REMINDER: Friends of Festival Country K9s will be having their monthly meeting at the Visitor’s Center, 581 North Main at 6PM on Monday, December 2, 2013.
We will be working on putting together separate committees and need volunteers for each of these committees. If you can donate your time to a specific committee, please attend this meeting and let us know. A couple of the committees in place already are;
The Education Committee with Gail Workman as the chair
The Dog Park Development Committee with Bruce Gil as the chair
Other committees needed to be formed include Marketing, Fundraising, Events, & more.
We are really excited for 2014 and all it has to offer. Can you donate your time to help the community and collaborate with a great & fun group of people?
We hope to see you there. Thanks, Diane Gil
Speaking of arthritis, as in people, cold can increase the discomfort of arthritis. Providing an orthopedic bed in a warm part of the house, using a dog sweater, and providing some indoor exercise can help arthritic pets be more comfortable.
During the cold winter months, many people use space heaters and woodburning stoves. Do not allow unsupervised pets in areas with space heaters which could be bumped over by the pet. Placing Scat mats on the floor may also be helpful in keeping pets away from stoves and heaters.
Walking in the cold
Sidewalk ice melters like salt, magnesium, or calcium chloride can cause irritation to paws and are toxic when ingested causing stomach upsets, and if enough is ingested, nerve damage. To prevent salt from hurting your pet’s feet, we recommend using dog boots and a nontoxic ice melter for your own sidewalk. If your pet has walked on a salty area, wipe off his paws with a moist towel.
|Dogs’ footpads can be injured by harsh salt or sharp snow crusts. Instead of using ice melters like salt, magnesium, or calcium chloride, which irritate paws and are toxic when ingested, we recommend using a nontoxic ice melter. If your pet has walked on a salty area outside of your property, make sure to wipe off his paws with a moist towel and wait for them to dry before he goes out again.
Snowballs can be fun unless they are between the toes. Snow collecting between the toes of dogs can be very painful, and if large enough, obstruct blood flow to the toes. Help your pet remove these collections of snow while you are out walking. Dog boots will help eliminate this problem.
Thin ice on lakes is hazardous for people and animals. Keep your pet away from lakes or other bodies of water which may have thin ice.
In the northern United States, remember that snowmobile trails can be dangerous places. Be sure to keep your pets off of the trails.
Ice on walks is not only dangerous for us two-legged creatures, but for our four-legged friends as well. Slipping on the ice is of special concern for older dogs who may already be stiff due to arthritis.
Proper outdoor housing
Your dog needs a warm, dry home if he is going to spend any length of time outdoors during winter. Appropriate doghouses are well insulated and just large enough so your dog can stand up, turn around and comfortably lie down. Anything larger is more difficult to keep warm and allows greater loss of body heat.
For additional warmth, use old blankets as bedding material. Blankets are ideal since they’re easy to remove and wash for a clean and dry environment all winter long. Even dogs that are kept partially outdoors in kennels require protection from biting winds. Provide a doghouse or secure a tarp or burlap onto a portion of the kennel to create a windbreak.
Todays group of Iron Co. Sheriffs Dept. shelter staff, Corporate sponsor’s, and local Dog Club and shelter volunteers receiving awards from Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, for our efforts in supporting our local No Kill shelters.
A representative from Best Friends, the Iron Co. Sheriff Mark Gower, Iron Co. Animal Control officers, Tom Byrd and Jobe Peterson, Amber Bunker Rasch / Shelter Adoption Coordinator, Carrie Haber / Shelter volunteer, Lisa Pedersen / representing the Festival Country K-9’s, Ginger Grimes from Dust Devil Horse Sanctuary, and Jeff Pedersen, manager from Petsense.
The awards were presented in front of the Iron Co. Commissioners at their monthly meeting. CONGRATULATIONS to everyone for all the hard work, hours spent and great effort made towards the animals of Iron Co. UT.
Call to action
Passengers on a US Airways flight recently rallied around a blind man and his service dog, who were kicked off the plane, and got the same treatment for their trouble.
After a long delay on a US Airways flight, Albert Rizzi’s guide dog, Doxy, became restless being cramped under the seat in front of him. According to Rizzi and fellow passengers, a flight attendant insisted Doxy had to stay there or the plane would turn around. When Rizzi objected to the treatment of himself and Doxy, they were both kicked off the plane.
But in an inspiring show of unity, his fellow passengers demanded Rizzi and Doxy be let back on. Instead, the captain cancelled the whole flight, and all 35 of his fellow passengers left the plane to stand behind Rizzi.
By law, airlines are supposed be as accommodating as possible to people flying with service animals – removing the animal is only a last resort. Now US Airways is making matters worse by digging its heels in, insisting it did nothing wrong and refusing to apologize to Rizzi.
This story is already getting a lot of attention and next Wednesday is one of the biggest traveling days of the year. So let’s join with Rizzi and his fellow passengers to pressure US Airways to change their ways and help make sure that all airlines treat people with disabilities with dignity and respect as they fly to see their loved ones this holiday season.
Stand with Rizzi and his fellow passengers: sign the petition urging US Airways to treat all passengers with disabilities with respect.