eyesight is weak. He can navigate well enough, but not see distance. Rambo is due to be neutered next week. Once that is done he can go up for adoption.


April 11

Rambo has been groomed a couple of times now and it looking great. His foster parents say “He is such a hoot!” Although he can’t see really well he’s always up for an adventure.


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Timber (Timmy)

An emergency situation brings this big handsome boy to us so another rescue could work with him safely.

Last Updated: April 3, 2021

Base Info:

  • Arrival date: Jan 4, 2021
  • Breed: American Staffordshire
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: Youth, Adult, Mature, Senior
  • Birthdate: Dec 2018
  • Weight: @60 Pounds on Jan 4
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  • Neutered: Yes
  • General Health: Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor
  • Temperament: Rowdy but affectionate.
  • SAFER Test performed: No
  • Departure date: April 2, 2021

History

He was chained to an outbuilding and starved before being taken from his owner by Greenville Animal Control.  A rescue worker, Heather, pulled him via Cat’s In the Cradle New Life Sanctuary to prevent euthanasia and wanted to foster him.  But she lives in an apartment and has cats.  Timmy loves cats, especially with a dab of mustard.  She has been working with him while boarded at Animals West veterinary office the last few days to help him learn how to walk on leash.  But he needed a better environment, so he came to Piney Mountain Foster Care until he can be transported to Animal Rescue Network of New England.

Timmy’s Progress Summary:

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

Relational Behavior

  • Relates well to other dogs: Seems to.  He did well with a dog that he was tested with at the shelter.  My whole gang greeted him upon arrival without incident. Timmy has been on a lead in the yard with Blondie Bear. He is “socially awkward” but not aggressive.
  • Can eat food/treats near other dogs: Yes, he and Blade often push their bowls against their separating barrier and eat inches apart without issue.
  • Preferred style of play: He doesn’t play.  I don’t think he knows how.
  • Is affectionate: Yes.  sometimes he just wants to melt into you because he’s so much enjoying being petted.
  • Is good with:
    . Men: Yes
    . Women: Yes
    . Children: Probably.
    . Cats: NO! Definitely not.
  • Jumps up on people: Not that I’ve seen
  • Mouths: Only occasionally, when he tries to play with you.
  • Walks well on a leash: Yes.

Commands:

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

Diet

💕 Victor Classic – Professional Dry Dog Food
.      2¼ cups + 3 oz. home made stew AM
.      1½ cups + 3 oz. home made stew PM
💕 PMFC Peanut butter cookies
💕 Retriever Beef Basted Sticks
💕 Jones Beef Hooves
💕 Pig ears


Gallery

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

     
     

     
     

Progress Updates

Progress notes are listed below, in chronological order, newest at the bottom so you can read through this dog’s history in order.

Jan 5

Timmy arrived yesterday evening and sent us into a flurry of construction because we needed to increase the height of the privacy wall between Timmy and Blade.  They weren’t getting along.  I blame Blade for that, he was being a butt-head about having a new neighbor and his dinner being late.  They settled down that night and both slept soundly.

This morning I took breakfast out to them and Timmy was curled up on his Kuranda (dog bed) in his bedroom, under his heat lamp and was SO happy.  It make my heart ache that this sweet boy was so badly mistreated.

Our arrangement for this boy is something new for us: PMFC is basically boarding him.  Heather will be coming to do his training.  When he’s ready he will transport to Animal Rescue Network of New England to be adopted.

Jan 8

Timmy has been here 4 days.  Heather comes in the evenings to train him after she gets off work, I continue and reinforce during his daily play sessions.  He’s doing fine.  He is quite affectionate, shows no hostility toward my other dogs.  He’s even learned to ignore Blade.  He loves lounging under his heat lamp – which I leave on for him during the day because it’s chilly and he’s too thin to ward off the cold himself.

Jan 15

Timmy is doing much better at walking on a lead. Far less pulling and easily corrects when he forgets. He and Blade are playing games with each other through the barrier between them. Timmy has been in the yard with Blondie Bear on the loose. That was a little awkward for Timmy, but it turned out well. He sniffed her thoroughly, propositioned her, she said, “Not interested, sonny” and he wandered off to pee on something.

He now routinely sits on command, in fact he often anticipates and sits before I give him the command, so then I have to redirect by stepping away and asking him to “come” then sit. Most of the time he complies if we’re in his kennel. Still iffy with the “come” command in the yard.

His transport date has been set for Feb 26. Heather will make arrangements for Health Certification and getting him to Bulls Gap to meet the transport truck.


Jan. 28

I took Timber off the lead-line for a few days, just letting him out to run unfettered. The first time he walked out the door, stopped, came back and nosed my hands, “You forgot something.” I had to convince him that it was okay, he can go out without it. It brought him such joy! But that lasted only a couple of days before he began getting haughty and refusing to come when called. If I’d go take hold of the handle built into his harness he’d reach around and mouth my arm. It was done gently, but saying, “Don’t do that.” So I’d go get a leash. He does fine on a leash. So it was back to using the long lead.

About 60% of the time he responds to the “Come” command with an enthusiastic gallop across the yard to receive his small treat and petting. Other times he goes stone cold deaf! Sometimes he works his way over to me slowly, meandering along to eventually stand before me expectantly.

Timber is doing well with the “In Your Room” command, which means to return to his kennel. If I do this when he’s within 30 feet of his kennel he will comply. About half the time he will comply from across the yard. But it does depend on if he’s done all his business. If not he will hasten his search and take care of that before complying. Sometimes if I’m occupied (doing a poop pick-up in the yard or something) Timber will decide he’s done playing in the yard and I’ll find him sitting in his kennel waiting for me. What a good boy!

He is really well behaved while “trapped” in his bedroom at night. I put him to bed around 8:00 PM by taking him out for a leash walk so he can pee. Then back to his kennel. I go around and go inside, he comes in through his doggy door and I give him some small treat and close his doggy door. He will stand up and lean against the fencing so I can scratch the side of his face for a while. If I go inside with him he gets too excited, jumping around. Not enough room for that in there. Then he settles on his bed and sleeps. When I return at 6:00 AM to take him out again for a walk, he appears to have just been awakened, I could probably let him go longer, but I don’t want to risk making him have to spoil his bedroom. As long as I let him out every 2 to 3 hours, he will keep his entire kennel clean, preferring to use the yard to potty.

When Blade and Blondie Bear are in the yard together they roughhouse. Timber watches and gets quite vocal. When I’ve put Blade up and let Timber out he goes bounding over to Blondie, intent on roughhousing with her too. But Blondie gives him a “Not so fast, Junior” look that stops him in his tracks. Then they walk around together and peer through the fence. I give him high marks for his ability to reign in that exuberance.



