Eliminating as much nail cutting stress as possible

I read www.turtlegardens.org blog every day. Yesterday there was a letter submitted and a comment about BBoy not liking his nails cut.
Faces of Turtle Gardens and dogs do have a sense of humour!
Boy, I could write a book on this topic. I don’t have to use my imagination to see BBoy curling his paw into hiding. P. Mollydawg will do the very same thing if I approach her that way. King & Duchess are cool about having their nails trimmed so I always do them first in her presence. She used to try to turn invisible and slink out of the room every time she saw the clippers. There’s no use in that because when I’ve decided I finally have time, there is nowhere for hiding from anyone. Having a second person in the room to provide cookies or special treats is a bonus because once you’re in the mode you don’t want to let go of your secure hold.
I’ve learned over time that the easiest on her is to stand directly over her straddling her. I can use my knees at her sides to hold her in place. Then I gently ask for a paw, (which she never gives me during these times) I pick one up while I use my elbow to hold her head facing the other direction. Yes, you may need contortionist skills at this point. I am actually dulling the sound of the clippers in the way her head gets buried into my arm. I know she flinches at each clip of her nails so this might help to alleviate some of that stress. With each time she’s stood still and let me do a toenail, I’m saying things like, “Good girl Molly. Daddy has cookies.” At which time daddy quickly offers a tiny piece of cheese or sliver of wiener to her. When a paw is done the treat is a bigger size which takes her a second or two longer to eat giving me an opportunity to change paws and stretch my back, reposition my legs to secure my by now slipping grip on her sides and begin the process for the next paw.

The clipping process for the back paws is exactly the same but facing the opposite direction. The difference is this time you have full mobility of both arms because you don’t need an elbow to hold her head and the second person is standing directly in front so she can NOT try to walk away. Thank goodness dogs only have four paws. Okay so there’s my version of nail clipping for a squeamish dog. I’ll try to get a video put up that shows the full process. I’ve only just finished doing all 12 paws so it’ll have to wait a bit. I’ll let you know when its up and running.
Happy Clipping 🙂


Wow! Home, Away & Back Home Again!

You really have to read the information on my other blog to know what’s been going on. http://apps.katlan.ca/Blog/
We had Duchess Sammy home with us. We thought she had fit in perfectly. Everyone was happy and relaxed.
Then the dreaded email. Duchess was to go back to Terrace to live with her “Real mom” OMG! We went through every emotion you can imagine. We ended with “Well that’s where she belongs and she’s not really our dog. We were only a foster family.”
We lived with memories of her and she still held aplace both physically and emotionally in our hearts and home. Her food bowl remained. Her toys and favourite place, her mat remained. Our hearts ached for information about her but we knew not to ask about her.
Then it happened. Another email! Duchess was coming back to live FOREVER with us! We won’t let her go ever again. No one will ever take her from us! She is HOME Forever!
Her homecoming videos are here on Kings Youtube Channel and her photo album is here on my Photobucket site.

Duchess Arrives

You can read more about when we picked up Duchess from this link Turtle Gardens Bus is on its way home again

If you listen closely you can hear Duchess’s happy Rottie rumblings while she plays. We know she needs to loose a pound or two. Little darling couldn’t quite make it up the cement ledge. With monitored diet and great exercise she’ll be as fit and trim as a Super Model Rottie. 🙂 Stay tuned for more.

When Pet Owners ‘HAVE’ To Go Away!

What happens when a tragedy enters your world and the love, comfort and happiness you always believed would never end, ENDS! 

Someone tells you what’s happening and you try your very best to understand. You cry, but you listen and you ask questions and you try to cope as best you can.  Days go by and you hear many different versions of what’s happened.  You hear lots of encouragement and strategies of how to cope and carry on.

You have a fairly good idea of what happened and you learn to trust those who have comforted you.  After a short time you give in to the explainations and you learn to struggle through day to day untill the hurt eases and time passes to allow you to make it through the days easier.

Thank goodness humans have the capacity to communicate verbally with each other in times of great sorrow.  Unfortunately the same can not be said for dogs.

Allow me to introduce you to our newest family member.  We are about to give her a Foster Home. She is known as Duchess. 

