Thursday, January 28, 2010

Here's a reason to have a dog if you need one

Every day I find articles that show how having a dog or any type of pet is beneficial to the owner.  That said, I also find articles that show how loyal, loving, and unselfish our animal companions can be.  Just surfing the net will elicit numerous articles about pets who have "saved" their owners from harm; there are, however, just as many if not more articles that show how cruel and hateful people can be to our animals.  Below is a wonderful article from Britain that illustrates the loyalty and  love a dog has for whoever shows some care and respect to it.  This dog deserves to find a forever home and I hope he does so very soon.
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An epileptic dog rescues its carer after he collapsed

Bentley the epileptic rescue dog
The rescue centre will pay all vet fees relating to his epilepsy if he's rehomed
A dog that suffers from epilepsy has helped rescue his carer, after he collapsed in the snow.
Bentley the dog raced back to the rescue centre in Evesham where he is cared, for to get help.
Chris Slight, from Dogs Trust Evesham said: "The weather was atrocious that day and I dread to think what could have happened to Pete if Bentley hadn't raised the alarm."
The canine hero Bentley is still looking for a home.
Bentley led staff to where Pete was, and they helped him back to the centre, where he was wrapped him in dog blankets, to warm him up until the ambulance arrived.
Bentley the epileptic rescue dog
Two-year-old Bentley is still looking for a new home
After hospital tests Pete recovered and was welcomed back to work by Bentley.
Gentle giant
Pete describes the American bulldog as a "gentle giant" who gets on well with other dogs, and would be best suited to a family with older children.
The rescue centre will pay all vet fees relating to his epilepsy if he is rehomed.
Anyone interested in giving Bentley a home should ring the Dogs Trust Evesham on 01386 830613.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

OMG!!!! Who could be so seriously cruel and hateful?

Here is a blog post I found at Dandelion Arts that just stopped me cold.  I was dumbfounded and my heart was broken.  I absolutely cannot understand this behavior.  I am so grateful for the person who found and rescued this little boy.  He certainly has not experienced any kernel of kindness from humans in his life it seems.  Maybe, now, he can see that people don't have to be horrible and he can feel love.

This is just not acceptable behavior in a civilized nation.  This needs to be investigated and prosecuted.

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Helping poor little Prince Babe get to rescue...














I'll be helping this poor little urchin get to rescue next week. His name is PRINCE BABE, an approximately 5-year old Chihuahua that was found in a box near an apartment complex. Here is what the foster mom wrote about Babe:


As you can see he is quite pitiful. However, he looks tremendously better than when I got him on 1/4/10. When they first saw him at Whitfield Animal Hospital on 12/30/09, he weighed 4 lbs. He now is 5 lbs. and 11 ounces. He has also had several medicated baths which help with the peeling skin - a by-product of bad nutrition and a bacterial infection. He is taking antibiotics, prednisone, and soloxine. The first few days I had him, he just slept. I woke him up to eat after which he would go potty (he uses puppy pads.) I didn't think that was healthy so I took him to Dalton Animal Care where they put him on the medications and advised the medicated baths. They also clipped his nails, cleaned his ears, etc. It didn't take but a day on the meds before he actually became alive. He still doesn't play - don't think he knows how, but he does get up and roam around the house and eats like a horse. He also loves to be held and petted.




Such a sad little guy. I hope after our "transport train" gets him to his destination that he will be loved and cherished, instead of abandoned in a box suffering from disease and malnutrition. I don't understand this behavior.
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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

LAFD says saving dog was the right thing to do

 I am so proud of these firemen.  Saving a dog is a true act of kindness and shows that we still have an idea of what is right in the world.  I read this article, after watching the dog rescue on the news, and I was amazed that anyone would find fault with this rescue.  What if this had been a child?  Dogs are family to most people and deserve to be treated as such.  These men were acting in the best interest of the dog, the community and of each other.  They are to be honored and respected. 

