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Cane Corso Discussions & Pictures / Zita trained me, finally!
« on: February 23, 2008, 02:43:00 am »
For the past few weeks, while Zita is on the bed resting with me, she has at times been getting up and pushing her head on me. 

Push is a silent command I am working on for her to signal something needs attention, like a person at the door or the smoke alarm going off, but she was doing it without the command.  I would get up and check the doors, her food and water dishes, and see if she wanted to go outside.  Everything would be fine, I'd go back to bed, and she'd do it again.

Last night, just for sillies, when she was pushing, I flipped the covers over her intending to play peek-a-boo.  She cuddled up next to me under the covers, gave a huge sigh, and didn't move the rest of the night.

Zita has trained me to tuck her in.

German Shepherd Discussions / GSD shot, needs help
« on: November 22, 2007, 03:17:14 am »
Last week the following article was in our local paper about a GSD found wandering after being shot.  The wonderful people at Animal Control convinced the Vet. to treat the dog and let them take donations for payment of the amputation of the shattered leg. 

They were close to having the debt paid off when the dog, named Courage for his wonderful spirit, developed an infection.  As of yesterday and our donation, the bill was about $500.00.  If anyone here is able to help, the mailing address for Courage is in the article.  Courage is expected to recover and have a forever home by Christmas.

Here is a link to the whole article.

Thanks, everyone.

Courage adjusts to life on three legs

By KELLY O’SULLIVAN / The Desert Trail   Wednesday, November 14, 2007 3:11 PM PST
TWENTYNINE PALMS — Just one day after undergoing 4 1/2 hours of surgery to remove a leg rendered useless by a shotgun blast, Courage the German Shepherd was doing well, hanging out Tuesday, Nov. 13 with Palms-N-Paws Animal Shelter staff before heading to a volunteer’s house where he’ll spend the next two weeks recovering.

As first reported on thedeserttrail .com, the 1 1/2-year-old dog was brought into the shelter on Tuesday, Nov. 5 suffering from what the staff believed was a shoulder injury caused by being hit by a car. The dog, then nameless, was crying in pain but despite his distress he sought comfort from shelter staff, wagging his tail and licking everyone’s hands instead of lashing out as injured animals tend to do.

His good-natured braveryresonat ed with shelter staff and they soon named him Courage.

As they do with all injured animals, the staff immediately went into action, checking the dog to determine the nature of his injuries.

“You could see that he had an open fracture,” Animal Control Officer Windy Baker said. The staff arranged to have the dog X-rayed by the veterinary staff aboard the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center.

When they sent the X-rays to High Desert Animal Hospital in Yucca Valley for review, they were shocked at the results. Courage hadn’t been hit by a car, he’d been shot.

“I was crying,” Baker said. “Once we saw that X-ray, it was just heartbreaking.”

“In the X-ray, you could see the metal fragments,” Shelter Attendant Dawn Wallace said.

Once they learned Courage’s condition, Baker, Wallace, Animal Control Superintendent Rick Boyd and Shelter Technician Dina Soriano knew they didn’t have many options.

Repairing Courage’s shattered shoulder would cost at least $5,000, which was out of the question. Amputating his leg would cost $550 to $900, which isn’t in the shelter’s budget. Add the cost of antibiotics and pain medication and they were looking at another $200.

Usually, animals with such injuries have to be euthanized, Baker said, but a dog like Courage inspires people to find a way.

High Desert Animal Hospital agreed to take payments for the surgery bill and provided Courage’s pain medication.

Rio Ranch Market donated food for the young dog, and shelter visitors who heard his story began opening their wallets. The first donation came from a couple who had come to adopt Max, another German Shepherd at the shelter.

“They wrote a $100 check,” Wallace said. Bills also started accumulating in a donation box in the shelter lobby.

Surgical success

On Monday, Nov. 12, Dr. Grant Mayne of High Desert Animal Hospital in Yucca Valley amputated Courage’s right front leg. “It was quite an extensive surgery,” Christy Lowe, the animal hospital’s office manager, said Tuesday. “Courage had lots of damage to muscles and tissues” as a result of the gunshot wound.

As he did with Palms-N-Paws staff, Courage won the hearts of those at the hospital. “Everybody just loved him here,” Lowe said. “He’s quite a game little dog.”

The staff kept Courage overnight Monday, releasing him back to the shelter after determining that he was eating and drinking well, and that his body was functioning normally.

“We expect him to make a full recovery,” Lowe said, noting that one of Courage’s biggest challenges over the next few days will be “figuring out how to take care of business,” which can be difficult for male dogs. Courage’s medical bills will total about $1,000, said Windy Baker, animal control officer for the city of Twentynine Palms.

