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Yikes!

June 13, 2010

How did so much time pass since the last post?? Boy, I am really dropping the blog ball here, it seems.

Well, let’s see. What’s new? How about a double Hammie update?? Let’s do the best news first. Okay? Hold onto your hats, ’cause here it comes:

HAMMIE HAS A FAMILY!!!!!

Can you believe it? I barely can. I don’t know what we will do without him, but I sure am happy for him. He is still here while his new mom is out of town, but he will go home on July 3rd.

He had one of the funniest home visits I have ever been on. The applicants have a lovely property with horses and miniature horses……and a swimming pool. When we set up their home visit, they actually asked us to bring our four hardest to place dogs! Can I tell you what music that was to my ears? They said they liked the big boys. Needless to say, we were thrilled, and we did just that. We brought Hammie, Beaut, Buddy and Greg. Hammie came in first. Ran around the yard, met the horse through the fence, and then walked up to the edge of their pool and just kept right on walkin.’ In he went, much to his surprise! I pretty much knew that was going to happen, and figured I’d be diving in after him. But Hammie’s dad-to-be didn’t think twice – he jumped right into the pool, fully clothed (with cell phone in pocket), and calmly led Hammie to the stairs. (Meanwhile, I stood on the side of the pool laughing my ass off at Hammie’s expression.)

I knew for sure they were good people when the mom ran into the house to get some towels… for Hammie! I said, “Oh, I thought those were for your husband!” She looked as though that hadn’t occurred to her, laughed, and said, “He knows where they are!”

We brought the other 3 boys out to the yard too. As they came out, I said to the people, “I bet you Buddy’s going in the pool.” And he did. Just too much curiosity in that one, and not enough sense. So the dad had to jump in after him too. hee hee!

And, well, they picked Hammie! I think it will be a perfect placement for him. I just can’t believe it finally happened for him.

His leg is doing MUCH better. We are still doing wet-to-dry bandaging, but it has gotten so much smaller. Here are photos of it at its worst, and then a photo from yesterday:

He’s going to have one heck of a big scar, but it is healing really well.  We contemplated doing a skin graft, but it’s been healing so well and so quickly that we didn’t need to.  We’re hoping to have it closed up before he goes to his new home.

Let’s see…  What else is new?  Eve was also adopted, and Blossom is waiting for her new family to take her home as well.  So the adoptables still hanging around here are: Beaut, Dash, Maker, Buddy, Greg, Tamborine, Holliston, Dudley, True Blue, and Angel.

As for the dogs on the home front… Apollo is doing well.  He had his 3rd chemo on Tuesday and had minimal bad effects.  A bit of nausea on Thursday morning, but no biggie.  Before the treatment, he had a thoracic ultrasound which showed no signs of cardiomyopathy, so that was good news.  He has 2 more treatments to go, and one more ultrasound.

We decided not to do a 3-month set of lung xrays on him.  We’re just continuing with chemo and assuming there are no lung mets at this time.  He would need to be put under for the rads, because he freaks out if you try to lay him on his side or his back, and it’s not worth the trauma and risk for him.  He seems healthy, is maintaining a good weight, so I am assuming the best at this point.  He is a happy guy and loves to go for rides.  He and Tigger just about bowl me over when they see that I am wearing my Meet n Greet clothes.

This coming Thursday, the regular Marketfest event starts up in White Bear Lake.  Every Thursday for 7 weeks from 5:30-9pm.  This is a rough one on us (with the human children to manage as well, going so late on a weeknight) but a good event for the rescue.  We get a lot of attention there, and the organizers are really good to us.  So I am looking forward to it, despite the lack of sleep and crabby children.

On Friday the 25th, we have the Rochesterfest parade.  If anyone is interested in marching with us with your hound, please let me know and I will put you in touch with Kelly, who is coordinating it.  This is a fun one too!

Then Twin Cities Pride on the 26-27th.  Busy, busy, busy!  Hoping to move out some of my longer-term residents into families this Summer!!

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