Welcome Back Kotter….woops! Welcome Back POTTER!

Could not resist the title given I am a product of the 70’s!  We are not Welcoming Back Kotter, we are welcoming back POTTER!  Our second and most beloved foster dog.

Potter's shelter intake photo 11/12

Potter initially arrived at the Martin Boxer compond in December 2011.  He was picked up as a stray in Gastonia, NC (11/29).  He was extremely underweight 57lbs, Heart Worm positive,respiratory infection, and fully intact.  My guess is someone was using him as a stud for breading. Blue Ride Boxer sent me his photo and there was no discussion amongst the family we had to save this precious pup.  Even if it meant having 4 dogs.  We were thrilled we had the opportunity to name him so we polled all our Facebook and Twitter friends and named him Potter. Harvey was a close second along with Fozzie.  We think Potter was perfect!

After a brief stay at the Vet, Potter was transported to to us 12/3- He was so sweet upon arrival.  Within an hour of his arrival all dogs were running around/co cohabitating nicely.  I was amazed how the introduction that can be up to 24 hours beyond happened within an hour.  He was that laid back.  It was Maple (our first fosters) last night with us as she got adopted the next day.
Our job was to love this dog unconditionally and fatten him up.  He was too skinny for surgery to be neutered or start his life saving heart worm treatment.  We fattened him up to 70.8 lbs enough to go for neutering.  He did great!  After a series of meds and a little more fattening up he was ready to start his heart worm treatment in January.  Heart Worm treatment is horrible for all involved!  Remember that monthly pill for prevention!  Potter had to be on bed rest for three months.  That is a very difficult thing to do for a 2 year old dog, whom gained strength everyday and had to watch his  two  fur siblings running around and play.  We/He made it through with flying colors!
Potter was spoken for early on by a wonderful family.  He could not be released until he finished all his treatments.  We enjoyed everyday we had with this sweet boy (96 to be exact)  While he was with us he learned what it was like to be inside a house, what toys were, how to play.  When he first arrived he was a loner.  He preferred sitting outside on the deck.  He was not sure what to do inside of the house.  Once we forgot he was outside and when we went to look for him he had burrowed himself down in a bed of leaves to stay warm.  Heartbreaking ( he was not outside long). We are sure he was displaying some of his survival techniques he used while he was a stray.  Someone trained and loved this dog at some point in his life.  He was so well behaved and was 100% potty trained.  Never did he have an accident in the house.  He would not enter the house unless you told him it was ok and he did not jump on you.  We could not find anything wrong with this dog.  Why did someone abandon this sweet guy.  We knew he would be the perfect companion for a loving family.

Potter's Flashy Smile!

As we watched his progression from a “loner”  to a social playful pup we ALL fell in love with this guy. We knew his adoption was looming and we were going to have to say good bye.  We ALL agreed it was going to be very hard.  To this day we  are not sure why but this guy really stole our hearts.  However, in the true spirit of rescue, as we have come to know it, we love them and pass them along so we can make room for the next dog in need.  Our next dog in need was  Allee, whom would join us once Potter & Bridget went to their FURever families.

Potter and Bridget hold paws on the way to their adoption 3/9/2012!

When I received the call on Tuesday that Potter was being surrendered back to the rescue (due to unfortunate family circumstances) There was no discussion or decisions to be made.  Potter was coming home!  We were all elated and were counting down the days until his arrival.  Potter officially joined the Martin Boxer Crew on Saturday!  Our first official “foster failure” a.k.a…a foster dog you cannot give up.  We are at maximum canine capacity but still have room to host a foster dog.
Fostering/Rescuing has been a wonderful “family bonding”  experience for us.  Like most families we are very busy with numerous daily obligations and many varied opinions on life.  However, fostering/rescuing is the  “ONE” thing we all seem to agree on unanimously.
We love it!  It works for our family!  As long as it works for the family, we will keep it up!
Potters Welcome Home! Happy and Healthy 80+ lbs

A boy and his Dog…

Every boy should have two things:  a dog, and a mother willing to let him have one  ~Anonymous

We have clearly accomplished the quote above!  My Son has not only one dog… but several and his mother is the instigator of the multiple canine household.  We are “dog” lovers.  We all equally enjoy the unconditional love and entertainment our dogs bring.  They truly do complete our family.

