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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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Blade Malawoofer

Blade has come a long, long, way from when he was picked up by Animal Control as a stray and labeled “super aggressive” by ACO and shelter staff. Don’t judge this dog by his past.

Last Updated: August 14, 2021

Base Info:

  • Arrival date: July 10, 2020
  • Breed: Malamute
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: Youth, Adult, Mature, Senior
  • Birth date: unknown
  • Weight: 71 pounds (Sept 9, 2020)
  • Neutered: Yes
  • Up to date on shots: Yes
  • General Health: Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor
  • Temperament: Can be bull-headed (It’s a malamute thing) but now seeks affection.
  • Departure date: July 27, 2021 – Returned Aug 5th, adoption failed because he bit someone.

History

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

Blade’s Progress Summary:

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

Commands:

  • Comes when called: Usually
  • Sits on command: Yes
  • Down / Off: Yes
  • Shake / Paw: Yes
  • Kennels on command: Yes, with a bribe.

Relational Behavior

  • Relates well to other dogs: Most dogs. Has issues with some male dogs.
  • Can eat food/treats near other dogs: Yes
  • Preferred style of play: chasing, wrestling
  • Is affectionate: With people he trusts
  • Is good with:
  • . Men: Less than with women.
  • . Women: Yes, he’s a ladies man.
  • . Children: Unknown. He’s big and can get rowdy in play. Small children might be at risk.
  • . Cats & Guinea Pigs: Yes
  • Jumps up on people: Occasionally, when extra excited.
  • Mouths: No
  • Walks well on a leash: Yes

NOTE:

Because he bit someone and we don’t know why or how it happened, we cannot adopt him out again because it might happen again. Blade will remain here at Piney Mountain as a Forever Foster.

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Progress Updates

Detailed progress notes are listed below, in chronological order, newest at the bottom. We put it all in here, good and bad, so you know what you would be getting into if you adopt this dog. It’s YOUR responsibility to read it.

June 27th

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

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

June 29th

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

July 10

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

And I have a supply of Vienna Sausages laid in!

July 29

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

Aug 6

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

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

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


Aug 10

Blade is really good about holding his bodily functions until he is let out into the yard, so we let him out first at breakfast time.  In the beginning he would rush out into the yard, run a few laps and mark a few trees until his bowels were ready, take care of that, then run to his room to eat breakfast.  But lately he has made the morning run into something unique:

And in the evening, there’s nothing better than a belly rub in the grass from his favorite person after a rousing game of Huff-Snort-Run with that other guy who he sorta-likes — sometimes.

Aug 20

Blade s still devoted to Marie and will do anything she asks.  He loves playing The Game with me in the evenings and he’s doing better at letting me pet him.  Sometimes.  Sometimes he just refuses.  It’s not aggression at all  – more playful refusal.  But it is refusal to comply with my instructions.

Aug 25

Blade is becoming more compliant with me.  More often than not he will agree to being bribed back into his room after a play session — so he’s getting more play sessions.  He likes that.

Sept 9 – The Big Day

Today is the day we’ve been building for, planning out, and praying over for long time.  Neuter Day.  We have taken Blade for a truck ride before, and he enjoyed that.  He trusts Marie and Autum and is compliant with them.  Less so with me, although that has improved vastly in the last three days.  Blade was NOT happy about getting no breakfast this morning, but he agreed to get into the truck as long as Marie was going along.

When we got to the shelter where the mobile vet clinic was working today, Blade got nervous.  He does not like the shelter, he was confined here for far too long.  So we stayed as far away from the kennels as we could.

Marie and I held him and distracted him while the vet tech gave him the first shot (in his butt, to relax him).  That went unusually well.  Then Blade and I sat in the back of the truck cab and I petted him and assured him that everything was okay.  He was getting drowsy, bur refused to lie down.

15 minutes later Crystal came again with the IV anesthesia.  Again I soothed him and held his head while she found a vein and injected him.  Again, it went unusually well.  This big bad boy is usually pretty combative about letting anyone touch him.  Moments later, “fwoop” he was on the floor, out cold.  Crystal scooped him up and carried him into the mobile vet clinic.

