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June 29, 2018

Sgt. Josh Rolfe (Part II)

Welcome back for part two! Let's start off by giving Sgt. Josh Rolfe a round of aPAWs for being so generous with is time and really going in depth with is answers. Last month we shared Part 1 of the interview and without further ado, here is Part 2!

 

Buckley Pet: With summer coming up, what are some tips you have for people that see a dog in a hot car?

Sgt. Rolfe: As many people know, the state of Colorado passed a new law allowing people to break a car window to save pets and children left in hot vehicles. (Research your state's hot car laws here). There is still a requirement that those people call emergency services to try and get them on scene as soon as possible. My advice to anyone who runs into this situation is to call it into Denver 311 or your city's non-emergency police line. We take these situations very seriously and are usually able to respond quickly.

BP: What are some tips for people that need to leave their pet in a car on a hot day, so they stay safe?

SR: My advice if people are considering leaving a pet in a car on a hot day, is to think things through and act in the best interest of your pet. If you are going to the grocery store on your way back from a vet visit, perhaps it's worth the five minutes of extra time to go home and drop your pet off before going to the store. If you are running in to grab lunch after taking your dog to the dog park, how long is that line in the restaurant and are you really going to be "just five minutes"? If a situation does arise where you MUST go inside somewhere while your dog is with you, I would make sure that the car is well ventilated and that there's water available for the animal. Remote start is a wonderful thing when you can leave the AC on in the vehicle for a few minutes. I have been working as an Animal Protection Officer for 8 years and I can tell you I have yet to run into a situation where a dog was left in a hot car where I felt the owner had no other options than to leave that dog in that situation. This is an issue that I, and the public at large, are very passionate about.

BP: If I take my dog out backpacking, what are some things I can do to ensure my dog's safety?

SR: The number one recommendation to take a dog out into the wilderness is not to let the dog run loose. I know that with big open spaces that is a very hard thing to do and many people take their dogs out into those areas to do just that. However, this is how pets get lost and this is how pets get into confrontations with wildlife. We just had an incident in Colorado last year where a dog was lost near a fourteener and was missing for six weeks. This dog was 13 years old and it's truly a miracle that other hikers found the dog alive and carried her down the mountain. Whatever you are packing for yourself, you should also pack for your pet. Medical supplies, food, water, and entertainment. I always recommend that pet owners have their pets microchipped and licensed/vaccinated. If you are going backpacking, you should speak with your veterinarian to find out what common zoonotic diseases are in the area and potentially get vaccinations for those things for your pet.

BP: What programs do you have in place for educating and reaching out to people who have little to no access to animal wellness information and services?

SR: Denver Animal Protection has a robust outreach program, including a Pets for Life program. This program targets underserved neighborhoods. In the past year, we provided spay/neuter services for over 600 animals and helped hundreds more receive free vaccinations! We also use grant funds to support a Pet Retention program to help citizens in need get low-cost veterinary services, and to assist with other resources in the home. In addition, we partner with several non-profit animal charities to provide resources. A few that have been a huge help to the citizens of Denver are the PetPantry, Buddy's Builders, and Buckley of course!

BP: What is your favorite thing about working with animals?

SR: I appreciate being a voice for those who do not have a voice themselves. I like that my work has a direct impact on the community and I see the positive impacts I have with the things that I do, even when situations are sometimes heartbreaking.

BP: Have you yourself rescued and adopted a pet?

SR: I actually have. There was a welfare call I received about 3 years ago regarding a puppy that was in pain and the owner was not treating him. When I showed up at the address, there was a little puppy that had what appeared to be an injury to his tail. I spoke with the owner and he allowed me to see the dog and I found that the owner had tried to dock his puppy's tail with dental rubber bands that are used for braces. This had caused the dog's tail to become very infected and was causing severe pain to the animal. The puppy was seized and the owner charged with animal cruelty. The shelter was awarded custody of the dog, and our veterinary team performed surgery to clean out the infection, and then I adopted him. He joined my other two dogs in the family and we couldn't be happier. 

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We're so thankful for the opportunity to sit down with Sgt. Josh Rolfe and hope that you were able to take something from these 10 questions as well. Head over to our social channels and let us know what you thought!

