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Check here for information on dog abuse cases, law and rescue group information. Tamara Myers-White also will answer questions or direct you to a link or e-mail of someone with the answers.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

If You Are One Of The People Who Still Wear Fur - Read This.

New York is the first state to ban the extremely cruel practice of anal and genital electrocution of mink, foxes, chinchillas and rabbits. This method is used because it is very cheap. It was signed into law by then Gov. Spitzer, in March of this year and is in effect.

PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) hopes it will force similar measures in other states.

Blogger note****I personally do not agree with all of PETA's practices and the ultimate end result that they want, which is no human contact with animals. Tamara************



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Monday, April 28, 2008

Use The Internet To Order Your Pet's Medications.

When I got my dog, Chance, I immediately took him to the vet for his 2nd set of shots and to get him tested for Heartworms and get him on Heartworm pills and the between the shoulder flea application, as he was old enough.


I use the Heartguard and the Frontline Plus. I love my vet to death, but the cost of the meds when I get them from him, is close to $95.00. Well, the other day, I found a coupon to a company called petcarerx. I decided to check it out. I am amazed at how much cheaper they are than my vet.


I used the code that was on the coupon and got my meds for $83.00. And, shipping is free with any order over $39.00. I don't want to take business away from the vets, but with gas prices the way they are, getting your pets meds delivered to your door, saves a great deal of money.

Warning: If you have never had your dog tested for Heartworms by a vet, do not start them on a Heartworm program until you have had them tested. It can kill them. The test is a simple blood test that is done right in the vet's office and you get the results while you are there with no waiting days or anything like that.


website: http://www.petcarerx.com/

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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Shelters And Rescues Within A 50 Mile Radius Of Huntington, WV.

source: http://www.save-a-pet-com/

I found a great website that is called Save A Pet. It is a link to shelters across the U.S. There are 28 shelters and rescue organizations within reasonable driving distance from Huntington, WV. Here is the list. This is a two part post, so look for the second part in the next couple of days.


1. Orphan Network - 21515 St. Rt. 243 - Proctorville OH 45669. email: stirling72@zoominternet.net 1mile.


2. Furry Animal Rescue - Proctorville OH 45669 - Ph: 304-416-3202. email:
yorkie_lover2006@yahoo.com 1 mile.

3. Help For Animals - POB 250 - Barboursville WV 25504 - Ph: 304-736-8555. email:
hfatracs@aol.com 5 miles.


4. Huntington-Cabell-Wayne Shelter - 1901 James River Rd. - Huntington WV 25704.
Ph: 304-696-5551 - 9 miles.


5. Holly's Animal Haven - Scottown OH 45678 - Ph: 740-886-9306. email:
tonpowe@aol.com 13 miles


6. Canterbury Tails Animal Rescue - POB 375 - Culloden WV 25510. Ph: 304 562-0807. email: neworleanspearl@aol.com 16 miles.

7. Lawrence Cty. Humane Society (OH) - POB 412 - Ironton OH 45638 - Ph: 740 533-9050. email: sassymom12@webtv.net 17 miles.

8. So. Star MinPin Rescue - WV - Hurricane WV 25526 - Contact - Dawn Russo - email:
dawn@ssmpr.org or their website - http://www.ssmpr.org/ 20 miles.

9. Putnam Cty. Humane Society - Box 461 - Scott Depot WV 25560 - Ph: 304 562-5899 - email: betycal@charter.net 25 miles.

10. WV Saint Bernard Rescue - Fort Gay, WV 25514 - Contact - Jo Ann Betler - Ph: 304 272-6270 - email: betler@frontiernet.net or on this address - http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/WV101.html 25 miles.

11. B.A.R.K. - Bluegrass Animal Rescue of KY - 1415 Hwy. 1395 - Louisa KY 41132 - Ph: 606 686-9520 - email: joenik@foothills.net 26 miles.

12. Lawrence Cty. Humane Society (KY) - Isaac Rd., Rt. 3395 - Louisa KY 41230 - Ph: 606 673-4509 - email: potterperry41230@yahoo.com 26 miles.

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Friday, April 25, 2008

One Year Anniversary Of The Michael Vick Raid.

Some of this information was gathered from an email sent to me from the HSUS website.

Did you realize that today marks the one year anniversary of the Michael Vick Dogfighting Ring bust? I didn't until I got an email from the Humane Society of the United States today. One very positive note is that raids on dogfighting operations rose from 27 between Jan. and April of last year, to at least 67 busts to date in 2008.

Also, 2 of the states that had been the last holdout with weak penalties for fighting crimes, made dogfighting a felony offense. The states are Wyoming and Idaho. Stronger laws also were passed in Ga., IA., MD., OR., and VA. This was part of a wave of 26 states considering legislation to make stiffer penalties for dogfighting.

The HSUS gives a reward of up to $5,000.00 to anyone that turns in a dogfighter and they are convicted. You can remain anonymous. The number to call is: 202-452-1100. The rewards are made possible by the Ware Foundation and donors to HSUS. The great news is they paid out 20 rewards and have some pending. Fabulous work!

Last but not least, the HSUS helped train over 700 law enforcement officers on animal fighting and made a new video about the subject.

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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Chaining and Penning Of Dogs Is Abuse.

Chance says "I wish all dogs lived the life I live with my "pack." "I live inside with them, not chained or penned up a 100 yards away from the "den."

An organization called Dogs Deserve Better (DDB) just finished a tour called 12-12-120. They went to 12 states, in 12 days, only expecting to find 120 dogs. They went about documenting the chained and penned dogs in each of the 12 states. West Virginia was the last on their tour. In 6 hrs. of driving, they saw and counted 179 chained or penned dogs in deplorable conditions. The link I am providing shows some of what they saw in our state. (It is one YouTube)

http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001TieZ0g-gLXyWOGcag36gEDz3faCui_vO9SQiSgxQecyR8tOeIwaeFg9-FR1UnrUh2vb9RXLi2XG5MMDw6u5iVZBLmSReAVZ5o0yMA9ZM8obcaX4sdknr2cmDWne_7WeKK2tNv3O9Jv0V2KRjU86i1w


This is their official website.
source: from an email to me from Tammy Grimes at DDB.
The duo found a lot more than they bargained for; 1051 dogs as opposed to the sought-after120, as well as many more aggressive dogs than they expected. Each day they interacted with around 20 caretakers, and left information for at least 20 more who were not home. Each night they posted videos and a diary of the day's events online. Said Ashby, "All I can say is send out the troops!
"What Tammy and I saw blows our minds...Everywhere we went there were more and more dogs on chains and in pens with no water, no food, nothing! Their spirits were either broken or they had already become so aggressive no one could step near them. How can people just forget about their friends like that?"
Tammy Grimes and her friend, Dawn, said that WV was the "saddest underbelly" of chaining and penned up dogs of all the states they visited." This saddens me to no end. I see it everyday where I live. Or, the feral dogs that are running loose. Feral dogs, in my opinion, are much more dangerous. With a chained dog, he cannot just attack you wherever you are. He is hindered by the chain and how far he can reach. With the feral dogs, they are in pack mode, and hunting. Go to the websites I listed above and check it out. Sad, but interesting.

The tour encompassed the following states: Day 1: April 6th, Missouri; Day 2: April 7th, Arkansas; Day 3: April 8th, Lousiana; Day 4: April 9th, Mississippi; Day 5: April 10, Alabama; Day 6: April 11, Georgia; Day 7: April 12, South Carolina; Day 8: April 13, North Carolina; Day 9: April 14, Tennessee; Day 10: April 15, Kentucky; Day 11: April 16, .Virginia; Day 12: April 17, West Virginia.

To read Grimes Top Five List of the Things she Learned on the Tour, and see videos, diaries and photos of the tour visit the website at www.dogsdeservebetter.org

The tour encompassed the following states: Day 1: April 6th, Missouri; Day 2: April 7th, Arkansas; Day 3: April 8th, Lousiana; Day 4: April 9th, Mississippi; Day 5: April 10, Alabama; Day 6: April 11, Georgia; Day 7: April 12, South Carolina; Day 8: April 13, North Carolina; Day 9: April 14, Tennessee; Day 10: April 15, Kentucky; Day 11: April 16, Virginia; Day 12: April 17, West Virginia.:

To read Grimes Top Five List of the Things she Learned on the Tour, and see videos, diaries and photos of the tour,visit the website: http://www.dogsdeservebetter.org/dognamictour.html.

Dogs Deserve Better, a 501c3 nonprofit organization headquartered in Tipton, Pennsylvania, is the 2003 First Place.
Winner of the ASPCA Pet Protector Award. The grouphas 150 area reps in 38 states as well as in Canada and France.
Grimes was also a Top Ten Finalist for the 2006 Animal Planet Hero of the Year Contest..
Dogs Deserve Better, a 501c3 nonprofit organization headquartered in Tipton, Pennsylvania, is the 2003 First Place.
Winner of the ASPCA Pet Protector Award. The grouphas 150 area reps in 38 states as well as in Canada and France.
Grimes was also a Top Ten Finalist for the 2006 Animal Planet Hero of the Year Contest.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Girl Scouts Help Homeless Animals.

Chance says, "he would play ball with those Girl Scouts!"


I want to give a shout out to the Fairland 5th grade girls, Girl Scout troop. The troop leader is Sharon Fulks, the wife of Mike Fulks, owner of the Medicine Chest Pharmacy on Ohio River Rd., near Lesage, WV.


Mike told me that his wife's troop is volunteering for a rescue shelter in Proctorville, OH run by Mrs. Sterling. By doing this, the girls will learn compassion and caring for animals. Thanks again, to Sharon Fulks and her Girl Scout Troop. Keep up the great work.

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Friday, April 18, 2008

How To Cut Your Dog's Toenails.

My mom cuts my nails after my bath because my nails are softer and it is easier on me!

My own version of how to cut a dog's nails.


When you get your new puppy, start to fool with their feet. For example, maybe I am watching TV and holding the puppy for some bonding time. Take that time to also start to get the dog used to having its feet held and nails done. I massage the foot and between the toes. This will get them used to having their feet held to cut nails.


Types of nail clippers:
Resco Type - guillotine style - for small to medium dogs.
Safari Claw Type - for large breed dogs.




If your dog has white nails, the quik will appear pink. Do not cut above that line! If you do, your dog's nail will bleed and be very, very painful to your pet. Also, believe it or not, a puppy never, never forgets his or her first nail trimming. If it goes good, more than likely, the next trimming will go easier the next time. But, if you quik the dog, then more than likely, they will become "touch-me-nots" when you go to pick up a foot. I give Chance a treat after each foot. That is how I started him when he was just 12wks. old. He knows what the nail trimmer looks like, and gets excited. So funny!



If your dog has dark nails, you start at the very tip, and cut it off. Look at the end of the nail, if you don't see a dark spot in the middle of the cut part, you can tip the nail again. Keep doing that until you see a dark spot in the middle of the last cut you made on the nail. ***NOTE: tipping the nail is just as it sounds. You take just the tip of the nail.***

Last but very, very important. Dewclaws. Any reputable breeder has the dewclaws removed from their puppies before they are sold, except for the Great Pyrenees and the Briard, as AKC standards call for them to have the dews intact. Always trim the dewclaws on your dog. If neglected, they will grow around and back into the pad of the dewclaw.

My suggestion is to purchase a bottle of nail coagulant, most common is Kwik Stop. You can get it online at any of the Petsmarts, Petco, etc...I think that Petmart at the Target Shopping Center, Merritts Ck., Barboursville, WV may have it, or something like it. I hope this information helps.

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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Pets and Women's Shelters (PAWS) Program.

source: www.americanhumane.org

American Humane Launches Pets and Women's Shelters (PAWS)™ Program. Go to the above website and read about this fabulous new program that helps domestic violence victims and their pets stay safe and together.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

So. Point OH Petland's - Adopt -A- Pet Program.

Personal note: I do not advocate buying a purebred dog from a pet store. The last time I called this particular store, they told me they got their puppies from VA. which is one of the most notorious for puppy mills. I believe it was Briar Creek. (don't quote me on that)

Go to http://www.petland.com/ and in the search engine, type in So. Point, OH for the store. It is on the homepage about their adopt-A-Pet Program.

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Animal Welfare Problems In WV.

Source: author Susan Hunter.

http://www.polsci.wvu.edu/ipa/par/report_12_4.html

Documentation of the extent of the animal welfare problems in West Virginia is difficult to obtain because many counties do not keep records of the number of animals picked up or what is done with them.' Although every county is required to have a Humane Officer, that person is designated by the county sheriff, and may have neither the training nor adequate facilities for that position. Two counties do not have a Humane Officer, so animals run loose until someone picks them up or kills them. At least 19 counties have no facility at all, so they routinely euthanize almost every animal picked up by their animal control officer (sometimes by shooting); one county uses an abandoned chicken coop to house up to four animals at a time; and most have only limited facilities.

Go to the above website and read it all. Very, very interesting stuff.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Knowing When To Call The Vet.

Chance says, "I go to see Dr. Maass at Guyan Animal Hospital on Rt. 60, near Barboursville. I really like all the girls that work there, and I really love my vet! My mom takes good care of me. She looks me over every day, just like it says below, tip to tail."

Dogs can be excellent communicators of certain messages; if they’re happy, hungry, scared, or just want to go for a walk. However, when it comes to their health, your pet might not to be able to articulate just what ails him or that anything is even wrong at all. Instead, good doggie diagnosis relies on knowing about and being on the lookout for telltale signs and symptoms in your pet.

