…just think how many lives we could save by being responsible pet owners?

Puppies in trashcans. Now usually this is the LAST place one expects to find a puppy, but lately it would seem that more and more innocent pups are being discarded like garbage. For those of you who doubt that anyone would throw away an innocent pup, think again! We KNOW this happens, after all one of our own dogs was found in a trashcan 2 years ago this coming May! There was nothing wrong with her, she was a completely healthy 6 week old puppy, yet someone saw fit to discard her and two of her siblings in trash cans. There may have been more of them, but we only found the three.

This past week alone we have posted two stories of discarded pups, and for every one of these stories we hear about, there are three or four more that we don’t hear about. What is it that makes people think they can discard an innocent living being and leave it to die? We really aren’t sure, but we find it to be a very disturbing trend.

There is a very simple solution for avoiding unwanted litters and you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure it out! I mean seriously, haven’t we in animal rescue been encouraging you for years to have your animals fixed? Do you think we do so simply to line the pockets of veterinarians? Be reasonable, we tell you to spay and neuter your pets so puppies will stop ending up in garbage cans, and so shelters are not over run with companion animals no one wants. These are not the only reasons for spaying or neutering, but they are damned good ones in my book!

Okay so I know that spaying and neutering your pet isn’t going to suddenly stop unwanted pregnancies worldwide, but it WILL stop YOUR pet from adding to the overpopulation problem. We will still have to combat puppy mills and bad breeders, but just think how many lives we could save by being responsible pet owners?

Oh and while we are on the subject, you DO know that having your pet fixed at the age of six months goes a long way towards preventing reproductive cancers don’t you? You DO want your pet to have the longest life possible right?

Not convinced yet? Check out our handy-and persuasive-list of the top 10 reasons to spay or neuter your pet!

  1. Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life. Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which is fatal in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.

  2. Neutering provides major health benefits for your male. Besides preventing unwanted litters, neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer, if done before six months of age.

  3. Your spayed female won’t go into heat. While cycles can vary, female felines usually go into heat four to five days every three weeks during breeding season. In an effort to advertise for mates, they’ll yowl and urinate more frequently-sometimes all over the house!

  4. Your male dog won’t want to roam away from home. An intact male will do just about anything to find a mate! That includes digging his way under the fence and making like Houdini to escape from the house. And once he’s free to roam, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other males.

  5. Your neutered male will be much better behaved. Neutered cats and dogs focus their attention on their human families. On the other hand, unneutered dogs and cats may mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Many aggression problems can be avoided by early neutering.

  6. Spaying or neutering will NOT make your pet fat. Don’t use that old excuse! Lack of exercise and overfeeding will cause your pet to pack on the extra pounds-not neutering. Your pet will remain fit and trim as long as you continue to provide exercise and monitor food intake.

  7. It is highly cost-effective. The cost of your pet’s spay/neuter surgery is a lot less than the cost of having and caring for a litter. It also beats the cost of treatment when your unneutered tom escapes and gets into fights with the neighborhood stray!

  8. Spaying and neutering your pet is good for the community. Stray animals pose a real problem in many parts of the country. They can prey on wildlife, cause car accidents, damage the local fauna and frighten children. Spaying and neutering packs a powerful punch in reducing the number of animals on the streets.

  9. Your pet doesn’t need to have a litter for your children to learn about the miracle of birth. Letting your pet produce offspring you have no intention of keeping is not a good lesson for your children-especially when so many unwanted animals end up in shelters. There are tons of books and videos available to teach your children about birth in a more responsible way.

  10. Spaying and neutering helps fight pet overpopulation. Every year, millions of cats and dogs of all ages and breeds are euthanized or suffer as strays. These high numbers are the result of unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering.

If you are still not convinced then you need a stuffed animal, not a living breathing pet! Jus’ sayin’!

Until Next Time Remember!



Oh Look! He thinks he’s tough…


I sit here this morning surrounded by my small breed rescues. The house is quiet save for the sound of my downstairs shower as my daughter gets ready to go back to the city. The large breed dogs are napping in their den, and all is right with the world. I sip my coffee and stare out the window at the snow. I feel a nudge and when I look down my nine year old Dachshund is trying to climb into my lap. I pick him up give him a hug and settle him in so I can write the blog. Like all of my dogs he came to me because no one else could handle him. “But he’s a Dachshund!” I hear you say. “Who can’t handle a Dachshund? I mean it’s not as if we are talking about a “pit bull” or something!”

No you are right, we are not talking about a “pit bull”, but aggression is not exclusive to “pit bulls” in fact, I have met more gentle docile “pit bulls” in my rescue work than any other breed. But back to my killer Dachshund, Yoda. Okay so maybe he’s not a killer, but just try taking a chew bone or a toy he has claimed from him! Do you like your fingers? Because if you do I suggest you keep them very far away from Yoda’s mouth when he is being possessive over something!

“Oh come on!” I hear you exclaim. “It’s a Dachshund! What harm could a pint sized dog possibly do?” and therein lies the problem! People do not see small dogs as a threat. They think aggressive antics in a small breed dog are cute and funny. (They are not!) As a result, they encourage the behavior because it gives them a laugh, then they are surprised when their dog bites! Watch the following video clip, do you find this dog’s behavior funny?

