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Nicolas is Becoming a Dog!

April 22, 2009

We have had little Nicolas for two months now and he’s been a joy for the most part.    In the last couple of weeks he has actually started to initiate play with our Min Pin, and even a little with the cat.  Okay, so the cat doesn’t really return the favor, but he makes a good effort.   Actually, she often chases him off mostly, but he’s a persistent little dog.  He’ll go into a play bow, then he’ll grrr and turn his head sideways and look all happy and excited.  Its really too cute to see him act that way now.  I’m trying to get a video of it.

He still hasn’t discovered the joy that is a good toy.  Marie shakes her stuffed gorilla at him and tosses it his way now and again, but he just doesn’t understand.  Or maybe he’s just not down with swapping slobber with another dog that way.  Who knows.

I took Nicolas to the Phoenix Pride Festival this past weekend, as RESCUE had a booth there.  He did quite well considering we spent two long afternoons there in the heat with all the strangers and the big dogs.  Nicolas is not a fan of the big dogs.  Easy enough to handle though, if I just turn him to face away from them, he stops with the barking.    He’s just letting them know that “I’m tiny but I’m tough! Ruff!”   He met lots of people and did his best to look sad and cute.  Hopefully it will bring in a few application for our little man.

He’s pretty much housebroken, but as we don’t have a doggie door, sometimes we don’t catch his subtle “I need to go potty now” signs and he’ll leave us a little present somewhere in the house.  But for the most part, he’s doing well in that department.   We have discovered though that Little Man does not enjoy being crated.  Our Min Pin prefers the crate and will spend hours in there on her own without us putting her in.  Its her safe space.  But not so with Mr. Nicolas.

We tried him out first in a smaller crate, one appropriate to his size.  He was so upset by the whole thing that he ripped off three toenails by pawing at his crate door.   Our solution was to up his crate size and put plexi-glass over the majority of the gate door, leaving room at top for air flow.   And that seemed to work for a week or so.   But the drama kicked it up a notch and he started to make himself sick over it, vomiting on a daily basis when crated.

So now, Nicolas gets to sleep in the laundry room, with lights on during the day, and jazz music playing softly on the radio.  He gets the giant 3 ft x 3 ft furry pillow and one of my t-shirts to keep him cozy.  He’s doing really well in there, no accidents and no vomiting.  And he still has the remaining toe nails intact, as well.    Its less than ideal, and required purchasing yet another baby gate (we should buy stock in those things I’m telling you), but it works and he’s a happier and healthier little chihuahua.

We’re still not getting very far with basic commands with him, but he does well on leash if Marie is walking with us (he seems to try to do what she does and act like her on leash, he’d really benefit from a doggie mentor in his new home).   But we’ll keep working with him.

Nicolas has been such a joy to have around and he’s just so darn cute I almost can’t stand it. 😀   We hope his forever home finds him soon, but until then, we get to enjoy this goofy little lovable pup.

Thanks for stopping by.  See you at the dog park!

Obama Family Dog…sigh

April 13, 2009

I know I’m not the first to blog about this, but I feel a need to express myself here.  This is not a political statement or a bashing of our president.  Its just my own personal opinion on a matter very near and dear to my heart.


Well, the Obama’s finally have a dog.  And its NOT a rescue dog.  I’m not 100% sure how I feel yet, but I know I’m not happy and glowing.

I know there was the complications of a child with allergies.  But the fact that they were so adamant about adopting and then end up with a puppy from a breeder?  Now, I’m sure it was indeed a reputable breeder, and not a puppy mill situation.  And I’m all for going the reputable route if you must have a specific breed for some reason. I understand it was a gift, but I’m sure it wasn’t an unexpected gift.  But this saddens me a bit.

First of all, they aren’t “adopting” a dog in need (according to an article I read, they are making a donation instead…that’s something I suppose).

