Week 22

Weekly visit to Julie’simg_7451

Much calmer.  Customer at the counter was there the last time she came in with me, and the customer commented that she was calmer.  She only got excited when one of the girls came out from behind the counter – probably because I let Maged love on her the last time she came in with me.  He always wants to give her a piece of bacon, but I tell him no.  All bacon goes to the momma!!!

I did joke that after ordering the same breakfast sandwich for the last 15 years or so, he needs to have a breakfast special named after me.  He might surprise me one day!

I have to give a shout out to Maged and Julie’s.  Most restaurants give a 10% discount to military and first responders.  Julie’s goes above that, giving a 25% discount to all first responders.  That’s pretty awesome!


Another Phase?

At around 5 months old, Bella started wanting to assert some dominance.  We got over that.  Now at 7 1/2 months, she’s trying to avoid doing things I want her to do … especially go in her crate.  She’ll bounce around and not come to me, or go lay down on a dog bed or the couch.  Even with cookies, she’s staying away.  I’m having to get a hold of her and walk her to her crate.  What she is forgetting is that Momma always wins!





Stitches are OUT!

Some of the stitches were really tight,
so it looks raw, but by the next morning,
they looked great!








Spotlighting Ralph

As I think I’ve mentioned before, there are different types of volunteers at K9s For Warriors.  A LOT of people volunteer to work in the kennels.  Cleaning inside and out, caring for the dogs, etc.  Folks are ambassadors, talking about K9s for Warriors at various events.  Puppy raisers, which is what I’m doing with Bella.  Fosters who take older pups for a few weeks to a couple of months.  And then compassionate human beings like Ralph who take in dogs who look like they’ll be great service dogs but are heartworm positive.

Ralph still has to come to the same classes the puppy raisers and fosters go to, but without

Marco, Ralph’s first medical foster.

a dog.  During heartworm recovery, the dogs cannot be exercised.  American Heartworm website says the following:  “Restrict exercise. This requirement might be difficult to adhere to, especially if your dog is accustomed to being active. But your dog’s normal physical activities must be restricted as soon as the diagnosis is confirmed, because physical exertion increases the rate at which the heartworms cause damage in the heart and lungs. The more severe the symptoms, the less activity your dog should have.”




Marco, heartworm free!


When Marco finished his treatments, Ralph posted this on our puppy/foster site:  “It has been a pleasure fostering Marco for the last 2.5 months. Like I said before, Marco has helped me tremendously to go through my own mourning process for making that difficult decision of putting my 15 year old Border Collie Kendall to sleep in February so we were really helping out each other. He will be advancing in the development process next week moving into the K9s facility to be trained as a Service Dog.”






After Marco, Ralph and his wife took in Hamilton, another heartworm positive dog.  He has completed his treatment and has moved on to start formal training.  And guess what?  There’s another heartworm positive dog that they’ll be fostering through the treatment who will hopefully be a battle buddy for a warrior!  What a gem this man is to take care of these pups and prepare them to help save one of our veterans.  Saving two lives!

Ralph says Hamilton will miss the futon


Ralph and Hamilton



Week 22’s Photos

What you’ve really come to the blog to see!


I like the cat, Momma.


The dog is still behind me, isn’t she.



Happy National Black Dog Day (with a little cat on the side)


When you don’t have a pillow, make your own!


When Saturday football gets boring.



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