Deck The Halls

If you’ve decorated for the holiday season, I hope everything is still intact! I try to keep our decorations to a minimum. It’s really just an excuse to put out more animal “stuff.” I hope you enjoy the Christmas items I’ve collected over the years.

Part of me is glad the cats don’t play with this because of the noisy bells 😉

Here’s our pet stockings and photo ornaments.

 

Here’s the top of the bookcase with ornaments and a photo of Zinger with Santa. The wood carvings are from the Dog Bark Park Inn.

 

Our cute “cookie” jar made by Scentsy

 

My attempt at a photo Christmas Wreath

 

Petsmart Christmas Cat

 

Two days after putting up decorations, I found a stocking on the ground…

 

…Looks like a house cat is sending a message to the Barn Cats!

Giving Thanks

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving with friends and family (2 and 4 legged). This year I have a lot to be thankful for:

Benny on the front porch

  • Our barn cat Benny returned after disappearing for a week. Lucky for us, he only needed to spend 3 nights inside. I wanted to be confident he didn’t have any health issues that needed monitoring. During his indoor stay, he made himself at home laying on my neck and face. This inspired the nickname “Neck Scarf.”
  • All of our animals are happy, healthy, and have only minor behavioral issues. For example: Benny chews on blankets, Marley whines when she wants to go for a run while I drive the ATV, and Tully makes coyote noises during the night).
  • Everyone has warm beds. The barn cats have insulated beds and heat lamp in the barn cat condo. The house cats have the pellet stove to sleep in front.
  • Tully has made a drastic transformation this past year, going from barn cat to house cat. He purrs when I pick him up, lets me smother him with love, and hangs out on the couch with my husband.
  • The best part is that I have an awesome husband to share this with! He loves animals as much as I do, sometimes spoiling them more than me 😉

Benny and Danny wanting inside

Dog Ramp 3.0

We redesigned the ramp support to be sturdier and to be lower than the door threshold, replaced the OSB with 3/4″ plywood, and added caps to the posts. I then painted the guard rails and plywood to match the house trim.

Finished!

We used a paint additive made from finely ground walnut shells to create traction for dogs and humans.

Pet First Aid

Since moving out of the city, I’ve been looking for a hands-on pet first aid class. I recently found one for FREE and can’t wait to attend. I found this class being offered at an animal emergency hospital called Dove Lewis (Portland, OR). I’ve never had to use their emergency services but I have attended their pet grief counseling multiple times.

According to the website (click HERE), I will be learning how to  “prepare a first aid kit, obtain vital signs, assess breathing and circulation, perform CPR, address shock, handle specific injuries, transport injured animals, identify possible instances of toxicity, and respond to allergic reactions.” All of these are extremely useful to know!

I encourage you to look for pet first aid classes in your area or find other sources to help you assist your pets in an emergency.

 

 

 

Change Of Plans

I am disappointed to announce that I will no longer be a part of Golden Bond Rescue of Oregon. I have been greatly mistreated by a board member regarding a document not being submitted while I was being treated for a serious medical issue. This person was made aware of my situation yet she doubled down and spread lies to support her actions. After making others aware of this disturbing event, I was then painted as the problem person even though the injustice was done to me.

I have learned that people within the rescue, whether they have a title or not, have lost perspective. They believe they can treat people poorly in the name of helping the dogs. They believe that shining light on a problem, only makes the organization look bad and this is abhorrent; they would rather pretend a problem doesn’t exist.

I tried to find a way to continue to help the rescue dogs while standing up for myself, but that wasn’t possible. I respect myself too much to surround myself with people who won’t support me when I’ve been wronged. I don’t want to be around people who want to silence and control me for trying to bring about positive change and accountability.

I am greatly concerned that this sort of behavior will be found within other rescues because people focus so much on the animals and stop caring about the people involved. I could be wrong, but I am choosing not to find out. I am not trying to discourage anyone from becoming a foster home or from participating in animal rescues. I want to make you aware of possible problems. Perhaps by reading this, you might put more thought in how you treat others or how you will respond if you are faced with a similar problem.

Hopefully volunteers within animal rescues will learn something from my negative experience. Show some understanding to the humans who are sacrificing their time, energy and money for your shared cause. Show some respect for what they are able and willing to do, even if they don’t do as much as you do or as fast as you. Consider the consequences of not having them such as losing a foster home, financial donations, and event volunteers.

It’s possible to help animals without harming human relationships.

 

The Truth Hurts

This is a more serious posting that will may shock/sicken/sadden/disgust you but hopefully open your eyes to what is happening to beloved dogs in this country.

OF DOGS AND MEN (click HERE) explores a disturbing trend in American law enforcement: the shooting of pet dogs. This is common enough to be named Puppycide and have a database (click HERE). From SWAT raids to simple calls and even visits to wrong addresses, we are seeing more and more incidents of officers using lethal force against a family pet they deem a threat. Are these rash reactions by officers in a system with little regard for our four-legged family members, or are they true peace officers doing their best in a dangerous job? OF DOGS AND MEN investigates the issue from all angles, interviewing law enforcement officers and experts, and taking a journey with pet owners through the tragedy of loss and pursuit of change in a legal system in which the very officers they challenge are an integral part.

This is a huge problem for all dog owners not just those “breaking the law.” You may just live in a neighborhood where there was a burglar, your home alarm system was accidentally triggered, or noise complaint. Don’t fool yourself into believing these are isolated incidents.

Hopefully you will take in this data (click here).