 

 

May 14, 2018

Sgt. Josh Rolf

As a dog parent, a lot of questions come to mind before, during, and after getting your fur-baby, even more so when adopting from a shelter. We sat down with Sargeant Josh Rolfe, from the Denver Animal Shelter in Colorado, and asked some questions we've all PAWndered about what it's like working at a shelter. Sargeant Rolfe offered so much valuable information, we had to split his interview into two parts! Take a look at what he had to say and if you like what you're reading, stay tuned for part two next month! 

PART I

Buckley Pet: Usually you are one of the first responders who jump into action to rescue animals in peril. What is the most common situation you rescue an animal from?

Sargeant Rolfe: The most common calls we handle are loose animals that may be in traffic and have the danger of being struck by a vehicle. We always try to capture the animal in as safe a manner as possible so that the animal and the people in the area do not get injured. 

BP: What are some of the more difficult aspects of the job?

SR: I think working in such a public arena is sometimes difficult. People are quick to judge before they have all the facts of a case or investigation. For example, someone might see a dog they feel is neglected in their neighbor's yard and call it in. Animal Protection Officers investigate and find out that, although the dog is kept outside, it has access to a garage that is kept heated and has plenty of food and water and blankets inside. I cannot walk the neighbor over to this yard and show them the dog is being cared for. I can explain that our investigation showed that the dog is well cared for and explain what we found, but sometimes the citizen reporting has been watching things next door for so long that they have convinced themselves their neighbors are bad pet parents. This leads them to feel we did not do our jobs. The story then goes to social media, and we receive dozens of phone calls about how terrible the situation is, from people who may never have even seen the animal in person.

BP: What was the most harrowing rescue experience you've had?

SR: Over the years we have had some very challenging rescues and some heartbreaking ones as well. There are two stories that stick with me.

The first is from when I was in training during my first six months as an officer. A mother duck with seven ducklings was crossing a very busy high traffic area. The mother duck was across the road before she realized half of her ducklings were stranded in the middle of the street. She was attempting to cross back to get them but traffic was too heavy. My training officer pulled across the two lanes of traffic between the mother and her ducklings with his lights on to block the traffic and we got out and herded the 4-5 ducklings from the street to safety.

The second story is from a few years back during the winter we had a loose pit bull at City Park. I arrived on scene with another officer and we found the dog. It was immediately apparent that this dog was very scared, having run through several major intersections to get into the park. The dog would not come to us and continued to run every time he saw us. He was running back and forth across the frozen lake in the center of the park. As we backed off to let him come off the ice, we saw him fall through on the far side of the lake. We raced over to that bank and called into our dispatch for Denver Fire to come out and assist us. When the other officer and I got out on the bank we saw the dog was about 15 feet offshore. This is an infuriating distance because it is far enough that all you can do is stand helpless and watch but close enough that you can see everything happening. Unable to sit and watch the dog struggle while we waited for Denver Fire to arrive, we threw our lassos out and attempted to rope the dog and pull him into shore. My nerves got the better of me, and when I threw my rope I forgot that I had to actually hold onto the back end of it and the entire rope went sailing into the lake. With my primary tool gone and helplessly watching the dog fight for his life, I waded out into the frozen water and broke up the ice between the dog and the shore. The dog swam over to us and we were able to leash it. Directly after this, Denver Fire arrived on scene with blankets and one of the firefighters in full wetsuit and scuba gear. He was kind enough to dive and retrieve my lasso for me. The dog recovered in good health at the Denver Animal Shelter.

BP: IF I see an animal that's not mine in peril, whether it was hit by a car or it's been attacked, what should I do? Who should I call?

SR: Any time that you see an injured animal you should not approach it. This could be an animal that you know well, but when animals are in pain and under stress they do not react in ways that they would normally. My advice is to always call for emergency services to come assist you. If you are in Denver, you can call Denver 311 or the Denver non-emergency police line [Look up your local non-emergency police line here] and if it's an emergency you can call 911. We will be on the scene quickly and able to get the animal the help that it needs. We would much rather respond and help an injured animal than respond and help both the injured animal and the citizen who got bitten trying to help. The best thing bystanders can do is keep the scene clear of other people and animals and, if it's in traffic, pull a vehicle in front with hazard lights on to keep the flow of traffic moving around the scene. Please do not get out of your vehicles in traffic to try and help an animal. I know these situations are very tense and everyone wants to do what they can to help an animal, but please look out for your own safety first. 

