Archive for November, 2011

Meet the Small Dogs

Saturday, November 12th, 2011

Q:  Are there any super cute small dogs at Nebraska Humane Society?

A:  yes.

Q:  They are all super cute, but if I had my heart set on a Cairn Terrier puppy, am I doomed to a life of loneliness and misery?

A:  Nope.

To donate to Nebraska Humane Society, click the donate button…

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*Zombie Update! Dr. V and I will draw you ANYTHING for a donation to any participating Blogathon cause.  I am currently working on a Zombie Chef Puggle for Kol’s Mom.  Also, BZTAT – who is a real artist, doing real zombie art for Blogathon, threatened to take away my Sharpies.  Fun.  :D

Introducing Scaredy-Dogs

Saturday, November 12th, 2011

Guest post from my Sister-I-Love!  Thank you so much Jodi!  You have taken a life event that is stressful for EVERYONE – merging pets – and provided a great example to follow.

Introducing Scaredy-Dogs

by Jodi Finch

Thank you all for participating in Blogathon 2011!  It is an honor to be part of this great event and contribute to supporting the critters at Nebraska Humane Society until they find their forever homes.  I was excited when my sister-I-Love, Dr. Shawn Finch, asked me tojoin – I love to write, but almost everything I write is so technical these days, my creativitykind of withers.  Aren’t you glad you get to share in my creative side?

Recently we’ve been talking a lot in my family about introducing new furry family members. My parents adopted Lucy, “a speeding ball of fluff” as Mom called her, a crazy, lovable Boston Terrier, Maya (whom I affectionately call Piggie) joined our life.  I can’t speak very well to how Lucy and my parents’ long-time dog are getting along, but I can (and will, yay for you) share that my dogs have accepted Maya as part of our household, and how that happened.

I have two dogs – Sid, a Fox Terrier mix who is 100% dominant alpha with every other dog she has ever encountered, and Taco, a Belgian Malinois mix who is 65 pounds of soft-hearted, super sensitive love.

I know, you’re asking – aren’t Malinois normally tough worker-dogs, used by police departments all over the world?  Um, yes, but not my Taco-boy.  He’s just a lover.  And terrified – trembly, hide behind me terrified – of small dogs.  PartlyI blame it on his personality.  Partly I blame it on Sid, the dominator.  She has been known to bite him for nothing more than the sake of biting him.  Unfortunately, his fear often manifests as snapping at the small “offender”.

You can imagine my concern when Shane, Maya’s “dad”, became a very important partof my life.  I knew that we would need to introduce the dogs, and that Taco would haveto accept Maya in order for this to work.  Worried doesn’t even begin to describe how I felt about it.  Lucky for me (and for the dogs), I have been privileged to meet some awesome “dog-people” through Dr. Finch, and through Twitter.  When the time came to introduce the dogs, my first thought was to reach out to Nancy Freedman-Smith, dog behavior expert and writer of GoodDogzBlog.

Nancy gave me some great hints for introducing the dogs – some that worked, some thatdidn’t.  Keep in mind, there is no “perfect” solution when it comes to dealing with dogs.  Their personalities are different, just like human personalities.  You have to take your dog’s quirks and behavior into account and use what works for you.

Shane and I spent several months with each other and with the dogs separately before we decided to introduce them.  They were very familiar with each others’ scents and with us individually before they met face to face.  When the time came for face-to-face introductions, we started with introducing them from a distance.  Shane kept Maya on her leash at one side of my yard, while I held Taco on his leash on the other side.  They were curious, but not really worried – no barking or growling.  We slowly brought them closer until they were able to sniff each other.  Much to my relief, Taco didn’t hide, and he didn’t snap.  He’s not a growler – in the past, he has snapped with no warning.  We debate dmuzzling them, but knowing how Taco reacted to muzzles in the past, I decided it would be more stressful than helpful.

