Monthly Archives: May 2016

Featured Buddy: Calhoun County Canine Shelter

Calhoun County Canine Shelter is a small shelter that began for animal control about 20 yrs ago, as the county had no such program. The program has steadily grown to a small shelter that houses 5 or so dogs at a time. We have gotten several grants and done a few fundraisers and now have indoor/outdoor runs in a dedicated building and even have heated floors! The dogs can go outside as they choose or can stay indoors.

We started working with our local Correctional Facility about 10 years ago and used men who were trained by Leader Dogs for the Blind. When they didn’t have a leader dog they worked with shelter dogs! That not only helped with their skills in dog training but got our adoptable dogs trained and helped them make a better transition into a forever home! We have had many wonderful families and dogs come together this way! Now the Leader Dog program is no longer there and we are able to have about 5 dogs housed out there at one time for training. The dogs are able to stay with their handler until adopted. The men also gain from this program and have learned to give back to society and take great pride in the dogs they put out into families.

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It's National Animal Disaster Awareness Day

Sure, there's a day for everything now, but sometimes the point is to remind us about something we need to do... like be sure we have a p
lan in case the unexpected happens (think Fort McMurray).
It's not possible to anticipate every scenario, but there are some basics we can do to make dealing with a crisis easier on everyone. Create a "go bag" for each pet (or one large bag for multiple pets) to store important items so you don't have to collect them fImage result for kids and dog togetherrom all over the house in a rush. 
  • Don't leave home without collars on your pets, and make sure their collars have your current contact information and their tags attached. Be sure your microchip information is current, too! People forget this more often than you'd think.
  • Have current photos of your pets on your phone - and also printed out! Try to have photos from a number of angles to capture unique markings and physical traits. Include at least one photo of the pet with family members to make it easier to prove ownership should you become separated.
  • Keep a copy of pets' health records - particularly vaccination documentation. Also note the vet's contact information in case you're separated.
  • Make copies of any prescriptions your pets need so if you have to leave home without them, you can get more.
  • Extra leashes and collars can come in handy and are easy to forget when you're racing to the car. If they're already in the bag, it won't matter.
  • For kitties, a kennel is absolutely necessary. A scared uncontained cat can easily slip away and become lost.
  • For dogs, if you have a collapsible crate, keep it nearby. If you end up in a large facility like a school or church, your pet might be more comfortable with their own space.
  • For your kitty, keep a small jug or box of their favorite litter. An empty cardboard box can stand-in as a litter pan if necessary. A few plastic grocery bags and a scoop will make life more comfortable for everyone.
  • Keep jugs of water on hand (for you and for them!) for up to 5 days.
  • Food, bowls, a can opener. Let's face it - we're not likely to keep filling and replacing plastic bags of food for emergency situations. Consider purchasing a small size bag (5 days' worth) of your pet's food to keep on hand just in case. Even quality foods without artificial preservatives have a shelf life of a year or more.
  • Pet first aid kits are available at many pet supply stores. You can bookmark websites that tell you how to treat minor ailments, but it would be wise to have a paper guide, as well, since you may not have access to the internet, or loss of phone battery.
Know your options. During a crisis, the friends and family you'd normally turn to for a place to stay may be experiencing similar challenges, so have a Plan B (and C and D if necessary). 
  • Check ahead of time to see if your local shelter takes in animals during disasters. If they do, find out how pets are accepted and what information will be expected.
  • Know what hotels and motels in communities adjacent to yours accept pets, and what their rules are.
  • Make arrangements with friends who live an hour or two away to act as safe havens for each other should either area be under threat.

Do you have any other tips to add?

 

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5 Things Your Dog Thinks when You’re Putting on Makeup:

 

“Should I come back later?”

Your dog might not be the most patient so don’t be surprised when they are ready to go before you are. If your pup can’t find a comfortable spot to wait for you, toss them a toy or have them spend time with another friend while you get ready free of those guilt-inducing puppy dog eyes.

“That lipstick looks fabulous on you.”

When it comes to makeup, if it’s an everyday thing, your dog is going to pick up on the latest styles and trends. As they watch you pop on some eyeshadow or lip gloss, they’re going to end up having their own beauty favorites for you to wear. If your dog’s tail starts wagging when you pick up that new lipstick, maybe it’s because they’re as excited about it as you are!

dog holding  makeup brush in its mouth. isolated on white

“Can I help?”

Before you know it, your pup will be helping you brush those locks out of your hair and pick
ing out lipstick shades! Okay, probably not, but Cinderella had her mice and birds, right? A girl can dream.

“I think you’re pretty, even without the silly stuff on your face.”

Dogs are meant to be our best friends because they love us, no matter what. Dogs will be there through thick and thin as long as they get love and companionship in return. The best thing about dogs is no matter how we look or feel, they love us no matter what. A true best friend doesn’t see flaws, they love everything about you.

“Should you be poking your face like that? Is this safe?”

Funny faces and strange tools, your dog won’t know what’s going on. All dogs really want to do is make sure their owners are safe and well, so don’t be surprised if they sniff around as you get glammed up, just to make sure your makeup brush isn’t the enemy!

This video perfectly sums up how our furkids see us. Thanks Warren for making it!

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