06.05.01 - Margret got a call this evening from the son asking
Margret if she could offer more money for the dogs, she said only if I
get all four! He then told her about all the NASTY calls he got from the
"CRAZY" Bouvier people. He said he would discuss it with his mother, but
he felt the dogs were too much for her to take care for, but she loved
them so much), but they were so expensive to feed and take care of--and
"you know my mother works!" So we won't know til tomorrow how much the
ransom will be for these four dogs. Margret is very excited, all she has
been able to do is worry about these Bouvs. He know they will need
to be vetted, because of the flea & tick infestation, they could have
Lyme disease or elickia (sp?). If anyone would like to send
donations for this purpose they may if Margret gets them out. She is
pretty much a one woman rescue operation, she pays for all the
neuters, spays, all vet care for the dogs she rescues, & she rescued
almost 1,000 dogs last year from Miami/Dade Animal Control.
Four of my dogs came from Margret, 3 Bouviers & one Ki Lio (Maltese/Shih
Thank all the NASTY, CRAZY Bouvier people who took the time to make the
08.24.01 - I was reading
posts on the bouv site and came across the one of "bouvs in
deplorable conditions". Of course I had to read it, and then every
post that followed for days.
I emailed to Teri and told her to let me know if she would like my
sister to foster any dogs because Margaret and Teri were both full. My
sister and brother in law (Sheila and Don) were willing to help
out if she needed them and they didn't live too far. Teri kept us up to
date on the handling of the situation and we waited patiently.
I was already looking to adopt because our female, Elie, just loved
other dogs. My son and I were sitting on the front porch saying "see you
later" to Maureen (from Bouv rescue in PA) after completing our formal
interview, and Elie was at the fence barking her protest to Maureen's
In the house we came and Teri had left a message on the machine, the
dogs were in transit to her house with Margaret, could I have Sheila
Well, I grabbed the phone and called my sister to save the day (as
she has done all my life) when I found out she was in a board meeting
without her cell phone! I was frantic! I called her secretary and with
her wonderful help, we tracked down my brother in law. Once we got
him off of the golf course and Sheila out of her meeting, they
were on their way.
My sister called me on their way home to tell me how cute the puppies
were and how well behaved they were being in the car. After all, she was
used to two full grown bouvs who loved to play in the car.
Once they got home, the dogs were all introduced to one another. The big
guy (now Wizard) took to her female (Storm) and the little guy
(now Pepe) took to her male (Rogaine). She spent the next few weeks
grooming, playing, cleaning and so forth because she had just
moved into her new house a few days earlier.
Imagine, a brand new house and four dogs running it. Pepe loved the
pool, as both of her dogs do and Wiz just liked to sit on the
first step into it.
At first, Don tried to convince her to keep them or at least one of
them (he would have 50 bouvs) but she wasn't sure. By this point, my
husband and I had decided that she was adopting one of them out to
us. I had listened to weeks of stories of these wonderful puppies.
They went to work with Don (owns his own business) and the girls in
the office babysat them, every day.
The girls became so attached that they renamed them from the original
David and Goliath. All were sad when it was time for them to leave.
A friend of the family, who spends lots of time with Elie, decided
that she would love to adopt the other pup, if Sheila and Don weren't
keeping them. Well, I think that was Sheila's deciding factor. Once she
knew where the dogs would be placed and she was happy with that, it was
let them both go.
We were very happy here in PA. We set up the flight schedule and off to
the airport we went, June 16th. The PDQ office at Philadelphia
Intl Airport was our first meeting grounds. The crates came out on
a hand truck, one on top of the other. As soon as the doors of the crate
were opened the dogs were out.
Pepe didn't even wait to have his crate put down, he just jumped! The
pups were adorable! I couldn't remember Elie being so small. After all,
we picked her up in the same place 13 months earlier. Now it was time to
get to the car. We stopped in the grass to see if anyone needed to
eliminate but all they wanted to do was run through the rain.
Wizard actually found a grate cover that had retained about an inch of
water and made it a nap mat.
The ride home was great. They both loved the car. Wiz stood on the
back seat with his paws on the back dash, watching out the window and
Pepe just poked his nose out the open front window enough to get wet
from the rain drops.
Finally at home, Elie and Wiz and their family. I think everyone was
exhausted so it was a calm night.
We put the puppy in the kitchen and went to bed. That was the last night
he went in the kitchen!
When we got Elie, she also was kept in the kitchen but she cried. I
came downstairs her first morning here and found my husband asleep on
the floor opposite her, on the other side of the gate.
The first full day here was
interesting. Elie decided that she was not going to be friends with Wiz,
yet. She had to have her "I am the queen Bouvier and you must be a
peasant" disposition for a little while. This didn't last long and
now they play very well together. She is teaching him what the
trash can is really for and he is teaching her how to tear up a lawn.
These two actually play tug of war with a tennis ball! When they went to
get groomed she wouldn't sit still unless she could see him. The woman
had to move the cage Wiz was in next to the grooming table so that Elie
would keep her head still.
I think it was one of the best decisions we made, having two dogs.
Sheila just spent last week in PA with us and she got to play with the
dogs again. It was a great week.
As I write this, both babies are laying on the kitchen floor guarding
all of the food in the house! Wizard is a wonderful dog as is Elie.
Elie wasn't an adoption, she was born blind in her right eye and my
sister wouldn't let the vet put her down (as recommended) so we brought
I am amazed at the bouvier
intelligence every day and am so happy that we have our two. Wiz
has decided that since our bed is Elie's, my son's bed must be his
(as well as the bath tub that Elie no longer fits in). Wiz sleeps under
the small kitchen table (for now) and Elie, under the dining room
It is amazing that even though they share almost everything, they
each know their own space. The only two things Elie doesn't like to
share are my husband and the mailman. Our mailman is Elie's friend
and she lets Wiz know that the minute he enters the yard!
Wizard must miss Florida though because I can't keep him out of the
sand in the horseshoe pits!
The Wizard @ Work
If anyone who followed the deplorable conditions story would like to
see more recent pictures of Wiz, please let me know and I will email