Monthly Archives: February 2011

New mamma Precious needs a little TLC and a chip in, please help if you can, and share if you can’t!

We are still trying to raise much needed funds for this pregnant momma who had an emergency c section and now has 13 beautiful babies… please donate any amount to help us cover her $600+ vet bill… new pictures to arrive soon

Precious female very pregnant pitbull hound mix dumped at Chesterfield County Sc animal shelter and had emergency c section today and gave birth to 13 puppies but her vet bills were more than anticipated… please donate any amount contact wherehopelives@gmail.com

Death row dogs please help or share!

Darcy’s thoughts: Bug is begging for someone to love him again… he is only little and would love to snuggle up to you, I bet. These little ones are very happy to just sit on your lap all day… they don’t require much except a little walk, food and war…m loving shelter. Can you please help him? Tag and share is the key to their survival. Please help Bug!) ♥ Bug ♥ http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/18715607 Yorkshire Terrier Yorkie Mix: An adoptable dog in Pembroke, GA Small • Adult • Male PLEASE CONTACT THE SHELTER FOR ANY FURTHER DETAILS IE AGE, TEMPERAMENT, ETC. I can only give the details as per Petfinder. Thank you 🙂 Our adoption fee is $25 and you must sign a mandatory spay/neuter agreement, stating you will have the animal fixed with in 30 days or by sexual maturity. Our adoptions are by appointment only. Please call 912-653-3816 to set up an appointment to meet the animal you are interested in. If no one answer, please leave a message and we will return your call as soon as possible. ************************** Bryan County Animal Control 144 Industrial Blvd W. Pembroke, GA (912) 653-3816 bryananimalcontrol@yahoo.com

Help save Nutmeg and his friends!

SUPER URGENTS THAT NEED OUT NOW!!!

By Urgent PART 2
Manhattan Center

My name is NUTMEG. My Animal ID # is A889322.
I am a male gray and white pit bull mix. The shelter thinks I am about 2 years old.

I came in the shelter as a STRAY on 02/20/2011 from NY 10466, owner surrender reason stated was STRAY.

Reason for New Hope: TEMPER.

EUTH MEMO
No Euth Memo

MOST RECENT MEDICAL RATING, BEHAVIOR RATING & WEIGHT
02/23/2011 Exam Type BEHAVIOR – Medical Rating is 1 – NORMAL , Behavior Rating is MODERATE, Weight 49.0 LBS.

Look 2: Dog pulls out of assessor’s hands each time without settling during the three repetitions. Sensitivity 1 :Dog leans in to touch ,body is soft with loose body while lightly mouthing the assessor Tag 2: Dog is not fearful but is unresponsive to the assessor, body checking, soft body, wagging tail and approaches the assessor at the end of the game. Squeeze 1 :Dog gently pulls back her paw Squeeze 2 1 :Gently pulls back her paw Food 3: Dog gulps food, begins to eat faster and with bigger bites, body stiff. Dog does not lift his head from the bowl when hand is applied to his cheek. Toy ;Minimal interest Rawhide 1 : Dog settles down close to chew, will drop the rawhide for you. Dog to dog 3: Dog approaches the helper dog by rushing in with his tail high, stiff body, head tall and short lips. helper:889328

PET PROFILE
No Summary

02/24/2011 WEB MEMO
A Volunteer Writes: Nutmeg is a 2 yo male , a stray at the shelter since 2/20/2011. He appears healthy and weights 49lbs.Nutmeg was found tied up to a gate, discarded like a used lifeless and mindless toy. Nutmeg, although wearing a dirty coat, is strikingly beautiful. His gorgeous aqua marine eyes draw the visitor to pose in front of his cage and take a good look at him.Nutmeg is shy, he seems a little lost, hesitant but as the potential walker opens his den’s door, Nutmeg comes willingly. Nutmeg does not seem very much used to a leash. He walks right and left but improves by the end of the stroll. He seems weary of things around him and even me. He is slow to warm up but then, when it was time to go back to his ward, we sat in a quiet corner of the shelter. Nutmeg came very close to me,rolled partly on his back with his head on my lap, his little tongue, sticking in and out. Nutmeg is insecure because of what ever happened in his prior life and now because of his stay in a crowded and noisy environment that does not lead to unveil an animal’s true temperament. The behavior Nutmeg showed me at the end of our encounter indicates that he is capable of relating positively and in an affectionate way with humans. He did not show any aggression to me or any dogs we met on our way. He is weary. He needs time. Maybe right and patient owner will come along and make his or hers this beautiful dog.

