Happy Tails Newsletter: February 2019
What’s New At DAWG This Month?
Happy Valentine’s day from everyone at DAWG! It’s a fantastic time of year to open up your hearts and homes to a rescue dog! We’re excited to announce that we’re doing a Valentine fundraiser at DAWG all throughout the month of February! We will be selling Valentine’s that we will deliver to our dogs to decorate their kennels. Each Valentine costs $5 and will be delivered to the pup of your choice with a heart shaped dog treat! Stop by the shelter anytime in February to see how many valentines each dog has received, and to buy a valentine for your favorite DAWG dog! If you’d like to buy a valentine for a pup online, you can do so here and send an email to email@example.com to let us know which dog you’d like to be your valentine!
We’re looking forward to starting a fantastic new year! We have many exciting fundraisers and events in the works. DIANI, a multi-brand boutique that embraces Santa Barbara’s casual and elegant style, has teamed up with DAWG to raise some money for the pups! Between February 12th - February 14th DIANI is generously donating 10% of their sales to DAWG from all three stores: DIANI Living, DIANI Shoes and the DIANI Boutique. Please go support DAWG and stylize at the same time! Also, keep us in mind when you’re buying Valentine’s for your loved ones. If you shop at AmazonSmile, they donate to Dog Adoption and Welfare Group at no cost to you! Please keep an eye out and stay tuned on our social media for details of our upcoming events and fundraisers.
We want to congratulate Jane who was the winner of the name contest we held for a dog previously named Lilo. Her winning name suggestion was Lily! Thank you, Jane, for helping us name this sweet, shy girl. We want to thank everyone who participated in the contest. There were some wonderful suggestions!
DAWG is so blessed to have so much amazing support in this community! We want to say a big thank you to Montecito Pet Shop for very generously discounting XL Kongs for our dogs. Kongs are so important for the enrichment of shelter dogs, as it keeps them busy and keeps their minds engaged while they’re waiting for their families to come and take them home. We also want to say a special thank you to Shana Friedenberg, a local student, and owner of ScarfadoodleDesign who sold and knitted scarves to help raise money for DAWG. She raised $205 for us! How great is that? Every penny counts. As a non-profit, we operate exclusively off the generosity of our community. We couldn’t provide the love and care we do for our dogs without the support of the amazing people and businesses in our community like Shana and Montecito Pet Shop! If you’d like to make a donation to DAWG to help us keep the tails wagging, you can make a monetary donation here, or if you’d like to donate food or other items we need please check out our shelter wish list.
In addition, a very generous volunteer commissioned the adorable portrait of Daisy, pictured to the left, done by local artist Mureen Brown. It's Daisy-Bones getting a sudsy scrub in the tub! This gorgeous work of art will be going home with Daisy and her new family! Thank you to Mureen for capturing Daisy getting a bath. Mureen Brown is a Santa Barbara oil painter who crafts beautiful landscapes, still lifes, dogs, cats and just about anything that intrigues her. Please go check out her wonderful work on her Facebook page: Mureen Brown Art.
We’ve got some very exciting news from our veterinary clinic as well. We’ve hired a Clinic Coordinator! We’d like to wish Andrea Sterling a very warm welcome. She’s an exceptional addition to DAWG and we couldn’t be happier to have her. We’d also like to offer a huge congratulations to some of our employees for being promoted. Kylie is our new Kennel Manager! She’s fantastic and so dedicated to the dogs and to our mission. Mike got a promotion as well! He is an incredibly hard worker and he always has the best attitude. He is our new Assistant Kennel Manager. Isabelle was also promoted to the position of Shelter Liaison! Make sure to say congrats when you see them.
Check out our website, and follow us on social media! We keep the website updated with any new dogs that come in. Remember, everytime we adopt out a dog we bring in a new one. We have a number of new dogs to meet right now. We’d like to warmly welcome you to swing by the shelter to say hi to your new best friend, or check them out on our website! We’re always looking for foster homes for our senior and medical dogs, as well. The more dogs we can put into foster, the more lives we can save! We’re urgently looking for fosters for Sid, and Tally pictured to the left. If you’d like to open up your home to a foster dog please give the office a call at (805) 681-0561, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Congratulations to our volunteer of the month, Lucy Dane! Lucy is a wonderful volunteer who does everything under the sun at the shelter. She comes in the morning to help us open the shelter, she walks dogs, cleans kennels, does dishes and so much more. It’s easier to list what she doesn’t do! She’s also working to train some of our dogs with clicker training, this time-consuming process goes an incredibly long way in helping our dogs become more adoptable. In addition, she has the most fantastic attitude and is such a joy to be around. She is an unbelievable blessing to us! Without volunteers like Lucy, we couldn’t do the work we do! Thank you, Lucy, for all of your hard work and dedication to DAWG. We also want to thank another one of our incredible volunteers, Bill Rodgers for building rain covers for the Court Yard Condos! With all the rain we’ve been getting, it is so important for the little guys to stay warm and dry during the day.