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We are so thankful for Sargeant Josh Rolfe's time and answers. We love deepening our knowledge of what shelter life is really like and how we, as untrained bystanders, can further help animals during difficult times. FURtunately, we've got more to share next month. Stay tuned, #sniffthefacts, and we'll see you back next time!

 

 

April 05, 2018

We asked the Chief of Veterinary Services, Dr. Louisa Poon, at the Denver Animal Shelter to answer some questions we've always wanted to know about working at an animal shelter. If you're just as curious as us, grab some tissues and read on, a few of these answers will give you some serious feels. 

 

1. How do shelter veterinarians differ from those who work at or run a private practice?

Shelter veterinarians are tasked with "herd health" which is essentially infectious disease control in a large group of animals. On any given day, Denver Animal Shelter will have 150-300 animals in our care. Also, shelter veterinarians commonly will do up to 30 surgeries per day which is quite uncommon in a private practice. 

 

2. What does high-quality care mean in a shelter setting?

When thinking about high-quality care in a shelter setting, we think of the "5 Freedoms". The "5 Freedoms" are:

  • Freedom from hunger and thirst (food and water)
  • Freedom from discomfort (shelter)
  • Freedom from pain, injury, and disease (medical care)
  • Freedom to express normal behavior (exercise)
  • Freedom from fear and distress (love and understanding)

 

3. What areas of expertise are employed by a shelter vet?

As the Chief of Veterinary Services, I focus on: infectious disease control (herd health); high quality, high volume spay/neuter surgeries; and routine examination and diagnosis of sick and injured animals.

 

4. Why do shelters need a veterinarian?

Many stray animals come into the shelter with injuries and without a veterinarian at the shelter, the sick and injured animals would not be able to receive timely diagnostics and treatment. Shelter veterinarians also provide spay/neuter surgeries to intact animals prior to adoption.

 

5. What is the biggest comeback in an animal's health you've witnessed?

A cat with a severe injury to the head after being hit by a car. The cat had sustained so much trauma that the left eye was pushed out of the socket, the hard palate was fractured down the middle, and the lower jaw was fractured. It took a while for the cat to recover but after six weeks of care, the cat was adopted!

 

6. Have you yourself rescued an animal that you've treated?

Yes definitely, sometimes it is hard to let go. Besides working full time at the shelter, I foster for a few different rescue groups as well. I adopted a little terrier that came to the shelter after being attacked by a large dog. I fostered this little terrier for 3 weeks and fell in love. Now he is a member of my pack.

 

7. Historically animal shelters seemed more like processing centers, where animals were either adopted or euthanized within a few days. But now, with no-kill shelters becoming more and more popular, how do you keep up with the large number of animals coming in that need treatment?

It is very fortunate that I live and work in Colorado where all the rescue groups and shelters work closely with one another. We help each other by providing expertise, equipment, and other resources to make sure each animal gets the best care and outcome. Without the support of our partners, we would not be able to save as many lives as we do. Another big part of our success is due to the generosity of our volunteers and donors like Buckley. Resources are always limited but with our volunteers and donors, we are able to help so many more animals.

 

8. Now that the weather is starting to heat up a bit, what are some precautions I can take for my dog in hot weather? How do I know if my dog is dehydrated and what should I do if they are?

When the expected temperature exceeds 80° F, it is best to exercise during the early morning or in the evening, when it is cooler. Always have water available for your dog. Just like with people, certain individuals are more suspected to heat stroke. So if your dog is a puppy, elderly, sick, or overweight, your dog will be more susceptible to overheating. Certain breeds such as English bulldogs, French bulldogs, and other breeds with a "flat face", overheat and suffer from heat stroke very easily. If you are concerned that your dog is dehydrated or is panting heavily due to overheating, seek veterinary care immediately.  

 

9. How do you detach from the emotional stress of your job when you go home?

Processing the negative emotions that come up with the job can be very difficult and to be honest, I am not always successful. My veterinary staff is amazing and we provide each other a lot of emotional support. After all, the people that are "in the trenches" with you are the people who understand the situation the best. WIthout their understanding and never-ending support, I don't think I would be able to handle the stresses of this job. Another thing that helps me to detach from the emotional stress of my job when I go home is a balanced home life. I love to spend time with my dogs and my spouse. I am very active and love to exercise. Without other interests and hobbies in my home life, I would constantly be thinking about work and that would be super stressful!

