Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday's Friend: Dog Adoption, Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.

My friend "Lab Lady" has been awfully busy these days caring for many Labrador Retrievers but when she introduced me to this fella, I knew she had her hands full!! Barkingly pawsome, this guy reminds me of when I was just a young pup!

He's almost as handsome as me and almost as talented!  WOOF!!! Meet Harley!

Credit: Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc. 

Harley is cool, 3 year old, neutered Black Labrador Retriever male.  He is good with other dogs but isn't approved for cats.  Nor, is he approved for chickens - WOOF!- he got into trouble for chasing and catching chickens which is how he ended up at the Lab Rescue.

He is a bit shy at first but tends to warm up quickly to new people.  He just needs a few moments to check you out- sniff!  Once he's comfortable with you, he'll share doggie kisses with you!

Harley is house and crate trained.  He is a fantastic walker.  And, woofingly, rides well in the car and knows to mind his manners in the house.  He will sleep through the night without any trouble.

Barkingly, Harley is quite the acrobat and can climb a chain link fence! He would do best in a home with a 6 foot fence, or where he will be kept on leash when outside!  WOOF!

He is approved for kids 10 and up- but again, no chickens! WOOF!!!

If you would like to meet this incredibly great Black Labrador Retriever who will brighten up your life and bring excitement to it, and learn about dog adoption, visit Lab Rescue.

"Don't you just LOVE me? -Harley"
Credit: Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc. 

Friday's Friend: Cat Adoption, PetConnect Rescue

WOOF!!! Happy Friday!! I am pawed to introduce to "Winne" from PetConnect Rescue! And, is she ever a beautiful kitty!!  Sleek black fur, much like mine, makes her especially attractive - WOOF!!!!!
Credit: PetConnect Rescue
Is this a sweet face?  Woofingly, the face resembles her personality- caring and loving-

She was born in mid-August alone in a shelter until a younger kitten named Tigger came along.   Winnie became a big sister and the two became best buddies!  WOOF!!

Winnie still shows Tigger the ropes like how to climb the post for nap time.

Winnie has the most beautiful light green eyes that really glow against her sleek black fur. Search no further, this honey is all you need! 

She's up to date on her vetting and has perfect litter box manners. Since she is young age, Winnie requires an adopter who can be home much of the day, or to be adopted with another kitty.

Interested in cat adoption and meeting Winnie?  Please complete the PetConnect Rescue Online Adoption Application.  One of their Adoption Coordinators will contact you.

Adoption procedures, fees, and applications may be viewed by clicking here.

Friday's Friend: Dog Adoption, Operation Paws for Homes

WOOF!!!! Barking pawsome- it's FRIDAY!  My friends from Operation Paws for Homes introduced me to a sweet pup I would like for you to meet-  Trish!

Credit: Operation Paws for Homes
A very sweet, mix-breed, 2-year-old medium-sized 42 pound sweetheart,Trish is described by her foster human as the sweetest and most loving dog they've seen in a long time.

Trish gets along well with the foster's personal dogs, doesn't seem to pay any mind to cats, and is playfully interested in the 1 year old daughter. 

My friend from Operation Paws for Homes says they don't know much about her background, Trish may have been kept away from her humans for some time as she is still working on manners like leash training and jumping, but is so desperate to please and be loved. 

While she hasn't had a single accident in the house, it takes some coaxing to go outside. Like many shelter dogs, she is nervous of doorways. 
A soft voice and encouragement, she will go out. She just needs to be comfortable knowing that humans and doorways are ok and are not going to harm her. She understands "no," but hates to hear it. 

Trish is working on her crate training, she'd had no accidents in her crate, but she isn't a big fan of it so far. 

She loves toys and enjoys room to run and bound. WOOF!!! She is so barkingly paxcited to have a second chance at the life she deserves!

Interested in meeting this sweet girl and learn about dog adoption, please visit Operation Paws for Homes.  

Friday's Friend: Dog Adoption, Washington Humane Society

Happy Friday!  The Washington Humane Society has a sweet girl who they would love for you to meet-  Fancy!
Credit: Washington Humane Society
Fancy is a  is a two-year-old, Chinese Shar-Pei/Staffordshire Bull mix amd quite the traveler.  She was found as a stray in Maryland, then taken to a shelter in Virginia and has relocated to Washington D.C.. 

After all her travels, she is ready to settle down with a human family of her own and a "Forever Home."
She is a very polite girl.  Fancy is one to cozy up to almost anyone once she gets to know you.  And once she does, she will give you tons of doggies kisses. 

Fancy thinks little kids are strange, but appreciates the occasional cat-friend. 

Interested in meeting this sweet girl and learning about dog adoption?  You can meet "Fancy" at our Georgia Avenue Adoption Center, 7319 Georgia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20012, (202) 723-5730 or visit Washington Humane Society.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Who Will Look After Your Pet When You’re Gone?

It's never an easy subject, but when you're responsible for another creature's well-being, you need to make arrangements in case you pass on before they do.

It's too easy –and happens all too often-- for pets to be left to their own devices for days or weeks before anyone thinks to check on them, after their human companion dies or goes into hospital suddenly. Many of them don't make it.

You can prevent that tragedy with some planning.

What kinds of pets do you have?

Some types of animals, particularly rodents, have fairly short life-spans, and it might be a relatively simple matter to arrange with a friend or a member of the local mouse club to take care of your pet for the remainder of its life. Dogs and rabbits live longer than most rodents, and cats live longer than them. All of these are "normal" pets, but finding a good home may not be easy. It can get even trickier if you keep horses, ferrets, or any of the birds, reptiles, or amphibians.

