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Saying Goodbye: Memorials & Support > Scruffy passed away
Duncan

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Barked: Thu Apr 3, '14 6:35pm PST 
Oh no....I'm so sorry. Scruffy's time was too short and he had a tough battle, but every moment of his life was full of love. All there is now is to be grateful for the time you did have together. I know you'll miss him so. Thinking of you. hughughughughughughughughughughughug
» There has since been 4 posts. Last posting by Scruffy, Tue 2:11 pm

Behavior & Training > He Hates the Crate
Duncan

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Barked: Thu Feb 13, '14 11:01pm PST 
Just wanted to add that, for convenience, you could use a rabbit water bottle attached on the door of the crate, you know the kind? It's actually pretty handy, doesn't spill, and doesn't get in the dog's way in the crate.
» There has since been 8 posts. Last posting by Alva BH, Feb 20 2:30 pm


Dogster Lifestyle, News & Entertainment > New England Dogsters! Join us for Westminster!!!

Duncan

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Barked: Fri Jan 31, '14 9:13am PST 
Wish you could all join us! What a great group that would be ~!!!
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Behavior & Training > Not really B & T , but....

Duncan

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Barked: Wed Jan 29, '14 5:38pm PST 
This is a little naughty but at this point,
who cares.

Just wanted to direct everyone's attention to my other message just posted in the "Lifestyles & Entertainment" section. Not that many people check that topic, so I thought I'd also post a note here just to get y'all's attention.

winkwave
» There has since been 3 posts. Last posting by Scruffy, Jan 31 1:04 pm


Dogster Lifestyle, News & Entertainment > New England Dogsters! Join us for Westminster!!!

Duncan

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Barked: Wed Jan 29, '14 5:23pm PST 
blue dog Hey Dogsters! We (Tiller mum & I) are excited about Westminster and would like to invite anyone in the area to come and watch it with us! We are going to make arrangements to have it shown on TV at a casual restaurant near us (West Warwick, RI) - both nights, entire schedule for the live telecast - I believe it's Monday Feb. 10 & Tuesday Feb. 11.

It is going to be very fun and what could be a better time and occasion to get together with other dog lovers!! We would truly love ANY Dogsters remotely in the area to come and join us!! As the era of the Dogster community itself sadly comes to a close, this would be a special time to meet a few fellow Dogsters in person, or re-connect.

If you would like to come to our Westminster "party," please RSVP, and paw-mail me so I can let you know which restaurant is our gathering place (a detail we are still finalizing)!

hugcloud 9blue dog Hope to see you there!!
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Rescue, Adoption & Happy Endings > In light of Dogster's decision to close down the Community....
Duncan

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Barked: Thu Jan 16, '14 11:20pm PST 
wave I didn't want to hijack the other threads dealing with the impending loss of our Dogster community (and the question of where we are all to go!),

but,

for those who might want to stay in touch with myself or Lucy (Tiller et.al.), I would like to urge you to PLEASE "like" Southpaws Express on Facebook.

Thanks all. I'll go back to my grieving now. cry
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Rescue, Adoption & Happy Endings > Is this possible to do in a kill shelter

Duncan

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Barked: Sun Jan 12, '14 11:21pm PST 
Hi Foxy! blue dog

What you're talking about, can be called "independent rescue" and sure, it is possible and can be a wonderful way to help a dog.

The adoption process you described (hardly any paperwork, no home check, taking the dog home same day) is pretty common with kill shelters, yes. (Though they vary in their requirements.) Adoption fees at kill shelters vary widely, also - but are generally lower than those at no-kill shelters or rescues. You should be able to readily find that information online or with a quick call to the shelters near you.

The only advice I'd add is to really think it through and be prepared. Once you save the dog, how will you find the forever home? What if it takes longer than you expected? What if the dog gets sick or injured while in your care? What if you place the dog, but the new home doesn't work out? It's a big responsibility! Good luck! applause
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Dogster Railroad > Southpaws transport: Chicago, Ill., to Northeast

Duncan

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Barked: Fri Jan 10, '14 3:57pm PST 
Just a quick update - it did become necessary, for expediency, to fly Austin (Balin) here commercially. He arrived here late last night and is doing great, none the worse for wear in spite of his long day in transport.

THANK YOU to those of you who offered to help with the railroad transport. It means so much to know that there were willing hands and hearts to help this dog!! cheercloud 9happy dance
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Rescue, Adoption & Happy Endings > List of high-kill shelters in MI?

Duncan

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Barked: Tue Jan 7, '14 9:16am PST 
The first question to ask, or try to discern from a website, is whether a shelter is open admission. That means they accept all animals brought to their doorstep, or brought in by their own field officers as strays, basically.

Generally only open admission shelters will be high-kill. Conversely, "limited admission" shelters are almost always no-kill.

Open admission shelters are usually public ie. city or county run. However, *all* public shelters are no longer open admission. Here in RI, for example, the public shelters generally won't accept roaming cats. The thought is that the cat might belong to someone, as cats are allowed to roam.

So the first question is whether the shelter is open admission, or what their admission policies are. If they are open admission with a very high intake, sometimes this translates to a high euthanasia rate.

You may have a hard time finding out the actual euthanasia rate, though. Some shelters report/ publish their euthanasia rate (along with other statistics, usually in the form of Asilomar Accords) - but many don't, as the subject has become so controversial. In fact, many shelters will totally misrepresent their euthanasia rate to make themselves "look better." For example they will claim they never euthanize healthy, adoptable animals. Welllll, the definitions of "healthy" and "adoptable" are very much open to interpretation, so that shelter might euthanize for, say, kennel cough, but that dog wasn't "healthy" by their definition.

Your best bet would be to find out the "raw" euthanasia rate - if you are able to find out that information. But many shelters now are (somewhat understandably) reluctant to talk about that.
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Behavior & Training > Therapy Dog Maybe?
Duncan

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Barked: Sun Jan 5, '14 11:49am PST 
dog Hi Callie! If you post in the Service & Therapy Dogs area, maybe someone could give you more information. I'm not the most knowledgeable but I'll share what I do know...

It sounds like you're referring to the Canine Good Citizen test (CGC). That's administered by the AKC, so more information can be found on their website about the components of the test. You will need to look up trainers in your area who are official CGC evaluators. (Not hard to find - even PetCo & PetSmart trainers often do it)

But, anyway, the CGC - while it's a good start - doesn't qualify a dog as a therapy dog, automatically. Generally though you will want to get the CGC first - so you're on the right track.

Actually getting him to practice as a therapy dog usually involves some additional training/ testing/ certifications. When I did therapy work with my dog Duncan years ago, there was a program through a local Humane Society, which did the training and certification, and whose "graduates" were placed in a variety of volunteer positions in local assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and the childrens' hospital.

Where I live now in RI, there is a specialized program that is very active - I know the woman who runs it - she teaches it as a course through the local community college. Graduates of this program also are volunteering in various settings. One thing that I do know is that one of their most active volunteers is partnered with a Pit Bull. It looks to me like that therapy dog team does a great job.

There are also some Pit Bull rescue and advocacy groups in this local area, who have gotten Pit Bulls trained and certified for therapy work. I'm not sure what specific programs they have gone through, though.

Anyway, I'm also considering getting into this volunteer field again myself (with my girl Rain), and I have been looking into Therapy Dogs International, and Delta Society. These are two of the large national agencies now offering certifications in the field. Again, you have to hook up with a trainer close to you that can complete their evaluations.

Good luck! I think this would be excellent for Pit Bull ambassadorship, if you and Callie do this kind of volunteer work.
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