Monday, May 26, 2014

Dog Bite Prevention (though sometimes, you can't)

We've all heard about cases where a dog has bitten a child. Arguably, too many cases. Funny for me to say, perhaps, being a Dog Person™, but obviously, I can explain.

Lots of dog bites you hear about seem, from the outside, to have been completely unavoidable. Small child left alone with dog, child starts crying, dog has attacked the child. No adults there to see what happened. These cases are, in my mind, the fault of the adults. Dogs should not be left alone with tiny children. Tiny children do unreliable, misunderstandable things. Tiny children have little to no intent in their actions. Dogs, in general, have a specific set of reactions to stimuli.

Oh yeah, and last week was Dog Bite Prevention Week.

(drawn by Lil Chin)

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Black and White Sunday May 25 2014

Yet another instance of "how did my puppy grow into this humongous dog I have"? I always love this picture of her, from one of our early jaunts outside after she came home. I took it with the little flip phone I had at the time.

Friday, May 23, 2014

We went for a walk in the'll never guess what happened next!

Went for the clickbait title! I wasn't actually sure how I might cleverly title my relation of these events. I debated whether I'd write about this at all, actually, but here we are. In a way it's embarrassing, and it's certainly a cautionary tale. You see, about two weeks ago I sprained my ankle while walking Elka.

This lovely picture? I took it about half an hour before the Fateful Moment. (Though it really is my new "good" picture of her; it's the shot I wanted, and I actually got it for once.)

Monday, May 19, 2014

Mordecai, still with Doberman Rescue Minnesota

Can you believe how BIG Mordecai has gotten? Wow. Though....he's about a year old now, if he was 16 weeks when I first blogged about him in June 2013. And he's still with Doberman Rescue Minnesota. He's gone to a lot of their events in the last year.

(picture from DRM site)

Friday, May 16, 2014

Happy 5th Birthday, Elka! And many more!

Our Elka V is now 5! I don't know how that happened. It seems like it can't be all that long ago she was an itty bitty puppy, peeing on the floor and chewing on the kitchen wall and falling asleep on our laps in a warm bundle of puppy brownies. Well okay, I guess she still does the lap bit.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Bella with Gulf Coast Doberman Rescue

Bella is a blue girl in the care of at Gulf Coast Doberman Rescue. She needs an operation for an injury from being hit by a car before she'll be available for adoption.

Bella has a mild case of demodex mange which she's being treated for, and she's heartworm negative. She loves playing, but loves snuggling, and plays well with dogs of all sizes.

If you're interested in adopting Bella, you can fill out an application on the Gulf Coast Doberman Rescue web site.  Adoption fees are $250 for adult Dobermans, and senior dogs (7 and older) have an adoption fee of $150. GCDR dogs are adopted on contract, and you can email them any questions at GCDR AT bellsouth DOT net.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Springtime Shenanigans

We've had an upswing in....temperature anyway. We're pretty spotty when it comes to whether it's raining from one moment to the next.

One day after work, Elka and I drove to the park to make sure we could maximize the sunlight we might be able to have (it rained within an hour after getting home).

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Some adoptable Dobers at Doberman Rescue Unlimited! Skye and Cedar

This is Skye. She's a natural eared, docked tailed, three year old fawn and rust girl at Doberman Rescue Unlimited.  Skye's original owner seemed to want her for breeding, but surrendered her to DRU after she had a litter of puppies and developed mastitis. Sky has had a lot of confidence building at DRU, but will need a supportive home which knows how to set her up to succeed!

Cedar is a 5 year old red and rust cropped and docked boy. He has played well with some female dogs, but according to DRU, he's particular about the dogs he will accept. He had a TPLO procedure done for a torn cruciate ligament in one of his legs, and receives medication for hypothyroidism. He also has the same "head bobbing" that Elka sometimes does. He's unsure about things like fireworks and thunderstorms, but a Thundershirt helps him out. 

If you're interested in one of these Doberman Rescue Unlimited dogs, you can read about their adoption procedure here. You can also see what other Dobermans they have for adoption here.