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We are in awe of the passion and dedication it takes to work as a veterinarian in an animal shelter and we are so thankful for all of their hard work. Thank you again to Dr. Lisa Poon from the Denver Animal Shelter! Stay tuned for our follow-up blog: Ten Questions We've Always Wanted to Ask a Shelter Sargent.

 

February 12, 2018

Johanne & Tonto: A Love Story

It was only a year ago now that Johanne, of Eugene, Oregon, laid eyes on who was to become her new life companion, Tonto. Though she didn’t know it at the time, this scruffy street dog on her Costa Rican vacation was going to steal her heart and she’d end up going to great lengths to make sure he was able to come back home with her.

 

Tonto's last day in Costa Rica. 

 

It all started when Johanne spotted Tonto on a walk around the town of Dominical, he took a liking to her and began following her around everywhere she went. She fell in love with his stubborn personality and silly behavior, reminiscent of her girlfriend, Emilie, whom she was missing back home. She let Tonto follow her for the next week, they did everything together. Their friendship blossomed over the week she was in there, but she was already scheduled to leave for a distant town. She made up her mind that if she made it back to the town after, she would adopt him. She wanted to bring him home.

 

Photo by @leazaglinphotography

 Tonto and Johanne.

 

A week later Johanne made her way back to the town of Dominical. She searched high and low, asking the locals if they had seen this scruffy grey dog running around the streets, of course they had, they’d seen hundreds. If you’re not familiar with Costa Rica (or most Latin American countries) street dogs are normal, like part of the furniture in the living room of life. But Johanne didn't give up, she wanted to find Tonto.

 

Photo by @leazaglinphotography

 Johanne, Tonto, and Emilie enjoying the sunshine.

 

On the last night of Johanne’s visit to Dominical, she went to a bar near her hotel to say goodbye to some friends she had made on her travels. There, sitting on a couch between a few of her friends, was Tonto. She was elated. Johanne couldn’t believe she had actually found this dog she had fallen in love with a week prior. She kept her promise to adopt him and spent the next few days getting all of the paperwork together to bring him home.

 

Photo by @leazaglinphotography

 Emilie, Johanne, and Tonto playing in the park.

 

After convincing her friends and family that this was the right thing to do, Johanne and Tonto bordered one of the four flights they needed to take to get back to Eugene. The first couple of days weren't easy, a snowstorm and broken water pipes in her home forced them take the long drive up to Seattle to stay with friends while repairs were made. It’s no surprise that the weather was hard for Tonto at first. From the tropical climate of Costa Rica, to the cold and rainy winters of the Pacific Northwest was no easy transition, but big blankets and lots of cuddles helped Tonto acclimate.  

 

 Tonto and his kitty sister, Butters, having a lazy day inside.

 

Today, Johanne and Tonto have been together for 1 year. Not every day is easy, he’s still a street dog at heart, but everybody that meets Tonto immediately falls in love and he makes friends out of every stranger, dog and human. Like all love stories, theirs comes with ups and downs, but the joy of having each other makes every second worth it.

 

 Tonto, Johanne, and Butters on a winter walk.

 

We hope you all have a lovely Valentines day and that you’re able to spend it with the ones you love, whether it's your favorite human or your #Buckleypet. Stay tuned for more love stories and other Buckley “tails” over the coming months! See you soon!

January 02, 2018

Santa Paws 2017

This holiday season, Buckley had the pleasure of sponsoring Denver radio station  KJHM Jammin 101.5’s Santa Paws contest in Denver, Colorado in conjunction with the Denver Animal Shelter.
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For the inaugural Santa Paws contest, listeners of 101.5 KJHM submitted photos of their dogs/cats to the contest and other listeners voted on their favorites. The first place winner won a $250 gift card to PetSmart and the top 10 get a Buckley prize pack. Also, in affiliation with the Santa Paws contest, we’ve donated a 4 lb pallet of our Liberty Kibble to the Denver Animal Shelter!
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We asked Andrea Petrucelli of 101.5 KJHM why she and her team love working with the Denver Animal Shelter. “We have a great relationship with the Denver Animal Shelter and do whatever we can to encourage our listeners to adopt these furry friends!” she says. “In the past, we have done the 12 Strays of Christmas, where we bring different pets in to the office for 12 days in hopes they would get adopted - and they have been! Jammin 101.5 listeners are pet lovers, so we always do something to highlight the cute pets in the Mile High!”
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We are so excited to share the pictures of the winners of the Santa Paws Contest because...well...they’re adorable! See them below!
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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas for 1 year old, Wyatt!

