~ Animal Rescue … “why you should never advertise and give your pets away for free” … mightydogshasta ~


Re advertising pets for free…
Yesterday I decided to check craigslist re lost/found animals from the northern California fires. My check was short lived when I came across someone “giving away” their beautiful white deaf bully breed/mix dog.
CL albino deaf doggie
But today, I was glad to receive an email from someone who read my daily CL post/outreach “why you should never advertise and give your pets away for free” … http://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/pet/5229074036.html
He was looking for a guinea pig companion and emailed me this:
Thanks for your post – found it while looking for a guinea pig to be my buddy. 🙂 Anyone capable and interested in keeping a well-loved pet will be able to pay a reasonable re-homing fee. I understand Craigslist’s decision to not allow pet sales, but I think it’s just as harmful to let people give them away for free.”
I’ve also in the past received an email protest about my post (probably someone who resells animals, or does something worse), and someone else gave feedback to how she reaches out in regards to this topic.
 It is beyond upsetting and frustrating to see the ongoing backyard breeding of animals that vastly causes in high volumes the overpopulation and euthanasia of unwanted animals… in addition to puppy mills.
 I hope for the day to come when backyard breeding and puppy mills become illegal and feel the need to do something to stop this injustice, even if it’s a simple daily post in craigslist.
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~ Animal Rescue… CESAR MILLAN – “ARE YOU LISTENING?” … “The third lesson is the one that people seem to have the hardest time learning: be aware of what you are saying to the dogs — and I don’t mean with words. You are communicating with your dogs constantly through your energy and body language, and when you send the wrong message, or mixed signals, it makes your dogs very confused.” … mightydogshasta ~


Are you listening?

One of the questions I get asked in almost every interview is, “Where did your ability to communicate with dogs come from?”

Well, my mother always tells me that from an early age, even before I could walk or talk, I was always drawn to animals, no matter what species they were. So my love of animals was inborn.

But it was also nurtured by my grandfather and father, who both taught me to always respect Nature and work with her. Working against Nature is a game that humans will always lose.

Now, while I wouldn’t be where I am without what my parents and grandfather taught me, I did have one more important teacher while I was growing up.

Dogs. Specifically, a large pack of working dogs at my grandfather’s farm. They were never household pets. They lived outside with the other animals. But that pack worked as a group and nobody ever trained them.

They were rarely leashed but when they were, my grandfather did it with the same rope that he’d use to lead the horses and cows around. Otherwise, they roamed free, although they never wandered away.

And nobody ever had to give them commands to get them to do their jobs. Time to move the cows from the pasture up to the pens? Those dogs were on it from the second the humans let the cows out, circling behind the herd and nipping at their heels to lead them to where they had to be.

Grandma is taking lunch out to the workers in the fields? Time to keep the pigs from harassing her and trying to steal the food.

It was, honestly, amazing to see. What I learned by watching those dogs is that there are always leaders that all the other dogs follow. There were never dog fights or excited dogs or anxious dogs. Every dog had its place and knew it, and they were happy.

What this pack taught me are probably the most important lessons I’ve ever learned. First, dogs will always follow the calmest, most balanced and assertive leader. Second, the secret to working with dogs is not in telling them what to do. It’s in listening to what they are telling you.

The third lesson is the one that people seem to have the hardest time learning: be aware of what you are saying to the dogs — and I don’t mean with words. You are communicating with your dogs constantly through your energy and body language, and when you send the wrong message, or mixed signals, it makes your dogs very confused.

This is why comforting an anxious dog is the wrong thing to do. Giving affection will not calm down a nervous dog. Instead, it’s telling the dog that you approve of its state of mind in that moment.

This is also why yelling at an excited dog just makes them more excited. The dog isn’t hearing your words when you shout “No!” or “Stop it!” The dog just senses your energy, which is also excited. In a dog’s eyes, when you yell at it, you’re joining in and encouraging the excitement.

One of the best ways you can learn how dogs communicate is to go to the dog park and just watch them. Observe the way they hold their heads, ears, and tails, how they approach each other, and how they negotiate shared physical space.

You’ll also notice that some dogs are naturally dominant and other dogs defer to them, and size or breed makes no difference. If a Chihuahua is more dominant than a Rottweiler, then that big dog is going to let the little dog have his way every time, as long as the Chihuahua’s energy is calm and assertive.

While you’re observing dogs, don’t forget that August 26th is National Dog Day. I encourage you to celebrate dogs on that day and every day. One of the best ways you can celebrate is to learn to listen to your dogs. They’ll be grateful to you for it.

Stay calm, and keep listening!

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~ Animal Rescue… “MASTERY” – Cesar Millan … achieving balance and harmony … mightydogshasta ~


Mastery

Cesar Millan in a field with a yellow lab

~ Animal Rescue… “Taking a bite out of a dozen common dog myths” … via Cesar Millan … mightydogshasta ~


Taking a bite out of a dozen common dog myths

~ Animal Rescue … “SMUDGE” … LOST Therapy Cat – Santa Rosa, CA … mightydogshasta ~


Sonoma Pets Alive's photo.

URGENT • LOST THERAPY CAT (Santa Rosa, CA) • DSH Grey w/ White Spackle Print (Male) • “Smudge” • 07/31/15

Have you seen this handsome kitty? His name is “Smudge.” He’s a 2-1/2 year old, neutered male, domestic short-haired, grey w/ white spackle print kitty who went missing the morning of 07/31/15 from his family’s home on the 830 block of Sonoma Avenue (between E Street & Brookwood Avenue) in Santa Rosa, CA. Smudge is micro-chipped; however, he wasn’t wearing his collar/ID tags when he went missing. Smudge is an INDOOR-ONLY cat. He’s a beloved emotional support/therapy friend for his family. Smudge is reported as being very, very friendly. His family writes: “He’s very loved, and very important to me. He’s my best friend. Please help me find him!” Smudge’s family dearly misses him!

If you’ve seen Smudge, or have ANY info regarding his whereabouts, please contact Mikeal ASAP at 707-596-2886 (home) or 707-546-4481 (work). Please SHARE, and let’s help reunite Smudge with his worried family. Thank you

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~ Animal Rescue … “JACK” … Lost Therapy Dog – Willits/Ukiah area of CA … Jack’s bud was hit by a car and killed… Jack is missing/lost – REWARD … mightydogshasta ~


Sonoma Pets Alive's photo.

URGENT • LOST THERAPY DOG (Willits/Ukiah, CA) • Catahoula & American Bulldog Mix (Male) • “Jack” • 06/29/15

$$ REWARD $$ – A reward is being offered for Jack’s safe return!!

Have you seen this handsome guy? His name is “Jack.” He’s a 1-1/2 year old, brown & merle, 70-pound, neutered male Catahoula & American Bulldog mix who went missing on 06/29/15 at approximately 10:00pm when the car he was traveling in with his family was in a bad accident along the Highway 101 & Highway 20 routes in the Willits/Ukiah area of CA. Jack has a white neck, chest & paws. He also has a white stripe on his face, and on the tip of his tail. Jack has a thick body, short coat, and medium-sized drop ears. Jack is micro-chipped, and the microchip company has been notified. He wasn’t wearing his collar/ID tags at the time of the accident. Jack’s family lives in Sacramento; they were on their way to Mendocino when the accident occurred, so Jack is unfamiliar with the area he went missing in. All 3 of the family’s dogs who were in the car got loose – Mia (grey dog), was sadly hit by a car and killed; Piper (black dog), is thankfully safe; and Jack (brown/merle dog) ran off into the trees alongside the highway and is still missing. Jack is described as being a very loving, goofy dog who can be shy – he’s a huge part of his family. Jack is a therapy dog for one of the family members; they dearly miss Jack, and are desperate to find him! The family is offering a REWARD for Jack’s safe return. Jack’s family is hoping he’s still in the general location he went missing from – possibly he’s hiding and scared because of the fires currently burning in the neighboring Lake County area. If you see Jack, please do NOT approach; however, DO keep him in your sights and call his family immediately.

If you’ve seen Jack, or have ANY info regarding his whereabouts, please contact Rachael ASAP at 916-804-2018 or 916-769-0303. Please SHARE, and let’s help reunite Jack with his worried family. Thank you! ‪#‎MendocinoCountyLostPets‬

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~ Animal Rescue … “MILTON” … Flying home from Kauai, Hawaii to California and headed to Copper’s Dream Rescue … mightydogshasta ~


 Here is a link to Copper’s Dream Rescue where Milton will be available for adoption (flying into Oakland airport on July 19, 2015):

http://www.coppersdream.org/meet-the-dogs.html

Can’t have a dog but would like to foster for Copper’s Dream Rescue?

http://www.coppersdream.org/foster.html

Fosters must live in the California bay area vicinities of…

Marin * San Francisco * Peninsula * South Bay * East Bay

July 2, 2015…  Our field trip with Milton

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Male/Neutered
Hound/Mix
2 years 2 months

Milton may be a little nervous in new settings but he’s not timid. He is gentle and mild mannered but loves to play and run too.  He loves attention, especially massages. This helps him to trust and bond quickly. He even seemed to enjoy his leg and toes massaged. He is gentle taking treats from your fingers and was not food reactive.  He tends to freeze up once in awhile during his walk but by lifting his body to stand up; a taunt directional pull of the lease with one hand, and with the other hand lift his tail in the up position while leading him forward gets him going.  Milton will do best with a person or family who is home enough to introduce new things to him and and build one on one bonding.  He needs proper exercise for the working breed that he is.  Milton has  had obedience training at the shelter.  He would also do well with another dog that is balanced/secure to help build his confidence but not a must.    He is a young active boy and would make a wonderful companion for an active but calm person or family who can fulfill his needs… he just needs a little boost and given a chance.

SHELTER DOGS ON KAUAI…

If you are visiting Kauai, Hawaii and would like to

take a shelter dog on a field trip,

the Kauai Humane Society’s address:

3 Kaumualii Hwy 825, Lihue, HI 96766

(Just West of Puhi  approximately one mile)

Phone no.:  808 632-0610

More about the field trip program:  http://kauaihumane.org/volunteer/shelter-dogs-on-field-trips/

Airline Escort/Transfer Program…

If you are flying non stop on Alaska Airlines from Lihue, Kauai to Oakland, Seattle, Portland or San Diego, you can volunteer as an escort in the Kauai Humane Society’s transfer program.  Please check out more info in this link:  http://kauaihumane.org/programs-services/shelter-pet-transfer-program/

Adoption web page:  http://kauaihumane.org/adopt/dogs-available-for-adoption/

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