Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Marcy's Animal Blog- A Rescued Runt!

Hello!  I am Macie, a Labrador Boxer Canine!  I am also a rescue dog!  This is my baby picture!

My owners found me in Howell, Michigan- at a Last Chance rescue!

I was all alone in the cage, curled in a tight little ball!  My siblings had all been adopted, but not me. No one wanted me, because  I was the runt of the litter!   I sure was scared!

See this beautiful lady?  She saw me, took me out of the cage, and held me close on her lap!  I let out the biggest sigh!  Her lap felt like home!  It felt like LOVE!  She heard my sigh- and knew we belonged together!  She said we sort of rescued each other!

As you can tell, I have enjoyed being part of their pack!  I love riding in the car, the boat, and being where ever they are!  Though I'm very attached to my female owner, I get very excited to see my male owner too!

I've also grown to love Auntie M- when she comes to take care of me!

Now I'm almost 5 years old!

Auntie M has some strict rules about "The Walk"!  I sometimes get excited and pull on the lead, so she wraps the lead like this.  It gives me a better idea what she wants.

Auntie M says I'm a fast learner, and the best of both my Boxer and Labrador mix!

She never calls me a runt, saying I'm the perfect size for the family that chose me!

Auntie M had her Granddaughter come to visit me.  The little girl was very gentle.  Auntie M says I have a worried look on my face!  I guess I look that way a lot.  My female owner says I need to lighten up!

I really like kids.  I just am always a bit unsure of new ones-- until I get to know them.

This is my favorite chair!  From here I can see what's going on outside!

We have deer that pass along our yard- and you can imagine that makes me really excited!

Auntie M likes to get up really early, sit outside on the porch- and watch the sun come up!

It's all a bit early for me!  I look like I'm falling asleep in the chair!  But I love to keep her company- so there I am!

We just had a big snow storm!  I got so excited that I ran and ran in all that white stuff!

Auntie M didn't join me!  She just stood on the porch saying "Oh My!" I guess she doesn't like the snow as much as I do!

After my "Running like a crazy dog"- a good long rest was needed!

Ahh! It's a dogs life for sure!!

When the snow storm kept Auntie M from going anywhere- she decided a good movie and a nap was a good idea!

I joined her!

Auntie M calls me a lovely little lady.  Since I have figured out how to open the doors here, she says I'm also pretty darned smart, even though I open her bedroom door and  join her in bed!  The first time I did that-  well let's say she was very surprised when she woke up in the morning!

She seems to get quite a kick out of the way I sit on the stairs, for some reason!

My owners and I are indeed a good match for each other!  Just think, people called me an unwanted runt!  And now I'm a devoted companion and important member of this family!

 If you folks are thinking of adding a "Fur Folk" to your family, please consider looking at the "Last Chance Rescue" places near you!  Because even a mixed breed runt like me can become a wonderful gem of a family member!

From Auntie M:  Macie is just one of the many "rescue" animals I have the joy to care for.  Many of the mixed breeds seem to actually be hardier then some pure breeds - and with proper training of exercise, discipline, and affection they become well adjusted members of the family-  no matter what their background!

Thank you for following along as Macie shared her journey from lost little runt to happy and healthy pup!

Until next week, take care!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Marcy's Animal Blog-- A Tribute To Koda Courageous!

May I introduce you to Koda the Courageous!  This is his baby picture.  It was taken after he, his siblings, and his mother were rescued from a very neglectful situation.

Renamed "Koda" by his forever family, he became anything but neglected.

But this is his story to tell.

My name is Koda!  I am sending this message from the other side of the Rainbow bridge.  I have some things I want to say to humans,  so Auntie M is writing this for me.

My birth Mother, siblings and I were pretty scared when I was a baby. We were being so badly neglected!  But WAG  (Wyandotte Animal Group) came and rescued us!  When I was old enough my forever family came to see us all and fell in love with me.  (And I with them!)

 So I grew up Happy!

I LOVED being with my family, and loved being outside!  Sometimes I would dig by the fence- which was a no no!  But my family loved me anyway!

I love all the members of my forever family, but guess I was closest with my female human.  She and I just had a special bond!

There were two other Canines there at home.  Haley is the Black Lab in the back, and Sally Jo the Golden Lab on the pillow.  Sally Jo seemed to take me under her paw and showed me the ropes.  We became best of pals!

Auntie M came to stay with us a few times while my forever family traveled.  Since Auntie M loves the out of doors as much as we do, we spent a lot of time out back on our patio. The three of us also got brushed every day.  Auntie M would tell each one of us how beautiful we were.  Since I was the only male of the group- she called me handsome!

The other thing that Auntie M loved to do is go for walks!  She took each one of us separately.  I tended to get a little excited and pull, so she threaded the leash like on the left. She was tough cuz she was our temporary pack leader.  But after our first walk we did great!  Auntie M said I was a fast learner!