We spent about 30 minutes with them in the yard on leashes, and then took them in the house (my house, Taco’s territory) but kept them leashed.  Again, there was no barking, no snapping, just indifference on the most part.  We dropped the leashes (but kept them attached in case we needed to separate them quickly) and let them do what dogs do – circling & sniffing ensued.  Finally, Taco just walked over to “his” chair and laid down.  Maya went to the couch and laid down.  Whew.  After several weeks, they will now lie together, and vie nicely for Shane’s or my attention.

Sid has been more problematic – she growls and gets upset if Maya is around when she is getting attention.  She has been kenneled a couple of times for snapping, sort of a “timeout”.  I attribute that more to being a cranky old dog than being threatened though, because for the most part, she just ignores Maya.

The best part of this (besides the fact that we can be one big happy family and not have to worry about boarding or pet sitters) is that Maya is playful and fun, and she is teaching Taco that it is fun to play with another dog.

To donate to Nebraska Humane Society, go here:

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Thank you!!

 

Meet the Big Dogs!

Saturday, November 12th, 2011

Last night, the Nebraska Humane Society team let my family visit and take pictures.  It was so much fun!  In the short time we were there, I trained some of the big dogs.  It is true that I am an amateur, but look at the great stuff they learned…

Show me your cute face!

Show me your “adopt me” face!

Good Dog!  Your family should be here any day now!

Show me your cute face!

Show me your “adopt me” face!

Good!  Again?

Show me “Pleeeeeease??”

Good Dog!  You are SO going home soon!

Show me “I’m a cute dog!”

Good!  How about “Adopt me please!”

Nice :)

One more!  Can any of you do “Cute face” and “Adopt me” all in one expression?

Aaahhh!  Good dog!  You did it! :)

Feel free to run to Nebraska Humane Society to adopt one of these super cute pups!  I have SO many more pictures and will post those too.

To donate to Nebraska Humane Society to keep these and the rest of the pets spoiled rotten until they go to their forever homes, click here…

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This Project Just Got Bigger, People

Saturday, November 12th, 2011

In 2009, Dr. V of Pawcurious started Blogathon to raise money for her local humane society.

In 2010, a bunch of us joined her to raise money for a therapy dog for a little boy with epilepsy AND four other pet-related causes.

In 2011, we are raising money for TEN animal-related causes, and I keep losing track of how many of us there are!

How cool is that??

See how I did that?  Went from “pet-related causes” to “animal-related causes”?  This project just got bigger, people.

Dr. V is supporting Lions, Tigers and Bears, a wildlife sanctuary in San Diego.  So, really, I shouldn’t say “pet” because those guys aren’t pets.  But they are awesome.  Later we are going to learn if the lions and tigers like catnip in real time!  I think we should do a parallel study at Nebraska Humane Society with kittens and cats instead of lions and tigers.

Which brings me to the cause I am supporting…Nebraska Humane Society.  The second, and slightly more random reason I had to switch from “pet-related causes” to “animal-related causes” is Nebraska Humane Society was recently involved in the rescue of an American alligator from an Omaha home!  Just when you think they are all about the dogs and kittens, they go and surprise you.

I will settle in and try to focus on Nebraska Humane Society, even with all the awesomeness going on around me.  A BUNCH of us are blogging for Nebraska Humane Society, including Elizabeth right on the Nebraska Humane Society website!  You can donate to Nebraska Humane Society from the button at the bottom of each Riley and James post, or directly from the Nebraska Humane Society site – They both bring you to the same safe donation page.  Next up…cute pictures of cute pets…

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Blogathon 2011 Begins!

Saturday, November 12th, 2011

Yay!  Here we go for Blogathon 2011!

Questions I have had so far…

What time do we start?

now!

Where do I start?

here!

Who is running this party?

Dr. V at Pawcurious!

I am so overwhelmed!

Me too!  But we have 24 hours to figure this out!

Do you have any cute pictures?

Oh yeah!

Are there really going to be zombies?

In California for sure.  We are hoping they don’t make it as far as Nebraska, but we will see.

I have so much money!  What do I do with it all??

