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Dodger Wins 2 Titles! -- Friday April 16th, 2010
Dodger, the ARRF Mascot received two Schutzhund titles today, he received his OBT and his WTE. We are all so proud of him!
Merry Christmas -- Sunday December 13th, 2009
I hope you are doing ok and not having any problems with being sick or problems with money. I know I hear so much about both those things that I worry about you, Mrs Santa and the Elves a whole lot. I really hope you are able to stay warm, safe and healthy during the Christmas season.
Santa, this year I am not going to ask for the usual toys, treats or sweaters that you have brought me in the past. I have some of all those things even though they may not be the best, I will be ok with my old things. What I want more than anything this year, is a loving family that will adopt me and love me, a real forever home. I have been in foster care for the last three months and even though they are GREAT I really want to be part of a real family.
My foster parents have treated me better than I have ever been treated in my whole life. I have wonderful food, treats, toys and my own room. I get to run and play with their other "kids" but because they are older they do not always want to play with me like I would like them to. I would love to have a family with a brother or maybe a sister that would get along with me but not a family too big to where I may feel left out, like I do now at times, being there are several others where I am. I do feel left out at times because the others live here and I am just a guest.
My foster parents do love me very much and they have made sure I get medical attention especially for a heart condition I have and that I get my medicine. They do not get paid for taking care of me so it was really hard on them at first but my foster Dad, he built me a website, it was to help find me a really good home but people from Ohio, Florida, Georgia and other places gave a few donations that have helped to pay for things I really needed and their gifts have allowed me to stay in foster care this long. I really appreciate all those people and what they have done for me but I still want my own family to belong to and love.
Santa, I know you are really busy and have a bunch of others on your mind right now, so to help you remember how I ended up here, my foster Dad found me walking through traffic in North Kannapolis, NC back on September 10 th of this year. I was in a daze, not paying attention to the things around me. He talked to me but I was so unsure of what was going on around me at the time that I just acted like I did not hear. He went to his truck and came back with a rope, gently looped it around my neck, where a collar with a name tag should have been, this kind of let me know that he just wanted to help. Then he picked me up, placed me in the back of his truck, took me for a ride, which I LOVED, to his home. I have been with him and his wife for three months now, I really like her too, when she comes home after work I get all excited and when I try to jump up in her lap she has such a great laugh.
I have been learning how to behave and a little on how to get along with other dogs. I used to have to stay outside but now I get to be inside, with only time outs to run and play outside. I am fully house trained and have NEVER had any accidents inside! I now know my new name, Girdy or sometimes Gertrude, I used to have another name but no one seems to know what it was and I am beginning to forget what it was myself. I know when to come when I am called, I am also learning other words too like sit, stay, shake. kennel, wait, NO!, I seem to hear that one a lot for some reason, up, down and something about roll over. I do not always do as I am told but I am only about two or three years old and I am willing to learn.
Santa, I know it is hard to promise me that you can find me a new family by Christmas but any help you and your elves can offer would be really great, so if you happen to know of someone that has a fenced in yard, where I can run and play and they have plenty of room inside for me and my new crate, PLEASE let them know about me.
MERRY CHRISTMAS SANTA! And tell Mrs Santa and all the Elves Merry Christmas too!
Oh also could you please make sure these people have a great Christmas this year they have been so kind to me:
Louies Eye Surgery -- Monday February 9th, 2009
Louie had his eye surgery today and came out with the most beautiful eyes. he is happy and recovering at Kim Bucanans' home, his foster mom. He is happy healthy and eating and playing. New pictures of Louie will be available soon. Thank you to all who donated and made his new eyes possible !
Quarterly News -- Sunday February 1st, 2009
Valentine's Day Pet Safety Tips
You never thought to associate Valentine's Day with pet hazards. Animals love to explore with their mouths and make playthings out of everything. Here are tips to keep your furry ones safe. Pet precautions should be taken. Pets, like kids, love to get into forbidden goodies. Unfortunately pets raiding the chocolate supply can face needless suffering or even death. Chocolate is toxic to animals and if enough is ingested it can create complications. Symptoms from chocolate ingestion include hyperactivity, tremors, racing heartbeat, and seizures. Damage to the liver cans also occur. It is risky to leave boxes of candy out in your home. As little as four ounces is enough to kill a ten-pound pet.
As for flowers, many varieties of lilies are highly toxic to cats; so if flowers are your choice, make sure your cats can’t get near them. Other potentially poisonous flowers include tulips, amaryllis, daisies, chrysanthemums and baby’s breath.
