Another Page Turned

Should I or shouldn’t I? That question has been looming over me lately. It all started when a cute little puppy was brought into the library by Bill and Bob.  They had gotten the new puppy from a friend and was she ever adorable. Everyone gathered around and gave her lots of hugs and pats and I got out the dog food and a bowl of water.

Maybe I should stop and explain–our village library is probably like none other, in the sense that is more of a community/youth center when the doors are open. Of course, they are only open 11 hours a week, but that is again another story.

So, this little gal was brought in each week and she was doing great until one night, she appeared in front of the library door wanting in after hours.  So, I picked her up and drove around attempting to find the boys or their parents.  No luck, so I took her home to our rescue.  3 days later, after no phone calls, I took her back to the library with me. We had given the first vaccination, wormed and bathed her. She was beautiful, and when the boys and others came in they were glad to see her.

Thinking I had a prime opportunity to teach about dog care and responsibility, I had a bill all made out showing them what we had done for her and telling them they needed to work off the amount owed.  It didn’t seem to sink in, so off they went home with their puppy. I went home discouraged and wondering why I had failed at teaching them responsibility.

Two weeks later, I received a call and Page (her new name) was wandering the streets again, while the kids were in school. She had appeared at the library and was looking for her safe place. She was attempting to get into cars and people were afraid she would be run over.  This time I waited 4 days with( no one from the family calling) and took her back to the library.  After school, they bailed in happy to see Page.They didn’t ask why I had her, but expected me to hand her over.  I gave them a stern talking to, but of course, they just wanted their puppy back. This time, I took her home with the idea, she would be Page, Library Dog. The boys would have the best of both worlds.  They could see her and love her, and she would be taken care of.  Of course, her name Page, fit right into my new scheme.

So, we tried the library a couple times and she didn’t do all that well. She barked when people came in and sometimes scared them.   She wasn’t happy on a leash—so I took her home and now the boys are wondering, where is their dog, Page? My plan for Page and teaching responsibility has failed.  After much soul searching, I am thinking I should have a good talk with Bill and Bob, and their parents, and put her on our adoption list.  She isn’t like Dewey the library cat.  She is going to be a big dog, that will require training and special attention. More time than I have, right now.

Maybe I should try a bird as our Library mascot next time.

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Is It Time Yet?? Is ItTime Yet?? Come on–we are Ready for our Run!

When the dogs come out of their kennels, they are ready for their daily exercise. (We call it their run).  They love following Chuck with his 4-WD Mule to the highest hill on our farm. Their they romp and play and wrestle, and then come back and sit beside him for extra attention. How does he do it?? I don’t know, but he manages to give each dog special time and they look forward to it every day. When they arrive back to the kennels, they will be clean and fresh dog food waiting for each of them.  Image

On this day, he wasn’t quite ready to go, but you can see by the picture, they are more than ready!

Taking a Break from Chasing the Balls

Are they taking a break, or just watching all the fun.  Some dogs just aren’t sure what to do with the ball.  Oh well, it is just fine to sit on the sidelines and cheer the others on. It was fun watching the dogs chase the tennis balls, as they rolled on the hill. Not many of our dogs retrieved, but Lola, the female black Lab, did awesome.  She would have fun playing with a family with frisbee or tennis ball.

The day was sunny and so beautiful! The dogs and volunteers had a great time. You can see Benjie, Ginger and Kasey watching the fun.

Just Because They Care

Had 2 wonderful visits this weekend from a Mom and her teenage boy. They came bringing a gift of 200# of Diamond Dog Food for the rescue.  We gave them the LOUD tour and Joe took pictures and made a video for his U-Tube account.  They brushed and petted and talked to the dogs and just spent special time with some of them. 

They didn’t want another dog–they have an older dog and 2 cats, but wanted to show us support.  After they left we talked about how great it is to have people in our lives that are so caring. 

Two hours later, they came back with 2 bags of tennis balls and the fun was on.  I guess you can tell the “Real Retrievers” when you throw out a ball. Had several that played and many just watched.  Anyway, it was a special day for the dogs and for us—-Image Thanks to Michelle and Joey!

Speaking of Lucky—is he really lucky???

Lucky is still at 12 Hills and we are wondering why. He is so pretty, has a great personality and loves people.  Lucky had a rough start as a baby, but pulled through a bout with dehydration and parvo.  He has been neutered–had all his vaccinations and ready for a family. He weighs around 75#. He is brindle in color and has a coat that feels like silk.  He doesn’t seem to shed like some of the others,  Image

If you are looking for a great dog and like Lab mixes  Lucky may be just the right do for you family.

Beautiful–Inside and Out

The big boy finally has had a chance to prove himself, and did he ever! 

Sarge came to us a few months ago. He is a gorgeous Red Australian Shepherd/Akita mix.  Was surprises us is his sweet personality.  He doesn’t push his weight around with the other dogs, but is good with everyone.  He even likes to play with Peaches our pittie. 

What was really the best test of all is when he climbed up on the bench beside a 10 year old girl this weekend. He snuggled with her and laid his head or her shoulder.  We knew he was a great dog, but didn’t realize that he loved kids. 

Sarge has been neutered and had all his vaccinations, and weighs around 75#. He needs to run off some of the weight he gained over the winter months. ImageHe is ready for a family with kids or without—Just needs space to run and play and someone to love him the way he should be loved.

He is just a great dog and we are hoping he gets the chance to prove it to a loving family soon.

 

Spray Away–Chuck!

This warm weather gave us a perfect opportunity to spray the doggies at 12 Hills.  It seems that as the weather warms the dogs are beginning to shed and scratch.  Just to be on the safe side we thought a day of spraying (to kill any critters) was in order.  Of course, everyone was indignant about this wonderful opportunity.  But they soon dried off and were rolling in the dirt again. We had some volunteers come on Saturday and many received a good brushing out.  Big Andy was brushed, but has lots more to shed—oh, right, that’s another story.ImageLucky–and Gizmo  are not happy.Image

So, maybe the next step will be baths to get off the dirt that they rolled in.