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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As the economy has struggled over the last few years, one of the challenges being faced by many people is caring for their pets.

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More about Bluebird…

Bluebird has been with us so long but she’s still as happy and optimistic as ever. Take a look at what her foster dad has to say about her: Bluebird update

Sienna update

After a few weeks Sienna is fitting well, what I mean is she is spoiled rotten! She is a great dog and we love her to death. She gets to sleep with the kids at night, they have to take turns with her. Sienna and the kids have destroyed the tug rope you made, we’ll have to figure out how to get another one. Here are a few pics for you and as you can see she sure has it rough. When we are outside playing bball she wants to play along, she takes the kids to school in the morning, chases the sunlight around the living room to lay in it and in the evening she loves to relax. Thanks for the opportunity to adopt her.

Cliff and Angela Stein

Frankie is getting better!!!

Frankie is settling in her crate more and she’s not screaming as long as she used to.  We’re glad to see her eating more and putting her weight back on — I can’t feel her hip bones as much as I used to.  Though she is a picky eater she only wants to eat the wet food first and if she’s really has to the dry :-) I found out this morning she is really fascinated with the Spanish cartoons.   It’s the first time I’ve seen her sit and watch the tv and she was doing it a lot while the cartoons were on.

Thank you to everyone who so generously donated to Frankie’s care !!  We’ll keep everyone updated on her progress.

Boomer update

Hello,

I apologize for sending more than one email. Yahoo seems to be picky when it comes to sending both pictures, and videos. Pffft!

Last night, while playing on my husband’s laptop, I found where he saved Brent’s story about how we adopted Boomer in his web browser. He saves it, because he loves to tell people Boomer’s story Forever Home.

And with every story, especially Boomer’s, I thought a few more pages needed to be “written” for the Boomer fans out there.

It’s been a year and a half since Boomer went on his 12 day “camping trip” last year. He disappeared last June when something startled him and he bolted out our front door while my husband was trying to get our Bassetts leashed to go outside. Let me tell you, those were the worst 12 days ever. He and I both felt horrible, because we had just adopted Boomer in April, and now he gets away from us in June. Add to that, as you know, Boomer is very “special” in the sense of his PTSD…so not only was he lost in a foreign area to himself, but having no sense of being able to defend himself, scared of every noise, every leaf that blow in the wind, and every tree branch that moves – we were beside ourselves.

Long story short, we were able to find him, and if it wasn’t for the determination and help of yourselves, and a bunch of Boomer family, friends, and fans, we may never have found him. Since he’s been home, I have seen some really great changes in him.

We’ve had to make a few changes ourselves.

I have to be cautious of our flag that hangs on our porch. Not because Boomer is un-patriotic, but because it hangs higher than the level of his head, and the slightest breeze makes it move. This makes him very, very nervous. BUT – After introducing it to him, and putting it down on his level where he can sniff and investigate, and us humans walking outside ahead of him (on a leash, of course) – he is now used to it and doesn’t duck for cover as soon as he sees it when the front door opens.

The dog leashes hang on a shelf against our wall. As long as we “talk” to him and tell him that he is ok, and he knows they aren’t going to fall off the wall and get him somehow…he sleeps more comfortably in his kennel. He is now aware that the ceiling fan in the living room isn’t going to jump out and get him, either.

Along the way, we have discovered that Boomer eats best if he can eat in his kennel, with the door closed. This eases his “flight” fear (I don’t think he has the “fight” mechanism in him at all) and he doesn’t worry about my two Bassetts stealing his dinner. They’ve done it before, ever so politely, and he just let them have it.

So we had to make an alternate plan. My Bassetts are hogs. ;-)

He has become more adventerous around the house as well. Primarily, Boomer never leaves our front room or dining area. We have a 3 bedroom house, but he won’t go in any of those rooms unless the Bassetts, and the humans are in there. And that takes some serious coaxing. In the living room, he can park himself up against a wall, and see everyone coming from any angle. Or, he likes to loaf in the recliner with my husband and either watch football or NASCAR. (“Man time.”)

He still does not like going outside, because of being “open and exposed.” BUT – I am sooooo glad to say that over the last few weeks, he has proactively gone up to the front door with the Bassetts to go outside. This is stunning and I am so excited about this! He only does it when he really, really needs to go outside, and still stands there and shakes, but he swallows his fear and stands at the door.

In fact, over the past three months or so, Boomer has started to actually GREET PEOPLE who come to visit at our front door! But it’s only a select few, such as myself, my husband, and my mother…who is a huge Boomer fan and loves hearing about his adaptations and “improvements” in her grand-dog. (Plus, it never hurts that “Nana” brings cookies when she comes to visit…Ha ha ha.)

Boomer has also grown when it comes to going for walks outside. In one video, he has actually started to ease up in his defensiveness…and will actually wag his tail a bit when we’re outside.

He has even proactively approached a few fenced-in neighbor dogs on a few occasions when we’re out, too. And wags his tail when he does it.

My husband has been gone since June for school with the Air Force, and just got back two weeks ago. I was so worried and afraid that Boomer was going to go in reverse in acclimating to him being home again. Instead, he has surprised me, and warmed back up to my husband. I am so thankful that my husband is a patient, understanding man with Boomer and his PTSD.

Boomer is exceptionally special to us with his condition. I say this because several of our close friends are Air Force and Marine Vets who have PTSD as well. Whenever THEY come over to visit, they ALWAYS ask how Boomer is doing. They have shared with me things about their conditions, which in turn helps Gordon and I work with Boomer through his.

