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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Does Wayne Brady Have to Choke a Puppy?

Ah the joys... Errr scratch that.  Argh the pains of raising a puppy.   Most days I’m just tolerating Indiana and the others I’m trying not to strangle him.  He’s a little terrorist and it’s like I’m harboring the youngest member of Al Qaeda.  If God didn’t make them cute and sweetly smelling...

Okay, okay… he’s not that bad but as Patty in Cincinnati astutely observed, emotionally I am keeping Indy at arm’s length.  That was also the case when Hudson was a puppy so perhaps it’s because I don’t fall in love easily or that’s the natural arc of life’s circle.  I am uncertain.

Hudson has been my absolute priority these past months following Murphy’s death even after the adoption of the new puppy, but it’s time to put my pack back in order and that’s a tall one. 

When I envisioned the Finding Fuzzybutt Four blog I hoped not only would we be able to find a brother for Hudson but some good homes for other dogs, too.  And from there we could share all aspects of the puppy’s development since in large part I am having to re-learn being a Papi all over again. 

Honestly, I don’t know what the hell I’m doing with him but admitting you have a problem is the first step.  Starting next week, Sheila and I are proud to announce a series of weekly ‘puppy podcasts’ that’ll cover all aspects of what I need to know to raise Indy right - from training to nutrition, and toys to treats, and pack integration. 

Every week I’ll be talking with experts on different topics that we’re encountering and the podcasts will only be hosted here on Finding Fuzzybutt Four.  Stay posted…

Keep the Faith and Puppy Up! 

Hudson, Indy & Luke

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

So many blogs, so little time


Puppy Up! Blog






puppy up! is
about the undaunted spirit of the dog! This Blog is dedicated exclusively to
them, to telling their stories, and open to all who want to share.









2 Million
Dogs-The Blog






The blog to read to keep up with all things 2MD!- Blog Admin
is Erich Trapp






2 Dogs 2000 Miles Blog






Want to know what Luke is up to or where he is—here’s your
answer start from him..









Finding Fuzzybutt Four Blog









A blog begun by Luke in the search of his next Great Pyrenees. This
blog covers all aspects of a safe, secure, happy, healthy, fun life for
adoptees; and how owners can step up their game with great training tips, behavioral
advice for issue management, and more fun surprises to come!


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Bark Radio


FFBF wants to give a quick "bark out" to Terry & Dee from Bark Radio.



They are actually taking a little time off right now and working on a great project which I've asked Terry to share with us when he gets a free moment. But you can still check out all their past interviews & Good Dog News on their site.
Bark Radio
We're not done until every dog has a home


Monday, September 26, 2011

Blogging Bob, Scooby & Spain, Oh My

The Famous Blogging Bob!



Hi Everyone


Miss Sheila Rinks has kindly asked me to be a Guest Blogger
for Finding Fuzzybutt Four, because it is National Dog Week and because I am a
pro at this Blogging Business, I have kindly agreed to help out. I had to do a lot of thinking about what I
would share with you, but before I get started, maybe you will want to know
about me.

I am Bob. Just
Bob. Not Robert or Bobby or anything
like that…. Just Bob. I have been
writing a Blog for several years on behalf of our company which is called
Everything & The Dog and our home is in Leesburg, Virginia. My official title is Blogging Bob, Boy Bloginator
and PitBull Reporter Extra Ordinary, and since my blogging was voted the Best
in Northern Virginia by Northern Virginia Magazine, I am also somewhat of a
phenomena. I like that word a lot,
don’t you?

I met Mr. Luke and Hudson and Murphy when they stayed with
us for several weeks the summer before they made it to Boston. I like Mr. Luke and Ms. Ginger a great
deal. I liked Hudson and Murphy too,
but I liked them best from a distance.
I am, I guess, more of a people person-dog, and as much as it pains me
to say this, I am rather much un-nerved by dogs larger than I am. I like small, fluffy dogs a lot.

I went to Washington, D.C., which as you know is our
nation’s capital, and I walked with Mr. Luke and ‘da boys during the big March
on Washington for 2Dogs, 2000Miles. I
wore a pink bandanna that said “Puppy Up” and I was very proud of myself. I also behaved quite admirably in
consideration of the fact that there were a LOT of very large dogs marching
that day. When one is a PitBull, it is
very important to behave well in public, as we PitBulls suffer from some
terrible misunderstandings.

