Just A Little Busy!

Hello,

We haven’t posted a new article recently, because we were a little busy. While it is not an excuse, it is our reason. A few weeks ago we got a call from a coworker that her neighbor had “come into money and moved to Florida, leaving behind a dog, horse and her kid”. While Daisy’s Rescue isn’t a rescue, we do work with a lot of rescues. We of course offered our assistance in helping the horse and dog.

We don’t know much about horses, except that they must eat regularly or they can develop problems and can die. The horse is named Rose and is 20 years old and the Dog is named Daisy.  The story is the mother came into money, tried to load the horse into a horse trailer, but couldn’t get the horse in and decided to leave the horse, dog and kid behind.

So, we worked hard going through all of our contacts and our contacts, contacts. To make a very long story short, we were able to find a rescue for the dog Daisy and the rescue was able to find an adopter for the horse Rose.

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Daisy.

So now Daisy is in her forever home and so is Rose all safe and sound. The child left behind is being taking care of, he is a teenager. We are not involved with any legal proceedings, we were just worried about the animals.

Just when we thought that we could relax, I found a stray dog running around on a busy street in a city. While at work I saw a small yorkie running loose on a busy city street. After we were done our task at hand, we went back to the street and the yorkie was still there. With the help of my partner, we were able to catch Amelia the yorkie. She was dirty, thin and had long 1/2 long nails.

Now, I had to figure out what I was going to do with Amelia. I can’t keep her while I’m at work and I have nowhere to put her. Luckily, I have a friend who lived a few miles away. So I quickly get on the phone and catch her before she leaves her home. She is home and off from work, Amelia is quickly dropped off. Now I know she is safe and in good hands until I get off work.

Amelia

 

Amelia after her bath.

I picked up Amelia after work, she was bathed and groomed, she was a pretty little angel. When we got home Amelia had a nice big healthy meal and had a nice padded warm bed.  The next day she was accepted by a rescue. Amelia has been fixed and needs her teeth cleaned. She has limes disease and is now on antibiotics for treatment. She is going to her forever home very soon, where she will be loved and cherished until the  end of her days.

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Amelia

 

Amelia in her foster home. Amelia is a sweet little girl. She loves to be on the lap of her human. She gets along with other dogs and children, and is afraid of kittens.  Rescue Express stepped up to find her a great home www.rescueexpress.org . If you would like to help out with Amelia’s care or if you would like to see if you can give her a great forever home, or one of the other very deserving dogs, please go to their site.

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Red Paw An Emergency Relief Organization For Pets!

Welcome to Daisy’s Rescue. We are all about helping humans and rescue groups learn useful tricks and tips on how to take care of and rescue dogs. Please feel free to leave comments and questions you may have for us. We are here for you. For your convenience we have added links to the products that we like to use, and or are featured here in the article. Use these links to find the product to purchase or to research.

Today’s session is about Red Paw, the emergency relief response organization for pets.

We have asked Jen to tell us a little about Red Paw, how she got started and some of the problems she must overcome on a daily basis. Here is Jen’s story.

Red Paw Fire Ground

Red Paw has been a work in progress for many years and a direct result my experiences on the fire ground. I was a Philadelphia Fire Fighter for seven years and an American Red Cross, Disaster Action Team responder for 8 years and the Philadelphia County Animal Response Team Coordinator for 6 years — time and time again, I’d go to a disaster scene and watch as pets were left with no organization to provide emergency assistance or care in the event of a fire, building collapse, gas leak, etc.

Red Paw on scene

Two specific incidents sparked Red Paw’s birth. A few years ago, a two alarm fire in Center City resulted in the death of two dogs and a cat because there was not a procedure in place to help them. I was responding with the Red Cross and saw the owners carrying the dogs in their arms screaming for help, but no one was there to help them. I used my personal vehicle to rush them to Penn Veterinary Hospital (while the owners were giving them oxygen with equipment borrowed from a medic unit) but they later died.

The second incident occurred in January 2011 at a three alarm fire at an apartment complex in West Philly. Cats were being taken out of the building in laundry baskets and rushed to the shelter without crates or emergency vet care. Dozens of cats were trapped in the building for weeks afterwards with no procedure in place to help them get out.

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Shortly after that fire, I brought my proposal for Red Paw to the American Red Cross — to work in conjunction with their responders when there are pets on scene. Six months later Red Paw was born and clearly the need On July 25th 2011 at midnight we officially began! Since then we’ve been called to assist close to 600 times in Southeastern PA and helped nearly 1000 displaced pets (http://redpawemergencyreliefteam.com/annual-results/)!

Red Paw’s first response was 5:30 in the morning, and we’d only been up and running for less than six hours when the phone rang. The American Red Cross was on the other line! The Bridge (their 24 hour emergency call center) staff person says, “Good morning Jen, we have a fire for you. Six Pit Bulls were displaced in North Philly. You can help right?” Now, I planned for six months before starting Red Paw, I talked to other orgs, rescues, animal businesses, vets and stakeholders. I thought I had all my bases covered, I had no idea!! 

