Steve

Life with Senior Dog Rescues, Bikini the pig, Stuart the rabbit, and etc.

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I know I already park pretty close to the border of Crazy Town when it comes to these animals. And probably buying a pink, princess, toddler bed for my pig has pushed me way over that line. But I can't help it. I love that pig and if it means scouring the internet for a reinforced toddler bed that supports more than most manufacters' 50 lb maximum standard, then that's just what I'm going to do. Because Bikini is no average princess.
#thisprincesseatsbarbiedollsforbreakfast

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Englebert in his natural habitat, ie. my friend's backyard garden in Montecito. If you pretend he's not wearing a Spiderman shirt and you pretend you can't hear the faint buzz from the neighbour's leaf blowers, it's just like one of those episodes from the Discovery Channel.
#planetenglebert

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Englebert's home for the week.
#iguessitlldo

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If you're going to be in New York City on November 18th and/or 19th, come and meet Englebert (and me) and lots of other famous pet influencers at the first-ever PetCon convention. There will be lots of meet and greets, pet adoptions and informative panels such as: how to create content, pet training tips, special need pets and even a panel about senior pet adoption, hosted by yours truly and everyone's favorite minx @chloekardoggian

Englebert and I would love to meet you and answer any questions you might have. He'll probably do most of the talking.

You can find out about tickets to the event by checking out the link in my bio. Hope to see you there.
The senior adoption panel that I'm on is on Sunday the 19th, however I will be hanging out at the convention both days to meet people.

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Bring out the suitcase and cue all the sad 'please take me with you' eyes.
I'm headed to Montecito, California to visit one of my best friends that I've known since 4th grade and leaving @cartomtroy66 to take care of the pack for a few days. (Englebert gets to go with me but I'm not telling the others.)
#whenapackwatchesyoupack

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Englebert and Enoch throwback.
Codependency at Its finest.
(Yes this is real. They actually let me pose them like this but unfortunately I only had my camera phone at the time so the quality isn't great).

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Every night when I go to bed I tuck Bikini in with all her blankets. But she gets in and out of bed several times each day so she's learned to arrange them herself, like this artistic concoction on her head that bares a distinct resemblance to the Chiquita banana lady. Whether she does these things on accident or on purpose I will never really know.
#chiquitabikini

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Once a month I work with the Maxfund rescue group in Denver to help them find homes for Senior Dogs at their shelter. This month the 12 year old senior that needs a home is Rico, the black and white Spaniel mix at the far right side of the picture.

Out of all the Maxfund dogs I have posted so far, Rico's situation is one of the most urgent. He was relinquished by his previous owners in pretty bad shape. He's blind, mostly deaf, overweight, and he has bad infections in both ears that may need surgery. My heart really goes out to this sweet guy that reminds me so much of Waylon, the blonde cocker spaniel also in the picture. He's just so happy-go-lucky despite his ailments. He's being treated at Maxfund but for a senior dog to heal well they need the comfort and security of their own home. I can tell you that being part of the healing transformation for a dog like Rico is one of God's gifts and it will stay with you forever. He's easy-going, walks well on a leash, and he got along great with my dogs. Being blind and hard-of-hearing has not affected his attitude or his ability to enjoy life.

Rico is also available for foster. I pray the right person will see this post and bring Rico home so that he can begin his beautiful transformation and I can't wait to see the healthy dog that he becomes.

Maxfund is open every day but Tuesday, so call them in the morning at 303-595-4917 with any questions. Or you can email Kim at kimberlyalisonshively@gmail.com
#maxfundsenioradoption

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When you're about to watch a movie, and then suddenly remember you have to go to the bathroom.
#changeofplans

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If it's Saturday morning, we're probably taking the old Broncos to go get breakfast burritos.
#frontseatdibs
Loretta, Melvin, Englebert, Eeyore and Edsel.

