I don’t mean to brag…

I saved my family from a rabid hedgehog today. I ripped out each eye and severed part of its nose so quickly I was able to neutralize the threat in less than 10 seconds. I then yanked out some hair and then ripped out some stuffing. Stuffing?! Oh no what did I do?!

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It looks like a hedgehog and feels like my toys and you mean to tell me this is a slipper?! Come on!  I swear on a stack of Bark magazines that I had no idea. There was not the slightest odor of athlete’s foot that I could detect. This is more like of a setup if you ask me. I am going to try and use the art of distraction before mom and dad get home. I am going to put my toys away, make my bed and have a glass of wine waiting by the door when mom gets home. I am pretty sure the kids will cover for me, too. Cross your paws for me!

I may not have been able to recognize an immediate threat from a slipper, but I do have a very cool furry, four-legged dog aunt named Lexi who can help me so I don’t make that same mistake again.

Lexi is a 2.5 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who lives with my foster grandparents. She has to be the most well trained dog that I know. Lexi can do the ordinary sit, stay and rollover but she can also do things like sit pretty, jump through hula hoops and spin around. She is also beginning to work on ‘freestyle’ which is kind of like a dance routine for dogs. I am still working on stay and fetch.

Watching this canine freestyle video gave me a lot of encouragement to step up my game. Challenge accepted.

One of the reasons that Lexi has such a strong skillset is because she is going to become a certified therapy dog through the Pets and People Foundation. The therapy dog program is really tough but Lexi passed all phases of her testing (over a period of a few months) with flying colors! Congratulations, Lexi! She will be fully certified once she completes her 10 therapy designated visits.

In order for Lexi to meet her 10 required therapy visits to become fully certified, Lexi is going the library a few times a month to hear stories that are read to her by elementary school kiddos. Lexi gets to snuggle up to her reader and the kiddos get to improve their reading skills in a really fun way. Did you book your appointment yet?

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Lexi is also certified as Canine Good Citizen which is the absolute gold standard for behavior in dogs. Clearly we are from the same family (and I am certain she also ate her fair share of window screens and slippers!). She even gets a red vest to show how hard she worked.

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Lexi is pretty awesome. I am hoping she is going to share some of her tips on learning new tricks with me. If Lexi helps me, I can show her my trick of getting food off of the counter when no one is looking. Cinnamon rolls are the best. I try to get those when they are warm!

If you would like to learn more about the differences between emotional support dogs, service dogs and therapy dogs, click here. 

Hugs and kisses, Tallulah xoxoxox

Left behind for Kenny Chesney?!

On Saturday, my mom left me with dad and the teenagers so she could go to a Kenny Chesney concert with her family and friends. What.the.heck. It isn’t that mom left me overnight; I am finally getting used to my family coming and that isn’t such a big deal anymore.  However, there is no forgiveness for not taking me to see Kenny. None. Zero. Zilch. Nada. Kenny is a big time dog lover and I know for certain he would let me into his show. For free.

Here is mom at the concert (on the far left) with my aunt, uncle, grandmom and great aunt:

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If you didn’t already know, Kenny is a really big supporter of dogs like me. Dogs who need a little bit of help to find a safe place to stay while waiting for their forever home. Hurricane Irma, a category 5 hurricane with winds peaking at 180 mph, tore through the northeastern Carribbean and the Florida Keys on August 30th, 2017. In its direct path was Kenny’s home on St. John. A home that was built using the best architects and strongest materials available to stand up to a raging storm like this one.   Without question, the wrath of Irma was going to put it to the test. As Irma was preparing to unleash her fury, Kenny invited his friends and their furry family members who were stranded on the island to take shelter in his home.

The house was destroyed but everyone in it was safe, including the animals. Many blessings to count that day.

The devastation was unimaginable. As the damage was being assessed over the next few weeks, Kenny and his assistant took notice of the amount of homeless animals wandering the island separated from their families without food or shelter and unable to survive on their own. Kenny and his team are responsible for providing resources to get these animals off of the island and into their forever homes by establishing the Love for Love City Foundation. You can read more about Kenny and his work here.

