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Free To A Good Home

A while back I received a text message from a friend needing help with a homeless dog. Because I volunteer in animal rescue it is not unusual for me to be contacted when someone finds a dog. This sweet dog who my friend was calling Marley had been dropped off at the home of a man who could barely care for himself and the three dogs he already had. The people that had him no longer wanted him. My friend was there dropping off donated dog food and saw Marley who had unfortunately been hit by a car.

I'm Sorry Duke the Boxer

I’d like to introduce you to our current foster dog, Duke. Duke showed up in our lives via Facebook. I get tagged in a lot of posts about animals needing help. Duke had a fairly typical story. From what I could see his owner moved and left him in the back yard of his now vacant rental home. Former roommates were going by to feed him but he was essentially living there by himself. There were cries on Facebook to “Just go get him.” But it’s not that simple. You cannot simply walk into someone’s yard and take a dog. The owner needs to be found and officially surrender the animal.

Double Trouble AKA Thea and Otis

Just a couple weeks after putting my foster puppy Jojo on transport I received a text from a friend requesting urgent help with a puppy at the shelter in Macon. I had planned on taking a short break from fostering to get a few things done around the house and give some attention to our three personal dogs Jagger, Cooper and Duncan. Thea, who was part of a cruelty case, would not be coming for a few days so I planned to break it to my husband over the weekend.

Happy Ending For Dog For The Day Socks

Back in June, the team from our radio show On Second Thought played host to Socks, as part of Fulton County Animal Services new Dog for the Day program.

What's in a Pet's Name?

In January, we added a pet to our family. Our son, who was 6 at the time, had been asking for a cat for a solid year. Finally, we headed to a local animal shelter and found Minnie, short for Minerva McGonagall, Professor at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry whose animagus is a cat. (We’re Harry Potter fans.) It’s worth noting that our son had suggested “Minnie” and we jumped on it because we immediately associated it with Minerva. You can imagine the professor in her youth being called “Minnie,” too, right?

Here Kitty Kitty

Meet Zella, our completely unintentional cat. Last week Meg, my friend and neighbor, called to ask my advice about a very young kitten she spotted on the sidewalk. When I walked up with her to take a look I was shocked at how small the kitten was. Clearly too young to be away from her mother she appeared to be around four weeks old. After searching to no avail and waiting for her mom to return I decided to take her with me. I knew if we left her there she would more than likely not make it.

Small Dog People

I grew up in Connecticut with two Golden Retrievers and a Husky. The other dogs in our neighborhood included German Shepherds, Irish Setters, Great Danes and Labs of all colors. Among my friends and the friends of my parents we knew only one small dog, a white Poodle names Shem.

Over the years I made the following observations about small dog owners.

- They address their dogs using baby talk
- They are generally elderly or wear a lot of makeup
- They mingle with other small dog people
- They spend money on things like dog sweaters and strollers

Transport Day

Its 7:00 on a Saturday morning and I’m up feeding and walking dogs. In our house that’s no small task because at any given time there might be as many as five. No, I’m not a dog hoarder I'm a dog foster. In addition to our three “personal” dogs we also take in what I call “temporary” dogs. They are seldom with us longer than a month as they get medical care and make the transition from the streets or shelter to a home. These dogs have a dismal past but a promising future.

I Bought A Dog

One of the nice things about our studios here at GPB Macon is the large picture window in our newsroom. We have an open concept office so each of us has a great view of the comings and goings in Mercer Village. College students walk by on their way to classes, downtown employees come for lunch at the restaurant next door and people walk by holding puppies by the neck.

My Temporary Dog, Adventures in Fostering

This week I put Turnip on a transport van bound for Maine. A month ago I was picking him up at Macon Bibb County Animal Welfare and taking him home. Turnip, the name given to him in the shelter, spent a month in our home getting veterinary care, gaining weight and generally just learning how to be a dog.