Piney Mountain Foster Care

Canine Foster and Rescue

Foster Dog Notes for May 27, 2019

Little has changed in the past week.


Rocky is doing better at leash walking, he is now consistently able to walk a full circumnavigation of the play yard without needing serious coaxing. He does tend to watch my hands and the treat bag all the time. But that’s okay.

Rocky is still keeping his kennel clean, preferring to poop in the yard. He will be transferring to another Steele Away Home foster for formal housebreaking early in June; once her foster dog has gone out on the rescue run.


Blaze has lead the charge in munching down my berry bushes. I grow blueberries, blackberries, Boysenberries, black raspberries, and red raspberries. These grow in a berry patch in the play yard and have gone mostly unmolested by the dogs until now. Blaze decided that the ripe red raspberries were a refreshing snack, then he started on the others, and now is chewing on the unripe blueberries. Rocky and Sable are following his example. This is rather distressing since they are eating the bushes as well as the berries. These doggoes seem to think they’re GOATS!

Plans are afoot to erect a fence around the berry patch, but finances prevent me from doing that right away.

Blaze has not made any headway on potty training.


Sable has made a little headway on the “don’t poop in your kennel” issue. Normally I find she’s soiled her kennel only on the first visit of the morning. If I were to go let her out right before bedtime (as I do the house dogs) she’d probably make it.

She is also a little calmer during our “just us two” time. During open play times she still gets revved up and tends to treat me the way she plays with the dogs. She likes rough play.

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Foster dog notes for May 18th, 2019

Lennon has been accepted by Lucky Dog Rescue in Wisconsin.  He will be leaving us on June 1st.  I got a preview of how that’s going to go over yesterday: I took Lennon on a trash run.  When we got back, he decided to stay in the yard while I went inside.  Blondie and Josephine mistook the situation:


Our wild child is learning self-control, and that when she does control herself (not jumping up on me and grabbing at my arms or hands with her teeth) she gets petted and belly rubs.  When she gets demanding, she does not.  If she insists on being demanding, she goes back to her kennel and that play time is over.  She’s got a ways to go, but she’s learning.

She’s also doing better about not getting growly and nasty when she’s got a treat or food and another dog comes near.  Before, if I gave her a bowl of kibble and Lennon stood outside her kennel to watch, she’d drive him off with fierceness.  Now she just eats and ignores him.  Before, if she found a yard bone or an especially tasty stick (they seem to like the little peach tree branches I trim off) while in group-play, she’d get nasty if another dog came to see what she had.  As you saw above, she was fine when Rocky came to see what she had.


I expected to have trouble with Rocky, being the dominant one in a bonded pair, when I separated him from his brother: Blaze.  At first, Rocky got quite aggressive with Blaze when I let them play together.  That’s typical: trying to bring the submissive back into his control.  So I didn’t let them play together for a while.  That calmed him down.

Rocky plays well with Sable and Lennon too.  He even plays with little Josephine, and she likes it!  Rocky does get vocal when others are in the yard and he wants to come out and play too.

But he’s doing MUCH better at night.  All three normally are quiet all night long, unless a deer puts on Brogans and stomps around in the woods.  That would set off any dog!

Rocky is also doing well at keeping his kennel clean.  He has the concept that pottying is to be done in the yard.


Of the two brothers, Blaze is gentler and more affectionate.  He can turn the steam up and play hard with the other dogs, but with me he’s usually pretty subdued and well behaved.  He has also learned to walk on a leash:

I’m happy about that!

Lennon: Free-Ranging Cookie Tester

Lennon has been getting a lot more free-range time of late. Free-ranging is the ability for a dog to wander around the house unfettered.

For us, house-breaking starts with crate training. This often starts in the bunkhouse. Once the dog is comfortable with the crate they may come to our house to sleep (in their crate) at night. I walk the dog to the door to go out and back to the crate when done. As the dog shows the ability for self-control and no antagonism toward the house dogs, he is granted free-range time. At first it is short and I watch like a hawk. Good behavior earns trust and trust yields longer free-range periods and less supervision. In time the dog is granted “house dog” status where he is allowed to free-range all the time except (perhaps) when we leave. Some dogs take advantage of these unsupervised times to get rowdy. Rowdiness tends to result in stuff getting torn up.  Even house dogs who tend to get rowdy while we’re gone get crated.  They don’t mind: their crates are comfy and we’re never gone long.

