DETROIT DOG TO BENEFIT FROM FIRST PETS FOR PATRIOTS LOVEANIMALS.ORG CAMPAIGN

Posted by & filed under Bethany Meissner, Giving Back, pet adoption, Pet Shelters.

CrixusPets for Patriots is a fantastic 501©(3) organization connecting at-risk shelter pets with United States military veterans. They’ve just launched their first LoveAnimals.org crowdfunding campaign. Pets for Patriots is asking for help to buy a wheelchair for a pup who was shot with a BB gun.

A six-week old puppy was found on the streets of Detroit, MI with a BB lodged near his spine. As a result of his trauma, his right hind leg was amputated and his other leg was left almost non-functional. In addition, the puppy was found to be almost blind.

However, his story improves. This little dog was honorably adopted by former U.S. Army Captain Shawn. Shawn was upset when she learned about Crixus through the news. She knew that she wanted to adopt this dog and give him a good life. While arranging the adoption through the Michigan Humane Society, Shawn learned about Pets for Patriots and how they help veterans and pets. Shawn contacted Pets for Patriots and soon was proudly bringing the puppy home and renaming him Crixus after a Gallic gladiator who fought for freedom in a slave rebellion.

Pets for Patriots wants to help Crixus have the best life possible with Shawn, so they’ve turned to LoveAnimals.org. Their campaign is raising funds to purchase an adjustable canine wheelchair for Crixus. Any additional money will defray the cost of his future medical or equipment needs.

This is Pets for Patriots’ first LoveAnimals.org campaign. People donated more than half of the project’s goal amount in the first 12 hours of the campaign. Pets for Patriots is hopeful that it will be fully funded before the campaign closes on March 7.

Halo, along with Freekibble.com, has long been a sponsor of Pets for Patriots. Beth Zimmerman, the founder and executive director of Pets for Patriots, noted “Halo has been a friend of ours since our earliest days.” Halo is also proud to be the founding sponsor of LoveAnimals.org.

We’re thrilled to see our friends at Pets for Patriots working with our friends at LoveAnimals.org to raise funds to help save animals. We think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship. You can learn more about our past work with Pets for Patriots in our blog archives.

DOG AND DOLPHIN ARE BEST FRIENDS

Posted by & filed under Caroline Golon, Pet Stories.

dougie-lgHotel workers on Tory Island, Ireland couldn’t figure out why the resident dog, Ben, was so fascinated with the harbor.

Until one day they saw him swim out to meet a pal – a friendly bottle-nosed dolphin that frequented the waters near the hotel.

Duggie, as the dolphin was known, was a frequent visitor to the harbor. Once Ben took the plunge and began swimming alongside Duggie, the two became fast friends and attracted a lot of attention for their antics together.

According to the Dublin Independent, Ben’s owner, local hotelier, Pat Doohan, said Ben and Duggie would spend as much as three hours at a time, several times a day playing together in the water. Sometimes other local dogs would jump in to join the fun.


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DOG SAVES ELDERLY OWNER FROM CARBON MONOXIDE LEAK

Posted by & filed under Caroline Golon, Pet Stories.

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A recent blizzard could have turned even more dangerous for a Massachusetts woman if it hadn’t been for her golden retriever, Reilly.

According to the Patriot Ledger, Nancy Sheerin of Weymouth, Mass. was at home alone with Reilly during a snowstorm.

Sheerin, who is hard of hearing, went to bed after taking out her hearing aids.

But at 4 a.m. she awoke to the 3-year-old Reilly licking her face.


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HALO TIME LIMITED SPECIALS – SPOT’S CHEWS DENTAL TREATS

Posted by & filed under Caroline Chang, Natural Dog Treats, Natural Pet Food.

dentalsticksDiscontinued or Short-Dated Inventory

We occasionally have a very limited supply of discontinued or short-dated inventory available. Here’s where you can find it at half price!

Please remember, while these products are wonderful, they are not the same as what you can buy at the store.

You’ll find earlier formulas, old labels, or short-dating. Short-dating means that the product will reach its “Best if Used By” date within 1-2 months of purchase.

Animal shelters: please contact us for special discounts on bulk purchases.

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DR. NICHOLAS DODMAN: ARE SHELTER PETS REALLY MORE APPRECIATIVE?

Posted by & filed under Dr. Nicholas Dodman, pet adoption, Pet Shelters.

RustyJasperI know my dog Rusty is appreciative of being “sprung” from the shelter – he was on the very first day we got him, and still is. And my other rescued dog, Jasper, now has a spring in his step and a wag of tail that weren’t there when we first acquired him.

But he has since grown into his new-found freedom and now enjoys life to the full. So I would say yes to the question and list my reasons below.

• Many of the pets in shelters are there for no reason of their own.

• Some dogs are so appreciative of their new owner and home that they become almost overly attached.

• Puppy mill dogs who find their way into peoples’ home via one or more failed relationships and then a shelter often don’t really know what freedom or true affection are.

• Finally there are dogs who have had a really tough life fending for themselves. As the old verse goes, “If it wasn’t for bad luck, they’d have no luck at all.”

Of course, there are dogs who have never had to suffer the indignity of being unwanted. These lucky dogs who are adopted from a good breeder at a young age and who were and are cared for and cossetted like a precious nest egg.

These dogs were, in manner of speaking, born with a silver bowl in their mouths. Sure they are happy. Sure they love their owners. But they can never be truly thankful for being rescued, because they weren’t. As wonderful as the “silver bowl dogs” are, there is something special about the gratitude a rescue must feel when he remembers where he started out. And I’m sure dogs do remember.

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Dr. Dodman is a Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and Director of the school’s Animal Behavior Clinic. He is also Chief Scientific Officer for the CENTER FOR CANINE BEHAVIOR STUDIES. He has written over 100 scientific articles and several popular press books, including The Dog Who Loved Too Much and The Cat Who Cried for Help.