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By next Friday, January 29, I challenge my Pet Connection readers and my friends, followers, family and fans — real life and social media alike — to dig deep and help the animals of the OCAS (Orange County Animal Services, Orlando Florida) get those beds. Click here to read more: My challenge: Let’s get these pets some beds!
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It was the dream of Jessica Jessica Masiello who volunteers with the dogs at the Maricopa County Animal Care & Control facility in Mesa Arizona to see each dog sleep off the floor on a cozy Kuranda bed by Christmas eve. This was not a small dream since there are over 324 dogs at that shelter. Thanks to the support of dog lovers as far away as Iowa, her dream is coming true!
We want to make the surroundings and accommodations for the animals at Metro Animal Services the best they can be, and the Kuranda beds play a big part in that goal,” said Jackie Gulbe, director of community relations for Metro Animal Services, Louisville, KY.
Taylor Animal Shelter taking donations of Kuranda-brand dog beds to help keep dogs off the concrete floors.
“The dogs have to stay in their kennels,” Voytek said. “They sleep there and poop there and pee there and eat there — all in the same spot. With the beds, it’s a little more comfy for them. One dog has been in the shelter so long, she has little sores on her elbows from the concrete, like bedsores.”
Is there a better dog to begin our informational journey with than the Golden Retriever? I think not! The intelligent and loving Golden Retriever makes the perfect family dog – they are easy to train, well-mannered, and gentle with children. It is no wonder that that the Golden Retriever is among America’s most popular dog breeds. But what attributes should you take into consideration when choosing a bed for your Golden Retriever? Let’s find out…
A few months ago, I was visiting a shelter in Norfolk, Virginia when I saw this most beautiful Australian Shepherd. When I first saw it, it was outside in the visitor playground. A couple of young girls were sitting on a park bench throwing a ball to the dog. He ran off, fetched the ball and then immediately lay down under the bench that the girls were sitting on. The girls would then throw the ball again…. I waited until they brought the dog back to it’s stall and went home. I immediately called my wife. I wanted it! My wife, Rita calmed me down and talked some sense to me so I went home dejected, without the dog. I have thought about this dog ever since. This led me to a conversation with Kathy Givens. I asked her to tell me more about these beautiful dogs.
Kathy Givens grew up in San Fransisco and moved to Tahoe, in an area surrounded by ranches to get out into the wilderness. "The Basque people developed the Australian Shepherd from the Border collie years ago in Spain. They settled this area and when I moved here, I thought Oh my God, I'm in heaven, with all these Australian Shepherds everywhere." She's got 7 dogs of her own plus as many as 15 rescues at a time, getting about 2 adoptions a week. "I won't give a dog to someone who works 8 hours a day because if you don't give them a job, they'll find one." Kathy really encourages her adopters to teach their dogs to compete with sanctioned events. Agility training can be dangerous for dogs if you push them too far so these sanctioned events have set safety standards for dogs to prevent injuries. They have several venues for competing with dogs. These categories include Herding, Obedience, Agility, Tracking and Conformation. You can choose any one of these areas to compete.
There are several types of herding dogs, for instance Corgi's and Australian Cattle dogs usually do "pen work" while they use Border Collies and Australian Shepherds to go out to the great beyond to bring the cattle and sheep back to the ranch. While Australian Shepherds perform with amazing success in Agility Training, Border Collies are even better. "When I started competing in Agility Training, I found that the Border Collies were acing the competition." That's when Kathy began to take in Border Collies. You see, Kathy's a competitor herself.
Kathy owns sheep that she keeps at a local horse training facility. She can't keep the sheep on her own property because the dogs would be too determined to get to the sheep. This facility backs up to an open range managed by the Bureau of land Management. Often times, she'll take her sheep and let them loose on the open range and then set her more advanced dogs out to find them. "You should have seen me learn how to ride a horse to do this." You can't do all this on foot so Kathy follows her cows on horseback. Kathy encourages the people who adopt her rescues to train their new dogs with her. "You can't place a dog that has an instinct to do a certain job and not give the people a resource to do that."
Interview of Kathy Givens
Director, Australian Shepherd and Border Collie Rescue of Northern Nevada
2735 Clapham Ln
Minden, NV 89423
This contest’s winner:
Daisy Approved - It took Daisy no time at all to get used to her new bed. It may seem big today, but she's only 70# and 6 months old. She'll fill that bed in no time at all.
As the winner, I had a bed donated in my name to: LeLands Heart Sanctuary in Lubbock, TX
This contest’s winner:
Giant Bookends - Sophia and Addison are best of friends and can regularly be seen sitting, standing, or sleeping like living bookends. They both are rescue dogs; Sophia from a horrible puppymill situation and Addison from an 'accidental' litter.
As the winner, I had a bed donated in my name to: Central Vermont Humane Society in Barre, VT
This contest’s winner:
Karen Sadler - Liberty is an older dog that was rescued because she was about to be shot. This little guy is the last of her pups that was born the day after Liberty was saved. He is so tired after playing with his brother all day.
As the winner, I had a bed donated in my name to: Lakefield Animal Welfare Society in Lakefield, ON
This contest’s winner:
Double Trouble - This is Rocket and Demi aka double trouble. Both are rescues from Canada and the States. Both had been abused, starved and then dumped. Demi was badly injured when she got hit by a car. They are both safe and happy now and LOVE their beds!!!
As the winner, I had a bed donated in my name to: Victoria Pet Adoption Society in Saanichton, BC