I hope everyone had a great Holiday Season and stayed warm though the cold weather we had. Hard to believe it is now 2015. I remember sitting in front of the television with my step brother in 1957 trying to count up how old we would be in the year 2000. Funny how you remember certain times in life and then realize how the years have flown byJ.
I am still at it but slowing down a bit. I spent most of this year going back and forth to doctors trying to get some of my health problems resolved, but I guess what I learned is that when you get to older, they don’t really get resolved; you just get enough medication to live with themJ. I did finally get a diagnosis so now we at least know what kind of medicines to give me. Apparently I have what is called central cervical stenosis (where the bone is closing in on the spinal cord in my neck). Funny that is exactly the same problem my dog Chaddo has. I also have idiopathic peripheral neuropathy (that basically means a problem with the nerves where I hurt all over and they don’t know why <LOL>), Cubital and carpal tunnel, and course my breathing problems which require me to be on oxygen. ( I only wear it when absolutely necessary in the daytime as I hate it when it hangs up on the dog pens when I go in and out.)
We have been taking a lot of dogs from a breeder out in eastern Colorado that got way in over her head. She has some really nice dogs but she had 60 dogs on the premises. I enlisted help from Front Range and so far we have removed 34 dogs but still have more to go. We have several pups coming this Friday (that is tomorrow) and I have a place for 4 but still need a place for 3-4 Five month old pups. I have included pictures of a couple of the pups and adults that we are getting from this lady.
If you can help give me a call or email me at gsdrcolorado at gmail.com. Don’t reply to this blog as that will go to our newsletter person and not to me. I really need fosters so that we can continue to help more dogs. I am still rescuing and will until I am sitting in a nursing home with one phone in my pocket and one in my ear trying to find a foster for a needy dog. Once all the dogs that she is willing to give up are removed we have offered to spay and neuter the dogs that she plans to keep so we are also in need of funds to get that done. This will save many more dogs and prevent this from happening again. If anyone has room in their house and in their heart we need you.
I am still looking for a great home for a great 7 yr. old kitty. His name is Sammie and he is a super cat. He has all his shots and is tested negative for feline leukemia. He is a house cat but sometimes goes outside with us and he stays in the fenced in yard. He is reliable to always use his litter box and has always been good with my dog Chaddo and other dogs as long as they don't chase him. He was our rescue tester kitty and was great until my husband, unknowing that Sammie was in the yard, let a bad boy that wasn't good with cats in the yard and he chased Sammie up a tree. Since then Sammie prefers not to test new dogsJ. I have more than I can handle right now with Chaddo being incontinent and having diarrhea for hours at night with my own health situation. So I think I would be better if I could find a great home for Sammie and put that time to taking care of our rescue dogs. Some would say a cat doesn't require much care but for me to have a cat it requires quite a bit of time each day and with my health as it is I am basically counting steps and conserving as many as I can. I have been using mostly fosters this winter for the rescues as winter is hardest for me. Hopefully this summer I will be able to do more but if not I will continue to use fosters as German Shepherd Rescue is my mission in life and I will continue to rescue as long as I am able at all. The cat pictures are of Sammie of course.
Chaddo is going back to CSU for an ultra sound on his colon to see if we can find out what is going on and hoping that we can fix it. If not I guess we will continue as we are as I cannot bear to lose him. When he starts having diarrhea I just limit him to where he isn’t on the carpet and spend several hours cleaning up each time it happens.
Ok so now you know why I have been so long in writing for the newsletter <LOL>.
Wishing you all a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. And hope to hear from you periodically.
With Love ,