Friday, April 29, 2011

Sump Pumps and Gratitude

We are all in this situation.  We may not have water in our yards and fields but we know people who do.  So far, Silverwalk still has power.  Rain expected Saturday afternoon.  Prayers are being said from Silverwalk as much as any raindrops.   I have boarded out the Coonhounds - am losing my yard to water percentage and they needed more room - or at least to be less distraught with all the changes, neighbors walking to and fro, vehicles where they just don't belong :).  Farrah is enjoying the water - she is a lab disguised as a hound mix.   Margie gets in to; so did Hoss in the photo below. 

Front yard to Field Lake - water higher now

See the truck?  Water now up to there

Neighbors' boats - now include a pontoon!
Margie, Hoss - enjoy the water!
 
Field Lake and covered road













 We are lucky - even those needing to get to home by boat.  We have homes.  No one has died from our storms.  We did not have the tornadoes in our area.  Are we more blessed?  No, but certainly we are blessed - neighbors check on neighbors; friends have called and emailed me to be sure we are OK.   I heard people at work checking on colleagues, not concerned over "tardiness" when someone was dealing with water and very diverse routes to get in.   Today, I live in gratitude and joy.  I watched a very small girl "help" her mom unload her basket this evening.  She even helped with the debit card.  She was charming, innocent and gave those of us waiting as well as the checker a genuine smile for the evening.  Have a good night. 

Allie - keep the faith; saw you had quite the time.  Sorry to hear.  Prayers for both you, Kelly and Christy.


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.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Jane, Sally and Flood

We in SE MO are not having the worst of the flooding by far but certainly are having more than our share.  I am now taking the very scenic "flood" route to get in town and back.  While I often keep my dogs in the back yard when I am gone, it is now almost mandatory as the field is now half a lake.  My neighbors in the truly flooded area all have their cars parked along the road, getting to and fro using a boat (resting outside my front field fence) and overland behind to a hilled neighbor's lane.  Said lane may or may not open tomorrow - we are closely monitoring developments. 

Look, Jane!
Look, Jane! was picked up by N. (whom I kept calling "Karen" for some reason) and her adopter, Kr., today at the very same time I stopped in for See Sally.  They both had had their spays in the morning, did well and were now ready for their separate homes.  Tissue, please!  I was sitting with Sally in my lap, she was whining and milking her pitiful state to the max.  Look Jane, who has always had the very sad hound dog look, walked over to us one last time, put her front paws on my knee and laid her head alongside Sally's soft and furry butt.  K. was so moved by how sad Jane looked and Sally sounded, she stared crying!  She and we blamed it on her pregnancy :). 

See Sally-now needs her home
I did give Jane time to leave - good girl, she peed out the door in the grass right on time and on leash.  But then, See Sally and I were forbidden to leave - the staff had been watching the weather channel.  This was about 4:00 or so this afternoon.  We did not leave till the weather and the tornadic potential had left as well :(.  The wind and rain with hail were astounding. 

Our prayers are with everyone in harm's way of this very unstable weather.   Please, seek shelter if worsening weather indicates it.  I made my home and outside pen available to co-workers and neighbors today should it be necessary.  I pray not - I pray the anticipated storms for this evening do not manifest.  I pray we are done with wet weather for awhile. 


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.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Transitions

I should have my computer shut down since it is storming outside but...nah.  I do have Sheila Sheltie on my lap.  She has thunderphobia.  Betty Boop is at my feet - she bays at the thunder, then stays very close as is Cyrano.


Cane - senior gentleman  RIP
I sent Cane to heaven yesterday.  He was
no longer able to move without pain, his frequent bark had developed a sharpness to it in the last couple weeks and he was laying around way more than normal.  What a grand dog for the year he was here.  He could be very protective.  I never worried about someone coming in the house or yard with Cane here!   We are all a bit stunned by his absence.   Hoss is staying in the house, Justus keeps wandering around looking and I miss hearing Cane's "huzzah!, huzzah! make way for my lady!" anytime I moved.   So why save an old dog who only lived a year here?  Good question -
  • He was a strong, vital senior dog for most of his stay.  Neither he nor his family were ready to do what was not yet necessary a year ago. 
  • Cane, from a standstill, jumped over Jedi, a big walker coonhound, only because Jed was in Cane's way from point A to point B.  
  • His family and owner, with whom he had lived for his entire 11 years, were appreciative and grateful at his finding a rescue; his owner was able to move into the nursing home in peace, knowing his loyal dog was safe. 
  • I won't discriminate re: age.  I can't have very small puppies because of the hours I work; I can have puppies like Look Jane and See Sally who are older (about 4 months now).  I am able to manage the pack so the seniors are comfortable.
  • Senior dogs and senior people have a lot to offer us.  Adopted senior dogs are very grateful and are accustomed to home life (depending, of course).  Their years may or may not be shorter than that puppy's but you will learn and earn a lot of love in those years.  They can also be opinionated - just listen some day to Betty Boop when the thunder starts rolling - she gives right back!
  • Part of my personal and Silverwalk's mission is for the seniors.  A good friend has a mission for special needs.  YESH.

