Wow, it has been forever since I posted on this blog, and I am terribly sorry.
I had the every lovin joy of contracting Covid back in November of 2019. This was back when it was rampant in Greene County, but the doctors didn't know what was going on other than it was a new virus.
Mine got to last until March of 2020, with constantly changing issues. It took me an additional year of working to get some semblance of strength back and I am till this day attempting to build stamina.
I have been immune compromised for years, and a trip to my doctors office is why I contracted Covid in the first place. Since at that time they didn't have a name for it I called it the Franken Virus, because it just kept morphing into other things.
I am convinced that that virus activated every single virus that I have experienced throughout my lifetime. Plus I still have bouts with weird things happening. It also brought about what the doctors called a silent heart attack and this past June I had a second one.
So, life has pretty much been hard, but I am struggling back to what I consider my norm.
This night is supposed to drop to 15 degrees in Greene County. z
Please check out the videos below for ideas to help animals make it through.
It is important to watch them all!
It is time to get your outdoor pets and animals snugged in so they don't freeze in their sleep.
I am NOT a proponent of plastic barrels for dogs. There is absolutely no insulation available in that barrel. If you don't believe me, you hop in a barrel and spend the night. Hey! Opportunity! Do this tonight!
All enclosures need to have a good deal of straw inside so that the dog can create a "nest" to snug into.
Even with this, short haired dogs most likely won't be able to generate enough heat in their space to be comfortable.
Do not elevate the enclosure unless you can do something for insulation underneath. Wind whistling through below the floor is cold!
Rescue persons build cat enclosures out of tubs.
Animals in cold weather require additional calories, so please double feed them, or even triple feed them so they can build a little fat storehouse. People do every winter. We gain weight to help insulate us.
Animals are no different!
A New Puppy in the House
Well, Congratulations, I think. As a trainer, and an old lady, puppies in my home are not something I seek out.
However, stuff happens, and two years ago I also had a new puppy to raise due to circumstances beyond my control.
Now that we are rounding the corner on another year, I know a lot of people are going to be getting puppies for Christmas. I really pray that these "gifted puppies" are not a surprise to the recipient.
So, about puppies and dog raising in general. Before you get a puppy, please take a very realistic look at your lifestyle. Then when you decide to select a puppy, I also pray you are shopping at rescue shelters only.
It is very important to do background search on the breed or predominant breed of the puppy you choose. Many breeds are really not appropriate for different age groups, certain lifestyles, etc.
Fewer puppies will become abandoned if you go into this knowing what to expect, and really set your schedule to make it all come together.
All puppies are blank slates, and there is a really huge amount of work required to have a well rounded adult dog.
If you would like to talk about this further, you are welcome to call me at All Creatures Country Club.
We have an agreement with Tawzer Dog Training Video company to help you problem solve your training issues.
Give them a try!
We have received Sig formerly known as Gibbs from TAPS, The Animal Protectorates, who are based in California.
We were originally contacted by Woof Project - Belgian Malinois Rescue of Vancover, WA to see if we could possibly take Sig into our rescue as a candidate for a Police K-9 program we have started.
We said yes! TAPS pulled Sig...and then called us to see if we could consider an additional dog on the transport. Ryker, now Stryker was also in a high kill situation.
TAPS managed to raise the funds to pull, vet, and transport both of these beautiful dogs to us!
They arrived December 12, check back often for updates!
You never know! Just out of the blue Debbie called and said she had tried to adopt a found dog, but discovered that it had been micro-chipped.
Great for that dog, the family was eventually found and the dog returned.
Luckier for our Spike, this reminded Debbie that she had met Spike several times in the past, so she called to see if he was still available.
Spike was here, he had come back to us due to a divorce. Wonder if people boot the kids too?
Anyway, best of best and all things are for the best right? Spike now lives with Debbie & Dick.
First night, Dick moved over in his bed and in hopped Spike.
With these people and Spikes new pack of Quincy, Gus & Cleo this time it will be happily ever after for this very deserving little guy.
Oh, and even better, Spike will be receiving a new name to go along with his new family, so everything is extra special swell!
We are absolutely thrilled that our Koti will be going to a new home.
Mom, Dad & two teen aged sisters. He will be so pleased.
Ole Blue Eyes has a home!
Sleeping on the job.
Sorry it has been so long since I managed to update GreenePets About Towne. As you can see I have been sleeping a lot.
We are thrilled to announce that we have placed our Golden Boy, Rex in a forever home. He became a companion dog to a special needs child locally. The bond is permanent, and absolutely wonderous to behold!
