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  1. 4. “My new dog is too…”There are other reasons we’ve heard for returning a newly adopted pet too, and many of them could have been fixed if the new owner was able and willing to ask for help from experienced dog caretakers in their community like dog rescuers, shelter staff, volunteers, behaviorists, and trainers. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how willing people will be to try to help you keep your newly adopted dog! Dogs aren’t always perfect, but with a little time, effort, and these tips above we hope you can become perfect for one another!
  2. My favorite I would have to say is rottweilers and that is not a bias answer or anything (yes it is…lol) and that is what we own, her name is Justice and eventually will own more once she hits about 2 years old and is ready to breed! She is just so extremely smart and sweet and kind and fast learning. She has been such a blessing to me and our family!
  3. Just my personal opinion: dogs are pets and should not be confined to kennels or crates. They deserve freedom of movement. How would humans feel if they were confined to a crate by another more powerful being? I would suggest getting a very large dog bed (or two or three large sun-lounger covers) for the mother and puppies to sleep on. The issue of the temporary protective instinct of the mother has already been discussed in another thread; this instinctive protectiveness will rapidly pass as the puppies grow.
  4. Animal-Lover-21, I can’t advise you about soft crates, as our dog doesn’t have one (any sort of crate). I value your contributions to this forum, but no more links to petlem(dot)com, please. You have made plenty of links to that site before, and it is an affiliate to Amazon.
  5. The problem starts with the people, the goverment is suppose to represent the people. They should take care of dogs, learn about them, not fund breeding unknown dogs, and not to throw them to the streets. Lower the amount of dogs in the streets, make people love animals and know how to take care of them, and most of the issues will be solved.
  6. Thank you for drawing attention to this issue. You asked for the views of members. Well, all I can say is that I totally agree with the views of Vicki Katrina of the Humane Society: “The Humane Society of the United States opposes cloning of any animals for commercial purposes due to major animal welfare concerns. Companies that offer to clone pets profit off of distraught pet lovers by falsely promising a replica of a beloved pet. With millions of deserted dogs and cats in need of a home, pet cloning is completely unnecessary” (Bold print added by me, to stress the important point) I was also concerned by the following part of the article: “At the Sooam Biotech lab in Korea, the process requires operating on the egg donor and the surrogate mother – two dogs who are rented from a lab-animal provider. It’s not exactly clear what happens after those two dogs are no longer needed.” What sort of “operating”? Intrusive surgery? Regarding the future of these laboratory animals being “not exactly clear”, that sounds highly suspicious. Either something is clear or it is not. I suspect that such animals are put down after being used to create a clone. That is totally unacceptable.
  7. Hey everyone! I need to cut my dogs hair, he is a Poodle mixed with a Shih Tzu. He is kinda small, but he hates getting hair cuts. We don’t have money to take him to a professional to cut it so we do it. Well we need to cut by his eyes because he builds up this nasty goo by his eye. Well when we put our muzzle on him it covers all the way up to his eye. We can’t cut it. Well I was wondering are there any muzzles out there with a thin strap or maybe how to make one yourself that’s works. I tried looking for one, but I can’t find any. Any suggestions on how to cut his hair are helpful as well!