Prior to Red Paw there was no organization doing this in Philly, or anywhere in the country! This brought about several challenges! Not only were we a brand new non-profit org but we were also an emergency response organization (that no one had ever heard of and were unclear about what we actually did) and an animal rescue (but not a shelter, which confuses people). All three of those separately have their own challenges, together it’s like a whole other animal:) 

Excited and slightly panicked about our first response ever, I said yes to the ARC dispatcher, jumped out of bed and ran to the computer. First things first. Put out a call through One Call Now (a tool used to send one message to multiple phones at the same time) to all of the rescues, facilities and volunteers who had agreed, during the planning process, to help us with emergency response when we started. Well, OCN was down, and I couldn’t get a call to go out! So it’s 5:30 in the morning, the Red Cross has just called to use our services for the first time, there are six displaced Pit Bulls, and I can’t get a message to my resources for help! Slight panic had turned into full blown panic!

Luckily, I had a few personal numbers in my phone of people who had said they were in from the beginning and wanted to help! So I started dialing. First up was Portia, from Central Bark Doggy Day Care, who immediately said, “Yes, we have room, bring them here.” Next up was a volunteer who I had worked with through Philly County Animal Response Team, and he was up and willing to meet me on scene.

As I rolled up to the fire dwelling the fire department vehicles were gone, and the first thing I saw was the Red Cross responder on-scene. This immediately made me feel better! I walked up to the owners and stated that I was from Red Paw and explained, “We are like the Red Cross for Animals, we are going to keep your dogs for you while you recover from the fire.” Next were some questions: “Are the dogs normally friendly with people? Are they friendly with other dogs? Are they spayed, neutered, and vaccinated?”

It turned out that two of the dogs had gotten into a fight during the fire due to fear and stress of what was happening and needed to be kept separate and probably needed some medical attention. None of them were s/n or vaccinated but they were normally friendly with people. Two of the dogs were just little puppies so that made things a bit easier, but the other four were big Pitties! One by one we got them situated in my car and the volunteer’s vehicle, and off to Central Bark we went.

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This was one of those things I just did not consider in my planning phase of Red Paw! I did not consider the health and well begin of the pets we were brining in, outside of the health needs from the fire or disaster, of course. I guess I was a bit nieve, I just assumed people cared for their pets the way I care for mine! In fairness, I do not except others to sleep on the floor so as to not disturb their sleeping dogs who are covered in fleece blankets, snoring with their heads on pillows!:) But I did not plan for the amount of wellness exams and procedures the animals we assist need. So much so that we had to create a Wellness Coordinator position to handle them all! 

One of our goals now is to return the pets to their families in better condition than we got them in! They all get check ups by vets, they get s/n (as long as the owner agrees), they get vaccinated, dewormed, flea medicine, bathed, groomed, nails trimmed,etc, whatever the animal needs to be healthy and happy while in our care.

Now, the reason I asked the clients the question, “Are they normally friendly?”  was because, like people, pets all respond differently to stress. These guys spread the entire spectrum: the puppies, AJ and Taz, not phased at all; Phat Phat, the momma, was pretty good as well; Bishop, BoiBoi, and Kilo were very stressed out to the point that we almost couldn’t get them out of the vehicles and into their crates at CB! The thing about working with dogs, especially in stressful situations, is that you need to be patient, which is hard to do when it’s now 7:45 in the morning and you are about to be late for work! Luckily, the staff at CB was able to ease the stress and get everyone into their crates without issue. Once everyone was settled in, off to work I went.

Bishop, BoiBoi, Kilo, Phat Phat, AJ, and Taz spent the next four months at Central Bark, even though we say that we will only give clients 30-60 days of care for their animals. Our goal, however, is to reunite families, so we worked with them daily to keep them involved in their animals’ care and assist them in taking back their pets. They obviously loved these dogs but they were overwhelmed! Six Pit Bulls, six dogs of any breed, are a lot of work! We educated them on s/n and vaccinations, and we got all but Boi Boi spayed and neutered. We also worked with them on adopting out AJ and Taz, the puppies, and both went to amazingly loving homes. And most importantly, after many conversations with the family about surrendering vs keeping them, we were able to kept the other four together and reunited them with their family!

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One of the biggest surprises for me personally and a challenge for the org is the “surrendered” animals we end up with. We do everything in our power to keep families together and reunite. We’ve had animals in our care for up to eight months! That is challenge number one because a lot of the time, especially for larger dogs surrendered to us or with us long term, we end up boarding them and have to pay for their long term housing, which can get very pricey! We adopt out all of our adoptables, ourselves, we do not bring them to shelters or give them to rescues. We do it all in house to take the burden off of the already burdened rescue groups and shelters.

When I started planning for Red Paw I did not take that aspect into consideration, I just never thought owners would not want their animals back, especially after everything we had gone through to keep them together! 

This first response for Red Paw was a snowball effect that has not stopped! I planned for months and months, used my emergency response experience, my animal response experience, and pulled from the knowledge of other rescues, animal handlers, emergency response organizations and vets to make sure I addressed all issues before we began. There isn’t a day that goes by, almost three years later, that something doesn’t come up that I never planned for!!