You always hear cliche’s regarding the relationship between a boy and his dog.  I have witness this first hand watching my son bond with our dogs.  In his early years, he so desperately wanted our “Senior” Springer Spaniel (Hampton) to play with him.  He tried everything he could to entice her to chase him, bite at his heels, anything.  She would just look at him with her soulful brown eyes wondering why he was disturbing her rest.  Hampton’s ruckus days had passed way before he entered the world. He still loved her dearly despite the fact she could not be enticed to play with him.  When Hampton crossed the Rainbow bridge, after 14 years, we were all deeply saddened. We missed her terribly and waited over a  year until we ventured into being pet owners again.

It was meant to happen as we were introduced to “Rex” a 1.5yr old brindle Boxer whom needed a “furever” home.  He was a rescue who had been through several families, for reasons unknown to us he was once again looking for a family to take him in.  Boxer? I had never had a Boxer, never wanted a Boxer, and did not know anything about these crazy looking Dogs.   My Husband was the first to meet Rex and declared him as a “cool dog” That’s all it took. We welcomed him into our family and he was the  start of what I like to call our “Boxer Collection”

The bond between boy and dog was immediate.  My Son now had a active play mate whom would chase him, play hide-n-sneak, wrestle, and generally participate in all his antics.  Prior to rescuing, I thought you needed to raise a dog from a puppy for that special bond.  Wrong I was!  While puppies are cute, and everyone should have one or care for one in their life time they are a lot of work. I will never forgot, as a newlywed,  the words of my Dad when we expressed interest in a puppy, “You should not get a dog, until you can be home with it full time.”           Holly $%&!  He is talking about a DOG not a human….seriously?  For my Dad’s generation that was just the way it was.   Hell….years later I did not even stay home with my kids.   I wonder if he even  remembers saying that?  

Rex was fully potty trained and full of love an affection. No rearing from the puppy years was needed for bonding with the family.  Rex was/is the perfect match for my highly creative and mischievous son.  They….boy and dog keep us entertained.  They run, chase, play hide-n-seek, taunt each other, wrestle, you name it they do it!  

As a parent, it is so fun to watch this bond between boy and dog. They play differently than anyone else in the family.  Basically it is a uncomplicated relationship, just  unconditional love.

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened. ~A France 

The average dog has one request to all humankind. Love me. ~Helen Exley 

Dogs are not our whole life,
but they make our lives whole.
-Roger Caras

Consider a rescue for your next pet! Rescuing is speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves.

Pleading the 5th…..

I am not sure how many times I have said  “I am pleading the 5th” in jest.  This time I really am!  The 5th amendment reads :

“No person shall… be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.”

This is all in reference to the civil penalty we received Friday night for allegedly violating Raleigh City Code 12-3011(A) Allowing a dog to run at large.   It was just sheer drama, instigated by my “less than desirable neighbor” (LTDN) as documented in my post.

I spent about an hour today trying to figure out how to appeal our citation.  They don’t make it easy at all. The issuing officer did not even know what the appeal process is.  There is nothing on the citation  regarding an appeal process or on the website. So perhaps people just pay the fine.  We are not guilty…therefore we will not pay until we are heard. The Raleigh City Government website is horrible. They are making Due Process hard.  I finally called the Animal Control Dispatch and was able to speak to the supervisor.  He was kind enough to hear me out and let me know that if I don’t pay the fine within 72 hours we may have a summons issued.  My Due Process is in court! Seems a little crazy that a minor issue as such would get tied up in the court system.  I think an administrative board would be more effective.  I mean there are hardened criminals and child molesters waiting for their time in court and I am clogging up the system wanting to be heard over a minor citation.  There is something terribly wrong with this.

