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Sweet Cyrus Huskadoll: Notes on a foster dog

Skittish and something of a crybaby right now, she’s been mistreated. We’ll need to restore her trust.

Last Updated: July 11, 2020

Base Info:

  • Arrival date: June 13, 2020
  • Breed: Husky mix
  • Sex: Female
  • Age: Youth, Adult, Mature, Senior
  • Estimated birth date:  August 2019
  • Weight: 34.2 Pounds (June 30)
  • Spayed: June 30, 2020
  • General Health: Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor
  • Temperament: Nervous, but seeks attention.
  • SAFER test performed? Yes-passed
  • Claimed by A Pathway to Hope
  • Departure date: July 17th, 2020

History

Part of a free-ranging pack of three sibling Husky mixes, this little girl was the shrinking violet of the group.  They were caught and brought in by a good Samaritan who didn’t want them to get hurt by wandering free.

Cyrus’ 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: Running, gentle wrestling, circling Beagles
  • Is affectionate: Nervous of strangers but seeks attention.  Warms quickly.
  • Is good with:
    . Men: Yes
    . Women: Yes
    . Children: Probably
    . Cats: Unknown
  • Jumps up on people: No
  • Mouths: No
  • Walks well on a leash: Getting better

House Dog Training

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

Terms of Adoption:

Contact A Pathway to Hope for an adoption application.

Commands:

  • Comes when called: Yes
  • Sits on command: Yes
  • Down / Off: Yes
  • Shake / Paw: Working on it
  • Kennels on command: Yes: already sees her kennel as her Safe Place, seeks to be back in there after play or training.

Medical

  • 5 Way: 06/05-2020 (Friends Animal Shelter)
    . Booster: 06/30/2020 (Cedarwood Veterinary Hospital
  • Bordatella: 06/05/2020 (FAS)
  • Wormed: Dates | Product | Dose | By
    . 06/05 – 06/07/2020  Panacur 6.7ml (FAS)
    . 06/16 – 06/18/2020 Fendbendazole 7 ml (PMFC)
  • Rabies: 06/30/2020 (Cedarwood)
  • Microchipped: 06/30/2020 PetKey Not registered
    http://www.petmicrochiplookup.org/
    To register: https://www.freepetchipregistry.com/
  • Spay/Neuter: 06/30/2020 (Cedarwood)
  • 4DX Test: 06/30/2020 (Cedarwood)
    RESULTS: all tests were negative
  • HEALTH CERTIFICATION
  • Flea/Tick preventative:
    . July 3: Fipronil topcal
    .
  • Heartworm preventative:
    . July 3, Ivermectin oral, .4 ml
    .
  • NOTES:
    . May have been exposed to Parvo June 30.  Will perform test on July 5
    .

Diet

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

Gallery

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

Progress Updates

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

June 13th

While she was running freely in a large play yard at the shelter I could not catch her.  She would approach if I was empty handed and let me chuck her under the chin or scratch an ear.  If I carried a slip lead, she wanted nothing to do with me.  With the shelter staff’s help we got her crated for transport.  In her kennel, I was able to do the SAFER test and gain some acceptance from her.

She desperately needs brushing and a bath.

That afternoon I took her out on a long lead for walks in the yard.  It is rumored she can go right over a chain-link fence so I’m taking no chances.  With each outing she became more comfortable with and more adept at walking on a lead.  In all cases, she was ready to go back into her room at the end.  It is already her “safe space”.

Yay I can see you again!

I did take out the privacy barrier between her room and Adam’s.  That reduced stress levels quite a bit.

Buddy says, “I like these two, they may be honorary Beagles.”

June 15

Cyrus has lost most of her skittishness already.

I brushed her and got a grapefruit sized ball of fur off her.  There is more to go still.

She will now come to me when I call her in her kennel and roll over on her back for a belly rub while I clip on her lead.  She is also doing much better at walking in the yard on a long lead.  Far more calm and manageable.

Her thinking is more scattered than her brother Adam, so she’s not learning her commands as quickly, but she tries to please by doing something cute.  If nothing else, she defaults to rolling over for a belly rub.  She is also into using her paws to touch me, and likes to lick faces.  She’s such a love!

