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The gang from the Vancouver SPCA

April 18th, 2008, 11:27 AM
These are some of the :dog::dog::dog: that I have encountered at my local SPCA. Since I have started, there were other dogs that I have walked but have since gone to their forever home and their pictures aren't online anymore.

Cracker has gone to a forever home.

April 18th, 2008, 11:27 AM
Here are two more ladies.

April 18th, 2008, 11:28 AM
Didn't manage to get the pictures up.

Shelby has gone to a forever home.

April 18th, 2008, 11:33 AM
They are all beautiful

April 18th, 2008, 11:36 AM
ohhh a tripod !!

I love the Rottie's face :cloud9:

April 18th, 2008, 11:44 AM
They all have such soulful eyes.:cloud9:

April 18th, 2008, 11:48 AM
1. Cracker
Malamute cross with something

He is between 3-4 years old, pretty easy going. Doesn't have good leash manners though and lately there has been some dominance issues. Likes his belly rubbed and coat brushed a lot.

2. Ginger

She is a senior about 8 years old. Biggest suck there is and pretty much everybody at the shelter likes to indulge her at the moment. Drools a lot but who cares when she has a face like that.

3. Sadie (the tripod)
German Shepherd and Doberman cross

She is really friendly and likes her walks but her left front leg tires out pretty quickly. Loads of energy though, so we normally take her out a bit bring her back to the shelter and take her out again later. Doesn't get along with other dogs well but likes people a lot especially if there are treats and belly rubs involved.

4. Shelby
German Shepherd and Border Collie

She has loads and loads of sass, my main concern is that she won't stop at intersections or when crossing the road. Have to physically stop her by short leashing. Then she looks at you with her big brown eyes and is like "why we stopping?". Once she has calm down after 20-30 minutes into her walk, then she behaves pretty good. Very funny to watch her rolling around on the ground.

April 18th, 2008, 11:50 AM
All beautiful! Cracker's face looked like a chow to me, but I'm not great at figuring breeds.

You say they've all found forever homes? That's great!

April 18th, 2008, 11:53 AM
2. Ginger

She is a senior about 8 years old. Biggest suck there is and pretty much everybody at the shelter likes to indulge her at the moment. Drools a lot but who cares when she has a face like that.

I love her ! And you're right , who cares about the drool ! Not me :D

April 18th, 2008, 11:55 AM
All beautiful! Cracker's face looked like a chow to me, but I'm not great at figuring breeds.

You say they've all found forever homes? That's great!

No unfortunately these gals and guy haven't found forever homes yet. There were a few other dogs that I have spent time with that have though and their pictures I didn't post since they are available on the SPCA website anymore. Still, Ginger (rottie) has an approved application already from a lady whose rottie passed away due to old age and is looking for another rottie to keep her company at home.

April 18th, 2008, 12:01 PM
I wanted to say thanks to Sugarcatmom for telling me about biobags, pretty easy to use. Cracker just had to back his bum right into some guy's bush to do his business last night though and unfortunately for me whilst reaching in I managed to smear some on the hand spreading the branches apart.:eek:

All the dogs were liking the buffalo liver treats that I got them, some were savouring them by chewing them slowly and some just practically inhales them. I was thinking what was the big deal about them.:confused: Finally I had to find out for myself so I tried a piece, it is pretty good actually, crunchy and tastes like liver.

Still trying to look for a good leash though.

April 18th, 2008, 02:27 PM
They are all beautiful :lovestruck: ......I especially love Cracker :cloud9: but am surprised that he loves to be brushed with all that fur :D .....the hairy ones usually hate it. :laughing:

I hope they all find their forever home soon. :fingerscr :goodvibes:

April 18th, 2008, 03:41 PM
If I lived in B.C. I would adopt Ginger in 2 seconds flat! :lovestruck:

April 18th, 2008, 04:09 PM
Ginger has that"take me home with you"face,wonderful,hope she gets to go home with someone soon.
I hope they all get to go home:pray:

April 18th, 2008, 05:44 PM
They are all gorgeous and look like they have great characters!
I hope they are just temporary residents of the SPCA!

April 21st, 2008, 11:30 PM
I think from now on I am just going to keep adding to this thread and updating the different dogs and puppies situation.

Cracker and Shelby since last Thursday (April 17th 2008) and now (April 21st 2008) have both gone to their respective forever homes.

Here is another lady that I had the privilege to walk with tonight. Her name is Shadow and she is a Black Lab Pitbull Terrier cross.

April 22nd, 2008, 12:19 AM
Thanks for the pics & updates :thumbs up good to hear they are going home :highfive:

Shadow is just adorable :lovestruck:

April 22nd, 2008, 01:20 AM
Awww....Shadow is such a pretty girl!

April 22nd, 2008, 08:22 AM
Shadow is a beautiful girl. I'm sure she'll find a home very quickly.

April 22nd, 2008, 12:52 PM
I love Shadow.She is just precious.Thank you for sharing these dogs stories with us.And especially the happy endings which warm my heart.Rescue and adoption is so close to my heart, like so many here.Thank you for all you are doing for the pets without homes.

April 28th, 2008, 11:42 PM
Sadie (tripod) has gone to a forever home!!

I actually walked another dog last week (21st April 2008), but he was still being assessed and didn't have a picture up at the time. His name is Spencer, he was quite the hand full. Kept wanting to pull and wouldn't wait at the intersections when crossing the streets. Other than being a little naughty, he was really friendly and just wanted to be my buddy. Trying to do some sit and stuff, he would maybe listen 50% of the time, the other 50% he would be looking everywhere. Really enjoyed that buffalo liver treat though. He also managed to find a rotting salmon fish head in the gutter and managed to down a third of it before I managed to take the rest of it from him. At the end of our walk, he kept wanting to give me a kiss.:yuck:

April 28th, 2008, 11:44 PM
Right now Spencer is sharing his kennel with a new dog, whose name is Mason. They get along really well, the staff are trying to socialise Mason at the moment. I didn't get a chance to walk Mason yet but he seems to be a really easy going guy with people.

April 29th, 2008, 12:03 AM
I was early getting to the shelter tonight so I sat with Ginger for half and hour, fed her some treats and rubbed her belly and behind her ears. When it was time to walk the dogs, as I left to get the leash from the volunteer room someone else had swooped in and took Ginger out before I managed to get back to her kennel.

In the end I decided to take Shadow out first. She was really good tonight, it was pouring with rain and stuff but she was still really excited to get out. So far, I feel that she has the best leash manners of all the dogs that I have walked.

Shadow was being really funny tonight. I knew from last week that she would like to play with other dogs from the way she behaves when we see other dogs on our walk. She does not bark or growl, just looks longingly at the other :dog:s running around with their owners. It is the SPCA shelter's policy that the dogs don't interact with each other or dogs that they encounter on walks. This is due to incidents in the past where dogs had been injured from unexpected fights. Also to cut down on the chances of spreading kennel cough. She was so funny though tonight because, at one apartment building that we walked passed, a unit on the ground floor had some ceramic dog figurines on display on the window sill and Shadow just had to go and check out these other dogs. Later on during our walk, she saw some stone lions that sit on pillars to the gate of somebody's house and she just had to check those :cat::cat: out as well. She stood up and was scratching plus sniffing at one stone lion then the other. Too bad I didn't have a camera on me, it was just too funny.

Poor girl did get spooked by some lighting and thunder, good thing there was some delay between the flashes and the bangs. As some as I saw a flash, I would short leash the poor thing and wait for the bang which causes her to want to bolt. She was soaked by the end of our hour and a half walk. Gave her lots of treats and a good rub down with a big towel.

April 29th, 2008, 12:07 AM
This is Tilly, only managed to walk for 20 minutes with her since it was getting late but she seems to be really friendly.

April 29th, 2008, 12:19 AM
Sounds like both you and the dogs had a great time despite the thunder & rain ;)

Thanks for the updates on the dogs adopted :thumbs up

April 29th, 2008, 06:29 AM
that is awesome, thank you for keeping us updated. Both our pooches are from animal control/shelters. I wanted to take them all home last week, sigh, but I can't be a hoarder, gotta give someone a chance lol

April 29th, 2008, 06:47 PM
WOW.....lots of great dogs there. :lovestruck:

Glad to hear that Cracker, Shelby and Sadie have found forever homes. :thumbs up

May 9th, 2008, 01:02 AM
Haven't walked any new dogs, just some of regulars. Walked Ginger, Spencer and Shadow.

Tilly (see picture in previous post^^) has been adopted.

A few funny incidents did happen with Ginger, out on her Monday night walk. It was pretty early in her walk and she was still really worked up and excited. She was in such a hurry that she was just pulling me along and next thing I knew she had wrapped the leash around a street sign post and bionked her head on it. Then she was looking up at me with those big brown eyes of hers and asking me what was that all about.:shrug:
When she was tired we headed back to the shelter. The problem was that she kept pulling me to the front door where the reception is. The thing is that door gets locked up at 5pm and we have to go back into the kennel area via a gate at the side of the building. I kept leading her to the gate but she just wanted to go in through the front door and would keep pawing at the glass. That and try to magically fit herself through that one millimeter crack at the bottom of the door. In the end I had to take her out for another 15 minutes of walkies at the nearest park. I think she kept wanting to get into the reception area because the staff lets her hang out there all day when they are there.

Spencer and Mason aren't allowed treats at the moment, I am not sure why. Did not have a chance to ask the staff.

Also, it was the first time that I walked an isolation dog (ISO). These are dogs that have kennel cough or other medical conditions that aren't allowed in the regular kennel area. If I walk one of these dogs, I am not allowed to go back to the regular kennel area and I have to walk in a foot bath when I go in and out. I can walk a regular dog then a ISO dog but not the other way around. It was kind of interesting, just something new to me. The dog that I walked was a yellow lab, he is pretty chubby and overweight though. Really excited to get out and all. The hardest part was trying to put a collar on the guy, he was just bouncing off the walls when he saw me get in his kennel with a leash and collar. Don't even know his name, instead of a picture and information on the door to his kennel there is a list of rules to follow in ISO. I just called him Chubby and he seemed fine with it so...

All in all it was really enjoyable, what with the nice weather Monday night and Ginger's antics.

May 9th, 2008, 01:15 AM
Ginger probably wanted to go in the front cuz she knows that's where the dogs get adopted ;) :D

Good that they let you take the ISO dogs out too, bet "Chubby" was just thrilled to have someone to walk with & pay some one on one attention to him

:thumbs up excellent work Scuba :)

May 9th, 2008, 06:32 AM
Thanks for the update, Scuba, I enjoy reading your posts about the dogs there.

May 13th, 2008, 12:53 AM
Spencer has been adopted.
Ginger is being fostered at the moment.
Shadow has been transfered to the Burnaby SPCA shelter.

Yellar, the chubby fellow who was in ISO last week has also gone to a forever home.

Today I got to walk Cane, he is an American Bulldog Mix. He is pretty big and solid. Looks all tough and mean but is really just a big softie. Pretty smart too, got sit, down, wait and some other stuff all squared away. I had thought that Shadow was easy to walk since I didn't have Cane to compare to, well boy was I wrong. Compared to Cane, Shadow would be like a bat out of hell. Cane, so far is the only dog that has even remotely shown that he understands the concept of heeling. Most easy going dude, no pulling at all but loose leash for the whole walk. Didn't want to chase cats like Spencer or take me for a run like Cracker. Only thing was that near the end of our walk, he rolled around in some dried up cat poo!!:eek:
Should have seen the face of the volunteer who started petting Cane when we got back after I told her what he was just doing five minutes ago.:D

There were too many volunteers and not enough doggies (which is a good thing) so I just walked Cane, then took an ISO dog out again. This time it was a Rottie mix named Cappy. He is quite a handful and shows quite a bit of aggression towards other dogs. In the end we had to cut our walk off at 40 minutes because of my bladder, kind of envious of these guys that can just pee here and there all they want.

Anyways, it was a goodnight all in all.

PS. Cane drools quite a bit, but I think it gives him character.

May 13th, 2008, 12:56 AM
Yay for Spencer :thumbs up

Aww look @ Cane :lovestruck: that face is just asking for kisses :cloud9:

May 13th, 2008, 06:18 AM
Yay for Spencer :thumbs up

Aww look @ Cane :lovestruck: that face is just asking for kisses :cloud9:

And I bet he would return the kisses with some super sloppery ones :laughing:.

I second the "yay for Spencer"

May 13th, 2008, 06:38 AM
Cane looks great,hopefully someone will come around to adopt him:fingerscr
I was hoping Ginger had found a home,there is something very special about an older dog and Ginger the Rottie has a face just asking to be loved.
I am glad she is in a fosterhome though,hopefully a failing one:dog:

May 16th, 2008, 09:32 AM
Here is a picture of the guy.

May 16th, 2008, 10:25 AM
Oh Cappy, put on your "adopt me please" face when people walk by so you don't have to stay there long!

May 26th, 2008, 11:02 PM
Sorry for not having any stories and pictures for last Monday. It was Victoria day, a statutory holiday, and being a new volunteer I didn't know that there are no evening sessions for walks. Nor did any of the staff or coordinator notify me by phone or e-mail. Five other volunteers showed up with me and we were just standing around. Finally after waiting 20 minutes, I decided to hop the fence and try to look for the head coordinator's contact phone number which is posted up on a bulletin board outside of the volunteers' room. It was whilst looking for this number that I noticed that there was a note up stating that there would be no evening walk sessions for that Monday. What a screw up.

May 26th, 2008, 11:09 PM
Anyways here are two more pictures and some small updates.

Cappy has been adopted
Mason has also gone to a forever home
Got word from the Burnaby SPCA that Shadow has gone to her forever home
Cane was adopted as well

First dog is Chewy, he is eight months old. Second dog is Laddi, he is nine months old.

May 26th, 2008, 11:23 PM
Chewy is an American Staffordshire Terrier cross, he was quite a handful for the first five minutes. Almost as bad as Spencer on his worst behavior. Once he settled down, he was pretty easy to walk. He would still pull a lot of the time though and is strong so I can see him being a problem to walk for some of the other volunteers. Also he was an one dog liquid poo producing machine tonight. No blood or anything so I am not worried, just didn't give him any treats. He is a pretty smart boy, knows sit and down. Will do them even without treats provided he is paying attention. Walking pass a park with some children playing catch, it was pretty funny watching him being mesmerised by the yellow ball. His head kept going this way then that way following it. Wanted to run after it as well when they dropped it. Near the end of out walk, we encountered this lady who had been weeding her garden and she had all these really pungent smelling weed in this little red wagon that she was pulling along. Chewy decided that he needed to have a good sniff of that and got his nose right into them. That wasn't enough so he just had to climb into the wagon as well. After a while he decided he could best help this nice lady by emptying her wagon for her and proceeded to pick up the bunches of weed in his mouth and deposit them all over the sidewalk. Got chatting to her and complimented me on Chewy having really nice markings. I told her that I am only a volunteer with the SPCA and she mentioned that that was where she got her dog from. It was pretty cool. After Chewy decided he had enough, I picked up everything that he had made a mess of and placed the stuff back into the lady's wagon.

May 26th, 2008, 11:40 PM
Only walked Laddi for 30 minutes, there was an over abundance of volunteers tonight and not enough dogs. So glad that I was the first one there and had Chewy all to myself for over and hour. Laddi, since he just came back from a walk when I took him out was pretty mellow. Only problem is that he pulls a lot. From the picture it is hard to tell but he is a big fellow. He is a Beagle and Great Dane cross. His shoulders are a few inches pass my knees. Even though he is tall, thin and lanky, he is really strong. The other thing is that he has this obsession with bicycles. He sees one going by and he justs wants to go after it. He freaked out two people. The first one was a little boy, Laddi was barking at him and straining at the leash. This was all after a play bow of course, but I don't think the boy understood that Laddi was just trying to play. I could see that he was really scared. The other one was this lady on a bike that I didn't see until the last second due to some parked vehicles. Laddi pretty much dragged me into the road that time, freaked out the lady a little. I was a little worried myself for a second as well.

This is a pretty serious issue that needs to be addressed. Laddi isn't being aggressive, he just wants to play. The problem is that he is big and the the way that he expresses himself can be intimidating to a lot of people which leads to misunderstandings. The way that Laddi was behaving and getting on caused a lot of the pedestrians to shy away.

May 26th, 2008, 11:57 PM
Four dogs adopted :highfive: great news :thumbs up

Chewy is just adorable :lovestruck:

Laddi will need some extra work from someone like you who knows how to read his signals ;)

May 27th, 2008, 12:49 AM
That's awsome the dogs are finding their forever homes.Chewy:lovestruck::cloud9:
Laddi is really cute and i can see in the pic that he is a big boy.with some work you will have him working good around bikes.

