Category Archives: Doggie Tales

Ty’s Last Late Night Run

Around 2:00 this morning Ty Steele, one of our foster dogs, woke us up.  I say “us” because he went from Marie’s side of the bed to my side, back and forth, poking his nose into our faces.  We thought at first he was wanting to play and we encouraged him to go back to sleep.  He has been good lately about sleeping the night through.

But last night we had a going-away party for Ty because he’s leaving on transport today (thanks to the good folks at Jefferson County Humane Society, who loaned Steele Away Home their big van when the one we’ve been using and had planned on using tomorrow was suddenly made unavailable to us).  The Oinky he enjoyed so thoroughly probably made him thirsty and he probably drank more than usual for late evening – maybe I’d better take him outside. Continue reading Ty’s Last Late Night Run

A Herding Dog
Under All Circumstances

Cochise, on the herding dog
Cochise tells the tale

Ty is a true herding dog. HairyFace had to cone him after his surgery yesterday. But, being extra bright, he learned quickly how to navigate and even use the dreaded thing to his advantage. I mean, besides ramming it into the People’s legs at every opportunity so they can share his discomfort.

can't defy the herding dogThis morning we all went out for our morning run. Everyone but Josephine came back in. When she arrived, Ty went to the door with Hairy. The sight of old cone-head standing in her way was enough to spook Josie and she backed away. Continue reading A Herding Dog
Under All Circumstances

Cochise Goes to the Vet

Cochise, on bacon
Cochise tells the tale

After NiceLady left us to go off on her daily all-day-long-car-ride, HairyFace put my harness on me.

Blondie Bear and I got excited because that means we’re going off-property.  I don’t need to wear the harness when I’m in my yard, just to go out on a leash.  My muscular neck is bigger around than my head, so no collar will keep me securely on a leash if I want to get off.  The harness does.  Looks cool too: like a biker-dog.

Blondie Bear got upset when Hairy told her she needed to stay home.  She huffed and harrfed at us while Hairy and I went out and loaded into the truck.

When we got to the end of our driveway, we turned right, not left: we were not going to the trash place … where were we going?  The drive-through cookie store?

Continue reading Cochise Goes to the Vet

Buddy Wingo the Beagle

The De-Bageling of Buddy the Beagle Boy

Almost three months ago this sweet, loving, senior Beagle was attacked by three large dogs and torn to shreds.  The skilled hands at Cedarwood Veterinary Hospital stitched him back together, with little hope that he would survive.  But survive he did!

The last of his injuries to heal up has been a triangular patch on his rump where the skin was torn away and lost.

Click the thumbnails to enlarge each picture

Outline shows original missing skin.

Scar tissue cutting in under granulation (lump).

After granulation removed

Progress by October 10th.

All of the time since he came out of surgery, he has been wearing an e-collar: Cedarwood used a cone, but we switched to an inflatable Kong collar when he came here for recovery care. Continue reading The De-Bageling of Buddy the Beagle Boy

Sylvia’s Dust-up

Cochise, on DST
Cochise tells the tale

Sylvia is a Shar Pei mix.  Shar Peis have a reputation for  belligerence if not handled properly.  Add to that a history of having come from a hoarding situation.   She came into rescue and foster care as a scared, confused dog.  Her first foster home helped her get past the fear and some of her aggression.

When she started visiting here, she would wander our play yard with a mixture of us dogs in the yard with her, and she was fine with all of us.  She basically just ignored us as she went about sniffing and peeing on everything.

When she moved in to live here and got settled, she started thinking of this less as a park and more as home — and she got a bit territorial.  But, Blondie Bear was the only one she really had any issue with — and we never figured out why.  Blondie IS a mentor and Play Yard Trainer, but is the sweetest, most gentle girl you could ever meet.

But Sylvia started out with some dominance challenges: Continue reading Sylvia’s Dust-up

scrambled eggs and bacon

Buddy Wingo’s Big Bacon Score

Cochise, on bacon
Cochise tells the tale

HairyFace was in the food room fixing bacon and eggs for breakfast because it was breakfast time and the food room is where Peoples fix food.  Usually.  Sometimes NiceLady fixes food in the picture-box watching room using the box of fire in the wall.  But that’s only when it’s cold, and only on occasion.

We like bacon and eggs.  He gives each of us a little on our kibbles when the Peoples get bacon and eggs for breakfast.  Hairy was by the food-cooker-thing.  He pealed off a few strips of bacon and put them on the flat pan.  He set the rest of the bacon aside while he poured egg stuff into the pan with sides.  NiceLady was by the food vault at the other end of the counter, doing something.  She opened the food vault door.

Hairy turned to put the rest of the brand new package of bacon back into the food vault, but it wasn’t where he left it.  He assumed Lady had put it away for him since she was in there.  He went back to cooking. Continue reading Buddy Wingo’s Big Bacon Score

Booker: No Longer the Bounding Basher

When Booker arrived here he was a 70 pound puppy with no training or discipline at all.   He’s friendly and happy, and playful, but had no concept of how big he is.  As a result, he’d jump up on me, inadvertently leaving claw marks, and knocking me off balance.  Fortunately I am still able to stand up to that.

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been working with him to instill some basic dog/people etiquette.  That is coming along well. Continue reading Booker: No Longer the Bounding Basher

The Rise of the Brotherhood of the Beagle

Cochise, on DST
Cochise tells the tale

Buddy Beagle has to wear an e-collar to keep him from licking wounds.  Josie Beagle is playful and inventive.

It didn’t take Josie long to decide the velcro strap that holds Buddy’s e-collar closed made a good toy to tug on, especially since the velcro unzipping makes a wonderful ripping sound.

So one afternoon, HairyFace went out to the yard to check on The Beagles and was shocked to find: Continue reading The Rise of the Brotherhood of the Beagle

Buddy Wingo says “Life Is Better With a Donut”

Cochise, on donut collars
Cochise tells the tale

Everyone likes eating a donut, but have you ever tried wearing one?  When Buddy Wingo came here, he was wearing one of those lampshade cone e-collars.  That was to keep him from licking or chewing at his many wounds, and it did its job admirably.  But it did make life cumbersome.

While he was in intensive care at Cedarwood Animal Hospital, the cone was a bother, but he wasn’t involved in as much activity as he is allowed here, so it was fine.

Why a Cone is Bad

He hated the cone and he let the Peoples know about it. Continue reading Buddy Wingo says “Life Is Better With a Donut”