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.


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!



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 Adoption Tails For Our Foster Dogs

Saturday was the best adoption day EVER and that’s no exaggeration. We work with a very small, all volunteer No Kill rescue group called Wags Strays. Thanks to their beliefs that all dogs deserve love and a caring home, they often take in the dogs that nobody else wants. So often we have several long timers, seniors or special needs dogs waiting to find their forever homes. As they are living beings, they don’t have an “expiration date” or a time that they must be adopted by. We will take as long as necessary to find each dog just the right home. The stars must have aligned just right this weekend as five of the Wags dogs went to their forever families. Here are their stories.

I got a message on Facebook back in February while I was on vacation in Vegas. There was a senior Dachshund whose family was divorcing and they were taking their three Dachshunds to the local shelter or putting them on Craigslist. My FB friend does Mastiff rescue but of course, has a Doxie so she reached out to me. She wanted us to take in the oldest one as a shelter is no place for any animal but especially not for a small senior like this pup. Then it became the question of-how do you only take one and send the others to the shelter? We had just sent our three foster puppies back to the shelter for adoption just before I left so I knew we had room at the Wiener Palace. Ok, we’ll take all three of them as long as they will get them updated on their vaccines and make a donation to the rescue for their care. It took awhile to get it all coordinated as they were out of state but finally we were able to meet them and pick up the three girls. There were a pair of 4  year old littermates that we called “the twins” and their older sister. One of the younger ones wouldn’t even let us touch her but we got them all packed up and headed back to Indy. The next day we realized that she wouldn’t let us touch her because her harness was on crooked and cutting into her underarm area. We had to take her to the vet so they could muzzle her and cut it off. Almost instantly, she was nicer to us. The twins didn’t appear to have much socialization although their sister had gone with their dad on his job as an over the road truck driver. We’ve been working with them over the last few weeks and they’ve made progress. One of the twins went on a home visit but was returned as they thought she was too bossy with one of their dogs. The older pup had no interest in her. Then we got an email from someone who wanted two dogs and was interested in adopting the twins together. It took some work on her part to get them to trust her but she was patient and kind with them and their adoption was finalized. Here are they are saying goodbye to us and heading home with their new mom. 20140426_104523

Earlier this month, I had a message from a FB friend who was interested in adopting the senior wiener. We corresponded for awhile and it seemed like they were ready to adopt her. They had lost their beautiful senior female doxie earlier in the year and decided it was just too soon to add a new family member as they were still grieving. She would check in with me to see if there was any interest in our older girl. Then this week, they got their sign that it was meant to be. There is a hot dog stand near them with the same name as our senior foster and they both drove by it one day. That was their sign. So we drove her up North to meet her new family that includes a pair of senior wieners and a pair of senior cats. I’ve seen pictures and even though it’s been only a day, it looks like it’s a perfect match for all of them. This is her sleeping on the way to meet her new family.20140426_124018

The other pair of adoptions were a couple of hound mix pups. Both had been with the rescue since they were puppies and had even gone on home visits but it never worked out for them. The older one got adopted by a family with active children and they live on a farm with fencing so he can run to his heart’s content. They are so tickled with him and I’m sure he’s equally happy. It was a long time to wait but well worth it. His sidekick  had also been waiting several years for someone to see the potential in him and they finally did! So that made five amazing adoptions this weekend. Five dogs in loving forever homes who might have not ended up with such happy endings. And five opening for more dogs to be saved and to find their happily ever after. To see the rest of the Wags dogs that are still waiting or to donate to them, please click  here. Thanks for opting to adopt.

Run Free Snorkels

sasha 4-10 Several years ago a friend of mine contacted me on a Sunday afternoon. She had been volunteering at our local shelter and someone had brought in a Dachshund. She was grossly overweight, matted, stunk of urine and her mouth had the stench of death. Of course I went and picked her up the next day and she became a foster. Given that she was twelve when her owners surrendered her, we didn’t have much hope for her being adopted. I took her to an adoption event and some ladies were there with Doberman rescue. I had no idea that the one was smitten until we received the adoption application later in the week. She just loved that little Doxie Moxie as she walked in the door and it was love at first sight. Sasha was adopted, re-named Snorkels and moved to Texas after a few years to chase the Long Horns. She ended up having all her teeth pulled but her four canines but she was a raw feeder. That little dog was so full of spunk and really enjoyed being a Texan. Sadly, her legs were giving out on her and her quality of life declined so she was helped over the Rainbow Bridge last week. She was an awesome pup and even though she was probably 16-17 when she passed, I cried like a baby. Run free Snorkels, I know  you’re up there bossing everybody around. Love you sweetie and we’ll never miss you. You were our first real “senior” dog and that’s kind of become our preferred dog to foster. The Wiener Palace misses you and does your Texas family and friends.

