Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A Dog's Seeing-Eye Dog


Lily the blind Great Dane and her best friend and guide dog Maddison have found a home at last, after their story went public and warmed hearts around the world.

The two dogs were being cared for by UK dog welfare charity Dogs Trust, which had problems finding a good home willing to take the unlikely pair. Their previous owner could no longer cope with the two big dogs, and in July handed Lily and Maddison over to be rehomed.

According to the Dogs Trust, Lily's eyes were removed as a puppy because of a condition called entropion, which means her eye lashes grew into her eyeballs and damaged them. Maddison began leading her dog friend and steering the way.

Click here to read the full story on

Cliff Hanger

Clinging on for dear life to the side of a vertical cliff, the tiny lion cub cries out pitifully for help.

His mother arrives at the edge of the precipice with three other lionesses and a male. The females start to clamber down together but turn back daunted by the sheer drop.

Eventually one single factor determines which of them will risk her life to save the youngster – motherly love.

The drama begins: The mother arrives at the edge of the cliff as her son cries out for rescue after being trapped when he slipped.

On the brink: Four lionesses look over the edge before aborting their rescue mission because of the sheer drop .

Slowly, agonizingly, the big cat edges her way down towards her terrified son, using her powerful claws to grip the crumbling cliff side.

One slip from her and both animals could end up dead at the bottom of the ravine.

Just as the exhausted cub seems about to fall, his mother circles beneath him and he is snatched up in her jaws.

She then begins the equally perilous journey back to the top. Minutes later, they arrive and she gives the frightened creature a consoling lick on the head.

The dramatic rescue, captured by wildlife photographer Jean-Francois Largot, was played out in Kenya’s Masai Mara game reserve.

Despite the presence of wardens to deter poachers, day-to-day life for the lions is not without its dangers … as the cub learned the hard way.

Rescue mission: The mother inches her way down the cliff face to rescue the terrified cub before locking him in her jaws and making her way back up the cliff face.

Motherly love: The mother gives her son a lick to say that all is well in the pride following the drama.


Thursday, October 13, 2011

How Often Should You Vaccinate Your Cat or Dog?

In part 1 of this 4-part series, Dr. Karen Becker talks with Dr. Ronald Schultz, a pioneer and expert in the field of veterinary vaccines. Listen as the doctors discuss the history of dog and cat vaccines, and the real reason behind why your puppy or kitten receives so many vaccines in the first year of life.

To view the full 4-part series, read additional information on this subject, and download transcripts of this informative discussion, please visit this link to the Mercola Healthy Pets website.

Amazing Photos of the Most Unlikely Animal Friends

From Cesar's Way magazine:

Scientists have debated for years whether dogs are capable of love and other supposedly human emotions. Researchers have discovered that these are core emotions controlled from the lower part of the brain, which is common to other animals. And it has been shown that both dogs and humans have rising levels of the hormone oxytocin when they’re engaged happily with each other.

Click HERE to visit Cesar Millan's website to read the rest of the story and to view more gorgeous photos of unlikely animal friends.

K-9 Hereos of 9/11

This is a wonderful e-mail that I received in honor of the 10th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.


True heroes of 9/11 still with us today:

Moxie, 13, from Winthrop, Massachusetts, arrived with her handler, Mark Aliberti, at the World Trade Center on the evening of September 11 and searched the site for eight days.

Tara, 16, from Ipswich, Massachusetts, arrived at the World Trade Center on the night of the 11th. The dog and her handler Lee Prentiss were there for eight days.

Kaiser, 12, pictured at home in Indianapolis, Indiana, was deployed to the World Trade Center on September 11 and searched tirelessly for people in the rubble.

Bretagne and his owner Denise Corliss from Cypress, Texas, arrived at the site in New York on September 17, remaining there for ten days.

Guinness, 15, from Highland, California, started work at the site with Sheila McKee on the morning of September 13 and was deployed at the site for 11 days.

Merlyn and his handler Matt Claussen were deployed to Ground Zero on September 24, working the night shift for five days.

Red, 11, from Annapolis, Maryland, went with Heather Roche to the Pentagon from September 16 until the 27 as part of the Bay Area Recovery Canines.

Abigail, above, was deployed on the evening of September 17, searching for 10 days while Tuff arrived in New York at 11:00 pm on the day of attack to start working early the next day.

Handler Julie Noyes and Hoke were deployed to the World Trade Center from their home in Denver on September 24 and searched for five days.

Scout and another unknown dog lie among the rubble at Ground Zero, just two of nearly 100 search and rescue animals who helped to search for survivors.

During the chaos of the 9/11 attacks, where almost 3,000 people died, nearly 100 loyal search and rescue dogs and their brave owners scoured Ground Zero for survivors.

Now, ten years on, just 12 of these heroic canines survive, and they have been commemorated in a touching series of portraits entitled 'Retrieved'.

The dogs worked tirelessly to search for anyone trapped alive in the rubble, along with countless emergency service workers and members of the public.

Traveling across nine states in the U.S. from Texas to Maryland, Dutch photographer Charlotte Dumas, 34, captured the remaining dogs in their twilight years in their homes where they still live with their handlers, a full decade on from 9/11.

Their stories have now been compiled in a book, called Retrieved, which was published on the tenth anniversary of the attacks.

Noted for her touching portraits of animals, especially dogs, Charlotte wanted 'Retrieved' to mark not only the anniversary of the September 2001 attacks, but also as recognition for some of the first responders and their dogs.

'I felt this was a turning point, especially for the dogs, who although are not forgotten, are not as prominent as the human stories involved,' explained Charlotte, who splits her time between New York and Amsterdam.

'They speak to us as a different species and animals are greatly important for our sense of empathy and to put things into perspective.'

Monday, October 3, 2011

Hero Dogs of 9/11


Ten years after that fateful day, a rescue dog named Abby is enjoying her retirement

At first glance, Abby the black Lab doesn’t look her age. There are very few gray hairs on her muzzle, and she’s as alert and intelligent as she ever was. Watch her on her daily walks with Debra Tosch, though, and you can see the decline. The back legs are starting to go, and she just can’t move the way she used to. At 14, Abby is an elderly dog in the twilight of her life.

But what a life she’s had!

Abby’s a retired search-and-rescue dog, and she and Debra, who was her handler, worked in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina hit. They also worked California’s deadly La Conchita mudslide in 2005. Just two days before she retired, on her 11th birthday, Abby searched for survivors at the scene of a train wreck in California. And she’s one of the few dogs still living who hunted through the smoldering ruins of the World Trade Center desperately seeking signs of life after the September 11 attacks 10 years ago.

Read the full story on the Cesar Millan's website.

The Original Motorcycle Dog

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Cancer Can't Keep a Good Dog Down

As the pet parents of every dog who is diagnosed with some form of cancer quickly realize, we’re all in this together. Fighting the fear and panic that grip us is universal. We reach out for accurate information, second opinions, the best surgeon, oncologist, holistic vet, diet and meds. We accept support from other families battling canine cancer, from friends and family, from our personal faith and prayer chains and from organizations like 2 million Dogs. All of this makes it possible for us to approach the positive attitude and amazing courage with which our beloved dogs face this disease.

My service dog partner, Emily and I said yes to Puppy Up! with 2 Million Dogs after she was diagnosed with mast cell cancer. Luke, Murphy and Hudson were walking through our town in March 2009 when we learned they would be walking shelter dogs at Animal Friends Humane Society here in SW Ohio. I wanted so much for Emily to meet the boys. The same thing which always challenged us, a lack of wheelchair accessible transportation, kept us from meeting them but couldn’t stop us from being involved. We walked our miles in our neighborhood and would have been honored to walk into Boston with them. Since that wasn’t possible I asked Nature’s Variety, makers of the raw diet which was part of Emily’s successful treatment, to sponsor the cause and they did, for $5,000! We also immediately said yes to The Canine Hereditary Cancer Consortium (CHCC), Canine Comparative Cancer Study, by donating Emily’s DNA. When I learned about the 2012 Calendar as a way to raise funds for this wonderful organization another yes was generated. Reading all the stories, seeing the wonderful spirits of each dog lighting their eyes, tells me once again that Emily is in good company.

Emily and I gratefully said yes to each day we were given. She gracefully overcame great physical and emotional challenges. As a very young dog she gave birth and survived domestic violence in her previous home, sustaining facial nerve and dental damage while protecting the woman.

For us, as foster mom and foster dog for our animal rescue, Wildwood Pet Network, Emily quickly became our ambassador and nanny dog to foster kittens, puppies and ducklings. We said yes, to beating the heartworm we discovered Emily was carrying and then yes again to creating a life together as family.

We knew we could always count on each other and so when my health began to change I hired a trainer and at age seven Emily enthusiastically said yes to being my service dog partner. We trained together for three months and in that time Emily learned everything she needed to learn to be my mobility assistance dog. Our special bond deepened as my physical challenges increased. As with all good service/training relationships we continued to shape ours, taking great delight in training and our working partnership.

As my needs continued to change Emily adapted to meet them, often problem solving the solution herself. Whether retrieving dropped items (phones, remotes, pens, keys, pieces of paper, etc); shopping and paying for things in the store; pulling me in the manual wheelchair or adapting to assist me in the motorized wheelchair; riding the van lift with me or sitting proudly on the bus seat with her safety harness on, the joy on Emily’s face (and on mine for that matter) radiated. We tackled Emily’s ACL injury rehab with water and physical therapy and the unfailing support of our friends – Emily led us in her successful, non surgical recovery with typical zeal.

Just by being herself Emily proved that dogs can learn at any age, are capable of much more than is generally expected and that rescue dogs rock!!! When we worked in public she served as a wonderful ambassador for dogs in general as well as for dogs who serve. People were always amazed, delighted and inspired as this beautiful cocker spaniel with sparkling eyes and a great big doggie smile did her job with joy and devotion.

No matter what kind of day I was having she made my heart sing. I am so grateful that Emily and I chose to live each day with joy and not in fear of the day when we would be parted in this lifetime. The morning that I awoke to discover that my beloved girl had died without warning while sleeping next to me changed my life and the lives of everyone who cares about us. Cancer did not take her life, her heart simply stopped. To say that we all love and miss her, and always will, hardly seems enough.