Paco and Bruno have been very good boys this year, Santa!

Missy is going all out for her first Christmas!

Kobi Bear is looking forward to treats from Santa!

Santa Paws is coming to town and he looks a lot like Jax!

Bear is only 4 months old and already on the good list!

With 5 Christmas’s under her belt, Apple Bee knows what it takes to get on Santa’s good list.

We hope you and your furry family had an awesome holiday season and 2017--Happy New Year!

November 22, 2017

Our Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes for Dogs.

Thanksgiving is the day we celebrate friends, family, and pets by sitting down around the table (some under it) to eat, talk and laugh. When the day comes to an end, we often find ourselves with an abundance of leftover food. In case you were in need of some inspiration for using your Thanksgiving scraps, we’ve compiled a couple of our favorite Thanksgiving-inspired recipes from “hoomans” that you can share with your #Buckleypet.

It’s Turkey Time!

This recipe is one of our favorites and it’s made by Jennifer in Bainbridge Island, WA, for her two dogs, Finn and Angus, who love Thanksgiving dinner as much as anyone else in her family. This recipe uses turkey, which is not only delicious but lean and healthy. With the perfect balance of protein and tasty vegetables, it’s perfect for your pup! If you’re using the turkey leftover from dinner, skip the cooking part and be sure to use the white meat only and to take out all of the bones before serving.

You will need: 1 pound ground (if not using leftovers) turkey, 2 cups brown rice, 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, 1 (16 ounce) package frozen broccoli, carrots, and cauliflower.

Cook about 2 cups of brown rice according to package directions. While the rice is cooking, cook your frozen veggies according to the package directions. Heat a few tablespoons of olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. When the pot is heated, add 1 pound of ground turkey and cook until browned on each side. This process is made easier if you continuously crumble and stir the turkey as it cooks. After the turkey is cooked, add the veggies and brown rice. Cook until all of the ingredients are heated. This should only take a few minutes. Take the pot off the heat and let it cool before serving.

Vegetarians Delight

If you’re a vegetarian, chances are that your dog will be too. Lucky for you, there a plenty of healthy recipes that don't need meat and are great for your pup! Sarah, from Seattle, WA, loves feeding her dog “healthy scraps” after her Thanksgiving dinner. If all of the ingredients are coming from your table, be sure that they are safe for your dog to eat and you haven’t added too much sugar or dairy. Onions are a big no-no and corn is harder for your dog to digest, so it’s recommended that you don’t feed them corn very often. There are plenty of online articles that will help you determine what food is safe and not so safe for your dog to eat.

You will need: 1 cup of leftover mashed potatoes (or cook up a new batch using no dairy products), 1 can of kidney beans, 1 can peas, 1 can of corn and 1 cup of cooked carrots and anything else you might think your dog will enjoy.

Put all of the ingredients in a large pot and warm them over medium heat. Once all of the ingredients are warm, take off the heat and let it cool before serving.

   

If you want to enhance the nutritional value of your pups Thanksgiving feast, add Liberty™ Freeze-Dried as a topper.

Now it’s time to feast! We hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and get to share it with the people and pets you love!

October 27, 2017

3 Ways to Turn an Old T-shirt into a New Toy for Your Pup

If you’re a dog owner, you’re probably aware that having a dog isn’t cheap. From quality dog food, to surprise vet visits, our furry friend often cost us a pretty penny. Dog toys can also end up costing you (especially if your dog tears through one or two a week), so we want to share a few easy projects using old T-shirts that are durable, easy, and that you can do yourself!

Braided T-Shirt with Ball.

This is a favorite of ours. All you need is an old t-shirt and a tennis ball.

  1. First, grab your tennis ball and carefully make a hole about an inch in diameter on opposite ends of the tennis ball (so you can see through the ball to the other side). An Exacto-knife is a good tool for this - but remember to be careful cutting - those things are sharp!
  2. Grab an old t-Shirt and flatten it out in front of you. Carefully cut three 4-5 inch strips lengthwise from your t-shirt.
  3. With all the of strips lying lengthwise, knot the three strips together at one end. Braid the strips together until you get to the end. Before knotting the other end of the braid, slide your ball onto the braid.
  4. Secure the ball by knotting the other end of the braid.

That’s it! You and your pup now have a new favorite tug and fetch toy. Prepare yourself for hours of fun!

DIY T-Shirt Ball

For this project, you're only going to need a ball (a tennis ball is ideal), two large strips of fabric, a long small strip of fabric, and a pair of Scissors.

  1. First, carefully cut the fabric into two large strips about 5 to 6 inches wide and the length of the t-shirt.
  2. Lay the two pieces of large fabric in an X formation and place the ball in the center.
  3. Pull the fabric around the ball and use the small piece of fabric to secure the ball inside the fabric. Cut the small piece of fabric down so there isn't excess hanging off the toy. You can use the excess small fabric to tie the ends of the braids.
  4. Cut the large sections of fabric into three even strips.starting from the bottom to the base of the ball.  
  5. Braid each section tightly. The tighter the better because it’s harder for dogs to chew through. After the section is braided, use the remaining small piece of fabric to tie the ends of the braids.

There you have it! Now your pup has more than a ball, they have a ball with legs!

The Four-Legged Friend

A four-legged friend for our four-legged friend? Yes, please! This one is perfect for a pup to play tug of war or a chew on with a few playmates.

  1. Start with cutting six strips of cloth in three different colors. Preferably 5 inches wide and the shirt's length from neck to bottom.
  2. Braid each set of three and knot them at each end to hold the braid in place. The tighter the better!  
  3. Bend the braids in the middle and then tie them together at the bend.
  4. Knot the two braids together in the center.

Voila! You have a brand new (and very durable) toy for your furry four-legged friend!

 There you have it! You don’t need money to give your dog the coolest new toys, just lots of old t-shirts! If you get a chance to make one of these toys, be sure to share with us on social using our #buckleypet hashtag! We would love to see how your dog likes them!

 ***Also, don't forget that October is Adopt-A-Dog month and we’re pretty sure there are plenty of furry friends in need of a home and some homemade toys! Even if you’re not in the position to adopt right now, consider making some of these toys and donating them. Stop by your local animal shelter to learn how you can get involved!

October 02, 2017

Adopt-A-Dog Month: 4 Tails of Adoption

Sometimes all you need is a second chance. When you adopt, you're saving a life and opening up room in shelters for other pets in need. To celebrate Adopt-A-Dog Month in October, we are sharing the ups and downs of adoption from the perspective of four families.  

Chelle, Clint, and Buckley Pet Ambassadors Whitley, Alfie, and Morrie from Inwood, WV.

 “We always wanted to adopt but also had a specific breed in mind so it sounded awesome for us to rescue our favorite breed. We have three Jack Russell Terriers, two of them are rescues. Whitley is a rescue (he was from a puppy mill and then given to us by his first owner who said she didn't have time for him). When we got him, he was skin and bones, timid, and very independent. He's been with us for over a year now and his personality has completely morphed into the way that we love him. He is now a snuggle bug, playful, and just has a wonderful zest for life. Our oldest dog, Alfie was severely abused. We were told that he was locked in a crate, muzzled, and then stuffed in a closet for many years. When he got to us, he was terrified of windows going down, brooms, and the sound of traffic. It took a lot of time and patience to teach him that our hands were for love and that what he was experiencing in his life now was normal and nothing to be scared of. There were tough times with both of our rescues even though Alfie was the hardest. We know he counts on us to give him happiness for the rest of his life. Be patient, very patient and just give love - all a dog really wants in life is love.”

 Leah and Buckley Pet Sachi from Seattle, WA.

“If you buy a purebred puppy from a breeder there’s no guarantee that it’s personality/style will match yours. Every dog is different and is going to have different needs. If you go to a shelter, you at least have the opportunity to look at/interact with adult dogs to get an idea of their personality and energy level and decide if that dog would fit your lifestyle. I knew that I wanted a pit bull or pit mix and there are so many of them in rescues and shelters waiting for a forever home that it was not hard to find the kind of dog I was looking for (on the smaller side, housebroken, etc) without going to a breeder. I met and played with a few dogs at the shelter before finding Sachi, the one I ended up taking home. I saw Sachi in a kennel and thought she was cute so I decided to take her out to the field and throw a tennis ball for her to fetch.  When she brought the ball back, instead of dropping it for me to throw again, she laid down in my lap with it and was much more interested in me than playing fetch. How could I say no to that?!

