When you visit this page, the first post you will see is Pet Peeves Unmasked Blog Mission. That’s because the whole purpose behind each and every one of the posts I write is to push you gently to become the best pet parent possible! That’s the blog mission. And, that’s my personal mission.
“Perfect” Pet Parenting
Furthermore, I have written a book entitled “Perfect” Pet Parenting that covers all aspects of caring for dogs and cats. It is based on my personal experience as a pet caregiver and incorporates the expertise of professionals who focus on specific areas of a companion animal’s wellbeing. This blog site contains extracts from my book.
One of the biggest advantages of managing a blog site is that posts can be edited, updated and published at any time and as quickly as needed. Blog followers are hungry for knowledge and like to have access to the latest information in a matter of seconds. Consequently, they are faithful followers when they have sources they can trust that give them the tools to improve their life and the life of those close to them.
Pet Peeves Unmasked Posts covers a very wide range of subject matter that is organized into groups. Each blog is then filed in a specific category which is located in the right hand column of this page.
As you will notice, group topics are extremely diverse. Animal rights and adopting. Breeds and body language. Gentle leaders and leashes. Dry food and water bowls. Vaccinations and CPR. Walking and dog parks. Pet sitting and pedicures. Car rides, air cargo and boarding. And, I mustn’t forget to mention the heart-warming stories of some amazing, heroic dogs and cats.
Lastly, I want to encourage you to leave comments and suggestions because when we all work together, we can all keep our precious pets healthy, happy and safe!
“Taco” hadn’t even graduated yet but he was already a hero. Just days before Clearwater Florida hosted K9 graduation day, this talented police dog made his very first apprehension. He caught a driver who had run into the woods and was hiding behind a bulldozer. This was after crashing into another vehicle and rolling into a pond. Taco’s handler, Corporal Matthew Aitken, of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, then arrested the man for leaving the scene of a crash with injuries. Bravo, “Taco”!
Teams Of Two Plus Guests
I had never attended an event like this before and I’m so glad I did. It was great to see the community, many parents and children, supporting Florida’s law enforcement. In addition, there were many working dogs and their handlers who also came out to cheer on their fellow officers. After all, they’ve been through this themselves and know exactly how it feels on this special day.
K-9 Certification Ceremony
On March 19 this year the police dog certification event was hosted by Clearwater, Florida, and held at Countryside High School football field. The Master of Ceremonies was Sergeant Mike Kilian of the Special Operations Division – K9 Unit whom I’d met a few weeks earlier at a local Sheriff’s Youth Ranch Open House.
He explained that the Basic Patrol training program had lasted an intensive four months, from November 2018 thru February 2019 at several different locations. They included both Sheriff and Police Department K-9 compounds as well as a few private businesses that allow law enforcement to use their facilities during non-working hours.
Meet The Graduates
You already caught a glimpse of them in the video but here’s a formal introduction. These are the fab five working dogs that we honored on K9 graduation day in Clearwater. They are now all doing extremely well and performing their duties to uphold Florida law.
K-9 “Logan” and handler Deputy Anthony Lorusso from Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
K-9 “Chato” and Officer Nathaniel Hansmann from Largo Police Department.
K-9 Charlie K “CK” and Officer Tommy Nguyen from Tarpon Springs Police Department.
K-9 “Smitty” and Deputy Jacob Baroff from Pasco County Sheriff’s Office
And last, but by no means least, is the duo K-9 “Taco” and Corporal Matthew Aitken, who also happens to be the course instructor. And his right hand man throughout the training period was Assistant Instructor, Deputy Robert Wilkins, from Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.
I must say it’s pretty impressive to see a really long line of K-9 cruisers circle the field with lights flashing. Then, once they were in their allotted spaces, handlers and dogs awaited signals for action. The group comprised seasoned working dogs and rookies about to join their ranks. Also, a very young little guy who totally impressed us with his smarts and cuteness. The attendees would meet him later.
