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  1. When you go to the site click on Daily Click Reminders on the left -- every day you will get an e-mail that takes you to the site. It's really fast and you won't miss a day!
  2. I don't go by "who is first". I take the applications and make the best match for the dog. It is strange how some dogs can sit for months then all of a sudden it seems like everyone wants that dog! Good luck -- you'll make the right decision, I'm sure. Lin
  3. Available In Six Sizes X-Small (Burgundy & Black—Model X-21) 21"L x 15"W x 15"H, For Pets Up To 15 lbs Small (Blue & Black—Model X-26) 26"L x 18"W x 21"H, For Pets Up To 30 lbs Medium (Green & Black—Model X-30) 30"L x 21"W x 23H", For Pets Up To 40 lbs Large (Teal & Black—Model X-36) 36"L x 24"W x 27"H, For Pets Up To 70 lbs X-Large (Gray & Black—Model X-42) 42"L x 28"W x 31"H, For Pets Up To 90 lbs XX-Large (Green & Black—Model X-48) 48"L x 30"W x 34"H, For Pets Up To 110 lbs I got the Medium and Skye weighs 37lbs. If your dog is any bigger you should go up a size -- the weight limits don't tell the whole truth! It would be nice to have the X-36, but I was afraid of more weight. Most crates come in these same sizes. You might consider the Noz2Noz N series -- I'll bet it's the same thing only cheaper. Both the N series and X series' covers are removable and washable and have replacement covers available. Can't imagine needing a replacement, they're pretty tough. Also, the Pet Nation crates look nice (same company), but I didn't like that the 'windows' (shaped like a bone) were so small. Naturally, as soon as I got mine, I saw a crate at agility class that folded down really thin -- I'll have to ask the woman what kind it is. I can let you know if you'd like. Lin
  4. I thought it only responsible to let you all know what soft crate I finally purchased -- I got a Noz2Noz X-Series crate. It's VERY nice (sturdy), easy to open and close, easy to carry (I'm not quite 5' tall, so that was important to me), and very nice looking. The only drawback I see (and I'm not sure if this will matter to me since I usually cover the crate anyway) is that the top does not have a screen. The sides, front and back have large screens with roll down flaps for 'privacy'. Good air circulation. I'm very pleased. Also a zipper lock (clip). BTW -- You can find really good deals on ebay if you are patient. Thanks again for the input! Lin
  5. Thank you all so much for your input. As usual, your info is priceless and so much appreciated! Lin
  6. Hi all. I am finally getting ready to take Skye to Agility matches. I have one of those "pop-up" crates that have no real stability and want to get a portable/soft crate that will be sturdy (I really hate it when I see the crate going end-over-end! ) I have done many searches on-line and find quite a few brands. I would love input (positive and negative) on what brand works for you. For instance, I've 'heard' that the Midwest Canine Camper is very heavy to carry; the Noz2Noz pinches fingers, etc. But there are also PetMate, PetNation, It's a Breeze, Pet Gear -- the list goes on and on. And each brand seems to have multiple models..... Any help would be much appreciated!! Thanks.
  7. Sorry guys -- I didn't write the shelter piece. It was on craigslist (as I stated in my 2nd message) about a year ago. Ironhorse: Don't know about the numbers, wouldn't care if it was 100 -- it's still horrible! I do really doubt the HSUS can keep track of every little shelter in the US -- and I know every shelter is not affilitated with HSUS (which is probably unfortunate). The message isn't that shelters are evil institutions; the message is don't make more babies, we can't deal with the ones we have. "Appropriate euthanasia" only happens when you PAY for that sedative shot at your local vet. Shelters cannot afford that luxury (this I do know). I am glad that some of you thought the piece was powerful.
  8. Yes, it is very sad -- and the reason why us folks who do rescue do not take "accidents" lightly. BTW, this was posted on craigslist and I felt it was very impactful and should be shared. I sent it to everyone I know. I believe most folks do not know (or choose to ignore) what happens to unwanted pets!
  9. Ugh. Sherry, you should read this: I am posting this (and it is long) because I think our society needs a huge “Wake-up” call. As a shelter manager, I am going to share a little insight with you all...a view from the inside if you will. First off, this is a forum to for adoption and/or rehoming as clearly stated in the rules. All of you breeders/sellers on craigslist should not only be flagged (and I hope the good people on craigslist will continue to do so with blind fury), but you should be made to work in the “back” of an animal shelter for just one day. Maybe if you saw the life drain from a few sad, lost, confused eyes, you would change your mind about breeding and selling to people you don’t even know…that puppy you just sold will most likely end up in my shelter when it’s not a cute little puppy anymore. So how would you feel if you knew that there’s about a 90% chance that dog will never walk out of the shelter it is going to be dumped at? Purebred or not! About 50% of all of the dogs that are “owner surrenders” or “strays”, that come into my shelter are purebred dogs. The most common excuses I hear are; “We are moving and we can’t take our dog (or cat).” Really? Where are you moving too that doesn’t allow pets? Or they say “The dog got bigger than we thought it would”. How big did you think a German Shepherd would get? “We don’t have time for her…”. Really? I work a 10-12 hour day and still have time for my 6 dogs! “She’s tearing up our yard…”. How about making her a part of your family? They always tell me “We just don’t want to have to stress about finding a place for her…we know she’ll get adopted, she’s a good dog”. Odds are your pet won’t get adopted & how stressful do you think being in a shelter is? Well, let me tell you…your pet has 72 hours to find a new family from the moment you drop it off…sometimes a little longer if the shelter isn’t full and your dog manages to stay completely healthy…if it sniffles, it dies. Your pet will be confined to a small run/kennel in a room with about 25 other barking or crying animals. It will have to relieve itself where it eats and sleeps. It will be depressed and it will cry constantly for the family that abandoned it. If your pet is lucky, I will have enough