Archives for January, 2012

Heroic Dog Saves Owner From Abusive Spouse – Incites Change in Shelter Policy

Hello Everyone,

I just had to share this story from
When the Rose Brooks Center for women took in a domestic violence victim and her heroic dog, they bent the rules in doing so, setting the wheels in motion for a much needed change in policy.
Like most battered women’s shelters, the Rose Brooks Center did not accommodate pets. But this was no ordinary dog: when her boyfriend tried to kill the woman with a hammer, her fearless Great Dane jumped in the way, laying over her body and taking most of the blows until the man threw both of them out of a second story window. The dog suffered multiple broken bones in the attack, sparing his owner’s life in the process.

Despite their injuries, the woman was able to escape with her dog, and eventually made her way to the Rose Brooks Center. When they offered her a bed and told her no pets were allowed, she was defiant, and for the first time in its history, the shelter overlooked regulations and allowed the dog to stay.

That decision would eventually lead to a permanent change in policy. Knowing that forty percent of battered women with pets stay in abusive relationships in order to protect their pets, the center’s chief executive officer, Susan Miller, said adding a pet-friendly wing would remove a serious barrier that women face when attempting to leave an abusive relationship. Miller was the one who had ultimately made the call to admit the woman and her dog.

“They provide so much comfort, and to have to leave that pet behind is so heartbreaking,” Miller said. “It has become abundantly clear that the incredible therapeutic benefits that pets can have on a family greatly outweigh the cost and inconvenience of housing them.”

The center is investing $140,000 in renovations that will add seven kennels, a walking trail and pet-friendly play area. Future victims of abuse in the Kansas City area will no longer have to choose between personal safety and the well-being of their four-legged loved ones, a change that shelter officials believe will save lives.


Jan 13, 2012 | Comments are off | Animal Communication, animal welfare, Dog Behavior, Home Health Care for Dogs, Stray Dog

Neuter That Boy and Spay That Girl

Hi to All,

This very cute 2 minute music video is a fun way to get the message out that when you spay or neuter your dog, you are helping to end the problem of unwanted pets.


Jan 09, 2012 | Comments are off | Animal Communication, animal welfare, Dog Behavior, Stray Dog

38 Benefits of Owning a Dog

Hi Everybody,

Here is a neat graphic from showing 38 benefits of owning a dog. Many of these you already know, but some will surprise you:

To see a larger version (one you can actually read), click here for the PDF, then change the percentage (I found 75% works perfectly for me).


Jan 05, 2012 | Comments are off | Animal Communication, animal welfare, Dog Behavior, Holistic, Home Health Care for Dogs