Max the Hero Dog Movie is Coming

I love animal movies as long as the animal doesn’t die. I made the mistake of taking my nieces and nephews to see Skip. How was I supposed to know that *spoiler alert* the dog dies? I ended up with three crying children and only a handful of napkins. I learned my lesson with that one for sure. I’m really excited to see “Max” the latest dog movie that’s coming out.

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Max is the story of a military dog that has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD after a horrific accident that kills his handler. Max gets sent back to the US to recover. But life is hard dealing with PTSD and Max has a difficult time learning to “be a dog” and trusting again. The movie shows his struggles to regain a normal life while living with his handler’s family as they all work through their grief.

We used to take our therapy dogs down to Camp Atterbury to visit with the soldiers as they were leaving to go overseas or as they returned home. There was one young guy in particular that I’ll always remember. He wouldn’t talk to any of us but finally asked if he could hold Fiona, our little blind dog. I handed her over and he went into the corner and just sat there holding her and whispering in her ear. I was so teary eyed that I walked away so they could have their private conversation. After about ten minutes, he stood up, handed her back to me, said “Thanks” and walked away. I hope he got what he needed from her. Other soldiers said they could relate to her because they had disabilities too. We really enjoyed supporting our military members.

Max  looks like it will be an amazing movie and I’m so lucky to get to go to a special screening on Wednesday, June 24. The movie will be released nationwide on Friday, June 26. I’ll definitely let you know how it was. In the meantime, here’s the trailer  and you can buy tickets here.

Days That Make You Go Hmmmm

Today is one of those days that you wonder why you got out of bed. Then you remember it’s because the smell of fresh poop interrupted your dream and there’s a dog climbing on your head and licking you that made you get up. It all went downhill from there. So I thought I would take a few days off work to hang out at home and theoretically clean some. I love how I always have these ideas in my head about all the things I will accomplish when I’m at home. Gotta say that the reality is that it really never happens that way and here’s why.

After I’ve been scaled like a mountain, I get up to start letting them out and there’s like three or four piles on poop on the floor already. I put half the herd out and start picking up the poop. I just put some of it in the toilet because here in ghettoland, the toilets don’t work properly so you can’t put too much in them. After throwing a little in there and flushing it, I went out to let the first four back in. I get back to the bedroom to get the rest of the dogs only to realize that the toilet has emptied out but is still flushing. There’s now clear ice cold water flowing all over the bathroom. I couldn’t get it to stop so I finally twisted the handle in the back to cut off the water. I’m throwing all kinds of towels and sheets in there to soak the water up to keep it from going in the bedroom. While I was picking up the towels from the bedroom, I noticed that somebody had peed on our bed so I had to strip that down all the way and start that laundry.

Next up, feeding all the dogs. That gets done pretty quickly and quietly because it’s me feeding them. They act like heathens when the head wiener feeds them. Currently Pebbles is out there barking at him because she can smell the chicken for our dinner and wants him to feed her. What a sassy brat! So I start a load of dishes and a load of laundry. While the laundry’s going, I start sorting through the mail. I was throwing away the junk mail when I realized that the washer had stopped so I headed off to switch out the laundry.  A few minutes later I hear noises from the kitchen and realize that I had left the trash bag sitting on the floor. I run out to the kitchen, yep the little darlings are pulling all the trash out. And on and on and on it went all day.

Now it’s raining and they’re all settled down and look like little angels. I’ve done a ton of laundry, still haven’t turned the water back on in that bathroom nor mopped the floor yet. I have three more days off so I better pace myself on all this cleaning. I guess it’s all worthwhile though when I look at all residents here and realize that they could very well have been killed in a shelter or ended up someplace awful if they hadn’t gotten to rescue. So in the long run, it’s all worth it even if I’ll never have the nice clean organized house(or any money). I’m sure these guys all appreciate it even if they don’t act like it at times. After we all have dinner, it will be time for snuggles since they kept me too busy today for any snuggling time. As always, thanks for opting to adopt!

