Pablo has stage 4 gingivitis and will need, at least, 2 teeth extracted.  Total cost of first stage treatment: around $700, assuming only 2 teeth are removed.   Un-anesthetized, nippy, little dogs aren’t the easiest to control when trying to examine their teeth.

Chances of any rescue financially taking him on now:  Slim to none.  Sizable vet bill, even with a rescue discount, already assured.  How long the vet bills will pile up?  Unknown.




Chances of any vet helping us out with this:  Slim to none.  We’re not a rescue.    I think the last time we ever got so much as a free physical  for a foundling was the late ’90′s.  This despite the business we provided with our own dogs, and the referrals I made to the clinics.  Indeed, my  most favorite encounter was the vet who showed me a brochure of the boat he was buying with the money we, with only 7 dogs of our own at the time, were buying for him!




If we have to pay $700 in vet bills for a dog who isn’t ours, only to give him away, well, ain’t going to happen.   We spent thousands of personal funds on Emmi and Slugger and took a lot of flack, both from those interested in, and to a significantly lesser extent, the rescues who ‘represented’ them, that a re-home fee was irrational given they both still had Valley Fever.  It left a really bad taste in my mouth that we couldn’t fix our roof (to this day, incidentally), but had to discount the rescue’s adoption fee of $125 for a woman who just returned from holiday in Europe!   If someone with the financial ability to pay an adoption fee without even blinking balks at ‘paying full price’, what are the chances that same person will care for the kid(s) in an emergency?  We’re not willing to finance a great rescue story for someone else, especially when that person makes it known early on, cost is a consideration.

One option to save the money would be  to say we will surrender Pablo to anyone who will get him taken care of.   That boat didn’t float for Sarah when we found out taking care of her issues would cost significantly more than we could even hope to earn, even if I worked 24/7.   In Sarah’s case, at least she didn’t bite!  Pablo likes the taste of human flesh, at least when he first meets a person.   Not thinking there’s a benevolent wealthy person out there who loves feisty, nippy chihuahua mixes, especially one who’s about 6 years old.




The final option would be to surrender Pablo to MCACC, the 2nd highest kill shelter in the United States,  Pitbulls and Chihuahuas dying the most. Pablo’s fear biting would probably cause MCACC to immediately put him down rather than waste time posting him to the e-list.  Of course I would get him shared on Facebook stating that if no one takes him by tomorrow at 4:30 pm, he will go to the pound.  I hope you, reader, know me better than that.   Crabby didn’t cut Pablo away from that tree, only to throw him away due to the pickle we’re in.  None of this is Pablo’s fault.

So, without further adieu, unless a rescue or individual, willing to get Pablo taken care of, and to whom I will willingly surrender him, falls from the sky before he becomes a very expensive kid, I present to you Pablo of Run A Muck Ranch.




As you can see from his photos, he’ll probably have no objections to the arrangement.

For my part, I’ll open myself up to exploitation on Craig’s list, offering discounted landscape services to raise money for Pablo’s bills.   It may take a few months, and, as a result, he may lose an extra tooth or 2, but he’ll be OK.  He isn’t in any pain.  He can still chew a serious bone.  The discomfort is on anyone within range of his breath, what we’ve been calling The Breath of Death.

Instead of offering your congratulations on #13, please give me your hopes and prayers that the possible foster home for Gertie comes through.

Truth be known, and please don’t tell Pablo:  Between the 2, Gertie is the one I kind of hoped we’d get ‘stuck’ with.  She brings Maude back to us with her old lady needs and ways.


Maude, Emmi and Morty demonstrating proper space saving sleep arrangment.

Maude, Emmi and Morty demonstrating proper space saving sleep arrangement.



When I saw this, I teared up a little.  Gertie knows how to sleep in the Run A Muck Ranch way.

When I saw this, I teared up a little.  I swear it was Maude with Slugger for just a split second. Gertie knows how to sleep in the Run A Muck Ranch way.  

Photo of Pit Bulls Interacting! Warning: This Image May Be Shocking!

I’m sure something will happen, once they decide to get up!

Slugger and Sarah showing the nature of Pit Bulls.

Slugger and Sarah showing the nature of Pit Bulls.

Pouty Emmi

This is Emmi, when she came home from the vet, after getting her abscess drained.    Can you guess why she’s been spoiled rotten for the last few days?


We attempted to find water for some of the kids to play in  last Sunday but all we found was a stagnant pool.  We think Emmi may have scratched herself in her wanderings, then picked up something from the water.    The abscess was discovered and treated on Tuesday.  That it may have been bothering her for a couple days —  can you say Lousy Mom?

