Monday, January 31, 2011

Mr. Bleaux Eyes Needs a Home

Look at that profile!  Look at those eyes!  You can fall in love with this guy in a heartbeat! 

Bleaux was rescued off a busy highway. He is good with other dogs and he just loves attention.  The vet check came back fabulous - HE IS HEARTWORM NEGATIVE!  That is something that is so important.
He is a mix breed, 18 months old, and will be neutered next week.  He is a little underweight at 27 pounds so with proper nutrition he will probably end up at around 30 - 32 lbs.  He is now current on all his vaccines. His coat is very soft short hair.  Help us find Bleaux a forever home.

Monday, January 24, 2011

It's Obedience School Time and Your Chance to Help the Dogs!

Many, many thanks to Dick Russell Training.  They are going to allow us to bring our shelter dogs to obedience school for a very small fee. (It basically covers their paperwork!)  They know that a well trained dog has a higher chance of getting adopted and staying in the home.  Their goal is to help us get a forever home for every shelter dog.  So here is your chance to help.  We need a few volunteers each week to work with the dogs.  The classes start on Jan. 31 at 7 pm at Dodge City Feed.  All you have to do is let me know that you can participate and we will bring a shelter dog for you to train.  If you can spare one hour a week it would be greatly appreciated.  Give me at call at Swampy Paws Canine Rescue - 225-772-8836 for more information.

Dixie is a wonderful terrier mix with a high energy level yet she enjoys cuddling on the sofa .  She is about 9 months old, the perfect age to begin some serious obedience training.  Because she loves to run and jump we have planned to start her on agility once  basic obedience is mastered.  Dixie would be a great dog to train.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Nuggett and Dudley Get Forever Homes

Wow, little Nuggett was a hit at the adoption event today.  In the first 30 minutes we had 2 people who wanted to adopt her.  She now has a new forever home with a wonderful lady and teenage daughter.  She will be the only dog in the house so I am sure she is going to be a really "dog princess". 

Dudley, our little Cur mix, also found a home today.  A couple came by the farm to see the dogs.  Dudley selected them!  He just ran up to the fellow and gave him a big kiss.  That sealed the deal!  Dudley will be the only dog in his new home.  He will get all the love and attention he deserves.  I will miss Dudley.  He was with me for 4 months and I had grown very attached to him.   Infact, I had just about decided that if he didn't get adopted soon I was going to keep him.  But, a home where he is the center of attention is much better than being one of 10! 

So while I will miss them both, my heart is full of joy - the families are happy and it is the best outcome for the dogs!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Rehoming a Hound / A Nugget arrives

The holidays are over and so is my bout with pneumonia!  It has been about 5 weeks of coughing, funky breathing, and generally feeling bad.  But, today I think I finally turned the corner.  I worked outside in the sunshine and felt great!!!  The dogs really enjoyed a full day of romping in the warm sun.

It seems as if hounds are our thing these days.  We now have a purebred Bassett and a very old Walker hound added to the pack.  The Basset was lucky because he found someone who cared enough to get him to a shelter.  The poor old lady, however, was not as fortunate.  You can tell from her behavior that she was a hunting dog.  She is friendly, but definitely not terribly interested in people.  Her age and related physical problems made it impossible for her to keep up with the pack, so she was abandoned.  When I found her on the side of the road she was starving and cold, but at least she was alive. Lady is the fourth hunting dog I have rescued.  Something must be done to make hunters more responsible with these dogs.  Once they get on a scent, they are not aware of property boundaries or highways.  They can run for miles away from the hunter.  If the hunter isn't diligent in finding his dogs, then they are either lost or abandoned. One of the other dogs had been  hit by a car and was dead.  The night before had been down around 25 degrees.  She has no body fat and suffers from some type of nasal infection.  The vet said she should weigh 50 pounds instead of 32!  She has a serious heart murmur due to heartworms. She has an old wrist break that gives her front right leg a swollen joint.  It isn't painful now, but at one time it probably was very sore. Again, the owner didn't care to see to her medical needs.  I know she is not adoptable so she will spend the rest of her retirement here, just being a dog.  She won't have to run with a pack on a sore leg, she won't have to fight for food, and she will not have to look for a warm and safe place to sleep.  She has a home - she has been RESCUED.

The youngest and latest addition to the group is our little golden Nugget, a Chipom mix. The family who originally purchased her named her Nuggett because she was as tiny as a chicken nugget and the same golden color. But due to a very busy schedule, the family needed to find her a place where she will get the attention she deserves.  I think a better description for her is her golden personality.  She is so sweet and very calm for a puppy.  She loves to snuggle by your side at night and sleep contently all night long.  She is up for adoption so please help us find her a great forever home.