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Breakfast for Champions

My full-blooded 11-year-old basset hound Carrie has mast-cell cancer. We chose to let her live out her days in comfort and dignity. We give her prednisone to slow down the tumor’s growth, anti-histamine pills twice a day to help her with the histamines the cancerous cells release, and antacids for stomach issues she may have digesting prednisone. I also feed her twice a day a grain-free dog food with a tiny bit of grain-free canned food to make it more appetizing. On top of it all, Carrie gets a midmorning or midday snack, which consists of a berry-type of fruit (in the photo I’m providing, she’s fed 1 strawberry and 6-10 blueberries), plain yogurt, and a raw egg. Carrie was given 3-months to live on November 2015. Today is January 3, 2016, and she’s quite healthy. I am hoping that my she will have many more birthdays to celebrate on April 15 (he birthdate). And I am hoping that my food choices for her and her younger brothers (the black-and-white dogs also in the photo) are responsible for her longevity.

How Do You Mend a Broken Heart?

A few weeks ago, I lost my companion. He died in my arms. Then, as he was part of an open adoption, and, as his family is Buddhists, we witnessed his memorial service at a Buddhist temple. His soul was released to find another body. I wished him a human body that would love animals as much as he was loved. Many animals are neglected, abused, and unloved. We need more advocates and more humans who love and respect others as they would want to be loved and respected themselves.

Dudley’s soul’s release was my release to find another dog in need of a home to be loved and to be cherished. I will never forget Dudley, as I have not forgotten my four-legged family members who were there before he joined our family:

  • Tzippy (my first beagle and my first dog),
  • Ginger (my first basset),
  • Cinnamon (my stray dog),
  • Cori (my basset after Ginger died),
  • Basil (my first foster, my first foster failure, and my first adoptee),
  • Zack (my bagle (beagle-basset mix),
  • Cocoa (our mutt from the Island of St. Maarten),
  • Brie (our first cat),
  • Cammie (our white cat who loved to terrorize our dogs),
  • Bailey and Dudley (our fist bonded pair and our first open adoption case).

No, you never forget them. The new arrivals just mend your heart. They give that piece of their heart that fits into the hole the previous pet left.

So, this time, after Dudley left us, how did I mend my broken heart? Well, I adopted two bonded brothers from BROOD. They are 11-mothn-old bassaniels (basset-spaniel mixes). They make me smile again. But more importantly, they make my Carrie happy again. Introduction took literally 2 seconds. I placed the pups behind a gate in a room. Carrie came in, sniffed them while her tail was wagging so fast. We let the pups out and within seconds the three of them were running in our yard together. And that’s when my broken heart was really mended. It was mended when I saw my old, soon to be 11 year old, sick with cancer dog perk up and play happily with her kind.



Carrie and Nigel Sleeping Together

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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Pit Bull Pup Dragged by Car and Thrown in a Dumpster, Makes Miraculous Recovery

Of all the breeds of dogs, one of the most misunderstood and abused is the pit bull. They are always pictured as vicious dogs, which is the farthest from the truth. Pit bulls naturally are loving dogs. Look at the photo of my grandchildren and their pit bull. Nothing can be warmer than a loving dog. In fact, up to the beginning of the 20th century, pit bulls were used as “nanny dogs.” (The link will direct you to lots of photos of pit bulls and their charges.) A famous abused pit bull is Patrick. Patrick has been cited in this blog so many times, just follow this link to see them all. Unfortunately, I need to blog about the newest case of pit-bull abuse that absolutely turned my stomach. Some of the photos will be hidden because they are so graphic, but you are welcome to see them by just clicking on the “Read the rest of this entry… »” link that will follow this story.

A 1-year-old pit-bull mix, who later on was named Freckles by his rescuers, was starved, dragged by a car, and then tossed in a dumpster in Baltimore, MD, to die. An unidentified passerby called the animal control when moaning sounds from the puppy were heard from the dumpster.

Freckles was quickly rushed to the Essex Middle River Veterinary Center. Upon examining him, the veterinarians determined he not only had been starved down to 30 pounds and abused, but he was also dragged behind a vehicle. The poor pup had huge chunks of his skin and bone exposed. Moreover, after X-rays were performed, it was discovered that he had just a bunch of foreign material in his stomach—money, metal objects and other things.