So now you know all about me, and if you would like to
follow my Blogging, you can do so simply by asking your Mouse Person to fly you
over to
http://blog.everythingandthedog.com Do you have a Mouse Person? Mine is named MOPE and he is very important
to the success of my blogging. He
doesn’t have opposable thumbs either, but he is very good at navigating the
internet and helping me with my research.
If you don’t have a Mouse Person of your own, I suggest you get one,
pronto.

So now you know all about me, and I think that I have
already used up a lot of my time as a guest blogger telling you my story, so
what started out to be the introduction to my blogging, has now become my
Blog. HA. That’s the way things go around here. Sometimes I just don’t know what to say, so
I start thinking into my Mom’s head and we just take off running.

I would like to ask everyone who reads my entry, and who
will be following Finding FuzzyButt Four, to remember how important it is to
adopt dogs from shelters, no matter where you live. My sister, Lydia, who owns our company
(Everything and The Dog) is on the Board of Scooby North America. Perhaps you could take a moment and check
out Scooby if you are searching for a new addition to your doggie family. They happen to be in the country of Spain,
but they are very, very needy and their shelter is a miracle for all the dogs
they take in, many of whom are called Spanish Galgos. Spanish Galgos are very similar to
Greyhounds (who also need a lot of help finding homes), but the story of their
suffering in Spain is so tragic that it makes my eyes cry just even thinking
about them. Please ask your Mouse to
fly you over to
http://www.scoobymedina.org where you can learn
everything about Scooby Medina in Spain and then to also take you to
http://www.scoobynorthamerica.org so you can learn about Scooby North
America. Perhaps your next dog will be
coming to you on an airplane and speaking Spanish!

It goes without saying that I also want everyone to consider
adopting a PitBull. The story of the
terrible suffering of many of my brothers and sisters, is well known, but you
can find out more about us and how you can help, if you and your Mouse Person
take a trip to
http://www.bestfriends.org/nomorehomelesspets/pit_bulls.cfm This is the official web place for Saving
America’s Dog, which is an outreach of Best Friends Animal Society in
Utah. My sister, Lydia, who has gone to
Spain to help with the Galgos, also went to Utah and volunteered at Best
Friends a few summers ago. She got to
work with some of the Michael Vick PitBulls and we try to follow their stories
whenever we can.

So perhaps this will give you some food for thinking about
if you are looking to add a new Best Friend to your household. We know that Mr. Luke is anxious to find
Hudson a new brother (or sister?) and that he would very much like to have a
Great Pyrenees. We respect that
decision and we will do everything we can think of to help him. But remember, it really doesn’t matter
“what” you adopt, just so long as you do it with your heart.

Happy National Dog Week to everyone! I hope that many of you will become my
friends and will follow my blogging. I
don’t think there are very many Boy Bloginators and PitBull Reporters just
sitting around waiting to write a blog, so hopefully you will think that I have
some unique perspectives of a wide range of issues. Besides.
I am pretty funny – most of the time.

Love and Licks, Bob








Sunday, September 25, 2011

White Whiskers Photography

Photographer Maria Andrews believes that pets are an important part of our lives and cherished members of our families.
Maria was in Boston in June 2010, capturing every moment of Luke, Hudson & Murphy's final mile of their 2,300 mile journey for cancer.
Check out the White Whiskers Photography blog for adorable photos of animals and insightly advice about how humans relate to our furry friends.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

