Friday, September 25, 2015

Skittles is looking for her forever home.

Skittles was returned to the Sacramento SPCA today. She is such a wonderful puppy, I have no doubt someone will have a great addition to there family. We will miss her very much.

UPDATE: Skittles was removed from the SSPCA adoption list late Saturday (9/26). Looks like she has found her forever home. Lets all do the happy dance!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Fear Learned

Other than new born puppies, all the dogs that come through our home are scared. Each of them has had some bad experience that they did not deserve. Skittles is our latest foster. We received her on Thursday, August 26th. She is a Chihuahua, Short Coat/Mix, under 4 months old. She was surrendered by her owners with a severely broken leg. Which now has a splint. After reading her paper work and I could feel her pain.

Skittles was placed into my arms and immediately began kissing my face. She stayed in my arms till we were home. Slowly, she left my arms and proceeded to explore the backyard. She peed and pooped, several times. Then back to my arms. She spent most of the day in our arms or laps. We tried to put her into a pen with bed, water and toys. The pen had everything but us. She wanted no part of it and cried.

Skittles slept with me the first night. The next day she was introduced to Missy and Buster (our dogs). She fell in love with Missy. Buster seemed to scare her a bit. He is a very large dog. Sitting outside, she watched both of the dogs run around the yard and disappear behind a bush. She was then startled when Buster ran past her. She let out a scream that sounded like she broke another leg. But, it was only Buster and he was more than 15 feet away from her. She has let out this scream several times, each time she was not in contact with anything. This little girl has learned fear.

Skittles is the only dog that will sit and sleep in my lap without wanting to explore the room. At night, she crawls under the covers and cuddles up next to me. She sleeps all night. Over the last few days, Skittles has become comfortable with her surroundings and now happily plays with Buster. He holds a stuffed toy in his mouth and she jumps up trying to take it away. She has even taken to barking at the neighbors to protect us. As I type this she has just curled up with Missy. She is learning how to work with her fear. Amazingly, the splint has not slowed her down. She just needs to know she is safe and loved.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Who Wants A Puppy?

Patty
Patty
Maxene
Maxene
LaVerne
LaVerne

Our puppies are ready to find their forever home. We named them after the Andrew Sisters. Patty, Maxene and LaVerne. They are adorable little fur balls. These happy Chihuahua, Short Coat/Mix girls are mostly tan in color. Maxene has a dark brown patch on her nose. Patty has a large patch of white covering her face.

Have been introducing them to water, by placing them into a kids pool with about 1" of water. Then pulling them out as soon as they move towards the side. LaVerne and Maxene are now climbing in to get a drink and cool off on their own. Looks like Patty will be doing the save very soon.

LaVerne is the largest and the most independent. She loves to explore. Maxene is shy but also likes to explore. Patty is the love bug and likes to crawl up into your lap. All of them love to run, chasing each other. When strange noises happen, all of them run to your lap for safety.

We are taking them back to the Sacramento SPCA on Friday. I expect them to be on the floor that afternoon. These girls are adorable and should be adopted very fast.

UPDATE: With the help of a wonderful Facebook posting, all of the puppies appear to have been adopted in less than 24 hours. :-)

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Tiana is available for adoption.

Yesterday, we returned Tiana to the Sacramento SPCA and she is now available for adoption. Please, help her out and spread the word to find her a forever home. She is a wonderful pet and will be a great addition to any family.

UPDATE: Looks like Tiana was adopted last Thursday. Hooray!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Tiana and her 3 daughters.

This is our foster Chi Tiana. She is about a year old. Brown and white and weighs just over 8 lbs. She arrived at our house on July 14th and has made herself at home. At first she was scared but has worked her way into our lives nicely. Even Missy lets her sleep snuggled up to her. She loves to be around people. One of her favorite things to do is to chase flying creatures, like dragonflies and moths. Is house trained. She is comes when called and knows her name. Also, knows sit and stay. If she is not wagging her butt and tail, then she is sleeping next to you. Tiana has been a great mom. Taking great care of her puppies.

Tiana has 3 adorable pudgy fuzz balls for puppies. All three are tan. One with a dark brown nose. One with white coloring on her face and one all tan. Each of them are about 2 lbs. They love to wrestle with each other and take lots of naps.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

"Can we all just get along?" – Rodney King

The Supreme Court's ruling allowing marriage between two people of the same sex is a good thing. There are many people in the US that do not agree with me. Am hoping everyone will remember that the United States of America is based on freedom. We are supposed to have the freedom of religion, that means that if your religion dictates that marriage can only be between a man and a woman, then so be it. You need to be yourself and it is up to me to accept you as you.

There are limits to this freedom. Freedom does not include anyone's right to dictate someone else's life or manner in which they live. It also places a responsibility on each of us, that we respect those that have different opinions and life styles than our own.

Please, when someone presents you with a view that is different from your own, pause. Take a moment and try to see the world through their eyes. Each of us has our reasons why we think the way we do. If you feel they need to change, then you need to learn more about them.

The United States is big enough for all of us.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Rocky was adopted.

This is always a bitter-sweet time for us. Rocky has been with us for more than 3 months. We had to bottle feed him and his siblings. Rocky really touched our hearts and we spoiled him. However, he is going to a wonderful home.

We were very fortunate to be a part of the adoption process. Due to his size, the Sacramento SPCA wanted him to stay with us. This meant that after a potential adopter is approved, they have to coordinate with us for "meet and greets". This means, all of the adopter's family need to meet with Rocky. This way they can see if there are any immediate issues and everyone agrees with the adoption.

We met with Rocky's forever family yesterday and they are terrific. A young couple with a very cute little girl, Mitzy. I think, they fell in love with Rocky at first sight. We left them alone with Rocky, so that he would not cling to us. Rocky took to them and that was it. Recently, they lost another Chihuahua, Chiquita. We were told that Mitzy missed her. Personally, I think they all missed her. Am sure that Mitzy and Rocky will become as close as our Missy and Buster.

Today, we all met again, at the SSPCA, where the adoption papers were signed. Rocky is now with his forever family. They made this very easy for us. Thank you for being great people.

We are going to try to take a couple of weeks off from fostering. We need a little time with just Missy and Buster.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Rocky is available for adoption.

Rocky is ready to find his forever home. We have fostered him for his whole life. He came to us with his mom and two siblings on the day they were born. Mom has since been adopted. However, his siblings passed away. We took very good care of him, including bottle feeding when he was only 4 ounces. He is now over 2 lbs. His mother is about a year old and is small at 7 lbs. We think he may grow to about 5 lbs.

He is incredibly adorable and loving. Always, ready to give kisses and play. Loves playing with our 2 big dogs. Also, likes toys and can entertain himself when left alone.

Due to his size, the Sacramento SPCA will be placing him out of foster care. If you are interested in learning more about him or would like to meet him, please contact svaranini@sspca.org for an application. His adoption fee is $100 (includes vaccinations, microchip, neuter). They will schedule appointments in order that the receive completed applications, provided they are a good fit for Rocky!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

His name is Rocky.

We decided that we can name the little boy and not adopt him. His name is Rocky, as he has had to fight for his survival. Rocky is a special dog. He is very small, less than a pound and a half. Stands about 6 inches to his shoulder in height. When he runs, he bounces. He plays with pretty much any toy he can get his mouth around. Loves to bounce backward and forward. Occasionally, he will bark for no reason.

The last week that Bella (II) was here, we noticed that she seemed scared to be in the crate at night. Viewing the camera, I saw her tongue hanging out and she would stare at a side of the crate, then move and stare at a different side. This would go on for a couple of hours before she would sleep. I took her and Rocky to bed with me and they both settled down immediately and would sleep the almost the whole night. Bella would sleep at my feet and then eventually move to my stomach and curl up against me. Rocky, would sleep between my body and arm, under the covers.

Bella (II) has now found her forever home. Rocky is still coming to bed with me. His behavior is unique. He does not try to explore the house as all the other dogs have done. Instead he will only explore a little and stays in the room. Our ritual of going to bed, means that we go outside for him and then he is left in the bedroom while I go to the bathroom. He will follow me to the bathroom. Then quickly runs back to the entrance of the bedroom and wait patiently for me to return. Once in bed, he plays bite my face off. Thankfully, this is changing to lick my face off. This lasts about 5 minutes and then he lays on my shoulder with his head resting on my neck, while I read. When done reading, I will slide him down between my arm and body. He will sleep curled up next to me. If he needs to go outside, he will wake me by licking me on my lips.

I am spoiling him and am enjoying every moment.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Bella (II) Adopted.

