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Tis the Season

April 19th 2009 3:23 pm
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It's finally here...CAMPING SEASON! We were at the camper all weekend! Shadow and I even went to the beach and went swimming! We had so much fun!

Mom and dad have an aquaintence that has a yellow lab named Buddy. Mom has never approved with how he has been raised but on Friday she heard some stories from this guys friend that he isn't very nice to Buddy and it made her mad. So she talked to dad and now we are going to get a new FURBRO! He is going to live with us until mom can find him the PAWSOMEST furever home!

He is four years old and has lived outside his whole life:( He isn't house trained and has never even been swimming! Mom is going to go and get him on Friday!

Big labbie hugs and sloppy kisses - Abby


Mom's First Transport Effort

March 29th 2009 6:42 am
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Yesterday, for the first time, mom helped transport dogs from a rescue in KY to a rescue in MN. Her leg was only about an hour though. There were three pups - two adult Border Collies and a 4 month old puppy Border Collie and they were all SOOOO sweet that she just wanted to take them home with her! But she refrained and just dropped them off at the next spot to continue on their journey. The puppy was in the front seat with mom and about 1/2 way home she threw up and filled mom's cup holders!!!! Mom said it was yucky! She got an email late last night saying that they were all to their final spot and were doing well and getting acclimated to their new surroundings - YAY!

Big labbie hugs and sloppy kisses - Abby & Shadow


How to Recognize Cruelty

March 27th 2009 7:57 am
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Signs That an Animal Might Be Abused
Recognizing cruelty is simple, right? Not quite, say ASPCA experts. Obvious behaviors such as aggression, timidity and fear don’t always tell the whole story. Animals may appear to be timid or frightened for many reasons other than abuse.

“It’s almost impossible to make conclusions based on a pet’s behavior alone,” says the ASPCA Animal Behavior Center’s Kristen Collins, CPDT. “The best way to tell whether a pet is being or has been abused is to examine him and his surrounding environment.”

Check out our list of signs that may alert you an animal needs help:

Physical Signs
Collar so tight that it has caused a neck wound or has become embedded in the pet’s neck

Open wounds, signs of multiple healed wounds or an ongoing injury or illness that isn’t being treated

Untreated skin conditions that have caused loss of hair, scaly skin, bumps or rashes

Extreme thinness or emaciation—bones may be visible

Fur infested with fleas, ticks or other parasites

Patches of bumpy, scaly skin rashes

Signs of inadequate grooming, such as extreme matting of fur, overgrown nails and dirty coat

Weakness, limping or the inability to stand or walk normally

Heavy discharge from eyes or nose

An owner striking or otherwise physically abusing an animal

Visible signs of confusion or extreme drowsiness

Environmental Signs
Pets are tied up alone outside for long periods of time without adequate food or water, or with food or water that is unsanitary

Pets are kept outside in inclement weather without access to adequate shelter

Pets are kept in an area littered with feces, garbage, broken glass or other objects that could harm them

Animals are housed in kennels or cages (very often crowded in with other animals) that are too small to allow them to stand, turn around and make normal movements possibly with too many other animals
“Reporting suspected animal cruelty ensures that animals in jeopardy receive prompt and often lifesaving care,” says ASPCA Supervisory Special Investigator Annemarie Lucas. “By making a complaint to the police or humane society in your area—you can even do so anonymously—you help ensure that animals in need are rescued and that perpetrators of animal cruelty are brought to justice.”

If you see signs of animal abuse, don’t keep it to yourself. Here’s how to report cruelty in your area.

Questions or concerns about calling in a cruelty complaint? Take a look at our Reporting Cruelty FAQ.


Pet Overpopulation:(

March 25th 2009 6:36 am
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Good morning fellow animal advocates.

This is an issue near and dear to my heart-
the issue of pet overpopulation and far
TOO many dogs and cats being euthanized because
of it.

Pet Overpopulation

Every year, OVER eight million dogs and cats enter
U.S. and Canadian shelters; some three to four million of
these animals are euthanized because there are not enough
homes for them.

Thousands of dogs and cats are born daily due to
uncontrolled breeding in homes across North America,
PLUS stray and abandoned animals reproduce leading
to a HUGE pet overpopulation problem.

Too many animals

There are far too many dogs and cats in shelters
competing for not enough homes- the TRAGIC result
in many shelters is that these unadopted pets
are euthanized.

We as a society are endorsing a culture of CRUELTY-
animals are great when there small and sweet- but if
they become inconvenient, you can just dispose of your
problem at the local shelter.

Shelter workers endure these losses on a daily basis-
Can you imagine bonding with a 5 year old Lab cross, then
having to see her euthanizied because her time was up?

No Kill Shelters

Many shelters, and societies have adopted a
'No Kill" policy in that they WON'T euthanaize a
healthy dog or cat. And my local animal shelter
Second Chance, has this policy. We are fortunate
that we can do this; we only accept so many dogs and
cats, and they all stay until their adopted.

If you are looking for a dog or cat, I encourage
you to check out Second Chance at:

But other shelters have mandates in
which they don't turn away any pet relinquished- hence
these shelters fill up pretty quick. To even have
any space for future adoptions, they euthanize

Too MANY pets

The PROBLEM ultimately comes down to irresponsible
people. There are too many dogs and cats being bred.

Abandoned animals become that way because of people-
they let them go.

What can YOU do?

Spay and Neuter your pets. This is the
responsible thing to do.

Support your local shelter and Humane Society-
do it with $$ and volunteer time.

Tell others about the problem, and
write your government representative-

What am I going to do?

Great Question.

Well I do support and help run my local
Animal Shelter, Second Chance. We have a
No Kill Policy.

I do the Shelter Spay and Neuters at 50% off
the regular rate.

I am holding a 'Spay a Thon' with my local
SPCA- the spay and neuters for a fixed period
of time are 60-75% off.

Can't you do more?

I have been asking myself this very question.

And I am going to do more.

I am establishing a Spay and Neuter Foundation.

I'm in the finishing touches of my New Veterinary
Secrets 2.0 Course- and when it is released, I'll
be putting 10% of ALL profits towards Low Cost
Spay and Neuter.

It will be a WIN WIN

You get to HELP your pet, and someone else's at the
same time.

I'm excited, and I'll be giving you more details in a
few weeks.

//////////////////////////////////////////////// /////////////////////

P.S. During this Recession, Shelters are being over run
with animals- there are a lot coming in, yet few going

Your local Animal Shelter or Humane Society would
LOVE your help.

Give them a call.

Spend some time with the dogs and cats.

Even consider becoming a Foster Family.

The animals will appreciate it.

P.P.S. Dog and Cat Emergency Care- The
*EXACT* steps to take if your pet is ever
injured is now on Video. I cover ALL of the
common Dog and Cat Emergencies and SHOW you
WHAT to do. It's available here:

Your path to a healthier pet.

Best Wishes,

Dr Andrew Jones, DVM

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Dear Mr. and Mrs. Average Idiot

March 24th 2009 11:18 am
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Thank you Gwydion for posting this:

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Average Idiot,

We receive an extremely high volume of inquiries and requests to
accept surrendered animals. To help us expedite your problem as
quickly as possible, please observe the following guidelines:

1. Do not say that you are, "considering finding a good home,"
or, "feel you might be forced to," or, "really think it would be
better if," you unloaded the poor beast. Ninety-five percent of you
already have your minds stone-cold made up that the animal will be
out of your life by the weekend or holiday at the latest. Say so. If
you don't, I'm going to waste a lot of time giving you common-sense,
easy solutions for very fixable problems, and you're going to waste
a lot of time coming up with fanciful reasons why the solution
couldn't possibly work for you.

For instance, you say the cat claws the furniture, and I tell you
about nail-clipping and scratching posts and aversion training, and
then you go into a long harangue about how your husband won't let
you put a scratching post in the family room, and your ADHD daughter
cries if you use a squirt bottle on the cat, and your congenital
thumb abnormalities prevent you from using nail scissors and etc.,
etc. Just say you're getting rid of the cat.

