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It seems that we’re apologizing a lot for our lack of updates, so this time we won’t. Life has been full of changes in recent months. Losses, gains and adventures abound. With everything going on it has been difficult to keep up with things in real life, let alone catching up on internet things. But we’ll try to as we’re able. Thank you to those who have stuck around. Even in our absence we are still showing that plenty of readers are stopping by.

Not long after our previous post we lost Jack, Dani’s beloved old gentleman cat. His loss affected everyone in the house but none more so than his best friends Bailey, Dani and Dani’s husband as Jack was his first cat. He was an old, wise soul that will not be forgotten.

After that, there was the surprise loss of a family member. But best to not dwell on that at the moment or this entry won’t get finished.

Shortly, very shortly after their passing we had a new surprise family member added to the household. A new puppy.

There had been no plans of another addition of a dog to the household at least for another year, there is much to be done this year as it was. However, due to irresponsible owners and my own husbands big heart we ended up with a tiny brown and white bundle of sass.

Meet the tiny demon.

Meet the tiny demon.

She came home with us at a very early age, 6 weeks, because on top of already not spaying or neutering their current dogs, they deemed puppies too much hassle and were threatening to throw them out in the cold. Or send them to the shelter, whichever caught their fancy first. We had already agreed to take her at 8 weeks but at this point we just wanted her out of dangerous hands so I demanded that she be brought to me the very night that I was told of such threats. So she was and the rest was as they say, history.

Except that it wasn’t. I couldn’t get her other siblings out of my head. I very briefly considering bringing the last 2 unclaimed puppies home with me until I could find them good homes myself. However, after a few nights with one 6 week old puppy, I realized that I would lose my damn mind with three. This did not help stem my worry. I kept in constant contact with a girl that was also trying to help find them homes. Through networking with my friends who are also into rescue we were able to get the one remaining sibling to a rescue group.

When I picked up the sister to drive to another town to meet with the rescue people, she was much in the same condition as our puppy was when we first brought her home. Tear stains down her face and reeking of urine and feces. They were being kept in a bathroom that apparently, wasn’t being cleaned. I was also informed that when I picked her up, it was the first time she’d ever felt grass on her feet. Despite such rough beginnings, the puppies were healthy and their tear stains ceased in a few days of clean environment.

Dropping her sister off to the rescue group.

Dropping her sister off to the rescue group.

We named our new family member, Samus. I thought house breaking would be a breeze because it was with Ozzy however she ended up having a urinary tract infection due to her previous living conditions so it took quite a bit longer than expected. It took Ozzy about a week to warm up to her and now they’re practically inseparable. She is 3/4 Australian Shepherd and 1/4 Rottweiler and 100% energy. She can’t control her licker either. But she is damn cute and expect to see a lot more of her.

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George, a resident of SASHA Farm Animal Sanctuary. (http://www.sashafarm.org/node/4)

I have noticed lately, a surplus if you will, of people just walking up to my dog and petting him or loving all over his face. Luckily for them, he is just a big walking teddy bear and adores every minute of it. But for the life of me, I simply cannot fathom why people don’t ask first anymore. 4.7 million people are bitten by a dog in this country alone every year. It seems to me that this number could be reduced greatly with a simple five word question, “May I pet your dog?”

As a dog lover, I hate seeing anyone get a bad rap. It is not just the dog, the dog owner, or the unknown approaching stranger at fault, but a little bit of everyone is responsible. So in lue of Dog Bite Prevention Week, let’s take a look at the easy steps in avoiding an accident.

When Approaching a Strange Dog:
1. Always ask that pivotal question (“May I pet your dog?”) before going any further.

2. Squat down to the dog’s level. Towering over them may be considered threatening to some animals.

3. NEVER put your face up to a strange dog’s face.

4. Pay attention to the dog’s behavior. If they seem fearful, do not press yourself into their personal space. It is always best to let the dog come to you. If they do not come to     you, leave it alone. You’ll get a chance to pet another dog somewhere who is more open to the affection.

5. NEVER stare a dog in the eyes. This is considered a challenge to a fight. Some dogs may back away but there is always a dog who won’t back down.

When a Stranger Approaches Your Dog:
1. You know your dog better than anyone else. If the person does not ask for permission and you know that your dog isn’t that friendly. BE VOCAL. Tell the person that it is not a wise idea. They may think you’re a jerk but what it is really important is avoiding an incident and/or a lawsuit.

2. Training and socialization are HUGE in a dog’s development. Be a responsible owner and take the time to properly train your dog and socialize them to various environments. The more your dog is used to, the less likely an accident is to occur out of fear.

3. Always walk your dog on a leash. Whether they will stay by your side or not, there are other people out there who do not train their dogs that well. Having control of your dog in a hairy situation can be crucial.

4. Be alert for any potentially dangerous situation. Acting promptly can make a world of difference.

5. Spaying/neutering will help to control your animal’s behavior when they aren’t being bothered with hormones that can easily cause fights.

The most important lesson of all is to make sure your children know the rules when it comes to other people’s dogs! Children are the most common victims in dog bite cases. My father taught me at a young age to never approach a strange dog without the owner’s permission. I am 25 years old and have never been bitten by a dog. Yes, that can change at any moment but following these guidelines has proven truly useful.