To say this has been a learning experience would be an understatement! I set out to start an emergency response organization for pets, and Red Paw is that, but we turned out to be an animal rescue, an animal welfare organization, an adoption center and a human service resource! This has been, by far, the hardest thing I have ever done in my life, and I was a Philadelphia Fire Fighter for 7 years! But it’s also the most rewarding and exciting thing as well! Red Paw provides a much-needed resource in the community, proven by how busy we have been! Fires will never not happen and people will always have pets. The people have the Fire Department and the American Red Cross and now the pets have Red Paw!

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Red Paw in an all volunteer organization. We provide our services FREE of charge to our clients solely through individual donations! To DONATE please go to www.redpawemergencyreliefteam.org/donate     www.redpawemergencyreliefteam.com/
Red Paws, 1328 S 24th St, Philadelphia, PA 19146  (267) 289-2729
Red Paw Facebook page      Red Paw Email address redpawanimals@gmail.com
Thank you Jen. That is an amazing story and you are providing a much needed service and are doing an amazing job!

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Bashful Needs Help.

Welcome to Daisy’s Rescue, this is a special post to help a sweet little puppy in need of some major medical attention. Meet Bashful,Bashful

Dopey, 1 of Jezzabelle puppies has just been diagnosed with HydroCephalus (fluid on the brain). Which is why he has the more dome shaped head and eyes that turn more outward. He shows no other symptoms at this time. Due to the discovery of Dopey condition we opted to change his name to Bashful, and the puppy Bashful that passed to Dopey. We had just named the puppies after the 7 dwarfs. We just felt terrible calling him Dopey with him having a medical condition. NCSU (North Carolina State Univeristy) has been called and after discussion with our vet it has been decided he will go see Neuro Surgeon when he is 8 weeks old. The Neurologist local can’t handle his condition we have been told. Bashful is doing really good at this time, trying to eat from Jezzabelle food dish, plays some etc. But he is a little more lethargic than other 3. This condition causes severe pain, seizures etc if not treated. We know the surgery and treatment he needs is very very expensive but want to give him a chance at a comftorable life. The amount we have listed as goal is just a start. He needs MRI and testing. Don’t know cost of surgery and treatment yet. Please help us help him. Jezzabelle still needs her HW treatment when babies are weaned as well.

 

Contact Info

(757)-335-0028

critters4urescue@yahoo.com

http://critters4urescue.org

About

We are a 501c3 non profit no kill rescue working with the community to help the unwanted/homelss animals in need.
Mission

To help with the over population of animals by spaying/neutering unaltered animals
Save the many abused, abandoned, neglected, unwanted animals

Company Overview

We are a rescue group located on the Peninsula to help save the many unwanted, abused, and neglected animals killed each year.

Description

Critters 4 U Rescue is working with the community to save and help the unwanted/homeless animals have a second chance in life. Many of these animals have had a rough start in life and just need a second chance to have a happy healthy life.

General Information

we take in homeless, unwanted, abused, and neglected animals, have them vetted, and give them a safe place to live until a permanent home can be found for them. We are a non kill rescue.

 

Muffin’s Halo!

Welcome to Daisy’s Rescue. We are all about helping humans and rescue groups learn useful tricks and tips on how to take care of and rescue dogs. Please feel free to leave comments and questions you may have for us. We are here for you. For your convenience we have added links to the products that we like to use, and or are featured here in the article. Use these links to find the product to purchase or to research.

Today’s session is about Muffin’s Halo, a unique product for blind dogs.

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Muffin’s Halo Guide for Blind Dogs ® is a custom designed product to guide blind/visually impaired dogs and safeguard them from bumping into walls and other objects. This NEW patented device is a great aid to help them become familiar with existing or new surroundings, quickly.

Muffin’s Halo Guide for Blind Dogs ® is lightweight, comfortable and a stylish easy fit with adjustable velcro straps. Its soft angel wings sit on the dog’s neck to protect their head and shoulder area, while the decorative halo is designed to protect them from bumping into walls and other objects. This device does not hinder a dog’s normal daily activity and makes them look like a precious angel.

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Muffin’s Halo Guide for Blind Dogs ® was invented out of the love and devotion for MUFFIN BORDEAUX, a 12 year old Toy Poodle who lost his sight last year due to cataracts. Muffin began bumping into walls, fell down the stairs and became depressed and immobile, as he attempted to transition. His mother Silvie Bordeaux was heartbroken and determined to find a solution for her beloved dog. After doing some extensive research, she realized there is a great need for products to assist blind dogs, so she created Muffin’s Halo and is now dedicated to assisting blind/visually impaired dogs and their caring owners.

