I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving! I spent Thanksgiving with Kenzie, Bourbon and their human family and I’m delighted to report the Kenzie has had great improvement the past two weeks. She was still most unhappy in her playpen “jail” and after we ate they let her walk around the house a little bit. She saw the vet on Friday, who was pleased with her progress so Carlin took her for a very short walk Friday afternoon. She is one very determined girl. She’s so sweet, she reminds me of ZoeGirl with her leaps of happiness and desire to please. Her days of leaping may be behind her, but she’s still the same sweet Kenzie who wants everyone to be happy.

Kenzie looking pretty!

Kenzie looking pretty!

Joey went back to his foster parents’ home. I really missed him after he left so I contacted his foster mom and told her I wanted him. She told me that my Pawfect Match Rescue application has been approved and I am just waiting to get a date on the fence. Heather has been great allowing me to push out my adoption date. I thought my fence would be installed within 2 weeks or so but I am still waiting on an installation date. I keep my fingers crossed it will be before Christmas. I will save you my rant on fence installers who say one thing to get your business and then tell you something different after they get your deposit. Or those who don’t give you their best price on the first estimate and want to “match” the lowest bid afterward.

Joey waiting for a treat

Joey waiting for a treat

Joey is adorable and if anyone had told me that I would ever have a 23 lb. pure bred dog with “miniature” in its name, I’d have said that person was nuts! I adore big, mixed breed dogs, but as I watched Carlin and Mike care for Kenzie (who has to weigh about 60 lbs) I realized I have to have a dog that I can lift. I’m not getting any younger and I figured 35 lbs or so was about my limit. Joey looks bigger than he is because he’s one big fluff ball of fur, but I can lift and carry him with ease. I had no idea from his picture he was a pure bred dog.

T minus 3 for lift off!

How long do I have to look cute?

Even though Joey is small, he is quite zippy and walks fast. Plus he doesn’t have to sniff every blade of grass before he pees and he’s regular and doesn’t need to walk far before he poops — again without undue ceremonial sniffing of the grass — he just stops and squats. He checks out light poles and fire hydrants, but they are communication depots for dogs  (pee-mail, if you will) and he’s even left a few messages of his own in the neighborhood.

Ahh, finally I get my treat!

Ahh, finally I get my treat!

Over the next several weeks, I plan on updating the Shoeful of Drool site. Dudley and Zoe were the inspiration for the site and will remain the heart here, but we need a new look for a new furbaby. Here’s wishing everyone a happy and safe holiday season!

“We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.” ~ Immanuel Kant


About Shoeful of Drool

I lived with a golden retriever/German shepherd mix named Dudley. Dudley was a rescue from Hurricane Floyd and he lived with me from October 1999 until he passed away in December 2012. In January 2001, Zoe a black & tan hound mix came to live with us until she died in June 2011. I truly believe having dogs has made me a better person. Every single day these dogs still give me something to laugh about and I hope by sharing these stories you can laugh, too.
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6 Responses to Updates

  1. Marcela says:

    Congratulations on the new addition to your family. Joey looks like Walter, a gorgeous Aussie that I pet sit from time to time. Just like you, I never thought I’d want a “hairy” dog like Walter in the future, but I surprised myself one day when I told my girlfriend that maybe we should adopt in the future an Australian Shepherd. I was just as surprised as she was when those words came out of my mouth. Joey is so handsome. By the way, Walter was also part of a litter of show dogs, but he was born with what the breeder told his pet parents, an “imperfection” so he put him up for adoption. Between you and me, Walter has no imperfections. He is perfect.

  2. Nancy Catalano Dill says:

    Glad you had Thanksgiving with the neighbors and their humans! 😉
    Can’t wait to hear when Joey comes to stay!

    • It’s been a busy, but productive weekend! Now that I’ve made up my mind about Joey, I realized I still have bunches of stuff to do before he gets here. On the plus side, I’ve culled out tons of unnecessary junk!

  3. So happy to read the Kenzie is doing better . . . and Joey is adorable! You’re right–he looks much larger than 23 pounds. And I love a dog that believes in doing its “business” efficiently. 😉

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