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Restoring Faith In Humanity – Animal Edition 2014!

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Published on Feb 23, 2014

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Dog owners are on alert in Cordova, Tenn., following the mysterious killing of several pets in one neighborhood, reported Friday’s WREG News.

The unidentified animal, described as “elusive and fearless,” has killed three dogs so far and injured one other; the dogs who were attacked were contained inside of their fenced-in yards.

Though evidence, such as “cat-like” paw prints suggest that the animal may be a cougar, residents in the area are referring to the animal as “the thing,” and “the creature.”

Whatever the predator is, large dogs are not safe – one of the victims was over 100 pounds.

Residents in this area are on edge – worried about the safety of their pets, and their children. Those hoping to avoid a devastating loss of their companion animals are choosing to bring their pets inside at night, rather than risking a loss from the night-time “beast.”

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Gus Kenworthy’s puppies: Olympian has ‘puppy love’ over Sochi’s strays

Gus Kenworthy is in love – with Sochi’s stray pups. The American freeskier who took the silver today is planning on returning home with more than just a medal to show off. Kenworthy hopes to fly back to Colorado with a family of Sochi’s stray puppies.

Yahoo! Sports said today that the 22-year-old, who picked up the silver medal as part of a U.S. podium sweep in the new Slopestyle sport, plans to rescue dogs – a mother and four pups – that live in a security tent near the Gorki Media Center, about two miles away from the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park skiing venue.

“I’m doing all that I can to try and bring them back with me,” Kenworthy said. “They’re like the cutest things ever.”

Kenworthy, as well as many other Olympic athletes, have been buzzing over recent stories regarding thousands of Sochi stray dogs, who have been ordered rounded up and killed by city officials – an attempt to “clean up” the streets of Sochi for the games.

Sochi stray dogs: Dogs smuggled out of Sochi to prevent city contracted killing

“I’ve been a dog lover my whole life and to find the cutest family of strays ever here at the Olympics was just a fairy-tale way to have it go down,” Kenworthy said, shortly after winning his silver today.

He tweeted his intentions Wednesday and, as you might expect, was inundated with positive responses.

According to MSN on Wednesday, animal lovers and animal rights advocates are removing stray dogs and “smuggling” them out of the city before they are rounded up for mass euthanasia.

The International Olympic Committee has responded to the allegations that the city ordered thousands of strays exterminated by stating that no “healthy” dogs are being killed in Sochi, a report that those on the streets decry as being absolutely untrue.

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How to adopt a stray dog from Sochi

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SOCHI, Russia — If you want to adopt a stray dog from Sochi, the first thing you should probably do is get on a plane to Sochi.

It can be done over the phone and e-mail, said Humane Society International director for companion animals and engagement Kelly O’Meara, but it will require significant cooperation from a local and several layers of logistics that would be much less complicated in person.

The good news, though, is that any American already in Sochi or planning on coming during the Olympic Games can bring home one of the now-famous pups relatively easily and inexpensively in most cases.

SHELTER: For now, there is a home for some

The prevalence of stray dogs — and the local organizing committee’s decision to hire a pest control company to kill thousands of them — was a predominant story line in the lead-up to the Olympics. Since then, a temporary shelter backed by a Russian billionaire has opened up just outside of town, and the attention devoted to the issue has inspired many Americans to ask about how they can adopt one of the dogs that survived.

Typically, O’Meara said, the Humane Society encourages Americans to adopt pets domestically, since there are many who need homes. But with Sochi in the spotlight, HSI has posted a point-by-point guide on its Web page detailing how to bring one home from Russia.

“I think it’s a situation where everyone’s hearing about the very sad and terrible means of killing these dogs and people are feeling a bit helpless in what they can do,” O’Meara said in a phone interview Monday. “This is a life-or-death situation for many of them that are being seen in and around Sochi, and that’s why people are sort of jumping in and asking how they can help.”

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On Feb. 6, “Mikey,” was surrendered to the New York Animal Care and Control in Manhattan; his owner cited “personal problems” as the reason for leaving the senior dog behind.

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The ten-year-old Yorkshire terrier mix was not the only casualty of the owner’s personal problems…two other dogs were surrendered to the same facility as well.

Chuppi (A0991144), a nine-year-old poodle mix, and Milo (A0991147), also nine years of age and a poodle mix, are currently homeless as well.

Today, the three seniors are all in the “super urgent” album on the Facebook page, Urgent Part 2-Urgent Death Row Dogs.

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We got our oldest boy Squirt from a shelter, he was covered in mange and almost bald. No one wanted him but we did. He was supposed to be a lab mix but they didn’t say mixed with what. What we got was a lab/great dane mix who became the love of our lives. A year later my father passed away and needless to say I was heart broken. One day while shopping for groceries a man tapped me on the shoulder and asked if I would like another dog. His family couldn’t support her anymore and he saw that I was purchasing dog food and hoped that we could give her a good home. Lola came into our lives when we needed her the most. She was our sunshine just as Squirt was our cuddle buddy. Having them both around helped me through the dark times, the sadness and the loss of one of the greatest men I’ve ever known. Several months later after my husband and I were married we lost my grandmother. In one year our lives had been devastated and my Squirt and my Lola were there as always to keep my grounded, loved and healing. One day while driving to see my mother my husband calls and says that a little lab puppy has showed up at the place he works at with no collar, no tags. They had asked around and she had no owner. Mattie, like Lola came into our lives when we needed her the most. I honestly don’t know what I would have done without my rescue Labs, they have become the center of our lives and I don’t know what we would have done without them.

