For Your K9 Chronicles

…Training from the dogs perspective!

K9 of the Month: Cosmo Bargo (April 2016)

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On a scale of 1-10, how handsome am I? Yep, thought so, we need two scales.

 

Cosmo Bargo’s Basic Information

Age: 1 year

Guardian’s Name: Nichole Bargo

Breed: All American Dog; DNA test results claim Aussie Shepard, Norwegian Elkhound, Rottweiler and Pug

Sibling’s:  Katie and Jeff are like siblings, they are my mom’s siblings.

Classes attended/attending: Puppy class, basic obedience and beyond basics.

Rescue/Shelter/Breeder my Guardian discovered me at: Petland

 

Ten Questions with Cosmo

  1. How did you choose your family?  

Mommy went on 4th of July weekend to come find me.  She came with her sister and brother to the pet store where I was, just to see the little puppies.  That day she fell in love with my personality and said, “I want to pet him”.  I got cleaned up and soon I was on my way home with my family.

2. The first thing I ate that I wasn’t suppose to…

Mom was trying to brush my teeth for the first time and I was having none of it.  Little did she know that the toothbrush heads came off for easier cleaning.  Well, when she tried to brush the molars, I bit down and wouldn’t let go, taking off the toothbrush head…then I swallowed it, whole.

3. The messiest mess I ever made or my big oops!

One day when mom was doing laundry, I decided to completely tear apart my new bed.  FOAM EVERYWHERE!  I think that’s why she hasn’t bought me a foam bed since.

4. Share a time when you were a hero to your family.

My mom and her sister are super afraid of the little house centipedes that randomly decide to show up in the house.  I have become really good at spotting them and squishing them with my paws.

5. How was you name chosen?

My uncle named me after his favorite character from the tv show, Seinfeld, Kosmo Kramer.  However, mom liked the name, but decided to spell it with a C. Cosmo means world and I mean the world to her.

6. One day I want to…

Run free on a field and see how fast I can run!

7. The reason I enjoy coming to For Your K9 for classes is…

I like the never ending pocket of treats my mom has when we are there.  I also like learning to do new things that make everyone at home smile.
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My favorite playtime activity is…Jumping!  I go crazy in the house for no reason and jump all over the couches while everyone stands up and tries to get me off.  So much fun!!

My favorite season or holiday… I love summer!  I play in the sprinkler all the time and then head inside to nap on the vent.

My favorite toy is…My food filled football.  If I get all the treats out of it, mom just keeps putting more inside, keeps me busy.

My favorite television show/movie/music is: There was an Aldi Christmas commercial with deer that walked across the screen.  I bark constantly at it every time it came on.

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“Are you kidding me?”

My favorite trip was when we went to: I love visiting my mom’s grandpa, he keeps peanut butter snacks next to him and I sometimes get one.  Mom said we’re going to go sailing this summer, so that will be exciting!

My favorite nickname is…Wigglebutt.  When everyone was trying to teach me not to jump on them when they came into the house I decided to listen.  So now when anyone comes into the house I greet them at the door while wiggling on the floor.

My favorite quote or saying is…”Just Do It”

(Guardian Question) What has been the biggest blessing in having your dog as a part of your family?

Cosmo filled our hearts instantly with his personality.  He is so sweet and just makes coming home worthwhile.  When I decided to start looking for a new dog, I had a certain type in mind.  Cosmo was the opposite of what I had in mind, but he fits right in at home.

 

Thank you Nichole and Cosmo Bargo for their participating in this interview.

Mom and I

Mom and I

Happy Mother’s Day to all our Moms!

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Thanks Mom for making us part of your family and in some cases looking past our faults, disabilities, illness’s, odd combination of breeds, age or our dark pasts.  And to those Moms who brought us into the family and loved & nurtured us through the nibbling, chewing, potty training, socialization and obedience class; raising a puppy is NOT for the weak hearted.

Thanks for reading the ingredient labels on a dozen different bags of dog food in the store before choosing one for me and then going back and reading them all again, when my tummy grumbles that night after dinner.

Thanks for telling me to “shh” two dozen times without a timeout when I bark at the same rabbit in the front yard. Then only giving me a 15-minute time out when by accident I knock the lamp off the table in the living room when I spot a marauding squirrel attempting to break and enter our home.

Thanks for holding my paw when it is time to get my shots at the vet’s office and not grumbling when you get the bill.

Thanks for patching up my favorite stuff toy repeatedly each time my little sister tears it open and spreads the stuffing all around the family room.  The toy is unrecognizable with its missing eyes and chewed off ears, but it was the first toy you gave me and I love it still.

Thanks for not becoming hysterical when I ate the padding out of your shoes or ate the laces out of dads.  I promised brother I would never divulge the whereabouts of the baby’s socks, so please stop searching; trust me you don’t want them back.

Thanks for all the cuddles when I am having a case of the blues and I just need a hug from my mom.  Rainy days and Monday’s can get a pup down, but Mom’s love makes everything better.

Thanks for all the awesome toys, soft blankets, warm beds, gentle collars, harnesses and leads. Thanks for attending all those training classes to teach us how to better understand one another and you’re doing a great job.

Thanks for wonderful human siblings to love, protect and have as playmates.  Having mini you’s and dad to spend my days with is a bonus beyond my dreams.

Thanks for washing out my feed bowls, remembering to change my water, and keeping me well groomed and fresh smelling.  No one wants to be the dirty dog in the neighborhood, despite the joy of rolling in the grass or stomping in the mud.

Thanks for replanting the flowers after I pull them up from the garden, filling in the holes when I dig and not banishing me from the yard, because I act like a dog.  It’s who I am, thanks for understanding.

Thanks for the walks, swims, running, playing catch & fetch, competing in trials, competitions & shows, having play dates and socializing with friends and family.  The world is a great big place and I love when you share it with me.

Thanks for understanding that although I would love to be all that you dream, “the perfect dog”, in reality I am not. In the end, you love me, the barking, licking, tail whacking, sniffing, sneezing, scratching, squirrel chasing, puddle pouncing, grass rolling, drooling, toilet bowl drinking, poop eating, counter surfing, shoe stealing, sofa hogging, hole digging, nose and paw printing, get into everything and anything whenever possible dog.

In exchange for all you give to me, please know, I will be your never leave your side, loyal to the end best friend, breath my last breathe for you, be part of your family like no other, love you to the end dog.

Thanks Mom, you are the best!

PS) Oh yeah, thanks for not minding I shed a bit more then your human kids do.

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Monday’s Rescue

Do you volunteer with a rescue?  Does your group have a hard to place with special needs?Is your organization a “force free” training rescue?

We would love to help your special dog add to their exposure to potential adopters by becoming one of For Your K9’s Monday Rescue pups.

Simply email Cynthialynn@foryourk9.com and tell us about your candidate. If approved, you will be sent a series of questions, asked to present at least 6 photos to chose from and your pertinent rescue contact information.

Have a great week and spend time living in the moment with your dog!

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Monday’s Rescue: Featuring Sugar (ALIV Animal Welfare Foundation)

Each Monday throughout the year we will be featuring a “special needs” dog from one of the many Chicago, Chicagoland & surrounding area rescues we support in their efforts to find quality forever homes for rescued canines.  Please share and help them find their forever homes; together we make a difference.

Mission Statement:Our mission at ALIV Animal Welfare Foundation is to facilitate stable relationships between pets and humans by providing financial assistance to pet owners in need. We are an all-volunteer, Not for Profit Corporation.

 

                                                                             Adoptable Sugar

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  • Age:  Est. 1.5 to 2 years old
  • Gender:  Female
  • Personality: Sophisticated
  • Breed: American Pitbull Mix
  • Exercise:  Active
  • Special Needs:  A dog savvy forever family who is committed to him 110%
  • Health:  Up to date with vaccinations and spayed
  • Dogs:  Selective
  • Cats: No
  • Children: LOVE, LOVE and LOVE
  • Training: Starting Basic Obedience (Training with adopter a must.  Training class with A Sound Beginning Program paid for by rescue)
  • Adoption: Foster to Adopt option
  • Weight: 45 lbs
  • Build: Slender/Medium height
  • Notes: All fosters are required to be able to separate the foster dog from the family dogs for an introductory period of 2 weeks. Some dogs acclimate faster than others and the determination will be made on a case by case basis.
    Sugar’s Behavior Assessment will be provided to fosters/adopters during the interview process at the home visit.Why I need a home with a fenced yard…

ALL ABOUT SUUUUGAR

Sugar named for her white fur coat, was found abandoned tied to a bench by her rescuers in Andersonville, Chicago.
Mz. Shug as she is affectionately called was emaciated, exhausted and confused over her latest change in circumstances.

Her rescuers immediately took her for veterinary care and to check for a microchip. As we have now to often become accustom to, no collar, no tags, no chip.

ALIV Animal Welfare Foundation took custody of Sugar and immediately placed her in the Autumn Green Animal Hospital to regain her health.  Putting weight on her emaciated body entailed far more time than anticipated when after 2 weeks she wasn’t able to gain even with three meals of high nutrition food.  Another dose of parasite medication and 2 weeks later we can finally see the change, Mz. Shug is putting some meat on her bones.

Her restoration of health has brought out her playful nature and she is gaining a reputation for jumping up and head butting visitors when planting a sloppy one on them.  Sugar would make an excellent frisbee partner, she has speed and a crazy high vertical jump.  Sugar needs a home with a 6′ fenced yard, as she is an escape artist, but needs to burn off energy by running, playing ball, ect.  She does not enjoy being on the lead unless she is leading you through the park.
Sugar needs a bit of time to warm up and more importantly trust people.  She can be aloof as she gauges your intentions towards her well-being.  She requires a dog savvy guardian who understands her need for space and patience.  She needs slow introductions to other dogs, as again, she has trust issues.  Once you gain her trust, she will follow you anywhere and want to be at your side.
Sugar is available for adoption through our foster to adopt program.  It is our goal to ensure Sugar has all the training needed and preparation prior to becoming a full-time member of a family.  If it doesn’t feel comfortable for Sugar she let’s us know immediately.
To learn more about Sugar please contact: K9enrichmentinitiative@gmail.com  Or complete an application at ALIV Animal Welfare Foundation.

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Ten Questions with Sugar
  • My toughest challenge so far has been: recovering my health after being bred and starved
  • I am really good at: being gentle and stealing treats
  • I look really cute when I: see a person coming to greet me
  • My nickname is:  Mz. Shug
  • My favorite playtime activity:  walking
  • My favorite quote is: “all dogs go to heaven”
  • My favorite activity: going for walks, being petted and massages with my therapist
  • My favorite treat: anything healthy and yummy
  • When I grow up I want to be: loved every moment of every day for the rest of my life
  • What are you looking for in a family: a loving, caring, gentle family that will be devoted to me
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Sugar hanging out with the Freedom No Pull Harness model at Animal Green Animal Hospital

Sharing is caring.  We can make a difference in Sugar’s life by simply sharing her story.

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Rescue: ALIV Animal Welfare Foundation

E-mail:  Contact Information

Website:  ALIV Animal Welfare Foundation

Monday’s Rescue: Featuring Hope (ALIV Animal Welfare Foundation)

Each Monday throughout the year we will be featuring a “special needs” dog from one of the many Chicago, Chicagoland & surrounding area rescues we support in their efforts to find quality forever homes for rescued canines.  Please share and help them find their forever homes; together we make a difference.

 

Mission Statement:Our mission at ALIV Animal Welfare Foundation is to facilitate stable relationships between pets and humans by providing financial assistance to pet owners in need. We are an all-volunteer, Not for Profit Corporation.

 

                                                                             Adoptable Hope   

  • Age:  Est. 1.5 to 2 years old
  • Gender:  Female
  • Personality: Happy
  • Breed: American Pitbull Mix
  • Exercise:  Moderate
  • Special Needs:  A dog savvy forever family who is committed to him 110%
  • Health:  Up to date with vaccinations and spayed
  • Dogs:  Selective
  • Cats: No
  • Children: LOVE, LOVE and LOVE
  • Training: Starting Basic Obedience (Training with adopter a must.  Training class with A Sound Beginning Program paid for by rescue)
  • Adoption: Foster to Adopt option
  • Weight: 45 lbs
  • Build: Slender/Medium height
  • Notes: All fosters are required to be able to separate the foster dog from the family dogs for an introductory period of 2 weeks. Some dogs acclimate faster than others and the determination will be made on a case by case basis. Hope’s Behavior Assessment will be provided to fosters/adopters during the interview process at the home visit.
Hope joined ALIV Animal Welfare Foundation with partners the K9 Enrichment Initiative on March 3rd of this year. She was picked up as an abandoned stray by Chicago Animal Control when she was left tied to a fence.
Hope then known as A143433 or Happy by CACC volunteers began her stay at the shelter on February 5th.
She was severely emaciated, covered in scars all about her body, broken and cracked teeth, an infected tail tip, fur missing from all of her elbows and urine stains on her legs. As is with every dog picked up and brought to the shelter who has been left abandoned, no one knows what her past life story is, we can only change her future. We can only guess that it was a rough start to life for this beautiful blue eyed girl. In her 2 years, her body tells the story of neglect, her spirit however was never broken.
Happy is descriptive of this girls personality. We like to refer to her as a “love sponge”, she just soaks in all you have to give to her and is happy to return it.
Hope is completing her recovery at the Autumn Green Animal Hospital in Geneva after having her dental work and spay surgeries. She is ready and packed to move into a foster home where she can begin training to be a important member of the family. She will need to attend training on Basic Obedience, when asked to perform basic commands, she just smiles at you lovingly.
Fosters are provided with crate & accessories, monthly food, all medical care for the dog, collar, lead, heartworm preventive, any medications and training.
Ten Questions with Hope
  • My toughest challenge so far has been: recovering my health after being bred and starved
  • I am really good at: being gentle
  • I look really cute when I: see a person coming to greet me
  • My nickname is:  Happy
  • My favorite playtime activity:  cuddling
  • My favorite quote is: “That which does not kill you, only makes you stronger.”
  • My favorite activity: going for walks, cuddling and massages with my therapist
  • My favorite treat: anything healthy and yummy
  • When I grow up I want to be: loved every moment of every day for the rest of my life
  • What are you looking for in a family: a loving, caring, gentle family that will be devoted to me

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Sharing is caring.  We can make a difference in Hope’s life by simply sharing her story.

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Rescue: ALIV Animal Welfare Foundation

E-mail:  Contact Information

Website:  ALIV Animal Welfare Foundation

Monday’s Rescue: Featuring Kia (B.A.R.K Rescue)

Each Monday throughout the year we will be featuring a “special needs” dog from one of the many Chicago, Chicagoland & surrounding area rescues we support in their efforts to find quality forever homes for rescued canines.  Please share and help them find their forever homes; together we make a difference.

 

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…we believe that saving one life at a time makes a difference.…we improve the quality of life for the rescued dogs by providing safe, loving, and knowledgeable foster homes. …we believe that supportive and proactive relationships with shelters, rescue groups, veterinarians, and adoptive families are a priority for all dogs. …we take pride in taking the time to work with each dog’s unique personalities and behaviors to ensure that their next home is the “forever home”.

                                                                             Adoptable Kia       

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Kia with rescuer Appis son, who understands Kia needs to be given space. Poking, pulling, climbing on, hugging, shoving things in their faces are all annoying to a dog. You would not like it, please do not allow your children to do this to a dog.

                                                                   

  • Age: 3 years of age
  • Gender: Female
  • Coloring: Black with white crest and paw tips
  • Breed: Labrador Retriever Mix
  • Dogs:  Extremely selective
  • Cats:  No
  • Children: Over the age of 10
  • Obedience: Basics
  • Exercise:  Active
  • Waiting to be adopted since: 4 months
  • Special Needs:  A dog savvy forever family who is committed to her 110%
  • Health: Up to date on vaccinations and in good health.
  • Training: Kia comes with a six session training class with A Sound Beginning Program at one of their many locations throughout Chicago and Chicagoland; compliments of the K9 Enrichment Initiative Network.
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Kia is a stunning beautiful young girl with lots of love to share

Ten Questions with Kia

When I grow up I want to be:  Someone’s best friend forever and ever

My favorite treat: Chew bones

My favorite toy:  Stuffed animals

My: favorite quote is: “Whoever said diamonds are girl’s best friend never had a dog”.

My favorite playtime activity:  Playing ball

My nickname is: Kia Bia Macaria (my foster mom is a little crazy she says this while dancing with me!)

I look really cute when I:  Sit up and and put my paw on your hand

I am really good at: learning new tricks

I am sometimes afraid of: younger children who are unpredictable

My toughest challenge so far has been: Being abandoned time and time again.

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“Can I be your best friend?”

Kia’s Story

Good Day Everyone!

I have lead a tumultuous life in my 3 years here on earth.  I was born in Kentucky, where my owner abandoned me.  At that time I was fortunate to have a couple find me, Carol and her husband are missionaries and would help save stray dogs by taking them into their home; then finding rescues to help in the northern states.

A rescuer from Illinois named Appi always helped out with placing dogs in Illinois for Carol and when I was healthy enough, it was my turn to move north.  Appi found a rescue in Chicago, Chicagoland Lab Rescue, to take me into their program and I was placed in a foster home with Linda, her two sons and two dogs.  I lived with them for 5 months and life was pretty awesome.  Foster Mom, understood that me and her female dog, Jinna didn’t mix well, so she managed our time together.  Her male labrador, Buddy and I got on with no qualms.

The rescue then found me a ‘forever’ home and I went to live with a family, this is when life stopped being so awesome.  They took me to a dog park and it was crazy, all these dog running around, barking, it was more than I could handle.  I seen a Chihuahua running about and decided to go have a play, I didn’t know the Chihuahua wasn’t meant to play with big dogs like me.  I did something bad, became overly aggressive and that little dog lost it’s life.  I felt awful, everyone was yelling at me and I didn’t understand.

I later learned that my ‘forever family’ was not prepared to have such a energetic dog as myself.  They lacked the skills and understanding of dog behavior.  Their 7 year old son was constantly poking at me, disturbing me while I rested and being annoying.  He thought it was funny, I did not.  One day I couldn’t take it anymore, I had warned him to leave me be, but he kept sticking his face right into mine.  I snapped and caught him on the face.  He was fine, but I was out the door.  If you ask me, they should have gotten a stuffed animal for their pet, not a dog who needs understanding & training to be the best dog they can be.

The rescue refused to take me back into their rescue.  My foster Mom, Linda was very upset that a rescue would abandon me, so she agreed to take me back from the adopters.  Appi, then found me a new rescue called B.A.R.K, they have been helping me to find a new home.  One that actually meets with my requirements and who will be committed to me.  I really don’t want to keep getting abandoned.

If you have a home with older children who understand how to treat a dog, a backyard for me to play safely and you are dog savvy and will not place me in situations I can’t handle, I would love to meet you. I have a happy personality, love to play and want to please.

I know I am not for everyone, but if you know of someone who would be my right fit, could you share my story with them, please.  I am tired of being the square peg forced into a round hole, I just want to belong.

Kisses and Tail Wags!

Kia

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Fit as a fiddle and ready to play. Do you need a running partner? Like to play ball? Got love to give?

Sharing is caring.  We can make a difference in Kia’s life by simply sharing her story.

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Rescue Group: B.A.R.K

E-mail:   Contact Us

Website:  B.A.R.K.

Monday’s Rescue: Comet (Blackdog All Breed Dog Rescue)

Each Monday throughout the year we will be featuring a “special needs” dog from one of the many Chicago, Chicagoland & surrounding area rescues we support in their efforts to find quality forever homes for rescued canines.  Please share and help them find their forever homes; together we make a difference.

 

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Mission Statement: Blackdog All Breed Dog Rescue is a licensed, not for profit organization dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of abandoned dogs from high kill shelters. Working with committed volunteers, foster homes, local veterinarians and trainers we are able to provide compassionate care for dogs in need until their forever home is found.                                                                            IMG_6480

Adoptable Comet                                                                         

  • Age: Est. 10-12 years old
  • Gender:  Male
  • Coloring: White/Cream with black
  • Breed: American Bulldog/Terrier Mix
  • Dogs: Yes
  • Cats: Slow introduction
  • Children:  Older Children
  • Obedience:  Learning hand signs to communicate basicsIMG_4873

    Tens Questions with Comet

When I grow up I want to be:  warm, loved and have an amazing bed

My favorite treat:  ANYTHING

My favorite toy:  squeaks

My favorite quote is:  “Live Like Roo”

My favorite playtime activity:  sleeping

My nickname is:  boomba

I look really cute when I:  sleep

I am really good at: sleep

I am sometimes afraid of: people touching me before I see them

My toughest challenge so far has been: house-training

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Good Morning!

My name is Comet and I would like to share my story with you. First off, I am a special needs dog. In other words, I am a pretty special dog, in many respects, I am a senior, I am deaf and I am devastatingly charming. A triple threat looking to up your family’s coolness factor.

I hit the foster jackpot when my foster parents welcomed me, opening their hearts & home in preparing me for my forever family.   My favorite saying is, “Live Like Roo” and boy have I been doing that in spades.  This Roo fellow was special also and because of him, my foster parents knew exactly what to do to help me.  Lots of patience, unabashed love and ice cream.

I was found wandering in a forest preserve, I would like to tell you I was out for a stroll in nature to listen to the birds sing, but that wasn’t the case.  I was scared, a little beat up and not ready to trust humans again. Foster mom Sarah and her husband Schipp didn’t force me to do anything I didn’t feel comfortable doing.  They gave me lots of space and checked in with me to reassure me they were there for me, when I was ready.  It would be best if my new forever family understood this as well, because when I do bond to you, its death do us part.

Foster mom Sarah describes me as “sensitive”.  I think my foster mom Sarah is being “silly”, when she wakes me up in the morning. Being deaf, she places a loving touch on me to let me know it’s time to wake up and start the day.  She likes to video me waking up as I am “just too cute”.   She has been working with me on hand signals and we have been doing great learning together, plus there are treats involved.  Schipp says I’m a smart fellow and in no time I will have mastered it.  Just like I had to learn that the inside of the home was not for peeing and pooping.  There is a right place and a wrong place, the backyard is the right place, the kitchen floor is the wrong place.  See, I’m getting it.

I love all dogs, in all sizes, colors and shapes.  My foster sibling Zoey didn’t care for me, but I didn’t pay her any mind.  I am a chill fellow, not a big talker.  Being deaf has its advantages, I understand Zoey howls and howls when she has something to say, didn’t bother me one bit.  I think cat’s are interesting creatures, but let’s take it slowly with introducing them.

The same can be said for children.  I find them to be interesting creatures, but they move a little too fast, can invade ones space and don’t always understand what “special needs” means.  I prefer older children who will respect my need to sleep, eat and sleep some more.

I am interviewing forever family’s who spend time at home and can devote the time needed to help me be the best me.  I am a low maintenance fellow, a cozy bed to sleep on, delicious treats and tasty meals is the way to my heart.  People of a gentle nature will be the best fit for me and in return you will have an awesome special family member making you the envy of the neighborhood.  Oh, by the way, the neighborhood will live in has to be in the Chicago or Chicagoland area, per my rescues guidelines.

Please share my story, feel free to brag about what a charming soul I am; making me the perfect dog.

Enjoy life and remember Live Like Roo, it’s this philosophy that gave me the spring back in my step.  Whose up for ice-cream?

Smooches,

Comet

 

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Please share Comet’s story to help his forever family find him.

