(Previous messages were in error, reporting the date as October 12.)
Dog Park Annual Meeting, Saturday, October 18, 10:00 am to 11:30 am at the Madison Community Center (the building next to the dog park). Public support and demand can be a factor in County budget priorities. Show the County your support of Madison by attending the annual meeting.
(Previous messages were in error, reporting the date as October 12.)
Judy (Kimmie's Mom) and partner are at a critical point in the fundraising for their documentary Tell Them I Am Kind -- and have launched an Indiegogo campaign to help us tell the story of Catherine Violet Hubbard and the animal sanctuary her family is building in her honor. If you can consider a donation, that would be wonderful. If you can simply email the link to 5,10, 20 friends, that would also be amazing. Thank you in advance for taking a look at our story -- and thank you for your help!
Judy Plavnick (Kimmie's "Mom") is producing a documentary about an animal sanctuary in Newtown, CT, and the community building it. As described in detail here, the film will air on a PBS affiliate late this year.
The Whole Dog Journal is a great source for positive dog training techniques. From puppy training concepts like crate training, sit and walking on a leash to fixing bad habits like barking at the doorbell, jumping up and chewing. Dog tricks, sports, games and agility training too.
Whole Dog Journal Tip of the Week: Breaking Up Dog Fights
There is no golden standard for breaking up a dogfight, but there are as many opinions as there are dog owners. My recommendation is to try a sudden aversive, such as a loud noise near the combatants as a first line of defense. Bang pots and pans or steel water dishes together while yelling. Cease the instant the dogs disengage.
If this doesn’t work (try for two or three seconds, then move on), the two most experienced people, wearing the animal control gloves, will each pull one dog off as follows:
1. Grip the base of the tail where it joins the body
2. Pull both dogs simultaneously quickly out and up, raising the rear quarters off the ground
3. Secure both dogs with leashes and assess for damage.
If this doesn’t work, use citronella and, if that doesn’t work, pepper spray. Other people present should be securing all dogs not involved in the fight.
The very last resort to consider is pulling dogs out by their collars or necks. This is because of the significant risk of an accidental or re-directed bite. This risk is even greater if you are without gloves, which offer some protection. Many of the worst bites are sustained putting hands into fights.
For more information on ways to separate aggressive dogs as well as ways to use behavior modification to retrain an aggressive dog, purchase Jean Donaldson’s FIGHT, A Practical Guide to Dog-Dog-Aggression.
I wanted to let you all know that Elijah, the sweetest Great Dane in the world passed away last evening. Elijah had ingested some sort of toxin that eventually caused terminal liver failure. I saw him for the last time along with Joey (Stanleys mom) at the Hope Center. One of the most difficult things I ever had to do. He was happy to see us and stood up even in his weak state. He wagged his tail and licked my face. I sat with him for a while and told him it was going to be ok. His parents John and Joanna knew the best decision was to let him go. Sometimes we just do not get enough time with our furry family members. I feel like this is one of those times. For those of you who knew him and many of you did, Elijah was a fixture at Madison. To me the park will not be the same. He loved it there and he has been coming there for the past 6 years of his life. He loved the frisbees and drinking out of the spout of the water hose. He loved running with all the other dogs. He often lead the pack amd got all the dogs going. Elijah was also part of my family. He spent a lot of time with us when his parents traveled. I am so lucky that they shared him with me. A part of me is gone and I appreciate all the concern from all of our friends at at Madison. John and Joanna also appreciate all the thoughts and know how loved Elijah was by all of you. If you have a chance toss a frisbee at the park in honor of Elijah. He would like that. I have attached a picture. Goodbye my sweet boy. I will miss you forever. I love you.
The makers of Iams dog food last week recalled several types of dog food due to possible salmonella contamination.
Products affected include Eukanuba brand dry dog food and Iams dry dog and cat foods, both of which are owned by Procter & Gamble.
Click here for a full list of affected products and instructions on how to receive replacements.
The dog food was distributed across the U.S., mostly the East Coast. All retailers have been notified and is working to remove them from stores, the company said.
Pets with salmonella poisoning can experience fatigue, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
According to local vets and dog owners, there's been a spike in cases of doggy diarrhea, vomiting and intestinal problems. According to one area vet, "there is a lot of really bad diarrhea going around, even in dogs that don't go to dog parks." We've shared the diarrhea reports with the County and have not been instructed to take any action. While we don't know the source of the infection or how it is spreading, we can help keep our dogs safe by keeping our park as clean as we possibly can.
It is critically important that we pick up after our dogs and clean up any other deposits when we see them. Please do a little extra. And, if your dog is sick or passing loose or runny stool, please do not bring him to the park.
Another Rabies/Raccoon Incident: A few blocks from the intersection of George Mason and 4 Mile Run, a dog killed a raccoon in its backyard. Arlington authorities collected the raccoon, which tested positive for rabies.The dog appears to be fine but is quarantined at home for 45 days.
Across the area, reports of encounters with rabid raccoons are on the rise. Officials advise residents to leave wild animals alone if encountered and to take precautions:
Great news from JoAllyn:
Alphie had not walked on his own since mid-2012. None of his vets thought he would ever walk again, but miracles do happen if you are willing to spend money, give supportive care, and don’t give up. Of course he was never in pain. He had a stroke in 2011, two spinal surgeries in 2012, and two surgeries for removal of a fat tumor in 2013. At the surgeon’s suggestion, I bought him a dog cart before his second tumor removal and 3 weeks later he started walking on his own!! His SouthPaws vet said that it had to be the result of the dog cart as nothing else had changed. The message is don’t give up on your dog. Medical miracles do happen.
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