November 2nd 2010 10:34 am
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As some of you know, my mommy is involved with a 501(c)(3) non-profit schnauzer rescue organization called Schnauzer Love Rescue, Inc. Unfortunately, due to the economy, lack of adoptions going out, high intake of dogs, and the high medical expenses of some of the dogs, the rescue is really lacking in funds right now. We know the economy has hit everyone hard, but if you can manage to make even a small tax-deductible donation, it would really help to continue rescuing schnauzers. We thought we'd tell you a couple stories about two of the dogs on the website front page that mommy helped rescue or fostered.
Dolce is a dog mommy is currently fostering. She spent two weeks in Seminole County animal control where she was attacked by her kennel mate, and received many bite wounds, one going all the way through her foot, and a dislocated hip. Schnauzer Love Rescue was called and stepped in to treat her. This was about two months ago, and her leg was bandaged up to fix her hip, in the meantime she had no use of the leg, and lost some feeling in her left rear leg as a result. So now, Dolce hops on three legs, refusing to use the left rear leg, and the rescue is afraid she may have to lose the leg. But they are doing everything in their power to avoid that. She goes to a specialist, has pain meds every day, gets acupuncture, and has 3-4 physical therapy sessions a day to encourage to her use the leg and increase her range of motion, as her ligaments are really tight and painful. Her veterinary expenses are ongoing, but nothing is being spared to give this sweetheart every thing she needs. You would think after this horrible experience she would be dog aggressive, but she absolutely loves all dogs, and cries to see every one of them. She also just gives me kisses during her physical therapy sessions, when I know they're painful. She's just the sweetest dog, and really needs help to fund her ongoing medical care right now.
And then there's Jerri. Jerri comes out of the very same animal shelter miss Bella, my former foster pup, came out of, Lake County animal services. Jerri was turned in by his owner with severe demodex, the non-contagious mite that usually only affects puppies. His owner's neglect and disregard for Jerri's health led to this condition, and also his eyes were so covered with green goo, the vet thought he might have dry eye. But once treated, they completely cleared up, so this was also just a result of severe neglect. Dogs in this condition are almost always put down, as they are deemed adoptable. But a shelter worker pushed for Jerri to go to rescue, and even though he was older and had so many physical ailments, Schnauzer Love Rescue took him in, and gave him the best treatment. You think his neglect would make him distrustful of humans, or even aggressive, but you really never met a more loving dog than Jerri. He just loves to sit in your lap and look into your eyes like you are the best person he ever saw. He's currently looking for a home, and trust me, he'd make the most wonderful addition to any home. I wasn't able to foster him, but did help with taking him to the vet and bathing him every 2-3 days for the month he was in Florida, and I fell absolutely in love with him.
These are just two of the stories I have personal knowledge of, but there are so many more, and always more coming, unfortunately, as there seems to always be plenty of schnauzers losing their homes. So the rescue really needs your help right now.
So think of a beloved schnauzer or dog or pet you have lost, or an amazing pet that has inspired a love of animals, as my Sassy has done for me and ispired me to get involved with rescue 7 years ago, and if you're able to, please make a tax deductible donation through paypal or through check to Schnauzer Love Rescue, Inc., at our website www.schnauzerloverescue.org. Or if you choose not to donate to our rescue, but some other rescue, please do that, as I know all rescues are hurting financially right now as well. So I'm asking everybody, as a rescue dog myself, to help rescue, if you're able, even the smallest donation helps. Or if you're not able to donate, consider fostering a schnauzer for rescue, transporting for rescue, or just getting the word out that Schnauzer Love Rescue, Inc. really needs help right now.
Again, our website is www.schnauzerloverescue.org, and please help out if you're able.
Thanks for reading,
Precious and her mommy Jennifer
October 25th 2010 9:39 am
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I'm entered in Dogster's World's coolest Dog and Cat contest under costumes and shades. My costume is a pilot, and it was mommy's best idea of camoflauging my cart that i need to walk. It worked pretty well as some people really couldn't tell I was paralyzed! He, he, he! So, anyways, if you guys like my pilot costume, please vote for me for the contest. This is the link:
October 14th 2008 6:09 pm
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Been awhile, Mom's been super busy, and hasn't updated my page in forever (grrrrr!) Oh well, anyways, in the meantime, we've rescued a bunch of puppies and got them into different rescue organizations, so we're pretty happy about that. Mom says it's more important than my social life, but I'm not in agreement, because obviously I am the most important thing, but whatever.
