Thursday, August 21, 2014

Our Dog Days Of Summer! or For Whom The Bell Tolls!

Today has been great. It has been a quiet day and there is nothing much to write about, so I am going to show you a few pictures that I took today of Tootsie, the newest and smallest member of Tony's and my family, along with our three other Chihuahua house guests.

Roy & Belle on guard duty with Tootsie, Banjo and Ginger, posing on the steps.

Tootsie's turn for guard patrol. I've named this picture, For Whom The Bell Tolls, because she is wearing a small bell, attached to her pink collar, so we will always know if she's behind us.

Our new step-daughter Tootsie with Roy and Ginger.

Roy shooting me a wink, with our new step-child sitting behind him.

Tomorrow is going to be a very busy day for me, because I'm leaving, early in the morning, for Fredericksburg. The Chi's will also be going with me, because we are going to meet up with a very nice woman, from Austin, that is seriously thinking about adopting one of them.

If this nice woman does fall in love with one of the Chi's tomorrow, she will officially adopt it, but she won't be taking it home with her, until she gets back from her trip, next week! So keep your fingers crossed. And that is about it for today.

Y'all have a great evening!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

It Worked! or Dog To Go!

Today has been great! We got about 5 inches of rain last night and this morning, but I have even greater news to tell! A few days ago, when I posted the Chihuahua's new names on my blog, I kept my fingers crossed that our dear friend Marguerite—might consider adopting Chi #1, because I intentionally named that Chihuahua Marguerite and it worked! This is what I had posted Sunday night.

"Chi #1 is now Marguerite, named in honor of our good friend, who in the past has adopted two of our super dogs, Enzo and Odi, from us and who recently lost her dear old dog, who was the love of her life..."

On Monday, August 18, 2014 7:56 PM, Marguerite wrote:

"OK, that's just not fair. I've been tempted by your little brindle Chihuahua since the group appeared on line, and then you give her my name. Is that a sign or what?!? How does she get along with your bigger dogs? Marguerite"

So I wrote her back at 8:28 PM:

"Here's your sign! All of the Chi's love Roy (110 lb. sweet lovable Lab), Belle (65 lb. sweet mutt and Beau (Tony's 40lb. Blue Heeler). We already have all of them house-trained and they are all very cool (not shaky like some are). They are great with guests that show up and Marguerite is only 2 years old and she is a sweetheart, like you are. You could try her out to see if it works, too. No pressure. Nancy" 

On Monday, August 18, 2014 9:34 PM, Marguerite sent me this:

"Well then, when do you want to do this?"

This morning, after I told Tony the great news, I e-mailed this to Marguerite:

"This afternoon works for us. We are going to Kerrville after lunch. We can meet you or drop her off at Hoegemeyers. Whatever works for you...Nancy"

A little before 2:00, Tony and I dropped off Marguerite, at Hoegemeyer Animal Clinic and Susan and Robin were already expecting her!

This evening at 6:51PM, Marguerite wrote:

"Boy, you didn't waste any time getting her here. I stopped by the vets after work for a bag of Kemo's food and got a dog to go!

She was a bit overwhelmed at first, but has settled in nicely already. After exploring the house and yard, she jumped up on the futon then over to the ottoman and curled up for a brief nap. She doesn't seem to mind her big, one-eyed shadow, and Scampy (was my mother's mini dachshund) doesn't seem bothered by her, which is good since I expect to put them together when I leave the house...away from the big dogs.

Sadly, my camera died 3 weeks ago, so I won't be sending pictures for a while, but I'll keep you up on her progress. I look forward to watching her personality blossom as she gets used to her new life. Thank you!  Marguerite"

Y'all have a great evening! And thank you, Marguerite!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Roll Call!

Today has been great. Kinky is back at the ranch and late this afternoon I went over to visit with him. He told me his East Coast and Canadian tour was fantastic and that he enjoyed seeing Fay and meeting her husband Ian. This morning Fay sent me this picture of her and Ian with Kinky, at the Toronto concert, which Fay said, "It was totally awesome, Nance. I wish you and Tony could have been there..."

When I came home Tony and I played with all of Chihuahuas and with Tony's help we have finally named all of them.

Chi #1 is now Marguerite, named in honor of our good friend, who in the past has adopted two of our super dogs, Enzo and Odi, from us and who recently lost her dear old dog, who was the love of her life. Here's the Roll Call:

Chi #2 is now Alice.

Chi #3 Tony named Ginger and I am hoping he adopts her and Eileen is hoping that Ellen adopts her. 

Chi #4 is now Banjo.

This evening, Tony and I are going to our friends Donna and Ryan's porch party, in Kerrville, so that is about it for tonight, because I need to go get ready, because we're leaving in fifteen minutes.

