Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Darcy the white!

Yesterday Amanda was walking in the Buda hills close to where Hendrik had been found and came across another lone dog. He had been hanging around some school children on a field-trip for several hours, and appeared lost, also he had a wound on his side which appeared to need medical attention.

(Pictures above are taken at our veterinarian Viktor`s clinic)
Darcy was immediately very friendly happily allowing a leash to be put on and walking calmly along side Amanda and her own dog Winston. After about an hour of asking if anyone had been seen searching for a dog, and asking at the cafe Amanda contacted Budadogs to see if we could help him. We told her to take him to Viktor, our vet to check for a chip, but since none was found we had him chipped / vaccinated / de-wormed and treated against ticks and have placed him in kenneling where he can receive treatment for his wound.

(Pictures below are taken at our kennel (not dog hotel) where is is now)

We believe that Darcy may have been abandoned by owners unable to pay vets bills related to his wound, since he is clearly used to being handled, and even jumped into the car as soon as the door was opened, but we can not be sure. He is around 2 to 3 years old and 25 kilos.

We will now advertise him on a lost pets website just in case his owners are searching for him and if not will look for a new home for this beautiful boy.

-Amanda and Maud Kristine-

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Henrik from budda hills

Amanda saw a dog that seemed lost about a week ago, and asked a "cafè" owner (he sells Langos) if he had seen the dog before. The salesman said he has been feeding the dog for over a month, and has never seen any sign of an owner and that he is walking around the shops all day long looking for food.

Today me and Amanda went to Normafa in Budda hills to take a look at the dog, and to take him to the veterinarian to check for a chip and hopefully an owner. He was scared of people, and the photos I managed to take was while Amanda fed him dryfood, after this he realized that we wanted to put a lead on him, and he was not too keen on it and walked away.

I got some hamburger from one of the little shops and had to jump him, grab him behind the ears and hold on! He was terrified, but I just had to think that it is better to scare him for 20 min then to loose him, and know that he will be homeless all winter. Amanda muzzled him and we got him into a crate in the car and down to Viktor (our veterinarian). There was no chip (as expected), he is about 35-40kg, 2-3 years old and very kind, calm and trusting even after what we put him trough. Henrik, as his new name is, got a chip, vaccinations, spot-on (against ticks, flees and other bugs) and dewormers.

Amanda and me drove him out to the doghotel where he met Dougal (Dougal is such a different and confident boy now!) and John (which Jani baci, the "hotel" owner, adores!). Henrik seemed to feel at home right away, walking around, sniffing the other dogs :)

To bad it got too dark to take any more photos, bacause as you can imagine it was kind of hard taking photos during the dog-catching :)

-Maud Kristine-

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Metro pack visit

When I arrived to the pack-site today it has been a while since last time, and I was worried about what shape they where in.
Before they saw me, they where sniffing around for food which I have not seen them do before. At first they barked at me and when I whistled they came running! not just trotting.

While the mom and dad watches from the top of the little hillside.
But the mom came running soon after the young ones.

The young male is limping, and holding his frontleg high of the ground. But he is wagging his tail at me, nearly jumping up and down by the knowledge that I have food for him.

The two females share the same bowl, and are very happy to get some food.
I see that whoever fed them before, stopped after taking the puppy home (I hope this is the truth, and not only wishfull thinking), so no wonder they are hungry!

Hopefully me and Claire will get them to a safe environment tomorrow or as soon as possible next week.

-Maud Kristine-

Friday, 22 October 2010

Dennis making cracks in his little shell :)

Dennis came to us after living under the name "Antisedan" in the school clinic for about 5 years (his whole life) as a dog that the students was to practise sticking needles on. He was very patient and kind towards everything and everyone, but after many years he showed signs of being tired of all the poking, sticking and the hospital environment he was living in, day in and day out.

When he first came to his fosterhome, his favourite spot was safely under the desk. He could hardly go out in the streets during the day, because he had never been outside the school gates before.

But he soon go comfy in his new surroundings!

Week 2 he was still nervous, and it took him a while to understand what toys where for. Especially when they looked like him!

Now after a while in fostercare he is learning that the streets are not too bad, even during the day. And he has got some sparks in his eyes, and LOVES to jump the home made indoor agility course ;)

Dennis is up for adoption and we are looking forward to see how he is going to get better and better by the day in his fosterhome environment! :)

-Maud Kristine-

Friday, 15 October 2010

Kingsley in his new home

Kingsley is a pug who was smuggled illegally to Norway and was ment to be put down since he was too young to be in quarantine for a longer period of time, but we flew him back to Hungary, gave him all the vaccinations and tests needed to be brought in to Norway legally and he has now been adopted to a young couple in Norway.

Kingsley lives in northern Norway and arrived in september to his new "Mom" and "dad", I went to visit them this week, and he is as happy as a pug can be, running around showing off his new home.

Kingsley is attending a socialization class once a week, where dogs meet and greet, get positive experiences with the (sometimes) scary agility obsticles and other scary things, in controlled and safe surroundings. His owner Astrid says that Kingsley is fearless in the agility course, and he loves it!