We want to remind all our volunteers that we hold a pack walk every week on Wednesday’s at 10:00 am. The pack walks also function as intermediate volunteer training classes, if you’re new to the pack, and still in training! Please join us on Wednesdays for a fun and enriching experience for the dogs.
We’re looking for a few volunteers to fill a couple of specific jobs. We’re searching for a volunteer who would like to help walk adopters through the shelter on the weekends. We’re also looking for a volunteer to hang out with our Little dog pack in Little Dog Land and be the lifeguard during the day! Also, if you’re interested in helping in the office there are a number of jobs we could use help with from data entry to making go home bags. If you’d like to fill any of these volunteer jobs, please contact the office for more information!
As always, we’re so grateful and appreciative of all of our incredible volunteers who dedicate their time to help our dogs have more enriching lives! Thanks for all you do to help us keep the tails wagging! If you’d like to come volunteer at DAWG, we’d love to have you! Our next orientation is at 10 am on Saturday, February 9th, 2019. You can sign up online here, or if you have any questions about volunteering with DAWG please call the office and we’re happy to answer any questions you may have.
Adoption Highlights: December 2018/January 2019
December and January were fantastic months for adoptions! We had 18 total adoptions for those months and 7 dogs go into foster homes! We want to thank our whole team of staff and volunteers for everything they do to find our dogs homes. Several of our long term residents found their forever homes as well as numerous medical and hospice dogs! What an amazing way to wrap up last year, and start the new one! The going home pictures in the slideshow are in order of their stories below.
A true miracle happened at the end of the year. Gracie was a long term resident at DAWG due to her temperament. She was a very feisty little lady! She’s a very nervous dog, who loves fiercely. It takes her a while to get to know new people but when she knows you she loves you forever. Gracie loves other dogs and became best friends with a sweet hospice case Baby. Baby has a serious heart murmur and wasn’t deemed to be long for this world. Baby’s calm, gentle energy rubbed off on Gracie and really helped her come out of her shell. But the amazing thing is that these sweet little old ladies were adopted together! While it’s a bit of an adjustment for Gracie, they are doing great in their new home and they love their new family! But the best news of all is that Baby is seemingly improving, and her new veterinarian predicts she will be with us for much longer than we originally thought!
Another dog, Otis was a little Boxer/Mastiff puppy with a cleft palate. He was dumped on the doorstep of a volunteer at the county as a newborn. He couldn't stay with that family and one of our volunteers became aware of his situation and rescued him and fostered him through his early puppy days until he was able to come to stay at DAWG to find his forever home! It looked like he was going to need significant surgery to correct his cleft palate, but after consultation from AVS, and La Concepcion Animal Hospital as well as the DAWG Veterinarian, his cleft wasn’t deemed medically dangerous! Just a bit of a cosmetic quirk! He was adopted by a Veterinarian and his wonderful family. He’s growing so fast you can practically see him getting bigger before your eyes!
Another life saved was sweet Emma. Emma was on the euthanasia list at the county shelter when DAWG took her in. It was clear to us that she wasn’t at all aggressive, but just very scared. When she was brought into the county system as a stray she was very undersocialized with people and very scared in her new environment. In her fear, she lashed out and bit someone from the county. Because she was shy around people and because of her bite, she was going to be put down despite being a young beautiful dog! When she got to DAWG she was still very scared, but slowly started to build trusting relationships with our staff and volunteers. We found out she’s so gentle and patient with kids, too! She was so goofy and playful when she came out of her shell. Shortly after, she found an incredible family that loved her despite her history. She’s doing perfectly in her new home and is going to training regularly to keep progressing into the wonderful dog we see more of every day!
