This is Some Thoughts About Dogs’ weekly segment where we share all the links shared on my Twitter for the past week. Sit down with a cuppa and enjoy.
Tweet of the Week
Could dogs and puppies be languishing in shelters because of rescue scrutiny? Though we all know that rescues need to screen buyers and have the absolute right, and obligation, to find the most suitable home for their animals, a long running concern of mine is that rescue groups could be too fussy. The relatively new blog, Team Unruly, shared an article titled Not Good Enough, looking at this very issue. This blog is written by a number of talented doggy people, but Michelle is the author of this post. She talks about the rigid requirements that rescue hold, that may prevent pets from finding homes.
Rescue, Sheltering and Welfare
This was very nearly my tweet of the week, just because I think it is an incredibly important piece of video for any shelter or rescue group. I urge all shelters and rescues to watch and learn: “Avoiding the three biggest socila media mistakes“.
The Dogged Blog produced some excellent content that also rivalled the tweet of the week position (it was a hard week!). I very much loved “Why shelter killing has nothing to do with ‘pet-overpopulation’“, which is exactly my position on shelter killing. They also posted on free pet adoptions, and how it’s not as bad as many make it out to be.
Saving Pets, again, had good content that I shared. One post was “The craft of spin“, related to the RSPCA NSW. The other was “Community power is changing the future for homeless pets“.
Last week, I shared lots of articles on the Insight program. Here’s another one from Fetching Dogs: “An Insight Into Insight“.
I loved that the Sydney Dogs and Cats home has produced a statistical infographic, pioneering transparency.
Police and Dogs
On a brighter note, in the news, Oakland police getting dog, wildlife training, to try to prevent this type of thing occuring.
For those interested in training their dog to track, there are some nice tracking training videos available on beginner tracking and crosstracks in snow.
No more excuses (for shock collars).
Training a shaped retrieve from Denise Fenzi.
The risks of Getting Rid of the Growl.
From Dr Sophia Yin, a response to a reader question: My puppy is TOO perfect, what now?
The blog ‘Life with Riley and Stella’ made a post on their experiences at a Denise Fenzi Seminar.
CharlieDog & Friends – rescue-inspired plush toys that support rescue.
Beautiful wooden dog crates, with the tagline “dog dwellings with a designer touch”.
Science Looks at Why and How Wet Dogs Shake from Stanley Coren.
In the News
Be prepared: A tiny first aid kit for hiking with dogs (Good for people, too!).
I did a road trip to Broken Hill and transported two dogs for Adelaide All Breed Dog Rescue. One was ‘Dimity‘, who is a stunning red colour. I also transported her brother, now ‘Todd‘, who’s just a big dope. Both will soon be available for adoption once all their vet work is complete.