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

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SOCKS UPDATE!!

August 21st 2008 2:46 pm
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Last evening (August 20th, 2008) Matt, the son of "Socks" owner, finally came down to our house fo see if "Socks" was here (hours after she had left their house). We told him she'd been her for hours, that she'd looked to thin that we'd fed her until she wouldn't eat any more and brushed her and given her vitamins...and that now she was sleeping soundly in our bedroom. Of course, there was nothing in the form of a "thank you" from the boy, but he did say "well, she can stay here with you for 'awhile'...whatever that means! Dad gave him some money to go down to the feed store and get her some good food, but he hasn't come back with the food since! Again, typical of that family, but we don't even care..."Socks" is still with us and is so happy...Sully has even gotten over his little jealousy bit and they're playing happily.

A little while later yesterday evening, the neighbor who lives across the street from "Socks" came by. He said the accident had happend on Monday night and that the man hadn't been found until Wednesday afternoon (too awful to think about). But, considering the kind of man he was, unfriendly and didn't ever want anyone in his yard, it isn't surprising he wasn't found for a few days. But the WORST part is that "Socks" had been locked up in the house all that time (from Monday thru Wednesday afternoon, with no food or water, or any way to go outside and potty). So, the neighbor who came to our house told us when he saw the police and ambulance over there on Wednesday afternoon, he went over and told them there was a dog in the house and if they'd let him in he'd get her out and take "Socks" home with him (which he did). So she stayed with him until the family showed up later that afternoon and then was over with the family when my husband walked by with Sully and talked to Matt ("Socks" came running to Dad & Sully then, but Matt held on to her when Dad & Sully left). Shortly thereafter, "Socks" broke loose and ran up here, where she's been ever since.

"Socks" has been here last night and all day today, is happy, well fed and loved...we don't know for how long (we're still hoping forever), but that remains up in the air. But, for right now, we're all happy together.

We want to thank all our pals who've sent messages and gifts for "Socks"...you are all so sweet and makes her feel as special as she is!

 

You're not gonna BELIEVE this...about SOCKS! ANOTHER- UPDATE!!

August 19th 2008 9:52 pm
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So, it's midnight and we'd just gotten Sully in and gone to bed when the phone rings. At first Mom didn't answer it 'cause it was so late, but then they called back.

Turns out it was Matt, the son of "Socks" owner who asked if we'd mind keeping "Socks" for awhile. Mom said "Sure, but why?" The boy said his father had been killed! Apparently the dad was working on a truck in his yard (while the whole rest of the family was away on vacation about 4 hours away at Chesapeake Beach, VA) and the truck collapsed on him and crushed him to death! Now, as much as we didn't like the man for the way he's always treated "Socks", we wouldn't wish a horrible thing like this on anyone.

So, the son, Matt said he'd bring "Socks" up here to us tomorrow when he gets back into town and we'll keep her with us for an undetermined amount of time. Of course, we love "Socks" like a member of our family and she is welcome here, but we really don't know if in the light of day they'll really bring her here or if another member of her family will decide they want her to stay with them. We're hoping she'll come with us, and I imagine we'll stay awake all night wondering what will happen. We really can't afford two dogs, but "Socks" is so special to us that we'll have to find a way if, indeed, they do decide to bring her here. We really hope they do because that way we'll know for sure that in her old age she'll get all the love and care that she so deserves.
And, she'll be good company for both us and Sully.

So, we're on hold right now until we find out tomorrow what's going to happen. We're shocked and horrified at what happened to the Dad, even though we really didn't like him at all (no one deserves that to happen to them) and we feel awful for his son, who has always been a good kid and is sweet to "Socks" when he's home and not away at school.

Will update as soon as we know ourselves what is going to happen!
We're just in shock right now, as you can imagine!!

______UPDATE (August 20, 2008):_________

OK, so we were expecting them to bring "Socks" down this morning, right? Well, they didn't, nor did they call. So my husband took Sully for a walk down to their house. He said there were a lot of people in the driveway talking, but he was able to talk to Matt (the man's son) for a minute or two and he gave my huband a very vague answer like..."Well, it won't be today, but maybe we'll bring her down tomorrow...I don't know what's happening right now." So, obviously, neither do we. I wish they would bring her to us, but my gut is telling me that the family might decide to keep her with them...I hope not, but that's all we know at this point. Typical of that familythough, to involve other people and then not consider their feelings afterwards by letting them know what they're going to do. So, we wait..and hope!

