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The Bloomington Animal Shelter in Bloomington, Indiana

Looking to adopt or foster a new pet? An addition to your family is a big decision, and the Animal Shelter in Bloomington, Indiana can help you every step of the way. Located at 3410 S. Walnut Street, the shelter is the temporary home to many stray and unwanted animals. Their mission is to work for the welfare and compassionate treatment of animals through education and outreach programs.

The Bloomington Animal Shelter maintains a pet adoption program, as well as a pet fostering program. Since there are many times more animals than the shelter can handle, “foster parents” shelter an animal or animals in their homes. This is on a temporary basis, so if you want a permanent pet, you need to enter the pet adoption program. In order to adopt a pet from the shelter, you need only to fill out an application. The application includes questions about where the pet will be kept (indoors or out), how many hours out of the day that you will be home with the pet, how much exercise you can provide it with, and if you have children or other pets in the home. It may take up to 24 hours for an approval. At that time, you can take your new pet home (after paying the $50 adoption fee). All pets in the shelter are spayed or neutered and many come with an identification microchip embedded beneath their skin.

The Bloomington Animal Shelter provides many other services besides pet adoption. They aid in connecting lost companion animals with their homes, enforce animal control ordinances, and investigate animal cruelty and neglect. They provide a 24-hour emergency rescue for injured animals and produce a weekly television program, Pets Without Partners, that offers education on caring for your pet and information on pet behavior.

The animal shelter also works with the community to educate about animal care, offering guided tours of the shelter as well as free literature. They work closely with other organizations in Monroe County, such as the Human Association, Pets Alive and Wild Care.

The Bloomington Animal Shelter is a non-profit organization, and appreciates volunteer efforts of the community. In order to volunteer at the shelter, you must be 16-years-old or older (ages 13-15 can volunteer, but must be accompanied by a parent), attend a volunteer orientation session, and be available to volunteer at least once per week for six months. To fill out an application or for more information, contact 812-349-3872.…

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Sport Dog Trainers

There is a wide variety of sport dog trainers available today, and choosing the best product depends on its intended use. Are you hunting upland game, such as pheasants, grouse or quail? Do you want to train your retriever to help you hunt geese, ducks and other waterfowl? Or will you be doing woodland hunting, for rabbit, raccoons and other forest creatures?


Sport Dog Trainers, Launchers, Backers and Trackers

The basic training device for all sport dogs is a electronic collar. This device corrects your dog’s unwanted behaviors with a sonic tone or an electric shock. If used for retrievers, be certain the collar you have chosen is completely waterproof, and if you are running more than one dog, choose a system that allows you to program separate tones.

Beepers and trackers are sport dog trainers used primarily for woodland hunting, where your dog ranges further than a retriever, and are intended not to influence the dog’s behavior but to help you keep track of his location and actions. As opposed to the two or three hundred yard range on retriever collars, these can have a range as great as seven miles. Some trackers have a tree feature, which lets you know when your dog is looking straight up. A backlit display is very useful for night hunting.

Launchers are sport dog trainers for bird dogs, and are intended to simulate the flush of wild birds. Be sure the system you buy will launch the birds high enough so your dog can’t catch them. And finally, a backer is basically a pop-up cutout of a dog on point. Its purpose is to teach bird dogs to honor another dog’s point.…

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How Do You Bond with a Pekingese Dog?

If your idea of the perfect dog is one that sits at your feet or in your lap waiting to jump at your command then the Pekingese is not for you. Pekingese will be obedient once they get used to you and their new home.

When the Pekingese originated their only function was to carry the robes of the Chinese Imperial Court. Only if you were royalty could you own a Pekingese.

That is probably one of the reasons Pekingese think they are a little bit better than anyone or anything else. They are used to being treated that way so they pay no attention to how it looks. If you wanted a dog with a whimsical personality and independence then a Pekingese is perfect for you. Pekingese bond with cats very well so do not worry if you own a cat.

A great way to bond with your Pekingese is of course to spend time with it. Taking your Pekingese for daily walks is a great way to bond and get exercise. It will benefit you both in health and in heart.

Grooming your Pekingese is another great way of bonding. You want to brush their coats everyday to keep them mat free. While doing this talk to your Pekingese and praise them to show your appreciation for them.

