Looking Glass Animal Rescue is asking for the public to help them receive anywhere from $5000 to $20,000. The Healthy Paws Rescue Race 2019 is awarding such prizes to the dog rescue whose story is the most compelling. Looking Glass Animal Rescue’s dog in the race is Cleo. Here’s Cleo’s story:
Some of us have a harder start in life than others. Cleo had it very hard. As a four month old beagle puppy, Cleo was found severely beaten, blinded and shaking. tied to a pole outside a barber shop in the Bronx, NYC. When she was found one of her eyes were swollen shut, she had cuts on her head, back and shoulders, and several internal injuries. It was determined that Cleo had a fractured nasal cavity, fractured eye socket, severe cranial trauma and a fractured jaw. Cleo’s cheekbones were symmetrically broken, meaning that she had her head slammed in a door or was hit by something very heavy on both sides of her face. As if that wasn’t enough, she had a belly full of parasites that were starving her.
Cleo’s medical bills came to more than $7,000, but Looking Glass Animal Rescue came to the rescue. Cleo’s story touched a nerve with the public, news media and animal activists. Not only was Cleo’s abuser found and arrested, LGAR was able to cover her medical expenses with donations and is now prosecuting the case in court. Cleo received the care she needed and convalesced in a foster home in Manhattan where she fully recovered and was subesequently adopted by an amazing family in New Jersey.
Help Looking Glass Animal Rescue do the same for others just like Cleo.
You can vote here: https://www.
A short film with a special message depicting some of the many adventures shared between a rescued 95 pound Saint Bernard mix and his adoring 20-something companion. Thank you to the supporters of our rescue, Victoria and Katherine, for this beautiful video!
Rather than recreate the wheel, we found excellent perspective on a few very important issues that we wanted to share; each of the highlighted words link to further guides that you may find useful from a wonderful group called Dogs Out Loud. Rescue takes a village, and sometimes that village consists of other rescues resources. We appreciate DogsOutLoud giving us permission to link to their words of wisdom and are thankful there is such good information out there to share. We have your back but need to know that the commitment goes both ways. Our dogs’ lives literally depend on it.
- So, You’ve Brought Home a New Dog, Now What?
- I Need to Return This Dog
- Catch Your Dog Doing Something Good
- The Magic of Adopting a Long Stay Dog
- Leash Gremlins Need Love Too..Helping Your Leash Reactive Dog
- The Say Please Protocol
- Separation Anxiety
- Crate Training
- Thinking about getting a Dog – read this first
- Introducing your Cat to a Foster Dog
- Decompression and the Two week Shutdown
All guides used with permission.
Be patient with your foster dog. Even house trained adult dogs will make mistakes, especially if they’ve been at the shelter for a long time and have been eliminating in their kennel. If there are smells in your house from another dog or cat, some foster dogs may “mark” out their territory. This action should be re-directed immediately with a calm “Oops” and escort him outside where he can finish. You will then want to use some odor neutralizer (like Nature’s Miracle) on the areas where the foster dog “marked” to insure he will not smell and mark that area again. You can begin to house train a puppy at 8 weeks of age. Even if you bring home an adult dog that is housebroken, you will want to follow these guidelines until your foster dog adjusts to his new situation and to your schedule.
Determine where you want your foster dog to eliminate – it could be the backyard, side yard or an indoor substrate.
When you have determined where he should do his business, take him to the same place every time, and tell him “go potty” or “do your business”. Take him out when he wakes up, after he eats or drinks, after a play session, or at least every 2 hours. Puppies should go out every 45 minutes until you learn their pattern. Stand with him for 5 minutes. If he eliminates, reward him (with treats, praise, a favorite game and your own special happy dance). If he doesn’t go in 5 minutes, take him back inside and try every 15 minutes until he goes. Every time he goes, make sure you reward him!
Supervise the puppy closely while you are inside. If he starts to sniff the floor, or even squats to go, interrupt with a calm “Oops”, scoop him up quickly and take him to the approved spot and praise when he finishes.
If he goes in the house while you are not paying attention, don’t correct him – it is not his fault. Clean it up and go back to your schedule. Use an odor neutralizer (like Nature’s Miracle) to get rid of the smell. NEVER put the dog’s face in his mess, or yell at him. He will not understand you and you will only be teaching him to fear you.