I assure it isn’t and in fact these people are encouraging aggressive behavior in their small breed dog. NO dog behaving in this manner is funny, and this type of behavior should be addressed in the same manner regardless what breed the dog is!

The problem is many people feel that because it is just a small breed dog it can do no harm. I am sure that the parents of a newborn killed by an aggressive Pomeranian felt that way too, that is until their “cute” aggressive small breed dog became homicidal!

A dog, is a dog, is a dog. Sure some are bigger than others, and seem more dangerous because of it, but ANY size dog acting aggressively can be a lethal weapon. Small breed dogs must be treated like dogs despite their size. To all of you carrying your small breed dogs around in your purses dressed like human babies “WAKE UP!” I don’t care how tiny cute and innocent your dog looks, I don’t care what your dog’s breed is, TRAIN IT!

People with small breed dogs who yap and nip at the heels of other dogs they meet are always the first ones to call for the euthanization of a large breed dog who bites their “precious little angel.” Truth be told, it is usually that “precious little angel” of a dog who is responsible for the bite in the first place. I don’t know how many times my dogs and I have withdrawn to the side of the road when walking in order to avoid a frantically barking pint sized demon of a dog straining at it’s leash and snarling in an effort to get to my dog. Every time this happens the small dog’s owner usually says something ridiculous (while laughing) like “oh don’t worry about him he just likes to act tough.”

Did it ever occur to you that YOU might be the only one in that situation who finds your dog’s behavior funny? I KNOW my dogs certainly do not! I myself am mystified by how much you don’t “get it.”

I own an aggressive small dog, but he was MUCH more aggressive when he first came to me then he is now. I carry a muzzle when I walk him in public, and if he begins to exhibit aggressive behavior I use it! After all, better to muzzle the dog then to have someone bitten don’t you think?

When people see my twelve pound Dachshie wearing a muzzle while walking down the street they look at me funny, some laugh, others ask incredulously “why on earth is that tiny little dog wearing a muzzle?” When they laugh at me and ask me what damage a pint sized dog could possibly do that would warrant a muzzle, I tell them he is aggressive, then I tell them about the newborn and the Pomeranian. They usually leave our conversation with a whole new understanding of dog aggression, and after reading this I hope you do too!

Small dogs MUST be trained just like their larger counterparts. There is nothing funny about a dog “acting tough” and if you think there is, you have no business owning a dog large or small!

Until Next Time Remember



Forming an Emergency Pet Evacuation & Procedures Plan:

We are usually prepared for a disaster of any kind. Most families have an evacuation plan of some sort, but does that plan include your pets? For many this is something that gets overlooked. Today we would like to walk you through the building of an evacuation plan that INCLUDES the family pets.

Begin by asking these Questions about Forming an Emergency Pet Evacuation & Procedures Plan:

  • Have I assigned a friend, neighbor or pet sitter as a designated alternate in my absence, who knows my pet and has key or gate access to them?
  • If I own livestock, or large animals who are housed in barns or corrals, what means of transport could be used to safely evacuate them in a quick and efficient manner?
  • Am I aware of who the local veterinarians are, who might act as temporary volunteer shelters for dogs, cats, birds, etc. in the event of an emergency?
  • Are there local pet shelters in our area who will temporarily house animals in an emergency situation?

Pet owners can help each other by forming a committee and a neighborhood evacuation plan that includes the neighborhood pets.

Things you can do to begin organizing a Neighborhood Pet Evacuation Association:

  • If you have an HOA (Homeowner’s Association) in your community, suggest appointing an Emergency Animal Coordinator through your HOA, who will work with your community on developing a reliable plan and means of communication by compiling, providing and distributing a comprehensive list of email addresses and cell phone numbers that would facilitate a means for quickly contacting everyone in the neighborhood in the event of an emergency.
  • If you do not have an HOA in your community, coordinate with a friend or neighbor who you believe might be a good candidate to help you to spearhead a Pet Emergency Committee & Organization for your neighborhood.
  • Once a Pet Emergency Committee has been appointed, send out notices in your neighborhood to hold a meeting for every homeowner and pet owners to attend, so you can all brainstorm ideas, network, implement an emergency notification process and procedures outline that will be customized to the needs of your particular neighborhood.

Let’s not forget that your pets need to be safe during an emergency too!

Until Next Time Remember



Everything Worth Knowing Rescue News for 12/02/13

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Consider this…


I am really busy today with my “day” job I would however, ask that you read this:

Chester, Pennsylvania Police officers Execute Two Dogs in Hail of Gunfire In Front of School

Chester, Pa. Police officers open fire
endangering innocent bystanders.

By my friend Davy V.

When you are finished with that please visit this link:

Law Enforcement Stop Killing Our Innocent Family Pets

See you in the video blog tomorrow!




It is not as simple as calling up a trainer and saying “fix my bad dog.”

Hello, I have not written this week because I have been busy working with clients dogs. I am so frustrated with people right now I can’t even begin to give voice to it!

