Cody was are Prodigy Dog He was a part of our family and we never really gave it much thought about what it would be like without him. We adopted Him in 2001 Less than a year after we got married and had always said that since we never had any children of our own that he was ours we aiways called my husband Daddy and myself Mama. It sounds kinda silly to say it out load but I am sure we were not the only ones that did that. He was house tain at 12 weeks and only had one accident in the house whether it was because I took him out at the right times or not he still never until his last 3 weeks had another accident and he was blind and deaf and scared. I have read books because early on I thought we were going to take to a specialist in the states and we would just learn to live with a special needs god. By the way we went to Hawaii in October and had returned in April and we just packed up the 3 dogs grandma and flew to the tropical Big Island.
I fell on the tile floor and srained my ankle, had 2 asthma attacks with severe alergies to flowers and found out I had some food allergies (Big Ones) Dairy, which meant, ice cream, Milk, cheese, and an allergy to eggs, wheat. and we are not sure but we figured out the major ones by keeping a log.
Kevin's A-fibb flared up uncontrolled and had to see the cardiologist every week, Mom was sick half the time we were out there. The worse part about Cody going blind was seeing jusr lay in the kitchen and not move, he was obviously depressed and had no appetite . Of course I had high hopes that we would get him back the the main land So I ordered all kinds of books about working with a blind dog and how to enrich their life and that dogs were resilent and could live a enjoyable happy life. But I don't believe thay Cody was tat kind of dog he was much to intuative and I am sure he was scared and depressed anyway I have 4 or 5 books about caring for a blind dog. WhichI hope I never have to experience the trauma he went throught. I know can look at a picture of him we have in our bedroom and it makes me happy to know that we had the privaledge in our life and I truly believe we gave him a good life too. Our Cody is know looking out for us and I wouldn;t want any other angel watching over me. I try not to blog about personal stories but it was right under my skin just waiting to share with the world. Our beautiful smart, loyal Cody We all love an miss you but we know your in a much better place
I just wanted to apologize for the the last year of absent blogs. It has been a trying tear for H.O.P.E. and my personal life. a change in board members of which I thank for their service and dedication for all the volunteer work that made H.O.P.E what it is today.
Volunteering your time and energy is a very noble and humanitarian which can take time away from other important area's of your life. We are still looking for volunteers and board members if you have some time to spare please consider volunteering.
It is one of the most rewarding way to spend a portion of your free time.
If this is something you have thought about and would like to do and would like to talk with someone affiliated with our organization, call 231-631-7222 and ask for Nikki or go to the How You Can Help page here on our website we have many levels of volunteering some of which can be performed in your home.
Thank you for your consideration and have a beautiful day.
Being in your Golden years does not mean you can no longer share your life with a dog or cat.
Certain Breeds make great companions and require less exercise and training. Studies show that those that have interaction with animals on a regular basis live happier. healthier and longer lives. Health benefits that have been documented are for the heart & blood pressure. For many retiree's and/ or seniors living alone, the companion pet may be a source of exercise and reason to get out of bed in the morning thus decreasing depression and loneliness.
These are just among the many health benefits documented.
If you don't already have a pet for your retirement years and have decided to adopt a companion animal, a look at your lifestyle before making a decision is a good idea.
Some active seniors have the time and energy to exercise and train a dog but for others which for what ever reason are unable to manage a dog who requires a good amount of exercise, then a Toy or Terrier breed would be a good fit.
There are several things to consider when choosing a breed that would fit your lifestyle and housing arrangements is one.
How much space do you have to offer a dog? Toy breeds cope fine in small spaces or retirement homes, but a terrier or Daschund who is cooped up may become destructive or develope a barking habit which may annoy the neighbors.
You also don't need a big yard to keep your dog stimulated.
Food dispensing toys are one. A portion of the dog's food is placed in the toy and as they roll the yoy around the pellets fall out. The toy can also be hidden to let your dog to find them. Start with easy to find area's and then make it more difficult as they become better at the game.
keep you puppy on a lead as you go about you daily routine talking to them and using simple one word commands ans when you stop and they stop and sit give them lots of praise & treats as well as lots of positive talk and love. Talking Training will lay a good foundation as soon as you bring them home. Keep the training sessions short and fun and in no time you will have a well behaved loving companion. Good Luck and enjoy your new companion.
I wanted to touch base for the cat lovers and say that cats also make good companion and space is not an issue. Just remember that spaying and neutering with a cat as well as you dogs will need to be considered as with male cats at about 7-8 months will generally start to spray and mark their territory, and females at about 6 months will star going into heat and howl and want to get outdoors to explore the possibilities out side of the walls of your home.
I hope this article was helpful and gave you something to think about before adopting a new companion pet.
Written by Susan Reabe
Founder & Executive Director of H.O.P.E.
