Max and Dogee …

Second up on our courtesy postings are three-year old Max and Dogee.  Located in Sterling, Colorado, they have a rather sad story:

The owners were on a camping trip and, the next morning, the husband had passed away.  These boys are three-years old, neutered and up-to-date on vaccinations.  They are not bonded and can be placed separately.  Crate trained and house trained but may have accidents if left too long.  Have been around grandchildren and seemed to get along okay after an adjustment period (would suggest only older children, age 10+).  Will chase cats in the backyard so would take some training to reverse this behavior.  Have been boarded and groomed regularly. 

If interested, please leave a message for Laurie at (970) 370-4146 or contact Jamie at bow-wowbarn@q.com.  Application, home check and placement fee required.

Max & Dogee
Max and Dogee
Max
Max

 

Dogee
Dogee

Hutch …

Couple courtesy postings to start us off for 2018 … I’m going to post them separately so as not to create confusion.

First up is Hutch, who is located in El Paso County, Colorado … Black Forest to be exact.  Hutch is believed to be a Lhasa/Poodle mix.  His current owner writes the following about him:

He is five-years old, 22-ish lbs, neutered; was the product of a divorce and dumped on me “temporarily” three years ago but was never taken back.  He was apparently traumatized by a man before he came to me and is fearful of men. He sometimes pees in the house although this may be due to the fact that I have three other dogs. He is a “one woman dog”, he has bonded to me, he can be nippy if one of my kids tries to pick him up and he has his sights set on me. My children are seasoned animal/4H kids, so this doesn’t bother them. I am concerned that he could traumatize kids that are not used to the unpredictable behavior of some animals. He used to nip at me when he first came to me, now he wouldn’t dream of it.

I am so sad for this dog. He wants to please me, he looks at me with these adoring eyes. He deserves a real life with his own person. We live on a farm, our other dogs are more of a group, and just go with the flow. Hutch doesn’t fit in with them. He rides very well in the car, no nausea or anything, he would be super happy just sitting in my lap or at my feet all day. I am about to start working again and he needs and deserves more than I can give him. 

Negatives about Hutch:  he has killed three of my hens, and he goes after my cats with a vengeance. He is aggressive to my 140-lb older Newfoundland cross, but co-exists with my other two dogs just fine. My heart is breaking for this dog. He needs a seasoned small-dog owner. 

If interested, please contact the owner, Kathryn, directly at:  marsh.kitty@gmail.com.  It sounds like Hutch is overwhelmed with his living arrangements but would do well as an only dog and with an owner that could potty him every four hours or so.  He also “resource guards” but this is manageable by removing him from whatever he is guarding (IOW, you don’t get away with that behavior!!).

A rather quiet year …

I really, really should update this more often! However, like everyone else, things just seem to direct our attention elsewhere these days.  Between work, rescue, the house/yard and our own personal pack of three Apsos, time just slips through our fingers.

Rescue saw two placements and a return in 2017. Sammy the Shih Tzu finally went to his new home in Loveland and is settling in well.  Lucy the Lhasa was returned due to not getting along with the toddler in the household (when she was originally placed, there was no child in the home!!).  After about six weeks in foster care, she was placed in Denver with the gal who adopted our puppy mill rescue, MaeMae, in 2009.  Lucy is loving urban life and all the excitement that goes with it, including walks 3+ times a day.

On a somber note, we were advised that our long-time supporter, Judy Wendt, passed away January 2017.  You may remember Judy as little blind Magoo’s owner.  I’m sure he met her at the Bridge, sight and mind restored.  True to her word, Judy included ApsoRescueColorado in her estate planning.  We are humbled and most grateful for the donation to further our rescue efforts.  With the new PACFA laws in Colorado, it will allow us to pay the yearly licensing fee and still have funding available for veterinary care.

We had our own personal scare with a “Night Tiger” recently … a Great Horned Owl buzzed Teller in the yard just after sunset.  Hubby was outside with him when the raptor made a dive for Teller — despite Hubby being just feet away from him!  Fearless hunters, human presence is no deterrent.  A heart-stopping sight to see a GHO just three feet above one’s dog!  He flew up into a small tree just east of the kitchen and then stayed there long enough for me to shoo Teller into the house, get my camera and snap a photo. Bold little bugger!