Tip to Tail: Give your dog a regular once over to make sure he isn’t presenting any troubling symptoms. Starting at the nose; check for any discharge that is yellowish-brown, blood tinged, or foul smelling. Also note if his eyes appear cloudy, or if there is a yellowish or red discoloration in the whites of the eyes. Examine ears for redness or swelling. Next, check the mouth and teeth for bloody or tender gums and excessive tartar build up. Finally, inspect his coat and skin for lumps, bald spots or extreme oiliness. Brush back or blow on a section of hair and observe for minute moving specs such as fleas, ticks or other parasites.
Eating Well: Sudden changes in your dog’s eating habits may also indicate serious health issues. A noticeable increase or decrease of appetite over a 24-hour span or excessive water drinking should arouse your suspicions. Be wary if your dog’s stools are runny, watery or bloody or if urine is cloudy or discolored.

Pained Pet: Also consider a call to the vet if your dog exhibits other abnormal behaviors, such as fainting, loss of balance, shivering, whining for no reason, limping or trying to protect part of its body. Prolonged panting and difficulty breathing are important signs to watch for and may indicate a range of problems. Different signs and symptoms can be the products of a variety of underlying causes so it’s best to go to your vet for a professional opinion and definitive treatment. Also remember that, just as with human health problems, early identification and early care are key to getting your dog back in tail-waggingly good shape.

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Facts About West Virginia Pet Overpopulation.

Kallee found me when someone threw her out in our hollow in 1994 and lived with me until she passed in 2005. She was one of the lucky ones. Many shelter dogs die within 5-7 days of arriving at most shelters due to overcrowding and lack of funding. And, these are the healthy ones. The amount of sick or vicious dogs is tremendous, and these dogs are put down immediately.

source: www.fohowv.com

Please note these statistics were gathered in 1998. Today, stronger shelter spay neuter programs have reduced the euthanasia rate at WV shelters combined with the heightened number of rescues of dogs going out of state. FOHO is in working with HSUS to gather current state statistics which will be posted soon. WV Shelters take in 102,000 dogs and cats, euthanizing 75% of them (3 out of 4 die).

Shelters that do not require adopted animals to be spayed or neutered are themselves contributing to the overpopulation problem by allowing uncontrolled breeding to continue. Every day in the United States, 10,000 babies are born compared to over 70,000 puppies and kittens. West Virginia had over 150,000 puppies and cats born last year (2007)

1. The average cost to pick up, house, feed and euthanize an animal is $50, costing West Virginians $3 million dollars yearly.
2. Mandatory spay/neuter of adopted animals reduces the number of animals taken into a shelter. At the Kanawha Charleston Animal Shelter, for example the number of animals taken in decreased from 16,000 in 1988 to 8,000 last year, after mandatory spay/neuter was implemented.
3. An individual pays from $3 to $30 to adopt an animal from a shelter. In addition, when spay/neuter is required, they must pay an additional $20 to $35. Under the proposed legislation, the cost of spay/neuter will be borne by the adopting owner and not by the shelter.
4. Of the animals put to death in West Virginia, 87% are placed in landfills, with the remaining 13% incinerated or sent to rendering companies.
5. In West Virginia, 31 counties have shelters or pounds.
6. 21 states (including Va., Kent., and D.C.) have passed mandatory spay/neuter laws

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Monday, April 14, 2008

Micro-Chip Identification - A Great Idea.


Chance was chipped and never gets out of my sight or off leash when he is not in his own, fenced in yard. He is either in his harness and hooked to a 16 ft. lead, or on his flat collar and his 8 ft. leather lead. The laws are specific. Your dog must be on a leash when in public. "Chance says that is the reason so many of his brethren get killed, because they have owners that don't obey laws and let their dogs run loose."

Micro-chipping is recognized as the most effective and secure way of permanently identifying a pet. The technology to microchip has been around since 1989 and since then approximately 1.5 million dogs and cats have been micro-chipped. What is micro-chipping? The microchip is the size of a grain of rice and is encased in a bio-compatible glass, the same used in human pacemakers, to prevent rejection from the animals body.


In dogs, the microchip is inserted into the loose skin on the back of the dog's neck using a specially designed implanting device. Insertion is a quick and easy process that causes no more discomfort than a usual vaccination. How does the microchip work? Each microchip carries a unique number that is logged onto a national database. Against this number, key information is stored about the dog and its owner including the dog's name, the owner's name and address and a record of the dog's vaccinations. When a scanner is passed over the microchip low frequency radio waves created by the scanner activate the microchip, allowing the unique number to be read.


Where can I have my dog or cat micro-chipped? Contact your local veterinary surgery, animal shelter, or dog control officer for advice and prices. How long does a microchip last? Micro-chipping is an inexpensive investment as it should last for the life of your dog or cat. Does my dog or cat have to be a particular age before it can be chipped? It is recommended that a dog or cat have their final vaccinations before being micro-chipped. Will implanting the chip hurt my dog or cat? Not at all, micro-chipping is a quick and painless procedure that should not hurt more than the pet’s vaccinations. Here are some companies that provide micro-chipping services:


American Veterinary ID Devices (AVID) (800) 336-AVID http://www.avid.com/


IDENTICHIP: (800) 926-1313 http://www.identichip.com/


Home Again (800) 926-1313 info@akc.org Companion Animal Recovery (800) 252-7894 http://www.akccar.org/


PetNet (800) 738-6385 http://www.petnet.ca/

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Sunday, April 13, 2008

Say NO! To Any Circus With Animals!

source: http://www.circuses.com/

"Behind the scenes, elephant trainer Tim Frisco instructs would-be trainers how to dominate elephants and make them perform circus tricks. “Sink that hook into ’em. When you hear that screaming, then you know you got their attention.” An elephant trumpets in agony as Frisco’s bullhook, with its sharp metal hook and spiked end, tears through her sensitive skin. Frisco, a Carson & Barnes elephant trainer, learned the trade from his father, a former trainer for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus."

This is how elephants are trained to do the unnatural tricks that you see in circuses. I just watched the video of this "training" session. It was unbearable. Ringling Bros. is coming to Charleston, WV starting the 17th or 18th of this month, April. I personally know of someone, that many years ago, was a star with Ringling. He was an advocate for circuses without animals. The brutality that is heaped upon these helpless animals is overwhelming.

Elephants are not the only ones that endure this daily. The website that I listed is hard to look at, but very important. There are many, many websites that tell of the horrors that circus animals endure daily, and what happens to them when they can no longer perform. Please, please, do not spend your hard-earned money to facilitate the suffering of these animals. Go to the movies, take a walk, but please don't patronize the circus.

www.archive.org/details/CircusAbuse
http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/185697/the_abuse_of_circus_animals.html

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Saturday, April 12, 2008

Adopt A Thon.

