Sunday, January 19, 2014

Tis the Second Season

It's that time of year again when we get super busy with all the FUNdraisers and events. We get to meet new people and see new places and we all act like puppies at the park for the first time.


 I'm so excited that our first event is the 

for Monty's Home, this group does a lot of great things and it's something fun to be part of.
Feb 16, 2014 11-4
533 Nutt Street, Wilmington, NC


This will be CCBTR’s 2nd year at the pet expo and we do hope you will join us.  We need volunteers to make this event a huge success for the dogs!

Barbara Raab is one of those people who turned a heartbreaking experience, the death of her beloved dog Monty, into a positive experience for hundreds of people and dogs. Barbara opened Monty’s home which provides service to human and canine alike. 


For pet owners losing a dog is losing a family member, dogs provide love and comfort that can’t be equaled. Volunteers with the Rainbow Bridge Journey services help people through pet illness, end of life issues and the grieving process. 

In 2008 Monty’s home started Pawsitive Partners Prison Program the first companion dog prison training program in Southeastern North Carolina. Prisoners and shelter dogs alike are screened for the program, through different screening methods I assure you.  The prisoners are not evaluated for food and toy aggression.  The dogs then live at the prison and receive training daily using only positive reinforcement. This program has proven many times over to be hugely beneficial to both human and canine alike who may have felt that they were thrown away.  After graduation the dogs are available for adoption.




Monday, October 7, 2013

How dogs prepare you for parenthood

I once saw in a movie how people in 12-step programs are told to get a plant, keep it alive for 6 months, then get a dog; after another 6 months they can start dating. Why, because dogs prepare you for parenthood the way no other creature can.

The typical day in the life of a pet parent starts early: let the dog out to go pee. If they happen to be puppies or a new dog, this can also involve following them around waiting for them to do their business in the wee hours of the morning so that you can give them praise in the hopes they won’t perform the same act in the house.

Then you make yourself a cup of coffee or tea, or some other caffeinated beverage to jump-start your brain. While you fix your cup, you wonder why you didn’t do this before you went outside with the dog.

You manage to feed the dog while not spilling your coffee into their food bowl, because heaven knows the dog has enough energy first thing in the morning and should be sharing it with you.

You attempt to dress for work and let dog outside to run one more time before attempting to crate it and bolting out the door.
Remember to buy lots of lint removers, or like one friend does, buy clothes the color of your dog; she wears a lot of beige to match her golden retrievers hair.

Where are the dog treats?

Who would take the dog treats off the counter? What is the box doing in the bathroom? Oh yeah, that’s right, you had to bathe it last night after a run-in with something smelly.
The box is empty, but that was a brand new box, as you feel eyes upon you and see a droopy head and guilty expression. Yes, you know what I’m talking about, those sad eyes that promise with so much emotion to never do “that” again.

Cursing all the way to the kitchen, you throw the box in the trash and reach for lunchmeat or a cheese slice to tempt the guilty dog into crate. Finally, you lock the crate, grab your keys, and run for the door. STOP, you forgot to turn on the TV so he’ll have something to listen to while you are gone. Okay, now you head for the car. WAIT! You forgot your lunch and more coffee.

Finally out of the driveway and on to work… Yeah! You made it through another morning.

When you return home after a long day, you take a deep breath as you walk to your door. Did he escape? Is there a mess? What will you find behind that door? You slowly open the door, He is still in his crate and very happy to see you.No mess to clean up today.

As your puppy follows your every step in the kitchen, waiting for anything to fall to the floor, you go through the list of what you’re cooking so you know what he can have when it hits the floor and what you have to stop him from grabbing.

Dinner time. There are two schools of thought on this: one is to feed your dog while you are eating and the other is to feed your dog after. The reasons vary, but if you eat first then feed your dog, that establishes the pack order that dogs need. This is one philosophy I buy into wholeheartedly. I have seen many foster puppies do wonderfully as soon as they realize where they fit in the pack order. But while your dog waits to be fed, he will once again give you those sad eyes and stare at every bite you take or lie under the table hoping you forget he is there so he can grab anything that falls. All that staring and drooling is really tough work.

Walking is a great way to bond and relax with your dog. Plus it has the added benefit of exercise for both of you. Walking is also a great to teach your puppy, just remember, you are in charge, not the dog.

Ahhh, the dog has been fed, walked, gone outside, rewarded, and now you’re ready to relax. Now you can curl up on the couch and watch TV while your pooch plays with a toy. Nope, you are the toy. The next thing you know you’ve missed your favorite show crawling around on the floor to get the toy out from under the table or couch, playing tug or fetch, giving belly rubs, cleaning ears, clipping toenails, or putting the stuffing back into his favorite toy.

Think a shower will be relaxing? Not with him scratching at the door. He wants in. He doesn’t want a bath, he’s just wondering what you’re doing and why you aren’t paying attention to him. And it’s not just when you are taking a shower.

Finally, you hit the couch for some TV for real this time and he curls up next to you in a ball and falls asleep. And you realize there is nothing better than a sleeping dog. How could you not love the little guy? And then he farts.

Monday, August 19, 2013


Meet Binx, a senior dog that seems to have been through it all. Now, the only thing this sweet senior guy wants is a forever home to call his own.
Binx was picked up as a stray in Eastern North Carolina. When the shelter called CCBTR they told us that this guy seemed to be in pretty rough shape. He had a hole in his ear the size of a pencil hole. His teeth were ground down close to his gums. His face and head were covered in injuries that appeared to be from fighting. His right eye had been surgically removed and he doesn’t seem to see very well out of the left eye.
Everyone assumed that he would also have a “bad” attitude. Not so. Binx is a loving, sweet dog that really wants to please his people. He is fine with female dogs but is apprehensive about male dogs. These attributes make us think that, at some time in his life, Binx lived with people who loved him and cared for him.
So what happened to this boy? We just don’t know. Was he a bait dog? His fear or apprehension with male dogs makes this seem likely. Did he get lost from his people? Did he get stolen from his people? We just don’t know.
What we do know about Binx is that he is a good, good boy. He has adjusted well to foster care. His foster Mom says that he has learned his routine very well and even “puts himself to bed” (in his crate) at the same time each evening.
Binx is house trained but still requires guidance. He keeps his bed dry all night, he knows how to use the doggie door in his foster home, and if taken out on a consistent basis he does not have accidents in the house.
Do you, or someone you know, have the love and compassion to give this guy a chance at happiness for the rest of his life? If you do, please fill out an adoption application for Binx. He’s waiting to hear all about you.


Bryce is a beautiful 8 yr old Boston terrier that was turned into the shelter by his family.

Did you have bacon?
Bryce loves his people and has a strong desire to please them.  He is tolerant and playful with subtle, submissive dogs that do not challenge him.  He prefers female dogs to males.  What we have learned about Bryce while he has been in foster dog care is that he is fearful of dogs that challenge him or try to engage him.  He is fearful of dogs that are excited or display dominant behaviors. 

Bryce is currently undergoing professional behavior training on site at a training facility.  This training will help alleviate his fear of other dogs and enable him to live peacefully in a forever home with a human that acts as his pack-leader.  

Although Bryce is a normal, playful and loving BT in all other ways, he will never be the dog that does well at a dog park or enjoys shopping in Petsmart.  However, Bryce IS the dog that will love his family and be loyal to them forever.  Bryce would love a fenced yard where he can wander peacefully enjoying the sun knowing that his yard is his safe place.    

We are looking for a very special home for Bryce.  ARE YOU this home?

Monday, August 5, 2013

Ty, the adorable adoptable retriever mix.

Yea he's definitely not a Boston but he needs a home and who am I to be turn down a dog in need. 

Ty is a very sweet dog, came right too my friend and hopped right up into the car. He does great with other dogs, good with kids, is calm but loves to give kisses and stand on his hind legs to say hello.

He does have separation anxiety and is currently trying out meds ($32/mo) to help calm him down when his people leave. Only gets into trouble when he is left alone, then he becomes a professional escape artist. He absolutely does not like to be locked in small spaces.

 He will need someone who can spend a lot of time with him. When he's around his people he has wonderful manners and is a very good boy. He will not run away off leash but he will wander when curious. He will be neutered on August 19th, is currently taking Trifexis, and was treated for round worms.

He is also being treated for ehrlichia, which is a tick born illness. If money permits, we will be doing a blood panel to make sure it hasn't affected his kidneys or other organs. Also, the vet says he's approximately two years old.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Are you ready for the storm?

Yea this one is loooooong but we have seen so many cries for help after devastating weather events that I had to say something. Here on the east coast we watch the weather men make fools of themselves as soon as there's a swirl in the Atlantic, other parts of the country don't have the advance warning.
Here's a list of things that will help us all no matter where we live, we just adapt to our own unique part of the country. 


A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:
Printable Emergency Plans
• Water; one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days for drinking and sanitation
• Store drinking water in clean bathtubs, jugs, bottles and cooking utensils.
• Food; at least a three day supply of non-perishable food
• Battery-powered radio and extra batteries
• Flashlight and extra batteries
• First aid kit
• Whistle to signal for help
• Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
• Manual can opener for food
• Local maps
• Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

To Do For Your Fur Babies as soon as you gather your emergency kits.