We saw agility demonstrations consisting of jumping fences and walking in between the handler’s legs while on the go. In addition, there were narcotics and explosive device detection demos. And, of course, locating and catching bad guys with their bite technique apprehensions.
But on K9 graduation day it was “Chaos,” the puppy-in-training, who melted everyone’s heart. I wonder how he got that name! Directed by his handler, Deputy Rob Wilkins with the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit, it was immediately obvious that he was a natural. He knew exactly how to apprehend the “fake” suspect despite his juvenile stature.
Out Of The Blue
Well, we had all been promised a few surprises. And this was by far the best one of all. The noise got closer and louder. Then we saw it. The helicopter landed on the football field right in front of us. Suddenly out jumped K9 “Hector,” followed by Deputy Brad Byers, revved up to chase down another suspect. Not wasting a second, they went straight into action and got their man! That’s what I call a perfect example of how to hit the ground running!
Let’s pause now for a moment to think about another aspect of what’s involved here. Even though the public feels the thrill and excitement when watching these training exercises, let’s not forget that this work has very real elements of danger. Sometimes they lurk out of sight, are totally unexpected, and can have deadly consequences. One such example involved K9 “Ozzy” during an assignment where he went into a swamp. As a result, he picked up a bacterial infection that spread very rapidly. Sadly, it overwhelmed him and he couldn’t be saved.
He was certified in March 2018 and had been on duty up until November. During that short time he had already chalked up 20 catches in the City of Largo. Gone too soon, he was in his prime and had been the partner of Officer Nate Hansmann with the Largo Police Department. Nevertheless, he passed his baton to another wonderful dog and was proudly remembered. Through the graduation of this officer’s new partner, K9 “Chato” will now carry on his valuable work.
These magnificent law enforcement dogs respond every day to the call of duty. Their valor and sacrifice are a vital contribution towards keeping our communities safe.
Thank you all for your service.
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If you’re unsure what to feed your dog or cat, take a look at these pet food meat facts.
What’s The Difference
But, before I really get into this, it’s helpful to understand what comes naturally. And, what our pets need to eat to be strong and healthy and stay that way throughout their lifetime. So here’s a quick quiz.
What’s the difference between a carnivore, a herbivore, and an omnivore?
Carnivores, such as wolves, dogs and cats, eat meat.
Herbivores, such as deer, cows and sheep, eat plants.
Omnivores, such as whales, squirrels and humans, eat meat and plants.
Why is this so important? Because once you understand the basics, you may realize that what dogs and cats need to eat may not, in fact, be what you are giving them to eat. And the purpose of today’s blog is to help pet parents choose the most appropriate diet for their companion animals.
What Comes Naturally To Dogs And Cats
Dogs and cats are not vegetarians. They are carnivores. Consequently, I am laying out here why pet carnivores must eat meat. This is a characteristic that has been handed down from their wildlife ancestors. Their anatomy, including their digestive system, was created for that purpose. The fact is, they are ill-equipped to break down plant fiber. Simply said, they were not created to be either herbivores or omnivores.
So, when our dogs and cats eat high quality meat that comes from a reputable source it will contain the proteins, amino-acids and trace minerals that their bodies require.
A Balanced Diet For Canines
The fundamental component of a well-balanced diet for our domesticated canines is meat, organ and muscle. And the source may be beef, bison, venison, elk, lamb, goat, duck, chicken, and turkey. These are, indeed, the facts about meat for all dog pet food.
Nutritionists also recommend including small amounts of antioxidant-rich, dark green vegetables, such as spinach, kale and broccoli. In addition, small portions of fruits like apple, pear and blueberry will enrich the nutritional value of the diet as well.
A Balanced Diet For Felines
It’s no secret. Cats are obligate carnivores, just like their canine counterparts. Their very existence depends on meat and animal organs. Have you ever watched an outdoor cat in the evening hours? Sooner or later, it will catch a mouse. Why? Because it can only get the fatty acids, minerals and vitamins it needs to thrive from animal tissue. Especially important are calcium, vitamin A and niacin, which plant tissue simply doesn’t have, either in the amount, form or ratio that cats need. So, it couldn’t be clearer. Our domesticated kitty carnivores must eat their meat.
Another point worth mentioning is that although cats lack the enzymes required to digest plant-based foods, small amounts can provide important benefits. Green, leafy vegetables help them detoxify the colon. In addition, they may also enable hairballs to get pushed through the digestive tract or provoke vomiting to expel them.
A Couple Of Great Supplements
Although I will be writing about food supplements at another time, here are some very brief comments about two of them.
Sardines. Fortunately, most dogs and cats love sardines. They are loaded with a whole range of highly concentrated nutrients, including omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins D and B12. This small, cold-water fish provides wide-ranging health benefits from bone support to cardiovascular performance to preventing certain allergies and slowing down memory loss.
Pumpkin. I always have a can of organic pumpkin handy in case a client of mine is out of town and their pet is in need of a stool-consistency regulator. Usually, dogs as well as cats like the taste and a small amount added to the food works in one of two ways. It either adds bulk to a loose stool, or it will soften a hard stool.
To Sum Up
If you didn’t know this before, you now have the pet food meat facts at your fingertips. As a result, the domesticated cats and dogs that are part of your family will have a species appropriate diet. Truly nourishing food that will foster longevity by keeping them healthier, longer.
Together, let’s keep our precious pets healthy, happy and safe!
How cool is that! A doggy treats customer service hotline! I bet the staff at this call center give advice on a whole bunch of stuff. I’m so excited. I can’t wait to tell everyone. You know, Chloe the Bichon, and Harley the Golden, and all my friends at the dog park.
But wait. Where’s that number to call? Gotta search for it online. Then, you know what I’ll do? I’ll post it on my Facebook page. Everyone will see it. Woof!
Then it’ll go viral. Woof! Woof!
Our guardians won’t know if they’re coming or going! Woof! Woof! Woof!
I’m so, so excited, like, I can’t stop wagging my tail!
To Sum Up
For my human readers who have difficulty understanding dog-speak, don’t forget what I wrote last week. Never underestimate doggy smarts. They are prewired!
This puppy learns treats smarts so that the training rewards keep flowing. So, who’s giving this valuable advice? Mom, or Dad, or someone else in the home? Well, that someone is not who you might think. It’s definitely not a human. After all, the whole idea is to outsmart the most intelligent beings on this planet. The ones who spend all this $$$ on rewards so their puppies get a really good education.
Lesson to be learned — don’t ever underestimate doggy smarts. It’s in their DNA!
You don’t always have to take your dog or cat to the groomer. If you have the best brushing and combing pet tools, you can definitely do most of the basic tasks yourself, at home.
The choice of brushes and combs is quite extensive so it’s necessary to know the best ones to pick depending on the type of coat your pet has. Each has a specific purpose and won’t disappoint if used correctly.
It’s Not Only About Esthetics
Did you know that grooming pets brings benefits of another kind? In fact, in this blog we’re not just discussing an enhanced and visually pleasing exterior appearance.
Regular brushing, combing, trimming and bathing will, of course, keep your pet clean, matt-free, and help reduce the likelihood of external parasite infestation. On top of that, these actions assist in minimizing the amount of fur your dogs and cats can dump in your home, on floor surfaces and furniture.
Below The Surface Benefits
So, grooming has below the surface benefits, too. And by that I mean they can promote general well-being as well as detect health risks.
By passing your hand over the skin and doing a visual examination before brushing, you can notice things you may not otherwise. For example, scratches, skin issues, swelling and lumps that may require veterinary attention.
In addition, when you touch a limb from top to bottom, you may notice tenderness which could be an indication of arthritis or injury.
You may already know this but it’s worth highlighting here. The action of brushing actually stimulates blood circulation and helps the secretion and distribution of natural oils. As a result, your pet’s skin gets a health boost and a nice, shiny coat.
