What It Takes To Be a Foster Home

  Coco, a rescue-foster dog, from needed a safe place to whelp and care for her pups until they reached adoption age and were primed for a successful connection with a forever home. This the story of how she came to be with the Carter’s and the journey they went through toward their forever […]

Working With Ocho the Foster Dog

  The Carter family is hosting Ocho, a foster dog from eastern Herding Dog Rescue. Ocho is between 1 and 3 years old. (We think it’s on the younger side). He has a friendly disposition, but an evaluation demonstrated he has some behaviors that need work. He chases cars against the fence in enclosed areas, […]

Puppy Socialization: Human Socialization Period

The Carter family hosted “Rose”, an 8 week old Labrador Retriever, for one week  to give her a good head start in socialization. Social animals like dogs have critical periods, which are developmental stages where the nervous system is hypersensitive to certain environmental stimuli. The critical period Rose is in is called the Human Socialization […]

How Dog Shows Work

Christina Carter outlines the process of showing a pure bred dog at the Salem Civic Center. The dogs being shown are Newfoundlands. Newfoundlands are large working dogs, that can be black, brown, white and black or gray. In Canada the the only correct colors are black and white and black. Life span: 8 – 10 […]

Hot Spot Care

Our pets can be susceptible to hot spots for many reasons, but it seems more noticeable in the summer. It may be due to more frequent baths, bugs, or just plain itchy skin, but whatever the cause, it can be serious and is usually painful. Consult your veterinarian on the best course of action for […]

Can MY Dog Ever Go Off Leash?

Not all dogs can work off leash, but most dogs can. It takes lots of patience, training, and perseverance. Without all of those things, you won’t get far, but the benefits of putting the time in early on are HUGE! Exercising them is easier, there is more trust in the bond with your dog, we […]

CoCo Jr Gets Chosen to be a Service Dog

CoCo Jr. is one of the puppies out of our litter of Foster Pups that were born and raised here in our home. The process was a great experience for the whole family, plus lots of fun too! There are many requirements for a puppy to be accepted into the training program at Saint Francis […]

Bathing a Rescue Dog

CoCo is a rescue dog who was never properly socialized for bath time. Because of that, and the obvious after effects of prior trauma, she responded with fear to many things. Making her feel generally comfortable and confident with attention, praise, ample food and reliable routines have helped her to begin to come out of […]

Pet Stories – Cequinn

Pets come into our lives for many reasons. Jeeves and Cequinn, siblings, came into our lives at the same time. Their whole litter was picked up by a local Rescue Organization and brought to the veterinary facility where I was working. When they arrived the kittens were noticeably malnourished and sick. We lost one the […]

Canine Euthanasia Due to Aggression

  There are many reasons why we must be parted from our beloved pets. Because they cannot be helped is not something usually thought of in our normal scenarios. Typically that is true. In this article you will see how one person felt about her dog’s behavior issues and the outcome while sad, was inevitable. […]