June 3rd, 2008, 12:46 AM
First up is George, GSD X Bloodhound. He gets excited easily and is nervous around new situations. There were a few times where he was flinching this evening from sudden loud noises. Like a scooter starting up, car backfiring and slammed car door. Otherwise he is a good boy. He doesn't pull and if you are firm with him, he will stop and sit at every intersection or any time he crosses a street. Just have to let him know what is acceptable and what is not. He wants to play, really likes any toys that can squeak.

June 3rd, 2008, 12:54 AM
Second guy is Sam, GSD cross something not specified!? He doesn't pull on walks which is very good. Will stop and wait at intersections but I couldn't get him to sit on command tonight (will work on that next time). He seems to get excited by anything fast moving. Like runners, bikes and cars. Will stare and pull a little in that objects direction. However, there is normally a lot of big tells and it is just a little tug, nothing at all like Laddi, so that you can anticipate him. He wanted to check out a dead pigeon at the side of the road near the end of our walk but I put a stop to that and just kept him walking.

June 3rd, 2008, 01:01 AM
Normally I only post pictures of dogs that I have personally walked but this time I just had to post the picture of Pip. She is a Pomeranian cross, no one is sure with what. Most of the people reckon her other parent was a stuff animal of some sort. She is only about 3 months old, but has loads of spunk for someone of her size. Pip is really friendly and playful towards people. Gets easily excited.

June 3rd, 2008, 01:11 AM
Sounds like you had a good walk w/George & Sam tonight dead pigeon not withstanding. :thumbs up

Pip is adorable :lovestruck: wonder what's the story w/his eye, they don't mention anything :shrug:

June 3rd, 2008, 06:14 AM
Aww Pip is so cute.

Sam just thought the pigeon smelled "interesting" :laughing:

Sounds like George has had some training.

Are you told anything of the dogs' background?

June 3rd, 2008, 06:45 AM
Scuba,it's great there are sooo many dog-walkers,the adoption-rate seems pretty good,but there are no shortage of dogs streaming in,I am sure:sad:
Little Pip will be gone in no time,no doubt,what an adorable little fluff-ball:lovestruck:
How on earth did a Great Dane and a Beagle manage to mate:confused:

June 4th, 2008, 12:21 AM
I am still not sure if Pip is a boy or girl :confused:. I will check the next time I am at the shelter.

Love4himies, we don't really get told much of anything. If you want to know any information on any of the dogs or puppies, I find it best to just talk to a volunteer or coordinator that has walked with or interacted the most with that animal. A lot of the info and stuff that is up online or the notices on the kennel put up by staff is just cut and paste jobs. I even saw one where they didn't do a good job and a dog's name appeared twice

Example: Spot Spot is a very easily excitable dog...

I find that at the SPCA I need to do a lot of my own leg work to get information that I want, like no one telling me that there were no walk sessions for the evenings this past Victoria Day.

Chico, sometimes there are more volunteers than there are dogs or puppies, which is good. Some nights, hardly anyone shows up. After having been at the shelter for a couple of months now it is sometimes quite a bitter sweet moment when I walk through the kennel area. It is sad when I don't see familiar faces. Yet, at the same time I am happy that the animals have either been adopted or fostered.

No one knows how Laddi's parent hooked up and just the other night one of the coordinators was joking that it was pretty grotesque just to think about it.

Also, it is not just dead pigeons that I have to worry about, it is pretty much anything gross and disgusting that these boys and girls can get their paws into or on to that I have to keep my eye on. A few of them have a thing for cat poo for example.:confused:

June 11th, 2008, 11:41 PM
Sorry for the late update, I have been waiting for a picture to be posted on to the SPCA website. Unfortunately that :dog: is not feeling very well at the moment and since he can't be adopted yet, his picture is not online. They only post adoptable animals.

Pip has been adopted
Chewy has been fostered (Bully Buddies, I think they are a rescue group on the west coast)
George has been transfered to the Burnaby SPCA shelter (Kind of miss the big guy)

Once the dog is feeling 100% and is up for adoption then I will post a picture and some more info.

June 12th, 2008, 01:15 AM
Good for Pip :highfive:

Yes Bully Buddies is a British Columbia rescue org for all bully breeds - Chewy will get more exposure with their site as well :goodvibes:

:goodvibes: for George too

June 17th, 2008, 12:10 AM
The dog that was feeling poorly from last week is in the hospital under observation. They want to collect a stool sample and run some tests. I did see him when a nurse was taking him for a walk, when up and said hi to the fellow.

Tonight I walk Sam, again (please look to previous post for picture). I got him to sit and stuff this time which is good. He still gets excited at certain things, like squirrels and neighborhood cats. But a little firm and consistent guidance will have him walking again. Also, he didn't try to get into anything disgusting this time. When we got back to the shelter, somebody had taken out the kiddie pool and filled it up. Sam, just jumped right in and was splashing around. Even though I had taken him for a walk for over an hour, I handed him off to a mother daughter team for a second walk. I did say goodbye when they came back. He was such a goof.

June 17th, 2008, 12:23 AM
This is Quyla, I am not sure what she is. She is about one year and nine months old. Her ears had been cropped before, not sure the story behind that. She is shy to strangers and unfamiliar situations. However, once she warms up she is such a sweet heart.

June 17th, 2008, 12:29 AM
Quyla had been for a walk before I got her but she was still full of bean so I took her for two lapse around a dirt track near the SPCA. After that we went back to the shelter and it was her turn to splash around in the kiddie pool. She was pretty cute.

June 17th, 2008, 02:04 AM
Quyla is adorable :lovestruck: She's got some of the bully breeds in her for sure.

I'll bet all the dogs were loving the pool being out today especially w/the heat :thumbs up

June 17th, 2008, 06:38 AM
OMG,it looks like someone cropped her ears with scissors:evil:,poor girl,she's still smiling though.
Some jerk tried to make her look mean,but her personality was not in her ears.
Hopefully someone will love her and take her home:pray:

June 23rd, 2008, 11:57 PM
Quyla has been fostered
Sam has been adopted

I had a chance to walk Ebony tonight, she is going to her forever home tomorrow. Adoption pending, hence no pictures, she is a black lab. Very pretty and affectionate. I was really lucky to be able to take her out for one of her last walks at the shelter.

The dog that was feeling poorly and in the hospital is now back in the regular kennels. His name is Lucky, he is a Shar-pei. There are still some stitches around his eyes and he is still on a controlled diet for his gastrointestinal needs. He was pulling quiet a bit on the leash and all excitable, not at all like when he was poorly. Took him for a run just to burn off some of that energy before a long walk. He is so different now, they way he acts and interacts with things. I am really happy for the guy. I guess he is still recuperating so no pictures online yet. Just imagine a Shar-pei with black mascara around his eyes.

June 24th, 2008, 01:46 AM
YAY for Sam :highfive:

Good for Quyla getting fostered, this should help with her shyness in unfamiliar situations :thumbs up

I'll bet Lucky was just so excited to get outside for a walk & run :D

June 24th, 2008, 06:21 AM
:fingerscrfor Quyla in her fosterhome,hopefully it will be a"failed"one..
and good luck to all the others:dog:
Thank's for reporting to us.

July 1st, 2008, 02:03 AM
Laddi got adopted, the staff had been working on his bicycle fixation the last couple of weeks and he finally went to a forever home

I am not sure what has happened to Lucky, I didn't see him in the kennels tonight and I have been diligently checking the SPCA website every day the past week trying to see if they put up a picture of the guy or not. I will try to ask around tomorrow.

Tonight, I took Tiger out for a walk first, he is a GSD cross with something. In this picture he looks a lot smaller than he really is. I would not call him the smartest dog, but he knows a lot of the basic commands. Plus he is really friendly and easy going. He would literally walk past cats or other unruly dogs without even a glance in their direction. Basically, he is a really good boy. Only thing is that he can be a little mouthy. He is not mouthy like a puppy where it can hurt sometimes or be annoying because the puppies are chewing anything they can get their paws on due to teething issues. With Tiger, it is more a case of he is really affectionate and his way of expressing it is to try to insert your hand, arm, ear (any other body parts) into his mouth and slobber all over it (insert name of appropriate said body part).

Tiger didn't want to go anywhere near the kiddie pool like his other canine buddies but I did give him plenty of water. I played a little with him at a playground area near the shelter as well as a nice long walk. Got him to go down the slide and through a tunnel. It was so funny watching him. Half way through our walk, we also just chilled out for a bit under the shade of a tree since it was pretty hot out tonight.

July 1st, 2008, 02:11 AM
This is Oscar, he likes his treats but he is willing to work for them so what the heck. I didn't get a chance to walk him, but I did play with the guy for a bit in the courtyard of the kennel so I though I would post a picture of him.

July 1st, 2008, 02:28 AM
:highfive: for Laddi

:goodvibes: for Lucky

:lovestruck: Tiger is adorable, with that easy going personality around cats/distractions :fingerscr he'll find his home soon

:cloud9: Oscar gorgeuous fluffy coat I hope he was in the doggy pool today :fingerscr

August 5th, 2008, 12:23 AM
Sorry for not posting anything new for about a month, been out of town.

Tiger got adopted
Oscar got adopted

Went to the SPCA Vancouver shelter at 10am today (BC day). Not a lot of people showed up so had to walk three different dogs out. Which is fun since I get to interact with more dogs but at the same time it sucks since it means that I get to spend less time with them.

First guy I took out was a Pitbull Terrier, his name is Marcus. He is a puppy at only three months old. Light brindle colouring. Unfortunately, I don't have a picture of the guy since it is not on the SPCA website. I don't know that much about him but somebody had cropped his ears :frustrated:. At least they were done neatly not like poor Quyla's ears. Due to his young age, he doesn't seem to know any commands. Going to have to work on that. He is really friendly and playful. Marcus has huge paws and long gangly legs that he needs to grow into. His leash manners a pretty good, except for a bit near the end when he wouldn't stop mouthing the leash. He also nipped me on the hand, I was trying to untangle one of his legs that he had managed to wrap the leash around and he thought it was a game :shrug:. Pedestrians were shying away from him on the sidewalks :confused:. However in reality, the poor boy was more afraid of them than they would ever understand. He would position himself so that I was standing between the people and him. He would also lean against my leg and drop his tail. I just try to ignore this and keep walking as if everything is ok. At the dirt track near the SPCA, there was this really cute girl/lady who wanted to make friends with Marcus. Finally after realising that he couldn't run away because he was attached to me by a leash he came around and hesitantly let the lady pet him. At the end of the walk, in the parking lot he managed to swallow some pebbles before I could stop him, I did fill out a medical form so that the hospital staff will know to keep an eye on him. Once he gets to know you well he is really cuddly and friendly. For example, whenever I squat down he would want to climb into my lap and lick my face. So basically he is just a silly goof.

August 5th, 2008, 12:41 AM
:thumbs up for Tiger & Oscar :highfive:

Marcus sounds like such a little sweetie :cloud9: :lovestruck: People are :evil: cropping the poor boys ears :sad:

August 5th, 2008, 12:44 AM
Next dog I took out was a Belgian Malinois whose name is Tony. He is approximately five years old. At the moment he has really bad diarrhea, but I also filled out a medical form for him on that. Good thing that I had a third of a box of biobags in my backpack instead of my usual pocketful of six or seven for a dog walking session. I kind of lost track after incident number five. He is pretty big and strong so a firm hand to put him on the right track was needed. For example, he doesn't want to wait to cross the streets nor does he want to wait for me to pick up his number twos (are the still number twos when it is all just this brown liquid?). Therefore I had to use a very firm tone of voice with him. He seems to response well to leadership and guidance though. I just hope that other dog walkers will be as consistent. Near the end, he wouldn't sit on command at the stops before crossing intersections. Therefore I had to turn around and do it again and again until he understood that no matter how much he wanted to keep the walk going, we weren't getting across the street until I got his bum touching the ground at curbside. Tony and I encountered that lady with the red wagon that I met before with Chewy. After chatting with her for a bit with Tony sniffing around, I found out that someone had stolen her red wagon. Too bad Tony isn't a police canine that could help her track down the thief. Once we got back to the shelter, I gave him a good going over with a brush. Had handfuls of his fur coming off in the bristle. He really seemed to enjoy it, only thing was that he would stay still. Kept wanting to get right up close and personal with me. In the end I put him back in his kennel with a big bucket of water only three quarters done.

August 5th, 2008, 12:45 AM
His name is Wally.

August 5th, 2008, 12:55 AM
Right after putting Tony away, another dog walker came back with Wally. She lead him up to the kiddie pool for a drink and cool down. The thing is that Wally is not tall enough to get to the water so I cupped some in my hand for him to drink. After a while, he made motions like he wanted to get into the pool but since the side was too high for him, I picked him up and placed him in. He didn't really splash and muck about like some of the other dogs like to when they have a chance to get in the pool. Wally just drank some more water while I pour some water over him to cool him off. I left him at the pool edge with is temporary mom while I got him a clean towel from the back. The only one that I could find was a beach towel that is like easily ten times his size. After drying him off. I noticed he had some knots in his coat. So off we went to a brushing. Got some of the kinks out and some of the dried poop in the back. I think he needs a real grooming though as the stuff at the back and under his belly is just way too long.

August 5th, 2008, 12:56 AM
She is a Mastiff cross.

August 5th, 2008, 01:05 AM
Tanga is also kind of head strong and stubborn like Tony. She looks like a bruiser but in fact is just a big baby. We didn't go for a long walk and there is really nothing that interesting that happened. She almost didn't get to go for a walk today. The coordinator today had taken her out for a pee break in the morning and that was it. In her mind though, she kept thinking that Tanga had been taken for a walk already, it was only at the coordinator's daughters prompting that she remember that she was the only dog that hadn't been for a proper walk. Good thing too, since Tanga did a nice big pile of number two (the biggest that I have personally seen and dealt with out of all the dogs so far) just a block away once I got her out of the shelter. After that we just went for a nice 20 minute stroll around.

August 5th, 2008, 01:07 AM
I love Malinois :lovestruck: Tony should get adopted fairly quick :cloud9: everyone loves the handsome belgians :goodvibes:

Wally :cloud9: for sure will have no problems, little guy looks purebred & the small breeds get adopted faster :goodvibes:

Tanga is beautiful :lovestruck: & a great personality too :goodvibes: for her

August 5th, 2008, 10:10 AM
I was kind of tired last night and forgot to mention that Marcus for a while was trying to chase down his own shadow and mine. He almost tried to pounce on them a few times. It was so funny watching his puppy antics.

Also, Tony at one of the intersections when he finally got the command "Ok, lets go!" after he finally sat for me was all excited that he kind of took off in a bound. All four paws left the ground and somehow he manages to wrap the leash around his right front leg. Therefore for a few meters he was hobbled and limping across the street. There wasn't any traffic so I wanted to stop and untangle the poor guy. I think that he thought I was going to stop and make him stop and do all that silly sitting stuff again so he just hopped and limped faster. Somehow once we reached the curb on the other side he managed to free his own leg. :shrug:

Can't wait to take these guys out again if I have the chance.

August 5th, 2008, 10:45 AM
I'm kind of glad you live in Vancouver, b/c I have wanted to adopt over half the dogs you've posted about! :lovestruck: Tanga...

August 7th, 2008, 10:55 PM
Chase Mom - Thanks, I totally get what you mean. If I could I would have taken most of them home myself.

Tony, as of today (Thursday 7th of August 2008) is Adoption pending

There was this little bully girl that I really really really wanted to walk but when I got there tonight (1st volunteer @ 5:39pm) she wasn't there!! :yell: The staff had named her Pinky, she has a pink nose and when she flips her ears back the inside are all pink. Her coat is all white. She was found tied up to the stairs outside of the SPCA shelter apparently. They estimate her age to be about four months, basically she is just a puppy. The saddest thing was not that she was abandoned but that she is just skin and bones. One of the staff told me when I asked where she was, that another staff had taken her home to be fostered for now. I am mournfully happy.

August 7th, 2008, 11:00 PM
I was going to take a rottie named Sasha, out first but another volunteer really wanted her so I went with my little buddy again.

Here is a picture of Sasha, she is so funny. Somehow she manages to get herself on to the top of the crate in her kennel. She just stands there, and I saw it happening on Monday and tonight. It is kind of funny and cute, that is why I wanted to walk her. So much character, only thing is that she has some kennel aggression with the other dogs.

