By: Murry and Julie Walton – Boise, Idaho
December 7, 2012
Why We Needed to Be Rescued
Imagine yourself in our situation. The wife goes through two thyroid surgeries and cancer diagnosis. After being home from the hospital for just one week, your beloved 5 year old dog dies. This was our sad circumstance in the fall of 2012.
Having lost our treasured pet Maggie to sudden sickness and death, we were both devastated. Life was a struggle. Oh how we missed our early morning puppy play before going off to work. There was no longer a loyal companion to greet us when we entered our home. No longer a best friend to play fetch, find the hidden squeaky squirrel, sit up, roll over and to give praise with a treat. Our routine dog walking workout came to an abrupt halt. Our tail wagging puppy had filled our home with smiles and laughter. Our happy feelings were replaced with grief, a strange emptiness and a great big hole in our hearts.
Together we soon decided that we needed to look for another dog as our home was not the same without a canine companion.
We wanted a young beautiful really smart dog (preferably one that would never die) We both realized the responsible thing to do was adopt another rescue dog. We started to camp out on the Petfinder.com web site to find a dog that we felt might best fit our family situation. We preferred a female dog of the herding breed, since that was the type of dog we were most familiar with. Murry found a nice female border collie named Misty that was in Thayne, Wyoming at the Animal Humane Association of Star Valley, also known as Lucky’s Place. Julie really liked the look of Misty so she contacted Mary Ann Ahrens, the President and Director of the animal shelter. It looked like Misty was already going to be adopted, but Mary Ann thought we should look at a dog named Bella. Continue reading →
A Bald Eagle – A Truck Driver – An Amazing Rescue Story
Truck driver Ben Wright was minding his own business, driving down an Idaho road when BAM something crashed through his front window. “I didn’t know what hit the windshield, all I knew was the glass exploded, and this thing was screaming just like a child, or something,” Wright said. What was this "THING"? It was a bald eagle. The eagle’s wing was stuck in the windshield, injured but still alive. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game carefully rescued the majestic bird and sent it to a non-profit organization in Wyoming, the Teton Raptor Center.
The eagle was patiently nursed back to health. Today she is soaring the skies of Idaho. Read more about this "Miracle Eagle" on Assignment Earth Facebook Page.
On the Road Again
In Idaho we often hear of close encounters on the highways between vehicles and critters such as deer, elk, even squirrels. I have a feeling this truck driver will never forget the day in Idaho when he couldn’t wait to get on the road again – in fact he was see’n things that he may never see again. Now when we go for a drive with our dog, Maggie, we’ll keep our eyes open for Wiegle – the Window Eagle. Don’t you just love rescue stories. (Willie Nelson‘s music is now going through my head . . . "On the Road Again . . ")
(ARA) – When the warm summer months roll around, our dogs are just as eager as we are to get outside and enjoy the season. Whether he tells you by nudging his leash or staring at the door knob, one way or another, your pup knows it’s time for some fun in the sun.
Before you head out, keep in mind that warm weather and sunny days are fun, but they can also mean you might need to take some extra precautions with your pet. The whole family can rest assured knowing their four-legged best friend is healthy, hydrated and happy by keeping the following tips in mind:
1. Schedule a checkup. Before you go anywhere that requires your dog to interact with other dogs, be sure to schedule a visit with your veterinarian. Get updates on shots for dangerous communicable diseases like bordetella.
While you’re there, ask your veterinarian to evaluate your pet’s overall health. Your veterinarian’s office is also a great place to pick up two essential medications for the season – heartworm preventers and flea and tick control.
2. Run free. It’s easy for humans and canines alike to slide out of shape during the winter months, and now is the perfect time to work off what you’ve packed on. Taking your dog on regular walks will help, but even more fun for him is a trip to the dog park. Off-leash areas are a treasure for pets and their owners because dogs can run free and play to their heart’s content. They also get natural lessons in socialization. In fact, 44 percent of dog owners who take their dog to the dog park say their dog is more social with other people and dogs. Plus, it’s fun for you, too!
Because pet owners value off-leash areas so much, dog parks across the country are expanding and improving now more than ever.
Here in Boise we are hoping to have more access to off leash dog parks. Boise City encourages volunteers, as well as funding. Find Dog Off Leash Areas on the City of Boise Website.
3. Be prepared. Dogs aren’t much for strolling around the mall. They love to be out running around and often don’t want to stop no matter how warm it is or tired they feel. Brush up on the signs and symptoms of health problems like dehydration and heat stroke, as well as basic first aid techniques.
Keep a canine first aid kit in your car. At a minimum, it should include antiseptic spray, water-based antibiotic ointment, bandaging (including sterile gauze and a binder like Vetrap or other elastic bandages), a thermometer, tweezers and single-use cold packs. You should also keep the number and address to your veterinarian and an emergency vet stored in your phone or on a slip of paper in your wallet.
4. Good on the inside. To keep your pet’s energy and health at optimal levels for increased summer activity, be sure you feed a high-quality dog food. It’s easier than ever to make sure your dog is getting complete, healthy nutrition without fillers. High quality foods can be found at your pet store and come in a variety of options that cater to your pet’s size or life stage.
