Canine – SOTW Metal http://sotwmetal.com/ Thu, 19 May 2022 16:00:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://sotwmetal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/sotw-150x150.png Canine – SOTW Metal http://sotwmetal.com/ 32 32 TEARS warns of the deadly distemper virus, a highly contagious airborne virus https://sotwmetal.com/tears-warns-of-the-deadly-distemper-virus-a-highly-contagious-airborne-virus/ Thu, 19 May 2022 16:00:04 +0000 https://sotwmetal.com/tears-warns-of-the-deadly-distemper-virus-a-highly-contagious-airborne-virus/ Sunnydale-based TEARS Animal Rescue is currently inundated with pet owners seeking help for unvaccinated puppies that have been infected with the deadly distemper virus (CDV or Distemper). This highly contagious airborne virus, primarily affects the respiratory, gastrointestinal and neurological systems, includes symptoms like fever and diarrhea before spreading to the brain and causing death. Because […]]]>

Sunnydale-based TEARS Animal Rescue is currently inundated with pet owners seeking help for unvaccinated puppies that have been infected with the deadly distemper virus (CDV or Distemper).

This highly contagious airborne virus, primarily affects the respiratory, gastrointestinal and neurological systems, includes symptoms like fever and diarrhea before spreading to the brain and causing death. Because there is no cure for the disease and because of its high contagiousness, the standard animal welfare response, mandated by the SPCA, is to euthanize any dog ​​diagnosed with Distemper.

According to TEARS Chief Veterinarian Dr. Tania Heuer, “Distemper, along with canine parvo virus, are two of the most infectious diseases for dogs. We have a monumental responsibility to prevent the spread of disease in our communities and a high rate of euthanasia in cases where a dog tests positive for the virus.The most important thing any pet owner can do for their pet is to ensure they are fully vaccinated. Distemper is preventable if puppies are vaccinated early.

A vaccination at six weeks, another at no week, and then preferably a third vaccination at twelve weeks (three months) will provide sufficient protection against the virus. Adult dogs only need two shots a month apart.

TEARS vaccinates up to 350 vulnerable animals per month, providing sterilizations and the first free vaccine to its social clients living in Masiphumelele, Capricorn, Ocean View and Red Hill.

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While many pet owners do not have access to transportation, TEARS operates a mobile clinic service seven days a week, picking up animals from these four communities and taking them to TEARS Veterinary Hospital for treatment, before delivering them. send back. Despite this, many pet owners neglect to vaccinate their puppies or never receive their booster shots as required.

“Many pet owners continue to have an anti-vaccination, anti-neuter mentality, says Dr. Heuer. “We cannot impose owner liability on anyone.”

TEARS Head of Fundraising, Lara Van Rensburg, comments, “TEARS is in desperate need of financial support for its veterinary outreach program to vaccinate more animals and prevent more unnecessary deaths. It costs us R63,000.00 to vaccinate 350 animals, but the vaccination status of pets remains low compared to the needs. Homeless and abandoned animals that are more susceptible to infection roam free, which, combined with the crowded conditions in these low-income communities, means the spread of the virus is an ongoing challenge. Pet owners who neglect to vaccinate their pets realize the dangers of not vaccinating too late. The incubation period for the virus is between three and six days and by the time symptoms appear after exposure, it is too late.

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Capetonians can help by donating to the TEARS Veterinary Awareness Fund, allowing TEARS Mobile Clinics to continue their neutering and vaccination campaigns and protect more animals.

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To donate, click here or visit www.tears.org.za

TEARS is a recognized Tier 1 B-BBEE Contributor and Public Beneficiary Organization. Donations to TEARS are tax deductible, with donors receiving a Section 18A tax receipt.

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Survivors and Canine Heroes Amid Saratoga Hotel Tragedy https://sotwmetal.com/survivors-and-canine-heroes-amid-saratoga-hotel-tragedy/ Wed, 18 May 2022 16:19:14 +0000 https://sotwmetal.com/survivors-and-canine-heroes-amid-saratoga-hotel-tragedy/ Photo: Ricardo Lopez Hevia Taken from Facebook By Laura Seco Pacheco (El Toque) HAVANA TIMES – Chuza has found a home. She was one of two dogs rescued from the rubble created by the Hotel Saratoga explosion in Havana. After staying in a temporary home for several days, she was released to her owner’s relatives […]]]>
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By Laura Seco Pacheco (El Toque)

HAVANA TIMES – Chuza has found a home. She was one of two dogs rescued from the rubble created by the Hotel Saratoga explosion in Havana. After staying in a temporary home for several days, she was released to her owner’s relatives on May 11, according to animal rights group ‘Pasos’. Its owner had lost his life in the disaster.

