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					Winter 2006-2007


Issue 2

A Great Team!
Dogs, like people, have personalities and different skills and abilities. They can be wonderful companions, therapist, playmates, and protectors to name a few of the ways they help humans. Police departments recruit them for their loyalty, intelligence, and athleticism to help fight crime. The Edmonds Police Department currently has two police dogs on the force. Rocky, a four year old German Shepherd, is partnered with Officer Shane Hawley. The two have been a team for three years and have assisted in capturing numerous suspects. Dash, the newest police dog, is an eighteen month old German Shepherd and the partner of Officer Josh McClure. The Edmonds Police Department adopted him in early 2006 from the Everett Animal Shelter, but his name was Perth then. A city-wide contest was held to find a new name. Dash was submitted by a 3rd grade student and chosen because Dash can run fast! Each of these officer/dog teams went through 400 hours of training before they became Washington State Certified Dog Teams, authorized to work the streets. The dogs are trained in obedience, tracking,
Edmonds Police Officer Josh McClure and his partner Dash

searching buildings, evidence searches, and handler protection. They are an invaluable in helping their officer partners to locate suspects who flee from the scenes of crimes. Using their incredible sense of smell, the dogs can follow the scent of a suspect to where they are hiding. Dash and Officer McClure began their work in the community at the end of 2006. A letter from Officer McClure reads: "I thought you would like to see an updated photo and a little bit about Dash’s new life. He lives with me, my wife, and one-year old daughter and is doing great at work! There have already been a few newspaper articles about him." - another great rescue adoption story!



Princess Pretty Paws Pepper Flower

!ARF and volunteers attended more than 30 outreach events!Homes were found for more than 200 dogs and

ARF 2006 Highlights

cats!ARF's first Cat Adopt-a-thon resulted in the adoption of more than 40 cats in one day and the microchipping of more than 100 cats!ARF's work boosted the Shelter's numbers so that more animals were adopted than were euthanized 0 Through the Animal Rescue Foundation, 7 Kuranda beds were donated to the dogs of Everett Animal shelter by private donors!ARF raised approximately $40,000 in donations!

Comfy "Cots"
We have chosen Kuranda dog beds for our boarding facilities because they work so well. They keep dogs off the hard, cold floor; and are durable, and easy to clean. If you would like to donate a bed so another dog can sleep in proper comfort, please visit and click on Donate a Bed, Select WA state and then select ARF.

wish list:

Collars & leashes for dogs going to adoption events; harnesses & leashes for cats. Foster families - Contact Ingrid Weaver, (425) 257-6007, to learn more about this. Lowe’s, Home Depot , Fred Meyer or Kinko's gift cards Colored recycled/recyclable paper for printing flyers Recycled content, ivory-colored paper for newsletters, 11" x 17" Recycled content white paper for printing, 8.5" x 11" People with carpentry skills for occasional small projects Stainless food and water bowls " Gas cards for transporting animals
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Several months ago I began fostering animals for the Everett Animal Shelter. Since then I have fostered three dogs and five cats. The most memorable were the three kittens I fostered over the summer who were diagnosed with ringworm. These little guys were both the most rewarding, and the most difficult. The experience was rewarding

Eradicating Ringworm

because I got to see them grow from babies, barely as big as my hand, into hardy, three-month-old kittens - difficult because treating animals with ringworm can be lots of work! When I first brought these babies home they appeared perfectly healthy. This was because the only ringworm spot was on the belly of the solid black kitten, and it blended in perfectly. Once this spot was identified as ringworm, the work began. This involved regular anti-ringworm dippings, shampooing, medicating, and daily cleaning of the kitten’s living space with bleach diluted with water. Ringworm is a fungus of the hair follicle. The good news about ringworm is that the fungus reaches a point at which it stops growing and spreading. As long as everything is kept clean the fungus can be killed off. The bad news is that it is easily spread through shedding fur. Based on my experience, I believe that anyone can successfully nurse an animal through ringworm if willing to take the time to clean, clean, clean; work closely with a helpful vet; and set aside an isolated space in their home for the animal. My "ringworm babies," as I affectionately call them, were quickly adopted once they were healthy enough for adoption. I envy the people who adopted them because they are three of the most affectionate, bright kittens I’ve ever had the pleasure to spend time with!

