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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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Preparing Your Fireworks-Phobic Dog for July 4th

July - September 2020


T​he July 4 holiday is almost upon us – a source of distress for many dogs, with its days and days of popping and cracking sounds of firecrackers and fireworks, followed by one very long day and night of firecrackers, fireworks, and BOOMING fireworks. It's not a few good days or nights for our dogs that have anxiety!

Your dog trembles and pants. They shake and are panicky. TV or radio on with volume turned way doesn't cover up the sound of firecrackers going "Boom or Bang". You try to comfort your dog but the he/she still trembles, pants and tries to crawl up in a ball in shear horror. This goes on from morning into the wee hours. 

My dog Apollo was so frightened I was afraid he'd have a heart attack. Nothing worked for him, not a Thundershirt nor tranquilizers.


It’s not too late to get help for your dog contact your veterinarian today and get a prescription for something to help him get through the 4th without trauma.

I've heard of a newer prescription medication (Sileo-Active ingredient is dexmedetomidine) that has helped others in collaboration with other drugs such as (Acepromazine and Trazodone) that might be worth a try. Please contact your vet and make an appointment today to discuss any medication today as well any any side effects.


Nancy Kerns


Prepared Plans for your Animals

July - September 2020

In the event of a crisis or disaster, we urge everyone to have a preparedness plan in place. And, get the word out! Remind community members that having a plan for pets is critical; i​ndividuals who become sick or require hospitalization will need to have someone to take their animals. If you can, please endure the current situation from the safety of your own home.


Some steps to take include:

Identify a family member or friend who can care for pets if someone in the household becomes too ill to care for pets.


Have crates, food and extra supplies on hand for movement and relocation of pets if necessary.


Keep all animal vaccines up to date and have copies of those records available in the event that boarding becomes necessary.


Ensure that all medications are documented with dosages and administering directions. It’s a good idea to include the prescription from your veterinarian with the medications and your pet’s to-go bag.


Pets should have proper identification: a collar with ID tag and a microchip with current, up-to date contact information.


We understand not everyone has a personal support system or the financial means to meet the above recommendations. When experiencing difficulty in creating a preparedness response, please reach out to local shelters and animal service agencies to find out what support is available. During this crisis, there may be options of temporary housing for pets, donated supplies, subsidized veterinary services and more available to help people care for and stay together with their pets.


Dr. Gail Hansen, DVM, MPH of our affiliate the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, said, “At this time we do not have evidence that pets can get or spread COVID-19, although it is always good for people to practice careful handwashing after handling your pet and after picking up and disposing pet waste. When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick, so you and your pet can get the best care.”


Humane Society of the United States

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

July - September 2020

First-aid kit for pets: Basics


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. Save in your phone!

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

3. Tweezers to remove splinters, ticks, etc.

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 which will help prevent your pet from biting. DO NOT USE if your animal is vomiting.

7. A set of non-stick 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 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. 

To build a more extensive first-aid kit add these items or for special needs, difenhydramine, (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

1. Ear cleaning solution

2. Glucose paste or corn syrup for diabetic dogs or those with low blood sugar

3. Nail clippers

4. Flashlight

5. Rubbing alcohol to clean the thermometer

6. Splints and tongue depressors

7. Towels

8. 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. It’s important to put together a comprehensive first-aid kit and I hope you never have to use it but you will prepared. 


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