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Petfinder Adopt-the-Internet Day

It's no big secret that I am all about adopting animals, every dog I've had has been rescued or adopted. Breeder? Pet store? What are those? :)

When it comes time for us to add a new pet to our home, the adoptions is the first and only place we go. Why am I so passionate about adoption? Well, its quite simple really. Pets are often the most loving, dedicated friends we can have in our lifetime. They do this without wanting anything in return but to be loved, such a simple request they have from us.. and I believe that is the very least we can do for them in return for all they do for us. So many thousands of loving kind animals wait daily for their furever homes, hoping each day that this day will be the day their new people find them. Everytime a puppy is bought in a pet store, that is one more homeless dog that has to wait yet another day hoping to find its new home.. and sadly all too often they run out of days before they find their furever home. If all I can adopt is one dog, that is one less dog waiting. "But I want a purebred dog" some say.. have you looked at rescues and shelters? I think you would be suprised how many do have purebred dogs. Thousands of breed specific rescues are in place these days.

Next time you want to add a pet to your household, please take a look at adoption before shopping for a pet. Let's all support the rescues, not the puppy mills.


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Posted by: Mysti in The Dog Blog Comment (0)

Anyone with dogs has at one point or another had a dog that just seemed to get into trouble, whether they intended to or not. As long as no one is hurt these ordeals tend to turn into funny stories. Bella, my sweet girl, is definitely one of these rambunctious dogs that seems to bring trouble with her everywhere she goes. Luckily this incident was injury free, for the most part. :)

Earlier this afternoon I was sitting on the couch, head down intently focused on my phone and catching up with what was going on in the twitterverse. Bella was on the back of the couch, right behind my head, and looking out the window. Having been in this same position with her a thousand times and its always been perfectly safe for both her and I, obviously I did not forsee the impending danger that was ready to unfold.

Reading some random tweet, suddenly I heard a loud screeching bark from bella and she jumped off the couch at full speed right over my head. Right behind her was the blinds from the window which came flying off the wall due to the cord being wrapped around her as she jumped. Said blinds hit me in the back of the head, hit the table lamp beside me and sent the lamp flying to the floor.

By this time Bella is halfway across the room with the window blinds still in tow, tangled on her so she couldn't possibly escape. She darted underneath the dining room table hoping to lose this odd 'creature' that was chasing her, well all that succeeded in doing was knocking over one of the dining room chairs which promptly landed on the blinds.

Bella was now pinned in the corner, still wrapped in the cord from the blinds, blinds stuck under the chair. I was calling for her to stop and let me help her get unstuck. Obviously at some point during this entire ordeal my husband, B. heard the commotion and came running, he was able to untangle Bella so she could free herself of the blinds and he then proceeding to hang the blinds back up in their rightful spot.

I was still rubbing the knot on my head that the blinds falling off the wall at breakneck speeds had caused. My first reaction was to be angry at Bella, but that lasted all of about 1 second when I realized that the cord wrapped around her could have caused her serious injury. Then my only concern was consoling her and making sure she was okay, needless to say the entire thing left her a bit shaken and spooked, as was I. Luckily we were all injury free, aside from the minor bump on my head.

Now that its all over and we are all okay, we are able to laugh at the entire episode.(It certainly could have made for a funny video!) We are however the proud new owners of cord keepers, so my dear boo cannot inadvertently attempt to strangle herself again.

Just when we think we've seen it all, our charming little furry companions can get into mischief and find danger in things that we don't normally think of as dangerous. 

If you have mischevious dogs and blinds with cords, invest in some cord keepers.. I would hate to see it not end up so well for others!

Puppy cuddles to all your FURkids ~ Mysti

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Posted by: CudasMom in The Dog Blog Comment (0)

Like many of us dog lovers, I work in the animal field.  Recently, locally a owned dog that had been under a 6mth quarantine for having a fight with a potential rabies suspect was released back to his owners.  The dog was not current on his rabies vaccinations at the time of contact with a raccoon. The raccoon could not be tested and and here in North Carolina that means he had to go into this 6mth quarantine. The only way to test for rabies is to examine the brain of the animal and of course, that means death for either the pet or the suspected animal.

Had the dog been current, a simple rabies vaccination booster would have been all that was needed to keep the dog home and safe.  This dog was very lucky because his owners somehow afforded the costs of boarding a dog for six months.  Many owners cannot and the only other option is euthanasia.  Rabies is a fatal virus that causes a painful death in both animals and humans.

All dogs, cats and ferrets must be vaccinated for rabies here in North Carolina.  There are several inexpensive options for that including low cost rabies clinics offered in your area.  I was asked if shots are needed for indoor pets including pocket pups that go potty on newspapers, cats and of course, ferrets.  The answer is a loud "Yes".  Not only is it the law, your inside animal could still be exposed to the rabies virus should an infected bat get into the house or if your pet accidentally gets out and scuffles with a potentially infected animals.

Soooo, having said that, vaccinate all pets in your house for rabies.  The first rabies shot is good for one year from the day of the vaccination, although some consider the vaccination expired the day before.  The following vaccination is normally a three year although some clinics only offer a routine one year.  There is never a guarantee that any vaccination is 100% effective, however there is a guarantee that a rabid animal will die.  Even humans must undergo a series of painful injections if exposed to a potentially rabid animal and the window of opportunity for that is very short.

Should you have any doubts, Google "rabies virus" and see how horrible this virus is once contracted.  I bet you'll change your mind!

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