Duchess comes to us through Turtle Gardens Animal Rescue  in Topley B.C. 

Her owner HAD to go away.  There was nowhere else for Duchess to be placed.  Her owner loved her and she was well cared for.  She does not really belong at the Rescue facility. She needs one on one quiet care.  She needs a family to rebuild her confidence and security. She needs to learn she is still wanted and loved and a part of a pack.  We will do everything in our power to make Duchess feel comfortable as we foster her through her time of  loss & sorrow. 

We will try to help her to understand. Not through words but by building new memories through pleasant situations.  Will she understand. We think so.  In time.

Welcome Duchess


We're waiting patiently for you girl.

not the puppies

...But these puppies are not mine, they stay behind, whew!

Oh Man This Is Getting To Long To Blog!

Oh boy have I ever opened a can of worms!

I started writing a comment to a couple of people who mentioned the antics that King gets involved with on the Turtle Gardens Animal Rescue site. www.turtlegardens.org

Lisa B. & Sharon in particular, but so many other people have commented on them as well.
(Read Sharons comments here) (Read Lisa’s comment here)
You’re right I do have a lot of fun playing with pictures. Thanks for enjoying them.

As everyone knows, being even remotely involved with any form of animal rescue can be very tearful at times. There are great highs when scared, cold, unloved animals finally unite with a caring family. Yet sometimes the sadness that happens can bring us down so low we need a little pick me up.

I was going to give examples in here of situations that bring us down. I realized I would be doing the very thing that evokes a light hearted post from King. We all know what those lows are, and the levels of intensity can vary, and are different for us all.

King, Molly and various TG Alumni writing a post, is a way to get a message across and still put smiles on faces. Really, we ALL know things are tuff in the real world of
Turtle Gardens Animal Rescue.
I’ve always wanted to do something to get actively involved with the well being of animals. Dogs always seemed my favourite. I know other animals, including cats (cover Kings ears here) are also at high risk for needing support as well.
My financial state does not allow me to give the one thing that would be the MOST beneficial for any animal rescue.

One of the skills I found that seem to work as a benefit for rescue, is my gift of the gab, creating situations, writing stories and manipulating photos. It allows me to believe, I’m in some way contributing in a positive way. I feel I am bringing a tiny piece of strength into the hearts of those who, so actively WORK their butts off physically.

I think I’m trying to help them KNOW what they are so endlessly, untiringly, ( is that a word) are doing, is so worthwhile. I appreciate all the endless days, sleepless nights and efforts they put in. They are the ones who make the lives of these tormented furry creatures less stressful. They rehabilitate, revitalize and rehome them. They help them to reconnect with the humans in our world who continue to truely care about them. They seek them out and place the newly lifted spirits back into a warm, gentle home. They give them the dignity and respect they deserve in their last days among mankind.

And so Yes, Thank you for acknowledging King’s antics and his messages as lifting your spirits. That is the intent.

Now, Please dig into your pockets and pull out all that loose change. Pop it into an envelope and send it to:

Dave & Yvette Labatte
20978 Severson Road
P.O 230 Topley, BC
V0J 2Y0
250-696-3188email turtlegardens@gmail.com

DONATE Online DIRECTLY To Turtle Gardens Animal Rescue

Oh Yea, and Tax Reciepts are given!
Oh and ANOTHER Oh Yea —–>>
Look what else you can do to help raise some funding for Turtle Gardens Spay/Neuter Program.
You can purchase these lovely ornaments. They’re each handpainted, 2″ eggshaped, wooden tree ornaments. Click Here – Tree Treasures Canada
These wooden ornaments are priced at $12.50 and $10.00 will continue to be donated to Turtle Gardens for each ornament sold.
Shipping charge is a flat $5.00 regardless of the size of your order.
That means for every 10 ornaments sold Turtle Gardens will recieve a $100.00 donation. So far there’s $180. in the Snowblower Fund. Before you know it the money will be raised! Let’s DO IT!

Turtle Gardens Logo Smiling Black & White Dog Whimsical Cat

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Winter is back!

Yes here it is again.  How many winters have past since I began this blog? hmm I’ll have to check. 

