Barley

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Hey humans, what’s goin’ on with you?  Our humans are real busy here with some upcoming satellite adoption events, Art Unleashed, and there are 2 new humans who are training to work with us dogs!  There’s a satellite event on Saturday, August 15th, from 9 am (that’s early!) ’til 1pm called Tails on the Trails in Lenexa.  You can bring your dog, take your dog for a swim, enter the pet talent show, and meet lots of dog friendly vendors and adoptable dogs.  I’m gonna hang here ’cause I don’t really wanna go hang out with a bunch of other dogs… see I’m the kinda dog who really loves bein’ the ONLY pet in the home so I’m the center of attention!  I heard our humans talkin’ ’bout Tails on the Trails, and I guess it’s best that real dog friendly dogs go ’cause there’s gonna be lots of dogs there… so I think Farley, Ethan & Etta, Bowie, Mollie, and maybe a coupla other dogs are goin’ too.

Art Unleashed is a big deal, too, and that’s comin’ up on August 22nd.  It’s this real big fundraiser to help our humans here at HSGKC do all the great stuff they do for us… like take care of us when we’re not feelin’ good (like when I had heartworm treatment last year), and for new stuff like the BEG Program Pete has been workin’ on for us dogs!  Art Unleashed is a live and silent auction of original artwork, and I heard it’s a lot of fun.  If ya wanna learn more ’bout that and get yourself some tickets, check out hsgkc.org for details!

I suppose some of ya might be wonderin’ why I’m bloggin… well, I came back to HSGKC after being adopted last year.  See, our humans love us all so much they promise to always take us back if things aren’t workin’ out for us in our adoptive home… for dogs and cats, even if it’s 10 years from when we got adopted.  So, here’s the deal… I’m a kinda complicated dude.  I’m very, very smart… but I do got some quirks.  The humans who did adopt me loved me very much but, without meanin’ to be, I was a bit too much for them to handle.  I don’t wanna scare ya, ’cause I am a good boy!  I’m a Husky/Shepherd mix and I’m about 7 years old.  After I’ve been in a home for a bit, I feel it’s my job to be protective of my humans and my home, and even though I’m trying to do a good thing, I guess that makes it kinda hard on my humans if they have lots of people coming over.  So a quieter home without lots of visitors might be better for me. I am really, really affectionate, loyal, and sweet with adult humans I know. But I’ve gotta be the only pet in the home. I’m already house trained, and I’m good ’bout stayin’ in a kennel during the day.  I’m strong, too, but walk pretty good on a leash, and can walk with some other dogs, but they gotta respect my space bubble.  I’m just real happy the humans who had me brought me back here though, ’cause I know our humans will work hard to find an awesome match for me… someone who wouldn’t mind only havin’ one dog, and who’d work with me, and love me as I am.  I know I’d be a great dog companion for someone!

Time for me to go for a walk!

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Barley: Heartworm treatment stinks!

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Hey. Today wasn’t the best day for me, but I know it’s for my own good. I’m heartworm positive an’ had my first treatment today, so I thought since it’s my turn to blog I’d tell ya ’bout this yucky infection.  Dogs, like me, get heartworm infection through the bite of an infected mosquito. It penetrates the tissue of a dog then moves through our bloodstream an’ from there goes into the heart and lungs. When I first came in to HSGKC, the vet ran a blood test an’ found out I had heartworm infection.  I had to take antibiotics for 30 whole days to weaken the adult worms an’ to prep for my actual treatment.  I feel kinda crummy cuz I got an immiticide injection (this is some serious stuff, it’s a poison) in my back, an’ it hurt, but I got some other pills to make me feel better. The immiticide kills the adult heartworms, but I still gotta have 2 more treatments.  

While I’m goin’ through all this, our humans have to keep me quiet an’ I’m only allowed to go on leashed walks.  I can’t do anythin’ that’ll raise my heart rate too much cuz as the worms die my body has to be able to break them down appropriate like.  If my heart rate stays up for too long, then my body can’t do what it’s supposed to an’ I could get somthin’ called a pulmonary embolism, which could kill me (somthin’ real bad for my heart… humans an’ their fancy words when I’m so pooped… oh well I know they love me). Heartworm infection is fatal if not treated.  

Anyways, I wanted to let ya’ll know all this is preventable with monthly heartworm preventative.  Some of the other dogs here are gonna go through their treatments soon, too, an’ we wanted to tell ya a bit about it so you humans don’t forget to give us our monthly preventative!  K, that’s lots of typing, an’ now I’m really tired……

Valerie: Why It’s So Important to Vaccinate

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Hello all.  I do hope everyone has been enjoying the wonderful weather, I know I am.  Recently, our humans have been taking in some new puppies who have been sick with a virus called Parvovirus.  The puppies are receiving excellent care from our humans here and are not going to be available for adoption for a while.  I thought I should take this opportunity to tell you about Parvovirus since it is something our humans see a lot of.  

Parvovirus is a highly contagious disease that is spread from dog to dog through contact with fecal matter (in other words, poo), directly or indirectly (like in a puddle of water).  Parvovirus can live in the environment for a long time which is how puppies sometimes contract the disease.  Symptoms of the virus are vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, and not wanting to eat or drink.  If the disease is identified early on, it can be treated with antibiotics and some other medicine to make them feel better.  After a dog is treated, they still “shed” Parvo for 10-21 days, so puppies have to be isolated during this time, and cannot go outside or interact with other dogs, which is really hard for them and very sad because they have to be left alone a lot!  Although most dogs and puppies do survive if treated right away, if people vaccinate their puppies and stick to the vaccine schedule given to them by a veterinarian they most likely won’t contract the disease.  

I feel for the puppies who are here and in an isolation room because their disease is preventable just like the one I have is, heartworm infection.  I think Barley is scheduled to have his first heartworm treatment Monday, so if he feels up to it Tuesday I will let him tell you about it. 

Camino, one of the 2 puppies in isolation with parvo.

Camino, one of the 2 puppies in isolation with parvo.

Cleveland, the other puppy in isolation.

Cleveland, the other puppy in isolation.

Barley

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Hey I thought I should tell ya I may not have made the best first impression. I was just so excited it was finally my turn to blog I couldn’t contain myself. Alex, one of our humans (she is an intern and an awesome volunteer), took me for a nice long walk today and then just chilled with me for a bit.  I get really excited to go for a walk!!  After a walk I am ready for some quiet time, where I can relax and just enjoy the one-on-one attention from people. I love hangin’ out with people cuz usually I get lots of treats and pets, which is AWESOME!  Gotta run!

Barley the Brute

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HEY!  MY NAME IS BARLEY!  I SUPPOSE THE REASON I’M CALLED A BRUTE IS ‘CUZ I’M SO STRONG!  IT TAKES ME A WHILE TO FOCUS ON PEOPLE SOMETIMES ‘CAUSE THERE IS ALWAYS SO MUCH GOING ON ‘ROUND THIS PLACE, BUT WHEN YOU HAVE TREATS I HAVE PROVEN I’M PRETTY DANG SMART!  TODAY WAS SOOOO EXCITING–WE HAD A NEW GROUP OF PEOPLE COME THROUGH VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION! IT’S KINDA EXHAUSTING ON SATURDAYS…SO MUCH IS GOIN’ ON!  I HAD A COUPLE VOLUNTEERS HANG OUT WITH ME AND WALK ME TODAY!  AWESOME!  BUH-BYE FOR NOW!