Ugg Steele:
Notes on a foster dog

Ugg was pulled from Newport Animal Control because they deemed him most unlikely to be adopted, therefore most likely to be put down. He’s an affectionate boy, he just needs to learn some manners.

Last updated: Nov 9, 2018

Base Info:

  • Arrival date: Aug. 27, 2018
  • Breed: Great Dane mix
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: Young, Adult, Mature, Senior
  • Weight: @80 pounds
  • Spay/Neutered: Yes
  • General Health: Excellent
  • Temperament: Generally submissive. Calm when in kennel or crate. Gets playful when released, but is doing much better at controlling his exuberance.
  • Gets Along with Dogs: Yes: as long as the other dog does not get scared of his size and become defensive. Ugg is not at all aggressive, but his play can intimidate smaller dogs who can get defensively aggressive toward him.
  • Gets Along with People: Yes, he loves being with people, especially getting a belly rub. Likes to play fetch and tug.
  • Housebroken/Crate Trained: Partially (see Progress Notes: Oct 1)
  • Departure date: Nov. 9th, 2018

History

Picked up as a stray by Newport Animal Control. Adopted out, brought right back because he ate their house. He needs to learn self control. Basically he’s a BIG puppy.

Known Issues & Progress

I was told he was unwalkable because he pulls like a John Deere. A front-clip harness brought that to an end and I had him walking laps in the yard with me the evening of his first day. Since then he just gets better at it.

He likes to “mouth”: We have that under control now. When excited he may forget and start to mouth, but a simple, stern “no!” stops it.

He liked to jump up and paw me: That is now under control. Instead he rolls over on my feet for a belly rub or sits at me feet and leans back against my legs so I can scratch his chest while he licks my arm (see video below).

He likes to chew things, like his brand new Kuranda bed. He’s a puppy. Puppies do that. I’m trying to teach him to chew appropriate things like toys and pigs feet (preferably those that are no longer attached to a pig).

With funds donated by a kind supporter, we bought Ugg an aluminum Kuranda. That has stood up well and he likes laying on that. He never did actually lay on the PVC framed bed. (See Progress Notes 9/19)

Medical

  • DA2PP: August 20, 2018 (N.A.C.)
  • Bordatella: August 20, 2018 (N.A.C)
  • Wormed: Aug. 28, 29, 30 2018 – Fendbendazole, 12 ml (P.M.F.C.)
  • Rabies: Aug 13, 2018 Wt: 56# (Cedarwood), Sept 12 (Claws & Paws)
  • Spay/Neuter: October 5, 2018
  • Flea/Tick preventative: Sept 13, Oct 5,
  • Heartworm preventative: Sept 13,
  • Heartworm Test: Sept 12 (negative)

Gallery

In roughly chronological order, newest at the bottom. Click the thumbnails to enlarge. Some pictures are linked to Doggy Tales or videos about Ugg, click those to open the related story or video.

Ugg

Ugg REALLY wants to play!

Ugg

Looking dapper in his red harness

Ugg

Insurance until I can get a second kennel latch. He’s a strong boy!

Ugg

Ugg and Blue are friends already.

Being bossed around by Blue (STORY)

Blue and Ugg making great strides! (story)

Progress notes 09/19

Uggs Big Ball (video)

Ugg learns a new trick (story)

Ugg is SO lonely with Blue gone. (video)

I can be chill, see?

Uggs new mode of affection (video)

Ugg says, “I want to eat, but I feel too yucky (video)

Playing fetch

Ugg CAN just spend time in the yard with another dog. (video)

Ugg and Lady playing (video)

“I’m ready for my treat!” (video)

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Ugg is a 5 Star leash walker! (video)

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Calla Lily Steele:
Notes on a foster dog

This is Calla Lily. Her Mom called her Lily, or Li-Li (lee lee). She’s a yellow Lab mix, and an affectionate, playful girl.

