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Friday, July 06, 2007

Let's tell Brett & Jeremy what to do!

You all know that Brett and Jeremy are considering adopting Hines from the Humane Society. First visit didn't go as well as hoped, as the meeting was at the dog park and Hines was a bit shy. Recently they had a home visit with the little half-pint.

Brett says: "Ok--this last play date was so different. Hines let us pet him and feed him treats. He even sat down next to me and let me put my arm around him. There was no aggression at all. My little Pearl is IN LOVE with him, and Lucy and Charlie were so happy to have a new playmate.

"We decided that if this visit didn't work out, we would move on to greener pastures. But just us at home with him and not at the bark park with 30 other dogs made a big difference. I feel really hopeful, but I am still OK with the prospect of the possiblity he may never completely warm up to us completely. But the monsters got along with him SO well. Pearl even gave him a kiss on the cheek and Lucy cleaned his ears for him. Poor Charlie just wanted to play. He's not used to Hines size, so everytime Hines sat down, Charlie would knock him over with his snout. But even with that, they had a ball together. Here are some snap shots of the day. Next play date is Saturday-hopefully we will move forward."

I think it's a good sign that Hines got along well with the other pets, and that he can get enough exercise to expend that terrier energy by playing with the Charile and Lucy while Brett and Jeremy are at work.

Maybe you guys should ask for a weekend visit to see how it goes? Also, the more times Hines spends with you, the more he'll feel secure and his warming up will only improve.

Does he bark a lot? Chew things? Terriers can be a terror!

I've seen so many wonderful success stories with dogs that had questionable histories or issues. All they need is the right home and lots of love, and I know that Jeremy and Brett will give them lots of that!

So what do you think guys? I believe you can teach old dogs new tricks. Adrienne mentioned her husband wanted a puppy to train for flyball and felt an older dog couldn't be trained in that matter. That's simply not true. I know of plenty of cases of older dogs being chosen for even police work or therapy work. Scooter was 4 when I took him to obidience and his trainer was so pleased with how quickly he learned and how good he was. He'd be great at agility too! Zoe was 6 or so when I trained a bit in agility with her. She caught on to all the obstacles, she just wasn't in a rush about it. Not the right dog for agility as she's always been laid back and slow, but the point is, adult dogs can be trained! They have a longer attention span than puppies to. So Adrienne, tell you hubby he is WRONG!!!!!

posted by Sandy at 7/06/2007 10:50:00 AM


Blogger B said...

So far, Hines hasn't barked or growled or made any definite rackett. He gives it all to you thru his eyes--he's very easy to read. I am so excited about tommorrow! I have knitted him a little dog and stuffed it with my old socks (yes they were clean). I figure he will have my scent with him when he plays with it. I'll have to check to see if the Humane Society would allow us an overnighter or something like it. I know he needs to spend more time with us, and that the more time we have with him will really determine the level of acceptance he is willing to give Jeremy and I. But bless his little heart, I don't want to make him a prisoner where he kindda likes us, but still would rather be somewhere else. Once again, lets all brush off our prayer books and give 'em a rub for Hines.

Friday, July 06, 2007 11:38:00 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I think they would definately let you have a weekend overnight! Why don't you ask if you can keep him until Sunday? Tell them I'll vouch for you!

Friday, July 06, 2007 12:01:00 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

Me too, B! I'll email Amy and put in a good word for you. From what you said earlier, she understands that you are trying hard to bond with Hines, so I think she would be receptive to it. If for some reason it doesn't go well, you can always call Jeanette and she can come back for him.

Friday, July 06, 2007 12:51:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Brett, I think you are going about the possibilities of adopting Hines with such great respect to him! Most people just dive in head first and get a pet without too much thought. You are going to such lengths to make sure that Hines is the best suit to fit your family. I think you would be a great parent to this little guy and any other animal put in your care! You are indeed the greatest! Your way with animals just makes me all fuzzy inside! Thanks for the smiles you bring to my face where Hines is concerned…

Hey, changing the subject a bit. I was off the Blog for a bit due to house guest, but what was the outcome of the Pit dog that was chained to a tree by your co-worker??? I do recall something about Adrienne not getting the dog but that is all I saw on the matter. Do tell....

Friday, July 06, 2007 1:48:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

B, congratulations on the more successful visit with Hines! I think it's going to work out after all but I will be saying some prayers for you. If si he sure has a wonderful family full of love with siblings and parents who give him a great life! With Sandy and Stacey vouching for you to Amy I'm sure you can have a weekend visit. Good luck to all of you!

Friday, July 06, 2007 1:51:00 PM  
Blogger B said...

