A Taste of Life at Windrush Alpacas

February 11, 2008

Bandit Finds A Home

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Bandit Three Quarter ViewIt looks as if Bandit, our red heeler foster dog has found a new home.  We had a nice couple call yesterday and after we discussed Bandit they have decided to take him home to see how they get along.  Bandit’s new owners are an older couple who are at home 99% of the time and who also have their young great grandchildren visit them on a daily basis.  They have a two acre fenced yard for Bandit to run around in and the great grandchildren are excited that they will have a new friend to play with when they visit.

The couple picked up Bandit yesterday lunchtime.  I had given him a walk before they came and told him that it looked as if it was his lucky day and his new “forever family” had been found.

It is always a bittersweet moment when a foster dog goes to a new home.  You cannot help but become attached to them, but then again you are happy for them that someone has come forward who wants to adopt them.

I sent Bandit off with a bag of dog food, some chew toys and of course his tennis ball that he loves so much.  I also gave the couple our phone number and business card so that they could call us if they have any questions about Bandit.  They know that should he not work out they can bring him back here and we will look for another family for him.  The last thing I want is for Bandit to be turned out on the streets again.

So fingers crossed all will work out well for Bandit and his new owners.  Bandit took to them very well (I always look for positive signs from the dogs as they have a great ability to judge character), he sought attention from them, jumped into their truck without hesitation and was wagging his tail as they drove off down the driveway.

We will miss Bandit with his smiling face and his boundless energy, but we will take heart that he is bringing happiness to another family who wanted to add a four legged friend to their family.


February 9, 2008

Ssssspring must be coming!

Filed under: alpaca, Alpacas, camelids, General — Tags: , , , , , , , — alpacalady @ 7:30 am
The last few days have been a little warmer, still very windy but much warmer with temperatures in the 50’s and 60’s.  The weatherman has now resorted to forecasting “breezy” weather; I think he doesn’t dare mention the word “windy” as we have all had enough of the wind.  The winds and warmer weather though is a sign that spring is on its way.

Another spring sign is my first sighting of a snake for the year.  Yes, here we are only just into February and the snakes are showing themselves already.  The snake I saw yesterday was a bull snake, about 3ft long and a little sluggish, but he had enough energy to coil up when I was near to him.  I had Bandit the stray dog with me at the time (we were taking one of our twice daily walks) and fortunately I was able to distract Bandit so that he didn’t notice the snake, had he seen it I am sure he would have tried to do something with it, which is not a good idea.

While the bull snake is pretty harmless to us, I am sure that if one kind of snake is appearing there are others about to emerge too.  Looks like Spring is on it’s way despite Punxsutawney Phil’s recent Groundhog Day prediction!


January 7, 2008

The Trouble With Dogs is …….

Bandit our Foster Dog  They just keep showing up at our place.  Just before Christmas I noticed two dogs running down our road, one was a blue leopard spotted Catahoula dog, the other a smaller dog with a predominantly white body.   The dogs were running behind a pickup truck and so I thought they must be with their owner.  The dogs disappeared down the road and I didn’t see them again for the rest of the afternoon. 

That evening as I was feeding the girls they all of a sudden stood bolt upright with their ears at attention, facing the fence that adjoins our driveway.  It was dusk and I looked out toward the driveway but could not see anything, then I looked down and there right at the fence sitting quietly was the smaller of the two dogs.

I went out and shooed the dog away and he went to the bottom of our driveway and sat there.  Ric then came home so I asked him to see if he could get the dog to leave, he tried to get the dog to go but it just moved a little way and again sat there.  So Ric went and picked him up.

Now those who know us know that Ric always grumbles about our dogs and acts as if they are really not his interest.  However he enjoys walking them, plays with them and even lets Toby share his recliner with him.  As much as Ric grumbles about dogs (he has a theory that I attract them – not quite sure how to take that!) he is a dog lover at heart.

The trouble is once you have made that move to pick up the dog then you have to decide what to do with it.  The options in our area are very limited.  Our city and county do not place animal control or animal welfare high on their priority list; apparently they feel it is not their problem.  There is a city animal shelter but the time allowed for the dogs to be adopted is extremely short and with the number of stray animals in this area the chances of adoption are slim.  While I appreciate that the city shelter is a better option than turning a dog loose in the country to fend for itself, I personally have a hard time taking a dog to the city shelter knowing that the chances are high that it will be euthanized.

So we find ourselves once more “fostering” a stray dog and trying to find a good home for him.  We have lady in Clovis who has does some private rescue work who is trying to find the dog a home, but to date there are no takers.

The dog is a great dog, about 8 months old and extremely smart.  He looks to be a red heeler cross and watching him run (which he loves to do) we suspect that there is some Border Collie in him.  He is a medium sized dog and has a white top coat with a liver undercoat giving him a chocolate speckle appearance.  The dog has a two-tone facemask in chocolate and caramel, with the “false eyes” that some dogs have.  Because of his masked markings we have called the dog Bandit.

Bandit is definitely a high energy dog and one that needs to be kept occupied either by a an active family or by being given a job to do.  He is super fast when he runs, and as I watched him I thought he might make a good flyball dog, so I have been in touch with a flyball club in Albuquerque, New Mexico to see if they have anyone who might be looking for a dog.  A big thanks to Deborah Morse from the Duke City Chile Dogs Flyball Team and Joyce Fay from Bro and Tracy Animal Welfare, Inc.  for spreading the word on Bandit in an effort to find him a permanent home.

It saddens me that yet another good dog has been dumped in our road (by the way the leopard spotted Catahoula has taken root at our neighbors to the North of us, they had just lost an old dog and while they had told me they were not going to keep the Catahoula I noticed yesterday that he is still there so hopefully he has found a new home).  I have never lived in a community where the stray animal problem was so bad and also so ignored.  I am aware of several people who have tried to work with the local authorities to improve the situation, but who have become dejected and defeated by the constant refusal to acknowledge that this is a problem that the city and the county do need to take more responsibility for.

For now Bandit is residing in our livestock trailer, we have not tried him with our other dogs to see how he gets along and I feel part of the reason for that is that we feel once we take that step we will be in danger of keeping him.  We already have four dogs and just cannot keep every stray dog that shows up on the property.  I am sure there will be others in the future.

Hopefully we will soon find Bandit a loving permanent home.  He really is a great dog and in the right home he would be a loving, happy companion.  Certainly he deserves better than being dumped out on a road in the winter and we will do our best to ensure he never has to encounter that situation again.


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