P.S. Eileen and Lisa, our super friends/volunteers, sent me these beautiful pictures of Pit Bulls wearing flower crowns and the photos are totally awesome, so please check them out. Click here. I promise they will make you smile.

Y'all have a great evening!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Uncle Bill & Cousin Pepper!

Today has been great. This afternoon I officially adopted Chi #6! Yes, the little white one that is blind in one eye. I knew I was going to adopt her since the day we rescued her and ever since Monday, I've been trying to figure out what to name her, because she is so special and has already been through so much.

This afternoon, right after 3:00, Buttermilk took Tony, Chi #6 and me to Pet Plus Supplies, in Kerrville, because I wanted to buy "what's her name" a pretty pink collar and matching leash, etc. And #6 did fine on the ride to town, because I held her in my arms.

After we three picked out her collar and leash we visited the toy isle and while we were picking out some toys for the Chi's I spotted a large, fake sheepskin, bone-shaped—Mr. Fluffy. "Tony, we've got to get this for #6, because Yoda loved hers and it will be like a security blanket to her." Then I put it inside the pushcart, where "what's her name" was so she could check it out, while we shopped for tiny dog treats for all of the Chi's to enjoy.

When our $76.00 shopping spree was done, Tony took #6 to the Expedition, so they could wait for me, in air conditioning, while I bought a few groceries, at the little H-E-B.

While I was shopping and about halfway through with my grocery list, I heard a woman, behind me, softly say, "I want you to know that I've been stalking you all through the store." So I turned around and this very nice woman, about my age, but much prettier, was smiling at me. "Cousin Nancy, my name is Melody and I read your blog everyday and I love it. When I saw you shopping, I wanted to catch up with you because I really wanted to meet you and...."

"Well my goodness," I said. "I'm not that hard to catch, because I'm old and walk real slow. Thank you for your kind words though—you just made my day sort of. I mean, earlier today I officially adopted one of the Chihuahuas and that has already made my day great and you've just added to it. Thank you."

"Did you adopt the white one that is blind in one eye?" Melody asked. "She's so cute."

"Yep." Then we talked about the Chihuahuas for a few minutes.

"Oh, I am so sorry about you losing Mama. What a beautiful dog. She was a very lucky dog to have found you and..." Melody's sweet sympathies about Mama made me start to tear up and I could barely talk, as I stood by the Kraft Classic Catalina salad dressing shelf. We visited for a few more minutes and before we adios-ed each other I invited Melody to come out to the rescue ranch for a fun visit. And she said she would and I hope that she does.

On our way back to the ranch, I put Mr. Fluffy next to #6 and she instantly loved it and slept all of the way home with her head resting on it.

When we got back home, Tony said, "Nance, please go inside and let all of the Chihuahuas come outside, because I am sure they need to relieve themselves, while I put "Little One," in the yard and carry the groceries up to the house."

Omg! When I opened the front door, I about fainted, because all of the Chihuahuas were out of their puppy pen, standing around Belle, in the big room. Belle gave me one of those looks that said, "I didn't let them out." And I believed her.

Then Tony walked inside The Cabin and said, "What?" And once again, Belle wrinkled her forehead and without words, she said, "It's not my fault and I'm glad that y'all are home. These little dogs have been driving me crazy." Then Tony told Belle and the Chi's to go outside and potty and they did and they potty-ed.

Thirty minutes later, after Tony had put #6's pink collar on her, I grabbed the great Grady Spears cookbook that Eileen gave to Tony for his birthday, so I could show it to Carol and Bill, while Tony picked up #6, attached her pink leash to her collar, grabbed his camera and Mr. Fluffy, because we were going over to visit Carol and Bill.

Ten minutes later, we arrived at Carol's ranch and I was thrilled, because "what's her name" had slept peacefully all of the way over there, because of Mr. Fluffy. After Carol and Bill had raved about how lucky and cute #6 was and had introduced us to Bill's cute, sweet dog, Pepper, we went inside Carol's ranch house for a super fun happy hour. And while we visited little "what's her name" slept soundly, with Mr. Fluffy, right next to my boots.

While I was showing Carol & Bill some of the recipes in the fabulous cookbook that Eileen gave to Tony, Carol said, "Bill is a fabulous cook and some of his best recipes are from The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From My Frontier by Ree Drummond." Then she handed me the cool cookbook, so I could check out some of the recipes, while they checked out Grady Spears recipes. And when all was said and done—we decided to loan each other the cookbooks until we see each other tomorrow.

When I started complaining about not finding a great name for #6, Bill who was sitting between Carol and me reached down and petted "what's her name," and said, "Hi, Tootsie."

"Oh my goodness, Bill!" I said. "You've just named my dog! And I love it. Tootsie is absolutely perfect! Tootsie, Uncle Bill has just named you!....Thank you, so much." 

