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Sunday, February 17, 2008

Roll Call: Pet and People Updates!


It seems like I've been gone forever and yet, I had only my usual two days off which always seems like about 30 minutes. It's been rough at work lately, as we've been short one copy editor for a month now, ever since Jake the Snake left us to become a reporter. And it didn't take him long to forget us! So, since then our workload has been even heavier than normal (cue violins).

On my days off, all I want to do is catch up on SLEEP, but this weekend I forced myself to clean the entire house, as it was LONG overdue. I'm sore as heck, but it's done! The Boss and I even managed to get out for dinner. We went to Benne's Steakhouse and Piano Bar on Franklin St. It was GREAT. Yes, it's a bit pricey, but worth it, as the food was cooked to perfection, the staff was wonderful and the atmosphere calm and welcoming. Better yet, NO SCREAMING KIDS. I recommend the place to all!

I also managed to cover up my gray hairs, as I had neglected my dye job for too long.

Some pet updates: Inge's latest rescue dog, Sgt. Rogers, who I posted below a few days ago, was scheduled for surgery on the fence injury to his belly. But the poor guy has tested positive for heartworms, so now he has to be treated for that and his surgery has been postponed for about 2 months. As you know, treating heartworms is expensive, on top of the surgery, so anyone who wants to help can do so through the Second Chance and Happy Tails Web site.

The Golden Pups: I read Tina's blog regularly (and wish I had more time to post) and she says the three survivors are back with her and doing well. Soon they will be spayed/neutered and on their way to New England. I believe she said two already have been adopted! What an amazing story it has been, with so many involved in helping. Words are not enough to thank Tina for all she's done. A truer angel for animals there's never been.

Brett and Jeremy have raised some money selling candy, for both Cats Are Us and the pups. Hopefully will have an official count of donations and remaining bill. THANK YOU EVERYONE for helping!

So, everyone, update us all on what's going on in your life and your pets lives. Pam hasn't been around as often! I wonder what she's up to?

Zoe is recovering nicely from her anal gland infection and the rest are doing what they do best: Annoy The Boss! They take after their Mommy that way.

I don't know about you, but I am ready for a Pet People gathering VERY SOON. Hopefully we'll have a new copy editor SOON and I can get back to a more normal, less taxing schedule. (cue more violins).

Photo is of Scooter with his best friend Freeway who've I mentioned often. They don't get to visit any more,since Freeway and her mom Laura moved to North Carolina.

posted by Sandy at 2/17/2008 10:29:00 PM

13 Comments:

Blogger tina said...

nice update sandy, wanna come do my house now?!

Monday, February 18, 2008 6:49:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

It might take me another 3 months to get the energy and motivation up!

How are you doing? I talked to Deb and hear the pups should be gone soon after they get snip snip!

Monday, February 18, 2008 9:18:00 PM  
Blogger Ginger said...

Well, look here....my two favorite bloggers! Will either of you rest?
Today I discovered my Foster dog, shredding little Franky's day bed. Last night she chewed up 2 dresser drawer pulls before I figured out where the munching sound was coming from. After the last rain the back yard is the mush pitts. Of course the dogs love that. Good thing we are all washable...and I thought this Foster pup would be an easy one. Ha, HA. I know you understand.
Tina, with your latest experience w/puppies in the veg garden,etc, maybe you can design some pet friendly back yard landscapes. :0)

Monday, February 18, 2008 11:08:00 PM  
Blogger Ginger said...

Well, look here....my two favorite bloggers! Will either of you rest?
Today I discovered my Foster dog, shredding little Franky's day bed. Last night she chewed up 2 dresser drawer pulls before I figured out where the munching sound was coming from. After the last rain the back yard is the mush pitts. Of course the dogs love that. Good thing we are all washable...and I thought this Foster pup would be an easy one. Ha, HA. I know you understand.
Tina, with your latest experience w/puppies in the veg garden,etc, maybe you can design some pet friendly back yard landscapes. :0)

Monday, February 18, 2008 11:08:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Spring is popping in Georgia! I have done the house cleaning and now taking down all the snowman decorations and two Dept 56 winter villages. Lot of work and depressing for me as I love the crisp white snowman features and villages in the house. They brighten up a cloudy day in GA....

We went to Atlanta this weekend so the Saint could install a new computer for our friends. Yep, Lobo's parents. I asked them why they never had Lobo neutered. Daddy M was thinking about breeding him one time. I said he is a mutt and who would want to breed for mutt pups? Mom S pointed to daddy M and said he paid $400 for Lobo! I said he had lost his mind! They got Lobo while in Germany and maybe that is a going rate for mutt dogs, I just dont know.... I then proceeded to ask are they going to get his knickers clipped now. Nope, he is too old to go through that! I said well, he aint too old to knock up a female in heat! She just looked at me with a blank stare. I talked to them until I was blue in the face about strays and neuter and spaying and the Saint gave me a look so I knew when to stop... I knew it would be like talking to the wall with them. They just dont get it...

