From “Genetic Trash” to Happy Homes: 10 Dogs from Sochi Arrive in Washington, D.C.

Ten dogs have just finished a long trip to a new home. Thanks to Humane Society International, the dogs have been brought from Sochi, Russia, to Washington, D.C., where they’re going to be offered up for adoption.

“These 10 are representative of some of the dogs that have been removed from the streets and are now up for adoption in Sochi,” said Kelly O’Meara, from HSI. “They’re the sweetest, most interactive, very friendly dogs, very adoptable that just happen to be unfortunate enough to be living on the street.”

Humane Society International coordinated its efforts with Povodog, the dog shelter that was established just before the Winter Olympics by Russian billionaire Oleg V. Deripaska.

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A lot of things went wrong for the Russian government during this year's Olympic Games. The explosion of bad publicity that came from the revelation that the city of Sochi had targeted stray dogs for extermination was only one of them. When the city's contractor declared that the dogs were just "genetic trash," it was like dumping kerosene on the fire.

From that point on, the Sochi Winter Olympics were pretty much synonymous with dog-killing, in addition to homophobia, corruption, and abusive police tactics. The fact that people like Amanda Bird and skiier Gus Kenworthy became media darlings for rescuing dogs and taking them back to the United States only made it that much more embarrassing to Russia.

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Welcoming a new arrival to the US.

The 10 dogs who arrived in Washington this week are only a handful of the total number that were homeless in Sochi. Thanks to the relocation of Russian families during the preparation for the Winter Olympics, there were estimated to be more than 2,000 stray dogs and cats wandering the streets of Sochi before the games.

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Although individuals like Bird and Kenworthy have brought dogs back to keep themselves, these dogs are the first to come to America and be made available for open adoption. Humane Society International says it plans for more to follow.

After two days in transit, the dogs are adapting to their new surroundings.

"These dogs have had a tremendous journey. It's been almost two days of travel for them. They went from Sochi to Moscow, had a long layover in Moscow, and then the flight to Dulles airport today," O'Meara said. "And as you can tell, they have to be pretty chill to handle it like this. And they did. They all did remarkably well."

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The Sochi dogs were vaccinated in Russia, but still have to undergo medical evaluations here, a process that should take about two weeks. Until then, they're staying at the facilities of the Washington Animal Rescue League. Bob Ramin, CEO of the league, said "In the next couple of days, we'll start socializing them, taking them out on walks with other dogs, and really just treating them like other dogs so they can have that socialization and feel safe."

In a way, bringing the dogs from Sochi sounds a little bit like coals to Newcastle: American shelters are already filled with dogs who desperately need to be rehomed, and many of them never will be. And there are Russians who have gone to extraordinary lengths to save the dogs in their own country. But still, we have to congratulate the HSI on its efforts. We wish these dogs good luck in their new homes.

Via CNN

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Play Time

Coulee’s activity monitor registered this walk as “play time” instead of a “walk”. :) Maybe there should be a “bully time” setting

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Nice Flea photos

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How do dogs feel about magic tricks?

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Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World {Book Review}

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New Pet Sitters Looking for a Membership Discount?

Over the past month or so PetsitUSA has undergone some reworking.  You may not notice the differences, but the coding will make the site more secure and increase search engine rankings.  If you are looking to join, then you can get a discount by submitting blog posts about pet sitting.  These posts will also help increase the city rankings.

There have been some great contributions over the past few months.  This offer was made in the fall, and it resulted in some excellent posts.  It would be great to have some new voices!


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Controlling Cancer Pain in Dogs

When a dog is diagnosed with cancer, a successful outcome of treatment is dependent on the cancer being detected early enough before a tumor has spread throughout the body. Unfortunately, at a late stage the cancer can’t be controlled and the prospect for recovery is poor. At this point, controlling cancer pain in the dog involves nothing more than administering a pain medication and making the dog as comfortable as possible.

During the several stages of cancer, a dog may be in pain, although in the beginning stages a dog is unlikely to suffer from much pain. When a tumor starts to grow inside the dog’s body, it may press against its internal organs or bones and cause a lot of pain.

“Stages” and “Grades” of cancer are theoretically close in meaning, but they are not the same. The stage of a tumor usually refers to how far along it is. To determine the stage of a dog’s tumor, a veterinarian will look at the size of the tumor, the number of tumors, and whether the cancer cells have invaded the bloodstream where they can travel to other sites in the body.

A late stage tumor, or late stage cancer, usually means the cancer has advanced to the point where it is more difficult to cure or treat the cancer and force it into long term remission.

An early stage tumor or early stage cancer means that the cancer has not progressed very far along. Usually these types of cancers are found in only one site of a dog’s body and have not spread to any other parts of the body and are located only where the tumor or cancerous cells were found.

The grade of a cancer describes how aggressive it is. A low grade cancer is one that is not very aggressive, whereas a high grade cancer is much more aggressive. Aggressive cancers grow quickly, invading the area around the tumor, or they enter the dog’s bloodstream and spread to other parts of the body.

Pain medication can help lower the pain and suffering of cancer, and the decision of when to administer medication has to be determined by a veterinarian.

The most common pain medication prescribed for dogs with cancer are analgesics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs). Depending upon the severity and spread of the cancer, a vet may also prescribe steroids. The main difference between NSAIDs and analgesics is that NSAIDs are able to control the pain and also reduce swelling. Common NSAIDs include aspirin or Rimadyl (generic name caprofen). Analgesics prescribed to dogs with cancer include tramadol and fentanyl.

In the last stages of cancer, when there is not much that can be done to help the dog, pain relief medications may be the only treatment a vet administers. Opiates are prescribed in these cases as the NSAIDs or analgesics are no longer effective for the intensive pain.

Radiation Therapy is also used to help manage pain in dogs with severe cases of cancer. Radiation therapy is administered on a regular schedule and will help relieve the dog’s pain, but it won’t remove cancerous cells and cannot stop their further growth. Radiation therapy is usually only recommended during the last phases of cancer when there is not much that can be done to help the dog.

Human pain medication should NEVER be given to dogs with cancer. Human medications usually include toxic ingredients that damage a dog’s liver and kidneys.

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Cool Mites images

A few nice Mites images I found:

Ear mite Collage
Mites

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Ear mite egg and Adult ear mite

House dust mites
Mites

Image by Gilles San Martin
House dust mites (Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus).
More information here :
news.bbc.co.uk/earth/hi/earth_news/newsid_9290000/9290068…

Scale : mite length = 0.3 mm

Technical settings :
– focus stack of 95 images
– microscope objective (Nikon achromatic 10x 160/0.25) on bellow

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