Vern and Vera, and the Angel Who Loved Them

Posted on July 7th, 2010 by Anna Nirva

Early last November, I heard that Emanuel and Meko, two long-term senior coonhounds living in our nearby rural shelter, were to be adopted–together! It felt like a miracle, a blessing, a gift from heaven. These sweet old dogs had been waiting for months, and winter was coming. The shelter has heated floors and indoor-outdoor runs, but coonies have short coats and winters can be brutal in Wisconsin. “Manny” and Meko were friends, and I had often taken them together on walks. I was ecstatic and also curious about their adopter. Coonhounds are not popular dogs to say the least, and most people won’t adopt senior dogs. I heard the adopter lived in Kansas?

What can you say about a middle-aged woman who drove 1,000 miles to adopt two old coonhounds from a little country shelter in Wisconsin? In a word, wings. She was angel on earth who looked deeply at those long-eared sad old faces on Petfinder and was moved to open up her heart and home to them. (See Manny and Meko, still posted on the site). She filled out the adoption application and it passed inspection with flying colors, I heard. So she gassed up her SUV, loaded two dog crates, and headed north. And so it started. Manny and Meko became Vern and Vera, and they all became a family, along with two kitties, Bela and Shugrrr.

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Way to go North Carolina! After so many months of bad animal news out of North Carolina we finally have some good news. Susie’s Law was signed into law by NC Governor Beverly Perdue. The law reclassifies animal cruelty from a Class I to a Class H felony, meaning that convicted abusers can be sent to jail for up to 10 months.

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The FDA just announced a new recall on Pro-Pet Adult Vitamins.  Here’s the body of the announcement:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –- June 22, 2010 – United Pet Group, Cincinnati, Ohio is voluntarily recalling all unexpired lots of its PRO-PET ADULT DAILY VITAMIN Supplement tablets for Dogs due to possible Salmonella contamination.  The Food and Drug Administration is aware of this recall.

The product was sold nationally at various retailers.  The product comes in 100-count white plastic bottles with a light blue label, and UPC code 26851-01800.  These products are being removed from retail stores and consumers should immediately stop feeding these supplements to their pets.  The affected products are those with expiration dates on or before “06/13″. The expiration date can be found imprinted vertically on the right side of the product label.

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Natural Balance Pet foods has voluntarily recalled their Sweet Potato and Chicken Dry Dog Food due to Salmonella contamination.

Here is more information from the official FDA announcement:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — June 18, 2010 – Natural Balance Pet Foods, Inc., of Pacoima, CA, announces a voluntary recall of Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Chicken Dry Dog Food with the “Best By” date of June 17, 2011, in 5-lb. and 28-lb. bags because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

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Watch Tip: Roadside Rescues

Posted on May 29th, 2010 by Anna Nirva

Weekly Watch Tip for week of May 30:

Watch for dogs and cats lying along roads and highways—do you see movement? Stop and check. Be careful always, but take action to save a life. Call 9-1-1 or law enforcement; some municipalities may provide assistance. [Is your Sunbear Squad Wallet Card up to date?] If the unfortunate animal is dead, PLEASE stop and check for ID tags to call the owner and tell them the sad news, so they can stop searching and take possession of the body. Do unto others…

When driving, watch roadsides and ditches for animals in distress and be prepared to stop

Remember, in an emergency, every minute counts. Examine your Sunbear Squad Wallet Card to add rescues, shelters, and clinics that you have recently learned about, and make sure your municipal phone numbers are still current. It’s a good time to go through your Roadside Rescue Kit in your vehicle, to add or change old water and kibble. Are any items missing? Check the original list here: Roadside Rescue Kit

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Do USDA inspectors get paid off by puppy millers or are they just so darn lazy and don’t care that thousands of dogs are being tortured and murdered by these evil humans? Or maybe the USDA inspectors don’t care that every puppy mill dog sold through pet shops means the potential for thousands of dollars in unnecessary vet bills and years of heart ache for unsuspecting buyers.

Whatever the reason, its time for MAJOR overhaul of the USDA and the laws and regulations governing puppy mills. We have got to start treating these hells as the societal cancers they are. A recent ABC report shed much needed light on how USDA inspectors take public dollars to do a job they seem incapable of doing.

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The rest of the world is slowly advancing but not the people of the Gaston County, NC Animal Shelter. They have a $6400 budget shortfall so guess what they want to do to save money? They want to skip those time-consuming adoptions and just kill all animals in their clutches.

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Movie Review — Mine

Posted on May 1st, 2010 by admin

Mine” is a movie that should be on the “to watch” list of anyone concerned about animal welfare, rescue or animal law. Be prepared for a movie that will make you cringe, cry, cheer and think. If there is any justice in the documentary world, “Mine” should be on the fast track for numerous awards.

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Product Review — Water-Less Pet Bath Towel

Posted on April 26th, 2010 by admin

Are you looking for a quick, painless way to clean your not-so-dirty dog or cat? Check out the Water-Less Pet Bath Towel! I brought one in today and the dogs are STILL trying to get me to give them another rubdown with it.

If you have a dog who just had a wrestling match with a skunk or took a medicinal mud bath in the back yard, the Water-Less Pet Bath Towel won’t do it for you. But if you’ve got a dog who’s a bit over do for a bath and you want to knock off some of the natural oils and dust, this relatively inexpensive set of two towels can do a nice job.

I tried it out on all three of my pack members and they are CRAZY for it! It must feel pretty good to them because none of them wanted to give up their space in front of me. I can see the Water-Less Pet Bath Towel rub down is going to be a regular event in our house.

Rescue Chocolates Hit the Sweet Spot for Dogs in Need

Posted on February 3rd, 2010 by admin

How’s this for a double-duty Valentine Day present? Really good chocolates with all the profits going to rescue groups to help dogs in need? Very cool! Check out Rescue Chocolate for tasty selections such as Peanut Butter Pit Bull and Pick Me! Pepper. Thevegan, kosher chocolates are made in NY and 100% of the net profits are given to rescue groups.

Just remember that chocolate is poisonous to dogs so no sharing with those furbabies!