Monday, April 2, 2012
I'll be phasing this blog out over the coming weeks. Thank you for your contributions, passion, and commitment to animal welfare. Keep the faith & puppy up!
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Don't miss the Raising Indiana interview with P.E.T.S. LLC owner, Kyle Peterson, at http://raisingindianana.blogspot.com/
P.E.T.S. LLC was an important aspect of Sonic finding his way to his forever family with Emily. Thanks Kyle & P.E.T.S. LLC!
For the past
two years all I have heard about from my fiancé is how the first thing that we
were going to do as a couple once we had our own home was to adopt a dog. We have both always had a pet in our homes
growing up and really wanted our very own. Before we even signed the papers on our first home we were searching
petfinder and other similar sites for our perfect dog. After researching endless options – anyone
who knows me will tell you that I over-research everything – we decided we
really wanted to rescue a dog. We had
already decided that a young, untrained puppy was not something we would have
the time for at the time and decided to start searching for a year or two old dog
that needed rescuing. I can’t even begin
to count the number of rescues I contacted in
honestly all starting to blend together. Initially we had decided that we would only adopt a dog that was located
in CT as we felt strongly about ensuring that we had a connection with the dog
we chose… I knew I would feel terrible if we had a dog transported here and it
simply wasn’t a good match. Then Jim saw
Sonic online. Something about his
picture jumped out at us, and for the first time we actually got excited about
a specific dog. I saw a friend that
evening and couldn’t stop talking about this goofy looking dog that we found
online. I contacted the rescue that
sponsored the listing and was eventually led to speak with the foster family…in
find out more about this awesome looking dog. I spoke with Sheila (Sonic’s foster) extensively and the more she
described Sonic the more I knew this was the dog for us. I could tell that Sheila truly loved Sonic
because of the passion she had when telling me all about him. I felt confident that she was being honest
with me about not only Sonic’s high points but also kept me informed on the
areas he still needed training on. I
told her about our lifestyle and what we were looking for and in the end we
both decided that Sonic belonged with my family. So in the end, despite the fact that we went
into the process not looking to transport a dog from out of state, that is what
we ended up doing. We now have the most
amazing dog that we could have ever asked for. Sonic is happy, energetic, lovable, and is loving experiencing his new
environment. We are so thrilled that we
made the decision to rescue a dog. We
ended up working with rescue organizations, a foster family, and a transport
service that really cares about making sure that dogs receive the family that
is the perfect match for them. Transporting Sonic was extremely easy and
relatively stress free for all involved. Being able to view the transport service online eased any of our
concerns. When Sonic arrived in
that although he was a bit anxious, he was healthy and well cared for. I still remember hearing his adorable howl
when they opened the transport door! The
transport team ensured that each dog was united with their forever family and
any questions were immediately answered. When we begin looking for a second dog for our family I will absolutely
be looking out of state for our next amazing rescue dog!
is Sonic’s loving forever mom and makes her home with her fiancé in
foster mom I cannot thank Emily and her fiancé enough for opening their life
and home to a dog from another state, especially the South. When rescuers, fosters, potential adopters
and reliable transport services work together thousands of otherwise unwanted
animals gain a new chance at love and life!
A huge thank
you goes out to Kyle & Pam Peterson from P.E.T.S. LLC for saving over
34,000 animals since 2004, and helping to connect Sonic with his forever
information visit http://www.petsllc.net/index.php
Monday, January 23, 2012
February 9th--Kyle Peterson with P.E.T.S. LLC Transport
Kyle and Pam Peterson’s animal transport company has saved the lives of 34,326 pets since their
beginning in 2003! We chat with the star of Animal Planet’s
rescue, long-haul drives and his love of puppies.
the love and connection pet owners share. Sheryl Matthys is the founder of leashes and lovers online match-making service and author of the book by the same name. You don’t want to miss this Raising
for our pets. Our conversation with Ms. Gainer continues a theme on Raising Indiana to provide
accurate information about the importance of what our pets eat. If your dog has allergy be sure to tune in!
discusses how the CEVA Animal Health line of products including Vectra for Dogs and
Vectra3D can help prevent fleas and ticks.
March 15th--Linda Westin from Friends of
President of the FOCPCA, Mrs. Westin, has exciting news about the first-of-its-kind P.E.T. Care
Campus being designed and built in
organization. Shelter Directors, Humane Society Directors and animal welfare caregivers
should not miss this podcast!
March 22nd--Dr. Jean Dodds of Hemopet
Dr. Dodds founded Hemopet, a non-profit animal blood bank & greyhound rescue/
adoption program, in 1986. She is a highly-respected authority of endocrine disorders
in dogs, titer testing and vaccinations. We’ll be speaking with Dr. Dodds regarding the later topic—
vaccinations of our pets. Dr. Dodds will return to Raising Indiana later in the year to discuss her
other various expertises.
discuss disease and diet with Luke. Catch up with the first interview here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBW2ZfCrLg0&list=UUg-8QUs87Hq2lVXrKqqgfSA&index=9&feature=plcp
First Steps. Dr. Dodman is one of the world’s most celebrated veterinary behaviorists and prolific
authors. He also has a book about dogs behaving badly—watch out Indy!
mature one of the most defining aspects on their health is nutrition. Dr. Lauten began Pet Nutrition Consulting in 2001, and she works daily with veterinary specialists, pet owners and veterinarians to provide the appropriate nutritional recommendations.