I am so very proud of Emily and 2 Million Dogs – of what they have and continue to accomplish. I hope you will choose to help eradicate cancer with your votes.

Thank you for this opportunity to share the story of 2 Million Dogs and dear Emily. Please feel free to forward this message.


Emily’s Mom, Janet

To donate (vote) for Emily and help eradicate cancer, please visit by midnight (CDT) September 17th:

Cat in the Bag Plays Hide & Seek

This is so cute!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Elephants Reunited After 20 Years

Jenny and Shirley were together at the same circus when Jenny was a calf and Shirley was in her twenties. The two lived one winter together, but then were separated twenty-two years ago.

It's very rare for elephants to display this kind of emotion in captivity, and it's probably the first time such a thing has been documented on film. You are about to see a moving video of two elephants reunited after more than twenty years.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

War veterans find peace of mind with pets

(CBS News) For too many veterans, the battles don't end when they come home from war. Combat stress has no easy cure. But one vet found peace was a lot closer than he thought and now he's helping others find it, too. CBS News correspondent Chip Reid has his story.

Gus vs. Pool

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

This Mosquito Borne Super-Worm is Soaring in the U.S.

By Dr. Karen Becker, Mercola Healthy Pets

According to the American Heartworm Society's (AHS) 2010 Heartworm Incident Survey, cases of heartworm were reported in every state in the U.S.

The AHS believes weather patterns are influencing mosquito populations.

Per dvm360:

"AHS recommends that veterinarians be vigilant about recommending annual heartworm testing and year-round use of heartworm protection. Without such vigilance, heartworm incidence numbers could climb higher than ever before," the association says.

Right around this time a year ago, the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) weighed in regarding reports of increasing resistance to heartworm prevention drugs in dogs:

"There is a growing body of anecdotal reports and experimental evidence that currently available heartworm preventives (macrocyclic lactones) may not be completely efficacious in preventing heartworm infection in dogs. Reports of resistance for dogs in the region have resulted in confusion about how best to prevent infection in veterinary patients," CAPC reports.

"At this time, reports of resistance appear to be confined to dogs from the south-central United States where dogs have become infected while on preventives or remain infected following treatments.

"Veterinarians should also continue to emphasize the need for heartworm diagnostic tests at recommended intervals and appropriate times," the statement says.

Click here to read the full article.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Heroes Among Us: Military Dogs

A great article from the Cesar's Way June 2011 newsletter:

Over the past month since the world learned that a Navy SEALs dog named “Cairo” helped carry out the mission that took down al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, a wave of fascination with military dogs has surged.

The dog, assumed to be a Belgian Malinois, is as much a classified and protected member of the military as any human, and whose identity—along with the human SEALs—may never be revealed. President Obama is one of the few people to have met the dog, in a closed-door session following the U.S. arrival of the SEALs team.

Cairo (and the other nearly 3,000 dogs on active duty in the American military like him) have a critical role in protecting the troops, whose importance was relatively unknown until the raid on bin Laden catapulted it into the public eye.

Read the full article on Cesar's website:

Pit bull viciously attacks news anchor


Monday, May 30, 2011

Guardian Angels for Soldier's Pet


We often hear about heroic warrior dogs that courageously go into battle alongside their human counterparts and assist in the most dangerous missions, including the most recent operation that took down Osama Bin Laden. But what about the everyday companion dogs that are left at home when their soldier owners go off to fight? One organization is making sure that those dogs are not forgotten.

Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet was established in January 2005 by founders Linda Spurlin-Dominik and Carol Olmedo after they had learned that many soldiers were unable to find local caretakers for their pets and were relinquishing their dogs to local shelters due to a deployment. Some get adopted, while others are euthanized due to age or overcrowding.

The two Arkansas residents decided that something had to be done to help these pet owners keep their animal companions safe and cared for while they were away serving their nation. Spurlin-Dominik understood the needs, as the daughter of the late Coy H. Spurlin, who served during World War II in the “Battle of the Bulge,” and the widow of John T. Dominik, a Vietnam Era Army Veteran. She has been involved with supporting the military community, veterans, their families, and their beloved pets for more than three decades.

Read the full article on the Cesar Milan website.

Cat mom hugs baby kitten

This is one of the most precious little videos I've ever seen!

Dog with two broken legs finds owner after storm

By Liz Goodwin
Yahoo News

A scruffy Alabama terrier mix named Mason was whisked away by fierce twisters last month, prompting his owners, who lost their home in the storm, to fear the worst. But the redoubtable mutt apparently crawled back to his home days later with two broken legs in a remarkable tale of survival.

Read the full story on Yahoo News.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Monday, May 9, 2011

Challenger the Bald Eagle Music Video

"This is America" music video is truly moving. It features "Challenger", a non-releasable Bald Eagle cared for by the non-profit American Eagle Foundation. Since 1991, this majestic bird has been a free-flying educational ambassador for his recovering species in the wild. He was blown from his Louisiana nest in a storm at the age of five weeks of age... was rescued and hand-raised by well meaning people. As a result, he became human-imprinted for life.

