June Is Adopt A Senior Month!

Dachshund Rescue of North America
June 2014 news letter.

June is Adopt a Senior Month

June is Adopt a Sr Month DRNA
June is Adopt a Sr Month DRNA

June is Adopt-a-Senior Month with DRNA. This is the month that we honor our neediest group of dachshunds by allowing you to adopt them with no adoption fee! This year, DRNA is including 8 and 9 year olds in our Senior Group so for June, the adoption fee for 8 year olds and up will be waived. Please consider providing one of these special dogs, like OSCAR below, their forever home!
Seniors are our most under-appreciated group of dogs due to pre-conceived ideas regarding their care and life span. Seniors can be the best dogs to adopt since they are most likely house trained and have knowledge of basic commands before coming into rescue. They require little training when they arrive in their forever home. Most of them are laid back but still have the youthful exuberance of a puppy. With the proper care and nutrition, seniors can live to the ripe old age of 18-20 years old. These dogs stay in our foster homes sometimes for more than a year, so check out our available seniors and consider providing them with their final home. They just need a place to live out their twilight years.

Oscar is a miniature wirehair dachshund with longer legs then a typical doxie and a tail that curls. He was rescued along with a buddy from a poor living situation in rural Virginia. He and his buddy were immediately taken to a vet and, except for fleas, found in reasonably good health. Oscar wasn’t as lucky as his buddy as he lost 95% of his coat from the fleas, but with a little TLC Oscar flourished. Oscar is a very lively, strong willed, and affectionate little guy. He can run and dodge with surprising agility and speed and he can destroy a stuffed toy in minutes. Oscar will tell you when he wants outside, when he wants out of his crate, and when he wants to his breakfast or dinner. Oscar loves being outside in back yard, but is leash walked to do his business.
If you are looking for a young senior (Oscar is 8 yrs old) AND you do not have cats (Oscar is not fond of cats) AND have a fenced backyard Oscar maybe the right little guy for you. Oscar’s adoption fee of $150 will be waived for any approved adopter during Adopt-A-Senior month.
Want to know more about Oscar? Email his foster family at:

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Oscar 9962

When Autumn was rescued from a local shelter, she was very sick, extremely thin, full of parasites, severe dental disease and had kennel cough. It took 4 long weeks to finally get this girl well.
Now, Autumn is ready for adoption. Autumn loves taking naps, and usually wants a bed in and out of the way of every one else. She will cry at you to pick her up for some “lap time”, but then is usually ready to go to the best comfy dog bed she can find to nap or sleep. She demands 3 meals a day and on time. Autumn will use piddle pad so she would be great for an apartment. She is a hoot and we love her for it.
If you can give this sweetheart a retirement home, please fill out an application at: www.drna.org
Want to know more about Autumn? Email her foster family at:

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Autumn 17010

Maddie’s actual name is Madeline Merlot because she whines a lot! She’s just adorable as she sits on your foot while you’re watching TV. She wants to be touching you and she’s a great cuddler.
Maddie was an owner surrender and it is apparent that she was a daddy’s girl. She’s fine with her foster mom as long as her foster dad isn’t home. Once he walks in the door it’s all about him.
Maddie gets along with most dogs but really doesn’t care if they’re around or not. She’s just as happy to be the only furbaby in the house. But NO LARGE DOGS. She was attacked by a Great Dane and is terrified of large dogs now.
She loves to run around the backyard and lay in the sun coming thru the window. Now the car is another story. She sits in her spot and doesn’t act up but she whines and talks the whole car ride. It’s actually kind of funny. It sounds like she’s muttering under her breath.
Maddie weighed 15 pounds when she came to us and is now down to 13 in less than 2 weeks. She’s starting to get her girlish shape back! She has decided she likes apple slices, kale stems and other veggies as treats. She is happy to sleep in the big bed or her doggie bed while she burrows under her huge blankets.
Madeline Merlot is being fostered in NE Ohio and can pack her bags at a moment’s notice – while she talks in the car all the way to you.
Her adoption fee is $150.00 Please fill out an application at:
Want to know more about Maddie? Email her foster family at:

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Maddie 10754


Dachshund Rescue of North America, Website: http://www.drna.org
Adoption Process & Application: http://www.drna.org/Adoption_Process
Donations: http://www.drna.org/donate.php
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DRNArescue

Just A Little Busy!


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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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 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.




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.

Red Paw crate

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.

Red Paw

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!

Red Paw

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!

Red Paw

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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2014 USDA Website Access.

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 how to access the new 2014 updated USDA APHIS website.

The USDA APHIS or the United States Department of Agriculture division of Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, is the federal governments department that is responsible for the safety of animals and the compliance of large scale commercial dog breeders or what we call Puppy Mills. The USDA redesigned their website for 2014. While the way you access it didn’t change, the look did, so here is a step by step tutorial on how to access the website. Remember, you can search all animal labs, circus’s, breeders and brokers.

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This is the first page of the USDA APHIS Website www.aphis.usda.gov. Look to the left and see “Animal Welfare”, click on it.

2014 USDA APHIS Animal welfare page


On the left hand side is the “Animal Welfare Act” , click on that and you will go to the next page.

2014 USDA APHIS Animal Welfare page

Now, on the right hand side is the AWA Inspections, click on that link.

2014 USDA APHIS Inspection Link

In the middle of this page you will find a bold “Inspection“. Under this heading after a brief explanation of what the USDA is supposed to do, you will find “Search Active Licensees and Registered Facilities”. You want to click on this and it will take you to the “WARNING PAGE”. As best as I can figure, this page is meant to scare away anyone who is not serious about looking up inspection results. It basically says, that the government has the right to look at your computer while you are searching their inspection results, or that you can expect to have someone watch you as you search their site, you know the government, they are such voyeurs. Either way you have to say  “I Agree” or you can’t get in.

2014 USDA APHIS I Agree Page


So, you click I agree. and then you are taken to the basic search page. Oh, and just to make sure you really want to get in they may make you wait up to 90 seconds to load the page, so be patient.

2014 USDA APHIS Basic search License


We are now at the “Basic search license and registration page”. Look down to the second set of bold tabs in the middle os the page. Under “Results”, is the license and registration, click in the tab next to that, it will say “Inspection Information”. Click that. 2014 USDA Basic inspection page Inspect link

Ok now that the “inspection results” have been clicked. we are ready to search the inspection records. Be warned the web site is very slow. I think they do that on purpose so it is harder to access. I typed in PA to the search.

2014 USDA APHIS PA Search result


This is what the results are. I’m not sure what “C” means, maybe circus, “R” means research and “A” means breeder, “B” means broker. So lets see what our search came up with. Looks like 2 circus’s a breeder and 2 research labs. Lets look at the breeder first. On the far right of the page is a printer (you can click to print that result), then the “details” click that to expand the inspection results. Next is the customer number and type of license (A, B, C, R), the name of the organization or person, the date of inspection and then the results of the inspection. How many violations if any.  So let look at the breeder.

2014 USDA APHIS breeder number of dogs


She has no violations, but at the bottom of the page we can see how many dogs she has. She had 51 Dogs and 27 puppies at the time of the inspection. I can’t imagine all those dogs living inside the house as pets. Please play around with the web site. The more you use it the more you can get out of it. Look up Purina and see how many animals they have in their lab.

Here are some short cut links. To go to the USDA site www.aphis.usda.gov . To go straight to the “Warning Page” https://acissearch.aphis.usda.gov/LPASearch/faces/Warning.jspx


If you have any problems please email us. We will be happy to help you. If you like this post please let us know.  We love to hear from you.

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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





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

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.


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.


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.


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



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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.

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