August 7th, 2008, 11:24 PM
Marcus was pretty much his usual puppy self, easily distracted and curious about everything. It finally dawned on me tonight that Marcus is a little difficult to walk. Not difficult like leash pulling, aggression or bad manners. But difficult like small children can be sometimes. For example he is so curious and easily distracted, that if he hears a motorcycle or loud car. He will stop and turn in that direction to try to find the source of the noise. This can cause foul ups with the leash and some times it is even hazardous as he will stop in the middle of the road to do this too. I just try to make like there is nothing unusual and keep going. Another thing is that he keeps suddenly walking behind me and changing sides on me which tangles my legs with the lead. Which leads to me either switching hands on the leash or untangling us from one and other. At least he has understood with me now that if he was to put a tree, pole, parking meter, hydrant or mailbox between himself and me. He has to get back to the right side himself (I am not going to move for his convenience) before walkies will commence again. Met loads of people on his walk tonight that commented on how cute he was and what a wonderful coat he has. He was just hamming it up with all the attention. At one of the parks, I was trying to get him some water at a drinking fountain but he is still not big enough to stand up and drink from it directly and little handfuls just wasn't cutting it. Luckily a lady who is a really experienced dog walker at the SPCA happened to be going by and lend me this plastic dish. She was walking Jack who is a GSD and Lab cross. Both Jack and Marcus got to drink and bit of water and got some good socialising happening. Loads of sniffing and checking each other out. Then they got to have a lot of fun playing together. Jack was the one doing most of the vocalising and even though he is a lot bigger than Marcus at over an year old he was really gentle with Marcus. They were rolling around, pushing and pawing each other. It was really good that Marcus got to socialise with another dog as he is still a puppy. He didn't want to go back into his kennel at the end of his walk, I wonder why.:cool:

This is a picture of Jack, the good big brother.

August 8th, 2008, 12:03 AM
The next :dog: that I walked was Kisses. She had a little :highfive: and "how are you" with Jack as well. I was taking Kisses out and Jack was going back to the shelter. It is so funny, Kisses is so gentle and lady like yet when she pees, a lot of time she likes to cock one of her back legs up like one of the guys. Whereas Marcus will squat everytime. :confused: She knows her commands and I got a sit out of her, but when she realised the treat was part of a milkbone she promptly spat it out again. Couldn't get her interested in doing any other stuff after that. I wasn't going to force her but at the same time I didn't want to spent too much time tonight on training. Not because that I don't have the patience but that fact that there were 16 dogs at the shelter tonight and I didn't know if I needed to get back and try to walk another dog even if it is only for 15-20 minutes. Therefore just concentrated on the waits at the intersections and before crossing the streets with Kisses tonight. She kind of got the program by the end of our walk "No stopping and waiting means the both of us just stand there at the edge of the curb". She gets anxious and nervous when we encountered some cyclists on two different occasions during our walk. People really shouldn't cycle on the sidewalk unless they have too and both time these people didn't need to. The second time Kisses was tucking her tail and leaning right up against me, I think there was also a whimper from her. I just pretend it was nothing and ignored it. Only when she was walking normal again with tail wagging did I give her a hug and praise. I will try to get some better treats next time and work on some routines with her next time.

August 8th, 2008, 07:06 AM
All the dogs are so beautiful :cloud9:, but Sasha is stunning.:cloud9:
Thank you for keeping us updated.

Dog Dancer
August 8th, 2008, 02:52 PM
No I can't read your threads - I live in Coquitlam. I want them all... It breaks my heart to see them, I don't know how people can part with their pets like that. But it helps me so to know that they are getting their little bits of loving from good folk like you Scuba. Bless your heart. And I already have two SPCA rescues thanks!!

August 9th, 2008, 02:21 AM
I love Malinois :lovestruck: Tony should get adopted fairly quick :cloud9: everyone loves the handsome belgians :goodvibes:

Tony, as of today (Thursday 7th of August 2008) is Adoption pending

:laughing: see what I mean :D

:goodvibes: for Tony

Great job Scuba :highfive:

It's great that Marcus got some big doggie play in, Jack :lovestruck: sounds like the purrfect dog for the job. Good work with Kisses too :thumbs up

August 10th, 2008, 05:49 PM
Scuba what the link to the SPCA your at?


August 10th, 2008, 10:28 PM
aw they are all so adorable, its great to hear that so many of them are homed!:thumbs up

August 10th, 2008, 11:48 PM
Scuba what the link to the SPCA your at?


Cindy it's the Vancouver SPCA ( the dogs are on page 4 & 5

August 11th, 2008, 09:39 AM
Those are beautiful dogs and it is a very worthwhile job you do. You must get job satisfaction when the dogs go to a forever home.

Keep up the good work.

Take care. :thumbs up

August 11th, 2008, 09:46 AM

Do you know anything about a dog in the Vancouver shelter named Tessa?


August 11th, 2008, 10:56 AM
Winston - I have seen her in one of the kennels. Haven't had a chance to interact with her. If you like I will try to walk her tonight and tell you more about her.

8:55am 11th August 2008 (monday)

August 11th, 2008, 11:32 AM
The web site I thought said she was in foster care? but if she is there sure would love to know a bit more about her. Someone we know may be interested in her??

August 11th, 2008, 11:45 PM
Winston here's Tessa's page

August 12th, 2008, 12:25 AM
Winston - Tessa wasn't at the Vancouver SPCA shelter tonight, apparently she is in foster right now. Sorry for not being able to help you get some information on her.

August 12th, 2008, 12:50 AM
First up was a lady dog named Night. She is really shy and skittish. From talking to one of the staff members, I gather that she had spent the majority of her life in a garage. Probably had some bad experience with people as well. She is a bit hand shy, plus if I make big gestures or quick motions she will flinch. Ears back and tail down. Just some issues with her past I guess. She also pulls on the leash, not like Spencer or Tosh, "Lets try to dislocate this guy's arm" pulling but just not very good manners. Like always having tension on the lead and other minor things. This probably isn't so much Night being naughty but her not having been taken out on leash in her previous life.

Night is nine years old already so she just likes to take it slow. During our walk she was really mellow. Didn't even give second glances to cats or birds on the sidewalks. Walks right pass them. Knows some basics commands and stuff. She was really good for me at the intersections before crossing the streets. Stops by herself and sometimes will even sit without being told.

When we got back to the shelter, one of the staff had to give this medication to Night and it was pretty funny. The vet tech had put the stuff (just a tiny amount) in a syringe. Thing was that Night knew what a syringe was but didn't realise that we weren't trying to give her a shot. She was playing and cuddling with the staff member until the syringe came out. Then she just kind of jumped and turned around. Next thing I knew she was in a empty kennel. Problem was that it wasn't her kennel and we still had to give her whatever it was. So, Steph (the staff) and I talked her out and cuddled with her some more. Then Steph squeezed a little of the stuff on to her hand and let Night lick it off. All this time Night was happy to play with us but at the same time really strung up and on guard. It was like she was saying "I know something is up, I am not stupid". After she calmed down, Steph squeezed the rest of the stuff on to her fingers and just kind of stuck her hand in Night's mouth and rubbed it all over her tongue. Then it was back to the kennel for Night and some water.

August 12th, 2008, 01:01 AM
Next dog that I walked was Sasha. She was standing on top of her crate tonight as well and doing some roo roos. Sasha had been out earlier already so wasn't too hyper. Still has kennel aggression issues but once we are outside, she is totally different. Even though she is a big rottie, she is just such a clown. During our walk, I took the time to do some basic command training with her. Her sit is really good and down still needs a little work but we will get there. Half way into our walk, she smelt something on this one lawn and just had to roll around on it. I didn't see anything but it was just irresistible to her. At one point she had wrapped the leash around her own midsection. She doesn't have a tail but watching her bum wiggling away was pretty funny.

At her kennel there is also a notice up saying "Adoption Pending". :fingerscr

August 12th, 2008, 01:09 AM
Night sure is a cutie :lovestruck: :goodvibes: for her

Rottie bum wiggles are so cute :laughing: :goodvibes: for Sasha's pending

August 12th, 2008, 01:13 AM
Played with Jack and Marcus back at the shelter too. They are now sharing one kennel together. Somehow they managed to double team me and cornered me on the bench in the little room just off the courtyard. Then they proceeded to aggressively lick my face. Marcus got on the bench and was kind of on my lap and Jack was standing in front of me with his paws on my shoulder. I think I am going to need therapy after this. They were also playing with each other and I was chucking some balls for them. An orange rubber one and a oversized tennis ball. Marcus was kind of greedy trying to hog all the toys. However he couldn't get it into his little doggie brain that to pick the other ball up, he first has to drop the other one that is firmly lodged in his mouth. When he finally does goes for the other one, you can see the confusion on his face as he looks at the ball that was previously in his mouth rolls around on the floor. Jack is happy and contend with just one, didn't mind if it was the big tennis one or the rubber orange. Marcus even though I will toss a ball for him is only interested in the one that I toss for Jack. :confused:

August 12th, 2008, 01:23 AM
I also visited Kisses in her kennel, got in and played with her for a bit. She rolled over and showed me her stomach so I also gave her a nice tummy rub. Then we played with some of her toys. I helped rescued some of her toys that were in danger of rolling into the drain. After a little bit of playing together with her rope toy she went back to her crate and laid down in it chewing away at the rope toy so I left her alone to enjoy her favorite toy in peace. Oh yeah she also brought out this stuff toy for me (not sure what it was, kind hard to tell what it is in its state) from her crate whilst we were playing. Just dropped it in front of me, such a sweetheart.

Also had the chance to towel Tony off after he got into the kiddie pool. (I thought he was adoption pending :confused:) The big guy also got me all wet, well my jeans and shirt. Jack and Marcus took care of my face. Jack also kind of killed this stuffed Panda. :rip: Panda

August 12th, 2008, 05:51 AM
Such a typical rottie, all clowns....
I am crossing fingers she goes into the perfect home for her.

August 14th, 2008, 12:29 AM
Here is a picture of Tony, he looks pretty small in this picture but in reality he is a big guy and his coat is pretty thick.

August 15th, 2008, 01:00 AM
Here is what I have been waiting for for almost two weeks now. I have been going online to the Vancouver SPCA website everyday in the morning and evening. The thing is that the shelter staff don't handle the website and adoption stuff online so often times the stuff takes a long time or are incorrect.

Anyhow, here is the long awaited picture of my little buddy Marcus.

August 15th, 2008, 01:25 AM
Handsome Tony :lovestruck: is he still listed as pending? :goodvibes: :fingerscr

Awwwwww Marcus :lovestruck: :lovestruck: Too Cute! I wanna kiss his cute little nose :cloud9:

August 15th, 2008, 06:28 AM
Awww Marcus,he has a wonderful face,no wonder you're in love.:lovestruck:

August 18th, 2008, 11:09 PM
On the SPCA website there was a new picture of Tony so...

Unfortunately he is still at the shelter, I guess that "Adoption Pending" notice kind of fell through. Didn't have a chance to walk him tonight but I did go up and say hi to the big fellow.

August 18th, 2008, 11:20 PM
The first dog that I walked tonight was a girl named, Muffin. I think she was a stray. She is still very puppy like. Quite timid and shy to new things and situations. Very friendly and playful though once she gets comfortable. At first she didn't even want to go for a walk with me. Once we were out of the gate at the shelter, she wanted to turn around and head back. I kind of just let her be until she settled down then we went for a walk. There were bursts of running in between the walking as well. Good thing she is kind of short. If she was a little taller, I would be hard pushed to keep up. She really liked picking up and chewing on dried pine cones during our walk/run session. We would be going along and all of a sudden she would pick one up, lay down and "crunch crunch crunch".

She definitely likes to be cuddled. Also on the way back to the shelter, she picked up this stick that was longer that she was and didn't want to let go of it. So, for a few blocks she kept whacking me in the shin with it. Back in her kennel she kept wanting me to play with her as well, didn't want to let me leave.

August 18th, 2008, 11:22 PM
Second dog that I walked was Jack. Please look to earlier page for his picture.

Jack was really easy to walk, even though he had been for an earlier walk he still had loads of energy. I brought a long this furry red and white striped ball that had a squeaker for Jack on our walk. He was a little, just a little bit, just a tiny little bit crazy for that thing. At one street corner, he was barking his head off at me to let him have it. People were looking at me funny, of course none of them understood what a play bow was and when he was barking at me, his tail was also going at like a 100 miles an hour side to side. Of course I didn't give him his toy until I got a sit and a stay from him. He was such a nutter.

He did the same thing as muffin, kept leaning and standing up against the kennel cage door when I tried to leave after our walk.

August 18th, 2008, 11:31 PM
A nice lady took Marcus out tonight and I just had to say hi to the guy. He is still a puppy but a very big one at that. The problem is that he thinks he is a lapdog. I got my face and ears well cleaned again tonight.

August 19th, 2008, 12:36 AM
Muffin is a real cutie :lovestruck:

:laughing: Nice image of Jacks' play bow goin' nuts for a toy :cloud9:

Must be so hard to walk away after :sad:, I upset just walking in the front door of shelters.

August 19th, 2008, 02:38 AM
Scuba hi ! After sifting through your pics with tears running (I am a big softie) I must say there are some wonderfull looking faces and as for Tony if it wasnt for a big gap between me and him I would have loved to have met him he looks like a a real gem ;) I hope the Fella gets what he deserves a great home with a great new pack ! Smitten :lovestruck:

August 19th, 2008, 09:10 AM
I just came across this thread for the first time.
Scuba, :thankyou: for doing what you do! These dogs are so lucky to have invested volunteers such as yourself.
I would love to do something like this but unfortunately I live in such a small town and all we have is a "dog catcher"... wonder if I could get a program going!? :confused:
Do you have any dogs of your own at home? I would want to take every one of them home if I were you!!!

August 20th, 2008, 08:27 AM
GROWLER - Yeah, sometimes it is pretty sad going home after spending a couple of hours with them.

STEWART - Tony is pretty cool, there has been some kennel aggression but otherwise he is really good. He has got a beautiful coat, it feels really soft to the touch.

MOLLYWOG - Right now I don't have the adequate time that I feel is needed for me to have a dog at the moment. It would be unfair for them if I can't invest enough time into them if I became their owner. Hence why I volunteer at my local SPCA. I was hoping to get some canaries this past week, one of my mates had some eggs, but it turns out none of them were fertilised and his little canary hen was just sitting on them for like over a month due to some instinctive need. Also there are definitely quite a few of the boys or girls that I would so loved to have taken home with me but I will wait for when the time is right.

August 25th, 2008, 11:47 PM
Marcus, has been fostered by Bully Buddies[/COLOR]
Jack got adopted out

I am not sure about Sasha, she wasn't around and I couldn't find a staff who knew what the situation with her was. Probably been adopted though, she was always such a clown.

Haven't seen Tanga in a while either, got to ask about her as well next time.

August 25th, 2008, 11:58 PM
These guys were sharing a kennel together, I am not sure what their background is. There was not a lot of information on the kennel. Their names are Rocky and Hank. Both of them are pretty laid back and easy going. Walks on leash well, but neither of them seem to know any verbal commands. They don't even response to their names. :confused:

I was walking Hank tonight, near the end of our walk we did run into the girl who was walking Rocky and we walked back to the shelter together.

Hank seems kind of slow in the mental department, but that is ok since he makes up for it by being cute. He likes to lean on you if you pet him. It looked like he was really hot and thirsty, so I walked him through this park that has a drinking fountain. Most dogs his size knows to stand up and drink when you turn the water on for them. But Hank just stay planted to the ground and licked the water that spilled on to the ground. Luckily for him, I had an empty plastic food container with me that I filled up with water for him. He kept walking into things as well. Hank managed to brush up against this scooter and set the alarm off. Most dogs would have freaked, but Hank was like cool as a cucumber and wanted to check out him new toy even more. :D

August 26th, 2008, 12:02 AM
That was a picture of Rocky, the next one is Hank.

August 26th, 2008, 12:10 AM
Bully Buddies will be great in finding the best home for Marcus :thumbs up

:highfive: YAY for Jack I'm not surprised that boy sounded like an all round great dog

Rocky & Hank are a handsome pair :lovestruck: :lovestruck:

poor boys probably didn't have enough positive interaction w/their humans so never learned their names :sad: :goodvibes: for them finding a wonderful home together :goodvibes:

August 26th, 2008, 12:12 AM
I also walked Muffin again tonight as my second dog. She is still really hyper and mouthy as well. Don't really know how to stop her being so mouthy with everything. She almost chewed/bit through the thick nylon leash that I was walking her with tonight. I threw it out since I didn't want anyone to use it next time and have it snap on them if they have a dog suddenly bolt on them.

Can anyone here recommend a good leash that I can replace for the SPCA. I would prefer nylon as they can be easily scrubbed and cleaned. Stainless metal parts would also be nice but not a must.

Muffin was so easily distracted tonight by anything and everything (except for cats), next time I will try to bring a toy for her like I did for Jack last time. She didn't find a big stick to bash me with like last week but she did leave some bruises on my right arm where she played bit me. She doesn't realise how strong she is getting or how sharp her teeth are. But I forgive her and I still love her. :lovestruck:

I did notice that she had some skin condition thing going on. There are bald patches of skin all over her body tonight. Don't know what it is, just hope that the staff and vet can take care of it.

August 26th, 2008, 12:16 AM
Kisses was pretty funny tonight as well, I guess she remembers me, because I was in Rocky and Hank's kennel tonight (which had Marcus and Jack before) and Kisses is right next door. She kept jumping up, clearing the cinder block wall so that you could basically see all of her through the plexiglass. I did go next door to say hi to her and her tail was going about 100 miles an hour.

