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A Poem to My Foster Dog

A Poem to My Foster Dog by Diane Morgan.

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Operation Puppy Pack

Operation Puppy Pack will be at Crabtree Park in Sacramento this Sunday, July 27, 2014.  This will be our July “packing party” where we make care packages for the pets of homeless people as well as people care packages.  Please join us at 11:00 a.m. to join the fun.

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If you can bring items to include in the people or dog packs, that would be greatly appreciated.  Towels, blankets, water bottles, leashes, backpacks and many other items are always appreciated.  If you have any questions, please email us at operationpuppypack@gmail.com.

 

Loose Dog? Don’t chase! Stop, Drop and Lie Down

Nice blog post for dog lovers.

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StopDropLieDown Have you ever had a dog escape your arms or car or home? What is the first thing you do? If you’re like most people, you chase after them. They run and then you run. It seems almost instinctual, doesn’t it?

I’ve come to believe that it REALLY IS INSTINCT that takes over when we chase after our loose dog(s). It’s not just something we do when our own pets get loose, but something we do when a friend’s dog gets out of the house or when we see a stray dog running down the street or the highway. There is even a recent video showing police officers chasing after a dog on a highway in California. They never even had a chance of catching him. It was a losing proposition.

The problem with our first instinct (to chase) is that it rarely gets us closer to getting them. In fact, the…

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Operation Puppy Pack Update

We have successfully reached our first fundraising goal of $500.  The plan now is to meet and iron-out some of the basics and then file for incorporation in the State of California.  Thank you to everyone who helped make this possible.

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We are maOPP_Logo1king it official and plan to file for non-profit status as soon as possible!  Operation Puppy Pack is a group of volunteers that meet once a month to make care packages for homeless people with pets.  All month long we look for deals and remind friends we need their used towels and backpacks and other items they may have around the house that they no longer want.

We now have a Post Office address:   Operation Puppy Pack P.O. Box 1948  Carmichael, CA 95609

We are also raising money to cover the expenses of filing for incorporation and non-profit status.  Please donate if you can at:  http://www.youcaring.com/nonprofits/operation-puppy-pack-packing-for-the-future-/169777

In addition to the online fundraiser, we are accepting donations of household items to include in our yard sale.  We will let you know where the yard sale will be held (and when) in the next week or so.   Follow us on Facebook so you will always be up-to-date on the happenings of Operation Puppy Pack.

 

The types of things we like to include in our people and puppy packs are:

  • Back Packs and reusable shopping bags
  • Small blankets, throw blankets and towels
  • Individually wrapped food packages (beef jerky, Little Debbie snacks, etc.)
  • Dog collars and leashes
  • Dog and Cat food
  • Dog treats and toys
  • Small canned goods that do not require a can opener
  • First aid kits (individual size)
  • Travel size: shampoo, rinse, lotion, body or face soap, deodorant, toothpaste
  • Travel size hand sanitizer
  • Toothbrushes
  • Q-tips and cotton balls
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Water bottles
  • Gallon, quart and snack size “Zip Lock” type storage bags
  • Heavy-Duty Large Trash Bags
  • Baby wipes
  • Socks

 

#CoachellaPardon

By
Diane Robertson

Updated:  04/22/2014

If you know me, then you know that I have to research new topics to death to before I can begin to write or otherwise work with the new information.  This post is a central location for the pieces of information I discovered about the NEXT SHANE’S WAR PARDON.  Shane and Janet have just announced that the next Shane’s War Pardon will be at the

Coachella Valley Animal Campus in Thousand Palms, CA.

Coachella contracts with the Riverside County Department of Animal Services for shelter services.  Riverside seems like it is proactively trying to educate the public to reduce unwanted dogs and cats and reduce owner-surrendered pets to the shelter.  How very refreshing!

Here are some information points:

  • The website address for the city of Coachella, CA is:  http://www.coachella.org/.  The city contracts with Riverside County Department of Animal Services for its animal services.
  • Riverside County Department of Animal Services have a mobile spay & neuter bus, nicknamed The ANSWER on Wheels.   Let’s make sure that bus is totally booked up for the week as part of the pardon.
  • Riverside County Department of Animal Services actively works with Animal Samaritans SPCA Inc.  According to their website:  Animal Samaritans SPCA is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit animal welfare organization committed to eliminating the euthanasia of adoptable animals. Programs and services in place to save the lives of healthy and treatable animals include prevention through humane education; low-cost spay and neuter; low-cost vaccinations; microchipping; shelter and care; and adoptions to lifelong homes. They also offer free services that enhance the bond between people and animals, such as a volunteer-based animal assisted therapy program for hospitals, health care, special needs facilities, and Juvenile Hall.  Animal Samaritans SPCA, founded in 1978, is the Coachella Valley’s lead animal welfare organization.
  • The new Animal Samaritans low-cost veterinary clinic is now located at the Coachella Valley Animal Campus. Animal Samaritans’ adoption center is still at its Ramon Road location at 72307 Ramon Road, Thousand Palms, California.
  • Riverside lists 4 shelters on their website but the Coachella Valley City/County Animal Shelter seems to be the main facility.  This facility provides complete animal services for the unincorporated areas of Riverside County. It also provides shelter and adoption services for Cathedral City, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs, Indian Wells, Indio, La Quinta, Palm Desert and Rancho Mirage.  Riverside County Animal Services provides field services for county areas and the above cities, except La Quinta, Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage. Those cities provide its own animal-control officers.
  • Coachella Valley City/County Animal Shelter operating hours as follows:
  • According to coachella.org, the city of Coachella is almost entirely Hispanic.  It would appear the demographics of the city council is fairly representative of the city residents.  In this area, it is critical that the spanish-speaking news outlets be included in the community outreach and event coverage.

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  • The Riverside County Board of Supervisors includes District 4 Supervisor John J. Benoit.  The Fourth District is geographically the largest by far, covering the eastern two-thirds of the county. Within the Fourth District are the cities of Blythe, Cathedral City, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs, Indian Wells, Indio, La Quinta, Palm Desert, Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage.
  • Finally, let’s look at the outcomes for Riverside Animal Services.  I haven’t seen numbers this good from a shelter in a very long time.  Well Done Riverside!  Obviously the problem area are animals with issues that are treatable being killed.  Would love to hear what plans they have to get that number far, far lower.  Still, I think they are well on their way to a no-kill shelter.  Can you please go to San Bernardino and show them how to get this done!!!!RiversideCountyAnimalServicesOutcomeReport

Bully Breeds Information Sheet

Information compiled by Diane Robertson

Bully Breeds come from the root-stock called “Molosser”.  These were large, ancient Greek dogs with large bones and muscles, pendant ears and short muzzles.  Today, the term Bully Breeds typically refer to the following breeds:

  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Boxer
  • American Pit Bull Terrier
  • Bulldog
  • Boston Terrier
  • Alpha Blue Blood Bulldog

Following is a little information about each of these breeds:

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

http://www.akc.org/breeds/staffordshire_bull_terrier/index.cfm

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is a smooth-coated dog with great strength for his size, which is typically 14-16 inches at the shoulder..  He is active and agile and comes in six color varieties: solid red, fawn, white, black, blue or brindle.  These dogs range in size between 24 and 38 pounds.  The Staffordshire Bull Terrier serves primarily as a family companion and is seen in the show, obedience and agility rings.

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  • Terrier Group; AKC recognized in 1975.
  • Ranging in size from 14 to 16 inches tall at the shoulder and 24 to 38 pounds.

American Staffordshire Terrier

http://www.akc.org/breeds/american_staffordshire_terrier/index.cfm

Courageous and strong, the American Staffordshire Terrier (Am Staff)’s athletic build and intelligence make him ideally suited to many dog sports such as obedience, agility, tracking and conformation.  He is people-oriented and thrives when he is made part of the family and given a job to do.  He is often identified by his stocky body and strong, powerful head.  The breed’s short coat can be any color, and either solid colored, parti-colored or patched.

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  • Terrier Group; AKC recognized in 1936.
  • Ranging in size from 17 to 19 inches tall at the shoulder.

 

Boxer

http://www.akc.org/breeds/boxer/index.cfm

The well-conditioned middleweight athlete of dogdom, the Boxer is a powerful dog with an intelligent and alert expression. While they are instinctive guardians, the Boxer loves to be with his people. This personality has allowed them to succeed as couriers during war-time and as seeing-eye dogs for the blind. Appearing in both fawn and brindle colors, the Boxer currently ranks as one of the most popular dogs in the United States according to AKC® Registration Statistics.

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One of the breed’s most notable characteristics is its desire for human affection, especially from children. They are patient and spirited with children, but also protective, making them a popular choice for families. The Boxer requires little grooming, but needs daily exercise.

  • Working Group; AKC recognized in 1904.
  • Ranging in size from 21 ½ inches to 25 inches tall at the shoulder.
  • Large game hunter, guard and companion dog.

American Pit Bull Terrier

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pit_bull

The American Pit Bull is a very muscular, stocky, yet agile dog that is extremely strong for his size.  The ears are generally cropped.  The Pit Bull Terrier was created by breeding Old English Terriers and Old English Bulldogs together to produce a dog that combined the gameness of the terrier with the strength and athleticism of the bulldog.  These dogs were bred in England, and arrived in the United States where they became the direct ancestors of the American Pit Bull Terrier.  Pit Bull Terriers successfully fill the role of companion dogs, police dogs and therapy dogs.  Pit Bull Terriers also constitute the majority of dogs used for illegal dog fighting in the America.

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Height: 14 – 24 inches (35 – 60 cm)
Weight: 22 – 78 pounds (10 – 35 kg)

 

Bulldog

http://www.akc.org/breeds/bulldog/index.cfm

Known for their loose-jointed, shuffling gait and massive, short-faced head, the Bulldog is known to be equable, resolute and dignified.  A medium-sized dog, they are not your typical lap dog, but would like to be!  They are a popular breeds due to their lovable and gentle dispositions and adorable wrinkles.  The Bulldog may be brindle, white, red, fawn, fallow or piebald.

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  • Non-Sporting Group; AKC recognized in 1886.
  • Ranging in size from 40 to 50 pounds.

Boston Terrier

http://www.akc.org/breeds/boston_terrier/index.cfm

Truly an “All-American” dog, the Boston Terrier is a lively and highly intelligent breed with an excellent disposition.  Conveying an impression of determination, strength and activity, he is short-headed and compactly built, and must be black, brindle or seal with white markings.

  • Non-Sporting Group; AKC recognized in 1893.
  • Weight is divided by classes as follows: Under 15 pounds; 15 pounds and under 20 pounds; 20 pounds and not to exceed 25 pounds.

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Alpha Blue Blood Bulldog

http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/alapahabluebloodbulldogs.htm

The Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog results from three generations of an old breeding program of PaPa Buck Lane of Rebecca, Georgia. The program started back in the 1800s and was intended to rescue the “plantation dog” of southern Georgia that was nearly extinct.  This rare, bulldog-type guard dog descends from Buck Lane’s dog named Otto.

The Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog is a well-developed, exaggerated bulldog with a broad head and natural drop ears.  The prominent eyes are set well apart.  The Alapaha’s coat is relatively short and fairly stiff.  Preferred colors are blue merle, brown merle, or red merle all trimmed in white or chocolate and white.  Also preferred are the glass eyes (blue) or marble eyes (brown and blue mixed in a single eye). The ears and tail are never trimmed or docked. The body is sturdy and very muscular. The well-muscled hips are narrower than the chest.  The straight back is as long as the dog is high at the shoulders.  The dewclaws are never removed and the feet are cat-like.

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Height: 24 inches (61 cm)
Weight: Males up to 100 pounds (47 kg) Females about 78 pounds (34 kg)
There is a considerable difference between the males and females. Males can be almost twice as heavy as the smallest females.

Shane’s War Information Sheet

By Diane Robertson

Date:  08/12/2013  Last Updated:  05/15/2014

Shane’s War

Information Sheet

I thought this list of public information would be helpful for those of us that are new to Shane’s War.  I will continue updating this list as more material is created or located.  Feel free to provide information to add to this list via the comment section at the bottom of this post.

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BREAKING  NEWS:

  • #CVACPardon The Coachella Valley Animal Campus Pardon is set for May 19-24, 2014.  Visit the information page at PawsforHopeandFaith.org

Online Presence

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Press Coverage

Coachella Valley Animal Campus – May 2014

Coachella Valley Weekly | 05/14/2014 | Article “Shane’s War Comes to Coachella Valley”

San Bernardino City Animal Shelter – February 2014

Selma Alabama – Central Alabama Animal Shelter – August 2013

July 2013 and Prior

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Pardon Information

What is a Shane’s War PARDON?  It is a week-long and sometimes longer Adoption event where we ask the Government , the Police , the Media and the citizens to all put their differences aside for the animals.  The word Pardon does not imply the animals did anything wrong; it is simply our attempt to save them from certain Death.  After the pardons end, we stay in touch with the citizens in these towns to help network the animals.

When we came up with the Pardon idea, we had no idea if it would work or not.  We have had people who were long time enemies working together for some of these.  As long as they are in need, we will try to help.  When we go to a shelter for the first time, we visit every animal. We love them all, we travel under no banner of any national group, we are just Citizens helping the animals, our partners are different everywhere we go.   Do we offer training to staff at shelters? No.  If we see common sense things that will help, of course we speak up.  Our mission is to get animals out of harms way, any citizen is welcome to sign the pardon in a town we are in (Shane).

The following pardons have been completed and more are lined up:

  • #SelmaPardon | Selma, Alabama | August 20, 2013
  • #ButlerPardon |Butler Alabama | August 2013
  • #ManateeCountyPardon |Manatee County Animal Services and Palmetto|Florida | April 2013
  • #JonesCountyPardon |Jones County Animal Control | Georgia |February 2013
  • #TerrellPardon |Terrell County Animal Control |Georgia |June 2012
  • #MaconBibbPardon |Macon City -Bibb County Animal Control| Macon, Georgia | January 2013
  • #MaconPardon | Macon City Animal Control  |Macon, Georgia| May 2012
  • #MaconPardon | Macon City Animal Control | Macon, Georgia | November 2011
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