Pet-Peeves: humping boy dogs and unfriendly people
Favorite Toy: my mom's hair scrunchies
Favorite Food: tripe and apples
Favorite Walk: any where she might get to see another dog
Best Tricks: jumping up a pulling scrunchie from mom's hair while mom is standing
Arrival Story: October 2006 , I lost my babies , Piggy and Jake , two days apart. My heart was empty. We still had Sara and Morgan , who I love with all my heart , but I still felt that to get though the pain I needed a baby. I know it was selfish , but I really felt like I was going to die from grief . So a week after we buried them , I started looking for our new
CHOCOLATE child . Yes we wanted a choc baby and a female , but I was having trouble finding both in the same pup . Everywhere I looked had choc boys and yellow girls. We had never considered another color....I have only had choc lab babies for 15 years. So when I came across her breeder and saw her sweet face , I was in love . One day after I found her online , we loaded up sara and morgan at 5 pm on a friday night and headed to Calhoun , GA which was about 5 hrs away JUST TO SEE HER NOT TO BUY!!!! Whatever.....once she was in my arms I was never going to let her go. So we did the deal and headed home. I had not had a puppy in 10 yrs, but I remember the routine of the pup crying for their mom and siblings for at least a few days...but not Sunni . She got in our car , in the back with me , sara and morgan and we all 4 slept the whole way home . We got home at 4 am and all got in bed and still not even a wimper. She never cried , not once. It was like she knew she belonged with me.
