Sunday, February 27, 2011

Match and Gate

Hoss has met his match.  My friend, Susan, has taken him on as a project dog for CGC.  Thank you, God, she laughed when presented with Mr. Baymouth.  I was impressed that Bill Busch, someone who knows something about hounds and properly built dogs, thought Hoss was an exceptional specimen of a Redbone.  Off they went to class on Saturday where they did a lot of walking.  Apparently, Hoss was most interested in the other dogs, not even hot dogs!  They finally were able to participate a bit at the end.  Susan plans to come back on Wednesday to have another go with Hoss in a second class.  This will be so good for him as I know he misses the close attention he had from his family. 

Munchkin Easy Close Metal Extra Tall & Wide
I now have the mother of all baby dog gates.  I decided I really needed to have some space to myself on occasion without having to go up in my room upstairs or at the other end of the house.  Petco was closed.  Target had this Munchkin brand Easy Close Metal Extra Tall & Wide that could be placed by pressure or with hardware.  The doorway I now have it in is only needed one extension plus, when Hoss goes through it (closed) someday, I don't want nails ripped from the wall.  Thus, I have it set up very tight with pressure, the walk through is awesome, the bars are straight so small dogs like, ahem, Queenie and Annie should not be able to get a toe up to jump over.  I am not holding my breath :).  It is a full 3 ft. high; with all extensions, it can reach 51" wide.   There was a very similar one with the gate itself in wood, very pretty, "the Deco."  I erred on the side of all metal, removing the temptation to chew - HA, take that, you varmints! 

Caveat emptor - it has not truly yet been tested @ Silverwalk so jury is still out but I am so far very impressed and like not having to undo and replace each time I want to go through. 


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Safe Harbor @ Silverwalk is a small division of Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary, Inc. in Jackson, MO, a licensed, 501c3 tax exempt sanctuary mostly for cats with some dogs and now Silverwalk. Silverwalk is in Cape Girardeau County, MO, specializing in Beagles, other hounds and senior dogs. There are always dogs needing adoption and sponsorship. Please see Safe Harbor @ Silverwalk for more information about Silverwalk and Safe Harbor, our dogs and "adorable adoptable" cats needing very good homes.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Journey - Dogs and Us

 I have no real intention of doing agility; sometimes we do it here at Silverwalk ad lib.  The intent of this video, "The Journey," (posted below) is encouragement to us all to enjoy the journey we are on as dog owners, trainers, rescuers, transporters, volunteers -lovers of canines....we meet people, dogs and learn new/old lessons every day.  Let us celebrate this wondrous gift of dog we have been given - because this gift includes other people as well. 

I am seeing this right now.  I was able to accept an aging Coonhound from a north IL shelter whose ACO does whatever he can to save his dogs.  Doc had another rescue step up as well as an adopter; both fell through.  When Tess got back to me, she was so happy I now felt, with Doc continuing to be placed on my radar so to speak, it was a sign he was to be here at Silverwalk.  She had thought so all along and had told Joe, the ACO, the same.  I put out a call for transport help and wow, there are now 3 pilots and a driver on board working out logistics to get Doc here to sanctuary. 

Earlier this week, I had said yes to a plea during an IM discussion with an email very good friend to offer sanctuary to two Beagles whose time was limited - this so often happens: all one needs to do is say "yes;" their local Beagle rescue did step up and rescue them - YESH.  This is too often to be serendipitous  - God wants us to say "yes" and She then works things out best for the dog(s) and us.

Collaboration is crucial to saving the dogs who we are being led to rescue; I have no time for negativity, for saying "it's never been done before," "it won't work here," "what if?" What if?  What if Betty Saul and her husband had said, 15 years ago, naw, Petfinder won't work; what if I didn't collaborate with my local shelters and other rescues: Dino would not be in lockstep with his new owner; what if I quit as at least one person wishes I would do - what would happen to many hounds, Beagles and senior dogs: Jedi may not have found his wonderful home - those I focus on?  What if WE SUCCEED, as Nathan Winograd hand-wrote in my copy of Redemption?  WOW.  


