Today is orientation day, the first day of the 33rd rotation of Second Chance Pups. The program pairs inmates at the Nebraska State Penitentiary with unwanted dogs in need of training. On this day, about twenty people and eight dogs are crowded together in a back room of the penitentiary’s recycling building….
A furkid will always be with you in your heart. Mom believed that Peg would want mom to rescue a homeless furkid the love and home that she left behind.
In his grief over the loss of a dog, a little boy stands for the first time on tiptoe, peering into the rueful morrow of manhood. After this most inconsolable of sorrows there is nothing life can do to him that he will not be able somehow to bear. – James Thurber
In July of 2004, my brother James held Dutch, his German Shorthaired Pointer, for the first time. On November 20, 2014, James held Dutch for the last time. After ten incredible years Dutch succumbed to the ravaging effects of hemangiosarcoma, a deadly and unfortunately common cancer in dogs.
Ten years, that’s the deal. The lucky get more time, far too many get less. But we all must inevitably face the end. That end – the only end – is heartbreak. When Dutch died I held James and we cried. I wasted no breath on neat and impotent words. James…
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Mom, these recipes look simple and yummy. Do you get the hint? Because I’ve been a good boy. Radcliff 🙂
I tried 3 simple variations on this recipe to make 3 versions of treats for the dogs.
Cinnamon Buttermilk Bones
4 C whole wheat flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
2 C buttermilk
1/4 C honey
2 tsp vanilla
6 Tbsp unsalted butter
Melt the butter, set aside. Mix together the dry ingredients, add the wet ingredients, mix lightly then drizzle in melter butter and mix thoroughly to form a dough. Roll out on a floured surface. Cut into desired shapes. Bake on a greased cookie sheet at 350 degrees F for 25 minutes.
Gingerbread Buttermilk Bones
4 C whole wheat flour
1 Tbsp ginger
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
2 C buttermilk
1/4 C honey
1/2 C blackstrap molasses
Mix together the dry ingredients. Stir the wet ingredients to mix and combine with the dry ingredients. Mix thoroughly to form a dough…
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We live on an acreage. When mom and dad bought the house, they could not decide if they wanted to fence the yard.
Dad wanted to put in an underground fence (invisible fence). Even with training, some dogs that may be determined to chase a rabbit or animal will run through the boundary, shock or not. And after the shock, the owner has to hope that they can find the dog or the dog returns.
The first Sunday that mom looked out the basement door, she saw the neighbor’s big dog looking in at her. She didn’t think it was good that animals could come into the yard and bother us so she decided a real fence was the best solution.
This is a good article that discusses fence options and solutions for situations such as digging or fence jumping.
Mom took me to the vet yesterday. I stayed in the car when she stopped to talk to a neighbor. The kids were lighting fireworks but it didn’t bother me because I’m deaf.
My hearing siblings are noise-sensitive to fireworks and thunderstorms. Mom has heard stories about furkids going crazy during the fourth of July. Here are a few tips:
- Put collars and tags on furkids in case they slip out the door while looking for a place to get away from the noise.
- Consider trying a thundershirt. There is a 45 day guarantee http://www.thundershirt.com/OurGuarantee.aspx. They work for both of my hearing siblings. Look for them at pet stores, my vet even sells them.
- Leave the TV/radio and lights on to drown out the noise.
- Close the curtains and turn on the lights to hide the sight of the fireworks/lightning.
- Keep furkids busy with treat-filled kongs, bully sticks, or deer antlers.
Find a “safe place” for them to go during thunderstorms like a basement bathroom where it’s quieter. Put a bed/kennel there, turn on radio/lights and give them the kong/bully stick. It’s good practice to prepare for severe weather.
ASPCA provides more tips http://www.aspca.org/Pet-care/virtual-pet-behaviorist/dog-articles/fear-of-noises.
My Gotcha Day is July 3. I came home in time for Independence Day. The holiday with all the noise that scares most dogs, did not bother me. Mom had a party for me. We wish you a happy and SAFE Independence Day with your furkids!
This post is written by my mom.
Sandy was my heart dog. I had her 12 years before we lost her to cancer. She was the dog that would sit on my lap while I watched TV. She followed me everywhere. She slept with my husband on the floor. She was the dog that loved her people.
When we lost Sandy, I would look at photos for hours on petfinder.com every night. I adopted Sandy from a Humane Society and I wanted to save another dog. My husband said I was obsessed. I was grieving.
I thought another border collie mix would be a good playmate for Radcliff. I contacted a border collie rescue. They wouldn’t adopt a female dog to us because we had Peg, a female shepherd. Peg was 14 years old and very independent.
I had been looking for almost three months when I came across a photo of a German Shepherd mix pup that touched my heart. I submitted an application. We were third on a waiting list.
Almost a month passed. We received an email that the other two applications didn’t work out. Were we still interested? A lady found Ina and her sister. Two puppies were too much work so she asked for help. Ina’s sister was adopted quickly. A foster family kept her outside in the back yard. She was very shy and timid around men. As I write this, I realized that was the exact description on the Humane Society form about Sandy.
Ina was almost three months old with big brown eyes. As I showed my husband her photo, I told him that she might be afraid of him or very shy. He’s a pushover for puppies. Or maybe he was tired of me looking at dogs on the internet every night.
We took Radcliff with us to meet her. He knew something was going on because the kennel was in the back of the SUV. After driving almost two hours, I said “I didn’t realize it was this far away. We don’t have to adopt her. We can go home.” My husband said “We’ve come this far, let’s just meet her.” We drove almost three hours, (one way) to meet her.
We met at the local vet’s office because the small town did not have an animal shelter. When we pulled up, Ina and Allison were sitting on the grass outside the office. We left Radcliff in the car. When we approached them, to our surprise, Ina ran to my husband. When we got Radcliff out of the car, it was obvious that she adored him. But that’s normal, Radcliff has that effect on everyone.
We spent some time with her. I was tired from the drive and emotionally drained. I could not make a decision. I asked my husband what he thought. He said “we didn’t drive all this way to turn around and leave her.” I’m pretty sure he didn’t want to drive back to get her the next weekend after I made up my mind.
So I completed her adoption paperwork on a late Sunday afternoon in a small Kansas vet clinic. We loaded her up in the kennel in the back of the SUV. She slept the entire three hours on our journey home.
When we got home, it was as if she knew we were her forever family. We cannot imagine our lives without her. My husband commented about how much she was like Sandy. It’s as if Sandy is still with us.
Thanks to “For The Love of My Dogs” for sharing this information.
Stopping BSL is about more than saving Pit Bull type dogs; it’s about protecting all dogs by sending a message that no dog should be unfairly targeted due to his/her appearance.
Though breed specific legislation affects Pit Bull types most, many more innocent breeds fall victim to bans and restrictions. Check out the list below of 75 dog breeds that have been banned or restricted in the United States due to BSL laws, courtesy of Responsible Dog Owners of the Western States. It is important to note that not all of these breeds are restricted everywhere in the US. Various states, counties, towns and communities have all enacted certain bans or restrictions against specific breed types.
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Although this information, which I posted on Facebook yesterday, is directed at dog owners in Sikeston, MO where authorities are rounding up dogs based on body shape, it could potentially apply to any pet owner, anywhere, anytime.
Dog owners in Sikeston, MO – keep your doors locked. Do not answer the door if AC knocks. Do not give them permission to come into your home. If they do not have your permission, they have to get a search warrant. Make them get one. This is a travesty.
Lisa from Hospets shared info from this link that has been widely circulated on the net and tells pet owners exactly what to do and what not to do when AC knocks on your door – whether you live in a BSL area or not. It’s good to review this document periodically to remind yourself of your rights and how to best…
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Consider your furkids while you prepare for a major snow storm, or hurricane.
Prepare to be without power:
- If you depend on well water, fill tub and containers with water – pumps need power to work
- Put fresh batteries in radio.
- Put fresh batteries in flashlights – don’t use candles in case there is a natural gas leak.
- Charge mobile phone – laptops work with modems will not work, they need power
- Get cash – ATMs need power to work
- Fill vehicle gas tank – pumps need power to work
Establish a main contact person
Contact someone (relative, friend) who is not in the area that will be affected. That person would be your point of contact for all other relatives to call so you don’t have to call everyone to give them updates on your status. Phone circuits may not work because the lines could be overloaded from people calling in and out. The Red Cross also has a website where you can share your status with family members http://www.redcross.org/find-help/contact-family/register-safe-listing
Have a plan for your furkid if you need to evacuate.
Do not leave your furkid at home planning to go back for him in a day or two. If your home is in an area that floods, authorities may not permit residents to go back for an undetermined amount of time because of safety risks (remember Hurricane Katrina?). Most shelters do not generally allow furkids to stay in human shelters.
- If the shelter does permit furkids, make sure you have all your furkids supplies with you.
- If you have friends/relatives in an area that will not be affected, ask if they can temporarily take your furkids.
- Board your furkids at a kennel/rescue not in the affected area.
Many storm shelters do not allow pets because that space could be occupied by people. Make sure your human checks to see if the shelter will let you in! Here’s a story that explains why this is important http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/25/tornado-season_n_5210318.html
Patience and repetition are important for training dogs that can see and hear. Both are even more important for dogs who can’t see or hear. Don’t forget to reward with good dog touch signs and treats!
Here are a few helpful resources for training a deaf and blind dog:
Blind and Deaf Dogs Guidebook – A website with tips http://pawstoadopt.com/blindanddeafdogs/index.html
Training a deaf and blind Australian Shepherd – A few tips on video http://youtu.be/HhMXPbthzOE
16 Tips for Working with your Blind and Deaf Dog – A great article http://www.doggamesathome.com/learn-16-valuable-tips-from-your-dogs-teacher-lori-friesen-on-how-to-help-your-blind-and-deaf-dog-to-lead-a-full-happy-and-safe-life/
Touch signs for blind and deaf dogs – A short list http://www.amazingaussies.com/education/touch.htm
Training Dogs Training Dogs Who Are Blind and Deaf – An article http://companionanimalsolutions.com/blogs/training-dogs-who-are-blind-and-deaf/
If you have questions, you might ask my furiends on their facebook pages:
Deaf Dogs Rock – Christina Lee adopted Nitro, a deaf white boxer, from a shelter in Salem Virginia. The website and facebook page help deaf dogs looking for homes, provide training info and share happy tails. http://deafdogsrock.com
Parker’s Fan Club – Parker is a deaf and blind collie who donates contest winnings to the rescue that saved him. Parker lives with doggie siblings: Dakota, deaf/blind collie/Aussie mix; Rain, a deaf miniature Australian shepherd; and Moccaccino, a shepherd chow mix. They live in New York. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Parkers-Fan-Club/354321824588679?ref=ts
Saving Theresina – Theresina is a deaf and blind collie who has had some behavior issues. Her family is working with her to help her adjust to living with others. https://www.facebook.com/SavingTheresina?ref=ts&fref=ts
White Dog Blog – Read about the training and adventures of three amazing dogs: Treasure, deaf and blind; Grace, deaf and visually impaired; Jasmine, deaf and visually impaired. http://your-inner-dog.blogspot.com
Treasure also has videos on YouTube. Here she shows that being deaf and blind does not stop you from doing amazing tricks. http://youtu.be/gPAz_44uSzk