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My Pack: Part 5

My Pack

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Lily is my little sweetheart.  On August 1, 2011, someone found her in an alley just born she still had some of her transparent sac or membrane still covering her.  They put her in a towel and took her to a nearby pet store where my friend worked.  She took the newborn and nursed her for the first four weeks.  There was no difficulty in her growth at all.  We took her to the vet and they said we were doing a fine job and to keep it up.  I took pictures of her time growing up and she developed wonderfully.  There was a time when one of the dogs tried to play with her and she got a fractured leg, which healed just fine.  I crated her for about a week to let it heal.

She is now a feisty cat of two years in August.  She loves to play with the other cats and with her toys.  At times, I think she thinks she is a dog because if I waded up a piece of paper and threw it she would fetch it and bring it back to me.  When it is time to sleep, she found my lap falling fast asleep.

Well that is my pack family.  We are one big happy family.  They keep me company in my life’s journey.  I often tell people that my pack runs the house I just rent a room from them.  Of course, it is one expensive bill.  I love my pack anyway.

I have fostered many others but they have found forever homes elsewhere.


My Pack: Part 4

My Pack

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Bogie is my buddy.  All he needed in the picture to the left is a beer and he was ready to watch some football.  This handsome boy I was supposed to foster for a while but no one was interested in him so I ended up making my home his forever home.  He loves his catnip and his food.  He would bogart all the cat food so that is what I named him; Bogie for short.  He also knows how to strike a pose in the picture to the right.

One more coming…

My Pack: Part 3

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                     Georgie                    Cinnamon

Now I move on to the cats of my pack.  Georgie and Cinnamon were two in the same litter with several others.  These two were the only ones found when we searched for the rest of them.  All the others were a mystery as to what happened to them.  I guess all of them fended for themselves for some time; maybe a week or so at a time could be longer.  I hoped the others found a good home where ever they may be now.  They were about 6 months old when I brought them home.  They had survived on their own and in good health, lucky for them. 

I was hesitant to bring them into my house because I had the two dogs already and wondered if they would get along.  For the first couple of days I crated the cats just to get the dogs use to their scent.  One day I came home and let them out and there was a sniffing and getting to know each other but they seemed to get along just fine.  Xena would try to play with them but that didn’t work out too well.  When she went to paw at the cats, they hissed and smacked at the dogs.  They got the message and went away.

After a while, they got to the point that they tolerated one another and everything is fine.  The cats will now head-butt the dogs and lay next to them.  I think Cinnamon was a model in a past life because she always will strike a pose and think she is so cute, which she usually is.  Georgie and Cinnamon love there treats.  They love to chase there toys all over the place and every time I clean I find ten to twenty of their toys under all the furniture. I have to make sure I keep pens and anything of importance out of there reach or I will never find it.  Both of them like to sit in my lap while I am writing on the computer, just as Cinnamon is doing now.

But wait, more to come tomorrow…

My Pack: Part 2

My Pack

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Next in my pack is Charlie.  He is a Labrador Retriever.  He does not like to have his picture taken so when I get a picture of him it is usually by accident.

He had a rough beginning.  My friend found him on her porch one morning.  He was sluggish and it looked like a car had hit him.  He was limping and he had cuts on his lips.  He looked very sad.  When taken to the vet, they did some tests, and found that he had heartworm.  The next eight weeks was tough for him and me.

The vet treated Charlie for his heartworm and he instructed to keep him calm at all times for the next eight weeks.  If anyone has dogs knows that it is almost impossible to keep them calm at all times.  I crated him for this period.  Every day I saw him in the crate and my heart dropped.  I could not imagine what pain he was feeling.  All I could do is care for him.  I opened the crate door just to sit there and pet him for a while.  I knew in the end that he would be better.

After a long eight weeks, Charlie went back to the vet and said everything was good.  He no longer needed to keep calm.  I was happy and I knew Charlie would be too.  When I got home, Charlie started to go in his crate but I stopped him.  He looked on as I deconstructed his crate and put it in the garage.  I saw a smile and his ears perked up when I did that.  I told him no more crate.  It seemed like he understood.

He has changed so much since I first brought him into my home.  He is happier than I have seen him before.  He still has his issues like when it is thunder and lightning outside he crawls under my legs and lays there.  He’s a lovable overgrown baby.  His favorite food is his dog biscuits.  He does his twirling dance for them.

But wait there’s more tomorrow…

My Pack


This week I was going to do a serious issue about some government corruption but I took a turn for the lighter and decided to welcome you to the Franklin Zoo.  This week I decided to introduce my pack of animals—six in all—and tell their story of how they came to be in my pack.  All of them are rescued dogs and cats.  I have rescued and fostered some others but these are the ones that I have in my pack.



First, I found Xena.  I had no idea what kind of dog she was.  After much research, I found out she was a new breed that was recently recognized.  She is a Carolina Dog or the American Dingo.  Her cousin is the Australian Dingo.

Her story started shortly after I bought my house.  I was looking for some pets because I always said that the first thing I was going to do after I have my own place is to get some pets.  Well I mentioned this to a friend of mine and about a week later, I received a call from her.  She had a friend that cannot keep her dog.  She could not put her in the pound they would have put her down because they said she was vicious.  I opened my house to her.  She was one year old then.  She is now five.

It was difficult at first since she was the only pet in the house.  She had separation issues and tore up the frame of the door to the back yard.  I tried crating her but she tore them up.  She went through six different crates.  I was at my wits end.  At that time, I received another call from my friend and she said she had another dog for me.  Well I thought about it and I figured if there was another dog in the house, she might settle down.  Well it worked.  She has been fine ever since.

Xena loves to play.  She licks your face as if it was an ice cream cone and tries to lick your face off.  She also loves the snow.  A link of Xena playing in the snow.

More to come tomorrow…




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