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ANNIE STRUTS HER STUFF

Annie's Makeover

Annie’s Makeover

Hello again to everyone. Have you been wondering just where I have been and what I have been up to? And perhaps, what is going on in our great shelter? I have been in my usual spot at the front desk greeting adopters and visitors and also testing dogs for cat friendliness. The problem is my scribe has been kind of missing in action but is now back; once again ready to assist me in cat-a-logging the goings on around here.

There is a lot of new volunteer action of late, with trips to the Placerville Library, Placerville Tractor Supply and plans for the Christmas Parade on December 6th in Placerville. Thank you to all our volunteers and a extra paws-up to the volunteers getting adoptables out to these events. More on these outings in the future.

Today I want to remind you of just one of my important jobs here at the shelter in Diamond Springs. That of course requires my cat’s-pertise as a dog-cat compatibility tester. I have a keen eye and extensive experience in this roll. It is important to be up front about dogs that just can’t be civil to cats so that appropriate homes are found for these dogs. Some of these dogs are quite incredible, obedient, loving – basically awesome – but they have that one flaw. – They appear to be “addicted” to chasing cats and other small four legged critters.

My point? – Do you have a household with no cats? Perhaps you do not even have a pets and need a bosom buddy to do stuff with? I present here for your consideration an awesome dog “ANNIE”. The

Annie goes outside under the Giant Cat Hammocks

Annie goes outside under the Giant Cat Hammocks

Paw-Parazzi spent some time with Annie last week. I watched from a safe perch and she was very very good about getting done up in a fantastic pink Tutu and faux pearls. Let me just say that you would not have gotten me into that get up. Annie was an angel about it and even seemed to enjoy it. After the back drop photo shoot Annie and the Paw-Parazzi went out to the special grass section with the giant cat hammocks for a few action shots. Anyway take a look at this great dog. But remember – Annie is “addicted” to chasing cats and needs a household WITHOUT CATS. So if your home is a candidate stop by and meet Annie and if you have dogs of your own arrange a meet and greet through the staff here at the Shelter in Diamond Springs.

Enjoy the photo gallery of Annie below. —  Annie is really a most incredible dog!

That’s it for today. Just come meet Annie.

— But while you are here I am sure you will feel compelled to stop by at the front desk to give me – BULLET – a few pats on the head first. Now it is time for some “handsome” sleep for me. Hopefully I can get some terminal time in around midnight to work on some gifting ideas I have. – MEOWZA Bullet!   PS – Thanks to Kelly for dressing Annie for her photo shoot. Thanks to Katherine for Annie’s Tutu and pearls and thanks to Carrie for the back drop shots of Annie.

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GIANT CAT HAMMOCKS INSTALLED

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Can you honestly tell me that these do not look like giant cat hammocks?

GIANT CAT HAMMOCKS INSTALLED The Shade Sails Are Up should be the title.

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Shade Sail installation is an interesting and mildly complex process.

Some of my deputies diligently supervised the PAWED  Finishing Touches Shade Sails installation. As you may remember in my last blog the Turf was down but the sails were still in transit from Australia. The speedy pineapple express weather pattern was held up somewhat at the ports? or who knows why but they arrived and on Friday, February 20th, 2015 the official installation occurred. For all the world these really look like sunny day Hammocks for cats if some one would just provide me with a ladder I could test out my theory. But alas it is an unsecured area for us clever cat types and hence reserved for the dogs and people who are denizens of only ground level.

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Sail installation involves, special fire rated nylon, huge turnbuckles and some mongo big cables.

That said, they are still really really cool and worth stopping for a look see when you come to visit me at the shelter. It has been said in a sort of semi-official email dispatch that the pictures do not do them justice. But my Deputies have tried to capture the installation and “the look” for my fans that are not able to rush right down to see them in person. Pictures of the Shade Sail installation process are in the gallery at the end of today’s blog.

Serious turnbuckles and cables.

Serious turnbuckles and cables.

But please, DO come visit me often in the next couple of weeks as the Volunteer Coordinator Deanna Chedsey will be away for a bit from 3/2 to 3/9 and I rely heavily on her for head pats and the like.

A big MEOWZA for the recently adopted shelter residents.

Cats:  Darla, Zazu, Little John, Violet, Mattie, Coldin, Crispin & Lucy

Dogs: Bruce really found a great home as he was adopted by Deanna the Volunteer Coordinator who has allowed me to announce the news, Snookums, Buddy, Ono, Alicia, Peter and Fanny Mae.

Deanna's new bud. I am not the jealous type, but...