Last updated: Nov 9, 2018

Base Info:

  • Arrival date: Oct. 20, 2018
  • Breed: Yellow Lab mix
  • Sex: Female
  • Age: Young, Adult, Mature, Senior
  • Weight: 35 Pounds (as of 10/12/18)
  • Spay/Neutered: Yes
  • General Health: Good
  • Temperament: Rowdy but friendly.
  • Gets Along with Dogs: Yes
  • Gets Along with People: Yes
  • Housebroken/Crate Trained: Yes
  • Departure date: Nov. 9th, 2018

History

Lily’s mom adopted her from a shelter at 4 months of age in January of 2018. Lily had some health problems, but came through them. As she grew, Lily became too strong and rowdy for Mom to handle and she made the hard decision to surrender her to Steele Away Home so Lily could get the training she needs and go to a permanent home. It was a tearful parting.

Known Issues & Progress

She’s rowdy. Needs self-control and obedience training.

She knows, “Come”, “Sit”, and “In your room”.

Lily has proven to be quite bright and has learned all her basic commands. She also knows that when she’s done pottying and playing in the yard, she gets a treat to go back in her kennel. So when she’s decided she’s done, she runs into her kennel and sits on her bed to signal me that it’s time to bring her a treat.  Who’s training who here? 🙂

She has calmed down quite a bit.

She walks well on a leash for me, but gives Marie a hard time.

As long as she it let out regularly, she is good to her bedding.  If she gets frustrated, her bedding suffers!

Medical

  • DHPP: 01/12/2018, 02/03/2018, by White Pine Veterinary (WPV)
  • DHLPP:02/24/2018 by WPV
  • Bordatella: 02/24/2018, 10/13/2018 by WPV
  • Wormed: 01/12/2018 by WPV (tested since: NEGATIVE)
  • Rabies: 02/24/2018 (1 year booster) by WPV
  • Spay/Neuter: 04/24/2018 by WPV (also repaired umbilical hernia)
  • Flea/Tick preventative: ???
  • Heartworm preventative: ???
  • Heartworm Test: 05/11/2018 – NEGATIVE by WPV

Gallery

In roughly chronological order, newest at the bottom. Click the thumbnails to enlarge. Some pictures are linked to Doggy Tales and videos about Lily, click those to open the related story or video.

 

A pretty girl strutting her stuff.

Spectacular eyes!

On Point

Lily and Ugg play together for 1st time. (video)

Lily does Come, Sit and In your room (video)

Lily and Josephine get a play day (video)

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“I’m ready for my treat now!” (video)

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Sable and Night Barking

Last night Sable started in on a monotone, metered barking that went on, and on, and on. Around 9:30 we decided she was not going to settle down and I went over to the shop and set up the BIG crate for her.

When I let her out of her kennel, she raced out the door before I could put a leash on her. But she went only so far as the nearest good patch of grass, squatted, and peed about a gallon. When done she came back to me, started bouncing playfully and rubbed on my legs, obviously appreciative of my concession to her needs. She is housebroken and did NOT want to pee in her “house”.

I felt so bad for leaving her so long!

Since I already had a crate set up I decided to go ahead and take her inside.
She was a bit confused as we went out the gate (toward the truck), up the steps, and along the porch. When we got to the door she perked up. She peeked inside, ‘’Oh, it’s a house! It has weird furniture, but it’s a house!”

I took her to her crate and she scooted right inside. I gave her a cookie and bade her good night.

This morning, when I went to bring her back outside, she was still in her crate, the bedding was intact and dry, and she calmly let me clip on a leash and walked back to the play yard to relieve herself again.

She’s not giving me any trouble at all! I just don’t see the aggression she displayed at N.A.C. I suspect she will settle down quickly now that she’s here at Piney Mountain. That is often the case.

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A Trick for (giving) Treats

When training a dog, I find that giving SMALL treats as a reward for proper responses speeds the learning process and makes the session far more enjoyable for the dog and for myself.  But what do you do when you have a dog that is so eager to get that treat that she’ll take your thumb and finger with the treat if you hold it between them?  Here’s my Trick for Treats:

When a dog is gentle about taking treats, this is not an issue — like Ugg:

When giving larger treats (not training treats) presenting them sideways to the dog helps prevent the dog from taking your hand along with the treat:

When NOT to use treats in training

When I first start training a dog that has been living on the streets for a while, I don’t use treats at all.  These dogs are often so food-centric that as soon as they discover I’m carrying food they will do anything — including knocking me over and tearing open the pocket or pouch — to get it.  They have no idea about doing what I want them to do to get the food doled out to them a morsel at a time.  They want the food, they want all of it, they want it NOW.  That can be dangerous.

So instead I reward these dogs’ good behavior with head scratches and neck rubs.  And that may take some work too.  Dogs that have been abused or neglected for a long time are not accustomed to being touched except in violence and will be skittish about it.  Be patient.  Take it slow.  Earn his trust.

Use a soft voice, and stay as low as possible so you are not towering over the dog.  That’s intimidating to them.  Also avoid staring at her eyes: her instincts tell her this is a challenge and hostility.

Once he’s adjusted to the idea that touching is pleasant, petting will serve as reward enough until you’ve gained enough respect that he will trust you to give out the food treats as they are earned.

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I Was Born a Poor Black Lab

One of Highland’s favorite dog toys is — or was — a snake plush toy that has been gutted, leaving just the “skin”.  But Highland likes it a lot.  It’s his favorite crate toy.

Highland was neutered on Sunday.  He absolutely insisted on licking at his incision.  That’s bad, he must not do that.  I tried to dissuade him, but as soon as I looked away, he curled up and began licking.  So I tried putting him in an inflatable doughnut collar.  He defeated that.  SO I had to put him in a cone.

That upset him.  But rather than trying to rip the cone off, as many others have done, he became dejected.  His reaction reminded me of Steve Martin’s “And this is all I need” skit in the movie “The Jerk” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VbI5zcB8Ac if you’ve never seen it).

I cannot say that in the days since then Highland has become “happy” about the cone.  But once he mastered coming up the back steps while wearing it (at first I had to climb the steps with him, holding the rim of the cone up so it didn’t catch on the steps and flip him sideways) he lightened up.  Once he discovered that the thing can be “weaponized” and used to aggravate the other dogs (and us) he has decided it’s kind of fun.  He especially likes coming up behind Buddy Beagle and scooping Buddy’s hindquarters up in the cone.  Buddy hates that.  Highland thinks it’s funny.

Still, it’s not likely that he will be upset when I take it off of him in a few more days.  Just one more experience along his path to a forever home.

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Highland Houdini

I took Highland to the veterinarian today because he’d developed a nasty cough. Which, of course disappeared today. They needed to take his harness off to take a chest X-ray. He LIKED running around “nekked”.

After his exam we went back to the waiting room. It was packed! Lots of friendly folks to pet him and comment how handsome and happy he is. Several cats to say howdy to as well. When he started sniffing at things in that special way, I decided to take him out to the grass. Good thing too. When he was empty I decided not to take him back into the waiting room, but put him back in my truck. I clipped his safety strap on the passenger seat to his harness and locked the doors. I could see him through the waiting room window and checked on him frequently. Sometimes he was sitting up looking back at me, sometimes he was not visible, I figured he was laying down resting.

When I’d gotten his meds and settled the bill I went outside. A young fella was sitting in a large pick-up next to my truck. He rolled his window down and said, “He’s quite a Houdini! He was out of his collar almost as soon as you left him. He’s loose, be careful when you open the door!”

That amazed me, Highland had never even tried to get out of his harness before. I thanked him for the heads-up and VERY carefully slid in the drivers side door. Sure enough, the harness was laying loose on the seat, still clipped closed, but with no Highland inside it. He was bouncing around doing his Mr. Wiggles bit and grinning ear to ear.

That boy DOES like getting “nekked!”

