Beach Babes

This summer we rented a beach house in Manzanita, Oregon (http://www.manzanitarentals.com) and this time we brought the pups!

We don’t know if Heidi, being a foster dog with little known history, has ever been to the beach before or gone swimming anywhere. Luckily Marley, our Chocolate Lab, LOVES the beach! She even knows that a particular tote bag means we’re going to the beach! At least Marley will be a positive example for Heidi and should make her feel more comfortable in this new environment.

We left our house where the temperature was going to be miserably hot to go to the beach where it was SIGNIFICANTLY cooler. Turns out I was so focused on packing all the necessary dog supplies I managed to leave behind some important items for myself. For example: 3 dog brushes, 0 human brushes. I also managed to forget a sweater or a jacket, luckily my husband shared his.

We made our way out to the beach, with all the necessary gear, to discover Heidi LOVES the beach. While Marley fixated on THE BEACH TOY, Ruffians Octopus, Heidi was impatiently waiting to run with Marley. Heidi’s new body now allows her to stay close to Marley when running, and she did run…non-stop!

Heidi was so tired that once we got back to the beach house, settled on the deck for clean up/grooming, she almost fell asleep while getting dried off. After a good night’s sleep (with no accidents) the dogs were ready for round 2.

The next day the sun came out and the pups were ready for another adventure. The pups weren’t running as fast but our friends that joined us were still impressed (especially with Heidi knowing where she started months ago). I did not expect to have such a difficult time getting pictures of her, she wouldn’t stand still!

This was our first trip back to the beach since our boy Rusty died last year. Having Heidi with us made it better for us. We were very thankful to have shared this experience with Heidi.

 

 

Heidi Available For Adoption

Heidi is available for adoption! She had her recheck vet appointment at the end of June where she was weighed, had her thyroid blood work rechecked and ear examined. It is hard to believe that this girl came to us weighing 103 lbs but now is 74.5 lbs! Turns out that Heidi’s current dose of thyroid medicine is working great, which means there is no need to modify the dosage. The biggest reveal was that BOTH of her eardrums are now completely grown back!!! She no longer needs her daily ear flushes followed by drying and ear drops. In order to keep Heidi’s ears healthy, her forever family will have to flush her ears 1-2 times a week for the rest of her life to ensure her eardrums stay healthy.

Once Heidi was given the okay from the vet, we filled out a questionnaire on Heidi’s behavior, personality, training, medical info, and other misc items. Heidi had a photo shoot so the Golden Bond Rescue website would have current pictures of her. We also had fun doing a write-up for their web site to introduce Heidi to potential adopters.

Click here for Heidi’s Write Up on the Golden Bond Rescue website

Now we’re waiting to receive applications from potential adopters who match Heidi’s needs. After reviewing the applications we rate them and do a meet and greet with our favorite to see if they would make a great forever home for Heidi.

We will be sad when Heidi is no longer with us but we’ll be so happy knowing she has a great family to call her own. Getting the next foster dog will also be a great distraction! I just remind myself that when one foster dog leaves, another dog will be given the same opportunity to get their forever family.

 

Heidi Loves Africa

Yesterday we sat down to eat dinner and watch a BBC documentary series on Africa. The first episode was titled “Kalahari” and featured a bird called the fork-tailed drongo whose talent for mimicry allows it to steal a meal from a meerkat clan.

This section of the program REALLY caught Heidi’s attention. She was napping in front of the tv and perked up instantly when she heard the bird making noise. Heidi was mesmerized by the animal noises for at least 15 minutes! She got up from the floor, walked over to the couch to greet Lee and something else on the tv caught her attention. Miss Heidi decided she needed a better view of the tv so she jumped up on the couch and sat there watching intently.

We Built A Dog Wash Station!

We recently decided we needed an elevated dog wash station. This was something we’ve wanted for a while, but our foster dog Heidi inspired us to take action immediately. Miss Heidi was requiring a medicated bath every 3 days for the first few weeks we had her and I’m sure many people can relate to the tired/sore lower back that follows a dog bath.

Turns out buying an elevated dog wash isn’t cheap.

Oh, you want an elevated dog wash that won’t tip over? Won’t rust, leak or dent? You must want to spend at least $3,000 then.

Didn’t think so! We didn’t either!!

After a lot of brainstorming and research, we came up with a great design that fulfilled our needs. During this process we determined what we didn’t need was our roman tub in our master bathroom. The stupid thing was used less than 10 times since we moved into our house. Heck, I think the cats have spent more time in that tub than my husband and I!

It took my husband and I about a month to brainstorm, research, purchase supplies, cut pressure treated wood (and treat the ends), cut and assemble pvc pipe (for the shower curtain rod) assemble, paint, plumbing, cutting shower curtains to proper length and sewing, plus a few other misc tasks. I did what I could by myself during the day. My husband and I would spend a couple hours each night after he got home from work. Weekends were also dedicated to this project.

AND THE END RESULT WAS WORTH ALL THE HARD WORK!

For pictures of the dog wash in progress & finished, just click on the picture of Heidi!

 

Quick Update

Heidi had her recheck appointment at the vet today and we got great news….drum roll please…..

Her right ear drum has grown back 100 % and her left is at 75%. Her skin looks great. Fur is growing back everywhere and all her fur is softening. She also weighed in at 80.3 lbs which is awesome considering not long ago she was at 103 lbs!

We’ll go back next month for another ear & skin recheck, plus thyroid blood work recheck. I’ll keep you posted and let you know when Heidi becomes available for adoption, I feel like early July might be the time to start reviewing applications.

 

Surgery Madness

What do you get when you have 2 animals having surgery…

- on the same day,

- at different vets that are located 6.5 mi apart,

- errands to run in between drop off and pick up,

- AND you have to be available during surgery procedure to discuss problems that need to be addressed right away?

STRESS

Thankfully that is all behind us. It has been almost 3 weeks since surgery day and everyone is glad to be recovering very nicely.

Heidi’s post surgery care included pain medicine for the spay and the 1 tooth extraction (which was a surprise) and daily ear flushing plus medication for 2-4 months in attempt to heal both her ruptured eardrums (another surprise). Her recheck, 2 weeks after, showed she was down ~18 lbs, eardrums were starting to grow back (doctor was very shocked to see this so soon), thyroid blood work showed her thyroid medicine needed to be adjusted and suture site looked great so sutures were removed.

Borgia’s post surgery care was liquid pain medicine for the 10 teeth extracted along with eating wet food only. Her recheck, a week later, showed a minor infection and a loose stitch (my guess is she ate some dry food before Cooper’s food bowl got removed). We were sent home for a weeks worth of antibiotics. Thankfully after a total of 2 weeks of ambushing Borgia so I could squirt medicine down her throat, she was all healed up and ready to eat dry food if she wanted.

Not only am I thrilled that both Heidi and Borgia are fully recovered physically, mentally they are very happy to be themselves. Heidi is running around, bouncing and spinning. Borgia is up on her cat shelves, napping outside on the nice days and playing with the concessional cat toy.

FYI Borgia had only 1 known problem tooth, 9 others were discovered at time of teeth cleaning thanks to x-rays. Google “feline tooth resorption” for information if you have a kitty because this is a very common issue, especially as cat’s get older.