Ginny Ain’t Misbehavin’

 

Ginny

May marks the two-year anniversary of Ginny coming into my life.  As a rescue dog, she came with some issues.  I am happy to report that she has become, hands down, the World’s Best Dog!

I can’t take all of the credit as neighbors, friends, the Animal Care Clinic in Wilsonville, Myra at BarkZone and LexiDog Boutique & Social Club all played a part in her recovery.

Their support, guidance, feedback and affection for Ginny helped her to recover.  It does take a village.

Learn more of her story A New Life for Ginny

Here is her report card from her last visit to doggy day care.  All I need now is a bumper sticker that says “I own the world’s best dog.”.

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33 thoughts on “Ginny Ain’t Misbehavin’

  1. Ginny is adorable. She reminds me of my Harry in some ways. He was also a rescue dog and very timid and came with lots of issues when we brought him home. But ten years later he is so much a part of our family and I can’t imagine not having him in our lives. Lovely post Lori.

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    1. BEWARE – YOUR DOGS SAFETY & HEALTH ARE AT RISK. I have been taking my dog to Lexi for almost 10 months on a consistent basis and have experienced alarming and irresponsible business practices that should compel you to look elsewhere. Initially, you are required to provide your pet is up to date on all vaccinations during their intake interview and I noticed as he continued to go and his vaccinations expire, no one was asking for or following up with my vet to ensure he was up to date though they continued to let him do daycare each day with 50 or so dogs. While I knew he was up to date, I was worried they were not following a vaccination compliance protocol with all the other dogs and significantly increasing my dogs risk and exposure to kennel cough, rabies, etc… He contracted kennel cough twice (once I am certain was from there based on not having any interaction with other dogs for weeks), I called them to ask them to inform other parents that it was going around and hopefully have a plan in place to ensure others did not have exposure – they brushed it off. After repeated attempts to learn what their protocol was from staff, manager and owner, they were never answered so I called Multnomah County Animal Control who responded immediately and found many dogs were not up to date with records in a random file pull at several locations. Lexi also could not provide their written protocol which they are required to have this as part of their facility license and any owner can request this at any time.

      My dog was also ATTACKED by another dog at our last visit (by a new dog to the facility) and he had a puncture wound through his ear. The attack happened at 4:40 pm and I was NEVER called or informed. I arrived at 6:45 pm and handed him as he was still actively bleeding and dripping blood in a pool on their tile. They offered no apology, explanation, contact information, next steps, insurance info, etc… and the manager and owner both had left for the day and left the young, uninformed and unempowered staff to share the news. Only when pressed did they provide the owners email to me and get her on the phone – her decisions dramatically impacted my dogs care and health. It was a Friday night so we were unable to go to our normal vet (which if phoned at the time of the accident we would have) and were forced to spend 5 hours in emergency care at Dove Lewis, Lexi applied a topical solution which the vet said should never have been applied, they have allowed the other dog to return to their care and potentially risk others harm to others all in pursuit of profit. When pressed, she reimbursed for the emergency bill of $223 but never once did it occur to her to do the right thing at any turn.

      The short of it is the owner, Suzanne, treats this as a HOBBY business repeatedly stating she loves dogs but not understanding that safety and care for their health is the greatest priority over all else. She lacks the proper decision making, oversight, training and education to care for our loved ones and communication skills to run a business.

      On a side note, after all this and you still decide to go – check you are being charged accurately – there are many of us who have experienced being overcharged when paying in cash and then when and if we notice at the craze and excitement of getting our dogs handed to us – they are like “oops” – I experienced it twice and have met several others with the same story.

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      1. Thank you so much for sharing this with me. I will definitely check on these issues as I want Ginny (as well as other dogs) to be in a safe environment. I hope your dog is OK.

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  2. Ginny looks adorable – it’s hard to believe someone could mistreat her. Love her little scarf!
    Our dog Dolly (pictures on my blog) arrived with us when she was about 1 year old, having been slightly mistreated as a pup – she is adorable too but retains 1 Bad Habit… She is a ‘thief’ and a cunning one at that! She gets away with it now – hence her being ‘podgy’.
    The love of a dog is precious and lovely for you to feel this in your life..

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  3. Ginny is adorable. And our rescue rascal has been with us for two years as well. Chippy, at first, didn’t receive the best of report cards. His issue–he thinks he is a very large dog in a medium sized dog’s body. Now he is placed with the smaller dogs when in day care and he is an ideal leader!

    Many years ago, we had a rescue Basset Hound, Dorothy. She was found tied and bound to a tree in a park and it wasn’t known how long she was there. All I know is that she looked like she would die when we adopted her. I was handed a ton of medicine for her and was told that Dorothy would thrive with my family.

    It took a year to re-condition her–to get her used to men, and to get her used to the fact I would not beat her every time a swept the floor with the broom. With lots of love, Dorothy was the greatest little rescue lady in the world. I miss her so much.

    We need to take a look at rescue pups and rather than going to a breeder for that “perfect” companion, a rescue, issues and all, can bring out the best in us.

    Great post! Thank you!

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  4. Rescue dogs can really be “the best” for people who are prepared to work with them and be very patient. I wouldn’t change anything about Ray. When his path crossed mine, my life changed in so many ways …. hence his book! 🙂

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  5. Oh Lori, what a beautiful beautiful story. Ginny is adorable and I love her little face. Thank you for saving her from that breeder. It breaks my heart, hearing of things like that ! I am so pleased she now has you and your home for her forever home. Please give Ginny a big loving hug from me. x

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  6. Thank you for sharing. Ginny is adorable. A rescue dog can indeed bring unbelievable blessings if you can have that positive training and much love. Our beloved Shaggy had a woeful beginning and we are thankful that we had nine wonderful years with him. Ginny has the sweetest face. I too am smiling.

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  7. sitting in front of my computer I am suppose to do some urgent work, sorting out bills etc. etc. and writing my own articles for my BLog, but…….. when your site pops up I have to stop and read. So, can I blame if things are not done in time 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 – I keep staring at lovely Ginny for some time now. Please give her a pat from me. Carina

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