It’s -12 this morning. 4:30 am.  Nov. 24  Why am I up writing a post at that ungodly hour??  Yep Im still not sleeping through the night.  My sweet Landie is still sawing logs.  Mollydawg and King are cuddled warmly on their mats beside me.  They decided to accompany me into the living room while I try to occupy my time, and make myself tired enough and to fall back to sleep.

Speaking of how many posts I’ve written over  time, . . . You’ll notice I’m using the new WordPress format for my Myspace page.   At first I was annoyed and wanted my öld”page format, which in fact I had spent years developing it. I had finally figured out just how I thought it lookedbest. Then, BAM! along comes this new idea. 

Hmm, well, to be honest I’m getting the hang of it. I sorta did like the blog idea when I looked at everyone elses pages. So, now I have another blog instead of having to create a new page each time I want to add what we’ve  recently been up to.

Personally I know it’s going to be just as hard for me to keep up. I seem to be running out of time faster and faster each day.  Where have all the hours of the days gone??

Oh my. Stay tuned.

Summer 2010

Finally summer is here!. It’s been forever getting here, but it’s arrived in all its glory.  HOT days and windy evenings.  Camping trips and visitors.  Mum is back here after 2 yrs and we can once again enjoy the next 3 weeks of her visit.  Hope to write again soon.  Enjoy our camping trip pictures of Deadman Lake.  New Camping Video at http://www.youtube.com/user/Katogster#p/u/6/FRJxDgN96_g 

Happy New Years Everyone

In our house we do not normally make, nor do we adhere to New Years Resolutions.  We definitely believe in goals just not made at New Years.
There is always something needing to be done/changed/corrected. There’s no sense making a plan on any special day to change it.  When/if there’s time, it’ll get done.
As usual I’m reading through the Turtle Gardens blog today and the last few days. Im reminded once again how lucky we are to have two of the most wonderful, obedient,(subject to critisism here) delightful and healthy dogs.  Like, Yvette and Dave Labatte, as well as so many blog readers, this year I seem to have been entirely TOO busy at times.  There is always something that needs to be DONE. 
Being owned by dogs certainly forces you to take a moment and go for a walk or play in the yard.  Brush a coat or two ( or three or four…)
Sometimes I find myself rushing to get those things done and not always to completion.
This morning after reading TG I decided to read through some dog poems pertaining to New Years. I came across a short piece of text that I just knew I had to hang on my fridge.  I printed it out and looked at it. Boring…….. So I added a little personal touch to it.  I thought this is just the sort of Resolution King and Molly would make if they were hairless, two legged creatures.  So from King,  Molly and Mark and I,
Have a Very Happy New Year! 

Yard Sale

Well, I did it. I had my first ever Yard Sale.  I was anxious and worried for days before hand. I relied on the support of my friends to guide me through it.  Thank you so much for all your support and patience with me.  Tracy, Donna, Brandon & Jessica, YOU ROCK!   Tracy did up the Posters for me and encouraged Donna, Brandon & Jessica to sift through their things and come up with more to sell.  There is NO WAY I  could have done this alone.  It was their items that brought in the sales.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart !
Our weather held up beautifully for us.  Clear and sunny. Bloody cold before the sun finally came over the tree tops. Sales were good. Thank you to the people who came out to support us. We pulled in $150. for Turtle Gardens.  By the time Im finished my mini campaign we should be able to pass along over $300. Let’s keep our fingers crossed. 

Mar.-Sept. Gone! Wow

I think my blog is aptly named, "Never Up To Date"  The Spring & Summer have ZOOMED by.  As many of you know we were filled with smoke filled days. Evacuations and stress ruled the last few months.  All is clear now. We settled back in our home and back to work.  The skies are clear blue once again and I have a new passion to contentrate on.
I’m trying to do my part for http://www.turtlegardens.org Turtle Gardens Animal Rescue Society  They work so hard to re-establish stray or unwanted pets into families. Without there establishment we wouldn’t have our new dog, King.  Hwe has fit into our family like he was meant to be here. Molly has taken to him very well.  She would still like to be the boss.  Somehow she seems to accept the title of Princess Molly and allows King to rule.  Yes I love my dogs. Mark and I wonder how we ever laughed with out them.  I have a new videos and pictures that I’ll post here very soon.
Mean time please visit our sites and blogs for updates.