  8. All animal lovers should read this. This was posted in the “Best of Craiglist”. It was not written by me. YOU SHOULD ALL READ IT. Everyone who wants a pet should know exactly what happens if they decide they can’t keep their pet anymore. Not all shelters are exactly the same, but this was written by a shelter manager, and I appreciated the post: THE SHELTER MANAGER’S LAMENT “I am posting this (and it is long) because I think our society needs a huge “Wake-up” call. As a shelter manager, I am going to share a little insight with you all…a view from the inside if you will. Breeders Need Not Apply First off, this is a forum to for adoption and/or rehoming as clearly stated in the rules. All of you breeders/sellers on craigslist should not only be flagged (and I hope the good people on craigslist will continue to do so with blind fury), but you should be made to work in the “back” of an animal shelter for just one day. Maybe if you saw the life drain from a few sad, lost, confused eyes, you would change your mind about breeding and selling to people you don’t even know…that puppy you just sold will most likely end up in my shelter when it’s not a cute little puppy anymore. So how would you feel if you knew that there’s about a 90% chance that dog will never walk out of the shelter it is going to be dumped at? Purebred or not! About 50% of all of the dogs that are “owner surrenders” or “strays”, that come into my shelter are purebred dogs. No Shortage of Excuses The most common excuses I hear are: “We are moving and we can’t take our dog (or cat).” Really? Where are you moving to that doesn’t allow pets? “The dog got bigger than we thought it would.” How big did you think a German Shepherd would get? “We don’t have time for her….” Really? I work a 10-12 hour day and still have time for my 6 dogs! “She’s tearing up our yard….” How about making her a part of your family? They always tell me: “We just don’t want to have to stress about finding a place for her…we know she’ll get adopted, she’s a good dog.” Odds are your pet won’t get adopted and how stressful do you think being in a shelter is? Well, let me tell you. Dead Pet Walking Your pet has 72 hours to find a new family from the moment you drop it off…sometimes a little longer if the shelter isn’t full and your dog manages to stay completely healthy. If it sniffles, it dies. Your pet will be confined to a small run/kennel in a room with about 25 other barking or crying animals. It will have to relieve itself where it eats and sleeps. It will be depressed and it will cry constantly for the family that abandoned it. If your pet is lucky, I will have enough volunteers in that day to take him/her for a walk. If I don’t, your pet won’t get any attention besides having a bowl of food slid under the kennel door and the waste sprayed out of its pen with a high-powered hose. If your dog is big, black or any of the “Bully” breeds (pit bull, rottie, mastiff, etc…) it was pretty much dead when you walked it through the front door. Those dogs just don’t get adopted. If your dog doesn’t get adopted within its 72 hours and the shelter is full, it will be destroyed. If the shelter isn’t full and your dog is good enough, and of a desirable enough breed…it may get a stay of execution…not for long though. Most get very kennel protective after about a week and are destroyed for showing aggression…even the sweetest dogs will turn in this environment. If your pet makes it over all of those hurdles…chances are it will get kennel cough or an upper respiratory infection and will be destroyed because shelters just don’t have the funds to pay for even a $100 treatment. The Grim Reaper Here’s a little euthanasia 101 for those of you that have never witnessed a perfectly healthy, scared animal being “put-down.” First, your pet will be taken from its kennel on a leash…they always look like they think they are going for a walk…happy, wagging their tails. Until they get to “The Room.” Every one of them freaks out and puts on the breaks when we get to the door…it must smell like death or they can feel the sad souls that are left in there, it’s strange, but it happens with every one of them. Your dog or cat will be restrained, held down by 1 or 2 vet techs depending on the size and how freaked out they are. Then a euthanasia tech or a vet will start the process…they will find a vein in the front leg and inject a lethal dose of the “pink stuff.” Hopefully your pet doesn’t panic from being restrained and jerk… I’ve seen the needles tear out of a leg and been covered with the resulting blood and deafened by the yelps and screams. They all don’t just “go to sleep.” Sometimes they spasm for a while, gasp for air and defecate on themselves. When it all ends, your pets corpse will be stacked like firewood in a large freezer in the back with all of the other animals that were killed…waiting to be picked up like garbage. What happens next? Cremated? Taken to the dump? Rendered into pet food? You’ll never know and it probably won’t even cross your mind…it was just an animal and you can always buy another one right? Liberty, Freedom and Justice for All I hope that those of you that have read this are bawling your eyes out and can’t get the pictures out of your head…I do everyday on the way home from work. I hate my job, I hate that it exists and I hate that it will always be there unless you people make some changes and realize that the lives you are affecting go much farther than the pets you dump at a shelter. Between 9 and 11 MILLION animals die every year in shelters and only you can stop it. I do my best to save every life I can but rescues are always full, and there are more animals coming in everyday than there are homes. My point to all of this…DON’T BREED OR BUY WHILE SHELTER PETS DIE! Hate me or flag me if you want to…the truth hurts and reality is what it is…. I just hope I maybe changed one person’s mind about breeding their dog, taking their loving pet to a shelter, or buying a dog. I hope that someone will walk into my shelter and say “I saw this thing on craigslist and it made me want adopt.” That would make it all worth it.
  9. Soi Dog Foundation is a wonderful organisation. It has saved countless homeless dogs in Thailand and has recently saved and found homes for lots of dogs rescued from the Yulin Dog Eating Festival. You can read about this wonderful organisation here: http://www.soidog.org It is very worthy of any financial support you can give.
