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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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Posted by on December 8, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Preparing for an Emergency with Your Furkids


Consider your furkids while you prepare for a major snow storm, or hurricane.

Prepare to be without power:

  1. If you depend on well water, fill tub and containers with water – pumps need power to work
  2. Put fresh batteries in radio.
  3. Put fresh batteries in flashlights – don’t use candles in case there is a natural gas leak.
  4. Charge mobile phone – laptops work with modems will not work, they need power
  5. Get cash – ATMs need power to work
  6. 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.

Checklist http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family/pets

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

 
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Posted by on October 28, 2012 in Health

 

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Resources for Training A Deaf and Blind Dog


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

 
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Posted by on October 15, 2012 in Deaf dogs, Training

 

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My Favorite Activity Ball

My Favorite Activity Ball

When Ina and I stay busy, we are less likely to get into trouble. Not that I cause trouble, but when it’s quiet, mom worries about Ina.

Mom started giving treat-filled kongs to Peg and Sandy when they were young. Peg thought anything on the floor was her toy and Sandy had some separation anxiety. The kongs kept them busy.

Each dog would get a kong in their crate. Mom would fill extra kongs and hide them around the room for Peg and Sandy to find later.  That has been the routine for me too. Ina and I run to our crates when we see mom getting ready to go somewhere. We know that’s where we get kongs!

Our favorite dog toys are KONGs.  Kong offers various shapes with various toughness ratings. Mom’s favorite Kong is the activity ball. It’s larger so it holds more treats and is easier to fill. But it’s not Josh the foster dog tough. He has destroyed several of the activity balls. He gets the black cone-shaped Kongs. We also like Kongs because they are made in the USA.

What to put in the kongs

Buy dog biscuits (I call them cookies) that are easy to push in, but hard to get out. You can then smear peanut butter in the hole to plug it and fill with apple sauce or unsalted chicken stock and freeze. Frozen Kongs take longer to un-stuff because we have to really work on them. Check out Kong’s website or facebook page where they share recipes with fans.

Make sure that you buy treats MADE IN USA!

Treats made in China have made dogs sick.  Illness may be linked to chicken jerky made in China: Waggin’ Train or Canyon Creek Ranch jerky treats/tenders, produced by Nestle Purina PetCare Co., Milo’s Kitchen Home-style Dog Treats, produced by the Del Monte Corp. Read the MSNBC article: 3 big brands may be tied to chicken jerky illness in dogs, FDA records show

Ina will run to her crate when she THINKS mom is leaving. Mom doesn’t always leave, I think she’s HOPING mom leaves so she gets a kong and gets to look for them!

Watch Ina with her Kong activity ball in this video http://youtu.be/5UwR8IddWfo

 
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Posted by on June 6, 2012 in Training

 

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Training A Dog Owner


Mom forgot that puppies are a lot of work because Peg was 14 years old and Sandy was 13 years old when I came to live with them.

Dad didn’t want to adopt me because he wanted a “normal” dog. He focused on what I could not do. Mom needed some support from someone who knew dogs in case my “special needs” were too much for her so she signed up for class so the teacher could train her.  The teacher had only trained one other deaf dog, but his dogs were old and they were deaf, so technically he owned deaf dogs, even though they weren’t born deaf like me.

Training consisted of:

  1. Hearing dogs hear a verbal command, I see a hand sign command.
  2. Mom coaxes me to correctly perform desired action like “sit”
  3. When I perform the correct action, I get a treat.
  4. Hearing dog hears verbal “good dog,” I see a “thumbs up” hand sign
  5. Repeat because practice makes perfect. It really helps my mom to practice 🙂

As I got older, mom gave me fewer treats, just the “thumb up” hand sign because I have figured out that thumbs up means “good dog.” Now that I’m older and less active, it’s more diet-friendly for my waist-line. I’m not fat, I’m fluffy. Just ignore my dad when he says I’m portly.

These are a few of the basic hand signs that we use frequently.

  1. Come – motion with one hand toward chest and clap hands
  2. Sit – Both hands – tap pointer and middle fingers together, crossed like an “x”
  3. Stay/wait – palm of hand towards dog’s face
  4. Down – hand palm side down, motion down to floor
  5. Sit up – hand palm side up, motion up away from floor (opposite down)
  6. Stand – move hand palm side down, parallel to the floor.
  7. Inside – sweeping arm movement motioning in desired direction, similar to doorman.
  8. Good dog/yes/ok – thumb up
  9. Bad Dog/no – thumb down
  10. Wipe Paws – put towel on floor, make a fist w right hand rub on palm of open left hand. he will sit on towel so you can rub his paws
  11. Heel/let’s go – pat your thigh and start walking
  12. Crate/sleep – tilt head and put hand on side of face (similar to a pillow)
  13. Eat – fingertips together, touch to open mouth (like you are eating)

I’m really pretty smart. I can figure out things and I’m pretty attentive, unless I’m asleep. As my furiend Cloverton the Deaf dog would say, “I am deaf, I can’t hear the dumb things that people say.”

Deaf Dog Training Videos

 
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Posted by on May 8, 2012 in Deaf dogs, Training

 

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Can you tell which dog is Blu?


Cutest video of 5 month old Old English Sheepdog. Her mom wanted people to now that deaf dogs can live happy lives. Can you tell that Blu is deaf?

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2012 in Deaf dogs, Uncategorized

 

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I am in a magazine centerfold!


Bark out to American Dog Magazine for spreading the word that deaf dogs can have happy lives.  I am in the magazine’s centerfold, bottom row, second from the left. The centerfold appeared in the 2011 Winter Edition, Volume 4, Issue 4. The cover had all the famous Pit Bulls including our deaf dog furiends Echo and Gremlin.

I was so excited to see the happy tails photos of my deaf dog furiends. American Dog Magazine got my photo from http://www.DeafDogsRock.com. Special bark out to Nitro and Christina for all the work they do to tell people about deaf dogs. Visit their website to see deaf dogs looking for homes, training information and happy tails.

Kisses go to my mom for taking the photo of me. I stopped running and chasing the ball long enough for the photo. It also shows my best side with the little black patch around my eye. I am really happy. Do I look like I’m smiling at you?

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2012 in Adopt

 

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