Some Of The Best Brushing Combing Pet Tools
The selection is extensive and what you’ll see at your local pet store are at-home grooming tools. They cater to the needs of all breed types and the diversity of coats they exhibit. Most online pet stores have helpful descriptions of the products they sell. Consequently, it’s a lot easier for pet parents to choose the best items for the job at hand.
To give you an idea of what these tools do, here’s a list for quick reference.
Bristle Brushes are widely used for all coat types. They remove surface debris and leave a nice shine on long-coated dogs.
The Slicker Brush has rows of thin wire pins which are good for dematting, detangling and removing loose fur. It’s ideal for long and curly coats.
Pin Brushes are similar to the slicker brush but have plastic or rubber tips on the wire pins for a gentler brushing experience. They are very practical for wavy and curly coats.
The Undercoat Rake has longer, fewer pins than a pin brush. This device is designed to untangle and remove dead hair from the lower layer of double-coated dogs.
Similar in style to the brush used for horse grooming, the Curry Brush is ideal for most short-haired dogs. When gently rubbed over the coat, its short rubber teeth loosen dirt and are able to remove large amounts of shedding hair.
More Useful Grooming Accessories
Grooming Gloves are currently getting a lot of publicity and pet parents find them very practical. They can be used on both dry and wet coats in long, firm strokes, typically to drag off loose hair from short-coated dogs.
The very basic Metal Comb helps manage tangles and is particularly useful in sensitive areas such as the ears, toes and tail. Some styles even have teeth with rounded tips for extra safety.
Flea Combs, used mostly for cats, feature narrowly spaced teeth for the effective removal of live and dead fleas as well as their eggs. Areas worthy of special attention are the face, neck and just in front of the tail.
The FURminator is a patented, highly effective de-shedding tool. It comprises a metal comb with a button to release the collected fur, and works on nearly all coat types.
A Shedding Blade is a curved metal strip where the two ends join together at the handle. The lower edge has zig zag teeth and as you drag it across the flat, short or combination harsh types of coats, it effectively removes loose hair.
To Sum Up
Now that you have a better idea of what’s out there, you are in a position to choose the best brushing and combing pet tools, that are perfect for grooming your dog and cat at home. And, not only that, think of the health benefits it provides and the enjoyment of bonding even more with your furry companions.
Together, let’s keep our precious pets healthy, happy and safe!
If you belong to a gym, think about this for a moment. So many homeless dogs languish and never get adopted for lack of socializing and enrichment. Why not skip one workout a week and volunteer at your local shelter instead. Not only do the pups who are waiting to be adopted get a much needed walk, these shelter dogs exercise humans too!
Indoor cats must always stay indoors! Not true. Many pet parents have found that walking cats provides enrichment that cannot be equalled. Sure, watching birds, squirrels and lizards through the window is okay but allowing them the opportunity to breath and smell the fresh air brings far greater joy. Plus, it’s an experience that feline and human can engage in together. It strengthens their bond, an unbreakable bond.
Some Kitties Also Hike And Swim
Although it’s not very common that you’ll actually see a cat being walked, sometimes they participate in other “unusual” activities, too. There are kitties that go hiking. Others enjoy a little swim in the pool.
It’s all up to the creativity of the cat guardian to experiment and find ways to stimulate their pet. The relatively effortless act of walking enriches feline lives. It’s worth remembering that both physical and mental exercise prevent boredom and help keep them in good health, as well. It allows them to thrive, not just be.
KITTING OUT YOUR KITTY
Before your cat companion ventures beyond your front door, make sure you have everything it needs to be safe and comfortable.
As you know by now, I do not take chances. So, if Fluffy tolerates wearing a collar that displays her ID, make sure she is wearing it while on her trip into the big, wide world. Please ensure it is the breakaway type so that it will unfasten if she were to ever get caught up or tangled. That way, she can free herself and avoid further injury.
Harness And Leash
Since cats are far more delicate than dogs, it is never advisable to try walking her with the leash attached to a collar. There are special harnesses just for cats and the leash will clip onto the ring between the shoulders or a little further down the back.