  10. Hi everyone, I recently visited Cusco, Peru and was deeply saddened by the huge number of stray and sick dogs alone on the streets. I have created a gofundme to raise money for this cause and improve the shelter in Cusco. There is more information about this project on my gofundme. Direct link to crowdfunding site removed. Any member interested in donating is advised to contact the poster of this thread via private message on this forum and to check the identity and genuineness of the person concerned before making any donation. Genuine people will not mind doing this. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.
  11. My dear friend! I am addressing you on behalf of our entire family! Meet the Boston. Our family member. Beloved friend of children, devoted companion. Boston is 2 years old. He is young, active, loves children. In October 2017, he was hit by a car. Since then, we have carried out a huge treatment – surgery, rehabilitation, medicines… Bosi had a fractured vertebra and a posterior left limb. The foot healed, the bones are fused, but go … He can not walk. For all time his treatment was spent almost 13,000 dollars. We have not yet repaid the loan for the treatment, so now we need a special chair under the back legs so Boston could move independently. Shop where to buy a chair we found. But these $ 350 we simply do not have ((( Please help give Boston a chance to move! On life! Without movement he will not be able to live long! “Direct link to crowdfunding site removed. Any member interested in donating is advised to contact the poster of this thread via private message on this forum and to check the identity and genuineness of the person concerned before making any donation. Genuine people will not mind doing this. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.”
  12. Just an opening question to get to know some people What is your favorite breed of dog and why? And what kind of dogs do you own? I actually have 2 favs. I am an avid Pit Bull lover. I am very fond of their personalities. My lil pittie acts like a clown! I also love his learning abilities. He picks up on my actions and sometimes I swear he’s half human! The second are Chow Chows. My mother raised them when I was growing up and that was the only dog I ever owned for the first 16 years of my life. They were like big cuddly teddy bears. I don’t own any right now but I really would love to find one. Well take care all,
  13. I am trying to figure out which one will be the best for a family of Siberian Husky. As what I have mentioned a few days ago, Cookie just gave birth to adorable puppies. She’s actually owned by my cousin, the space on their backyard is enough for a big family like them. Cookie sleeps on the floor while the basket with pads is being occupied by her little ones — that dog is too aggressive to any visitors that will check her babies which is alarming since she only have the collar to stop him from chasing someone. I have suggested that it will be better if all of them stay on the kennel since it safe and the crate won’t be spacious enough for them to occupied. Dog kennel is a good investment as this puppies will absolutely grow in the future. And then the debate follows as Coleen told me that the pups can stay on their pads while Cookie must stay on a crate instead. In your point of view which will be the best, is it the kennel or crate?
  14. I have decided to buy a crate for my dog, I think that it’s quite comfortable when you are out. But I am looking for soft crates, which will be convenient for my dog. How you recommend me this soft crates. Here is the link. I will wait for other suggestions also :)))https://petlem.com/best-soft-dog-crates/
  15. The situation of stray dogs in Romania is quite critical. A few years ago Romania had a real problem with stray dogs wandering freely on the streets of the cities,including the capital Bucharest. There were even a couple of fatal incidents where stray dogs attacked people biting them resulting in death. Therefore authorities decided to clear the streets of dogs. A very good decision in a civilzed,21st century country. However the problem is with the housing of the stray dogs. There are 2 types of dog shelters: the ones owned by the government and the ones managed by ngo’s or just simply people,dog lovers. The thing that aggravates me is that the government does absolutely nothing to sustain a good functionality of the dog shelters. These dog shelters do not receive sufficient funds from the government to ensure a proper life quality for the dogs. That’s why the dogs are living almost like in a extermination camp: low on food,virtualy no medical care and living in cages that do not respect the international standards for minimum space required. This is to mention just the basic,fundamental issues. I won’t get into some sadder details. Luckily there are some ngo managed shelters that take good,proper care of the dogs being housed there. But unfortunately these shelters too are struggling with assuring the monthly cost of the dogs’ maintenance. That’s why i decided to do something for these dogs shelters and basically for the dogs living there. I decided to take action and do something as i realised that Romanian government doesn’t care about this at all and nothing will happen if i rely on them. So i want to ask for your help in donating for the cause of stray dogs here in Bucharest (as this is where i live and this is where i can actually make a difference). If you are a dog lover,if you own a dog,if you are a pet owner,or if you are simply just an animal lover please donate to help provide a decent life for some of the stray dogs shelters here in Bucharest. Thank you very much.
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