When we got our dog

When we got our dog

It’s very easy to love a puppy.

They’re silly and fuzzy. They’re clumsy. You can’t watch a puppy trip and dash and skate and slip across an area without smiling.

They sleep and play, and eat with equal aplomb. And, needless to say, they have those round Buddha bellies you can rub whenever they wriggle around on the backs.

Puppies are easy to love.

And we reached spend the morning at Close Friends Animal Society playing with piles of them…

Puppy Preschool is the name in the building at BFAS where puppies play and live. They attend socialization classes with volunteers-that is what we around the media tour got to do to have an entire morning! -where they’re in contact with from a doorbell sound and mirrors to skateboards and walkers and incredibly just about anything they might encounter in a home. Those early efforts set them up for long-term success simply by making them more confident and safe, adjusted pups.

Our batch of puppies had exactly that morning arrived from quarantine. Not merely did we obtain to socialize (aka… play with…) them all morning, we have got to take them on the first ever leash walk. It was a brilliant fun, hilarious cluster. My puppy crapped out and sat, whining a bit, until I picked him up and carried him for his first walk ever. After socialization as well as the walk, they went back to their kennel and, well, zonked. See the bottom pic above… Glance at the little guy beneath the cot!

Puppies. You can’t not love them!

Of course, not all animals are as easy as puppies… not every have the start at life that these particular guys are getting. Those dogs (and cats) need to work a great deal harder to discover homes.

But, for all the work the animals have to invest, the BFAS staff matches their efforts.

Take Houdini, as an example.

A Hurricane Katrina rescue, Houdini earned his name by escaping every enclosure the rescue attempted to keep him in. He wound up at Close Friends and, well, he’s been there from the time. AnotherJenny and volunteer, and i also got to spend the afternoon with shy pups like Houdini. This sweet guy doesn’t care to become petted by people he doesn’t know and trust (can’t blame him for that one… I don’t like strangers touching me…) and to develop that trust, we got to hand-feed him his dinner. He hung by helping cover their us, ate, took some treats, and simply type of absorbed our presence. He’s a senior now, having spent almost his entire life sheltered. He needs a home for his golden years, a place to feel safe and relaxed, to nap in the sunshine, and also to gobble up food out of someone’s hand. He’s actually pretty medium-ish and short-haired., even though it says German Shepherd mix

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Annie Sue

We spent another hour with sweet, shy Annie Sue.

This girl… I left a bit of my heart in their dog crate (which was awesome, by the way. Shoutout to Joe at Best Dog Crates and Beds for the recommendation). The dog crate that we got was the perfect sized at about 30 inches. This fit our dog perfectly. It is always weird seeing dogs placed in dog crates that are way too big for the dog. How is a dog supposed to feel safe and secure in their dog crate if it’s too large? The whole point of a dog cage is to make it resemble a den in the wild. That’s a discussion for another day. We are happy that we opted for the heavy-duty version of the dog crate, because this little guy sure is a chewer. I can’t even begin to tell you how many shoes he has torn through!

When she came into the kitchen where Jenny and that i were washing their bowls, she flattened herself against the wall inside the corner. She would have if she could have disappeared into the wall. She didn’t desire to acknowledge us. Her caretaker arrived in and explained that he’s focusing on eye contact. He’s getting her to look him inside the eye, he then clicks and treats-a lick of a bacon-flavored Lickety Stik rel=”nofollow”. It took her a couple of minutes to warm-up to him, then she was into it! Looking him inside the eye and collecting her licks!

He gave us the treats, so we waited… and waited…waited… and waited… After a number of minutes, she sneaked furtive glances our way. We rewarded immediately! Although it wasn’t eye-to-eye contact exactly, it was an improvement over her efforts to squish herself into invisibility in the corner. Then we moved into her kennel. She went back to ignoring us. Jenny and I sat on the cot. She approached… click and treat! Within the next hour, we experienced two tubes of bacon-flavored Lickety Stiks and a few chicken jerky. All worthwhile when, toward the conclusion, she wagged her tail and licked our hands! When our time was up, Jenny asked the caretaker for just two more hours with her, “I’m sure she’ll lick our chins at that time! ”

I didn’t wish to leave her because I felt like we had come so far within a short hour!

Here’s one thing about Annie Sue: She’s good with dogs. Confident dog to model behavior for her-like an Emmett, not a Cooper-she’d learn so fast, if she had a strong! That and someone with plenty of patience. Here’s Annie Sue’s adoption info! Share away! This little girl would be soooo much happier in a quiet, peaceful home!

