Thursday, September 30, 2010

One Empty Kennel

About two weeks ago a neighbor stopped by and asked if we could take in a Jack Russell that she found wandering by the four way stop a couple miles away. She had him at her house for nearly three months and "couldn't take him in the house because I already have a dog", so she chained him outside with a dog house. She fed him well, but no flea preventive, no wormer, no shots. We had no available space, so I asked her if she would take him to animal control, as he would have shelter, food, and a chance at adoption, even though he's a senior with some missing teeth. She didn't want to do that - afraid he would be euthanized. I asked her if she could keep him for a while longer, at least till we had an opening. She said she could.

We haven't had much movement in the last couple of weeks, and she didn't check back when she said she would. Then yesterday, we adopted out Cayman. Someone had applied for him, came to meet him, wanted a few extra days to think it over, and in the meantime, a friend of hers came to town and, after seeing his picture and hearing Cayman's story, just knew she had found the dog she was looking for. The friend applied, met, and adopted Cayman.

Just as Cayman and his new mom were leaving the driveway, in pulls the lady who found the Jack Russell. She asked if we could take him as it is now getting cold at night, and he keeps going to the door to go in the house. I told her to go get him. While she was getting him, I moved some dogs and stripped and disinfected a kennel - he has to be in quarantine for two weeks and quarantine has been full.

She brought me an older Jack Russell, needs a good worming, but has been fed, needs a bath and flea preventive, needs dental work, but mostly he needs a nice warm place to live.

I named him Yoda, as he is short, a bit heavy, and old enough to be wise in the ways of the world.

It never fails to amaze me how when a kennel empties out, another dog will find its way into that kennel almost immediately - it's like it is planned.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Jody, Jonah, Liam, Lara, Sophia - Fall Cleaning

We have two more of the Brittany mix pups - Lara and Liam. The family that initially rescued them and found them homes decided to repossess Liam, a beautiful tan, red, and white. Lara went to a home with several dogs, and she was just "too many" so she was returned. They will join Levi, the only other Brittany pup we have left. Lara is black and white and a bit smaller than the boys. All are crate trained pretty well and have learned to follow. They are getting new collars this week and learning to walk on a leash and "sit".

Jody and Jonah are the two cocker mixes that we took in about 10 days ago. They are probably two of the nicest dogs we have on the place. They are housebroken, quiet, well mannered, good on a leash, ride in the car very well, and just a pleasure to work with. I took them to be groomed on Friday, and the veterinary and grooming staff agreed. It would be wonderful to find someone who wanted them both, but since that isn't likely, we have put them in separate kennels to adjust to being without each other, but let them out in the play yard together for a good amount of time each day. They are doing very well.

Sophia is a newby - a pekingese/pom mix female, already spayed, 7 years old, good with dogs (she lived with a lab), older children. Sophia's owners got divorced. The person who had her couldn't afford to keep her. They told us she isn't reliably housebroken unless there is someone home. Said she doesn't like to be crated and will pee in the house. I have noticed that she is okay in the kennel and if she has an accident, it's in one spot, so will get some puppy pads and see if we can teach her to potty on them only. She's a beautiful, friendly little dog that likes to cuddle. Good on a leash. There has to be someone out there who will want her!

Marty and Goliath are enjoying each other, and Marty is settling down. He is walking better on a leash, and he and Goliath have learned that they both need to sit and relax before going through any door. He has also learned that a back massage is a good deal.

I'm going to pick up the seven puppies, Aussie mix, this week. Today they are six weeks old, and the family is ready to let them go. We will offer to spay the female.

As kennels empty out, I have a "honey do" list - vacuum and paint kennels, get the heating systems (we have backup systems for the backup systems) ready for cold weather, wash windows and door frames, and lots of other things, including installing a new sink in the kennel kitchen. We also have to fix up an entry area for the cat building so the volunteers can get in and out without worrying about kittens in the free roaming area bolting out the door.

We'll just have to see how the week goes!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

More Abandoned

I got an "URGENT" email around 8 pm last night. A friend who rescues and has helped us pull dogs from gas shelters in Ohio and Kentucky was presented with two miniature size cocker spaniels (she thinks) by the neighborhood kids. They are flea infested to the point of bleeding, matted beyond belief - couldn't tell the sex of the dogs without removing mats, and who knows what else at this point.

My friend already has nine dogs, some hers and the rest rescued, and had no place to put them. I called her, and she was going to take them to another friend's place to try to clean them up, give them Capstar, and is bringing them out to our rescue today. They are the buff colored cocker spaniels.

We picked up the two dogs we put on hold at animal control last week. One is a yorkie mix male, we call him Wilson - very nice dog. The other is a puppy, a female dachshund mix, we call her Dixie, with huge ears. She's a real sweetie too!

We know we have a litter of seven Aussie mix puppies coming to us as soon as they cut teeth - the owners are anxious to move them on.

I turned Marty, who has lived in a crate for 7 months of his life, out with Goliath. They play and play and play. Marty is enjoying having room to move and has learned sit and is learning that he shouldn't bolt through a door or gate.

Cayman is learning how to be a dog and actually sniffing the ground. Pixie is helping him, and she is enjoying her freedom as well. Both were much loved house dogs and will make great companions.

Sam and Hope are a team - Sam shows Hope how to relax and enjoy life. Hope has gained weight and looks like a different dog. She is much happier.

If anyone reading this is interested in adoption, go to or petfinder for Greenfield, Indiana

Thursday, September 2, 2010


Cayman is a small silver poodle, maybe schnauzer mix. I saw his picture on Petfinder - one of many at a local animal control with an "URGENT" tag on it. Cayman was abandoned, along with three cats, in a house. The animals were alone in the house for several days before someone discovered them. The animal control officer said he had never seen a dog covered with so many fleas, not to mention the cats. They were given Capstar, a flea bath, a good meal, fresh water, and in the case of the cats, a clean litter box. Cayman is a young dog, very friendly and very forgiving. I have the privilege of fostering him, and his flea bites are healing, his raw spots are healing, he's eating very well, and he will make someone a fine companion. We'll post some pictures of Cayman as soon as he gains a bit more weight.

My question is, why would someone leave an animal to die of hunger and thirst rather than take them to an animal control shelter where they are at least going to be fed and given fresh water, not to mention a chance at finding another home?