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Every Pet Deserves A Good Home…

‘Until One Has Loved an Animal, Part of Their Soul Remains Unawakened’

Our pups are now 3,4 and 6-years old…  Yes 4, pretty amazing for people who never had or really wanted pets.  I always liked animals, but really didn’t want one of my own.  Perhaps I just realized that I wasn’t in a place or ready to take care of them yet and my husband was allergic to everything with fur and feathers.   So when our daughter was young we gave in starting with hamsters, mice, rats, geckos, lizards, fish, turtles… and then birds.  Then our daughter came home with a dog while she was working part-time at a pet store, the summer after her first year of college.  She was supposed to be earning a little pocket money for the next year. Instead she pretty much spent all she earned and came home with a papered Chihuahua… who became our Angel.

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Baby Angel

My husband said, “no way!” Our daughter was going back to the dorms and he was allergic, so took Angel right back to the store.  They wouldn’t take her back because our daughter had signed the contract and they had given up a full paid sale to let her buy Angel at the employee discount, less than half of what they had had an actual customer for.  And of course, our daughter went back to school and the dorms, with Angel in tow insisting she could sneak her in and keep her there. Less than an hour after her arrival at school with her 4-legged roommate, we were on our way to pick Angel up.  My husband went through 18-months of allergy shots after that so we could keep her.

A year later our daughter was off sailing around the world with Semester at Sea.  When she got back mid-year, she was assigned a lulu bell for a roommate and bargained with us to get an off-campus apartment a semester early. She wasn’t there a month… when she brought home a Chiweenie puppy, Apachi, who was being given away outside the pet store, near school, where she had just gotten a part-time job after returning from her sail.  A pet store job is never a good idea for her.  Major Problem… it was a no pet apartment and we had signed a year’s lease.

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Baby Apachi

Not long after getting Apachi, our daughter’s colitis flared up to an extreme level (I tend to think some vaccines that they got overseas might have exacerbated her condition adding to some stress in her life at the time and too much drinking and partying during that period and trip). After a week at an alternative care facility in an attempt to avoid radical surgery, she unfortunately ended up having to have 2 major surgeries and I spent a total of 54-days (24/7) in the hospital sleeping on a cot in her room, with her.  My husband was home with Angel and Apachi and visited daily.  With all that was going on we really didn’t think about the fact that neither 6 month old Apachi nor Angel had been fixed.  Angel is a half long-hair half short-hair fawn face Chihuahua with a really easy going disposition and everyone had said, if we could breed her with a like-type male, they’d love to have a puppy, so I was looking for a mate for her and Apachi was just a baby and taking him in just got lost in all the goings on.

Next thing we knew… we had 4 puppies: Angelina, Magnum, Princess and Goji

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Angel was a natural and great Mom and Apachi watched over them from somewhat of a distance… until they were weaned, at which point he took over.

The boys (Magnum and Goji) and Angelina went to new homes at 10-weeks of age and we decided to keep Princess.  Then a few weeks later Angelina came back to us, because her new family couldn’t keep her and we had requested that if anyone who took a puppy had problems that we would get the puppy back.  Long story short… we kept her too and that is how we went from birds, turtles and rats, at the time, to 4-dogs and a fish who survived being fed to our turtles.

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Goji and Magnum

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Princess and Angelina

We have been very blessed to have found homes for Magnum and Goji with wonderful families who keep in touch and let us know how the boys are doing at least a couple times a year…

Goji at 2

Goji and Magnum above… Angelina and Princess below at age 2

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Usually at the holidays or the pups’ birthday

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Our 4 Sing Happy Birthday

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The puppies were about 6-months old here

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And this is them now…  Angel 6, Apachi 4 and the pups 3

It has been an amazing experience to watch this little family grow and interact.  An experience that most people and even animals don’t get to have unless you live in the country.  People ask, “Wow, aren’t they a lot of work?”.  I can honestly say that the joy so out-weighs any work, that I never even notice… and I cook for our four for all their meals.

As for our daughter… she went on to get  more furkids…

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Precious (a Pomeranian), Merlin (a Papillion) and Annabelle (a Chorkie)

By Marion Algier/Ask Marion – Just One More Pet

Photos by the UCLA Shutterbug

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    Banfield: 10 Dog Breeds Affected By Periodontal Disease

    To coincide with February’s Pet Dental Month, new findings have been released which reveal the extent of dental problems in the dog population.

    Top 10 Dog Breeds Affected By Periodontal Disease

    Banfield’s Applied Research and Knowledge (BARK) team has released new findings to help Pet owners maintain and improve the health of their dogs’ teeth. Banfield’s BARK team conducts ongoing research in the field of veterinary medicine based upon the data from the nearly 115,000 office visits to Banfield hospitals every week. The findings show that periodontal disease is the most common disorder affecting cats and dogs worldwide, and informal estimates put it’s prevalence as high as 85%.

