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Issue #08 Vol. #01 - January 2001



Photo Album

Why Adopt?

Adoption Sites

NDRC's Poll

Puppy Mills

Are You Nuts About Mutts?

To Neuter or Not to Neuter?

Breed Index

Link To Us!

Canines Online

October: Adopt a Shelter Dog Month  

Dogs in the Encyclopedia

Dog Facts

Ways To Help When You Can't Adopt

Awards I Have Won

Win My Award

Award Winners

Sign My Guestbook!        

View My Guestbook! 

What Is Rescue?

Your Dog's Age

Quiz: Are You Ready For A Dog?

What is Your Dog Saying?

How to Choose the Right Dog

Preparing for your New Dog


Books and Magazines

Taking Care of your Dog

First Aid Supplies for your Dog

First Aid 

Toxic Plants for your Dog

A Checklist for a Healthy Dog

Warm and Cold Weather Suggestions  

Dog Food


Save a Stray




C A N I N E S   O N L I N E ™
Copyright 2000 Canines Online ™
Issue No.8, Vol.1, January 5, 2001

   -- Outdoor Hazards for Dogs
=>Canine Topic Corner:
   -- What is Canine Rescue?
   -- Fast-Footed Fido
=>News Briefs:
   -- Pounds turn to breed-specific shelters
   -- Dog rescued from icy lake
   -- Groomer helps out shelters
   -- Chubby puppy
   -- A dog's life gets better thanks to new product
   -- Valley animal shelter under fire
   -- Peanut Butter Biscuits
   -- Health Muffins
=>Featured Site:
   -- Humane Society of the United States
=>Featured Breed:
   -- Chihuahua
=>Product News, Reviews, and Coupons:
   -- Picking The Perfect Toy For Your Dog!
=>The Tail End

Outdoor Hazards for Dogs

Before you let your dog outside to play, be aware of the dangers that
exist in your own backyard. Your dog may love to roll in the grass and
dig in the dirt, but unsupervised outdoor trips carry risks.

Exposure to Heat and Cold
Extreme heat or cold can be fatal, so keep your dog inside when the
temperature soars or drops. When it snows make sure you wipe his feet
off after a walk so there is no salt in between his pads.

If he spends a lot of time outdoors, provide an insulated doghouse as a
shelter. Pick a doghouse with a sloped roof and a floor that's slightly
raised off the ground so your dog won't be soaked when it rains. Straw,
cedar chips, or a padded bed inside lets your dog nap in comfort and
helps him keep warm on chilly days.

For hot weather, make sure there's a shady spot outdoors where your dog
can escape the sun's rays and provide plenty of fresh water. Consider
using heavy bowls for your dog's fresh food and water so he can't tip
them over during playtime. If you have any doubt about your dog's
ability to withstand the weather, keep him inside!

Make sure your dog can't get into garbage cans or compost bins. Fatty
or decomposing foods could make him sick. Bones from food can splinter
and puncture your dog's mouth, throat, or intestines.

Your Yard
Your dog may find the world beyond your yard enticing and may not
understand that other critters and cars could hurt him. Make sure your
fence is high enough so he can't jump over it and deep enough that she
won't dig under it. Also check your fence for holes, and make sure you
always latch gates securely.

Be sure your dog always wears a collar and ID tags in case he ever does
get out. Be particularly careful if you move - many pets get lost
during times of transition.

If you have a pool fence it off to keep your dog out of harm's way.
Dogs don't instinctively know how to swim, and even if they can, they
may not know where to get out of the pool. Plus, chlorinated water
isn't the best drink for your dog.

Other areas with water: You may give your dog plenty of fresh water
daily, but he'll still be tempted to lap from other sources in the
backyard. Make any ponds, fountains, kiddy pools, or birdbaths should
be off limits: Chemicals or bacteria in the water could make him ill.
That goes double for any other surfaces in your backyard that collect

Lawn Chemicals
Keep fertilizers, insecticides, and other lawn and garden chemicals in a
shed or garage and well out of your dog's reach. These potent products
can be poisonous. Don’t even let him walk on a chemically treated lawn
until it has dried. And try to keep him from nibbling chemically
treated grass, flowers, or plants until after it's rained or you've
watered the area.

Many outdoor plants and some fruits and vegetables can hurt your dog. A
few of them are: English ivy, Japanese yew, azaleas, the underground
parts of spring bulbs, rhubarb leaves, eggplant and tomato vines, potato
plants and berries, and some mushrooms. Keep potted plants out of
reach, and set up a fence around your garden to keep your pet out of the
homegrown goodies.