While he was having his surgery, Marie and I went to do a SAFER test on Siri, our next intake.  Just as we were finishing that up, Crystal poked her head in the building and said, “He’s waking up, you want to come get him?”

I pulled our truck over behind the mobile clinic.  Crystal tried to scoop him up, but he was awake enough to be having no part of that.  “Uhh  … do YOU want to try this?”  I sidled in and encircled his chest, sliding him out of the door, Crystal got hold of his hips and we moved him gently over into the truck.  He was pretty groggy yet.

We got him home without incident, but he was still too woosy to want to jump down out of the truck, and was not willing to let me “help” him down.  So we waited.

When he was ready, he got down and staggered into the play yard.  But instead of going to his room, he insisted on going out to lie in the grass.  Marie stayed with him while I unloaded the truck and got him some ‘breakfast’, which he snarffed down.  Groggy or not, he was HUNGRY!

Since then, Marie and I have been taking shifts sitting with him to console him and keep  him from licking  his incision.  Later I fixed a 6″ pizza for him that we’ve kept in the freezer.  I cut it into wedges and hand fed the whole thing to him.  He enjoyed that and has been glaring at me less since then.  I hope to get back into his good graces soon, because we need to get him out and socialized better so he can transport and go find a forever home.

Sept 10

Blade is letting me work with him again, and is complying with my requests in his own, Bladely way.  Bribery helps.  Blade likes playing with Blondie Bear.  He’s pretty spry for a fella who just had his nads removed!

Sept 17

Blade was mad at me this morning.  Breakfast was 2 hours late because Marie was sleeping and if I left the house Buddy Beagle would be screaming at me from the window that is right next to Marie’s side of the bed. Not conducive to rest.  So I fed the inside dogs (and me) and the outside dogs had to wait until she got up to check her numbers. My plan was to slip out and do this quick so she could get back to bed.  Blade had other ideas.

He ran around for a while, swinging by long enough to yell at me (he’s LOUD when he does that) then run off again.  I thought maybe he wanted to play, so I went out and chased him around a bit.  But an old dude, who is brain-dead from lack of sleep, running around on a grassy slope, in the rain is a recipe for painful injuries.  So that did not last long.

I went back to standing by his door with his cookie and trying to not look at him, just stare off some place else like I don’t even know he’s there (but able to keep tabs on him in my peripheral vision.  He’d come charging up, yell ferociously at me, sometimes bouncing his front end up and down for emphasis, than stalk off for a moment.  And repeat.

I told him, “You’re the one in the rain getting soaked.  Your tantrum isn’t affecting me: I’m nice and dry under this roof.  Come get your cookie so you can dry off.”

He kept yelling.  I finally understood what he was yelling about.  I had disturbed his sleep when I brought Helo out to his kennel at 1:15 AM so we could leave.  Helo probably yelled and howled most of the time we were gone, further annoying Blade.  We got home about 4:00 I came out and retrieved Helo (who stood up and pounded me on my back in his own anger at me for leaving him) but did NOT bring breakfast, as Blade thought I should because his sense of time was messed up.  So when I finally brought him breakfast, he thought it was lunch time and at lunch time he always gets a Vienna sausage as his reward for a successful potty run.  I was offering him a mere cookie.  A COOKIE!  How ARE I?

So I went inside and got a sausage.  I showed it to him and Blade went right in his room and I secured his door. I wish he’d explained that earlier!

Sept 25

Yesterday I let Siri out for her lunch time potty break. She was good, did her business (in the rain) and came right back to her room for her treat. She’s really settling down. Then I let Blade out.

Normally he will behave similarly. He takes a little longer, but comes back and goes into his room to get his Vienna Sausage (he loves those). But not THIS time.

Short version: after FOUR HOURS in the rain, a full can of Vienna Sausages and a slice of roast beef (as bait, which he didn’t get most of) he was still running in the rain, sopping wet, thirsty, and filthy — and yelling at me that he wants MARIE to put him up, not me. But Marie was at work.

Worse yet, I took her to work that morning. So she wasn’t coming home until I went and got her.

Eventually I left him running loose in the yard to go fetch Marie. When we got back, he was still in the yard. Marie went out, walked him to his room and he went right in.

Today he’s getting no lunch time potty break, he can just hold it until Marie gets home this evening.

