Friday, August 3, 2012

Spay day at Reunion Rescue No Kill

Batgirl's new pink ribbon collar
Amidst all of the trauma and heartache being faced throughout the Spindletop raid disaster, Batgirl, Amber and Johnny Angel remind me to keep strong and get on with the everyday business of saving lives. These three dogs as do the other Reunion allumni, need to be maintained and cared for. We may grieve for those we've lost and are missing still, but these three and the rest still need to heal, to eat, to play and get on with the business of being dogs.

First on the agenda is a spay/neuter. Batgirl was spayed before she went to Spindletop, but Angel and Amber were not altered even though extra payment was issued to Leah Purcell to fix them.
Johnny Angel looking sharp

Knowing once they have surgery, they'll not get that much needed bath, I made a much needed dog treat run to Target. After four trips to Conroe and back to try and reclaim the dogs, this was kind of fun. I was enjoying a fun aspect of rescue work for a change. The buyer for Target get's a check plus in the accessories department. I found Batgirl a pink striped ribbon collar and a royal and powder blue striped one for Johnny Angel. Amber's is perfect for her in a bright red brocade.

After a good raw dinner with Johnny Angel finishing his bowl for the first time...he was a hard sell....they got good sudsy baths, After drying them and adjusting their brand new collars, I was in for an amazing experience. Anyone who's ever rescued a dog knows when they get a brand new collar, one that no one else has ever worn with other dog smells, something happens. They turn on like a twinkling star in the heavens.

This is the reason Reunion, no matter how broke, always tries to get each dog a brand new collar reflective of their personality. This is why, when I look at one of the only photos I have of Stella, I see that old Spindletop slip lead around her neck and realize again how I failed her. She never got to get a sudsy warm bath and her own bright collar.

Amber is so squatty, when I got her dried and her new red collar donned, she wagged her tail and smiled up at me. I was reminded of Mammy in Gone With the Wind and that red satin petticoat. I laughed out loud. Johnny Angel wanted to show off, but only had the birds in the trees for an audience. It was like not having anywhere to wear your new outfit but the grocery store. He didn't care and just strutted all around the backyard, like, 'check this out!'

Amber and Johnny Angel have their appointments to be spayed and neutered this morning at Emancipet in Austin. They'll be microchipped and dosed with Arnica homeopathic remedy to help them move safely through the surgeries.

I'll dose them again this evening when I pick them
up. They are on their way. Amber has an interested couple as an adoption prospect already. They are a couple adopting their first pet and have already pored over the Reunion website and program They are committed to feeding a raw food diet and treating homeopathically. Who wouldn't want a guarantee of no heartworm, no fleas and no cancer?

Johnny Angel has been spoken for as well. Once he's recovered from his neuter, he'll be on his way to Barbara and Miss Murmur adopted from Reunion three and a half years ago from the high kill Bakersfield, California shelter. Here we go. It's up and down in the world of rescue. It's not a life for the faint of heart. But we can make it. Batgirl, Amber and Johnny Angel are teaching me how it's done.

Batgirl says don't take it all too seriously.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Angel is here at last!

Zach former Spindletop employee who id'd Angel for us!
After much hoopla and jumping through hoops, I made it back to Austin with Angel yesterday. Stacey
at Animal Farm Foundation, Chris, Chris and Michele from HSUS and all the hardworking others involved are deeply appreciated by Reunion Rescue and the dogs they've worked to help find their legal owners.

We drove back and forth from Austin to Conroe four times to get three of our four dogs back who'd been boarded at Spindletop. We got Batgirl last week, Amber, then yesterday Angel! 

I'm deeply saddened about Stella and her terrible death with the other 37 from the Morgan Building. I don't know if I'll ever forgive myself for putting her there and for recommending this place to to others. What I can do is continue to work hard in the fight to make sure Leah Purcell and everyone who had a hand in her operation goes down and goes down hard.

Reunion Rescue 2012 Which Wich tour..the go to place for Spindletop raid recovery dogs

Animal Farm working hard to help reunite our dogs!

Angel...just glad to be alive

Here is a little video of me and Angel with one of my favorite Lucinda Williams songs playing in the

Albert Schweitzer said all man's ills can be cured with music and cats. Cindy Marabito would like to add pit bulls to that equation.
Checking out his neighbors .. the cats ...

Angel after a shower
The cat enclosure
Mr. Angel is decompressing and on his herbal worm treatment as are Batgirl and Amber. They all three are dosed throughout the day with Bach flower remedies as well as Australian Bush Flower Essences.

Both Angel and Amber need to be altered, but we'll wait a couple of days to allow them to relax and sniff and get back to the business of being dogs.

On that note, Leah Purcell on top of all her other foul ups continued to kill all potential adoptions I'd lined up for Angel. She did not want to adopt dogs. I placed one of my boarded dogs along with three Spindletop dogs in the year and three months I've been boarding dogs at Spindletop.

When I finally insisted on started preparation for Angel's transport to his new home, Purcell continued to put up road blocks, saying, 'she knows he's a pit bull, right?' She spit it out as if pit bulls shouldn't be adopted.

Well, among other things, Leah, you need to go back to pit bull school. Angel is a Ridgeback/Shepherd mix. He's got the telltale black Ridgie toenails I've been looking at for years along with the Shepherd shedding. Maybe she can take a correspondence course from  Gainesville State Women's Penitentary while she waits for a spot to free up in hell.
Mid section..future home to our no kill kennels

Batgirl doin' what she do...
                                                                  Batgirl trying to chill                                                                      
Rowdy Cowgirl 14 years young
Gringo Tex our 8 year old deaf boy
Rowdy Cowgirl surveying the perimeter