Ultimate Dog Tease

Too adorable for words!!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

The world's most funny dog video

Traveling Cat

Kitty is a very adventurous cat. She is the beloved pet of American travelers Peter and Marcia Simmons, who are hiking from Miami, Florida to Ushuaia in Argentina . They are currently in Colombia . Kitty is often seen resting in Peter's backpack as they travel. They have set up a little umbrella on the backpack to shade Kitty from the sun.

Kitty is enjoying the trip as much as her owners. She often climbs on Peter's shoulder to get a better view of the new scenery. She is not at all shy about meeting new people.

If there was an award for the most adventurous cat, Kitty would be the purr-fect candidate.

The apparatus on his shoulder is a camera mounted in a way to document their travels.

To the world, you are just one more rescue person. To a rescued pet, you are the world.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Mother Goose Protected by a Real Deer

This is a wonderful video on the Weather Channel website about a nesting goose (who lost her mate) being protected by a deer:

Horse and Dog

Herbie the dog and Jabby the horse have formed an unusual bond!

Dog Rescued from Tsunami Wreckage After Being Stranded for 3 Weeks

This is an absolutely amazing story! This sweet dog was rescued off the coast of Japan after surviving the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, and then spent a further three weeks alone at sea.

Miraculously the dog is reunited with her owner:

Thursday, April 7, 2011

College Students and Pets

Several weeks ago, I was contacted by Samantha Heckathorn, a 4th year Journalism student at OSU, concerning an article she was writing with regard to "college students and pets". She asked if I would be open to an interview to share my opinions and give some advice to students who are considering adopting a dog.

Well, of course, I said yes as it's a rare occasion when I pass up the opportunity to give "my" opinion on anything ... and even more rare when someone actually asks for it.

The interview went very well and Samantha did an excellent job with her questions. It was apparent she had done her homework on this subject and was prepared to ask all the right questions so that she could accurately report the "pro's and con's" of being in college and a pet owner at the same time.

Samantha got an "A" for her article and graciously sent me a copy. I felt it was too good not to share (see below).

Two thumbs up for Samantha for writing such a great, educational article.

I'm sure we all wish her well in her chosen career as a journalist.

As always, thanks for taking time to check out the latest postings on My Pet Rescue Blog and I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did.

My best to everyone,

Jo Ann & "gang"

By Samantha Heckathorn

Joellen Flucke watched as her 113-pound Rottweiler-labrador retriever mix, Cooper, bounced around Tuttle Park. Cooper, a handsome black and tan dog with a friendly disposition, stood nearly to Flucke’s hips. Flucke and her boyfriend Frank adopted Cooper from the Fayette County animal shelter when he was only three months old and weighed 30 pounds. Her vet told her then that he would only reach 80 to 90 pounds, and she was surprised when Cooper passed that point. Despite having such a massive dog, Flucke is still glad she made the decision to adopt.

“Frank wanted a purebred Rottweiler from a breeder, and we both thought Rottweilers were very handsome dogs. But I said, ‘There are so many dogs out there in need of a good home, why don’t we adopt one?’ So I convinced him,” said the fourth-year zoology major.

College students wishing to adopt a companion of their own may think that the process is as simple as picking out a pup. But an adoption requires a lot of research, understanding and patience. Research as far as what breed of dog to get, how much time you can allot to your dog’s schedule, and if you are able to financially support it. Understanding that in the end, adoption may not be an option. And patience that you may not find the right dog on the first try or even the first 10 tries. Here are some things to consider before adopting:

1. Do Your Research
First and foremost, it is important to know that your residence or future residence even allows dogs. Many only allow pets up to a certain weight limit, or restrict certain breeds. Flucke found out the hard way. Even though Flucke has had the same landlord for several years without an altercation, she knew that her landlord didn’t allow dogs and somehow word got out about Cooper. After much discussion, her landlord decided she could keep Cooper—at a hefty price. Flucke had to pay about $1300 for a security deposit.

With a large number of college students living in apartments, considering the size of the dog is imperative. Jo Ann Jenkins, founder of Jo Ann’s Foster Animals in Columbus, said that smaller, low-energy dogs are better for students. Large dogs don’t do well because they need a lot of exercise and crating them for long periods of the day can cause circulatory problems, Jenkins said.

The other factor to consider is how much howling or barking the dog will do.

“All dogs bark, but some more than others,” Jenkins said. “Hound dogs don’t make good apartment dogs. You share walls with people, you don’t want the dog to howl and carry on as soon as you walk out the door. Your neighbor won’t appreciate getting no sleep.”

Jenkins said the other problem is the number of people who want a puppy as opposed to an older dog. Puppies require more time and effort as they are not trained and have a tendency to chew on anything in sight. Most people won’t even accept a dog that’s over a year old, Jenkins said.

The financial cost of a dog is an important factor. Before considering adopting, take the time to budget out monthly costs of food, toys and vet visits. Puppies typically have higher medical bills because of vaccinations or accidents. Flucke said when Cooper was a puppy, he got into a five-pound bag of dog food and consumed the entire thing in a matter of minutes. The mishap required a trip to the emergency animal hospital where Cooper needed to have an injection that made him regurgitate all the food. Middle-aged dogs will need yearly vaccinations and might need some type of prescription, like heartworm medicine. Jenkins also said unless you are a licensed breeder, it is essential to get your puppy spayed or neutered to avoid population problems.

