November 5th 2010 9:28 pm
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Today while drivin' to work Ma heard the local radio lady mention Marge's barbecue comin' up on Safurday! Every Friday at 7:00 am the radio lady talks to a veterfurnarian and she brought up Marge's story to him! Yay!!!
Ma listens to this radio program everyday because at 7:30 the radio lady always makes a point to have some nice, feel good story or stories. Ma thought Marge's story would be a good 'Good News' story. So in this world of easy communication she sent an e-mail to Rosemary at KSCO radio. Rosemary replied with a thanks and an "I'll check it out". Ma wasn't sure what would come of it. So it was pleasing to hear Rosemary bring it up this mornin' with Dr. Pete. But it also made it into The Good News at 7:30 as well! AND Rosemary ended the segment with a thanks to ME, Pepper, the black lab! You see, Ma signed the e-mail as from Pepper's person! We think that made all the difference! Ma would never have been brave enuf to send a note from herself. AND without Dogster she never would've thought to use her dog's name!
Then tonight drivin' home she heard it mentioned again on KSCO as a news story! We hope lotsa peoples show up tomorrow! And it's not even supposed to rain until tomorrow night!(The barbecue is at 11 am)
Flicka, you're right there seems to be a magic to this!
November 5th 2010 10:14 pm
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In case anypup is infurested in knowin' more about Marge here is the actual news story:
by Michelle Camerlingo Press Banner
10.28.10 - 02:40 pm
It’s easy to see that Johnny Hostetter, 34, of Ben Lomond, loves his dog Marge.
Marge, a 3-year-old mutt with kind eyes, was given to Hostetter after a friend found her abandoned in Boulder Creek with her three littermates.
“The brothers got adopted quickly, but no one wanted scrawny little Marge,” Hostetter recalled. “So I got her.”
Since then, Marge and Hostetter have been inseparable. He takes her to the dog park, to work and everywhere he can.
But Marge’s left front leg was rendered useless after an accident a month ago.
Surgery to remove the leg will cost about $4,000, and Hostetter has been able to save only about $1,000 from his salary at Scarborough Ace Hardware.
“My work has been extremely supportive with letting me bring her here since the accident,” Hostetter. “Everyone shows her a lot of love.”
There will be a barbecue to help pay the medical bills on Nov. 6 a t Ace Hardware.
Marge’s leg was injured after Hostetter let some friends take her to the beach and they put her in the bed of their truck.
“She had never been in a truck like that, and she got spooked and jumped out,” Hostetter said. “Her leash snapped when she jumped, and she landed on the side of the road and ripped her shoulder apart.”
After the accident, Marge suffered brain swelling, which has since gone down. She still has phantom pain at random times, though, and takes pain medication.
“I freaked out when I got the call that she was at the animal hospital,” Hostetter recalled. “You just think terrible things. It was scary.”
Hostetter said the muscles in the dog’s leg have completely deteriorated since the accident, and she has already adapted to having three working legs. There was no lasting brain damage, and she acts the same as ever, he said.
“She was walking on three legs four days after the accident,” Hostetter said. “I take her to the dog park and she still plays with the biggest dogs, even though she can’t keep up.”
Hostetter wraps her ineffective leg in pink bandages so it isn’t scraped raw when it drags on the ground.
“The leg just holds her back and gets caught on things,” Hostetter said. “Sometimes, she thinks it’s a toy and bites at it. She is doing perfectly, but the leg just needs to go.”
At a glance
WHAT: Fundraiser barbecue for Marge
WHEN: 11 a.m. Nov. 6
WHERE: Scarborough Ace Hardware, 218 Mount Hermon Road, in Scotts Valley
DETAILS: Proceeds from hot dog and soda sales will help pay for surgery to remove Marge the dog’s crippled front leg.
Copyright 2010 Press-Banner. All rights reserved.
Thanks for reading!
November 7th 2010 7:16 am
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So ma's always accusin' me of bein' unphotogenic!! She whines, "It's hard to get a good pic of an all black dog." Maybe ma's just not so smart..., uh, let's just say her strength is not in flash photography and understanding lighting. Or better yet, let's blame her camera and presume her camera's flash is crappy. Better still, let's blame Dad fur droppin' and breakin' her newer point and shoot camera and she had to go back to usin' her older, bulkier camera.
Anywoof, after tryin' to take sum pics of me fur Howlloween ma has decided she is NOT goin' to use a flash fur me. Natural lighting only!
So yestfurday we were out doin' some yard work. I was helpin' by makin' ma take her much needed breaks by throwin' my ball fur me. Can't have the poor woman work her fingers to the bone! Anyhowl, ma noticed the sun was occasionally goin' behind the clouds. Great time fur pics!
So she went and got good ol' bulky camera and kept it close by fur the right time. Think we got a few good shots. Ma's pleased with them anywoof.
November 9th 2010 9:32 pm
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Wags & wiggles! Wiggles & wags!
Marge is rid of her useless leg!
MARGE GOT HER SURGERY! Her surgery was done on Friday, the day before the barbecue!! Seems a coupla vets in our area figured out a way to do the surgery and worry about the $ later. One is from my own town of Boulder Creek!
Our dear radio lady, Rosemary, did a follow up 'Good News' story on Marge this mornin'. Seems she went by Ace yesfurday to give her own donation along with $ from a coupla other radio personalities. I think that's sweet in itself. Apparently Johnny was there and he told her there was an overwhelming response from the community to the barbecue. But the best part is Marge got her surgery regardless of the $ raised! Although, I'm sure the money will come in handy as there will be many more vet bills fur a tripod dog and while payment is bein' delayed I don't think the surgery is entirely free.
