California to Kentucky

I left San Diego, California on June 10th and arrived in Elkton, Ky June 12th, 2,000 miles. I drove straight through with my daughter and furbabies. This move was a miracle in itself and I received help from some good friends. I didn’t have the resources to make this move. But I was guided (by Spirit) to make this move. I knew this was the right thing to do and the right time. I had been struggling in California for some time.

Since I am no longer in San Diego, my URL-thedogwalkersandiego.wordpress.com needed to be changed. My URL is b-kind2animals.com. This blog will always be called Touch of Home, dedicated to my Lexi. My followers will be directed to my new URL. Thank you for your patience during this time!

I rented an SUV 3 weeks early and it was my intention to tow a U-haul trailer to bring my most of my belongings. I used Hotwire (don’t ever use them, there were several issues) to rent my vehicle and told them I needed a ball to tow a trailer. It was noted. On my confirmation call a week before leaving, I was informed that rental vehicles cannot tow anything. How am I going to get all my things to Kentucky? The only choice was to leave most of my stuff, my animals were going! I upgraded to the largest van they had. You cannot rent a Uhaul van out of state in California. ???

My best friend, me, and her dog in Cali.

Unfortunately, I had to put 2 furbabies to sleep. My daughter had 6 animals between us. My Jasamine, 17 year old Siamese, was growing very weak and barely eating. I did not think she would even make the trip. Zeus, my daughter’s blind Shih Tzu, was becoming very aggressive towards me, guarding my daughter. He bit me several times. My daughter went back and forth about keeping him. We looked for rescues to take him, none would, since he was adoptable. I have never put to sleep a healthy dog and was fighting this decision.

My daughter rescued Zeus over a year ago and was adapting to out family very nicely. He had a few issues, he was special needs, nothing we were not willing to deal with. Zeus was only two and had a horrible life. His previous owners dumped him in a shelter and was to be euthanized for being aggressive. I thought it was due to all the trauma he had been through. When rescued he had one eye removed and 10% vision in the other. But I could not have an aggressive dog in the house and someone getting bit. Jasmine and Zeus were put to sleep June 6th, the 9 month anniversary of my Lexi crossing over. This was not planned but the way things worked out. I was putting this off as long as possible.

We put Rey and Milo (cats) in Sydney’s big dog crate with litter box, food and water. Sydney had her own space in the van and Heidi (shih tzu) went where she could find space. We had the van loaded with no extra space at all. We are all very happy in out new country home. We have a yard with trees. We sit outside and watch the birds, squirrels and rabbits. Oh, and we have replaced almost everything we left thanks to donations from friends. Where there is a will, there is a way!

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Zeus

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Jasmine

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Calling Rescuers: Latest list of Olympic Animal Sanctuary survivors that still need homes

I want to send a huge thank you to ALL who have helped and will help in saving these dogs! Thank you for your love and support. The rescue groups that have taken in these dogs, still need help funding, all these dogs were emaciated without medical care for years. Thank you to all who help animals everywhere. It is a tough job. Thank you!

Jesse is one of many that is looking for a loving person or family to adopt him. There are many ways to help, foster, sponsor, adopt, or send loving thoughts for the well-being of these dogs and all animals.

Reblogged from Seattle Dog Spot

March 07, 2014 | BY Robert Pregulman

Here is an updated list of dogs from the Olympic Animal Sanctuary that are still at the Guardians of Rescue site in Arizona.

Only about 30 of the original 124 dogs are left, but the rescue of these dogs won’t be complete until ALL of them find new homes.

We need reputable dog rescue groups to step up and take these dogs. They are doing so much better now that they are getting medical care, food, water, and love.

If your rescue would like to adopt any of these dogs or learn more about any of them, please contact Guardians of Rescue at 888-287-3864 or email info@guardiansofrescue.org.

If you are unable to adopt, you can still help the dogs who are waiting for rescue. Donations to help with the care of the dogs can be made at the Guardians of Rescue website.

