FIDO SPEAKS! Fido Focus– Volunteerism and Selflessness by Michelle Reichlin I am often left wondering on a regular basis how we accomplish this work we call rescuing. As Fido Speaks Newsletter I am sitting here writing this article now, I am at my desk in my office with a stack of things to do before I can complete my workday. 99% of our volunteers who rescue with FIDO have full July 2010 Issue time jobs, but they still give of their time to walk dogs, transport dogs to the vets, attend adop- tion events, foster dogs in their homes, work with trainers to better socialize our dogs and work through any behavior issues, and the list goes on…… Our core volunteer group has been working with our rescue for several years now. They work FIDO’s Companion Inc. is a small, behind the scenes getting little credit for what they do. Sure I thank them and try to do little family run non-profit 501(c)3 or- things to let them know I appreciate them, but the job is really thankless. Unless of course you ganization made up of volunteers can agree that big sloppy wet dog kisses are a way to appropriately THANK someone! Truth- who perform vital functions in the fully, I realize I get most of the credit from the work we do in rescue. I am the “figure head”… where the final decisions about running our rescue start and stop and when things go well, the process of rescuing animals. We credit from the public, adopters, and other organizations gets tossed my way. This is just the operate out of Avon, Ohio. We way it happens, but it is not the way it should be. Frankly, without all the people behind the primarily rescue dogs from the scenes, I would be nothing and this rescue would not be operational. Lorain County Dog Pound before So, I have chosen to write for this issue of our newsletter about one volunteer who has worked they are put to sleep. weekly, if not daily, when fostering to devote her time and attention to our rescue’s mission. www.fidoscompanion.com Debbie Williams and her husband Mike have fostered dozens of dogs through the years, and honestly, Debbie has put thousands of miles on her sneakers and her car walking dogs and driving them to and from whatever was needed at the time. (continued on page 2) Inside this issue: Fido’s Focus– Volunteerism 1-2 Fido’s Advocacy 1 Fido’s Advocacy– A Victory for Ohio’s Animals Fido’s Fun Days 2 By Julie Piazza-King (Excerpted from the ASPCA website) Fido’s Forever Families 3 During the last week of June, Ohio Governor Ted Strickland brokered a deal between animal wel- Fido’s Festivities 3 fare groups and farm interests to halt the promotion of a citizen– backed ballot initiative intended to prevent some of the cruelest practices common in factory farming. The following are some of the Fido’s Facts– Kenneling 4-5 measures that will be adopted in the state of Ohio: Fido’s Forever Families 6-7 A ban of veal crates by the year 2017; A moratorium on permits for new battery cage confinement facilities for laying hens; Gonzo Needs a Home! 8 Adoption of humane euthanasia methods for sick or injured farm animals; Enactment of legislation to regulate puppy mills; These are just a few of the measures that will be adopted. For more information please visit the ASPCA website at www.ASPCA.org. Page 2 Fido Speaks! Continued… Volunteerism and Selflessness by M. Reichlin And YES, she has failed fostering twice do not take care of their animals so they and our FIDO dogs Nellie and Coley run out of their yard and she can pick now live a life of doggie royalty because them up as a stray! HA! We have gotten of that. She also coordinates fundraising many good laughs out of that one. But in efforts for us and just gets things truth, Debbie will not see a dog in dis- done….whatever asked, whenever tress or one that is being mistreated needed. Debbie has been like a right without doing something about it. She arm to me in many, many ways over the works to get the right people involved to years and to her I credit much of our help. Debbie does all of this selflessly; success. not because she wants praise or some Debbie is a no nonsense type of woman; type of public recognition, but simply actually I get a chuckle out of it. Talk because she loves dogs. I am extremely about saying what you feel….that is Deb- grateful to her and her on-going devo- bie! And if you don’t like it...too bad. tion to FIDO’s companion. She is not She is all about the dog; PERIOD. Our only a Fierce Rescuer but a Friend that I volunteer group has a standing joke, in am thankful to have! fact that Debbie drives around in her car >> with a hamburger hanging from her “Auntie D” aka Debbie bumper in neighborhoods where people Williams “He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion” Bath Time for Maslow Huller!....Serious Business Fido’s Fun Days!