… or How Many Distractions Can One Household Provide!
Like so many others these days, I find myself working from a home office … dragging files and supplies home in a banker’s box. Going on three weeks now, I find I miss going into work (don’t tell hubby that or I’ll never get retired).
My routine has been significantly disrupted and I struggle to find focus or a clear desktop from which to work. I already had piles of filing or projects to work on and they’ve been shoved to the side to accommodate client files, accident reports, medical records and medical bills for preparation of settlement demand letters.
Added to the distraction are the dogs. They wander in/out, ask to be picked up, demand treats and/or more potty trips. Toys are dragged into the office to later be navigated and/or stepped on. In an attempt to gain some semblance of “normal” (whatever that is in a dog household), they are banished – the two adults to the front room and the puppy to the kitchen. The puppy finally decides she’s had enough after an hour or so and starts whining. Which sets Teller to whining. Which then turns into full-blown howling by all three. At some point, it just disintegrates into barking and doesn’t stop until I exit the office.
Evidently, if they can’t see me, they can’t hear me either as “quiet!” and “enough!” go ignored. I guess this is a good excuse as any to take a break, stretch, find something to drink and send everyone outside for a quick potty run.
This is a courtesy posting … please contact the owner directly at the phone/email provided below:
NOTE: THIS DOG IS LOCATED IN ELIZABETH, CO, EAST OF CASTLE ROCK.
“Bubbles” is a nine-year old spayed female, vaccinations up to date. She needs a quiet home with a patient and confident person. In the past, she has been a one-person dog. Gets along with other animals okay; would not trust with children. In addition to being housetrained, she is trained to potty pads in the house.
Needs someone who is familiar with the breed and willing to give her time to adjust to a new home. Her owner just went into dementia care so she has seen a lot of changes lately.
As a double-coated breed with hair, Bubbles will need regular grooming (every six to eight weeks at $35 to $50) so this expense will need to be taken into consideration by the adoptive family.
An adoption interview/application is required and there is an adoption fee ($150).
Just had to share these videos (with permission, of course). AKC has rolled out a new tricks title and — not surprisingly — Apsos are nailing the testing. This first video is of adorable Maui in Minnesota, a five-month old puppy taking on the novice title: Maui Tricks Novice Title.
Our second video is of Zopa, a six-year old Colorado Apso, picking up her advanced title, proving that you *can* teach an old dog new tricks, lots of new tricks: Zopa’s Sweet Ride.
UPDATE: These two cuties have found a new home! Thanks for looking …
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Application, home check and placement fee required.
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: email@example.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!!).
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!
… 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!