June 23

Cyrus no longer needs a lead in the yard.  She comes when I call her and has stopped eye-balling the top of the fences as though deciding if she could climb over.  She is learning her commands, but doing it in an unusual way.

Cyrus is hysterical. She watches me put Adam through “sit” several times (he’s very good at that one).  Then when it’s her turn she will stand up on her hind legs and wave a paw at me.  “No, that’s not ‘sit’, no treat.”  So she flops down on her back and wiggles.  “No, still wrong”.  So I show her “sit” again.  She fights it, but eventually she does sort of sit on her left leg, for a moment, “Close enough, GOOD GIRL, SIt!” and I give her a treat. I think we’ve gotten to where she knows what I want from her, but she has to make a game of getting us there. The treats are less important to her than they are to Adam.  She likes to play.

July 3

Cyrus is SUCH a sweetie!  Quite affectionate and gentle.  She is recovering well from her spay surgery.  Her incision looks great and she has not been licking at it.  She HATED the cone that was installed after surgery and quickly kicked it off, then went back to sleep.

She is sharing a kennel with her brother, Adam, they prefer it that way and that freed up space that I cold take in Roscoe Redusky when that need came up.  He left on transport last night, but I’ll leave Adam and Cyrus together.  They’re both “fixed” now and are happier together.

I feed them with separate bowls but in the same kennel.  I just have to remain on-station to distract whoever gets done first so he or she does not go after the other’s bowl.  There are no hostilities when that happens,, I just want to be sure both get their full portion of food.

July 11

About a week ago I found that Cyrus was making a habit of standing in her water bowl to cool her tootsies.  So I laid out the dog’s kiddie pool and put an inch of water in the bottom.  She had had spay surgery a few days before and should not be getting wet, but just standing in the pool should be okay.  She did indeed enjoy cooling all four feet at once, but as soon as I looked away for a moment, SPLOSH, and she was lying in eh water.

“No, no, Cy, you mustn’t do that!”

I ran her out, dried her off and put up the pool.  She cried and fussed about it for quite a while.

Now she is recovered and can play in the pool again.  Will she still want to?  Will anyone else?

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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: July 3, 2020

Base Info:

  • Arrival date: June 13, 2020
  • Breed: Husky Mix
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: Youth, Adult, Mature, Senior
  • Estimated Birth: August, 2019
  • Weight: 34.8 Pounds (06/30/2020)
  • 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 17th, 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’s
  • 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
  • Shake / Paw: Working on that
  • 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

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

 

Progress Updates

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

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.

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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

In chronological order, newest at the bottom.

Progress Updates

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

May 3

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

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

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

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

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

May 5

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

May 11

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

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

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

May 14

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

May 19

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

May 22

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

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

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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Lennon Steele

Lennon (A.K.A. “Legs”) is a typical, young lab: playful and eager for attention. But for a lab, Lenny is unusually self-controlled and intelligent.

Last updated: June 15, 2019

Base Info:

  • Arrival date: January 21, 2019
  • Breed: Black Lab
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: Young, Adult, Mature, Senior
  • Weight: 53.5 pounds
  • Neutered: Yes
  • General Health: Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor
  • Temperament: Typical lab: playful and goofy.
  • Gets Along with Dogs: Yes
  • Gets Along with People: Yes
  • Housebroken: Yes
  • Crate Trained: Yes
  • Departure date: June 15

History

Lennon was picked up as a stray. He was an emaciated 36 pounds. Newport Animal Control put some weight back on him and he’s looking good and looking for a home.

Progress Notes:

Detailed update notes on our foster dogs are posted regularly. For a listing of updates that include Lennon [click here]. A summation and some photos are included below.

