Poem By Claudine Gandolti
Pix by ADWBlog
"Twas the night before Dog-mas when all through the pound
Not a puppy was yelping or playing around;
Our leashes were hung, by our kennels with care,
In hopes that St. Bernard would soon find us there;
Chihuahuas were curled up, all snug in their beds,
While visions of doggie treats danced in their heads;
Max in his collar, on somebody's lap,
Had tucked in his tail for a midwinter's nap,
When outside the room there arose such a clatter,
My ears perked right up to hear what was the matter.
Away to the window I jumped up with glee,
And barked at the shadows that were cast by a tree.
The glow from the moon changed night into day,
And started me thinking,"woof woof time to play!"
When, what with my puppy-dog eyes did I see,
But a splendid dog sled, led by doggies like me.
With a regal furred driver commanding, not stern.
I yelped to the others,"That must be St. Bern!"
More rapid than greyhounds our saviors they came,
And we barked and we howled, and called them by name:
"There's Duchess! There's King! Fat Chance, and bare Buffy!
On Fido! On Scooter! On Rover and Scruffy!
Go by the red fire hydrant and run pass those trees!
Nothing can stop you, not even some fleas!"
As puppies at play chase after a stick, and race to their masters
So lively and quick, so out in the field his canines all flew,
Catching the frisbees, that St. Bernard threw.
And then in an instant I heard at the door the
Scratching and clawing of each little paw.
As I pulled in my nose, and was turning around,
Through he door St. Bernard came in with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his tail
His wood cask adorned with an icing of hail;
A bag of chew toys he had brought in with him,
And his mouth was turned up into what looked like grin.
His eyes how they twinkled! His ears flopped, how merry!
His coat shone like crystal, his nose like a cherry!
His big floppy mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the fur on his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a bone was held tight in his teeth,
And his collar encircled his neck like a wreath.
He had a large face and a furry, round belly
That bounced when he barked, like a bowl full of jelly.
He was fluffy and plump, a big cuddly, old pooch and
I laughed when I saw him and gave him a smooch.
A wink of his eye and a wag of his tail; we knew right away
We'd have homes without fail. He howled not a howl,
But went straight to his deed, and took down our leashes
That soon we would need. He opened the door,
And families stood there, with children, all smiling,
And much love to spare. He lept to his sled,
to his team gave a call and away they all flew as if chasing a ball.
But I heard him exclaim as he chewed on a bone;
"Happy Dog-mas to all and to all a good home!"
Foster the Dog' become 'a foster dog.' He is an 8 year old purebred, neutered, Jack Russell Terrier who has come available for adoption due to the illness of his owner. He is currently located in Marietta, GA.
Yes - his name is Foster. Ironic for a dog looking for a new home. So we can't let '
And Foster has a guardian angel in the form of his current caretaker who, in addition to funding his medical treatment, will help Foster's new adoptive family with other expenses such as a bed, bowls, a crate, etc.
His current caretaker reports the following about his personality and temperament:
- Foster is great with people. Very good-natured and a loyal friend who loves to sit on laps and cuddle with his people.
- Foster is crate trained and was housebroken. However the whipworm has caused diarrhea which has caused some accidents. But since he does try to wait to be taken outside this situation should resolve itself as his health improves.
- Given all the medical treatment he is receiving he gets a bit nervous at the vet. So he gets muzzled, simply as a precaution, when taken to the vet.
- Although he seems to be fine with children he has never really been around them for extended periods and is not well trained to contain that well known JRT energy. So it may be best if he were placed in a home without young children.
- He loves to play and does very well with other dogs. He'd also like to play with a cat but has never met one that will play with him.
So all in all, Foster was once a well loved JRT who fell upon hard times. But he learned early in life to give and receive love and wants to do that again. None of his health issues are permanent so he will soon be, once again, a perfectly healthy dog with a lot of life, fun, and love to give. And although at 8 years of age he is considered a senior, Jack Russell Terriers enjoy an average life span of 15 years. So he has lots of time left to share your home and heart.
If you are interested in Foster please contact me at AllDogsWelcome@gmx.com
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Unfortunately the health issues of the owner resulted in some health issues for Foster since, of late, he was not well cared for. He is currently being treated for fleas, worms and whipworm. He has also had to have his vaccines postponed as he is under weight and was suffering from dehydration and skin irritations. He is currently being treated with benedryl for the skin issues and trifexis for the whipworms. This treatment will need to be continued for about 2 more months but has been funded by his current caregiver. And although he is still a bit thin he is gaining weight and has plenty of energy and love to give. So his prognosis is that he should return to being a perfectly healthy senior JRT in the very near future. It is my understanding that over the next few days he will be well enough to have his nails clipped, get a bath and even have his teeth cleaned.
Scout is a senior dog in need of a new forever home. He is currently being cared for by the mother of the original owner. However she is a single woman working two jobs and cannot be there to care for the dog. This is what she's told me about him.
Scout is 10 years old, about 90 pounds and appears to be a Pointer / Lab mix. I happen to think his face is ADORABLE - just look at that first picture. He was originally adopted from from Kay's Animal Shelter at the ripe old age of 6 weeks and has been owned by the same family ever since. Scout currently resides in Buffalo Grove, Illinois but his caregiver is willing to travel to the surrounding states if you are interested in adopting him. There is no fee required to adopting this great pet.Nancy has stated that he's a loving dog, in good health and is a real 'people person' who just happens to believe he's a little lap dog.
