In honor of a wonderful human being who dedicated his life to helping animals in need. We here at Furever Dachshund Rescue will always remember you Keith and will continue our mission in honor of you and all the animals you saved.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
The rescue community has lost a true friend to the animals...Keith Royer, of "Keith's Rescue Transports," has died following a massive brain aneurysm.
Royer died while doing what he loved - transporting dogs in need.
At the time of his aneurysm, Royer was in the midst of transporting a litter of dachshund puppies for Furever Dachshund Rescue; by his side was his constant, canine companion, a pit bull named "Stormy."
The pair, along with the litter of puppies, were staying at a hotel in Maryland for the night when tragedy struck.
Stormy is said to have barked until help arrived to his ailing guardian.
Responding animal control officers were unsurewhat would greet them behind the door to the hotel room where Royer had collapsed.
Suffice to say, they were pleasantly surprised to discover a dog who was not only gentle, but welcoming and helpful. It was Stormy who led the emergency responders to Royer, who was connconscious on the floor.
When it was time for Royer to be transported, Stormy would not enter the vehicle until his guardian was inside...from that point on, Story is said to have been a "perfect gentleman," for the remainder of the journey.
Sadly, Royer could not be saved and today, those who knew and respected him are grieving his passing; today, messages of grief, love and support have been pouring into Keith's Facebook page, Keith's Rescue Transports.
Furever Dachshund Rescue has established a fundraising site to help Keith's family with funeral expenses. Please click here to read more.
On Monday, Laura Coulombe, Chair of Furever Dachshund Rescue, shared a sentiment which is felt by many people who knew and respected this dedicated animal lover:
Monday, July 29, 2013
I know this will be very hard to read. However, I'm asking you to please read this and forward on to everyone you know. We must find the people that are doing this to sweet innocent animals. If you know who this dog might belong to I'm asking you to please get in with Jean W at the Jefferson County Humane Society, Inc. 314-952-6413, Ruth E at firstname.lastname@example.org or myself Brenda R at email@example.com.
As I've said before these dogs are counting on us to be their voice. People who treat animals like this really need to be punished. No living thing should have to suffer like this.
How can you help stop the untimely deaths of over 4 million animals each years?
* Adopt a pet from an animal shelter
* Spay or neuter your pet
*Volunteer at your local animal shelter
* Adopt a pet from an animal shelter
* Spay or neuter your pet
*Volunteer at your local animal shelter
It is my hope that this dog's family can be found, and possibly other families who unknowingly surrendered their pets to humans not doing background checks on adoptees.Dog baiting and dogfighting operations are a 24/7 focus for those who have a passion to end this horrific bloodsport.The information and photo provided by the animal advocate in this email are vital to bringing justice for innocent animals!Please distribute this to your contacts, and hopefully we can help educate pet parents to surrender their pets -- Pitties, Mastiffs, Huskies, Malamutes, Great Pyranees, Shepherds, to name a few -- ONLY to legitimate rescue organizations and to friends and family!ALSO, PETS CANNOT BE LEFT UNATTENDED!! They are missing and stolen within a matter of minutes!!Thank you,Jean WJefferson County Humane Society, Inc.314.952.6413"I can do no other than be reverent before everything that is called life. I can do no other than to have compassion for all that is called life. That is the beginning and the foundation of all ethics." --- Albert SchweitzerThis is a male brown/white Pit Bull type dog he was found dead today by MoDot workers on Hwy 60 close to State Trooper Headquarter E. His jaw was severely broken and he had minor scarring on his front feet, the most disturbing thing about this is you can see where his mouth was banded shut with some type of wire or rope.
In the past 2 weeks MoDot has found 5 Pit Bulls and 1 American Bulldog in ditches all with severe injuries (broken bones, large gashes on the body). The injuries don't fit in with ones that a dog would sustain from being hit by a car but rather intentional cruelty.
3 dogs were found at Route AA just outside of Miner, MO
2 on HWY 61 heading towards Grant City, MO
1 on HWY 60 close to State Troopers Headquarter E in Sikeston, MO
Someone out there knows this dog. Maybe he is one that had came up missing from a loving family, a "Free to Good Home" dog or purposely bred by these scumbags but regardless SOMEONE KNOWS HIM! Im asking that if anyone does know this dog please tell me, it will remain completely anonymous I promise. I have talked to authorities and unless we can positively ID the owners of these dogs there is nothing we can do. Which means that the people/person doing this will continue to get away with it and dogs will continue to die. If you have any information PLEASE come forward. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org and I will relay the information to the proper authorities and remember you can remain anonymous.
