Saturday, July 27, 2013

Solider's Dog Given Away While Deployed

This is such a sad story, so I'm hoping that we can all get the word out and help find this dog!

About a year after joining the Army, 1st Lt. Brandon Harker got a playful lab over Memorial Day weekend in 2011, while he was at Fort Benning in western Georgia. He named him Oakley. Describing him sweetly as "a very big baby," Harker said Oakley loved to snuggle. "It doesn't matter who it was, he'd try to crawl up on your lap." He also likes to likes to run, swim and get into most everything -- "whether it's trouble or not."

Whenever Harker was in the United States, Oakley would go with him. Most recently, Harker was stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McCord in Washington. Whenever he deployed, his beloved dog would be left with a friend. That's what happened last year, when the lieutenant left Oakley with someone he described as a "good friend" before he headed off to Afghanistan. "Every time, while I was gone, I asked about him," Harker said, recalling how his friend would insist Oakley was "doing good (and) acting like his regular self. "I'd ask for a picture every now and then. But I never got any pictures sent to me."

Harker learned the truth as he was flying back to Washington. "What do you mean you got rid of my dog?" he told his friend. In the few days since coming back, Harker has been on a mission. He posted a plea to find Oakley on Craigslist, noting that he didn't know if the dog had been sold or given away -- something he'd been told happened in May, though Harker isn't so sure. It could have happened anytime between February or June.

Harker describes Oakley as yellow labrador retriever with a unique coat - on his face, down his sides and legs he has spots of a darker yellow or champagne color. Oakley is good with kids and other dogs. Oakley is micro-chipped and registered.

If you have any information, please contact Harker via his craigslist ad here.

Via CNN.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

11-year-old Uses Birthday Party to Help Pit Bulls

There is nothing I love more than a kid who is out to help others. Some of my favorite posts from my local shelters aren't the cute pictures of puppies and kitties, but the kids who are coming in to donate their birthday money or their allowance. It makes me so excited for our future to see a child who just wants to help make the world a better place. Check out Zachary Felts of Pauline South Carolina...

Zachary Felts of Pauline, S.C., has the following quote posted on his bedroom wall: “You can’t trust a Pitt Bull because they will steal your heart.” Although he doesn’t know who wrote the statement, the 11-year-old strongly shares the sentiment and claims it as his favorite quote. So much so, he sacrificed all his birthday presents to help pit bulls. “People think pit bulls are so mean, and they’re not,” Zachary said. “It’s just the way they are treated.”

In today’s world, Zachary’s favorite quote can stir up a little controversy. Pit bulls have been associated with aggressive behavior and are feared by many people. “There is a cultural bias when it comes to the pit bull,” said Dr. Jim Dobies, a veterinarian who owns South Point Pet Hospital in Belmont. “Gaston County has a number of pit bull mixes that are pets and they have always been the most friendly dogs to work with.”

Zachary, who has grown up with all types of dogs including five pit bulls, described the breed as “sweet,” and decided he wanted to help all the abandoned pit bulls he believes people mislabel. Zachary’s mother, Summer Felts, said that five months before his 11th birthday party, Zachary told her that instead of getting presents for himself he wanted his guests to bring dog items to donate to a pit bull rescue center in Charlotte. Although she said he loves all dogs, his heart lies mostly with pit bulls. “He gets all fired up whenever he sees the media representing pit bulls poorly. He knows how devoted and loyal they are and how they love to please their owners,” Summer Felts said.

Zachary chose South of the Bully Rescue Center because it was the only one in their region that specifically rescues the pit bull breed. South of the Bully rescues pit bulls from Chester County, S.C., Animal Control and Gaston County Animal Control. “I don’t know if I will ever have another breed,” said South of the Bully Vice President Karrie Murphy. “We all believe they are misunderstood and we are trying to change that image.” South of the Bully is a nonprofit organization staffed by volunteers. It was established in October to rescue pit bulls and place them in foster care until they find a permanent home. “Pit bulls are euthanized more often than any other breed,” Murphy said. The organization provides all necessary veterinarian care and needs through public donations and adoption fees.

South of the Bully will have an adoption event on July 27 at Pet Essentials on Pineville-Matthews Road in Charlotte. Zachary along with his family will attend to deliver all the donated dog items, including 300 pounds of dog food, and to get a closer look at one of their rescued pit bulls he’s interested in adopting. The staff is looking forward to meeting him. “For a kid to say I don’t want presents, instead, I want to give to these dogs, and to pick us, we were all floored,” Murphy said.

Summer said Zachary’s excitement was not curbed by the fact he wasn’t getting presents. “He was so excited at the party,” she said. “He was ecstatic as though he was opening presents for himself.” Many guests brought both a donated item and money in case he wanted something for himself. “He took that and bought more dog supplies,” Summer said.

Zachary, who is a fifth-grader at Glenn Springs Elementary School in Pauline, has decided what he wants to do when he grows up. “I want to have a rescue organization,” he said.

via Charlotte Observer

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Firefighter Captures Kitten's Rescue on Helmet Camera

If you want a little pick me up today, check out this heartwarming video of a firefighter's rescue of a tiny kitten.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Rescue Me! (from the bath...)