When happy hour ended, Carol, Bill and Pepper, aka affectionately sometimes called Dennis The Menace, walked us outside and I said, "Tony, before we go would you please take a picture of Uncle Bill & Cousin Pepper with Tootsie and me?" Seconds later, Bill picked up Pepper, his pride and joy, and Tony shot us.

On our way home, I took this picture of Tootsie sleeping soundly, next to me, with Mr. Fluffy.

When we got back home, Belle, our official Chi's-sitter greeted us, at the front door and all was good, because the four Chihuahuas were sound asleep, in the puppy pen. "Let's go potty!" Tony said, as he woke them up and opened the pen's gate.

While they were outside doing what Tony had suggested they do I took this picture of Belle in the yard with the Chi's.

Then Tony took this adorable picture of Tootsie.

And when we came back inside, I put Mr. Fluffy, on the table, next to Carol's Pioneer Woman's cookbook along with Tootsie's pink leash and took this picture. Then I went online and purchased the cookbook, with the fabulous recipes, because after hearing Carol and Bill rave about the delicious recipes in Ree Drummond's cookbook—I just had to have it, too. 

Y'all have a great evening! And Melody, please come see us, because I really enjoyed meeting you!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Salt Water!

Today has been great and so are the Chihuahuas. I am running behind now, because twenty minutes ago when I was over at Kinky's, watering his plants for him, etc. something stung my right hand's middle finger and by the time I got back home—it was swelling, itching and burning. Not a pretty sight.

When I walked inside The Cabin, Tony said, "Fay just called. She and Ian are hanging out with Kinky before his concert, in Toronto. She said that Kink's phone isn't working and he saw that you've called him twice, but he can't call you back and he wants to make sure everything is okay."

"I'll call her, but first I've got to put a salt and water paste, on the spider bite I just got on my finger." When Tony asked me which finger, I held up my hand and saluted him and that made him laugh.

While our dogs and the Chihuahuas watched me doctor myself, in the kitchen, they were all turning their heads sideways and looking worried, so I let them sniff my salt water paste, before picking up the phone and punching in Fay's Canadian phone number.

Fay and I visited for a few minutes, because Kinky was busy, over at the bar, signing autographs. She told me that it was sixty degrees and I told her that it was hotter than hot here. Then we talked about the Chihuahuas. Then she put Kinky on the phone and we talked for a few minutes.

As I am writing this, my finger has finally quit stinging and burning and the swelling has gone down, as the dried up salt falls gently onto my keyboard—making it look like it has been lightly dusted with snow.

Yesterday and today, Tony and I've spent a lot of time taking many pictures of our six little house guests that we've almost gotten house broken. Then I will keep it short and tell you what actually made my day so wonderful.

The Chihuahuas After Arriving Here:
Chihuahua #1

Chihuahua #2

Chihuahua #3

Chihuahua #4

Chihuahua #5

Chihuahua #6

What made Tony's and my day so great is—Ellen, our great friend and volunteer adopted #5! This morning when our super volunteers came out to walk our dogs for us, I brought Eileen and Dawn up to the trailer, so I could show them our too cute, Chihuahua-six-pack and of course they fell in love with the girls, because Eileen has Chihuahuas and Dawn and her husband just adopted Sissy from us, a few weeks ago.

After Eileen and Dawn left to go walk some dogs, Ellen knocked on the door. "Can I come in?" Ellen asked. 

"Sure!" I said.

"Eileen just warned me that I shouldn't come see the Chihuahuas, because she told me that I would want to adopt one of them..." Without Ellen noticing—Tony and I shot each other a look, knowing here was our chance to get one of the precious Chihuahuas adopted to a great home! So, we went for it. And within fifteen minutes, as Ellen held #5 in her arms , she said, "I really like this one and I'm going to think about adopting her." Then once again, Tony and I shot each other a look, knowing that we could talk Ellen into it. And it didn't take long.

"Her markings looks like one of those Queen Ann dogs," I said. "Except she has short hair."

"You mean King Charles dogs," Ellen replied. "She is really pretty."

"Let me take a picture of you and Chihuahua #5," I said, as I grabbed my camera. "One, two, three!"

A few minutes later, when it was time for all of us to go up to Koyote Grill, at the Medina Highpoint Resort, to meet Kris & Jim for lunch, Ellen said, "Yes, I do want to adopt #5 and June is going to think I am crazy, but...."

After a really fun, delicious lunch with Kris & The Mineral Man and our incredibly, fantastic volunteers, we came back home to let Ellen signed-off on #5's adoption papers and take her home, so she can spoil her, like she has spoiled her other very lucky, rescued dogs!

And that is about it for tonight. Life is great—Adopt A Rescue Dog!

Y'all have a great evening! And thank you, Ellen!