We received news this afternoon that Novartis are not going to make Interceptor (heartworm medication) anymore. After months of being told it was coming back they have decided not to continue making it and have transferred all their efforts into a product that combines heartworm and flea and tick medication which we do not advocate anything with flea and tick control in.
The next best is Heartguard for heartworm medication.
To say I am devastated at this news is an understatement, whatever you do, do not start using Trifexis, made by Elanco, the side effects of this drug have been devastating to many canines please click on the link to read stories from owners about the issues with Trifexis. https://www.facebook.com/#!/TrifexisKillsDogs?fref=ts
Boston takes back their city
Thursday, 25 April 2013 18:27
"Boston is probably the only major city that if you mess with them, they will shut down the whole city… stop everything… and find you"
We send out our love and prays for all involved in the bombing at the Marathon. We thank all of the people who helped the victims of this terrible tragedy. Susan Driscoll and Judi Schoenberg are both wonderful volunteers and fund raisers for Toy Poodle Rescue, both are also nurses at the hospitals where the victims were taken. This has affected so many people, but Boston people are wicked strong and will come through this with their heads held high. This is a video showing Judi and Susan laying flowers at the memorial site and being interviewed.
Children learn how to raise money and give back. So proud to live here now and the Bostonian spirit. Click on the link to view the video. http://video.msnbc.msn.com/nightly-news/51615684
Doing right by Toby
Tuesday, 23 April 2013 15:52
So Toy Poodle Rescue belongs to a group for rescuers, that get notified about dogs that are in need of help, rescue or in danger of being euthanized. We read the email about Toby, his owner had taken in him as a stray several years ago but had never had the money to vet him due to being disbaled and on a fixed income. His dental hygene was really bad and he needed a dental cleaning desperately, so we went into action and arranged to pick Toby up take him to our vet where we gave him a dental, vaccines and microchipped him. We then arranged to get him neutered and paid for his grooming fo the year. As you can see Toby is doing great and his owner loves him dearly, we received this email from the owners daughter. Sometimes you just have to do the right thing!
I am writing to express my appreciation for the help that my Mom received for her poodle, Toby.
My Mom is disabled and lives on a fixed income. She was so sad that she could not pay for things for her dog such as, dental care, neutered, and even pet grooming.
The toy poodle rescue provided these things for Toby, and now he is much healthier and happier dog.
My mom loves Toby so much, she lives alone with him and he keeps her company. She is so happy and grateful to the Toy poodle rescue.
Studies Have Linked Lawn Pesticides with Canine Malignant Lymphoma
Tuesday, 05 March 2013 21:51
Studies Have Linked Lawn Pesticides with Canine Malignant Lymphoma
It’s a ton of fun to see an athletic, healthy dog sprinting across a sprawling lawn of thick green grass – but could this practice be dangerous to the dog’s health? A study presented in the January 2012 issue of the journal Environmental Research concluded that exposure to professionally applied lawn pesticides was associated with a significantly (70 percent) higher risk of canine malignant lymphoma (CML).
It’s a broad conclusion and light on specifics. The case-control study, conducted between January 2000 and December 2006 at the Foster Hospital for Small Animals at Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, was structured around a 10-page questionnaire that was mailed to dog owners who were having their pets treated at the Foster Hospital; the resulting data came from the owners of 266 dogs with confirmed cases of CML and 478 dogs in two control groups (non-CML cases).
The questionnaire was not included in the article; a summary stated that it covered a wide variety of data considerations, including breed, weight, medical history, and the types of chemicals used in the home. The characteristics of the CML cases did not vary much from the controls, other than in the weight category (the CML dogs tended to weigh more than 50 pounds). Exposure to types of flea and tick products and frequency of administration was similar among the groups, as was overall exposure to lawn care products.
What did show cause for concern was that the CML cases were more likely to live in homes that reported professionally applied pesticides and herbicides, though the results were only marginally significant for the herbicides. Exposure to other types of professionally applied lawn care products was not associated with increased risk. There was an increased risk, however, for dogs who live in homes where owners applied lawn-care products containing insect growth regulators – substances that inhibit the development of insect eggs and larvae.
One disappointment: specific lawn care chemicals or insect-growth regulators were not identified. Instead, the umbrella categories of herbicide, pesticide, insect growth regulators, fungicide, rodenticide, and fertilizer were used. It could be that some of these chemicals are already designated as known carcinogenics. The article notes that studies evaluating frequency of exposure and exposure dose are needed; thus it appears that the researchers did not determine which chemicals the dogs were exposed to, in what quantities, or for how long.