If you're like most pet parents you may find yourself wondering, "Why on earth does my dog do that?" So I set out to to shed some light on some of these mysteries. Turning to Dog-behaviorist Dr Ian Dunbar to explain why our canine friends perform some of their odd behaviors, I learned:
Why do dogs shake themselves when they are not wet?
My guess would be because of an itch. It"s not like they can go tell their parent that they have a skin irritation, could you scratch me right here on the left. But what most dog behaviorist have found is that a lot of dogs shake and yawn when they wake up. They yawn, they stretch and then often they shake. I don't think we will ever know why they do some of the things they do. We can get educated opinions but we never know for sure.
Why does my dog rub himself all over the carpet?
Two reasons - either to relieve an itch or to mark a scent. For a dog a great analogy is that they want their place to smell like home, which means smell like them. I figure we are at the opposite end of this one as we are always trying to rid our homes from smelling like dogs and they are doing their best to stink the place up. And when they encounter a weird smell, usually they would like to pee on it but they have been told not to do that inside so they roll, marking the spot using the scent glands on their tail instead.
Why does my dog scratch the ground after doing their thing?
There are actually a number of animals that do this. Bears will scratch the tree trunks with their claws to leave a visual or olfactory marker that they peed or pooped. I was watching my dog Cricket the other day scratching and digging. What they are leaving is a visual marker, plus an olfactory scent. Scratching leaves from the scent a fresh odor and a line.
Why does my dog turn around three or more times before lying down?
I've pondered this one for years and years. It could be to flatten the grass or blanket, or it could be to determine the correct direction to face in terms of comfort and safety, and view. It could be the dog's having a good look around him before he decides to lie down because he will be vulnerable if he falls asleep and..... I really haven't got a clue. It's certainly fun to watch them do it. You just think, " Oh they're getting much more comfortable now." We will never make sense of all the cute little things they do, but I do know we have fun watching them.
Written by Susan Reabe
By the time Donna returned from work one day in June, a minor catastrophe had struck. Wood pieces covered the kitchen floor by the door to the garage, and her shar-pei was lying on the doormat, licking her bloody paws. Donna rushed to Jasmine's side to assess the damage. The 7 year old pooch had scratched the door so hard that she had almost dug out her nail beds.
After cleaning Jasmine's wounds Donna had to leave for a meeting. She thought this was just a freak thing since nothing like this had ever happened before, but when she got back, same show, said the Easthampton attorney. And another episode a week later. So they went from leaving their dog alone with no problem to "my dog has freaked out overnight."
As many pet owners know, animal behavior can be confounding. There are dogs who bark incessantly, cats who hide, and unruly hounds who jump on people. There are biters, compulsive self-groomers, house soilers and pets who panic when left alone. While some behaviors are merely annoying others can impact the animal's and their owners quality of life.
Sadly, many people simply banish their troubled companion to the back yard or surrender them to a shelter. One part of H.O.P.E.'s program is to help pet parents with behavior problems so relinquishing their pet is not the answer. Most behavior problems are solvable according to the Adam Goldfarb, director of the HSUS's Pets at Risk program, and this is where the experts come in.
After much research in the recent years, the pet modification business has steadily grown, and people with a variety of academic backgrounds and training have found careers in the field. Because credentials vary, there's no hard and fast rule about which type of expert can resolve your pet's problem.
More serious or or mysterious behavior issues may warrant a visit to a veterinary behaviorist or certified animal behaviorist. For most out-of-the-blue behaviors, you should first take your pet for a complete veterinary exam. Pain is a powerful stressor, and something like compulsive licking or sudden aggression can indicate a medical problem.
After Donna's veterinarian cleared Jasmine of any health problems, he referred her to a nearby Animal behaviorist clinic where the behaviorist diagnosed jasmine with noise phobia - likely the result of new construction in their neighborhood. Donna left with anxiety medication and instructions for creating a doggie haven where Jasmine could retreat from loud sounds, and in time Jasmine was back to normal.
Of course, we all don't live near an animal behavior clinic, but most qualified experts can be found in most regions. My advice when screening for potential experts: ask about experience treating similar issues, check references and resumes, and be leery of anyone who is quick to mention shock collars, choke chains and the outdated training methods that stress alpha roles, domination, and pack mentality.
Veterinarians and pet-loving friends are sometimes good resources for recommendations. My advice is to rule out a medical problem and consult with a behaviorist or trainer. There are generally reasons that are solvable. So before you decide to surrender your pet to a shelter make some phone calls and keep your pet with the only family he has ever know.
The reason H.O.P.E. was founded was due to all the families having to surrender their pet(s) due to financial difficulties, and behavioral issues can contribute to their problems. Our mission is to keep families and their pets together during their financial difficulties. So we are potentially helping families and pets before they have to make the difficult decision of whether or not to relinquish the pet.
For a pet owner to have a sick or injured animal and not take them for medical attention it is considered neglect. With no funds available the only way to have their pet seen by a professional is to relinquish the pet to a rescue group (which are great and are a needed group in our community), where the group takes them to a veterinary for medical attention, but places them in a foster home until they can find a forever home to adopt him, when the pet originally had a loving forever family who came upon temporary hard times. This is a situation I have a real problem with, no explanation necessary.
Written by Susan Reabe
Heartworms are transmitted by mosquitoes. And yes, when the heartworms are allowed to mature in your pet, they do reside in the heart ( actually, the pulmonary artery that leaves the heart.) The mosquitoes transmit an immature larval stage of the heartworm and then these larvae go through four more stages to become adults. If they become adults the results can be heart failure and sever lung disease. Heartworms can infect both dogs and cats, but cats tend to have a lower incidence than dogs.
The good news is that are a lot of options for prevention of heartworm disease. The preventatives work by killing the larval stages that have already been injected into the dog or cat. So a dose of preventative works retroactively, killing the larval stages of heartworms for 45 days. For that reason you can get away with only giving most preventatives every 45 days. Veterinarians recommend dosing every 30 days because it is easier to remember to give preventatives at the same time every month. The other benefit of most heartworm preventatives is that they also contain an intestinal dewormer.
ON THE TOPIC OF TESTING For heartworm disease, different veterinarians have different philosophies about whether to test yearly or every other year. There is no hard or fast rule on this. You can put a dog on preventative without testing, it is just not ideal. You want to know if your animal has heartworms. Also in some area's, such as the most northern states, it is not necessary to keep pets on preventative in the middle of the winter (unless you travel with your pets), since ther are not any mosquitoes buzzing around during a Wisconsin January :)
It is important to know that your pet does not have heartworms before starting a preventative medication as it can cause your animal to become very ill.
BEING DILIGENT WITH A DEWORMING PROGRAM BENEFITS NOT ONLY THE HEALTH OF PETS, BUT THE HEALTH OF PEOPLE AS WELL.
Written by Susan Reabe
Seems like lately every time you turn around you are hearing about pet food recalls as well as human foods. What do you listen to? What are the signs of food contamination?
It seems as though at one time or another most of the name brand dog food brands have been recalled, including well know brands like Iams, Eukanuba, Purina, and Science Diet, just to name a few. I don't believe these brands are bad, but according to the ASPCA nearly 180 brands of wet and dry foods were eventually added to the recall list, provoking a tense period of uncertainty for pets pet parents and animal welfare professionals.
Our organization takes the recalls very seriously as we run a pet food pantry and try to make sure that when there is a recall that the brands are pulled from our shelves as well.
The FDA officially has confirmed the presence of Melamine-often used in plastics, cleaning products, laminates, soundproofing foam and fertilizer. They claim it is not toxic on its own, only when combined with cyanuric acid, another found contaminate that may cause renal failure in some pets. I don't know about you, but I would not want to give my pets (who are just like my kids) any of these substances that they put in plastics or fertilizer. I won't allow my dogs on a lawn that has been sprayed with fertilizer, let alone give them food with something that they put in fertilizer. That just seems crazy to me.
The FDA has a website where you can sign up to receive recalls on pet foods, along with a whole list of items we use everyday. the link is:
Please check the FDA's website for the most current information.
Is my Pet sick from contaminated food?
If your pet shows any signs of illness including loss of appetite, just laying around, vomiting or diarrhea, or changes in urination, you should consult your veterinarian. The ASPCA has an animal Poison Control Center which is open 24 hours a day - the number is (888) 462-4435. These symptoms in any circumstances should be taken seriously regardless of food recalls and any sudden change in behavior in your pet should warrant a trip to your veterinarian.
What is the best food to give my pet?
I was told by a local veterinarian that he generally recommends high quality, premium pet foods for most pets with out any pre-existing illnesses, since they are research-based formulas that have specific nutrients that your cat or dog needs. But changing your dogs food suddenly can upset their stomach. Table scraps can also cause gastrointestinal problems.
I hope some of this information was useful as most of the information was obtained from The FDA and the ASPCA and several veterinarians friends. I am not a veterinarian so any further questions that this article may bring up should be directed to your veterinarian.
We all Love to spend to the long summer Days with our pets outdoors.
Even the healthiest pets can suffer from dehydration, sunburns and heat stroke. By taking these simple precautions provided by the ASPCA you can avoid the danger of heat stroke, which can be fatal if not treated promptly.
Pets can dehydrate quickly so give them a shady place to get out of the sun and be careful not to over exercise them. Keep them indoors when it is extremely hot.
Knowing the warning signs
Symptoms of overheating in a pet include:
MOST OF THIS INFORMATION CAME FROM THE ASPCA
My name is Susan Reabe. I am the founder of H.O.P.E. I am very passionate about responsible pet ownership and preventing pet owners from having to surrender their pets due to financial difficulty. Please feel free to comment on any of my articles. In fact, I encourage your response and opinions.