OH Skeeter--I don't know if i can tell the story without getting ona soap box--lets just say there are poor fuzzy faces out there that belong to immature, heartless people who like small children, have their heads turned by a new bobble everyday and drop whatever they had in their hands before. She was all willing to dump her dog, til Adrienne asked if they would meet her half way of the 600 mile trip. Then it just turned ugly and I got ugly and that was the end of it. One of her gilrfriends got up in my face about how her boyfrined wanted the dog and I was just a tad mean about her breath, wardrobe, and hairdo--but I stopped myself before the shoes!!!! Needless to say, that little guy is probably still at the tree or in a pound by now counting down to his last meal.

Friday, July 06, 2007 2:39:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Oh Brett, I am sooo sadden to hear this news! I wish I had kept my mouth shut and not asked as now my heart aches for the baby. I know how it feels to be near people such as your co-worker and feel helpless where their animals are concerned.

Two days ago, the little girl next door came to visit us. We have not seen her in some time so she was full of news for us. They are the people which have the Rhodesian ridgeback (Kie) that would come into our yard and dig, poop and what ever. I have mentioned him here before. We like the dog and enjoyed his visits but he was a huge puppy with lots of energy and he was just too destructive in our yard. They finally got their fence finished so he never comes into the yard anymore and all is good in Skeeter land...

So the news is, they have two new puppy’s, of course we knew this from seeing them. They are both females which they plan to breed with their other dog to sell and make money! (The child’s words not mine) Both pups had bumps on them and when I questioned the father (We like to refer to him as the idiot) on the bumps, he said they were eaten up with fleas. This tells me they came from a back yard breeder that did not have the sense enough to treat them for fleas!

She went on to tell me about the new kitten and two new geese! Geese, did you say geese honey? Yep, two geese! These people don’t have a pond and the only water source for the water fowl is a small water fountain that is not adequate by any means! This is the same family that has had countless pet chickens to be killed by everything from the air conditioner fan, passing cars to fox and coyote! They let a Yorkie get run over by a passing car and they gave the other Yorkie away when it showed Kie as a pup how to come into our yard for visits. They said RJ (Yorkie) was a bad influence on Kie so they had to give him away! Ha, poppy cock! I fear for the kitten and geese. If the pups, (now large), get to them, they will surely kill them all! One of the pups is real aggressive and I am sure when it is breeding time, there will be trouble! Arggggggg….

So I was going over all the animals they have with this child. I said, “You have three dogs, a cat, two geese, fish and parrot birds. How many birds do yall have now?” She said only the two big blue ones. I asked what happened to all the other birds they use to have. She told me that the other birds were mean and would bite so they had to kill them! I about died when she told me that. Now, she is only 6 years old but why would she say they had to kill them unless they did indeed kill them? There is a bird rescue nearby that would have gladly taken them! I know kids can make up stories but what is a neighbor to think…???.....

Does anyone else have to deal with such idiots on a daily basis or are Brett and me the only unlucky ones??? I know Pam had her idiot neighbors a while back…. Anyone else??? How do you handle such things??? It is all I can do to stay out of things but I fear if I step in, how would they retaliate against us? Now a day, you just don’t know…
Just irks me to no end knowing I live next door to idiots! Now I need to get off my soapbox!

Friday, July 06, 2007 3:26:00 PM  
Blogger B said...

Ok--if you wanna talk about a "how many animals can I kill in a life time" let me tell you about my brother, ole "Kill em all Chris". Now I am not saying my brother is a harsh person. But like the girl I work with, he and his wife made IDIOTIC decisions to pacify my bratty nephew when he was little. They were still out ripping the roads every other second, so they were never home. We used to call their house the Killing Fields.
The ducks that litterally fried in the sun because no one was home and the idea of putting ducks and water together "never occured to them". The three dogs that all ended up living at our house because my father couldn't stand to watch them starve. The horse, yes a horse ladies and gentlemen, that my brother tied on the embankment from which it slipped and HUNG itself by its reins.( my middle brother and I always throught it was suicide) And the list goes on and on until my nephew became a teen and was more interested in bigger creatures (GIRLS, you should have seen some of THOSE beasts he chased) My father finally put his foot down. He said he was tired of feeding dogs that weren't his and that he couldn't hunt with,..and of digging graves.

Friday, July 06, 2007 3:40:00 PM  
Blogger B said...

Did I mention to any of you that if my parents find out about Hines I will probably be dis-inherited? Either that or I will be severly yelled at. I got a bawling out the other night about how i was going to get workms and block up my scar tissue to the point that no doctor could save me. Bottom line---your not supposed to keep dogs or cats in the house--I know I run my folks under abit now and then, but they are not evil people. My father has given excellent care to his animals, but they were all food (cattle and goats)or hunters (hound dogs, etc). If one gets hurt or to sick to live(and I do mean TOO SICK TO LIVE), he loads his 22 rifle and disappears into the woods with the sick animal. Boy , I 'd better shut up or you guys are gonna be driving to Waverly with lit torches.