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My precious 12 year old toy poodle Muffin Bordeaux, went blind last year due to cataracts. I was devastated, since he kept bumping into walls and falling down the stairs. He became very depressed and was afraid to move around. I could not let him out of my sight and carried him around everywhere. I searched the internet extensively for solutions/assistance. That was when I realized that there is a great need for products to assist blind/visually impaired dogs, so I invented this device/guide, “Muffin’s Halo Guide For Blind Dogs ® “  that has changed his life, as well as mine. Muffin now knows his home again and can travel with me to any hotel or friend’s house and gets to familiarize any new surrounding, quickly. He just loves this aid and is back to his peppy confident self!  Muffin also loves all the attention he gets when I take him on walks, as he looks like a little angel. Most importantly, I can leave him at home for hours and know that he is safe.

While I was inventing this product, we discovered Muffin had a mass in his stomach. I consulted with multiple vets, changed his diet, and gave him daily iron supplements and medicine, hoping to reduce the mass. As a result, he was doing well and was more energetic.

During a follow up appointment to check on his mass, a certain Vet lacerated him internally by mistake, leaving Muffin dying on the operation table.  Muffin had to have excessive amounts of blood transfusions and emergency surgery that cost me an excessive amount of money, but most importantly, great emotional distress. The Vet told me I had to prepare for the worse and that Muffin would probably not make it through the night.  They feared his main artery was cut and that he could not survive this type of injury. I was petrified, devastated and in total disbelief.

As Muffin (who recently went blind and was traumatized in the Emergency Room with complete strangers) was in critical care fighting for his life, I was on my knees sobbing all night. I was surrounded by his bed, toys and clothes and pleaded to God to please save my precious dog. I promised in return, upon his recovery, Muffin and I would be of service and dedicate our lives to helping blind dogs.

My greatest prayer was answered and after many weeks of tender loving care, Muffin recovered and I have since worked on and developed “Muffin’s Halo Guide For Blind Dogs ®  to now make it available for other dogs facing this issue.  I was stunned to find out how many dogs are abandoned or put down because they go blind.  Muffin’s Halo can now save the lives of many dogs!  It no longer has to be painful for the dogs and their owners, as I have a great solution to help this transition.

Today, Muffin’s Halo, my patented guide for blind dogs that was custom designed and handcrafted in the USA is now on the market.  It is my greatest wish that we improve the lives of as many blind dogs as possible!

With much love,

Silvie and Muffin Bordeaux

Silvie Bordeaux is currently working on and developing a whole line of Blind Dog Products, specially designed to improve their quality of lives.

Contact for Muffin’s Halo:
Silvie Bordeaux

Muffinshalo@aol.com
818.943.9673

http://muffinshalo.weebly.com

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It’s Saturday Night Already?

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Welcome to Daisy’s Rescue. We are all about helping people and rescue groups to learn helpful tricks and tips on how to take care of your dog(s). We are here for you to help with useful information on all types of routine dog care. Please feel free to leave comments and questions you may have for us. For your convenience we have added links to the products that we like to use, here in the article for you to find them more easily.

Today’s session is about washing your dog.

Now we know what your thinking…. “Do I really need to be told how to wash my dog?” The answer is no, but there is more to washing your dog then, well “washing your dog”. Washing your dog does so many positive things from helping to create a bond between you and your dog, to allowing you a really examine them throughly. During a recent bath-time with our dogs and we found a tick on one, a hot spot on the tail of another, a lump on the rib cage of a foster, these would have taken longer to find had we not been bathing them. Let’s face it having the fur wet provides you a view of your dog and can reveal things that are hidden beneath it.

When we take our dogs to the vet’s office they are always amazed that we catch so many little “problems” on our dogs so early on and the reason we do, has always been a bath. We found 3 tiny mammary tumors on our old girl, Duchess. We also discovered a swollen lymph node on my Daisy, which was then checked out by our vet. The secret to knowing our dogs so well is simple, it’s because we run our hands over them and bathe them on a regular basis.

I know, many of you are saying, “my dog hates baths”. Why is that? Have you ever noticed that a dogs normal temperature is warmer than ours? One reason your dog may not like to take a bath is that the water maybe too cold. Think about how you feel when the water heater is on the fritz and you had to take a chilly shower. The water used to bathe dogs should be warmer than you would have it for yourself, NOT scolding, but on the warmer side of comfortable. Next, does your dog feel uncomfortable in the tub? In older dogs, especially we have found the need for it to be less slippery for them to feel “safe”. Now I am not recommending ducky appliqués in the bottom of your tub but a great trick is to lay a towel in the bottom for your pupper to stand on and bang instant traction.

Since this article is really more about examining your dog than actually washing your dog, I will only briefly cover washing.  There are many different shampoo’s available on the market today. You can buy everything from whitening and conditioning shampoo’s to flea shampoo’s. While doing research on these I discovered some interesting things. If you have a dog that you know or suspect has a grain allergy, you really don’t want a grain based shampoo, like oatmeal. Also, if your dog has a yeast infection on it’s skin, you don’t want to use oatmeal either, it seems that yeast like to feed on sugar, grains are carbohydrates which turn into sugar readily and therefore feed the yeast. So on a side note, if you have a yeast infected dog, no grains, that means food and/or shampoo.

