Renee Leger
President
ANML-RESQ Network of Ontario

December 2012

   

Updated: January 02, 2013 10:35:59 AM


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Baby Picture;
Meet Rudy;
Brandy Update;
New Foster Mom;
To Vaccinate or Vaccinate;
Last Day of the World;
Olivia's Art for Animals;
Lady Update;
To Foster or Not to Foster;
Holiday Safety;
Gus Update;
Jake and Rocky Update;
Baby and Pixie;

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Dec 28/12


Baby and Pixie - We received some nice pictures of our beautiful girl Baby, enjoying Christmas with her little friend, Pixie. 

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We all know that this Christmas there was a very important family member missing ... Carter - but we know in our hearts that Carter was with his family in spirit as he watched over them at Christmas.

Baby is looking SO good with her coat so shiny and healthy. Baby came from a neglectful situation, but as you can see - with lots of love she has turned into a stunner. It also seems that Baby has really taken to her furry sister, Pixie ... what a cutie pie (-:

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Thanks for the great pictures and update Lorie and Kevin! Hugs to Baby and Pixie from all of us at ANML-RESQ! 

ANML-RESQ and all of our volunteers would like to wish everyone a SAFE and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
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Dec 21/12


Jake and Rocky Update - We received another AWESOME update and pictures of two of our happily adopted boyz, Jake and Rocky (aka Jack and L'il Duke). These updates are what "keep us going" and we can't get enough of them - thank you for sending Fiona. Here is the update:

Hi Ladies, I Thought it was time to send you another short update and some pictures of the the boys. Jake & Rocky are great and they are still best of Buds, as you can see in some of the Pictures the 2 of them sitting so close together and the 1 where they are cuddled together on the floor beside my legs. Jake loves to cuddle with anyone who let him and still loves to sit on your knee.

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Rocky still tries to be the Boss with everyone but he is getting better but it doesn't help that Jake will try to instigate something. You can see in the other Picture Rocky is posing for his picture to be taken "saying aren't I handsome" Well yes you are Rocky. Rocky and I went to Dog school and he did very well but there is still room for improvement, he was sort of the Star when he was there, every time the instructor want to demonstrate something she used Rocky to show everyone one what she wanted us to do and he was quite Happy to show off. And of Course in the last picture you can see they are already for Christmas Rocky with his Elf Hat and Jake with his Antlers. Have a Merry Christmas and A Happy New year ~Fiona, Jack Jake & Rocky. 

Wow!! We're so proud of Rocky being used as a "demo" dog to show how it's done right!! (-: Way to go Rocky!! The boyz are so handsome and look so content and happy. It brings us such happiness when we see our dogs so happy and such a big part of a family. 

Thank you again for brightening our day Fiona! ANML-RESQ and all our volunteers wish you, Jack, Jake and Rocky all the best of the holiday season! Have a great weekend everyone, please drive carefully when out and about this holiday weekend!
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Dec 20/12


Gus Update - We received a great update on our happily adopted boy Gus with his little bro, Jack. As you can see, they are anxiously awaiting Santa. Sorry boyz, you still have 5 sleeps to go!!! It looks like Jack has found the "best fort-ever", equipped with his own tree and warm hiding spot under the tree-skirt (-: Perhaps he is searching for the presents he knows should be there! 

Hi Renee, Back to reading your blog every day, missed it ... . Lovely story about the home you found for Lady and good to hear that a foster was found for Ruby, she looks like a nice girl. The story about Suma is wonderful, what a lovely person you found for her. 

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... Jack loves to spend the days under the Christmas tree. Had to remove any presents as he loves to dig through paper and of course destroy it, sometimes we find him under the tree skirt. Gus is such a good boy he leaves everything in the house alone, has no destructive tendencies at all. Since we have no snow ... we are still able to walk through the woods as long as I get home before dark. I am off work from December 21st to January 2nd, so if the weather holds like it is now, we will have lots of time for longer walks. 

Thank you for the cute picture and wonderful update Anne! ANML-RESQ and all of our volunteers wish you, Wayne, Gus, Jack and kitties the very best of the holiday season! Hugs to the boyz from us!
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Dec 19/12


Holiday Safety - It's that time of year again and I want to remind you to keep your pets safe over the Christmas Holidays. It's a time where family and friends get together and often times we are so wrapped up in the festivities, we don't always pay enough attention to our pets. 

Here are some great tips to help you keep your festivities safe for everyone ... especially your pets. No one wants to deal with a medical emergency at this time of year, so prevention is KEY!!!

And, remember to try to keep your dog in an area where they will not be "underfoot", safe and away from all the excitement and be especially careful that they don't slip past you and out the door. Sometimes the festivities and excitement can be too much for your furry friend.
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Dec 18/12


To Foster or Not to Foster - All rescues hear over and over again "I can't foster, I'd become too attached." While we understand that comment and yes you do become very attached ... we ask you to think about it in a different light. 

Fostering saves lives plain and simple. Fosters are willing to allow a piece of their hearts to go with each and every dog over and over again ... without them, even more dogs would be dead ... because no one stepped up ... that is the reality. Are tears and a piece of your heart worth saving a life? 

Do you have children? Did it ever cross your mind not to have them because one day you would have to say good-bye when they went away to college or got married? Did you ever babysit? Did you stop babysitting because you became too attached to your little charges? 

Fostering a dog involves the same unconditional love, the power to understand that fostering is bigger then you, it is about them and saving lives, and it involves the ability to keep it always in mind that you are taking on a babysitting role...you are giving them the foundation to go to their forever families, but providing them with a safe and loving home where they can learn their house manners until that time comes. 

A Poem to My Foster Dog
By Diane Morgan

I am the bridge,
Between what was and what can be.
I am the pathway to a new life.
I am made of mush,
Because my heart melted when I saw you,
Matted and sore, limping, depressed
Lonely, unwanted, afraid to love.
For one little time you are mine.
I will feed you with my own hand.
I will love you with my whole heart.
I will make you whole.
I am made of steel.
Because when the time comes,
When you are well and sleek,
when your eyes shine,
And your tail wags with joy
Then comes the hard part.
I will let you go - not without a tear,
But without a regret.
For you are safe forever.
A new dog needs me now.

Yes the tears will come when that day arrives. But are those tears and those emotions a small price to pay for the fact that if not for you, that dog would not be alive today? 

Only you can answer those questions, but when we are asked "how can you foster" our response will always be the same … "how can we not." … More fosters = more dogs saved!
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Dec 17/12


Lady Update - Lady's foster mom got a GREAT update from Lady's new family. As you can see, this little girl has come a long way in a few short months. Prior to her rescue, little Lady spent her entire life in the backyard ... alone. Fast forward a few months, after a short stay in foster care, Lady is now living the life!! With a family that love and adore her. We thought for sure, being a black dog, she could possibly wait for "months" to find her forever family, but thankfully, this was NOT the case. Robin writes:

Lady!!! She is such a GOOD dog. My goodness. Our only regret is that we didn't have her as a pup. She is so loving, loyal, faithful and gentle. We love her so much!!! She is barking a little at the door or when she is startled a bit, which is good because she is showing a bit of protectiveness of us. She adores the kids and is so good with them. She loves Pat. I guess "Dad" is still a bit of a novelty since he's not here all the time like the kids and I are. When he comes home she showers him with kisses and as you know there's no shortage of kisses with her, but when he is leaving for work, she sits at the door and he can't get a kiss from her to save his life. It's really funny. RJ is not wanting to play much. Once in a while he gets a little surge of energy but it's rare anymore. Pat's sister and husband have a 5 month old bull mastiff pup and he loves to play. We are working on a play-date for them as he is more Lady's speed. 

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Our neighbour's dog came over the other day (she is so sweet and loves being here for some reason) looking for someone to play with. She's very seldom over anymore as they have installed underground fencing. I put Lady's harness on and just opened the door to let them meet. Immediately Lady's tail started wagging, she crouched down and started licking Bella's chin. Bella didn't care for her much so I keep the intro's short. Bella always wanted RJ and Maggie to play with her and I think Lady doesn't belong here in her mind. I don't want them together anyway incase Bella influences Lady to leave the property, but I know to bring Lady in if I see Bella wandering about. I think Lady is going to have fun with "Gunner" though and she'll probably teach him a thing or two. I have attached some pictures for you. They are mostly of Lady and the kids since I'm usually behind the camera and Pat's usually at work. 

As I can see from the pictures this little girl has hit the "jackpot" of love! Thank you Robin for sending this wonderful update and pictures of Lady.
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Dec 14/12


Olivia's Art for Animals - We have a new fundraiser, put together by one of our volunteers Christine. It is a beautiful quilt and the auction started on December 11th and runs until December 16th at midnight ... the minimum bid $45 ... this is a quick turn around, and this is one you must see/click on to believe. The quilt was done by our Quilter Extraordinaire Darlene and completed by Olivia, of Olivia's Art for Animals

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If you are interested in bidding on this quilt or any of Olivia's artwork, [click here...»] and go to the item you would like to bid on and in the comment section under the picture (or quilt) you like just place your bid. All proceeds from the quilt will go directly to ANML-RESQ Network of Ontario for vetting and foster for the animals in our care. 

Christine will also be at a skating fundraiser this weekend in the Nobelton area where she will be selling our cookbook.

Have a great weekend everyone and keep your animals safe as the temperature at night is so cold frostbite is a possibility!
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Dec 13/12


Last Day of the World - Yesterday was another bittersweet day for a couple of our volunteers. At the risk of sounding like a "broken record" ... it NEVER gets any easier to send a sweet, innocent puppy on a flight to safe haven. Troy came to our attention at our Christmas fundraiser, when a shelter volunteer who attended approached us asking for help.

A stray came in, young and sweet, however, because of the way he looked, his life was at risk. The longer he stayed, the more "at risk" he was. They needed to get him out or be killed. Thankfully, our volunteer, Christine and family spoke up immediately and took Troy into their loving home. Troy wasn't in the door 2 minutes and he captured the hearts of his entire foster family ... including the resident dog, Buddy. We immediately reached out to our friends in the East and without hesitation, they offered him a safe spot. Arrangements were underway to secure an airline approved crate for Troy and his flight was booked. 

It was heartbreaking for foster mom to hand Troy over on transport, knowing he would soon be on a long journey to freedom. The handover was made infinitely easier because he was entrusted to our volunteer Debbie, who promised to get Troy to the airport safely and in the BEST of hands. It probably took less than 2 minutes for Debbie to be completely smitten by this little imp and she took him lovingly into her arms and swept him off. Of course, with plenty of time to spare, Debbie (God bless her) made a trip to the vet to buy Troy a "pheromone" collar to help ease the stress of his flight. This was the first time Debbie has experienced taking a puppy to the airport for flight, so when it was time to finally take him away, it was extremely difficult for Debbie to keep her composure. After just a couple of hours with Troy, he completely stole her heart. The people in cargo were wonderful, as always and re-assured Debbie that Troy will be safe and well taken care of.  Thank you Debbie for taking our boy to the airport in style and giving him the loving send-off he deserved.

Many thanks to our friends in the East for making this new life possible for Troy. Safe journeys little man. You are in a much friendlier place now where you will be given the opportunity to live life to the fullest and without prejudice.

And, as per the Mayan Calendar [NASA site], yesterday 12/12/12 was the last day of the world ... I'm here to report that yesterday was a great day for Troy and every day should be as wonderful! lol
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Dec 12/12


To Vaccinate or Vaccinate - So, we get our animals vaccinated every year or every three. Do all of us do that? The other question is if you don't vaccinate yearly or every three years are you doing the Titers test? [For information on Titer Testing...»]

More than 30 years ago it was a research paper which stated that an animal need only be vaccinated once for the majority of diseases we vaccinate yearly or every three years. Here is an excerpt from the findings:

“The recommendation for annual re-vaccination is a practice that was officially started in 1978.”  says Dr. Schultz.  “This recommendation was made without any scientific validation of the need to booster immunity so frequently. In fact the presence of good humoral antibody levels blocks the anamnestic response to vaccine boosters just as maternal antibody blocks the response in some young animals.”*

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He adds:  “The patient receives no benefit and may be placed at serious risk when an unnecessary vaccine is given. Few or no scientific studies have demonstrated a need for cats or dogs to be revaccinated. Annual vaccination for diseases caused by CDV, CPV2, FPLP and FeLV has not been shown to provide a level of immunity any different from the immunity in an animal vaccinated and immunized at an early age and challenged years later. We have found that annual revaccination with the vaccines that provide long-term immunity provides no demonstrable benefit.”**

The debate rages on - but one thing is sure, the vets are making a tidy profit on their clients. Click here to read ...» You will be glad you did.