I can closely relate to the dogs of St. John and the other ravaged islands. I was a stray before I got to the shelter. I had no home and no one to share my life.  Without the love, care and support from all of the wonderful people at the Animal Welfare Society I might be alone, scared and hungry. I would not have anyone to snuggle with or to teach me tricks. I might miss out  scraps of table food as they hit the floor or chasing squirrels in the yard. I would not have anyone to walk alongside or to share my feelings with. I would not have been able to go to the doggie walk-up window for ice cream or going for car rides. I definitely would not have as many wonderful human and four-legged friends as I do now. It is hard to think about sometimes. Thankfully, I am one of the lucky ones on my journey to find my forever home. I am almost there!

Kenny may not know this, but he also gave me my own personal anthem; Everything’s Gonna Be Alright. It is going to be alright. I have a safe and happy future ahead!

Thank you Kenny for helping dogs like me! Next time, could you throw me a ticket?

Love, Tallulah 🐾

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Tallulah: Good news!

Monday morning I went to the Animal Welfare Society Community Veterinary Clinic to see how my leg was healing. During my visit, I had an X-ray and a new cast put on under sedation. My pink and glitter cast has now been replaced by an awesome purple All-Star cast.  I love it!  I am going to see if I can get some people to sign it for me! The best part of the visit for me was to hear that my fractures are healing well. My weekly cast changes have been extended to every two weeks. Woo hoo! I came home to celebrate with a big, delicious bone once I was more awake and was not drooling anymore.

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I have been out and about going to different places and meeting new people. My twin brothers even took me to see mom at work. I got to go for a nice car ride into Portland sniffing out the window the entire way. I met some really nice people and dogs, too! I heard lots of different noises; sirens, big construction trucks and even the Life Flight helicopters. I really enjoyed my visit. The only thing I missed out on were treats. Mom doesn’t always keep them in her purse.

Here is a picture of me visiting mom with my brothers.

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I find that I am doing really well at getting into a routine. I am becoming more familiar with my family’s schedules so I have an idea of when to expect them home so it is not has stressful and anxiety provoking as it used to be. I am not staring our the door or window for long periods and I don’t bark as much after people leave. Buddy is a great companion for me and he keeps me on track. I really do not like being by myself. I am really happy to have that pudgy, 13 year old ball of fur with me everyday. I probably should stop stealing the bones he hides in the couch, closet and laundry room and then chewing them up before he finds me. Thank you, Buddy for being such a great friend even when I eat your food and try to pee on you outside.

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I have had a fun and relaxing week. The only thing I am not crazy about are rainy days. I almost have to be dragged out of the house to do my business; literally!

Please don’t forget that the annual AWS Strut your Mutt is being held on Sunday, September 9th.

All of the funds raised from this event go toward veterinary care for dogs like me. Pretty cool. Buddy and I will be both be participating and we hope to see you and your dog(s) there, too! Word on the street is that Blake and Eva from Coast 93.1 will also be hanging out with us all morning while they broadcast their show live. Sweet! What could be better than that?!

I want to send out a big thank you for following my blog and cheering me on as I continue to search for my forever home. I love it when mom reads me your messages.

Have a great night everyone! Love, Tallulah xoxoxo

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Tallulah: A busy weekend

I had a very busy weekend and I am so excited to share it with you!

On Saturday afternoon, I went to Woofstock at the Animal Welfare Society in Kennebunk. If you are wondering was Woofstock is, it the canine version of the 1969 Woodstock. I was definitely not around back then but from the tie dye t-shirts and bandanas, the music, the food and the people, I bet it was an awesome time. One key difference is that all of the money raised at Woofstock goes to helping animals at the shelter. Just like me. I am so grateful to each and everyone of you that donated your time and resources to make the day so successful. I so happy to witness some of my friends getting adopted and driving away to their forever homes.  I just know in my heart that my forever home is waiting for me, too.

I arrived to Woofstock a few minutes before it ended. When I get into larger crowds in makes me a bit anxious and dad knew the crowds would be thinning out by then. Still, I barked like crazy at every dog and person I saw. I was pulling on my leash wanting to go everywhere because I was so excited.  Honestly, I probably should have had my gentle leader harness on because I do not pull nearly as much.

Once I went inside, I went right to the room where my foster parents picked me up. This is also the same location where I graduated from obedience training. I stood outside that door waiting for them to let me in. I waited and waited and waited some more. My mom noticed that I really wanted to be in that room. She looked into the room for me and then whispered that there was a class going on so I couldn’t go in. That made me sad.

