January 1, 2008

Madison the Miracle Dog

Meet Madison the Miracle dog. She is pictured here with her new friend Jenelle at an adoption event. Madison is a two year old, 50 lb. pit-bull mix that was brought to a vet after being hit by a car. It was obvious that she had recently given birth, though her pups were not found. Her injuries were extensive. Both hind legs broken in multiple places, her hip dislocated internal injuries, and heartworm positive. Chesed Rescue decided to take over her care and give her a second chance. Dr. Robin Holtsinger, an extraordinary orthopaedic surgeon, spent 6.5 hours "fixing" Madison's broken bones. She doesn't even limp now. She has a wonderful foster dad who has helped Madison recuperate while she waits for a forever home. She is sweet and loving to all.

If you are interested in offering this miracle dog a permanent home, please go to www.chesed-rescue.org for adoption application and procedures or call 561-213-5773 or 305-775-1798 for more information.

October 12, 2007

Cadette Troop 52 Select Chesed as Community Service Project

The girls of Cadette Scout Troup 52 were very excited about Chesed Rescue after delivering pet supplies to Chesed in February 2007. The girls decided they wanted to earn their "Adopt an Agency" patch and selected Chesed Rescue as their agency of choice. Basically, to earn the patch, the girls have to perform community service on three (3) different occasions with Chesed Rescue in a 12-month period.

According to their troup leader, Debbie Davis, when Chesed Rescue Director Bobbi Miller asked her if the girls would be willing to assist with the medical records at Boca Greens Animal Hospital, the troop was thrilled. This qualified for their second community service project.

" Two weeks ago, Bobbi mentioned to me a pillow project a Boy Scout Troop did in the past and indicated Chesed-Rescue could use more pillows. When I mentioned this to the girls they jumped on the idea and have already completed their planning for the 'pet pillow' project, " says Davis.

Currently, they are in the process of gathering donated t-shirts of all sizes and colors and pillow stuffing materials and aiming for December to donate the "pet pillows" by December. The girls are looking forward to continuing to work with Chesed-Rescue after they earn their "Adopt an Agency" badge.

Photo: From left to right is Jessica Hall, Mrs. Davis, Nikki Giordano, Savanna Greeley and Savannah Davis.

June 2, 2007

Rehabilitating Rover - Don't RETURN...RETRAIN!

Rehabilitating Rover - Don't RETURN...RETRAIN!
By Diana Sulewski May 30, 2007, 16:46
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One of the top reasons dogs are relinquished to animal shelters is due to behavioral issues. Rescued animals can occasionally present unique challenges. Bringing home a pet is a lifelong relationship that requires steadfast commitment. Every relationship needs a few simple principles to achieve success, and providing obedience AND/OR behavior training for your dog’s unique personality is a key component to that success.

1) Manage your expectations
The list of dog behaviors and personalities is endless and often unpredictable. Know what you are getting into. Be prepared and flexible, for example:
Puppies chew, explore and have housebreaking needs. This will take months of committed training, so if you’re gone more than 4 hours a day, you don’t have time to train a puppy and training needs will escalate with age.
Large breed dogs need room to run and romp. Leash walking is not enough and a lack of vigorous exercise generally leads to destructive or negative behavior.
Working breeds need a job. The keen intelligence and instinct of working dogs requires task training such as agility, obedience or Frisbee/ball training on an ongoing basis.
Terrier breeds need to spend their natural energy in a positive way such as daily games of fetch or agility training.
By training your dog in the direction of his natural giftedness, you open the door to better behavior.

2) Respect individualism
It is unfair to expect your new dog to behave like your old dog. Just because your old dog was good with cats or fond of fetching, it doesn’t mean your new dog will follow suit. He’s entitled to his own personality and training needs, and will bring you his own breed of joy if you invest the time and energy. Explore ways to make him part of your life.

3) Be clear and consistent
Like humans, dogs respond best to clear instructions. If you let Rover jump on you when you come home, don’t expect him to act differently with guests. This principle is especially important when housebreaking. Barring any health issues, if you’re consistent and patient, all dogs can be housebroken. Take him out first thing in the morning (not after your coffee), and every few hours until you establish a routine. Use the same exit, the same commands and reward words – EVERY time – and walk until he goes potty, then praise him while he does his business. If he’s been left alone for a long time, take him out IMMEDIATELY upon arrival…don’t wait “to change your shoes.” Be clear and consistent, and use common sense in all training matters.

4) Get the right kind of help
Anyone can teach basic obedience and even elaborate tricks because most dogs want to please us. However, BEHAVIOR training and OBEDIENCE training are NOT THE SAME. When seeking professional help be sure to determine what portion of your dog’s training needs are behavioral or if his issues can be remedied with basic obedience training. There are many, many trainers out there…some good, some not so good. Do your homework; get references and/or referrals.

5) Housebreaking status
Ever found yourself in dire need of a rest room in an unfamiliar place? That’s what a dog feels when she’s re-homed. “Where is the ladies room?” is what you must answer repeatedly until she remembers it’s “down the escalator behind Appliances.” Regardless of a rescued dog’s housebreaking status upon adoption, when she is re-homed it’s up to the adopter to re-train. Lots of changes require lots of patience.

It is not necessary to reject and return a wonderful pet if you sincerely commit to retrain.