After the Saratoga explosion, the first job of firefighters and rescuers was to find survivors, but not just humans. Every life matters.

Two days after the accident (May 8), rescue teams found two dogs alive among the rubble of a nearby building, also damaged by the hotel collapse. According to Cubadebate, a female dog (Chuza) and a male dog (Sultan) were rescued within minutes of each other.

Sultan is also with relatives of his owner, who lost his life in the crash.

Arnaldo Alvarez, a member of the Cuban Red Cross, told Cubadebate that first aid was immediately administered to the two animals and that despite their shock, they did not suffer any physical injuries. They also asked some animal rights groups to take care of them.

A few minutes later, a volunteer from the “Pasos” group picked them both up and took them to the veterinary clinic on 18th Street, Vedado. The group’s Facebook page announced that Sultan was recovering, although he was still a bit “shocked” from the fright. During this time, Chuza had suffered a blow to his left rear leg, but it was only a muscle injury; and she was recovering with rest and painkillers.

The family of the owner of the Sultan, Maria Consuelo Alvarez Valdez (disappeared at the time), collected him on May 8. The 77-year-old woman lived in apartment 201 of the building next to the hotel. His lifeless body was discovered on Tuesday May 10.

Chuza had been transferred to a shelter because the relatives of her owner, Juan Carlos Diaz Alvarez, did not consider themselves able to take her in. The body of Juan Carlos, 55, was also discovered on May 10.

Chuza, after being rescued. Photo: Yusmilis Dubrosky/Cubadebate.

FOUR-LEGGED HEROES

Minutes after search and rescue efforts began among the rubble of the Saratoga Hotel, rescue dogs arrived at the scene of the crash.

Dianko, Tito, Xila, Yomy and Rocky are the names of five Labradors who belong to the canine unit of the Interior Ministry’s Special Brigade, which worked to locate missing victims under tons of rubble.

The barking of one of these dogs in the midst of disaster becomes a breath of hope. They are the first to enter the ruins and track down the bodies. Then heavy machinery is used to move the rubble.

Photos of the Labradors working at the scene of the accident or resting in the nearby park have gone viral on social media. People reacted quickly and many people became aware of the work of these furry heroes.

“If you think saving dogs is a waste of time, dogs are saving people right now, Pasos wrote on Twitter.

On that same social network, user Ivon Otero posted a picture of firefighters with rescue dogs and wrote, “This is for those who criticize animal activism, they do this and more for us for nothing expect back”.

The sense of smell of these dogs is essential for finding bodies under the rubble. They worked day and night to find those missing after the collapse.

“Rescuers check the area, and if they have any doubts or information from a neighbor or relative about the possible location of a missing person, and they can’t find it, then we go in, because research with dogs is much more effective. There is no technology or any other type of substitute for their work and its time-result relationship,” Aliesky Mota, a member of the 15th Command of the Special Rescue Detachment and owner of Dianko, told Cubadebate.

Dianko was one of the first dogs to enter the building and he slightly injured his paw during the rescue operation. As soon as he recovered, he went on the trail the missing persons trail.

Rocky, another Labrador, took part in an international mission to Ecuador after the earthquake there in April 2016.

Rescue dogs are known as buddy dogs, due to the symbolic and emotional relationship they have with their human companions, who train and work with them for years to develop their tracking skills.

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Ukraine’s best canine deminer receives an award from Zelensky https://sotwmetal.com/ukraines-best-canine-deminer-receives-an-award-from-zelensky/ Sun, 08 May 2022 21:13:27 +0000 https://sotwmetal.com/ukraines-best-canine-deminer-receives-an-award-from-zelensky/ The US State Department on Sunday announced visa restrictions for more than 2,000 Russian and Belarusian military officials for violations related to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and a new visa restriction policy targeting officials Russians for human rights violations, violations of international humanitarian law and corruption. in Ukraine. The ministry also announced sanctions against […]]]>

The US State Department on Sunday announced visa restrictions for more than 2,000 Russian and Belarusian military officials for violations related to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and a new visa restriction policy targeting officials Russians for human rights violations, violations of international humanitarian law and corruption. in Ukraine.

