Sunday, July 23, 2017

One Year Ago.......

On this date I lost my beautiful girl , Lizzy , to pancreatic cancer. She was a fighter...they told me she had three months and she was around for two years. I think of her every day and miss that face everyday. The last week of her life I knew something was going on.....especially that Friday when I went to take her for a walk and she just turned around and started back to the house. Her walks were everything to her. She was my first dog and she was one of a kind. Today I am posting many pictures to remember her by......

Tank, me and Miss Lizzy!!!



Her fav summer spot.....

With Rudi...one of my fosters....he looks like her son.....
Just relaxing......
One of the few times she got to go to a show...we were usually working them....
Her with my first foster Zena.....
Just back from the hospital after getting the bad news......
She lost so much weight when she got sick.....from 53 to the 30 pounds she was for those two years....
Her last b-day, eating a cupcake Cyndii made for her....and almost my hand too!!!!


The last two pictures I took of her............
I'll be thinking about you everyday girl.....I hope you are having some fun at the Rainbow Bridge......


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A Road Trip......

Most of my friends know that I really don't like road trips.....I guess driving from L.A. to Houston in my younger years about ten times and everything in between...just got me tired of trips. But recently I got a new car (for me) and decided I wanted to just take it for a spin.
My opportunity came up a couple of weeks later when my friend asked if I could drive her to College Station. The event was to pick up her new Bulldog puppy....I had written how she had lost her beautiful Harley. She had looked at rescues....Bulldogs are hard to find....and decided that since Jazzy was an alpha female....it might be easier to go with a puppy.
So we started off on a Saturday morning....with my luck, it was raining almost the whole way. But my new Jeep was pretty fun to drive and we made it there in pretty good time!! It's too bad that there was an Exxon on every exit and she wasn't too specific....but we finally found them and this......

Mr Howie....how cute. I love puppies as long as they aren't mine!!!!

Apparently he slept the whole way from Waco.....so he was super awake all the way back to Houston. There he got to meet Miss Jazzy....

She did check him out. Didn't know what to make of him....but was really good considering how much bigger she is ( by the way she thinks she's a lap dog!! ).

Told him to look at the camera....can't depend on dogs!!!!

Settling in.......
I will definitely update you on this little man....probably not going to be little for too long!!!!
Have a wonderful afternoon...
See you soon.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th of July.......

I wanted to wish you a wonderful day. Be careful out there....always a lot of people partying on a holiday like today. Make sure your fur kids are safe too...mine don't really like the fireworks, I agree with them. I decided to repost pics of my kids from last year I liked them and thought they would be fine for today.....


TJ doesn't like having his picture taken.....probably be pretty embarrassed if he saw what I did to it!!!!! 

Tank on the other hand is always up for a photo opportunity!!!
Faith too!!!!
Sadly Sweet Lizzy is no longer here with us this holiday.....shocking that it's almost been a year since her passing to the Rainbow Bridge.....
Miss you baby girl......


I do wish all of you a safe and happy holiday....
See you soon.....

Friday, June 16, 2017

Another Sad Day......

I hate to write this after my last post....but bad things happen. My great friend, Elsie, lost her beautiful baby girl , Shadow, on Wednesday.



Poor baby had been in failing health over the last few months....not moving much and finally just stopping eating.I know her mom had been terribly worried.
She was a Husky Haven dog.....rescued from a puppy mill about 7 or 8 years ago. I actually remember her and some other dogs from that puppy mill coming in at the same time. They were all a little standoffish....the terrible conditions and abuse. Shadow also had 6 puppies that died of parvo...and of course she was heartworm positive. We are so grateful that Elsie chose her and gave her a wonderful home.....



Run free with all those friends that have gone before you to the Rainbow Bridge......we will miss you sweet girl.....







Wednesday, June 7, 2017

For Harley....

So once again a new angel has made his way to the Rainbow Bridge.....Harley succumbed to his tumors a few weeks ago. It always makes me sad to write about my client's puppies as they leave this world. As with Duke a few months ago I felt as if Harley was one of my family.



Harley loved to hang with Jazzy...he's the guy in the back. I had so much fun taking care of them...they were both big dogs but loved hugging and tons of attention. I know Jazzy and her Mom , Mary, miss Harley so much.....



Here is one of the last pics of the beautiful blue eyed boy.....and I don't need to fill in the blanks.
Here is Harley today.......


But this is how I prefer to remember him.....


We will miss you big boy....have a wonderful time with Lizzy and all of our other fantastic friends at the Rainbow Bridge........

Monday, May 29, 2017

Happy Memorial Day......