When we have had few flea problems in the past, and we all do from time to time, I received a lot of recommendations to use Dawn dish detergent. I was also told that it really doesn’t matter what shampoo you use as long as the dogs stays covered in soapy suds for more than five minutes. Any shampoo that stays on the dog for longer than fives minutes will kill fleas so what you need is good soapy suds. Whenever we bring in a new foster dog to stay in our home the 1st thing they receive is the flea removing bath in, you guessed it, Dawn dish soap. Works every time.

Since flea’s head for the dogs head when they get wet start there and work back toward the tail. I wet the dog’s head and soap up the lower head and neck to keep any fleas down on the body. I do not put soap on top of the dog’s head to avoid getting soap in their eyes and I avoid soap in the ears too. I rinse down the dog to get him wet then I apply the shampoo or soap over the body. I very carefully massage the dogs body with my hands. I cover and feel every inch of the dogs body and give the dog a nice massage. I rinse the shampoo off with warm water, then I soap the dog up again. I get in between his toes, under the “arm pits”, I look at the feet and look at the nails, the pads of the feet and the leg joints. This is exactly what I am trying to tell you its a great time to really inspect your dog.

I start at the head at the ears and I work down. I massage and feel the head. I look for bumps and scratches. If your dog has long fur, now is the time to find ticks and abnormal growths, like warts and skin tabs. Along the neck, I do the same, feel the skin looking for anything abnormal. Massaging the back and ribs, can offer important clues to the health of your dog. Long haired dog especially make it hard to easily observe abnormalities. Feeling along the spine looking for ticks, thickening skin, rashes, bumps, growths and the spine its self. When you run your hand down the dog’s sides, you should feel the ribs under a very thin layer of fat. You should be able to feel each rib, but not see the ribs. If the spine and the ribs are easily felt and has deep depressions in between each rib or back bone, your dog is too thin. Since you are at the ribs, move your hands forward and feel the chest and toward the rear and feel the abdomen. Make sure you feel under the front arms and the rear legs. In this area feel for small bumps. Here is where the lymph nodes are located. Feeling small pea sized “balls” under the skin could mean an enlarged lymph node. Enlarged lymph nodes could mean an infection somewhere so see the vet.  Bumps on the back, along the ribs or on the chest could be fatty tumors. Any bumps around the area of the nipples could be mammary tumors, if caught while small, they are easily removed. I have found mammary tumors as small as half the size of a “BB”..yep, during a bath. Feel down each leg looking for tender areas, swollen areas. Look and feel in between each toe on the feet, look for ulcers, cuts, swelling and growths. This is also a good time to look at the nails. Look in the ears, for dirty wax, the ears should not smell or be red. Look at the base of the tail, this is where fleas love to hide and is a common place that becomes inflamed and irritated. ** An important note, when you are inspecting your dog, pay attention to your dog’s reactions to your massage. If your dog yawns or starts to lick his lips, that is a sign of pain. This is a clue that there may be a problem with your dog.

After your done washing your dog try to get them as dry as possible make sure that includes drying inside those ears with the towel. I also have a portable space heater that we use to warm up the bathroom so its comfortable for them during the drying off faze. After your done, its a sure thing that if you paid attention will know a lot more about your dog then you did going in.

A few brief suggestions if you don’t like the mess that giving your dog a bath can create in your tub then head on out to one of your local retail pet stores and for a nominal price you can bathe “Spike” there and leave the mess/ cleanup to them. Also, those situations are helpful with accomodating larger size dogs and are generally raised to height were you wont be kneeling or bent over a tub. Lastly, I recommend a special tasty treat that you only give your dog after the bath so he starts to associate baths with good things.

Thank you for joining us today at Daisy’s Rescue (www.daisysrescue.com), we hope that you enjoyed todays article and that you found it helpful. Please remember to visit and like our Face Book page at www.facebook.com/daisysrescue . You can email Daisy at daisysrescue@comcast.net .

 

More Home Made Treats

Welcome to Daisy’s Rescue. We are all about helping owners and rescue groups to learn helpful tricks and tips on how to take care of your dog(s). We are here for you to help with useful information on all types of routine dog care. Please feel free to leave comments and questions you may have for us. For your convenience we have added links to the products that we like to use, here in the article for you to find them more easily.

Today’s session is about making healthy all natural treats.

With all the problems that are going on with treats and dog food made in China, it’s time to start making our own dog treats. I know what goes in them and how they were made. Today, we are going to make sweet potato treats and pumpkin treats. There are two kinds of sweet potato treats, chewy and crunchy. We will start with the pumpkin treats.

What you will need: a dehydrator, I like the Nesco American Harvest FD-61 Snackmaster Encore Dehydrator and Jerky Maker,

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it is a really nice machine that has a fan to circulate the hot air and speed drying time, and adjustable temperature too. A box of 5 pounds of sweet potato’s and a pumpkin or two. A deep baking pan and a large pot to boil water. A sharp knife or two and a mandolin slicer if you want and an ice cream scoop for the pumpkin.

