Thursday, April 24, 2014

Dog Breeds: Dachshund and Dachshund Mixes

Considering dog adoption?  Great idea!  We dogs make the best companions for young or old humans alike!  This month, I'm pawing some information with you about the Dachshund and Dachshund Mixes-
Looking for a Dachshund Dog or Puppy?

Why Not Adopt!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Paw Calendar- Upcoming Weekend Adoption Events: Dog Adoption and Cat Adoption

WOOF!!! Hope you had a great Easter weekend with family and friends!  I got to spend extra time with my humans- it was barkingly pawsome!!!!!!  

Spring is a great time to consider adopting a dog or cat to become part of your family.  Why spring?  The weather allows you to be outside more and there tends to be more events and classes you can go to which would enrich your time with your dog or cat!

Here is calendar of events by rescue organization for this coming weekend, April 26-27, 2014.  As always, please confirm with the rescue organization all events before driving long distances.  WOOF!  Be sure to note whether and event is a dog adoption or cat adoption too!

[Dog Adoption Event]
Saturday April 26
11:00 am to 4:00 pm 
Community Outreach
Urbana High School
3471 Campus Drive
Ijamsville, MD
(240) 236-7600


[Dog Adoption Event]
Saturday April 26
11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
4115 Mountain Rd
Pasadena, MD

[Dog Adoption Event]
Sunday April 27
9:00am to 2:00pm
Maryland SPCA March for the Animals
Druid Hill Park
3001 East Drive 
Baltimore City, MD


[Dog Adoption Event]
Sunday April 27
12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Adoption Event
5750 Union Mill Road
Clifton, VA

[Dog Adoption Event]
Saturday, April 26
11:00 a.m. -  1:00 p.m.
Olney PetValu
18115 Town Center Dr
Olney, MD 

[Cat Adoption Event]
Sunday, April 27 
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Olney PetValu
18115 Town Center Dr
Olney, MD 


[Dog Adoption Event]
Sunday, April 27
11:00 a.m. - 01:00 p.m.
Damascus PetValu
9809 Main St # 103
Damascus, MD 


[Dog Adoption Event]
Sunday, April 27
12:00 p.m. - 02:00 p.m.
Purcellville PetValu
120 Purcellville Gateway Drive
Purcellville, VA

Friday, April 18, 2014

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

WOOF!! Happy Friday!!! Are you looking for another dog to be a companion to your dog?  How about a handsome, 90 lb., 3 year old chocolate neutered male? 

Meet Moose!!  This kind, gentle, a bit shy fella, is approved for families with children ages 10 and up.  He is looking for a Forever Home he can share with another dog with a fenced in backyard!
Credit: Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P, Inc. 
Moose is growing from a shy, timid dog to one with more confidence.  At first, he takes a bit to get to know you- then he warms up!

Each day he gets more comfortable with his routine like sleeping on a dog bed, with a crate and hanging out on his own!   

Moose enjoys walking with other dogs- does the pack walking thing really well!  WOOF!!! 

And, Moose, once he warms up to you, while some labs lean...Moose starts with his head in the lap then he turns for a side rub and the slide begins but he just leans harder and harder. A scratch on the butt is a favorite thing!!  Sounds like a really cool dog and, uh, a bit familiar!!  WOOF!!!!

If you would like to meet Moose or learn about dog adoption, please contact the Lab Rescue!!
Credit: Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P, Inc. 

Friday's Friend: Cat Adoption, PetConnect Rescue

Did you know that we black dogs and cats are some of the most beautiful animals you will ever meet?  We are unique, we are incredibly good looking, we are talented and we are smart- oh, er, yes, I am pawing about me, but also this kitty that Cat Lady from PetConnect Rescue brought me is really great too-  I'd like to introduce to him.

Credit: PetConnect Rescue
Meet Wilder!! A handsome, beautiful, sweet, funny, and playful black kitty!

He's a friendly character who loves to play and love to find a forever family and home!  

Wilder has two brothers, Willy and Winky- maybe you could adopt one or all three and enjoy their antics as cats would be.  They are a fun bunch!

Adoption with his brothers isn't a requirement but because of his young age, Wilder needs an adopter who is home much of the day, or to be adopted with another kitten. 

Wilder would make a wonderful companion, he is a very good boy who is healthy, up to date with vaccines, and has excellent litter box manners!

If you would like more information on cat adoption and Wilder, please complete an online application at PetConnect Rescue! One of their Adoption Coordinators will contact you.

Credit: PetConnect Rescue

Friday's Friend: Dog Adoption, Washington Humane Society

WOOF!!! Happy Friday- I love these weeks that Friday seems to arrive faster than usual- so cool!  

My friend a the Washington Humane Society introduced me to beautiful young lady who is looking for a companion and a "Forever Home" to call her own.
"Elizabeth"Credit: Washington Humane Society
 Please meet Elizabeth!

A gentle giant who loves to cuddle, roll over for belly rubs, run, play and would enjoy going for jogs is a two year-old, 60 lbs., Old English Sheepdog/ American Staffordshire mix.

And, I have to wonder if she's part mermaid because she loves swimming! If you set up a kiddie pool for her, she'll have a blast in it while you grill and catch some rays!