Twinkle Toes on his overnight
I am also celebrating the start of a new family's life today.   Yes, Twinkle Toes will be in Kansas City in the morning to go to his new family in CO next week.  I have a photo from the woman keeping him over night - TT already made himself at home on her bed!  What a cuddle bug.   Putting together a transport is nerve wracking.  The wonderful people who volunteered and drove plus others who volunteered are awesome.  If you ever want to help a shelter or rescue who transports pets to new owners or rescues, please do so.  It is wonderful experience,; I have met dog breeds I don't know I would have otherwise and the other drivers are a hoot!



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.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Sacking Out & Moving On

"Sleep fairy"

While I was at church this evening, it rained.  I then went for coffee and to read the paper.  It rained some more.  Hoss, in the car - where else? - was very vocal - he put on quite the show for two other dog lovers after church; I walked him out but he was fine.  Finally napped while I was reading.  Got home - everyone so glad to see me.  I said hellos, made sure all was well and then, the sleep fairy hit - the entire first floor of my house is covered in snoring dogs.  Cyrano is behind my chair, Seymour in my lap (his head bobs as I type but he stays asleep).  Three dogs are on the geriatric bed.  Even Hoss is sleeping on a couch.  And the puppies?  They were ecstatic to see me and then, out like lights. 

Twinkle Toes
If anyone knows someone going to Kansas City this week, I could use help transporting a Beagle puppy.  Yep, Twinkle Toes has a family in CO.  Now, I just need to get him there after getting his health certificate.   He is a wonderful little dog.  I will miss his anticipating my entry into my recliner! 



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.

Friday, April 15, 2011

More Hoss

Hoss at rest on my lap
Hoss is a mess - delightfully so; well, sort of.   After chasing him down, finally catching him inside the fence with the threat of a lasso, he went for a great walk in the nearby wooded park with his handler, Susan.  He came back off the prong collar, walking calmly by her side with his flat collar.  I fed him and got ready for work.  I let everyone out in the backyard who I would let out; some smalls and frails stay in the house when I work.  I walked out the door.  Hoss leaped the fence and danced! toward the car.  "Hoss, I am not taking you for a walk."  He got in anyway.  Sigh.  So, he was in the back of the car watching traffic as I drove to work - and there he stayed.  I was able to get out about 0200 to walk him but he didn't pee or poop.  I next got to the car about 0930 after work.  This time, we quickly walked (but still not pulling like he used to - thank you, Susan!) to the open grass, where he found a cement block against which to pee....and pee.  He ended up looking like a red crouching tiger - low to the ground, the better to empty that very full bladder, I surmise.  He peed for not quite a full minute.  We then went home so he could cut loose before breakfast and my sleep.  What a very entertaining dog!



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.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Look Jane, See Sally!

Look Jane!

See Sally!
The puppies are squabbling.  They make me laugh.  The girls are now almost 4 months old and need their second shots and spays.  They live in a lab crate with a divider since Sally eats faster and with more gusto than Jane.  They are partially housebroken in that when I let them out, Jane sprints for a pee pad and does her business while Jane heads for the water bowl.  I have learned (again) not to hurry puppies when they are outside to do their business.  Sally needs to pee twice.  Both need to search for the perfect spot to poop.  They need homes!  These are the girls who were found in the woods near Twin Trees Park.  My neighbors called me.  The puppies followed them to their home, then up the road to my front door.  I am sure they are from the same litter but they are built differently.  Jane is a lanky, taller, hound mix pup while Sally is shorter with Basset like legs.  Jane is white on black very soft fur; Sally is black on white.  They play well with everyone including Justus and especially Queenie and Twinkle Toes.  When I was gone, I boarded them at Busch's Kennel so my caregiver would not worry about them and they would get some very good socialization.   Sometimes, the zooming and playing can get intense.  I see the look on some of the senior dogs - "Mom, save us!"  I do - I either separate them all or put the girls back in their crate.   Who needs a well started puppy?   Oh, and when they want to rest, they sleep very well and toasty on your lap. 

video

The photos are using the Hipstamatic app on my iPhone.  The flash gives them a green hue from which I tried to make them more "normal" yet a bit artsy.  The video is from my digital camera.  I am attending a digital camera class at the library next week - none too soon!



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.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

One Night Away

I am away from home for one night.  I haven't been away for more than a year.  A good and trusted friend is feeding the dogs in the evening (well, past) and in the morning.  I want to be home but I also know it is good for me to be away on occasion - really away.  Some dogs are boarded for the weekend so my friend is not over whelmed.  Even then, I forgot to tell her about how to feed three of the dogs!  Oy, vey.  I type out sheets of information including photos.  I worry about Allie Mae, who is so dependent on her person.  I have always been home - may be at work but always coming home.  This time will be different - but not for long.  It feels nice and weird.  Hug your dogs for me tonight - I surely will when I am back tomorrow :). 



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.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Adopting Older Dogs

I have added a scroll from Petfinder of the dogs at Silverwalk in the widget area (currently to the right).  The need to get these dogs front and center to people who may be interested in them keeps coming home to me.  I love all the dogs here, even when they drive me crazy, but do need to find them homes.  Two of my own could have been adopted out several times over already!  HA.

When I talk to people about adopting older dogs, they often don't want to because they imagine they won't have the time with them as they would with a puppy.  They may be right and yet, I have know several people who have mourned the loss of a dog too young to die from cancer, from accident, from whatever.  No one, man or beast, knows the number of days we are alotted on this earth.


Oxford. adopted older dog

Connor - adopted older dog

Lady Bird - adopted older dog

Katey - adopted BLIND older dog

Bailey - adopted older dog

Happy Jack - adopted older dog

Mille and Katie - adopted older dogs

Jake - adopted older dog

Older dogs are obviously grateful for their new home.  They are often house trained, they put up with the supervised kids and grand-kids, they are ready to share their joy of life with you and yours.  I know puppy breath is hard to resist.  Yet, I urge you to consider adopting an older dog.  We are all aging - you are worth as much as an older person as a youngster is - though you may not have as many years left.  So is an older dog.  You will be blessed - I am and I want to share my blessing with you.



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.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Welcome back, Shiloh!

Shiloh portrait
Shiloh Skunked out for Halloween
For those of you who have never met Shiloh, I am sorry.  Shiloh is the nicest big Beagle I have ever known.  He is also very much a free spirit which is why he has "failed" two adoption attempts.  During the first one, in Webster Groves, he perfected his technique of climbing and jumping fences.  His neighborhood had multiple fences in their backyards.  Shi would start in his and keep going.  Of course, being loose in a busy suburb is not a healthy thing for a dog nor for his human and her anxiety over his safety.   Back to Silverwalk he came for another two years.  I need to say, before he was first adopted, he had not been jumping the fence here - when he came back, hoo, boy, no holding him in.  Luckily, he is a very friendly fellow who does not bother trash or neighbors....he makes his rounds, says "hello," gets a pet and is on his way.  He has made himself known at Cape Country Club trying to golf and swim; has visited Sunday School at Hobbes Chapel and later tried to attend a funeral.  My priest happened to be officiating, knew Shiloh, told him to "go home!" which he did.  One year, Dr. Seabaugh was out doing a vet inspection of how I kept my dogs to offer suggestions and to fulfill a licensing requirement.  I had put Shiloh in the 6 ft. pen on the cement patio in the backyard.  As Ann and I came around the front, she said "There's a dog on the roof."  Who else?  Shiloh.  Ann got him down and I put him in the house.  Sigh.

A wonderful family trained him through classes and the test for his Canine Good Citizenship.  They thought of adopting him but the situation was not right - but they ask after him frequently as he did well, earning his CGC title :).   What a dog!

Then came a family with a person at home most of the day and a 6 ft. vinyl privacy fence.  The son was really wanting a dog of his own.  Dad had grown up with Beagles and understood they
puppy Justus
yearling Justus
are the best of breeds (who, me, biased?  please - HA).   The choice was Shiloh or puppy Justus.  They took Shiloh - and after a week, I had an email saying it already seemed like a month.  What I saw and shared was a family expecting a family dog and adopting a free spirit who needed time to adjust.  He got time....and more time... and now, 7 months later, after being rescued 4 times from heading for the four lane highway by their home and learning to dig under the pave stones lining the fence, they, for Shiloh's safety, had to bring him back.  They are the most gracious and kind family - I really want to help them find the perfect dog for them.   When they dropped him off, they wanted to see Justus - just to see him.  He, of course, has GROWN.  Mom was astonished and said, "Oh, too big, too big but beautiful! Why has no one adopted him?"  I then had to confess that I had adopted him :).  We all had a good laugh while Dad took photos of Jane and Sally, the puppies who are well started, very social and ready for homes after being spayed.   When they had been here before, Justus was the only puppy I had; Jane or Sally would make excellent choices but Son needs to come and choose his dog.   

Shiloh - portrait by Rochelle Steffen
Thus, Shiloh has returned to Silverwalk.  I will not be surprised if he simply doesn't just stay.  He fell into his old routine immediately; in fact, as the day went on,  he reminded me of what he had done - make his rounds, come to the front door for supper, sleep in an open crate (Cyrano's, which had been Shiloh's; Cy was not happy - oy, vey), eat in the kitchen behind a baby gate because, unlike most Beagles, Shiloh eats slowly and carefully, and then sleep on a couch for the night.  I am well aware that allowing Shiloh to roam as he does puts him in danger of cars or more; keeping him penned up so tightly to keep him physically alive would break his spirit so I have chosen to let him out to go with God on earth. 

Shiloh's story is a proof that even the very nicest of dogs can be difficult to re-home.  At least,  Silverwalk is better than eating from the dumpsters in Higgensville, MO, where he was found a stray and brought to Silverwalk.  I don't yet have recent photos but he really has not changed - he looks great,  a wee bit portly - we will take care of that.  Welcome home, Shiloh. 

Shiloh



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.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Watching Dogs Play

One of the joys of having a dog sanctuary at my home is watching them play.  Who plays with whom and why?  How do they play?  What are they learning?  One chance I had earlier this week was at Safe Harbor watching blind and deaf Windsor play with Buford.  He gave as much as he got - he just had to wait to get it to know where to give back; he has a great nose.  It was very heartening to see him able to be a "normal" puppy - the almost automatic prejudice re: limitations one brings to a "handicapped" dog were completely put to rest watching Windsor play.

Look Jane!

See Sally and Twinkle Toes

There are the puppies and smaller dogs at Silverwalk, too.  Justus and Margie have always played together.  The puppies, Twinkle Toes, Jane and Sally,  I noticed several times playing as a threesome in the yard.   Queenie, older yet still very small, played a lot with Sally in particular.  Watching dogs interact is a good way to be present in the moment.  Sometimes I have a camera; too often I do not - like when I saw Justus and Sally playing on the couch this morning.  Big black dog and small mostly white puppy - they seemed quite evenly matched!

Lady Bug
Margie leading Jedi and a very young Justus
I don't know if Hoss really plays but he runs and is played at by Justus - Hoss bawling and Justus barking.  BTW, the final consensus on Justus's parentage is Doberman mix.  Certainly not full bred but more Dobie than Black and Tan Coonhound.  Sadie, the real Black and Tan Coonhound, does tend to hang out with Justus, too, which can be very confusing as at a glance they are hard to tell apart.   One way I get to watch play a lot is I am throwing the ball for Lady Bug.  She is incorrigible in her desire for fetch.  A new ball for her is a diamond!  When Dr. Mohan and Erin were here on Wednesday, Lady Bug stood outside with her ball, looking at Erin, "telling" her she needed to be doing more than what she was; the more, of course, was to throw the ball for LB.

Todd
Sheila

Sheila Sheltie does not play so much as do her herding thing - rounding dogs up, keeping tabs on Lady Bug and her ball, playing princess so I will pet her.  Todd, too, is becoming quite the pet hog.  He regularly comes up to me, putting his forelegs on my leg, waiting for me to scratch his side so he can be in ecstasy.  A fun week to be watching as I was not up to doing much else :(.  Hopefully, next week will be much better for me and the play will continue!


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.