The ministry also announced sanctions against eight Russian shipping companies, including the Russian Ministry of Defense shipping company, for its involvement in Russia’s “illegal seizure and occupation of Ukraine”, and added 69 ships to the US Treasury Department’s list of Specially Designated Nationals and Stranded Persons.

He also sanctioned three Belarusian officials “for their involvement in a flagrant violation of human rights”.

According to a State Department fact sheet, they imposed “visa restrictions on 2,596 members of the Russian Federation military and 13 Belarusian military officials pursuant to a policy under Section 212 (a)(3)(C) of the Immigration and Nationality Act which applies to those believed to have supported, actively aided or been responsible for ordering or directed or otherwise authorized actions that threaten or violate the sovereignty, territorial integrity or political independence of Ukraine.

The newly created visa restriction, announced in the fact sheet, “applies to military officials of the Russian Federation and alleged Russian-backed or Russian-installed authorities who are suspected of having been involved in violations of human rights, violations of international humanitarian law or public corruption”. in Ukraine, including the so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic” or “Lugansk People’s Republic”.

“Family members of those under the policy will also not be eligible for visas,” he said.


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AKC Canine Health Foundation Marks Pet Cancer Awareness Month with Over $1.4 Million in Newly Awarded Cancer Grants https://sotwmetal.com/akc-canine-health-foundation-marks-pet-cancer-awareness-month-with-over-1-4-million-in-newly-awarded-cancer-grants/ Mon, 02 May 2022 13:00:00 +0000 https://sotwmetal.com/akc-canine-health-foundation-marks-pet-cancer-awareness-month-with-over-1-4-million-in-newly-awarded-cancer-grants/ RALEIGH, North Carolina, May 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health of all dogs and their owners, celebrates Pet Cancer Awareness Month in May. company with more than $1.4 million in newly awarded canine cancer research grants. Pet Cancer Awareness Month provides an opportunity […]]]>

RALEIGH, North Carolina, May 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health of all dogs and their owners, celebrates Pet Cancer Awareness Month in May. company with more than $1.4 million in newly awarded canine cancer research grants.

Pet Cancer Awareness Month provides an opportunity to highlight CHF’s dedication to a better understanding of cancer – seeking more accurate diagnoses and more effective treatments for cancers that affect all dogs. Since canine and human cancers share many similarities, what we learn in one species can also benefit the other. Already in 2022, CHF awarded 13 new canine cancer research grants to study lymphoma, hemangiosarcoma, mast cell tumors, soft tissue sarcomas, and more.

Highlights of the study include:

Grant 03032-MOU: Early detection of canine osteosarcoma
Principal Investigator: Jaime ModianoVMD, PhD; University of Minnesota
Develop a blood test for the early detection of osteosarcoma (bone cancer) as the first step in a long-term strategy for early detection and prevention.

Grant 03003: Suppression of Extracellular Glutamate Efflux and mGluR1 Signaling to Prevent Cell Growth in Canine Hemangiosarcoma
Principal Investigator: Timothy FanDVM, PhD; University of Illinois
Find out if interrupting a specific metabolic pathway can prevent the growth of hemangiosarcoma cells to maintain quality of life and prolong survival in affected dogs.

Grant 03019: Evaluation of a targeted near-infrared (NIR-) αvβ3 anti-integrin dye for the controlled resection of naturally occurring soft tissue sarcomas in dogs.
Principal Investigator: Mirja Nolff, Dr Med. Veterinarian, DVM; University of Zürich
To evaluate the use of fluorescent dye to achieve more accurate and complete tumor margins during surgical removal of soft tissue sarcomas.

“Cancer affects many people and pets, says Dr. Darin Collins, CHF Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We are encouraged by the quality and breadth of canine cancer studies that CHF is able to fund. Adopting new approaches to diagnose, treat and even prevent these devastating cancers will improve the health of current and future generations. of dogs and their people.”

To share the impact of this work, CHF-funded canine cancer research will be highlighted on social media and through educational webinars during Pet Cancer Awareness Month. More … than $17.5 million has been investing in canine cancer research since 1995 and CHF currently manages 48 active canine cancer research grants. Learn more about this important work at akcchf.org/caninecancer.