Also disappointing was the fact that genetic factors were apparently not considered as part of the study. Three-fourths of the CML dogs were classified as purebred, as was the control group. The incidence rate of CML is not the same for all breeds; increased risk has been reported for several breeds including Basset Hounds, Boxers, Airedales, Golden Retrievers, Saint Bernards, Bulldogs, Bullmastiffs, and Scottish Terriers. This predisposition could indicate an inherited characteristic.
Like the canary in the mineshaft, dogs can serve as sentinels for human disease because they are our close companions and are subjected to many of the same environmental influences. Canine cancers have the same biology and behavior as human cancers, and in some cases have identical histology and response rates to treatment. The goal of this study was to identify risk factors for CML from exposure to environmental chemicals in an effort to provide insight to risk factors for humans in developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Keep in mind that exposure to lawn care products is different for canines than it is for humans. People can know if a lawn has been recently treated with chemicals and thus avoid it and take precautions when handling such chemicals. Our pets have no such option; their uncovered and unprotected bodies come in direct contact with the environment. They see an enticing outdoor carpet, perfect for rolling around on, running across, playing fetch and wrestling with playmates on, and even ingesting. Dogs have their mouths on everything: themselves (grooming), their playmates, their toys and sticks lying in the grass, and yes, the grass itself. And those mouths can be the conduit from external to internal exposure.
Though more study is needed, the preliminary findings of this study suggest that you can reduce your dog’s risk through the following: -Don’t use pesticides on your own lawns, or allow lawn-service providers to use them on your property. -Don’t use lawn care products that contain insect growth regulators. -Prevent your dog from walking on (or rolling on, eating, etc.) any lawns, unless you are able to determine that absolutely no pesticides are used to maintain them. (Most municipalities are required to make their chemical lawn-care regimens available to the public. It says something about these chemicals that their use is prohibited on most public school grounds.)
– Barbara Dobbins
Bullies come in all shapes and sizes, not just children who hit and call names but adults who sit anonymously behind their computer screens and use faceless anger and intimidation to bully and be spiteful. People who sit by and say nothing knowing full well it goes on and want to take 'the high road' are just as bad. When you see injustices stand up and say something, it is not to only defend someone but to also keep your integrity and not hide your head in the sand. Bullies thrive because enough peers are not prepared to say the simple word STOP! Hopefully everyone will watch this documentry and will apply it to every aspect of their life old or young. It is simply called your personal integrity and when you stay silent the bullies win. I am proud to know some heroes who will always defend honesty and right in the world, that and a great lawyer LOL.
Monday, 25 February 2013 11:03
Ben was the Ambassador for Toy Poodle Rescue, Ben Doggy passed away this week at nearly 19 years old. He was so loved by Sue and Gary and he was the sweetest most gentle Poodle. Ben loved everyone, he was a kind soul. Ben was a puppy mill dog and he broke all the rules on genetics and good breeding, so people can understand that it is not where you come from but how you are cared for that is what matters. Ben died from old age, he would have been 133 years old in people years. He was with us our whole married life and we miss him terribly but he is the reason we started Toy Poodle Rescue and will continue in his legacy.
Goodbye our sweet boy, we love you so. Love Mummy and Daddy.
We are a different kind of rescue - so proud of that
Tuesday, 25 December 2012 18:45
So the other day I met someone we adopted to in a local pet store to give them some belongings that the dog came with. As I was entering I heard the assistant ask the people if they had just adopted the Poodle and did they get it from Toy Poodle Rescue? The assistant then said, they must be really good people because Sue is very particular who she adopts to! I thought that was the BEST compliment anyone could give me and I am proud to have that reputation and that of our rescue.
So now the warm and fuzzy holiday is coming to an end, I wanted to write about a recent experience with someone who wanted to adopt a dog from us. I have received two calls from the same man asking about adopting, but he had not filled out an application, so the second call was about him talking up how he cares for his dogs with an open check book, and anything they need. So again I encouraged him to fill out an application and submit it online. About two days later the application comes in and I was shocked to see that his dogs are crated for 6-7 hours a day and then sleep in a crate again at night. I emailed him briefly and explained that 6 hours alone and in a crate is too long and we could not move forward with his application. He then decided that obviously we were not understanding what a wonderful home he is and asked us to call his vet so we could get a better understanding. I again wrote back and explained that we don't crate dogs and don't approve of crating for such long periods. Again he writes back trying to justify the reason for crating and that his dogs like it! His one senior dog had passed and the other one was left and needed a friend. I would need a friend to if I was being left alone in a confined space for 6-7 hours a day, everyday, so I did not go crazy.
OK anyone who knows me is probably either laughing or hiding right now, I have some patience but what I don't have is tolerance for arrogance when it comes to the treatment of animals. If someone who is in the animal care business told me that crating a dog for 6-7 hours a day is wrong I would want to know why and try to get educated on a better way. So my response was very clear and direct and anyone who is considering adopting from Toy Poodle Rescue needs to read this. This is what I said; You need to go into a closet without food and water and the ability to go to the bathroom and unable to walk around for six hours and see what it feels like! The man did not want to hear it and said my response was uncalled for, but I could hear a dog in the distance cheering if only for a moment, before it was crated again for a VERY long day!
Crating a dog for 6-7 hours a day is CRUEL and if you have to do that it is for two reasons, either you have not trained your dog so it can be trusted in the home or your don't want your dog going on the couch and places where it is not allowed.
If you have small dogs their goal in life is to be right next to you, sit on the couch and look out the window and nap on the furniture. If you do not want to allow that, please don't get a small dog, but DO NOT APPLY TO ADOPT FROM US.
We promise people who surrender their dogs to us we will choose homes that understand small dogs and their needs, who get that you should not be crating a dog 6-7 hours a day and all the dogs we adopt are allowed on couches and to be close to their human.
Any veterinarian who knows a clients dog is being crated for 6-7 hours a day needs to educate them on confinement and the effects on the dog regarding depression.
If I hear one more time, that my dog likes the crate, he goes in there when the door is open, it is because for the many hours they spend in there it is all they know, if you hear about abused children who have been kept in dire situations you will also hear that they gravitate back to the same environment because that is what they know.
People have the ability to change what they do and learn a better and different ways of doing things, but first you have to acknowledge what you are doing is for YOUR convienience and not what is in the best interest of the dog.
People who surrender their dogs are not bad people, but a victim of circumstances for the most part, and because they have to surrender their dog, should we then not care where that dogs goes....NO. Our job is to make sure their life and comfort continues to be the priorty and they continue to live in the lap of luxury, not encapsulated in a crate for hours and hours every day.
This will never happen on my watch at Toy Poodle Rescue!
Ian Synge - A special donation to Toy Poodle Rescue
Saturday, 22 December 2012 15:57
We received a special donation from Ian Synge of Lexington, Ian is a young boy but wanted to give his saved up money to a charity, here is what we received from his Mom, Laura Yaker, who has obviously done a wonderful job raising Ian.
"My son saved this Money up from his allownace to donate to a charity and he selected your dog rescue after seeing the article in the Boston Globe yesterday"
We are truly honored to receive this donation from Ian and it will go towards giving a special needy dog the care it needs from Ian.
Thank you Ian for being such a great and caring kid and giving your pocket money for a needy animal. We are so proud of you!
Love the President and all the volunteers and doggies at Toy Poodle Rescue
Poodles/Dogs are not Christmas Gifts
Friday, 07 December 2012 22:29
Twas the Night Before Christmas...rescue version
Twas the night before Christmas,
and all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
the stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
With nary a thought of the dog in their heads.
And mamma in her kerchief and I in my cap,
Knew he was cold, but who cared about that?
When out on the lawn there rose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
The dog must be loose; he's into the trash!
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow,
Gave the luster of mid-day to objects below.
When what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But Santa Claus with eyes full of tears.
He unchained the dog, once so lively and quick,
Last year's Christmas gift, now thin and sick.
More rapid than eagles, he called the dogs name,
And the dog went right to him, despite all his pain.
Now DASHER, Now DANCER, Now, PRANCER and VIXEN!
On COMET on CUPID on DONNER and BLITZEN!
To the top of the porch! To the top of the wall!!
Let's find him a home where he'll be loved by all!!
I knew in an instant there were not gifts this year.
For Santa had made our mistake very clear.
The gift of a dog is not just for the season,
We had gotten a pup for all the wrong reasons.
In our haste to think of a gift for the kids,
There was something important that we had missed.
A dog should be family, and cared for the same.
You don't give a gift, then put it on a chain.
And I heard him exclaim as he flew out of sight,
"YOU WERE GIVEN A GIFT!! YOU WERE GIVEN A LIFE."
Please note Toy Poodle Rescue does not adopt out Christmas gifts, we adopt out beating hearts that beat for many, many years.
Christmas Carols sung by pets
Friday, 07 December 2012 22:32
This should get you in the Christmas spirit!!
To see the video of pets singing the 12 Days of Christmas click on the link below and get in the Christmas mood!