________ANOTHER UPDATE (August 20, 2008):________

Shortly after I wrote the last update, who should show up at our door on her own, but dear, sweet "SOCKS"!! We have no idea if her family drove by here and just dropped her off or if she broke away from them and just ran up here on her own. But, she's been her with us for about four hours now, eating like she hadn't been fed for days (she's unbelievably thin..we can feel her backbone and ribs)..she ate two whole plate of food and the just collapsed on the towel we put for her at the bottom of our bed and has been sleeping ever since. She was SO glad to see us, as we were her! We've given her so much petting and loving and she just smiles into our eyes and wags her tail. So, we have NO idea what's going on now...did they bring her her for us to keep? Did she bolt away and come here on her own and they haven't even checked on her? Are they going to come for her? Will she stay with us from now on (oh how we pray she will). But, for now, she's here, well fed and resting and we're so relieved to know she's safe and getting the love and care she so deserves. Sully, of course, is a bit jealous, but he'll get over it (he always does). For now, we're SO HAPPY to have our precious little girl here with us and hope it's going to be forever! Keeping our paws crossed.....!

 

WOW, What a Surprise Today~

August 10th 2008 9:21 am
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You're NOT gonna believe this one....MOM walked me today! Thass right, she hauled her butt up outta that bed and (after about an hour's search for my harness that dear, sweet Daddy couldn't find 'cause he NEVER, EVER puts anything back where it's sposed to go) took me for a nice walk!

See, usually Mom doesn't walk me, 'cause I've pulled her down so many times AND the heat makes her head hurt worse, but Dad doesn't feel good today, so Mom wanted him to sleep and we TRIED to sneak outta the house without Daddy, knowing (he doesn't want Mom walking me 'cause of prior incidents).

BUT, because we couldn't FIND my harness, Mom had to wake up Daddy and the search ensued. Mom asked Dad if it was in the car...Dad said absolutely not. So, they searched everywhere in the house. Mom finally went out and opened the car door and.."VOILA!", there was my harness on the floor of the car. 'Nuf said...you know the rest.

So, Mommy told Dad to go back to bed and we left. It wasn't all that hot in the shade, so we went real slow and I only pulled Mom really hard a couple of times, but she remained vertical (yeah, Mom!)...we were enjoying ourselves, staying on the shady side and communing with nature, until...

we hear a car coming up behind us real slow (made Mommy feel creepy until she turned around and saw...DADDY)! BOL....he was out looking for us for fear Mom was in trouble! Don't I have the greatest Daddy in the world? Mommy thinks so and so do I! Any way, I got my walk and didn't kill Mommy in the process :).

 

"ZOE" (My Adopted Lil Sis) Needs the Power of the Paw!!!

August 9th 2008 7:03 am
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My little adopted sister, "Zoe" (the beautiful little Sheltie in TX, who's sister is Peanut) is sick. ID #751527 !
Let's put the Power of the Paw to work for ZOE, Please!!

Thanks again all my great pals!

Love ~
Sully

 

Our Prayers Are With "Lucky Lucy's" Family

August 9th 2008 6:48 am
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My dear friend "Lucky Lucy" went to join "Remo the Red, Turning White, Always True Blue" at the Rainbow Bridge on Saturday August 9, 2008, a victim of canine cancer. It is so hard to understand why life deals so much pain all at once to people when they're trying so hard to recover, doing their very best......we love you "Lucky Lucy".

Sad Sully

 

Something's afoot in the neighborhood~

August 6th 2008 9:08 pm
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WHY, they ask, am I running back and forth across the front yard like a wild banshee as soon as it gets dark these last few nights and BARKING like a maniac???

WHY??? Are humans really such unobservant ignoramuses?!

Well, tonight after Dad gave up (refusing to use the calm, assertive tone when bellowing out the window of HIS den for me to "SHADUUP!!!!"), I finally had to point out to Mom, who knows full well that Dad's screeching only intensifies my excitement, came out in the yard in the dark to talk to me about what was up. All I had to do for Mom to figure it out was stand stiff as a board, tail high, chest out, fully asserting my dogdom while glaring at the house across the street intently !! Mom, immediately spotted the source of my agitation...the LIGHTS were ON!!!

Now it made perfect sense to not only me, but Mom...that house has been on the market for 2 years and new people moved in just in the last two days and now there's movement and LIGHTS over there...it's new, it's different, and it's CHANGE!!! I am easily disburbed by change as I've discussed before when those huge blow up holiday ornaments start showing up on peoples yards...they totally freak me out! The were NOT there yesterday!! I also stop and stare when the are taken down...it looks different...something's CHANGED again!
I know precisely where everything is and SHOULD be in MY neighborhood (particulary near MY yard) and any change gets my immediate attention. So, Mom told me she understood why I was upset, gave the house a couple of barks of her own and broght me in to try and explain it all to Dad.

Yeah, that went well with a ballgame on....forgeddaboutit! Dad's idea of training involves nothing that requires removal of his posterior from HIS leather recliner in HIS den! Yeah, I should do to HIS chair what HE did to MY dirt hole...that'd get his attention.

And, Mom's really upset because we haven't seen Socks either here or on our walks for weeks now...we worry so about her!

I'm disgusted with today overall! I think Mom feels pretty much the same way "cause she said a bad word to Daddy describing his lack of
"bad word" patience and huffed off to her bed, too. My beddy bone is in there, so that's where I'm headed now. Let Dad sit in HIS dumb den!