About CHF
Since 1995, the AKC Canine Health Foundation has relied on the power of science to meet the health needs of all dogs. With over $64.5 million in funding to date, the Foundation awards grants for the highest quality canine health research and shares information about discoveries that help prevent, treat and cure canine disease. The Foundation meets and exceeds industry standards for fiscal responsibility, as evidenced by its highest four-star Charity Navigator rating and Candid Platinum Seal of Transparency. Learn more at www.akcchf.org.

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AKC Canine Health Foundation Marks Pet Cancer Awareness Month with Over $1.4 Million in Newly Awarded Cancer Grants https://sotwmetal.com/akc-canine-health-foundation-marks-pet-cancer-awareness-month-with-over-1-4-million-in-newly-awarded-cancer-grants-2/ Mon, 02 May 2022 13:00:00 +0000 https://sotwmetal.com/akc-canine-health-foundation-marks-pet-cancer-awareness-month-with-over-1-4-million-in-newly-awarded-cancer-grants-2/ RALEIGH, North Carolina, May 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health of all dogs and their owners, celebrates Pet Cancer Awareness Month in May. company with more than $1.4 million in newly awarded canine cancer research grants. Pet Cancer Awareness Month provides an opportunity […]]]>

RALEIGH, North Carolina, May 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health of all dogs and their owners, celebrates Pet Cancer Awareness Month in May. company with more than $1.4 million in newly awarded canine cancer research grants.

Pet Cancer Awareness Month provides an opportunity to highlight CHF’s dedication to a better understanding of cancer – seeking more accurate diagnoses and more effective treatments for cancers that affect all dogs. Since canine and human cancers share many similarities, what we learn in one species can also benefit the other. Already in 2022, CHF awarded 13 new canine cancer research grants to study lymphoma, hemangiosarcoma, mast cell tumors, soft tissue sarcomas, and more.

Highlights of the study include:

Grant 03032-MOU: Early detection of canine osteosarcoma
Principal Investigator: Jaime ModianoVMD, PhD; University of Minnesota
Develop a blood test for the early detection of osteosarcoma (bone cancer) as the first step in a long-term strategy for early detection and prevention.

Grant 03003: Suppression of Extracellular Glutamate Efflux and mGluR1 Signaling to Prevent Cell Growth in Canine Hemangiosarcoma
Principal Investigator: Timothy FanDVM, PhD; University of Illinois
Find out if interrupting a specific metabolic pathway can prevent the growth of hemangiosarcoma cells to maintain quality of life and prolong survival in affected dogs.

Grant 03019: Evaluation of a targeted near-infrared (NIR-) αvβ3 anti-integrin dye for the controlled resection of naturally occurring soft tissue sarcomas in dogs.
Principal Investigator: Mirja Nolff, Dr Med. Veterinarian, DVM; University of Zürich
To evaluate the use of fluorescent dye to achieve more accurate and complete tumor margins during surgical removal of soft tissue sarcomas.

“Cancer affects many people and pets, says Dr. Darin Collins, CHF Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We are encouraged by the quality and breadth of canine cancer studies that CHF is able to fund. Adopting new approaches to diagnose, treat and even prevent these devastating cancers will improve the health of current and future generations. of dogs and their people.”

To share the impact of this work, CHF-funded canine cancer research will be highlighted on social media and through educational webinars during Pet Cancer Awareness Month. More … than $17.5 million has been investing in canine cancer research since 1995 and CHF currently manages 48 active canine cancer research grants. Learn more about this important work at akcchf.org/caninecancer.

About CHF
Since 1995, the AKC Canine Health Foundation has relied on the power of science to meet the health needs of all dogs. With over $64.5 million in funding to date, the Foundation awards grants for the highest quality canine health research and shares information about discoveries that help prevent, treat and cure canine disease. The Foundation meets and exceeds industry standards for fiscal responsibility, as evidenced by its highest four-star Charity Navigator rating and Candid Platinum Seal of Transparency. Learn more about www.akcchf.org.

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Canine threat: Dogs bite in Amritsar : The Tribune India https://sotwmetal.com/canine-threat-dogs-bite-in-amritsar-the-tribune-india/ Thu, 28 Apr 2022 01:31:00 +0000 https://sotwmetal.com/canine-threat-dogs-bite-in-amritsar-the-tribune-india/ Amritsar, April 27 The magnitude of the stray dog ​​threat in the city can easily be gauged from the fact that an average of 15 cases of dog bites are reported daily to the Government Medical College Rabies Clinic. Victims should not apply haldi, oil, or chili peppers to the wound. This adds to skin […]]]>

Amritsar, April 27

The magnitude of the stray dog ​​threat in the city can easily be gauged from the fact that an average of 15 cases of dog bites are reported daily to the Government Medical College Rabies Clinic.

