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Day 3 of my House Arrest

It is 8:20pm, so my day is wrapping up, good time to sit down and write a post :)

I have to start off by saying I was bad today! Today I did not get on the treadmill >.> I developed a bit of a stomach ache mid day, and I did not want to push it and risk it getting worse. But I vow tomorrow I will go another mile (if not more)!

But I did get some other stuff done today.

I did an evaluation on a little dog our rescue was considering taking in for a friend of mine. We were told the dog had a bit wound, but didn't know how bad it was until I met him today! My friend brought him over at about 12:30pm, and as soon as I saw him I knew he had to get to a vet ASAP, but I still had to complete the evaluation before we could commit to him. Despite his injuries and the pain he must have been in, this little guy was the sweetest dog ever! So I confirmed with my rescue partner that she would be okay with taking on his vet costs, and we welcomed the little guy into Paw Promise Animal Rescue. *The collage attached is the sweet boy!

I did find a vet for him to go to (actually they could fit him in 30 minutes after I called) and my friend (who will also be fostering him) got him right over there, as I am unable to leave the house.

It turned out his bite wound was so deep that it actually broke one of his ribs! After cleaning, draining, and suturing his wounds our bill was just shy of $300 (also included three different meds, 1 pain and 2 antibiotics). And this little guy will still need to be fixed, chipped, and completely vaccinated, so that will be another $80 - $100 on us.

Some people may think that's crazy to spend on a dog we'd just met, a dog who I estimate we won't get anymore than $85 (if that) for an adoption fee. That is why rescues depend on donations so much, because we will never make back our money on adoptions. But for MOST of us it's not about the money, it's about the animals.

So I spent some of my afternoon sharing this little guys story and photo on social networking sites, and came up with a fundraising idea that will hopefully bring in some money to help pay a little bit of the vet costs.

And also just finished a movie called Into The Dark, it wasn't terrible and had 2 actors I like (Julia Stiles and Scott Speedman) but I wouldn't say it's the best horror movie ever.

Right now I'm adding a little bit more to my story before I go to bed!

We'll see what tomorrow brings! :)

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DWDavisRSL wrote on July 24, 2015, 9:39 AM

My wife and I have adopted two dogs through breed rescues. The fist was our tri-color Brittany, Jacques, who we adopted when he was 3 and lost to cancer when he was 9. Our second was my little Ace. We adopted Ace in January. He'd been rescued from a kill shelter in October. I won't go into what I'd like to do the person who left him at the kill shelter. Ace is 5 and the sweetest little guy you'd ever want to meet. We try to give generously to both rescues.

wolfgirl569 wrote on July 24, 2015, 10:15 AM

Glad the dog will be ok. Many rescues would have put him down instead of spending the money on him.

Began1988 wrote on July 24, 2015, 12:46 PM

Thank you for going the rescue routes! So many people don't understand that you can find almost any breed in rescue, there's no reason to support breeding for profit. I bet Jacques lived a great life with you! We lost our husky to cancer when she was 9.

What breed is Ace? Being in the rescue community we hear SO many excuses for dumping an animal, I've yet to hear one that makes it ok.

Began1988 wrote on July 24, 2015, 12:48 PM

I have a soft spot for Chihuahua's and my rescue partner knows this, so maybe that's why she agreed to it? We also had a few adoptions (and should have a couple more) so that will bring in some funds. We don't believe in putting down an animal unless their quality of life is or will be too low to warrant putting them through the pain.

WordChazer wrote on July 24, 2015, 4:43 PM

Awww, he's cute. I hope he finds a generous forever home soon. I prefer bigger dogs generally, but he looks a little love.

We had a tale this week - our local animal shelter was flooded in the recent heavy rains, so the cats lost their scratching posts and toys on Thursday last overnight. The story was reported nationally on Friday. On Monday 107 parcels were delivered to the rescue. The local pet shops sold out of scratching posts over the weekend and toys were arriving from everywhere. People visited over the weekend with donations and gifts for the animals (not just the cats) and their adoption requests have gone through the roof. The UK truly is a nation of animal lovers, generally.

Began1988 wrote on July 25, 2015, 12:28 AM

It is so wonderful to hear about the community coming together to support animal rescue! :) Almost 2,000 people on Facebook have seen this little guys story, but sadly we have yet to receive ANY donations from that venue, hopefully they start coming in soon!

My whole family used to be big dog people, but I happened to foster a chihuahua (first small dog in the house) for a rescue, 7 months later we adopted her. During our fostering of her my mom found a chihuahua who had been abandoned in a crate during a heat wave, so we kept him too. Now we have 4 chihauhau's and 3 larger dogs (largest is a 75 pound lab/dane mix). We went from big dog family to LOVING our little ones! They are our babies.

DWDavisRSL wrote on July 25, 2015, 9:29 AM

Ace is a miniature schnauzer. He is a wonderful dog and full of love. The only authentic excuse I know of for giving up a family dog is when a service member is being transferred overseas and cannot take the animal with the family, or doesn't want to put the animal through the extended quarantine required, sometimes as long as six months.

Began1988 wrote on July 25, 2015, 3:15 PM

I agree with the service member thing, I never blame them. But it does make me think negatively about society that someone serving our country couldn't find anybody to care for their beloved pet while they were gone. That's why when I get my own place I would like to start a program within my rescue to aid service members who need care for their pets. I also offer a 50% discount for my pet sitting business for them.

I have seen plenty of people take their pets overseas, so if it came down to doing the quarantine or surrounding them to a shelter, I would bring them with me. If someone who was leaving the country was able to find a good home for their pet then I wouldn't have any negative thoughts about that, but I would never be ok with an animal being dumped in a shelter for that reason.

DWDavisRSL wrote on July 25, 2015, 10:07 PM

If my wife and I hear of someone moving somewhere they cannot take a pet we strongly recommend they contact the breed rescue if the dog is pure bred or even close. We also have groups locally that will take in any dog or cat under those circumstances and find fosters for them until they find furever homes.

Began1988 wrote on July 26, 2015, 12:47 AM

My rescue is an all breed dog and cat rescue - we would never say no to an animal just because it "wasn't the right breed." While I think all rescues do their part, I get a little shocked by breed specific rescues. Most of the ones I've seen around here will take mixes, but not too long ago there was one that would not take a mixed breed, even though it looked very similar to a pure. I could never imagine turning away an animal like that! -_-

DWDavisRSL wrote on July 26, 2015, 5:30 PM

The breed specific rescues I know of have cooperative relationships with other breed rescues and all-breed rescues so they can make sure an animal finds a foster and has a chance to get placed. I've not heard of one flat turning an animal away. That would seem to go against everything a rescue stands for.