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I <3 Dogs Wk 3: A day in the life

There are several different types of days in Pawsibilities rescue and an average day for us is most likely completely different than the

Linda ready for the parade!

average day for another rescue as each rescue has its own procedures, processes, etc. With Pawsibilities there are Vet Run days, Dog Pull days, Transport days, Pet Fair days, (My Least Favorite-Day BEFORE pet fair day), etc. Then there is the “Thank Our Lucky Stars” day. The latter is the day when there is no major emergency, no driving for hours, I don’t have to work my regular job today, etc.

The day in the life of Pawsibilities Are Endless dog rescue on a “Thank Our Lucky Stars” average day from the point of view of Lora, Pawsibilities Are Endless president, treasurer, transporter, vet run coordinator, pet fair coordinator and foster mom.

Morning: When I wake up in the morning the first thing is feedings, of course. We let each dog out to use the restroom and then feed them. While they’re eating we start the process of cleaning the patio, which is usually a 45 min. to an hour job.  While I clean the patio, I also clean dog houses. Although I’ve only seen the dog houses used 2 times in the past year and a half, we keep them out there “just in case”, they still get dirt and leaves in them daily so they need to be cleaned. During all this I’m also checking twitter, facebook and all our email addresses to keep our animal’s profiles actively moving. Add in crossposting other dogs from all over the world who need help as well, keeping up with any needs from fosters, potential adopters, and extended family members (aka: adopters).  When the patio is finally clean it’s time to get all the dogs out to the back yard to play. I like to be out there with them to work on any issues I see. (barking at neighbors, digging, etc) This also gives me the chance to socialize the dogs and do basic training at the same time.

Afternoons are for naps. -Miley

Afternoons: Afternoons are spent rotating our foster dogs out for exercise and fresh air while again working on twitter, facebook, youtube, emails, phone calls, etc. At the same time I’m trying to get my personal duties accomplished (paying bills, cleaning, tutoring my son, etc). Every time a text, phone call or email comes in I’m hoping it’s not an emergency. Afternoons are also for research, paying rescue expenses, updating medical records, making videos, taking and cropping photos, etc. Glamorous… I know. But in reality if I ever wanted to go into pet photography I would be on the right path.

Evenings: Evenings are probably the most hectic. As soon as 4pm hits the family starts trickling in the front door. Now on top of juggling the never-ending dog rotation and trying to handle rescue related items, etc, it’s also family time.  From  4-10pm it’s really just a matter of juggling family and fosters (and making sure Flower doesn’t run off with another one of my shoes, which by the way, she just did, then walked back in to make sure I knew and left again : ) trying to make sure everyone’s needs are met while again working online. FYI: The insanity of these moments is actually what makes this kind of worth while because my fosters provide so much comic relief. 

Yes, I eat shoes. You love me
-Flower

After 10pm it’s usually “Potty and Playtime.” I like to make sure each foster dog is pretty well worn out and has used the restroom before I go to bed. This is for my own selfish reasons as well as their comfort. In most cases I kennel our foster dogs at night, if they are well exercised they are nice and quiet all night and sleep like babies like the rest of us. So, from 10pm until about 1am the foster dogs again take turns using the restroom and playing to their hearts content.

Please remember as you read this, I could tell you stories about the worst days, but you hear about those all the time so I chose to discuss the easiest day in rescue. The “Thank Our Lucky Stars Day” is my favorite day. Even though it’s extremely busy— and I never get everything done— this is a day when all of our dogs are healthy and we have time to help other rescues/shelters by crossposting their dogs. I get to spend time with my family, my dogs and my foster dogs. I don’t have to commute. This is a day I can actually take time to enjoy the volunteer work that I do. I don’t take these days for granted because I know tomorrow may bring a long drive, hours at the vet clinic or a major emergency. I also know we can’t save every dog so I just try to do the best I can for the dogs we do bring into our rescue.

Lora

President, Pawsibilities Are Endless

Pawsibilities Are Endless <3 C.A.R.E

Sarah

Colorado Animal Rescue Express, known as C.A.R.E. to some, is one of our favorite animal rescue transporting organizations. Why you ask? Because they’ve supported us in multiple ways since day 1. They love animals and desperately want to help in any that they can. Add in the fact that this group is more than willing to share their knowledge of the rescue community at large and transporting procedures. All-in-all, I don’t think Pawsibilities would be as strong as we are now without their support.

