A sampling of the many rescues that Dori has been involved with. Dori's passion is animal welfare and has been helping animals in need all her life.
Fudge with Desilu (both not thrilled)
Siberian Husky, 1-2-90 - 10-14-05
Fudge came into my life on December 13, 1991. He was bought as puppy for a Valentine's Day present. Being a Siberian husky, his previous owners believed he should be an 'outside dog' and, at just 8 weeks of age, tied him to a tree in the yard. For the next year and a half, every day and night, the dog was left alone outside. When he would bark or whine for attention he was either yelled at or beaten. Disgusted with the continued abuse, concerned neighbors called a friend of mine who was also a husky breeder.
Upon witnessing Fudge's situation, she told the owners she was taking him and they did not argue. The owners gave her his pedigree papers and all (his father was classified as a grand Champion in the show ring for purebred Siberian Huskies). I think they were actually happy to not have to deal with him anymore. While trying to free the dog she was bitten, as all human contact in his life so far had been painful, he was naturally defensive. She brought him home. I took him on, put him through basic and advanced obedience training and he slowly turned around. He was extremely food aggressive and was an alpha personality, which made him a hard case to train. He finally accepted me as the alpha in his life and I was able to use him in demonstrations, expos and other events (many of you probably met him). He was used in many advertisements (on my brochure, on this web site, newspapers).
Fudge passed away at almost 16 years old. We had some tough times but, as he learned what love was, he responded with leaps and bounds and had become an unending source of joy in our lives.
Siberian Huskies are one of the most beautiful breeds but also the most highly intelligent and stubborn. This breed is NOT for everyone and I would not recommend this breed as a first dog. It is highly advised to do ALOT of research on this breed. Talk to many owners, breeders and rescue leagues of the Siberians. Get as much perspective BEFORE obtaining any pet but especially a Siberian. They will ALWAYS be my favorite breed (Fudge was my third Siberian). Many Siberians are given up because they were left as outside dogs and became bored. This breed needs alot of interaction as a family member, obedience training and does quite well, when this happens. If they are left alone alot, they are very good at becoming escape artists from fenced in areas (either jumping or climbing fences or digging under) or if tied, they will chew or break most ropes or chains. They LOVE to run and have been known to end up miles from home in a short time, that is what makes them good sled dogs! They are also, unfortunately great hunters. They are almost as good, in some cases maybe better then cats, at killing mice and other rodents. Most Siberians do not bark at things they are hunting, they stalk quietly until they are right behind. If they are left to roam freely, they may find fun in killing other small animals. It is NEVER good to let any pet roam, but especially not a good idea to let a Siberian roam freely. Most Siberians do shed quite literally, year round. Shedding winter and summer coats, they have a double coat for insulation in both winter and summer. They should be brushed as often as you can. Even with all that, in my opinion, Siberians are the most amazing dogs, with baby blue eyes and soft cuddly coats. The Siberians, I have come to love have the personalities of little people. Their intelligence makes them great obedience candidates, but their intelligence also makes them stubborn enough to decide NOT to do something. You need to make it fun and interesting for them. Many Siberians do have Alpha personalities, so it is best to not let them get away with too much. they do best with consistency and boundaries with some fun mixed in.
If you are thinking of a Siberian as your next pet, feel free to contact me.
Rescued Cats - Ricky, Lulu and Spanky
In April 2002, I was made aware of approximately 32 cats and kittens inside a building and informed that they may have had no food and water for a few days. I called our pet sitter in that area who also happened to be the Animal Control Officer. We both went to check it out and were saddened by what we found. This little house had no heat - in April it was still very cold - and there was no running water or food. Feces and urine were everywhere throughout the entire home (which was later condemned and destroyed).
When the cats saw us, they all piled up at the front door, where the Animal Control Officer kept them occupied. I entered through the side door which allowed me to get inside without any cats escaping. As soon as they saw me, they swarmed and I had to tear open the 25 pound bag of cat food. They just climbed right into the bag, scrambling over oneanother because they were so hungry.
