Sunday, November 29, 2009

Beagle Puppy Attacks Rottweiler from That Happened! - Video

Beagle Puppy Attacks Rottweiler from That Happened! - Video

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 Silverwalk Hound Sanctuary for more information about Silverwalk and our dogs needing homes.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Not so Perfect Dogs & Hallmark - Tissues, please!

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 Silverwalk Beagle & Hound Sanctuary for more information about Silverwalk and our dogs needing homes.


Margie just deleted my entire post.  God love her :) and I still do.  I was talking about seemingly perfect dogs with flaws. Cindy Lou Who is one of them - she is a digger extraordinaire, going under the cement block lining the outside of my fence but thank God, coming home so far.  Unfortunately, she is now taking Margie, the mutt puppy and Sophie, the adopted boarding puppy, with her!  AARGH!  Now is the time for all good rescuers to get chicken wire - it is my goal for the afternoon.

Toffee, the foster Bloodhound w/alleged food aggression, is now eating outside of her crate, sharing, SHARING, her space w/Agnes, my available for adoption! senior Lab mix w/arthritis.  Toffee had purloined Agnes's space, so she is now fed facing the wall while Agnes gets her food on the bottom step of the stairs w/the baby gait.  My hope is having her food elevated helps lessen the pain of her arthritis.  She is a lovely old dog who came w/Mimi.  Mimi, if you recall, went to Chicago w/Sugar Bear in exchange for Bodie, the male English Coonhound.  Well, a woman looking for a senior Beagle, came to meet Mimi - love at first sight!  Mimi leaped at her, showered her w/kisses and went home.  "YESH!"

Watch the TV program on CBS this coming Sunday, a Hallmark presentation of "A Dog named Christmas."  Petfinder.com is a sponsor.  We are hoping people will open their homes to dogs and cats for short term fosters (and perhaps adoptions) over the hoidays OR to my mind, at a time convenient to them.  Silverwalk is one of the shelters signed up as a participant.  So, check out our dogs, share the link w/others and watch the program.  I don't have TV hooked up so will probably mosey over to the hospital to watch it - HA.  

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The National Day of Thanks Giving

Most of us, certainly those reading this blog, are over-blessed according to the standards of the world. Tomorrow is a significant holiday in a very consumer driven, capitalist country: a national day of thanks. We are able to give thanks for life, for friends, for food, for generosity and sharing, for family near and far, human and animal. We can also and most importantly give thanks to God, from whom all blessings flow, without Whom we would not be. I particularly want to thank those to whom these entries are regularly sent, those who follow, who give feed back and comments - those who love dogs, these wonderful creatures made by God to share our lives. Thank you, God. Thank you for Allison and Sue making a home for Lady Bird. Thank you for Margaret and Dave adopting Sophie, Melanie for bringing her to me. Thank you for Debi Baker & Margie, the mutt puppy who has taken over my heart and home. Thank you for my parents, who, while not understanding where this "horse" thing came from, yet found means for riding lessons, taking me to horse shows, books and their love; for making me take in Oliver, my first Beagle, unknowingly pointing me down this path of rescue and canine joy. Thank you for all those who have adopted and given homes to dogs from Silverwalk here in MO, IL, CO and NV! Thank you for the friendships unexpectantly made. Thank you for letting me put myself, Silverwalk and my collaborative friends in rescue together to do the best we can where You direct us to intervene on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves.

Help us, Lord, to always remember all we have and enjoy on this earth is a gift from you. Thank you for dogs, horses, cats, birds, raptors, and all the creatures of your world.


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 Silverwalk Hound Sanctuary for more information about Silverwalk and our dogs needing homes.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Sophie - Adopted Puppy

The couple who came to see Sophie adopted her despite the pervasive smell of pee in the house after these rainy days with a broken mop. Sophie is very persuasive in the way only puppies can be - hugging, leaning into your chest, sighing with contentment. Shiloh was almost as good - had they seen him first, he may have a home but they came for Sophie, thank you, God :). She will grow up with two girls, the 6 y/o of which wants to train her. I am looking for a dog training book for her age range. Sophie is boarding at SW till Dec. 1. Her family has a drive and vacation over Thanksgiving to grandma's in TX. One of the first things they said as Sophie presented her newly bathed self was "Oh, you are so much more beautiful than your photos!" Very true. Sophie is a more delicate appearing, gorgeous dog than any photo I can take of her will ever show. I have some new ones to share, though :). The lower is of the dynamic duo of Margie and Sophie. They shared a stick today, each holding one end and trotting the yard - very sweet.


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 Silverwalk Hound Sanctuary for more information about Silverwalk and our dogs needing homes.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Simply Cool Dogs

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 Silverwalk Hound Sanctuary for more information about Silverwalk and our dogs needing homes.