Dog to Dog Behavior

  • Plays well with other dogs: Yes
  • Can eat food/treats near other dogs: Yes

Dog to People Behavior

  • Is affectionate: Yes
  • Jumps up on people: No
  • Mouths: No
  • Walks well on a leash: Getting better

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
    Yes (when bored)
  • Refrains from kitchen counter cruising: Yes
  • Stays off people furniture: Yes

Commands:

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

Medical

  • DA2PP: 11/26/2018 (Newport Animal Control)
  • DA2PP Boooster: 12/15/2019 (N.A.C.)
  • Bordatella: 11/2612018 (N.A.C.)
  • Wormed: 12/15/2018, Pyrantel Pamoate: 4.7 cc (N.A.C.)
  • Rabies: Jan 16, 2019 (Claws & Paws)
  • Neuter: Jan 16, 2019 (Claws & Paws)
  • Heartworm Test: Jan. 16, 2019 – NEGATIVE (Claws & Paws)
  • Flea/Tick preventative:
    . Jan 25, NexGard, 50+ Lbs.
    . Feb 25, NexGard 50+ Lbs.
    . Apr 25, Effipro 45#+
    . May 1, Fipronil 45#-88#
    . June 1, Interceptor
  • Heartworm preventative:
    . Jan 16, 2019, HeartGuard
    . Feb 20, 2019 NuHeart
    . Mar. 25, 2019 HeartGuard
    . May 1, 2019 HeartGuard
    . June 1 2019 Interceptor

Other Notes:

Had Demodectic Mange. NexGuard, Cephalexin, and medicated shampooing got rid of it. Skin scrape exam by Cedarwood on 2/25/19 confirms mange is gone.

Found Lennon had pretty bad femoral head erosion in right hip due to an injury, not degradation. Femur reconstruction by Dr. David Crouch DVM was negotiated. On March 20 Dr Crouch decided Lennon was healing well and is not a candidate for surgery. Just continue his supplement.

Gallery

In roughly chronological order, newest at the bottom. Click the thumbnails to enlarge. Some pictures are linked to a Doggy Tale or video about Lennon, click those to open the related story or video.

Lennon, when he was picked up

Lennon, way too skinny.

Lennon’s NAC Promo photo

Lennon’s first civilized truck ride. (video)

Is that a UPS truck coming?!

I’d better get lots of treats for this.

Lennon Boxing Blondie Bear (Video)

You go on, I’m comfy here.

Lennon is a sprinter!

Enjoys an evening by the fire with big bone

Quiet play time destroying ropey toy

Being chill while I work at my desk.

This batch is about done, Doug, better take them out!

Lenny & Josie in a friendly game of tug

After an afternoon of hard play with The Girls a fella needs a nap!

Ready for bed, turn the light off please.

Lenny and Josephine like to snuggle.

Lennon snagged his foot and broke a nail clean off – OWIE!

One HAPPY truck rider!

PLEASE turn off the light so I can sleep!

Chillin on the Coolaroo

Lenny and friends aboard The Bus to Wisconsin.
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Blue Steele: Notes on a foster dog

A sweet, smart, energetic fellow: Blue just needs to learn some manners.

Last updated: Sept. 24, 2018

Base Info:

  • Arrival date: August 24th, 2018
  • Breed: Terrier Mix
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: Young, Adult, Mature, Senior
  • Weight: @ 35 pounds
  • Spay/Neutered: Yes
  • General Health: Excellent
  • Temperament: High energy but affectionate and playful
  • Gets Along with Dogs: Good neighbor, likes to play. Not good at sharing.
  • Gets Along with People: Yes. Still jumpy/nippy but working on that.
  • Housebroken/Crate Trained: Yes
  • Departure date: Sept 21, 2018

History

Found as a starving stray.

Known Issues & Progress

Blue was moved here from another foster because he was getting possessive of his Foster mom and nasty toward the other dogs when they approached her. He’s here for socialization training and calming down.

Medical

  • DA2PP:
  • Bordatella:
  • Rabies: Aug. 17, 2018 (Claws n Paws)
  • Spay/Neuter: Aug. 17, 2018 (Claws n Paws)
  • Wormed:
  • Flea/Tick preventative: 08/18, 09/18
  • Heartworm preventative: 08/18, 0918
  • Heartworm Test: Aug. 17, 2018 (Claws n Paws) NEGATIVE

Gallery

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

Blue settled in quickly

Loves an (almost) empty peanut butter jar!

