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A DogSmith Product Reccomendation – OUT Stain & Odor Remover

Its official, I am actually about to endorse a pet stain & odor remover product. Having worked around animals for many years in the dog boarding, training and daycare business I have done my fair share of cleaning up animal mess. In our business we always use Trifectant to disinfect areas that accommodate client’s dogs as it is a broad spectrum disinfectant used for cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, equipment, utensils and instruments in Veterinary practices, kennels, stables, catteries, etc. However this last week has given us some challenges in odor control. We have been caring for a rescue dog in the New Spirit 4 Aussie rescue program. He has a fractured pelvis and came to us with very bad diarrhea.  The poor guy has not been able to stand or walk around so I will leave it to your imagination the problem we were dealing with.  The only thing I will say is that it has given a new meaning to the expression ‘finger painting.’

Keeping his area clean and odor free has been a challenge and I have tried several products. We are still using Trifectant for its disinfecting properties but OUT Stain & Odor Remover has been fantastic.  Of course having used it and found it highly effective I then went to read the label and realized it has many functions in addition to the basic use.  It is a great product and the smell is fabulous.

Out Stain & Odor Remover is a natural pro-bacteria and enzyme solution that permanently removes stains and odors.  It also removes pheromones that cause pets to revisit and soil spots so it is great for cleaning up after puppy accidents. It also renders allergens harmless on contact and is great for a selection of stains ranging from blood, vomit, coffee, grass and more. You can even add it to your carpet shampooer.  I will be trying this use very soon. You can read more about this product at www.outpetcare.com

It is available at Walmart.

New Spirit 4 Aussie Rescue – To The Rescue

What a great team of people head up New Spirit 4 Aussie Rescue FL, I always feel so proud to help dedicated rescue persons in a call to “Rescue Action”

This great Red Merle boy was located in a high kill shelter in North West Florida, the shelter manager worked with New Spirit to get him to a vet and have him  x-rayed as he could not walk and was in pain.

The sweet boy has a fractured pelvis but will be OK with lots of love, pain meds and time to rest. Here are a couple of short video clips from last night just one hour after he arrived at The DogSmith Training Center. You can see the huge potential in his big amber eyes.

The poor guy has a big old collar on with a big loop,  it looks like he has been chained in the past. He got a little panicky when i tried to remove it so for now it can stay in place as it is not causing him any pain and is very loose.  The most important thing is making him feel pain free, secure and well fed.

Hurry Up! It’s not too late

Help make a difference in the fight to end animal cruelty and get a last-minute tax deduction. Your gift today will help us continue our efforts to provide the life-saving medical care and much-needed protection that abused, abandoned, lost and homeless pets desperately need. Plus, with your contribution of $25 or more, you’ll receive a full ASPCA membership and subscription to our quarterly magazine, ASPCA Action.

Animal lovers like you, who care passionately about protecting our beloved companions, give us hope. Your commitment brings us one step closer to ending all forms of animal cruelty and finding permanent loving homes for America’s adoptable animals.

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Here are a few of my favorite no-kill, non profit animal rescue groups that i feel comfortable giving my  money too. If a particular breed is your ‘cup of tea’ then think about donating to a breed rescue group.

New Spirit 4 Aussie Rescue

Don’t want to adopt but do want to help?

We depend on donations to supplement our adoption fees.
Sometimes, the cost to rescue a dog far exceeds our adoption fee.
We accept checks or Paypal.
You’ll receive a letter acknowledging your gift for your tax records.
You can also help by visiting our Paws To Shop section.
Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Donate with PayPal
(You don’t need to have a PayPal account yourself.)

You can do a little or a lot:
no experience necessary!
Make reference check phone calls, do home visits, help with transporting dogs, fundraise, maintain webpages, help at rescue booths, or become a foster home.
Your fellow New Spirit volunteers will be there to help every step of the way!



LARA Update – December 2010

I was looking through some photographs of Lara the other day and realized the first time I met her was in January of 2010. She was curled up in the corner of her kennel at a local animal shelter, so afraid that she would not even raise her head from beneath her paws. For several weeks I watched as nobody adopted her, actually nobody even showed the slightest interest in her as she did not present well at all.

The happy Lara

I have been fostering her since early March 201o on behalf of New Spirit 4 Aussie Rescue and the journey has been very slow yet very rewarding. I decided to foster Aussies about four years ago when I adopted Bailey, my five year old Red Merle Aussie, through APRH. I wanted to help rescue dogs and it was a great way to do it.

Anyway back to Lara, for those of you who have been following my Lara Blog you know we have gone through many stages.

Stage 1 – We could not even approach Lara, she would run and hide in a bush or behind a chair or just freeze on the spot. We began to treat her for being close, 10 to 15 feet away

Stage 2- We could finally approach her inside but had to carry her in and out, her outside trips were on a twenty foot line. She was so scared of a leash if it became taut that you had to follow around behind her making sure it did not get trapped on anything. If left unsupervised for more than 5 seconds with the long line she would chew straight through it.

Stage 3 – We began shaping calm behaviors around people, we shaped her to approach people and then to touch a hand. We then used this to catch her to carry her in and out. We then used the touch cue to move her in and out so we no longer had to carry her. A six feet trip could take 5 minutes.

Stage 4 – We began clicker training her to sit and down. We had to do this from a distance as she became too scared if we got to close. We could now move her in and out and we began working on name recognition so we could get her attention if she was outside.

Stage 4- We began working on ‘let’s go’ so we could control her outside. She was now allowed off leash in the yard as we could at least get her back to us. She began playing with us and the other dogs. We shaped a nice ball drive so exercising her became easier.

Stage 5 – Lara was allowed to romp on the north 5 acres of our property with the other dogs, she was attached enough to me and the other dogs that she would follow us all back into the yard.

Stage 6 – Lara has learned that begin inside the house is not that scary, she still shudders at strange noises but has learned to sit and relax on the couch when we are watching television.

So what have we learned through all of this.

1. Dogs that have been abused or had zero socialization have a long road to travel, that needs to be taken slowly and at their own pace

2. There is nothing more satisfying than working with a dog that is almost feral, very scared and very shut down and the simplest of behaviors they offer are a huge breakthrough. I never thought I could get so much joy from having a dog tap my hand with its nose on cue.

3. With patience, kindness and a good plan, almost anything can be achieved with a dog. Check out the DogSmith FREE MTR cards that show how to train each of these skills.

So who is Lara now?

Lara is a delightful dog, with a lovely personality. Her exuberance with her new life sometimes gets her in trouble. She does not always respect the space of other animals and has been known to climb over the other dogs in excitement to reach a goal. She loves her ‘peeps’ those she trusts and they are few and far between as she is not overly keen to meet new humans.  Her antis are comically entertaining. Even at her most frightened she has never show as much as a snarl. She is amazingly athletic but I believe her personality will restrict her from ever performing, had she had a normal puppy-hood she could have been a fantastic agility dog. With that said if she continues to progress the sky may be the limit.

Lara is welcome to stay in our home for as long as it takes to find her the perfect home. A home with patient and understanding owners who will enjoy what she has to offer at the speed and pace she can offer it.  Owners that are prepared for the first few months to work slowly with her and to build a loving and trusting relationship before they expect anything from her. Owners that are prepared to give her adequate exercise and mental stimulation in a safe environment while she assimilates to her new home. Owners that can wait for the day when she feels safe enough to give back the same amount of love and trust that they have put forth first.