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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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Please Spay and Neuter!

For the last 36 hours I have been online watching a young female cat (maybe a year old), be in pre-labor for a total of 4 days. Last night at about 5:30 pm she delivered the first kitten. She had a lot of problems with her first and it was touch and go for awhile.  Momma (named Dorothy) has had 6 and there is question if there is a 7 or 8th; it can take up to 24 hours sometimes for the last to be born.

Dorothy was simply exhausted from her days of pre-labor that by the time her babies were being born, it took all of her strength to simply push through each contraction. Thankfully her foster mom is experienced in cats birthing and all seemed to go as well as expected. Clearly, this is Dorothy’s first litter as she had no clue what do as each kitten was born. Her foster mom tried to stay out of assisting Dorothy too much, but it became clear that she was going to have to wipe the babies faces of the placenta.

Imagine if she had been in the wild? A young cat dumped and found in a very bad state. She had been full of tape worms, the worst they had ever seen and very skinny. The outcome most likely wouldn’t be what it is today; 6 healthy kittens. It should be noted that there are 2 that are tiny and one has a cleft, just waiting to hear if it is a partial or full. Cleft palettes can be repaired through surgery. It seems the baby is finding its way to nurse as it gained 10 grams overnight.

I can’t stress enough the importance of spaying and neutering your pets. The reason I am able to watch online is that there is a fed on livestream that the foster set up so that children can see and people can see the results of not spaying and neutering.

If you are wanting to watch the kittens and stay up to date you can watch http://new.livestream.com/tinykittens/oz

If you are wanting to donate you can do so here https://www.facebook.com/LAPSlangley?fref=ts

Tiny Kittens which is the organization fostering momma and her kittens have their own webpage http://www.tinykittens.com/

Please remember, female cats can go into heat at 4 months of age; which is why we have such an overpopulated cat situation.

There are currently cats waiting for adoption at LAPS (Langley Animal Protection Society) now and I’m sure waiting for you to take them home.

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This is one of the babies from last night’s birth

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National Pet Memorial Day

Every year, on the second Sunday of September, pet owners join together to honor their pets passed and present

and think about and share with others the important role that their beloved pets have played, and do play, in their lives.

Today I honor my dogs Blaze, Lucy and Tika who are presently with me. I honor my cats Jingles, Cinder and Ella who are also with me. I also honor my cat Mischief, my beautiful dogs Rizzo and Teo. I would also like to take a moment to honor two dogs I have had the pleasure of having in my life through my volunteer work with rescue, Astro and Paco.

One idea that has been shared and is becoming a popular tradition on National Pet Memorial Day, is:

  • Plant a tree or a shrub as a living memorial.

For more information, see: http://www.iaopc.com/professionals/national-pet-memorial-day

NATIONAL PET MEMORIAL DAY HISTORY

National Pet Memorial Day, an “unofficial” national holiday, was established by the International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories.

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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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ZEUS

Its been 3 days since ZEUS, a gorgeous 2 year old yellow Labrador, had his surgery. The product of a puppy mill he needs to have what is called Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) for Treatment of Ruptured Cranial Cruciate Ligament  – See more at: http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/help-zeus-run-again/96905#sthash.wDizDtG6.5P2XbO5N.dpuf

I created a Facebook page for ZEUS and worked on fundraising for him. It was an amazing process to see how people can come together to help out. I’d like to share some of the photos of ZEUS this week and thank  you all for your donations towards ZEUS. Dr. Mann said his Left leg was in rough shape and we have about 4 months and he is highly recommending that ZEUS’ Right leg be operated on. We will be fundraising for that procedure as soon as possible.

Here’s ZEUS

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Day 1 after surgery

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Day 2 with my foster family 🙂

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Some post operation x-rays, they show the parts that have been put in to stabilize ZEUS’ knee/joints

 

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Yes, I wear the cone of shame, but I also took my pink bandage off!

This is what A COMMUNITY can do when we all work together as a TEAM.

Thank you!

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Please help!!

 

We know we have been posting dis lots and we are sorry for spamming your walls. We know there are lots of sick and injured fur friends out there and we wish we could win lots of monies to help everyone.