Deanna’s new bud. I am not the jealous type, but…

Horses (29 horses still available): PJ, Mandan, Bonny, Dehilah, Tangles, Nemo, Special, Buddy, Apple, OC, Tres, Dakota, Snow Angel, Cowboy, Ben, Grace, Jerry, Williams, Butterfly, Lilly, Yuri, Suzy, Specks & Tag A Long

BeBe

BeBe still available

And the rabbit Circle.

That’s all for today. Coming Soon – “ALTERNATE PERSPECTIVE” blog.

On a final note Crimson and Draco are looking for a quiet home where they can hang out. Please come check out these best buds here at the Diamond Springs Shelter.

Crimson & Draco

Crimson & Draco

And a couple of pups in foster care deserve a look – Sparkle and Spirit.

 

Currently in Foster Care

Currently in Foster Care

Currently in Foster Care

Currently in Foster Care

MEOWZA! – Bullet

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CUTTING RIBBONS – officially

IMG_5048w2Well we are all official down here at the NEW El Dorado County West Slope Animal Shelter. On Wednesday, December 10th all the major players, in the construction of “my new place”, converged on the lobby and strung up a large red ribbon across the path of my visitors. I was assured that it was only temporary and that after some speeches and the like it would be cut in half and removed. It would signal that we are now officially open. I read up on the internet after the event and found that this is one of those necessary human formality things. As long as these things bring me new fans and head pats I am good with it.IMG_5176mbestw

As you can see from the photos I provided supervision through most of the event and allowed the attendees to visit with the little tykes in the cat adoption room.

Thanks are in order for the cool dog shaped flower arrangement is from Flowers on Main in Placerville and the nifty animal and paw shaped cookies are from Sugar Lillie Bakery in the town of El Dorado.

There was also a slide show of the whole shelter construction process running on the lobby monitor – a thank you is in order to all my deputies for providing photographs for this. (Alli, Janice, Donna, Lisa & Barb L).

The administrators are telling me that there will be another event for my fans this coming spring. They are not sure if they are calling it a grand opening or an open house. Either way plan on coming in to visit me then. But you can also stop by any time to see me at the new shelter – 6435 Capitol Ave. in Diamond Springs.IMG_4535w

One last note for this post is that a New Shelter Volunteer Coordinator has been hired. They will be taking over the role that PAWED has been providing of organizing and tracking the shelter volunteers. More on this in my next blog.

And finally I just wanted to wish you all a Happy Holiday. – MEOWZA BULLET

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DEMOBILECLINICIZATION

In addition to MYSPACE in the Volunteer room, the in-house Veterinary Clinic has gone in. A generous donor combined their funds with the equipment repurposed from the “dying” PAWED Mobile Clinic to create an awesome space in the building here at 6435 Capitol Avenue in Diamond Springs. (Yes if you had not heard we moved to our new location in October, and its really cool.) This is great as the space is bigger and staff are not tripping over one and other and the animals to

New surgery table adn light with preroom next door.

New surgery table adn light with preroom next door.

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Surgery prep room getting organized and ready for first spay/neuter day at the New Shelter

get all the spays and neuters done. This space the key to reducing pet overpopulation and treating any number of conditions that arise including ultrasonic scaling of dog and cat teeth to freshen the breath of our canine and feline residents and improve their health.

A super big MEOWZA goes out to lead fixit and fix everything guy “Deputy” Jeff Lee. He runs the

"Deputy Jeff" Lead fix it guy for all things PAWED at the new shelter.

“Deputy Jeff” Lead fix it guy for all things PAWED at the new shelter.

volunteer crew (Donna D., Bill Smith et al. pretty hard though, and they have even had to resort to weight training to keep up and they will hopefully be able to get some much needed rest for muscles and backs now that the majority of it is done and debugged.

It has been a pretty massive project to extract and adapt equipment from the Mobile Clinic and get it up and running in the new space. Check out this great gallery of photos by “Deputy” Donna that shows all the new equipment purchased through the PAWED Finishing Touches campaign and repurposing the Mobile Clinic equipment. They tell me that removing that decal was super tedious work with a heat gun and progress measured in millimeters per hour – it took a really long time to remove.

Anyway this new space is super duper and will serve our community for decades to come.

Meowza! — Sheriff Bullet

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MYSPACE?

Volunteer Room - MYSPACE

Volunteer Room – MYSPACE

While I have been working on my Handsome sleep, a lot was going on here at the New Animal Services Facility on the West Slope of El Dorado County. The nice people of PAWED are setting me up with some proper digs right next to the lobby. I had to interrupt my quality nap time to do inspections and make sure everything was just right. I think its pretty close now, what do you think?

Bullet's Inspection reveals inadequate napping area at first.

