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Friday, January 16, 2015

Update to Skippy's Blog

Unfortunately Skippy passed away early in 2014.  Please enjoy what has been previously written.

1:26 am est 

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Spring Has Sprung
  Spring is such a wonderful time of the year.  The days are longer which means more sunshine to nap in.  The grass is turning green and flowers are blooming.  The smell of the flowers blooming and the new grass growing can be inebriating. I feel like a young pup when I take a good roll in the grass.  Springtime is also a great time of year to work in the garden.  I recommend that all Schipperkes get out and work in their gardens and dig up the bones they planted last year.  I found that bones which have been planted through at least two seasons have a certain savory flavor that can’t be beat in a good chew.  If you haven’t planted bones make sure you try it this year.  I promise you won’t be disappointed.  One more thing about bones before I move on…..  Have any of you had an antler to chew on yet?  They are great.  We bought some Elk antlers at the last dog show.  The flavor and chew quality was excellent.  However, these antlers are a bit pricey.  My neighbor is a big hunter and he brought over some White Tail Deer antlers the other day.  They are a tasty treat that is safe to chew.  Check it out if there are hunters in your family they may part with their antlers for free!  If you are lucky enough to get an antler given to you just have your human cut it into pieces on a saw and you will be set with chews for a long time.

            We are just about six weeks away from the 2012 National and I am very excited about going this year.  I hear there is going to be a Parade of Veterans along with the parade of Champions and Castaways.  Diane Harris is organizing the Parade of Veterans and I’m hoping she puts together those great bags for us again.  Last year I got an airbed which I love to nap on in the sun.  So if any of you are tossing around the idea of entering any of the parades I highly recommend it.  Everybody has a good time and we all get to strut our stuff whether we are Champions, Veterans or just a humble rescue dog like me.  We all get a moment of pride and glory as we go around the ring and our story is read.  So if you can get away come to Lancaster PA and join the fun and exceitment.

            Speaking of humble rescue dogs I would just like to spend a couple of minutes talking about rescue and shelter dogs.  This year is starting off with a bang, for dogs needing to come into rescue.  Right now we have a 7 month-old at our home that was turned into a shelter because they didn’t have time to train him.  This little guy is great he gets along with everyone and he is so happy to just have a friend to play with.  He sure makes everyone here smile.  But, the sad facts are we have already had to put dogs on a waiting list to come into to rescue due to the lack of foster homes.  I am sending out a plea.  If anyone feels they have the room and the time please consider fostering a Schipperke.  Even if you can only take on one it is one more that can come into a rescue program to be rehomed.  I know a lot of you folks do many things to assist with rescue from monetary support to transports etc. and it is a lot to ask someone to take on another dog but if you can please contact the Schipperke Rescue closest to you and volunteer you will be rewarded in butt wags and Schippie kisses.            My internal clock is telling me it is cookie time and then it’s off for another nap in the sun.  I will be looking forward to seeing you in PA this spring!  So till next, time remember to never skip your afternoon nap and keep a close watch on the cookie jar.~Skippy~             
1:57 pm edt 

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Happy Holidays !
Well the holiday season is on us and this past year just flew by.  I want to wish all of our Midwest Schipperke Rescue friends and supporters a joyous holiday season and a wonderful new year.  We at Midwest appreciate all of your help and donations.  I also want to give a personal shout out to the Southern Michigan Schipperke Club who just had their annual holiday party. Everyone brought a present for the rescue dogs.  My fellow castaways have new collars, leashes, beds, toys, and of course cookies and biscuits.  They are all delighted with their gifts and send their gratitude to The SMSC. 

I just have to give a short personal brag.  I was just recently to my vet for my annual check-up.  He was very impressed by me.  He said he my blood work was perfect and it doesn't get any better than that for a 15 year-old.  So God willing I hope to be here for many more years typing out this blog. With that I will close for now, remember to take a nap in the sunshine when ever you can.

Happy Holidays to All.  Skippy
8:26 pm est 

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Skippy's Blog
Hi Folks,
It's been awhile since I have bloged.  It's been a busy summer here in Northern Michigan.  We had the pitter patter of little paws running around and they were a lot of work.  You folks out there who have senior dogs should be grateful as we are so easy to care for.