April 2

Timber went off to New Hampshire last night.  The Gabipentin / Trazadone cocktail we gave him did the trick.  He snoozed for a little while but most of the time he was awake and watching out a side window or sitting between the seats so Marie could scratch his head.  But he was not threatening to eat the other cars on the road.  A good things since there were a lot of cars on the road. 

The only time he got excited was when we passed the Pizza Plus place in White Pine.  I guess he had a bad case of the munchies and wanted to stop for a pie.  We didn’t stop and he quieted down.

We arrived at the truck top 10 minutes early and the H.E.A.R.T.S. LLC transport was already there.  The driver said that new truck is a hauling monster.  Even coming up steep grades, it glides along like it’s got no load at all.  They made great time as a result.

Timber hopped right up into the trailer when they opened the door.  They closed the door behind them while they got him settled in the crate: in case he broke away from them and got loose in there, at least he was contained.  It took a few minutes before they came out again, so it’s possible he gave then a challenge.

By the time they opened up again and showed me the special box they had for him, he was calm.  Confused and sad, but calm.  It broke my heart when he looked at me saying, “What’s going on Doug, aren’t you coming too?”  But that’s just part of doing what I do.  Timber is alive because people cared, intervened, and saved him.  I was part of that process. Now he’s going off to a new home and a new, much better, life.  That is what rescue is all about.

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Rugar LaChocolate’

It seems this boy is a victim of circumstances, just doing what he was trained to do.

Last Updated: Feb 2, 2021

Base Info:

  • Arrival date: Dec 28, 2020
  • Breed: Chocolate Lab/Spaniel
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: Youth, Adult, Mature, Senior
  • Birthdate: Dec 2017
  • Weight: @ 70 Pounds on Dec 28
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  • Neutered: Yes
  • General Health: Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor
  • Temperament: Sweet, affectionate, playful.  Hates confinement.
  • SAFER Test performed: Yes – Passed
  • Departure date: Jan 29: pulled by BePaws They Matter Animal Rescue

History

This boys owners asked their neighbor to shoot the dog because he was going over fences, charging people, fighting with other dogs and harassing their livestock.   The only thing we have seen to be true is the harassing livestock.  At some point, I assume it was his original owner, he lived with people who ran a rodeo and trained their dogs to herd the bulls and horses from one place to another.  So “harassing” livestock would be expected.  As to the rest, he seems quite gentle to us.  Val, the lady who rescued him for us, had him at their house for a couple of hours.  She has cats, she has dogs, she has kids.  She and her husband had no trouble with him except that he likes to sit ON people, not next to them.

Rugar’s Progress Summary:

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

Relational Behavior

  • Relates well to other dogs: Yes
  • Can eat food/treats near other dogs: No food aggression noted
  • Preferred style of play: Undetermined
  • Is affectionate: Yes
  • Is good with:
    . Men: Yes
    . Women: Yes
    . Children: Yes
    . Cats: Yes (as long as they don’t run: he’s a Lab!)
  • Jumps up on people: A little
  • Mouths: No
  • Walks well on a leash: Yes

Commands:

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

House Dog Training

  • Willingly enters his crate: No
  • Is calm/quiet while in crate: No
  • Understands going outside to potty: Yes
  • Alerts me of need to go outside: Yes
  • Is destructive of bedding and/or toys: Yes
  • Engages in kitchen counter cruising: No
  • Stays off people furniture: No: foster parents allow him on the sofa.

Medical Data

  • DA2PPv: Dec 29, 2020 by PMFC
    .  1st Booster: January 19, 2021 by Stacy Dekker
    .  2nd Booster: Puppies only
  • Bordatella: Dec 29, 2020
  • Wormed: Dates | Product | Dose | By
    . Dec 29 to 31 | Fenbendazole | 14 ML | PMFC
  • Rabies: Jan 12, 2021 (Claws and Paws 4 A Cause)
  • Microchipped: Yes
    PetKey Not registered
    To register: https://www.freepetchipregistry.com/
  • Spay/Neuter: Done before intake
  • Heartworm Test: Jan. 12, 2021 – NEGATIVE
  • Flea/Tick preventative:
    . Dec 29 Fipronil, 2.68 ML
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  • Heartworm preventative:
    . Jan 19, 2021 Heartguard Plus
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Gallery

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

Progress Updates

Progress notes are listed below, in chronological order, newest at the bottom so you can read through this dog’s history in order.

Dec 29

The first 24 hours have gone well.  Rugar’s neighbor, Blade, harasses him, but Rugar simply withdraws.  No retaliation.  When Blade is in a more congenial mood, Rugar goes over to touch noses with him and try to be friends.  They were “discussing” things yesterday evening, just barking at each other through their mutual kennel panel.  But they settled down and both slept through the night once “lights-out” came around.

Rugar refused to eat the dry food I gave him this morning.  I mixed a pouch meal in with it mid-morning and he gobbled that down.

I had Rugar in the yard this afternoon with Blondie Bear.  They were cordial to one another, then went their own ways.

Dennis is to pick him up this afternoon and take him home for fostering.

Jan 1

Rugar is settling in at his foster home.  There were some difficulties, mostly stemming from the fact that he is not accustomed to being in a house and that made him nervous.  But he seems to be coming to grips with that.

Jan 17

Rugar’s foster parents report that he gets along fine with their pack of dogs and is quite affectionate toward the people, but is averse to confinement.  Both work all day and Rugar stays in a kennel outside.  Or, he’s SUPPOSED to stay in a kennel outside.  But he has been finding ways to break out.

He never goes far, he greets them upon return, but it is clear this boy needs a higher level of daytime interaction.

Jan 23

Rugar came over for a visit today.  He was well behaved and calm.  His foster Dad says when he’s with them he’s a super sweet boy.  He likes to lay on the sofa with his head resting on Dennis’ leg.  He gets along great with their other dogs and their cats.  He just does not like being confined when they go away to work.  In the right home, this handsome fellow would make someone a wonderful, attentive companion.

Jan 29

Our rescue partner, BePaws They Matter Animal Rescue from New Jersey, was in the area today and called to say they’d like to pull Rugar and take him on their run … today.  That was sudden notice, but since there had been no serious interest from adopters, Dennis decided that would be a good thing for all.

So Rugar has gone north.  Happy travels big fella.  We hope you find the perfect home up there.