I recently decided that for the sake of our sanity and pocketbook, I need to learn to groom Astrea myself. When we lived in Folsom we had a fantastic groomer, Maureen. She was wonderful. Her prices were reasonable, she didn't double book, and she treated Astrea like the little princess we tell her she is. The first time I took Astrea to be groomed Maureen was at a big box pet store. The place was loud, there were lots of dogs and Astrea was terrified. If I remember correctly she peed on the floor she was so scared. When we went back six weeks later Maureen remembered how Astrea reacted and booked her at a time that was not so busy. Once there were no more dogs around she took Astrea off her leash and just let her explore the salon and see that it's not that scary. That's what got us hooked on Maureen. When she left the big box store and went to a smaller shop 30 minutes away, we followed her. Unfortunately, now were two-and-a-half hours away and that's just much to far for us to drive for a haircut. I've tried a groomer locally, I gave them two shots, but they just are cutting it.


Please don't make me take a bath.

So, now here we are trying to navigate the world of grooming a dog who barely lets me give her a bath. One of the things that I always loved about taking Astrea to see Maureen is, when she would come back her hair would be soft like when she was a puppy. I've never been able to replicate that feeling when I give Astrea a bath at home...until now! I'll be honest, I never would have thought that dogs need conditioner. I know how important it is to caring for my own hair, but never thought that my dog may need some of the same level of care.


This past weekend we tried Viva la Dog Spa Rescue Me! Deep Conditioner and I am in LOVE. Not only does it smell fantastic, once Astrea's coat dried it was so incredibly soft. I couldn't stop petting her and telling her how soft her fur was! A few years back Astrea had a little skin infection on her back end and her hair never grew back the same. It's always been coarse and tough. I was thrilled that even that tough, coarse spot felt fantastic! I can only imagine how it will feel after we use it a few more times. I was a little scared to even attempt to groom Astrea, but if this conditioner is a preview of what it will be like, I think we'll be ok! If you want to try Rescue Me! Deep Conditioner - check out the Viva la Dog Spa website. I also loved that I didn't feel like I needed to use a ton of the product on her. I started with just a small dollop in my hand and worked that through, and it was definitely enough to really get all over. Makes me happy to know that the bottle we have will last us through several baths!


Look how pretty and clean I am!

UPDATE: It's been just over a week since I used the Rescue Me! on Astrea and she STILL FEELS SO SOFT! I just cannot get over how fantastic her coat feels! I'm sure Astrea isn't excited for her next bath, but I can't wait! I have a feeling things are just going to get better and better from here!!

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

All you need is love...and a dog.

It's amazing what a little love can do to heal. Norman was 16 years old, abandoned and on the brink of death at the shelter. The chances of a dog in his condition being adopted were slim, but luckily, one family saw something in Norman. Look at his before and after!


Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Cory Booker Helps Rescue Dog Trapped in Crate

I have a slight obsession with Newark N.J. Mayor, Cory Booker. Sometimes I think I should move to Newark just so he can be my mayor. I love how in touch he is with his city and how quick he is to get out and really show how much he is willing to help the citizens. This story is just another example of why he is amazing.

Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker personally intervened Thursday evening to help rescue a female pit bull that a neighbor said was locked in a crate for four days.

Booker, currently running for the U.S. Senate, was heralded as a hero last year after he helped a neighbor out of her burning home. The popular Garden State Democrat swooped into action again Thursday after reading a tweet from @shankdog3000.

"@CoryBooker Is there anyone in Newark NJ who can stop the torture of a dog? There is a dog who is locked in a small crate on a vacant lot," the user tweeted.

"Where? I'll go investigate now," Booker responded. The resident provided an address. Booker arrived at the scene and reported to his 1.3 million Twitter followers that the dog was "in rough shape" and "in a tiny cage."

Scott Crawford of the Humane Society told U.S. News that Booker called for assistance after scoping out the scene himself. The dog snapped at rescuers and a "snare pull" was used to safely extract the animal from its cage.

Crawford said the dog is "bouncing off the walls" at the Humane Society's Newark shelter and is "a little scary right now," but expressed hope that its behavior would improve. He speculated that mistreatment in the past might have caused the dog's poor temperament.

Stray and rescued animals only receive names seven days after being taken in by the Humane Society, Crawford said, per a New Jersey law requiring a one week window before shelters assume ownership of the animals.

It's not yet clear if the dog will be offered for adoption. "She's very aggressive right now. We're going to see how she comes around," Crawford said.


Monday, July 01, 2013

Would you sit in a hot parked car for 30 minutes?

Dr. Ernie, a veterinarian, decided to see what it's like to sit in a hot parked car for 30 minutes on a 95 degree day. Remember this if you see a dog in a car or consider taking yours along, even for a short trip. The car heats up so quickly, even after just 5 minutes.

Source: Dogington Post


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