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Puppy’s Life Saved by Getting 'As Drunk as Possible'

Puppy’s Life Saved by Getting 'As Drunk as Possible'

A Maltese terrier in Melbourne was saved from certain death by ingesting pure vodka over two days

Charlie the Maltese's life was saved by caring vets who got him 'as drunk as possible.'

After a Maltese terrier in Melbourne named Charlie licked coolant from the floor of his owner’s garage, vets told his owner, Jacinta Rosewarne, that without intervention, Charlie had hours to live. Charlie had ethylene glycol poisoning, which can lead to kidney failure. The vets told Rosewarne that the only solution was to get him as drunk as possible, according to Metro UK.

Lucky Charlie survived after he was treated by the Animal Accident and Emergency Hospital in Melbourne, with 700 milliliters of vodka over two days.

“In Australia, the only antidote we have is alcohol,” reported Animal Accident and Emergency on its blog. “Alcohol alters the chemical reaction and stops the kidney failure from occurring. It is important that we treat these pets as soon as possible after ingestion.”

Charlie, who “went home with a hangover,” was about as much of a nuisance as any little drunkard.

“He was stumbling around, I’d go to pat him and he’d push me away like a normal drunk person, he was vomiting a little, whining like a drunk,” Rosewarne told the Herald Sun. “I thought it was hilarious. It was distressing but funny at the same time.”

Karen Lo is an associate editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @appleplexy.

How to Help Puppies After Electrical Shock With First Aid

Puppies are often injured or killed by electrical shock. Lightening, fallen electrical cables, or faulty circuits offer opportunities for disaster. Most accidents result when the puppy chews on an electrical or telephone cord. This can happen at any time of year, but often the holiday lights from Christmas trees offer too much temptation.

The damage can be doubly problematic because the puppy may not show dangerous problems until long after the event. Sometimes electrical shock causes an erratic heartbeat or difficulty breathing several days after the accident.


A healthy, vigorous litter of pups is born. It’s so satisfying to watch them as they squirm their way along the mother’s body, latch on to a nipple and begin to suckle greedily. We can relax now – the pups are fine and mom is fine – the job is done.

But wait, over the next couple of days, one or more pups develop the raspy sounds of inhalation pneumonia and quickly fade and die despite our many efforts. Sound familiar? I think fading puppy syndrome has happened to all breeders, especially those of us who breed Toys. Usually these puppies are perfectly healthy with no apparent physical problems. At the first signs of a rasp, I have looked for a cleft palate and if there is none, put the pup on Amoxicillin and tube fed when needed. Sometimes, the pup would pull through but more often, not. Fading puppies are heartbreaking and exhausting, but a fact of life for a breeder.

I am most fortunate to have a veterinarian who listens. She takes the time to discuss diagnoses and treatment with me and we kick around ideas to find the best mainstream course of treatment and consider any alternatives. The last time I had a fading puppy, I had kept it alive for 5 days when I noticed it was very dehydrated. I was out of Ringer’s so brought the pup in to the vet clinic for immediate treatment. We hydrated and tube fed the pup and I went home with a bag of Ringer’s. I had been trying from the beginning to get the pup to nurse on mom, a syringe, a nipple, anything! but it refused to suck and had to be tube fed. The pup made it two more days.

Frustrated, I stopped by the clinic after hours to discuss this latest "fading puppy" defeat with Dr. Amy. I brought up the problem of the pup not sucking and Amy told me that the swallow reflex is the first thing to go when an animal or human become dehydrated. She went on to say that, sadly, this is why so many elderly people in nursing homes die – they become dehydrated, cannot swallow, liquid goes into the lungs rather than down the esophagus and inhalation pneumonia develops.

Well, if I were a cartoon character, there would have been a huge light bulb over my head! How often do we check newborn puppies for dehydration? Think about it.

Many times a pup crawls behind mom or she lies on one and it cannot get around her to nurse. If we see this, we pick up the pup and put it back in front with the others without checking for any signs of dehydration. The pup is wriggling, looks fine, but could very well be in the first stages of dehydration or what for lack of a better term, we call "fading puppy." Newborns can go downhill so quickly in the first few days. I talked this over with my vet and she agreed that this might actually be the answer to many cases where a seemingly healthy pup suddenly fails to thrive and just fades away despite our best efforts.

