Shelter Sketches: Meet Arbie!

Chelsea has picked yet another heart-melting shelter pet for this week’s Shelter Sketches. Does he belong in your family?

Meet Arbie

Information:
Size: medium
Age: young
Sex: male

Contact Information:
Saving Animals from Euthanasia
Tucson, AZ
520-250-5080 or 349-863
Jac_thompson@hotmail.com

Meet Arbie

You can find out more about Arbie at his Petfinder page.

Chelsea Conlin is a freelance fantasy illustrator, but if she can help spread the word about animals in need with her skills, she’s more than happy to do so! She currently lives in Kentucky with her husband where they do what they can by driving dog rescue transports on weekends. They have two dogs of their own: a rescue greyhound named Storm and a mixed breed named Azu. You can find her at Paper Nautilus, her sketchblog, twitter, and deviantart.

Shelter Sketches: Meet Hood

A few words for our lovely resident Shelter Sketcher: “I searched for dogs in Miami, FL, and there are SO many. Most of them (like little Hood, for example) didn’t even have anything written up about them aside from the basics of species, sex, and age. It’s so sad.” It is sad. And frustrating. In this day and age, shelters, organizations, and other rescue groups desperately need to embrace the internet. It helps. It brings families together with those animals that need them. It’s become the number one way of gaining information about something and communicating. If they don’t effectively communicate online and share with people information about the dogs and cats and other creatures that they are housing, than that is a tragedy to those same animals who are depending on them. We have to be their voice.

Anyway, on with the sketch!

Meet Hood!

He is what looks to be a very very sweet brindle puppy that needs to find his forever home. Just take a look at these soulful eyes. Does he have a place in your family?

Information
Size: Small
Age: Baby
Gender: Male
Dog Pet ID: A1255118

Contact Info:
MIAMI-DADE ANIMAL SERVICES
Miami, FL
Phone: Please use email
Email: asanche@miamidade.gov

Meet Hood

Find out more about this baby at the Petfinder page.

Chelsea Conlin is a freelance fantasy illustrator, but if she can help spread the word about animals in need with her skills, she’s more than happy to do so! She currently lives in Kentucky with her husband where they do what they can by driving dog rescue transports on weekends. They have two dogs of their own: a rescue greyhound named Storm and a mixed breed named Azu. You can find her at Paper Nautilus, her sketchblog, twitter, and deviantart.

Guest Post: Can an Old Dog Learn New Tricks?

Today’s Guest Post is brought to you by the awesome Karen Wild, Professional Dog Trainer and Behaviourist in the U.K. Enjoy!

How A New Family Can Give Rescue Dogs a New Life

It was nearly seventeen years ago that I spotted a little grey bundle in a rescue kennels. He was an odd looking thing, with a grizzled coat that stuck out all over the place, and a Jack Russell head with eyes that didn’t look terribly interested in me peering at him. He was only 2, but he looked ancient!

At the time I simply wanted a dog. Any dog. A dog of my own. I wanted a rescue dog. I took him for a walk and not much happened. That weekend I took him home. He was a very withdrawn little mutt.

As it turned out, he became the start of my career. After many struggles and a lot of work, he became Pepper, ‘The Flying Flea’ or his official working register Kennel Club name ‘Red Hot Chilli Pepper’. He did Agility, Obedience, Working Trials training and was the ‘small dog’ in the ‘Superdogs’ Display team.

Can every rescue dog be given a new lease of life? The success stories are many, and they are out there for everyone to see. It’s not easy, it’s not always cheap, but nothing worth having in life is a simple walk in the park.

Often in my work I get calls from owners asking if an older dog can be trained. The answer is, yes. Pepper learned to “wave” when he was 15 years old, and in the year before he died, he learned to bark to call me when he couldn’t manage to reach something.

It may be your rescue dog didn’t get the chance to learn about life and ‘normality’. It will take them a long time to adjust to what you take for granted as familiar. Often these are the dogs that need careful, long-term social experience. They need to go at their own pace – and you need to help them. You will learn about fear and stress signals and you will become your dog’s guardian.

Taking on an adult dog from a shelter is sometimes complex when that dog arrives in your home. It’s not always straightforward. Neither is getting a new puppy, so it’s not always the better choice! An adult rescue dog has probably learned an awful lot already, so part of the fun is finding out what they know – and what they never learned, and also teaching new habits that suit you.

I have seen several cases where the families called me the day they brought their rescue dog home. Perfect! This meant that any worries they had, they could ask me to assess what to do next. As months pass, they mould these dogs into good citizens. Sometimes, the dogs are just relieved to be somewhere where they can adapt and learn without fear.

Get yourself a good trainer – someone qualified, with proper credentials, with a code of practice, and no harsh methods or talk of old-fashioned dominance theory. Give your new dog the best chance you can. Keep notes of the early days so you can look back at how far you have come. You will be amazed!