Julie
Stoneville, NC

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Mysterious sickness killing Emporia dogs

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A disease is killing dogs across Lyon County and veterinarians do not know what it is. Vets at Kansas State University are working with the Emporia Animal Shelter to find out.

Dozens of dogs that seemed to be healthy quickly became deathly ill at the shelter. “We’re in the process now of hoping it’s not some virus that we’re not aware of … some new form of distemper or this new circle virus that’s been reported around the country,” said Emporia veterinarian Floyd Dorsey.

Dorsey thinks it started with dogs found wandering out in the country that were picked up and brought to the shelter. “We’ve been trying to contain it since then and each time we think it’s contained, it seems to break out again,” said Dorsey.

The sick dogs started with what seemed like kennel cough, but progressed to matted eyes, green mucus from the nose, and fevers. “The virus can affect the brain and the central nervous system, cause seizures, cause wobbliness when they walk. They go off food, won’t eat and usually have to be put down at that point,” said Dorsey.

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Farmer Builds a Mudslide for His Pigs

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Published on Aug 9, 2013

A farmer in the Netherlands built a mudslide for his pigs. He says he got the idea after going to a water park. The pigs love sliding into their mud pit, and Patrick Jones (@Patrick_E_Jones) has a look, plus cats sliding down a slide… because why not?

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Pigs Sliding in the Mud!

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Swimming Pigs & Piglets in Exuma Bahamas

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Published on Apr 5, 2013

Watch the swimming pigs & piglets in the turquoise waters of Great Exuma

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My mom found Scamper during the summer of 2007 when he was only a few weeks old. He and his siblings were hanging around a bush by the side of a road. He was the only gray kitten in the litter, and he was also the only one who begged for my mom’s attention. So she brought him to our house that we were actually in the process of moving out of at that point. He immediately made himself at home, exploring, sleeping, and getting to know all of us. He was such a cute, scrawny little kitten, and he definitely knew how to play. He also knew how to make himself comfortable. One of the first things I noticed about him was that he liked to stretch out and even lay on his back while he slept, which I had never seen a cat do before. He was obviously very comfortable in his new home and we liked him a lot, so we decided to keep him. Despite our already having a very dominating, territorial female cat who had scared off all other cats who entered her domain, Scamper decided to stay. He didn’t get scared off. Not ever. We brought him with us to our new duplex that we moved into, and we’ve had him ever since. Of our two cats, he is definitely the house cat. The other one stays outside for the most part. Scamper prefers to sleep most of the time, either on my bed, my MOM’S bed, or the couch. But he also loves to play still. He also loves attention, as is evident by his frequent meowing at me to get it. He is definitely not scrawny anymore, he has a pretty good belly on him. But he’s definitely not fat. He’s just a healthy house cat. Scamper and I have become very good friends since the day my mom brought him to our old duplex. In my humble opinion, he is the greatest cat who ever lived. And he is definitely the greatest furry friend I have ever had 🙂

Lexi Smith
Chico, CA
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Bo the stolen cat

Bo was the neighbors cat. He was named Bo since he walks bow legged. He wasn’t being taken care of. He was skinny and sometimes he would have injuries. At Thanksgiving in 2008, he came to my house limping. He couldn’t step on his front foot. I took him to the vet. He had a bite which got infected. I had him treated and took him home. I was concerned he wouldn’t be taken care of. I talked to his owners. They thought that I had adopted him. They moved and I got Bo. My husband jokes that I stole him. My story is that he stole my heart so I stole him. He appreciates us so much. He likes to be with us. If we watch TV, he sits on the couch with us. He does like sitting on the laptop. I guess it is warm. He knows he is loved and he is one happy cat now. I can save all the animals but I’m glad I got to save my Bo.

Mary
North Salt Lake, UT
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Mecca the Rescued German Shepherd

Mecca is named for the place she was discovered, the Mecca Hills of Palm Springs, CA in late April, 2013. She’s believed to have been abandoned there to die. The kind people that found her knew they couldn’t take her in, but didn’t want to drop her at a shelter either. I spotted a listing for her online one day and my heart went out to the poor girl. I decided to take her in and try to find a rescue for her. Shortly after changing hands, the one year old Mecca weighed in at 60lbs. She was scared, bony, dehydrated, and showed signs of past injury. She’s had xrays, shots, and bloodwork done all in one scary day. Her first few days were frightening for us all, not knowing what could be wrong with her. But her xrays and bloodwork came back clear and she grows stronger every day! After weighing our options, we decided to keep her. I was planning on adopting a rescued dog after my move to Milwaukee in August 2013. I had no place for her in my home in California. But with a lot of help, she was able to be boarded and I can take her out daily for any length of time. She begins her obedience training in two weeks and in three months, she’ll be road tripping from California to Wisconsin where we’ll get the new beginning we both hoped for. The last few years have been hard on me, but just one week with Mecca has made me the happiest I’ve been in such a long time. I’m so thankful this beautiful dog came into my life. ❤

Annicka
Brea, CA
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The Long and Sordid Tale of Greta the Great

Greta was intended as a breeding bitch in an effort breed extra-large pit bulls by crossing them with Saint Bernards. During her second heat, she escaped from her owner and came to my farm. We all knew what she was and most people were afraid of her because of her size and lineage. She was hungry, wormy, flea-ridden and didn’t know even basic commands, having been kenneled her whole life. I didn’t want to return her, but knew I couldn’t legally keep her.