I come home from church yesterday early afternoon as Spanky and I went to early service, then breakfast (for me), then back to church for a meeting. Get home, greet everyone, let all out or in as the case may be but do not see Cindy Lou Who or Shiloh. Not seeing Shiloh is not unusual. Shiloh belongs to the neighborhood. The last time I put his shock collar on, he recoiled from the fence, then I practically literally saw the cartoon balloon over his head say "What the hell!" and zoom, over he went. One does not want to leave shock collars on if a dog is going to ignore them as they may be deterred from coming home since they work both ways. So, Shiloh is a neighborhood dog, well loved, doesn't bother anyone except the local rabbits and other varmints, alive or, gag, dead. Alas, I found a spot in my fence where little Cindy Lou may have gone through to run with Shiloh. It surprised me as she didn't seem to be the wanderlust type. Cindy is a confident, sweet, sweet, older Beagle who fit right into the pack; not food aggressive (thank God), just a "good ol' girl." When they still weren't back for brunch, I let the local Humane Society know in a called in lost report - just in case :(. Shiloh is almost always back for meals. Well, I go to church again in the evening. On my way out, I just toss my concern about Cindy Lou to my priest. Well, he probably did a quick prayer and I know God watches my dogs. I drive into the driveway and who is there but Cindy Lou AND Shiloh! Thank you, God. Cindy and I took a little nap before supper - she is a wonderful lap dog/cuddler. Yes, she needs a home but frankly, I am not looking too hard for this one - she is so easy, cute, sweet and seems housebroken (no guarentees).

Cindy Lou Who came along with my ABTCR foster, Toffee the Bloodhound. Toffee is showing some of her "young dog" traits. She plays with the other younger dogs and puppies, she plays and chews on toys, she LOVES Margie's puppy size Wubba - so I need to get her one of her own and for her size. The last dog I had who loved Wubbas was Harry. Family and friends who met him would buy them for him as they did not last horribly long. Harry would take his new Wubba and hole up in a corner of the breezeway making obscene noises with it. Beloved Harry came into the house one day coughing. Now, he was an old dog and coughed but he was up on the sofa, coughing and he looked at me. I looked back. I knew this was no ordinary cough. It was January. We went to the vet. Harry's platelet count was 2. It should have been 300 or more. He was bleeding into his lungs. They had to sedate him to hopefully give his lungs time to rest in order to stop the bleeding. Thank God for good vets and good techs. The evening tech noticed Harry was doing worse as his sedation wore off. She called my vet who was on her way home from a function. Ann came in, looked at Harry and immediately tried to track me down at the hospital (I work night shifts). Harry's buggy eyes were really bugged out and he was straining to breath, looking and acting very, very frightened. I said yes, let him go - he cannot be allowed to drown in his own blood. And thank God for understanding co-workers. I was so upset after hanging up the phone, a nurse said "go - I will cover your shift," and I went to the vet's. Ann figured it was me. So, Wubbas mean a lot to me as they recall Harry. Seeing Toffee enjoy one is a very joyful thing :). Toffee needs a home, too, but you need to contact American Black and Tan Coonhound Rescue at www.coonhoundrescue.com and look for Jayne's email :).

It is raining, a colder rain than we have had - winter is finally coming. I called my propane company today as I had neglected to send in my contract last summer and did not want to get caught without fuel. Have been through that with the ice storms shutting everything down. Amazing how 5 dogs piled on me will keep me warm:). Check your plans for dog warmth from heaters to hay to water - and don't forget yourself.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Fosters, Licensing! and T-shirts, Dogs

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 at Silverwalk Hound Sanctuary for more information about Silverwalk and our dogs needing homes.

Bodie is doing very well at Silverwalk :). He has set himself up his own "crate" in the hallway. His blanket is at the end with his food and water. He goes to bed about 6:30 PM and out to toilet about 9 PM before I go to work. His stools are getting much better - yeah! He really likes being out with the other hounds. He and Scout are adjusting to one another. Sometimes, they look and sound like two biddies arguing about some VERY IMPORTANT point about which no one else cares - HA. All in all, he is quieter and more confident than Scout, so would make even a good dog for an in - town adopter. He does need his loving time, too.

Sophie is doing fine and would be doing better were I to give her the time and training she needs. She and Annie Beagle, aka Energizer, were really going to town this evening - even brought Bodie out from his bed to check on who was zooming where and why. Why will never be known but they were having a great time. Yes, Margie got in on the fun, too. When I left, though, Margie was parked on top of the couch sleeping - too much excitement for a 4 month old puppy....

Indeed - Margie is now officially 4 months old, has her own rabies tag and plans for her "coming out" party are set for Monday, Nov. 23 - her spay day :). She is now 11#. We are guessing she will probably top out at 20#, a nice size for a nice dog.

Silverwalk could sure use some good foster homes. All the dogs are here on site. I know they would do better in smaller packs in foster homes. Courtney is working on getting her home set up before winter for at least 3 dogs but we could use at least 2-3 more homes. Only cost to fosters is food, water and loving; Silverwalk takes care of all vetting and equipment needs.

And yes, Silverwalk will continue to be a licensed rescue as I apply for MO non profit status in a way that will also support going for federal tax exempt status next year. Keep us in your prayers as the new board of directors and I work on this venture. I never expected the need to be this great for hounds.....

Thanks to Cynthia, dog walker, Silverwalk now has T-shirts for sale. I will soon get them posted here and on the website. She designed, found the best place from which to order them and has the first order in to arrive after Thanksgiving. Cynthia did all this for Silverwalk on top of her 18 credit hours at SEMO! Thank you!