A Beagle/Coonhound support group in WI once asked on Facebook - are you a dog owner or guardian?  My reply was I am a dog owner - because that designation confers legal responsibility for the care, training and well-being of my dogs BUT I am also Mom - because mom equals love :).   I am the responsible caretaker for my adoptable rescue dogs if not entirely their owner - and I am still their mom till their real mom and dad find them.

Another thing I really like about this video is an emphasis on taking ourselves less seriously, letting the imposed negativism of others roll off because we know we are on a God journey - He just happens to use dogs to help us.   Enjoy your life and dog journey - I hope this video and message helps you...and your dogs.


 


 


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Safe Harbor @ Silverwalk is a small division of Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary, Inc. in Jackson, MO, a licensed, 501c3 tax exempt sanctuary mostly for cats with some dogs and now Silverwalk. Silverwalk is in Cape Girardeau County, MO, specializing in Beagles, other hounds and senior dogs. There are always dogs needing adoption and sponsorship. Please see Safe Harbor @ Silverwalk for more information about Silverwalk and Safe Harbor, our dogs and "adorable adoptable" cats needing very good homes.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Past, Present and Future

Squeak
I've had some nice follow-up with adopted dogs recently.  While at a Petco adoption day a couple weeks ago, the couple who adopted Squeak, a small Dachshund mix puppy, came up to tell me he was doing well.  He house trained easily, is a big (well, not so big) house dog and is more attached to dad than mom, even though she feeds him.   They were thrilled with him and thus, so am I. 

Jedi TreeWalker
Stopped by a friend's to drop off a bale of straw for her yard.  They had adopted Jedi TreeWalker.  He looks fabulous - he has put on weight (which he needed), is adjusting to a smaller home and yard, he "obeys" the Grand Dame Airedale who has let him into her home.  What was really sweet was I had come after a Petco adoption afternoon (yet again) with Lady Bug.  We brought LB into the house and Winnie the Airedale checked her over.  As we were concluding our visit, it was apparent Winnie was trying to play with Lady Bug :).  YESH. 

Hoss can't go to prison - he is too large for the prison program but he may have a volunteer willing to work with him.  He needs more one on one direction than I can consistently give him.  I have a Coonhound contact I will call for more advice once I find his number.

Monk
My friend who runs a pups for prison program came out to assess and choose which dogs would qualify not only for the program but be matches for her handlers.  She made it clear she matches dogs to handlers by what the dog needs and what the handlers can do.  There are five here at Silverwalk who tentatively qualify - my hope is Monk and Queenie will be able to go first.  If not, I see no option for Monk than to live his life out here - which is fine but he deserves more.   Paradoxical as it may sound, prison may be his best chance. 



click HERE to see our adoptable dogs
Safe Harbor @ Silverwalk is a small division of Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary, Inc. in Jackson, MO, a licensed, 501c3 tax exempt sanctuary mostly for cats with some dogs and now Silverwalk. Silverwalk is in Cape Girardeau County, MO, specializing in Beagles, other hounds and senior dogs. There are always dogs needing adoption and sponsorship. Please see Safe Harbor @ Silverwalk for more information about Silverwalk and Safe Harbor, our dogs and "adorable adoptable" cats needing very good homes.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Training Pouch via Doggone Good!

FYI.  I have never before promoted an article.  Books, yes, but so far no articles on the behalf of Silverwalk.  This pouch is made by Doggone Good!.  I am NOT an affiliate.  I first saw it from my weekly Dogwise update.  When I initially wrote this post, all the links worked and it was on Dogwise, with whom I am an affiliate.  Since that time, I cannot find it there but sill want to recommend it.   I don't have it yet, so can't give a review but wanted those of you who are training to know about it.   Once I have one, I will write a review.  If anyone gets one before I do, please let me know what you think.  They also have others not as involved as this.  This one could almost replace my purse.    