Awareness of the connection between dehydration and inhalation pneumonia may help us save some of those healthy pups who inexplicably die. It takes only seconds to check for dehydration and only a few minutes for a quick tube feed which will put the pup back on track. If we make this a habit with newborn litters, we can give all the pups an equal chance at life and save ourselves a lot of heartbreak in the process. Just think how many lives, how many fading puppies we can save!

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He loved the peanut butter and honey homemade dog treats so much he sniffed out and lapped up every last crumb.

Calvin loves these treats.

Cannot get enough of them!

It looks like I will no longer be the only member of the household with a huge peanut butter addiction.

Intestinal Worms

Puppies are also susceptible to intestinal worms (e.g. hookworms, roundworms, tapeworms, whipworms). Sometimes puppies are born with such worms as they "inherited" the worms from the mother dog in-utero.

Puppies with worms usually are weak, lethargic, always tired, and do not thrive. Some worms cause very serious (and sometimes fatal) health issues to puppies, such as anemia.

It is so important to know the symptoms of worm infestation and take prompt action if you suspect your puppy has worms.

Visit our article on dog worms for more information.

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Humane Society and partners work together to save animal lives

Administering medicine to one of the pups are NHS volunteer Karn Richoux and Ron Dellinger from the City of Natchitoches Animal Control Shelter.

By Hannah Richardson

When organizations have the means to partner with others with the same mission in mind, absolutely incredible feats can be accomplished. This can be said of the local animal rescue facility, Natchitoches Humane Society, and successes they have seen as they partner with other animal-advocating organizations both near and far.

For several years, the Natchitoches Humane Society (NHS) has been dedicated to rescuing the local abandoned and neglected animals and making sure they receive any necessary medical treatment, spaying or neutering, socialization and love while waiting to be placed or relocated. Their rescue facility, Happy Tails, is located on the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center grounds. NHS President Juanita Murphy recently sat down with me to discuss what it takes to upkeep their mission of rescuing these local animals, and it is no easy task. She started making contacts since serving a role on the Board of the Louisiana Animal Welfare Commission and now works with several organizations to achieve their goals of rescuing animals.

“Now I am working with Kathy Owsley and Debbie Tebbetts to show them how to work with NSALA and the feline program to get more cats rescued,” said Murphy. “I’m working with Karn Richoux from NSU on doing all the canine behavior evaluations.

From left, at Happy Tails, are Jeffrey Simmons, Juanita Murphy, Sheriff Stuart Wright and past Sheriff Victor Jones. Happy TAILS has been in operation at the NPSO Detention Center since 2010. The folders keep the records of all the animals the Humane Society has rescued since 2014. So far this year, they have saved a total of 140 animals and 299 last year. They saved 47 parish, 18 city and 88 private in 2017 74 parish, 74 city and 94 private in 2018 and 130 parish, 46 city and 78 private in 2019.

North Shore Animal Rescue League, based in Port Washington, N.Y., touts itself as the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization. Their mission is to rescue, nurture, adopt and educate.

Manager Karla Agostinello said they started working with shelters in the south in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura in August 2020. These shelters needed all the help they could get, and North Shore had the means to provide that assistance. North Shore travels to areas reaching all the way to Texas several times a month to get animals to their no-kill shelters in the north, where there is plenty of room. Agostinello said they are very aware of the large amount of animals in our local shelters and reach out so these pups have a chance in the north to find a good and loving home.

The animals taken in by North Shore Animal League America were featured on Good
Morning America on National Puppy Day ABC News Chief meteorologist Ginger Zee even adopted her dog Brando from North Shore.

After working with Tanya Parker of Paws 4 Life in Shreveport, the wheels were set in motion to take local rescued animals up north. About two months ago, Parker let Murphy know that Paws 4 Life will be affiliated with North Shore in New York and encouraged her to be involved as well. Just recently, 32 dogs at the Humane Society were transported to North Shore’s facility. “Each dog has to meet certain requirements,” said Murphy. “Puppies need sets of shots, such as heartworm and flea prevention, dewormer, rabies shots, medical appointments.

