Thursday, December 23, 2004

Doggie/People vacation

Back from vacation and its is pretty darn cold here after Tucson! All the doggies are back home and in their typical routines now. I think Quinn is the only one who really missed being at home.

I went to pick up Quinn from Linda's house when we got home on Monday evening. Linda is really great for taking Quinn while we've been gone. He has so many needs: 3 meals a day, lots of meds an hour before he eats, and constant vigilance in case he needs to run outside to throw up. When I went to Linda's house, Quinn saw me come in and headed straight for the door. He wanted to get home so bad he kept looking back at me wondering when we were leaving. She said he was really good and only threw up a couple of times. I think Quinn was ok at Linda's, but he's extremely comfortable with routine and this is the first in a very long time that he's had to stay at a stranger's house for a few days. Hopefully Linda will be willing to take him again in the future.

Sheba stayed with Jen and Din and of course they are a lot more active with Sheba than we are. For a 10-yr old dog, Sheba loves walks and playing, but we've been pretty bad about activity recently. So Sheba of course loved being at Jen's house. She lounged on their comfy seats and got nice long walks and fetch sessions. She probably came home kicking and screaming, especially since she has to share our attention with two other dogs in the house.

I believe Max had quite a ball at Timojhen's house. He got to play with Molotov (their 14 yr old lab mix), Lulu the cat, and Troy, their 9 mos old son. The good thing is that Max did not eat Lulu. Whenever they came into contact with each other, as long as Lulu didn't run, Max backed off. As soon as Lulu started running, Max would chase her, but nothing would happen. The first night, Molotov and Max played a lot, and it pretty much continued through the weekend. By the time Max left, Molotov was pretty exhausted. Max was also great with Troy. Apparently Troy is at the point of touching a lot of things, and whenever he starts poking at Molotov, he just gets up and out of the way. However Max would just sit there and let Troy all over him. When Max got tired, he would just lay there and let Troy crawl all over him. Max also enticed Nancy to call him on the bed the first night. After fighting for spaceand listening to the snoring, the next day he was banished off the bed. Max simply walked out of the bedroom and slept on their family room couch. He did spend a few more nights on their bed, but I'm really surprised since Max is a total bed hog. I think Timojhen and Nancy really liked Max and would probably dogsit him again in the future...yay!

So overall, I think the poochies had quite a fun vacation while we were gone, but its good to have them back home.

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

The Groundhog Incident

We found out from the Lab Rescue Christmas Party why Max was given up. Both Mike and I were quite puzzled why anyone would give up such a great dog as Max. He's quite mellow for a puppy, housebroken, obedience trained, and very sweet. Apparently Max was an involuntary give-up. Max had another dog friend he often ran with, and they were found with a dead cat. No one was quite sure who killed the cat, but Max had to be given up which is when lab rescue got him. The general feeling was that Max was at the scene of the crime, but it was actually the other dog that killed the cat.

Mike and I no longer believe that might be entirely true. We have groundhogs that live in our backyard for a few years now. The dogs will catch sight of them and chase them from the yard. However since dogs rushing down the deck stairs are noisy, the groundhogs have more than enough time to make it under the fence before the dogs get close. Its been a co-habitation for a while, the dogs get a little bit of fun and no one gets hurt.

After a few of these chases, Max decided to try a different approach. He sat on a little hill overlooking the burrow entrance and just stared at the entrance. After about 20 minutes, the groundhog came out of his burrow and that's when Max made his move. Max caught it and did cause damage to the back right side of the groundhog. Mike and I heard lots of barking and saw Max lunging at something on the ground. When we got close, we noticed the groundhog's back legs didn't seem to be working well. We put it into a box with some newspaper and brought it back to its burrow. We left the box there while I called the Wildlife Rescue Assc. By the time we went back to see how the groundhog was doing, it had disappeared (probably back into the burrow).

We think the groundhog is still alive. I've been leaving food (apples, potatoes, assorted veggies) at the entrance, and it disappears the next day (and its not the dogs stealing it). Also, I've noticed fresh dirt that's been dug out of the burrow. So either the groundhog is alive and well, or another groundhog has moved into the tunnel and buried the old one (yuck). The strangest part though is groundhogs are supposed to be hibernating right now (starting mid-oct) so I have no idea what it was doing out.

So Max definitely has a high prey drive and we think hemay have been more than just an observer in the cat incident in his previous home.

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Its been a while

Its been a pretty long time since I've updated the journal. We ended up adopting Max and I've been so busy with his goofy behavior that I haven't updated the journal in quite a while. I'll have to start writing regularly about all the silly things the dogs are doing now since we're probably not going to foster for a while yet.

Sheba used to suffer from seizures every few months. We didn't see a seizure from her for a couple of years now, so we figured it was over. Strangely on sunday we were talking to some friends about the same subject. Later that night when we were home, Sheba ended up going into a seizure! The poor thing, this one lasted about 3.5 minutes. She was having some problems, but it seemed like she was a little more aware of her surroundings during the seizure than in the past. Previously she seems oblivious to what is happening, but during this one she didn't seem quite as deep though it lasted longer. The good thing is that she didn't seem to suffer from any after effects. I hate it when that happens! There's nothing we can do but watch and try to keep her calm.