Who might be willing to take on the responsibility?

Ideally, a family member who is also a keen pet person would be willing to take on the responsibility of caring for your pet. If this family member already knows your pet, this is even better.

In addition to a long-term care provider, you should also line up one or two emergency care providers. These might be neighbours or your pet-sitter or a co-worker who would be willing to bridge the gap for a few days or weeks, until more permanent arrangements can be settled. Be sure they have a key to your house, and that you keep their contact information in your wallet on a card labeled "Pet Carer" or the like. The RSPCA also has a program called Pets of Older Persons available for those over 65 years of age and can provide emergency boarding.

Do you need a license to keep your pet? If so, does the person you're considering have the necessary licence? Or, is he or she eligible for it, at least? If your pet lizard's license is one that required at least two years of taking care of an "easier" species first, that might cut down on your options. This is one of many reasons that it's a great idea to be involved in your local or regional club or society for the kind of pet you have. Presuming you are already involved in your regional society, why not suggest this as a topic at a meeting? Get people thinking about the care of their pets after they are gone, too.

There are organisations which will try to re-home your pet for you. In fact, some rescue organisations require that the animal be returned to them, if you are no longer able to care for it. Investigate these now, before you need them. It would be a nice gesture to give them a donation, if you can and feel so inclined.

Set up a trust for your pet's care

Consider setting up a trust for the care of your pet. A trust is a legal instrument through which a quantity of money is administered for a specific purpose. In this case, the purpose is the care and upkeep of your pet. Under Australian law, your pets are your property, and they may not own property themselves. As a result, they cannot be the direct beneficiary of a trust.

You'll still need to find a person or organisation to take care of the animal, and that person or organisation would be the beneficiary. In addition, someone needs to administer the trust, preferably not the beneficiary. Here in New South Wales, there's a professional organization called NSW Trustee and Guardian, formed by an Act of Parliament. They even have a system set up in which they check that the pet is being cared for, by requiring reports of veterinary care.

Be aware that there is an 80-year limit on trusts. That could potentially be a problem if your pet has a long lifespan. The obvious examples here are parrots and turtles. Still, a trust would help ensure they'd be taken care of for a good chunk of time.

Make arrangements in your Will

Include mention of the trust in your Will. Also, include copies of veterinary documents and detailed information about the care of the pet with the Will. That way, there won't be as many questions later. Remember, you cannot make a gift of money or property to your pet, as can be done in some countries. However, you can (and probably should) make a gift of your pet along with money for upkeep to another human in your Will. As with any technical legal topic, you would be wise to check with a lawyer for details.

Put a non-permanent notice on your doors

Keep a non-permanent notice on your main doors which indicate that there are animals living in your home. Indicate how many there are, what species they belong to, their names, and who your emergency pet-care person is (with his or her contact information!). For example, an envelope taped to the inside of the window could contain most of the information. The outside of the envelope may be marked, "Pets in this house. Information as of (date) inside." A decorative door hanger could also contain this information.

Too often, the permanent stickers are not kept up to date, and may be from a previous home owner. As a result, they tend to be ignored. An obviously recent notice will be better. On the other hand, if you must use a sticker, put a date on the information.

Next steps
The next step to give some serious thought to possible people who might care for your pet when you're gone. Talk to them. If they are willing to take on this responsibility, or the responsibility of being the emergency carer, start making the arrangements. If not, start casting your net farther afield.

Also, start on your information notice for your doors. In an emergency, that piece of paper might save your pet's life.


Petfinder- Bringing A Dog Home - Providing Pets Future

Forbes Pet Trusts

NYC Bar Providing for Your Pet In The Event of Death Hospitalization

Make Your Will/Pets and Wills

Law Society Public Documents - What About Me? Your Pets and Your Will

Pets and Your Will - Including Pets In Your Will

Animal Law Guide

What Is A Will

Pets of Older Persons

About The Author: Dr Eloise Bright is the resident pet care expert at Love That Pet. When not working to keep her pet patients healthy, Eloise enjoys spending time with her family and pets.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Welcome Ivan and Scout!!

WOOF!!!!  Barkingly, around mid August of this year, Ivan, a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois, began his first shift with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.  Scout, a Black Labrador Retreiver joined him soon after.

I've been pawing the internet trying to find photos of both guys, I wasn't successful- either way, since I'm remiss in my welcoming them to the neighborhood-

Welcome Ivan and Scout!

Credit: Shamus Ian Fatzinger/ Fairfax County Times
Virginia Task Force 1 team members Lt. Kristi Bartlett and Ivan.

Ivan and Scout were trained by the National Search Dog Foundation in Ojai, California, for nearly a year before they were partnered with two local firefighters. The foundation has rescued hundreds of dogs, many on the brink of euthanasia, and turned them into highly skilled rescuers.  Most of the dogs rescued are strong dominant type that are not suitable for family pets.

Though it costs the organization nearly $20,000 to recruit, care for and train each dog, partner it with a firefighter-handler, and provide ongoing training to the team. These guys joined the Fairfax Search and Rescue at no cost to the fire department.They are funded only by private donations and grants.

Since Ivan's handler is part of the VATF1, Virginia Task Force 1, he will join the team after he finishes training with FEMA, Federal Emergency Management Agency. Once certified, his primary responsibility will be to seek out people buried beneath rubble by way of smell.

WOOF!!! Paws to You two!!!  Will be pawing for you in the news!