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They're Everywhere, they're everywhere!

Posted Sunday, November 18, 2012, at 9:24 PM

Wandering the Ozarks.
My two legged family made an addition to our little tribe this week. I have become a grandma for the second time. Unfortunately, that part of the family lives 500 miles from me. It's tough to have so many miles between us, but we do what we can to stay in touch.

With Thanksgiving being this week, I decided to pack up and head south to hold my new grandson and watch Barney with my granddaughter. My fur kids did not accompany me on my excursion. It was a lonely drive without the occasional lick on my face, or someone to look up to me with that, "are we there yet?" look.

My son and daughter-in-law are animal lovers as well and have 2 dogs and 3 cats. Their dogs do not come in their house, which with 2 small children, I can't say as I blame them. They are cared for and loved. My kids are continually quizzed about their pets and I have no problem doing some educating when the opportunity arises.

Tad's family recently moved to a different home in a different neighborhood. Their previous residence was in a tiny town where most of the animals roamed freely, including Tads. I have had numerous conversations why this is not a good idea. Everything from the danger of being stolen, hit by a vehicle, being a nuisance to others, etc. Now that he is a father of two small children that love to be outdoors, he has finally realized the importance of containing your animals on your own property. This realization also has hit home because now he has neighbors whose dogs roam freely. And guess what they happen to be? Yep, a pit bull mix, and a boxer. Both males, both intact.

I took a walk today with Berkeley, and came upon these two lost souls. They are not friendly, but not aggressive either. They simply seem lost. I asked a neighbor whose dogs they were and he told me the man's name as well as where he lived. He assured me they were no threat to me or my dog, and that actually they were both quite timid. They followed behind us all of the way back to Tad's house. I attempted to befriend them so that I could possibly return them to their owner and have a conversation with him about having them neutered as well as keeping them on his property. I was not able to gain their trust, but I've got the rest of the week to work on that.

Dogs are everywhere, dogs that are not spayed or neutered, dogs that are roaming freely, dogs that long to be a companion. Please help to do your part and educate those that need some gentle persuasion.

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For every person who neglects a dog, there is, thanksfully, another who treats a pet like a member of the family. Please read this wonderful/heartbreaking article about Fiona Apple.


-- Posted by JTennant on Tue, Nov 20, 2012, at 10:46 PM

I have a very beautiful, beautiful dog. She is a German Shepherd/Golden Retriever mix. Her name is Fanny, she is 3 years old, and spayed. She is great with my 2 daughters, both under the age of 2. My dog, Fanny, is an inside dog. She is well loved, cared for, and respected by my wife, children, neighbors, and myself. She is however, too big for my family of four in a 2 bedroom home. She is very well trained and has a great nature. She has, unfortunately, had to take a back seat in the attention department due to a budding family. I absolutely love this dog. Is there anyone out there who is looking for a companion who is house trained, well behaved and in need of more than I can provide?

-- Posted by old timing man on Wed, Nov 21, 2012, at 8:55 AM

Old-timing, Do you have a fenced in back yard? Could you get Frannie gradually used to being an inside/outside dog? Inside just enough for playtime and so she knows she's still part of the family, and outside often enough to give you and the family a respite from having her always underfoot with toddlers in the house?

-- Posted by JTennant on Wed, Nov 21, 2012, at 2:43 PM

Old-timing, so many times people think that they are not giving their animal what they deserve. A couple of things for you to think about before you rehome. First of all, you are providing Fanny exactly what she needs, shelter, food, water, and companionship. It may not be to the extent that you used to give her, or what you would like to give her, but as changes happen in our lives, we adjust. Fannie will adjust. It may mean a little less attention, but your kids will grow and soon she will be getting more attention than she knows what to do with.

Do you have a crate she can sleep in while in the house? It's a great way to keep her contained. Maybe a heated garage she can stay in?

Please consider sticking it out for Fanny. You lovingly refer to her as a part of your family, teach your children that all members of the family are loved, wanted, and will remain apart no matter what comes your way.

-- Posted by Foster Mom on Wed, Nov 21, 2012, at 4:23 PM

I mean FANNY! Sorry for the misspelling.

And Foster Mom said it very well, though I'm pretty sure that last line was supposed to be "and will remain together no matter what comes your way."

-- Posted by JTennant on Wed, Nov 21, 2012, at 10:45 PM

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My name is Stephanie O'Brien. I'm an animal lover and enjoy volunteering. I have combined those passions into providing a temporary home to animals that would otherwise be sitting in a shelter or worse, euthanized due to lack of room in a shelter. For the past two years I've fostered pit bull type dogs for a rescue in South Dakota. I've also had the opportunity to do some presentations on responsible pet ownership and have been involved in fighting breed specific legislation in SD and IA. I'm looking forward to providing the readers with animal related topics and possibly answer any questions you may have. Enjoy! Stephanie Sioux Empire Pit Rescue Volunteer
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