Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Pet Friendly Places in San Antonio

Latitude Apartments off of Wurzbach and Evers allows all breeds. Hotelwise, La Quinta is very dog friendly.

The Riviera Apartments on Pecan Valley just east of Goliad Road are fairly reasonable, require NO pet deposit, all bills paid, free cable. 

Sun Ray Apartments (now called Escapade) on Blanco accept all breeds of dogs



Friday, February 28, 2014

Helping Agencies in the San Antonio Area

Daisy Cares: http://daisycares.com/

Shakespeare Fund: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/Pet-charity-plans-to-extend-services-to-San-2927127.php

Humane Society: http://sahumane.org/

Animal Defense League: http://adltexas.org/

San Antonio Food Bank: http://www.safoodbank.org/

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

How Did All of These Dogs Get Here?

I’m not sure how it happened. I have somehow acquired four dogs. Seems like it was only yesterday - I was living a life of leisure, existing comfortably on my modest military pension... in a clean house with a manicured lawn. All of a sudden I had a house full of fur, a yard full of holes, more crates than furniture, and more leashes than clothes.

All of my fur kids are “foster failures.”  Folks in the “industry” know what I'm talking about.  Volunteers foster dogs for shelters or rescues planning to return them when they are ready for adoption; Good Samaritans pick up dogs off the street planning to find them good homes.  Before they know it, months/years have passed and the dogs are still there.
I didn’t keep every dog that spent time at my house.  I have fostered about 20 dogs and puppies for an established shelter, and I picked up a few off the street.
So what was it about the four who live with me now?  Why did they stay?  I really don’t know.  I just know that I love them and want the best for them.
I want them to receive life long training because it’s good for their disposition and great for my sanity.
Because they are all special needs dogs, I also want to take every opportunity to strengthen our connection and improve our relationship.  I don’t want training to affect their trust in me.  Therefore, I’m constantly seeking out better ways to train -- Methods that are fun and not harmful, positive and not aversive, hands off and not hands on. 
Join me as I learn about better ways to connect with, communicate with, and train dogs of all types using dog friendly methods.
-- La Trenda

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

When an animal needs help

When witnessing a domestic animal in need (hurt, stray, abused, etc..), residents of San Antonio should call city services – 311 on their telephones.
As of October 1, 2013. Residents of Bexar County should call 210-335-6000, option 1.
For wildlife issues, Good Samaritans should try contacting Wild Life Rescue or Texas Parks and Wildlife

Calling animal control doesn’t automatically mean that an officer will be sent to the scene. See more at this article.  And when good Samaritans call these numbers, they will probably be speaking to a phone operator – not an animal professional. If the situation is dire (injured animal, abused animal, etc..), callers should make sure that the operator understands that the issue is urgent and that someone needs to be sent to the scene. 
Let the phone operator know when the case should not just be sent to a database. If there is no immediate response from Animal Control, contact the local police. (or contact the police first). If there is no response from neither animal control, nor police, try again.

If there is still no response, good samaritans should contact the media. Sometimes reporters can get agencies to respond when ordinary citizens cannot. And some of the more experienced reporters might be familar with the particular agencies that should be notified.

Who in the media would one contact? Good Samaritans might consider starting with those branches of the media that are set up to help people with problems – like “trouble shooters” or “eye witness wants to know” and the like.
Another good option is to keep track of the reporters who write stories that help animals.   Contact those reporters when something serious needs looking into. This article probably had a hand in ending gas chambers in San Antonio.

Good Samaritans can also go the web page of the local stations (in San Antonio or their town), and click on “contact us”
Here are a few examples:

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Lupe's Left Front Foot





In March, her toes started getting sore. I gave her 1.5 weeks off from dremeling. And her nails go long again.  In April, May and June I dremeled only 2 or 3 times a week. Nail stayed long.  On July 13th, I purchased and started using  a Dremel 8220 and we went back to daily dremeling.