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Archive for the month “January, 2012”

Blogfest Update- Giveaways and more!

Pawsibilities ‘I ❤ Rescue Dogs’  Blog tour is still looking for participants. We’ve got 3 blogs on the sign up sheet and are looking for more. One of our participants has upped the ante! If you visit Lexcade’s blog ‘Going from Nobody to Somebody’, comment, and participate in the Blog Fest then you’ll be entered in a drawing for a $25 Amazon gift card. A really awesome offer.

Don’t know what our blog fest is all about? Click Here for more info. 

Remember you can participate in just one week if that’s all you have time for. This is a unique opportunity to share your love of dogs, and we’ll promote you’re blog here as well. 

Join in the fun, tell your story.

NDP- What about my dog?

The sirens go off. Weather radio is blaring the alert. You grab your kids, husband and family pet. It’s time to go to your safe spot. The basement, the center-most room of the house, the outside underground tornado shelter. Regardless of the location you’re looking for a safe space to reach until the storm ends. In some cases you’ve grabbed the essentials, things you’ll desperately need (water, flashlight, radio, blanket, purse). What about the dog?

That member of your family is gonna be thirsty, hungry. What happens if you get seperated? If you’re not home when the disaster strikes? This is when you need to have an NDP (Natural Disaster Plan) for your pet. Now, some would call this idea crazy; possibly a little overboard. But if your dog is as important to you as any other member in the family it doesn’t hurt to err on the side of caution.  That being said here are a few tips to make sure that your loving animal has every chance to stay with you or be reunited.

– Microchip, Microchip, Microchip! These little darlings are easily applied, and will allow your dog to be re-connected with you even if they run off or survive that disaster at home. Couple these with identifying tags on your dogs collar and you have just doubled the rate of success.

– Keep up-to-date medical records and a photo of your dog with you.

-Have information on dog friendly hotels/motels and boarding facilities/kennels in your area.

Other supplies to have ready:

-Portable carrier

-Extra leash and collar with an identification tag

-Pet food (at least a two-week supply of dry food in water-tight container or canned food; non-electric can opener needed)

-Water- at least a two-week supply of clean water– large dogs need one gallon per day.

-Up-to-date health records

-Medications – flea and tick and two-month supply of heartworm

-Toys and treats (kongs, ropes, and balls)

As mentioned above, these lists may be considered a little over dramatic, but it helps to be prepared. You can’t predict when disaster will strike. Even compiling half of the supplies will have you more prepared then most. If there’s something missing from the list or you have other items that you think are important to have during a disaster comment and let us know!

Linda the Clown

*Guest post by Landra, originally featured on Confessions of an Animal Junkie*

 Like some of the other stories on this blog, the best ones are about the animals that flourish after being saved from horrible circumstances. Linda the Clown is another example of why rescue work is rewarding.
 
 Linda is a 14-month-old Basenji Shepherd Mix. This sweet girl was in Pawsibilities’ local pound, and when the local ACO (animal control officer) resigned from his position our rescue stepped up and brought Linda into our fold. When Pawsibilities got her, Linda’s first experience with us was a trip to the vet.
Side note: One of the reasons her position at the pound was dire is because she was originally mistaken for a pit bull.
 
The town Pawsibilities is based in has laws that pit bulls and pit mixes are not allowed within city limits. This makes them extremely hard to adopt—and the first up on the list for euthanasia. Fortunately for us the vet was able to give her a positive identification as a Basenji Mix, which opened a lot more doors for her.
She had mange, and acted extremely terrified of everything—it didn’t matter if it was a person, a bug, a new blanket or treat. On top of the mange this baby was also suffering from an ear infection. Since that first day Linda has been with us for 5 months, and now she’s every bit of rambunctious puppy. In that time her personality has completely changed.
At first we thought she was the devil dog, and possibly psychotic.  She would tear into everything at her foster’s house. Threaten to chase cats with a gleam in her eye, and act completely hostile at Pet Fairs. Linda even took the time to tear up a doggie door at a local boarding facility that was holding her for us while her foster went on vacation. Unfortunately the facility owner has since banned Linda from the establishment, and in retrospect we realize that not everyone is good at boarding. At that point Linda had been a member of Pawsibilities for only a month, and likely thought she was being abandoned again. No one, animals or people, enjoys the idea of being cast aside.
 