Feb 2


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Rebel Redpit

He’s just passing through …

Last Updated: Feb 6, 2021

Base Info:

  • Arrival date: Dec. 9, 2020
  • Breed: Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: Youth, Adult, Mature, Senior
  • Birthdate: Feb 13, 2020
  • Weight: 37 Pounds on Dec. 9
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  • Neutered: Yes
  • General Health: Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor
  • Temperament: Sweet, playful.
  • SAFER Test performed: No
  • Claimed by: Animal Rescue Network of New England
  • Departure date: January 1, 2021

History

Unknown

Rebel’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: He likes to frolic.  Gets the zoomies sometimes.
  • Is affectionate: Yes
  • Is good with:
    . Men: Yes
    . Women: Yes
    . Children: Yes
    . Cats: Unknown
  • Jumps up on people: Some
  • Mouths: A little, corrects well.
  • Walks well on a leash: Yes

Commands:

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

Diet

💕 Victor Classic – Professional Dry Dog Food
.      1 cup kibble + 2 oz homemade stew  AM
.      ½ cup kibble + 2 oz home made stew PM
💕 PMFC Peanut butter cookies
💕 Retriever Beef Basted Sticks
💕 Jones Beef Hooves
💕 Grillerz Pork Femur

Medical

  • DA2PPv: Nov. 16, 2020 by Newport Animal Control
    . Booster: Dec. 5 by NAC
    . 2nd Booster:
  • Bordatella: Nov. 16 by NAC
  • Wormed: Dates | Product | Dose | By
    .  Nov 20, 2020 Pyrantel Pamoate 2.5 cc by NAC
  • Rabies: Dec. 9, 2020 by Cedarwood Veterinary
  • Microchipped: Yes
    fi NANO Not registered
    To register contact City of Newport Animal Control
  • Neuter: Dec 9, Cedarwood Veterinary Hospital
  • Heartworm Test: Dec 9, NEGATIVE by Cedarwood
  • Flea/Tick preventative:
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  • Heartworm preventative:
    . Dec 10, Ivermectin solution, 0.4 ml
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  • NOTES:
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Terms of Adoption:

Gallery

In chronological order, newest at the bottom.

Rebel watching me work

Other videos: Rebel In the Yard |

Let me IN, it’s COLD!

Josie says, “Please don’t poot, Rebel!”

Progress Updates

Progress notes are listed below, in chronological order, newest at the bottom so you can read through this dog’s history in order.

Dec. 11

Rebel has been here a couple of days and he has settled in nicely.  He’s a super-sweet boy who loves attention.  He is friendly to the other dogs and he and Josie really want to play together.  But they’ve both just had surgery so that will have to wait a while.  Blade does NOT like Rebel and is giving him a hard time by throwing himself against the metal privacy panel between their kennels.  He has done this so much and so hard that he’s broken the panel and jammed the door to Rebel’s kennel.  I’ll need to repair that today.  When he does this Rebel scampers off into his bedroom and hides out there.  It’s a good safe place for him.

Dec 16

Rebel is SUCH a doll: he is so calm and accepting.  He’s affectionate too, but not demanding.  Check out the Random Thought on Guillotine Doors for an example.

Josie Darkshep will be leaving on the 18th, that will open a House Dog position that Rebel can audition for.  I expect he will do well and be accepted by all.

Dec 25

Rebel has been a “house dog” for three nights now.  All three nights he has slept soundly in his crate all night long, not needing to go outside until I get up in the morning.  That is normally between 4:00 and 4:30 AM.  Today, being Christmas, I slept in until 5:20 when Buddy Beagle decided he needed to go outside.  Rebel went too.

Normally Rebel will take quite a while to finish all his business: peeing quickly but needing to investigate multiple potential sites for making his deposit.  It was 22° this morning.  Rebel went out, took care of everything all in one spot then RACED back to the door.  Being an hour later than usual probably played into the swiftness of this task.

He has had no accidents in the house: mostly because when he’s in free play I watch him constantly and if he seems to be “seeking” we go right outside.  We are having no inter-dog-relationship issues.  After recovering from his surgery his energy levels went up and he’s a bit too rowdy for the other dogs to want to play with now.  He intimidates Josephine, annoys Buddy (everything annoys Buddy: he a grumpy old Beagle) Blondie is too old to cavort with him, and Callie is undecided about him.  He could be fin to play with, but she’s protective of Josephine, and Josie is scared of him.  So she’s conflicted.

He;s getting more free-play in the house.  Learning the rules.  He is intelligent, mischievous, and inquisitive.  He is still a puppy, so he still has puppy mannerisms.  But he can be shaped into a great companion because is does seek affection and wants to please.  I have another week to work with him, then we’ll hand him off to his next caretaker as he goes North to seek a forever home.

Also, he has the most wonderful, plush, soft coat of fur.  Petting him is such a pleasure!

Jan 1

Are we there yet?

We put Rebel on his long haul transport (HEARTS LLC) for his ride up north.  He rode in the cab of the truck with us for the first time.  Because I’ve always been alone when I transported him before he rode in a box in the back (not to worry, it’s under a shell and strapped down, he’s well protected) because of his tendency to need to snuggle.  Snuggling is great when in the house, not so much when I’m trying to drive us at highway speeds.  He rode really well.  Partly because it was 2 hours past his bed time and he was tired.  He slept much of the time.  But whenever I’d change speed or direction he head would pop up between the seats to ask, “What’s going on?  Are we in New Hampshire yet?”

We arrived at the truck stop in Bulls Gap TN with just enough time to take Rebel for a walk.  Just as I was loading him back into our truck, the HEARTS transport pulled in next to us and Rebel got really excited about the big truck.  He greeted the driver affectionately, and when the door was opened, instead of shying away like most, Rebel saw all those dogs and said, “PARTY TRUCK, let me in there!  Let’s PLAY!” He was ready to ride!

Farewell, and happy tails to you, sweet Rebel.  You start the new year with a new location and beginning a new life.

If I get updates and photos of Rebel in foster and his adoption I’ll post them here.

Feb 6

Rebel had some issues getting through NH state quarantine, but these were resolved and he went into a foster-to-adopt home.  We are happy to report that Rebel has been officially adopted by that home and is happy and well cared for.  He gets along famously with is “brother” Dax, too.

Another happy beginning.

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Charlie Bear

A sweet little boy who has just been through too much.

Last Updated: Oct 10, 2020

Base Info:

  • Arrival date: Oct 2, 2020
  • Breed: Black Lab/Chihuahua Mix
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: Youth, Adult, Mature, Senior
  • Birthdate: Est @ 2015
  • Weight: 30 Pounds
  • Spayed/Neutered: Scheduled
  • General Health: Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor
  • Temperament: Skittish until he gets to know you.
  • SAFER Test performed: No – too skittish
  • PetFinder Listing: LINK
  • Available for adoption? YES | Rescue? YES
  • Get the Adoption Application (PDF form, print, complete, return)
  • Departure date: Oct 10, 2020

History

A kill shelter called Boston Terrier Rescue of East Tennessee saying they had a couple of Bostons for them.  Diana went to see them.  They were NOT Boston Terriers, but she could not leave them there to die, so she pulled them.  A local rescue took Charlie Bear’s brother, but not Charlie.  Diana reached out to PMFC to see if we could help.  And here he is!