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Samson Steele:
Notes on a foster dog

Samson has had a pretty good life, except for having been discarded twice. Now he’s a Steele dog and we hope to find him a forever home.

Last updated: Oct 19, 2018

Base Info:

  • Arrival date: Oct 13, 2018
  • Breed: Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: Young, Adult, Mature, Senior
  • Weight: @ 58 Pounds
  • Spay/Neutered: Yes
  • General Health: Good
  • Temperament: Docile, friendly
  • Gets Along with Dogs: Yes
  • Gets Along with People: Yes
  • Housebroken/Crate Trained: Yes
  • Departure date: Oct. 19, 2018 (transfer)

History

He was adopted from a shelter in Blountville TN in August of 2017. In October of 2018, Samson was surrendered to Newport Animal Control because his family was moving to Government Assisted Housing and Sampson exceeds the size/weight limit for dogs in that project. He is reported to be good with children, dogs, and cats. They also said he was in obedience training in Greenville and had completed 3 of the 4 classes in that program.

Known Issues & Progress

He needs a grain-free diet — which he has not been getting and his skin is in pretty rough shape right now. He is accustomed to being an in-house dog and we can’t do that right now, which makes him upset.

Another Steele Away foster home has agreed to take Samson and provide in-home foster care. Sam will be much happier that way and will retain his Housebroken medal of merit. He’s leaving Oct 19, 2018. Mike and Jeanne will probably post pictures to Facebook. You can look for him there.

Medical

  • DA2PP: 08/04/2017 (Sullivan County, Bluff City, Kingsport Animal Center)
  • Bordatella: 08/04/201 (SBK Blountville)
  • Wormed: 08/04/2017, Pryantel: 6cc (SBK Blountville)
  • Rabies: 01/09/2018 (Margret B. Mitchel Spay/Neuter Clinic, Bristol, VA)
  • Spay/Neuter: 01/09/2018 (Margret B. Mitchel Spay/Neuter Clinic)
  • Flea/Tick preventative: Oct 16, Advantage, 3ml
  • Heartworm preventative: dates, product, dose
  • Heartworm Test/

Gallery

In roughly chronological order, newest at the bottom. Click the thumbnails to enlarge. Some pictures are linked to Doggy Tales and videos about NAME, click those to open the related story or video.

Samson is an athletic fellow. (VIDEO)

 

 

He has amazing eyebrows!

He loves snoozing in the sunshine.

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Lady Steele: Notes on a foster dog

Lady’s big smile and slick dance moves caught our eye when she was at Animal Control.

Last updated: Oct 11, 2018

Base Info:

  • Arrival date: Sept 26, 2018
  • Breed: Black Lab / Staffordshire
  • Sex: Female
  • Age: Young, Adult, Mature, Senior
  • Weight: @ 50 Pounds
  • Spay/Neutered: Yes
  • General Health: Excellent
  • Temperament: Playful, friendly
  • Gets Along with Dogs: Yes
  • Gets Along with People: Yes
  • Housebroken/Crate Trained: No
  • Departure date: October 12, 2018

History

Picked up as a stray by Newport Animal Control. Became a long-term inmate and was on the “at risk” list, so Steele Away Home pulled her and placed her with us for foster care.

Known Issues & Progress

Quite clingy. Acts out when I leave her. She needs confidence.
10/11 Still gets vocal when I leave the yard or am working with another dog, but no longer destructive. She also has calmed down and enjoys getting petted.

Lady gets along fine with her neighbor, Ugg, and has been in the yard with Blondie Bear. Lady wants to play, Blondie isn’t sure of her yet. No hostilities on either side.
10/11 They have had several play sessions. These tend to be short because Lady gets into “trash-talking” and I shut that down. Lady gets along fine with Blondie. They occasionally play together, but that’s a whole other game: much more tame.

Lady was quite destructive when she decided she didn’t want to be where she was! But that has gotten better now that she’s settling into a schedule and knows I will be around in a while (several times a day) to let her out to play.