Right now I'm graciously sharing my home with my foster sister, Minnie, a 2 year old salt and pepper miniature schnauzer with natural ears and tail from the local animal shelter. She's okay, but I swear if she sticks her face in my food dish one more time, I'm going postal! Also, mommy helped pull out a schnauzer with no hair, no hair because of skin condition so bad and obviously left untreated for months. You couldn't tell she was a schnauzer, but my mommy could, because with 5, you really get to know what a schnauzer looks like, even without hair. She's really sweet, so that made me kind of sad for her, especially because her foster mommy tells my mommy she's been abused as well. But she's doing well, and her hair is growing back well in all places, except her thighs, but her skin might be so damaged there it won't ever grow back, we'll see.
And most importantly, I went to school today. Yes, me, Precious went to Paisley elementary school to talk to five classrooms about being disabled. Well, mom did most of the talking, but i did add a bark or two in about some things. Mom says I was super well behaved, but I always am. Being a therapy dog, you have to be, so it's a good thing I am. I also got to show the kids my two new tricks, which I learned super fast. I can give my paw now and speak on command, which is the cutest little bark, mommy says. That speaking trick really makes people laugh, my voice is funny mom says. The kids all loved me, and all petted me and said hi, which I very much enjoyed, because I especially love kids. I ignored the teachers completely, but that was okay because i was there to see the kids. And I ran around in my cart all over class, and the kids thought it was hysterical. I got really excited when they started laughing and shouting, so I barked a little then, but was calmed quickly when they stopped, so it was okay. Oh, and then we left, and walked around the halls, which are outside in Florida, for those reading who don't know what Florida schools are like. That got me a lot of strange looks and disbelief on kids faces, so I really enjoyed the attention and spotlight.
And, I have CGC testing, which for those or you who don't know, stands for Canine Good Citizen testing under the AKC. I have to have it to remain in my therapy dog group, so I have to take it Saturday, but mom's pretty worried about it. I'm pretty good on all the challenges except the last, when the handler, my mom, has to leave me with a stranger for 2-3 minutes alone without me throwing a fit and crying and trying to follow like crazy, which is of course what I do. But, to be fair, I'm not like the average dog. My mommy or my grammy or auntie is with me almost 24/7 because I'm special needs, and I am held a majority of that time, so I don't like being left alone, especially with a stranger. Usually I squirm and cry so much when people besides mommy try to hold me, they end up giving me back to mommy, so it's a bit of a problem. But it's umcomfortable for me to be held in a lot of ways because of my disability in the curve in my back, so there are valid reasons. I don't like feeling like someone may drop me, so it scares me a lot. Also, when I was younger, I had no control over my bladder and it would jostle and a little pee would come out and nobody, i mean nobody, wanted to hold me. Now, mommy's good about expressing my bladder right before therapy work, so I don't have this problem anymore, but because I've only been held by mom, grammy and auntie, really thus far, I get scared when held by anyone else. Anyways, wish me lots of luck for testing, mom thinks I'll need it! But mommy will still love me either way.