September 5th, 2008, 01:44 AM
Monday 1st September 2008 was a holiday so there was only morning walk session.

There were a lot of volunteers that day and I only took one dog for a walk. It was a pretty long walk though.

Her name is Bailey, she is five years old. I don't know her history or why she is at the SPCA shelter. She is really sweet and easy going. Pretty much everyone wants to say hi to her on our walk. She has good leash manners and know some basic obedience commands.

Nothing funny or out of the ordinary happened on our morning walk together.

September 5th, 2008, 06:46 AM
Scuba,thank's for what you are doing:dog:
Who would not love that girls face:shrug:those trusting beautiful eyes,hope she gets a home soon:pray:
The 2 Rotties are beautiful:lovestruck:

September 6th, 2008, 01:10 AM
Aww Bailey is adorable :lovestruck: :fingerscr:goodvibes: for a quick adoption for her

September 6th, 2008, 08:11 AM
oh..oh...It never ceases to amaze me, when I was originally looking for a rott, there were none, now so many within my reach, and I am full.
Good luck finding them good homes, they are adorable

September 9th, 2008, 12:18 AM
Kisses got adopted
Night got adopted
Rocky got adopted

Bailey is adoption pending at the moment! She is so friendly and cute.

Only sad news was that Hank had been given the long sleep that he is never going to wake up from. He had some hip trouble and the shelter vet and staff made a decision. I only found out tonight, if I had known in advance I would have loved to take the guy out for his last walk. But it wasn't to be.:rip:

September 9th, 2008, 12:28 AM
There weren't that many dogs tonight which is a totally good thing.

The first guy that I walked is call Meeko, he is a pug. I haven't walked little guys and girls in a long time. It was actually a little weird. He might be small but he has got the soul of a big guy. Didn't want to do sits and wasn't interested in treats (it was stuff that I bought at True Carnivores, the good stuff and not milkbones :shrug:). He was pretty good at stopping and waiting at the intersections though. Wanted to chase bicycles and stuff. He is only little and can't reach the drinking fountain but luckily there was a plastic container handy.

Poor fellow has really bad diarrhea. Probably a good thing that he wasn't interested in the treats since I wouldn't have given him any if I had known about his gastrointestinal problems. Not only did he have to suffer from loose stool he had to suffer the indignation of having me wipe his bum with damp paper towels when we got back to the shelter. He didn't want any of that, but luckily for me two other volunteers helped hold and distract him whilst I did the clean up. :thumbs up

September 9th, 2008, 12:31 AM
Since there weren't many dogs that needed walking and there were quite a few volunteers tonight. I hung out for a bit at the shelter and played with Bailey for a bit. I am going to miss her. She like the treats that Meeko was ignoring. It was lambs liver with brown rice. She kept going back and forth between the coordinator tonight and three volunteers (myself included) for pats and cuddles.

September 9th, 2008, 12:39 AM
Then Brewster came back from his walk, I got to take him out again since it looked like he still had a lot of energy to burn. It was probably the shortest walk for me, ever at the SPCA so far to date. We got out the gate, he turned around and went back, sat down and wagged his tail. :confused:

Then once he was back in his kennel, he was bouncing off the walls again. Crazy guy doesn't know what he wants. The volunteer who took him out tonight had him on a leash that I made (prototype number two). Brewster apparently was a little mouthy and gnawed on it but other than dog slobber it was fine.

NB. Totally nothing to do with the dogs at the shelter but lately a lot of the long one inch wide leashes have gone missing. I know I threw one out because Muffin basically killed that one. But none of the other volunteers or coordinators that I have talked to know where they have all gone. So, I just decided to try my hands at making my own. I walked Meeko with prototype number three.

September 9th, 2008, 01:22 AM
What wonderful work you do Scuba. I live in Ontario and my daughter has just turned 16 and is hoping to start volunteering at our local SPCA. I'll have to show her your thread so she can get a bit of an idea what it might be like. I loved all the pics and it's always so nice to hear most of the dogs are being adopted. Thanks for your dedication!

September 9th, 2008, 06:38 AM
Scuba,I am so sorry to read about Hank,in the pic he looks like a very healthy handsome Rottie,but pics don't tell it all.:rip:handsome Hank:angel2:

Good news for Rocky though:thumbs upand :fingerscrfor Bailey and a new home.
The little Pug will probably go soon too,unless he has some real behavior-problems.
It's interesting to read your posts,to see how quickly some pups get adopted and how for some pups,the wait is a very long one:sad:

September 9th, 2008, 09:49 PM
:highfive: for Kisses, Night & Rocky getting adopted :goodvibes: for Bailey

:sad: poor Hank :rip: :angel2: running pain free at the Rainbow Bridge ( now :candle:

Good job on the leashes :thumbs up you could try a "signature stitch" in the clasp or handle end something to distinguish them from the others. Something like initials or a small design :)

September 9th, 2008, 10:47 PM
:highfive: for Kisses, Night & Rocky getting adopted :goodvibes: for Bailey

:sad: poor Hank :rip: :angel2: running pain free at the Rainbow Bridge ( now :candle:

Good job on the leashes :thumbs up you could try a "signature stitch" in the clasp or handle end something to distinguish them from the others. Something like initials or a small design :)

I am very happy for Night (been at the shelter a long time) and Kisses. They are both very well behaved.

Kind of sad about Hank, not knowing until after the fact.

I think I will just keep to making the leashes for now and nothing fancy like "signature stitch" even though it is basically what some of the other volunteers have suggested that I do. My skill is just not up there yet. I bought some new material and the new batch should be ready in a day or two. Even the 30' tracking lead for TeriM. My idea was that once my sewing is better, I would look at getting embroidered name tags that I can then sew on. But that is all just thinking.

September 9th, 2008, 10:52 PM
You're doing a great job on them & I'm sure the SPCA is very appreciative as well :)

September 12th, 2008, 10:21 PM
I don't normally walk on a Friday, but I had half a dozen leashes that I made and wanted to bring to the shelter plus I didn't have any plans this evening.

It was pretty good, I keep hearing that the SPCA doesn't have enough volunteer dog walkers on Friday evenings but there were lots tonight. A lot of them their first night, I guess they just finished another round of orientations for new walkers.

Anyhow, some updates.

Muffin is in foster right now
Tony has been adopted
Bailey has been adopted
Meeko has also been adopted

September 12th, 2008, 10:34 PM
I wanted to take Brewster out tonight, but another volunteer wanted him and also I had to talk to some of the coordinators and staff about my leashes so I waited. There was one cute little girl I was looking at to take out but business first. Luckily for me when I was finally able to go take a dog for a walk, the only one left was the dog I had been hoping for.

Her name is Zoe, she is sharing a kennel with Zeke. Apparently they came to the shelter together. I don't really know much about them. They are some sort of BC cross?

First picture is of Zoe and second one is Zeke.

September 12th, 2008, 10:49 PM
She is so cute with her white coat and pink nose. She is pretty small, doesn't even come up to my knees. Her coat is very soft and fluffy. This girl is also very smart. She knew sit and stay already. She didn't know down, but we are working on it. On our walk together she picked up the fact that I would like her to wait and sit at intersections really quickly. By the end of out walk, she would look at me and sit all by herself.

Zoe is definitely housebroken, her poo was very healthy looking, moist and solid. Haven't seen poo like that coming from a dog in a long time. Most of the time it is either really soft and loose or just liquid. Almost didn't recognise what normal dog poo looks like and how easy they are to pick up. :loser:

Since she was healthy in the gastrointestinal department, I proceeded with the treat dispensing. Most of the dogs just inhale them but Zoe actually took the time to sit and chew them. Maybe it is just because she is smaller but I think it is because she is a lady.

On our walk I noticed the tips of her ears bouncing up ^^ and down vv. It was so cute and funny. I really wanted to dognap her tonight, just tuck my shirt in and put her down my shirt. Leave a few buttons undone so that she can stick her head out. However, there is no way that I could manage to take both Zoe and Zeke home this way on my bicycle so...
I am going to plot anew. Since it wasn't hot out tonight, Zoe only wanted two little sips of water when we got back to the shelter. Then we had some cuddling time before I had to put her back in her kennel. Poor thing didn't want to go in.

Zoe was really interested in sniffing a lamp post at the end of our walk and got herself on the other side of post from me. Normally I would wait for the dog to come back around or if they don't correct the situation themselves then I would correct them myself. This was the first time that I went around an obstacle for a dog on a walk since starting at the SPCA. But I just couldn't help myself, Zoe is just too much of a sweetheart. Only for Zoe...

September 13th, 2008, 12:45 AM
Great news for Muffin (fosters are always great help), Tony, Bailey and Meeko :highfive:

Aww Zoe & Zeke are adorable :cloud9: why on earth would someone give them up :confused: :shrug: *sigh*

:laughing: I think Zoe was working really hard to convince you to fill out the adoption paperwork ;) :D

September 13th, 2008, 07:00 AM
Scuba,:thumbs upfor the adopted pups and Muffin finding a fosterhome:thumbs up
Zoe and Zeke are both adorable,it looks like Zeke has had a recent trim,did you walk him too?
I too wonder why they were dumped,but I suppose that's the big question with all the animals:shrug:
I would love for these 2 friends to be adopted together,but I think Zoe will be first to go and on her own:sad:
There is just something special about white animals that people go for:shrug:

September 13th, 2008, 04:50 PM
Growler-If I could I would take Zoe home right away, along with Zeke.

Chico-By the time I was done talking to the coordinators about the leashes that I am making Zeke had gone out with a new volunteer already. Zoe was the only one left in the kennels.

Ideally I would like to see them go to a new home together but that is something out of my control. Zoe is pretty special.

September 15th, 2008, 01:16 AM
I think I will just keep to making the leashes for now and nothing fancy like "signature stitch" even though it is basically what some of the other volunteers have suggested that I do. My skill is just not up there yet. I bought some new material and the new batch should be ready in a day or two. Even the 30' tracking lead for TeriM. My idea was that once my sewing is better, I would look at getting embroidered name tags that I can then sew on. But that is all just thinking.

Thanks sooooo much for the tracking lead :thumbs up and of course the other super leash that you brought at our meetup. :thumbs up. It is exactly what I needed and hopefully will get put to use this weekend.

Love the pics of Zoe and Zeke :lovestruck:. The animals are very lucky to have great volunteers like you and when your circumstances allow your furries will be very lucky to be adopted by you.

September 16th, 2008, 07:54 PM
TeriM - I am glad that the leash is ok, if you need anything else in the future just drop me a PM. Right now I am experimenting with some fancier designs. Also, thank you for the bronze clasp, I am using it for my Prototype Mark II No. 1.

There weren't many walkers for Monday night, I got to take Zoe out again. :thumbs up She was the first dog that I took out for the evening. She was her usual self, still a little timid when encountering new situations but otherwise she is very nice and easy to handle. When I was walking her, I encountered a lady volunteer walking Fluffy (he is a boy, why did they name him Fluffy :confused:). I was chatting to her about what colour leash would she like if I got hold of more material. Fluffy when a little crazy, all bouncy and play bowing. But unfortunately Zoe only wanted to do a sniff and greet, not play. It wasn't for lack of effort on Fluffy's part tough. Since Zoe didn't seem to want to play, and Fluffy was in the middle of doing his number two (until we showed up) I left with Zoe soon after finding out the colour leash that the lady wanted.

Another few blocks and we happened upon a new volunteer walking Zeke. Of course the two of them wanted to say hi to each other so we did. Then Zeke and Zoe both wanted to sniff a tree together. Just as they were done, I saw Zeke turn around and cock his right hind leg up, going to mark the tree. I had to push/shove Zoe out of the way since Zeke was about to pee on her head :eek:, like I said before Zoe is kind of small in stature. Likely I was able to prevent Zoe from being peed on. After that I spotted this off leash GSD running around, he wasn't big but compared to Zoe he is huge and I didn't know whether he was going to be good or bad so I started walking with Zoe again. Zeke wanted to follow her, but his volunteer wanted to go another way so we just went off in different directions. In hindsight I should have asked the new volunteer if he would be interested in walking Zeke and Zoe together.

Nothing else really interesting happened after that, we just had ourselves a nice long walk.

The following picture is of Fluffy.

September 16th, 2008, 08:21 PM
When I got back to the shelter with Zoe, there were still three dogs that hadn't been walked, not a lot of volunteers showed up last night. I was debating which one to take out first, two of them had issues. One poor guy/girl had diarrhea and the coordinator wanted him/her out so that she could get on with cleaning out the kennel. On the other hand there was a PBT who was in pretty bad shape that needed to get out more. The poor guy was in the news because he had been set on fire. In the end we decided that some of the other volunteers would be back soon and that I should take the bully out first. There are pictures of him and a link to his story but since there is an on going investigation by the police I am not going to post too much on the public forum. If anyone wants to know more about the poor guy, you can PM me.

Poor dog had to wear an Elizabethan collar. The coordinator was calling him conehead. Well, even after such a horrific event, Conehead is still really happy go luck. I mean, when we went to put his collar on after making the decision that he was going out first. His tail was like a blur once he saw the collar. If it went any faster, there would have been sonic booms. He is strong too and you can see it in his eyes that there is a will to not give up. The poor fellow kept bumping into things with the cone when he wants to sniff things. The top edge of the cone would bash against lamp posts and trees. Doesn't stop him from trying. He would also stick his whole head down close to the ground, with the cone like a upside down funnel (maybe it actually helps with scents?). It is pretty funny to watch. He really wanted to go at a fast pace on our walk too. After one sniff and pee stop I did notice that he was oozing blood on the inside of his groin where a scab had come off. Therefore I kept his pace slower then he would of liked and his walk at only just a little over 25 minutes. Much shorter than what I would have liked for him, but since he just wanted to keep going and wasn't going to pace himself. I felt I needed to make a decision that was in his best interest, I didn't want his wound to reopen more than it did already. At least he did have a couple of good pees and did a big steaming pile of number two for me.

September 16th, 2008, 08:29 PM
When I got back with Conehead, the other two dogs that still hadn't gone out before had been taken out by other volunteers when I was on my second walk. :thumbs up

There was Tula in her kennel bouncing off the walls however. She had only been on a relatively short walk, compound that with the fact that she has some BC in her, there was energy to burn. The coordinator ask if I could take her out again. Of course I said yes.

Tula was acting just a little stir crazy, so I took her for a run. After a couple of laps of the dirt track. She voluntarily slowed down to drink at the fountain, figuring that I had burned up some excess energy, I let her have he fill of water then took her on a leisurely walk around the neighborhood.

Here is a picture of Tula being cute.

September 16th, 2008, 11:21 PM
Fluffy should find a home pretty soon, alot of people like the smaller fluffy dogs :dog:

:goodvibes: for "Conehead" for a speedy recovery

awwww Tula is adorable :lovestruck:

September 17th, 2008, 06:45 AM
Poor Conehead,I hope he recovers completely and the perps go to jail(fat chance:yell:)they should give him a nicer name though..are people less likely to walk him because he's a bully??
Yes,I am sure Fluffy will be gone in no-time..
Tula is a sweety:lovestruck:

September 17th, 2008, 10:34 AM
Chico - Don't worry "Conehead" is just the poor guy's nickname, he has a much nicer name. Its just that there is an ongoing police investigation so I don't want to post too much information of my buddy out on a public forum. If you like I can PM some of his pictures (graphic) to you.

I don't know if no body took him for a walk because he is a bully or not. There are volunteers who come all the time who might be uncomfortable with certain breeds and there is no obligation for them to do anything out of their comfort zone. Personally I think it more to do with the state that he is in and his size, it can be a little intimidating to some people. Also we just got a bunch of new volunteers as well. A lot of the people that I started out with together back in end of March beginning of April don't seem to be around anymore as well.

No matter how he looks though, I know that "Conehead" has a heart of gold.

Tula is a real cuttie, likes to play and has loads of energy. Would be a great dog for someone who likes outdoor activities (me!? Have to control self...).

Fluffy is pretty good as well, no aggression that I have seen and acts like a puppy. Too bad Zoe didn't want to play.

September 17th, 2008, 10:52 AM
Thanks Scuba for keeping us updated. I love your stories and pictures.

Poor conehead, what is up with all the animals being set on fire lately???? New fad with the sickos?

Zoe is adorable, I hope her and Zeke get adopted together:fingerscr

September 17th, 2008, 11:13 AM
It looks like you are taking this very seriously Scuba! Do I see a future rescuer or rescue group in the works??? I would say so.

I have been in rescue for years. It is very rewarding. I like another on this thread have been looking for another Rottie that would suit my life/animals etc. Interesting that since the passing of my Rottie - there are none around this area. If I were where you are - I would have taken one - no doubt!

