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Blog the Change For Animals – Help a Lost Dog in Need. Help Tucker.

October 14, 2013 9 comments

Blog the ChangeOctober 15th is Blog the Change for Animals Day. It’s a day when bloggers unite to bring attention back to an animal cause they care deeply about. It’s also a day in which you, our friends and readers, can also do something small to make the difference in the life of an animal.

Today I am continuing the theme from the last Blog the Change, by asking for your help to spread the word about:
1. A little lost Sheltie in Minnesota, and
2. Another missing dog from your own area.

Two years ago next month, I lost my own Sheltie, Cupcake, when she slipped her collar after being frightened. For 11 days I lived in fear that she might be hit by a car, harmed by coyotes, or simply disappear forever, never to be found again.  Fortunately, I was surrounded by people who cared enough to share Cupcake’s story and made sure that word got out about her. People I didn’t even know spread the word and because of them (because of many of you), Cupcake was brought home safely. It was a miracle I will never forget. It’s a miracle I wish for every owner of a lost dog.

Now there is another lost Sheltie that needs our help. His name is Tucker and he has been missing since August 23 of this year. He went missing while away from home and in the care of someone else.

He is very much missed by his family, who has done everything to find him, including handing out flyers, making signs, spreading the word online, traveling to the town he went missing in every weekend, and speaking with animal communicators to try to find him.  What makes finding Tucker so much more important is that he also serves as a support dog and friend for the young man in his home. He misses him deeply.

We know Tucker is out there. We just need to find him.

Tucker has been sighted most recently sighted in Jordan, MN on October 10th.

Still Missing Tucker

How can you help? 

  1. Go to the Lost Shelties MN page and share Tucker’s picture and information on Facebook. Ask your friends to spread the word.
  2. Share this post or Tucker’s flyer (above) on Twitter or tweet “Lost #Sheltie in #Jordan #Minnesota. Support Dog. Brown and white. Do NOT chase. Contact https://www.facebook.com/LostSheltiesMN if seen.”
  3. Keep him in your thoughts and prayers and send him mental messages asking him to seek help from a person.  Ask him to let himself be sighted so we can help find him.

Help another dog in need closer to home

So many dogs and cats go missing each year. Many in your own state or in ones near you. Below I have posted several of the well-known Facebook groups responsible for reuniting lost dogs with their owners. Help make a difference for someone else in need:

  1. Take a moment to click on any one of the lost dog links below and share another lost dog  on Facebook and Twitter. 
  2. “Like” the page and help spread the word on other lost dogs in your own area.
  3. Offer an encouraging word to someone who’s dog is lost. You’d be surprised at how much it can help buoy their spirits. I know first hand how much these kind words helped me to not give up hope.

It might seem like a small thing to ask, but every share you do of a lost dog actually does make a difference:

  • Because someone shared Cupcake’s story, I met people who helped me bring her home.
  • Because I snapped a photo of a lost dog and shared it online, another lost foster dog made it back home. (I still have their thank you note to remind me why I want to continue to help others.)
  • Because someone shared, a lost dog someone found was reunited with his owner this past week.

Sharing makes a difference.

Please Be The Change that makes a difference today.

Thank you.

Click on any one of the links below and share a lost dog picture or story on Facebook or Twitter.

LOST Dogs Arizona

Granite State Dog Recovery

LOST Dogs Iowa

Lost Dogs-Illinois

Lost Dogs-MN

Lost Dogs New Jersey

LOST DOGS Texas

Lost Shelties MN

LOST Dogs of Wisc

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Raise $5000 for Rescue Pets This Week – Just Tweet and Post! #BTC4A

October 22, 2012 10 comments

For every tweet and blog post featuring the #BTC4A hashtag (short for Be the Change for Animals) from October 22-27, Petco will donate $1 for rescue pets – up to $5000 – at BarkWorld!

Roxie – Available for adoption through Minnesota Sheltie Rescue

Now this is a fundraiser I can get behind!

Rescues don’t see donations of this size every day. Heck, they are lucky to even see it in a year!

Having worked with my rescue group, Minnesota Sheltie Rescue, for over a year now. I can vouch for the impact a donation like this would have on one rescue, much less three.

I know, first hand, how much my small, local rescue does in my community. So many small rescues are doing the same thing across these United States. They help so many animals in need and could help so many more if only they had the money to do so. I understand the impact generous donations have on the work they do.

The money you donate pays for spaying, neutering, vaccinations, dental care, heartworm testing, and treating injuries or illness. Why not make these goals as easily attainable as possible?

Roxie was saved just over a month ago and is now ready for her new home. Her story can be the story of many other rescued pets with your help. It’s so easy!

ACT NOW!