- Boarding at Paws Inn the Woods scale washing station and a groomer that Paws Inn the Woods is a boarding ken- the dogs can lay outdoors, weather per- provides services on site. nel of choice for FIDO dogs! Paws Inn mitting, to watch the squirrels run up I get the pleasure of seeing many of our the Woods is owned by June and Bruce trees or to see the birds flying above. past FIDO dogs board at Paws Inn the Arnesen and has super staff members They have a large fenced in play areas Woods since the adopters met them at who care about the dogs! They treat our for dogs that like to mingle with other the facility and found it to be as welcom- FIDO dogs who board there like their dogs for exercise. If your dog is more of ing as I feel it is. Maslow Huller is one very own. Located on Indian Hollow a loner or prefers not to interact with such dog that boards frequently and as Road in Grafton, Paws Inn the Woods other dogs, no worries...Paws has other the photo shows, bath time is serious provides a rustic setting with ducks, fenced in areas so a dog can be out- business at Paws! ponds, and a log cabin– like kennel set- doors solo. Paws does not charge extra ting where natural light fills the kennel for potty breaks or giving medication or To get all the details, visit area. They have indoor/ outdoor runs so any special treatment. They have a full www.pawsinnthewoods.com Fido Speaks Newsletter Page 3 Fido’s Forever Families– Sandy Becomes a Member of the Fiala Family Marlene Fiala (Sandy’s mom) On March 23rd this year, I had to unex- only concern was would she get along pectedly have my precious dog of 10 and accept my 3 cats? Worried at first years Shayne, put down. He was a tough about the natural instinct to chase cats, I boy with aggressive tendencies but we immediately though perhaps this wasn’t stayed committed to keeping him, just as a good match. But a counseling session he was, and taking care of him. We loved with a dog handler and some patience on him and he protected us well. As sad and our part made us realize that this was a hurt as we were, I felt that filling the void match made in heaven. She’s a beautiful “The couch girl” and sadness could only be overcome by little girl, spoiled rotten! Oh yeah, but getting another pooch immediately. So, I that’s ok, she’s a precious animal that went to petfinder.com just as I had for my loves to please us and she is pretty used cat about a year earlier. I was just to the cats now. She’s in her forever “shopping and snooping” ads and photos home and we love her to pieces. Thank and I came upon a beautiful brindle girl, you Michelle and Brenda for making this half the size of Shane– that'll work, beauti- happen and everyone please remember ful brindle coat like him– that worked, there is always a period of adjustment for sweet disposition– yay! That works too! any animal. It’s easy to forget that it can So without hesitation I contacted Fido’s take months to get used to a new dog or Here is a link to the youtube video showing Companion rescue to inquire about Sandy cat in the home. We love our Sandy and all the pictures of her: http://www.youtube.com/ and to see if she was still available. My she’s made us very happy. watcyh?v=JFG4T_vrb0 Fido’s Festivities! Mulligan’s & Mutts was a Huge Success!! And now we have a dog in rescue named Mulligan! Buffalo Wild Wings in Avon Lake Marci Barrett– State Farm Applebee’s Avon Peck & Peck CPA’s Charles Scott Salon and Spa Bob Allen Insurance Co. Players in Lakewood Avon Lake American Legion Post 211 Malley’s Chocolates Neilsen Jewelers Fratello’s in Avon Lake Peterson & Company Jewelers Outback Steakhouse in Westlake Hilliard Lakes Golf Course Sisson’s Florist Sweetbriar Golf Course Dish Deli & Catering Lake Erie Harley Davidson Sandra Rothenberg Stewart’s Appliance Glenna Snezek BCT Alarm Pam & Tim King Conrad’s in Avon Bonnie Stadnik/ Heinen’s Avon Automotive Specialties Thanks to EVERYONE who donated to Meredith Farrow Fitness Edge Personal Training help us raise money to make our fund- Greg & Renee Claycomb EMH fitness Center raiser– Mulligan’s & Mutt’s a suc- Lorie Wilber Avon Boot Shop cess! We raised almost $9,000 to con- Diane Winn Paisley Monkey in Lakewood tinue rescuing homeless pets! Diane Stewart Luxury Nail Salon in Avon Lake Sue Hist Fine Bella Nail Salon in Avon Lake Listed below is the FIDO TEAM who hit Matus Winery IBI David Salon & Spa in Westlake the streets and collected donations: Terri Banas Grateful Dog Bakery Lori Dubosh, Sue Runkle, Julie Piazza- Mark Seijak Paws & Effect Grooming in Rocky