Here is a list of participating bloggers.  Pick your favorite causes and support them over the next 24 hours!

(haha No one really asked that last question.  Someday I hope to show up to Blogathon and say that though!)

Blogathon 2011 Participants

Dr. V of Pawcurious

supporting

Lions, Tigers and Bears

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Riley and James

Amanda Finch

Abby Finch

Elizabeth Hilpipre of The Wandering Duck

Debbie Jacobs of Fearful Dogs

Heather Lee of Radio Station Q-98

Carol Zuegner

all supporting

Nebraska Humane Society

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Su Smith and her Students at Cornerstone Christian Schoolsupporting Pawsitively Texas

Jana Rade of Dawg Blogger supporting Eagle’s Den Rescue

BZTAT supporting Okey’s Promise

Kol’s Notes supporting Lucky Dog Rescue

My Brown Newfies supporting Columbus Zoo

Nancy Krohn of A Shepherd’s Voice supporting Bluff Country Canine Rescue and Adoption Center

Roberta Boyle supporting Bridey Boyle Liver Shunt Surgery on Facebook and ChipIn

Michelle Maskaly and Toby Pup of My Tail Hurts from Wagging So Much supporting North Country SPCA

More Awesomes

An Anonymous Donor is matching every donation to Nebraska Humane Society made during Blogathon!  Thank you Secret Pet Saver!

Amanda Brown, DVM (my imaginary best friend) and Patrick Mahaney, DVM

Keeping Dr. V Company at Lions, Tigers and Bears

Phil Barnes and Hilary Israeli, VMD

Being Awesome, as Usual

Jodi Finch

Guest Post on Riley and James

Katie Knapp Schubert of Omaha Public Radio KIOS-FM

Guest Post on Riley and James

Russ Finch

Guest Post on Riley and James

and

Providing Chocolate, Caffeine and Company (the three things we need most) for the next twenty-four hours for his three favorite people (Thank you Finch!)

A Big Thank You and Hugs to…

dvm360

and

Life With Dogs

for helping spread the word about Blogathon 2011!

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If you are on twitter, the hashtag to follow is #Blogpocalypse

Dr. V tweets from @pawcurious

I tweet from @Finch93

The list of Blogathon 2011 participants and supporters that I know of is:  Blogathon 2011

To donate to Nebraska Humane Society, go here:

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Blogathon 2011 is Here!

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Third Annual Pawcurious Blogathon

Twenty-Four Hour Long Fundraiser for Animals in Need

2:00 pm Saturday, November 12 – 1:00 pm Sunday, November 13 Central Time

on Many Fine Blogs Near You

Elizabeth from Nebraska Humane Society: “What should our goal be for Blogathon 2011?”

me: “Five million dollars and every pet in the world, present and future, in a loving home forever.”

Debbie of Fearful Dogs: “You need to start dreaming bigger.”

And so it begins.  Mind you these goals were set today.  Dr. V of Pawcurious is the mastermind behind Blogathon and works long and hard behind the scenes every year to make this a success.  At least, I assume she does more prep work than I do.  Even so, today we were working on a Zombie Giraffe that we both just assumed would fit into Blogathon somewhere…

And, see?  It does! If you ask Dr. V or me to draw you ANYTHING, we will, for a donation to any participating Blogathon cause. Oh, who am I kidding?  Dr. V said “zombie giraffe” and the next minute I was at the art store shopping for drawing paper and grey Sharpies.  I will draw you anything you want just for fun.  What would you like??

Dr. V is blogging to raise money for a great San Diego wildlife sanctuary, Lions, Tigers and Bears.  Also, apparently in San Diego this weekend, there might be zombies.  I am blogging with a WONDERFUL group to raise money for Nebraska Humane Society.  More info to follow!  Every hour for twenty-four hours starting tomorrow at 2:00 pm in fact.

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Blogathon 2011 Participants

Dr. V of Pawcurious

supporting

Lions, Tigers and Bears

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Riley and James

Amanda Finch

Abby Finch

Elizabeth Hilpipre of The Wandering Duck

Debbie Jacobs of Fearful Dogs

Heather Lee of Radio Station Q-98

Carol Zuegner

all supporting

Nebraska Humane Society

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Su Smith and her Students at Cornerstone Christian School supporting Pawsitively Texas

Jana Rade of Dawg Blogger supporting Eagle’s Den Rescue

BZTAT supporting Okey’s Promise

Kol’s Notes supporting Lucky Dog Rescue

My Brown Newfies supporting Columbus Zoo

Nancy Krohn of A Shepherd’s Voice supporting Bluff Country Canine Rescue and Adoption Center

Roberta Boyle supporting Bridey Boyle Liver Shunt Surgery on Facebook and ChipIn

Michelle Maskaly and Toby Pup of My Tail Hurts from Wagging So Much supporting North Country SPCA

More Awesomes

An Anonymous Donor is matching every donation to Nebraska Humane Society made during Blogathon!  Thank you Secret Pet Saver!

Amanda Brown, DVM (my imaginary best friend) and Patrick Mahaney, DVM

Keeping Dr. V Company at Lions, Tigers and Bears

Phil Barnes and Hilary Israeli, VMD

Being Awesome, as Usual

Jodi Finch

Guest Post on Riley and James

Katie Knapp Schubert of Omaha Public Radio KIOS-FM

Guest Post on Riley and James

Russ Finch

Guest Post on Riley and James

and

Providing Chocolate, Caffeine and Company (the three things we need most) for the next twenty-four hours for his three favorite people (Thank you Finch!)

A Big Thank You and Hugs to…

dvm360

and

Life With Dogs

for helping spread the word about Blogathon 2011!

Let me know if you know of additions to the list, and jump in wherever you would like!  Donate…blog…adopt…spread the word on facebook, twitter and Real Life.  Add this super cute participant button to your blog if you would like.  THIS is going to be fun people!

Click the picture below to donate to Nebraska Humane Society!


 

 

 

Pawcurious Blogathon 2011 is This Week!

Monday, November 7th, 2011

The third annual Pawcurious Blogathon starts this coming Saturday at 1:00 pm Central Time!

Recently Rescued Pups at Nebraska Humane Society

What is Blogathon?

Blogathon is a very fun online fundraiser for animals. It was started in 2009 when Dr. V decided, sort of on the spur of the moment, to spend twenty-four hours in a row blogging hourly to raise money for her local humane society.

In 2010, eight other bloggers joined Dr. V to raise money for different pet causes.  Four of us raised money for a seizure support dog for a four year old named Bradyn.  (He is getting his dog in March 2012 – woo!)

This year, the project has gotten so crazy that I do not even know how many animal lovers are participating yet!  How cool is that??

Elizabeth Hilpipre and I, along with at least six other Omaha bloggers, are raising money for the Nebraska Humane Society.  Also, an anonymous donor is matching every single donation to the Nebraska Humane Society during the Blogathon!  (Thank you Secret Pet Saver!!!)

Here is a running list of participants…Let me know of any I should add!

Pawcurious

supporting

Lions, Tigers and Bears

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Amanda Finch

supporting

Nebraska Humane Society

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Abby Finch

supporting

Nebraska Humane Society

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Riley and James

supporting

Nebraska Humane Society

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The Wandering Duck Climbs a Mountain

supporting

Nebraska Humane Society

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Cornerstone Christian School

supporting

Pawsitively Texas

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BZTAT

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Kol’s Notes

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My Tail Hurts from Wagging So Much

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A Shepherd’s Voice

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Bridey Boyle Liver Shunt Surgery on Facebook and ChipIn

When is Blogathon?

1:00 pm Saturday, November 12. 2011 – noon Sunday, November 13. 2011 Central Time.

Can I participate?

Yes, of course!

How?