GAH, what a bull-headed dog!

Oct. 13

We’ve made MUCH progress with Blade in his relating to me.  He still loves to play the Chase Me game and will play any time I’m willing.  Lately that has been on his lunch time play break because it’s getting dark early so the evening run is just a short potty break.  When play time is over he consistently goes back into his kennel for me.

For the past couple of days it’s been raining — and he STILL went back in his kennel for me!  I haven’t had to ask Marie to come out and help me with him in quite a while.

Also, when I let him out of his kennel I stand close by the door and as he runs past me I reach down and run my hand along his back as he passes.  That always gets an “Oh no, you TOUCHED me!” reaction, but that is becoming less pronounced the longer I keep it up.  And sometimes, when we’re both especially worn out after play, I can sit down and he will walk over and let me pet him under the chin.

Oct. 22

Blade is doing better at letting me handle him.  He will now routinely let me pet him if I sit down and say, “come” … as long as he knows I have treats stashed near by.  He has gone for a truck ride a couple of times and loves it.  We tried again last night and he wanted to ride but would not let me clip on a leash, so in the end he got put back in his room and Siri went for the ride.

He will now reliably go back into his kennel for me after a play time.  For a treat.  No treat, he just yells at me.  Blade has a LOUD voice.

He still likes Marie better than me, and will do most anything for her.  But he and I are getting along much better now.

I’m a roof-woofer!

One of Blades more impressive new stunts as we play The Chase-Me Game is to circle around behind Blondie’s Playhouse Cabin and leap across to the roof.  That’s not new he’s done that for a long time, but now instead of sitting down to look us in the eye as we interact with him he uses the cabin roof as a launching pad and goes sailing out over the grass.  He gets some impressive hang times!  I’d love to catch that on video.

Nov. 10

Blade has picked up a “thing” from his neighbor: Scout.

Nov. 26

Blade is becoming more compliant with me.  He responds well to “come” and “in your room” and will let me pet him if I’m sitting down (to be less threatening).  He’s getting close to being transportable.

Dec. 25

We have a very white Christmas — and Blade LOVES it:

Jan 17, 2021

There is not much new to report, but I felt I should post SOMETHING (and update the summary info above).  Blade is still Blade.  He loves Marie and will do anything she asks of him.  He tolerates me and is compliant most of the time.  But occasionally, and not always for any apparent reason, he will decide to be belligerent and refuse to go back into his room after a play session.  He will only comply if Marie comes out to put him up.  Sometimes I think it’s just because he misses her and this is how he makes her come out to visit.

Jan 25

For the past week Blade has been exceptionally cooperative with me.  He has gotten to where I can let him out for potty runs at 6:00 AM and at 9:00 PM after Timber goes out, and he will go do his business and come right back.  This morning he even did so in a heavy rain.  In the past rain and/or dark always made him more rebellious.  I am pleased and as a result he is getting more frequent yard play time because I don’t have to limit him to only when Marie is here to take over if he refuses to comply.

Feb 25

March 10

April 18

We had some folks over to do a meet-n-greet with Maggie, which we did on the sidewalk in front of the kennels, giving Blade a front row seat. After watching us all fawn over Maggie, Blade decided he wanted some of that action and started doing tricks for us. I let him out to run in the yard for a bit. He showed off with some of his athletic moves, came when called, sat on command, and went back in his “room” when told. One of the trio to came to meet Maggie decided that as soon as he got a house of his own, he WANTED Blade. He was an exceptionally good boy!


April 21

I went out to make the mail run, which includes stopping in at my Mom’s house to drop off her mail – she lives on one corner of our property. I got distracted by our discussion of world events.

When I went back into the fenced play yard I let Blade out for a potty run, forgetting that The Beagles had come out with me when I left the house. I realized the oversight when I saw Blade galloping after Josephine (AKA Delicate Little Flower, AKA Sharkey) who was running like mad to keep ahead of him. She did some dodging and weaving and doubling back. Being a Beagle, Dachshund mix she is quite nimble.

When he caught up to her, Blade reared up to pounce and Josie zipped out of the way at the last second (Blade is accustomed to playing with Blondie Bear, Blondie does not zip any more) and he came down on bare grass, glancing around, “Where’d she go?” while Josie snickered at him as she circled to stay out of sight behind him until she was ready to take off again. They played this way for quite a while.

