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Saturday, September 27, 2014


Hi! Mom told me to tell you all we will be back blogging soon. We have some problems here like having to move out of the rental property. Nobody wants to rent us anywhere so Mom is trying to raise the money to buy a permanent base for us fifty dogs here now. She took in a box of puppies dumped at the gate and there were eight more of is all at once. They have been here a while and are doing well. They have had their first two vaccinations and are all healthy. Then Mom took in two adult dogs as well so ten more in a short space of time. Simon left for the USa and Hannah got adopted here. Well mom told me to be quick until we can do a proper blog. She says we can do this next week sometime. Then I can show you all the pics of the newbees. Meanwhile we have to help her raise the funds for a new home or else we are all in big trouble.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Funny Faces

I was sat by the bookshelf deciding which book I would read next when I had an idea. I get ideas because I am an intelligent dog. I may be good looking and blonde but I am also brainy.

Some dogs have it all. Take George for example. He is not as intelligent or as handsome as I am and is mainly muscle. I tried my idea out on him. It didn't work too well. I said "George would you mind making a funny face for the camera?" I didn't dare tell him he always has a funny face. I thought he would enter into the spirit of the game and make some ghastly face. He ran passed me wearing this scowl. I said "Thank you George". He is new here and much bigger than me so I didn't want to push my luck.

I left George to it and moved onto another new dog here. Her name is Ruby and she was found dying of tick disease. She is very thin but very elegant. She reminds me of Emmy.

Ruby was found the same day as the Australian football fans came to visit us all. They went with Dad to the cemetery where she was found. 

Anyway I asked her to make a funny face and she got right into the game. It was an excellent expression. I couldn't have done better myself.

Ruby has a great sense of humor and loves my games.  

I did do a selfie I managed to make both my ears disappear.

 Even with out ears I am still handsome.

Next I asked Henry to do a funny face. it was quite impressive too.

He has a talent for rolling his tongue. We all tried it and can't do it. He must have some special power! here is Rosie she made one ear disappear.A valiant effort for my competition.

Oscar well he always has a silly face with all those wrinkles. 

Sam buried her head in the sand

Then she came up with a funny sand covered face.  Val offered this!

Sol and I had a good laugh and abandoned the game. Henry won with his tongue. Ruby was a close second. Hannah gave a huge cheer.

Some other stuff happened here recently too. Vincent arrived in a terrible state. He had a very bad ear, two toes missing, and part of his nose missing. 

He was eaten by maggots. This really upset me. Dr Andre said his toes just dropped off.  I have nightmares about these maggots. They are evil they eat bits of our bodies.

He is comfortable and our volunteer Ali bought him a great bed.

I started this blog two days ago but Mom told me some bad news and I was so upset I stopped blogging. Tessa a dog that had been badly abused by the humans died. She was at the vet clinic and not very well. She had kidney failure. We all cried as she was such a nice old girl. She had many injuries from her abuse and was just settling in. Emmy told me she will be okay now and healed. She isn't afraid anymore and she sent us all a tailwag. 

She had what appeared to be a winged creature like an Angel in white on her chest. R.I.P Tessa everyone here loved you very much you are an Angel.

Tessa and Charlie were good friends. He will miss her a lot. They snuggled up together in the same house and played together like young puppies.  

Laura had her first trip out of the kennel and so did the twp pups Harley and Bogart. They sniffed everything and wagged their tails.

 First she helped with some work then she went and made friends with Bill.

Laura has grown a lot and is now sharing a kennel with Luiza. 

Cookie and the other pups are still playing all day. I sometimes get tired of this and slope off for a nap.

Here they decided to bury Cookie.

Then they all got tired. I just watched with my mate Val.

Mom and Dad had a visitor from England. I am always a bit shy at first and then I make my move to sit on their lap. First we had a quiet cup of tea together.

Then I took my opportunity and sat on her lap. She didn't mind even though I am a large lap dog.

Cookie grew two heads one of which looks just like Rusty.

Me and My Girl

Now it's time for dinner and I have to get in the front of the queue. 

