Likes: Playing with Mosey & Sadie and my foster brothers & sisters!
Pet-Peeves: Having to go in a crate
Favorite Toy: Nylabone, anything stuffed
Favorite Food: Cheese, carob cookies, my regular food
Favorite Walk: Up the road, down main street, I'm quite the traveler
Best Tricks: Rain's got basic obedience training down pat but if she's in the mood or not is always the question
Arrival Story: Long story short, a breeder I've admired for quite awhile tried to help me find an adult pyr who needed a home and it didn't work out but she had a litter of puppies and this little female who would've been their pick wound up with slightly crooked teeth - did I want her?! Although I said "no more puppies" and I am always a HUGE advocate for rescuing dogs instead of buying (and NEVER buy from pet stores or BYB's!!), Rain was the one who broke all of my rules and I knew we had to add her to our family!!
Bio: Rain was our problem child as a puppy and had us wrapped around her little paws! She refused to accept being in a crate and screamed bloody murder, bit the bars, and made us fear she was going to hurt herself. So she went to doggy daycare for several months - little diva! But she's grown into a wonderful girl and is now home with her sisters, Mosey & Sadie, during the day and behaves like a princess should. She's still got us wrapped around her (not so) little paws and we love her dearly. 3/5/12- We sent Rainy back to God today. She fought a valiant battle with cancer and surpassed the doctors expectations. But when she was uncomfortable more often than not and seemed to have little joy left in her life, we had to let her go. She is and will always be our "baby girl" and she will be dearly missed by her family and all who knew her.
Hi Dogster pups! Sorry my typist (momma) has been so lax but we'll try to bring you up to speed on what I've been up to for the past (almost) 3 years! Let's see, where to start...
2009- Well I started off my second full year doing "therapy visits" as momma called them. I went to the local nursing home several times over about 6 months and visited with all the nice people there. I liked it best when they were all sitting in one spot and I could go from one to the other and get lots of petting and attention. But I wasn't too fond of having to go from room to room and being in tight quarters and momma decided we might be better off finding another place for us to visit. In January I got a new foster brother Guiness who had a broken elbow; in April the poor old boy had to have his leg removed and in May mom and dad said "he's staying". I had several foster brothers and sisters that year to play with - Tommy, Beau the basset, and Dalton. Then in December this hairy guy by the name of Luke came to stay with us for a few days with his two Pyrs, Murphy and Hudson. That crazy trio was walking across the country from Austin TX to Boston MA for a cause called 2 dogs, 2000 miles to raise awareness and funds for canine cancer and mom and dad helped them along in their journey a bit. That was fun to meet all of them and make such wonderful new friends!
2010 - Now that was a fun and busy year for me! I went up to Connecticut with Mosey, mom and dad to walk in the first ever "Puppy Up" walk for 2dogs2000miles. Lots of nice people and dogs there and Animal Planet even filmed part of the Great Pyr portion of the Dogs 101 program there - very cool! Then in June we all went up to Boston to join Luke, Murphy and Hudson in walking the final mile of their +2300 mile journey from Austin to Boston. There was LOTS of people and dogs, a celebration in the park afterwards, and mom & dad even saw Murph & Hudsy dressed up in fancy-ware at a gala celebration that night - me and Mosey were pooped from all the walking that day and napped back at the hotel. I also did more fun stuff like visiting the dog park and lots of walks with momma in town and to the cool pet stores around. We only had a couple fosters that year - Lazarus, Lexi and Yukon. Mostly cuz Laz was with us quite awhile from 11/09 to 7/10 but I liked him and didn't mind having him around at all, he's a sweet old boy. Lexi and Yukon were fun and liked to run and play with me and Yukon stayed for awhile too but he got adopted early the next year to a great family. :)