Ronnie and Buckley Pet Chloe from Salem, OR.

“Chloe is a big, beautiful dog. She is actually a Staffordshire Terrier mixed with boxer. People are drawn to her personality, probably the smile and the way she dances when she meets people. I call it "puppying". She can be very protective but not aggressive. Three years ago my first grandchild came along and Chloe loves that little girl. I became convinced that all Chloe needed to make her life happier was to have a kid to call her own. We now have a two-year-old at home who adores her and they are inseparable. It never occurred to me to buy a dog because there are so many dogs out there who needed a home. Who’s to say that a purebred puppy is going to match your personality or lifestyle any better than a sweet dog who has never experienced the joy of a fur-ever home? The joy Chloe has brought to me and to the family is much greater than any of the difficulties we have had. When a great big dog climbs into your lap and tries to curl up like a lap dog, you know they love and trust you. They are finally experiencing love and joy for the first time in a long time.”

 Emily, Miles, and Buckley Pet Lady Bird from San Francisco, CA.

“We love dogs and initially wanted a Golden Retriever or Aussie, but after our friends had positive dog adoption stories, we widened our scope to other breeds that were available in shelters. We both grew up with purebred dogs but agree that rescue mutts are just as, if not more, awesome and deserve a second shot at life. When I first saw Lady Bird (she was Birdie back then) she was crying and trying to shove her face through the gap in her pen to lick me. I was first on the waiting list to meet with her, and she ran out into the meeting area wiggling, soft, and full of personality. You know your rescue dog is yours when you can't imagine living another second of your life without them! The first few months were a perfect storm with everything from giardia to kennel cough and even her sucking the ink out of a ballpoint pen. It felt like we were living with a coyote. Since then, her personality has bloomed and she’s transformed into a furry potato dog that thinks she’s a Shih Tzu. With lots of work, my boyfriend and I have learned when to give her space and what works to nix her bad behavior. She loves small children, peanuts, yogurt, and has claimed all our dirty socks as her babies.”

Thank you to all our Buckley Pets and their humans for sharing their stories with us. Tune into our social accounts for more adoption stories throughout the rest of Adopt-A-Dog month!

August 30, 2017

Holistic Medicine: What Is It and Is It Right For Your Dog  

For Holistic Pet Day, we're taking a closer look at the practice and its benefits

Maybe it was four years ago, maybe it was four days ago, whenever it was, you’ll never forget the day you brought home your four-legged fur-ever friend. With all the joy that comes with owning a new pet, comes many uncertainties. But if there’s one thing you're absolutely sure about, it’s giving your pet the best life possible. The decision to bring them to a traditional vet versus trying a more holistic approach is an important one, so we took a closer look at the practice.

What is holistic pet care?

In a nutshell, holistic medicine studies the overall health of a person or animal. This means a balance of the mind, the body, and the spirit for a healthy life. Holistic vets search for ways to treat the causes of a disease or ailment, rather than just the symptoms. With holistic medicine on the rise, more and more veterinarians are analyzing pet’s environments, nutrition, daily physical activity, and emotions. When a vet has a better understanding of a pet as a whole, they can treat them with diet, massage therapy, acupuncture or herbal remedies.

What’s the deal with raw food?

Holistic vets usually encourage a change in your pet’s diet to fight off obesity, cancer and other serious diseases. The hard part is, most of the food you find at your local market is made with soy, wheat, corn, and other ingredients that aren’t necessarily great for your dog to consume on a daily basis. If you do your research and feed your dog more raw food, you can give them the wholesome nutrients that they need for a healthy stomach, skin, and bones.

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How can you incorporate these things into your dog's daily life?

Let’s be honest, not everybody has the time or money to feed their dog raw food and take them to a holistic vet, but this doesn't mean you can’t make little changes in your dog's daily life to help their overall health. Try using our Liberty Freeze Dried as a meal topper - It's a great way to incorporate raw food into your pup's diet without breaking the bank. By feeding them whole animal nutrition with antioxidant rich vegetables and healthy oils and by doing your research when picking a vet, you’re on the path to supporting optimal health for your dog.


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If you want to give holistic medicine a try, we recommend you go into your local holistic veterinarian to learn more. You can also reward your pup with our wholesome, all-natural dog food and treats, made to give your pup a happier and healthier life.