Networking Saves Lives and Completes Family’s

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Rescue Group: Blackdog All Breed Dog Rescue

E-mail:   blackdogallbreedrescue@gmail.com

Website:  Blackdog All Breed Dog Rescue

Address:  PO Box 2743 Glenview IL 60025-6743

Telephone:  773-850-Bdog (2364)

Monday’s Rescue: Quincy (FURRever Friends Animal Rescue)

Each Monday throughout the year we will be featuring a “special needs” dog from one of the many Chicago, Chicagoland & surrounding area rescues we support in their efforts to find quality forever homes for rescued canines.  Please share and help them find their forever homes; together we make a difference.

 

12219460_909036805850302_3161365788461668576_nMission Statement: Our mission at FURRever Friends Animal Rescue is very simple.  We are here to save one animal at a time until the need to euthanize healthy happy animals does not happen.  We rescue from high kill shelters and overflowing shelters throughout the Midwest Region of the United States.

We rely soley on Foster Homes and Private Donations to care for our animals until they are adopted.  We believe just like people, animals deserve the same loving and compassionate care.  Our goal is to help make the case that NO animal gets left behind!

                                                                            

Adoptable Quincy                                                                               

    • Age: Est.  4-5 years old
    • Gender:  Male
    • Coloring: Black
    • Breed: American Cocker Spaniel
    • Dogs: Yes
    • Cats: Yes
    • Children:  Yes
    • Obedience:  Basic commands
    • Exercise:  Moderate

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Tens Questions with Quincy

When I grow up I want to be: someone’s special boy.
My favorite treat: My foster mom’s homemade peanut butter treats
My favorite toy: I’ll play with anything in the doggie toy basket but I always seek out bones… Love them bones
My favorite quote: “A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself” – Josh Billings.
My favorite playtime activity: chewing bones (have I mentioned how much I like bones?)
My nickname: Quinc
I look cute when I: stick my tongue out
I am really good at: eating! Fastest eater this side of the Mississippi
I am afraid of: having no family
My toughest challenge so far has been: allowing other dogs to eat at the same time as me.

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Hi Quincy here…

I would like to share with you a bit of the story of my life up until this point.  There was a time when I wasn’t this ridiculously handsome.  I know, hard to believe but true.  By the time I was picked up by Chicago Animal Control as a stray wandering the mean streets of Chicago, I was unrecognizable.  I pretty sure I heard the officers trying to guess what breed I was not too mention which gender.  Yep, it was that bad.

I placed in the shelter under a stray hold.  I learned that meant I would have to wait for someone to come claim me before I could be put up for a rescue transfer.  Finally the day came where I was available for a rescue to save me from a dire fate.  I didn’t even mind that no one from my family came to claim me, all I knew was this was my big chance for something more.

Before I knew it, I had visitors, they took me outside, they introduced me to other dogs, practiced my commands and gave me lots of pets and treats.  Then my number was called and I was on my freedom ride.  To break out of that prison for dogs, smell the fresh air, and having the conversation be all about me, was heaven.

Ms. Lynne said I had an appointment with a groomer, I wasn’t sure at the time what that meant, but I was game for anything at this point.  One minute I was listening to everyone talking and the next, ‘out like a light’.  When I woke up, I had received a shave down, all the stinky, crusted, matted fur was gone. I felt pounds lighter and after a warm bath, I smelt better also.

I moved in with my foster mom and soon I blossomed into the ridiculously handsome dude I am now.  I gained weight getting nutritious meals daily, foster mom kept my fur coat clean, conditioned and brushed.  Those are the keys to obtaining a soft, silky coat with plenty of luster.  My foster Mom rocks.  She told me, “I would be an ideal cocker with a long skirt to show off his show coat.”

I am on the right path to my forever home.  I do need everyone’s help though in spreading the word that you know this ridiculously handsome Cocker looking for a best friend.  My
FURRever Friends family saved my life, gave me hope and love, but it’s time I move on so they can save another lonely dog lost on the streets.

If you think you can fill my foster mom’s shoes and that we would be fantastic as a family, please got to their website and apply to adopt me.  Just tell them you want to adopt the ridiculously handsome cocker, they’ll know who you are speaking about.

Love, Quincy

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Please share Quincy’s story and help his forever family find him.

Networking Saves Lives and Completes Family’s

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Rescue Group: FURRever Friends Animal Rescue

E-mail:   FURRever Friends Rescue

Website:  FURRever Friends Animal Rescue

Monday’s Rescue: Featuring Sadie (A and S Rescue)

Each Monday throughout the year we will be featuring a “special needs” dog from one of the many Chicago, Chicagoland & surrounding area rescues we support in their efforts to find quality forever homes for rescued canines.  Please share and help them find their forever homes; together we make a difference.

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A & S Rescue was founded in 2001 by Alise Carrico and Silvia Simmons and is both a
registered  Illinois not-for-profit organization (501c3) and registered as a rescue agency with
the Department of Agriculture.  Since its founding A & S Rescue has placed over 500 dogs.

A & S Rescue is a small rescue group dedicated to finding permanent, loving homes for American
Staffordshire Terriers and American Pit Bull Terriers in northern Illinois.

                                                                             Adoptable Sadie

Dog Name   Sadie

Dog Age: 2 years old
Dog Breed: American Pit bull Terrier (Red nose pocket pittie at 40 lbs)
She is great with other dogs, loves all people and kids, ok with cats. (Please don’t hold the cats against me, they usually start it)

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Good Monday Morning For Your K9 Family,

I am sassy, scrumptious, saucy, spectacular Sadie with a smile that lights up the world.  You wouldn’t know it from my winning personality, but I am a casualty of war.  My mom was in the US Military and was deployed over seas leaving me with her then boyfriend.  He promised her he would take good care of me while she was gone.

He lied.  He instead took me to the animal shelter and dumped me, never telling my mom what had become of me.  As it turned out, I landed at the Waukegan Animal Control where they took the time to scan for my microchip.  My chip was registered to my Mom, Susan Elliott, director of WAC held on to me while searching to find my mom.

Susan kept her promise and did locate my Mom overseas.  Mom was devastated to find out what had happened to me and that I now sat in a shelter.  Susan, the shelter’s director promised my mom she would find me a good home as Mom wasn’t coming back for awhile.  Mom agreed and soon the ladies of A and S Rescue made me a part of their rescue family.

 

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My foster mom helped me fill out this questionnaire for everyone to learn a little bit more about me.

  • When I grow up I want to be: Somebody’s happily ever after!
  • My favorite treat: cow hooves, pig ears, I love food but don’t do grain
  • My favorite toy: tennis ball  (I will even kick it to myself, I am such a talented gal!)
  • My favorite quote is: “want a cookie”  (quoted by my foster mom)
  • My favorite playtime activity: fetch!  I will run to get that ball!
  • My nickname is: Sadie Bell
  • I look really cute when I: when I want to cuddle, but hey, I am always cute!  Have you seen my pictures??
  • I am really good at: commands, I listen really well.  When told to do something, I do it!
  • I am sometimes afraid of: thunder and fireworks.
  • My toughest challenge so far has been: I need to stop chasing the cats.  I have never hurt one, but I can’t stop myself.  I even want to chase cats I see on TV!

I am waiting for my forever family to find me, if you could please share my story, I would appreciate it.  Please be sure and microchip your furry family members, you never know how they might end up separated from you.

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Sharing is caring.  We can make a difference in Sadie’s life by simply sharing her story.

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Location:  A & S Rescue P. O. Box 421 Antioch, IL 60002

E-mail:  aandsrescue@aol.com

Website: A and S Rescue

 

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Monday’s Rescue: Featuring Spock (Aurora Animal Care & Control/Human Society of Aurora

Rescued by: Hospice Hearts

Each Monday throughout the year we will be featuring a “special needs” dog from one of the many Chicago, Chicagoland & surrounding area rescues we support in their efforts to find quality forever homes for rescued canines.  Please share and help them find their forever homes; together we make a difference.

 

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The Mission of the Humane Society of Aurora is to work in partnership with Aurora Animal Control and Care to increase adoptions and rescues, improve shelter conditions, and to educate and assist the community in responsible pet ownership.  

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  • Age:  Est. 10 years of age
  • Gender:  Male
  • Personality: loves people, dogs, cats
  • Breed: Beagle/Shar Pei Mix
  • Exercise:  Light
  • Special Needs:  A dog savvy forever family who is committed to him 110%
  • Health:  He has lumps, skin issues and teeth problems. Eats wet food only and loves to have it fed to him.

 

This week I am introducing you to a very, very special senior named Spock.  Spock is stealing hearts at Aurora Animal Care & Control/Humane Society of Aurora and on Facebook.  A good hearted woman found Spock wandering and took him into her home, when she could no longer care for him, she turned him into the shelter as a stray.  No one has come forward to claim the “Old Man” and this has left him up for rescue/adoption.

Despite his body being a medical mess, Spock evokes an inner spirit that’s undeniable.  He loves everyone he meets: people, dogs, cats,and innate objects. He is the whole package and looking for a safe, loving home to lay his tired body down.

He has many admirers at the shelter, who patiently feed him, walk him and give him attention, but he has still not taking to being there.  No matter how much attention the volunteers/staff give to him, it’s not enough to ease his physical pain or change the fact that he is a senior dog in a shelter.

As stated in his health status, he does have some lumps on his body, some skin issues and teeth problems, no way to sugar coat it, he is a fixer upper, in need of someone who is going to provide the medical attention he desperately needs.  If you are one of those people who thrives in helping the senior dogs restore their health and live out their golden years knowing love & attention, Spock is waiting for you, in fact he has been waiting for you his entire 10 years.

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Click on the links to watch videos of Spock in action!

Video of Spock being fed                  Video of Spock walking

Ten Questions with Spock
  • My toughest challenge so far has been:Eating and getting comfy in shelter. I’m old and deserve to be in a home!
  • I am sometimes afraid of: Hard things in my mouth
  • I am really good at: meeting other animals
  • I look really cute when I: Aren’t I always cute?
  • My nickname is: Old man
  • My favorite playtime activity: Exploring and sniffing
  • My favorite quote is: “Seniors Rock”
  • My favorite toy: Soft stuffies
  • My favorite treat: Soft foods.
  • When I grow up I want to be: Loved and have a comfy bed to lay.

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Sharing is caring.  We can make a difference in Spock’s life by simply sharing his story.

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Rescue: None

E-mail:  Contact form

Website:  Humane Society of Aurora

Monday’s Rescue Featuring: Blue (Peace for Pits)

ADOPTED 1/24 AFTER WAITING THREE YEARS AT HIS FOSTER HOME.  YES!  MIRACLES CAN STILL HAPPEN.

 

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Blue

A good samaritan is making $1000 DONATION: to a 501c3 of your choice IF you or your group/organization/rescue finds the perfect match for this beautiful boy (adoption will be a typical rescue adoption process and agreement).

Blue is 3. He would do best as the only animal in house. I have a house full of animals and Blue has been living in my basement for over a year. I love him very much.

I realize life isn’t fair but this situation needs grow into something else. It just cannot continue as such. Blue is great with people. Non reactive to other dogs on leash. Blue is a 10 outdoors, in the house, in the car, with people, with children. He enjoys his alone time and loves his people time. Loves exercise… Water, long walks, fetch, great jogging partner. Blue also is a major snuggler and enjoys lap time because 70 lbs of dog makes you a lap dog of course.

Blue would do best with experienced dog people (meaning not someone trying push him over on his side because they saw it on Cesar Milan). He’s very sensitive and needs someone with understanding and heart, not ego and force.

All it takes is one person to think of that perfect friend who wants a best friend or a cousin who just got married and is looking to start a family or a neighbor who lost their dog a year ago and may be looking for some love. I ask you kindly to think of us.

Help me have the sanity and time to save more lives. Please help Blue find his forever home. Thank youuuuu. Please let this post be one of pro activity and results. We all know he’s good looking!!~Marta, Blue’s foster  Mom and Superwoman for Tails of Hope Rescue.

Feel free to send inquires to cynthialynn3_0@ymail.com and I will forward them to Marta.  Marta is his foster mom and answering inquires as she knows Blue best. Or contact his reascue Peace for Pits through their website at: www.peaceforpits.org

Please share, together we can make a difference in Blue’s life.

K9 of the Month: Gracie (December of 2015)

Meet the final For Your K9, K9 of the Month, Ms. Gracie Francis!

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Ms. Gracie is an Australian Shepherd, whose coloring is classified as Red Tri-Color… what Aussie fanciers call Red, Copper and White. A herding breed, they are known for their energy level, intelligence, herding instincts… and many Aussie fanciers would also add to that list: “wacky sense of humor”. We don’t know about her herding instincts yet, but we we can vouch for her sense of humor. Gracie is on the small size for a standard Aussie, weighing in at just over 30 lbs.

When discovered by her family at the shelter she was “a scruffy, sun bleached, stinky little girl with tons of matted and dead hair – “cute” was not the word that came to mind. After a makeover at a nearby dog-o-mat, and a week of brushing… we suddenly realized she was really a cutie pie, which is something she frequently uses to get away with more than she should.”

 

Gracie Francis

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Gracie’s Basic Information

  • Age: 2.5 years old
  • Guardian’s Name:  Tom Francis
  • Breed:  Australian Shepherd
  • Sibling’s: None
  • Classes attended/attending: Obedience, Nose work, Agility and Gardening 101
  • Sports I participate in: Agility, Flirting, Cicada eating contests and Competition Sand Castles.
  • Show Competitions I am in: Dad says I am not ready for prime time.
  • Sporting/Show Titles I have earned: Only in my dreams…but we’ll keep trying.
  • Nicknames: I actually have several:  “Wiggle Butt” Like all dogs who have a short tails, I don’t have a long tail to wag, but I can wiggle what I’ve got with the best of them.  Mom and Dad call me the Gracinator, I have no idea where they came up with that.  Hey Arnold, do you know?  The cicadas call me Grace-zilla!

 

Ten Questions with Gracie

1.How did you choose your family?  OK, I am just hanging out at a shelter in Illinois, resting a bit after a looooooooooong ride in a crate truck from Missouri – with several stops along the way. It got me here, but I knew that if I kept racking up miles like this, I would definitely get an upgrade ticket to 1st class. Anyway, here I am chillin’ and in comes this tall, bald dude – talk about hair impaired! But there was this glow about him… or maybe it was just the light reflecting off his head, but I could tell he fell for me at first sight. So I turned on the charm and convinced him and his friend – an Aussie expert who already was a guardian for SIX of my cousins – that I was “the one”. We went from the shelter to a dog-o-mat for a long overdue make over, and then to the dude’s house where we then waited to surprise mom. I could tell immediately that she was a pushover, so a few nose kisses, I was in like Flynn. Home sweet home at last.

2. The first thing I ate that I wasn’t suppose to… I got fitted up with a harness shortly after arrival and I heard someone say the plastic buckles were practically indestructible. Never one to shy away from a challenge, when the opportunity arose I found that not only was the indestructible part over rated, but they really had a nice crunch to them and tickled all the way down when I swallowed them. I only got through the first one when dad walked in and interrupted my snack time. My humans were worried about me for a couple of days but they found that, like most things in life, everything worked itself out in the end.

3. The messiest mess I ever made or my big oops! Skunk poop! What more can I say? Every dog knows that there is just nothing else like it… that heavenly scent, the gooey texture, and way it meshes into your fur, how it slips and slides as you roll in it… one of the true delights of dogdom. Alas, humans do not share our appreciation of this delicacy. If you ever feel in need of a nice long hot bath… find yourself some skunk poop and keep your bathrobe handy.

4. Share a time when you were a hero to your family.  Dad left the business section of the paper on the floor and I happened to run across it. I put several puncture marks on the stock listings page. On a whim, dad bought shares in each stock with a puncture mark… and made millions within a month. He proceeded to buy me dog treats, more dog treats, and even more…. Huh? What? Excuse me, something just woke me up… shucks, where was I in that great dream I was just having?

5. How was you name chosen? Let me tell you… it took forever. For the longest time, my name was ____________. And Mom and Dad wondered why I didn’t come when called. Finally they decided – each on their own favorite name. So they had a vote and mom won in what she called a total landslide: (1) mom vote vs (1) dad vote. Dad says marriage was never meant to be an example of democracy. Mom says I needed a girly girl name (she refused to name me after a beer).

6. The reason I enjoy coming to For Your K9 for classes is…All the nice people i.e. nice = they have treats in their pockets…. And, of course, all those handsome boy dogs. So many boy dogs, so little time. I love them all.

 8. My toughest challenge so far has been:Walking outside for 10 feet without looking for bugs to eat. I guess it is part of my childhood in the country, but I love bugs of all shapes and sizes. This carries over to indoor agility rings where it is an even greater challenge. It is harder to find any bugs… especially with major distractions – like all the dog smells,and then there is dad…. waving his arms and making all kinds of movements and calling me to follow him. If he would sit still and be quiet for just a few moments I could get some serious sniffing done.

9. I think my humans are: My humans take up way too much space in my king size bed at night.

10. I am really good at: Running and leaping Flirting with the boy dogs! Waking dad up at 5 AM to go potty.

 

 

 

 

 

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My favorite treat is… My favorite snack is Cicadas – I LOVE THEM, can’t get enough of them. Dead, alive, molted shells, crawling, flying, – I’m not fussy, I’ll eat them anyway I can get them… even if they are still underground, I can smell them and will dig them up. The key is to move quickly and grab them before dad can react and shorten the leash. Dad says the walking me during Cicada season is like walking a frog… Twap!!!! Crunch! Crunch! Yum!

My favorite playtime activity is…Gardening with dad – digging holes, eating bugs, dirt, grass or anything else I can eat when he is not looking. I would stay outdoors all the time if I could.

My favorite season or holiday…1st Christmas with my forever humans. We were with a household of people, another dog and 2 cats. I wanted to wish the felines a Very Merry Christmas – then kill them. That bit of Christmas spirit keep me tethered to a couch when the cats were loose, but being tethered got me a lot of sympathy and attention from for humans.

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My favorite toy is…My duck, my frog, my squeaky ball, my kong, my bunny, my gecko, my… you get the idea. I had no idea what toys were in my previous life, but mom taught me all about them and now I love all of them… and all of them are still in great shape because I take good care of them. That is somewhat surprising to my humans as the life expectancy of a toy for my sister (now over the bridge) was 3.7 seconds.

My favorite trip was when we went to: Stay at a cottage on the shore of Lake Michigan. It was the first time I saw waves and walked along a sandy beach. The waves were incorrigible when I tried to herd them. A nose poke that works in most cases just caused them to slobber all over me. After several tries I resorted to a hard nip… same result. I was soaking wet and they just came on coming. They just didn’t respect the rules of the game. So I gave up on wave herding and found that just like at home there were bugs and smelly stuff in the ground but there was no way to eat those goodies without swallowing the sand around them. I ate so much sand that the next morning, I was actually pooping sand castles!!!

My family that’s I am cute when…I sit looking out the front window with my head on the window sill (sometimes I fall asleep in that position) When I play with toys with my paws while lying on my back – like an otter does (whatever an otter is?)

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My favorite quote or saying is…Gosh, I have two favorites: “Are you calling ME?” “Who says there is no “Q” in cute?”

(Guardian Question) What has been the biggest blessing in having your dog as a part of your family? The things she teaches us and the places they take us.

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Thank you and Congratulations to Tom and Gracie.  Your relationship is inspiring!!

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Monday’s Rescue: Featuring Vader (Perfect Pooches Adoption Agency)

Each Monday throughout the year we will be featuring a “special needs” dog from one of the many Chicago, Chicagoland & surrounding area rescues we support in their efforts to find quality forever homes for rescued canines.  Please share and help them find their forever homes; together we make a difference.

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A rescue organization dedicated to helping you locate and adopt your perfect pooch.

Nobody is perfect….including dogs, but we firmly believe that there is a perfect dog for everyone. This doesn’t mean our dogs will not have accidents in the house, or bark at times you don’t want them to, or chew on your good shoes. They are dogs and they will require training and structure, but their flaws make them truly unique, beautiful, and “perfect” for the right family.

Perfect Pooches Adoption Agency (PPAA) is a Chicagoland based rescue that was founded in January of 2013. All of our dogs live in foster homes prior to adoption. We are dedicated to working with each family to ensure we try to find a dog that will be a match with your lifestyle, needs, and wants. If we do not currently have a dog that is a match we will do our best to help approved adopters locate a dog that would be a better fit.

Our pooches are rescue dogs that deserve a second chance. Please consider opening your heart and home to a new companion today!

 

Hi, I’m Vader.  No not this guy, Darth-Vader-voiced-by-Arnold-Schwarzenegger but this guy. 

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My foster mom told me about him and he sounds like a pretty bad dude.  I am nothing like him. I am all about using the force for good, not evil.  I am a sweet, loving, gentle fellow.
I am 10 years old, which would earn me a senior discount at the doggie snack bar if they had AARP for dogs.  I found my way to Perfect Pooches Adoption Agency when my owner/breeder was moving and could not bring me with them.

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people, all kinds, doesn’t matter as long as they come in peace.  I can be protective of my family and home, when strangers enter my territory I give them the third degree. Thus far I have saved my foster family from murder by 41 mailmen, 22 UPS drivers, 3 girl scouts, 28 cats and 1 sketchy looking plastic bag.

It’s best if I meet new people on neutral territory first, this way I get a better reading on who they are and their intentions. You can never be too careful, I say.  

I can become a bit anxious when left home alone.  Foster Mom calls me an ‘escape artist’ perhaps I am related to Houdini?  I would love to find a forever home where you liked to stay home too.  We could be best buddies, lay around taking naps on the furniture, playing fetch, going for a leisurely stroll, does any of this sound like fun to you?

I am hoping for a forever home where I can be spoiled and pampered in my golden years.  Aren’t we all?  Except that other Vader dude, he seems dead set on controlling the galaxy.

If you would like to meet me, please complete an adoption application, which can be found on our website at www.perfectpooches.org under the Adoption Process tab. My foster mom will set up a meet and greet so we can sniff each other and then take it from there.

If you are not interested in meeting me, do me a big favor and share my story.  The internet is a big place and I just know my forever family is out there searching for me.
May The Force Be With You,
Vader

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Adoptable Vader

  • Age:  10 years old
  • Gender:  Male
  • Coloring: Black with White
  • Dogs: Selective about dogs
  • Obedience:  Basic commands and house trained
  • Exercise:  Walks/playtime fetch
  • Special Needs:  A loving home who adores seniors and will be committed to him for the rest of his days.

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Monday’s Rescue: Featuring Charlie (A Tail of 4 Paws Animal Rescue)

ADOPTED 12/20/2015

Each Monday throughout the year we will be featuring a “special needs” dog from one of the many Chicago, Chicagoland & surrounding area rescues we support in their efforts to find quality forever homes for rescued canines.  Please share and help them find their forever homes; together we make a difference.

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Mission Statement:  A Tail of 4 Paws Animal Rescue is a foster based rescue formed in August 2015 by great friends having the same goal; placing unwanted, homeless dogs with loving, caring people.  Anne & Sue met volunteering for a local animal rescue and knew that one day we wanted to start our own rescue. While volunteering, we had met some amazing people who we now call friends and fosters that supported our vision.                                        

                                                       Adoptable Charlie         

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  • Age: 3 years of age
  • Gender:  Male
  • Coloring: Black with tan markings
  • Breed: Labrador Retriever/Beagle Mix
  • Dogs: Yes
  • Cats: Yes
  • Children:  Yes
  • Obedience:  Basic commands (still practicing)
  • Exercise:  Moderate
  • Waiting to be adopted since: October 16, 2015
  • Special Needs:  A dog loving forever family who is committed to him 110%.

Hey There!

I am Charlie and yes, I am as lovable as you would expect a dog named Charlie to be and strikingly handsome. I am crate and house trained, still working on my basic commands.  I practice really hard to get them right and my foster mom says in time, I will.

