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Dawg House Fall 2009 Newsletter

In this issue:

  • New Dawgs
  • HSSA Adoption Center Grand Opening Party 
  • Can dogs get the H1N1 swine flu?
  • Good Dog, Smart Dog
  • Holiday Dog  Hazards
  • Dawg House Boarding On-and-Off-Site


It’s New Dawgs Time! Let’s hear it for all the wonderful new members of our pack: Rayne (Lab mix), Nova (Great Dane), Pierre (Poodle – Chloe’s new brother!), Paris (mix), Nation (Pit mix), Quincy (Golden Doodle), Uli (mix), Hairy (Jack Russell), Silver (Siberian Husky), Lizzy (Aussie), Khaki and Onyx (Great Danes), Pinto (Aussie), Carter (Pit mix), Izzy (Yorkie / Maltese), Star (Lab mix), Chaco (Lab mix), and Matti (Cockapoo). WOOF! Welcome to the pack!

 If we forgot you, please let us know!


hssa logoThe Humane Society of Southern Arizona has been rescuing, protecting, and saving pets in Tucson for over 65 years. Now, for the first time ever, HSSA has expanded with a new satellite location. We are proud to introduce our new Adoption Center and pet merchandise store at Park Place Mall with a grand opening celebration Saturday Nov. 21st.
Please join us in celebrating our new location, where fashion and shopping meets furry friendships, at Park Place Mall in the South East corner near Sears. The celebration starts at 11:00 a.m. and continues until 5:00 p.m. 

Dawg House will have a booth at this event, so come down, support the HSSA and say hi! We’ll see you there.



H1N1 and Dogs

So far, there are documented cases of ferrets, turkeys, pigs and a cat who have contracted the H1N1 (‘Swine Flu’) virus from humans. The cat recovered; there was one reported ferret death. There have been, however, no reported cases of dogs with H1N1 yet.

sick dog2That doesn’t mean they might not get it, eventually, so normal precautions should be taken if you have any sort of illness in your home. Viruses compromise immune systems in all living organisms, so you want to be careful when sypmtoms arise in you or your pets. Many of the sites we visited for research on this topic recommend that at home you should be washing your hands, covering your face when you sneeze and cough, and if you are ill, you should try to keep your pets from sleeping in your room or on your bed (if that’s possible!)

From the American Veterinary Medical Association Website:

So far, there haven’t been any reports of dogs infected with the 2009 H1N1 flu virus. Based on what’s been reported, ferrets and one cat – and probably dogs, if they can become infected with the virus – have shown signs of respiratory illness. These signs can include lethargy, loss of appetite, fever, runny nose and/or eyes, sneezing, coughing, or changes in breathing (including difficulty breathing).

Keep in mind that dogs currently have their own flu virus, the H3N8 influenza (canine influenza) virus, going around. So far, this flu virus has only been spread from dog to dog. Dogs infected with the canine influenza virus show the same symptoms as dogs with kennel cough – fever, lethargy, loss of appetite, coughing, and maybe a runny nose.


Similar information is posted on the ASPCA website:


Here’s a link to the CDC (Center for Disease Control) post regarding dogs and H1N1:


And several others:






dog reading illo

illustration by Ross Macdonald

 A recent article in the New York Times caught our attention. Good Dog, Smart Dog” by Sarah Kershaw presents a ton of great insight in a short article about service dogs, dog intelligence, and research focused on a deeper understanding of how dogs perceive the world.

“By giving dogs language learning and other tests devised for infants and toddlers, Dr. Coren has come up with an intelligence ranking of 100 breeds, with border collies at No. 1. He says the most intelligent breeds (poodles, retrievers, Labradors and shepherds) can learn as many as 250 words, signs and signals, while the others can learn 165. The average dog is about as intellectually advanced as a 2- to 2-and-a-half-year-old child, he has concluded, with an ability to understand some abstract concepts. For example, the animal can get ”the idea of being a dog” by differentiating photographs with dogs in them from photographs without dogs.”

It’s no secret that dogs have certain senses and abilities that we as humans do not. They see the world in a completely different way than we do, and yet we often judge their intelligence on how it compares to our own. We put very little effort into interpreting the world as dogs perceive it, but how much effort do we make to comminucate with dogs on their terms? How mute we must seem to them sometimes, when we don’t smell what they smell, hear what they hear, or show them the patience in all things that they show us. Dogs are smart, but they are also wise.