FFBF Future

Clarence, my Great Pyrenees, showing his Puppy Up! spirit.
Tomorrow Sunday, the 25th, ends Petfinder.com's "Less-Adoptable" Adoptable Week and begins National Dog Week.
One look at a calendar and it is apparent that we do love our four-legged friends because we devote more designated days and weeks to them than we do most humans.
Finding Fuzzybutt Four began with Luke and Hudson searching for a new member of their family. We met many fuzzybutts needing forever families and love. Now that Luke & Hudson have found Indiana, we will countinue to post Great Pyrenees puppies under 6 months that are available for adoption. I also have a special place in my heart for senior pyrs over 6 years old. These are the dogs that get passed by and overlooked but they have so much love to offer! We will be featuring these dogs as well.
I encourage our readers to help us spread our reader base by posting and sharing this blog with Rescues, Shelters and Animal Organizations.
Indiana has been found, and finally named but we will countinue the blog to cover training tips for puppies, behavioral issues and basic training 101 for all dogs. We'll cover fun tricks and games to play with your dog--you know colder weather is just around the corner which means more inside time. And, we'll discuss RPO, responsible pet ownership, with experts in the animal field. We'd like to know what topics you'd like to see covered & discussed--let us know in the comments section below.
We have guest bloggers lined up. Some with dewclaws, others with 10 fingers.
We'll talk about cooking for your dog and share recipes.
I'm looking forward to beginning a "Favorite Things" post!
And, we'll cover health topics. If you have a health issue with your pet we encourage you to seek medical advice from your vet. Myself and the other contributors to the blog are not doctors, we can only offer personal experience and opinion, which should never take the place of sound medical advice. That being said--what health topics do you want to see discussed here? Post ideas below.
I'm also excited about a Q & A section with one of our resident pyr-experts!
If you see an interesting story that you think should be featured on the blog, email me at sheila@2dogs2000miles.org.
So, we have many things in store for FFBF. Help us spread the word by sharing with all your friends and let us know your thoughts.
Puppy Up!
Blog Admin, Sheila

Friday, September 23, 2011

Harper's Hope

This is how Harper looked when she was rescued. Born with a condition commonly called "swimmer puppy syndrome," Harper had a flattened chest wall and could not walk or hold her head up.

Daniel, 26, fosters dogs that need serious help, and Harper had come to her in the most desperate of circumstances. On Aug. 31, a woman in Sanford, Fla., first encountered the little dog when she spotted a squirming garbage bag.

“There was a man outside the Save-A-Lot selling pit-bull puppies for $50 a pop,” Daniel explained. “This woman approached him and noticed a noise coming from a garbage bag he was holding. She asked him, ‘What’s in the bag?’ and he said, ‘Don’t worry about it.’ ”

The woman pressed the issue and the man opened — and gave her — the contents of the bag. Inside was a puppy so deformed that it couldn’t walk or hold up its head. Shelter workers and veterinarians grimaced when they saw the dog and came to the same conclusion: It really should be euthanized.

Safe and sound: Harper the puppy has thrived after receiving personalized attention and care.


That’s when Daniel, a regular at the local animal shelter, stepped in. She decided to take the puppy home for one full and final day of unabashed affection. “I had to show her what it was like to be loved,” Daniel said. “I’d planned on taking her home that night, letting her sleep in bed with us, and having her humanely euthanized in the morning.”

What a difference a day can make. Today, Harper is not only alive — she’s thriving. The frisky gray puppy is gaining more and more mobility each day, to the astonishment of onlookers and medical professionals.

Harper’s rapid recovery began on that initial day with Daniel. The puppy had been born with a condition commonly dubbed “swimmer puppy disorder,” and most dogs afflicted with it don’t survive. The formal name of Harper’s disorder, pectus excavatum, causes puppies to lie flat on their chests with their legs perpetually splayed out, as if they were humans — or perhaps frogs — swimming through water.

“The longer she was like that, the more she stayed in that position,” Daniel said. “It felt like rigor mortis — like her legs might break.”

Despite that, Daniel kept massaging Harper’s tight muscles, hoping to alleviate at least some of her stiffness and pain. Within just a few hours, Harper started lifting her head and looking around. Her front legs became more limber as well, so much so that she tried using them to walk and pull herself around.
Daniel’s reaction: “WHOA.”
Convinced that this determined little dog needed a second opinion, she canceled the following morning’s appointment and made a new, hopeful one with a veterinarian at the University of Florida. At first, the vet described the reasons Harper probably would need to be put to sleep. The list included the likelihood of degenerative bone disease, brain abnormalities and a severe heart murmur.
They decided to do a few tests just to be sure. And, as it turned out, the rumors of Harper’s demise were greatly exaggerated. Her organs were functioning just fine, and she had no heart murmur or serious brain abnormalities. The medical conditions she did have required treatment — but nothing that warranted putting her to sleep.

Some nice people at Hip Dog Canine Hydrotherapy & Fitness in Winter Park, Fla., heard about Harper and donated free hydrotherapy and massage therapy to the puppy. Harper responded remarkably well, and before long she actually started walking.