Pablo and Gertie Officially Orphans

Pablo and Gertie’s alleged person fell of the map, leaving Pablo and Gertie officially orphans.


Pablo is really enjoying being an orphan.  2 squares a day, a couch, people bed (which he can jump up on incidentally), laps and playmates.

Pablo is really enjoying being an orphan. 2 squares a day, a couch, a people bed (which he can jump up on incidentally), laps and playmates.


Gertie, with her bad haircut, is only a happy orphan when she's in the AC.

Gertie, with her bad haircut, is only a happy orphan when she’s in the AC.


I’ve had no luck getting anyone to help network the kids for rehoming, especially if they have no proof of vetting or vaccinations.  Since all local rescues are beyond capacity, and we ‘already have so many, we may as well keep them’, we can’t get the kids under a rescue voucher for their vaccinations or exams.   That we’re not a rescue ourselves means we can’t get rescue courtesies at a vet.

Though Gertie was vetted, she wasn’t vaccinated.   Emmi’s emergency took Pablo’s exam funds and then some.   Unfortunately, it’s just a really bad month for additional expenses.

Both Gertie and Pablo have lived at The Ranch long enough to learn they don’t have any overt health problems, both have very good house manners, and both are clearly fine with other dogs.    It would be more than a little greatly appreciated if anyone with rescue networking clout could courtesy post them for us “as is” in hopes of finding them a permanent home as soon as possible!

Can Crabby Be Trusted?

Crabby noticed Emmi was holding her lower jaw funny.  On closer inspection, I noticed an abscess on her lower lip.

For the first time ever, Crabby is taking one of the kids to the vet, unsupervised.   Actually, I let him take Morty for his rabies shot a couple years ago,  but that doesn’t really count.


Emmi and Sarah doing what they do best when it's too hot to go outside and play.

Emmi and Sarah doing what they do best when it’s too hot to go outside and play.

The question is, do I trust Crabby will do OK?  Or do I suddenly have to run to the store, which happens to be right next door to the vet, and as long as I’m there, stop in and see how Crabby and Emmi are doing?

The Unveiling of the New Sticker

We never did update the blog banner with the 13th sticker, representing Marcy’s promise that Run A Muck Ranch was her permanent home.  Then our Queen Maude passed away, bringing us back to 12.

The existing stickers were already showing wear from our harsh desert environs, and replacing them with the same ones proved not as easy as it sounded.

I aged yet another year older recently, and Crabby gave me the most wonderful gift:  A new and custom sticker for the Waggin’ Wagon.

What do you think?

If you happen to count, there are still 13 dogs.  Crabby says the 12 stand alones represent our 12 kids.  The little one attached to 'me' represents all the ones who blessed us during their lives, and are forever in our hearts.

If you happen to count, there are still 13 dogs. Crabby says the 12 stand alones represent our 12 kids. The little one attached to ‘me’ represents all the ones who blessed us during their lives, and are forever in our hearts.


If you look really close you will see there is no more room for any more stickers.  That translates to we are at our limit for dogs.

Getting Gertie and Pablo to understand that, well, that will be a trick.

Error Found in University Pet Food Study

Run A Muck Ranch:

A most excellent article!

As always, I caution all readers: Home preparing your dog’s diets is not a case of simply slapping whole foods in a bowl and calling it good. If done wrong, the negative effects listed in this article can occur.

A little commentary here:

There is an error in the article that needs discussion:

While board certified nutritionists are employed by commercial food companies, not all are. The problem with those that aren’t is they won’t deal with pet owners directly, only with vets (at least all contacts I have made have been that way). But if your vet won’t even submit your diets for review, heck, if your vet doesn’t even review your diets him or herself, you’re on your own.

Additionally, only vets and vet techs can get certification at their respective levels from the Board of Veterinary Nutritionists. What I find odd is that a tech who is only required to have a GED before taking the 18 month tech course is eligible for continuing education, but I, with my 4 year undergraduate college degrees which include college level biologies, chemistries, etc. (required for vet school admission), am not.

A personal communication concerning the possibility of an exemption, which included my college transcripts, or the suggestion of an undergraduate degree offering was met with the response that only those properly trained in the veterinary field (vets or techs) are suitable for such education, and that it would be inappropriate for the general public to receive same.

Getting into, or information from, the Illuminati would be easier than getting the same from the American College of Veterinary Nutritionists!

Originally posted on White Oak Golden Retrievers's Blog:

Oops! Big Error Found in University Pet Food Study

You might recall a study released by UC Davis last year claiming most home prepared diets fail to provide all the nutrients a dog needs. Warnings were all over the news advising consumers to ONLY feed their pet a meal balanced by a board certified nutritionist (otherwise known as commercial pet food) – based on this ‘study’. Well…as it turns out, the study appears to have a significant error (…I believe more than one).