Houston is the smallest boy with the biggest personality. He is a geriatric little chihuahua with one eye! He also has bad knees, a skin condition, and had a melanoma on his lip! But that doesn’t stop him, he’s so confident and affectionate. He may not be much to look at, but his heart is so full of love for people and other dogs around him. Everywhere he goes he makes a friend! It was his winning personality that drew his new family to him. They are the owners of a very shy rescue dog who could use a buddy to show him that the world around them isn’t so scary. Houston was perfect! After Houston had surgery at DAWG to remove the melanoma he went home. The two dogs hit it off right away and are getting along swimmingly. His new family loves him very much and is giving him the TLC he needs!
Sweet senior Daisy-Bones found herself a home too! She had been here a little over a year and a half. She’s doesn’t do very well with other dogs. Despite being amazing with all people, and having the best personality ever, she was spending her sunset years languishing away at the shelter! People rarely want to adopt large, dark senior dogs so she was having a very hard time finding her family. Until her perfect match came by the shelter and fell in love with her at first sight. Her new family is truly incredible, and we are over the moon that they found each other. It takes very special people to take on a behavioral senior dog. She’s now happily living in their home and doing so well, she’s in training to work on her dog reactivity and she’s proving to everyone that it’s never too late to teach an old dog new tricks!
Franklin was a dog that we took in from the county early in the year in 2018. He was found as a stray when he was hit by a car! The accident caused him to have brain damage where he constantly spins in right-hand circles, has trouble becoming house trained, and sometimes has difficulty interacting with other dogs. As a result of his condition, he was at DAWG for nearly a year with countless almost adoptions that fell through at the last minute. He went to a couple of foster homes where he learned a little bit about how to behave in a home more politely but was still struggling with the house training issue. He finally found his forever family in November 2018! His new mom fostered him for a few weeks and fell in love with him despite his condition. She adopted him officially in January of 2019 and neither one of them is looking back!
Bentley: A Very Happy Tail!
Bentley is the definition of a good boy! He loves everybody, and just wants to spend all his time with you! He's great with other dogs, Cats, people and kids of all ages, and everything else! What you see is what you get with Bentley-Bear.
He came to us from a family that loved him very much, but couldn't keep up with his higher energy level. Bentley found a perfect new fur-ever family in september of 2018, who is ready to take on his high energy lifestyle. Here’s what his new owners had to say about him:
“Bentley has made an awesome addition to our family. He’s fitting in quite well as you can see from the photos. He’s loving long walks in the neighborhood (and working well with leash training and a gentle leader), found new friends at the dog park, had a trip to the Creekside for brunch and absolutely adores the kids. But I’m not going to lie, he’s definitely my shadow and I think I’m his favorite, we spend a lot of time together!
We bought him a crate and he really does love sleeping in there at night which is good because we’ve found he likes to chew! Not from lack of activities but just a chewer so he now has a whole basket of chew toys. Haha. I saw Bentley’s previous owner at the gym a few days after we adopted him and I let her know he is fitting in well. She was thrilled!
We can’t thank their family enough for taking such good care of him and to your whole team at DAWG for matching our family with him. We feel so fortunate to have him in our lives.”
Update: “Bentley made it up to the Big Bear area the other weekend for a family trip and as you can see, he absolutely loved the snow! He couldn’t get enough of playing in it and even braved a sled ride. We think he looks very regal too in his snow picture. We’re loving every day with him.”
Update: “Today was Bentley’s birthday and we celebrated with a homemade dog cake and crown made by the kids!”
Thanks again ️<3
The Wood family”
Happy Tails, Bentley-Bear!
DAWG always goes above and beyond for all of the dogs in our care, but especially our medical dogs!
We’re starting this year off right! January was a very busy month in the vet clinic. We welcomed our brand new Clinic Coordinator, Andrea Sterling, and got right to work powering through the new dog exams for all the new members of the DAWG pack. We welcomed 6 new dogs in January, and 12 new dogs in December! Not to mention the numerous procedures and surgeries our vet staff completed for our dogs. Here are some of the highlights! Kat and April had some big procedures, pictured above.
