It’s about 180 miles from Livingston to Great Falls — not far by Montana standards, but a pretty long ride when you’re making the trip in the back of a garbage truck.
That, somehow, is where a little white terrier named Cerb found himself.
It’s the second reported case in recent weeks of a dog being swept up and later discovered in a truck hauling waste. And like that Chihuahua in Maryland we told you about last month, this one has a happy ending, too.
The Great Falls Tribune reported that a driver for Montana Waste Systems looked through an observation window into the back of a truck and saw a dog, floating in the garbage, looking back at him.
The driver, Kyle Meier, was headed from the Livingston Transfer Station to the Great Falls Landfill. He stopped to let the dog out after spotting him.
Meier took the dog to the Great Falls Animal Shelter, where he was nicknamed Livingston — until a check of his microchip showed he was Cerb, short from Cerberus, and hailed from Livingston.
Sherry Morgan, an office clerk at the shelter, said Cerb was unharmed after his ride with the garbage.
After getting Cerb’s chip information, she contacted the Stafford Animal Shelter in Livingston and learned that Cerb’s owners had been looking for him for several days.
Gwen Strachen, the front desk manager at the Stafford shelter, contacted the owners, but they weren’t able to make the trip to Great Falls immediately.
Strachen said a call was put out to volunteers, and a couple headed that way offered to give Cerb a lift.
He’s now back home with his happy owners.
Posted by John Woestendiek July 20th, 2016 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animals, cerb, cerberus, dog, dogs, garbage, garbage truck, great falls, great falls animal shelter, livingston, montana, montana waste systems, pets, stafford animal shelter, terrier
As you sit breathlessly riveted to your TV screen for the Republican National Convention (now underway) and the Democratic National Convention (July 25-28) what’s your dog supposed to do for fun?
You could get him or her a presidential candidate to chew on.
A Vermont-based company is offering chew-worthy likenesses of Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and, though he’s out of the running, Bernie Sanders.
The canvas-covered, fiber-filled toys, designed by Sarah-Lee Terrat and Anne Lika of Fuzzu for Pets & You, come in three sizes: nine inches tall for cats, 17 inches for dogs, and a 27-inch jumbo size for cuddling, punching, berating or whatever else you might want a stuffed presidential candidate for.
They run $19.99 each.
And of course they squeak — they’re presidential candidates.
The cat-sized toys contain catnip, aimed at making your feline even more attracted to the candidate.
The Hillary doll wears a red pantsuit and pearls and campaign buttons reading “Pro-whatever” and “Anti-whatever.” On her back is a facsimile of a light switch to turn her smile on and off.
The Trump doll has a sourpuss look on its face, and hair that is swooped back, topped with golden plush. A pamphlet in his pocket is titled “Great Wall Building for Idiots.” On his back is a button that reads, “Push to inflate head.”
The Bernie doll, put on the market before he withdrew, has a button on the back that reads, “Push to activate the revolution.”
I can’t vouch for how safe any of the chew toys are — both the Trump and Sanders dolls look like they could cause hairballs, as both come equipped with fuzzy shocks of “hair” — but the company does have experience making dog toys.
According to Sevendaysvt.com, the Likas operated a pet toy company called Fat Cat for more than a decade before selling it in 2007.
They launched the new company recently with help from a Kickstarter campaign.
Anne Likas said she missed the dog toy business, and was happy to get back into it. “We love the humor around our toys,” she added, noting that other pet toys “don’t get edgy.”
Posted by John Woestendiek July 19th, 2016 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animals, bernie sanders, candidates, company, convention, dog, dog toys, dogs, dolls, donald, donald trump, fuzzu, fuzzutoys, hillary, hillary clinton, likas, pet products, pets, politics, president, presidential candidate toys, presidential candidates, products, squeak, squeaker, toys, vermont
The wife of a Philadelphia police officer is proving that police dogs don’t have to be expensive European imports.