Big dogs need all of that, plus a heartworm test, and behavior assessments.” Not only do all of these requirements need to be met, but there is a ton of paperwork that needs to be done for each dog in order to get them transported.

“These [organizations] are our lifelines,” said Murphy. “Without these people helping us, so many animals would have either been killed on the road.” There is also the chance they could go to shelters with a chance of being euthanized.

The NHS also works with the local Animal Control Shelter to get dogs into safety and recently, helped to clean out the shelter. She also credits Dr. David James of James Veterinary Clinic for providing medical care, Dr. Joey Bynog of Good Hope Veterinary Hospital, the Hope for Paws shelter who also provides care for local rescues and the many volunteers and fosters under their umbrella who care for animals until a permanent placement can be found. To help with the overpopulation problem, the parish also funds a spay/neuter program. For more information on that program and the NHS, visit and keep up with them on social media.

“We are rolling with the punches, and the punches are every day,” said Murphy. “There are more dogs than there are adopters here in this area.” She said North Shore is really making it possible for a happy ending for these animals.

On April 22, North Shore Animal League America posted a video on Facebook discussing their team’s arrival with two mobile rescue units that carried approximately 100 animals looking for loving homes. The pups went to the group’s Global Pet Adoptathon the following week. In the video was Theodore Moriates, holding the adorable Happy, who was rescued from Campti by the Natchitoches Humane Society.

On April 20, 32 pups from the NHS, along with several Natchitoches Hope for Paws pups and volunteers, traveled from Bossier Parish with Shreveport’s Paws 4 Life transports to New York. These pups have to go through several health care exams as required by North Shore. Murphy said it costs approximately $70 per dog when it comes to getting them prepared through exams, vaccines, etc. North Shore and Paws 4 Life pay for the transport expenses, which can costs thousands of dollars, and even more medical costs for the animals when they arrive in New York.

Thanks to North Shore and all of the shelters they have come into contact with, these puppies also have the opportunity to be seen on national television. NHS pups have been featured in Good Morning America segments and recently featured on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in the “2021 Kentucy Derby Puppy Predictors” competition. Actually, one of the NHS puppies that competed was Tigger, who was named the Puppy Predictor and winner in the segment! (See Video Here)

Tigger, originally rescued by the Natchitoches Humane Society from Natchitoches with the
help of Sonja and Layton Palmer, was named the 2021 Kentucky Derby Champion in a segment on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon promoting the North Shore Animal League America.

Keep up with Northshore Animal League on social media or their website:

Agostinello said the group works closely with Parker with Paws 4 Life.

Parker, who founded Paws 4 Life in the Shreveport area around 2016, has worked closely with Murphy for several years before that, and also assists in getting these pets into the hands of North Shore. Murphy said Parker is so vivacious and works tirelessly in her efforts. Parker said they are dedicated to their partnerships with shelters in the Northwest Louisiana area, including NHS, to improve the lives of these animals in need.

The volunteer-based group partners to pull animals in an attempt to reduce the shelter population and euthanasia. Parker said she believes euthanizing should only be acceptable in humane cases, as many no-kill shelters advocate to get animals out before that point, whether it be in foster homes until a home is found or by taking them up north. It is a very costly exercise to provide transportation, but rescue dogs are actually in a high demand in the north as overpopulation isn’t as problematic as it is in the south due to the north’s strict spay/neuter laws. Paws 4 Life has saved more than 6,000 pets from euthanasia since their founding.

Keep up with Paws 4 Life on their Facebook Page.

Kate Healey-Dubuque, founder and president of Little Rhody Rescue and Quarantine in Rhode Island, said their organization is run by volunteers and they are a force to be reckoned with. Little Rhody has rescued over 10,000 dogs from shelters considered to be “high kill” in Texas, North Carolina, Tennessee and Louisiana. She worked as an animal control officer and then got more involved in the rescue where she adopted her puppy, Guinness.