I thought about surrendering her to the shelter as a “stray”, fully knowing her louse owner wouldn’t pay to reclaim her. I was counseled against that. Given her breeding, any questionable move during evaluation could send her to EU. I didn’t want to support the puppy mill by purchasing her. I didn’t know what to do. I just couldn’t take her back. Long story short, she is huge and eats a lot, and her owner is “frugal”. He knew where she was and knew I was feeding her. He waited six weeks and when he could see she plainly wasn’t pregnant, he deemed her useless and ceded her to me.

Now we have Greta. She is kind of a lunkhead but is so eager to please and has learned most everything I’ve tried teaching her. We have a Basset and a collie cross and all visiting children are directed to play with the big dog as she is gentle and has a ridiculous amount of patience with them. She picked out her own cat from our six gingers and believes that his name is “your cat”. Her greatest accomplishment, however, has been changing the hearts of the people around her. Fear has been replaced by love, making her a true ambassador for her breed.

Shannon
Cashton, WI
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Meet Carson

My wife and I live in Milwaukee. In August of 2012, we were visiting my family on Sand Mountain in Alabama. I was driving, about to go off the mountain, and suddenly I noticed this white pit bull right in the middle of my lane. Thanks goodness there were no cars coming as I swerved to avoid it.

We went back and she hurried away from us toward the trees. We have three dogs ourselves, two pit bulls and one beagle mix, so we always keep dog treats and water in the car, as well as dog bowls, so we tried to coax this starving little girl close enough to catch.

It took three hours but she finally let me walk up to her as she was eating. She was still very young and had no aggressive tendencies at all, so I was able to lift her up and put her in the car. We took her to the vet and got her shots and medicine. The pictures are of her as we were first feeding her, and then as we got her to the vet. You can see how skinny and frightened she was.

Then the hard part. As we always travel with our dogs, we had no room to bring this beautiful little girl back with us, much less know how she’d react to a 12-hour drive with a stop-over at a hotel room. So we began trying to find a home for her in Alabama, and we were successful. And old friend who has an eight-year-old boy and a Blue Healer puppy took her in and she immediately bonded with everyone.

We named her Carson and she’s a happy, healthy girl now.

Neal Wooten
Milwaukee, WI
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Milwaukee, WI

Hootie

I can’t take full credit on this one. A wonderful woman named Maureen rescued my Hootie at 3 weeks old. She was down south visiting her sister and the neighbors were on their way to the pound with my little guy. Their purebred collie had gotten knocked up by a great pyrenees, then dried up after the pups were born, and this was the sole survivor. Afraid he’d get parvo at the southern pound (or worse) Maureen took him back home to New Hampshire where she had another pup and several large Coon cats. Apparently taking in strays and finding homes for them was a hobby. How cool is that!? Maureen let me take Hootie at 7 weeks for the cost of his vet bills. He was barely 9 pounds but has maxed out at 100 pounds of fluffy love. He guards my chickens, sleeps with my cats and lets my collie be in charge even though he’s 12 years old and 30 pounds lighter. Hootie loves people, and especially kids, and has a regular cookie route through town.

Hootie slowly developed unpredictable aggression problems with some new dogs and a few local dogs. It took us a while to figure out, but we think its because he missed out on weeks 3-8 with mom and siblings. He was literally missing key skills in how to meet and greet another dog. He compensated by trying to scare them away. Now, through clicker training and positive reinforcement, he’s learning to relax and even make some fun new friends. And each time he looks to me instead of lunging in anger my heart melts because I know he is happier. He is my best friend and has taught me the value of patience, and trust and confidence when it matters the most. But most of all with Hootie, I have learned that oftentimes friendship is hard work, but its good work, and every dog deserves the chance to be a best friend. He sure is mine.

Donna
MONHEGAN, ME
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My Beautiful, Regal Queenie

My mom has always had a big heart for animals in need. One day, a lady came into the boutique where she works and said her family was struggling financially and they were trying to find some pets a good home.

Blueberry (as she was then called) was a cat with a lot of pain in her background. She had been an outdoor cat, but had been attacked by a coyote and had undergone extensive surgery. She’d survived, but had become a recluse. She would not associate with other animals, even other cats, and stayed in one room of the house where they kept her food and litter.

Mom agreed to take Blueberry and brought her to our house where she, upon seeing our lab/retriever mix (who wouldn’t harm a fly), bolted under the bed in my parents’ room. When I came home from work that night, it took some coaxing (and food bribes), but she finally came out from under the bed and laid in my lap, letting me pet her. Though cats have never really taken to me, Blueberry bonded with me and we’ve been close ever since. It’s apparent to anyone who visits that she’s definitely “my” cat (or I’m “her” human – one of the two, haha).

Fast forward a couple of years and my lovable purr-machine has completely come out of her shell. She and the dog even coexist nicely. She (eventually) comes out when we have company and will even perch in someone’s lap, depending on the person. It’s clear that she thinks she owns the place, so I renamed her Queenie – it just fits perfectly with how she carries herself and the personality that she has. She is regal and not afraid to let you know that she wants attention NOW! Several times when I’ve been at the computer for awhile, she will jump onto the desk and lay in front of the keyboard as if to say, “Excuse me, but did you not notice I was here?”