TUCKER

Tucker enjoys his walks, getting scratches and lots of attention. This elderly (10 years old), quiet dog needs a soft comfy bed and a secure place to live out his years where he will get the love he deserves and the best of care.

Tucker. Image from Guardians of Rescue.

ROSIE

This is Rosie. She was born at OAS, so for nine years of her life, all she knew was filth, hunger, thirst and neglect. She lived in humid, glass door room for a while, and then in a travel crate 24/7. She even suffered a head trauma while in the “care” of Markwell / OAS.

Thankfully, Rosie’s life has become so much better, thanks to Guardians of Rescue. Rosie has received medical treatment when she needs it, she is fed well, has water whenever she wants it, a clean place to lay and people who care for her and shower her with attention everyday.

Rosie needs to know what a home is. She needs to know that she belongs to someone, who loves her and will give her everything she needs to live out her life in comfort. Please share and help Rosie to get what she’s never had.

Rosie. Image from OAS-Life inside the Sanctuary.

DOUG

Doug gives the best dog hugs ever. This handsome guy is very affectionate and enjoys human interaction. He’s been getting trained on leash and getting his manners polished up.

He was at OAS for dog issues, however that behavior has not been witnessed since he’s been in Arizona.

Doug. Image from OAS-Life inside the Sanctuary.

APRIL

April is a survivor, a living testament to the resilience of pitbulls. She was first exploited by a dog fighting ring and then abused and neglected at the Olympic Animal Sanctuary where she was kept confined to a crate for so long that she nearly gave up on life. The police photos show her curled up, too depressed even to lift her head.

But now April is a happy friendly dog who loves Kongs. Like many former fighting dogs, she is very people-social but can be aggressive toward dogs. In the right home she could be a rewarding and loving pet. –lk

APRIL needs a qualified rehabber, trainer, or 501c3 rescue with a behaviorist or trainer.

April. Image from OAS-Life inside the Sanctuary.

ZEUS

This handsome guy is Zeus.

Zeus was underweight, very timid and fearful when he arrived in Arizona, and would cower if a hand was raised to pet him. It is our understanding, he went to OAS in May 2013. (Wasn’t Markwell not supposed to be taking in more dogs?)

Today, Zeus is well fed, enjoys walks and no longer is fearful of human contact — in fact, he loves and seeks it.

Please share this Zeus and help him find a rescue that will give him the life he deserves.

Zeus. Image from Guardians of Rescue.

RALPH

For a dog who knew nothing but life inside OAS, Ralph has adjusted very well to the best life he’s ever had. With the nine years of filth, darkness, starvation and neglect behind him, Ralph now enjoys the days soaking up the sun and rolling in the dirt in his large, clean kennel. He has two meals served to him daily and all the fresh water he wants. He loves his walks and all the attention he is getting.

Ralph now needs the one thing he’s never had – a home. He was born at OAS, so for this dog, his life in Arizona must seem like heaven on earth. Please share Ralph so he can find out that there is an even better place out there for him – his own home.

Ralph. Image from OAS-Life inside the Sanctuary.

GUS

Gus lived over two years in a travel crate at OAS. When he arrived to Arizona, he was severely underweight, with bite marks on his nose, hair loss and just in poor condition.

Looks at him now! He has put on weight, is getting regular exercise and lots of attention. He is one happy dog thanks to Guardians of Rescue!

Gus is an active guy, who loves to play and run and keep busy.

Gus. Image from OAS-Life inside the Sanctuary.

RUDY

Rudy is one of the Clearwater Hounds. Understandably, after being removed from deplorable conditions to being forced to live in a travel crate for over three years at OAS, Rudy was very shut down and fearful of everything when she arrived in Arizona. She was rarely even seen out of her house.

We are happy to say Rudy has made amazing progress. Everybody on site has been working with her and helping her to be less fearful of people. She is now going for walks, and these days, she is even making her presence known by standing on her house instead of hiding in it.