A few more months behind us and Linda’s not afraid of anything. In fact, she’s shed her devil dog persona and replaced it with that of a clown. Her everyday antics and actions provide a ton of comic relief—from chasing paper towels to leaping over the couch. The couch trick is one of her favorites, and is a daily source of exercise. Her foster will fill a Kong toy with peanut butter and throw it back and forth over the couch. Linda will play chase for hours as long as the Kong keeps moving. 
The best part is when you talk to her; she’ll tilt her head to the side as if your sentences really bear some sort of important factor. In reality she could be just mesmerized or relieved at the sound of your voice.  She mimics Snoopy by sleeping on top of the dog house, and has a genuine love for gardening. Just don’t draw her attention to the carrots because she just raises her nose at them.
As time passes and this darling is avoided at Pet Fairs, we wonder if there will ever be a family for her. She’s only a year old and her behavioral issues are those any puppy experiences. Surprisingly she fits in well with the other dogs at her foster’s home, and some of them ignore her when she goes hyperactive ninja or decides to pole vault over people’s knees. 
At some point we hope that this precious bundle will get the chance to make others laugh and enjoy her cozy, snuggling ways. Until that point, we can only continue to help her grow, and keep her from chasing the cats. FYI: She typically stalks a cat in slow mo, and then runs away in the other direction.

Pawsibilities ‘I <3 Rescue Dogs’ Blog Tour

Pawsibilities ‘I ❤ Rescue Dogs’ Blog Tour

Our blog is hosting an 8-week blog tour all about rescue dogs and pets, and the owners who love them. The tour starts Monday, February 20th, 2012, and is a great chance to show your love for the animals that have touched your heart or changed your life. Now how do you get involved? Easy, you sign up! Below you’ll find info on how to sign your blog up to participate.

What does participating mean?

It means you’re committing to posting 1 blog post a week, based on that particular week’s theme. Anyone can be involved: rescue, author, chef, mom, or random blogger. You can choose the day you would like to make your theme post on your blog. Just let us know which day that is so we can help promote your involvement. With the post, if you’d like hold a giveaway for commenters you can. All we ask is that with each post you add a small blurb about our tour/rescue and a link back to our blog. There’s no other catch; we just want to hear your stories and information, and spread our stories and information as well.

What are the Themes?

Week 1 (2/20-2/26) – Favorite animal organization/rescue

Week 2 (2/27-3/4) – Favorite pet story (Tell us about your favorite pet! Doesn’t have to be a dog)

Week 3 (3/5-3/11) – Favorite animal-related book, movie, song, etc.

Week 4 (3/12-3/18) – What I know about dog rescues organizations?

Week 5 (3/19-3/25) – The gorgeous, the active, and the unique. Tell us your favorite dog breed.

Week 6 (3/26-4/1) – Favorite Dog/Pet Stores in your area.

Week 7 (4/2-4/8) – Favorite dog parks and dog-friendly attractions in your area.

Week 8 (4/9-4/15) – If I had a dream… What would you do for rescue dogs if you could?

What if I can’t blog, but still want to be involved?

-Write a guest post for any of the weekly themes and our awesome participant blog Confessions of an Animal Junkie will post it for you.

-Mention and promote our tour on your blog/tweet stream/ facebook wall over the course of the tour.

-Send us an item to give away on one of our themed posts; we will link back to your blog/website and promote information about you in return.

If interested:

-Send an email to landra.graf7@gmail.com  

-Include your info: link to blog, website, email, and any other information you’d like me to have.

-Tell me which weeks you would like to participate in (you’re not required to participate in all of them), and which day of the week you’re planning on posting.

-If you can’t participate by blogging, let me know how you would like to assist.

Black Dog Syndrome

It exists, and it’s real. It’s very scary. Confessions of an Animal Junkie blog owner Phoenix Sullivan posted a YouTube video on her blog right before Thanksgiving featuring pictures of some gorgeous dogs and giving stats on rescue work. That organization, Black Dog Rescue Project, is commited to help these cute and sweet animals that get overlooked to find their forever home. Their mission is to raise awareness about Black Dog Syndrome, and Pawsibilities feels the same way.

