The Inmates have Taken Over the Asylum – Part 2

It has been a long time since I have updated everyone about the dogs. Lots has happened at Chez Thomas so here we go.

We welcome Gemma Joy who came to us from SAINTS via Turtle Gardens. Gemma was rescued by Turtle Gardens up north where she was a puppy mill dog.

Gemma Joy after her shave

Gemma Joy after her shave

Gemmy is a shihtzu and is now starting to show all the characteristics associated with shihtzus. She is playful and tenacious and she is learning to play. She loves to cuddle and she just soaks up all the attention she wants. There are some concerns about her health as she had some mammary tumours removed (please get your female dogs spayed early, it reduces their chances of getting this awful disease by over 90%). Three tumours were removed and one was an aggressive cancer. The surgeons said they got good margins and we are hoping it did not metastacize before they removed it. She seems like a dog in good health:
Gemma Joy running on the dikes.

Gemma Joy running on the dikes.

Gemma had many litters of puppies and now she is treating all of the toys in the house like her ‘babies.’ She carefully gathers them up and sleeps with them. It is both cute and sad at the same time. We are pretty sure that she does not think they are her ‘babies’ because she chews on their heads.
Gemma and her 'babies'

Gemma and her 'babies'

Everybody please think good thoughts for Gemma. She will have an x-ray in about a month to see if the cancer spread. We are so hoping it has not and that she will be with us for a very, very long time!
One other thing – Gemma is continent! She is the first dog from SAINTS we have had who is continent!!! It is the little things that are important!
Now on to Molly. She is the oldest of our dogs at 20. She is a former SAINT and she is still going strong. She does her ‘pilates’ everyday. Since Gemma Joy came she has been doing a lot more stretching so that she makes sure she is noticed. We had to shave her a while back because her mats got really bad. She hates to be combed and we do not want to unduly stress her out. We had her in a little sweater for some time because it was still cold.
Molly yawning - notice the lack of teeth!

Molly yawning - notice the lack of teeth!

Speaking of haircuts, the day Molly was shaved Deb and Angelina also shaved Clio and gave her a mohawk. I thought it was very mean and they thought it was cute:
Clio with a mohawk

Clio with a mohawk

Madison is now 16 and is deaf as a post. It seem to come on all of a sudden. We have been working with our vet to manage her pain. Unfortunately, the one medication that would really help her also causes gastric upset so we have to further reduce how often she gets that med.
Madison laying down

Madison laying down

She is still mommy to all the little girls. We often see her curled up with them in the big beds.
Kirby is doing great! He has become quite self-actualized and is not afraid as much anymore. He loves going in the truck with Deb and she has a really hard time getting out of here without him. Kirbs is 10 this year! He loves getting jiggy in the morning and lives for his tummy rubs!
Kirby

Kirby

Sienna, who is Angelina’s dog, lives  with us as well. Lately, our living room has been turned into a toy paradise and all she wants to do is destroy them. Poor Sienna! Sienna loves to play fetch and go to the park. She is a such a sucky pitbull (the way they are supposed to be) and she makes some incredible noises when her ears are being rubbed. She is also doing quite well in Rally-O.
Sienna

Sienna

Tucker is our other foster dog from SAINTS. He has overcome his vestibular disease. Then he got giardia. He seems to be doing much better now that he has taken his course of flagyl. Unfortunately for Tucker he got stuck eating canned gastro food for the time he was on meds. It will be back to raw for him today.
Tucker at the dikes

Tucker at the dikes

Piper the punk is doing really well. We were worried that she would be upset and jealous of Gemma Joy. Nope all she wants is for Gemma to play with her. It is really quite amazing to see the efforst she puts into trying to make friends. I am sure, that over time, she and Piper will become a duo. They are already barking together as they guard the house.
Piper at the park

Piper at the park

We are a little concerned about Mackenzie as her aggression seems to be escalating. She took Piper’s spot in Rally-O (because Piper has no obedience skills, sigh) and she is doing very well. Mackenzie loves to go to the park and chase and kill balls. We go through a lot of tennis balls!
Mackenzie at the dikes

Mackenzie at the dikes

And last, but certainly not least, is Kiefer. He is not the shy wallflower type. He talks a lot and soemtimes it is very, very loud. He is especially joyful in the morning. Kief lives to eat and does so with gusto. He is also very handy when I take too much food – usually the leftovers will all fit into his waiting mouth.
Kiefer at the water even though he does not swim.

Kiefer at the water even though he does not swim.

Bella

Bella

I have saved the best for last. Bella, our Maine Coon cat, is in love. She adores Lynn. Her new favourite game is to crawl up on to Lynn and put her but in Lynn’s face while she kneads her. She will then turn around and knead other sensitive bits. This cat is no light weight either. She weighs 25 pounds and has talons for nails. Since Bella peed in Deb’s shoes everyone is afraid to do something to piss off the cat. Getting the cat off of Lynn can be a 2 person job now as we try to convince her that it was her idea to get down.
Life is never boring here!
Here is one last pic:
The notorious Bacon Sisters

The notorious Bacon Sisters

I have bacon on the weekend the little girls all gather around and they share. Needless to say I do not get to eat much bacon!
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  1. Chris & Deb:

    Chez Thomas is definitely a “Love Happening Place” for your fur kids, all precious and great pics especially the Bacon Sisters.

    Keavy discovered toys just a few days ago and goes about each day now retrieving the toys from the other dogs beds and toy box and placing them all on her beds.

  2. Gemma does the same thing! She drags every toy she can find into her bed. With all the “new” older toys being dumped out of one giant tote, it takes Gemmy a very long time to relocate her babies. Sometimes there isn’t enough room for her in her bed, and she has to find somewhere else to sleep. She relocated a cushion and fleece from her Kurunda bed into the kitchen, where all the action is.

    It’s tough being the sweetest Shih Tzu on the planet. My God, if this little girl’s X-Ray isn’t clear, we’re all going to lose it. Gemma is a special, magical dog, and we adore her.

  3. Kudos to you both for opening your hearts and home to so many of God’s precious creatures.

  4. Good and Positive thoughts coming each day to Gemma from me and the mini dog team.

    Keavy’s surgery is scheduled for the 22nd please send healing thoughts this way for her.

    We are truly blessed to have these 2 sweet Shih Tzus join our families.

  5. Nothing but positive energy and well wishes for sweet Keavy. We truly are blessed. I cannot remember what life was like before Gemma joined our family.

  6. Molly looks like a Gremlin. Or a Fraggle (from Fraggle Rock) What type of dog is she?

    • Molly is an ancient Pomeranian. She is like a very cute windup toy. She does her pilates every morning, spin and stretch, repeat!

  7. hi u have done a nice piece of work and Thanks for this post ………


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