We can only imagine what this freedom must feel like to a dog who went from living on the end of a chain in deplorable conditions, to being stuffed away in a filthy travel crate at OAS for over three years.

Rudy — you are doing great!

ALANA

Alana needs someone to provide the happy ending to a story that has been sad so far. She had a biting incident and for that she was sentenced to solitary confinement in the prison of OAS where she spent two years in the filth and darkness.

Alana is not good with other dogs, but she does like people and would appreciate the safety and security of a real home. Alana is only three years old and has her whole life ahead of her. Can someone step up and give her a home?

ALANA needs a qualified rehabber, trainer, or 501c3 rescue with a behaviorist or trainer.

Alana. Image from OAS-Life inside the Sanctuary.

WALTER

When Walter first arrived in AZ, he was skinny and sad. Now he is a happy dog who runs up to greet people, ready for a walk or a chance to play. He is so grateful to be out of the filtty darkness of the OAS warehouse! Now he wants to go to a home where he can get the love and comforts he deserves.

WALTER needs a qualified rehabber, trainer, or 501c3 rescue with a behaviorist or trainer.

Walter. Image from OAS-Life inside the Sanctuary.

CLARA

Clara is definitely much healthier and much happier these days! Gone is the tiny, dirty kennel she lived in 24/7 for years at OAS. Now she has a large, clean kennel, a dog house stuffed with fresh straw to sleep in, food twice a day, clean water and exercise. Clara also gets something else she loves – lots of attention.

Thank you Guardians of Rescue for taking such good care of little Miss Clara!

Clara. Image from OAS-Life inside the Sanctuarty.

COOKIE

A happy and content Cookie naps in her Igloo.

Cookie’s life and environment have changed dramatically, in comparison to how she lived at OAS. She has fresh water, fed daily, gets lots of attention, and can now walk around and not even come close to stepping in her own waste, whereas, she used to have to eat off of it.

This older girl is a very affectionate dog who needs a home, where she can live out her life in comfort and get all the love she desires!

Cookie. Image from OAS-Life inside the Sanctuary.

CHANCE

Say hi to Chance!

Chance went to OAS in the summer of 2011, where he lived in a travel crate for well over a year, before being moved to a kennel, where he shared space with his dog buddy. His buddy has been adopted, sadly leaving Chance alone.

Chance needs a home. He is a funny dog, who loves neck scratches and has done well with other dogs in the past. Please share him so Chance can finally have a yard to play and run in, and a family to call his own.

Chance. Image from OAS-Life inside the Sanctuary.

BUNNY

Bunny!

Bunny is still looking for her forever home. Please share and help her get it.

Bunny. Image from OAS-Life inside the Sanctuary.

WYLEY

Wyley has had a dificult life and is shy. He was part of a pack of semi-feral dogs that were sent to OAS for rehabilitation, a service they never got. Wiley and the other pack members spent their time at OAS incarcerated in crates with very little interaction with people.

He is cautious and will need a nurturing home, but he is receptive to friendliness from people and could adapt to living as a pet. Wiley has been failed by people so many times! Now he needs a reacue to step up for him and give him the chance he never got from anyone else. –lk

Wyley needs a qualified rehabber, trainer, or 501c3 rescue with a behaviorist or trainer.

Wiley. Image from OAS-Life inside the Sanctuary.

ODIE

Odie is much happier these days and he loves his KONG! Odie has come a long way since living in a travel crate, but what this little fellow now needs is a home. Please share Odie and help him get it!

Odie. Image from OAS-Life inside the Sanctuary.

LIBBY

Libby arrived at a young age she needs to know what it is like to live in a good home, with people who love and care for her. She deserves to be pampered and told what a good girl she is everyday. Please share so this sweet girl can finally find her forever home.

LIBBY needs a qualified rehabber, trainer, or 501c3 rescue with a behaviorist or trainer.

Libby. Image from OAS-Life inside the Sanctuary.