Candlelit dinners are about as high on the romance scale as you can get, but please don’t leave the room while flames are still burning. Many pets, particularly kittens, are very curious and are attracted to flames and could get burned or even knock over candles. Let curious paws find safer things to play with.
Other hazards to be aware of include alcoholic beverages, cellophane, ribbons and balloons. These can be ingested and cause complications to your pets. Keep seasonal items out of the reach of our four-legged friends.
"Winterize" Your Dogs to Protect Them From Winter's Cold
As the temperature drops, dog lovers need to take special precautions to protect their canine companions from the dangers of winter cold. While it's easy to think that dogs are immune to cold because of their fur, the fact is that more dogs die in the winter than any other time of year. By following these tips, you can keep your dog safe during the cold weather. All animal need shelter form the cold, wet weather.
Beware of cold temperatures. While many dogs can be safe in outside temperatures down to 20 degrees Fahrenheit with proper shelter (see below), puppies, smaller dogs and older dogs should not be left outdoors when the temperature falls below 40 degrees. Shorthaired dogs, such as Chihuahuas and greyhounds, can become immediately chilled after leaving the warm house, so they will need a sweater put on before going outside.
Keep older, arthritic dogs inside. These dogs should not be left outside under any circumstances. Escort older dogs outside. If the yard has snow or ice, use a leash since older dogs can easily fall and seriously injure themselves.Watch for signs of frostbite and injury.Dogs' ears, paws and tails are especially susceptible to frostbite. Initially, frostbitten tissue may appear pale or gray in color, and the area will be cold and hard to the touch. As the area thaws, it may become red. In severe frostbite, within several days the tissue will start to appear black. If you suspect frostbite, bring your dog into a warm location and soak the affected area in lukewarm water for about 20 minutes. Contact your veterinarian. If your dog plays on ice or hard, frozen dirt, his paws are susceptible to cuts as they slide across these rough surfaces. Watch for chewing at his paws during long walks or periods of play. Always wipe your dog's feet after a walk in the snow to remove ice and salt deposits from the road. Salt irritates a dog's paws and can be toxic if ingested. Keep an eye out for hypothermia.If you notice shivering, lethargy, low heart rate and unresponsiveness, bring your dog into a warm area, place a light blanket over him, and call your veterinarian.
Eliminate the possibility of poisoning. Unfortunately, dogs like the sweet taste of antifreeze, which can cause sickness or death if ingested. Make certain that all antifreeze containers are well out of reach of dogs, and thoroughly clean any spills immediately.
Provide a protective shelter.If your dog stays outside much of the time in the winter, make certain that his doghouse meets certain minimum criteria. It needs to be raised a couple of inches off the frozen ground or concrete. The inside needs to have a blanket, cedar shavings or straw, which should be changed frequently to keep them warm and dry. Add a flap to the door, and face the doghouse away from the weather. The size of the doghouse should be large enough so your dog can sit and stand, but small enough so his body heat will be retained in the house.
Supply fresh water.Use a plastic water bowl so your dog's tongue does not get stuck to cold metal, and change the water often to keep it from freezing.
Winter Weather Safety Tips for Your Pet
To protect your pet during the cold months, follow these winter weather safety tips:
Keep an eye on the temperature. When it falls below 30 degrees Fahrenheit, it's best to keep your pet indoors. Short-haired dogs, cats and puppies should be kept indoors when the temperature dips below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
Keep your pet's coat well groomed. Matted fur won't properly protect your pet from the cold.
Check your garage and driveway for antifreeze. Antifreeze tastes sweet to pets, but most brands are poisonous if consumed. Should your pet ingest any amount of antifreeze, contact your veterinarian immediately.
Regularly check your pet's water to make sure it's not frozen. When your pet is outside, make sure there is plenty of fresh drinking water available. Animals can't burn calories without a fresh supply of water, and if they can't burn calories, they'll get cold. Also, use a tip-resistant, ceramic or hard plastic water bowl rather than a metal one, as your pet's tongue can stick and freeze to cold metal.
Use a damp towel to wipe your pet's feet and underside. Ice-melting chemicals can irritate and burn the pads of your pet's feet and can cause serious injury if ingested. Another way to protect your dog's feet is to spray the pads of their feet with cooking spray, or you can purchase boots for your pet.
Provide a dry, draft-free doghouse if you must keep your dog outside for any period of time. It should be large enough to allow your dog to sit and lie down comfortably but small enough to hold in its body heat. The floor should be raised a few inches off the ground and covered with cedar shavings or straw. The doghouse should be turned to face away from the wind, and the doorway should be covered with waterproof burlap or heavy plastic.