Charlie Bear’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: Can but probably won’t.
  • Preferred style of play: Undetermined
  • Is affectionate: Yes, once he gets to know you.
  • Is good with:
    . Men: Yes
    . Women: Yes
    . Children: Yes
    . Cats: Yes.  Will chase if they run.
  • Jumps up on people: No Yes
  • Mouths: No
  • Walks well on a leash: Not yet

House Dog Training

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

Terms of Adoption:

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

Commands:

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

Medical

  • DA2PPv: Oct 2, 2020 by PMFC
    . Booster: date (by)
  • Bordatella: Oct 2, 2020 by PMFC
  • Wormed: Dates | Product | Dose | By
    .
  • Rabies: Oct 16, 2020 Claws & Paws 4 A Cause
  • Microchipped:Oct 16, 2020 PetKey Not registered
    To register: https://www.freepetchipregistry.com/
  • Spay/Neuter: Oct 16, 2020 Claws & Paws 4 A Cause
  • Heartworm Test: Oct 16, 2020 Claws & Paws 4 A Cause
  • Flea/Tick preventative:
    .
    .
  • Heartworm preventative:
    . date, Ivermectin, dose
    .
  • NOTES:
    .
    .

Diet

Taste of the Wild Dry Dog Food
1 cup AM, 1 cup PM.

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Oct. 2nd

Charlie Bear arrived today.  He was okay with Diana, got really skittish with me after she left.  Settled down some as the afternoon wore on and he got used to me being around.  Charlie will be going into a foster home – probably tomorrow – because the kennel he’s in right now has been promised to another dog due to arrive soon: probably tomorrow!

Oct. 10

Charlie Bear wore out his welcome at his foster home quickly.  There were various issues but it became apparent that this was not the place for him to relax and learn to be calm.  I have no room for him here.  So Charlie has been returned to Diana.  She said it’s okay … she was missing him anyway.

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Helo Fluffbum

This handsome boy was named Kilo, but I mis-heard it as Helo (HEE Low) when we were introduced and liked that so much I decided to keep it.

Last Updated: Sept 19, 2020

Base Info:

  • Arrival date: Aug 26, 2020
  • Breed: Siberian Husky
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: Youth, Adult, Mature, Senior
  • Birthdate: Feb 2019
  • Weight: 47.2 Pounds Aug 31
    .              49.7 pounds Sept 8
  • Neutered: Yes
  • General Health: Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor
  • Temperament: Typically hard-headed (it’s a Husky thing), but exceptionally calm and non-vocal for a Husky … at least when he’s happy.  Working through separation anxiety.
  • SAFER Test performed: Yes (short form) PASSED
  • Departure date: Adopted Sept. 19, 2020

History

Helo appears to have been well cared for, but his former owner decided to re-home him.  Reasons are unknown.   Two ladies offered to help find him a home.  One of them contacted Friends Animal Shelter who immediately referred her to Piney Mountain Foster.  And here he is.  His friends say he shows signs of depression and anxiety.  My task is to help him with that so he’s ready to move yet again as he seeks a forever home.

Husky Hindrance

Huskies are a unique breed.  Many people adopt them because they are GORGEOUS but don’t stop to investigate the breed-specific traits that come along with these dogs.  Many of these dogs end up abandoned or surrendered to shelters because these people are not prepared to care for a Husky.  Some of those issues are:

  1. Huskies shed like fiends!  Seriously, if you can’t handle dog fur all over, you don’t want a husky.  Their fur is long and soft and a pleasure to pet, but it floats around.  You NEED to brush them daily or they get matted.  If you don’t have a good vacuum cleaner and time to do the brushing, don’t get a Husky.
  2. Huskies are very intelligent.  And clever.  And devious.  You need to be the leader of the pack and set your boundaries and stick to them or the Husky will train you to do things the way SHE wants to.  That is NOT good.  Dominance leads to aggression.
  3. Huskies are sensitive.  Do not use violence to discipline these dogs — it will not end well.
  4. Huskies are adverse to confinement.  This breed does especially badly in shelters, spiraling quickly into depression and despondency.  They also do not do well confined to a crate for long periods.  They are social and enjoy companionship and interaction.  If you plan to go off to work and leave your dog alone all day you probably don’t want a Husky.
  5. Huskies tend to be vocal.  They will talk to you – and argue with you.  They will sing to you.  It’s what they do.  Helo is unusual in this respect in that he is quiet most of the time.  He will talk to me when he gets playful and wants to argue.  He talks to me when he needs to go out.  He will sing along with the other dogs when they get up a glee club session.  But otherwise he’s unusually quiet.
  6. Huskies are athletic dogs with tremendous stamina (think sled dogs).  They enjoy running and will need regular exercise.  If you are an apartment dweller and plan to leash walk your dog briefly twice a day, you definitely don’t want a Husky!

But, having said all that, because they are smart, and strong, and devoted they make excellent companions — if you are prepared for their eccentricities.  Because of all this, we are seeking an adopter who has experience with Huskies or a similar breed.

Helo’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: Not so much.  Is possessive about food, treats, and toys that are “his” (see Sept13).
  • Preferred style of play: Likes running and chasing another dog.  He likes to play soccer with a human!
  • Is affectionate: Yes in an aloof sort of way right now.
  • Is good with:
    . Men: Yes
    . Women: Yes
    . Children: Yes
    . Cats: Yes.  Will chase, shows no aggression to calm cats.
  • Jumps up on people: Not normally
  • Mouths: Sometimes, playfully – we’re discouraging that.
  • Walks well on a leash: Does well with a front-clip harness.  Pulls hard in Std harness or collar.

House Dog Training

  • Willingly enters his crate: With a bribe
  • Is calm/quiet while in crate: Not if left alone
  • 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, but learning.
  • Stays off people furniture: No, but learning.

Terms of Adoption:

  • Terms of Adoption:

    • Submit a completed Adoption Application (PDF form, print, complete, return to Dennis).
    • 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 generally does NOT cover what we have invested in medical care and room & board.  But it helps.

Commands:

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

Medical

  • DA2PPv: Aug 27, 2020 (PMFC)
    . Booster: Sept 19, (PMFC)
  • Bordatella: Aug 27, 2020 (PMFC)
  • Wormed: Dates | Product | Dose | By
    . Sept 1st to 3rd, Fendbendazone, 16 ml PMFC
    .
  • Rabies: Sept 8, Cedarwood Veterinary Hosp.
  • Microchipped: Sept 8, PetKey, Not registered
    To register: https://www.freepetchipregistry.com/
  • Spay/Neuter: Done prior to admission
  • Heartworm Test: Sept 8, Cedarwood, NEGATIVE
  • Flea/Tick preventative:
    . Sept 1, Fipronil topical, 44-88 Lbs
    .
  • Heartworm preventative:
    . Sept 8, Ivermectin solution, 0.5 ml
    .
  • NOTES:
    .
    .

