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IF ONLY THEY COULD CALL HOME: Lost & Found Dog Tips

Lanther Pay Phone (16 X 9)(w text)

This post is by The Human… I told her to write it and post it… hope she does a good job… I’ll be over here napping.

This post is inspired by our friend, Dave, who recently found a stray dog in his neighborhood. As Dave is an animal lover, he wanted to ensure the dog’s safety and welfare. He took the dog into his home and began taking steps to attempt to locate the pup’s owner. He took the dog for walks around the neighborhood to keep the dog visible. He brought the dog to a veterinarian to check for a microchip (none was found). After attempts to reunite the dog began to seem futile, Dave began to accept that he may not find the owner. He began purchasing toys, food, and other doggy items in preparation to keep the little guy. He decided he would be ready to provide the pooch a loving home, even though two cats already resided in his home, who incidentally the new canine found irresistibly chasable. One day Dave decided to check the local “Lost and Found” section of Craigslist. There it was on the computer screen, a photo and description of the very dog in his care. His name per the posting was Cooper. Dave contacted the author of the post, and received a return phone call very soon after. The Craigslist ”Lost and Found” advertisement had been posted by a frantic father, who had been caring for Cooper in his daughter’s absence. As it turns out a gate had been left open, and Cooper had run off into the world in search of adventure! The father and Cooper were reunited and the man was ever so grateful for Dave’s care and efforts. Happy ending for Cooper and the father! Good Samaritan stars for Dave!

Lost pets…if only they could just call home! “Hey guardians of me! I’m phoning to tell you I’m lost and over here at 123 Maple Avenue! Wanna come get me?!!!” But alas they cannot do this (and not just because they lack opposable thumbs). So what kinds of things can both the lost pet seekers and the lost pet finders do? Here are some things compiled from a few sources to help!

TIPS IF YOU HAVE FOUND A PET

1) ​Call area animal shelters and report that you found a lost pet. Give a thorough description and you will be contacted if someone calls reporting a lost pet with the same description.

2) Knock on doors. Knock on doors of homes near where you found the animal to ask if they know to whom the animal belongs.

3) Scan for microchip. Have the animal scanned for a microchip at any nearby veterinary office, Humane Society or Animal Services which may lead to the owner’s information.

4) Post flyers. Put up flyers in your neighborhood and surrounding areas to let the person looking know that you found their lost pet.

5) Post and search on social media. Post photo and information on where you found the animal on Facebook, Craigslist, Pinterest, etc. (The “lost + found” section of Craigslist is located in the “Community” section of your local city listings).

Craigslist example

*Find “lost + found” in your chosen location’s “community” section

6) Make the animal visible. As in the scenario with Dave and Cooper, taking a found dog for walks in the area in which they were discovered makes them visible to searching owners, or other people who may know or recognize them.

7) Check with local veterinarians. There is a good chance that the animal you found is a patient at one of the local veterinarian offices. Check multiple offices. Dave mentioned that Cooper’s actual veterinarian was the one located closest to his neighborhood, while the veterinary office where he had Cooper  scanned was not the same office.

8) Check with local police departments. Report found animals to the local police department. Many people report their lost pets to area police departments. They also inquire into any reports of found pets there.

***If someone contacts you claiming to be the owner of the dog or cat, be sure you ask for evidence of ownership, including a picture or have them identify specific information that only an owner would know. This could be an unusual feature, tattoo, or something that isn’t visible in the picture.
*** If you find that no one has responded to these efforts after a few days you can then take the pet down to a local shelter and turn it in as a stray..

TIPS IF YOU HAVE LOST A PET

1) Conduct a search. Lost pets may hide if they are fearful. Search in and around all possible hiding places outside, look under sheds, decks, houses, etc. Most animals are found close to home. Talk to your neighbors and, after asking permission, search at your neighbors. Additionally, check places they may have fallen into, or gotten stuck or trapped.

2) Food and water. Put out food and water at home, in hopes the dog or cat will return home for food.

3) Check with local shelters. Call area shelters to make a report and/or to see if your pet has been impounded.

