Watson the Mutt

Just recently, my family accepted a new puppy into our home! His name is Watson, and he is a 4 1/2 month old mutt, with a bit of watsonborder collie, terrier, and possibly lab in him. He was originally from a kill shelter in Tennessee, but was rescued by a team sent out by the North Shore Animal League America (NSALA). He was brought back to their location on Long Island, New York, waiting for his forever home.

On my mom’s birthday, we went to Long Island, our plan being to just look around at the shelter and then spend what was left of the day in New York City. Once we got to the shelter, we were met by a cacophony of barks, yelps, and howls from the first room. There were bigger dogs in the first part, too big, sadly to be compatible with our two smaller dogs, Abbie and Daisy.

NSALA is huge, with many rooms for viewing, a center room for playing, and other clinic buildings. The puppies ranged from strays, to rescues from puppy mills, to kill shelter rescues, like Watson. I immediately loved a small bull dog mix puppy, the name card reading “Bartleby”, but once we took him out of his cage, he couldn’t have been any less interested in us, much to my melancholy dismay.

My mom, however, had found a bigger dog, black with a bit of brindle and white, name card reading “Domino”. I didn’t think he would be the one, but we took him out anyway, and he was amazing. He refused to leave our laps, play biting and nuzzling his head against our hands. We decided right then and there that we had to take him home.
The nice staff lady gave us adoption papers to fill out, and fought a disgruntled Domino back into his cage. He didn’t want to leave us, despite our promises of seeing him in a little bit.

For almost two and a half hours, we waited for our names to be called over the intercom, anxious and excited. We contemplated new names for our potential puppy; everything from book names, like “Dumbledore” and “Augustus”, to Hawaii 5-0’s “Steve” and “Danno”, upon which my dad said that Domino looked like a detective sort of dog. I immediately thought of “Watson”, and it seemed to fit well.

Down the hall from us, a woman was crying after being denied for adopting. Seeing that completely instilled the fear into us; what if we were denied?
After what seemed like forever, we were finally called to the adoption desks, where the woman greeted us with a warm “congratulations”. We had adopted Watson, formerly Domino.
A vet tech gave us medicine, describing Watson’s intestinal parasite that required medication, and his minor repository infection. We accepted the medicine and a bag with a basic temporary leash and a few pamphlets and a pet magazine; and journeyed back home, Watson sleeping in the backseat with me.

Since Watson’s adoption, he has adjusted well into our home. Daisy loves having someone to play with, and although he annoys Abbie, she is warming up to him as well. He loves chew toys and deer antlers, and is losing his baby teeth. He is pretty well house trained, and knows that he has to go to the bathroom outside. He has a fear of cars; most likely acquired from being left on the side of a road before he got to the kill shelter in Tennessee.

Follow Watson on Instagram: @WatsonTheMutt

 

Famous Pups: In the Movies

As long as movies have been around, there has always been four-legged stars who captivated audiences with their bravery, loyalty, and downright cuteness. From Charlie Chaplin’s A Dog’s Life with Scraps the mutt, to The Wizard of Oz with Toto the Cairn terrier. After all, how good could a movie possibly be without a dog or two?

Turner & Hooch – Hooch

Turner [Tom Hanks], a neat, all-business detective, must tackle the toughest case of his career: survive with the slobbery, problem-prone Hooch, after he becomes crucial in Turner’s current investigation! Beasley the Dog, a Dogue de Bordeaux, stars as Hooch. Beasley was trained by Clint Rowe, who is in the movie for a few moments as an ASPCA officer. Beasely died, aged 14 years, in 1992, 3 years after the release of Turner & Hooch.

The Wizard of Oz – Toto

Toto is the sidekick and friend of Dorothy [Judy Garland], a Kansas farm girl who always gets herself in trouble with her aunt and farmhands. When she gets knocked out in a tornado,she is transported to Oz; where she meets the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion, with Toto right by her side, as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City. Toto was a female brindle Cairn terrier, her real name was Terry, changed officially to Toto as the movie’s popularity [and Terry’s] skyrocketed. While on the set, her foot was broken from being accidentally stepped on, and a replacement was found and used until she healed. She died in 1945 and a memorial for her was erected at the Hollywood Forever Cemetary in Los Angeles, California.