With Pepper I learned a huge amount about training a terrier. About their determination, and about my own patience. About the benefit of silence and observation.

And the love, oh the fun and the feeling that I gave him a chance. I will never forget the day a lady came over after a dog display we had just completed, pulled a roast beef joint from her bicycle basket, and stuffed a wodge of it into Pepper’s mouth. He was extremely happy about that part of his career!

So folks, if you want to blame anyone for my presence on this site today (and on my own site www.karenwild.co.uk) then the fault lies with rescue dogs!

Karen Wild BA (Hons) Dip App Psy, is a full-time U.K. dog trainer and behaviour consultant with 17 years in the field. She has a degree and diploma in Psychology from the University of Nottingham, is a full member of the APBC and is an ABIPDT. Karen’s work has ranged from class teaching, obedience, flyball, agility and working trials competition to running a popular dog display team. When she started her own family Karen realised there was a genuine need for one-to-one help in the family environment. She formed her company Pawprint for behavioural consultations and training, and Intellidogs which specialises in online advice in this area. Her passion is to create and rebuild the ‘enjoyment factor’ that can come from family dog ownership. Karen strongly believes that there is ‘always a way’ and prides herself on her commitment to uniting families with their dogs in the gentlest way possible. Karen’s work with dogs and young people includes her current programme to bring more dogs into schools in the UK. Her writing has been published in Dogs Today Magazine and she is a regular blogger for Dr Ian Dunbar’s revolutionary website, Dog Star Daily. Karen’s family focused approach to dog training can be accessed via her site or why not link up on Twitter?

Shelter Sketches: Penny

Here’s the next Shelter Sketch – Penny – and her info, from our resident Shelter Sketcher, Chelsea.

Meet Penny

Hi, I’m Penny! My foster family jokes that I should be nicknamed Dime because I’m so small! I am definitely a little lady, and I’m about full grown so I probably won’t get any bigger. I do have a great big heart though, and I would love the chance to share it with you! I’m absolutely as sweet as can be, as well as happy, loving, and silly, not to mention completely adorable! My little tail wags almost nonstop. I love spending time with people. I’m definitely not a dog you can just leave in the backyard. I want to be where my people are! I get along with other dogs but would be just fine in a home on my own too. I’m even good with cats and I love kids! I’m a smart girl and am getting really good with the Sit command. I’m making lots of progress with my house training and crate training too. I’m pretty well behaved in my crate but I would much rather be out with you and sometimes I want to tell you about it. I’m not a big barker though, which is just another reason why I’m one of the most wonderful chihuahuas you’ll ever meet! Do you and I sound like we’re meant to be? Please fill out an application today so we can arrange to meet! I can’t wait to find my forever family! You can also see more of me and learn about me by visiting my blog! http://pennyada.blogspot.com/ On my blog you can check out this cute video of me with one of my favorite things- a rawhide! Yum! To fill out an application to adopt Penny or for more information, please visit Austin Dog Alliance.

Contact Info:
Austin Dog Alliance
Austin, TX
512 335-7100

Meet Penny

Find out more about Penny from the Petfinder site.

Chelsea Conlin is a freelance fantasy illustrator, but if she can help spread the word about animals in need with her skills, she’s more than happy to do so! She currently lives in Kentucky with her husband where they do what they can by driving dog rescue transports on weekends. They have two dogs of their own: a rescue greyhound named Storm and a mixed breed named Azu. You can find her at Paper Nautilus, her sketchblog, twitter, and deviantart.

Shelter Sketches: Meet Bill

Today is our first cat sketch! Chelsea says, “DaVinci was totally right when he said that the smallest cat is a work of art.” I couldn’t agree more.

Meet Bill

This very handsome fellow is Bill. Bill closely resembles a breed of cat called Amercian Shorthair (or ASH) that originally came to this country on the Mayflower. An American Shorthair therefore closely resembles a British Shorthair. We don’t know who Bill’s ancestors were, but his face, body structure and markings resemble both.

Bill is a great cat with personality to match his good looks. He’s playful, gentle, loving and just an all around nice boy. And he’s only about 2 years old. Don’t pass up this chance to make this handsome cat a part of your family.

Bill is up-to-date with routine shots and spayed/neutered.

Contact Info:
Animal Rescue League of Western Pennsylvania Inc
Pittsburgh, PA
412-661-6452

Meet Bill

You can find out more about Bill at the Petfinder site!

Chelsea Conlin is a freelance fantasy illustrator, but if she can help spread the word about animals in need with her skills, she’s more than happy to do so! She currently lives in Kentucky with her husband where they do what they can by driving dog rescue transports on weekends. They have two dogs of their own: a rescue greyhound named Storm and a mixed breed named Azu. You can find her at Paper Nautilus, her sketchblog, twitter, and deviantart.