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I really enjoy snuggling, playing and laughing.  I bet I will make my forever family laugh too.  I play nicely with dogs and cats.  I know, how awesome am I?  Pretty awesome. You know what’s even more awesome? Wait for it…I dig children too!

My foster mom wrote me a glowing review.  I really appreciate all that she has done to help me prepare for my forever home.  Here’s what she had to say, ” What isn’t shared on his Adopt-A-Pet profile is his snugly loving nature. His happiness to see you whether it’s 4am or 4pm. He’d be your shadow 24/7 just because he loves you and wants to be with you. He tries so hard to be accepted and wants unconditional love so much that he doesn’t beg and will do just about anything to please you. He’s never mad or pouty. He sometimes misbehaves, but knows it immediately. He was made to love his people and just about everyone he meets becomes his. Sometimes it happens in a minute and sometimes it takes a little bit longer. He’ll play rough with a 70 lb moose if instigated, gentle with a 21 lb snuggle-bug or incredibly gently with an 8 lb cat. That isn’t in the posts. That’s in his heart and soul.”

Pretty impressive huh?  I am so proud of myself and how far I have come in such a short time.  I wrote to Santa asking for a forever family, please share my story in hopes that they find me.

 

Your’s Truly,

Charlie, Your future best friend and cruising buddy.

 

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Sharing is caring.  We can make a difference in Charlie’s life by simply sharing his story.

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Rescue Group: A Tail of 4 Paws Animal Rescue

E-mail:   rescue@atailof4paws.org

Telephone:  855-630-7297

Website:  A Tail of 4 Paws Animal Rescue

 

 

 

 

Monday’s Rescue: Featuring Lucy (Famous Fido Rescue)

Each Monday throughout the year we will be featuring a “special needs” dog from one of the many Chicago, Chicagoland & surrounding area rescues we support in their efforts to find quality forever homes for rescued canines.  PRescueLogoAdoptlease share and help them find their forever homes; together we make a difference.

 

 

Mission Statement: Famous Fido aims to save the lives of the animals that need us most – those at high risk of euthanasia. We rescue and rehabilitate the animals that many other shelters feel they cannot take. No animal, with the chance of a healthy happy life, is declined medical treatment. All are vaccinated, heart-worm tested, micro-chipped and spayed or neutered before they go to their forever homes. We educate people to think of themselves as guardians of their pets, not owners. We encourage understanding that a shelter is not the answer to an unwanted animal. No animal should have to live in a shelter. Re-homing is the best and only answer. We will continue to build a network of foster parents and potential adopters to ensure that these animals are treated with respect and compassion for the rest of their lives.

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  • Age:  Est. 1 year of age
  • Gender:  Female
  • Coloring:  Tan with dark brown markings
  • Breed: German Shepherd Mix
  • Dogs: Yes
  • Cats: Yes
  • Children:  Teen, young adult
  • Obedience:  Basic Commands
  • Exercise:  High, good sized fence yard is a must
  • Special Needs:  A committed family willing to give 110% to their relationship with her.

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Lucy’s Petfinder Bio:

Lucy is a gorgeous, happy, energetic, sweet, playful and fun-loving, one-year-old, 48-pound, female Shepherd/Terrier-mix looking for a loving guardian.

Lucy was dropped off at Chicago Animal Care and Control when her family could no longer keep her. She was petrified at the shelter. Luckily a foster for Famous Fido Rescue saw her and took her home.

She is living in a foster home with a German Shepherd, a Pug, and three cats and she gets along with everyone beautifully. She is housebroken and crate-trained.

She knows the commands sit, down and takes treats gently from your fingers. She also loves to play fetch and play with any toy. She would love to live in a home with a yard, or with someone who enjoys walking a lot, running and getting a good amount of exercise. If left alone is a fenced yard, she gets bored and digs holes … who wouldn’t!?

She’s currently working on her leash skills because as much as she loves other dogs, she can be reactive at times on leash.

Lucy is very healthy, spayed, up-to-date on vaccines, micro-chipped, heartworm-tested and on monthly preventative.

To meet and possibly adopt her, please contact her foster mom Nancy at teva67@yahoo.com or 773-816-3060. Her adoption fee of $250 benefits the rescued pets of Famous Fido. She is being fostered in Morton Grove, Illinois

Sharing is caring.  We can make a difference in Lucy’s life by simply sharing his story.

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Rescue Group: Famous Fido Rescue

E-mail:   fido@famousfidorescue.com

Website:  Famous Fido Rescue

News You Can Use from For Your K9/November/December

For Your K9
Happy Almost Thanksgiving!
We want to take a moment to let you know how thankful we are for having you as part of the For Your K9 family.

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Upcoming Classes
Agility
Beginning Agility – Wednesday, 11/11 @ 11:30am
Instructor: Sue Sentowski
Beginning Agility – Tuesday, 12/1 @ 7:00pm
Instructor: Arlyn Sigeti
Foundation Classes
Puppy/Basic – Tuesday, 11/10 @ 1:30pm
Instructor: Nancy Reyes
Puppy – Saturday, 12/5 @ 10:00am
Instructor: Karen Okura
Basic Obedience – Saturday, 12/5 @ 11:15am
Instructor: Karen Okura
Barn Hunt
Beginning Barn Hunt – Tuesday, 12/1 @ 6pm
Instructor: Jill Snyder
 
Nose Work
Beginning Nose Work – Monday, 11/9 @ 12:30pm
Instructor: Nancy Reyes/Jill Snyder
Nose Work Advanced Level 2 – Monday, 11/9 @ 8:00pm
Instructor: Erin & Tom Rezmer
Intermediate Nose Work – Tuesday, 11/10 @ 8:00pm
Instructor: Nancy Reyes
Nose Work Mini-Class (Under Pressure) – Monday, 11/30 @ 8:30pm
Instructor: Nancy Reyes
Nose Work Mini-Class (Thresholds) – Tuesday, 12/1 @ 7:00pm
Instructor: Pat Murnik
Beginning Nose Work – Thursday, 12/3 @ 7:00pm
Instructor: Jeannine Barbour
Beginning Nose Work – Friday, 12/4 @ 8:00pm
Instructor: Jill Snyder
Specialty Classes
Tricks – Tuesday, 11/10 @ 3:00pm
Instructor: Debbie Bickford
Schutzhund/IPO – Thursday, 11/12 @ 7:00pm
Instructor: Kathleen Sanderson
Circus School for Dogs – Tuesday, 12/1 @ 1:30pm
Instructor: Debbie Bickford
Focused Fido – Wednesday, 12/2 @ 7:00pm
Instructor: Karen Okura
Focused Fido – Saturday, 12/5 @ 12:30pm
Instructor: Karen Okura
Brown Paper Package
Connection, Cooperation & Control: Solving the Puzzle of Relationship
with Cindy Knowlton
 
December 5 & 6, 2015
9am-4:30pm
* Is your dog’s behavior great at home, but he’s a butthead in the park?
* Do you wish you dog would listen, even in distracting situations?
* Wish your dog was more in control, even after several training sessions?
The Puzzle Connection bridges the gap between training at home and in public places to keep the dog engaged and cooperative while the rest of the world happens around him.
SAVE THE DATES FOR HOLIDAY FUN!

More Information Coming Soon!
Christmas Crafts
Monday, December 21 7pm-9pm
For Your K9’s Holiday Show
Tuesday, December 22  7pm-9pm
Holiday Agility Run Thrus
Monday, December 28 7pm-9pm
Intro to Barn Hunt and Nose Work Night
Tuesday, December 29 7pm-9pm
Holiday Nose Work Event
Wednesday, December 30 7pm-9pm

Chicago School of Canine Massage New Classes March 2016

Don’t Miss Acupressure Training in Chicago this March!
Amy Snow, co-founder of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute, and lead instructors, Sara May and Denise Theobald will be sharing the power of acupressure in Chicago this March! Acupressure is an amazing modality to add to your existing practice or to help enhance your own animal’s wellness. Clinical observation and scientific studies in conventional western and eastern medicine have proven that massage and acupressure can:
  • Relieve muscle spasms
  • Build the immune system
  • Benefit chronic health issues
  • Strengthen muscles, tendons, joints, and bones
  • Balance energy to optimize the body’s natural ability to heal
  • Release natural cortisone to reduce swelling and inflammation
  • Release endorphins necessary to increase energy or relieve pain
  • Enhance mental clarity and calm required for focus in training and performance
  • Resolve injuries more readily by increasing the blood supply and removing toxins
Check out the upcoming classes in Chicago below!
Introduction to Small Animal Acupressure
The Introductory course, which is composed of TgAAI’s proven curriculum, offers you the ability to perform a complete acupressure session protocol and gives you an understanding of the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) concepts and theories underlying acupressure. Specific theory and hands on practice study includes:
  • Yin/ Yang and 5-Element Theories
  • 4 – Examinations – Demonstration and practice
  • Acupressure protocol – Opening, Point work and Closing techniques
  • Association points – location, assessment and energetics
  • Source points – location, assessment and energetics
  • Acupressure session, assessment, point selection & practice
  • Case studies
  • Class manual covering all of the above and more

Since Acupressure is based on TCM, we will explore this ancient science and guide you in learning how to help your animals feel their best.

Course instructors: Amy Snow, Denise Theobald, and Sara May

Students studying Small Animal Acupressure may attend this course.
There are no prerequisites for this course.Date: March 19-20, 2016

Location: For Your K9, 1975 Cornell Ave, Melrose Park, IL
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Cost: $425
Small Animal Meridians and Specific Conditions
This 4-day hands-on class follows the categorization of the Five-Element Theory, and offers greater depth regarding the types of physical and psychological issues presented when meridians are not in balance. Specific theory and hands on practice study includes:
  • 5-Element Theory and use of Correspondence Chart  
  • Meridian system overview 
  • In-depth study of each of the 5 elements and their associated meridians
  • Location, flow, function, and attributes of each of the 12 major meridians and 2 extraordinary vessels
  • Common physical and emotional issues associated with each of the elements and meridians
  • Acupoints that can benefit these issues; their location, energetics and reinforcement of acupressure protocol and techniques
  • Further use of Association points and addition of Alarm points
  • Case studies
  • Class manual covering all of the above and more

Course instructors: Amy Snow, Denise Theobald, and Sara May

NOTE: Prerequisite is the hands on class, Introduction to Acupressure. This course is required for the Training Program.

 
Date: March 21-24, 2016
Location: For Your K9, 1975 Cornell Ave, Melrose Park, IL
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Cost: $775
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Monday’s Rescue: Featuring Orione and Scotty (ALIVE Rescue)

ORION ADOPTED 1/3/2016

Each Monday throughout the year we will be featuring a “special needs” dog from one of the many Chicago, Chicagoland & surrounding area rescues we support in their efforts to find quality forever homes for rescued canines.  Please share and help them find their forever homes; together we make a difference.

cropped-ALIVE_LOGO_HIREZ_Final1Mission Statement: ALIVE Rescue is an animal rescue that protects the lives and the rights of animals. We believe every animal has the right to a well-balanced, socialized and fulfilled life. We take on the responsibility to save, rehabilitate and place abandoned, abused and stray animals.  We provide medical, behavioral and physical support for animals despite their age, health and/or breed. ALIVE Rescue promotes sustainable living and care giving by building awareness, appreciation and respect for all animals and the environment within our communities.

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Adoptable Orione

  • Age:  Est. 2.5  years old
  • Gender:  Male
  • Coloring: White with black patches
  • Breed: Chihuahua Mix
  • Dogs: Yes
  • Cats: Yes
  • Children:  No toddler children as they make Orione very nervous
  • Obedience:  Basic commands
  • Exercise:  Playtime
  • Waiting to be adopted since: 1 year plus
  • Special Needs:  A dog savvy forever family who is committed to him 110%

“Whenever I wear one, women smile”.~Social Primer founder Cooper Ray on wearing a bow tie

Greetings!

I must say I agree with Mr. Ray. I feel dashing in a bow tie, yes indeed more women stop and smile at me.  I love the attention!  In doing this interview I overheard my foster Mom saying, “Orione loves to be the center of attention and in the middle of whatever you are doing, wherever you are. He wants to be your sidekick!” Raising my paw, GUILTY as charged.  I am an excellent supervisor, companion and partner in crime.

I am really fond of my foster Mom, she rescued me from an alley in Bucktown where I had been tied around the neck with a bungee cord behind a school. A neighbor by the school posted my photo on Facebook and my foster Mom came right over on her lunch break from work to take me to the safety of a vet’s office.

ALIVE Rescue then stepped up to take me into their program and now I like to sneak up on my foster Mom when she is sitting on the sofa and give her ears kisses.  It’s my special way of reminding her how much I appreciate her dedication to helping me find my forever family.

I realize my lack of understanding small children is a drawback, but perhaps you know of a single person in need of a pint size sidekick? Or perhaps a mature couple looking for some dynamite to brighten their day?

Among my many qualities is my intelligence, energy and athletic ability.  I get a kick out of jumping on top of high objects.  Crates, kitchen tables, toilet lids, the sofa back, it’s like I have springs in my legs.  I have heard of this sport called Barn Hunt, where you get to climb and jump over bales of hay while searches for hidden rats.  I think I would be superb at this game.  I have also been told that I possess the skills needed for the sport of agility.  If my new family wanted to give it a go, I’m up for it!

If you are looking for your new best friend, please contact the good folks at Alive Rescue and ask about me. Orione the dashing Chihuahua Mix with the extensive bow-tie collection and one ear that stands up and one that flops.

Bowtasticaly Yours,

Orione

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Adoptable Scotty

    • Age: 3.5 years old
    • Gender:  Male
    • Coloring: Brown
    • Breed: Chihuahua Mix
    • Dogs: Yes
    • Cats: Yes
    • Children:  No toddler children as they make Scotty very nervous
    • Obedience:  Basic commands
    • Exercise:  Playtime
    • Waiting to be adopted since: 1 year plus

Special Needs:  A dog savvy forever family who is committed to him 110%

A Big Hello to you!

My name is Scotty, I’m Orione’s foster sibling and like him, I REALLY want a forever family to call my very own.I had a major disappointment of being returned by an adopter after 4 months. Luckily my great foster Mom took me right back into her home and together we keep searching for the right home.

The folks at ALIVE Rescue will tell you I have a giant personality in this tiny body, I love people, after they gain my trust.  Don’t be alarmed if I tell a few people off when they enter the room, I need them to understand I may not be large, but I am in charge.  Perhaps, Napoleon would have been a more fitting name?

I made a list of things I need in my new home, so there would be no misunderstandings.  I know what I like and I am not embarrassed to tell you.

1. My own bed. I will share a lot of things with other dogs but prefer to not share my bed with them. I might be little but I need my space to stretch out!

2. I should eat by myself either in my crate or a contained room if there are other dogs around. I love food so much! The temptation to steal food is high so eating separate allows me to eat my own food and not pack on the pounds! I need to keep my boyish figure! I may have stolen a snack or two or dinner off my humans table in the past.  You will have to protect me from myself.

3. Young kids are very scary to me and I’d prefer a home without those scary little humans.

4. A bedtime snack! I will accept a bully stick, beef tendon, dental chew, stuffed Kong, etc. You name it and I’ll eat it!

If you are like my foster Mom and love an enthusiastic welcome home, I got you covered.  I believe a good howl is essential in welcoming home loved ones, followed by gentle kisses to the nose.  Melts her heart every time and I must admit, I go all warm & fuzzy myself.

I enjoy starting my day off with the zoomies, playing some tug and perhaps chasing a squirrel or two to get the blood pumping.  I like a welcoming lap, soothing belly rubs, burrowing into a blanket to get all snugly and curling up in a soft hoodie will at times work too.

I would be thrilled to meet you and see if we are a match. Everyone should have one small, but mighty best friend in their lives.

Living Large,

Scotty

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12227587_10206180273084737_8554912655529873377_nOrione and Scotty would like to remind you to get your tickets for Alive Rescue’s 2nd Annual ‘Lucky for Life’ Gala on November 14
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We have an intimate evening planned for our supporters and guests at Firehouse Chicago that will include an open bar, vegan and vegetarian fare, dj and dancing, live auction and raffle, dog-friendly event, photo booth, decor by Shadow Box Dreams, Lucky for Life award ceremony, and a Stayin’ Alive gift bag for every attendee.

This is a limited engagement. Cocktail attire. Tickets will NOT be available at the door.

When:  Saturday, November 14th from 8 pm – 11 pm
Where:  Firehouse Chicago located at 1545 W. Rosemont Avenue in Chicago

Cost:  $75 / human and $25 / canine

PURCHASE TICKETS

Please share Orione and Scotty’s stories in hopes of helping their forever family’s find them.

~Sharing is Caring~

Suzanne Clothier Seminars – Building Better Human/Dog Relationships

An Evening with Suzanne Clothier – Mindful Socialization
Wednesday, 11/11/2015 @ 6:30 PM – 9:00pm
In depth evening lecture on Mindful Socialization.

       • Planting the Seeds – Foundation skills
       • What’s missing? Filling in the gaps
       • Understanding your pup, customizing socialization
       • Common challenges & problems
This topic will be covered briefly in the Cultivating Canines on Sunday, this lecture will be must more in depth.
Observation Skills for CARAT with Suzanne Clothier
Thursday & Friday, 11/12 & 13, 2015 
This seminar is designed to help CARAT students improve their observation skills. This day is a combination of lecture with exercises, live demos and video that build observation skills for CARAT and how to use the Observation Checklist, work through the Level 1 traits. Which traits are associated with what aspects on the Checklist? These skills will focus on the dog’s sensory input, external body language, understanding breathing, use of space, orientation, geometry, tension and more. With this information, you will improve your observation skills in general and CARAT.
You must have attended a minimum of CARAT Level 1.1 in order to attend this seminar.
Lunch is available for a cost of $10 per day.
Contact Sue Sentowski about registration and/or questions about this seminar at sue@foryourk9.com
Working with Fear, Anxiety & Reactive Dogs with Suzanne Clothier
Saturday, 11/14/2015  @ 9:00am

This seminar will focus on understanding canine behavior, the nature of fear and anxiety, understanding aggression (including bite etiology). The role of stress, arousal, resilience and environmental factors are discussed. Attendees will learn the specific Relationship Centered Training (RCT) techniques that are useful for fearful and reactive dogs:

*In/Out of Safety Zones
*Treat/Retreat
*Use of the Stimulus Gradient
*The Auto Check-In
*Follow Me
*Ghost Handling
*Go Hunt
*Intelligent Consequences
Attendees will learn to use these simple, effective techniques that help alter a dog’s feeling about a situation, bring balance to the dog/human relationship without punishment or confrontation, and help the dog and handler develop new skills for a variety of situations. These RCT techniques are also useful & helpful for dogs without fear or reactivity.
Cultivating Canines: How to Grow Your Own Best Friend
Sunday, 11/15/2015 @ 9:00 AM 
This fascinating new seminar from Suzanne Clothier offers a comprehensive approach to raising dogs with respect. If we are cultivating rather than merely raising or training, we can approach this part of our journey with our dogs in new ways. We begin to understand that the quality of all we do contributes to the dog we have at our side now and in the future.
An Overview of CARAT: The Clothier Animal Response Assessment Tool with Nancy Reyes & Suzanne Clothier
Monday, 11/16/2015 @ 7:00 PM 
Developed by Suzanne Clothier in 2007, CARAT (Clothier Animal Response Assessment Tool) is a novel assessment system that categorizes behavior traits in multiple components that are intuitive and practical. It is the assessment system currently in use at selected guide dog schools, and is used to evaluate puppies, breeding stock and dogs coming in for training. CARAT takes a detailed view of the individual dog as a unique combination of many factors working together to influence, exacerbate, mitigate and enhance each other.
In this two hour workshop we will present an overview of CARAT

Monday’s Rescue: Featuring Angel (Dogs Are Deserving)

Each Monday throughout the year we will be featuring a “special needs” dog from one of the many Chicago, Chicagoland & surrounding area rescues we support in their efforts to find quality forever homes for rescued canines.  Please share and help them find their forever homes; together we make a difference.

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Mission Statement:  Our goal is to rescue and place our dogs in loving homes. In addition, we strive to make sure our dogs serve as ambassadors for the breed changing misconceptions in the minds of the uneducated. Lastly, we will also be focusing on eliminating BSL laws.

                                           

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  • Age: 3 years of age
  • Gender:  Female
  • Coloring: Brindle with white crest
  • Breed: Labrador Retriever Mix/Short Coated
  • Dogs: Yes
  • Cats: No
  • Children:  Yes
  • Obedience:  Basic commands
  • Exercise:  Moderate, Yard Required
  • Waiting to be adopted since: 
  • Special Needs:  A dog savvy forever family who is committed to her 110%.

Good Day!

I am Angel. I have a life story to share in hopes that my forever family will read and beat down my foster mom’s door wanting to make me part of their lives.  My save date is, July 2, 2014, it’s been a long wait.

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my foster Mom & family, they have been angels to me.  You see, I was discovered lying on a nice lady’s porch, I had been shot and lost a lot of blood.  Dogs Are Deserving stepped up to first get me the medical help I needed to save my life and then my leg.

I spent time living at the animal hospital where they did reconstructive surgery on my leg which had been fractured by a bullet.  The doctor did a great job of fixing me up and I fully recovered with complete function of my leg.  I walk with a hitch in my giddy-up, but it doesn’t slow me down one bit.  I am sorta the female Lab version of John Wayne.  LOL, I crack myself up. 25108396_500x400

I have a great personality and love all people; even the little ones.  My foster family taught me trust and forgiveness for the harm done to me in my past. I enjoy the company of furry siblings as long as they my same size and chill.  I am not hip to small dogs with Napoleon complexes or dogs who are aggressive in their play and social interactions.  When I say furry siblings, I am talkin’ about canines, those crazy felines get on my nerves.

I adore squeaky toys!  Give me a squeaky toy and I will love you forever.  I will entertain myself for hours with one of those.  The person who invented the dog squeaky toy deserves a Nobel in my opinion.  Greatest invention EVER.  When I am not entertaining myself with toys, I enjoy a good run in the yard and I always have time in my day to cuddle with my loved ones, just bring a soft blanket and I’m yours to cuddle.

Thanks for reading and sharing, I just know my forever family is looking for me.

Your’s Truly,

Angel

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Sharing is caring.  We can make a difference in Angel’s life by simply sharing her story.

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Rescue Group: Dogs Are Deserving

E-mail:  Dogsaredeserving@gmail.com

Website:  Dogs Are Deserving

K9 of the Month: Grace (September 2015)

Trainer Debbie Bickford had this to say about September’s K9 of the Month, “Beryl and Grace make a great team and have always been a joy to have in class.  Grace is a senior dog at 13 and definitely disproves the saying “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.  You definitely can!”

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Grace’s Basic Information

  • Age: 13 years young
  • Guardian’s Name:  Beryl Gersch
  • Breed:  German Shepherd Mix
  • Sibling’s:  Peter, Bijou, Hans, Oliver and Gypsy
  • Classes attended/attending: C.L.A.S.S. (Master’s Degree), Rally, Tricks, Barn Hunt
  • Nickname: Gracie Girl
  • A For Your K9 Pup: Since 2011

Ten Questions with Grace

  1. How did you choose your family?  I am a Rescue. My human sibling’s best friend adopted me as a pup, but his resident dog didn’t like me. Mom took custody of me at 6 months old.  One of Mom’s resident dogs, Haley was a Giant Schnauzer and we became good buddies. After she passed on, I was so sad, even though Hans was still with me to play. Mom then adopted a Scottie pup and we became best friends. I have a preference for black bearded dogs.Grace with her canine siblings

2. The first thing I ate that I wasn’t suppose to… I snatched a burger off my human siblings plate while he           wasn’t paying attention.

