As someone who raised a low content wolfdog from a poor backyard breeder, I know the challenges of pups like that. My Shiva was sold to me (then 18) as being mostly wolf. 8 years later I had her DNA tested through embark to go with online phenotyping. She's 25% wolf. The wolf content, plus pretty much being feral when I got her, made for raising a very challenging pup. She spent years terrified of new people, and men especially. She doesn't trust most dogs, is shy and skittish of people, an escape artist, not safe around small animals unattended, except for cats, which she absolutely loves.
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We’ve been trying to think of ways to help the many, many shelters impacted across Texas. The devastation across our state is staggering. By this weekend’s end, Austin Pets Alive alone…
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Halo is ready to donate food where it is most needed in the rescue effort, in partnership with The Humane Society of the United States Animal Rescue Team, GreaterGood.org, and Freekibble, as part of an overall 200,000 bowl donation commitment to relief. HSUS and GGO have an agreement with Corpus Christi, TX and will be on the ground working directly with local and national teams when called upon by incident officials, as well as working with local and other national rescue groups on a highly coordinated effort. If you identify a local urgent need, please also let us know.
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)’ Animal Rescue Team is on the ground to rescue animals affected by the destructive and perilous hurricane in Southeast Texas.
The scene is desperate—homes have been destroyed. Other homes are already flooding, with people and their pets still trapped inside. The conditions are putting confused and nervous animals in life-threatening situations. And the catastrophic flooding from Harvey is only expected to worsen in the coming days.
At this moment, they are active in Dickenson and League City, and are moving animals out of San Antonio.
Thanks to your ongoing support, they are able to step up in times like this. If you would like to help, you can make a special emergency gift to HSUS’ Disaster Relief Fund.
In addition, GreaterGood.org is moving quickly to provide help where it’s most needed. Coordinating with their partners on the ground, they have mobilized resources and staff to provide emergency relief who are in dire need of help.
The George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston is staging an emergency evacuation shelter for all who can get there safely—and their pets. So far, bedraggled and frazzled Houston residents have brought in between 70-80 dogs and 5 cats.
A key rescue shelter in Lafayette, LA was already crowded and expecting a big influx of pet rescues to come. To make sure they can do this critical intake of storm victims, GreaterGood.org, in partnership with Wings of Rescue, has already transported 88 dogs and 20 cats to waiting, welcoming shelters in San Diego, with more transport flights lined up for similar situations. These evacuation efforts are taking previously-sheltered pets to high adoption areas, clearing space for the displaced pets who (hopefully) we be re-united with their families when waters subside.
Living with a blind dog can be a challenging undertaking, both for the dog and for its owner who now must be the eyes for both of them.
A dog who suddenly develops blindness is usually able to adjust to living life without its vision which has been an important and indispensable sense all its life.
More than likely your …
An interesting non-profit, Forever Curious.org, reached out to me after hearing some of the radio shows I’ve done about various types of service dogs, in particular service dog organizations that provide dogs for children with autism, diabetes and other special needs.
Forever Curious is an unusual non-profit, a self-proclaimed “labor of love” by a group of volunteer librarians and educators seeking to curate information online. A member of their group has a special needs child who benefits from a family assistance dog, who has become an indispensable part of the child’s treatment, so they are attuned to service and assistance dogs. ForeverCurious.org is an innovative and little-known group whose work can be of useful to educators and students everywhere, so I’m delighted to bring them to everyones’ attention. They curate educational resources and lesson plans online for people of all ages, from preschool through college and adulthood. ForeverCurious.org “seeks to foster a love of lifelong learning that has kept all of us forever curious.”
Its so nice when people doing good connect with other people doing their own flavor of good. I hope these links will be of value to those of you for whom an assistance dog can be life-changing, not just life-enhancing as our companion dogs are for the “rest” of us.
Tracie Hotchner is a nationally acclaimed pet wellness advocate, who wrote THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know. She is recognized as the premiere voice for pets and their people on pet talk radio. She continues to produce and host her own Gracie® Award winning NPR show DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) from Peconic Public Broadcasting in the Hamptons after 9 consecutive years and over 500 shows. She produced and hosted her own live, call-in show CAT CHAT® on the Martha Stewart channel of Sirius/XM for over 7 years until the channel was canceled, when Tracie created her own Radio Pet Lady Network where she produces and co-hosts CAT CHAT® along with 10 other pet talk radio podcasts with top veterinarians and pet experts.
Tracie also is the Founder and Director of the annual NY Dog Film Festival, a philanthropic celebration of the love between dogs and their people. Short canine-themed documentary, animated and narrative films from around the world create a shared audience experience that inspires, educates and entertains. With a New York City premiere every October, the Festival then travels around the country, partnering in each location with an outstanding animal welfare organization that brings adoptable dogs to the theater and receives half the proceeds of the ticket sales. Halo was a Founding Sponsor in 2015 and donated 10,000 meals to the beneficiary shelters in every destination around the country in 2016.
Tracie lives in Bennington, Vermont – where the Radio Pet Lady Network studio is based – and where her 12 acres are well-used by her 2-girl pack of lovely, lively rescued Weimaraners, Maisie and Wanda.
Thanks for you comment Wolfmommy. We admire your fortitude in the middle of this impossible time period for true WDs. And we'll always be grateful for Karma. She showed us how bad the labeling debacle was getting in the sheltering world.
Oxo – So kind of you to send a donation today. I'll be buying some pups some fishy-good treats in your honor. Thank you!
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Great news! Halo has been nominated for a Veggie Award from VegNews.com for our vegan dog food recipe. Voting is now open until August 31. And don’t forget to vote for our friends, The Humane Society of the United States, in the best non-profit organization category.
Our vegan recipe is a holistic alternative diet for protein-sensitive dogs and has the same essential nutrients found in diets with meat as the protein source. Learn more at halopets.com/vegan.
When you choose Halo pet food, made from natural, whole food ingredients, your pet won’t be the only one with a radiant coat, clear eyes and renewed energy. Halo feeds it forward, donating over 1.5 million bowls annually. As always, Halo will donate a bowl to a shelter every time YOU buy. Thank you for helping #HaloFeeditForward.