April 26th--Dog Scouts of
Dog Scouts of America was founded in 1995 as a non-profit dedicated to enriching the lives of
pet owners and their dogs. This is going to be fun! DSA has so many fun programs and events—
they love learning new things & so does Indy!
Sunday, January 22, 2012
by Bill Blakemore and ABC News. Thanks to Jan Casey for sharing. Read the
entire article at the link below.
mammals, including not only dolphins and whales but African wild dogs and
Norwegian rats, many species of bird, and even spiders and insects are now
being discovered by scientists around the world to have complex vocalizations
and other sound-wave communication systems so complex that old notions that
human language is somehow fundamentally unique are being thrown in doubt.
up a broad new field in which scientists are exploring that ancient question:
whether and how the mental experience of animals is different from ours:
thought-processes, self-reflections, feelings for others, sense of enjoyment,
and even possible moral systems and consciousness itself (whatever that is)
different only by degree and complexity from ours, or is there a more
scientific studies can also be great fun. Animals tickle our fancy in many
ways, and often fascinate us.
fact that countless millions of humans around the world click on thousands of
videos of animal behavior found on the World Wide Web is itself evidence of
some form of intense communication in them — often without “words” or any other
sounds from the animals."
Friday, January 20, 2012
Novartis Suspends Production of Interceptor, Sentinel,
Program, Clomicalm and Deramaxx
medication options and changes with your pet’s doctor—even natural supplements,
over-the-counter meds and store bought flea and tick treatments. And don't miss our upcoming Raising Indiana conversation with Cathy Ball with Vectra3D regarding medications and flea/tick treatments.
Novartis closed an important manufacturing plant in
in response to consumer complaints it has received regarding a number of its
leading human consumer medications. The FDA issued a highly critical report of
that plant (see here) after an
inspection in June of last year. On January 8th, Novartis announced in a press release
that it was voluntarily recalling a number of its leading human products
produced at the plant including Excedrin, NoDoz, Bufferin and Gas-X while it
strengthens quality standards. On January 5th, Novartis sent a letter to
veterinarians informing them that it was suspending production and shipments of
the following Novartis Animal Health (NAH) brands including Interceptor Flavor
Tabs, Sentinel Flavor Tabs, Clomicalm, Program Tablets and Suspension, and
Milbemite. The letter also noted that production of Deramaxx which was just
recently moved to the
plant will also be affected although the company will continue to ship that
product from existing inventory.
suspension is leaving pet owners looking for these products subject to the
inventory on hand with their local veterinarian and with discount suppliers
such as VetDepot.com As those supplies are exhausted, veterinarians will be
obligated to prescribe competing substitutes such as Heartgard,
Trifexis, Advantage Multi, and Rimadyl.
After learning about the situation, some consumers are asking for alternatives
even when stocks are on hand. Novartis has not given an indication of when
production might resume however they have stated that the recent actions were
coordinated with the involvement of health authorities. With the FDA’s
involvement, there is the possibility that the closure could be lengthy if it
reaches the level of problems recently experienced at facilities owned by
Johnson & Johnson, Genzyme, and Hospira.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
a successful car ride and visit to Dr. B in sight. I looked at him in the
dogs primarily because the ear structures used for balance are not fully
matured yet. There are many adult dogs that
still experience motion sickness long after the ear structures develop
make travel easier and more fun for you and your pooch.
for a physical and to discuss the issue.
first few appointments may be a little stressful so consider
forward during travel to eliminate sickness.
A secure doggie seat belt will help with proper placement.
purpose (would you be?) so never punish or ridicule a pet with motion
sickness. A simple “That’s okay, we’ll
clean it up when we get home.” or “Does your tummy feel better now?” in a
soothing voice may make you & the dog feel a little better.
Now open the car door and offer the yummy treat. Working slowly
the car or have her jump into the seat as yummy treats rain down.
comfortable for Sadie and her tummy. If she does suffer nausea don’t
work forward from there.
traveling. This will help equalize air pressure in the vehicle and allow
direction and on full blast! Keeping fresh air moving is key to keeping
offering one or two gingersnap cookies 15 minutes before your next car trip.
reinforcer that car travel equals fun trips to the dog park,
car together. Some pooches feel more
secure if their playmate is with them on car trips.
want to discuss the option of medication with your vet.
without first discussing it with your vet.
Anti-nausea drugs, antihistamines and phenothiazine all work to calm
nervous tummies and riders. But as with
any medication therapy, it should be an owner’s last option for treatment.
Bailey is in the small percentage of pooches for which the above classical
conditioning and natural remedies have not been effective. He
does require medication for even the shortest trips.
spontaneous for Bailey) and a positive attitude can help both
travel. They may foul a vehicle through
no fault of their own but because of a previous traumatic experience.
car? As with motion sickness, the animal
should never be punished for this behavior.
