Monday, October 24, 2016

Tethering a Dog is Bad

The Blytheville Humane Society has been hard at work over the last few weeks.  We have made several adoptions.  One special girl Paris, who had been at the shelter for 5 years, found her forever home.  Needless to say there were many tears of joy shed, Paris had waited patiently at the shelter, seeing other dogs come and go.  She never gave up. She never became angry or sad. She lived her life with us, knowing that the volunteers loved her and someday she would find her forever home. Paris we miss you but we are beyond happy that you, our special girl, have a forever home.

Of course the never-ending job of rescue also continued. We have several new faces at the shelter and in foster homes, including one big boy named Burt who is Mastiff and German Shepard mix. Burt was living on a chain (the kind of chain you use to tow a vehicle). The chain was padlocked to his collar.  He had no shelter and little food.  When we received him he was at the least 50 pounds underweight and the flies had chewed sores on his ears. 

When he walked through the door his eyes looked hollow, he would not make eye contact, his tail was between his legs, and his ears were bleeding.  But, when he entered the kennel a big soft warm blanket and a volunteer was waiting.  When he entered his kennel space, he literally crawled in the lap of a volunteer sitting in the kennel.  We can only guess that he was trying show us how grateful he is for being out of the weather and having food. 

Do you ever wonder what a dog living on a chain thinks??
Dogs are naturally social beings who need interaction with humans and/or other animals. Intensive confinement or long-term restraint can severely damage their physical and psychological well-being. An otherwise friendly and docile dog, when kept continuously chained or intensively confined in any way, becomes neurotic, unhappy, anxious or aggressive.

It is common for continuously tethered dogs to endure physical ailments as a result of being continuously tethered. Their necks can become raw and sore, and their collars can painfully grow into their skin. They are vulnerable to insect bites and parasites, and are at high risk of entanglement, strangulation, and harassment or attacks by other dogs or people.

Tethered dogs may also suffer from irregular feedings, overturned water bowls, inadequate veterinary care and extreme temperatures. During snow storms, these dogs often have no access to shelter. During periods of extreme heat, they may not receive adequate water or protection from the sun. Owners who chain their dogs are less likely to clean the area of confinement, causing the dogs to eat and sleep in an area contaminated with urine and feces. What's more, because their often neurotic behavior makes them difficult to approach, chained dogs are rarely given even minimal affection.

Burt is gaining weight and getting healthy. He will be ready for adoption in the next couple of weeks. If you are looking for a forever big friend, Burt would love to meet you. 

~ ConnieKayA ~
A Southern Girl sharing her passion for living an abundantly blessed life.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Reasons to Spay and Neuter

We are super excited that the weather is changing.  Fall and Spring are busy times at the shelter, the cooler temperatures have everyone moving with more energy and enthusiasm. 
This week we want to share with you why spaying and neutering your pet is important.  First and foremost if more pets were neutered, the need for the humane society in the community might be extinct.  I know you probably think us crazy animal people will never go away, but honestly we could be forced to just sit home and enjoy our own pets, if we weren’t out rescuing and caring for unwanted dogs and cats.
So if you need more reasons than letting us crazy dog people stay at with our pets, take a look at the list of reasons why you should spay and neuter you pet.
1. Unwanted pregnancies
The problem with an intact male is that it’s hard for him to resist a female in heat! An intact male can run away and follow the smell of a female in heat located miles away. 
2. Pet overpopulation
Sadly, 3 to 4 million of unwanted pets are euthanized each year. At least some of these deaths could have been prevented by neutering males (and spaying females). In the shelter world, this is known as pet overpopulation. This is the number one reason the humane society exist. 
3. Behavior 
Unneutered pets have all kinds of behavioral problems. In male dogs, the most common behavior is an aggressive temper.  Of course, there are many intact pets who are perfectly sweet.  Neutering, when done early in life, can reduce aggressiveness and improve behavior overall. For example, it decreases the always-embarrassing "mounting" behavior in dogs.
4. Marking
Few things smell worse than intact male cat urine.  Some people make their indoor cat an outdoor cat when they can't tolerate the smell anymore. This increases the risk of being hit by a car. Neutering, when done early enough in life, virtually eliminates the odor of male cat urine and should prevent marking in male dogs.
5. Roaming and getting in trouble or lost.
Pets are rarely taught how to cross the street safely. So as they roam, searching for a partner or looking for trouble, they might get hit by a car. Neutering decreases the urge to roam or run away from home. In addition, neutering decreases the risk of getting into fights.