So far, the shelter has received $805 in donations toward the surgery; the animal hospital agreed to take payments on the bill.

“They just did such an awesome job,” Baker said of hospital staff. “Big kudos to them.”

She also lauded those who donated to what shelter staff have dubbed the Courage Fund.

“Everybody who donated, thank you, and Courage says thank you, too,” she said.

“Had they not donated, he’d have to be put to sleep,” Wallace added. The shelter will continue accepting donations until the full amount is raised.

Road to adoption

Over the next two weeks, Courage will be exercised daily to build his stamina, and he’ll get plenty of rest and good food, Baker said. He’ll also stay on pain medication and antibiotics.

Then he’ll undergo a follow-up examination at the animal hospital to determine his progress. As soon as he’s released for adoption he’ll go home with his new family.

Shelter staff is screening potential adoptive families. In addition to providing a loving home, his new family will have to be able to care for a special-needs dog, Baker said. With his sweet temperament, shelter staff have no doubt that Courage will make a great pet.

“He just wants to be loved,” Wallace said.

Cane Corso Discussions & Pictures / Does Zita get the clumsy prize?
« on: October 27, 2007, 06:28:49 am »
This month Zita has run into headfirst into a fence, fallen off her bed and broken an aquarium and yesterday she got stuck under her bed which is a twin-sized one for humans.

She hit the cedar board fence while chasing the shadow of a hummingbird.  When she ran and jumped on the bed, the mattress slid off causing her to fall and bounce off the front of the aquarium stand.  The stand needs all the front support pieces and the three doors reattached.  We are working on the concept of no running in the house.

Getting stuck under her bed happened when she was playing with a ball and it rolled under the bed and she went after it laying on her side.  She couldn't get it into her mouth and it kept rolling further under the bed, so she kept wiggling after it until all that was left out were her back feet.

For some reason, at that point she became unhappy.  When she realized that she couldn't get out, she was unhappy and loud.  I went around and stuffed the ball in her mouth to keep her happy while thinking about how to get her out.  The bed weighs over 100 lbs, and it is on a new floor, so moving the bed was not an option.  Dragging her out would have hurt both of us.

Getting her out took three liver treats put where she could see them, but couldn't get to while under the bed,  Then I hung onto the bed frame, braced my feet against her back paws and said, "Treats, Zita."  She was a bit hesitant with her inchworm impersonation until I started calling the other dogs for treats.  The other dogs were all shut away, but she didn't know that.

Does she get the prize?

Cane Corso Discussions & Pictures / Wally, the other new pup
« on: October 07, 2007, 11:16:50 am »
Here is a picture of Wally.  She arrived with Zita and rapidly turned into my husband's dog.  She is a little one, only 80 pounds.

Newfoundland Pictures / Faux Newfie
« on: August 30, 2007, 02:07:01 pm »
This summer our Newfie, Cody, was having a hard time adjusting to the summer temperatures in his room.  Last summer he did OK at 78 degrees, but this year at 78 he was breathing way too hard trying to cool himself and had even less energy than usual. 

Then a dear friend came to visit who is also learning to do grooming, and she had her clipper.  We had a bit of fun with the leftover fur and thought y'all might also enjoy our arrangement.

Cody's breathing is back to normal and he is frisky!

Transporting & Traveling With Dogs / Camping with a dog in California
« on: August 02, 2007, 04:03:12 pm »
In November we will be driving from the Palm Springs area to the San Francisco Bay with our Cane Corso, Rosita, and would like to camp along the way.  Does anyone have suggestions for dog-friendly camping places, or places to avoid?


Anything Non-Dog Related / Transport Needed
« on: January 13, 2007, 08:34:49 pm »
For a skunk from Toronto back home to California.  It got lost after getting in a truck.

Link to the story:

Great Dane Discussions / Where did the puppies go?
« on: January 09, 2007, 04:29:00 pm »
Where did the thread go with those puppies in Arizona?  It was a lady who had a pregnant Dane who was fake spayed by an evil Vet.  Thanks, I suck at the serching thing.

Hubby wants to see the pictures but as cute as they are, I wouldn't be surprised it they're all spoken for.

Links to other available Dane pups would be appreciated.

Cane Corso Discussions & Pictures / Our new pup, Zita
« on: January 07, 2007, 08:11:00 am »
Here are some photos of Zita, our new black brindle Cane Corso.  She also has a Photobucket at:

She will come home in mid-February.

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