Just a quick update on blind Stella, who came to us back in May from Louisiana. What an absolute joy she is! We’ve come to adore her, and we simply can’t understand how anyone could have simply turned her into a shelter and walked away. She is so loving and affectionate and, as we discovered, quite energetic despite her age. In fact, she likes nothing more than to roughhouse. That’s right, this gray old lady likes to wrestle and climb all over me. It will start with me loving her up, and pretty soon she’s getting mouthy and begins pushing at me with her face, pawing at me, then trying to climb on top of me. She has a big, happy smile the entire time.
I also learned she likes a good game of tug-of-war. I was folding laundry a few weeks ago in the laundry room when she walked in. I had a towel I was starting to fold up, most of it still hanging down from my hands, and Stella walked into it with her face. Realizing what it was, she instantly grabbed the towel with her mouth and the tug of war was on. When I finally pulled the towel away, Stella decided that she wasn’t quite finished with the game — she proceeded to gently grab my pant leg and began tugging on me instead!
She also likes picking up the occasional toy and giving it a good thrashing:
That’s our living room around mid-day a couple of weeks ago, and you can see how quickly the bedding becomes disheveled in just a few hours. No matter how we lay it out, the dogs think there’s a better way to arrange it.
Stella’s just had the first stage of her heartworm treatment at Peak, so she’s on a “reduced activity” schedule now — no roughhousing, no tug-of-wars, just quiet time. She’ll get the second and third stages of the treatment in a month. Once we’re past all this, she can get back to the antics she enjoys so much.
2014 Shelter Challenge Underway
The latest round of the Shelter Challenge for 2014 is underway. It began July 14 and ends September 21. You can vote every day at http://www.shelterchallenge.com/. To search for us, type in our name, Rolling Dog Farm, and Lancaster, NH 03584. We’ve won thousands of dollars in the previous contests, so your daily votes do bring in serious money for our disabled animals!
Please note that I cannot help with technical or voting problems. If you find yourself having issues, please consult their FAQ page and their Rules page.
Thanks for your votes!