Jennifer Smith, president of Noah’s Arks Rescue (please LIKE their Facebook page), a rescue group based in Okatie, S.C., volunteered to take over the care of Freckles, and the group is currently collecting donations to pay for his medical needs.

Freckles’ condition, thankfully has greatly improved. He, according to Smith, is now eating treats and attempting to “talk” by barking. So far, his vitals are stable s far. However, he might lose one of his badly damaged front legs. He is currently at the Charleston Veterinary Referral Center (please LIKE their Facebook page) in South Carolina, where he is receiving the medical care he needs.

Like Patrick, this 1-year-old pup is a fighter who wants to live. He is lucky enough that he found humans who care and will work hard for his well being.

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Canine Bonded Pair Prove that Animals Feel Love

Dudley and Bailey

These two basset hounds are my adopted pair. They were bonded and they needed to be rehomed. Nobody wanted the tricolor basset (Bailey) because at the time, she was 10. The red dog (Dudley) was younger. But I knew what it means to separate a bonded pair, and I was not going to do that. We really wanted only one dog to keep company to our basset hound (Carrie). She now has two more companions.

Carrie and her companions: Dudley and Bailey

And now, I’m ready to point out why I posted these two pictures. I just recently read how a dog that bonded to his shelter mate traveled 10 miles  from the home of his adoptive humans to the shelter his cell mate was left at. This 70-lb dog braved busy streets, railroad tracks, lonely fields. It didn’t mnatter to him that it was cold and he was hungry. He found his cell mate all within 24-hours. Luckily for him, his adoptive humans understood his needs and adopted his shelter mate. Here’s the story for your entertainment:

News From Terre Haute, Indiana

January 5, 2013

Canine pair prove puppy love is real

Sue Loughlin
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Ben would do anything for love.

In fact, the 41⁄2 year-old, 70-pound dog ran away from his new, adoptive home in Youngstown Meadows; traversed 10 miles across busy streets, railroad tracks and lonely fields; braved the cold and his own hunger; and somehow, some way, in about 24 hours, found his way back to the Terre Haute Humane Shelter.

Devoted: "Ben" gives "Jade" an adoring look as they pose for photographs in their new home Friday afternoon. They've been adopted by Jason and Courtney Lawler.


And there, he rejoined the love of his life, his soul-mate and the mother of his children, Jade, a 1-year-old German Shepherd mix.

But this love story doesn’t end there.

When Courtney and Jason Lawler, the couple that had adopted Ben, realized the two former strays would not be happy without eachother, they adopted both.

The story of Ben’s trek to find his girl “is amazing,” Courtney Lawler said Friday. The Lawlers knew Ben and Jade were close, and even stayed in the same pen at the shelter.

But initially, the Lawlers decided one pet was enough, for many reasons.

They have a 3-year-old rambunctious son, and Jade seemed “a little more skittish than Ben,” Courtney Lawler said. THHS staff believe Jade was a stray her whole life, until she was taken to the shelter. Jade is not used to being around people.

For a long time, Ben and Jade were strays who lived near Fruitridge Avenue and Fort Harrison Road; different people on the north end, including staff at Benjamin’s Family Dining, made sure they were fed, said Debbie Floyd, president of the Humane Society board.


“Anyone who travels the north end would have seen them,” said Floyd, who works in that area and also fed them.

When Jade got pregnant last summer, “We trapped them and took them to the shelter,” she said.

Ben and Jade remained together at the shelter for several months. “They were a bonded pair,” said Charles Brown, shelter manager.

When Jade had six puppies, THHS adoption counselor Kali Skinner took the mother and puppies home to take care of them for eight weeks, and eventually found homes for all six puppies. Jade was timid, but a “very caring mother,” Skinner said.

Jade and Ben were then re-united at the shelter, until the Lawlers adopted Ben. While Ben had plenty of food, and a warm, loving home …

Home sweet home: A carricature of Jason and Courtney Lawler watches over "Ben" Friday afternoon in their Youngstown Meadows home.

“When a man loves a woman, can’t keep his mind on nothing else. He’ll trade the world, for the good thing he’s found,” or so goes the Percy Sledge song.

The Lawlers had Ben for about three weeks. On Dec. 28, while Jason Lawler was taking out the trash and talking on his cell, Ben saw opportunity, shot out the door and ran. And ran. And he didn’t look back.