4) Post flyers. Place posters within a 2 mile radius from where the animal was lost and at busy intersections. Posters should be large and bright colors; be brief and to the point and create a visual image. Try: Lost, a photo and your number. Post around town at veterinary clinics, schools, grocery and convenience stores, and anywhere else you think might make a difference. It is always a good idea to leave off one distinguishing feature so you can confirm that this is your lost pet with the person who might have found them.​

5) Post and search on social media. Post photos and information where your pet was last seen on Facebook, Craigslist, Pinterest, etc. Craigslist has a lost and found section… see where to navigate in the example above in #5 of “Found Pets.”

6) Humane trap (get guidance from animal care agencies). For shy dogs and cats, set a humane trap near the point of escape. Check frequently.

7) Check with local shelters. Call all the shelters around where you live and visit them regularly.

8) Spread the word. Contact and leave a description with your mail carrier, newspaper carrier, garbage truck drivers, local landscapers, etc.

9) Check with local police departments. Report lost animals to the local police department. Many people report  found pets to area police departments. They also inquire into any reports of lost pets there.

***If you don’t see your pet, keep looking!  Pets end up in shelters sometimes weeks after they are lost so never stop looking.  Keep in mind what some might call a “lab mix” you may call a “shepherd mix,” so it is always best to visit shelters regularly and not just go on descriptions or website photos alone. Also, you may want to extend your search beyond your local agencies, as pets sometimes end up being secured by people not in your vicinity.

Another idea for posting lost dog info:

Lost dog car window ad

*Photo courtesy of Lost Dogs Illinois

If your dog is lost in a heavily wooded area:

Lost Dog Tips (wooded area)

*Photo/text from an unknown source.

 

SOURCES: ASPCA, Manatee County (Florida), Lost Dogs Illinois, The Human and our friend Dave.

Waking Your Human

How do you go about waking your human in the morning? 

I like to start out my process by making myself comfortable. I take over as much of the bed as possible. Sometimes I slide my way from the bottom of the bed to the pillows. 

In the case The Human… she has learned to adapt to my bed and pillow hogging strategy. Generally she repositions and continues to hang on to her state of unconsciousness. I let this go on for ONLY SO LONG. The trick is to disrupt the sleep cycle. I start to move around a lot, often shooting my legs straight out and jabbing The Human. (I find that the ribs and face are particularly effective targets). I also perform lots of tossing, turning and flipping moves, sometimes inflicting wrestling-style body drops on her with my butt.

In the case of The Human… she is a PROFESSIONAL. She manages many times to work around even difficult-to-ignore maneuvers. So if you have an equally difficult human, what else can you do?

You now have no choice but to GET ALL UP IN THEIR GRILL. Make sure your nose is nice and cold… wet and drooling too, if possible. Abruptly apply your nose to the face of your victim. You can stick to the less invasive “forehead touch,” or go for the gusto with the more extreme “nose to mouth.”

IMG_2891 (Baloo Pillow Nudge) IMG_2887  (Baloo Pillow Nose)

Still not getting the desired result? Try using the method I like to call The Intense Stare (TIS). For this you want to position yourself so that your face is directed toward your human’s face. You must concentrate deeply so that your stare becomes piercing to your human, even through the deep mist of sleep.

The Intense Stare (ITS)

The Intense Stare (ITS)

I find TIS quite effective with The Human no matter what level of consciousness she may be experiencing. Sleeping humans often become very aware of an overwhelming feeling that they are being watched while TIS is being executed. Opening their eyes to see what is there is almost instinctual.

IMG_2880  (Baloo Pillow Wake Up 1)
Using TIS on sleeping victim.
IMG_2881  (Baloo Pillow Wake Up 2)
TIS effectively wakes sleeping victim.

If all of this passive aggressive behavior fails to wake your Human… you will have no choice but to resort to more assertive methods. Bark, jump on the bed, pull the blankets, paw slap, lick, etc. It is ok, you tried lesser methods, and they did not listen. They asked for it!

When you want your Humans to get up and tend to your needs, YOU TELL THEM!

Happy Waking!!!

THE LANTHER’S TOP 5 FAVE FINDS OF ALL TIME

Greetings Lanther-iffic Friends!!!

The Human and I realized that I have a few tried and true pet products. Some of these items were clearly integral in helping to acclimate me to my new home when I was first adopted. Some came along later. But all continue to be staples in the home. These products are as loved by me as an old, beat-up teddy bear. What Human? Oh, right… she just said that ALL of my teddy bears are beat-up… and ultimately destuffed. True! BOL!!! Anyway, I present to you below, THE LANTHER’S TOP 5 FAVE FINDS OF ALL TIME.