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By SUE MANNING
The Associated Press
Monday, January 25, 2010; 4:56 PM


LOS ANGELES -- Saving a German shepherd stuck in the rising Los Angeles River was the right thing to do, the risks were slight, rescue crews were on standby, extra taxpayer money wasn't used and the alternatives were unacceptable, authorities said Monday.
The helicopter and swift water rescue crew members that saved the dog on Friday have been hailed as heroes, feted on television and radio and congratulated on the Web and in print. But they have also been vilified by a few in blogs, on social networks and story comment sections.
"You're not going to please everybody. There's always 10 percent, they either don't like animals or think we are wasting taxpayer money," Capt. Steve Ruda said.
The dog, nicknamed Vernon after the city where he was rescued, remained in quarantine at the Southeast Area Animal Control Authority shelter in Downey, just south of Los Angeles.
Joe St. Georges, 50, the 25-year firefighting veteran who hoisted Vernon to safety, lost a fingernail and fractured a thumb when the dog bit him during the rescue. St. Georges just needs time to heal and he will be back at work, Ruda said. "He's anxious to get back to work to be with his crew."
The dog, which appears to be about 4 years old and weighs about 65 pounds, was eating everything given to him, sleeping well and showing no signs of rabies, said Capt. Aaron Reyes, director of operations for the SAACA shelter.
If no owner shows up, "we do have a mile-long list of people who want him," Reyes said.
On several Internet sites with comments about the rescue, the only people who left their names were those who supported the effort. There were a couple of open critics, but their identities were not easy to decipher.
Friday's rescue was televised nationally by the major cable channels.
About an eighth of a mile downstream from the rescue site, the water was much deeper and the current much faster, Reyes said.
The dog would have drifted on down and died. Do you just wait at the mouth of the river and wait for the carcass? Any way you slice it, that is unacceptable. They would not have been able to live that down," Reyes said. "They made a decision and we support that decision."
Firefighters on the ground said a crew could get the dog and the helicopter pilot, who had been standing by just 45 seconds away from the river, reported he could clear high tension lines in the area, Ruda said.
Swift water teams were on standby because of weeklong storms that had dumped as much as 8 inches of rain on some parts of Los Angeles County, Ruda said. Although as many as 50 firefighters were at the river, no firefighters were called in on overtime to take part in the rescue.
"All life is important," Ruda said. To prove his point, he pointed out that firefighters carry oxygen masks for cats and dogs that become victims of fire.
In addition, he said, 900 people die every year across the country in water accidents and one-third of them are rescuers. If St. Georges and his crew had failed to get the dog, "civilians, do-gooders and good Samaritans" would have been in the river, Ruda said.
The dog is thoroughly enjoying all the attention, Reyes said. "He's a big lover" and caters to women at the shelter.
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On the Net:
LA Fire Department:http://www.lafd.org
Shelter:http://www.seaaca.org

Here's the link to the original article
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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Dogs make great heroes, don't you think?