No one’s sure where exactly the path of love took Ben as he made his way to the shelter at 1811 S. Fruitridge, but he got there by last Saturday night.

While he wanted desperately to be with his mate, he did not want to get caught, either. Shelter workers tried four hours on Sunday to get him  — even using Jade as bait.  “He knew it was a trap,” Skinner said.

Jade was inside a fence, and Ben was out. She must have been warning him, because he would not go inside. He did, however, “kiss her through the fence,” said Skinner, one of several who worked feverishly to capture the street-savvy Ben.

The shelter workers renewed their efforts on Monday, New Year’s Eve, and finally used a dart gun to tranquilize and slow him down, although he put up a long, hard fight once again and it took another several hours before they captured him.

“The story, the emotion and the energy it took to track this fellow and get him back to the shelter was amazing to witness,” wrote Sue Berta, a shelter volunteer, who helped recapture Ben, a carmel-colored German Shepherd and husky mix.

Ben and Jade were “visibly happy to see eachother, barking and wagging their tales,”  Brown said.

On Thursday, the Lawlers took the re-united couple home; they had adopted Jade. Ben likes to hide under a bed, while Jade lies on a mat beside him. Both are shy animals uncomfortable around strangers, and the Lawlers hope to receive assistance from a shelter volunteer trained to work with such animals.  “It will take a lot of time and patience in working with them,” Courtney Lawler said.

She described Ben as “content and happy because he has Jade,” while Jade “still has a lot of puppy to her.”

Floyd is grateful to the Lawlers for taking both dogs.

Ben and Jade “want to be together. There hasn’t been a lot of human love in their lives,” Floyd said. “They found love with eachother and that what’s make them happy … Hopefully, they will live their lives happily ever after.”

Sue Loughlin can be reached at (812) 231-4235 or

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After 10 long years, Ginger, the basset hound is reunited with her original dad in Nashua


Staff Writer

Jamie Carpentier had never gone to the Humane Society for Greater Nashua’s website. But late one recent night, the Nashua resident felt the urge to log on and peruse the animals up for adoption.

He came across a 13-year-old basset hound named Ginger, without a photo attached, and read the write up on her.

It was the right name.

It was the right age.

“It can’t be her,” he said. “It’s been so long.”

Carpentier lost touch with a basset hound named Ginger about a decade ago when he got a divorce. Unbeknownst to him, his ex-wife gave up Ginger to the shelter in 2003, and the dog was adopted by an older couple.

Fast forward a decade and Ginger’s owner could no longer care for her, releasing her to the Humane Society in October. It’s a tough situation when an older dog is sent back to the Nashua shelter because it’s harder to adopt them, said Noelle Schuyler, event and outreach coordinator for the shelter.

“He did the right thing, what we always ask people to do is to bring dogs adopted from us back to us,” she said about Ginger’s owner of 10 years. “It was tough for him to surrender her. She was clearly very well loved.”

Ginger spent months at the shelter during that second stint until Carpentier looked a little deeper into the dog he read about on the shelter’s website that night.

It was her.

After a rocky three months for Ginger, she was reunited with her first dad, Carpentier.

“People who can’t afford dogs and give them up, you always wonder, ‘I wonder what happened to my dog I used to have?’ ” he said. “At least I get to find out the ending. … It’s funny, her name stuck with her throughout.”

Ginger’s homecoming wasn’t the easiest. Schuyler and shelter vet technician Kerry Hildebrand became her foster moms. Both women opened up their homes to the older dog while they searched for her forever home. Three times they thought they had a home for Ginger, and three times it fell through.

“It’s just amazing because we thought they were both pretty definite,” Schuyler said about two of Ginger’s potential homes. “It was kind of an emotional roller coaster. … She’s clearly thriving but she’s kind of an older dog and we wanted to get her into her forever home. The hours that Kerry put in screening potential families that fell through, that was tough.”

Then came Carpentier. He emailed Hildebrand asking her to send him a picture of the dog.

“When I saw the picture, because I had the other (puppy) pictures, I said, ‘That’s her. That’s her. This is going to kill me,’” he said. “I had just lost a dog on Dec. 24, a white boxer. He was ill. I said, ‘No more dogs, I’m done.’ ”

“They were all sitting in the office comparing (the photos). It was kind of fun; I could hear everyone talking in the background,” Carpentier said. “I was a little hesitant. What do you do? I said, ‘No more dogs.’ ”

That’s when Carpentier sat down with his family and talked with them about finding Ginger. He decided he wanted to see her and went down to the shelter on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Schuyler said there was a crowd waiting for Carpentier and the big reunion with Ginger. She was laying on a blanket, a bit groggy from her nap.

