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.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Just a few more hours

Well looks like I am track to get a few puppies into their homes.  Let's hope so. I am way past ready to be done.  Granted I love them,don't get me wrong but way too much work for this big bellied girl right now.

Tomorrow 7 puppies go to get fixed. ASSUMING in the morning I feel everyone is healthy enough to go.  There is always that chance someone will not seem right so I will hold back but that is pretty much a game time decision.

I am pretty sure by Sunday at least 6 of them will be in their forever homes and will hopefully live happy healthy lives.  I still going to worry about them for about 2 weeks after they leave... I just hope that my worrying will be for nothing.

Soon very very soon I will be able to "enjoy" my last few weeks of NOT being a mom.  UGH! I am going to be a mom... how is that normal?  Poor kid... I hope he turns out ok. LOL!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Hoping there is light at the end of the tunnel

Friday morning I am waking up at 5am. getting ready for work and loading up 7 puppies into my truck and off to the vet.  At least I sure freaking hope so.  I am pretty sure I have 7 puppies healthy enough to go...  at least right now I do.  let's hope for my sanctity it stays that way.

There is only one puppy that is sick, one of course that was in a foster to adopt home.  He apparently threw up last night and according to the home he was up all night throwing up.  He is at the vet right now on IV fluids.  The vet said he is feeling good he will pull through but still UGH!  what a pain in the ars.

I so can't wait till these puppies are in their homes.  This stress is out of control!!!!!!!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Made me sick

Well the puppies getting sick... ALL 16 of them one at a time.  most seem to bounce back within 24 hours which is great but some take a little longer to feel good again.  OMG Seriously these puppies are going to be the death of me.

On Saturday I was so stressed out and upset that I didn't eat or drink anything all day.  NOT good when you are 31 weeks pregnant.

My hands are so chapped from washing them so much they bleed and HURT so bad.  I put lotion on them and then sit there in pain until the stinging stops.

As of right now all the puppies are a live but with puppies there is always such a risk, you just never know.  I don't get it, I don't understand who they got sick and got sick with WHAT??  I mean none of this makes any sense.

I so can't wait until they are all better and in their homes.  I made myself so sick that I am now on a prescription ;-(  I am not very happy about being on a prescription while pregnant.  The doctor says it is ok but still I am not happy about it!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Keeping promises

I really wish when people said they are going to do something THEY ACTUALLY WOULD DO IT!

Back at the end of October I was contacted by a volunteer for a shelter in Southern Ohio.  This county is at the very bottom of the state and rarely do dogs come out of there alive.  They had 2, yes 2 pregnant dogs.  I said I can't take on puppies right not because I am pregnant and getting bigger weekly, taking care of puppies is not a good idea for me.  BUT if anyone wants to foster them great!  2 people did step up to foster them.

So, I arranged for them to get to their foster homes and to get fixed.  They were going to get fixed the day after Christmas.  I took Friday the 21st off of work so the puppies could come to my house that day and then I would have families come pick out their puppy, take them to get fixed on the 26th and then they could all go home!  PERFECT!

Well the foster homes both wanted the puppies gone BEFORE this dates so I ended up with BOTH litters on the 16th.  M - R I had to work.... my job being very demanding and well my boss is all over me all the time for everything.  Ever feel like you can't do anything right?   So on the days I had to work I was up at 5:30 am cleaning puppy crap.  I had people come over while I was at work and I made sure that I was home by at least 6:30 so that I could pick up more puppy crap.  AND then I would go back out every night at 10 for the last clean up of the day.  And every time I was out with the puppies it was at least 1 hour of cleaning.

So thinking that an end was near b/c I was seriously getting so overwhelmed and burned out on Christmas Eve morning Holly came over to help me vaccinate 16 puppies and to help clean up after them.  I swear they go worse as the week went on with the amount of poop.

As we are vaccinating the puppies the runt of the one litter (we called them the rottens) got up, walked away from her bed and pooped WATER!  My exact words were FUCK!

I took her to the vet and she tested positive for Parvo.

The vet gave me medicine for all 16 puppies and I went home and separated her from the rest of the puppies.  gave everyone medicine, canceled the spay/neuter appointment and let all the people adopting know that one puppy got sick.

The puppy that was sick didn't act like a parvo puppy.. she ate a little, drank a little and just wanted to sleep.  By Thursday no one else had gotten sick SO I re scheduled appointments and told everyone that they could come get their puppy and foster it until surgery.

Well a few more have gotten sick, just not as bad and I am going to loose my mind!

First of all I DID NOT WANT EITHER OF THESE LITTERS!  I knew that I couldn't handle them.  I am 9 weeks from giving birth and I knew that I would be tired and not feeling good and I didn't want to take care of puppies.

I am so pissed off right now for being in this situation.   Next year when someone says they want to foster a dog that is a shelter, they are keeping that dog or dogs until it gets adopted.