Weekend Jade

Chewing stuff reveals many good ear settings.

Chewing stuff reveals many good ear settings.

Tomorrow marks six weeks since I met Jade, after she met the underside of a truck. We have a vet appointment later this week for the official six week check up to see if her fractured pelvis has healed. If we get the ok from the vet, Jade will be Off. The. Leash.

Weekend Jade

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Big and strong and waggy.

Weekend Jade

She is feeling better every week.  The better she feels, the harder it is to keep her to a dull roar.  She is bored with her recovery now and toys only keep her entertained for so long.  She wants a dog friend to rough house with so much.  So Much.  Things she has eaten so far:

  • Remote
  • Blanket fringe
  • Sox
  • Pants
  • Wall
  • Fan
  • Contents of bathroom trash (both bathrooms, multiple offenses)
  • Chain link fencing (area approximately the size of a Pitbull body)
Presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Puppy Chairman of the Bored.

Weekend Jade

The sweetest, prettiest pitbull in the world. Plus: eyelashes.

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Weekend Jade

Lying around in one place, wherever someone lays you, is not everyone’s cup of tea.  Jade quickly graduated to dragging herself to where she’d like to be and this week moved on to hobbling.  Next:  world domination.

Hobbler in Chief

Hobbler in Chief

Weekend Jade

Thing you can enjoy, even with a fractured pelvis:  raw meaty bones.

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Mental Health Break: Photos

Snow and sleet, you are a big freaking deal.  Love, South Carolina.

Randi

Randi

Linus

Linus

Schroeder

Schroeder

Patty

Patty

Happy New Year!

What is the best animal-related thing that happened in your life in 2013?

For me, it was adding Wendy to the family.  It was a bumpy start dealing with her myriad medical issues and her repeated escapes though.  The vet knocked out all her medical problems one at a time and she’s been in good health ever since.  Project Runaway was a horse of a different color.  It’s not something I’ve dealt with before and at first it was perplexing.  She would be out in the yard, seemingly fine and then POOF – she was gone.  We added additional fencing but that was just a little exercise for Billy apparently.  What ended up working for us was a combination of limiting her outside time to direct supervision in a small portion of the yard and taking her for leashed walks.  When she needs to go out for a potty break or wants to have a bone, we put her on a tie-out (only when we are home and can see her out the window if we are indoors).  She loves her tie-out and took to it like a duck to water.  My vet guessed that perhaps she had been on one previously and it represented something familiar for her.  Whatever the explanation for why it works, I am just happy that it does.  We haven’t had an escape since we started using this system and she seems very content.

Wendy was shot at some point before we got her, as evident by the small game shot visible throughout this x-ray.

Wendy was shot at some point before we got her, as evident by the small game shot visible throughout this x-ray.

The trigger for Wendy that causes her to run away is gunshots.  We did not realize this for quite awhile.  We were aware she was afraid of gunshots (and firecrackers and thunderstorms) but had no idea this was what was putting her into a state of panic.  Then one day Billy was outside with her in the small portion of the yard where she gets her freedom under direct supervision and she happened to be on the back deck when a gunshot was fired in the area.  Being on the back deck, she could have either come to the back door and scratched to be let in or gone down the stairs to get down to the yard.  Instead she immediately began attempting to hurl herself over the side of the deck.  This would have resulted in a fall down to the back yard and accomplished nothing from a practical point of view.  In other words, she still would have been outside and within the small fenced portion of the yard.  Billy intervened quickly and brought her inside.  But the behavior was revealing.  Apparently hearing a gunshot outdoors sends her into such a state that all she can think is to hurl herself over the nearest barrier, without rhyme or reason.  I guess this would be described as an extreme fear response and it would explain why and how she escaped several times in her first weeks with us.  We live in a rural area where gunshots are common and it’s possible that she exhibited this same extreme response then, which resulted in repeated yard escapes.

Now that we have the routines in place to keep her safe and know that if we hear a gunshot when she is outside we need to run, not walk, to carry her indoors – it’s all good.  The only problem now is that Billy has stolen her from me – just like he did with Graham.  The man is obviously not to be trusted.

Beagle thief and his loot.

Beagle thief and his loot.

Mental Health Break: Photos

I took some pictures of the Flatcoats today because it’s been awhile.

Randi, age 11

Randi, age 11

Patty and Linus, age 7

Patty and Linus, age 7

Schroeder, age 1

Schroeder, age 1

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What Really Happens to FREE Shelter Pets

Added, October 14, 2013Some of you have taken this tongue-in-cheek post seriously and have jumped in without watching the video or reading anyone else’s comments.  I have just two things to say to you:  1.  It was meant to be IRONIC and CLEVER and SWEET.  2.  You lot are ruining the internet by making me explain this.

Original post:

To the many commenters who have visited this blog in an effort to set me straight on the the hazards of free adoptions – specifically that they put shelter pets into the hands of abusers – I dedicate this post to you.  Last night I received this horrifying video from someone who requested to be kept anonymous.  She proudly stated she had obtained this shelter dog for free.  As if the cruelty exhibited in the video isn’t bad enough, she admitted the dog is subjected to this same abomination every night.  While I have agreed not to publicly identify the abuser, I did Google her and suffice to say – she looks like trouble.

Please take care that no small children are in the room when watching this clip, particularly at bedtime, and turn the sound up in order to experience the complete terror.

Shelters, rescuers and all animal lovers, please remember this poor dog the next time you think about possibly waiving adoption fees on pets.  The next free pet you place could end up in this same situation.

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