She knows, “come”, “sit”, “down/off” and “in your room”

Medical

  • DA2PP: 09/01/2018 (by N.A.C.)
  • Bordatella: 09/01/2018 (by N.A.C.)
  • Wormed: Oct 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Fendbendazole: 10 ml, (by P.M.F.C.)
  • Rabies: Oct 5, 2018 (Paws & Claws)
  • Spay/Neuter: Oct 5 (Paws & Claws)
  • Flea/Tick preventative: Oct 5, Advantage
  • Heartworm preventative: Oct 6, Nu Heart
  • Heartworm Test/Treatment: Oct 5 – Negative (Paws & Claws)

Gallery

In roughly chronological order, newest at the bottom. Click the thumbnails to enlarge. Some pictures are linked to Doggy Tales and videos about Lady, click those to open the related story or video.

You WILL take me home won’t you?

Lady

Lady & Blondie get acquainted

Lady says something is in the woods

Feeling yucky, but still happy to see me (video)

Lady playing with Ugg (video)

Lady plays w Blondie Bear (video)

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Low Rider Steele: Notes on a foster dog

Judging by her behavior, this little punkin has had a rough life: She was terrified of the outdoors, afraid of coming out of her crate, and reacted to new people by hunkering down on the floor.

Last updated: Oct. 23, 2018

Base Info:

  • Arrival date: Oct. 2, 2018
  • Breed: Beagle mix
  • Sex: Female
  • Age: Young, Adult, Mature, Senior
  • Weight: @ 40 Pounds
  • Spay/Neutered: Yes
  • General Health: Good
  • Temperament: Timid but friendly
  • Gets Along with Dogs: Yes
  • Gets Along with People: Yes, once she gets to know you.
  • Housebroken/Crate Trained: Crate trained for sure, may be pee-pad trained. At first she didn’t want to go outside, doesn’t know what to do when she got there. She’s learning to like it.
  • Departure date: Oct 12, 2018

History

Low Rider was picked up off the streets of Newport by a good Samaritan who saw her scuttling around, absolutely terrified. This person took her to Animal Control, where she went unclaimed. Steele Away Home pulled her.

Known Issues & Progress

Low Rider is eager for attention and happily wiggles her butt when we approach, but is afraid to go to anyone at first. She was also terrified of outdoors. She would not walk on a leash if a collar was used, but is doing better with a harness. She is already coming out of her shell.

She is overweight, needs a restricted diet to get that under control.

Medical

  • DA2PP: 10/03/2018 (PMFC)
  • Bordatella: 10/03/2018 (PMFC)
  • Wormed: Oct 4, 5, & 6, Fendbendazole: 8 ml (PMFC)
  • Rabies: Oct 5, 2018 (Paws & Claws)
  • Spay/Neuter: Oct 5, 2018 (Paws & Claws)
  • Flea/Tick preventative: Oct 5, Advantage
  • Heartworm preventative: Oct 6, Nu Heart
  • Heartworm Test: Oct 5, 2018 (Paws & Claws) Negative

Gallery

In roughly chronological order, newest at the bottom. Click the thumbnails to enlarge. Some pictures are linked to Doggy Tales and videos about Low Rider, click those to open the related story or video.

 

Seriously? Don’t you have a harness that fits?

You said “go out in the grass” here is grass.

But I’d rather go back to my room.

Getting loooowwww

Chatting w Callie

Chillin on the porch

Meeting the Brotherhood of Beagles

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Progress Notes: Oct 7, 2018

We’ve taken in two new pack members this week, and are planning another facilities upgrade.

Low Rider

Seriously? Don’t you have a harness that fits?

I picked up Low Rider on Tuesday.  She went straight into a crate in my workshop for several reasons.