River King, Debbie Williams, Diane Stewart, Dawn Reichlin Four Legged Dog Fashions Grooming in Tom Heilman Avon Lake Toni Heilman, Glenna Snezek, Renee Cleveland Playhouse Cleveland Zoological Society Claycomb, Mary Wheelock, and Donna Ellen & Rich Robbin Lake Erie nature & Science Center Reichlin. Dave Runkle Cleveland Museum of Art Listed are all the people and companies Candice Stryker—State Farm Great Lakes Theater who donated items for the event: Great Lakes Science Center Page 4 Fido Speaks! Fido’s Facts– Courtesy of West Park Animal Hospital (www.westparkanimalhospital.com) Kenneling Your Dog While kennels range from the bare- Discuss this with the kennel. sonnel are able to administer it bones to the ultra-fancy, keep in Find out how often dogs are appropriately. Some kennels may mind that the frills are meant mainly walked, or if they are allowed to not be able to give medication as for the owners. The dog really does- run free in an enclosed area. often as your pet requires. n’t care whether Chopin plays softly Some kennels will give dogs in his sleeping quarters. What is extra walks or exercise time, but important is general safety and the often at an additional charge. friendliness and competence of the Still, the added activity may be staff. well worth it for the active dog. WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A KEN- Indoors, the boarding facility NEL should have adequate cage and run sizes, with larger cages for The first thing you should do is visit the kennel before you bigger dogs. Natural light from board. Most kennels welcome windows is great, but if not avail- these visits, and it gives you a able, indoor lighting should be Some boarding facilities offer chance to see their facilities and adequate. The air should circu- an added benefit of grooming ask specific questions. Your late well and not smell stagnant. services. Consider having questions should be answered to Proper ventilation will signifi- your dog groomed the day he your satisfaction, so that you will cantly decrease the risk of dis- or she is scheduled to go feel comfortable leaving your ease transmission. home. It is always nice for pet when you re away. Find out how many animals are your dog to come back from routinely boarded at a single the kennel smelling clean, The kennel should be clean in- time and the number of staff tak- fresh and newly groomed. side and out. Proper sanitation is one of the most important as- ing care of the animals. More pects of preventing the spread people and fewer animals may KENNEL REQUIREMENTS of contagious diseases. The mean more attention for the indi- vidual animals. All dogs that are to be boarded cages and runs should look and should be healthy and free of smell clean. Animals that are Some kennels have associations contagious diseases. If your currently boarding should be with specific veterinarians either dog has a medical problem clean and appear well cared for. on the premises or working that is stable or currently under Look at the outdoor area where nearby. Find out how sudden treatment, let the kennel know the dogs are walked. Waste ma- illness is addressed. The ken- prior to boarding to make sure terial should be routinely re- nel’s veterinarian may be the they are comfortable boarding moved, leaving the area rela- one contacted for treatment, or it your dog. tively free of fecal material. might be your regular veterinar- ian. If you have a specific pref- A kennel may require a health Getting a certain amount of ex- erence, discuss this with the certificate from your ercise is important for each ani- kennel owner. veterinarian and proof of your mal, but how much and how of- dog’s most recent ten depends on the individual If your dog is on medication that vaccinations. dog’s need and the ability of the is given several times a day, kennel to offer these services. make sure that the kennel per- If your dog has fleas or other Fido Speaks Newsletter Page 5 external or internal parasites, he or additionally require it shortly before person should be able to make she should be treated prior to arrival boarding. any emergency decisions if or on admission to the kennel. needed. Discuss your wishes As a general rule, most kennels with this person prior to your require DHLPP and kennel leaving. The kennel should also Certain kennels have very spe- cough vaccinations to be given have your veterinarian’s number cific requirements regarding vac- yearly, and rabies vaccines ad- in case there are any medical cinations. Don’t assume that your ministered according to individ- problems. This is even more dog has had all of the vaccina- ual state law. important if there are any on