Monday, 15 September 2014

Meet Peggy an 18 month old Dogue de Bordeaux.

This is the Blog Hop that features shelter animals. Find a cat, dog, rabbit, etc. at your local animal shelter or rescue and feature them on this Blog Hop! Come join the fun and help a furry friend find a forever home! And while you’re at it, don’t forget to visit the other blogs and share their doggies, cats, rabbits, and all the other animals that need forever homes on your social media sites. Please spread the word!

The response by the public for the arson attack on Manchester Dogs Home raising £1.4 million is amazing, but lets not forget rescues need our help right through the year.

The Tuesday’s Tails blog hop is hosted by Dogs N Pawz and Talking Dogs. This is the blog hop that features shelter pets. Find a pet at your local animal shelter or rescue and join us!

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Urgent help needed, Manchester dogs home burnt down.

Manchester dogs home was involved in an arson attack this evening 11/9/2014. The response from local 
residents and the general public has been fantastic and restored my faith in human nature.

Latest message from Manchester Fire Brigade.

We really need to spread a message urgently. Lots of public are turning up at Manchester dogs home bringing blankets and baskets. Right now we really need people to stay away from the scene - there is a lot of traffic and people and firefighters are trying to manage the incident. Please help us spread the message to stay away from the scene

Here's how you can help the Manchester Dogs' Home following a fire which left dozens of animals dead.

Manchester dogs home fire

The best of the Manchester community is on show as it grapples with the loss of canine lives at the Manchester and Cheshire Dogs' Home which has been devastated by fire.
You can follow with live developments here.

Here's how you can help:

The M.E.N has set up a donation page through 'JustGiving' – a reputable website and 100% of generous donations will be forwarded directly to management at the home – you can access the page and donate by clicking here.
Manchester Fire Brigade has requested the public to stay away from the site while thanking the public for its generosity.
Are you doing something to help? Email us at so we can include it on this page.

– Rebekah Holliday 

If it wasn't for two quick thinking have a go heroes things could of been a lot worse.
Heroes raced into the fire to rescue dogs

Jason Dyer, 41, and his nephew Dean Rostock, 25, jumped over the fence into the dogs home and kicked open kennel doors after hearing dogs barking in panic

Two hero dog lovers risked their lives to run into the blaze and rescue 20 dogs at the height of the fire.
Jason Dyer, 41, and his nephew Dean Rostock, 25, jumped over the fence into the dogs home and kicked open kennel doors after hearing dogs barking in panic.
Between them the pair rescued around 20 dogs, putting leads on them and bringing them to safety before tying them to a nearby fence.

They then went back to rescue others.
Dean, who lived Cleveland Road, behind the home, and Jason, who lived on nearby Moston Lane, described the horror scene.
Jason said: "All the windows of where the dogs are advertised for sale were blown out and the ceiling was collapsed.

Jason Dyer and Dean Rostock

"We initially ran into the bit that was on fire but we couldn't get those dogs out. We went to the other kennels and began kicking out the doors. We just wanted to get them out.
"This place is part of our childhoods. We both have dogs and love dogs - of course we are going to run in there. We just wanted to make sure as many as possible would be okay."

   Information provided by Manchester Evening News.

The dogs trust and RSPCA are on scene working through the night helping to ferry the survivors to other rescues.

Latest news nearly £800.000 raised in donations, the generosity of people has been amazing. Just Giving donation link.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Remembering the hero dogs of 9/11.

We’d like to remember just how much dogs helped humans in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. If there was ever a time in history where dogs proved their distinction as Man’s Best Friend, it was during this unimaginable and overwhelming tragedy.

The 9/11 attacks brought about the largest deployment of Search and Rescue (SAR) dogs in U.S. history. Over 350 trained SAR dogs and handlers came to the Twin Towers site and the Pentagon to search for survivors and to find bodies. The SAR dogs were mostly Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, Collies, along with some Spaniels, Dachshunds, other pure breeds and plenty of talented mutts.

This event created a remarkable elevation of the human-canine bond, where dogs and people worked together, understood each other's needs, and helped each other on physical, emotional and even spiritual levels, to get through a crisis neither species understood. Over and over again, there were amazing scenarios of dogs helping people and people helping dogs.

As the dogs worked with their handlers up to 16 grueling hours a day, it soon became apparent that the dogs were nearly as distraught as the human rescuers when there were so few survivors to be found. For the human rescue workers, the lack of survivors made the attacks feel ever more horrific and tragic. For the dogs trained to find survivors, though, it felt like a personal failure.

From a SAR dog's perspective, being a good dog means you do your job and find the people you're supposed to find. The long days of climbing through rubble, squeezing through tight spaces, sniffing every nook and cranny and finding no living people caused the dogs great stress รข€“ they seemed to think this failure was their fault. Handlers and other rescue workers had to regularly hide in the rubble in order to give the dogs a successful find, and keep their spirits up.

After only a week or so, it became apparent that no more survivors were to be found. The SAR dogs trained to find the living were honorably discharged from duty, as heroes. Dogs trained to find the deceased took over. They worked side by side with their handlers dutifully, for weeks on end.
There was a support system in place to care for the dogs, who could become exhausted, overwhelmed or injured. A canine medical camp was set up to treat them. Sometimes a chiropractor would come in and give dogs a soothing massage to relieve stress and sore muscles.

A few weeks into the rescue, a SAR dog named Servus, a Belgian Malinois, fell head-first 20 feet into a jagged pocket within the rubble. The reaction that followed demonstrates how much a SAR dog means to his handler and disaster workers. The crew stopped what they were doing and worked frantically to save the fallen dog. His handler climbed down and found Servus suffocating, his nose filled with dust and debris. Servus was in shock. The crew lifted him out, cleared his nostrils and gave him oxygen. A nurse shaved a leg and inserted an IV. Then, he was placed in the back of a police cruiser and sped off with three police motorcycle escorts, blaring sirens and flashing lights to get Servus to the nearest animal hospital. Servus recovered and demanded to return to work the very next day!

Not every dog dispatched in the recovery effort worked in the rubble. Some dogs were dispatched specifically for therapy. They are trained to detect stress and trauma in humans and aided the people who worked long days doing the heartbreaking job of finding human remains. The dogs brought comfort to weary, stressed workers. The SAR dogs also took on side duties of comforting their handlers and other workers who were overwhelmed.

One dog hero of 9/11 was actually on the 71st floor of the north tower when the plane hit. Dorado, a Labrador Retriever, was a guide dog for his blind owner. When glass was flying everywhere, the heat and smoke were intense, and there was panic all around, the blind man knew he had no chance of getting out. He unleashed his dog and commanded him to go, so he could escape and live. Dorado was swept up in the panic, but moments later found his owner and insisted that he move. Dorado guided his owner down 70 flights of crowded stairs. It took an hour to get out, but they emerged to safety just before the building collapsed.

Search and Rescue Dogs save human lives every day. The magnitude of 9/11 brought over 300 of these devoted canines together, bringing international attention as to how remarkable they are. After 9/11, some SAR dogs retired from duty and lived out the rest of their lives as pets. Some went on to work other major disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina.

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