|Masuka - our special, fluffy foster.|
Monday, December 20, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
Morgan keeps up with her brothers and is super playful. She loves to cuddle too. Morgan had a rough start in life, but she's now happy and healthy. She gets along with other cats and doesn't mind the dogs in the house either. Like the rest of the litter, she also loves the humans in the house too!
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Tewks is significantly improved and is VERY mobile. He's a busy little boy and will require an active family to match. He'll be available for adoption later this week... just in time for ARF's big Adoptathon and Blow-out-Sale on Saturday and Sunday at Petsmart, Chinook location (there is also a cat adoptathon on Sunday at the Copperfield Tail Blazers from 1-3pm). For more details on all of these exciting events, see the ARF page. http://www.arf.ab.ca/index.shtml
Monday, November 29, 2010
So we've fostered puppies, and we've fostered kitties... but never both at the same time... until now.
"Tewks" technically isn't with us for that long - we're taking care of him
Thursday, November 25, 2010
ARF, and most other rescue groups, is full (both for dogs and cats) and the need for additional foster homes is great. The frigid and unforgiving Calgary weather has only made things worse. For more on a recent ARF rescue during the cold snap, check out another ARF volunteer's blog: http://arfdogs.blogspot.com/2010/11/when-its-30-below-zero.html (warning, content is disturbing).
Monday, November 22, 2010
Here's a picture of one of the litter when they were four weeks old - this would be either Turtle or Drama.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
We'll keep you posted. Keep your paws crossed:)
Wow, what a busy day! This afternoon our little friend, Turtle went home with his new family - another awesome couple getting their first pet together! I remember how exciting that was! We are super, super happy for K & D as they bring Turtle into their life together. As with all our adoptions... we look forward to updates of how this little pumpkin is doing:)
Drama met his forever home at an ARF animal showing at Petsmart and today he made the move to his new home - an awesome couple who will show him lots of love and cuddles. He left in his brand-new carrier on his brand-new bed, and is looking forward to his brand-new life with his new family. We're so, so, so excited for Y & T as they adopt their first pet together.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Lil Babs and her brother Murphy have just left with their forever family. They fell in love through the blog, and then Murphy sealed the deal when he curled up on their laps and fell asleep. It's meant to be! The house always seems quieter after an adoption and although we'll miss that pair, we're so happy for them and their new parents!
Thursday, November 18, 2010
The "Marmalades" will join several ARF puppies and ARF dogs at Petsmart (Chinook location) from 1-3pm. Come and see for yourself! They're even cuter in person! Turtle, Chase, Drama and Walsh will be there ... Babs and Murphy will be adopted Saturday morning!!!
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Walsh and his littermates all look very similar, but Walsh's coat and face are just a tiny bit different, so it's fitting that Walsh is Walsh - as in Billy Walsh from Entourage. He also has a sense of adventure and today went right up to one of the other resident cats to introduce himself. In time, I think he'll be snuggling with them! Walsh has a cute little face and when he's finished playing, he loves to snuggle.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Well, assuming we've got 5 males and 1 females, the new orange litter (the one I've been desperate to foster since the Alberta Spay Neuter Clinic (ASNTF) at the beginning of October) has been named after Entourage characters: Turtle, Chase, Drama, Murphy, Walsh and Babs. Don't ask me who's who - I have no idea. I know the girl is the orange & white with a little wee bit of black hidden into her fur... but the rest are all orange and white tabbies. Give me a few days to figure out who is who!
If you want to read more about the Alberta Spay Neuter Task Force clinics that I've participated in this year, check out my other blog at: http://albertapetwellnessclinics.wordpress.com/
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Wow! what a busy day! Sasha made her debut at Petsmart today. Little did I know that she already had an application, so today she met her forever family - an awesome family that will love her and cuddle her, and have a kitty friend for her to play with. They're already getting ready to spoil her rotten!
Thursday, October 28, 2010
ARF animals go to Petsmart at Chinook every Saturday between 1-3pm so that potential adopters can meet animals available for adoption. Cats very rarely make these public appearances as the environment can be stressful, especially for cats that don't live with dogs. But for cats or kittens that live with dogs, it's a great way to introduce them to potential forever homes - for this reason, Sasha will be making her public debut this weekend!
Monday, October 25, 2010
Sasha is all by her lonesome (she's sitting on my shoulder as I blog). Lloyd was adopted tonight by a teenage girl and her family who just adore him. He's going to another home with other dogs and cats and lots of love, so he'll be right at home.
It's true. We are "retired" from dog fostering. It doesn't mean we don't love puppies! Risotto and Italia are the last of the Italian litter - their littermates were all adopted this week... so if you're interested, get your application in! We're just puppy-sitting these two for a few days. That gives me my puppy fix and reminds me how much work it is to foster dogs!
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
ARF dogs to go Petsmart every Saturday between 1-3 so that potential adopters can meet them in person. On very rare occasions, a cat makes an appearance. Today Lloyd and I decided to try it out. I didn't advertise it on the website in case he really hated it and we left quickly. But, Lloyd stayed for the whole time and even interacted with a few of the puppies, especially Zara (apparently Zara has cats in her foster home).
