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  • Senior Dogs are Super Companions

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    Tuesday October 8th, 2013 at 04:54 PM

    You probably remember the post when I pulled canine senior citizen Gilby from the dog pound. His only crime was his age. Senior dogs make fabulous pets, they don't chew up your slippers and they come with housemanners. Right now the JCCARE is offering an October adoption fee special of $75.00 for a fully vetted senior Japanese Chin to approved homes. Even if you fall in love with a West Coast Chin and live on the East Coast, volunteers will help get your new companion to your door. My own...
  • Save Money Using Listerine as a Flea Repellant

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    Sunday February 5th, 2012 at 02:48 AM

    You can make a quick flea shampoo by adding a small dropperful of Listerine to your regular dog shampoo. Like any flea shampoo you will want to make sure you keep it out of the eyes and don't let your dog eat the lather. (I once had a dog named Yushi who was adamant about eating shampoo lather, so much so that I had to tie her muzzle with a nylon stocking to bathe her).If you use a topical flea treatment it will make it somewhat less effective. I don't recommend using flea shampoo of any...
  • Combatting Canine Rescue Fatigue

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    Saturday December 31st, 2011 at 06:51 PM

    This week I have had three different women confide in me that they were overwhelmed and exhausted by the massive work required in their canine rescue efforts. I see these Mother Theresas' of the dog world give of themselves day in and day out, often risking marriages, friendships, and personal finances. They do it not for personal satisfaction, but because there is a need. The stream of dogs in dire need seems endless, and it is. Senior dogs, dogs with medical needs, dogs abandoned for no...
  • Touched by a Canine Angel

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    Thursday December 22nd, 2011 at 02:23 AM

    This weekend, Gilby and I attended our local Christmas Flea Market along with literally thousands of other people. Gilby insisted on walking and despite my qualms of letting a toy dog walk in a crowd I let him have his way. As a Certified Therapy Dog he was remarkable at manuvering among the throngs of people, wheelchairs, power scooters, shopping carts, walkers, large dogs and kids. In fact, his small size seemed to make him a kid magnet. We had stopped for a while to chat with my friend...
  • Removing Chemicals From Your Dogs' Coat

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    Sunday November 27th, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    When Gilby was pulled out of the dog pound, his coat looked groomed but it had been brushed only on top leaving a mass of matted coat underneath, his tail had dreadlocks and a couple friends suggested shaving him down and starting over If you have read this blog for any time you know I am against shaving down dogs, not only does it put them at risk of skin cancer but most dogs don't like it either. Gilby had suffered enough trauma. His jaw had been broken, his side teeth had been filed to...
  • Rant From a Shelter Worker

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    Tuesday November 15th, 2011 at 01:22 PM

    Someone sent me this rant a while back...it is depressing but true. I have often wondered why they call them 'Shelters'.. The shelter worker who wrote this obviously is refering to kill shelters which more often than not is your local animal control facility. I am illustrating this post with a picture of local singer songwriter Emmylou Harris. She rescues the dogs that no one else wants out of a local pound. Her rescue, named Bonapartes' Retreat has saved the live of many an unwanted dog and...
  • An Adoption Option

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    Monday October 17th, 2011 at 12:13 AM

    If I were to tell you that the happy Japanese Chin boy pictured above was in need of rescue, that he was a Certified AKC Canine Good Citizen, a Certified Therapy Dog, in robust health with no allergies, no dental disease, hips, eyes , knees and elbows in excellent condition, was microchipped, fully vetted, neutered, up to date on his vaccinations, doesn't bark,,was fully housebroken AND pottied on command then you would say he was highly adoptable, right? If so, you would be WRONG. I sprung...
  • Just A Dog ...

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    Saturday October 1st, 2011 at 06:02 PM

    Recently I lost my beautiful little frog prince, my best friend, Puff. He was my whole world and losing him has been almost unbearable. The loss has been made worse because after his death I got his medical records and found the new vet clinic had diagnosed and treated him based on some other dogs medical records. I am too upset to write about it now , I know some people I associate with don't understand the intense hurt inside that can come from losing a dog, I literally feel as though a...