Does Elizabeth sound like the perfect dog for you?  To learn about dog adoption or if you would like to meet Elizabeth, you can at the Georgia Avenue Adoption Center, 7319 Georgia Ave, NW, Washington, DC, (202) 723-5730 or visit Washington Humane Society

Credit: Washington Humane Society

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Paw Calender- Upcoming Weekend Adoption Events: Dog Adoption

WOOF!!!! BARK!!!!!  Here's a few dog adoption and cat adoption events coming up this weekend-  looking to adopt a companion?  Visit these events and meet some dogs and cats looking for their "Forever Homes."

As always, be sure to confirm with the local rescue for any changes in events listed on this calendar

Saturday, April 19, 2014 
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

[Dog Adoption]
The Dog Park
705 King Street, Alexandria, VA

Saturday, April 19, 2014 

[Dog Adoption]
Wylie Wagg 
12:00 PM - 02:00 PM ET 
5 E. Washington Street
Middleburg, VA 

[Cat Adoption Event]
Rockville BARK! 
11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
1643 Rockville Pike (Congressional Plaza)
Rockville, MD 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Service Dogs

If you have a disability or life-threatening disease, you may sometimes feel an overwhelming sense of powerlessness: over your body, your medical care, insurance, drugs and devices, and, of course, the cost of everything. Does your quality of life suffer from the stress of it all? Have you ever thought that a dog could make a difference in your life? Perhaps one of these:
  • serv·ice dog   /'sərvis/ dôg/
    A dog trained to perform one or more tasks to assist with an individual’s
    disability or life-threatening illness as defined by the Americans with 
    Disabilities Act. Service dogs are also known as assistance dogs.

This service dog trained long 
and hard before accompanying
her handler to school.
(C) Dee Bogetti, All Rights Reserved
Used by Permission
Kinds of service dogs
The world of service dogs is constantly changing. No longer just for for the blind, dogs are being trained for everything from life-threatening allergies (peanuts, mold) to assisting people with debilitating arthritis. Here are examples of other service dog jobs.

Diabetic alert dogs are trained to alert (tell) a diabetic, caregiver or family member when the diabetic’s blood sugar is going up or down.

Guide dogs lead blind or visually impaired people around obstacles, up and down stairs, across streets, etc.

Hearing dogs alert individuals with hearing loss to specific sounds like a ringing phone, a smoke detector, the doorbell, etc.

Mobility dogs are trained to help people with physical issues that affect mobility. For an individual who is wheelchair-bound, the mobility dog can pull the wheelchair, retrieve dropped items, turn light switches on and off, open and close doors, assist the handler in transferring to and from a wheelchair, etc. For people who can walk, mobility dogs help with stability and balance, stand steady (brace) to help a person rise from the floor (if they have fallen) or from a chair. They can also help with some of the same tasks as mobility dogs for people in wheelchairs, like retrieving, tugging off clothing, bringing a cane, dragging a laundry basket, etc. Mobility dogs can be trained for people with a wide range of disabilities, including cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, etc.

Psychiatric service dogs (aka psych dogs) assist individuals with a wide range of psychiatric disorders with tasks like bracing for a person whose medication makes him dizzy, waking a person who is heavily medicated, clearing a room and/or turning on lights for a person with post-traumatic stress, blocking a person having a dissociative episode from a dangerous situation like walking into traffic, leading a disoriented handler to a specific person or place, etc.

This is a service dog training 
out in the world. This photo was
 taken in the elevator 
of a busy store.  Good dog!
(C) Dee Bogetti, All Rights Reserved
Used by Permission
PTSD dogs are service dogs for individuals diagnosed with post-traumatic stress syndrome, both military and civilian.

Seizure assist dogs are trained to provide comfort and a sense of safety to a person who is experiencing or has just experienced a seizure. A seizure assist dog may learn, after being on the job for a while, to recognize the signs that his person is about to have a seizure. When that happens, he can be taught to alert the individual to find a safe place to sit or lie down or to alert another person.

Therapy dogs are trained to interact with people in a variety of settings, providing comfort, and affection. Therapy dogs brighten the days of people in nursing homes, hospitals, etc. Therapy dogs assist with actual physical therapy, becoming an integral part of the treatment process and the therapy team. This kind of therapy can be provided in a variety of settings and can be for groups or individuals. Therapy dogs are also used in schools, the courts, and in the aftermath of disasters like 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy. Therapy dogs are not service dogs.

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The road to getting a service dog can be challenging. To increase your odds for success, know your options:

§ Apply to an organization that trains service dogs and provides them to their clients at no charge.

§ Apply to an organization that requires you to pay for your service dog, often through fund-raising.

§ Train your own service dog.

Where do you apply for a service dog? There are a few large, well known, and successful service dog organizations that have been around for years, like Guiding Eyes for the Blind and Canine Companions for Independence.

Beyond the well-established organizations, companies come and go, some placing good dogs, some not. Your best bet is to do a ton of research, ask a lot of questions, and talk to people with service dogs and to service dog trainers. There are also independent service dog trainers who are not affiliated with an organization.

A good place to start your research is Pet Partners, a reliable resource for information about service dogs.

If you are capable and determined with a ton of common sense and an innate understanding of animals, you might be able to train your own service dog. The process is daunting, extraordinarily time-consuming, and not always successful. But when it is … it’s magic.

This is the first in a series of posts about service dogs.

About the author:  Dee Bogetti is a service dog trainer/consultant and the author of Puppies chew shoes, don’t they? and Training your puppy to be a diabetic alert dog. Her third book, A guide to choosing and training your own service dog, will be available this spring. Click here if you would like to be notified when it is published.