Kat the Pembroke Welsh Corgi was relinquished by her owner in December 2018. She came to us with her teeth in pretty bad shape. She underwent a lengthy exam and dental cleaning, and had a total of three dentals! Her first dental, pictured above was a thorough cleaning which involved a polishing at the end. After the cleaning, DAWG took radiographs that revealed extensive periodontal disease. Our veterinary team took multiple radiographs of her skull and throat. Then, Dr. Zaboly began the laborious procedure of extracting 6 teeth. She was already missing quite a few, and still had more to go! She received pain meds, antibiotics and NSAIDs, and when she healed from that surgery she had two more dentals. She received the clean bill of health and went home with her loving new family!
Sweet April is a senior girl who was rescued from a euthanasia list in December of last year because of her significant medical needs. She’s the funniest girl, with so much personality. Despite her medical condition, she has so much life in her still! She had a large cancerous tumor on her shoulder, and she was in serious need of a dental. After she received her dental, in an effort to extend her time with us Dr. Zaboly removed the tumor. The procedure took three and a half hours of careful dissection to save her leg, but she was walking around happily a few hours later! she is recovering beautifully, and the sutures were removed and she’s healing perfectly. Pathology confirmed the mass was soft-tissue sarcoma, but it is very slow growing. She has been increasingly lively, and spent last weekend with our Clinic Coordinator at her home in Ojai with her dogs, cat, and horses! April found a wonderful foster home, and is spending her days playing with her foster-dog brother!
Chica, a foster pup, came into the clinic for a full workup, as did Apple. For these more difficult and less trusting dogs, it requires so much love, and sedation to do what is otherwise routine exam work! Chica was free of bladder stones and Apple had the full menu including radiographs, a dental, vaccine boosters, and bloodwork, much-needed nail trim and thorough grooming!
A huge thanks to the DAWG Kennel Staff for being exceptional guardians of our dogs, and stewards of impeccably clean kennels and grounds! Phoenix’s ear (pinna wound) continued to create grief, and bleed, and staff notified the clinic immediately. We wrangled one of our Kennel Attendants, Jonah to assist in the Clinic for a second cauterization of the pinna under sedation. The pinna appears to be healing great! DAWG is run entirely by donations and grants generously given to us by our wonderful community. All the work and expenses that it takes to run the veterinary clinic would not be possible without our amazing donors. If you’d like to contribute to the DAWG veterinary clinic to help us care for our dogs medical needs you can make a donation here.
PEANUT BUTTER CONVERSATION-HEART DOG BISCUITS
What better way to celebrate Valentine’s day than with homemade peanut butter conversation hearts for your doggy-valentine! This recipe makes 50 doggy biscuits. Your pup will be head over heels!
½ cup natural creamy peanut butter
1 cup water
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 ½ cups whole wheat flour, plus more for dusting
1 ½ cups all purpose flour
1 bag of yogurt chips
1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
2. Combine peanut butter, water, and oil in a bowl.
3. Combine flours; add to peanut butter mixture 1 cup at a time, kneading to form a dough.
4. Dust countertop with whole-wheat flour. Divide dough in half; roll each half evenly to ¼ inch thick. Cut using heart-shaped cookie cutter. If dough sticks, dust surface with flour.
5. Arrange biscuits on ungreased baking sheet, and bake 18 minutes until crisp to the touch. Turn treats over halfway through bake time to ensure even color.
6. Cool completely. For extra-crunchy treats, turn off oven, crack door, and leave for a few hours or overnight.
7. Melt yogurt-chips to create frosting. Pipe from a pasty tube to write on cookies.
This month we’re focusing on the best practices when walking your dog. There’s a lot of things that dogs do on walks that Mrs. Manners would disapprove of. The good news is that with a little bit of work, and the proper tools, walking even the most rambunctious dog can be a breeze!
The most common problem we see is a dog who’s pulling on their leash! If your dog has already formed the habit of pulling on his leash, you must convince him of two things. First, pulling will not hasten his arrival at his goal. Second, walking politely will make you happy enough to reward him. Practice teaching your dog that if he tries to pull you towards something, you will stop in your tracks. Most dogs figure out very quickly that pulling slows progress rather than speeds it up. Don’t be afraid to reward your dog for good behavior! When your dog is pulling and you stop, wait for your dog to sit and make eye contact with you and then reward that behavior.