What a week! Ari left on Sunday and then yesterday I had calls about some of the other kittens. Lizzie ended up joining Ari (and apparently Ari is super happy to be reunited with his sister!), and Sloan went to a home with another cat earlier today.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
In a matter of minutes, the first of the five Cardston kitties will be adopted. Ari could have been adopted twice yesterday through ARF's Adopt-a-thon at the Ranchlands Tailblazers. His new family is on their way to pick him up. I'm gonna miss the little Mr. Personality, but maybe this means there's room for one more!
I'm hoping the siblings will also find their forever homes soon too.
Ari goes to a home with other dogs and another cat, which is just perfect for him. If anyone else is looking for a cat that had experience with other dogs or cats... check our Lizzie, Lloyd, Sloan and Sasha!
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
The kitties are home from the vet and are now ready to go up on the ARF website. That will make them officially available for adoption! Beadie, our resident dog, loves kitties, and was so happy that the cats were home. She waited patiently for them to come out of their crate.
Monday, October 4, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
I volunteered at both clinics with a mother and daughter who adopted our third foster dog, Kima. We didn’t know each other before, but since they adopted Kima we’ve become friends. They’ve met a number of our foster puppies and have taken care of our zoo while we’ve gone on vacation.
The Blood Reserve Wellness Clinic is held twice annually and provides free spay and neuter surgeries, free vaccinations and limited amounts of pet food. The operation requires a massive amount of volunteers, many of whom are highly skilled (vets and vet techs). The others typically come from various Calgary-based rescue groups. The September 2010 clinic had volunteers from the ABSNTF, AARCS, Pound Rescue, the Humane Society and ARF (possibly from other groups!). The three day clinic is paid for through donations and grant funding (I believe!). Volunteers make the three hour drive south and typically stay overnight in Cardston at their expense – but it’s more than worth every penny.
This year’s clinic was held in a community centre – basically a big gymnasium that housed an area for crates in line for vet checks, an area for sedated dogs in crates, a big area for surgeries, an area for animals recovering after surgery, an area for animals to be picked up, an area for sterilizing equipment, laundry and for paperwork. Vets and vet techs do surgery beneath the basketball nets under the newly purchased trouble-lights.
Volunteers, myself included, wash crates, walk dogs, nurse kittens, tend to dogs as they recover and wake up etc. Some run into town to do laundry at the Laundromat because the clinic uses so many old towels, sheets and blankets. Others transport young puppies to another facility to reduce their chances of illness.
The first day of the clinic is the most interesting. Teams of volunteers go door to door in the various communities explaining the clinic – the concept is familiar and well received. Community members give permission to have their animal fixed. They can also surrender animals, and permission must be granted to remove an animal from any home. Some dogs have never been in a crate or on a leash, so getting them rounded up is interesting. From here, they go back to the clinic facility with their paperwork and are eventually see by a team of vets and vet techs, and the correct dosage for the anaesthetic is calculated based on the animal’s weight. The first day starts at 10am (after a drive from Calgary) and ends around 10pm. On the second day, volunteers arrive to walk the dogs after a night in the crate, clean crates and get ready for the surgeries. Vets arrive and the process begins. Animals fixed during the morning surgeries can pick up their animals in the afternoon (or have them dropped off). Families are given instructions on how to care for the animal following surgery. They also receive food, typically donated by manufacturers or individuals in Calgary.
More and more people respond that their pets are already fixed when volunteers go door to door. Progress is being made. But there is no shortage of heartbreaking stories. I transported a 4-5 month old puppy for AARCS; the pup had had a collar tied tightly around his neck – so bad it had left an open wound. A 12 year old dog came in with a fractured foot (old injury, healed) and quills to the same leg. He was too old for his surgery, but had the quills removed.
The work of the Alberta Spay & Neuter Task Force wouldn’t be possible without donations, sponsorship, grant funding, and the contributions of various rescue organizations, including the Calgary Humane Society and ARF. The ABSNTF will hold another clinic for Siksika Nation over the first weekend in October. The next clinic for the Blood Reserve will be held in June.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Well, our days of volunteering every day have come to an end and the feeling is bittersweet. After months of back and forth on whether we'd adopt a second dog (and retire from fostering), we got one pup we just couldn't give up. Actually, a second pup we couldn't give up, because we were "Foster Family Failures (FFF)" with Beadie too just over a year ago. Matlock is a great fit for our family, and camping just proved that even more. We're looking forward to many more trips together - although we may need a bigger vehicle...
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Matti and Beadie took first-timer "Tee-bo" to the dog park today. Without hesitation, all three of them were in the water and became fast friends. Teebo is a rescue dog from California, brought to Calgary through Little Mutts Rescue (a great option for people who want or need a small breed dog!) Matti has transformed in the last few weeks since we first started bringing him to the dog park (he used to run away from all the dogs). Now he owns the park and loves to hang out with the other dogs. His forever home should be prepared to keep taking Matlock to the dog park, and keep introducing him to new things as he is still timid around things that seem strange to him.