Freddy, the wiener dog, had a lazy January. His human family has been fighting colds and flus for weeks, so Freddy has been doing lots and lots of napping. Freddy loves sharing his stories... He'll be more active soon. Thanks for reading Freddy's blog.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Freddy, the wiener dog, must always go in carline, or he gets very, very mad. Seriously. You wouldn't believe the attitude that dog can have. It's time to load up for carline and everybody wants to go. Freddy gets in first and then Maggie shoves her way in and right behind is Jumping Luna. She gets in too. Finally, Malibu gets into the car with Freddy and it's off we go. Luna spazzed out. As soon as the car stopped for carline, Luna was all over the place... jumping up and down off the seats, looking at every window, jumping into the back... all over the place. When the car didn't move, she started to whine. Luna was very happy when the cars started moving again. She was fascinated with all the kids walking down the sidewalks. She wanted to bark. No barking in carline. Once the two boys got into the car (with four dogs), there wasn't an inch left. Freddy had to ride in Mommy's lap and he loved it. Freddy is The King.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
|1. Maggie has the anteater.|
|2. Freddy wants it back.|
|3. Maggie says "Chase me!"|
|4. Freddy wins!|
|5. "We are the Champions, my friends."|
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
|Maggie enjoys the dirt.|
|Loves her dirt.|
|Trying to roll around in the hole.|
Saturday, January 21, 2012
|Maggie grabs the wolf.|
|Run, doggies, run!|
|The chase commences.|
|Malibu continues the chase.|
|Freddy and Malibu catching up.|
|No more wolf, but the chase continues.|
|Maggie hides from the little dogs.|
|"Do you think they'll find me?"|
|Freddy's happy; Maggie's tired.|
Thursday, January 19, 2012
|Maggie plays with her cow; Luna watches.|
Maggie was given a stuffed cow. When Luna arrived, she took Maggie's cow and made it her own. She carries it around the house and puts it in different hiding spots. At least, that's today. Yesterday, she wanted the penguin, and she took that from Maggie too. Luna loves toys...other people's toys.
|Luna makes her move.|
|Luna tells Maggie to get lost.|
|Luna keeps the cow.|
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
|Ready, willing and able to bark.|
Malibu spent ALL of her time digging up and playing with a toad. Maggie spent a lot of her time following Malibu around and trying to understand the fascination with toads, lizards and snakes.
Monday, January 16, 2012
|Luna's a blue dapple.|
Mommy has wanted a lot of Mini-Dachshunds for a long, long time. You know, Ponderosa but with Doxies instead of horses...a whole herd of Minis! [Okay, pack of Minis.]
Nine years ago she got Freddy. Last summer she wanted a girl Mini. She got one and her name was Malibu. Mommy was very happy, so was Freddy. He was so happy to have another little person around the house. Two was a good start... When Mommy saw Malibu, Mommy picked out two other girls too. One is a puppy and won't be able available for 4-5 years, if at all. The other would be available in January 2012, and she was. Today, Freddy and Mommy both got their wish granted with the arrival of Malibu's sister Luna!
|Exploring the new yard.|
The only mistake Luna has made is getting between Freddy and his Daddy during TV time. Oh yeah. Freddy didn't hesitate to put her in her place...with a big show of teeth and snarling. She hasn't gotten near Jeff since then.
Friday, January 13, 2012
|Sweet, young thing.|
Freddy's name is on a transport list. So, he gets emails about different doggies that need transport to a rescue or new home. This week, it was a one-year-old puppy that had been confiscated from an abusive creep. She was traveling from Orlando to Jacksonville. Freddy took the Orlando to Daytona portion of the trip. Puppy was in bad shape. It was obvious she had been abused. She was also covered in mange and horribly thin. She's on four medications.
Because Eric was suffering so much over his loss of Daisy, Freddy thought it was a good idea for Eric to see "how the other dogs live" and to realize that Daisy has a very good life. It worked. The pound is full of dogs and cats, mostly from bad situations. He helped Puppy get from the clinic to the car. He petted her and talked to her the whole trip. When she peed and puked, he helped clean that up too. Eric came home in less distress than when he left. Freddy's just very, very glad that Mommy didn't bring another stray home.
|A clean Daisy, right before she left.|
Here's a short version. There are previous blogs about Daisy's arrival, first day, visits to vet, playing with Tank, etc. What's not in those blogs is that Daisy was unhappy or nervous most of the time. She had grown way too big to play with the Mini-Dachshunds. She was getting in trouble all day long, every day for her biting, pulling, scratching. Her name had become "No Daisy No." A few months back, a couple of things happened. Daisy lost Tank, the only real playmate for Daisy. He worn her energy out, he kept her calm in storms, he was her perfect match. Tank moved away. Daisy became depressed and unresponsive. She didn't even want to play with her tennis ball. Mommy began talking to Eric that although we truly loved Daisy and always planned to keep her, we weren't being fair to Daisy and she needed a better life than what we could offer. Also, like many others in this economy, things had changed financially for Freddy's family. Freddy will be in a new home sometime this year. But, all the rentals Freddy and his family found, they wouldn't allow dogs over 15 lbs. So, Mommy felt it was right to start looking for a better home for Daisy. The first month or so was uneventful. Mommy asked everybody she knew to help her find a home for Daisy; nothing. Mommy tried Facebook; nothing.
|Daisy's ad photo.|
Jan. 12, 2012 - Eric was completely devastated that his Daisy was leaving. He cried long and hard about it. Mommy let Eric stay home from school so he could spend her last day with him. In the afternoon, Eric gave Daisy a really good bath. She looked so pretty. When it was time, Eric and Daddy took Daisy to John's house. Eric said that he wanted to meet the man who was taking Daisy. Sweet. Daisy trotted right in and laid down in front of the TV on her own doggie bed. She did try to leave with Eric and Daddy, but John gently brought her back inside. When Eric came home, he gave his Mom a slight smile, nodded his head, and said, "He's a really nice man." Eric knows that Daisy's in the right home for her, but he still misses her desperately.