Carol Skaziak, after seeing too many dogs languishing in shelters, started an organization called Throw Away Dogs.
Established two years ago and based outside Philadelphia, the program rescues neglected shelter dogs and works to rehabilitate and train them for police work like narcotics detection and patrolling.
Since beginning her work, nine out of 12 dogs she has rescued have been placed with police departments across the country.
“I pour my heart and soul into it and all I ask for these departments is to just give my dogs a chance,” she told NBC News.
Unlike most police dogs, who commonly are expensive purebreds purchased from Europe, these home-grown mutts are donated to departments in need.
Assisting her in the effort are K-9 handlers from area police departments.
The program puts the dogs through a three-month training period, and while not all will earn spots on police forces, Skaziak says all dogs that go through the program find a home — something they didn’t have before.
“I will follow through with every dog from start to finish. Not all dogs will make it through K-9 school and I am OK with that outcome. I will then find a perfect loving family for that dog that will love and treat them like part of their family. It’s just a different kind of badge they will be wearing,” she notes on the organization’s website.
While she doesn’t believe every dog can be trained to be a police dog, there are many in shelters who have the high play drive it takes for the job.
After a graduation ceremony this year, two “throwaway” dogs were placed with the Roanoke Police Department, and a third with the police department in Roanoke, Va.
Skaziak, who is married to a Philadelphia police traffic officer, came up with the idea for Throw Away Dogs in 2013, while doing public relations work for a shelter in Philadelphia.
“I was upset about it, because people were throwing these dogs away like trash,” Skaziak told the Roanoke Times.
(Photos: Officer Bill Tars and Throw Away Dog Kayos in Roanoke, by Heather Rosseau / The Roanoke Times)
Posted by John Woestendiek July 18th, 2016 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animals, carol skaziak, dog, dogs, europe, imported, K-9, law enforcement, officers, pets, philadelphia, police, police dogs, rescue, roanoke, rocky mount, shelter, Throw Away Dogs, training, virginia
A deaf boxer in Florida is helping abused children be heard, by helping them get through the trauma of testifying in court.
Karl, a 5-year-old therapy dog, was born deaf, but that might actually assist him in calmly and quietly performing his duties with the Orange County K-9th Circuit Program.
“He doesn’t hear all the noise,” said Karl’s owner and trainer Joanne Hart-Rittenhouse told News 13. “So he’s not going to react to yelling, banging, all the other things that can happen during a case.”
Karl’s presence helps children summon the courage to face the microphone and speak — usually as the accused watches.
“One of the questions a child had asked me, the person who had hurt her that was in the courtroom with her, If he comes over and tries to hurt me, will Karl protect me?’
“I doubt very much that he would do anything,” Hart-Rittenhouse said. “But if that’s what made the child feel better, then absolutely, he’s going to protect you.”
“Most of them won’t testify, won’t go through a deposition, if they don’t have a dog beside them,” she added.
Karl’s owner stays in the courtroom, hearing the testimony that Karl will never hear, and Karl stays available to the children even after the court case is over.
“We’ll be there as long as the child wants Karl to stay in their life,” Hart-Rittenhouse said. “He’s helped a lot of children.”
Karl is one of six therapy dogs providing support through the non-profit Companions for Courage that works in courtrooms and hospitals.
The Ninth Circuit is the first Florida circuit to utilize both pet therapy dog teams and professionally trained handlers.
(Photos: Amanda McKenzie, News 13)
Posted by John Woestendiek July 15th, 2016 under Muttsblog.
Tags: abuse, animals, boxer, cases, children, companions for courage, courage, court, courts, deaf, dogs, florida, k-9th circuit program, karl, orange county, orlando, pets, prosecutors, support, testify, testifying, testimony, trauma, trials, victims
A Japanese spa that pampers both humans and dogs has added another service for pooches.
For a fee, a Shinto priest will cleanse your dog of demons.
The exorcisms take place in the spa’s shrine, last about 30 minutes and promise to rid dogs of evil spirits.
