Thursday, July 30, 2015

Retractable Leashes - DANGER!! - Re-Post

Take my advice- do not put yourself and your Fur-family in danger!
On Facebook there was a post about a German Shepherd that attacked a Maltese, the outcome for the little pup was not good.  Then I came to learn, through my "mom", that a retractable leash was involved. That got me wondering if there were other stories and  hard facts about these leashes . A good reporter has to investigate, so that's what I did.  I put on my Sherlock Holmes identity and went sleuthing! I learn a great deal watching one of my favorite TV shows Elementary.

My mom checks Consumer Reports for everything, so I started there. I found the article enlightening and kept on my investigation.

 The Doginton Post states the following:

Before using a retractable leash, make certain you’ve got one that’s strong enough to handle your dog. Dogs that have a tendency to bolt or take off running after perceived prey should never be restrained with a retractable leash. Aside from those dangers, there are other things to keep in mind when using one of these, often convenient, popular leashes.
What You Need to Watch Out For
· Prickling leash burns. Retractable leashes, especially the thin string variety, can very easily cause leash burns. This could happen when you let your pooch race past you with the retractable line zipped up across your bare skin. Unwarranted injuries, however, can be prevented if you try the flat, tape style retractable leash.
· Entanglement or strangulation. Not only can retractable leashes burn us, they can also get twisted around a dog’s neck or legs. Worse, if your pooch panics and jerks the moment they get hog-tied; it could cause the leash to pull even tighter. Although you can loosen the cords that have wrapped around his neck, the situation could quickly become life-threatening.
· Fatal accidents. There are times when our dogs dart away all of a sudden, and with a retractable leash on him, your dog might dart even farther, faster. Nevertheless, it’s the reeling that’s a serious issue here. It is possible that Fido may spot a squirrel or anything interesting across the street, and suddenly take off after it. If you’re not alert enough, his abrupt behavior and an unsturdy retractable leash could put him smack on the road, right in front of a speeding car.
Other Things You Would Never Want to Happen
· The leash drops. Because these leashes rarely have a wrist strap and are sometimes heavy and bulky, dropping them is a regular occurrence. What’s worse, if you drop the handle, the lack of tension can send the heavy handle hurdling toward your dog. Not only could the heavy leash handle smack your dog in the head, if your dog is spooked by the leash handle zipping deafeningly toward him, he may take off running.
· The cord is grabbed. If you grab the cord/tape while it is being pulled from the handle, you might suffer from immediate injury like cuts and burns.
· The cord wraps around you. Poor handling can also cause the cord/tape to twist around you or someone else’s fingers resulting in deep wounds, or worse, amputation.
· The collar breaks or comes off your dog. The moment this occurs, the leash could retract at top speed while the other end of the line whips around at the same full momentum leading to serious injuries to face, teeth, and eyes.

If you still don't believe me, check out what My Smart Puppy. com has to say and the various testimonials (positive and negative) on their website or Pet MD.  There are countless other sources and most put the "nix-ay" on this type of leash.

My advice in a nutshell is a question:

Why choose a leash that could put you or your pet in potential danger?  You supply the answer! 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

I'm Back after a LONG Time

Where should I start??? Hmmmm.  You know let's start with today, March 31st, 2015. 

Mommy and I went on a morning walk when it was only 67 degrees.  It was the best and I got to do an unexpected therapy dog visit for a neighbor who just got some bad health news.  Mommy and I were on the opposite side of the street where she was walking, but I decided to cross in the middle of the block so we could meet up with her.  She lives about a mile from our house. We had seen her on many other walks and exchanged neighborly pleasantries, but today was different.  I took the lead to cross the street and when she saw us, she said, "Do you have a minute to talk?"  "Of course," mommy said.  Then Miss Marcy told us about her mom who was now in hospice and about her recent health problem along with other things that were complicating her life.  I sat very quietly while she and mommy talked and then Miss Marcy bent down to pet me and said, "Oh, I feel so much better just talking to you and seeing Zoe this morning."  I looked up at her and knew that our visit made a difference for her.

At the Cancer Center I got to wear one of my pretty dresses, but  the only bad thing was that I really can't do my tricks when I'm dressed, so I told mommy I just have to go naked!  After my visits on the 3 floors, I was back in the lobby "Au naturalle" and entertaining to my heart's content.    I guess there is a time and place for everything!

In the next few days I will tell you about the painting experience mommy had for the fund raiser for Animal Doctors to the Rescue - but here's a video about what they do!  I love you, Drs. Jill and Andrea!

Monday, March 3, 2014

It's Been a Long Time Huh???

I have been busy doing my therapy visits and helping with a number of causes. I have a new promise to myself and you, too. I promise to do at least 3 blog posts each month. Today, I want to let you know about my friends at the  National Canine Cancer Foundation.  It was because of a Facebook fundraiser done by Gizmo's Frens that I learned about the Foundation and it's work.