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It’s National Puppy Day

DSCF0556 May 2008 bdayfosterpups 044   Most of you know my thoughts on puppies. They’re smelly, they tear up things, potty all over and still end up being adult dogs in a short period of time. They are really cute and I would buy puppy breath in a bottle if I could. However I will never understand why some people are so set on getting a puppy rather than considering an older dog that could already be trained, housebroken, past the chewing stage and known to be good with children/dogs/cats. If you are willing to wait, every breed/age/sex/color/age of animal ends up in rescue at some time. Give me a one eyed diabetic senior dog instead of a puppy any day! But we do foster puppies about once a year to remind us how much work they really are. So here are some of our past puppy fosters. All of these puppies, both purebred and mixed breeds were all available for adoption through a rescue group or shelter.  Enjoy and remember to opt to adopt. foster pups for IACCD 7-5-09 022fosters july 09 part 2 027fosters 4-11 006fosters 11-09 024

Wiener Pupdates and More New Dogs

What a long winter this has been! Even though we didn’t have the snow and cold like we did last year, we got hit with it at the beginning of this month and it seemed like it would never end.  I’m pretty sure some of the herd was getting doggy cabin fever so it was great that we had a warm weekend and could take them all out walking. We’ve gained some pups over the last few months and lost one. It seems to go through cycles with the foster dogs. Sometimes there are a bunch needing  us and other times it’s just our six.

In the last month, we’ve added three foster dogs and had to send one over the Rainbow Bridge. Skittles and Reggie(names changed for the witness pup-tection program) were taken as neglect cases along with 59 cats. Their coats were literally so greasy that no fleas or ticks could get on them so we did get lucky with that. Even though both were free of parasites, they had horrible teeth and Skittles had a cherry eye that was growing into the surface of her eye. When we took Reggie in for his dental, he had been deteriorating mentally over the previous week. Based on his very poor neurological exam, back pain and poor prognosis we opted to let him go.20150223_103951 Skittles is doing great and is truly the perfect dog. She’s had a dental and her cherry eye removed and looks great! She’s a great size(trying to lose a little weight), very quiet, loves to snuggle, play fetch, go for walks. She’s a really cool dog and will be looking for a new home soon-available through Wags Stray Animal Foundation. 20150228_184724

Then we went to the dark side and got a Pug foster :) Her name is Arianna and she has an old spinal injury  so her care is similar to Dachshunds that have gone down in their back. She cracks me up every day with that silly face and goofy noises that she makes. It’s a good thing that the Wiener Palace is full or we might have ended up with a Pug living here. She will be adoptable through Every Dog Counts Rescue once her bladder problems are taken care of. She’s a sweet little dog and is doing great. 20150308_010252   So that’s what we’ve been up to. How have you all survived the winter? We’ve started some walks in Eagle Creek so I’ll leave you with a pic of the herd all out walking. Don’t forget to opt to adopt! 20150208_140546

Happy Wiener Wednesday and New Pups at the Palace

We all hope everyone’s having a great Wiener Wednesday. We’ve had two new additions to the Wiener Palace in the last month. We adopted silly Lily from DRNA as our Christmas present. She’s a sweet little dog but will need to have some mammary tumors removed soon. lily 2014Then when I was trying to take foster baby P-nut to adoptions, my husband decided she was already home. She’s such a pretty little pup but it’s like having a kid. She has a snotty nose frequently and you have to wipe it. Lucky for all of us, she’s very patient and tolerates it well. We’ve had her for about two years as a foster due to her medical issues and it was time for her to get adopted one way or another. So that makes an even half dozen wieners that call the Wiener Palace their permanent home. I’m sure we’ll have more fosters to share soon. Happy New Year!

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Merry Christmas from the Wiener Palace

It’s been an rough but interesting year here at the Wiener Palace. We lost our Queen early in the year then Blitzen in the fall. We recently added sweet Lily to the herd just in time for Christmas. She’s very silly and I’m sure you’ll be seeing and hearing more about her in the months to come. First up for her is surgery to removed some mammary tumors and we’ll go from there. Merry Christmas from our palace to yours. Remember our motto if you’re thinking of adding a furry friend-Adopt don’t Shop!

