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By Pamela Alden Kokmeyer

Friday, June 16, 2017

Shorty, rottweiler/pit bull

Sometimes we think that pit bulls and even pit bull mixes are the Boo Radleys of the canine world. Misunderstood, sometimes isolated, and often feared. But most people who really know pit bulls and pit mixes are quick to debunk the myths, legends and fears.

And Shorty would like the chance to do a little debunking of his own. This 2-plus-year-old mix of pit bull and Rottweiler has a creative build, a quirky nature, and a very special appeal. He carries his large head atop his muscular body atop his short legs. He's a hoot.

Shorty adores people and craves affection and attention. He is very smart and, best of all, he wants to learn and he wants to please. He responds well and quickly to praise and correction. Although he loves his treats—and his dinners, and more treats—he also craves hearing "Good boy, Shorty" when he understands what you've asked of him and accomplishes it.

Because he is so strong (and smart), Shorty will need consistent training starting from day one. But also because he is so strong, and a bit willful, he needs an adult home without children. That family should also be active and have bully breed experience.

Rosie, yellow Labrador retriever

We will try to resist the urge to be trite and say that a Rose by any other name would smell as sweet. But she does. Even if her name were Petunia or Iris or Dahlia, she would be as sweet.

Rose is a 9-year-old yellow English Lab. We stress the English in her breed because they are typically a shorter, stockier breed than the American Lab. And while Rose does need to watch her weight (well, let's be honest here: we need to watch her weight for her), she will never be svelte.

Rose is extraordinarily sweet and lovely and lively. She needs lots of exercise and she especially needs a home where someone is around much of the time. Rose craves human companionship and loves being the center of attention. Can anyone spell D-I-V-A?

We just received the most wonderful report from the family fostering George through his heartworm treatment: George, the 7-year-old German shepherd, aced his recent checkup. His heart and lungs sound good, according to the vet. And his formerly dry, coarse, unpretty coat is becoming soft and touchable.

George, German Shepherd

He is beginning to parade through the neighborhood and recently passed a gauntlet of barking dogs, which left him unfazed (his foster family described it as "unimpressed") until he passed another German shepherd. This dog seemed to catch his attention. Kindred spirit? Long-lost cousin? None of this would have been possible without superb veterinary care and even "superber" love in a family. That family says it best: "Love is the best healer of all."

We will keep you posted as he nears ready-for-adoption status.

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Last week we alerted you to the dangers to pets of some flowers commonly found in the yard. This week we want to alert you to even more common dangers found in the yard: mulch, fertilizers and compost. We found these on the website of Pet Poison Helpline, (24/7 Animal Poison Control Center, 855-764-7661), and are only giving a summary here. We recommend that you do your own research, for your pet's sake.

Cocoa bean mulch comprises the hulls or shells of the cocoa bean, which are byproducts of chocolate production. Dogs may be attracted by the chocolate scent and try to eat them. Like chocolate itself, the hulls can contain theobromine and caffeine, both of which can be toxic to dogs. Ingesting large amounts can result in vomiting, diarrhea, abnormal heart rhythm, seizures and even death.

According to the helpline, most fertilizers are safe for dogs. But those that contain blood meal, bone meal, feather meal and iron may be extremely tempting to dogs and can be dangerous in large amounts. They may become compacted in the stomach and obstruct the gastrointestinal tract, cause pancreatitis and even cause iron poisoning. It goes without saying that pesticides and insecticides can be life-threatening.

And even compost, which we think of as organic, friendly and safe, can be dangerous to dogs. The Pet Poison Helpline points out that as organic matter decomposes, molds can grow, some of which produce toxins. In as little as 30 minutes after ingestion, a dog can be affected. Symptoms include panting, agitation, drooling, vomiting, tremors and seizures. Prompt veterinary attention is required.

So, go out and enjoy your garden, but be a savvy gardener.

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