2. Dog-Proof Your Residence
Even if you adopt an older dog, your home needs to be ready for it. Make sure your floor is clean and there is nothing the dog can get into, like food or cleaning supplies. Also pick up or hide all electrical cords that may be accessible to the dog to prevent them from chewing on the cords.
Jenkins said that crates are a must. She said they are not considered cruel because dogs are den animals by nature and like the security of the crate. It is important to crate your dog during the day while you are gone, but Jenkins also suggests crating them at night for a while until they become trustworthy. To make the dog more comfortable, you can put the crate in your bedroom where you sleep so the dog will recognize your scent. Another option is to drape an old article of clothing over the crate so the dog has your scent close, Jenkins says.

“Dogs in new surroundings don’t understand that they shouldn’t be scared, and who knows what baggage they’re coming with,” Jenkins said. “So invest in a crate for the safety of the animal and the safety of your personal belongings.”

Jenkins also said that water bottles are a must in a crate because it allows the dog to drink without having so much that they have an accident. Do not just put a water dish in the crate because they will most likely knock it over.

3. Adjust Your Schedule to Fit the Dog’s Life
Time is the most important factor when it comes to owning a dog, and college students’ lack of time is what prevents a lot of rescues from adopting to them, Jenkins said.

“To be perfectly honest, most rescues don’t adopt to college students,” Jenkins said. “It’s not that they’re not good people. But they don’t know their schedule from term to term; they move around, they might have inadequate facilities for housing a dog. Where do their lives leave time to take care of a dog?”

Dogs need to be put on a feeding schedule consistently from day to day. Jenkins said they should be supervised while eating and food should never be left out for them to just graze.

Michelle Marczika, a 1982 OSU graduate and now a volunteer for the Midwest Boston Terrier Rescue, adopted her first dog during her senior year at OSU. Marczika’s lab mix “Guerdon” (German for “reward”) was only 12 weeks old when she got it. She said that in the case of a puppy, you have to be willing to get up a few times a night to let the dog out.

“The main thing is you have to want the dog more than you want to party. I wouldn’t recommend that every student adopts, but if they’re devoted enough then it would be fine,” Marczika said.

Dogs also require being let out frequently during the day to relieve themselves, as well as being taken out for exercise and play.

“They want your attention like children, so they get into mischief,” Jenkins said. “Even if they’re being scolded they’re still getting attention. So start giving them more attention by taking them on walks. They will feel like you are spending time with them and it will also wear them out more.”

4. If Adoption Doesn’t Work Out, Volunteer
Jenkins suggests volunteering with an animal shelter or rescue organization to get a better idea of the time and effort that dogs require. But if adoption isn’t possible, volunteers are always appreciated.

Lou Steinke has been the volunteer coordinator at the Franklin County Animal Shelter for seven years. He suggests that interested students go through volunteer training, the dates for which can be found at Students can also help by walking the dogs, grooming them, sorting newspapers for cages, taking pictures of the dogs for the website, working off-site events, and working donation drives for towels and other needed items.

Marczika said MWBTR needs help in transporting dogs from shelters where they are released to their temporary foster homes. Visit to learn more about volunteering with them.

“Most students miss their dogs from back home, so they like to volunteer because they get to spend time with the dogs, and they want to make the dogs’ stay here as good as possible,” Steinke said.

Jenkins feels that most college students have so much uncertainty at this point in their lives that they aren’t able to provide what the animal needs.

“To us, we’ve saved a life and put a lot of time, money and love into them. The last thing we want to do is see them end up being abandoned,” Jenkins said.

But Jenkins commends students who are able to adopt for their decision to do so.

“It’s encouraging to know that there are young adults who want to do the right thing,” Jenkins said. “We see so much horror in rescue that when we see something positive, it gives us hope.”

Monday, April 4, 2011

Update on Licking County Animal Shelter

Letter to the Editor of The Buckeye Lake Beacon
From "Watchdog" Bonnie Mansfield
April 2, 2011 Edition

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An update on the Licking County Animal Shelter


I want the public to be aware of what is going on at the pound under the reign of the current dog warden, John Silva. While I am THRILLED the gas chamber is gone, our battle is not quite over.

John Silva is from Cuyahoga County where his retirement wasn’t official until a few days after he came to work at Licking County Animal Shelter (the dog pound) as the Office Manager. The County Commissioners put Silva in this position (at the request of a former employee in March, 2009) and gave him about $10,000 more than the former Office Manager was making.

Silva has limited the intake at the pound to almost only stray owner surrendered other animals. He is basically doing the bare-bones minimum BUT made sure the dog license fees went up by a whopping 50% as well as increases in other fees (adoption costs, impound fees, etc.)! They no longer do humane calls which made up probably close to half of their prior calls. I believe the increase in dogs being hit by a car is substantial and possibly due to being turned loose (such as when someone loses their home) thinking they have no other option!