My inspection reveals inadequate napping area at first.

Note the key features of “MYSPACE”*

  • good napping spot within reach of volunteers working at the computer station for routine head pats
  • computer station readily available for my research needs
  • easy accessibility of the lobby so I can supervise
  • private lavatory facility
  • appropriate animal theme décor
  • constant availability of food and water
  • ability to accommodate multiple fans at one time
Correction of napping space deficiencies - testing in progress.

Correction of napping space deficiencies – testing in progress.

Thanks again to Deputy Donna and Deputy Charlene for setting up my space and making sure I have what I need and can share it with my fans.

Meowza, Bullet.

* Note that I have co-opted this old Facebook like entity for my own needs.

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HOME SWEET HOME – Time to nap

EDCASsign 5x4wYippeee!  Yippeeee! Yipeee! WE’VE MOVED IN, we’ve moved in. — OK sorry I am a bit giddy and over tired and even perhaps a bit confused from no sleep, the car ride and anxiety that my fans might not know where to find me. First things first. Me, shelter staff, Animal Services officers, the director and even the administrative staff are in our new home 6435 Capitol Ave. in Diamond Springs. First is was all the chaos of the King Fire and then all the staff and volunteers with their packing and cleaning and moving activities that have totally disrupted my “Handsome Sleep.” They even had to deliberately wake me up on several occasions to ask my advise about where to put some of the items. Anyway it was incredibly exhausting but as you canIMG_3580w see they found me a suitable napping spot at the front desk so I can greet my fans. We open in the morning. That will be THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16th at 9:30am. Check the El Dorado County Animal Services Website for the shelter and administrative hours (I hear tell will be open at lunch now so my fans can stop by on their lunch hour.) and other details.

The grand opening has yet to be announced and things are still being completed around here but you can stop in and take a look at the lobby and give me a couple of nice head pats starting on the 16th.

I am a bit disappointed that there are not too many dogs in here yet and the barn is not quite ready for those horse types I will need to train but its all looking pretty good. Outside perimeter fencing is just beginning to go up but the walkway to visit me is in and today’s sky was a lovely blue.IMG_3579w

Inside Alli and Sara are putting up shelving and filling it with blankets and towels to keep all of my friends and me comfortable. There seems to be a room, a cupboard or nook or cranny for about everything. Tuesday the veterinary clinic and grooming equipment started to arrive. Two of the cool cat towers are already here along with some incredibly confusing kitten triplets that I cannot for the life of me tell apart.

Two of the triplets.

Two of the triplets.

After getting the volunteer computer up and running, one of my deputies (Deputy Donna) almost scared the little tykes to death making funny faces. The kittens not the deputy should be in next week’s Adopt A Pet Ad in the Mountain Democrat. PAWED volunteers were greeting people at the door this week so I could get some sleep. It will take staff and I a while to sort out everything here at the new place so please bear with us as we get all the kinks out and as I catch up on my sleep.

Deputy Donna playing with the kittens.

Deputy Donna playing with the kittens.

I hope you will all be as pleased and excited as I am to see this huge undertaking and milestone for Animal Services become a reality. That’s it until I am more rested. Meowza! – Bullet

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EMERGENCY SHELTERS AND BARN RAISING

With the King Fire it has been a pretty chaotic 10 days. Before I get started let me just say that my two lady friends Thumbelina and Nora featured in my last post have both been adopted. My buds Katt and Mouse are still looking for their forever homes and will be in this week’s Adopt a Pet ad in the Mountain Democrat. Most of the dogs were fostered out or moved to other shelters because of the fire.

King Fire Pollock Pines Area day 3

King Fire Pollock Pines Area day 3

King Fire Day 9

King Fire Day 9

With 4-5 different sheltering sites at one time or another it has taken some great team work to keep them all staffed with volunteers and supplies. Once again the Ponderosa FFA stepped up with their school Farm at the High School and with manpower from the FFA to house small livestock like sheep, goats, pigs poultry and water fowl. The Fairgrounds is staffed with South County Large Animal Rescue volunteers and El Dorado County Animal Services staff who are looking after large livestock like horses.

The Placerville Shelter site is housing dogs, cats, chinchillas, cage birds and a guinea pig. (No partridges and no pear trees or other flora) – PAWED shelter volunteers and EDCAS staff are seeing to their needs. As you all know how important my ‘Handsome Sleep’ is, I am sure you can appreciate how big an impact this has had on my nap schedule, but the poor dogs and cats that had to be moved 3 times as the fire shifted and surged and the humans caring for them had it way worse (not to mention the poor people who were evacuated). Sheltering so many dogs at the EDCAS Placerville Shelter was made possible through the loan of 8 dog show tents by HANGTOWN KENNEL CLUB – these are critical to provide shade. A local community member also lent the use of an additional building near by for cats. Thank you to all of my fans who have donated supplies and have taken laundry to do at their own homes so my friends can have clean bedding.  So I will count my self lucky as at least my home did not move through all of this.

The lobby is looking nice with lots of glass and soothing colors.

The lobby is looking nice with lots of glass and soothing colors.

Speaking of homes, I thought you would all like some good news. Things are really going well over at my new home and this last week that barn kit you saw delivered in piles is going up. A modern ‘barn raising’. As Tim the construction guy says its been good with all the holes and bolts aligning. Its been such a quick process I have had to put 3 different deputies on the task of capturing it in photos (Thanks Barb L., Donna D. and Lisa C.) The horses will have a nice woodsy view out some of the back doors.

Barn Star - Check out the gallery of barn raising pictures below.

Barn Star – Noah’s Wish Barn. Check out the gallery of barn raising pictures below.

Inside the New Animal Services Facility glass and doors are going in and every thing is really looking spiffy. There is even a drinking fountain for my fans in the front lobby. Lots of work to keep the construction guys busy for a bit yet, but not too much.

Out front they are now grading for the dog exercise areas and other stuff. The site plan will tell you what all of it is.2014-03-17 TI Site Plan – Dogs and Barn

I got my portrait taken for MY TILE a while back and they sent me 3 proofs to review. Let me know what you think.

Bullet Tile Pose 2

Bullet Tile Pose 2

Bullet Tile Pose 4

Bullet Tile Pose 4

Bullet Tile Pose 4

Bullet Tile Pose 3

My Sheriff’s hat came and I have some possible movie roles too but I will share those next time if the King Fire cooperates. Anyway, enjoy the gallery of the latest new shelter photos including the barn raising. Till next time MEOWZA and stay safe. That especially goes for all the animal services officers, Sheriff’s officers and firefighters out there working this nasty King Fire.

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Image IS Everything

Just the Right Look

Just the Right Look

OK, I know, I have been away for 3 weeks plus a bit. My personal protective equipment (PPE) for the construction site finally came in. But, first I had to go to the tailor to get it fitted and then there were some portrait sittings to get just the right look, with the helmet at the right angle, the right look on my face etc. As you will see I was in luck because the Shelter Staff and PAWED Photographers just went through some super duper training over at the Animal Shelter in Amador County and then some follow up work here at our shelter on Placerville Drive. The workshop put on by the Shelter Art Foundation was FREE and they donated over $600 worth of studio equipment to help get great photos of our adoptables. Naturally they all insisted that I be a model for them when they were here at our shelter. I obliged as I know my fans would be disappointed if they did not see how stunning a handsome dude like me looks under these conditions.
There is a little gallery attached here with some pics of yours truly and a few others for comparison. That said you will notice how great this set up makes even the most scruffy of our adoptables look. You can see the “New Look for the New Shelter” in the Friday Mountain Democrat, on the PetHarbor pages for our El Dorado Animal Services, on the PAWED Facebook page, on El Dorado County Animal Services Facebook page and here on my Blog which will feature some of the out take photos. Myself, the other animals, the PAWED photographers and the shelter staff all want to send out a major thank you to Debb Cobb of the Shelter Art Foundation (and her polite canine Abbey) for taking us to the next level.

 

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Lights, Camera, Nap Time

Lots of sun coming through the windows this week has made for some quality “Handsome” sleep. With the remaining “Lemur” kittens not due back from foster care for a week or so there are just some adult cats (all eligible for ½ off adoptions) hanging out in my domain, in the foyer of the shelter here in Placerville. Dobbins the cat

Dobbins is one handsome cat, but Bullet is in a class of his own. Check the Christmas post with Bullet in his bow tie.

Dobbins is one handsome cat, but Bullet is in a class of his own. Check the Christmas post with Bullet in his bow tie.

is a bit talky but not too winey, and he at least tries to share his kibble with me. While this is actually a bad idea as I have food allergies and special food, he means well and I appreciate the sentiment. Dobbins is not as handsome as old Bullet, but would make a fine addition to any home.

The shelter staff marked up the most recent version the new shelter plans and are awaiting a new set to peruse. It appears that this sort of thing is not super easy. As long as they have spots for Bullet snacks, Bullet petting by his adoring public and staff, Bullet napping (preferably with sun), a safe Bullet enclosure for nighttime security from the Bogey Man and room for the fish bowl it will be fine by me. I may have to request some library books or internet access to do some research if this takes too long. I may have to enlist some help with sticky notes to mark pages as I am a bit Post-it challenged unless they are crumpled into a ball for me.

