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Wednesday Winner: Keller Lake Animal Hospital

May 6, 2009 Leave a comment

This week I’m giving a shout out to my dogs’ veterinary clinic, Keller Lake Animal Hospital in Maplewood, Minnesota.

The vets, Dr. Lillie, Dr. DeWoskin and Dr. Benson are some of the nicest and most dedicated people I know. They have been there for me and my dogs Aspen and Daisy, and now for my new dog, Jasper (one of the Shelties mentioned in a previous post). I’ve always felt like they listened to me, sought to understand and cared about my dogs like they were their own.

And, THE STAFF! What can I say about the awesome staff? Angie, Heather, Kim, Stephanie, Katie and Vicky are so wonderful with Daisy. They have always treated her with gentle hands and loving hearts, and they always greet her with a smile and a treat (okay – a few treats) to help her feel more comfortable (something she really needed when she first came to live with me). They are some really awesome people and dedicated to helping animals to the Nth degree.

So this week’s Wednesday Winner is a personal one: Keller Lake Animal Hospital. Check them out!

Wednesday Winner: New Beginnings

April 9, 2009 2 comments

I would like to recognize a special rescue organization, located in St. Louis, as today’s Wednesday Winner. It’s called New Beginnings Cat and Dog Rescue.

New Beginnings is a wonderful organization that is “dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and placement of abandoned, neglected, abused and homeless dogs”. Carolyn Mueller is the wonderful person behind this organization. She is a kind, loving and dedicated person. She took in seven puppy mill rescues (Aussies) at one time and not only fostered and rehabilitated them – ALL AT THE SAME TIME – she also found homes for five of the seven dogs.

You can learn more about the two remaining dogs (Breeze and Micah) on the “Available Dogs” page.

Carolyn has also been a great help to me as I work to rehabilitate my own puppy mill rescue dog, Daisy the Wonder Dog. Her advice, knowledge and skills in rehabilitating abused and neglected dogs is really quite amazing. I have found her insight and help invaluable. There isn’t a lot of information out there for people trying to rehabilitate a puppy mill dog, so Carolyn has been a great resource. You can check out her videos demonstrating some of the great rehab work she did with Micah and Breeze after they were rescued from a puppy mill.

Check out New Beginnings Cat and Dog Rescue…and, if you feel the urge to donate, please do so. Thank you.

Animals his first priority? You be the judge

March 22, 2009 6 comments

I had the opportunity to foster some really cute Sheltie puppies this past week. The lady who purchased them from a local pet store, Eagle Pet Center in Shakopee, did so because she felt she needed to save them from the conditions she found in the store. As quoted in the Star Tribune article on March 20th, Mr Dressen said, “I always make the animals the first priority, and the dusting last.”

Hmmmm….

I listened as the woman, Jane, described the conditions to KSTP (Channel 5) news in my home on Friday. She said the cat’s litter box was full of feces (she also purchased the cat), dead fish were in the fish tanks and the Shelties were going kennel crazy and had little to no bedding in their cages. She also described the two birds in the store as missing feathers and looking distressed. The store, she said, was dirty and smelled.

Since I cared for the puppies I can share my observations…

Both dogs had to be treated for fleas (the cat also had fleas by the way)
Both had spots where their fur was missing and their coat was sparse all over their bodies
Both dogs had missing fur around their eyes
Both smelled so bad I had to give them baths because my house was starting to smell
Overall, their skin condition and coats were in poor condition

So you tell me…
Did this pet store owner make his animals his first priority?
Let’s look at the pictures shall we?
You be the judge.

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Jasmine – 1st day in a home

 

Jasper and Jasmine - 1st day in a home

Jasper and Jasmine – 1st day in a home

Jasper's leg - loss of fur/scabs

Jasper’s leg – loss of hair

Jasmine - bald spot/loss of fur

Jasmine – bald spot/loss of fur

The back of Jasmine's ear - both her and Jasper's ears were like this

The back of Jasmine’s ear – both her and Jasper’s ears were like this

Loss of fur on Jasper's nose

Loss of fur on Jasper’s nose

Loss of fur around Jasmine's eye

Loss of fur around Jasmine’s eye

Loss of fur on Jasper's leg

Loss of fur on Jasper’s leg

Loss of fur around Jasmine's eye

Loss of fur around Jasmine’s eye


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Minnesota the Worst State for Puppy Mill Breeders

February 8, 2009 Leave a comment

Today I am going to do a bit of ranting. Why you ask?

Because I am a Minnesotan and I am embarrassed. No, more than embarassed, I’m stinkin’ mad! How is it that we could become the state with the most puppy mills? How is that the state known for being “Minnesota Nice” could create an environment where dogs are mistreated, abused, tortured and killed just so we, the consumer, can have a cute little designer dog (which is a MUTT by the way)?

Here we are, a little over a week after the pretrial hearing of a felony animal mistreatment case against a woman (who should be kept in a cage herself), and we have tabled a bill that would have required puppy mill breeders to submit to annual inspections. What the heck is wrong with us?

As someone who has worked for the past year to rehabilitate a dog rescued from a puppy mill, perhaps I am a bit too close to this issue. I mean I was the one who to had build trust with a dog that used to cower when in the presence of humans. I was also the one who had to work for months just to get her to be comfortable with coming inside the house and who worked with her so she wouldn’t crouch low to the ground and freeze in fear whenever she was introduced to something new. Too close? You bet!!

So, I am asking folks to get educated and write your state senators. I’m even including the names of two in particular. Sen. Don Betzold (DFL-Fridley), wrote a bill that requires inspections of breeding facilities (which would have been paid for through breeder registration fees), and Sen. Steve Dille (R-Dassel) who wants breeders to register, but to conduct inspections only if there is a complaint (by the way, this one is supported by puppy mill owners). There is also another bill, drafted by Mike Fry, director of the Animal Ark no-kill shelter in Hastings, that was also on the table. It requires inspections for breeders with 40 dogs or more. Definitely worth looking at.

Write these guys (Betzold and Dille) and then write your own senator and tell him/her what you think.
I did.
And, make sure to let them know that you want them to vote in support of inspections of puppy mill breeders.

Here are some links to help you out.
News story: About the puppy mill breeder facing felony charges (if you can stomach it) and the bills that could stop people like her
Find Out Who Represents You in MN

Going on vacation: What to do with your pet?

February 3, 2009 6 comments

If you’re like me, you don’t trust your pet with just anyone.
When I used to travel for business (which was quite often), the one thing that worried me most was finding someone who could care for my cats. Cats can be quite self-sufficient, but they still require daily care – and in my case, a daily insulin injection for diabetes.

At the time I had never even heard of a pet sitter, so I had to rely on friends or family to care for my cats, and to give Sebastiaan his daily insulin injection. As you can imagine this became quite an ordeal. I mean who wants to bug your friends to care for your pets while you are out of town all of the time? They have busy lives themselves and don’t want to be a constant caretaker for someone else’s pets – even if it is for you, their friend.

And, you can only use family for so long before they get tired of it too. Luckily, I had a very understanding sister who loved my cats as much I did, so she was often willing to come over and stay with them or stop in to feed them and give Sebastian his insulin. Not everyone is so lucky.
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