go- tions required without checking WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING TO ing medical problems with your with the kennel first. For exam- THE KENNEL pet. ple, some veterinarians are not It is always a good idea to bring routinely vaccinating each year your dog’s own food to the ken- for DHLPP (distemper, hepatitis, nel. Abrupt changes in food leptospirosis, parainfluenza and commonly lead to diarrhea in “The kennel should be clean inside parvovirus). This may be the vet- many animals, especially when and out. Proper sanitation is one erinarian’s general policy, or for they are in a more stressful envi- specific health reasons of the in- of the most important aspects of ronment (i.e. away from home). dividual animal. Other times, In dogs that tend to get diarrhea preventing the spread of conta- only one part of the DHLPP might when stressed, a high fiber diet be given. There is no generally gious diseases”. while boarding may help. If accepted rule regarding vaccina- your dog is on a special diet or tions in dogs. In all cases, check has special dietary needs, make with the kennel so that any dis- sure the kennel is aware of this, crepancies can be addressed If your dog typically receives and that they follow your spe- prior to boarding. Sometimes, a medications at home, they should cific instructions. letter from your veterinarian will be continued while boarding. be all that is required. Other If your dog has a special bed or Bring the medications with you to times, additional vaccines may favorite toy, ask if you can bring the kennel, and make sure the need to be given. them with your pet. Familiar kennel is aware of the specific items from home will make your problem being treated. If you do A kennel cough (bordetella) vac- pet feel more comfortable while not feel that kenneling is appropri- cination is a common vaccine re- you are away. ate for your pet, you may want to quired by kennels that may not be routinely given by your veteri- The kennel should have several consider hiring a pet sitter. These narian. It is a vaccine that offers contact numbers available so, if animal loving people will come to protection from bordetella bron- needed, the appropriate people your home to care for your pet. chiseptica, a contagious infection can be contacted in the event of Some may even spend the night. that causes upper respiratory an emergency. First, provide signs (mainly coughing) in dogs. the number (if possible) where The vaccine is given either sub- you can be reached while you cutaneous or intranasally (via the are away. If you are unavail- nose). It is usually administered able, a friend or relative’s num- yearly, but some kennels may ber should be accessible. This Page 6 Fido Speaks! Fido’s Forever Families– Buster Joins the Novick Family! By Bridget G. Novick My family had been waiting for over a ley). He just did something to me. I year to begin the adoption process of phoned Michelle from Fido’s Compan- looking for a new dog. We had our Max ion, and she gave me all the details and for 12 glorious years. Max was with me information on buster. Michelle is an when I was single and was my best exceptional person to say the least. I felt friend, my soul, my heart. Anyone that so comfortable with her due to the fact knew or met me… knew Max. Losing that it was quite clear that Fido’s Com- him was something I dreaded for years panion would not adopt any dog to just and I just knew that when the day came anyone. Michelle was very inquisitive that I would not survive without him. about where we lived, what our past was Well, I became pregnant and gave birth with animals, if we had adequate space Buster (aka Farley) kisses his sister to a beautiful baby girl in April of 2008 for an animal, who had past records of Dahlia’s hand. and 5 months later is when Max left us. previous animals etc…. As I sit here with tears rolling down my organization. As soon as Buster’s cast Buster’s previous owners brought him cheeks, I am sincerely thankful that my came off on April 28th 2010, my hus- into West Park Animal Clinic with a bro- Max spent 5 months with my daughter. band, daughter and I picked him up and ken leg and when the clinic told the She remembers him as we look at pic- brought him home. Buster was our owners that his leg was indeed broken tures still. daughter’s 2nd birthday present, and is and would need a $2,000 surgery– his a wonderful dog. He has lots of puppy Due to my remarkable relationship with owners asked the clinic to euthanize energy! He loves to fetch the ball and Max, my husband and I felt strong about him! Can you imagine????? The vet has loves to eat his dinner. He loves me and