Birthday Sadness

Around 6pm on the puppies’ birthday, I went to check on the new mama and puppies.  The first born puppy was not tucked in with Beans like the others were.  I very slowly and carefully scooted him into the pile.  I didn’t expect Beans to want to leave them, but she got up when IContinue reading “Birthday Sadness”

Puppies!

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 – At 6am, after being up with Beans a lot of the night, I staggered down to check on her.  Still no puppies.  But she was still anxious and I knew labor was imminent.  I was scheduled to walk dogs at the shelter from 9-11am.  I emailed the volunteer coordinator toContinue reading “Puppies!”

Amina becomes Beans

Still Thursday, November 14th, 2019 – I read over Amina’s file carefully.  I like to be prepared and learn everything I can about a foster pup’s history.  According to her previous owners, Amina was good with the large dogs that she lived with but not great with little dogs and had never been around children. Continue reading “Amina becomes Beans”

Amina comes home

Thursday, Nov 14th, 2019 – Today was the day we were bringing home Amina, our pregnant foster dog.  I crossed my fingers that she hadn’t gone into labor the night before.  I lined the interior of the car with cozy blankets and an extra leash to secure Amina in the car and headed to theContinue reading “Amina comes home”

Diary of a serial fosterer

Friday, Nov 8th, 2019 – The foster request email was long that day.  Many cats and dogs were in need of a foster, to address medical needs, for a de-stressifying shelter break, for a chance to grow…  At the very bottom of the lengthy email, without a picture, was the comment “we also have aContinue reading “Diary of a serial fosterer”

Poop on the ceiling

About a week after meeting Lynn’s first potential adopters, I woke up to a surprise.  Nope, not a snow day or even a fresh dusting of the stuff.  Heck, I don’t even like snow and two feet of it would have been preferable to what I saw when I went to get Lynn to startContinue reading “Poop on the ceiling”

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”