Archive | January, 2013

Treats, Treats and More Treats…

31 Jan
Often, dry biscuits or even the yummiest of treats won’t cut it with some dogs. Recently, a fellow rescuer giggled as she told me, “don’t judge, I use McNuggets when working on reactivity.” My response? “I’ve used McDonald’s burgers when I was at the shelter!” Yep, treats come in all shapes and sizes. And often, human food is MUCH cheaper than “dog treats.” Don’t get me wrong, I often buy Buddy Biscuits, Merrick Lamb Lung and Real Meatz treats at my favorite pet store, but you can also find me at my supermarket’s deli counter buying their “antipasta,” which is really handy cubes of the ends of meats and cheeses. One of my go-to, doggy crack “treats” are Shadybrook Turkey meatballs. I learned this when I took Bird on her first outdoor agility lesson. It worked wonders to get her to over the A-Frame outside. It’s a stand-by at Bully Project classes, along with the cubes of meats and cheese:
Recently, one of our foster-to adopt families showed us how they use Cheerios – a great treat for a dog willing to work for anything and needs to keep an eye on his waist!
Meanwhile sometimes getting creative can get very messy: a good friend’s dog, Alice, recently learned that if she jumped the fence at the dog run, she could indeed continue chasing the park trucks. Although she was so elegant jumping the 4-foot fence, it was super scary! Luckily Alice likes to man the “table” and be with her peeps so keeping her on leash while her younger brother plays is fine with her. But, if the truck comes by, she loses her cool so we enlisted Squeeze Cheese (AKA Easy Cheese). Works wonders unless, my thief of a terrier, Goose, thinks that spray cheese in a pocket is a self serve yogurt machine. Take a look at what happens:
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What’s your special treat?

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Wordless Wednesday

30 Jan

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What is John Up To?

29 Jan
John has been living the high life at a beautiful doggy daycare facility in NJ.This weekend, we visited him and brought some new friends. Take a look at him showing off his skills:
John adores his caretakers at the daycare. Every time one of them came into the room, he left what he was doing to give them a warm welcome! Although we are not fans of pulling a dog and just putting him in boarding, we knew John would do well at this great place. During the days, he has other doggy friends he plays with and hangs with the staff. (That’s a lot nicer that some family dogs!)
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We also wanted to give John a special treat from our biggest supporter, Barbara. She participated in our end of year fundraising raffle and won the Perfect Pittie Package. Her dogs were not interested in the pitbull pacifier from Acadia Antlers, and she wanted John to have it instead. He loved it!
Thanks to all of John’s caretakers and admirers

Adoptable Pittie of the Week: Pink Floyd

28 Jan

I’m Pink Floyd from Rescuzilla!

I love other dogs and spending a lovely afternoon snoozing on the couch. I have a silly personality (to match my ears) and I like to play, but I’m more of a calm clutz than a hyper puppy (even better, right?  I know!)

I get along with everyone – dogs, kids, cats, adults, I’ve lived with them all – but sometimes I’m a little excited when first meeting dog friends so I’m working on that with my foster mama. I would rather not admit it, but I look pretty silly when I chomp on treats – I dare you not to laugh when we’re together!

I need a family that will appreciate my goofy affections and let me snuggle up with them for a nap. Please contact rescuzilla@gmail.com and tell them you want to meet me, Floyd!

What’s In My Barkbox?

25 Jan

January’s BarkBox was full of old reliables: things that we know make our pups very happy. So, we were very happy to get more of them!

January's BarkBox

January’s BarkBox

From Jax and Bones, we got this awesome Elton the Octopus toy! Lucy has always loved rope toys, but she tends to destroy them pretty quickly. When she saw this guy, she got very excited!

Jax and Bones' Elton the Octopus

Jax and Bones’ Elton the Octopus

Lucy Eating Elton

Lucy Eating Elton

"Mmmm, Calamari!"

“Mmmm, Calamari!”

Lucy Eating Elton

Lucy Eating Elton

One of the two (count ’em, two!) bags of treats we got were Nootie‘s Yumzies Peanut Butter flavored treats. Peanut butter is always a winner in my household, and these treats are the perfect size for training larger breed dogs like my pitties. They’ll do just about anything I ask of them if I’ve got one of these in my hand.

Nootie's Yumzies Peanut Butter flavored treats

Nootie’s Yumzies Peanut Butter flavored treats

From Barkworthies, we got a spiral bully stick, which Bully Project adoptable, Andrew, very much enjoyed! These types of treats upset Lucy’s tummy, but Andrew handled it just fine, and spent quite a while chowing down on this one. Treats and toys that keep the dogs busy are great things in my household!

Barkworthies' Spiral Bully Stick

Barkworthies’ Spiral Bully Stick

Andrew enjoying his Bully Stick

Andrew enjoying his Bully Stick

And finally, our second bag of treats are Superior Farms‘ All Natural Lamb Toasters. More great treats for training, but also just a simple treat I can give randomly and not have to worry about nasty allergic reactions, bad nutritional value, and other stuff. Just simple, 100% lamb – good stuff.

Superior Farms' Lamb Toasters

Superior Farms’ Lamb Toasters

Thanks BarkBox for another great month of stuff! If you want to get in on the fun, you can register on BarkBox’s website. Be sure to use the code below for $10 off your subscription and to have another $10 donated to Bully Project!