There are two basic styles of harnesses for cats.
Firstly, we have the fabric, vest-type design, that is usually made of soft mesh. It slips over the head, passes underneath the chest, behind the front legs and two side straps snap together between the shoulders.
Then there is the one that is all straps. It is actually two loops that are joined together by a strap that rests on the cat’s upper back. The straps that form the neck loop and the girth loop are positioned and then snapped in place.
Now, if you strongly believe that walking cats provides enrichment and you want to give it a try, ideally you should start in kittenhood. To begin with, the youngster will need to learn to accept a harness, firstly indoors and then outside. Try it out for just a few minutes and then gradually build up to longer periods.
Getting used to how the harness feels and walking at the end of a leash requires practice. This will help to minimize any possible stress and reluctance, and ensure it becomes an experience to look forward to.
However, you need to realize that not all cats like wearing a harness. The older they are when they are first introduced to it, the greater the likelihood that your feline friend will refuse to wear one. You simply won’t know how she will react until you try.
To Sum Up
Most indoor cats never have the opportunity to go outdoors. They can only imagine what it’s like by staring at the outside through a window from the inside.
An indoor cat can benefit greatly from these walks. It is really great exercise. She will stay agile and in her optimum weight. It will stimulate her senses, serve as enrichment, and make her a very happy kitty indeed!
Together, let’s keep our precious pets healthy, happy and safe!
PART 6, LAST IN THE SERIES “MEXICO’S STREET DOG HEROES”
Have you ever researched “Cancún dog rescue” and seen “Cancún dog rescuer saved Chica”? Well, I’m Chica, Chica the Mexican Doberman survivor. The rescuer is Héctor, my dad. And I must include Carla, because she’s my mom and loves us both very much! Well, daddy and I have lots to tell you, so please, please stick around.
A Team Of Two
You just read Chica’s introduction to this blog which is the last in a six-part series. It mentions the heroes who work with street dogs in a specific area of south-east Mexico.
What I intend to do here is point out that not all rescues and rescuers work alike. But they do have a common goal. They all strive to serve the animals in a region where the human population is struggling with severe economic hardship. These heroic people work separately, but together, to make meaningful and lasting change where it is so desperately needed.
A DIFFERENT KIND OF RESCUE MODEL
The First To Be Saved
First there was Chuchis, a pit bull, heart worm positive, on death row at the local pound. Then came Akela, a Mexican Hairless that was going to be donated to a zoo. Next there was Tasha, a Doberman puppy kept at a warehouse where Héctor was shopping. And then followed Charlie (named posthumously), who he picked up off the street but, sadly, died the same day.
The dogs I just mentioned were adopted by Héctor and his wife Carla and welcomed into their own home, regardless of expense. And let’s not forget that when an animal is suffering from neglect, medical treatment can often be very costly.
Further on, you will hear Chica’s story, one of abuse and a future of certain death. And, because she is alive, Chica the Mexican Doberman survivor educates, advocates and shares her aspirations.
Small Is Mighty And Full Of Heart
Héctor Navarro, the Cancún dog rescuer who saved Chica, talks to PetPeevesUnmasked, and explains his work. “I rescue but I am not really a rescue (organization). It’s only when the situation is too dire or when I run across a dog in danger that I will take it in. Mostly I provide support for several different rescues and rescuers.”
Together with his wife Carla, this small-scale effort is measured, effective and admired by all who know them. However, their work is not without its stressful moments when critical situations present themselves.
Apart from adopting a limited number of dogs they have rescued, in exceptional cases, the couple will also foster an animal until it can be placed safely elsewhere.
“Sometimes I help catch dogs, take them to get medical treatment, and pick up and deliver supplies,” Héctor explains. On top of this, he obtains medical certificates for canines to travel abroad and will also transport them to the airport for flights up north.