Lennon is to the point that he is free-ranging most of the day, going in and out as he pleases and snoozing or playing with toys while inside. Sometimes he gets rowdy with another dog and I send them both outside to play. Lennon eats his meals in his crate and sleeps in his crate at night.

Lennon tends to want to go outside as soon as he’s finished eating. Sometimes he stays a while and Marie and I finish our meal before he comes in. Sometimes he’s back at the door quickly and I have been putting him back in his crate. This morning he was allowed to free-range while we finished our breakfast.

He cruised around the table, poking his nose up like a snorkel but keeping his feet on the floor and his head off the table. He tried to get Blondie to play with him, but I shut that down and Lennon went to hang out with the Beagle Girls.

While Marie was getting dressed for work, Lennon went into the bedroom to chew a tri-bone and lounge on a cushy dog bed. He has been allowed in there more and more as he proves himself trustworthy. Early on he was shredding the blankets I putting his crate even though he had chew toys too, so I was leery of letting him lay on the high priced dog beds. But that worry was unfounded as he has yet to tear into any of the beds.

After breakfast was done and cleared away I started a batch of dog cookies. Lennon was, as always, attentive and willing to be helpful: including test testing the product to be sure it’s worthy of sending out to other doggies.  But he behaved well and did not try to force his offer.

I only needed to make one batch today to be ready for Mondays scheduled deliveries. I am trying out a new heart shaped Big Dog cookie. It seems the bones are a bit too big for some people, and you don’t get many in a bag. The hearts are an in-between size and a pleasant shape as well. Reaction has been good. I think I’ll switch to hearts in the bags and offer the bones only in the bulk boxes – for those who want the bigger Big Dog size.

I also have settled on a standard container for the bulk boxes. These nifty small boxes come in a variety of colors, have a toggle-snap fastener on each end to keep the lid on and when empty of cookies make a great little storage tote. If you have no need for them yourself (storing hobby or craft supplies, organizing small tools, hardware, or parts) donate them to a local teacher: these boxes are highly favored for organizing a classroom’s supplies or giving one to each child to keep supplies in. Treat your dog AND help a teacher!

These go for a $12.00 donation and hold 40 of the Big Dog Bones, or 70 of the Big Dog Hearts, or 200 Regular dog treats. This is equivalent to 5 bags for the price of 4. These can be mail-ordered now as well as local hand delivery.

For non-local delivery:

Sales have been good and feedback from the doggos has been all dew-claws up!

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Foster Notes for March 17, 2019

The transport run that had been rescheduled to March 22nd was re-rescheduled back to Friday March 15th (last Friday), and Selma and Lucy were on board heading to Eleventh Hour Rescue.  Fare thee well, little Selma Lou!  Happy tails, Lucy!

It was eerily quiet here that evening.


Lenny is my sole foster dog at the moment and He got to spend the night in the People house last night.  He did really well.  I brought him inside a little before 9:00 and he slept through the night.  This morning I got up at 4:30 to make coffee and start my day.  Lennon’s crate is in the den (where I spend my early mornings) and he is happily chomping on a Bacon Benebone.

Marie and I have both noticed that Lennon does not look to be as lame as he was:

In fact he doesn’t appear lame at all!

I have been giving him a Glucosamine Chondroitan/MSM/Turmeric supplement each day.  That was supposed to reduce inflammation, reduce pain, and promote healing.  Maybe that has worked.  He is due to see his surgeon April 1st.  Perhaps that will become a fool’s errand and the doctor will pronounce him well.  At least well enough that putting him through hip surgery is unwarranted.



Foster Notes for March 9, 2019

Lucy is resting comfortably after yesterday’s spay surgery. She is not licking yet, so I haven’t coned her, but I watch closely. We don’t need an infection!

I did take a blanket out for her this morning (she spent the night indoors), She curled up on it, gave me the cutest little purse-lipped face, and thumped her tail in appreciation.

Her heartworm test yesterday was negative: always good news!


Cookie assistant SelmaSelma had a break-through a couple of days ago when the light came on, so to speak, and she realized that if she calms down she gets more free-time in the house.  She’s doing much better.

While out in the yard, Selma decided to play with Josephine, came racing across the yard, ran right over lil Josie and scared the witts out of her.  Selma wasn’t being mean, it’s just really easy to frighten Josie.  They’ve been on the outs since then, and since Callie is protective of Josie, she’s being more wary of Selma too.  Hopefully this will all blow over if I’m careful about not letting Selma and Josie outside together.

Other than that, Selma is doing fine.  I received word yesterday that she has been accepted by 11th Hour and is scheduled to ride out on March 22.