Annie and Houdini Sue, combined with the other shy dogs we worked with like Kay and Lego, aren’t at first glance as easy to love as puppies. They don’t “fly off the shelves,” as it were, like puppies do. However caretakers, each and every caretaker we met, love them thoroughly. They dedicate every second of each day to learning their individual personalities, to understand and acknowledge their quirks. They love them as individuals, regardless of whether they’re sweet roly-poly puppies or terrified survivors.

Those of us who volunteered in Dogtown inside the afternoon reached require a glace around Cat World at the end of your day. Cat World is a misnomer. It ought to be called Cat Heaven-on-Earth! There have been cat trees and bunk, perches and cots beds, climbing furniture and reclining pouncers, scratchers and furniture and-the epitome of cat heaven-a series of wooden beams running from your floor for the rafters where several boards made a sky-high obstacle course. They were having a blast, although it actually made me a bit nervous watching them sprint up and down and above and overunder and over at top speed!

Some were aloof. Some were friendly. Some were gigantic (of course, I measure against Newt who tops 8 pounds) and some were micro. They all had a great deal to accomplish! They weren’t lounging around like bored house cats; they were busy!

And we got to meet the special cats, the ones who have injuries, the ones who have incontinence issues because of a health problem or abuse, the ones who have neurologic disorders. While were were chatting, a cat dashed over the floor dripping pee the entire entire way. He went about his merry business, oblivious to the fact, but a caretaker swooped in behind him with a mop and a wry little smile: Who cares? He’s happy!

Those are the cats, obviously, who battle to find love. Well, to discover love in a home. They’re all wholeheartedly, loved and thoroughly, by their caretakers.

That’s the thing about Best Friends: There is no shortage of love. Not anywhere. Not for that incontinent cats who need to be manually expressed every day. Not for the little bunnies or the screeching birds I introduced one to the other day. Not for the lovable puppies or for the shy dogs who need so greatly.

All of them deserve love.

Plus they all obtain it at Best Friends.

Most of us left our time there with one story of compassion: Sure, they all belong in forever homes, and it would be best if they found their family sooner than later. But if they have to get somewhere else while awaiting that home, Best Friends is the greatest place in the world for virtually any animal.

I got bit

I got bit

Today was the first time in my life that I had been bitten by a dog. Never before in all of my years did I imagine that I would ever be bitten. I was simply going to pet a dog that I saw when I was walking my dog. I guess he didn’t want to be pet.

With that said, here’s reasons why dogs bite / attack so others won’t go through the same thing:

1. unfixed (not spayed, not neutered)

2. unsocialized and inexperienced (dogs kept chained up 24/7 and never portion of the loved ones)

3. abused (puppies dealt with cruelly, hurt personally, verbally and / or found in harmful ways*)

4. sick (a dog which is hurt or unwell)

5. mamas with young puppies (be aware of mamas protecting their babies)

6. roaming in packs (dogs roaming the streets without any human guardian)

7. kept on your own with children (Never ever depart a dog on your own having a kid, Never ever)

8. an unidentified canine (a dog that is not recognized to you). Become familiar with your dog slowly, through a fencing, perhaps or using the owner/guardian.

If the owner/guardian of a dog says that their dog is mean or vicious or whatever, BELIEVE THEM, LISTEN Up. They Understand their pet, so Be careful.

Remember to observe that in Not one of the over circumstances are breeds mentioned. Vicious, attack or bite another dog or a human being, because ANY dog can be mean. And stats show that the dogs that do bite and / or strike are dogs in all and any from the categories shown over.

This is why breed Specific Legislation does not work because bans and BSL target various breeds of dogs. In fact it is not since a dog is actually a particular breed of dog which a canine bites or assaults. This is due to of the warning sign factors above. There can also be genetic imbalances and chemistry in dogs that make them behave or reply in vicious methods (given birth to using a flaw).

*Puppies that are overbred, used in dog combating, used as lure dogs as well as other these kinds of situations can be used into the abused category).

Better to be secure than sorry. Assess every canine on an personal basis and know dog’s body words and the warning signs previously mentioned. These will allow you to become responsible, able and prepared to stop dog attacks and bites. Make sure you share and teach others.

