Archive for February, 2012

Holly’s Miracle

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We are declaring victory in the weight department!  She’s tipping the scales at 73 pounds, and that might be a pound or two too many!!  If she started out at 45 pounds on Christmas Eve, that’s 28 pounds in less than 3 months.  She’s noticing that she’s a little heavier when she jumps onto the dog sofa . . .a little bit more in her caboose now!  So we’re cutting her back to 2 meals/day.

Her coat continues to improve as new, healthy hair replaces the old dead hair.  I think she’s got enough hair now where we can take her to a groomer for a shampoo/blow dry.

"Uh, Guys, don't you think it is time to go down to the Pebble Beach pad? Remember, I'm a southern California gal."

We’re doing daily walks in the field to build up a little muscle, which she seems to enjoy.  She certainly won’t stand for being left behind and lets out a war whoop of a yell if we leave with the other two.

You won’t recognize her.  Unbelievable recovery from near death.

We had a dusting of snow last Saturday.

Joan

Xena Farewell

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If there ever was a dog for which the word ‘twinkle’ was invented, it was our Thulani girl Xena.  She always had a twinkle in her eye, a twinkle in her smile, a twinkle in her walk, she was just a twinkle.  She loved everyone—humans, dogs–everyone was either a friend she knew or a friend she just hadn’t met yet.  She loved to ‘chase’ sticks and balls, moving with all the speed and determination her age would allow.

Five months ago, Xena lost her home, which is tough for any dog, but especially so for a 13 year old dog.  The day before she was to be euthanized, the Thulani Program in the person of Kelly Butler stepped up to offer her a fantastic home with resident senior dog Maddie for whatever time she had left.  We took Kelly up on her very generous and heartfelt offer and I delivered Xena to Kelly.  As Kelly and I were filling out paperwork and looking over Xena’s new home to see what I needed to provide, Xena pushed open the front screen door, wandered out to the street, and flagged down a car.  When we got out there, Xena was negotiating a ride to the hills so she could go exploring.

Xena quickly moved in and set up court at Kelly’s house. She was smart as a whip and figured everything out instantly and then explained it to Maddie.  She loved her walks and would forge ahead of Maddie, but then always stopped and waited for her.  She could never resist a stick or ball or anything that resembled either.  She would bring you any old thing she found in the yard to throw for her.  Xena was always the cheerful center of well deserved attention.  Her constant doggie smile will be dearly missed.

Xena had a great five months with Kelly and Maddie, but age finally caught up with her.  Xena is now waiting at the Rainbow Bridge for Kelly, Antonia, and Carrie (the woman who alerted us to Antonia’s search for a home for Xena), and will wait there patiently to be reunited so they can all cross the bridge together.

Ella is Feeling Much Better

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Ella had surgery on 2/28/12 at Adobe Animal Hospital.  Dr. Dave Roos & his wonderful team removed her mammary tumor, which was very large, and 25 badly infected and decaying teeth (thank you Jennifer Diwa).  She came through it all with German Shepherd stoicism.  Everything is healing beautifully and she is feeling better than she has in a long time, I’m sure.  She was ready to get back to the land of the living days ago, but we kept her quiet a little longer.

Yesterday, she was back on the trails with us enjoying the sunshine.  She has happily usurped all of Shasta’s dog beds and is thoroughly enjoying all the special attention everyone is giving her (I fear I may be creating a spoiled child …).  Her back end is quite weak, but her mind doesn’t know this and she tries to do things a younger dog would do (run, move quickly on hardwood floors, jump in & out of the back of the SUV) and in the process falls over.  It’s hard to watch, but she acts like it’s nothing.  Getting her to lie down and rest while I do work is almost impossible.

I’m so glad she was able to have the surgery.  Her quality of life has improved dramatically, now that she is out of constant pain.  I’m beginning to think she will be with us for quite a while.

Erica and Loren

Stella Bella’s New Life

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Stella lived in a field for 4 months before a family persuaded her to come into their yard. Her gentle, sweet nature probably made them think of keeping her. Stella had obvious growths and the vet told the family the test results showed Stella had malignant cancerous tumors that had already spread to her lungs.

Furry Friends contacted GSRNC and Stella passed our evaluation with flying colors. Stella is a devoted, gentle, happy, sweet, affectionate dog that just happens to have cancer.

Stella now lives with her 7 year old sister Ashley and 7 month old brother Wolfgang. Stella is already giving back. Stella did a home visit for a GSRNC volunteer who is recovering from a health issue. Stella accompanies her mom to her chiropractic visits and just a few inevitable questions from patients in the waiting room starts the dialogue about how GSRNC provides hospice to these otherwise perfect dogs Dogs, who through no fault of their own have a health issue that would otherwise make them the most vulnerable in a shelter environment.

Stella doesn’t know she is sick. Stella spends every day playing with her dogs and human parents. Stella Bella will spend the rest of her life hearing that we love her very much, getting hugs and kisses throughout the day and giving unconditional love and companionship to her canine and human family.

Stella reminds all who know her to live in the moment and that every single small gesture of humanity makes a difference.

Thank you for the gift of Stella

Janie T’s day–A Plethora of Puppy Pix

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Hi all,

So Janie T. went to the Blossom Hill Adoption Day as the ambassador for the
Thulani Program, and she ran into this really cool photographer (Yamin).

Enjoy the results of this encounter attached.

Bob and Janie T.

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Update on Rambler

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Hi All,

Here is an update on Rambler, from his new fosterers.  Sounds like he has found the right home.

