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apogee

climber
Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Jan 27, 2013 - 09:08am PT
The growth under Maddie's lip has returned...it's a bit bigger than it was a few months ago, when it was removed and diagnosed as melanoma. I'm in something of a quandary as to do anything about this one- it doesn't seem to be bothering her much (she eats ok, though she can't do a wide-open yawn), and the effects of the last surgery were short-lived.

I've been looking around for another Rat Terrier, too...digging around Rescue Groups and foster homes, preferably in the local area. Maddie was a rescue dog, but came to me via my sister. Though I'm committed to adopting an adult dog, I'm a bit dubious, too- I really want to be sure they are a good fit before making the leap. How does one do that with rescue dogs?
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Jan 27, 2013 - 11:48am PT
Golden Gate Lab Rescue has a policy that every adoption is "pending". Meaning that after a reasonable time, usually a week or so, sometimes up to a month, if the adoption is not a "fit" the dog is returned to the rescue organization. We've had dogs go out and be returned and moved on to another family and it was ideal, and the surrender adopter then finding the next dog a perfect match! It's very much like adult human relationships, what can appear to be so promising, just doesn't work out. It becomes better for both to move on. Unlike a puppy you raise from puppyhood, we never know for sure if a rescue will fit into a particular situation and commitment ability of the owner. Doesn't mean the dog is "bad" or the adopter is "not committed" just that the relationship and situation isn't a match. GGLR also has a policy that even after a successful adoption if months or years later the dog must be surrendered back to them if circumstances change...such as a move, an owner dying etc. Check out the policies of the group you may rescue from and it may address your concerns of an adoption that doesn't "fit". It's very hard on adopters when it doesn't work, but it's much more stressful and difficult for the animal to be maintained in a situation where its just not working because of the guilt of the adopter. There are other homes that will be a better fit and the animal's needs must come first.

Good luck with Maddie, tough stuff, tough stuff indeed. I'm glad she's comfortable. Give her hugs from me and the menagerie of critters I currently have!
Good luck with adding to your family, also!

Susan
Edge

Trad climber
New Durham, NH
Jan 27, 2013 - 12:32pm PT
Scene from a parking lot. 10 degrees and windy outside, probably pretty cosy under glass...

Holding down the fort.
Holding down the fort.
Credit: Edge
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Jan 27, 2013 - 12:37pm PT
Yeah, and I suspect don't let the pink foolya about how that fort is being held down!

Susan
FRUMY

Trad climber
SHERMAN OAKS,CA
Jan 29, 2013 - 12:55pm PT
mardi gras
mardi gras
Credit: FRUMY
Donald Thompson

Trad climber
Los Angeles,CA
Jan 29, 2013 - 10:37pm PT
Credit: Donald Thompson
apogee

climber
Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Jan 29, 2013 - 11:00pm PT
That's awesome, DT.
Donald Thompson

Trad climber
Los Angeles,CA
Jan 29, 2013 - 11:29pm PT
Thank Mr.APs.
A friend of mine is a photography instructor who occasionally asks me to let Chip model for her students. Chip is a male model.Lol.

That particular day we got out the hose. Border Collies love water.

Credit: Donald Thompson


Credit: Donald Thompson

Chip is in the act of munching a huge globule of water. In real time it's so fast that it only makes sense in stop action.

Credit: Donald Thompson
cowpoke

climber
Feb 7, 2013 - 12:24pm PT
On the plane this morning, I saw an interesting news segment on findings (about how freaking smart dogs are) out of the Duke Dog Cognition Lab. Here is a link to a similar story and a video I found on YouTube with the investigator.

http://m.usatoday.com/article/news/1861497



And the link to dognition

Edit: if not on smartphone or tablet, you might need www instead of "m" at the start of the link for the USA today article.
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Feb 7, 2013 - 12:34pm PT
cowpoke. . . TFPU!
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Feb 7, 2013 - 12:47pm PT
This is really cool:

cowpoke

climber
Feb 7, 2013 - 12:56pm PT
^^^funny to hear the start of that tv show after hearing the Duke researcher note that the science is debunking the idea of man creating dog in his image. And, really provocative to consider breeding in light of the point that evolutionary anthro theorists now think dogs chose people and not vice versa.
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Feb 7, 2013 - 01:00pm PT
I guess dogs and people are all each others bitch !
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Feb 7, 2013 - 01:11pm PT


eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Feb 7, 2013 - 01:48pm PT
look at that little beast!

:-)

perswig

climber
Feb 10, 2013 - 10:07am PT




Dale
wilbeer

Mountain climber
honeoye falls,ny.greeneck alleghenys
Feb 10, 2013 - 05:40pm PT
Credit: wilbeer
Over bc skiing in Woodchuck Hollow,with Seamus,Jesse and Marcy today.
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Feb 10, 2013 - 05:44pm PT
Dale. . . that first shot up there needs the caption:

"BLACK LAB AND SASTRUGI LAYER"

:-)
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Feb 10, 2013 - 07:17pm PT
Credit: drljefe

Looking forward to being lulled to sleep by a babbling brook, beneath a canopy of stars, on the perfect mushed out pad, and waking up with my dog.
DRL Compound, W. Line.
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Feb 10, 2013 - 07:53pm PT
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