Second, it will cause a rise in popularity of a breed that is not for everyone and that needs plenty of exercise and mental stimulation.   This means that later this year, we’re likely to see more PWD being turned into shelters than we’ve ever seen before (PWD are pretty rare on the shelter scene, hence the Obama’s having trouble finding a rescue in need of their help I suppose), because people will want one and will then find out it is more dog than they can handle or have time/money for.

It sets a precedent though, and one that bothers me.    I had high hopes that having a rescue dog in the White House would help to bring a greater focus to the plight of homeless animals in this country and to the importance of helping your local shelters.  Especially during these tough times, when so many are finding themselves losing jobs and homes, and not being able to continue caring for animals.  Many end up taking the family pets to the pound because they have no other options left.  Now that focus will be on a pure-bred dog, and the plight of the unwanted will be pushed back from the scene, overshadowed by photos of an adorable curly haired pup and his human family.    I feel like an opportunity for creating some real change is being lost here.  The First Family is an influential force on American Society, one with the power to help “popularize” social change.  Look at Michelle’s garden, which I’m sure has inspired many to do the same and think even just a little about creating some sustainability in their lives.  By adopting a rescue dog, the family could have really brought the problem of homeless animals to the forefront and helped to encourage others to look to their local shelters rather than breeders when looking to add a furry family member.

Sigh.

Maybe they will redeem themselves, and in addition to making a donation, maybe we’ll hear about them actually putting in some volunteer time with an area shelter, since they couldn’t adopt…. Obama did after all make a call for service.

Stepping down off soap box now, and going off to hug my own pound pup and foster dog.

Thanks for reading.  See you at the dog park.

Meet Our New Foster – Nicolas

March 9, 2009
Nicolas loves to rest his head in your hand

Nicolas loves to rest his head in your hand

We have had the joy of little Nicolas for a few weeks now. The little man has been neutered and is ready to find his new forever home.

Nicolas is a small, 8 lb chihuahua, with pug-like tendencies.  That’s right.  He looks like a chi, but snorts like a pug.  Its not constant, but he does snort.  And he snores.  Which is just too funny, and too cute.  I’ve actually recorded the sound of it.   He also has a soft, pug-like coat (around the scruff its super soft) and he sits and lays in very puggy positions (pug owners will know just what I’m talking about).   I do so miss having a little snorting machine around and he fills that void nicely.

Little Nicolas, or as we like to think of him, Bruiser, is a little hesitant initially, but once he’s knows you’re a friend, he’s happy to accept some cheek and neck scratches.    That’s what he’s doing in the photo above.  If you are seated on the floor, he will come over and put his head on your hand until you scratch him.  He can be quite persistent about it too.    He also loves to just snuggle up in a lap or will curl up on next to a human on the couch and snooze.

His favorite place to be is on the pillows on our recliner.  That’s his little spot, and we have a feeling that if we didn’t crate him at night or while we are out of the house, that the chair is where he would spend most of his day.

Nicolas is finally starting to come out of his shell.  This weekend he made huge puppy leaps by actually initiating play with the Min Pin.  He actually play-bowed and let out a tiny little grrr, then flung his head and romped across the room to get Marie to chase him.  She was all too happy to oblige and we had a brief round of Puppy 500 in the living room.  Then I took a step forward from the kitchen and distracted Nicolas (“Ohmigosh, there’s mom, I’d better go see her, its been minutes since I’ve seen her last and that’s just far too long”).   He still has no clue what to do with toys, but Marie has been a pretty good teacher in the area of play (she’s been trying to get him to chase her for a couple of weeks now).

He is also still mostly afraid of our cat.  She enters the room, he stops and turns his head away and won’t look in her direction at all.  But that’s slowly changing, yesterday he actually gave her a little chase down the hall in a playful manner (hey, she hissed and swatted first, with no provocation from him, he was totally justified in that moment of feline following).   But seeing as he’s about half the size of most cats, he’s totally cat-safe.

