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WINTER 2012/2013 VOLUME 5, ISSUE 4
12 I Love My Labrador Retriever! 16 Amazing Dog! Frankie, I’m a lover, not a fighter
38 Pit Bull Super Hero Winners! Here are the top 25 winners: 1. Elle the Pit Bull
18 Networking Saves Lives!
2. Boss (Villalobos Rescue)
22 Fashion 26 Hygiene
4. Lady Bug the Pibble Mix
Ken was adopted!
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Famous Dogs on Facebook
ELLE THE PIT BULL 1ST PLACE WINNER IN OUR PIT BULL SUPER HERO CONTEST
3. Lilly the Hero Pit Bull 5. Skyler the Therapy Dog 6. Wallace the Pit Bull 8. Milo’s World 9. From Liz to Loved 10. Titus and His Girl Hailey 11. Booker the Pit Bull Service Dog 12. Sadie Wonder Pup 13. Petunia 14. Hector the Pit Bull 15. Zoey Says Stick it to Canine Cancer 16. Beau: American Rescue Dog 17. Beau the Pit Bull 18. Reggie the Deaf Pit Bull 19. DaineDaine the Pretty PittieBoxer 20. Isis – Itty Bitty Pittie Committee 21. Toby the Pibble 22. Everest Out of a Pit 23. Rocco the Therapy Pit Bull 24. Suvi the Pit Bull 25. Spartacus the Wonderbull
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In the Dog’s Kitchen
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73 Entertainment 76 Fitness Walking the Dog
Explore: Portland, Oregon
10 of the Most Dangerous Foods for Dogs
Financial assistance with vet bills
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Don’t wait till your dog gets sick, injured, or old
84 Working Dog Life With Hattie
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Featured Authors Marie-Claude Roy & Carole Villeneuve
92 Happily Ever After Ellie May & Madi
94 Happily Ever After
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96 Happily Ever After Faith the Dog
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I’M A LOVER NOT A FIGHTER Give a pit bull a chance to love you. By Teresa M Harris (Frankie’s mama)
How did Frankie become part of your family? Frankie was originally seized with 55 other dogs in a FBI drug raid in Pensacola, FL. The dogs were neglected, starved, emaciated, and on 2-foot-long logging chains. Some of the dogs did not have teeth from trying to eat rocks, others had been fought or used as bait training dogs, and still others were used as breeding dogs. The animals were held as evidence at the Escambia County Animal Shelter. Unbelievably, the judge ordered a number of the dogs to be returned to the owners and the remaining 22 dogs were allowed to be transferred out to local rescues for adoption. The Pensacola News Journal ran a story about the dogs being available for adoption, so I hurried over to adopt one, as my first pit bull, Abbey, needed a playmate. I adopted a 6-month-old boy and named him Frankie in honor of the founder of the Junior Humane Society of Pensacola, Frankie Van Horn Harris, who fought hard to have the dogs rescued. When did Frankie become a registered therapy dog? We attended Best Paw Forward training with Rebecca Watford who helped me train my first pit bull, Abbey. At that time, Rebecca was one of very few trainers who allowed pit bull type dogs in her classes. Rebecca also has a very
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AMAZING DOG! keen eye for animal behavior and often helps people adopt a dog which best suits their personality and lifestyles. Rebecca's experience with therapy work and behavior evaluation skills allows her to recommend dogs for therapy work. She quickly recognized the behavior traits required for therapy work in Frankie, and recommended he start down that path. After graduating Beginning and Advanced obedience classes with BPF, we then began training for the AKC's Canine Good Citizen award. Frankie was awarded the CGC, so we were off to start training for his therapy registration with Cheryl Peterson of Emerald Coast Furever Friends. The classes were for the Pet Partners Therapy organization, formerly known as Delta Society. The training was not just for Frankie, I had a lot to learn as well. Frankie not only earned the registration, he earned their highest level of registration titled "Complex." The "Complex" certification on his therapy registration is awarded to dogs who test well enough to be allowed in facilities with little employee supervision, such as a nursing ward with one or two nurses present for the whole floor. He was one of only 2 dogs in his class to earn the complex certification.
What is a typical day or weekend like for Frankie? Frankie likes to keep in touch with his faithful and loving fans who he refers to as his "aunties, uncles, and fwiends." He's built such a loving and supportive network online, and we look forward to interacting with them all each day. On weekends, Frankie and I like to take training walks in populated tourist areas to demonstrate to the public just how friendly pit bull type dogs can be in the right hands. We have a lot of fun talking to people, changing minds, and of course, dealing with the "paparazzi." People love to have their picture taken with him. They're always amazed at his ability to sit and stay for a picture, and get such a kick out of all the hand signals
to which he responds. We also just discovered the wonderful community pack walks organized by the newly formed Animal Welfare League of Arlington Pit Crew! They offer free training at community events and group pack walks in the surrounding DC area.
Does Frankie have any best friends that he plays with?
Frankie has 4 dog siblings and 2 kitty siblings; Abbey (pit bull), Bubba Red (pit bull), Laney (golden retriever), Cherry Pie (11-year-old chihuahua mix), and Toby and Mojo (kitty brothers). They get along very well and he loves to make them chase him around the yard. We're new to Washington DC so we're still making friends here, but two of his best friends from online are Elle the Pit Bull and Skyler the Therapy Dog. The three dogs founded the newly created pit bull advocacy page, Pittie Nation. Elle and Skyler visit DC quite often, and the three dogs have always gotten along very well. Is there any person that Frankie helped changed their perception about Pit Bulls? There are seriously too many to count! Frankie's friendly face and happy
go-lucky personality win people over every time. One such example is when he and I attended an art festival where two well-to-do ladies approached and played with him for a good long while. When they asked me what type of dog he is, their response was one I'll never forget, "We had no idea he is a pit bull, had we known we wouldn't have approached, but we're so glad we did!" The number one tool in Frankie's advocacy arsenal is his butt! Yes, you read that right, his butt. Frankie has a signature move he makes when he meets a person or another dog for the first time - he trots over happily, and quickly makes a 180 to show them his butt. It is the funniest thing, and immediately removes any fear one might have. And did you say booty scratches? He will seriously love you forever if you scratch his butt. Booty scratches make him lift his head in pure elation and joy. It's absolutely heart warming to listen to the giggles coming from people visiting him, and their smiles will live in my memory forever.
You can follow Frankie on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/ frankieimalovernotafighter Or email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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NETWORKING SAVES LIVES!
KEN WAS ADOPTED!
PHOTOS BY DEENA CROUCH
Humane Society for Hamilton County networked Ken on their Website, created a Facebook fan page for "Ken" and never stopped believing a family was going to adopt him! BY DANIELLE GORMAN (Ken’s new mama)
How did hear about Ken?
I had been looking on the Humane Society for Hamilton County (in Noblesville, IN) website, paying close attention to their “Featured 50,” which were their 25 most urgent cats and 25 most urgent dogs. My husband and I had seen Ken and got a kick out of his picture (he was wearing a sheriff ’s outfit)! However, we had actually gone in to the shelter to look at another dog that had been there for about 16 months. When we arrived and told them the dog we were interested in, they told us that he had a meet and greet the day prior and was having another one that day with potential adopters. They asked us what we were looking for, asked about our current dogs, and told us about Ken. We agreed to meet him, and I think we all know where it goes from there.
Describe the first time you met with Ken at the shelter? The first time we met with Ken was a bit intimidating at first. We have never adopted an older dog; both of our dogs were just 8-weeks-old when we got them. Ken, on the other hand, was a 65-pound, stalky, 3-year-old boy. In addition, we were told before we met him that he was a bit weary of strangers, so we should let him approach us. He gave us a few treats, had us sit down, and then brought Ken into the room. I must admit that I was a bit nervous when he first entered the room. However, he came right to us, sniffed around (probably smelled our dogs and decided that we must be okay people), and gently took the treats. The handler was sitting on the floor at this point, and Ken kept going over to him and giving him big kisses on his face.
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He was so gentle he even took treats from his mouth. It took no time at all for Ken to be doing the same thing with us. Literally, 2-3 minutes after meeting him he had his front paws in our laps giving us kisses all over our face. We instantly discovered how sweet of a dog he was! We then did the introduction of Ken with our two dogs, and they were all running around having such a good time together. What was the first thing Ken did when he arrived at your house (his new home)? Upon arrival in his new home, Ken sniffed everything. He was funny to watch, as he was being so cautious! He was just lurking around the house, almost like he was trying to sneak around. He also decided it was a good idea to “mark” a couple of things
NETWORKING SAVES LIVES! Humane Society for Hamilton County in Noblesville, Indiana, goes above and beyond in saving lives, educating the community, and completing families. This shelter places over 90% of their adoptable animals into homes and even has quite a few Facebook fan pages for some of their dogs to help market and promote these pets waiting for a home! PHOTOS BY DEENA CROUCH
in the house - like a couch and a jacket hanging on the kitchen chair! Thank goodness our couch was Scotchguarded so it just ran right off! What is a typical day now like for Ken and your other dogs at home? A typical day consists of a lot of playing, then followed by eating, sleeping, and playing some more! They like to go out back and chase each other around the yard, especially in the snow. They go absolutely nuts out there! He is also quite the attention seeker. That being said, if we’re petting one, you better believe he is right there butting in (and licking you in the face if he can reach) and we better be petting him too. Does Ken have any best friends or buddies that he likes to play with? When we first brought him home, there was no doubt that our lab mix Holly
was his favorite. He could not leave her alone. It was (is) pretty cute really - he’d casually walk towards her, bite at her to get her attention, and then turn the other direction and jog off like he didn’t do anything. If that didn’t work right away, he’d do it until she decided to play with him. However, now that our dog Tanner has warmed up to the idea of another male playing with his sister, he and Ken play non-stop. He still plays with Holly, but Tanner is definitely his first choice lately. It’s great when they’re all out back and all three start playing and chasing each other around. What are Ken's favorite activities or favorite toys?