For more info on holistic pet care, check out the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association online.

July 28, 2017

7 Tips for Traveling with Dogs

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Traveling with pets can be a lot of fun, but it can also be a bit stressful (particularly if your pet can get anxious when you deviate from routine). There are pet-specific logistics to arrange and some extra considerations to take into account, but if you plan properly, your trip with your furbaby can be much smoother!

 

  1. International Travel - Documents and Vaccinations 

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  • Check out pettravelstore.com - they’ve got great information about what you need to bring your pet to a lot of destinations, even without paying for the paperwork packages.
  • Talk to your vet - most vets know what each country requires or can at least direct you to where to look.
  • Check the country’s website for rules related to bringing pets across the border.

 

  1. Travel Arrangements

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  • Call the airline in advance
    • Let them know you’re traveling with a pet. Some airlines only allow a certain number of pets on a flight, so be sure to call as soon as you can.
    • Find out what their rules and requirements are.
  • In-Cabin vs. Cargo
    • In-Cabin
      • Make sure you know the rules and requirements for in-cabin pet transportation and abide by them.
      • Bring treats and chews to distract your pet during the flight but don’t be surprised if they don’t seem interested in them.
      • During the flight, gauge the water you give your pet to ensure that they stay hydrated but don’t end up with an uncomfortably full bladder.
      • Be prepared for the plane’s environmental conditions. The plane might get cold, so bring a blanket or some old t-shirts to give your pet during the flight.
    • Cargo
      • Make sure you understand how the airline handles pet transport (e.g. where will your pet be while the plane is being loaded and boarded? Is the cargo hold temperature controlled?).
      • Plan your route carefully.
        • For long trips, try to include a layover to give your pet a break mid-trip.
        • If you have a layover, keep in mind that airlines won’t transfer your pet to the next flight, so plan for lots of time between any connections.
      • Get appropriate gear.
        • A large enough crate for your pet to be comfortable
        • A crate with a secure lock
        • A dripless hydration system
      • Include visible identification on your pet’s crate, noting your pet’s name, your name and phone number, any temperament or behavior issues, and a picture of your pet. You can also include your pet’s veterinary information.
      • When boarding, tell the ticket agent at the gate that you would like to get confirmation that your pet has been loaded on the plane.
  • Pre-flight preparation
    • Consider pre-flight preparations (e.g. exercise your pet beforehand, talk to your vet about potential reactions to flying and how to deal with them).
    • Have all airline-required documentation ready (most require a health certificate from a vet, issued within 10 days of the flight).
    • Make sure you have an airline-compliant carrier.
    • Don’t feed your pet the morning of the flight and take away water bowl two hours before departure -- while this may seem cruel, your pet will be fine without food and water for a few hours and the flight might upset your pet’s tummy.

  1. Pet-friendly accommodations 

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  • Airbnb and Booking.com, among other sites, allow you to filter by pet-friendly accommodations.
  • Call your accommodations in advance to let them know you’re bringing a pet.

  1. Pack for your pet

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    • Don't forget to bring all the essentials!
      • Bowls
      • Food
      • Treats
      • Toys
      • Chews
      • Any medications
      • Any trip-related gear (e.g. if you're planning to take your pet hiking, pack accordingly; if you're going somewhere with a high tick population, pack a tick remover)
    1. Plan for non-dog-friendly activities 

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      • If your pet is crate trained, think about bringing a crate with you for when you need to leave your pet alone.
      • If you’ll be gone for more than a few hours at a time, consider looking into getting a local pet sitter while you’re away. Remember, this is a new and stressful environment for your pet and the last thing you want is for your relaxing vacation to be their worst nightmare.

      1. Plan for the worst before you leave

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          • Make sure your pet is microchipped (your pet should be microchipped either way, but you definitely want them to be even more so if you’re traveling with them) and record their microchip number somewhere accessible while you’re away (e.g. your phone).
          • Look up a local vet at your destination and have their contact information handy -- you never know if you’ll need it and it’s better to have it ready in the event you do.

          1. Enjoy!

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          • Taking your pet on a trip may seem like a lot of work, but it will be well worth the effort to get to share those special, once-in-a-lifetime moments with them!

           

          Written by Buckley Ambassador Dog-Mom, Taly Matiteyahu (@greywolf.blackfox)

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