Well, Little Victories is holding an adopt-a-thon at Pullman Square in Huntington, WV today, 4/12/08 from 11am till 3pm. If you are looking for a companion, this is the place to go. All animals are vet checked and either spayed or neutered.

Update: It seems that the adopt-a-thon went very well. What I saw when I went down was really fun. These dogs know just how to melt a heart with just a look! The volunteers that were there seemed so dedicated. It is so refreshing to see kindness. I mean, really honest kindness. If you are looking for something to occupy your mind, ask about being a volunteer at Little Victories. Helping the helpless gives one such a feeling of accomplishment.

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Friday, April 11, 2008

Pet Cemetaries - Giving Your Pet Dignity.

On May 15th of 2005, my soul-mate, Kallee, passed away in her sleep. She and I had been together for 13 yrs. She died on a Sunday. The man I had been with for close to 15 yrs. was kind enough to let me bury her on his farm. My husband now, went with me to dig her grave and bury her. As I sat with her body, wrapped in her favorite blanket, I looked around. She was being buried along with many other animals that had belonged to his family.

Like me, his family, and him, loved animals and wanted to bury them with dignity and in a familiar surrounding. When I became a member of his family, we purchased a beautiful Rottweiler named Cratty's Von Maxwell, or Max for short. Max was not my first dog, however. My parents loved Dalmatians and I grew up with 3 of them. The female, my father named Taryton, after the cigarette, because she had a black patch over one eye, died in 1982.

Kenny,(my ex), buried her in the backyard of his mother's house. In 1983, we purchased Max. Helen, (my mother-in law), deeded the property where she grew up, on Homestead Rd., across from the Jenkins Plantation, in the Powell Wetlands on Rt. 2, Lesage, WV, to Kenny. Max was diagnosed with bladder cancer and had to be euthanized in 1992. He became the first member of the cemetery.

In this private cemetery, there is a Llama, 2 pygmy goats, a miniature horse, another Rottie, named Ralph, and a mix called Mikey. Kallee was the last to be buried there. Burying an animal on your property, as far as I am concerned, is the ultimate last show of love. Pet cemeteries that offer burial or cremation services are a fabulous idea. This gives people that don't have the property to bury their beloved pet on, a means of showing that last bit of love and respect to their pets. I know many people feel that animals don't need a funeral. To those people I say, "you obviously have never owned a pet. Because if you had, you would not feel that way."

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Pack Mentality.

source: Complete Dog Book.

The natural pack behavior is perhaps the most important reason why it has so successfully integrated itself into human communities worldwide. The sophistication of pack behavior varies considerably within the canine family. Foxes, for example, after leaving their mothers, have little inclination to behave socially with other foxes. Wolves, on the other hand, remain gregariously sociable throughout their lives. This results in the pack - a group of genetically related individuals who work together with a common cause. They hunt together, share food, keep each other warm, all of which involve communicating in a variety of ways.

The domestic dog experiences a few months of natural pack activity from birth until it leaves its litter and joins a human pack, of which it will become a member. In the litter, each puppy learns how to behave with its litter mates and its mother. The mother is the leader because she controls food, warmth, and security. Beginning at about three(3)weeks of age, puppies start to play with each other. Play offers the satisfaction of physical contact with other puppies, while at the same time providing learning experience for muscle control. Equally important, it teaches the puppies how to behave with other dogs. Play remains a lifelong activity among pack members.

The Human Pack: People discovered over 10,000 yrs. ago that the dog's mind is most malleable and impressionable in the first 3-4 months of its life. When a puppy is taken from the litter at between 8 and 12 weeks of age, and homed with people, it naturally transfers its innate pack mentality to the to this distinctly different species. Because they control food, warmth comfort, and security, people are seen as pack leaders. The puppy naturally begs for food. It jumps up to lick a human face just as it would jump up to lick its mother's face, a behavior that in wolves and some dogs stimulates the mother to regurgitate a partly digested meal for her puppies. As the puppy matures, it continues to treat its human pack as an acceptable substitute for the canine pack it has left.

In play with people, nipping them as it would nip its litter mates or its mother. In a natural pack, if a puppy nips too hard it is reprimanded, either by a squeal and a reluctance to play further by a litter mate, or by a controlled bite from its mother - a bite not meant to damage the puppy but to sufficiently intense to teach it not to play quite so vigorously. By these means, the puppy learns how to behave with other members of the pack.

Status with the Pack: As a puppy matures into adulthood, its pack behavior evolves, eventually to be influenced both by cumulative experience and by the onset, at puberty, of sex hormone production. Within typical human households, the adult dog's pack instinct drives it to find a suitable niche in the family.

A dominant dog, particularly if it is a male, can challenge its designated position in the human pack at any time between sexual and emotional maturity. It does so by refusing to follow instructions given by another pack member or by intentionally challenging someone. The dog usually chooses what it considers to be the weakest member of the pack.

It might, for example, bite a child over possession of a toy, or refuse to obey a command given by the child's mother, but still obey the same command given by the deeper voiced, more assertive sounding father. The dog's position in the pack is not always static. Especially while young and robust, it may challenge in an attempt to move closer to pack leadership.

The Territorial Instinct: When canine and human family groups share territory, they warn each other of potential dangers. After companionship, security is the most common reason of dog ownership. The dog's territorial instincts have their origins in pack activity.

Almost every dog becomes alert and inquisitive when it hears, sees, or smells something different. Most dogs will alert other members of the pack by barking, sometimes aggressively, but just as often simply to alert the rest of the pack that someone or something is approaching their communal space. As well as communal space, each pack member has its own personal space within the territory. This often a bed provided for the dog, but some individuals choose their own space - a chair, sofa, or space from incursions by other pack members, including themselves.

Going Solo: Free-ranging dogs(owned by people but allowed to roam freely) never form social packs, and only congregate when they are following an estrus female. No scientific observation of groups of free-ranging dogs has shown any indication of territorial pack behavior, probably because there is no need for these dogs to defend either a source of food or themselves. Free-ranging dogs are simply individuals with irresponsible human pack leaders.

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Greyhounds - Running For Their Lives - Literally.

In the 10th century, King Howel of Wales declared that the penalty for killing a greyhound was the same as that of killing a person—death. In the days of the Egyptians, greyhounds were valued by the pharaohs for their grace, beauty and mild temperament. But in the 21st century greyhounds in the racing world are prized for only one thing—speed. In 2003 alone, an estimated 7,500 to 20,000 greyhounds were euthanized simply because they couldn't run fast enough.

Because greyhound racing has little to do with dogs and everything to do with money, scant regard is given to the humane treatment of the greyhounds. This is an industry that places profits above the health and welfare of greyhounds. How else would you explain the culling of unwanted dogs, a general disregard toward animal injury, and the inhumane living conditions that the dogs endure?