Barks and growls,
July 21st 2008 5:43 pm
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I had a busy weekend. My mommy and her mommy and my auntie were so super happy because my foster brother stopped to visit us on his way to see his grandparents in Ocala. His name is Mikey, and he was adopted a few months ago, and my family have missed him ever so much. You see, my mommy found Mikey in the animal shelter last December and she said he was so thin and so scared, he looked like he was going to die any second! How horrible, so mommy had to get him out of there asap. Well, he was pretty scared when he first got here. Me and my brothers and sisters tried to make him feel comfortable and assure him it was an okay place, but he was really scared and didn't want anything to do with us. He was only a year old, and mommy thinks his former owners were really bad to him, obviously because he was barely 11 lbs and a schnauzer should really be 16-18, well one his size, and mommy doesn't think they ever loved on him or anything because he was just so scared. He wouldn't look at mommy for a whole week. Well, he started playing with me first, and slowly warmed up to my other brothers and sisters and fell in love with my sister Joan, or she fell in love with him, something like that. Since he was really sick when mommy first got him, we fostered him almost four months until he found his furever home. Mommy really hated to lose him, but she says we have too many dogs already and he needed a home where they could focus on him and get out his energy, he's just a pup, you know. Anyways, he came Saturday, and he actually remembered his foster home and was excited and ran around and gave kisses, and Joan acted like a fool, was all over him, she really should show some class! He really wanted me, but for some reason I was really mad at him. I was pretty ugly growly at him. He just runs around like crazy and because i"m the queen, it always did make me mad when he ran around like crazy! Maybe, possibly I'm a little envious, but, no, alas, I am perfect, of course! Mommy really enjoyed having him around and he looked really good, nice and filled out, and he was obviously in love with his furever mommy, so it was good to see him so happy and adjusted. We hated he had to leave, but maybe we'll see him again sometime and maybe I'll learn better manners.
Also, mommy bought all these stupid dresses for me to wear. Okay, I know what you're thinking, dogs shouldn't wear clothes, and mommy doesn't usually with the other dogs except sweaters, but mommy says I'm different, I'm not exactly like other dogs, so she dresses me up, but usually only at home for enjoyment or she'll take me to the store for people to see. Clothes don't bother me, but sometimes I want to play with them, so she can't take them off without me playing tug of war with them. Anyways, she's going to try to take some pics of me in my outfits. I really am cute dressed up, you'll see. Well, that's about all for now.
Barks and kisses,
July 16th 2008 1:03 pm
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I sure have had a very busy few days lately. Yesterday, my mommy's cousin and husband came and brought their two year old daughter. Her name is Elena, and she calls me Secious. But I didn't mind. She likes dogs very much and we had a lot of fun together. I liked to chase her in my cart and she would go into the kitchen and call for me, but I couldn't explain to her that I couldn't follow her there because there's no carpet! She also gave me lots of hugs and kisses. Last night, she kept trying to put one of my shirts on me, but I kept tugging the shirt away from her and biting it! I guess I really didn't want to wear any clothes, but that didn't stop her from trying! So my mommy gave her a toy to play with me, so I could tug on that instead. My sister, Cinder, also really liked Elena because she gave her all kinds of good foods like spaghetti and bacon when mommy's back was turned. He He He! Oh, and she kept crawling into my cage with me. But it made me mad and I had to bark when she kept trying to pull Cinder in my cage too. There's only so much room in there!
Also, I had a therapy dog visit today. We went to the library to read to the kids. Really we just walked around and people petted and loved on me. Mommy explained to them how I use a cart, but the floor was tile, so mommy couldn't show them how fast I move. People said my hair is really soft, and it should be because mommy shampoos and conditions me almost every day. She has to keep me clean because of urine burn, and she says I have to be absolutely clean to do a therapy dog visit. I met a guy who had a beard like me, though mine was longer! His son really liked me and just smiled at me, and he kept trying to get me to kiss him, but I was being stubborn today and I didn't have any kisses for anyone but my mommy!
And, my mommy was contacted by a lady from the magazine Orlando Unleashed. Mommy's never read it, but the lady saw how many dogs mommy has on zootoo, and thought mommy could contribute an article about me and my sister Joan. Well, actually my mommy's sister is Joan's owner, so she's doing the article. We sent pictures too, so hopefully I'll be in a magazine. I've been in Lake Magazine and i was on the front page of Lake Sentinel once, but they've never done an article about me, so that's really cool. I hope it lets people know about how great disabled dogs are.
Anyways, I'm pretty pooped, now. It's been a long few days. So, goodbye for now, and I'll see you soon.