DOZER

Dozer is enjoying the fresh air, open space and the views of the open desert these days. Dozer’s life was at the end of a chain before going to OAS, so being in Arizona must seem like paradise for this dog.

Please share Dozer and help him get something even better — a home! Dozer is approximately 6 years old and a Rottie mix.

Dozer. Image from Guardians of Rescue.

COOPER AND TOBY

These bonded brothers were taken into OAS as strays in January 2008 and never allowed the opportunity to be adopted into a home. Thanks to Guardians of Rescue, these two friendly, energetic dogs are being given a chance to experience a real life.

Cooper. Image from OAS-Life inside the Sanctuary.

Toby. Image from OAS-Life inside the Sanctuary.

TATONKA

Tatonka spent most of his OAS years in a small room off the main area, where his only view of the world, day after day, was through a dirty sliding glass door that looked out at the dogs in kennels. Thanks to Guardians of Rescue, Tatonka now spends his day looking out at open space, enjoying fresh air, dry bedding, good food and lots of human contact.

What Tatonka needs is a happy home! Please share and help him find it!

Tatonka. Image from Guardians of Rescue.

MAX

Max needs an experienced rescue, rehabber, or trainer to help him. He has a history of aggression and needs someone that is very experienced with issue dogs. He is a purebred senior miniature pinscher who was at OLYMPIC ANIMAL SANCTUARY for several years.

Max. Image from OAS-Life inside the Sanctuary.

OUTBACK

This little boy came in with his siblings. This group of dogs were feral and need some extra TLC. Some have been placed already, but this cutie is still waiting!

Lester. Image from OAS-Life inside the Sanctuary.

BRIE

Brie is a seven year old American Bulldog who went to OAS in 2010. Brie is an active girl, who loves going on walks and playing with her toys. She is quite affectionate and enjoys human attention. However it’s been noticed how sad she is, and while extra time is spent with her, what Brie needs is a home, where she is the only dog and can be lavished with lots of love and attention by people who are her very own.

Please share Brie and help her to get the happiness she deserves.

Brie. Image from Guardians of Rescue.

MAUI

Maui is a 10-year-old, neutered American Bulldog Mix. Maui is enjoying the new run that Robert and David constructed from the now empty ones! ♥ This is what it is all about! Life is good for Maui, now let’s get him into an approved rescue!

EDDIE

Little Eddie is survivor of the Olympic Animal “Sanctuary” in Forks, WA. Little Eddie and his siblings weren’t sent to OAS. They were born there. They were never offered for adoption. Eddie has never experienced a Forever Home. He is very friendly and just wants the chance enjoy life. Little Eddie is currently located in Arizona, and needs a rescue to step up and take him, so he can find his forever home. Please share this handsome boy so that can happen.

Little Eddy need a qualified rehabber, trainer, or 501c3 rescue with a behaviorist or trainer.

Eddie. Image from OAS-Life inside the Sanctuary.

