Required Reading: Service Dogs and Psychiatric Institutions

Recently Anything Pawsible a blog I follow diligently has recently released an Extensive article about Service Dog teams and the use of them in psychiatric institutions, inpatient, outpatient as well as those who work as Administration individuals.

I have to say that if anyone has, or even is considering a service dog this is REQUIRED READING and I give Kudos’ to the writers and staff of the Anything Pawsible blog and it’s an extensive amount of information for those who work as, and train Service Dogs.

Here is this article, and I suggest you read it several times and keep it handy just in case your family ever needs to work with you and your K9 in your hospitalization etc.

Psychiatric Hospitalizations and Service Dogs

Inpatient psychiatric hospitalizations can be frightening and stressful. For Service Dog teams, inpatient admissions are often more of a struggle. The complications of having dogs on a locked unit focused solely on safety and security are innumerable. However, they’re far from insurmountable! Admission with your Service Dog for inpatient psychiatric treatment can be made easier. It just takes a little planning, organization, and forethought. Read More…

A.V.I.D. Returns Hannibal!

This story starts back several years ago, when Ma’s Mother-In-Law brought home her first “small dog.”  A Yorkie that was no bigger than my hand and could probably sit on it and live on it for weeks without falling off.  She had come to Pa, her son, and asked him to help name this little feisty thing and after great thought, he blurted out: Hannibal!  And so, this little 2 lb. Yorkie got his name.

Several months later though, we said good bye to Grandma after a hard battle with terminal liver problems and he soon became quite the little pall helping Grandpa through the grief.  Even the larger dog Sheena, took to liking this little guy and found him to be a healing energy while she battled hip and some weight problems.

About a month ago someone, who was doing work on the house, left the side gate open.  That was the first time that this little guy found himself on an adventure out side his yard. This yard was big, but where little Hannibal lived had thousands of cars on a freeway or some desert hills filled with coyotes, snakes and other wild critters that would easily find this little guy as a meal. His pa put up posters, and walked around drove around for over a week, looking for his buddy.  With no luck, we began to think the worst, until about two weeks ater Hannibal’s departure, a Banning Police Dept. Officer called Grandpa.  He had Hannibal, and had had his micro-chip scanned to be sure.   Thanks to A.V.I.D pet micro chipping, Hannibal was returned after 2 weeks on the go and almost 100 miles away in a totally different county.

But the entire family thank A.V.I.D. and the Banning PD for returning my cousin home where he is safe and sound.

Health Hooman Food for K9’s

I don’t always get food from Ma that doesn’t come from the big food bin near my bowl, but when she does supplement my dinner with different things, she has good knowledge of her do’s and dont’s about what I am supposed to have and what will make me sick.  I have been having some tummy problems that are on and off and because Ma call’s me a “Billy Goat” she is watching my intake more now than ever.  I recently got a hold of one of her unscented candles the other day so I won’t be doing that again… *grumbles*

Here is a picture from “Woofipedia” that is a good way to identify what is good and what is bad.  Remember, as they say, everything in moderation!

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Care Packages to K9 Military Units

I recently saw this article regarding the idea of sending care packages to those K9s that serve faithfully next to their human partners.  We always wonder and consider the stress that is placed on our human servicemen and women, but what about those four-legged ones that continuously work, tirelessly and without complaint?

Read this and tell me you don’t feel the urge to do your part to make their lives just a little bit easier….. I know Ma is considering it, and I hope you do too!

http://barkpost.com/care-packages-soldier-dogs/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=barkpost

Too Hot Too Trot!

This was recently shared on Facebook and is a great rule of thumb for our furrbabies…  Please do not walk your dogs during the heat of the day and use this rule of thumb on how to know if it’s safe for their Tootsies or not!

Meanwhile, we have returned home after an extensive visit and had several days with my friend Ethel, and two of her siblings as well!  I am bushed, and so is Ma, but as soon as I can get a fire under her, I ill have post the pictures and events of the visit! Come back soon to see those pics!

Appeal to Grandpa….MORE ANTLER!!!

Grandpa… it seems that Ma thinks I have worn down my gift of antler horn far too much … Can you PLEASE find me another one? I will lick you forevers!

This was my antler horn on 5/25/2015

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And this was my antler horn on 6/5/2015

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Notice anything different?

Thank you grandpa!

Visit to the Vet’s!

Well, after doing some reading on the canine influenza virus that seems to be sweeping in from the Midwest, Ma thought I needed another shot…. So early this morning I was loaded up and taken down to the (wonders if I should say it…) the V…E…T…S…. (Yeah, still makes me shudder a bit) where I learned more about the strain that is invading the pups of the continent.

The vaccine that is being given now is the vaccine, like the hooman flu shot, that was used to attack a flu that swept through the country about 4-5 years ago and is not actually very effective for us pooches on this new strain that is doing some horrible damage.  It has been very difficult for them to keep up with things, but the… (Gulps)..  V.E.T… Says that the odds of me getting sick are lowered a bit.  So just know that when you are getting the vaccine for your pup, know that it is not 100% foolproof and your own pet doctor (sounds so much better) should be giving you information and up to date information on what vaccine they are giving your pup.