“She started out on grass, then carpet, then concrete,” Daniel said. “She still can’t walk on tile or hardwood floors, but she’s getting there.”

Bev McCartt, a Hip Dog therapist, explained that swimming has helped teach Harper what her natural gait should be.

Bev McCartt of Hip Dog Canine Hydrotherapy & Fitness offered to provide free therapy sessions to Harper after hearing the puppy's story.

“Her brain kicked in and by the end of her first session, she was like, ‘Oh, I can do this,’ ” McCartt said. “She’s a walking miracle. She’s a real testament to a dog’s determination to get up and just go.”

Today, Harper is about 11 weeks old, and she’s holding her own playing with the seven other dogs at Daniel’s home. Daniel estimates that Harper should be ready to be adopted in about a month — that is, if she can handle parting with her.  “Right now we’re saying that eventually she’ll be available for adoption because we haven’t made any decisions,” Daniel said. “If I give her up, that will make it possible for me to foster another dog. But she’s like a baby to me. I just don’t know!”

This is not the first time Daniel has taken on an impossibly sad case and witnessed an incredible transformation. In April of last year, she began fostering Dolly, a pit bull that had been used as a bait dog in a dog-fighting ring. Dolly’s injuries were severe; her mouth was so swollen that she couldn’t eat. With careful attention and lots of love, Dolly recovered. Today she’s a happy girl and an American Kennel Club-certified “Canine Good Citizen.” (You can watch a YouTube video about Dolly here.)

Dolly’s saga prompted Daniel to establish Dolly’s Foundation on Jan. 1 of this year. The organization rescues and rehabilitates homeless, neglected and abused American Pit Bull Terriers and other bully breed dogs, and it has plenty of puppies and dogs available for adoption.

“They’re just dogs,” Daniel said of pit bulls, noting the breed’s negative image. “Dogs need love, and they need homes.”  That’s certainly proven true in Harper’s case.


“The whole world was against her, but she’s such a fighter,” Daniel said. “She’s a blessing. She’s awesome.”

Follow their facebook pages as well. 
'Hip dog canine hydrotherapy foundation'
http://www.facebook.com/dollysfoundation?ref=ts&sk=wall#!/pages/Hip-Dog-Canine-Hydrotherapy-Fitness/110773015668014
'Dolly's Foundation'
http://www.facebook.com/dollysfoundation?ref=ts&sk=wall#!/dollysfoundation


To learn more about the work of Dolly’s Foundation, click here and here. To help out with Harper’s medical bills, click here. To see more photos of Harper, check out this fun slideshow or visit this FlyinFurPetPhotography.com page.

Call him Frank no longer










“The woman who brought Murphy into my life
was also one of the unfortunate few who felt I was making him suffer in his
last months so I regrettably cut ties with her after a twenty something year
friendship.






But that doesn’t mean the tradition
shouldn’t carry on…






So uncork your champagne, do a little jig,
the national crisis is over… I christen him ‘Indiana’ after the fearless,
albeit fictitious, rakishly handsome adventurer who also shares the same last
name with said woman.






Cheers to everyone for your creative and at
times kooky suggestions and to Ms. Jones for Murphy. “






Keep the Faith and Puppy Up!






Hudson, Indy, & Luke



Portion of blog post via 2 Dogs 2000 Miles Blog by Luke Robinson









The Right Picture is Worth An... Adoption!










Pet photographer's ambitious adoption photos




Photographer Theresa Berg has started to
work on changing the grim images of animal adoption photos into something that
a possible pet owner can't refuse. Steve Hartman reports.




Courtesy of CBSNews.






Thursday, September 22, 2011

Dogs are Gifts from Heaven






I will lend to you for awhile a puppy, God said. For
you to love while he lives, and mourn when he's dead. Maybe for twelve or
fourteen years, or maybe two or three. But will you, 'till I call him back,
take care of him for me?




He'll bring his charms to gladden you and, should his
stay be brief you’ll always have his memories as solace for your grief. I
cannot promise he will stay, since all from earth return. But there are lessons
taught below I want this puppy to learn.




I've looked the whole world over in search of teachers
true. And from the folk that crowds life's land I have chosen you. Now will you
give him all your love, nor think the labor vain? Nor hate me when I come to
take my puppy home again?






