"Sully's Story So Far & Socks Comes Home!"

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Another Box of Prizes from Sunny Lee!!

September 28th 2008 10:49 am
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We couldn't believe it...we got ANOTHER box of prizes from sweet little Sunny Lee!! When we opened it...WOW, there was a fuzzy fox toy for each of us AND ppppigs ears (mmmmm...pork!!). We got into that box (as you can see from our picture) and couldn't wait to get our chops around those pigs ears. Thanks, Sunny Lee, for being such a wonderful pal and the sweet note that came with our box welcoming Socks to her new permanent home. You sure made us feel special!!!

Love
Sully & Socks

 

Socks' New Life With Sully's Family

September 27th 2008 8:51 am
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I've know my new Mom & Dad for so many years now that my being here permanently is only a formality! For the past 12 years I've been coming here whenever I could break free from my former/late owner and was Mom & Dad's last dog (Buddy's) best friend. Mom & Dad always cried when I left before, but now I'm here to stay, so no more tears!

I've discovered so many new things....treats, BACONNN, Frosty Paws (it was hilarious the first night I had a Frosty Paw...I tried to eat the cup, too)...mmm, I love all this new stuff. And I get so much attention now (Sully's still getting used to having to share with me, but he's being better all the time). I went to the vet and got all vaccinated (rabies & distemper) and checked out negative for heartworm (so now I'm on hearworm prevention medicine like Sully)!! Now I have a collar with tags that jingle-jangle and that's something new to get used to (but my collar is purple and real pretty...girlie, like me, and I have my own very colorful matching leash). Mom usually walks me because she can't hold Sully (he pulls too hard) and me and Mom are both old gals who move slowly and enjoy taking time to smell whatever I come upon!

I have a comfortable place to sleep every single night now! I sleep on a fluffy towel right at the foot of Mom & Dad's bed (Mr. Sullivan gets to sleep on the bed, but there's not room for me, too). Mom has discovered that I have lots of nightmares and she always wakes up and leans over the bottom of the bed, telling me "everything's ok" and petting me till I fall back asleep.

I got my first bath here last week (same day as Sully got his) and am so clean and fluffy now...Mom brushes me every day to keep me looking booteful!

I love to chase squirrels and you wouldn't believe how I stalk them (like a big lion on the African plains) and then bolt (really fast for a gal my age) to try and catch the little suckers, but they're too fast for me.
Me and Sully chased a squirred up the tree last week and Sully's lead out front BROKE, to the horror of Mom & Dad, who are just thankful it happened in the yard and not while Sully was chasing a car or truck (a very bad habit he's developed recently). He lets me know who's top dog in a way only the two of us doggies can understand, but that's ok, I've always been very gentle and submissive and I let him be as macho as he wants (even though Mom & Dad wish he wouldn't do it).
He's never mean to me, just wants to be sure I know my place in HIS house.

All in all, we're a tight pack and I think Mom and Dad are so relieved to have me here with them as I grow older so they can be sure I live in complete comfort, with tons of love and attention I went without for so many years. Works for me!!!

Mom especially enjoys having me here 'cause when she's sick in bed, I always stay right there beside her and I can tell that my just being there is a great comfort to her (so I'm helping them as much as they're helping me). Pretty cool, huh?

Thanks to all our great pals who have sent prezzies and good wishes to me and the family. I feel very welcomed by Dogster and appreciate everyone's kindness very much.

Love~
Socks

 

WOW...a box of prizes!!

September 27th 2008 7:47 am
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OMDOG, we're late in writing this, but were SO excited when Sully received a box of prizes from the Miller Pack in Florida! We used to live in FL and loved Blue Front BarBQue Sauce (which we can't get up here in VA). Mom Miller took all the time to go to the store and get us a bunch of bottles of the sauce, pack them up and send them to us (we are thrilled to have it) AND she included many great prizes for Sully (three cool bandanas, a blingy collar with Sully's name on it and a matching leash and a lovely card from Snapper Mullethead, Marley Bob & Elsie)! We feel terrible that it's taken so long to get this in our diary, but our appreciation is boundless! Sully & Socks' picture shows them wearing two of the great bandanas (they look so cute in them). The Millers are such a wonderful family and we've made great friends with them!

 

Our two babies vying for attention continues!

September 14th 2008 2:53 am
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Dear, sweet Socks has been with us for over three weeks now and I'd love to say that Mr. Sullivan has fully accepted her presence and is being a loving and supportive brofur to her. However, the jealousy factor is still rearing it's ugly head in wierd ways.