As soon as I turned around I saw so many of the people who took such good care of me at the shelter.  Everyone kept calling my name and asking me how I was feeling. I can’t believe they remember me!  I got so many pats and rubs that felt sooooo good. I loved it!

Before long, it was time to go and we headed back home. I was so tired that I snuggled up with Buddy and slept.

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Early Sunday morning mom told me I was going to have a special visitor. Sweet! I ate my breakfast and went outside for a walk. I was ready for the day. I perched in my usual spot waiting for dogs and people to go by. Out of the corner of my eye one of my neighbors was walking a Great Dane friend of mine. I was so excited I jumped onto the window and torn open the screen. Oh no! What did I do?!?! Mom saw what happened and sent me upstairs. I couldn’t help it. I don’t know how not to be so excited. I just wanted to say and hello and play. I didn’t mean to break the screen. I came back down on my own after a few minutes and all was forgiven. I am really going to try harder. I promise. Mom closed the windows more to keep both me and the screens safe. FYI, dad has no idea about the screen yet. Let’s see if he reads my blog before mom has the screen repaired at ACE Hardware in Scarborough 😁.

My special friend finally arrived at noon and she was so nice. We went for a walk around my neighborhood with Buddy. My mom shared my story as we walked. My special friend told me that I look like her previous dog that she misses so much. I even saw her sad tears when she was talking about her dog which made me feel sad. Thank you, special friend, for sharing your day and the story of your fur baby with me. I have no doubt that he loved you, too. More than you could ever know.

The yuckiest part about this weekend is that mom told me that I am heading back to the shelter tomorrow to have my cast changed. Ugh. I will be there a while because it is a procedure requiring sedation. At least it won’t hurt too badly. Lately, I have noticed that it is a bit easier to walk this week so I just know I am getting better!

Sweet dreams.

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Night, night! Tallulah xoxoxo

 

 

 

 

Tallulah: Ice Cream!

I had such an awesome day today! When mom got home from work she told Buddy and I to get into the car because she had a surprise for us. We jumped in, rolled down the windows and off we went. I stuck my face out the window and enjoyed the breeze on my face. As we slowed for a red light, there was a couple on a motorcycle in the lane next to us. I decided to say hello with a few deep barks. The lady riding on the back of the motorcycle got scared and jumped – a lot. I was in trouble. After a few words of wisdom from mom like, “No! Don’t do that!” and “Have some manners!” the light turned green and we were off again.

When we reached our destination, Buddy and I jumped out of the car, attached to our leashes. As we got a little closer, this is what I saw:

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Ice cream? Walk up window? OMG!! Is this for real? Am I dreaming?

I ran to the window to order, broken leg and all. Buddy is apparently familiar with ordering ice cream because he was practically through the window before I even got there.

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Buddy and I placed our orders of vanilla ice cream with a crunchy dog biscuit on top. I barked a few times which was the cue to hurry it up.

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A little faster please. Do I need to come in there and make it myself?! My belly is waiting…

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It seemed like forever before the dish of deliciousness came out of the window. Finally. Heaven.

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Every single bite was amazing. While I was inhaling this sweet treat I realized that I was unfamiliar will some of the noises I was hearing. There was a lot of traffic on the main road with horns beeping, loud cars and motorcycles whizzing by. When I heard the sounds I wasn’t familiar with, I would pick up my entire dish and bring it to another spot on the grass. I couldn’t trust anyone not to steal it from me.

Watch Tallulah pick up her dish and run here!

I gave Buddy a little growl when he got too close to my ice cream. Personal space, little man. You have your own!

I would give The Saco Scoop and their team 5 stars if us dogs were allowed Yelp accounts (a wee bit ironic that dogs can’t have a Yelp account?).  Not  only does the Saco Scoop have great service, the grassy area with benches is perfect. They even have water dishes for us!

I think the AWS needs to get one of those canine vans to bring my friends down here. They would love it!

Today was definitely fun and memorable. I thought I was excited yesterday when I discovered the cherry tomato plant in the garden and ate almost every single small, juicy cherry tomato right off the branches. This was so much better.

Potential adoptive families take note: I love ice cream.

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Hugs and kisses,  Tallulah

Tallulah: A Rainy Day

I woke up this morning to an overcast sky and rain quietly tapping on the window. I looked up at Calley and she was looking back at me. She reached down and opened my kennel and I slowly climbed onto her bed and snuggled into the blankets.

