Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Moose and the "big" snow!

These pictures are a few weeks old, but better late than never! We rarely get snow in eastern NC, but when we do, the children and dogs love it! We don't know if Mooselet has ever seen snow before, but he had a great time playing in it. He's such a cutie full coat.

Luke, Carlee, Carlos and Baylee playing in the snow!

Ralph in the snow.

Moose wanting to come out and play with the children and Ralph!

Moose laying in the snow. One of the few pictures of him actually staying still and not just ending up with the infamous Moose butt shots!

I love this picture of Mooselet running full blast towards Carlos and the children. Love the ears!

Moose is doing really well. He hates having a ponytail up front, but it helps him to see. I'm not sure if he rubs the ponytail out or if he has a little boy that helps him out! I think Luke and Mooselet are truly partner's in crime somedays.

Monday, January 5, 2009

It's been 6 months!

It was last July 4th that we met Mini Moose at Stew's house in GA. After spending a few hours with the fuzzy dogs in the back yard, we all decided that Mini Moose would be joining us the next morning for the ride home to NC.
Mini Moose has been a great addition to our family and we all love him more with each passing day. Above are a several of my favorite pictures of the Mooselet. Enjoy!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Christmas with children and Sheepies....what else do you need?

Christmas with a new puppy in the house is always interesting. You never know if they are going to be interested in the tree with all of it's lights and decorations or if the tree is going to be a victim of the Zoomers that Sheepies seem to get on a daily basis. I felt it best to put up ornaments that weren't breakable and wouldn't break my heart if they got broken or chewed. We only had two ornaments fall victim to the Mooselet. I thought this was pretty good odds since he has probably never seen a Christmas tree in his life.

Mooselet enjoyed the holidays with everyone home. Above is one of my favorite pictures after Santa had visited.

The next day, Friday, December 26th, our little baby Fuzzlet turned 2! He got a new chew toy and a bag of chewie sticks.

Kristi, lucky Mom to Mini Moose and Ralph

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Fun Games According to Mooselet

The weather is still pretty nice here in NC and Ralph and Mini Moose have been spending more time outside in the afternoon. Mini Moose has discovered two really fun games. One is Hide and Seek. He loves to run the fence line and run figure eights around the trees and swingset. After he gets that first burst of energy out, he "hides" behind a really big pine tree and waits for Ralph to come out from the Azelea bushes. Of course, then the chase is on! Mini Moose thinks he's so sneaky. It's really fun to watch them run and play together.

Moose's other favorite game to play is Keep Away. Of course, I don't find the humor in this game when I have to leave to take the children to school or I have to go to work. I have found that if I let Ralph out of the fence that Mini Moose will give in after a few minutes and will come and sit by the gate so we can go back to the house. He doesn't like to be outside by himself. He's a pretty smart fuzzlet.
Labels: Sheepdog Rescue

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Moose Antics...

Moose Antics Mini Moose is a delightful, funny little dog.

His favorite spot to sleep when we're not home is right by the back door. More times than not, we have to open the door slowly to slide him out of the way. Good thing we don't have carpet anymore, makes sliding so much easier! He also loves to sleep in front of the fridge. Of course it's always when I'm trying to cook dinner. So I do the typical "nudge the puppy" to get him to move. Unfortunately Mini Moose was never taught as a puppy that the nudge means move out of the way. He just lays there and gives you a look as to say "what, I'm sleeping here".

Mini Moose and Puddy are making some headway on their relationship. Several times they've been on the couch or bed together. Puddy is learning to move slowly while Moose is around or make the mad dash when he's looking the other way. Freckles on the other hand is still trying to hide whenever she's in the house. I found Mini Moose standing on the night stand today barking at Freckles on the chest of drawers. I tapped his little wiggle butt and pointed to the bed. He followed the direction and laid down for a nap. What a good boy he is.

We love this little guy and all that he's brought to our lives.

Until next time,

Friday, October 24, 2008

Trial and Error!

Well, Stew is teaching me the ways of Blogging! This should be interesting and also a fun learning experience. I will now be able to load my own pics and hopefully video antics of the Mooselet. Stay tuned and wish me luck!


Thursday, October 16, 2008

I got a Mooselet Update!

(Trumpet Fanfare)!!! From his new Family:

Long Overdue Mooselet Update!
Moose has been with us for 3 months now. We are still working through the puppy stage and finding out things that Moose likes and dislikes. As you can tell from the picture, he loves being the center of attention. He is still learning how to live with two kitties, or should I say they are learning how to live with Moose! As I posted on the OES List, I came home one morning to find Moose on top of the chest of drawers with Freckles (the cat) trapped in the corner. He was happily barking his little fuzzy head off. Freckles did not find it nearly as much fun as Moose did.

