July 23rd 2009 8:51 pm
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I was saddened, appalled, horrified, sickened to read that some Dogsters are upset that a family that we held a fundraiser for took a pre-paid, pre-arranged vacation. That some of the Dogsters that contributed toward saving a life now feel "betrayed". And have actually dropped this family as pals just when they need the continued support of this community.
I don't think people can really, really understand what it's like to take care of a cherished family member (human OR animal) that has a potentially life-ending illness/disease. I've done both, unfortunately, many times. HoneyBunny. Remo the Red. LuckyLucy. Perky. Harry. WINston XXLP. I know that if I could have gotten away to forget it all for even half an HOUR it would have been priceless!
I pray that those casting stones never, ever have to deal with such illness/disease. But, at the same time, I think that until they do they won't understand just how wrong they are. My love and support go out to Meaty and family.
July 17th 2009 12:22 am
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Teddy, my BlackPearl friend out in California, has left this Earth so very suddenly. He had successful surgery on his leg, but died afterward from heart failure. How horrific and unbelievably sad.
Some of you remember sweet Layla, who was with Bob and Pita for too short a time. After she left for the Bridge, Bob opened his heart and home to a fuzzy teddy-bear of a rescue dog named Chopper. Chopper soon became Teddy, and helped pull Bob and Pita out of their sadness, as I helped my Mom and Dad after the Crew went to the Bridge last summer.
This is so distressing, so unbelievable, so heart-wrenching. I wish we could fly to Cali and just hold them both so close. Please stop by Teddy's page and leave some love and support for Bob and Pita. Teddy, aka Chopper, Dogster #966024.
July 1st 2009 3:31 pm
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...blazes WAS that??? I was out walking with the Mom late last night, patrolling with my super-sniffer. When I walk, I sniff. EVERYTHING. Each thing for a very, very, VERY long time. I totally immerse my nose into bushes, plants, grass, treebark, planters, flowerbeds, water meters, etc. This is probably why they're treating my muzzle for contact acne ;)
So... I'm smelling over by the crabby people's house (don't let your dog on my lawn--we try to keep it nice---grrrrrr, excuse me, but the parkway belongs to the city, and we always pick up after ourselves, thank you very much!) . They have a water cutoff that sticks up out of their lawn. Lots of dogs leave messages on it. Sniff... sniff... sniff...
The Mom was watching me and watching the neighborhood at the same time (when you're out walking the Chicago streets at 2am it pays to be alert). She turned back to me just as I put my cold, wet nose to the small access panel on the bottom of the streetlight pole. YELP! (translation... OUCH!!!!!) I jumped back about three feet, gave the lightpole a W__I__D__E berth, and went back to sniffing the next tree. The Mom figures I must have gotten a shock--the wires inside the lightpole must have been touching the access cover.
Now, I've heard the urban legends of boy dogs getting zapped if they peeps on lightpoles. Never thought I could get a shock by just sniffin'... but, then again, I HAD to touch my nose to the plate... A block later I was back trying to sniff lightpoles. This time the Mom didn't let me get close enough to touch. Did I learn a lesson getting zapped? Nope. :D
June 23rd 2009 7:27 pm
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we ALL scream for ICE CREAM!!!!
One of my newest BlackPearl pals, Metta (Dogster #356996), has Ice Cream tagged me! What a great game of tag! You have to write what kind of ice cream you'd be and why, and then tag 5 other Dogsters.
If I was ice cream, I'd be Breyer's Snickers ice cream. Smooth creamy vanilla ice cream (like most black pearls--ordinary, but so extraordinary if you take the time to appreciate us) with swirls of caramel (like the color of my eyes) and bits of chocolate covered salted peanuts (like my personality--salty but sweet too).
I want to take some time to figure out who to tag--don't want to pick someone who's been tagged and tagged and tagged again! (I vote that for all future games of tag on Dogster we include the line "tag ___ (#) of Dogsters that haven't already been tagged". So I'll get back to you soon...
p.s. aren't you hungry right now for some Ice Cream? We have a 24-hr Jewel food store just 5 minutes from our house... hmmmmmmmmmmm... hey, fire up the Jeep!
