I'm not exactly on top of things here since I'm just sending in pics from the Pride Celebration. Faith and Laker 12-200 rode very well in their crates to the park. I lucked out and paid $10 to park at a church, and a lady and couple teens parked next to me and offered help. Since Miss Faith is a strong puller, it was great to have help hauling the small cooler, purse, camera and Laker:) Took us a bit to find the area with all the dogs, but we made it.
We had Great Danes on either side of us. They are a beautiful breed and were well behaved. Faith met a dog at one of the Dane booths and kept wanting to go over and play. A lady named Susie has been watching Miss Faith's site and came to meet her. She spent a long time just sitting with Faith and petting and talking to her. Faith got lots of one on one attention while Laker was working the donation vest.
Faith and Susie at Pride
I got a special treat in that one of my adopted fosters came by with her dad, Dave, to see me and meet Faith and Laker. Miss Brooklyn, aka Brookie, came to say hi before she was heading to the lake. How I wish I could've gone with as it was so hot!!! Brookie lucked out and got 2 great dads and has the life of a princess I think. She needed someone who could help her improve her manners and she found the right dad for it. Anyway, thanks Dave, for bring Brookie by, it was great to see you both:)
Miss Brookie came to visit
It was a hot day and what cracked me up was that at a Chuck and Don's event in Roseville a few weeks back Faith would not walk on the road or side walk. At Pride she wanted to lie in the middle of the sidewalk in front of us. She was such a good girl, met everyone with joy and took everything in stride. She has another friend, Tom, who pretty much hung onto her and told people who stopped by, all about Miss Faith. We have the best friends when it comes to helping us out at these events.
Faith and her buddy Tom at Pride
Since both the dogs were well cared for I had a chance to talk with my little brother who stopped by and very generously handed me a $100 donation!!! This is not to make light of every person who put in those dollars in our donation vest. All of it is GReatly appreciated, but as a big sister, hey I gotta give a shout out to Christopher!! Thank you, little bro!!
Faith ever the charmer
Faith is still being a good girl, eats well, no accidents in the house, loves her walk/run on her 50' lead/rope, out plays ALL the dogs, has decided jumping up on my lap while I'm sitting is fun. NOT!!! So going thru the whole Sit, Good, OK now you get petted. She hasn't figured out how to get up on the couch and we aren't encouraging. We had to move the outside water dish as it was in the sun and got hot too fast. So we moved it by the deck steps, showed it to her a couple times and she got it down pat. Knows where to go. Today I put the wading pool close to the water dish, showed her where it was, helped her in (no back flips this time) and let her figure out how to get out. She got it down in no time. She adapts very quickly, whether it's going into our office, different Chuck & Don greet n meets, a walk, wherever. So if anyone thinks she couldn't adapt to a new home, you're wrong.
We have the neighbor's lab, Lake, here for the week end, so with 5 dogs and 2 being called Laker...what a zoo. My brother-in-law is here from OHIO and is a good sport about watching out for dogs, especially Faith. For some reason Lady 12-194 doesn't like Lab Laker and was snarky with him a few times. Next thing we knew he was showing his manly side shall we say. Faith doesn't care as long as someone is willing to play with her.
The funniest thing happened one day last week. We have a chipmunk I have named Chippy, and he drives the dogs crazy. He actually ran through Lady's (12-194) legs one day. Brave little bugger. Anyway, I was feeding the dogs and Faith's dish is by the sliding kitchen door. All of a sudden she stopped eating, turned and 'looked' out the door and the hackles went up on her back.....something I've never seen. I looked out and sure enough, there was Chippy sitting on the deck railing!!! Guess her nose is really getting good!!! It just was so surprising.
As I have said before Faith will need a fenced yard, someone who is strong enough to handle her, (she is very strong) she needs obedience training, and another very playful dog. Faith would be heart broken to go some where and be alone (not that I would let her). I have come to the conclusion that with training and age she would make a wonderful therapy dog. I could be wrong, but I think she would be a great inspiration for all who met her. She is going to be a big girl as she is 47 lbs now at 6 months, and she has a ways to grow:) Because she isn't fully grown, the eye surgery(ies) can't be done yet. I know it's probably a worrisome thing to think about taking on a blind half deaf puppy that is gonna be a miniature marmaduke, but she is so sweet and has such a wonderful personality. She is a diamond in the ruff/rough!! She handles new people and dogs coming and going very well. We are working on the biting thing when she is lying in the door going outside........grab a dog is ok, grabbing FM or FD is NOT OK.
Please be sure your dog(s) are safe during this heat and the holiday season. Have lots of water and protection for them. Please don't take your dog for long walks on the hot pavement and definitely not during the hottest part of the day. If your dog has anxieties try Rescue Remedy, a thunder shirt or a t-shirt tied snugly on them. Some dogs find a crate covered in blankets dark like a cave to be a safe haven. Some like a bath tub or behind a toilet. Do what you can and we'll all make it through another fireworks filled week.....yeah you know someone is gonna be shooting them off all week:(
Happy 4th of July and THANK YOU to all our service people serving who make it possible to celebrate this holiday.
FM and the crew