Dog wash cleans up for new beds for Arizona shelter!

Congratulations to Jessica and her team who spent Saturday afternoon washing dogs from tiny to giant sizes and raised almost $700 for Kuranda beds for the Maricopa County Animal Care & Control!

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Golden Retrievers

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…

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Australian Shepherds & Border Collies

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.

PhotoThere 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
email: [email protected]
http://aussiebcrescue.com/
775-267-4068
Photo of Kathy Givens

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2/16/2010 – 2/22/2010

 

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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

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2/9/2010 – 2/15/2010

 

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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

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2/2/2010 – 2/8/2010

 

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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

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1/26/2010 – 2/1/2010

 

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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

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1/19/2010 – 1/25/2010

 

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Saluki Slumber - Here are my two lazy hounds, Feagin and Mishka, sacked out on the Kuranda. I had to order another one because they both kept cramming onto this one...and spilling over, obviously! Then I found he still likes to sleep on it this way, even alone!

As the winner, I had a bed donated in my name to: City of Dewey Animal Shelter in Dewey, OK

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1/12/2010 – 1/18/2010

 

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Happy Huskies - The girls love this bed, they each have one,but they seem to like to share one.

As the winner, I had a bed donated in my name to: Bay Area Siberian Husky Rescue in Campbell, CA

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1/5/2010 – 1/11/2010

 

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Love on the Poochie Cot - Here are "The Baileys" taking nap together. They love each other so much, they're even forming a heart! :)

As the winner, I had a bed donated in my name to: Desert Labrador Retriever Rescue in Mesa, AZ

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12/22/2009 – 12/28/2009

 

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Working Hard or Hardly Working? - The poochy cot is my favorite place to sleep, work and play! Where did I put my coffee?

As the winner, I had a bed donated in my name to: San felipe animal rescue in Maricopa, AZ

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12/15/2009 – 12/21/2009

 

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Torrie 6 weeks old - Loves her Kuranda bed even now!

As the winner, I had a bed donated in my name to: A Paw Up Rescue in Prosser, WA

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12/8/2009 – 12/14/2009

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To many birds - This is Rudy, my nin year-old Chinese Shar-Pei. We had just come back from a walk in the park at the same time as a bird flock convention and he wore himself out. This was as far as he got when we arrive home!

As the winner, I had a bed donated in my name to: Shar Pei Rescue of Tennessee in Decherd, TN

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12/1/2009 – 12/7/2009

 

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Holly -We love Kuranda beds because they are Holly chew proof. No more stuffing all over the yard! We love Kuranda beds because they are Holly chew proof. No more stuffing all over the yard!

As the winner, I had a bed donated in my name to: Lancaster Shelter - LACDACC in Lancaster, CA

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11/24/2009 – 11/30/2009

 

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Weight limit? -It's a good thing we got the aluminum frame! These two combine for over 250 lbs and the Kuranda bed is no worse for the wear!

As the winner, I had a bed donated in my name to: Harlequin Haven Great Dane-Saint in Bethel, OH

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11/17/2009 – 11/23/2009

 

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Half On - Our Saint Bernard is on the bed, but Chowder the Golden makes the most of the space that is left!

As the winner, I had a bed donated in my name to: PetsConnect! Incorporated in Edwardsburg, MI

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11/10/2009 – 11/16/ 2009

 

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Little Bear - Baron (aka Little Bear) gets a commanding view of his backyard kingdom from his Kuranda, where he rules over the squirrels and birds!

As the winner, I had a bed donated in my name to: Plano Animal Shelter in Plano, TX

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11/3/2009 – 11/9/2009

 

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Sheba - Sheba belongs to my parents and was visiting with us while they were away. She spent the etire time sleeping on the Kuranda bed. I think she was hinting at an early christmas present from her favorite aunt :)

As the winner, I had a bed donated in my name to: Rockys Friends Rescue in Harleysville, PA

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10/27/2009 - 11/2/2009

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Cato - This beautiful Pei boy loves his Kuranda. He came from the streets of Nashville where someone dumped him, but he knows the good life when he experiences it. Way to go, Cato!!!

As the winner, I had a bed donated in my name to: Shar Pei Rescue of Tennessee in Decherd, TN

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10/20/2009 - 10/26/2009

 

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2 Dogs and a Little Lady - Lilly and Perdita share their Kurandas with a human buddy.

As the winner, I had a bed donated in my name to: South Pacific County Humane Society in Long Beach, WA

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