Friday, July 06, 2007 3:45:00 PM  
Blogger B said...

ok-ok-ok-ok I just emailed the Humane Society and requested an overnight with the Hines tommorrow (no time like the present-right?) We are to have the play date anyway, so why not just let him have a night with us and get the whole picture of what it's like to live at Dogwood. So, we'll see.

Friday, July 06, 2007 4:32:00 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

I emailed Amy and put in my two cents for you!

Friday, July 06, 2007 5:45:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Brett,I relate to your story, this is heartbreaking but, Fly Boy's Dad ( who was a wonderful person )had a dog Sam, he loved so much but had been shot by a neighbor. The vet said he couldn't get the bullet out, so after a time Sam was in so much pain that Daddy took Sam out in the woods and shot him.I cannot understand this logic, well not logic but whatever thinking it is, it breaks my heart.But this is the way those people were raised and they thought that was the best thing to do. No matter how sad and awful we think it is, that is what they thought was the most humane way to do things. Oh how it makes my heart ache to even think about it.

Friday, July 06, 2007 9:21:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Skeeter, we still have the neighbors who don't respect animals and we are so hoping they will decide to move but don't hold a lot of hope for that anytime in the near future, pray for them to leave. One sad thing is, the husband is one of our city Engineers so he is in with some of the big shots so can get away with his actions with animals.

Friday, July 06, 2007 9:38:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

This is so depressing! It' so horrible to think about all the animals across this country that are suffering in the same way. And people wonder why I like dogs and cats and most other animals better than a LOT of people?

I'd save anyone ONE Of those animals before I'd save any of those humans in a burning building.

I doubt we are the "higher" form of life. A higher form would know better.

Saturday, July 07, 2007 12:11:00 AM  
Blogger O'Malley said...

ok, now that I am officially depressed from reading the post I will go and blow my nose and pretend life is all rainbows and bubbles.

B, so glad you saw a different Hines on the last visit. I am rooting for everything to work out great for ya'll.

Yay! I am so glad to be home. We got home yesterday evening and had to take my daughter straight to ball practice. Nothing like sitting in a car for 10 hours and then on a hard metal bleacher for another 2. I have about 24 hours of work ahead of me thanks to my oldest, supposedly adult daughter who "watched" my dog. I think she "watched" him poop and pee all over the floor and destroy my couch while she sat on her *ss. Yes, destroy my couch. I never liked the damn thing but I really wasn't budgeting for a new couch. Rocky decided to take a cushion off, chew it open, shred the inside stuffing and spread it ALL over the house. I am not mad at him-he's still a puppy and was obviously left out of his crate and not supervised. Oh well, so today I am cleaning carpet and hardwood. I guess next time we go out of town we will have to find a good pet sitter or something. My daughter flew out of state yesterday about an hour before we got home or I would be on the front page of the LC today for child abuse. I haven't talked to the neighbors yet but I have a suspicion she had a pool party while we were gone instead of watching my dog.

I hope everyone had a great 4th. We had fun in Pittsburgh but its so good to be home. We are still doing the ball thing for a bit longer so I am kind of hit or miss on the blog right now. Are there any social events planned anytime soon? After seeing my house I am really needing a strong margarita with LOTS of salt!

Saturday, July 07, 2007 8:10:00 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

We're hoping for a Saturday get together real soon! Stacy is our official party organizer! We'll keep you posted.

Saturday, July 07, 2007 11:04:00 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

well after rereaqading all of this I am with Shannon, I am so depressed I don't even want to talk! As those of you who know me best, you know that is depressed. I was already depressed from this mornings front pafe of the Leaf-Chronicle. I'm with you Sandy, people are such total pieces of sh-t!!!!!!!! Animals are on such a higher level. Maybe if we ( animal lovers ) stay together and keep tring , things will get better eventually.
Shannon, sorry about all you have to take care of but that's how kids can be. You'll just have to kick your daughter's a-- and threaten her with something that that is important to her . Good luck on that.

Saturday, July 07, 2007 7:34:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Brett, I forgot to tell you how happy I am that you will be having a new addition to your family with Hines! I am so glad it all worked out for y'all!!!! I hope you did not loose too much sleep with that first visit, but maybe that was Hines way of making sure you were the right family for him! Your way of handling things worked out in the end…I think this is great news!!!

Tuesday, July 10, 2007 12:16:00 PM  

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Sandy Britt, an animal welfare advocate and volunteer with Clarksville rescue organizations, takes care of three dogs: Zoe, Scooter and Peanut; two cats: Catfish and Tarzan; and one husband, Glen, and according to him she takes care of them in that order.

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