Barks and kisses,
July 9th 2008 5:55 pm
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Well, my mommy took me to downtown Eustis to see the fireworks on Friday, the 4th of July. My granny took me last year when I was only six months old and i wasn't scared then, so my mommy didn't think I'd be too scared this year either. Well, we got there in time to see the first fireworks go off. It was really pretty and I watched it the whole time. At first I was shaking just a little, but I didn't cry or turn away, so I was just a little nervous, but I calmed down. Usually when I first go into places with a lot of people I shake at first a little, but I calm down pretty fast. Anyways I liked it and watched it the whole time. It was fun. Then we walked around for a little while afterward and I got petted. People smile when they see my big ears and long beard, and I do love attention. i especially loved this kid who stopped and loved on me and even kissed my cheek. He was very nice and I even kissed him back. He really loves animals he said and he just loved how cute I was and how special I was. I love attention from kids, it's the best! I can't wait till the weather cools down so I can do therapy visits to Boggy Creek and Camp Challenge again. I just love it there!
Anyways, funny story, my mom put me in a front pouch to watch the fireworks and walk around downtown because she's scared someone might jostle her arm and drop me or something so she's super careful. Anyways, right after the fireworks ended, I started to get real fidgety, which I never do, so mommy pulled me out of the bag to see what the problem was, and I had to go poo-poo. My tail was wagging, so she bent me over to poo-poo just in time. Very close to getting it squashed in my bag, as I cannot control my bowels, but I did tell my mommy and she listed, so, Phew.....close one! Luckily my auntie had the foresight to bring the poop bag my mommy didn't so we didn't have to walk around looking for a bag to pick up either.
Then, today, my mommy took me with her to do a home visit for the schnauzer rescue group she's in and got me french fries on the way home. You see, my sister, Sassy, absolutely adores them and since she's an older girl who's a bit senile, mommy indulges her, and me, of course, being the baby, get absolutely everything. Anyways, mommy tore some up for me and put them in the bed that I ride in, because I acted like I wanted some so bad. All I did was nose them into the crevices of the bed repeatedly. It's like I'm burying them, but I never want to find them! Mommy swears she'll be finding french fries in the bed for a week! Plus, I did that everytime mommy was busy, so she didn't even know I had like twenty pieces of french fry stuffed into the crevices of my bed. He, He, He..! So she gave the rest to Sassy, when we got home, and she loved it, she even tried to nibble my auntie's fingers that were hanging down on the couch an hour later! She's not the sharpest tool in the shed anymore, if ya know what I mean! But I like her a lot, she's a lot of fun. She plays with me at night, and I bark and growl at her and scoot up to her in the bed.
I love my family. I am one happy little girl. Life is good.
Barks and growls,
June 25th 2008 3:25 pm
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Mommy finally got up the pics of me at Flagler Beach in FL. I had a lot of fun with my sister Joan, and I even saw boats and a dolphin. Mommy thought it was funny to bury me in the sand. Not funny! I loved the feel of the sand and kept trying to smoosh my paws in it. At first I was afraid because it felt so different, but then I liked it. My mommy made me go in the water too, but it was okay because it was really hot. I saw a bunch of other dogs and barked at them so they thought I was mean, but I'm not really I love other dogs, I just get so excited to get to them because I can't walk I try to bark and bark til I get their attention! Plus, I couldn't use my cart because the sand was too soft, not firm, so it makes me really demanding for attention.
Anyways.... Another day I also went kayaking with my mommy and some friends. We went in Mosquito Lagoon at New Symrna Beach, FL and mommy made me wear this life jacket and I sat right in her lap. At first I wanted to sit on her feet so I was right in front, but when the water started hitting my face, I didn't like that at all, so mommy moved me into her lap. I saw a bunch of weird looking things that kept sticking their noses and fins out of the water that mommy called manatees. They were all around us, but they really didn't bother me. But then I heard this scary noise all of a sudden which made me bark like crazy. After several times of this happening I finally saw what made that noise. Mommy called it a dolphin and explained to me that's how dolphins breathe. Well, I was still a little mad about it because it always surprised me, but I finally got used to it, and then wanted mommy to follow it around. It was really interesting. Mommy kayaked around awhile, but it started to get hot, so we finally went back to J. B.'s fish camp and got lunch on the deck. Mommy shared french fries with me and then I took a nap because it was a really exciting morning and I was very tired by then.
