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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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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Blue Steele: Notes on a foster dog

A sweet, smart, energetic fellow: Blue just needs to learn some manners.

Last updated: Sept. 24, 2018

Base Info:

  • Arrival date: August 24th, 2018
  • Breed: Terrier Mix
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: Young, Adult, Mature, Senior
  • Weight: @ 35 pounds
  • Spay/Neutered: Yes
  • General Health: Excellent
  • Temperament: High energy but affectionate and playful
  • Gets Along with Dogs: Good neighbor, likes to play. Not good at sharing.
  • Gets Along with People: Yes. Still jumpy/nippy but working on that.
  • Housebroken/Crate Trained: Yes
  • Departure date: Sept 21, 2018

History

Found as a starving stray.

Known Issues & Progress

Blue was moved here from another foster because he was getting possessive of his Foster mom and nasty toward the other dogs when they approached her. He’s here for socialization training and calming down.

Medical

  • DA2PP:
  • Bordatella:
  • Rabies: Aug. 17, 2018 (Claws n Paws)
  • Spay/Neuter: Aug. 17, 2018 (Claws n Paws)
  • Wormed:
  • Flea/Tick preventative: 08/18, 09/18
  • Heartworm preventative: 08/18, 0918
  • Heartworm Test: Aug. 17, 2018 (Claws n Paws) 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 Blue, click those to open the related story or video.

Blue settled in quickly

Loves an (almost) empty peanut butter jar!

New neighbor: Ugg
Not his reaction, neighbor’s name

Chillin in the shade

Bossing Ugg (story)

Blue and Ugg making great strides! (story)

Follow the Leader (story)

I’m done playing, get my treat, they’re in there.

Blue helps me demonstrate a no nip tip (story)

ADOPTED 9/22/18

Callie Steele:
Notes on a foster dog

Callie has been through a rough time but is as sweet as can be. Abandoned by her original family, rescued by a kind-hearted soul, then brought to the Humane Society of Jefferson County (now C.A.R.E.), Callie quickly became a staff favorite. Testing positive for heartworms can be a death sentence for a shelter dog. But this was not to be the case for Callie: the shelter staff made magic happen for her. For the full story, read What We Know About Callie

Last updated: Sept 2, 2018

Base Info:

  • Date of arrival: December 29th, 2017
  • Breed: Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Sex: Female
  • Age: 7 years
  • Weight: 65 pounds
  • Spay/Neutered: Yes
  • General Health: Good except for being heartworm positive. Treatment for that is why she’s here at Piney Mountain Foster. That’s our specialty.
  • Temperament: Extra sweet, gentle, and loving. A great sense of humor!

History

Originally a family dog, abandoned, cared for by a neighbor until he died, then brought to the county shelter, where she tested positive for heartworm: : treatment is expensive and requires a calm environment and close supervision, which are not available in most shelters. But she was worth saving, so funds were raised and she came here for treatment.

Known Issues & Progress

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Angel Steele: Notes on a foster dog

Angel transferred here from another foster home because she was not getting over her fears and is badly stressed out which affects her behavior.

Last updated: Feb 10, 2018

Base Info:

  • Date Arrived: January 13, 2018
  • Breed: Beagle/Shepherd mix
  • Sex: Female
  • Age: 8 Months at original admission
  • Weight: approx. 55 pounds
  • Spay/Neutered: Yes
  • General Health: Good
  • Temperament: Good. She’s a blend of active and submissive. I suspect she’d been mistreated when young.
  • Departure: Angel left on Rescue February 16, 2018

History

Set out beside a road outside a campground.

Known Issues & Progress

All I know about her so far is that she has been frightened of people and destructive of household furnishings and personal accessories. I will be working on building trust with her to get her past these issues.

Housebreaking

No major incidents in the Bunkhouse. She has peed on the floor a couple of times but that’s because she needed to “go” and she was stressing over my attempts to get a leash clipped to her collar. Nothing deliberate. As she’s learned my routine she is not stressing over things.

She does well with her crate. She likes to get outside, but is eager to get back to her “room” in the evening: partly because it’s getting chilly . She doe not like cold. She is rough on her bedding, she does well with a good blanket but anything quilted or fiber-filled (like a pillow) is history. She IS still a puppy.

Gets Along With Other Dogs

I was told she got along with other dogs. Observations of her interacting with my dogs (through a fence) and with Mystery (her roomie in the bunkhouse) is that she is benign and submissive.

01/14 This evening Angel and Buddy were in the yard together. She invited him to play and they had a great time chasing one another.

01/17 I took Angel and Mystery out together this morning. I was late, they were desperate, so I took a chance. They took off and chased each other through the snow for about 15 minutes (pausing momentarily now and then to relieve themselves) before they both came, panting and licking the snow, back to the gate to the bunkhouse. We all went in, they each got a big drink of water and went back to their crates for breakfast. Angel demanded a belly rub before she’d go into the crate, but otherwise was cooperative.

See Angel and Aggression video in the gallery below.

People Skills

Angel was, reportedly, frightened of people. She and I are getting along fine. She always seems happy to see me. We’ve had little other people traffic out here lately to test her on.

01/17 As she’s becoming more comfortable here she is coming out of her shell and becoming more rambunctious. She wiggles around so much I have a hard time getting a leash clipped to her collar, and she pulls really hard. I’m shopping for another Walk-Right harness. We have two but they’re both in use.

01/22 Harness arrived. It makes a big difference in walking her. Because she chews things up when bored I take the harness off before crating her.

Miscellaneous

Angel has become quite friendly and eager for attention. A belly rub usually puts her into a blissful stupor!

She is still destructive of bedding because she’s high-strung and gets bored easily (the Shepherd part of her). When weather allows (it IS January) I get her out to run in the yard with another dog as often as possible to wear her out (see Angels Play Day below).

Gallery

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

Upon arrival Angel kept her tail tucked and her head ducked.

That tail is up and she’s making friends.

Angel doing her famous Lizard Run

Hugging or wrestling – depends on the intensity!

Happy about yard time

Angel and Aggression
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The next day I let Angel play in the yard with her roomie Mystery:

On a particularly nice day, she got an extended play session.

Resting after a busy play time.

Enjoying a sunny day

Conversation with her friend Callie

Buddy Golden:
Notes on a foster dog

Buddy is a 92 pound, senior, Golden Retriever picked up by Animal Control as a stray and delivered to an animal shelter. The shelter vet looked at him and decided he didn’t have any obvious, serious health problems, but could not tell for sure what shape he was in without a good examination and blood tests. Because he’s a senior, and because he does have skin issues and wounds on his feet, it’s not likely the shelter will invest limited resources in that examination, nor is it likely he will survive long in an over-crowded shelter. So I brought him home as a foster-project.

June 30, 2017

Removing maggotsI took him to Cedarwood Veterinary Hospital right away and it was no trick at all to find out that we has infested with fleas and ticks (even I could see that) but he also had three large hot spots where the skin was raw and the flies had laid eggs, resulting in those areas being infested by maggots. Two vet techs and I gloved up and worked for over an hour and a half to pull around two dozen ticks off and cut away the fur to expose the hot spots and clean out the maggots. Continue reading