Saturday, May 29, 2021

All Creatures Great and Small

Thank you sweet friends for all the encouraging words.  I am happy to report that little Tucker was adopted by a lovely family after being back with his foster mother just one day.  This family lost their beloved dog six months ago and were finally ready to love another.  The foster mother told me that the teenage daughter cried when she held him and I have no doubt he will be loved and well cared for.  Though it was difficult for me, I know it was the right thing to do.

Today, I wanted to share with you a card I made for someone special.

I am very pleased with how it turned out.  Though there are deer that wander through my area, I miss seeing them on a daily basis as we did in North Carolina.  Still there is an abundance of bunnies, chipmunks, squirrels, birds, and the occasional fox to brighten our days.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Like Leaves Dancing in the Wind

Life is sometimes not what we wish it to be.  Circumstances often change like leaves dancing in the wind.  Such are the present days.

We had nine days with little Tucker.  The good news is we did fatten him up (11 lbs) and the medication did wonders to his health.  Though he is a sweet puppy, he and Lilah Rose were not to be friends.  As they say "all is fun and games until someone gets hurt".  The puppy did not understand at times that Lilah did not want to play and instead of stopping, he continued to nip and pounce on her until she became fearful and would run away to hide.  Lilah is such a gentle soul that she didn't understand that she needed to growl or bark at him to stop.  She became anxious and would barely eat or sleep.

After talking to the foster mother/rescue, we decided it best for all dogs involved to find a better home for him.  The foster mother spoke to me and Tucker is doing very well.  She has numerous applications for his adoption.  He is making himself at home (again) as he spent more time with her than he spent with us.  It would not surprise me at all if she decides to keep him herself.

That being said, this was very difficult for me to do.  I broke down crying in the car on the way to his foster mother's home. Sometimes doing the right thing/ the best thing is also the saddest thing.  Such is life and I am spending much time in prayer thankful for all that God provides.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Tucker - the Early Days

Remember back when we had newborn babies and we did our best to rest when the babies were sleeping, knowing full well that we would be up every 3 hours or so during the night to attend to their needs.  Well, I had forgotten that little puppies are pretty much little babies.

But it is so hard to sleep when you can hold a precious little puppy in your lap.  Lilah Rose is on the left at my side.  Tucker is asleep on my lap.  I am exhausted but it is wonderful.

It has been quite a weekend.  Tucker came home with us on Saturday.  On Sunday afternoon, he started having stomach problems.  We started him on chicken and rice to see if that helped.  It was a long night.  He and I were up every two hours. We went to the veterinarian  yesterday (Monday).  Tucker had his first exam, tests, and was prescribed a probiotic to mix with his food.  The doctor suspected an intestinal parasite.  We continued the chicken and rice meals.  Last night went much better.  We were only up three times and then back to sleep. The veterinarian called me today and yes, Tucker has a parasite and  will start on daily medication for a week that will kill the bug and fix the tummy issues. 

Poor little boy.  No doubt he caught it before or during transport from Georgia.  Yes, he is a Southern gentleman.  The dog rescue here drives down South and picks up puppies and dogs that are abandoned or have been turned in at shelters.  Evidently there are an abundance of both in the South.  They are driven up  North and placed in foster homes until they are adopted.  We were very impressed with this particular rescue and it was quite a process to be approved and so on.

Tucker is 9 lbs and almost 9 weeks old.  He is underweight and I am feeding him small meals 4 times a day.  You can easily see his ribs and other bones and he has loose skin because he has pretty much no body fat.  The doctor yesterday said that he has seen worse and he thinks that Tucker will be quick to gain weight with our feeding schedule.. 

Life is a bit chaotic but in a good way.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Good Morning Baby Birds

The trills and trickles of song from the birds in the big tree above her seemed in perfect accord with her mood. ~L.M. Montgomery, 1915

Robins tend to lay two or three eggs at the most in their nest.  Sometimes, while mother is away, another bird lays her eggs in the very same nest.  Whether or not the first mother bird frightened away the second mother bird or perhaps it was the other way around...  we have a nest of blended baby birds.  You can see that the bigger babies have feathers and beaks.  The younger ones are pinkish and featherless.  Hatched but not "awake" yet.

It is rather a strange sight.  I hope the bigger babies don't eat the smaller ones.  Have you seen this mixture of eggs before?  It is a first for me.

Tucker Update - we will be picking him up Saturday morning!

Monday, May 3, 2021

Patiently Waiting...

It is so terribly hard to wait patiently.  I am trying my best.  It will only be a few days longer until my arms will be full again with a little bundle of love.

We are adopting another rescue puppy.  Lilah Rose is 3 1/2 years old and we are ready for another sweet addition to our family.  We found Lilah at the Humane Society in North Carolina when she was 3 months old.  She is such a joy to us.

We looked into a number of different dog rescues in our area and chose a very reputable one not far away.  This particular rescue drives down to Georgia and Tennessee each month and rescues dogs and puppies that have been abandoned on the side of the road or in shelters and transports them up north to individual fosters who then care for them until a suitable adopting family is chosen for them.  It is a long process and the puppies/dogs are well cared for.

I originally applied for a sweet little girl but then decided not to go further into the process with her because I could tell she was mixed with pit bull.  That did not bother me but I knew my children would not be pleased so sadly I had to squelch that hope.

And then I saw... this little fellow.  He just melts may heart.  He is so sweet and loving.  He is a hound mix of some kind.  I am guessing beagle and maybe boxer.  We will do a DNA kit on him in a few months just to see what he is and it will give us a heads up on potential health issues etc.  Our little man, Tucker, is only 7 weeks old and weighs 6 lbs.

I applied for him a few weeks ago.  He was just listed as puppy #19 at the time.  It was love at first sight for me.  I mulled over names in my head and decided on Tucker.  When the foster mother contacted me about my application, she told me that she was just calling him Tucker and we could of course change his name to whatever we wanted.  I took that as a sign from God.  I mean, what are the odds that I thought of the very name that he was already being called?

Tucker will be coming home to us later this week and I am counting the minutes!