She’s sassy, she’s loving, and she’s my baby. I’m SO glad we adopted her!

Tina
Lilington, NC
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Princess Phoebe

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My mother’s dog Cody had passed away from old age and medical problems, and our family was devastated. We wanted to wait until our hearts had healed a bit before adopting another dog, yet I began browsing Petfinder.com just in case (the same site we found our beloved Cody). I came across a beautiful young yellow labrador retriever named Heather (at the time). The site listed her at 3 months of age and showed pictures of a young, sad and sleepy-looking puppy in a crate. I began to read her story. “Heather” was rescued after being hit by a car in the middle of a street in Indianapolis, Indiana. She had a rope tied around her neck (Poor baby!) and had been running loose prior to being hit. The individual that rescued her ended up making calls, and the poor pup was placed in a rescue organization called Luv A Dog, who then began rehabilitating her. I showed my mother her picture, and she too fell in love. We called Luv A Dog the following day to set up a time to come visit. The poor thing was limping over to us as we walked into her foster’s home! She was the sweetest and most playful puppy, despite her predicament. Not to mention she was absolutely breathtakingly beautiful! We decided that we had to have her, but we learned that there were several other applicants for her, waiting for a decision to be made. Her foster mother could see that “Heather” was meant to be with us though ; ), so we brought her home that evening. We renamed her Phoebe, because she is absolutely goofy like Phoebe from Friends! She has been such an amazing addition to our family. She is spoiled rotten, but we wouldn’t have it any other way! : )

Meg
Richmond, IN
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Chica, abandoned Mexican dog (now sister to Eloise, Mexican street dog)

Chica came from Amigos de las Animales in Mazatlan where I was volunteering one winter (2007). I knew I would be bringing one of the dogs back to the States in the spring, but until she came in, I didn’t know which one. One look and I knew she was it.

She was dumped there by her owner (which, as I think of it, was at least decent of him considering some of the other options). She was terrified of everything and bullied by the other dogs. The director of the shelter figured she had either been in a cage or locked up somewhere the entire six months of her life. It took weeks of going into her cage every day to get her past her fear of me. She went from trying to run away (not easy in a small pen) and peeing all over herself, to wagging her tail while she was peeing herself (and me in the process), before I thought I could take her out on a leash for small, scary experiences in the big world. If she’d ever gotten away from me, I never would have seen her again.

I finally brought her back to my boat where she immediately felt safe and at home. The photo on the left is her in her kennel when she was still afraid of me and my camera. The one on the right is a happy dog who has discovered she is in a good place with love and security. Those pictures were about three weeks apart. She remained spooky and easily frightened for many months, but little by little she has grown into her surroundings and loves people (when she gets to know them anyway). She’s happy and races around like a crazy girl when she’s excited.

She, like Eloise, is now with my friends in Washington. We all spend a lot of time together as I am down there several months every year. I’m still traveling a lot, so it works out very well, and my friends are awesome doggy parents.

Lynne Stevens
Juneau, AK
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Delilah – The Divine Miss D

Delilah was a small emaciated and sickly cat that appeared out of nowhere and started hanging around with the feral cats I care for. She seemed aggressive, but only when I fed her. One day I noticed her sitting in the laps of the neighborhood children. We all wondered where she came from, because she clearly wasn’t feral. Then we trapped her during a TNR program for our neighborhood, but she was immediately returned to me because she was too weak to undergo surgery. At just 3 lbs, she was quite sick, and I feared the worst. However, she tested negative for FIV and leukemia, and I decided to try to nurse her back to health indoors, then find a home for her. Then her true colors emerged…she is sweet beyond sweet, a hugger, loves to be carried around, and purrs like a motorcycle. The vet says she’s mostly toothless and pushing 20 years old! Now at 4 ½ lbs and hopefully still gaining, and despite several chronic conditions we are treating, she’s happy and loved, and has become the fourth unexpected member of my feline family. Delilah, the Divine Miss D, will spend the rest of her days indoors enjoying how ever many lives she has left!

Katie Doyle
Nashville, TN
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My Guardian Jake

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Jake was at a farm protecting goats for a friend of ours when I first saw him and thought he was just a gorgeous Great Pyrenees puppy. A month later when we were there, he was no longer with the goats, but in a pen with another dog and his beautiful white fur was orange from the red clay dirt in the pen. I was told he did not like the goats anymore and the farmer really had no use for him either, so I offered to take him. At 10 months old he had no name and zero manners. We named him Jake, gave him a bath, and taught him everything he needed to know about being an inside dog. Today, at 4 years old, he is most loving 120 lb dog. He no longer counter surfs, and would rather protect humans than goats.

Fran
Lucama, NC
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Pricillia:

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While picking up cat food at Petmart they had the Humain Society there with pets that needed a new home.

Pricillia came from a home in Bremerton that was a horder 90 cats were picked up and she was one of them. They

spade her, micro chipped, and doctored her for a cold. She was skinny, full grown, and thin hair. She is a long haired tabby.

So shy for the longest time but hungry all the time. Now she is a little butter ball and breets around the house when she is happy and crys when she feels abandoned. My two toms are finally used to her and she will let us pick her up now and then for a little cuddling. So glad I rescued her:)♥

She finally looks beautiful and healthy. Still shy but such a sweet kitty:)♥

Christina Lucas
Bremerton, WA
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Xavi and Nena

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Xavi was a puppy when we rescued him from a shelter in 2010, infested with fleas, he was abandoned in the snow with his brothers and sister who were already adopted. He has been with us for over three years. We moved to Tunisia, North Africa in 2011 and my husband and I brought him with us. He enjoyed the Mediterranean Sea and he goes wherever we go. After we came back to the USA, we wanted d to have another rescued dog to give Xavi some company and save another life. Nena (white and brown in the pic) was in the shelter for her third time. The guys at the pound even said “we hope this is her forever home” when I asked why, they gave me her documents … it was so sad. She had been pregnant, neglected, someone tried to tattoo her belly, she even lost some teeth due to a malnutrition. She was scared to even look at us, she ate with fear as if it wasn’t “OK” to eat, she was scared of men mostly. Now, it’s a sweet little 4 year dog who eats for two LOL has gained 8 pounds and is healthy, spoiled, and happy. She loves car rides, run with her brother, but above all, she loves to cuddle with us. I love my rescued dogs!!!

Angela
Charlotte, NC
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Riley

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About 18 months ago, I adopted Riley, a 5-pound Maltese, from a rescue shelter in South Florida. He was four years old, but had no birthday and no real information about where he came from. All I know is that he was neglected. I was going through a really hard time when I adopted him, and I have to say that Riley was truly a gift. He was very scared when I first brought him home. He wouldn’t look anyone in the eye and would be constantly shaking. Now, he is a completely different dog. He is energetic, lively, playful, and happy. He has become my baby and my best friend. I do not know what I would do without him.

Ashley
Delray Beach, FL
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Edna Jean

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In September 2012 my boyfriend and I were on our way through a tiny town and just happened to stop at a gas station. As we pull in I notice cars going around a black dog eating trash off the ground. No one even bothered to stop and help her. 😦 my boyfriend and I got out and approached her. She was very scared and had the most pitiful eyes. He said to me “Well, what do you want to do?”, even though he already knew. She was skinny, scared, tail tucked, head down, hairless along her back and back legs, infested with fleas, and smelled so bad. She was afraid of us and our leash (which I keep a spare in my glovebox) so we bought a lunchable at the gas station and threw her pieces to get her close to us. Long story short, we got her in the car. We took her in to the vet and got her all fixed up! We got her vaccinated, heartworm test, fecal test, DNA test (she’s a German Shepherd/ Finnish Spitz mix), allergy test (she’s allergic to dust mites and mugwort), every test we could think of! Poor girl had a rough day but she did very well. She has food allergies and is on a special food, is on immunotherapy injections for her allergies, she has arthritis in her knees so she takes joint supplements and medication. She has a full thick haircoat and is a beautiful girl! It has been 7 months and she loves life! She goes camping with us and loves to play in creeks and go places. She is the best, sweetest dog! So loving and just seems so thankful. When she gets her picture taken she smiles and every time she smiles it makes me so happy! We just got back from camping this past weekend, she went to the beach for the first time and got to play in the water. Love this girl so much!!! So glad we made the decision to stop at that gas station that day.

Kali Baugh
Anderson, IN
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Eloise, Mexican Street Dog

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I was cruising on my sailboat in Mexico when I first saw her sitting in the street In La Cruz. She was gazing at us in a restaurant, hoping someone would toss her some scraps. I couldn’t resist that sad little girl and went out to her several times. She was afraid at first but got over that quickly. She started waiting for me to come ashore every day in my dinghy. I bought dog food for her. She had mange, fleas, ticks, infected eyes, huge bald spots on her skin that were so sunburned, they were raw. I slathered 50 spf on her every day while she was eating. A friend helped me give her mange & flea baths.

I bought a small kennel, and the same friend helped me get her in it. She got her shots, and I brought her on board “temporarily” so I could try and find her a home. No luck. My friends laughed at me, because she was obviously meant to be mine.

She stopped eating and got sick. Back to the vet to learn she had ehrlichia. Antibiotics and prednisone took care of that. Then soon after, I noticed her fat tummy with very prominent little pink nipples that I hadn’t noticed before. Ultimately we had eight adorable puppies on board my boat for 12 weeks…they all got homes except two runts who didn’t make it. I cried over those babies.

I brought her back to the States. I was still traveling a lot, so my go-to doggy co-parents kept her. We shared, but finally they said they were too miserable whenever I took her away. We worked out a deal. They are brother and sister to me now, and I go hang out with Eloise and them and one more rescue I brought back later on whenever I’m in Washington. (I spend a lot of time there these days.) Eloise is happy and loved and has the best life in the world. Spoiled rotten, and that’s just great!

Maybe I’ll send you Chica’s story later (rescue #2).

Lynne Stevens
Juneau, AK
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RESCUED A CAT AND SHE HAS BEEN A BLESSING TO US ALL

My children rescued a CAT That came to our home for food they begin feeding her and named her Bella. After a few weeks we found out she was expecting a litter. As the weeks went passed she had her l itter of cats she had 5 beautiful kittens. Two days after she had her kittens my dos whom i had for 1 yr had puppies and i did not know she was pregnant to make a long stories short my dog neglect feeding the puppies so my cat Bell took over. She has been a mother to 8, 5 KITTENS AND 3 PUPPIES. It is a beautiful thing to see her being a mother to them all.

sherrell brown
los angeles, CA
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Billy gets a home

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About a year or so ago I began thinking of finding another dog to add to my furred/feathered family. I looked around online for several days before I came across Billy’s picture. His little face seemed so confused and frightened, and my heart went out to him. Billy had been sold like so much farm equipment with the property when his first owners left. His second owners ignored him completely and eventually they too put the farm on the market, left the state, and abandoned Billy along with a flock of chickens.

When the shelter brought him in he was filthy, starving and desperate for company; so desperate that rather than eat the chickens he was left with, he slept near them for company. The shelter said he was a boarder collie mix, about five, but he had never had a bath, been inside or even been through a door, never ridden in a car or worn a collar or leash. Bill had a scar about two inches wide and ten inches long from his spine around towards his belly, possibly a burn. The vet at the shelter doubted they had even taken him to the vet for the wound. When I first laid eyes on him he just looked silently into my eyes and put his paw on my knee. I knew this was my dog.

I expected to have my work cut out to house break him, but it took less than a day; he is a bright boy. I bathed him and discovered that he was shiny black and not fuzzy brown; but mostly what he needed to be held and talked to. Many hugs later he is a gentle charmer, a beautiful dog, who loves to travel, loves people and all other animals. He looks at the world with a wise little face and smiles. I made a very good decision to let you into my life, Billy.

Lisa Walker
Galesburg, IL
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Never Give Up

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Lilly was only 6 weeks old when she lost the use of her hind legs suddenly. The vet still to this day doesn’t know why she suddenly lost the ability to use them, however they suspect a brown recluse bite. We took her to the vet immediately, they started her on antibiotics, vitamins, and fluids. She was at the vet for over a week and I visited her every day after work. She was so happy to see me, she would pull up on my shoulder and perch there like a bird and just purr so loud with joy to be held rubbing her little tiny head against mine. Her desire to be loved was so strong it made me strong for her. She had to be cleaned after going to the bathroom because she couldn’t hold herself up to go and she was not so fond of this but she would let me do it anyway. After about 2 weeks of treatments the vet didn’t have any other ideas of how to help her and recommended euthanasia but I just couldn’t give up on this tiny sweet loving baby. So I brought her home and we did kitty rehab every day. Her back right leg did have to eventually partially amputated because it began rotting at the joint from what they believe was poison from a spider bite. The healing process was long and difficult for her but she eventually regained the ability to use her hind legs and learned how to maneuver with her nub. Now she runs jumps and plays with the other cats like nothing ever happened to her. She is a remarkable example of what love and persistence can do for an animal that has the will power to keep going if they have the love of a human behind them. NEVER GIVE UP on an animal that has will power and love to give.

stacy
lexington, NC
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Monster Man Rescue

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On May 11, 2012, my husband and I drove 12 hours round-trip to pick up a young Havanese who had been dropped off at a veterinarian two months earlier. Reportedly a stray, the vet was sure someone would claim the little guy but no one did. Lido Monster, named Mop at the time, only wanted to be loved, learn to play and trust. He has a genetic knee issue and his spine was broken sometime in the first 4 months of his life. None of this has dampened his spirit. He quickly adapted to his home by the Pacific Ocean, car rides and beach runs. He loves obedience and agility training. Next Thursday, we will earn our certification as a Therapy Team and begin our work in pediatric oncology wards. Monster, yes, that is his name, is our blessing from God.

Carolyn Bivens
Newport Beach, CA
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My rescue “Bear”

On a cold winter day while taking my daughter to school, I found my little 3 month old care “Bear”. After making several calls and contacting animal control office(s), it was apparent that this little guy was abandoned. Bear is now over 6 months of age and thriving. I have to report that our other dog, a 13 pound min pin, was not too happy at first to share his attention, but he has warmed up to the idea of having a brother. I and my family absolutely adore Bear, he is great at agility, he will go down slides, jump over makeshift fences and even play tug of war with “Sucre”, our chocolate/tan min pin. My daughter calls Bear and Sucre her brothers, as she is an only child. I cannot imagine our lives without these two animal souls, they have brought joy, laughter and love to our home/family. I don’t feel that I rescued my little care bear, I feel like he rescued me, because he has taught me patience and what is truly important in life.

vera
Downsview, AB, Canada

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http://healthypets.mercola.com/ An integrative wellness veterinarian Dr. Karen Becker documented the whole entire saga with regards to tick-borne disease.

The Very Best Way to Protect Your Pet from Ticks

By Dr. Becker

Last year around this time I had quite a battle with tick exposure with my own dogs, Violet, her brother Esau, his mate Ada, and my little Boston terrier, Rosco.

I thought I would share the entire saga with you, since summer is upon us once again and it’s shaping up to be an extra bad year for pests and parasites. Hopefully, I’ll provide some helpful information to those of you with pets that have tested positive for a tick-borne disease … or might before the season is over.

The Adventure Begins: Violet Tests Positive for Lyme Disease

The adventure began with our dog Violet, who tested positive for Lyme disease according to the blood tests I run frequently on my pets.

We ran a SNAP 4Dx test on Violet’s blood, and the good news was she was negative for heartworm, Ehrlichia, and anaplasmosis. But she was positive for Lyme – meaning she had at least been exposed to it. So the next test I needed to run was a Lyme quantitative C6 antibody test, which differentiates between exposure and infection.

Most dogs exposed to Lyme-positive ticks are able to fight off the infection on their own. I didn’t want to use antibiotics unnecessarily, but I did want to make sure Violet was fighting off infection.

When I got home the evening of Violet’s Lyme-positive test result, I drew blood from her for the C6 antibody test, and I also drew blood from her brother, Esau, and our Boston terrier, Rosco, to check organ function and run the SNAP 4Dx on each of them.

Rosco passed all his tests with flying colors. No Lyme disease, no heartworm or other parasites, and he had the organs of a 4 year-old (even though he was 11 at the time).

Next up for a blood draw was Ada, who is Esau’s mate (no worries, no litters!). Because I’m a proactive vet, I check the status of my own pets’ health every six months. And as you can see, things can certainly change in just a short six-month period, as in the case of Violet.

Next Problem: Esau Has Anemia and a Low Platelet Count

Fortunately, Violet’s C6 test came back negative for Lyme, which means she was only exposed but not infected.

Ada tested negative for all tick-borne diseases and her organ function was fine.

Esau also tested negative for all tick-borne diseases per the SNAP 4Dx. But unfortunately, his platelets were low and he was anemic. Not good news for our Esau.

A low platelet count and anemia indicates either a consumption problem or a platelet production problem in the bone marrow. Either his bone marrow isn’t producing platelets, or his body is consuming them at a higher than normal rate. This can be something really scary — like internal bleeding, or maybe a tumor on his spleen. Hemangiosarcoma, which is a type of spleen cancer, causes low platelet counts.

But thinking positively, it could also be Rocky Mountain spotted fever, which is the most likely cause, actually, of slight anemia and a low platelet count. Rocky Mountain spotted fever is yet another tick-borne disease that we don’t routinely test for. Fortunately, it’s treatable and curable … unlike most spleen tumors.

So I drew more blood from Esau to send out for a Rocky Mountain spotted fever test.

Esau’s Diagnosis: Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Esau tested positive for Rocky Mountain spotted fever. The etiologic agent is Rickettsia rickettsii. This particular organism is transmitted by American dog ticks and lone star ticks.

The good news is Esau’s condition was totally treatable. He didn’t have any visible symptoms other than slightly pale gums. No petechial hemorrhages and no lethargy.

This is a great example of proactive medicine at work. Because I test my pets’ blood every six months, I was able to spot a problem with anemia and a low platelet count in Esau. That led me to do the second test for Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and based on those results, I was able to completely resolve the condition before it created any problems for my dog.

Why Tick-borne Disease is Reaching Epidemic Proportions

There are several reasons, in my professional opinion, for the epidemic of tick-borne diseases we’re experiencing across the U.S.

First of all, ticks are resilient little suckers. They were once only a problem in certain areas of the country, but now they are being found across the U.S., which means they are expanding their home turf.

I’m also very concerned about pesticide resistance in ticks. For the last 50 years, we have seen progressively more toxic options for tick control. Dogs are getting monthly doses of chemicals year after year … and yet they’re still testing positive for tick-borne diseases.

Although chemical preventives may reduce the sheer number of ticks that attach to a dog, those ticks that do attach still carry disease. It’s a given the pesticides we’re applying at unprecedented rates to our dogs are causing resistance in parasites, and yet they are not one hundred percent effective at preventing tick attachment or disease transmission.

Another reason tick-borne diseases are on the rise is that insects other than ticks – specifically mosquitoes — have been found to transmit some of these potentially lethal infections.

Screening Tests for Tick-borne Infections Should Be Done Routinely

Fortunately, more vets are routinely screening for tick-borne diseases these days, which is allowing for earlier detection and treatment. I now routinely test at-risk dogs for tick-borne diseases twice a year.

Last year, in addition to my own pets having issues, we saw dozens of patients that also tested positive on routine screening. Most shocking was the fact that only a few owners of those dogs could recall finding a tick on their pet.

Just because a dog tests positive on the initial screening test for tick-borne disease doesn’t mean she must immediately be treated. In fact, most dogs successfully clear their own infections without the need for medical intervention. For this reason, I don’t recommend automatically giving antibiotics to positive dogs.

If your pet tests positive, I recommend you insist that your vet do additional testing to find out whether he has just been exposed or is actually dealing with an infection.

I live and work in the Midwest. Many pets, including my own, spend a significant amount of time outside during the warm summer months. This of course leads to a greater risk of tick attachment. But your dog can still be at risk even if he doesn’t spend a lot of time outside, so I still recommend you have your dog checked for tick-borne diseases with a SNAP 4Dx test, or a newer test by Antech called Accuplex.

Because tick-borne diseases are occurring at epidemic rates, and because these diseases if left undiagnosed and untreated can be lethal and really decrease a pet’s quality of life, a common-sense proactive approach is to simply ask your vet to do a simple screening test at your dog’s bi-annual wellness exam.

Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is the most well-known of the many infections ticks can transmit. Lyme is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. The tick species that carries B. burgdorferi is the black-legged tick, also known as the deer tick.

Symptoms of Lyme disease in dogs can vary a great deal. In people, the infection causes a bull’s eye target shaped rash, but that doesn’t often happen with dogs. Warning signs of an infection may not appear until the disease has caused a significant amount of degeneration in your dog’s body.

Symptoms can also be intermittent. They can be initially vague, leading you or your vet to believe your pet is simply having a few “off” days. You might see a mild decrease in appetite … perhaps a mild lameness … maybe a swollen joint or a mild fever for a few days. These are all things we expect to see at one time or another in a dog’s life, and don’t necessarily assign much significance to them.

Because Lyme disease is found throughout the U.S., if you think your dog is just not up to par and has one or more of the mild symptoms I just listed, I recommend you ask your vet to check for Lyme disease.

If the disease goes undetected it can lead to kidney failure and terrible polyarthritis that can absolutely ruin your dog’s quality of life.

Many dogs’ immune systems clear Lyme infection on their own without the need for antibiotics or other treatment. If your dog does test positive for Lyme, please insist on the quantitative C6 follow-up test I mentioned earlier. The C6 will differentiate true infection from exposure.

Only if your dog is truly infected should he be treated with antibiotics. If your dog needs a course of antibiotics, be sure to supplement with a probiotic at the same time. I also recommend you continue the probiotic for at least a month after antibiotic therapy to avoid GI problems.

Ehrlichiosis

Canine ehrlichiosis is another tick-borne disease caused by two bacteria. One is Ehrlichia canis, which is transmitted by the brown dog tick and is found most frequently in the southwest and Gulf Coast states. The other is Ehrlichia ewingii, which is transmitted by the lone star tick and can be found from the Midwest to New England.

Like other tick-borne diseases, ehrlichia can wreak havoc on your dog’s body if it’s not identified and treated. Symptoms can be vague – loss of appetite, a low-grade fever, lethargy, maybe a swollen lymph node or two. Sometimes there are more noticeable symptoms such as unexplained bruising, lameness or nosebleeds.

A diagnosis can be confirmed with a blood test called a PCR. If your dog tests positive on the screening test for ehrlichia, you can request a second PCR test to confirm infection.

Anaplasmosis

Canine anaplasmosis is caused by the bacteria Anaplasma phagocytophilum or Anaplasma platys. The infection is transmitted by the deer tick or the brown dog tick, both of which are found throughout the U.S.

Infected dogs can run a high fever and sometimes they lose their appetite. There can be GI symptoms like vomiting and diarrhea. There are sometimes neurologic signs or neck pain. Symptoms can also be as serious as seizures or anemia.

If your dog tests positive for anaplasmosis on a SNAP 4Dx test but doesn’t have anemia or other symptoms, chances are she has effectively cleared the bacteria on her own. But if her blood test shows anemia and/or she has any other symptoms, I recommend a second test  — the PCR — which will confirm anaplasmosis infection.

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Rocky Mountain spotted fever in dogs is caused by the bacteria Rickettsia rickettsii. It is most commonly transmitted by the lone star tick, but can also be carried by the American dog tick and the wood tick. Despite the name “Rocky Mountain” spotted fever, the ticks that carry the disease are found throughout the U.S.

Some infected dogs have a fever, body soreness, or neurologic symptoms. Not all dogs have the spotty, patchy skin rash that is characteristic of the infection in humans.

Vets confirm a Rocky Mountain spotted fever infection by measuring the antibody titer level through a blood test.

Reducing Your Pet’s Risk of a Tick-borne Infection

How can you reduce your dog’s risk of acquiring a tick-borne disease?

    • Check for ticks daily, and don’t overlook areas of your pet’s body where ticks can hide, like between the toes, the underside of the toes, in the earflaps and around the tail base.

My dog Violet has a black skin tag and a very short coat, so everyone who sees her for the first time thinks she has a tick on her side. That’s why it’s important to know your dog’s “normals” so you can easily identify any “abnormals.” If you’re ever unsure whether you’re looking at a tick or a skin tag or other bump on your dog, get out a magnifying glass and look for the telltale sign of a tick – legs.

    • Remember that ticks must be attached to your dog for at least 24 hours in order for the disease-causing bacteria to be transmitted from the tick to your pet. That’s why daily tick checks and removing ticks immediately is a huge part of reducing your dog’s risk of acquiring a tick-borne disease.
    • If you find a tick on your dog, be sure to remove it correctly. Don’t use your bare hands. People can become infected by handling or crushing an infected tick. Either wear gloves, or even better, use a tick-removing tool.

Grasp the tick very close to your pet’s skin with our Tick Stick, a similar tick removal tool, or a pair of tweezers. Carefully pull the tick’s body away from the skin. You may pull some hair along with it, but that’s okay. The important thing is to grip the tick as close to your pet’s skin as possible. Once it’s off, flush it down the toilet.

Next, disinfect your dog’s skin with soapy water or my favorite disinfectant, diluted povidone iodine, also called Betadine. Disinfect the area really well and monitor it for the next few days. If you notice any irritation or inflammation of the skin, you should contact your veterinarian.

If you are a proactive pet owner, you’ll want to have your dog tested for tick-borne diseases about three to four weeks after removing a tick. The type of test to ask your vet for is the SNAP 4Dx test, which is a screening blood test.

If you don’t have the 4Dx test done, you’ll want to watch your dog closely for several months for any signs of loss of appetite, lethargy, changes in gait, fever, intermittent limping – all the symptoms of potential tick-borne diseases.

Unfortunately, tick-borne diseases are here to stay. Checking your dog externally for ticks and having his blood checked regularly for internal, silent infections is the very best approach to keeping your pet safe from these potentially devastating diseases.

For more information on tick-borne illness, pictures of different types of disease-carrying ticks, and maps showing the number of reported cases of tick-borne disease in your area, visit DogsandTicks.com.

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