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My Local Humane Society

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My local Humane Society is an exceptional facility. They truly are humane in all senses of the word.  It is the only open access shelter for about 120 miles that does not euthanize animals when the facility becomes overcrowded. No animal is ever turned away for any reason.

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It is run independently from any national welfare or humane organization with no financial assistance from these groups; so, it receives support exclusively from the community. We are supported by our two thrift store locations also; accepting donations for resale in the shops, with proceeds going to the shelter. We organize annual events in the community that raises awareness and funds; these events include the Mutt March, Charity Masquerade Dance Party, and Paws and Claws Gala.

Our foster program is another way in which the community helps us with the overcrowding and health needs of animals that are not ready for adoption.

As well, as providing outreach to the community to spay/neuter their pets. The Humane Society gives back to the community that supports us by providing humane education and pet therapy programs including:

Paws to Read, an award-winning literacy program that gives children the opportunity to read to a trained therapy dog.  Paws to Read is a proven program that improves reading practice, fluency, reading comprehension and self-esteem.

Pawsitive Interaction, a therapeutic approach that brings animals and children with special needs together.

Paws to Love, our trained Pet Therapy teams bring wet noses and big smiles all around on regular visits to residents of senior centers, nursing homes and the hospital.

Pawsitive Healing, a therapeutic approach that brings animals and people with psychological/cognitive disabilities together with the intent of facilitating an individual’s progress towards therapeutic goals.

Pet Loss Support, gently guides people through the grieving process of losing a pet.

Each adoption includes sterilization (spay or neuter), an overall wellness check, age-appropriate vaccinations including rabies, first de-worming of hookworms and roundworms, microchip and registration, heartworm test for dogs (six months and older), feline leukemia test for cats, free 30 days of pet insurance, $5 off pet food and $30 off one dog obedience class.

We also take in other small animals such as bunnies and guinea pigs.

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The web address for my local Humane Society is:

http://www.hstc1.org/index.cfm

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The Invading Balloon

Anu the Cockapoo: The Invading Balloon

Anu is not happy with this “invader” in her home, a simple balloon. Funny video.

 

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Collie Puppies

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Great Dane, Foxhound, American Bulldog Mix

Great Dane, Foxhound, American Bulldog Mix

You can see every single one of those three breeds in this dog. The Great Dane size, the Foxhound colors, and the American Bulldog face and block head.

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Favorite Pup Memes and Signs

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First Aid for Pets

Today is the last day of April, National Pet First Aid Awareness Month. One more, extensive, Pet First Aid infographic for dogs and cats to summarize the most important facts and tips:

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Anu Graduated “Beginner” Puppy Training Today

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Anu graduated Beginner Puppy Training today.

At her first two classes, she was so shy that she stayed either under my chair or sat on my lap. She shied away from other dogs, puppies, and most people, as well.  The hugest progress for her was when she played with another puppy after class today; she typically watches the other puppies play with each other, not even considering participating. She has now become a much more social dog, although still cautious.

We have learned better ways to work with her both with behavior and socialization. Anu has always been a good, sweet girl; now she brings us even more joy (if that’s even possible) with her good behavior. It is so important that she has learned and continues to work on: “come when called”, “drop it”, “leave it”, “sit”, “stay”, etc. All of the commands we use with our puppies can make the difference in behavior and in the safety and health of our dogs, too. 

I am very proud of her and looking forward to starting intermediate training next week. 

I used the PetSmart Pet Training Program. It works. It is a program I would recommend to anyone.

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Dog First Aid Kit

The infographics below show some good items to have on hand for your pet in case of emergencies. A DIY kit insures that you will have everything you might need. I have also posted some very good ready-made kits on the market, as well. They come in very basic packs starting around $20 on up to fully stocked packs costing as much as $90. Available online at many sites, your local pet supply stores, and even your local Humane Society. You could even add the extra items listed below if they are not included in the prepackaged kits.

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This kit is available throughout the ASPCA Online Store http://www.aspcaonlinestore.com/product/36422

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From 1800petmeds.com   http://www.1800petmeds.com/Canine+Friendly+Pet+First+Aid+Kit-prod11549.html

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And from CPR-savers.com     http://www.cpr-savers.com/Pet-First-Aid-Kits_c_408.html

The DogGoneIt Kit for Dogs:

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The Bow Ow Dog First Aid Kit:

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The First Aid Kit for Pets:

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Pet Safety at the Beach

Anu has been to the beach about 3 times. The first 2 times she was really nervous. The last time she was ready to explore. We use her harness and leash. It is safer for puppy when using a proper restraint. We have jellyfish that wash up; this particular day, there was construction equipment, and other dogs, as well as a strong undertow in cold-ish water. We brought her a portable water bottle and dish and poop bags. It is easy for a 19 pound exploring and active puppy to get dehydrated and they always want to poop when you least expect them to. 😉

She had fun. And was excited to play on the edge of the foam with her family’s day out at the beach.

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Pet Safety in the Car

I have been away from blogging for the past few days. I really missed being here on WordPress. Glad I am back.

Today I am featuring more about the safety of our pets. How do we keep them safe in the car?

Dogs look so adorable with their ears flapping out the car window. We feel a camaraderie with our pet as they ride with us, even sitting on our laps while we drive. This can be dangerous, not only for ourselves, but for our dog, as well. Some dogs climb all over the vehicle and us, it is a distraction from safe, defensive driving. If we were to get in an accident, our pet could be injured or killed as they fly around the vehicle. I have always been adamant about buckling up, the rule in my vehicle is to wear your seatbelt. The same should be true for our four legged family members.

Here is Anu in her booster seat. She was nervous the first couple of times. Then she started to realize it is fun when we take her out, so she does not really mind now.

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Animal Planet has a good list of 5 options to keep our dogs safe when traveling in the car:

http://www.animalplanet.com/pets/5-best-car-seats-small-dogs.htm

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