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Where’r We Goin?!

Originally posted on Adventures at Run A Muck Ranch:

DASH! in route to his special DASH! and Mom only walk.  DASH! in route to his special DASH! and Mom only walk.  Sometimes I think it’s the ride and not the walk that he gets most excited about.  

Never forget that often times it’s not the destination, but the journey.  Whether it’s to the gas station or visiting with friends, no dog would pass up the opportunity to go for a ride.  Don’t waste opportunities.

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Wordless Wednesday, part 52

Thanks for the toys and the newspaper Oct 2014Blog Hop

Sports Bras: Not Just For Athletes

Sports bras: the latest in dog rehabilitation equipment?

Originally posted on Adventures at Run A Muck Ranch:

Sarah got a pretty bad cut on her ‘good’ front leg late Tuesday afternoon.  Not bad enough for stitches, and we already had Tramadol at home, so we decided to hold off on going to the ER, instead deciding to see how she was the next day to determine if she needed to go to the day vet.

Despite being superficial, the cut was very painful, meaning Sarah didn’t want to put weight on the leg.  Remember, Sarah already has a bad front leg.  With the good leg injured, Sarah couldn’t walk at all.  Every attempt at a step ended with a face plant.  Though I steadied her with her collar, it seemed like all I was doing was insisting she stand while choking her.

Somewhere in the sleepless night, my already scattered brain came up with an idea:

Yes, Sarah is wearing one of my sports bras.  Yes, Sarah is wearing one of my sports bras.

Mock me all you want, but whenever Sarah couldn't get up or was unsteady on her feet, I  was able to stablize her. Mock me…

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The Dog in the Hospital

Great story from The Boston Globe which shows dogs are medicine for the soul.  In this article (linked below), read about Mike Hurley and his therapy dog, Dexter.  This pair worked behind the scenes with Boston bombing victims and their families and continue to spread cheer amongst patients at the Center.

Photo by Suzanne Kreiter, Boston Globe

Photo by Suzanne Kreiter, Boston Globe

The Dog in the Hospital – Metro – The Boston Globe.

Dog walks in place of graduate

Sometimes, I just have to share stories that bring a tear to the eye.

Josh Kelly’s service dog, Cletis, would accompany him to classes in Geology at Idaho State University.  The young man, who suffered from seizures, was due to graduate this year.  Sadly, he passed away in February.

However, Cletis attended the graduation ceremony for Josh.  Cletis is a Pit Bull, by the way!

Helping Mom with the Domestic Chores at Run A Muck Ranch

I love this story! When I change the sheets at home, Daisy looks at me in disgust until all of the covers are restored. What does your dog think of sheet-changing day?

Originally posted on Adventures at Run A Muck Ranch:

I got off early from work today.

So, what does that mean?

Laundry and housecleaning!  Yeah me!

I had just removed the comforter from the bed, put it in the washing machine, grabbed the finished load in the dryer and went into the bedroom to put the laundry away.

This is what I found when I returned to the bedroom.


No worries reader!  I was very careful to be quiet as I carried out my domestic chores.  Wouldn’t want to disturb the kids from their naps now, would we?

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How one dog inspired a rescue network

This is Lily.  She was the inspiration behind National Mill Dog Rescue, which is based in Peyton, Colorado.  I love to find stories, sad and otherwise, which show how special dog inspire their owners to do new things.

LilyLily’s story is told eloquently by Rich Strader on the National Mill Dog Rescue website:

Lily was born, raised and perhaps had 13 litters of puppies at the Reedgate Kennels before we were able to buy her at auction. Her time there was spent in a wire cage with a board to sleep on and a rabbit water bottle to drink from. While in the mill she received little or no vet care and because of this she lost all her teeth and her lower jaw rotted off, which is not unusual for the smaller breeds in the puppy mills. Everything that was precious to her was taken away (her puppies). The human hand brought only  misery.

When she came to me I took her to work everyday and she slept in the warmth of my Irish Wolfhound’s stomach. She slowly learned to trust and in seven months she would come to me to get on my lap! She now loves all humans as no one will ever hurt her again.

Lily with Irish WolfhoundLily is my inspiration. She can teach anyone about love, courage and the ability to forgive. Unfortunately the cancer she acquired through years of neglect is now close to ending her life. I have promised her she will never be alone again and I will be with her at the end. To date she is responsible for saving over 7700  dogs as she is the inspiration and founder of MDRN.

Lily died in my arms May 13, 2008. She will be missed.

You can find out more about National Mill Dog Rescue on their website and I encourage you to read Theresa Strader’s Letter to Lily’s Breeder to fully understand the scale of suffering by irresponsible breeders.

And to update the numbers…to date, National Mill Dog Rescue has saved 8,184 dogs … and still counting!