This is really easy. You find a fresh pumpkin at the store and bring it home. Cut it in half. Clean out the seeds, then cut it into strips of a few inches wide. Prepare a deep baking pan by filling it with 2 inches of water. Now pre-heat the oven to 375. Put the slices into the pan and place the pan in the oven for about 15 to 20 minutes. This will soften the pumpkin and allow the soft flesh to be removed from the outer rind. After 20 minutes, test the pumpkin to see if the flesh is soft. Remove the pumpkin slices and place on a plate to cool. I use an ice cream scoop to separate the soft flesh from the rind. I pile the pumpkin in a bowl or on another plate. I take the pumpkin and I put it in my hand and I roll out the pumpkin like a “hot dog” and place it on the dehydrator tray. You could make “cookies” as well. What ever shape you would like.

IMG_7809The orange mis-shaped things are the pumpkin treats. I’m sorry that I don’t have photo’s of the pumpkin preparation, I prepared the pumpkin a few weeks prior to writing this.

Next are the sweet potato treats. Around Thanksgiving, most food stores sell the potato’s in 5 pound boxes really cheap.

IMG_7754Now,get a big pot and boil some water. Put about 3/4 of the pot full of water. Now take the sweet potato and get a sharp knife. Slice the potato like a salami, I like 3/16 to a 1/4 inch thick slices. Remember, these will shrink, so don’t worry about the thickness. I also take a few potato’s and slice them longways, like a filet. Again, make them about 1/4 thick. If you have a mechanical slicer like a mandolin slicer, you can use that too. I find they tend to slice too thin and make sweet potato chips.

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IMG_7779Now if you want to make chewy treats, dump some of the potato slices in the boiling water and let them stay for about 10 minutes or so. This is not a precise operation, so the time is not to critical.

IMG_7803You will see the potato become a brighter orange.

IMG_7806The top slice is raw and the bottom slice is boiled. As you remove the boiled slices from the water, put them directly on to the dehydrator trays.

IMG_7807IMG_7805The nice thing with this dehydrator is that you have to have a minimum of 4 trays in place to operate, but you can add trays up to 12. You don’t want the slices to over lap. When all the trays are filled, it’s time to set the temperature.

IMG_7810We will use the fruits and vegetables setting at 135 degrees.

IMG_7811We put the top on and plug it in and you can hear the fan start blowing and now we wait for 9 hours or so. Again, this is not an exact operation, so if you want them drier, keep it on longer.

After 9 hours, I lift the top and see how things are coming along. This batch of treats came out great. Now I have all the dogs at my feet patiently waiting for me to drop one or two. This is the first time that I made the pumpkin treats. Luckily, I have some more pumpkin frozen, so I can make more. My dogs really love the pumpkin treats.

I was able to make 4 sandwich baggies and two quart baggies worth of treats. Let us know how you made out with your treat making.

On a side note, you need a sharp knife. I have been using this knife sharpener for years, it works great and I highly recommend it. The Edge Maker Knife Sharpener

IMG_7785IMG_7787You just put the sharpener on the edge of the counter and then you just run the blade through the metal prongs, like your trying to slice through it.

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Follow Archie as he endures the rough treatment for Heart Worms!

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Today’s session is about Heart worms. How to prevent it, how to treat it, why it is important to give your dog the monthly preventative.

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Meet Archie, he is a very sweet boy. Archie has a stage 3 heart worm infestation. Therefore, Archie is very sick despite his healthy look. Archie becomes short of breath when he plays with toys. See, Archie has worms in his heart. Well, in the artery that is between his heart and his lungs. Archie is going to have to endure very painful and poisonous treatment to kill the heart worms. If Archie survives the medication, he will have to endure the worms dying inside his body and then his body will have to absorb the dead decaying worms. Sadly, all this could have been prevented with monthly heart worm preventative medication.

This article is going to be in every day language and not in medical terminology, this is so everyone can understand how serious this condition is. I will have links to medical web sites that can explain the heart worm infection in medical detail.

Heart worms are just that, small thin long worms that live inside the arteries and heart of a dog. The worms produce more worms until the worms totally clog the arteries and damage the heart beyond repair.  The whole sad cycle starts like this. A mosquito bites and infected dog and ingests worm larva with the blood. When the mosquito bites another dog, the worm larva is deposited into the dog. Over a period of a few months, the larva slowly make their way through the dog and ends up in the dogs pulmonary artery (the artery that comes from the right side of the heart and goes to the lungs). The worms mostly live in the pulmonary artery. When the infestation is really bad, the worms can back up into the heart. There are both male and female worms. The male worms are smaller and easier to kill, the females are larger. The worms can live up to 7 years.