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Safe Harbor @ Silverwalk is a small division of Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary, Inc. in Jackson, MO, a licensed, 501c3 tax exempt sanctuary mostly for cats with some dogs and now Silverwalk. Silverwalk is in Cape Girardeau County, MO, specializing in Beagles, other hounds and senior dogs. There are always dogs needing adoption and sponsorship. Please see Safe Harbor @ Silverwalk for more information about Silverwalk and Safe Harbor, our dogs and "adorable adoptable" cats needing very good homes.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Super Cool

If you ever feel down and out, if you ever feel lost and alone, having a pet will make your day as well as make you "super cool" in their eyes - no matter how you are feeling about yourself. 



Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sanctuary - Love wrapped in Active Faith

I am so ready for Valentine's Day to be over so I can get rid of these tiresome hearts.  I have gone through 3 backgrounds to keep myself entertained.  They are getting old.  Well, so am I - HA.

Duke - black hound mix - BIG - adopted
This past week I heard particular concerns from people who should be rescue minded about justifying the feeding of large dogs in rescue (cause they eat more than small dogs or cats, you know) and how, after dogs are adopted out, well, more will just take their place, won't they?  Uh, yes - it is why we rescue - you know, when you adopt one, you save two, the one you have adopted and the one who can now take her place.  Feeling limited on a dog's size because of her potential impact on food resources is akin to breed and species specific prejudice.  Oh, and networking to save a large dog - isn't that just a smokescreen to bring that large dog in to rescue who will then eat all the profits?  Oh, woe, ye who email on behalf of a large dog!  Of course, these concerns were voiced by people who, IMHO, are close minded to vision and about resources, particularly financial,  and then, more concerned about the sky falling than saving lives.   People with this mindset are all over - I daily read or hear about the difficulties of rescues, individuals, shelters trying to do the best for the animals in their care being rebuffed by those who should be more than willing to step up and help, to be open to opportunities in life saving.  The Whistler dogs come to mind :(.  The Alabama 44 "rescued" by H$U$.  Really - if we do one thing, we set a precedent and then, this may happen and this may happen and woe is me, where then will we be?

Sunshine - collaboration, adoption
Well, hopefully, having saved and rescued a lot more animals, established collaboration at the least with multiple other rescue groups and begun/participated in innovative programs to save more animals.  I believe and have seen that when a good work is begun with prayer, planning, and persons wanting to save animals,  well, then, resources, community support and publicity follow.   It is part of the No Kill equation - take killing off the table, stop wringing your hands and get creative so you can save lives.  It has been done in open admission shelters and in shelters without open admission who consider themselves "no kill."

Yes, we all need to watch the bottom line but the bottom line cannot define us in rescue and sanctuary.  The bottom line needs to drive us to creativity, to community support, to service beyond our comfort zone - it cannot be the goal - else who would go into rescue?  Believe me, it is not a money making venture :).

Victor:sponsored by owner till death
I once read a definition of Sanctuary (in regards to animals) defining such as a place from where adoptions do not occur but all animals are cared for, respected and assisted to pain free deaths when their time comes.  Silverwalk has several dogs who most likely will be and frankly, have been, here for the last years/months of their lives.  It is why Silverwalk is a sanctuary, not a rescue, not a shelter.  It is why I modeled Silverwalk five years ago after 7 Bells in Cole Camp, MO and Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary in Jackson, MO - those who are not adopted (which, by the way, is NOT the same as "unadoptable" - take that word right out of the dictionary!) are safe and welcome for their entire lives.   We do adoptions but we also ensure those who are not adopted have a home, feel loved and are comforted in their last days. 

First, follow God.  If She leads you to rescue/sanctuary for animals, He will lead you the entire way.  Act in faith that this is true - because it is.   Sanctuary is love wrapped in active faith. 