Speaking of senior dogs do you know that November is adopt a senior month.  Midwest Schipperke rescue has partnered with Pet-finders.com to promote senior adoption.  So in keeping with senior adoption I would like to announce The Purple Pillow SocietyThe Purple Pillow Society is for our senior dogs who are in foster-care.  They are available for virtual adoption as well as well as physical adoption.  Though virtual adoption you can help care for a special senior.  You will also receive regular updates on your special senior.  This is a great way to have a dog even if you can't physically care for one.  So remember to click on The Purple Pillow Society button and check out our senior dogs. 

Interestingly enough if any of you get the Schipperke Club of America's Bulletin this issue is dedicated to veterans.  Do you think there is a conspiracy to promote seniors in November?  If you get the Bulletin check out Skippy's Corner written by your's truly.  If you don't  get the Bulletin and would like to, you can log on to www.schipperkeclub-usa.org.  There you can look around and subscribe to the Bulletin.  It's the official publication of the Schipperke Club of America and dedicated to us Schipperkes.

With November here the holidays are right around the corner.  The holiday season is a good time to donate to rescue or your local shelter.  Rescue and shelter dogs are always in need of bedding, toys, collars, leashes, food, and of course TREATS! So when you're out shopping for the holidays please think about a gift for a rescue or shelter dog.  If you have space in your household maybe you could volunteer to foster a rescue or shelter dog for the holidays.  Anything you can do to help is appreciated.
Happy Holidays to All!
Skippy
11:10 pm edt 

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Skippy's Blog
Well this has been the craziest spring I have seen in a long time.  The storms have been just horrible.  The Schipperke Strut was rained out.  But, I would like to thank those who sent support.  We certainly can use all the help we can get.
Now, I have to tell you a story about a very special Schip that came into Midwest's program.  His name was Rainbow and he came into rescue because he was found in a home with his owner who passed away and was not found for over a week.  Also, in the home were his co-pets 2 cats and a Lab sadly the Lab and one cat were also deceased.  When Rainbow came into the program he was a bit unsure of himself and a little standoffish.  But with Mary's love and guidance he quickly adapted to his new surroundings and was sleeping on the bed in no time. 
On of our volunteers offered to foster another dog and she took Rainbow so he could have more one-on-one time.  Things were going well and the family fell in love with Rainbow.  Our volunteer's father and mother puppy-sits her dogs while she works.  I'll call them Grandma and Grandpa.  Well, Grandpa found that Rainbow loves to go on car rides.  So one afternoon, Grandpa took all the dogs for a ride.  He said, Rainbow was sitting next to him looking out the window having a good time. When they got home the other dogs got out of the car and ran into the garage to go in the house which, was their routine.  Rainbow was pulling on his leash to follow the others so Grandpa figured he would go into the garage to.  Well you know how we Schipperkes can be.  Rainbow knew the tension was off the leash and split for an unauthorized run.  They couldn't catch him and then he was gone not to be found.  Grandpa and the whole family were beside themselves.  They searched diligently every day, checked all the shelters, put out flyers, and listed him on Craig's List.  He was sited once about 5 miles from his starting point but he could not be caught.  
Rainbow had been gone over a month, but the family did not give up hope and continued their search.  Then one day they received a call from a family down by 17 Mile Rd. (  Now just so you can get a better idea of this, in the Detroit area they have mile roads.  Rainbow's foster family lived north and east of where Rainbow lived with his deceased master at 12 Mile in Madison Heights.  The foster family was north of 27 mile road in Macomb County. ) I digress, back to my story.  A family called that they had spotted Rainbow. He had been in the neighborhood for a couple of days and they had been putting food out for him.  Knowing that he must be lost as he had part of his leash still attached, they looked on Craig's List and found a listing for a small black dog with no tail that had been lost.  They called and sure enough it was Rainbow.  Grandpa went right away and got a live trap and some KFC and he was captured that day.  Well, what do you expect, we Schips can't pass up some go old KFC.  Well, Rainbow is now back with his foster family and they are grateful to have found him alive and well.  We all figure when he got loose he headed for what he knew as home because, he was heading south and had traveled 12 miles in that month.  Midwest is grateful to Rainbow's foster family for never giving up the search.  Because of Rainbows great survival skills it has been proclaimed that from here forth Rainbow will now be known as Rambo.
Now it is time for me to go and sniff some flowers and water the trees.
Till next time,
Skippy
3:49 pm edt 

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