Buddy Beagle got into it too, but his thing was to run after them, baying at them to calm down. Once he managed to get between them, and he turned sideways to Blade and bayed loudly, “Leave her alone!” Blade stood looking perplexed, “You’re scary for a little guy. I’m not sure what to make of you.” But then he walked around Buddy far enough to take off after Josie leaving Bad Bad Beagle Brown trailing behind again.

After a while everyone concerned got tired and thirsty. Blade went back to his room to get his beef stick and a drink, the Beagles came back in the house. Good play session guys, good play session! And Blade gets a gold star on Playing With Others.

May 31

Last night Marie had Blade were out in the yard.  Blade saw something sitting in the yard: could have been a mouse, a rat, a chipmunk, who knows.  He sauntered over to investigate.  It (apparently) bolted through a gap in or under the skirting of the trailer.  This is metal.  Blade punched right through the skirting in pursuit!  We don’t know if he caught his prey, but he did come back out once I pulled the bent up tin out of the way to make a hole he could get out of.  I’ve never seen him do that before.  Now he has a new game to play.  (sigh)

I’ll use the panels of roofing tin I have laying around (used to be covers on lumber piles) to screw in over the old skirting to try and Blade-proof it.  They’re both silver, so it should not look too awful, and is heavier than the skirting tin.  For the time being I’ve placed a kennel panel over the damaged area, pinned it at ground level with rebar and propped it up with a fence post at the top. That will keep him (and all the other dogs) from using this gateway to a new playground.


Blade’s Playmates

Over the many months that Blade has been here his play style has evolved. He started out really rough and tumble. Blondie Bear (our biggest do other than Blade) would play with him some times, but just for a while, then tell him off and go sit in her watchtower. But recently has has mellowed and can scale his play to match his playmate. He and Luna play regularly. She a sturdy girl. He tried to play with Buddy Beagle once, but Buddy just said, “Go away boy, yer bothering me.” and Blade wandered off to find someone less curmudgeonly. He even played with our smallest, Josephine, once. He didn’t hurt her but his bounding ways intimidated her and she called it quits quickly.

Everly is small, but high energy. I’ve tried them together twice before, with a line on Everly in case it gets so rough it isn’t play anymore, and it has gone well. I brought the camera with me today. I needed to do some kennel maintenance first so I tried to catch them playing in the kennel. They saw my camera and were reticent.


July 18

Blade likes to wade in Pearls swimming pool, but he barely fit into that. We thought we’d see if he liked wading in some big water.

July 24

We’ve been working at grooming Blade the Sasquatch. He needs brushing every day, but is reluctant to let Doug do that most of the time. On occasion, Blade will submit; mostly not. Unless Marie is there. He will do ANYTHING for Marie! When she has time, we can do a team brushing and Blade is fine with that — as long as we don’t touch his tail. His tail is SCARED! Do Not Touch the Tail, knave!


July 28

Blade has moved out. I’m not sure I’m happy about that. In fact, I’m sure I’m not happy about that. Not yet. In time, but right now I miss him.

Jacqueline drove 4 hours and 25 minutes to get here yesterday evening. And a longer time to get home since she would need to incorporate potty breaks for Blade. She spent a couple of hours letting him get to know her. That didn’t go well at first (as in he yanked her off her feet and dragged her a ways on their first attempt at leash walking together), but he warmed up as they got acquainted. Especially when she broke out the taco dog snacks. Who doesn’t love tacos? Blade always has been a sucker for bribery.

Aug 2

Blade is doing great in his new home. He gets along with other dogs, small children, guinea pigs and CATS! He has decided he no longer likes to be outside (air conditioning has spoiled him). He goes outside to do his business and he’s right back at the door wanting to come back in. He’s a big cuddle bug and very sweet. He doesn’t like to be left alone and whines if his mom go to the bathroom and shuts the door.

I think he’s going to be fine here!

Aug 14

I received a message from Blades adoptive mom Aug 4th: She had been visiting with her daughter, son-in-law, and their two year old son. Toddler and Blade were sitting on the floor near each other while they all watched a movie. Blade bit the boy on the toe. Exactly what happened has not been determined, but Dad said, “Get rid of the dog or I’ll have him euthanized.”