Via Michael Breton and Chuck Williams


Male Pyr






This blog focuses on showcasing pyr puppies and pyr seniors but this dog is a
rare exception. I believe in RPO and
never setting a dog up to fail. That means
if you know a dog doesn’t like a certain thing or situation, as a RPO you try
to avoid those things or situations.
Otherwise, you are setting the dog up to fail, and sometimes the consequences
can be fatal.






Giant
Hearts Dog Rescue in VA has an urgent plea.
They have a 2 year old male pyr who needs to be removed from his home
before a child is hurt. This is a good dog but he does have a sensitivity
that requires a special home.
His
owners are making a difficult choice to re-home him but they are doing what is
best for the dog and their family. And,
they are not setting the dog up to fail.






“He's a
two-year-old male who is a wonderful dog. The only "issue" he has is
that he doesn't like being startled awake in the middle of the night when he's
sleeping. (To be fair, neither do I.) Not a big deal some might say, but there
are very young kids in his house and they do not understand. There hasn't been
any incidents yet (other than a little growling once when the young child
pounced on the dog when he was fast asleep), and the family wants to keep it
that way. They are being very RPO and have decided that, since giving up the
child is out of the question, they should find a new home for their furry
friend. If anyone knows of a home that is looking for a really well-behaved dog
and understands the phrase "let sleeping dogs lie," please have them
contact us for more information.”



Anyone interested volunteering with or adopting from Giant Hearts Dog Rescue
should check with them at www.giantheartsdogrescue.com . They recently formed in the
state of Virginia
to rescue dogs of any giant breed. The bigger the better! They are looking for volunteers, especially
foster homes, in Virginia
as they are getting more requests to surrender dogs than they have space for.









Importance of Fostering Video





Watch Betsy Saul and Jane Harrell of Petfinder.com
discuss the importance of fostering. Help a less adoptable pet for
Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet week!





















Co-founder of Petfinder.com Betsy
Banks-Saul and Associate Producer Jane Harrell speak to LIFE+DOG about
Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet week.






Courtesy of Petfinder.com Foundation and
LIFE+DOG











Wednesday, September 21, 2011

2011 Puppy Up! Walks

2 Million Dogs has more
Puppy Up! Walks than you can shake a fuzzybutt at this year. I know you can find one in your area! Grab your pooch and sign up for a great day
and lots of "pawsome" fun, all while helping 2 Million Dogs raise awareness and
funding for comparative oncology research.







November 6, 2011 Puppy Up! Walk



It began with a promise
to raise awareness of canine cancer one mile, one city, and one person at time.
Luke Robinson with his two dogs walked 2000 miles from Austin
to Boston to
fulfill the promise he made to his dog Malcolm who died from this horrible disease.
Visit www.2dogs2000miles.org for more information about their walk.



2 Million Dogs was formed
on the belief that if 2 dogs can walk 2000 miles to bring awareness to cancer
surely 2 million dogs can walk 2 miles. Our mission benefits the study of canine
cancer and comparative oncology. Be a part of history this November 6th as
thousands in cities all across America
join in on the promise to bring awareness to cancer.



Sign up now for a 2 Million Dogs Puppy Up! Walk in your
area… there will never be a better time like this to Puppy Up! against cancer.



A cancer-free world
starts with one dog, each mile at a time.



About our Walks



The funds raised from
these events will be used to fund canine cancer and comparative oncology
research particularly focusing on the causal relationship between infections,
immune response, and cancer. We are in the early stages of our process as we
are currently looking for research partners and raising monies to fund the
study.



2 Million Dogs 2 Miles,
Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.





Chloe




Chloe-Our "Less-Adoptable" Adoptable for today!




Great Pyrenees Mix: An adoptable dog in Columbia, MO




Chloe
is an older girl who has lived her entire life outside. She has learned to love
the comforts of living inside. Chloe is house trained by using a doggie door...
and yes it is a huge doggie door! She is food aggressive with other dogs but
this is easily contolled by food seperation during meal time. Chloe loves her
treats and wil sit very nicely for them. Chloe does still like to play fetch
with a ball and loves her soft squeeky toys. She has hip problems so would not
do well with many stairs. She is learning to get along with other dogs and has
even been learning to play gently with one of the juvenile dogs. She loves to
kiss you with her giant tongue! Rest assured that after she is done kissing
you, you are clean! She is quite a lover! Chloe is not found of cats. Because
Chloe is older, she would best be suited in a quiet home where she can just
love nad be loved for the rest of her life.



