Thursday, April 21, 2011

ARGH Sweetheart! What did you do?!

I know it has been a while since I updated the blog but what I came home to today made me want to share with all of you.

Below is a picture of Sweetheart's handiwork.  Les was outside tending the chickens for no more 15 minutes and this is what happened.

That is Journey in the midst of the rubble!
Les said Sweetheart was standing right in the middle of it as proud as she could be.  ARGH!!!  I have yet to pick it all up.  I am sitting here looking at the carnage and thinking it is going to take a while to get each and every little piece picked up!

Ollie is great.  She is currently on antibiotics for her tick disease but she is no longer coughing and does not have a runny nose.  She is gaining weight quite nicely and her coat is finally starting to soften up and not look so ratty.

Ollie and Sweetheart have taken a little liking to one another.  Ollie likes to run outside and bark with Sweetheart at night.  I am sure the neighbors just love it.  I know I do when I let them out at 3:30 in the morning.  They will also lay together in the giant dirt pit off the back porch.

I hope you all enjoy the picture of Sweetheart's destruction.  She is spending a little quality time outside as we speak.  :)

Jess, Sweetheart and Ollie

Monday, April 11, 2011

Heading home!

I talked to Dr. Kolar an hour ago and he said Ollie still has a little bit of a cough but she mainly coughs when they go to check on her at night.  He thinks it is drainage.  She isn't coughing continuously and whenever she does cough, she stops after a minute or so. 

Dr. Kolar said I can bring her home today and that he will send me home with some cough suppresants.  He wants me to start her back up on tetracycline for her tick borne disease.  She hasn't been on it this past week because he doesn't like to have them on both antibiotics at the same time.  Hopefully the tetracycline will knock out any residual bacteria that may be left in her respratory system. 

Dr. Kolar did say she continues to eat well and that she is quite lively!! 

I will pick her up after work and should have her home about 5:30 or so.  I hope to have more pictures of her to post over the next couple of days.

I hope Ollie continues to be cat safe now that she is feeling better.  You never know, she may be feeling feisty enough to want to 'play' with Kitty.  :)

I am interested to see how Sweetheart does with Ollie now that Ollie is going to be feeling better.

Hope everyone had a nice weekend.  The home visits I did Saturday and Sunday went well and I am hopeful Selleck and Tuscany have found their forever homes.

Jess, Sweetheart and Ollie!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Friday Night

I spoke with Dr. Kolar earlier today and he said that Ollie is still coughing a little.  She is eating well and seems to be feeling better each day.  Dr. Kolar wants to keep Ollie this weekend so he can watch her and make sure she is recovering like she needs to be.  I will call him Monday to see if she is ready to pick up and bring home.

I didn't deliver Tuscany to her foster to adopt home Thursday because the foster parents wanted to make sure she didn't come down with the respiratory bug that Ollie has.  So far Tuscany is fine and I hope to deliver her to her new home in the next few days.

I am taking Selleck to his new foster to adopt home tomorrow morning.

I am hoping each dog does well in their new perspective homes.

Hope everyone has a good weekend.  I had a nice day off today, planting flowers and spending time with Les and the dogs, chickens and cat!

Jess, Ollie and Sweetheart!

Thursday, April 7, 2011


Dr. Kendi (her first name is Kendi but I think of her as Dr. Kendi, not Dr. Horner) texted me today and said that Ollie is feeling better today, she still has a little cough but not too much of one.  She said she is almost as big a chow hound as Sweetheart was!

This is wonderful news.  A good appetite means she is feeling a thousand times better.  I am waiting to see if I can pick her up tomorrow and if so, at what time.  I would like to get her home so she can start settling in.

I decided to treat myself with a day off tomorrow.  I have been doing so much dog stuff the last few weekends I figured I would give myself a day to do nothing.

I will update everyone once I know when I can go get Ollie.


Wednesday, April 6, 2011


I talked to Dr. Kolar about 2:45 today.  Of course Ollie hasn't coughed once while at the vet's office.  ARGH.  She does have a runny nose though.  He is going to start her on penicillin and will keep her for a couple of days so that she isn't contagious and so he can see how she does.

