RESCUED PIT BULL SAVES FOUR-YEAR-OLD BOY’S LIFE

tatertot-lgTatorTot, a 10-month-old rescued Pit Bull, was only in his foster home a week when he saved the life of the family’s young son, securing him a permanent place in the family’s hearts – and their home.

Christi Smith took in TaterTot from the Minneapolis Animal Care and Control, planning to foster him until she could find a family for him. But she immediately noticed a sweet bond between TaterTot and her four-year-old son, Peyton, and began to think maybe the dog would be a good fit for her own family.

Four nights after TaterTot came to stay, Peyton woke up in the middle of the night for a drink of water and was acting odd. “He just seemed kind of weird,” Smith told FOX 9 News. “He wasn’t really coherent.” She figured the boy was simply very tired.


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A Promise Kept by Robin Lee Hatcher {Book Review}

A Promise Kept by Robin Lee Hatcher My rating: 5 of 5 stars Set in two different time frames, but with the common bridge of doubt, pain, finding strength and rediscovering God, “A Promise Kept” by Robin Lee Hatcher was an eloquently written story about two different women in different times, yet facing similar issues…



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Latest Sarcoptic Mange News

Environmental Almanac: An adaptable carnivore
(Although urban foxes are safer from coyotes than their rural counterparts, they are much more susceptible to sarcoptic mange, a fatal infectious disease caused by mites.) With such high mortality, foxes persist by reproducing at a high rate; females
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Malnourished dog with broken leg picked up by animal control in Georgetown
Fred also has Sarcoptic Mange and, what appears to be, a broken front right leg. Saint Frances Animal Center needs immediate funds to cover both treatments to cure his heartworms and the mange as well as the cost of the Xrays and medical treatment for
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Shelter Sunday: Born Free Pet Shelter / Key Biscayne, FL

Meet Gina! This young Labrador Retriever mix is living on Key Biscayne, Florida with Born Free Pet Shelter. Here’s what their website has to say about this beautiful girl: Gina arrived to our shelter two months after giving birth to 10 puppies. All her babies were quickly adopted, but Gina still remains at the shelter. […]


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Book Review ~ A Christmas Gift for Rose byTricia Goyer

 
Title: A Christmas Gift for Rose
Author: Tricia Goyer
Publisher: Zondervan
Publish Date: September 24, 2013

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NIV Ragamuffin Bible: Meditations for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Brokenhearted {Book Review}

NIV Ragamuffin Bible: Meditations for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Brokenhearted by Zondervan Publishing My rating: 5 of 5 stars Having read, “Ragamuffin Gospel” by Brenden Manning, I was intrigued by the concept of turning the foundation of this book and incorporating it into a Bible that will both encouraged the, “Bedraggled”, the “Beat-Up” and the…



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How do I clean up after a squirrel in my house?

Question by Vimmy: How do I clean up after a squirrel in my house?
I just chased a healthy young squirrel out of my house; he chewed his way in through a window screen but did no other damage. We “know” him as he has been plotting this all summer. How do I clean since I don’t know where he might have been before I found him? I have sprayed everything with Lysol what else can I do?

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Answer by Karen L
If you see any place he peed or pooped, wipe it down with the Lysol, and do your kitchen counters too since he was probably looking for food. Otherwise, I wouldn’t worry about it. There’s not a lot you can catch from a squirrel.

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Happy New Year-Psalm 100

We go to sleep and we wake up to a brand new year, filled with new promises and like a blank book, to be filled with tears and joy, laughter and sorrow, mistakes and new knowledge….but as we go back out into a whole new year, I would love to share this passage from Psalm…



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TRACIE HOTCHNER: HOW TO TRAIN A NERVOUS DOG WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM LIV-A-LITTLES

adoptBack in October, the Ad Council, The Humane Society of the United States and Maddie’s Fund® in partnership with Halo Pet Foundation, released an online video series called “Meet My Shelter Pet” to showcase the unique bonds between shelter pets and their adoptive owners and remind viewers that there are thousands of amazing shelter pets ready to meet them. It was a wonderful combination of entities to promote this uplifting message, made more personal because Ellen DeGeneres owns part of Halo, Purely for Pets and is a vocal supporter of the HSUS, often inviting Wayne on her television show to talk about animal welfare issues.

Little did Wayne Pacelle (CEO of The Humane Society of the United States) know how very personal this message would become when this campaign was launched! Shortly thereafter, he and his wife became the proud parents of Lily, a highly anxious Beagle from their local shelter. Because of her previous life circumstances, Lily turned out to be a very nervous and timid dog, who startled easily, especially out in the world. The Pacelles wanted to be able to walk in their neighborhood with her and enjoy life with their new little girl, but she was dreadfully stressed.

Poor Lily was such a Nervous Nellie that the Pacelles turned to Dr. Marsha Reich, a veterinary behaviorist in Rockville, Maryland, originally from the University of Pennsylvania veterinary school. In Wayne’s words, the doctor “was big on doling out the treats when Lily is outside, especially when there’s a noise or something scary. It’s a redirect strategy, causing her to look into our eyes and focus on us.”

The dog training advice Wayne Pacelle received was right on the money – make a positive event out of a frightening one – and it requires an endless supply of small treats to get the job done. Halo Liv-a-Littles to the rescue! These freeze-dried protein pieces can be broken into very small bits so that you can give a lot of treats without worry about filling your dog up on empty calories – and giving a “high value” treat that is extra-delicious and will reinforce the behavior you want (like calmness in Lily’s case).

Wayne wrote me, “I do worry that Lily’s story will give a negative view of shelter animals, but it is the reality that some of them come with behavioral challenges.” Myself, I think stories like Lily’s show us the power of patience and love, and it is its own reward to help a rescued dog discover inner peace and confidence. With a bit of help from a container of Liv-a-Littles, it’s gratifying to discover how you can change a dog’s perspective in dog training and make life a lot easier on both ends of the leash.

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Tracie Hotchner is the author of THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know. She is also a renowned pet radio host and producer, having spent 7 years on the Martha Stewart Channel of Sirius/XM with CAT CHAT® and even longer with her award-winning NPR radio show DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) that continues to broadcast in the Hamptons and the Berkshires. Her most recent accomplishment is the pet talk radio network she has created on the Internet called The Radio Pet Lady Network.

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How did cats become household pets or rulers (or whatever they are)?

It has been pretty well established that dogs entered the lives of humans when young wolves started hanging around pre-historic settlements and eating human garbage. It was a benefit to both. Soon the young wolves were selectively bred and trained to be dogs, hunting partners and companions, as well as guards for human settlements and livestock. Together dogs and humans built a civilization. But what about cats? Not as much is known about how cats…
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