Keep up the great work. BTW - there is an excellent Chow Chow/Sharpei rescue group here that goes to great lengths to save these breeds nationwide. Does this shelter contact rescue groups for assistance?

September 17th, 2008, 02:09 PM
Scuba,seeing a pup who's been hurt is probably not a good idea with me,I don't handle things like that very well,but thank's:cat:
Knowing you are there walking him,is enough for me,maybe one day we'll get to see him all healed,poor baby:sad:

Zoe might be like Bailey(Cocker) whom we walk every day,nobody ever played with her and now at 8 yrs old,she has no clue what to do with toys,we would love to play with her,but no go:sad:

September 20th, 2008, 12:23 AM
Lately I have been volunteering on Friday evenings as well. At first I thought I wouldn't be able to do Mondays anymore but the other commitment for changed to Wednesday. So, I am doing Mondays and Fridays at the moment. Anyhow, I was running a little late tonight and by the time I got there all the dogs were out already. Normally Fridays the SPCA is short of volunteers but since a new batch just got through orientation last week, right now they have more than enough people.

Tula and Zoe were both out so I just kind of stood around waiting for somebody to come back with any doggie. One of the first ones back was Sasha (7yo male), he had a girlfriend Bella. They came to the shelter together. Unfortunately Bella got adopted and Sasha didn't. Right now he is kind of sad and lonely. Doesn't really want to go on walks and stuff, best thing would be if he could get adopted as well, or at least into foster. Anyhow, the volunteer (my friend who just went through the last orientation, he had been on a few walks with me;)) who took him had a good time.

PS. Sasha is on the left and Bella is on the right (Bella got adopted yesterday)

September 20th, 2008, 12:29 AM
Next guy that was back was Fluffy/Puffy (whats with all the girlie names for the guys lately? Not only that they can't even decide on a proper name for him). He just got neutered a while ago and lately just isn't his usual self. The volunteer that took him out had to carry him back.

I tried to cheer him up by playing with him for a bit and gave him some treats. In a moment of excitement he headbutted me in the chin. It was pretty hard, all the other volunteers and the coordinator were asking me if I was all right. I was more worried about the little fellow but he was just looking at me and wagging his tail (missing all the fur, looks like a rat's tail).

September 20th, 2008, 12:41 AM
Then finally a doggie came back who needed to go out again. Her name is Daisy Mae, she is a Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross. Somebody found her as a stray, she has a ruptured cruciate ligament. In the picture you can't see it but her right back leg, the fur is a little bit shorter where they shaved her to do the surgery.

She has oodles of energy but needs to take it easy. The thing is that she is kind of like Conehead. Not understanding why they need to take it slow in their own best interest. I took her for a walk, it was only 25 minutes but it was quite a fast pace, faster then I would of liked for her but there was no way to hold her back. It was a good thing that I took her out for a second time this evening since she did a big number two for me.

Its sad to see her with a gammy leg but I try to look on the bright side. Its pretty funny to watch her "sit" she is all slouchy to the left side with her right hind leg sticking straight out to the side. She caught on to the sit and wait at intersections pretty quick as well. Most of the time her slouchy sits turns into a lay down on her side that finalizes with belly rubs (whom is walking whom?:rolleyes:).

When we got back to the shelter, I played with her for a bit in her kennel as well. She headbutted me as well, but in the forehead.

September 20th, 2008, 12:45 AM
Sounds like you might need a helmet for your activities :laughing:. Hopefully they will all find homes quick :goodvibes:. I think small dogs don't usually have much problem finding homes, does that seem true to you?

September 20th, 2008, 12:51 AM
Of course by this time all the dogs had come back already so I had to say hi to all my buddies of course. First up was "Conehead", the injury that is on the inside of his groin is still not all healed up but it did look a lot better than four nights ago. They had to give him a new E. collar tonight since the old one was pretty bashed up.

Next I went to say hi to Tula, I actually went into her kennel to play with her. She was such a sweetheart. We did some obedience stuff, then I just kind of horsed around with her for a bit. Then I spotted this red rubber parrot toy that she had next to her water bucket. I pointed to it and told her to "Get it" and she did, such a smart girl. I think it has a squeaker inside, but it doesn't squeak anymore. Anyhow, we played tug with it for a bit and then fetch with it. I would throw it to the end of her kennel and she would bring it back to me. She got dog slobber all over me, but I didn't mind. When I told her it was bed time and put her toy on her bed, she just picked up the toy and zoomed around. Finally when I did go, she looked at me with those big brown eyes and I had to turn away.

September 20th, 2008, 12:54 AM
TeriM - From what I have seen at the shelter, small or young dogs get adopted the fastest. Doubly so for small and young ones. The thing with Sasha is that he is 7 years old, there is nothing wrong with him, but to some prospective parents that can be off putting.

September 20th, 2008, 12:58 AM
I didn't go into her kennel though, since I had been in and out of quite a few already. I just said hi to her by the door, tickled her ears for a bit.

The problem is that there is kennel cough at the shelter again, we were good for a couple of months but apparently it just started up a few days ago. It comes and go. Quite a few dogs are over at the hospital (20 yards away, across the parking lot in the other building) and Brewster is in ISO (isolation) so I have to be really careful about washing my hands after each dog and using the disinfecting footbaths when going in and out of kennels.

Chico - You are probably correct about Zeke and Zoe not ever experiencing what playing is and therefore don't know how to react when other dogs or people want to play with them now.

September 20th, 2008, 01:23 AM
Daisy Mae is a cutie! :lovestruck:

Healing :goodvibes: for all the kennel cough doggies @ the shelter

September 20th, 2008, 07:15 AM
Scuba,thank's for keeping us in the loop of the goings on at the shelter,the steady stream of dogs and cats and all the great people,like you,who volunteer their time.
I tend to stay away from shelters,only dash in to HS to donate stuff,because I am a big wuzzy coward:shrug:
I am also impressed the shelter will do surgery on a "Staffie"I doubt they would do that here in the Toronto area,with the dreaded BSL.:yell:
Daisy-Mae looks like a sweety,hopefully she'll recover quick:pawprint:

So sorry the people who adopted Bella would not also take Sasha,I don't think I could have split them up,poor Sasha:sad:7yrs is not old age for a little dog.
:fingerscrfor an end to the kennel-cough :fingerscr

September 20th, 2008, 09:55 AM
Scuba thanks for another wonderful update! You must have so much fun!! I wish I had more time!

Did you ever have the opportunity to meet Tessa the GSD? I may be fortunate to meet her this weekend. She was adopted by a wonderful person my friends know! and he is coming up to Ontario!!

September 20th, 2008, 10:30 AM
BenMax - Sorry to the late reply to your question a few days ago, I was just going through and reading the individual posts before I noticed you had asked me a question. In regards to the shelter having specific contacts with rescue groups, I don't do enough of the administrative stuff to really know. Nor am I high up on the volunteer totem to get the whole picture. I do know that Bully Buddies, has been very active at fostering a lot of the dogs at the Vancouver SPCA shelter. Unfortunately that is the only one that I know about.

Winston - I only ever said hi to Tessa at the shelter once, she was in her kennel. Then the next time I went, she was in foster already. If you do see her, please say hi to her for me.

September 27th, 2008, 12:57 AM
I did walk on Monday evening but not any new dogs so no pictures (I know how everyone here likes pictures).

We had enough walkers with the new volunteers so it was pretty good. I took Daisy Mae out first, for a 25 minutes walk. Then back to the kennel for a cool down and rest for 15 minutes then I took her out again for another 25 minutes. I want to keep her walks short due to her knee.

She was pretty unruly for the first walk, but I don't blame her. I would be pretty crazy if I was kept in a kennel all day and probably won't listen to some guy asking me to do stuff once I am out. She really wanted to run but I couldn't let her. I made it up to her though by playing with her in her kennel. I don't think her previous owner ever played with her. She has no idea what a toy is, no matter what shape, size or form they come in. Most dogs go crazy if you bounce a ball for them, not Daisy. We still have fun though.

Then I let someone else have her for the evening. I then took Brewster out from ISO. He was pretty skinny before, well now he is a little chubby. We had a hour long walk. He was really good for me, only problem was trying to put a collar on him for his walk. Brewster knew what the collar in my hand meant and got a little too excited, tail going a 100 miles an hour and all wiggling around. Other then that, the walk was pretty good. No leash pulling at all, and good sit and waits when crossing the streets. I couldn't give him any treats however since he had an upset tummy.

That was pretty much it on Monday evening.

September 27th, 2008, 01:08 AM
The guy that I walked is a new resident to the shelter and doesn't have a picture up yet. But if you go to the Vancouver SPCA website, his name is Charlie.

There were a couple of other dogs that I was playing with, Rocky, Chai and Zoe (formerly known as Pinky). Only Chai has a picture, I will post later.

Sasha got adopted
Tula has finally gone to her forever home as well
Fluffy got adopted too

I am going to miss Tula, she was such a sweet heart and fun too.

On a sadder note, Fluffy/Puffy was put to sleep forever. After his surgery, his whole demeanor had changed and he just wasn't the same anymore. He didn't want to go for walks anymore and was all sulky. Then he became aggressive towards people, even the staff. I think he actually bit one of them. It is sad but I believe he is in a better place now.

September 27th, 2008, 01:23 AM
Charlie has some Border Collie in him, they say he is also GSD!? but who knows for sure. I was warned that he is a bit of a puller. He was for the first few blocks then once we got into the stride of things. He is actually very easy to walk. I had a hard time getting him to sit and wait plus any other verbal command. We will work on that though. The reason that was given for him being surrender to the shelter was that his family didn't have time for him anymore. What kind of bull crap is that, if they didn't have time for him, why did they get him in the first place. The guy hadn't been walked regularly, he keeps tangling his front legs into the leash when he stops and turns to sniff things. If you have a dog, especially one that has BC and or GSD in them, they need to be walked and exercised. When I see stuff like that at the shelter, it pisses me off.

I can understand if a person had to surrender their dog if there were veterinary bills that couldn't be paid. Medical conditions that has complicated into something that are out of their ability to cope with. Or changes in the financial situation of the owner and or housing that was out of their control.

Charlie was really weird on our walk, we were gone for over an hour and I got no pee or poo from the guy. He was sniffing anything and everything, a couple of times he even did that turn on the spot whilst sniffing thing but they were all false starts. First time for me since volunteering. Some boys or girls go as soon as they are out the gate or at least within the first 20-25 minutes of their walk. I got nothing from Charlie, not even a pee. :shrug:

When we got back to the kennel, he kept trying to stand up and lick my face (maybe I got a bit of marmite stuck on my face :confused:):).

I will post a picture of the guy as soon as one is available

September 27th, 2008, 01:35 AM
I was playing with Rocky (a black lab cross, but if you weren't told, you would think he was all lab). He was super hyper, all jumping up on people and stuff. We are going to work on his manners once we have a chance.

Then there was Chai, she is Chihuahua cross with something. She is a small girl but got big dog attitude. It is pretty funny to watch her.

Of course I said hi to Zoe and Daisy Mae as well. I got into their kennels and spent some quality one on one time with both of them. Daisy keeps thinking she is a lap dog for some reason. Also, she strongly believed that Charlie did not fo a good enough job or myself for that matter of cleaning my face earlier.

I also said hi to a pretty face that I did not think I would see again. A white PB girl, her name was Pinky and she was found tied up to the stair outside of the Vancouver SPCA shelter a couple of months ago. She had gone into foster and they changed her name to Zoe. Now she is back at the shelter again, I have no idea why. No volunteers are allowed to walk her, I don't know why and it is not my place to ask so...

September 27th, 2008, 01:45 AM
On a lighter side, the evenings get dark much earlier now and it is not as warm. The kennels are not drying out as quickly now. When volunteers take the dogs out, their kennel are washed by certain volunteers, staff and coordinators or any combination of. Normally, they are pretty dry by the time the dogs come back. Tonight, that wasn't the case. To help the coordinator, my friend (newly carded volunteer :thumbs up) and I took some towels to the floors of the kennel.

Rocky kept thinking it was a game and wanted me to play tug of war with the towel. :frustrated:

Daisy Mae, just kept trying to climb into my lap or on my back. Which ever way I happened to be facing. :yell:

Chai and some of the other smaller dogs didn't know what I was trying to do with a towel in their kennels. Most of them were pretty freaked out and were trying to hide in a corner. One of them calmed down enough to say hi at the end. :) His name is Jimmy.

September 27th, 2008, 02:05 AM
:highfive: for Sasha and Tula

:sad: Fluffy :rip: playing happily at The Rainbow Bridge ( now :candle:

The reason that was given for him being surrender to the shelter was that his family didn't have time for him anymore.

Unfortunately it happens far too often :sad::frustrated:

When we got back to the kennel, he kept trying to stand up and lick my face (maybe I got a bit of marmite stuck on my face :confused:):).

:laughing: between the repeated face washes & the towel tugging sounds like it was quite the adventure tonight :D

September 29th, 2008, 05:09 AM
Aw I have enjoyed seeing all those lovely pics of the gorgeous dogs and hope each one will be so very happy in their new forever homes and hope those who are still waiting for one, will find someone soon. They are great. You do great work and it must be so rewarding. Good on you.

September 29th, 2008, 06:28 AM
Thanks for keeping us updated, Scuba, I love reading your posts.

:rip: Fluffy/Puffy. :candle: You are now painfree and able to run.

September 29th, 2008, 04:06 PM
The first picture is of Charlie and the second one is Rocky.

September 29th, 2008, 04:21 PM
Aww Scuba,Charlie is a beauty,I hope Karma catches up with his owner,how do they sleep nights:shrug:
Rocky really looks like a lab,beautiful pup:lovestruck:
Thank's for taking the time to report to us:thumbs up
:rip:sweet little Fluffy/Puffy:candle:

September 30th, 2008, 12:37 AM
Awww look at that sweet Charlie face :lovestruck: yup looks like GSD cross he's got the Shepherd nose/face.

Rocky's got lab in him for sure, I also see either hound or Dobe in that face too :cloud9:

September 30th, 2008, 12:47 AM
Sorry, no new pictures.

There were not that many dogs at the shelter tonight, which is good. I was running a little late and only dogs left were Rocky and Zoe (Zeke's Zoe). Since Rocky was bouncing off the walls and more volunteers were coming, I thought I would take Rocky. The coordinator on duty tonight and I had a really hard time putting on a harness for the guy. Rocky was just way too excited. In the end I just put a regular collar on him and walked him with that. Personally I don't like harnesses so it was ok with me.

Only thing was that the big puppy in Rocky kept wanting to play bite and jump on people. He actually put a few holes in my shirt and tore one of the selves. It was an old shirt but one that was comfortable. :mad: But Rocky, is just a big puppy at 8 months old and he has never had any previous training so doesn't know any better. I don't blame him at all, just trying to work with the big fellow. He doesn't realise how sharp his teeth are and how strong he can be. I tried to ignore him jumping on me and that worked for a few times. Until he caught on that once he stops we will start walking again, then he just started to jump constantly. Finally I had to knee him in his chest a few times. Nothing out of a kung-fu movie, I just watched and timed his jump then held my knee up for him to jump into. Rocky caught on pretty quick that jumping wasn't fun anymore.

He can be a really good boy, he just needs a firm and consistent guardian to train him. He knows sits and downs, and will do them on command even without treats. Just loads of praise and a good rub behind his ears and he is happy as can be. Plus he has too much energy, if he was exercised more, I think he would be much bettered behaved. Tonight I kept him on a short leash, choked up on the leash so that he was always just 2-3 feet from me. I am trying to get him to not pull so much. As soon as he pulls, I change the direction we are going. Doubling back, cross the street or suddenly walk around stuff. By the end of our walk, he was paying much more attention to me and not pulling as much. There is still loads to do though and much work and practice. This is hard and I know that by the end Rocky was really tired and wasn't having much fun. But its in his best interest, if he does not jump on people and has good leash manners. The chances of him being adopted sky rockets, especially since he is really young.

I am sorry buddy. :sad:

PS. The poor boy had the runs and I couldn't give him any treats either.

September 30th, 2008, 12:51 AM
Chico, Growler - In sunlight, you can definitely see the Dobe in Rocky. There are brown highlights around his muzzle and around his feet and ankles. You need to have the light just right to see it though. Plus his coat does not feel like a lab's coat. I don't really know how to explain that. :shrug: But to me it just feels different.

September 30th, 2008, 12:55 AM
Well inspite of it not being so fun, you did a good job with training tonight :thumbs up. Hopefully :fingerscr it will start to stick soon & he will learn walks can be much more fun w/out the horsing around :rolleyes: and even better to get him a furever home sooner :goodvibes:

No fun either when they've got the :yuck: runs :sad:

September 30th, 2008, 01:55 AM
GOOD NEWS, Brewster is out of ISO now and back in the regular kennels. Looks much better now. He was roorooing at me tonight. Being a good little trooper for the new volunteers.

