Golden Retriever stays and waits with injured owner for two days!!

Hey Dog Lovers, This week I wanted to share a good news story about a dog doing an heroic thing.

golden 2We all know that Golden retrievers are known by nature to help those who need it the most. They are calm nature, sweet, lovable and proven to release stress. In light of the Sandy Hook Shooting they brought in a pack of golden retrievers who were trained distress dogs in light of a tragedy to help relieve all affected.

Judy Muhe, a 76 year old who lives Palmdale FL luckily had her dog around when she took a rough fall. Her dogs; a 10 year old golden retriever names Higgins 4-year-old Dodger were there to stay with her until help came two days later. What good boys and truly a mans best friend.

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Her fall was pretty intense, Muhe bruised her head and shattered her shoulder when she fell, and spend the subsequent 48 hours drifting in and out of consciousness. Her two dogs, aware of her distress, laid down next to her, keeping her as warm and as comfortable as they possibly could.

“When I came in, we found her right away on the floor,” Jacobs told ABC News. “The dogs were right here with her. They actually ran to the door and then they ran back to where she was, like showing us that she was there.”

Muhe has since undergone two surgeries to repair her shoulder.

Dogs not only have an incredible sense of when things aren’t right, but also make sure to let their owners know as well.

Well guys that’s the good news/post of the week. Please stay tuned for next weeks post and as always please check out my website to purchase your scarf to help sheltered dogs; Scarves for Paws 

“There is no faith which has never yet been broken except that of a truly faithful dog”- Konrad Lorenz

Protection from the Dog Flu

Hey dog lovers its that time again for an informative look at the dog flu, last post focused on what the Dog Influenza was, this week I want to share what you can do to treat the flu and how it is diagnosed.

How Is Canine Influenza Virus Diagnosed?
Veterinarians will typically conduct a thorough physical examination and run a series of tests to diagnose the illness.

dog fluHow Is Canine Influenza Treated?

Because this virus is similar to the flu in humans, there is no specific antiviral medication available. But have no fear as supportive care and appropriate treatment of secondary infections are important.Ask your vet before starting any new treatments or changing any major aspects of your dogs life, including:

  • Good nutrition and supplements to raise immunity
  • A warm, quiet and comfortable spot to rest
  • Medications to treat secondary bacterial infections
  • Intravenous fluids to maintain hydration
  • Workup and treatment for pneumonia

Be advised, while most dogs will fight the infection within 10 to 30 days, secondary infections require antibiotics and, in the case of pneumonia, hospitalization.

Dog Flu 2Well that was short and sweet this week guys, hope you all enjoy the rest of your week and spoil your fur babies as I mine. Don’t forget to check out my website Scarves for Paws Campaign to help Sheltered animals and look out for me on twitter @cnelson80951, and Instagram @Nelschels18. Until next week keep wagging on!

“No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as much as the dog does” – Christopher Morley

An Introduction to the Canine Influenza Virus

Hey dog lovers,

Today I want to talk about the Canine Influenza Virus that occurred earlier this year and some of last year. I hope this post can clear up any questions you have. Next week I will go into more detail on how to prevent, treat and where they can catch it. This week’s focus is on what it is and where it came from.

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Canine Influenza Virus is one of the viral causes of kennel cough. This is a highly contagious respiratory disease that has affected thousands of dogs in the United States. Because it is a relatively new virus, most dogs have not been exposed to it before. Dogs of any age, breed and vaccine status are susceptible to this infection.

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General Symptoms: 

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Variable fever
  • Clear nasal discharge that progresses to thick, yellowish-green mucus
  • Rapid/difficult breathing
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargy

Is death possible? If  quickly diagnosed and treated, the fatality rate is quite low. Deaths are usually caused by secondary complications, such as pneumonia. It is very important that dogs with CIV receive proper veterinary care. So make sure you keep up to date with shots and your yearly check ups or more depending on your dogs age.

How is it Diagnosed?Veterinarians will typically conduct a thorough physical examination and run a series of tests to diagnose the illness.

Hope that helped guys! Feel free to comment on any other questions on the flu or share your personal stories of the dog flu, I would love to hear about them.

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“A good dog never dies, he always stays, he walks besides you on crisp autumn days when frost is on the fields and winter’s drawing near, his head within our hand in his old way” – Anonymous

College girl trains guide dogs for the blind

Hey dog lovers,

This week I wanted to share an interview I did with a childhood friend from camp who trains dogs for the blind. Her name is Melissa and she is 22 just like me. Hope you like it!

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When did you know you wanted to start training guide dogs?

I was visiting my brother at college for family weekend and met a lady who had a puppy and I obviously had to meet the puppy and as I was talking to the owner found out she was training him to be a service dog and as soon as I got the chance I found a program near me that I could become a part of.

What year did you start training guide dogs?

I got my first dog Rhianna in the spring of 2010.

How many Guide dogs have you trained?

I am currently on my 3rd dog and she is scheduled to leave and finish her training in New York in June

What is your favorite part about training guide dogs?

My favorite part is knowing that they will always have an amazing home to live in even if they do not pass as a service dog. If the dogs do not pass (my second dog) the puppy raiser which is what I am, gets the first chance to take them back but if we do not take them back for whatever reason there is about a 10 year waiting list for these dogs because they are still amazing dogs. 

What is the hardest part about raising a guide dog?

100% the hardest part is giving them up, going back to what I said earlier these dogs become my best friend and when I say goodbye to them before their last part in training it is actually heart breaking and on top of that you do not know if you will see them again, if they graduate I get the chance to see them and meet the blind person they will be with but if they don’t (like Perkins my second dog) who does not pass I do not get a chance to say goodbye.

At what age do you start training the dogs and for how long do they have to be trained for?

I have a puppy for a year and a half and they go every where I go and that means shopping, school, and even small errands that I do periodically. They are such loyal dogs that they will follow you any where you go. each one of my dogs has just sat in the bathroom and waited for me to shower and even when I go pee Ohio will push the door open or cry outside if she cant come in. Basically it feels great that they just love you no matter what

If there any preferred breed over another to be a guide dog?

In the organization I am in they only use labs or german shepards, and labs are used because they are so food oriented and will do anything for it. Personally I have not trained germans but I do know they are more difficult because they get very protective over people but not in a violent way but that they listen to everything their trainer says

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What do they learn while being trained?

When they are with me they are being taught the basics such as sit, down, stand, close, and stuff like that. however on top of that they are being exposed to so many different environments.  I take they to every where I go so I as a puppy raiser are getting the dogs used to everywhere that they dogs might be exposed to when they are service dogs

What age do they retire if they do from training or working?

For retiring it depends on the dog 100%, dogs will decided when they want to stop. some dogs will stop after 2-3 years of working but usually they are about 7-8 years old

Do owners need any training to own a guide dog?

The people who receive a dog in my program are brought to our home base in New York and stay there for a few weeks to learn about the program and then matched up to the dog. It can take a few tries to get them matched up to a dog because not every dog will go with every person they have to have a connection.

For me I had found out that normal people can train dogs and googled something and when I found one near me it gave me an email address and I contact the person. If someone is interest in participating in this they just need to search the program and find the right person to email.

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Why cant certain dogs be touched while others can if you ask the owner?

It is actually kind of rude to people that are blind if someone asks if they can touch their service dog. to them these dogs are their life line, they stop them from walking into walls and traffic and when someone distracts them it can put them in danger. some people allow it because they just friendly and okay with it others wont because they see it as rude. they see it as let me touch your walking cane

Do you know someone who does something to give back in regards to dogs? Please let me know in the comments, don’t forget to check out my Scarves for Paws Website and purchase one today!

“A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before laying down” – Roger Caras