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TAIL WAGGIN’ TIMES Fall 2009

Volume 1, Issue 2

NEWS FOR HAPPY HOUNDS AND THEIR PEOPLE Happy Tails! Summer has just flown by here in beautiful Rockingham County, and it has been a busy one! We wanted to share some of the happy events from our summer with you.

Hoss Many of you know about Hoss, the Shepherd mix we fostered in the spring. Hoss was pulled from a neglectful home, and we had him for a little over a month. What a sweet boy! Hoss was eventually taken up to a sanctuary

IN THIS ISSUE

north of Baltimore, and within a few weeks was placed in a wonderful home.

Chained Dogs: Viable Alternative or Abuse?

Almost Jack

The facts about the safety and behavioral impacts of chaining your dog.

On August 13, 2009, Almost Jack was found wandering in a road near starvation. We were unable to identify his owner, so we began to search for a place for him to go.

We have all known someone who does it, and maybe even done it ourselves. So why the uproar about chained dogs?

When we found A.J., he was so weak with hunger that he could barely walk. He spent his first weekend at the vet, where he ate and ate.

It is important to understand what we are talking about here. Not every dog that has been attached to a tie out in the yard is in imminent danger. But when a chain is attached to a dog for long periods of time, it can be very dangerous both to the dog, and to the surrounding community.

A.J., who is now called Colin, has been adopted by a great family in Rockingham County, where it seems he will be spoiled rotten! CONGRATULATIONS TO HOSS, COLIN, AND TO THE LUCKY FAMILIES WHO ADOPTED THEM!

Happy Tails.......................1 Chained Dogs...................1 Featured Dog....................2 Fall is Here........................3 Upcoming Events..............4 Drive for Shelter................4

“He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion. - Author unknown

Dogs and humans have been interacting for thousands of years. This interaction with humans has become a normal and natural part of the life of the domesticated canine. We as humans have done all we can to make sure this is so by selectively breeding dogs for their social and cooperative nature. In selecting animals that meet our needs, we have created animals that need us. (continued on next page)

©Happy Hound Pet Services, PO Box 1001, Eden, NC 27289 Phone: (336)432-8715 or (336)623-1201 Toll Free: (888)837-DOGS Fax: (831)855-1471 E-mail: info@happyhoundpetservices.com www.happyhoundpetservices.com

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TAIL WAGGIN’ TIMES “Histories are more full of examples of the fidelity of dogs than of friends." - Alexander Pope to get to your dog, he is helpless except for his bite, which may not be enough to protect him from injury.

Introducing the Fit Fido! We would like to give our glowing recommendation to this toy. Not only does it give you a fun way of interacting with your dog, but it will tire him out, too! And as we all know: A tired dog is a good dog! Distribuited by OMG Dog (www.fitfido.net)

A dog left tethered and away from its human family is in a very unnatural situation. The dog needs companionship, and to leave him without leads to all sorts of behavioral issues. Left alone, a dog becomes bored, frightened, or in many cases, both. In addition, a dog that is not properly socialized to

Tethering: community

a danger to your

There are several reasons that a dog that is tethered may present a danger, not just to his owners, but to the surrounding community.

humans and other animals can become aggressive, attacking any unsuspecting creature that ventures into his realm.

Tethered dogs are rarely socialized. An un-socialized dog does not know how to properly interact with humans or other animals. Dogs learn this skill through experience. Tethering a dog takes away his chances of experiencing new things and learning how to interact. Tethered dogs can become fearful. A dog that is separated from his pack is defenseless from attack. He will likely respond to anyone entering his small territory as if they were a threat to him.

Featured Dog: Sidney

Tethering: a danger to your dog Just this year, a vet in South Carolina reported the death of a dog who had become entwined in his tether, and in his struggle to break free, had broken his own back. This dog was euthanized as a result. Sidney is a small brindle dog. He is probably just under a year old. Sidney is a gentle boy who is very friendly toward people. As you can tell from his picture, he is quite comfortable being held!

In addition, a tether offers no protection from humans, other dogs, and predators that might injure your dog. If something or someone wants

Tethered dogs have only one line of defense. Dogs react to perceived threats in two ways: they run away, or they fight. A dog who is tied out cannot run. His only alternative is to (continued on next page)

Sidney can be adopted through the Rockingham County shelter 336-349-3194. ©Happy Hound Pet Services, PO Box 1001, Eden, NC 27289 Phone: (336)432-8715 or (336)623-1201 Toll Free: (888)837-DOGS Fax: (831)855-1471 E-mail: info@happyhoundpetservices.com www.happyhoundpetservices.com

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TAIL WAGGIN’ TIMES go on the offensive and attack anyone who comes near him. Tethered dogs can become bored and frustrated. When these dogs get frustrated, they often react strongly to any stimulation they receive. This often takes the form of an attack on an animal or child that accidentally gets too close. The dog knows no better than to participate in a game of hunt when a vulnerable creature is in reach.