The UC Davis press release on the study that bashed home cooking for pets stated:

“Some owners prefer to prepare their dogs’ food at home because they feel they have better control over the animals’ diet, want to provide a more natural food or simply don’t trust pet food companies,” said Jennifer Larsen, an assistant professor of clinical nutrition at the William R. Pritchard…

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Do I Have a Future in Dog Grooming?

Yes, Gertie and Pablo are still here.

Gertie really takes umbrage with the heat . She will go only the minimal distance out the back door, do her business, and immediately return to the comforts of air conditioning.  Pretty soon, we’ll open the door, she will stick her butt out, do her thing, then go back down the hall, never actually leaving the house!

Even inside, she never seems to cool off.  Tonight I took steps to make her more comfortable:


Do you think I have a future in dog grooming?

Do you think I have a future in dog grooming?

Is it me, or does Willy appear to be laughing at Gertie?

Is it me, or does Willy appear to be laughing at Gertie?


Gertie was pretty messy when Crabby cut her away from the tree she and Pablo were tied to.  She had a bath that very same night, and I’ve been brushing her sporadically since.   Hey, there are 14 (fourteen) dogs here right now, can you blame me for not brushing ‘regularly’?

Despite our efforts, we never could get all the mats out.  Shaving her, even using  a #9 blade, I couldn’t cut through some areas.  Since the blade was getting hot, and I was working so close to the skin, I stopped.  Another bath will help loosen up what’s left, and another cut will make her look a little more presentable.

Worry not you desert dwellers who know the dangers of shaving a dog.  Gertie is never, even when we do our evening walks, outside long enough for the heat to get to her.   If anything, the close shave might require a blanket for her when she’s inside.

Tooo Hot To Go Out!

Summer is officially here in the desert, meaning “outside” is a curse word to the kids.

That Mom has to work long days out in the weather, every day,  so what!  That the kids might be exposed to a temperature greater than 82 degrees, even if it’s ever so briefly, Oh the Horror!

Emmi was incredibly busy in the act of sleeping on the couch when I told her she had to go outside for a pee break.  Breaks are important when one partakes in such meaningful enterprises, after all.

Her reaction, show her belly in a submissive fashion while giving me “the eyes”.   She really doesn’t like going outside during daylight hours anymore.


I don't gotta pee Ma!

I can hold it til October, Ma!

Saturday Movie Night Cute Pictures, and Status

Gertie’s real name is Cheyenne.  I can’t remember what Pablo’s name is.   Yes, I got a call yesterday in response to a sign posted at the tree the kids were tied to.

Before anyone judges, consider this:  Gertie (what she is called here) is 10.  Though she was in bad shape when Crabby cut her and Pablo away from the tree, it is pretty clear she has lead a loved life up to that point.  Sometimes life throws curve balls at people, and all they need is a boost to get back on track.


Gertie feels much better now.

Gertie feels much better now.


The call came yesterday morning.  He wanted Gertie and Pablo back.  He then texted me twice.  Problem is, I can’t get texts.  When someone tries to text me, all I get is a phone number in my in-box.  I don’t know what those texts said.  I tried calling back several times but got either rapid busy signals or endless ringing ,without reaching voice mail.

We haven’t heard from him since.   I tried to call him again today.  It rang without going to voice mail.   With the exception of an accidental hour this evening, my phone has been with me or Crabby, constantly.  No missed calls were recorded during that accidental hour.

Without knowing what the contents of the texts were, not being able to make contact ourselves, and of course, not receiving another call from him, well, we don’t know what’s going on.   We won’t know anything unless or until he makes contact again.

Now to the cute part:

Pablo was the ex-wife’s dog.  A “lady’s dog” he said.  Not so good with men.  I have evidence to the contrary.

This is how Pablo chose to spend his time while we were watching a movie tonight.


Pablo is quite smitten with Crabby, despite his crabbiness.

Pablo is quite smitten with Crabby, despite his crabbiness.


Nope, I'm not seeing a problem with men.

Pablo wouldn’t even consider the possibility  of  cuddling up to me.


The very first night Pablo stayed with us, when he was so scared and snarky, at bedtime, he launched himself up on Crabby's side of the people bed and never moved.  He's been that way ever since.

The very first night Pablo stayed with us, when he was so scared and snarky, at bedtime, he launched himself up on Crabby’s side of the people bed and never moved. He’s been that way ever since.  Apparently he likes at least one man after all.


The first couple days, Pablo would get upset if Gertie left his sight. Now, he says, “Who’s Gertie?”

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