Tag Archives: Rescues and Shelters

Still in the po po

19 Oct

Well, I hope the jargon is taken with light humor and no offense.  It is a loving comment to my stubborn canine companion.

Yep… Banjo is still being trained.  The rascal is not wanting to listen.  What started out as a 3 week program is now pushing past the 6th week with a driven and determined trainer.

Paws and Heels are dug into the ground.  Both are determined to win.  The trainer has the upper hand.  Opposable thumbs, advanced cranial skills, and a loving heart wanting to help this dog ‘get it’.  The dog just wants to run free. 

If you recall he is a Rhodesian ridgeback.  A dog bred to hunt lions.  Logic would have it that- that dog cannot be too smart, otherwise it would refuse to do the job it was designed for.  I wonder, what do they do when they find a lion?  Huh…something to think about.

Any way, I miss him dearly and am not allowed to visit.  It disrupts his behavior and cooperation when I am there.  That cannot be a good sign.  He is still in the big house, the pokey, the clinker….and so on.  He cannot get out until he comes on command off leash.  The whole point is to train him for his own safety.  He likes to run into the street. 

What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object?   We will find out.

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Tornado’s, natural disasters, and our Dogs, Cats and other Pets

24 May

So, how is all this tragedy working for you?  It has been incredible.  For many unbearable.  The toll on the people is sad, tragic, and everyone needs our prayers – and honestly help.  Money, time, effort, assistance, clothes, food, anything.  The need is great.

Don’t forget the animal shelters that are taking in the lost and injured animals.  The influx of animals and the increased costs are a strain.  To help keep the quality of care as good as possible these shelters need to close the gap on what monies they have and what they now need.  Donations of toys, crates, food, food, food, liter, blankets, and of course money really will  help. 

It will take time to reunite owners, if they can be found.  It will take time for the owners to be able to be in a position to take the pets back in some cases.  These animals need help, medical attention, and affection.  They also provide affection, but also a good stability for their families that have lost homes and communities.  The comfort and companionship they give provides normalcy and familiarity.  When someone is looking at a destroyed home, losses of everything they have – but their family and pets are by their side – there is a different perspective.  The ‘bright side’ is able to be found.  “At least we are all together and safe” is heard a lot.  You can rebuild a structure – but family…all members…. are irreplaceable. 

They are so necessary to people who have them.  They fill voids, close gaps, elevate moods, comfort a heart, and calm spirits.

In some cases these storms take the animals.  They get lost, injured, and sometimes the horrible loss.  If you are a pet owner, and you prepare for unexpected events, don’t forget the animals too.  Go to the red cross for advise on how to prepare for your pets during a natural disaster – or other big unexpected event.  A little preparation can go a long way.

God Bless the people going through these hard times.  God Bless our country.  God Bless everyone who is stepping up and helping in what every capacity they are able.  God Bless our dogs, cats, and other pets.