It appears Bella (II) was adopted today at the Sacramento SPCA (SSPCA), during the "Road to the Puppy Bowl" by the Animal Planet promotion. Am elated that Bella was adopted. Her new forever family is very lucky. She is a great companion and will make a fantastic addition to their family. Bella is almost 1 1/2 years old. When the SSPCA took her in, they had no idea she was pregnant. On March 13th, she gave birth to 3 puppies. Only 1 has survived. That puppy is now only 8 weeks old, 20 ounces and very small. He is doing well. (Sleeping in my lap as I write this post.)

All animals that are adopted during this promotion are free, i.e. no adoption fee for adopting families. The fee is paid by Animal Planet. This is a great deal for anyone adopting a new family member. The promotion and good will that the SSPCA receives are very good things. This promotion will help them to save many more animals and hopefully slow down what seems like an ever increasing population of dogs and cats.

The Front Street Animal Shelter's posted this story on their Facebook page. I have no idea if the story is true or not, but am sure there are many families similar to the one illustrated. Most of us tend to value that which we work for more than that which is given to us. For this reason, it bothers me that some people might interpret this promotion to mean the animal they adopt has less value and maybe more disposable. Paying a fee to adopt, seems to start off the process with an understanding of responsibility for the animal. Adopting a dog or cat into a family really does need to be seen as a major undertaking for that family. This animal could be with you for 20 years. They will not be the same experience tomorrow as they are today.

In 2006 we adopted Rosie from the SSPCA. She was a 6 1/2 year old German Shepherd / Rottweiler mix. She had been through at least 2 shelters and available for adoption for more than 9 months. Because of her situation, the SSPCA waived the adoption fee. We did not ask for and did not want the discount. We donated the fee to the SSPCA. Rosie was a wonderful part of our family for many years. We will always remember and love her.

Can only hope that the lucky family that adopted Bella understands the commitment they are undertaking. The long term love, affection and companionship that Bella has to offer is well worth all the costs.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Stray Dog Update

Several weeks ago we found a stray dog roaming our street. You can read about our finding him here. What I did not say was that he was neutered and his nails were well trimmed. Overall, this dog looked well taken care of and must have a family that loved him. When this dog met our Buster, his whole demeanor changed. His ears perked up, he stood taller and his tail wagged and pointed up. When Buster was not around, the ears went down, his stance was lower and his tail was tucked between his legs. He would still lick my face and be very loving.

He did have a limp and I wanted a vet to see him. We had to take him to Front Street Animal Shelter. He touched my heart and each day I checked the First Street Shelter website to see when he would be available for adoption or better yet be returned to his family. Today, he was not listed anywhere. I do not know what happened to him. Can only hope his family found him.

It is time to hug our dogs and be thankful we have them.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Bella (II) is available.

We returned Bella to the Sacaramento SPCA today and she is available for adoption. She is such a loving little dog, am very hopeful she finds her forever home very soon. Bella loved to play with our Buster. She has more energy than he does and would tire him out. When watching her from the camera in the pen at night, she appeared to be scared. Decided to let her sleep with me the last few nights. She was so much more comfortable and would curl up at the foot of my bed and go right to sleep. At some point in the night she would move up to my stomach and curl up against me. If she was cold, she would nuzzle the blankets and work her way under them. Crawling down my back and curling up against me. She did all this very quietly and would go right to sleep. In the morning, she would crawl out and off the bed, then sit next to the door waiting quietly for me to let her outside.

Bella loved her puppy and took good care of him. He is still with us. We have not named him out of fear of falling to in love with him and then keeping him.

If you know of someone that would love to have a companion they can take almost anywhere with very little fuss, this could be the perfect match.

Friday, May 1, 2015

2015 Doggy Dash


SPCA Foster/Rescue Squad!

It is time to plan for the Sacramento SPCA 2015 Doggy Dash. Saturday, June 6, 2015, William Land Park. Missy, Buster, Gloria and I will be a part of the Foster/Rescue Squad. This will be our third year walking. It is always a lot of fun and great time to meet fellow foster parents. Please, join and/or help support us.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Found Dog Male Pit/Mix Brindle Coloring

Yesterday, we noticed this dog on our neighbor's porch. He was just sitting on the porch with no collar. We had never seen a dog at their house. About 3PM we put our dogs into the car and were headed to the dog park. Now, the dog walked down the yard and towards someone walking along the street. The person kept on walking and the dog slowly started walking up the street. I followed him and tried to get him to come to me. He did cross the street but it was clear he was scared. Gloria came out with treats. As soon as we could get close enough to grab him, he would run back into the street. Disrupting the after school traffic. Many people tried to drive around other cars that were stopped for the dog. Some even honked their horns. All this panicked the dog. He ran further and further away. As our dogs where in the car, we choose to leave him and continue to the dog park.

