Wednesday, November 26, 2008 of 11...

Me, Brandon, CiCi, Mazie, Frankie, Veronica, Lily, Marley, Ralphie, Laverne (foster) and Motley (foster) will be enjoying the holiday together. I'm thankful 1) that we're able to properly care for our dogs 2) that we're able to care for for a few of the many dogs that have no one else and 3) that WE DON'T HAVE MORE IN OUR HOUSE RIGHT NOW!!!

Laverne will be heading to Connecticut to be with her new family in early December and Motley...well, he'll be around until late January at least.

I never thought I'd look forward to the day that I'd only have to take care of seven dogs!

Monday, November 24, 2008

To whom it may concern:

I just want to say thank you. Thank you for moving away and leaving your dog behind. In case you were wondering, he's been living in the crawl space of your vacant house. Alone. Your neighbors have been kind enough to feed him, but there were a few nights last week when the temperature dropped well below freezing.

We have him now. He's confused. And he's sick. All those hot summer months with no heartworm preventative. Now he faces a long, dangerous treatment. He has only you to thank.

I'll take care of your dog. And I'll pay his vet bills. And I'll find him a new family that is better than you could ever hope to be. And I'll tell myself every night before I go to sleep that somewhere, somehow, you'll get what you deserve.

Tallulah update

Remember the little blue gal we took to Nashville? TEN PUPPIES!! Good Lord, I have no idea how she had that many...but she deserves some sort of medal!

And her foster home loves her so much they're considering keeping her. Who would have guessed a stray, pregnant, heartworm positive pit bull could find such a happy ending?!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Then. And now. Again.

Then: March 2008. 10wks old.

Now: November 2008. Just shy of 1yr old.

Handsome Dudley :-) This will be his first winter in Chicago - stay warm!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Then. And now.

Then: March 2006. 10wks old, 25lbs.

And now: November 2008. Not quite 3yrs old, 100+lbs!

His name with us was Wally :-) And I'll have a HUGE Wally-related annoucement soon!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

A good samaritan...

found this sweet gal Monday night all alone in the middle of the street. I'll omit the exact location because we didn't make a huge production of looking for her previous owners. In my book, you snooze, you lose. She tested positive for heartworms and is so pregnant that she's about to pop. If she'd had her babies where she was found they easily would have frozen to death.

She's safe now, 200 miles away. She has a warm bed (possibly her first), a fancy purple collar and matching leash (provided by good samaritan) and a safe place to have her babies. They could come any day now. She will never live on the streets again.

We're calling her Tallulah. But Cinderella would have worked just as well :-)

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

I have to admit...

I'm getting a HUGE kick out of all the people threatening to "move to Canada" after Obama's win last night. Uhh....huh? If it's socialism you long for, stick around. I predict that in 12-18 months, we'll all feel like we've moved to Canada. And you won't even have to leave the comfort of your own home.

If the libs want to run this circus I say toss 'em the keys. The Republican party has four years to make some serious adjustments, four years to figure out how exactly they lost touch with the people they were supposed to represent. It's a long road, but that's MY hope for America.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Somebody shoot me. Please.

Dogs. Sick. Vomit. Snot. Diarrhea. Everywhere. ALL of them. We've learned that our Bissell Pro Heat 2X is the VERY best money we've ever spent. My patio on the other may have to be sandblasted once the epidemic is over.

It started on Sunday the 26th and hasn't stopped yet. I guess sending dogs to daycare is just like sending kids to daycare - germs abound. And buddy, we're covered in them.

CiCi - recovering from the flu
Mazie - recovering from the flu, suffering from kennel cough
Frankie - suffering from the flu
Veronica - suffering from the flu AND kennel cough
Lily - recovering from the flu
Marley - recovering from kennel cough
Ralphie - recovering from kennel cough

I've made my vet's car payment this month in exchange for antibiotics and cough suppressants.

Dear God, PLEASE let this end soon!