Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Talent in socialization...and dirt...and golf courses






The dogs at Silverwalk are very multi-talented. Yesterday I got a call from the Country Club Golf Course asking if it was ok for Shiloh (he of perpetual wanderlust) to be on the golf course. I went to get him. The kind folk who drove him in their golf cart to the clubhouse had also seen Lady Bird (who was already home) - they had been "hunting' something. So, Shi came home yet again after having made more friends.

Connor can be a destructo dog in that he loves stuffed toys - they don't last long but he knows which room in the house his stash is in and he would rather find them than go outside and pee - you know what I would rather he do :). If he doesn't have an appropriate toy to destroy, he will and has destroyed newly donated dog beds - one is completely gone, the other two are less damaged. I at least temporarily got "LEAVE IT" through to him today - but will see. He, too, needs a loving home where he can be walked, petted and loved more than here. He and Scout, the audio/video fiend, both enjoyed the CD "Squeaky Deaky," which was made especially for dogs. Scout kept looking from the stereo to the TV screen to the stereo, waiting for the film.

Mimi, who is becoming the resident within the fence "guard dog," was guarding us all from a black snake of some sort in the side yard this afternoon when it was time to eat! She was very dedicated but did allow me to move her away and bring her in to eat - which she did with gusto.

Oxford ate a baby turtle a week and a half ago; Farrah tried to bring in a dead possum but gently dropped it for me. She was in the yard - from where this "varmint" came, I have no clue. Penney and Seymour keep the yards and field free of moles and full of holes - keeps me on my toes mowing.

I know there is talent I am missing but it will have to wait for another day...Have a happy and joyful Fourth of July, read the Constitution and think about the rights we need to hold dear.


Silverwalk is a small, private, licensed dog sanctuary in Cape Girardeau County, MO. It specializes in Beagles, other hounds, and senior, special needs dogs. There are always dogs needing adoption and sponsorship. Please see our website for more information about Silverwalk and our dogs needing homes

Monday, June 22, 2009

Heat, Humidity and car riding dogs

Lady Bird just cracks me up. The heat here is almost unbearable yet she insisted on coming w/me to Panera's for lunch yesterday - even w/the AC on in the car (yes, I left the car running for my foster dog), it wasn't enough; I took her water before I was done, then for a very short training session and rest in the shade. We went home w/the AC on max to be sure she was ok. This morning, she wanted to go out - I don't let her out on her own much anymore for several reasons: 1) she likes to play, as my neighbor children call her, "Dead Dog" and lay flat out in the middle of the road, 2) she is fearful of and will go after the St. Bernard up the road as Holli was one of the pair who seriously injured her a couple months ago; this behavior has been resolving and 3) I want her to stay alive and not become a "dead dog!" But, with this heat, I didn't think she would be out long and she wasn't, but then, after she was back home, she clearly indicated to me it was time to go for a ride in the car. Sorry, darlin', it is just too darn hot for either you or Spanky to go w/me for breakfast at the utterly cool library (I pack my own) so I can use their WiFi. So, she and Spanky are crated, neither happy but cool in the house w/the back door open to the heat so the rest of the dogs can come and go, staying cool and making me one of Ameren UE's favorite customers. What we do for our dogs :). *sigh* These photos are so small as I took for Gospel they had to be smaller than 8 MB - well, it is 8 KB and I got them confused - hope you can see them - if not, let me know. I need new photos of the Bird anyway!

Silverwalk is a small, private, licensed dog sanctuary in Cape Girardeau County, MO. It specializes in Beagles, other hounds, and senior, special needs dogs. There are always dogs needing adoption and sponsorship. Please see our website for more information about Silverwalk and our dogs needing homes

Monday, June 15, 2009

Donations and more

Silverwalk is a small, private, licensed dog sanctuary in Cape Girardeau County, MO. It specializes in Beagles, other hounds and senior dogs. There are always dogs needing adoption and sponsorship. Please see our website for more information about Silverwalk and our dogs needing homes.

Donations come in all forms and types. I have had several donations of food this week, for which we are all very grateful. A new donator/SW couple have donated bedding - hint, fitted sheets and mattress pads are GREAT at saving your couches from dog nails and fur. Dennis also donated time and the belt for my mower - it took both of us to get it on my Snapper yesterday evening but it will now mow! His stated next project is a new blade.

So, when you consider donating to anyone, not just Silverwalk, think outside the box -
  • money is always needed by any rescue
  • but so is expertise (mowers in this instance),
  • landscaping (Stacy loves to work in the yard),
  • feeding (I was ill this past week - Courtney came out and fed two meals in a row so I could go away and sleep in order to recover) - she also feeds regularly on Sundays so I am able to have some "dog free" time - though to be truthful, if it is cool, Lady Bird and Spanky are my almost constant sidekicks in the car. They do know when I am going to work and don't even try to go with me then - smart dogs.
  • dog walking (Cynthia and Sarah are both working in town this summer and working out schedules to keep them able to walk dogs during the week)
  • dog grooming/nail trimming - ok, I am a wimp when it comes to trimming nails, especially black ones, so I really appreciate anyone who just can come out and whip through them. The Petco groomer did Connor's on Saturday gratus when he was there for adoption days - hate to say but he was NOT a good boy - BAY at the cat, BAY at the guinea pigs....:(.
  • food, treats, shampoo, toys (oh, Connor LOVES his plush toys - they don't last long but it is so fun watching him w/one)
  • time - the most precious commodity of all.
Not all these suggestion are for all rescues/charities, but hopefully, you get the idea - children need toys, time, attention; adults need listening ears, toiletries, clothing, etc.

Most of us have more than enough to share - we simply need to open our eyes and ears to opportunties and then ACT like my friends have this past week. "What you have done for these, you have done for Me." - Jesus.