Ken absolutely LOVES playing tug of war, whether it be with us or with one of the dogs. We also have a giant toy tennis ball that he kicks around the house and tries to pick up. It’s quite
comical to watch; he almost has enough air out that he can pick it up, but not quite. You’d think with that big mouth of his he could grab anything! All in all, I’d have to say rope toys are currently his favorite. I must say that above all, his favorite activity is cuddling. He is the biggest baby! He also loves his bones. We got all three of our dogs 24” rawhide bones for Christmas, and he always has it with him. Now that he’s chewed it down (to less than half of what it was!), he likes to play with it, too. He’ll pick it up and toss it around, followed by laying on one of two dog beds we have in the loft to chew on it some more. **Ken has settled in quite nicely in his new home and with his new siblings. There’s no better feeling than rescuing a dog and giving them love and things to call their own. I can’t say enough how happy and sweet he is! Become a fan on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/pages/Ken
PHOTOS COURTESY OF DANIELLE GORMAN
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AMERICAN DOG MAGAZINE PROUDLY PRESENTS “THE WINNERS” IN OUR 1ST ANNUAL
PIT BULL SUPER HERO BREED AMBASSADOR CONTEST!
$50,000 VALUE WORTH OF PRIZES DONATED! Prizes: t he top “25” Winners in the Pit Bull Super Hero Contest received a Half Page AD ($2000 value) to donate to their favorite shelter or rescue in our Winter 2012 / 2013 issue of American Dog Magazine! Prizes: In addition, the top “60” Pit Bulls with the most votes are featured in the magazine and also receive 5 copies each ($30 value) of the Winter 2012/2013 issue! Prizes: A nd all the Pit Bulls who entered the contest will have their photo in this issue! (Unless we didn't receive a high-res photo of the dog) 38 Winter 2012 / 2013 | American Dog Media
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PIT BULL SUPER HERO
“Pit Bulls” are just dogs, like every other breed of dog, and want a home, a family, and love! However, these dogs featured, the breed ambassadors, go above and beyond in showcasing the amazing love and goodwill they spread in their communities. These wonderful dogs work hard promoting positive pit bull awareness to help change minds, break stereotypes, and win hearts over! We hope you enjoy reading about these incredible dogs and make sure to take a look at all 25 of the ads featuring the dedicated shelters and rescues who are making a difference everyday, and saving lives!
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PIT BULL SUPER HEROES
ELLE THE PIT BULL Elle hopes to create a better future for pit bulls. She is a AKC Canine Good Citizen, has the AKC Therapy Dog Title, and was awarded a Certificate of Recognition by the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards for extraordinary merit in the Therapy Dogs category. Elle’s life is dedicated to improving the lives of others by helping children at schools and the library with her therapy dog reading program called, "Tail Wagging Tales." Elle goes on pack walks in our community to spread positive pit bull awareness and she loves helping her furry friends in need by raising money and educating pet parents at local events. Elle is a pit bull "pawin" it forward!
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BOSS (VILLALOBOS RESCUE CENTER) Boss is a Staffy pit bull mix that was on death row and was rescued by Villalobos Rescue Center in 2010 and found his forever home in 2011. Since then, he has competed in dog surf contests and attended many family dog events; not only to be a social dog, but to show people the pit bull breed is a very loving dog. Boss has changed countless peoples' minds, broken many negative stereotypes, and made a lot of friends on the way. Boss' website has also helped numerous rescue groups save and adopt out other dogs, including one female pit bull that currently lives with Boss. Lastly, Boss is working on finishing his Canine Good Citizen training to become a therapy dog to visit retirement homes, as well as children in special needs classes that are waiting for him to visit and brighten up their day.
LILLY THE HERO PIT BULL
On May 4, 2012, Lilly the Hero Pit Bull was struck by a freight train as she pulled her unconscious owner off a set of railroad tracks in Shirley, Massachusetts. Her heroic actions have spurred a worldwide following where she attends many meet and greets, host area fundraisers, and has even been recognized as the "Animal Hero of the Year" by the MSPCA of Boston and many other local animal organizations. Her friends and family work daily to promote the "Lilly Fund" a 501(c3) non-profit that helps to raise money to provide care and support pit bulls in the care of foster settings. We design and sell pit bull positive merchandise and educate the general public in the consideration of the pit bull as a wonderful and beloved family pet. Lilly is an inspiration to so many people worldwide! Please visit: www.LillytheHeroPitBull.com
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LADY BUG THE PIBBLE MIX
Lady Bug was rescued from the streets on October 14, 2009. Her gentle and loving nature was obvious from the moment she stepped foot on what is now her home. Being a mixed pibble, we have found that people are more acceptable to her! Once she charms them over, we enjoy dropping the bombshell that she is part of the so called, *Pit Bull* breed. It pleases us that these people who were anti-pibble, suddenly stop and think, and realize that these dogs are loving and wonderful! Lady Bug promotes positive breed advocacy on her Facebook page. She is a strong supporter of the rights of death row dogs and advocates for them daily. Her bucket list for the year 2014 includes obtaining her CGC certificate! Become a fan on Facebook at: Lady Bug the Pibble Mix
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SKYLER THE THERAPY DOG
Skyler is a licensed Therapy dog, Reading Education Assistance Dog (R.E.A.D.), and has her C.G.C. She loves promoting positive Pit Bull awareness through her visits to the hospitals, schools, and rehab centers. Skyler also works closely with Pit Sisters, a Pit Bull rescue in Jacksonville, FL, promoting awareness at some of their fundraising events. Most recently we have joined forces with Elle the Pit Bull and Frankie I'm a Lover Not a Fighter and have started an advocacy group called Pittie Nation. Skyler is quite the world traveler and will be involved in events all over in this upcoming year. Become a fan on facebook at: Skyler the Therapy Dog.
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WALLACE THE PIT BULL
Wallace was targeted for euthanasia largely due to his appearance. Volunteers rallied to save Wallace, and succeeded. He went on to become a National and World Champion in the sport of Canine Flying Disc. Wallace is known globally, and his story (written by NY Times Best Selling Author Jim Gorant) was just released this past fall. Upon the release of the book, Wallace went through emergency surgery and a blood transfusion. Unfortunately, the diagnosisis is a terminal cancer, but he is still living life to the fullest. He continues to show what is possible, and inspires everyone to lead by example. Visit www.wallacethepitbull.com
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CUDA CARES Cuda is a Staffordshire Bull Terrier - a pit bull type dog, originally advertised and sold for $50 off a Craigslist ad when she was 4 months old. She came to us via the buyer a month later. We were chastised by breeders once we started posting photos of her everywhere. They told us how in-bred she was and that her breeder should have terminated her life upon birth. That's when we decided to make her difficult beginnings by creating awareness against backyard breeding, especially for pit bull type dogs. She has taught so many people about irresponsible breeding, pet overpopulation, the need to spay and neuter, and the need to adopt, not shop, by attending animal events, going to classrooms, and by hanging out at the UCSPCA with me. Become a fan on Facebook at: CudaCares.org
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MILO'S WORLD Milo promotes positive pit bull awareness by simply educating others about what Breed Specific Legislation is. Milo attends local fundraisers, park events, and bully walks to show how friendly and family orientated his breed is. Online, Milo has a national newsletter called "Milo Sez. . . END BSL," which reaches North America, Australia, Sweden, and South America. We advocate for positive pit bull awareness and how to get involved within the community to make a change in how pit bulls are treated. Become a fan on Facebook at: Milo's World
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FROM LIZ TO LOVED From Liz to Loved promotes animal adoption, shelter reform, senior pets being worthy, anti-dog fighting information, as well as finding a way to keep your animals inside as family. Liz exemplifies the resilience, forgiveness, and deep abiding love the bully breed has for the human race. Liz is working with her family to show the world that she can overcome the emotional injuries she has suffered from her past humans. She works hand in hand with her mom to educate via her fan page. Become a fan on Facebook at: From Liz to Loved
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Every day in the United States, hundreds of dogs labeled as pit bulls
are euthanized, abused, or tortured.
Rescue groups are fighting for change: • stereotypes & misperceptions • breed-specific policies & legislation • misidentification • overpopulation • bad owners • backyard breeders • dogfighting • media bias
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You can improve these dogs’ chances. Pit Sisters is joining forces with Pittie Nation (Skyler the Therapy Dog, Elle the Pit Bull and Frankie “I’m a Lover Not A Fighter”) to spread the word.
Join the fight. Get the facts. Tell everyone you know, and encourage them to spread the truth about “pit bulls”.
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TITUS AND HIS GIRL HAILEY Titus and Hailey have been changing peoples minds about Pit Bulls one kiss at a time! If they are not busy promoting positive pit bull awareness with their Facebook page, they are at fundraisers for our rescue, giving “Kisses” away in our Kissing Booth, or at work with me greeting customers with their loving personalities! They have become the Ambassadogs for Tuff Tails Animal Rescue and they work very hard to encourage people to adopt a Pit Bull and save a life! Become a fan on Facebook at: Titus and His Girl Hailey
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BOOKER THE PIT BULL SERVICE DOG Booker was confiscated in a drug bust 3 years ago and was rescued by Adopta-Bull, a Tucson area bully breed rescue. Four months later, Booker was adopted and is doing great! His owner's life changed drastically, as she started suffering from seizures. Booker started warning his owner of these impending seizures. He returned to training and was certified as a seizure alert service dog last year. He now accompanies his owner everywhere, and has given her back her independence. He also serves as a Pit n' Proud "Ambass-a-Dog" by attending community events and sharing his story. Become a fan on Facebook at: Booker the Pit Bull Service Dog
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SADIE WONDER PUP Sadie Wonder Pup was born in an animal shelter in Los Angeles. She became very sick and had demodex mange and was going to be euthanized but she was saved by Smashface Rescue. We adopted her when she was 4-months-old. When she was 19-months-old she became a mobility service dog. She helps with balance and bracing as I have a permanently unstable knee. In fact, she is a prescription from my orthopedic surgeon! We hike on average 100 miles every month and earn money for charities with every mile that we track by GPS. We are also members of a dog drill team called Dance-a-Bulls. We perform at events and show pit bulls in a positive light. Become a fan on Facebook at: Sadie Wonder Pup
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Help Us Give Homeless Animals A Second Chance!