Safe Harbor @ Silverwalk is a small division of Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary, Inc. in Jackson, MO, a licensed, 501c3 tax exempt sanctuary mostly for cats with some dogs and now Silverwalk. Silverwalk is in Cape Girardeau County, MO, specializing in Beagles, other hounds and senior dogs. There are always dogs needing adoption and sponsorship. Please see Safe Harbor @ Silverwalk for more information about Silverwalk and Safe Harbor, our dogs and "adorable adoptable" cats needing very good homes.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

"Now Let us Praise Old Dogs"

"The Bark's" feature tor this month warms my heart - in praise of old dogs.  So many want puppies - to raise with their families, to make more money for their shelter cause puppies are quickly adopted (hopefully) and darn it, they are CUTE.  Old dogs?  Cranky, arthritic, dry fur, been around the block, house trained, tolerant of bizarre human and other animal behavior, grateful for a new, very good home.  To quote the MasterCard commercial, older dogs are PRICELESS.  Silverwalk does not have much of a cash flow because it celebrates and loves old dogs, particularly old hounds....I find it amusing that the last two dogs I personally adopted, though, were puppies when they came to me...as they grew, I could not let them go.  So, I am just like everyone else.  My dear friend Judy H., may she rest in peace, told adopters that when their adopted old dog died, they had the pick of any other old dogs in perpetuity....She made no excused for old dogs - they deserve loving just as anyone else.  Health is never guaranteed in a dog of any age.  So, here are some old dogs at Silverwalk past and present;
Harry and his Wubba

Victor - I love yellow labs

Agnes

Oxford

Sheila

Penney

Annie

Kisses

Happy Jack

Betty Boop

Allie Mae

Stella and Cyrano
Sammi

Marley

Louie - my heart dog

Annie aka "Bossy Aussie"

Snow

Mimi

Cane

Stella
I know I have missed some but let us celebrate old dogs for the loyalty, love and warmth they bring to our lives. 



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Safe Harbor @ Silverwalk is a small division of Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary, Inc. in Jackson, MO, a licensed, 501c3 tax exempt sanctuary mostly for cats with some dogs and now Silverwalk Hounds. Silverwalk is in Cape Girardeau County, MO, specializing in Beagles, other hounds and senior dogs. There are always dogs needing adoption and sponsorship. Please see Silverwalk for more information about Silverwalk and Safe Harbor, our dogs and "adorable adoptable" cats needing very good homes.

Monday, February 7, 2011

De-Stressing

Peanuts

As a night worker and person who really doesn't get moving well till early afternoon, this Peanuts cartoon hits the spot.  I had a very stressful, minimal sleep weekend - no fault but my own.  When I saw this, I thought, OMGosh, someone understands besides my very good friends!

Have heard from Jedi's mom - he is doing well in his home.  Had the camera been immediately at hand, she would have a photo of the aged Grand Dame Airedale resting her head along Jed's back in the kitchen.  All together - "Awwww....."
Hoss asleep in my lap

Hoss is improving - I need the cold to cont. as it brings him in the house.  I am ignoring his very blatant attention seeking BARRROOOOS! and just move on, petting and loving on him after he settles.  The other evening, he couldn't find a couch with any occupants accepting of his joining them.  After I was just asleep in the recliner, here he comes, all 75# of grown Redbone Coonhound.  A thousand words - my foot went numb under his butt. 

Stella and Cyrano Beagles are here.  I am not exactly sure of what their home was like except it was so bad, an intervention was needed.  I am told they may not be long for this world :(.
Stella (L) and Cyrano Beagles
Stella went to vet this morning (surprise to vet on a snowy Monday morning) as she had mucoid bloody stool yesterday.  We are hoping it is the transition and multiple changes leading to a bit of colitis.  Got meds - will give.  Cyrano has had some vomiting but no blood.  Both have horrible teeth.  Both are very sweet.  Took some time to work their way into the pack.  I am thinking Cyrano has some vision loss or limitation simply from observation.  He is very sensitive as well to the inadvertent bumps which happen in this house.  Both are wagging tails.  Yesterday, Cyrano hung around Sheila - whatever his eyesight, he knows a pretty girl when he sees one or maybe smells one :).
Sheila

If the board votes in the best interest of dogs and men, IMHO, hopefully Silverwalk and Safe Harbor will become part of the Prison Pups Program in Charleston.  One board member calculated at the current rate of dogs going through the program, 20 trained, CGC titled dogs could be adopted each year - and the program is hoping to expand!  A real win-win in my book.





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Silverwalk Hounds is a small division of Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary, Inc. in Jackson, MO, a licensed, 501c3 tax exempt sanctuary mostly for cats with some dogs and now Silverwalk Hounds. Silverwalk is in Cape Girardeau County, MO, specializing in Beagles, other hounds and senior dogs. There are always dogs needing adoption and sponsorship. Please see Silverwalk Hounds for more information about Silverwalk and Safe Harbor, our dogs and "adorable adoptable" cats needing very good homes.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Showing Mercy

Why should man expect his prayer for mercy to be heard by What is above him when he shows no mercy to what is under him?

~ Pierre Troubetzkoy

I have read Reverence for Life by Albert Schweitzer.  While I still kill bugs, I do apologize to them as I do so, reminding them I am not Dr. Schweitzer.  I carefully recycle which is often why my house is crowded since I don't get to the recycling center often enough.  I avoid plastic bags but when I forget, I don't sweat it as I will use them for recycling later - and for shoe covers as I poop scoop the yards and field.  I have days when I intentionally, or not, don't leave Silverwalk Hermitage by car, thus saving gas and oil.  Instead of buying plastic bags to line my kitchen trash can, I use dog food bags.  There is a trick to this - after seeing multiple noses at the trash when I first put a dog food bag in it, I now spray the inside with Linen Scent from Febreze; takes away the dog food smell.  A friend gave me a couple cans of this wonderful stuff before my last license inspection.  I love the scent of cotton and fresh linen - frankly, keeping fresh linen on the couches here is a challenge, particularly when it is raining like yesterday, "fresh" being the key word :).  I limit using Frontline Plus on my dogs except for 4 times a year, choosing instead to give them Bug Off Garlic daily from Springtime, Inc. as well as Diatomaceous Earth from Busch Pet Products - DE helps keep intestinal parasites to a minimum plus enhances food absorption.  This takes just a few minutes of added time during one meal daily for me - I feed twice a day.  HOWEVER, each dog this week is getting Frontlined as Hoss showed up with a tick in January!  I know everyone is ready for spring but for our area, it has been a warm winter and bugs have not died off (sorry).  
The BEST "thing" I recycle, the most complete means I show mercy to "that under" me are the adoptable dogs here at Silverwalk Hounds, Dino and Jedi being the latest.  This past Monday, Stella and Cyrano joined Silverwalk, rescued from a very bad situation in the St. Louis area and with limited life span expectations - we will see what God has planned for these two senior Beagles.
  
I am currently reading Redemption by Nathan J. Winograd.  It will change you so be ready.  How are you showing reverence and mercy for that which is under you today?  Share with us - we can all learn from one another.   

Showing mercy to me - Farrah
 

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Silverwalk Hounds is a small division of Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary, Inc. in Jackson, MO, a licensed, 501c3 tax exempt sanctuary mostly for cats with some dogs and now Silverwalk Hounds. Silverwalk is in Cape Girardeau County, MO, specializing in Beagles, other hounds and senior dogs. There are always dogs needing adoption and sponsorship. Please see Silverwalk Hounds for more information about Silverwalk and Safe Harbor, our dogs and "adorable adoptable" cats needing very good homes.