Mewsings Blog - dogs

March 17, 2017

When Nena was rescued, she was malnourished and ill. She's recovered now, and needs a forever home. Nena is deaf, but understands hand signals.  To learn more, contact us, or inquire at our adoption event this Sunday afternoon, at Petsmart in Bee Cave.

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February 3, 2017

Wallace the dog had a successful surgery!

He was injured, and languished for several weeks, malnourished and unable to use his left hind leg.  A kind woman noticed him, and contacted us.  We directed her to a veterinary team, they operated to restore function of the leg, and now he's in the recovery phase.

We need your help.  We're still $700 short of paying for the surgery and follow-up care.  Please donate if you can. Thank you!



February 1, 2017

Wallace the dog

Wallace, a pit bull under a year old, was running free in Dripping Springs when he was hit by a car, breaking a hind leg.  Fed only sporadically, Wallace was skin and bones.  Two months later, a kind lady volunteering in the neighborhood, Juana, saw him for the first time, and couldn't help but take him home.

Juana contacted us and, on our advice, whisked him to our vet, who is a rescue pit bull specialist!  He was given all vaccinations, heartworm tested negative, and was already neutered.  On exam, the vet found that he had a break that can potentially be fixed with full recovery of the use of his leg.  That's what we are going for, immediately!

Wallace wants to be with people, and is happy with other dogs, including Juana's alpha, a smaller herding dog.  He was too interested in her two cats, however, so Juana asked her friend, Dayle, to foster him. Dayle has no other animals right now and can devote her time to Wallace's recovery.

Today, February 1st, Wallace will have his surgery.

His surgery, overnight stay in the veterinarian's office, and post-surgical medication will cost $1400.  His rescuers have donated to him, the vet is giving us major discounts, and now Thundering Paws is stepping in to pay his expenses.  YOU are Thundering Paws!  Please help him by donating.

Wallace will be available for adoption at some future time, to be determined by the speed of his recovery.  Please see his video at the link below:

Thank you all so much!  We could never help these dear animals without you!


September 16, 2016

Support Thundering Paws at Strut Your Mutt, Best Friends Animal Society's Annual Dog Walk, Festival, and Fun(d) Raiser

When: Saturday, September 17, 2016

The Dog Walk:
Registration Opens: 8:00 AM
Walk Starts: 9:00 AM

Where: Walter E. Long Park, 6614 Blue Bluff Road, Austin, TX 78724

Join Captain KC and our Team. Spend the morning with kindred spirits, do good by raising money for Thundering Paws Animal Sanctuary and have a great time in the process.

Festivities include: Frisbee Tic Tac Toe, Pooch Photo Booth, Raffles with Great Prizes, and a Rescue Runway. The full schedule is here. Planning to attend? Please read Best Friends' Safety Guidelines to ensure a safe and fun time for dogs and humans alike!

If you can't attend the event, please donate to our team, to help rescue animals like Martina, Derek, and Aloysius.


By the way, if you happen to be a member of  the Wheatsville Co-op, or if you know anyone who is, you (or they) can vote for Thundering Paws at this link:   10 non-profits are in the running to have a fundraising month at Wheatsville. Voting started September 15th and will end November 13th.

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May 14, 2007

Chula was found on an extremely busy highway by one of our volunteers. The poor girl looked like she had never been cared for. She had long, dreadful toe nails, the longest we've ever seen, and was covered in fleas. Chula was taken to the vet right away for an exam. She received shots and an exam and fortunately tested negative for heartworms.

Chula - Can you help us help her?

But there was also bad news -- she has a mammary gland tumor. This condition could have been prevented so easily by having her spayed at an early age.

In short, the sooner a dog is spayed, the less the chance for mammary tumors to develop in the future. It's best to have your dog spayed before her first heat cycle to prevent this disease. After three or four heat cycles, spaying has almost no effect on protection against tumor development.

But even when it is too late for mammary gland tumor prevention, spaying is still important. It keeps other diseases away and keeps more unneeded puppies from being born, so spaying is always a good idea.

Chula's surgery has been scheduled and we are trying to raise money so we will be prepared to pay for the medical bills.

Please send donations to: Thundering Paws Animal Sanctuary, PO Box 1555, Dripping Springs, TX  78620. Let us know that the donation is for Chula's surgery. Any amount you can give, no matter how big or small, is appreciated! (All donations to Thundering Paws are tax deductible)

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January 25, 2007

I am much more of a dog person than I am a cat person. Cats just don't seem to need people, while dogs definitely do. So when the little wiggly black dog dubbed Sweet Pea came to stay at Thundering Paws, I was thrilled to make friends with her.

Sweet Pea

I was a little nervous at first because she looks to be part pit bull terrier--her head has that strong, square shape to it--but if she has any pit in her, it's in appearance only. Her heart and temperament are mild and sweet, and she adores people! She'll run right up to anybody (strangers, friends, kids, whomever) and lick and squirm until you pet her. And she loves to go for walks. She displays no fear whatsoever (even when she should) of cars, strangers, deer, cats--anybody or anything she sees during our evening jaunts. I should point out, of course, that she doesn't especially like cats; in fact, we keep her away from the felines at the shelter because she tends to play a little rough.

She's a smart dog, too, and very eager for a strong owner to instill some discipline. I took care of her for a long weekend in December, and after just a day or so, she had already learned not to jump on the sofa or stand on her hind legs to see what was on the kitchen counter. She just needs to know what's OK and what's not, and she's good at remembering those boundaries.

Of course, I'm still finding dog biscuits in my shoes weeks later. She sure loved to hide 'em!


October 1, 2006

Xylitol, a commonly used sweetener found in sugar-free gum and other products, can be very dangerous for dogs.