Diet

Victor Classic – Professional Dry Dog Food
1½ cups plus 3oz Stew AM and PM (to gain weight)
PMFC Peanut butter cookies given as rewards for compliance.
Occasional treats include:
Retriever Beef Basted Sticks
Jones Beef Hooves
Grillerz Pork Femur
Oinkies

Gallery

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Enjoying the cool indoors with the family

Bed time snack

Hanging with Doug in the den

Yes, can I help you?

Discussing the “no dogs on sofa” rule with Buddy Beagle.

I’ll navigate, I can sniff out the Sonic.

Progress Updates

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

Aug 26

Helo arrived for an evaluation around 5:30 pm.  The eval went well and we decided to accept him into our program.  Laurie filled out the surrender form and they donated a crate, his collar and leash, and food, and a case of Eternal Beverage bottled water, and some cash!  Their generosity is appreciated.

Enjoying the cool indoors with the family

He had done well with the meet-the-gang session, so I set up our largest wire crate in the living room where he could see us as dinner was prepared and consumed.  I fed him when I fed the other dogs, but he wasn’t interested in dinner until much later: 8:30 or after, he got a drink and decided to have a bed time snack.

Then we retired to the den so I could build this web page.  Once it’s posted I’ll get ready for bed and go sleep on the sofa next to Helo’s crate.  That should keep him calm tonight so everyone can get some sleep.

He’s done exceptionally well at dealing with and relating to the other dogs, even when Buddy decided to go all Beaglesaurous on him, Helo just walked on past him without getting snarky in return.  Good Boy!

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Aug 27

We had an excellent night. I slept on the sofa next to his crate so he did not get lonely and anxious. I waited for him to go to sleep and tried sneaking off to the bedroom, but he was on his feet instantly, ready to go with me if I left the room.  So I stayed put.

I woke up several times and found him sitting there staring at me, but being really quiet and well behaved.   He woke me at 2:30 by whining.  I left him long enough to erect a baby gate in the hallway, to make sure we did not get charged by a roaring Beaglesaurous, and slip my shoes on, then I released him from his crate and clipped on his leash.  He RACED to the back door, went out onto the gravel walkway beside the house and peed.  He did not try to go around the back of the house (which would have set off the Beaglesaurous as well as the outside dogs).  He came back inside, got a drink, I got him a snack, and he went back into his crate to eat his snack.  He went back to sleep for another hour when I decided to get up.  He explored the house for a while as I made coffee, then we settled into the den and I worked on his admission paperwork and some other quiet chores.

Catching a few more winks

Helo went back to sleep. He has been a very good boy!

I will be taking him to Kathy’s Grooming later this morning to board for a few days.   We have a doctor’s appointment on the far side of Knoxville today and will be gone most of the day.  Leaving him crated indoors while we go away is probably not a good idea, and it will get too hot in his “contingency” kennel to leave him there in the daytime. Once that building is renovated, it will be insulated and air conditioned.  Things will be different then.

There is a strong possibility that Hunter will be getting adopted on Saturday.  He’s been in Room #4 – which is a light security room sitting on gravel with kennel decking on the ground to keep him out of the mud in rainy weather.  Hunter has been very happy there and makes no attempt to escape.  But Helo has a history of digging out of a kennel if left alone all day.  I can move Bailey into #4 and put Helo in Bailey’s room which is a standard room on the main concrete pad – there is no digging out of there!

I hope to have him in the house with me when I’m inside so I can work on easing his separation anxiety and preserve his housebreaking.  That’s my plan right now, anyway.

Aug 31

Hunter was indeed adopted Saturday and I moved Bailey to room #4 to see how he would do in this new enclosure.  He has done well.  So Room #1 is available for Helo to use when he’s not in the house with me.  I’ll be going to retrieve him this morning.

He rode really well in the truck last week, so I plan to take him with me on some of today’s chores.

* * * Helo has arrived * * *

Kathy said he did well while staying with her.  He hated being crated (tore up the crate) but was good in a kennel.  He rode well again today as we went to the bank drive through (where the ladies were saying what a beautiful dog he is) and to Cedarwood Veterinary Hospital (where the ladies commented on what a calm, well-behaved boy he is).  While there I weighed him.  I expected to see 70 or 75 pounds on the readout based on his overall size, but it came up 47.2 pounds!  “That can’t be right”, we all said, so I did it again, making sure the scale was not up against the wall and nothing was blocking it … 47.2 pounds!

When I feel around his hips, he is pretty bony under all that fur, I’ll do my best to get some pounds on him before he leaves.

Yes, can I help you?

Helo spent all day running loose in the house with us.  He got along well with the 4 other house dogs.  He rode along with me on a couple of runs.  Then he picked out a bed in the bedroom to sleep on.  “No, Helo, not THAT one.  Any of the others.”  He did get down, got huffy about it but he did comply, and chose a dog bed.  He alternated between that and sleeping on the floor in the hallway.

Buddy Beagle needed to go out around 3:00 AM.  Helo wanted to go along.  I leashed Helo and took him out on the walkway but not out where we would disturb the outside dogs.   Helo was compliant and both he and Buddy were back inside quickly.

Helo suffers from separation anxiety.  I am working on that.

Sept 3 – Helo’s Adventure

Helo has proven to be a fine, companionable fellow while he is with us.  He’s been quite calm, except for one night when he got the zoomies, he gets along well with the 7 other dogs who are here.  He’s gotten a little snippy at meal times, but otherwise they all get along fine in the house or in the yard.

He gets upset when we leave him alone, though.  Crating is not an option unless it’s a plate steel crate.  Kenneling works if it’s on concrete and is well secured.  He’s a digger, and will tunnel out of a kennel on dirt.

Seeing this happy face in my mirror just makes me smile.

Today we had a number of errands to run, so we took Helo with us.  He was an excellent rider, sitting or lying on the back seat of Marie’s car as calm as could be.  Sitting up to look out the windows when something interesting was happening, snoozing quietly otherwise.

We went to the county animal shelter to evaluate another Husky that was picked up by Animal Control.  There are lots of dogs there, not all of them were pleasant to Helo as we walked around.  Helo just kept walking and sniffing.  There were several cats roaming the hallways when we went into the main building, Helo was curious about them.  When one came sauntering by, Helo sniffed at it, then dropped into a play-bow and woofed at it.  The cat puffed up and backed away, “You’re too big.  No play.”  Helo let it go.