By March 23, in 2009, there were 457 dogs taken in; by March 23, 2010 intake was 336 dogs; and by March 23 of this year the pound has only taken in 277 dogs since Silva is running the pound and only taking in strays.

I received a call at about 10 o’clock one morning, a couple of weeks ago, regarding a dog hit by a car still lying in the road alive. The caller stated that he had tried to call the pound but they were not answering the phone. I reached them about 20 minutes later and was told they don’t answer the phone until 9:30. I informed the employee that the caller had only called 20 minutes ago. I told the employee the condition of the dog and that I already had someone on the scene. I asked her if they would have it seen by a vet. She said they would but didn’t have anyone to respond. I stated that I would transport the dog to their vet and she told me that the dog had to come to the pound first! We ended the conversation and I was frustrated knowing this dog was in serious condition and also knowing there would probably be a huge vet bill that I could not afford to bear. The employee called me back and said she was coming to get the dog. However, another employee (who was already in the area) showed up at the scene and the dog was taken out of our vehicle and placed in the pound’s van! As infuriating as this mess was, it wasn’t nearly as maddening as when I found out that some of the pound employees were at work on Facebook (PERSONAL PAGES) early in the morning when they WEREN’T ANSWERING THE PHONES!!

For the past year, several volunteers have been coming to the pound to help the animals. They clean cages, walk dogs, scoop cat litter, mop floors, bathe dogs, groom dogs, take pictures, update websites...whatever needs to be done. Not only is this helping the animals, it also helps Silva’s image. When a kind-hearted volunteer greets the public, it makes them want to come back and spend money!

Although our tax dollars were spent to build a pound and equip it to house at least 64 cats in the 2 cat rooms, Silva rarely takes cats. He wouldn’t allow cats from a hoarding situation to remain at the pound for more than 12 hours.

Some of the cages in one of the cat rooms were removed and put out in back of the pound for awhile (I’m not sure where they are now). Doors were taken off some of the cages that remained inside. The room was called the “Vet Room.” I have received several complaints from people who have adopted animals from the pound MONTHS AGO who are still waiting for the spay/neuter surgery to be performed. Remember... they have already paid for this service in the cost of the adoption ($100 per dog/$55 per cat).

I told Silva that I have at least one veterinarian that will come to the pound and spay/neuter animals for the fee that the public pays when they adopt an animal. It wouldn’t take much to set up the “vet room” to do these surgeries.

Silva responded to my idea with a lot of condescending babble claiming that they have a “potential secondary source for altering cats” and “the shelter is able to provide adoption customers with more definitive S/N appointment information and avoid confusion” and “our written communication regarding surgery also factors in periodic surges of adoption activity” and other statements that are just cover-up and a way of saying ‘thanks... but no thanks!’ Silva’s last line was “It’s all about teamwork!”

TEAMWORK? An upcoming adoption event had been planned to help adopt the few cats at the pound. Had the adoption event coming up not been canceled, I have been told that Silva would have made these VOLUNTEERS (that have been working for him and the pound) pay $55 IN ADVANCE for cats they took to the adopt-a-thon for the pound! Where’s the teamwork there, Silva?

Bonnie Mansfield
Buckeye Lake

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A Goose Named Maria

This is a precious story about a goose named Maria who befriends a retired man in the park. Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Violence on TV

Here is the proof!

Transform Vick's Bad Newz Kennels

Transform Vick's Bad Newz Kennels to the DDB Good Newz Rehab Center for Chained and Penned Dogs

What football star Michael Vick and friends did to Man's Best Friend at the Bad Newz Kennels in Smithfield, Virginia was beyond comprehension to most of dog-loving America.

The dogs all lived chained or penned, and then were forced to endure fighting and possible death in the name of entertainment for man.

Now Dogs Deserve Better, a nonprofit organization working for chained and penned dogs, wants to rehab this property and transform it to the Good Newz Rehab Center for Chained and Penned Dogs.

Every dollar that's given for DDB to buy this property sends dog abusers a message: We don't like what you do and now we as a nation will show you how animals DESERVE to be treated.

Every dollar that's donated for this project purchases one fenced square foot of the property. Can you help us today?

Stand with us to make this center a reality.

Take back power not only for the dogs who died there, not only for the fifty chained and penned dogs who called that place 'home', but for you, for me, for every dog still chained, still penned, still living outside and ostracized from the family in America.

Take back power for the pitbulls, for the labs, for the shepherds, for the mutts that pepper the landscape of this great nation.

Take back power for every single person with a conscience who resides on this planet and is able to judge for him or herself right from wrong.

For more information or to donate from the website, visit this link.

Let's raise $30,000 toward the center to give the Dogs Deserve Better foster dogs a place to call home, a place to be loved, housetrained, socialized, and vetted. And a caring, supportive environment to thrive, excel, and even find their own new, inside, home and family.

They deserve all the best this world has to offer.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Truth About Pit Bulls

This is another amazing article that describes the wonderful breed known as the American Pit Bull.

By Ed Boks

No dog breed in history has encountered more misunderstanding and vilification than the American pit bull. In fact, the pit bull is an all-American breed blessed with tenacious athletic ability, loyalty, intelligence, and high-energy.