Slap the hood of your vehicle before starting it. In their search to keep warm outdoors, cats often take refuge next to a warm car engine or tire
Keep snow from piling high next to your fence. A packed snowdrift will provide a boost for your dog to jump over the fence and escape the safe confines of your yard.
Indoors, make sure your pet sleeps away from drafts. Areas near windows or doors that lead outdoors may allow cold air to seep in and keep your pet from staying adequately warm.
Have a safe and Happy Winter !! Suzi & Vikki, ARRF’s Angels
New Website -- Sunday November 30th, 2008
We are currently working on revamping our website and are very excited. There will be a new logo appearing in the next few days and add some new features!
Chardie -- Thursday October 16th, 2008
This is the sadest story in rescue I have been involved in the 5 years I have been doing rescue.....I went to the shelter to temp test a rottie and she did not pass our test so I left and on the way out this family had a basket and in the basket was a one day old male doberman. The story I was told is that Dad breeds them and yesterday the momma had a litter of 10 but refused this little fella. The shelter was going to him to sleep and knowing that we had a pregnant mom we just took in I thought I would bottle feed him and when our pregnant female had her litter I would throw him into the pack. I got him formula and brought him home and found that he had a bandage on his rear leg, so husband and I took th bandage off to reveal his skin was rolled back and you could see cartledge, so we rushed him to the vet and stitched him up. he came out with a purple bandage and soo cute. We were realle exicted to help this little guy. The showed us how to bottle feed him and told us that every 4 hours we had to do this, so we are making plans with our schedules to get this guy on the way to being a healthy puppy! The vet had inquired about the clean cut that he had and I remembered at the shelter the family telling me that the Dad cut the ambiliacord and accidently sliced his leg. So as the story goes, the puppy (Chardie) is what we named him! We had been there about an hour and a half and they had him stiched and ready to give us an education on stimulating him to pee and poo since they can not do it at his age. So after they fed him they flipped him over to show us how to take a wet paper towel to start the stimulation and then the saddness set in, it appeared that when they cut the cord, they also cut his penis off! The vet was unsure untill they stimulated him to pee and he started to pee inside himself, so that answered that question. He went into shock and started going into caridac arrest, so we opted to put him to sleep. She brought Chardie into the room and we signed the paperwork and wanted to be present for him during his journey to the rainbow bridge. but then the vet asked if we knew how they euthanize a puppy this size and we said no, well since there vains are so small and they can not get the needle into there veins they have to go through the heart. Seeing this puppy suffer so much we could not bare to see this so we both gave him a kiss goodbye and left. This was very hard but that would have ruined me from fostering ever again. At least Chardie had a name and human touch and was loved in his short little life. And he had a full belly:) I ahve been in rescue for many years and never seen this. The family at the shelter that gave him to me, asked for my cell number and I gave it to them and guess what , they NEVER called to check on him, but if they did; they would have animal cruelty charges pressed against them, and let them know that from there own doing is the reason momma rejected him. I guess making money on a dog is more important than a precious little life. I still cry thinking about Chardie, he loved human touch! People are so heartless and irresponsible and greedy. I am not sure why I felt the need to tell you this.
Fun Exercise -- Friday September 28th, 2007
A fun way for you and your dogs to exercise! http://www.dogpoweredscooter.com/
Foster Homes Needed -- Thursday May 31st, 2007
We are in desperate need of foster homes. If you can foster please fill out foster application!
Pet Food Recall List -- Wednesday May 9th, 2007
If you would like to view the latest list of pet food recall please go to http://thepetfoodlist.com
HAPPY HOLIDAYS! -- Wednesday December 13th, 2006
We at ARRF would like to wish everyone and there fur babies a Happy Holiday Season.
Happy Summer -- Thursday September 21st, 2006
Summer has completed her HW treatment and is recovering well. Thank you to everyone that donated and kept her in your prayers. She is one lucky gal!!
Flea Sale in Mebane TODAY -- Saturday August 19th, 2006
Well ok... we aren't REALLY selling fleas but we will be out tomorrow with a wonderful selection of items for sale. All items are marked well below their value. Most will be under $10 and the selection ranges from household items such as kitchenware to furniture to cat towers! There is something for everyone and selling it all is our goal. So, come take advantage of this one time event and get some Awesome Deals!
Get there early to pick out the best stuff or come later to get bulk deals before closing! Everything will be sold today!!