We visited the Wags to Wiggles boutique and Helo was gentle and mannerly.  He knocked nothing over, and made new friends among those who were shopping.

We then stopped in at a Subway Sandwich shop to buy lunch which we took up on the Foothills Parkway to sit in the car at an overlook and eat.  We brought things for Helo to munch on, but he wasn’t interested in those, just the water we offered him.  But he sat on his seat and left us unmolested while we ate our sandwiches.  Then I took him for a walk before we headed back home on Interstate 40.

Once home he got a big drink of water, went in the yard to do all of his business, then crashed next to my desk chair as I got caught up on some office work while Marie went back out to do the weekly grocery shopping.

When she returned I crated Helo, Callie and Buddy to keep them from running out the door as I  carted in the supplies.  Helo howled a little, but did no damage to the  crate.

He had a great time on his outting.  We had a great time, and everything went as smoothly as it could possibly go.  He’s a great traveling buddy.  In fact we were joking during lunch that since Helo’s two favorite things are sitting on the couch looking out the window and riding in a car/truck, his ideal adopter might be some retired folks who do a lot of RV traveling.  Then he could sit on a sofa looking out the window WHILE riding.  What could  be better?

Sept 5

Piney Mountain Foster Care’s Board of Directors met today.  There was much to discuss, so we knew it could run long.  We decided to take Helo with us rather than kenneling him while we were away.  We appointed Helo temporary Sergeant At Arms, and he greeted everyone at the door – to make sure they all smelled of dog.  Anyone not bearing the scent of a dog would not be welcome, according to Helo.  Fortunately even Pam, who has goats and cats, but no dog, had been around a dog that morning so she too was admitted.

Bored at the Board meeting, but being quiet.

Once the meeting was called to order, Helo went into stand-by mode: alert in case anyone acted up and needed to be ejected, but not interfering otherwise.

All the board members were amazed at how well behaved Helo was, not interjecting his own comments, not begging treats, not wandering around being distracting … he changed positions a few times, going to lie next to different people, but being completely unobtrusive.  In fact he was SO good we decided to treat him on the way home with a trip to a small park by the river.

When riding, Helo wears a safety harness and strap that snaps into the seat belt buckle

Sometimes things outside fascinate him.

Helo liked the riverside park

He enjoyed walking in the grass.

And playing among the rocks

We weren’t sure if he’d be interested in the water.
Once he dried off we headed for home. I like to ride.  I don’t want to get out …

… and you can’t MAKE me.
“Actually, yes I CAN.”

Oh, but, DAAaaad!

Once back home we had lunch, and yard play, and headed inside for nap time (some of us take naps, some of us don’t), then on to the usual Saturday chores, and dealing with minutes from this morning’s meeting, and posting this update because we’re out of broccoli and I can’t make doggo stew like I planned.  I’ll pick up some greens on our way home tomorrow and make stew then – post this update now.

Sept 13

Helo had visitors yesterday afternoon: Erin and Michael drove in from North Carolina to meet him.  They have been discussing Helo with Dennis, our Adoption Coordinator, checking him out on our web site, and decided they really needed to meet him in “person”.

During the meeting Erin asked me if Helo tries to climb over our 5 foot chain link fence.  In answering I kind of went down a rabbit hole about what I do to discourage that and never did offer a proper answer to the question.  So, if you’re reading this update, Erin, the answer is “no, he has never tried to climb the fence.  But he is reported to be a prodigious digger, having tunneled out of a dirt-floor kennel twice before he got to us.”  Anyone wanting to kennel him while away for long periods will need to put the kennel on a concrete slab or at the very least put down heavy wire fencing on the ground under the kennel and wire it to the kennel rails so he can’t dig tunnels.  Anyone insisting on leaving him for long periods had better put some of that fencing across the top of  the kennel too, just because he hasn’t tried scaling a fence doesn’t mean he won’t, Huskies are known to be excellent climbers.

Playing soccer is FUN!

The visit went well, mostly – more about that in a moment, and Michael even got Helo to play soccer with him!  Helo enjoyed that immensely.  Blondie Bear watched from her position on her Coolaroo up by the house.

When Helo got tired he went back into his room for a drink of water.  He snagged his pig ear that I keep in there for him, but he doesn’t chew on because he refuses to chew, or eat, or even drink, if he’s “incarcerated”.  It’s the same thing in the house with his crate: if the door is closed he will not eat, only lie on the floor and look dejected.  If I open the door, (once the others have finished eating and gone outside to potty) Helo will walk out of his crate, turn around, go back in, and eat.  He’s SUCH a Husky!

Helo snagged the almost unused pig ear and took it out to lie in the grass and chew.  A red flag popped in my mind, but I squelched it and let him go.

A couple of minutes later, Helo came back over to where all the peoples were and he sought some loving.  While he was getting lovies, Blondie sneaked down to check out that pig ear.  Helo saw her over there and ambled over to see what she was doing.  Apparently he tried to take it back from her, she resisted, so Helo initiated an argument.  It was loud and vicious sounding, and Micheal and I jumped in to break it up.  Blondie came away with a couple of minor scrapes, Helo was unharmed, and the pig ear went back into his kennel.   And stayed there.

Helo is possessive of HIS stuff.  The funny thing is that there are yard bones scattered around the play yard.  Other dogs can pick up one of those and chew on it and Helo doesn’t care.  Community property.  Buddy Beagle and Callie Roo swap crates all the time, no one cares, including Helo.  But if Buddy goes nosing into Helo’s crate, Helo will come warn him off.  So I keep the door closed if Helo isn’t using it somehow.  This possessiveness is really Helo’s only down side — other than shedding like a fiend.  And we are working with him on that … the possessiveness, not the shedding.  We can’t do anything about his shedding: Huskies just do that.

Sept 15

Guess who slept on the people bed last night.

In our house we have like 800 dog beds (slight exaggeration) scattered around the house, so the ONE people bed we have is off-limits because we know full well that if they conquer that we will be sleeping on the floor.
Helo was sacked out on the tile in the hallway, in front of a fan. (his favorite place) when I handed out bed time cookies. He came into the bedroom with the rest of us to get his little treat, and turned to return to the hallway. I asked him if he wouldn’t like to sleep on the empty dog bed in the bedroom. He looked it over and said, “Nah, thanks anyway.” and turned to go out.

Marie said, “Oh, come on Helo, come sleep with us.”

He spun around, “Really? With you? ALL RIGHT!” (I knew what was coming I could see it in his face) and he made an amazing leap up onto the bed and curled up between us.

“That is NOT what she meant.”

“Don’t care, it’s what she said.”

We figured he wouldn’t stay long anyway, he gets too hot on beds of any kind. And he is such a good boy otherwise. He hung in longer than I thought he would but eventually did get down and returned to his cool spot in the hallway.

