A Place to Bark and Meow Blog by Bernie Berlin

Monday, May 29, 2006
Something to smile about..
On the lighter side of things...
Just a few things that make me smile:)

Puppies!!! Especially when they are given a chance at life....

Kittens, they look kinda strange when their newly born:)

Heart Rocks: I've found these at the creek by my house...
They remind me that Love is all around us. We just have to look for it..
(Sometime really hard, but it there, it is ALWAYS there!!)

A Frog that scared my Pit Bull...

Now it's your turn, name some things that make you smile:)
Sunday, May 28, 2006
Need Sleep..
The last few weeks have been so incredibly tiring....
I love what I do, sometimes I wish I didn't do what I do, but I know I have to do what I do...
Yes, the rantings of a crazy woman:)

I have seen so many sad things since moving here, which makes me more driven to try to make a difference here..
Every time I drive into a gas station, there is a stray dog. Dumped... Forgotten..
Puppies thrown out of cars, their little bodies along side of the road every few feet.
Boxes of pups, left by the side of the road...
More dead dogs hit by cars, than wildlife.
People shooting them, for just being on their property.
The animal controls full beyond their means, having to use euthanasia as a management tool every few days.
Things that just don't need to be, the solution is easy if people would just spay and neuter their animals.
Somedays, it just becomes more than my heart can bear...

On the flip side another week and the kittens will be able to eat on their own!!!
I will be able to stop the every 4 hour feedings and get a nites rest.
As you can tell they really are not a big fan of their daily potty washings.
It is easy on their bottoms and keeps them clean.
Not to mention, they get use to it and it makes it easier if you want to wash your cat:)

Currently here:
A new momma cat and her 5 kittens
3 bottle fed kittens
15 new puppies
The 7 pups that have been here for the past month
1 large breed pup w/Parvo in quarantine.
All the dogs (except the sick one) will be going to Humane Societies in another week.
I don't know what I would do, if I didn't have the networking of caring people that help the animals time and time again..

A HUGE Thank you to Michelle Wood and Nancy Connelly for your donations!!!
Without the help I just couldn't take in the amount of animals I do.
You all are the BEST!!!

Time to sleep...
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Mother Mac
I figured I have shared enough with you in the previous post of sad and gross..
So here is some of the cuteness that accompanies those things. It never ceases to amaze me the strength these little critters have when care and love are involved. They blossom and grow. Even with all the sadness and loss, there is hope for tomorrow if we continue. No one person can do it alone, I am constantly reminded of this, when I get discouraged. There is a nation full of people doing rescue, we are the voice for the animals and need to educate the public. Most people have no idea what truly goes on in the animal world.
Dedicated to this cause, everyone can get involved on some level and help us reach our goal of ending needless euthanasia. Too many lives wasted...
I try not to let my blog get too graphic, since I have to keep it somewhat G rated for my friends children who like to look at the pictures.
So here is a few pics of my Mister "Mac" who helps play mommy to the kittens. He cleans them after they eat..
He's my Angel!!

This picture is one of the two Catahoula/mix pups... "Ezmerelda"
What a difference a week can make!!
They are doing great and are recovering:)
It was too funny she was so interested in the camera..

If you are waiting on an e-mail from me, I promise to be caught up on e-mail by Sunday..
Sorry for the delay!!

Another Day... Another Dog...
It never ceases to amaze me how disposable everything has become.
No matter where you live it is everywhere...
From children, to the elderly, marriages that people give up on because it becomes work and of course the animals.
My mind was racing today, thinking about life and society.
One of my new friends down here, took me to an animal control facility that I have never been to.
I can't believe how many there are within a 30 mile radius of my house. The euthanasia ratio is 90 to 95 percent at this facility. They euthanasia every 3 days.. Can you imagine???
The minute you walk in the door it feels as if you've been slimed with death. The energy is so heavy and dark.

We came down to pick up a Great Pyrenees mother and pups that had mange. Mange is a very treatable condition, considering which type the animal has. By the time we got there they had been put down.

We did find another Pyrenees and she had one pup. We took them to the vet immediately after getting them to have them checked out only to find out the mom is Heartworm positive and the baby has Parvo, they both had many types of worms and were covered in fleas in ticks.
((needless to say, I was itching and scratching all the way home))
My friend took the mom home and will be saddled with the vet bills for the heartworm treatment.
Heartworm treatment is about five to seven hundred dollars.
I'll help her out as much as I can, we all lean on each other and have a tightly knit support group.
The puppy I'm treating at home with I.V. fluids and injectable antibiotics. I'll keep my fingers crossed that he comes thru it.

My new friend rescues Great Pyrenees and special needs dogs. She is an amazing person with a HUGE heart!!!
I'm blessed to have met her and know we will be friends for a long time to come..

This is one of the ticks that came off of the mom..
Ticks carry so much disease, that can spread to people too..
If you don't have your pet on a flea and tick preventative please think about it, it's in everyone's best interest.

Sunday, May 21, 2006
Catching up..
The past few weeks have just been a blurrrrrrrr......
Getting back from Wisconsin, I had training the next day, so not even a day to unwind.
The training was sponsored by the American Humane Association.
It is a great organization dedicated to the welfare of animals and children.
The seminar was very informative and now I can volunteer to help animals if there is a national disaster.
Our instructors have been involved with many rescues such as Hurricane Katrina & Ivan & the Arizona Wildfires to name a few. They have also been on Animal Planet. They were really quite inspiring!!!
I'm excited to be certified and will continue my education in regard to the animals.

Here are some pics we took during the seminar. I was lucky enough to have my dogs participate in the training.
They are such good boys!! Zeus is a Doberman and Mac is a Brussels Griffon.

I also want to Thank all of you that have linked me to your blogs!!!
It's wonderful connecting with other animal lovers everywhere.
I am trying to figure out how to answer my comments, I'm not that great on the computer so any help is appreciated:)
I am slow to answer e-mail so please bear with me, the animals keep me hopping.
We took in 6 new dogs today, a mother with 3 pups and two other puppies. Pictures to come, hopefully tomorrow.
One more feeding for the kittens and then I can get some sleep...
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
And so it begins..
Puppy and Kitten season:(
New at our house, One pregnant cat, 3 very weak kittens, 2 pups out of 4, as of yesterday.
I'm really saddened by the care of the foster home here. These kittens are covered in their waste, dried food and have fleas.
This week will be critical if they will survive. So please keep them in your prayers. If you ever end up taking in kittens that do not have a mother. The main things to do are: Keep them very warm about 80 degrees. Feed every 4 hours day and night. Make sure they go potty after each meal, if they are very small you will have to help them but stimulating them with warm water and a cotton ball.

This is one of the pictures of the pups. This one has blue eyes and they will stay this color. The other one looks very much the same, but with one blue and one brown. I have no idea what mix of breeds they may be. There were 4 but two died to having too many parasites. These guys will have several weeks of medication and nutrition to get them up to being healthy.
You wouldn't think that worms can kill your pets, but they surely can...

I just wanted to check in and wish everyone a good week!!

In Blessings and Light...
Sunday, May 14, 2006
I'm back...
I'm back from my transport to Wisconsin...
I also have completed a two day training class for Animal Emergency Services. Will share more later about both..
I'm tired but wanted to check in and say Hello and that the trip was just amazing!!
Fantastic homes and some really great stories to share..
For the meanwhile, I will show you our newest rescue, her name is "Roo". She is a female Rat Terrier/Chihuahua mix.
Approximately 3-4 months of age. Energetic, Loving, and starved for attention.
Here's her pic:

I'm off to sleep, but will check in soon!!!!!

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