You Gotta Have Friends!

You Gotta Have Friends!

The old, and very true words “It Takes a Village” ring true for so many things in this life.

Every single day, we share and network dogs in need from all over the country using social media and dog rescue groups on social media. We all share, and we all also
help when we can, whether it’s contacting a rescue, offering donations TO a rescue who can take a dog from the shelter to safety, or even offering to foster or adopt a dog,
we all do what we can, because we love animals. This is a cause we are all very passionate about and dedicated to. “We” are made up of all kinds of wonderful people.
Some are members of a dog rescue, including a volunteer, and many others are just people who care enough to take time from their day to click ‘share’ on a post about a dog
who desperately needs to make it out of an animal shelter.

It always takes a village to save a life, and I feel so blessed and fortunate to be a part of that, and to have made such wonderful friends along the way.

Shiloh’s Dog Boutique was never meant to simply be another retail site online where we sold cute things for dogs. We always had a bigger mission in mind, which was to help
animals in need via donations we generate through those sales. I’m not surprised that it’s become so much the focus that even WE forget we’re a store that sells things, I’m
just blown away by the sheer amazingness of the people we’ve gotten to meet, and I wanted to tell you about some of them here.

Randee Goldman, the Founder of Lhasa Happy Homes has come to be our very dear friend these past few years, and she is a true saint to animals. Like many rescuers, the word
“no” is rarely in her vocabulary, and she works hard every single day to save the precious lives she has devoted her own to. Though she mainly rescues “small, fluffy dogs”
She has been known to help save all manner of dogs, and has a special place in her heart for dogs who are senior, injured, or special needs in any other way.
I love her very much, and have found myself very grateful for her help where many a dog was concerned. Her Foundation is one that we support, and hope that you will, too.

Lhasa Happy Homes is located in Southern California, in the Santa Monica area, but they rely on volunteers and fosters all over Southern California. If you are interested in
volunteering or becoming a foster home to help them rescue even more dogs, please do visit them at the links provided below for information on just how you can become a member
of that most wonderful rescue family.

Another amazing friend I am thankful for is Kelly Anne Gerth, the Founder of Rose to the Rescue, Inc. Located in San Diego, her rescue mainly focuses on the dogs of Tijuana.
They face needs and challenges that most dogs here in California thankfully do not. These dogs are horrifically abused more times than they aren’t, and there are precious few
laws or resources in Mexico in place to protect them. This makes them the victim of cruel people who know they will face no consequences for harming them, and what happens is too
unspeakable to even begin to describe to you here. I hope you will visit her on Facebook or join her dog networking group (which is dedicated to dogs across America) and show her
your support as well.

To me, she is my hero because she goes where angels fear to tread. She is quite literally pounding the streets of Tijuana and right in the trenches of abuse that most of us could
hardly fathom, much less know what to do about. She goes there more than once a week and saves these dogs, even when she has to chase them through sewers or dangerous neighborhoods
to do it! She then takes them to her wonderful veterinarians and rescue partners in Mexico, where they are treated for a range of injuries and medical issues you will rarely see
in a dog here at home. This is because healthcare, vaccinations, spay and neuter etc..are virtually unseen in these poor dogs. They suffer from mange, and Cancer, they are victims
of horrible abuse, they are tossed outside and forgotten about in the elements, and they spend their lives running and hiding from their abusers.

Kelly saves these dogs, and shows them that not every human is bad. She heals their bodies, but also their spirits, and patiently spends as many months and dollars as it takes
to bring them back to health. When they are finally ready, she brings them to the United States so they can be adopted by loving families, never to face that kind of abuse or
neglect ever again.

Rose to the Rescue Inc, We LOVE you, and proudly call you our friend.

The links for her Facebook page, along with her dog rescue networking group are posted below.

I’d be honored if you would join our growing community of people who care, and thank each and every one of you who follow us on Facebook, read these blogs,
and each of you who have been with us on this crazy little journey into small business and animal rescue support so far!

We’re very blessed and proud to count all of you among our friends as well!
Love,

Rachel Chappell,

Owner of Shiloh’s Dog Boutique
Shiloh’s Dog Boutique page on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ShilohsBoutique
Shiloh’s Dog Rescue Corner on Facebook (Our small, but growing networking group for dogs in shelters across the country)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/ShilohsCorner/

Our awesome friends, Lhasa Happy Homes small dog rescue in Southern CA http://www.Lhasahappyhomes.org
Visit them on Facebook too, at: https://www.facebook.com/LhasaHappyHomes

Rose to the Rescue, Inc. on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Rosetotherescuedogrescue

Rose’s Dog Rescue Networking Group, called “All Breed Dog Rescue Network”- (We admin for that page, so we promise you’re invited!) https://www.facebook.com/groups/608003949297076/images6OA28YD2

Curious? Internet tries to come up with reason why cat is green

Huh..it doesn’t exactly look painted, but maybe someone’s idea of a mean joke?

fox8.com

A cat in Bulgaria is feeling a little bit green lately.

