*BOL* Happy Rump Day!! Blaze here and I just want to share something funny!!
Those pesky cats that live here with me, got busted hanging out in the tree BOL!
Ella’s costs are reaching close to $1,000.00. A very good friend who does rescue work for cats, discussed with me about doing a fundraiser and below is the information for that fundraiser. We want to thank everyone for the kind and loving gestures and contributions in helping to keep Ella’s veterinary bill up to date. We aren’t sure how long this will go on for her, but we plan on, as we have been all along, in keeping everyone updated on her Facebook page and on her GoFund page.
There is an event page called $1 Challenge for Ella https://www.facebook.com/events/361518303993938/ where all you need do is donate just $1.00 and ask 2 friends to do the same.
Winter is not far away and temperatures have already started to dip in many places all over the world. This got me thinking on the importance of safety for all animals, whether they are safe or out in the outdoors, perhaps dumped by a careless human being, turning his/her back as the puppies or kittens cry out wondering what they are to do and how cold it is.
I know the simple thing is to encourage everyone to bring their animals indoors, but what if your pet is lost or there is a feral dog or cat shivering? How easy will it be to bring them inside? I know some very hard working rescue organizations will set out very humane traps to help catch cats and sometimes dogs in the hopes of bringing them inside away from the cold.
One year I rescued a kitten who was covered in snow against a gas station. A little black and white baby, who was maybe 3 months if that, completely covered and buried in snow behind a dumpster. When I heard his cries, I asked the attendant if it was his or someone else. He said no, that it had been hanging around and the boss was annoyed by it. Annoyed, I chose to scoop him up and take him with me. He was shivering and had little icicles on his eyelashes. I wasn’t sure if he would make it, but keeping him on my lap as I drove away, wrapped in my scarf, he started to warm up. I contacted a friend who worked at a boarding place where I took my dogs to and she said she would ask around. Well a few hours later I received a call that the cat had a new home because a lady had come in asking if anyone knew if someone had any cats up for adoption because she had just had hers put to sleep recently. That cat is probably 5 or 6 years old now and lives a very good life.
So here are some thoughts that come to mind to help your pet stay safe during the colder, dreary winter weather season.
• Bring Your Pet Inside.
Don’t leave your pet outside in the cold for prolonged periods of time. Remember — thermometers might show one temperature, but wind chills can make it feel much colder.
Limit time outdoors and be mindful of frostbite on ears, tail and feet. If you run with your dog, pay attention to cold paws and if it gets too cold, leave your pup at home.
Cats should always be left indoors. “Outdoor” cats are often victims of road traffic, wild animals, dogs and cruel people.
• Acclimate Your Pet to Cold Weather.
If your pets spend a lot of time outdoors, make sure to introduce them gradually to dropping temperatures, rather than exposing them to the extreme cold all at once.
• Provide Adequate Shelter.
Adequate shelter is mandated by law. If your dog lives outdoors, you must provide a well-insulated and draft-free doghouse. The opening should face south with a sturdy, flexible covering to prevent icy winds from entering. Line the floors of the shelter with straw, not hay. Towels and blankets can become damp or freeze, making the space colder.
Antifreeze often collects on driveways and roadways. Although it smells and tastes sweet to your pet, it is lethally poisonous. If you suspect your pet has ingested antifreeze, contact your veterinarian immediately!
Deicing products like rock salt can irritate footpads. Be sure to rinse and dry your pet’s feet after being outside. Pet stores often carry pet-safe ice melts that do the job and won’t harm your pets.
• Dry Off Wet Pets.
A wet pet is a cold pet. Towel or blow-dry your pet if he gets wet from rain or snow. Also, it is important to clean and dry paws to prevent tiny cuts and cracked pads.
• Provide Plenty of Food and Water.
It takes more energy in the winter to properly regulate body temperature, so your pet needs additional calories if he spends a lot of time playing or working outdoors. Your pet is just as likely to get dehydrated in the winter as in the summer, so be sure to provide plenty of fresh water.
Snow is not a substitute for water. Refill outside bowls often to prevent freezing.
• Carefully Keep Pets Warm Inside.
Keep your pets warm, dry and away from drafts while inside. Space heaters and other supplemental heat sources can burn your pet. Keep portable heaters out of reach and make sure all fireplaces have adequate screening. And, of course, never leave your pet alone with an unattended fire.
• Groom Regularly.
Your pet needs a well-groomed coat to keep him properly insulated. Short- or coarse-haired dogs might get extra cold so consider a sweater or a coat. Long-haired dogs should have their paw hair trimmed to ease in cleaning and snow removal.
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.
Lately, for the last month or more, I have taken all 7 dogs, sometimes altogether, most times in packs of 3 or 4 at a given time.
All have learned something on our walks, today it was seeing a blue heron fly from a pond that wasn’t expected. Other times it is the llama that is often behind a wired fence, safely keeping his distance, chewing his hay. 🙂
But mostly it has been about the horses. See where we go, it is incredibly peaceful, and occasionally there may be a rider on her horse, sharing the paths with us. At first Lucy, Diego, Belle were barky and unsure what this large majestic creature(s) were. After a few more times of going back to this same area, nestled off a main road, paths and a wooden bridge will take you to other paths, shaded on days like today, where the sun is warm.
This is what we get to see often.
Being able to pick blackberries while my dogs wander nearby, rolling in the grass, or laying nearby, taking in the summer sun. Always near a bottle of water with me, and a jug of water at our car. The luxury so many never get to experience.
Wags and Wiggles!!
Well the sun is setting here on the West Coast of Canada. Mommy took us out for our after dinner walkies. We also have been going at the crack of birds singing, lol. Its nice to see the usual 2 bunnies every morning even if Blaze and Diego want to chase tgem, BOL!!
What’s new you may be wondering?
Well as many of you know its flea and tick season and mommy has been busy staying on top of that with our bedding, blankets, kennels, whew, but she is awesome at it!
Mommy has been helping more rescue organizations and meeting some amazing animals! Blaze goes on lots of travels with mommy, cuz he likes doing that and mommy and him have a special bond.
So tonight mommy took a picture of me (Jingles) with my brother Cinder. Its a rare chance that you would get us together, Bol!!
We all hope you leave space on your bed for the humans BOL! Mommy took this picture of all 7 of us on the bed and we left her NO room! *snickers*.
Woofy Wiggle Bums!!