Wednesday, December 22, 2010

All we have is memories

Pippa got a new home just in time for the holidays! She got adopted yesterday afternoon to a nice loving family. A 13 year old daughter, 10 year old son, senior Labrador, middle-aged Pug, and parents make up her family now. She didn't mind the dogs when she met them, but was acting rather annoying with me not in the room. I'm glad they enjoyed her. They asked me a lot of questions and I talked her up as much as possible. They loved her quirks. I know they'll love her and give her the time to settle in.

I did bawl my eyes out as they took her away. I could tell by the head tilt I had never seen before and the look on her face that she was heartbroken and so confused. It broke my heart. She had evidently become very attached to my family here, but I hope she can forget about us and fit in to her new home quickly. She jumped onto the dash as they were leaving and was pawing at it looking at me like I was killing her. Oh, the joys of fostering.

Now I can open up my home to another. Maybe this time a curious, happy little puppy that won't get so attached. I'll have to email Laurie with the Weim rescue and see if she has any. XD

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Pipsqueak Pippa

This is my newest foster dog, Pippa. We call her Pip, Pippin, or Cranium though. =]

I'm fostering her for the SPCA where I work. She wasn't eating in the shelter for the 5 days she was there and was in bad shape, so I brought her home. She's the easiest dog ever! She goes to the bathroom maybe 4 times a day, eats very little, and sleeps all day. She's very quiet and not like any Chihuahua I've ever met before. She has no personality as of yet, and I've had her since the 16th of November. She's starting to come out of her shell a lot more, but still has work to do.

She's gaining weight well and her coat is in great condition now that I've started supplementing her food and feeding her Wellness instead of Purina. She'll happily eat now too, and actually looks forward to meal times. She is not fond of Frag, however. If he walks past the chair she sleeps behind she will dart out, jump and snap at him, then run back to her bed. Wanna see a video?

So we're working on that. I'm also working on training her. She's great walking on a leash and her manners are alright, but I would like to teach her to sit, down, and maybe do a cute trick. I've loaded the clicker for her numerous times, but when the treats come out she doesn't do ANYTHING except spin and act a fool. I can't lure her or touch her or she'll shut down. She is very independent, so this a work in progress I suppose.

She's been to one adoption event this past weekend and there was no interest in her. It's a real shame since she's so quiet and cute. She'd be perfect for an older couple; never has accidents inside, is crate trained, leash trained, and is very quiet. Loves to just sleep on your lap. :) We'll see where she ends up.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Aaaand he's off!

Charlie got adopted! YAY! He actually got adopt a little over a week ago, but I haven't had time to post about it! He was only with me for two weeks, but learned so much and grew so much! We had a scare with another 'bout of ringworm, but it turned out to be a scratch. He did great with housetraining; only had two accidents while he was here! He learned to sit and did it VERY snappy every time I asked, and he was well on hi was to learning down right before he left. He learned to wait for his food and he learned to "crate up". He was an awesome pup, although his presence did cause a lot of stress. I forgot how tiring a puppy is, jeez!

Anyway, he got adopted by a great couple on the other side of the state. They came to check him out on a sunday and took him home on the following friday. They paid and signed a contract to reserve him before they could even take him home! They seemed like a great fit, and they were in love with him. I gave the woman my email address and am expecting an update soon. I'll have to post about it then.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Charlie and Mix Ups.

He's here! Charlie, the 11 week old Weimaraner pup came into our home today. I picked him up from his foster parents at the vet after his second set of shots.

They had to get rid of him because the wife was throwing a fit about him pottying on their new carpet. Guh. I hate people. Anyway, so the guy gives me Charlie, his food, bowls, and a bag full of shampoos and pills and sprays and tells me he's on pills for a parasite, needs to be dewormed via the other pill, and that he has ringworm and needs daily sprays and weekly baths. But he said that he wasn't contagious... :O I was shocked, since ringworm is so contagious, so I called the vet. Receptionist tells me that he's still highly contagious and to pick up his poop, put lyme over the spot. I was so confused by this point. I called the director and told her everything I knew, so she called the fosters and the vet back. We got it all straightened out.

Apparently Charlie had ringworm, and is still recovering from that, but it should not be too contagious any more. We're still limiting his contact with Frag to be on the safe side. He also had roundworms, but those have been taken care of for the most part, I have another de-worming pill to give him today. He also has coccidia, a nasty parasite, and that is what the pills and lyme is for... "/ So, we have to go out and buy lyme, and be very careful about cleaning up his poop. Yaaaay.

Other than all of his issues, he's a good dog. Fairly quiet, decent eater, walks OKAY on leash, and comes to his name most of the time. I'm excited to see how long he's hear and how he does with us.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

History, Emajean, and tomorrow

So yes, I decided to start this blog to chronical all of my adventures and journeys with the animals I hold dear to my heart. I've only recently started fostering and becoming involved in rescue, but I've gone in deep. I now have my second job at a shelter, and am on foster # 3 tomorrow. Some background on previous fosters-

Diamond; Beatiful 1yr unaltered female pit mix that I rescued over the summer and rehomed. A friend of a friend had saved her from being pts at the vet's office, and could not keep her. I had her for a week, and then rehomed her to a co-worker of my mom's. They have since got her spayed, up to date on shots, and have integrated her as a member of the family. Couldn't have turned out better.

Emajean; Darling little kitten whom was brought in at 3 days old to the Humane Society I used to work at. We did not have a foster program, so someone had to take her home with them to bottlefeed or she would have died. I volunteered, and it has been love since then. She is now 16 days old, eyes wide and bushy-tailed. She's moving around a lot more and starting to eat solid food mixed with formula. I was given permission to keep her permanently on sunday, so this has been a foster failure, but it's for the best. :D

Which leads me up to tomorrow... I'm picking up an 11 week old male Weimaraner from the vet's office after his second set of shots. I volunteer for the Great Lakes Weimaraner Rescue, and they contacted me today about taking him off of another foster's hands because the wife was upset with his accidents on the floors. /facepalm His name's Charlie and he'll be here until he gets adopted. I set up his little x-pen and blankets tonight because I'll have class as soon as he gets here tomorrow. I'm interested to see how well the rules are kept between my boyfriend, roomate, and I. There will be plenty of pictures tomorrow. =]