And I'm back. I know it's been a month since I posted....really so many things going on and I have been working on some other projects ( a book , for one ) so I've kind of been ignoring my blog. I am going to make up for that because I do really enjoy it. So, let's have a few updates!!
Miss Sukari finally found a wonderful new home last month. After her disaster of an adoption and return in November we tried really hard to find her a good home. A young couple from Louisiana came in with their dog , Blue, to meet her.....and although it wasn't love a first sight they were good together. The next week Denise and her husband drove Sukari to her new home. Things are going great!! She and Blue are having a wonderful time!!


Hoping our pretty girl is going to have a long, fun life in Louisiana!!
I get pictures and updates about once a month from Kaskea's mom and dad. They also call me once a month just to let me know how happy they are with him. I love that. He is doing great with Mya, they love to play and run around. So happy for him!!!

They are also very diligent about grooming since he is a wooly.
My last pic of the day is one very familiar guy, BLD. Apparently he loves to sleep in front of the fridge.....


Charlene says he is helping to keep everyone from over snacking!!
I don't have much news about our director.....she has been going to chemo treatments and I guess we will see how it goes. I like to be optimistic..
Once again have a safe holiday....
See you soon.....

Thursday, April 20, 2017

So the Cat's Out of the Bag......

I know I haven't been here for almost a month. I'ts a combo of many things...lots of work , my Dad having about ten Dr. appointments this last month ( That will sap the energy out of you).....and finding out that Husky Haven's director has cancer. I had known she was sick for some months but it wasn't till late last year she started going to a series of docs......diagnosis was about a month ago and I have been trying to get the last six dogs into good homes...depending on what happens. Our director is going through chemo, so we don't know what the future holds. I will be featuring the dogs on my FB and this blog in hopes to get them a new place. Please send good thoughts.......
See you soon.....really.....

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

For Duke.....

I'm going to get back to the title in a minute...it really all goes together. I don't talk about what I do a lot...but 5 1/2 years ago I was working for a large company and was basically retired out. I got a pension and all but wasn't planning on leaving so soon.....I really hadn't made any plans. I had made jewelry as work on the side for 15 years and I planned to continue that....but needed something to get me out of the house and have fun at the same time. What do I love more than anything...dogs...pet sitting seemed a good fit for me. I spent the next few months getting certifications and getting paperwork and stuff together and I was ready to go. Yes...my first few clients were my rescue friends...thanks Becky for getting me on my feet...but then I was sending out fliers and cards and the jobs really started coming in.
That gets me back to Duke. One of my very first clients , after I had passed out a ton of cards, was a Scottie breeder. She is a wonderful breeder and loves to show her dogs so I was called upon often to take care of the kids while she was at a show.



I love taking care of these babies, but in the midst of all this there was Duke. A big , old goofy Golden. When I would let a bunch of them out to play and Duke too....he would kind of walk right through them to get to me.....basically" She's here to see me so move along"!! He just loved running around and digging with them....
When she texted me last week to get me over, she gave me directions....but Duke wasn't on there. She let me know he had a problem with his spleen....had surgery....but didn't make it. I burst into tears as I have had a couple of times before when client dogs had problems and they were gone. Duke was a very special boy and I will miss him......
Hope you are having fun with Miss Liz.....
Bye boy....

Friday, March 10, 2017

Couple of Things.....

I wanted to catch you up with a couple of dogs. Last December , Mr. Kaskea , found himself a wonderful new home up in Dallas. He had a couple of problems, but mostly with other people, something I couldn't help them with. They called a friend who is a trainer and with a couple of corrections he is doing much better. He has no problem with his new friend, Mya, they are apparently inseparable. I'm so glad he finally got a happy home, he would always pace in his kennel and it made me so sad.....he has a beautiful yard to play in now.....

Mya and Kaskea
As you can see, life is good!!!
Last month I was working to get some of the dogs our director has into foster homes. She has not been feeling well and I thought we could give her a break. Still working on that but BLD did go to foster a month ago. One of our long term fosters has always wanted to take in BLD for awhile so last month she and her girls picked him up. You probably know from this blog that BLD is an attention hog....with good reason... he was horribly hurt when we took him in. So, she picked him up and later that night sent me this picture.....


So, it seems her husband went into the other room to do something and when he came back this is what greeted him. Let me say for the record the dogs are not allowed on the couch, but that has never stopped BLD from choosing to do what he wants....and apparently instructing everyone else to follow!!! I guess the couch is held hostage by the dogs now......


I have to say he looks really good and has been getting a ton of exercise which he really needed!!! Thanks so much guys for giving him a great place to run around.....
Just need to find spots for a few more dogs.....
Have a wonderful evening.....

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Five Years......

Realized this week that it had been five years since I started this blog. The last two years have been tough....Miss Lizzy was always first in my mind...this wasn't. I have some cool posts planned for this week....you will get to meet my clients...and some updates too!!! But back to work for me tonight, should be back tomorrow!!!(besides I just wanted to pat myself on the back)
Have a wonderful evening....