volunteers in that day to take him/her for a walk. If I don’t, your pet won’t get any attention besides having a bowl of food slid under the kennel door and the waste sprayed out of its pen with a high-powered hose. If your dog is big, black or any of the “Bully” breeds (pit bull, rottie, mastiff, etc…) it was pretty much dead when you walked it through the front door. Those dogs just don’t get adopted. If your dog doesn’t get adopted within its 72 hours and the shelter is full, it will be destroyed. If the shelter isn’t full and your dog is good enough, and of a desirable enough breed…it may get a stay of execution…not for long though. Most get very kennel protective after about a week and are destroyed for showing aggression…even the sweetest dogs will turn in this environment. If your pet makes it over all of those hurdles…chances are it will get kennel cough or an upper respiratory infection and will be destroyed because shelters just don’t have the funds to pay for even a $100 treatment. Here’s a little euthanasia 101 for those of you that have never witnessed a perfectly healthy, scared animal being “put-down”. First, your pet will be taken from its kennel on a leash…they always look like they think they are going for a walk…happy, wagging their tails. Until they get to “The Room”, every one of them freaks out and puts on the breaks when we get to the door…it must smell like death or they can feel the sad souls that are left in there, it’s strange, but it happens with every one of them. Your dog or cat will be restrained, held down by 1 or 2 vet techs depending on the size and how freaked out they are. Then a euthanasia tech or a vet will start the process…they will find a vein in the front leg and inject a lethal dose of the “pink stuff”. Hopefully your pet doesn’t panic from being restrained and jerk…I’ve seen the needles tear out of a leg and been covered with the resulting blood and deafened by the yelps and screams. They all don’t just “go to sleep”, sometimes spasm for a while, gasp for air and defecate on themselves. When it all ends, your pets corpse will be stacked like firewood in a large freezer in the back with all of the other animals that were killed…waiting to be picked up like garbage. What happens next? Cremated? Taken to the dump? Rendered into pet food? You’ll never know and it probably won’t even cross your mind…it was just an animal and you can always buy another one right? I hope that those of you that have read this are bawling your eyes out and can’t get the pictures out of your head…I do everyday on the way home from work. I hate my job, I hate that it exists & I hate that it will always be there unless you people make some changes and realize that the lives you are affecting go much farther than the pets you dump at a shelter. Between 9 and 11 MILLION animals die every year in shelters and only you can stop it. I do my best to save every life I can but rescues are always full, and there are more animals coming in everyday than there are homes. My point to all of this…DON’T BREED OR BUY WHILE SHELTER PETS DIE! Hate me or flag me if you want to…the truth hurts and reality is what it is…I just hope I maybe changed one persons mind about breeding their dog, taking their loving pet to a shelter, or buying a dog. I hope that someone will walk into my shelter and say “I saw this thing on craigslist and it made me want adopt”…that would make it all worth it.
  10. I've always liked the name Sailor/Saylor for a male dog.
  11. I know -- I've even tried going to your profile and 'send message'. In both cases, it says There is no such member - please check the name entered and try again. Lin
  12. Kat's Dog: I'm trying to PM you and it won't go through. Is there a trick???
  13. I have been taking agility lessons with Skye for almost a year. She still will not do the teeter. In fact, last week we worked with a new teacher and she had us work on a mini-teeter first thing. Skye is TERRIFIED of it. Even when she hears it bang when other dogs go over it (and she's not even close to it). For the rest of the class, all she wanted to do was bolt for the door. I'm wondering if she is starting to hate agility. She's always done pretty well for a beginner (much better than me) and seemed to always have fun. She had been doing fine (except for the teeter) and making good progress --this setback is disappointing. Any words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated! Lin
  14. Journey, Sounds like Leslie has done all the right things to find her dog. She probably should also call Animal Control since they're the ones who might pick him up. My thought are with them!
  15. Since you've ordered the Gentle Leader halter, I'd try that before going to a prong. The Gentle Leader halter works wonders for my dog. I'm not against a prong collar temporarily IF the handler knows how to use it. Most people don't -- including me!
  16. 31" in Evergreen Colorado -- and still poring down! Lin
  17. You could try carrying hair spray -- cheap and it works very well. One traveling trainer who gives seminars and finds herself constantly in areas she is unfamiliar with also carries a riding crop. She's had many a scary episode and swears that one slap on the nose of an aggressive or unfriendly loose dog with it and they're gone. Lin
  18. I feed all my dogs Canidae All Life Stages -- 2 Labs, 1 St. Bernard mix, 1 (awesome) BC and 2 Chihuahuas. They range in age from 2 to 10 and all do great on it -- and love it. I get the small bites so the little ones can eat it and the big dogs are fine with that. I think you'll like Canidae! Lin
  19. The only 'bandanas' I ever put on my dogs are the ones that don't actually tie around their neck. Instead, they are a triangle shaped piece of material with a 'hem' on the long side -- collar slides through the 'hem' and voila' -- a cute bandana. Lin
  20. Skye is in beginning Agility. We were practicing the tire with a ball as a lure. I'd throw the ball through, say tire, she'd jump through, bring the ball back. On one return trip, while she still had the ball in her mouth, I said "tire". She ran up to the tire, stopped and tossed the ball through the tire with her mouth. I just about died laughing Lin.
  21. Same problem here -- tried the Gentle Leader -- Skye freaked out. There was no way she would move with that evil thing on her nose :eek: I bought a Gentle Leader Easy Walk harness -- presto, problem solved! Lin
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