92 ways to help rescue organizations... without adopting or- fostering a dog
1. Transport a dog
2. Donate a dog bed or towels or other *bedding* type items... (Gently used dog equipment is always welcome)
3. Donate MONEY Donate a Kong? A Nylabone? A Hercules?
4. Donate a crate Donate a x-pen or baby gate
5. Donate a food dish or a stainless bucket for a crate
6. Donate a leash Donate a collar
7. Donate some treats or a bag of food
8. Donate a Halti or promise collar or a gentle leader
9. Walk a dog
10. Groom a dog Donate some grooming supplies (shampoos, combs, brushes, etc.)
11. Donate a lawnmower
12. Make a few phone calls
13. Mail out applications to people who've requested them
14. Provide local vet clinics with contact information for educational materials on responsible pet ownership
15. Drive a dog to and from vet appointments
16. Donate long distance calling cards
17. Donate a scanner or digital camera
18. Donate a photocopier
19. Attend public education days and try to educate people on responsible pet ownership
20. Donate a gift certificate to a pet store
21. Donate a raffle item if your club is holding a fundraiser
22. Donate flea stuff (Advantage, etc.)
23. Donate Heartworm pills
24. Donate a animal first aid kit
25. Provide a shoulder to cry on when the rescue person is overwhelmed
26. Pay the boarding fees to board a dog for a week? Two weeks?
27. Be a Santa-paws foster to give the foster a break for a few hours or days
28. Clip coupons for dog food or treats
29. Bake some homemade doggie biscuits
30. Make book purchases through Amazon via a web site that contributes commissions earned to a rescue group
31. Host rescue photos with an information link on your website
32. Donate time to take good photos of foster dogs for adoption flyers, etc.
33. Conduct a home visit or accompany a rescue person on the home visit
34. Go with rescue person to the vet to help if there is more than one dog Have a yard sale and donate the money to rescue
35. Volunteer to do rescue in your area
36. Take advantage of a promotion on the web or store offering a free ID tag and instead of getting it for your own dog, have the tag inscribed with your rescue's name and phone # to contact
37. Talk to all your friends about adopting and fostering rescued dogs
38. Donate vet services or can you help by donating a spay or neuter each year or some vaccinations
39. Interview vets to encourage them to offer discounts to rescues
40. Write a column for your local newspaper or club newsletter on dogs on dogs currently looking for homes or ways to help rescue
41. Take photos of dogs available for adoption for use by the rescue groups
42. Maintain web sites listing/showing dogs available
43. Help organize and run fundraising events
44. Help maintain the paperwork files associated with each dog or enter the information into a database
45. Tattoo a rescued dog
46. Microchip a rescued dog
47. Loan your carpet steam cleaner to someone who has fostered a dog that was sick or marked in the house
48. Donate a bottle of bleach or other cleaning products
49. Donate or loan a portable dog run to someone who doesn't have a quarantine area for quarantining a dog that has an unknown vaccination history and has been in a shelter
50. Drive the fosters' children to an activity so that the foster can take the dog to obedience class
51. Use your video camera to film a rescue dog in action
52. Pay the cost of taking a dog to obedience class Be the one to take the dog to its obedience class
53. Go to the foster home once a week with your children and dogs to help socialize the dog
54. Help the foster and rescue organizations clean up the yard (yes, we also have to scoop what those foster/rescued dogs poop)
55. Offer to test the foster dog with cats
56. Pay for the dog to be groomed or take the dog to a *Do It Yourself* Grooming Place
57. Bring the foster take out so the foster doesn't have to cook dinner
58. Pay a house-cleaning service to do the spring cleaning for someone who fosters/rescues dogs all the time
59. Lend your artistic talents to your club's newsletter, fundraising ideas, T-shirt designs
60. Donate printer paper, envelopes and stamps to your club
61. Go with a rescue person to the vet if a foster dog needs to be euthanized
62. Go to local shelters and meet with shelter staff about how to identify your breed or provide photos and breed information showing the different types of that breed may come in and the different color combinations
63. Go to local businesses and solicit donations for a club's fundraising event
64. Offer to try and help owners be better pet owners by holding a grooming seminar
65. Help pet owners be better pet owners by being available to answer training questions
66. Loan or donate a crate if a dog needs to travel by air
67. Put together an *Owner's Manual* for those who adopt rescued dogs of your breed
68. Provide post-adoption follow up or support
69. Donate a coupon for a free car wash or gas or inside cleaning of a vehicle
70. Pay for an ad in your local/metropolitan paper to help place rescue dogs Volunteer to screen calls for that ad
71. Get some friends together to build/repair pens for a foster home
72. Microchip your own pups if you are a breeder, and register the chips, so if your dogs ever come into rescue, you can be contacted to take responsibility for your pu
73. Donate a small percentage of the sale of each pup to rescue if you are a breeder
74. Buy two of those really neat dog-items you "have to have" and donate one to Rescue
75. Make financial arrangements in your will to cover the cost of caring for your dogs after you are gone - so Rescue won't have to
76. Make a bequest in your will to your local or national Rescue
77. Donate your professional services as an accountant or lawyer
78. Donate other services if you run your own business
79. Donate the use of a vehicle if you own a car dealership
80. Loan your cell phone (and cover costs for any calls) to someone transporting a rescued dog
81. Donate your *used* dog dryer when you get a new one
82. Let rescue know when you'll be flying and that you'd be willing to be a rescued dog's escort
83. Donate a doggy seatbelt
84. Donate a grid for a van or other vehicle
85. Organize a rescued dog picnic or other event to reunite the rescued dogs that have been placed
86. Donate other types of doggy toys that might be safe for rescued dogs Donate a roll-a-treat or Buster cube
87. Donate clickers or a video on clicker training?
88. Donate materials for a quarantine area at a foster's home
89. Donate sheets of linoleum or other flooring materials to put under crates to protect the foster's floor
90. Donate an engraving tool to make ID tags for each of the rescued dogs?
91. Remember that rescuing a dog involves the effort and time of many people and make yourself available on an emergency basis to do *whatever* is needed?
92. Do something not listed above to help rescue.
It is Spring and warmer weather is coming. I would like to remind everyone, tell your friends, neighbors, relatives, everyone, NEVER EVER go away from home and leave you dog/s outside. Put them in the house or basement, or a safe secured place out of the view of the public eye.
There are what is called "bunchers" that are continually out patrolling for dogs and yes "your" dog. Bunchers steal family pets. When they get a "bunch," they sell them to research for a heafty price. Average is $200-400 per dog. Domesticated dogs make the best dogs for research. These ruthless people, monitor your area, your routine and watch for dogs for when they are left outside. They normally travel in pairs, one buncher drives, the other jumps out and snatches the dog.
Dog Pelts: Last month in Ohio, 14 dogs were found skinned and animal control felt their pelts could have been the reason. Pelts are put on cloths and are popular in many countries.
There are also dog fighters that gather dogs and cats and use them as bait to get their fighting dog ready for a fight. Dog fighting purses range from $20,000-$50, 000 per fight.
There are also ruthless people that would snatch your dog and sell it on the black market for pets.
The economy is an issue and many are looking for ways to make money. I can't stress enough how important it is to secure your pets when your not home and watch them when you are home. A dog can be snatched in a matter of seconds.
-There have already been reports of this in MI with a white van going around.
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