PIXIE

Pixie is a 4-year-old, spayed boxer mix
Pixie. Image from OAS-Life inside the Sanctuary.
HERCULES
Hercules getting some fun time in the new run. Hercules is an older boy, neutered, vaccinated and ready to go to rescue. Any Rottie lovers out there for this former Olympic Animal Sanctuary dog?
JACK
Jack is a rottweiler mix.
Jack. Image from OAS-Life inside the Sanctuary.
JAKE
This boy is about 7 years old. He has some attitude and has not had any rehabilitation since his arrival at OAS. But he is being worked with in AZ and improving daily. However, he will need an experienced rescuer.
Jake. Image from OAS-Life inside the Sanctuary.
LIZZIE
Lizzie is the epitome of beauty. In 2012 she was sent to Forks, WA as a feral, with the hope that she would live out her life in a caring environment. Unfortunately, Lizzie found herself in a horrible hoarding situation. She spent her days in a locked in a filthy crate, with little food, water, and no socialization at the Olympic Animal Sanctuary.
Lizzie has since been rescued, and is in Arizona soaking up the sunshine, fresh air and plenty of food and water. What this pretty girl needs now is for a rescue to adopt her who has a qualified trainer. She will need to gain confidence, become socialized, and have plenty of affection. Please share Lizzie so she can move forward and eventually find the perfect home.Lizzy needs a qualified rehabber, trainer, or 501c3 rescue with a behaviorist or trainer.
Wanda. Image from OAS-Life inside the Sanctuary.
LUCKY
Lucky is a shepherd mix.
Lucky. Image from OAS-Life inside the Sanctuary.
BANDIT
Bandit was thin, hungry, and scared upon his rescue and arrival in Arizona. He has since put on weight and is showing signs of improvement. Amazing the positive effects fresh air, clean bedding, plenty of food, water, and affection can have on any dog. Finally, he is happy, healthy and safe.
Bandit was one of the DDI/Devore Shepherds, who ended up living in horrendous conditions while being warehoused at the Olympic Animal Sanctuary. He is currently in Arizona and waiting to be adopted into a rescue. Bandit must have an experienced trainer to help him bridge the gap and learn to build strong human bonds.
Bandit. Image from OAS-Life inside the Sanctuary.
ANNIE
Annie is a pit bull mix.
Image from OAS-Life inside the Sanctuary.

Every Big Dog Should Have a Little Dog

Me, Lexis, and Heidi.

Me, Lexis, and Heidi.

One day my daughter said, “Every big dog should have a little dog.” I thought about it a minute and thought this is our family. At the time, we had two big dogs and two little dogs. Lexis (golden) and Heidi (shih tzu) were best buds and Sydney (lab mix) and Zeus (shih tzu) played all the time.

Dogs don’t care how big or small other dogs are, what color they are, or if their hair is long or short, curly or straight. They like who they like!

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Sorry about the fuzzy photo.

One day at the beach I saw a big dog wearing a backpack with a little dog in one of the backpack pockets.

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Halo for Blind Dogs

Kristin from blogpaws.com saw my post about living with a blind Shih Tzu. In my blog post I said I teased my daughter about Zeus, her blind Shih Tzu, needed a helmet because he was always  running into things. He didn’t hurt himself and more funny than anything. He looked like a pin ball. Zeus hardly runs into anything now. Blind dogs learn where the furniture is and lay out of their surroundings.

Kristin was heading to a meeting with Sylvie from Muffinshalo.com – She makes inflatable halos for blind dogs! How cool is that? So I had to share this product with you.

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Muffin’s Halo has soft angel wings that sit on the dog’s neck to protect their head and shoulder area, designed to protect them from bumping into walls and other objects. It is lightweight  and fits comfortably with adjustable velcro straps. This halo does not hinder their normal daily activity. Muffin’s Halo also comes in a quarterback and butterfly style.

Silvie Bordeaux invented the halo out of love and devotion for MUFFIN BORDEAUX, a 12 year old Toy Poodle who lost his sight last year due to cataracts. Muffin began bumping into walls, fell down the stairs and became depressed and immobile, as he attempted to transition. His mother. Silvie, was heartbroken and determined to find a solution for her beloved dog. After doing some extensive research, she realized there is a great need for products to assist blind dogs, so she created Muffin’s Halo and is now dedicated to assisting blind/visually impaired dogs and their caring owners.

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Muffin’s Blind Dog Clubhouse is a clothing line specifically for visually impaired dogs.

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Contact for Muffin’s Halo:
Silvie Bordeaux
Muffinshalo@aol.com
818.943.9673

Patented Product Made with love in the USA

Life With a Blind Shih Tzu

Heidi, Zeus, Sydney, and Lexis

Zeus’ best friend is Sydney, my foster dog. They love to play. It is so funny to watch!

When I first met Zeus, Shih Tzu, he was very aggressive to me, but never bit. He would bark and bark and lunge at me. In fact, I nick named him Chucky, because he just had his eye surgery and he reminded me of Chucky.

