Our New Puppy

Spike's Pet Finder photo.

Spike’s Pet Finder photo.

Our Monday afternoon was a cross between the shows, “Too Cute,” and “The Puppy Bowl.”

We got Princess Buttercup out of school (early…yes, we played hooky!) and went to the Jackson County, Alabama animal shelter and picked up our new puppy, Spike.

Spike and his brothers and sisters were found in a vacant lot underneath a pile of wooden pallets. Their dad is a chocolate lab, and their mommy dog is a black lab mix.

The nice lady volunteer, Laurie, brought out a few pups at a time, until we had about 6 pups in the room. It was so much fun! Adorable black and chocolate labs were everywhere! There was also a cat and a kitty that looked on in amazement.

The pups were happy and playful, all with different personalities.

Puppies, puppies everywhere!

Puppies, puppies everywhere!

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We specifically wanted a black male, so that’s how we chose Spike.

That’s why I couldn’t post on Monday. I had deadlines and interviews to give, and we got a pup on top of that. Fun times!

I hope that you’ll see one that you like and contact the shelter. Then you can have one of Spike’s brothers or sisters!

Adorable chocolate lab up for adoption.

Adorable chocolate lab up for adoption.

Pouncing pup.

Pouncing pup.

The Pups’ Story: ABOUT SATURN (We changed his name to “Spike.” Now we’ve got Spike and Snuggles. 😉

Currently the shining stars of our shelter, Saturn and his 5 siblings were born in a vacant lot beneath a pile of wooden pallets. It took a while for our volunteer to gain their mom’s trust enough to bring the family to proper shelter. There are four girls and 2 boys who we are currently taking applications for their adoption, as well as their mum. Saturn is six weeks old in our photos taken April 3rd.

The shelter’s site:
http://www.petfinder.com/pet-search?query_id=4873C1EA-C574-11E3-BF1E-BCA36A2DE79B&page_number=1

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P.S. We also got to meet the puppies’ sweet, shy mommy dog. We hope that someone will adopt her too, because she’s been through a lot!

Cat eyes pup.

Cat eyes pup.

Puppy wants Lefty's right shoe.

Puppy wants Lefty’s right shoe.

Laurie gives Spike a shampoo.

Laurie gives Spike a shampoo.

Spike, after his bath.

Spike, after his bath.

Happily riding home in Princess Buttercup's lap.

Happily riding home in Princess Buttercup’s lap.

Help! Dog on the Loose!

The fugitive.

The fugitive.

Samson got out of the fence this morning. I just got finished putting a bandage on the problem. Well, I hope it is a fix, actually.

Samson is our black lab mix that I found going through garbage on one winter morning. I may write about that story, later. We got Snuggles from the pound six months later, to keep Samson company. I thought he had looked lonely.

So this morning I woke up when I heard Lefty call, “Samson is out of the fence!” I got up to see what I could do, and Lefty was tracing our fence line to see where Samson could have gotten out. He had to leave for work, so I took over the job.

We had installed a nice, black chain-link fence after we got Samson. It isn’t as fancy as the pricey iron fences, which I would have liked, but it looks nicer than the aluminum-colored ones.

I tried Lefty’s suggestion: I walked out of our yard and called for Samson. Sooner or later, Samson wriggled his way under the fence.

Silly dog!

I put him back in the fence, knowing that he would likely stay in the fence since Buttercup and I were up and about.

I did what we do whenever we have a question. I googled “dog gets out of fence and help.” There were some good answers. Many people suggested pounding tent stakes from the chain links to the ground. I looked up tent stakes and found some. Still, it would have been very expensive to get as many stakes as I would need to stake our fence.

So I got an idea.

See, coming from rural south Alabama, I tend to be very conscious about the environment. I am a real tree-hugger. I’ve seen forests stripped of its trees to go to the local paper mill. My parents didn’t do that to our land. They just wouldn’t.

A couple of years ago, when bag worms killed my Leland cypress trees, it broke my heart. I still have some of the branches left over.

I decided that I’d re-use the cypress limbs…the smaller, but sturdy ones. I chopped them into small sticks with points and used those as stakes. I staked the fence to the ground. Hopefully, they will look a lot nicer than tent stakes, and hopefully Samson won’t try to dig them up.

I’ll keep you posted on how it turns out!

The tools that I used.

The tools that I used.

Here are the stakes made from cypress.

Here are the stakes made from cypress.