But because we don’t have that kind of money, we have to continue our request for donations for ZEUS. We don’t ask for us, we as for our fur brother because he deserves to be as happy as we are.

Thank you Rita the Naked Pit Bull (whose Facebook page has over 9,000 followers, with her sister Poof) https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rita-the-Naked-Pit-Bull/359167900823272 for donating $20.00!

Thank you to auntie Helen Martin for your donation and for your generous donation of crocheting slippers by Crochet Slippers by Helene  https://www.facebook.com/CrochetSlippersByHelene?fref=ts for ANYONE who donates $50.00 towards ZEUS. You choose the colors and sizing, shipping is free.

Please be sure to include your email address where you can be reached.

As a final comment, we would like to say thank you to everyone who has shared and liked the page, we wouldn’t be able to do this without the community support. 

Safe At Last Dog Rescue Society’s family and friends are uniting to raise money to help ZEUS and his battle against ACL and HD. Please show your support! You can read more about Safe At Last Dog Rescue Society here —–> https://www.facebook.com/pages/Safe-At-Last-Dog-Rescue-Society/511017928962692?fref=ts

Click on ZEUS’ link and do your part. http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/help-zeus-run-again/96905

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Ethics of Rescue Work

There are many volunteers and organizations all passionate about the well being of animals in need. There are so many in shelters here locally where I am and all over the world. As many know, I’ve rescued dogs from an organization I was doing transporting for.  I have loved every minute of their growth and now their transition to their next journey. Mr. D has been adopted! As much as it has been very sad for my husband to lose his little buddy, to know Diego is now making someone else as happy as he has us, is a great reward. He is now in a forever home, and will enjoy everything life has to offer.

Sadly though, there has been drama, and lots of it.

To realize over the last couple of weeks that the people and the organization you promoted, spoke proudly of, shared, is not at all who they say they are. Painful insight has revealed that there has been dumping of a dog to a shelter, which if you have had a dog surrendered to you, you never do that. You work with whatever needs to be done so that the animal in question has an equal opportunity to find his/her forever home.  It doesn’t matter if that means fostering the animal with a home qualified to help and handle the breed in question, to having it reviewed and assessed by an animal behaviorist. People who surrender animals to a rescue organization, do so with the hope that their beloved pet will be looked after and that the best possible home will be found, not to learn their dog has been listed on “Missing Pets” as being found and to call XXXXX!

There has been more information that has come forward and it is enough to make a person sick with shock and disgust.

For me as an animal advocate, I never mix any friendship with what I do. So when the organization’s primary person said to me that it was because we were friends, that things were done as they were (this is being referred to the dogs I had in my home, that is assumed there are contracts for, which there are none). Friendship of any kind, are never mixed in my life when it comes to my volunteer work or business work. For me, this is about ethics and value of what it is I do.

My goal is to help wherever I am needed. I don’t have the space to run a full boarding shelter, where I would have comfy bedding, many blankets, toys, food, doggy jackets, free running water and a very safe place to run freely. As I believe all animals should be able to run freely and feel the wind in their fur and face. Yet, feel safe and comfortable as they rest. I wouldn’t use plastic crated kennels, I would use the black wire kennels so they can all see one another and realize they aren’t alone.  I would also have a groomer and a veterinarian to make sure all in my care are clean and vetted.

That may sound like a dream home lol and I know it appears that way, but things like this take a lot of work and perhaps someday it will be a reality.

I do NOT advocate for dogs to be put into someone’s home, unlicensed, claim to be a boarding facility and be nothing more than a place to bring dogs to and then be upset at having so many in one place.

I have great news in that my other 2 dogs are now going to a place where they will be loved immensely.

I am very grateful for using my gut instincts in making sure I put their needs first as that is what is most important.

Remember, when choosing a rescue to help you rehome your pet, please do your homework! Ask other rescues, ask people if they have heard of them. Check with the veterinarian they are using, can they give a good reference?

It pays to do your homework. Ethics are everything and the animals depend on us to speak for them.

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