When we returned from the dog park, this stray dog was back on the porch. We waited until we knew the neighbor was home. Gloria, went to talk the neighbor and the dog slowly walked off the porch. However, this time she was prepared with a bowl, dog food, leash and collar. Gloria knocked on the door and the neighbor opened the door, but just a crack. Apparently, the neighbor had fed the dog and she was scared of him. By this time the dog had approached Gloria from behind and was sniffing the dog food. Gloria told the neighbor we would take the dog and what was needed for him. She turned, slid the collar over the dog's head and walked him home.

We fed him and setup a bed in my office. He was still scared, but now he was licking my face and just wanted a little love. He slept all night in my office, away from all the other dogs. He never made a sound and no accidents.

He has been camera shy, and would not let me take his picture. Several times today, I took him out side and locked the other dogs in the house. Late this afternoon, he walked up to a sliding glass door, on the other side was Buster and Missy. They really wanted to meet this new guy. Apparently, he wanted to meet them too. I allowed Buster to come out first. Buster growled a little. But, both dogs had their tails wagging and seemed to want to play. This is looking very good. Tomorrow, we are going to the take this stray to the Sacramento First Street Shelter and have him checked out for a microchip and hopefully some kind of vet check. He really is a very sweet loving dog.

Tomorrow, should be a busy day we are also scheduled to take Bella (II) and her puppy in for their first check-up since we started fostering them. Bella and her puppy are doing very well. The little puppy is trying to eat everything, including Bella's food. Don't forget to check them out on our foster web cam.

UPDATE 4/15/2015: This friendly stray dog is now at the Front Street Animal Shelter. He does not have a microchip. When he was around our dogs it was amazing to see his demeanor change from scared to happy confident dog. In the two days we took care of him, he impressed us as being a very well behaved and loving pet. He truely deserves a great forever home. We hope he finds his family or at least finds a new forever home.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Bella (I) is Back!

It looks like our Bella(I) has been returned to the Sacramento SPCA and is available for adoption again. Bella is a 6 year old Bulldog that has the energy of a puppy. She is also very intelligent and learns quickly. We fostered her until March 13th and were so excited when she was adopted within hours of being available for adoption. Don't know the reason she was returned but it couldn't be her fault. She barely had time to get used to her new home, let alone learn the rules. Whomever does adopt her, they will not be disappointed. Bella will respond very well to a little guidance and give them so much more in return. Please, if you know someone who would love a companion with energy and personality tell them about Bella.

UPDATE: Bella has been adopted, again. This is her fourth adoption. Please, lets make this her last adoption and give this sweet girl a forever home.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Sometimes fostering can hurt.

Last Friday was bitter sweet. We woke to a lethargic cold puppy, that was not eating. Another puppy was also not eating. She, at least, was moving and warm. Rushing to Sacramento SPCA we picked up formula and a bottle to feed the puppies. Unfortunately, a few minutes into feeding this cold little puppy, he past away in my hands. I had to go to my daughter's wedding later that day. Gloria stayed home and continued to bottle feed the other puppy. The wedding was wonderful, seeing these two people who are so in love, starting a great new chapter filled my heart. At the wedding I made a fool of myself hugging my family.

Today, Sunday, after 2 days of bottle feeding this tiny girl, she past away in Gloria's hand. We both could not be more heart broken. Our poor mama, Bella, is looking all over for her two missing puppies. She has one left. Fortunately, he seems to be a fighter and is twice the weight of the first two, at about 6 ounces. He still has a tough battle ahead. His mama, Bella, does not seem to be producing much milk. She has kennel cough, too. Needless to say we are keeping a close eye on both of them.

It has to get better.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Bella (II) and Puppies

We have another Bella and this one has 3 adorable, tiny puppies.They are white Chihuahuas.When Bella was recieved by the Sacramento SPCA, they did not know she was pregnant.The puppies were born Friday, March 13, 2015. The puppies are about the size of half a banana.Two appear to be short hairs and 1 long hair.The puppies are doing well.Bella is about 6 lbs and a year and 3 months old with long fur.Bella has a white coat with tan ears with a large tan spot on her butt.She is protective of her babies and still loves to jump into my arms giving me a little kiss.

Bella will be with us for maybe 5 weeks and the puppies will with us at least until they are 8 weeks old.

Please, check out our foster web camera. This camera will be available 7AM to 9PM PST daily.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Bella the Bulldog.