Sulky Sully

 

OMD, Did I Just Join The Right Group...BOL!!!

August 6th 2008 11:36 am
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This'll be short, cause the neuro-Mom is close by, but I just joined a group called: D.A.M.N! - Dogs Against Maternal Neurosis!!

OMD, I'm about to pee myself here, me and Dad are laughing so hard.

Finally, a place for me to vent about the alien that lives in my otherwise sweet & loving Mom and surfaces if I dare to sneeze or "not look right today"....BOL!!!!!! I may never even go there...I just wanna see the look on Mom's face when she see's it on my "groups list"....outta be pawsome!!

OK, more about stuff later.....don't want her to see this!!!

Gigglin' Sully

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Several hours later:

Oh, MAN!!!! My funny trick is all ruint now because for some reason the D.A.M.N. name didn't show up yet in my groups for nero-Mom to see...I'm so not a happy pup right now, MAJOR BUMMER!

 

DOGSTER DESERVES HIGH PRAISE RE: Removing Febreze Adverts

August 5th 2008 9:33 am
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In our previous diary entry we discussed our reasons for not wishing to participate in the free Febreze collar offerings as we feel that these gifts were sent by loving friends with the best of intentions, but that the underlying message of the Febreze collar itself is a blatant form of advertising for a product the we do not want to endorse. Febreze is not a product that has any benefit to our beloved pets, and can even be harmful to them via airborne chemicals...certainly not a product deemed beneficial by science to our pets.

Procter & Gamble, the manufacturer of Febreze also does ANIMAL TESTING FOR IT'S PRODUCTS, which we are certain is a hideous practice that none of us would want to endorse.

As much as we appreciated being thought of and sent a gift by our precious pals, we just can't accept the product, but love and treasure the sentiments sent with the collars. Thank you to all pals who sent them to us!

So, we did express our thoughts as clearly as possible in our previous diary entry, believing that if one observes something they personally deem wrong, and takes no action, then "Silence is Complicity" with the problem.

CONVERSELY, we believe that when a situation is corrected, HIGH PRAISE is due to those who correct the problem...in this case, DOGSTER! We e-mailed Dogster several times about this situation and received no response...so, realizing that Dogster receives thousands of e-mails daily and it would be difficult to reply in a proper timeframe, today, Mom called DOGSTER and spoke to a very polite gentleman named RUSSELL who, upon listening to our reasons for wanting the collars removed from my page, took immediate action to comply with our request!

BRAVO, DOGSTER, for giving those of us who wish not to participate the support we requested, in this case, removing the Febreze collars from our page. RUSSELL of DOGSTER could not have been more helpful and understanding and started removal of the collars while we were on the phone.

So, a complaint is now a HUGE "KUDOS" and THANK YOU to DOGSTER, our much loved home!

With deep appreciation,
Sully

 

Febreze Gifts (Here's the Problem)

August 4th 2008 5:10 am
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To each of you who showed such kindness in sending me a message via the Febreze collars, I want to thank you very, very much for thinking of me and sending me a gift. We know that all of you had nothing but the best of intentions and feel warm to know that we were being thought of...thank you all, from the bottom of my heart!

BUT, we have a problem with Dogster enticing all of us pup pals to send a FREE gift...what a GREAT idea (IF it were really altruistic on the part of Dogster). Dogster has a policy of no advertising on our dog pages, which we think is great. BUT, what are these free Febreze collars but massive free advertising of their product to all us Dogster dogs? What a clever (but we feel rather underhanded) way to disguise blatant advertising for a product that has no direct application to dogs and has even been debated for years as being harmful to pets?!

Plus, all these collars push the gifts our pals have paid for with their precious few Zealies to the bottom of our gift boxes!? Please, everyone understand, that our disdain for these "free gifts" in no way negate the wonderful messages each of you have sent to us along with them, which we so appreciate.

It isn't the idea of giving a free gift (who wouldn't??), it's the underlying advertising being perpetrated on each of us so as to make us think we're really being given something great and free, but ultimately benefits Dogster and Febreze (no doubt one of their large sponsors).

We'd love to send every one of our pals a shout out, but on principle, we refuse to participate in what we consider a scam by Dogster & Febreze!

Love & thanks to all of you (and paws crossed for understanding our point of view),

Sully

 

"Hannah the Brave" brought this to our attention...please- read!

July 23rd 2008 8:23 am
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For those of you who know "Hannah the Brave" and what she went through to become the healed and happy dog she is now, there's a very similar story about a precious German Shepherd dog named "Atticus". For all of us dog lovers it seems impossible to turn away from a dog who suffered at the hands of man and now is in such desperate need of our help. If you look up on the right side of my page, you'll see a picture of "Atticus" which you can click on to go right to the story of what he's going through and what is needed. PLEASE read the story and do whatever you possibly can to help this poor baby who's struggling like Hannah did. We pray that enough people will read this and open their hearts to "Atticus"....PLEASE!!!!!

 
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