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What Rescue Is All About

Warning: Get a box of Kleenex.

This is what rescue is all about:

Twenty-Three Basset Hound Puppies vs One Adult Basset Hound

The poor adult basset hound couldn’t get out of the way fast enough, as 23 basset hound puppies tried to get some milk from where there was none. Enjoy the video:

A Great Video about Basset Hounds

So you decided to get a basset hound? Great! First, however, make sure that you get your puppy from a reputable breeder. A reputable breeder will make you sign a contract that will bind you to spay/neuter your dog and will also inform you that your basset can always be returned to the breeder. A backyard breeder will not adhere to these two rules. A backyard breeder has no interest in the dogs, the betterment of the breed, or you. They are only interested in the profit. A better choice, however, is to get a dog from your area rescue organization. Sometimes, rescues have puppies. But most of the time, they have many great dogs in need of a good home. Think about adopting from your local rescue. In the meantime, enjoy this video:

A deadly virus that may kill your dog

There’s a deadly virus that has jumped species (from pigs and birds to dogs) and can be deadly to dogs. There are no vaccines as of yet. Dog owners should be aware of the symptoms:

1. Lethargy
2. Diarrhea
3. Vomiting

If you dog experiences any or all of the symptoms, take it immediately to see a veterinarian. The sooner the disease is diagnosed, the better chances your dog has for survival. Although this disease has not spread to many states (currently only 3 states—California, Ohio, and Michigan—have seen cases of this round-shaped, single-stranded DNA genome virus, known as circoviurus), one cannot ever be overly cautious. So, if you are about to board your dog or visit dog parks, just err on the side of caution if your dog experiences any symptoms.

19 Bassets from California to NY: It Took a Village

Dawn Smith: The hounds were in the air 4 hours and I think 35 minutes. Compartment is pressurized. Our protocol for flying hounds is: Feed with gas-X & Pepcid 5 hours pre flight. 2 Hours preflight we give another gas x and pepcid, along with carbo veg. As they are put into crates we use lavender oil essence topically. All Daphneyland hounds have been trained for calming with the song “When you wish upon a star” simply singing this song to them assures them it’s bedtime, and they lay down for sleep. All hounds slept through loading.

What do you do when you run a rescue organization, you are bursting at the seams, the holidays are soon approaching, which means more animals will be coming up in need of good homes, and you have no room for the new dogs to go to? That was exactly the dilemma that Dawn Smith of Basset Hound Rescue Network of Daphneyland, in Acton, CA, was facing. Luckily, the basset hound rescue community is a tightly woven community and for Dawn Smith, there was a solution. ABC Basset Hound Rescue of New York was experiencing a shortage of bassets and an abundance of homes wanting to adopt. So, the solution was a no brainer: Bassets were going to be flown from California to NYC and then placed onto vans to go to their new homes in upstate NY.

The whole process was not an easy one. There were vet checks, blood checks, health certificates to get, paperwork to fill, airplane arrangements to make, etc. It took months of planning. The weekend before the actual flight that was to take place on Monday, December 2, 2012, the hounds needed to be bathed, their crate labeled and assembled. Volunteers were called, who answered in kind.

The hounds were off on Monday. Twenty were originally scheduled to go, but one stayed back home due to illness. Nineteen took off for the 4.5 hour flight. What is the secret of sending 19 hounds on a cargo plane flight without a hitch, without a potty accident (well, one dog had an accident)? In Dawn’s words, “Each crate had a label with the hounds name, vet records showing health cert, HW testing, rabies, vacs., etc., taped on top in waterproof baggies, all hounds wore collars with names on the ABC numbered metal ID tag, as well as the back of the collar. We were taking no chances of identity theft. We worked for the last 2+ months on setting this u … we sent a “pack” of well socialized, rehabilitated hounds to ABC for placement in their homes, [thus] freeing up 20 spaces for hounds that will be facing euthanasia in the month of December. Flying hounds meant only stress for 4.5 hours vs the stress of a 7–10 day ground transport in winter.” And, there was another trick up her sleeve, “Over the many years, we have developed a protocol that has kept our babies calm during flight—or as calm as can be expected. Five hours before preflight, they are fed and given gas-x pepcid and carbo veg. About 1 hour before crating, they get a cookie with another gas x and carbo veg. We let them run and play for 2 hours before crating so they are well exercised, then we dose them with 7–8 drops of pure lavender oil essence. All hounds are ingrained with the bedtime song of When you wish upon a star, and throughout the loading process, volunteers are walking and singing to them to reassure them. They did great. All 19. All hounds slept through loading.”

Daphneyland and ABC Rescue proved that it takes a village to make miracles happen. Today, Saturday, December 07, 2013, 10 of the 18 adoptable hounds (one went home to his/her furever home upon landing in NYC) found their furever homes.

The basset community kept an eye on the FB sites and joyful tears were shed for these lucky hounds. Yes, no-kill solution is viable, it just takes people who can think outside the box.

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Bubbles: Update

Bubbles’ surgery was a big success. The tumor that was removed weighed 8.81 lbs. It must have been a great relief for her once that heavy load was removed from her face. She no longer tilts her head to the left and she is able to use regular sized bowls that’s fit for a dog her size for both eating and drinking. Gone are the large tubs she had to use before. Bubbles is now able to eat more and is gaining weight. Despite the fact that she weighs 88lbs, that’s way to thin for a dog of her size.

For the next two weeks, Bubbles will be going in and out of the hospital, and in two weeks, she will begin chemotherapy. Her chemo will be based on the pathology report that will be back in 10 days. Her team of oncologists will determine the best course of action based on the report and the type of cancer she has.

Bubbles eye will remain sewn shut for two weeks. It is not a normal eye right now and needs to be protected from drying out. At the end of two weeks, a specialist will remove the stitches and determine how viable the eye is. At that time, it will be decided whether to keep the eye open or to have it removed.

According to Noah’s Ark, the rescue taking care of her, Bubbles is one of the happiest dogs you will ever meet. She will sit outside and look around with the most peaceful expression. She is finally free to be a DOG and is loving every minute of it. Should you wish to donate to her cause, please follow this link.

Rescued Neapolitan Mastiff Mix Needs Our Help

Please help this poor girl:

Bubbles is a beautiful 2-year-old Neapolitan mastiff mix. She was picked up as a stray by a good Samaritan who, while on the way to work, saw Bubbles.

Bubbles was taken to the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) in Baltimore, MD. BARCS transferred Bubbles to Noah’s Ark care (a 501 C3 not-for-profit organization that supplies emergency medical, surgical and rehabilitation to abused animals).

Bubbles has MLO (Multilobular  Osteochondrosarcoma),which is  a tumor that forms on the bone. Her best chance is to remove the tumor and then followup with chemotherapy and radiation.

Unfortunately, the tumor has spread to her lungs. However, it’s a slow-growing tumor. and currently, she is not in danger of losing her life. The surgery will last practically the whole day and there many risks involved. The biggest problem is going to be blood loss.  Bubbles will be needing several blood transfusions to survive the procedure. As there is so much publicity surrounding this sweet girl, Noah’s Ark chose to keep the surgeon and surgical location private.

Bubbles is a young dog and should have a normal life ahead of her. Please donate to her cause. Should you want to read more about her, here are some links for your perusal:

Basset Hounds Howling… Lazy Style!

They say that bassets are lazy. I think they just economical. Why waste energy when the same can be accomplished relaxing?

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