Monday, June 15, 2015

The ups and the downs

This year has been a great year so far with the rescue and really in my life.  I mean there are ups and downs but you just take the hits and keep on pushing through.  The good for sure outweighs the bad.

I found out that the person who had in the past, which is why the blog went off line for about 2 years has moved.  I feel bad for this person's spouse. They have reached out to me several times, you can tell the spouse feels bad for the way they were acting.  Just nice knowing I don't have to "look over my shoulder" on my own property any more.

2 weeks ago we had some pretty bad situations with 4 dogs.... 4 dogs all had to be rushed to emergency vets because of reactions to being fixed.  Makes me so mad, if they were just fixed in the first place then they wouldn't have gone through what they did.  All but 1 recovered.  We unfortunately lost one.  That was a long night.  Up till 2:30am with the Emergency vet, coordinating the pick up / taking to the emergency vet and then having to get up at the butt crack of dawn to drive to my works headquarters for a meeting.  It ended up taking me 3 hours to get to work, find a parking place and get into work. Because I was 10 minutes late for the meeting there weren't any seats so I ended up standing for 2 hours!!!!!!!!  I really thought I was going to collapse in exhaustion.  Took me the rest of the week and weekend to recover.

All in the name of rescue I guess.

The weekend turned out great with about 6 dogs getting adopted and then another one going home this week.  So the good for sure out weighed the bad...   Let's hope things stay positive..

Sunday, April 26, 2015

I am not Willy Wonka

I am a busy person, I don't do "fluffy" very well.  If you ask me a question that is a Yes or No type of question then you are going to get a reply of Yes or No.  I am not being mean, I am not mad at you, you asked a questions I answered.  Sorry I didn't thank you for emailing me and ask you how you are doing... to be honest I am rushing around like a chicken with my head cut off and I just don't have time.

I was always taught not to lie so if you ask me "do you think I am a bad pet owner..." and my answer is YES don't tell me I am mean, horrible and curse at me.  I am not the one with 3 emaciated dogs living in my house, a dead mom chihuahua and before I stepped in 3 dead puppies but now 5 dead puppies because you took too long to ask for help.  NOT MY FAULT!

I have had it up to my eyeballs in stupid people today.

A lady didn't want 2 of her dogs because they were "old" and she had 2 new puppies.  Oh and NONE of them are fixed and all have been purchased from a back yard breeder or a pet store.  Got mad when she asked about one of the dogs.  I didn't know her name, honest I didn't care and she asked a question on FB so I answered.  My answer was "Walter went to another rescue who specializes in Doxie's.  He has to under go 3 - 4 months of treatment for heartwork.  I spent SO much money on Buddee (500) and Bob the cat (1,000) I didn't have the funds for him.

Apparently that makes me a bad person???!!  Um who gave up their dogs? Who gave up their OLDER dogs and kept the younger ones??  Who was offered to have both of the younger dogs fixed for $25 each but has yet to take me up on the offer??  OH RIGHT YOU DID!  It is not my fault that you feel guilty for being a shitty pet owner.

Guilt is a bitch.

I am not going to apologize because you realize you aren't a good pet owner and that you treated your dog(s) badly.  I am not going to apologize for not making you feel like you are a wonderful person for owner surrendering your dogs.  I am here to take the dog(s) you threw away like trash and make them feel loved, wanted and happy.  I am not here FOR YOU.  You are part of the problem not part of the solution.
I understand people get into bad situations and need help and I am happy to help them but 3 people I had to deal with today are not one of those people.  They are selfish, irresponsible and have never had to take owner ship for their bad actions.  I don't go out of my way to point it out but I don't go out of my way to make them feel ok either.
All I hope is karma is real and some day they fall victim.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

This was posted on Craig's list and wroth sharing!

Craigslist Pet Policy Please Read

Craigslist clearly states animal selling or breeding is prohibited.

Pet Posting Guidelines

Some of your posts are painful to read. Do us all a favor and memorize this list. 
*Unless he ate a loaf of bread, your dog is NOT a PUREBREAD, he is a PUREBRED 
*Horses are thoroughbred; dogs are not. 
*AKC is NOT proof of breed quality. Two horribly bred dogs can have AKC puppies 
*Rehoming to ENSURE good home, not INSURE good home 

*It is spelled: 
Neuter not Nueter or Newter 
Chihuahua not Chiguagua, or Chiuauauaua, or Ciuauaua or Cheewawa 
Rottweiler not Rottwhiler 
Shih Tzu not Shitzoo 
Cocker Spaniel not Cockerspaniol (and they do NOT come in 'miniture') 
Jack Russell Terrier not Jack Rustle Terryor 
There is no such thing as a Golden Lab 
German Shepherd not Shepard 
Puppy not Puppie 
Very not Verry 
Adoption not adaption 
You had your dog dewormed, not wormed. No one gives dogs worms on purpose 

