Happy Herald - Dog World with Tina https://www.happyherald.com/articles.sec-8528-1-dog-world-with-tina.html <![CDATA[A Ruff Ride ]]> Erring on the side of caution (my standard mode), we battened down, far ahead of the quarantine directive. I haven’t left my house other than to walk dogs* and a bimonthly grocery trip. *Side note: you know you’re walking a LOT when your dogs hide from you as you’re putting on your shoes.]]> <![CDATA[Prison Break]]> Dee Hoult is the founder and lead trainer of Applause Your Paws, in Miami, Florida. Over the years, we have emailed, spoken on the phone, and done livestream interviews. Dee is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant and a friend; yet we have never met in person.]]> <![CDATA[Reality Bites]]> Feeding, exercise, training, individual attention, bathing, etc. Our annual vet visit was scheduled for the first appointment of the day, to avoid our pack’s parade and interaction with a full reception area. We bought a full-size SUV to accommodate our furry children when we went on trips.]]> <![CDATA[Share The Love]]> You love dogs, but due to your schedule, finances or living situation, you cannot commit to having a dog. There may not be a shelter/ rescue nearby. You may have physical/age limitations to volunteering – most shelters/ rescues won’t accept volunteers under 18.]]> <![CDATA[Dog Gone Great 2020]]> Walks are good for everyone. Dogs guard our homes all day, and wait for that precious time with us. No excuses. Avoid your phone. Calls/texts can wait for 30 minutes. Keep your head up, posture straight, breathe mindfully and burn calories. No retractable/flexi leads, please.]]> <![CDATA[Eat Me?]]> The Lychee and Dog Meat Festival is relatively new. It began in 2009, conceived by the dog meat trade to boost lagging demand and create tourism. Held in Yulin, Guangxi, China, this annual summer solstice celebration spans 10 days. An estimated 10,000- plus dogs (and cats) are tortured, skinned and cooked alive.]]> <![CDATA[Buckle Up!]]> What the paw print is going on lately? Nearly daily, I have noticed careless canine car riders. This extends beyond a furry snout sniffing the air from a cracked window. Small dogs on drivers’ laps, barking at passing vehicles; large dogs dangling halfway out, from wide-open windows.]]> <![CDATA[Give a Dog a Bone]]> There are no days off from feeding/catching strays, TNVRing (Trap- Neuter-Vaccinate-Return) ferals, fostering, networking, transporting, home visits, organizing/attending adoption events/fundraisers, or losing sleep over the one we couldn’t catch.]]> <![CDATA[A Home for Annie]]> It seemed like he had gas, with difficulty breathing. They whisked the 10-yearold, 70-pound dog to the vet. He succumbed to bloat on May 20. Questioning themselves about how this happened made Cayman’s unexpected departure immeasurably difficult. Their house no longer felt like home.]]> <![CDATA[Such a Deal?]]> Who doesn’t love a good deal? I have scored an unused $300 food processor with attachments for $20, and a $1500 wrapped sleeper sofa for $75. I had a plan, knew what to look for, what to avoid and how to assess the items. Sadly, some people don’t use this preparation when adding a pet to their family.]]> <![CDATA[Worth the Risk?]]> Animals are living, breathing, sentient beings. It’s more likely that you share your home with a dog (or two or more) than with any other species. Perhaps your dog grew up with you, transitioning through childhood, college, adulthood, moves, jobs and relationships.]]> <![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.]]>