More on this article and subject in a recent post from one of our fave blogs:


The original NYT article:



Holiday Hazards for Dawgs

dog dinner partyEach year we try to outline some of the holiday-related toxins that dawgs should stay away from. It’s tempting to give our pets lots of treats (especially when we’re getting so many!), but the fact is, certain people foods (and other holiday items) can be hazardous to their health! 

 The usual dog-toxin suspects we list each year include: 

  • Bones (no Turkey bones, Ham bones, Chicken bones etc.)  They can lacerate or obstruct your pets insides–use them for making stock, not as a treat for your pet.
  • Animal Fat (undigestable); plus too many fatty, rich or new types of food can give your pet pancreatitis or gastroenteritis; two medical conditions that can be painful and even life threatening.
  • Gravy / Butter / Dairy (a little turkey broth is OK!)
  • Chocolate / Nuts
  •  Garbage / Tin Foil / Plastic Bags (always tasty but toxic)–they can also cause a bowel obstruction.
  • Poinsettas, Holly, Mistletoe, Cedar (trees) – all toxic
  • Alcohol / Coffee
  • Onions/Onion Powder (often found in stuffings, will destroy red blood cells and cause anemia 
  • Raisins / Grapes contain a toxin that can cause kidney problems in both cats and dogs.
  • Also make sure your pet has a quiet retreat during the hectic festivities that may be overwhelming–give him/her a break if they appear stressed.

More detailed info can be found online:






sm dh logo framedDawg House Boarding

It appears that Dawg House is FINALLY ready to offer onsite boarding, starting at the beginning of December.  We will continue to offer in home boarding as well, but even our onsite boarding will be pretty cushy. We will limit the boarding to no more than 10 dogs, which gives each dog a lot of specialized attention.

Dogs that are being boarded onsite at Dawg House (we have a WHOLE section of the building that most of you haven’t even seen!) will include the dogs being in daycare during the day, and will stay in a Great Dane sized crate overnight, which should be perfect for them to collapse into after they’ve played all day!

This gives our clients comfort, knowing that they can check in on them during the day on our webcam, and knowing that they won’t be locked up in a run for extended periods of time.

We also will continue to require that you supply food from home, so your pup won’t have any gastroenterological disruption (bad tummy!).  Plus, you are always welcome to supply whatever else you would want your pup to have while he/she is away from you—their favorite teddy bear, their bed, a kong.

We also, of course, will give (or apply) any medications that the dogs will need during their stay free of charge.

The pricing structure for our boarding will be as follows:

For our in home boarding: The price will remain at $35 per 24 hour period, and that includes daycare.  We will continue to only board dogs that we know well (regular daycare clients), and also will continue to limit the number to ensure their happiness and to ensure that we have enough room in our house! 

For on site boarding: The cost for will be: $30.We will board dogs that aren’t regular daycare clients, but because they will be in daycare all day long with our regulars, they will have to pass a temperament evaluation, be spayed/neutered by 6 months of age, and provide full vaccination records. 

If the dogs are picked up before 9:00am on they day they are going home, no daycare rate will apply. After the 9:00am pickup time, the charge will be either half or a whole day of daycare on top of the boarding charge.

We’re really excited about getting this started and we look forward to offering this extension of our services to you all.


“If you would understand this secret, you must first understand the distinction between training an animal and educating one. Trained animals are relatively easy to turn out. All that is required is a book of instructions, a certain amount of bluff and bluster, something to use for threatening and punishing purposes, and of course the animal. Educating an animal, on the other hand, demands keen intelligence, integrity, imagination, and the gentle touch, mentally, vocally, and physically.”

J. Allen Boone, Kinship with All Life


Thanks for reading – send your suggestions for future newsletters and posts!

Your friends,

Erica, Christopher, Benjamin and Finnegan



Dawg House Summer 2009 Newsletter


– New Dawgs

– Summer the Foster Dog

– Maddie Graduates from Class

– Good Luck to Henry and Susanne

– Bailey Memorial

–  Tucson-to-Zurich Dog-blog!


Welcome to all of our NEW DAWGS! Newbies to the Dawg House pack include DYLAN (Yellow Lab), ZEUS (Lab/Border Collie), CID (Hound/Shepherd), LEXI (Catahoula/Shepherd), ZOE (Pug/Lhasa Apso), SMOKEY (Husky), BENJAMIN and BRASKEY (Aussie Mixes), BUSTA (Boxer), SIMONE (mix), TESS (Border Collie mix), CHACO (Lab/Border Collie mix), DAISY (Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier), and TOPPER (mix, new brother to ZOEY!). Woof!