The “Pet Dog Exorcism Plan” at the D+ Kirishima spa in Kagoshima Prefecture includes a room for two humans and their possessed dog, breakfast, dinner, and exorcism — all for $430, according to the New York Post.
The exorcism includes prayers for future good health and is conducted at the Shingariyu shrine, located on the premises.
After being spiritually cleansed, dogs are encouraged to relax in outdoor tubs.
The spa also boasts massages and gourmet meals, which dogs and owners can share at the same table.
A senior Shinto priest comes to the spa to conduct the exorcisms and blessings.
(Photos: D+ Kirishima spa)
Posted by John Woestendiek July 14th, 2016 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animals, blessing, cleanse, cuisine, d+ kirishima, demons, dogs, exorcism, humans, japan, kagoshima, massage, meals, pamper, pampered, pampering, pets, priest, shinto, spa
The bride was lovely. The groom, turning in his Baltimore Ravens uniform for a tux, was dashing. And the groom’s dog, a pit bull named Ace, walked down the aisle just as he was supposed to.
But when they learned Ace wouldn’t be allowed in the building, they changed plans, according to BaltimoreRavens.com.
“He’s awesome,” Heran said. “I just could not imagine getting married without him. He’s with us every day everywhere we go.”
They switched venues to 10 Light Street in downtown Baltimore and exchanged vows in an Under Armour Performance Center gym that had been festively decorated for the occasion.
Zuttah and the former Heran Haile met while in college at Rutgers and adopted Ace back then. They have long been advocates for dogs. Jeremy is one of many Ravens who have been involved with the city’s “Show Your Soft Side” campaign.
Though they live in Hoboken, N.J., they wanted to get married in Baltimore.
“We decided to get married in Baltimore because it’s been the headlines recently for not great things, which we think is a shame because the city is beautiful and the people are beautiful,” Heran said. “This is a great city that people should not knock down.”
After receiving some extra training at Baltimore’s Downtown Dog, Ace pulled off his role as groomsman perfectly.
Here’s a video snippet showing how well he did his job:
Posted by John Woestendiek July 13th, 2016 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: 10 light street, animals, baltimore, baltimore city hall, baltimore ravens, center, ceremony, dog, dogs, football, heran haile, husband, jeremy zuttah, nfl, pets, pit bull, ravens, Under Armour Performance Center, wedding, wife
When a veterinarian told a California dog owner that his suspicions were accurate, and his pet had indeed ingested methamphetamine, the owner turned down further treatment for the 10-year-old Chihuahua and left with his dog.
Given the dog, named Jack Sparrow, was in danger of dying, the vet contacted animal control, and the dog was seized from his owner to get the treatment he needed.
Police in Fontana said in a press release that Isaiah Nathaniel Sais walked into the Inland Valley Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Center in Upland on July 5.
A urine test confirmed that to be the case, but when vets informed Sais of that, and of the treatment needed, he walked out with his dog.
Because doctors had observed Jack suffering from convulsions and seizures and felt Jack’s life was in jeopardy, they called Fontana Animal Services, which sent officers to the home of Sais.
They seized the dog from the owner after observing he was still convulsing and living in neglectful conditions.
“There was the smell of urine in his fur and his nails were over-grown,” Jaime Simmons, of Fontana Animal Services, told KTLA.
Officers suspected Jack may have been kept indoors for months.
Jack was taken back to the vet’s office, where he continues to recover, and is expected to be transferred into a temporary foster home in the next few days.
The case was immediately submitted to the San Bernardino Animal Cruelty Task Force and an arrest warrant issued for the owner.
Sais was being held at the West Valley Detention Center in San Bernardino on a felony animal cruelty charge.
Posted by John Woestendiek July 12th, 2016 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animal cruelty, animals, california, chihuahua, dog, dogs, drugs, fontana, Inland Valley Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Center, jack sparrow, meth, methamphetamine, neglect, pets, veterinarian, veterinary