Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Bella, the Visiting Small Dog

One of Angie and Kip’s friends is staying with us.  And he brought his Yorkie – that is a small terrier dog – with him.  Bella is only 2 years old, and she has a lot of energy.  I feel bad for her because her human, Jeff, does not let her play except when he gets up in the morning, for a few minutes.  When he gets home from work, he feeds her and stays in his room, watching television. 

When Bella does get out of the bedroom, she races down the stairs, jumps on the furniture, and also jumps on me.  She puts her paws on my face, and sometimes runs under my stomach. When I get tired of this, I growl at her – no biting of course – and she stops.

I know that she is more comfortable at my house now.  When she first came, she pooped and peed on the floor.  She doesn’t do that anymore.  It can be tough for dogs to have changes in how or where they live, and that is what’s going on with her.  Still, a tired dog is usually a happy dog.  This makes me so glad that I get lots of exercise every day.  Thank you, Angie, for knowing that I need that.

Oh, and Bella even has a Halloween costume.   I am not sure what she is supposed to be, but there is a purple vest with a green collar.  And there is a little hat that fits over her head that has brown ears.  Very strange, these small dogs…

Monday, January 4, 2016

A Cold Weather Job

During the afternoon, Sprinkles and I went to the field behind the fire station to run, play and steal each other’s toys.  So I was fast asleep in my kennel that night, when Angie wakes me up.  Kip is taking her bags out to the car, and she is dressed in her uniform and boots.  I know we aren’t going to training, but I do know we are going somewhere.

We drove to College Station, and then got in a van with a kennel for me and room for 8 people.  We went to a place in North Texas where there were tornadoes that destroyed lots of houses, and our help was needed.  First we stopped at a high school, where we would be sleeping, and then we went to work.  It was very cold and raining. Although it was not great weather for humans, dogs like it this way.  We went to a street where some houses looked normal, but some looked bad, with no roofs. There were trees turned over, cars upside down, and some houses were just bricks and wood.

I searched several houses, and in one house, there was a basket of dog toys.  In another house, there were some cookies and milk.  I was hungry, but I did my job….until something happened.  I cut the pad on my paw when I stepped on a piece of glass.  Ouch!  There was blood, and Angie picked me up and carried me to the van.  One of the firefighters wrapped a towel around my cut, and stopped the bleeding. 

The Texas A&M Vet Emergency Team was at the high school, just in case something like this happened.  The vet cleaned my pad, gave me a shot, and bandaged it.  I was out of service for the rest of the day, and when we got back home, I still had to wear a bandage and take some medicine. It is my job now to get well so that I can help the next time people need me.