Scout and Zebulon!

I knew I had a great veterinarian when he looked Scout dead in the eye and asked him excitedly “have you ever seen a kitty cat?” Scout had seen a kitty cat and was fairly oblivious to it but the cat was on the fence and stayed out of Scout’s way. So, until yesterday, Scout’s temperament around cats was pretty much unknown! Fast forward a few months and I’m searching for someone to Scout Sit when we leave town for a few days in June. My friend and Scout’s trainer, Megan, offered to watch him while we are away. Her only concern was how he would get along with her cats.

I was a bit worried also as several prominent websites note that Vizslas notoriously do not get along with cats. Yesterday was the test! The Marine and I had plans and Megan “Scout Sat” for us. We were having a lovely time when I received a text from Megan. I thought “Uh Oh” but no! It was the BEST text. A picture of Scout and Zebulon the cat lounging like BFF’s!

Scout and Zebulon!

By the way, that is one of Megan’s Siberian Huskies, Kaytu, hanging out in the background. If you’ve followed my Scout tales you will know that it is tough to keep Scout calm long enough to obtain a good photo never mind one of him hanging out with a CAT! Scout is 20 months old and though he’s a grown dog he is a typical Vizsla and as one website states they are “slow to mature.” In other words, they are wild and crazy puppies until they are about 4 years old.

Megan has the “touch” though. In fact, until she offered to watch Scout when we go on our little vacay, I was quite worried about where I would leave him. Another benefit of leaving Scout with Megan is that he will likely get some good training. Megan just cannot help herself. She’s a natural with animals.

To that end, I am linking her website here and giving her a huge shout out and recommend. Megan is not only a great friend but she’s an excellent dog trainer. Megan offers services that I’ve never seen in San Diego such as urban mushing. This is where she teaches owners to harness the dogs and have them pull them on their bikes. Or, in my case: this is where Megan harnesses Scout and one of her Huskies and has them pull HER on HER bike! If you live in San Diego County please check out Megan and The Mannerly Mutt. I have no hesitation in giving her a FOUR PAWS UP recommendation! Scout has had 3 trainers since we got him at 7 months of age but only Megan has lasted. Only Megan can get him to lie with a kitty cat. Call her!

Oh, p.s… There is no truth to the Rumor that we named Scout after Demi Moore’s daughter (of the same name). We dubbed him “Scout” based on a recommendation by my friend Kathy on twitter and I thought it was perfect! “To Kill a Mockingbird” is one of my favorite books and movies and the character “Scout” embodies everything that I had hoped for my puppy. That he be curious, happy, get along well with people and animals and always “Scout” around the corner for the next adventure. He has certainly lived up to his namesake. Interestingly, Zebulon the cat was named for Zebulon Pike and more specifically for Pike’s Peak in Colorado (from where Megan and her husband hail).

Finally, please note that Megan is a true patriot who is married to a service member and offers Military Discounts on all services. Please do give her a call and tell her that Scout sent you!

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Help! A Soldier Needs a Guardian Angel for her pets!

July 28th, 2011 update :  Shortly after this post and as a direct result of social media we found the kitty’s a home.  Thank you to all that assisted in this effort!

Anyone who knows me, knows that I will do most anything for our troops and veterans.  This though, I cannot do and am asking for your help.  I must admit, I never considered what happens when a single, deployed troop member has a pet or, in this case pets.   Enter Amelia, (or @gadsdenista on twitter) who has been tweeting about this incessantly for a while now.   Amelia is one of my newer twitter friends with a lot going on in her life but she took these kittens out of necessity when their owner’s plans fell through.  She can no longer keep them and, well, she’s a writer. I will let Amelia tell you the story:

When our service members are deployed, they’re frequently unable to find a temporary home for their pets and are forced to leave them with an animal shelter. Guardian Angel For Soldier’s Pet is a nonprofit organization created to help find foster homes for these pets so that service members may be reunited with them upon their return.

Right now, Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet is looking for a home for Abraham and Sarah, two young cats in the Denver area. Sarah and Abraham’s human is already deployed, and the arrangements she had made for the cats fell through. They are very sweet, well-behaved cats, who can usually be found purring in their temporary foster mom’s lap, napping, or playing with each other. If you or someone you know can give Abraham and Sarah a nice place to live for the next 9-12 months, please contact Amelia Hamilton at gasp.communications.co@gmail.com. We need to find them a new home by next Wednesday if at all possible.

This group places pets all around America for varying lengths of time. We need volunteers not only for foster homes, but also to help with administrative work, communications and many other roles.  If you cannot take these kitties but would like to help, please see www.guardianangelsforsoldierspet.org

If  you or someone you know can foster these adorable kittens, please email Amelia at the above address, or tweet or dm either Amelia @gadsdenista or me @hipEchik .  As Amelia says, time is of the essence. Thank you, God bless, and may He  watch over our brave men and women.   I am confident we can find a foster family for these adorable cats!  Let’s Do This!!

Sarah
Abraham




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