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

Last updated: Nov 3, 2022


Tonka was picked up for vagrancy by City of Newport Animal Control on Sept 24th. He is emaciated, fur is badly matted, has ear infections, skin issues, and heart worms. He’s a gentle, sweet boy and has been trained. But he’s been roughing it for a while. No tags, no microchip, no response to Found Dog notices. His future didn’t look good. But A Pathway to Hope stepped in and PMFC will foster him for them while they arrange a local (to them) foster. He needs specialty care that would be better done close to Pathway.

Base Info:

  • Arrival date: Sept 28, 2022
  • Breed: Golden Retriever/Husky mix
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: Mature
  • Birth date: 09/24/2015
  • Weight: 46.8 pounds on Sept 24 (should be 70 pounds)
    ………….. 48.6 pounds on Sept 29 (different scale)
    ………….. 46.8 pounds on Oct 14
    ………….. 52.8 pounds on Oct 19 (YAY!)
    ………….. 53.6 Pounds on Nov.1
  • Spayed/Neutered: Not Yet
  • General Health: Poor
  • Temperament: Calm and gentle – but the sick ones often are. Likes to sing and dance, has a great voice.
  • SAFER Test performed: Yes – Passed easily
  • Departure date: November 4th, 2022 headed to A Pathway to Hope

Relational Behavior

  • Relates well to other dogs: Mostly. Responds in kind when approached with aggression. Being an intact male he can get “forward” with the ladies.
  • Can eat food/treats near other dogs: No. Having been starved he resource-guards.
  • Preferred style of play: Indoors he likes squeaky plush toys. Treats them gently. Outdoors he doesn’t play yet. He explores.
  • Is affectionate: Yes. Loves being petted, especially belly rubs.
  • Is good with:
    . Men: Yes
    . Women: Yes
    . Children: Probably
    . Cats: NO.
  • Jumps up on people: No
  • Mouths: If he thinks you have food in your hand. Give treats in an open hand, not held in your fingers.
  • Walks well on a leash: Yes
  • OTHER: Loves to go for car rides. Loads up easily and is calm and attentive while riding. He’s always up for another adventure!


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

Matted Fur

This poor boy has fur that is one solid mat all over his body. The fur on his belly is urine soaked and is burning his skin. Mats around his hind legs prevent them from moving normally. Our veterinarian ordered him shaven so we can start again on a decent coat of fur and so she can better examine his skin and treat any issues.

I took him to Kathy’s Grooming Parlor for the shave. She said he was a really good boy, no trouble at all.

Without all that fur, he reminds everyone of an Alpaca!

Ear Crud

Tonka’s ears are cruddy an inflamed. They are painful to him as well, he does a lot of head-tilting because of this. Dr. Sandra started him on DermVet ointment while he was still at Newport Animal Control, and I and continuing that here. Dr Sandra advised that I should NOT attempt to clean his ears until the inflammation is gone, that might irritate it further, just administer the ointment and work it down into the canals. His right ear clicks.

Intestinal Sloughing

Just as Tonka was finally starting to gain weight, the Doxycycline he started taking caused the lining of his intestine to slough off and be ejected along with water-like diarrhea. We made an emergency trip to the vet to find this out. We stopped the Doxy, put him on Pro-Pectaline, Sucralifate, Metronidazole, and FortiFlora. To reduce strain on his gut and encourage healing we also changed his diet to Purina Pro Veterinary EN canned food.

In the past three days we have seen significant improvement in his BM’s, control of his bowels, and heightened appetite.

Travel Plans

Today, November 3rd, Tonka went back to Cedarwood for a follow-up exam. He has made enough progress that Dr Sandra can sign off on him as being “healthy” and issue the Health Certificate he needs to travel across state lines. Tonka will be heading for New Jersey tomorrow evening. A Pathway to Hope has a cardiologist lined up for him as soon as he gets settled in up there.

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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


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


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


  • 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)


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


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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Sable Steele

Sable was dealt a tough hand in life and it’s not surprising she was mistrusting of people. Sable is here to learn that not all people are creeps.

Last updated: Jan. 28, 2019

Base Info:

  • Arrival date: Nov. 3, 2018
  • Breed: German Shepherd mix
  • Sex: Female
  • Age: Young, Adult, Mature, Senior
  • Weight: @ 65 Pounds
  • Spay/Neutered: Yes
  • General Health: Excellent
  • Temperament: She’s come a long way. Reserved around strangers but no longer fearful or defensive. Affectionate with those she knows.
  • Gets Along with Dogs: Yes (larger dogs)
  • Gets Along with People: Yes
  • Housebroken: Yes
  • Crate Trained: Yes
  • Departure date: January 18, 2019 –> S.A.V.E.


