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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.

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Let It Go

I don’t read much of Cesar Millan’s stuff these days; but every now and again when something comes along that is of use, I like to pass it along.

I do transport for the rescue of dogs (primarily). I have 2 foster failures which is not unheard of in this field lol.

If you are wanting to foster but are unsure how to go about it, Cesar’s article will help you.

Fostering is a wonderful thing that saves dogs’ lives. It gets them out of shelters and into human packs, where they can receive the rehabilitation necessary to make them adoptable.

However, fostering comes not only with the responsibility of caring for the dog, but the necessity of eventually giving up the dog when it finds its forever home. Attachment can make this process difficult. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to make the process easier.

  1. Start before you even foster
    When selecting a foster dog, don’t pick the one that you think is the cutest and ideal for your family. Pick the dog that you wouldn’t necessarily want to keep long-term. For example, if you don’t like tiny dogs, consider a Chihuahua or Yorkie. If you don’t think you’d have the resources to care for a handicapped dog for life, then find that dog who’s blind or deaf, or is missing a limb.

    This will make it easier for you to adjust to the temporary status of the foster dog, but it will also be an educational process. As Cesar says, “You don’t always get the dog you want. You get the dog you need.” If nothing else, it will allow you to experience types of dogs you would never normally adopt, and to learn even more about dog behavior.

  2. Assist in the adoption process
    Find out whether your foster program will let you help out in finding that forever home. This can range from documenting your dog’s behavior and personality for future owners to locating and interviewing potential owners themselves.

    This will help you be more confident in letting go because you’ll have a stake in the process, and you can assure yourself that you’ve found the right home for your foster.

  3. Ask for progress reports from the new family
    You can continue to take part in your foster dog’s life with photos and stories from her new family, and the Internet makes distance irrelevant. Many shelters ask this of people who adopt dogs from them, largely as a way to keep their staff positive about seeing dogs they’ve gotten to know be adopted.

    If distance permits, you could even consider having regular playdates with your current foster (and permanent pack) and adopted past fosters, as long as the new owners are agreeable.

  4. Celebrate the adoption
    Don’t think of giving up your foster to adoption as losing a dog. Think of it as a dog gaining a permanent home. It should be a cause for celebration because you have helped to save a life. Treat yourself and the dog to a fancy meal, go out to your favorite dog park, or invite friends and their dogs over for a party…

    However you choose to celebrate, focus on the positive and make the adoption a source of good memories. Document your time with each foster with photos and stories and keep a scrapbook of your successes.

  5. Foster again
    The best part about fostering dogs is that there will always be dogs to foster, and the best way to celebrate one dog leaving your life is to save the life of another. And another. With each foster that you help place in a loving home, it becomes easier to say good-bye. With each new foster, you have another chance to get to know a new dog and help him on the way to his forever home.

During the process, always keep in mind what fostering is. As Amy Romanofsky at FosterDogs.com puts it, “I never think of a foster dog as ‘mine.’ Each dog already belongs to someone else — it just so happens that I haven’t met that person yet.”

But, when you and your foster dog do meet that person, take comfort in knowing that you had a large part in making it happen, and preventing the unthinkable alternative.

Never fostered a dog before? You’re really missing out! See here the top seven reasons to foster a dog.

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Heartache

Mum here, I wanted to write a blog today (give Blaze and crew break) on something that is near and dear to me.

It is about the senseless behavior of others, who do things in spite.

A few years ago I had rescued a pup named Rusty. Rusty was your Heinz 57 jack of all breeds dog. One blue and one brown eye and a head when he cocked it to the side, gave you that silly looking grin :).

After my ex common law spouse and I split, I couldn’t take Rusty with me, nor Blaze or Rizzo. So they lived with him on the farm with his mistress.  I came to learn that Rusty didn’t like “A” and my ex asked me what I wanted to do with Rusty. I remember saying we could put him in boarding til I could get living arrangements settled. He said that was fine and that Rusty could stay there on the farm; he was heading out of town for work. Something not unusual in small towns.

Winter comes and goes, Rusty is on the farm and I receive a call from my ex mentioning to me that Rusty had been given to the home of a man and woman whose German Shepherd had passed away. I wasn’t happy, but I felt he was in a good place… or so I thought.

About 3 months later “A” contacts me and asks if I have been told the truth about Rusty? I told her what I had been told and she told me that it is a lie, that he is not at anyone’s home. He is dead. She killed him. I asked her why I was never contacted about him? She said that one day she came home from work and he had gotten into some towels or clohing and she snapped.

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She told me she tied him to the barn door and shot him! One shot. I bawled in disbelief! I asked her where he is so I could take what is left of his remains and she said that he was put in a garbage bag and to the best of my knowledge he was thrown in a dug out where other garbage was and if not there, then he was burned in the incinerator on the property.

I went to pull up his photo but for whatever reason I am not able to locate it. But when I do, I will be sure to upload it.

