Wednesday Morning Open Thread: Percy, for Persistent

A respite from politics, from frequent commentor, gifted gardener/photographer, and general Friend of the Blog Ozark Hillbilly:

I thought people might like to meet the newest member of the Hillbilly family Ozark, Percy.

Percy first showed up at my neighbor’s “B” house with a friend, and the pair soon picked up the nom de guerres “Beavis” and “Butthead” (he was Beavis). “B” was really unsure about taking in 2 dogs, one of which was very hyper (that would be Butthead, a very sweet female of unknown heritage, lanky and loves to run). I was helping her get them settled in, with crates, proper food and sufficient living arrangements (“B” also has 2 older and very much fatter house cats) and helping her to understand dog behavior better. From time to time the 2 would show up at our place and hang around chasing various critters.

Then Hurricane Gordon came thru with a two-day soaking and Beavis just refused to leave. I set him up on the porch with a dog bed, food bowl, and water, knowing full well it was a mistake. Sure enough, after 2 days he had pretty much decided he liked things here and just refused to leave.

So we changed his name to Percy, short for Persistent.

The top pic is as he showed up, the long hair tangled in burrs.

Living where we live the long hair was impossible, so we got his hair cut short where it will be from now on, as in the second pic. You can see 2 of the 3 scars he has on his forehead. The signs of abuse have piled up till I can no longer deny it. He is a very sweet dog, loving and not aggressive (except towards chickens) in any way, but he cowers when I bend over to pet him, tucks his tail when getting petted, hates getting into vehicles and hates staying in them even more, is very insecure especially when it comes to me (he always has to be near me)(except when chasing a rabbit, then fuhgeddaboudit), etc etc.

The 3rd pic is not a very good one (they wouldn’t sit still competing for my one available hand) but it pretty well captures the Woofmeister’s attitude about all this.

Having had experience with Beagles I had sworn I’d never own one. Percy seems to have just enough Spaniel (?) in him to temper the urge to chase anything and everything till the cows come home as he tends to chase for only 10-15 minutes.

Due to Woof’s congestive heart disease I have been trying to convince my wife to adopt a 2nd dog as a bridge for the post Woof days but she was resistant. Percy took care of it for me.

Urgent Pet Bleg

From a reader:

This is an urgent call for a foster home for two wonderful dogs, Dexter and Derby, in the Atlanta area. The two are in a kennel, but the owner, who lost his home, can’t afford to keep them there and they need to go to a long-term foster home. We would like to keep them together if at all possible. A lot of friends are helping, but only a few live in the area, and of those, none can take the dogs.

Friends of the owner have been gathering money to pay the kennel fees, and some have been paid. The vet has agreed not to turn the dogs over to a shelter right away and has even agreed to a deep discount on the fees, considering the circumstances. All anyone wants if for these two to be taken care of. One of the things that the vet wants to know is that the dogs will be removed to a proper home, so finding a foster home is an important step in resolving this.

Dexter (left) is a female Pitbull. She is a sweet dog and is apparently experiencing a great deal of anxiety due to the separation. We do not want her to suffer any further by losing her best friend, Derby (right). Derby is a Doberman/Australian Shepherd mix and a total sweetheart. Both dogs are young adults and have lived with other, smaller breeds. They lived in a nice house in a nice suburban Atlanta neighborhood and are well-behaved.

Not to be too melodramatic, but they are all the owner has left and knowing that they are safe is the first good news he’s going to hear in a while. Getting Dex and Derby a foster home, will help more than just the dogs. If you know of anyone who can take on these pups, or even if you know of resources in the Atlanta metro area, please contact me at lovedogs (at)

That is a real email address, promise)

As a bonus, I included a photo of Dex meeting Derby for the first time on her inaugural ride home from the shelter.

Florence: An Ongoing, Slow-Rolling Disaster

In case anyone needs a rejoinder to the ‘ha ha, stupid people who won’t get out of harm’s way’ disaster-glee…

Evacuation, like most disaster resilience actions—and really, like most of life—is easier if you have wealth, health and extensive social networks. Being able to pack up your life and leave takes privileges you may not even realize you have. Everyone is doing the best they can based on their personal context.

It takes money to displace yourself. It takes having somewhere better to go and a way to get there. Having a full tank of gas is a luxury when you live paycheck to paycheck. Spending money up front and then waiting for reimbursement requires that you have the money in the first place, while knowing what expenses are covered and how to file the paperwork requires knowledge not everyone has or has access to.

Missing shifts at work is unthinkable when every dollar counts. Some workplaces keep employees as long as legally possible, more worried about lost profits than lost lives.