We had brought bags of litter and large cardboard boxes to provide clean bathrooms, and were able to obtain several jugs of water from a neighbor.
The cats were friendly and seemed healthy. Unfortunately none of them were neutered, so it is assumed they had interbred. The range of ages were 5 weeks to approximately 5+ years. I made some phone calls and many people jumped to assist us: the Merrimack Valley Feline Rescue donated distemper vaccines, feline leukemia/FIV combo tests and worming medication. The Feline Friends Rescue volunteered help, and a few of my Veterinary Technician friends volunteered their time. We gave them physicals, vaccines, tests (all negative, thankfully), and wormed them. The Animal Rescue League in Bedford, NH was gracious enough to take all the of cats and adopt them.
I chose to take a 6 month old white with black named Spanky. He was petrified of people and literally climbed the walls to get away. I knew he would not do well in the shelter. I balanced him out with an overly-friendly black with a bit of white littermate, named Lulu. I have found that animals take cues from one another, and I knew that Spanky would be looking at Lulu for comfort and learning in new situations.
I also adopted a 5 week old kitten named Ricky, who was diagnosed with congenital cataracts and was expected to be blind by the time he was a year old, may possibly have distemper, etc. He also had a mysterious black yeasty substance all over his face, eyes and in his ears. I had taken him to 4 different veterinarians, who were not familiar with whatever he had. After 4 years, I finally found, Dr. Holub who does help with Tufts Animal Hospital. He explained that Ricky (who did not have distemper, nor cataracts and was not blind), had allergies. Allergies in animals do not manifest like they do in humans, with itchy watery eyes, congestion and sneezing. In animals, allergies usually manifest in skin conditions. In Ricky's case, his allergies manifested in an over production of black yeast in the hair follicles, known as Malazizia Pachydermitits. With the help of Dr. Anne Johnson, we did a blood allergy test. Poor Ricky is allergic to numerous grasses, tree pollen, black ants, 2 types of dust mites and a slew of other things. He now gets an allergy injection every 14 - 21 days and a monthly bath to keep the yeast at bay. I love all my cats, but Ricky is so completely special. He and I have this amazing connection, he is my "Soul Kitty".
All three kitties (Lulu, Spanky and Ricky) acclimated into my home as if they had never been anywhere else and are doing fine with my other 7 cats! Lulu is still loveable and Mr. Spanky is an insatiable cuddle bug! I am so lucky to have them in my life.
Rescued Cat - Raina
Raina was apparently thrown from a car in the southbound high speed lane, just before exit 4 on the Everett Turnpike in Nashua.
I came across an unbelievable scenario driving down Everett Turnpike just before Exit 4. A young 8 month old female cat was clinging as close to the middle barrier as she possible could, in the pouring rain. I could not believe my eyes so I got off at Exit 4, and got back on to come around and sure enough, it was a cat. I pulled over into the break down lane and soon there after a Nashua Police Officer pulled up behind me. Thinking there was hope, I was glad to see him. He came up to talk, I told him the situation, he saw the cat and demanded that I leave, the cat got there and she will leave on her own. I left infuriated, my daughter was with me and I instructed her to call everyone we knew in rescue (and we know a lot). I turned around and went back, figuring the officer was going to have to arrest me, because I was not going to leave that area until I knew she was safe. Soon, three rescuers came armed with capture equipment. I called Maureen of the Bedford Shelter and she called the NH State Police, who came down and he met up with the same officer who made me leave, the State Officer made him stop all lanes on the highway, so we could rescue her, now named Raina. After examination, we found that all 4 paws were raw, she was pretty scraped up and emaciated. The evidence pointed to the probability that she was thrown from a moving vehicle. It took months but she recovered and is happy in her forever home.
Dori has done many animal rescues over the last 3 decades. As time permits, she will be writing about these rescues. Check back to read more.
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