New neighbor: Ugg
Not his reaction, neighbor’s name

Chillin in the shade

Meeting Moonshine a story

Bossing Ugg (story)

Blue and Ugg making great strides! (story)

Follow the Leader (story)

I’m done playing, get my treat, they’re in there.

Blue helps me demonstrate a no nip tip (story)

Progress notes: 09/19

ADOPTED 9/22/18

Beckett Steele: Notes on a foster dog

Beckett is a timid hound we pulled from Newport Animal Control. He’s been there since April. He was quite frightened by everything. Lee, a member of the N.A.C. staff worked diligently with Beckett to help him get over his fears. I will build upon Lee’s work and get Beckett trained and ready to be adopted. Last updated: Aug. 18, 2018

Base Info:

Beckett
  • Arrival date: Aug 6th, 2018
  • Breed: Mixed breed hound
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: Youth, Adult, Mature, Senior
  • Weight: @40 pounds
  • Spay/Neutered: Yes
  • General Health: Good
  • Temperament: Timid
  • Gets Along with Dogs: Yes
  • Gets Along with People: Timid. But once he accepts you he’s a wiggly snuggle hound.
  • Housebroken/Crate Trained: Not yet

Known Issues & Progress

Other than never having been trained in good behavior, Beckett doesn’t seem to have any major issues. He’s timid around strangers, but open and loving (even devoted) when he gets to know you just a little. I’m working on that training and socialization. Commands he knows:

  • Come
  • In Your Room

Gallery

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

Just scoping out this new place.

Beckett
Video

Beckett’s New Coolaroo (vid)

Beckett is definitely a hound dog! (vid)

Becket was neutered today. He is a VERY unhappy boy!

Beckett is one pitiful fellow.

Pitiful fellow

Daenerys Steele: Notes on a foster dog

Lee at Animal Control gave the name Daenerys (Day-Nare-Is) to this sweet girl. Paige (also at A.C.) says, “She (Daenerys) is an exiled queen in a fictional book series that is trying to overcome the madness surrounded by her family name while trying to take back her kingdom. Quite a fitting name for her I believe

Last updated: Aug. 6, 2018

Base Info:

  • Arrival date: July 07, 2018
  • Breed: Labrador/Husky Mix
  • Sex: Female
  • Age: 1 year, maybe less.
  • Weight: 38 pounds
  • Spay/Neutered: Yes
  • General Health: Excellent
  • Temperament: Mild, almost timid
  • Gets Along with Dogs: Yes
  • Gets Along with People: Yes
  • Housebroken/Crate Trained: No

History

Acquired from Newport Animal Control because they were full and would have to “make room” if a few dogs weren’t pulled by rescue. Nothing else is known about her.

Transported to A Pathway to Hope on Aug. 3, 2018 for adoption.

Known Issues & Progress

Dani is a sweet, laid back dog. So much so that I had to CARRY her out to the truck from Animal Control because she would not walk on a lead. She was up jumping on the door of her kennel and barking happily at me while I was on the other side of the door, but when I slipped inside with her she hunkered on the floor and got real quiet.
Once she settled in here at Piney Mountain, she came out of her shell and has become a friendly, playful dog. She still resists walking on a lead, but she does “come” when called and will go “In your room” for a treat. She enjoys rowdy play and racing around the play yard with other dogs. She gets along with everyone. She’s a little protective of her food.

Gallery

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

Dani is settling in nicely.

“NOooo, I’m staying in my safe place.”

Open door does not tempt Dani! “Noo, I’m staying.” (vid)

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She takes obedience of my commands to a new level! (vid)

One last play session for these two friends.

Waiting to board The Bus to Jersey!