Now, we need to get rid of these worms. The only approved method that exists is an arsenic type of drug (immiticide), that is injected into the dog. Since arsenic is poisonous to both the dog and the worms, it is not going to be an easy road. The arsenic slowly kills the worms by starving them. It takes the worms about 10 days to die and not all the worms will die. Usually the smaller male worms die first. The usual treatment for killing heart worms is two injections of immiticide one day apart. The immiticide is the arsenic based medication. Since the body does not like it, the muscle where the injection is, becomes very sore and may swell. As with any meds, the dog may have a reaction to the medication itself. The medication attacks the worms and they start to die. When the worms start to die, the body can have a reaction to the dead worms. It has been found that the heart worms have a bacteria inside them, when the worms die, the bacteria will leak out of the worm and cause a severe reaction in the dog. So to minimize this reaction, an antibiotic is given to the dog a few weeks before the heart worm treatment begins. The antibiotic doxycycline, kills the bacteria in the worm, which also seems to weaken the worm and makes it more susceptible to the arsenic. With the bacteria gone, when the worms die they don’t leak the bacteria and the dog has less of a reaction to the dying worms. Even if the dog does not have a reaction to the meds, and the dead worms, there still is a huge risk! The worms that are dead and dying are still inside the dog and they have nowhere to go. The worms rot inside the dog. The dog’s body absorbs the dead worms. It is very important to keep the dog calm and as confined as possible. If the worms break apart they will float into the lungs and block blood vessels. These are called pulmonary embolisms. The vessels that are clogged prevent blood from going into the lungs and exchange oxygen. This is why the dog may become short of breath. The bigger the clot the greater the danger and the worse the breathing will be. This can also cause chest pain. This is why you need to really watch your dog. If he becomes short of breath, you need to check his gums to see if they are pink. If they are  pale, or blue, the dog needs to get to the vets immediately.

For small infestations, the preferred treatment is two shots 24 hours a part. The two shots will cause about 60 to 80% KILL. For bad infestations, one injection with crate rest for one month, then two shots 24 hours apart will cause up to a 98% kill rate. Oddly enough, a 100% kill rate is not the goal. The goal is to remove enough worms quickly to reduce the chance of damage to the heart and arteries. With regular monthly heart worm preventatives (to prevent new worms), the remaining adult heart worms will die eventually and then the dog will be worm free.

Crate rest is a must because any movement of the dog could cause the worms to break off and float into the lungs. The dog is to be carried outside, put down to do business and then picked up and carried back to the crate. So for bad infestations like Archie’s, crate rest is required for at least 2 months. Some people do not like to crate rest their dogs. They feel it is cruel or that they are neglecting or withholding love from the dog. The reality is, it is with great love that we crate rest these dogs, so they can have every change to survive and have a great life after the heart worm. We can’t wait to see Archie running and chasing squirrels in the back yard!

Sadly, all of this can be 100% PREVENTABLE! Just one little pill a month is all that is required to prevent all this pain and suffering.

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This is the Heart Gard Plus heart worm preventative. It is meat flavored to taste like a treat. Most dogs readily take the Heart Gard Plus. The preventative is weight based and every veterinary hospital and office sells heart worm preventative. There is no excuse for any dog to become heart worm positive. There are other heart worm preventatives as well, Trifexis, Sentinel, Interceptor, Iverhart, Revolution. All are easily obtained. If you feel that your veterinarian’s price is too high, you can go online with a prescription and you may be able to buy them cheaper. There is no excuse!

Archie is resting in his crate.

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Archie was found as a stray on the side of a country road in South Carolina. He was taken in by a good samaritan, Archie was very thin and it was apparent that Archie was out on his own for quite some time. The Dog Rescue, New Life Animal Rescue, stepped up to save him. Archie was transported up to New Jersey, where he is receiving his treatment. Archie was taken to the University of Pennsylvania Small Animal Hospital, where he was seen by veterinarian cardiologists. Archie had a ultrasound of his heart and found to have a large infestation of worms in the pulmonary artery and luckily the worms were not in his heart yet. He was put on the doxycycline for a few weeks and has just started his Immiticide shots (11-12-2013). We now have to wait one month, then he will get his two shot 24 hours apart. So far Archie is doing well. He is 4 days (11-16-2013), after his shot. He was sore the next day and he was acting like he was not feeling well, quiet and sleeping a lot. We pick him up and take him outside to go potty. He is allowed to walk on a leash in a very small area, then he is picked up again and taken back inside and he goes into his crate. Archie has two crates. We keep him in the living room with us in a bigger crate, then he goes into the bedroom with us and he has a smaller crate. We cover him up and he goes to sleep. Archie gets fed in his crate and he has his water in the crate. We do allow him to come out of the crate and allow him to sit in our laps or next to us on the couch. If he gets too excited, he goes back into the crate.

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Archie being examined at the U of Penn.

We will up date this article regularly. So come back often to see him get well. Archie’s medical bills are very expensive. If you would like to help with Archie’s medical bills, you can donate money through New Life Animal Rescue donation link. All donations will go !00% to the New Life Animal Rescue.

Links to learn more about Heart Worm prevention and treatment. www.2ndchance.inf and www.heartwormsociety.org.