Anna Zizi (69) lay trapped under the ruins of the catholic cathedral ‘Notre Dame de L’Assomption’ in Port-au-Prince for 167 hours – without food or water. No one heard her cries for help.
She was finally detected by rescue workers with the help of a search tool.
But the hero of the hour was a German dog from North Rhine-Westphalia called Pablo.
The four-year-old Portuguese waterdog, the same breed as the Obama’s dog, had just finished his schooling in Germany before being sent on his first mission to Haiti.
After arriving in Haiti on Saturday with a team of 14 people from the ‘German Earthquake Rescuers’ he was immediately ordered to come to the cathedral.
His dog handler Anja Fiedler (42) said: “Pablo barked straight on the spot where we then found the woman.”
A Mexican rescue team dug for five hours in order to free the woman. As she was carried to an ambulance, she said: „I’m OK. My leg hurts.“ Her doctors discovered that she had a broken leg, was nearly totally dehydrated and had damaged her hip.
The German rescue team are proud of their “wonder dog Pablo”. Anja Friedler said: “Pablo never tires. It’s great to work with him. As a treat he got a dog biscuit.”
But how many miracles will there be in Haiti? Nine days after the earthquake first hit, rescue workers are still working hard against the clock to find survivors.
Their persistence was rewarded earlier after two children were reunited with their mother after being found alive under the rubble.
Kiki (8) and his sister Sabrina (10) managed to survive without food and water for over a week. The boy winked and smiled as he was freed by jubilant rescue workers and was greeted by his ecstatic mother.
So far 120 people have been rescued alive from under the rubble in Haiti, reported the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
Around 75,000 people are estimated to have died, 250,000 more wounded. Around 1.5 million people have been left homeless.
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Please visit the original link here and click on the same picture of the dog.  You will see 60 photos of the devastation and ruin that is now Haiti.  These are disturbing pictures, but they are a true depiction of what these people are going through right now.  I think it is necessary for us to see this tragedy and feel something, even if it is only a minimal fraction of what these people are feeling. 
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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Let's not forget the animals in Haiti, too!

I was watching the evening news about Haiti and about how slow help has been for this disaster struck country.
Immediately, in my mind, I envisioned all the dogs and cats in Louisiana that were left and stranded by the Hurricane.  No one is talking about what is happening to the animals of Haiti.  Are they being eaten?  Where are they? 

I received another email from the same veterinarian about this exact subject and I am including it here:
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This is an article from the ASPCA's site-
Many have you have written and asked about
helping animals in Haiti.

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Helping Animals in Haiti
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With hearts and minds focused squarely on the devastating
earthquake that occurred in Haiti on January 12, the ASPCA
extends its full support to those organizations providing
humanitarian relief in the ravaged island nation. Soon, the
animal victims of this disaster will need help, too--that's
why the ASPCA has joined the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti
(ARCH).

ARCH was created to address the needs of animals in Haiti in
this time of crisis. The coalition is headed by the International
Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the World Society for the
Protection of Animals (WSPA), and in addition to the ASPCA,
consists of a number of animal welfare groups including American
Humane, Best Friends, the Humane Society of the United States
and Humane Society International.

The ASPCA has joined ARCH with the belief that partnering across
organizations is the most effective way to address the serious
and enormous problems facing animals in Haiti. There are an
estimated 5 million head of livestock in the country (mostly goats),
 a large stray dog population, and an untold number of companion
animals and native wildlife all adversely affected by the earthquake.

Currently, a team of experts in animal emergency response is staging
 in the Dominican Republic waiting to get into Haiti to begin work.
IFAW and WSPA have also begun to stock a mobile clinic with
vaccines, antibiotics, bandages, food and other supplies in
anticipation of bringing direct aid to animals.

The ASPCA has committed to providing logistical support to the
disaster responders from the U.S. In addition, the ASPCA stands
ready to deploy highly skilled and specially trained members of
our own Field Investigations and Response Team to the area.

As part of ARCH, the ASPCA urges you to donate directly towards
the animal welfare Haitian relief efforts by visiting IFAW or
WSPA. If you would like to contribute to these efforts, please
donate here:


https://www.wspa-usa.org/pages/3095_haiti_disaster_appeal_1_10_general.cfm

or here:

https://www.ifaw.org/ifaw_international/donate_now/haiti_earthquake.php#x




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I know that helping animals takes a back seat to helping children and people, but let us just no forget to give aid for animals.  They, too, have been devastated by this tragedy and deserve our help.

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Monday, January 18, 2010

Life with Satchmo is always interesting!