Above: Kingsley and Astrid

Astrid and Tom Vidar tells me how easy and calm he is around other dogs when they are out for walks, how he always comes when called and how lovable he is.

When the first snow arrived this week, Kingsley went completely crazy! digging his head under the snow, absolutely loving it :)

We wish them all the best!

-Maud Kristine-

Monday, 11 October 2010

The metro-pack; 10.Okt, day 8

Today is my busy day, so I will make it very easy on myself, and give you the e-mail Amanda kindly sent me after she was done feeding and keeping an eye on them yesterday.

First I want to tell you some (hopefully) good news, but we can not be sure. The puppy is gone from its burrow, and is not with the adults. He has not been with the pack for 2-3 days now, and is most likely picked up by someone. My hope is that whoever was/is feeding the pack has taken him home with them, and maybe they where just waiting for him to get old enough, which he is by this point.

Well, here is Amanda`s update :)

"When I arrived all 4 dogs ran off, so I filled the water bowl and put food out for them. When I left I saw them on the other side of the road, so I stopped to watch from a distance to see what they would do. As long as I stayed in the car they were relaxed and lay sunbathing for a while.

After some time they went into the woods, and I got out of the car to have a better look at where they were going. To my surprise the 2 girls (I think it was the girls, the smaller black one and the brown and white one) hearing the rustle of the bag of treats I was holding came back towards me. I fed them treats, and the black one became brave enough to eat from my hand and lie down close to me. The other girl didn't take them from my hand but came very close. I had a bowl in the car so I gave them some water which they took before trotting back home when the treats ran out.

I went back to the site and before long the boys came back. The boys were still wary of me, but the girls didn't mind me being there at all. No sign of the puppy still - let's hope he is somewhere good."

And here are some of the pictures she took:

-Maud Kristine and a lot of Amanda-

Saturday, 9 October 2010

The metro-pack; 9.Okt, day 7

Quick update on our pack. Our friend Amanda went out to the pack today around 18.00 tonight, and they were out on their nightly walk I guess, because Amanda could not see them. Amanda filled the water bowl and left some food for them. I am crossing my fingers and hoping that all of them make it through the night without any more injuries.

-Maud Kristine-

Friday, 8 October 2010

The metro-pack; 8.Okt, day 6

Today was a mess! As you might remember, my battery on my camera went dead yesterday, so of course I charged it, but when I arrived at the metro-pack site and wanted to take a photo of the dogs laying in the sun relaxing, the camera said "no SD card inserted"! I forgot it in my computer.. So no photos today, but otherwise the day went on as planned.

For a minute I thought they were all sick and/or poisoned, because they did not react to my whistling or the fact that I was approching them. But when I reached the waterbowl and filled it with 4 liters of fresh water they started to get up on their feet and walk towards me. Everyone exept for the old male of course, but even he does not walk away from me anymore, he just does not seem interested in me at all.

The older female behaved even wierder and more anxious than yesterday, at least for the first 5 minutes. She walked around barking at me and then to the same direction as yesterday.

The young female is more trusting than ever, she lets me stroke her chin and behind her ear while feeding her with the other hand, so it is of course not eniterly her idea of a good time, but she lets me, and I take that as a sign of trust.

The younger male made a huge leap of trust today by eating from my hand, and he kept close to me the entire time, instead of being 2-3 meters away observing.

After the first 5 minutes the old female came close to me and seemed to be more relaxed and ate from my hand, she has not done this in a couple of days, so this is good news! Her teeth looks like they are in a bad condition, and I am wondering if her sight/hearing is getting worse, and that might be the reason for (what appears to me to be) random barking out into nothing.

I did not go to see the puppy today either, but I could see from where I was sitting that he was moving around in his little burrow, fat as usual.

The dogs health seems alright, to be stray dogs. The young female and what is most likely her father is still limping. All the dogs have huge ticks on them all over, and they are so big now that they are starting to fall of them. We are really looking forward to getting them to the veterinarian and check them for pretty much everything.

The next update will hopfully be with photos :)

-Maud Kristine-

Thursday, 7 October 2010

The metro-pack; 7.Okt, day 5

Today I was pleased with the sight that met me, all of them where laying in the shade. I was nervous that something had happened to them last night when they where gone. So my heart jumped a little when they were all there :)

It is pretty hot outside today, so they had dug themselves a "shelf" to lie on in the sand.

I do not know what the dogs where up to last night after dark, but something has happened, because the young female is limping on her right front leg, but still as trusting as usual. The mother of the pack was not behaving as usual, she was barking at something/someone in the distance every once in a while, and seemed agitated by something. But I sat down and read a magazine ("time out", They have written about having dogs in Hungary and Budadogs is the first organization he mentiones when talking about ways to get/help a dog :) ), and the mother calmed down with the rest of them after a while.

I kept my distance to the puppy today, I did not want to agitate the mother any more than necessary. Here are the last two pictures of the day before my battery went dead, to my great frustration!

-Maud Kristine-