Letters From Home

From our little Purple puppy born 11/16/2016 from Can CH Seneca Brave To The Max CD (OFA Good) and Seneca Up Your Alley (OFA Excellent)

Dear Mom,

I have come a long way since taking my first steps outside. On the drive back to Kentucky, those silly people thought they could keep me in a basket in the backseat. I taught them that I belonged in their lap. I was good; I did not bite, and I walked properly on the leash at every rest area, leaving my mark at every stop.

img_2711I did not complain until we were 15 minutes from home. It was a long drive after all. It was worth it because now I have a food bowl that is all my own. I don’t have to fight with seven brothers and sisters.

That silly woman that held me most of the way home, slept on the floor next to me on the first night. I was a little homesick after all. I like my new digs. I sleep in a crate next to their bed. I only wake them up once a night to go potty. The big guy gets up early to go to work, and he takes me out for a walk to take care of my business.img_2719

The silly Woman takes care of me most days. She feeds me breakfast, and then takes me out and tries to train me to sit. I let her think that it’s working …. only for a little while 😉
We then play for a while. I go to sleep, and let her go see her horse or run errands.

I have been to visit the veterinary. They cut my nails and told me that I weigh nine pounds. Of course they said I was perfect in every other way. I have to go back on 2/1 to get shoots. I don’t like the sound of that, but I’ll be brave like I’ve been bred to do.

img_2722I’ll try to write when I can. They keep having strange people come over to the house, or they take me to places and I pretend to be good. They told me that I  have to start going to school in February.

I miss you guys, but I like it here. I just wish it would quit raining.

Love, Ziggy


Day 9 – On Being Responsible

Responsibility – it’s a big word. Especially when you plan to bring puppies into the world. First there is the homework: researching bloodlines, health clearances, and temperament. Then there is the part where the visualized and planned becomes real, at approximately 2 am, as they arrive one after the other. After feeding, vetting, and appropriate developmental care, then comes the placement into new families.

Look closely at the photo below.

It’s a big step and I for one, cannot look at one of these sweet, vulnerable little faces and say, “You will live in a garage.” For the next one, “You will live at the end of a chain in a back yard.” What about the folks who think the puppy should somehow know to stay in the yard: “You will run out into the path of a car and be hit, mercifully dying within seconds.” Worst of all, is the puppy I would have to go nose to nose with and say: “You will live a short, unhappy, pain filled life and be euthanized at the pound.”

Pieces of Eight - Day 9

No, for each of these puppies, I do screen calls. I do my level best to talk to people and make sure they know how much is involved in raising a puppy. I do offer the support needed to make it happen, and finally, I do offer to take them back if it is not working out due to events, family dynamics, or whatever reason, at any age. I have taken back a 9 year old dog, shipping him back from AZ.

Before you plan on a puppy, plan on its care for the next 10-15 years. This is a little dark in mood today but “responsibility” is on my mind while I am reading this book:

The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick's Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption   The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick’s Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption
by Jim Gorant


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