My breed is a German Shepherd,  Rott, & Chow mix.

Guess some would call me a "Mutt"- but as Auntie M and my forever family said- I was a perfect combo of all things good about each breed!

My favorite play thing had to do with squeak toys!  I loved them!

And, as you can tell, when my female owner was away, I would nap in her favorite chair!

Auntie M's "ear pulls" and pats were the best!

A game I loved was to go downstairs, retrieve my  food bowl, bring it up and let it bounce off every step going down!  I'd run down, bring it up, and bounce bounce bounce- down it went again!  I never got tired of that game!

See this food dish?  Sometimes Auntie M would wait a bit before feeding us.  I wanted to train her to feed us a bit earlier then she did, so I would go downstairs, retrieve the food bowl, bring it upstairs, and drop it on Auntie M's feet!

She still waited until 6:00 to feed us, but said I was one smart canine!

So- though Auntie M didn't come often, I knew she loved all three of us!

This was one of our Pack Family  pictures!

Now comes the hard part.  My back legs were hurting, so my family took me to the vet.  I had torn both of my rear cruciate ligaments!  I had an operation to repair them. That was in July 2014.  That was hard on all of us, because I had to be careful about doing too much until I healed.

And then December 2014 one of my back legs really started hurting again!  The vet said it was cancer. My forever family knew something had to be done. They had to operate to remove that hind leg - that happened January 2015.  That was hard on all of us, but we got through it.  Then came 5 rounds of Chemo.  I was alright, though got tired easy.

I got use to having one back leg.  I did the stairs to go outside, walked, and played again!

My pal, Sally Jo was old when I was just a pup!  But by Spring it was obvious she was looking for the Rainbow Bridge.  I said goodbye to her in April.

I had a good Summer.  I was able to go outside and lay in the sunshine.  The best part was being with my forever family.  My female (she called herself my mama) did everything she could to give me a great life. I was in remission.

In September the Vet found brain lesions.  And in October I was in pain.  I went to go outside, yelped in pain, and my forever family knew- I had fought the courageous fight.  I didn't pass over the Rainbow Bridge alone.  My forever family made sure of that!  And on the other side, who do you think I saw!  Sally Jo was there to greet me! I guess, with everything I went through, I could be called courageous.

So now you have heard my story.  But I want you humans to know something.  We rescue dogs are looking to be loved and part of a human family pack, like my forever family loved me.  Even if we are sick, or older, we can bring joy and companionship to a human's life.

And one other thing.  I had only 4 years.  Some of you think that's horrible.  But understand-  It's not how long a "being"  lives, but how well they live. For us Canines, each day is a new experience, a new chance to run, play, meet new people, do new things.  Yes, we also grieve the loss of one we loved.  That's okay.  But we also live in the moment.

So- you humans-  take each day, live in the moment, and live well. Experience new things, be fearless, be funny, be playful.  Pop some bubble wrap, play with a squeeze toy. Roll in the grass!

                                       There's a lot you can learn from us Canines!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Marcy's Animal Blog- Lady Luna Update!

Hello and a good Tail Wagging day to you!  I'm Lady Luna!  For those of you who may not know me, or remember me, I'll start at the beginning of my story

This is my baby pictures!  My humans fell in love with me as soon as they saw me!  When Auntie M came to stay with me the first time, she said I was a beautiful little lady!

As I got older, my man human took me to classes, to learn all sorts of things!  I learned Stay, Sit, Wait, Come, and was working on walking on a leash! That last one was hard!  My nose and hunting instincts always seemed to take over!

Here you see me focused on a frog, who always came to the patio to torment me!

When it was too cold to play outside, I'd ask Auntie M to play "pull" with me.  She tried, but it just wasn't the same as when my male human played with me!

I think this was my first Christmas.  Auntie M came to stay with me while my humans went to visit relatives!

I still had a problem with pulling when Auntie M and my humans took me for a walk.  They found that threading my lead this way really helped me know what they wanted.  Auntie M insists on being leader of the pack, so I have to walk right beside her until she gives me the "Okay" to sniff and roam! Of course, she kept telling me how good I was doing, which helps.

This is my female human!  Isn't she beautiful? Michigan sure was snowy!

In the Summer my male human would take me fishing with him! How do you say "Happy" in dog language?

Auntie M always took me for long walks!  Here I am, sitting at the pond near our place, watching the ducks swimming!  How I wanted to go swim and chase those ducks, but Auntie M said NO!

Boy, was she tough!

By then I had mastered sitting and waiting for the command to accept the treat in Auntie M's hand.  She told me I was an amazing young lady!  I was pretty proud of myself too!  That was HARD!

