Thursday, December 27, 2012

Dixie's Story

Sweet, sweet, sweet Dixie. What an absolute doll this girl is.

A few weeks ago, Jeff Tarpley Rescue was letting folks know there was a senior dachshund in Tyler who needed to get into rescue/foster. Guesstimates on her age are about 11 (kind of hard to get a good feel when there are no teeth to work with, but you can see from the photos she's white).

Since we'd lost Padre, our chocolate long senior foster, the week before, we had a space available. We didn't know at the time we were to shortly lose my last smooth standard dachshund that I'd bred, but that was a few days in the future, and Dixie needed help.

As it turned out, she wasn't in a shelter in Tyler, but at a vet clinic where a Dachshund rescue angel worked, Denise Tolar Wilson. Between her and Jeff, this little girl was going to get out, so after waiting a few days for some transport issues to resolve, Dixie was coming to Waco...there's a photo in her Photobucket album of her standing up looking out the car window. This girl was ready to hit the road!

As I understand it, Dixie (who was known as Little Miss at the time) had either been abandoned in or gotten out and wandered into an upper class Tyler neighborhood. She was taken in and, rather than be turned into a shelter there, she was taken to a veterinary clinic.

She was actually in pretty good shape, but the clinic very kindly removed her remaining teeth, gave her antibiotics for a mouth infection, tested her for heartworms (she was negative), determined she'd been spayed and updated her vaccines.

So Miss Dixie was in good shape...maybe a bit too good since she weighed 15.8 pounds on the day she left the clinic and she probably should come in at around 12-13 pounds. But her coat looked good. She was healthy and OHMIGOD sweet? Very!

This girl is house broken, just about crate trained (in just 10 days), loves to give kisses - even if most of them are what I call "air kisses" since her tongue flops around because she has no teeth - loves attention, gets along great with other dogs and pretty much just ignores cats. No idea how she is around children since there aren't any here, but if the child is older and respectful of dogs, I don't see why she wouldn't do well. This girl has a very sound temperament.

I honestly don't think I've ever brought in a foster who fit in easier into the pack hierarchy and didn't need some work. Other than taking some weight off her, Dixie is just about perfect. And even without teeth, if her dry food is soaked for a minute in hot water, she can eat that just fine.

She should be available for adoption through ATDR. As I write this, I'm not sure if she's out on their website yet or not; I just sent the information to them today about her.

Anyway, as much as I would hate to see her leave, I will say she's easily as adoptable as a couple of seniors we fostered for the shelter here in Waco who were adopted.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Old blog archived

For those who want to know more about our other current foster, Aggie, or the history on our other fosters, you can find that here:

Waco Foster Dog(s) Blog

That blog is archived, and comments there are closed, but it will remain live for the foreseeable future.

Dixie - The New Foster

We brought in our new senior foster last week...Monday, December 17, to be exact and let me tell you, it's like this little girl has been here all her life.

Absolutely the sweetest thing. Accepted by everyone here within a day or so. Runs and plays with our other two seniors. Very well adjusted.

I'll have more on Dixie a bit later today, but I wanted to get a post up about her so I could label it on the blog. She will be available for adoption through ATDR. I would guess she's 12 or so. Overweight...we're working on that. Good with dogs and cats. Spayed, up to date on shots, heartworm negative and house broken. No teeth, but if you soak dry food in hot water for a minute or two, she has no problems eating it.

Hopefully I'll get a better photo soon, but what with the cold weather, she's behaving in true dachshund fashion by burrowing under any cover she can find. :)

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Comments? Ideas? Thoughts?

This is an open thread for any of you visitors who would like to comment on things you'd like to see, things to talk about, things to concentrate on.

I'll have posts about the foster dogs that are here, and also our own senior dogs. And the tabs up top are static pages where I can start a category and keep it from scrolling. Not sure yet what will be up there, but that's part of why this post is here. Ideas are welcome.

Happy Ho-Ho!!!!!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Working out the kinks

Setting up a new blog is really, truly a pain in the butt. lol

This one is coming together pretty well, though, and I think I'm about done with the mechanics of it. Now I just get to do the fun stuff...writing.

So over the next couple of days, I'll get a chance to see where this blog is headed. What I want and how I'm going to get there is hazy, but it will eventually clear off and make sense.

I do know I will make short posts about each of the foster dogs we have so I can set up labels. I know I want a quote page. I know I want a poster page. I know I want some recipes.

But just how that all will hang together remains to be seen. But for the most part, Loving An Old Dog is set up.

Placement post

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