Here’s to the new year, come what may!

Winding down …

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Dinky

… for the year and, yet, here we sit, still trying to figure out what happened to March!  The last four months of 2016 were a whirlwind with dog shows in Minnesota, more shows in Colorado, the American Lhasa Apso Club’s National specialty held in Loveland, Colorado the end of October, yet another dog show and then the holidays. Whew!  No wonder I didn’t get my usual holiday preparations and cards done.

Unfortunately, I also received word that two of our fosters passed away in December. Dinky, the little dog that blew kisses and Mae-Mae, our little puppy mill survivor.  That on top of Boo passing away in September.  All had long lives in loving homes and one certainly can’t ask for more than that in the grand scheme.  Still, the loss is felt deeply.

We have a page on Facebook … https://www.facebook.com/LhasaApsoRescueColorado/ … it’s a public page so one does not have to have a Facebook account to access it.  A large variety of content there for the fancier.  Visit, like and get updated postings!

Bringing this post up again … Night Tigers … to remind everyone that raptors pose a real and deadly threat to our little ones.  A cat was taken in a neighboring subdivision a couple weeks ago by a large hawk.  Last night, something woke me up at 2:30 a.m.  Not sure if it was one of the dogs stirring in its crate or the house settling with a creak.  What I heard after that, however, was the hooting of a Great Horned Owl (GHO).  It was either on the roof above our bedroom or in the tree right outside the bedroom.  December/January is mating season for the GHO  with February/March being the hatch … which means they will be looking for easy prey to feed the baby owls.  It is estimated that up to 40% of raptors’ diets are household pets, depending on the area.  Check out this information … Great Horned Owl.  Fair warning!

Meet …

… the newest foster, Leo, a 10-month old Shih Tzu. Leo is in the assessment stage but

Leo
Leo, a 10-month old Tzu

will be available for adoption in the next four to six weeks or so (pending assessment and behavior). Placement in Northern Colorado is preferred.

Leo is a cocky young fellow who needs a job, i.e., obedience, rally and/or agility. He is wicked smart and catches on quickly. A confident dog, he works well with distractions.

He will need a dog-savvy owner that has some training skills. He is not a dog for a “soft” or first-time owner. Leo needs an owner that can set boundaries and follow through with consistency. Leo is crate trained, house trained (with supervision, he is still a puppy!) and walks nicely on a leash. He does NOT do well with children so will need to go to an adult-only home.

Interested?  Contact ApsoRescue@aol.com to start a dialog on this boy.

Night Tigers …

Bet you’re wondering what fits that definition.  And I’ll bet you’ve probably had one (or more) in your area whether suburban or rural.  While you may not be aware of their presence, they are definitely aware of you and what’s wandering around in your yard at dusk, midnight and dawn.

The Night Tiger … also known as  the Great Horned Owl … is common and the second most widely distributed owl in the Americas.  With its six-foot wingspread, it is capable of hunting and carrying off a great variety of animals including porcupines, dogs and cats.  In some areas of the country, dogs and cats are used as a readily convenient food source.owlperched

Hubby found owl pellets in our yard about a month ago … a sobering find as we had two small foster Tzus in residence at the time.  Weighing in eight and nine pounds, they are prime prey for the winged predators in our neighborhood.  Both owls and hawks have been spotted flying low over the yards; last year a hawk family was fledged in a neighbor’s trees.

For more information, please tune into this YouTube video prepared by East Mountain Pet Alert in New Mexico and friend and artist, Katy Widger

Birds of Prey Attack Small Pets

Be safe, be aware!  And keep those small pets under your direct supervision.

 

Short Dogs and Blizzards

Colorado was slammed with a spring blizzard on Wednesday … not unusual for Colorado but certainly not welcomed by humans or dogs alike.  To be sure, we need the moisture so won’t complain there. However, the driving snow and 50-mph winds did little for dogs or trees in our neighborhood.  Four of our trees sustained significant damage from the snow caking on branches.  The weight eventually snapped the limbs off completely or split the trunks.  A maple, two crabapples and a hawthorne all lost limbs … time will tell as to if the trees will make it or not.  The top of one crabapple was completely snapped off.  Bummer.