I am sorry if this offends anyone but this is the only way to get the word out fast enough and to a large enough audience to even have a chance of finding out who is doing this. MoDot is helping out greatly with this and all the law enforcement individuals I have contacted are just as eager to help find who is doing this. I appreciate MoDot contacting me when they could've so easily just turned away.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
If Anyone Doubts Dogs Have Feelings......This goes to prove that our pets NEVER stop loving us. I hope that all the people who are contemplating "getting rid of their pet" to another family or shelter, watch this and then think twice before letting go of their pet. No one thinks about the grief, stress and emotions that pets endure when they are abandoned and given away for no reason.
Monday, July 22, 2013
Dog Finds A Tiny Kitten, Risks Everything To Save Her
Animal control officers in Anderson, South Carolina, thought that a barking Shih-Tzu was stuck in a ravine. Turns out, she was there nursing and protecting a tiny abandoned kitten she had found.
Animal control officer Michelle Smith got a call about a yelping dog behind a Home Depot. She climbed down a steep embankment to finda Shih-Tzu, tangled in a mess of briars. But she looked more closely, she realized Goldie had a friend: a tiny kitten who was nursing at the dog’s side.
“I didn’t know what to think,” Smith told Fox News 10. “I was shocked and surprised and then of course, awww.”
“I think it would have been okay for the dog to walk down the hill,” Smith told Fox Carolina. “But it just didn’t want to leave the kitten”
The dog and kitten were taken to the Anderson County P.A.W.S. shelter, where they remained inseparable and the dog continued to care for the kitten as one of her own. Eventually, the pair were taken to a foster home – together, of course.
Sunday, July 21, 2013
Beach Safety Tips for the Dog Days of Summer
Although young children shouldn’t be given total responsibility for pet care, learning the basics can keep both them and your pets safe and sound.
If you’ve recently brought a cat or dog into your home, congratulations. Not only can a pet become a child’s best friend, but exposing young ones to an animal's germs actually may be healthy; a recent study1 found they help build up kids’ immune system.
Having a pet is also a good way to teach kids responsibility. How much a child should be involved in pet care depends on his or her age. Babies and pets should not be left alone together.
Toddlers need lots of supervision as they can be unintentionally rough. To them, pets are like moving stuffed animals. Megan J., a mother to a mother and pet parent to a 2-year old Siamese cat, says to teach gentleness, “Take [your child's] hand firmly and guide him through petting the dog/cat. Tell your child, ‘We touch the cat softly. We are nice to our cat,' so that he hears positive words to go with the actions.”
Teach compassion by pointing out that pets have feelings beyond getting hungry and thirsty. They feel pain. They feel ashamed if they know they’ve done something wrong, and sad if they're ignored. When children don't make time for their pet, ask them to think about it from the dog or cat’s point of view: Why are you ignoring me? What did I do wrong?
Joan R., also a mother pet parent, said, “How children relate to animals will be reflected in how they react to other human beings, so it's an important lesson even separate from treating the animal well.”
Do’s and Don’ts
- Do make kids part of the pet selection process
- Do help your kids understand that a pet is a pet for life
- Do involve them in preparing for the pet’s arrival
- Do teach kids not to interrupt a pet who is eating
- Do supervise kids as they learn to walk a dog on a leash
- Don’t let your child punish a pet for misbehaving
- Don’t let kids feed unhealthy treats or table scraps to pets
- Don’t make a kid responsible for animal-care chores beyond the child’s ability
- Don’t let your child try to ride a dog like a horse
- Don’t punish a child by threatening to get rid of the pet
The Bottom Line
“As with anything you introduce to a child, start slowly and reward good behavior,” advises Megan J. “Kids and dogs aren't really that different when it comes to teaching them the right way to behave.”
Eliot D., a father and pet parent adds, “Consistency and establishing a routine go a long way. Before my two kids got pets, they agreed that they would be responsible. Every day they have to do their animal feeding and watering before the family eats. Once in a while they slip up – but the cats have a way of reminding them!”
CHICAGO (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn has signed into law new rules for tethering a dog outside.
Quinn says the legislation ensures dogs are treated humanely.
The Illinois Democrat says dogs bring unconditional love and comfort to their owners' lives and become "part of our families." He says the new law makes sure "our pets receive the same love and care they give us."
The measure requires the leash used to tether a dog to be at least 10 feet long and to not exceed one-eighth of a dog's body weight. It also says people who don't provide sufficient food, water, shelter and veterinary care could be subject to up to six months imprisonment.
The legislation was sponsored by Rep. Dan Burke, a Chicago Democrat, and Sen. Linda Holmes, a Democrat from Aurora.
