What Does the Trump Campaign Reveal About Dog Show and Rescue People?

The current political climate in America has revealed many surprises. For me, the most surprising is what comments from dog people reveal about who they are. We live in a world where abuse is common and has been for centuries.  Until modern times, torturing animals was still acceptable. And many rescue people work hard to take care of rescued abused animals. Responsible dog show people work hard to make sure their responsibly bred puppies never end up in an abusive situation.

So why are so many rescue and show people dismissing, Donald Trump's behavior regarding the hot mic video? What if he had said, "I can kick a dog anytime I want, dogs love me"? The whole country would be up in arms. But too many dog show and rescue people aren't up in arms because he wasn't talking about dogs. He was talking about women. And when people dismiss his words, they are in fact adding to the climate of abuse that exists in this country.
                      abuse is abuse, is abuse, is abuse. 

It doesn't matter if the abuse is mental abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse or dog abuse.

Dismissing these comments made by a Presidential candidate says to the world that abuse is not an important issue.
Trump supporters can, and should call Trump out for his behavior and his words. They are the only people he will listen to, and it will send a strong message to those who are abusive. But they don't, and what exactly does that say about these people? Why do they profess to love dogs yet dismiss words that contribute to the climate of rape culture and abuse in all forms? Remember many of these people also say that Muslim immigrants will come and abuse our women and kill our dogs. They are concerned that immigrants will bring a rape and abuse culture why aren't they looking closer to home at the one that already exists?
I have my theories. Some people want to brush it under the rug. Especially women. Those women may have been abused either mentally or physically and blame themselves for it. Women are brought up to believe they must fit ideal standards. Standards that cause insecurity and abusers take advantage of those insecurities.
Or perhaps they witnessed abuse of a family member and stayed quiet about it and now guilt prevents them from speaking out. I say better late than never.
But what about the people who have never been close to abuse other than through dogs they have  rescued? Why are some of them disregarding Trumps ugly words? I expect that they are involved in rescue for reasons other than helping dogs selflessly and compassionately. I suspect they got involved purely to make them feel better about themselves, so they could show the world they are something they are not. And the same can be said for dog show people who refuse to admit that Trumps words contribute to the abusive climate in this country. We like to think dog show people get into the world of purebred dogs as caretakers of the breed they love. And many, many do it out of love for their breed. But many do it for personal adulation, to make themselves feel important. And it is obvious why they are attracted to a candidate like Donald Trump.

 Maybe you think women should be able to take care of themselves..but what about children, the disabled, and animals? Someone who disrespects and abuses women is far more likely to disrespect those even more helpless.
Trumps words on the hot mic video, and indeed other things he has said, only adds fuel to a problem that already exists. If you have stayed quiet about the words of Trump it is time for you to take a stand. Even if you plan to vote for him, do not condone his abusive words. Do not contribute through your silence to the abusive climate that exists in this country. Do not play down these words and say all men are that way, they aren't.
Do not make yourself appear a bigot to other people in the dog world..unless of course you are.


Holistic Dog Care is a Mindset

I get asked a lot of questions about herbal remedies and holistic care. So much so that I often get up an hour or two early in the morning to answer them. And these questions come most often from people new to herbs and natural rearing or have used some herbs on themselves, found them to be beneficial and are exploring the use of herbal remedies on their dogs. More often than not, those dogs have a condition to which orthodox medicine has not helped and the owners are desperate.
If you are considering rearing a dog naturally, you first have to decide if you want to go the route of Eastern medicine, using Eastern remedies, or English, using traditional English herbs. My advice is make a choice and stay with it. Become thoroughly knowledgeable to the best of your ability. And find a vet who has an understanding of natural rearing and herbal supplements.  In my area we are lucky to have a holistic vet who practices the English method and literally down the road a holistic vet specializing in Eastern medicine.
Why, you ask, should one stick to one method? Because the subject is so vast you cannot possibly become literate in both. Because it is a lifestyle. To be fully effective, using herbs and natural rearing, must be part of a complete mindset. That includes diet, exercise and environment. I don't mean you need to set little Buddhas next to your dogs' bed, I mean you need to remove toxins from your dogs environment. Lighten the toxic burden so that true health can develop.You need to focus on creating health, not on routine disease prevention.

THAT is the biggest difference between orthodox medicine and natural rearing.

Orthodox medicine focuses on disease prevention, and focuses on certain diseases. But it does not focus on creating health. A healthy naturally raised dog will in most cases, not contract these diseases, and if they do, the intensity and duration of the disease is going to be mild and short lived and a healthy immunity develops. A case in point. I once had a litter of five week old naturally reared pups on the ground. They were just beginning to explore the outdoors.The next door neighbor, who raised in the orthodox manner, had her home kennel of show dogs stricken with parvo (despite being vaccinated). Three days later, two of the pups had smelly stool for about a minute. I knew that smell, it was parvo. It was enough to set off alarms with me, knowing the very close proximity they were to parvo and being so young. We went to the vet and blood work showed an elevated count. The vet said the bad stool was from parvo. The vet felt they did not need treatment other than some slippery elm and probiotics. The pups never had another bad stool, never lost their energy and never developed any cardiac issues as so often happens when young pups are exposed to parvo virus. Both parents had been naturally reared, and that vigor, the health created in their parents was also a part of the pups health.
The dog in the above photo had been injured early in her adult life,she was crippled, two vets in two states had said she would never regain proper use of her injured leg, that nothing could be done for her. She came to us, was put on herbal remedies and reared naturally. Her first show was the Nationals and she won her class, flying around the ring with grace and beauty.  She lived to be 17 years old in a breed with a far shorter lifespan.
Holistic considers the is a lifestyle choice, one does not give a dog milk thistle for a bad liver and consider that dog as holistically, naturally, raised.  If you are considering a switch to natural rearing bear in mind  you must look at the whole environment. And bear in mind also that in some dogs it can take 3 years to see a coat reflect light like a mirror and energy that radiates health and happiness. But before you start, educate yourself and develop a plan. In my opinion the pay off is worth it. Having had dogs raised both ways, I would never go back to orthodox rearing.
In future posts I will share what to expect when you change a dog over to a holistic lifestyle, and provide a quick start guide for those up to the challenge.


Dog People Reach Out to Help Veterans and the Needy Keep Their Dogs

We all know a major cause of dogs in rescue are from owner surrenders. Rarely are these surrenders caused by behavioral problems. Some are caused by moving and pet restrictions but the majority of surrenders are simply  "the owner can no longer afford to care for".
Recently board member Nancy Martin, shared with me work she is doing with F.I.D.O. Friends Involved Dog Outreach, a program based in Oregon.
Their goal is to keep beloved dogs in the homes by providing much needed food and supplies.
And they don't just help dog owners but cat owners as well with programs such as AniMeals, in conjunction with Senior Meals they are delivering pet food to seniors who receive home delivered meals.
They also have an established food bank and through another program known as VetsPets donate food to veterans, active military personnel and their families.
Anyone who qualifies for financial assistance including those on SSI can receive food from their food bank so their pets can stay in the home. Having to surrender your dog because you can't afford food is traumatic to both the dog and the people who love them. Recently the Santa Barbara Kennel Club has supported this program and support is always needed to keep important work like this afloat. You can follow them on Facebook and make a donation through their Facebook Page here-