2. Do not waste time trying to convince me how nice and humane you
are. Your coworker recommended that you contact me because I am nice
to animals, not because I am nice to people, and I don't like people
who "get rid of" their animals. "Get rid of," is my least favorite
phrase in any language. I hope someone,"gets rid" of you someday. I
am an animal advocate, not a people therapist. After all, you can
get counselors, special teachers, doctors, social workers, etc., for
your ADHD daughter. Your pet has only me, and people like me, to
turn to in his or her need, and we are overworked, stressed-out, and
demoralized. So don't tell me this big long story about how, "We
love this dog so much, and we even bought him a special bed that
cost $50, and it is just killing us to part with him, but honestly,
our maid is just awash in dog hair every time she cleans, and his
breath sometimes just reeks of liver, so you can see how hard we've
tried, and how dear he is to us, but we really just can't ... ."

You are not nice, and it is not killing you. It is, in all
probability, literally killing your dog, but you're going to be just
fine once the beast is out of your sight. Don't waste my time trying
to make me like you or feel sorry for you in your plight.

3. Do not try to convince me that your pet is exceptional and
deserves special treatment. I don't care if you taught him to sit. I
don't care if she's a beautiful Persian. I have a waiting list of
battered and/or whacked-out animals who really need help, and I have
no room to shelter your pet because you decided you no longer have
time for your 14-year-old Lab.

Do not send me long messages detailing how Fido just l-o-v-e-s
blankies and carries his favorite blankie everywhere, and oh, when
he gets all excited and happy, he spins around in circles, isn't
that cute? He really is darling so it wouldn't be any trouble at all
for us to find him a good home. Listen.. we can go down to the pound
and count the darling, spinning, blankie-loving beasts on death row
by the dozens, any day of the week. And, honey, Fido is a six-year-
old shepherd-mix weighing 75 pounds. I am not lying when I tell you
big, older, mixed-breed, garden-variety dogs are almost always
completely unadoptable, and I don't care if they can whistle Dixie
or send smoke signals with their blankies.

What you don't realize, though you're trying to lie to me, you're
actually telling the truth: Your pet is a special, wonderful,
amazing creature. But this mean old world does not care. More
importantly, you do not care, and I can't fix that problem. All I
can do is grieve for all the exceptional animals who live short,
brutal, loveless lives and die without anyone ever recognizing they
were indeed very, very special.

Finally, just, for God' s sake, for the animal's sake, tell the
truth, and the whole truth. Do you think if you just mumble your cat
is, "high-strung" I will say, "Okey-dokey! No problem!"and take it
into foster care? No, I will start asking questions and uncover the
truth, which is your cat has not used a litter box in the last six

Do not tell me you "can't" crate your dog. I will ask what happens
when you try to crate him, and you will either be forced to tell me
the symptoms of full-blown, severe separation anxiety, or else you
will resort to lying some more, wasting more time.

And, if you succeed in placing your pet in a shelter or foster care,
do not tell yourself the biggest lie of all: "Those nice people will
take him and find him a good home, and everything will be fine."
Those nice people will indeed give the animal every possible chance,
but if we discover serious health or behavior problems, if we find
that your misguided attempts to train or discipline him have driven
him over the edge, we will do what you are too immoral and cowardly
to do: We will hold the animal in our arms, telling him truthfully
he is a good dog or cat, telling him truthfully we are sorry and we
love him, while the vet ends his life. Some are not so lucky and
will face the gas chamber, depending on the part of the country
you're in...a slow, painful death.

How can we be so heartless as to kill your pet, you ask? Do not ever
dare to judge us. At least we tried. At least we stuck with him to
the end. At least we never abandoned him to strangers, as you
certainly did, didn't you? In short, this little old rescuer/foster
momma has reached the point where she would prefer you tell it like
it is:

"We picked up a free pet in a parking lot a couple of years ago. Now
we don't want it anymore. We're lazier than we thought. We've got no
patience either. We're starting to suspect the animal is really
smarter than we are, which is giving us self-esteem issues. Clearly,
we can't possibly keep it. Plus, it might be getting sick; it's
acting kind of funny."

"We would like you to take it in eagerly, enthusiastically, and
immediately. We hope you'll realize what a deal you're getting and
not ask us for a donation to help defray your costs. After all, this
is an (almost) pure-bred animal, and we'll send the leftover food
along with it. We get it at the discount store, and boy, it's a
really good deal."

