Sunday, January 16, 2011

THE OLDEST AND THE NEWEST

PLEASE DON"T FORGET TO VOTE IN THE ANIMAL RESCUE SITE'S SHELTER CHALLENGE  (SEE BOTTOM OF THE POST)

 HOMER J.       and              PATTI

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Hey Hounders,
We know that some of y'all are expecting to be reading Part 3 of The Newfs featuring Max and Shiloh, a.k.a. The Horses, however, we've decided to put that off for a day or two and tell you about 2 of our "rescue" dogs: Homer and Patti.  Both Homer  J. and Patti came to be Bumpass Hounds by way of Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary.  Without rescue organizations both Homer and Patti would most likely be at The Rainbow Bridge now instead of living full and happy lives with us.  We don't know a lot about Homer's 1st life but suspect that he was raised in a loving home.  Homer came to us with obvious training and manners that mom and dad were amazed by.  Somehow Homer wound up in a shelter in southwest VA.  Unfortunately the shelter, like most in VA, is a kill shelter but fortunately the people at the shelter recognized Homer's situation and potential.  Rather than being euthanized on the standard schedule, Homer was unofficially designated as the shelter greeter; a role for which he was well suited.  Unfortunately most people looking to adopt a dog would prefer a puppy to a senior dog and Homer was starting to gray out on his muzzle.so he was consistently passed over for adoption.  Eventually the guise of shelter greeter wasn't enough to keep Homer off of the euthanization schedule and Homer's name went on the list.  Fortunately a local Golden Retriever rescue organization pulled Homer out of the shelter after AHGRRS agreed to take him in.  After our brother Chance went to The Rainbow Bridge from cancer we had room to take in another pup.  Dad spotted a dog on the AHGRRS PetFinder list and sent it to mom's email.  Mom looked at it but while on the PetFinder list she spotted Homer and told dad that Homer was the dog to come to be a Bumpass Hound and here he sits, well actually he's usually lying down.  Homer has been here since Nov 2007 and is 12 years old now.  Homer is our oldest dog and holds the patriarch position in the pack.  Homer is usually somewhat stoic, not big on toys or playing.  He simply wants his breakfast, dinner and morning rawhide.  Homer is a cuddle with mom and dad but didn't have much interaction with us other dogs and cats.

Patti came to us after being saved by the Lenoir County SPCA down in NC.  She had evidently been wandering the streets and was hit by a car when she was less than a year old.  Someone took Patti to the SPCA shelter and they decided that as a young pup it was worth the effort to have Patti go into surgery.  Patti had a broken right rear leg and a mangled tail.  The surgery was successful, especially the fix to Patti's leg.  Sometime after the surgery it was decided that her tail wasn't healing correctly and was in danger of infection so about 2-3 inches of her tail was cropped off.  AHGRRS agreed to take Patti into the shelter and handle her adoption.  Patti rode up to Fredericksburg VA by the Lenoir weekly rescue transport headed to NJ.  AHGRRS asked dad to pick up Patti in Fredericksburg and to foster her for one week and then bring her up to the AHGRRS in WV.  Dad picked up Patti in Fredericksburg on a Saturday morning last April.  Dad brought Patti home to foster for a week.  Dad did not segregate Patti from the rest of us and she just kinda moved in with us.  Needless to say she's never moved on to AHGRRS.  Patti quickly adapted to life here with her only vice being a liking for chasing the cats.  Well Alex and Boru are 20+ lb Maine Coon cats and they've been living with big dogs all of their lives so they were having none of Patti's hi-jinx.  So Jenny bore/bears the brunt of Patti's quests but Jenny is quick and is easily able to get into a position of sanctuary. Patti is a playful sort and likes to interact with all of us dogs.  She doesn't seem to run out of energy but the rest of us are older and eventually have our fill of Patti and ask her to move along.  But Patti is a love and she is especially fond of Homer J.  Mom and dad were amazed when they noticed Homer J. actually entertained Patti's advances for increasing periods of time.  Homer will play with Patti and her toys and even will wrestle with her.  Homer and Patti are a joy to have in our pack and it's GReat to see Homer J. having some fun.



HOMER and PATTI


It's been a whole week since our blog buddy The Luke went to The Bridge, please remember him and his family in your Sunday thoughts and prayers.  

OBTW: Dad was stationed up by Seattle when he was in the Navy; GO SEAHAWKS (Sorry Bob, Shelia, Hamish + Sophie).  Dad grew up in Boston; GO PATRIOTS.  Let it be known that Dad made us make those last two line entries.  Have a GReat and safe Sunday.
- The Bumpass Hounds and Kitties 
 
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PLEASE VOTE FOR AHGRRS


The above link will take you to the Animal Rescue Site where you will get to click to donate a free bowl of food to homeless animals. After you do that you will be presented with a "Thank You" page; at the top center of that page please click on the "VOTE TODAY" button. That will then take you directly to the voting page. The only information that you need to enter is to select "WV" as the State from the drop down menu and enter "Capon" for the City. Then click on "Search." The page will then do its' thing and will end up showing "Almost heaven Golden Retriever Rescue & Sanctuary, Inc. Capon Bridge, WV 26714." A "VOTE" button will also appear. Click on that "VOTE" button. After you vote you will see a confirmation page that requires you to identify an animal photo; this eliminates illegal machine voting. The answer is simply the type of animal that you see; dog, cat, turtle, fish, cow, etc. - not a specific breed. You can cast one vote everyday from as many different computers to which you have access. Voting will run until August 22, 2010.  You can have the Animal Rescue Site send you a daily reminder to "click" for free food; then you can vote in the All-Star Shelter Challenge. The more friends you can rally to vote the better our chances of winning. Every vote, every day, every computer - counts. 
In the West Virginia state competition AHGRRS is currently leading by a very small margin.  That can change over night so don't want to get over confident.  We've only got 12.53% of the WV vote today and yesterday we had
12.72% ;  #2 has 11.76% and yesterday they had 11.98%.  We're at #208 nationally; yesterday we were #202.  The WV #2 shelter is at #229 nationally (yesterday #215); now only 21 spots behind us.
PLEASE HELP,
VOTE
AND GET OTHERS TO VOTE

6 comments:

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

How did Merdie and Harley get in your video?

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

Sheila and Bob said...

Love the stories of how you crew came to be together with you.
It really gives you a warm and fuzzy feeling that they not wanted and now have such a loving home.
The video was great.
Hamish & Sophies

JackDaddy said...

Wonderful stories. I think Patti and Jack would get along great!

Huffle Mawson said...

How awesome that Homer lets Patti play!

Sheila and Bob said...

Just wondering....
What does the "J" in Homer's name stand for ???

Hamish & Sophie

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Yeah, I want to chase the kitties too but they don't pay any attention to me. sigh. They take away all my fun.

Sam

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