Training your Pekingese will help bond you both. You must be patient and consistent as they will more than likely not catch on quickly. Never scold them and give them praise when they do good or right. Maybe offer a treat every time to show them how much you do love them.

Remember to play with your Pekingese. They love to play and romp around and who better to do it with? Buy them some toys or use something old that you have around the house. No use spending money a Wobble Wag Giggle ball toy that will get torn up if you don’t have to. Get them a ball and let them chase it.

Use your own judgment on what your Pekingese likes and dislikes are. Almost everything you do that includes your dog is considered bonding. Consider this when you go check the mail or go on that daily walk of yours.

There are no wrong ways to bond with your Pekingese. Anything you can do to show great love and affection for your Pekingese is enough. If you do not have as much time to bond with your Pekingese, consider purchasing another Pekingese. They can bond together and you can have two adorable Pekingese puppies to enjoy!

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Pet Grooming Services

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The pet grooming services that you can expect to provide vary a little bit from breed to breed. In general, when a client brings their dog in to be groomed, they will expect he or she to be brushed, bathed, have the undercoat removed, a cut or clip, nail clipping, ear cleaning, and a blow dry. If you do not plan on offering any of these typically standard services, you need to inform your customer ahead of time.

The different services that you will need to know about different breeds should be covered in the training program you go through. I recommend making a “cheat sheet” for yourself, with these differences listed according to breed. That way, when a client brings a new dog in, you only have to look at your cheat sheet to be ready rather than fumbling through textbooks or manuals.


Special Pet Grooming Services

Special pet grooming services you may offer will mostly have to do with hygiene. These services may include de-matting or external parasite treatments. Clients may ask you for these if they need them. Rather than making your clients ask, I recommend creating a flier that outlines all services you are willing to provide or are capable of providing, as well as a pricing guide.

Depending on where you live, you may come across customers who will need de-skunking. While very uncommon in the city, if you plan to practice in a more rural area, expect to be asked about this. Whether you decide to include this in your pet grooming services or not, make the decision ahead of time.…

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St Louis Dog Bite Lawyer

One of the more common causes of action in a personal injury suit is animal attack. These days, with so many people keeping aggressive breeds such as pit bulls and Dobermans as pets and guard dogs, dog bite injuries are becoming a very serious problem. News stories abound regarding people who have been injured, maimed and even killed by a domesticated dog.

The problem is increasing to extraordinary proportions. Almost 5 million people are bitten by dogs every year. Hospital emergency rooms treat a thousand dog bite victims every day. More than half of these victims are children who have been bitten by dogs belonging to their own family, a neighbor or a friend. In one study, dog attacks rose by 33 percent over a ten-year period, while dog ownership increased by only 2 percent for the same period.

The “One-Bite Rule”

In Missouri, the “one-bite rule” applies. This means that dog owners can not be prosecuted the first time their animal bites someone, unless they have been negligent, reckless or deliberate in the actions that led to the attack. Once a dog has bitten someone, it is considered to have a dangerous propensity, and any attacks after that will be subject to strict liability.

Assessing negligence and liability can be complex. Animal attacks are covered by layers of city, county and state laws. Searching the Internet can help you find a lawyer who specializes in personal injury cases and has experience helping dog bite victims.…

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A Great Safe Dog Park for You and Your Dogs in Southern California

If you’re like me you would agree that it’s nice every once in a while to let your dog off leash and run and play. Of course it’s not always safe and it’s usually not legal. However, there is a great dog park located in the city of Orange that allows you to do just that. Orange is a nice community nestled in the heart of southern California. It is located at Yorba Park at 190 South Yorba near the 55 freeway and Chapman Avenue.

This is a great location to take your dogs. It’s well maintained, kept very clean and is a safe environment to take your dogs off the 10 Foot Nylon Heavy Duty Dog Leash. The dog park is separated into two sections, one for small dogs and one for larger dogs. It is open from 7 :00 a.m. until dusk everyday except Wednesdays when they close for maintenance and there is no charge. They do accept donations to help keep the park running if you would like to help.

I have two Basset Hounds and have taken them there several times and they love it! I happen to live in a small town home and have a very small backyard so my dogs don’t have a lot of room to run and play. I was telling my veterinarian one day that I was worried that my dogs weren’t getting the proper exercise that they needed and she was the one who recommended the dog park to me. The dog park is perfect because it gives them the opportunity to run off leash and get the exercise that they need. It’s also fun for me because I get to play with other people’s dogs as well.

There are water bowls and plenty of toys that people have donated for the dogs to use when they are there. There are also disposal bags and trash bins available so you can clean up after your dog to help keep the park clean. The small dog side is usually full of toy size dogs and puppies whereas the larger dog side has everything from my Basset Hounds to St. Bernards. There is a large variety of dogs that go so its fun to be in that environment. The weekends are really exciting because there are a lot more people and dogs there to spend time with. So the next time your looking for a fun and safe place to take your dogs remember the dog park in Orange. You will be pleasantly surprised.

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Lady Ginny's Tea Parties & Mechanimals: 2007 Animal Books By Orca

In 2007 two very different picture books featuring animals were published by Orca Book Publishing. The first, Susan Rennick Jolliffe’s Lady Ginny’s Tea Parties is a first-person narration of a poodle’s entertaining exploits. The second, Mechanimals by Chris Tougas, explores the creation of a robotic farm. Both are extremely well illustrated and are sure to please readers.

Lady Ginny’s Tea Parties

Written and illustrated by Susan Rennick Jolliffe, Lady Ginny’s Tea Parties is a gorgeous picturebook that is presented as a scrapbook of a poodle and cat’s monthly tea parties. It is rich in visual detail, and the drawings are beautiful and fun. Each party spans two pages.

There are three types of text in Lady Ginny’s Tea Parties. The first is the narration that is printed in a white rectangle at the bottom of every right-hand page. It describes each event and offers reflections and insights into Ginny’s emotions. Attention to Ginny’s wardrobe is also a prominent feature. The vocabulary is varied and engaging.

The second type of text featured is the menu. This is found in a simple horizontal text box with a band of paw prints and a teapot on the left-hand page. A pictorgraphical key is included so to help readers identify various elements of the menu in the drawings. The menus provide important information for each month’s tea: the guests, the type of tea served, the cuisine and the teaware used.


The third type of text used by Susan Rennick Jolliffe in Lady Ginny’s Tea Parties is quotes such as, “Got any more lillybuds?” and “The tweets were tweet.” These are peppered throughout the drawings and give a true scrapbook feel to Ginny’s book.

Besides being a visually pleasing book, reminiscent in some ways of Wallace Edwards’ Alphabeasts, Lady Ginny’s Tea Parties is educational. It introduces readers to a variety of animals and places them in the months and seasons where they are most prominent. It is a humourous book and develops readers’ observational skills.


Chris Tougas’s Mechanimals has a completely different look from Lady Ginny’s Tea Parties and will probably be more appreciated by male readers than the aforementioned book. Mechanimals tells the story of a farmer who, although saddened when a tornado leaves him with nothing but “a mountain of scrap metal and machine parts,” is inspired to “turn [the] mess into a masterpiece.”

The neighbours’ admonishment, “When pigs fly,” provide the inspiration the farmer needs. He organizes and draws up plans and creates robotic farm animals – chick-bots, cow-bots, rooster-bots, sheep-bots and horse-bots – to help him with his plan to make something out of the heaps of metal. Together, the farmer and his animal-bots create a flying pig-bot that surprises the neighbours and pleases the farmer.

Mechanimals is a humourous engaging book that features colourful, jovial, round farmers and funky robot animals in the foreground and detailed pencil drawings in the background. The text is short and to the point, and it is in perfect harmony with the illustrations. Doreen Cronin’s book Cows That Type would be a good companion book to Mechanimals.…

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Prince William Animal Shelter in Manassas, Virginia Hires a Part-Time Veterinarian

Prince William Animal Shelter – Manassas, Virginia

The Manassas, Virginia Animal Shelter has a new part-time veterinarian, Dr. Jodi Carlson, who began working the beginning of August 2011. Her job will be to examine the animals brought into the shelter 2 days a week, prepare medical reports, give vaccinations and provide treatment for any health issues.

Lt. Dawn Harmon, Prince William County’s Animal Control Bureau Manager, tells a story about an English Bulldog, named Lola who was 8 years old, who entered the shelter as a stray and she brought along a slew of health issues with her, i.e., cherry eyes, skin infections, and ear problems requiring treatments.

All of Lola’s health issues could have prevented her adoption and led her to being euthanized, Harmon said. With the help of the shelter, Lola is on the road to recovery. Harmon indicate Lola is a sweet dog who needed cared for.

They’re in the process of organizing and figuring out a system for the shelter, but first, Dr. Carlson’s examining all of the pets which are up for adoption to the public to ensure they’re healthy.

She also works as a veterinary during part of the week at Quantico and Fort Belvoir. She also indicated her work for the county is going well so far, and she said, “It’s nice to see some of the animals I’ve examined being adopted.”

Lt. Harmon, stated Dr. Carlson is providing a service for the animals at the shelter that is needed. Harmon also said, “It’s great to have her as a resource and to have her expertise and expert advice available to us.”

The county animal shelter takes in about 6,500 animals a year and the hiring of a veterinarian will help the shelter to provide a much better service for the animals taken in at the shelter. One of the shelter’s main goals Harmon indicated is to reduce the number of animals they euthanize 63% of cats and 35 % of the dogs in 2010 were euthanized…according to the shelter’s statistics.

The shelter’s main objective is to create a “no-kill” shelter or an adoption facility, Harmon stated. This year as part of the fiscal 2012 budget process, The Prince William Board of County supervisors approved increases to adoption fees at the animal shelter, which allowed the shelter to hire a part-time veterinarian.…

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Small Dog Apparel

Small dog apparel is all about the detail. Like anything made in miniature, the more accurate the details, the more remarkable the finished product. Small dog clothing lets the beauty of detailed workmanship shine through.

When purchasing clothing for small dog, there are several things you want to look for. You want the proportions of the garment to be correct. Small dogs are shaped very differently than larger dogs, and the patterns used to create their clothing should reflect this.


Picking Out Small Dog Apparel

Small dogs generally are more grooming-intensive, as evidenced by the Bichon Frise and Yorkshire Terrier; as a result, their small dog apparel will need to show off their beautiful and well-tended coats. Small dogs look magnificent in styles that do not cover the legs. Sleeveless sweaters work well for small dogs, as do jumpers with adjustable straps.

Small dogs such as Shih-Tzus and Pekinese are difficult to dress because of their long coats. When choosing what to stock for these breeds, accessories are your best bet. Exotic ribbons, hair jewels, collars, and leashes are the best way to splurge for these dogs.…

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Animal Shelter Adoption Rules: Necessary or Excessive?

In her article, Animal Shelters Should Act More Like Pet Stores, published in Global Animal, Kristin Hugo suggests that restrictive adoption rules not only limit the number of adoptions but may result in unwanted repercussions such as driving people to pet stores rather than rescue shelters and possibly perpetuating the existence of puppy-mills and disreputable breeders. Although there is some logic to these suggestions, and some of the suggestions could be implemented, there are many reasons why animal shelters resist making adoption more accessible.

When I became a volunteer administrator for the Facebook page of Pet Rescue North, a no-kill rescue shelter in Jacksonville, Florida, one of the first posts I responded to was an angry rant disparaging the organization by an adoption applicant rejected due to the inability to provide vet references. Similarly, as volunteers taking some of the dogs to a local pet-supplies store in an effort to stimulate interest in animal adoption we were often met with tears, anger, or outright abuse when potential applicants were informed that some obvious factor would render them ineligible under the shelter’s animal adoption rules. Amid such high emotion it was easy to question some of the rules and policies, and I often did. However, experience has shown me that shelter directors are not unnecessarily harsh in their requirements. Indeed, I now fully understand why the adoption rules are in place. Here are just a few thoughts regarding some of Ms. Hugo’s suggestions to increase the number of adoptions:

Relaxing the Ban/Age Restrictions on Children in the Home Would Increase the Number of Potential Adopters

This was one of the rules that I had most difficulty understanding, yet it is a rule that I now fully support. I have been around dogs almost all my life and many of my most important relationships with dogs occurred when I was very young. I have witnessed potential adopters on a cell phone almost screaming at the shelter’s director about how their child is in the store playing happily with a dog, about how the child and the dog appear to be getting along brilliantly, and about how their child would never do anything to hurt an animal. My personal experiences allow me to feel for such parents. Unfortunately, however, one of the most common complaints when a dog is returned to a shelter is that the dog’s behavior has changed for the worse, especially around the children. There are many possible reasons:

For example, as the dog tries to establish its position within its new pack, it may become dominant or even aggressive toward small children.

Conversely, as small children become more comfortable with a dog that seems placid or friendly they may unintentionally (or in a few cases, intentionally) become too rough and the dog feels the need to protect itself.

I have witnessed many occasions when dogs that seemed to love children were returned in a terrified or traumatized state, and now cower or snarl whenever children approach them. Whatever the reason, the parents cannot hand back their children so they hand back the dog.

Relaxing the Need for Vet References Would Increase the Number of Potential Adopters

As Ms. Hugo indicates, the need to provide vet references excludes first time animal owners from adopting from no-kill shelters. This is not just some arbitrary rule that hasn’t been thought through. Indeed, the exclusionary consequence of the rule is deliberate.

Shelter dogs have often been traumatized in some way and this can lead to unforeseen health or behavioral problems that are overwhelming to the novice pet owner. You just have to look at the number of animals given as Christmas gifts that are surrendered to shelters each year to see this principle in action. “It’s not what we expected,” or “we just can’t cope” are common utterances.

The possibility of these reactions is increased when dealing with a shelter pet. Returning a pet to a shelter is a much easier solution than returning it to a pet store. At least the vet references provide some evidence of the potential adopter’s experience with animals and a willingness to appropriately meet challenges.

Relaxing Adoption Rules Would Allow More Pets to be Saved from Kill Shelters

It is difficult to argue against the idea that if more animals were adopted from no-kill shelters this would free up room for more animals to be pulled from kill shelters. The one argument, however, is that the no-kill shelters would have to reduce their feelings of responsibility for those already in their care so that they could save others. It is akin to the question of which of your children do you sacrifice so that you can save the other.

For a true no-kill shelter the one and only focus of the shelter is to find a forever home for animals that have already been abused or abandoned at least once in their life. This focus includes doing everything that can be done to avoid a failed placement.

To relax the adoption rules would be to enter a numbers game. If you think of animal adoptions as a gamble, which all adoptions are, a shelter taking fewer precautions could be accused of playing a game of Russian Roulette with the animals in their charge, a game where fewer rules increases the number of live rounds in the gun.

To Change Adoption Rules or Not?

It is worth noting that I would have agreed with everything Ms. Hugo said if I had been presented with her article before I became involved in the pet rescue community. The intention and heartfelt passion of the article is obvious-increase the pool of potential adopters, place more animals in homes, and ultimately increase the number of animals that are saved. There were more suggestions made in the article than those examples given here and other specific rules were mentioned, even if some were extreme examples. Unfortunately, it would take more space than is available here to discuss every point in depth. However, some arguments against Ms. Hugo’s stance are worth noting as reasons why it is unlikely that no-kill shelters will follow her ideas.

Adoption rules for each shelter have developed through many years of experience. As I said, these dogs have generally been abused or abandoned at least once before, and a failed placement can compound or increase problems that stem from this treatment. Often it has been the failure of adoptions due to the more relaxed rules that Ms. Hugo suggests that have led to the imposition of increased restrictions.

Also, because many of the dogs are found as strays or rescued from puppy mills, other shelters that euthanize animals, or in some cases simply dumped at the shelter the organization usually has very little in the way of history on the dogs. Shelters simply cannot guarantee how they will react in a new home. For this reason the shelter personnel feel obligated to find a home that will care for the animal through thick and thin . . . not a home that might care through thick and thin, but one that will!

Does this mean that all adoptions through no-kill shelters succeed? Obviously not. Does this mean that all rejected applications would have failed? Again obviously not, but if we were discussing the adoption of a child would we be asking to relax the rules? The need to minimize failure here is no less important.…

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