"We are very irritated you haven't shown pity on us in our great
need and picked the animal up already.We thought you people were
supposed to be humane! Come and get it today."

"No, we couldn't possibly bring it to you; the final episode
of 'Survivor' is on tonight."

~~Author Unknown ~~


Pet Rules!

March 19th 2009 2:14 pm
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To be posted VERY LOW on the refrigerator door - nose height.

Dear Dogs and Cats,

The dishes with the paw prints are yours and contain your food. The other dishes are mine and contain my food. Please note, placing a paw print in the middle of my plate and food does not stake a claim for it becoming your food and dish, nor do I find that aesthetically pleasing in the slightest.

The stairway was not designed by NASCAR and is not a racetrack. Beating me to the bottom is not the object. Tripping me doesn't help because I fall faster than you can run.

I cannot buy anything bigger than a king sized bed. I am very sorry about this. Do not think I will continue sleeping on the couch to ensure your comfort. Dogs and cats can actually curl up in a ball when they sleep. It is not necessary to sleep perpendicular to each other stretched out to the fullest extent possible. I also know that sticking tails straight out and having tongues hanging out the other end to maximize space is nothing but sarcasm.

For the last time, there is not a secret exit from the bathroom. If by some miracle I beat you there and manage to get the door shut,! it is not necessary to claw, whine, meow, try to turn the knob or get your paw under the edge and try to pull the door open. I must exit through the same door I entered. Also, I have been using the bathroom for years --canine or feline attendance is not required.

The proper order is kiss me, then go smell the other dog or cat's butt. I cannot stress this enough!

To pacify you, my dear pets, I have posted the following message on our front door:

To All Non-Pet Owners Who Visit & Like to Complain About Our Pets:

1. They live here. You don't.

2. If you don't want their hair on your clothes, stay off the furniture. That's why they call it 'fur'niture.

3. I like my pets a lot better than I like most people.

4. To you, it's an animal.. To me, he/she is an adopted son/daughter who is short, hairy, walks on all fours and doesn't speak clearly.

Remember: Dogs and cats are better than kids because they:

1. Eat less

2. Don't ask for money all the time

3 Are easier to train

4. Normally come when called

5. Never ask to drive the car

6. Don't hang out with drug-using friends

7. Don't smoke or drink

8. Don't have to buy the latest fashions

9. Don't want to wear your clothes

10. Don't need a gazillion dollars for college, and...

11. If they get pregnant, you can sell their children.


Mom's up to her old tricks again!

March 14th 2009 6:16 pm
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Today her and dad went out for awhile and they came home with BUNCHES of stuff!

First mom put this metal frame together and then put two new metal dishes in it for us. It's very nice, but our dishes are NOT on the floor where they belong! How does she expect us to eat when our dishes are being held up in the air on this metal thingy?! She said it was called an elevated feeder and it was supposed to be better for our digestion - well I don't like it ONE BIT!

THEN - dad hooked something new up to the TV, they said it was called a Wii! It sure looked like mom and dad were having fun jumping around and swinging their arms, so we joined in, barking and jumping with them waiting for SOMETHING, ANYTHING to fly out of their hands for us to go get, but nothing ever did! What's up with that?! Then dad got mad at me cause when he was swinging his arms I tried to jump up and get the white thing in his hand, but his hand kind of got in the way of my teeth:( I gave him lots of kisses to apologize, so he forgave me!


Pets and Women's Shelters

March 11th 2009 12:47 pm
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A No-Win Situation for Women, Children and Pets

Imagine living in an abusive home. Maybe you think it would be easy to “just leave.”

But what if doing so meant abandoning a beloved pet with your abuser? And what if that abuser had previously hurt your pet, or threatened to harm or even kill your pet if you were to leave?

This is the tragic situation that many women -- and their children -- are facing.

Very few domestic violence shelters offer on-site housing for pets. As a result, a significant number of women choose to stay in dangerous households, keeping themselves, their children and their pets in harm’s way.

According to a 2007 review of a dozen research studies, up to 48 percent of women in abusive relationships had concerns about the safety of their pets that affected whether they stayed in abusive homes.

No one should have to choose between their own safety and the safety of another family member, including a pet. That’s why American Humane needs your help.

