I.C.A.R.E. (Into Canine Adoption, Rehabilitation and Education) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, all breed, no kill dog rescue. We rescue dogs at risk of being euthanized from shelters as well as abandoned, abused, and stray dogs. We also rescue many owner surrendered dogs; dogs that can no longer remain in their current homes due to financial or personal issues. I.C.A.R.E. Dog Rescue is dedicated to reducing the number of dogs that are euthanized in our shelters each and everyday. We focus on rescuing and rehabilitating them in loving foster homes until they are adopted into their permanent homes. We also focus on educating the public regarding specific breeds, rescue, and general information regarding the canine species. We are a 100% volunteer run and supported organization that cannot survive without the help of loving fosters, volunteers, and benefactors. Please contact us if you wish to contribute in any way.
No bad dogs, just bad owners?
Isn't that letting the four-legged, tail-wagging set off easy?
Not really, says Jody Diehl, a certified dog trainer and behavior counselor with a Capital Region business called Dog’s Best Friend.
Dogs act like dogs, she says. And when we humans forget that, we fail to get along.
Here are four types of dog owners, what their actions say to their dogs, and how to get the results they desire in a positive way that works for both man and beast.
The Dreamer thinks dogs come programmed to live with humans.
“People expect their dog to sit and look cute on the hearth rug,” Diehl says. “Without training, they’re not going to do that. Dogs’ needs have to be met for the rest of us to have any sanity.”
The Spoiler looks into a furry face and can’t say no. It’s not about buying loads of toys and snacks. Puppy love is no crime
The Dominator is a dog owner who thinks he needs to establish himself as the “alpha” in the dog-human relationship.
Traditionally, dominators will say they can never let a dog go through the door before them or they won’t let the dog eat until they’ve eaten first.
Much like the Dreamer gives a dog more credit than he should, the Confuser thinks the dog has built-in smarts to differentiate between when it’s OK to do something and when it’s not.
The Confuser is the owner who pats his chest, inviting his dog to jump up for a “hug,” and then gets angry when Fido does the same thing to Grandma and knocks her right out of her orthopedic shoes.
Dog eye conditions Eyelid diseases
- Ectropion (eyelid folding outward) is a common condition in dogs, usually affecting the lower lid. Breeds associated with ectropion include the Cocker Spaniel, the St. Bernard, the Bloodhound, and the Basset Hound.
- Entropion (eyelid folding inward) is a common condition in dogs, especially the Chow Chow, Shar Pei, St. Bernard, and Cocker Spaniel. Upper lid entropion involves the eyelashes rubbing on the eye, but the lower lid usually has no eyelashes, so hair rubs on the eye. Surgical correction is used in more severe cases.
- Distichia (including ectopic cilia) is an eyelash that arises from an abnormal spot on the eyelid. Distichiae usually cause no symptoms because the lashes are soft, but they can irritate the eye and cause tearing, squinting, inflammation, and corneal ulcers.
- Chalazion* is a granuloma that forms in the eyelid due to blocked secretions from the Meibomian gland. Inflammation of the eyelid may result.
- Trichiasis in dogs is hair from the eyelid growing in the wrong direction and rubbing on the eye, causing irritation. It usually occurs at the lateral upper eyelid, especially in the English Cocker Spaniel
- Cataracts are an opacity in the lens of the eye. Most cataracts in dogs are caused by a genetic predisposition, but diabetes mellitusis also a common cause. The only effective treatment is surgical removal. At present, a new drug is being tested that may prevent the formation of cataracts in diabetic dogs and to reverse early cataract formation.
- Lens luxation is a displacement of the lens from its normal position. Terrier breeds are predisposed.
- Nuclear sclerosis is a consistent finding in dogs greater than seven years old. Nuclear sclerosis appears as a bilateral bluish-grey haziness at the nucleus, or center of the lens. Many people get this confused with Cataracts, and that is not the case. Many people also think the dog loses its vision, but the dogs can actually see quite well.
- Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) is a genetic disease of the retina that occurs bilaterally and is seen in certain breeds of dogs. It causes progressive vision loss culminating in blindness.
- Retinal dysplasia is an eye disease affecting the retina of dogs. It is usually a nonprogressive disease and can be caused by viral infections, drugs, vitamin A deficiency, or genetics. Retinal dysplasia is characterized by folds or rosettes (round clumps) of the retinal tissue.
- Sudden acquired retinal degeneration (SARD) is a disease in dogs causing sudden blindness. It can occur in any breed. The cause is unknown, but possibly involves eitherautoimmune disease, a toxin, or Cushing's disease. Symptoms include sudden permanent blindness, dilated pupils, and loss of the pupillary light reflex.
- Retinal detachment is caused in dogs by genetic disorders such as retinal dysplasia or Collie eye anomaly, trauma, inflammation or cancer. Reattachment may occur spontaneously or with medical or surgical therapy.
- Corneal dystrophy is a condition characterized by bilateral, noninflammatory opacity of the cornea. It appears as grayish white lines, circles, or clouding of the cornea. Corneal dystrophy can also have a crystalline appearance.
- Corneal ulcer, or ulcerative keratitis, is an inflammatory condition of the cornea involving loss of its outer layer. They are caused by trauma, detergent burns, and infections. Other eye conditions can cause corneal ulcers, such as entropion, distichia, corneal dystrophy, and keratoconjunctivitis sicca.
- Florida keratopathy an eye condition characterized by the presence of multiple spots within both corneas. In the United States, it is found most commonly in the southeastern part of the country.
- Pannus is a form of superficial keratitis, or inflammation of the cornea, found most commonly in German Shepherd Dogs, Greyhounds, and Siberian Huskies.
- Collie eye anomaly (CEA) is a congenital, inherited, bilateral eye disease of dogs involving the retina, choroid, and sclera. It can be a mild disease or cause blindness. It is known to occur in Smooth and Rough Collies, Shetland Sheepdogs, Australian Shepherds, Border Collies, and Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers.
- Cherry eye is the term used to refer to canine nictitans gland prolapse, a common eye condition in various dog breeds where the gland of the third eyelid prolapses and becomes visible.
- Glaucoma is an increase of pressure within the eye. It is a common condition in dogs. It can be caused by abnormal development of the drainage angle of the eye, lens luxation, uveitis, or cancer. Cocker Spaniels, Poodles, and Basset Hounds are predisposed.
- Ocular Melanosis (OM) is a disease of the eye which in dogs is almost found exclusively in the Cairn Terrier. The disease is caused by an increase of melanocytes in the iris, sclera, and surrounding structures.
- Keratoconjunctivitis sicca (dry eye) is common in dogs. Symptoms include eye redness, a yellow or greenish discharge, ulceration of the cornea, pigmented cornea, and blood vessels on the cornea.
- Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada syndrome is a condition seen in dogs characterized by uveitis (inflammation of the inside of the eye), poliosis(whitening of hair), and vitiligo (loss of pigment in the skin).
- Conjunctivitis is inflammation of the conjunctiva. In dogs it is most commonly caused by mechanical irritation (such as by entropion,ectropion, or trichiasis), allergies, and keratoconjunctivitis sicca. Any bacterial infection is usually secondary.
- Eye proptosis is a condition resulting in forward displacement and entrapment of the eye from behind by the eyelids. It is a common result of head trauma in dogs. Most commonly it occurs in brachycephalic (short nosed) breeds.
- Horner's syndrome results from damage to the sympathetic innervation of the eye. Signs include enophthalmos (sunken eye), miosis(small pupil), elevated third eyelid, and ptosis (drooping of the upper eyelid). Usually the syndrome in dogs is idiopathic, but it can also be caused by trauma, tumors, or ear infections.
- Optic neuritis is inflammation of the optic nerves. In dogs this is most commonly caused by granulomatous meningoencephalitis or infection.
- Persistent pupillary membrane is a condition of the eye involving remnants of a fetal membrane that persist as strands of tissue crossing the pupil.