Moose has become a very accomplished counter surfer, up high, down low, he doesn't care. If it smells interesting, he's going to get into it. I've been forced to put all the children's lunch snacks in containers with lids. Moose out smarted me by bumping the container to the floor and off came the lid! He helped himself to granola bars and oatmeal pies. Now, if he would just figure out how to throw his trash away!

Moose is also doing well with learning sign language. He sits, stays, shakes and lays down pretty consistently. We will work on a couple more commands over the next few months. He is a very smart dog. It's amazing how many people want dogs put down because of their deafness. Sad, very sad. They are missing out on some really great companions.

Here is a picture of Moose sleeping on the couch. I'd say he's pretty comfortable here and for that we are very happy! We all love that "funny little puppy" as my husband calls him.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

So I Wonder

Moose is adopted. What should I do with this blog? I can't seem to get the new owners of Moose to take over posting (as much as I'd like it). I wonder if I should keep this or let it go or just abandon it. Any thoughts?

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Anyone in Southern Ontario?

Read below. If this doesn't tug at your heartstrings, you're not human.

From my friend Jan (via email)

OK, this pair of dogs has really hit my soft spot. Especially after talking to the vet and finding out that *today* is their birthday [ed. their birthday was actually yesterday 9/26]. So I am sitting here crying ........

Max and Katie are 11 years old today. They are brother and sister and have been together their entire lives. And they need someone special to give them a chance to live a longer and happy life.

Their owners lived in Chicago. The older gentleman who owned them passed away about a month ago. His wife had passed away about 1 month before that. The police came, and were going to take Max and Katie away. But a very kind neighbor, who had known and loved both the people and the dogs convinced the police to let her have the dogs and try and find them a new home.

She (the woman, her name is Rose) has had custody of the two dogs since sometime in mid August when the previous owner died. She cannot keep them in her apartment where she lives, so she had convinced her brother to keep them at this house until she can find help. I have a feeling that the brother is tiring of this arrangement. She has called a LOT of people. OES rescue was the only rescue to call her back. She was even calling vets (including one who suggested that she just bring them in, and he would put them to sleep for her). She leaves work every day and drives over to her brother's house to let them out, help take care of them and spend time there. She also describes herself as "not a dog person". She is just trying to help the dogs of her old friends, and the dogs themselves.

She says that they are nice dogs. They are friendly. Since the brother has had them, only one day did one of the dogs go to the bathroom in the house. He leaves them loose in the house and they have not caused any other problems. They are quiet, sweet dogs. She said that when she goes over to the house she lets them outside. She was surprised that they did not want to run around, they just came back and sat by the door to be back in with the people. They lie around, and do not jump on people, but they do come when called, but seem confused on why they are there ........ they come to be petted when asked. But are getting more friendly as they adjust to the different situation ........

I have talked to the vet who has taken care of them since 1997, and Katie is very healthy. Max has some pain from hip dysplasia and some inflammation in his spine, so he limps and probably cannot do stairs. The vet just late last year started him on Deramax and thyroid medication. Can someone find a place in their heart and home for these guys.

Jan and Sadie (we will deliver Max and Katie ...)
And someone did! There is a woman in Ontario, Canada who wants to bring Max and Katie to live with her. The rescue organizations are trying to facilitate transportation now. If you are in the Southern Ontario area, would you consider contacting Jan ( or me?

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Moose Update (by proxy)

Moose is doing well I hear.

I'm going to visit him and his new family soon (we're going to the TOES picnic). I'm really looking forward to seeing him again and getting to meet some new people.

I was supposed to turn this blog over to Kristy but she's been so busy that we've never made the swap. Hopefully this will happen at some point.

I'd just like to thank again all the people that helped put out the word on sweet little Moose.


Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Moose Wisdom

From the ages...

If it smells good

eat it

if you can't eat it

roll in it

This will be fun.

That is all~

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Since Mooselet is a fan of the feline

I figured that I'd give Kristi some help with meal preparation ideas for Mini Moose...

Catloaf has long been a standard main dish in America, and according to John Mariani in "Encyclopedia of American Food And Drink," was first seen in print as early as 1899. For many, meat of cat created in loaf form is an ultimate comfort food, bringing back pleasant childhood memories of family meals.