Zeus lives with a female shih tzu, Heidi; a staffy/lab/shepherd/? mix, Sydney (foster); and until recently, Lexi, my golden. And a few of the feline persuasion. Heidi does a walk-through on the video. Lexis is chillin’ on the couch.

Zeus was fostered and quickly adopted by my daughter in January 2013. He had a hard first year of life. His humans would not get medical care for his eyes and dumped him at the shelter. He was scheduled for euthanasia, labeled as aggressive. Holly’s Garden Rescue stepped in on his last day and saved him.

Zeus was taken to the vet where he had one eye removed due to retinal detachment. The vet said this was due to being shaken. He has 10% vision in his other eye. He needed eye drops daily and came into my home after his surgery.

Poor little Zeus had been through a lot of trauma and just needed some TLC. He quickly became good friends with Sydney and they love to play. They are close to the same age, but huge difference in size.

He is now a happy, loving, well-adjusted dog, no more Chucky. He doesn’t need his eye drops. He does bark at people or other dogs that come in the house still, but not on a crazy rampage as before. He loves to cuddle. Goes out to potty by himself.

Zeus is treated like the other dogs. He is not coddled because he is ‘special needs’. Although there are special things that need to be done for him, like keep the furniture in the same place. If I do move the furniture, I show him where it has moved to, but there are no major changes.

When Zeus first got here, it was so funny to watch him jump on the couch. He would jump about a foot higher than he needed to. Now he has it down. I have to watch if I am eating around him, because he might jump right in my plate. 🙂 He still bumps into things, coffee table, chair, dog, occasionally but he eventually gets to where he is going. I use to tease my daughter and say we might need to get him a helmet.

The other dogs quickly learned that Zeus has a tendency to bump into them. I wonder if they know he is blind? I think they do. My Lexi, always laid back, never minded. She would just look at him. Sydney just thought it was funny and wanted to play. Heidi, the picky one doesn’t like it. She is also the alpha of the house.

Before I pet Zeus or pick him up, I tell him I am there. Even when I tell him I am there, he has a tendency to back up when I pick him up.

He listens for the dog tags of the other dogs in the house and has learned the dogs by the sound of their tags. Sydney  doesn’t have tags, but you can hear her coming a mile away!

When it is feeding time, somehow he always knows, even when he is in another room. I use kibble, holistic kibble. He will come running and/or start barking. Shih Tzus have a rep for barking, but Heidi very seldom ever barks and when she does, it is very soft.But the strange thing is when I give Zeus his bowl, I have to put the food right under his nose.

Zeus walks really well on a leash around the block. You would never know he is blind. We tried tethering him to Heidi, but Heidi doesn’t really care for that. After about a block, Zeus lays down and refuses to walk any more. Heidi was rescued 4 years ago, abused and abandoned, and still has some issues about certain things. When Zeus is not on a leash, he will walk for much longer, but we constantly talk to him. And he will follow.

Zeus also does what I call ‘scanning’. He looks in your direction and moves his head up and down like a document being scanned. I think he is trying to focus on us with his 10% vision. He does not do this with objects, only people. I still find it a bit creepy. ♥

Lexis and Zeus

Zeus and Friend

I am so glad Zeus was saved and his life did not end at the age of one. This is why I do not understand behavior assessments at shelters! Clearly this poor little Shih Tzu was traumatized, no telling what all his humans did to him, dumped in a shelter, could not see, examined by a number of people. Well yes, he is going to be reactive and aggressive! I believe shelters think it easier to kill the dog than take the time for TLC. That’s all it took!

What is Your Dog’s Job?

