Basset Hound/Labrador Retriever
Picture of Della, a female Basset Hound/Labrador Retriever

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Home:New Orleans, a  [I have a diary!]  
Age: 13 Years   Sex: Female

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Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

Quick Bio:
-mutt-pound dog-dog rescue

April 4th 2003

walkies!!!!! investigating every new smell in the neighborhood

sharing the bed- wants it all for the Princess

Favorite Toy:
anything that can be thrown and kept away from Mom and Dad

Favorite Food:
people food!!! but yuck on liver

Favorite Walk:
Cabrini Dog Park - friends to play with and kiddy pools to splash in

Best Tricks:
giving dad the "eyes" varied meanings ie: I want walkies. I want food, Iwant lovin

Arrival Story:
Adopted by dad in Arkansas ( our second home) from a last chance group in front of Wal-Mart. If not adopted this weekend put down on Monday -frown- Brought to no pets allowed apt. in N.O. and paid a substantial fee to get landlord to agree but worth every penny

Della has become a favorite visitor to the Nursing Home that I am a nurse at and stayed with us through Katrina. She was ace calming nerves and just giving love where required. Unfortunately the nursing home has had to close its doors but Della is gearing up for a new adventure as a salty sea dog. We are going to try our hand at sailing around the Carribbean for a year or more if we all fall in love with it. Della will keep you posted in her diary whenever we are able to connect to a wifi network.

Forums Motto:
Della girl rules!

The Last Forum I Posted In:
Dark Water Rising: The Truth About Hurricane Katrina Anim

I've Been On Dogster Since:
October 17th 2006 More than 10 years!

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Della's double life

We survived and Dad was a great floaty

April 11th 2008 9:35 am
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Being in the cold water was scary. But my Dad came right in to save me, I knew he would! We both hated the cold water and were very happy the men came to our rescue. Dad and Mom decided that night that I will never get on the boat again without my life jacket even if we are docked!

Since then life has been the same old stuff ---- you know guarding the house, napping on the bed etc. etc. Still looking forward to new smells in the Caribbean

More soon Della



February 27th 2008 10:43 am
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> Went to the boat this afternoon.
> Rule Number One (amongst other rule number ones): If
> the dopey dog falls into the water - DO NOT JUMP IN
> When you are in the water, the dog will try and climb
> onto your head, whilst pushing you under.
> The water will be VERY cold.
> After about 10 minutes in the icy water, your hands
> will start to become numb and unable to grip on
> anything.
> Lie over a barnacle encrusted rope and call 'Help'
> very loudly and often.
> Eventually someone will come - it helps if you're
> still alive btw, and pull you out. If there are two
> rescuers, they will rescue the bloody dog too.
> When you wear tracky botts (sweat pants in US), they will come off as you
> climb up a ladder. It helps if your wallet is not in
> the said botts.
> The instant you get out of the water you will start to
> shiver. This shivering will continue for about three
> hours as you have developed hypothermia whilst playing
> in the water with your dog.
> All the cuts, bruises, broken fingernails and
> bloodblisters will not matter for a while as you can't
> feel pain.
> No matter how much you wrap yourself in warm clothing
> you will still shiver uncontrollably. Get into a hot
> shower as quickly as you can (commensurate with
> driving home safely) Brandy does not help.
> Then let the pain hit you.
> Following the above instructions will save your life
> one day :-) Oh, and remember to thank the blokes who
> saved said life.
> My dog is alive, safe, and I wouldn't have it any
> other way. Silly ain't it?

This of course is from Della's dad


We have a new home!

March 1st 2007 6:31 pm
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Well it seems Dad has been reading and dreaming about boats for a long time and Mom finally said OK we could try sailing to someplace called the caribbean for a year. Next thing you know dad has found his dream boat and we are all staying on it now. I guess it will be a while before we go to what Mom calls the islands cause first Dad wants to make sure that the boat is perfect and of course I have to apply for a doggy passport. The boat is really nice, it has 2 comfy bedrooms and 2 couches and a place Mom calls a galley but I know its really the food room!! Upstairs there is always a lot to sniff and watch like silly birds splashing into the water or other people and their dogs on the dock. I wish I could chase the birds but my life vest hasn't come yet and I can't walk on water the way some of these birds seem to (mom calls them pelicans). We will be staying in a Marina near our other home in New Orleans for a while until what Mom calls "all the loose ends" are taken care of. The only loose end I'm concerned with is where do I go potty if like Dad says we wont be in a marina or by a dock all the time. Mom assures me she will fix a nice potty box for me that will have a special place on the deck and Dad is already figuring out how to put up some kind of netting around the sides of the boat so I can't accidentally slip and fall in the water. It's all very new and exciting right now but I'll keep you all updated as we all settle in. Maybe I can get a parrot to ride on my shoulder heh heh heh Thats all for now.

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