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Mr. Zane.....



So happily, Mr. Zane got a new home on Saturday. A friend of the rescue, Anthony, had found out about Zane through Denise and wanted to help him out. He had adopted Wayne and couple of years before when Denise was fostering him. I was happy to adopt Zane out to him but asked he be patient so I could get him through his month of antibiotics.....and spend some time monitoring him till he was doing better. He was finished with those meds last week and it was time for Zane to go to a forever home. Now Charlie/Wayne is a big guy and still a bit young, so I was hoping he could respect Zane and not get too crazy trying to play.They were great together. They had another dog at home but he said it wouldn't be a problem....ok.
Getting ready!!!!
On the way!!!

New home....another new friend!!!!
All of them are having a grand time....as I said Zane still needs some peace and quiet, but he's going to be ok. Thanks Anthony for giving a dog that has been through hell a wonderful spot to land!!!
Good luck Mr. Zane I know I will be getting plenty of photos!!
Have a great evening.....

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day......

Today is also my birthday.....but really at my age I don't care much anymore. It is a bittersweet day today since we would have celebrated Miss Lizzy's 11th birthday. Never did know what day she was born....just February so when I adopted her nine years ago just made sense we would celebrate together.
With Rudi many years ago.....

She hated me that birthday.....


Beautiful girl!!!!


 Before TJ, Faith and Tank moved in permanently , we had a constant in and out of fosters.....Lizzy took it in stride ,but I always tried to have some time with just the two of us on Valentine's Day....usually a super long walk which was about her favorite thing in the world. And of course some kind of yummy treat!! 
Everything was great until July of 2014, when my girl got so sick. Then to find out a month later she had three months to live. That was a terrible time I can tell you. But tried to make the best of it so I wouldn't impact the dogs with crying and depression. At the end of 2014 things seemed to stabilize and you start living in a false sense of security. So we got through 2015 with some ups and downs and I was happy she was still doing so well....especially last year when she reached her tenth birthday. But pancreatic cancer is a horrible thing and sadly for all of us I had let her go in July, almost two years to the day when she first got sick. 
The reason I talk about Lizzy more than my other babies is because she was my first dog ever....I was already in my 50's when I got her. 





I wish her happy birthday today.....up there at the Rainbow Bridge running around with all her friends. Love you Miss Lizzy...
I wish all of you a Happy Valentine's Day....give a big hug to all your 2 and 4 legged friends ( in the case of Niki NuNu 3 legs!!!) and have a wonderful afternoon.....

Monday, February 13, 2017

Catching Up a Bit......

It's been busy in my household for the last few weeks. lots of work, finally redoing my house and taking care of Mister Zane. We had a couple of fun adoptions and here we go with the first one!!!
Mr. Drifter was adopted a week or so ago. He was taken out of Harris County Shelter by a couple of our really wonderful fosters with our director's blessing. This was in January of last year and he stayed with the rescue for a couple of nights so he could get neutered. He was the most fearful dog I had ever been around.....I tried talking to him and everything else , but he would just growl when I came in to feed him. I wished Jon and Faith luck when they picked him up and didn't see him again for months. He came with us when we had our pics taken at HBU last summer and was a completely different dog.....still a little standoffish but nothing like earlier in the year. He was at our HBU event in October and was so much friendlier. I was happy to send the applications to his fosters...they really worked miracles on him. They finally found his perfect family....kids, other dogs and all!!!


Never thought he'd be in such a happy place....thanks to Jon and Faith for all their hard work. Now he has a family to grow up with!!! Have a great one pretty boy!!

More to come....
Have a great evening!!!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Zane.....

So I went and picked up Zane today.....going to give him a couple of weeks at my house to feel better and get some meds in him. I really hate people that just decide they don't want their dog and give it to a friend rather than sending him back to the rescue, which is what their contract says. We don't know how long he was on the streets with whoever he was with, but we have to say thanks to the lady who ended up saving him. She saw him a couple of weeks ago with someone that looked pretty shady. One night he was on his own and she grabbed him and let us know. He's in tough shape....UTI, infections, heartworm +, major damage to his ears and eyes that probably could have been prevented....but now it's too late. I'm glad Denise could get him to the vet so he can get on the road to recovery. Of course, not everyone is so happy with this new wrinkle. I have Zane in my kitchen....which is baby gated off at both entrances. Tank managed to throw himself over the gate in the first five seconds....but it was ok. I wanted  Zane to be stressed as little as possible, but the other three are sleeping by those gates.....silly kids!!!



I've been in the kitchen most of the afternoon and this is what he's been doing.....looks pretty relaxed. Hoping we can find a good home for him in the next few weeks......
And to prove TJ is adverse to change.....his crate used to be in the kitchen......

right where he is laying.....by the time he figures it out Zane will have moved to a new home!!!!
Have a great evening......