“Why?” you wonder.  Why does a certain coat color make these dogs near invisible to potential adopting families or prevent them from getting the same attention as a white, brindle, or tan dog? On Black Dog Rescue Project’s website they feature several different reasons as to why this syndrome is occurring, here are a couple:

Poor Pictures– Suprisingly the color black doesn’t show up as well on colors in photos. Meaning a black dog’s features are not as predominant in photographs, unless in a super light background. This photo difficulty means that black dogs are really used in advertising or commercials as much as other dogs; if at all. Plus photos posted on sites may not show the dog clearly and reduce the chance that potential owners will even see a face to love.

Superstition and Perception– Black dogs are symbolized in books, moveis, etc. as evil and aggressive. Ever seen a hell hound that wasn’t a black dog (partcularily doberman or pitty) bent on attack? Plus the old myths of black dogs, and continuous usage of the name ‘The Black Dog’ in conjunction with depressing or evil denotations. There’s even a passing rumor that a black dog crossing in front of a trucker means doom.

As far as personal experience Pawsbilities can agree with Black Dog Rescue Project’s statement of fact that black dogs are the last to get adopted. Next to dogs with special needs or severe behavioral issues, black dogs have less success in finding a forever home. Our rescue encountered the situation in 2011 when 2 black, lab puppies came to us. We tried for months, and puppies are usually what I call a ‘quick in/quick out’; we typically adopt puppies within 1 month or sometimes less. These sweet little guys were the acception and were transported to a black lab rescue that specializes in placing black labrodors with loving families.

So yes, Black Dog Syndrome does exist. Next time you’re planning to adopt take a look at these sweet ones first. Give them a chance and you can be sure there’s one that will warm your heart.

Hope for Hope

*Guest post by Landra, originally featured on Confessions of Animal Junkie*

I define hope as a feeling associated with longing for something more than what is already provided or present. When an adult female dachshund got delivered to the pound covered in feces, fleas, and filth, I and my fellow rescue directors believed it would take a miracle for us to save this poor soul – thus she was named Hope.
Hope’s original home was a cesspool. In fact the Animal Control Officer at the time commented that when he walked out of the home after picking up the dog he threw up, the first and only time he experienced such a reaction during a pickup call. Our rescue president, Lora, was called to the pound, as our rescue is the only one operating in the immediate area, and the ACO thought Hope was beyond saving. In a split-second decision, Lora decided to admit Hope to our rescue and get her to a vet.
 
She was absolutely covered in nastiness to the point that her coat was black. The pictures of her in the pound clearly do not demonstrate the severity of her condition, but it was BAD. No one was allowed to touch her with bare hands as Lora couldn’t make heads or tails of it, almost thinking it was the worst case of sarcoptic mange a dog could have. For those who are not aware, sarcoptic mange is an extremely contagious form of mange, and is even contagious to humans. In Homo sapiens, sarcoptic mange is referred to as scabies. 
 
The next day Lora transported Hope to the vet. Hope remained at the vet for a week. Within 24 hours, we were told by the vet that the black spots covering her coat were fleas. Our hope, pun intended, renewed at the idea she would survive. Lora received the pleasure of taking Hope home and the first night was incredibly rough. Lora found that Hope’s coat was increasingly unappealing in sight and smell. The vet encouraged her to refrain from bathing Hope, as she’d been given Advantix as a treatment against the fleas. Unfortunately the smell over took and bathing became necessary. Lora recounted to me that her bath reduced the water to black, all fleas combined with gunk. Hope’s skin was black and when Lora dried her off with a towel her skin just peeled away. Thankfully and unfortunately (from the learning angle) I don’t have any pictures. The bath didn’t damage the flea treatment luckily and Hope began to flourish within a few weeks. We couldn’t wait to get her to a pet fair and in front of potential loving adopters.
 
