How to Keep Dogs Safe During Fourth of July

Veterinarians offer tips to help keep your dog calm during fireworks and festivities.

In honor of the Fourth of July, a day of energetic festivities often involving fireworks and loud noises, veterinarians are offering tips on how to keep dogs calm during the holiday weekend.

Rolan Tripp, D.V.M., founder of the Animal Behavior Network defines noise phobia, a common problem during Fourth of July, as “an excessive, unreasonable fear response to specific loud noises. It is more common in dogs than cats, and the most common noise phobias are to fireworks and thunder.”

For mild cases or as prevention to fireworks phobia, Tripp suggests what he calls a “Fireworks Party.” Starting a day or two before July 4, either fast or feed only ¼ of the early meal to your pet. Then at the first faint of fireworks, respond with a happy, “It’s a fireworks party!” Then offer a treat for your dog. From there on out, every boom triggers a “party snack” until the dog “happily” waits for the next boom.

“The idea is to turn the fear into joy,” Tripp said.

A dog-appeasing pheromone collar can also be added, he said.

For moderate to severe cases, those who do not have a response to the “party plan,” Tripp suggests medicating the pet for several hours on days when fireworks are expected. He recommends asking veterinarians about benzodiazepines, and strictly following your vet’s advice when medicating a pet.

Lorraine Corriveau, D.V.M., a wellness veterinarian at Purdue University’s School of Veterinary Medicine, also suggests tips for lowering the noise stress of pets during Fourth of July fireworks.

“Owners must use common sense when they allow pets to join the festivities,” Corriveau said. “Some dogs like chasing those spinning and swirling objects on the ground. Others fear loud noises. Owners can use simple tricks like putting cotton in their pets’ ears to muffle the sound.”

Other tips include [the following]:

•    Don’t leave pets alone outdoors, even if tethered or in a fenced yard. Keep small pets indoors, preferably in a room without windows.
•    Make sure all sharp objects are removed from enclosures.
•    Turn on the radio or TV for distraction.
•    Do not take pets to fireworks shows.
•    Do not leave a pet unattended.
•    Keep pets on a leash or in a carrier if they must be outside.
•    Protect animals from children who may not realize that waving sparklers or setting off “safe” firecrackers could upset pets.
•    Keep identification tags current.
•    Sedate dogs if needed. Talk to your veterinarian in advance if your dog may need to be sedated.
•    Desensitize the pet by playing CDs that contain noises of thunderstorms, fireworks or gunshots ahead of time.
•    Pick up leftover sparklers and other sharp objects when the festivities are over.

SOURCE: The Dog Channel

Golden Gate Basset Rescue to Have a Fundraiser

This past Sunday, I attended an adoptathon. I had recently lost my pal 13+ years. He was my first foster car and my first foster failure. Well, he was a foster failure, if you call adopting him a failure. When I first met him, deep inside I knew that he was not going to go anywhere else. He had found his home. It took me 2 months to accept it. Anyway, after he passed on the Rainbow Bridge, I knew that I would need to let another one in my heart. And Sunday was the day I was finally ready to bring my new baby home. I could’ve bought a dog from a breeder.

Chances are, most of the advertisements for pure-bred dogs are from backyard breeders or, horror of horrors, from puppy mills. If the price is too good to be true, you can bet that the dog breeder is not a caring breeder. You will not get a good-quality dog from an ordinary breeder. Frankly, I can’t afford a dog from show-quality breeders. Although they do sell their pet-quality dog cheaper than the show-quality dog, nonetheless, the price is not within my budget. Buying a dog from a backyard breeder perpetuates the need for rescue organizations.

Backyard breeders don’t care whom they sell their dog to. All they want is to get ready of the pup. They want their profit. They don’t do house checks, they don’t check up on you later to make sure that the pup is in the right home. Some of these pups wind up in shelters and, if they are lucky, they are picked up by their local rescue organization that will make sure that the dog gets placed in the right home. Five dogs out of so many were adopted at the adoptathon. As I was leaving, I overheard one rescuer telling the other that she just heard that a new batch is waiting at the shelter. One of them said, “It never ends, does it?” “No,” said the other, “sadly, it never ends.”

