It's hard to believe we are at the end of 2019. This year went so fast and it started the day after I had to let my best friend of nearly 17 years go on New Years Eve 2018. Buckwheat came into IBR's program in April of 2002 with his 6 littermates from a rescue in Missouri. I always gave him the birthday of February 14th based on his age as a puppy. Best guess he was either a Pointer or GSP mixed with a bully bred. He survived a terrible Parvo infection and became a part of my family after he recovered-- adding to my doggie family of Westleigh my field bred Pointer and Thelmalou my field bred Setter. He was dragged all over as a youngster to agility events and field events when his brother and sister competed, and when it was his turn he did great getting his Junior Hunter title and also competing in the Excellent level of dog agility. Later in life he was the mascot for Illinois Birddog Rescue going to many adoption events and always being a fixture at the fundraising garage sales. He was also a working dog in my petsitting business until he retired at 16. His biggest role with the rescue was being a rock solid foster brother to hundreds of dogs and puppies that came through my home-- helping so many confused, abused and neglected dogs feel safe.
I attribute Buckwheat's long life to annual blood work and screening for tick borne disease. I never over vaccinated him either. After a tick bite at 8 years old on Groundhog's day in 30 degree temps, I watched his health and behavior carefully. It was difficult to find his Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, but his long term treatment helped him live a longer pain free life and I am happy to say he had full hearing and eyesight at close to 17. I miss him everyday but know I did everything I could to keep him happy until the end.
I was contacted a few days about about a litter of puppies (click on the link to see their video) and their Auntie who were rescued from a man who was trying to give them away in the parking lot of a local Walmart in Missouri. There could be 2 litters in the family and they could be a mix of Pointer, Beagle and even a bully breed just like my Buckwheat. No doubt these little babies are going to make wonderful family pets, but until we can get them settled into foster care or foster to adopt, we will need to get them vaccinated, dewormed, started on flea and tick protection and also started on proactive antibiotics just in case.
In Buckwheat's memory I thought it would be nice to have one of our great 75/25 raffles in an effort to fundraise for this little family. In addition to 25% of the pot as the winning prize, I also have some great Bird Dog Whiskey and a set of 4 whiskey glasses. The size of the pot depends on how many folks buy a ticket and I plan to pull the winner on January 1st at noon. I will email the tickets as they come in and hope we raise some much needed $$ for our new puppies and their Auntie.
For any information click here to contact the event organizer.