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Sleepy Sunday

Does your pet like the heat of a fireplace? Check out my boy Riff Raff lol, he has the biggest dog bed but would rather sleep in front of the heater!

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Morning Playtime

#family #love #gratitude #happiness #Adoptdontshop #coffeegiggles #terrierlove #puppylove #seniorlove

Some morning smiles for your Monday morning.

Riff Raff our 23 week old Jrt and Lucy our 12 year old Jrt/Rat terrier, both of them rescues, are going to present their morning play time.

PS: Riffy is the one all vocal lol

Don’t mind the mess 😉

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Losing Blaze

July 3, 2018, a day, my beloved Jack Russell Terrier Blaze who had been coping with Canine Cognative Dementia, suddenly started having very bad seizures at 11:30pm. I stayed up with him all night, realizing he was slipping from reality, to a fur baby I was scared was going to either hurt himself or have an aneurysm and die in my arms.

Suddenly my beloved 12 year old, was in pain and I couldn’t make him feel better.

I am a loving owner who believes in never having an animal suffer, no matter how heartbreaking.

I realized on the morning of July 4, 2018, Blaze physically and mentally was no longer the boy he had been.  He had so many seizures through the night, I knew by the look in my  baby’s eyes he wanted me to let him go and I honored him. Before, we left our home, I asked him if he wanted to see Lucy our other JRT and his fur sister, without hesitation, she and he looked at one another and I really believe they knew.

Later that morning, my beloved Blaze, travelled home to where he was never to be in any pain ever again. My heart broken, memories of our time together, how he saved me from a dark space in my life.

The following weeks were met with grieving. Pets grieve no different than we do.  After a few months had gone by we adopted a wire haired terrier from a rescue where I also rescued Lucy!!

Once I figure out how to upload photos I will!!

 

 

 

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R.I.P. Sweet Tika

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We mourn the sudden loss of our 13 year old dog, Tika.  It appears to have happened quickly. We had gone in for our appointment regarding what we thought was the onset of seizures. Her heart had expanded and was pressing against her spine. There was some edema as well. We had no clue that this was what we were dealing with. Unfortunately her age and being a small breed makes this common. She could have simply passed due to virtually anything, she was fine in the car when we put her in so she had a quiet space. On our drive home, she wanted to go from the front to the back and lay down, had we known that she was dying then, we wouldn’t have left the vet. I am however, grateful, that I kept checking in on her and when I knew something was terribly wrong, I held her in my arms with my love and comfort.

Be free sweet girl, the Bridge is there for you as are your love ones. We will miss you dearly.

Tika wants a tummy scritch 2014 March

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Picking up Saved Dogs Today :)

Today is one of my favorite things to do; I go and pick up saved dogs from high kill shelters and transport them to the organization who has screened homes waiting for them!

As much as it can be frustrating, as it is today, due to mechanical issues with the van and weather (fog) this morning, all of which push back the arrival time, I know I will always feel the same feeling of happiness when I see them.

Rescue organizations are always looking for people who are wanting to foster animals to a suitable home can be found; if that is you, give a call to your one closest to you!

So, yes, as much as I want to watch the Super Bowl with my husband, we are going to record it and watch it together.

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Winter and Rock Salt

GreenWelcomeWe have been remiss in not keeping our animal blog up to date. As expected we know we have lost blog readers; but that’s ok, we will work on earning them back. To start, here is our post on the dangers of Rock Salt and our pets.

Each year many thousands of cats and dogs die or are made severely ill from the toxic effects of rock salt.

Local municipalities frequently use rock salt after heavy snow with sand or grit to improve traction. Householders may use it to help melt ice and snow on paths and make it easier to spade or sweep away.

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Rock salt is very poisonous to cats and dogs. Unfortunately, they can easily ingest it when they lick their fur after being outdoors. The result can be fatal. According to the RSPCA:

It is difficult to say how much needs to be eaten for signs of toxicity to be seen. Even a small amount of pure salt can be very dangerous to pets. Ingestion can result in a high blood sodium concentration which can cause thirst, vomiting and lethargy, and in severe cases there is a risk of convulsions and kidney damage.

Most cases involve animals that have walked through gritted snow and then lick or chew it off their paws as they can find it irritating. It is therefore important to thoroughly wipe your pet’s feet and the fur on his/her legs and tummy after a walk or time outside. If he/she is showing any signs of discomfort after possible exposure to rock salt, use a mild, pet-safe shampoo and warm water to wash the affected areas, and dry your pet’s fur completely with a towel after washing.

Any animal suspected of ingestion of rock salt must be assessed by a vet immediately. This is important as signs can be non-specific and a blood test will be required to check the blood sodium concentration. Immediate veterinary treatment will be needed to rehydrate the animal and stabilise their sodium levels. The exact treatment will depend on the blood sodium concentration and the animal’s clinical condition. Owners should never attempt to induce vomiting; only a vet should do this.

If you suspect your cat has ingested rock salt do not wait to see the symptoms develop, but seek veterinary advice without delay. Again this emphasizes the importance of keeping cats indoors during severe weather whenever this is practical.

shared from the Pussington Post

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Yellow Dog Project

I have seen this a few times and wanted to share it with my readers. I think it is important anytime our furry friend is outside at an off leash park, or a leashed park or perhaps on a walk. Something very simple speaks volumes and it may just reduce the amount of dog fights, or situations where a child could be bitten.

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So let’s start the new year off right!