Sable’s mom left Sable with an adult daughter — then disappeared. Sable had 4 puppies at the time and would not let anyone near them or her. That put the daughter in a difficult spot, so she called Newport Animal Control to come pick up the lot of them.

Sable has been in residence at N.A.C. since March of 2018. She has survived this long because the Manager, Lisa, took a particular liking to Sable and they bonded. Lisa would have adopted Sable, except that the dog she already had did NOT like Sable.

Sable does get along with the staff at N.A.C. and they take her for walks several times a day, but she is (was) hostile to strangers. That has gotten worse the longer she’s been incarcerated at N.A.C. Her chances of adoption are slim to none, and now they HAVE to do something with her … so Piney Mountain Foster took her in and will work at calming her down and socializing her. Once that was done, Steele Away Home accepted her for rescue.

Known Issues

The aggression toward strangers is gone now. When she was spayed she was fine – if not openly friendly then at least not fearful – with the volunteers helping to manage the dogs at the event. Recently several rescue friends (new to Sable) have come to dog-sit for a while and reported Sable to be calm and friendly. She is ready to graduate the behavior mod class!

** NOT good with cats or small dogs. **

She and Rebel ( a Husky foster dog) are sweet on one another. They love to pay in the yard and he comes to lie next to her kennel and “chat” with her every chance he gets. She also likes to play with Hudson, and gets along fine with Blondie Bear. Sable is not fond of Callie, but Callie antagonizes her.

Sable is gentle on her bedding, in fact shows no destructive tendencies at all. She appreciates her comforts.

Sable walks well on a leash.


  • DA2PP: 11/2/2018 by N.A.C.
  • Bordatella: 11/2/2108 by N.A.C.
  • Wormed: 5/23/2018 Pyrantel Pamoate 6 ml by N.A.C.
    Wormed 12/3, 12/4, 12/5 Pyrantel Pamoate, 10 ml by PMFC
  • Rabies: Nov 30, 2018 by Claws and Paws
  • Spay/Neuter: Nov 30, 2018 by Claws and Paws
  • Microchipped: Yes
  • Flea/Tick preventative: Dec 1, 2018: Advantage
    . Jan. 4 2019: Advantage
  • Heartworm preventative: Dec 1, 2018 – NuHeart (PMFC)
    . Jan 4, 2019: NuHeart (PMFC)
  • Heartworm Test: Nov 30, 2018 by Claws and Paws – NEGATIVE

Progress Notes

Updates are regularly posted on the foster dogs. For a listing of those that include Sable [click here]


In roughly chronological order, newest at the bottom. Click the thumbnails to enlarge. Some pictures are linked to Doggy Tales and videos about Sable, click those to open the related story or video.


Settling in at her new home

Saying “hey” to her neighbors.

Sable REALLY likes Lily!

Sable & Rebel first play date (video)

Sable has a night visitor (video)

Sable and Rebel play chase (video)

Sable and Rebel in Gentle Play (video)

Learning table dining.

Lounging in the sunshine.
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Lego Steele: Notes On A Rescue Dog

This is a foster dog diary post about Lego. New information will be added to the end of this post so all info on this dog is kept in one place and in chronological order.

Last Updated: March 31, 2017

Lego’s History

The story we got was that her family got another family dog after having Lego for almost 4 years. Lego did not get along with the new dog right away, so they got rid of Lego.

Intake Information

  • Arrived here: March 27
  • Breed: Black Lab
  • Age: 3 years (will be 4 in June)
  • Sex: Female
  • Spayed: Yes
  • Weight: @60 lbs
  • Health: Very good. Shots are all up to date and she looks great!
  • Personality: Energetic and playful. She LOVES belly rubs.


Awakened in the night by the need to urinate, I slide my legs over the edge of the bed. Instinctively I glance down, looking for the black and white blur, in my myopic vision, of Dolly’s sleeping form in the dim glow of the hallway nightlight. Dolly has taken to sleeping next to the bed. This started during storms; rain makes her nervous, thunder terrifies her and she seeks solace by snuggling up next to the bed where I can drape an arm over and scratch her ears. Lately she starts out sleeping on her snuggle bed in the corner of the bedroom, but after we’ve gone to sleep slinks over and curls up as close to me as she can get.