Fall is Here! In the vast majority of cases where children were injured or killed by a dog, the dog had been chained. A chained dog is more than twice as likely to bite! The good news: The majority of dogs that have been exposed to chaining show almost immediate improvement once the chain has been removed. If you are rehabilitating a dog that has been chained, you may need to consult a professional to help the dog become socialized and well adjusted.

Please note: No dog should ever be trusted with a child under the age of five years, but this is especially true for a dog that has been chained. Be very careful. But with time and patience, a dog can recover and become a wonderful part of the family. For more information, please visit www.dogsdeservebetter.org.

Fall is here, and the cooler weather will soon be upon us. It’s time to start thinking about providing for our pups’ winter needs. Ÿ Your dog gets cold, too! Limit his outdoor time, and keep in mind that dogs are subject to frost-bite just like we are. Ÿ The smaller the dog, the faster he loses his body heat. Be especially careful with small breed and short haired dogs in the winter. You may find your pup is perfectly agreeable when you put a nice warm jacket on him to keep the cold out! Ÿ If your dog is out during the day, increase his caloric intake. He will burn calories to stay warm. Ÿ Give your dog plenty of water, and if he is outside, make sure it does not freeze up on him. Your dog can just as easily become dehydrated in the winter time, so be sure he has what he needs! Ÿ Be careful of winter chemicals. Anti-freeze tastes wonderful to dogs, but is deadly. Ÿ Salted sidewalks can irritate the paws. Between the salt and the cold, your dog’s paws may become chapped and dry. Try

using a little bit of petroleum jelly on your dog’s pads. Ÿ Like humans, dogs get sick more often in the winter time. If your dog displays symptoms, call your vet. Don’t use any human medications on your dog without consulting with your vet first. Ÿ Be aware of holiday trappings that can hurt your pet! Some of these are: Ÿ Small ornaments that can fit into your dog’s mouth. Some dogs will swallow just about anything! Ÿ Tinsel Ÿ String, esp. if used to tie up the turkey (ingesting string can be fatal, and the death is very painful) Ÿ Electrical cords Ÿ Pine needles Ÿ Poinsettias Ÿ Mistletoe By taking a few precautions, you and your dog can both have a wonderful time this fall and winter season.

Enjoy the season!

©Happy Hound Pet Services, PO Box 1001, Eden, NC 27289 Phone: (336)432-8715 or (336)623-1201 Toll Free: (888)837-DOGS Fax: (831)855-1471 E-mail: info@happyhoundpetservices.com www.happyhoundpetservices.com

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Mobile Pet Food offers quality pet food for less, delivered right to your door! Mobile Pet Food currently provides free pet food delivery to Oak Ridge, Summerfield, Stokesdale, Kernersville, and some parts of the Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and Guilford County areas.

Upcoming Events The Amaizing Pet Adventure Kersey Valley Maize, High Point, NC Saturday September 26, 2009

New Class Sessions Start Camp Bow Wow, 6207 Chimney Center Blvd, Greensboro

There is still time to enter to win the 2006 Chevy Colorado donated by Smith-Stokes in Riedsville. All proceeds benefit the spay-neuter facilities that will be included in the new shelter in Rockingham County.

Please visit our website for details!

The animals of Rockingham County need your help! They are currently being killed after only 72 hours if a foster / forever home is not found for them before then. The new shelter will reduce the death rate at the shelter, and provide a place for the animals to be safe and well cared for.

Howl-O-Ween

Please visit www.rockinghamcountyanimalshelter.org for more information on how you can

Week of October 12, 2009

help! Filicite Lantane Animal Sanctuary, 6311 Nicks Rd. Mebane, NC Saturday, October 31, 2009 ŠHappy Hound Pet Services, PO Box 1001, Eden, NC 27289 Phone: (336)432-8715 or (336)623-1201 Toll Free: (888)837-DOGS Fax: (831)855-1471 E-mail: info@happyhoundpetservices.com www.happyhoundpetservices.com

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Behavioral Consulting & Training Now enrolling for classes! Private lessons or group classes available! 336-432-8715 Info@happyhoundpetservices.com

BASIC OBEDIENCE CLASS October 12 to November 23, 2009 (Monday nights) 6:00-6:50 PM Camp Bow Wow

PRIVATE TRAINING Call for a free initial consultation! Individual sessions and packages available. Lessons held at the location of your choice!

www.happyhoundpetservices.com

PUPPY CLASS For puppies 6 weeks to 6 months October 13 to November 24, 2009 (Tuesday nights) 6:00-6:50 PM Camp Bow Wow

ADVANCED OBEDIENCE CLASS October 15 to December 10, 2009 (Thursday nights) 6:00-6:50 PM Camp Bow Wow

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