My clients come to me to deal with behavioral and training problems their dogs have developed. Lately it seems that no one wants to understand that when you bring a new pet into your home there is going to be an adjustment period. They do not want to understand that puppies are babies and must be taught what you want them to know!

The other day I had a call from a woman who had been given a Rottweiler puppy for Christmas. She wanted me to help her with the pup who was peeing on her floor. Believe it or not, this is how the conversation went:

Client: my pup is 14 weeks old or thereabout, she is peeing on my floors my carpets, and she just refuses to tell me she has to go!

Me: what kind of training have you done with her? Do you have her on a regular “out” schedule?

Client: why would I have her on any schedule, you can’t schedule when your dog pees! They are supposed to bark at the door when they feel the urge.

Me: Ma’am is this your first puppy?

Client: yes it is. I have wanted one for years but this is the first time I have ever had a dog.

Me: Did you do any research before getting your puppy?

Client: research? What research? It’s a dog, everyone knows how to care for a dog! Research, you make it sound like something complicated.

Me: Ma’am it IS complicated. Not everyone knows how to care for a dog, train a dog, or what to expect from a dog. No offense but you clearly need to do a little reading up on puppies, their needs and what to expect from them.

Client: Only stupid people don’t know how to care for a dog. It isn’t rocket science! You get a puppy you feed it and give it affection and it will become the perfect dog! It’s THAT simple! This is just a stupid dog! I should get rid of her and get a smarter one.

Now as you can well imagine by this point in the conversation I had heard enough stupidity from this woman. I maybe shouldn’t of said what i said next but I just couldn’t help myself.

Me: Ma’am if you think your dog is stupid and all you need is a smarter dog you are dumber than I thought. Do you have children?

Client: Well that was quite rude! Yes I do have children but I don’t see what that has to do with anything!

Me: (trying to control my anger) Let me ask you something, when your children were small did you expect them to learn to use the toilet on their own?

Client: What a silly question! Of course I didn’t expect my children to use the potty on their own! Why would you even ask me that it has nothing to do with my dog!

Me: Oh but it does! You are expecting your puppy (a baby) to learn to potty outside but you are doing nothing to teach it to go potty outside. Where is it supposed to pick up this knowledge if you do not teach it?

Client: Are you sure you are a dog trainer? Everyone knows that dogs are born knowing they must pee outside!

Me: Well Ma’am, I am not a trainer, I am a behaviorist, but your dog is not the one with the problem YOU are! I can not help you because you are incapable of understanding that puppies like all babies must be taught what you want them to know! It doesn’t just come naturally.

Client: Well you can’t be very good at your job then can you? I guess I will just have to find a trainer that knows how to handle stupid dogs!

At this point I ended the conversation. Trying to convince this woman that her puppy had to be taught was like beating my head against a stone wall. She was too stubborn and ignorant to understand that having a puppy is like having a new born, you must nurture them and slowly teach them to behave the way you want them to. Sadly this is not an isolated incident. There are many ignorant people out there who just haven’t got a clue how to raise a dog. When their dog does something they don’t like they blame the dog even though they have taken no steps to teach the dog to exhibit the behavior they desire.

These people should not own dogs, they do not understand that THEY are the ones responsible for teaching their pets the “rules”. They expect to bring a pet into their home and have it act just the way they want.

I guess what I am trying to say here is this, if you want a dog, then you should first be sure that you are well aware of what having a pet actually means. You should be researching expected behavior of your breed of choice, and if you have never had a dog before you should be researching puppy care and training in general. Having a pet is a lifetime responsibility, there will never be a time when you do not have to maintain your dog’s training. It is not as simple as calling up a trainer and saying “fix my bad dog.”

The truth of the matter is this, I am a dog behaviorist and trainer, but having me come into your home and teach your dog is not the ultimate answer. Sure I can train your pup, but in reality I spend most of my time training owners not their dogs.

Think of your dog as a three year old child that will never grow up. Now as we raise our children we teach them right from wrong. We teach them what behaviors are acceptable and which are not. But it doesn’t end there, we will spend the next 18 years of their lives reinforcing those lessons. The same can be said for your dog. They will have the thought process of a three year old for the rest of their lives. Everyone knows that while three year olds can grasp the concept of rules and right and wrong, we as parents must constantly maintain those lessons. The same is true of your dog. Training must be maintained and reinforced, there will never be a time when you can say “my dog is trained and will now do everything correctly for the rest of his life without any prompts from me.” If you think that you are dumber than you think your dog is. 

Your dog will not magically begin to exhibit the behavior you wish, they are not born knowing anything. It is not instinctive for a dog to “tell” you they have to go potty, you must learn the body language they exhibit when they need to go and then encourage them to “tell” you they need to go outside. Dogs are creatures of habit so establishing a potty routine will curb the peeing indoors. Actually routines are very important in training your dogs. For example; sometimes when dogs come to us they are not housebroken, within a couple of weeks they have picked up on the regular schedule of potty breaks we have our pack on and the peeing indoors ceases.

Training and maintaining your dog is a full time job if you haven’t got the time or desire to do it, DON’T GET A DOG!!!

Until Next Time Remember






Gay dog? Are you serious?

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