Lennon’s surgery is scheduled for April 1st.  It will be done by Dr. David Crouch DVM in Arden N.C.  He will spend the night and I’ll go again to pick him up the following day.  Recovery should take about 2 months.

Dr Crouch’s office person said that they will do another x-ray, and I think that’s good because the way Lennon races around the yard, leaping, and making tight turns makes me wonder if he hasn’t healed up enough that the surgery may not be necessary after all.  I have been giving him a daily dose of Glucosamine Chondroitan / MSM / Turmeric — which is supposed to ease joint inflammation (and thus pain) and restore damaged cartilage.  Maybe we don’t need to put him through this.  But in case we do, I working out how to build a hydrotherapy tank for him.

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Foster Notes for March 1st, 2019

Callie tries to negotiate a deal with Rebel (video)

Here it is the last day Rebel will be spending with us and I finally got him to speak to me (instead of screaming). Rebel, Blondie, Callie, and I were all in the den after breakfast. I had the den door closed to keep Buddy Beagle from harassing Rebel – which he has been doing. Rebel was chewing a toy and being really good, the girls were snoozing. Rebel got up, walked over to my chair, looked up at me and said, “Rar rar woo roo.” in his deep Husky voice, which sounded for all the world like “I want water” to me, but maybe I was hearing what I wanted to hear. I asked him if he needed a drink, he ran to the door. That means “yes”.  I secured Buddy, let Rebel out, he got a drink and went back to the den.

The point is that he communicated in a way other than his high pitched Husky scream (which gets really annoying). That made me happy because I’ve been working with him on this. Hopefully his next “home” will be able to continue this work. Speaking at the peoples is SO much more pleasant.


Selma is not an early riser.

Selma has been spending more time indoors and loose.  Not a lot more, but more.  After Rebel moves on Selma will get more free-range, indoor time.

She is calming down a little.  She needs the time to practice being calm as she interacts with people.

Selma has been coming inside at bed time every night and sleeping in a crate.  She now crates on demand (with bribery).  She stays calm in the crate unless she has an urgent need to go out to potty or to get a drink.  She is not one to be up and wanting out at the crack of dawn.

All the House Dogs seem to accept her being in the house, though Callie and Buddy bark when she comes up on the porch until they see that it’s her.  Once she comes in, they sniff at her and walk off, declaring the emergency over.


I’d better get lots of treats for this.

Lennon went to Cedarwood Animal Hospital yesterday for a follow-up exam which included two skin scrapings. He was declared free of mange and ready to proceed with his femoral reconstruction surgery. He says, “There better be lots of treats in this for me.”

I need to call Dr. David Crouch and get things started.  Steele Away Home says funds are now available to pay the quoted fee.


Lucy has been doing really well.  She and Selma get rowdy with one another through their mutual wall, but I think they’re just play-fighting.  I want to try letting Lucy out for a face-to-face meet-up with Lennon.  I think they would be good playmates.  But I need a helper to do this safely.

She plays really well with Blondie Bear, never getting aggressive or insistent about playing.  She has a sweet, gentle nature, with a frosting of high energy.  She’s a hound, and needs space to run off that energy, then she’s a sweetie.

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Selma and Separation Anxiety

*CAN* be calm in her crate if she’s not alone.

I know little about Selma’s history. I was told that she needed socialization with other dogs and behavioral mods: particularly separation anxiety.

She was in another foster home for a while, but that separation anxiety caused her to eat someones house. Literally. Lots of damage, and it was a rented home. NOT good!

I’ve been working with her on being calm when I go out of her sight, then out of the house for a couple of minutes, now it’s time for a longer test.

Selma has done well when I leave the property with Selma in her outdoor kennel, even for several hours, but this is the first test with her inside the house with no people for around 15 minutes…

I think she did quite well. In fact she was more calm than Blondie and Callie, who got rowdy because Rebel was out running around in the yard while I repaired a hose. She was not completely alone: there were other dogs. I do not know if the House Destuctor episode included other dogs or if she was all by herself for that.

Selma is also calming down in her interaction with me. Usually, when I approach her she goes into a frenzy of happy activity, but recently she has been less … frantic, so I could pet her without endangering my fingers.

Once Rebel moves on I will be able to work with her more. Letting the two of them loose in the house is a mistake. And with all the rain and mud, working outdoors is not viable. But I do think she’s making progress. I want to get her more free-range in-home time.

