‘It was actually Louis, the other former hunting dog we brought home, who first caught our eye when he and Acacia fell in love at a rescue, we visited during our Greek Island holiday in August,’ says Jo, who is from Essex.
INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOUR PET: Having a dog in the house means more bacteria enters the home and gets inside the occupants (one study found “dog-related biodiversity” is especially high on pillowcases.) In turn, people with dogs seem to get ill less frequently and less severely than people with no pets.
‘He’s quite an old boy, too – we reckon between eight and 10. He’d been at the rescue for four years.
‘He had such a sad story, as he had just been abandoned in a forest and left chained to a tree.‘There were hundreds of dogs to see, but he lay down with Acacia and let her tickle his tummy and pet him. She stayed with him for the whole time we were there and insisted she was having him.’
INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOUR PET: Having a pet in the home can actually lower a child’s likelihood of developing related allergies by as much as 33 percent. Children exposed early on to animals tend to develop stronger immune systems overall.
While bringing one old dog home from Crete would have been too much of a challenge for most people, soon the 35-year-old found herself agreeing to rescue two.‘I spotted Jack on the rescue’s Facebook site and saw that he was disabled and started looking into bringing them both home,’ she says.
‘The rest is history.’While Louis won her daughter’s heart, Jack won Jo’s as she read how the poor pooch had been hit by a car – breaking his jaw, damaging his spine and leaving him with paralysed back legs, while he also had arthritis in his front legs.
‘I sat there at the rescue Googling flights to see how I could get the dogs home,’ she says. ‘We had cheap tickets and I couldn’t change them, but alternative tickets for us all were too expensive, and Greece doesn’t allow dogs to be flown out unaccompanied, so it looked like the most cost-effective way would be to go home and come back again by myself to bring them back to England.’ Eventually, in October, Jo returned to Crete with Dakota and spent £415 bringing both dogs home – driving to Paris and back to catch the flights.
Don’t Let Your Dog Ride in the Back of Your Truck Unrestrained. An estimated 100,000 dogs die each year from riding in pickup beds each year, and that doesn’t take into account all of the injuries seen each year. Dogs in pickup beds are also at risk of being hit with debris that can cause injuries.
Jack, who had been sent to Athens for surgery to help with his injuries during his time at the shelter, was also given wheels by his carers there, to hold up his back legs and help him move around.
Dilute your dog shampoo to make it last longer and easier to apply. Fill the bottom of an empty shampoo bottle about ¼ inch. Fill up the rest slowly with warm water.
Before they knew it, Jack and Louis were settled and happy as part of a devoted new family.‘It’s quite difficult sometimes to settle in older dogs, especially when they’ve had a horrible time, but they are lovely and get on really well with Waffle,’ adds Jo.
Keen to do all she could to ease Jack’s painful arthritis in his front legs, Jo paid for him to have hydrotherapy and laser therapy, designed to stimulate the nerves,
INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOUR PET: The American Veterinary Dental Society states that 80% of Dogs and 70% of cats show signs of oral disease by age 3.
She was horrified when the experts working with the dog told her that his wheels were hurting, rather than helping him and that they needed to be replaced urgently.
She was recommended a specialist wheel-cart, available from a firm in the USA, which would cost around £800.
Unable to afford it as well as paying for his treatment, she launched a GoFundMe page, hoping Jack would melt the hearts of kind strangers, just as he had melted hers.
Add Brushing Your Dogs Teeth into Their Grooming Routine. Get in the habit of brushing your dogs teeth daily to avoid expensive dental visits later. You can use a human toothbrush if you like (though they make ones for dogs, too), but be sure to pick up tooth paste that’s formulated for dogs.
‘I couldn’t believe it as, within two hours, we’d smashed the target and had £1,000,’ she says.
‘Now we have well over £2,000 and will spend the additional money on giving him all the treatment he needs and ensuring both dogs have the best old age ever.
‘I was working extra hours to try and pay for treatment, but I couldn’t really keep up, so this is amazing.
‘Without these wheels, he’s going to lose his independence, which would be so sad, as he’s really happy living with us.
If you have a small dog, cutting up a lamb roll into tiny pieces is a cost-effective way to make healthy, bite-sized training treats. A 1-pound roll costs $6.98. Cut it up into the desired size, store most of it in a ziplock bag in the freezer, and leave the rest on the counter for immediate use.
‘He loves going to the forest with the wheels he’s got, but they are harming his legs and making everything worse, not better, so they have to go.
‘Now I can afford to buy him dog shoes, to make him more stable and his wheels will mean he can run around like a puppy again.’
The animal loving family are hoping to get the wheels in time for Christmas.
‘I am overwhelmed by people’s generosity,’ says Jo.‘But Jack is such a big, soppy pup – as is Louis – I’m not surprised he’s cast a spell over everyone. They’ve both worked their magic.’
Treat Every Poop Like a Miracle aka How to Easily Potty Train a Puppy. When potty training your dog make sure to pay attention & praise them every single time they do their duty outdoors. If you treat every pee & poop outdoors like it’s the best thing that ever happened they’ll catch on pretty quick.
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