An added risk of roaming is getting lost, every year, millions of pets get lost. Some are returned to their owner. Most are not.  To decrease the risk of such a tragedy happening in your family, neuter your pet, pet-proof the fence in your backyard and always keep your pet on a leash during walks. In addition, talk to your vet about the benefits of tattoos and microchips.

So since there is a need for us crazy dog people, this last week we were able to send a few of our older dogs to Mary’s Rescue.  These dogs have fore-ever homes waiting on them when they arrive. One of the benefits to working with Mary’s Rescue is we are able to follow these dogs as they bond with their new families. 
~ ConnieKayA~
   Doggie Mom 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Unwanted Four-Legged Members of the Community

This has been a trying week for the humane society, filled with dark clouds.  There seems to be no end to the homeless and unwanted four-legged members of our community.

Two dogs (different homes) on chains, limited food and water, flies literally eating their ears off.  One Moma dog, seven puppies, no shelter, limited food, now 3 puppies.  Two puppies no home, one run over.   It seems like it never ends…..

As we talked about last week, spay and neuter, will lessen the number of unwanted animals. And yes, we have a spay-neuter ordinance, but the humane society does not have the authority to enforce it.  So the next time you see animal control ask them about the spay-neuter ordinance.  If you know of someone who has a dog that has liter after liter of puppies, call animal control, ask animal control to enforce the spay- neuter ordinance.

As for the dogs on the chain, as long as the dog has food, water, and shelter there is nothing we can do.  Don’t ask us how much water or how much food, or what constitutes shelter. Arkansas’s law is vague. And yes, animal welfare groups have tried and tried to improve the law.  But each time, we are fought at the legislative level by Arkansas Farm Bureau.  See, Arkansas Farm Bureau thinks if you give a domestic animal a decent place to live and define adequate food and water, you are opening the door to crazy animal people wanting farm animals to have humane treatment.

Over the next month you may be approached by a politician out asking for your vote. When you do ask the politician if they will stand strong and support the rights of domestic animals.

With every dark cloud comes sunshine. Our sunshine this week comes with the adoption of a couple of awesome dogs locally, seven adoptions at Petco and seeing pictures, of the dog we sent to Mary’s Rescue, enjoying life with their new families. 

~ ConnieKayA~
   Doggie Mom 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

To A Homeless Dog You Could Be The World

This week has seen cooler temperatures but no relief in unwanted animals.  If you haven’t noticed, our weekly theme is consistently, “help there are too many unwanted animals and too few homes.”

Heath our Pet of the Week - Looking for his forever home 
Dogs that have been dumped, surrendered, or abandon by their humans often suffer from behavior issues, including excitability, attention-seeking issues, hyperactivity, persistent barking, fear and aggression toward strange people and dogs.  These dogs can exhibit bizarre, strange or repetitive behaviors such as hoarding, digging deep holes, or compulsive behaviors like sucking on cloth or licking the furniture.

Sonya is a sweet shy girl, she is looking for a fulltime family
Our staff and volunteers understand that these dogs are going to have mental health issues, but often we have good people with good intentions adopt our rescue dogs only to bring them back to the shelter because they do not understand the dog’s behavior.

Rehabilitating an abused dog presents a significant challenge, because these animals have been exposed to negative things they can’t unlearn despite your best efforts. But it’s important to feel hopeful, because life-changing progress can be made and there’s nothing more gratifying.

It takes time to help an abused dog learn to be less fearful and develop trust in humans again. With knowledge, hard work, and commitment, a previously abused pet can be transformed into a much-loved member of your family… but they can’t be reborn. It’s important to always remember that.