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Lucy Steele

Lucy is probably a German Shepherd/hound mix, but she’s more like a giant Beagle. She should fit into our Beagle Bunch just fine. And she has the SOFTEST fur!

Last updated: March 8, 2019

Base Info:

  • Arrival date: Feb. 18
  • Breed: Mixed hound
  • Sex: Female
  • Age: Young, Adult, Mature, Senior
  • Weight: 53 Pounds
  • Spayed::Yes
  • General Health: Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor
  • Temperament: Playful and submissive
  • Gets Along with Dogs: Yes
  • Gets Along with People: Yes
  • Housebroken: Working on it
  • Crate Trained: Yes
  • Departure date: March 15, 2019


Lucy was picked up in early January by Cedarwood’s Veterinary Assistant, who found her wandering along side the highway. She had no collar but did have a microchip. They tracked down the owner and called her. She said “I don’t want the dog anymore.” It seems she’d moved away and abandoned Lucy here. Cedarwood boarded Lucy until a place for her opened up at PMFC.

Progress Notes:

Detailed update notes on our foster dogs are posted regularly. For a listing of updates that include Lucy [click here]. A summation is included below.

Dog to Dog Behavior

  • Relates well to other dogs: Yes
  • Can eat food/treats near other dogs
    If not too close

Dog to People Behavior

  • Is affectionate: Yes
  • Jumps up on people: No
  • Mouths: No
  • Walks well on a leash: Yes

House Dog Training

  • Willingly enters her crate: Yes
  • Is calm/quiet while in crate: Mostly
    Gets excited when I come to let her out.
  • Understands going outside to potty
  • Alerts me of need to go outside
    Not yet
  • Is destructive of bedding and/or toys
  • Refrains from kitchen counter cruising: No
  • Stays off people furniture: No / Yes


  • Comes when called: Yes
  • Sits on command: Working on it
  • Down / Off: Yes
  • Shake / Paw: No
  • Crates on command: Yes


  • DHLPP: 12/27/18, 01/16/19 (Cedarwood)
  • Bordatella: Mar. 7, 2019 (SAH)
  • Wormed:
    . Dec 21, 22, 23, Panacur: 116cc (Cedarwood)
  • Rabies: 01/16/19 (Cedarwood)
  • Spayed: Mar. 8, 2019
  • Heartworm Test:
    . Mar. 8, 2019 – NEGATIVE
  • Flea/Tick preventative:
    . dates, product, dose
  • Heartworm preventative:
    . Mar 8, 2019 Heartguard Plus 50#


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

My initial visit (video)

Lucy loves our big play yard.

Likes lounging on her Kuranda bed


Playing nice with Blondie

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Foster Notes for Feb 17, 2019

This has been a busy week, and one where not everything has gone forward.


Selma has held steady.  No real progress, but no backsliding.

Doing MUCH better with the separation anxiety.

She has been sleeping in a crate in the bedroom with the rest of us.  She does okay with this except that the positioning of her crate leaves a narrow slot through which all passers-by must transit to enter or leave the room.  It’s awkward for human sized travelers, snug for Blondie Bear but doable in both cases.  The others slip through easily enough.  The only issue is when a pupper tries to leave the room at night to go get a drink or ask to go outside, and startles a sleeping Selma, she wakes with a start, jumps up and snarls at the interloper.  I’m sure it’s conditioning from her former life and she means no real harm because once she’s awake she backs off.  But it terrifies Josephine to the point she will suffer in silence all night long until I remove Selma from her crate in the morning or, if desperate, she will stand at the foot of the bed and nose-whistle until I get up and escort her safely past The Scary One.  Callie takes it personally and dishes the insult back.  I don’t like that, it’s a bad precedent to start.

Selma continues to be a sweet girl wearing a cloak of frantic.  When in her kennel or crate she is calm and sedate, but as soon as I approach she boils over with activity.  I think she’s happy for my attention and is trying to be playful, but my encounters with her tend to leave me covered in muddy footprints and my fingers feeling sprained.  When I must control her passage through the house by taking hold of her collar, she spins about, wrenching my fingers painfully.

It is difficult to work with her in the house because Callie and Buddy, sensing her wildness, want to charge in and save me from her.  Rebel, if loose, will charge in and want to play with her, and she reciprocates and matters get out of hand quickly.  They are playful, but energetic to a degree that is unsafe indoors, and this will set ALL of the house dogs off with Blondie, Buddy and Callie charging in to contain the danger and Josephine cowering in a corner somewhere.