When Socks was just a visitor before she came to live with us, we'd put two plates of food down on the floor and Sully & Socks woould eat peacfully side by side. Now, however, feeding time is quite the challenge. We fix two plates of food, set them in two different rooms, hoping that each will eat their portion. But, Mr. Sullivan will try to run between both plates and "own" them, intimidating Socks not to eat by either licking her plate or literally sitting in front of it, making her fearful to approach her food. She is SO overly submissive (no doubt a holdover from the cowering ways she developed from living with her previous, late owner), that she will back off and not eat once he plants himself by each of the two plates! He will run between the two rooms, guarding each plate so she's fearful of approaching either!
The only way we're successful in getting Socks to eat is by putting Mr. Sullivan outside before we give her a plate and letting her eat, then bringing him back in with his plate in the proper place. It's CRAZY!
If we put her plate down while he's still in the house and close the door to that room hoping she'll eat, he will install himself just outside the door of the room and she is so fully aware that he's there that she refuses to eat her food. So, for now, we have to get Mr. Sullivan out of the house in order for Socks to eat. They both eventually get their food, but it could be far more pleasant!

If she approaches either Mom or Dad for pets, Mr. Sullivan will literally push himself between her and the pawrent, moving her out of the way...though yesterday she actually once pushed in between him and Mom.

Ahhhh, me...just when we start to think it's getting better, it will start up again, and so, we wait for who knows how long for this dog-lunacy to end!

Things could be so much nicer for all concerned if we weren't dealing with what Mom & Dad consider the worst case of canine jealousy they've ever seen.

It doesn't seem to matter how much attention Mr. Sullivan gets...it all flies out of his mind as soon as Socks gets some loving!

Sully is such a sweet dog, but this behavior is most unattractive in him and does cause quite the quandry for Mom & Dad...guess PATIENCE is the key here, but it sure ain't much fun dealing with it!!

We are certain that in time (who knows HOW long???) this will all settle down, but we had NO idea that such jealousy could exist between the resident dog (a male) and the newcome (a female)?!

 

WOOF...ALERT to all animal lovers!

September 12th 2008 8:59 am
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Our pawrents are ardent supporters of "Defenders of Wildlife" and we received this update in their newsletter this morning. You're not gonna believe this!!

As governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin has proposed paying a $150 bounty for the foreleg of each dead wolf. The aerial hunting program she champions has already killed nearly 800 wolves. She’s opposed efforts to save America’s polar bears from extinction. She’s fought against efforts to save some of the world’s most endangered beluga whales.

At nearly every opportunity, Governor Palin has sided with Big Oil, mining companies, wealthy trophy hunters and other entrenched special interests in support of policies that would greatly harm the wild animals we treasure.

As doggies who depend on our humans to protect us, as do all the other creatures of the earth, we feel we MUST spread the word about this person who could easily run our country!! We gotta look our for our ancestors, don't we?

Sully & Socks

 

Sarah Palin is NO FRIEND OF ANIMALS!!!

September 10th 2008 12:38 pm
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We read Redford's diary entry regarding the Republican VP Nominee, Alaska's Governor Sarah Palin, which Redford's pack's Mom read elsewhere and copied...so we're copying Redford's entry (thanks R!) because we couldn't agree more and were going to do our own post (being members of Defenders of Wildlife), but this says it all:

My mom thought this important enough to put in my diary. It's from dogster pup, Rex Mi Amor. So I hope he doesn't mind that she copied it from Dogsterholics and pasted it here. Thanks, Rex.


No Friend To Animals...Get All The Facts And Protect Our Animals

John McCain has just announced his choice for the Republican VP slot: Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, who is no friend to animals. In 2007, Palin announced a $150 bounty for wolves. Why? Because wolves prey on moose and caribou, two favorite targets for hunters in Alaska. So Palin instituted a program to encourage hunters to kill wolves so that there would be more moose and caribou for hunters to kill. A lawsuit by Defenders of Wildlife resulted in the Alaska Superior Court ruling that the state Department of Fish and Game did not have the authority to institute a bounty program. A state program to shoot wolves and bears from the air continues, and on August 26, 2008, Ballot Measure 2, which would have stopped the aerial gunning of predators, was defeated by state voters.

Palin is also a hunter and a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association.

In addition, Palin has sued the Bush administration to delist polar bears under the Endangered Species Act because the protection of polar bears interferes with drilling for oil and gas. Palin even penned an op-ed for the New York Times, explaining her scientific arguments against protecting polar bears. Isn't it funny how her op-ed doesn't mention drilling for oil?

Needless to say, from an animal rights standpoint, Sarah Palin would be a disastrous VP.

YIKES!

 

Thank You ALL~!!

September 10th 2008 12:06 pm
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To all my pup pals who have been so kind with your gifts and messages of welcome to Socks and good wishes to my Mom, we thank you SO VERY MUCH...you are all wonderful friends that we treasure.
Things are going a bit better...I think I'm getting used to Socks...just so I don't think she get more attention than ME! Socks is healthier and gaining weight, is now vaccinated and getting lots of love and comfort with us. We wish Mom's time on the computer wasn't so limited now and we could play on Dogster more, but we try to check in every day! You have all been just wonderful and welcoming and we love each of you very much. Hope all's well in your worlds!!