Sammy the boxer mix was surrendered to Chesed Rescue by an owner who left him in a doghouse with no training or companionship. Sammy was re-homed to a well-meaning man who thought he had the time for a large breed dog but gave into rambunctious playtime instead. Sammy became destructive and was returned. A Chesed foster home worked with Sammy on his training and socialization, eventually placing him with a wonderful family that suited Sammy’s needs perfectly. Sammy became a perfect gentleman.

Two-year-old Benny was adopted by a busy family and left home alone for about 6 hours a day. Upon arriving home from work, Benny’s adopter would take a few minutes to “change her shoes” before walking Benny. He never messed in the house during the long day alone, but he couldn’t contain himself for a costume change. The adopter wanted to return him, but upon hearing about this routine, a Chesed volunteer made it clear that asking him to wait even longer was unfair. The simple fix was to walk him immediately upon arriving, before the shoe change.

Grady was an adult Jack Russell with confidence issues. Chesed rehabilitated his health upon rescue, and re-homed him with a qualified adopter who promised to give him a two-week adjustment period after being warned about his issues. Less than 18 hours later the adopter could not wait to return Grady. What went wrong? The adopter misunderstood BEHAVIOR training for OBEDIENCE training and was ill-advised by a dog trainer who told him to return Grady so he could be placed in a home without dogs or cats. Grady now lives happily in a home with a cat and 2 dogs, and adopters who took the time to mold his behavior.

Diana Sulewski, a former professional horse trainer and currently the Executive Consultant in Math/Sciences for Thomson Higher Education, is a volunteer with Chesed Rescue, a non-profit, all-volunteer organization that rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes companion pets in Boca Raton, Florida. They do not have a shelter and rely solely on a network of foster homes. Diana and her husband Alan have two grown daughters, 6 dogs and 2 horses.

This article on: www.thepetgazette.org

May 31, 2007

Benefit for Chesed Dog and Cat Rescue

Saturday, June 23
Moet & Chandon Cheeseboard Benefit
7 – 8 pm

Pre-Register, $15 goes to Chesed Dog and Cat Rescue
Discover the art of champagne making from a Moet & Chandon representative, along with fantastic cheese pairings from Joey Wells, Regional Specialty Coordinator. Joey will also share some of his personal tips for entertaining with these two fabulous foods for you to impress family and friends. Your donation will support the Chesed Foundation efforts to save helpless and unwanted pets and to find loving homes for these animals. For more information, visit www. chesed-rescue.org. Reservations will be taken at Whole Foods Customer Service Desk in the Whole Foods Boca Raton (Glades rd and I-95 in the University Commons shopping plaza). You must pay at the time of your reservation and must be 21 years of age or older. Thank you for supporting Chesed Dog and Cat Rescue! For more information contact Cory at Cory@chesed-rescue.org

Dog Friendly Vacations

These Trips Are For the Dogs
If Paris Hilton and Britney Spears have taught us anything (besides the importance of wearing underwear), it's that pets are people too. Well, since Brit and Paris are probably not the best parents, let's look to Oprah as our role model. She takes her pups everywhere and you can too. Here are a few destinations we think are Best in Show.

Reno flights hotels cars Take your outdoorsy dog to Lake Tahoe for fresh air and lots of exercise. While many California parks ban your four-legged friend from hiking trails, Northstar and many other Tahoe ski resorts welcome pets on designated trails. We recommend Grass Lake Meadow or Echo Lakes Trail. While you can walk your pooch anywhere, in Lake Tahoe, you can take him rafting down the Truckee River. Too much adventure? How about a leisurely swim at Kiva Beach or Taylor Creek. Tahoe also has a long list of qualified pet sitters to keep your friend occupied if you want some solo time.

New York flights hotels cars Is your dog more city than country? New York cannot be overlooked as one of the most dog friendly cities in the world. You'll fit right in with the locals who take their dogs everywhere including grocery stores, boutiques and cabs. Of course, their dogs are wearing doggie-sized designer duds and jewelry nicer than anything you'll ever own. Central Park is of course a must see and Jemmy's Run in Union Square is THE place to pee and be peed on. Most hotels including Crowne Plaza, Embassy Suites, Westin and the oh-so glamorous Soho Grand will welcome your pets with open paws and complimentary doggie amenities.

San Diego flights hotels cars San Diego continuously makes the list for one of the most dog and kitty-friendly cities around. There's plenty of off-leash beaches and parks to keep you busy. Try out Dog Beach and Fiesta Island to start your vacation. Take a stroll through Old Town State Historic Park and dine together at one of the many outdoor cafes and restaurants. Next, head over to the historic gold rush town of Julian to take in some mountain scenery and then the wine country of Temecula. No doggie wine tasting allowed. If you're interested in seeing Sea World, they offer kennels for as little as $5 a pet (Shamu-size pets extra).

Seattle flights hotels cars Seattle not only offers a pet friendly vibe, but even allows well-behaved pets on the public buses, trains and ferries. Relax at Warren G. Magnuson Park, Seattle's biggest fully-fenced back yard. This nine-acre site includes a winding trail, with several open areas and a pig pool, aka Lake Washington. Explore the shops, cafes, fish market, and culture at Pioneer Square and the Sculpture Garden. Finish off your trip with a visit to Washington Park Arboretum and a ride on Blake Island Adventure Cruise.

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