Healey-Dubuque said she met Murphy around 2017-18 at the Humane Society through Keri Bullock Toth of the U Care Project in Deville. With the vast difference between here and Rhode Island, they communicate via phone and text. She met Bullock when she travelled to Rhode Island for an ambitious rescue/adoption event. “You hear a lot through rescue networks and knowing Keri and having such high regard of her and her opinion, I had no reason to not to love Juanita,” said Healey-Dubuque. “She is the absolute epitome of a southern lady! She’s cheerful, accommodating, hospitable, eager to assist, knowledgeable and compassionate. Her attention to detail and knowledge of veterinary medicine is refreshing, constant and consistent.”

They met after an encounter with a dog named Iris was found in the parish with her siblings after being abandoned and eating Styrofoam containers on the side of the highway for weeks. Murphy and Toth collaborated on getting Iris to Rhode Island after she was prepared for adoption. She said many southerners don’t realize they see very few to no dogs in their own shelters due to their strict spay/neuter laws. Every animal Little Rhody attends to is spayed/neutered, vaccinated and treated for heartworms if positive, microchipped, dewormed, receive interstate health certificates then transported to Rhode Island. Little Rhody has received 300-350 dogs from the Humane Society since they met.

“Kate and Little Rhody Rescue have been the most instrumental people in teaching us what and how to do what we need to do to get these animals in the best possible condition before transport,” said Murphy. “I can’t give her enough credit for her experience and her high expectations of the NHS.”

Keep up with Little Rhody Rescue on Facebook, Instagram or visit

These organizations and those dedicated individuals that keep them running are instrumental in finding a better lives for these animals. If you are interesting in provided assistance in their endeavors, please feel free to reach out via social media or their respective websites.

Newfoundlands: What's Good About 'Em, What's Bad About 'Em

Calm, dignified, and generally quiet, this big breed does best in a spacious home in the suburbs or country, preferably in a non-humid climate, ideally with access to a lake or pond. Newfoundlands love love love the water!

To stay fit, a Newf needs long daily walks. He loves to romp in the snow, and pulling a cart or carrying a backpack gives him a purpose in life. Did I mention that he loves to swim?

This kindly breed is good-natured with everyone, especially children, though they should be as well-behaved as he is. He is very sociable and needs more companionship than many other breeds. Newfoundlands don't do well when left alone for long periods.

Early socialization with lots of nice people and other dogs is critical in developing a stable temperament. Some male Newfoundlands are aggressive with other male dogs, and a very few may be dominant-aggressive toward people. Excessive shyness is also seen.

Though good-natured, the Newfoundland must learn his manners, but he is not a pushover to train. He has an independent streak. But he does respond well to patient obedience training. Motivate him with praise and food rewards rather than jerking on the leash, for this breed may have a giant body, but his mind and heart are sensitive. Harshness only makes him skittish and distrustful. Females are most willing to please, while males may be more hardheaded.

Newfoundlands pant a lot, drink a lot (sometimes dunking half of their head into their water bucket), and are champion droolers.

  • Is heavily-built and powerful, with a thick furry coat
  • Is usually polite with everyone
  • pulling carts and sleds, romping in cold weather, and swimming
  • Is responsive to training in a slow, good-natured way

A Newfoundland may be right for you.

If you don't want to deal with.

  • A very bulky dog who takes up a lot of space in your house and car
  • A heavy dog who wants to sit on your feet, lie on your lap, and lean his weight against your leg
  • Rowdiness and exuberant jumping when young
  • "Separation anxiety" and destructiveness when left alone too much
  • Fearfulness in some lines, or when not socialized enough
  • Some stubbornness and/or dominance problems, especially in males
  • Heavy shedding
  • Slobbering and drooling

A Newfoundland may not be right for you.

Keep in mind that the inheritance of temperament is less predictable than the inheritance of physical traits such as size or shedding. Temperament and behavior are also shaped by raising and training.