  • She was infested with fleas.  We work hard to keep fleas out of our home, so that has to be dealt with before she can come anywhere near our other dogs.
  • She is fearful.  She’s obviously been abused and is frightened of new people, insects, falling leaves, and the outdoors in general.  But not dogs: she ran right up to Ugg and Lady and said howdy to each.  She’s only comfortable in a crate and prefers a quiet environment to herself.  The workshop is perfect now that it’s not so hot every day.  I can run my big turbo fan in front of a window and keep it tolerable in there.
  • She would not walk on a leash.  If used with a collar, she’d drop and gator-roll trying to get away from it.  A harness works better, but it has to be removed when she goes back into her crate or she’ll chew it up.  We lost a $30 Walk-Rite harness learning that lesson.  The next smallest harness I had was a poor fit, but it served the purpose while I ordered more harnesses.

LowRi got a Capstar to get rid of the fleas and was given a topical flea & tick prevention to keep them away.  She was spayed on Friday, and has, over the past few days, done exceptionally well.  She has lost her fear of me and Marie (NAC said she warmed up to their staff too once she was sure they weren’t bent on hurting her), has come to grips with the Great Outdoors, and has gotten to where she will allow me to lead her on a leash (using a harness), has learned to go down stairs, and just last night went up the steps for the first time.  Early on, I carried her from workshop to play yard and back, so these advances are a kindness to my back.

I’m pretty sure she was pad-trained and kept indoors all the time in her previous life.  Teaching her that it was okay to pee and poop in the yard was an odd new challenge.  When in the play yard I take the leash off and she follows along behind me.  She would pee a little here and there, but do it on the sly and scamper away from it quickly.  The first time she pooped, I had gotten a ways out front of her, noticed she wasn’t right behind me and turned around to see where she was.  LowRi was hunched up “going” about 30 feet away.  She saw me looking and immediately stepped away, dropped to the ground and went belly up in a classic, “please don’t kill me, I submit” move.  So I rubbed that belly and gave her a few enthusiastic “Good Girl”s.  That shocked her and it took a few moments to grasp that not only was she not about to die, but I was happy that she did that.

By the time Transport Day rolls around next Friday, she will be adoptable and house broken.  She may be timid around new people (that takes time and exposure) but will be worlds better than when she arrived here.

Highland

The other newbie is Highland.  He was pulled from Newport Animal Control on Friday, taken straight to Kathy’s Grooming Salon to get rid of the “shelter stink” and any fleas he might have had, and is now living in a crate in our den.  This is easier on me because I can walk him to the back door when he needs to go out.  At least that’s the theory.

In actuality Buddy Wingo, Callie, and Moonshine have taken exception to my bringing a new dog into THEIR house without their permission and go ballistic when I let Highland out of his crate.  So I have to first crate these three, then escort Highland to the door, wait for him to finish and return, get him back in his crate, then let the ruffians out.  These three then dash into the den to see that Highland is properly secured before they can go off to amuse themselves with their own affairs.

His first night here, Highland was quiet and we all got a good night’s sleep.  Since then he has gotten “clingy” and fusses loudly if Marie or I are not in the room with him, day or night.  We have dealt with this before, it’s just insecurity and trying to find his place in the home.  What it means is that one of us (mostly me, since Marie has a job to go to every weekday) will be camping on the floor of the den at night until he gets used to the idea that we are all here and he has not been abandoned even if he can’t see us.

Other than this insecurity and the fact that he is not even remotely housebroken, behaviorally he is a great dog!  His gentle nature and happy demeanor make him a pleasure to be around.  He is affectionate without being demanding.  He IS a lab mix, so he’s got that squirrely, high-energy aspect that is common to labs, but it’s not as overt as it is in Moonshine.

Highland is not going anywhere for a while, so I’ll have more on him later.

Moonshine

Moonshine had her first Immiticide treatment Sept. 20th and it bothered her very little.  She remained the energetic, lovable goof that she has always been — except now without a load of puppies.  She will be going back for her 2nd and 3rd treatments Oct 18th and 19th, then 30 days of enforced convalescence.  That will clear her of the heartworms and she will, once recovered, be ready to go back to C.A.R.E. for adoption and a full, happy life.