3. The messiest mess I ever made or my big oops! I LOVE to roll in the dirt  after I dig a huge hole. My family     designated a dig site for me.

4. Share a time when you were a hero to your family.  Mom describes me as “the quintessential friend to all       dogs and people”. My sweet nature should preclude me from being a watch and guard dog, but after Haley         passed on I took over the guard dog duties. Now at age 13, I continue to be the mole eradicator and guard         dog. Shortly after Haley left us there was a disturbance in the alley by some bad types of people. I alerted my     family and we all went indoors and lock the doors until the police sorted out the mess.

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5. How was you name chosen? My name was chosen from George Burns wife Gracie Allen, I don’t know who    she is, but Mom liked her enough to name me Grace. Mom says it was later when my personality developed      further it turned out I am full of loving grace and I am perfectly named.

6. One day I want to…Learn to swim.  I have seen videos of Newfie’s swimming and I think I should give it a try     one day.

7. The reason I enjoy coming to For Your K9 for classes is…I love to work. I enjoy attending Ms. Debbie’s tricks classes immensely. Last year I participated in the skit with the rest of the tricks class dogs at McCormick Place. I enjoyed meeting all the new people and reveled in the applause. I really loved all the kids who came to say “hi” and pet me.

8. My toughest challenge so far has been:  Not digging new holes! I have a tunnel system now!

9. I think my siblings (canine/human) are: Comforting.amigos

10. I am really good at: Following cues and understanding cues. I always understand what mom wants me to do.

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My favorite treat is… Mom’s homemade liver treats.

My favorite playtime activity is…digging holes, playing with my hedgehog and attending tricks class.

My favorite season or holiday…Fall because it means lovely long walks in the cool woods and no bugs!

My favorite toy is…A giant hedgehog. I love this toy and Mom buys them in bulk. She carries them around the house and yard.

My favorite television show/movie/music is: I enjoy listening to Through a Dog’s Ear during thunderstorms and long car rides.

My favorite trip was when we went to: We went to a sheep farm and spent the weekend! So many interesting smells and creatures! I loved the chickens – they are just right for chasing.

My family that’s I am cute when…I am howling with the church bells on Sunday mornings.

My favorite quote or saying is…“Don’t just sit there- go out and play!”

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(Guardian Question) What has been the biggest blessing in having your dog as a part of your family?

We treasure Grace for her sweet nature and loving companionship.

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Thank you and Congratulations to Beryl and Grace.  Your relationship is inspiring!!

Monday’s Rescue

Each Monday throughout the year we will be featuring a “special needs” dog from one of the many Chicago, Chicagoland & surrounding area rescues we support in their efforts to find quality forever homes for rescued canines.  Please share and help them find their forever homes.

Today we are re-posting dogs who have been featured and are still in need of forever homes.

One Tail At A Time: Bishop

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Don’t Bully My Breed: Lulu

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Owner Surrender: Chunk and Chance
Since our original post on Chunk, the family has decided they want to keep neither dog.

Chunk and his litter mate brother

Chunk and his litter mate brother

 

Perfect Pooches Adoption Agency: Twinkie and Liberty

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Liberty

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Don’t Bully My Breed: Sadie

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Players for Pits: Marilyn

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Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control: Scarlett

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Illinois Doberman Rescue Plus: Beckett

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Peace for Pits: Henry

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Adopt A Husky Rescue: Jackie

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“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

Monday’s Rescue: Featuring Bishop (One Tail At A Time)

Each Monday throughout the year we will be featuring a “special needs” dog from one of the many Chicago, Chicagoland & surrounding area rescues we support in their efforts to find quality forever homes for rescued canines.  Please share and help them find their forever homes; together we make a difference.

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Mission Statement:

One Tail at a Time is a no-kill, 501(c)3 all-breed dog rescue committed to lowering euthanasia rates in the greater Chicagoland area through the rescue and adoption of dogs in need; comprehensive support of adopters; and community outreach through humane education programs and assistance for disadvantaged and low-income families.

          Adoptable Bishop

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  • Age:  Est. 1 year of age
  • Gender:  Male
  • Coloring:  Black with white crest
  • Breed: Basset Hound/Wire-haired Terrier
  • Dogs: No
  • Cats: No
  • Children:  Teen, young adult
  • Obedience:  Basic Commands
  • Exercise:  Moderate
  • Special Needs:  A dog savvy forever family who is committed to him 110%.  Bishop has slight separation anxiety

Good Day Everyone!

They call me Bishop which is an unique name, but then I am a rather unique dog.  Have you ever heard of the chess move known as Bishop and Knight Checkmate, where Bishop takes Knight forcing checkmate on the lone King?  I haven’t either until today, but more about that later.

My physical appearance is as unique as my personality.  I am a Basset Hound/Wire-haired Terrier mix giving me short legs with a furry hair do to rival an Ewok.  Other dogs often stop, stare, and point, but I think their just jealous.  I have looked in the mirror and I am one handsome fellow.

Exhibit A:

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Am I not the “IT Dog” of the year?

I am currently living with my foster dad in the Big City, but I really would like to live in a single family home in the suburbs with a yard to romp about in of all my own. I admit it, I do have a bit of separation anxiety and on occasion I voice my opinion loudly from my crate.  In my defense, Foster Dad and I have been working on these concerns and I am proud to say I’m getting it.

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An added bonus for my new family is that my adoption fee is covered by one of my many fans.  This will free up the cash you were going to donate to adopt me, for other things, like lots of cool toys and a big comfy bed.  I could always make an Amazon Wish list if you need it.

Now back to this chess thing I learned today.  Bishop/Knight checkmate an be achieved in thirty three moves if executed correctly.  If I could get 33 people to share my story, I figure I have a good shot at getting the King I am looking for to complete my life.  Please be my Knight and help me capture my King, my forever home.

Sincerely,

Sir Bishop

Sharing is caring.  We can make a difference in Bishop’s life by simply sharing his story.

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Rescue Group: One Tail At A Time

E-mail:   annaOTAT@gmail.com

Website:  www.onetail.org

Monday’s Rescue: Featuring LuLu (Don’t Bully My Breed)

Each Monday throughout the year we will be featuring a “special needs” dog from one of the many Chicago, Chicagoland & surrounding area rescues we support in their efforts to find quality forever homes for rescued canines.  Please share and help them find their forever homes; together we make a difference.

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Mission Statement:

Don’t Bully My Breed is a registered 501c3 non-profit animal rescue and advocacy organization, primarily focusing on saving ‘pitbull’ type dogs from animal controls and kills shelters and placing them in foster homes located all over the state of IL and Northwest Indiana. We are a 100% volunteer organization and foster-based network operating solely on the generous donations we receive from our supporters and funds we raise through events and adoptions, all of which goes right back to the dogs. In 2014, we rescued, rehabilitated, and, when they were ready, re-homed over 40 bully breed dogs into loving forever homes.                                                                      

                                                                             Adoptable Lulu

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  • Age:  Est. 1.5 years of age
  • Gender:  Female
  • Coloring:  Champagne, white crest and pink ears
  • Breed: American Staffordshire Terrier Mix
  • Dogs: No
  • Cats: Yes
  • Children:  Yes, school age +
  • Obedience:  Graduated  from A Sound Beginning Basic Training class
  • Exercise:  Active
  • Special Needs:  A dog savvy forever family who is committed to her 110%

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Greeting Folks!

When I meet new people, the first thing they comment on is my ears.  “Oh my look at those ears!”  Well…I am here to tell you I am more than my ears!  I mean yes they are stunning but a girl shouldn’t be judged on her ears alone.

I am a proud to say that I graduated from Basic Training class with the A Sound Beginning program and would love to continue my education.  I am very intelligent and along with my athletic abilities I would love to take up a canine sport.  I imagine the fun, bonding experience I would enjoy with my new parent and wouldn’t I look stunning in photos showing off my ribbons?!

I am a small girl at only 50 lbs, so I won’t take up much space and I am totally low maintenance. A couple of things I am looking for in a forever family are, a large fenced backyard to romp about in with family, toys of all kinds…tug, toss, fetch, you name it and I play it.  I love a Kong filled with peanut butter, but I am open to try different combinations.

The good people of Don’t Bully My Breed pulled me from Chicago Animal Control with the intention of me going directly into my foster to adopt home.  Unfortunately, the person who requested to be my potential family had a change in life plans and I was no longer part of those plans.

I am in a tight situation now with no home to go to and no dog-less fosters available to take me in at this time. My timeline is short, I only have until October 1st to find a new foster or better yet a forever family.  My only drawback is I have a love of kitties, so much so, I don’t want anything to do with other dogs.  If you have a crazy cat friends who might be up for fostering a dog (who thinks she’s a cat), they would be a lifesaver.

I just know my forever family is out there looking for me, please help them find me by sharing.

Much love,

Sweet Lulu

 

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Sharing is caring.  We can make a difference in Lulu’s life by simply sharing her story.

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Rescue Group: Don’t Bully My Breed

E-mail:   info@savethepitbull.org

Website:  www.dontbullymybreed.org

K9 of the Month (August 2015)

And they called it puppy love
Oh I guess they’ll never know
How a young heart really feels
And why I love her so

Introducing to the For Your K9 family, K9 of the Month:  

Kona Andersen

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  • My Name: Kona Andersen
  • My Nickname: Kookers
  • My Age: 3 months
  • My Gender: Female
  • My Guardians:  Matt  and Carla Andersen
  • My Siblings: Matthew, Jonathan, Zachary, and Nicholas
  • Classes Attended/Attending: Puppy and Basic Obedience
  • A For Your K9 dog since: May 2015
  • My Breeder: Fire and Iron Bulldogges
  • My Breed: Olde English Bulldogge

Interesting Facts:

  • The Olde English Bulldogge originated in England between 1600 and 1700.  These were the early ancestors to many of the Bull breeds that exist today including the English Bulldog and the American Bulldog.
  • They were bred to participate in blood sports like bull baiting.Around 1835, laws were passed in England prohibiting bull baiting and the Olde English Bulldogges main purpose of existence vanished.  Within a decade the numbers of bulldogs declined drastically almost to extinction.
  •  The modern Olde English Bulldogge is a reconstruction of the original Olde Bulldogge of the 17th and 18th century. Various genetic crosses have been used in carefully and thoughtfully planned breeding programs to obtain this goal.
  • The ideal Olde English Bulldogge is a loyal, courageous dog of medium size with a large powerful head and stout muscular body. Olde English Bulldogges are athletic and most importantly of very good health, males are free breeders and females are free whelpers. The Olde English Bulldogge is devoid of all breathing issues and is capable of enjoying outdoor activity without concern except in extreme heat or cold. The temperament is very stable and trustworthy making them a loyal companion, capable protector and the ultimate family member.  Olde English Bulldogges thrive on pleasing their owners and are very trainable. Their lifespan is between 10 and 14 years.

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10 Questions with Ms. Kona 

1.  How did you choose your family?   My family did their research on different breeds of dogs and decided an Olde English Bulldogge would be perfect for their family.; they located my breeder in Huntley, IL.

"Mom, I think you were suppose to give me the treat by now."

“Mom, I think you were suppose to give me the treat by now.”

2.  How was your name chosen? My parents LOVE Hawaii so they picked Kona to be my name.

3.  If you asked my family they would say I am ____________. I am a big Boston Bulldogge! I always get confused of being a Boston Terrier because of my markings.

4.  One day I want to…have the self-control to run through the woods off leash and come back when called!

5. The first thing I ate that I wasn’t suppose to…I ate and continue to attempt to eat mulch!!!

6.  The messiest mess I ever made or my big oops!  I found the biggest mud filled hole/puddle around and rolled in it!

7.  Share a time when you were a hero to your family. I am teaching my 4 brothers responsibility and they are doing great!!!

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“Patience. Patience. Patience.”

9.  The reason I enjoy coming to For Your K9 for training is…

My family is new at this too! I am not the only one being trained here!!!

10.  I am really good at… playing fetch and my nickname is… Kookers. Monkey, because of the crazy noises I make!

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My favorite trip was when we went to:

Camping in Michigan with my family. I was able to run into the lake playing fetch with a stick!
"Ah, the feel of the sand beneath my paws."

“Ah, the feel of the sand beneath my paws.”

My favorite treat is… Anything that shakes in a bag! I will do any of the tricks I know to get some.

 My favorite playtime activity is…
My favorite playtime activity is playing fetch, LOVE IT! I picked up on that pretty quick and I tire out pretty quickly!

My favorite quote or saying is…  “Ahhh, she’s just a puppy!”

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Strike a pose, Vogue

My favorite season or holiday…I have only experienced summer and I am really enjoying it!

My favorite toy is… Empty water, juice bottles. They can be thrown around and I can go run after them!

My favorite television show/movie/music is:  America’s Funniest Videos always has other dogs on that I want to get too!

I think my siblings (canine/human) are: Fun to nibble on even though I am told not too!!!

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“Just a little nibble?”

Question for the  Andersen Family…”What has been the biggest blessing in having Kona as part of your family?”  We have never had a dog before and Kona is a wonderful first dog. She is very smart, stubborn and keeps us on our toes. Kona loves to lick and kiss us all. It is great to watch as our boys grow up with Kona.
For Your K9 thanks Kona and her family for participating in this months interview and again, congratulations! Kona was nominated for K9 of the month by trainer Karen S. Okura, CPDT-KA who instructs Kona in Basic Obedience class. Karen had this to say about Kona and her family, “Kona’s family knows that dog training is a family affair. That’s why mom, dad and their four (yes, 4!) sons usually attend each class. Kona is a typical British Bulldog – full of sass, confidence and attitude. But she is well matched. With 4 boys in the family, Kona never gets bored and is in good company when she pushes the envelope — which is often! She does it with a devilish smile on her face — which she probably learned from Nick, the youngest!”
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Monday’s Rescue: Featuring Chunk

Family had Chunk and his litter-mate brother Chance Euthanized on November 4, 2015  Rest in Peace Boys

Each Monday throughout the year we will be featuring a “special needs” dog from one of the many Chicago, Chicagoland & surrounding area rescues we support in their efforts to find quality forever homes for rescued canines.  Please share and help them find their forever homes; together we make a difference.

Normally we post a dog from a local rescue who is need of a little extra publicity for their forever family’s to find them.  This week the feature spotlight is shinning on a dog in dire straits due to the actions of his owners.
The shelters are bursting at the seams with dogs like Chunk, abandoned by their owners either by not wanting them anymore or just up & leaving them behind in an empty home.  No, No, No!  This is not how you do responsible dog guardianship, nor is it how you act like an adult facing a difficult situation.
Now many of you reading this will rationalize it is really better for his family to put him down, rather then surrender him to a shelter that most likely will do the same.  Is Chunk going to take comfort in the fact that his life ended at the hands of his family and not a stranger?  I think NOT!

Your next thought is “Why doesn’t a rescue take this dog?”  Rescue’s do not have unending bank accounts, taking in a stray or owner surrender leaves them open to extended vetting and giving up a spot to a dog that they have had their eye on at the shelter waiting to be pulled when space opened in their organization.  Rescue’s cannot do it all and it’s a heart wrenching decision for a rescue to turn away a good Samaritan attempting to make the right the wrongs done to the dog by their owners.  The same can be said for the shelters, there are only so many kennels and they take no joy in putting down healthy dogs who deserve to live out their lives.

This is where dog lovers come into play, through the use of social networking you can make a difference in the animal welfare of Illinois dogs.  All it takes is for you to become a champion for the dog by “sharing” their story.  Speak up for them by clicking a few keys on your keyboard, mention to family, friends, co-workers who might be looking for a canine companion that there is this one dog that might be their match. Even if it turns out they are not a match, perhaps they know someone who is.

Chunk is literally living on borrowed time granted to him from his family to a neighbor who is looking to save his life.  The family decided they no longer want Chunk, they are expecting a baby and looking to be a one dog family.  Chunk tends to urinate in his crate, the veterinarian found no medical issue other then him being dehydrated. Chunk had lost the lottery and the owners scheduled his euthanasia.  A neighbor stepped in and asked for time to re-home Chunk instead and that’s where he is at this time, counting down the minutes.

This is what his good Samaritan shared about Chunk:

He does best with dogs his own size or bigger; needs a slow introduction. Has lived with his litter mate since birth with the same family. He is a loving boy who enjoys cuddling and will be your shadow.  He has the temperament to become the ultimate companion dog.  

 

  • Breed: American Bulldog Mix
  • Dogs: Yes, slow introductions as he only knows his brother
  • Cats: No, prey drive for small animals  (He would excel at Nose Work or Barn Hunt)
  • Children:  Yes, he loves humans, even the mini versions
  • Obedience:  Basic commands, will need formal obedience training
  • Exercise:  Moderate
  • Special Needs: Loving home willing to provide tender loving care and understanding.

If you are interested in meeting this hunk of love, Chunk, please contact Jenny Springer ASAP at: 847-373-7999 for additional information.  Thank you for your time in reading this post, I know it’s not easy, but when you see the success stories of the dogs adopted, it’s worth the effort.

 

Please share Chunk’s story, be his voice.  Sharing is caring, together we can make a difference.

 

 

Monday’s Rescue: Featuring Liberty and Twinkie (Perfect Pooches Adoption Agency)

Each Monday throughout the year we will be featuring a “special needs” dog from one of the many Chicago, Chicagoland & surrounding area rescues we support in their efforts to find quality forever homes for rescued canines.  Please share and help them find their forever homes; together we make a difference.

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A rescue organization dedicated to helping you locate and adopt your perfect pooch.

Nobody is perfect….including dogs, but we firmly believe that there is a perfect dog for everyone. This doesn’t mean our dogs will not have accidents in the house, or bark at times you don’t want them to, or chew on your good shoes. They are dogs and they will require training and structure, but their flaws make them truly unique, beautiful, and “perfect” for the right family.

Perfect Pooches Adoption Agency (PPAA) is a Chicagoland based rescue that was founded in January of 2013. All of our dogs live in foster homes prior to adoption. We are dedicated to working with each family to ensure we try to find a dog that will be a match with your lifestyle, needs, and wants. If we do not currently have a dog that is a match we will do our best to help approved adopters locate a dog that would be a better fit.

Our pooches are rescue dogs that deserve a second chance. Please consider opening your heart and home to a new companion today!

This weeks featured pups started off life in the horrific conditions of a puppy mill. You may recall Kankakee Animal Control of Illinois, along with the Animal Rescue Corps raided a puppy mill in April of this year.

Click to view WGN coverage regarding the raid

Perfect Pooches pulled the two young pups into their program and have been working to aid the dogs in learning how to be dogs.  When the only life you have known has been in a cage, every new experience can be joyous or frightening.  Liberty aka Libby, has proven herself to be more outgoing in meeting people, she loves to be touched and soaks up the attention.

Twinkie, the younger of the pair is more timid, slowly making progress with a great deal of patience being shown in her care and training.

The videos below show the pair as they were first taken into custody by Perfect Pooches, then as they progress to playing together in a crate, to Libby feeling the grass on her paws and later learning to navigate the stairs

If you have patience and a giant heart please consider adopting one of these pint size beauties as your new family member.  These little ladies have a had a rough life and are awaiting their second chance.  Please share and help make their happily forever after a reality.

Adoptable Liberty

  • Name: Liberty
  • Age:  7 years old
  • Gender:  Female
  • Coloring: Brown Chocolate with Tan
  • Breed: Chihuahua
  • Dogs: Yes
  • Cats: unknown
  • Children: 13 years+
  • Obedience:  Work on house training and leash walking
  • Exercise:  Walks/playtime
  • Waiting to be adopted since: April 2015
  • Special Needs:  Patient loving home, preferably into a home with a dog who will act as a mentor.

Adoptable Twinkie

  • Name: Twinkie
  • Age:  3 years old
  • Gender:  Female
  • Coloring: White – With Tan, Yellow Or Fawn
  • Breed: Chihuahua
  • Dogs: Yes
  • Cats: unknown
  • Children:  13 years +
  • Obedience:  Walks/playtime
  • Exercise:  walks/playtime
  • Waiting to be adopted since: April 2015
  • Special Needs:  An experienced dog savvy person with previous experience in caring for a puppy mill dog. Preferably with another dog in the home as a mentor.

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Monday’s Rescue: Featuring Adoptable’s (Perfect Pooches, Illinois Doberman Rescue+, Cause for Paws, Chicagoland Bully Breed Rescue and Great Lakes Lab Rescue)

Each Monday throughout the year we will be featuring a “special needs” dog from one of the many Chicago, Chicagoland & surrounding area rescues we support in their efforts to find quality forever homes for rescued canines.  Please share and help them find their forever homes; together we make a difference.

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Meet Pixie! Pixie ended up with us after her owner passed away and the remaining family could not care for her. She is about 7 years old and weigh 6.25 lbs. She is a friendly, inquisitive gal who loves to sit on your lap and get pet. She is trained to potty on pee pads. Pixie’s adoption fee of $250 goes towards the cost of her medical care.If you are interested in adopting, please complete an adoption application, which can be found on our website at www.perfectpooches.org under the Adoption Process tab. All dogs are spayed/neutered, current on vaccines, heartworm tested ( as appropriate), fecal tested, and micro-chipped.

Meet Tater Tot! She is one the the most gentle and sweetest dogs we have ever had. We believe she is about 5-6 yrs old. Tater has come a long way. She originally came from a local open access shelter where she had come in as a “stray”. Poor Tater was so obese and could not walk at all so we are sure she was dumped by her previous owner- as she certainly wasn’t even capable of “running away” even if she wanted to. She barely could hold herself up. Through several months of proper vet care, measuring her food, water therapy, and exercises she has went from 9.6 lbs to 5.7 lbs- which is HUGE! The vet believes her rear legs were not formed properly from birth, which causes her some challenges when walking. She gets along great now, but will never walk normally. She does best on grass, carpet and rubberized flooring. She will need a family who will be dedicated to keeping the weight off of her and to continue working with building her muscles in her rear legs. Tater also has low thyroid, which she is on daily medication for, which is fairly inexpensive. She gets along with other dogs, does great with her house training and will be a wonderful companion for the lucky family who adopts her. Tater Tot’s adoption fee is $250.If you are interested in adopting, please complete an adoption application, which can be found on our website at www.perfectpooches.org under the Adoption Process tab. All dogs are spayed/neutered, current on vaccines, heartworm tested (as appropriate), fecal tested, and micro-chipped.

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Carolyn’s puppies are almost ready to go to their forever homes! These beautiful 8 week old black and white puppies are almost identical. We have 5 males and 2 females. Get your applications in ASAP!
Please note these are pit bull basset mixes. The adoption fee is $300 which will cover age appropriate vaccinations, microchip and spay or neutering. The application must be filled out first at http://www.cbbr.org
We will review apps and check references on a first come first serve basis. A home visit is a requirement and we do not negotiate the adoption fee.

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 BECKETT

  • Breed:  Teddy Roosevelt Terrier
  • Age:  8-9 years
  • Weight:  Needs to lose a few pounds
  • Gender:  Male
  • Dogs:  Good
  • Cats:  Unknown
  • Kids:  10 and up
  • Obedience:  Not necessary
  • Exercise:  Low

Beckett is an 8-9 year old Rat Terrier. Actually, we believe that he is technically a Teddy Roosevelt Terrier. The short-legged type of Rat Terriers were named in honor of President Teddy Roosevelt, who had owned this type of terriers. TRTs are recognized by the UKC (United Kennel Club). Like many of us, Beckett has put on a few (OK, maybe more than a few) extra pounds over the long, cold winter which is really not healthy for any dog, especially an older one, so we are working to get this extra weight off him so he can live a long, healthy life. He is currently on a diet and, with the help of his Manchester Terrier coaches, is starting on a spring exercise regime of vigorous squirrel chasing.

Beckett is a well behaved, affectionate, happy, quiet, mellow little guy. He is 100% reliably housebroken, has never had even one accident in his foster home. He is so good, that he does not need to be crated and can “hold it” for a regular work day. This little guy really doesn’t do anything wrong, and has been wonderful with all people and dogs that he’s met. He is fostered with both large and small, male and female, dogs and gets along well with everyone. Beckett would probably fit in at any type of home, and he would be ideal for a senior citizen looking for a nice little companion.  Email info@ILDobeRescue.com

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Ace

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Sex:Male
Age:8
Weight:75 lbs
Kids:yes
Cats:no
Dogs:yes – large dogs
Energy Level: low

Ace is an 8 year old red Doberman who had been with his owner since he was a puppy. His owner moved to a new home, one where dogs are not allowed. So unfortunately, Ace was surrendered into rescue. His owners were completely heartbroken over this decision, as they truly loved him.

Ace is housebroken, listens very well, knows sit, down and shake/paw. He is a very gentle soul and is a very happy, smushy boy. Ace has quite a lot of energy for a senior boy and is very,very wiggly. He welcomes you with his “happy dance” as he is always glad to see you.

He is your typical velcro dobe and does not like to be left alone, but does very well while we are away at work. He loves to be with his people and is content with being petted with his head in your lap or cuddling with you on the couch

Ace has proven to be very trustworthy in our home. He does not counter surf and has not had any accidents

He currently lives with 2 Dobe siblings and has become very bonded with his younger brother. They play hard but love to cuddle when playtime is over. Ace would do very well in a home with another dog, preferably on the larger side. He would not do well in a home with cats or other small animal (ferrets, guinea pigs, hamsters, etc.) as he has a very high prey drive.

We do not have children in our home, but he loves the little kids who live in the neighborhood.

Ace came to us with some skin issues and some bald spots, but after switching him to grain free food and adding some supplements to his diet, he looks wonderful! He will need to be kept on a grain free diet to keep his skin issues under control.

Ace would do best with someone who is home more than away. He would make a great companion for a retired couple or a stay(work) from home mom/dad.

For more information or adoption consideration, please contact us at: causeforpawsrescue@gmail.com

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Chelsea

Breed:  Terrier Mix
Sex: Female
Age: 1-2
Weight: 35-40 lbs
Kids: Yes
Cats: Unknown
Dogs: Yes
Energy Level: Medium

Chelsea and her puppy, Stanley, along with another dog were rescued from living in an outdoor area off the property very close to a puppy-mill . They were not wanted or needed so the person that rescued them asked if we could take them.
While frightened at first, they are all acclimating well to life in foster care, regular meals and a safe place out of the elements. Chelsea will be spayed in the next week or so, brought current on all vaccines and micro-chipped. Chelsea is a very sweet girl that is about 40 lbs. We’ll post more information about sweet Chelsea as we get to know her. Her puppy Stanley is about 12 weeks old and is also being posted for adoption.For adoption consideration, an application or more information, please contact causeforpawsrescue@gmail.com

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Breed:  Miniature Italian Greyhound
Sex: Male
Age: 5-6
Weight: 35-40 lbs
Kids: Yes
Cats: Unknown
Dogs: Yes, however he prefers to be an only pet
Energy Level: Medium
Duke is a very sweet Miniature Italian Greyhound that is now about 5-6 yrs old that has been returned to rescue due to family issues and through no fault of his own. Duke is acclimating well to his new foster home he shares with several dogs, small and large. While he does very well with the other dogs, he prefers his people. It is thought that Duke would do best as an only dog so he doesn’t have to complete for attention. In his previous home, he was a certified therapy dog and visited the local nursing homes. Duke would make a wonderful companion for an older person/couple. He is housebroken, neutered, current on all vaccines and micro-chipped. For adoption consideration, more information or an application, please contact causeforpawsrescue@gmail.com

Hope

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Sex: Male
Age: 5 months
Weight: 35-40 lbs
Kids: Yes
Cats: Unknown
Dogs: Yes
Energy Level: Active
Hope is a 5 month old boxer mix puppy. She is just one happy little girl. Her tail wags all the time. Hope is looking for a guardian that would love to have a shadow! She will follow you everywhere. If you do not see hope, just look down, because most likely she is right next to you or right behind you.
Hope is learning to play with her foster siblings. She is also learning how to read their body language. She is getting pretty good at knowing when to approach her siblings and when to leave them alone Hope is non-confrontational and will do a belly up as needed.
Hope has the energy of a puppy and requires a guardian that will be gone no more than 4 hours at a time. She is great in her crate but is still working on her potty training skills.
If you are looking for a happy, easy going, fun loving, energetic puppy, Hope is the girl for you!!! Hope loves to run and throw toys around. She will also come and be a lap buddy. Hope will be spayed, brought current on all vaccines and micro-chipped. For adoption consideration of Hope, more information or an application, please contact causeforpawsrescue@gmail.com

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Breed: English Labrador Retriever
Sex:Male
Age:1 year
Weight:50-60 lbs
Kids: Older children
Cats:No
Dogs: Submissive dogs

My name is Jake. I am about a year old lap-a-dor (oops Labrador) retriever. I recently lost my eye sight and the world has suddenly become very frightening. Before losing my sight I loved being petted and giving you lots of kisses. My foster people say I am a typical lab puppy. I don’t know what that means but if it is my butt doesn’t stop wiggling and I want to play, then I guess I am. They tell me I am all personality and love. I love to play with all dogs, big or little. It doesn’t matter as long as we can have fun. I am learning some basic things, but will need for you to take me to doggy school so I can learn to be all that I can be. There isn’t anything I won’t try to do to make you happy. akes a funny meow sound. I kind of like them but they don’t play so I go back to the other dogs. I am going to grow up and be am amazing boy. Would you like to join me on that adventure? If so, please complete that thing they call an application so that we can have fun together. Jake will be neutered this week, brought current on all vaccines, and micro-chipped.

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Lord Stanley

Breed:Terrier/Australian Shepherd
Sex: Male
Age: 10-12 weeks
Weight:10-12 lbs
Kids: yes
Cats: yes
Dogs: yes
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Cuteness Alert..Our sweet Stanely is clearly getting acclimated to his life in rescue. We attended the Windy City Dog Expo last week and Stanley loved being able to just get comfy and cozy with all his foster friends. Stanley is one of those puppies you have to meet and in person..he’s the sweetest little guy and very deserving of his forever home. Stanley along with his mother and another dog, have made their way to rescue and we’re happy to be able to help them. Stanley is about 4 months old and is the sweetest little guy that loves attention and is acclimating very well into our home he shares with other dogs, male and female, large and small. He wants to be friends with all of them. Stanley had spent his life until now living in an outside area with other dogs with no way out of the elements. For adoption consideration of Stanley or for more information, please contact causeforpawsrescue@gmail.com

 

Le Bear

Breed: Shih Tzu
Age:3 years
Weight: small
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Cats:unknown
Dogs:yes

Little LeBear has made his way to rescue from a high kill shelter in Quincy, IL and he is adorable. LeBear is said to be about 3 yrs old and a little love bug. He appears to be housebroken and trustworthy out of his crate when left alone. While he does very well with all of the dogs in his foster home, he really loves his person and think it best he go into a home where he doesn’t have to share his person. LeBear is being neutered this friday, brought current on all vaccines and will be microchipped. LeBear will go to his new home along with his bed, toys, food dishes, food and a new collar and leash. Will post better photos of little LeBear and more information as we get to know him a bit better.

 

 

K9 of the Month: (July 2015)

Drum Roll….Introducing Pauly.

If you have checked out any of the tricks videos posted on For Your K9’s Facebook page you will have seen Pauly performing with his mom, Joyce Pedicini.  Yes, he is a STAR pupil and he is also For Your K9’s July “K9 of the Month”.

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Pauly’s Basic Information

Age: 5 years

Guardian’s Name: Joyce Pedicini

Breed: Pibbled mixed breed/All-American/Call me whatever you like, I’ll come running anyway

Sibling’s:  Forrest the bird and Enzo my big brother

Classes attended/attending: I am currently in the tricks class with Debbie…I really like her.  I have also attended C.L.A.S.S., Rally and Obedience classes.

Pretty impressive resume, adding to it in January of this year, Pauly was part of the For Your K9 Tricks Demonstration at IKC.  His mom, Joyce described it as, “A dream come true”.  He has also competed in rally and mini-weight pull trials. He participated in rally and hopes to one day return, as well as taking up agility.  Pauly currently holds titles in Canine Good Citizen, C.L.A.S.S., Rally Level 1 and Expert level in Trick Dog. I took first place in my first attempt in mini-weight pull.

Ten Questions with Pauly

  1. How did you choose your family?  

I was with a foster through ALIVE Rescue group. I was living in a foster home with someone that worked as a veterinary technician with a friend of my mom’s. My mom’s friend called one day to tell her she really needed to come meet me. My mom came in to meet me and brought my big brother Enzo with her. It was really going to be his decision after all. He welcomed me right away and even let me hold onto his tail while he taught me things I needed to know to be a good dog. Mom said she would take me home for the weekend and “see how it goes”….. Who was she kidding? It was love at first sight.

2. The first thing I ate that I wasn’t suppose to…

Toilet Paper!! That stuff is awesome- it comes on long rolls and follows you through the house. It took me awhile to figure out what it was but once i did it was great. (Note photo below)

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“Woo hoo, toilet paper, fun and edible”.

3. The messiest mess I ever made or my big oops!

Those toys with the soft filling? You have to take the filling out to find the heart- that’s what everyone calls a squeaker. I just call it fun- once that heart is out you can roll and toss it everywhere. It bounces off tables and walls and when it rolls under the couch that’s when you put your sad face on- the one with the big eyes, and grunt and cry until mom or dad get the broom to fish it out for you. That’s when they love me the most.

4. Share a time when you were a hero to your family.

There was this one time when mom and dad were getting ready to go somewhere but they were very distracted and bustling around the house. They didn’t notice the candle they had burning had caught the newspaper on fire. I knew what I had to do so I started barking until Mom came to the kitchen to see why I was carrying on. She quickly put out the fire just before it reached the curtains. They talked about me a lot after that,bragging about me and how I was only a year old and already so smart!

5. How was you name chosen?

My mom wanted me to have a little boy’s name. She said I had the personality of a boy who would like to play all day.

6. One day I want to…

Wow- that list is shorter now since I have already done so much. I think I would like to try agility- I really love that tunnel. Or maybe be famous…… star in a commercial or TV show….or even be president!

7. The reason I enjoy coming to For Your K9 for classes is…

The people- They are so nice to me. I really enjoy learning new things too. My mom is so happy when I learn new things, she gives me lots of treats and praise. I like when people clap for me too, then I know I’m really doing a good job. I have had the chance to do so many fun and exciting things there- everything from learning to going to parties and making new friends.

8. My toughest challenge so far has been:

Controlling myself around other dogs. Mom and I are working real hard on it though. Sometimes when we are busy learning new stuff I don’t even notice the other dogs- mom says that’s a good thing.

This is Enzo and I today. I stopped pulling his tail.

9. I think my siblings (canine/human) are:

The best. Except for that bird- he creeps me out.

10. I am really good at:

Jumping- Grandpa says I look like an impala. It’s especially great when I have room to stretch my legs- that’s when I get airborne. Maybe that’s why I remind mom of Rudolph.

Speaking of Rudolph…

If I spoke my voice would sound just like (name of person)__________ and the first thing I would say is: ___

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Me as a pup asking Enzo to play.

Rudolph the red- nosed reindeer. Mom says my nose reminds her of him and the first thing I would say is “Do you wanna play”?

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My favorite treat is… Toys and more toys. If I had to pick food I would say those turkey sausage sticks my mom keeps in the refrigerator.

My favorite playtime activity is…Toys Toys Toys Especially that flat disc one that squeeks.

My favorite season or holiday…I love Christmas when everyone comes over and I get all those packages to rip open- always a prize inside

My favorite toy is…That flat disc thing with the squeaker, it makes a cool sound and I like to pounce on it like a cat. It’s easy to carry and I like it so much I don’t even try to tear it apart.

My favorite television show/movie/music is: Animal Planet! And I love the sound of those sirens- i sing along every chance I get.

My favorite trip was when we went to: Wisconsin!!! Love that place- I can run and play all day. I like to go frog hunting, swimming, go on boat rides, visit friends and sit by the fire.

My favorite nickname is…Snoopy- cuz my dad thinks I’m smart and I look like him. Sweet potato when my mom has missed me all day Buttercup when she thinks I’m especially cute.

My favorite quote or saying is…“never walk alone” I mean, why would you? I’m right here and ready anytime.

(Guardian Question) What has been the biggest blessing in having your dog as a part of your family?

Pauly is both a challenge and a blessing. He is a fun-loving playful and happy dog that welcomes companionship with children or adults. His enthusiasm and energy can sometimes be a challenge when focus and attention are needed. Through training and with time, I have learned to channel that energy into good things by building a relationship and understanding how he learns. I hope to become a better handler because of him.

Thank you to Joyce and Pauly Pedicini for their participating in this interview.  You are a true star to us all Pauly.

Monday’s Rescue: Featuring Sadie (Don’t Bully My Breed)

Each Monday throughout the year we will be featuring a “special needs” dog from one of the many Chicago, Chicagoland & surrounding area rescues we support in their efforts to find quality forever homes for rescued canines.  Please share and help them find their forever homes; together we make a difference.

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Mission Statement:

Don’t Bully My Breed is a registered 501c3 non-profit animal rescue and advocacy organization, primarily focusing on saving ‘pitbull’ type dogs from animal controls and kills shelters and placing them in foster homes located all over the state of IL and Northwest Indiana. We are a 100% volunteer organization and foster-based network operating solely on the generous donations we receive from our supporters and funds we raise through events and adoptions, all of which goes right back to the dogs. In 2014, we rescued, rehabilitated, and, when they were ready, re-homed over 40 bully breed dogs into loving forever homes.                                                                      

                                                                             Adoptable Sadie                                                                                    

  • Age:  Est. 2 years of age
  • Gender:  Female
  • Coloring: Brack with white crest
  • Breed: American Staffordshire Terrier Mix
  • Dogs: No
  • Cats: No
  • Children:  Yes
  • Obedience:  Basic commands
  • Exercise:  Moderate
  • Waiting to be adopted since: December 22, 2014
  • Special Needs:  A dog savvy forever family who is committed to her 110%
  • Health: Sadie is a perfectly healthy girl.  The cyst on her face is cosmetic.

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.

This week I am introducing you to a very, very special young female dog.  As you already know her name is Sadie, according to Baby Names dictionary the origin is Hebrew and the meaning is, “PRINCESS”.  Sadie is indeed a Princess, she is a tiny girl with a big heart who loves people and snuggles.  Since Sadie is such a Princess, she wants to be an only pet in the home and soak up all the attention she deserves.

Truly someone needs to buy this Princess a royal crown for her perfect pittie head, which can perform the obligatory head tilt as only royalty can.  Go ahead, ask the question, “What’s wrong with her skin?”  (If you said “ew” when you looked at her photo, move along no one needs that kind of negativity)  Sadie has cysts, which are not a danger to her health.  Are they cosmetically pretty?, not really, but if you look at the photo and all you see is her cysts, then you are missing out.

Look at those soulful eyes.  The perfect head.  Those adorable floppy ears. The cute as a button nose. That gorgeous smile, sans tongue sticking out. (must have been “tongue out Tuesday” on photo shoot day).  Her beautiful fur coat with the bright white crest on her chest and white dipped paws.  And yes, that sassy tongue.

Now there is a beautiful dog, a beautiful princess who loves Frisbee, tossing her nylabone in the air and catching it, is house trained and respectful of your woodwork in the home.  Sadie knows her basic commands, but often thinks you should be the one doing the bowing being a Princess and all.

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Don’t Bully My Breed pulled Sadie from CACC off of death row and into a new life.  She spent 10 months in a foster home who fully intended to adopt her at some point.  As the fates would have it, the foster family is had to move and the dreaded, “no dogs allowed” rule ruined Sadie’s forever home promise.

She was rejected time and time again while at the shelter while considered adoptable, forcing her onto death row.  A mean spirited potential adopter even had the nerve to tell shelter workers that she was “ugly”.  It’s a cruel world, but Sadie keeps on loving and remains hopeful her forever people are searching for her.

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To meet the Princess you can contact the rescue, their information is listed below.  Sadie deserves the unconditional love the way she gives love.

She promises to not judge you on your bad hair days, when you gain those holiday pounds or when you cry watching a sad movie and your mascara runs down your face making you look like a monster.  She doesn’t mind if Dad sings off key in the shower each morning, or that his wardrobe consists of t-shirts & cargo shorts or that he has a scar on his cheek from a childhood accident.

Sadie sees past all the imperfections and looks into your heart.  If you have space in your heart and a open spot on your bed, Sadie would love to meet you.  She won’t mind if you gush to all your friends that you have the MOST beautiful dog in the entire world, the rescue volunteers have been telling her that since day one.

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Sharing is caring.  We can make a difference in Sadie’s life by simply sharing her story.

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Rescue Group: Don’t Bully My Breed

E-mail:   info@savethepitbull.org

Website:  www.dontbullymybreed.org

Monday’s Rescue: Featuring Marilyn (Player’s for Pits)

Each Monday throughout the year we will be featuring a “special needs” dog from one of the many Chicago, Chicagoland & surrounding area rescues we support in their efforts to find quality forever homes for rescued canines.  Please share and help them find their forever homes; together we make a difference.

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Players for Pits is a 501c3, non profit rescue that connects professional athletes to the community in order to come together to take a stand against the abuse and neglect of animals. PFP serves the western suburbs of Chicago and is a foster based rescue, so the dogs in our care are in foster homes learning the basics of being a well balanced dog versus being in cages at loud boarding facilities.

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Adoptable Marilyn

  • Name: Marilyn
  • Age:  Est. 6 years
  • Gender:  Female
  • Coloring: White with Silver/Gray patches
  • Breed: American Bulldog/American Staffordshire Terrier Mix
  • Dogs: No
  • Cats: No
  • Children:  13 years plus
  • Obedience:  
  • Exercise:  Spurts of puppy exuberance, but really loves a nice sofa. 
  • Waiting to be adopted since: a year, spent a year in shelter prior to coming to the rescue
  • Special Needs:  A dog savvy forever family who is committed to her 110%

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Hey There!

My name is Marilyn and if you would be so kind to read my story and share I will cover you with sloppy kisses in gratitude.  The thing is you would have to visit me at the kennel to get those kisses.  You know the saying, “to hell and back?”, it’s written in bold letters on my resume.

First off, I don’t ever speak about what I endured during the first 4 years of life before being nabbed by animal control. I survived living in animal control for a year, then when I finally got my chance at finding a forever home; bam!, I had to battle heartworm disease.  After kicking those pesky worms to the curb, a foster stepped up to take me into their home.  Life was good until a fight broke out and I ended up back at the veterinarian. Turns out the fight wounds were nothing compared to the MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus).  Sounds nasty doesn’t it? I had immediate surgery and had to be hospitalized while recovering with the help of laser therapy sessions every other day.  Let me tell you, it was an ordeal.

Finally, I am healthy and although I love my veterinarian and the hospital staff, it’s time I bust out of this joint and get my very own home.  My story might be tragic or heartbreaking to most, but to me, having no one want me for their very own, is painful to bear.

I am adorable (and photogenic to boot), I adore people, I love to cuddle and as everyone who has spent time with me will tell you, “I take a mean nap.”  I am mature, so there is none of that pooping & peeing, or chewing of furniture in the house.  I appreciate a nice crate to chill while your away from the home, allows me to take one of my famous “mean naps”.

I am the full package, everything you could want in a companion.  Loyal, smart, loving, I keep secrets like a steel bank vault and my advice will always come with cuddle & kiss.  I keep a tidy crate and I don’t mind sharing the sofa or bed with you at all. Yep, I’m a giver.

If you are unable to have the honor to adopt me, please share my story and help my forever family find me.

My people can be contacted at: Player’s for Pits

Peace & Love, Marilyn

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Monday’s Rescue: Featuring Cassidy and Kennedy (It’s A Pittie)

ADOPTED!  The girls were adopted together and moved into their home Labor Day weekend.

Each Monday throughout the year we will be featuring a “special needs” dog from one of the many Chicago, Chicagoland & surrounding area rescues we support in their efforts to find quality forever homes for rescued canines.  Please share and help them find their forever homes; together we make a difference.

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Mission Statement: Saving Dogs’ Lives – Educating People!

It’s a Pittie Rescue is dedicated to rescuing, rehabbing and re-homing the Pit Bull breeds and educating people about one of America’s most loyal and kind breeds, one dog at a time.

We are a volunteer based, no-kill rescue.

Adoptable Kennedy and Cassidy

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  • Age:  4 months old
  • Gender:  Female
  • Dogs: Yes
  • Cats: Currently ignore
  • Children:  Children
  • Obedience:  Beginning Manners class soon. Foster trained, sit, down, crate trained, almost potty trained
  • Exercise:  High, we are puppies after-all.
  • Waiting to be adopted since: June 2015
  • Special Needs:  None

We, Kennedy and Cassidy are 4 month old sisters. Kennedy loves everyone and every dog at first sight.  Kennedy also has fish in her and loves, loves to swim.  Myself, Cassidy, am a bit shy, I love everyone after becoming comfortable around you.  The same goes for all other dogs, again, after I give them the once over sniff to make sure they are friend, not foe, we can hang.  Kennedy and I love to snuggle and will give you many kisses. We are very playful puppies who can still get up to mischief, looking for loving families to grow up and grow old with; if you have young children we can best friends forever like you see in the doggie commercials.

As you can see, we enjoy each others company and nap together.  Kennedy is more outgoing than I, but with time I might get grow out of my shy tendencies.

We are currently in foster care with 6, yes count ’em, 6 other resident dogs.  The 8 of us take advantage of the 1/2 acre fenced backyard and tire each other out.  We love being together, but it is not necessary that we are adopted into the same family.  Although, two dogs is always better than just one dog.

Please share our story and help our forever family(s) find us.

Sincerely,

Cassidy (the shy one)

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Sharing is caring, your help makes a big difference in our lives!

Everything Dog Newsletter-August Edition

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Well, hello hello! We hope that you’re enjoying the mild summer weather with your dogs. We sure have been!

If, heaven forbid, your dog or cat is ever sprayed by a skunk, you should have this recipe on hand. The sooner you apply the solution to your pet’s fur, the sooner he’ll get relief and smell better.

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Skunk Rinse Recipe

Dr. Karen Becker

Tomato juice isn’t nearly as effective as this recipe, and it’s easy to follow.

In a pail mix:

1 quart hydrogen peroxide (the 3 percent hydrogen peroxide variety)
¼ cup baking soda
2 teaspoons dishwashing liquid
If you have a large breed dog, you may need to double, triple or even quadruple the mixture.

Wear dishwashing or other household gloves if you like during the whole de-skunking process.

Don’t wet down your pet. Apply the mixture to your pet’s dry coat from the collar back toward the tail. Don’t pour it near the eyes because the hydrogen peroxide solution can burn them.

Lather the mixture into your pet’s coat and skin. Rub the solution around for about five minutes or until the skunk smell starts to dissipate.

