Thursday, January 12, 2012
Luckily I mostly get a really good feeling from someone - either in their emails, through a phone conversation or after meeting them in person. It's hard to explain exactly what I'm talking about but there are little signs that are almost a certainty that this person will be a wonderful human for a foster that they're asking about. A lot of times it's just being able to have a conversation with someone and hearing the sincerity in their voice and feeling comfortable with the exchange.
Debra contacted me last Friday about adopting Trooper - at first there was some discussion about her possibly fostering for the group. But by Saturday she was completely smitten with the little guy and all thoughts of fostering had turned to adopting the little guy. There were a couple of things that Debra did that made me feel she would be a good home for Trooper. First of all she called him "Lil Man" - when someone has a tendency to use little terms of endearment for a dog I like them instantly. The other thing she did was send me a picture of her beloved dog, Sammy, she had recently lost. When someone loves their dog so much they want to share pictures and stories, then they are definitely someone who I can trust.
I've heard from Debra and things sound wonderful for she and Trooper. I am so happy for the both of them - sometimes dogs and people find exactly who they need in this lifetime. I think Debra will help Trooper heal and recover from the trauma of the injuries and experience of his accident and I think Trooper will bring Debra a lot of love and joy.
This is her beloved Sammy, and I know he's playing over the Rainbow Bridge thankful that he had a wonderful human in this world in Debra. Thank you to people like Debra who love their furry family and help our group continue to save more dogs when they open their heart by adopting one of our fosters.
Saturday, January 7, 2012
|Who could resist that face???|
A lot of people have fallen in love with Mackie, but when I tell them why she walks so odd - they generally walk quickly away. I am confident that there's a dachshund lover out there who will be prepared to take a dachshund in who may or may not have back issues later in her life. Unfortunately, the breed can easily have back issues even if they appear totally healthy. That's why dachshund lovers are encouraged to not let them jump onto or off of things or even take stairs. Its another reason why dachshunds need to keep extra weight off - they need to keep extra pressure off their backs.
|Fearless and Resourceful Mackie|
|Is that a wink?? ;)|
Mackie came from a puppy mill - a puppy mill so bad that the Humane Society of Missouri raided them and seized all the dogs. Apparently it was a mill filled with dachshunds and doberman pinschers. Considering her size and the horror of her surrounding conditions, Mackie had to rise to the occasion to keep herself and her babies safe - I'm sure of it. I don't even want to think about what her life was like for her to have been part of a puppy mill raid. Luckily the employees at the Humane Society fell in love with her and worked very hard to find a rescue for her. See, Mackie had this nasty little growth on her head and the Humane Society will not adopt out any dog that has anything wrong with them. This growth on her head made her unadoptable and if a rescue couldn't be found, she would be put to sleep.
The email about Mackie was one of the many emails our group gets and I took a couple of days to decide if I would foster her. I called the HSMO and the woman was so excited - she was just about to enter into their system that a rescue couldn't be found so she would be euthanized. Luckily, I called in just the nick of time.
When I picked Mackie up that night, she was in rough shape. She had a surgery to remove the growth on her head, she had a dental removing a number of infected teeth and she had her spay surgery. Apparently, her had dropped dangerously low during the operation and we had to make sure she stayed warm that night. In the next couple of days a number of people saw her including my sister in law and nephew and everyone was really worried about her because she had a very difficult recovery. When I see her behavior today it's really hard for me to remember that tiny little girl I brought home that had to be bundled up and kept warm to keep her temperature stable.
|Mackie is a beauty|
Please help me find a home for Mackie - someone who will be willing to face anything that needs to be faced for her, but will also have a positive attitude that she will live out her as healthy and full of life as she is now.
Monday, January 2, 2012
Because I have my little crazy Min Pin, TRex, I immediately called the vet's office to find out the sex and size of this dog. There was a chance someone else in our group was going to take him, but I had already decided if nobody came forward I would take him in. There was no way I was going to let a little dog that made it through so much spend Christmas alone.
I let JTK know about him and he was completely against bringing in another foster. Luckily I realize I'm the adult in this family and I told the head of our group I'd foster him. So, on Christmas Eve, I headed over to PetCo to meet her and bring him home with me. The little man was pretty nervous and he wet all over himself in the crate. But, that didn't matter so I bundled him up and headed home. When JTK got home from his Dad's on that day his heart melted and he couldn't believe how cute he was and immediately was happy I decided to foster him. :)
The name he came with was Squidward (as in Sponge Bob SquarePants) ... but JTK loves to name the fosters so we wanted to see what would fit his personality. This Min Pin was definitely doing better, but he hasn't 100% recovered and nobody is sure if he will. He can lose his balance easily and topple over, but he does not give up. He's got an unstoppable spirit and is a true sweetheart. We went over to visit my Mom because Christmas Eve is her birthday and we brought our new foster with us. While we were there, he hopped right up on her couch and JTK started talking about how amazing he is and said "He is such a trooper!" So ... that is how he became named Trooper.
Trooper is a fantastic foster - he's sweet, he's funny, he's playful, he's affectionate and he's housebroken!! Can you believe it? After suffering such a horrible accident, he actually holds it. Some times he can make it up and down stops, but not always. When he goes potty, he can fall over because he still wants to hike his leg. He also likes to do the tough boy kick afterward, which can send him toppling over too. But he bounces right back up and doesn't miss a beat.
Everyone who has met Trooper falls in love with him. We took him over to my brother & sister in law's house on Christmas and everyone was really taken with how cute he is and how sweet he is. My friend, Katie, met him and fell totally in love with him. If she didn't have her limit of animals, I know she would have adopted this cutie right away.
I'm sure Trooper will find a wonderful home and quickly - he certainly deserves it. Pass the information on about Trooper and let's find him a great home.