Humans and animals with PTSD usually have very similiar symptoms…which is why Vets usually do so much better with PTSD service dogs. So, I got to thinking one night…why not figure out how to become Boomer’s “Service Humans?” We’re trying our best.

Anyone who comes to my house knows Boomer before they even walk in our door. They know about his personality, and are heartbroke by his startings in life. They know that they need to get down on his level and let him proactively approach them. They know that when he comes outside to join us on the front porch in the summer evenings, that when Gordon or I open the front door, everyone needs to be still and give him a chance to acclimate and get comfortable on a lap somewhere.

If we need to have someone come by and let our dogs out for us, we give them a complete run down on how to approach him and keep his leash tight when letting him back in the house…otherwise, he panics and will try to go crashing through it. They’re given a complete lesson in the ‘World of Boomer.’

Oh! And I’ve been working on getting him to “speak” for meal time. I wanted him to learn to bark to communicate. He has learned exceptionally fast, and can *almost* do it entirely without being asked to. Sometimes, he’d just prefer to “sing” for it instead. ;-) And I’m ok with that…cause it’s one of the most awesome songs in the world.

KC Home Design & Remodeling Expo – Oct 21-23, 2011

 

Come out an join us that the 2011 Kansas City Home, Design, & Remodeling Expo!  MABBR will be there with a booth all 3 days!

Friday, October 21st: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm

Saturday, October 22: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm

Sunday, October 23: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Admission $8.00

For More info visit: http://www.kchomedesignexpo.com/

Prepare yourself for an AMAZING experience! The KC Home, Design and Remodeling Expo is debuting at Bartle Hall this October 21-23, bringing all of the latest products and services for your home projects to one central location! Get ready to fall in love with your home again!

Whether your home needs a little sprucing up, some new parts or a complete renovation, more than 300 exhibitors will be ready to answer your questions (even the silly ones) as you discover the latest products on the market today. Why rely on online pictures, when the show offers a face-to-face shopping experience where you can actually touch the products to witness the quality.

From basements and blinds to decks and decor you’ll find everything at the largest fall home-product event in the Kansas City metro area! Plus we have entertaining and knowledgeable seminars, fabulous feature areas, surprise giveaways and so much more.

We look forward to seeing YOU at the EXPO!

Hatch has a foster home!

Our super handsome and special boy has finally found a foster home!  He just spent the first two nights of his life in a real home. We are so happy for this boy. Such a simple thing and so long over due for him.  He’s adjusting quite well and you’d think he’d had the luxury of knowing what it was like to be an actual pet before. It is hard for us to think about the fact that he’s spent his whole life never having the opportunity so far to be a cherished family companion,  or to sleep in his own cushy bed inside of a home.  This precious boy was content and happy just moving into the step up of boarding life. It warms our hearts to be able to show him what the rest of his days are going to be like! Loved, adored, and well cared for.
He is so deserving and such a sweet boy.  Whoever ends up adopting this boy, is truly getting a treasure.

Update from his first night from his foster dad:

First few hours in new foster home:

He’s doing pretty well. Scouted out the apartment, every room, multiple times. 
 
WE had a bath. Only escaped the tub twice (once with shampoo, once without). After that, he was a little nervous, and ran to his safe place.   I left the door open and did some work in the living room, and he periodically would come out, run to some random room, and run right back to the crate. Small steps I guess :-).
 
I set him up with the essentials, but he hasn’t shown interest. We went on a nice 0.5 mi walk and he had a great time . . . really nice outside with lots of leaves and squirrels. I think I’ll make this a daily thing in the evenings at dusk after I get home from work. When we got back, I gave him a HUGE Nylabone (one of the edible ones), and he ate the whole thing :-)!
 
After a couple of hours, he loosened up and was more curious about the rest of his new home
 
I can’t even imaging how MIND-BLOWING this must be for him. Truly a life-changing time.
 
Best,
Nate & Hatch
 

Discovering the TV

First Morning in new foster home:

 
Hatch slept soundly, and didn’t want to come out until he saw it was breakfast time!!  He also sprints across the place when he gets out. :-) Freedom. He just goes from room to room, without stopping. I don’t mind, but on account of the neighbors downstairs, we’ll have to see.
 
Day Two: (He’s getting it all figured out ;)
We are working on using our indoor walk. I find that if I don’t walk quickly someplace, that he won’t either. He’s totally in tune to my pace.  I can now trust him to have accidents inside if he’s been taken out. He’s picked it up very quickly. 

Loves his Blue Buffalo Lamb and Brown Rice. . . 1 cup in the morning and evening: eats it right up every time!

 
Last night I bought a new vacuum because my old one was literally a hand-me-down hoover from the 70’s. Hatch helped me unpack it, as he was very curious about the box contents :-) Now that he feels comfortable, his new thing is walking around looking for things to bring with him to his crate. . . even though he has a handful of toys. Mats out of the bathroom, clean towels out of the basket. . . he also does this thing where I’ll be in the same room, and he’ll slowly put his mouth around something that he’s not supposed to while watching me out of the corner of his eye, like “is THIS okay to chew on?” It’s cute. . . I just remind him that he has some fabulous toys to chew on.
He’s responding excellent to “sit” (indoors and outdoors), and we’re working on “down” and “stay” and “slow” (for when he’s getting excited and running). Hasn’t discovered that the furniture is something he COULD get up on if he wanted to. :-)
 
More updates to follow soon!  We are very proud of our boy for coming so far, so fast.  He’s going to make some lucky person/family an incredible companion.