If the front of your pet is as stinky as the back, use a sponge to apply the solution to your pet’s chin, cheeks, forehead and ears, being very careful not to go near the eyes. When you rinse the head area, tilt your pet’s chin upward so the solution does not run down into the eyes, instead allow the water to run back off his neck.

Do a complete rinse once the smell starts to decrease, then repeat the entire process again.

You may need to repeat the lather and rinse process up to three times, but it’s a very effective method for removing the skunk smell from your pet.

Make sure to completely rinse the solution off your pet. Your final rinse should be very thorough.

You can’t prepare this solution ahead of time and store it – it won’t be effective when you need it. It must be made fresh, right before you apply it to your pet. So it pays to make sure you have all the ingredients ahead of time!

Good luck … and I hope you never have to use my skunk rinse recipe!

What To Do When There Is A Dog Fight At A Dog Park – An Expert Answers

What do you do when there is a fight at the dog park?
It’s a scary thing that happens in the blink of an eye. One minute your dogs are playing and then the mood changes – it’s quicker than you think and if you are not an expert in dog body language, the signs are easy to miss.

Even if it’s not your dog in the fight, you should know what do to for the safety of everyone at the park, both human and canine.

Robin Bennett, CPDT-KA author, All About Dog Daycare, co-author, Off Leash Dog Play and Knowing Dogs Staff Training is an expert at canine body language. Her years of helping doggy daycare owners train their staff as well as manage dozens of dogs safely made her the perfect person to discuss what you need to do when a fight breaks out at the dog park.

What should owners bring with them to a dog park to have on hand in case of a fight?

RB: Probably the best safety measure at a dog park is to keep their dog away from the most dangerous part of the park which is the gate. When people are coming and going, you should call your dog to you and not let them crowd the gate where a fight is most likely to happen.

In terms of other items, I would carry a slip lead (or turn your own leash into a slip lead while you are at the park by threading the end through the handle). This can be a quick way to lasso and move your dog to get him away from a group of dogs easily.

You might also want to carry spray shield which is a citronella spray that can be useful if dogs fight.

What are some early signs to look for to hopefully stop the fight before it happens?

RB:

– Stiffening
– Bullying behavior (dogs rolling other dogs, dogs pinning other dogs, any behavior that is causing a dog to run away or hide).
– If any annoying behavior is undesired by another dog it is likely to lead to a fight.
– Growling and snarling are other obvious signs. But I would really look at the behavior of the dogs and if it moves from loose and wiggly to still that is an early warning sign.

What should owners NOT DO during a dog fight?

RB: I usually recommend not grabbing the dogs by the collar. This is the first thing most people want to do, but you are much better off first trying to startle the dogs into stopping the fight (yelling, using spray shield, pouring water on the dogs, etc). Grabbing the dogs by the collar can lead to a bite.

What are some ways to break apart dogs?

RB: To break up a fight, I would start with making a loud noise (yelling, banging something together to make noise, anything that might startle the dogs).

If that doesn’t work, if you have something to throw on the dogs (bedding, towel, etc) you might be able to cover them and disorient them so they stop fighting or you may be able to push something in between them (board, playground equipment, etc if that is available).

If that isn’t available, try the spray shield.

If you have to grab them (as a very last resort), I would grab them by the back legs.

For small dogs, is it okay to grab them up, why or why not?

RB: For small dogs – if a large dog is approaching in a threatening way I would pick them up. You are likely to get jumped on by a larger dog and you may get hurt but the alternative is that the large dog may pick up and kill your small dog. (Incidentally this is one of the reasons I would separate large and small dogs at a dog park!).

What is the most important thing to do immediately after the dogs are broken up?

RB: Get the dog out of the park and assess for injuries. On long coated dogs it can be hard to see a puncture wound so keep checking throughout the day. For small dogs that were picked up by a larger dog, I would go to the vet to be sure there are no internal injuries.

Should owners treat this like a car accident – exchanging information and gathering witness information?

RB: Ideally yes, but I have found this rarely happens because everyone is so stressed out. If a dog is injured the owner usually wants to get treatment right away and often leaves before they get information. Sometimes the owner of the dog who caused the injury will leave too. But it would be best if both owners shared information for further follow up.

Beyond that it will depend on each county/city and what laws are in place for the dog park as to how things are handled.

Prevention is Worth a Pound Cure

Above all, preventing a dog fight is best. Bennett reminds us that not all dogs enjoy being with other dogs or the hectic energy of a dog park, and that’s okay!

“And the best way to minimize fights is to teach your dog to be a calm in the presence of other dogs and socialize the dog to other dogs,” she adds.

Otherwise, stay out of the dog park and opt for a long walk instead.

Read more at http://iheartdogs.com/what-to-do-when-there-is-a-dog-fight-at-a-dog-park-an-expert-answers/#5vXx3TmevoosSEjJ.99

7 Surprising Ways to Use Pet Hair a Care2 favorite
by Katie Waldeck

Pet hair here, pet hair there, pet hair everywhere! Yep, if there’s anything pet parents have plenty of, it’s pet hair, so why not put some if it to good use? Read on for clever ways to reuse your animal friend’s hair.

Do Good.

1. Save the Planet. Most people’s hair gets greasy when it hasn’t been washed because it soaks up oil – hence the need for shampoo! And while that might not always be so great for our hygiene, it can be great for the environment. The California-based nonprofit Matter of Trust accepts donations of both pet and human hair and ships them off to help clean up oil spills. The donated hair is stuffed into hosiery and made into “booms” that are dispatched to polluted waters. Click here for detailed information on donating to this great cause.

Get Crafty!

2. Make Yarn. It might seem a little strange to sport a sweater or scarf knitted from your pet, but, hey, it’s been going on for hundreds, perhaps even thousands, of years! Save up all that hair and spin it yourself. Or, for the less crafty among us, there are plenty of skilled artists out there (Etsy is a great resource for this) who will spin the yarn and make something great for you.

3. Use as a Stuffing. Making pillows? Pet hair makes a great stuffing.

4. Make Cat Toys. True to feline form, cats love toys made out of their own fur. And, if made properly, you don’t have to worry about any hairball problems! Watch this video for detailed instructions.

In the Garden.

5. Compost. Nitrogen-rich pet hair can works wonders on your soil. Because the stuff takes so long to decompose, your best bet is to cut the hair into smaller strands before adding it to your compost bin, or skipping the compost all together and adding it straight to the soil.

6. Help the Birds. Birds will.. er… fly at the chance to use pet hair to build their nests. You can place a basket in your yard filled with pet hair and other nest-building materials, like twigs, pine needles, and strips of bark. Don’t offer pet hair from animals that haven been chemically treated for fleas or ticks, however.

7. Ward Off Pests. Pesky slugs and snails feasting on your garden? Ward them off by sprinkling pet hair around your plants. This can also work for bigger pests like gophers, rabbits, raccoons, chipmunks, deer and other critters.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/7-surprising-ways-to-use-pet-hair.html#ixzz3hXJoIhYw

Ten Fun and Easy Dog Tricks
When most people think of dog training, they think of the basic dog training commands – sit, down, come, stay. While those things are important, don’t underestimate the benefits of training a dog to do tricks. Dog tricks are a great way to offer your dog some mental stimulation, and many of them build from the basic commands. Plus it’s a lot of fun to train a dog some cool dog tricks to show off for friends!

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1. Back Up

Back up is a fun dog trick, and it can come in handy in a variety of situations. Once your dog knows how to back up on command, you can use it to keep him from rushing out the door, crowding you at the refrigerator, or just to entertain your friends.

Back up is fairly simple to teach a dog. All you need is some patience and a handful of treats, and you can quickly train a dog to back up a few steps when you give the command. More »

2. Take a Bow

Taking a bow is a dog trick which involves having your dog put his chest to the ground while keeping his rear end up in the air. It may sound like a difficult dog trick to train a dog to do, but the truth is that bowing is a natural behavior for dogs.

If you watch two dogs playing together, you will frequently see them bow. Trainers refer to this behavior as a play bow, and it is a dog’s way of asking another dog to come play. You can easily use your dog’s natural playfulness to train him to take a bow. And it’s a great way to end a demonstration of all the cool new dog tricks your dog has learned!

3. Shake Paws

Have your dog greet your friends by shaking hands (or paws, as the case may be). This is an easy dog trick that you can usually train a dog to do in a few short training sessions.More »

4. Wave

Training a dog to wave hello or good-bye is a fun and fairly simple dog trick. Start by training your dog to shake paws. You will use the same action your dog uses to shake to train him to lift his paw to wave. More »

5. Speak

Training a dog to speak is fun and it helps to solve a common behavior problem. Manydog trainers recommend using the speak and quiet commands to put an end to excessive barking. Putting these on command allows your dog to bark in certain situations, and also allows you to have control over when the barking should start and stop. It’s also a lot of fun to show off your dog’s conversational skills at family gatherings! More »

6. Spin

By holding a treat near your dog’s nose, you can easily lure him into a spin. If you want to add some difficulty to this dog trick, you can teach him to spin in a specific direction. You’ll amaze your friends when you show them how your dog can tell the difference between left and right. More »

7. Give Kiss

Training a dog to kiss is one of the easiest tricks to teach. While not everyone enjoys a big, wet doggie smooch, this dog trick usually goes over very well with kids. By putting a little treat on your cheek and adding the command, you’ll soon be able to get all the affection you want from your dog on demand! More »

8. Beg

What could be cuter than seeing your dog sitting on his hind legs with his paws up to beg for a treat? This dog trick can be a little more difficult to train a dog to do than some of the others, but with a little patience, your dog will be sitting up to beg in no time. More »

9. Roll Over

Most people train a dog to roll over in several small parts and work up to getting the dog to roll over all the way. It may take a little extra effort to train a dog to do this dog trick, but it is well worth it. It’s lots of fun, and it also serves as a building block for several other dog tricks, such as playing dead. More »

10. Play Dead

Your friends are sure to be blown away when you hold your finger like a gun and say bang and your dog falls to the floor to play dead. Although it looks impressive, it’s not as hard as you might think to train a dog to play dead, especially if you have already trained him to roll over.

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Monday’s Rescue: Featuring Scarlett (Friends of Chicago Animal Care & Control)

Each Monday throughout the year we will be featuring a “special needs” dog from one of the many Chicago, Chicagoland & surrounding area rescues we support in their efforts to find quality forever homes for rescued canines.  Please share and help them find their forever homes; together we make a difference.

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Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control (FCACC) is the nonprofit group committed exclusively to helping save the lives of over 23,000 animals that come into custody of Chicago Animal Care and Control (ACC) at 2741 S. Western each year.

Our Mission

The City of Chicago takes in thousands of unwanted animals every year from citizens, brings stray animals in off the streets, and provides care for evidence animals in court cases.  Contrary to perception, most of these animals are wonderful, loving companion animals–they simply have nowhere else to go.

Adoptable Scarlett

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  • Age:  Young
  • Gender:  Female
  • Dogs: Yes
  • Cats: Must be supervised at all times
  • Children:  Yes, older children
  • Obedience:  Trained in Manners
  • Exercise:  Medium, maintain health, otherwise pretty low key
  • Waiting to be adopted since: March 2015
  • Special Needs: Slow introductions to people

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Scarlett’s Backstory

Meet Scarlett, one of these such dogs, taken into custody in a court case where her owner was arrested for cruelty and neglect.  Ms. Scarlett she underwent a behavioral evaluation and soon joined the Safe Humane Chicago Court Case program.  While she was in the program she attended manners training and enjoyed the freedom of off leash playgroup.  She more than enjoyed it, she absolutely LOVED IT.

She currently lives in a foster home with a teenager and four large dogs, life is pretty sweet having canine friends to play with and a safe environment to live without fear.  Ms. Scarlett is not aggressive and in fact she retreats to hide when approached by strangers.  Being a large dog leads to perceptions of “being confidently in charge”, not so in Scarlett’s case, she is a gentle, goofy, fun-loving girl who is introverted around new people.  Slow introductions is the way to go with this gal and before you know it, she’ll be crawling in your lap.  You know the type, 80 lbs plus dog who considers herself to be a 8 lb Yorkie.

If you are looking for a fun loving companion who will keep you laughing, be there for when your down and keep your lap warm, then Scarlett’s your gal!  She is interviewing family’s who offer a large sized fenced yard in Chicagoland and surrounding areas.  She is a medium energy dog, but will need room to romp about when she is getting her “goof” on.  Ms. Scarlett is in need of a canine sibling, she takes her cue’s that all is safe from a more confident canine companion and loves having a buddy to share life.

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Complete an adoption application here.

For further information on Ms. Scarlett contact: bullylove22@Yahoo.com

Friends for Life

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Monday’s Rescue: Featuring Andy (Pack of Misfits Animal Rescue)

Each Monday throughout the year we will be featuring a “special needs” dog from one of the many Chicago, Chicagoland & surrounding area rescues we support in their efforts to find quality forever homes for rescued canines.  Please share and help them find their forever homes.

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Our Mission

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“Something that does not fit in.”

This describes many shelter dogs or “rescues” most have been abandoned or abused, thrown away and misguided.

Our mission is to take these misfits and show them that there is a place for them in society that they can “fit in”. Along the way educate the public on shelter life and hopefully open a few eyes!

About Us

A Pack of Misfits was founded by a group of people some would call misfits themselves! We depend on fosters to be able to save the lives of as many animals as we can! We want the animals to know what its like to live in a home before finding a forever home of their own.

Here, we want to help the “misfits” of the shelter life.  Tasha Truong, Founder & Trainer, Pack of Misfits, NFP

  • Age:  2 years old
  • Weight:  60 lbs
  • Gender:  Male
  • Dogs: Yes
  • Cats: No
  • Children:  Yes
  • Obedience:  Trained in Basic and Adolescent Obedience
  • Exercise:  Medium, maintain health, otherwise pretty low key
  • Waiting to be adopted since: March 2014
  • Special Needs: None, other than a forever family

Andy’s Backstory

Say hello to Andy, a big guy with a big heart.  There was a time when Andy as a puppy found himself in a cage at Chicago Animal Control and was so frightened he would go all Jello so that volunteers couldn’t return him to said cage.  He began to stress out, i.e., jump, snap, bark, the usual panic signs of a dog that couldn’t take much more of caged life.

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When alerted to his dire situation, The Dog District/Pack of Misfits Rescue agreed to pull him from the shelter providing him with a less stressful environment and training.  Four months into his stay at The Dog District, an amazing foster stepped up for Andy providing him a home for the following year until a forever family came into his life.

Andy lived with the adoptive family for a month and all reports were golden, until two weeks ago when suddenly he was returned.  The rescue volunteers were stunned, especially after the family claimed he wasn’t following commands and acting “weird”.  They could have pushed the issue, but Andy seemed content to return and it’s his best interests that remained their priority.

They have given Andy the once over:

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  • Cats: yes-no-button-check-mark-symbol-illustration-30327123, yeah, that’s probably not going to change.
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If you or someone you know is interested in meeting this hunk of love, please contact The Pack of Misfits Rescue at: info@packofmisfits.org

 I love stories about misfits and underdogs. ~Elizabeth Banks

If you believe in the underdogs of the canine world, please share this post and let’s help Andy find his forever and ever family.

What’s Your Story?

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Everyone has a story.  Your entire lifetime journey is a story comprised of chapters.  Here at For Your K9 we want to hear from you, tell us about the chapter in your life regarding the relationship between you and your dog.  Any trainer worth their weight in dog bones, will tell you that it’s not the ribbons you collect in competition that matter, but the bond & relationship you continually develop with your dog.

Did you rescue the dog no one wanted and after a road of ups and downs, together your scrapbook is overflowing with treasured memories; and your dog has more fans than you have Facebook friends?  Did you wait years on a breeder’s list for your one and only and now the two of you are creating memories together competing?  Or are you the person with the emaciated stray that wandered into your life; no one claimed them and through the rough times you have both come out on top and stronger?  Is your dog the mutt from the shelter that when you walk in the neighborhood people raise their eyebrows and ask, “so what type of dog is it?”.  You smile and tell them you wouldn’t trade your superstar for the world and more often than not, you ask yourself, “who rescued who?”

There are as many unique stories of human & canine relationships as there are stars in the night sky.  Share yours with us by emailing: cynthialynn@foryourk9.com your story told in 1000 words or less.  Oh, and don’t forget the photos, let’s see those pearly whites on both of you!  ektj200 (3)-001

 

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There is no deadline on sharing your story, we aren’t going anywhere…Let’s get social!

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Monday’s Rescue: Featuring Beckett (Illinois Doberman Rescue Plus)

ADOPTED November 8, 2015

Each Monday throughout the year we will be featuring a “special needs” dog from one of the many Chicago, Chicagoland & surrounding area rescues we support in their efforts to find quality forever homes for rescued canines.  Please share and help them find their forever homes.

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Our Mission

Illinois Doberman Rescue Plus operates as a not-for-profit organization based in Northern Illinois. The goal of Doberman Rescue is to rescue Dobermans in need, to place them into responsible homes, and to educate the public about the Doberman breed. Our Rescue Dobermans come from animal control organizations, humane societies, and owner give-up situations within Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa and Indiana.

After entering the program, our Dobermans are spayed or neutered, fully vaccinated, heartworm tested (and given monthly heartworm preventative), and micro-chipped (a computer microchip placed in the dog’s lower neck for help with identification should the animal ever become lost). While awaiting adoption, most of our Dobermans live in foster homes throughout Illinois where we attempt to evaluate their temperaments, learn their behavioral quirks, and work on basic manners and obedience.

Adoptable Beckett

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Facts about Beckett

  • Breed:  Teddy Roosevelt Terrier
  • Age:  8-9 years
  • Weight:  Needs to lose a few pounds
  • Gender:  Male
  • Dogs:  Good
  • Cats:  Unknown
  • Kids:  10 and up
  • Obedience:  Not necessary
  • Exercise:  Low

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Beckett is either the strangest looking Doberman EVER or his isn’t a Doberman at all.  Beckett is a charming slightly robust senior who fits into the rescue’s “plus” adoptable’s.  The “plus” refer’s to dogs, cats and small animals outside the Doberman gene pool, not “plus” as in “he shops at The Big and Tall Dogs shop”.

Beckett is an 8-9 year old Rat Terrier. Actually, we believe that he is technically a Teddy Roosevelt Terrier. The short-legged type of Rat Terriers were named in honor of President Teddy Roosevelt, who had owned this type of terriers. TRTs are recognized by the UKC (United Kennel Club). Like many of us, Beckett has put on a few (OK, maybe more than a few) extra pounds over the long, cold winter which is really not healthy for any dog, especially an older one, so we are working to get this extra weight off him so he can live a long, healthy life. He is currently on a diet and, with the help of his Manchester Terrier coaches, is starting on a spring exercise regime of vigorous squirrel chasing.    beckett3

Beckett is a well behaved, affectionate, happy, quiet, mellow little guy. He is 100% reliably housebroken, has never had even one accident in his foster home. He is so good, that he does not need to be crated and can “hold it” for a regular work day. This little guy really doesn’t do anything wrong, and has been wonderful with all people and dogs that he’s met. He is fostered with both large and small, male and female, dogs and gets along well with everyone. Beckett would probably fit in at any type of home, and he would be ideal for a senior citizen looking for a nice little companion.  Email info@ILDobeRescue.com

Please share Beckett and help his forever family find him!

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“It takes a long time for a soul to become this sweet”

News You Can Use: Upcoming Classes & Seminars

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Upcoming Classes 

Focused Fido 
Wednesday, 7/15 @ 7:00pm

Reactive Dog 
Wednesday, 7/15 @ 8:00pm

Beginning Barn Hunt 
Friday, 7/24 @ 1:00pm

Beyond Basics 
Tuesday, 7/21 @ 7:00pm

Beginning Agility 
Tuesday, 7/21 @ 7:00pm

Beginning Barn Hunt 
Friday, 7/24 @ 7:00pm

Beginning Nose Work 
Friday, 7/24 @ 8:00pm

Beginning Nose Work
Thursday, 8/6 @ 12:30pm

Do More With Your Dog 
Tuesday, 7/28 @ 8:00pm
Click to register!

Seminars

International Foundation Agility Skills with Steve Schwarz
Sunday, July 19th

In this full day seminar you’ll learn the foundation skills for handling the International challenges appearing in UKI, USDAA Masters Challenge and in a growing number of AKC courses and then apply them on challenging International-style courses. Learn how to conquer these challenges by applying the handling techniques your team already possesses. You don’t need special skills; just the clear application of cues and crosses already in your toolbox.

Steve first helps teams learn the essential challenges of International courses:
* Multiple techniques for handling the Back Side of jumps
* “Extreme” Jump Wraps
* Threadles

* Moving past off course obstacles

Once we’ve learned and practiced those skills you’ll move on to applying them in combinations on longer challenging sequences. We’ll spend the day immersed in learning and conquering these fun challenges. I love helping teams be comfortable and confident tackling these course elements!
This seminar is geared toward dog and handler teams competing in at least Open/Advanced/L4 levels and no remedial contact/weave training will be covered.

Amy Herot presents

Containers with Confidence
Saturday and Sunday, August 22 & 23

Containers are the foundations of all K9 Nose Work training. We spend weeks to many months training with boxes to build searching skills, for problem solving, and to introduce odor. We take containers on the road as we start to work in different environments. Most dogs have had hundreds of repetitions of finding their primary reward and/or the odor in containers. So why do K9 Nose Work teams often struggle and lack confidence when working container drills in competition? Shouldn’t containers be the ‘easy’ element? Are we missing something in our training, or have we neglected to keep our foundation skills sharp? Have we taken containers for granted or not fully understood that they require as much skill, training, and time as any other element in K9 Nose Work?

From ORT to Elite, handlers and trainers often underestimate the need for a layered step-by-step approach to prepare the dog to solve these increasingly complex scent pictures.

Workshops

Video Analysis for Nose Work –

 All levels 

Wednesday, July 22nd @ 7:00 PM
Sniff N Go’s
I nterior & Containers
Saturday, August 1st 
at Villa Park VFW
Exteriors & Vehicles
Sunday, August 2nd
at Blitzen K9 in Frankfort, IL 
UKC Exterior & Interior Fun Match
Sunday, August 16, 2015
at For Your K9

Save the Dates

SUZANNE CLOTHIER
Evening Lecture
Wednesday, November 11th
Mindful Socialization
CARAT 1.3
Thursday-Saturday, November 12th-14th
Cultivating Canines
Sunday, November 15th
JEFF MCMAHON
October 24 & 25, 2015

Annex Update

The annex bldg will be closing on July 31st. We will be selling our slightly used mats (less than a year old). They are comfort king mats, 6ft wide and approximately 60ft long is a roll. We are selling by the roll only. One roll is approximately 360 sq. ft. Please email us at nancy@foryourk9.com for pricing information. You must be able to pick up the mats between July 27 thru July 30.
Sincerely,
Nancy Reyes

Monday’s Rescue Featuring: Lincoln (PAWS of Tinley Park)

Adopted!  Live the good life, Lincoln!

Each Monday throughout the year we will be featuring a “special needs” dog from one of the many Chicago, Chicagoland & surrounding area rescues we support in their efforts to find quality forever homes for rescued canines.  Please share and help them find their forever homes.

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The People’s Animal Welfare Society of Tinley Park is a no-kill animal shelter dedicated to the protection of domestic animals, and to the attempt to prevent animal cruelty in the surrounding communities. We will provide shelter to abandoned, lost and relinquished pets. We will provide humane education in animal care to the communities. We will strive to prevent the overpopulation of our pets by offering spay/neuter programs, rather than, through the use of euthanasia.  To promote these goals, we are dedicated to finding safe and permanent new homes for our domestic animals; as well as helping the public choose the right companions for their families.

