This year, the Charleston Daily Mail is celebrating its 100th anniversary. And one way the newspaper likes to celebrate is to bestow a new animal upon the household of Charley West and his long-suffering wife Ginny, the illustrated punsters who comment on each day’s news.
This is the day set aside for love. Florists are going crazy getting flowers delivered in the winter weather. Restaurants are overbooking reservations for romantic dinners and jewelry stores have a million different kinds of diamond heart necklaces. However much I love my boyfriend, it’s my dog Sadie that taught me the real meaning of love and to her I owe a deep appreciation on any day that celebrates it.
Sadie came into my life expecting nothing. I brought her home not even knowing why I went and got a puppy, but that simple act has turned out to be the most important decision I ever made in my life. It didn’t take any time at all to fall in love with her and realize…this is puppy loves me just for me. That is a confirmation of my own worth that I don’t get from many people.
Sadie won’t be looking for a present today even though she’ll be getting some special heart shaped treats. She didn’t drop any hints about a new rhinestone collar or fancy outfit. Through all the good and tough times in my life, she is there as a constant source of comfort, encouragement, and inspiration with her good nature and unconditional love for me.
Early on in my life together with Sadie, someone gave me a copy of the Ten Commandments for Dog Parents. One stood out and that one I have made my mission to follow as Sadie and I share our lives together:
“Please limit your time away from me. You have your work, your friends. I have only you.”
That simple sentence said it all to me. She needed me and I had come to need her so very much. No matter what you give your dog this Valentine’s Day; please make a pact with yourself to give her the gift of time. Shut the TV off and make time to play with your dog. Get out the brush and brush her coat…it feels good to her and it’s a bonding time. Learn how to cook a good meal you can share with your dog and make sure your get regular veterinary care to keep her healthy. Take your dog with you everywhere possible. Sadie loves going places and I’m much happier with her at my side.
I have no reservations for dinner, but the three of us will celebrate this day of love just by being together. I’m lucky…Sadie loves the man I love and she loves him. Include your dog in your Valentine’s celebration even if it’s just bringing her something home from you dinner at a restaurant. Spend the evening together and give her some extra belly scratches or a small gift. And if your sweetie gets you some chocolate candy, make sure it is completly out of reach for your dog. Chocolate might be a great sign of romance for people, but for dogs it’s deadly.
Through it all, Sadie and I are a pack of two and that is a very good thing to celebrate not just Valentine’s Day, but every day. Happy Valentine’s Day to you and that special four-legged soul mate you cherish.
The Russian city of Sochi campaigned hard to get the nod for the Winter 2014 Olympics. They made a lot of promises and most of them have been broken. Hey…who cares about the bad hotel rooms…what should you expect in Russia where you can take a spare tire on an in-country airline flight and cabbage is one of the five major food groups. However, outrage over their senseless slaughter of thousands of street dogs due to their own negligence for not spaying and neutering their pets is sickening and deserves the criticism it’s receiving worldwide.
Sochi received 50 billion dollars to prepare for the Olympics. Despite promises to build a dog shelter with some of that money, they did not. Instead as early as last summer they began exterminating dogs. Last fall the slaughter of the estimated 2000 street dogs began with the government hiring extermination companies to shoot the dogs with a chemical dart that suffocates them to death. Other dogs have been shot.
A large percentage of these dogs are running loose as a direct result of Sochi winning the Olympic bid. In order to construct the facilities for the games, many houses were purchased and demolished to make for construction. The former owners were relocated to apartments in town where dogs were not allowed. They were just left behind to fend for themselves. None of the billions of dollars was used to build a shelter, help the dogs or another effort to insure their well-being. Instead the government used some of the money to hire the dog assassins.
A group of brave people in Sochi have stepped up to help rescue the dogs. A group of about 30 women volunteers has been catching strays and bringing them to a shelter for medical attention, spaying/neutering and trying to place them in homes. You have to admire such fearless dedication against all odds of an oppressive government and the glitter of the games.
A makeshift shelter is being hastily put together with funds from a Russian billionaire who funded many of the projects to get the city ready for the games. While I admire Mr. Deripaska for his last minute attempt to save the dogs, I must ask; “Why wasn’t the shelter built as promised originally?” He gave $15,000.00 to get the shelter started and it is on land donated by the government. He will give an additional $50,000.00 per year for operations which will most likely surely be woefully inadequate.
President Vladimir V. Putin has been courting the world press in recent weeks trying to make Russia and Sochi in particular look like a Bastian of kindness with a welcoming spirit. The Humane Society International, an advocacy group based in Washington, wrote to Mr. Putin and urged him to prevent the killing of dogs. The Russian president claims to be a dog lover and has been photographed numerous times with his black Labrador, Koni. However he has left the dogs of Sochi to be slaughtered.
Think of what a statement for animal rights and human kindness it would make for even one Olympian to step out of the game in protest of this savage massacre of dogs that have done nothing wrong. They were once part of a family and now they are at loose on their own seeking what any human would…food and shelter. The makeshift shelter is slightly better than the streets, but the dogs are safe here. It’s a conglomeration of fences with dog houses inside. A “dog rescue” golf cart is now scouring the Olympic campus, picking up the animals and delivering them to the shelter on the outskirts of the city. Last report was that about 80 dogs are there and are safe. Compare that to the figures being reported of how many dogs were killed.
This dog cruelty right in the spotlight of the world Olympic stage has tainted the Olympics for many dog advocates and those of us who love animals. It’s hard to concentrate on the performances knowing outside the starlight stadium dogs are suffering cruel deaths all because of money and power and ignorance. Next time someone hands out 50 billion dollars maybe they should get some reliable reassurances exactly what the money will be spent for. And maybe, they need to know beyond the shadow of a doubt that no lives will be senselessly taken out just for the glory of a game.
I grew up on a farm in rural Pennsylvania. We were allowed to have any animal we wanted and over the years we had everything from a “Watch Goose” to a goat who ate the top off my MG Midget. We even had two ducks that we found dead in the barn one morning. I remember how regretful my Dad was because he’d changed antifreeze in the truck and left the old antifreeze in a pan on the barn floor. The ducks drank it and we had two dead ducks.
The main ingredient in antifreeze is ethylene glycol. Ethylene glycol has been shown to be toxic to humans and is also toxic to domestic pets such as cats and dogs. Propylene glycol is a clear, colorless liquid. In general, glycols are non-corrosive, have very low volatility and very low toxicity (however, ethylene glycol is toxic to humans and many animals). Any amount of ethylene glycol is dangerous. Three tablespoons can kill a small dog of 22 pounds. My dog drinks a lot of water and I’d hate to think even a drop of ethylene glycol was in it.
Still want to drink the water here in Kanawha County? Think again and please if it’s not good for you, it’s not good for your pets. Why did I go on and on about glycols? Because now the chemical spill in the Elk River may have also come from two other tanks and those tanks were labeled GLYCOL. Should we just assume it was the non-toxic glycol? It’s not a risk I’d take myself and I’m certainly not going to take it with my dog Sadie or my cockatiel Henry.
I am aware that our State Veterinarian, Jewell Plumley said it was “ok” to give the water to your pets. She cited no reasons or studies for this affirmation nor did she respond to my request for an interview before writing my blog. I would think as a state employee part of her duties are to answer the public’s questions…maybe not. Then again, are we getting any good answers from anyone in this debacle?
I am charged with the care and well-being of my wonderful dog Sadie and little Henry who just wants a hug every day and to be in the sunlight. Are you a Pet Parent? Think before you fill your pet’s water bowl. If you won’t drink it yourself, why give it to your pet?
One thing we can all agree on…THERE ARE TOO MANY LOST DOGS! That’s right and I was glad to see my sentiments echoed today on my Facebook page by my friend Christy Gunter Belleville. I am posting this for the Hunt family. I asked them for more information when their dog was previously posted as MISSING. If you live in the Sunrise area and noticed anything please let the family know. Burrie stayed at a local kennel while the family was away over the Christmas/New Year’s holiday. She was delivered home at approximately 3:10 pm when no one was home. She was placed in the yard which has an invisible fence with her shock collar on. The kennel employee got their check out of the mailbox and left. According to a family member, Burrie is not a runner. However, Burrie is a very pretty Corgi and purebred dogs in particular are targets for robbery. Invisible fences keep dogs in, but nothing bad out including criminals. People think I’m an extremist when I say it only takes a few seconds for your dog to be lost forever, but I can’t stress that enough.
When the kids got home from school at 3:25p.m….Burrie was gone. They say she is not a runner, but she is still missing. They have checked the shelter and local vet offices. She is not microchipped, but did have a collar with a name/phone number tag. One thing I’ll add to my list of safeguards to keep your dog from getting lost is having them delivered to your house while your are not home. Personally, I’ve never heard of this practice and I’m guessing the Hunt’s probably wish they hadn’t either.If you know anything about this missing dog, or see one advertised on Craigs List or know someone that suddenly has a Corgi…Contact Melissa Hunt at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-543-5356.
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On of the great joys I have watching my dog Sadie is when she drinks water. She drinks with gusto and quite loudly and ends with a big lick of her mouth and several tail wags. She has fresh water available at her feeding station, in my home office, our bedroom, and the car. It’s important because basically every important body function requires water and if your dog doesn’t get enough water, she can get sick very quickly and become dehydrated. Just like people, dogs’ organs will eventually become damaged if they are not provided adequate water. If they’re water deficient long enough, their organs such as kidneys and livers will begin to shut down and they will die. There are a variety serious illnesses dogs can get from drinking contaminated water too.
We’re all worried about the current water crisis here in West Virginia and many Pet Parents are wondering if the water with the 4Methylcyclohexane in it will harm our pets. If you’re a concerned Dog Mom or Dad like me, you know…if it’s not good for you…it’s not good for your dog. My personal advice is to only give your pets bottled water until we can drink the water. Don’t use it in their food and don’t give them a bath with tap water either. I’ve been all over the internet and can find little if anything about any actual cases of pets ingesting this chemical in water.
There are very few studies about this chemical which is used mainly in rubber adhesives, paint diluents, and cleansing agents. However, there is one study about toxicity of the chemical in rats and how this chemical would affect reproductive systems. In this study the rats were injected with Methylcyclohexane once a day, five times a week for thirteen weeks. Different doses were given to the rats ranging from 0-1,000 mg/kg per day. Different groups of rats got different doses. The scientists then recorded the.
Some rats died during the testing and the higher the dose the rats received the more damage they suffered to their liver, kidney and heart. The discovered little or no change in the rats’ reproductive system. You can read more about this study http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3430903/
I did find a government report on CHRONIC INHALATION EXPOSURE OF EXPERIMENTAL ANIMALS TO METHYLCYCLOHEXANE from 1985. I don’t know about your dog, but the only experiment that goes on here is how long Sadie can go without a treat. If you want to read the report, you can find it here: http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a156053.pdf
As for me and my dog Sadie and our bird Henry, we won’t be drinking any water despite the fact that this chemical is not being injected into us as in the study and has most certainly been diluted a great deal by now. Here are the steps I’ve taken to insure that Sadie and Henry don’t take a risk with our contaminated water:
- I accidently ran tap water as a matter of habit in Sadie’s feeding bowl when she was done eating. So she is eating out of a paper bowl until it can be washed.
- I emptied the all the ice cubes in the icemaker storage bin. I didn’t want to take a risk with any of us, in particular Henry that any of the ice cubes were made before the notice went out. Yes…Henry enjoys tapping on an ice cube with his beak and Sadie enjoys ice water.
- I vacuumed Henry’s cage and bought him a new perch and ladder as I won’t be able to wash his cage or perches this week.
- Sadie is eating food from the store since I can’t use water to cook for her. I bought high quality food from companies I trust that she’s eaten before. This way her digestive system won’t get upset by introducing a totally new food.
- We don’t live near the river, but if you do, keep your animals away from it to prevent them taking a drink of the river water.
- Make sure you give your dog plenty of water even if you have to buy it. Don’t let your dog get dehydrated. And if you think she is, check this way. Pull up a fold of loose skin over the top of her shoulder blade. Pull it up gently and release it as you watch it fall back into place. If it returns to place quickly, she is most likely fine. If she is dehydrated the ski will return slowly and might even stand up for a few seconds before falling back down. You can also look at her gums…if they appear dry, sticky or pale, this can be a sign of illness and dehydration. She should also have dry, sunken eyeballs, dry nose, and a dry mouth. Get her to a vet if you detect signs of dehydration.
- If you brush your dog’s teeth like I do Sadie’s teeth…use bottled water to rinse the toothbrush. Don’t get out of the routine just because of this ordeal.
- Any unusual symptoms of illness and youthuink there’s a chance your dog drank some water…get her to your vet. There have been NO advisements about pets, butyour vet can check your dog out if you are worried.