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Rock on Senior Wiener!

Happy Wordless Wiener Wednesday everyone. I’ve got some outstanding news to announce. Our almost 18 year old foster is going to be adopted as soon as the weather lets up! We took in Coco and her brother Sammy in the summer of 2012. sammy and coco (2)They were owner surrendered with a request for euthanasia due to age and illness. Lucky for them, the staff realized that being elderly is not a crime that should be punishable by death. So we pulled them for Wags Strays and off they went. They were supposedly 16 at their time of surrender and we honestly thought they would end up their lives at the wiener palace. Sadly Sammy was an insulin dependent diabetic which we didn’t realize until his blood work came back. By then he was in diabetic ketoacidosis compounded by pneumonia and sadly we had to let him go after only a week.

Coco has been here living the high life as part of our “Royal trio”.midwest dachshund festival 2012 024 I really couldn’t believe it when I got an email stating that she had a family seriously interested in her. We’ve talked by phone and e-mail very frequently and I think it will be wonderful for Coco to have her own kids and a dog friend to hang out with. She’ll get more individual attention, daily walks and all the squeaky toys she can handle. I’m not sure who’s more excited-them or me. Although she was more than welcome to live out her life here, I think this is an amazing opportunity for her and for their family. They’ve explained to the children about her age and that she may not have much time with them but they’re determined to make it quality time. I hope the weather holds out and we can get her to her forever home this weekend. Good luck Coco,  you’ve been an awesome foster and we love you!!!!

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Fiona the doxie

February 2, 2014

Well the weather has been a tiny bit better this weekend but we did go from sub zero temps to rain to snow again all in a few days. This week was our first week back doing our pet therapy visits since we lost Tatianna. On Tuesday, it was time for our monthly visit to the retirement village. I love going there but I was really worried about how the residents would react to our loss. Tati had a very special friend there that always grabbed her as soon as we walked in. I was afraid that if started asking for her as we walked in, that I would start blubbering. I asked the Activities Coordinator to tell her and the others before we got there. They knew she was living on borrowed time and I had told them back in October that her time was limited but I wanted them to know before we just showed up without her. Let me back it up a few days, we were supposed to start back with our middle school reading program the previous Thursday. I had told the dogs we were “going to school” before I left for work that morning. When I got home to pick them up, I had to open the garage door manually since it wasn’t working right. Silly me, I turned the handle to get more leverage but all that did was lock the door. I go in and out through the garage all the time so I don’t even carry any house or garage keys. I had to call my hubby to come home and let me in. Since that took so long, we couldn’t go to the school that night. Pebbles, the original wiener, was so mad. She kept pushing her nose into my leg all night then barking at me. So sorry wiener, it just wasn’t going to happen.

When I got home last Tuesday, I told the dogs we were “going to work”. Pebbles went crazy and was bouncing all around. I went out and started my car since it was actually below zero outside and let it run for a while. I went out the front door(garage door still wasn’t working right) and went to put them in the car. Of course my back up key set fob had a dead battery. I was trying to balance the dogs in the freezing cold while unlocking the door. I finally got it done and headed back inside to lock up and get my purse but the front door wouldn’t open. Thankfully I had unlocked the door to the garage earlier so I had to go over there and fight with the garage door to get back in the house. Finally we were on our way and it only takes about five minutes to get there so the dogs weren’t buckled into their car seat. There was no place close to park so I pulled into a spot, opened my door and out ran Pebbles with no coat, collar or leash on. Naked wiener on the loose in the parking lot! I went running after her after locking the others in the car. Granted she was headed straight for the front door but you just don’t take off running through a parking lot. Grabbed her and went back to the car to get loaded up. When we got inside, she continued her naughty ways of not listening and trying to sneak out the door(she did succeed once). Don’t believe this sweet and innocent picture-that’s far from the truth.