The Power of PAWS

Your donation will support American Humane’s Pets and Women’s Shelters (PAWS)™ Program, which helps women’s shelters and safe houses build and maintain accommodations for residents’ pets. The program is critical because it eliminates a significant obstacle to women leaving abusive relationships.

Since its inception one year ago, the PAWS Program has made tremendous progress. Currently, eight shelters provide on-site housing for pets and three more are in the process of doing so.

But approximately 2,500 family violence shelters have yet to consider the benefits of housing pets. We have a long way to go, and we’ll only get there with the help of donors like you.

Please give what you can to help keep women, children and pets together -- and safe!

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15 Minutes

March 5th 2009 12:57 pm
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15 Minutes

I am your dog, and I have a little something I'd like to whisper in your ear.

I know that you humans lead busy lives.

Some have to work, some have children to raise.

It always seems like you are running here and there, often much too fast, often never noticing the truly grand things in life.

Look down at me now, while you sit there at your computer.

See the way my dark brown eyes look at yours? They are slightly cloudy now. That comes with age.

The gray hairs are beginning to ring my soft muzzle.

You smile at me; I see love in your eyes.

What do you see in mine?

Do you see a spirit?

A soul inside, who loves you as no other could in the world?

A spirit that would forgive all trespasses of prior wrong doing for just a simple moment of your time?
That is all I ask.
To slow down, if even for a few minutes to be with me.
So many times you have been saddened by the words you read on that screen, of others of my kind, passing.

Sometimes we die young and oh so quickly, sometimes so suddenly it wrenches your heart out of your throat.

Sometimes, we age so slowly before your eyes that you may not even seem to know until the very end,
when we look at you with grizzled muzzles and cataract clouded eyes.

Still the love is always there, even when we must take that long sleep, to run free in a distant land.

I may not be here tomorrow; I may not be here next week.
Someday you will shed the water from your eyes, that humans have when deep grief fills their souls, and you will be angry at yourself that you did
not have just 'One more day' with me.

Because I love you so, your sorrow touches my spirit and grieves me.

We have NOW, together. So come, sit down here next to me on the floor, and look deep into my eyes.

What do you see?

If you look hard and deep enough we will talk, you and I, heart to heart.

Come to me not as 'alpha' or as 'trainer', or even 'Mom or Dad', come to me as a living soul and stroke my fur and let us look deep into one another's
eyes, and talk.

I may tell you something about the fun of chasing a tennis ball, or I may tell you something profound about myself, or even life in general.

You decided to have me in your life because you wanted a soul to share such things with.

Someone very different from you, and here I am.

I am a dog, but I am alive.

I feel emotion, I feel physical senses, and I can revel in the differences of our spirits and souls.
I do not think of you as a 'Dog on two feet'.

I know what you are.

You are human, in all your quirkiness, and I love you still.

Now come sit with me, on the floor.

Enter my world, and let time slow down if only for 15 minutes.
Look deep into my eyes, and whisper to my ears.

Speak with your heart, with your joy and I will know your true self.

We may not have tomorrow, and life is oh so very short.

On behalf of canines everywhere

Author Unknown


Twin Cities Pet Expo and Dock Dogs!

February 23rd 2009 4:24 pm
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Well, over the weekend mom and dad went to the Twin Cities Pet Expo and had a GREAT time! They got to see Wallace (the Pit Bull Disk Dog Champion) and get to see Hector (an ex-Vick dog and Wallace's brother) just briefly. There were so many rescues there that mom would have come home with a bazillion dogs, if dad hadn't been there! They watched the MN Disc Dog team perform and watched Dock Dogs for the first time in person! They also got to meet Nallah and her mom and dad for the first time! They were there doing Dock Dogs too!
After watching Dock Dogs and seeing how much fun everyone had, mom and dad have decided to let me take a shot at it! They aren't exactly sure when though. There is an event coming up the end of March in Green Bay, but they are thinking they want my first event to be an outdoor event so we'll have to wait and see if I get to go to that one or not.
Even though I'm going to try, Shadow won't be able to:( Mom has done some reading and it does appear that, if it's an outdoor event, Shadow would be able to come along and watch me though!
I'll keep you all posted!

Big labbie hugs and sloppy kisses - Abby

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