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:



New Page Added to the Website: Senior Rescue

Senior dogs are at a disadvantage when they are relinquished by their former families. No one wants an older dog. After all, “they may not live long and will cost a lot of money when their health fails. Who needs the heartache.” That’s what most people think. And, I’ll confess that was my point of view back in 1997 when I first got truly involved with basset hound rescue.  The truth is that senior dogs are lovable, they don’t have to be potty trained, they are calmer, they don’t destroy your furniture, and they appreciate your love. If you really think about it, how would you like if your grandparents were disposed of the way senior dogs are disposed of. Senior dogs are sentient beings. They feel love and hate. Disposing of them is a sin, in my opinion.

Once a senior dog is placed in a shelter, in a kill shelter, their days are numbered. They are euthanized in no time. I am grateful that many rescues take them in.

I found two wonderful organizations that will take in nothing but senior dogs and hounds. I now have a page dedicated to this type of rescue. If you know of more rescues that are dedicated for seniors only, please contact me.

Senior Rescue

Video: Patrick, the Happy Pit Bull

This is a very old video about Patrick. In the video, Patricia Scavelli talks about her yearnings of having Patrick live permanently with them. We know now that the courts have awarded that wish to them. I am showing it here, because it is a great video of Patrick upclose and personal.


Kisha Curtis Gets Probation—Patrick Gets Lifetime of Happiness

Kisha Curtis had her day in court and was spared by the judicial system. She did not get the maximum sentence that many animal rescue advocates were hoping for (18-months in jail, a $5,000 fine, and community service). She received probation. According to the judge, Curtis will be required to serve 18 months probation and forfeit her right to Patrick. She’ll also be required to pay nearly $2,000 to the New Jersey ASPCA, which gave the Patrick emergency care before he was moved to a veterinary hospital in Tinton Falls.

In issuing the sentence, the judge said the dog survived and is now thriving. Moreover, according to the judge, this case led to tougher penalties for animal cruelty. The judge also said that Curtis was unlikely to commit such a crime again. Let us hope so.

I guess we still live in a world wherein an animal’s well being is still not respected. Animals are still viewed as property and not as individual living beings with feelings. We made some progress, we just need bigger steps. We need to understand that starving a living being to the brink of death is a HUGE crime, not something to brush under the rug. I am not happy with the outcome. I don’t think that Ms. Curtis has learned her lesson. Hopefully, she will never get a pet again. However, I do respect the law and if that’s what the court decided, I will just have to learn to live with it. But I will continue to fight for animal rights and report animal abuse.

On a happier note, the court system granted Dr. and Mrs. Scavelli, the veterinarian and wife duo who treated Patrick back to health and then fostered him in their loving home for 2 1/2 years, full custody of Patrick. Patrick will continue to live for the rest of his life in the only home he knows, the only home that loved him and cherished him. There is some justice for Patrick, just not full justice.


Justice for Patrick, the Pit Bull

We demand justice for Patrick

August 29, 2013, Kisha Curtis will be sentenced by the Judge and the Essex County Court system. We are hoping that the maximum penalty will be implemented.

Dear Mr. Judge, please make sure that Patrick didn’t suffer in vain. Please implement the maximum penalty to Kisha Curtis for her crime against this innocent living being. Let others learn that if you do the crime, you will serve the time.