2011- This year started off slow but got crazy from there. At the end of April momma realized I was getting a snotty nose sometimes. We went to see my Dr Wayne in May and we thought maybe I had a respiratory infection, then a fungal infection, maybe something stuck up my nose. I was only 3.5 years old so who'd have thought I had something bad growing up there! He did xrays and a biopsy but couldn't find anything and nothing worked. In August he said I needed to see a "specialist" since he didn't know how to help me anymore so momma took me to a local vet who calls themselves a "specialist". Unfortunately they weren't and charged momma lots of money to run the exact same tests Dr Wayne ran over the past few months but got the same negative results. In October my snotties got worse and Dr. Wayne said we should go to a real specialist hospital so we went down there and I spent the night for more tests. That's when momma got the bad news that I have cancer and have a tumor growing in my nose. :( Not even 4 years old and I had an inoperable tumor. They said she could do radiation but I'd have to live at the hospital for a month and even then I might have a year left here on this earth with my family. Since I HATE to be confined, mom and dad knew that month would be torture for me so they decided to bring me home and let me live the rest of my life being a happy, spoiled diva like I always have. In the months that followed I celebrated my 4th birthday a couple times (Mr Luke even came and celebrated with me!), walked in the Puppy Up walk in Jersey City NJ for 2 million dogs (the new improved version of 2dogs2000miles), and had a wonderful Christmas and New Year holiday with my family! We had lots of wonderful foster pups during this crazy year that kept me busy and having fun while all this was going on- Dallas, Smidgen, Cole, Brutus and Missy. Then Winston came in December. Momma wasn't going to get another foster since I wasn't feeling well sometimes but I had pepped back up (momma started me on lots of vitamins and natural supplements) and she thought I might enjoy a playmate. Boy was she wrong. He's okay but he's a young, rammy, teen Pyr and although I tried to play with him at first he was just too arrogant for my liking. We coexist okay but he's not my favorite dog in the house. Mom and dad love him though and adopted him in December. He's okay I guess, guess he can stay.
2012 - So here we are now. The doctors told my momma in October that I would have only 1 to 3 months left here with them. It's now February and next weekend, March 4th, will be 5 months from the date momma got the bad news that I won't have long with her. I've been on a new diet, a couple supplements, and some vitamins since October. Although I've gained some weight (don't listen to momma when she says I'm "wide", I'm just fluffy), have a snotty nose alot of the time that she insists on wiping, and can't sleep soundly sometimes, I'm still holding my own and momma and I are still enjoying every day and making memories! I'm eating well, keeping young Winston in line, still patrol my yard, and give momma lots of snuggles. I even went to the Pet Expo earlier this month, met lots of people, and helped educate them about 2 Million Dogs, canine cancer, and comparative oncology. Life's still good and barring any big changes in the c-monster growing in my nose, me and momma aren't ready to give up just yet. Here's hoping for me to prove the doctors wrong even more - to me surviving with this 5 or 6 months or even a year or more! Cancer can't keep a good dog, especially a Diva like me, down! Hugs to you all.
I got to go play at the dog park for the first time today - woo hoo!!! Mom and I went out to the store to get me some food and I was still looking for something to do when we were done there so we went to the park. Mom had stopped there a couple times before but there were never any dogs and their people there. But today there were between 10-15 dogs and their people!! I had a blast meeting lots of new friends and running around chasing everyone and letting them chase me! I felt bad that I scared a couple of the smaller dogs just because they weren't used to a dog my size running with them. I guess they were afraid they'd get stepped on, because I wasn't going to hurt them and just wanted to see if I could catch up to them. But I had a great time and we were all friends real quick - what a great day. Mom said the people there were really nice too so hopefully we'll go back soon. Time for a nap now though, I'm worn out.
Mom's all excited anyway - she said I passed my Canine Good Citizen and therapy dog test, whatever that means. We went to where we have training classes last weekend and two new ladies asked me to do some of the stuff I've been learning and some fun new stuff and I took it all in stride. I'm now a year old and (finally) starting to grow up a bit so mom thought maybe I'd do okay on the CGC test and thought she'd do the therapy test while we were there but I showed her what a good girl I can be when I want to:) The two tester ladies said I did great and that I passed - go figure!! Now I might even get to go visit people in the hospital and stuff so that'll be fun - I love meeting new people and having them pet me and I'm super careful around youngsters and older or frail people. Mom's excited since she's realized the goal of me being an "obedience dog" might be a bit lofty but this is something we can do well together and maybe help some other people a bit too. Guess we'll see!