Mommy's also been taking me to what she calls elementary school. Mommy's friends with one of the teachers and she got permission to bring me to school to read to the children. Well, I just love being around kids, so I thought it was great. Mommy made me dress up in stupid costumes like my Cinderella and ladybug costume, which are uncomfortable, but it was okay because the kids really seemed to like it, especially my Cinderella costume. Mommy puts me in my cart and lets me run all over the room. I get really excited and I have to go see every kid and give them kisses, if they get close enough to my face. A couple of times I got really excited and barked a couple of times, so mommy had to reprimand me, this therapy dog stuff is still a little new, and I still got a lot of puppy in me so I'm still learning, but other than that, I did great. Anyways, everybody thinks I sound like a squeaky toy when I bark so they think it's cute and laugh when I do, so it's not like it's a big deal!
Also, mommy's friend took some videos of me playing with my scrunchies in my cart and he put in on a disc and uploaded it onto my page, hopefully, so you guys can see how I get around in my wheels. Happily, I have now moved on from fetching scrunchies to fetching actual toys, as long as they're small, but I still never pass on a good scrunchie.
That's all for now, folks.
Barks and kisses,
April 26th 2008 9:38 am
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Well, it's been a busy couple of weeks. I got a new furry sister, who I tolerate but did have to yell at a lot when she tried to jump in my mommy's lap while I was in it! Her name is Cinder, and she's okay, but I'm still number 1, of course!
I went to Boggy Creek for a therapy dog visit a week ago and everybody loved me and remembered me from the last time I went there, when I was only 13 weeks old! They loved to watch me ripping around in my cart and I just barked up a storm playing chase with the other dogs! I do love to play. Plus, there was this 4 year old boy who was very very afraid of dogs who had been attacked by his neighbor's dog and was very scared, but curious of dogs. Well, they couldn't convince him to get near any of the other sweet, gentle therapy dogs, but my momma knew I could get to him, so she laid me beside her and asked the boy to sit on the other side. Well, at first, everytime i moved, he flew up, but after a few minutes, he realized I wasn't going to hurt him. After that, he petted me a bunch and even gave me kisses! And then he kept telling his momma i was going to go home with him, but my momma had to say no to that! Good stuff! Also, the Boggy Creek people said there's going to be a spina bifida group in November, so they made me promise I would go there then to see all the kids that are like me! Mommy says they'll really like that, I just like kids, so I'm cool with it.
Finally, yesterday mommy took me to the beach for the first time. I can't swim because of he curve in my back just makes me fall to the side when I try, even in a life jacket, but I like the water because my mommy holds me and shows me cool things. We saw a dolphin and I barked at it! Then she laid me out on the sand and buried my back end in sand. Mommy thought it was so funny, but I was not so amused! I did enjoy the feel of the sand though. I kept trying to rub my face in it but mommy kept stopping me cause she said I'll get sand in my eyes. My sister Joan kept slinging water all over me so I had to keep yelling at her, she makes me so mad sometimes! Anyways, it was a lot of fun so mommy says we'll do it again soon.
barks and kisses,
April 10th 2008 11:50 am
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My mommy's been meaning to write in my diary, but she didn't make time until today, because today is a very special day indeed. I just had my last visit to become a certified therapy dog. Yeah! I went to the hospital today and let me tell you how many people love to see me wheel around, though I can only get good traction outside. Well, we had a breakthrough with a patient today. Of course, everyone loves to see me because I'm cute and sweet, but today we made a real connection with a lady. She was elderly and couldn't talk much, which I don't mind because I talk enough on my own! We came into her room after she nodded to indicate she wanted to see us and she was so excited she kept trying to talk. So my mommy asked her if she wanted me right next to her shoulder and she kept nodding yes so my mommy put me there, which was fine with me. The nice lady started just crying and crying and I thought I should reach up and try to lick her tears. I just thought her eyes were leaking so I thought I needed to help her, but my mommy was so happy she was crying and then everybody was crying! Everybody really loves me there, but I just love the attention and love to be around other dogs, it's too much fun! Next weekend mommy says we're going out to Boggy Creek with the therapy dog group and I'm excited because there's nothing I love more than kids, and a lot of them are in wheelchairs, like me! Too cool! Well, that's all for now, mommy's been so excited about this therapy dog stuff she wanted me to tell everyone about it! Oh well, catch up with you soon,
Lots of kisses and schnauzer yowls,
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