- Uveitis* is inflammation within the eye. Anterior uveitis (inflammation of the iris and ciliary body) is most common in dogs. The disease is usually immune-mediated in dogs, but may also be caused by trauma, cataracts, infectious canine hepatitis, leptospirosis, ehrlichiosis, or systemic fungal infections.
- Asteroid hyalosis is a degenerative condition of the eye involving small white opacities in the vitreous humor. The cause is unknown.
- Synchysis scintillans is a degenerative condition of the eye resulting in liquified vitreous humor and the accumulation of cholesterol crystals within the vitreous.
- Iris cysts are small hollow structures either attached to the iris of the eye or floating free in the anterior chamber.
- Imperforate lacrimal punctum is a congenital disorder of dogs involving the lack of an opening to the nasolacrimal duct (tear duct) in the conjunctiva.
- Exophthalmos is a normal condition in brachycephalic (short nosed) dog breeds because of the shallow orbit. However, it can lead tokeratitis secondary to exposure of the cornea.
Animals should eat as nature intended. Paleo Nutrition
Dr Lyn Thomson - Paleo for dogs
It is not only humans that thrive on a diet that they evolved to eat. Domestic pets do too. Today’s Sunday Star Times profiled local Auckland Vet Dr Lyn Thomson, (Raw Essentials
) and her drive to encourage cat and dog owners to feed them food like they would eat in the wild, rather than processed pet food. Not surprisingly pets too suffer similar health issues to our own when fed pet food that contain grains, high carbohydrates, fatty acid deficiencies, flavour enhancers and preservatives, that that they are ill-equipped to digest. The result: problems such as leaky gut, food allergies, itchy skin
, malabsorption, immune dysfunction, autoimmune disease, behavioral disorders, joint pain and urinary tract disease.
Source: Julianne's Paleo and Zone Nutrition Blog
Visit the site for her take on nutrition. Another good article by Greg Ninness featuring Dr Lyn Thomson's views: Pets relish call of the wild
...say no to the cone of shame!
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Provizor Proudly support our friends at German Shepherd Dog Rescue
Provizor believe strongly in the well-being of this wonderful breed of dog.
That is why we feature German Shepherds heavily on this site. The following information is taken from the website of our friends at GSDR in the UK...
ABOUT US...GSDR is a organisation dedicated to the rescue, short term fostering and long-term re-homing of German Shepherd Dogs. Unwanted GSD's are found new homes through its placement scheme which carefully matches up rescued Shepherds with their potential new owners. Owners, new and old, are provided with any support and guidance they may need.
The rescue is run by a dedicated group of volunteers with a love of German Shepherds, giving their time and devotion to the welfare of this wonderful breed. We do not have our own kennels (yet) so any urgent dogs that come into our care are either fostered or have to be put into commercial boarding kennels until a new home is found. We cover the whole of the UK.
Dogs come to us for various reasons, not only are there the kind of cruelty cases we all hear about in the media, but there are also less obvious causes such as relationship breakdowns, changing work commitments, having to move to accommodation unsuitable for dogs, the owner passing away or family members developing an allergy to dogs. Sadly we often find dogs that are no longer wanted simply because they are old and infirm. It is a pity that so few of the many people who want puppies never consider such "golden oldies", but whatever the reason that leads to a dog coming to us, we try to establish a successful outcome for both the dog and its new owners. All dogs are assessed by an experienced volunteer before placing with a new owner.
Our hope is that through the use of our website we will be able to further raise awareness of the plight of unwanted GSDs, reaching a wider audience than we have previously been able to and explain a little of what we do and how we work. German Shepherd Dog Rescue. has become increasingly more successful, re-homing around 500+ dogs per year with very limited resources. Our goal is to have our own kennels where we can house urgent, sick and difficult dogs until new homes are found for them.
If you think you could offer one of our orphans a good home, please contact us. If you cannot rehome a dog but would like to help, you could send a donation or assist with other fund raising activities.
Rakim the White Swiss Shepherd wearing his Optivizor