ADOPT “SAFE” is not “HOME”
Second Chance Rescue has many wonderful dogs still looking for their forever homes. Please check out our web site, our Facebook page and our PetFinder site to see if you can find your next best friend!!!
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Second Chance Rescue NYC is a 501(c)3 non-profit with a mission to save death row and other abandoned and unwanted animals. We exist solely on donations, and all donations are used for medical care, transportation and other care needed by the animals we save.
www.nycsecondchancerescue.org On Facebook: SecondChanceRescueNYC Dogs On Petfinder: http://nycsecondchancerescue.org/adoptable-dogs-cats/
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Petunia is a 2.5-year-old 'pitbull' type dog who was rescued from a hoarding situation in January of 2012. She was kept in an outdoor pen and was not given any love or socialization. While waiting for her forever home, she is helping other dogs and people by showing them through her everyday life that just because you may not have a great start in life, doesn't mean you can't have a great future. And also, that kindness and positive training methods are what is needed to help shape doggies into good citizens. Update: Petunia was adopted! Become a fan on Facebook at: Petunia
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HECTOR THE PIT BULL
Hector was one of the 51 dogs seized from Michael Vick's dog fighting operation. He has scars all down his chest and legs, is missing a couple teeth, and a notch out of his tongue, but his scars are all external. Once given the chance to just be a dog, he never looked back. He's passed his CGC twice and is a certified Therapy Dog through TDI. Hector enjoys spending time with children, and teaching them how to properly approach and interact with a dog. Become a fan on Facebook at: Hector the Pit Bull
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ZOEY says stick it to canine cancer
Zoey brings happiness to everyone she meets! As ambassadog for Wishcuit's Love Adds Up For a Cure - One Million Dogs sticker campaign, Zoey works to educate and raise awareness about canine cancer. She raises funds for many organizations and non profits that provide cancer research and treatment that will someday lead to finding a cure for cancer in both canines and their human companions. Facebook: Zoey Says Stick it to Canine Cancer photo by Kristin Adams Pet Photography
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BEAU: AMERICAN RESCUE DOG Beau passed his therapy dog test seven months after being adopted from the shelter where his "mom" volunteered taking photos of the available dogs. He was the inspiration for his mom to start a pit bull rescue; Bully Advocate & Rescue Collective (www.barcdogs.org). He is also an "epi-dog" and tries to show that epileptic dogs can lead normal lives. I know everyone thinks their dog is special, but how many can honestly say that their dog actually changed the course of their lives? Become a fan on Facebook at: Beau: American Rescue Dog
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BEAU THE PIT BULL Beau was purchased from a backyard breeder. All of his siblings were killed. He was lucky. He was shuffled around the first 5 months of his life before finding his forever home. Our mission is to help save pit bulls who are dumped in high kill shelters because they are no longer wanted, or been abused and neglected. Our goal is to put an end to Breed Specific Legislation and to end dog fighting. Become a Facebook fan at: Beau the Pit Bull
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REGGIE THE DEAF PIT BULL Reggie was found wandering in NE Kansas, taken to a low kill shelter, and slated to be euthanized. A 16-year-old volunteer with Game Dog Guardian convinced her mom to foster him and he was saved. We saw him on GDG's Website and knew we had to add him to our family. Reggie's FB page helps to share dogs in need, post for rescue transport, share positive pit bull stories, advocates for his breed, and raise money for rescues! Become a fan on Facebook at: Reggie the Deaf Pit Bull
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ADOPT A SHELTER PET & SAVE A LIFE Ulster County Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is an independent, no-kill animal shelter offering: Low Cost Spay and Neuter Clinic Humane Education Humane Law Enforcement Training Classes
To Rescue and Responsibly re-home abandoned, neglected and abused pit bull and pit bull mixed dogs. The Buster Foundation is an ALL VOLUNTEER organization, and does not operate a shelter. All Buster dogs are cared for in foster homes by volunteers who commit their homes and free time to rescue, rehabilitation, and adoption efforts.
To our many donors, supporters, friends and volunteers over the years THANK YOU! Please visit us at www.busterdogs.com to see our dogs who are patiently waiting for loving, forever homes, and for how you can support our work!
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Every Pet Deserves a Second Chance Second Chance helps almost 10,000 pets a year through: Adoption • Low Cost Spay / Neuter Surgery • Wellness Clinics • Training • Education Outreach • Pet Food Pantry • And too much more to mention here! Our goal is to help pets OUT of shelters by providing services to help in the community. PLEASE HELP by visiting our website at www.secondchanceanimals.org
111 Young Road E. Brookfield, MA 01515 508-867-5525
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Wellness and Education Center: 372 N. Main Street E. Brookfield, MA 01535 508-637-1333
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DAINEDAINE THE PRETTY PITTIEBOXER Daine was adopted from the Joplin Humane Society, and now she wants to help give back to them as much as she can! She attends events through JHS and raises money for them. Daine is working on getting her therapy license so that she can go into schools and visit children. Become a fan on Facebook: DaineDaine the Pretty PittieBoxer
ISIS -ITTY BITTY PITTIE Isis is a service dog for her mama and goes with her everywhere. She loves to wear her dresses when they go out since people can't help but smile when they see her. When her mama tells them she is a "pit bull" they are surprised and Isis has changed a lot of minds regarding stereotypes about pit bulls. Become a fan on Facebook at: Isis-head of the itty bitty pittie committee
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TOBY THE PIBBLE Toby is seven years old and was adopted at four months old. He had come from a backyard breeder who didn't want him because he had seizures. Toby spends time advocating for his breed and educating people about spaying and neutering their pets. Become a fan at : Facebook.com/tobythepibble
EVEREST OUT OF A PIT Everest was a neglected, starved shelter dog with an amazing spirit for life. He worked very hard in training to receive the AKC CGC & TDI certifications. He is a proud breed ambassador with Pit Bull Awareness Coalition in Virginia; participating in parades, walks, demonstrations, dog events, and dance/drill routines. He is a Therapy Dog and advocates for his breed everywhere he goes! Become a fan on Facebook at: Everest out of a pit
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PIT BULL SUPER HEROES ROCCO THE THERAPY DOG Rocco enjoys working with children and has worked at the library helping kids learn to read. Rocco's main goal is to promote a positive image for Pit Bulls and help change negative media about these dogs. He attends comity events hosted by B-More Dog to show the people in the community that a Pit Bull is just a dog. Become a fan on Facebook at: Rocco the Therapy Pit Bull
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SUVI THE PIT BULL Suvi is a 3-year-old Minnesota Pit Bull Rescue alumni and the newest member of the Ramsey and Pablo team. Together, this doberman, chihuahua, and crazy pit bull have nearly 30 million video views on YouTube and helped to chip away at the negative public perception of these loving and loyal breeds. Become a fan on Facebook at: Ramsey and Pablo
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SPARTACUS THE WONDERBULL Spartacus the Wonderbull's life was saved by three ACO's who fought hard to keep him alive. Since being adopted, he promotes adopting from shelters as well as helping get donations for them, and cross-posts shelter animals that need to be saved. In addition, he spends time trying to brighten days for children who have cancer. Become a fan on Facebook at: Spartacus the Wonderbull
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BLAKE - BAIT DOG TO PART OF THE FAMILY Blake is a rescued bait dog. Since finding us a year ago after being thrown from a moving car, we have begun his own Facebook page where we relentlessly raise awareness for pit bulls everywhere and educate against BSL and dog fighting. Our intention is to have Blake become a therapy dog to help children with autism. Become a fan on Facebook at: Blake - Bait Dog to Part of the Family
From Forgotten to family
Tucson Area Bully Breed & Rare Mastiff Rescue www.Adopt-a-Bull.com
Foster & Adopt Program Welcome to the Daisy Davis Foster and Adopt Program. All of our Adoptabulls are placed in foster homes providing them with a loving and secure place to live until they find their furrever home. Each foster home teaches their foster pup/dog the skills they need to function in the human world including :
S o c i a l i z a t i o n , P o t t y & C ra te Tra i n i n g , & B a s i c O b e d i e n c e
Meet Harbor and Mattie, two of our Adoptabulls. Both are ver y loving and af fectionate dogs. They are socialized and crate trained. Mattie loves to play outside, and Harbor is content to just be with his human.
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Educate - Advocate - Rehabilitate What We Offer. . .
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We offer workshops on proper rescue & rehabilitation We network, share experience & strengthen spay/neuter programs We offer youth based workshops & education We are very involved in BSL education & solutions We offer training workshops for private owners & rescue groups We offer bully breed education (history, purpose & ownership) We are very involved in local & national anti-dog fighting campaigns
Laugh more, share more. . . adopt more!
The Signs of Change.
Our mission is to rehabilitate the reputation of pit bulls while reducing fear in the community.
Brew City Bully Club is committed to exposing the true nature of pit bulls one at a time. They are at their best when part of a loving family. Pit Bulls are individuals like any other breed - they have their own personality, preferences and perks. Opal is a Pit Bull. She is an Individual. She is part of a loving family. She changes minds and breaks stereotypes everyday.
For more information about our commitment to the community and Brew City Bully Club programs please visit our website www.brewcitybullies.org.
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PATCH O' PITS THERAPY DOGS Apache, Patcheeno, Steel, Bodacious, Touché, and Patchronus Charm are Therapy Dogs with CGC's and enjoy working in hospitals visiting hospice, oncology, pediatrics, and radiation care patients. They also spend time at libraries and schools helping kids to read. Six pooches with a knack for assisting those in need and educating people about the breed. Become a fan on Facebook at: Patch O' Pits Therapy Dogs
PRADA ANDREE Prada was released into the custody of Villalobos Rescue Center where she must remain for the rest of her life. Prada was pardoned from death row in TN after 3 judges, 5 attorneys, and 13,000 signatures with $16,000 in donations were raised to save her life (after 14 months in jail). Her story made national headlines and Tia Torres came to save the day and agreed to keep Prada forever. Become a fan on Facebook at: Prada Andree
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SLATER BUEHRLE Slater was rescued from animal care and control on his last day and we adopted him from Hope Rescues in Alton, IL. With Slater being banned in Miami and Toronto has been national news, it's helping to raise awareness about BSL. He is training to become a therapy dog and helps to erase fear of pit bull type dogs. Slater's famous daddy is baseball pitcher Mark Buehrle.