Greyhounds are at a disadvantage even before they are born. Tens of thousands of greyhounds are bred annually—many more than are needed to race—in an attempt to create the fastest dogs. The greyhounds are then "weeded out"—killed if they are at any time determined unable to become racetrack stars. Throughout their racing career, the dogs routinely endure inhumane conditions and have little human contact. Many greyhound farms are barely getting by financially, so the dogs are kept caged most of the time and fed low quality foods.

Each dog is a major expense, which is why so many are killed when they are deemed unfit to race. In addition, greyhounds are very vulnerable to injury. Thousands of racing dogs are injured each year nationwide. The most common miseries are bone fractures and soft tissue injuries. Less common afflictions include spinal injuries, seizures, and death from cardiac arrest.

Luckily for greyhounds and animal lovers, greyhound racing is on the way out. What's more, attendance at racetracks is dwindling, and revenue has decreased significantly. During the 1990s, the total amount wagered on greyhound racing fell a staggering 45 percent. A recent victory occurred on May 24, 2004, when Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell signed a law banning greyhound racing in the state. That law is still in effect to this day.

Greyhounds tend to be excellent companion animals, and their easygoing nature makes them ideal for families with children. "Greyhounds are truly wonderful dogs," says Bevan. "They are generally gentle, graceful, beautiful animals." But, remember, because of the way these dogs are raised, they have had very, very little socialization, so it might take some time for them to get used to being a companion animal. And, because they are taught to chase a "lure", you need to evaluate your home situation. Example, if you have a cat or a small animal that gets to run loose, your new Greyhound might attempt to "catch" it.

Historically speaking, greyhounds are the most revered species of dog. Eliminating greyhound racing and the cruel practices that surround the sport will ensure that these beautiful dogs live out their lives in dignity, just like the ancient Egyptians envisioned. Remember, you can do your part to stop Greyhound racing by not patronizing a dog track or bet on a race, educating your friends and family on the reality of the horrors of the track or volunteer at a Greyhound rescue organization, if you live in one of the 15 states that still operate race tracks or one of the 42 states that has not banned it, yet.

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Thursday, April 10, 2008

A Chained Dog’s Plea.

This is a haunting poem to me...I lay down at night, and it runs over in my head..It is -- By Edith Lassen Johnson
source: www.dogsdeservebetter.org

I wish someone would tell me
What it is that I’ve done wrong.
Why do I have to stay chained up
And left alone so long?
They seemed so glad to have me
When I came here as a pup.
There were so many things we’d do
While I was growing up.
But now the Master "hasn’t time"
The Mistress says I shed.
She doesn’t want me in the house,
Not even to be fed.
The Children never walk me.
They always say, "Not now."
I wish that I could please them.
Won’t someone tell me how?
All I had, you see, was love.
I wish they would explain
Why they said they wanted mine,
And then left it on a chain.
-- By Edith Lassen Johnson

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Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Kelli Kimmel - The Newest Dog Sitter.

"Welcome to ThePuppySitter.com! My name is Kelli and I hope to one day open an actual dog sitting center, but until such a time comes, I am offering walking and sitting services at your home on individual bases." This is how Kelli starts her website. I did some extensive research on this lady and am pleased to announce my findings.

It seems this young lady is very passionate about animals. She does not profess to be a trainer or any type of professional, just a girl that loves animals. I am impressed by this. If you are looking for someone to take care of your animal(s) when you are gone and you can't take them with you, or you just don't feel comfortable leaving your dog in a strange place, check out her website: www.thepuppysitter.com.

She also has fostered dogs and volunteered with Little Victories. Which, in my book, makes her an O.K. person. Kelli has my "thumbs" up!!

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Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Pet Friendly Motels In The Tri-State and Websites.

Do you have people coming in this summer to visit? Are they bringing their dog? Have you thought about where they will stay, if they are not staying in your house? Well, I found some motels in our area that accept pets and I have a few websites to assist you in finding a comfortable place for your company to stay or for your family if you are deciding to travel with your dog.

Here is the list:

Red Roof Inn, 5190 US Rt. 60 E, Huntington, WV 25705
Best Western - Htgn. Mall, 3421 Rt. 60 E., Barboursville, WV 25504
Comfort Inn - B'Ville, 249 Mall Rd., Barboursville, WV 25504
Ramada Catlettsburg - Ashland, 6000 Crider Dr. US 23, Catlettsburg, KY
Days Inn Ashland, 12700 Rt. 180, Ashland, KY 41102

Websites to find pet friendly hotels, motels and bed and breakfast:

http://www.dogfriendly.com/
http://www.dogfriendlyhotels.org/
http://www.officialpethotels.com/
http://www.petswelcome.com/



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Tips On Boarding Your Dog.


Chance Says:
This is a picture of me on vacation last year. Mom bought me a Yogi Bear stuffie!




With the onset of spring, brings vacation time. With gas prices the way they are, most people will stay close to home. But, there still will be 1000's of people traveling across the United States. If most of you dog owners are like me, you take your dog with you whenever possible. But, there are times when you just can't take the family pet with you on your travels.



In that case, you have to think of someone to care for your pet. There are boarding facilities throughout the Tri-State that can assist you in taking care of your best friend. But, choosing one can be traumatic. If you know of someone that kennels their dog, talk to them. Ask your vet, as some vets offer boarding. My vet, Dr. Wayne Maass of Guyan Animal Hospital, keeps my dog, Chance.



The phone book is another place. When contacting these places, ask questions. Ask whether the boarding dogs are ever all together. Ask if you can come and view the kennel. When you go visit, observe the kennel staff. Do they act like they enjoy their job, or are they just going about it like, "its just a stupid job."



The last thing to notice, is the smell of the kennel. It should be clean and smell like disinfectant. All the dogs in the runs should be clean, and their areas clean. Water bowls full, and depending on the time of day, food bowls with food. Clean blankets or beds and a toy. I hope this helps. Enjoy your summer and be safe.

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Monday, April 7, 2008

A Revolutionary Arthritis Drug For Dogs.

Rimadyl (pronounced "Rim-a-dill") for Osteoarthritis and Post-Surgical Pain. What is Rimadyl? Rimadyl is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is used to reduce pain and inflammation (soreness) due to osteoarthritis and pain following surgery in dogs.


Rimadyl is a prescription drug for dogs. Osteoarthritis (OA) is a painful condition caused by "wear and tear" of cartilage and other parts of the joints that may result in the following changes or signs in your dog: Limping or lameness, decreased activity or exercise (reluctance to stand, climb stairs, jump or run, or difficulty in performing these activities), stiffness or decreased movement of joints, surgical pain (e.g., for surgeries such as spays, ear procedures or orthopedic repairs) can be controlled when your veterinarian administers Rimadyl before the procedure.


What kind of results can you expect when your dog is on Rimadyl for OA? While Rimadyl is not a cure for osteoarthritis, it can relieve the pain and inflammation of OA and improve your dog’s mobility. Response varies from dog to dog but can be quite dramatic. In most dogs, improvement can be seen in a matter of days. If Rimadyl is discontinued or not given as directed, your dog's pain and inflammation may come back. Rimadyl should be given to dogs only. Cats should not be given Rimadyl.


How to give Rimadyl to your dog. Rimadyl should be given according to your veterinarian’s instructions. Your veterinarian will tell you what amount of Rimadyl is right for your dog and for how long it should be given. Rimadyl should be given by mouth and may be given with or without food. What to tell/ask your veterinarian before giving Rimadyl. Talk to your veterinarian about: What tests might be done before Rimadyl is prescribed? How often your dog may need to be examined by your veterinarian.


The risks and benefits of using Rimadyl: Experienced side effects from Rimadyl or other NSAIDs, such as aspirin, digestive upset (vomiting and/or diarrhea) liver disease, kidney disease, a bleeding disorder (for example, Von Willebrand’s disease).


Tell your veterinarian about: Any other medical problems or allergies that your dog has now or has had. All medicines that you are giving your dog or plan to give your dog, including those you can get without a prescription. If your dog is pregnant, nursing or if you plan to breed your dog. What are the possible side effects that may occur in my dog during Rimadyl therapy? Rimadyl, like other drugs, may cause some side effects. Serious but rare side effects have been reported in dogs taking NSAIDs, including Rimadyl. Serious side effects can occur with or without warning, and in rare situations result in death.


The most common NSAID-related side effects generally involve the stomach (such as bleeding ulcers), and liver or kidney problems. Look for the following side effects that can indicate your dog may be having a problem with Rimadyl or may have another medical problem: Decrease or increase in appetite, vomiting, change in bowel movements (such as diarrhea, or black, tarry or bloody stools), change in behavior (such as decreased or increased activity level, in-coordination, seizure or aggression), yellowing of gums, skin, or whites of the eyes (jaundice), change in drinking habits (frequency, amount consumed), change in urination habits (frequency, color, or smell), change in skin (redness, scabs, or scratching).

It is important to stop therapy and contact your veterinarian immediately if you think your dog has a medical problem or side effect from Rimadyl therapy. Your veterinarian may want to check that all of your dog's medicines can be given together.

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Sunday, April 6, 2008

Another Cruel Fact Of Puppy Mills.


Chance says "HELP STOP PUPPY MILLS." "DON'T BUY PET STORE PUPPIES."

Through my years of grooming, I have come across dogs that have had their vocal cords cut. Most of the time the reasoning I got when I would ask why the owner had this done, the response was the same...I live in an apartment or condominium, and the condition of having my dog, was to have the vocal cords snipped so there would be no barking to disturb the neighbors.


Now, I can say that the customers I had were all good people, and loved their dogs very, very much and had the procedure done by a vet. But, I still think it is cruel to take that function of a dog away. They use their bark for a variety of reasons....from saying hello to warning their pack.


But puppy mill dogs (the breeder dogs) have their vocal cords destroyed, and I use the term destroyed because a metal rod is jammed down their throats, most of the time breaking the jaw, to damage the cords. The reason is, the puppy mill owners don't want the noise. Also, some of these low-life's just jam scissors down the throat and cut them.


Puppy mill dogs get no vet care, and I mean NONE! Actually, the lucky ones, are the puppies, as they are only there until they are 8 wks. old and then they are shipped off to a pet store, or sold on the Internet. Remember, a puppy mill breeder dog spends all of its functional life standing on wire, as the urine and feces go through and the breeder doesn't have to clean anything. And, when I use the term "functional life", I am referring to its ability to breed. Once a dog is past its functional life, it is usually shot or drowned.


Please, please discourage anyone you know that is thinking of purchasing a puppy from a pet store or off the internet. No reputable breeder sells their puppies from a pet store, internet, flea market or swap meet.


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Saturday, April 5, 2008

Is This Really Justice?

In Jan. of '07, two 17 yr. old boys decided it would be fun to take 2 shotguns and a handgun and go gun down a herd of horses in a strip mine in Beaver, Ky. One of the mares had 50 bullet holes in her. Now, a year and 4 months later, they have been sentenced. They each got 6 mo. in jail, and with time served, will do 99 days.

Also, each boy's family has to pay $25,000.00 in restitution to the victims. Now, get this, one of the boy's father had the audacity to say he thinks the boys records should be expunged. His exact words were: "everybody is allowed one mistake in their life." How absurd.

Look for these two to be in the news again. This time for hurting a human being.

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Pet Store Double Speak - Part 2

source: www.hsus.org

They say: "Our puppies come with a health guarantee."Read "health guarantees" very carefully. They are often designed to protect the store's interests more than yours. They can be full of exclusions and loopholes, and often require you to return a sick puppy to the store in order to get a refund. Furthermore, the store management will often use the puppy's "health certificate" as "proof" that the animal was healthy when he or she left the store, leaving the buyer helpless if the puppy becomes sick just a few days after purchase.

They say: "Consumers know our puppies are from good breeders because they are registered and come with papers." "Purebred" registration papers (from one of many "kennel clubs" or other dog registries) are only a record of a puppy's parents (and sometimes earlier generations). Puppy mills routinely sell puppies with papers from prestigious sounding "kennel clubs." Registration papers do nothing to ensure that an individual puppy (or his or her parents) is healthy or free of genetic defects, or that they were raised in a humane and sanitary environment.

They say: "We know this is a good breeder. We've never had a problem with any of their puppies."Keep in mind that even facilities with mostly healthy puppies and problem-free inspection reports are keeping dozens or even hundreds of breeding dogs in cages for their entire lives. These parent dogs live behind bars from birth until death, without ever feeling grass under their feet, enjoying a treat or toy, or having loving human contact or proper veterinary care.

They are bred repeatedly until they can no longer reproduce, and then they are discarded.

The real tragedy of puppy mills is that keeping breeding dogs in such a way is perfectly legal. Only the public can stop the cruel cycle of puppy mills, by refusing to buy the puppies that keep these kinds of breeders in business.

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Pet Store Double Speak - Part 1.

source: www.hsus.org

Pet stores say: "Our puppies come from breeders, not puppy mills."Understand that the word "breeder" is not an exclusive term. Anyone who puts two dogs together and produces puppies is, technically, a breeder. So don't assume that a puppy from a "breeder" did not come from a puppy mill. A responsible breeder would not sell her puppies to a pet store; she would want to meet you in person.

They say: "All our puppies come from USDA-inspected facilities, so we know they are not from puppy mills."Being USDA-inspected does not mean that the business is not a puppy mill, any more than having a driver's license guarantees that the holder is a good driver. It is extremely rare for the USDA to revoke a commercial breeder's license or even fine a puppy mill that has repeated violations. There are hundreds of USDA-licensed puppy mills in operation that have long lists of violations and problems associated with them.

