Dog Rescue

23 Jan

This was Bo. He lived with a man who loved him but was having trouble taking care of him.

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On Sunday, his new  family signed his adoption papers and he is now officially renamed Archie.  I think it suits him.He’s even put on a little weight.

I have been volunteering with Oregon Basset Hound Rescue for about 3 years. I do home visits for prospective adopters, visits and relinquishments with families giving up a dog, and I facilitate adoptions.  I help plan & carry our annual Oregon Basset Hound Games.I also write the thank you letters to donors who are essential to keeping the rescue going.  It can be both heart-breaking and heart-warming. 

Last year I read No Shelter Here: Making the World  Kinder Place for Dogs by Rob Laidlaw. It, too, can be heart-breaking and Heart-warming.

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Laidlaw lays it bare.  Dogs, who have been man’s best friend for thousands of years, need friendship, playtime, a comfortable home, good food and fresh water, and tender loving care. Then he goes on to show how many dogs in the world don’t get those things because they live in puppy mills or on the street, work in dangerous jobs, are used for experiment s, or are left chained up.  Fortunately for his young readers, the pictures are not horrific. But he certainly makes them aware of the problems.  Although the book could have become a sad litany of the horrific lives some dogs lead, Laidlaw tempers the gruesome details with “Dog Champions”, people who are doing something to make dogs’ lives better. He explains about shelters ( the good and the bad)  and the importance of adopting a shelter dog.He gives tips on how to adopt and what to do once your new dog is home. This is a must read for any animal lover. The text is easy to read and suitable for kids in grade 3 & up.

Along similar lines, but for an audience who can reader more challenging text, is ER Vets: Life in an Animal Emergency Room by Donna M. Jackson.

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I am fortunate enough to live in Portland, OR where we have a fabulous animal ER: Dove Lewis Emergency Animal Hospital.  It’s the sort of place you hope you never have to go, but if you do, you will receive excellent treatment.  This book explains what goes on in a place like Dove Lewis. I like that is shows the treatment of animals of all sizes and ages. For a budding vet, or a child just interested in animals, this is a book a little out of the ordinary animal book.

 

One Response to “Dog Rescue”

  1. The Styling Librarian January 23, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

    Nice post, love the books!

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