passing this onto our daughter. She a relationship with Fido’s Companion, so follows me EVERYWHERE. He has be- loves dogs and we both knew that a dog they called Michelle and Mike and they come protective of Dahlia and is treated needed to be a part of our daughter’s decided they would pay for Buster’s sur- like a king. This poor little pup went life. We also felt we needed to honor gery and they would then find him a lov- through so much in his first 5 months of Max for being such a loving, kind and ing family. Buster was only 4 1/2 months life and it is our family’s honor to take gentle dog to us for so many years by old when this happened, and Fido’s great care of him and make sure he has adopting another. Companion was extremely accommo- the life that every dog should have. dating on so many levels. Fido’s insisted I began looking on Petfinder.com and Buster runs and plays now like his leg on keeping Buster in the clinic until he looked at hundreds of dogs. I was just was never broken! Thank you Fido’s was out of his cast and healed. Fido’s waiting for one of the little faces to just Companion, and thank you Michelle for took care of him even after we adopted capture me and take me in. In April of such a wonderful organization and for Buster. Fido’s Companion is a 5 star 2010, I saw a photo of Buster (aka Far- being such a wonderful person! Fido’s Forever Families– Cleo is Part of our Family! By Sandra Rothenberg Hi, my name is Cleo, but I used to be a lot in the past, so I am pretty scared of called Macy. I was really lucky, because most men. My foster dad was great and Michelle chose me as one of her special took me with him in the car on special rescue dogs for Fido’s Companion. I visits to the gun club he belongs to. will always remember her family. She Sunday, March 14, 2010, I met my new recognized my potential and took me to adoptive parents. I tried to curl up in a her parent’s home for foster care. They tiny ball on the couch and hide, but were very kind and loving to me. I Sandy and Steve seemed to really ap- loved to sleep on their leather couch. I preciate all my fine qualities. They no- played with their dogs and visited other ticed my elegance and sweet nature. I Cleo practices his fetching skills! dogs with my foster dad. I have suffered enjoyed the long drive to my new home, Fido Speaks Newsletter Page 7 Fido’s Forever Families continued….. Especially when we stopped for a ham- together. ting a dog anywhere else. We send an burger, hold the bun! Our next stop was enormous “thank you” to Michelle, her Our daughter got married last weekend. to visit my new adoptive grandmother, parents, and Fido’s Companion. I would Our home was filled with people. Cleo Dorothy. She commented on how per- be remiss, if I didn’t mention all the was a real trooper. On occasion, she fectly I was designed, my lovely hues; other incredible dogs we met along with would bark and hide in the bushes, or even my nose matches my silky fur. I their foster companions. In particular, run to her sofa in the media room. trusted her immediately and wanted we met another awesome dog and im- Never did she appear to be aggressive. some gentle strokes. When we arrived mediately fell in love with her– Trinity. She was loved and stroked by so many at my adoptive family’s home, my new Not a day goes by that we don’t think of people over the weekend that it re- dad, Steve took me for a nap with him in her. Because of our 13-year old yorkie, minded me of a therapy technique the media room. That leather couch re- we can’t risk adopting another energetic called implosion where you are exposed minded me of my loving foster parents. dog. I know there is someone out there, to the very thing that you fear the most– The couch is now my sanctuary, my safe someone who will be as grateful as we in her case, most strangers, particularly place where I go if I am frightened, are with Cleo, to have brilliant Trinity in males. My favorite moment was seeing whenever a new person comes to the his or her family. For now, she is loved door, or if I hear an unexpected noise. her seated on the sofa with the flower by a beautiful, remarkable foster care girl on one side and the ring bearer on Each morning, even before breakfast, I woman, a woman waiting to find her the the other. The kids were leaning on her go for a three mile hike. We cross two perfect home. So if you have a lot o love with their arms around her. streams and walk by my aunt Sherry’s in your heart and some room in your horses, goats, sheep and a bull. Sherry Although we adored Cleo from the start home, go visit the most amazing dog. has a rescue Corgi named Jasper. He there have been some issues