It is always better to be safe than sorry with your dog whether it’s taking that extra few seconds to put them on a leash or safeguard them from harm they won’t recognize. Think about it, if your dog can die from eating chocolate or grapes, why risk giving them water with a chemical that very little is known about except that it’s toxic. How toxic and in what ways…who cares at this point…avoid it.
Burrie is missing around Sunrise. Please help.
The Hunts have lost their dear pup, Burrie. In the Sunrise South hills area. contact is email@example.com or 304-543-5356
keep an eye out.
This is short and to the point! We have single temperatures or very low teens in our area. It’s too cold to leave you dog outside. Your dogs can’t ring the doorbell and say, “My paws are freezing, please let me in.” You are responsible for their well-being and must protect them from the cold. If you are not prepared or unwilling to do that, find a warm place for them to go and then find them a forever home that will care for them and make them part of the family. Dogs are pack animals and social beings. They were not meant to live alone in all sorts of weather in your back yard.
PLEASE FOR THEIR SAKE BRING THEM IN TONIGHT AND EVERY NIGHT WHILE THE WEATHER IS FRIGID.
Many cities and counties are confiscating dogs left out in this very cold weather. Why isn’t Charleston and Kanawha County doing it too? And if you won’t bring your dog in, just sleep outside with your dog and keep her warm tonight. It’s the least you can do.
If I never see a LOST DOG notice on Facebook or anywhere else I will be extremely happy. There are often few details provided as to how the dog became lost, but I’d bet it had something to do with the Pet Parent’s inattention and carelessness. I admit to being overprotective with my dog Sadie, and have been criticized for it more than once. However, she has never had her face on a MISSIING DOG poster. If you only make one resolution this year, make the one you can keep…that is to do everything popssible to keep your dog from ever going missing.
As we go into the New Year, if you’re a Pet Parent, take a moment to realize that your dog can get lost in as little as a few seconds and you many never see her again. Weigh the risk of what you are doing against the loss of your beloved dog forever and take inventory of what actions might result in the loss of your dog. Here are the situations I imagine dogs go missing from.
- Travelling is stressful and tiring on everyone. Even though your dog may be sleeping in the back seat the entire trip, stop at a Roadside Rest and it’s a different story. Combine your tired hands from gripping the steering wheel with a rambunctious dog whose been sleeping most of the trip and you have a dangerous situation. Before getting your dog out of the car…flex your hands. Put your hand through the loop of the leash and grasp the leash. Attach the leash to your dog’s collar before opening the door and make sure the collar is attached firmly to the leash and around your dog’s neck. Proceed to the dog walk area keeping your eyes on your dog at all times. When returning to the car make sure your dog is securely inside the vehicle before detaching the leash and closing the door.
- Don’t rush to open your front door just because the doorbell rings. It’s not that your dog can’t wait to escape, but dogs are attracted to many things by their strong sense of smell and more dogs dash out front doors and subsequently become lost or hit by a car than you’d believe. Secure your dog in another room with a closed door before opening the door, or put her leash and collar on her and hold firm before opening the door.
- Never leave your dog unattended anywhere. Is that latte or grocery item worth the risk your dog could be stolen from your car? Tethering your dog to a parking meter while running in a store is never a good idea. Dogs are like Houdini when it comes to slipping from a collar.
- Don’t leave your dog in the care of anyone you don’t know very well or that you aren’t 100% sure will guard her safety almost as good as you do. Pet sitters lose dogs, boarding kennels lose dog, and even people you might ask to hold your dog’s leash for “a minute” could accidently let them go.
- Don’t leave your dog home alone in the yard no matter how great your fence is. Someone could steal your dog, and for every plank in that fence is an opportunity for your dog to get out.
If you buy your dog one gift this holiday season buy tags for every collar with your name and phone number on them. Get a collar with the phone number woven into it to be even more secure as tags get torn off or broken. Get your dog microchipped for more security should the unthinkable happen and she gets lost…or even worse. A simple lapse in judgment, a lack of attention, a second of negligence can bring a lifetime of regret.
Make being more responsible for your dog never going missing one of your premier New Year’s Resolutions. Adopt the ideas above and make them habits you do all the time. You can never be too careful with your canine aompanion. Here’s to a great new year of NO LOST DOGS!