Black and White Sunday #104 – A Frosted Cupcake

November 15, 2014 16 comments

A Cupcake with sprinkles of snow .

My thanks to our hosts for this blog hop Dachshund Nola and Sugar The Golden Retriever.

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Favorite Video Friday – How dogs slide down a hill

November 14, 2014 2 comments

We finally got the first show of the season this week. If you live in the south metro, like we do, then it was more of a dusting with a sprinkling of ice underneath. Those living further north received a whole heap of the pretty white stuff.

That’s the stuff my dogs are dreaming about. The white, fluffy snow that one can romp and play in. They love to roll in it and jump around in it.

The only thing they have not done in snow is slide in it. Ravi, on the other hand, seems to enjoy it. Check him out in this week’s Favorite Friday Video. I can’t tell if I am laughing at his antics or at the laughter he is causing in his humans. Either way, it looks like a lot of fun. :)

Happy Friday everyone!

The Give to the Max charity game. Wanna play?

November 13, 2014 2 comments

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Are you ready?

I said…

ARE YOU READY????

Starting at midnight tonight through midnight tomorrow night (12:00 AM Central time, Wednesday, November 12th through 12:00 AM Central time, Thursday, November 13th) the most competitive charity game in all the land (that and being Minnesota, of course) begins!!!

What is it? GIVE TO THE MAX DAY!!!!

Give to the Max Day is the one day of the year when charities from around the state of Minnesota compete to raise money for their charities, and for the chance to not only double their donations via matching grants, but to also win additional prize money that will allow them to do even more to help their communities in the coming year .

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Maggie sleeps without fear. She is safe in a foster home where she is learning that life can be good and people can be kind.

For many charities, like Minnesota Sheltie Rescue (MNSR), it is a day that will determine how many Shelties we can save and how many will get a chance at a new life in a loving home. The money raised, starting at midnight tonight through midnight tomorrow night, will help us to continue to save Shelties like Maggie and Lenore, who both came from a puppy mill in Pine River.

Without MNSR, Maggie and Lenore would not have had the chance to learn about living in a home where loving hands care for them and provide them with a safe place to land and learn and grow. 

10310661_10152897134542755_6638259069307182640_nWithout MNSR, dogs like 14-year-old  Lady and her 12-year-old son, Jasper, would have ended up in a shelter when their owner passed away. Instead, they found themselves in a loving MNSR foster home where they are doted on daily.

Give to the Max Day is a big deal. Huge.

Last year, Minnesota Sheltie Rescue (MNSR) was lucky enough to make the top 5 in the small charity category. It allowed us to say “Yes” to many Shelties in need, including Shelties from Pine River puppy mill raid.

Here are just some of the things Minnesota Sheltie Rescue has done to help Shelties in need: 

  • Spent $49,000 in Foster Dog expenses in 2013. This includes veterinary and other expenses directly related to caring for foster dogs. Some of this money went to care for…
    • Sheltie sisters, Mindy and Mandie, who came to MNSR when their dad died. We made sure they were vaccinated, spayed, microchipped, tested for heartworm, and we treated Mindy’s ear infections.  Vet bills totaled over $1180. Mindy and Mandy are now in a forever home with loving families who love them just as much as their dad did.  
    • Lady and Jasper who came into our care when their owner died.  Lady had a dental with 8 extractions, a full mouth gingivectomy, oral cyst removal, and treatment for UTI, and Jasper had a dental with extractions and treatment for his skin as a result of allergies, plus routine veterinary care. Their vet bills totaled $2,040. 
    • Zach, who was treated for two tick-borne diseases and for additional surgeries needed to make him a healthy and happy dog. Zach is now in a happy home with a loving family.
    • Treatment for Sadie who has diabetes and needs dedicated help to control infections. Sadie also required extended dental work with X-rays and extractions, along with spay and other routine veterinary care. Sadie’s vet bill was $1070.00. 
  • Found new, happy and loving homes for over 34 Shelties in 2014.
  • Donated $500 to help pay for a much needed surgery for Grace, a Sheltie who was lost and then hit by a car in Duluth Minnesota.
  • Helped many Sheltie owners seeking information on Sheltie health and behavioral issues. Some of this training assistance helped Sheltie owners to keep their dogs instead of surrendering them.
  • Educated Sheltie owners on keeping their Sheltie safe and what to do if they get lost.

MNSR currently has 34 dogs in our foster program, including 9 special needs long-term foster dogs. These are dogs like Maggie and Lenore who need additional time and care before they will be ready for adoption and like Jasper and Lady who need long-term care because of their age and health.

10301304_10152895611967755_2329142951483381812_nSince 2003, Minnesota Sheltie Rescue has placed over 600 Shelties into new homes. We’d like to continue to say “Yes” to more Shelties in need and make that number grow even more.

You can help us do so by contributing to Minnesota Sheltie Rescue in the next 24 hours.

Can’t give much? That’s okay. Remember, for every dollar you donate, a Minnesota organization is contributing a matching dollar amount to Minnesota Sheltie Rescue.

If you give $5, MNSR gets $10.

And, if your donations help Minnesota Sheltie Rescue to make it into the top 10 for their category, they will also win additional prize money that can be used to help more dogs.

First Place:  $10,000
Second Place:  $7,500
Third Place:  $5,000
Fourth Place: $2,500
Fifth Place: $1,000
6th place through 10th place – $500 each

10354082_10152891876092755_8216767625823343464_nSo when is the best time to give during Give to the Max Day? All day!

Every hour one donation is selected at random to receive a golden ticket.  This means if your donation to MNSR is chosen, an additional $2,000 will be awarded to our rescue organization!

Not only that, but at the end of the event an additional Super Golden Ticket will be randomly awarded to one donor’s charity in the amount of $20,000! Just think how many Shelties we could help with that kind of money!

How to donate: Click here and make a contribution. That’s it.

Want to know how we’re doing throughout the day?  Just go to the main LeaderBoard and look under the SMALL charity tab. You can also check out our Give to the Max Minnesota Sheltie Rescue page to see how much money has been contributed across Minnesota to various charities.

Check it out several times a day and cheer us on!

Thanks for your support!

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Wordless Wednesday #213 – Daisy, 11 years old

November 12, 2014 11 comments

Introducing a new dog into your home when you already have a dog

November 11, 2014 8 comments

The girlsOver the past couple of months, I have had several friends adopt a new dog into their household. Given the fact that each already had a resident dog in their home, it is understandable that each one of them worried about how to introduce the new dog into their home. They also worried about how the new dog would make their current dog feel and whether they would get along.

I remember how nervous I was in bringing each one of my dogs into my home. (I think you would have to be a fool not to be a little nervous and anxious!) Every dog is different and every situation must be managed to ensure success.

When Cupcake first came into my home as a foster, it was a tough go. Not because she wasn’t an awesome and very sweet dog, but because she felt like she had to establish her place as top dog right away. She claimed the couch and snarked at Daisy and Jasper whenever they came close to her. Jasper and Daisy were intimidated by her behavior. Daisy started staying in her kennel to avoid her.I think it was at this point I seriously considered giving her back to the rescue.

But then, I remembered to use the skills and knowledge I had gained from so many other trainers. I took away Cupcake’s couch privileges to eliminate any snarking. Then, I started enticing Daisy back to the couch with treats and rewarding Cupcake with treats as well to show her that staying on the floor was a beneficial spot to be. Soon, the snarking had stopped and Daisy was feeling less stressed. We worked on other things too: waiting for dinner, not stealing other dogs’ food, sharing toys, etc.

Introducing a new dog into your home when you have another dog can be difficult. I’ve been offering my own advice and suggestions when asked (think baby gates, crates and slow introductions), but then I remembered that I had attended a webinar earlier this year put on by the ASPCA. The guest speaker was well-known author and animal behaviorist, Patricia McConnell (PhD, CAAB, Author). The topic? Multi-Dog Households: From First Date to After the Honeymoon (You can find more materials and information here as well).

It was a great seminar and discussion and one that I suspect would be beneficial to many an adoptive parent and/or rescue or shelter. I’ll definitely be sharing it with my friends. You can check out her presentation deck here

So how have you handled introducing a new dog into your home? What worked? What didn’t work?

Black and White Sunday #103 – Baaaaa!!!!

November 9, 2014 12 comments

Grrr!!!

My thanks to our hosts for this blog hop Dachshund Nola and Sugar The Golden Retriever.

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Favorite Video Friday – Squirrelly Pumpkin Fun

November 6, 2014 2 comments

Now that the trick and treating fun is done, it’s time to put away the pumpkins and start planning for Thanksgiving (or if you’re Target, Christmas).

If you’re like many people I know, you’ve got a few pumpkins left over from Halloween that are just hanging around on the front stoop waiting for the trash man to cart them away. I saved my larger (sugar) pumpkins for roasting, but I did stick a few smaller ones on the front step for decoration. The squirrels have been having a hey day with them. Every time I come home, I find them in strange spots around the yard. Their pristine surfaces are now marred with teeth marks.

Yes, it appears squirrels love pumpkins just as much as we do. In fact, they may even love them more than we do (see video #2 below to see what I mean).

I thought this week’s video, featuring an artistic squirrel, was the perfect ending to a candy-filled holiday season. The music is perfectly arranged to accompany his handiwork. I hope you’ll enjoy it.

And if you’re not impressed, perhaps the drunk squirrel video will make your day. This is what happens to a squirrel’s brain on fermented pumpkin. Let this be a warning to you. A drunken squirrel is not a pretty sight. :)

Happy Friday everyone!

Drunk Squirrel

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