Then another bomb got dropped: Hope was 13 years old. She didn’t act that old, and there were many pictures and stories of her running and playing. The reason this was a bomb is because, let’s face it, who wants a dog that’s near the end of her life? Very few. Adoption events, flyers, and even personal pleas for someone to offer Hope a home went without success. Our group even tried to find another foster willing to care for a senior dog. At the same time, I and the other directors agonized over asking someone to take in a dog and basically turn their humble abode into a nursing home. I wouldn’t wish that heartache on anyone, and neither would anyone in our rescue. We all understood the hardships that would and could come from being a foster in this position. Heck, we’re experiencing it.
 
Senior rescues were another option, but our rescue coordinator quickly discovered that senior rescues are few and far between. In addition, she discovered other horrifying stats that quickly made me realize how lucky Hope truly was, since we didn’t know her age when we removed her from the pound. To quote the Senior Dogs Project website, “Senior dogs are at the top of the euthanasia list when they are taken into most shelters….a senior dog frequently requires a longer time to find a new home because most people who visit shelters are looking for puppies or young dogs.” 
 
The end to this story is sad and happy. Hope is still with us, and thriving. She lives with Lora, who gives her oodles of love and care. Due to her previous living circumstances/genetics/fleas/age, Hope now has severe skin allergies and requires daily medication. She’s also been prone to random epileptic seizures, though these are few and far between. Regardless of the challenges her age presents, we still hope that our angel will find a forever home and someone to love her as much as we do.
 
 
 
Update: Hope was adopted by a wonderful family in December of 2011. We’re extremely happy that Hope finally found a forever home, even though it was tough to part with such a sweetie!

Why I’m in rescue

Everyone’s got a reason why. A reason for becoming part of a rescue and assisting animals. Whether their story originates from younger experiences to something not so far in the past, the stories are singular and unique. To help readers get to know us better here are our stories.

Lora–  A few years ago my family helped city workers catch a dog that had been running Windsor for over a month. He’d been shot at, people were having their own dogs attack him and he was skin and bones. His owner told the city workers if he ever came back they’d shoot him. We contacted the rescue that was helping the pound at the time about fostering him and I’ve been in rescue ever since.

Monica– I am in rescue to help animals find forever homes. I grew up on a dirt road where people constantly were dumping animals. I can’t count how many strays we took in through the years! When I started working for a vets office after high school, people would bring dogs they wanted to get rid of all the time up there and we could not take them. It broke my heart to know there were so many animals out their that were just simply not wanted. My goal in volunteering in rescue is to advise those people that have to get rid of their animals how to do it the right way and to find great homes for those that have none. They deserve a happy, safe and loving home too!

Landra– When I was younger, I had a dog. How I loved my dog! He was a bassett hound named Grunter. The name came from the family friend who gave him to us. He was sweet, and as a puppy used to trip over his ears and crash into walls chasing me around the house. As I grew older I spent less time with him, moving on to the typical activities of a teenager. Eventually my father said that he was giving Grunter to someone else, we didn’t have the time or money for him any longer. I don’t really know what happened to my dog, supposedly he was taken to a farm with other bassetts that he could play with. Years later I found my passion to have another close pet was real, unfortunately I’m allergic to dogs or at least their dander. No loveable dog would grace my bed or cuddle with me on the couch, so I decided to help by assisting a rescue. I’m no superhero, but just the chance to give one dog a home and to know it’s a good place for them reminds me of my own dog. Now I don’t have to hope they’re in a good place, I know it.

So it begins…

Keeping up with the times is sometimes hard to do. The goal of anyone or group out there is to make their presence known through acquiring web space. While our humble rescue already as a website, we thought it made sense to embark on a blog to share our tales of woe, happiness, and the dogs that touch our hearts.

We hope you take the time to visit and celebrate (or commiserate) with us! Let’s just say, “The fun has just begun.”

What’s the overall goal– to share our story, but also to provide some of the knowledge we’ve amassed about dogs, rescue work, and the plethora of wonderful organizations/people we have gotten to know since launching our small town rescue over a year ago.

You can get a load more info on our about us page. Posts will start appearing regularly, and we love to hear comments or stories from others. If you love rescue dogs, like we do, I’m sure you’ll be entertained and at least a bit intrigued in the days and times of some small town rescue workers.

Welcome to our journey!

-Landra, Pawsbilities are Endless Director of Marketing/PR

 

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