They say: "We know our breeders are not puppy mills because we only deal with breeders we know."If a pet store manager tells you this, ask to see documentation that shows exactly where their breeders are located. In most cases, you will find out that the breeders they "know" are in distant states. The store manager's definition of "knowing" a breeder often just means that he or she has been receiving shipments of puppies from the same place repeatedly. In most cases, the owner or manager has never visited the breeder's facility or inspected their records.

They say: "We don't sell puppies from local breeders because our state is not regulated, but (the state the puppies come from) is."Commercial breeders in all states who sell wholesale to pet stores are required to be regulated by the USDA. Some states, such as Missouri and Pennsylvania, also require a state kennel license and state inspections. But this does not mean that puppies from Missouri or Pennsylvania are healthier. In fact, these states have two of the worst concentrations of puppy mills in the United States, with some of the worst conditions. This is due in part to the very small number of qualified inspectors, infrequent inspections, and the fact that even facilities that are found to be substandard during the inspections process are rarely penalized.

They say: "Our store's puppies are healthy—they come with a health certificate from a licensed veterinarian."A health certificate only means that the puppy has had a very brief "wellness" examination by a veterinarian. This examination does not include testing the puppy or his or her parents for genetic disorders, or testing for diseases such as Giardia and Brucellosis, both of which are contagious to humans and are frequently seen in puppy mill puppies.

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What You Can Do To Help Stop Puppy Mills.

The HSUS (Humane Society Of The United States) has been investigating and fighting against puppy millsfor decades. With your help, they can advance there fight to stop puppy mills and the tragic consequences of pet overpopulation. Here's more that you can do right now:

1) If you are thinking of bringing a new dog into the family, or know someone who is, request a free copy of their puppy buyer's guide for information on how to find reputable breeders, shelters, and rescue groups. Click here:https://community.hsus.org/ct/Q7weqRd1LzTo/

2) Ask your federal legislators to crack down on puppy mills.Click here:https://community.hsus.org/campaign/puppymills_oprah/ingk58x4f7bti3in?

3) Get the word out about puppy mills: write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. Visit Stop Puppy Mills.org to educate yourself. Click here:https://community.hsus.org/ct/PpweqRd1LzTi/

4) Download one of their Stop Puppy Mills campaign badges or banners to your own MySpace or Facebook page, blog, or website.Click here:https://community.hsus.org/ct/Q1weqRd1LzTk/

5) Did you adopt your canine companion from a rescue group or shelter? Then order their Proud to Adopt care package. Click here:https://community.hsus.org/ct/P7weqRd1LzT8/

6) Download Puppy Mill Cruelty flyers and post them or give them out at your neighborhood dog park, to engage fellow dog owners and help spread the word. Click here:https://community.hsus.org/ct/QpweqRd1LzTl/

7) Help them place advertisements and billboards to spread the word about puppy mill cruelty. Click here:https://community.hsus.org/ct/QdweqRd1LzT9/

The puppy mill industry will thrive as long as consumers are kept in the dark about the "mass production" of purebred and designer dogs. With your help, they will shed light on the cruelty of puppy mills and put them out of business for good. They can'tdo it without your help!

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Friday, April 4, 2008

An Organization That Cares.

Help For Animals has started a great new program. It is a free spay and neuter service to people that are financially qualified. It seems a very kind hearted donor, gave them $5,000.00 to help get people with large dogs to come and get them spayed or neutered.

Even with the extremely low price of just $52.00, a lot of people can't afford it. So, they are now offering this new service. To qualify for the grant, dogs must be over 40 lbs. and the owners have to show financial need and fill out a questionnaire. You must call in advance at 304 736 8555. The Herald Dispatch ran this story, but have the phone number wrong. Call today if you have a large dog and want to get it spayed or neutered.

source: Herald Dispatch.

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Puppy Mill Expose'.

April 4Th, 2008, Oprah Winfrey is doing an expose' on Puppy Mills. It is on Chnl. 3 at 4PM.
Addition to this story......After watching the show today, and the most excellent way it was presented, I have more optimism that maybe, one day, these horrid places will all be eradicated. Remember, please, please, go to your local shelter first, or petfinder.com and find that new member of your family.

I have multiple stories on these horrid places. Go to www.hsus.org and click on the puppy mills.

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Thursday, April 3, 2008

Talk About A Frivolous Lawsuit.

This story takes the cake, as far as I am concerned. It seems that a group that wants to have all animal fighting legalized, has filed a Federal lawsuit in Columbus OH, to do just that. Last year, the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) was updated to make animal fighting a felony.


It includes transporting animals across state lines and advertising fights. Former Ohio attorney general Jim Petro represents the Humane Society of the United States.

source: Herald Dispatch

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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Puppy Boot Camp.

Parenting your puppy: Owning a puppy is great fun but there are also great responsibilities. I will look at the ways in which you can best care for your puppy and how you can be a responsible puppy owner. Like all worthwhile things in life, owning a puppy involves responsibilities as well as pleasures. The pleasures are obvious and the responsibilities need to be considered. Your responsibilities are not just to your puppy but also to other people and the environment.


Training: A well-trained and disciplined pup is an asset to his owner, so make sure he receives at least some basic obedience training. A puppy that is taught a few simple rules will become a well-adjusted and well-behaved family pet. Similar to children, you can teach puppies manners and the rules of the household. From the time you bring your new puppy home, teach him not to bite – even in play. Also, teach him that unnecessary barking is not allowed. Always make your puppy obeys the command “Sit” before being petted or fed.


The key to training your pup is to realize that he really does want to please you. Praise and reward your puppy for appropriate behaviour and use a stern “No” when you wish to correct his behavior. As your puppy grows you should seek assistance with more formal training. Contact your local obedience club for details about their training classes. Joining such a club is inexpensive and not only provides instruction on training your puppy to obey basic commands such as stay, down and come, but a training club also allows your puppy to socialize with other dogs. Training will make your puppy a more pleasurable companion and it may also one day save his life.

Grooming: Regular grooming is necessary to keep your puppy looking and feeling his best. Puppies that are naturally longhaired or densely coated require brushing more frequently than shorthaired puppies. Some breeds require regular professional clipping. Puppies should be accustomed to being brushed and combed from an early age. Your veterinarian can assist with cutting your puppy’s nails and cleaning his teeth, or can show you how to do it yourself.


It is your responsibility to make sure that your puppy is vaccinated, wormed, de-fleaed and given regular health checks. If you are not planning to breed your puppy it is advisable to have him/her spayed or neutered by the age of six months, as this can help him/her live longer and cut down on future health problems.

Neighborhood friendly puppy: Puppies that are allowed to bark excessively disturb the neighborhood, and neighbors will be unlikely to investigate a disturbance should anything agitate your pup. Constant barking can often be a sign of boredom. As a rule, puppies need regular physical and mental stimulation.


When walking your puppy, always keep him leashed and observe all local regulations. Comply with the canine registration regulations, and be sure that your pup wears his registration tag and identification at all times. He should never be allowed to wander or roam. The consequences can be severe, ranging from a fine from your local government to your puppy becoming lost or even injured or killed by a motor vehicle. As a responsible puppy owner you must ensure that your pup does not soil parks, gardens, beaches or streets. Give your puppy every opportunity to relieve himself in his own yard before being taken for a walk.


Accidents may happen from time to time and it is your responsibility to be prepared by carrying plastic bags or commercially available “pooper-scoopers” to clean up and dispose of the mess. Prevention: Unfortunately, puppies sometimes do get lost. You can help prevent this by making sure your puppy always wears a collar and an identification tag with your telephone number. Get your puppy microchipped as a further precaution against losing him. Your veterinarian can do this for you.


Confine your puppy during thunderstorms and firework displays. If he does get lost, check with your neighbors, your local veterinary clinics, shelters and other animal welfare organizations. Check with these organizations in the neighboring areas as well, as lost animals may travel some distance. If you are planning a holiday, you will need to consider how best to care for your puppy while you are absent from home. Your veterinarian may be able to recommend a reputable kennel. You should make arrangements well in advance if you intend to board your puppy during common holiday periods. His vaccinations will need to be up-to-date. If you are only absent for a few days you may be able to arrange for a neighbor or a home feeding service to visit and feed your puppy.


Never leave your puppy in the car, as cars can become very hot, even on moderately warm days, and he could die from heat exhaustion. By making sure that your puppy is well looked after, well-behaved and that you respect other people’s wishes, you are acting as a responsible puppy parent. This will not only benefit you and your puppy, but you are doing your bit for the reputation of other dog and puppy owners as well.

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The Ultimate Betrayal.

Being unwanted is bad enough, but to be euthanized and then just thrown into a shallow, mass grave, behind the pound where you were brought to hopefully, find a new and loving home, is the ultimate betrayal.

80 miles SE of Columbus, in a town called McConnelsville, OH, this happened. Animal rights activists brought it to light on Sunday, the 31st. of March. A mass grave with the unknown total of dead animals was uncovered. The dog warden, of 21 yrs., has 30 days to dispose of the animals properly. At least he is on unpaid leave. The EPA cited Morgan County, which is the county that the pound is located in.

This is another case of abuse at a shelter. I thought I had heard it all, but each day, something new hits me like a baseball bat.

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Vacation Time Tips For Traveling Or Boarding Your Pet.

Are we there yet??

With summer just around the corner, many people are making plans to take vacations. If you are traveling with your dog, here are a few tips to make yours and your pet's journey more pleasant. If you have crate trained your dog from a puppy, you can use their own crate for an extended trip. Any dog that has been crate trained will happily travel in it and feel very secure.


If your dog rides free in the car, make sure that they do not run from side to side or from front to back. This is extremely dangerous. If your dog must ride in the passenger seat, you might want to consider a seat belt. Any of your bigger pet stores carry a doggy seat belt. You can also order them off the Internet. Exercise your dog before starting out, and stop every 2 hours to let them get some fresh air and relieve themselves. Just like humans, they need a break, too.


Never, never leave your dog in the car on a hot day, even with the windows cracked. The internal temperature of a car can exceed 150 degrees in less than 1/2 hour. Remember, a dog cannot sweat. They pant to cool themselves down. Each year, thousands of dogs literally cook to death inside cars. If you cannot take your dog with you, then choosing a boarding kennel is very important.


Any kennel will ask you if your dog is current on their annual shots. They also require that your pet be vaccinated against kennel cough. This vaccine is not given in the annual shots unless requested. It is a liquid that is squirted up the nose. When choosing a kennel, ask if you may come and take a tour of the facility before making a reservation. Most kennels will gladly take you on a tour. Generally, the more expensive the kennel, the more amenities you get. The less expensive kennels usually provide safe accommodations and basic food.


The more expensive are usually called "canine hotels." When you take a tour, take notice of how the employees act. Are they genuinely happy to be there, or is it just a job? Most places will let you bring any toys or your pet's own bed and food. Remember, this is your pet, a member of your family. Take anything you think will make your dog's stay more enjoyable. I usually take an old piece of clothing that has my scent on it for my dog to have with him.


Also, there are pet sitters. These are people that come to your home and feed, water and exercise your pet while you are gone. If you go this route, make sure that they are bonded, and get references. Your vet should be able to put you in touch with a reputable sitting agency. And lastly, do not make a big deal when leaving your dog. All this does is upset the dog, and you. Do your cuddles and goodbyes at the house, and make the parting at the kennel short. Also, going online to check out hotels/motels that are dog friendly is very handy. Good traveling.

Here are a few websites to check for a pet friendly hotel/motel., campground, and B&B.
www.dogfriendly.com
www.dogfriendlyhotels.org
www.officialpethotels.com
www.petswelcome.com

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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

What To Ask When Looking For A New Groomer, Trainer Or Boarding Facility.


My mom bathes me and I love it!!

The reason I am writing this post is to let people know what questions to ask when shopping around for a new groomer for your pet, or a boarding facility for vacations where you can't take your pet and finally, a training facility to help your pet become not only a member of your "pack", but also a member of society's "pack." If you find yourself in the position of having to find another groomer, trainer or boarding facility, here are a few questions to ask.


GROOMING: 1. How long has the groomer been grooming? 2. Did they go to a grooming school? 3. Are they certified by National Dog Groomer's Assoc. of America or any other Assoc. and do you drug test? 4. May I stay while my dog gets its groom? 5. May I schedule a time to come and look at the area where my pet will be groomed, bathed and dried? 6. Do you use muzzles on certain breeds, even if not needed? 7. Do you use organic products when bathing?


TRAINING: 1. Is the trainer a certified master trainer? 2. Where did they get there training and certification? 3. Do you use pinch collars to train? 4. May I schedule a time to come and view the training area, and see some of your training dogs? 5. Do you have group classes and one-on-one training? 6. What about keeping the dog for a certain amt. of time for training?


BOARDING: 1. What are your rates and do you require up-to-date vaccinations including Bordatella? 2. Do you kennel dogs together that come in together? 3. Do you have indoor/outdoor runs? 4. How many times are the dogs let out to potty? 5. Do I need to bring my own food, bowls, and bedding? 6. May I schedule a time to come and view the boarding area and play/outside area? 7. Do you bathe the dog before pick up, or do I have to request that? 8. At anytime are strange dogs put together? 9. Do you give medications if brought. 10. Do your kennel personnel know animal CPR?


Remember, no question is stupid!

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