“She heard my voice. I walked up to her and she kind of gave me a couple of licks or kisses. And I was like, ‘She knows who I am, she remembers my voice,’ ” Carpentier said.

“She went over to him and Kerry and I were both watching. She had never gave us kisses,” Schuyler said. “When she started licking his face, that was that moment you could tell she knew.”

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Source: The Telegraph

Cora–The Story of the Dog Rescued in the Parking Lot of Wal-Mart

The video that follows went viral with animal advocates. The video follows Cora, a Chiweenie (Chihuahua—dachshund mix) young dog who was dumped in a Wal-Mart parking lot. Luckily, Eldad Hagar, who is one extremely patient man from Hope for Paws, rescued her. It took a lot of patience and two hours to catch her; but he succeeded. Just watch the video. Warning: Get a box of tissues. If you are human, you will shed some tears. This is a powerful story.

Now, here’s Cora today. She is a happy mom of 3 healthy, 11-day-old puppies. Read the rest of this entry »

Patrick Update

He is a beautiful brindle pit bull.

The Right Thing to Do for Patrick (the Pit Bull Once Thrown in the Trash)

On March 16, Patrick was half-dead. Someone put him in a garbage bag and threw him down 19 floors to be incinerated. Despite it all, Patrick was a lucky dog. He moved in the bag, the maintenance man saw it, opened the bag, and saw Patrick. This man could have left the dog there and let him die. But he did the right thing. He called the animal control people (AHS).

Once in the hands of AHS, and in the condition that Patrick was in, his fate could have been sealed. Usually, euthanasia is administered in cases of dogs who are so near death as Patrick was. But the veterinarian in charge, Dr. Lisa Bongiovani, saw something in Patrick’s eyes. She saw his desire to live. She saw that, despite being so emaciated and dehydrated, and even despite having fallen 19 floors, Patrick managed to survive. So, she did the right thing. She tried (successfully) to bring life to him.

Now, Kisha Curtis, the person who neglected him, the person who didn’t provide food and water to Patrick. She didn’t do the right thing. She claims that she couldn’t afford to take care of him. So, she let him starve, she let him slowly die. She tied him to staircase and didn’t pay any attention to him. Forget about playing with him. She didn’t GIVE HIM SUSTENANCE.

Kisha Curtis’s trial is coming up. It is set for Friday, May 6, 2011. You can do the right thing for Patrick. Ask the judge who is assigned to this trial to implement the harshest penalty available by law. Write letters, fax letters, send e-mails, or call. Here’s the information you need:

Honorable Joseph C. Cassini, III

Superior Court of New Jersey

Criminal Division—Essex County

Veterans Courthouse

10th Floor, Room 1008

50 West Market Street

Newark, NJ 07102

Include this information in your letter.

Re: Kisha C. Curtis, Defendant

Prosecutor’s Case No. 11002173

Torture, Neglect, and Abandonment of Dog now known as “Patrick”

cc: Carolyn A. Murray, Esq.

Acting Essex County Prosecutor

Veterans Courthouse, 3rd Floor

50 W. Market Street

Newark, NJ 07102–1690

If you prefer, you may send it as a fax to (973) 242-4901

Patrick Update (Photos and Videos)

Patrick is slowly getting ready to leave GSVS and be on the road to be adopted. A member of the hospital has expressed a desire to adopt him. I, personally, feel that it would be the best person for Patrick. He knows all the staff, trusts them, and loves them. Why make this poor pup traumatized by taking him away from people who showed him what love and care is all about? I hope AHS Cares gets to see this blog and heavily lean towards making sure that Patrick is not traumatized anymore.

In the meantime, here are some videos that show Patrick’s teeth, being cleaned and the foreign object (which was a hair mass that looked like a hair weave) being endoscopically removed. The final video shows Patrick awakening from anesthesia. And, oh yes, Patrick is now neutered. The procedures took place on April 19, 20111. I am also showing some new pictures. Enjoy.

Eating after surgery

You neutered me, but I still love you!

I feel so secure in your arms!

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