More
about Chloe



Spayed/Neutered
• Up-to-date with routine shots • Special Needs



Chloe's
Contact Info



Columbia Second Chance, Columbia, MO









2012 Cancer Can't Keep A Good Dog Down Calendar




2 Million Dogs' 4th annual “Cancer Can’t Keep a Good Dog Down” Calendar Contest has
begun!
The contest runs through midnight
Central time October 1st.



Our unique calendar is a collection of 13 original stories and photos about
dogs who have had or are currently fighting cancer. What makes the 2 Million
Dogs’ calendar distinctive is that we also have a two page gallery of many of
the runners-up, and we also print the winners from last year’s contest. Our
calendar honors and memorializes our beloved companions touched by cancer, and
is a tribute to their unfaltering spirit, undaunted courage, and the unshakable
loyalty they have given us.



If you would like to enter your dog, or know someone who would, please click
here
. You’ll find instructions for uploading your stories and photos there.



Voting has already begun and instructions for voting are here.



If you have any questions or would like more information, please write to 2MDcalendar@gmail.com.



Check back to the site often as new stories and photos are added almost
daily.



Come join the fun and help support 2 Million Dogs!



2 Million Dogs Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization, is committed to
discovering the common links between canine and human cancers and the causes of
these cancers through education and awareness, empowerment and mobilization,
and investment in research.






Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Special Needs Pets are not Handicapped

Jack-Jack, Blog Admin Sheila's Tri-pawd Kitty.


Special Needs Pets Are
Not Handicapped


Author, Jan Casey


The inspiration for this
column came from an email forwarded to me by Kim Kuykendall. A note was
attached to watch the video of Lucky Loois from the website:
http://almostperfectpets.blogspot.com/
.

The video is not just about a dog whose hindquarters are paralyzed, but about
the care the owner provides for him and the bond that exists between the two.
What's refreshing is the owner does not feel sorry for Loois, but instead, he
recognizes the canine's spirit and all that is right with the dog.




Why on earth would anyone
want a pet with special needs? There are plenty of animals in need of adoption
who are “perfect.” It would be quite easy to have a pet euthanized if it
developed a problem such as blindness, deafness, or loss of a limb. What would
possess someone to bring home or keep a handicapped pet? For those of us
blessed with a “less-than-whole” pet, the question is why people wouldn't
want one of these special animals.




Sheila and Jason Rinks
rescued Jack Jack, a kitten with a birth defect that prevented him from using
his front leg. Sheila writes: “Jack Jack has taught me that there is no reason
to feel sorry for these animals or fear the loss of a limb. He does not know he
is missing something. He runs, jumps, climbs and plays more than most cats I've
known. He holds his own against 4 large breeds dogs who could easily fit him
into their mouths. He is the first animal to greet strangers when they come
over, and quickly makes friends; he sings to me, and finds the fun in every
mundane act. I do not pity Jack Jack, nor do I allow anyone else to. He is not
different or handicapped. When people notice he has 3 legs or when we tell
people he has 3 legs, they automatically feel different toward him. I
immediately tell them that he is my most well adjusted animal and a fighter.”




Pets who are blind, deaf, or
without use of a limb or two might be considered handicapped by some, but I
agree with Sheila: these pets are not “handicapped.” The term 'handicapped'
implies one is disadvantaged or disabled. As with people, nothing could be
further from the truth. They only need some adjustments made so they can
participate fully in life. When we provide accommodations for our special needs
pets, we give them the opportunity to do almost all the things other pets do.
The gifts they give us in return are nothing short of miraculous.




A blind pet will often rely
on another pet to help guide its way. Placing a bell on a companion animal will
help the blind pet follow along outside as well as inside the home. (I do
believe animals practice compassion with each other). The cat or dog may have a
heightened sense of taste, smell, and touch, so don't hesitate to use scented articles
and bits of food to lay out a pathway for the pet. A little peanut butter on a
toy will provide a double delight. Providing a massage for your pet is a great
bonding tool as well as a way for the pet to learn to relax when he detects
your scent.