June 19th 2009 7:35 pm
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I DO NOT LIKE THUNDERSTORMS.
Nope. That's too mild.
I HATE THUNDERSTORMS.
With every fiber of my being.
Better. Much more accurate.
The Mom and the Dad adopted me last Fall, so this is my first Summer TStorm season with them. Surprise, surprise, surprise!!! I kept climbing on top of the Mom's head in bed last night. ALL night long. I turn into a Nervous Nellie whenever I hear Big bada BOOM!
p.s. Fireworks freak me out too!!! What is it with these people in Chicago? They're workin' my last nerve! They start shooting off M-80s on Memorial Day and don't let up until after July 4th!!! Fireworks are illegal in Illinois. Maybe they didn't get the memo...
June 16th 2009 7:48 pm
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UPDATE: Meaty's surgery went very well. They had to remove more bone than they had hoped, but his eye still appears to be functioning. Please stop by Meaty's website if you have a chance. Info is in Plus Information forum and the Dog Health forum.
Well, we are all very excited and sittin' on the edge of our chairs, hopeful that everything goes absolutely perfect tomorrow. Our pal Meaty, Dogster #125438, is having surgery for a cancerous growth by his eye. This surgery is being funded, in part, by Dogsters just like you and me. If you can donate (HQ approved) please do. If times are tough, you can donate your prayers, positive thoughts, love and good karma for Meaty, his family, and his surgeon.
Donations (HQ approved) in the form of a check or by phone with a credit card may be sent directly to:
Orchard Park Veterinary Medical Center
3930 North Buffalo Road
Orchard Park, NY 14127
Meaty has a group on Dogster. Please join us at
Meatball POtP Group
June 13th 2009 12:04 am
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...I'm Dog of the Day! Who would have ever thought this was possible? I'm just gonna have to do my Happy, Happy, Happy dance all the way to Dogster HQ and give them some special Dixie Doodle Thank-You kisses! MUAH!!!!!
June 6th 2009 9:50 pm
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It's suppose to rain on and off all day today, tomorrow and Monday here in Chicago. So, when the Mom got home from the newspaper this morning at 4:30 a.m. she took me out for a quick walk. Usually there's nobody out that late but us. The Mom carries the warning siren Flicka's Mom sent us, and a short, thick stick that the Brother made from a tree branch for the Mom to carry, just in case. No worries here.
When we got about a block from home, a man parked his car up ahead of us. As he started to walk toward us he acted pretty drunk. The Mom said "watchhim, watchhim, watchhim" real low and quiet like. I went into my cattledog walk/crouch as we continued walking toward him. The Mom kept saying "watchhim" and I watched him BIG TIME! I didn't take my eye off him as he passed us. "Good girl, Dixie, Good Girl!"
The Mom kept walking. Suddenly she realized my Flexi-tape leash was extended all the way out. I had stopped walking and had turned around so I could to watch the man until he went into his house. Still in my best "cattledog" crouch. Just in case...
Not too bad for a scaredy-pup from a shelter, eh?
June 6th 2009 4:56 pm
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DaisyMae CGC, #439979, a super-sweet Dogster and long-time pal of the Chicago Crew, posted a very informative, thought-provoking, prick-your-conscience (we hope) diary entry. She graciously gave me permission to cross-post here:
This is from my Care2 site and it made us stop and think. Decided to share with everyone :))))
Flo is a doe-eyed 10 year-old Basset hound mix that was sent to the animal shelter when her owner couldn’t return home after being hospitalized. The little dog, who is almost deaf, was terrified to be in a cage at a shelter with so many other animals and all of the commotion.
Josie is a serious looking senior Wheaton terrier mix whose owners tied a pretty bow around her neck and dropped her off at a shelter in Northern California.