So Doug and Marie drove to Clarksville TN on Thursday to retrieve Blade.

Because he bit someone and we don’t know why or how it happened, we cannot adopt him out again because it might happen again. Blade will remain here at Piney Mountain as a Forever Foster.

He did get spoiled, being a house dog for a week. And he has been especially belligerent with Doug since he got back – still fully compliant with Marie – but he’s settling in again to the routine here. Once a vacancy as a House Dog opens up we will try Blade for that opening. We have four full-time house dogs ranging from 26 pounds to 90 pounds. Five dogs in our small home is a full house indeed, especially if one of them is an enormous floof monster.

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Roscoe Redusky: Notes on a foster dog

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

Last Updated: July 3, 2020

Base Info:

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

History

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

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

Roscoe’s Progress Summary:

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

Relational Behavior

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

House Dog Training

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

Terms of Adoption:

Contact A Pathway to Hope for an adoption application.

Commands:

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

Medical

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

Diet

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

Gallery

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Progress Updates

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

June 26th

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

June 30th

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

July 2nd

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Adam Huskherd: Notes on a foster dog

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

Last Updated: Sept 13, 2020

Base Info:

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

History

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

Adam’s Progress Summary:

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

Relational Behavior

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

House Dog Training

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

Terms of Adoption:

Contact A Pathway to Hope for an adoption application.

Commands:

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

Medical

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

Diet

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

Gallery

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Progress Updates

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

June 13th

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

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

June 15th

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

June 17th

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

June 23rd

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

July 3rd

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

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

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

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

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

July 14

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

Sept 13

We got word today that Adam is being reunited with his sister and best friend, Luna (known to us as Cyrus). The family who adopted her has decided to adopt him as well.  She looks very happy to have him back!

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Creo Terrhund: Notes on a foster dog

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

Last Updated: July 14, 2020

Base Info:

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

History

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

Creo’s Progress Summary:

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

Relational Behavior

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

House Dog Training

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

Terms and Process of Adoption:

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

Commands:

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

Medical

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

Diet

Kibble

Gallery

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Progress Updates

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

June 23

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

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

July 13, 2029

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

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Spirit Huskador: Notes on a foster dog

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

Last Updated: June 13, 2020

Base Info:

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

History

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

Spirit’s Progress Summary:

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

Relational Behavior

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

House Dog Training

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

 

Commands:

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

Medical

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

Diet

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

Gallery

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Progress Updates

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

May 3

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

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

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

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

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

May 5

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

May 11

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

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

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

May 14

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

May 19

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

May 22

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

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

May 30

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

Housebreaking

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

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

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

Why Limited to a Husky-Experienced Home?

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

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

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

On the Up Side

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

June 12, 2020

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

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

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

Happy tails, Spirit!

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Chip Schnauzhuahua: Notes on a foster dog

A cute, playful fellow with a good temperament.

Last Updated: Nov 3, 2020

Base Info:

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

History

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

Chip’s Progress Summary:

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

Relational Behavior

  • Relates well to other dogs: Yes
  • Can eat food/treats near other dogs: Yes
  • Preferred style of play: Mostly he just follows either me or Carme around.  Likes to run with Josephine.
  • Is affectionate: Yes
  • Is good with:
    . Men: Yes
    . Women: Yes
    . Children: Yes
    . Cats: No Yes
  • Jumps up on people: Yes
  • Mouths: Yes (gently)
  • Walks well on a leash: Yes

House Dog Training

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

Commands:

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

Chip’s Medical

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

Diet

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

Gallery

In chronological order, newest at the bottom.

Hair-do like a teeny lion

Chip & Carme, best buds
PIC

Progress Updates

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

March 16

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

March 20

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

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

April 5

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

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

April 28

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

May 3

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

Nov 3

We received a not from Chips family:
“Hope all is well with you ! I just wanted to let u know how Chip was doing and send along some pics!

He’s doing great and I love having him around. He’s a joy! We’ve gotten him groomed 2 times now since we adopted him.

