Dog Getting Second Chance after Surviving Being Hit By Train

miracleOn Saturday, a Good Samaritan came to the rescue of a dog that had been hit by a train in San Antonio, Texas. Now the animal rescue San Antonio Pets Alive needs help saving the dog.

The 3-year-old dog was found on the train tracks with one of her hind legs severed and a broken tail. The dog was rushed to a local animal hospital.

“She wasn’t able to stand,” said Gabriella Uresti with Pets Alive. “It was probably from being in shock and being in a lot of pain.”

The staff at Pets Alive were determined to save the dog  they’ve named Miracle. She was scheduled to be euthanized but Pets Alive stepped in to save her. She will need surgery to amputate her damaged leg and tail, but once she recovers the staff believes she will make a great pet.

“Her future looks great,” said Uresti. “She needs a foster home, so we are definitely looking for someone who can foster her while she is healing and going through the process of learning how to walk on three legs, but she definitely has a really good spirit. Her future looks really good.”


Woman rescues dog that lived in Liberty Lake field for years

Please read this wonderful rescue story!

Ginger’s smile hides a hard history.

The amber-colored Weimaraner-mix dog doesn’t shy from petting hands or treats. Her tail wags when she hears the voice of her owner, Carmel Travis. She seems like just a regular dog – except Ginger spent almost four years running wild in a rocky open field in Liberty Lake.

Travis, a real estate broker from Pullman, trapped and adopted Ginger last month from a one-acre field between the Quality Inn and Accra-Fab, a sheet metal firm.

“We weren’t planning on keeping her,” Travis said, standing near the field where Ginger lived. “But she’s special.”

Pet rescue is Travis’ passion. She’s a certified Missing Animal Response Technician through Missing Pet Partnership, an organization dedicated to helping stray and homeless dogs find homes. Travis has three dogs and four cats, all of them rescued. They’re her “four-legged children,” she said.

Accra-Fab employees say they first saw Ginger in September 2009, alone in the empty lot.

Employees at the company call Ginger “tough girl.” Human resources director Barry Stewart said employees didn’t want to risk putting her in a shelter where she might be put down. Instead, they continued to give her food and water.

“If she was going to go, out here would at least be the spot,” he said. “This was her home.”

Ginger was skittish, he said. She didn’t come when called and ran away when approached.

Travis first heard of Ginger when trying to rescue a loose golden retriever in Coeur d’Alene last month. A man who was also trying to help the retriever mentioned a stray dog living in a field in Liberty Lake.

Travis knew she had to help.

“It would haunt me that there’s a dog living in a field,” she said. “That’s not right.”

Travis said she contacted Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Services, but they couldn’t guarantee a live release from the shelter. So Travis kept Ginger’s location secret and set her own trap.

It took two traps and two 180-mile round-trips from Pullman to Liberty Lake to capture Ginger, but on July 6, they caught her.

“We baited it with a double-meat double-cheeseburger,” she said.

From scanning her microchip, Travis found out that Ginger’s first owners had relinquished her to the Spokane Humane Society because they had too many pets, Travis said. When her second owners returned home from the shelter, Ginger bolted before they could even enter the front door.

“It’s very, very common for newly adopted dogs to bolt if you don’t have the leash on them,” she said.

Travis tracked down Ginger’s most recent owners and found they’d since moved to Billings and recommended she take the dog to the shelter.

Instead, Travis took her home. With the removal of a tick, Ginger received a clean bill of health from a veterinarian. Travis originally planned to take her to a shelter for unsocialized dogs, but when Ginger behaved well around her other pets, she couldn’t resist.

“There was nothing to say no to with her,” she said.

Six years ago, Travis helped find homes for the Great Eight, a pit bull fighting ring involved in Washington’s first animal fighting convictions.

“I found out about their situation, and I knew they had no voice and wanted to help,” Travis told The Spokesman-Review in 2008.

The dogs were sent to Stray Release in St. Louis, Mo.

Travis doesn’t know Ginger’s full story. Even the breed and age report she received from the Humane Society isn’t certain. But she knows she’s found a miracle dog.

“We were going to make sure she wasn’t homeless,” she said, turning to the dog. “Huh, sweetheart?”

Ginger grinned.

Collie chases squirrel up a tree and is stuck for days

Laddy stuck in a tree (© Ron Stevenson/AP)

Here’s a great short story!!

Did you hear the one about the border collie who chased a squirrel 10 feet up a sloping oak tree and was hidden in the leaves for days because he couldn’t get down again? (Cue sound of squirrel laughing.) It wasn’t so funny for Laddy, the Davenport, Iowa, dog that went missing last weekend. Thankfully, when Rod Stevenson heard a dog whining outside his house, he did something inexplicable even to him: he looked up. There was Laddy sitting on a branch. Stevenson shimmied up the tree and took Laddy’s collar. “It’s time for you to get out of this tree,” he said. Laddy was returned to his owners, who had been desperately looking for him.

Dogs seized from Thibodaux breeder make it to new homes

It’s so sad to hear about breeders like this.

The dogs were taken from the home by parish officials after the owner, Warren “Chris” Michot, was found guilty of cruelty to animals in May. In June, the court ordered Michot to reduce the number of dogs on his property, at 368 Little Choupic Road. When Michot didn’t comply, Judge F. Hugh “Buddy” Larose ordered that all but 10 dogs be removed.

The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office coordinated with the National Brittany Rescue and Adoption Network for the rescue. The national organization, in turn, reached out to four more Brittany spaniel rescue groups to join the effort.

The dogs were taken from the home Wednesday and brought to the Raceland Agriculture Center where they were bathed, vaccinated and given a preliminary medical evaluation by Dr. Lionel de la Houssaye, a Lafourche Parish veterinarian.

De la Houssaye said all of the dogs were in “decent shape.” There were signs the dogs had been neglected, such as urine and feces stains on their fur, but they were OK. “On a scale of one to 10, they were a five,” he added.

Of the dogs that were screened for heartworms, he said, about 70 percent tested positive. The dogs that were not screened were not old enough to be tested.

“They were all ages, but it can be hard to tell an exact age,” de la Houssaye said. “You might look at one and based on the condition of their teeth or gums, the dog might look 12 years old when in fact they are only 7 or 8.”

Mouth problems, such as missing teeth or infected gums, were common in the rescued dogs, he said. Other ailments included skin problems, parasites and dehydration.

Some of the dogs needed intravenous fluid therapy because of the heat and stress, he said, and another had to have abdominal surgery Wednesday night for pyometra, a uterine infection. Seven of the dogs were pregnant.

All of the dogs were in good enough health to make the trips to their new homes, he said.

The dogs were split among the five rescue organizations, said Susan Spaid, president of the National Brittany Rescue and Adoption Network. Those groups include the Brittany Rescue of Texas, Florida Brittany Rescue, and the American Brittany Rescue and New England Brittany Rescue, both in Pennsylvania. The last dogs arrived in Pennsylvania Monday, she said.

All are adjusting to their new environments, Spaid said. Some are in foster homes and others are in boarding facilities.

The dogs that are healthy will start to be put up for adoption in the coming weeks, and the dogs that have heartworms or other parasites will begin treatment. The respective treatments are being paid for by money pooled by the rescue organizations, she said.

De la Houssaye said there’s still a possibility the dogs could suffer problems down the road. Even so, they will be in better condition than they would have been on the breeder’s property.

From the minute they left the home, he said, the dogs were happier.

“They sat there in the laps of volunteers looking like they were in seventh heaven,” he said.

Spaid agreed, saying she appreciated the community’s support in the rescue effort.

“We hate to see this kind of thing happen,” she said, “but with everyone working together, it turned out to be a good thing.”Image

New Study Finds Dogs Similar to Children

By Amy Sinatra Ayres

It’s no surprise that many dog owners think of their pup as their child. But what may be more surprising is a new study that finds that dogs feel the same way – they react to their owners in a way is strikingly similar to the way children react to their parents.

The behavior is rooted in the bonding that happens when pooches think of their protectors as a “secure base” that gives them confidence and safety, according to a new study by researchers University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, that was published in the journal PLOS ONE.

In an experiment, researchers found that dogs were more interested in working for treats when their caregivers were in the room. “One of the things that really surprised us is that adult dogs behave towards their caregivers like human children do,” said the study’s author, Lisa Horn. – Read it at Today

Plus: On the heels of that study, the results of a new poll from Public Policy Polling on how Americans view pets may not be so surprising. The poll finds that 52 percent of those asked prefer dogs, 1 in 5 prefer spending time with their pets to spending time with other people and a third said they let their pets sleep in the bed with them.

Dog Story – How Did The Dog Become Our Master?

I think a few of us have been down this road before!

I was so ignorant about dogs that I thought what she wanted must be a Javanese, a little Indonesian dog, not a Havanese, named for the city in Cuba. When we discovered, with a pang, the long Google histories that she left on my wife’s computer—havanese puppies/havanese care/how to find a havanese/havanese, convincing your parints—I assumed she was misspelling the name. But in fact it was a Havanese she wanted, a small, sturdy breed that, in the past decade, has become a mainstay of New York apartment life. (It was recognized as a breed by the American Kennel Club only in the mid-nineties.) Shrewd enough to know that she would never get us out of the city to an approved breeder, she quietly decided that she could live with a Manhattan pet-store “puppy mill” dog if she could check its eyes for signs of illness and its temperament for symptoms of sweetness. Finally, she backed us into a nice pet store on Lexington Avenue and showed us a tiny bundle of caramel-colored fur with a comical black mask. “That’s my dog,” she said simply.

My wife and I looked at each other with a wild surmise: the moment parents become parints, creatures beyond convincing who exist to be convinced. When it came to dogs, we shared a distaste that touched the fringe of disgust and flirted with the edge of phobia. I was bitten by a nasty German-shepherd guard dog when I was about eight—not a terrible bite but traumatic all the same—and it led me ever after to cross streets and jump nervously at the sight of any of its kind. My wife’s objections were narrowly aesthetic: the smells, the slobber, the shit. We both disliked dog owners in their dog-owning character: the empty laughter as the dog jumped up on you; the relentless apologies for the dog’s bad behavior, along with the smiling assurance that it was all actually rather cute. Though I could read, and even blurb, friends’ books on dogs, I felt about them as if the same friends had written books on polar exploration: I could grasp it as a subject worthy of extended poetic description, but it was not a thing I had any plans to pursue myself. “Dogs are failed humans,” a witty friend said, and I agreed.

We were, however, doomed, and knew it. The constitution of parents and children may, like the British one, be unwritten, but, as the Brits point out, that doesn’t make it less enforceable or authoritative. The unwritten compact that governs family life says somewhere that children who have waited long enough for a dog and want one badly enough have a right to have one. I felt as the Queen must at meeting an unpleasant Socialist Prime Minister: it isn’t what you wanted, but it’s your constitutional duty to welcome, and pretend.

The pet-store people packed up the dog, a female, in a little crate and Olivia excitedly considered names. Willow? Daisy? Or maybe Honey? “Why not call her Butterscotch?” I suggested, prompted by a dim memory of one of those Dan Jenkins football novels from the seventies, where the running-back hero always uses that word when referring to the hair color of his leggy Texas girlfriends. Olivia nodded violently. Yes! That was her name. Butterscotch.

We took her home and put her in the back storage room to sleep. Tiny thing, we thought. Enormous eyes. My wife and I were terrified that it would be a repeat of the first year with a baby, up all night. But she was good. She slept right through the first night, and all subsequent nights, waiting in the morning for you past the point that a dog could decently be expected to wait, greeting you with a worried look, then racing across the apartment to her “papers”—the pads that you put out for a dog to pee and shit on. Her front legs were shorter than her rear ones, putting a distinctive hop in her stride. (“Breed trait,” Olivia said, knowingly.)

All the creature wanted was to please. Unlike a child, who pleases in spite of herself, Butterscotch wanted to know what she could do to make you happy, if only you kept her fed and let her play. She had none of the imperiousness of a human infant. A child starts walking away as soon as she starts to walk—on the way out, from the very first day. What makes kids so lovable is the tension between their helplessness and their drive to deny it. Butterscotch, though, was a born courtesan. She learned the tricks Olivia taught her with startling ease: sitting and rolling over and lying down and standing and shaking hands (or paws) and jumping over stacks of unsold books. The terms of the tricks were apparent: she did them for treats. But, if it was a basic bargain, she employed it with an avidity that made it the most touching thing I have seen. When a plate of steak appeared at the end of dinner, she would race through her repertory of stunts and then offer a paw to shake. Just tell me what you want, and I’ll do it!

7 Rattlesnake Tips that could Save Your Dog’s Life





This is the time of year to be aware of rattlesnakes when outside with your dog. Remember that rattlesnakes can be in your backyard too so be careful if you leave your dog outside alone (don’t forget about your cats also).  – Beck & Chris


1. Get your dog the rattlesnake vaccine.
There is a dog vaccine by Red Rock Biologics for rattlesnake bites. The vaccine is made from snake venom and works in a way so that if your dog is bitten, the reaction to the bite is REDUCED and may be delayed ? it is not completely eliminated, so a vaccinated dog bitten by a rattlesnake will still need vet care as soon as possible.  “The rattlesnake vaccination costs about $25, and can greatly reduce the amount of anti-venom serum the dog needs and the severity of the reaction to the bite,” says Dr. Liz Koskenmaki, DVM. Since each vial of anti-venom costs between $500 to $1000 depending on where you live, you are not only potentially saving your dog’s life, but a lot of money!
2. Walk your dog on 6-foot leash.
If you hear a rattle or see a snake on the ground ahead of you, if your dog is on a 6 foot leash, you can avoid it. Vets say the vast majority of rattlesnake bites occur when a dog is off-leash or on a flexi-lead.
3. Avoid avoid rocky or dense brush or grassy areas.
On your walks with your dog, stay on the trail, and choose wide trails or roads over narrow brush-bordered trails if possible. That way you are more likely to see a snake sunning itself across your path, and be able to stop and avoid it in time. Also, keep your yard grass cut short and eliminate brush, piles of rocks where snakes like to sun themselves as well as hide.
4. Snake-proof your yard.
Your yard may be fenced to keep Fido safely in, but it won’t keep most snakes out unless you fortify it. Snakes can get under fencing that does not have a solid cement base (like a block wall). On wood fences or solid iron fences, use hardware cloth all along the base of your fence, including across any gated areas. You’ll need to dig a trench to bury 22″ of it into the ground, with 18″ above ground attached to the base of your fence. Hardware cloth runs about $100 per 100 feet — expensive, but if you live in a rattlesnake-dense area and want your dog to be safe in your yard, the cost may be worth it.
5. Know a dog’s rattlesnake-bite symptoms.
If you don’t recognize the symptoms of a rattlesnake bite in your dog, you might delay rushing them to the vet immediately ? and that delay could be fatal.
Immediate symptoms almost always include:

  • puncture wounds (can be bleeding)
  • severe pain
  • swelling
  • restlessness, panting, or drooling

Depending on how much venom the bite injected into your dog, and the size of your dog, any of these more severe symptoms may appear quickly or within a few hours:

  • lethargy, weakness, sometimes collapse
  • muscle tremors
  • diarrhea
  • seizures
  • neurological signs including depressed respiration

6. If you & your dog encounter a rattlesnake…
Calmly & slowly back away from the snake until you are no longer within striking distance (about the snake’s length) and until the snake stops rattling at you. Then carefully leave the area ? if there is one snake, there are likely to be more in that same area.
7. If your dog is bitten by a rattlesnake…
If you can, carry your dog to your car. If you can’t carry your dog without them (or you!) struggling, walk them to your car. Limiting the dog’s activity will limit the venom moving around in their body, which is better. THEN GET THEM TO A VET IMMEDIATELY! The faster your dog can get the anti-venom and other emergency treatment from the vet, the greater their chance of survival.
We haven’t included rattlesnake aversion training classes in our tips. In some areas, “Rattlesnake Proofing” or aversion training is available, but be aware that they almost always involve the dog getting a fairly strong shock from an electric shock collar when they “find” a snake (yes, a real snake ? a defanged/devenomed one). You lavish them with praise after they get shocked and yelp in pain and encourage them to come running back to you. In extreme cases where your dog must go out into an area with rattlesnakes daily, the one-second of pain of this type of “rattlesnake proofing” might be worth potentially saving your dog’s life, but we hope that with the totally humane tips above, most dog owners will not have to resort to a painful training to keep their dogs safe from a fatal rattlesnake bite.