  • If you have a blog, and an animal related cause you would like to support, join us on Saturday and Sunday to blog hourly to raise money for your chosen cause. Feel free to blog more or less often, or participate in the “sane” hours of the Blogathon.
  • If you have a blog and would like to support a cause already being sponsored, check the list of participants and jump in with the project you would like to support!  Last year, I was still figuring all of this out, and loved Dr. V’s idea of helping a little boy get his therapy dog, so this is the option I chose.
  • Let us know you are participating!

Do I Have Time to Prepare if this is the First I Have Heard of Blogathon?

Last year I bought some Diet Coke and chocolate right before Blogathon started and made stuff up as I went.  So, yes.

What Should I Blog About?

The cause you are supporting…pets…your thoughts on things you think…videos…photos…links to the cause you are supporting or other Blogathon participants’ websites and the causes they are supporting or other stuff…

My blogging style is a bit random, so I made sure to link to the donation site at the end of every post last year to help focus myself.  I will be doing that again this year!

Do You Have Links From Last Year I Can Check Out?

Yes, and if you follow those links, they will bring you to more information!

Blogathon 2010 on Pawcurious

Blogathon 2010 on Riley and James

Oh no, I do not have a blog!  Do I need to sit on the curb and watch everyone go by?  *sniff*

No, of course not!

  • Offer to write a guest blog post in advance for any participating blogger you think may need a 3 am coffee break.
  • Comment on the participating blogs.  You would not believe how encouraging support and participation are when bloggers are thinking “What was I thinking?” and “What did I get myself into?” and “I am so tired!” and “Is this making a difference?”
  • See if bloggers need pictures that you have taken.  We are ALWAYS looking for great pictures, and they make posts more fun to read.  Also, your pets are super cute.
  • I am specifically looking for pictures of clocks “on the hour” to post each hour, so if you take a neat clock picture that I can use, let me know!

You are crazy!  I am not staying up all night!

That is not a question!  But you do have a good point.  You can still help!

  • Promote the Blogathon through facebook and twitter and other social media sites.
  • Tell your friends and family.
  • Support the cause or causes that you love.  Make donations during the Blogathon or even later in honor of “The Pawcurious Blogathon.”
  • Learn about the groups highlighted during Blogathon that sound interesting.
  • Get to know the participating bloggers.  Odds are, they are just as dog crazy as you are and would be very fun to know!
  • Do the awesome things you are already doing to help organizations helping animals…give, volunteer, support.

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I think you are awesome, and I can not wait to spend this coming weekend with you!  THIS is going to be fun, people!

 

A Super Cute Bulldog

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011


Dr. Merkley – my veterinary school surgery teacher and one of Omaha’s super awesome veterinary surgical specialists – was at Gentle Doctor today doing a really neat surgery. It was dalmatiantastic. And pretty bloody. He had me take pictures. I just finished sending them all to him.

Also, Dr. Merkley let me take pictures of his super cute Bulldog, Sophie. I even made him late for the rest of his day so I could get the perfect picture. It was worth it, you know, to me.

Turns out I got lots of perfect pictures of Sophie. I thought I would share those with you here instead of surgery pictures. Because I love you. You are welcome.

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Happy Heartworm Free November

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Reasons to Continue Heartworm Preventative Medication Even Through the Winter…

Monthly medications kill the heartworm larva that are one month old or younger. So the end of heartworm season does not match up perfectly with the end of mosquito season.

The end of mosquito season does not match up perfectly with the start of cold weather.

Since dogs from heartworm endemic areas have been moved to new states to promote adoption (yay) heartworm has become more prevalent in areas in which it had not previously been commonly found.

Omaha has been very flood-y this year, which is ideal for mosquito proliferation.

Immiticide – the only approved heartworm treatment – is still not available.

You are protecting your pets, and by not having a heartworm infected pet for mosquitoes to bite, you are protecting your neighbors’ pets as well.

You are even protecting the sea lions at the zoo, who are also susceptible to heartworm disease.

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Baby Sea Lion says, “Thank You, Friend. I love you.”

sea lion pup by dagpeak, used with permission