Whether you’re going on a weekend camping trip with your four-legged friend or just heading out for a romp at the dog park, a safe summer is the happiest kind of summer there is.
Majority of content courtesy of ARAcontent
Photo: Julie K. Walton, Internet Success
OK, some of the more creative theatrically adept among us might think of the BLUE MAN GROUP, a totally unique form of entertainment that combines theatrical performance of music, comedy and multimedia.
But most will agree the term "Men in Blue" represents those who put their lives on the line to serve and protect the fine citizens of our much-loved metropolis – our local Boise Police Department.
In Boise we have police officers serving the community in many specialties: Airport Police; School Resource Officers; Police Patrol Units; Officers who ride motorcycles; Uniformed Police Officers on bicycles, assisted by a few part-time Rangers and many volunteer patrols riding golf carts patrolling the Boise River Greenbelt. But, the DogBlog has chosen to focus on one Boise police program in particular.
Many of the dog-friendly respectable citizens of the "City of Trees" truly appreciate, what our DogBlog considers the true blue officers of the Boise Police Department, the loyal and courageous Canine Officers in the Boise PD K9 Unit. According to the Boise PD the canine/handler teams began their service as an official Boise Canine Unit in 1996. These heroic dogs receive extensive training to fulfill their responsibilities as valuable members of our community. Because of their acute sense of smell, they are extremely proficient in detecting hidden drugs, tracking, locating and apprehending suspects, as well as sniffing out articles the bad guys have left behind.
Working as a police officer can be a stressful career. This is also true for canine officers, so it’s good to hear that the dogs are well taken care of. In fact, all of the canines reside in a residence with their handler and become a part of that officer’s family, socializing with others and recovering from the stress of serving and protecting in the line of duty.
Meet Bosco, KC and Kamo, Boise PD’s newest drug detection dogs!
The Boise Police Canine Unit is proud to introduce it’s 3 newest members, Bosco, KC and Kamo. All 3 dogs were awarded their certification this past week from the Idaho Peace Officers Standards and Training Academy, achieving the required 100% accuracy on the patrol dog drug detection tests.
“When we take drugs off the streets we reduce crime and make our neighborhoods safer. These dogs will be a big help toward that goal. We’re proud to have them on the team,” said Lt. Alan Cavener of the Boise Police Department Canine Unit. “All these dogs are skilled and highly trained, energetic and ready to go to work for the citizens of Boise.”
The Boise Police Canine Foundation is hoping to acquire the funds to purchase a dual-purpose drug detection – suspect apprehension dog likely sometime within the next year to replace a dog expected to retire. The cost of these incredibly specialized dogs is between $8,000 and $9,000. To contribute to the Boise Police Canine Foundation, log onto www.boisepolice.org. Donations are tax deductible and very much appreciated!
READ MORE about these valuable members of Boise PD K-9 Unit on their Facebook Page.
Boise PD YouTube Channel has an introduction demonstration to the K-9 Unit. You can see they really know their stuff!
BOISE POLICE CANINE FOUNDATION
The Boise Police Department is not allowed to accept donations. However, we now have the opportunity to support this very special team of dogs. The Boise Police Department, in partnership with the Idaho Community Foundation has formed the Boise Police Canine Foundation. By partnering with the Idaho Community Foundation, the Boise Police Department can accept contributions toward purchasing new police dogs and supporting its existing dogs.
Read More about this opportunity to get involved on their website:
K-9 Foundation – See their link to make an online donation, or donate via snail mail.
Maggie, the DogBlog Dog from Boise, Idaho was pleased to test out a very special bed. Special, you say, what makes this pet bed so special? First of all, it is so comfortable it feels like an air mattress. She snoozes away, dreaming of squirrels up a tree and running like the wind.
Maggie is a dog who thought the master family bed was the only place she could sleep. This was until we got her this new luxury pet bed from Crypton Super Fabrics. Now she can stretch out and feel snug as a bug in a rug. OK, she might need a few toys to really feel snug, but even humans would enjoy sleeping on this bed.
The other advantages: Crypton says “if you have a messy pet, don’t stress”. Crypton Super Fabrics makes their machine-washable pet beds resistant to moisture, stains, odors and bacteria. Their impenetrable barrier keeps grime from soaking through the fabric.
Pet accident? No problem – just wipe away. For stubborn stains, they offer a complete Pet Stain and Odor Remover System. But the DogBlog hasn’t tested those products.
Please check out Maggie’s musical YouTube video review.
The dog bed that Maggie tested is a Molly B. Luxury Pet Bed – Herringbone Cardinal – Size 36″ x 44″ x 5″
Maggie and the DogBlog give Crypton Super Fabrics Pet Beds a WINNER Recommendation. This pet bed product is the best dog bed we have experienced.
Read more about Maggie, our family dog, rescued from a shelter, trained by prison inmates and now the best dog in the world (in our humble opinion). Why we started our DogBlog – a sad story about losing our best friend and finding a new one.
Spring is already here in Idaho and so it’s time to prepare for those pesky ticks. We love to walk along the Boise River and if you don’t stay in the middle of the path you are sure to have a tick jump on you and the dog. We have a beautiful Boise Greenbelt, a wonderful place to walk the dog.
Just a few more months and we will see the Swans and their little ones. I wonder how many there will be this year.