In January, I was honored to represent  Gizmo's Frens  and present a check to the foundation.
But first, a startling fact - canine cancer affects one out of every three dogs!  When I heard this alarming statistic, I was shocked.  As a daily Facebook "addictee", I really started to pay attention to the number of doggie friends that either are fighting cancer or have lost their lives and crossed Rainbow Bridge.  I asked myself, what can be done to help?  That's when I discovered the work that is being done through the National Canine Cancer Foundation.  Just like research for human cancer, research is being done for canine cancer, too. 

Mr. Gary Nice, the founder and president of the foundation, lost not one but three dogs to cancer all within a three year time span.  With the loss of Baily, his first Golden, he vowed that he would do everything in his power and dedicate his life to cancer research in dogs.  Here are his own words:
"I found out how much work needed to be done to fight cancer in dogs and how many dogs were dying every day, many prematurely, to cancer. It was at this point that I swore to myself that I would dedicate the rest of my life, and resources, to finding a cure to these cancers that are killing our dogs."
Presenting a $1000.00 check to Mr. Nice and Mr. Pike - Mommy and I were so excited to represent Gizmo's Frens. 

I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Nice (President) and Mr. Pike (Vice President of Marketing) and Miss Lyn Lenizo ( Event Organizer) at the Paws for a Wish event this past January.  It was a great event with many vendors, activities for dogs, educational opportunities and some great NCCF shopping! 
In addition, I had some fun time SHOPPING and meeting with my Facebook friends,  Dreamer' s mommy, Miss Jennifer and also my friends Maggie and Molly with their mommy Miss Sharon.
Dreamer's mommy, Miss Jennifer and me.

Miss Sharon holding me; those are her two furbabies and my friends Molly and Maggie (They are puppy mill rescues!)

Please visit and support the National Canine Cancer Foundation.  You will find it very educational and enlightening.  Why should you go there?  Well, as my 'boyfren' Gizmo would say: "Cuz We're Frens".

Saturday, August 31, 2013

"One Zoe Moment Turned into Five"

Today, I am going to start my next mini series of one guest therapy visit that ended with four more unplanned visits.  I hope you enjoy them.
 Tail waggle,sniff and a lick, -"Nice to meet you, Ani." Is what I said in dog language which Ani understood immediately.

Today was going to be a day of no visits (and I was pouting a little), but a message came in my message section from a Facebook friend, Miss Angie. Luckily, mommy had the ‘puter on.  Miss Angie asked if I ever did hospital visits because her 7 year old daughter was being admitted and she asked her mom if any dogs would come and visit.   My ears went up, and I got quite excited when I heard this because although I had visited that hospital before, I had never visited the pediatrics wing.  Mommy got all of the details from Miss Angie but told me not to get too excited until she called security to get my clearance.  I am so glad that I am registered with Therapy Dogs Inc. because I heard the guard say, “No problem, just let us know what room you will be visiting and when you leave the hospital, so we can enter that on the board.”  It was so official.
Me at the side entrance to the hospital.
I asked mommy if I could wear my nurse outfit, so Ani would know I was there to officially help her get better.


Mommy sent Miss Angie a message through Facebook, and we were off.  I asked if I could wear my nurse’s outfit, so I could assist any of the nurses if they needed my help.   When we got there, I had to do some tricks for the receptionists because they wanted to take some pictures; I just wanted to visit  Ani.  I thought she needed to see me, stat! When we got to Ani’s floor, it was very happy!  Mommy had to speak through a special box on the wall for a nurse to let us in.  Safety first! When I got to Ani’s room, we peaked through the window, and mommy knocked ever so gently. Then, I waved my paw!  Miss Angie motioned for us to enter the room.  Everyone had smiles on their faces, especially Ani.

It was a wonderful visit.  Ani seemed shy at first, but it didn’t take long for us to become friends When it was time for the nurse to give Ani a treatment, I got to help!  A few tricks, some cuddles, treats and even some kisses worked like a charm. 
A little goodbye smooch, so we would never forget each other.

 This was the first time I met Miss Angie; I can thank Facebook for that.  I also met Ani’s daddy, Mr. Robert, and Ani’s older brother, Weston.  I even sat with Weston for a while, and he put his arm around me, too.  It was such an enjoyable visit; I hope you like our pictures, Miss Angie took them and Mr. Robert signed my photo authorization form.

Before I left Ani’s room, I tried my latest trick of waving good-bye.  I didn’t quite have the grasp of it yet, but by the time I did my 4 other unplanned visits at the hospital before we really left to go home, I had my princess wave down pat!  I will tell you about those detour stops, another time.  Probably tomorrow, okay?

It was a wonderful visit; I love you Ani!