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Friday, November 23, 2007

The Power of Petfider and Video!

As you know,Alice's dog,Aimee Dog Princess, went over the Rainbow Bridge not too long ago. She just told us in the topic below that she and The Professor have been looking for another dog, one that can also bark a warning when someone's coming around the house.

They found a dog, Piquita, in a shelter in Louisville and are going to see if they can adopt her. This is what she said: "I just want you all to say a prayer, keep fingers crossed, knock on wood or whatever you do to help things happen. We found a dog on Petfinder that we want to adopt. She's in Louisville and the next day that the professor has off is Wednesday, so we'll be going there to get her... hopefully. I've written to the Louisville Metro Animal Control telling them of our wish to adopt Paquita Naturally, since it's a holiday we haven't heard back, but maybe on Friday or even Saturday. We hope they can hold her for us until Wednesday."

Piquita's picture is above and she does resemble Aimee! Alice says, "... but she will be loved for who SHE is. No one could replace or Aimee, but Paquita sounds like she has the sort of watch-dog spirit that Aimee had and that I need. Anyway... please help us send positive thoughts towards Louisville!"

What I noticed when I went to the link she provided to take a peek at Piquita, is that Petfinder now has the option for shelters to add video! I looked at Piquita's video and it was great! You can watch her get treats like a good girl, being held and also playing and running in the yard with the other dogs! What a great tool for shelters to use to post about their animals! Especially for those that are older, or not as "cute" as others. It would also be great for cats, as they look more alike than dogs. And shelters can back up what they say about a dog or cat's personality by posting the proof in video.

Most digital cameras now have the ability to take video (as do many cell phones). Guess what? My new camera has video capability. Well, it was new about a year ago, and I never took or found the time to go through the book at learn all its features. So I've simply been using it on automatic. I decided to try it out like a man, without using directions, and I actually got a little video of Peanut!

I had a few problems lading it, so I'll have to play around with it later.

Do any of you take videos with your camera? I really hope the shelters here can start doing that now that Petfinder has that option. Brett, does your camera do video? You can do cat video for cats are us! I know Adrienne can do it, as we got the video of me playing Gestures at our last gathering. I'll have to take a video of Tweety too when The Dragon comes to get her to take to his kingdom.

posted by Sandy at 11/23/2007 12:10:00 PM


Blogger Skeeter said...

Alice, I know it will all work out and you will have this precious baby in your arms soon!

Hey Daisy, it was in the low 50's yesterday. Are you happy???

I will have to post about Minnie later as I am playing catch up today. The Saints parents and doggie sister left this morning but tons of stuff to do to get the place back in order. The cat nose's were going nuts in the sunroom sniffing Minnie's scent....

Saturday, November 24, 2007 9:21:00 AM  
Blogger Alice said...

I just talked to Louisville Metro Animal Control. The policy is to not "hold" animals. So I'll have to call Wednesday morning to see if Paquita is still there. I read on the Louisville website that they don't "normally" adopt out of county/state but that it wouldn't be a problem for us. They said that 2 of her 6 puppies were adopted this morning. The adoption fee ($135) pays for shots, spay and microchip. That's an incredible value!!

I hope she's still there Wednesday... part of me hopes that no one will pick her before then but I also want the best for her. The good news for us is that they don't recommend that she go to a family with children. So, the odds go up for us that she will still be there for us.

Saturday, November 24, 2007 10:23:00 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Please let us know as soon as you hear something!!!!

Saturday, November 24, 2007 10:58:00 AM  
Blogger tina said...

I hope it works out for you with the dog. I found mine on Petfinder too and it is a great help. I think it is also awesome you can view videos of the animals! I never knew that and I think videos would help narrow down someone's search for a compatible pet. I have video on my camera but never knew how it worked but my teenaged son figured it out and now videos everything and uploads it to the Internet or just the harddrive. It is a cool feature and comes in handy for major family events.

Sandy, how do you think videos would work on blogs? I have wondered because there is a link you can use to upload one. Videotaping pets on here would be fun-maybe not plants but who knows?!:)

Saturday, November 24, 2007 7:59:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Fingers and toes crossed Alice!

Sunday, November 25, 2007 3:57:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I've tried to upload a video but it's getting errors. I checked on the blogger site and they said they had some problems with video upload, but I know other bloggers have done it before. I'll try again and let you know, and also talk to some people at work more tech savvy than myself!

Sunday, November 25, 2007 5:41:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I've tried to upload a video but it's getting errors. I checked on the blogger site and they said they had some problems with video upload, but I know other bloggers have done it before. I'll try again and let you know, and also talk to some people at work more tech savvy than myself!

Sunday, November 25, 2007 5:41:00 PM  
Blogger tina said...

Cool-looking forward to seeing videos...

Sunday, November 25, 2007 5:48:00 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

Alice, I woke up this morning thinking of you and Paquita, and hoping that you and the Professor will be making that drive to Kentucky this morning. Please let us know!!!!!!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007 6:14:00 AM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Yes Alice, it is Wednesday...
Whats the scoop???

Wednesday, November 28, 2007 9:14:00 AM  
Blogger Alice said...

We're on the way to Louisville! I called this morning and she's still available!!

I'll post when we get home about our first impressions but I know I already am in love...

Now... we need a new name...

Wednesday, November 28, 2007 10:22:00 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

We must have a naming contest to see if you like any! Though, sometimes you just have to meet them and see their personailty. Just like Tweety--she was going to be Dolly, but it just didn't seem right and then Tweety just popped into my head.

Maybe something like Holly since it's close to the holidays and hopefully you'll be giving her a new home for Christmas!