I find myself wondering about life for this sweet little guy before he ended up at Animal Care and Control.  When he was rescued, he has some major staining around the eyes (he looked owl-like in his rescue-day photos), one of his toenails was a short little mangled thing with a pointed tip and he has some scars on his tiny body (see second photo in his gallery, on his right hind leg).  And he’s only about a year old.    I just wonder what he’s seen, what he’s been through and experienced.   But I know its better to not dwell on his unhappy past and rather focus on helping him to blossom and become the sweet and well-adjusted little dog he was always meant to be.

Nicolas would probably be happy as an only dog, but I also see him doing fabulously with another small and playful pup.    His ideal home is an adult home (or home with children 12 and older) where his people will be home more than they are away.

If you’re interested in Nicolas, you can fill out a Matchmaker form on our website.  

He’ll also be at the Grayhawk Bow Wow Pow Wow this coming Saturday, March 14th, from 10am-1pm.  You can swing by and meet him there!

Thanks for reading.  See you at the dog park!

Meet Gracie!

September 19, 2008

Meet our foster Gracie!
She has been with us since August 25th, but I just haven’t had a chance to post about this sweet and goofy girl. Gracie came down with pneumonia a few days after coming to stay with us, and she started out a meager 19lbs. But she’s recovered from that is now a crazy, silly, energetic puppy. And she’s put on a pound or two.
Gracie is a Whippet/Dalmatian mix (we think). She’s a medium sized dog, coming about to the knees. But she’s all legs!! She is so not a graceful dog. Its part of her charm though.
Gracie loves a good toy. Whether you throw it for her or if she pounces on the toy and sends it flying herself, she loves to fetch. And if a toy squeaks, its good times in the House of L. Right now as I type this, she is raiding the doggie toy box. Not sure what she’s trying to pull out, but I think it might be the ball that lights up.
She is a young dog, and exhibits many puppy behaviors. She’s mouthy, but does not chew inappropriately. She is housebroken, but sometimes she’ll be so focused on playing with a toy that she’ll forget to go outside and just tinkles in the house, then goes on playing. We have to make sure to make her take breaks to go potty. She is high energy and it is a must that she go to a home with another playful pup. She isn’t the best on a leash yet, but she’s a smart dog and will learn quickly. She has already learned “sit” though she’s not always consistent with it yet. She’ll sit when we stop and wait for her to before placing her food bowl on the floor. She’s also started to crate up on command.
Gracie has been an absolute joy to have around. But tomorrow, she’ll be going over to the dog daycare where we board some the RESCUE dogs. She’ll be much happier there because she’ll have lots of playful friends (both four-legged and two legged) to keep her busy. She’s getting a little bored here, since the old lady (the Min Pin) and the grouchy cats won’t play with her. I try, but I just can’t over the feeling of fluff in my mouth when I’m carrying around the squeaky stuff toy. Oh well. We’ve had a lot of fun with her and can’t wait to see her find her forever home. Now that she’s up on the website and available for adoption, I don’t think she’ll be with RESCUE much longer. 😀
Tomorrow I pick up a new foster. He’s a 3lb Chihuahua named Jalen. I’ll post more about him soon.

RESCUE is The Best!

May 18, 2008

Well, RESCUE won The Best contest at AZ Central!
If you voted for us, thank you so much!
Thanks for reading. See you at the Dog Park!

Jimmy is Home!

October 1, 2007

Its official, Jimmy is now in his forever home! By the end of last weekend he and his new sister were playing like they’d been friends from the start. He even got to sleep with his new family at night and is settling in well. We’re looking forward to seeing some pictures of him and hope they all come to the Adopters Picnic later this month.

No new foster yet. They went to Animal Control last week but only came away with a few new cats, no dogs. We’ve had three adoptions over the past week!! I’ll be sure to post when we do get our next foster.

Until then, thanks for checking in. See you at the dog park!