to work As a nature photographer, I spend a has become my dear playmate. We through. Because of her fear of men, she great deal of my time in the woods. adore chasing each other, rolling, and continued to bark and growl at Steve Cleo stays right by my side, no matter nipping. I love smelling all the wildlife anytime he changed position, stood up, how long I take in one spot. When I am on the paths. I even saw a baby bear. or came into the room. She would wag ready to pack up my equipment and I’m a fabulous chipmunk chaser too! At her tail at the same time, so we knew move on. Cleo is eager to run. Deep in the end of our walk, I leap into the pond eventually she would get over it, and she the woods, it is nice to have a compan- for a refreshing swim. I am great at re- did! She also had some difficulties with ion. She has discovered many hunters trieving sticks. I also go to doggie her house training. She began pooping and she barks like crazy. They move on! school. I am working on “stay” with lots and urinating on all of our silk rugs. If She appreciates every activity from trav- of distractions, like chickens. At first I we woke up at 6am, she would wake up eling with us to Baltimore and New York, was frightened of all the men and other 5 minutes earlier to soil our rugs. I im- hiking or simply hanging out. Whatever dogs in the class. I curled up and my mediately called the dog trainer and got we do, Cleo is by our side. We feel safe whole body would shake. Now, I sit her enrolled in doggie school. I also and comforted by her loving presence. proudly next to Sandy or Steve. took her back to our bets to rule out any She is family……. health concerns. As it turned out, she ************ was sick. She needed a special diet and Steve and I immediately fell in love with two medications for her intestines. She Cleo. How could we not, she is smart, loves to find bones in the woods and had gorgeous, and not at all aggressive. At chewed on a coyote skull. She may have first, she growled a lot at our 4 pound picked up some bacteria from that. All yorkie, but after a week or so, she tried is well now. Cleo is happy! to engage her in play by pawing, which We are ecstatic and very grateful to Mi- wasn’t safe for a teeny dog. Now she has chelle and her parents. We have made learned to be gentle, to put her lovely some lifelong connections to Michelle, snout in the yorkie’s face and let her bite her family, and our special dog, Cleo. and growl away. They are just adorable We simply cannot imagine anyone get- I want to help provide new beginnings for homeless How Can I Help? dogs. We need: Enclosed is my contribution in the amount of: foster homes for dogs and cats (short $____________________________ and long term); transporters to help pull dogs from Name___________________________________________ local pounds or take them to the vets or boarding facilities; Address_________________________________________ donations to cover boarding and health care costs; City_____________ State______ Zip code_________ volunteers to walk the dogs that are Please mail your check to: currently being housed in our boarding facilities; Fido’s Companion Rescue, Inc. volunteers to plan and assist with fund P.O. Box 518 raisers Avon, Ohio 44011 For Credit Card Donations: Go to WWW.FIDOSCOMPANION.COM and click on the donation button. You can make a secure PAYPAL donation on-line with your credit card. A 501 (c)3 Non profit Animal Rescue– Donations are tax de- Providing quality of life to one ductible canine companion at a time! Fido’s Adoptables– Patton Needs a Family of His Own! Patton was found as a stray by the dog catcher. He clearly had been the victim of abuse before as shown by the old scar Do you know a busi- around him neck from an embedded ness that would help to dog collar. He also has a large old scar support FIDO’s Com- on his back that will always be a re- minder of his neglected past. He came panion by putting out to us skin and bones. We could not pass a coin collection jar? up his beautiful face in the dog pound. We had to save him. He is approx. 3 years old and now neutered and fully We are always looking for vaccinated. He has gained 10 lbs since new places to put our col- in our care is now 40 lbs of love. He lection jars. Money col- walks so nicely on a lead and will listen lected from these jars goes to every word you tell him. He so wants to offset the cost of food to please his rescue mom and loves to for our rescues that are in play with other dogs who are friendly to Patton is waiting for his forever boarding. him. Patton is a good dog; waiting for a home! good family.
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