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By: LakeWorthFinn, 9:59 PM GMT on March 25, 2006
A QUICK UPDATE ON TRAINING DOGS
A fantastic tool my family has used for years to train our dogs for obedience, unnecessary barking, digging holes in the yard etc. is a 'CITRONELLA SPRAY TRAINING COLLAR' (the one with remote control is best). A bit expensive but worth every dollar! I've mentioned this aid to several people and to my surprise nobody knew it exists. So here are a few links to read more:
UNFORTUNATELY THE HURRICANE SEASON WILL BE BACK, AND THERE ARE STILL PETS FROM EARLIER SEASONS WAITING TO FIND A HOME, AND MANY OTHERS FILL THE SHELTERS ALL YEAR LONG.
Sophie, a 5-year old Dalmatian mix was found abused and tied to the door of the APR in Ft Lauderdale over 3 years ago. Since then she has watched her kennelmates come and go while she was left behind, wagging her tail, waiting for someone to take her home too. Max, a 1-year old yellow Labrador mix was rescued from the Wilma 'death roll' facility and placed in Sophie's cage. Everybody thought the young and handsome Max would be adopted soon, but there was not much hope for Sophie, who had grown fat, and "people don't want fat, adult, Dalmatian mix dogs". But nobody wanted Max either, because he was "too wild and hard to handle".
We found a match 'made in heaven' and the dogs are at home now. Needless to say we are as thrilled as the wonderful volunteers who work their jobs during the week and take care of rescued pets during their weekend at APR.
Abandoned and abused animals - like all pets - need love, patience, and good amount of training to adjust to a new life in a family. Most people prefer to get young pets, but some look for adult ones, and there are advantages and disadvantages to both. And both options are good when an animal finds a loving home! I've had many dogs, from expensive pure breed show dogs to mixed breed companions, and I have loved them all the same. But I doubt we'll ever get a pet that is not from a rescue shelter.
If we can't have pets at home, we can volunteer to walk them, wash them, or just give them love and companionship in one of the hundreds of rescue shelters around the country. And if we have room in our hearts and homes, whether we already have a pet or not, let's consider this:
There are about 200.000 animals looking for a home right now.
WE CAN HELP, AND MAYBE SAVE THE LIFE OF AN ANIMAL
Many pets love to have a companion to play with, and - in my experience - having two pets is easier that having one, specially when the time comes for one of them to leave this world.
Please feel free to post your experiences, tips, advice, and any comments on rescuing abandoned and abused animals.
Posted By: cgableshurrycanegal at 7:21 PM EST on March 30, 2006.
If anyone is interested, I am tied into a number of rescues and transports and when I don't know directly, reach out nationwide and can usually find help. Please feel free to send me a private email.
I feel so lucky to be a resource and know resources!!!
Here are some useful links for pet adoption info, Iíll add more if you post them:
A great site for pet furniture (courtesy of Queen Shera)
ENJOY YOUR PETS AND HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY!
Updated: 11:18 PM GMT on October 23, 2006