The first picture is from Christmas 2013 as is the second one.  The next four are from this year. Lily is the reindeer hanging out on Santa’s lap and our Queen rounds out the pictures with a goodbye with a picture taken last year as we were leaving the retirement village.

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Run Free Sweet Prince

Sorry to have been MIA with posts lately. I’ve started and added to this post so many times over the last month but every time I end up stopping. It’s just been too difficult to relive the whole thing especially with Fiona’s health problems. I finally just had to force myself to sit and type and let the emotions run over.  It’s a good thing this isn’t on paper or it would be soggy from tears.

Sadly, the Wiener Palace has lost another member of its court. Our sweet beautiful Blitzen crossed the Rainbow Bridge on Monday August 11.blitzen at mwdf 2010 Blitzen was originally adopted from Wags Strays to keep Officer Chase company. Little did we know that Officer Chase was a lady’s man but didn’t want a male buddy. Poor Blitzen was always blamed by Chase if anything happened to him. It didn’t matter if one of us accidentally tripped over him or if one of the other dogs ran into him, everything was Blitzen’s fault. Even though they didn’t end up being buddies, he found a BFF in a little female we adopted the next year, Cocoa Puff. They truly loved each other and would snuggle up together and even took baths together.

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Blitzen had many heart problems, most likely due to lack of medical care. He was found wandering on a horse farm and was still intact with a mouth full of nasty teeth. Not too long after we adopted him, I felt like something was wrong with him. After several tests, we found out that he had heart problems. He did really well on minimal meds until a few years ago. Then he was really sick one New Year’s Eve morning and we rushed him to the emergency vet. They said that he was in congestive heart failure and he started on several different heart meds. He was still doing really well until a few weeks before he died. He was at the vet all day with two of his siblings and was being checked out for his coughing. Just about an hour after he got home, he had a seizure. We again rushed to the emergency vet and amazingly enough it was the same vet that had diagnosed his CHF years ago. He was so surprised to see him still alive and doing well. Blitzen seemed off after that but was pretty much back to normal until that early Monday morning. I woke up to his very noisy breathing. I took him out and got him a drink of water which usually helped but not this time. I told hubby I was taking him to the emergency vet because I was afraid he would have another seizure because breathing seemed to be such an effort for him.blitzen in fido rido (2)blitzen

The vet was a different one so while he was not familiar with Blitzen’s history, we had enough paperwork to give him an idea of his heart problems. He determined that his congestive heart failure was worsening but they were able to get him calmed down and resting. Unfortunately, he took a turn for the worse later that morning. The emergency vet is only open until 8 AM so I went to pick him up and take him to his regular vet but his poor old heart gave out on the way down there.  Both vets believe that his chordae tendineae ruptured. I think his heart was just so big and so full of love and joy for everyone that he met, that it just couldn’t contain itself any more.

Blitzen is the only dog that I’ve ever seen that truly was emotional. When he was sad, he would cry real tears and when he was happy, he would smile. He was the sweetest, most loving dog ever and I miss him terribly. 1914514_150823266772_4555997_nThe only consolation is knowing he’s back with his BFF Cocoa Puff who died almost exactly four years before him. Blitzen is gone but he left behind a legacy that I didn’t realize until I contacted the rescue that we adopted him from to let them know that he had passed. We adopted him late one year and about six months later, they called and asked if we could foster a Dachshund for them that was at the shelter and going to be euthanized. We agreed and have fostered for them now for over seven years and countless dogs. If we hadn’t adopted Blitzen, those dogs may not have been saved. And that’s the legacy that my sweet smiling boy has left behind. I see him when I look at our current foster dog P-nut and know that he saved her life. Run free my little Prince. I love you so much and will see you at the Rainbow Bridge with Cocoa Puff.dog picsblitzenblitzen blitzen

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