Homeward Bound Pet Of The Week! Brownie

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Meet Brownie, a 25 lb., 2 year old who happens to be the owner of a gorgeous auburn colored coat that would make Lady Clairol envious!

  Brownie was surrendered due to her mother not being able to care for her any longer.  Brownie loves to walk and is a good hill climber.  She would probably be a good hiking partner.  She is good with other dogs that she has met; loves people; house trained and is definitely ready for her forever home.  

Apply online:  www.hbpr.org

Homeward Bound Pet Rescue: Otto and Ottis

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Meet Otto and Ottis, a bonded pair of Shihtzus, who were found running together
as strays; so dirty and matted that one required emergency surgery to help him
regain bodily functions! Both are healthy and happy to be getting the attention
from the volunteers. The boys are about 8 years old and 12 lbs. each.

Otto and Ottis are located at Homeward Bound Pet Rescue in Blue Ridge, GA. We
will only consider applications for those who want both. Adoption fee: $300.

Apply online: www.hbpr.org

Protect your family, pets and yourself against rabies

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GAINESVILLE, GA – Although the occurrence of rabies among humans has declined noticeably over the years, the disease continues among wild animals. Encounters between wild animals and domestic pets, including some that involve people, sometimes occur in our area. These incidents of exposure are common but can be prevented if residents take precautions to protect themselves and their pets.  People should always avoid contact with unfamiliar dogs, cats, and wild animals. This includes feeding or attempting to help an animal that appears injured. Maintaining current rabies vaccinations for your pets and keeping them away from wild animals is the best way to protect them.  If you feed your pets outside, pick up any uneaten food so wild animals, including feral cats, will not be attracted to your property. Feral cats, unlike stray domesticated cats, are born in the wild and should be treated as wild animals.  Do not attempt to capture or feed feral or stray cats. Leave them and other wild animals alone.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has rigid regulations that prohibit the keeping of wild and wild/domestic hybrid animals as pets. Some animals identified by these regulations are raccoons, skunks, coyotes, foxes, and bats; which also are common carriers of rabies. More information is available about wild animals on the DNR website http://www.georgiawildlife.com.  If you see a wild animal acting strangely, avoid the animal and contact the DNR Ranger Hotline at 1-800-241-4113.

Rabies is a viral infection transmitted in the saliva of infected mammals. The virus enters the central nervous system of the host causing an inflammation of the brain that is almost always fatal. The most common virus carriers in the United States are raccoons, skunks, coyotes, foxes, and bats. Wildlife remains the most likely potential source of infection for both humans and domestic animals in the United States. Rabies is transmitted only when the virus is introduced into bite wounds, open cuts in the skin, or onto mucous membranes, such as the eyes or mouth.  Rabies in humans can be prevented by eliminating exposures to rabid animals or by providing exposed persons prompt medical treatment. Post-exposure rabies treatment includes a series of vaccine injections.  The treatment can be costly; however, it is extremely important because rabies is almost always fatal without it.  Post-exposure vaccine can be found at all the major hospitals within District 2 and information about vaccine assistance programs can be obtained from your local Environmental Health Office.

Public health officials become involved in animal cases where exposure or potential exposure to rabies occurs. The role of public health is to ensure that domestic animals are vaccinated against rabies and to ensure the public is informed about rabies risks and the need to seek medical treatment.

There is no better time than now to ensure that all your pets are currently vaccinated.  For more information about rabies, ask your veterinarian, local health department or go to http://dph.georgia.gov/rabies.

World Rabies Day is September 28 for more information visit the CDC. Feature image from the CDC.

Ask Alex : I Want A Dog

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Hey Alex! 

I have wanted a dog for as long as I can remember! I constantly search rescue websites looking for that perfect companion. When I was younger I always lived in apartments that wouldn’t allow pets, but now I own my own house, with my husband…. Therein lies my problem. He is just not a dog person and won’t budge on not wanting a dog in the house. Recently, I found a little guy that I think would be perfect for us, but I keep getting a very stern no from my other half.

What should I do? Would it be horrible if I just adopted the dog anyway? I’ve always heard it’s better to ask forgiveness than to get permission.

Needing A Pup


Hey Needing A Pup!

I’m going to go ahead and stop you in your tracks. In this situation it is absolutely NOT better to ask for forgiveness than to get permission. Adopting a pet is a huge commitment in all aspects of your life. It will change how you operate day-to-day. It will change if you and when you can plan vacations and events. Not to mention the financial responsibility that comes with being a pet owner and these are just the practical areas that will be impacted, not the emotional impacts that would come and probably trouble your marriage.

Adopting a pet is a lifetime commitment for that pet. What would you do if your husband is so angry he says it’s me or the dog? Would you just give up on the dog? What if this moment comes down the road when you have had time to bond with your pet? Would you be able to take him or her back to the shelter?

It sounds like your husband has been very clear on his feelings about getting a dog from go, which means you still chose to be with him knowing that you might never be able to own your own dog. 

I would recommend that you take time to volunteer at a shelter and try to get your puppy fix without bringing one home.  Another possibility that you could speak with your husband about is fostering. 

Rescues are always looking for foster homes, and the thought of the dog only being at your house temporarily might be something that your husband would be down to do. If fostering goes well he might just change his mind and be open to adopting a permanent four legged family member.




