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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Hiking with Rodriguez

I wrote this poem for Four Directions Hiking about the dog I took hiking last week, Rodriguez.

Have you ever met a shelter dog who speaks right to your soul
With fur as dark as starless nights and eyes as black as coal
A dog who walks with authority and was born to lead a pack
Whose steadfast gait on rocky trails shows he’s got your back
A dog with ears skyscraper tall and snout cucumber long
Whose presence makes you want to dance and bust out in a song
A dog who is a little shy but comes out of his shell
Whose only need is someone who will get to know him well
A dog whose loyalty and smarts denotes shepherd DNA
…If not then you must meet Rodriguez and take him home today!

He looks so much better now than his Stray Rescue bio pic from when he first came in. I think I need to send them a new one.

Current bio pic

Hiking last week

We put a backpack on him with a water bottle on each side to make him feel like he had a job. He did so much better and walked like he had a purpose.  Also, we started the hike in the back, but he kept pulling and yelping, so we moved him to the very front and he did awesome. He definitely needed to be the leader.

I had to add this one of Lou Ann, who also hiked with us. Her enrichment person puts these sunglasses on her all the time and she LOVES them. She doesn't try to take them off.  It's so funny.


Both Lou Ann and Rodriguez were adopted yesterday. Approximately 200 dogs were adopted at Stray Rescue's huge event over the weekend, including my sweet enrichment dog, Virga! 

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Friday, May 24, 2013

Eric's School/Basketball Plans

Road Trip


Eric is going to play basketball at a junior college (El Camino) in California this summer. He'll live with my sister and her family, help drive her two kids to activities to earn his keep, and hopefully get some basketball exposure. We'll see what happens after that.  The two of us are driving there on June 5th so he'll have his car out there. I'll stay for a few days and fly back. What's nice is that a good friend he met at Mizzou this year lives in Manhattan Beach, just a few miles from my sister, and will be taking a summer class at the same junior college. Plus my whole family lives in the area, so he's excited to have that sense of family that he didn't have for so long. And yes I'm jealous!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

My Blind Date Wasn't Blind

Fifteen years ago today, I went on a blind date.

I'd gone on them before, always leaving disappointed.

And discouraged.

"You never know," my mom said. "How will you know if you don't go?"

Fine, I'll go.

He wasn't blind...which was a plus.

It was love at first sight.

For him.

Okay, for me too.

And it only got better.

And then it got worse.

And then it got better again.

And then we got married.

Ten years later.

But still.

I'm glad I went on that blind date.

Fifteen years ago today.

I love this man.

P.S. Thank you Jan and Scott for setting us up :)

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Before (Abuse and Neglect) and After (TLC): Dog Rescue Transformations


Over the years I've collected Facebook pictures of rescued dogs and turned them into before and after collages.

Before - abused, neglected or tortured by evil subhumans


After - cared for by loving angels

I know some of these are hard to look at, but bear with me, because


And don't miss the pictures of my friends' dogs and their amazing stories at the end.

Someone called Stray Rescue to report a dead dog (below). Randy and his team arrived to find he was actually alive, but barely. His story was shown on the media, and Former St. Louis Blues President John Davidson and his family adopted him!  Read Pearson's Stray Rescue story


The following dogs were either fostered or adopted by my friends:

Randy, from Stray Rescue, found Normm in an area known for dog fighting.  Normm's leg, swarming with maggots, was so infected and neglected for so long that it ate through the bone.  His leg had to be amputated, but he recovered...

...and now goes to the doggie daycare where I work.  He doesn't even look like the same dog. I love this picture of him. He looks so happy. To really get a grasp of Normm's transformation, you need to read Normm's rescue story. It's incredible.

Run, Normm, Run!

I made this collage:

My friend Sandy (right) adopted Normm. (By the way, can you believe Sandy is 67?)

My friend Lynn adopted Olivia, whom Randy had named Our Little Girl. Read Olivia's rescue story
but be forewarned that Randy titled it "One of the Worst Days I can Remember." A group of us planned to attend Olivia's abuser's court hearing a few weeks ago, but it was postponed. Olivia even has her own Facebook page called Friends of Olivia.

Olivia is now thriving and gorgeous. She goes to the doggie daycare where I work, and I absolutely ADORE her...she is the biggest goofball! Here she is with her brother Cabbage, also from Stray Rescue.

Photo by Lynn
Photo by Lynn
My friend Kelly's foster, Dakari, had mange so bad that her skin bled when touched...

...Now named Gabby (left), she's living the good life with her brother Dink

Gamble (below) was in bad shape when Randy found him. My friend Nancy took him home as a foster and fattened him up to become a beautiful boy! Sadly, after being with her for a few months he was found to have prostate cancer. He became a permanent member of their family, and was spoiled and loved until the day he died.  (Love you, Gam Gam!)

After Gamble died, Nancy fostered this puppy named Destin. I don't remember his story, but obviously he was neglected and starved...

...and here he is after only a few weeks with her.  He's since been adopted by a family.

Nancy's newest foster, Handsome Harry (sweetest thing ever)...

Another one of Kelly's mange fosters, Cool Hand Luke (Luke)...

...and after, with his adoptive family

Peeps (below), found on Easter, had been stabbed in the side and her neck sliced open. (Yes, people really do this.) She was fostered by my friend Sally and is on a trial visit with a potential family. You can see one of her scars in the picture below, but she's healing beautifully, and is so friendly.

My friend Kathleen's dog, Aylen, was found by Randy barely able to sit up.

Kathleen adopted her and spoils her rotten. Here she is with her brother Charlie, also a Stray Rescue dog.

To all my friends who foster and to all the angels who rescue, THANK YOU from the bottom of MY heart...and THEIRS.

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