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 15:  A Chihuahua wa...Image by Getty Images via Daylife
Yesterday, I went outside to take the little man to do his "business" and we were immediately attached by a chihuahua running loose in the parking lot of the apartment complex.  Why am I writing about this you ask?
Well, I would not be except this is becoming a real issue for me.  It's like we have become the dog magnet in this area.  Three times before this, we have gone outside only to be attached by a stray dog.  Two were chihuahas and one was a pit bull puppy.  I do try to capture and return these dogs whenever they have collars and tags, but that is not always the case.  One of the chihuahuas simply came in the house with my dogs before I could stop it.  This little boy was so cute and I found him a good home because he had no tag or collar and was starving. The pit puppy was so fearful that she ran away from me every time I tried to touch her collar.  I called the apartment maintenence crew and they found her and took her back home.  The other chihuahua simply would not let me near him and to this day is still running loose. 

This happens all the time so I wonder if there is a sign on my door that only dogs can see that alerts them to a friendly place. 

I really hate people that just let their dogs run.  I believe that owning a pet is a responsibility that you take on and it is non-refundable.

Oh, and about the chihuahua yesterday--he came home and came into the house.  I was able then to take him back to his home.  His mom and dad were so happy to see him and thanked me profusely.  That's what I like to see.  So, all is again right with the world at my house.
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Friday, January 15, 2010

Search and Rescue Dogs from Around the World Go to Haiti

I received this article in my email from a veterinarian and I feel it is important to post it here also.  I am not even beginning to compare my little man with the "official" search and rescue dogs out there.  Sometimes my Satch has trouble finding his toys, so I don't think he would be of any help in Haiti.  However, there are real search and rescue dogs and I think it is wonderful that so many from all around the world are heeding the call for help.  Historiscally, rat terriers were used for "going underground" in the hunt, but I'm not sure that my Satchmo knows that.
 
At the end of the article is a plea for help and if you can donate anything, please do.  Our friends and family around the world are doing all they can to help the population of Haiti and we can help too.  Anything at will be helpful.  Not all of us have "sniffer" dogs, but we all have money for coffee or cokes that we could send along to the rescue organizations.
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By Jennifer Viegas

Professionally trained "sniffer" search dogs from around the
world have been recruited this week to aid rescue operations
in earthquake-ravaged Haiti. The effort appears to be unprecedented
in scale, matching the devastation already documented in the
Caribbean country.

French teams with "sniffer dogs" were seen boarding vans yesterday,
 headed to the airport on their way to Haiti. The dogs are trained
to serve, so many excitedly jumped forward on their leashes in
apparent anticipation.

China dispatched a chartered plane containing multiple sniffer
dogs and 10 tons of tents, food and medical equipment. A somber
ceremony was held at the Beijing airport before the teams left,
with handlers and their dogs lined up, equipment at the ready.
The team from China arrived in Haiti today and is presently at
work there.

An Itar Tass bulletin reports that a team from the Russian Ministry
for Emergency Situations (EMERCOM) left Moscow  today, also bound
for Haiti. The IL-76 plane contained 22 rescuers in total. Among
the team were eight doctors, two psychologists and six canine
specialists with search and rescue dogs. Another news report
mentioned that the dogs--3 Labradors, 2 golden retrievers and a
German shepherd--helped to ease the tension of those on board the
plane, which had a stop off in Iceland. The dogs are traveling
freely, without cages, but onlookers are discouraged from having
contact with the on-duty dogs. An EMERCOM spokesperson said, "The
dogs are to work heavily in stress conditions and their state
cannot be put in the slightest jeopardy."

Peruvian firefighters Gustavo Villavisencio, with sniffer dog
Duncan, and Vanessa Diaz, with her trained dog Rory, were seen
preparing to depart for Haiti yesterday.

The Mexican Navy has also brought in a team with rescue dogs, as
well as food, equipment and other supplies for the earthquake
victims.

A large team from Taiwan filed into a local airport, once again
bound for Haiti. At least one rescue dog was seen accompanying
their contingent.

Britain's international development minister, Douglas Alexander,
reports that a 64-member team, including sniffer dogs, has left for
Haiti from London's Gatwick Airport, according to  The Straits Times.