According to multiple reports the furry feline has been roaming around the streets with other cats, but failing to blend in due to the bright hue of its fur.

Locals originally thought he was painted as an act of vandalism, and set up a Facebook group to catch the guilty parties.

But as it turns out, it’s reported that his illuminating fur was caused from taking some cat naps in a bunch of synthetic green paint inside of a garage.

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Instructions for Reporting Animal Abusers and Pedophiles to INTERPOL

With all the sick facebook pages encouraging animal cruelty, this is good to know.

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If you witness cruelty on Facebook, abuse to children or animals in videos or pictures, please do not report to Facebook; if you report to Facebook the evidence will be destroyed.

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INSTRUCTIONS for REPORTING ANIMAL CRUELTY and PEDOPHILES on FACEBOOK.

  1. Do NOT Report to FaceBook.
  2. Click HERE to Report to INTERPOL
  3. Send INTERPOL the URL to the Picture or Video you want to report.
  4. For Example:  Click on THIS LINK:  https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=398371743619562&set=vb.178059602250237&type=2&theater
  5. THEN Click HEREfor INTERPOL Report Page.
  6. Put your Email Address in the Appropriate Box, Put “GRAPHIC VIOLENCE ON FACEBOOK” in the Subject Box, and then paste the “URL” going to the Photo or Video you wish to report – with a brief message to INTERPOL (see below for sample).

Sample Statement

I have been witness to blatant animal cruelty (or child abuse) on Facebook at the following link:

These images are extremely disturbing and…

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Several arrested in alleged dog fighting operation in Apopka – FOX 13 News

Several arrested in alleged dog fighting operation in Apopka – FOX 13 News.

 

 

Nice work, Officers!!!!!

 

Let’s hope and pray every single dog recovered from the scene will be given amazing vet care and a second chance at life with new and loving families.

 

Vick’s dogs showed us that happily ever after is very possible for even the most scarred, traumatized dogs.

 

Let’s hope no one gives up on these guys!

 

We’ve been Youtubing!

You’ll have to pardon my lack of editing savvy and camera skills, but Shiloh does have her own channel on Youtube now, and while we’re planning better content to come, we recently did a little OraPup Review.

We plan to make some videos revolving around DYI dog treats, other product reviews, maybe some canine fashion shows..who knows? It seems like a really fun way to share in a like-minded community of dog lovers, so we look forward to getting some better stuff up there soon!

OraPup, “Tastes Better than Butt!”

 

 

We also made a “Dog Tag” Video where we answered 20 questions about Shiloh.

 

And, we’re happy to report that we were able to help rescue a dog in Arizona, so of course I made a little video about his rescue story here too!

 

 

Hope to see some of you give us a visit on Facebook or the Youtube!

xoxoo

Shiloh’s Dog Boutique

http://www.shilohsdogboutique.com

Do Dogs Get “Roid Rage” ?

Our Shiloh is on a low dose of Prednisone, and has had some behaviorial changes lately. Namely, she gets horribly startled if you touch her while she’s sleeping, and will respond by growling and even snapping. This is SO not her usual personality, so I’m really glad her dose has been going lower and lower over time. Hopefully it’s now safe to just take her off. I will be discussing this with the vet soon. Have any of you had these issues with Prednisone in your dogs?

Fetch the Facts...

Steroids are used in veterinary medicine quite often. The physical side effects are well known and well documented. In people and rats, there are psychological and behavioral side effects ranging from anxiety and depression to an increase in aggression. This is due to the complex effects of steroids on the brain that involve multiple neurotransmitters.

Do dogs have psychological changes as a result of receiving steroids? A recent preliminary study suggests that the answer is yes.

The study that was done with respect to steroids and behavior changes in dogs was a small preliminary study that will serve as a base for more thorough and in-depth studies that are needed to really answer this question. In this preliminary study, 33% of dogs showed behavioral changes. The changes that the owners reported are as follows:

  • nervousness/restlessness
  • an increase in the startle response
  • food guarding
  • decrease in activity level
  • increase in avoidance responses
  • irritable aggression
  • increase…

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