You might see Summer at Dawg House with her brother McCabe from time to time – she’s being fostered by McCabe’s dad and up for adoption! 

Summer is still a puppy – about 7 mos. old (and definitely still has some growing to do!), and full of energy at Dawg House.  She loves other dawgs! She stays in motion at daycare, but at home she settles in, takes it easy and is affectionate.  

If you or someone you know might be interested in adopting Summer, let us know and we can connect you with her foster dad for a play date!



Good Girl, Maddie!

Good Girl, Maddie!

Maddie recently graduated from her Basic Obedience class! Congratulations! Woo-Hoo! Keep up the good work!

Classes were held at Paws & Claws Pet Boutique with trainer Vanya Moreno:





Good luck, Henry!

Good luck, Henry!

Henry‘s mom landed a great new job! Unfortunately for us, that means Henry and his mom have to move all the way across the country. Henry has been part of our pack for over four years (!!) and we’re really gonna miss him. We’re also going to miss his mom, who is a wonderful woman and a good friend.

Congratulations to Henry’s mom, by the way! Here’s a little bit about her fancy new job:

I have accepted a position at the National Institutes of Health in DC, actually Rockville MD. The position is as Program Analyst in the Division of Program Coordination, Planning and Strategic Initiatives in the NIH Office of Medical Applications Research (OMAR). Located in the Office of the Director, OMAR works closely with NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices to assess, translate and disseminate research findings to the biomedical community and to the public. This is really the only office at NIH that works on health policy, so I am very excited.






Bailey joined the pack at Dawg House with his brother Max about four years ago. Bailey enjoyed playing at Dawg House on a regular basis, but had to retire for the last couple of years at home after age issues started making it harder to get around.

We recently lost Bailey at the amazing age of nearly 17 years – that shows a lot of moxie!

We want to express our sympathy to Bailey’s mom, and of course to his brothers Max and Sammy. We’ll miss you, Bailey!



What’s it like to  move from Tucson to Zurich with your dog in tow, you might wonder?

Luna smelling Zurich

Smelling Zurich with Dad

The Dog Comes With

is a wonderfully entertaining blog full of great pictures. We especially love it because the author is owned by a long-term member-in-good-standing of Dawg House ~ one of our very first dawgs ever! Great stuff. Check it out!

Hmmm… maybe Dawg House II could open in Switzerland? Just a thought…   http://thedogcomeswith.blogspot.com/



“I’ve seen a look in dogs’ eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts.”
–John Steinbeck

Well folks, it is sort of a short newsletter, but since we have the Dawg Blawg going full swing now, it’s muich easier to post-as-we-go instead of saving everything up. Hope you’re still enjoying reading as much as we enjoy sharing. Send us any and all suggestions you have for Dawg Blawg posts!

Stay cool out there….

Your friends,

Erica, Christopher, Benjamin and Finnegan

Dawg House Spring 2009 Newsletter

Hey! Newsletters will be posted on the Dawg House Blawg from now on! Now you can leave comments and stuff! Read up and then go poke around!

In this issue:

– Dawg House Moving Plans

– Recent Foster Dawg Adoptions

– Bernie Memorial

– Raleigh and Bo ~ AKC Good Citizens

– Kelly’s Back! And he has a story…

– Harvey, Jackson and Coco ~ Graduation Class of March 2009

– Upcoming Humane Society Event–Puttin’ on the Dog!


dawg-house-logo-clean-small1Dawg House is Moving! After almost five years in our original building, Dawg House is moving to new digs. Don’t worry – we’re not going far – just a few blocks north of our present location.

Our new address will be 2201 North Stone (just south of Grant on the west side of the road) starting in June. We’ll be open as usual through the end of May, but we will be taking a short break the first week of June to move, get set up at the new place, and catch our breath a little. Then on Monday, June 8, we’re up and running at Dawg House 2.0! We’ll send out more updates on the moving schedule as they happen.

So why are we moving? Lots of reasons, all of them positive!

  • First off, the new building is a little more modern, so we have less upkeep to worry about.
  • Plus, we’re having a brand-new AC and heating system installed (woo)!
  • Parking will be improved with a large, private lot and a street-safe entrance in the back of the building. 
  • We’ll be adding on-site boarding and a separate daycare area for on-site boarders who aren’t a regular part of the enrolled daycare pack (our cushy, premium at-home boarding service will still be offered). The new on-site boarding will be offered at a slightly lower rate than our take-home boarding.

Stay tuned for lots of moving news, including a house-breaking party and moving schedule details. We’re sooooo excited! More on this story at:



Dawg House clients, a generous people by nature, often welcome foster dogs into their homes. The primary value in fostering dogs is that they learn the behaviors, rules, and perks of life in a single-family household, and this experience prepares them for transition into a new ‘forever’ home. Fostering is a rewarding experience for those with the time and patience for it, and seeing a dog that you have fostered be adopted into a new home can be a very emotional and satisfying experience.

Two of the foster dawgs you may have seen around Dawg House were adopted recently: Jax (fostered by McCabe‘s dad) and Reeses (fostered by Zoey‘s mom). Both went to good, well-screened homes and we wish them all the best. 

Jax and Reeses

Jax and Reeses


Bernie is an old friend of Dawg House who passed away in January.

We’ll miss you, buddy. 













See more Bernie here:  




akc-cgc-logoRaleigh and his little brother Bo both passed their AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Test this month! Awesome! 

There are a good handful of dawgs in our pack who have become AKC Good Citizens, and we’re proud of all of them and their owners for working so hard at this demanding and rewarding challenge. The test consists of these ten points:

  1. Accepting a friendly stranger
  2. Sitting politely for petting
  3. Appearance and grooming
  4. Out for a walk (walking on a loose lead)
  5. Walking through a crowd
  6. Sit and down on command and Staying in place
  7. Coming when called
  8. Reaction to another dog
  9. Reaction to distraction
  10. Supervised separation 

More detailed descriptions can be found on the AKC site:


Bo & Raleigh and their Mom

Bo & Raleigh and their Mom (we couldn't get her to sit still ;~))















“I was away at a conference and had boarded Kelly with Creature Comforts, early December. One late afternoon I get a call that he was bleeding profusely from his back hock and they were taking him to the vets immediately.



Well, long story short, he had a mass on his back leg that turned out to be a haemangiosarcoma cancer mass. A significant blood vessel grew into the mass and the mass eroded into the blood vessel. Result – massive bleeding. We are so fortunate that they were with him right when it happened. He ended up with a 4-5″ incision right around his back ankle.

But that is where the fun begins – the incision kept opening because it was in a bad place and it took the 4th try of various dog mouth/wound restraining implements to keep Kelly’s big tongue from messing with the wound. So I’ve had Kelly on house arrest with a very large satellite dish – er I mean Elizabethan collar – on for weeks. Yes, you can well imagine this has made Kelly very happy. I have had to come up with all sorts of games to keep him semi-quiet. A bored bloodhound is a terrible thing to behold.

Kelly and I went back to my regular vet for bloodhound emergencies (Pima Pet Clinic) and we have let the incision ‘granulate’ – that is – fill in, rather, with tissue. It has been a LOOOOONNNNNGGGG process, with twice weekly bandage changes. But we are finally there. Tell Ripley Kelly will be back  probably in a couple of weeks.

As for the cancer. Well the good news is that it was a mass on the surface and the biopsy showed clean edges. Dr. Darowalla (my bloodhound long term health vet) and I put him on chinese herbs known for helping with blood  disorders. The rest of it is up to the guardian of bloodhounds.” -Kelly’s Mom

Let us just say that we at Dawg House are so happy for the way this story turned out.  There are still unknowns with metastasis for Mr. Kelly, but he truly has 9 lives.  This wasn’t the first health trauma for poor Kelly, but let’s hope it’s the last.  We’re just thrilled to have him back in our pack behaving just like a bloodhound–and Ripley is thrilled too!


Harvey,  Jackson and Coco celebrated their graduation from Basic Obedience class on Thursday, March 19th! These guys deserve a big round of applaws! Woo-Hoo!

Classes were held at Paws & Claws Pet Boutique with trainer Vanya Moreno:




Harvey ~ Jackson ~ Coco



hssazHumane Society of Southern Arizona Event! 

Puttin’ on the Dog!

Friday, May 1st, 2009 .

5:30PM – 9PM

Tucson Country Club


For more information on this wonderful event:


Spend a lovely evening at Tucson Country Club to benefit homeless dogs in our area.



“Every time you stop a school, you will have to build a jail. What you gain at one end you lose at the other. It’s like feeding a dog on his own tail. It won’t fatten the dog.”  -Mark Twain


Keep checking in on the dawg blog – and let us know what you think – leave your comments! (P.S. – the ‘New Dawgs’ section will be back next newsletter with a gallery of pics!) 

As always, thank you for being a big part of our pack.

Your friends at Dawg House,

Erica, Christopher, Benjamin and Finnegan