By then I was becoming a calm young Lady Luna!  (I still loved looking out the window as people, canines, kids, and frogs passed by!)

Last Christmas I went to Auntie M's house for the Holidays.!

I loved the car rides!

Auntie M was a bit concerned that I may not feel comfortable at her house!  But, as you see- I did fine!

And then I had to say goodbye to Auntie M!  My humans and I were moving to Florida!

Auntie M was really sad to see me move, but understood I had to go where my humans went!

I have mastered the "Sit without lead and wait for command" before coming in after a walk!

And I've mastered waiting for command before coming for my meal- though I think I was licking my chops in this picture!

Staci Cox Meese's photo.

And now I live where it's warmer, which means longer walks and more sunshine!  That's me at Halloween!  I am happy in our new home!

So- that's my story!  I hope Auntie M comes to visit one of these days.  But, until then, I have good memories of the time we've spent together!  She loved our walks and brushing me until my coat would shine!  And she was the one who dubbed me "Lovely Lady Luna"!

From Auntie M:  Next week I'll be featuring another canine- it will be a tribute to a wonderful fellow who has crossed over the rainbow bridge.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Marcy's Animal Blog- Announcement!

It's been a long time since I've posted on "Auntie M's Canine Capers And Feline Follies"!

As many of you know, I've been doing a great deal of traveling, plus sharing some Stewardess/ Flight Attendant memories on my Travel blog, "The Flight Nun".

But I miss writing about my fun fur folk that are part of my life.

Starting next week I'll be featuring one special "Fur Folk", be it Canine or Feline. There will also be a few "Tributes" to wonderful animals who have crossed the Rainbow Bridge.

In the above picture, my Granddaughter Payton was comforting a wonderful old gal named Ellie, who was morning the loss of her fellow fur companion.  Such moments as this are so precious!  And animals are so amazing!  I feel honored to be able to tell their stories.  Many of these fur folk are rescue animals, so their tales are sometimes filled with sad pasts as well as wonderful "now" moments!

Please join me next week as I begin to share with you these wonderful animals and their stories!

Until then!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Eve For Dog Lovers! A Glass Of Wine And Luna, Golden Retriever

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Marcy's Animal Blog- A Quiet Christmas Eve, Just the Two Of Us!


My Christmas really started two days ago. My visitors came in the form of two wonderful Grandchildren and a beautiful Golden Retriever named Lady Luna!

Lady Luna is under my care while her owners are visiting out of state for the Holidays.  Some of you dear readers remember previous blogs about this sweet girl.

I had a few misgivings, since she had not been around my grandchildren before. She loves kids, but when she gets so excited, she tends to be a bit rambunctious.

The Grandkids and I had a special dinner at the famous "Coney Joe's" in Brighton, where we discussed the proper way to get acquainted with a new pup. Evan's 11 years old, and had done this many times. But Payton's only 5, so needed to be schooled in proper "new dog" procedures.

True to form, Lady Luna was pretty excited at first, but it didn't take long for Evan to be pack leader.

He firmly told her to calm down when she got too excited. There she sat, getting petted.

Doesn't she look relaxed? Mission #1 accomplished.

The kids seemed to delight in unpacking my old time decoration treasures and decorating the tree.

Payton found her dad's baby decoration he lovingly called "Twinkle Twinkle"! That ornament is 36 years old!

We had a lovely evening together! They spent the night and went home the next morning.

Today brought rain, more rain, and yet more rain!

Poor Luna only got a few walks in. It was simply too wet for more than a quick walk around the block. She spent most of the day gazing out the door window!  (Me too!)

It was so overcast, I decided to turn on the Christmas lights early this afternoon.

I must admit,  I am enjoying my Grandkid's handy work! They did a wonderful job on the tree!

My Granddaughter Payton decided that my "plant corner" needed some Christmas cheer too!

Grandson Evan encouraged me to start putting up outside lights. As we discussed how far up the tree we should put the lights, Payton said  "We don't want you to try putting them up too high! You're old! You might get hurt!!"

I had to chuckle. On one hand, I'm not THAT old!  But I realize that to a 5 year old, I'm ancient! I couldn't help but be touched by her concern.

So here we are, Luna and I. We're a bit lazy today! It's Christmas Eve, and gift wrapping time.

So- I'll pour a glass of wine and tackle that joyful job as Luna and I watch T.V.

Being a softy for children's movies, we are watching "How To Tame Your Dragon".

May you all have a lovely evening! Tomorrow will be a fun family day for me. So watch for a Christmas blog tomorrow- or perhaps the day after.

May your Christmas adventure be one filled not so much with "stuff" but with good memories of laughter shared, good food, and friendship and family.

If you find yourself alone this Holiday, look for a kindness you can do for a stranger. It's amazing how that can lift your spirits!

                          HAVE A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS!