Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Patrick the Miracle Dog Survives Extreme Animal Abuse - Kansas City Dog & Pet Photography

Most everyone has heard about Patrick the Miracle by now. If you haven't, please continue on and read this blog. Patrick is a beautiful Pit Bull who was inhumanely starved for months and eventually found inside a trash bag, thrown down a garbage chute and left for dead. A bystander eventually noticed the trash bag move just a little.... and inside they found a skeleton of a dog. One of the worst cases of cruelty that anyone had ever seen.

But, the miracle of the story? Patrick wasn't dead. And he was rushed to the amazing people at GSVS Pet Hospital in New Jersey where he received an immediate blood transfusion and somehow he made it through the night. This is a story of the reprehensible truth of animal cruelty in this word. This is a story of the will to live. This is a story meant to create change. Patrick survived for a very specific reason. He was the chosen one to represent ALL animal cruelty, to help open everyone's eyes and to outrage us all enough to make a difference so other defenseless animals do not have to go through the same pain and suffering.

This is Patrick when he first arrived. Graphic... yes, I know. But we have to see the truth before we can create change. It still blows my mind that a dog in this condition... this deplorable condition defied all odds and SURVIVED!!


Patrick the Miracle's story is on Facebook where his main page has over 50,000 supporters and climbing.

Patrick's Law- was created as a Nationwide grassroots movement for stronger legislation (federal and state) to enforce, prosecute and incarcerate animal abusers.

Patrick's Pals - was created as a page where others can post and crosspost urgent dogs in need of being saved.

Article & Information from http://www.examiner.com/

Newark, New Jersey - Kisha Curtis, 28 of Newark was charged Friday with two criminal counts of abandonment and two civil counts of failure to provide sustenance to an animal in the case of a starving one-year-old pit bull mix found inside of an apartment building's garbage chute. Patrick, as the "miracle dog" was named by his rescuers, in honor of his survival on St. Patrick's Day, was found in a garbage bag by maintenance workers at the 550 unit complex Garden Spires apartments. The dog was taken to Garden State Veterinary Specialists in Tinton Falls, N.J. where he received blood transfusions, fluids, and heat blankets. Donations have come in from all over the world including Australia, Italy, Greece, France, and the United Kingdom.

Patrick's care givers report the dog loves to be touched and petted. Patrick's rehabilitation is slow, and he is being fed small amounts of food at a time. Next week as he gets stronger, there will be more tests given to find out if Patrick has a stomach obstruction. In the meantime, Patrick continues to receive well wishes, toys, cards, and donations.

Representatives from the Associated Humane Societies/Popcorn Park state Patrick's case is one of the worst cases of animal abuse and neglect they have ever seen. Veterinarians, who originally examined Patrick said if the dog had not been discovered when he was, the dog would have died in just a few more hours.

Animal Communicator talks to Patrick

AHS called on animal communicator, Colleen Nicholson, author of Crossing the Rainbow Bridge, in order to gain insight to this neglected dog's thoughts. From the March 22 meeting, the following was communicated with Nicholson, and shared on the AHS website:

"I hope to live here," Patrick says as I talk with him now as I write to you. "I feel better." Patrick shares with me the feeling of relief, complete and utter relief. He is very quiet, and does not offer any more than that, so I'll question him.

I'm asking him if there is anything he needs. "I have it all," he replies, as if looking around at his surroundings. "I even have these," and he shows me his blue buddy that I did see in the picture you sent. "It is soft," and with this he shows me that it has been the softness around him that is so very much appreciated. It feels as if he is not as sore as when he came in and by this I mean that because he was literally skin and bones, he hurt a lot from laying on hard surfaces. He didn't have the strength to get up to move, not that there was anything softer to move to if he could. As he looks at me, he does not give the impression of a smile, rather a weary look but one that has reason to keep looking, keep waiting, to see what I will do or say next.

I'm telling him that I am very sorry that he has come to the state of being he was in before coming here. I'm asking him if he would like to tell us anything about that time but he says No and turns to lay his head down. I respect him not wanting to relive any of that, if even in thought, so I'm asking him now if there is anything he would like the loving people who are caring for him know?

"Yes. I would like them to know that I like meat."I don't know how to get up quickly."The tops of my feet are sore, thank you for holding them."I have a new nose, I think." (he seems to mean he can smell things again and I feel like it is the beneficial result of the fluids. I'm asking him if there is anything else he would like to tell his new people and he says "Yes... I like my name." He still is very quiet, answering only when I ask. As if he is watching life as a spectator more than a participant. He seems to only engage when people come around. He is comforted by the presence of people and doesn't share any feelings of fear of them with me, in spite of what has happened to him.

"I am broken," he says suddenly. "I don't know why."

I'm telling him that we don't know either. I'm showing him that the people of his future will always treat him with love and kindness ... that the people caring for him now may not be the ones he stays with forever because they want him to be well and to have new people who he can share joyful times with in a place more comfortable than where he is now. He seems a little interested in this I think, because I saw a quick question in him mind of surprise... better than now? He can't imagine it.

He seems to be pulling away now (4:30 p.m.) and I don't know if someone is with him or he's tired. It's not that he is hard to communicate with, that is really the opposite. Rather it seems he is still a bit blank ... a watcher of life instead of a participant ... although I do feel like he has thought of trying to wag his tail. It's a brief thought and I don't know if he would have the strength to make it happen, but the thought is there. To me, this is a very good sign of a dog who is anticipating something good ... which has to give him a reason to go on.

Here are some photos of Patrick's progress, courtesy of the angels on earth at GSVS Pet Hospital.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Nene the Pit Bull - Kansas City Dog & Pet Photography

Nene the Pit Bull will be featured in the June/July issue of Kansas City Fitness Magazine. I was able to write an article and photograph Nene and Britton Hunter and also Mix 93.3 radio personality Jenny Matthews and her puppy Oscar for the first pets/excercise feature in this magazine. Available around June 10 at Barnes and Nobles, Walmart, Hy-Vee and Borders!

From Britton about Nene: Although I grew up with pets, I went many years as an adult without my own companion due to living in a "no pets" condo. When I eventually moved and had the freedom to own a pet, I decided to adopt. I searched on Petfinder only once and quickly saw a photo of an absolutely darling American Pit Bull Terrier puppy named Renee. MABBR brought her for a home visit and immediately after, I adopted her. The first evening "Nene" and I spent together, it was miraculously clear to both of us that we had found who we were meant to be with - Even immediately after adopting her, neither one of us would have felt right without the other. I love her dearly and it really is clear she feels the same. I'm so grateful to the rescue group for giving her a chance at a good life and for giving me such a beautiful, loyal and dear companion.

As a Pit Bull advocate, I urge you to meet and interact with the breed before you form an inaccurate stereotype. The MABBR has many Pit Bulls who are available for adoption. Open your heart and spread the word please. http://www.mabbr.org/

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Personalized Pet Tales - Creative Pet Scrapbook Memories- Kansas City Dog & Pet Photography

I am happy to announce that more of these amazing doggy scrapbooks have been completed and I have added photos of the recent KC PAWS adopted dogs. These books will be given to the adoptive familes for free, courtesy of Debbie of Personalized Pet Tales.

Debbie has graciously donated her time and books to provide an extra bonus for those that adopt a dog at KC PAWS or any other rescue or shelter.

To see more of Debbie's work, check out her website and find her on Facebook.

Personalized Pet Tales
Colorado Springs, CO
719.649.4307
debbie@personalizedpettales.com





Remington still likes to read the updated books too!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Adopt me Please - Current Pet Connection Adoptable Dogs - Kansas City Dog & Pet Photography

Introducing more amazing dogs (and even some kitties) up for adoption at The Pet Connection!

The Pet Connection, Inc. is a no-kill, nonprofit, animal shelter located in the Kansas City Metro Area. It is their intention to form a no-kill coalition for companion animals within the community by educating the public, providing spay/neuter and other responsible pet owner services and to find homes for unwanted and abandoned animals. They serve as an adoption center for many groups and individuals who need to find homes for abandoned animals. They refer to area shelters and other humane groups in the hopes of finding more and more pets in our area, permanent and loving homes. They believe that each group needs to work together to accomplish this task. Since they are a no-kill shelter and have limited space, they can’t take in all animals that need help, even though they would want to. Instead, they keep a waiting list to assist people to the best of their ability. On occasion, individuals will serve as fosters for their own pets until they are re-homed.

If you are interested in any of the dogs you see here, please contact:

The Pet Connection
5918 Broadmoor
Mission, KS 66202
Phone: (913)671-PETS
kelso463@gmail.com
http://www.thepetconnection.net/

Meet Billy!


Ramona - ADOPTED!!


Meet Pierce!


Meet Gypsy!


Meet Vannah!


Tuffy - ADOPTED!!


Meet Sunny!


Papa - ADOPTED!


Meet Vince!


Meet Zoe!


Meet Ajax!


Meet Tabitha!


Meet Sophie!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day from Remington - Kansas City Dog & Pet Photography

Remington stopped by to say Happy St. Patrick's Day! Here are some fun facts about this green-themed day of the year.

St. Patrick’s Day is observed on March 17 because that is the feast day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. It is believed that he died on March 17 in the year 461 AD. It is also a worldwide celebration of Irish culture and history. St. Patrick’s Day is a national holiday in Ireland, and a provincial holiday in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

The actual color of St. Patrick is blue. Green became associated with St. Patrick's Day during the 19th century. Green, in Irish legends, was worn by fairies and immortals, and also by people to encourage their crops to grow.

St. Patrick did not actually drive snakes out of Ireland; the snakes represent the pagans that he converted to Christianity.

The very first St. Patrick's Day parade was not in Ireland. It was in Boston in 1737.

In Chicago, on St. Patrick's Day, the rivers are dyed green. Mayor Daley is also of Irish descent.

In Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day, people traditionally wear a small bunch of shamrocks on their jackets or caps.

Many people wear green on this holiday to avoid being pinched.

Many bars in the United States, and abroad, serve green beer to celebrate St. Patty's Day.

Oh and people like me... dress their pets up in festive attire to help spread the cheer!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

What my Miniature Schnauzer is Really Thinking- Kansas City Dog & Pet Photography

I love my life! More treats please!


I think this earns more than a standard treat. Do I hear, ice cream?


Hey! I am a little embarrased because I'm naked. Don't you normally put a sweater on me or something?


I really wish I had opposable thumbs to get my eye boogies out every morning. How do I look now?


I wonder what's for dinner later? Is anything good on Animal Planet tonight...


Are we done yet? Can I make a quick escape without Mom noticing...

Friday, March 11, 2011

Breed of the Week - Bully Breeds- Kansas City Dog Photography

Below information from http://www.bulldogbreeds.com/

Bully Breeds

Pit Bulls
Known for their intelligence and loyalty American Pit Bull Terriers make excellent, loving and protective companions despite the unfair press they receive. A common question regarding the APBT is, "How is this breed different from the American Staffordshire Terrier?". In the eyes of the United Kennel Club, they are the same breed, but many disagree. Some AKC-registered American Staffordshire Terriers are dual-registered as American Pit Bull Terriers with the UKC; however, this draws criticism from many who point out that the bloodlines have been separate for too long for these to be considered the same breed. The AKC, on the other hand, does not allow a UKC-registered American Pit Bull Terrier to be registered as an American Staffordshire Terrier. To be dual-registered, the dog must first be an AKC-registered American Staffordshire Terrier and then it can be registered with the UKC as an APBT -- but not vice versa... Choose from a responsible breeder and make sure the puppy is properly socialized and handled. Solid training will produce a tranquil, good, obedient, companion dog

American Staffordshire Terrier
The American Staffordshire Terrier's muscled build and protective instinct should make strangers beware, yet with their own family they are devoted, gentle and loving. A common question regarding the American Staffordshire Terrier is, "How is this breed different from the American Pit Bull Terrier?". In the eyes of the United Kennel Club, they are the same breed, but many disagree. Some AKC-registered American Staffordshire Terriers are dual-registered as American Pit Bull Terriers with the UKC; however, this draws criticism from many who point out that the bloodlines have been separate for too long for these to be considered the same breed. The AKC, on the other hand, does not allow a UKC-registered American Pit Bull Terrier to be registered as an American Staffordshire Terrier. To be dual-registered, the dog must first be an AKC-registered American Staffordshire Terrier and then it can be registered with the UKC as an APBT -- but not vice versa... They are courageous and a tenacious fighter if provoked. Training can be a challenge because of their pushy yet sensitive character. Their natural temperament towards people is gentle and loving, unfortunately some have been improperly handled giving the American Staffordshire Terrier a bad rap.

American Bulldogs
True grit. True devotion. True love. These tributes are used often to describe the American Bulldog -- a hardy, athletic, all-purpose working dog. The American Bulldog is a loving family companion, good with children and other pets, yet at the same time, fearlessly determined. It has been known to display heroic acts of courage in protecting its master. The American Bulldog has also been used to hunt everything from squirrel to bear, and has been trained to drive cattle and guard stock from predators. The American Bulldog should be evaluated as a working dog, and exaggerations or faults should be penalized in proportion to how much they interfere with the dogs ability to work.

French Bulldogs
Playful, affectionate, and exceptionally good natured, the French Bulldog, or "Frenchie," is bred primarily as a companion pet. But Frenchies also make good watchdogs. Compact and muscular, with a small to medium build, they are a good choice for small living spaces. Frenchies are highly trainable and intelligent, and are happiest when close to their human family. They are excellent with children and compatible with other pets. They desire alot of attention from their loved ones.

English Bulldogs
Gentle, friendly, and adoring, with a mischievous dose of stubbornness, the English Bulldog is incessantly loyal to its family. It usually gets along well with other animals, is particularly fond of children, and does best indoors. Highly spirited as a puppy, the English Bulldog grows up to be a calm adult. The breed prefers not to exercise, can easily overheat, and is prone to drooling and snoring.

Boxers
The typical Boxer is a medium, squarely chiselled dog of good substance with short back, strong limbs, and short, tight coat. Well developed muscles appear smooth, and firm under his taut skin. The Boxer's motion denotes energy. The gait is firm, yet elastic, the stride free and ground-covering, the carriage proud. Developed to serve as guard, working and companion dog, he combines strength and agility with a distinguished elegance. His expression is alert and temperament steadfast and tractable.

Bull Terrier (like the Target store mascot!)
The Bull Terrier is a loyal, affectionate, loving, and humerous dog. It is strong-willed and, therefore, is not the ideal choice of dog for a first-time dog owner. The ideal owners would be a family that loves horseplay, racing, and games like frisbee. The Bull Terrier has the potential to become a first-class companion dog, but in the wrong hands it can turn out to be a horrid disaster.

From the MABBR (Mid America Bully Breed Rescue)
Though many believe only adult dogs that end up in shelters, the truth is that young puppies, often only days old, lose their lives daily in area shelters. It is not uncommon for puppies to be born in the shelter only to never make it outside alive.

Pit Bulls and other bully breeds are never given the opportunity to be adopted in 85% of area shelters. Not because the shelters don't care, but because they do. There are so many people who want these dogs for the wrong reasons, that it is safer for the dogs to die humanely than to end up in the hands of those who will continue to torture and abuse them. This means the ONLY hope for bullys in the shelter is rescue. We can't save them all -or even come close. We try our best to help as many as possible, but space has run out. MABBR relies on loving foster families to care for our dogs until they are adopted, and our foster homes are full.

By adopting a MABBR dog you open up a space for one of these precious souls in our program, therefore not only saving one life -but two. Please consider saving a life today.

Adoptable Bully Breeds:

Lady


Joe

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Adopt me Please - Current KC PAWS Adoptable Dogs - Kansas City Dog Photography

Now announcing more doggies up for adoption at KC P.A.W.S.! KC P.A.W.S. was formed in 2007 with the determination of working with animals in need. They specialize in working with animals who are the victims of abuse. They work in connection with local City and State agency’s to help investigate and report cases of cruelty and neglect as well as providing education and resources to the community on how to properly care for their animals.

All dogs adopted from KC P.A.W.S. come with 6 months of free day care at A Dog's Fun Playce (a $2,700.00 value). All dogs adopted will be current on their vaccinations and spayed or neutered prior to their release.

If you are interested in any of these dogs, please click here to fill out an online application. If you would like to see a full detailed list of all the KC PAWS dogs up for adoption, click here to visit their petfinder link.

Please spread the word to others and promote adoption! For more information, call Sandi or Tiffani at 816-361-7829 or email kc.paws@Hotmail.com

Meet Munchkin!


Meet Chiquito!


Meet Bree!


Meet Carolina!


Meet Sugar!


Meet Ling Ling!


Meet Che Che!


Meet Princess Ice!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Consider Helping KC PAWS by Donating to their Wish List or Medical Needs - Kansas City Adoptable Dogs & Cats

KC P.A.W.S. was formed in 2007 with the determination of working with animals in need. They specialize in working with animals who are the victims of abuse. They work in connection with local City and State agency’s to help investigate and report cases of cruelty and neglect as well as providing education and resources to the community on how to properly care for their animals.

To see current adoptables at KC P.A.W.S. or to make a tax deductible donation, please visit their website http://www.kcpaws.org/ and click on "View our Adoptables." For more information, call Sandi or Tiffani at 816-361-7829 or email kc.paws@Hotmail.com.

Protective Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)
7833 Wornall
Kansas City, MO 64114


KC PAWS Medical Needs List:

Kokomo: Surgery to remove grapefruit sized tumor from her chest wall, benign.
Cost Approx $1,000. Amount Raised: $300.


Sassy: Entropia Surgery and Spay (was found to not be Spayed). Her ear surgery has been paid for but the eye surgery and spay has not been covered.
Cost Approx: $600


Carolina: Blind and Deaf, enlarged heart, arthritis. Cataract surgery could restore sight in 1 eye.
Cost of Cataract surgery: Approx $800
End of life care: Approx $500
Photos to come

Bree: Metastatic cancer in liver and breast tissue. Severe Athrtitis. Needs end of life care and meds to keep her comfortable.
Approx cost: $500
Photos to come

KC PAWS Wish List:

Sheets
Paper Towels
Blankets
Bleach
Towels
Hand Sanitizer
Rugs (small)
Anti-Bacterial Soap
Can Openers (hand)
Laundry Detergent
Pooper Scoopers
Lysol (spray)
Gently used Dog &Cat Toys
Fabuloso Dog & Cat Beds
Plastic Silverware
Scented Candles
Paper Plates Leashes
Spray Air Freshener Collars
Plug in Air Freshener
Hand Tools (hammer/drills etc)
Trash Bags (all sizes)
Dog & Cat Crates (all sizes)
Baggies (all sizes)
Dog Houses (all sizes)
Fabric Softener
Hand Dolly (to move large items)
Floor De-Greaser
Fans
Pens
Dog & Cat Treats
Computer Paper
Canned Dog & Cat Food
Post it Notes
Dog Sweaters
Scratch Pads
Dog Shampoo
3x5 Cards
Baby Shampoo
Sharpies
Extension Cords
Hi-liters
Plastic Tubs (all sizes)
Clip Boards

Large Ticket Items:

Dog Crates (XLarge or Giant Breed)
Space Heaters
Pea Gravel
Washer (new or used)
Dog Pens or Runs (any size)
Dishwasher (portable)