(I didn’t have a spare fake hand laying around, nor would my dog cooperate with acting “tough” for a picture so I stole this little photo from Google. ~_^)

Today we are featuring our first Pet Profile, and we thought we’d start with the small but lovable guinea pig. Guinea pigs make wonderful small pets. They have a longer lifespan than most other small rodents, typically living between five to seven years. There are multiple breeds of guinea pigs to choose from, but the most common are the Smooth-Coated, Abyssinian and the Peruvian.

Guinea pigs are often thought to be extremely skittish, but it all really depends on how they’re raised. If handled properly from a young age guinea pigs will grow accustomed to being picked up and played with. I’ve owned my 2 and a half year old guinea pig since she was a baby and she loves coming out of her cage to explore and get attention. She is completely fearless, and will walk right up to our cats and dogs to check them out with out so much as a second thought.

Guinea pigs can be extremely vocal, often squeaking loudly for treats or attention. They will wheek, purr, rumble, and squeal to let you know exactly how they’re feeling or what they want. Certain sounds such as a door opening upon your arrival home, a treat bag opening, and even just the sound of their owner’s voice can have your guinea pig squealing with excitement in an instant.

When it comes to taking care of your piggy, diet is very important. Just like us humans, guinea pigs cannot produce their own vitamin C. This makes it very important that you select a food for them that provides them with this necessary vitamin. If your guinea pig does not get enough vitamin C it can develop scurvy, which can be fatal. Fresh fruits and veggies can also help assure your little critter gets the necessary vitamins, plus they’ll love the extra treat. Feeding your guinea pig timothy hay is also good for them.

Like any other pet, guinea pig owners know they have certain duties they must follow through to assure their guinea pig stays happy and healthy. Making sure your little friend has a clean cage, fresh food and water, as well as play time is very important. Taking the extra time to make sure your guinea pig’s needs are met will also help make the two of you closer. Guinea pigs are social creatures and will benefit greatly from the love you give them. They will surely return the favor with all the joy these adorable little companions will bring you.

It's Only Tuesday??

Like many of us, I think Brutis is already thinking “Can it be the weekend yet?”

Bobbie recently started helping rescue dogs on the westside of the state of Michigan. As she states, it does indeed just take one person to make a difference.

“What would life be like for you if you lived everyday, all day long on the end of a chain?? Would you have proper shelter from the elements?? Will anybody come play with me today?? I see my sister across the yard living as I do, but we can’t get close and be a pack like we should. Will anybody come untangle our chains today so we can have more than 3 ft of chain?? Will I ever get to run and play again?? Does anybody care about me?? The kids come and feed me, they give me a little love, but I want more… I remember before the baby came, when I use to live in the house and sleep with my humans… Will I ever get to do that again?? What did I do wrong?? Will I ever get off this chain?? I’m here… waiting… day after day…..

Sadly, this is life for many dogs living outside around the world. I met 2 wonderful dogs when I was living in Baldwin, Michigan on West US 10, which is not far from Lake Michigan. The winters get very cold up in Lake County, which is one of the poorest counties in Michigan. It was so difficult to find a job that I had to move and these dogs have been haunting me ever since.

Back in December 2011, I started a page on facebook called “Save the dogs (it just takes one person)”. I just couldn’t sit by any longer and watch others helping animals in need and not do my part. I’ve met some truly amazing people and they inspire me daily to keep fighting for these animals who have no voice. If we don’t take it upon ourselves to change the world, it will never change.

A few months ago I came across a page that just spoke to me, C.H.A.I.N.E.D. Inc a 501c3 in Detroit, Michigan. I emailed them asking for their help and advice on how I could help these dogs. They responded by donating 3 dog houses, 2 bags of large breed dog food, collars, toys and treats. I sacrificed my Easter and traveled to Detroit to get these gifts that they gave so willingly.

Many people have asked me why these dogs haven’t been taken away from the owner yet. I’ve called animal control in Lake County, Michigan, and spoke to them last winter about these dogs. They were suppose to go out with some straw, check on the dogs and call me back. That was months ago. And all though I have left many messages on their answering machine, no one has returned my call yet.

My goal is not to take any animals away from anyone or alert the authorities unless the animal is in mortal danger. I am trying to enhance the life of the dogs who live on chains 24/7 by providing safe fenced in yards, insulated dog houses, food assistance, treats, toys, and the love they so desperately need. This is only possible through the donations of generous people. More than anything I want to educate owners on how to become better parents and guardians to their furbabies.

SHARES NEEDED, DONATIONS NEEDED….PLEASE DO WHAT YOU CAN! THANK YOU!!….IF YOU CANNOT SHARE, NETWORK, RESCUE, ADOPT, THEN PLEASE DONATE…EVERYONE’S HELP IS NEEDED…..

http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fsavethedogsholland.chipin.com%2Ffencing-for-baldwin-dogs&h=FAQEF4F8W

https://www.facebook.com/#!/puddlemill

Sincerely,
Bobbie Havlik”