Your dog also needs to learn to stay on one side of you and to not walk ahead of you. Remember, you’re leading your dog. Your dog isn’t leading you. Using the appropriate tools when walking your dog can help teach them how to walk more politely. Using a gentle leader keeps your dog focused, and prevents pulling and isn’t painful for them like prong collars can be. Tools like these give you greater control while walking your pups in training, but it can be difficult finding the best tool to use for your dog. Attending an obedience class or receiving a few lessons from a qualified trainer will help you find the best tools and practices for your dog in particular. DAWG is happy to recommend several trainers to you, just give the office a call. Also, any dog adopted from a shelter or rescue in Santa Barbara can attend a free obedience training class through K9 Pals!
Another problem we see commonly in the shelter is the consequences of people not following leash laws. These situations escalate quickly and the consequences are usually gravely serious with a person or the involved dogs being injured as a result. Unless you’re in an off-leash area like a dog park or dog beach, you should have your dog on a leash at all times. It’s the law. Even if your dog has perfect recall and is very social and well behaved, you never know what another dog is like and you can never account for that dog's behavior, or that dogs owner’s behavior. This becomes an issue, especially when introducing a dog on a leash to a dog off leash. Introducing dogs like that will cause dog fights a majority of the time because the dog on the leash is left feeling threatened and very vulnerable.
Having your dog off leash in an area that is not a designated off-leash zone directly puts your dog in danger. You will never be able to predict or control your dogs' behavior 100% of the time, and having them off leash can put them at risk of being hit by a car, running off after something and becoming lost, or getting in a fight with another dog or cat. Having your dog on a leash keeps your dog safe. Please know that off-leash time is important for dogs too! Luckily, Santa Barbara has many wonderful off leash locations like Hendry’s Beach, and the Douglas Preserve to name a few. When you see a neighbor or friend walking their dog off leash in a nondesignated zone, kindly remind them why it isn’t a great idea! Helping to educate the community goes a long way in keeping dogs and people safe.
DAWG can recommend numerous dog trainers who specialize in different areas of training to people that are looking for some help or guidance! Just give the DAWG office a call for a recommendation!
In addition, K9 PALS offers training classes that are free for any dog adopted from a shelter or rescue in Santa Barbara County!
Top 5 Dog Walking Tips For Adopted Dogs
contributor, Katlyn Eriksen
Approximately 2.7 million dogs are adopted from shelters each year, all with different histories and behaviors that make them unique. Taking your new furry friend out on a walk will be one of the first and most regular things you’ll do together. Understanding the needs of an adopted dog and showing some patience will go a long way to having enjoyable walks together that result in a happy and loyal companion.
Time to adjust
When you adopt any dog it can take time for them to settle in and adjust to their new home, but an older dog may need a little longer and more patience. They may have been in several different homes or are confused about being moved. Take them on short walks to begin with to get them used to the new smells and sights. This will also give you chance to see how well they walk and what training they need.
Short walks for seniors
Most senior dogs will be happy with short walks and it can be all they are physically capable of. Don’t push a dog to walk further than they can as they can start to resist going out. Have them checked over by a vet soon after adopting them or ask the shelter for information regarding any medical problems that could affect their fitness, such as arthritis or hip problems. If they are fit and healthy, going on one or two short walks a day may work best for seniors.
Protect them from pests
Going on walks in a new environment has the potential to result in your dog easily picking up fleas, ticks and other pests that can make your pooch feel irritated or unwell. Protect them with flea and worm treatments and regularly check their skin for ticks. Keeping their fur clean with baths can also help to get rid of pests. You should keep your dog away from long grass as this is where they’re most likely to get ticks.
Collar or harness?
Adopted dogs can be more likely to pull as they’ll be in a new environment with lots of things to sniff and explore. Collars are great for giving control over your dog and getting their focus back onto you, but they can choke your dog if they continue to pull, which most excited dogs will. Harnesses where the lead clips on at the front offer the same amount of control but eliminates the chance of hurting your dog’s neck. Even for a dog that doesn’t pull, a harness is usually a better and more comfortable option.
Approaching other dogs
Some dogs love to have a sniff and make friends with other dogs when they’re out on a walk, but others can find it scary and can become aggressive. If your dog is friendly let them approach other dogs but ask for permission from the owner first. If the owner says that their dog isn’t good with other dogs it’s best to keep yours on a short lead while you pass.
Rescuing a dog can be a fulfilling and highly rewarding experience, but you need to put some work into your dog to get the best back from them. Mastering walks with an adopted dog can help you to bond with your new pet and help to build up their confidence and trust in you.