Please speak with your vet about this behavior, seek help from a
certified animal behaviorist and ask your local positive reinforcement trainer
for tips on classical conditioning.
Photo courtesy of Amy Callahan Photography http://amycallahan.com/
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
nothing of those critical early weeks of life when puppies should be properly
introduced to the world and socialized.
I also have no genetic history of his parents or grandparents. There are some experts, such as Dr. Stanley
Coren and Dr. Ian Dunbar, who suggest that if an animal is not properly
socialized and nurtured before the age of three months that the animal may have
a learned behavioral deficit if you will.
the lack of nurture and love that I assume he missed between birth and three
months? Not to second guess the experts
but all of my current pets, minus Jack-Jack, were acquired after the critical
adjustment and learning period that experts speak of. And I would classify most as “normal”. Could they be better? Of course.
But so could I. I cannot worry
for a period of Bailey’s life that I had no control over. I can only move forward with him.
Bailey. Uncontrollable. Out of ordinary and out of character. Unexpected.
Frightening. Life changing.
watching what can best be described as the rage and “red zone” actions of a typical
bully breed pushed beyond reason. Not to
stereo type bully breeds, all breeds can exhibit “red zone” behavior.
were not common or severe but we were schooled in the proper handling of fighting
animals to ensure safety for all. But
that day in the backyard I knew more would be needed of me to help Bailey.
myself into learning all I could.
I knew that I was Bailey’s only hope. I had adopted him, I loved him, and I had an
emotional bond with him that if rehomed his next owner might not have. I learned that dogs who are rehomed have a
high rate of being returned to shelters or worse. It’s easily explained by thinking that the
first owner loved an animal and each consecutive owner may love or care a
little less about the animal until the pet becomes a burden. This is not to say that rehoming should never
be an option for owners or that those owners are failures. The exact opposite is true. Rehoming may save an animal’s life when the
only other option is euthanasia due to aggression or biting. But those animals should only be placed with
experienced owners fully capable of handling those behavioral issues.
call his actions for the sake of story telling, continue. We have learned that he has resource guarding
issues—food, his owners, toys, cardboard boxes, pretty much anything… We also discovered that two of our dogs
readily back down to Bailey’s growls and warnings. Deciding it is better to let the crazy dog have
his card board box than fight over it.
That leaves Supermax. He does not
back down. He prefers to think the box
should belong to him.
& Jack-Jack. Now he does not want
the kitties near his “things” or even near him.
If the kitties take one step too far down the hall then all hell breaks
in on the cats.
and chasing of Bailey after a kitty. We
have adopted an “Ignore” treatment when he misbehaves. We simply remove Bailey from the situation
without a word and place him in his “time out” area for 10-15 minutes. As I walked Bailey away from the scene to his
spot of thought and ponder, I heard the spitting and growling of Jack-Jack fast
approaching. Jack-Jack had decided to
retaliate. He was all puffed up, bushy
tailed and spitting. He chased Bailey
right out the back door.
all. Maybe it should be the Saga of
Kitty vs. Pupper.
for this week- Mine! By Jean Donaldson available at http://www.dogwise.com/itemdetails.cfm?ID=DTB740
lithe and spirited just as a Deerhound should be, but turn
adored pet? Her left ear bears an odd split at the tip-an exact cut,
the slow economy with a family no longer able to feed her? Her trusting
surroundings. My four huntsmen, as I affectionately call my Great Pyrenees,
perspective when a new animal enters our lives and household.
step and the extra work not as tedious.
Fostering an animal is a commitment to the unknown—temperament,
training, health, time. I do not know how long Lissette will call this place
“foster home”, some fosters reside with their families for months
before adoption. Attachment is inevitable--especially when the
animal is as beautiful and sweet as Lissette. It’s difficult to say
goodbye not matter how long a dog is with you.
anyone can do to help save lives. Knowing
you have helped save a life and have had a hand in selecting a dog’s forever
family makes the extra work, cold nights and teary goodbyes a little easier.
are thousands just like her waiting to be adopted or fostered. If you would
with us and other animals?
Author, Bob McMillan
he suggests that a wolf in the wild might cozy up to a rabbit —
street to greet another new dog. He bathes our old, cranky cat at night.
Every dog is different.
parent (or owner) was nearby. The stronger the bond, the more
like herding and hunting with humans, may have gained a more complex
understanding of human thinking.
still like us. For at least the last 15,000 years and probably much
longer, we’ve lived side by side. We like horses and pigs, too. But a horse is
too big to live and sleep inside with you and a pig isn’t the first one you
want to cuddle after he’s rolled in the mud. For us, dogs are the perfect
sociable pack animals, crave our company and thank us for it.
hunting dogs. Where’s the love? Masson suggests it’s
not gobbling down the family chicken or biting the family cow.
Many still hold that animals have no feelings at all.
wants to cuddle. I empathize. And not just because he’s
Herald-Citizen and shares his home with giant hounds and cats.