Before you introduce your foster dog to your cat, you should wait a few days until you have confirmed or instilled basic obedience in your foster dog. You will need to have your foster dog under control and know which behaviors are appropriate when interacting with a cat. All dogs are driven to chase things; some may have a stronger drive than others. In a dog’s eyes cats are wonderful to chase. They are small, furry, and have those wonderful long tails. Cats are also usually pretty fast and can lead a dog on a merry chase, which only makes the dog want to do it again and again. If we could only teach those cats not to run away! That is beyond my expertise, so the focus of this article is what we can do to help the dog stop chasing the cat.
Properly introducing the dog and cat can help things go harmoniously from the start. Never force the cat to meet the dog. Cats are cautious by nature and will approach when they feel safe. Crating or tethering the dog so the cat can get close without having to worry about running can go a long way toward making the cat feel better. Making sure that the dog is in the presence of things the cat loves, such as her favorite toy or cat nip, can also help things along. However, there are times when even the most careful introductions won’t make Kitty and Fido best friends. That’s where the rest of this section comes in.
First of all, make sure that you have a safe place for the cat to go. You can use a baby gate, jerry-rig a door to open only wide enough for the cat to slip in, or actually install a cat door in the interior door. (If your dog has full run of the house, you may need to make a safe place for your cat on all levels of you home.) In the cat’s sanctuary, have at least her litter box and water. Make sure the sanctuary is a place the cat likes to go.
The next thing you should do is work on basic obedience commands with your dog in a distraction-free environment. “sit”, ” stay”, and ” come” are a minimum and they should be very reliable off leash and out of your arm’s reach. As the dog gets good at these with minimum distractions, gradually add distractions. Keep in mind that the cat may be the highest level distraction, so it could be awhile before you are ready to introduce her to your training sessions.
ASSUME THE DOG WILL CHASE THE CAT SO YOU ARE PREPARED!
If all is reasonably calm so far, walk the dog around the room on leash, but don’t let go of the leash in case the dog decides to chase the cat. On leash interactions give the cat the opportunity to approach the dog if they choose, or to find a route of escape. During the first few meetings, the cat and dog will probably not interact face-to-face. A dog is a predatory animal. It’s a natural instinct for a dog to want to chase a cat. Assume the dog will chase the cat so you are prepared. Never allow the dog to intimidate the cate by barking or chasing. Each time the dog acts inappropriately (barking), let him know these behaviors are unacceptable; try using a verbal interrupter like “Oops” to get their attention and redirect their energy. On the other hand, if the cat bops the dog on the nose as a warning, that’s a good sign and should not be discouraged. When they set up boundaries between themselves, they are beginning to establish a working relationship.
Let them interact with the dog on leash for about 30 minutes, then return the cat back to its safe haven and bring the dog will chase the cat so you are prepared. Never allow the dog to intimidate the cat by barking or chasing. Each time the dog acts inappropriately (barking), let him know these behaviors are unacceptable; try using a verbal interrupter like “Oops” to get their attention and redirect their energy. On the other hand, if the cat bops the dog on the nose as a warning, that’s a good sign and should not be discouraged. When they set up boundaries between themselves, they are beginning to establish a working relationship.
Let them interact with the dog on leash for about 30 minutes, then return the cat back to its safe haven and bring the dog to its crate or bed. Give the dog a treat and lots of praise. Increase the amount of time they are together a little each visit. It is important to be patient and encouraging in their interactions. If you’re relaxed, they will be more at ease. Always praise friendly behavior.
Don’t rush the introduction or force them to interact more than either is willing. Pressing them to accept each other will only slow down the adjustment process. When the cat and dog seem to be getting used to each other, let the dog go, but keep his leash attached to his collar. Let him drag it around the house as he wanders, that way you can control him at any time. The cat will probably hide first. You should use your best judgment as to when they can begin supervised sessions with the dog off-leash.
Remember that this will take some time. Keep in mind that the dog is not only getting used to the idea of a cat in his house, but also his new people, routine, and what these people expect of him. It may take a month or more for things to settle into a somewhat normal existence. Also remember not to tempt fate by allowing the cat and dog to be together if you are not around to supervise. Sometimes the best-behaved dogs can get too rough in play, which can result in injury or worse. Crating the dog, or closing him in one area while the cat is in another area is a wise safety precaution, even if you don’t feel it is necessary.