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Pet Of The Week! Nikko

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This week Nikko joins us yet again in search of a forever home! Nikko is a playful loving one dog family dog. He loves to ride and play. Help us get Nikko his forever home and set up an appointment to meet him at the Blue Ridge Humane Society.

Sponsored by Blue Ridge Humane Society, you can follow more on Pet of the Week through the dedicated playlist on FYNTV’s Youtube channel and check out a wider variety of shows there as well.

May is Pet Awareness month. . .but isn’t every month?

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Saki is my daughter’s dog, but she is my constant companion around the farm, sitting in the living room or going for a hike. She might be a tri-paw, but she’s got some mad herding skills.

Let’s be honest, every month is Pet Awareness Month. I mean, who doesn’t love cuddling with their fur baby. Granted, I know not all pets are “fur babies” some have feathers, some have scales, some may even have a shell. Really in my world, though, they are furry and bark. While I’d never promote owning, say, a tiger, there are plenty of unusual pets out there.

Pets bring us joy and peace. They teach us compassion and empathy, responsibility.


Yes, chickens. They are quite beneficial, too for eggs. An interesting tidbit that I personally did not know until we moved onto a farm, was you don’t need a rooster to get eggs. So, if you don’t want annoying crowing waking you up before dawn, you don’t need him. However, I’m the lightest sleeper in the world and within a week, I could sleep through the crowing. Coops can be as simple as an unused doghouse or there are small “Eggloo” type homes that will hold 1-2 chickens.


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Skunks can make fun fur-babies. Once de-scented, they cannot be released in the wild.

Yes, Pepe Le Pew makes a great pet, once the scent glands are removed. However, once removed, they can never be

released into the wild, so commit yourself to these loveable critters. They can entertain themselves with a variety of toys.

Pygmy goats

They are small and make great lawn mowers. However, they require a sturdy structure because they are escape artists. We own a goat, I found him on the side of the road about four years ago. Whoever owned him had tied him, with rope. Goats eat rope. I wasn’t able to find his owner, so I kept him. I also learned a valuable lesson, male goats are gross. They will urinate on their beard to attract females.

Find your pet, here.


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Sure, you can have a peacock, just know they have a crazy call.

Okay, I have a habit of bringing home odd animals. When a friend posted on Facebook she had a peacock nesting in her Atlanta-suburb home and she was worried about him. Hubby and I went and rescued it. He was young, but beautiful, with his rich blue, green, black and purple tail. The downside was Pea hens cost a small fortune and Peacocks, when they call, make a sound like a woman being attacked by screaming monkeys. Literally, the first time I heard him, he was out of sight and I almost grabbed my gun and called the cops.

Sugar gliders

These cutesy guys are playful, loyal and can be taught tricks. They are nocturnal, so they will play at night, while you are snoozing.

If none of these sound very appealing and you are content with a cat or dog, check your local animal shelter, they are overrun with animals. It’s also okay to ask if you can foster a dog or try a dog before you adopt. Don’t buy from a backyard breeder or at a fleamarket, you will be overcharged and you can’t be sure what you are truly getting.


Keep These 2 Things Away from Your Pets

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1) Chocolate

“Chocolate contains a naturally occurring stimulant called theobromine, which is similar to caffeine.  If enough theobromine is ingested it can be toxic to dogs and cats,” said Dr. Sarah Nold, staff veterinarian at Trupanion.

Trupanion traditionally sees a high number of chocolate toxicity claims around Easter.

Last year, in the month of April, Trupanion paid $31,757 in claims related to chocolate, flowers, jewelry, and other foreign body ingestions. This includes the fun-loving Labrador retriever who couldn’t resist the big bowl of chocolate and jelly beans he stumbled upon. After an emergency room visit and a $3,000 bill (covered by their Trupanion policy) the dog left the veterinary hospital a happy camper and was safe at home in time for Easter Sunday.


2) Lilies

Easter lilies are bright, beautiful, and a staple floral decoration in the springtime. However, lilies are incredibly dangerous to our feline friends. In fact, lily toxicity is one of Trupanion’s most common and one of the most expensive toxicity claims, with an average claim cost of $830.

The toxins impact the kidneys and often cause symptoms like vomiting, drooling, lethargy, and appetite loss. Cats can develop tremors or go into seizures, and ingesting even a small piece of a lily plant can lead to kidney failure and death. Every part of the lily plant is toxic and cats can get sick even by licking pollen off their fur or drinking lily vase water.

There are plenty of other options for those who want to bring some fresh flowers and plants into their cat-friendly home this spring. Look for some cat-safe flowers like roses, snapdragons, gerbera daisies, sunflowers, or zinnias. Many herbs—like catnip—and ferns are also safe for pets and can help freshen the house and keep things green.

Pet of the Week – Ariel

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Rena brings the sister of Ana, a previous Pet of the Week. She is a high energy dog perfect for an active family or kids learning to take care of an animal. She can keep up with the youngest and hunker down on a rainy day to brighten up your world.

Sponsored by Blue Ridge Humane Society, you can follow more on Pet of the Week through the dedicated playlist on FYNTV’s Youtube channel and check out a wider variety of shows there as well.

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