Archive for January, 2013
Saturday brought us much emotional sadness, as the time had come to say goodbye to our Mr Moxie, a much loved member of our pack. Mox came to us via JJ and Bob through the Thulani Program last summer.
He very quickly became the “Constable” of the Fun Police. While he may have been 13 years old, he was very much in control of the other dogs (well, maybe except for his younger female foster sibling). He always tried to keep everyone in line, even when he had a hard time getting up to walk. Even though he tired easily, he enjoyed his short walks and really did stop from time to time just to enjoy his surroundings. Everything, no matter how small, caught his attention. From his first day in our home, he always slept in our bedroom, right next to the bed on a cushy rug, but then decided to claim the big dog bed for himself. At the sound of the alarm, he never missed getting up to say good morning. While the grandpa of the pack, he never could resist a happy, playful time with a toy or ball. He was such a happy, go lucky boy. Sadly, his condition slowly deteriorated over the last few months, and it became more and more difficult for him to walk. This past week, we both knew that the end was near. Although he lost his appetite, and could no longer walk without assistance, he maintained a “regal” composure. He weakened with each passing day, but still lifted his head to acknowledge our presence and give a kiss. As difficult as this decision was, both Bob & I were present to help him move into another time where he is most likely romping with other doggie friends that have passed before him, free of the disease that he succumbed to. He was one amazing dog that will live in our hearts forever.
You will always be in my thoughts,
Your foster mom, PJ
Frisco T. is quite the ladies man. And he is quite the man’s man. In fact, this senior gentleman seems to be able to charm most creatures, especially people and dogs. It is even rumored that he has lived with a cat. His favorite way of greeting new people seems to be to run up and lick their faces if they are within range.
Frisco is 12 years old but he carries his age well. He has no major health issues, and is always ready to go for a walk. He reportedly has mild osteoarthritis but you have to look very carefully to see it in his walk. He has been following his foster dad all around the property as the yardwork progresses, always there to supervise, and to give his opinion.
Frisco T. came to the Thulani Program when his long-term owner ran into difficulties and had to move to the east coast and take on some very time-intensive jobs. He could not take Frisco with him, and made the painful decision to let us find him a wonderful home, which we will.
Frisco will make someone an incredibly loyal and loving companion. He wants nothing more than to hang out with his people, although he would be fine with another dog also. His house manners are superb, and his social skills are excellent. Whoever offers a home to Frisco will be getting a true jewel—the type of dog every one dreams of but not many actually get.
Regal Sir Roscoe T. has just joined the Thulani Program. I have been in the GSD rescue business for more than 10 years, and rarely have I seen a dog as wonderful as Roscoe. He is calm, confident, poised, at ease, and affectionate. He is totally comfortable within himself and it shows. And he is drop-dead handsome. Roscoe is said to be 13.5 years old, but the vet had a hard time believing that.
He loves people, is great with kids, marvelous with other dogs, and he bonds quickly. He rides well in the car, wants to be around his people, and lays quietly at your feet as you work. He will pick up a ball and mouth it, talking the whole time. In fact, he talks quite a bit when interacting with people, not barking, but talking. He is not fond of cats and so should not live with a cat.
Roscoe came to us as an ‘Owner Surrender’ when his owner skipped town, leaving Roscoe abandoned until the son took him in. But the son’s house is too active and rambunctious for Roscoe, so fearing that Roscoe might get hurt, the son turned him over to us.
Roscoe is in good health except that he has a weak rear end, not unusual for a GSD his age. But it does cause him some trouble when walking, of course not enough to discourage him from taking short walks.
Roscoe needs a forever foster home where he can live out his quality life in warmth and love. His quality life is likely to be on the order of 6-12 months, but these guys always fool me. He needs a home with no more than 3-4 stairs to get places he needs to get to. But he handles them well. He can be with another dog (and is now living with four other dogs), but he really wants human(s) to be with and focus on. Being a Thulani dog, the program will cover all his medical and other costs for as long as he lives.
If you are possibly interested in providing Roscoe a home, please contact Bob at ThulaniDogs@gsrnc.org.
Who would have thought we would celebrate having our Thulani dog, Stella Bella in our lives for one whole year. No one who saw her after she came to us could have hoped she would be with us for even a few months, let alone a whole year. Stella is the Thulani doggie that lived in a field for four months. Then she stayed with a loving family for a month before coming into the Thulani Program and into our lives. Stella’s mammary tumors were cancerous and malignant and x-rays showed the cancer had spread to her lungs when she first came to us on January 19, 2012. Her tumors grew, and bled on occasion and one day didn’t stop bleeding. Dr. Roos, at Adobe Animal Hospital gave us two options for Stella; either have her put down or have surgery to remove her tumors. GSRNC paid for the operation and it took Stella months to fully recover.
Yet Stella recovered and continued to thrive. She integrated herself into our permanent Thulani foster home with a determination. That determination made it obvious she had not only the will to survive, but to also thrive and teach us a thing or two.
On January 19, 2013 we celebrated Stella’s one year anniversary in our home by treating her to a large McDonald’s French fries. Her 8 year old sister Ashley and her one and a half year old brother Wolfie shared her anniversary fries with her.
Each dog brings its own special characteristics that endear and challenge us. While Stella can be quite skittish in certain situations, she can handle physical pain and discomfort with a toughness that surprises us. Stella is extremely affectionate and loves to cuddle, yet every time her foster dad approaches me for a hug and calls me Sweetie Pie, Stella runs over and barks at him and sometimes squeezes in between us, in a protective manner. Stella loves being a part of a three-dog pack; she is the fun police of the three dogs and an integral part of her pack. Stella chases the dog that chases the ball. We watch Stella’s sister Ashley tolerate Stella’s spirited addetude (not misspelled) that Ashley would never tolerate from another female. We theorize Ashley and Wolfie know Stella has a special need and let her get away with more than usual. Stella loves watermelon and will only eat it when served to her on a fork. Stella is extremely enthusiastic every time she sees the dog food come out. She runs back and forth to her crate knowing her tummy will soon be full. When Stella hears “crate time” she runs to her crate and stays there waiting for her food, tail wagging. Stella knows the crackle sound of goodie treat bags and comes running. It only took Stella a week to learn the treat drawer had moved up one level, so she only comes running if the new top treat drawer is pulled open. Stella can catch flying popcorn with the precision of a Ninja. Stella loves to lie next to her big sister Ashley.
Having Stella in our lives has reminded us that each day is so very precious.
Having Stella in our lives has reminded us to never give up on what we believe in.
Having Stella in our lives has reminded us that love can indeed trump the odds.
Happy Anniversary Stella Bella!