The Rescue of Ruby Marie, part 1

One Sunday morning back in January Alpha Dog took a drive to the grocery store.  On the way there, he wondered why our neighbors were taking so long at the intersection as he followed them.  Then he found out.

There was a bedraggled very small dog wandering very close to the road.  The past week had been incredibly cold.  Freezing, in fact.  Alpha Dog could not let this little creature stay in the freezing cold when it was clear it had been abandoned.  And who knew for how long?  Well, we figured it out.

We (Jojo and Taz) were very surprised when Alpha Dog brought this smelly, ugly creature into the house.  But Big Puppy (Julie) was even more surprised.  Alpha Dog came into the bedroom holding this thing in the air saying I brought you a surprise.  Big Puppy was thinking, “Oh, boy…ice cream.”  You should have seen her face when she looked at that ragamuffin that had a coat that was alive with fleas and covered in ticks.  It was dirty and smelly and looked like something out of a horror movie. Big Puppy thought, “This is just what I need.  Another animal to take care of while we’re moving and I’m dealing with PTSD and can hardly get out of bed.”

It had no tags.  And although we didn’t know the name, we figured out it was a girl.  She looked like a lion with a big fluffy front half and a shaved to the skin rear end and tail with a puff at the end.  Our people are calling her Simba, for lack of a better name.  We don’t think she likes it as she looks at our people funny when they call her that, kind of like they’re retarded or something.

Our people talked.  Alpha Dog(AD) had tried to take the dog to a (shudder) vet to get some help, but the vet had no interest in AD’s plight.  Someone at the Vet’s office (had brought a dog in for emergency surgery) told A.D. about a non-kill shelter in Daphne, Alabama.  Not open until Monday.

Big Puppy(BP) said if this dog is going to stay in our home for any time,  she has to have a bath and we need to deal with these fleas.  We shared our flea and tick medication with this little waif (not even 10 pounds!)  We all took a ride to  visit Dirty Hairy Dog Wash.  It wasn’t open.  So we went to the Shelter just to find it and see if someone might be there taking care of the animals.  No luck.  Back to Dirty Harry’s.

Thankfully, we did not have to go into Dirty Hairy’s.  Only Simba.  Just as well as BP cried the whole time she bathed Simba.  She kept finding places where Simba was hurt, scabbed and raw skin, more hiding ticks.  Caked in dirt that had to be scrubbed off and out of matted hair.  Turns out she had chewed herself raw because of all the flea bites.  Simba cried and BP cried with her.  The lady at Dirty Harry’s gave BP a very special shampoo to use on Simba to kill the fleas.  BP didn’t use the blow dryer on Simba.  She doesn’t with us either.  It’s a really scary machine and makes way too much noise.  Simba was scared enough.

This was the beginning of Taz’s jealousy.  BP held Simba in a dry, warm towel all the way home.  Even while we stopped at the place we’re moving to.  The good news there was a man was very interested in taking Simba into his home if no other alternatives worked out.  None of us want Simba to be destroyed or sent back to people who obviously did not take care of her.  Not even Taz.

Ruby (aka Simba) up front
Not only did I have a bath, but I got a halter, too. I don’t like it!

Stay tuned for Part 2 of Rescue Ruby’s story!


The Art of Puppy Napping

As much as we love Site Sniffing, days when the four of us are at home together are the best!
After all, puppies typically work 16 hours a day perfecting the Art of Puppy Napping.  And we’re getting pretty good at it!

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Yes, we DO practice the Art of Napping whenever and wherever we can!

We are considering firing Julie as our travel blogger!

Taz and Jojo waiting for a treat
We’re not happy, Julie

Jojo says, “Julie is not meeting the terms of our agreement.  She is not letting the world know what we have been up to and we are not happy Schnauzers.  However, we, as a species, are quite magnanimous and will give her one more chance.

And, yes, we have altered the terms of the agreement as we are experts in the field of positive reinforcement and wish to give Julie a chance to be successful.  Especially since it can only help to make us look really, really good!”

And according to Taz, “Yeah, what Jojo said.  Julie is a screw up, but she’s my screw up.  And she gives me those good chewy pills twice a day, so I’ll just can’t fire her.  Unless she insists on giving me baths so regularly.”

Julie, groveling at the paws of the pups says, “Mea culpa!  Thanks for not firing me, but you’re not getting extra treats!”

And on to today’s feature presentation…

Kodak Moments From the Road

(Did you know we’re from the Rochester NY area, home of Kodak?

Thank goodness we use digital!)

Travel Action Plan Priorities

We two own good people. They take excellant care of us. Before we started traveling in our mobile dog house, they did a lot of work. The pictures below describe the most important things our people did. You should do these things, too, if you’re going to travel with your pets.

  • They also made a place in our mobile dog house for our toys and our beds.  (We’ll show you pics another time.)
  • They got special water bowls that hold a lot of water and don’t spill no matter how crazy people drive.
  • Food was a concern, too. We eat special stuff. Our people made sure they had enough on hand in case we needed to special order stuff.
  • Same thing with water. Because we move a lot we kept getting weird water that made Taz sick. So now they carry gallons of spring water for us.
  • Unfortunately they also got six months worth of flea, tick, and hearworm medication.
  • Since we spend a lot of time in one place in the winter, those people of ours got us a second doctor in our winter home.  Aren’t we special?!  Absolutely!

Sometimes (like during flea/tick treatment) we wish our people didn’t love us so much!

Happy New Year and Birthday: Jojo at 7!

Break time
I may be a bit shaggier
Sweats for everyone
I may get a bit colder
Nap time
I may sleep a bit more
Waiting for the truck
But I'm still on the job!
Waiting for the truck
(I didn't know this was part of the job.)
This is way too scary, but I"ll try
And, I'm still learning and challenging myself.
Pack grooming behavior
Taz swears I don't have that "old dog" smell.
We all loved exploring the Natchez Trace
I'm still a Daddy's girl. (Except when I'm not.)

We Are The Schnauzers, The Mighty, Mighty Schnauzers

Hi! I’m Jojo. I’m bigger and much, much louder. Throw a tennis ball and I’m your friend forever.

Hello! I’m younger and smaller. I’m also very shy. But don’t forget, I’m in charge! BTW my name is Taz.