STEVIE THE WONDER DOG Stevie is a blind pit bull that was rescued by the Utah Animal Advocacy Foundation. Despite his handicap, Stevie is a very happy guy who loves being out in the world meeting new people and other dogs. He spends time volunteering as a therapy dog at the Volunteers of America Detox Center in Salt Lake City. Become a fan on Facebook at: Stevie the Wonder Dog
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SHERMAN TANK BARRISE Sherman Tank was saved 3 hours shy of getting euthanized at the N.Y.C. Kill Shelter. Sherman has his own facebook page to fight BSL and promote adoption of shelter pets. Become a fan on Facebook at: Sherman Tank Barrise
TEAM LONDON THE 2 LEGGED PIT BULL London is a double front leg amputee, due to his previous owners abusing him. London was rescued, had surgery, and is an ambassador for the Pit Bull breed, for differently abled dogs. Become a fan at: Team London the 2 legged Pit Bull.
LETTERS FOR LUCY
Lucy is a 3 1/2 year old proud pit bull. She is a Certified Canine Good Citizen and Certified Therapy Dog. Her mission is to educate the educators and raise positive awareness about her breed. Become a fan at: Letters for Lucy
Frankie was abandoned at a local NJ shelter and then adopted. Now, at 2.5 years of age, Frankie is a local celebrity. He does dog safety and pit bull awareness classes in local schools and visits an assisted living facility weekly. Become a fan at: Frankie Schlomo
DAUGHTER BULLS: CHELSEA & ALICE Chessure and Alice where rescued from a backyard breeder. They both passed their CGC certificate and are self-made therapy dogs. I plan to keep training with them until they can take the TDI test. They are registered service dogs and accompany me everywhere. Become a fan at: Daughter -Bulls' Chessure C. and Alice H.
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ORION THE THERAPY DOG HAMM
Orion CGC TDI TT aka "Orion," is an amazing dog in every way. He is a conformation and weight pull show competitor, and a certified therapy dog. He has his AKC CGC certification and volunteers for childrens reading programs, and we do Pit Bull Awareness events. Become a fan at: Orion Thetherapydogandmore Hamm
The Humane Society of the South Platte Valley 2129 W. Chenango Avenue Littleton, CO 80120 303-703-2938 www.hsspv.org www.facebook.com/hsspv
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The Joplin Humane Society is dedicated to finding forever homes for the unwanted, abandoned and neglected dogs in their care. Although their bodies may come in bruised and their ability to trust may be tested, they are not broken. The dogs in our shelter come to us as stray or unwanted by their owners; some arrive as victims of cruelty and neglect. With kind and compassionate care by our staff and veterinarians, we prepare them for the transition for what will be the first day of the BEST of their life...a new forever home and family.
Joplin Humane Society Provides: • Adoption • Dedicated Rescue Program • Foster Care Program • Public Spay/Neuter Clinic • Volunteer Program/Humane Education
www.joplinhumane.org www.facebook.com/JoplinHumane Email: email@example.com 417-623-3642 • 140 E Emperor Lane • Joplin, MO 64801
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DIESEL THE WONDER PIT
JANGO FETT THE AWESOME PIBBLE MIX
Diesel’s life has been devoted to proper obedience training to prepare him for work in the community. Diesel is helping change the way people think about the breed as part of the K9 Search and Rescue Unit in Fayette County, Pennsylvania Sheriff's Dept. Become a fan at: Diesel the Wonder Pit
Jango-Fett is a Canine Good Citizen and she passed her Therapy Dog Test through TDI. Jango and her mom are working to END BSL and show people in the community that pit bulls are exceptional companions just like any other dog! She also promotes spay and neuter. Become a fan at: Jango Fett the Awesome Pibble Mix
LUCY'S WORLD Lucy was adopted from a shelter in Philadelphia and she is now living the good life. She promotes pet adoption from the shelter and is against all BSL. Lucy's World is a happy place where life is good! Shelter dog to suPaw model! Become a fan on Facebook at: Lucy's World
Inara was born deaf, but she doesn't let her special need slow her down. In addition to therapy work, she assists in teaching elementary school children about dog bite prevention and the safest way for children to approach and pet dogs. She is a CGC and she actively competes in Rally, Weight Pull and Agility.
CHE BEAN Che Bean lives in Ontario, Canada, where there is a breed ban and works to dispell “pit bull” myths and misconceptions. Che has been featured in anti-BSL campaigns, Che promotes responsible pet ownership for all types and breeds of dogs. Become a fan on Facebook at: Che Bean
Zelda Nista is a 7 year old American Staffordshire Terrier representing Ontario Pit Bull Co-Op & SOAR Rescue (Canada) for her BSL Awareness work. She recently appeared in the Toronto Star paper and a TV segment featuring BSL awareness. Zelda attends parades and public events. Become a fan: Zelda Nista
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SAMMIE THE PIT BULL
I was rescued from a backyard breeder at just 6 weeks old. Now I educate people about important subjects such as spay/neuter, dog fighting, BSL, animal abuse and more. I encourage people to adopt and network for shelter pets to find safe and loving homes. Become a fan at: Sammie the Pit Bull
LULU THE THERAPY PIBBLE
We adopted LuLu in Sept 2007. A few months later she passed the CGC test and become a therapy dog certified through TDI. She began attending school with her mama who teaches 5th grade and demonstrates anti-bullying lessons, and pet rescue and adoption. Become a fan at: Lulu the Therapy Pibble
BRINDLE BROTHERS Brindle Brothers are 3 loving pittie brothers; Brady, Parker, and Bully. They all work real hard promoting the misunderstood "pit bull" breed. Become a fan at: Brindle Brothers
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Koko - The Sock Chewer
Koko came into our lives after my mom had a stroke. He brought a new happiness and joy into our home. He is an unofficial therapy dog. He helped raise children and he grooms his feline and canine brothers. His Facebook page allows us to get more involved in rescue and animal advocacy. Become a fan: Koko - The Sock Chewer
Princess Ellouise helps to spread the word that racial profiling is wrong and to fight against BSL. She also shares other dogs pages on her wall to help them make more friends and will crosspost for dogs that need to find a forever home. Become a fan at: Princess Ellouise
THE LAZY PIT BULL
Nike Jayne, also known as The Lazy Pit Bull, is the face of the blog and Facebook page of the same name. She inspired her Momma to launch the social media pages in an effort to provide pit bull awareness and to network shelter dogs. Nike is working on her CGC and aspires to become a therapy dog. Become a fan: The Lazy Pit Bull
It’s a Pittie Rescue is dedicated to rescuing, rehabbing and rehoming the Pit Bull breeds and educating people about one of America’s most loyal and kind breeds, one dog at a time. We are a volunteer based, no-kill rescue.
It’s a Pittie Rescue | PO Box 383 | Peotone, IL 60468
www.rescueapittie.org • Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Tommy Boy. I have a family now because the Oshkosh Area Humane Society believed in me.
At the Oshkosh Area Humane Society we pledge every adoptable pet will have the chance to find a loving home, regardless of space constraints and with no time limits. Be a part of our Life Saving Mission. Visit www.oahs.org for more information. Oshkosh Area Humane Society • 1925 Shelter Ct., Oshkosh, WI 54901
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Adoption saves lives. Our mission is to give a new lease on life to displaced and discarded shelter animals. Adoption save lives, so adopt your next best friend! We pull dogs/cats/horses from high kill shelters and neglect or abuse situations from all across the country. We strive to place animals into homes where they will remain for the rest of their natural life.
Our goal would be to have a no kill country! VISIT OUR WEBSITE: www.smilingk9s.com BECOME A FAN ON FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/Smilingk9/info EMAIL US AT: email@example.com
Some pictures are worth a thousand words. . . Without the support of: • members • donations • volunteers • certified dog trainers • fosters • sponsors • reduced fees from veterinarians, surgeons and a State University of Veterinarian Medicine . . . hundreds of dogs would “not be alive” today! We are solely dependent upon private donations. With YOUR HELP we can continue our quest.
East Coast Canine Alliance is an all breed, non-profit rescue with a strong belief that all dogs deserve a chance of a happy, healthy, and stable life. ECCA has saved over 600 dogs in the past year alone, that would have otherwise been euthanized. Today they are all safe and in wonderful “forever homes”!