You may be wondering why I am writing this. Quite simply because I find myself in another situation, that has charged this flashback.

My babies Toby and Bella, who had to be returned to the rescue that I adopted them from, I’ve come to learn that Toby has been “adopted” yet there is no information on Bella whatsoever. I’ve emailed the rescue more than once, I messaged on their Facebook page and both comments were removed and now I am no longer able to comment on their wall.

You have no idea how much it hurts to not want to think the worst and yet one’s gut tells you different. Bella was 6 years old, full of good health, up to date on her shots, loved to wear little shirts because her fur was thinning (something that some Chi’s, She is Toby’s bonded partner.

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How Far Will You Go?

As you know we are now into Summer and with Summer comes hot days, hot cars which are all a deadly mix for animals! We’ve been reading on various social networking sites, about how police officers and various concerned citizens who have broken passenger windows to get the dog out of the car. 

How many more dogs need to die of heat stroke before people get it? 

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The above is just a guideline, but it seems pretty clear to us! 

Here are some tips to remember ANY time you are going outside in the Summer heat:

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We really hope to start hearing less stories about dogs dying from being left in hot cars, and more about happy rescued and adopted dogs with families who will love them for life!

ADOPT DON’T SHOP!! 

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Poison

Do you think your neighbors should HAVE to tell you when they put poison out? We do!  This is Lucy and boy am I mad!!

Where we live is in a community of modular homes. Mommy has said that there is a note that there has been an increase of rodents because the humans have been feeding birds and the rodents want the bird seed and such. Also, because of the rain we have had, the areas that became flooded, the rats are now moving into the area. So last week, Daddy was  working in the yard and he was using the weed eater. Well, he found a dead rat in our yard! EWWW!  

Now today’s incident!

UGH Mommy feels sick to her stomach! We just drove into our neighborhood, to a rat dying in our driveway. Blaze was flipping out because Mommy wouldn’t let him kill it! We wish our neighbors would answer Mommy when she asks WHO has poison down! Thank pawness the caretaker came and took care of it, mind you he killed it by booting it with his boot. 😦 We really didn’t need to see that, even if he was doing it for “humane” reasons. Now Mommy’s stomach is in knots and she can’t eat.

How do you get it through people’s heads that we need to know who has poison hidden? What if meh brofer or sista is in the yard (and Mommy says we can’t have it fenced per some contract agreement), chases the rodent and then kills it! Even wif shots, my brofer Blaze, who is awesome at killing rodents, what if he could get rabies (he has his rabies shot) or something worse?! 

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Cruelty Charges Laid in Captain, the German Shephard’s death

Excellent! We have been waiting for this day! A day that no animal should ever have to go through, but unfortunately it does and we wish we could stop it!

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VANCOUVER – Almost five months after Captain the German shepherd was found in a Vancouver dumpster, bloodied, bruised and crying in pain, the dog’s alleged owner has been charged with animal cruelty, says the SPCA.

Brian Whitlock, 26, is scheduled to appear in Vancouver provincial court Dec. 7 on the Criminal Code charge of causing unnecessary pain or suffering to an animal, said Lorie Chortyk, a spokeswoman for the British Columbia SPCA.

The dog died July 19, one day after being admitted to care, suffering from lacerations and massive bruising to its head and body.

Captain’s death prompted protests and even a vigil against animal cruelty at an off-leash dog beach in Vancouver.

Chortyk said they received emails and telephone messages from thousands of people across North America who were outraged over the brutal attack.

“I think we were just very, very relieved and pleased that the charges were finally approved,” said Chortyk. “This is a very serious case, and we just really hope that the courts do take it as seriously as we do.”

Chortyk said an SPCA constable was called to Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighbourhood July 18 after residents, hearing cries escaping from the dumpster, found Captain wrapped in a bloody blanket.

She said the SPCA rushed the barely conscious Captain to emergency veterinary help, and the dog received around-the-clock care.

“His injuries were just too serious and he died of cardiac arrest,” said Chortyk, noting followup tests showed Captain also suffered from neurological and spinal damage and would it have become a quadriplegic.

Chortyk said Whitlock owned Captain.

Information on the case was forwarded to Crown prosecutors not long after Captain’s death, said Chortyk, and the SPCA made its final additions to the case Oct. 11.

She said as a puppy Captain was being trained as a police dog but washed out of the program because he was just too gentle and lacked the necessary aggression.

She said Captain was moved to a private home and then ended up with Whitlock.

His final resting place is the same SPCA cemetery in Penticton, B.C., that holds the remains of 56 sled dogs that were slaughtered after the 2010 Winter Olympics.

If convicted, Whitlock could face five years in jail, a $75,000 fine and a lifetime ban on owning or having custody of an animal.

Chortyk said the BC SPCA investigates 7,000 cases of animal cruelty every year.

“Unfortunately, we see cases like this all the time,” she said. “To us it’s just so sad when we see animals that are victims of violence and abuse, and situations that really should never happen to a vulnerable animal.”