It’s time for yet another of my patented "I have a really good reason for not blogging…" excuses. Except, of course, that I don’t have a really good reason, or even a sort-of-good reason. The truth is that we’ve been busy with the usual stuff. The only "unusual" thing is something you all know about already — Barbara’s shoulder surgery. Which, by the way, is recovering very nicely. Barbara’s already quit taking the serious pain meds and is using only ibuprofin for pain relief. (The woman is simply amazing!)
The pack members haven’t really changed much since my last report. Lollypop’s new family made good on their desire to adopt Brando, too, and he went off to join his buddy about a week or ten days ago…lucky puppy! Rosie’s still visiting Camp Sheltie, but her mom’s told us that she plans to retrieve her tomorrow, as soon as she’s released from the hospital and physical therapy (and Rosie will be ecstatic, ’cause she’s been really stressed at being in the house with two strangers and such a large pack). Maizie’s foster mom returned from her sudden trip out of town and retrieved her late last week, and it was so delightful to see how overjoyed Maizie was to see her — that’s an adoption waiting to happen.
We’re expecting a new girl, named (of all things) "Zippy", to come to us this weekend. I haven’t met her (heck, I just heard her name today!), but at least she’s been spayed. Many of you know how we discourage adopters from changing the name a rescue dog has, ’cause they’ve already lost just about everything they had except for their names. Well, I just don’t see calling a little girl "Zippy", so it’s gotta go…but it should be something that sounds at least a little bit like that name. Any brilliant ideas?
We’re also expecting some of the dogs here to be adopted in the next couple of weeks. Jake’s adoption will be finalized this weekend, Rogue’s adoption will happen on October 16, and (hooray!) little overshot Gracie will be adopted on October 14 (I think). With two out and one in, that will bring the number down to (if my math is correct) "only" 19 dogs in the house.
Our faithful petsitter, Amanda, has been here just about every day since Barbara’s shoulder surgery, helping with the dogs. Perhaps more importantly, she’s also been working hard helping Barbara with a tremendous backlog of filing SRU’s paperwork. When it takes five hours each day to feed, medicate, and take pottying a pack of 15 to 20-some-odd dogs, and another five hours to deal with rescue-related email, ASSA rescue/National issues, and merely paying the bills, that doesn’t leave a lot of time to file…never mind to catch up on back filing. So Amanda’s been a real dog-send by helping out with this! I don’t know how many more days she can give us (remember…she’s already resigned so she can get a full-time job but she agreed to help out after Barbara’s surgery), but I’m grateful for any help.
Finally, on a really delightful note: An unexpected brouhaha on the national Sheltie rescue mailing list has led to us getting a new volunteer for Sheltie Rescue of Utah! A woman named Dawn Pecora, who has health issues that prevent her from doing the physical acts associated with rescue, spends most of her time at the computer, scouring the web for leads to Shelties needing rescue who might have slipped through the cracks of the normal channels. In the past, Dawn (who lives…I’m nearly positive…in Tennessee) has helped us find out about such Shelties several times. Well, yesterday, Dawn and I exchanged some email with the end result that she’s going to join SRU to help out with various things computer-related. That includes continuing to scour the web for Shelties needing our help, but also working on our web store, doing fundraising, and who knows what else? (We’re still negotiating!)
Please welcome Dawn to the SRU family!
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