Victims should not apply haldi, oil, or chili peppers to the wound. This adds to skin irritation. Instead, wash the scratched or bitten area under running water for 15-20 minutes. Dr Rohit Batish, Manager, Rabies Clinic,

At the same time, there are many myths and misconceptions attached to the disease, which medical experts say only make the problem worse.

Rabies Clinic Manager Dr Rohit Batish said: “The first misconception is that rabies can only be caused by dog ​​bites. It can be caused by the bite of any animal – dog, cat, monkey or any other animal. He added that pet bites can also cause rabies.

Dr. Batish said dog bite victims should not apply haldi, oil or chili peppers to the wound. “This too is a misconception, which adds to skin irritation. Instead, wash the scratched or bitten area under running water for 15-20 minutes.

Medical experts say animal bites can be categorized into three forms. In the first category, where an animal has only licked, it does not require much attention. In the second category, where the animal has only scratched itself and no blood has come out, a rabies vaccine is required.

In the third category, where the bite has drawn blood, serum must be injected in addition to the rabies vaccine. “The serum is a ready-to-use antibody. It is given free of charge in public hospitals and should be obtained as soon as possible.

Dr Sanjeev Mahajan, head of the community medicine department, which runs the rabies clinic, said: “Rabies if left untreated is 100% fatal. Keep a safe distance from animals and seek immediate medical attention if bitten.

when to worry

  • If an animal has only licked, it does not require much attention
  • When the animal has only scratched and there has been no bleeding, it should be vaccinated against rabies
  • In the third category, where the bite has drawn blood, an injection of serum with a rabies vaccine is necessary. The serum is made up of ready-to-use antibodies. It is given free in public hospitals and should be obtained as soon as possible

fatal bites

  • April 26, 2021: Two-year-old Gursanjdeep was mauled to death by stray dogs in the village of Varpal, while playing outside his home
  • January 6, 2021: A 4-year-old girl, identified as Chanda, was mauled to death by stray dogs while playing near her accommodation in a rice mill near the village of Malawali on Airport Road
  • April 2, 2022: A 9-year-old Arsh was seriously injured while mutilated by stray dogs in Bhangoi village, near Mehta. The child was barely saved after neighbors responded to his cries for help when dogs dragged him into nearby fields and completely overtook him.


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NSG snipers, canine units: multi-layered security cover for PM Modi’s Fort Rouge event https://sotwmetal.com/nsg-snipers-canine-units-multi-layered-security-cover-for-pm-modis-fort-rouge-event/ Wed, 20 Apr 2022 01:00:58 +0000 https://sotwmetal.com/nsg-snipers-canine-units-multi-layered-security-cover-for-pm-modis-fort-rouge-event/ A multi-tiered security ring comprising over 1,000 members of the Delhi Police and forces from various agencies will be set up at the Red Fort from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation during the 400th Parkash Purab of Sikh Guru Tegh Bahadur in April. 21, officials said Tuesday. Over 100 CCTV cameras […]]]>

A multi-tiered security ring comprising over 1,000 members of the Delhi Police and forces from various agencies will be set up at the Red Fort from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation during the 400th Parkash Purab of Sikh Guru Tegh Bahadur in April. 21, officials said Tuesday.

Over 100 CCTV cameras have already been installed inside the Red Fort premises, including the spot from where PM Modi will address the nation.

Modi will also issue a commemorative coin and a postage stamp on this occasion.

Officials said the security network, comprising NSG snipers, SWAT commandos, kite catchers, canine units and snipers on high-rise buildings, would be deployed at the fort. Mughal era, and adherence to social distancing norms will be mandatory amid rising Covid cases in the capital.

“We have adequate security arrangements in place. We are coordinating with multiple security agencies to ensure that all arrangements are in place, even from an anti-sabotage perspective.

READ | PM Modi breaks with tradition and addresses the nation from Red Fort after sunset

“The historic monument has been completely secured with multi-level security features that we usually have during Independence Day. We also need to be extra vigilant due to the tense situation in Jahangirpuri hit by violence“said a senior police officer.

CCTV camera footage will be monitored around the clock in police control rooms in and around the Red Fort area, he said.