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LOLA THERAPY BULL
Lola has been a certified therapy dog since 2007 when she was adopted from Mid-America Bully Breed Rescue in Kansas City, MO. She's certified with Pets For Life. She works with children with anger issues and visits various facilities around the Kansas City area. Become a fan at: Facebook.com/lolatherapybull
TAG-A-ROO VET BURN AWARENESS Tag is a very sweet Pit Bull, we go to different events with her so she can meet new people and pups and share her story on how she got 3rd degree burns by a vet during her spay surgery. We also educate people on how sweet pit bulls can be when treated right. Become a fan: Tag-a-Roo Vet Burn Awareness
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Buddy visits CHOC Children's hospital (Orange Co, California) weekly and visits the sick kids in the outpatient areas. (Oncology, Surgical, Ortho, etc.). Buddy attended the Special Olympics in Long Beach this year and he is changing perceptions with every visit! Become a fan at: Buddt the Therapy Dog
KANDIE THE THERAPY PITTIE
Kandie is a registered therapy dog with Pet Partners & Therapy Animals of Utah. She visits boys, ages 12 to 17 every week at Copper Hills Youth Center. Each & everyday she is out showing anyone that notices that Pit Bulls are great dogs!! Become a fan at: Kandie the Therapy Pittie
Savannah was abandoned in South Philly after having a litter of puppies and was taken to Philly Animal Care & Control. Philly Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) then saved her. She has gotten her CGC certification. She visits nursing homes, and was the local shelter's mascot in 2012! Become a fan: Princess Savannah
DUVAL THE THERAPIT
We adopted Duval when he was 6 years old and a year ago at age 11, it was suggested that he would make a good therapy dog. Duval now travels to a South Central School in Los Angeles and helps 1st graders work on their reading skills. Become a fan at: Duval the Therapit
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GOTTI THE PIT BULL AMBASSADOR Gotti was rescued as a bait dog more than 6 years ago. He loves humans of all ages, shapes, and sizes and all animals. Over the years, Gotti has taught his human about love, compassion, resilience, and friendship. Gotti has changed hearts and minds of countless people in the community. Become a fan: Gotti the Pit Bull Ambassador
Bradley Hoover Wonderdog Bradley Hoover Wonderdog may end up being a permanent resident at Gentle Souls Sanctuary because of his costly care for skin cancer and deafness. Bradley has won over the hearts and minds of every one he meets and spends time advocating for other special needs bully breeds. Become a fan at: Bradley Hoover Wonderdog
LILY, PIT BULL AMBASSADOR
After turning 1 year old, Lily became a registered Pet Partners Therapy dog and a certified Reading Assistance Education Dog through Intermountain Therapy Animals. She is also a Healing Species of Texas' participant and a Dogs of Character member. Become a fan: Lily, Pit Bull Ambassador & Therapy Dog
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Rocco is a 2-year-old Pit Bull. He was picked up by Animal Control, Bama Bully rescued him, and then he was adopted. Rocco participates in many events around his hometown to break down the stereotype the media has created. He is working on becoming CGC certified and loves curling up in his Mommy's lap!
Willow Wonderbull, at only 2 years old, started Pack Walk with Willow & Friends. She's CGC certified and recently signed on with Paws for Friendship, Inc. as a therapy dog. Stay tuned as Willow unveils her new venture on the Proper Dog etiQuette at thePDQ.org. Become a fan at: Willow WonderBull
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Bella was rescued by Pibbles & More Animal Rescue at 4 weeks old and one of the partners fell in love and made her a permanent member of her family. Bella goes to events to educate people about responsible pit bull ownership through spay/neuter intervention, socialization, exercise, and training.
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61 KANE'S KRUSADE
64 SIR DOOGAN GOOSEBERRY
LUCY THE WONDERBULL
Go Green, adopt a pet from the shelter... the ultimate recycle! View a list of our available pets under our “updated adoptable pets” album. Please spay and neuter! Come visit us at the Rolla Animal Shelter. We are open Monday-Saturday 12:00-4:00. We are located just off of 18th Street at: 1915 Sharp Road in Rolla, Missouri. Contact us at: (573) 364-6995 or w ww.rollacity.org and click on Animal Shelter Become a fan on Facebook at: “Rolla Animal Shelter” 66 Winter 2012 / 2013 | American Dog Media
PIT BULL SUPER HEROES
67. S ULLY THE SUPERDOG
68. Beatrice Bluebell
69. WRIGLEY MCGEE
70. JAMES BOND PIBBLE
71. JAKE FLOOD
72. Y ODA THE JEDI PIBBLE
73. RALPH WIGGUM LEE
76. GRACIE THE PITTIE
77. LUTHER KRIGNER
81. S YLVESTER THE THERAPY DOG
82. SEBASTIAN CRISTOBAL
75. ADORA THE BULL
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PIT BULL SUPER HEROES
MEEKA THE INSPIRATIONAL PITBULL.
"JAKE" THE PITTIE
REMY THE PIBBLE
RAEGAN THE PIT BULL
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IN THE DOG'S KITCHEN
SWEET POTATO CHIPS With so many pet treats being recalled one after another, maybe it's time to spend an afternoon in the kitchen and make your family pets some healthy "homemade" dog treats! Directions:
Preheat the oven to 225
Wash the sweet potatoes off
Cut into thin 1/4" slices (don't peel)
Get cookie sheet and line with alum foil
Place sweet potato slices in a single layer on the cookie sheet
Bake in the oven at 225 for approx 2.5 - 3 hours till they get crunchy looking.
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photos by Jamie M Downey
IN THE DOG'S KITCHEN
SQUASH CHIPS Directions:
Preheat the oven to 225
Wash the zucchini squash off
Cut into thin 1/4" slices (don't peel)
Get cookie sheet and line with alum foil
Place zucchini slices in a single layer on the cookie sheet
slightly drizzle with olive oil
Bake in oven at 225 for 2 - 3 hours until crisp
photos by Jamie M Downey
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LOVE IS. . .
ONLY FEEDING YOUR DOG TREATS MADE IN THE USA (or in your own kitchen)!! This public service announcement is provided by the American Dog Magazine. We want to help you keep your pets safe from all the dog treats made in China being recalled, one after another, due to possible contamination or toxins in the treats, and are not safe for your pets to consume.
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WALKING THE DOG! Was getting in shape and losing weight one of your New Year's resolutions?
Then the family dog can help because your canine buddy is a great workout partner! Walking the dog is a wonderful way to bond with your dog and meet new people. It's also a great exercise for both of you to burn calories, and at the same time help you lose weight and get in shape. So make sure you grab the leash or harness, water bottles, put on your walking shoes, and head out to the nearest pet-friendly park, trail, or neighborhood sidewalk - daily! Dogs love being outdoors and walking can help improve your stamina, give you more energy, reduce stress, while toning your muscles!. *If your dog is overweight, injured, sick, or elderly, consult with a vet before starting your pet on an exercise regimen.
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EXPLORE PORTLAND, OREGON
COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE
Take your dog on a nature hike through the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area right outside of Portland. There's a river, dozens of waterfalls, and miles and miles of hiking trails. Visit www.crgva.org
PEARL DISTRICT DOWNTOWN SHOPPING
Check out this urban shopping and arts district. Virtually all the shops accept pets and you can spend the day with your dog exploring the many unique shops and galleries. Visit www.explorethepearl.com
COOPER MOUNTAIN VINEYARDS Located in Beaverton, just 15 miles from Portland, Take your dog and spend the afternoon relaxing and enjoying the beautiful vineyard and sampling some delicious wines! Visit www.coopermountainwine.com
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OF THE MOST
DANGEROUS FOODS FOR DOGS
(THAT CAN BE TOXIC OR FATAL IF INGESTED)
COFFEE AND CAFFEINE FRUIT WITH PITS/SEEDS
GRAPES AND RAISINS
ONIONS AND GARLIC XYLITOL (ARTIFICIAL SWEETENER)
YEAST DOUGH Also, avoid giving your dog bones that can splinter and cause internal injuries to their intestines (such as chicken or pork chop bones). If you suspect your pet has eaten any of the following foods then contact your veterinarian immediately or the ASPCA Poison Hotline at: #1-888-426-4435 (a $65 consultation fee may be applied) 78 Winter 2012 / 2013 | American Dog Media
WITH VET BILLS Here is a list of organizations that provide financial assistance. Visit their website to see if you qualify and meet their criteria A n ge l s f o r A n i m a ls B ro w n D o g F o u n d at ion C a n i n e C a n c e r Awa re ne s s C a re C re dit C at s i n Cris is E x t e n d C re dit Fa i ry D o g Pa re nt s F ra n ki e ’ s F ri e nds G ra c i e ’ s M i ss ion I n M e m o ry o f Ma gic Paw s 4 A Cure S h a ke s pe a re A n i m a l Fund T h e D o g & C at C a n c e r Fund
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T h e M a gi c B u l l e t Fund
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T h e P e t Fund R e d R ove r T h e R i e d e l & C o d y Fund
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You can also check with national animal org’s for more info A l l e y C at A llie s A m e ri c a n H u m a n e A ss o c ASPCA B e st F ri e n d s A n i m a l S o cie t y HSUS P e t c o F o u n d at io n P e t s m a rt C h a r it ie s
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FUNDRAISING OPTIONS TO HELP WITH VET BILLS SOMETIMES, YOU AREN’T FINANCIALLY PREPARED WHEN YOUR PET GETS SICK OR NEEDS UNEXPECTED SURGERY AND YOU HAVE TO FIGURE OUT A WAY TO PAY THE REALLY EXPENSIVE VET BILL TO SAVE YOUR PET’S LIFE. HERE ARE SOME FUNDRAISING OPTIONS WORTH CHECKING INTO THAT CAN HELP YOU RAISE MONEY. W W W. C H I P I N. C O M W W W. G I V E F O R WA R D .C OM W W W. F I R S T G I V I N G . COM W W W. C R O W D R I S E. C OM W W W. BI D D I NG F O R G OOD .C OM W W W. R A Z O O . C O M W W W. G O F U ND M E. C OM W W W. F U ND R A Z R . C O M
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DON’T WAIT TILL YOUR DOG
G ET S S I C K , INJURED, OR OLD! Start saving NOW for their future medical bills. It’s taboo. Nobody wants to talk about it, no one wants to admit to it, but the sad fact is that hundreds of thousands, if not millions of pets, are euthanized at the vet’s office every year. Why? Because pet parents didn’t have the money to pay the vet bill, or no options were available to get money to pay for
their pet’s treatment, and the veterinarian refused to provide the life-saving care to their pet unless the bill was paid in full, up front. So the only choice left was to have their pet euthanized. And don’t even think about taking your family pet to a 24-hr emergency care vet hospital, after hours, without
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a credit card or cash if you want treatment for your pet. That’s just the cold, harsh facts of life. Instead, don’t wait till your dog gets sick, injured, or old, and then desperately try to come up with the cash. You can start saving right now for your pet’s future medical bills!
Here are some easy options to start a savings account for your pet! Open a separate savings account in your name, with a debit card for this account, that will solely be used for your pet’s future medical bills.
Write a check every month for $25 and put it in your separate savings account. In 5 years, there will be $1500 saved up, which can go a long way towards vet bills.
Keep a large, empty coffee can, a “doggie jar,” and put all your loose change in the can everyday, and then 2-3 times a year, deposit the monies in the savings account.
