It’s been crazy the last few months here. We’ve been spending a lot of time on our Facebook page and neglecting the mess out of the blog. It wasn’t a purposeful lapse but life got pretty crazy and it was just simpler to focus on that since my jumbled brain couldn’t seem to put two sentences together for more than a nanosecond before that thought process was lost into the great abyss of blog fog. It was, to put it mildly, very frustrating.
Along with life getting in the way, we managed to acquire two new temporary additions to the pack. They both came from unpleasant situations that wouldn’t have ended pleasantly for either if left to their own devices.
Fiona the Labrador was owner give up because she was too drivey and overwhelming for a large family that had more on their plate than dealing with an adolescent, high drive Labrador with a keen sense on how to get into the most trouble in the shortest span of time possible. It’s really an incredible feat but she more than makes up for it with her intense focus when her attention is cornered on doing something that intrigues her and makes her think!
River the Shih Tzu was a foundling at a local park. He was obscenely matted and emaciated. When we found him, he was unable to move because of a mat that ran from the base of his tail to the base of his sheath – essentially connecting both back legs. It was obvious he was in pain and initially lashed out until we secured him and took him to a vet to check and see if, hopefully, he had a microchip that would allow us to reunite him with his owner. Sadly, he didn’t. We were left with the task of fixing him up – which started with removing the mat on his bottom. Once that was removed it revealed raw and oozy testicles and a naked backside. He wasn’t too happy about it while it occurred but he felt far better once it was done and the area was cleaned up.
We searched in vain for his previous owners – posting Craigslist found ads, posts on local Lost & Found groups on Facebook and posters at local pet businesses near where we found him. That was in April and he still hasn’t been reunited with an owner so we’ve scheduled a neuter, microchip and other vet work that is needed before he is able to go to a permanent home that won’t let him down again.
Needless to say, our two new additions have a few issues to work through that will be easily solved with persistence and patience. A good project to keep us busy and not with our typical breed either! There is no doubt that Fiona, who is a tiny 42 pounds(!!!), will make an amazing sport prospect with her insane food, toy and a moderate prey drive but River will likely be a good companion for an dedicated couple or a family with dog knowledge – especially breed knowledge as a cherished companion to that family.
Now that all that has happened, expect many more entries as the days, weeks and months pass because I am almost positive that the blog fog has passed as summer hits and fills up my head with entries due to time and weather that is favorable to training and competing once more is upon us.