Here are some general guidelines for creating a safe environment for a previously abused dog(s):

  • Make them feel loved and needed; communicate clearly with them
  • Do not force anything on them under any circumstances – allow them to adapt to their new family and life at their own pace. Provide them with a safe place where they can be alone when they feels like it
  • Protect them from whatever they fears
  • Create opportunities for them to be successful and build their confidence            

We share all of this information this week in hopes that we will have a few good people with good intentions, who are willing to put time, effort, and love into helping us rehabilitate those who have been dumped, surrender or abandoned.  

Volunteers at Petco 
We promise in return you will have wet noses kisses and free tail wags. 
“To the world you are one person, to a dog you could be the world”

If you would like to be a foster home please call Pam Ford at 838-5512.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Creative News from Bed and Biscuit Boarding

We have exciting news at Bed and Biscuit Boarding!!!
We are working diligently on our Doggie Daywear and Treat Line.  
Below are a couple of pictures of items that will be included in our store.

 Embroidery and Wooden Wall Hangings

Healthy Homemade Treats 

Personalized Bandannas and clothing 

Designer Hats and Bandannas  

Bones and Paws made from whole wheat flour and fresh Veggies 
We are planning our Online opening for September 3rd.
Please help us celebrate our grand opening. 
~ Bed and Biscuit Boarding ~

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Humane Society Update

As many of you know Bed and Biscuit Boarding is the result of my love for animals and my work with the Blytheville Humane Society.  The Big Man and I have 14 rescue dogs all but 2 are between 7 and 16 years old.  We have a difficult time finding someone, other than family members to help with our four-legged babies.  Because of our difficulty finding someone who would love them and put up with their sometimes odd personalities, when we bought the land next to our home, it became home to Bed and Biscuit Boarding. 

I occasionally write the Humane Society newspaper column.  So I thought for those who do not have access to the newspaper I would share the article her on our blog.

Humane Society Newspaper Column

This week the humane society was tasked with finding a forever home for the sweet little pig that was left on our door step.  Our foster homes did a great job, but they realized our sweet little pig needed a forever home.  Pigs are social animals – they need company, human or pig, they don’t care.  Pigs can be annoying and demanding.  Pigs also grow-up – they get bigger, I know they are so cute when they are little, but seriously they grow up.  Personally I have seen a grown sow teardown a wooden fence and turn over a cast-iron bathtub.  
This week the humane society volunteers did a great job of finding a rescue and coordinating travel for our sweet little pig.  By the time you read this article, the sweet little pig will be a resident of a rescue in Alabama, where she will live out her happy little pig life.

As we continue to move into 2016 the humane society continues to receive calls daily about “unwanted” Christmas gifts.  Just this week we have had two families call with 3 puppies they no longer want. 
Folks, the truth about dogs are they are going to park, they are going to be too playful and sometime too aggressive or too timid, they are not always going to listen and yes, they will make a mess. But, in return they will love you unconditionally and for an added bonus they are great for stress relief if you will take the time to pay attention to them. 

As Mother Nature turns on the chillers this week – please remember you furry and feathered friends.
Dogs, cats, horses, chickens, and yes, sweet little pigs need a warm place to stay.  Their spot outside doesn’t have to be heated and cooled but it does need to be warm, dry, safe and the pet has to have access to clean unfrozen water and adequate food. 
Shiloh Ann once homeless and scared now
part of a family that lovers her
Nana's Girl
If you don’t have appropriate shelter and someone knocks on your door, don’t shoot or curse the messenger, the humane society member is there about your freezing or starving animal. Remember humane society members are trying to help you, we really do not want to take your pet, believe me we have enough unwanted pets to care for. If you truly love your pet we will help you find a dog house or shelter for the animal.  The humane society also may be able to help you with food during the cold weather. 
Please remember we are here to speak for the animal and to help you be a better pet person.

Connie Ash
Doggie Recuse Mom