I think he’s gained a pound or so since then also. My husband cant stop himself from giving him treats !! I’ve been sticking to 1/2 C Kibble and 2 tsps wet food, but he just loves to eat. always looking for more.
We go on plenty of walks. Now that it’s getting cold, I don’t go as far. But last night, I came face to face with a coyote. it was dark, 6-6:30ish, that’s the time I take him out for his last poop. I flashed my flashlight at him and he ran away. I scooped up Chip and ran with him all the way home. I might have to change his schedule, take him out at 4-4:30ish while still light out. hopefully, he’ll poop then.

Also, we’ve noticed that he does not like to get wet at all! When it’s raining out, he does not like to go poop outside. He’ll hold it. Just does a couple of pees and makes a beeline to the house to go inside again. That must be a small dog thing.

We just luv him to bits !! Sending along some pics. He was a cowardly (‘ferocious’) lion for Halloween.

Wishing all the best to you and the shelter.

Best,
Kathleen Cabral
Groveland, MA

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Carme’ Shepcorgo: Notes on a foster dog

A well-behaved boy.

Last Updated: May 3, 2020

Base Info:

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

History

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

Carme’s Progress Summary:

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

Relational Behavior

  • Relates well to other dogs: Yes
  • Can eat food/treats near other dogs: Yes
  • Preferred style of play:  wandering and peeing on things
  • Is affectionate: Likes petting, doesn’t seek it
  • Is good with:
    . Men: Yes
    . Women: Yes
    . Children: Yes
    . Cats: No Yes
  • Jumps up on people: No
  • Mouths: No
  • Walks well on a leash: Yes

House Dog Training

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

Commands:

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

Carme’s Medical

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

Diet

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

Gallery

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

Carme the Magnificent
PIC PIC PIC

Progress Updates

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

March 16

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

March 20

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

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

April 28

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

May 3

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

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Camden Tangelockz: Notes on a foster dog

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

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

Last Updated: July 11, 2020

Base Info:

  • Arrival date: Feb. 06, 2020
  • Breed: Poodle Mix
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: Puppy, Young Adult, Mature, Senior
  • Weight: 26 Pounds (April 23)
  • Neutered: Yes
  • General Health: Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor
  • Temperament: Wants to interact, but cannot be handled.
  • Departure date: July 11, 2020 returning to H.S.J.C. then to Carolina Poodle Rescue 7/14

History

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

Camden’s Progress Summary:

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

Relational Behavior

  • Relates well to other dogs: Yes
  • Can eat food/treats near other dogs: Yes
  • Preferred style of play: unknown
  • Is affectionate: In his own way, just no touching.
  • Is good with:
    . Men: Yes
    . Women: Yes
    . Children: No
    . Cats: Unknown
  • Jumps up on people: No
  • Mouths: No
  • Walks well on a leash: No

House Dog Training

  • Willingly enters his crate: Yes
  • Is calm/quiet while in crate: Yes
  • Understands going outside to potty: Unknown
  • Alerts me of need to go outside: no
  • Is destructive of bedding and/or toys: No
  • Refrains from kitchen counter cruising: Yes (can’t reach)
  • Stays off people furniture: Unknown

Commands:

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

Medical

  • DA2PP: 01/18/2020 (HSJC)
    . Booster:
  • Bordatella: 01/18/2020 (HSJC)
  • Wormed: Dates | Product | Dose | By
    .    01/18/2020 | Strongid | ??? | HSJC
  • Rabies: 01/18/2020 (???)
  • Neuter: April 22, 2020 (HSJC)
  • Heartworm Test: April 22, NEGATIVE (HSJC)
  • Flea/Tick preventative:
    . date, product, dose
  • Heartworm preventative:
    . May 4, Ivermectin Oral 0.25 ml
    . June 1, Ivermectin Oral 0.25 ml
    . July 3, Ivermectin Oral, 0.3 ml
  • NOTES:
    . I’m told he has bad teeth and needs soft kibble or he won’t eat.
    .4/23 – 4/27 Amoxicillin Trihydrate 62.5 mg 2 x daily for infected ingrown claw (removed at neuter)

Diet

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

Gallery

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

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

A new snuggle friend.