Zoe (she will always be Pinky to me), apparently has been moved to Surrey. :mad:

PS. If I wasn't mistaken, I saw a lady walking her pet ferret again tonight, it was around 7pm so I wasn't really sure. I have seen her before (well I wouldn't recognise her, but how many people are there around the neighborhood that has got a pet ferret and walks them). It is really funny to see the dogs' reaction, most of them don't know how to react. They know it is not a dog but it is not a cat either.:confused: They get pretty confused, it is mostly the little dogs that bark up a storm.

September 30th, 2008, 02:03 AM
:highfive: Awesome for Brewster - he's a cutie :D

:fingerscr Zoe will get adopted soon, maybe Scuba needs to to make a trip to Surrey ;)

Ferrets are so cute :lovestruck: I can just imagine the dogs :confused: trying to figure them out :crazy: :laughing:

October 4th, 2008, 01:07 AM
I didn't see Chai and Jimmy at the shelter tonight. Nothing was up on the boards but I wouldn't be surprised if they were adopted, but I will check on that and post an update ASAP.

I got there really early tonight and the coordinator tonight asked me to take Charlie out first and I did. He was pretty crazy for the first 15 minutes or so. Once he had calmed down he is pretty good. We are still working on the sit and wait. Overall he is much better behaved on a leash on. It was pretty funny watching him sniff at everything and not pee at all again. At least he did a number two for me this time. I didn't notice it before, but lately Charlie seems to get overly excited when he sees a person on a bicycle go by. Like, wanting to bolt out on to the street and chase it excited. That is something that will have to be addressed. It was drizzling out tonight and a Friday night and I didn't know if there were going to be enough walkers so I went back with Charlie after only walking him for 30 minutes.

It turned out that we had enough walkers, all the dogs where out when I got back with Charlie. Therefore, I took him right out again. We took it slow, the rain was starting to pick up at this point. Charlie was a little crazy coming out of the shelter again but calmed down pretty fast the second time around. We swung by a drinking fountain and I filled up an empty gallon ice-cream bucket with water for Charlie. He only wanted a little and was doing little zoomies on the end of the leash telling me he wanted to go, so we did. We had loads of time so we kind of just meandered around the neighborhood. I noticed a car in a carport had its lights left on by accident so Charlie and I rung the door bell to tell the house. The lady who answer the door must have been surprised to see a guy and a dog soaking wet standing on the front step. I told her about the car and we went on out way.

It was getting pretty dark and Charlie kept going to the left and right in front of me. He was cutting across me to go sniff things, the problem was that, he and I both zagged at the same time once and I accidentally stepped on his left rear paw. He yelped and kind of scuttled sideways. I stopped right away and asked him to come to me and I examined his paw. Everything seemed ok and Charlie started licking my face (I was kneeling down at his level) so I guessed he knew that I did not step on him intentionally. Charlie did want to get into some left over McDonalds in the gutter on the way back but I told him "no" and he was a good boy for listening to me. When we went by the car with the lights left on a second time, the lights were offed. Either they came out and turned the lights off or the batteries were dead.

Charlie was soaked to the bones by this point and didn't have quite the same spring in his step by this time. He was really good on his leash though, kept looking at me or listening for directions. I noticed one of my shoe lace was undone and as I was tying it, Charlie took the opportunity to give my left ear a good clean. Only the one ear though :confused:. When I got him back to the shelter, I took him off to a little room with a towel to dry him off. He kept walking away so it was really hard to dry him off properly. :frustrated:

He seemed really tired, relaxed and calm back in his kennel. It was an hour and half walk so I guess he was kind of done.

I did say hi to everybody else, Rocky, Daisy, Zoe and Zeke. Brewster went a little crazy when I said hi to him. Seeing him out of ISO is so good. :)

October 4th, 2008, 01:28 AM
Good amount of time in a walk for a dog like Charlie :thumbs up, there is a saying a tired pup is a happy pup :)

October 4th, 2008, 06:40 AM
Scuba,I was hoping Charlie would have been adopted by now,he looks very adoptable,but I am glad he had a couple of walks with you:thumbs up
Do they have a fenced in run,where the pups can be let off leash on the SPCA property??
:fingerscrfor more adoptions this weekend:fingerscr
Thank's Scuba!

October 7th, 2008, 12:58 AM
Chico2 - Unfortunately there is no runs for the dogs or puppies at the Vancouver SPCA shelter. Some of the coordinators and staffs keep saying they will build one, but I know that is just a fancy and it will never happen. The problem is not the people not willing to put in the effort. The main issue is space. There just isn't any room at the site for something like a run.

Chai Turns out that she wasn't adopted, she was just over at the hospital getting spayed.

October 7th, 2008, 01:04 AM
I was running a bit late tonight, missed a connecting bus (it is 15 minutes quicker if I ride my bicycle!?). By the time that I got there, everyone was out already, well except for two new residents, whom I am not allow to take out since they haven't had their assessments yet. I personally think it was ridiculous but rules are rules so.

I pitched in doing other stuff for a while, hosing, scrubbing and squeegeeing the kennels. First one back was Dashi, I could have taken him out but I was in the middle of cleaning the kennels so I just suggested to the volunteer that he take Dashi for another spin.

Picture of Dashi, he is quite handsome.

October 7th, 2008, 01:07 AM
Next one back was Meeka, she just had a litter of puppies and is pretty timid. Sweet girl though. Same thing, I was still drying out the kennels so I let the volunteer take her straight out again.

October 7th, 2008, 01:15 AM
Dashi is very handsome :lovestruck: and Meeka looks like a real sweetheart :lovestruck:. Did the puppies come in as well?

October 7th, 2008, 01:20 AM
Next to come back was my darling girl Zoe. All white and fluffy, I was going to take her out but the coordinator remember that there was a dog in ISO so I had to walk ISO instead. :wall:

I did say hi to Zoe, gave her a good cuddle and opened up the little meet and greet room for her and her new volunteer to get some one on one girl heart to heart time.

Then I had to sign out and pack all my stuff and get over to ISO. Luckily there was only one fellow in there. I had seen him around in the kennels and I remember him before he got sick and went to the hospital and finally into ISO. His name is Handsome, he is a SBT and he was found abandoned in a park.:yell: Why?????????? He is so well behaved, and just so easy going. He has those little wrinkly bits on his forehead between his eyes that looks like he is constantly frowning, it is pretty funny. His coat is great and his leash manners are superb. I don't get why someone would just abandon the poor fellow.

Poor guy kept sneezing and coughing on our walk but he didn't care, he just wanted to go for his walk. Coming out of ISO, his tail kept whacking my legs. His sits are really good too. He is all muscle but behaves really well on a leash, doesn't pull at all. Plus he is laid back and calm. A few off leash dogs ran up to him tonight and he didn't bark, growl or strain at all. Just look at them and when I said "lets go" he would just keep walking. :thumbs up He is such a good boy, keeps bumping into my knees when we walk since I am not used to having a dog heel on walks.

As soon as he is out of ISO, I will try to get hold of a picture of the guy.

October 7th, 2008, 01:22 AM
Teri - I didn't see any puppies at all, wouldn't surprise me if they are in foster though. Or even been adopted out, puppies come through the shelter really quick. Most of the time, they are in and out, not even enough time for the website to post anything.

October 7th, 2008, 01:43 AM
At least the off-timing worked well for Handsome, getting his walk in tonight and sounds like you got lots of needed stuff done around the kennels :thumbs up

October 9th, 2008, 01:21 AM
I have been diligently going on to the SPCA website everyday since Monday night to try and get a picture of the guy. Since he is back on the website, I guess that means he is out of ISO now. :thumbs up

I don't think this picture does the guy any justice, but it was the only one that I could find.

October 9th, 2008, 01:38 AM
Aptly named - he is Handsome even in the silly hat :D

October 9th, 2008, 07:03 AM
Scuba,Dashi is beautiful,his name probably short for Dashing:lovestruck:
Little Chai is such a sweet girl,hopefully there is a home for her out there,same for all the others of course:fingerscr
Handsome is really handsome,he must be good to put up with that dumb hat and glasses.
Poor Meeka,no more puppies for her though,she will be spayed too right?
Thank's again,although it's sooo sad,all these pups having no homes,at least they are safe for now,no euthanasia I hope:fingerscr

October 16th, 2008, 01:20 AM
Sorry, I didn't get to go to the SPCA on Monday morning, had some stuff I had to take care of.

Conehead has gone to his new home, I was wondering where the big clown had gone.
Zeke has gone to his forever home. I am kind of sad since his girlfriend is still here.
Charlie has found a new home as well.

I am happy for Zeke, and Zoe is actually doing pretty good on her own.

Rocky and Dashi are sharing a kennel together. They get along really well and are doing great. Rocky sometimes still has bad manners but he is getting there. Lots of hard work and all.

October 16th, 2008, 01:36 AM
I didn't see Meeka and there are no dogs in ISO at the moment so hopefully she has been adopted. Could be over at the hospital, I don't know, forgot to ask.

I was there really really early tonight, like 17:00 early. It worked out great though. One poor boy, Huxley, was dying to get out and none of the staff had the time to take him so I got to go on an early walk. Right out the gate and he did a big pee, right on the gate.:eek:

Then five minutes into our walk, he does a number two for me. Good boy, the sun hadn't gone down yet so I could actually see what I had to pick up. The thing was that he walked around this tree whilst doing his number two. In the end there were like 3 piles of poo.:shrug:

I had to use two baggies to tidy it all up. I didn't mind, but I just thought it was really funny watching him repositioning himself. Once his ablution was done we got on with the important business of walking. Huxley is basically a big puppy. He kept wanting to roll around in smelly stuff and really enjoys sniffing at all the trees, lampposts and signs. He has pretty good leash manners and is good with basic obedience. His sit is really funny though. He sits leaning to one side and on his own tail, every time.

He will have the zoomies all of a sudden though, play bowing and everything. Then he might get mouthy with the leash. Calms down and behaves again quickly though. This boy needs some confidence with new things and situations however. He seems pretty shy and timid.

We had a walk that was over an hour long. By the time we got back it was past 18:00 and no one were left in the kennels except for two new guys that needed assessments.

Two volunteers, I think they are a couple. Showed up on their bicycles and I passed Huxley off to them.

October 16th, 2008, 01:42 AM
Awww, what a cutie :lovestruck:.

October 16th, 2008, 01:46 AM
:thumbs up good news for Conehead, Zeke & Charlie
:fingerscr that Meeka was adopted

Huxley is adorable :lovestruck:

October 16th, 2008, 01:51 AM
Then one of the coordinators came back with Nester. He has some Bullmastiff in him and is a big fellow. I thought I would take him out again and try to tire him out so that he would sleep a little better. Right out of the gate, I had some dominance issue with him. He wanted to fight me for the leash, there were loads of pulling as well. Nester would kept biting the leash, when I wouldn't let go of it he started growling too. I just kept calm and ignored him whilst keeping a tight reign on the leash. He was tugging and jerking the leash pretty hard. I just stood there, my side to him not looking directly at him. After almost ten minutes. I guess he figured that he wasn't going to win this one and just dropped the leash and stood there.

Then I took him for a walk, once he figured out that I was in charge we got on really well. He would walk right beside me. When we came across other dogs. He was very calm so that is good. Since he had been out before hand, I kept the walk to about 30 minutes. The walk was actually every enjoyable once we reached an understanding. He would even watch me for directions.

Back at the SPCA shelter, I ran into my buddy Brewster. He doesn't seem himself lately. I think he needs to get out of the kennels soon, either into foster or a forever home. I gave him a good hug and some treats. Then Brewster and Nester got to play and socialise together for a bit (both on leash with volunteers and coordinators attending). It looked pretty rough since they are both big guys, but it was fun for them.:thumbs up

Nester just needs a guardian who is confident and show him who is boss.

October 16th, 2008, 01:59 AM
Nester is a handsome dude :lovestruck: the challenge dogs are always fun :D
:goodvibes: for Brewster :fingerscr hopefully soon

October 16th, 2008, 02:04 AM
Oh yeah and the funniest incident I almost forgot to mention, it happened with Huxley.

Often time, if a dog is pretty well behaved, I will let them take the initiative on the walks. For example, which way they want to go, what to sniff and stuff. Only stepping in for the stops at intersections and crosswalks or for safety issues. Anyhow, Huxley decided he wanted to go down an alley and I didn't mind since it would lead us to the back of a park a few blocks away any hows. He was really having a good time sniffing stuff. The thing was that I was trying to steer him around some broken glass near a dumpster. Before I knew it, we were beside this dark blue futon that someone had dumped in the alley. I didn't even notice there was this big black and white cat sleeping on it until we were right next to it. I don't think Huxley noticed the cat until the last moment either. Any ways, this cat looks at Huxley, they are a foot apart and I didn't know what was going to happen. The cat suddenly gets up, Huxley's ears perk up. Then the cat jumped off the futon away from us. The thing was that Huxley jumped as well, AWAY from the cat, about two feet back. Then they looked at each other for a bit, and the cat just turned around and wanders off. I was laughing my ass off at this point. I think Huxley was more scared of the cat than anything else. He was looking at me with his big brown eyes afterward so I gave him a treat.

As I was leaving the SPCA on my bicycle I also came across Rocky again and Huxley as well. Said my good byes and rode off.

October 16th, 2008, 02:07 AM
aww maybe Huxley's never seen a cat before :pawprint:

October 16th, 2008, 06:49 AM
Scuba,you are having all kinds of adventures with these guys/girls and big Huxley,afraid of a little cat:laughing:
It seems to me adoptions go pretty good,but of course there are sooo many more needing homes.
:thumbs upthat Charlie,Conehead and Zeke and hopefully good news for Meeka too:fingerscr
Good job Scuba:grouphug:

October 16th, 2008, 11:06 AM
Scuba,you are having all kinds of adventures with these guys/girls and big Huxley,afraid of a little cat:laughing:
It seems to me adoptions go pretty good,but of course there are sooo many more needing homes.
:thumbs upthat Charlie,Conehead and Zeke and hopefully good news for Meeka too:fingerscr
Good job Scuba:grouphug:

Chico - Actually that black and white alley cat was a pretty big fellow. I would peg him at about 15 pounds.

Growler - Funny you should say that Huxley has never seen a :cat: before, in actual fact. We had walked past a house just a little earlier with a cat lounging on the steps. Huxley was looking at it, no straining on the leash or anything. No growling or barking, just looked at it and kept on sniffing stuff, then walked on with me. Some dogs at the SPCA shelter that I walk get really excited at seeing cats, really want to chase them but Huxley is good.

October 16th, 2008, 03:56 PM
This is Tilly, only managed to walk for 20 minutes with her since it was getting late but she seems to be really friendly.

Tilly is so cute! It amazes me the dogs people don't want anymore!

October 16th, 2008, 11:53 PM
Growler - Funny you should say that Huxley has never seen a :cat: before, in actual fact. We had walked past a house just a little earlier with a cat lounging on the steps. Huxley was looking at it, no straining on the leash or anything. No growling or barking, just looked at it and kept on sniffing stuff, then walked on with me. Some dogs at the SPCA shelter that I walk get really excited at seeing cats, really want to chase them but Huxley is good.

:laughing: maybe Huxley was expecting a laid back cat like the one on the stairs :D and was just taken aback by the jump :laughing: Dogs can be so funny sometimes :cloud9:

October 17th, 2008, 06:03 AM
Omg, all these dogs are gorgous!!!

October 18th, 2008, 09:51 AM
I had gotten to the shelter really early again, I was looking forward to walking either Huxley or Zoe again. Zoe is adoption pending. However since there were quite a few new volunteers I thought I would let them take the "easy" ones.

I had to talk shop with a long timer volunteer and a coordinator about making leashes again for a few minutes anyways so it didn't really matter. Even though my household sewing machine finally crapped out on me, I am going to try something new. The new leashes are going to be riveted instead to sewn. I don't know how it is going to work out so I am going to do a test batch first. Finger's crossed, also I was really surprised to see one of my original leashes hanging in the volunteer's room again. I thought they had all disappeared a long time ago already. After the evening I took that one back home with me since it is the last of the leashes from me that were sewn.

The first dog I took out was Brewster. He started out the walk pretty good, did his business right away, both number ones and twos. Then 15 minutes into his walk, he just stopped and wouldn't go anymore and kept turning around looking in the direction of the SPCA. No matter how I was encouraging him, it didn't work. In the end I just took him back, so we only had a 20 minutes walk. Then the staff thought she would leave the harness on Brewster back in his kennel so that some one else could try taking him again later. Bad mistake, Brewster chewed through the thing, nylon strap and plastic buckle.:frustrated:

I don't know what is up with the fellow lately. He is still really friendly and affectionate. Will play and cuddle just fine, but he needs to get out of the shelter soon. This weekend I will try to contact Bully Buddies myself if I can.

