Shelter Sketches: Meet Faith

I couldn’t help thinking that this week’s featured dog seems very matronly. As a nod to her no doubt refined sensibilities, I decided to use a pretty floral texture. 🙂

Meet Faith

Faith is a sweet old gal who looks to have had a tough life. Despite that, she is extremely gentle and willingly shares her food. She is probably a Siberian Husky/Shepherd mix, and is estimated to be 9-11 years old. She deserves a quiet, comfortable retirement in a loving forever home. Faith is up-to-date on her shots and house-trained.

Contact Info:
Associated Humane Societies-Newark, Newark, NJ
973-824-7080
karenapow@aol.com

Meet Faith

Texture from Bittbox.

To find out more about Faith, check out her Petfinder page.

Chelsea Conlin is a freelance 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 Chelsea at Paper Nautilus, her sketchblog, twitter, and deviantArt.

Shelter Sketches: Meet Casey

Having lived in Japan for three years, I was very worried about friends there when I heard about the quake and tsunami. Thankfully, everyone I know if safe. In honor of Japan’s struggles right now, I thought I’d pick a dog with some Japanese heritage.

Meet Casey

Casey is a young female Shiba Inu/Labrador Retriever mix. She’s a beautiful cream color with striking eyes and cute tan ears. What a looker! Casey is house-trained, spayed, up-to-date on shots, microchipped, and heartworm free.

Contact Info:
Animal House Shelter, Huntley, IL
847-961-5541
info@animalhouseshelter.com

Meet Casey

Texture from Inthename-Stock.

To find out more about Casey, check out her Petfinder page.

Chelsea Conlin is a freelance 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 Chelsea at Paper Nautilus, her sketchblog, twitter, and deviantArt.

Happy Adopt the Internet Day!

Oh boy oh boy! Happy Birthday to our fantastic friends at Petfinder! They turned 15 years old today! We mentioned them earlier this month and we just wanted to point it out again to remind you. In celebration of their birthday, they are holding Adopt the Internet Day, a special day in which they are getting everyone to come together and pledge to spread the word online about adoptable animals.

Happy Birthday, Petfinder!

Petfinder Adopt-the-Internet Day

Obviously, we here at I Love Rescue Animals love rescue animals! We are huge advocates of adopting and think that Petfinder is an awesome resource for people everywhere to find new members of their families. Please spread the word and join the hop – the more the merrier!

Shelter Sketches: Meet Walker

This week’s sketch is from frequent contributor Norman Haldeman!

Meet Walker

Walker is an adult male domestic short hair. I think the description on his Petfinder page says it all, so I’ll copy/paste it here:

Meet Walker! Walker is not a very big guy but he does have a HUGE personality! He is just gorgeous in his bright orange tabby fur and beautiful, sweet face. This sweet kitty suffered rare neurological damage during his neuter surgery. He has since learned to walk again and although he is a spastic walker (similar to a CH kitty) he can get around very well and loves to be picked up and cuddled. The vet feels that Walker may have lost some of his vision but it is really hard to tell for sure and you would never know it watching him motor around! Walker is in urgent need of a loving and accepting home. He needs help to be taught how to use the litter again. He wants to use it and knows he should use but needs some help to re-learn. We know Walker can do this…he learned to walk again so with patience and love combined with his strong determination this can be accomplished. If you can offer Walker the loving, safe and secure home he urgently needs, please email Heather (heather.ucrcats@live.ca) for more information.

Walker is Neutered and up-to-date on his shots.

Contact Info:
Urban Cat Relief, Toronto, ON
416-471-5570
happykitten@live.ca

Meet Walker

To find out more about Walker, check out his Petfinder page.

Norman Haldeman is a freelance artist who enjoys volunteering for a good cause, and helping raise awareness for animals in need definitely fits with that. He also hopes you have an excellent day. You can find him at The Echo Inside, on deviantArt and twitter.

Pet Dental Month Challenge Results

As some of you may know, for February we did a challenge with our dogs in honor of Pet Dental Health Month. The challenge consisted of feeding a Greenie to each of our 3 dogs every day. We made no other changes to their diet or behaviors. We took pictures before the challenge began and then at the end of each week to document the change. We also had our vet grade the boys’ oral health both before and after the challenge was over. I have to say that I am very impressed with the results!

You can see more on the vet’s ratings on our first week’s post here but for easy comparison, here are the results from both vet visits. To reduce bias, the vet was not reminded of the scores she gave before the challenge.

The Scores!

Spunky
Before Challenge
Grade 1-2: Moderate Gingivitis
Marked Plaque
Mild Calculus & Gingival Inflammation on the back molars
After Challenge
Grade 1: Early Gingivitis
Mild Plaque – Improvement!
Normal Rating on Gingival Inflammation – Improvement!
Normal Rating on Calculus – Improvement!
Snarf
Before Challenge
Grade 1: Early Gingivitis
Moderate Plaque
Mild Calculus & Gingival Inflammation
After Challenge
Grade
Mild Plaque – Improvement!
Mild Calculus – Same
Normal Rating on Gingival Inflammation – Improvement!
Rufus
Before Challenge
Grade 2: Advanced Gingivitis
Marked Plaque & Gingival Inflammation
Moderate Calculus
After Challenge
Grade
Moderate Plaque – Improvement!
Moderate Calculus w/ Vet Note: “Improved greatly L side” – Improvement!
Mild Gingival Inflammation – Improvement!

Video Time!

Check out this video documenting the change in our pup’s teeth over the course of the challenge!


(Here’s a link to the video as well!)

As you can see, using the Greenies for just one month had a tremendous impact on the oral health of our boys! Rufus, who started with the worst rating & most problems, had the most marked changes. It was so cool to see his teeth change as the days went on. You can see in the pictures how the plaque & calculus on both his and Spunky’s teeth broke off more and more as the month wore on. Even Snarf, who as a chewer had the best teeth to begin with, showed improvement. All the dogs had improved breath as well, which is one way we can most easily judge the condition of their mouth.

The only “problem” we encountered, which is just a learned lesson really, is that dogs, like people, tend to favor a side of their mouth. We noticed over the weeks that the dogs tended to chew mostly on one side and by the end we saw a definite difference between the two sides. I’m not sure if you can really convince a dog that it needs to chew evenly. Sometimes we tried holding it on the opposite side but they always tried to switch it back. Still, while Greenies may not be the end-all, be-all to oral health, it is a GREAT tool to improve it. And I guarantee your pups will never complain about it! Ours now beg us for them, the spoiled brats! ^_^

And the Winner Is…

Congratulations to Kelly Ann T. for winning our Pet Dental Health Month Challenge Giveaway! Because you participated in the challenge with us, you’ve won TWELVE boxes of Greenies of whatever size your dogs require! Make sure you email us your dogs’ weights as well as a shipping address which we’ll pass along to Greenies so they can get the prize to you.

We here at ILRA would like to give a huge thank you to Greenies for providing us with the product for this challenge as well as for providing the prize! But most of all, thank you for making such a great product that really, truly does what it is meant to. Our kids are healthier for it and you can’t put a price on that!