In this home situation, Rex's training will serve the family well, though he is not a complete service dog. Rex was disqualified from the program because he learned to run the donkeys on the farm. A behavior that was so reinforcing to him that we couldn't get it stopped, so Rex found a new career as a very beloved pet who is the caretaker of this wonderful little girl. He loves it that way!
In the summer of 2007, Auzia came to GreenePets by way of an SAR handler who accepted her from a part time police officer who had acquired her from a truck driver who was supposed to be caring for her for a police officer who had gone to Afganistan. The SAR handler thought that she could place Auzia in a search unit but soon discovered that Auzia's levels of training far exceeded just search and rescue, and this handler wasn't qualified to deal with her. Auzia was turned over to GreenePets to find a proper placement. Quite a trip for a girl to cover in two years huh?
Well, as things turn out, GreenePets was proud to be of assistance to Auzia, and after some major effort locating police department K-9 units, Auzia was able to return to work full time with the Bristol Tennessee Police Department.
Placing a working dog is a special responsibility. Auzia was trained in narcotics detection, search, and apprehension which didn't make her a candidate for the normal home either.
The only way to solve the delima of her placement was to call a Police K-9 trainer in Washington State, so Kat called Officer Steve White whom she has studied and followed his writings for many years. Steve told Kat that the possibility of placing Auzia with a police department would be pretty slim due to her age, Auzia was now seven, but perserverance paid off.
I remember the conversation with Police Chief Blaine Wade of the Bristol Tennessee Police Department. Chief Wade was the only one who would accept my call about Auzia after spending days calling departments. I introduced myself as a professional dog trainer who owned kennels in Greeneville, and that I also ran a rescue and had recently acquired a trained police K-9. Well, if scepticism could drip, my phone would have been foaming. However, Chief Wade did give me the courtesy of listening to my tale about Auzia, which was something I had not been able to command from any of the other departments I had contacted.
I described to him what I knew from the great deal of research I had done on her background before I started making the phone calls, Chief Wade asked what I wanted for the dog. My reply was "Nada, this girl needs to go back to work." In this case, an officer was assigned to come to All Critters Bed n Biscuit and assess the dog.
Officer Robert Caudill came to the kennel, and introduced himself. He told me quite frankly that he didn't expect much and the dog probably wouldn't pass as a K-9, so I should not get my hopes up. I informed Officer Caudill that he was in for a surprise and I took him into the kennels to meet Auzia.
We then took Auzia to a fenced exercise yard where Officer Caudill put her through basic obedience commands, and sent her on a search. He was stunned by her responses. Now remember, this dog had been loafing for nearly two years, and still Officer Caudill was blown away by her speed and accuracy in responding to commands.
He then asked what I knew about her and I told him. Officer Caudill made a phone call to the police department that Auzia used to work for. The officer on dispatch remembered Auzia and told Officer Caudill that this dog's drug work was more than outstanding.
It was several more weeks before Auzia became a K-9 for the Bristol Tennessee Police Department, and she wasn't allowed on patrol until she had gone through the annual re-certifications required of working K-9 officers.
Auzia became Officer Robert Caudill's K-9 until he was able to get his newest bomb detection dog. Then Auzia was partnered with a new K-9 officer, Chesney Griffin.
Chief Wade sent me a letter and the news clipping about Auzia's retirement due to an injury. I cried, though I am thrilled and proud that Auzia has been able to live her life in defense of our nation as so many of our young people are doing for us every day.
Bless, Chief Wade, Officer Caudill, Officer Griffin, and the Bristol Tennessee Police Department for making this rescue of a homeless dog so very outstanding.
Bristol Tennessee Police Department K-9 Unit.
Auzia's Retirement has been announced.
For Auzia, retirement will still be pretty wonderful, as she has been elevated to the rank of house pet, and will live the rest of her life with her handler Chesney Griffon.
Auzia will still be allowed to visit schools as a K9 ambassador for the Bristol City Police Department, and she will be loving that just as much as she dedicated herself to her work.
Bristol Tennessee Police Department K-9 Unit.
Trained Patrol Dogs are a valuable asset to their officer/partner.
We are so very glad to announce that our Spike has found his forever home with a young many who wants a companion.
Spike will be going most places with his new family, and living in a house which is the most important part to us.
Spike has been with GreenePets since 2006, when he was brought to us as a young dog.
Spike had been abandoned on Viking Mountain, and the people who brought him to us witnessed a deer hunter shoot Spike in the neck. A horrendous thing to do to any animal, but especially to such a loving an adorable dog as Spike.
Duke has been the reason for the season all along. In 1992, we rescued a darling puppy from a barn situation who grew up to be the greatest trial and love of our lives.