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On to Wednesday. Our 18 year old foster has a family that is very interested in adopting her so we’ve been working to get their application completed and arrange a time for us to go down there. We were hoping to take her down there this weekend but on Wednesday evening she started licking at her hind end. I didn’t see anything wrong with it other than it was a little red from all the licking. The next morning she seemed better so I wasn’t too worried about it. When I got home, it was time to try getting to the middle school to help the kids with their reading. I had planned to stop at a rep’s house on the way and do some more work then go over to the school. I loaded up the dogs and off we went. When I got to the stoplight by the school, Pebbles started whining because she recognized the area. Instead I turned and went to my friend’s house. I know she was mad because as soon as we walked in, she stopped and squeezed out a spot of pee right in the middle of her carpet. My friend’s a pet lover and has a dog and a cat so it wasn’t a big deal to her. I knew that it was Pebbles way of giving me the middle finger for not taking her to school. When we got to school. she was actually very well behaved but I wasn’t taking any chances so I stayed with her reading group and sent Fiona off with some other girls. That night Coco was back to licking herself and I looked at it again. Great, she’s ruptured an anal gland. Off to the vet bright and early on Friday morning to have it confirmed. She’s now on three meds and gets a re-check in a week. Her adoption has been pushed back yet again. Between the weather and her health I think it’s going to be Spring before she ever makes it down there.

That’s a pretty typical week in the life around here. That doesn’t even begin to touch on the goofy husband and the things he does or my work. Hope you’re having a Super Sunday. We’re gearing up for another snow storm in a few days. Officer Chase will head back to the vet on Tuesday for more rehab(if the weather cooperates) and hopefully Coco will get to her new family. Thanks for opting to adopt!

Resolve to Help Homeless Pets in 2014

Well it’s that time of the year again. Time to look back at what’s happened over the past year and make resolutions to change our habits or attitudes in the new year. While you’re making your diet and exercise promises to yourself, how about adding a promise to homeless pets? There are many ways to help them even if you have little extra time, money or space in your home.

Here are some ways to help the animals in need this coming year,

  1. Volunteer at a shelter or with a rescue group. There is a large variety of tasks that need to be done and not all are directly animal related. Of course, there’s always cage cleaning, dog walking and kitty playtime that needs to happen. But they also need people to do laundry, take pictures of adoptable animals, answer phones, help with adoptions and help out at adoption events. If you have a specific desire or skill, they can probably use your help.
  2. Use a site like Goodsearch when looking for info on the web and your designated charity will earn money each time you use it. Goodshop and Igive also donate to your charity when you purchase items from online shops like Ebay, Petco, Petsmart and 1-800-petmeds. Install the Goodsearch toolbar and it will alert you every time you go to a site that will earn money for your charity.
  3. Foster an animal that needs a little help before being adopted. Usually these are animals that are too young to be adopted, need a little extra TLC or are recovering from medical issues. This type of fostering is usually done for a short limited time and the group you’re fostering for will pay for the medical care and often the food.
  4. Collect pet coupons from the paper and use them when stores are having sales. Even if you don’t have pets of your own, you can buy the items and donate them to a shelter. Canned food for both cats and dogs is a staple that they seem to run low on rather quickly.
  5. Gather up your old towel and blankets and donate them to a shelter. We have six dogs of our own and usually several fosters. I’m amazed at how much dog laundry I do and how much bedding you really need for that many dogs. Imagine how much bedding the shelters go through in order to keep every animal dry, clean and comfortable.
  6. Buy pet toys and donate them. It must be really boring to be in a cage and look at the same four walls all the time. Toys are a great distraction to the animals but often are low on the priority list.
  7. Become a fan of local rescue groups and shelters on sites like Facebook. Make it a point to attend their fundraising events and have a good time while helping homeless animals.

There are so many ways to help homeless animals. These were just some ideas to get you started. Contact your local shelter or rescue group to see what you can do to help. The more people helping, the more animals can get adopted and the more animals that can be saved. This is a great way to involve your whole family or group in a fun activity that helps pets in need. Happy New Year!