20 Ways to Save Our Homeless Pets

Learn 20 ways to help our animal shelters adopt all their healthy animals  

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Customer Reviews

This plan will work! Loved this book! Very true!  I am giving copies to everyone I know! Everyone needs a copy in their home! I can’t speak high enough of this book!  VSI -February 2015

This book is great for those who want to help save Shelter Animals.This book is great for those who want to help and get the word out about opening and supporting no-kill shelters. If we raise awareness then we can start changing the world to make it a better place for us and our animals!!!  D.G. Smith on January  2015

This is a wonderful book about rescuing animals from shelters. There is a long chapter by Leecy Madison about her work at the Pentagon after 9/11 with her DSR therapy dog, Shiva It’s about saving animals from shelters and the wonderful work pets do for us to enrich our lives. Sandra G. – January  2015

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10-16 - 2014 Revised Book Cover from DD

 

 

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Domesticated – Book Review

If you are fascinated by animals as we are, you will really enjoys this new, highly acclaimed book – Domesticated by Richard Francis.

Here is a quick review. Book is available at all book stores and online.

Enjoy, Steve Monahan

Domesticated

 KIRKUS BOOK REVIEW

“The human population explosion has been bad for most other living things, but not so for those lucky enough to warrant domestication,” writes science journalist Francis (Epigenetics: The Ultimate Mystery of Inheritance, 2011, etc.) in this provocative account of the latest developments in the field of evolutionary biology.

“In an evolutionary sense,” writes the author, “it pays to be domesticated.” Not only do humans breed animals for our own purposes—pets, horses, and cattle—but we have been an “unconscious evolutionary force.”

Francis cites the famous 1959 experiment by the Russian scientist Dmitry Belyaev, who explored the domestication of foxes by selecting for tameness. By the sixth generation, they developed physical and behavioral characteristics normally associated with dogs. The author suggests that the driver in this case—also exemplified in the descents of dogs from wolves and humans from primates—was natural selection of those animals best able to tolerate the social stress of life in the vicinity of human habitations.

Selection for tameness was related to “a general dampening of stress responses,” and over several generations, stress hormones decreased. In the author’s view, a similar process of self-domestication occurred in the evolution of humans from their primate forebears.

Francis astutely substantiates this thesis with fossil evidence from a variety of mammal species, including cats, dogs, raccoons, mice, and more. As the author writes, the concept of survival of the fittest was not based solely on competition for resources, nor initially on transformations in the brain, but rather on “parallel neuroendocrine alterations in humans (and bonobos) on the one hand, and dogs, cats, rats, and other domestic creatures on the other.”

This leads him to the novel conclusion that rather than just human intelligence, the extraordinary evolutionary success of our species has depended on our “hypersociality and unprecedented capacity for cooperative behavior.”

A highly illuminating look at the cross-species biological basis for human culture and sociability.

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Maggie Gets Wheelchair

Walking Again! Maggie’s Story

YouTube Video URL  – https://youtu.be/IDDmSbIFPI8

Check out this video clip of  Maggie. Maggie just turned nine in February. She is a wonderful long-haired miniature Doxie! Maggie was diagnosed with Cushing’s disease with secondary myopathy and a tumor on her pituitary gland. With all this Maggie has lost the ability to use her hind legs to walk. Her owners are so caring that they carry her everywhere now, or push her in a stroller outside.

Maggie remains a happy dog and is quite a little fighter.

Over the past year and a half Maggie has gone from hopping with her back legs to being completely dependent on her pet parents for any movement. When the owners learned of a wheelchair for Maggie we learned that they both cried tears of joy. Katrina, Maggie’s Mom said “I was thrilled!! I pray a lot for her and I feel like God heard me! I love the thought of Maggie having some independence again! She loves to be outside. I take her on walks with her stroller and she loves it. Imagine her moving herself around outside :). I bet it would help her bedsores a bit too!”

Green Pets America Charities in Woodstock Georgia and Best Friends Mobility in Chattanooga Tennessee got together and donated a wheelchair to Maggie today.

June 2016 UPDATE;

 We are so very sorry to announce that Maggie recently passed away of  her hard fought Cushing’s Disease illness. Her owners showed loving compassion and strength and stayed with her till the end.

The only consolation we have is that in her last year the wheelchair let her still get around and be a dog in motion.

 

 

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