Dozens of other countries, including Spain, Iceland, Canada,
Germany, Venezuela and more, have pledged to send rescue teams,
doctors, cash and supplies. Most are already on the scene at the
Caribbean island.

The U.S. was among the first to help, with President Barack Obama
saying that Americans continue to "stand ready to assist the people
of Haiti." According to Rajiv Shah, and reported by Business Week,
the United States has sent two 72-member search and rescue teams
with dogs to help dig out survivors. Shah was designated by Obama
to coordinate the U.S. relief effort.

American organizations that train search and rescue dogs have
issued calls to action. For example, the National Disaster Search
Dog Foundation posted a deployment at 10 PM last night. Six dog-
and-handler teams have been sent to Haiti. (If you visit the NDSDF
website using the aforementioned link, you can watch a video
showing the early stages of the deployment.)

NDSDF executive director Debra Tosch said, "Our hearts go out to
our neighbors in Haiti, and we're honored to be able to help find
survivors of this terrible tragedy as part of CA-TF2 (the code name
for the task force). This is the day that our teams have trained
for; when the unthinkable happens, SDF Teams stand ready to
respond, bringing hope and comfort to victims and their loved ones."

Images and additional videos showing the NDSDF dogs at work on
other missions are at the foundation's YouTube page.

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Haiti Earthquake: How You Can Help The Victims:
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* The American Red Cross is accepting donations by phone. You can
text "HAITI" to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross's efforts, or
call 1-800-Redcross or 1-800-257-7575. Visit their Web site to
find out more.

* Interaction, the largest coalition of U.S.-based NGOs focused
on the world's poor, has set up a Haiti relief donation page,
listing several participating organizations where you can donate.

* UNICEF is also accepting donations for the relief efforts in
Haiti and the Caribbean region. Visit their Web site or call
1-800-4UNICEF to donate.
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Wednesday, January 13, 2010


These dogs were rescued from a puppy mill in Young County just outside of Graham along with several others Friday afternoon by the Humane Society of Young County. 72 dogs were relinquished to HSYC. (Photo courtesy of the Humane Society of Young County)

72 dogs relinquished from puppy mill
by By Cherry Rushin
 (Posted Tue 03:36 pm)
newsdesk@grahamleader.com