Old Yeller – Old Yeller

Old Yeller becomes the unlikely friend of Arliss [Kevin Cororan] after Travis [Tommy Kirk], Arliss’s older brother, is unsuccessful in driving him away. Throughout a series of mishaps, which always lead to Old Yeller being the savior, making the ending sad and heartwarming at the same time. Old Yeller was a Black Mouth Cur in the books, but Spike, the actor Old Yeller, was found at Van Nuys Animal Shelter in Van Nuys, California, and his origin is unknown. He was buried in a beautiful ceremony in the sea when he died.

A Dog’s Life – Scraps

In this silent film made by Charlie Chaplin, Scraps the mutt helps Charlie and Edna, the bar singer, have a better life. Charlie saves Scraps from a pack of mean dogs and then, despite the hardships of starvation and poverty, struggles to keep the poor dog alive and well. Scraps fully repays him with the heroic and loyal nature common with dogs. Scraps was a mixed breed dog named Mut who was adopted from a shelter in Los Angeles.

Is Your Pet Prepared for a Natural Disaster?

Pet RecueNo matter where you live, a natural disaster can strike at any moment, whether it be a wicked Kansas tornado, a South Carolina flash flood, a Texas drought, or a New England snow storm, you and your pet must always be prepared. Many dogs, cats, birds, and other animals are lost in hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, and other natural disasters, and the loss of a pet can be devastating. Make sure  Fluffy, Fido, and Polly are all safe in case of a natural disaster with these helpful tips.

ID Your Dog/Cat

Dogs Resue

The best way to ensure the return of a lost or displaced dog or cat in any situation is to get them collars with ID tags, stating your pet’s name and your phone number and even address for safe return. Another option that would be even safer is to get both an ID tag, and get a microchip inbedded in your pet’s skin. The microchip has your address, name, and phone number and can be scanned for the safe return of pets. ID tags can be bought and ingraved at most pet stores and microchips can be imbedded in your pet at your local and trusted veterinarian.

Do Not Leave Your Pets Behind

No matter the situation, never leave your pets behind. They may be trapped, drowned, or otherwise killed in the disaster. Always make sure to bring your pet with you when you evacuate, and make sure that they’re with you at all times. If the situation is so dire it isn’t safe for you and your family, why would you leave your pets to weather the storm?

Pack Accordingly

While Fido may need only food, water, a leash and a carrier, small animals, such as chinchillas, would require a secure carrier, toys, sticks to chew on, water, food, bedding, salt licks, etc. Whatever is normally provided for your pet should be brought along in a good amount; in a natural disaster, you never know how long it will be until you can restock on items, so plan and pack accordingly. Ask your local veterinarian for a complete list of first-aid pet items needed for a natural disaster, or buy an emergency kit at the online ASPCA Store. Handbooks and fliers are also available, and should be available upon asking at your trusted veterinarian clinic.

Emergency Contacts List

Put together a list of emergency contacts and information about your pet that would be brought with you at the time of evacuation. Have a list of your veterinarian clinic and/or hospital numbers, emergency pet caregiver numbers, and certificates of vaccinations, as well as pictures of your pet with the family.

No matter the situation, make sure that your pets are well taken care of and just as safe as you and your family. In the wake of the destruction of homes and lives, don’t add a pet’s abandonment, loss, or death to the heartbreak that comes with natural disasters.

How To Make Healthy Treats for Dogs

Every good dog owner worries about the ingredients in their store-bought treats and foods; and with indeciferable words like “ethoxyquin” and “Propylene Glycol”, it can be hard to know just what Fido is eating. The truth is, if the word cannot be easily pronounced, the chances are that that ingredient is really bad for your pet. With these easy-to-make recipes and simple cookless treats, your wallet, and Fido, will both be full and happy.

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Cookies

Makes: 25

Ingredients:
– 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
– 1/2 cup of canned pumpkin
– 2 eggs
– 1/2 teaspoon of salt
– 2 1/2 cups of flour (whole wheat)
– 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon (ground)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Whisk together the flour, eggs, pumpkin, peanut butter, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl. Add water as needed to help make the dough workable, but the dough should be dry and stiff. Roll the dough into a 1/2-inch-thick roll. Cut into 1/2-inch pieces.
3. Bake in preheated oven until hard, about 40 minutes.

Recipe from AllRecipes.com

 

“Leftovers” Easy Dog Treats

Ingredients:

– Pieces of meat (unseasoned, if seasoned, rinse off all seasoning well)
– Potatoes
– Vegetables (no onions)
– Fruit (no grapes or raisins)

Directions:

1. Cut ingredients into ½ inch thick pieces
2. Spray lightly with cooking spray
3. Place in a food dehydrator or into a 200 degree preheated oven until  dried

Recipe from cesarsway.com

 

Peanut Butter Frozen Yogurt Treats

 

Ingredients:

– 32 ounces vanilla yogurt
– 1 cup peanut butter

Directions:

1. Melt the peanut butter in a microwave safe bowl
2. Combine the yogurt and melted peanut butter
3. Pour the mixture into cupcake papers
4. Place in the freezer

Recipe from cesarsway.com

 

Wheat Free Sweet Potato Chicken Rounds [For Sensitive Stomachs]

 

Makes:3-4 dozen rounds

Ingredients:
– 2 medium sweet potatoes (cooked and mashed)
– 1 chicken breast (cooked and shredded)
– 1/2 cup white rice flour
– 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
– 1 cup oat flour
– 1/2 teaspoon honey

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
2. In a large bowl mix all ingredients one at a time, kneading well after each addition.
3. Once dough is well mixed roll dough into 1/2 inch balls and place them 2 inches apart onto the prepared baking sheet. Flatten with the flour dusted back of a spoon or bottom of a glass.
4. Bake for 15 minutes, or until browned at the edges. Cool and refrigerate.

Recipe from doggiedessertchef.com

 

No Prep No Mess Treats

 

Fortune Cookies

These I give my dogs! Whenever I go to a chinese restaurant, or get takeout, I always save my fortune cookies for my dogs. Just remember not to give these too often, and to remove the fortune in the middle before giving it to your dog.

Simple Vegetables/Fruits

Dogs love raw vegetables, and they’re an essential part of a dog’s diet. Give Fido chopped and raw pieces of:
– cucumbers
– green peppers
– Spinach
– broccoli
– carrots
– pumpkin
– celery
– apples
– bananas
– strawberries
– mango
– oranges
– cantelope
– pineapple
– apricots
– pears
– raspberries

Peanut Butter

Dogs have a blast eating peanut butter! Just take a spoonful of peanut butter and have your dog lick it off. Remember not to give peanut butter like this very often; moderation is key.

 

Rabies

Rabies is a viral infection that occurs in more than 150 countries, and is often transferred to humans by way of infected dogs and cats, something that is easily preventable. This disease is nearly always fatal, so it is important, for both your family’s health and your pet’s health, that when symptoms arise, medical help should be provided right away.
Rabies is usually first seen in neighborhood wildlife, such as raccoons, coyotes, foxes, and bats. The first thing to look for in these animals is if they are especially brazen or unafraid of humans. These animals may come up closer than usually to a human and not run away, or not seem to be scared of human life at all.

As well as being especially brazen, the animal may also growl and act especially aggressive, as if it were being cornered. This is called “furious” rabies.
rabid dog
These animals may also have excessive salivation, or may be foaming at the mouth. This symptom is the most classically known, but is not seen in all rabies-infected animals.

Another symptom is if the animal simply lays on the ground and seems to be paralyzed. This is a different form of rabies, called “dumb” rabies, and although a person may want to help the animal, it is best for your safety and the safety of the animal if it is left alone.

The animal may also be experiencing seizures instead or as well as paralysis, and should still be left alone.

The animal could also be looking raggedy, with fur missing, open sores, etc. This is a sign of self-mutilation, a symptom of “furious” rabies.

If you see an animal with one or more of these symptoms, it is best to stay inside and contact your local animal control, or the police. It is important that all suspected rabid animals are reported so they can be removed from the environment and/or treated if possible to prevent any more infections.

If you are bitten/licked/scratched by a suspected rabies carrier, it is important to promptly visit your local hospital or clinc to get treated. You may experience a fever, light-headedness, muscle weakness, and burning at the bite site. The faster medical help is applied, the quicker and better healing can occur.

To prevent rabies in your pets, it is important to keep dogs and cats inside. A roaming neighborhood dog or cat can easily get infected by way of bite or scratch. You also should never leave your dog outside unsupervised for long, or chained up outside, for dogs on the end of a chain are vulnerable to whatever infected animals are in the neighborhood, and should always be watched. Dogs should also have regular vet checkups and rabies shots to protect them from rabies as much as possible.

If you suspect that your dog or cat has rabies, contact your local veterinarian clinic or hospital promptly and set up an immediate appointment. With rabies, time is crucial. The quicker the treatment, the better chances of survival. Make sure any unusual scratches or bites are immediately checked, and don’t wait until the symptoms get bad. The worse the symptoms, the farther along the rabies is in your pet’s system.