•Contact multiple hotels within a targeted safe zone and find out their pet policy.  Be sure to ask about their policies in evacuation situations.
•Ask about any restrictions on number, size, and species.
•Inquire if the "no pet" policies would be waived in an emergency.
•Keep a list of animal-friendly places handy, and call ahead for a reservation as soon as you think you might have to leave your home.
•Online resources for pet-friendly hotels:

Additional items to gather as storm grows closer include

• Prescription medications and glasses
•Write down your pets’ feeding schedules, medical conditions and behavior issues in case you need to board them.
•Keep your veterinarian’s name and number with you.  A business card works great.
•Make sure to have photos of you and your pets, to help identify them in case of separation and to prove ownership.  Microchips are still the best method of permanent identification.
• Infant formula and diapers
• Pet food and extra water for your pet

5 days worth of food for each pet, bowls and a can opener if you are using canned food.
Dry food – 1 cup per 20-25 lbs of pet is a rough estimate.
Water: (per day amounts)
                   Dog                                                         Cats
30 lbs  ¼ gallon    (4 cups),                Small Cats       1 cup
60 lbs  ½ gallon    (8 cups),               Medium Cat    2 cups

90 lbs  ¾ gallon  (12 cups)                Large Cat         3 cups

• Cash or traveler’s checks and change
• Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container.  I have a 3 ring binder with page protectors that stays in my safe unless I evacuate.
• Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
   Comfort items - blankets bed and toys if convenient, to reduce stress for each pet
• Carriers – for safe transport of pets and to prevent escape.
   Pillowcases - you should have a pillowcase for each cat and small dog to aid in capture and control.
•Leashes and harnesses – to maintain control of your pets when they are under stress.
• Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes
• Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted, nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant.
• Fire extinguisher
• Matches in a waterproof container
• Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
• Paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
• Paper and pencil
• Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
Stocking up now on emergency supplies can add to your family’s safety and comfort during and after a disaster. Store enough supplies for at least three days, preferably seven days, in one place.

If You Evacuate:

Take your emergency supplies kit.
Have a place to go, such as the home of a family member or friend, motel or shelter. When possible, evacuating within your county reduces the chance of being stranded in traffic and shortens your time to return home. Notify family or friends of your plans, when you are leaving and where your are going.
Fill your car with gas. Take only the vehicle you will need to get you and your family to safety. This helps to reduce the amount of traffic on the roads.
Bring extra cash. Banks may be closed, ATMs may not work.
Enact your pet plan.
Bring important family documents in a waterproof container.
Secure your home.
Bring toys, books and games for entertainment.
Bring pillows and blankets. Also, bring rain gear and sturdy shoes.
Map out your route. Be familiar with your area’s evacuation routes.
Don’t panic, arrive safely at your destination.
After the storm is over, listen to local officials for further instructions.

Take care even after the disaster.

   There are many dangers following a disaster, some of which are on the ground and in locations our pets are more likely to visit than us.  Be sure to scout out any area your pet will be investigating.
•Don't allow your pets to roam loose. Familiar landmarks and smells might be gone, and your pet may be disoriented.
•While you assess the damage, keep dogs on leashes and cats in carriers inside the house. If your house is damaged, your pets could escape.
•Be patient with your pets after a disaster. Try to get them back into their normal routines as soon as possible. Be ready for behavioral problems caused by the stress of the situation. If these problems persist, or if your pet seems to be having any health problems, talk to your veterinarian.
•If your community has been flooded, search your home and yard for wild animals who may have sought refuge there. Stressed wildlife can pose a threat to you and your pet.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

PetMD What is it?

 What is Pet MD

  Pet news and recall alerts

The recall section shows chronological list of pet (not just dog) food and treat recalls. If you click on any of them you get a detailed list of what was recalled, by whom, why and contact information for questions and concerns.


The Daily Vet is a blog featuring veterinarians from all walks of life. Every week they will tackle entertaining, interesting, and sometimes difficult topics in the world of animal medicine – all in the hopes that their unique insights and personal experiences will help you to better understand your pets.

Purely Puppy featuring Dr. Lisa Radosta is the perfect blog for puppy parents.

Dog and Cat Nutrition Nuggets  are the newest offshoot of petMD’s Nutrition Center, a joint venture made up of the talents behind Hill’s Pet Nutrition and the medical information authorities of PetMD.

Healthy Assurance’s mission, featuring Dr. Doug Kenney,  is simple: To provide pet owners with unbiased, reliable, helpful, and timely information on pet insurance from a veterinarian’s perspective.

 Symptom checkers (just like WebMD)

 I did this with the symptoms of my Mollie's incident. Drooling, trouble eating and lack of appetite. I got a range of possibilities that could make the sanest pet parent a quasi hypochondriac. Not that it's a bad thing but, like with the WebMD symptom checker, use your knowledge of your dog to go with the information.

Online pet parenting classes
There are about 15 different classes listed that range from nutrition to training to exercise and socialization.  These are all great for first time pet owners or as refresher courses where even experienced owners can learn new tricks.

Health Articles
On the main page is a few of the most common pet health articles on the site with a list of thousands more. You can look them up by condition or name and there are more listed than a pet parent would need to read at once.

I really like the layout and information that is available, I think  pet parents will really like this site.