Friday, July 11, 2014

Article on Dogs in Brazil.

http://www.k9magazine.com/a-view-from-brazil/ joey started a post but Tessa died yesterday and he got too sad to finish. Will be posting soon

Friday, May 23, 2014

Joey's Travel Tips for Dogs

Mom got approached to help write some travel tips for dogs but she is very busy so she passed this responsibility onto me. First I will give you my travel tips. Then I will give you Kendra Thornton's sensible travel tips. I used to travel a lot as a puppy. I have been to down town Rio, in shopping centers, many nearby towns and have traveled twice long distance when we have moved homes. I am quite the expert on travel.  I am huge and would love to sit on Mom's lap in a small cramped space. If I don't get my way then I will howl and scream as loud as possible so people think I am dying in a crate. I used to reckon she would give in and let me crush her legs for a two hour trip. Anyway the humans say the safest way for a dog to travel is in a crate, so they force me to endure the crate now. For me the human lap is the only way to travel. Mom rarely travels now as she is always to busy and we don't have a dog sitter at the shelter to watch out for us. When we go out now it is mainly to see the man in a white coat whom we all hate. Mom calls him 'The Vet'. When they do go out it involves taking bags full of stuff like water bowls, water, leads, collars as she never knows when a sick dog will appear. She takes medical supplies for accident victims and towels, and bags in case we are travel sick, or poop in our crates. She has her moist wipes with her all the time. Dad picks up a lot of sick dogs so all this stuff is necessary as we never know when one will turn up. Just this week on a shopping trip dad came back with a tiny puppy walking around on her own. She was hungry and thirsty. 

Sam gave me a great travel tip. She sits in the crate and she barks at any vehicle that attempts to overtake us. She hasn't managed to bark one off the road yet but she says she will keep trying. When we moved houses after the disaster we couldn't all be crated so we had to go in the car and mom crated as many of us as she could. It took many journeys. Everybody looked at us all stuffed into the car. Mom says this is definitely not  the best way for dogs to travel. 

 The second time we moved it was a bit more stylish and a whole lot safer.

Occasionally Mom finds a great family in another country who want to adopt a dog from here. Mom and Dad had to pay someone to drive the dog to the airport because it is very hot down in Rio. They didn't have an air conditioned car and hot cars are very dangerous for dogs especially if you get stuck in a traffic jam. Please all remember that. It's my most important travel tip. Now here are Kendra's travel tips for dogs.  

Travel Tips for Dog Owners By Kendra Thornton (Twitter @KendraThornton)
I love to travel, and whenever possible, I like to bring my dog along on family trips. Soon, some extended family members will be coming to visit me in Chicago, and they’ll be bringing their dog with them. I thought this would be a great time to share some tips on how my family successfully travels with our four-legged family member.
1. Before the Trip
Make sure you plan for success when traveling with your dog. Always check pet policies and other rules regarding animals that will affect you during your travels. Also, make sure your pet has a microchip. The painless procedure helps to identify animals if they get separated from their owners. Finally, visit the vet for a checkup before leaving home.
2. In the Crate
Crates are essential for keeping animals safe during travel. I used to feel guilty about putting my dog in her crate, especially on long road trips. I’ve learned, however, that she actually feels safer there. We always make sure that she gets plenty of exercise prior to getting into her crate. Then she’s more likely to get comfortable and rest in her crate while we travel.
3. At the Hotel
You’ll need to research hotels before traveling with your dog. Make sure that your hotel is pet friendly. Also, take the time to find parks and walking trails where you can take your dog for exercise. Some hotels that offer breakfast for guests also provide breakfast for dogs, which is a nice treat. If your dog gets excited and starts barking in the hotel, don’t reinforce this behavior with petting. Instead, take your pet out for some exercise to help him or her calm down. My family was able to find some great hotels right in downtown Chicago that works for them and their dog.
4. Throughout the Trip
Like children, animals can experience some anxiety when traveling away from home. Help your dog feel comfortable by bringing along favorite items from home. We always bring a favorite toy or two for our dog to enjoy when traveling. Other comfort items from home might include a favorite blanket or a bone. We also use lavender oil to rub along our dog’s spine or at the base of her head to help her remain calm. This even makes them feel more safe and secure.
There are few things as fun as family vacation. Of course, it’s better when the entire family comes along. I hope these tips will help you enjoy your next vacation with your dog.


