Daily Archives: January 2, 2012

Tips for finding a pet friendly business

Shopping with dogs, working with dogs and traveling with dogspresent special problems as you try to negotiate retail and business activities with your dog in tow. But for those of us who want ourpups to accompany us while we complete everyday tasks, finding dog-friendly retail and professional outlets is a challenge. Some of us would even like to take our dogs to work with us on a daily basis.

While most retail outlets do not have a dog-friendly sign on the door, many will allow you to bring your dog inside if you follow the rules: no barking, no running, no accidents, no biting. The better your dog can behave consistently, the more local businesses are willing to bend the rules, look the other way or even welcome your dog with open arms.

While finding a dog-friendly business may be the result of a lucky accident, creating and cultivating dog friendliness in the business world is a diplomatic art.

You can assist the business world in a shift toward being more tolerant of dogs by following a few behavior modifications to train local businesses you patronize to accept dogs:

Patronize dog-friendly businesses consistently and tell your friends about them. It is your responsibility to reward good behavior with your patronage.

Work with your dog to make sure he is business friendly: gentle, clean, quiet and charming. You cannot blame a business that doesn’t enjoy hosting your growling and leaping animal.

For service businesses such as salons or cafes that allow you to bring your dog, tip generously. It is very hard for somebody to prohibit visits from a good tipper.

At work, should you be allowed to bring your dog, make sure you have a comfortable spot for him in your work area, cubicle or office. Bring his food, keep water for him, and use your breaks to take him on short walks. And remember, if you really want your dog to be allowed at work, demonstrate that a happy employee is a very, very productive employee. It is very hard for good bosses to take steps to de-motivate a good worker.

Recently, a more tolerant shift toward dog-friendly dining in cafes and patios and dog-friendly shopping in retail outlets has occurred. Businesses seek customers and will not turn away customers with four feet as they had in the past.

Inspired by the trend toward pet inclusion in all aspects of modern life, many local dog groups have begun to reward local businesses for being pet-friendly. Behaviors like this help take the stigma away from pet visits to retail outlets.

Nevertheless, some local businesses will always be off limits to dogs and some major retail chains will always prohibit dogs. An angry dog off leash at just one Home Depot store created such a stir that all Home Depot stores now forbid pets inside.

The best way to address whether dogs are welcome or not is to try to take your dog inside. Most of the time, in fact the vast majority of the time, you and your dog will be welcomed and assisted. Consider a “No Pets” sign to be a clear indication that the gates are shut. No sign means you should give the business the benefit of the doubt and take the opportunity to change the world for the better by shopping with your pet.

About the Author: Helen Fazio and her dog Raja blog on pet travel and related topics at www.traveldogbooks.com. In their first book, “The Journey of the Shih Tzu,” Raja tells the wolf to woof story of the development of this amazing breed. They are working on forthcoming titles.

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Olalla couple to be charged with second-degree animal cruelty

(MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN FILE)

Humane Society volunteer Holly Roberts of Silverdale hands a rabbit to veterinarian Jim Moore on Nov. 10 at the KHS shelter on Dickey Road. The rabbit had been seized from a property in Olalla. Animal cruelty charges are pending against the couple who had 173 animals on their 5-acre property on 160th Street. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN FILE)

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OLALLA — An Olalla couple accused of neglecting 173 animals will be charged with second-degree animal cruelty in Kitsap County District Court.

Simon and Rosalind Bailey were allegedly hoarding the animals and did not provide enough water or sanitary living conditions for the animals, according to charging documents.

On Nov. 10, rescue crews from the Kitsap Humane Society seized the animals. They were mostly rabbits, chickens and ducks, but also more exotic animals like quail and alpacas.

Second-degree animal cruelty is a gross misdemeanor. If convicted, the Baileys could face up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Animal shelter staff had been working with the Baileys since April, when an anonymous tip led them to the 5-acre property on the 6900 block of SE 160th Street.

Humane Society staff members were concerned the couple did not have enough food in storage to feed the animals. They noted the property was not maintained well, with several cars and large junk items were scattered throughout. Most animal structures, like cages and fences, were improvised. Veterinarians on site during the seizure found some animals to have matted hair and open sores from unattended wounds.

Although the Baileys did not have a “picture-perfect farm,” their lawyer Paul Richmond said nothing on the property could have harmed the animals.

The couple will plead not guilty when they face the charges on Tuesday, he said.

Both grew up on farms and know how to treat animals, he said. The couple live near a feed store and have limited space to properly store food.

“This all looks wrong to us. Nothing is adding up. They’re saying these animals are mistreated, but all of them show healthy weight,” Richmond said.

A dead cow was found on the property, but Richmond said that was the “direct result” of following the shelter’s instructions. The Baileys were asked to leave out food at all times for the cow on Oct. 28, despite objections from Simon Bailey about the cow overeating and bloating. On Oct. 30, the cow died, according to documents.

He believes the Humane Society is using the incident as a way to “justify their existence and budget” pointing to a news article that quoted Director of Operations Jake Shapley saying focusing on animal rescue cases would be a bigger revenue generator than minor nuisance reports.

Richmond said the Baileys used the farm mainly as a source of food and income.

Richmond filed a petition Wednesday asking a judge to return the animals to the Baileys. He said the animals have already been neutered and spayed, greatly reducing their financial value for his clients.

All of the animals have been placed in foster care, according to Kitsap Humane Society spokeswoman Kristin Lauver. Seventeen larger animals were taken to Center Valley Animal Rescue in Port Ludlow.

Rosalind Bailey said Thursday that the Humane Society has “blown things out of proportion.”

She said each time shelter staff visited her property, the couple tried to comply with demands.

But they were blindsided when crews seized the animals and portrayed them as “animal abusers” to the public.

“We’re just not that way. When they told us to get rid of some animals, we took them to the auction, downsizing a lot of our animals,” Bailey, 47, said. “We still don’t understand why they are doing this.”

Since seizing the animals, she said the couple regularly gets recognized out in public, making a typical grocery run “nerve-racking, stressful and embarrassing.”

“I’d like to have my life back. My husband gets threatening phone calls on his cellphone,” she said with tears running down her face. “It’s hard to understand how things in April got to the place they are today.”

Read more: http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2011/dec/29/olalla-couple-to-be-charged-with-second-degree/#ixzz1iJcUt9Xl

Banana Treats

Ingredients:
2 1/4 Cups Wheat Flour
1 Cup Soy Milk (or regular milk)
1 Egg, Large or Jumbo (Organic or Free Range is Preferred)
Two Mashed Ripe Bananas
1 Tablespoon of Butter
1 Tablespoon Cane or Brown Sugar (optional)
Instructions:
Whisk the egg, melted butter, sugar and milk together. Add flour and bananas and mix until well blended. If dough is too soft then add 1/4 cup more flour. Roll dough flat and to desired thickness. Using a cooking cutter, cut cookie shapes and bake on a greased sheet in a preheated 350 degree oven until lightly browned

Therapy Dogs Ease Stress for Law Students

Therapy dogs serve so many roles, helping people of all ages from elementary aged children to the oldest seniors. Therapy dogs can serve in schools, libraries, nursing homes, hospitals, and hospices. They work at rehabilitation facilities and homes for battered children. Some therapy dogs even spend time in therapists’ and doctors’ offices.

Check out this story about how therapy dog visits to law students help ease stress during exam time.

Here’s what the students say,

“There’s just something so cool,” she said, “about seeing a dog at school.”

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One of the great things about therapy dogs — and believe me, there are SO many great things, I could write (and have written) a book! — is there are so many venues, you’re bound to find something that suits both your personality and the personality of your therapy dog pooch. Find out more about this amazing work in The Power of Wagging Tails and get started on your amazing therapy dog adventure.

Chihuahua survives house fire hiding in cupboard for 15 hrs

Lily the Chihuahua survives house fire for 15 hours in the kitchen cupboard

Lily

When Jackie and Iam Heys of the UK went out for dinner, a fire broke out in their home around 7pm. The roof and most of the house was destroyed, but they managed to save a box of mementoes of their only daughter who had died of a rare cancer when she was eight-years-old.

They were able to save two of their Chihuahuas, but they were sure that Lily had died in the fire.

However Lily had scrambled into a kitchen cupboard and hid for 15 hours under a blanket as the fire raged through the bungalow.

The next morning they asked a fireman to retrieve her body.

Mrs. Heys said,

…he walked towards us with her in his arms and she moved. He’d found her in the kitchen cupboard. She was as black as coal. I held her and cuddled her, then she went up to the fireman and started jumping up at him, almost as if to say thank you.

Out of all this tragedy, she is the miracle. She’s risen from the ashes. We’re going to call her Lily Phoenix now. The story