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but also are our dogs, make sure they're on a chain/rope, or you're keeping an eye on them, or have no escape routes from your fenced in areas.

seeing someone hit-and-run a dog on a highway, and then being the person to call the number on the collar...

Low cost vet

Wow, we are kinda slow here. I have a question about low cost veternary spay for cats. A friend of mine adopted a kitten who is now in heat. The Humane Society will only do it if you have a Forward Card. Do any of you know of any low cost alternatives?

Dog Fest!

Have a dog? Want a dog? Want to foster or otherwise volunteer with dogs?

DOGFEST 2009
Sunday June 14
10:00am-3:00pm
Angell Park Speedway
Free Admission and Parking!
http://www.angellpark.com/images/2009_Dog_Fest_Brochure.pdf

I'll be there with Madison Mutts (all-breed dog rescue). Come get your dog's nails trimmed for a buck donation per paw!
Hi, my name is Gabby & I’m looking for a human who will be mine forever. Everyone who meets me tells me that I’m beautiful (and boy are they right!) but my real beauty comes from within. I’m just a sweetheart in a big goofy body. I love meeting new people & dogs – my whole body wags in enthusiasm - so it would be great if you have another dog who can be my brother or sister and give me plenty of chances to meet new people who will love me and pet me like I deserve.

You may be wondering why I need a new home, well, I’ll tell you. I used to have a family, but somehow we got separated. No one is sure how but I ended up as a stray. Luckily for me I ended up in a foster home and that’s where I’ve been living for the last four months. Now my foster mom says I’m ready to find my forever home. My mom thinks I’m pretty special and wants me to find just the right person to go home with.

My perfect match is an active person who wants to be outside as much as I do. I’m eight months old and have a TON of energy! I love to take long walks, my mom & I usually go out for about 45 minutes twice a day. I’m especially fond of following my nose, so nice leisurely walks where I can sniff to my heart’s content are the best. Running is one of my favorite activities so please have a fenced in yard where I can play fetch and race!

Everyone has their quirks and I’m no exception. I’m very protective of my food, rawhides, and extra –special toys. Because of this I may not go home with any children although I’m very friendly to children I meet while out and about. My foster mom has been working with me on these issues and I’ve gotten better but my new owner will need to continue this work and also understand that these issues will require lifelong management. If you are a first time dog owner I’m probably not for you, but if you are experienced and willing to work with me I will shower you with love and affection and you can know you have truly given an amazing dog a second chance!

If you’ve think we were made for each other, here’s what you need to know… I’m spayed, up to date on my vaccinations, and even microchipped. I am super smart and already know how to sit, lay down, shake, and wait, plus I’m housetrained! My foster mom would love to talk to you and tell you all about me! Please be prepared to provide references and let my mom visit your home – she just wants to make sure that both of us are getting what we need to be healthy and happy. Also please be realistic about the right dog for you. I am a wonderful girl but I am a handful! My foster mom & I have taken a training class (wow that was fun!) and I will definitely need to go through another class with you. We should also see a behaviorist so you can learn the right tools to help me become the best dog I can be.

Are you hooked yet? Please email my mom if you want to learn more. She’d like to know a little about you too – tell us about your family, your schedule, any other pets you have, your dog experience, why you’d like to adopt me, and what training methods you would use to help me learn. I can’t wait to find my new family – I hope you’re it!

P.S. my mom is asking for a small adoption fee in the form of a donation to Dane County Humane Society, she can tell you more about it when you get in touch. You can email her at kkbshops at gmail dot com or 443-7188.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
10:00am - 2:00pm

Madison Mutts Training Center
4444 Robertson Rd (near Woodman's East)
Madison, WI
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We are excited to announce Madison Mutts Dog Training! Our new indoor training facility will provide the Madison community with a new place to help better the relationships with their canine companions.

Class Demonstrations, Adoption and Volunteer information and of course adoptable dogs!
Food and Refreshments on Site. (we’re grilling out!)
Children and Dogs are of course welcome.

Come check us out and see why we are the greatest place to train your dog!

608 244 5117
info@madisonmutts.org

kitty litter

I've only been through 2 pet stores here, but I've noticed that they carry a lot of brands of kitty litter I've never heard of or seen before. I've been using Arm & Hammer since I got my cat because it seems to do a reasonable job of controlling odor and clumping, though I could imagine a better product out there (clumps that don't fall apart, odor control without perfumes).
Anyone use any of those not so national brands and like them? My cat is pretty non-picky, so really it's what works well for me that matters.

Holistic/alternative pet healers?

Hi everyone,

Can anyone recommend a good holistic pet healer in the Madison area?  I've seen them other places, but not here.  Perhaps I'm not looking in the right place.  Any and all help is appreciated!  Thanks.

A very helpful link

Someone on my f-list posted a link to this *incredibly* helpful (and detailed) site which gives some valuable pointers/guidance on what to do if your cat goes missing:

Tips for finding lost and missing pets

I thought others might be interested.

before and after

I promised pics of Star before and after grooming and here they are:

(Excuse the poor quality. All I have is a camera phone...)

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Star - after groomingCollapse )

props!

I have to give mad, mad props to U Dirty Dog pet grooming service. The first place we called didn't have an opening til the 16th. We called UDD on Friday and got an appt for Sunday. Their groomer called in sick so we didn't get it done then, but they rescheduled us for this afternoon and showed up early. Awesome. It took a little coercion to actually get Star into the van, but when she emerged she looked like a completely different dog. The groomer was super-nice and did an absolutely fantastic job. Considering Star had been rolling in mud and tree sap, it can't have been easy.
Excellent service and an excellent job. Never having had a pet groomed before, I can't compare pricing (it was about $90 for a 75-80 pound dog with wash, clip, and shave), but it was *so* totally worth it 'cause I have emerged from long-haired-black-dog vacuum hell.
When I get pics, I'll post a before and after (though the before is from awhile ago before there was mud and tree sap and things to roll in and before she started REALLY shedding).
So, yeah. I totally recommend them!