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Sad Easter

Hi! I am back and it wasn't a good Easter for us here. First of all little Matilda one of the puppies dumped in the box died of distemper. The other two could be infected as well so mom won't let us play out front because Cookie and Rusty could be vulnerable. They have been vaccinated but Rusty only got his last of three vaccinations after they arrived and Mom says they had the virus already then. Every time I see mom she is carrying disinfectant or bleach. She is worried sick about Luiza as well who couldn't be vaccinated due to her mange.

Poor Matilda never even got to live her life due to negligence of the humans. If her mother had been vaccinated she would have had some immunity. Mom says her mother is probably dead from it as well. They weren't allowed to suckle long enough and weren't vaccinated. It's a story that keeps on repeating here. The people that dumped the dogs knew they were ill and have now exposed other dogs to the pain Matilda went through. I cried so much then Emmy came and said she would look after Matilda. That made me feel a bit better. Mom tried everything she now gives the other two puppies anti biotics and serum daily. They have had ten days worth and when she stopped they got ill so now another ten days worth. Distemper is a killer of puppies. Mom says there is an epidemic of it every year. It made me realize how lucky I was that Mom took me in and vaccinated me. It could so easily of been me. Then Molly got ill two days later on Easter Monday. We don't know what was the matter with her but she died too. The vet said she was a lot older than Mom and dad had thought and could be anywhere between ten and fifteen. She had been to Hell and back on the streets so I guess her body couldn't take anymore. Emmy has been busy up there.

Then as if that wasn't enough sadness Mini who has been ill for a year with kidney failure took a turn for the worst and died. I didn't have time to wipe the tears I shed for Molly and the Mini went. She was very ill.

I sat on Mom's lap to comfort her but I just started crying with her. Mom says rescue is great work but sometimes very sad. I see that now. Emmy helps a lot even though she isn't here. She welcomes all the dogs when they get to Heaven. She tells them about her life here with Mom. She was always good to me. She chose me to write the blog. She made me a responsible and caring dog. I have a huge responsibility now. I will see it through. I have to blog about the sad times as well as the happy times.  The blog is about our lives here and what happens. Sometimes what happens is sad. Anyway heading for Mom's lap again. 
RIP Matilda too young to die
RIP Molly Had a shitty life in the streets. 
RIP Mini too ill to go on 
may you rest in God's arms and run free and healthy. Where's my mom? 

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Sad Easter

We all had a very sad Easter here. Two dogs gained their Angel wings and Emmy says she is looking after them. They are both in Heaven with Emmy. Matilda the puppy died of distemper and Molly the old girl who was in bad shape when Mom and Dad rescued her passed away in the vet clinic after falling ill. R.I.P. Matilda and R.I.P. Molly. You were both loved. Wish you could both of stayed around longer.

Monday, April 14, 2014

A Big Blog

It's me I am back to blog and it's going to be a long one. It has been three months since my last blog. The longest lapse ever. Mom and Dad have been very busy. Dogs have been coming and going, so lots of new faces here. First the new faces. There are five of them. Lets start with Molly. She is a nice old girl and very timid. She hasn't mixed with anyone yet due to her mange. She was living on the streets alone and starving.

She is extremely thin.

She is quite old and was having a rough time on the streets. Mom and Dad are feeding her up to make her strong and pretty. Just after Molly arrived we got some visitors called Donna and Sarah. They came to help Mom and Dad look after us. They gave lots of baths and Sarah (a vet tech) organized all of the medicines for us and they made mum a medicine chart. Donna fell in love with Cookie. I am not sure why she didn't fall in love with me instead. I am much better looking a far cuter. Here is Molly getting a bath. She was so thin we all thought she wouldn't make it.

One month later she was looking a lot better.It made me hungry just looking at her. I was very upset to see an old girl like her struggling like that. I have never known hunger and never want to encounter it. I love my food and whine every night at dinner time so that mine comes quickly. I am always first in the queue which really annoys the others. 

 After one month here Molly gained a bit of weight and looks a bit better.