Sticks and Branches
Like chicken bones, sticks can puncture your dog's mouth, throat, or
intestines. If you offer him ropes and nylon bones to play with
instead, he'll have all the fun of stick chewing without the danger.

Unless your dog is perfectly trained, keep him on a leash anytime you go
beyond the yard. Even for an obedient dog that always stays close, a
leash is probably a good idea near busy intersections or in crowded
areas. A collision with a moving vehicle could take his life, so it's
better to be safe than sorry.

Even with its hazards, your yard is likely to be one of the safest
places for your dog to play. When you know what to check for, it will
make it a safer place for you and your dog.

What is Canine Rescue?
Part II of a series of articles about dog rescue

By Melody Joyce*

Mystee strayed from home and became hopelessly lost. She was cold,
tired, hungry and scared when the Michigan Humane Society (MHS) found
her in February of this year.

Like most humane societies and animal shelters, resources available to
MHS for supporting the long-term needs of stray dogs like Mystee are
severely limited. As a result, few shelters can afford to be truly
"humane" to their "captives" for long. Sadly, most dogs not reclaimed
or adopted from shelters within a few days are "humanely" killed.

Fortunately for Mystee, she strayed now, not 10-15 years ago when rescue
organizations were rare. MHS contacted one of today's leading rescue
groups, the "FURKIDS" Chihuahua and Toy Rescue organization, and placed
Mystee into the temporary safekeeping of FURKIDS board member and foster
caregiver, Tanya Irwin.

Canine rescue organizations began to form in the 1980s, through the
efforts of caring people who recognized the shortfalls of humane
societies. These animal lovers and pet owners wanted to stop the
senseless waste and needless destruction of "pre-loved" but
"disenfranchised" dogs, cats, and other pets. They recognized that
orphaned pets have similar needs to those of orphaned children. As a
result, today's rescue organizations for homeless pets are modeled after
human adoption and foster agencies.

Tanya took Mystee into foster care. As an experienced dog owner and
foster caregiver, Tanya knew well the risks of allowing an unknown dog
into her home. Mystee could expose Tanya's own dog, Martha and other
pets in Tanya's household to all sorts of dangers. Though MHS vets had
examined and spayed Mystee, she still could have carried undetected
disease, and she might have had behaviors that could endanger Martha's
safety. In fact, Mystee had kennel cough, requiring Tanya to carefully
quarantine her from Martha until Mystee was no longer infectious.
Nevertheless, like all dedicated canine foster caregivers, Tanya's
primary concern was for Mystee's long-term well being.

As days went by, Tanya carefully observed Mystee's behaviors.
Caregivers often house foster dogs for weeks or months before those dogs
are placed in permanent homes. In this way, foster home arrangements
allow caregivers to assess each dog's unique temperament and needs.
Such information helps rescue organizations place each dog in a home
that is most likely suited to that dog's long-term needs. Tanya saw,
for example, that Mystee showed fear behaviors typical of a previously
abused dog. That information helped FURKIDS when they placed Mystee
with her appropriate "forever" family.

Many foster caregivers like Tanya also teach their foster dogs
housetraining and obedience skills that enhance each dog's chances for
successful permanent rehoming. Mystee regularly soiled indoors when she
first came home with Tanya, but was reliably housetrained when she went
to her adoptive family.

FURKIDS is a 501(c)3 (not-for-profit, charitable) organization. The
meager funding available to such charitable rescue groups helps cover
costs such as spay and neuter fees, shots, food and bedding,
long-distance phone calls, postage, etc. Rescue adoption fees also help
defray fractions of those costs, but funds often fall short, and most
canine rescue organizations rely heavily on the generosity of their
supporters and their foster caregivers to help fill in the gaps.

So, like nearly all caregivers, Tanya devoted not only her time and
personal attention to Mystee's care, but also shares of her own family's
financial and material resources. These tangible and (especially)
intangible personal investments make "giving up" a fostered dog to a
permanent home a bittersweet event for all dedicated foster caregivers.

(Next issue: Canine Rescue from an Adopter's Perspective)
*Melody Joyce holds a bachelor's degree in organizational management.
Her poetry and essays have appeared in small press and academic
publications, and since 1997, throughout the Internet. In 1997, Melody
established an award-winning online helpware resource for writers and
poets, and in spring of 2000 she combined her life-long love affair with
dogs and dog welfare with her business, literary and technological
expertise to establish a web and graphic design company that specializes
in serving canine professionals.