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2013-11-23,  Archie is 11 days after his injection. This is an important time for him. This is the period where the largest amount of worms will be dying off. The medicine starves the worms and they start to die after 10 days. So, we are keeping a close eye on Archie. He has had a few episodes of breathing hard and some pain. We are assuming that the pain is the worms dying off and moving into his lungs causing small clots called embolisms. While the small clots are bad and cause mild shortness of breath, they are survivable. We are watching Archie for signs of large clots which can cause death. This is why we are so careful not to let Archie move around too much. If a group of dead worms move into the lungs and cause a major obstruction, not only will it cause severe pain, but a large amount of blood will be blocked from entering the lungs and exchanging oxygen. This effect the entire body and is not good. So far Archie is doing great. We will keep you up dated every couple of days.

2013-12-11 Archie Update.

Archie was feeling much better on the December 9, he was feeling the best since he has been with us. It was hard to keep him in the crate. He has a lot of energy. Even with some extended couch time and extra bones, he is full of energy. He seemed to enjoy the snow. He is still on limited exercise.

1468643_10200642600700011_1512506564_nDecember 10, Archie was taken back to the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, for his second and third shot of immiticide.

5fffc9f4-794e-47d4-9aaf-6824a4927ee2_profileArchie waiting in the waiting room for Dr. Dennis, his cardiologist.

Since Archie did so great, he did not have to stay over an extra night. He had a painful ride home, it was very evident he felt the road bumps. Once home he was allowed to rest and get comfortable on the big bed with his foster Dad. Archie took a few hours to relax and then finally settle down for a nice nap.

1472881_443782532389516_174678006_nArchie ended up relaxed enough, that he rolled over and laid on his back. Archie is now resting comfortably in his night time sleeping crate. Thanks to everyone wishing him well.

2013-12-14, Archie is doing great. He seems to have done better with the two shots this time than the one shot last time. He has been quiet the last few days. His pain level seems to be minimal. We are keeping him on pain meds, just to make sure. Archie seems to be a lot more active and sadly, it looks like it will be harder for him to stay in the crate. We give him bones and we do allow some couch time with him being very quiet and not allowed to move. I can’t wait for January, so Archie will be done crate rest. I can tell already, he is going to be a terror, I can’t wait!.

2014-01-22, Archie is now off crate rest and has been to the vet’s and is heart worm free!!!!!!!!! He has also been fixed. He is doing well, enjoying his freedom. He has boundless energy and is very happy to run around the house. Thank you to everyone who prayed and sent good thoughts to him.

February 7, 2014,

Archie is doing very well. He is now totally off crate rest (he has for a few weeks now). He likes the other dogs in the house, although he gets into their personal space too often. Archie has one speed… Mach 8! He runs through the house and has the amazing ability to be able to lower his head and grab toys on the fly without slowing down or missing a step.  We affectionately call him the “Red Terror”, he has to remove every toy from the toy bin and leave them all over the house. If we do not watch Archie like a hawk, we find bits of white fluffy stuffing on the floor from another toy that Archie has killed. The pile of toys needing repair is growing. Archie is non stop, he runs around the house and jumps up onto the couch, then down, runs around the couch to the hall and back again. Archie is a puppy at heart. We love him to death!

Archie enjoying the fireHere Archie is taking a rare break to enjoy the warmth of the fire before taking off through the house again. As you can see, Archie has to remove all the toys from the bin.

Archie surveying the damageArchie is living life! And he should! He is a sweet dog that certainly deserves the perfect home. Luckily for Archie we have a few homes lined up. Archie certainly has a Doxie personality. His big nose, floppy ears and huge front paws are shadowed by his tremendous personality. He certainly is a sweet, sweet boy!

In the world of dog rescue, Archie is the kind of story we all like; he came to us very sick, he was treated by some great Doctor’s, he was nursed back to health and made a great recovery and is now ready for his very own forever home. Archie is now living life to it’s fullest! We will continue to post his progress here. I just want to thank everyone again; from   New Life Rescue (who made the commitment to help him), to the Doctor’s and staff at University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, for his great care, to the Doctor’s and staff at Voorhees Veterinarian Hospital (for his post Heart Worm follow up care), and to everyone who has kept Archie in your thoughts and prayers, we could not have been able to help this precious guy. Some times it takes a village to save a life. Of course to those special people who have opened there hearts and homes, by offering a forever home to Archie. We are very honored to have been able to help Archie, he is very special. Thank you all.

February 23, 2014,

Archie had his new buddy Blue over today for a play date. Blue’s Mom is going to be adopting Archie and they are getting along great! We could not have hoped for a better match. With all the dogs here, Archie naturally migrates over to Blue when they all are outside in the yard. Blue seems to like the companionship of Archie next to him. When Blue is in his Mom’s lap, he doesn’t seem to mind Archie climbing up and sitting next him in Mom’s lap either. This looks like it is going to be a great and lasting relationship.

March 4, 2014,  Archie went to his new forever home today! Archie has an awesome new Mom and an awesome new brother Blue! Lets wish Archie a great new life! He is a very deserving dog. Best wishes to Archie and his new family!

IMG_5372 IMG_5373Thank you everyone for your kind thoughts and prayers! This could not have happened with each and everyone of you!