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Tails from the Front Line

Official Blog of Guardian Angels for Soldier's Pet

Happy birthday to our April birthdays!

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Put on your party hats and bring out the birthday cake, it’s time to celebrate!  We would like to wish a very Happy Birthday to the following volunteer who celebrates a birthday in the month of April:

  • Linda Spurlin-Dominik, CEO (April 9)

May all your birthday wishes come true!

Thank you for everything you do and hope you have a wonderful day!

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Happy anniversary to our April anniversaries!

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We would like to wish a very Happy Anniversary to the volunteer who celebrates an anniversary during the month of April:

4/8 – Laurie S., OH Foster Coordination Liaison – 3 years
THANK YOU for everything you do and wish you a great day!
We truly appreciate your dedication and hard work in helping our military service members and their beloved pets.

Cat Friendly Foster Home Needed: Maryland

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(left – Simba, right – Sabre)

In and around Joppa, MD needed by July 5, 2018 – Deploying service member has two beloved kitties:

  • “Sabre” – 10-year-old male Domestic Long Hair, neutered, current on vaccinations, FeLV Test-Negative, litter box trained, good with other animals and kids over 6.
  • “Simba” 10 year old male Domestic Short Hair, neutered, current on vaccinations, FeLV Test Negative, litter box trained, good with other animals and kids over 6 –

Foster term anticipated up to nine months. If you are interested in caring for these beloved kitties visit https://guardianangelsforsoldierspet.org/ways-to-get-involved/fostering/ to learn what is expected and submit requested info via our “Foster Home Application” toward end of the page. Please share with others who may be interested in helping.

Cat Friendly Foster Home Needed: Colorado

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In and around Colorado Springs, CO needed by April 16, 2018 – Deploying service member has beloved kitty:

“Clarence Whiskers” 1-year old-male, “Domestic Long Hair” kitty, neutered, current on vaccinations, FeLV negative, litter box trained, not declawed but owner uses “kitty caps” when Clarence loves to ride on your shoulders. No allergies and not special needs, good around other animals and kids over 6-years-old.

Foster term anticipated up to 13 months. If you are interested in caring for these beloved kitties visit https://guardianangelsforsoldierspet.org/ways-to-get-involved/fostering/ to learn what is expected and submit requested info via our “Foster Home Application” toward the end of the page. Please share with others who may be interested in helping.

Cat Friendly Foster Home Needed: California

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(left- Nahla, right – Bosco)

In and around Sacramento, CA needed by March 15, 2018 – Deploying service member has two beloved kitties:

  • “Bosco”, 5-year-old Bengal male, neutered, current on vaccinations, FeLV-Negative, good with other animals and kids over age of 6, litter box trained, special needs – FLUTD managed with diet and medications.
  • “Nahla”, 6-year-old female, spayed, current on vaccinations, litter box trained, no special needs, good with other animals and kids over age of 6.

We are trying to keep these furbabies together in same home. Foster term anticipated up to nine months. If you are interested in caring for these beloved kitties visit https://guardianangelsforsoldierspet.org/ways-to-get-involved/fostering/. To learn what is expected and submit requested info via our “Foster Home Application” toward the end of the page. Please share with others who may be interested in helping.

Foster home needed by March 8: Ohio

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Foster home needed by 8 March 2018 – Deploying service member’s beloved furbaby needs a foster home for up to six months.

Meet “Jenna”  – an adorable five-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier/American Pit, Female, Spayed, current on vaccinations, no allergies, heartworm negative, good with children, house trained, crate trained, leash trained and formal obedience training. Miss Jenna tends to show aggression toward other dogs if she feels threatened and is fearful of being left alone for long periods. Other than that, she is very outgoing and a sweet dog. A home without other dogs is preferred.

If interested submit our “Foster Home Application” (https://guardianangelsforsoldierspet.org/ways-to-get-involved/fostering/), showing “ Jenna”  in “Section 10” of the application. Please share with others in and around Dayton, OH who may be interested in caring for Jenna.

 

5 Effective Tips on Treating Dog Paw Injuries

While your pet dog might absolutely love its time outdoors, it is important to be aware that its paws are always constantly exposed to the elements.

Similar to humans, dog paw injuries could be potentially dangerous if it is not treated early. Cuts or abrasion on the bottom of the paws creates an opening for harmful bacteria to enter your dog’s bloodstream, leading to an infection.

As a responsible pet owner, you should take note of symptoms such as limping, discoloration of paw pad, swelling and peeling skin. These are usually indications that your dog has injured its paw.

What Causes Paw Injuries?

By nature, your dog’s paws are tough. They are made out of hardened rubbery skin that provides a layer of protection. But this doesn’t mean that it’s impenetrable.

If your dog accidentally steps on sharp objects such as glass or nails, you will be sure that its paws will be injured. Extreme temperatures (hot or cold) will also cause damage to the paws, leading to burns and blisters.

Thing To Keep Handy

Since a dog can injure its paws anytime and anywhere, it is important to keep a few items at hand to tend to the injury right away. These items are:

  • A first aid kit
  • Clean cloth
  • Tweezers
  • Medical gloves
  • Antibiotic ointments
  • Filtered water

5 Tips To Treat An Injured Paw

It is crucial to provide prompt first aid at home, followed by a visit to your local veterinarian to treat the injury.

1. Rinse with clean and warm water

The first step in treating an injured paw is rinsing it with clean and warm water. This is done to remove the dust and debris from the dog’s paw that could aggravate the injury by causing an infection. Avoid touching the paw directly so that the wound does not reopen.

2. Take a good look at the wound

Inspecting the wound will give you an idea of the depth and size of it. It will also help to rule out the presence of foreign objects and whether the object has lodged deep into the paw pad. If the cut is deep, it is advisable to visit your vet immediately.

3. Carefully remove foreign objects

You can remove any embedded foreign object by using tweezers and pulling them out carefully. Take extra precaution not to use excessive force when removing. If you feel uneasy or unsure about removing the object by your own, visit your local vet to seek professional help.

4. Halting the bleeding

By using a clean cloth, you are required to place direct pressure on the wound so that it stops bleeding. If you are unable to stop the bleeding within 15-20 minutes, please visit your local vet without delay.

5. Cleaning and bandaging

The wound should be cleaned in a sterile environment. The first step is to wash the wound with warm water and let it air-dry. The second step is to apply hydrogen peroxide for disinfection and the third step is to apply antibiotic ointments.

The final step is to dress the wound using a sterile bandage. Ensure that the injured area is covered completely and that the dressing is not too tight. Your dog should be still able to walk after you have finished the bandaging.

Wrap Up

Getting a paw injury is unfortunate and certainly can be prevented! Avoid walking on hot pavements and carefully survey the areas that your dog walks. You can also protect your dog’s paws by getting a pair of durable dog boots.

Author Bio

This post was contributed by Pete Decker, the Lead Editor at The Goody Pet. Pete loves to share his passion for pets through snippets of interesting and helpful information. You can find more of Pete at his website, Twitter or Facebook.

Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet Announces 2018 Board Members

All volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit military and veteran service organization cares for soldier’s pets.

Gatesville, TX – Effective January 1, 2018, Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet announced the 2018 Board of Directors for the organization as follows:

President: Linda Spurlin-Dominik
Vice President: Victoria Scott
Secretary: open
Treasurer: Major Nancy Emma, US Army (Retired)
Director: Tonya Phipps
Director: Major Randall Baucom, US Army (Retired)


Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet© Board of Director members (officers and directors) primary responsibility is providing overall governance to the organization, representing it to the community, and accepting the ultimate legal authority for the organization.

About Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet:

ALL volunteer 501c3 nonprofit “Military & Veterans Service Organization” (MVSO) supporting our active duty  Military, Wounded Warriors,  homeless Veterans, and their beloved Pets to ensure the pets are reunited with their owners following a deployment  related to a combat or peace-keeping or humanitarian mission  or unforeseen medical and/or homeless hardship  situation through various programs/services/projects.  For more information on providing a foster home, becoming a volunteer, or making a donation to Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet, please visit www.guardianangelsforsoldierspet.org.

Happy Birthday to our December birthdays!

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Put on your party hats and bring out the birthday cake, it’s time to celebrate!  We would like to wish a very Happy Birthday to the following volunteers who celebrate a birthday in the month of December:

  • Kristen L., Blog Editor (December 1)
  • Victoria S., Vice President, Board of Directors (December 31)

May all your birthday wishes come true!

Thank you for everything you do and hope you have a wonderful day!

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