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Edna. The outfit says Jazzercise. The attitude says she owns the studio and teaches the class.
#jazzerpaws

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Bikini's brutal daily schedule:
6:00 a.m. Ravenous breakfast of grains. Pretending its doughnuts.
7:00 a.m. Food coma from eating too fast.
5:00 p.m. Healthy afternoon snack, because doughnuts aren't available.
6:00 p.m. Fasting until morning. Dreaming of doughnuts.
#andrepeat

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First fire of the season..... 9 dogs and Stuart the rabbit are in there, but Eeyore is almost completely hidden in middle, and Englebert and Edsel got partially ear blocked.
#groupphotoearritations

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Filming a special project for Animal Planet last weekend....Loved working with them and I have to say I'm especially proud of these senior dogs and how well they did during the project. Even Melvin who hasn't done this kind of thing before was a true professional. And although Bikini generally doesn't like anyone telling her what to do, just bring in a camera crew and she's suddenly very cooperative. You know how those Hollywood types are.
#lightscamerahogaction

Will announce more details about the Animal Planet Project closer to the end of the year. (Note how, just like on movie nights, most of the dogs fall asleep but Laverne the rooster is tuned into what's going on.)

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Enoch and Engelbert shamelessly promoting a new t-shirt design available at wolfgang2242.com
50% of my profits go directly to @susiesseniordogs a 501c3 nonprofit organization working to end homelessness for all Senior Dogs throughout the country.

I was going to use all my dogs in this shot but they ended up blocking the design on Enoch's shirt, except for Engelbert. Because, well, because he's Englebert and blocking views isn't part of his skill-set.

You can see a clearer shot of this shirt on wolfgang2242.com. Unfortunately, it was designed before Melvin came on the scene. But I love that it features Phyllis (sitting on Bikini the pig) and Oprah the chicken (riding in their little red car), both who have since passed on but will always be a part of this account. (There are several different cuts and brands of shirts, as well as older designs available.) Pictured on this particular shirt are:

Josh, Eeyore, Stewart the rabbit, Oprah the chickenπŸ’—, Bikini the pig, Phyllis πŸ’—, Engelbert, Waylon, Edna, Loretta, Edsel, and Enoch.

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Before anyone outside of my group of friends knew who any of my dogs were, they still assumed anyone coming to the front door had to be there to see them. Ironically, because of Instagram, that is actually now more often true than not.
#ohyousharethishousewithahuman
Enoch, Edsel. Loretta, Melvin, Eeyore and Englebert.

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You know that saying about marching to the beat of a different drummer? Well, now you finally know who that drummer is..... Engelbert on the @eddiefisher1r drum set last week in the @onerepublic dressing room before their show in Denver.
#nowgofetchmesomesticks

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" It's the 4th house on the left. You'll see ducks in the front yard and maybe a wolfhound on the balcony." I like giving people these kinds of markers to find my house, and how when Enoch is up there he looks like something out of an old children's fable with special powers.
#magicmarker
Photo taken by @vtjackson as he pulled up in front of the house.

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OneRepublic. OneEngelbert. One special night.

He's a little hard to see but if you look closely you can you can find Engelbert in my hands surrounded by the incredible @onerepublic . The whole OneRepublic entourage is made up of the best kind of people. I think each one of them proudly showed me pics and talked about their rescue animals at some point during our time together.

It was all a little surreal but seeing Engelbert holding court in their dressing room, surrounded by this band and their families and friends all night, is a memory I'll hold onto forever. They all made him feel that the night was really all about him, instead of the 17,000 people that had come to see them perform. Every rescue pet deserves to feel this way.

Thank you @onerepublic . A special thanks to Eden and Drew, Jackie and Brent, and Kat for making us feel so welcome.
#englerock

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This would be a perfect place for Bikini to sleep if she would just let me prop my feet up on her while I'm at the table. She will not however, allow herself to be used as an ottoman.
#notanottoman
#nottoman

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Happy Labor Day from most of the wolfgang2242 family (Stuart the rabbit was hiding in the garden).
From back to front, left to right:
Laverne the rooster, Loretta, Josh, Edna, Edsel, Waylon, Eeyore, Englebert, Melvin, Bikini, Enoch.

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Edsel, Stuart the rabbit and Melvin.
#eeriesimilarities

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Introducing Melvin to his new home and to the rest of my dogs for the first time last Friday afternoon.
(Bikini napped through the whole thing.)
#meetingmelvin

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Everyone needs a hand now and then. Right now, it's the people and animals of Houston. πŸ™

If you are interested in making an animal related donation you can check out @dallasdogrrr @austinpetsalive @aspca These organizations are currently focused on the Houston rescue.
#lendingahand (Melvin & the gang updates coming soon. I'm already crazy about him and he's well ingrained into the pack, although he does try to avoid Bikini. But you know, she's more of a slow/grow relationship type of girl πŸ˜€).