(Please note that this list is based on my environment, habits, personality, abilities and likes, and may not be appropriate for all dogs. You will need to use your judgement about whether or not products are appropriate per situation and per pet, and additionally what sizes and types are best suited).

Onto the TOP 5!!!

1. KONG Extreme (in sizes Large and XL)

The KONG Extreme is a tougher version of the standard KONG (comes in the color black) for dogs like me who are formidable chewers with big strong jaws***. KONGs are fun as both a toy and a treat dispenser. Being a highly food-motivated dog, my favorite part is the treat dispenser feature. Humans fill the center hollow cavity with something dog-safe and yummy. Fillers can really be quite variable, and at the discretion of your Human. My Human likes to slather the inside with peanut butter, pack it solid with cooked chicken or lamb meat or jam in a bunch of on-hand dog treats. Sometimes she even freezes the whole KONG with its contents to make it tougher to extract. Not only is it a great treat for dogs, but it keeps canine minds engaged and stimulated while they systematically work to get the “yummy” out. My specific success story with the KONG is that The Human was able to use it to help alleviate my initial separation anxiety. She would fill up my KONG every time she would be gone for an extended period of time. Presenting me with something engaging and tasty equaled a reward and a positive thing when she left. I came to associate good things with her extended departures (plus I understood that getting a filled KONG and her walking out the door, meant I should not expect her back for a while).

***As with all toys and treat dispensers… be aware of your dog’s chewing habits and supervise them. If they do start to chew off bits and pieces, don’t let them keep the KONG. There are other versions available in red and blue, each with specific durability and intended use (see KONG’s product details).

2. Nylabone (multiple shapes and textures in size XL for Dogs over 50 Lbs)

Ah, the Nyalabone! There are many shapes, sizes and durability levels from which to select. And I am a fan of multiple forms. The Human sticks with the items from Nylabone’s “Powerful Chewers” category. My favorites are the standard, no frill products (no fancy spinner or attachments), which include:

DuraChew Bone – Original (textured design)

DuraChew – Monster Bone

Long Lasting Durable Chew – Original

 

3. Harness Lead

Yes, I am a spokesdog for Harness Lead, but I truly love and believe in this product. Harness Lead has been a wonderful tool for me during my exercise activities of hiking, traveling and swimming. The escape-proof (can’t wriggle free) feature is one of The Human’s favorite aspects. Secondly, I like to swim… in salty ocean water at the beach. So The Human loves that Harness Lead has no spring-loaded metal clips (as on leashes) that can rust or jam up with sand, and become inoperable or broken. It is comfortable around the girth of my body, rather than a collar pulling on my neck (LOVE!!!). It is machine washable and comes in various colors: black, blue, plum, red and pink. And it comes in two lengths, one for small and one for large breeds. I especially like that this product was an idea developed by the owner, an animal shelter volunteer, who was seeking a better solution for walking shelter dogs. The owner has also donated a large number of Harness Leads to animal shelters around the country, free of charge, so that they may benefit the animals residing in their care.  It’s a great product with a strong foundation in animal welfare.

www.HarnessLead.com

Baloo HL RockStream Animal Wellness

4. Tuffie Toys Ultimate Odd Ball  (Tuff Scale 8)

No toy is indestructible. Tuffie Toys makes an entire line of multiply stitched, layered plush toys. For the extreme dogs like myself who like to tear and shake toys to rip out squeakers and stuffing, these last much, much longer. Tuffie Toys are rated on numbered scales for durability and “toughness” against the determination and strength of us dogs (1 being lowest, 10 being highest). There are certain shapes of toys with high ratings that I have managed to kill off more quickly than The Human would like… BUT… the ODD BALL seems to be a formidable opponent. I have had it for several months now and have not yet ripped open a seam. Maybe it’s the shape. I haven’t quite gotten a fang into it to tear it open yet. Mine is red with paw prints, but if you click the link to the site you will see there are other color and pattern print options for your selection. I like to beat the snot out of my Odd Ball regularly. Even if I destroy it at some point, The Human said this will be a repurchase based on its durability and entertainment value.

5. SPOT Dura-Fused Leather Dog Toys (available in various animal shapes)

One day at our local pet store (a Mom and Pop type), The Human brought me inside to check out “the goods.” I’m a bit of a kleptomaniac in pet stores. I like to grab all the toys, especially if they are super fuzzy or squeaky. I especially like to help myself to the open bins of dried sausage treats (but that’s another story). On this particular day we happened upon this dog toy “in buffalo.” As noted in some other brand lines, flatter-shaped toys usually stand a better chance of lasting. Not only was this one mostly flat, but durably stitched and overall looked pretty rugged. We went home with it by my insistence, and now a month later it still lives with no seam tears or punctures. It was also very reasonably priced according to The Human. We happened to grab the buffalo, but other interesting animal shapes are also available. Online we found a squirrel, raccoon, fox, bear and rabbit. SPOT is part of Ethical Products Inc. You can look for them in your local pet stores or by doing a simple online search for this phrase: “SPOT Dura-Fused Leather Buffalo Dog Toy” which brings up multiple vendors of the buffalo and other animals. *OR… here’s a quick link to the Google search for simplicity: SEARCH FOR SPOT

Conclusion

Not all toys and products are for everyone or every dog, but this is a list of some of my super favorite things that work well for me all-around. I hope you found my Fave Finds useful. If you try anything out from the list, let me know how it goes!

***You will notice I did NOT get into favorite treats… I will save treats for another kind of FAVES LIST!!!

#SFF #WOOFRAH!!!

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General Baloo aka The Lanther

Commanding General, Special Food Forces (SFF)

The Calm Before the Storm

The Human and I are preparing for the arrival of the “Perfect Storm” aka HURRICANE SANDY.  We live right on the coast of NJ.

We have had a lot to do, but we managed to get in a photo session with Harness Lead and Mike Bagley Photography today.  Thanks to both!

We think you will enjoy this shot of the Human and I, which we have dubbed, THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM

Home is Where the Heart Is…

The last few weeks have been really crazy and confusing and weird and up and down, etc. The Human and I are getting ready to move in the near future. We lived with Granny, and now her home is going to belong to someone new. It was our HOME, but it is not our HOUSE. The moving process has begun to happen in phases with different folks coming and going with all of their boxes and movers. I even gave a hand to my Gramps in tying down a tarp on the trailer one day.

The Human says there is a possibility for us to go just about anywhere next… someone else told us that “the world is your oyster now.” What the heck does that mean? Is the world a gooey gob of a creature that lives in a shell in the ocean, who occasionally hacks up a pearl?

My dog park injury is doing great. My wounds are closed and in the last stages of healing, my fur is starting to regrow. No more gauze pads or medical tape. No more cones. I have even gotten back to my bay beach a couple of times. It was so nice to run like a free wild stallion again!

But mostly our days at the house are precious and few, so the Human and I spend a lot of time at home, and on the backyard swing… thinking of Granny and how much we are going to miss her and her house… SHE and this place, were what we called HOME (it really is WHERE THE HEART IS…).

SURVIVOR: “Coney” Island

PREVIOUSLY  on SURVIVOR: “Coney” Island

I, The Lanther,  had a situation which led me to  have to don the dreaded “Cone of Shame” (against my will, of course)

Here are my progress notes:

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SEPTEMBER 24TH:  

I’m being oppressed. Kept licking my stitches on my chest. First the Tshirt, now the alien cone.

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LATER ON SEPTEMBER 24TH:

 OK Human, inflatable rig more comfy than Cone, but I look like I’m fleeing Titanic. “I will never let go!”

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SEPTEMBER 26TH:

“In the event of a water landing, life vests are located beneath your seats. Place the vest over your head…”

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SEPTEMBER 27TH: 

Plane went down in the Everglades. Trusty life vest thwarted gator ambush. Terminated with extreme prejudice.

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TODAY – SEPTEMBER 30TH:

Made it to shore… taking a break from my trusty life vest.

Dog Park / Toy Guarding Lesson Learned

Hello Peeps,

I had an unfortunate situation with a fellow canine at my dog park last night. I needed to get stitches when it was all barked and done. Boo!