  • Tweet this now through Saturday, October 27th at 11 AM (EST) :

Rescue pets receive $1 from @Petco at @BarkWorldExpo for each #BTC4A tweet from Oct 22-27! Learn more: http://ht.ly/eEls7

  • Blog about what rescue means to you, now through Saturday, October 27th at 11 AM (EST). Add #BTC4A to your post title. Add your post link (not just your domain) to the blog hop list below to be counted. Bonus: Each time your post is tweeted, you’ll earn more money for rescue pets!
  • Nominate your favorite no-kill 501(c)3 rescue or shelter at the Petco booth through Friday, October 26th! (BarkWorld Attendees only.)

Why It Matters

Animal organizations need funds for food, vaccinations, spays, neuters, treatment of injuries and illness – expenses that adoption fees don’t fully cover. General donations allow an organization to address their most pressing needs. Together, we can raise $5000 to assist local, no-kill rescues and shelters!

We animal lovers at Be the Change for Animals, BarkWorld, Petco, and Two Little Cavaliers believe that helping rescue pets is important. We know you do too. Make the difference. Be, Blog and Tweet the Change for Animals!

The BIG WINNERS will be announced this weekend during BarkWorld’s Petco session on Saturday!

You DO NOT need to attend BarkWorld to participate.
Simply tweet or post and help us raise $5,000!
We’ll let you know who wins, right here!!

Blog the Change – Spay and neutering your pet: Two personal stories

October 14, 2012 28 comments

Blog the Change is a chance for bloggers to write about something they are passionate about. I am passionate about a lot of animal welfare-related issues, but this is one I haven’t written about before – spaying and neutering your pet.

I know. It’s not a sexy topic. It’s not exciting or drama-filled.It’s something everyone has heard before.

Most people have heard many of the reasons why someone should spay or neuter their pet, like …

  •  3-4 million pets die in shelters each year, we don’t need any more to die.
  • It decreases the chance that your dog will get mammary or testicular cancer
  • Less marking by your male dog
  • Zero chance that your female dog will have an “Ooops!” pregnancy
  • It’s better for your dog’s health.
  • Your male dog will likely mark less after he is neutered.

But, I’m not going to do that today. Instead, I thought I would share just two stories of my own. Both are about family pets who were impacted by our decisions not to spay or neuter. The first is about my dog, Alicia, the second about my brother’s dog, Remy.

How I nearly lost my dog

When I was 15 years old, I got my very first dog of my own. Her name was Alicia. She was a Sheltie, a puppy, and absolutely adorable. We were the very best of friends. We did everything together. We walked together. Trained together. Shared each others’ secrets. She was there with me through some of the most difficult times of my life, including the death of my father. She was everything to me.

When I had to leave to go to college, it broke my heart. I hated to leave her and my family behind. But, I knew my mom would take care of her while I was away. It was during my freshman year, probably when Alicia was 6 or 7 years old, that she got very, very sick and nearly died. She had developed something called Pyometra.

Pyometra is a bacterial infection of the uterus that mostly occurs in middle-aged or older unspayed female dogs. It can result in the accumulation of infection in the bloodstream or abdominal cavity, which can rapidly lead to systemic infection, shock, and death.

Thankfully, a vet saved her life, but I will never forget how guilty I felt knowing that I would have prevented it.  A stupid decision not to spay my dog nearly cost me her life.

Lest you think my experience is unique, another blogger shared her very own experience with Pyometra, in the last Blog the Change. It’s not something to fool around with. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Spay your dog.

Testicular cancer is a reality if you choose not to neuter

My brother’s dog, Remy, was the most awesome dog. Everyone in my family loved him. He was a Chow-Lab mix and was beautiful. He may have looked like a Chow, but he was all Lab in personality. There wasn’t anyone who didn’t love Remy. He went everywhere with my brother. He was a part of every family gather. Who doesn’t want to hang out with a giant teddy bear all of the time.

Remy was also intact. He had never been neutered. My brother always joked that he didn’t want to make him less of a man, but I suspect that he loved Remy so much he wanted to breed him so he could have another awesome dog like him.  Like Alicia, Remy had been his dog from the time he was a young man. The two were inseparable.

When Remy was around 10 years old, he developed testicular cancer (it’s the second most common type of cancer in unneutered male dogs). It could have killed him. It didn’t, but I think that was due more to luck than anything else. A vet recommended Remy be neutered in hopes that it would not spread. Like me, my brother was lucky. He had Remy for a few more years.

You could read my own personal stories and come away thinking that every dog survives. I hope you won’t. The truth is my brother and I were LUCKY. That’s it. If you choose to not spay or neuter your dog you are playing Russian roulette with your pet. You are placing a bet on your pet’s life in hopes that he/she won’t be the one who gets sick. Maybe you’re comfortable with that. I’m not. Every pet of mine will be spayed or neutered. I might have been lucky the first time around, but I’m not betting on the chance I will be again.