02/23/2011 BEHAVIOR EVALUATION – MODERATE
Exam Type BEHAVIOR
Look 2: Dog pulls out of assessor’s hands each time without settling during the three repetitions. Sensitivity 1 :Dog leans in to touch ,body is soft with loose body while lightly mouthing the assessor Tag 2: Dog is not fearful but is unresponsive to the assessor, body checking, soft body, wagging tail and approaches the assessor at the end of the game. Squeeze 1 :Dog gently pulls back her paw Squeeze 2 1 :Gently pulls back her paw Food 3: Dog gulps food, begins to eat faster and with bigger bites, body stiff. Dog does not lift his head from the bowl when hand is applied to his cheek. Toy ;Minimal interest Rawhide 1 : Dog settles down close to chew, will drop the rawhide for you. Dog to dog 3: Dog approaches the helper dog by rushing in with his tail high, stiff body, head tall and short lips. helper:889328

02/20/2011 INITIAL PHYSICAL EXAM
Medical rating was 1 – NORMAL , behavior rating was MILD
SCAN NEGATIVE BRIGHT, ALERT, RESPONSIVE, HYDRATED PHYSICAL EXAM-WITHIN NORMAL LIMITS mild tartar a little tense

No RE-EXAM or CAGE-EXAM found
Weight 49.0

DO NOT call unless you are going to go down there and get the dog. It is a waste of the staff’s time to explain the adoption procedure over the phone, for someone to purposely not show up? They need every free second of their time to process Lost and Found checks and care for the animals. Not to mention people will think the dogs is safe and then they die. STOP IT OR I WILL TAKE DOWN THIS PAGE!!!!

Manhattan – 212-722-4939 (hit 0 for operator, do not leave a message. May need to hit 0 a few times.


For the lovers out there, not the fighters! Fighters, you know where to go!

I just love this video!

Fort Minor is the band singing the song and in a weird way, it was like it was meant for pit bulls!

Enjoy!

-Apitome-


The pet mother

No, I am not one of those people who dresses their dog up in disgustingly cute pink coats with matching booties, and says things like “mommy wuvs you” to my dog, but I do love my dog  just as much as my kids. I am fearless when I think she is hurting or scared, and tender when she feels sick. I love her as much even though she has fur and burps right in my face, I guess she thinks it’s “Sharing”.

I want only the best for her, just like any parent, and can’t imagine my life without her in it, and wouldn’t want to! I find myself struggling with all the things a mother tries to balance, kids, career, the endless to do lists, cupcakes for those irritating bake sales, picking up poop and satisfying everyone’s needs in a single day.  I guess the difference between Xara and my other babies is that she only ever wants my time and attention, her only demand of me is a walk and a scratch on the head, pretty cool, for a kid!

The similarities are, she has the same needs, and she is happy to have me around, she needs attention, the need for love and praise, guidance, exercise, health care, and strong leadership. Which I gladly accept as part of being a mother.

It strikes me as the ultimate betrayal of nature, that we invest so much into our kids, fur and skin alike, we tirelessly do for them, and see to their every need happily, and then one day they either grow up and leave us, or they pass on. I think I would almost prefer that Xara just grow up and move away like the skin kids, because it would be like setting her free into the world totally prepared for whatever comes her way.

But every time I look at her, more so now because she is 11 years old and turning grey, I get this little pang in my stomach because I know that unlike the skin kids there will come the day that she can’t get up anymore, when she can’t pee, or chase the ball like that young puppy did, and when she will look up at me as if to say “I’m ready, and its time for you to let me go!”