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Bear Steele: Notes on a foster dog

Bear was being fostered in Morristown, but that family just had a baby and they’re afraid Bear is too rambunctious for their home now. He also needs to work on his interdogeral social skills. And people skills. And obedience. And …

Last updated: June 29, 2018 – Transport day

Base Info:

Bear

  • Arrival date: May 24, 2018
  • Breed: Plott Hound
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: 6 Months
  • Weight: Approx 35 pounds
  • Spay/Neutered: No
  • General Health: Good
  • Temperament: Rowdy and undisciplined. Seems to want affection, but goes about getting it in inappropriate ways. I’ll help him with that.

History

Found on someone’s front porch. They called Steele Away Home – Canine Foster and Rescue for help.

Bear went to 11th Hour Rescue on June 29th and has been adopted.

Known Issues & Progress

Bear has only just arrived. Clearly he needs lots of work. To avoid confusion with Blondie Bear, I’m calling him Little Bear.

People Skills

Doing much better now. He knows “off”, “come” and “in your room”. He now seeks affection in appropriate ways. He is smart and willing to learn, if someone will teach.

Gets Along With Other Dogs

Little Bear has met all of our dogs. He gets along well with Blondie. Josie is spooked by him and retreats indoors when I let him out. He and Rainy want very much to play and would make a good play pair, but Rainy is on activity restriction, so I have to keep her inside when he comes out. Bear has dishonorable intentions toward Lucky (unaltered female) which she does not appreciate. Sometimes Callie is okay with him, sometimes she wants to be left alone.

Housebreaking

No. The house is full.

Miscellaneous

Now that he has a neighbor to keep him company he is quiet at night. He wants out to play with the others during the day, so he yaps a lot. Being a hound, things moving around in the woods will set him off too. That’s normal.

Gallery

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

Bear
Little Bear meets Blondie Bear (vid)

Trying to charm his neighbor, “Play with me!” (vid)

Bear meets Josephine (vid)

He generally spurns his Coolaroo and prefers to lay in the pebbles.
Bear prefers “roughing it”

Bear gets a special Saturday evening treat (vid)

Cone of privacy while dining.

Bear comes running whenever I call him (vid)

Bear and “In Your Room” (vid)

Angel Steele: Notes on a foster dog

Angel transferred here from another foster home because she was not getting over her fears and is badly stressed out which affects her behavior.

Last updated: Feb 10, 2018

Base Info:

  • Date Arrived: January 13, 2018
  • Breed: Beagle/Shepherd mix
  • Sex: Female
  • Age: 8 Months at original admission
  • Weight: approx. 55 pounds
  • Spay/Neutered: Yes
  • General Health: Good
  • Temperament: Good. She’s a blend of active and submissive. I suspect she’d been mistreated when young.
  • Departure: Angel left on Rescue February 16, 2018

History

Set out beside a road outside a campground.

Known Issues & Progress

All I know about her so far is that she has been frightened of people and destructive of household furnishings and personal accessories. I will be working on building trust with her to get her past these issues.

Housebreaking

No major incidents in the Bunkhouse. She has peed on the floor a couple of times but that’s because she needed to “go” and she was stressing over my attempts to get a leash clipped to her collar. Nothing deliberate. As she’s learned my routine she is not stressing over things.

She does well with her crate. She likes to get outside, but is eager to get back to her “room” in the evening: partly because it’s getting chilly . She doe not like cold. She is rough on her bedding, she does well with a good blanket but anything quilted or fiber-filled (like a pillow) is history. She IS still a puppy.

Gets Along With Other Dogs

I was told she got along with other dogs. Observations of her interacting with my dogs (through a fence) and with Mystery (her roomie in the bunkhouse) is that she is benign and submissive.

01/14 This evening Angel and Buddy were in the yard together. She invited him to play and they had a great time chasing one another.

01/17 I took Angel and Mystery out together this morning. I was late, they were desperate, so I took a chance. They took off and chased each other through the snow for about 15 minutes (pausing momentarily now and then to relieve themselves) before they both came, panting and licking the snow, back to the gate to the bunkhouse. We all went in, they each got a big drink of water and went back to their crates for breakfast. Angel demanded a belly rub before she’d go into the crate, but otherwise was cooperative.

See Angel and Aggression video in the gallery below.

People Skills

Angel was, reportedly, frightened of people. She and I are getting along fine. She always seems happy to see me. We’ve had little other people traffic out here lately to test her on.