And when a tiny silver-haired Shih Tzu named Jennifer got too old, her family brought her to the shelter to be euthanized.
This is how life turns out for thousands of loyal older dogs. The main reason senior dogs are relinquished to shelters seems to be illness. Either the owner becomes too sick or passes away or the dogs develop an illness and owners can’t afford to pay for the medical care or choose not to get help.
Prospects are pretty grim if you’re an unwanted senior canine. Shelter workers see the tragedy every day as older dogs with wonderful dispositions are tossed aside. And once they get to an overcrowded public shelter with limited resources they are “practically written off” as un-adoptable.
In addition to being hard to re-home, senior dogs have special health risks when they’re exposed to a shelter environment. They’re more susceptible to kennel cough, their arthritic bones get worse as they sit on concrete floors and the overall stress of living in a shelter can worsen any pre-existing illness. For most old dogs the shelter is where they spend their last days before being euthanized.
However, in the last couple of years some animal advocates who are touched by these sad circumstances are coming to the aid of senior canines.
Sherri Franklin is one of these advocates. With a distinguished career in animal rescue she began a non-profit organization in 2007 for older dogs, called Muttville. The group is located in San Francisco. Their website says this about their goals:
“Muttville’s mission is to change the way the world thinks about and treats older dogs and to create better lives for them through rescue, foster and hospice. We reach out to senior and special needs rescue dogs; find suitable homes for those dogs that are adoptable; and offer end of life care for those that are not.”
The organization is successfully making the last few years of unwanted senior dogs peaceful and happy.
In other parts of the country, The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs and Old Dog Haven are also saving the lives of seniors that have been cast aside. Both organizations have become experts in getting older dogs ready for new homes. They provide an extensive medical workup for each animal so they are in the tip top condition and they use the internet for finding new homes.
Because most of their budgets are used for medical care another organization called Grey Muzzle was started to help. They give grant money to rescue groups that specialize in working with senior dogs.
And some animal shelters like Sacramento SPCA have started programs to meet the special needs of old dogs. They provide cots to get the dogs off the floor and they do a dental and blood work-up so they can determine any medical problems. The group also waves the adoption fee so senior dogs have a better chance of getting a new home.
There are many specific reasons why people avoid adopting an older pet, but the basic theme is, ¯There‘re so many dogs available, why choose one with something that looks like a big problem, or looks ugly, or takes a lot of effort?
The Senior Dogs Project also finds homes for older dogs. They list these 10 reasons why people should consider adopting a senior canine:
1. Most are housetrained.
2. They are past chewing inappropriate items.
3. They are focused so they quick learners.
4. Old dog know the meaning of “No.”
5. Settle in with a pack easier.
6. Give lots of love.
7. WYSIWYG – What you see is what you get in personality and behavior.
8. Instant companionship.
9. Owners get more time for themselves because seniors are less demanding.
10. A good night’s sleep – old dogs need their rest.
It’s a sad commentary when people place less value on anything or anyone that is old. Sure, brand new puppies are wildly adorable, but it is a heartwarming experience when an older dog looks you in the eye and crawls into your lap and falls asleep.
May 9th 2009 10:29 pm
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The Dad asked the Mom what she wanted to do for Mother's Day tomorrow. The Mom didn't want to hang around the house waiting for her #1 son NOT to come over (grrrrrr). The Dad asked her if she wanted to go out to a restaurant to eat, or out to a movie? The Mom said, "no, let's do something that we can do with Dixie". :D
So, the plan is a long drive to the southern suburbs to drop off some new baby gifts. The Dad, the Mom and me. If the weather is good, a short hike in one of the area's many forrest preserves. Then we are all going to go to eat. At the Mom's favorite drive-in. Sonic. We don't have a Sonic by us (they won't build one in the big bad city of Chicago--grrrrrrr) so it will be a nice long car ride for me. And then Sonic shakes for the Mom and the Dad, and burgers for EVERYONE! Woooooohoooooo. What a great idea, don't cha think? Mother's Day burgers...
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