Run A Muck Ranch News Bulletin 3/29/13

Horse Arena Buttoned Down; William Seeking New Reason to Live

Unable to explain William’s injuries earlier this month, Crabby and Crazy have hypothesized that perhaps Willy was actually hurt the night before, in an incident with the horses.  In an attempt to ensure no other such Mystery Malfunction occurs, measures to button up the arena were accelerated.

The $6300 estimated to chain link the entire arena proved cost prohibitive.  With Crazy’s work on the upswing, and Crabby already at his limit with his day job, Crazy punted and went to, of all places, Craig’s List, to hire a Handy Dude for installation of what amounted to Hillbilly Reinforcement of the existing fence.

Note Hal and Charlie are on the FAR SIDE, away from where they even have to listen to the dogs!
Note Hal and Charlie are on the FAR SIDE, away from where they even have to listen to the dogs!

Confusion describes the prevailing sentiment when the Dogs of Run A Muck Ranch were released after completion of the project, but most have accepted the fact that a portion of the back yard is now off-limits to them.

William, on the other hand, is emotionally crushed.   Even when tied up, there always existed the possibility he could get loose and chase.  Now, he is left barking at the fence,  with Hal and Charlie snickering at him from the far side of the arena.  At last check, William was laying, head on his paws, pouting at the fence – the position he remains in for hours.

What's a William to do if he can't chase the horses?
What’s a William to do if he can’t chase the horses?

If you happen to be in the Phoenix area, and require a Handy Dude, Run A Muck Ranch HIGHLY recommends Frank Presher, 602-552-4051.  The work was better than we expected.   If you hire him, tell him The Crazy Dog Lady sent you!

The Crabby Man Feels the Bitter Sting of Betrayal

While showing the Handy Dude, Frank, the work that needed to be done on the arena, Mortimer showed extreme and unabashed interest in him.

When this information was relayed to The Crabby Man, something strange happened:  Despite being dead inside, Crabby felt a tinge of something he couldn’t describe.

Does this look like the face of an innocent dog?
Morty apologizing after the Great Snickerdoodle Caper of 2012.  If any of the other kids ate Crabby’s Snickerdoodles, they would have been in trouble…

His buddy; his main mutt, expressed interest in someone else.    Unable to understand what he was feeling, Crazy had to explain it to him.   Crabby then admitted he indeed WAS upset that Morty would act toward someone else in a fashion previously reserved for his Pa.

It is unknown what lasting effects Mortimer’s betrayal will have, but the very next day, Crabby went camping without him.

Sweet William to Have Additional Surgery in April

While on the OR table getting the 3 broken teeth, resulting from an unknown incident earlier this month, extracted, the veterinarian noticed roots and pulp of an older tooth on the other side of his mouth.   Having been under the effects of anesthesia for too long already, the vet was unable to extract the roots of the 4th.

This older tooth appears to have been a possible broken tooth that was filed down to the roots back in Afghanistan or Pakistan.   The nerves are alive and well.   We can only hope that whoever did that to him knocked him out before filing it.

William needed 4 weeks recovery from his March surgery before the vet could take out the last ‘tooth’, or more particularly, the roots.    The appointment has been scheduled for April 4.

Willy awaiting surgery.  The little blue thing under his head is DASH!'s sweater, which I left with Willy so he could have something from home.  Pic provided by Daisy Mountain Animal Hospital.
Willy awaiting surgery in March. The little blue thing under his head is DASH!’s sweater, which I left with Willy so he could have something from home. Pic provided by Daisy Mountain Animal Hospital.

It will be interesting to see how much of William’s behavioral problems are actually related to the fact that he has exposed nerves from the filed tooth.  Humans aren’t too pleasant over dental issues, but at least they can complain about them.  William has been hurting all this time, and he couldn’t tell anyone what was bothering him.

There is no ill will at our regular vet for missing the old problem.  The extracting vet only caught it because Willy was unconscious, his mouth wide open, and the room well-lit.  In a regular exam, the socket looks like a missing tooth.

