Sunday, October 11, 2015

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SNOOPY Pupdate

We were allowed to bring Snoopy home today.  He spent the last ten days in quarantine, and we visited him twice a day to walk him and to feed him.

He is not being put down.  The city has decided not to label him a dangerous dog due to his small size, but we are not going to take any chances.  SO, sometime in the next few months we will be moving!  Yes, we are moving into the house next door, Sweetie's stomping grounds, as it has a fenced in backyard, perfect for the DWM.  Sweetie's previous owners, now both deceased, wanted us to buy the house from their estate, for the simple reason that WHN took Bud to his doctor appointments every month.  We were shocked at this because we thought that we were simply doing a neighbor a favor. Every month WHN loaded up the pack and away we went- dropping Bud off at his doctor and then onto Burger King for a chicken nugget snack.  Snoopy and the rest of the DWM loved these trips to Burger King and loved sitting on Bud's lap to protect him from the other cars on the road- Tasha was especially good at this.

The house is a lot smaller than what we are renting adn what we owned in Ohio (which is still unsold, but is rented out and is due to finally sell to the renters in June 2016), but was well maintianed, unlike our current house.  Dad has a huge basement for his tain layout while WHN will have a smaller kitchen and no dishwasher!  (shades of the house in Ohio) .  Neither is upset by this and Dad has offered to have a sewing room added to the house where the carport is and WHN is ecstatic! A new fence is in the works for the spring, and the removal of several holly trees, bushes and sycamore trees so that we have a great backyard!

The Florissant Health department, which includes animal control, were wonderful with Snoopy.  We were allowed to visit during business hours and allowed to bring him home today instead of MOnday. We surprised them by being diligent in feeding Snoopy twice a day and cleaning out his cage for them.  They actually thanked us for taking such good care of him while he was in quarantine!>  

Obviously, he will be wearing a harness and leash at all times until the move is completed, to prevent him from being distracted. Once the move is over, he will be attedning classes until something sinks in and he starts to relax about the rest of the world NOT being a threat to his pack.

Thank you for all of your kind words and POTP.

BTW, Sweetie is now 7!  She tunred 7 yesterday and we will celebrate next weekend> 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Taking a break

With very heavy hearts, we will be taking a break from blogging for the foreseeable future. 

As everyone knows, we have been fostering and failing for DRNA for several years now, and we are at the end of our ropes with regard to a pack member who is a biter .  We knew that this pack member was one when we opened our hearts and home to them, and actually did not see it for several months, long after we finalized the adoption process (so much for fostering!)  

Over the course of the past 15 months, this pack member has bitten three people who are not family members- breaking the skin twice. We reported the bite incident the first time as it occurred in our home, the second incident was reported by the bitee before we even had a chance to do so, and tonight a third person, in her 70s, was bitten and blood was drawn.  I had the pack out for oblutions and was corralling Sweetie , thinking erroneously that the other three members were already back inside.  Out of the blue, and not heeding any commands given, this woman was bitten on the back of her left calf.   I know her by sight from the neighborhood, assured her that the rabies shots and all others are up to date and offered to pay her medical expenses. Her companion kept going on about the need for a tetanus shot and the two went home to bandage the leg.   

I had Geoff call our vet, who is aware of this pack member's history, including the biting.  We were advised that we had to wait to see what animal control would do.  We also contacted DRNA, who told us that we would have to put the animal in question down as they no longer had any trainers who could help and that this animal was not adoptable, even with living with us for almost three years and going to training, etc.  Our vet contacted our city's animal control and now we have to wait until we hear from them.  A mandatory 10 day quarantine must occur and will - the animal in question is in a crate as I type this.  Our city is a no kill city, so we have no idea what will happen, but the prognosis is not good.  

Please keep us and our pack in your prayers- I had to put Chip down a year ago for atacking and biting me and I still have trouble dealing with that, and am looking at the same thing again, albeit for different bite issues.

We have also decided that as our pack goes to the Rainbow Bridge, we will not be replacing them.  We love our dachshunds and our beagle Sweetie, but this has proven to be too much .

UPDATE-  Snoopy has been taken into quarantine by the city health department.  He will be there for ten days and we are allowed to visit, but since this is his third incident, he will most likely be put down at the end of the quarantine.  Geoff is following to help get him out at the other end and he is quite upset and aggressive.  My heart is breaking but I don't know what else I can do for him.