I am so excited…..

Getting ready as we speak to go pick up Chloe…they told me when I called yesterday that she was too big to be spayed ‘in house’ so she would have to be sent out to another vet which could take awhile…so come get her!(That was the reason she did not come home with me on Tuesday…she was waiting to see the vet and to be spayed) My daughter has taken the day off school in case I need a hand (she is my almost graduated beautiful 18 year old Shelby) Anyways gotta put my scrubby clothes on to wrangle an unknown (to her) super large extremely hairy dog that has not even sniffed me yet…and I am gonna try to shove her in my expedition…lol.
This could be interesting…wish me luck! 🙂

Chronicles of Chloe

So yesterday I went with a friend to Second Chance Animal Shelter in Copperas Cove Texas to see if they could use a volunteer. This is part of my strategy to pass the days while my hubby is in Afghanistan.
My friend Maggie had fostered on and off for this shelter and wanted to go visit one of her past house guests ‘Bear’. Bear was a little on the wild side and a large lab so unfortunately he became too much for Maggie to handle along with her two year old son to care for.
So we went out back to the outdoor runs where the large breeds are kept and I was wandering around visiting the animals.
There she was her coat all brushed and fluffy…looking her Tuesday best, was a beautiful Great Pyrenees. I eyed her appreciatively but kept moving on so the young couple who had obvious interest in her could get her full attention. I have never been one for long haired breeds although I think they are pretty. My friend Maggie asked one of the workers about her out of curiosity, there just was something about her. I had thought she was going to be scooped up by the young couple but not so. Apparently she was not adoptable at this time due to her heart-worm positive condition. All my instincts suddenly went into overdrive and her situation was all to clear. She would have to remain at this shelter until her treatment was complete and it was 10 am in the morning and already so very hot.
It was then I knew I had to bring her home and get her inside. The only way to get her out of the miserable heat was to become her foster Mama….I pick her up tomorrow 🙂
To be continued……

Back in the saddle ..so to speak :)

Wow…it has been so long since I have posted on this site that it is truly amazing. But I had become obsessed, I was ticking off pet food companies and neglecting my kids so I had to quit.
Here is the 411 on me my husband deploys in July so I will soon be seated once again in front of my computer working on my blog trying to block out the sad fact that my husband and best friend will be gone for 1 year…see y’all soon xoxoxoxo Michele

Pete & Ashlee (Simpson) Sniff Out Dog Whisperer

Sneak Peek: Pete & Ashlee Sniff Out Dog Whisperer

Prior to the birth of little baby Bronx, Pete Wentz and Ashlee Simpson-Wentz wanted to make sure their two English bulldogs were well-prepared for the arrival of the newest member of the family. So who better to fetch than Cesar Millan, aka the Dog Whisperer, for assistance?

“My biggest concern is them knowing that the baby is a priority in the house,” says Ashlee during the couple’s appearance on the Dec. 18 episode of National Geographic Channel’s Dog Whisperer. “I don’t want them around the baby at first.”

Sure enough, Millan proceeds to do what he does best, teaching Pete and Ashlee various ways to help them better control their pooches, Hemingway and Rigby, including getting these four-legged creatures to, wait for it, utilize a treadmill.

Houston SPCA caring for dogs seized from filthy trailer

Owner says circling UFOs made the animals unhealthy

Copyright 2008 Houston Chronicle

Dec. 13, 2008, 8:56PM

James Nielsen Chronicle

Dr. Dev Rajan, of the Houston SPCA, holds one of the terriers seized from a trailer in Fayette County earlier this month.

Houston SPCA veterinarian Roberta Westbrook lifted a trembling toy English fox terrier into her arms Saturday afternoon to examine the dog’s emaciated body.

The spine and ribs of the malnourished terrier were visible. The dog’s nails were overgrown and her tiny paws were soiled from living in her own feces. The dog was among 42 terriers brought to the Houston SPCA Friday from the Gardenia E. Janssen Animal Shelter in Fayette County.

Authorities in Fayette County seized the dogs on Dec. 3, after they were found living in a 5-by-9 foot trailer — eating, sleeping and giving birth in their own waste — with a woman who claimed the terriers were unhealthy because UFOs were circling above her home, said Houston SPCA spokeswoman Meera Nandlal.

“We don’t know if she was breeding them or why she was living with them in such a small space, ” Nandlal said.

Authorities in Fayette County could not be reached for comment on Saturday. It is unknown at this time if any charges will be brought against the woman.

The animal shelter enlisted the Houston SPCA’s help to house and care for the 40 dogs, some of whom are as old as 10. The terrier Westbrook was examining gave birth to two female puppies since she was removed from the trailer.

Most of the dogs are in poor physical condition. Two of them are missing limbs for unknown reasons.

“They could be purebred, but not the best standard,” Westbrook said.

All the dogs will undergo medical and behavioral evaluations. After being cleaned and treated, healthy dogs will be put up for adoption, Westbrook said, adding that those who need more time to recover will be placed in foster care.

The Houston SPCA often sees many large animal seizures, Nandlal said. Recently, the organization took in 70 feral cats.

“Unfortunately, it’s not unusual, ” she said. “There are all kinds of animals that are put into situations they have no control of.”