Pit bulls are not lap dogs or a dog for the sedentary person. They are not fashion accessories or macho symbols. They are a breed apart from every other canine.

The pit bull was so respected in the early 1900s that the military chose the breed to represent the United States on World War I and World War II recruitment posters. Sergeant Stubby, a pit bull WWI war hero, served in 17 battles, was injured twice in battle, saved his entire platoon by warning them of a poison gas attack, and single-handedly captured a German spy. Stubby earned many medals for heroism, including one presented by General John Pershing, Commanding General of the U.S. Armies. Stubby's obituary from the New York Times may be viewed at the Connecticut State Military Department's website.

The American pit bull terrier is the only breed ever featured on the cover of Time magazine - and not just once but three times.

Famous people who owned pit bulls include Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, George Patton, Jack Dempsy, Helen Keller, Humphrey Bogart, Fred Astaire, Anne Bancroft and Thomas Edison.

A few celebrities who own pit bulls today include Jon Stewart, Alicia Silverstone, Jessica Biel, Jessica Alba, Michael J. Fox, Bernadette Peters, Brad Pitt, Madonna, and Rachael Ray.

Pit bulls are commonly used as therapy dogs. Whether they are visiting a senior care facility or helping someone recover from an emotional accident, pit bulls are exceptional therapy dogs.

Pit bulls are also used in Search and Rescue work and serve as narcotic- and bomb-sniffing dogs. One pit bull, Popsicle (so named because he was found in an abandoned freezer), lays claim to the largest recorded single drug bust in Texas history.

Pit bulls are great with kids too, as demonstrated by Petey, the beloved dog featured in "The Little Rascals." Pit bulls were actually referred to as the "nanny dog" in the early 20th century because of their gentle and loving disposition with kids.

Pits are known for their personality. Even as they age, most remain playful. They are affectionate dogs who appreciate their owner's attention and approval more than anything else.

While certain purebreds are prone to a long list of health problems, pit bulls are fairly healthy and hearty. They are strong and long-lived. They are low-maintenance because their short coats are easy to care for and you'll have no grooming bills.

Sadly, a lot of pit bulls never have a chance. Many shelters have a policy to euthanize all pit bulls, and do not adopt them out. Irresponsible individuals, bad breeders and biased media attention have given these wonderful dogs a bad rap. Breed-specific legislation has turned this beloved family pet into an outlaw in some communities. Fortunately, there are many people who are educating the public on the breed and dispelling the myths.

According to The American Temperament Test Society, a national nonprofit organization for the promotion of uniform temperament evaluation of purebred and spayed/neutered mixed-breed dogs, the pit bull scores an 83.4 percent passing rate. That's better than the popular Australian Shepherd (81.5 percent), Beagle (80.3 percent), Border Collie (79.6 percent), Boxer (84 percent), Chihuahua (71.1 percent), Cocker Spaniel (81.9 percent), German Shorthair (76 percent), Lhasa Apso (70.4 percent), and Miniature Poodle (77.9 percent) to name but a few.

The American Temperament Test Society found that pit bulls were generally less aggressive when faced with confrontational situations that produced negative reactions in many other stereotypically "friendly" dog breeds, such as beagles and poodles.

The National Canine Temperament Testing Association tested 122 breeds, and pit bulls placed the 4th highest with a 95 percent passing rate.

The fact is that in most communities pit bulls are so popular that they account for the largest percentage of dogs rescued, adopted - and, sadly, euthanized. If you are interested in adopting a super dog, consider a rescued pit bull. Most shelters have adoption counselors standing by to help you select the perfect one for you and your family.

Ed Boks is the executive director of the Yavapai Humane Society. He can be reached at ed [at ] or by calling 445-2666, ext. 21.

Ed Boks is the former General Manager of LA Animal Services.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Michael Vick confronted by dog owner

My favorite "SLEAZE" Michael Vick is confronted by Richard Hunter, who adopted one of the dogs that was rescued from Vick's dog fighting ring.

So sad that this scum bag is back out on our streets, living the good life, making millions once again with his football career... and apparently ignoring his past bad deeds.

Now, some would argue that he paid his debt to society. However, for all those dogs that suffered and even died because of his cruel and inhumane, deliberate actions... a few months behind bars certainly doesn't seem to be a befitting punishment for such an ill-tempered, down right mean and dangerous person.

Nope, a few months in jail certainly doesn't excuse or exonerate his behavior. Nor does giving him back a multimillion dollar career with the NFL make much sense either. Just exactly where is the incentive to grow up and become a responsible human being?

People like Michael Vick have ruined the reputation of these dogs. What was once a noble and revered breed is now feared, banned, and killed daily by almost every city in our nation.

So for all you big sport fans and supporters of the NFL... is it worth the lives of an entire breed just so you can sit in front of a big screen TV watching Michael play football?

Perhaps, if the sport fans in this nation paid a little more attention to what's going on in our country instead of being glued to their televisions watching sports, we wouldn't be in such a sad state, nor would we be killing off an entire breed because of the "Michael Vicks" out there who continually exploit these dogs for their own greedy purpose.

Once again, it is not the breed but rather the idiot human that causes the problem. Punish the DEED and not the BREED.

