Sunday, February 26, 2017

Updates

Pippa, adopted 2 years ago is turning 3.. She still loves her toys, but also doesn't mind playing with a foot from time to time!  It's nice to see her all grown up into full doghood :)

Simon, Simon, Simon... his mom posts him on intragraam from time to time so I get to keep up on his adorableness.  Adopted last year, he of course chooses a big ol' ice cube to play with... but he's so cute doing it!  I so enjoy seeing his continued goofiness that we came to know and love

Skipper (in the middle) doing fantastic with lil, but older sister on the right, Fifi and new baby fur sibling on the left!  I think he will always have a puppy face to me.

And last, but not least - I have heard from Stallone's new mom and he is quickly making himself at home... .His mom changed his name to Chase (which was his name on his previous paperwork) and is already walking so much better on his leash.  I look forward to hearing about him.. (and maybe a picture of two!)

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

I'm Adopted!



Can you believe it?  Stallone has been adopted and is already in his new home... Sometimes things just feel like they are meant to be... Stallone's new mom, who lives here in Yakima was ready and started looking to adopt a rescue rat terrier after losing her beloved rat terrier last year.  And lo and behold after a google search of Yakima Rat Terriers - she found Stallone on the New Rattitude Washington facebook page, and then my blog where sweet Stallone was and knew he was what she was looking for. 

He really liked her when he first met her by showing off his fast rattie runs in her house and then giving her some kisses... And she's got low windows in her house where he can people and dog watch to his hearts content! And the great news was the very first night, he use her doggie door out to the garden and the second doggie door to the yard! Way to go! 

 We'll miss this big guy, but he's got good things ahead of him and maybe we will see him around from time to time in the neighborhood...

My last picture of Stallone playing tug with Skeeter.. he was being very gentle with her... He let her win the tug of war...

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Getting some fresh air!

While I was on the phone, Stallone came and gave me this look.... I knew it was time to get off the phone and get this fellow out for a walk! 
Decided to take all the dogs.. We first tried going to the canyon for a walk, but there was still so much soft snow, Skeeter immediately hated it and I could tell it just wouldn't be any fun (except for maybe Stallone who just wanted to go sniff and pee) so we went to Randall park instead...

Still some snow and slush, but not all and it was much easy to walk on!  Plenty to see and sniff and geesh.. all three pees and marked like maniacs (lots of dog smells I'm sure).. it was pretty empty of people and dogs so they all just go to take their time.. It was a very nice walk


 Best part.. .3 tired doggies when we got home... So tired; they didn't even bug me for dinner at dinner time preferring to stay snoozing.. until of course I got up and then they were wide awake!

 Stallone does like to bird watch and with the window open, he gets much more interested since he can hear things going on out there...

And just a cute picture of Stallone and Skeeter being the angels that they are... I can almost see the halos!  :)  



Thursday, February 16, 2017

More snow????

So much snow here this year in Yakima... It's been tough on sunny California pup Stallone... And when it's not snowing, it's either freezing into ice or freezing rain... i can always tell when he NEEDS to go out; but doesn't quite want to leave the warm house... Can't say I blame him too much; but he's getting that that is what we want him to do. And he's getting pretty fast at it so he can run back inside ASAP for treats and fuzzy blankets :)


The snow has ice on it; so it makes it hard on the pups to walk on; Skeeter doesn't even try; but Stallone likes to do his business at the end of yard so out he goes.  I too will be glad when all this snow is gone. 
 A trip to the big pet store... so many things to sniff... he could have spent hours in there... He likes meeting new people and hearing how handsome he is.. He did get a little nervous and shy when 3 little girls together wanted to pet him; but one on one; he's totally relaxed.. he just needs practice!

Almost lost him; not sure what was so fascinating back there; but he was into it. 



Monday, February 13, 2017

Gettin' to know Stallone

Stallone has quickly figured out the routine of his new household... He can nap anywhere and while he enjoys getting out for walks, is comfortable just lazing about (especially in this cold weather).  He does get a bit naughty if he feels like he's not getting enough attention or needs to burn off some steam, but mostly just takes it out on toys by destuffing them and chewing the squeakers. 