My Human feels extra bad because the situation seemed to be escalated by my big red ball. Seems the other doggy really wanted to have it for himself. Usually no other dogs give a poop about my big red ball.  But this dog in particular WAS interested. He chased and took my ball a few times, and I just let him have it… whatever… that’s cool. A few times the other dog growled and chased me when I chased my ball, and my Human noticed, but thought the other dog was only being vocal, as did the other dog’s Humans. That was true on a few runs of it… where he WAS just doing vocal stuff.

The last time I chased the ball, the other dog ran, turned and went after me instead of the ball. Things got hairy. I received some wounds that required the vet and some stitches. The other dog’s Humans came to the vet to meet us and covered my entire vet bill. They’ve also been periodically calling my Human to ask how I’m doing.

The Human feels terrible that she misread the body language and signs coming from the other dog.  They turned out to be more intense than she assessed them to be in her mind. She thought it was only vocality and did not anticipate it would escalate to the point that it did. When she recalls the events leading up to the mishap, she feels she should have taken the ball out of play as a precaution.

Mostly I’m writing to tell you:

1) what happened to me

2) that I am going to be OK and

3) to watch out for signs at the dog park (or any group dog setting), that dogs may be too competitive over the same toy… remove that toy to be safe

Perhaps even if it is just vocal signs of competition, it is better to be safe and remove the toy in question.

Play on my dogs!

Love,

The Lanther

PHOTO OF ME AND MY HUMAN THIS MORNING IN THE BACK YARD – SHE’S KISSING MY HEAD

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Ho Hum Day… thanks to SOMEONE

I can’t say I had an especially exciting day today because SOMEONE didn’t take me to the dog park.  SOMEONE kept ignoring my attempts to harass her.  SOMEONE was like, TOTALLY BORING today!  If there were an Olympics for the Boring… I know SOMEONE who would win every event!

Tomorrow I plan to be completely obnoxious… the price the Human shall pay for a day filled with nothingness.  I need exercise. Fail in that mission and face the consequences Princess!  Oh yes, tomorrow, you WILL WANT to take me to the dog park. You won’t be able to ignore me if you try Sweetheart!  Mwah ha ha!!!

 

BLACK STEEL!!!

Team photo shoot today with my Human and the Harness Lead head honcho!  I got to hang out with some other dogs and lots of people today.  There was some work involved, but I also got to swim and play… WORK HARD, PLAY HARD!!! That’s what I say!!! Well, I say a lot of things… most of which are about FOOD…but… I digress!!!

We got some really cool photos courtesy of Michael Bagley Photography

(Michael Bagley takes awesome photos and donates a lot of his time to taking photos of shelter dogs to help get them adopted – and it does help – he took some of me when I was a shelter pup, too!!!).  He’s going to Heaven!!! Yup… he’s a 5-Milkbone Rated human!!!

So here are the photos… I have perfected my signature modeling “LOOK” called “BLACK STEEL”… I hope you are prepared for how really, really ridiculously good-looking I am!!! AWOOO!!!

These photos were taken for Harness Lead and many went on their website (newly upgraded), so you may check out their web page to see where I appear if you like. WOOF!!!

The Lanther Appears on Harness Lead Promos [VIDEO POST]

My days stuck watching America’s Next Top Model against my will with the Human have paid off! That is where I learned from Tyra Banks to “SMIZE,” elongate my neck and be aware of the lighting on my jowls.  All tricks I employed to charm the humans into selecting me as a spokesdog / actor for Harness Lead.  I got the gig!!! AWOOO!!!

<APPLAUSE>

Yes, yes… thank you!  I am very excited…

It started with some modeling shots of me wearing their harness – which I am ecstatic to say they’ve decided to use on their product sales tag.  It then moved on to my first product video, the instructional video for Harness Lead (posted below).

During shoots I got to be the center of attention… I got to be with my Human… I was pet a lot… and of course, I was offered tasty morsels  (WINNING!!!).

I think it all turned out quite well.  I have the charisma and presence of George Clooney on the Red Carpet… I am just showing it off in a Red Harness instead.  I have a tongue that rivals Gene Simmons’… mine is actually bigger and badder.  And my stylist commented that my haircut is way hipper than Bieber’s.  I think I wagged it!!!

AWOOO!!!

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Check out where this video appears, as well as see my other modeling photos on www.harnesslead.com

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