Pet parents learn a lot from their dogs, all pets have a job. They don’t have to be a TV/movie star, service dog or police dog. Their job could be as simple as making you smile. 🙂 Our pets enrich our lives in one way or another and it may not be obvious to us at first. But if you think about the qualities of your pet, you will discover what their job is and what their purpose is in your life. (cats and horses included)

Heidi

Heidi

For example: Heidi is the alpha dog in our family. She puts the other dogs in check when they are misbehaving. It doesn’t matter the size of the dog. Little Heidi is fearless and 99% of the time, they listen to her. She is not a ‘yappy’ little dog, only barks when necessary, which makes her a good watchdog as well. JOB: alpha, watchdog

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Lexis

Lexis is the ‘mother’ of the pack. She is great at socializing other dogs, she has tons of patience. Which is great for my foster dogs and rehabilitating rescue dogs. She is very laid back, although she does have her limit and will teach dogs boundaries. She watches after her little sister, Heidi, on outings. Dogs learn more easily from watching other dogs, so the new-comers learn from watching her, too. JOB: teacher, socialize

Sydney, my foster.

Sydney, my foster.

Sydney, makes me laugh. She is always doing something, such as getting paper toilet rolls out of the bathroom trash or jumping on you as you walk in the house, but she has a great personality that you just can’t help but laugh at. (She is a work in progress). Sydney is very smart and learns things quickly. She tends to think of everything as a game, she is 1.5 years old. Syd also watches after every other animal in the house, whether canine or feline. If she hears a cat meow, she checks on them. She even tells us if the cat gets out of the house. If a dog is not feeling well, she checks on them. When Heidi got out of the fence, she told us. JOB: laughter, overseer of all animals

Me and Zeus

Zeus

Zeus is the newest member, January 2013. He is still integrating into the family, he is a rescue and has physical and mental issues. He is coming around very quickly. I would say his job is teaching us how to work with a ‘handicapped’ dog. He is missing one eye and has only 10% vision in his other eye from abuse. He is also the playmate to Sydney. JOB: teaching humans

I think all animals teach humans something, one way or another!

We just have to listen.

Happy 11th Birthday Lexis!

Lexis turned 11 today! She is running back to me, she always gets to the water before me.

Lexis turned 11 today! She is running back to me, she always gets to the water before me.

On March 7th, 2013, Lexis turned 11 years old. I took her to her favorite place, dog beach in Ocean Beach, CA. She acts like she is 2 at the beach. I took in Lexis when she was 7 years old when her owner could no longer care for her. Lexis is my pride and joy! She has a great temperament, very tolerant of  all cats and dogs. I use her to socialize other dogs. She loves to be petted by everyone she meets.

Heidi

Heidi

Heidi is my daughter’s shih tzu. She was rescued in 2008 after being abused and abandoned several times. She had lots of issues when we first got her but is very happy and well-adjusted now. She is our ‘sand’ dog, she likes to dig holes at the beach and only wades up to her ankles in the water. She is also the alpha of the house, it does not matter how big any other dog is and the funny thing is they listen to her!

Me and Zeus

Me and Zeus

My daughter adopted Zeus, shih tzu, in January 2013 after he was relinquished to a shelter by his previous owners who would not treat his eyes. The shelter was going to euthanize him, as he was labeled aggressive. A dog rescue saved him on his last day. He ended up having his right eye removed and only 10% vision in his left eye. The vet said he had retinal detachment from being shaken. He is no longer aggressive. He does bark at strangers, once he knows you, he loves to snuggle.

Zeus

Zeus

This was Zeus’ first time at the beach. He did very well. He even played with other dogs on the beach and ran and chased them. He listens for dog tags. I think his other senses are heightened and dogs already have a heightened sense of smell. He can be in a back room and knows when I am feeding the other dogs kibble (no cooking smell).

Lexis and Zeus

Zeus and a doggy friend.

We all had a great time! Lexis would go out and check on Zeus when she was not fetching the ball. I have a retriever that does not retrieve on dry land, only in the water. It takes her a day now to recuperate from the beach, but I think it keeps her young at heart. Lexis is very motherly and I love her  with all my heart!

Heidi and Zeus

Heidi and Zeus