Fast-Footed Fido
If you’ve ever seen a dog chase a cat, then you know dogs can run like
the wind. But just how fast does a dog run? Most domestic dogs are
capable of reaching speeds of about nineteen miles per hour when running
at full throttle, but the members if the greyhound family are the
fastest: they’re able to reach speeds of up to forty four miles per

Pounds turn to breed-specific shelters
LEBANON, PA -- At Akita Rescue, adoption requirements are so rigorous
that 'the dog chooses you.'

Dog rescued from icy lake
HOOVER, AL -- A woman paddled her leaky boat with an old board to rescue
a dog from an icy lake behind her house.

Groomer helps out shelters
HARDEEVILLE, SC -- A groomer keeps animals at the local animal shelters
looking their best at no cost, in addition to the eight dogs she trims
and cleans daily for a living.,1458,227158,00.html

Chubby puppy
American pets are getting fat, and it's not good for their health.

A dog's life gets better thanks to new product
ELGIN, IL -- Oxyglobin is an oxygen-containing fluid made from cow
hemoglobin and serves as a temporary substitute while the affected dog's
body repairs itself.

Valley animal shelter under fire
LAS VEGAS, NV -- Even though the dog's owner said he was coming back for
his pet, the shelter is required by city ordinance to euthanize animals
only 72 hours after they're caught by animal control officers.

Peanut Butter Biscuits

bullet1 1/2 cup oat flour
bullet1/2 cup soy flour
bullet1 Tbl. baking powder
bullet1-1/4 cup peanut butter
bullet3/4 cup milk

Preheat oven to 400. In a mixing bowl, combine oat flour, soy flour and
baking powder. In a blender, blend peanut butter and milk. Pour peanut
butter mixture into dry ingredients and mix well. Turn dough out onto a
lightly floured surface and knead lightly. Roll out dough 1/4 in. thick
and cut into squares or use a cookie cutter. Place biscuits on baking
sheet about 1/2 in. apart and bake for 15 min., or until lightly
browned. Biscuits should be refrigerated or frozen.

Health Muffins
Preheat oven to 425. Line muffin tins with foil/paper muffin forms.

bullet1 1/2 cups oat flour
bullet1 cup rolled oats
bullet1 cup oat bran
bullet2 tsp. baking soda
bullet1 tsp. cinnamon
bullet1 egg lightly beaten
bullet1/4 cup honey
bullet3 Tbl. vegetable oil
bullet3/4 cup milk

"Optional ingredients”:

bulletApples/banana's blended together
bulletShredded zucchini and carrots
bulletShredded cheddar/jack cheese
bulletCooked chicken

Mix dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, mix the egg, honey and oil.
Mix the milk in with the dry ingredients, blending well. At this point
mix your "optional" ingredients into the honey mixture, then mix the
honey mixture into the flour/milk batter. Put in muffin tins and bake
for 15 - 20 minutes. These muffins freeze well.

Humane Society of the United States
Join the organization, and learn about its current campaigns. Read
about action alerts plus animal news and stories. Find information
about adoption and pet care. A lot of information in just one place!

Picking The Perfect Toy For Your Dog!
PETsMART Staff Report Information compiled by staff and
PETsMART Inc. experts.

When dogs feel confined, bored, isolated, or otherwise stressed, they
often relieve that stress by exhibiting destructive behavior. Toys help
dogs reduce that stress, and can reduce the likelihood of destructive
behavior such as digging and chewing. If toys are not provided, some
dogs will resort to chewing whatever items are available. That might
include your new shoes, your favorite book, or even the couch!

Selecting just the right toy
Help your dog use up some of his energy by giving him toys that are
appropriate for the size he is now. Toys that might have been the right
size when the dog was a puppy might be too small now and should be
discarded. Balls and other toys that are too small can easily be
swallowed or become lodged in a dog's mouth or throat. Discard toys
which break into pieces, or have pieces torn off.

You've heard the saying, 'Variety is the spice of life.’ When it comes
to toys, your dog likes variety, too. Make only four or five toys
available at a time, and rotate different toys weekly. This keeps
things a little more interesting for your pet. If your pet is strongly
attached to a certain toy, though, don't take it away.
Observe your dog's chewing habits

Aggressive chewers will tear toys apart. Parts can be lodged in the
mouth or throat, and can even kill a pet, if swallowed. Aggressive
chewers should only have durable, hard rubber or nylon toys.
Semi-aggressive chewers don't tear toys apart, but will chew enough to
cause wear on a toy. Semi-aggressive chewers should have canvas, plush,
fleece, or rope toys. These toys are softer, but will not come apart
easily. Non-aggressive or very light chewers are less destructive and
can have vinyl or latex toys.

