Happy Herald - Dog World with Tina https://www.happyherald.com/articles.sec-8528-1-dog-world-with-tina.html <![CDATA[Of Dogs, and Kids]]> Recently, a small dog was surrendered to rescue. He is super cute, and he is on the… (ahem) portly side. His former owner suffers from dementia and didn’t recall when she fed him. “He always looks hungry,” “I go out to dinner and bring him whatever I ordered, because I feel badly for leaving him,” “He loves his treats,” “I can’t resist that face.]]> <![CDATA[Dog First]]> Dogs are loyal and extremely forgiving — even when they have been abused or neglected. People often don’t consider what’s best for the dog’s health, safety and happiness before their own human selfishness. “But I love her so much”, “I could NEVER give him up!” we hear.]]> <![CDATA[Fateful Surrender ]]> Every day unwanted pets are turned loose to fend for themselves. These former family members die from poison, getting hit by cars, or starvation. Survivors may sustain painful injuries from fights, wildlife or vehicles. Many are intact (not spayed/neutered) which results in more unwanted litters.]]> <![CDATA[Ready for Some Fun?]]> Most of the United States has battened down under the polar vortex, freezing temperatures, blanketed with snow. We Floridians are basking in balmy breezes, blue skies and plenty of sunshine. It’s that time of year for green markets, outdoor art shows and dog events.]]> <![CDATA[Legit ESAs]]> With the luxury of time for socializing, planned activities and amenities, empty nesters/mature adults/retirees free themselves from the responsibilities of single family homes and move to adult communities. A friend’s home and large yard are getting to be too much.]]> <![CDATA[A Daily Requirement]]> Scout is a tree-walking coon hound, just three years old. Picked up as a stray, he is healthy, has good manners and loves everyone. He is available through Amber’s Animal Outreach, in Palm Beach county www.AAOdog.org ]]> <![CDATA[Gaming Rescue = Everyone Wins]]> Sophie, a rescued Schnauzer succumbed to a rare genetic disorder last February. She was only six years old, and this left her human despondent. Josh came apart at the seams. He said goodbye to one of ]]> <![CDATA[Plan TODAY]]> (Stanley Coren from Psychology Today compared dogs’ intelligence with actual data on how smart dogs tend to be; it is equivalent to that of a three- to five-year-old child.) Life is good. You have a home, family, food, water and some toys. The loving kindness shared with your family and regular routine give you great confidence. Every day, you think, “I’m so lucky!” ]]> <![CDATA[Get Joy, Bring Guppies]]> Friday, a text was received from a rescue pal for an Australian shepherd in need of a new home. This is my breed. At one time, the “AusSiebelts” was a six-pack. Having assisted rescue for over two decades, I have built an extensive network of resources. Adding another ball in the air, I sprang into action.]]> <![CDATA[Reason, Season, Lifetime]]> Neighbors were moving and the furry senior member of their family was not welcome. “We’re taking her to the pound, unless you know someone.” The words still sting your ears, but you love the dog and accept (gritting your teeth) how some people so easily detach themselves.]]> <![CDATA[Never Lose Hope]]> Alongside a road in Salinas, California, a cardboard box held a secret. Inside, frightened and dehydrated were six Chihuahua-mix puppies and their parents. Fortunately, their luck had just changed. A kind lady took them, hoping to find them safe sanctuary.]]> <![CDATA[Follow Nature’s Example ]]> While on a recent park walk, Sebastian (my rescued Yorkie) and I noticed trees had been significantly trimmed. On the ground, was a baby mockingbird. Resembling a tiny pterodactyl, he was wobbly, vocal and disoriented. While searching for the nest, we enjoyed the sunset.]]> <![CDATA[That Little Varmint]]> Gota call from a friend of a friend. She needed to surrender her intact, small male dog. “Harry* is making our family’s life miserable,” she said. Two years old, under 10 pounds, this mix ruled the roost. He was possessive of food, treats, toys, marking (and worse) all over the house.]]> <![CDATA[BEAUcoup Abundant thanks]]> Ten years ago, a family acquired a Shetland Sheepdog pup from a breeder in Georgia. Too big for the show ring, he was the puppy promised to a girl on her twelfth birthday. Beau was more the size of a Collie than a Sheltie, well-mannered and calm. They grew up together and were strongly bonded.]]> <![CDATA[Sky Dogs]]> Flying the friendly skies can be stressful. It’s not something most of us do on a regular basis. Packing, regulations, arriving early, TSA checks, safety and security measures increase our stress levels. Bringing your beloved pet aboard a plane comes with its own chaos.]]> <![CDATA[You’re Not Helping]]> About twenty years ago, technology and social media ignited the world of rescue. Suddenly, shelters/rescues and individuals leashed the immediacy of email and social platforms. Years later, our phones morphed into cameras, enabling us to capture pictures and live video.]]> <![CDATA[Right Car, Wrong Driver]]> As a newly licensed driver, you wouldn’t expect to get permission and the keys to a Ferrari or a Maserati. Very likely, you would be risking your life and crashing a very expensive vehicle. It would be wise to get some driving experience under your (seat)belt and take a few highperformance driving lessons.]]> <![CDATA[Seniors for Seniors]]> When mom’s yorkie crossed over, she said, “NO more dogs, Louie is going to be an only. I can’t go through that (loss) again”. Louie is a nine-year-old, affable maltese. In her seventies, my mom still works full-time, manages a house and tends to an acre of lushly landscaped property.]]> <![CDATA[Thank You, Jack]]> Do you savor the story line, enjoy the plot, characters, and the entire experience of a book or movie? Or do you focus solely on the last chapter/end? I have not shared this publicly. I didn’t want to be the recipient of wellmeaning, obligatory responses like, “I’m so sorry for your loss”, “So sad”, “Heartbroken”.]]> <![CDATA[Blessings For Ollie]]> The people we spend our time and energy with can affect us - filling us, or draining our resources. Tragic news can also alter our mood. Those of us in animal rescue can be easily depleted, as we are bombarded with surrenders, injuries, hardship and cruelty cases.]]>