Sully & Socks

 

Socks Goes to the Vet ~ Sully Wreaks Havoc!

September 8th 2008 6:33 pm
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Well, to our knowledge, today precious Socks' first visit to the vet (at least since she was a very, very young pup). Since we were unable to acquire any record of her from any vet or the family, we scheduled an appointment to have her checked out this afternoon and to receive (perhaps her first ever) rabies & distemper vaccinations...she didn't even blink when the needles went in. We also had blood drawn from her paw (again, she was an angel about it) and she tested negative for heartworm disease....thank Dog! She had her temperature taken from the rear and didn't budge and an overall checkup which went beautifully. So, now, our dear girl is all up to date with shots and a set of pretty new tags on her "purple" girlie collar! She was a perfect patient and the vet was very complimtary of her.

Mr. Sullivan, on the other hand, displayed probably the worst behavior we've EVER seen from him while in the waiting room when a cat suddenly padded through the area. He went completely ballistic, made so much noise that the vet finally brought him into the examining room with Socks so as not to disrupt the entire waiting room. He was like a frothing, mad dog....I'm not kidding! His eyes actually turned red, he bared his teeth and pulled so hard on his leash that it took 3 of us to get him under control...real nice, Sullivan, real nice! We really liked the new vet we took Socks to, but feel that Mr. Sullivan, because of his horrid behavior today will proably NOT be welcomed back as a new patient (much as we'd like to change his vet).
We have never seen him put on such a display and felt like the worst pawrents in the world because of our inability to get him even somewhat under control! All because of the nerve of the resident puddy cat having the audacity to walk through the waiting room.

All in all, we were thrilled to get such a good report on Socks and completely ashamed of Mr. Sullivan's behavior!

After leaving the vet's office, we went and got Socks' ID tags with all pertinent information (took 2 tags) and now she's sporting all the required tags and a legal resident of the community!

Mr. Sullivan has outdone himself to assert his dogdom in the weeks since Socks has been here, showing a very unbecoming jealous streak. The vet assures us he will get over it and we hope that will be soon. He doesn't do anything to Socks, he just asserts himself in an extremely uncomplimentary way, as if he's never been taught any manners at all. We're being extremely careful to keep things even between them, even feeding him first (then he'll leave his food and go eat hers!). He glares at her AND at us as if there's a conspiracy to oust him from his place in the pack!

We're concerned about Sully because we feel he feels his wonderful world has been intruded upon....but Socks is here to stay and he's just going to have to get used to her being here and hopefully return soon to his loveable former self. It's a real conundrum and we hope it resolves itself soon. All prayers will be gratefully accepted :)!

 

SOCKS IS HERE TO STAY!!

September 5th 2008 1:34 pm
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YUP, after several weeks of wondering and and worrying, we got a call from Socks' late owner's son this afternoon asking us if we'd be willing to keep Sock for the duration!! Of course, we sais YES!! The boy is trying to do what's best for Socks, as he's a senior in High School, not home much and will be leaving for college next fall, thus leaving Socks (at her advanced age) home alone for most of the time. So, because he really loves her and knows how much we love her, too, and that this has always been her second home, he has asked if we will keep her with us (thank you God!). She is already so much a part of our family, a great companion for Sully, and for us that we're elated to know that we don't have to worry about a day coming when they will come and take her away any more. Everyone, incuding the son, is very happy about the arrangement and we just couldn't wait to tell all our Dogster friends the final outcome. At this point, it's doubtful I'll make a second page for Socks as my health is only permitting me small amounts of time per day on the computer, so for now (at least) Socks will be sharing Sully's page. We're now a happy two dog family!!

 

SOCKS Update!

August 29th 2008 3:21 pm
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She's still with us, but as of a few days ago it became clear that it will be a part-time arrangement with her owner's son. Since the father who was killed had always mistreated "Socks" is NOW no longer there, the son who turns 18 in 2 weeks & really seems to love Socks & vice versa has been calling & checking on her and called the other day and asked if he could come get her for a few hours (that he misses her and wanted to spend some time with her). We said sure...she IS his dog and she seemed genuinely glad to see him (as opposed to the way she'd act when the old man used to come). She hopped in the son's car (instead of hiding and cringing) and later on just before dark when they came back, she was hesitant to leave him..a complete departure from the was it used to be with the father.

So, for now, the arrangemet is that while the boy is in school during the day and overnight, Socks will stay here with us and the boy will pick her up for afternoon visits on occasion. So far, he's only visited her that one afternoon, which we feel has left Socks confused and a bit depressed...not quite knowing now where she belongs, but we're doing our best and can't control what the son does. We just wish he'd either visit her more often or not at all, for her sake.

We feel MUCH better about seeing "Sock's" reaction to the son and knowing that she's not going to be left alone in the house or chained up alone outside like it was when the father was alive. This we can live with as it seems to make Socks and everyone else happy for now.

 
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