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27 April 2007 @ 10:18 am

dakota is doing greeeeeat.
she's officially done at the vet (for a while!),
her surgury and injections have all proven to be highly successful,
and she's feeling better than EVER. :)

(she even gave me a kiss on the cheek last night,
this is a big deal simply because she never ever never never ever gives me kisses!
maybe she realized I was in fact helping her, not hurting her, with mulitple trips to the vet.)

I'm working on some plans for the community
and as soon as I get a free weekend it's my top priority!

what do we think about the ideas of having a topic (weekly or monthly) in which we can post pictures?
or a lab of the month?!
what else do you guys seen in communities you belong to that you'd like to see here?

ALSO, does anyone want to design some icons for the community?
I did so a while ago and might use one now, but if anyone would like to contribute, please feel free. :)
26 April 2007 @ 06:01 pm

This is Hershey doing one of his fav activities...flopping around like a weirdo...

19 April 2007 @ 04:09 pm
my dogs are like so totally BFFs!!!!!!! ;)

best friends foooorever.Collapse )
28 March 2007 @ 09:39 am

dakota,Collapse )

long time, no update!

dakota is, well, being dakota.
within the last few months her limp had gotten worse, and worse, and worse.
I knew what to watch for and felt it got bad enough that she needed another visit to the vet.
together, the vet and I decided that she needed to go back on adequan injections-
just like the first time, she goes in once a week for six weeks.
the injection is meant to rebuild her cartledge/fluid/movements//
it's a stronger version of the glucosamine tablet she was previously taking.

this last monday I asked the vet about something strange I'd felt in dakota's joint.
as it turns out, this 'strange thing' means dakota has to have surgery on Friday, April 13th.
this surgery is to remove a pin that was put in place during her previous surgery for a luxating patella.

I feel so bad for my little lab mix-
a dog who has never once just heard good news while visiting the vet.
she absolutely hates the vet now - which is understandable since she's gone more times than I can even count
(and gets a painful shot every single time.)
and I blame her bad joints 100% for how timid and shy she is around new dogs/new people.

with that, her constant misfortune always leaves me griped about one issue-
I wish people who have animals with joint issues would understand the importance of spaying and neutering.
(okay, I admit, I wish EVERYONE would understand the importance.)
because dakota is now suffering from something that is completely hereditary and was totally preventable.

yaaaaaargh. poor dakota. :(

(p.s. sorry to those on my friends list (aka, my3babies! haha) who already knew these stories...)
24 December 2006 @ 07:12 pm
I'm looking after my brother's lab mix while he's in California. His dog and my dog get a long great, and after a long day of playing they got tired.

My dog, Scout, is in red, and my brother's dog, Yaphick, is in blue.
Current Mood: happyhappy
20 December 2006 @ 02:13 am
I adopted my Lab mix Jett from a shelter in June of this year. After living in apartments my whole life I'm thrilled to have a home to offer to a dog:)  He's an absolute joy to have with his boundless energy and affection. Such a sweetie and a momma's boy too LOL We think he's part Rottie but we'll prob never know for sure. Doesn't matter to me though - he's all mine!

I'm a nervous first time mom so any advice is always appreciated. He's a good boy but we're working on not destroying stuff and especially not bolting for the door when it's been "open too long".
Current Mood: happyhappy
13 December 2006 @ 03:10 am
I took Ein and my parents' lab, Nikki as well as my sister's beagle, Deanna hiking with me today and I took a bunch of pictures (and wanted to share them, hee...)
I got lots of Nikki, so I thought I'd share the labby love with you guys...

LOTS of doggie pictures under the cut!Collapse )

x-posted, sorry!
19 November 2006 @ 10:44 am
My dog's name is Scout. She's a lab/shepard mix. I adopted her from a local shelter on June 29th, 2006, and I already love her more than anything in the whole world.

She was previously owned by someone who was evicted and could not keep her so she ended up in the pound. When I first saw her I knew she was the one I wanted. Her tag in the kennel said that  her 'out date' was June 24th and this was on June 25th. I couldn't get her then, for complicated reasons, so I tried my best to forget about her and find another dog. I went back later that week, four days after she was supposed to be destroyed and she was still there! I knew I had to get her then, and adopted her on the spot.  I love her so much now. :)
01 October 2006 @ 10:48 pm
the dakota imposter I posted about in my last update here
has been adopted.

I'm thrilled, thrilled, thrilled,

here's a photo of the REAL dakota to celebrate! ;)

29 September 2006 @ 06:37 pm

this dog is at the animal shelter currently.
she was born the same month and the same year as dakota.
I am certain that this dog is dakota's sibling.
& I mean extremely extremely extremely certain.
she has the same mannerisims.
very very sweet to me, but shaking she was so nervous.
(that's how dakota is around strangers when she's in strange places.)
I pet her ear and it was like I was petting dakota's.
same eyes/same colors/same smile.
the patch of hair on the back,
the weirdly shaped chihuahua legs,

I WANT her, so so so badly I want her.
since I've been volunteering I've not wanted a shelter dog as badly as I want this one.
but my parents told me I couldn't adopt her.

so, already knowing their answer I proceeded to ask about fostering,
(which is what I really want to do anyway,
because I know I can't have three permanent dogs currently.)
and both parents said no way.

oh dear oh dear oh dear oh dear.
it's time like these that I absolutely hate being a volunteer at the shelter.
AND it's times like these I wonder why I'm still living at home?!

anyway, I already have one dakota,
why would I want another, RIGHT?

anyone here ever wanted a dakota? now's your chance!!Collapse )

I'll help with transfer !

or does anyone who rescues dogs out of shelters have any advice for me?
I really really want to be involved in finding this girl a loving home.
(if she doesn't get adopted from the animal shelter before her time is up, that is.)
this place is very high kill. :/