Enjoying the sunshine

Progress Updates

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

Feb 6

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

Feb 12

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

Feb 16

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

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

April 8

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

April 24

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

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

May 11

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

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

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

July 3

I got word over the weekend that Camden has been accepted by a Poodle rescue in North Carolina.  They say this “Social Distancing” behavior is quite common in abused Poodles, they know how to deal with it and can help him.

While in our care, he has become a friendly, happy, little fellow who will come out of his dog house to cavort around my feet as I clean his kennel.  He just backs away from being touched.

He got out of his kennel once and went around checking on the other dogs, who thought this was quite exciting!  I was able to herd him back into his kennel without incident.  Another time he decided to moosh himself between his dog house and the fencing of his kennel with his back pressed up against the fencing.  I came along and decided to try scratching his back.  Usually that would result in a flying leap over the dog house to get away.  This time he turned his head to stare at me with a “What do you think you’re doing?” expression and drew himself up a little but there were no panicked acrobatics.  Maybe he’s made a little progress with this too.

July 8

July 11

Camden was safely delivered back to Humane Society of Jefferson County.  It took only a little coercion to get him into hos transport box, he rode well, and at the other end he came right out, trotted around and hopped up on the cushy raised bed they had prepared for him.  Happy as a clam in silt.  Happy tails to you, Cammie!

 

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Scout Shepherd

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

Last Updated: Nov 26, 2020

Base Info:

  • Arrival date: Jan. 14, 2020
  • Breed: Shepherd Mix
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: Youth, Adult, Mature, Senior
  • Weight: @ 55 Pounds
  • Spayed/Neutered: Unknown
  • General Health: Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor
  • Temperament: Nervous, timid but not aggressive.
  • Gets Along with: People, Dogs, Cats
  • Crate Trained: No
  • Housebroken: Maybe.
  • Departure date: Undetermined

History

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

Scout’s Progress Summary:

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

Dog to Dog Behavior

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

Dog to People Behavior

  • Is affectionate: Getting there
  • Is good with:
    .   Men: Yes, once he warms to you.
    .   Women: Yes, once he warms to you
    .   Children: Little Kids are scary things!
  • Jumps up on people: No
  • Mouths: No
  • Walks well on a leash: No

House Dog Training

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

Commands:

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

Medical

  • DA2PP: date (by)
    . Booster:
  • Bordatella: date (by)
  • Wormed: Dates | Product | Dose | By
  • Rabies: date (by)
  • Spay/Neuter: date (by)
  • Heartworm Test: date, result (by)
  • Flea/Tick preventative:
    . date, product, dose
  • Heartworm preventative:
    . date, product, dose
  • NOTES:
    . Stopped eating 06/10, very loose stool.  Giving 11ml Fendbendazole daily 06/11 – 06/15 – that took care of it.
    .

Diet

Victor Classic Professional dry dog food:
. ½ cup kibble & 5 oz home made stew AM
. ½ cup kibble & 4 oz. home made stew PM

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

Gallery

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Your room is ready, sir.

Tarp in place to block that cold North wind.

Scouts hidey hole from the bitter cold.

Dog’s eye view

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

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

Scout is letting me pet him!

FINALLY! I got a collar on him

Progress Updates

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

Jan 14

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

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

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

Jan 19

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

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

Dog’s eye view

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

Jan 26

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

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

Feb 4

Feb 16

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

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

March 6

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

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

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

March 20

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

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

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

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

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

April 15

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

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

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

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

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

June 27

Scout show definite signs of wanting to come out and play with the Huskies, especially Cyrus.  But when I go in with a leash, the leash spooks him – foreign objects are scary.  I can go in with my pooper scooper, hose, floor brush, squeegee, and disinfectant foamer and he’s fine with all that because he recognizes these things now.  I’ll start taking a leash in with me at treat times and work on getting him out in the yard.

One thing I must say is that he tries SO hard to keep his room clean.  He lifts his leg and pees THROUGH the fencing to get his urine outside, and he has one small spot where he leaves his poop, and no where else.  If I can get him out for leash walks, he will “housebreak” easily.

Nov 26

Very little has changed.  We seem to have reached a plateau with this boy that he is not wiling to move past.  It’s time to seek some other solution for this sweet boy.  Obviously I don’t have what it takes to fix Scout.

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