Thursday, June 9, 2011

20 lbs of Pure Meanness

Sadie has been with us since Monday night, and boy has it ever been a ride already! She has had accidents in her cage repeatedly, she bites and chews on everything (more so than even normal puppies), and she has been the craziest bath recipient that I have ever seen. It is so hard to get mad at this face...
But it's not impossible by any means, especially when you are sleep deprived. The first night, I don't think any of us got a bit of sleep. She pretty much whined and barked all night long. She really should have been hoarse the next morning. I thought as much as she and Bailey played that she would get some sleep, but if she did it was very quick naps.

I don't know how many times this week I have taken her out and then put her in her cage to take Bailey out. When I return she has pooped in her cage! *sigh* She is just a confused puppy because she spent the first three months of her life outside and then spent two weeks or more in a cage at the vet's office. She just doesn't know where she's supposed to go, but we are working on it. I know this has been a crazy week, and it has taken every bit of patience I have to handle her.
Don't let this innocent face fool you though. She is pure meanness! At one point, Bailey thought that she could squish her against the couch to make her stay put and stop biting.
Yeah, that didn't work. Sadie just figured out that she shouldn't get next to the couch. She also figured out that Bailey's bed is the best place in the house that she's allowed to lay so she stole every toy and put it on the bed with her. This is Bailey debating whether she's going to take them back.

The face-off that happens about every 5 seconds now...

This look on Bailey's face pretty much says it all...

Sadie acts like a deer the way that she leaps, but she doesn't have control over her lanky legs yet. It's really funny to watch except when she jumps at something that I don't want her to. She is definitely a trip! This has been a stressful week so I really picked a bad time to get a puppy, but I couldn't let her go to the shelter. I'm hoping she'll calm down some soon and get into a routine.

Bath time last night was crazy! The girl at the vet's office told me she didn't like it, but I have never had a dog act like THAT! I ended up using way more water than I normally would because I was trying to calm her down while the water was just running away. I think it was just the noise, but I wanted her to get used to it. I kept talking to her and stroking her and slowly putting handfuls of water on her to show her it wasn't bad. She was awesome by the end of it, so we'll see how she acts next time. That is so different from Bailey who is such a huge water dog. I mean, Bailey doesn't care for baths, but I think that's just the bathtub that bothers her. She doesn't care about the water.

So some year I'll get sleep again... I hope. I think Sadie was taken from her siblings too young because she is a much more aggressive biter with Bailey than most puppies would be. Bailey has put her in her place a few times, which shocked me. But I think she's tired too, and she's had enough. I'm letting them work it out except when Bailey is huddled next to me and they start. Then I say something because I don't want to get bitten by Bailey accidentally.

Oh, well. I guess we'll see how things go. If nothing else, I'll find her a fabulous home. I know someone needs to slap me for wanting to put my household through a puppy though. I'm sure Bailey would like to have the honors.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Can I smack a person and then give them a hug?

This sweet-faced puppy was left at my vet's office last week. She had Parvo and the woman who dropped her off just decided not to come back. My vet is the best vet I have ever met, and he didn't want her to go to the shelter. I think most of you know I'm on the Board for the shelter, and we've been having some problems up there. I'll be able to tell you more about that soon, but I'm glad he called one of our Board members before even thinking of sending her up there. I got a picture of her Saturday so I went to meet her.

She stole my heart from the minute I laid eyes on her picture. The vet was going to let me take her, but he ended up saying that he better wait until Monday. He had called Animal Control who is also a deputy sheriff and asked him to go by the person's house to try to get his money, so he didn't want them to come pay and demand the dog without her being there. We had every feeling they weren't coming back, but just to be safe I waited.

Before leaving the vet's office, I had her on a leash in front of the other dog pens. She was pouncing and jumping at the other dogs like she was trying to play, and she never even barked! I think she's some kind of Feist mix, which is a hunting dog that the Rat Terrier is a form of. The descriptions and pictures I found online sure look like her. But the way she was acting, I'm thinking she'll be a great playmate for Bailey. If she doesn't fit, then I'll find a home for her. I have a feeling she's going to be great though! She's only about 4 months old.

I ended up posting her picture on my personal Facebook page and asking what names people thought fit her. I had come up with Sadie, and without seeing what I thought my sister popped out with that name, too! So I think it's safe to say she was meant to be a Sadie.
This morning I called to leave my number so he could let me know as soon as he found something out. He called back within 30 minutes to tell me that Animal Control went by the lady's house. She was just driving up and she took off when she saw him. What brain children we have in this world, right? Of course, he chased her down. Her mother called the vet and they settled for less money with the condition that she give up the dog and that the woman who left her is never allowed to come back to his office.