  • You can avoid some negative traits by choosing an ADULT dog from an animal shelter or rescue group. With an adult dog, you can easily see what you're getting, and plenty of adult Newfoundlands have already proven themselves not to have negative characteristics.
  • If you want a puppy, you can avoid some negative traits by choosing the right breeder and the right puppy. Unfortunately, you usually can't tell whether a puppy has inherited temperament or health problems until he grows up.
  • Finally, you can avoid some negative traits by training your Newfoundland to respect you and by following the 11-step care program in my book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy.

More traits and characteristics of the Newfoundland

If I was considering a Newfoundland, I would be most concerned about.

    Providing the proper balance of exercise. Young Newfoundlands need enough exercise to keep them lean and healthy, but not so much that their soft growing bones, joints, and ligaments become over-stressed and damaged. Adult Newfoundlands need more exercise to keep them in shape, but not in hot or humid weather for fear of overheating. The proper amount of exercise can be difficult to regulate in giant breeds.

Since you have to minimize their exercise, young Newfoundlands can be very rambunctious. They will romp with uncoordinated gawkiness all over your house. You need to substitute extra quantities of companionship and supervision. Otherwise, left alone, young Newfoundlands become bored and destructive, and their powerful jaws can literally destroy your living room.

To teach your Newfoundland to listen to you, "Respect Training" is mandatory. Read more about Newfoundland Training.

About the author: Michele Welton has over 40 years of experience as a Dog Trainer, Dog Breed Consultant, and founder of three Dog Training Centers. An expert researcher and author of 15 books about dogs, she loves helping people choose, train, and care for their dogs.

To help you train and care for your dog

Dog training videos. Sometimes it's easier to train your puppy (or adult dog) when you can see the correct training techniques in action.

The problem is that most dog training videos on the internet are worthless, because they use the wrong training method. I recommend these dog training videos that are based on respect and leadership.

Respect Training For Puppies: 30 seconds to a calm, polite, well-behaved puppy. For puppies 2 to 18 months old. Your puppy will learn the 21 skills that all family dogs need to know. If your dog is over 18 months, you'll want Respect Training For Adult Dogs: 30 seconds to a calm, polite, well-behaved dog. Again your dog will learn the 21 skills that all family dogs need to know. Teach Your Dog 100 English Words is a unique Vocabulary and Respect Training Program that will teach your adult dog to listen to you and do what you say.

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5 Quick Tests When Choosing a Rescue Dog or Puppy

Before going to choose a dog or puppy from the shelter or looking online, repeat after me: I can only get one, I can only get one, I can only get one. You're going to see faces that will surface in your dreams for months, so even if you wanted to rescue two, or three, or four (as in my case), please heed my advice and adopt one at a time. There will never be a shortage of adorable adoptables.

If you're still considering what type of dog to choose, read Part 1 of this three-part series. Once you've got a general idea of the type of dog that would compliment you and/or your family, you need to decide if you want a puppy, adolescent dog, or mature dog rescue.

Young Puppy A Puppy is a puppy is a puppy! Truer words were never spoken, but all puppies do not think alike. Puppies have varying levels of excitement, energy, and enthusiasm for human connection. Before you meet your candidates brace yourself -- choosing one may be more difficult than you think. Decide ahead of time what size, coat type, and energy level would fit in best with your lifestyle. Is your schedule random or consistent? Is your home quiet or chaotic? You can test for these traits in an eight-week-old puppy with alarming accuracy.

Adolescent Dog Many dogs are brought to the shelter between seven and 11 months of age. Think puberty, canine style. It's never a pretty sight. Chock full of energy, spirit, and spunk, these dogs are often confused by their sudden abandonment. Most of these adoptables are at their worst in the shelter. If you fall head over heels for one of them, your relation has no where to go but up!

Mature Dog Rescue I remember the day a concerned client brought an 18-month-old, 62-pound, abusively trained German Shepherd to my doorstep. He believed this dog that he'd rescued had great potential, but he could not, due to health reasons, devote the time necessary to bring this majestic animal around. Truth be told, I was nervous when I looked at the dog, originally named Ezop, riding shotgun in my client's car. He had a distant glance and a collapsed posture. "I don't know, Bill. I could try to place him for you," I offered. An abusively trained dog at any age can be unpredictable I had two young kids who I would not endanger.