So because I strongly believe that  we were in no way condoning our dogs to “Run at large” I will wait for my day in court…if it ever comes.  Yes, my dogs left my yard for 30-45 seconds but where do we get credit for trying to collect our dogs.  The minute we knew they were out of the gate we were in action.  It was instantaneous.  There is no forgiveness for accidents or faulty equipment (i.e. gate latch)? What steams me even more is that the Animal Control Officer, since they have been in the news lately, said any time they are called out for a dog leaving their yard they will issue a citation.  That is crazy! Accidents happen everyday….thats why they are called accidents.  We don’t charge people with harassment each time they dial a wrong number. I agree there are  people who do let their animals roam and they end up causing trouble,  but there are also those that try to  obey the laws and keep their animals contained.  Gracious, by volunteering with a Dog rescue organization we are doing out part to take care of the neglected animals that Animal Controls picks up on a daily basis.  Good deeds should not bite you in the rear…

Bottom line is  most reasonable people don’t cal Animal Control on their neighbors when  their dogs slip out of the fence.  Most would try to retrieve the animal or call the neighbor to let them know.  Obviously, my LTDN is not reasonable and is harboring some serious hatred towards us.  Certainly, no way to live…life is to short to be so obsessed with other people and trying to hurt them.

So….we wait for our Due Process…..if and when that day ever comes.

3 Rescued Boxers, Crazy Neighbor, Police and Animal Control….Sadly Our Friday Night Entertainment!

Did that peek your interest?  We had  some unplanned Friday night drama with my neighbor whom is less than desirable and perhaps a little crazy. He hates us and our precious dogs.  Sadly, he is a dog owner.  He  walks his little fluffy dog with a metal bat in his hand.  He often lifts his bat and shakes it towards our dogs whom are behind the fence in our yard minding their own business.  A little more history on this “less than desirable neighbor” referred to moving forward as “LTDN”  He had a dog, whom he tied up on his back deck when we left for weeks at a time.  He left bags of  dog food sliced open for self feeding.  This poor dog was not spayed, and attracted many strays.  This poor dog and her puppies were eventually picked up by Animal Control.  So sad……so you know the intelligence of this neighbor.

Last night, we had just walked in the house when our three dogs slipped happily out the fence and headed down the driveway.  They were minding their own business wiggling and running so happy to have bust free.  Unfortunately, their timing could not have been any worse.  Our LTDN happened to be in his yard with his dog.  The curious creatures they are  headed into his yard to check things out.  Note no barking, growling…just normal sniffing and wiggling.  The LTDN ran to his porch grabbed his metal bat and came after my dogs swinging.  About this time, my husband was in the yard and witnessed the entire thing.  “Why did you hit my dog?” and LTDN replied “They are in my yard!”.  Other words were exchanged and LTDN went back into his house but only after he had hit two of my three dogs with his bat.  Being the smart creatures they are they ran back into the fence. There was blood on the head of one of he dogs.  We never could figure out where it came from.  Fortunately, they all appeared fine. This all happened in less that 2 minutes.

We called 911 and the police arrived.  They were less than amused with the LTDN’s behavior and stated he cannot  to hit the dogs with a bat because they are in his yard. If he was being attacked it would be another story. Clearly this was not the case.   The officers left to go talk to the LTDN and he was standing at the edge of his yard, all puffed up, with his bat in hand. They had to yell  at him to drop the bat.  They had their word with him and left.

Just when I was trying to calm myself and the kids from the drama Part 2 unfolds…….LTDN obviously called Animal Control, whom got a report of three vicious dogs.  They were really nice, and totally understood it was an accident the dogs got out of the fence. They even recalled picking up LTDN’s dog a few years back.  Anyway, because LTDN had called Animal Control on us in the fall (two dogs busted out the front door) he  had to site us for 3 loose dogs since he did not cite us in the fall. I know the Animal Control Officer is just doing his job so I have no ill will towards him personally. It is just crazy LTDN can maliciously and unprovoked  hit my dogs with a bat and we get a $150 fine for “allowing a dog to run at large”

They were loose for less than 2 minutes! It was horrible for the children to witness!  It just heightened the drama.  It is hard to explain to a child why someone can do something so gruesome and get away with it.

After sleeping on this we continue to be angry that he hits our dogs with a bat and WE get a fine.   We called our attorney friend who is completely enraged!  She has advised us to appeal the citation. She had some other tips and suggestions we will put into action if needed.

I am in prayer about this evil man, his poor dog, and our situation.  We are just trying to be the better people in this situation. Blogging about this has helped me deal with my anger. I slept so poorly last night I blew off my 10 mile run this morning.  It was raining, so I just went back to bed.  I was emotionally drained all day!  Tomorrow is a new day! I am determined not to let LTDN hold any space in my head and my heart! I think I will pound it out on the pavement tomorrow!

I am a true believer that what goes around comes around so….Those who do evil………eventually get what they deserve.