Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Our New Baby Mindy

Mindy no sooner got into our house and she found a dish of food... She made herself right at home and ate her fill before we started cleaning her up. You can't really see the mats or bald spots in this pic but she was a real mess and it will probably take a while for her coat to grow back but it will and she loves her hair combed so she shouldn't have a problem with mats ever again!!

Sweet Mindy resting after a hard 24 hours! She loves that comfy chair!

Our little Mindy Girl! Doesn't she have a sweet face. Who could mistreat such a sweet baby!

Boo Boo Bear is my baby, I was looking for a bouv puppy and I fell in love with him. The person that we got him from said he was 6 weeks old and he looked it ... Later when we where asking more questions about him we found out he was only 3 weeks old when we brought him home. He is now 5 yrs old and spoiled rotten (I spoil all my babies...lol) Shame on all breeders that will cross breed dogs on purpose and especially those that would give away a puppy that is under 6 weeks of age!! (he is lab and bouv mix)

Chase was rescued from going to the pound when he was a puppy! He is now our sweet little baby (About 10 years old now) He is such a sinker... he loves to hide Boo's toys...lol

Well she really isn’t a baby … the vet said she is between 10 and 12 years old. Here is her story! We were taking her to the pound for someone because we all thought she had mange and she was having a lot of trouble walking. She lived outside and was on a chain that was way to heavy for her. All she would do was lay there. When I took the chain off her she wouldn’t even follow me around the yard like she used to! Well we put little Mindy in the back seat of our blazer and set out for the pound. Mindy really perked up she just loved the ride! Hubby and I started talking and decided it would be better if our vet put her to sleep as at the pound they don’t even act like they like dogs!!!! So we turned around and headed towards the Vet. With a lot of discussion we decided to have the vet check her over and see if she had anything contagious At that time we already had 2 dogs) and how much it would cost to bring her health back if it was possible.
The Vet explained that she is half German Sheppard and half husky and that when huskies shed the undercoat gets caught causing mats… when the mats get too big they will pull the hair out and that was why she was bald in places. Of course he did a skin scraping and found that she did not have mange. He checked her over and gave us stuff to clean and medicate her ears …. They were really gross! So on the way home with Mindy we stopped to pick up some clippers to help get the mats out of her hair. We spent about 4 hours last night combing , shaving and bathing little Mindy! She was such a good girl and even started to fall asleep while we were combing and shaving her…lol We decided that was enough for one night as we had all had a very hard day. She still needed her nails trimmed and her ears cleaned but she had been in this shape for a long time … one more night wasn’t going to make a lot of difference. We locked Mindy in the kitchen because we were not sure that she was house broke. This morning she was ready to run outside but she had not had an accident in the night! What a blessing that I won’t have to house break her. We did get her nails trimmed and her ears are clean and medicated. I gave her a buffern and she seems to be walking a lot better now.
Our little cockapoo Chase has been very welcoming to Mindy. The Bouv/lab mix, Boo Boo Bear is a different story. We have had to close all the doors and keep Mindy where we can see her as Boo true to his Bouv nature keeps getting her cornered and barking at her! He seems to be doing a little better now but I think that it is because Mindy is in Hubby's chair and he is laying between her and me. I know he is trying to protect me from this intruder dog but enough is enough….lol Boo is really a sweet dog when he isn’t trying to protect me so I know that he will warm up to little Mindy in time.
Well all of this is taking away from my time with my art but Mindy having a comfortable last few years is worth it! She has such a sweet disposition and now that her hair is clean and she doesn’t stink her fir feels like silk. We never planned on having 3 dogs but we couldn’t put her down… she is to healthy and so sweet. She will never again be tied up with a chain… she has a big back yard to play in and a soft place to sleep. She will never be exposed to bad weather any longer than it takes her to do her business outside.
I have a few ATC’s that I did the other day and when I get back to my craft area (that is where the printer/scanner is I will put them up for all to see.


christina d said...

She's beautiful. All three of your dogs are cute. I'm really glad you didn't have to have her put to sleep. That would be a real shame.

suzi blu said...

Oh all these stories break my heart! I cant believe all of this goes on you know? Dogs in pounds and people treating them so badly! A heavy chain!! Thats horrid!!

Im glad they are all safe with you. Thank you for sharing this.


Anonymous said...

Shirl,love your babies, they are very special. I hope you don't mind,but I'm copying their pictures going to try to do them in watercolors. If I am successful with them I will scan them on to you. They are precious.