Now we’ll just have to see if this becomes a new bed time routine.

Sept 19

Yesterday Helo and I went to take Valley to meet the big transport to New Hampshire.  Just as I was pulling in to make the hand-off my phone rang.  It was a repair company needing access to the church where I am a Deacon.  I told them it would take about an hour to get there from where I currently was (and to make the hand-off).  They agreed.

The hand-off went smoothly and Helo and I went trucking off to Cosby.

While the repairs were being made, there was nothing at all for me to do except make sure everything stayed secure.  So Helo and I conducted a thorough examination of the building, looking for scuffs and scrapes needing paint, cobwebs that needed removal, anything that might need attention.  As I went around, stopping to look an area over then moving on, Helo was perfect about staying with me:

Michael, Helo, Erin a happy new family

A Michael and Erin came to adopt Helo this afternoon.  Michael is a contractor who hopes to take Helo with him when he goes out on job sites.  I think Helo will love riding around with Michael and accompanying him on the job.  It seems the perfect match for this big, low key, devoted, boy.  I will miss him, but he’s going to have the time of his life.

I wonder if they make hard-hats for dogs.

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Bobby D’Husky

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

Last Updated: Sept 17, 2020

Base Info:

  • Arrival date: July 27, 2020
  • Breed: Husky
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: Youth, Adult, Mature, Senior
  • Birthdate: January 2019
  • Weight: 52 Pounds 07/22
    .              50.8 pounds 08/04
    .              47.5 pounds 08/19
  • Neutered: Yes
  • General Health: Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor
  • Temperament: Calmer than most Husky’s and quite affectionate.
  • SAFER Test performed: 0728/2020
  • Get the Adoption Application (Contact A Pathway to Hope)
  • Departure date: August 22 (barely)

History

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

Bobby’s Progress Summary:

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

Relational Behavior

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

House Dog Training

  • Willingly enters his crate: With a bribe
  • Is calm/quiet while in crate: Mostly
  • 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: No

Terms of Adoption:

Commands:

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

Bobby’s Medical

  • 1-DAPPv: 07/22/2020 (Friends Animal Shelter)
    . Booster: Aug 8th, 2020 PMFC
  • Bordatella: 07/22/2020 (FAS)
  • Wormed: Dates | Product | Dose | By
    . 07/22 – 07/24/2020 | Panacur | 10 ml | FAS
  • Rabies: Aug 4, 2020 Cedarwood Veterinary Hosp.
  • Microchipped: Aug 4, PetKey Not registered
    To register: https://www.freepetchipregistry.com/
  • Spay/Neuter: Done prior to intake
  • Heartworm Test:
    . Aug 4, 2020, 4dx- all negative, Cedarwood
  • Flea/Tick preventative:
    . Aug 8th Fipronil topical 45-88 lbs
    .
  • Heartworm preventative:
    . Aug 8th, Ivermectin, .5 ml, PMFC
    .
  • NOTES:
    .

Diet

Boarding facility feeds Purina.
PMFC Peanut butter cookies

Gallery

In chronological order, newest at the bottom.

LOVES getting brushed!

Progress Updates

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

July 25

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

July 31

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

August 4th

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

Aug 19

Bobby went to Cedarwood Veterinary Hospital today for his health certification so he can travel across state lines this weekend.  He did well and the staff at Cedarwood commented on what a well behaved dog he is.  They thought his conversation with them during the exam was hilarious.

Aug 21

I picked Bobby up from Kathy’s Grooming, where he was boarding, at 2:00 today.  We’ll have almost 12 hours together before we hand him off to the long-haul transport for his ride to New Jersey at 1:30 AM.

Bobby enjoying his farewell party

It’s late, are we going to bed soon?

That’s it, I’m going to bed now, good night!

Bobby’s hand-off went well.  I managed to stay awake and alert all the way through.  I didn’t start getting sleepy until we were through Newport and on our mountain roads toward home.

Bobby was SO well behaved: we made several strolls through the grass and trees that separate the RV parking area from the semi parking area, but mostly he just sat with Marie and me behind the truck, watching the activity and being really good.  He got conversational a couple of times, but just because he was curious about what we were doing, and it was kept low volume.  No yelling or screaming — that was held back for after Melinda was back on the road.  She texted and said he was YELLING at her!  I suggested that either he did not share her taste in music or he was upset because he called “shotgun” and he was not riding shotgun.  He IS a Husky!

While Melinda was laid-over with us we got to play with some puppies while Melinda cleaned out the little poop-machine’s crate and change the pad.  She runs a nice, clean ride.  It does not stink, and everything is clean and pleasant for handlers and passengers.  Even the ones who yell at her.

Sept 17

Bobby has been adopted!  Happy Tails to you Bobby!

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Hunter Labragoof: Notes on a foster dog

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

Last Updated: Aug. 29, 2020

Base Info:

  • Arrival date: July 20, 2020
  • Breed: Black Labrador
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: Youth, Adult, Mature, Senior
  • Birthdate:
  • Weight: 46.6 Pounds
  • Neutered: Yes
  • General Health: Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor
  • Temperament: Outgoing, goofy, lovable, very sweet!
  • SAFER Test performed: Yes PASSED
  • Departure date: August 29th, 2020

History

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

Hunters Progress Summary:

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

Relational Behavior

  • Relates well to other dogs: Yes
  • Can eat food/treats near other dogs: Yes but lets others take his food.
  • Preferred style of play: Likes to frolic in the yard
  • Is affectionate: Yes
  • Is good with:
    . Men: Yes
    . Women: Yes
    . Children: Needs supervision around small children.  Can be active.
    . Cats: Unknown
  • Jumps up on people: Doing much better.
  • Mouths: No
  • Walks well on a leash: Yes

House Dog Training

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

 

Commands:

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

Hunter’s Medical

  • DA2PPv: July 17, 2020 (NAC)
    . Booster: Aug 7, 2020  PMFC
  • Bordatella: July 17, 2020 (NAC)
  • Wormed: Dates | Product | Dose | By
    . July 17, 2020 Pyrantell Pamoate 4.5 cc NAC
    . Aug 6-8, 2020 Fendbendazole 10 ml PMFC
    . Aug 22-24, 2020 Fendbendazole 10 ml PMFC
  • Rabies: Aug 5, 2020 by Claws & Paws
  • Microchipped: Aug 5, 20 PetKey Not registered
    To register: https://www.freepetchipregistry.com/
  • Neuter: date (by) – Unknown but done
  • Heartworm Test: Aug 5, 20 NEGATIVE Claws & Paws
  • Flea/Tick preventative:
    . Aug 5 Fipronil topical 44-85 lbs
    .
  • Heartworm preventative:
    . Aug 6, Ivermectin, .5 ml
    .
  • NOTES:
    .
    .