Goodbye Allergies

Goodbye Allergies

My dog Cali has terrible allergies and she has already established them since she was actually a young puppy (I always joke that she is allergic around the world! ). Everything started with little red bumps on her cute little puppy belly. She has always eaten a top quality food so we have tried EVERYTHING to alleviate the itch. Each and every year the itching generally seems to become worse, and the “off months” where she doesn’t chew on herself has become shorter and shorter!

We have tried antihistimines, allergy shots, a raw diet, topical skin treatments, fish oils . . . take your pick, we’ve used it. Two summers ago I dealt with a very recommended Holistic vet. Cali ate a raw diet and took numerous supplements that it was hard to keep an eye on. It got to the point that she decided she just wouldn’t eat – she didn’t like having all of the pills tossed into her food, and she looked TERRIBLE! The vet stated that she was only “detoxing”. One night we came home and she is in a panic – her face was swollen and she was engrossed in red welts (we still have no idea what caused it) and that we needed to take her towards the emergency vet to get a steroid pills and shot. In regards to a week later she got a dreadful bladder infection (it always happens on the Sunday too . .so off and away to the emergency vet we went again! ). I spoke using the Holistic Vet the very next day and she explained Never to give her the antibiotic, she was still just “detoxing”. I had been angry – my dog was peeing blood (and in case you’ve ever had a bladder infection you understand how painful it is! ) I had been not about to make her suffer through it. Unfortunately, which had been the last time I spoke to the Holistic Vet.

I truly have confidence in holistic health. I want my dog to be as healthy as possible, but I decided that I couldn’t rely on all natural solutions when my dog was in crisis. I thought we would try again when she wasn’t in full blown allergy mode, but that never happened. A year ago, it seemed like her allergies lasted all year so when she got terribly uncomfortable I might take her in to obtain a shot of the slow release steroid. The shot gave us around three months of sanity and i also decided that since she was 11 years old, I would do the things i could to create her comfortable, even though steroids may have side cause and effects other conditions.

Six months ago we found another vet that has a theory that some dogs have problems producing natural steroid inside their body which is the reason their bodies overact to any allergen. (There exists a a lot longer, a lot more eloquent explanation with this, I just thought I would keep it simple with this post! ). We started giving her a really low dose steroid that is certainly biologically similar to the steroid she would naturally produce therefore far we have now gone the complete summer without ITCHING! I have to admit . . I have a little bit of guilt giving her a steroid. She takes 4 mg of methylprednosilone per day (she’s a 75 pound dog) and has had no typical side effects of steroid use (panting, drinking plenty of water, hunger). She looks great, is loaded with lots of energy and shows no warning signs of any problems. Anyone who has experienced to deal with allergies knows how frustrating it can be. My last vet basically explained that we had tried everything in his bag of tricks and that he didn’t really know what else to accomplish. : (

I can’t begin to let you know how nice it is actually to leave the house and never worry that if I get home, I’m going to get a bloody tail or paw to cope with. When Cali is itchy, she chews. Once she starts chewing, she can’t seem to stop and we end up in the vet. I adore the fact that she continues to be so relaxed and happy this summer. I suppose I feel guilty which i didn’t look for a “natural” technique of doing it.

Regardless of my guilty feelings, Cali is enjoying her summer rolling inside the grass, chewing on sticks, and swimming in the river! Don’t give up and don’t stop searching for a solution if you have a dog that suffers from allergies. . who knows what is wonderful for your puppy!

We started weaning Cali away from steroids because she was starting to have Cushings-like symptoms. She started having days where she would not eat and over the course of the next few months we discovered that she had cancer in her stomach, as we weaned her off the steroids. dog-graveWe lost Cali in May of 2013 at the age of 14 1/2.

We ALWAYS did what we thought was ideal for Cali and once we finally were required to make the very hard decision to terminate her suffering, I needed numerous questions. Did the steroids mask the signs and symptoms of her stomach cancer? Did they cause them? Overall, we feel as if we did everything we might to help keep her comfortable and give her a comfortable, happy life. I believe I would have done the same thing if I had to do it all over again.

Dog Water Skiing Competition

Dog Water Skiing Competition

So I went to a dog water skiing competition the other day. I have to say, I don’t know why I went. My wife wanted to go very badly for some reason.

I thought it was going to be a horrible time. Little did I know how much I was going to enjoy it.

We spent the whole day watching adorable dogs water ski. I couldn’t believe my eyes.

The winner was a 7 year old dog named Haley.

Here’s her video: