Estimated Date of Birth: January 7, 2012
Size: 62 lbs
Hi, I'm Asti. I just got out of the shelter and am glad to be in a nice quiet environment. The shelter was noisy, stinky and overwhelming after my owner left me there I was scared. Then this wonderful gal took me outside and saw me blossom. She saw potential in me and took me to her farm.
This sweet Champagne girl came home from the shelter with me today.. She was a owner surrender .. no time for this sweet 6 year old that had produced multiple litters . She laid there in her cage with legs crossed looking at me like she was waiting for someone. Well, dear girl they didn’t want you but we do! Thank you CDT for pulling this dog so I could bring her to the farm. She is thin and a little head shy but sweetest sweet . Now begins our new year, champagne and all...
Coconut and green tea shampoo. One sweet smelling pup! She is ready to sleep.. It has been a big day! Night all..
January 8, 2018
I decided to introduce the Crew to the new girl today instead of a couple days from now. I just had the feeling we would be ok. I let them go in and meet her. She was, As they approached, sniffed and walked away. She was nervous and whined as she worried what was going to happen. I let the two Blues back out into the inside arena while I got our new girl out. I put on her blanket and got a rope on her where if things went badly I would have control of her. She is actually bigger then either of my girls. Skinny but taller. She was a bit stiff and trying to be a little saucy. The Crew came up one at a time and introduced themselves. It is something I have noticed , that with crop eared dogs that they are a little harder to read then the natural eared for both me and the dogs. Bella was doing it right..ears up and then back and then turning sideways to her. Lucy was matching the new girl and being ears up and a bit pushy but not bad. Smelling all around. She allowed herself to be smelled after realizing their were no boys in this pack. She has had lots of babies from what I can tell and wasn't looking for any of that kind of action! We went out side into the white snow ..heading for the lane. My Crew had faded back now and was letting the Newby settle. After a little bit I brought them closer again so that avoidance wasn't going to be the name of the game. Everyone played nice and we headed on down the lane to explore. The others ran and hunted while the peach girl watched. Finally her paws were getting cold so we trotted back to the warmness of the barn. I had to correct her once when she stiffened and tried to put her head and paw over Lucys shoulder...None of that here...I am Queen ...the rest of you better behave I told her. She looked at me and relaxed and seemed happy for the direction. I pulled her blanket, patted her devil eared head and put her away in her crate with some kibble and a kind word. Opening the door the Blues shot out spinning and grinning as they headed for the house. Me , a smile on my face...a good beginning ...a good one indeed! I am so thankful for my Blue Crew ,,,I can trust them to listen and not fight...They are my partners and so helpful...Extra kibble for them tonight!
I hear her at the door...my heart pounds and I tremble...The door opens..I am so happy, desperately happy! She waits for me to calm down and then has me sit before she opens the cage door. My butt touch the blankets and then bounces back up while my tail wags wildly against the bars. She waits...I wiggle...then sit...door springs open! Hurray...bounce, bounce ,,coat put on and all warm we bound outside. The other dogs greet me at the door...and we go back through the fog and rain, the melting snow clinging to my feet. I start coughing and snorting...she turns our pack around and we head back to the warm room. She disappears and I hear her footsteps getting faint...I panic a little but sit by the door. Soon I hear her coming back, the door pops open and relief floods through me. She sits down in a chair..I jump hard in her lap , trying to lick her face to show my appreciation...She tells me to get down but I push harder trying to lick her face , desperate to show her that Im glad she came back for me! I am told to get down and made to get on the floor, I stand bewildered but realizing mobbing her like I had been wasn't going to be allowed. Finally and it seemed like hours,,she invites me up by patting the chair and showing teeth at me. I jump up carefully and lay down by her leg, pressing myself into her as much as I possibly can! She strokes my head and I keep looking up at her and doing my most submissive grin...Oh...let me lay here...I will be quiet. She strokes me and I lay my head down...I fall asleep for a while . I hear her talking to me. All too soon she has to go...I hate feeling her tense her muscles and start to rise. She directs me into the crate. I start to refuse but realize I need to make her happy ,plus she has dropped some cookies in my crate. I go in and lay down. She bends down and talks softly to me and then leaves...the tv drones softly ...I listen as her footsteps fade...I can't help but feel panic, that she won't come back but somehow I know she will...Relax...breath...listen.......signed Asti.
January 8, 2018
Got my official dog tags! I feel so important... I'm not feeling too well so I've spent a lot of today just snoozing with my foster mom, she's the best!
January 9, 2018
Its just appalling...Mom forgot me and left Lucy and I outside! Fed the horses..Took care of Asti and then came up to the house. Lucy and I were running around ...granted , we weren't paying attention and didn't see her walk up to the house. A hour later as I sat shivering on the cold barren,,,God forsaken porch...I heard her jump up and start looking for us...She opened the door...Oh,Bella...Im sorry..I forgot you guys....She tried to pat me on the head,,,I tilted so she missed and scooted inside. Lucy came trotting up from the barn. Lucy thought she was still feeding the horses and was sitting like a dum dum in the hay waiting. It was only when mom yelled from the house that it occurred to her that she had walked up to the house without yelling two or three or four times for us!! I am sitting all wrapped up in the blanket on the couch in front of the space heater...giving mom the cold shoulder...get it ...cold shoulder...I am so witty! Lucy has forgotten all about it and is gleefully chewing her bone under the coffee table. I'm sure the newby is all tucked in her crate with a bone and pup chow...gleefully ignorant of the terrible intrusion on my dinner schedule that she caused. Oh, alas the trials and tribulations of being a family dog in the home of a foster mom...I will tell you I am going to milk this for all its worth! Extra treats, massage and belly rubs...Oh, shudder...I felt so alone sitting on the porch looking in...so inhumane...(shaking blue head and flapping her ears) ...cuddled in warm now...signed Bella Blue,,,queen of all she surveys and some of what she only imagines...
From Asti - I'm feeling so much better! I even bounced around a little then I received my kibble with a gravy, oh my gosh, It was amazing! I've found my new favorite thing - gravy!!!!!!
From Asti's foster mom - I ran my hands over the knobby vertebrae of her thin back up to her short pointy ears. She turned and looked at me, and gently laid her head down and sighed slowly, the air slowly escaping her lungs. The slow rhythmic rise and fall of her side signaling her sleep. I need to leave but I decide to stay longer.. she sleeps on.. dreaming softly.
January 10, 2018
I have been giving Asti three feedings of kibble a day along with a bit of coconut oil. Already she has gained weight and her hair is getting a bit of a sheen. She has a long way to go though...the bones in her back arch upward and bony from being in a crate too small for her..Jackie had been this way too. With time and exercise the muscles will stretch out and grow strong and they will flow together like a beautiful painting. She has too much of a cough to do her spay on Friday so I think we will have to wait till next week. It might be better anyway to get her stronger and more settled in. I gave her honey tonight right before I put her in the crate. The honey helps sooth the scratchy throat and is antibacterial...Lots of times it does the trick. Asti didn't willingly want to taste the honey so I took a horse syringe and slowly squirted the thick honey into her mouth. After much head shaking she realized it really wasn't bad at all. I had the Crew outside the door in the arena separated from the coughing blush girl. She listened as Bella went up the stairs to pad around on top of the roof of the dog room. Her little prick ears shifting back and forth as she tried to keep track of the footfall she could hear but not see. I look out the window and the girls are now standing by the door, ready to head to the house. I coax Asti into the crate, pat her head and shut the door. I can tell she isn't happy as I open the door and turn off the lights...only the dim nightlight gleaming. I bid her goodnight and head out into the night with the Blue Crew spinning and running ahead,,,white teeth catching the glint of my flash light ...eyes glowing...