Today, I had the pleasure of meeting a wonderful gentleman who is enjoying retirement. My new friend left quite an impression. After engaging in a fascinating and enjoyable conversation, I learned that this gentleman decided not to devote his twilight years to traveling the world. Instead, resulting from his extraordinary devotion to his faithful animal companion, he is choosing to focus his attention primarily on his dog, a highly intelligent, loving, and beautiful Labrador Retriever. After wrapping up our conversation and final pets of his Lab "Cocoa," I was inspired to share with you the many benefits of spending quality time with your beloved animal companions.
Pet relationships are an important part of our lives. Our relationships with our furry friends have great influence upon our well being and happiness. These days it seems that a cat or dog is almost a requirement for family life. Children and adults love their little (or big) critters, and find pleasure in spending time with them.
People who are lonely rely on their domesticated critters for companionship. Disabled individuals and people with special needs may have hearing or sight dogs, and millions of people rely on the family pooch as an alarm system. Therapy dogs bring smiles to the faces of traumatized and emotionally challenged children and lonely senior citizens. Along with my own parrots, Dudley and Sing-Sing, I have observed people's lives touched after touching the soft fur or feathers of therapy dogs and birds. Bomb detection, rescue and police dogs help us live better lives by contributing to our society in meaningful ways.
We owe a responsibility to our furry friends to care for their physical and emotional needs, and to provide adequate companionship for them. Our pet relationships should work equally well for both human members of the family and not so human members, not just for the human owners. Today’s responsible animal owners want to find ways of improving their relationships with their animal friends and of being the best possible owners.
Pets Need Social Contact
A dog is a pack animal. Social by nature, it needs to be involved with its human family members, or its canine friends. It needs to feel a part of the family. It wants and needs relationships. To deny a dog its emotional needs, or to treat it like an object, devoid of emotion, is to abuse the animal emotionally.
Cats are not as social as dogs, but they need human companionship. Horses, too, do not benefit from living a lonely life out in the pasture. They need training and socialization. They need to be used for the intended purpose.
Making the Most of Your Pet Relationships
Work on your relationship with your pet. Think of ways you could possibly improve the care you give your pet, ways to be fairer or more appropriate. Ways to get your dog more exercise, feed him a better diet, or obtain high quality medical care.
Make ample time to spend with your pet. Resist the temptation to give your new kitten less attention when the initial excitement wears off. Pet ownership is a permanent relationship. Your pet will want to be with you for as long as he lives. It's a good idea to leave instructions for your pet's care in the event of your death. Think ahead. Don't leave your pets stranded if something should happen.
Most owners teach their pets only what they need to know, but they can be trained to learn and do more. Spend time training your canine or feline friend, and getting to know how his wonderful mind works. Go to obedience training workshops, if you have dogs. The more you do with your pet, the happier he will be. The stronger your relationship with your elegant furry friend the easier it is to give you and him great joy.
The Story of Cocoa - A Lucky Dog
Earlier I mentioned that I spoke with a gentleman who brings his Labrador retriever to a park I happened to be walking dogs at today. He walks with the Lab and gives the dog time to sniff all his favorite spots. He says Cocoa loves to come to the park and won’t let him miss a day.
But the outings are good for Cocoa’s owner, too. And he said he loves the quiet time, which he uses to get some exercise and check out the beautiful landscaping. Interestingly, I have seen this gentleman before at this same park on a number of occasions. I often see Cocoa and his owner relaxing under a spreading oak tree. They always seem so happy. Ah, the simple life is good.
Cocoa’s owner is retired and widowed. He describes Cocoa as one of his best friends, and one of the reasons he was able to deal with his wife’s passing so well. When Cocoa goes to the park, he is all eyes and ears, and full of excitement. His owner delights in watching him pursue a squirrel or follow the scent of a groundhog, or gently nose a butterfly on a lily. Talk about one of the greatest Pet Relationships!
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
With summer here, FLEAS are definitely a problem. Instead of using harsh expensive chemicals try this safe HOME REMEDY!...
Just mix 1 cup Dish Soap, 1 cup white vinegar, and 1 quart warm water and applying to your pet. Let sit 5 minutes and the fleas should all wash away!
NEW YORK - Pet owners pay attention, a major pet food company announced a recall.
Natura Pet Products issued a pet food recall after the FDA found salmonella in one of their products.
They are recalling pet food from all of their product lines, including food for dogs, cats and ferrets.
If you have any Natura Pet Food products, throw them out immediately.
To get a full refund, you need to cut the UPC label, expiration date, and product code from the pet food bag and mail it to the company.
