alee_grrl: A kitty peeking out from between a stack of books and a cup of coffee. (Default)
I've been kind of up and down a lot this week, with the past few days being more down than up. Not really sure if I want to put it all into words, and I am frustrated with my blog having been mostly "ugh, woe is me" lately. So instead I am going to post doggy photos. Z has come out of her shell a bit. She's still nervous about a lot of things (and boy do I empathize with that), but she's looking happier and healthier than she did when we first got her. She loves cuddles, especially now that she is allowed on beds with the humans. She adores chewing and playing fetch and has managed to eat most of her tennis balls. She still chews only the things that are hers rather than anything and everything, which is superb. She can be very silly and loves to roll on her back and make littler noises at us. She also makes very contented little noises when she is cuddled and pet.

Pictures of Z below the cut )
alee_grrl: Black and white kitty peeking up out of a pink box.  Text above reads "Lurk" (lurk)
I'm doing so-so. Tired and a bit out of it, but better than I was earlier in the week. I am not always sure what to include in content/trigger warnings. Please know that you can always tell me if something triggers you or you would prefer something go under a cut tag for any reason. CW: discussion of health issues, primarily med interactions; mentions of childhood trauma and toxic parental units; employment related stress and firings (not me, I'm still employed) )

For those wondering, Z is doing quite well and coming back into her own as a dog. My sister has been doing amazing amounts of work with her (training in morning and evening every day--and throughout the day when opportunity presents itself). When I have spoons I do some training with her too. We've had great fun doing the ping-pong game where my sister and I sit on opposite sides of a room and practice here, sit, wait and find. She is starting to show more of her own personality, and she is going to fit right in with the rest of the family--she's smart and got a stubborn streak a mile wide. She's comfortable enough that we have to watch her or she'll swipe the cat's wet food at dinner (she used to be too scared to approach the cat when he was eating). We've found a good trainer to come in and work one on one with Z and my niece when niece returns from her dad's in early August. This will help niece bond with Z and make everyone worry less about niece walking Z. Seventy-pounds of muscle can pull an unsuspecting 13 year old off her feet pretty quickly (hell a seventy-pound dog can pull a full-grown adult off their feet if they aren't careful).

So that is what is going on in my world. All in all I'm doing okay, which is not so bad considering. I'm happy that I'm even remotely functioning. I'm super thankful for having the most-awesome support network and friendships even if I haven't felt much like talking to anyone this week. I know they're there, and that makes a world of difference.
alee_grrl: A kitty peeking out from between a stack of books and a cup of coffee. (Default)
Z is starting to relax and get more comfortable with us. She still startles very easily and is shy around people, but not animal aggressive or fearful of other dogs. The thundershirt helps her when her anxiety is really bad, and we've picked up some excellent books referenced fearfuldogs.com. We are slowly learning her triggers and body language. My sister has been doing a lot of clicker training with her and she is very trainable. She is s super sweetheart and loves to cuddle. Our very quiet home seems to be a good fit for her. I haven't been able to get a lot of good pics, but I thought I'd post some of the better ones I have gotten.

Pics below the cut )

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Jun. 15th, 2014 02:22 pm
alee_grrl: Rainbow colored stylized picture of a thoughtful looking pitbull (thoughtful pitbull)
Long post is long. Short of it is that we are all settling in and doing ok. CW: Anxiety discussion (both dog and human), brief mentions of bodily functions (dog), usual mentions of health stuff )

Right now I'm enjoying the fact that it is cool enough to have the back door open to only the screen and let the breeze come through. E is doing homework, Z is sleeping as is Artemis, and Em has gone to her dad's for the summer so the house is bizarrely quiet. Our house is usually quiet and calm, even when Em is home. We're a low energy household, which is probably really good for Z. I know its good for me. :)

On a whim I decided to put all the music I have on my computer into a single playlist and hit shuffle. I left out audio books and Christmas music. It's an accumulation of almost two decades. I got my first cds at 16, and I've ripped all my favorite cds to digital file format over the years. The list is over 5,000 songs and about 343 hours worth of music. An interesting variety. It's kind of fun to just hit shuffle. I had completely forgotten about some of these songs.

I did all the stuff I had to do yesterday. So today I can just relax. Hope everyone else is having as relaxing a day possible.
alee_grrl: pitbull and kitten cuddle on couch (cuddles)
Got an email today via my school account from a local dog rescue group looking for fosters. They offered to cover all costs. My initial impulse="animal needs love, I have lots of love to give, there is help with costs, WANT!" My more practical side brought reality into the picture.

I live in a shoebox (comfortable for me and maybe an senior cat or dog who isn't very active and shares my belief that the couch is the best place in the world). My lease requires that I okay any pets with the landlords. Originally there was a no pets policy. That's changed a bit, but they still have to approve. Chances of them agreeing to let me foster any breed that could be remotely considered a pit bull are slim to none, and most of the dogs in need are pit bull type dogs. I am doing pretty well health wise right now at this moment, but I am not through with treatment. Law school and lyme treatment combined sometimes make it so that I can barely take care of myself.

So I am sitting on my impulse and reminding myself that one day in the future I will have: better health, a larger apartment or house with truly pet friendly landlords, and a more stable income. In the mean time I can dog sit for my neighbors (out of the five apartments in my house, three include dogs) and visit my friends and spoil their dogs and cats. If my health gets to a point that feels more stable and less up in the air, I can talk to my landlords about the possibility of me fostering a dog or cat, and talk with local shelters/rescues about fostering older adults and seniors.
alee_grrl: Rainbow colored stylized picture of a thoughtful looking pitbull (thoughtful pitbull)
So the amazing [personal profile] raze has rescued five stray underfed dogs this weekend. Zie is raising money to help with their care and vet bills. I have copied her post below. If you have some to spare or can signal boost it will be greatly appreciated. Thanks! Read more... )
alee_grrl: pitbull and kitten cuddle on couch (pitbull and kitten)
Signal Boosted from [personal profile] raze.


Mobile County Commissioner Connie Hudson: Reverse the ban on SouthBARK Animal Rescue from the Mobile County Shelter

SouthBARK is a private no-kill rescue serving the Mobile area of Alabama. It operates by pulling dogs from high-kill municipal shelters and networking with rescues and private adopters across the country to place dogs at risk of euthanasia. They take on dogs with the least hopes of avoiding euthanasia at overburdened county shelters like MCAS; geriatric animals, animals needing expensive vet care, pregnant and nursing mothers, and bully breeds. Over 1500 dogs have been saved by SouthBARK from MCAS directly, and the exposure they give at-risk dogs to prospective adopters and other rescues has doubtless saved countless others.

Unfortunately, SouthBARK is being punished because it doesn't shy away from speaking frankly on the issue of euthanizing healthy animals. Because it has employed the big no-no words of kill shelters (kill, die) to convey the severity of some dogs' statuses, it is being accused of "disrupting shelter function." There has also been an issue with non-associated individuals calling MCAS to complain about dogs who have been killed, and while I sympathize with how hard this is for shelter staff, it is something that EVERY kill shelter contends with. It is NOT adequate reason to punish the dogs and sentence them to death by pulling one of their biggest advocates.

Pit Bulls are likely to suffer most from this decision. They are "rescue only" in Mobile county shelters due to BSL and the rampant occurence of dog fighting in the city. SouthBARK has given MCAS's pits a ton of exposure online and pulled many for bully breed rescues up north. Chicken, one of the dogs pictured on the petition page, is just one of many pit bulls happy and healthy in a new home thanks to SouthBARK.

So, please sign to reverse this decision and get SouthBARK back to its lifesaving work!

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