I foster for Col. Potter Cairn Rescue; Tadd, my most recent charge, came to me on high dosages of Prozac and Xanax. In his previous home, he had been confined to a crate 12 hours a day because his owners had no time for him. He had chewed the hair off his feet, and his teeth were worn down from biting the crate; his mouth was tied shut so he would not chew his crate during transport. He was a pitiful sight.
I was thrilled to read Twig Mowatt’s “Creating Animal Ambassadors.” I am the president of Juntos, a nonprofit on the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico.
The organization is committed to promoting humane treatment of all animals on the island by strengthening the human/animal bond through educational awareness and community outreach. We have succeeded in bringing a privately funded humane education teacher into the public school system.
I look forward to receiving each issue of The Bark, and especially enjoyed Winter 2014, with Hilary Swank and her rescue mission. I admire stars who use their influence to improve the lives of non-human animals, and I appreciate The Bark for its many excellent articles about canine rescue work.
In addition to the behavior tests mentioned in the article Testing Behavior Assessment, I believe we also need to test those individuals with administrative authority over owned dogs and owners, i.e., field and hearing officers. Anyone with the authority to find that a dog is dangerous or aggressive should be required by law to pass a test showing that they fully understand canine behavior.
Gaia is my foster dog through Dogs on Deployment, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides a central database for military members to find families and individuals who are willing to board their pets while they are deployed. No pet should ever be surrendered due to a military commitment.
I just spent $400 for an ultrasound on my rescue Shepherd mix, whom we’ve had for five of his six years. Last year, we had baseline lab tests run and discovered that he had slightly elevated liver enzymes. This year, when the tests were rerun, they showed higher enzyme levels and mild chronic liver and renal failure.
Just had to tell you how very much I enjoyed Patricia McConnell’s “Lending a Helping Paw.” What dog person doesn’t love everything this woman has to say? She is certainly on the mark with this article.