C.A.R.E. has also helped us save many of our furry friends. From the sweet, German Shepherd Sarah, who was afflicted with parvo and miraculously survived to the sweet pit bull Cocoa Puff suffering from a gastro issues during a hot summer. There’s many more, and all of them were in dire need of medical care. C.A.R.E. stepped up and has sponsored Pawsiblities more than once to make sure these bundles of joy (big and small) got their bills paid and were able to survive to find forever homes that would love them.

Cocoa Puff

I could keep blabbing on and on about what C.A.R.E. has done for Pawsibilities, but there’s more to this awesome organization’s story. They work hand in hand with over 110 rescue organizations across the country providing everything from vet expenses to covering spay & neuter costs, food costs, supplies, and more. One stop at their website and the numbers you’ll see are staggering. Since inception, in 2007, C.A.R.E. has transported/saved over 11,050 dogs and 788 cats. That means transport volunteers have logged over 631,500 miles transporting animals to safety.

C.A.R.E. is one of our favorite organizations, but there are a few others as well and I would be remiss if I didn’t at least mention them here also.

Furry Kids Refuge– A local group to the K.C. Missouri area. With a wide network of supportive fosters, transporters, and animal lovers Furry Kids is a huge help locally and an inspiration to rescues everywhere.  

Secondhand Hounds– Located in Minnesota, this group has found forever homes for over  8 of our dogs. They are a joy to work with.

As our Wk 1 continues don’t forgot to comment here or on any of our blog participants posts to enter our drawing for the book PRINCIPLE DESTINY by David A. Cleinman or a chance to win a $15 Starbucks gift card! Thank you for your support and your time!

I <3 Dogs Week 1: Your favorite animal organization or rescue

Today is Launch Day! The Pawsibilities Are Endless I ❤ Dogs Blog Tour is officially commencing. This is a brand new venture, and we hope that visitors enjoy the information we have to share.

This week it’s all about the rescue’s and animal organization’s we love! Pawsibilities favorite animal organizations and rescues post will be up Wednesday. Other participants will be discussing there favorites as well so be sure to stop by the other blogs by clicking the links below, the day’s they’ll post are listed as well.

Other Participating Blogs:

Going From Nobody to Somebody – Thurs. (2/23)

Confessions of an Animal Junkie– Tues. (2/21) & Guest Posts Thurs. (2/23)

Blog For Paws– Tues. 2/21 

Prizes up for grabs this week: A ebook copy of  PRINCIPLE DESTINY by David A. Cleinman, or a $15 gift card to the source of caffienated heaven Starbucks.  All you have to do is comment on any of our posts, or the participating blog’s posts this week (2/20-2/26). Winner will be announced next Monday (2/18).

David A. Cleinman was born in 1964 in upstate New York and grew up in the small village of Gilbertsville. Surrounded by the natural beauty of the rolling Butternut Valley hills and its rivers, forests, and streams, he began writing at age 13. A fan of classics, Tolkien-style fantasy, and literature of all kinds, his writing encompasses many genres and ideas. Characters are his favorite part of a story, both when reading and writing. His first novel, PRINCIPLE DESTINY, is a treatise on political and personal struggles where deadly consequences meet the heroine’s desires head on. You can learn more about David and his work by visiting his website at www.davidcleinman.com

So for your first shot at a chance of winning PRINCIPLE DESTINY or a $15 Starbucks card, tell us what animal rescue or organization has your attention? Feel free to share links because we love connecting with other groups!

Also we have the Animal Junkie Challenge! That’s right… the lovely Phoenix Sullivan with the Confessions of An Animal Junkie Blog is sponsoring Pawsibilities Are Endless. Phoenix has agreed to match each $1 donation (up to $50) towards our organization. To donate click the ‘Donate’ button at the top of the list. Be sure to mention the Animal Junkie Challenge so Phoenix knows how much dough will be going to our adorable dogs. Remember each donation contributes to vet visits, medicine, food, cleaning supplies, and toys. We give our dogs every penny and try to help as many as we can.

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.

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!

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