As a senior citizen Scout is lively and responsive to his people. But he has no desire to fetch a ball or chase a frisbee. He's content with a couple of good walks each day and snuggling at your side when you are relaxing. He's good with strangers and with other dogs. However he has displayed some food aggression if another dog is around. This is an issue that can be addressed, but Scout would also be happy to be your only furry child. He will bark at the sound of the doorbell but will not jump on people when you open the door. In fact this little gentleman attended training school in his youth and is quite well behaved.If you are interested in learning more about Scout or can help in any way please contact me at AllDogsWelcome@gmx.com and I will put you in touch with his current caregiver.UPDATE: As of 12/13/2011 Scout is still looking for a home. His caretaker reports that he has just been to the vet for a checkup where he received all his shots, had his ears cleaned, nails clipped, and dental work done. He was given a clean bill of health, had a bath and is looking even more handsome than in his picture above!
There are many factors that affect a dog’s overall health at every age and stage of life. These factors include such things as balanced nutrition, regular veterinary check-ups and care, proper grooming and exercise. But how do you know how much and what type of exercise is best for your older pet. Well, the best answer is, let them tell you. YES – they will tell you if you pay attention to their behavior.
First of all pay attention to your dog’s weight at all ages. Make adjustments to their diet and activity levels as necessary to keep them in the best possible shape. BEWARE though, no fad or starvation diets for our four legged friends. If feed your friend dog food there are various formulas available to keep them healthy. If you make your own dog food pay attention to what they need for their age and overall health. For example, puppies need both more calories and more feedings per day than an older dog. Like people, overweight dogs are more inclined to develop health issues, especially as they age.
Exercise is vital not only to a dog’s physical health but also to their mental state. Most dogs were bred for a ‘purpose.’ And so they feel that they need a ‘job’ to do. Some dogs will consider fetching a stick or a ball to be their ‘job’ while others might need to walk the perimeter of their property to assure themselves that everything is safe and in order. Dogs who are not physically and mentally satisfied by their activity level are more likely to develop what we see as behavior issues such as chewing, barking and digging. If your dog is misbehaving in such a manner it likely needs more exercise.
OK – so how does your dog tell you how much activity it needs? Consider what you’ve always done for fun and exercise with this pet.
Has your dog always initiated or recognized playtime by bringing you a ball, a rope, a stuffed animal or any other toy. As long as your pet still brings you the toy it still wants to play. But if you notice your dog is a little slower when chasing down the toy or a little slower returning with the toy simply don’t throw it as far and / or as many times. Let your dog rest a bit between fetches.
Does your dog bring you the leash when it’s time for a walk or become excited when he sees you get the leash. Great – he still wants to walk. This is easy to adjust. Maybe long walks should be cut down to twice per day instead of three times. Or you can take shorter walks or slower walks. Let your dog set the pace as it gets older. And pay attention to whether the dog slows down considerably more on the way home. That might be an indication that the round trip is too long. So cut it down a bit.
Did your dog grow up enjoying the agility track? You can still do that. Again – simply allow the dog to exercise at the pace it is comfortable at. Don’t encourage him to increase his speed. And if you’ve noticed any lameness or have been advised that your dog has arthritis or back issues avoid jumping. Jumping can not only cause severe discomfort for an arthritic dog but also severe injury for dogs with spinal or disc problems.
If you have access to dog parks it’s a great place to let your pet roam and set its own pace. Those that are still able and wanting to run and jump will do so. Others will simply enjoy walking around to investigate and socialize. Especially if your dog is an ‘only pet.’ I must admit it has been my experience that having multiple dogs seems to keep the older ones active and alert. I had a pug that lived to be seventeen and I really believe it was because she knew her ‘job’ was to teach the ‘house rules’ each new rescue pup that came into the house. She also acted as the mediator whenever we brought in a rescue or foster pup that seemed not to like one of the dogs already in residence.
I would offer the following cautions, however, when exercising any dog, especially your senior citizen furry friend:
- Don’t push a dog to do more than it wants to or is comfortable with. If your dog tires – STOP. If your dog does NOT seem to want to jump on or off something, don’t make it.
- If your dog seems to be slowing down or limping but still trying to play – STOP. Some dogs just don’t want to stop. Maybe because they don’t know when they’ll get another chance. Try playing more often but in shorter sessions.
- Beware of the surface you are playing on. Rough surface such as tennis courts, basketball courts and even streets and sidewalks can really damage the pads of a dog’s feet. If you notice that your dog’s pads are red, hot, split or cracked STOP immediately. Cool his feet down with cool wet rags, a baby pool, the bathtub or hose. Then be sure not to repeat the activity that caused the problem until the feet are completely healed. Remember that your dog’s pads can be damaged by hot surfaces in the warm weather AND by ice, snow and salt in the cold weather. In this case wash your dog’s feet thoroughly with warm wet clothes as soon as you go inside.
- Finally, keep your dog hydrated before, during, and after playtime. This statement is true for dogs of all ages. Clean, fresh water should be available to your dog at all times.