There are a lot of myths and misconceptions out there about spaying and neutering (e.g., it makes them fat, they are less likely to have problems if they have one litter first, it’s expensive, etc.), but they are just that, myths. I recommend checking out the links I shared below before making a decision to rely on lady luck. Please spay and neuter your pet.

Blog the Change

Pyometra http://www.snapus.org/site/PageServer?pagename=Health_Benefits

Bacterial infection of the uterus (pyometra) commonly afflicts older unspayed dogs and cats. As pyometra advances, bacterial poisons enter the bloodstream, causing general illness and often kidney failure. If the uterus ruptures, the dog or cat will almost certainly die. Pyometra requires emergency spaying, which may fail to save an animal already severely weakened. The best preventative is to spay dogs and cats while they are young and healthy.

Blog the Change – Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Calling All Dog Bloggers!

July 14, 2012 29 comments

Blog the Change

Today, July 15, 2012, bloggers and blog readers are blogging about a big event that will occur on Monday, July 23rd. The event? Bloggers Unite for Dog Rescue. We are asking all dog bloggers to participate in a special online global event designed to bring attention to dog rescues. BTC4animals.com is proud to partner with Blog Catalog, Dog Rescue Success and YOU to harness a global online community to help save the lives of dogs in need.

Every day dog bloggers bring attention to a variety of animal issues – puppy mills, dog health issues, pet safety, missing dogs, Breed Specific Legislation and pet adoption. On July 23rd, we are asking all dog bloggers to bring attention to the importance of dog rescues and dog adoption.

As consumers we make decisions that impact the lives of animals every day, but perhaps the one that has the most impact is the one we make when we first choose to get a pet. Buy or adopt? That is always the question.

Four million cats and dogs—about one every eight seconds—is put down in U.S. shelters each year. Only 20-30% of the homes in the United States have a dog that was adopted from a shelter or a rescue. (The rest are coming from someplace else – responsible breeders, backyard breeders, puppy mills, and pet stores; but the majority of them come from a family friend or neighbor who chose to breed their dog or who’s dog became pregnant when they got out of the yard.)

As dog bloggers, we can bring attention to this issue, educate people on the the importance of pet adoption and encourage them to adopt from a local rescue. There are so many wonderful rescues out there who do such good work, and most them do it with very little funds. Thankfully, many of them have a small core of dedicated volunteers who are willing to foster, train, promote, vet and care for these dogs. Without these rescues so many more dogs would die.

Let’s give these unsung heroes the recognition they deserve!  Join us on July 23rd as we Unite for Dog Rescue.

Tell others! Post this to Facebook and Twitter:

SPREAD THE WORD – BLOGGERS UNITE FOR DOG RESCUE – Promote dog adoption on July 23rd! http://bit.ly/pO7dZp #BtC4A

This is Matt – He was hours away from death when a local rescue stepped up and offered to take him in (Wags & Whiskers). Thanks to his foster mom, Anne, for offering to foster Matt and for making him feel at home. You can follow Matt on his Facebook page – Adventures of Matt.

Get involved!

  • Blog about a Dog Rescue related topic on July 23rd, 2012
  • Add one of the badges below to your blog and help spread the word
  • Interested in adopting a companion? Visit Petfinder or The Shelter Project.
  • Donate to a local dog rescue organization
  • Foster a dog
  • Volunteer at a local shelter or rescue organization
  • Share this post across all forms of social media and encourage others to participate!
  • Post one of these badges to help promote this event. Copy and paste–help yourself!

Learn more:

Bloggers Unite for Dog Rescue

Pet Adoption Resources

Bloggers Unite for Dog Rescue

A direct link to Matt’s page – Adventures of Matt

Blog The Change: Companies Testing on Animals – Is your product on the list?

July 15, 2011 21 comments

Blog the Change

Part 1 of 2

I’ve been wanting to blog about this issue for some time, but today I had two perfect reasons to do so.

1. Today is Blog the Change for Animals Day. It only happens four times a year, so I always like to take part in this worthy event. As a pet lover and blogger, this is my opportunity to bring attention to one issue and ask people to do something that makes a difference.

2. Today, Life with Dogs posted a story about the very issue I have been wanting to blog about – companies that test products on animals.

I am not a radical tree-hugging activist. In fact, not even close. I like to think of myself as more of an average person who just happens to love animals and hates it when they are mistreated, cruelly abused or neglected. So when I saw this video (see video below) a couple of months ago I knew I wanted to blog about this topic. The video shows two of nine rescued Beagles on their first day of freedom from a testing lab. It brought tears to my eyes knowing what they had been through and what they were about to experience, freedom.

But how could I write about it when I didn’t even know what I could personally do to make a difference?

Then today Life with Dogs posted a story about this issue and posted a link a link listing all of the companies and products who do animal testing. I was shocked to discover that many of the products I use in my daily life were on that list. Products like: Cover Girl, Clorox, Coppertone, Garnier, Listerine, Lubiderm, Orange Glo, OxiClean and Visine. Companies like: 3M, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., Dial Corporation, Proctor & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, Lancome and SC Johnson & Son. Did you have any idea that yours were on the list? I didn’t.

Now I have the information I need to make a change, I am making a pledge today to quit buying from these companies. In fact, I have already begun to organize the products and companies on this list into a grocery list that I can bring with me when I am shopping. This will make it much easier for me to avoid buying these products. I am also going to start shopping online for products and companies who don’t test on animals. I may be only one person, but I can make a difference!

I encourage you to get involved too. The more we use our dollars to speak for us, the more companies will listen.

So how can you help?
1. Watch the video to understand why animal testing must stop.
2. Pledge to stop buying products from these companies.
3. Share this blog post and video with others and ask them to take the pledge.

Tomorrow, I will give you another reason to not buy products from companies that test on animals.
It will be Blog the Change Part 2!

Now here’s that amazing Beagle video. If you want to know more about the Beagle Freedom Project, you can check out their site here.

Update: Another blogger participating in Blog the Change happened to cover the same topic, but she shared good news! One of the companies on the list, Allergen, has announced that they are phasing out animal testing! Yay! Read more about the type of testing they did and what they are phasing out. This is really good news!

Blog The Change – Why Bother Indeed!

January 15, 2011 33 comments

Blog the Change
I’ll be honest. I had forgotten about Blog The Change For Animals. I had forgotten that today, January 15th, was the day to blog about something that mattered to me. So, when I saw that others had already posted their blogs sharing their Blog The Change topic, I felt guilty. I have so many other things I need to get done today. “I guess I’ll just miss another one of these Blog The Change For Animals deadlines”, I thought. (sigh)

But, then I saw Karen’s blog post “Blog The Change For Animals – Why Bother?” out on Twitter and decided to read it. Wow. Powerful stuff. Yup. There are times when I feel the same way. Why bother? What good does it do to blog when people will still continue to treat pets like commodities? Or, to buy pets on the spur of the moment and later discard them with such ease, like they just bought a purse, instead of a living breathing thing? It can be so frustrating.

The truth is that sometimes it’s easier not to care or to even try, but I know personally of several people who did change after reading one of my blog posts (e.g., A Letter from a Shelter Manager). So change can happen. It just takes perseverance, time… and patience. Lots of it.

I recently had a fellow volunteer from our animal shelter (the one that closed down on December 31st, 2010) ask all of us volunteers this question “If you were to write a mission statement about yourself (in regards to animal rescue) – what would it be?” Hmmm…. What a great question. Since our shelter closed, I have been floundering around trying to decide what to do next. I’ve been exploring rescue groups, looking at volunteering at other shelters, etc. but nothing has quite appealed to me… except one. Here is my response, “Fighting puppy mills and rehabbing puppy mill dogs.”

So today, I am going to do something I’ve never done before I’m going to move beyond blogging the change and go out and do something I have been wanting to do for some time. Protest at a Petland Store. If you would like to join me, please do so. Here is the information. From what I hear, they are peaceful and focus on informing folks vs. confronting them.

After that, I am going to start focusing on my “blood pup” campaign. I’ll write about it, promote it, and do whatever I can to educate folks on puppy mills and the dogs they buy from pet stores, this includes online pet stores.

Change doesn’t happen unless all of us get involved – and I’m not just talking about animals either. Everyone has a cause or issue that they are passionate about. How often do they take action on that issue? What do they actually DO besides talk about it to their friends and family about it? Maybe today should be a BE THE CHANGE kind of day. A day when each one of us does one thing to help our cause. What do you think? Are you in?

My Blog The Change for Animals happened after all. Thanks Karen! You motivated me!

Update:

I did it! I made it to my first Petland Protest! I am so glad I did too. I met some terrific people, including a woman who has a puppy mill dog of her own. As luck would have it, the mall security, where the Petland is located in St Paul, won’t let the group protest on the property. They delegated us to the huge snowbanks in front of the mall. I think the joke was on them though because we actually were more visible to incoming and outgoing traffic since we were elevated and so close to the road. Thanks Mall Security! We had over 50 people honk, wave or give the thumbs up sign and we educated one woman who stopped to ask questions. We might have frozen are arse’s off, but I feel good doing it. Next month, Shakopee!
Here’s a few pics from our protest.


Here’s a few pics from our protest today.

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