October 18th, 2008, 09:56 AM
By the time I was done with Brewster, there weren't anyone else I could take out (there were two new resident, no assessments yet) so I grabbed a brush and squeegee and helped clean out the kennels again.

Just as I was about to be done, two little cuties came back. One was Emma and the other was an Australian shepherd. The AS is not up for adoption yet so no pictures yet, he is handsome and easy going though.

Emma is just so cute.

October 18th, 2008, 10:03 AM
Emma just had surgery so needs short walks, since she had just come back. I thought I would let her rest and took the Australian instead. We had a good 30 minutes walk.

When we got back, once I had put the AS away. I helped one of the other volunteer get Nester out of the kennel for another walk.

Then I was playing with a girl name Lucy for a bit. After a while she rolled over on her side and three people quickly surrounded her and proceeded to give her belly rubs.

October 18th, 2008, 10:10 AM
Then Nester came back straining on his leash with his volunteer attached. It turns out Nester got a little out of hand biting the leash and stuff again. The volunteer had to drop his rope toy and bag of poo just to keep control of the leash. She was wearing thin gloves but she mentioned that Nester had her hand in his mouth for a bit, I have first hand experience with that, the big fellow has sharp teeth. :frustrated:

In the end, I put him back in his kennel, the staff was busy helping somebody else. Then I went out with the volunteer to help look for where she had dropped the things.

Then it was pretty much time to put everyone to bed. The problem was that Dashi and Rocky weren't being very helpful in that endeavor. In the end we humans persevered and managed to put everyone away for bed.

October 21st, 2008, 01:01 AM
Turns out Handsome hadn't been adopted, he was transferred to the Burnaby SPCA. :sorry:

I had to find out by myself too, just browsing online and I recgonised the big guy.

Didn't get to talk to the manager or head coordinator tonight about me making leashes for the shelter. They weren't around.

The model No.2 leash seems to be working fine. Instead of sewing the leash, I use a punch and hammer. Then use the hammer again with some rivets and washers. In the end it just wasn't worth the money to fix a sewing machine that I got for free.:rip:

The new model leash takes less time to make. ME GUY, THIS HAMMER. Bash bash, leash done!! But the new leash cost about a loonie more in material.

First guy to try out my new line of leash was Dashi. The guy was off his rockers tonight. Kept wanting to pull and was barking like crazy. My arms were like lead after an hour. People on the street kept looking at me. It was pretty crazy. Good thing was that it showed me the end style of construction for my leashes work. Dashi was barking like crazy for the first ten minutes out of the gate from excitement, then it was pretty much barking at this and that. Whatever caught his fancy. After a while he was also barking in frustration, since there was this two legged thing attached to him with a leash that wouldn't just let him tear down the street. Sometimes, it was into the street with cars as well.

After an hour of tug of war/ walking, I get back to the shelter only to find out that Dashi and Rocky's kennel hadn't been cleaned out yet. Had to take him out for another 20 minutes.

October 21st, 2008, 01:05 AM
Next up was Nester, only got two blocks before I brought him back to the shelter though. This guy was just acting up and not helping me at all. He was trying to fight me for the leash again. This time he actually caught me on my knuckles really good with his teeth. I have got a lovely blood blister on my right index finger knuckle.

It was just a little too much for me after more than an hour of Dashi. So, I just brought him back to his kennel.

October 21st, 2008, 01:15 AM
Huxley was back by this time already whilst Brewster, Zoe and Daisy Mae were all still out. I was going to take Huxley out, just wanted something relaxed after Dashi and Nester. There was a new volunteer and she didn't know who she wanted to take, in the end I suggested that she take Huxley since he is such a good boy.

After Huxley had gone out, I looked around and decided to take somebody that I didn't know. His name is Copper and he is six years old. A little chubby and slight over weight, but nothing that a little exercise wouldn't take care of. Pretty easy going fellow, likes to do things at his own pace. All round good boy. Was getting pretty dark, so we were only gone for 30 minutes. Nothing exciting happened on our walk.

It was once we had got back to the shelter when the excitement went off the charts again. Of course it wasn't Zoe, Huxley or Copper. It was the wonder twins Dashi and Rocky again. Trying to get them to go to bed is like a Herculean task.:wall: But we two legged apes with our opposable thumbs won out.

October 21st, 2008, 01:35 AM
:fingerscr Bby SPCA can help Handsome find his furever home soon :goodvibes:

Those pups sometimes they just get a little :crazy: cooped up in there all day. Maybe next time start out with a 5-10 min run loosen them up a little, makes them pay attention better :D

Good job on the new leashes :thumbs up now you know it works real well.

Hope you cleaned your hand really good :goodvibes:

Glad you had a nice relaxing walk at the end w/Copper :thumbs up

October 27th, 2008, 11:08 PM
Something came up at the last minute the previous Friday and I couldn't get my butt over to the SPCA. I went tonight with some new leashes that I had made. Gave the leashes to a few volunteers that I had promised leashes for. I had to wait a few minutes for one lady and whilst waiting I just helped with the kennel maintenance again, I am actually getting pretty good at it.

Anyhow, just I finished up, the lady showed up and I gave her a brand spanking new leash (blue). There weren't many dogs left and I asked for this one Carne Corso pup, she is a cutie pie at 8 months old. Fawn coloured with a bit of white on her chest. The coordinator asked the lady with her new leash and I to take Karma together, we didn't mind so off the three of us went. Karma did her number ones and twos right away so it was all good. The problem started when she started jumping on us, mouthing our hands, biting out clothes and mouthing the leash. Basically she was a real handful.:evil:

I had a toy with me and sometimes I was able to get her to focus her attention on the toy but she gets distracted easily and then goes all naughty again. I have got some pretty interesting bruises on my arm. Basically this dog doesn't know what is acceptable play or not. Her sit and some other basic obedience is spot on if she is paying attention so she can be good. The problem is that she is not behaving most of the time. The lady actually handed her off to me since she was pulling and yanking on the leash really hard.

Half way through our walk, Karma had basically gnawed through the brand new leash already.:wall::yell::frustrated: I had to walk her the rest of the way holding on to the middle of the leash. She can be sweet and well behaved but just needs to learn some manners and boundaries. Karma isn't available for adoption yet so I done have a picture of her yet.

October 27th, 2008, 11:12 PM
We both decided that after Karma, we needed a :dog: that was a little bit more easy going. Copper was just hanging out in his kennel so we took him, with another one of my leashes (one that I kept for myself). Copper was really easy going. Just wanted to wander around and sniff stuff.

He did get into a part of a sandwich that somebody had dropped on to the sidewalk.:yuck:

Otherwise it was a good walk all in all.

October 27th, 2008, 11:15 PM
I had walked Alex before, but he wasn't up for adoption due to ownership issues before so I had no pictures.

Finally his owner surrendered him to the Vancouver SPCA and now that he is available here is a picture of the guy.

October 27th, 2008, 11:17 PM
Zoe has gone to her forever home
Huxley had gone home to his new family

I miss the both of them, I had no worries about them not getting adopted out. What was not to like about them. Lovely and well behaved.

October 28th, 2008, 01:15 AM
:thumbs up for Zoe & Huxley

:lovestruck: Alex :lovestruck: is adorable, he will have no problem getting adopted soon :cloud9:

October 28th, 2008, 11:31 AM
Just wanted to say that you guys are doing an amazing job. Thank you for caring and taking care of the animals the way you do!


November 1st, 2008, 12:01 AM
Due to the bus running late (both my bicycles are kind of out of commission, I swear I didn't take anything apart :rolleyes:), I got to the shelter about 15 minutes pass six. All the doggies were gone already. It was just the coordinator cleaning the kennels, so I changed into some wellingtons and got to work too.

Pretty soon, the first dog was back, he is a husky named, Robbie. Since I had like two kennels left and there was another volunteer that had showed up. I let her take Robbie out again first. Unfortunately no pictures yet.

By the time I was done all the kennels more dogs were coming back already.:thumbs up

Rocky, Dashi and Nester all got transferred to another SPCA shelter in the Lower Mainland. Not sure which one. Apparently that place has space for Rocky and Dashi to run around in.

November 1st, 2008, 12:14 AM
Then one of my friend showed up (she is a volunteer as well). We took Alex out together. I still can't get over how cool he looks with different colour eyes. Plus he is really easy going and a joy to walk. He can be very timid and scared at times but nothing major. Just as we left the shelter, another dog, Ursa was coming back with her volunteer. Since they were both pretty well behaved, we let them have a sniff and greet. Then everyone went their own ways.

We had gone about a block when I realised that I still had on rubber boots, they are not mine, just the SPCA ones that volunteers can use and since they didn't fit me all that well. I decided to run back and change into my own shoes. I told my friend and Alex to go on first and that I would catch up to them. Alex got a little freaked out when I came running back up to them.

He actually barked at me, and placed my friend between himself and me. After a bit he calmed down. I gave him some treats, a good rub and we were friends again.

I was really happy that it was kind of drizzling with rain tonight, since it meant there weren't that many people out trick or treating and hence not too many fireworks going off.

When I got back to the shelter, I found out that Daisy Mae bit another of my friend a few times. She had gotten overly excited, with some fireworks going off and seeing kids running around. Apparently she saw another dog, wanted to cross the street and when my friend didn't let her. She turned around and bit him on the arm. I wasn't there so, I am just telling it like he told me. He has some pretty nasty bruises on his arm and Daisy tore a couple of holes in his rain jacket.:wall:

Anyway, a picture of Ursa. She killed a stuffie in her kennel tonight. I couldn't even tell what it was.

November 1st, 2008, 12:29 AM
Next, I was going to walk a dog that is in ISO, but when I went to the hospital no one answered my ringing of the doorbell. So, I wandered back to the kennels and took a Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross named Chance. He is really handsome, brindle in colour. I don't remember how old he is but he was found as a stray and no one came to claim him.

He is really easy going and well mannered on leash. Chance has moments when he acts all puppy like, wanting to jump on people and stuff. But he doesn't mouth or play bite. Plus as soon as you tell him "no" or to sit. He will stop, you can see that he is fighting to contain himself. His thighs and tail are all twitchy. He heels all by himself when walking on a leash. I actually tripped over him on our walk tonight, I fell right on top of him and he didn't freak out or anything. He was scared for only one moment as I was felling on him, but as soon as he realised that I wasn't about to attack him, he was alright. I took some skin off of my right hand on the asphalt. As I was kneeling there on top of Chance, he wiggled out from under me, came up to my face and gave me a lick. I think he was trying to say "Are you ok buddy? I didn't mean to walk right it front of you to sniff something and trip you up. I am sorry."

Since I was down at his level already, I decided I might as well pet the guy for a bit and rub him behind his ears. After I collected myself, we continued on our walk. It was really good, Chance didn't let any of the fireworks going off faze him at all. Plus he would stop and sit at the intersections when I ask him to.

After we got back, I got into his kennel with him for a bit of one on one time. Then it was time for bed for him.

Unfortunately there isn't a picture of him available yet, as soon as one turns up I will post it.

November 3rd, 2008, 11:40 PM
There was a dog from last week that I was playing with for a bit, didn't have a chance to take him out on a walk. Just played with him in the volunteers' room for a bit. He was originally found on the Squamish Indian reserve. Didn't have a name or anything when he first came in. Then someone at the SPCA named him Austin. Actually, the mother and daughter who were walking him last week was calling him "Squamie".

Anyway, finally a few days ago his picture when up. I was kind of hoping to walk him tonight but when I got there. He was gone already. I don't see his information online either so hopefully he either got fostered or adopted.

November 3rd, 2008, 11:52 PM
So instead of walking Austin, I got to walk Quantum instead. He has huge ears, this guy is an all round good boy. Knows sit and some other stuff. Doesn't really pull on leash and generally has good leash manners. Quantum got surrendered to the SPCA by his owner because he had hurt himself playing and his owner couldn't afford the vet bills. Now that he is all better, hopefully he will go to a new home soon.

Only minor incident we had was that during our walk, Quantum found a piece of bone in the leaves on a lawn. He wouldn't release it when I asked him to "Drop it". In the end, I took out my little bag of treats and pulled out a piece of beef treat. As soon as he saw that, he sat down all by himself and dropped the piece of bone on to the pavement.:laughing:

I guess a niece piece of beef treat was much better than some dried up bit of bone.

Also, on our walk we encountered the lady who had her brand new leash destroyed by Karma. Since I had her new leash in my pocket, I gave it to her. Of course Quantum just had to try and jump on her for attention. After we both told him to "Sit" he did and got introduced properly.

Other than that, out walk was pretty leisurely.

PS. Dogs and their noses, it was dark out already and the lawn was covered with leaves and yet he still managed to find that piece of bone.

November 3rd, 2008, 11:57 PM
I can't usually get into this thread because of my slow dial-up trying (and failing) to download all the pics at once--but my timing is good tonight! Got the first two as you were posting them! :thumbs up

Austin is so handsome :flirt: I can see why he would get adopted fast. I hope that's what happened to him and he's in his forever home :goodvibes:

And look at the ears on that Quantum! :lovestruck: What a cutie! :cloud9: He sounds like quite the character, too!

You're doing a great thing spending so much time with these lovely dogs in need, Scuba! :highfive:

November 4th, 2008, 12:10 AM
Since I had actually gotten to the shelter early tonight, after my walk with Quantum there was still plenty of time. It was good since there were two dogs in ISO. Unfortunately one of them turned out to be Chance.

When I first went into the ISO kennel, something stank. I couldn't figure out what it was. Since I knew Chance and he seemed to recognise me, I decided to take the other dog out first. I didn't know the other dog and if something happened I would have more time to deal with the situation.

The other dog in ISO with Chance is Beckum, he is a mastiff cross, brindle in colour and he is approximately six. I don't really know what his story is. The stuff online and the info on the kennel is totally mixed up. So I guess it is something in the middle. Basically he had been hit by a car and got surrendered to the SPCA. I think?

His legs and hips seem all better know. I had seen him in the regular kennels last week. But now the poor guy has the doggie coughs. He is very strong, when I first went into his kennel to put a leash on him, he was jumping on me. As soon as I told him to sit though, he stopped and sat for me.:angel: I took this as a good sign and that even though he is strong, that he would be well behaved and easy to walk. Boy was I mistaken, as soon as we got outside. He wouldn't listen to me at all.:evil: No sits at the intersections for me and wouldn't heel either.

He knew what I wanted him to do, but he would just stand there looking at me.:wall:

But I was a big softie tonight, I figured the poor guy was stuck in ISO so I cut him some slack. Good thing was that even though he is strong, he does not pull too much whilst on leash.

Beckum did back his bum (no tail on this guy) all the way into some pretty thick ivy to do his number two. I had a real hard time trying to pick up all the pieces.

Chance was going crazy when I took Beckum out first, and he barked up a storm when we got back.

November 4th, 2008, 12:31 AM
When I finally got to Chance (unfortunately still no pictures of the guy), I finally figured out what that SMELL was. Chance had done a big big pile of number two in his kennel. I missed it when I was looking because the guy was standing over it before.:eek: It was just me, so I had to get a leash on Chance, tie him up in the corridor after a feeble attempt to wipe his feet (kept moving around too much). Then I had to move his toys and bed out of the kennel. I picked up most of the poo with a bag and hosed out the kennel. Got some disinfectant soap, scrubbed it out, hosed again and then squeegeed. Plus put everything back into the kennel. All whilst Chance was barking and whimpering.:yell:

Poor guy, I guess no body had checked up on either Beckum or him in a long time. I mean, five minutes into out walk, Chance did another number two. That means, no one had taken them out or checked up on either of them for hours.

Chance was all big puppy with me tonight. Even though he kept getting distracted, he walks really well on leash. I knew from last time that he actually heels on walks so I didn't trip over him tonight. The thing was that, midway through our walk, Chance got distract by someone walking another dog across the street. He turned to look at them, when I finally asked him to keep walking. He just ran up to me, he actually head butted me on my leg. The left side of me knee on my left leg. There is actually a bruise. Chance acted like it was nothing though. At first I thought he had hurt himself or something, it was a pretty hard hit. But he just gave me one of those dopey looks of his and started walking.

The guy is such a clown, later he tripped over his own legs climbing in and out of this flower bed. It was so funny, of course when I laughed at him he gave me a sad look. Then he wanted to follow this young girl and her dad home, he was actually standing on their steps. When I told him he can't and that we should head back to the SPCA. He turned around and proceeded to trip over his own legs going down the steps. Even the little girl was giggling.

As soon as I get a picture of him, I will post it.

November 4th, 2008, 02:38 AM
Austin & Quantum are adorable :goodvibes: for quick adoption for them both

Beckum :lovestruck: that boy has got such a sad soulful face :fingerscr:goodvibes: he gets better soon & adopted soon after

Great work w/Chance & the kennel clean up, poor guy wanting to go home w/the little girl :fingerscr he gets his own family soon

November 5th, 2008, 11:59 PM
I mentioned a Husky cross named Robbie a few posts back. They have finally posted his information and picture online.

