Monday, June 29, 2015

4th of July Brings Fireworks and BBQ-Please remember our furry friends need extra help.



Hi, my name is Bobbie and I want to share some past memories of 4th of July. As you can see by the picture above, I use to party in the bathtub. It was the place I go when anxious and upset. All that loud shooting and fireworks bother my sensitive ears. I also do not like cameras, flashing lights or ceiling fans, but that is another story.  It took me awhile, but I have finally trained my mom to help me during these trying times. Thunder shirts (http://www.thundershirt.com/) are really soothing. Rescue Remedy is really great!! She also keeps me inside and the curtains closed. Sometimes she turns up the volume on the TV or radio. I get to sit in her lap and get extra hugs.




Some other things you can do are:

·        Keep all your pets inside and make sure the doors and windows are closed.
·        All your furry friends should be micro-chipped and have the collar with ID on.
·        This might be a good time for a frosty treat or a kong treat to keep them        occupied…or even better a new toy!
·        You may check with your vet if these things do not work and there may be medication to help calm your furry friend during this time.

  • Keep an updated photo of your dog. 

     These are also good ideas for the Arizona monsoon season….lightning and thunder can also be very troubling. There are many lost and runaway dogs in the shelters the day after July 4th. Remember stay safe and beg for Frosty Paws!!  

    Saturday, June 20, 2015

    Special Fund Raiser for Della


    On June 23rd we are hosting an online fundraiser to help Della get her new prosthetic paw. This custom bracelet is available only for this one day event. 
    $15.00 of the purchase price of this bracelet helps Della. 

    25% of all other items on the website will also help Della. Check out this beautiful jewelry at www.threescoopsofvanilla.com 

    BUT please wait until June 23rd to order.
    There are many special items at this site and I know you will have fun scoping out the goodies, but please wait to order until June 23rd. AZGRC will receive 25%on all items ordered from the website and if you order the bracelet, we will receive $15.00. 

    This bracelet can only be seen on the website June 23rd.
    IMPORTANT ORDERING INFORMATION:  When measuring your wrist for bracelets, please measure as the video describes athttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kZkaRJQS5U.
    This will ensure the correct fit for the bracelet; otherwise it will not fit snugly. 
    **Be sure to include your wrist size, which is the circumference of your wrist in inches, not your bracelet size.  Your EXACT wrist circumference is needed so do not add the extra ½ inch like the video suggests.

    Let’s make the event a success and change Della’s world! Thank you for your support.



    Friday, June 5, 2015

    Thunderstorm Phobia





    This is not normal weather for June in Arizona. How many of you spent last night and today with your dogs trying to crawl into bed with you? Monsoons start in July, but you may need those anti-anxiety therapies now for your furry friends.  Also, these storms may spook your pets, so be prepared!


    Here are a few things you can do:
    • Microchip your pet
    • Keep a current picture of your pet on your phone or computer
    • Collar with ID
    Thunderstorm Remedies:
    For those pets that do not like thunder and lightening, here are some things to try.

    Give the dog a safe place where he can go in a storm.

    Consider a snug garment. Thundershirts work well for some dogs. 

    Ask your veterinarian for advice. Do not use over the counter medications unless verified by your vet.

    Natural therapy can work-Rescue Remedy. Close curtains and turn up the sound of TV or play music.

    Please share what works best for your pets. 


    Sunday, May 17, 2015


    TEN REASONS TO ADOPT A SENIOR GOLDEN

    1. Adulthood. In most cases, senior Goldens are well past the chewing and digging stages of life. They cause less destruction than puppies and younger dogs. They also have a longer attention span for training.

    2. Peace of Mind. Over 90% of older dogs are housebroken before they go to a second home; those that aren’t are easily trained. An adult dog has a larger bladder and can go for longer periods of time without relief.

    3. Experience. Most senior Goldens have been socialized with other animals. They can provide an example and a calming influence to younger dogs.

    4. Tolerance. Older Goldens are good first dogs for children because they are patient with tailtugging and rough petting. They’ll generally walk away from a rough playing child rather than hurt him.

    5. Companionship. Senior dogs don’t demand constant watchfulness and attention. They’re content just to be in the same room while family members are working or relaxing. A Golden Oldie will be more happy with a sedate walk than with intense exercise.

    6. Dignity. Senior Goldens are generally calmer than young dogs; they won’t scare small children or the elderly by jumping up to greet them.

    7. Adaptability. An adult dog will adapt more easily to changes in your household, such as a new baby, relatives or guests visiting, or being left alone for long periods of time.

    8. WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get). A senior dog is fully grown, and most of its health history is known (hereditary diseases, arthritis, hip dysplasia are some). There are no guesses about how big it will get, whether it will bark a lot, or what its energy level will be.

    9. Personality. A senior dog arrives with its own set of likes (e.g., soft places, belly rubs, tennis balls) and dislikes (e.g., cauliflower, squirrels, vacuum cleaners), and each one is different. Discovering all the facets of a senior’s personality makes life with them truly enjoyable.

    10.Memories. Even if you have a senior Golden as part of your life for only a few years, or for just a few months, the days and adventures you share are precious. The love you receive will more than compensate for the sadness of eventually losing such a wonderful companion.

    Sunday, May 10, 2015

    Golden Retriever Moms are the Best




    "What is a Mother?"

    A mother is someone to shelter and guide us,
    To love us, whatever we do,
    With a warm understanding and infinite patience,
    And wonderful gentleness, too.

    How often a mother means swift reassurance
    In soothing our small, childish fears,
    How tenderly mothers watch over their children
    And treasure them all through the years.

    The hearth of a mother is full of forgiveness
    For any mistake, big or small,
    And generous always in helping her family
    Whose needs she has placed above all.

    A mother can utter a word of compassion
    And make all our cares fall away,
    She can brighten a home with the sound of her laughter
    And make life delightful and gay.

    A mother possesses incredible wisdom
    And wonderful insight and skill-
    In each human heart is that one special corner
    Which only a mother can fill!
     Author: Katherine Nelson Davis

    Friday, May 1, 2015

    HELP WANTED.....WE NEED FOSTER FAMILIES



    An AZGRC foster is someone who opens their heart and home and agrees to give temporary shelter to a rescued Golden Retriever.  Most families foster each AZGRC Golden for an average of 1-2 months, but we never know how long it may take for our Goldens to find their forever homes.  You can let us know what kind of Golden Retriever you'd like to foster, (age, size, sex, activity level, etc.,) and how long you'd like to foster.  We will do everything we can to accommodate you and your family.
    WHAT IS EXPECTED?
    SAFE SPOT:  We ask that you give your foster Golden a safe place to rest his head while he's up for adoption.  You will be responsible for a name (if he doesn't already have one,)  food, water, and shelter.
    LOVE LOVE LOVE:  When your foster Golden first meets you, he will be very disoriented and feeling out of sorts.  He is his most fragile in the first few days of foster care.  Love him up and let him know that everything will be OK.
    GETTING TO KNOW YOU:  After your Golden gets a little more comfortable, spend some time getting to know him.  Learn the Golden's personality and help us determine what family best suits him.
    DR. KNOWS BEST Follow any health guidelines set up by the veterinarian in his initial health check.  He may need to gain weight, or go on a diet.  He may have medicines or other special needs.  [NOTE: all vet bills are borne by AZGRC, and any emergency visits are reimbursed by AZGRC.]
    GOOD DOGHelp us make sure your foster Golden is "family friendly."  Most of our Goldens have good manners, but some may need a bit of basic obedience and indoor etiquette.
    THE BIG DAY:  Be open to arrangements to meet any interested applicants, whether they come visit your foster Golden in your home - or an AZGRC volunteer arranges a greeting. 
    HOW DO I GET STARTED?
    Please fill out our online application, the easiest and quickest way to become a foster.  We will try to contact you within 5 days of receipt to start the review process, and answer all of your questions.  For more info, email  fosters@azgrc.org.
       
    You will never regret fostering. 


    Wednesday, April 22, 2015

    What you need to know about Midwest Canine Flu

    Midwest Canine Influenza Outbreak: A New Virus Within the United States by Nancy Kay, DVM

    Photo Credit: Steven Turville
    If you keep tabs on dog-related news, you’re probably already aware of the recent outbreak of canine influenza in the Midwest. Chicago appears to be at the epicenter of the epidemic.
    The first dogs affected by this virus were observed in mid-March of this year. Since then, more than 1,000 known cases have been reported in and around Chicago, and there have even been a few deaths.
    New virus within the United States
    Until a week ago, the virus responsible for this canine influenza outbreak was thought to be H398, a strain of Influenza A that has been present in the United States for some time. Cornell University (thumbs up to my alma mater) recently reported that scientists there have isolated a brand new influenza virus from affected dogs in the Midwest. This virus, referred to as H3N2, is closely related to strains of influenza affecting dog populations in South Korea and China. H3N2 is now making its debut appearance within the United States. How the virus was introduced here is anyone’s guess.
    Dogs living within the United States have no natural protection against H3N2 because their immune systems have never been exposed to it before. For this reason, it will remain highly contagious until canine populations develop immunity, either through natural infection or vaccination.
    The contagious stage of canine influenza begins a few days before symptoms arise. In other words, the healthy-appearing pup at the dog park or doggie daycare center may be on the verge of developing viral symptoms. Spread of the disease occurs via respiratory secretions (discharge from nose, mouth, and eyes). Both dogs and cats are susceptible to the H3N2 virus. It is not transmissible to humans.
    Symptoms
    The symptoms most commonly associated with influenza virus include: high fever, loss of appetite, coughing, nasal discharge, and lethargy. In the best-case scenario, an infected dog may show only mild symptoms or none at all. Worst-case scenario, pneumonia may develop. Pneumonia was the likely cause of death in five dogs who have reportedly succumbed to this disease.
    Diagnosis
    Many infectious bacterial and viral diseases are capable of producing the symptoms described above. Knowing that H3N2 is the culprit requires specialized testing performed on a mouth or nose swab. Cornell reports that the development of a blood test capable of diagnosing this disease is in the works.
    Treatment
    Treatment of influenza ideally involves supportive and symptomatic care until the dog’s immune system wins the battle against the virus (requires approximately two weeks for most dogs). Therapy may include supplemental fluids, special diets to entice appetite, anti-inflammatory medications, and cough suppressants. Antibiotics may be prescribed to prevent secondary bacterial infection.
    If evidence of pneumonia is present, much more intensive therapy is indicated and may include hospitalization for intravenous fluids and antibiotics, supplemental oxygen, and 24-hour monitoring by a veterinarian.
    Prevention
    At this time, it is not known if the vaccine currently available to prevent H3N8 is also protective against the newer H3N2 strain. There may be some cross over protection, but just how much is uncertain. I suspect that updated information about the effectiveness of the current vaccine and/or development of a new vaccine will be forthcoming in the near future. For now, I recommend discussing use of the current influenza vaccine with your veterinarian.
    If you live in or around Chicago, or if you learn that influenza cases are beginning to pop up in your neck of the woods, know that the very best protection involves keeping your dog away from popular, public, canine venues such as dog parks, boarding kennels, grooming parlors, pet stores, and doggie daycare facilities.
    Please know that there is no cause for panic. The vast majority of dogs affected by this new strain of influenza fully recover. Talk with your veterinarian about the incidence of canine influenza in your locale to help determine the level of concern for your dogs.