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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Update on Minnie by Skeeter

I thought I would update you on Minnie. Minnie is the Hound/Spaniel mix dog that the Saints mom and dad are Fostering. Minnie won over Mom B's heart while volunteering with Animal adoptions at Petco on a recent Saturday afternoon.

Minnie was not in the best condition for being chosen as a Pet. She was covered in dirt and animal “dew” from playing with her three siblings just before pick up from the Volunteer driver. Once at the store for adoption, she was pretty much ignored due to her condition and the fact that she was shying in the corner of the kennel. Mom B felt something for this furry gal and took her into the store for grooming.

Once groomed, Mom B took her home to condition her for a better chance at being adopted. She and Dad B have worked really hard with this sweet natured girl. She has over come many obstacles in the two weeks they have had her. She now plays chase with a ball, she goes into her kennel without a fight and she takes walks with a neighbor and a German Sheppard friend. She still has issues with being outside but they are continuing to work on her in that department.

Beep… Beep… Late Breaking News…. Beep… Beep….Good news! They found a new home for Minnie! If you have not already guessed it, Mom and Dad B are keeping Minnie! Minnie gets along well with their cat Missy and she will have a wonderful new life in this loving home! We can hardly wait to meet the Saints new sister!

Mom and Dad B have never had a dog before. Since Mom B did not know much about dogs, she felt confident the she would not get attached to one with her volunteering. Ha, I told her that is why I don’t work with adoptions because I would bring them all home and that just would not work with our current lifestyle… I wonder if she will continue to Volunteer…?....

Two of Minnie’s siblings have been adopted as well. Mom B tells me that the agency she works with adopted out 11 dogs this past weekend with only one being returned. I think that is great!

Don’t y’all just love happy endings?

posted by Skeeter at 8/30/2007 01:45:00 PM


Blogger Pam said...

Skeeter, any word on Minnie's poor sibling that hasn't been adopted yet? Poor baby the on;y one left with no home and all the other siblings are gone from it, how sad!

Thursday, August 30, 2007 8:29:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I am so happy for Minnie! I had a feeling that might happen.

But it does make me sad so many people are afraid to be foster's because they'll get attached. I understand, because I'd be the same way. I wouldn't want to see them go, especially to people I didn't know!

But I hope to try it in the future when I have less of my own. If we animal lovers dont' step up, who will????

Keep us posted on her progress with regular updates and photos.

And Adrienne and Shannon...we need new photos of your Hunter and Rocky! And Alice's Herbie. Anyone I forgot who recently got a new friend?

Friday, August 31, 2007 12:06:00 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I just noticed--it seems Minnie has an angry look on her face, doesn't she? It's funny. It's like Pam saying "Oh no, don't put up my picture, I look horrible!" LOL.

Friday, August 31, 2007 12:07:00 AM  
Blogger B said...

Good for Mom & Dad B!!! Now we need to get Albert fixed up. Send me an address so we can send them a card!

Friday, August 31, 2007 7:49:00 AM  
Blogger O'Malley said...

Oh Skeeter,
What a wonderful story. I am so glad Minnie has a happy loving home now. Like Pam, I hope the other sibling finds a home soon too.

I hate I missed you at the game Skeeter! You should have let me know you were there. You could have sat with the rest of us softball crazies. Yes, your Bro is an awesome coach. My daughter is loving every minute of it and learning so much.

Anyone in town need a doggie playdate? My Rocky is very lonely now since his playmate is gone. I think I told ya'll that my oldest and her hubby were moving to AZ. I am having daughter withdrawals and Rocky is having Petie withdrawals. My daughters rat terrier Petie and my Rocky were best of buds and loved rough housing together for hours on end. Now Rocky has no one but the cats to chase and they hate him and don't want to play. So, once it cools down if anyone wants to get doggies together to play I will be all for it!

Friday, August 31, 2007 12:48:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Shannon, you know what this means? You MUST adopt a playmate for Rocky! Maybe be a Humane Society foster parent and then he can have many playmates come in and out of his home! :)

I mentioned on another thread that I'd like to meet others for a nice dog walk at Dunbar Cave or the RiverWalk once it gets cooler, but I'd also be up for a playdate! Scooter would love it!

So just give me a buzz when the weather cools and we'll plan something!

Friday, August 31, 2007 1:30:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

O'Malley, would it be possible to adopt Minnie's sibbling? I don't remember how far away it was but it's just a thought since we worried about that one finding a home.
And Sandy, maybe just maybe Minnie lookes angry because she didn't like the way she looked in that photo either! Bleeehhh, Tongue sticking out at ya!

Saturday, September 01, 2007 9:34:00 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Well, the blog police is leaving her photo up, even if she isn't happy about it!

Sunday, September 02, 2007 11:21:00 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

I love a happy ending!! I knew they would end up keeping her. Minnie is one lucky dog. I wish all dogs could have a happy ending. Skeeter, Let mom and dad B know I would be happy to help if they ever need it!

Monday, September 03, 2007 12:07:00 PM  
Blogger B said...

There are three beautiful babies at Cats are Us right now looking for forever homes--check out there web site-we just got their pics up. They are missy, Bubba, and Sandy. Bubba would have to go to a farm or a big place--Missy is SWEET as can be and Sandy is too precious for words. So anyone thinking of adding to the family or fostering, check out these three. Not trying to steal the Humane Society business LOL--Just wanted to let everybody know that Cats R Us have these canines because the are GREAT folks and will not turn any babies away when theres room at the inn.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007 7:58:00 AM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Minnie update....

