Monday Morning Open Thread: Old Dogs & New

From commentor Ron L, mid-December 2010:

I share my home with the Shepherd sisters, Troi and Crusher. They are pushing 14. I also have Pearl, our diabetic, geriatric cat. Our youngest dog is Felony, the pit-bull, who is a spry 10 year old. In June, Felony was diagnosed with lymphoma. She is doing very well but her future is uncertain. She wasn’t able to tolerate chemo and we almost lost her in August. Every day since then has been a blessing and a pleasure. My goal for Felony is that she never has another bad day and I think that I can manage that. We have her on doggy hospice care.
My days revolve around the needs of my aging pets. Medications, seperate walks for every dog, twice daily injections of insulin for Pearl. Crusher, the larger shepherd girl, no longer climbs stairs so if we linger too long in the morning we are treated to the “I’m lonely” barks. Frequently, we are awakened by barks to go in or out. She also barks if she’s silly enough to fall asleep on the hardwood floor instead of the multiple dog beds and carpet runners provided for her. She has trouble rising up from the hardwood and we have to go downstairs and grab her butt and help her up. She sometimes looks a little apologetic about this but mostly she just looks entitled.
Troi and Crusher were acquired from the Lewis and Clark Humane society when they were about 4 months old. Pearl was the sickliest kitten in a litter found in a trailer park. Felony, the pit-bull, was a gift. When the dogs were younger, we did foster work for pit-bull rescue. We fostered seven puppies. All of whom went to good homes. There has always been a certain randomness to the acquisition of these pets. We did not plan on getting two puppies when we went to the shelter. I did not intend to bring home a pit-bull. Pearl was incredibly sickly and I didn’t want my son to choose her because I thought she was a heartbreak waiting to happen. She’s 17 or so now.
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Thursday midday rescue thread

From a reader in Texas:

I found this beautiful ochre dachsund corgi mix in Austin, TX, standing in front of the middle school where I work, saying hi to all the students. She was so friendly and sociable (and in good shape) that she had to have been owned by someone. I took her to the vet, no chip, but I was able to take care of all her shots. I’ve posted ads, put up fliers, and even gone door to door in the surrounding neighborhoods to no avail. It’s possible she was abandoned since the middle school area is decently rural. We can’t keep her because of our two cats who have been in a constant state of freaking out ever since the dog came home with us, but we would love to find someone who can give her a great home.

She is ridiculously sweet, obedient, a little spazzy, but a nice dog, great with kids and other dogs. She’s fully trained, responds to commands and is just a great medium sized dog. Vet pegged her at around 4-8 years old, no major issues other than some less than stellar dental, all the other tests for bad things came back negative. If we can’t find a good home for her, we’re going to have to surrender her to a no-kill shelter, but we really would prefer to be able to find her a place ourselves.

If any of your readers are in the Austin, TX area and they want to adopt this really sweet dog [please let me know in the comments (personal info removed)]…I’m just doing what I can to find a home for this dog. She is very sweet and deserves one.

If you think you can help, make contact via the comments or email me and I will forward it to the reader.

Thursday Morning Open Thread – Cora! Cora! Cora!

Nobody knows exactly how Cora’s life began, although if she started out in a fighting ring you can tell why they gave up. In a world where dogs competed for bellyrubs, treat begging and general adorableness the little fireplug pit bull would be worth a million dollars. An afternoon with Cora usually follows this template: her mom takes off the leash, Cora runs four or five crazy figure 8’s and then waddles over to the nearest shin, leans on it and looks up to ask whether maybe you have a bellyrub lying around that you’re not using. When she gets her way the happy waves that she gives off are just about blinding.

Cora! Cora! Cora!
Belly rub? Treat? Belly rub! Belly rub belly rub belly rub. Treat?

Cora is an older dog now. She has moved on from those early days with whoever abandoned her and the litter that she most likely had on the streets, to a happy retirement as a lapdog at home and a bellyrub monster at the park.

SOS on the Dog Rescue Front

The good folks at Charlies Angels send along the following news:

Hi John,

Hope all is well with you and your Balloon Juice followers..

Lady Bassett who was able to have her surgery for huge tumor thanks to all the contributions from you and others is now living in Philadelphia, PA. We transported her to WAGS Rescue group and she was adopted almost immediately and now sleeps in bed with their young daughter. Thanks to all of you she now has the love and attention that she so deserves..She has come a long way since found in middle of road dragging that tumor on the ground..:)

Now, please meet Maggie..a young Blue Pittie who only weighs 32 lbs. She was picked up by Animal Control Officers due to call by citizen who thought she had been hit by a car and had crawled up under his porch. Charlie’s Angels got her from shelter and took her to vet. She was not injured by a car but born with a severely deformed left front leg that she cannot use at all and her right front leg is also deformed but she can use it. The Control Officers were calling her Scooter because she “scoots” to get around. Vet reports that left leg will need to be amputated and that she will need a “cart” to support her and allow her to get around after amputation due to right leg not being strong enough to support all her weight. We have already had her vaccinated, spayed and she tested negative for heart worms.

I am asking if you can let your followers know about her and that we need donations for her medical care. It is estimated to cost about $1,500 total for surgery and cart that will have to be custom made for her.

If you are in a position to help, you can go here and donate via paypal, or send snail mail to:

P.O. Box 824
Brevard, NC 28712

I’m in for $50. That could just as easily have been Rosie or Lily.

Also, don’t forget that any item you purchase from the Balloon Juice store has all of the profits sent directly to the Charlie’s Angels folks. Some great summer tee-shirts and all sorts of stuff in there.

Anybody Here Live in Missouri?

I think Missourians for the Protection of Dogs covers all the important points:

* Elected officials should respect the will of the people. Subverting the judgment of voters is not right, and it is anti-democratic. Our system is built on majority rule, and a majority of Missouri citizens—including majorities in most House and Senate legislative districts—favored Prop B. The voters acted precisely because the legislature has failed to stop puppy mill abuses. It is undemocratic, and would be wrong of lawmakers to usurp the power of the people and ignore their expressed will.
* Prop B was a simple measure, dealing only with setting standards for commercial dog breeding, and has no connection whatsoever to Missouri’s important agriculture and livestock economy. The opponents’ campaign was based entirely on falsehoods and misrepresentations in an attempt to confuse voters. The truth is, Prop B dealt only with dogs. It does not deal with cattle, chickens, or pigs.
* Some people who voted against the measure were wrongly told that existing regulations on dog breeding are adequate. They are not. Under pre-Prop B rules, a dog can be in a cage just six inches longer than her body, she can be confined in that cage and never let out, she need not ever see a veterinarian, and a dog can be huddled in a wire cage in the middle of winter—exposed to freezing temperatures. All of that is legal under existing rules, and that’s why we needed Prop B.
* The new regulations—requiring adequate and clean food and water, exercise, properly sized and sanitary cages, veterinary care, protection from extreme heat and cold and adequate time between breeding cycles—are very reasonable, as Missourians of good will—including responsible breeders—know. Prop B also provides a one-year phase-in so breeders have plenty of time to comply with these new standards.

There’s a rally at the Governor’s Mansion tomorrow afternoon, and you may still be able to sign up for a bus from St. Louis or Kansas City.