Here is a complete list of products from the FDA recall:
|Innova Dry dog and cat food and biscuits/bars/treats||All Lot Codes, All UPC's, All package sizes||All expiration dates prior to 6-10-2014|
|EVO dry dog, cat and ferret food and biscuits/bars/treats||All Lot Codes, All UPC's, All package sizes||All expiration dates prior to 6-10-2014|
|California Natural dry dog and cat foods and biscuits/bars/treats||All Lot Codes, All UPC's, All package sizes||All expiration dates prior to 6-10-2014|
|Healthwise dry dog and cat foods||All Lot Codes, All UPC's, All package sizes||All expiration dates prior to 6-10-2014|
|Karma dry dog foods||All Lot Codes, All UPC's, All package sizes||All expiration dates prior to 6-10-2014|
|Mother Nature biscuits/bars/treats||All Lot Codes, All UPC's, All package sizes||All expiration dates prior to 6-10-2014|
Friday, July 12, 2013
So you would think that a family would be totally satisfied with just having me around.
My family and mainly my mom just can't seem to turn away a dog in need and God knows they are everywhere.
Therefore we seem to always have a dog around that we foster until my mom can find a loving, forever home.
Most of these dogs through no fault of their own have ended up at a pound or shelter.
They are scared to death, confused and so sad. Mom volunteers to help them find a forever home and we give them tons of love until this happens.
Normally within a week or two we find amazing homes for these guys.
We highly encourage anyone and everyone to consider fostering. It is the most incredible feeling to place a dog in a forever home that you helped rescue !!! Every dog and puppy on this post was animals we recently fostered.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
If ever there was a more convincing reason to forever steer clear of puppy mills, this tragic story of an Australian Red Heeler mom and her eight puppies shot by an Amish dog breeder in Wayne County, N.Y. just because the puppies were too old to be sold to a pet store will truly rip apart one's heart with outrage.
All of the puppies and their mother were healthy before they were shot and dumped along the side of country road.
According to the Fingerlakes Daily News, Merlin Schmucker, 26, of Galen, and his cousin, Jonathan Eisher, 19, of Lyons plead guilty to animal cruelty and will each spend 30 days in Wayne County Jail and pay a fine of $500.
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In December 2012, Eicher killed all of the dogs with a .22 caliber rifle because Schmucker said there was no market to sell the growing puppies. Both men stated that part of the Amish tradition is to kill their own dogs - "shoot, shovel, and shut-up."
"What kind of monsters are these puppy mill breeders anyway? The mother dogs spend their entire lives in wire cages, and puppies are sold to pet stores with fake papers and so many genetic problems because they are bred over and over again with the same physical and emotional defects. My first puppy who came from a pet store and from a puppy mill was a German shepherd whose legs and hips gave out before he was even a year old. I spent thousands and thousands of dollars on Duke to help him get through life comfortably. These are the kind of men breeding dogs," stated Charles Louis of Philadelphia.
Town Justice Carol Heald also directed the men not own or possess any dogs for the next 15 years.
Rest in peace puppies and your momma.
Monday, July 8, 2013
Besides the Chihuahuas being dumped like last season’s fashion accessories, many elements are coming together to form the Perfect Storm.
- We’re having a heat wave. It’s hot so people don’t leave their houses except to do essential tasks. They don’t make trips to the shelter or to shopping centers and off-site adoption events which are often being cancelled at this time due to lack of interest.
- Adoptions go down every summer and the inventory goes up as people use vacations or moving as an excuse to dump their pets.
- Fireworks runaways. This is the worse time of year for runaway dogs. They get spooked by the noises of our celebration and they panic. This puts a burden on the shelters to house and feed the dogs until they are claimed.
This is a Blog Hop for shelter animals
Felix and Oscar were picked up as strays and no one claimed them. Their owner didn't even bother to deliver them to safety.
They’ve been through a lot together and need to go into the same forever home where they can feel safe and secure. They weigh about 8 pounds each.
More information on this not so odd couple
Thanks to Lisa Brown of Dogs N Paws for starting this blog hop to help homeless animals.
Take A Look Inside USDA Licensed Breeding Facilities And See For Yourself How Disgusting And Heartless These breeders Can Be To Dogs....
Take a look inside our gallery of photos taken by USDA inspectors at licensed breeding facilities where violations were found. They depict both violations of the law and other conditions that are legal but that the ASPCA considers inhumane. Some commercial breeders that sell puppies to pet stores have no violations. The USDA generally does not retain photos of those breeders so you won’t see many of them here. For more information on those and other breeders, please visit the USDA’s database of inspection reports.
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