Minnie does have an angry look about her in pictures. I thought that with seeing her first picture... I talked to Mom B last night and she said that Minnie took her first boat ride with them yesterday! She was great on the boat and enjoyed the smells in the air. After the boat ride, she walked to a part of the yard never before explored by her and also walked into the front door which was a first for her! She is now 28 pounds and getting to heavy for them to carry her in and out of the house so they need to work harder on that problem with her. I think they have carried her too much and now she expects it…

On the negative, she is peeing on the throw rugs in the house! They think she is in such a hurry when going out with her routine potty breaks that she does not finish her job thus having to go again before the next potty break. So they are working on getting her more secure outside and then hopefully she will stop with the inside tinkle bit. She is also becoming defensive when she sees activity at the next door neighbors house. She barks at them harshly.

Luckily they have lots of neighbor’s and friends that are dog lovers so they are learning how to deal with Minnie through them. They are in a gated community which does not allow fences so they cannot let her out to roam without a leash. But the community has a fenced in dog park that they will take her to once the weather cools off a bit. Such a slow process….

Tuesday, September 04, 2007 11:16:00 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

They can always try an electric underground fence. I know lots of people with those!

Tuesday, September 04, 2007 11:37:00 AM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Good idea but not with their VA clay... They can hardly plant flowers in it because it is too hard...

Tuesday, September 04, 2007 8:11:00 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

Skeeter, They can rent a trench digger from Home Depot and if they can afford it, there are fencing companies that will install it for you.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007 11:36:00 AM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

I doubt their Home Association will even allow it. They are so strict with your every move. I sometimes wonder how Mom and Dad B can call themselves homeowners with all the dang rules they must follow! They can’t even do landscaping without an approval! No fences allowed at all and must get permits and jump through all sorts of hoops to have anything done on “their” property! A board has to approve every single thing they do outside their house! Crazy but I guess it does keep the community looking nice. But if I want to plant a tree, I should be able to plant a dang tree!

Wednesday, September 05, 2007 1:38:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

They couldn't have a problem with an underground fence, because it's INVISIBLE and no one can see it! Around here lots of places have those rules, but those fences are always fine, or somethimes they allow the wroght-iron type fences since they look classy!

Wednesday, September 05, 2007 3:15:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

They are so strict in their development; I doubt they will let them dig! But I will suggest this to them.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007 6:44:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

I understand the rules and regulations thing with the Homeowners Association as we have it here where we live. Like when we wanted to build a storage building it had to be approved and make sure it matched out house and etc. It can be a good rule Skeeter, you would be surprised at some things some people want o plant or put on thier property. But hopefully they can work things out ok so maybe a underground fence might work for them.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007 6:48:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Pam, It looks like you said the storage building had to match the out-house!
I know what you mean but that made me laugh… LOL

Mom and Dad B cannot have storage buildings of any type!
I do agree with most HOA but theirs is way over board in my opinion…

Thursday, September 06, 2007 8:51:00 AM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

I talked to Mom B today and she said they are allowed to have the underground fences! Her good friend with the Sheppard (that walks with Minnie) has one but he has penetrated it before. Mom B said they do not want to risk Minnie getting away plus the way their land is laid out, it would cost them way too much money to have one installed. She said they are just going to take Minnie on lots of walks and take her to the Dog Park and exercise her daily. She wakes up with tons of energy and she needs the exercise. We are going to take them a doggie Frisbee and a good doggie ball when we go up there the first of Oct. and work on getting her to retrieve which I think she is already doing. We are talking about going into the Blue Ridge Mountains with her for a nice day trip too… So they are working all of this out....

Thursday, September 06, 2007 7:06:00 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

Skeeter, it is always good to your dog to be trained off leash as well, in the case that they are with out you or you were to drop the leash. We are currently working on this with Hunter by using a lung line. It's 20ft long. Long enough that he thinks he has some freedom, but we can recall him if need be. We got it at Wal-mart for $8. Something for them to think about.

Friday, September 07, 2007 12:05:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Thanks Adrienne! I will let them know about that. I have never heard of the lung line before. Sounds interesting...

Friday, September 07, 2007 3:29:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Hey people, got to share with youo what I saw in the Wal-Mart parking lot the other day. I was so disgusted with these people I wanted to wring thier necks. It was a Mon and Dad with two little kids looking to be about three and four. The kids were on leases and were supposed to be cute because the handles attatched ( that the parents held onto ) were Bears. It was not cute!

Saturday, September 08, 2007 9:21:00 AM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

If more parents put there kids on leashes there would be more people who could stand to be around them. If a leash is what it takes to keep the kid under control, I say they wear it. At least they were trying to control there kids. That's a first for most parents now a days.

Saturday, September 08, 2007 11:37:00 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

No Adrienne, these parents were not just trying to control the kids, that was obvious. They just thought it was cute to have them on a lease, the kids were acting just fine and behaving. They had a third, a baby in a carrier and they seemed very distracted at having any children.
I so agree with you that more parents need to be in control but a lease isn't the way to go. I guess I am just so used to the way our family handles situations. And like I said, my grand kids wouldn't dare dare to act like so many kids I see in public. It is the duty of the parents to disapline the kids but do it in the right way. And remember I am one ( in spite of my training in Psych )who does believe in spanking if the situations requires.

Saturday, September 08, 2007 8:51:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

I meant leash.

Saturday, September 08, 2007 8:52:00 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

If more parents took the time to be parents there wouldn't be nearly as many problem children out there. Most of the parents I used to come across when I was doing daycare were more in love with the idea of having a baby than being a responsible parent. I agree that a leash is not always the best way to go, but some kids just need it.

Saturday, September 08, 2007 9:24:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Checking back in. I think more parents need to be on leashes or better still not be parents in the first place. I think you're right Adrienne on how some people just love the idea of having a baby than actually being a parent!

Monday, September 10, 2007 3:46:00 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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