Getting ready

We have been getting to know Sassy over the last couple weeks and she is amazing. She is very intelligent and already knows a few commands. She has been doing great in her crate and seems to love being in there during the day. She acts like she looks: tough and full of attitude. This little meatball is mellow the majority of the time, but when she is ready she plays hard. She will zoom around the house for about 20 minutes and then crash. Don’t let her grumpy face fool you, her affectionate side is in there too. 

We have been temperament testing her with our personal dogs and so far it has been uneventful. She is a little dominant so would be better paired with a submissive male. She has also displayed some food aggression, but as long as there are controlled feedings, that shouldn’t be an issue. 

We think Sassy will do great in any home with no cats. She comes from a family with several children of all ages, but will bolt out the front door if open, so the responsibility of all family members needs to be considered. Sassy has a strong prey drive and can never be off leash unless in a securely fenced yard. 

She is getting her first round of shots tomorrow and will be up for adoption after she receives her boosters. Sadly, that means she can’t come to our event Saturday, but if you are interested in meeting Sassy soon please fill out an application and email it back to us. 

Positive thoughts for Bear

Yesterday Bear thought he would sneak into some treats on top of his crate. After he ate a whole bag of doggy beef jerky he promptly threw it up. He had thrown up everything solid and could only keep down water in small amounts. I monitored him and he seemed to be fine afterwards. He had solid poop, he was hydrating slowly, and was still urinating normally. 

Well, this morning we woke up to find he vomited blood sometime during the night. We rushed him to our vet and they are keeping him there today. They said that he has presented with pancreatitis and is indeed dehydrated. They are giving him fluids and gave him an injection for pain. We are picking him up later today and hopefully he returns to normal. If he has bloody stool or keeps vommitting they are going to have to hospitalize him. 

Please keep Bear in your thoughts and cross your fingers that he rebounds quickly. 

Miss Sassy

Through no fault of her own this little munchkin, Sassy, has been surrendered to us. She comes from a large family with children of all ages. The family’s environment wasn’t compatible with Sassy and so they chose to try and find her a better fit elsewhere.

This American Staffordshire/English Bulldog mix is a very sweet, playful, and confident girl who is dying to get back into a family of her own. She is roughly 6 years old and spayed. She comes in right at 50 pounds, but she is what we call a ‘pocket pit’ meaning she is very low to the ground. Her body resembles a small English Bulldog with the face of an American Bulldog. We are going to spend the next couple days getting her vaccinated and assessing her temperament.

From what we have seen she is going to be a wonderful family dog. More updates will come soon as we get to know her better.

Round 2 and 3

Bear has been receiving heart worm treatment for the past several months. We started him on medication, got him neutered, got his 1st of 3 rounds of heart worm treatment and now he finally has gotten his 2nd and 3rd treatments. They do the last 2 24 hours apart so he has had a rough couple days.

This happy go lucky boy has been so patient and sweet through the whole process. It kills us to keep him restricted to a small room or his crate all the time, but it’s necessary for his treatment. After the injection the heart worms (which can be up to a foot long) start dying off and breaking apart into the bloodstream. If a dog gets his heart rate too high they can then be pushed into his the smaller vessels in his lungs and cause a fatal blood clot.

With that being said, the last two days have been extremely stressful. The rainy season decided to start YESTERDAY, the day of his 2nd injection. This wouldn’t be a problem, but Bear is terrified of storms. He goes into full on panic mode, screams, shakes violently, cries and tries to destroy anything he can get a hold. This goes on for hours and sometimes lasts longer than the storm. Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do to calm him down. We used to give him sedatives when this would happen, but they will interfere with his treatment right now. The only thing I’ve been able to do is put on a Thundershirt and that hasn’t really helped. I have been biting my nails just trying to wait it out hoping he doesn’t unknowingly killing himself. I’m sure everything will be fine, but it’s terrible to watch him suffer like this.

Bear will need 8 more weeks of exercise restriction then he will need some training and will be ready for adoption. I can’t wait to see this guy in a home of his own

Round 1

Bear got his first injection of heartworm medication on Thursday. This normally high strung boy is finally resting a bit. After dogs get the injection it can be pretty dangerous as the pieces of the heartworm start to break off and die. Any time their heart rate goes up it puts him at greater risk of complication. So… cross your fingers that he stays this calm!

If you would like to help us pay for his next two rounds please go to our donate now page. 

Rhyno aka biggest baby ever aka Rocky

You know I can’t really tell if he’s happy from these pics. What do you think???