CHICA’S STORY RETOLD
If it weren’t for these three people, Chica’s story would have had a very different outcome. But fate brought them together. In 2012, this eight-month old Doberman was rescued from a horrible situation in which she couldn’t eat, couldn’t drink, and couldn’t regulate her body temperature, all because she couldn’t open her mouth. It had been taped shut! Moreover, she couldn’t even cry out for help. Miraculously, though, some very caring and determined citizens saved her, and this pup has been enjoying an amazing life ever since.
A very concerned neighbor had observed the situation and attempted to rescue her. She climbed over the fence of the property where Chica was, but got caught. However, she managed to take a photo and posted it on Facebook hoping that someone would help.
Social Media’s Uniting Force
At the time, Héctor and Carla were talking about adopting another Doberman and while his wife was out of town for a few days, he decided to search for one on the internet. That’s when he came across the photo of Chica and a desperate plea from the anonymous neighbor. After hours of researching and emailing, Héctor was getting nowhere. There was an obstacle slowing down the rescue. Cancún (south-east Mexico) is 1,400 miles away from where Chica was located in Tepic, in the state of Nayarit (north-west Mexico). So, what did he do? He got on a plane!
The Tepic Connection
When Héctor arrived in Tepic he was introduced to Miguel Dibildox, a Scout leader who provided medical attention to rescue dogs. Dibildox knew of the woman who had tried to rescue Chica. He got a name and a number, and Héctor made the call.
Fernanda Janine Luna answered the phone, agreed to go to the property and offer money to the abusers in exchange for the release of their dog. Several hours later, Héctor got the call he’d been waiting for. Chica was safe!
CHICA HAS A MESSAGE FOR THE WORLD
What Happened To Me
I was still a puppy when I was punished. My “guardians” didn’t play with me. They never taught me good manners, or show me what not to do. That day, I just wanted to have a little fun and grabbed some laundry that was drying on the clothesline in the yard. You see, puppies are very active and have a lot of energy. How could I possibly know that was wrong?
Now comes the sad part. Instead of applying what doggy experts call positive reinforcement, they punished and sentenced me to a slow, agonizing death. You see, these angry, ignorant humans grabbed a roll of duct tape and wrapped it around my mouth. But I am Chica and, as you already know, I am Chica the Mexican Doberman survivor.
I’m On A Mission
My mission in life is to raise awareness to make animal abuse a thing of the past. Together with my mom and dad, I help rescue abused animals and educate people so we can end their suffering. By following my story and spreading the word, you too are part of a movement to rescue other abused doggies.
What I Enjoy Most
Going to the beach.
Having fun with my brothers and sisters.
Making friends and meeting nice people.
Helping doggies, rescues, organizations, local shelters, and anyone I can.
Ice cream, but don’t tell anybody!
The Canine Messenger
Only someone who has been abused knows what that really feels like. Others can be sorry, even horrified, but the experience is everything. I am safe and happy now but many are not. I am counting on all of you to act and do what it takes to change lives…our lives!
To help Chica with her mission, you can do the following. Go to http://www.chicathedoberman.org and click on the HELP tab to learn how to buy a digital portrait of your own pet. By doing so, you will help offset some of the expenses the Navarro family incurs in doing what they do for the animals.
To Sum Up
Here are the people who deserve credit for the efforts described in this week’s blog. They are the heroes. Thank you for what you do!
– Héctor Navarro, Carla Cabrera, Chica and her fellow canine team members who help the other rescue animals they meet
– Fernanda Janine Luna
– Miguel Dibildox
I hope you’ve enjoyed this journey into Mexico these past few weeks. Please drop me a line if you have suggestions for other stories you’d like me to cover on this blog site. Thanks for being here.
The Complete Series
Just before I go, if you missed any of the articles in this series, here’s your chance to catch up now.
There’s nobody better to talk to when it comes to why and how Canadians adopt homeless Mexican puppies. She is a Toronto native, potter by profession, who decided to settle near Cancún, on Isla Mujeres, after vacationing there. And because she was so affected by the plight of street dogs on the island, she knew she had to do something about it.
