Sweet Success: Ellie & Eeyore

Ellie & Eeyore

Written by Amy B., loving adopter of Ellie & Eeyore

My boyfriend and I adopted two dogs from your shelter who were very loved by the staff members at the shelter, their names are Ellie and Eeyore. Everyone that meets these two adorable dogs absolutely loves them.

They have improved in their confidence to take strolls on the streets, their issue with loud noise has definitely improved, they even made friends with different dogs! They love to cuddle and give kisses, play with toys and go to the beach. We are forever grateful to have them a part of our lives; we cherish them in every way we can!

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Volunteer Spotlight: Lisa & Melissa

Lisa & Melissa

Written by Honey Souza, volunteer coordinator

Passion can strike at any moment. Lisa and Melissa started their adventures at BHS with the expectation of walking dogs here and there. A mere six months later they’ve soared through the ranks. Not only are they volunteers and fosters, but they’ve also organized a subgroup of volunteers aptly named the Durham Doggie Posse.

Their group has gone above and beyond the usual tasks of volunteers. They’ve organized grounds clean up, mobile adoptions events, and some major fundraisers to help the animals at BHS. The DDP also regularly sponsors the adoption fees for our adoptable fur babies. Let’s not forget about the homemade dog treats and cookies they spoil our pups with.

Lisa and Melissa are extremely valued and appreciated volunteers who refuse to recognize limits to their efforts in supporting the animals of BHS. Thank you Lisa, Melissa, and the whole Durham Doggie Posse!

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Tips for Camping with Pets

camping-with-dog-tipsThere’s nothing quite like sleeping under the stars, roasting marshmallows and going on hiking adventures with friends and your dog. However, there are a few things to keep in mind when camping with your canine companion.

Before leaving for your trip, be sure your dog is up-to-date with his/her flea/tick and heartworm prevention. Also consider getting a rattlesnake vaccination or a microchip inserted, both of which are offered at BHS. Your dog’s ID tag information should also be current, and make sure to include a cell phone number on the tag to be contacted as soon as your animal is found.

Here are some items to bring along on the next camping adventure that will make for a smoother trip:

  • Collapsible food and water bowls
    • Plus some extra food
  • Animal life vests for swimming
  • High value treats to keep dogs from wandering
  • Poop bags
  • A lengthy tie-down cable or rope that can connect to a harness
    • A harness is much more comfortable for dogs, especially if they chase something while tied down, they are less likely to  hurt themselves in a harness like they would in a collar
  • Health and vaccination records if you happen to cross state lines on your way to your camping destination
  • Pet first-aid kit

During your camping experience there will most likely be a lot of exercise so make sure your dog is not being overexerted and is staying well hydrated. Always check your dog’s coat for ticks, burs, and fox tails. Most importantly, have fun adventuring with your animals – camping is a vacation for the both of you so make it a safe and relaxing one!

Tips for Walking in the Heat

loxWe all love spending time outdoors with our furry friends, especially during the summer. However, it is extremely important in the summer months to be aware of how the hot pavement can affect your dog.

When getting ready to go for a stroll, be sure to check the hot pavement. First, feel the pavement you’re planning on walking on. Can you place your hand on it comfortably for 10 seconds? If you can’t, the pavement is too hot for your pets to be walking on. Hot pavement can burn dog’s paw pads, causing blisters and peeling. This would put them in pain and make it hard for them to walk. Early morning or late evening walks would be more comfortable for both you and your furry friend.

Always be sure to carry water with you when walking, and take stops to cool down and rehydrate. Harnesses are also suggested when walking dogs because they are not as tight as collars and they make it easier to control your dog. If you do not have a harness, make sure your dog’s collar is loose enough to be able to fit two fingers in between the collar and the dog’s neck.

Firework Fright: How to Keep Pets Calm

RosieThis 4th of July, make sure to keep your canine companion comfortable during the firework presentation in your community. Fireworks can cause animals to become scared, nervous and can cause the animals to run away if they have access to the outdoors. Animal Control Services across the country typically see an average increase of 30% in lost pets during the firework season.

There are a few ways to tell if your animal is stressed or scared during fireworks. Some of these signs include: panting, pinned ears, avoidance, carrying their tail low, lots of barking, pacing, refusing food and scratching or over-grooming.

To help keep your dog calm during fireworks, try taking them on a long walk that day so that they want to rest during the evening or set up a hangout area for them with familiar toys and bedding. If you can watch the fireworks from your home, it will help your furry friend stay calm if you are with them. Being left alone can increase the nervousness when the loud, unfamiliar noises of the fireworks are happening within earshot.

Along with fireworks, be sure to make sure your furry friend is comfortable, hydrated and out of harm’s way during all Independence Day festivities. It’s a busy day, and we want to make sure our pets are enjoying the holiday as much as we are!