Many people teach their pets
to respond to hand and body cues when training. Animals communicate through
body posture, so teaching a deaf pet to respond to your hand signals is
natural. Get her attention first by teaching her that the beam from a flashlight
means look to you for a reward. Once she connects with you visually, other
behaviors can be put on cue through lure and reward. Many folks like to use
sign language as the cues.




Penny Craighead shares her thoughts on caring for Peaches, her 12 year old paralyzed
Peke. “After consulting with the veterinarians at UT Vet Hospital, I was told
surgery was not an option. My choices: 1. have her euthanized; 2. learn to live
with her disabilities. #1 was NEVER an option. Is it easy caring for a
handicapped pet...No. Is it a struggle...Yes. You will need a level of
understanding that will allow you to learn and interpret their language for
feeding, comfort, and potty needs. It requires love, commitment, and full time
dedication to caring for the one that will love you unconditionally. Is it
worth it? Yes, Yes, Yes!”



Though rather pricey, there are wheelchairs and carts available for
paralyzed pets in need. K-9 Carts (
http://www.k9-carts.com/),
DogKarts (
http://dogkarts.com/), and Eddie's
Wheels (
http://www.eddieswheels.com/)
are just a few of the companies that sell custom wheels for dogs and cats. Some
companies have a rental option. There are also online sites like
http://wheelsfordogs.com/content/view/2/2/
which offer plans for homemade pet wheelchairs.



Euthanasia should not be the automatic response when faced with a physically
challenged pet. My own tripod dog, Dodi, sets an example for me daily, waking
each day without complaint, ready for every new experience that may come his
way. Take the opportunity to learn how special these animals can be. You'll
find them to be extraordinary teachers of the art of living life to its fullest.



Jan Casey is a
reward-based trainer in Florida
at Courteous Canine, Inc. www.courteouscanine.com
and owner of Smiles and Wags Pet Services
www.smilesandwags.com. Mrs.
Casey is a member of the Association of Animal
Behavior Professionals.
Mrs.
Casey is a columnist for the Cookeville,
Tennessee
Herald-Citizen Pet
Pages
and Kid's Korner .
This column was originally written for the Herald-Citizen www.herald-citizen.com.








Monday, September 19, 2011

Maggie May





BHRR's Maggie May-Our "Less-Adoptable" Adoptable of today!




Great Pyrenees: An adoptable dog in Oxford Station, ON




BHRR's Maggie May - about 4-5 years of age, female, spayed,
utd on vaccines, white with speckling, microchipped, housebroken, good with
cats, dogs, kids, adults and seniors. Some obedience training(yet that does not
excluded our mandatory obedience clause - NO EXCEPTIONS). Weight is about 90-95
pounds and she is special needs as her right front leg needed to be amputated
on May 10th, 2011. To read more about BHRR's Maggie May and to stay updated on
her progress, please follow her blog at:
http://www.birchhaven.org/?cat=88


NOTE: All blogs and our PetFinder animal lists are kept utd so yes, BHRR's
Maggie May is still available. Please familiarize yourself with BHRR's adoption
mandates, processes plus policies before contacting us about a BHRR animal. Our
PetFinder & our www.birchhaven.org websites will answer most of your
questions. BHRR is a federally registered NPO operated soley by Volunteers.






More
about BHRR's Maggie May



Spayed/Neutered
• Up-to-date with routine shots • House trained • Prefers a home without: young
children • Special Needs • Primary color: White or Cream • Coat length: Long



BHRR's
Maggie May's Contact Info



Birch Haven Rescue &
Rehabilitation Services
, Oxford
Station, ON








Sunday, September 18, 2011

Gunther




Gunther--Our "Less-Adoptable" Adoptable for today!




Great Pyrenees: An adoptable dog in Kingman, AZ




Hello-
my name is Gunther and I am a Great Pyrenees with an undeniable love for
people. I am eight years young and prefer to be the only big bear in your home,
as I tend to get a little too excited around other dogs. I get along famously
with adults, but children get on my nerves. I am a majestic beauty...I just
need the right home!