    Classified by the degree of deviation from healthy teeth and gums, the severity of dental disease is labeled by six stages, which is also supported by BARK findings. These stages range from mild plaque and gingivitis, to gingival recession and degradation of the periodontal ligament, to significant inflammation and loss of teeth. According to their latest findings, certain breeds are more predisposed to periodontal disease than others. The 10 breeds most predisposed to periodontal disease are as follows:

    • Toy Poodle
    • Yorkshire Terrier
    • Maltese
    • Pomeranian
    • Shetland Sheepdog
    • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
    • Papillion
    • Standard Poodle
    • Dachshund
    • Havanese

    “All breeds need regular professional cleanings, but with regard to the top breeds at risk, professional dental cleanings and compliance with at-home care of the health of teeth and gums is especially crucial,” said Jeffrey Klausner, DVM, MS, DACVIM, senior vice president and chief medical officer for Banfield. “Although dental disease can occur rapidly at any age, risk factors for developing periodontal disease in dogs can include increasing age, small breed size and neutering. Periodontal disease has also been associated with changes in a pets’ kidneys, liver and cardiac functions – in short, unhealthy teeth can lead to an unhealthy pet in ways pet owners can’t imagine.”

    Banfield recommend that proper at-home preventive dental care should include feeding your pet a firm, kibbled food specially formulated to reduce tartar accumulation, use of specially-formulated hygiene chews and dental specific water additives

    Chihuahuas have a fair amount of dental issues as well.

    Source: PetPeoplesPlace.com

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    March 4, 2010 Posted by | animals, Just One More Pet, Pet Health, Pet Nutrition, Pets | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

    Castaway Dog Survives

     

    news_castawaydogsurvives-4-months-on-desseted-islandCastaway Dog Survives 4 Months on Deserted Island: Choppy waters off the coast of Australia tossed a family’s pet overboard into shark-infested waters. But Sophie Tucker safely swam more than five miles to an island and survived by hunting wild goats.

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA — A pet dog cast out to sea has been found more than four months after she fell overboard.

    The Australian Cattle Dog, named Sophie Tucker, was thrown from her family’s boat at the end of November, as the owners navigated the choppy waters off the northeast Queensland coast.

    “We hit a rough patch and when we turned around the dog was gone,” one of the owners, Jane Griffith, told The Telegraph.

    “We were able to back track to look for her, but because it was a gray day, we just couldn’t find her and we searched for well over an hour.

    “We just thought that once she had hit the water she would have been gone because the wake from the boat was so big.”

    But Sophie Tucker, named after the famous American vaudeville entertainer, defied the odds by swimming nearly five nautical miles to a nearby, largely deserted island.

    After a several month stay on St. Bees Island, Sophie Tucker, then thought to be a wild dog, was picked up by park rangers last week. They suspect Sophie survived the ordeal by hunting and consuming baby goats, given the animals’ carcasses they located.

    Though the Griffiths say they had basically given up hope that Sophie survived her fall, when they heard that park rangers had found a cattle dog on St. Bees, they contacted the rangers nonetheless.

    On Tuesday, the couple met the rangers onshore after they brought the lost dog back to the mainland. They say they were shocked to find Sophie Tucker aboard the boat.

    “She surprised us all. She was a house dog and look what she’s done, she’s swum over five nautical miles, she’s managed to live off the land all on her own,” Griffiths told The Telegraph. “We wish she could talk, we truly do.”

    Despite the time away, Sophie reportedly recognized her owners instantly.

    “We called the dog and she started whimpering and banging the cage and they let her out and she just about flattened us,” Griffith said.

    “She wriggled around like a mad thing.”

    Roughing it on her own supposedly changed Sophie’s docile nature, as Griffith told The Australian that the dog had “become quite wild and vicious.”

    “She wouldn’t let anyone go near her or touch her,” she said. “She wouldn’t take food from anyone.”

    Now reunited with her owners, Sophie appears to have returned to her old, domesticated self.

    “She’s settled in well back at home now,” Griffith told the Daily Mail. “I think she’s appreciating the air conditioning.”

    Vicki Lomax, a Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, told The Telegraph that Sophie’s breed made her better equipped to make do on her own.

    “Cattle dogs are probably the most suited type of dog to survive something like this, but it would have been a major ordeal for her,” Lomax reportedly said.

    “Five nautical miles is an incredibly big distance to swim for any type of dog and I dare say the current would have helped her along a bit, but she is lucky she hasn’t been taken by a shark.

    “If this had been a Pomeranian, I don’t think it would have been a happy ending — its hair would probably have been too heavy.”

    The Associated Foreign Press, The Telegraph, The Daily Mail and The Australian contributed to this report.

    Source:  ZooToo.com

    April 8, 2009 Posted by | Animal Rescues, animals, Just One More Pet, Pets, Success Stories, Unusual Stories | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments