A group of Facebookers called “Friends of Golden Retrievers” identifies goldens and golden mixes in shelters and posts their info to their Facebook page in an effort to avoid a golden being euthanized. They seem to be doing a great job. I “liked” them towards the beginning of the year and have only seen three of the dogs posted ultimately be euthanized….one in Miami, FL, who I had offered to take, but he got sick, one in LA and I cannot remember where the adult female who was biting was located…..none close enough for us to easily rescue even with transport. It seems that most frequently dogs need help in NC, SC, GA, FL, LA, TX and CA.
You might want to join the group and then share their posts on your Face Book page. You never know when you, or someone you know, might be able to help a golden in need. The biggest need appears to be someone to pull a golden from the shelter and be a temporary foster until the golden can be transported to a rescue. There are more goldens in the South than people to adopt, but that is not the case elsewhere. If a dog can be pulled from a shelter in the South, held temporarily (which usually means taking the dog to the vet at a rescue’s expense )and cared for for a couple of weeks until they can be transported to a rescue group, then the dog can be saved.
Poor mixed goldens in the South are just doomed. I had one Golden Rescue intake volunteer tell me, “Every other person in our state has a bunch of golden looking dogs in their backyard. We can’t rescue all of them.”
Also, if you have friends who might be interested in adopting a golden, posting available dogs at shelters on your FB page may help your friend find a new family member and save a life.
The posts can be a little confusing. There is usually a thread of info under the picture as well as another thread when you click on the dog’s picture. I usually just scroll down to the bottom of the comment list to get a sense of whether or not the dog is going to be safe.
We have saved Moose, Holly, Sandy, Tanner, Macy and Ariel as a result of Friends of Golden Retriever. Since vet care generally cost so much less in the South, even when we have had to pay the $175 transport fee, the dog costs about the same to rehome.
Here’s a link to the page
April 2, 2012 No Comments
Take a look at your dog’s coat. Does your dog have a soft, thick fur coat? If so, congratulate yourself! It means shes healthy and you’ve done a great job taking care of her. If not, don’t worry many dogs suffer from dry, dull fur and irritated skin from time to time. It’s quite common and thankfully there are things you can do to help your dog get back a healthy coat.
First, it’s important to understand why dogs sometimes have dull, unhealthy fur. Many dogs love being outside and are exposed to dirt. Dust and dirt can build up and make their fur dull in color and not silky to the touch. It can also lead to some unpleasant smells. Dogs with longer, softer fur are more likely to get dirt in their fur, and are also more likely to get rashes and skin irritation.
Other times, patchy or dull fur starts on the inside. Keeping fur shiny and healthy-looking requires healthy fats and a proper balance of nutrients. Dull fur is one of the signs of a nutritional deficiency. A lack of proper vitamins and nutrients, and even not enough fat, can cause unhealthy fur. Puppies who do not get enough “good” fat are especially at risk for bad skin and fur. The rashes developed from nutritional deficiency in puppies can become infected, so be especially careful of your dog’s diet if they are still young.
You can help your dog’s fur get its shine back by washing your dog with a good doggie shampoo. When you’re choosing a shampoo, keep in mind that you are not just looking for a way to clean your dog’s fur or make them smell nice. Pick out a shampoo that will be beneficial to your dog’s skin as well. If your dog is outside often, give him a bath at least once every two weeks, especially if he has long fur. Don’t wash him too often though – over-washing can actually have the opposite effect that you want it to by stripping natural oils from your dog’s skin, and can lead to dry, unhealthy fur.
Regular grooming is a must as well. Ask your vet or your local groomer’s what kind of brush is best for your dog’s kind of fur. Certain brushes massage your dog’s skin and help strengthen it. Regular brushing also helps bring out the natural oils in your dog’s fur, leaving a shiny and healthy coat. I recommend taking your dog to a professional groomer once in a while on top of regular brushing. The salon products will help strength and condition your dog’s fur, but your dog will also love the attention and pampering.
You can also help your dog’s fur become healthier by improving his diet. For example, A dog food with high quality, healthy ingredients including omega-6 fatty acid that nourishes the skin and coat for a healthy fur and healthy dog.
Remember: a dog that looks good is a dog that feels good. So get the shine back in your dog’s fur for a healthy, happy dog.
Taken from “Dr. Jon.”
April 2, 2012 No Comments