*It is 'a lot' not 'alot'. 
*Multiple dogs 'are'; one dog 'is' 
*YOU didn't provide a loving forever home and you can't GUARANTE that someone else will either oh and it's GUARANTEE 
*Your dog is 'housebroken' not 'housebroked' 
*Your dog was 'spayed' not 'spade' 
*Your dog was born, not borned. 
*Commas and periods are your friends. USE THEM. 
*Just say 50.00 adoption fee. Rehoming fee does apply is stupid, evasive, wordy and unnecessary. 
*Every sentence! Does not need! An exclamation! Point! 
*It is not "please only call if your interested", it is "please call if YOU'RE interested". You're is 'you are'. Your is possessive (your hat is nice). 
*There are a few exceptions, but to keep things simple, follow this general rule: 'a' comes before a consonant, 'an' comes before a vowel. 'A cat', 'An apple'. 
*You don't need to clarify that you will only give your dog to a 'good loving home'. It is assumed that decent people are not going to give their dog to a random scumbag. If you are concerned about the quality of the adopter, do a HOME CHECK (you should anyway). 
*Stop threatening to take the dog to the pound if someone doesn't 'save it'. YOUR lack of responsibility is not other people's problem. Also, before threatening us with the pound, take a few minutes to view this video: so that you know what exactly your'e doing to your pet. 
*You interview a PERSON; you do a HOME CHECK. You do NOT interview a house 
'Rehoming fees' are NOT $400.00, nice try, but NO. 
*PLEASE stop saying you have to 'get rid of' your dog. You 'get rid of' an STD; you hopefully find your dog a better home than you choose to provide. It is heartbreaking to see you care so little for a dog who probably loves you more than life. 
*Some of you play the cute little game of saying "No rehoming fee, Adoption fees apply" HUH?! CUT THE ****,JUST TELL US HOW MUCH MONEY YOU WANT FOR YOUR BELOVED. You are starting to sound like a used car salesman. 
*STOP blaming your landlord. It is YOUR responsibility, as an adult, to find out what the pet restrictions are BEFORE you bring a dog home. 
*Stop blaming flaggers for interfering with your dog finding a home. Your refusal to honestly post the rehoming fee is the reason the dog isn't finding a new home. 
*Please Please Please stop giving your pets away for free. People who collect pets for medical research or dog fight bait aren't going to tell you that is why they want your animal. They will seem sincere when they tell you they desperately want to add a new member to their family. A $50.00 adoption fee will protect your pet from many untold horrors. 
*One last thing. If you have an 'accidental litter', and you are asking $250 obo, YOU ARE A BYB. Don't pretend to be a victim of circumstance, or innocent. If it were your teen daughter who got pregnant, we would all understand; you can't spay your human child (although that might not be a bad idea in some cases). You CAN be responsible for your pets though, so it is not an accident if they get pregnant.

Sunday, March 29, 2015


People sure do act like total children when they don't get their way!

I really want to say "you filled out an application not an order form!"  

In 1 week we have had:
An application that was great but the foster home's 2 year old was in LOVE with the dog.  We let the 68 year old man know that the foster home was going to keep the dog and that in turn made him scream at us, hang up and then send a nasty gram.   I think the 2 year old would have been less childish if the dog was going to be adopted by someone else.

An application from a women who has an unspayed 1 year old Great Dane.  When I asked why the GD was not spayed she said because they were thinking of breeding her.  SERIOUSLY!  Let me add that prior to this conversation she had asked the adoption fee because money was tight but clearly not tight enough to breed a dog.  Dear lord!  When I told her that we were unable to approve her application because we do not condone breeding she replied back with "this is why people no longer go to shelters, she hears people complain all the time about being denied because they don't have a fence"  My reply was "yes some rescues require a fence for all adopters.  We do not require a fence for all of our adoptions but do for dogs who must have a fence.  And comparing needing a fence to breeding a dog is like comparing an elephant to a mouse"
For the love of Jesus people STOP BREEDING!  I know you think your dog is special but that is because IT IS YOUR DOG.

An application from a women who said she would return a dog that soiled in her house.  I told her I can't promise that the 8 month old puppy would be housetrained and I wouldn't promise or guarantee any of our dogs will be even if they are in the foster home so I wouldn't be able to approve her application.  Of course she sent me a nasty gram.  I didn't reply.  I am sorry I have to do everything I can to make sure the dogs are adopted to FOREVER homes and GOOD homes.  When the dog gets older are you going to call me to bring the dog back b/c he is peeing in the house.... sorry not taking that chance.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Sorry for the 2 year lapse

Not sure how much I am going to write but just wanted to say hello.

A lot has changed in the last 2 years.  My baby boy was born early March, the rescue has exploded and is bigger then I ever thought it would be.  In 2013 and 2014 we spent around $40K each year just at the vet!!!  We rescued just under 200 dogs each year.  Things are going amazingly well.  I have an amazing job, amazing rescue, amazing child, amazing husband.  Life is great.

Rescue is still stressful but I think with age I have learned to not let it get to me so much.  Saying NO has helped a lot :-)  I have a great group of volunteers who back me with the NO's!!  2013 towards the end was a bit rough but got through it and 2014 Rocked!  2015 is rocking too.

I will pop in from time to time but between a busy job, a busy family, the farm and FB not sure how much I will post but I am still here.

Friday, January 25, 2013

All gone!

The last two puppies were adopted last night.  that means NO MORE DOGS AT MY HOUSE... woohooo... Well besides my 4 and one 1 foster dog but she is so good I totally forget she is even here.

I am excited for my break.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Just tired!

These puppies are trying to kill me, slowly I swear.  Day 22 of hell.

A few puppies have gone home but one did get sick a few hours after going home so I am a bit stressed to see if the others are going to get sick.

We have a policy that if you take your dog to the vet within the first week of adoption and the vet finds something medically wrong with the dog we will take the dog back and give you back your adoption fee.  In the case of puppies within the first 7 days if the dog comes down with Parvo we will give you back your adoption fee but you can either keep the dog or return it.  you get your adoption fee back either way.  Anything else we will not give you back your adoption fee.  SO since some of the puppies are HOME I just have to hold my breath the next 7 days and hope I don't get any phone calls from adopters.  Not because I don't want to give an adoption fee back but b/c I don't want any of the puppies to get sick.

I need a break from rescue... I just can't do this any more.  The last 22 days have been really really bad.