Little hope for Chile’s highway hero dog

Tue Dec 9, 9:19 pm ET

SANTIAGO, Chile – Chilean officials say they have lost hope of finding a dog whose attempted rescue of an injured animal inspired worldwide admiration.

Jorge Rivas, operations manager for Vespucio Norte Highway in Santiago, said police and highway workers had searched for the dog several times, “but not any more.”

He said too much time has passed since March 23, when a surveillance camera captured images of the apparently homeless dog pulling the body of another, injured dog through busy traffic to the relative safety of a freeway median strip. The other dog, which had been hit by vehicles, died.

Rivas said earlier reports that the incident happened on Dec. 4 were based on confusion with the date the image was first shown on local television.

Hundreds of thousands of people viewed the surveillance images on Web sites and television shows and Rivas said his agency received 15 calls over the weekend from people offering to adopt the dog.

Luis Serey, 59, a taxi driver who often uses the freeway, often says the video “was impressive. This dog is a hero. I hope he gets a new life, a home. He totally deserves it.”

Broadcast of the images came on the heels of an animal welfare scandal in the Chilean capital, where officials raided an Animal Protection Society accused of mistreating and killing dogs and cats in its care. Four employees of the society face charges of animal abuse.

Rex top dog in Charleroi

Rex top dog in Charleroi

By Chris Buckley
Monday, December 8, 2008Buz u!

CHARLEROI – Waiting for the start of a preliminary hearing, Officer William Gardner listened as two shackled suspects in orange jump suits described the latest scuttlebutt in the county jail.

“They said the people in jail are talking about Rex and how many people he’s apprehended,” Gardner said. “He’s putting fear into these druggies.”

Gardner has been with his new partner for less than six months, but he already knows that Rex has a nose for crime fighting – it goes with his paws and bushy tail. And Rex is helping take back the streets of Charleroi.

Charleroi is not the only community to utilize a canine unit. Monessen police Officer Jim Quattro and dog, Dax, have been patrolling the city for about a year.

In Monongahela, Officer Larry Maraldo and dog Bennie should be patrolling together this month.

Gardner said he is an animal lover and welcomed the opportunity to have “an extra tool” in making drug arrests.

He mentioned one day that he would be interested in becoming a canine officer and a month later, Superintendent Mike Matyas approached him about the idea.

Gardner and Mike Garrow, a Uniontown Police Department K-9 handler who lives in Charleroi, traveled to Battle Ridge Kennels in West Virginia, where they picked up Rex, a Belgian malinois from the Netherlands. Garrow tests animals before he trains them.

Dogs used in canine units are mostly Dutch shepherds, German shepherds or Belgian malinois, all similar breeds.

Rex was not yet 2 years old when Gardner began training with him under Garrow’s tutelage. The first phase of the training involved aggression training, and searches of clothing and buildings.

The second phase involves narcotics searches in which the animal learned various odors.

Initial training lasted three months, but is ongoing.

“We train every week still,” Gardner said. “It’s never ending. He’ll train for the rest of his life. There’s always something for him to learn.”

Training occurs at many locations throughout the Mid-Mon Valley including the Mon Valley Emergency Medical Service site in Monessen and Camp Haven in Monongahela.

Gardner gives Rex commands in a foreign language.

The dog lives with the Gardner family, which also owns a pug. The dogs get along.

“He knows the difference between being at home and being on the job,” Gardner said of Rex. “He’s playful at home, but I wouldn’t want to be anyone who would try to sneak into my home.”

A Ford Explorer is specifically designed for the canine unit. Rex has his own cage in the back of the vehicle. The windows are barred.

Gardner does not transport prisoners in the vehicle. He said it takes teamwork for the canine team to be effective. He credited Matyas and the department for that support, along with Garrow for training.

He thanked council for providing the dog and expressed hope Charleroi one day will add a second police dog.

The canine unit has proved effective. Since Rex’s first day on the job, he has taken part in seven building searches, assisted in 11 criminal apprehensions and helped make 51 drug arrests.

Rex also tracked one person wanted on an arrest warrant who tried to escape on foot and found two children who had wandered from home.

When someone attempts to flea on foot, Gardner takes Rex out of the police cruiser and advises them to stop or he will release the dog. They usually comply.

He has been called upon to help with crowd control, including a weekend night in downtown California.

“We bring Rex out and the people get going,” Gardner said.

He takes Rex to other communities on occasion to help out.

Gardner takes Rex on foot patrols and utilizes his skill in traffic stops, when the dog often finds illegal drugs.

“You’re not going to get away with drugs in the car with him, he’s going to find them,” Gardner said.

Recently, Gardner initiated a traffic stop involving an expired license plate. The driver was wanted in Philadelphia. When Rex searched the car, he located a compartment under the dashboard where a quarter pound of marijuana was hidden.

Another time, Gardner pulled over a car and the driver got out and began running. Two passengers were about to do the same when Gardner took Rex out of the vehicle.

The pair stopped dead and dropped to the ground. The driver did the same.

“He’s extra security the minute he gets in the car with me,” Gardner said. “I can’t put a value on how much crime he’s stopped.”