As far as I'm concerned, it's a waste of time and taxpayers' money to give people like this a trial. He should have been shoved in the pit with the dogs. Now that's a much more befitting punishment than a few months in jail with the reward of another multimillion dollar NFL contract waiting for him. Somehow, I find it very difficult to believe much was learned by that experience.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Snuggling on the Beach

This unique video is of a tourist who sat on the beach to watch the seals and penguins on Gold Harbor, South Georgia. Unexpectedly, one of the seals is apparently attracted to her and slowly works his way over to her. He seems to 'fall in love' and snuggles and flirts with her. It is quite an unusual and interesting scene. The seals are huge (males up to 6,000 lbs.), yet she never seemed afraid...more amused...while someone shot the video of this incident.

Makes you wonder what kind of perfume she has on?

Gold Harbor, South Georgia, is located off the southern tip of South America (sub arctic). It is a small bay five miles S-SW of Cape Charlotte, with Bertrab Glacier at its head, along the east end of Georgia. The west end of the beach where a glacial stream flows is a breeding ground for various types of penguins and large seals. It is not a frequent destination for tourists.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Rescue Angels

Tail tucked between your legs,
Confusion in your eyes -
I know it's hard to understand
That someone heard your cries.

When loneliness is all you know
And pain is all you feel
And no one can be trusted,
And hunger's all too real...

That's the time the Lord sees you
And lets you know He's there
that's when He sends His messengers
The hearts that love and care.

Yes, rescuers are angels
You cannot see their wings,
They keep them neatly folded
As they do their caring things.

The medicine to make you well
Good food to make you strong,
And finally to help you learn
That hugs are never wrong.

The perfect place then must be found
The home where you can live
Secure and safe and happy
With joy to get and give.

When you reach your Forever Home,
Your place to feel whole,
The Angels smile, and off they go
To save another soul.

-- Author Unknown

The Perfect Crime

This is how it works in my house!

Jerky Treats Causing Fanconi Syndrome in Dogs

The American Veterinary Medical Association recently posted a Media Alert warning veterinarians that multiple brands of jerky treats manufactured in China have been making dogs sick.

No cats have been reported to be affected. A contaminant has yet to be identified. At this time there is no list of specific brands affected and there is no recall in effect, so these products are still being sold to consumers.

Presenting Signs and Laboratory Findings
The dogs appear to be developing an acquired Fanconi's syndrome which appears to be transient. Small dogs with a history of ingesting jerky treats (mostly chicken jerky) are typically affected. Clinical signs include vomiting, diarrhea and lethargy.

Physical examination findings have been unremarkable. In addition to mildly elevated liver enzymes, the most common blood abnormalities include severe decrease in Potassium, called hypokalemia, along with acidosis and glucose (sugar) in the urine and granular casts on urinalysis. Elevated kidney enzymes; Blood Urea Nitrogen and Creatinine may or may not be consistently found.

Testing Recommendations
For dogs with apparent Fanconi's syndrome, we recommend a CBC, chemistry panel including electrolytes, urinalysis and urine culture. Blood gas nalysis, if available, is ideal. Additional testing for other causes of acute kidney damage including Leptospirosis blood testing is also recommended. Kidney x-rays, and Fanconi screens on urine may be warranted in some cases.

This veterinarian is seeing dogs with apparent acute liver failure problems associated with canine treats made by Delmonte.

For more information, veterinarian, Dr. Carol Osborne can be reached at 1-866-372-2765.

To learn about other pet food recalls, visit the FDA Pet Food Recall Product List web page at:

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Poisonous Plants & Flowers for Dogs

This is a great article on plants and flowers that are poisonous to dogs. The article also shows photos of each plant and flower:

Monday, January 3, 2011

The Hippo & the Turtle

Much of life can never be explained but only witnessed...

NAIROBI (AFP) - A baby hippopotamus that survived the Tsunami waves on the Kenyan coast has formed a strong bond with a giant male century-old tortoise in an animal Facility in the port city of Mombassa, officials said.

The hippopotamus, nicknamed Owen and weighing about 300 kilograms (650 pounds), was swept down Sabaki River into the Indian Ocean, then forced back to shore When tsunami waves struck the Kenyan coast on December 26, before wildlife rangers rescued him.

"It is incredible. A-less-than-a-year-old hippo has adopted a Male tortoise, about a century old, and the tortoise seems to be very happy with being a 'mother'," ecologist Paula Kahumbu, who is in charge of Lafarge Park, told AFP.

"After it was swept away and lost its mother, the hippo was traumatized. It had to look for something to be a surrogate mother. Fortunately, it landed on the tortoise and established a strong bond. They swim, eat and sleep together," the ecologist added.

"The hippo follows the tortoise exactly the way it followed its mother. If somebody approaches the tortoise, the hippo becomes aggressive, as if protecting its biological mother," Kahumbu added.

"The hippo is a young baby, he was left at a very tender age and by nature, hippos are social animals that like to stay with their mothers for four years," he explained.

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."

This is a real story that shows that our differences don't matter much when we need the comfort of another.

We could all learn a lesson from these two creatures.

"Look beyond the differences and find a way to walk the path together."