I told him I would watch my dogs and if they started acting puny I would be seeing him for antibiotics!  Goodness I hope none of mine get sick, I don't want to give five dogs antibiotics.

Tomorrow night I am taking Tuscany (foster female) to her foster to adopt home in Norman.  I hope they like her.  She is awfully sweet and such a good girl.  I will be doing a foster to adopt placement in Duncan (same town I went to last Saturday to pick up Ollie from the shelter) to place Selleck (foster male).  Wish me luck in both placements.

Jess, Sweetheart and Ollie

Back at the vet

I crated Ollie last night and she coughed and coughed all night.  I found a little bloody mucus on her crate pad.  I decided in the middle of the night to take her to Dr. Kolar's this morning.  She has a runny nose and she coughed most of the way to the vet's office.

I left her at Kolar's this morning about 8.  They are going to examine her and see what is going on.  Hopefully the tetracycline will kill off whatever respiratory bug she has but I didn't want to chance it and have her get worse.  Poor thing is pitiful looking enough being so thin and ratty looking.

I am hoping that whatever she has is not going to move on to my five.  They are all vaccinated for kennel cough so hopefully that is what it is and they won't be suseptible to it.  I don't really fancy having to give six dogs antibiotics.  :)

Ollie did well with the cat last night and didn't have any accidents in the house or in her crate.  She does not like other dogs coming around her space or close to her when she is eating.  She snarls a little and growls.  We are working on that and correcting her any time she shows any sort of aggression.

Sweetheart still can't figure out what Ollie is all about.  She kept trying to go over to her last night and each time Sweetheart would get near Ollie, Sweetheart would put her tail almost straight up in the air and perk her ears.  Finally Lester sprayed Sweetheart with the water bottle.  Sweetheart jumps back, Les looks at her and tells her no and then Sweetheart bows down and barks at him.  She takes correction so well.  :)  All we could do was laugh at her, silly goose!!!  I have no doubt Sweetheart will be fine with her, she is just such a goofy little dog that new things are always interesting for her!!

Jess, Sweetheart and Ollie!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

New project!

So I have a new project now.  Her name is Ollie and she came to Fasthound by way of the Stephens County Animal Shelter in Duncan Oklahoma.  She and two other male greyhounds were found roaming the shelter's parking lot one morning last week.  Thankfully the three stuck together and were very friendly and easy for the shelter staff to get into a fenced in area.  I went down with a volunteer from another Oklahoma greyhound group this past Saturday and Fasthound took her and the other group took the two males.

Ollie is not tattooed so I don't know if she was bred for racing or coyote hunting.  She is 5-7 years old..  She is one of the smaller greyhounds that I have seen.  She is a bit shorter than Sweetheart in height and is pretty fine boned and delicate.  She weighs 46.6 pounds and I feel she should probably weight around 53-55 even though she is fine boned.  She is heartworm negative (whew) but is positive for ehrlichia (tick borne disease).  She has a little cough and a bit of a runny nose.  However, she is going to be on antibiotics, 3 pills a day twice a day, for the ehrlichia so that should take care of the respiratory thing.  Her coat is really fuzzy but not in a good way.  I think it is going to all shed out eventually because it just feels old and dead.

Right now she is sleeping on a bed and I can hear her nose whistling.  She has seen the cat several times and not moved an inch.  I am hoping this is because she is cat safe and not just because she isn't feeling good!

Below are a couple of pictures of her.  They are of her in the same pose.  I didn't have the heart to make her get up so I could get body shots.  I will do that a few days out from the spay.

Oh, Sweetheart isn't too thrilled I don't think.  She kept going up to her in the backyard with her tail almost raised straight up.  I had to tell her to back off numerous times.  Sweetheart would just look at me like "What, I'm not doing anything"!  She is so spoiled I swear.  Jealous too.  :)

Hope you guys are up for following another 'project'.  At least she isn't as bad as Sweetheart was and she doesn't have any open wounds!!  It's funny what you end up being thankful for when you are in the dog rescue business.

Jess, Sweetheart and Ollie!