Selma needs more one-on-one time, but with 7 dogs, 4 of them with issues, it’s hard to make that time, especially with Marie still recovering at home and needing to rest.

Go to Selma’s summary page


Rebel has been doing famously and I was confident that he’s fully certified and ready for adoption.  Then Buddy Beagle has some surgery on his neck.  To keep him from scratching at it, and to keep Josephine from licking it for him, I wrapped it in an ace bandage.  This fascinates Rebel and he sniffs at it inquisitively.  This irritates Buddy who is something of a grumpy old Beagle and he tells Rebel (who is 4 times Buddy’s size) “Get away from me boy, you’re bothering me.”  Rebel responds in like kind.  Normally it’s an exchange of harsh words then over and done with, but this antagonism turned physical last night.  I broke them up three times and each time they went right back at each other.  I had to crate them both.  At one point Callie came in to protect her little Beagle buddy.  That didn’t help, and I only have so many hands with which to snag collars and separate combatants.

No dog was actually injured, nor was I.  But the antagonism between these two has ramped up significantly and I do not feel comfortable letting them both wander the house.  There was no way we were all going to be sleeping in the bedroom together, so I’m back to sleeping on the sofa with Rebel and Selma crated in the living room.  Last night Callie and Josie stayed as well, to serve as my body guards.  We all had a peaceful night.

Go to Rebel’s summary page


Lennon’s mange continues to improve as his antibiotics and medicated baths work their magic.  He is now so compliant on his crating at night that he runs into the crate even before being told to.  He loves sleeping in his “room”!

He also enjoys running in the yard during his play times.  He’ll go galloping around and leaping onto structures.  With all the rain the yard is soft and he slides when he goes into his turns, causing him to make maneuvers that have earned him the nick name “Crazy Legs” as he works those long gangly legs of his to stay upright.

As long as I give him frequent play times he will come to me when called and when he’s done playing will voluntarily trot into his kennel to await his cookie.  If he feels he’ being shorted on yard time he will ignore my summons until he’s quite ready to go back.

He enjoys the wood shavings I put down in his kennel and they are working well to keep him clean.  If he gets bored, he has taken up trenching as a past time.  I’m not happy about that, but can’t do much about it.

Lennon has engaged in play with Blondie Bear, Callie, and even Josephine — although he scares Josie when he come bounding up to her, legs flailing about.  She hides behind Blondie, and Blondie shields her until I can spirit Josie back inside the house.  I don’t think I’ll try Lennon and Buddy together until Buddy has healed up and is feeling less codgerly.  I think Lennon and Selma will play together well and will try that when it’s not so muddy.

I need to check with Steele Away Home to see how we are doing on raising the funds for his surgery, and whether they want me to contact the surgeon to schedule his appointments.

Go to Lennon’s Summary Page

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Foster Notes for Feb 9th, 2019


Eleventh Hour has found a housing solution for Rebel. He is scheduled to leave us on March 1st, 2019.

Go to Rebel’s page.


Selma continues to be a handful.  I need to spend more time socializing her with other dogs.  The time spent in this endeavor is positive, but she just isn’t calming down the way I’d hoped she would.  She can be totally passive and calm in her crate, then just explode in activity when something catches her attention.

I have been working on this this week (not raining every day helps).

Go to Selma’s page.


Lennon has not been getting as much time in the yard as he’d like.  As a result he tends to ignore me when I call him.  He used to be so good, eager even, to come when called.

We have raised about half of what we need for Lennon’s reconstruction surgery.

Again, I have been working on getting him out of his kennel more often and allowing him sufficient time to play.  He’s starting to come when called again.

Go to Lennon’s page.


Other activities have been eating into my time in the yard with the dogs.  And the fact that the yard has been muddy soup from all the rain we’ve had doesn’t help in assigning more time with them.  This week has been better.


I was in Cedarwood yesterday and Pam (Office Manager) asked when I would be able to take Lucy ( I told her that Rebel would be leaving March 1st, and I could take her then.  Pam sighed and said, “I guess we’ll just watch her do back flips off the walls until then.”  She’s gotten more tense since I filmed her.  Many dogs will do that when confined to a kennel the size of a shower stall most of the time.

Lucy was picked up by their Veterinary Assistant, who found her wandering along side the highway.  As I recall, she had no collar but did have a chip.  They tracked down the owner and called her.  She said “I don’t want the dog anymore.” It seems she’d moved away and abandoned Lucy here.

I have started a page for Lucy