01/17 As she’s becoming more comfortable here she is coming out of her shell and becoming more rambunctious. She wiggles around so much I have a hard time getting a leash clipped to her collar, and she pulls really hard. I’m shopping for another Walk-Right harness. We have two but they’re both in use.

01/22 Harness arrived. It makes a big difference in walking her. Because she chews things up when bored I take the harness off before crating her.

Miscellaneous

Angel has become quite friendly and eager for attention. A belly rub usually puts her into a blissful stupor!

She is still destructive of bedding because she’s high-strung and gets bored easily (the Shepherd part of her). When weather allows (it IS January) I get her out to run in the yard with another dog as often as possible to wear her out (see Angels Play Day below).

Gallery

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

Upon arrival Angel kept her tail tucked and her head ducked.

That tail is up and she’s making friends.

Angel doing her famous Lizard Run

Hugging or wrestling – depends on the intensity!

Happy about yard time

Angel and Aggression
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The next day I let Angel play in the yard with her roomie Mystery:

On a particularly nice day, she got an extended play session.

Resting after a busy play time.

Enjoying a sunny day

Conversation with her friend Callie

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Sasha Steele: Notes on a foster dog

Sasha is a sweet, smart, and loving girl who holds much promise.

Last updated: February 24, 2018

Base Info:

Sasha

  • Arrival date: February 16, 2018
  • Breed: Border Collie mix
  • Sex: Female
  • Age: 7 months
  • Weight: 40 pounds(?)
  • Spay/Neutered: No
  • General Health: Good.
  • Temperament: Sweet and playful

History

Picked up as a stray running at large by Newport Animal Control, she was not claimed nor adopted and was in danger of being put down, so they called Steele Away Home. We did not have any open fosters but a transport was leaving in a few days: that would open up some homes. Cedarwood Veterinary Hospital agreed to board her until a foster opened up. And here she is!

Known Issues & Progress

Sasha looks to be in good shape and is a sweet tempered, friendly little thing. The folks at Cedarwood say she is SUPER smart and has already learned several commands.

Sasha is an Aussie in temperament: that makes her smart and active. She will never be a good apartment dog, but for someone with some room to play she will be a great family companion. From what I can see so far, she should be good with kids too: she’s active, but not violent.

People Skills

Sasha has done well. She has proven to be affectionate and obedient — most of the time. Sometimes she develops “selective hearing” when I call her and she’s doing something fun. She knows”come”, “off”, “sit”, “fetch”, and “play”.

She can be excited and bouncy when she first comes out of her pen, but settles down nicely once she’s run off some of that energy. She has been friendly and accepting of everyone who has visited here.

When I’m sitting in a chair outside, supervising a “free play” period, Sasha often swings by and lays across my lap to get some head pets before going back to play with the others.

Gets Along With Other Dogs

Yes. She is eager to play with everyone. Sasha and Josephine have already had a successful play session. The older dogs may not appreciate her exuberance, but so far she is sensitive to this and scales back when she got to be annoying to Josie. (Video below)

Housebreaking

I’ve started working with her on this using her pen. She has come to prefer not to poop in her pen. As long as I’m consistent with her play times she complies.

She is good in a crate.

Miscellaneous

She gets bored in her pen and likes to toss around her water dish. That makes it hard to be sure she always has access to water. I gave her a chew toy and a ropey toy hoping she’d play with those instead. She seized on the ropey toy and immediately used it like a golf club to smack her freshly filled water dish across the pen. (sigh)

I have a plan … see Water Dish-Toy video below.

Feb 24th: Sasha left us today. Another foster home had a dog they could not handle. All the foster homes are full, so it was decided to trade one of my well-behaved girls for the one who needs more work. Sasha was selected for the trade. She’ll do fine there, Sasha gets along with everyone.

Gallery

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

Sasha says, “Let’s PLAY Josie!”

Josie has the high ground over Sasha.

Solving Sasha’s penchant for water dish tossing. (click for vid)

Between play sessions, they still want to play.

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