I guess as a parent your greatest hope is that you will not live long enough to see your children die, that they will do as nature intended and out live you, but with Xara I know that will not be the case, so the mom in me aches already, just a little bit, but it’s there. Each year that passes I feel it a little more profoundly, nagging at me like a forgotten chore.

You see I have lost pets before, and it hurts just as if it were a person, no difference at all. It’s funny how we say lost, like they just disappeared, and it never gets easier, you just get better at dealing with it! I remember a friend had a dog, and she got old and hurt all the time, but she just wouldn’t let go, and my friend said I think, she thinks I still need her, or her job is not done yet. Then one day I got the call.., she said she had to take her precious fur kid to the vet and say goodbye. She said I looked down at her and she wagged her tail and kissed my nose and looked at me like “My job is done, I can go now, because I know you will be ok without me.”

She closed her eyes and drifted off to sleep and my friends said she whispered in her ear, “Fly to heaven baby.” and she was gone. I can’t tell you how that filled me with dread, because I knew that day would come for me too, and for sweet Xara… sooner or later but it would come, make no mistake about that.

But Being a pet mother makes me the eternal optimist, and I focus on today, and how she starts to do this weird little happy dance just because I looked at her, and how when you head for the door she looks at you as if to say “You’re leaving? ” Without me? you better come back soon!” I take great pleasure in the way she walks over to me while I’m cooking dinner and rests her head on my knee, her eyes pleading, “please, oh please drop that piece of steak!”

I guess much like with my skin kids being a mother is the greatest gift you can be given, to have these little beings touch your life in such a profound way, they leave this little indelible mark on your soul that never leaves you even long after they are gone, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

So to all you pet mothers and dads celebrate them! Love them and just know that they love you in the most profound way possible, and be good to your fur kids, and your skin kids alike, be worthy of them! Don’t abuse the trust and the love they place in you, instead revel in it! Let it fill you up and remember that this is what life is about, one life touching another, sharing experiences and love and growing because of them.

And while you are at it celebrate yourself, because there is no greater joy than being a parent, you are never an owner, just because they have fur, understand that you are a parent through and through…….so enjoy the ride!

-Apitome-


Religion and dogs.

So it would seem that dogs do have a place in heaven, at least as far as the catholics are concerned!

and so it goes, I am not a believer in god, but I support all who do, especially dogs!

-Apitome-


Some intersting info about dog bites

The canine research council states there is no accurate way to determine dog bites in the US, based on breed, Canada has no data either, have a read;

dog-bites

I have been told there is nothing in place to obtain that data, so how can these districts, cities and countries say there is a  quote “Pit bull” problem, when there is no way to be sure what is a pit bull, looks can be deceiving folks!

Here’s something great from Dogs In Canada Magazine;
dog-bites

I think we really need to be educated on how to approach, handle, and raise dogs if we ever want to harness the dog problem, but certainly BSL is not the answer we are looking for.

-Apitome-


Update on Lenny!

Lenny is safe and sound and out of the shelter system and on his way to a new life and a new family!

Good luck Lenny we love ya!

Thank you to Bruised Not Broken for the 411 on this guy from start to finish they were there, and worked feverishly to save him from death!

Thank you to Al Chernoff of Rescue Ink for offering to help, you guys truly are the “army for the animals!”

and a special thanks to Lenny’s new family for giving this beautiful boy a second chance at life, I’m sure he will make you proud!

-Apitome-


Bark out for open Arms Pound Rescue

This Organization helps transport dogs in danger of euthanization from the US into Canada to the waiting arms of adoptive families.

Please check them out and I urge everyone to help anyway you can, you can play a part in saving an innocent life!

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Modern Dog Magazine, I think I love you!

Check out this months article from Modern Dog Magazine;

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I knew they were a great magazine, but this article is excellent!

Educating those who need it.

-Apitome-


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