The next new dogs to arrive were three puppies in a box.  I got even more upset about this.

All the pups who were only six or seven weeks old had been abused. I just don't get it? Why would a human do this? If I ever catch them I am really going to bite their ass and other bits of them too. I am normally a very passive cool dog, but this makes me turn into Cujo and worse. This is Harley who had his eye poked out. At first Dr Andre thought it may of been a cat, but when he saw the smallest pup had broken teeth he knew it wasn't a cat. Below is Harley.

 This one is called 'Bogart' he is the biggest. He also had an eye injury, which is being treated in order to try and save his eye.

The smallest one is a girl called 'Matilda'

Harley and Matilda have people who want to adopt them. Bogart is still looking for a nice family. They are in the house and go out in the sunshine when it's not raining.  After that mom got an email from an American couple who had been staying in Rio and found a dog that they fed for a few months. They were travelling further on in South America, so they didn't want to leave him back on the streets. Mom took him in the same day that Skye left for Germany. He came from a slum area where the couple were working.

When they have finished travelling then they may want to adopt him. He is a really nice guy and settled in as though he has been here years. Shame about his ears needs to have them pinned back somehow. I hope he doesn't take off in a strong wind. Okay those were the dogs that arrived now those that left. First Skye went to Germany to be with Linda who helped Mom here for over a month. Here she is in Germany.

I am going to miss those blue eyes. She was such a smarty pants that she probably already speaks German. Then Alice left and went to Portland Oregon. Sarah that visited here found her a nice home there.

Now Alice gets to go hiking and stuff. We are also going to miss her. We used to call her Pogo behind her back as she was always jumping up and down.

 Then Olivia left for her new home in Rio de Janeiro.

Then some dogs have been ill. Mom had 14 dogs taking medications and one time. She said that she needed medicating too as things got very hectic. Freddy ate a bar of soap with Arsenic in it. It is used to cure mange. He is a total dustbin and wolfed it down. He had to be forced to vomit, which looked very unpleasant. Then Bill and Ben attacked a poisonous toad and went through the same process. This is when I realized that my superior intelligence helps to keep me safe. Some dogs are more intelligent than others, need I say more. Freddy has three ears but he really needs two brains to keep up with me. Rusty got his balls attacked by Dr Andre who politely said 'he has been neutered'. Rusty didn't describe it in the same way. Tasha has been very ill with EPI , which mom said is Endocrine Pancreatic insufficiency.  Tasha had a colonoscopy which involved sticking a tube you know where. I can't talk about that it brings tears to my eyes. 

I told Trooper that Mom had booked him in for a colonoscopy as well. I said I heard her on the telephone. he fell for it. Boy was he mad. He was even madder when I told him it as just a joke.I had to run very fast. 

   Then finally little Luiza started to look like one of us. People said she looked like a hedgehog, a baby dinosaur, and an alien. She is so happy having come here totally bald to be looking like the little English Staffordshire terrier she is. Mom is English as well, so they talk about England although Luiza has never been there she likes to know about it . She has a sense of humor,so she didn't mind all the name calling and like most English people she laughed along with it. She has been having regular baths for mange.

She is black and furry now. She is very happy about it. She felt naked without her fur and I can understand that. 

She is very pretty but don't tell Gemma I said that.

Me and my girl playing

and more play

All the visitors love Murphy and Rusty. Mom and Dad have started calling him 'Ginger'

Rusty nd Cookie have started hanging out together.

Cookie showed him the bed and now he is addicted.

I hope to be back blogging regularly as soon as things calm down here. Mom also has the worry of finding a new shelter for all of us. We now number 42. We all needed saving and mom and dad saved us. Please help them to save more. They work hard for us. They give us lots of love and sacrifice a lot for us. We are expensive and all have feelings. Thanks to all that help mom to help us. Emmy told me to say that. She is still around. she pops back every now and then to see how I am doing. She is proud of me. I learnt a lot. She tells me about all the DIB dogs up there with her. Wish I could tell mom how they are all happy and healthy. especially Hope who had a really hard time and some others. I am now old enough to understand how lucky I am to be loved and fed here in Brazil. Mom and Dad I love you!