Wednesday, December 1, 2010

#1 Our First Contest Entry From Writer With Dogs Magazine

Cheska: entry number l in Writer With Dog's Magazine Contest.
(See side bar to link to magazine for contest details. The dog with the most comments on Feb.14, 2011 wins!)


Our dog, Cheska, is a rescue: we found her on PetFinder.com where she was listed by a lady who had gone to the animal control shelter in Harlem, NYC to pick up a golden retriever, and they begged her to take this sweet dog, also, because she was due to be euthanized because of overcrowding there.

We've had her DNA tested and she is at least 25% German Shepherd, at least 25% Chow Chow, and (to our surprise) at least 25% Labrador Retriever.

Since we've had her she's survived cancer (lost one of her back toes in the process), xylitol poisoning (she "counter-surfed" and ate some sugar-free gum while we were out), and anaplasma (tick-borne disease with ultra-high fever).

She may have racked up some hefty vet bills (in the thousands), but she more than justified the expense last year when she prevented our house in upstate New York from burning down:

One morning around 6am she was pacing nervously and woke me up.  I assumed that a thunderstorm was approaching (she's terrified of them), so I went downstairs to shut off our battery backup units (so their alarms wouldn't go off if the power went out).  Cheska followed me, and stood at the top of the basement stairs staring at the door and doing the classic "Lassie Whine".  Curious, I opened the basement door and heard a strange and ominous crackling sound.  It turned out to be the electrical panel, which was sparking loudly/dangerously!  We called our electrician who told us to turn off the main breaker to the entire panel/house immediately and he'd be right over (on a Sunday morning, no less!).  Long story short: due to a badly installed gasket in the electrical meter on the outside of the house (by our local power company), water was leaking in and down the cable directly into the panel.  If Cheska hadn't warned us, the entire house could have burned down!  (The entire panel/meter had to be replaced.)

So it turns out that we have rescued each other - talk about manifestation of good karma! :-D


11 comments:

  1. Love the new Magazine! We give it 4 paws up!!

    ReplyDelete
  2. I heard about your blog via Gardening With Wyatt and he told me to check your blog out too! I am going to read about your contest and submit a story about our newest furry family member, Daisy the Coon Hound!
    I am your newest follower! Vist me and my pet sitting pals/clients at http://theteacherspets.blogspot.com sometime!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Hi - I heard about your blog from Wyatt. The magazine sounds great. Looking forward to checking it out!

    Your pal, Pip

    ReplyDelete
  4. We came over from Wyatt's blog! Your magazine looks great!

    Nubbin wiggles,
    Oskar

    ReplyDelete
  5. I came over from Wyatt's blog too. Nice to meet you :)

    Kisses,
    Emma Rose

    ReplyDelete
  6. We came from Wyatt's blog. Your magazine is great !
    Love from bella and Ollie

    ReplyDelete
  7. Yeppers, heard bout you from Wyatt too. I can't wait to check da magazine out. Looks like it is gonna haves some super duper stuffs goin' on.

    Puddles

    ReplyDelete
  8. Woof! Woof! I', Sugar. checking out your blog ... from my bloggie friend Wyatt. Love the magazine. Looking forward on your visit to my blog n be blog friends. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

    ReplyDelete
  9. Amazing story, I think you get my vote!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Wow, Cheska is beautiful and a true hero! Thanks for sharing her amazing story!

    Your pal, Pip

    ReplyDelete
  11. Goosebumps and happy tears over here -- great story! Plus, she's absolutley beautiful, to boot.

    ReplyDelete