Officials said the agencies had been extremely vigilant and increased security near the historic landmark following the clash during a Hanuman Jayanti procession in the city’s Jahangirpuri district Saturday in which nine police officers and a civilian were injured.

Since then intensive patrols are being carried out, Central Armed Police Forces have already been deployed to sensitive areas in North Delhi – Chandni Mahal, Hauz Qazi and market areas – as a preventive measure to ensure that no incidents unfortunate from happening, the officials added.

“Our teams and the Delhi Police Branch Special Unit will also have their own teams providing strict surveillance. The force’s all-female SWAT team as always will be part of the security arrangements with the deployment of the PCR “’PRAKHAR’s vans will also be deployed for intensive patrols in and around the area according to the program schedule, the officer said.

According to the Union Ministry of Culture and Tourism, four hundred “ragis” (Sikh musicians) will perform in a “Shabad Kirtan” to mark the auspicious occasion, the ministry said.

The program will be organized by the ministry in conjunction with the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee.

Chief ministers of many states and several eminent personalities from across the country and abroad will participate in the celebrations

This program on the 400th Parkash Purab (birthday) of the Sikh Guru Tegh Bahadur is organized within the framework of the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav.


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The Santa Monica Dog Social Club called DOG PPL is called the Soho House for Dogs https://sotwmetal.com/the-santa-monica-dog-social-club-called-dog-ppl-is-called-the-soho-house-for-dogs/ Tue, 19 Apr 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://sotwmetal.com/the-santa-monica-dog-social-club-called-dog-ppl-is-called-the-soho-house-for-dogs/ SANTA MONICA, Calif. (KABC) — A members-only canine social club is taking Santa Monica by storm. “DOG PPL is a private dog park that essentially creates a safe space for dogs to have fun,” said co-founder Alexander Esguerra. Co-founders Liam Underwood and Alexander Esguerra met at a dog park five years ago. And since then, […]]]>
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (KABC) — A members-only canine social club is taking Santa Monica by storm.

“DOG PPL is a private dog park that essentially creates a safe space for dogs to have fun,” said co-founder Alexander Esguerra.

Co-founders Liam Underwood and Alexander Esguerra met at a dog park five years ago. And since then, they dreamed of one day opening their own dog park. Fast forward to September 2021, DOG PPL was born.

“It’s a safe space for dogs and the people who love them. The dogs are all vetted in terms of checking their veterinary records, we run them temperament tests, we make sure they’re suitable to the environment,” Underwood said.

For $80 a month, dogs can roam free, and their owners can enjoy free Wi-Fi, coffee, cocktails, and events.

“There are great events and everything. It’s such a great community. I try to come here about four to five days a week,” said member Brooke Harmon.

With nearly 80 people on the waiting list, it is nicknamed the “SoHo House for dogs”. But becoming a member is really based on the dog’s temperament.

The founders say they try to create the safest space possible for dogs in the city and plan to expand in the future to Austin, Miami and New York.

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Alpine rescuers: Swiss canine training for avalanche search teams https://sotwmetal.com/alpine-rescuers-swiss-canine-training-for-avalanche-search-teams/ Sat, 16 Apr 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://sotwmetal.com/alpine-rescuers-swiss-canine-training-for-avalanche-search-teams/ Dog Woya sits quietly next to his handler Karin Schmid, waiting for the next mission. “There was an avalanche. Two people are missing,” says Schmid, who runs an avalanche rescue dog training course in Switzerland. The avalanche she is talking about is just one exercise in a program to teach the canine team how to […]]]>

Dog Woya sits quietly next to his handler Karin Schmid, waiting for the next mission.

“There was an avalanche. Two people are missing,” says Schmid, who runs an avalanche rescue dog training course in Switzerland.

The avalanche she is talking about is just one exercise in a program to teach the canine team how to find people buried in the snow.

People die almost every year in avalanches and the Swiss Alpine Rescue is constantly ready to intervene in the event of an emergency.

Dogs play a key role in tracking the wilderness during natural disasters and other events where people have gone missing, being able to locate the lost much faster than humans, thanks to their powerful sense of smell.

But first, they have to learn how to locate climbers, skiers or snowboarders, find their gear and get their bags out.

Swiss dogs are trained at a ski resort while people ski and hang out, and only occasionally watch the canine students.

Karin Schmid, who leads the Swiss Alpine Rescue canine team, with Woya and Hope, two of the working dogs.