Read the Reuters news story here: Dog owners warned over sugar-free items.

Sometimes dogs like to help themselves to a little people food, and the consequences can be unexpected. Keep a close eye on all your doggies to keep them safe and happy!


September 20, 2006

On June 14, 2005, Excellent Volunteer Annie Stuhr and I were cleaning the room at the end of the hall where the floor needed to be replaced. We had just begun this task which had been put off again and again in favor of more crucial items on the to-do list: trapping feral cats before they get pregnant; driving animals to and from veterinarians; buying cat litter; scooping litter boxes. A call came in from Annie's husband, Bill. A hysterical neighbor had come barreling down their driveway yelling that there was a hurt puppy a few streets over from their house. Annie and I snatched up tools we might need, a board in case of an injured spine, rope, cloth to staunch bleeding, a leash, heavy gloves, and dashed off in her pickup truck.

When we arrived at our destination, we found a small black pit bull mix sitting quietly under a realtor's sign, no bleeding, no dangling limb, no lolling tongue nor rolling eye. She looked petrified and we had enough sense not to approach her. Someone, probably the hysterical neighbor, had left a plastic container of for the dog and it appeared untouched, which led me to wonder if the dog could walk.

Sweet Pea

Being mostly a cat rescue person, I called dog rescue people on my cell phone and got pretty much the same advice from everyone: either call animal control, which would probably result in the dog's demise, or wait and see what develops. I found a tiny bit of shade and sat down to wait. Annie went to her house for a large kennel and some dog food.

By the time Annie returned, the dog and I had worked out at least one thing: I was to obey the suggestions of the people to whom I had spoken, and I would wait. It was hot. We waited. Annie had brought me water (but no restroom, alas) and we waited. We took down the kennel from the back of her truck and set it in the ditch. Each human movement was met with a wary look, if not an outright growl, from the dog. I speak fluent cat but only un poquito dog. My dogs don't expect fluency from me: they speak cat, English and my halting Spanish just fine. But I understand "growl." We waited.

When she had settled down from the kennel placing incident, I opened the door. She glowered. We waited. She grew bored and looked away. I tied a rope to the door. She grimaced. We waited. She looked off in the distance. I opened a can of Iams kitten food (it was all we could find) and put it in a dish in the kennel. Absolutely NO ONE likes Iams kitten food, not cats, not kittens, not dogs, probably not flies. We waited without much hope.

In the end, I don't think she wanted the Iams kitten food (no one does), but she understood "kennel." and she walked in and waited for me to close the door, which I did with the rope I had tied to it. She's a small dog, 35 pounds, and Annie and I easily lifted the kennel into her truck bed and secured it with bungee cords. The waiting was over. We drove the dog to Hyde Park Animal Clinic.

When we arrived, the dog growled at everyone and bit Anne Pierce, the vet tech. They had another emergency that morning and suggested we call Animal Trustees of Austin (ATA), who are used to handling, examining and anesthetizing problem animals. Dr. Amy at ATA placed a call to see if they could examine this dog the next day at the Spay/Neuter Clinic, and we took her to Thundering Paws.

Fortunately, it was Tuesday, when dog-person volunteer Sarah Wolf comes over. Sarah was the first new person at whom the dog, now named Sweet Pea, didn’t growl. Sarah offered to take her for a walk and I agreed. At this point, the plan was to take her to ATA the next day for anesthesia and examination to determine if she had any injuries.

By the time Sarah and Sweet Pea had returned, it was apparent that if Sweet Pea had ever been hurt, her injuries were extremely minor. She walked fine and seemed happy and spirited with Sarah. We caged her, fed and watered her, gave her a rug to sleep on and told her good night. I called ATA and left a message that we would wait. It seems the theme for this dog.

Calene Summers made us an appointment for Friday at Emancipet to get Sweet Pea spayed. I took her in and it was my first visit to their new facility off Airport and East Seventh Street. What a wonderful experience! The staff was helpful, kind and well educated about their work. The surgery was well done and Sweet Pea has recovered nicely. We were charged $101: $36 for a 35 lb. dog spay, $6 for a rabies shot, $20 for pre-anesthetic blood work, $15 for a heartworm test, $11 for a first DHLPP, $10 for a Bordatella shot, and $3 for dissolvable sutures. We had all this work done because we have a sponsor for Sweet Pea: it is Excellent Volunteer Annie Stuhr. We could have gotten out for $42 for the spay and the rabies vaccination.

Sadly, Sweet Pea was heartworm positive. She has been treated and has made a full recovery. She is lucky that she had a place with a large cage in air conditioning to go through her treatment, and people who love her to help her through.

I am often asked why we don't rescue more dogs. Sweet Pea is the embodiment of one of the reasons. She is a little too interested in the cats here. When we walk, I am careful to clear cats out of her route through of the house. We have kitties in large cages outside and I am fearful of the look in Sweet Pea's eye when she sees them. We have two outside cats, who just showed up (and are now speutered, but refuse to come inside), and Sweet Pea lunged at Gonzo a few times when we were walking. There are only two cats outside and free, but there are many free cats inside and I cannot trust Sweet Pea around them. My dog, Maggie (a 5 year old playful but sweet Corgi mix), loves her kitty friends and knows that every cat here is a member of her pack. If we rescued dogs, sooner or later we would get a cat killer. Only when we have a new facility and can separate the species can we begin to rescue more dogs.

While I could not leave Sweet Pea unspayed and perhaps hurt on the road, I am also looking for a foster person for her, someone without cats, to foster her until we find her a new home.

And, while we do the best we can with what we have here: a 2139 sq. ft. house plus a 700 sq. ft. "cat run" which is a screened porch, I am constantly on the lookout for new and bigger digs, and the money with which to purchase these digs.

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