Diet

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

Gallery

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

Sunning on his Kuranda bed

I’m done with potty run – cookie please!

Rain is coming – I’ll stay in here, thank you.

Progress Updates

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

July 24

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

August 5

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

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

Aug 12

Hunter’s favorite “game” to play during his free-play sessions, especially in the cool of the morning, is RUNNING!  Sometimes he will take off and run a half-dozen laps around out big play yard at full gallop.  You’d think this Labrador was part Greyhound!

Aug 20

Hunter has taken to a new form of greeting me when it is not meal time.  At meal times he is eager to get his bowl.  At play times he often comes to the gate, stands up and gently puts his paws on my chest then lays his head on my shoulder, “Hello friend.  I love you.”  He is SUCH a sweet boy!

Aug 29 — ADOPTED

We are pleased to announce that Hunter has found a forever home. Two nice people came to visit him today. They have been talking about him with Dennis for some time. Hunter was a little nervous at first, but once he go to know them he liked them so much he decided to go home with them.

He was excited by the prospect of going for a ride, but he settled right in and promised to be a really good boy for them.

Lets ROLL!

He also promised to write us and send a photo now and then so we’d know he was alright.  Happy Tails, Hunter!

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Bailey Blonherd: Notes on a Foster dog

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

Last Updated: Sept 17, 2020

Base Info:

  • Arrival date: July 20, 2020
  • Breed: Retriever Mix
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: Youth, Adult, Mature, Senior
  • Birthdate: July 2018
  • Weight: 55.4 Pounds
    56.7 pounds, Aug 25
    55.7 pounds Sept 8
  • Neutered: Scheduled Aug 25
  • General Health: Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor
  • Temperament: A little skittish with strangers, but friendly once acquainted.
  • SAFER Test: Passed
  • PetFinder Listing: N/A
  • Claimed by Animal Rescue Network of New England
  • Departure date: Sept 11, 2020

History

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

Bailey’s Progress Summary:

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

Relational Behavior

  • Relates well to other dogs: Yes
  • Can eat food/treats near other dogs: No – greedy
  • Preferred style of play: He and Hunter like to wrestle in their “room”.  Has recently started running when it’s cool.
  • Is affectionate: Yes
  • Is good with:
    . Men: Yes
    . Women: Yes
    . Children: Unknown but probably
    . Cats: Unknown
  • Jumps up on people: No
  • Mouths: No
  • Walks well on a leash: Yes

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 (enthusiastically)
  • Sits on command: Yes
  • Down / Off: Yes
  • Shake / Paw: Yes
  • Kennels on command: Yes

Bailey’s Medical

  • DA2PPv: July 17, 2020 (NAC)
    . Booster: Aug 7 (PMFC)
  • Bordatella: July 17, 2020 (NAC)
  • Wormed: Dates | Product | Dose | By
    . Pyrantel Pamoate, July 17, 5.5 cc, NAC
    . Fendbendazole, Aug 7-9, 11 ml, PMFC
    . Fendbendazole, Aug 22-24, 11 ml, PMFC
  • Rabies: date (by) Aug 25, 2020 by Cedarwood
  • Microchipped: Aug 25
    PetKey, not registered
    To register: https://www.freepetchipregistry.com/
  • Neuter: Aug 25, 2020 by Cedarwood Veterinary
  • Heartworm Test: Aug 25, 2020 Negative Cedarwood
  • Flea/Tick preventative:
    . Aug 5, Fipronil topical, 45-88 lbs
    . Sept 1, Fipronil topical, 45-88 lbs
  • Heartworm preventative:
    . Aug 26, Ivermectin solution, 0.6 ml
    .
  • NOTES:
    .
    .

Diet

Victor Classic – Professional Dry Dog Food
1½ cups AM, 1¼ cups PM.
PMFC peanut butter treats
Retriever Beef Basted Sticks
Jones Beef Hooves
Canine Carry-out assorted flavors

Gallery

Progress Updates

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

July 26

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

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

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

Aug 2

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

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

Aug 31

Bailey was neutered last week.  He did really well and has not been licking at his incision, so I didn’t need to cone him.  He is healing well and his skin condition seems to be going away with the antibiotics that were prescribed for him.

Hunter was adopted over the weekend and Bailey got a bit upset when “those strangers” but his brother in a car and drove away.  But he has coped with it.  The only change I’ve seen long term is that he seems more affectionate toward people.

I moved Bailey into Room #4, where Hunter had been staying because Hunter was an exceptionally well behaved boy and being in a minimum security room was not an issue.   Bailey is settled here enough that I was confident we would not try to dig out either.  And I need the high security room Bailey has been staying in for Helo who is a confirmed digger.  More like a tunneler.

I put Helo in Room #1 this morning and let Bailey out of his room for a yard run.  He trotted over to Helo — and chewed him out big time for being in HIS room!  I spritzed him with the hose and he decided to let it go and move on.  They’ve been okay since.

Bailey has a ticket to ride the rescue bus on Sept 11th.

Sept 8

Bailey was not happy about getting into the truck or about going back to  the veterinarian.  But this time no one cut anything off of him, in fact no one even poked him with a needle, so he was happy about that.

The rash on his belly is gone and the fur growing back in.  His neuter incision is healed.  He is in great shape and ready to travel on Friday.

Sept 11

The long haul transport vehicle. Bailey will arrive in NH tomorrow evening.

Bailey will be leaving us this afternoon.  We will take him to meet the big long-haul transport that will take him to New Hampshire.

It’s always sad when one of our babies leaves us, but in this case we have a special note of happiness to add.  A.R.N.N.E. contacted me to let us know that Bailey has an adopter lined up.  A young, retired police officer who has helped the rescue out a lot over the years.  So, after his State ordered quarantine, Bailey will be going straight into his forever home!  That is wonderful news.  Happy Tails, Bailey!

Sept 17

Bailey has settled into his home and, judging by that face, is a happy boy!

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

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

Yet he retains his loving spirit and trusting heart.

Last Updated: Aug. 8, 2020

Base Info:

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

History

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

Smokie’s (Archie’s) Progress Summary:

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

Relational Behavior

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

House Dog Training

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

Terms of Adoption:

Commands:

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

Smokie’s Medical

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

Diet

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

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

Gallery

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

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

Progress Updates

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

July 14

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

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

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

July 15

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

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

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

July 17

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

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

Learning to be a kitchen helper

Mastered Kitchen Helper

Enjoying movie snacks with the gang

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

July 22

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

Who? Me?!

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

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

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

July 27th

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

July 31

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

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

Archie enjoying his truck ride with us.

Happy Tails, Sir Archie!

Archie laid over at The Spa for a couple of days after his transport.

Archie & Zunny enjoying a woodland stroll

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