Hope, Zip, Eiwy, Lasko, Ria and Aru are concentrated, waiting their turn. Some are already working as avalanche rescue dogs, while others are still in training.

This is Woya’s fifth winter working on the Avalanche Rescue Team with Schmid and they have the routine in hand. Schmid gives the orders and Woya rushes over.

They go up and down, systematically traversing all the snowy space while pacing. “It’s very important that we proceed calmly and deliberately,” says Schmid.

Once Woya reaches a larger mound of snow, she begins to dig.

She checks to see if Schmid is watching, then continues scratching. Finally, she discovers another dog handler, hidden as part of the training.

“Karin and Woya did very well,” is the record. Woya receives a treat, while the next team takes their turn. Phased Learning

Dogs undergo four stages of exercise to hone their skills in finding people.

Initially, they search for the dog handler who is hidden in a mound of snow, but with the entrance left open so the dog can see where to run.

This access route to the mound is closed in the second difficulty stage, with only a small air hole left open. The dog digs its way to find the person who pretends to get lost.

On the third level, the dog handler and someone else hide in the hill, with the stranger lying in front of the dog handler so that the dog finds the stranger first.

Finally, only a stranger is hidden in the snow, while the dog handler sends the rescue dog to find the person and gives further orders.

Patience and care

It takes three years to form a rescue team, but even after that time they continue to train so that they are always ready in case of an accident where someone’s life is in danger.

“Not all dogs are suitable,” says Schmid. Rescue dogs should listen carefully to their human handlers. They must also be able to wait patiently. And they must be able to be transported by helicopter.

“And of course they must want to search in the snow. For dogs, it’s mostly a game. They do it because we then reward them with treats.

Once trained and ready to go, the human-canine team helps rescue teams search for people lost in accidents. They must act quickly in such cases. “We have to be ready within 10 minutes so the helicopter can pick us up,” Schmid says.

For many people, the image of a Saint Bernard comes to mind when thinking of an alpine rescue dog. This image is partly due to Barry, a Saint Bernard who became famous for helping many people in the Swiss mountains. Barry lived over 200 years ago and is now in the Swiss Museum of Natural History in Bern.

The Swiss Alpine Rescue team has no St-Bernard among its trainees. “They are way too big to work as rescue dogs, says Schmid. A rescue dog ideally weighs between 15 and 45 kg. If they’re too heavy, they sink into the snow, according to Schmid. In addition, dog handlers must be able to transport the dogs, if they have to take a helicopter for example.

On the other hand, dogs that are too small won’t be able to make enough progress in deep snow, says Schmid. – dpa/Mariana Friedrich


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Hobbs sees ‘dramatic’ outbreak of canine distemper https://sotwmetal.com/hobbs-sees-dramatic-outbreak-of-canine-distemper/ Fri, 08 Apr 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://sotwmetal.com/hobbs-sees-dramatic-outbreak-of-canine-distemper/ LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) – The town of Hobbs is experiencing a large outbreak of canine distemper centered around the Hobbs Animal Adoption Center (HAAC). On March 10, the city issued a public service announcement regarding an outbreak of canine distemper at the HAAC. Local staff and vets have since attempted to rid the center of […]]]>

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) – The town of Hobbs is experiencing a large outbreak of canine distemper centered around the Hobbs Animal Adoption Center (HAAC).

On March 10, the city issued a public service announcement regarding an outbreak of canine distemper at the HAAC. Local staff and vets have since attempted to rid the center of the disease, but have been unable to control the rapidly increasing infections.

The HAAC will be closed for the next seven to 10 days to perform thorough cleaning and disinfection, perform blood tests on all dogs and isolate those exposed. The city said it will humanely euthanize any dogs that test positive for distemper.

Canine distemper is incredibly contagious, spread through exposure to air or sharing food and water, and cannot be cured. Although not always fatal, the disease will cause lifelong neurological effects.

Symptoms of distemper include runny eyes and nose, fever, cough, lethargy, decreased appetite and vomiting. Later symptoms can cause convulsions, drooling, convulsions, and paralysis.

The city is urging dog owners to have their dogs vaccinated against distemper. Vaccines are more than 90% effective in preventing distemper, according to veterinary experts. Contact a veterinarian if your dog begins to show signs of distemper.

The city has also warned against interacting with stray dogs. If you find a stray dog, leave it where it is and contact the Hobbs Town Animal Protection Department.

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