Turtle Gardens

The Shelter Challenge is on again until April 18, 2010. Turtle Gardens is in 4th place. We are trying to get as many people as possible to vote for Turtle Gardens every day! Turtle Gardens is a rescue in Northern BC. There are no other agencies that care for dogs up there except for TG. Turtle Gardens adopts out over 200 dogs a year mostly to homes in the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. They have very little formal funding and in fact, lost their gaming grant for 2009. If you love dogs and other animals, please consider voting for Turtle Gardens everyday. Click here to vote.


I have done a few renovations here at chez Shihtzustaff. Most importantly, I have added a direct link to vote for Turtle Gardens in the Shelter Challenge. Everyone can vote everyday. We are hoping that Turtle Gardens wins this time! We were very close last time. I will try not to nag too much here on the blog.

I have also added an updated blogroll. I had one before but I took it down. The new one has many of my ‘must’ reads everyday. I hope that you will check out some of them.

In other news, I worked at home today. I love working at home especially when the dogs are quieter. I get to save myself a commute and I am very productive! Today ended up being policy development day. I need to do that kind of work when I am not going to be disturbed constantly. I know that most people would find policy development boring but I actually quite enjoy it. It is definitely a linear process – one to which I am well-suited.

All of the dogs are doing well. Gemma seems to be holding her own. We have not seen an increase in her aggressive behaviour. However, the dislike between Zoe and Gemma is so entrenched that they have to be kept separate. Even if they see each other through a gate the growling and snarling begin. The ongoing battles have more to do with Zoe than Gemma. Zoe is a very scrappy and she does not take much crap from anyone. Luckily our house is well set-up and gated so we have about 6 areas where we can separate dogs not including crates and the x-pen. We try to make sure that everyone gets lots of attention and equal time.

So far, I have had a rough week. It seems to be directly related to sleep. I had a work-related event to attend on saturday night and we were out late. I went to bed late. It seems that I have a window of time in which I get the best sleep. Generally between 11pm and 5 am. If I am not asleep by 11 or 12 it is not a good thing. I got up late on Sunday morning. Sunday night (early Monday morning) I was still awake at 3 am. Not a good sign. I was exhausted Monday. I had to get up early for a meeting on Tuesday morning. I was utterly exhausted. I worked at home today so I got to sleep in which was great. Tomorrow morning I can sleep in too.

When I am tired I find that my colitis symptoms are worse. Fatigue is also a major symptom. The last two days have been hellish in terms of pain. Yesterday I had tenesmus all day. Of all the symptoms this is one that really annoys me. Besides the fact that it is extremely uncomfortable and painful, I am never sure when/if I will need a bathroom. Eating only makes it worse. Today I am recovering from a bad bout of diarrhea. Needless to say it was a great to work at home. I am sure things will be better tomorrow.

I have a question. I have been trying to find a good set of tweezers. Deb said that she found a pair that had a light. I can’t find them now. So, I have been trying to figure out why tweezers range in price from $2.99 to like$39.99. Do the expensive ones work any better? Thoughts?

The Shelter Challenge

The Animal Rescue Site is holding its Shelter Challenge. Basically this is a long contest, where supporters vote for their favourite shelter every day and hope to make it #1 so that they receive a prize. It promotes good-natured competition between shelters and their various supporters. They keep a list of the top shelters so you can see where your shelter is ranked across Canada and North America.

What do you do if you like more than one shelter? How do you decide who to vote for? Do you base your vote on how needy a shelter is? Or do you decide to vote based on shelter mandate? Regardless of who you decide to vote for or how you arrive at that decision, voting is the important thing. Rescue can be lonely work, just ask Yvette at Turtle Gardens. If you talked to Carol from SAINTS you would hear about the mountains of laundry and the ‘joys’ of cleaning up after old, leaky and incontinent animals. I think for those in the trenches of running a rescue knowing that there are people out there, voting for your shelter everyday is comforting. Even when they are so alone, or very isolated, they know that somewhere, somehow other people support you.

Vote. Vote for the shelter of your choice. Vote for a different shelter everyday but just vote. The end result is the animals will benefit. Which is why we are all involved in rescue. Our rescued dogs say thank-you!!!

Some of our rescued dogs:

Tucker - spent 15 years in a pen before going to SAINTS
Mabel - had cancer. She came from SAINTS
Zoe was a puppy mill dog before she was rescued by Turtle Gardens
Molly is our ancient Pom - she came from SAINTS
Gemma came from a puppy mill before she was rescued by Turtle Gardens. She has mammary cancer but no one has told her.
Kiefer came from the Richmond SPCA after he grew too big for a young woman's purse.
Kirby was rescued by the Animal Rescue Foundation in Calgary after he was abandoned.