Saturday, February 20, 2016
So this time next week, we'll have our second rescue dog in the house. She's crate trained but until she's completely house broken, I'm keeping her out of any room with carpet especially the formal living room and family room. We just had new carpet put down in there not even 3 months ago. We'd like to keep it looking new as long as we can. :). I have the baby gates blocking the formal living room (both entrances) and I can lean a baby gate in between the rails at the bottom of the steps that lead upstairs. The entrance to the family room was really really wide though and I couldn't find a gate to fit the space. I didn't want anything permanently mounted or anything that would mess up the walls. So I ordered to really wide pressure curtain rods and made modified "French" curtains to block off the space. I used a home spun fabric so it would look the same on both sides and there wouldn't be a "wrong side". The opening is 72 inches so I used 4 yards of fabric for the width. For the height I just made it high enough to be a deterrent but low enough for me to be able to pop over it easy enough. (That's the nice way of saying I made it just under "crotch height" :)). Now this probably would not work for really large dogs but since both of mine are small and under 8 lbs., I'm sure this will do the trick. Then when she's trained, the fabric gets tossed back into the pile of homespuns to go into a quilt. Problem solved :).
Monday, February 15, 2016
My sister in law got her quilt today and sent me this picture. She hash tagged it #mysisterisbetterthanyours LOLOL. It's an ongoing joke between us. She got me to try Twitter and I don't know what the hash tag I'm doing on it. All two of my followers are family so at the next family get together maybe someone can instruct the #idiot what to do on Twitter LOL :)
#love you sis :) Enjoy and stay warm :)
Sunday, February 14, 2016
Every week rescue dogs from the south are transported up to New England to be picked up by their new owners. The sad fact is the south has a high number of kill shelters and that's where most of the puppy mills operate. Several of my animal loving friends on Facebook routinely share posts of animals that are in desperate need of rescue. (I should probably stop following their pages or I'm going to end up with a pony someday or worse :)). After one particularly pitiful story about a dog in Florida on a "code red" (I don't even know what that is exactly but it can't be good.), I went on Petfinder.com and Adoptapet.com and came across this little sweetie. She sort of reminds me of my old dog Buffy that we put to sleep last year. I searched for small, female and young. You can find whatever kind of dog you want on these websites. Put the breeders out of business and save a dog. We found our dog Zoey on Petfinder.com. Some jackass had stuffed her into a night deposit box at a bank.
We pick up Mae Mae her up in CT in 13 days (but who is counting? :)). Even though we don't live in CT, it's just easier to drive 80 miles and hang out at the Tractor Supply and wait for the transport truck than it is to pick up a dog in Massachusetts. Massachusetts requires a mandatory 4 day quarantine. Sure let's traumatize even more an abandoned dog veterinarians have already determined to be completely healthy. If this crack pot state was that concerned about health risks to humans, there are more practical policies they could initiate but those wouldn't generate quarantine fees. Anyway........I digress ;).
Her name is Mae Mae. She's 7 months old and all I know is her owner surrendered her and two other dogs to a kill shelter in Louisiana on the same day. As an owner surrender, she would have been killed by the end of the business day if not for the fact that someone thought she was worthy of being taken to a non-kill shelter for a second chance. I didn't ask what happened to the other two dogs. Probably not good.
She part Yorkie and part Cairn Terrier. Mutts are the best. You can keep your overbred over-rated pedigrees. I'm told she's a little timid and shy but super sweet. She's only 7 or 8 lbs. so very close in size to Zoey. She's not an excessive barker. (Oh good because we already have one of them.)
She has no idea she'll start living the life of Reilly in 13 days. The dog in Florida on a "code red"......also adopted!!!
Pics soon when we get her.