We set up a dog run of sorts in the winter for a couple of reasons … one, it makes a smaller footprint to have to scoop for the dogs and, two, it keeps the dogs from accessing areas which have not been scooped so they don’t come back in looking like a giant snow ball (see last photo).  Unfortunately, even having a dog run that had been scooped twice didn’t help with this blizzard.  The potty run filled up quickly and it’s hard to potty in 6+ inches of snow when one is less than 11-inches tall at the shoulder!  All told, we got 18+-inches of snow out of this storm in less than 12 hours.

Dog yard 2016

Soooo, what’s a small dog to do?!?!?  Thankfully, I’ve trained my three to potty in an exercise pen (x-pen) from the time they were small puppies.  Dante and Jentry are old hands at it … Teller was a bit confused by it all.  I set up a small x-pen in the garage, lined it with potty pads and everyone was able to relieve themselves until we could dig out.

Let’s talk about equipment … in my book, x-pens are a “must have” for the dog owner. They come in different heights and I use 24″ or 30″ depending on the application. Definitely prefer the 24″ as I can actually step over that one.  At 5’3″ and a 28″ inseam, a 30″ pen is out of my reach, both to step over and to lean over to pick up a dog.  Those of us who are height challenged have to consider all the angles, literally.  If you have a dog that can jump/climb 24″ you’ll probably want a 30″ pen.

One x-pen will make a four-by-four pen (I prefer the Midwest brand of pens, without a door).  The pens are open ended so you can add extra panels to make a larger pen or connect two pens together for a substantial space.  We use several pens connected together for a dog run during the winter as we have a large patio to cover to get to the grass. The pens make good markers as to snow fall since the sections are set up in vertical increments of six inches.  We’ve used the pens when camping as an area for the dogs to hang out so they’re not constantly on a leash.  Throw in a bed, toys, coop cups for food/water and they’re all set.  Drag up a comfortable chair, an adult beverage and you’re all set.

As all of my pens were out in the yard, I used a small fold-up pen that I keep in the grooming room and/or take to dog shows.  Dog shows typically have outside areas for potty runs (this works if a small venue and one can easily get to “outside”).  However, if the weather outside is bad, toileting can be an issue.   In the case of the large Denver shows, they set up penned-off areas inside, full of sawdust.  Not good for dogs in full coat … and can be a source of disease/germs.  So, we use a lightweight six-panel pen made by Mardel that’s easily transported and set up (scroll down to find the mini-exercise pens).

Potty pads … given that I don’t use them all that often, I buy Assurance underpads  from Wal-Mart. While they cost more than the pet-specific pads, they absorb more and come in a 30 x 36 size (two will cover a small x-pen nicely, for about .52 cents each). The boys are sent out first with belly bands so they’re not peeing out the sides of the pen, solid wastes are bagged and set outside (use of the belly bands also keeps the pads clean so the boys are not walking in urine).  Jentry is then “exercised” in a basically clean pen.  Depending on what’s going on and where we’re at, I may cover her pee spot with newspapers so she’s not walking in urine and the pads are good for a second use.  When done, it all gets bagged up and put in the trash bin outside so we don’t have to worry about odors.  I have also used this set up in a hotel room — a heavy-duty sheet of plastic is unrolled in an area and then the pen and potty pads are set up.

Flying with a dog and can’t get to the potty area?  Pack along a potty pad and then take the dog to the restroom (easier if the dog is a male so you can use a belly band as well). All good reasons to train your dog to:  (1) potty on command and (2) potty in an x-pen as it gives you and the dog more options when nature calls.

Belly bands … having used several different types over the years, I’ve found Playapup to be the most comfortable for the boys.  They are narrower on the ends and the neoprene material has some stretch to it.  This brand doesn’t tend to bunch up because of excess material as with other bands. Line it with an incontinence pad and it can be used for potty runs as noted above or used in conjunction with training for males that mark indoors.  They wash up easy/dry quickly and I always have at least two on hand so they can be changed out on wash days.

So there you have it … tricks of nature, nature calls and traveling with small dogs.  What tricks have you utilized for inclement weather or while traveling?

Snow pants