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Meeting Melvin... Thanks to @truefaithfulpetrescuemission for saving him and bringing him to me. Thanks to @thedodo for featuring this on their live stream video. Thanks to @tishtosh.0 and @vincenet for filming this and finally to roger for flying here with Melvin from Miami. As I write this Melvin is asleep on my lap surrounded by his new family.
#adoptasenior

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Dead end conversations with Bikini the pig. (sound on).
I guess it's not really a battle of the bulge if she refuses to enlist.
#conscientiousobjector

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I'm dog sitting for a friend this weekend. Even if you aren't familiar with each one of my dogs, I'm guessing you can probably pick out the one that isn't accustomed to being photographed constantly for Instagram.
3rd from the left. Lucy. #fotografizophobia - that's a real thingπŸ˜°πŸ“·

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This one is for you Phyllis.... This is Melvin and he comes from one of the most overcrowded shelters in our country in Miami-Dade, Florida. With no prospective adopters he was set to be euthanized at 6 p.m. on July 15th. Thankfully rescue groups like @truefaithfulpetrescuemission save dogs like Melvin everyday and they pulled him from the shelter with only an hour and a half to spare. To be clear this is not the shelter's fault. They receive an enormous amount of discarded pets everyday with very limited resources.

I'm beyond excited that he'll be flying here (in cabin with a volunteer) next week to live out the rest of his life with me and my gang. He's estimated to be between 14 and 16 years old, no teeth and lots of little fatty deposits to give him character. Well, to add to his character...πŸ˜€ I'll give everyone more info and pictures when he gets here next week. I'm so very grateful to @truefaithfulpetrescuemission and all rescue groups for their tireless efforts to save the unwanted. But they can't possibly save them all. So please, go to your local shelter and adopt, or donate or volunteer, and help them in their efforts to save the Melvin's of the world that are running out of time.
#inmemoryofphyllis

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You'll need sound or this won't make any sense. Well, truthfully, playing poker with a pig probably still doesn't make that much sense.

I present this video as the reason why Bikini wasn't pictured in the Dogs Playing Poker post from last week. In hindsight, I probably should have been more explicitly clear with her on the allowable methods of discarding in poker.
#shouldieatdiscard

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Update: Prince was adopted and went to his forever home today, 8/20/17. Thank you to everyone for spreading the word. One less homeless senior dog!
Sorry, one more group dog picture in so many days, but this time I want to draw your attention to the senior Dachshund on the right. His name is Prince, he's available for adoption at Maxfund rescue group in Denver and he's 12 years old. That means he's younger than every other dog on that couch except for Engelbert and Edsel. But unlike the rest of the senior dogs in this picture he doesn't have a home.

When he slowly ambled up the steps to my house yesterday I had a grin from ear-to-ear. He's just one of those dogs that you can't help but smile when you see. He's built low to the ground like an exotic sports car, but he moves more like a reliable old farm tractor. He immediately treats everyone, dogs and people, as good friends. I don't know how he is with cats (you can call Maxfund to find out) but I just can't imagine this dog chasing anything with any kind of fury. He'd much rather sit with you on the couch and catch up on Netflix. If you aren't someone that wants to get up and go running with your dog everyday, Prince may be the dog for you. Are you perplexed by young dogs with boundless energy? You and Prince probably already have something in common. He's on a thyroid pill but that's really about it. It's an inexpensive pill, it's like taking a daily multivitamin.

Once a month I work with the Maxfund rescue group in Denver to help them find homes for Senior Dogs. July got a little crazy and I'm behind on these Maxfund posts so Prince is overdue. Please go visit Prince, fall in love like I did and take him home to watch your favorite Netflix together.

Maxfund is open today and everyday except for Tuesday. 1005 Galapago, Denver, Colorado. Call 303-595-4917 or email Kim @kimberlyalisonshively@gmail.com
#maxfundsenioradoption
I will update this post as soon as he gets adopted.

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