Jan. 13, 2012 - Mommy received a text message from John at 9:00 a.m. He wondered when we fed Daisy because she was refusing food. She texted back at 7:00 a.m. Daisy will eat when she's ready. Mommy also texted that Daisy liked to start her day by chasing squirrels. He texted that she had already done that. At 1:00 p.m., Mommy received an email from John: "I just wanted to thank you for my new companion daisy. I'm sure once she gets used to me and her new environment she will be awesome. For now we're working on trust issues before we can do much else. She's been whining occasionally, she's probably missing her old home." Then, a second one at 6:00 p.m.: "Small success, she finally ate! I worked with her on the short leash today, she likes to lead and pull but she started to get the hang of it, it may take several sessions but I'm confident she'll be running on the trail with me in a few days. I'm giving her small doses of training so she doesn't lose confidence or feel punished. I told Eric he can visit her in a few weeks after she gets acclimated." Yes, Eric, he is a nice man.
Mark said it the best, "Mom, the reason I'm not crying for Daisy is because I know she's going where she'll be safe and well cared for." Well said, Mark, well said.
1/21/12 Daisy's update: You'll be happy to know Macy is doing great! She has settled in quite well and seems to be loving life. She's slowly becoming more sure of herself but still intimidated when she encounters other dogs and new people on our walks. We're working on socialization and her self confidence and overall I'm very pleased with her progress.
2/5/12 Daisy's update: "Just a note to say thank you for giving me Macy! She is both a challenge and a joy and she has quickly become a member of the family. You'll be happy to know I donated $50 to the Second Harvest Food Bank in your honor. All the Best! John & Macy."
Monday, January 9, 2012
|Freddy hangs out with his boys.|
Freddy is a good citizen. He gives a neighborhood boy a ride to school too. The picture is Freddy's greeting that boy while listening to Mark chat. It's a little unusual for Freddy....
Sunday, January 8, 2012
|Maggie settles in.|
On Friday, Freddy helped transport an American Bulldog/Boxer mix and a terrier/mix to Tampa. Their ultimate destination was Naples. As previously mentioned, Mommy fell in love with the American Bulldog/Boxer. She was big, beautiful, sweet, confused, and lonely. Mommy cried when she gave her to the next transport driver. As usual, Freddy's glad to see them go.
On Saturday, Freddy had another doggie transport to the West Coast of Florida. Mommy checked on that beautiful American Bulldog/Boxer mix from the day before. The doggie didn't like the "cat house" she was placed in. She needed a doggie foster home. While Mommy can't take a big dog for a long period of time, she was happy to give the beautiful girl a good home to rest in. Freddy wasn't to keen on this idea.
|Maggie finally relaxes and sleeps.|
Mommy learned a few more things about Maggie on this trip -- Maggie had been dumped on the side of the road [which is why once she was in the car, she didn't want to get back out again]. And, Maggie had been in the euthanasia room when the rescue called to get her. Whew! So, this big, beautiful sweetie nearly lost her life because her "owner" didn't want her anymore. Mommy is confused by this...Maggie is a very sweet and gentle dog. She's been great with Daisy and the little dogs. She was also good with the many cats in the "cat house." And, she obviously had more than one litter of puppies. Hmmmmm.
|Napping on the way home.|
|Maggie gently plays with crazy puppy.|
|Maggie rests. Daisy wants to play.|
Mommy can't wait for the kids to get up and see how Day 1 progresses. Daddy thinks Mommy is crazy for bringing a foster into the house. Mommy thinks that they need another Mini-Dachshund...another girl to increase Freddy's harem. For now, she needs to figure out how much you feed an American Bulldog/Boxer mix, probably as much as she wants!
Friday, January 6, 2012
|Great Dane/mix puppy|
|What is that?! Bigfoot?|
|Big, beautiful and sweet.|
|He's twice the size than he looks.|
|An exhausted Freddy|
|"What are you eating, Mom?"|
|"You are getting sleepy. You want to give me your snack."|
Sunday, January 1, 2012
|Playing with Tank..a happy day.|
Poor Daisy Mae. Mommy was walking around the yard, looking at the scattered woobies. When she got within a foot of Tank's favorite one, Daisy ran to their favorite dirt pile and looked back at the woobie. Mommy has been telling Daisy for days that he's not coming, but she keeps looking for him hour after hour.
Here is Tank's favorite woobie. [Freddy let Tank have it, sort of.] It's a big stuffed, floppy dog. Tank loves it. "Someone" has started removing the stuffing. Mommy haven't seen the culprit yet, but she has her suspicions.