As for the other female dog. I do not know them personally but know of the neighbors through our friends. They have three human children, 4 snakes, a ferret, cat with kittens, 4 dogs and one pregnant. The ferret has taken over one of the children’s rooms so he has to sleep on the couch each night! The house reeks of animal smells from improper cleaning and the husband is not happy at how their new house is turning into a zoo. She took Daisy in from a neighbor but she lied to her husband and said she found her on the side of the road with a dead puppy. She also went to the extreme to put mud on her clothes and shoes for a better story! Can yall believe she lied to her spouse like that? Divorce may be on the horizon.... There are just some sad people in this world

Tuesday, February 19, 2008 11:43:00 AM  
Blogger B said...

Hello All!

I spent my President's Day with Hies in my lap. He threw up all night Sunday night and I was terrified that he might have some kind of blockage --until he farted and fried my eyebrows. God Bless Dr. Ramey. She told me to keep an eye on him and it shouldn't be anything serious as long as he didn't get down and couldn't get up. He finally began to perk up ion the afternoon and FINALLY went A VERY HEALTHY No.2. I think his little tummy was out of whack.
ANYWAY, we had a nice weekend just lying around--dind't do the whole "scrub the house" thing--just dind't have the energy.
Found out this morning that my company has retained the contract--so even thought I more than hate my job, I have it again with a five year option. It's not really the job, its the drive, the work load, the pain in the butt managers, etc. In other words, I'm in the same place most Americans are-LOL
Pet people get together sounds good!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008 12:18:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Aren't those people with the sankes afraid one of them will eat one of the kittens or the Ferret? I would be so scared to have them all in the same house!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008 12:24:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Pam, It would not surprise me if it does not happen! And to think, they will soon have puppies too! argggggg....

Tuesday, February 19, 2008 12:45:00 PM  
Blogger tina said...

everything is fine here. for some reason my follow up comments link is not working but here i am now.

sandy, liked your column today. makes no sense to do that to animals.

hey ginger, thanks for the nice comment! i think i have a pet friendly backyard, but with pets it is not friendly to the plants. the only truly plant/pet friendly yard might be just lawn grass. can't have that. no no no. the plants will recover. someday i MIGHT get a puppy but as for now, i am glad my three dogs are grown. they are pretty good. i might go that route again as i have been blessed with cece and bj from animal control. it worked out well.

skeeter, sometimes it is best to just stay out of neighbors business. they can become very defensive. not a good thing. education is the best route. let them think they are being responsible by subtley suggesting to them. my adjacent property owner kept letting her dog breed. dogs from ALL over would come over and it was a mess. including a beautiful golden who was all torn up due to the dogfights. animal control had to come get two males i was able to catch. the breeding was in plain sight! yuck! called animal control and for some reason the adjacent property owner finally spayed the female. did you know there is a law in tennessee that if you have a female dog in heat you must contain it? i could not believe ALL the male dogs which came, then set off my dogs. (all altered). it was rough. enough on my soapbox.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008 8:54:00 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Why people don't spay and neuter is beyond me. Unspayed females bleeed, and Tina, you are right, a dog in heat attracts unneutered males for MILES.

My friend who lives in North Carolina says the guys with numerous hunting dogs get the females spayed, but dont' neuter the males and she wondered why. I told her it's because they don't CARE if the males impregnate a female--they won't be responsible for the pups!

B, you crack me up with your description of Hine's bowel issues...fried your eyebrows off! Don't you just love it when they let loose when they are lying next to you, butt facing your face? LOL.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008 10:37:00 AM  
Blogger B said...

I knew he wasn't blocked when the green cloud appeared. Even Lucy jumped back-and shes usually my biggest ozone offender.
I am SO glad he just had a tummy ache. We changed his food to smaller bits as he seemed to have a problem with the regular food. He's spry as ever and has been licking my nose off ever since.
But you know how it is when one child gets all the attention--Charlie may never forgive me. He's been such a bag of misery that I had to hold him last night. That seemed to make it alright. Poor guy, if the other two favor Jeremy more than me, I can truely say that he's my little boy thru and thru. I don't kow what I will do when the time comes to let one of the babies go--but when Charlie leaves me, I'll be a basket case for sure.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008 1:04:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

B, he was licking your nose to get all the smell off it!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008 2:54:00 PM  
Blogger B said...

Maybe---maybe he just has a nose fetish.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008 3:23:00 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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