Thursday, July 25, 2013
Welcoming a foster member to the pack.... Penny the tiny Beagle!
Penny is a tiny beagle. She is about a year old. She was rescued by Bully Wag from a shelter in rural North Georgia. Because the shelter is in such a rural area the kill rate is comparatively high. She just got back from surgery today. She was spayed and had a hernia removed. She is doing pretty well from what we can tell. She is very underweight. We are going to work on putting some weight on her. I don't think it will be too difficult.
For at least the next couple of days she will be mostly resting to recover from her surgery. After she gets to feeling better, Copper and I will begin training with her. We are very encouraged because she is already responding to her new name. By the way, Michelle picked the name, Penny, because she has a copper like coloring on her head. Since Copper is more of a boy's name and Michelle already named one of her rescue dogs Copper (my demo dog, Copper Whopper) this new little girl was named Penny like the copper colored US coin.
Very soon we will be taking her to Petco in Peachtree City on Saturdays from 12-4pm. She will be with the other Bully Wag dogs. Her first trip to Petco will be Saturday August 3, 2013.
Her appetite seems to be very good. Tomorrow I am going to stop by one of the local pet stores and get her some Nutri-Cal. Nutri-Cal is a high calorie vitamin supplement. It is great for putting on weight and stimulating the appetite. It is a thick syrupy paste. The dogs really seem to love it. They will usually eat it right out of the tube.
I often recommend Nurti-Cal to people who have dogs that need to gain weight. But, if your dog has a health problem that is causing him/her to loose the weight always check with your veterinarian first.
In Penny's case the weight loss is most likely from malnutrition.
I do not normally encourage people to use a name brand when a generic is available however, in this case I always recommend the Nutri-Cal brand. When I worked for Petco, in my experience with customers, the Nutri-Cal worked much better than the Petco generic. It is worth the extra cost.
I will keep all of you posted on Penny's progress.
As always, if you are planning on adding a new member to your pack, please, consider adoption. If you are interested in adopting a cute little Beagle girl, please contact me or Michelle Crampo at BullyWag for more information on Penny and adoption in general.
If you have a dog related question or have any dog training needs, please contact me.
Till next time
William Moore Canine Training