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*“Vaccines for diseases like distemper and canine parvovirus, once administered to adult animals, provide lifetime immunity.”  “Are we vaccinating too much?” JAVMA, No. 4, August 15, 1995, pg. 421.
**After the second rabies vaccination, re-administration of rabies vaccine does not enhance the immune status of the patient at one or two year intervals.  We do not know the interval at which re-administration of vaccines will enhance the immunity of a significant percentage of the pet population, but it is certainly not at one or two year intervals.
Tizard Ian, Yawei N, Use of serologic testing to assess immune status of companion animals, JAVMA, vol 213, No 1, July 1, 1998.

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Dec 10/12


New Foster Mom - ANML-RESQ is thrilled to welcome new foster mom, Leah and her foster girl, Ruby. Ruby has finally found a foster home and will be enjoying the holidays with her. So far, from all reports, Leah tells us Ruby is truly a gem. She walks well on leash, she has her basic commands down pat. Leah is quite smitten with Ruby already and tells us she will make a wonderful companion for the right family.

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We look forward to some pictures and updates from foster mom Leah soon. Ruby arrived on Friday and has quickly bonded with Leah. Thank you Leah for opening your heart and home to this very deserving girl.
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Dec 7/12


Brandy Update - If I didn't have 2 large high drive dogs, and a husband, Brandy would be mine!!! I am so in love with this little girl. She has been staying at the shelter I volunteer with this week while foster mom is out of town and I've been absolutely smitten with her. Brandy is pure nectar. She immediately became the shelter greeter -- no-one gets in the front door without paying homage to Brandy. She accompanies Marg looking after the cats and kittens, she literally begs to go outside to relieve herself (her little paw-paw sit up trick gets your attention right away) and she would be happy to be carried around all day or going out for a drive in the car. If you are looking for 10 lbs. of pure gold - look no further as Brandy is your gal!

Brandy is a Chihuahua/Shih Tzu mix. She is 8 years young, very sweet, house trained and gets along well with small dogs.  Brandy is a great companion and she has mastered several very cute tricks too, so she will keep you entertained for hours!

Brandy is housetrained as well and will let you know when she needs out for potty. We also found she loves to go for boat rides too!! (-: Please contact us at anmlresq@hotmail.com or complete our on-line application located on the left of the page.

Have a great weekend everyone!
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Dec 2/12


Meet Rudy - Rudy is a great little guy. Abandoned to the roads at only 3 months he was picked up by animal control and taken to a shelter where, as soon as he was able to settle himself and be on regular food, the shelter called us due that he is a Rottweiler. He spent last Sunday with us in preparation for a full examination on Monday morning with one of our vets, blood work, stool samples, x-rays of chest, spine, hips, the works. Rudy has an exceptionally quiet, gentle character, almost as though his ordeal so early in life has made him wise and observant beyond his tender months. Yet he can also be spontaneous, playful, and affectionate. 

Immediately upon meeting our two mature Rotties his tail was going and he initiated play. He would lay in our laps and chew on a rawhide, didn’t mind at all when it was taken away. Typically – he is a Rott after all and instinct tells him to find his place in the litter (we of course all being part of the litter) – he would give an occasional little growl if he wasn’t sure why you moved him from falling off of your lap, or didn’t like being pushed from behind into the crate at bed time, but readily accepted a strong voice and wagging finger. Actually, he quite likes being in a crate and slept through the night as quiet as a mouse, not a single whimper or bark. Rudy has big feet and sturdy limbs and his smallish eyes will grow to match his head, and we figure he will at least be of average male size when fully grown. In the right home, he is going to shine, and that home will be very lucky to have him.
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Dec 1/12


Baby Picture - Another Merry Christmas picture from Baby! What a beautiful girl she is!!!

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Merry Christmas Baby, Kevin and Lorie from all of your friends at ANML-RESQ ~ Love Baby.
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