Dog rescue: good for both the dog and you


Puppy at the Animal Shelter
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I came upon this blog post/article today, and it really hits home.

I think most of us agree that if we want a new dog the first place to look is at the local animal shelter. There are so many previously unwanted, yet adorable, dogs wasting away at an animal shelter, with only one desire… a permanent home with a loving family. And they give so much more than they receive… thus the premisc for the article below. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the kennels. I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her.

I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn’t be afraid. As she stopped at my kennel I blocked her view from a little accident I had in the back of my cage. I didn’t want her to know that I hadn’t been walked today. Sometimes the overworked shelter keepers get too busy and I didn’t want her to think poorly of them.

As she read my kennel card I hoped that she wouldn’t feel sad about my past. I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someone’s life.

She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me. I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her. Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship. A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well.

Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms.

I would promise to keep her safe.
I would promise to always be by her side.
I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes.

I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor. So many more are out there who haven’t walked the corridors. So many more to be saved. At least I could save one.

I rescued a human today.

Written by Janine Allen CPDT, Rescue Me Dog’s professional dog trainer. Janine’s passion is working with people and their dogs. She provides demonstrations for those who have adopted shelter dogs, lends email support to adopted dog owners that need information beyond our Training Support Pages, and aids shelter staff and volunteers in understanding dog behavior to increase their adoptability. Copyright 2009 Rescue Me Dog;


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That paper shredder is a danger to your dog!

I was just reading one of the newsletters I subscribe to and saw a safety tip that I just had to share. It warned about the potential for your dog to get its tongue or hair stuck in your paper shredder, with potentially dangerous results.

This newsletter referenced two articles about one situation where the dog wound up losing her tongue, and almost bled to death before they got her to the veterinarian. The owner, Erica, wrote about waking up to her dog screaming in pain and her frantic trip to the nearest vet clinic. Dr. Emo, the attending veterinarian, talks about what occurred at the clinic.

In Dr. Eno’s article, he explains why this may happen:

NOTE: the most common reason for this traumatic even to occur with paper shredders is from children feeding food into them and dogs licking at the food. We recommend that you NEVER keep your paper shredder on auto feed and keep it out of the use of children.

Good advice, but I would go even further. Keep your shredder completely unplugged unless you are using it, and never walk away with the shredder still plugged in.

My dalmatian, Roxy, is extremely inquisitive, and can be seen sniffing out anything she is not used to being there. Even if it is something she has seen all her life, it becomes something completely new if the item is moved, So it doesn’t necessarily have to be the result of children putting food down the feed.

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A Pet Only Airline…Will It Fly?

I was watching Good Morning America this morning when they ran an interesting spot about an airline that only carries pets…no humans other than the crew are allowed! So I did a little research and found Pet Airways. Sure enough what I heard was true. Here is their commercial:

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