There are many ways to cut the calories and enhance the flavor of ordinary Catloaf, from tasty additions to spicy toppings. Ground cat is a great choice for your Catloaf, since excess fat in fattier ground cat meats is absorbed by breadcrumbs. Use soft bread crumbs in place of dry for a moister Catloaf, or substitute grated potato or carrots for a portion of the meat, which will also eliminate some of the calories. Baking the Catloaf on a rack will keep it out of the fatty drippings. Sharon Tyler Herbst, author of "The Food Lover's Tiptionary," describes a method for making your own meat loaf pan by piercing holes in an inexpensive loaf pan then setting it on a rack in a larger baking pan.

Another great thing about Catloaf is that you can bake it in the oven, microwave, electric roaster, or crock pot. Truly, the only limit is your imagination! If Mom's basic Catloaf has lost its appeal, try one of this week's featured recipes or create your own with some of the tips below.

Tips and flavor-enhancing ideas:
  • For more flavor and a juicier Catloaf, add about 1/4 cup of tomato juice, wine, or broth for each pound of Cat meat.
  • Bake in muffin tins or mini-loaf pans for individual servings.
  • Kittens optional but the meat is tender and juicy
  • Use leftovers sliced in sandwiches or crumbled in sauces or chili.
  • Replace some of the liquid in the recipe with red wine or dark beer.
  • Add a cup of grated or shredded cheese to the Catloaf and top with more cheese about 10 minutes before it's done.
  • Replace liquids with red wine or dark beer.
  • Make the finished Catloaf extra fancy by frosting with mashed potatoes and topping with cheese; return to the oven and cook until the cheese is melted.
And now for some Cat Recipes that you can use at home for your dogs:

This Cat loaf is an old-fashioned favorite, made with lean ground cat or kitten, chili sauce, oats, and other ingredients and seasonings.

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground kitten or 1 pound lean ground cat and 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 3/4 cup oats, quick or old-fashioned
  • 1/4 cup chili sauce or ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons water or milk

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add chopped celery and onion; cook, stirring, until tender, about 7 to 9 minutes.

In a large bowl, mix ground cat or cat and pork mixture, oats, chili sauce or ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, salt, beaten egg, celery and onion mixture, and the water or milk. In a 13x9-inch baking pan, shape meat mixture into a 9x5-inch loaf. Bake at 375° for 1 hour. Using 2 spatulas, carefully move Cat loaf to a serving plate and slice.
Serves 6 to 8.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Lions and Tigers and Mooses OH MY!

By Kristi

Saturday morning we all went to Stew and Jennifer’s house to pick up Mini Moose and head back to NC. After letting the puppies play for a little while, collecting all of Moose’s things, we loaded up the truck and started our 500 mile journey home. We folded down the middle seats in the Suburban giving the dogs a good 4 X 5’ space to lie down and be comfortable. Trying to convince Mini Moose that while there was enough room to play, riding down the interstate was not the best time to initiate play with Ralph.

When we stopped to get lunch, Carlos took the dogs out for a short walk. Before I could get to the back of our truck, a van stops to ask about the dogs. It turns out the lady has two OES of her own. We told her that we had just adopted Mini Moose and shared the blog address with her. Before I got in to order our lunch, I got stopped by yet another lady asking about the dogs. She thought they were OES but had not seen one shaved down and thought they were beautiful.

Once home, Mini Moose and Ralph played for a little while before sacking out for the night. Ralph found his favorite place on the nice cool floor while Mini Moose found his spot on the couch. Both puppies slept through the night.

Today has been a lazy down here in eastern NC. The dogs have played inside and outside for a while. Mini Moose introduced himself to the two cats in the house. One cat, Freckles, stood her ground with Mini Moose. The other cat, Puddy, decided her best bet was to run. Needless to say, the chase was on! Hopefully in time they will all find a way to live together, let’s hope that time is soon.

We have promised to keep this blog up-to-date with Stew’s help. He and Jennifer have done an excellent job in fostering this little guy getting him ready for his furever home. More to follow as Mini Moose Magoo settles into life here with cats, another OES and three upright children.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Friday, July 4, 2008

Moose Tracks

Moose has had quite an adventure with us. He's largely housebroken (unless it's raining outside, he's apparently scared of water), he's just an absolute joy with his love of life and wonderful attitude. He's come quite far.

But it's time for him to go a little further. This time without us. He's going to his furever home. I didn't want to spoil the surprise but it's finally happening for him. A wonderful WONDERFUL family is going to be lucky enough to add Mini Moose to their repertoire of sheepies.

Many many thanks to everyone who helped, in thought, word or deed. The feeling I get knowing that he's going to a great home is unbelievable.

Here he is with the new family.