Open an account on eBay and have an online auction to get rid of, “things or stuff or junk,” that have been sitting in your closets or cabinets for years.
Have a garage sale 2 -3 times a year, in the summer or fall, and all the money made goes into your savings account set up for your pets.
If you have good credit, get a new credit card with a 3-5k limit that you designate just for your dog’s future medical bills. (Use the card every few months for small purchases so the card doesn’t get cancelled.) Keep a zero balance available on this credit card so if a vet emergency happens, you have the credit card available for treatment.
If you are creative or artistic, make some arts and crafts (for pets) and sell your products at the local art festivals or farmers markets in your town. Put the net profits in your pet’s savings account.
Pet health care costs are on the rise, so start planning now and saving for your pet’s future medical bills.
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HATTIE By Jennifer Warsing (Hattie’s mama)
“Hattie’s Helpers is a group dedicated in honor of my Hearing Dog named Hattie, who was trained by Dogs for the Deaf, Inc. Hattie is not only “my ears,” she is my partner and best friend too!” MY LIFE BEFORE HATTIE Before Hattie came into my life, I was dependent upon various signaling devices to help me with my sound awareness needs. At that time, being a single deaf woman in a hearing world proved to be a daily struggle and exhausting challenge. The signaling devices I used to help me hear the various sounds in my home such as the phone ringing, someone knocking on my door, or the smoke detector, consisted of a device flashing or a lamp blinking. After moving into my first apartment, I never knew how heavily I relied upon my parents for the
simplest of things I could not hear such as the alarm clock beeping, telephone ringing, microwave beep, oven timer, dryer timer, and so forth. I also came to realize that these signaling devices, while helpful, were also faulty. Each one ran on either electricity or batteries. If the electricity would go out, the devices failed to work. If the batteries went dead, the devices would fail to work. The strobe light door knocker device I used to alert me as to when someone was at the door ran by feeding off radio frequencies. Numerous times, I was alerted by this flashing device that someone was at my door,
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only to discover there was no one there when I answered. This device was easily set off by my neighbor’s remote garage door opener. Life on my own was indeed frustrating and very scary. Every night, I laid awake frozen in fear that the strobe light smoke detector I used would fail to alert me to impending danger or to a fire if the electricity would go out. My life consisted of non-stop worrying and very little sleep. I missed many visitors and telephone calls because if I was not in the room where the signaling device was located, I did not see it signal that someone was calling or at my door.
WORKING DOGS LIFE WITH HATTIE
I thought there has to be something more out there, so I went to my computer and researched online for any hope or additional options that might be available to me so I could live a peaceful life of sound awareness. During my research, that is when I came across the Dogs for the Deaf Website. I searched through every page of their website and read about these wonderful canine companions that were trained for individuals like myself. I could feel the excitement and hope bubble up inside of me! Without hesitation, I immediately requested one of their applications to apply for a Hearing Dog. After taking that first step, little did I know just how real a life full of sound was to come. I applied for a Hearing Dog through Dogs for the Deaf in January of 2006.
Once my initial application was approved, shortly thereafter I received a letter from Dogs for the Deaf stating I was an approved applicant for one of their Hearing Dogs. A good faith deposit was required to put me on their wait list and a packet requesting more in-depth information about me, my home, my life, and my hearing loss needed to be filled out. An in-home interview was also required. In October of 2006, I had my in-home interview for Dogs for the Deaf and my good faith deposit was processed. The application process was complete, now I wait. On August 28, 2007, I received the life changing phone call from Dogs for the Deaf stating that one of their Hearing Dogs named Hattie, a beautiful Chocolate Lab that was about 18 months old was chosen for me.
On Friday, September 14, 2007 Hattie and her trainer arrived at my home for placement week. Placement week consists of meeting the dog, learning how they alert to the various sounds they were trained to perform, and bonding with the dog. Hattie needed to learn where the sounds were located in my home in order to perform her sound work duties. In turn, I had to learn the proper way to work with Hattie, reward her, and many other things such as her obedience commands in order for us to be a successful team. The most important part of placement week is teaching the dog that they are no longer to alert their trainer to the sounds, Hattie was now to learn to alert me of the sounds she was trained to perform. Dogs for the Deaf trains their dogs using, "The Three P's - Patience, Practice and Praise." Dogs for the Deaf also calls the first year you are a team "The Bonding Year." You learn about your dog’s personality and vice versa. You literally learn about one another each and every day. Each day during placement week, we repeated these three P's over and over each time Hattie alerted me to one of the sounds she was trained for. I remember the first night we spent together during placement week. I did not worry about the smoke detector, instead, I laid my hand on her all night long just to convince myself that this was not a dream. Hattie was in training at Dogs for the Deaf for 8 months, where she learned obedience skills and the skills to perform her sound work duties. Hattie was the first dog at Dogs for the Deaf trained to alert their person (me) by tapping with their nose. Hattie was trained to alert to the sounds of the oven timer, microwave, door bell, door knock, smoke detector, alarm clock, telephone, and name call. When Hattie hears a sound, she alerts me by tapping me on the leg with her nose. This is her alert signal and I know I am to follow her. She then takes me to the sound she is alerting me to - be it the oven,
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WORKING DOGS telephone, microwave, or someone at the door, and then she sits. She is then rewarded with praise, affection, and a treat. Hattie performs her sound work duties with unwavering dedication. She loves her job "as my ears" so much she has alerted me to many things she was not trained to alert to such as a flock of geese flying over head, the ice cream truck going through town, and the garbage truck every Monday morning. As to how Hattie changed my life, the list is never ending. I no longer walk through my home feeling as if I am walking on eggshells. The telephone sits in its cradle as it does in every other home. I no longer walk with it in hand in order to check the caller ID to see what calls I may have missed. I sleep a blissful night’s sleep because I know Hattie will alert me to the sound of the smoke detector. My meals are no longer burnt black pieces resembling charcoal. I actually cooked an entire Thanksgiving dinner the first Thanksgiving we were a team. Not a single thing was burnt or forgotten about as it was cooking because Hattie was there to alert me to the sound of the oven timer beeping. My clothes are no longer wrinkled and company is greeted at my door with a happy "Hello" because Hattie is there to tell me they are knocking or ringing the doorbell. The very first week we were a team, I was able to do something that before Hattie was only a dream to me. I ordered pizza and had it delivered because I knew Hattie would be there to tell me the delivery man was at the door. It was the best tasting pizza I had ever eaten and was the first milestone in my life of many that were soon to come. Hattie, my faithful companion and Hearing Dog has enabled me to be an independent woman. She has allowed me to find myself and to blossom into being. Because of her, I am a much happier and healthier individual. Hattie has not only changed my life but her presence has had a ripple affect. My family no longer worries about me on a daily basis and Hattie has brought
peace and joy to their lives as well. Consider my girl a miracle worker of sorts, she has touched more lives than just my own. It’s the little things she has helped me with as my Hearing Dog that has turned into big things, true blessings in disguise. Never in my wildest dreams did I think as I was filling out an application for one of Dogs for the Deaf Hearing Dogs, did I know a real life angel would come to me. One with chocolate fur, a tail, and a heart of gold. Hattie helps to break the ice when we are out in public and she has forced me to be more sociable and open to new experiences. Because of Hattie, I was now a much more independent and confident person - so much that Hattie and I became one of the Dogs for the Deaf Ambassador teams. Hattie and I do public speaking events, educational programs and demonstrations for various clubs, organizations, and at schools about Dogs for the Deaf and Hearing Dogs. One such program was for a local school district we visited, a class of third grade students to do a program and demonstration about Hattie and how she helps me on a daily basis. The students were so touched to learn about Hattie and Dogs for the Deaf that as part of their class community service project they adopted Dogs for the Deaf as their organization. The students dubbed themselves, "Hattie's Helpers," and throughout the school year they collect-
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ed their spare change, toys and treats to donate to the dogs in training at Dogs for the Deaf in Hattie's honor. This is the story as to how Hattie's Helpers began. Thanks to Hattie helping me be a more open and sociable person, she helped me meet my future husband. When he proposed to me, he actually asked for Hattie's permission first. He knew if Hattie did not approve, there would be no way I would say "Yes!" Hattie was included in all of the wedding plans as well as our special day. Hattie walked me down the aisle with my father to give me away and she stood with us during the ceremony. She wore a collar, leash, and vest that matched the bridal party. Hattie has been a part of every major milestone in my life that has occurred since we became a team. Many times, she is the reason for reaching the milestone in my life. Hattie is not only my Hearing Dog, she is my hero, my companion, best friend, and soul mate. For all these reasons and more, I love her. For what she has given to my life in the 6 years we have been a team, I am forever grateful to her and to Dogs for the Deaf. Hattie has given me a life full of sound, independence, laughter, joy, peace, and so much more.
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BEDTIME BOOKS All books reviewed by Nancy Allen
DOGS OF WAR by Kathleen Kinsolving
This book tells the stories of FDR's dog Fala, Patton's dog Willie and Ike's dog Telek. It will give you "a new look at American history through the lives of powerful pets." These three pooches "lovable and captivating canines" help to see what these powerful leaders thought about dogs and how these amazing pets became constant loving companions giving unconditional love during a very dramatic dark hour of our civilization.
THE $60,000 DOG: My Life With Animals By Lauren Slater
Lauren "addresses the complex, moral, and emotional questions raised in her relationship with animals, particularly her beloved dogs." What does she choose to spend money on, her child's summer camp experience or her dog's medical bills? Read the book to find out.
A DOG NAMED LEAF: The Hero from Heaven Who Saved My Life By Allen Anderson with Linda Anderson
A true story of health and healing of both Leaf the dog and Allen the person. Anyone who loves dogs and believes in the bond that forms between them and their humans will truly love this book, and realize animals give "unconditional love and have the ability to heal human hearts." Great book.
ALL MY PATIENTS KICK AND BITE: Favorite Stories from a Vet's Practice By Jeff Wells, D.V.M.