More
about Gunther



Pet
ID: C11-015167 • Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • Prefers a
home without: dogs, young children • Primary color: White or Cream • Coat
length: Long



Gunther's
Contact Info



Western Arizona Humane
Society / Kingman
,
Kingman, AZ









Saturday, September 17, 2011

Adopt A Less-Adoptable Pet




Big black dogs.
FIV+ cats. Senior pets. Special-needs animals.


Many factors can make a pet seem "less adoptable." To promote these

unusual (or, in some cases, too common) animals, Petfinder has designated Sept.
17-25, 2011, as "Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week."



Visit Petfinder at:
http://www.petfinder.com/promotions/less-adoptable-pet-week
FFBF will be featuring our Senior Pyrs this week in support of Petfinders great program to help find loving homes for these very special pets.


Sheila Rinks is the editor of Finding Fuzzybutt Four, producer of the Raising Indiana podcast and shares her home with her husband, 4 Great Pyrenees and 2 very well-fed kitties.




Responsible Pet Owner Day





Author, Vern the Great Pyrenees






Saturday is Responsible Pet
Ownership Day but a dedicated day is not the start of RPO. It starts when you
are looking for a pet. People really need to educate themselves about what they
are getting into with a particular animal. Now, you all know I am a pyr, so I
can speak expertly about me, but regardless of what type of dog (or cat) you
want to get all I can say is research, research, research!



Imagine being somewhere on a 90
degree day and you look around and see this white stuff flying through the air.
You know it is way too hot to snow, but somehow it reminds you of winter. You
have no matured dandelions within a 1 miles radius either. What is that
stuff??? Most of it is being taken higher from the breeze and you know it can't
snow "up". Then the neighbor yells across the yards "Are you
brushing Vern again?"



Yep, that is what happens when you
own a pyr. Mom and Dad like to brush me outside because as Dad says "If it
is out here it isn't in the house". Then you go in the house, which is a
very clean house considering it is where 2 people, 2 German Shedders and I
live. Sometimes there are pieces of white fur floating around and landing on
the black furniture. Maybe that is exactly why it is called fur-niture??? BOL!
Great Pyrenees are beautiful and regal dogs.
We can also take down the most expensive of vacuum cleaners in a single round.
My friend Tsavo actually burned out his Mom's Oreck with his fur and he is only
2 years old!



My Dad is a salesman by trade but
sometimes I think he must want to be a mechanic. He lays on his back and gets
under me while I am standing and uses his snipping tool (scissors) to trim
little knots between my legs that could turn into an eagle's nest if not tended
to. It doesn't hurt, so I don't mind. But when he pulls those nail trimmers
out, THAT is another story. I DO NOT LIKE MY NAILS TRIMMED! Considering I weigh
almost as much as Mom, I usually win. Mom can't hold me down and she can't cut
my very thick, double dew claws. She is such a girl! BOL!



I must say that I am a very lucky
dog though. Mom and Dad did 3 years of research on my breed and waited to get
me until the time was right in their life. They know that I am only 3 years
young now so the biggest vet expense right now is my monthly heart worm and
flea and tick preventative. (Do you know how much more expensive that stuff is
for large dogs than for our little friends???) I go to the dog doctor every
year, need it or not. Since pyrs can be prone to cancer and other problems
associated with "giant breed dogs" they know the risks and are
prepared for whatever may happen. Dog ownership ain't cheap! I eat twice a day,
and although I probably don't eat as much as some of my friends that are Newfies
or Saint Bernards, they still buy 40 lb bags of a good quality food. Don't forget
the treats as I love treats!!!



Mom talks to rescue organizations
every day at work and it is so sad how dogs end up at rescues. Someone gets a
mastiff puppy and then surrenders it to a rescue at 10 months old because
"we didn't think it would get THAT big". Hello people! It is a
mastiff!!!!



Great Pyrs are great companions, as
are so many breeds, but don't get any dog on an impulse. Do your homework. Know
what you are looking for in a companion and know what you don't want. Talk to
people who own the breed/breed mix you are interested in. All breeds have their
good and bad traits, but all animals deserve a good home with responsible
owners that take good care of them. All we need is love and responsible pet
owners! Woof!*lick*






Vern is a 3 year old Great Pyrenees who lives in Raleigh, NC with his Mom
& Dad, and has studied at the AKC
Canine Good
Citizen School
.



Visit Vern’s Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=100002020103687&sk=wall