Diya is doing terrific! She’s found her place in our furbaby clan and is thriving..the adoption process was effortless and I would definitely adopt from Butte Humane again..the staff was wonderful as well as Diyas foster mom..we also appreciated the zero adoption fee but would’ve certainly paid for her..her personality has just bloomed and she does a little dance for a treat..she also knows the word “treat” and will talk for one..we and her fursiblings are enjoying her immensely.. thank you for such a love!
Reintroducing Louie! Foster Success Story
Louie has been in “fospice” care for 9 months now! When Louie originally came to us he wasn’t in good shape, upon intake we could see he had severe dental issues but that was only the tip of the iceberg.
Louie’s medical exam determined he has kidney disease, heart failure and a scrotal hernia all valid reasons why he couldn’t safely be put under anesthesia to treat his dental disease. The conditions make him at risk of not making it through surgery- so we decided the best thing for Louie was to live out his golden years in our foster program.
Through foster care Louie has had some ups and downs with his kidney care diet but he has been given the opportunity to become a part of his foster family embracing other animals, a young human counterpart who he spends most nights curled up with and a loving and safe place to call his own.
He recently visited us at our new shelter and is still part of our BHS family. We are so grateful to the foster parents who open their hearts and homes to dogs like Louie who can live out their golden years with love and care.
His foster mom says ”Senior dogs desperately need love too and the love and appreciation they show back can be tremendously overwhelming.
Darci has been a volunteer with Butte Humane Society since 2016. In that time she has dedicated countless hours volunteering with our events. Without Darci’s help, the events we all love would not be what they are. She is a huge part of every aspect of planning these and we love her here.
When she isn’t helping plan our events…and sometimes when she is…she also fosters kittens for BHS until they are big enough and healthy enough to become adoptable.
Why did you get involved with volunteering at BHS?
Animals have always been a part of my life and volunteering at BHS seemed like a good fit. The staff at BHS is another reason. They truly appreciate the countless volunteers who give so much to make life better for the shelter animals.
What has been your most impactful moment volunteering here?
One of my first events was working at a booth in the mall. A volunteer brought a dog to the event from the shelter wearing an “Adopt Me” vest. I walked him around and talked to people about him. Shortly afterwards, he was adopted. I ran into him with his new family a couple of years later and was so touched by how much they loved him. BHS truly makes “love connections”.
When did you first get involved with BHS?
I started volunteering at BHS as a gift wrapper during the holidays in 2016. The next year, I gift wrapped and volunteered to help with Bidwell Bark and with that I found my niche with BHS helping with their special events. I have trained to walk dogs, but I am pretty sure I would just walk them all to my car and take them home, so I foster kittens instead.
Do you have any animals of your own?
I have 3 dogs and a cat (adopted from BHS) who thinks he is a dog.
We adopted Pudding August 27th. Steve renamed her that day: Princess. We’ve called her Princess ever since and she knows her name. She’s a GREAT PUPPY and will be a WONDERFUL DOG! Kathy Cangello is Princess’s trainer and dog sitter. We have a 1&1/2 year old male cat named Tuffy. Princess is 5 months old. In an effort to help them become “family” with us & each other, we recently took them both to the coast for a vacation for a few days.
After three days of sharing a room in a motel, and going on adventures every day, we came home ONE TRIBE. It worked! I recommend that approach to help critters get along better.
We really love our Princess. My best friend, Dee Dee, is her godmother. And our wonderful neighbor, Joe, is her godfather. They regularly give her love & affection and she gives them plenty back. And I can’t say enough about Kathy & Gary Cangello, of Small Dog Rescue.
Since Day #1, they have given us expert advice and helped set us up for success with our sweet puppy.
Written By Shannon Wright
September 27th, 2021
Traditionally, all your dog ever needed to go for a walk was a collar and a leash. As owner awareness and modern dog training has developed many dogs and their owners benefit from other types of equipment coupled with training. Hopefully this article will shed some light on equipment options for your dog’s training, walking and hiking needs. The goal is always to have you and your pup have an enjoyable experience!
With any equipment proper steps should be taken to introduce the equipment in a low pressure environment coupled with some tasty treats. Acclimating your pet to happily put the equipment on and off with ample rewards will develop a positive attitude and association with the equipment. Always make sure you’ve purchased the correct size and adjust the fit appropriately to your dog.
Teaching and training your dog to walk loose is vital to making the equipment work the way it should. No piece of equipment is a magic tool to eliminate pulling. Please watch for an upcoming article on loose leash walking. Never leave equipment on when your pet will be unsupervised. Leaving equipment can pose a health and safety risk by getting entangled in objects.
Types of Equipment
My personal favorite is the 2 Hounds Freedom Harness. This harness is an amazing tool to help train your dogs to walk well on leash. The design of this harness has 2 leash attachments, one in the front and one on the back. My favorite feature of this harness is when you’ve trained your dog to walk loose on leash, you can alternate between a front or back clip harness.
Easy Walk Harness
The Easy Walk harness is a great option for dogs who are big pullers, it’s designed to be a front clip harness and works well to guide your dog in the direction you’re walking. It comes in a variety of colors and sizes and is extremely affordable.
For owners who decide to avoid harnesses and want a balanced approach, Martingale Collars serve as a training collar and slightly tighten when too much pressure from pulling takes place. The best feature on a martingale collar is when fitted appropriately they are a ‘no-slip’ collar.