So what started as a rather sad story, people doin' a dumb thing that brought harm to a dog, ends with a community comin' together and showin' all the big, kind hearts out there.
As the kind, wise one predicted ALL IS WELL! Smiles and hugssssssss to you!
Thanks to my Dogster pals for your interest and support in this story. You pups are great!
November 11th 2010 10:19 pm
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Saw my pal the aussie shepherd at the dog park earlier this week but she had competition in the herding department. A cattle dog who also likes to herd me was there as well. It's kinda funny. They each ignored the other. But with me in the middle they both got their herding practice fur the day!
Whew! Bein' a sheep sure wears me out! I get a bit distracted and it's harder fur me to keep track of my ball. But it's all good and we all have a fun time. I mostly ignore them but sometimes they get in the way of my ball!
November 12th 2010 8:59 pm
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Yesfurday, ma was just about to have me come in from my mornin' fetch, then she was gonna go off to work. When suddenly a coupla loose dogs come runnin' up.
We recognized one of them, Isis. She's a husky dog that gets it in her to run off once in a woof. Her people have been doin' a good job of containin' her. I haven't seen her since I was a puppy. She's a little skittish but we get along well. She had her sisfur along with her, Lucy, whom I have never met befure.
Wellwoof, ma was able to round us all up with treats. Then she made a goofy, dumb decision and coralled us all in my fenced area. We were all alright at furst, then Lucy started attacking me! Stupid mom! You don't put me in with a dog we don't know! She got me outta there real quick!! Checked me over and it appears it was all snarls and no harm done. But that was scary!!
Anywoof, we waited around thinkin' their peoples would be by soon to take them home. But ma got impatient after a few minutes. She needed to go to work! So she put me in the house and leashed the two runaways. I was real upset not to get to walk them home! I usually always get to walk the neighbor dogs home! But ma was still a little shaken by Lucy's attack on me. Lucy actually was quite a nice dog. She just maybe has some alpha issues when it comes to meetin' new dogs and maybe she got a little freaked bein' contained in an unfamiliar place. Ma's fault!
They live on the street behind us, not very far. But ma was surprised to almost make to their house befure runnin' into their person. They had been runnin' around fur several minutes, corraled fur several minutes and now leash walked fur several minutes. Seemed like a long time to take to come lookin' fur your loose dogs!
Their dad was quite grateful mom took the time to bring them home. She just doesn't have the heart to leave dogs loose and hope fur the best. Kinda a control freak that way. Hopefully if I ever runaway (which I never do) or get lost (maybe I could) one of these neighbors whose dogs we have returned will help me find my way home too!
November 17th 2010 8:47 pm
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We heard on the radio there's supposed to be meateors tonight! So we went fur an evenin' walk and ma kept her eyes to the skies. Meats in the dark sky? Woo-hoo! But we didn't see much! When we got back ma mentioned to pa she saw only one little shootin' star. "We saw more out at Lake Powell" she told him. He said he heard the best time to look is at about 10 o' the clock. So we'll go back outside and look at the skies again then. I hope some meateors makes it all the way to the ground! Yummers! Are the rest of you pups lookin' fur meateors?
November 18th 2010 10:13 pm
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Pepper had a rather alarming accident on Monday. Alarming because it involved an injury to her eye. I threw her ball using a Chuck-It stick. I couldn't see her very well because she was above me on the small hillside behind our home. But I heard a yelp and when she did not return with the ball I knew something was very wrong. She is a compulsive retriever, sometimes annoyingly so. Upon my walking up there to find her, she came forward and was pawing at her eye. It seems the ball smacked her right in the left eye! I felt terrible!
There was some swelling around the eye and that night her left pupil appeared smaller than her right. Once she shook off the initial pain she, of course, wanted to go right back to her fetching. But she did seem quieter and less her chipper self Monday night. By now her eye and her spirit is pretty much back to normal. But since she is due for a vet visit we'll get her checked out soon.
She loves her fetching and I would never take that away from her. The risk is worth the joy. And I don't really consider fetching a highly risky activity. Nor will I discontinue the use of a Chuck-It. It was just one of those freak accidents! But it was a reminder that life can change literally in the blink of an eye and to cherish all the good we have, however seemingly small. Most of us take working eyeballs for granted but when one or both are threatened, suddenly, they're very important.
Yours in doggy love,
November 19th 2010 9:56 pm
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Nothin' like admitting you just chucked a ball in your dog's eye to get diary pick! Not bein' ungrateful, just a little embarassed fur my ma. Thanks, though, Dogster HQ. And thanks to all my pup pals fur helpin' me celebarkate! I am enjoyin' all the attentions and fun!
Wellwoof, between gettin' those reminder postcards in the mail, hittin' me in the eye and now diary pick on the day after admittin' to hittin' me in the eye, ma finally succumbed to the pressure and made my dogtor appointment. Plus she made an appointment fur me at the groomers.
Some might wonder what kinda groomin' a dog with short furs like me might need! Wellwoof, my furs are very low maintence so fur most of the year ma just bathes and combs me herself. But since my fambily always gets to host the Thanksgivin' celebarkation, each year I get a special Thanksgivin' groom. Although, this is only my 3rd Thanksgivin' and last year we missed my groomin' cause ma got sick and hadta cancel the appointment. So I have not been to the groomer fur close to two years now! I do tend to grumble to mom a bit when bein' brushed. Hope the groomers people is used to that and I doesn't scare them! Ma's hopin' I remembers my CGC manners!
November 20th 2010 6:45 am
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Sum puppy left me a buncha bonez! Yummers!! Thanks a bunch!