Paws for Puppy Tales - September 2021
Updated: Oct 12, 2021
9-30-21 One more post on this last day of September. Main update to mention is the arrival of Jax & Joy. Dan Tweedy made a special trip to Omaha to return them to me on Sunday, 9/26 and then didn't even have the courage(?) to bring them here himself. Instead he had his sister in law Karen bring them. I assumed at first that he had just flew in town and right back out, but Karen mentioned when she dropped them off that he was having lunch with his parents; because you know. . . . .he couldn't have done that AFTER returning the dogs to me himself???!!!!! Just one more strike against he and Heather in regard to this whole thing. They are well past the "3 strikes and you're out". UGH Coming up the driveway my first impression was that Jax and Joy were much cuter in person than in the few pictures I've seen of them, even with the long haired floppy ears. But still the long hair on their ears has to go! As much as I told myself that I would give them a day or two to settle in as it turned out, that they were very much lap dogs so I decided that since they were comfortable on my lap I was going to at least scissor trim their ears that first day. Their ears perked up some having all that weight of the hair off and in fact one of Jax's ears popped up right away; what a pleasant surprise! The next day I took them both to my grooming room and used the clippers to shave more of the hair off of their ears and I was so thrilled to see that their ears really came up having been floppy for 3 years. They seem a be little bouncy but definitely up and such an improvement to have the Biewer Terrier erect ears as they should be. They both seem to have very quiet and calm personalities; I haven't quite figured out if it is because they are in a strange house or if that is just the way they are. They don't seem afraid of Jim or I at all and they and our 3 crazies all get along, so no reason that they would be fearful of them either. As told by Dan/Heather they do have some housebreaking to be worked on, but with the weather nice enough we have had them in and out often so it hasn't' been to bad. When they do potty in the house though, it has been on the floor rather than using potty pads. I totally blame Dan & Heather on this problem; this was also hinted to me by Karen as well. Lack of consistent training on their part. Once I had new pictures of them with their ears shaved and upright I posted them as available on my website and the other day I did get an application for them. It is still in the works, and the "empty nesters" seem like they are very interested and might be a good fit for them, so I'm hoping, praying, and keeping my fingers crossed that it will work out. Stay tuned on that one. . . . .
I think that's about it for now, Dog show in Lincoln Ne coming up October 9-10; the last one before the end of year for NOHS points. Hoping Winston will get BOB/BOBOH both days against the other 12 Biewer Terriers there.
9-26-21 Yesterday's party for John & Crisler was an amazing success!! The weather was PERFECT, all that RSVP'd as coming did (I'd say a total of 30-35), plenty of good food and drinks for everyone, and everyone were very warm and gracious in meeting Crisler & DK and welcoming them to our family. Kristen, Jenny, and I made a photo-op spot using the trellis we had the day before which turned out really well for many of the photos that were taken. My stress level for planning the party pretty much faded with Brandon & Jenny handling the preparation of the smoked pulled pork, and after the trellis decoration was finished as well as receiving a large canopy to use and delivered by Mary Jane & Norm, the morning last minute getting ready for the party was relaxed and ready. It' couldn't have turned out nicer. . .I'm so glad.
Today Jax & Joy will be here so on with our next chapter. No doubt having two more young dogs here will put some hectic stress on our lives until a new home can be found for them, but hey. . . .
we are retired, home all day most days, and well, dogs are my life. I'm still most upset at the reason they are coming here being as their first home should have been their forever home. Shaking my head. . . . . let's not get into that again.
Jim received tickets to a football game in Kansas City for today and was supposed to be going with a friend from NFM, but when that one, and then another backed out for whatever reason, Kristen stepped up to the plate and ended up being the one to go with him this morning. As Kristen put it, an unlikely traveling pair, but with both avid sports fans at least they would have plenty to chat about. Kristen also has her friend Beverly that will be big time tailgating there, so they will be joining them for some pre-game food and fun. Game is at noon, so they will travel home afterwards and get home just in time as Kristen puts it, to watch her Packers play on TV.
That's it for today. September is almost over; maybe one more September update once Jax & Joy are here for a day or two, to see how that is going.
