Friday’s Facts: Finding a lost pet!

Due to social media, word gets spread very quickly these days. I hear and see so many posts about lost dogs. I have also had a bit of experience in this, thanks to Basti (click here to read about him)! So, I thought I would do some facts about what to do in case your dog goes missing.

#1-Start searching immediately! Don’t assume that your dog will come back on his/her own. There are many interesting, distracting things out there in the world for your dog to inspect. You never know what danger they may run into during their wandering.

#2-Bring your dog’s favorite, nosiest toy, and squeak squeak squeak away! This may help get your dog’s attention!

#3-If possible, ask a friend/family member to stay back at the house, and start making calls. Local shelters and your vet’s office should be contacted right away. You should also call animal control, in case someone calls in a lost/stray dog. Be sure to let them know if your dog is timid, scared of men, etc. Also, have your friend start social networking! Post on facebook, local rescues or shelters that have pages, etc. This may be your best bet, especially the longer your dog is gone. Share the news far & wide!

#4-If you reach the 24 hr mark, and your dog is still missing, start making flyers to post around town. Get the word out! Dogs can travel remarkably far in a very short time. Be sure to list correct phone numbers and specific information re: your dog. A color photo would be a good idea. Also, if you can swing it, an offered reward is always good incentive for people to look out for you pup!

#5-Look on Craigslist! This sort of goes along with the social networking, but it’s important. Craigslist has a specific section for lost & found animals. Sometimes the poster includes detailed info and pictures, but sometimes it is very vague. It doesn’t hurt to call or email to see if the found dog is yours!

#6-Keep your hopes up and stay positive! Dogs are amazingly resilient. Even if they are spoiled, inside pups, they are also strong and smart. They will do their best to find a warm hiding place, food, water, etc. until you find them!

Two proactive tips to protect your pet:

#1-Get your dog microchipped. Many rescues and shelters are already doing this for you prior to adopting one of their dogs. If your dog is brought to a shelter or vet, this is the first thing they will check for.

#2-Make sure your pup has current tags. Have more than one phone number listed on the tags, and make sure whoever you listed is aware that they are an emergency contact for your furry child!

Lastly, if you have made the choice to adopt/buy a dog, do the right thing for them. Have a collar with tags on at all times, make sure your fencing is stable and safe. If they do get out (and it happens to the best, most responsible pet owners), do whatever it takes to find them. Do not sit back and wait for your dog to come back, or for someone else to find them. Shelters are full, and dogs are put to sleep ALL the time. Don’t let your family pet become one of them!

(Read more about committing to our pets, in my friend’s blog here!)

That’s all for now! If you have any tips or tricks, feel free to share! Happy Friday! 🙂

In rememberance of…

This time of year always makes me a little sad because just before New Years Eve, in 2009, I had to say goodbye to my dog, Sebastian. He had a brain tumor that caused him to have seizures. He had a wonderful vet for the end of his life, who helped me try everything we could. When the meds could no longer keep him from having seizures, and it was clear that his quality of life was diminished, I made the heart-breaking decision to say goodbye.

Sebastian was the first dog that was my very own. We had had family dogs, and I had all kinds of other pets (hamsters, bunnies, even an iguana!). Sebastian, nicknamed Basti (“Bashi”), was MY dog though. He was loyal, loving, and a royal pain in the —! He liked to jump the baby gate, hated his crate, chewed on things, roamed the neighborhood, and pretty much ruled the house. As we grew up together though, he was always by my side. Over the years, we experienced life together, including great roommates, new relationships and break ups, moves out of state and back.

Then, Jayden came along! Basti was curious, sometimes uncertain, but always protective. They became fast friends:

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When Basti was diagnosed with the tumor, and I knew the end was near, I had a lot of talks with Jayden. I explained over and over that Basti was sick, and that he would soon need to go to Heaven. After Basti was gone, Jayden would randomly have sad days. We would talk about how much we missed him, how even though we knew he was better now, we still wished he was here with us.