8 wk old Pitty Puppy Redman

8 wk old Pitty Puppy Redman

BLAZE

Blaze the 8 week old Pitty Puppy

This week at the shelter, we got in 2 litters of Pitty Puppies, there sure have been a lot of them this year.

The older two at about 8 weeks are available this week for adoption and the other litter, with too many for me to count, will go into foster and be available in a week or two, so keep checking the Adopt A Pet Ads in the Mountain Democrat on Fridays or for earlier notice check out the PAWED Facebook page here.  http://www.facebook.com/pawedpets

How can you not love these adorable little guys. They will be available for adoption soon. Don't forget to stop by and pet Bullet in the front office when you come to the Shelter.

How can you not love these adorable little guys. They will be available for adoption soon. Don’t forget to stop by and pet Bullet in the front office when you come to the Shelter.

I keep telling the photographers that the cats don’t really like the flash (Lights) from the camera but as Droopy here

Droopy hates the camera flash.

Droopy hates the camera flash.

is demonstrating – they just don’t seem to listen. The cats much prefer a chin scratch or a scratch behind the ears as demonstrated here by Cypress. Please take note that Cypress is a lovely lady cat who has had her entire adoption fee paid.

As Cypress demonstrates cats much prefer a chin scratch to a camera flash.

As Cypress demonstrates cats much prefer a chin scratch to a camera flash.

Please come visit us and find a cat, dog or rabbit that is the perfect one for you and your family. If you cannot find the perfect one for you this week you can at least pet me, give me a treat and then come back in a week or so to check again.

I think I will work on the next chapter of The Delicate Snook Hook Caper. I probably should do an outline first but that would involve Post-it notes and could prove overly frustrating.

That’s it Fur Now. – Bullet.

 

PS – It’s Nap Time for me and the little ones.

These Pittys are too small for adoption they are going into foster care. Check back in a week or so.

These Pittys are too small for adoption they are going into foster care. Check back in a week or so.

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Into the New Year and hopefully a new shelter

The Christmas season was a bit hectic but things are starting to settle down a bit. I finally arranged for some one to go out and get some pictures of the place I will, in the future, call home. The eventual permanent home of the El Dorado County West Slope Animal Shelter will be a big place over in the business park off of Missouri Flat Rd. Some one left a computer on one night so I was able to get this cool Satellite photo of the place for you. The arrow points to the building and the big star is on the open area where we will house our farm animal friends eventually.

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Satellite map. Look how close the El Dorado Trail is.

Check out how close the El Dorado Trail – old railroad line is. – The possibilities stagger the imagination.

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I do hope they will allow me out to do the horse, donkey and goat temperament testing just like I test the dogs around here now. I have some fond memories from way back about a big bay mare. This may or may not be accurate as you all should know as I sustained a head injury from a bullet many years ago which is how I ended up at the shelter in the first place and how I got my name. Oh well they are lovely memories regardless.

There is nothing definite about the floor plan yet other than the fact that shelter staff are being asked to give input ,so we four legged types are pretty confident it will be an efficient and homey space in the final draft. Once I can get some legitimate details I will let my readers know. For now at least, we are patiently waiting.

So, let us talk 4 legged critters now. Can you believe it is the middle of winter and we have actually had a couple of litters of kittens to spay/neuter and adopt out?? The first litter, some unknown party basically dumped behind the gas station next door. Brittany’s keen sense of hearing picked up on their little mews and instantly we had new residents. The really cool thing was that the next day was surgery day so they all got fixed and then very quickly adopted – all right during the holidays.

And this week we got in a litter of lemurs. Well not really lemurs but they sure look like them. If you like ultra modern hair styles then you must see these little urchins. They have black fur and ears and foreheads with frosted tips. Soon all the girls will have little belly tattoos. No piercings though. Neera, Aladar, Yar and Plio are up for adoption as of today and the two tiniest Zini and Suri have gone into foster homes for a week or two as they were to small for surgery. Sara gave them names from the movie Dinosaur. If you do cute then they are it. I am not too into cute, but they are a quiet and polite lot.

LEMURS?

LEMURS?

So we are pretty devoid of youngsters around here, but I must point your attention to some adult dogs and cats deserving of a visit. Dasher, Bodie and Bear are canines; Preston, Kibby, Otis, Spud, Millie and Pasty are felines. You can see their portraits on the PAWED Facebook page here http://www.facebook.com/pawedpets or in the Mountain Democrat Adopt-A-Pet ad on Friday.

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