This is a very "amusing, uplifting, and entertaining" collections of stories about what and how a country vet goes about taking care of the many different kind of animals that need his help. By reading this book pet lovers will realize what vets go through while caring for our pets. Fantastic, heartwarming book.
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PUKKA'S PROMISE: The Quest for Longer-Lived Dogs By Ted Kerasote
This book that will give us some ideas about how we can extend our dogs lives. Ted traveled the world over and interviewed breeders, veterinarians, and the people in the animal-welfare movement to obtain "cutting-edge research," so that we can find ways to have dogs live longer and stay healthier. Great book to get that will really help our animals.
RABID: Are You Crazy About Your Dog OR JUST CRAZY? By Pamela Redmond Satran
A very informative, yet hilarious, full-color illustrated book about how people react, belong, worship, or cannot get along without their dog, and what is the difference with being crazy about your dog or just being crazy. This book looks "at our over-the-top dog-obsessed society." Very interesting, yet funny book.
A MUTTS TREASURY BONK! By Patrick McDonnell
This is a funny book of "one of the best comic strips of all time." A years worth of Sunday strips and dailies of his imaginative work. He charms us with, "lessons of friendship and love," and tons of humor. Anyone who owns a pet will find these animal strips portraying "that special bond" to be hilarious and endearing. Great book.
CELEBRATING DOGS: Share, Remember, Cherish By jim McCann
A "collection of heartwarming, quirky and incredible stories about man"s best friend." The stories tell the bond between humans and dogs. The book also includes puppy facts and hand-drawn pictures. This is a book to read over and over as it will bring great joy to your heart from man's best friend.
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MARIE-CLAUDE ROY & CAROLE VILLENEUVE CANINE ANGELS
What inspired you to write your book, Canine Angels ?
When two people decide to write a book about dogs, obviously it’s because they love them unconditionally. I, (Carole Villeneuve), adore dogs. My late father, André, passed on to me his love for these charming animals. For as long as I can remember, my home has included a dog – each one always treated with love and respect, and each a full member of the family. As for me, (Marie-Claude), a dog saved my life when I was a child. Two years ago in California we discovered Dogs for Diabetics, a foundation that provides assistance dogs for diabetics, and other such foundations. Our stay there turned into a whole series of
interviews and exceptional encounters. Back in Quebec, we did more research and conducted more interviews. The testimonials of individuals with different types of assistance dogs were fascinating. The interaction between dog and human quickly became, for us, a passionate subject. The book’s concept developed quite naturally – short accounts complemented by scientific research, everything written in a plain language. How many of the dogs in your book did you meet and spend time with?
We have met with most of the people who relayed to us the story of their life with their assistance or service
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dog. We have spent hours with them because each human-dog team is truly fascinating. In some other cases, we have conducted interviews by phone, which were also very interesting. For instance, the first time we spoke with Leslie Hiscock, whose assistance dog anticipates her epileptic seizures, we had been witnesses to something quite remarkable. While Leslie was answering our questions, Ashton, her dog, was trying to warn her of an impending seizure by barking nonstop for minutes. All of a sudden, Leslie told us on the phone, “I got to go now,” then she hung up. A few days later, Leslie confirmed she had a seizure. No matter where she is, Ashton can detect her epileptic seizures 80% of the time. To date, no scientific research can explain how a dog can anticipate his or her master’s epileptic seizures.
Is there any one service dog that made an impact on you?
What do you hope that people will learn from reading your book ?
We have been impressed by all types of assistance dogs that we discovered. For a few years now, assistance dogs have been trained to help diabetics to better control their condition. Thanks to a rigorous training and a welldeveloped olfactory acuity, these dogs can detect low or high blood glucose levels in their master’s blood. When they detect them, they take their bringsel (a small leather strap hooked to their collar) in their mouth and make physical contact with their master. This way, diabetics know that they must check their blood-sugar level.
Dogs are so much more than pets! Even though scientists still do not fully understand many exceptional abilities that dogs possess, we believe we should do our part in making the general public more aware of these abilities. In this way, we hope that many more people living with a given condition or disease can enjoy the benefits offered by an assistance dog.
There are also dogs for people with epilepsy. When an individual has a seizure in a public place, the service dog begins to bark in order to attract people’s attention. When a seizure occurs at home, the dog is trained to fetch a cordless phone and bring it to its master. One-third of these assistance dogs can anticipate a seizure well before it occurs. The majority of those dogs show signs of agitation and endlessly circle their master as if they wanted to protect him. Thus, people with epilepsy have time to get to a safe place avoiding injuries during a seizure. As for autistic children, parents claim they have noticed improvements with their children’s language skills, motricity, and behavior since the arrival of their service dog. Some parents even describe their service dog as a real therapist. That is amazing!
In the years ahead, many new avenues will be open to assistance dogs as the ranks of committed supporters and advocates grow along with the number of trainers and researchers. With over twenty testimonials from people relating how their assistance dog has improved the quality of their life, "Canine Angels" will surely surprise you and move you. Whether these persons are suffering from diabetes, epilepsy, a mental illness, autism, deafness, a physical handicap or blindness, their stories obviously vary. However, they all have one thing in common: the joy of living rediscovered thanks in large part to the constant support and presence of a canine angel!
THE AUTHORS Marie-Claude Roy and Carole Villeneuve, both natives of the Montreal region, have for over 20 years worked in the fields of journalism, translation and writing. In addition to writing for magazines, Marie-Claude has conducted research for biographies and documentaries presented on the Historia, Canal D, Canal Vie and Canal Évasion TV channels. For the past three years, this freelance journalist has contributed articles to the medical journal Le Patient.
Carole founded her translation agency in 1989. Drawing upon For more information or to contact: an impressive team of translators, the dynamic businesswoman is Visit: www.canineangels.info able to provide translations in 15 Become a fan on Facebook at: Canine Angels languages. During part of her free time, she acts in theatrical producCanine Angels is available as an e-book on amazon.com, Kobo Books, and iTunes. tions. A lover of the performing Or purchase a print copy from the Website: arts, she is studying screenwriting. www.canineangels.info
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HAPPILY EVER AFTER
ELLIE MAY and MADI
Training to be therapy dogs, their inspirational spirit brightens the world one smile at a time! By Kathy Dailey (ElLie May and Madi’s mama)
Ellie May and Madi are two sweethearts born on Valentine’s Day 2012. They were born with front limb deformities due to backyard inbreeding. I was contacted about the girls after an ad was posted on Craigslist saying two special needs Chihuahua puppies needing to be rescued quickly, and they needed to be kept together. I drove an hour to pick up the puppies, not really knowing what condition they were in. I was told they were approximately 3 weeks old, needed to be bottle-fed, and required lots of care because of their obvious physical problems. I was informed that Ellie May was the runt. She was just 1 pound and had a hard time feeding since
she couldn't hold herself up because she had no front legs, just two little nubs.
dubbed them, “The Wee Chi's of AZ," and it has stuck!
Madi was the larger puppy at 1.6 pounds. She had one small bent front leg with no paw and a thick front leg with two little paws on it. I peeked in the tub and saw two tiny puppies, and I instantly fell in love the moment I saw them! They had the most amazing personalities and were incredibly happy. It wasn't until I got home that I realized just how special needs they were! Once home, I began to bottle feed them round the clock and watched in amazement as they grew and thrived into spunky little dolls! Since they were so tiny, my family
My family immediately fell in love with them and helped me care for their many needs. It was tricky at first getting Ellie May to eat solid food or drink water from a bowl because she would tip forward, head first into the bowls. We worked on many contraptions trying to find better food and water bowls set ups, but in the end Ellie May figured it out all by herself and has done perfect ever since!
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Madi learned to walk in a kind of a hop/walk style and she is now able to
HAPPILY EVER AFTER run and often mistaken for any other puppy. She sometimes gets going so fast that her little back end catches up to her front end! Ellie May first learned to get around by propelling herself forward. We worked on various temporary mobility aids to help her get around outside since propelling on concrete and rocks just wasn't practical. Then one day she stood up and began walking upright! She now runs around, kind of like a little Russian dancer when she is not cruising in her fabulous wheelchair. Ellie May received her custom-made Eddie's Wheel's wheelchair with a generous donation from the We are Team London's Pay it Forward Scholarship Fund (www. weareteamlondon.org). Ellie May loves her wheelchair and it gives her the freedom to go on walks with other dogs and it spares her back from all the strain that walking upright puts on her spine. When Madi turns 1 years old, she will receive her custom leg orthotic from OrthoPets (www.orthopets.com), also from the same generous scholarship fund, Team London! I am sure Madi will greatly benefit from her orthotics when she gets it! The girls play and enjoy life like other puppies, but they do require some extra care. I kept the girls together for several months and then after much thought, I adopted Ellie May and my dear friend Angi adopted Madi. This way I knew in my heart, both girls could get the extra care and attention they needed and deserved, and they could both still get together all the time.
Ellie May has some issues with her nubs getting sore and calloused. We also need to monitor her spine and her general body shape because of the unique way she ambulates around on a daily basis. Madi has to be watched because her two front little paws on her one leg splay when she walks. We must be certain they maintain a perfect weight because of the unusual structural issues of their bodies due to their limb deformities so their diet, nutrition, and exercise are always monitored. We have had to be creative with ways to dress them to keep them warm because most clothes just don't fit their special anatomy. The girls have been preparing all year and will start training formally to become therapy dogs once they turn 1 year old in February. They have visited special needs classrooms in schools, regularly gone to sporting events, interacted with school age kids, made home visits with special needs wheelchair kids, visited with various other special needs pets in the valley, and they are constantly being exposed to various aged people at community events. The girls have participated in the Phoenix Alzheimer Foundation Walk and Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade plan on doing other events in the future. We also plan to start them visiting recent amputees and veterans. Ellie May and Madi have been an amazing influence on all they have met. They have touched so many lives with
their positive, "they can do anything" attitude, and they make everyone they meet smile. Ellie May has been a great help to kids in wheelchairs who have been afraid of dogs. When they see her, a dog in a wheelchair, they relate in a positive way to her. The girls have been able to "teach" compassion and understanding too. The puppies were introduced to a child with autism who was frightened at first, and he asked, "Why do they look so weird?" He studied them and noted all their differences asking, "Where are their arms, where are their paws, how do they go to the potty, how do they eat?" But after he spent time observing them, and we answered all his questions and addressed all his concerns, he announced, "Oh, they may be different, but they are great, I guess being different is amazing!" And that about sums these two up. They are different, and unique, and they are amazing! We are so thankful they have changed our lives and we hope they will change others with their incredible spirit and unconditional love they give in their unique, amazing way. Our hope is that they can enlighten and educate more people about how much incredible love a special needs rescue dog can give, and we hope these little pups will continue to brighten this world one smile at a time!