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Not So Wordless Wednesday

23 Jan

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On Outdoor Tethering…

22 Jan

Over the holiday break, there were quite a few interesting animal related news stories in our area. But none quite caught my attention as much as this one did. The long and the short of it is: a family was out buying groceries to cook their Christmas meal. They brought their Cavalier King Charles spaniel out with them for the errand, and upon arriving at the grocery store, tethered the dog outside the store while they finished their shopping, leaving the dog entirely unsupervised.

The dog was stolen.

Of course, my immediate response was to feel pity for the family. I would be devastated if I ever lost Lucy. But after thinking more about this whole situation, I kept getting more and more irritated. Wouldn’t the dog never have been stolen if they had simply left it at home while running their errands? Would their “7 yr old little girl” avoided heartbreak if Mom or Dad had just waited outside with the dog? Most likely.

Tethering dogs outside stores and coffee shops is rampant in New York City. We, as New Yorkers, try to multitask as much as we can. Many of us lead very busy lives, and have a lot to accomplish on any given day. If we can do two or more of those things at once, we’ll all almost take that opportunity. But is efficiency worth risking the safety and welfare of one of your beloved family members? Or, worse yet, risking the safety and welfare of the other people and animals in your community?

By tethering a dog unattended outside, not only are you putting that dog in harm’s way, as we’ve seen from this story, but that dog could become so stressed out and upset by seemingly being abandoned, that it could uncharacteristically lash out at passers-by.

The Cavalier was eventually returned, after what we’re sure was a very harrowing journey for the small pup. We hope that this family learned a valuable holiday lesson this year, and wont make the same mistake twice. For their sake and their dog’s sake. But we wish that New Yorkers would take the morale of this fable very much to heart.

Adoptable Pittie of the Week: Frankie

21 Jan

Frankie was found by an FDNY fighter wandering around Grand Concourse in the Tremont section of the Bronx. The firefighter who found her, due to his work schedule/on call nature, could not take care of her, and she eventually found her way to Bully Project.

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She is sweet, affectionate, and has not displayed any resource or food guarding. She is great around other dogs and small children. Our best guess is she is anywhere from 18-24 months and weighs about 50 pounds. She is already up to date on her vaccinations and will be spayed and microchipped prior to adoption.

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She’s housebroken, and not at all destructive, and working on her crate training skills. She doesn’t mind being in the crate at all, but she mostly she just wants to be next to her humans, get a lot of exercise and come home and lay at your feet (or across your body!).

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She still needs some more experience walking on a leash as she does like to pull, but judging by her aptitude and intelligence, leash training wouldn’t take too long or be that arduous a process. In fact, just putting her in an easy walk harness has helped immensely.

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All in all, she’s a pretty exceptional canine – and have you noticed her Zorro mask?! If you would like to adopt Frankie, please email bullyprojectnyc@gmail.com for more information.

What Fred Taught Me…Part 3

18 Jan

Most importantly, Fred taught me to accept and be happy with a happy ending… even if I’m not in it.

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After realizing Fred was not my next four-legged friend, we quickly had a meet and greet with two interested parties! One of the potential adopters stood out right away. She let the other woman interact with Fred as much as she wanted. D, like me, was interested in the dog, his behavior, how he handles situations, etc. She didn’t need a love at first sight moment. She quietly watched him play with a friend, observed his ability to settle…as to just be Fred! I felt if I couldn’t have Fred, D certainly should. Next step was a meeting with her guy and her female pit bull, Etta, an alum of  Animal Farm Foundation.

Meeting one was not love at first sight (remember Bird didn’t fall in love right away).  Etta was a girl and trying to push Fred’s buttons. I think Bird and Etta couldn’t believe Fred was so calm and easy going! Etta had lived with a male pittie before, so we knew she could do this.

Second meeting was a huge success. Miss Etta realized he was the real deal. Fred showed no menace and within hours she was sharing her home, bones, and a yard with the meathead!

He made himself right at home. Leaving Fred with his new forever family was indeed a very happy moment. Introducing Brody (fka Fred):

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A special, “Thank you!” goes out to Deja Foundation for covering Fred’s medical care for us and to Hounds on the Hudson for caring for him for a week.

What Fred Taught Me…Part 2

17 Jan

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Fred was trying to fit in with everyone – the terriers, the skinny old minpin, the hairless one-eyed kitty and all the folks at the park! He was really a saint!

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But after 10 wonderful (and tiring) days of trying to integrate Fred into my family, it was my little terrier, Goose, who made the decision for us. See, although Fred was polite and was a great walking and dog run buddy,  Goose camped out in the foyer for 10 days straight unless Fred was behind a closed door. And, since Fred wasn’t thrilled with being crated, integration was challenging. Bird, on the other hand, was sleeping ON him within days. Yes, Bird had a boyfriend.
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Fred was my perfect pittie! I had such plans for us…he was going to be a therapy dog. Fred was going to change minds being part of my family. But, I had to think of my entire four-legged family. The day I realized Fred was not going to be mine was devastating but I did learn some lessons:

1. Bird can live with a large big male and LIKE it!

2.  Goose really needs to be part of the decision making process.

3. Crate-able will be an important factor in the next dog I foster-to-adopt.

4. I will most likely foster -to-adopt a “helper” dog. Fred had the best dog greeting skills.

5. I will try this again.

Of course Fred had a great ending, but that’s for the next post!

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