Kids' Tales

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To inspire a community where people value animals

Just wanted to let you know that Lisa and Roxy took "Overall Grand C hampion Showman ship" last night at the Evergreen Fair. We were told that this is the first tim that a mixed breed e won. Lisa adopted Roxy from the shelter ab out 6 years ago an submitted two post d ers with pictures an d her story. The posters hung on on e of your walls for a long time. I’m no sure if you even ha t ve the posters anym ore. The pictures attached to this e-m ail are about a year old but maybe somebody remembe rs them. Anyway, they both did extremely well and it was an exciting evening. Lisa won over the Open Class (AKC ) kids. People wer telling her that she e should start showin g "Open" and get another dog but sh e told them she coul d not do that to Roxy, that Roxy is an extremely impo rtant part of her lif and will continue e to be. Yay for a shel ter save! Rochelle T.

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Lisa and Lulu

ARF Donates to the Center for Battered Women
The forces that drive and foster violence towards humans and animals, often spring from the same roots. In the last two decades, psychologists, scientists and criminologists have been studying this relationship and feel prevention and treatment for both diseases are the same. That is why, when ARF, Animal Rescue Foundation, was presented an opportunity to assist the Center for Battered Women, all involved were eager to help! ARF is donating two baskets full of goodies, one for dogs and one for cats, to be auctioned off at the Center for Battered Women’s 15th Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Gala, March 30, 2007. Animals, especially pets, get caught in the cycle of family violence. Often women and children are intimidated into silence about their personal abuse through threats made toward a favorite pet. Pets are sometimes hurt or killed by an abuser to punish a person they know. Abused children may act out aggression and frustration on animals because the animals are even more vulnerable than they are. What we have learned working in the business of animal welfare and rescue is that it will take many dedicated and focused people working together to affect positive change. If we do not help one another then all is lost. We are connected, whether we want to be or not. This is why ARF has extended a donation to the Center for Battered Women. We care and we want to help. We hope that these baskets, stuffed to the brim with goodies, will bring many bids to help support a worthy and deserving cause in our community. - Maryan Milam, Animal Rescue Foundation Secretary

To inspire a community where people value animals


Jack is a one year old Pomeranian, who is now in his third home. In his last home, he lived with two Border Collies, and had to fight for his food and space, and was constantly on the run trying to keep up with them. His new family is concerned because he barks hysterically and has a tendency to bite. The barking is annoying, but the biting is worrisome; they don’t want to give him up or have him euthanized. Jack isn’t a “bad” dog; he’s just suffering from the ill effects of stress.

Why Good Dogs Go Bad
variety of ways that range from mildly annoying to life threatening. Many of the things that dogs do that we consider bad behavior may in fact be a response to stress. Hysterical barking, inappropriate urination/defecation, digging, chewing, even aggression, are good examples. Physical issues can cause stress and behavior problems, so it’s a good idea to rule out any unknown physical causes with the help of your vet. When animals are stressed, a cascade of hormones is released in the brain. In simplest terms, these hormones help an animal deal with serious situations, using the fight or flight instinct. However, prolonged periods of these hormones coursing through the body can block learning and focus, create physical tension, and over the long term, cause physical problems.

his tail with minimal stress. For another, just one of these situations sends him over the edge. Many dogs can handle one or two stressors, but more can result in a behavior meltdown. Dogs that have been in several homes, been mistreated, or have serious medical conditions may have very low thresholds and seemingly the littlest things set them off.