Run A Muck Ranch would like to express its sincere gratitude to Dr. Kirsten Young of Daisy Mountain Animal Hospital for her immediate and caring attention to Sweet William.

Slugger Promises THIS TIME He Will Take Care of His Puppy

Crabby and Crazy believed that getting Slugger a puppy of his own would teach him responsibility.

Willy was Slugger’s first puppy.  Willy refused to be Slugger’s puppy despite the many times Slugger sat on his head to establish dominance.  Slugger never once offered to help take care of Willy.

Mortimer was Slugger’s second puppy.  Where Mortimer arrived at Run A Muck Ranch a somewhat intelligent and well-mannered dog, nearly a year with Slugger and he is now an Idiot who believes all rules of the house are mere suggestions.  Any intelligence he came in with has long since leaked out his ears.  Slugger never once offered to help take care of Mortimer.

Marcy is ONLY A FOSTER, and yet she has gravitated to Slugger.  In response, Slugger has become her mentor.  Unlike Willy, who Slugger had no influence over whatsoever, or Morty, who Slugger’s only influence was to stupid him down before allowing him to become his own dog, Slugger is showing unusual and sustained focus on Marcy.

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That being said, Slugger has now twice abandoned his puppies on Crazy and Crazy is not willing to give him a 3rd chance.

MARCY IS ONLY A FOSTER!

MARCY IS ONLY A FOSTER!

MARCY IS ONLY A FOSTER!

Franky Devastated After Losing Half His Rental Dog Visits To Angus

In a totally unexpected turn of events, Franky has gone from Monday and Wednesday Rental Dog visits to Wednesdays only.   If that isn’t bad enough, he has lost his Mondays to of all kids, Angus, Run A Muck Ranch’s pretty boy.

Heartbroken Chihuahua Mix seeks older or infermed person to sit with from time to time...
Heartbroken Chihuahua Mix seeks older or infirmed person to sit with from time to time…

Franky had become accustomed to working 2 days a week and is now quite sad, believing his burn scars are the reason he was passed over in favor of Angus.  Rental Dog home assures him that is not the case.

Hector conscoles Franky for losing his Rental Dog day.
Hector consoles Franky for losing his Rental Dog day.

Rental Dogs are usually omitted when choosing companions for Maude’s Mandatory Walk.  However, in Franky’s case, an exception will be made.

DASH! Leaves Turbo Charger; Hot Weather imminent

Despite the boomerang winter experienced by Arizona during the winter of 12/13, it was not until the week of March 22 that DASH!  exited the Turbo Charger in favor of a dog bed, under the wide open ceiling.

DASH! plugs himself into the Turbo Charger on cold nights when it isn't his turn on the people bed.
DASH! plugs himself into the Turbo Charger on cold nights when it isn’t his turn on the people bed.

It was the hope of all residents, including the humans of Run A Muck Ranch, that te cooler weather would persist until July. Unfortunately, DASH! has proven a more accurate predictor than Puxatony Phil on sensing the change of seasons.

DASH! is not pleased that the weather is turning hotter.
DASH! is not pleased that the weather is turning hotter.

The days of 100+ degrees are almost here, and the citizens of Arizona will wait with great anticipation for the day DASH! returns to the Turbo Charger, signaling the cooldown.

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2 thoughts on “Run A Muck Ranch News Bulletin 3/29/13

  1. Actually, the vet found the 3rd tooth, sheared to the roots on the ‘injured’ side, while Willy was under anesthesia. Kid you not, the last couple of weeks, Willy has been overly social and tolerant. When we go in on the 4th, I’m going to ask if it was POSSIBLE that that tooth may have been a residual from the old country as well. His demeanor changed so significantly, we ramped down his Prozac by 1/4. If he gets even more Kum-bye-ya after the ‘known’ old problem is taken care of, I will feel horrible for not having known all this time, but relieved that Willy might actually turn out to be a hillbilly after all..

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