T-shirtRescuers are volunteers, but rescuing costs money. Hence, many rescue organizations rely on fundraisers. This coming weekend, the Golden Gate Basset Rescue organization is having a fun-filled fundraiser day in Lovato, CA. If you have the time, a bit of money, and perhaps is even interested in bringing home a basset hound who is in need of love, contact them.

What can you do for a fundraiser?You can buy a beautiful T-Shirt that not only celebrates basset hounds, but the 50th anniversary of the city of Lovato. You can participate in a parade, you can eat a picnic. And you can help needy hounds. So, if you live in the San Francisco area and would like to participate or if you live anywhere else and would like to donate, please click here for further information.

Adoptathon Event for Basset Hounds in Need in the DC Area

Diane Morgan, John Warner and Dick Weber’s home, 15213 Clear Spring Rd, Williamsport, MD

Interested in adopting? Come and see BROOD dogs and get to meet them close up and personal. We have many dogs that are looking for their forever homes and this adoptathon is a perfect opportunity to meet them in person.

The public is welcome, people can complete our online adoption application and all approved adopters are also invited. If you are not already an approved adopter, apply now. Dogs will only be adopted out on June 27th to approved adopters, so fill out an adoption application before the event!

Please go to their website for more information.

Music For Dogs At Vivid LIVE

American musician Laurie Anderson performed at the ‘Music for Dogs’ concert for canines, which was part of the Vivid LIVE festival at the Sydney Opera House forecourt on June 5, 2010 in Sydney, Australia. The concert featured a 20-minute piece composed by festival co-curator Anderson for the hearing range of dogs with the bulk of the performance inaudible to humans.

'Darwin' the Basset Hound sits with his owner at the 'Music for Dogs' concert for canines

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Nine basset hounds to be offered for adoption in Hillsboro

Who could resist the bright smile of Hailey Comet, an 8-year old basset hound? She's one of nine dogs being offered this Friday for adoption at the Bonnie L. Hays Small Animal Shelter in Hillsboro

Adoption hours start at 11 a.m. and run until 5:30 p.m.

The dogs up for adoption range in age from three months to eight years. “They’ve been through a lot, and it’s time for someone to give them all the love and attention they deserve,” says Myndi Hines, a senior technician at the shelter.

The older dogs will need a lot of dental care and continued treatment for ear infections, along with gentle exercise to get in shape. “They are also out of condition, so it would be wonderful for them to find special people who will pamper them after all they’ve been through,” said animal services manager Deborah Wood.

The shelter is offering the basset hounds on a first-come, first served basis to qualified applicants. In addition, a “meet-and-greet” session is required of families who already have pet dogs.

The adoption fee is $150, which includes a county dog license. The basset hounds have already been spayed or neutered, microchipped, and are up-to-date on vaccines. Shelter officials also point out that Washington County veterinarians will give a first visit free of charge to adopters.

Potential adopters can visit the shelter website to download an adoption application.

Roger Gregory


One Lucky Dog!

One Lucky Dog!

April, a Basset hound abandoned and headed for an early demise, was airlifted Saturday on a trip to a new home in New Mexico thanks to Pilots N Paws, a group of pilots that volunteer their services to transport pets for rescue groups.

Stuck in an animal shelter in Cedar Hill after she was picked up as a stray and destined to be euthanized, April came to the attention of the North Texas Basset Hound Rescuegroup. But with lots of homeless Bassets these days, the group was unable to find her a new home in the DFW area.

Fortunately for April, the All Ears Basset Rescue group in Albuquerque has agreed to find her a new home. So Pilots N Paws was contacted and agreed to transport the special four-legged cargo.

Pilots N Paws is a 501c3 charitable organization made up of volunteer pilots using their own aircraft to provide transportation of animals to their new homes on behalf of the many rescue organizations in the U.S.A.  The group is totally self-run with the pilots having control over when and where they fly.

Local pilot John Watson agreed to transport April to Albuquerque, a flight that began Saturday morning at Addison Airport and included a pit stop in Amarillo.