A puppy mill just outside of Graham with an estimated 20 or more years of churning out dogs has been shut down for good.
“That’s part of the conditions. They’re under agreement with the Humane Society and Young County Sheriff’s Office, they’re subject to random unannounced visits to make sure they aren’t engaging in any activity like that again,” Chief Deputy Carl Magee said.
Magee and Kim Baxter, executive director of the Humane Society of Young County, confiscated 72 dogs Friday afternoon after receiving a call concerning the welfare of the animals.
“The animals seemed to be in poor health and crowded conditions. We found some matted, and kennels weren’t as clean as they should be ... The water dishes in the kennels were all frozen,” said Magee.
Baxter said the owners had numerous violations and in light of that decided it would be best to surrender the animals to the Humane Society. She added that not all of their animals were surrendered. The family kept eight house dogs but with stipulations.
“They have to come into compliance with all state laws regarding rabies vaccinations, and they have to coordinate through the Humane Society to get the remaining animals spayed and neutered,” said Magee.
Baxter said this is not the first time she was asked to investigate these breeders.
“We’ve had previous dealings with (them). We had another complaint on them and went out. They’ve been doing this probably 20 plus years to the best of my knowledge,” she said.
All of the animals were examined by Dr. Nick Burnham on Saturday. Baxter said several will need surgeries and further medical care.
“They lived in feces and a rodent infested environment,” Baxter said. “A rat jumped out at us when we were taking them. The smell of urine in the whelping trailer was overwhelming. There was no heat, only one space heater and three or four heat lamps in the whelping trailer, but as cold as it was, it was not enough.”
Baxter said several groomers volunteered to help with the rescued dogs and all of the animals that could be groomed were completed Saturday.
“The more we groomed, the more pregnant ones we found. There are probably eight to 10 pregnant dogs. They did nothing but produce babies ... they’re breeding for money with little concern for the animals. They breed them back to back and never give them a break,” she said.
Baxter said the response to the rescue has been overwhelming thanks to the story airing on Wichita Falls television, but the shelter can still use help caring for the animals.
“Right now, we really need monetary donations. We’ve got vet bills, and we’re going to continue to have expenses we’re going to have to pay out-of-pocket,” she said.
The shelter was closed Monday and Tuesday to process the animals. All are getting vaccinated, wormed and any other vet care they may need. Baxter said she hopes to start adopting them out this week.
“I think they’ll all be adoptable. There are some that weren’t very social because they hadn’t been touched much, but with love and patience, they’re coming around,” she said.
For those interested in adopting a dog, the adoption application is available on the HSYC Web site at www.humanesociety-yc.org. The breeds include Chihuahua, Yorkshire terriers, rat terriers, shih tzus, Lhasa apsos, Pomeranians and more.
Baxter said the shelter could also use bleach, paper towels, dog food, puppy pads, Fabulosa, laundry detergent and volunteers for bathing, brushing and loving the animals.
She said other shelters have offered to help. Representatives from the Wichita Falls shelter came Saturday and brought towels, blankets and food and offered to take some of the animals, but for now they are going to remain at HSYC.
Although the animals are now safe and will possibly find new homes, the breeders may not have heard the end of it.
“Kim and I are still working on the case and investigating, and once we finish our investigation, we’ll sit down with (County Attorney) Dane (Miller) and determine if we need to file any criminal charges,” said Magee.
 
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This kind of thing just plain makes me mad.  How on earth can a person live with himself?  I am so glad that someone finally stepped up and took control to give those dogs a better life.  How could they leave 8 of them in the care of these people?  As long as people will buy from these types of breeders, this "business activity" will continue.  When will we learn?  These are living, breathing, feeling beings and deserve to be treated with respect.  I know everyone is not an animal person, but surely people realize that we were given the job of caring for the animals of the earth and this is not how to do it.
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Monday, January 11, 2010

Dog back after a year MIA in Afghanistan

This is such a wonderful and uplifting story, so you know I just had to share it with you all.  I think about all the animals that are regularly displaced because of the weather, because of war, because of the actions of people.  I recognize that I cannot save every animal that is lost, but I do relish the pleasure of a story about a found lost dog.

I know that if my little man were to be lost, I would also be lost.  I would have to move mountains and earth until I had found him, so the story below really moves me.

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By Kathryn Tancos, CNN
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Sabi was bomb sniffer for Australian special forces
  • American soldier finds K-9, returns her to Aussies
  • Dog disappeared during 2008 firefight in which handler was wounded
  • 4-year-old Lab must be quarantined before returning to Australia
(CNN) -- An Australian special forces dog has been found alive and well more than a year after going missing in action in Afghanistan.
Explosives detection dog Sabi was recovered by a U.S. soldier who found her wandering near an isolated patrol base in the desolate southern province of Oruzgan last week, according to the Australian Government Department of Defense.
John, the U.S. soldier, who was identified only by first name, knew his Australian counterparts were missing an explosive detection dog. He knew immediately that Sabi was not a stray.
"I took the dog and gave it some commands it understood," he said.
When she disappeared, the black Labrador was nearing the end of her second tour of duty in Afghanistan. She went missing in September 2008 when insurgents ambushed a combined Australian, U.S. and Afghan army convoy. Nine Australian soldiers, including Sabi's handler, were wounded during the gunbattle.
Trooper Mark Donaldson, currently in the United Kingdom after meeting Queen Elizabeth, said Sabi's return closed a chapter of their shared history.
"She's the last piece of the puzzle," Donaldson said. "Having Sabi back gives some closure for the handler and the rest of us that served with her in 2008. It's a fantastic morale booster for the guys."
The 4-year-old canine was flown to the Australian base of Tarin Kowt to be reunited with one of her trainers.
"I nudged a tennis ball to her with my foot and she took it straight away. It's a game we used to play over and over again during her training," said the trainer, whose name was withheld for security reasons. "It's amazing, just incredible, to have her back."
Sabi will now undergo quarantine before a decision is made about when she can return to Australia. A veterinary assessment into possible exposure to diseases is under way. If the tests prove negative, Sabi will be cleared to return home.
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Friday, January 8, 2010

