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Merlot the Redbone Coonhound

September, 2002
R.I.P. Forrest: Forrest is the new name we gave Merlot - He quit eating and was losing weight. Our vet found a tumor on his appendix and he went over the Rainbow Bridge on September l7. He loved Lauren so much and she, him. We'll remember him as one of our miracles who was with us a short time and gave a lot.

NOTE: Lauren is a volunteer at B&B. While she is currently caring for Redbone, he has not been permanently adopted and is still in need of a good home. When he gets well she will need the space for the next poor soul. How about making this sweet doggie your own?!

July 8th, 2002
We rescued him from a shelter. Heaven knows how old he is but he still had love in his heart. We kept him at Red Cloud Ranch for 2 weeks but he ate so little. Nothing would coax him into eating a hearty meal. He hardly had the strength to stand.

I took him home to my house, to give him a last chance to make it. Bloodwork showed his liver and kidneys were good. His only problems were malnutrition, low thyroid and parasites. All easily treatable - so I thought...

I have had him 6 weeks now and have gone through all kinds of strange foods to find out what he likes best. He still will not eat on his own. I hand feed him everyday, with bacon, (now his favorite), summer sausage, cheese, anything to make him fat. I must have cooked 70lbs of chicken so far. He is now on strong steroids to give him an appetite. It has been another week and still no desire to eat. He has gained a little weight and I know he is appreciative as he is sticks to my side constantly. He is not alone in the day, he also has 3 old beagles and 3 cats to take care of him. My house is the geriatric house for Beagles and Buddies. Will take another picture to show his progress soon.

Lauren Ansley


Merlot is looking a lot better, after 12 weeks of force and hand feeding, but still has no desire to eat properly. He will not eat dog food but now loves my chicken or beef stew! He loves his veggies and I have managed to pack on at least 15 lbs. I'm now working on getting some muscles back in his legs so he can hold up the extra weight he has put on! He is a sweet soul but something is troubling him. B&B is having an animal communicator come visit the kennel and I am going to ask her to try and find out why he will not eat. Below are some more recent pictures showing Merlot's progress.


How do new dogs and babies get along?

The baby and the dog should never be left alone together.

However, Bassets are the least likely to be dangerous. There are other breeds such as the Labrador, the Golden Retriever, and the Collie that are unlikely to snap at children.

Adopting an older dog that has had experience with children is much better than adopting a puppy or a young dog without experience.

With puppies, teething is part of growing up - and sometimes they don't know the strength of their own jaws. Rather than riskng it, go with an older dog. That way, both parties can have fun & respect without getting into any trouble!!

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