Monthly Archives: December 2011

Happy Birthday Kaylee!

We were told that Kaylee was “about 11 months old” when she came to live with us. Well that means she needs a birthday, doesn’t it?  We picked today because the first day she went to the vet after she was liberated from her chain by MTPRC was on July 11th, at which time they said she was about 7 months old.  Simple math brings us to today, December 11th: Kaylee’s first birthday. 

Unfortunately Kaylee is still on a restricted diet due to her recent infection, so  a cake* was out of the question.  However, that doesn’t mean she can’t be spoiled with a nice trip to the park with her foster family and a new toy!  Birthdays are special occasions at Foster House, so we suspend our “nothing stuffed” rule.   

Happy Birthday, Kaylee!  Now let’s find your People so you can spend your next one with them.

If you want to spend the rest of Kaylee’s birthdays with her, contact Agape Animal Rescue.

*Even though Kaylee didn’t get a cake, I just have to plug an amazing doggie bakery here in Nashville, which is where we would have gotten her cake if she could’ve had one: See Spot Eat.  It’s where we got Oscar’s cake for him on his first birthday and it was a huge hit!   They also just so happen to be a drop-off location for Agape’s Annual Toy and Supply Drive.  So show ’em some love the next time you need baked good for your pooch’s special occasion!

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Why So Serious?

Kaylee, why are you so serious all the time?  You must have some really fascinating things going through your head to keep you so constantly deep in thought.  No matter what you’re doing, you always seem to have the same stoic expression on your face.  Whether you’re vamping for the camera…

Playing with your foster brother…

Hangin’ at the dog park….

Holding down the couch…

Catching some rays…

Or chillin’ on the porch….

So what exactly is it that is occupying that big square noggin of yours?  The national debt crisis?  How to attain world peace? Developing a cure for canine cancer?  If only you had a way to clue us in, I’d love to pick your brain! 

To adopt the serious thinker, contact Agape Animal Rescue

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Dog Park Princess

The weather: Clear.  Sunny.  Brisk.

The dogs: Bouncing off the walls.

Me:  Day off from work.

The house: A total freakin’ mess. 

Sounds like a perfect day for Kaylee’s first trip to the dog park!  We got there early, and on a “cold” (by Nashville standards) day, there wasn’t another soul around.  No worries, Oscar & Kaylee had plenty of fun, just the two of them. 

To adopt the Dog Park Princess, contact Agape Animal Rescue.

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All I Want For Christmas

Hey friends, it’s me, Kaylee!  Momma took me to a very cool place the other day, it’s called a pet store and it smelled like so many dogs!  I got to sniff and sniff and sniff and sniff and sniff and….oh, sorry, where was I?  Oh yeah, the pet store.  We went there to see a man in a red suit and big white beard called Santa.  Momma said I could ask him for one wish for Christmas, how cool is that?  This is going to be my very first Christmas (well, that I remember anyway) and I am veeeeeery excited to get my wish.  I bet you can guess what I asked for…..

Santa, if it's not too much trouble, will you bring me my Family for Christmas?

….I asked Santa to help my People find me.  You see, I know they’re out there somewhere looking for me.  They might not even know they need me yet, but boy they sure do.  I feel so sad for them that they don’t have a Kaylee in their lives.  I hope Santa works fast, it’d be super cool if they would find me before Christmas!   

If you’re the People looking for Kaylee, contact Agape Animal Rescue.

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Special Delivery!

Christmas came early at Foster House!  We got an exciting package from Sirius Republic today, with Kaylee’s gor-geous new collar inside: *

A girl with some fashion sense!

Now isn’t that better than that boring old brown one she had on?  While functional, it had absolutely no pop against Kaylee’s lovely tan brindle.  Notice the clear message that Miss Kay is searching for her People?

"Adopt Me" message embroidered on "Green Dots" design.

Sirius will emrboider “Adopt Me” on any of their collars – for free!  Yep that’s right.  How cool is that?  Oh and because they ship your whole order for just five bucks, we couldn’t leave Oscar out:

Oscar rockin' his new Sirius collar, "Bubbles" design.

I first found out about Sirius on one of my most favoritest foster blogs, Love and a Six Foot Leash.  Check ’em out, Sirius and Love & a Leash, because they both rock.

*I was just too excited to wait to upload the good pictures tomorrow (left my stupid camera cord at work) so we’ll just have to deal with Droid quality photos for now.  Please be assured that even though the picture quality is “eh” at best, the collars themselves are top-notch! 

If you want to pick out your very own Sirius collar for Kaylee, contact Agape Animal Rescue

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Krushin’ on Kaylee

Hey guys, Oscar here.  I just want to set the record straight…Momma says that I’ve been getting along so well with Kaylee lately that I must have a crush on her.  YEAH RIGHT!  She is a girl and girls are gross!   I thought I had made myself very clear on that.  But look, she’s still trying to muscle in on my stuff!  Just listen to how last night went down, ‘kay?  See here?  Kirsten from Agape came over last night to bring me a new bed, and Kaylee tried to steal it!

YOUR bed? This is MY bed!!

Momma says that I don’t need a bed because I sleep with her and Daddy, that this bed is for Kaylee and it’s OK if I share but it’s really hers.  Um, excuse me, but my house = my stuff.  All of it. 

Momma, make her get OFF!

Well OK fine you I’ll share the stupid bed with you.  But I’m drawing the line when it comes to the couch.  MY couch, get it?

Oh what the — ?  Ugh, OK fine, but no touching!

That’s better.  She can just stay over there.

Ahhh, this is nice, just me and mom on the couch.  Just like it’s supposed to be.  

Hmm….so……hey, you….whatcha doin’ over there?

Not that I care or anything….

But if you wanted to, maybe I would be willing to share my couch.  I mean, just for a little while….

Kaylee: Heh heh heh, got him wrapped around my paw.

Don’t worry about separating these two lovebirds, what Kaylee wants more than to continue her secret affair with Oscar is a family of her very own.  To adopt Kaylee, contact Agape Animal Rescue.

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How I Learned Way Too Much About Anal Glands

Poor Kaylee…It’s not been an easy transition, has it darlin’?  First your foster brother picks a fight leaving you sequestered behind a baby gate, then you have to go to the vet because you got an infection Back There?  And an infection in those big floppy ears??  Oh, the humanity! 

Momma they gave me medicines made me sleeeepy....

Long story short is that I learned waaaaaaaay more about a dog’s anal glands than I ever cared to know yesterday at the vet.  Miss Kay got herself an infection Back There, most likely brought on by a food allergy.  Not all that surprising, actually, with all the moving around she’s done in the last few months and all the different food she’s been on.  According to the vet, these type of infections often go hand in hand with ear infections, so often that in the world of veterinary medicine they’ve coined the term “ears & rears.” 

I am not going to go into the method of exactly how they alleviated Kaylee’s discomfort (you’re welcome), let’s just suffice to say she was NOT very happy with the process.  She protested so much to the “procedure” that they had to give her a mild sedative so the vet could…do her thing. Afterwords, while we were waiting on her prescriptions, she conked right out in the waiting room.

Momma can we puh-lease go home??

The plus side is that we learned that Kaylee rocks at riding in the car.  On the way to the vet’s office she jumped right on in, and only had to be reminded a couple of times during the ride that her place is in the back, not in my lap while I’m driving.  Oh and she’s veeeery good in the car when she’s doped up on sedatives.  Sleeps the entire time. 

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

And doesn’t she look so cute in her new Adopt Me vest?  The one that we had already was Tucker-sized, so we were clearly going to need another option for this girl.  Thank you, Rescue Dog Love!  

 

Once Kaylee’s feeling better, she’s gonna need a furever home.  Is it you?  To adopt Kaylee, contact Agape Animal Rescue.

 
 

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Who you callin’ Walrus Face?

You, Miss Kaylee.  But we don’t mean anything by it, swear!  We are calling you Walrus Face because of how you deliver the most wonderful Walrus Kisses.

The cute little whiskers around your nose tickle our necks when you give us those sweet little smooches, and remind us of a walrus.  Not that either of have had the pleasure of cuddling with a walrus (or elephant seal) but we imagine the sensation is similar. 

Kaylee can’t wait to give you Walrus Kisses!  To adopt Kaylee, contact Agape Animal Rescue.

 

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Veggie Kongs

We had some friends and their dogs (these friends & dogs) over to our house a few weeks ago for Thanksgiving.  One of their dogs is of the senior persuasion and they have taken to feeding him as healthy as they can – this includes raw meat and lots of healthy veggies.  All the dogs got a very special Thanksgiving plate with scraps of beef, fish, potatoes celery and carrots.  We usually have a very strict “no people food” rule at Foster House (except for peanut butter Kongs, of course).  However, since it was a special occasion, and the treat would be given to him in his regular doggie dish, we couldn’t let Oscar be left out. 

Ashley is preparing the doggie's Thanksgiving feast, while Oscar drools in anticipation!

Oscar enjoying his Thanksgiving meal.

"Hmm, I'm not sure I like carrots."

All the dogs loved their Thanksgiving treat, especially Oscar, who doesn’t ever get people food (except when we’re not looking and our friends decide to defy our rules – you know who you are!!)  Ashley was telling us how it’s actually very healthy for dogs to get veggies in their diet every once in a while.  It makes sense – in the wild, dogs are foragers and hunters.  They eat animal as well as plant protein. 

This got me thinking about how much “junk” we feed our dogs.  I’m not talking about just dog food – to be honest, we spend a crap ton (probably more than we need to) on very good, healthy dog food for Oscar.  Especially now, since we’re having to keep Kaylee and Oscar separated and re-introduce them slowly, we’re giving more treats and stuffed Kongs to keep one busy while the other gets People Time.  Our go-to Kong stuffin’ is usually peanut butter, which isn’t necessarily bad for dogs on it’s own, but I don’t want to over-load them with a lot of unneccessary fat if I don’t have to.

So I thought to myself, what’s healthier than peanut butter that I could stuff in a Kong, that the dogs will love just as much?  I immediately thought of the pup’s Thanksgiving feast – veggies, of course!  But how to go about it? 

**WARNING** You are about to join in me in my official decent into “crazy-dog-lady-ness,” but since you are reading this blog you are probably half way there yourself, if not there already.  So here we go…

I bring you: The Veggie Kong!

Step 1: Identify veggies for use.  I had some celery, carrots and spinach salad mix that was about to go bad (but not quite).  You could also use green beans, asparagus, squash, potatoes, or peas.  Check out this Modern Dog article for more ideas on healthy food that’s safe for dogs.

Step 2: cut up into pieces & microwave to soften.  Add to food processor and chop into itty bitty pieces.

 

 

 

 

 

Step 3: mix all the itty bitty pieces together and put into plastic baggie.  Cut the corner off of the baggie for ease of Kong-filling (this is also the only way to make deviled eggs, by the way).

 

 

 

 

 

Step 4: spread small amount of peanut butter around inside of Kong.  This may turn out to be an optional step depending on how the dogs take to the Veggie Kong, but since this was a first attempt the peanut butter is for bribery. 

Step 5: fill Kong with veggie mixture.

 And voilà!  The finished product: A Veggie Kong

Now doesn’t that just look delicious?  With bonus of being healthy and affordable!  The dogs still get the yummy of peanut butter that they love, without an entire Kong full of it.  I ended up just chopping up all the veggies I had, so I have a good deal extra.  Tonight I’m going to try mixing in some yogurt or more peanut butter and rolling them into balls and freezing them. 

It wasn’t until I was finished that I even thought to think of the financial aspect of this alternative to regular treats…a 17.5 oz tub of freeze-dried liver treats (ie, heaven on earth if you’re our dogs) costs us nearly $30.  Thirty dollars!  For dog treats!  This wasn’t a big deal when it was just Oscar, we didn’t go through them all that fast.  But with two dogs in the house we amp up the training, and therefore the rewards, we’re flying through that stuff!  This whole batch, while a little more time-consuming, only cost a couple bucks.  And they were a hit!

What are some of your dogs’ favorite healthy treats?  Do you splurge, or make them anything special?  Go ahead and spill with the dog-crazy, you’re among friends!

Don’t forget, Kaylee is still looking for her furever home!  To adopt Kaylee, contact Agape Animal Rescue

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Kaylee’s First 48

OK so we’re a few days late on the 48-hour report, but after the Attack of the Killer Stomach Bug that hit Foster House over the holiday weekend, we were doing well just to make it back to work in one piece.  But as they say, dogs don’t care if you’re sick, so the show (blog?) must go on. 

Our time with Kaylee started out wonderfully – two dogs playing together, having a great time.  Two dogs sleeping on their respective couch/dog chair/person at the same time allowed for actual peace and quiet in Foster House – a rare occurrence when Tucker was with us!  Two dogs being respectful of the other’s eating space.  We thought, man, this is going to be cake!

Well before we could pinch ourselves, the dog poo hit the fan.  Oscar decided to let Kaylee know exactly what he thought of her muscling in on his toys, his People and his cuddle time so quickly….a scuffle ensued. 

We had fallen victim to a classic foster-rookie mistake: we introduced the dogs too quickly.  We had taken Oscar’s chill-attitude towards Tucker for granted, and assumed he would be as easy-going with whatever next dog we brought in.  Turns out, not the case.  Maybe it’s because Kaylee is female.  Maybe it’s her young age and puppy energy.  Maybe it’s her size. Whatever it is about her, something set Oscar on edge. 

So, we take a step back.  Separation.  Baby gates.  Rotating time with People.  It’s not the most convenient for us, but it’s important for the dogs.  Moving slowly now will help foster a trusting relationship, both between the two dogs, and between the dogs and us.  

When they are together, we use lots of praise (read: treats) for calm, relaxed behavior.

We are happy to report that things are progressing nicely, and hope to be back to “happy relaxed couch time” before long. 

But aside from the drama, we have had the chance to learn some wonderful things about Miss Kaylee.  She’s smart – she knows her basic commands (sit, down, stay, wait, off) very well.  She loves to play – her favorite game so far is to chase a toy  at full speed and launch herself into the Dog Chair.  A close second is chasing a Kong around the kitchen – she loves the funny way it bounces.  She loves Cuddle Time – especially in the morning.  She’ll climb right up in your lap and nibble on your ear, then lay her heavy head right on your shoulder and let out a big siiiiiiiiiigh like she’s never been more content in her entire life.  She’s definitely got plenty of puppy left in her – her energy and clumsiness make that much perfectly clear. 

We think because Kaylee spent the first seven months of her life on a chain, she’s making up for lost time, making sure she plays as much as she can, cuddles as much as she can, and is just being a dog as much as she can.  And we’ve been having a blast watching her do it!

To adopt Kaylee, contact Agape Animal Rescue.

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