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It's not easy bein' sheep!

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!

 

Update on Marge!

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!

 

Woes of a black dog

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.

 

Marge - The whole story

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.

INFO:831 438-0581


Copyright 2010 Press-Banner. All rights reserved.

Thanks for reading!
Press-Banner

 

Marge - The story just gets better!

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!

 

Marge

November 4th 2010 8:43 pm
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There's a really sweet story in our little mountain community right now. A dog named Marge had an accident last month that rendered her left front leg useless. She really needs to have it amputated cause it's just in the way and holding her back. But the surgery is $4,000. This is beyond the means of her young man who works at a hardware store. He's been able to come up with $1,000.

The hardware store he works at is holding a bar-b-que fur her on Safurday! And our local weekly paper did a big, full page story about it! We think it is so wonderful all the peoples are comin' togefur to help out this sweet girl!

Don't think we'll make it by on Safurday. But mom put togefur a little gift bag with our contribution fur Marge and she's gonna drop it by the hardware store on Friday.

So many dogs are put down for so much less than $4,000! Many people wouldn't be willing to deal with a 3 legged dog and the expense. We're glad this young man, his employer and the paper chose to do this for Marge. We hope they raise the $3,000!

 

Excitement at the dog park!

November 3rd 2010 9:18 pm
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Today something strange happened while I was at the dog park. When we got there nothin' seemed out of the ordinary. There was an aussie shepherd who wanted me to play sheep and was shepherding my every move. Nothin' weird there, all the shepherds mistakes me fur a sheep. BOL! But I just played fetch with my ball like usual and ignored her.

Then ma notices there's some firemen standin' in the soccer field next to the dog park. Then she sees a policeman pull up in the parkin' lot and notices there are two big firetrucks in there too. Then an ambulance pulls in. Suddenly a big car in the sky shows up. I guess those cars are called helicopters. Anywoof, the helicopter circles around a bit then lands. A few minutes later they wheeled someone from the ambulance to the helicopter. Then they took a while to make sure he was in there all safe and sound. Then they shut the door and took off.

The aussie shepherd took some time from shepherding me to watch the helicopter fly above us and land. I paid no attention this was my chance to fetch without that pesky pup shepherding me!

 

Uneventful Howlloween!

November 3rd 2010 8:55 pm
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We had plans, plans, plans! Ma likes her plans. Dad is always sayin' she needs to be more flexible, more easy goin', more go with the flow. After a decade and a half livin' with Dad she has learned to accept plans get changed. She had to learn or go crazies or get divorceed!

We had plans to go Dock Divin' on Safurday! Plus I was goin' to show off my purple majestic costume because it was called 'Halloween Splash'. I don't care so much about the costume stuff. In fact, I am kinda glad I got outta that one. But I wanted to go Dock Divin'!!! Turns out because the weather was a bit iffy Ma decided not to make the 2 hour drive out to Hollister. Drat!

Then on Sunday, Howlloween, the folks got into the Giants/Rangers game so we didn't go down town and see the little trix or treators either! Again, dodged gettin' dressed up fur Howlloween, so guess it wasn't that bad. We don't get trix or treators in our neighborhood. So we had a quiet night at home watchin' the game. The Rangers won this one.

 

One year of CGCness

October 27th 2010 9:48 pm
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One year ago today I earned my CGC certificate. Seems a lot longer ago! The certificate has 10/17/2009 on it, but that is the date of my paperwork for the furst time I took the CGC exam. We did not do so well on the greetin' another person with a dog that furst time around. So we practiced ALOT and we came back 10 days later and tried again. On 10/27/2009 I passed the CGC test! We were very happy that day! Actually Mom was happy. I am not into credentials.

So any CGC hopefurs takin' the CGC and not passin' the furst time, don't give up! Just keep workin' on it! You'll do it!

So have I been upholding CGCness for the past year? I think so! If anything I am overly friendly rather than shy. In fact, controlling my exuberance was one of my biggest challenges while studying for CGC. I luv peoples & pups! I would luv kitties, too, but they won't come to me. I never run away from home and I greet any neighborhood pups who make their way to our house. I've stopped goin' over to swim in our neighbor's pond (after I got yelled at) and I don't excessively bark.

Ok, so I am avoidin' bringin' up the 10 CGC requirements. Mom was lookin' it over and we have to admit I am a little rusty on quite a few. Once I passed we kinda relaxed. Actually relaxed ALOT! Maybe time fur a little review?!

 

Votey thing

October 24th 2010 8:03 am
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I don't like puttin' votey things in my diary. But this is very much dog related. We are sorry if anypup is upset by this issue. Peoples use votin' to resolve some of their differences. Maybe this information will inspire more Missouri peoples to vote. Although, it is sad laws are needed to make some people do the right thing. Here goes, this was sent to us by the Petfinders:

Dear Friends,

Dogs in Missouri need your help. Why should you care about dogs in Missouri? Because in your city there is a pretty good chance you have a local pet store selling puppies from a Missouri puppy mill. In fact, Missouri exports up to a million puppies a year all across the U.S. (30% of U.S. puppy mills are in Missouri), and this November, Missouri voters will get to mandate common-sense humane standards for puppy mills at the ballot box.

But the folks who profit by cutting corners on humane care are pulling out all stops to try to quash this important legislation. I applaud the Humane Society of the United States and our Missouri colleagues' efforts to bring about change for over 200,000 breeding dogs. Join us to get the word out to all Missourians to vote YES! on PROP B. Post it on Facebook; e-mail your friends. Help the dogs!

 
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