He also will lay his head on you and look at you when he doesn't get what he wants, if that doesn't work, he will flop himself on the ground with a heavy sigh... We see this happen when he doesn't get a treat when he thinks he should!  Speaking of, housetraining is going very well and while still not a fan of the cold and the snow out there... he is going out there for potty breaks... It's mostly in the mornings when I have to REALLY convince him that he needs to go outside for a bit :)

He's good with the other dogs, and still pesters Sasha occasionally to see if she will play with him... He really does enjoy playing with dogs his own size.  Bigger dogs, not so much.  If there is only one he will, but more and he's too nervous. 

This is after a nice hike and short visit to the dog park - he was a tired boy!  He was out for the count for a couple of hours!



Friday, February 10, 2017

Snow Play!!!

Cassie took Stallone to the dog/snow park... Went at a time we thought we be pretty empty... At first there was a larger dog there that wanted to engage Stallone, but he was too nervous and scared of dogs that are bigger than him... Once he left and there were two dogs his size, after some warm up - they all started playing and chasing each other...







They had a good time and Stallone slept hard when he got home!  I'm glad he had a positive experience at the park!!!  We did notice that his paws got a little roughed up from the snow/ice... so he was rewarded with a bag balm foot massage.  I think he needs to wear some booties and be all fashionable and dapper :)  ww



Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Gettin' Along...

Took Stallone to our local pet store - he did very well and quite enjoyed checking out and sniffing everything he could.  No marking impulses though he did want to sample some treats.  He was a super good guest. 

 He has learned to go out the doggie door, but man, he doesn't like it out there and still takes some convincing to go out there... and of course, we have more snow on the forecast.  This sweet little boy, does enjoy his naps and does try to cuddle with Skeeter or at least gets as close to her as she will allow. 


He's pretty easy going, likes to play, with dogs, people, toys.  He helps himself to the toy box when he gets bored - taking out as many toys as possible and spreading them around the living room.  He can be a bit mouthy with you, so we are working on that with redirection.  He also sits and waits patiently for his food.  

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Time To Make Friends!

Went over to a friends house (thanks Kimberlee!) to visit and have Stallone meet some dogs, a puppy, some kitties and kids!    There were some growl at him at first which made him nervous, but eventually everyone settled and got their sniff on....
 A visit or two more and I think we would see some play.  He did great with the kids and just wanted to be near... He did chase a kitty, but for the most part was pretty uninterested in them.
 It was a busy, but good visit for Mr Stallone...We continue to work on his house training, but he really isn't a fan of the snow at all so it takes a bit of convincing to get him out there on his own accord. 




Thursday, February 2, 2017

Vet Time!!!

So Mr Handsome had to to go the vet on Tuesday for the lump under his chin... He got ganged up during his shelter stay once and someone injured his salivary gland... After 10 days of antibiotics at the shelter, the swelling didn't decrease so off the vet we go..

He did great at the vet; interested and not overly worried - until it was time to examine him - and boy is he STRONG - I'm also used to little 7lb Skeeter and 15lb Sasha, but he was quiet squirmy.  When the vet decided to drain the abscess, he needed to get a little bit of a sedative... This thing is by his jugular and we definitely didn't want him squirming around!
Once that was done, he was much calmer and she drained his lump.  it was definately a ruptured salivary gland and he had quite a bit of icky fluid in there... He'll be on antibiotics for the net week and hopefully he will heal up and it will be the last of this... It's amazing to see him without what i was calling his double chin!

      
Sedatives kicking in.... so sleepy!
He weighs 22.4 lbs and he was very sleepy afterword, but not so sleepy he didn't perk up as Starbucks for a pup cup of whipped cream - though he kept kind of falling asleep in his cup!

But once he got a good nap in,, he was good to go... We of course got more snow, and we did have to coax him out for potty breaks but he does some exploring and doesn't seem to mind being out there as much.  He also knows how to come in from the doggie door, so now we are working on going OUT the doggie door. 

We are really enjoying giving him a safe place to heal up and relax and help him find his forever family!   He also might HAVE a sock fetish... will find out more as time goes on :)