As a dog owner, you know this day will eventually come. The day when you will be told that the end is coming, when you will have to decide to say goodbye. Sometimes, that day comes a lot sooner than you had planned, and you don’t have time to adjust to what is coming. Which would be better, having time or it happening quickly, I’m really not sure. Either way, it is painful and heart breaking. These animals are so loving, and loyal; playful, and trusting. They bring joy and unconditional love to our lives.

In remembrance of my Basti, and all of his doggie friends that have crossed the Rainbow Bridge, may they rest in peace. basti4

Happy New Year!

2013 already?! I swear when I was a kid, I totally thought we’d be in flying cars and living with robots by this time! I’m not sure yet what my resolution will be, I have so many things I want to do & become! What is your resolution? Don’t have one? Let me suggest one then, foster a shelter dog!!! 🙂 Ok, keeping this short & simple today. I hope everyone has had a good start to the new year so far! Happy New Year, from my family to yours!

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Lucy (trying to hide from the headband) & Sassy

 

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All things Sassy!

Today I am going to put the word out about Sassy! I already introduced her in a previous post, but she deserves a post all to herself!

When Sassy was only about 8 weeks old, she came to Last Hope Rescue.  I was asked to watch her for a weekend while her foster mom went out of town. Well, she ended up getting VERY sick due to parvo. Due to this, she then stayed with me until she was healthy and adoptable.

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She was adopted to a family, and was with them for a couple of months. Then, next thing ya know, she was being returned. Sassy had not done any thing that a normal, untrained, 7 month old puppy would do.

Sassy is a very sweet girl, and is happy to please. A feisty, goofy pup, her name suits her well! We are actively working on “sit”, “off”, and “leave it”. She is doing very well, and will soon master these skills! She loves to play, and is fully potty and crate trained. She covers my son in kisses, and is good with the other dogs. She is even good on a leash, as I found out at the park on Saturday:

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I am hoping she will soon find a forever family, one that will give her the time and attention she deserves. Until then, I will continue working and cuddling with her! As I tell her every day, she is a good dog, but it is time to learn to be a valuable member of society! 🙂

Happy New Year everyone! Have fun, and be safe!

Friday Facts!

So, I think each Friday, I will give a fun fact (or two or three…). The facts will be pertaining to dogs, of course, in some way or another. If you have a fun topic you know about, or would like to know about, let me know! I will include info you give me, or I’ll research to see if I can find anything fun to share! : )

Today, I am giving some facts about fostering!

1: In most cases, the rescue group or shelter covers all expenses. So, really you are just opening your home to a dog. Food, vet bills, crate, etc are provided. Your only requirement is to provide a safe, loving home, where the dog can learn what a home life is all about! Lucy & Petey have mastered it well:
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2: Fostering a dog may seem like a lot of work, so what’s the point? But it is a very good way to make a difference! Think of the benefits: You get to enjoy the company of a dog without the financial responsibility, and the shelter gains space for a new dog. The foster dog gets to learn what being a pet is all about. Lastly, and most importantly, the new owners get a dog that is better adapted to home life, and therefore has a better chance of remaining in the new home permanently.

3: How do I keep myself from not adopting all of them? I try not to think of a foster dog as “mine.” I am just their half-way point, helping them to be in the best shape (physically or mentally speaking), before they meet their forever family. This is not to say that I don’t love them, or that I haven’t had a favorite. Some have been harder to say goodbye to than others. But in the end, the feeling that you literally helped save that dog from death, is stronger than the sadness of goodbye. You CAN do it, I promise.

4: Rescuing a dog gives you the status of a Rockstar! That’s right. You instantly become a rockstar. And you meet other fab rockstars in the process (like my friend, Morgan, follow her blog here.

Ok, so maybe it is just the rescue pup that looks at you like a rockstar, but sometimes their opinion counts more than other humans! How could you not want more of this happiness in your face?!

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So, there ya go. I have LOTS more to say about fostering & persuading you to do it, but I’ll save that for another time. We have some fun plans for this weekend, so stay tuned to hear about our adventures! Happy Friday!