Send me pictures and the entire story of your trip, etc. and I'll post it for a topic.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007 11:16:00 AM  
Blogger B said...

I think the camera has video, but I would have to read the manaul to use it. BY that time, we would all need foster homes.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007 4:58:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Oh Goodie goodie goodie!!!
Angel girl...
Oh the Christmas names they are a flowing....

Wednesday, November 28, 2007 8:12:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

B, I never did a a video until the other day and it's as easy as taking a picture, really. And it's on the card just like a photo file.

By the way, I still have your big Pet People magnet to deliver to you that Daisy made!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007 9:01:00 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

Oh Skeeter, I really like Noel. What an awesome name!!

I'm hoping Alice and the Professor are so busy loving their new addition that she hasn't had time to get online. I just knew she would have to get on here and share the wonderful news. Is anyone else concerned here, or is my inner B coming out???? LOL

Wednesday, November 28, 2007 10:52:00 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

I think she looks like a Gidget.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007 11:27:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I was thinking the same thing Skeeter. I was going to call her earlier, but then got busy and then when I remembered it was too late!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007 11:27:00 PM  
Blogger Alice said...

Soooorrrrry... We got home about6:30pm. I was concerned that Charlie would be territorial and mean but Charlie and Max had no problems at all with the new arrival. She was a good girl all the way here but wanted to sit in my lap but we have a doggie seat belt that we use so our babies don't become missiles or be ejected if something bad should happen and she couldn't reach my lap. So, she just laid down next to me and napped. When we got her, the professor stayed in the front yard with her while I put Charlie on the leash to keep him from charging her if he tried to, but he didn't. Max sniffed and smelled her up and down and all over. Things were going well until Larry, senior cat, decided to see what all the fuss was about. He puffed up 3 times his normal size and made deep growling noises and scared the heck out of us all. Then Herbie shot forward and slapped our new fur child. The cats don't like change AT ALL! Scootie just watched, curious but cautious. I went and got the water bottle and shooed Larry and Herbie away... Poor little doggie was so scared!

We decided on a name while driving home. I have always been an admirer of strong, passionate women. One of our favorite TV shows in the past was "La Femme Nikita." I was also thinking that Nikita sounds kind of like Paquita. But we decided on Niki, a diminutive of Nikita. I had read once that dogs respond to the "e" sound at the end of a name. Max is Maxie and Charlie is, well, Charlie.

So, Niki is half the size that Aimee, dog princess, was but she certainly seems to have a big spirit. Well, not so much now. She seems a little overwhelmed with all the new animals and smells and sounds. Three of her six puppies had already been adopted. They looked like they had Rottweiler in them, they were mostly black with red points and eyebrows. The professor noticed how she went over to them when anyone came near the cage they all were in. Everything went smoothly and I even bought a box of assorted treats that the shelter is selling for Christmas.

Little Niki is currently curled up under my desk protected from cats. We plan to close the cats up overnight with their cat box in a bedroom so Niki can check out the place unmolested by felines.

Fingers crossed, things will settle down and everyone will get used to each other.

The spiffy new computer the professor got for me arrived this morning before we left and after dinner, he set it up so that's why I haven't posted till now. It's Windows Vista so I have to get used to how it works.

Anyways, pictures to follow! The foster parents attached a note to the dog food that came with Niki and asked us to send pictures and let them know how things are going.

Thursday, November 29, 2007 1:23:00 AM  
Blogger Stacey said...

WONDERFUL!!!! Alice, I am so happy for you and your entire family!!! Little Niki is such a lucky girl to have found a new mommy like you. And, the fact that the foster parents want progress reports says good things about both Niki and the Louisville Animal Control system. Good foster parents are a blessing to the animals.

Thursday, November 29, 2007 6:13:00 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Congratulations Alice! Send me pictures and I'll post them! And you can tell Nikki's former foster family to check out the blog for the story and updates!

And I like the name! I'm sure the cats will get used to her!

Thursday, November 29, 2007 11:04:00 AM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Niki will have a wonderful home with you and the Professor and all her new furry siblings....
Gee a new pooch and computer. What have you done for Santa this past year??? LOL

Thursday, November 29, 2007 11:35:00 AM  
Blogger Alice said...

Things are much smoother this morning! Herbie is still stalking Niki but Larry has stationed himself way up high on the cat condo and is ignoring our new arrival, which is good. Little Niki sees Herbie and looks away quickly... "don't make eye contact, don't make eye contact...." Max and Charlie have yet to actually play with Niki but she did play with me and the professor this morning. She is a sweet little girl.

I was very impressed by Metro Animal Services. The place was packed with people picking up spayed and neutered pats, filling out lost pet reports, and looking to adopt. I did notice how shabby the office was and it's sad how pets get the short end of the budgetary stick everywhere.

Niki's foster parents sent some dry kibble with her and I set out a bowl of food and water just for Niki. Naturally, everyone had to have some, even Scootie.

I am going to have to set up a little bed for Niki under my desk as she seems to like it there when I am at the computer which is most of the time... especially now with this spiff, new one.

We all went out this morning to stock the bird feeders and everyone ran around contributing to the fertilization of the grass. We weren't sure if Niki was a digger or an escape artist so we kept an eye on her as she dashed around smelling and depositing. I never leave the kids outside for very long alone. They usually do their business and come right back in. They aren't really big on playing outside. They like being in the house and it's usually too cold, too wet or too hot and muggy anyways. Heck I barely go outside myself.

So far so good!

Thursday, November 29, 2007 12:49:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Sounds good Alice....
That is great!

Thursday, November 29, 2007 4:57:00 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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