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“Gotcha Day” Anniversary – DODGER!

Two years ago this morning, I received a call from Michelle, the President of MARC at that time (McLennan Animal Rescue Coalition, MARCPets.org), about a litter of very sick kittens at the Waco (TX) shelter.

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It was a Monday morning, and these little ones had spent the weekend in a cage with a little can of food shoved in there that they couldn’t even see, smell or eat because they were so congested and tiny. (Thank goodness the Waco shelter has come a long way since that day!)

The kittens had apparently been found in a sewage line, so they smelled absolutely disgusting. I agreed to Primary Foster the “Baseball Boys”: Ranger, Astro & Dodger.

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Fallon, the MARC Foster Coordinator, was a patient coach as we tried everything to keep their weak little bodies warm.

That was also the day I was introduced to a “Snuggle Spaceship” (aka Snuggle Safe Heating Disc). Since I had stubbornly refused to have a microwave in my house up until that time, my brother & niece rushed me a spare microwave they had so I could heat the heating disc for the Baseball Boys.

SnuggleSafe (http://www.dog.com/item/snuggle-safe-pet-bed-microwave-heating-pad/020301/)

I rushed to meet them in the parking lot of a little wine bistro called The Grape, with stinky Dodger held to my chest for warmth.

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Out of the three brothers, we thought Dodger was most likely to be the first to go to the Rainbow Bridge, but my “Biter is a Fighter”, and he was the only one who survived.

Then: Dodger2013   Now: DodgerLoveBite

Even after all this, I know he still merely tolerates me, and only because *his* Sofie-Darla loves me.

But I love you anyway, Dodger! Happy Gotcha Day, Turkey Neck!

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PS – Dodger makes for a good travel buddy, too! #RVLife

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Rescue On The Road: “Skippy Frito”

Some of the hardest things I had to “give up” when I made the decision to become a full-time RVer were:

  • The spare bedrooms
  • The guest bathroom
  • The utility room
  • The garage & backyard

However, it’s probably not for the reasons you might expect!

You see, when I was doing animal rescue work in Waco, my charming 3-bedroom, 2-bath home with 1,375 square feet was usually occupied by numerous foster pets who rotated in and out on their way to a Forever Home of their very own.

TipoftheIceberg(Pictured: Tip of the iceberg of the pets who came through my home.)

My guest bedrooms were turned into a “recovery wards” for rescued shelter cats & kittens; the guest bathroom and utility room were great for ringworm kitties; the garage and backyard were great holding areas for lost dogs waiting to be reunited with their families.

Literally HUNDREDS of foster/rescue/found pets came through my home on a temporary basis.

I knew that being in a 31-foot Puma, rescue would be a little more challenging, and on an as-needed/emergency basis only!

As it happened, on Thurs., Aug. 14, I met this little puppy at the RV park’s swimming pool. We was a tail-wagging, belly crawling love bug.

08152014_SkippyTravisTeddyBlockPhotoHe looked well cared-for and was already neutered, so I was *really* hopeful that an owner would be looking for him.

Found Dog notices were posted, I took him to the local SPCA for a microchip scan (no chip), and a neighbor posted to an online community site.

Sadly, as it often happens, no owner ever came looking…

SkippyFrito1Luckily, I heard about a lady who lives nearby who said she might be interested in adopting him, after she returned from an out-of-town trip. So, I decided to hold on to the puppy – who was given the name “Skippy Frito” – instead of surrendering him up to the already-overcrowded SPCA.

Necessary adjustments were made to keep him cool, comfortable and safe here in my RV for about 6 days. He was a fabulous dog, hardly ever barked, slept all night, and was curious and gentle around my cats.

Since he was already neutered (yay!), I ran Skippy Frito up to the local vet for a full set of vaccinations, including a current rabies shot.

(Pictured: “Skippy Frito” sporting a new collar and new rabies tag. Who wouldn’t come looking for this handsome spud?!)

Last Thursday, Aug. 21, the lady and Skippy Frito met. ((LOVE)) It was an instant match! Skippy Frito (aka “Skip”) got his very own loving Forever Home! And, as a bonus, he’s close enough to visit! At least until I head on down the road to the next place…

SkipAs a side note, people keep asking, “What kind of dog is he?” We think he’s got some Lab, some Terrier, and short little Corgi or Basset legs. What would be your guess as to his breed(s)?

Happy Forever, Skippy Frito. ♥

Make it happen, Amy O.

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Amy O’s “2014 Rescue Stats”

  • Rescued Dogs: 2 – Beaux (Floyd), Skippy Frito
  • Rescued Kitten: 1 – Sweet Pea
  • TNR Cats: 1 – Calico
  • Transport To Wildlife Rescue: 2 baby rabbits

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