Transport and Mini-Vacation

QueenieWednesday I received a call right when I got off work at the hospital (4:30pm) from one of my rescue groups saying that she had found a transport for the 2 Shar Pei mixes that I had for a little over 3 weeks. As excited as I was about this, they have to get health certificates before they can go out of state (they were going to Idaho). I had to work at the hospital the next day and I also had to pick up one of my regular clients (a pug named Journey) in Rockwall at 12:30 (which is an hour away from my house).

After many phone calls to various people and lots of stressful worrying about how to make this work, I finally had it figured out. I had to take the day off from the hospital (luckily my boss lets me be very flexible with my schedule – that and the great insurance are the only things keeping me there!). I had to get the dogs to the vet at 8:45am for their exams & health certificates, then drive an hour to Plano to drop them off at the transport meeting place. I had planned on going straight from Plano to Rockwall to pick up Journey, but there was an overturned semi on Hwy 75 and I ended up sitting on the highway for an hour and a half. I had to reschedule Journey to that evening around 6pm. I finally got the dogs off on the transport and got back on the road at 12:30. I got back home around 1:30 and had to get Scentsy orders put together from a party a did not too long ago. Once that was done I started getting things ready to take in 3 more rescue dogs, and prepare for my first official get-together at the new place (with a bonfire, weenie roast and smores!). Then at 3:30 I took Boomer to the vet in Leonard to get his health certificate (which includes an exam). I left for Rockwall around 5pm to pick up Journey and was home by 7pm, and it was time to eat supper and feed all the dogs.

Friday, after dropping off those Scentsy orders in Sulphur Springs (which is about an hour drive) I had to drive to Rockwall again to pick up the 1st of the 3 new rescues, Buddy. He was so sweet and adorable, but he kept trying to get into my lap as I was driving. I got him home and spent a couple of hours getting him adjusted at my place. It’s always interesting when bringing in a new dog into the house. At this point, we had our 5 dogs, Journey the pug and Boomer the rescue (who looks to be part German Shepherd and part Golden Lab). Buddy got along great with everyone and was able to stay in the house with my babies. I never know how things are going to work out because every rescue dog is different. Some get to stay in the house and others end up having to stay outside (like Boomer). Saturday we had our get together & bonfire, and it was a lot of fun. The dogs did fine, even though I had them all out in the pens (so that none of the little kids would accidentally left them out of the house or yard – they always leave the door & gates open! lol).

amy02Sunday I drove 3 hours down to Centerville (I’m told that’s the 1/2 way point between Houston & Dallas) to pick up the other 2 rescue dogs (Queenie & Freckles), only by this point, they had added a 3rd dog, Lizzie to the group (she’s a tiny little black lab mix puppy). This was their first time to meet, so I wasn’t sure if they would get along well in the car. I put Queenie in the front passenger seat. And because Freckles wasn’t too excited about being with a hyper puppy, I let him go in the big comfortable crate, and I just let Lizzie have a big play pen in the rest of the back area of my car (I drive a Honda Element and I have the backseats out so the whole area behind the front seats is open). After being back on the road for about 30 minutes to an hour, Lizzie got bored and started chewing up things she shouldn’t be chewing on. So, we stopped at one of those huge safety rest stops and I walked everyone then Lizzie was put in a crate with lots of toys and we continued on our way.

When we got home, I went through the whole meet & greet thing with all of the dogs again, but this time with 3 new dogs instead of just 1, which was interesting! I was so excited when everyone got along so well! And all 4 of the new rescue dogs were able to stay in the house (poor Boomer was the only one outside). For awhile I had my 5 dogs, Journey, Boomer, Buddy, Queenie, Freckles and Lizzie all in the backyard playing and it was wonderful! It’s very rare that I have that many dogs who can all get along so well.

Journey went home on Wednesday and Thursday I left my house at 5:30 am to head to the Texas Panhandle with the 5 rescue dogs. I’ve always told the rescue groups that I can only get 3 large dogs in my car, but somehow I agreed to take 5!!! I can only get 2 large crates in my car, so I had to do some creative maneuvering to make this work. Boomer was in the biggest crate, Freckles was in the other big crate, Lizzie was in a smaller crate on top of Freckles crate and Queenie & Buddy laid in the area behind the crates that a big crate won’t fit in, but has plenty of room for 2 large dogs.

320746_10201104733246723_688405807_nI drove the 8 hours to get to Dalhart, making 2 major pit stops to walk the dogs (one at a time). And after I dropped them off, I took a little mini-vacation. I spent Thursday night with my parents in Dumas and then spent the whole day Friday visiting with my parents, grandparents and my brother & his family. Then Saturday I spent the day with my bestfriend, Joe, in Canyon (walking the college campus where I graduated in 1993), lunch at a great new restaurant and Palo Duro Canyon (where I spent so much time exploring when I was in my 20’s), before I headed home.

 

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I’m still here. I promise!

My pretty Pearl Girl. Couldn't help it. She's being too good! - Photo by Amy Ebert

My pretty Pearl Girl. Couldn’t help it. She’s being too good! – Photo by Amy Ebert

I know I haven’t written a proper article in a while. Life in pet sitting and rescues can get pretty hectic. Even the guy I have writing my blog for me – say hi, Joe (me: Hi Joe!) – is busy trying to get through with the last few weeks of the spring semester at WTAMU. Busy, busy, busy!

I promise to have a few things to say here soon. On Thursday I’m supposed to transport some rescues up to Dalhart, TX, where I’ll be met by another transporter who will take them up to Colorado. This promises to be quite the adventure! But I know they will all go to good homes, and that’s why I do it. Someone has to stand up for these precious creatures, and I’m glad to say that I’m one of the proud. Although it is physically taxing at times.

So I’m still here, plugging away at my raison de vivre while still holding a full-time job! I  must be crazy, lol. But it’s worth it. I hope you think so, too.

PayPal donations online – Please help us with our rescues

Jasper, one of our rescues. (Photo Amy Ebert)

Jasper, one of our rescues. (Photo Amy Ebert)

Our PayPal Donation button is online. Woohoo! No, I’m not going to charge you to read my blog, although that is a thought…. No, in addition to pet sitting, we have become involved with animal rescues.

Most pets that are taken to a shelter, whether they are found by animal control, or even voluntary surrenders, only last a few days before they are put to sleep. We are trying to do our part to limit that number by trying to find good homes rather than allowing these wonderful creatures to be put down. However, we cannot do it alone. We need your help.

In addition to the costs associated with room and board, we are in desperate need of supplies, help in transportation, veterinary services (shots and spay/neutering), among many expenses.

We also need help to expand our facilities to house our rescues, as well as our usual clientele. We are a small, hands-on organization, and would like to keep a personal touch. We just ask that you make a small donation to our cause. Your help would be greatly appreciated. If you would like to donate, you will see a PayPal Donate button on the side of our page.

Thank you for your support!

AB Petcare now has a blog!

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My son Billy enjoying a quick dip in a kiddy pool! (photo by Amy Ebert)

I know it’s small it’s a small step, but we now have our very own blog! You can still find us on Facebook, but now we have a presence where you can follow us as we care for your pets! We are still in the process of figuring this new tool out, so I hope you forgive us during this time.

My philosophy for AB Petcare is to treat your pet as if they were part of my family. I know how difficult it can be to find someone to care for your pet. I know I don’t want just anyone!

We are located in North Texas and service the area around Greenville, Bonham, and Commerce.