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my story:

I have always had a love for dogs and it grew into my passion. it started when I was a little Girl, bringing all the stray and runaway dogs home and teaching them all kinds of tricks. As I grew older, I attended in various obedience classes with my dogs.

 

Later, by accident, because I was early for an appointment and went to a dog adoption event a few doors down, I became involved in rescue.


I met several dogs and volunteers, and then it happened, I met a dog named "Red" that "stole" my heart! A bit of "a wild child" with a beautiful dog with red coat. Well, It was all over for me, I couldn't stop thinking about "Red" as I drove home. On my way home, I contacted the rescue and told them I wanted to get involved in fostering to help save more dogs lives and advocate for them.


A few days later "red" was living with me as my first foster.

"Red" knew she wasn't leaving my home and so did I, We had picked each other. A month later the Rescue called and asked if I would like to adopt her as I was able to do more for her and train her on basic commands, than her other fosters had. I cried and immediately said "yes!" Yes I was a foster failure!


"Red" later became "alexa", and my dog "Apollo" and her became best friends.


then I went on to get really involved with this Rescue, with events, marketing, and fostered and placed many puppies and dogs into with their "furever" homes. With each pup leaving me, I cried. I loved each and everyone of them and treated them like they were my own dogs.



I dedicate my becoming a Certified dog trainer and my dog training business to my experience with the owner of that rescue and her staff.

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Top Household Dangers

September/October 2019

The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (ASPCA) publishes a thorough list of your home contents to help keep your pets safe, happy and healthy.

 

Attic

Mothballs, rodenticides and insecticides Make sure your pet steers clear of the attic and doesn’t follow you up, these can kill your pets..

Bathroom

Household cleaners  could be extremely dangerous if ingested, inhaled or come into contact with your pet’s skin. Soaps, tooth paste and mouthwash, can contain the dangerous sugar substitute, xylitol. Items such as dental floss, cotton balls and other inedible products can also cause obstructions if consumed by your pets. You should always keep personal products and items in a medicine cabinet or up high enough so that your pet cannot reach them.

Bedrooms

Medications, gum, candy that you keep on your nightstand 

Kitchen

Besides food, medications, cleaning products and trash bins are other sources of danger Keeping food in the fridge and cabinets and keeping lids on trash bins, putting medications out of reach. Keep your pets out of the room when using cleaning products can help keep them safe.

Living Room

Batteries, plants and fragrance products are the primary dangers found in this room.If you have children please make sure their toys are picked up

Laundry Room

Detergent bottles and pods, bleach, fabric conditioners and old dryer sheets - keep them in a high cabinet,  

Garage

Variety of chemicals  - oils, antifreeze, paint, cleaners,rodenticide to name a few

Yard

Dangerous plants, mushrooms, fertilizer, chemicals, bark, stone, lighter fluid, charcoal  When using any chemicals on your yard, it’s best to keep your four-legged friends away when using these products. 


If you believe your pet has ingested something potentially toxic, contact your local veterinarian or ASPCA at (888) 426-4435 IMMEDIATELY!


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Canine Flu 

September/October 2019

Canine Influenza, also known as the Dog Flu, has been spreading throughout the state. Canine Influenza causes coughing and sneezing, fever, and usually is accompanied by a thick, snotty discharge from the nose and sometimes the eyes. If left untreated, pneumonia can result.


This virus can be transmitted by direct or indirect contact, and once dogs are exposed, they will shed the virus and infect other dogs for several days before they start to show signs of illness themselves Dogs who spend time around other dogs in dog parks, grooming salons,, boarding, and day-camp facilities are at VERY HIGH RISK.


Be aware that cats can contract the virus to which there is no vaccine available.


There is a vaccine available to protect dogs from this virus. It is now recommended for any dog that spends time around other dogs, especially in the scenarios listed above. Dogs who have not been previously vaccinated will require an initial and a booster dose, given 3 to 4 weeks apart.


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Dog First Aid Kit - Build It! Be Prepared.....

September/October 2019

First-aid kit for pets: The basics

A card with your veterinarian and emergency clinic’s phone numbers, as well as the number for the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center: 888-4ANI-HELP (888-426-4435) or the Pet Poison Helpline 855-764-7661. These numbers should also be stored in your phone.

1. A card with your veterinarian and emergency clinic’s phone numbers, as well as the number for the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center: 888-4ANI-HELP (888-426-4435) or the Pet Poison Helpline 855-764-7661. These numbers should also be stored in your phone.

2. A copy of your pet’s medical records, including all medications and a complete vaccination history.

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3. Tweezers to remove splinters, ticks and more.

4. Gauze to wrap wounds for an injured dog or cat.

5. Scissors with blunt ends to cut the gauze and wraps.

6. A necktie or nylon stocking to use as a makeshift muzzle. Injured or ill pets may lash out when frightened and in pain, and a muzzle helps prevent your pet from biting. However, if your animal is vomiting, do not use a muzzle.

7. A set of nonstick bandages, towels or strips of clean cloth to control bleeding and protect wounds. Avoid using adhesive bandages because they pull out hair upon removal. These can inadvertently harm your animal.

8. A roll of adhesive tape to secure the gauze or bandage wraps.

9. Antiseptic wipes or ointment.

10. A vial containing milk of magnesia and activated charcoal to absorb toxins.

11. A vial of 3% hydrogen peroxide, which can be used to induce vomiting. NOTE: Before inducing vomiting, always contact your veterinarian or local poison control center first.

12. A flexible tip digital fever thermometer for taking the animal’s temperature.

13. Eye dropper or large, needleless syringe to give oral treatments or flush wounds.

All of these items can fit in a small, zip-up pouch that you can carry anywhere you go. If you want to build a more extensive first-aid kit, or your animal has other specific medical needs, consider adding these items:

Diphenhydramine, such as Benadryl, but only if your veterinarian has approved it for use with your animal’s allergic reactions; your vet will tell you the appropriate dosage for your animal’s size

Solution for cleaning their ears

For diabetic dogs or those with low blood sugar, some glucose paste or corn syrup

Nail clippers

Flashlight

Rubbing alcohol to clean the thermometer

Splints and tongue depressors

Towels

Needle-nose pliers


If you own a dog, you know that they like to get their nose into everything, and cats are just as curious. Because our pets sometimes find trouble, it’s important to put together a comprehensive first-aid kit and I hope you never have to use it but you will prepared.