“We specialize in puppies,” states Alison Sawyer, founder and operator of Isla Animals, a non-profit with its own shelter.
What Isla Animals Does
Sawyer’s partner Trina, and Anna, who is the adoption/transport coordinator, are the only two constant volunteers, while others come and go. In addition, there is a staff of four women who clean and watch over the rescue. Here are the details of why and how the compassionate people mentioned here do what they do.
HOW ISLA ANIMALS TACKLES THE ISSUES
In just a moment we’ll discuss flight arrangements for Mexican homeless dogs Canada-bound. However, let’s first take a look at the underlying factors that give rise to the need to do this advocacy work in the first place.
As a result of hard work over a period of 16 years, the feral and street dog population on the island is mostly solved. However, efforts now focus on owners who allow their dogs to wander the streets.
But there is another side to this story as Sawyer explains. “Last July I took with me to Toronto a dog we named Olive. She was in a group of five, two adult dogs and three puppies. We think that they were dumped here from Cancún. This happens all the time. People can’t help a dog but want it in a safer place, where there is less traffic.” She added that, sadly, one of the adults and a pup were in such bad shape they didn’t make it.
Spay And Neuter
Like everyone else I have spoken to when gathering information for this series of blogs, sterilization is the top priority of animal rescue groups. “The best way to solve dog overpopulation is to prevent them from being born in the first place. But, as part of that, we also never leave a puppy on the streets,” Sawyer emphasizes.
In 2016, Isla Animals performed free surgeries on 1,784 cats and dogs, and 1,766 in 2017. As the above table shows, the 2018 number was 2,028. This is nearly a 15 percent increase over the previous year and shows the determination to reach more towns and neighborhoods in the future.
Sheltering And Fostering
Fortunately, Isla Animals enjoys a very good relationship with the current local government, which provides the location where their rescue shelter is located. Sawyer comments that they have fosters who take in puppies until they have been vaccinated. And, since the shelter is not set up for large dogs, they are able to care for more smaller-sized animals.
Working closely with other reputable rescue organizations is extremely beneficial. Isla Animals is able to trade rides for adopted and rescued animals, and also exchange dogs for puppies which, as we already know, is what they specialize in.
And, this brings us to their partnership with Lost Dog Foundation, which I happened to mention in my previous blog. A great part of their work focuses on facilitating the journey of Mexican homeless dogs Canada-bound and US-bound. Pups that will be flying either directly to their waiting adoptive family or to temporary foster families.
FLYING DOGS FROM MEXICO TO THE USA AND CANADA
So, now we come to a segment that is designed to help Americans and Canadians adopt homeless Mexican puppies.
These are people who are visiting Mexico, or planning to make a trip there from either the USA or Canada. For them the vacation may not only encompass the activities that tourists typically do. Quite possibly they will want to fly back home with a dog or a puppy from Mexico. The guide below is a basic must-do check list of what they need to do before they consider importing a pet.
Let me add that Canadian and US residents do realize that many dogs in their own countries are waiting to be placed in a forever home. However, they are also aware that opportunities for adult dogs and puppies to find loving homes are far more limited in Mexico. For this reason, and when the opportunity presents itself, they willingly go through the process to take a homeless pup back with them.
Rules, Regulations And Recommendations
Here is the information that Isla Animals gives out to potential adopters.
First you need to make sure that your airline will take pets, either in with the luggage or inside the cabin, depending on the size of the animal.
Then you have to find a vet who will vaccinate your dog for canine parvovirus, distemper and rabies, as well as make you a health certificate for Customs.
Your dog needs to have had its rabies shot one month before departure.
The dog also has to look health. If it has a lot of skin issues, they won’t let it in.
You will need a carrier, either a hard one for the cargo hold, or a soft one for inside the plane. It has to be the kind that the airline accepts. If you are buying one it will usually say if it’s airline approved
Be sure to make a reservation with your airline ahead of time.
Also make sure that whatever transportation you arrange to get to the airport will allow animals in their vans or taxis.