I am starting to get use to the bedtime and morning routine. When I hear, “Time to go to bed”, I go outside to do my business and then I go into my kennel. When I wake up, I am usually the first one to open my eyes in the morning. I lay there and sometimes chew on my blanket or toys until I hear footsteps. This is my cue to starting making noise to let them know I am awake, too.

When I go outside in the rain, I have to wear a water resistant bag over my cast so that it remains dry. This doesn’t really bother me too much; it is quick and I get treats. Sometimes my leg is a little bit sore when the sock that goes over my cast is changed. Mom does this every other day with Calley’s help. Calley keeps me occupied by talking to me and petting me. She also gives me a Denta Stick because it takes longer to chew which means there is enough time to take off the old sock and put on the new one. Thankfully, I also get my pain medicine before they change my sock. Hopefully these bones will heal soon so I can be done with all of it.

There was more napping than walking today because of the weather. Buddy and I napped on the couch together and Champ spent his time in the enclosed outdoor area. As soon as Champ came in I was excited to play! We gave each other our best play bows to communicate that we were ready to get into some shenanigans. We rolled around on the floor and chased each other around tables. I suddenly let out a brief yelp and Champ immediately backed away. Neither of us know exactly what happened. Champ is bigger  and much stronger. I was stunned but no injury to report.

I got to watch Animal Planet today and mom snuck me a small piece of chicken from the dinner table which was great. I am not sure why I don’t get to eat table food for every meal. When mom cooked the ground beef to make chop suey it smelled so good. I stood up with my front paws on the counter and started to lick the air. Not sure I got to taste much but it was worth it.

Today was a quiet day and likely the most relaxed I have been since coming into my foster home.

Click here for a video of two bulldogs that will make you smile.

That chicken was gooooood.

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Tallulah: Uh Oh

I was a naughty dog today. Not just a little naughty; Tasmanian Devil naughty. I peed on the floor in the afternoon and I was afraid to confess. My foster parents looked at all three of us dogs and said, “Who did it?” None of us answered. They figured out very quickly it was me. My two furry foster brothers lift their leg when they pee and not only soak the floor, but they get the baseboard and walls wet, too. Since I am a girl I squat and pee.  I made a perfect puddle. Don’t I deserve some credit?

Now that I am getting comfortable in my surroundings, I need to protect my home and the people I live with. Today, I saw a squirrel and I barked. I saw the leaves blowing on the trees, I barked. I saw cars, I barked. All of these things could totally be a threat. I am not sure anyone appreciated it but me. One of the neighbors called to ask if the dogs were ok because they noticed an unusual amount of barking. This definitely coincides with my mom’s new word: shhhhhhh. She puts her index finger to her mouth and says, “Shhhhhhhhh. Lula, shhhhhhh. No barking.” What is that about? I am alerting them to what is going on. I am protecting them. My fur brothers know this too. When I start barking, they both start barking. It is awesome.

Later in the afternoon, my foster mom and human sister went to volunteer at the animal shelter and to pick up my medicine. Once they were done, they went to my foster grandparents house for dinner. The rest of my family went too, except for me. I got put in my kennel. I actually walked into the kennel myself, no hesitation. To my surprise,   the door closed and locked behind me. It isn’t bedtime. What is going on? OMG they are leaving me! Ten minutes passed, 30 minutes passed, then an hour passed. Where are these people?! Outside of my kennel was an Ariel comforter from The Little Mermaid. I grabbed a piece of the comforter and pulled part of it though the bars on the kennel and into the cage. I tore that thing to shreds! I couldn’t help myself. I was scared, alone and I needed something to keep me occupied. My mind was racing. What if they forget me? What if they don’t come back? What will happen if I need to do my business and I can’t get out? I was scared. What I didn’t know is that mom was worrying about me, too. She was afraid that I would eat my cast if I got bored which meant I could choke. I would also need to go back to the vet to be re-casted.  My mom left dinner early and came home to me. Of course I was fine, but Ariel was not. She was in pieces all over the floor. Uh oh, what is going to happen to me? Mom and my human sister hugged me and took me outside. They weren’t even that mad or surprised; just grateful I didn’t eat my cast.

Sorry, mom. It was a hard day. I believe you when you say it will get better. Let’s see what tomorrow brings.

Seriously though, aren’t I fitting in nicely?

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