You can't tell from the picture but Robbie is a small fellow, very handsome though.

November 6th, 2008, 12:54 AM
:lovestruck: :lovestruck: :lovestruck: :lovestruck: If I wasn't in a no-dogs-allowed apartment I would so adopt Robbie he is adorable :lovestruck: :lovestruck:

November 6th, 2008, 11:13 AM
:lovestruck: :lovestruck: :lovestruck: :lovestruck: If I wasn't in a no-dogs-allowed apartment I would so adopt Robbie he is adorable :lovestruck: :lovestruck:

I could try talking to one of the vets, maybe they will be willing to fill out some papers stating that Robbie is a really funny looking cat?

November 6th, 2008, 11:28 AM
I could try talking to one of the vets, maybe they will be willing to fill out some papers stating that Robbie is a really funny looking cat?

:laughing::laughing: Maybe that would work :fingerscr

November 7th, 2008, 02:05 AM
:laugh: how ever much I would love it I know I'd get kicked out of the building which seriously has the cheapest cats allowed rent in a nice/convenient area (they already did that to one renter who adopted a puppy shortly after moving in) :sad:

November 7th, 2008, 02:09 AM
Robbie is adorable :lovestruck:.

November 7th, 2008, 02:12 AM
:lovestruck: :cloud9: I am in love with Robbie :lovestruck: :cloud9:

November 7th, 2008, 11:31 PM
Tonight, due to the rain I had to take the bus and I got there at five minutes pass six and everyone was gone already!! I would have thought that with the bad weather not a lot of people would show up.

I was really looking forward to walking Robbie or Quantum. Well, Robbie was out already and it turns out that just that afternoon Quantum had been transferred to Port Coquitlam (city in Vancouver) for fostering.

Luckily I was looking online and found another picture of Quantum. Him and his big ears.:D

November 7th, 2008, 11:39 PM
Since everyone was out, I helped the coordinator with the kennels again. I was going to walk Beckum and Chance in ISO but he had sent someone already.

Just as I was starting, Robbie came back and even though I was next in line I let someone (more volunteers had shown up after me) else take him. Just as I was finishing up. My old buddy Brewster came back and I took him out for a little tiny bit 5-10 minutes at the most. I was hoping for a longer walk but Brewster was acting up again, I don't think he wanted to walk since it was pouring down with rain. I had taken a couple of blocks and suddenly he just sat down and wouldn't go for me anymore. Once I turned around, he was practically bolting to go back to the SPCA.

He got a little too excited and started mouthing the leash, then my hand and arm.:frustrated: If he continues to act like that, people are not going to want to adopt him. *sigh* He can be so well behaved and then suddenly all hell breaks loose.

He was even trying to mouth another volunteers jacket back at the shelter.

At least he sat still for me to towel him off.

November 7th, 2008, 11:43 PM
Then I was just running around trying to towel off the dogs that were starting to come back in. The coordinator wanted to try to close up early tonight.

One of the lady that started volunteering at the same time that I did came back with Brandy. She is a golden cross and is a senior at 12 years old. She has a permanent limp in one of her legs from an old injury. That doesn't hold her back though.

Such a sweetie pie. Since she has a long coat, I made sure to towel her off extra carefully. All the while I was drying her off, the lady that took her out was feeding her treats.

November 8th, 2008, 01:55 AM
:goodvibes: for Quantum in foster he's got such cute ears :cloud9:

Brandy looks like a sweetie :goodvibes: for a furever home soon

November 8th, 2008, 07:21 AM
It's great that there are so many caring people walking those pups,ideally of course they should all have good homes,but people like you makes their shelter-time more bearable.
What is Brandys story??? Too bad you are not in Montreal,I am sure Frenchy would make room for this little old girl..

November 9th, 2008, 03:41 PM
It's great that there are so many caring people walking those pups,ideally of course they should all have good homes,but people like you makes their shelter-time more bearable.
What is Brandys story??? Too bad you are not in Montreal,I am sure Frenchy would make room for this little old girl..

Yupe, it has been super lately. I only started walking Friday nights as well because I heard that they were short handed. When I first started Fridays a few months ago, there were some nights when we didn't really have enough volunteers but lately it has been alright. I don't mind if I show up and there are more people than dogs. There is so much other stuff to do at the shelter for the dogs other then walking them. Pretty much a never ending list. The surprise for me has been that even though the weather has been kind of :yuck: with all the rain, lots of volunteers are still showing up.

One of the reason I guess is that a lot of them are new volunteers. There has been new orientation sessions and classes. I would like to see more volunteers fulfill the whole six months period of volunteering though.

The story behind Brandy was that she is getting some health issues now due to her age and her people family can't take care of her now (YEAH RIGHT, probably just don't want to). I have seen people bring in their pets to be surrender and everyone has a sob story to tell. Ok, there are some situations where they are telling the truth but most of the time it is just excuses.

Brandy is so sweet though and she doesn't let her limp hold her back.:thumbs up

November 9th, 2008, 03:57 PM
Scuba,I just do not understand people who can be so heartless to let this wonderful old girl maybe live out her life in a shelter,how do they sleep at night:confused:
Hopefully someone will give her a chance:pray:

November 10th, 2008, 11:28 PM
Daisy Mae got fostered

I didn't see Robbie or Alex but knowing those two, I am betting they got adopted. *Sigh* I never got to walk with Robbie. Only play with him at the shelter.

Since it wasn't raining in Vancouver and I had just fixed up a road bike (fixed it up so that instead of being totally broken, it is just mildly broke and slightly road worthy). I got to the shelter early, and since I saw a new resident, Bentley, I decided I would take him out first.

He was so well behaved at the shelter, then once we were out the gate. All semblance of order disintegrated. He wouldn't sit for me, doesn't even answer to his name and pulled like crazy. On the notice, it said that he got surrendered to the SPCA since his family was moving homes. The thing is that, you can tell right away that this guy has never been properly walked and has zero training what so ever. Also, if a dog won't answer to his/her own name, it is a good indicator that they haven't had a lot of interaction with their human family either.:frustrated:

For a little pit bull cross he sure did a good job of imitating a sled dog. He was pretty goofy looking though tonight. Since he has a fairly short coat, one of the staff was worry that it would be cold for him and made the coordinator and I promise that we would keep a coat on him. She had put on a blue coat for Bentley before and it did look good on him. On our walk, people were complimenting Bentley.

November 10th, 2008, 11:38 PM
Bentley is a cutie, even if he does need some walking etiquette lessons. :D

I love hearing about the dogs there, especially when you find out they've been adopted. You care so much for them--they're very lucky to have you come help out! :thumbs up

November 10th, 2008, 11:40 PM
Then I had to handle Beckum and Chance in ISO by myself again. There were some other volunteers by the time I was back with Bentley, but they either had pets at home or weren't comfortable walking the two brutes.

At least tonight, Chance didn't leave me a surprise. I took Beckum out first, since he is the more difficult of the two. He knew what was going to happen when I went into his kennel with a leash and collar. His bum was wiggling like crazy and he was barking up a storm. The problem was that he was too excited and it was really difficult to get the collar on him. Beckum managed to head butt me in the face twice. He actually managed to split my lips, I didn't notice though until I tasted blood.

I would tell him "sit" and he would then as I am trying to adjust the collar around his neck, which would normally take all of 3-4 seconds became a struggle of the titans.

Beckum does seem to be doing much better, not coughing as much and much more energetic (is that good or not?).

Even with a stuffed up nose, he still managed to sniff out a piece of bread in a bush and then half an hour later another piece in some long grass.:shrug:

Funniest thing was at one sniff and pee stop, he turn to cock his right leg up to the bush. He did a piddle and when he turned back to the other way, I thought he was done and we were going to continue walking. Boy was I wrong, now he cocked his left leg up and piddled in the exact same spot. First time I had seen any dog do that.:D

November 10th, 2008, 11:51 PM
Next up was Chance, you would think that from the way he was vocalising that I was abusing him because I took Beckum out first.

After getting beat up by Beckum trying to put a collar on him, I got beat up by Chance for doing the same thing. However this time I caught a paw to my face and one of Chance's nail cut me on my chin pretty deep. *sigh*

Chance was easy to walk though, no trouble once we got outside. He did want to go and check out the kitties in their ISO kennels. I tried to discourage him from doing that. One kitty was pretty lonely though, he/she was mewing up a storm everytime I went by the door. Chance also had to check out my new*ish ride that I had parked out in the corridor. Chance is a smart boy, he actually stood up and pushed on the push bar of the door to go outside!

Once we were outside, you should have seem his tail flying from side to side. If his tail could go just a little fasted, I swear his bum would lift off the ground.

On our walk, a lady walking her black with a bit of white on the chest pit bull terrier wanted to say hi to Chance. Chance of course was ok with that and was all play bowing and *roo rooing* but since he is in ISO at the moment I had to tell the nice lady "no". I did explain to her the reason behind my refusal.

Other than that, Chance only managed to "almost" trip me up once tonight.:thumbs up

November 11th, 2008, 12:59 AM
Good for Daisy Mae fostering will help her get adopted faster :goodvibes:
:fingerscr for Alex & Robbie

Bentley is adorable :lovestruck: poor guy w/no social skills :sad: paints a very poor picture of his former home life :frustrated::sad:

Poor you getting beat up by both Chance & Beckum tonight :grouphug:

Chance is a clever lad pushing on the door bar :pawprint:

Great news for both the ISO boys getting better :highfive:

November 13th, 2008, 07:09 PM
I have been checking on the Vancouver SPCA website almost everyday. Finally got hold of a picture of Chance, I guess this means that he is out of ISO now. I will know for sure tomorrow evening.

November 13th, 2008, 09:22 PM
She is a golden cross and is a senior at 12 years old.

This is why I keep away from this thread :yell:

Chance is gorgeous !

November 14th, 2008, 02:32 AM
Awww :lovestruck: Not only is Chance a clever boy he is a handsome one too :lovestruck:

November 14th, 2008, 09:54 PM
Beckum and Chance are both out of ISO and doing fine.

Bentley isn't allowed any treats and is on a special diet due to allergies.

The weather was pretty wet and cold this evening with the rain. Still lots of volunteers showed up so all the dogs got to go out pretty much at the same time.

I never had a chance to walk Brandy before so I decided to take her first. She was pretty easy to walk. Lots of enthusiasm for someone who has a limp. Only thing was that Brandy was giving me some sass tonight. She would sometimes want to go in one direction when we needed to be going the other way. When she didn't get what she wanted, she would sit down look at me once and then turn her back to me.:laughing:

But with some patience, coxing and trickery I was able to get us back on track.

Since I am still a little under the weather, after I got Brandy back to the shelter, I decided to call it a night. I did say hi to Copper and some new residents on the way out.

November 15th, 2008, 12:11 AM
:laughing: Brandy's just trying to keep you on your toes :D

November 16th, 2008, 02:58 PM
This was just a new picture that had been posted online, I didn't go in to the SPCA today.

Sitting pretty.:lovestruck:

PS. Just in case people don't recognise her, this is Brandy.

November 16th, 2008, 03:59 PM
Aww Scuba,she's soo pretty,I :pray:she can live the remainder of her years in a loving home:goodvibes::goodvibes:

November 16th, 2008, 04:30 PM
Thanks for keeping us updated, scuba. I don't repsond often, but do read all the posts and love doing so.

November 17th, 2008, 11:48 PM
Bentley - He got adopted!:thumbs up I was actually fortunate enough to meet his new parents today. Bentley was a little anxious in the reception area, there were a lot of people moving about, he was yawning and licking his lips. He kept going to his new parents for reassurance, leaning up against them and generally sucking up to people so it wasn't all bad.

This was earlier in the afternoon, so much earlier that I decide to go grab something to eat before the dog walking actually starts. I was on my bicycle today so getting about was easy. Went to a little cafe that I go to occasionally. Ordered my tea and scone, paid for it. The nice lady behind the counter said "I'll bring it to your table for you.". So, I proceeded to find a table and sit down to do a bit of reading. It wasn't until I realised that people who had arrived after me were getting their orders brought to them that I noticed something wasn't right. I got up to ask them if my tea and scone were ready yet, her reply was "OMG, I totally forgot. Would you like to pick a baked good for free from the display.". I declined, but she gave me a free voucher for a cup of tea for my next visit anyways. Finally had my tea and scone, but got to the SPCA shelter at 10 minute after six. Luckily for me, there were still a lot of dogs about.

First up for me tonight was Brewster, pretty good tonight. Only a little mouthy with the leash tonight. The leash got a little frayed on the edges but I can always make another one if this one get totally chewed up. Brewster kept getting distracted by other dogs on our walk, even if they were across the street. I took him to the park near the SPCA, it was actually so that I could put the baggies of Brewster's poo in the big bins but Brewster took the opportunities to do some zoomies. It was kind of funny cause he could only go six feet then he had to change directions since he was on a leash with me holding on to the other end. My right arm sure got a good work out. Then it was back to the shelter for him.

November 18th, 2008, 12:03 AM
Next up for a walk was my old buddy Chance. It was pretty funny seeing the coordinator trying to wrestle a harness on the Chance, poor boy just gets too excited at the prospect of going out. Chance was such a clown tonight. At the Vancouver Community College (VCC) parking lot, there are large strips of grass surrounding it interspersed with trees. We were walking down one of these edges. Chance goes up to the first tree in the row, sniffs it, cocks his leg but then doesn't pee. Decides he would like another tree instead. So, we walk to the next tree, once again he sniffs it and cocks his leg. Still at the last moment he changes his mind and doesn't pee. Finally, after two false starts he pees on the next five trees in a row.:D

I noticed that tonight with the nice weather, there were more people walking around on the streets, not like the previous times when I have walked Chance, when the weather was wet or the temperature a lot colder. Chance was sometimes getting distracted if he saw people, especially people walking other dogs. He would want to look at what these people were doing or going. Sometimes at the intersections, when I ask him to "sit and wait" he would be staring across and street and not be paying attention. If there weren't any one else around though, then he was really good and sit right away went I asked him to.

When we got close to the shelter, there was another walker in front of me so instead of creating a pile up at the gate I held Chance back in the VCC parking lot and crouch down to play with him for a bit. Chance was more interested in getting some cuddles in however. Kept trying to climb on to my lap.:laughing:

November 18th, 2008, 12:23 AM
It was 19:30 by the time I got Chance back into his kennel. There was still some time left and even though all the dogs had been out by then. The coordinator gave me Cleopatra to take out for a little bit since she was literally bouncing off the walls. She is a Mastiff cross, fawn in colour with a white chest. She isn't that tall but is very strong.

You can see her picture and get more info here.

Once we got a leash on her, she could hardly contain herself until we got outside. Once we got about two blocks from the shelter, she calmed right down and was fairly easy to walk. Only thing was that half way through out walk she saw a cat across the street and wanted to chase it. She actually stepped off the curb and tried to cross the street. Luckily I was able to hold her back since there was a truck coming down the street. After the cat ran off somewhere and we couldn't see it anymore Cleo was calm again and easy to walk.

It was good decision on the coordinator's part asking me to take Cleo out again, since near the end of our walk Cleo had some diarrhea. At least she sat still for me to clean it all up, unlike the boys earlier in the evening. Cleopatra was also very good at sitting and waiting at intersections for me.:thumbs up About a block away from the SPCA, we encounter a lady walking towards us, just as we got to each other on the sidewalk. She paused and said "hi" and then proceeded to stand there. I thought she wanted to say hello to Cleo since she is pretty cute. Cleo was under the same impression and walked up to sniff the lady's hand, very well behaved mind you. No jumping up or anything. It was then that the lady told me that she was afraid of dogs and then I realised that she was standing very tense. I apologised right away and pulled Cleo away. The lady said it was ok and that Cleo was a very nice dog. I felt terrible about the whole incident.:wall:

At least Cleopatra was able to go to the bathroom one more time and when we got back to the kennel, she was a lot calmer.

PS - This is going to be the last time that I post in this thread. Starting this Friday, 21st of November 2008, I will be starting another thread about the happenings at the Vancouver SPCA. Either in the On Topic forum or General Discussions.

Thank you

November 18th, 2008, 01:03 AM
YAY for Bentley :highfive:

Brewster's 6 foot zoomies would've been fun to watch, probably more so not being on the other end of the leash :D

Too funny about Chance changing his mind about his spots :laughing: I've been out on a walk w/my :rip: boy & had him to that only to find a tree off the beaten path to pee on :rolleyes::laughing:

Cleo is gorgeous :lovestruck: what beautiful colouring on her & such good manners :angel::dog:

November 18th, 2008, 06:55 AM
:thumbs upfor Bentley,he looks like a cutie:thumbs up
He looks like he has a little JRT mixed in with the pittie,but I am probably wrong:confused:
Got to go and check for your new site..

November 18th, 2008, 08:20 AM
Closed at the request of the OP.