But Ezop, quickly renamed Balderdash, did what so many mature dog rescues do when they end up, by circumstance or fate, delivered into a circle of love. He bound himself to each of us like a wild English Rose. I knew, the very moment my kids threw their arms around him, that he'd found his forever home. Three years, thirty pounds, thousands of milk bones later, he is one of the most devoted dogs our family has ever known. Do I think he knows he was saved? You betcha!

There is no shortage of mature dogs who long for adoption, and generally speaking, you can find one that will dovetail into your life with ease and harmony. Many are housetrained and more emotionally stable than an adolescent dog or puppy.

Temperament Tests for Every Age Group

Below I'll provide you with some quick guidelines when temperament testing doggy candidates of any age. There are many detailed temperament tests available in books, online, and through reputable rescue groups. It is wise to consider how a puppy or adult dog's temperament will play out in your home. Energetic, spirited dogs are fantastic if they reflect your enthusiasm, but if you're mellow, your furnishings may suffer the consequences. Think about your life now, and five years from today. This is the one time you can choose a family member so make the most of it!

When choosing a dog or puppy use three criterion to judge how each candidate will mesh into your lifestyle:
a) Reactivity and attachment response
b) Motion and sound sensitivity
c) Touch and restraint threshold

Consider the surroundings when you meet your candidate. Shelters can be chaotic and loud. Dogs and puppies are often at their most distracted. On the plus side, however, you'll get a true -- if not exaggerated -- read on their personality and how they will act in your home. Are they hyper, nervous, defensive, or startled when you first meet them? On the other hand, you may meet your candidate at a foster home, or at a mutual agreed location.

Take your candidate to secure location or put him on an elongated leash of at least 20 feet to see how he responds with you. Below I've listed five exercises you can do for any age group ask yourself if their reaction would work into your lifestyle. A simple scoring can offer three assessments:

"C" for curious: an explorative, interested response (looking or calmly approaching)
"N" for nervous: a more fearful reaction
"R" for reactive: a hyper jumping or defensive response

Curious dogs are often more mellow in a household, whereas fearful dogs need coaxing to trust unfamiliar places and people. Reactive dogs need training to learn better manners.

The Fast Five: Temperament Test for Dogs of Any Age

1) After letting the dog or puppy sniff around a new enclosure for a few minutes, try to get his attention by calling out to him. Next, extend a toy or treat and walk six feet across the floor. Does he follow you?

2) Take a set of keys or a can filled with five pennies. Discreetly shake it behind your back. Then drop it on the floor five feet from your candidate and note his reaction.

3) Either hop or skip across the floor. Drop down as if you've tripped and shout, "Ouch!" What does the puppy do?

4) If you're still on board with your candidate, see how he tolerates being loved human style. Kneel down and pet him. If you're testing a puppy or smaller dog, lift him gently into your arms or hold him in a soft embrace. If you sense any stiffening or hear even a soft growl, let go. This dog may not be conditioned to human touch.

5) Now restrain your candidate by a leash or collar, offering treats or toys if he seems startled or uncomfortable. Does he settle down? Try leading him on leash if he is older than 12 weeks and is already accustomed to wearing a leash and collar.

Of course, dogs act more stable in a loving home, but these Fast Five will give you a pretty good assessment of each candidates take on the world. Once you've considered which one will best compliment your lifestyle, surround your new forever friend with love and stability and watch how your relationship grows!

Stay tuned for the third installment of this series on common behavior problems with rescue dogs, as well as quick solutions that will leave everyones tail wagging!

Do you have a rescue with a behavior problem, or a great story to share? Please add it to the comment section -- I will look for it there!

How to Prevent Death From Plant Poisoning

Keep poisonous plants out of your home and yard. If you suspect that your pet may have gotten into something dangerous, call your veterinarian or an animal poison control center for accurate advice.

ASPCA Animal Poison-Control Center provides a database of common pet poisons and is available for telephone consultations (1-888-426-4435) in case of a poisoning emergency. You may be charged a fee for the consultation.

While there are ways to treat accidental poisoning in your pet, preventing plant poisoning is ideal. Choose only pet-friendly varieties for your garden and home.

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