Adoptable Lincoln

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Facts about Lincoln

  • Breed: Labrador/Terrier Mix
  • Color: Black with white markings
  • Age: 2 years old
  • Size: Med. 50 lbs
  • Sex: Male
  • Energy Level:  Active

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Lincoln’s Information

Good Day!

As you know my name is Lincoln and I would like to share a bit about myself.  First off, let me say I have waited a very long time for a forever family, 9 months to be exact.  In doggie time, that’s more then I can bear at this point.

I love people, I am very affectionate, loving, playful and everyone at the shelter always brags at how intelligent I am.  But adopting family’s just pass by my kennel time and time again, it’s heart wrenching.  My friend Erin at the shelter explained to me that I have developed what is called “barrier frustration” brought on by extended time behind bars.

I didn’t know it had such a fancy name, but I do now, I find myself spinning, barking, and jumping like a doggie spinning top combined with a jack in the box.  I just want them to notice me and let me out of my cage to play or better yet, go home with them.   People don’t seem to understand my behavior and ignore even giving me a chance to meet them.  It’s frustrating, I guess that’s why they call it “barrier frustration”.

Did I mention I love going to training school?  I started at K9 Tailshakers at the beginning of June and I LOVE it, my trainer’s say I am doing “fantastic at mastering my basic commands”.  I enjoy being out of my kennel and taking car rides to and from training. I love being with people and more importantly I love being with other dogs.  I love all types of dogs and would be thrilled to have an active playmate as a sibling in my new home.

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I arrived at PAWS of Tinley Park as a transfer from another shelter, so my backstory is unknown other than I was picked up as a stray.  To tell you the truth I don’t remember much about my early life either.  The people at PAWS have taken really good care of me, I’m healthy, up-to-date on my vaccinations and neutered. I mean what more can a family want, all that, my winning personality and I am incredibly handsome to boot.

If you would like to meet me as much as I want to meet you, please contact my people at PAWS of Tinley Park at: (815) 464-7298

Please help me by sharing my story with all your dog loving friends, I just know my forever family is out there looking for me.

Lincoln

News You Can Use…Chicago School of Canine Massage

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Summer Pet Parent Classes

Canine Massage 101

unnamed (1)  This 2 hour hands-on massage class will teach you how to give your dog a massage using basic techniques that are safe and effective. This class includes instruction on preparing yourself and your dog for massage, reading your dog’s body language, proper use of several massage techniques, and providing your dog with regular at-home assessment massages for health and wellness.

Date: August 1, 2015 Time: 10:00am-12:00pm Cost: $50

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This 2 hour class is packed with information and teaches new pet parents the importance of low stress handling and communicating through touch while incorporating it into the puppy’s socialization and training protocols. Skills learned will you help you understand and learn positive touch techniques and help your puppy understand from a young age that touch is good. Handling skills such as putting on collars, leashes, picking up and holding puppies along with teaching them to enter and exit rooms, crates and kennels will be discussed and demonstrated. Your puppy will gain the skills to accept different types of touch and become more comfortable in situations such as grooming, trips to the vet and interactions with strangers. This form of nonverbal communication is also great way to bond with your puppy and help in keeping them healthy from the very start!

Date: August 15, 2015 Time: 9:00am-11:00pm Cost: $50

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This class will introduce young children “and their parents” to the basic guidelines for safely interacting with the dogs they know, and politely meeting new or unfamiliar pets. We will introduce the basics of approaching a dog, simple and appropriate touch and massage techniques that can help a dog feel more comfortable while building a bond between the two. Each attendee must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. We have lots of fun incorporating visual learning through role playing and actual interaction with dogs.

Date: August 15, 2015 Time: 11:30am-12:30pm Cost: $20

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Basic Sports Massage for the Active Dog

Whether or not your dog is a competitive agility dog, participates in various sports, or just likes to play, sports massage can help improve your dogs’ performance, reduce the chances of injury, relieve muscle soreness and maintain good range of motion. Basic sports massage techniques will be taught, as will gait observation skills along with recognizing signs of discomfort and/or pain. In many cases early intervention is the key to preventing serious injury. This class will help you help your dog to continue his or her active lifestyle and keep moving and boy does it make them feel good!

Date: August 29, 2015 Time: 9:00am-11:00pm Cost: $50

Canine Communication
Dogs use body language to communicate with each other and with humans. Those who love dogs but don’t understand their language can send the wrong signals even with the best intentions. This class will help you to understand what your dog and other dogs are actually communicating. Learning dog speak will not only strengthen your relationship with your dog but help you interact with all dogs in general.

Date: August 29, 2015 Time: 11:30am-12:30pm Cost: $20

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K9 of The Month (June 2015)

Introducing Journey

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Journey is a no non-sense kinda canine who has overcome adversity through hard work, patience and commitment by his mom, Candace, in her belief that Journey deserves his second chance.  Journey is one of those “shelter dogs”.  You know the ones, a owner surrender due to the dog not behaving. Unfortunately for Journey, his original family didn’t provide him with the necessary tools and groundwork as a puppy to ensure he would blossom into a confident adult dog who makes wise choices.  It’s just, Journey’s road to that point in his life has been littered with sidetracking, u-turns, and wrong exits.

Since Candace adopted him, they have worked tirelessly together to stay the course and remain focused on what’s ahead for them, rather then the past.  As trainer Karen Okura points out, “Candice and Journey have come far since I first met them. They didn’t know each other well, neither knowing what to expect from the other. It took time, great effort ,a lot of patience and practice, but now they are a team. They are more comfortable, can predict each others motivations and responses and trust one another. I have been honored to watch their relationship grow and am tremendously proud of them both. I am very happy to nominate Journey as the K9 of the month.”

  • My Name: Journey
  • My Nickname: “Tank” because I am bigger than the average Springer and very solid.
  • My Age: 5 years old
  • My Gender: Male
  • My Guardians: Candace Schulze
  • Classes Attended/Attending: For Your K9 Day Academy
  • A For Your K9 dog since: February 2014
  • Rescued by: English Springer Spaniel Rescue of America (Midwest Chapter)
  • My Breed: English Springer Spaniel

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I was given up by an older couple that was having trouble meeting my needs (I am a bit of a handful). They turned me over to English Springer Spaniel Rescue of America – the Midwest Chapter. I spent about a month between a vet boarding facility and a foster home. My ears were badly infected and my coat was fully of tangles and mats. I was bathed and groomed and given medicine for my ears. I was seen by a few people but no one was taking me home. Then the rescue called Candace because they knew she needed a big project (me) and that she had friends that could help work on the project. She took me home – woo hoo!

The first thing I ate that I wasn’t suppose to…

I was exploring the kitchen the first week I was in my new home. A container of cream cheese that was just sitting on the counter. It was within reach so I figured it must be mine. I could tell, however, from the reaction that probably was not the case. In the process of my new Mom trying to keep me from eating the aluminum wrapper (I thought she was taking the cream cheese too) I displayed my true colors as a resource guarder and snapped at her. She did end up with the foil, but I ended up with the cream cheese.

The messiest mess I ever made or my big oops!

I don’t make too many messes but I sure do like the rolls of toilet paper that I can find when the linen closet door is left open. They are really great to bite and rip and then shake. When they roll on the floor I am so happy and will push it around then pick it up and toss it up in the air before I bite at it some more. I tried to steal one that was anchored on the wall once and as I pulled the roll out, this noisy thing came flying at me and landed on the floor making a loud noise. It scared me so I only go after the ones in the linen closet, never the ones that are attached to the wall.

Share a time when you were a hero to your family.

I always let me Mom know when a storm is coming so she can turn on the weather news and check things out. I alert her by staying right by her side when I know it’s coming, it would be hard for her to miss the big hint I provide.

How was your name chosen?

My name used to be Buddy which was a bit normal and my new Mom knew that there was nothing normal about me. I heard her tell a friend that she wasn’t sure she could provide the right environment for me so she had thought about naming me Gamble – because it was a bit of a gamble for both of us. But she knew she would give it her all so she decided on Journey so when things do not always go right, my name reminds her of the journey we are on together.

Jorney 2015 -3If you asked my family they would say that I am…

they would tell you that I am impatient, impulsive, a compulsive counter surfer, wild, mouthy; also very loving, enthusiastic about training, a quick learner, athletic, sometimes comical and fun to be around.

One day I want to…

keep my  head together and be better behaved when I go to the vet office.

The reason I enjoy coming to For Your K9 for classes is…

I have been to Reactive Dog class twice and three Focused Fido classes. They were great and taught both me and my Mom not only new skills, but I was able to show that I learn really quick and want to perform well. I also am enrolled in the Day Academy program. Because I am a bit wild and need careful handling, my Mom was worried she would not find a place willing to take me in doggie day care. We had our evaluation with Nancy right at the same time the Day Academy program was kicking off. I got enrolled and I am still attending and learning, I hear my Mom say all the time what a huge help For Your K9 has been for her and me.

My best friend is…

I would say my Mom because we spend so much time together, She is always the one that is there to sit with me when the thunder and lightning scare me. She feeds me too which is the best time of the day!! Her nephew Trevor comes and plays with me and we have taken some agility training together with a friend that teaches agility. I love to play with Trevor because he can move his hands really fast and that is so exciting when he has one of my toys.

My toughest challenge so far has been: 

Definitely mastering my basement stairs! I can go up and down other stairs but I just can’t get over the fear of my own basement stairs. Other challenges include slow to warm up to strangers and although I now tolerate it, it takes a lot of coaxing to trim my nails.

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A  word about English Springer Spaniel from the AKC

ENGLISH SPRINGER SPANIEL is FRIENDLY, PLAYFUL, OBEDIENT

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An English Spring Spaniel, with proper exercise, can live in a small home or apartment, but a large fenced yard is ideal

1910 is the year the English Springer Spaniel was officially recognized by the AKC

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My favorite quote or saying is…because my name is Journey, like the band,  it has to be “Don’t stop believing”.

My favorite treat is…Peanut butter and the big bones from the butcher shop.

My favorite playtime activity is…   I love the snow and would run in it for hours and let it push up into my face. . Chasing after stuffed animals or a ball that gets thrown – I love to run and pounce on things.

My favorite television show/movie/music is: I like the piano music from “A Sound Beginning”. My Mom knows two of the people that wrote the book and it comes with a CD of piano music that makes me feel calm.

My favorite trip was when we went to:  I love going to the dog park really early in the morning. I can barely wait to get out of the car and it is hard to walk nicely to the gate. Sometimes when I pull I have to back up and try again and again! My mom only takes me there when no one else is there and then I have the whole place to myself to run and chase a ball and this soft Frisbee I have.

I am really good at:  Definitely cuddling and pulling, jumping, running, and digging. I enjoy a good backyard dig.

A final word from Journey,

“Dear Pet Parents, please take your dogs to training class, start training the minute they become part of the family.  Grow together with clear expectations of your roles in the relationship.  If we are taught the correct behavior, we’ll make smart choices, there will be less frustration in both our lives and more time for fun.”Desktop1

Monday’s Rescue featuring Cowboy (Internet Miniature Pinscher Service)

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Each Monday throughout the year we will be featuring a “special needs” dog from one of the many Chicago, Chicagoland & surrounding area rescues we support in their efforts to find quality forever homes for rescued canines.  Please share and help them find their forever homes.

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IMPS attempts to assist Miniature Pinschers in need by providing foster care, transport, adoptive homes, veterinary care, and other services and information for the well-being of Miniature Pinschers. All Miniature Pinschers placed through IMPS will be spayed or neutered prior to placement, and have been thoroughly evaluated by a breed representative for temperament and training needs.

Please contact the respective rescue contact for more information on the featured dog:

Email Barb at: klevr-k9@att.net.

Adoptable Cowboy

Facts about Cowboy

  • Breed: Miniature Pinscher050
  • Color: Black and Rust
  • Age:  5 years
  • Size:  9 lbs, approx. 11″ tall, docked tail, non-cropped ears
  • Sex: Male
  • Energy Level: Medium, low maintenance
  • Location: Chicago (will not be flown)
  • IMPS Tag: 17423

Cowboy’s Info…

I am already neutered, house-trained, crate trained, up to date with shots, good with other dogs after slow introduction.

I was found in northern IL in terrible physical condition, covered in flea bites and emaciated. I was taken to Chicago Animal Care and Control as a stray, due to my condition and contracting a upper respiratory infection (bad cold) I was listed as rescue only.

Fortunately, I had a guardian angel from the rescue, who stopped to evaluate another dog and decided to take me out for visitation time. I grabbed her arm and would not let go!  I knew this was my way out and into a safe foster environment.

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I was nursed back to health in no time and now my foster mom says, “he’s a cocky, full of himself true Min Pin who just wants his very own forever person. He’s a little guy with a big attitude! Cowboy loves to snuggle, go for walks, hang out in the yard, whatever his human wants him to do”.

You can complete an application at: IMPS Min Pin Adoption Application

Thank you for reading my story, please share and help me find the perfect forever family!

With crossed paws,

Cowboy

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July Everything Dog Newsletter (2015)

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Happy July, friends of FYK9! We’ll discuss summer fun and safety, Independence Day and all things DOGS! Let’s go!

Your Pet’s Summer Fun Safety Guide
Warm weather presents a host of perils for your pets. Here’s how to prevent injuries and illness.
By JUSTINE LEE, DVM, AND IZZI BENDALL (Prevention Magazine)
Higher temperatures may translate into more time spent outdoors, but for pet owners, they can also mean more visits to the veterinarian. “In the summer, we see more skin and ear infections and an increase in injuries overall,” says Sandra Sawchuk, DVM, at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Here’s how to protect your pet during the warmer months:
Use Sunscreen, Please!
Shield delicate skin. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in dogs and second most common in cats. Even though fur provides some protection from the sun, you should apply a pet sunblock every 3 to 4 hours to the least hair-covered spots: bellies on dogs (especially ones who like to lie on their backs) and ears and around eyes on cats, which are also areas where malignant tumors are likely to show up. (No need to apply sunscreen directly on fur.) Use products made specifically for pets, such as Epi-Pet Sun Protector Sunscreen ($18; epi-pet.com), which is safe for dogs-ingredients such as zinc oxide can be toxic to pets.
Keep coats long. While it may seem logical to cut your pet’s coat short, resist the urge. “If hair-even long hair-is brushed and not matted, it provides better circulation and helps her regulate her body temperature,” says Rene Carlson, DVM, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association. (Check out these three tips for grooming pets at home.)
Soothe burns safely. If your pet does get burned, apply a thin layer of pure aloe vera twice daily to soothe the irritated area. (Check the brand with your vet first, for pet safety.)

Play It Cool
Walk with caution. Don’t walk your dog during the day’s highest heat and humidity, which is usually between 1 and 4 PM. This is especially important for dogs with short snouts, such as bulldogs, who can’t pant as efficiently in humid weather due to their narrowed nostrils and windpipes.
Never leave her in the car. Even if windows are cracked, the interior temp can rise by 19?F in as little as 7 minutes. On a hot day, this can be deadly. (Check out this simple guide to driving with dogs.)
Look out for heat exhaustion. If your dog shows signs of heat stress-heavy panting, dry or bright red gums, thick drool, vomiting,diarrhea, or wobbly legs-don’t place her in ice cold water, which can put her into shock. Instead, move her to a cool place, drape a damp towel over her body, rewetting the cloth frequently, and get her to the vet as soon as you possibly can. A dog’s normal temperature is between 100? and 103?F, so once she hits 104?F, she’s in dangerous territory (106?F or higher can be fatal).
Keep it cool indoors. Turn on the AC in your home, especially if you’ll be out of the house for several hours. If it’s too warm for you, it’s too warm for your pet. [pagebreak]

Be Water-Wise
Use a lifejacket. Have your dog wear a life vest in a bright color in any body of water to help her stay afloat and ensure that she can be seen by swimmers and boaters. Let her get used to wearing it in your yard first.
Beware of currents and riptides. If a dog gets in trouble in one of these in the ocean, whether swimming or caught in a wave while fetching a ball, she can be swept out to sea in minutes. The same goes for rivers: You need to watch out for currents, even if they’re not readily visible, as your dog can be easily carried downstream.

Be on the lookout in lakes. If your dog steps in a sinkhole, which may cause her to panic, you need to help her swim to where she can touch ground again. Avoid lakes and ponds with blue-green algae, signified by scummy water and a foul odor. Algae can produce a toxin that may cause severe sickness or seizures quickly if your pet ingests the water, by either drinking from the lake or licking tainted fur.

Take Pool Precautions
Act life a lifeguard. Never leave your dog unsupervised near an uncovered pool.
Create an exit strategy. Teach her how to get out of the pool by using the stairs with her 5 to 10 times in a row. This will help her learn where the stairs are, whether she’s swimming or accidentally falls in and needs to climb out. In the deep end, consider putting in a pool ramp, such as the Gamma Skamper Ramp ($60 to $80;petco.com), to reduce any risk of drowning.
Avoid swimmer’s ear. Use drops of a canine ear-drying solution to fight potential swimmer’s ear.

Keep Pets Bug-Free
Send parasites packing. Hookworms and heartworms are more prevalent during the summer and can gain access to your pet through the pads of his feet. Ask your vet for a prescription for Heartgard Plus or Interceptor Flavor Tabs, which will help keep parasites at bay.
Opt for pet-friendly insect repellents. One option: All-natural Heavenly Organic Ecoshield ($10; animalsensepetproducts.com). Its botanical blend of plant and essential oils repels fleas, ticks, flies, and mosquitoes. Check with your veterinarian first to find safe repellents for your pet. [pagebreak]

Plan A Safer Cookout
Avoid using charcoal briquettes. Dogs seem to love to lap up or steal from the grill, and charcoal briquettes can easily get stuck in the stomach, causing vomiting and requiring surgery.
Don’t share. Barbecue scraps and fatty leftovers can give your pup pancreatitis, causing severe abdominal pain or death. Corn on the cob and peach pits are also a huge no-no because they can lodge in a dog’s intestines.

Guard Your Garden
Skip the azaleas. These common backyard shrubs can be toxic for dogs and cats if ingested, resulting in drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, heart arrhythmias, or an abnormal heart rate.
Limit the lilies. A daylily or Asiatic, Easter, or Stargazer lily and their pollen can cause acute kidney failure in cats. Ingestion of as little as two to three leaves can be fatal, so remove these plants from your yard if you let your cat out.

Check Your Garage
Lock up plant food. Rose and garden plant food containing insecticides can contain potentially fatal compounds. If your dog tries to eat a bag of it (or soil that’s been treated with it), he could suffer diarrhea, profuse vomiting, shock, seizures, and even death.
Keep away the fireworks. A threat to curious dogs that might try to eat them, fireworks are made with chemicals like potassium nitrate, and parts (like a fuse) that could get stuck in the stomach, they can cause vomiting, bloody diarrhea, seizures, and shallow breathing. Keep yours out of reach, and clear your yard of debris after you set off your display.

Help for Dogs Afraid of Thunderstorms or Fireworks

Dogs who are afraid of thunderstorms and fireworks may pant, drool, pace, whine, try to escape, cower and shake, have housetraining accidents or even destroy furniture. It is very important to help your dog as soon as you see these fears start to stop them from getting worse.

It will help your dog if you stay with him during storms or fireworks and allow him to be in a space he is most comfortable in. Some dogs prefer their crate, while others prefer your lap or–believe it or not–the bathtub! An area that is a bit quieter is probably best. You may find it helpful to turn on the fan, TV or radio to help block the noise a bit.

Speak calmly and cheerfully to him. See if you can distract him with something fun like his favorite toy or treats. Perhaps he would like a calming message or petting session.
If you dog is so nervous during thunderstorms or fireworks that he is in danger of hurting himself or seems very panicked, you should contact your veterinarian.
One of the most effective and long lasting things you can do for your dog is to follow a desensitization training program.

Another helpful supplement is Melatonin (marketed for people) which can be found at local vitamin stores or drug stores. Here’s an excellent article on another website regarding using Melatonin and other remedies to help your dog over his thunderstorm fear.
http://ygrr.org/doginfo/behavior-phobia.html

The products below were selected by our professional dog trainer to help your dog recover and cope with his fears.

The Storm Defender Cape Can Help Your Dog Stay Calm!

The ThunderShirt Dog Pressure Wrap Can Help Calm Your Dog

MuttMuffs Dog Earmuffs for Thunderstorm and Fireworks Phobias

Training Aids for Dogs with Sound Phobia

Calming Aids for Dogs Afraid of Thunderstorms and Fireworks

The Treat & Train Can Help Your Sound Phobic Dog

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The Best Summer Dog Toys
Updated on September 22, 2014
Keep Tails Waggin’ All Summer Long

Ah, summer. When the days are long and the sun is shining and the backyard is the place to be. These summer dog toys are designed to keep Fido happy all summer long. From an inground tug toy to a squirting dog ball, these dog toys are not your ordinary dog toys!

Hydro Ball – It Squirts Water Water Whenever Dogs Bite It!
This is definitely one of the coolest (literally) dog toys around. Just run the Hydro Ball under water and then watch as your dog gets a refreshing burst of water each time he chews on the Hydro Ball. A true blast to watch!

Tether Tug
The Ultimate Inground Backyard Tug Toy
The Tether Tug is perfect for outdoor dogs who like to play hard. The bendable pole swivels in all directions, giving dogs the ultimate tugging experience. Just stake in your backyard and let the fun begin!

Tuggo Dog Ball
Tuggo Dog Tugging Ball
Fun for One Dog or Two!
The brand-new Tuggo Dog Toy is a big hit with dogs and dog owners! First, the ball is indestructible. Tuggo is a tough, hollow plastic ball with a durable rope through the center. The rope can be used by a dog to swing or tug it around, or by a dog and human or two dogs for the ultimate game of tug-o-war.

Pogo Splash Happy-
Made From Neoprene – This Dog Toy is Fun and Floatable!
The Pogo Splash Slap Happy dog toy is perfect for the pool or the beach! It’s bright orange color is easy to spot and inside the neoprene coating is an inner bouncy frame that makes the Pogo Splash have bounce-back chewing action (similar to a tennis ball). Dogs love it!

Hydro Bone – A Water-Squirting Dog Bone?
What Could Be More Fun in the Summertime!
The Hydro Bone is sure to keep your dog happy, cool and entertained all summer long. Not to mention that you’ll get a few laughs out of watching your dog getting squirted with water when he / she is chewing on the Hydro Bone! It’s a fun dog toy that’s easy to use: just run it under water and then give it to your dog. Whenever your dog chews the Hydro Bone it squirts out water! You can even freeze it for some extra chewing fun.

Cool Teething Stick-
Soft, Freezable Dog Toy
The Cool Teething Stick is soft to chew but can also be run under water and then frozen to provide a fun and crunchy-soft chewing sensation that dogs love!

Hydro Saucer –
A Water-Squirting Dog Frisbee!
The Hydro Saucer dog toy is probably the most refreshing of all the summertime dog toys because this one sprays water as it flies through the air and squirts even more when your dog catches it! Lots of fun to watch this one in action too!

The Best Summer Dog Beds

These summer dog beds are not only comfortable, they also work to keep your dog nice and cool all summer long.

Canine Cooler – This cooling dog bed works without refrigeration or electricity to provide a cooling effect for your dog. The Canine Cooler uses the laws of thermodynamics to have a feel similar to when you walk on a cold tile floor with bare feet.
Cool Bed III – This summertime dog bed works without the use of electricity or refrigeration to absorb heat from your dog and dissipate it into the surrounding air.
The ultimate outdoor frozen treat
Kool Dogz comes with everything you need to keep your dog hydrated, cool and entertained for hours on end. Just fill the bucket up with water or chicken broth, add your dog’s favorite treats and toys and then freeze. Then attach it to the stand and watch as your dog has the time of his life licking this heavenly treat all day long. As far as summer dog toys go, this one is definitely numero uno.

Deep Freeze Arctic Bone-
Half ice, half rubber… 100% fun!
The Deep Freeze Arctic Bone is a tasty frozen treat that can be enjoyed again and again, all summer long. Just fill the mold up with ice or chicken broth (you can even add a few pieces of kibble for some added enjoyment) and then freeze. Your dog will have a ball licking the ice bone and when it’s all melted he can just keep on chewing on the rubber half of the toy. Pretty darn genius!

Chillin’ Bones
Fill with yogurt, chicken broth or a fruit smoothie for a delicious frozen dog treat
A fun way to give your dog a tasty frozen treat that he’ll absolutely love. Plus, it’s a lot cheaper than buying those frozen doggie ice creams that you find at the supermarket. You can get really creative and fill with a yogurt, peanut butter and honey mixture or add some frozen berries and water or even chicken broth. Your dog will enjoy these tasty cold bones on any hot summer day. A great way to lower your dog’s body temperature, give him hydration and some entertainment all at the same time!

To see pictures and purchasing options, go to activedogtoys.hubpages.com

FOURTH OF JULY – SAFETY TIPS FOR YOUR DOGS

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For many people, nothing beats lounging in the backyard on the Fourth of July with good friends and family … including the four-legged members of the household. While it may seem like a great idea to reward the dog with scraps from the grill and bring him along to watch fireworks, in reality some festive foods and products can be potentially hazardous to your pets. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center offers the following tips:

• Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can reach them. Alcoholic beverages have the potential to poison pets. If ingested, the animal could become very intoxicated and weak, severely depressed or could go into a coma. Death from respiratory failure is also a possibility in severe cases.

• Do not apply any sunscreen or insect repellent product to your pet that is not labeled specifically for use on animals. Ingestion of sunscreen products can result in drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and lethargy. The misuse of insect repellent that contains DEET can lead to neurological problems.

• Always keep matches and lighter fluid out of your pets’ reach. Certain types of matches contain chlorates, which could potentially damage blood cells and result in difficulty breathing—or even kidney disease in severe cases. Lighter fluid can be irritating to skin, and if ingested can produce gastrointestinal irritation and central nervous system depression. If lighter fluid is inhaled, aspiration pneumonia and breathing problems could develop.

• Keep your pets on their normal diet. Any change, even for one meal, can give your pets severe indigestion and diarrhea. This is particularly true for older animals who have more delicate digestive systems and nutritional requirements. And keep in mind that foods such as onions, chocolate, coffee, avocado, grapes & raisins, salt and yeast dough can all be potentially toxic to companion animals.

• Do not put glow jewelry on your pets, or allow them to play with it. While the luminescent substance contained in these products is not highly toxic, excessive drooling and gastrointestinal irritation could still result from ingestions, and intestinal blockage could occur from swallowing large pieces of the plastic containers.

• Keep citronella candles, insect coils and oil products out of reach. An ingestion can produce stomach irritation and possibly even central nervous system depression. If inhaled, the oils could cause aspiration pneumonia in pets.

• Never use fireworks around pets! While exposure to lit fireworks can potentially result in severe burns and/or trauma to the face and paws of curious pets, even unused fireworks can pose a danger. Many types contain potentially toxic substances, including potassium nitrate, arsenic and other heavy metals.

• Loud, crowded fireworks displays are no fun for pets, so please resist the urge to take them to Independence Day festivities. Instead, keep your little guys safe from the noise in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area at home.

Let’s have a great Independence Day, everyone!

Monday’s Rescue: Featuring Bleu

Adopted 
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Each Monday throughout the year we will be featuring a “special needs” dog from one of the many Chicago, Chicagoland & surrounding area rescues we support in their efforts to find quality forever homes for rescued canines.  Please share and help them find their forever homes.

This Monday we are using this space to share a lovable lug named Bleu, his parents are clients of For Your K9.

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Bleu was recently saved from the Aurora Animal Control shelter as his days were numbered and his mom Julia couldn’t stand the thought of him be euthanized.  Unfortunately for Bleu, the resident dogs aren’t out of their puppy stage of getting in everyone’s business and Bleu is uncomfortable.

The family loves Bleu, obviously since they saved his life and in doing so, understand they must now find Bleu the perfect forever family.  They wish to continue to foster Bleu should a rescue be interested in accepting him into their program, next working him and performing the adopter screenings.  Their goal is to do everything possible to ensure Bleu’s next home is one that he will live out his life with love and relative peace & quiet.  He is that chill!

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  • Male
  • 70 lbs
  • American Bulldog Mix
  • 4 years old
  • People (adults & children), only dog and untested on cats.
  • Low energy dog who can entertain himself
  • Loves to go for car rides, walks beautifully on lead and enjoys playing fetch
  • Loves being near people, but isn’t cuddly.
  • Located in Aurora, Illinois

His mom Julie says, “Bleu is a GREAT dog for a person or a family.  He just wants to be near someone.  He asks nothing of you, but is overjoyed when you show him kindness!!  He is so mellow, but when it’s time to go in the car, for a walk or play in the backyard – he suddenly looks like a puppy.  He goes to baseball games and sits nicely and doesn’t bark or get excited by what’s going on around him.  We take Bleu out socially and he adapts to the environment around him.  Did we mention he is chill?

Bleu is up to date on his vaccinations and all the family is asking in return is a great person or family for Bleu to call his own.

If interested in meeting Bleu or learning more about him.  Please message, cynthialynn@foryourk9.com and your message will be passed on to his current family to reply.
Please share Bleu and let’s find him a home!

Monday’s Rescue: Featuring Henry (Peace for Pits, Inc.)

Each Monday throughout the year we will be featuring a “special needs” dog from one of the many Chicago, Chicagoland & surrounding area rescues we support in their efforts to find quality forever homes for rescued canines.  Please share and help them find their forever homes.

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Peace For Pits, Inc. is a Chicago area based registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization, which functions as a rescue that focuses on finding loving, caring homes for “bully” breeds in need of help. We do all of this to make sure each dog lives a life of PEACE.

Please contact the respective rescue for more information on the featured dog at: Phone: 312.834.3747 or peaceforpitsrescue@gmail.com

Adoptable Henry

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Facts about Henry

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  • Breed: American Staffordshire Terrier Mix
  • Color: Brindle
  • Age: 23 months old
  • Size: Med. 50 lbs
  • Sex: Male
  • Energy Level: Medium

First C-Wags Trial hosted by For Your K9

This past Sunday, we hosted our first C-Wags trial at For Your K9.  It was insightful and fun to witness the teams working.  Thank you to all who participated.  Sniff On!

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For Your K9: News You Can Use (June/2015)

Check out our new social media sites! See the links at the bottom.
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Daycare & Day Academy Summer Schedule

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Reminder: We will be starting our summer schedule from June 15 thru September 11. We will have daycare and day academy Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays ONLY. The hours will remain the same 6:30am-6:30pm. No daycare or day academy on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the summer schedule.
New Happenings
Pet Trust Workshop: Will vs. Trusts – Which is better for your Pet?
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 7pm-9pm
Cost – $10.00 – All proceeds will go towards the CACC Canine Flu Fund
Some items to be discussed include:  who will be the caregiver of the pets if you pass away; who will be in charge of managing the money for the pet (doesn’t have to be the same person as the caregiver); instructions regarding the standard of living for the pet and much more…  Register!
 
UKC Nose Work Match
Friday, July 3rd 9am
Vehicles and Interiors
Housebreaking from A to Z
This workshop will cover housebreaking puppies and adult dogs.
Friday, July 10th 7-9pm
Intro to CWAGS Scent Work and Run Thrus
Saturday, June 13th 11am-1pm
Barn Hunt Run Thrus
Sunday, June 14th 10am-1pm
Nose Work Clinic – Pee-Search-Pee
Sunday, 6/14/2015 @ 1:30 PM
Understanding Air Flow & How Scent Moves
Sunday, 6/14/2015 @ 9:00 AM
Upcoming Mini Workshops
Large Exterior Search Areas NW2 & NW3
Wednesday, 7/8/2015 @ 7:00 PM
Complex Container Searches NW2 & NW3
Wednesday,7/15/2015 @ 7:00 PM
Video Analysis for Nose Work – All levels
Wednesday, 7/22/2015 @ 7:00 PM
Upcoming Classes
Dog More With Your Dog Tricks Class
6/16/15 @ 8:00pm
Instructor: Debbie Bickford
Jumping Gridwork
6/18/2015  @ 8:00pm
Instructor: Anita Andorn
Competition Puppy 
6/22/2015 @ 11:00am
Instructor: Lori Waters
Puppy I
Saturday 6/27/2015 @ 10:00 AM
Instructor: Karen Okura
Basic Obedience
Saturday 6/27/2015 @ 11:15 AM
Instructor: Karen Okura
Focused Fido
Saturday 6/27/2015 @ 12:30 PM
Instructor: Karen Okura
Working Weaves Mini Class
Monday 7/6/2015 @ 8:00pm
Instructor: Ashlee Trotter
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June Everything Dog Newsletter

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At last! Summer is here and the time is right for fun, outdoor activities with our dogs!

Safe Summer Fun With Your Dog

Ah, those lazy days of summer-or not! Even though the weather has become a lot warmer, don’t allow your dog to become a couch potato. He still needs exercise, although it’s essential to take some extra precautions to keep him healthy and safe no matter how high the mercury rises.

Don’t overdo it: During the summer months, it’s especially important to take things slowly with your dog to prevent him from overheating. Keep exercise sessions short and sweet-a shorter walk outdoors followed by a break and then a play session indoors may be just the right mix. And on especially hot days, try to exercise indoors as much as possible to keep your dog cool and comfortable.

Avoid the hottest part of the day: In general, the sun is at its peak between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., so it’s best to exercise your dog in the early morning or evening, when temperatures are cooler.

Provide lots of water: Did you know that your dog’s body comprises approximately 70 percent water? Water is an essential nutrient that keeps his cells functioning properly; without it, his body will shut down. While exercising, a dog sweats primarily through his paw pads, so it’s crucial that he have access to cool, fresh water at all times to replace what he’s expending. If he’s playing outdoors, place a water bowl in a shady area to ensure easy access.

Respect your dog’s breed: Certain breeds, like the Pug and Bulldog, are considered “brachycephalic,” which means that they have flattened heads and shortened muzzles. How does this affect exercise in warm weather? The structure of their faces makes it harder for these types of breeds to breathe, so they are extra sensitive to prolonged, strenuous activity and more prone to heatstroke.

Apply sunscreen: It may seem odd, but dogs can become sunburned, just as humans do! Light-colored and shorthaired breeds are especially susceptible. For the best protection, apply a pet-specific sunscreen to your dog’s ears, nose, muzzle, and anywhere you see pink skin. If your dog is light-colored or shorthaired, spray him all over with a pet-safe sunscreen.

Supervise all activities: No matter which activities you and your dog enjoy, supervise him at all times. For example, swimming can be a fun summertime sport, and many dogs enjoy the water immensely-but the swimming pool can be a dangerous place. Make sure that the pool is fenced to prevent your pooch from accidentally falling in, and install stairs to make getting in and out of the water a breeze.

Observe your dog’s condition: Whenever you and your dog are outdoors in warm weather, watch for signs of overexertion or heatstroke. A dog with heatstroke may display symptoms such as rapid breathing, a pounding heartbeat, and high body temperature. Call the vet immediately if your dog experiences this emergency medical condition. Your best bet is to prevent the problem in the first place by limiting strenuous outdoor exercise on warm days and by never leaving your pup in poorly ventilated areas.

Consider “summer-friendly” products: There are all sorts of products on the market to help keep your dog cool while exercising. If you’re taking him on a walk, for example, you can purchase booties or a lanolin-enriched remedy (Four Paws makes one) to protect his paw pads from scorching pavement. Some companies also make cooling vests, which use chilled water to cause an evaporative cooling effect.

The dog days of summer don’t have to be long and miserable. By following just a few exercise safety tips, you and your dog can beat the heat with no problem!

– See more at: http://www.nylabone.com/dog-101/activities-fun/safe-summer-fun-with-your-dog.

Fun Things to Do with Your Dog

By Sherry Woodard, Best Friends animal behavior consultant

There are many activities that you can enjoy with your dog. Here are some examples:

Agility. In agility trials, human handlers guide dogs off lead through obstacle courses that consist of hurdles, teeter-totters, tunnels, balance beams, weave poles, climbing structures, etc. Agility trials can be very competitive, or they can be done just for fun. Dogs gain confidence, release energy and learn how to stay focused while in high spirits. There are various organizations in the United States that sanction agility trials. For more information, visit http://www.ehow.com. Click on “Videos” and then search for “agility training for dogs.”

Animal-assisted activities (AAA). These activities usually take place in a hospital or nursing home, not in a rehabilitative setting. Teams doing this type of visit help to improve mood or promote socialization rather than work on specific patient goals. Facilities that use animals for these activities may or may not require that handlers and animals become certified.

Animal-assisted therapy (AAT). AAT is more goal-directed than AAA; the results may be documented to meet a particular patient’s specific goals. AAA and AAT are valuable tools that can be used to promote well-being while celebrating the joy inherent in the canine-human bond. There are several programs in the United States that certify both the handler and the animal for therapy work. For more information on both AAA and AAT, visit the website for Pet Partners (www.deltasociety.org), whose mission is to improve human health through service and therapy animals.

Backpacking. Dogs, like people, love to get away from it all! If you’re going on a backpacking trip with your dog, plan ahead. Taking a dog out on the trail without some type of fitness conditioning can be dangerous to your dog’s health. Fitness doesn’t come overnight, so start the process well before your trip. Check with a local authority to see if pets are allowed in the area where you’ll be trekking; some places allow dogs, but require permits. Carry a first-aid kit for you and your dog, and know how to administer basic first aid if your dog becomes injured. At any time of year, remember to pack enough water for you and your dog. For more information, visitwww.dogplay.com/Activities/hike.html.

Day trips. Most dogs love to ride in the car. Take your dog along if you’re visiting friends or family. For a special treat, include a side trip to do some shopping with your dog. Some dogs love to browse at pet supply stores (many of which allow you to bring your dog inside). Your dog may ask for a treat or two, so be prepared to spend a little money on this outing!

Dog parks. Dog parks – places where dogs are allowed to roam free – are becoming more common in many cities. Most are securely fenced, have safety signs posted with park rules, and require that you clean up after your dog (take some bags in case they’re not provided). Social dogs enjoy meeting new dog friends and returning to see them time and time again. You might make new friends as well! If your dog is toy-sized, supervise him or her closely around other dogs. While trying to play, a big dog may injure a small dog unintentionally. Some parks have a section exclusively for small dogs. For more information, visit http://www.dog-play.com/dogpark.html.

Freestyle musical dance. This choreographed set of moves, performed to music, is done by dogs in partnership with their handlers. If you have not seen this new “sport” in action, you will be amazed at the level of expertise that can be achieved through teamwork, focus, and practice, practice, practice. For more information, visit http://www.dog-play.com/musical.html.

Flyball. Flyball is a relay race that requires a dog to race over four hurdles, catch a tennis ball that has been released from a spring-loaded launcher, and then race back over the hurdles again. The dogs race in teams of four. Any dog who likes to chase a ball will probably love flyball, and it’s an excellent way for your dog to burn up excess energy.

Frisbee. Dogs who love to play Frisbee, either purely for pleasure or in competition, are called disc dogs. Some dogs won’t allow their people to play without them! If your dog loves to play ball, you may want to buy a disc and get your dog involved in this great form of exercise. One word of caution, however: This sport involves a lot of jumping, so consult with your veterinarian before starting your dog on a vigorous Frisbee training program. For more information, visit http://www.dogplay.com/Activities/disc.html.

Hiking. Though most national parks don’t allow dogs on trails, there are many state parks that do. For more information on finding dog-friendly trails in your state, visithikewithyourdog.com. Also, almost every city has trails pretty close by that you can explore with your canine companion. Even city streets can be used for a hiking adventure – take a local map and mark off a path up and down streets, adding a hill or two for more strenuous exercise. Don’t forget to pack a first-aid kit, poop bags, and plenty of water.

Obedience. All dogs should receive some obedience training. How far you take it is up to you – some people want their dogs to compete in serious obedience trials, while others just want a dog who will obey simple cues in daily life. In either case, both you and your dog will enjoy the benefits of better communication and the increased bond between you that results from time spent together teaching, learning, and practicing. For more information, call your local animal shelter and ask for a referral for a training class.

Tracking. Playing hide-and-seek with a toy or item of clothing can be a tracking challenge for your dog. In winter, a fun game is to place a glove (with a treat inside for extra enticement) just under the surface of the snow.

Trick training. Using clicker training or lure training (using treats for motivation) to teach your dog to do tricks is a great way to spend time with your dog, improve your relationship, and make obedience training even more fun. Once you and your dog have a repertoire of tricks, you can show off your wonder dog! Here are two websites on clicker training: http://www.clickertrain.com and http://www.clickertraining.com.

Vacations. If you haven’t taken a vacation with your dog, give it some thought. It can be very rewarding to have your dog along on your adventure, and many hotel chains accept dogs these days. To find dog-friendly lodging, visit a website that also lists dog-friendly restaurants, parks, beaches and other attractions. The website called http://www.petfriendlytravel.com includes vacation rentals, such as cabins, condos and B&Bs. If you want to take it a step further, look into dog camps, the ultimate vacation for you and your dog. They provide games, training opportunities, and plenty of other dogs to interact with. For a list of dog camps, visit http://www.dog-play.com/camps.html.

When thinking about involving your dog in any strenuous activity, consider his or her health and physical ability. If your dog has not been exercising regularly, schedule a visit to your veterinarian. If more than a checkup (blood work to look at organ health, x-rays for joint health, etc.) is needed, your vet will advise you. He may also encourage you to increase your dog’s exercise level gradually.

Remember, your dog loves spending time with you, so get out there with your canine companion and have some fun!

Cool Treats for Hot Dogs

Chilled Dog Treat Ideas and Recipes for Summer

By Jenna Stregowski, RVT
Dogs Expert
www.dogs.about.com

When temperatures rise outside, your dog can easily get overheated. Heatstroke is just one of the many summer hazards that can affect our dogs. There are many ways you can help keep your dog cool in the hot weather. Chilled or frozen dog treats are a great surprise for your dog. Not only will they help cool her off, they can also help relieve boredom when she is cooped up inside. Here are some ideas for healthy, cold treats your dog will love:

Doggie “Ice Cream”

Real ice cream is not healthy for dogs. The excess dairy can cause GI upset, plus there is too much sugar. “Lick-a-lots” and “Frosty Paws” are two types of healthy dog “ice cream” that dogs love. But, if you want to save money, or would rather not run out to the store, you can make a version of them yourself at home. Here’s how:

You will need:

1 ripe banana
8 ounces of plain yogurt
1 tablespoon of peanut butter (creamy is best)

Mix ingredients together in a blender or food processor. Pour mixture into three or four different small plastic containers and freeze overnight. You can adjust the amounts of each ingredient to get the taste and texture your dog likes best. Leave the treats in the container and serve one to your dog, but be sure to supervise (so he doesn’t eat the container). These treats will last longer if you don’t pop them out of their containers. Experiment with mix-ins like finely diced carrots, apples, or lean meat.

Puppy Ice Pops
A fast and easy frozen “pop” dogs will love, this treat is as simple as one ingredient!

You will need:

Chicken or beef broth (fat-free, low-sodium, no onion ingredients)

Freeze overnight in ice cube trays or mini-muffin pans. You can feed a few alone as treats for your dog. Or, try placing on top of kibble or in the water bowl to enhance flavor. Again, experiment with mix-ins like finely diced carrots, apples, or lean meat.

Alternatively, you can cut fresh watermelon into chunks and freeze them. Dogs love these mildly sweet frozen treats on a hot day, and you might enjoy some too!

Frozen Kong Stuffing

The Kong is a wonderful stuffable dog toy that, when filled appropriately, can occupy just about any dog. There’s virtually no end to what you can put in this toy. Fill it with a mushy concoction of foods and put it in the freezer (the longer it’s in, the harder it will freeze, but you can serve it as soon as two hours after stuffing it). For the serious chewers, try the Extreme Kong filled with yummy food and then frozen overnight. There are other Kong-like stuffable dog toys on the market you can try. Experiment with mixtures of the following ingredients:

Yogurt (plain)
Bananas
Canned pumpkin (no more than about a tablespoon per serving, more can causediarrhea)
Canned dog food
Ground beef or other ground meat (plain, lean)
Shredded chicken or turkey (plain, lean)
Diced carrots and/or apples
Mini dog treats
Your dog’s kibble

Mix the desired ingredients together. You can do this by hand or with a blender or food processor. For easy stuffing, put the mixture in a frosting piping bag. If you don’t have this, try filling a plastic zip-top bag and cutting one of the bottom corners off. Squeeze the bag’s content into the Kong or other stuffable toy. Freeze for at least two hours (but overnight is best) before serving.

Baby Food Pops

Don’t feel like mixing up treats? Pick up some baby food from the grocery store (the kind in plastic containers is a safer bet). Be sure to choose formulas that contain no toxic foodingredients (like onions). Beef, chicken, sweet potato, and fruit formulas work especially well. Freeze in packaging overnight, then serve. Always supervise your dog when feeding these to make sure she doesn’t eat the plastic.

NOTE: When feeding dog treats, remember that treats should never make up more than about 10% of your dog’s daily food intake.

For Your K9 News You Can Use-May/2015

Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.–Gilda Radner

Changes at For Your K9
Greetings!

Summer is on it’s way and change is in the air at For Your K9.
If you have recently attended classes, a seminar or workshop you have noticed a lot of construction and movement taking place.  We are very pleased to announce that our long time partner, Chicago School of Canine Massage will be located at our facility full-time.

What does this mean for you?  Chicago School of Canine Massage will provide our current customers and new customers with Professional Canine Massage services full-time, human massage therapy (people have been asking for a long time), student clinic for the school attendees, educational workshops and much more!
If you see Denise Theobald, the CSCM owner/director walking in the building be sure to introduce yourself, welcome her and be sure to check out their website for all the benefits of canine massage. Your dog will thank you!

Thank you and goodbye to Steve Schwarz and Jim Bahr, our wonderful agility instructors. Steve has retired from teaching agility. It has been a great ride, Steve was with us for over 6 years. Steve will be doing workshops from time to time so stay tuned. Jim is pursuing other opportunities closer to home. They will be greatly missed by all.

More new faces on the team with Agility Instructors: Arlyn Sigeti and Julia Lane, and full-time Day Academy/Nose Work/Barn Hunt Trainer, Jill Snyder.

Even our Social Media sites have bloomed and we are looking to get social with you.  Check out our new blog, Instagram, Tumblr, Google+ sites along with following us on Facebook and Twitter.

Last but not least, we are returning all of our classes, seminars and workshops to the original facility (main building) as the business decision has been made to not continue leasing the annex building, effective July 31, 2015. We have space in the main building to house our equipment and continue teaching classes. We are still working on the logistics.  The extra space was nice, but not fiscally feasible.

If you know of any dog clubs or businesses interested in renting the annex building have them contact Nancy at nancy@foryourk9.com.

In the upcoming month we will have exciting news on additional classes we will be adding to our current schedule to enhance your experience at For Your K9 in building your relationship with your dog.

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