Jessica is saved!

I just read my email and found that Jessica, the cute little rattie I featured on the last posting, has been adopted and now has a new forever home.  I hope she is loved and treated like family at her new home.  I can't imagine what it must be like to live most of your life in a cage, so I hope she has a big yard to play in.

It's not often that you get such quick Good News in the area of rescues.  Just goes to show you what a cutie she is and what good taste the new family has.  Rat terriers are the best pets you can ever have. 

Good Luck, Jessica.  Enjoy your new home.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Help me save Jessica.

This is a plea to save a little rattie out in California.  She is in dire need of a foster or forever home before her elderly owner succumbs to pancreatic cancer and she ends up at the pound.  If you, or anyone you know can help this lovely little one, please, please contact Patti whose email is listed at the end of this post.

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This little dog is looking for a home quickly or will be brought to the pound.  She is a rat terrier and weights about 12 to 15 lbs at most.  She is a bit shy at first, but warms up quickly.  She was potty trained, but now will use newspapers and would probably catch on quickly again to go outside and do her business.  She is learning to walk on a leash because she always had the backyard to use.  She is also great with other dogs, but not sure on cats.  Her neighbors are trying to help rehome the dog and they can't keep her so they are just trying to help her. If you aren't interested in her please forward it onto your friends and e-mail list   The owner was 83 yrs old yesterday and has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and given about a month to live.  Jessica (the dog) was kept mostly in a kenneled cage we think because the women was just a little too old to handle a young pup.  She loves to run the yard and play.  She is a spayed 2 ½ yr old dog.   If interested in taking her please contact Patti 818-717-8575 or patti@pattirussell.com
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Monday, January 4, 2010

Satchmo's latest vet visit

Took the little man to the vet this morning.  He was the perfect gentleman and did not evacuate his bladder or bowel in the building.  We saw a different vet, so he was just a bit nervous. 

Anyway, with some difficulty, the vet got a good look inside his mouth after I explained about his habit of rubbing the right side of his face on the carpet or pawing frantically at it.  According to the vet, his mouth is healing quite well, but there is still some inflamation and drainage.  We are to stay on the antibiotic and he got another round of pain medications. 

The biggest issue was getting the stitches removed from his leg.  Satch howled like we were killing him when the vet tried to use the suture removal tool.  With quite a struggle, we did finally get all four stitches out and it looks really good. 

So, I think the little man is on the mend.  I can't tell you how happy that makes me.  He is my delight.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Satchmo is off his food!

I'm now becoming worried about my little man.  He has turned his nose up at his food now for the second day in a row.  He will eat cheese if I hand feed him, but nothing else.  His bodily functions are all normal so I wonder if his mouth is hurting him.  He has begun to really paw at his muzzle again and loves for you to scratch the sides of his mouth.  I wonder if dogs can get dry sockets like people can?  If so, I am worried that he has developed this painful situation.  Today the vet will be closed and tomorrow I have to work so I will have to make do until I can get him in on Monday.  Anyway, I had saved two of his pain pills so I gave him one this morning.  Hope it helps.
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Friday, January 1, 2010

Dog Falls for Cat

Here's another cute video about a rattie and a cat!  Watch it and see what happens. 
This little rattie is really so cute!  These dogs are truly intelligent and loving. 
Enjoy the video...