Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Transport Tuesday

This is Ellie Mae....

Mom helped get her from Kentucky to Canada over the weekend.

We don't know much of her story, but the way she came to the rescue was interesting. Ontario Bloodhound got a call from a shelter in Kentucky asking them to take a male bloodhound. The details were worked out and the dog was moved to a local vet to be checked over and neutered and boarded while transport was set up. As all that was happening, OBR got a call from the vet office that the dog had bitten one of their techs. Calls went back and forth with the rescue, the shelter and the vet. Turns out the shelter didn't give quite full disclosure. Now a decision had to be made....what do to with a dog that may be aggressive. The vet spoke to the head of the rescue and asked that the dog be given a second chance as the vet has interacted with the dog and thought he could be helped. Luckily, there is other rescues in the area. A local trainer said she could help, but was boarding another bloodhound that needed rescue and that would be the spot. So....a deal was worked out. Ellie Mae came to OBR and would take the foster spot and the dog would move in with the trainer. We hope she can help him and that he gets a chance at a home.

In the meantime, Ellie Mae is a petite and super sweet bloodhound girl. Maybe 60 pounds (and yes, that makes her a small bloodhound), she climbed right in mom's car on Sunday and snoozed the entire first leg of her trip to foster care.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Fiesta Kitten Report

The kittens turned two weeks old on Saturday and are making steady progress getting bigger and learning to use their short legs.

Queso - 10 3/4 ounces

Salsa - 11 1/4 ounces

Blanco - 10 3/4 ounces

Taquito - 9 5/8 ounces

Tostada - 9 3/4 ounces

Margarita is a happy momma cat and takes such good care of everyone. Mom is still trying to get a good picture of the girl - Margarita keeps blinking.

The kittens don't howl quite as quickly when mom picks them up now. They tend to look at her and blink a few times before realizing something might be amiss. They are pretty wobbly but getting around for the most part. Another week or so and then the sames will really begin.

Friday, April 17, 2015


Sorry no posts yesterday and nothing too interesting today....mom got bronchitis which makes her bark like a woofie. She just hasn't been too motivated....and we don't have thumbs.

The kittens are doing well and getting a little more mobile each day. Everyone has their eyes open, which has made Taquito a little more hissy at mom....MOL  They will be 2 weeks old tomorrow.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend. It is supposed to be over 70 degrees here today so mom opened some windows and put in our protective screens before she left for work.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Blog the Change - transports

Most of you know by now that mom drives transports sometimes on the weekends. We thought we would take this Blog the Change moment to walk you through how she gets noticed and what is involved.

When mom first got interested, she just put "dog transports Ohio" into a search engine. That led her to a yahoo group and she joined that group.

Now, starting Sunday night she gets about 15 emails that have states in the subject line. This allows her to easily filter out and delete the emails that she isn't even close to. Then it is a matter of reading each and seeing the number of dogs in transit and if they are actually going through where we live. Keep in mind, mom drives a small car so she is limited to how many fit. And the Beetle isn't exactly crate friendly.

As part of this group, mom was introduced to Ontario Bloodhound Rescue. That is who she drives for the most....the tend to send one dog at a time and it is easy to fit into a schedule.

Generally run sheets are completed and sent out to drivers on Fridays. This includes the information about the dog being moved and each driver on the transport - so you know who to look for in parking lots. Most hand over spots are restaurant parking lots since there is enough space and those are usually right off of major interstates. One of mom's friends used to drive and joked that she and her husband were seeing Ohio one Cracker Barrel at a time.  :)

On the day of transport, mom checks the car....cover for the backseat, water dish and water, extra towels, paper towels (she has a box she throws in the hatchback). Then it is off to the pick up spot. Get the dog and paperwork and anything going along and then take off for the next spot.

Mom figures on the list she belongs to, there is probably about 100 dogs moving each weekend. And there are so many groups out there. Just be sure when you agree to drive that you understand the time commitment and safety issues driving with dogs in your car. Follow the rules set by the coordinator (some dogs can't be let out of crates, puppies are usually no paws on the ground). Be on time - or early - to your meeting spot. And most important have fun - you are helping to save a life.

And it isn't just dogs....there are cat groups out there too helping to save lives!!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Daiquiri and Tim

No matter how old the kitten, no one seems to be able to resist Tim's charm

OK - and for some reason she was biting his collar.....