9-20-21 WELL. . . .so upset with the news that nephew Dan and his wife Heather are wanting to rehome the puppies they adopted from me 3 years ago for what I consider a "not good" reason. There is no life changing event causing this need; only in Heather's words. . . . "owning dogs puts a significant restraint on how we would otherwise choose to live". And the reason for that is because they like to "get up and go"/travel and owning pets does not make that easy. But the real kicker was when Heather said: "While they are the sweetest dogs ever and we are very fond of them, we are not natural dog owners". WTF!!???!! This makes me so angry since their way of life was they same 3 years ago, so why the hell did they adopt the puppies in the first place. And not just A puppy. . . . but two puppies!!! So now I need to find Jax and Joy a new home with two fairly big issues making that a bit more difficult than normal. Rehoming adults is not terribly hard, but since Jax and Joy are very bonded, we all agree that they should only be rehomed together. This is the first hurdle; the second one is that Dan & Heather chose not to keep the hair on their ears trimmed short causing their ears to not stand erect as the Biewer Terrier standard states, so that may also be an issue for some potential adopters. It certainly would in my case. The whole thing makes me sad and mad. At first Dan & Heather said they were committed to keeping them until a home is found, if not I told them they should send them back to me especially since they did mention something about a Yorkie rescue which I adamantly forbade them to do. I assume because of my "offer" to take them back, they quite quickly changed their tune and now Jax & Joy will be coming here this weekend to live until a new home is found. I've already listed them on my website; I hope a loving FOREVER home is found for them sooner rather than later.
In other news, we've had one or two swim days this month at Mark & Karen's pool and though we have another "last" one planned for today, the weather changed from 88 to mid 70's & rainy so maybe last week's swim will have been our last for the year. Fall is almost officially here.
Plans for John & Crisler's wedding/welcome party are in the works, I'm not quite as stressed about it as I was. My biggest stress point is hoping for good weather since is must be held outside. So far the forecast is a good one, but we're in Nebraska and it seems it is ever changing. Keeping my hopes up and fingers crossed.
I think that's about it for now. . . . . . . .
9/8/21 I thought, "it's September 8th, maybe I should start the months' blog. . . . but nothing new is going on". Then I remembered there is one bit of doggie news, that may have started the last day or so of August, but only recognized for certain this month. SKYE is finally having her first heat cycle just shy of 13 months old. In one of the recent baths/grooming in late August I remember thinking her vulva seemed slightly larger than it had been but I just attributed it to her maturing and turning 1 year old. But, the last day with Kathy back at her house after the Topeka shows even she mentioned that it seemed "pretty big". This was on August 29. After returning home the next day I decided to check her closer (it's so hard to see anything because of her long dark coat), but yes, most definitely I could tell that she was beginning to swell. I did not see anything that looked like she was bleeding until the first day or two of September, so I am really not quite sure what her "day 1" would be. I went ahead and marked my calendar with it being on August 30, and am just watching she and Winston for signs of standing heat. So far on what might be day 10 there has been some slight interest from him but nothing to crazy, and she definitely tells him she wants nothing to do with him in that respect. Of course there will be no breeding this time around.
There will also be no more shows for us until early October in Lincoln, NE. Skipping the Des Moines show next weekend and Kathy has decided no more until Lincoln and/or until the puppies she has are old enough to show. With school, and 3 of her girls bred and hopefully pregnant (including Gem), she will be busy with puppies and with Gem one of the pregnant hopefuls, she would only have Marshall to show until the puppies are old enough.
As it turns out, the weekend of the only possible September show is the weekend that was decided upon as the date to host our Wedding/Welcome Celebration for John, Crisler, & DK. The party is planned for 9/25/21, being held in our back yard so hoping for a beautiful fall day weather-wise. Inviting only family siblings (on both sides), so not to large of a crowd. There is also Gage's postponed birthday party coming up on September 18th. And excited that we sisters will have at least one more swim party at Mark & Karen's this coming Friday with temps predicted to be 90.. . .YES!!!
That's about it for now; I'll pop in again at least one more time this month with news of how these things turned out.