**We will leave when everything is sold so don't wait till this evening!!**
508 Buckhorn Rd
Mebane, NC 27302
Hours: Saturday 6am-6pm
from I-40 take the Buckhorn Rd exit (Exit 157) and head south on Buckhorn Rd. Go 0.3 Miles on Buckhorn and you will see the Flea Market.
15 minutes from Burlington
20 minutes from Durham and Chapel Hill
30 minutes from Raleigh and Greensboro
100% of the profits will benefit ARRF dogs.
Summer's treatment -- Thursday August 17th, 2006
Summer got her 1st shot out of 3 to cure her heartworms. She is resting until her next treatment. More updates soon.
Summer's treatment -- Tuesday August 15th, 2006
Summer will be going through her first Heartworm Treatment tommorrow. Please say a special prayer to help her get through this with out any complications.
Help Needed for Summer -- Wednesday July 26th, 2006
Summer needs Heartworm treatment, please consider making a donation to help her get this treatment as soon as possible!
Lab/rottie mixes -- Monday July 24th, 2006
Please check out the new additions to the ARRF website. We have lab/rottie mix puppies available for adoption.
Scooby Snacks -- Friday April 7th, 2006
Hey!! if anybody out there finds any scooby snacks please send them my way, check me out on the animals for adoption page. I am the good looking one (Nikko) with the kid.
Mom and puppies -- Thursday March 23rd, 2006
Check out our new arrivals for adoption.
Puppies galore -- Monday March 20th, 2006
We have some beautiful rottie mix puppies for adoption coming soon. See a preview of them on the photo gallery under Tamra's Gang. The momma is also available for adoption.
Noelle -- Friday February 24th, 2006
Noelle made it through surgery and will be recovering for the next couple weeks. She is a tough little girl!!
Rescuer Extreme Makeover -- Sunday January 29th, 2006
EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION
Air Date: 1/29/06 (SUNDAY)
Time Slot: 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST on ABC (7 pm Central)
Episode Title: (#321) "DeAeth Family"
Valentine's Day Discount -- Wednesday January 25th, 2006
From now until February 28th, you can take $15 off any $75 purchase by using code
15VDAY at checkout. Valentineâ€™s Day at the Discovery Channel Store means a wide
assortment of massagers, spa items, digital cameras and picture frames, MP3 players,
and much more. Skip the flowers and chocolates this year and offer your sweetie a
unique Valentineâ€™s Day gift from The Discovery Channel Store. Just click on "Shop ARRF Affiliates" and then click on the discovery store link to start shopping!
Katrina Rottie Saves Home -- Wednesday January 4th, 2006
Hurricane Katrina Rottweiler Saves Her New Family -
Hurricane Katrina resulted in many tragedies, including thousands of
homeless dogs. Sometimes though, good things can result from even the
worst misfortune. One of these dogs, Zoey, a Rottweiler, made her way
from a shelter to the Friends of the American Rottweiler Club on
September 26th. Zoey is approximately 18 months old and had recently
lost a litter of puppies through a miscarriage. Both of her eyes were
severely infected and she appeared to have damage to her face from
being struck on the head. She was transported to a foster home with
Helen Garcia and nursed back to health and spayed. On November 19th,
Zoey's luck turned around and she was adopted by Traci Colvin and her
two children, in Seguin, Texas.
On the evening of December 10th, Traci's son Kendell was ill with a
respiratory infection. She had spent many hours trying to keep him
comfortable and finally at 3 AM he fell into a restful sleep. Traci
was grateful to finally be able to crawl into bed herself. At 5AM,
Zoey began barking at Traci's bedside and would not stop when
commanded. Traci wearily got up and assumed Zoey needed to go
outside. When Zoey was let out, she just stood there and stared at
Traci. Traci was more than annoyed and scolded Zoey and let her back
into the house. Zoey ran barking down the hall and stood by the wall
and continued to bark. When Traci went to see what was going on, she
found the breaker box was smoking, and the cord running to the wall
was smoldering and starting to melt. Traci quickly called for help
and when help arrived was told that her mobile home could have
quickly gone up into flames in a few more minutes.
Sometimes a good turn deserves payback, and good luck was brought to
both Zoey and Traci Colvin's family. Traci reports Zoey has a home
with her for life and she is very grateful that they found each
other. The Friends of the American Rottweiler Club thank Traci for
adopting this wonderful dog, and they also thank Zoey for being so
persistent in awakening Traci to alert her to the danger.
Happy New Year -- Sunday January 1st, 2006
Here's to another wonderful year from ARRF!!
Diamond Pet Food Recall -- Tuesday December 27th, 2005