When giving your pet a new toy, watch her with the toy. If she is
destructive with it, take it away. The toy could come apart, and she
could swallow the pieces or she could choke on them. Instead, purchase
a toy that is harder and more durable.

Toys can be made of a variety of material, some more durable than
others. They can be made of vinyl or latex, rubber or nylon, rope,
plush or fleece, and canvas. Once you understand your dog's chewing
habits and preferences, you can decide what type of toys best suit your

Vinyl and Latex Toys
These toys are good for non-aggressive or very light chewers. They come
in all shapes and colors, and can be found with seasonal themes. Many
of these toys make a squeaking noise, which adds interest to the toy.

Rubber and Nylon Toys
These are good for more aggressive chewers. They are durable, and some
come with a hole in them, which adds interest for the dog when a treat
is inserted in the hole.

Rope Toys
Toys that are made with either a nylon or cotton rope material are ideal
for semi-aggressive chewers. These are good for dogs that love to play
tug-of-war. They also have the added benefit of providing a flossing
action that helps with dental care.

Plush and Fleece Toys
These soft toys are favorites for the dog that simply likes to carry a
toy around. Because of the stuffing inside the toy, they should not be
given to an aggressive chewer. Also, they often contain a "squeaker.”
If there are any tears in the toy, discard the toy and replace it with a
new one.

Canvas Toys
Toys made with canvas are washable and quite durable for even
semi-aggressive chewers.

To buy your dog any of the toys mentioned in this article or any other
supplies that you need, you can buy it at PetsMart through the link

Breed: Chihuahua
Popularity: 7th in the US
Country of Origin: Mexico
AKC Group: Toy
Function: Religious sacrificial vehicle of ancient Toltecs
Life Span: 12-20 years
Appearance: Small, delicate
Color: Solid, marked, or splashed
Coat Type: Long or short
Grooming: Regular nail trimming a must
Height: 6-9 inches
Weight: 3-10 pounds
Activity Level: Very high
Watch Dog: Very high
Protection: No
Intelligence: Very high
Trainability: May resist
Good With Children: Nippy-depending on dog
Good With Pets: No
Good With Strangers: Nervous
Character: Low sociability, nervousness
Home Environment: Apartment O.K.
Best Owner: Quiet life
Potential Problems:
Behavior: Anti-sociable, high-strung, very noisy
Physical: Hemophilia, eye problems, collapsed trachea

Chihuahuas: Everything about Purchase, Care, Nutrition, Diseases,
Behavior & Breeding By: D. Caroline Coile Michele Earle-Bridges
Our Price: $6.25
Retail Price: $6.95
An expert answers your questions about Chihuahuas: feeding, grooming,
training and behavior, health, breeding, and much more. Filled with
full-color photos, plus informative drawings in black and white.

A New Owner's Guide to Chihuahuas By: Marion Mondshine
Our Price: $10.36
Retail Price: $12.95
This book illustrated with 150 full-color photos, presents sensible,
easy-to-follow recommendations on how to choose, care for, housebreak,
train, show and breed your Chihuahua as well as the history, personality
and characteristics of this respected breed. This comprehensive guide
guarantees the right start with your Chihuahua and promises a longer
happier life for you and your dog.

Your Chihuahua's Life: Your Complete Guide to Raising Your pet from
Puppy to Companion By: Kim Thornton Joanne Howl (Editor)
Our Price: $13.49
Retail Price: $14.99
Your Chihuahua's Life presents the crucial information owners need to
establish a healthy, happy, and successful relationship with their
Chihuahua--for life! From selecting the perfect puppy and socializing
him properly to making sure he has the correct food and care, this book
examines the critical issues owners need to consider in making a
Chihuahua part of their family.

Rescue Groups:
"My" Chihuahua Rescue and Info (LA)

Chihuahua Rescue & Transport

Canadian Chihuahua Rescue and Transport (Canada)

Cold Nose Warm Heart Chihuahua Rescue (NJ)

Furkids Chihuahua and Toy Breed Rescue

"Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their
universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve
us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has
ever made."
-- Roger Caras



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