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.

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The continuing adventures of AB and friends

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

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

It took 2 volunteers to get all 4 of the dogs to the meeting place, where I had to get all 4 into my car (They soon became known as “The Texas 4”). My friend Joe was nice enough to go with me to help out, but he ended up having to ride with one dog in the front passenger seat with him. My car will only hold 2 large crates, so 2 dogs were in crates and one was in the space left between the crates. It was totally insane, but somehow we were able to make it home in one piece.

This is when I realized that I really needed to get my facilities built so that I can house this many rescues. These 4 put me up to 6 rescue dogs at one time. The 2 puppies were able to stay in the house with my dogs, but the 4 had to be strategically placed. I definitely didn’t have the room at my new place, so I had to keep one dog (Buddy) in my yard at my old house (8 miles away) and one dog (Beau) in a dog run at my old house. I had to drive back and forth several times a day to feed, water, exercise and play with them. I kept Gunner in the small fenced in area that’s not up against the new house, and since Jordan had all of his shots, he stayed in my backyard (which caused problems for the 7 dogs I had in my house because I would have to put Jordan in a crate before I could let them all outside to avoid any conflicts.

The fun part came when I had to take all 6 dogs to the vet in one day to get their health certificates to be able to take a transport to Colorado & Washington. Since I had to do this alone and could only get 2 crates in my car at a time. I had to make a lot of trips back and forth from my new house, my old house, the vet clinic in Leonard and the vet clinic in Greenville. I drove about 150 miles that day just to get all of their health certificates!

I had Finn & Fiona for 17 days and The Texas 4 for 10 days. Then the day came that I had to get them to the transport, which was 2 hours away. I knew there was no way to get all 6 there by myself, so I turned to FB to help me and sure enough a friend of a friend was willing to drive from McKinney to Bailey to help me take all of the dogs to the transport. All went well and we got them on the transport van and sent them on their way. During the 17 days I had the puppies, I had really bonded with Finn and I cried when they drove away!

I only got one day of rest & relaxation (not really, but compared to when I had the 6 rescues, it seemed pretty relaxing) before I got my next rescue, Brandy. (To be continued in the next “rambling”.)

And did I say earlier that on most of these rescues, I have to take them to get their shots, get them spayed or neutered and take them in to get health certificates (the rescue group or sponsor pays the vet bills, but I cover the gas and wear & tear on my car)?

  • Sadie – vaccinations, health certificate (couldn’t be spayed due to heartworms)
  • Jasper – vaccinations, neutered, health certificate
  • Finn & Fiona – vaccinations, health certificate (too young to be spayed & neutered)
  • Texas 4 – vaccinations, health certificates
  • Brandy – vaccinations, health certificate
  • Skylar – health certificate
  • Sonnia – nothing (only had for 2 or 3 days and she came with everything she needed)
  • So far on Mickey & Minnie – spayed & neutered (already had vaccinations)

 

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!