Lynn meets potential adopters

Lynn became available for adoption after her heartworm treatment.  She still needed a (long) while to recover and couldn’t be deemed heartworm free for months so would remain with us in foster, but if a potential adopter met her and fell in love, they could finalize the adoption and complete her care and treatment. IContinue reading “Lynn meets potential adopters”

Reframing the past

Caring for Lynn through her heartworm treatment brought up memories of my past and how my family treated the animals that we owned and loved. I already mentioned in a previous post the MANY, MANY litters of kittens that we allowed our barn cat, Snooze, to deliver.  Looking back, I really can’t believe how littleContinue reading “Reframing the past”

Heartworm stinks…so does the treatment

Once a dog has heartworm, it can be treated, but the treatment is costly, painful, and dangerous.  Lynn had already been treated at the shelter with her first injection of melarsomine, an organic arsenical chemotherapy agent used to kill heartworms.  Dogs with heartworm typically have three melarsomine injections, spaced out by 4-6 weeks to ensureContinue reading “Heartworm stinks…so does the treatment”

Lynn settles into life at the Barbaro house

Lynn was such a sweet, good natured pup.  She never gave me a reason to worry about her with Livie or the children.  She was a smiler, a lover, a wagger.  And yet, life with Lynn was not always simple.  Even if she had once been loved, Lynn had never been trained.  She just didn’tContinue reading “Lynn settles into life at the Barbaro house”

Lynn’s other affliction

After Lynn taught us to leave her out of her crate to keep her calm, we all settled into a routine.  She became a member of the household, following along with us as we transitioned through our days.  She loved joining us in the kitchen while we prepared meals and ate.  She loved exploring theContinue reading “Lynn’s other affliction”

Lynn teaches us a few things about heartworm treatment

Lynn was clearly distressed and anxious in her crate.  But the instructions with which she came said that she should be crated for her own good.  What was happening in my guest room did not sound like it was good for anyone, however.  The point of keeping an animal more or less sedentary during heartwormContinue reading “Lynn teaches us a few things about heartworm treatment”

Gerralynn comes home

After my tentative email offering our home for Gerralynn’s foster during her heartworm treatment, I got an email back from the foster director, Ann.  I had hesitantly offered our home because it wasn’t the perfect, calm household that a dog recovering from heartworm needs, but Ann responded back that it was indeed the perfect home…becauseContinue reading “Gerralynn comes home”

Gerralynn

After returning Beans and Daisy to the shelter for adoption, I expected to continue to receive foster request emails by the dozen for kittens in need of foster while they grew.  We cleaned what had begun to be referred to as the “kitten room” and waited.  No emails featuring super adorable kittens arrived. At thatContinue reading “Gerralynn”

Back to class

Today I went back to dog walker training.  It had been about two years since I originally took the class. No, I didn’t mess up so many times that they sent me back to training (though I did mess up quite a bit!)!  In recounting my early experiences, I was reflecting on why they didn’tContinue reading “Back to class”

Following up with Morgan, Part 2

While at the shelter this morning, I asked about Morgan.  We had fostered her two years ago, and while our time together had ended with her biting Livie (to the tune of a $300 vet visit!), we still thought of her fondly.  We had wondered where she was and what she was up to onContinue reading “Following up with Morgan, Part 2”