Why should you care if your dog is stressed? From a practical standpoint, dogs that are relaxed cause less damage in the home, avoid stress-related diseases that cost money to treat, and are less likely to be a liability due to biting people or fighting with other dogs. From an emotional standpoint, relaxed dogs are better companions, and let’s face it, companionship is why many of us have dogs. So it’s natural that we should want them to be healthy and happy. Stress in dogs manifests in a

Like people, every animal has a different stress threshold. One dog can handle holiday guests, lack of exercise, a new pet coming into the house, and the toddler pulling

Luckily, there is a way to gauge your dog’s stress threshold. Awareness of a common type of dog body language called calming signals can help to prevent problems before they occur. Calming signals work to calm both the dog who’s exhibiting them as well as other dogs (and humans) around them. They can be as subtle as an eyeblink or a sniff, or as obvious as rolling over onto the back. Here’s a common example: You need to get to work, and your dog is outside doing doggy things. You call him in an urgent tone of voice. Your dog looks up at you, and then carries on sniffing, maybe having a pee, but

Thank You, Santa and Friends
Santa Paws is one of our most heart-warming and delight-filled annual events. Many families return year after year for family photos with Santa; we feel like a part of their family too. Santa held an armful of bunnies, dogs bigger than he, kittens who loved his beard, dogs who wanted to help take the photos, and puppies who wriggled and squirmed. Some families came all dressed in holiday finery. Others put antlers, ribbons or other

adornments on the family pets for a pictures with Santa. Special Big Thank You's to: SantaLars Pardo, Set Designer Maryan Milam, Master Photographer Robin Nellist, Tech Team of Victor Timmons and Tina Gleaton, Registrar and Greeter Larissa Dirks, and everyone who helped in the many small but important ways. And, Thank You to all who brought their best friends to visit Santa at the Everett Animal Shelter. - Jamie Dahlgren, Volunteer Coordinator

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Why Good Dogs Go Bad
definitely not coming. You call again, more loudly, and your upper body and face tense up. Your dog starts towards you, but very slowly and in a meandering way. Now you figure he’s being belligerent, and you yell, “Blackie, get over here, NOW!” Here’s your dog’s perspective: He’s out doing his thing, and here you are, acting a bit unpredictably. You aren’t speaking in your normal voice, you look larger because of the tension in your upper body, and your facial expression is very much like a snarl. In a word, you’re threatening. So he sniffs and pees, both calming signals. The slow, curving line is another calming signal, and something that socially adept dogs do when greeting each other. The angrier you get, the more calming signals he will throw at you. He’s trying to calm you down as well as cope with his own stress at your strange behavior. It’s important to look at the context of what you think is a calming signal – sometimes a sniff is just a sniff. All dogs use these signals as a means of communication; it doesn’t mean that he will later develop behavior problems. But if your dog is the middle of a pack of dogs, or a pack of kids, and starts licking his lips, flattening his ears against his head, or looking away and blinking a lot, it tells you that he’s stressed, and you may want to remove him from the situation. If your dog is constantly exhibiting calming signals in many different situations, he may be experiencing chronic low level stress, and you might want to deal with it before it develops into something bigger. We can’t just simply tell our dogs to relax; we have to help them. Useful tools are modalities such as Tellington TTouch, acupressure, massage, and herbal and homeopathic medicine. Some dogs may require pharmacological help with the supervision of your vet while you work on behavior modification. Learn about calming signals, and use them to help calm your dog. It’s amazing how a yawn or big sigh from you can reduce your dog’s anxiety in a tense situation. Very often training itself is a stressor, so methods like clicker training or lure/reward training, which don’t flood the nervous system, and avoid causing pain or fear, are called for with these dogs. In Jack’s case, his prognosis is good, because his people understood that the root cause of his problem was stress. They did a lot of detective work to sort out his stressors, and are dealing with them one by one, in a safe environment. He’s steadily improving, so chances are good that Jack has found his forever home. - Shannon Finch, Owner of "Black Dog Animal Training" in Stanwood

For more information on Calming signals, see Turid Rugaas’
work; on Ttouch, see; on Clicker training, see

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$50 —provides a spay/neuter of a foster dog or cat to make sure no more unwanted pets will be born $75—provides intake vaccinations for 12 dogs or 36 cats, reducing the risk of diseases by 90%

$100—provides flea treatment for 67 animals or buys four cans of KMR kitten replacement milk to feed one kitten for four weeks. $250—saves a good animal that may have run out of time by placing it into a foster home and providing food, spay/neuter, vaccinations and flea treatment until the animal is adopted. $500—helps subsidize much needed medical procedures for loving, deserving animals

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Please make checks payable to "A.R.F of Everett" and mail to: ARF of Everett — 2732 - 36th Street — Everett, WA 98201

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