Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Woman Rescues Burned Puppy and He Grows Up to Save Her Life


Anyone who has ever saved an animal will tell you that its the kind of experience that shakes up your DNA. You won’t regrow hair on a balding head or suddenly run a four-minute-mile, but there is a pulse of positive energy that churns through the human body much like a twister. In some cases, fragments of that emotional explosion are powerful enough to be credited with modern medical miracles. And for one Texas woman, the experience was profound enough to help wake her from a coma.

My Name is Danielle…
“My name is Danielle and it’s been over a year since something terrible happened to me. I am ready now to share my story,” explained the letter we received recently from veterinary technician Danielle Torgerson of Killeen, Texas. ”Four years ago somebody brought a puppy to the clinic. I was not assigned to that room but I was in the second room when I felt something pull me into the hallway. It was strange, but I glanced into the other exam room and saw a puppy on the table. He looked at me with so much pain and despair. A man had brought him in for a ‘sting’ but I knew instantly that was not the case. The puppy was horribly burned on the head like somebody had poured gasoline over him and set him on fire. He was there to be euthanized.”

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Friday, October 3, 2014

5 Simple Ways to Cope With Pet Allergies

Ah, yes … how many times have I answered my phone with someone wanting to surrender a pet due to allergies.  Over the years, I’ve lost count as the number is overwhelming.

Now, being one of those persons who also suffers with allergies (pet dander included), I’ve learned how to deal with them which has allowed me to continue my 50 years of dedication to animal rescue.  With a house full of dogs, cats, and the occasional fostered Parrot, you quickly learn how to survive.

Pet allergies are no different than outside allergens that gives unpleasant symptoms. However, people with these issues don’t lock themselves in the house, refusing to go outside until the season is over. They learn how to manage the allergy and then get on with their life. The same should be true with those who opted to become a pet parent only to find that they’ve developed watery eyes, itchy skin and a stuffy nose. That also implies to those who become new parents or already have children that, all of a sudden, develop some type of sensitivity to a pet who has also been a family member for many years.

Dumping the old dog or cat at the pound should be your last resort. There ARE alternatives.

By just following a few simple rules, you, your family and your pet should be able to coexist, within the same household, for many pleasant, enjoyable years together. So, I hope you find the below article by Care2 informative and helpful in resolving any allergy issues you may have with a pet.

As always… thank you for following and comments are always welcome. Any more tips or suggestions on how to help those who suffer from pet allergies would be greatly appreciated. Let’s help keep all of those furry pets in their homes.

5 Simple Ways to Cope With Pet Allergies

You’re no stranger to a stuffy nose, itchy eyes, rashes and welts. You’re one of more than 60 million Americans the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America estimates are affected by allergies in general, but your symptoms always seem to show up when one of man’s furry friends — a pet — comes around. This may not be the most convenient of allergies you could have, especially if you’re an animal lover, but at least you know you’re in good company: Up to a third of all allergies are animal-related, and, according to the Humane Society of the United States, there are approximately 77.5 million dogs and 93.6 million cats owned as pets. This means there are many people out there experiencing at least a few of these symptoms when they’re in the presence of a furry friend:
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Red, itchy eyes
  • Coughing
  • Excessive sneezing
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
If you count yourself among this group, check out these five methods for finding some relief.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Duke n' Matt: Rescue Road Warriors
Duke, a friendly red beagle, was rescued by Matt in 2009. Now Duke and Matt are a team.  They volunteer to help transport rescue dogs from puppy mills and other places around the United States. They are RESCUE ROAD WARRIORS! They set out with many other volunteers to drive their canine "passengers" to safe shelters, foster homes, and adoptive families. Kids will meet Duke ‘n’ Matt, learn what it's like to be a Rescue Road Warrior, and find out why these volunteers help rescue dogs and puppies in this new Grammy Pags Story. Special "Learn More" and "Fun Stuff" pages included.  Available at Amazon in print and Kindle versions.

Note from Jo Ann:

Since I’m part of the Rescue Road Warriors team, this book is a wonderful opportunity to introduce children to the rescue world and help them understand just how important these volunteer transport drivers really are.  Without their dedication and selflessness, a lot of dogs and cats would die because they had no ride to a rescue that had room for them.

Some of these animals travel hundreds, even thousands of miles to reach a foster home or, hopefully, their forever homes.

So, the next time you’re out on the road and happen upon a caravan of mini vans, SUV’s, or maybe just those ordinary automobiles, that are loaded down with doggies, puppies, cats and kittens, be sure to honk your horn, give them a BIG THUMBS UPS, and wish them a safe journey.
They truly are amazing people who freely give of their time and gasoline to save as many lives as possible.

And please let me know how you enjoyed the book.  Your comments are always welcome!

Pet Fire Safety - Do You Have a Plan?

The following was sent to me by Protect America Home Security.  I think it is a helpful reference and checklist for pet fire safety.  Clicking on the picture below will open a printable PDF.  You can also visit the page by clicking on this link:

Pet Fire Safety

Friday, August 22, 2014

Dolphin Rescues Dog

This is a heart-warming scene of a dog being rescued by a dolphin from the movie "Zeus and Roxanne" from 1997.  Enjoy!