Thus the title of this post. I would love to smack her around for leaving the puppy but hug her at the same time for dropping Sadie in my lap. I am hoping she is just what Bailey and I need to complete our little family. She is so sweet, and I haven't been able to stop thinking about her since Saturday. Now I have to go home and puppy proof the house with a puppy running around. Ha! Guess I should have done that yesterday just in case, but would you really expect me to think ahead like that? I am the world's biggest procrastinator, just ask my professors. I also have to go buy a crate, food, a collar... Geez, this will be an expensive day. It's a good thing I have an "in" at the hardware store in town to get most of it.

I'll post more pictures of her after I take care of the house and introduce her to Bailey. Crossing my fingers that she works out! I'm sure you can tell that I'm excited because I couldn't wait to even bring her home before sharing her with you all. Her golden eyes would have made you a sucker, too.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Friday Foolishness returns!

What in the world have you wonderful folks been doing to kill off your Friday workdays without my Friday Foolishness? I figured I better end your drought from it and give you a little giggle for the day. For those who don't remember them or weren't around the last time I did one, Friday Foolishness is just a post where I talk about random things and show you some silly photos. So basically, it's a look into the little things in life that amuse me. Scared? Yeah, I would be, too. At least you'll get some laughs along the way.. I hope.

First of all, this has been the LONGEST short workweek EVER! Do you hear me? For those who don't work, bite me! Seriously.. I mean, I saw a friend post on Facebook a little while ago that she was so excited it was Friday. Then she said, "Of course, I don't work like you sorry people, but I love Fridays anyway." If you aren't working, then what is the difference between Friday and Thursday or any other workday for that matter. (For one thing, I guess you don't call them workdays, huh?) Hell, when I'm on vacation (what is a vacation again?) I can't keep straight what day it is. It's really a shame that I'm going to have to work until I die because I could really ROCK retirement.
Something I have been meaning to tell you all about since all of this Rapture business came up just came back to me, too. A friend posted a story on Facebook that Atheists were offering to save any family pets that were left behind afterwards. All you had to do was pay them and give them a key to your house, and they would come collect your animals after you were gone.

Okay, let me just point out that I think Bailey would be "chosen" before me.. and before most of us, really. Animals are God's creatures so why would he leave them behind? I refuse to believe it. Secondly, if they are Atheists why did they offer because they wouldn't believe in God so they wouldn't believe it was going to happen, right? I mean, am I not right here? Or was it all a ploy to get good (and in this case naive) Christian folks' house keys and money? Alright, I'll move on, but I just had to tell you all about that if you hadn't seen it.

On that note, I think I'll go read some of your blogs and leave you with some Friday funnies.
Source - I LOVE this one.

Chin up, everyone. It's almost cocktail thirty. Cheers and have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Two weeks of insanity!

Oh. My. God! I can't believe it's been two weeks since I wrote something for you wonderful people, let alone got the chance to read about what you all have going on! What did I miss? Who's pregnant? Who got married? I bet some of you got laid and I missed it, right? Lord only knows how many poop stories I missed! I mean, that seemed to be a trendy topic there for a while. And boob flashes were flying around too, weren't they?
Anyway, I am back, and I promise not to ignore my Zoo Crew like that again. It has just been so crazy around here. My father ended up having a heart cath done, and they put a stint in. He's feeling pretty good so we were happy they didn't have to make him go through another surgery. There has been a lot going on with the shelter, and pretty much the whole town is mad at us. I can't really talk about it right now, but let's just say we are doing what we think is right for the animals. I'll fill you in after all the smoke clears.

I have only three weeks of school left. Yay! I am trying to work ahead so that when all of the assignments are released I can get it done and graduate! I submitted my petition for graduation yesterday so I just have to get my work done and wait for them to review my records. I must say that if I don't get to finish with my 4.0 GPA at this point, someone will have to die a slow painful death. Wait.. I guess I shouldn't post that all over the internet in case I have to kill someone, huh? But you all are my peeps and you wouldn't rat me out, right? I said, RIGHT?!
You would think after two weeks I'd have a lot to say, wouldn't you? I can teach you a bunch of chemistry equations that I had to relearn with this stupid hazardous materials class. That doesn't float your boat? Well, damn. What the hell am I supposed to talk about today?

Okay, I guess I'll just go try to sort through my Reader and see what the trend is nowadays.. And then I'll write about something different. Hope you all are having a great short work week.. for those in the States, anyway. Why is it the short work weeks always seem longer? And next week will feel like an eternity!


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