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Meya Monday

Meya is interested in whatever you have to say.

Animal Heroes–Non-Fiction Monday

Part of the War Stories collection, Animal Heroes discusses the various ways animals have served in armed combat through the years. From war elephants to messenger pigeons to bomb sniffing dogs, this book touches briefly on the wide variety of animals that have been a part of war. From the very beginning this book acknowledges that animals have no choice in participating in warfare, and that it may be considered cruelty to force them to participate. With that said, the book goes through the ages to discuss the role of animals in different conflicts, from ancient Rome to modern days. While the cover features a dog, this book focuses attention on a multitude of animals. Readers will enjoy learning about how pigs were used to defeat war elephants by frightening them off, how cats were befriended by WWI soldiers so they’d eat the rats in the trenches, and how today rats are trained to locate landmines. Since this is a huge topic, the coverage of any one animal or incident is brief, but many individual heroes are highlighted.

Gander and the Royal Riffles

Gander is one of the dog heroes profiled. He was the mascot of a Canadian group called the Royal Rifles, and saved the lives of many of the men, eventually giving his life to save the men when he grabbed a grenade that had been lobbed at them and ran with it. He was given a special medal of honor for animals serving in war.

This book would appeal to animal fans, history fans, and those interested in warfare. It is an interesting topic, not one many kids are required to read about, or would know to inquire after, but the book would make interesting reading for kids grades 3-5 if suggested by a librarian or teacher.

Wordless Wednesday

Itchy Oscar is also hoping for a short allergy season!

Failed Foster Stories

Typically when people talk about failing as a foster, they mean they ended up adopting the dog, but my failure is a bit different.

Recently we had a little apricot poodle at the shelter, he was one of those nervous poodles who have been someone’s companion and are not used to being alone. Additionally, he’d never been housebroken fully–rather he appeared to be puppy pad trained. He’d been adopted and returned three or four times in a month, sometimes in a couple of days. Poor little guy was back at the shelter and an e-mail went out asking for help–he needed someone to really give him a chance. I’d helped the little guy get adopted to the family that had returned him last, so I’d gotten attached to the little guy. Maybe he could come stay here, learn to potty outside, and learn some independence from Oscar the pro at separation anxiety.

I sent an e-mail off, offering to foster him until someone could be found. Sure I was nervous, but I thought this could work–then I got the news. The little guy had been adopted! This one has taken–I met them at the farmer’s market and it was a match made in heaven. The little guy is going outside, plays with their dog, and more independent then I’d seen him. A foster failure!

The next foster failure was fairly similar. A little white poodle, had been adopted three different times and returned three times. One lady gave him just one day and brought him back because he was too clingy, another family because he was too rowdy with their family dog. He was a little guy, and I walked him for four hours with no one interested in adopting him. I suggested he might come home as a short term foster until he found the right home. They were packing up, and I ran to get the Oscar and Meya to make sure they got along. The three played and had a great time! Perfect. Then a family walked up to look at the dogs, they wanted Oscar (and who wouldn’t), but were looking for a small dog. They had little kids who loved the little white poodle–after all the stuff had been packed, the family decided to adopt him! Another foster failure!

I’m now thinking of offering my services to other dogs in need of foster homes, to see if they can get adopted before they even arrive in my house!

Welcome Back Sun!

Sun, where have you been? It was actually raining, and the sun was shinning. Wettest summer in record!

Meya and Me

So a while ago I realized that I have lots of good pictures of my dogs, but few good pictures of me and the dogs together. This may be because the only thing harder to take than a good picture of a black dog like meya is taking a good picture of me with them. Here are the best two I found:

Meya Monday

Meya Monday

Meya is a fierce defender of our backyard from the threatened invasions of the neighbor’s dogs. I’ve put a sheet of thick plastic over the fence so my dogs don’t try to rip the fence down with their teeth (true story, Oscar chipped his canine trying to do this before the plastic.)

Rain or snow, or plants, nothing keeps Meya away from her patrols–she has pretty much killed all the bushes I planted along that fence. But we are definitely as safe from the neighbor’s dogs as a 14 lbs poodle mix and a four foot chain link fence can make us.

Wordless Wednesday

Oscar and his frog friend, both had surgery on their legs--Oscar finally got his hair done after.

Wordless Wednesday

Rare photographic proof that Oscar doesn’t ALWAYS try to kill dogs larger then he is, though earlier this day he had tried to kill poor Huck here.