Bob

“Here are some pics I took of Rambler this week.  He’s a very sweet boy, so quiet (I think he’s a little deaf or he’s just got the man-selective-hearing thing 🙂  Betty & Beo are being very polite to him (so far) although we haven’t let them play together yet, they’re a bit strong for him.

He’s settling nicely into his new home, getting feistier every day.  He’s a bit of a thief, likes to steal dryer sheets and my clothes from the laundry pile 🙂
He tries to ‘run’ around the yard when he gets the chance but usually slides out.  He’s wobbly but gives it all he’s got 🙂

Thanks,
Amy & Mike”

Daniella (Ella) Update From Erica and Loren

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Hi Bob,

We met Daniella (now Ella) on a Thursday night, just after Bob J. had taken her in for her first vet visit.  He had just pulled Ella from the Monterey shelter and she was in need of a foster home.  Due to a huge mammary tumor and bad arthritis, the vet gave her one month to live.  We were only thinking about fostering for the Thulani program at this point, but when we saw Ella, we said, “we’ll take her”.  She moved in with us the next night.  And what a night it was.  She was miserable; whining, panting, pacing, unable to settle down and get comfortable.  She constantly licked her mammary tumor and it was almost painful to watch her walk.  By the next morning we thought it was the end for her.  She slept the next day from 6am until 1pm, when Bob came back to assess her.  She was a new dog when she woke up.  She picked up a tennis ball and wanted to play.  Her spirit was amazing!   As it turned out, she was just unsettled from all the changes she had gone through the previous 48 hours.

Ella has now settled in to her new surroundings.  The antibiotics and arthritis pills are helping her enjoy life more; in fact she doesn’t know she is sick.  She’s gone through 3 squeaky tennis balls and numerous toys.  She’s loves her car rides around town and lounging on the back deck watching the wildlife roam.  But, her favorite thing to do is hike the hills of Portola Valley with her white GSD brother and her mom & dad.

We don’t know when she will cross the Rainbow Bridge, but we will make sure the path leading up to it is paved with love.

Erica and Loren

Holly Udate From Joan

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Hi Bob,
Overdue in giving you an update on the lovely lady.  She weighed in at 67.8 pounds last  Sunday (after her bath).  + 5 pounds in 3 weeks!  The staff at the Raw Connection in Carmel adore her and take pride that their food is helping her gain weight.  She almost looks normal.  Her coat continues to improve, though her tail is still a bit scraggly.  She is a big girl and will easily support a solid 75 pounds.

She loves to play fetch.  In addition to her 3 meals/day, she adores her venison bones and duck feet (also from the Raw Connection)

She has much more energy and the “lights” seem to have gone on in her brain.  Despite being deaf and partially blind, she is much more interested in the world around her, vocalizing, initiating play with the others.

She has perfect manners, has been 100% perfect in the house, not a single accident.

Poor girl, she was someone’s pet in the past.

This photo is a month old.  Will get some new ones this weekend.  She’s got some meat on her bones now!!

Joan

Xena Farewell

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If there ever was a dog for which the word ‘twinkle’ was invented, it was our Thulani girl Xena.  She always had a twinkle in her eye, a twinkle in her smile, a twinkle in her walk, she was just a twinkle.  She loved everyone—humans, dogs–everyone was either a friend she knew or a friend she just hadn’t met yet.  She loved to ‘chase’ sticks and balls, moving with all the speed and determination her age would allow.

Five months ago, Xena lost her home, which is tough for any dog, but especially so for a 13 year old dog.  The day before she was to be euthanized, the Thulani Program in the person of Kelly Butler stepped up to offer her a fantastic home with resident senior dog Maddie for whatever time she had left.  We took Kelly up on her very generous and heartfelt offer and I delivered Xena to Kelly.  As Kelly and I were filling out paperwork and looking over Xena’s new home to see what I needed to provide, Xena pushed open the front screen door, wandered out to the street, and flagged down a car.  When we got out there, Xena was negotiating a ride to the hills so she could go exploring.

Xena quickly moved in and set up court at Kelly’s house. She was smart as a whip and figured everything out instantly and then explained it to Maddie.  She loved her walks and would forge ahead of Maddie, but then always stopped and waited for her.  She could never resist a stick or ball or anything that resembled either.  She would bring you any old thing she found in the yard to throw for her.  Xena was always the cheerful center of well deserved attention.  Her constant doggie smile will be dearly missed.

Xena had a great five months with Kelly and Maddie, but age finally caught up with her.  Xena is now waiting at the Rainbow Bridge for Kelly, Antonia, and Carrie (the woman who alerted us to Antonia’s search for a home for Xena), and will wait there patiently to be reunited so they can all cross the bridge together.

Welcome Rambler

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Rambler has hit the jackpot, thanks to the efforts of Karen Barnes and her relentless combing of the Los Angeles Shelters.

Rambler was picked up as a stray in Los Angeles, and his owner was located via a microchip.  The owner came to the shelter, saw him, and then left saying he did not want him.

So Rambler is our newest Thulani Program dog.  Rambler is a wonderful, gentle soul that likes dogs, likes people, likes cats, and is a worldclass leaner.  He takes treats gently, rides well in the car, is a bit wobbly in his rear end but really likes to motor along on his walks.

The picture is of Rambler and Karen, the woman who saved him and brought him to us.

He is a level 1 dog that will live out his life in style as part of our Thulani Program.

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