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PAW at Bethesda's Strut your Mutt!
PAW volunteers greeted visitors to our booth and showed off our beautiful dogs on a sunny day in Bethesda, Md., on May 16, 2009. In addition to offering animal rescues an opportunity to spread the word about their organizations, this annual family and pet festival raises funds for the Bethesda Chevy Chase Rescue Squad. PAW is proud to participate in this annual event.
RPO Birthday Party!
It was a very special Responsible Pet Owners
presentation in Bowie on
September 30 - at a birthday party! Marissa Jackson turned 12.
Each year Marissa chooses
a charitable cause as part of the focus of her parties, and
this year, she chose PAW. We worked with Marissa and her mom
Vanessa to arrange a food donation
to the Prince George's County animal shelter, and they also arranged
for a generous donation to PAW. Robin Tierney gave a
presentation about Responsible Pet Ownership and PAW's
efforts to help homeless animals, assisted by Maria Ruth, Susan Flashman,
Dick Bissell and Angela Chamberlin. Angela brought several cats -
Lila, Madame Pompadour, and Foxfire - and Susan and Robin
brought PAW dogs Blaise, Tucker, Brady (Tucker and Brady have since been adopted!),
and Robin's adopted dog, Zack.
Here are more pictures!
Marissa and friends Zack and Blaise
PAW at the Burtonsville Day Festival
PAW volunteers Takako Shimoda, Marie Walz, Mary Janicke, and Matthew
Zappone, plus PAW foster dogs Blaise and Princess, greeted visitors
at the Burtonsville Festival on Saturday, September 29.
PAW volunteers and foster animals have participated in numerous events and festivities all year long, spreading the good word about dog and cat rescues and adoptions. Way to go, folks!
PAW Members Learn T Touch to Help Rescued Animals
Pamela Wanveer, a certified Tellington Touch practitioner based
in Silver Spring, led a special workshop in the TTouch technique
for PAW cat and dog
volunteers. Some attended with live animals; others brought
stuffed animals on which to practice the techniques.
The TTouch uses a variety of non-habitual movements and manipulations
to refocus the animal's
attention, enabling the animal to respond to stimuli in new way.
This serves to break the cycle of
habitual responses such as automatically lunging at dogs who pass
the yard. Pam demonstrated techniques such as making full circles,
in a conscious manner and logical path,
around the animal's body using her finger tips.
We saw PAW's Simon, a shy, apprehensive but sweet hound
fostered by Diane Gordon, become calmer and more trusting as
Pam applied the TTouch
Check here for the whole story!
Pam and PAW foster dog Simon
PAW Volunteers Learn New Techniques
On Sunday, March 4, several PAW volunteers attended a special training
session at White Flint PetSmart conducted by expert trainer George Cockrell,
who runs Companions Dog/Owner Training and is a Senior Trainer with
Petsmart. George explained and demonstrated
invaluable tips and techniques for handling challenging dogs who came from
shelters. George volunteered his time to help us improve our abilities and
help our boarded dogs. George has an informative website at:
Shown in the photo: George Cockrell with PAW volunteer Susan Tipton and Princess.
A Special Birthday Party
As we had previously reported, Ebony is a poodle who came to PAW with
badly malformed legs. Imagine our surprise when we picked her up on her
last day at the shelter, only to realize that Ebony was completely
unable to walk normally - instead she had to scuttle around like a crab!
Both of her back hips and knees needed orthopedic surgery.
But PAW's regular medical funds were needed by the other animals in our care, and in any case we would not have enough to provide the expensive surgeries Ebony needed so that she could walk again.
Thanks to the generosity of PAW supporters and to a Beanie toy raffle held in her name, enough additional funds were raised to cover the two extensive surgeries Ebony needed. The frisky young poodle you see in the picture above no longer has to drag herself across the floor in a frog position, but can romp and play with other dogs. Even though one of her legs is still in a cast, she can already walk without difficulty. She can chase a ball and follow her "mom" around the house. Ebony's absolute joy at being able to walk again is truly wonderful to behold! As the icing on the cake, Ebony has also found a loving new home.
Ebony is living proof that miracles can happen - with a little help from a generous and caring public. We only wish that every handicapped dog was as fortunate - and as happy - as our little "Eb". Our thanks to everyone who helped achieve this priceless miracle.
To read more about how Ebony is doing today, please click here.
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