Making her happy before making her sad

I don’t think I mentioned this, but my mom decided to name her Sabrina. We call her Brie for short.

Sunday we woke up to get ready to go have a doggie pool party at my moms. We were planning on bringing Roxy, Elvis (the birthday boy), and Brie. We wanted to see if we could get Brie swimming in the pool and figured she would follow Rox and Elvis in.

Our plans got delayed when a neighbor knocked on our door and told us that some dogs were loose in and they were causing havoc in the area. Immediately, Anthony and I went to go investigate with leashes and treats. There were two large dogs and they were holed up in a garage that didn’t belong to their owners. Together we got them leashed and into our house. Then, the neighbor told us they were playing with a kitten and he wasn’t sure if it was still alive. Sure enough after searching a bit we found a small kitten approximately 7 weeks old in rough shape. Thankfully, he didn’t have any puncture wounds and didn’t seem to be in dire condition. We took him and rinsed off the mud and saliva. Poor thing was so traumatized he was just shaking the whole time. Tricky thing is that we do not have the setup for cats and our dog Elvis is deathly allergic. We called our friend Lois at R.A.I.N. and she saved the day by offering to take the kitten. We brought the kitten up to her at Petsmart in Casselberry where she was already on duty trying to adopt out her fosters. She set up the kitten with antibiotics for eye infections, flea treatment for kittens, and got him a cozy setup. Anyone who has a soft spot for kittens please reach out to this rescue.

Now, back to the dogs, we can’t blame dogs for being dogs and going after the kitten. That is in their nature and since both breeds are bred for hunting they have that prey drive. Just because a dog isn’t trained to hunt doesn’t mean it’s not in their nature. I recognized the dogs as being a neighbor a few houses down and we put a card in their door and told them that we had their dogs safe and sound and to give us a call when they got home.

Finally, away we went to the pool party. Roxy and Elvis have both been in the pool before and love it. We are hoping this rubs off on Brie as it’s an excellent way to drain them of energy. Brie wasn’t scared, but she wasn’t going in the pool on her own. She then got to see my mom’s other dogs Maia, the Great Dane, and Bella, the Terrier mix. She remembered them from a test visit from the previous week. They all ran around and played and wore themselves out.

By the time we got home the neighbors were home and were so glad to get their dogs back. They escaped out of the back yard and the owner gladly accepted our offer to help reinforce the fence so it wouldn’t happen again.

Monday, we took Brie in to get spayed. Sadly, as soon as she got out of the car and heard all the kennel dogs barking she went back to her terrified and timid self. Anthony left her there feeling guilty and we waited to pick her up later that day. She was as expected lethargic and woozy. Fast forward a few days and she is now feeling better. She’s eating and drinking on her own and slowly coming out of the shell she reverted to. After 10 days she will be able to be around other dogs and we will most likely transfer her to my mom’s house for her forever home.

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