This is Bella. A 6 year old Bulldog mix and weighs 38 lbs. We were told she is recovering from kennel cough. However, I think she is recovering from the kennels. The first day (last Tuesday, February 24th) she would not stop running. It took her a couple of days to calm down. She is much better now. Although, she still loves to keep moving. Cannot believe she is 6 years old. She acts more like a puppy. Loves to chew on almost anything. She and Buster (he is 2 years old) play until they drop.

She is incredibly loving. One of her favorite things to do is lean into you and lick/nibble on your neck and ear. If you let her, she will put a paw on each shoulder and just nibble your ear. She is very smart and knows her name and some simple commands. Loves to go for walks. She really wants to please and be with you.

UPDATE: Bella will be available for adoption late today (3/13/2015) at the Sacramento SPCA. Please, help this very sweet and loving dog find her forever home. She will reward her family with lots of love and licks.

UPDATE: OMG! We were driving home from dropping off Bella at the SPCA and Gloria told me that Bella had been listed on the web site (2:30PM). We thought that was very fast. NOW at 4:45PM it appears our Bella has been adopted. That is the fastest any of our fosters have been adopted. Well someone has a wonderful new family member with loads of personality. Congratulations Bella.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Sheba is ready to be adopted.

Sheba is headed to the Sacramento SPCA to find her forever home. You should be able to see her this afternoon. She is a very loving and great companion. We will miss her immensely.

Sheba was adopted yesterday, March 1, 2015.

Friday, February 20, 2015

We have a new guest.

The picture on the left is a metal and glass decoration with a humming bird sculpture. The picture on the right is the same decoration with a real bird on her nest. Which is on top of the humming bird sculpture.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Our Chugs are not Chugs

The people that adopted Minnie invested in a DNA report. They were kind enough to share it with Sacramento SPCA, who shared it with us. Minnie the daughter of Midnight and sister to Happy, T-Bone, Smokey & Pitch. It appears, Minnie is the daughter of a American Staffordshire Terrier, Boxer mix and a Pug mix. Midnight must be the Pug mix. Surprisingly, there is no mention of Chihuahua. Click here to read the report.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Sheba AKA: Queen (of) Sheba

Sheba

Sheba is the smallest (not including new borns) and oldest foster we have had in our home. Most of the animals we foster are very inquisitive and explore everything. Sheba is happy sitting in my lap and getting lots of pets. If I have to move, she will follow me. Gloria has already told me that I am spoiling her. As I type this post, she is sleeping in my lap. Have said I would not like a little yappy dog. Sheba is just that, minus the yappy. She is very easy going dog and I am loving her. This is a very loving and easy going dog. Whomever is lucky enough to adopt her is going to have a wonderful companion.

The other dogs want to play with her, but she is ignoring them. Think Buster (our dog) is used to playing with puppies. While she is smaller than the puppies, she doesn't play like them. It is very nice to not have my shoe laces and clothes chewed up. I can sit in a chair with her and know I won't be running around the house, a moment later, to find her.

Sheba is Chihuahua, short coat, mix that is 10 years old and weighs 5 lbs. After a few days, she has shown us that she is house trained and comes to her name. She will be with us for about 2 weeks while she recovers from kennel cough and surgery. She had most of her teeth removed, due to decay. We started fostering her on Thursday, January 29, 2015.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Chugs ready to find their forever home.

Minnie
Minnie
Happy and her mother (Midnight)
Happy and her mother (Midnight)
T-Bone
T-Bone
Smokey
Smokey
Pitch
Pitch

It has been a wonderful 2 months. We have enjoyed our fosters immensely. Watching them grow and play has been a real pleasure. The time has come for them to find their forever home. Thursday afternoon, January 22, 2015 they will be returned to the Sacramento SPCA Please, help them find their new home. Any of these puppies will make a great companion.

Their mother is a Chihuahua, Short coat / Pug (Chug). She is about 1 year old and weighed about 24lbs. All of the puppies have black coats with slight variations to brown. They also have varying spots of white.

Our foster camera will go off line when the puppies have been returned. Check them out while you can. The link to the camera is at the top of the page on the right side.

UPDATE 1/25/2015: Hurray! All the puppies have been adopted.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Midnight's paw print
Over the last few years we have been fostering animals for the Sacramento SPCA. Have enjoyed sharing our experiences on Facebook, Flickr, Google + and Twitter. However, cross posting on these domains is time consuming and does seem to be impolite. This location should be a centralized location for discussion and pictures.