Delayed evacuation carries a different risk due to the sheer number of people trying to escape on roads that can barely handle rush hour, much less a mass exodus. People can be trapped in gridlock on the roads, running out of gas—or, worse yet, still be out in the open when the storm comes and the floodwaters rise…

Vulnerable populations—immigrants, single parents, elderly, people with disabilities, people in poverty—all face unique risks. Evacuating depletes community support during a diaspora, a frightening prospect when the people around you are essential to your survival. It increases stress on elderly, sometimes with fatal consequences: clearing out retirement and homes can actually kill their residents. Yet staying in place and suffering through mass infrastructure failures can do the same thing.

People with disabilities, injuries or illness may require specialized equipment to survive. Without a custom vehicle or assistance from others, it may be literally impossible to evacuate…

People impacted by disasters need you to have empathy. They need you to advocate for preparing for the next disaster while still recovering from this one. They need your support, whether it’s in the form of cash donations; voting for politicians with the integrity to vote for spending money on mitigation before the next disaster rather than on relief afterward; or even sending them cute animal pictures to cheer them up after another long day of cleaning up the mess. They need your help, not your judgement…

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Sunday Morning Garden Chat: Point of Stillness

From inspired gardener & commentor Gelfling 545:

I took this photo at 6 am Monday when I looked out to see if the rain had started. This old boy had run out of the house the night before and this is where I found him, meditating on the transcendent…and fish.


What’s going on in your garden(s), this week?

BJ jackal readership capture — Happy note for everyone touched by the news that Adam Serwer’s cat Butters had gone missing:

Funny how you can get emotional about a companion animal you’ve never met and almost certainly never will meet…

Pet Bleg: Meeca Needs Some Assistance

Scamp Dog and Meeca Pup

Last week, Scamp Dog contacted me and wondered if we could do a bit of fundraiser for Meeca. Turns out she’s going to need surgery and Scampdog wants to do what’s best for her, but it’s going to be a big hurdle. I’m posting this now, hoping for a quiet Friday night, but I’ll repost next week if things get crazy tonight. I’ll let Scamp Dog take it from here:

Hello Juicers! You may remember that back in mid-July TaMara put up a post  on a Husky, Meeca, who needed a new home. I’d been dogless for a while, so I went up to visit her, and decided to take her home on the spot.

Now it turns out that she’s developed a couple of expensive medical issues. I took Meeca to the vet because she was limping, and found out that she has a torn ligament in her right hind leg. Unfortunately, I don’t have any classes this semester, so I’m in a personal cash crunch to begin with. 

The next problem was that she attacked a neighbor dog. Fortunately the other dog was only bruised, and the owners were very understanding, but it still scared me, and I made an appointment with a veterinary behaviorist down in Castle Pines, south of Denver. Meeca’s been good with people, so aggression towards humans isn’t an issue. 

The vets think that part of the problem may be the pain in her knee, so they prescribed some more pain meds. The behavior part seems to be a combination of fear and predation, so they came up a fairly elaborate behavior treatment plan that I’m working on. Based on their report, I’m not as worried as I once was, but Meeca will need to have some more appointments to monitor her progress and keep her on the right track, so she and the neighbor dogs will be safe. 

The pain meds have been great: she’s been more mobile, and seems to be happier, too. I’ve been following the behavior plan from the vets. The quick description is keeping her away from other dogs, and giving her treats on walks to get her paying attention to me. We’ll be seeing them again on Monday to check on her progress and update the plan. 

To put some numbers on this, the surgery will probably be around $2,200 (there’s a more expensive version done by a specialist, but I’m confident of my local veterinarian’s office, so I think the regular one should be fine. The meeting with the behavior vets wound up being about $430, which is pricy, but we met with two veterinarians, a behavior tech, and a vet student, so I’m not terribly surprised. I’m guessing this all could easily exceed $3,000 after a series of appointments with the behavior vets.

So if you could help out a good dog and a worried human, I’d be grateful for your assistance! Based on TaMara’s suggestion, any overages will go to Big Bones Canine Rescue here in Colorado (their info herenote from TaMara: this is where I got Bailey and they are amazing, rescue both giant breeds and toy breeds, it’s adorable, and were so kind after Bailey left us -I donate to them fairly regularly.)

Here’s a paypal link where you can donate:

Paypal for Meeca

The picture at the link is the one at the top of the post, so that should let you know you’re at the right place.

Thanks for helping a sweet, 10 year old dog!  –  Scamp Dog

TaMara again – Thanks for anything you can do, as always. If you have any additional questions hit the comments or email me and I’ll pass them on to Scamp Dog. I have a business PO Box for anyone may want to avoid Paypal, email me if you’d rather do that.

Here’s my direct email: whats4dinnersolutions (at) live (dot) com