Meanwhile, I got to see the most AMAZING Malamute!  This special malamute was a Disney Dog in both 8 below and in Snow dogs  and is now at the ripe old age of 12 years old.  His handler, like my Ma, sure knew a lot about his fur-baby and when Maw saw him, she fell in love.  It seems that this dog is double amazing because he has a genetic disorder that is very submissive and rarely shows itself, but this Malamute which NORMALLY should weigh in at about 80 pounds, is actually weighing in at over 150 pounds!  A genetic element of “gigantism” hit him at about age 3 and when they started to see that he didn’t fit under the coffee table anymore and was growing AGAIN, they had taken him in and had him tested.

This old guy’s patience was so amazing and he even tolerated me prancing around him and ‘boxing’ with him lightly.  The Handler’s name was from Colorado and that gave him and Ma some great stuff to talk about.  Kind of wish Ma had had her camera with her so you could have seen the size of this guy.  His paws alone were double the size of one of Ma’s fists, and his thick legs, about as thick as her calves…. I felt TINY!

I do hope that I get to bump into him again, though when I weigh in again. Today I hit the 75 pound mark and *chuckles* people are still thinking I am ‘huge’…. I am not so sure I agree with that, but, imagine that those that own the snac….er… Chiwa-wa’s that weigh in under 2 pounds would think that I am ‘large and in charge’…. but when in reality, we are just big softies and that was so seen in my new friend, “Zatura” the Giant Malamute.

It’s getting warm here in our area so please, just a VERY friendly reminder, don’t leave us in car’s not matter for how long, nor walk us across hot cement in the heat of the day. If you must leave us, leave us inside if you can and if not, make sure we have plenty of shade, and water supply to keep us cool.  Too many of my furr BFF’s die every year from neglect and heat and this could be prevented. Treat your pup’s like you would treat your children, or an elderly parent, and if you can’t do either… I suggest you find them a new home that will take care of them.

DOGGY FLU EPIDEMIC!

It hasn’t quite reached my area yet, but just in case, I think I will forgve Ma for not taking me to the doggy park any time soon. It seems there is a flu bug that is coming around and can be highly contagious for us pups…

There is ANOTHER shot that Ma can get me, so going to check into it see if I can get it and be safe..

To read more about it see this from the Animal Rescue site.

And in doing more reading over Ma’s shoulder we also found this amazing article and website called “Dogs Naturally”  a magazine dedicated to the health and news regarding my K9 cousins.

Right now they have a nice discount for their magazine at 45%, but their article is VERY interesting and gives a huge insight to the vaccine’s, sickness of the H3N2 Flu epidemic and how to help identify, keep your other pets healthy as well as ways to help your pet stay healthy.

See this article here.

QUIT SUPPORTING PUPPY MILLS

I never experienced the horror that this little dog Lilly ever did, nor her pups, nor the others of hundreds of other dogs who find their living conditions in such a sorry state.  As a dog, I am thankful that my Ma has never supported, nor will she ever condone the those that are so-called breeders or hoarders who place dogs in chains. Please do your research, and make sure you know where your dogs come from. QUIT BUYING DOGS FROM SO-CALLED PUPPY STORES and report the conditions to the correct officials.  I have heard Ma speak of several, including a woman who lit her own ‘puppy store’ with many pups still in their crates and cages to collect “insurance money.” I don’t know what this money is, but it sure seems to be the love of most people… my question to them is, “Does money love them back?  Does it last and love conditionally?”

Please watch this video below, and see just exactly what puppy mills and those who support them do to my fellow K9’s”

For Those Who Hurt On Mother’s Day

Around here, Mother’s Day is a somber time. My Ma seems to find little to rejoice in knowing that her own Momma is gone and it seems that she is torn at times in her grief. Some of it because of anger about things gone very wrong many years ago, and then she smiles a time or two remembering some of the fun and jolly times. Today I struggled to be the comfort to her and as much as I wanted to attend dinner to meet my Uncle, she wouldn’t let me. I know I am a handful at times, but that will happen soon, I am sure.

Early wee hours of the morning she woke up (earlier than most) as it seemed she couldn’t sleep and sat down at her usual spot and began catching up. Before I knew it, she was in tears. I couldn’t help her so much, but I know she found this and thought it would be appropriate to share for her and to others that struggle with such a significant day:

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Tear

Today is Mother’s Day.

For many people that means flowers and handmade cards and brunches and hugs and laughter. It means celebration and gratitude and rejoicing.

But for some it just means tears.

For many moms and adult children out there, this day is a stark unsolicited reminder of what was but no longer is, or it is a heavy holiday of mourning what never was at all.

This day might bring with it the scalding sting of grief for the empty chair around a table.

It might come with choking regret for a relationship that has been horribly severed.

It might be a day of looking around at other mothers and other children, and feeling the unwelcome intrusion of jealousy that comes with comparison.

Consider this a love letter to you who are struggling today; you whose Mother’s Day experience might be rather bittersweet— or perhaps only bitter.

This is consent to feel fully the contents of your own heart…

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