Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Can You Save a Pet's Life?

Please read the article below, especially now that the winter months are upon us.

If you think you could never "get involved" and take action to save a dog/cat/etc., read what happened to me, right on my street. There was a dog a couple houses down from me who kept getting away from her house and escaping down the street. I would guess that for about 6 months I brought that dog home at least twice a week. Eventually, one of the times I brought the dog home, the owners were not there so I just went into the backyard. To make a long story short, I came to realize that the dog lived outside and never went in the house. The place she had to sleep was wide open with no clear spot to get comfortable (no bed) and really no protection from the cold, rain, and sun. This went on for a while until it was December and starting to get really, really cold. I kept checking and seeing that, no matter the weather, the dog was outside. Finally, I had had it. The next time she got loose, I brought her into my house, told the owners I was going to give her a bath (I'm a dog groomer), and that I couldn't return her that day because it was too cold -- but that they could come get her the next day. I knew what would happen, and it did. THEY NEVER CAME. "Black Dog," as we called her, stayed with us for a bit, and then my niece "adopted" her. "Black Dog" then ended up with my sister and brother in-law. Needless to say, she ended up with an awesome life with a lot of love. This story is especially poignant for me today because Kayla, as she was called by her family, died today. It is a sad day, but I know she was happy and well-loved. And isn't that the way every pet should be treated?

Sunbear Squad Tip Of The Week

Posted: 16 Nov 2009 06:05 AM PST
Thank you to our friends at Sunbear Squad for teaching us how to be good Samaritans for animals.
Watch Tip Week of Nov. 15:
Watch for collars, chains, dog houses, and kennels that are too short or small for growing puppies. Call the authorities!

Below is a story sent to Sunbear Squad showing the importance of this week’s tip.
Who needs to spend good money on a dog collar when you have a piece of barbed-wire?
A reader sent me a story last week about a Great Dane female rescued with a barbed-wire collar embedded in her neck. A “backyard” breeder in Portage, Wisconsin kept her in an old garage. The breeder didn’t need a real collar because he never let her out of that garage. He wrapped her neck in barbed wire when she was young. She grew up into an adult and that collar grew into her like a wire grows into a tree trunk. She was bred, and she and her puppies lived amid feces and urine, never seeing the sun or smelling the clean wind. After her puppies were sold one by one, she lived alone in that dark, putrid hell with open, infected wounds on her neck caused by that too-small barbed-wire collar. Surgery was required to get the wire and cruel barbs out of her living neck tissues. Thankfully she is now cherished in a loving home. But she will always have scars and sensitive spots around her neck.
Please WATCH and LISTEN for the hidden victims of cruelty like this poor mama dog. Always be alert. In this case, neighbors might have heard loud barking from that garage when vehicles approached the house, or perhaps heard puppies yelping in play from time to time. Odors of feces and urine may have carried into the neighborhood when the wind was right. Neighbors may have even spotted someone carrying a stinky puppy or two from the garage into the house to wash before a showing.
What do you think are reasonable standards of care for animals? Read our all-original “Bill of Rights for Pets” for a new perspective.

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