Become a fan on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/pages/Ellie-May-andMadi-the-special-rescue-wee-chis-from-AZ
photos courtesy of Kathy Dailey
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Photo by Mayhem Doggie / www.mayhemdoggie.com
TEAM LONDON THE 2-LEGGED PIT BULL
London is full of life and an inspiration to everyone who meets him! By Frances Gehring (London’s mama)
Describe London's condition when he was rescued. London was rescued as a puppy with fractured front legs. He was transferred to Panda Paws Rescue who specialized in special needs canines. He was taken to Animal Care Clinic in Vancouver, WA, for evaluation, and it was determined that London had two severely fractured, shattered front legs. Both compound fractures in the elbows indicated that he had fallen from significant height. However, it also seemed he was left on hot ground, presumably pavement or asphalt, for quite some time. London had burns covering all of his paw pads and his underbelly. London was left unable to walk, but he learned to adapt and scooted his body around using the power from his hind legs and his face as his frontal tri-pod support.
In August 2012, the truth behind his shattered elbows and vague history came to light. Panda Paws Rescue was provided with statements and evidence depicting brutal attacks on London that had occurred months ago. His legs were not fractured as a result of a fall from a significant height, but that his legs were purposely and deliberately broken at the hands of his previous owners on two separate occasions. The Crescent City Police Department and District Attorney researched the case and multiple suspects have been arrested and have been formally charged with felonies in this case. Trial is set to start end of February 2013. London underwent surgery on August 1st, 2012, performed by Dr. Brandon Sherman at Animal Care Clinic, to remove his two front legs as it was decided that it was the best possible option for his recovery and long-term
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quality of life. His journey is one of inspiration and hope. He has a definite will to survive! How did London become part of your family? I saw a picture of London on Facebook. The FB page name, "London the 2 Legged Pit Bull," caught my attention and I started reading his story and found out he was right up the highway in Vancouver at Panda Paws Rescue. I was already considering adding a second dog to my family, and I saw that London would be up for adoption in September after he was fully healed from his double amputation. I fully considered all ramifications of a differently abled dog and realized I was perfectly able and willing to love and care for this guy. I applied for adoption and went to London's meet and greet at the
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Sniff Dog Hotel in September. Of course, I fell in love with him along with every single person there! A few days later, I received an email from Amanda advising that from all the applicants, I was in the top 3 of the best candidates. Then, a couple days later came the phone call that I was chosen to be his adoptive mom! Being thrilled, excited, ecstatic, and overjoyed - none of those really describe how my heart felt that I was chosen to be the one to show London love for the rest of his life! How did your life change with London in your family? Life got busy! We had TV news interviews, a welcome home party for friends to meet London, and attended various charity events that featured London. I had to arrange my home so it was safe and easily maneuverable for London. Also, learning his queues for when he needed to go out, was hungry, or just typical dog stuff. In addition, I taught him how to use his wheelchair outdoors, and spend time keeping him exercised in a way that is appropriate for him and my other dog Max. I also started to contribute to London's Facebook page; adding pictures, video, stories, and answering questions. Life became very busy for a while, but settles down at times, and then gets busy again. Describe the charity work and events Team London does? Once London turns one year old in February, then I can work to have him certified as a Therapy Dog. I've already had requests that he visit senior homes, Randall's Children Hospital, and the children's library reading events. London participates in the local Portland Bully Walks that help to educate and share how wonderful the Bully Breed dogs are. We have attended the Pet Expo where people
were able to meet him and learn more about London's story and differently abled dogs. London was the guest of honor at the OHS Bully Brunch, where various dog rescues came together to educate and work on adoptions of rescue dogs. London will be a guest of honor at the Max Muscle Hazel Dell Half Marathon on Feb. 24, 2013, as well as a Barbershop charity event in the Hollywood area on February 2nd. These events will help to raise funds for the London Scholarship. I also want to get London involved with Children's Special Olympic events, Challenged Athletes Foundation, and the Wounded Warriors program. Who are your favorite non-profit charities? Some of our favorite non-profits are Panda Paws Rescue, the Oregon Humane Society, our own London Scholarship Fund, and Hopes Haven. As I'm able to raise more funds from creating and selling "London" products, then I'll be able to choose more rescues and charities to donate to. I'm creating a website online store called RollOnLondon, where we will sell locally crafted items with a very cool London Logo. I hope to have this up and running in early January 2013! Does London have any best friends that he likes to play with? His brother Max is his best furry buddy at home! He also tends to really love other pibbles; Roadie, Hammy, Romeo, Nanny, and then there’s Gatti, a Corgi mix, and he also adores his Golden Retriever friend, Buckley. London met a very sweet girl named Jazmine, who is also in a wheelchair. They met at the Sniff Dog Hotel meet and greet event. London was lifted to Jazmine's lap and they have been in love ever since. They share the same
birthdate, Feb 14th, so we will have a very special birthday party for them. He showed right away that he has an affinity to others that are differently abled, and I believe he will help many children overcome fear, self-consciousness, and build their self-esteem just by meeting and interacting with London.
Become a fan on Facebook at: Team London the 2 Legged Pit Bull Visit the Website at: www.weareteamlondon.org
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FAITH THE DOG By Jude Leigh Stringfellow (Faith’s mama)
Faith's Mission: Charity and Therapy We trained Faith by trial and error to stand on her own two feet. We did not teach her to run - that was a natural event that took place when she was about 15 weeks old. She was bitten on the heel by another foster pup we had, he was a Corgi named Ean. She didn't appreciate his game of playing and showed everyone that day that she was the alpha dog. She stood up, (a feat she had managed since she was about 6 weeks old), and she ran across the backyard toward Ean!
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HAPPILY EVER AFTER Photos by Anthony Tortoriello at www.atortphotography.com
This “I-can-do-anything” attitude, and the difference in her body, is the message we present when we went out to see soldiers and people in hospitals. I can do whatever it is I set myself up to do. I can make it, and I can make a difference because I'm different. I show the world that a dog is naturally a dog, and that they are naturally who they are. That an event such as an accident or injury does not change who we are inside. Faith has been very successful in her mission, and very well received by all who have met her. Faith is retired now, although we will do a few shows for the military. In 2003, when she began her mission, we were working every week for hours and hours. After she appeared on television and in newspapers (in June 2003), Faith and our family began flying to various cities to see television hosts, but we would always try to see people on the street. We also saw many soldiers in airports. That led to her becoming a staple at the military hospitals, but she couldn't go into the wards because she wasn't a therapy dog and she wasn't ranked. The U.S. Army fixed that. We did a training program at home and
completed it. The Army gave her a field recognition of E5 Sgt in June 2006, and from that moment on she was going everywhere. I would speak at other locations in order to make an income, but we never charged the military for appearances. She has flown more than 300 times, mostly with American Airlines, but often, with the military as well. She flies in her own seat with American, no other carrier did that for us other than military. A typical day for Faith involves her lying under the bed and sleeping all day, or watching the activities that pass by her at that level. She doesn't do anything else until it's time to "Go," and then she's the first one out the door! If she sees her military vest she knows we're going to see soldiers. If she sees me packing my backpack, she wiggles out from under the bed and barks constantly until we get into the car. She knows it means we're about to see people, and she loves that. She can take about 2-3 hours with people before she gets tired and wants to head back under the bed. Or if we're out in the world, then she is ready to go back to the hotel and rest.
Faith loves gummi bears and she loves peanut butter! She will literally take your sandwich out of your hand if you wave it around at her height. She is 37" tall, so that's not hard to do. She loves to go to the park and hang out chasing squirrels. For years, we had geese that she chased, and if she didn't make it out to their pond, they would come to the back porch and honk for her.
For More Information or to Contact: Most importantly, we need funding for the film FAITH WALKS. Michael Givens is the director. He is available at: firstname.lastname@example.org We have a book tour coming up that will be promoting my book, FAITH WALKS. It can be purchased at www.iuniverse.com and 20% of the profits go to the rescues. Visit the Website at: www.faiththedog.info We have a Kickstarter going for a series of childrens books coming up. The illustrations will be photographs taken by Anthony Tortoriello turned into cartoons. Become a fan on Facebook at: Faith the Dog
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The Cute Story Eighteen and a half years ago, Sissy, the owner of Solid Gold, was given a Dane mix to foster. Her mother was a black Dane. Her father was a traveling man. She was about three months old. Sissy already had an adult Dane and was fostering two more adult Danes. So what’s another dog! Sissy took the little dog to the vet to get it fixed. The vet asked her name. She didn’t have one, so the vet wrote down BB for Black Bitch. She became BB. She got all her puppy shots there. A month later, the man returned to pick up the “foster.” “You can’t take my dog. She found a forever home,” he was told. BB remained with Sissy for 18 1/2 years. In November, she was taken to the vet for her 18th birthday for a wellness checkup. This was only her second trip since she never received any other shots but the puppy shots. She was fine. The vet couldn’t believe this was the same Dane mix he had spayed 18 years before. “What are you feeding?” he asked. “Solid Gold, of course, Sissy replied Six months later, BB went to sleep and crossed the Rainbow Bridge. She has been fed Solid Gold SunDancer dry dog food for the last eight years of her life, and Solid Gold Sea Meal all her life. Danes don’t live that long. BB did. You are what you eat, the vet said. How true for Solid Gold.
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