Ugg

Ugg says, “I want to eat, but I feel too yucky (video)

Our big boy was neutered last Friday.  He was pretty rough that evening, but was able to eat again the next morning.  Since then he has bounced back well.  His incision is looking pink and puffy, but I’ve not caught him licking at it once.  As long as he’s not licking I see no need to cone him.  Ugg continues to calm down and accept that proper interaction between people and Ugg does not involve clawing or chewing or jumping.  It has gotten to where I really enjoy my time working with him.  He is still affectionate and goofy.

He has lost the desire to play fetch, but has decided he likes “tug” better — as long as I let him win.  It is recommended that you always let your dog win at tug — but don’t make it too easy.  And don’t let it look like you let him win.  And DO congratulate him so he knows you’re not angry that he won.  Then he will come back to play that game over and over.  It’s a GREAT confidence builder.

Lady

Lady says something is in the woods

Lady was spayed on Friday.  It took a little longer for her to bounce back than it did Ugg, but that would be natural: spaying is a more invasive surgery than neutering.  She did, however eat dinner that night, but spent longer laying on her dog bed looking at me with eyes that said, “I feel awful.”

Lady too has made great strides in her play behavior with me.  In fact she’s decided I’m not much fun to play with at all, and wanders off to sniff and pee.  But when she’s done she will come back and want to be petted and told what a good girl she is.

Lady, too, is ready for transport as soon as someone claims her.

Facilities Upgrade

New Kennel will go around the play cabin until I get earth-moving done on final location

I plan to buy another 10′ x 10″ Stephens dog kennel from Tractor Supply tomorrow.  This will give me a more suitable place to keep LowRi so she can get some safe social interaction with the other dogs and get her out of the workshop.  She needs to learn to be a normal dog.

And, since we are bent on pulling as many dogs as we can from Animal Control, having more kennels is a good, and a needed, thing.

Moonshine says, “this is a good spot for a kennel, as long as I don’t have to stay in it.”

The end location for the new kennel may be here: in front of the existing kennels and along a fence.  But, the ground here is sloped and rolling.  I can’t do anything about the slope, but need to flatten out the rolling to reduce the temptation for a dog to dig out.

Pipe Dreams

I want to replace tarp roofs with a shed style roof from the garage to posts and a beam on the outside of kennels

My long term plan is for a serious upgrade of our kennels as well as adding more of them, but this is an expensive project that will have to wait until funds are available.  It will involve pouring a 12 foot by 24 foot concrete slab next to the garage for three 8′ x 10′ kennels to sit on, and installing a proper roof over them (attached to the garage roof at the “hip”) so nearly all rain will be excluded from the kennels.

Location of new door to the workshop (aka cold weather kennels)

I also want to install a door in the end of the mobile home that has been my workshop so I can convert two rooms of that into kennels for cold weather use and a dog bathing facility.  We no longer have air conditioning in there, but we do have heat.  That will be a great thing when the weather turns bitter cold.  Trying to bring 9 or 10 dogs into our home (most in crates) just will not work.  Our house is too small, there just isn’t room unless we stack crates on top of one another!

By putting in a door on the end of the trailer, I will have access to it from the play yard and not have to leash dogs to go outside the play yard to the shop’s side door.

Location of 5th or 6th kennel – depending on if I give Blondie’s play cabin back to her.

Once I sell this lumber pile I can place another kennel here, build a shed style roof from the trailer to cover it and make it well sheltered from summer sun and winter winds.  It will have no view of the yard, but for some dogs that may be an advantage.

God willing, I’ll work on getting these things done in 2019.

There have, in the past, been times when I would say something about waiting to do something until funds are available (because we prefer to stay out of debt) and one or more of our rescue friends stepped up and sent us money to take care of the need. That has always amazed and humbled me (not that we don’t help others too, it just amazes that people want to help US). And it generally leaves me scrambling around trying to facilitate an offer to help out. So if you are so inclined, I’m ready this time.

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