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Newsletter - march 2015






March 2015 Collie Rescue Network News!
Inside This Issue:
Furever Families Needed
Arthritis (Degenerative Joint
Visit www.collierescuenetwork.com for more information on how to become a Furever Family! Puppy Love Raffle
In Memory of Darlene Kerr
How to Adopt from CRN
Autumn (SK)
Happy Tails
Furever Homes Needed (2)
Good with dogs and Furever Familes Needed (3)
cats and older children.
Heloping Lost Pets
Bear (SK)
Good with dogs and cats and older children.
Needs a rural home.



Arthritis (Degenerative Joint Disease,
and shoulders may be increased in size because the dog is putting more weight on the front legs.
Many times the dog may find it difficult to get up after lying Veterinary & Aquatic Services Department, Drs. Foster & Smith down and appears stiff. The dog may be unable to jump up Depending upon whom you talk into the car. Many dogs with DJD find it difficult to go up orto, 'arthritis, down stairs.
'osteoarthritis' and 'degenerative Depending upon the amount of pain the dog is experiencing, joint disease' may or may not be there may be changes in appetite and behavior (e.g., the dog used to describe the same thing. may go off by himself more often). The joints are generally In this discussion, we will use not swollen and the pain is the dull aching type, so dogs do the terms interchangeably.
not often vocalize or cry out in pain. Some dogs will lick or What is degenerative joint disease (DJD)?
bite at the area that is painful. Some will seek out warmth orsoft places to sleep.
Degenerative joint disease is characterized by the loss of the
smooth cartilage that covers and protects the end of the bones How is degenerative joint disease diagnosed?
in a movable (synovial) joint. The cartilage has no nerves so The veterinarian will obtain a good history of the dog's signs
when it touches the cartilage of another bone, there is no pain. from the owner and perform a complete physical exam.
When the cartilage wears away, the bone is exposed. The bone Radiographs (x-rays) are taken, and further laboratory tests does have nerves so when the two bone ends in a joint touch or more detailed exams of the affected joint(s) may be each other it results in pain and inflammation - signals that performed.
arthritis is present. In degenerative joint disease we also see
small bony projections (osteophytes) form on the bone that How is degenerative joint disease treated?
is close to the joint. This adds to the pain. This type of arthritisis progressive, meaning it continues to get worse.
Degenerative joint disease canbe treated medically and What causes degenerative joint disease?
Degenerative joint disease can occur as a result of wear and Some forms of degenerative tear on an otherwise normal joint and occurs as the dog ages. joint disease can be treated with This is called primary degenerative joint disease. surgery. For example, hip Osteoarthritis may also occur as a result of another condition replacements in dogs with hip affecting the joint such as hip dysplasia or elbow dysplasia. dysplasia are becoming more Then it is called secondary degenerative joint disease.
common. Other procedures canalso be performed but their Which dogs are at risk of developing degenerative joint
success rests upon how many bony changes have occurred in Certainly any dog with a congenital joint problem, like and around the joint. Please seedysplasia or patella luxation is going to be more prone to the article on the specific jointdeveloping degenerative joint disease. Dogs who have had disease for extended discussion on the surgical treatmentinjury to a joint such as a fracture involving the joint, or a options for that disease.
ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in the knee will be more For an extensive discussion on the medical management of likely to develop arthritis.
arthritis in dogs, please see Causes and Management of What are the symptoms of degenerative joint disease?
Arthritis and Other Joint Diseases in Dogs.
The symptoms of arthritis will vary as to which joints are What is the prognosis for dogs with degenerative joint
involved, the age of the dog, and the severity of the disease. disease?
In general, the first symptoms may be an altered gait since Degenerative joint disease is progressive - it will continue to
the dog will try to put more of his weight on the unaffected worsen. There are ways we can medically treat the disease to limbs. There may be muscle atrophy (reduction in the size of slow down the progression and many dogs respond well and the muscle) in the affected limb because the dog is using it can live comfortably for years. In more severe cases, surgery less, or at least putting less weight on it. For instance, in a dog may be performed including actual joint replacements. In with hip dysplasia involving both hind limbs, the muscles of these cases, the recovery is usually very good.
the hind limbs may be thin, whereas, the muscles of the chest


In mid-December a young Collie named Echo came to rescue. Her spay surgery was set for January 6th andthen.we discovered that Echo had smuggled a whole lot of puppies into rescue inside her tummy! Echo wasfound to be pregnant and on January 23rd she gave birth to eight fat, healthy Collie mix puppies! Our 2015Puppy Love Raffle is being held to help raise the much needed funds to help off-set some of the costs involvedwith having eight happy, socialized puppies in rescue! Lots of extra food, pee pads, roll after roll of papertowels, puppy appropriate toys to help keep them busy and interacting, vet appointments for puppy shots atleast twice prior to adoption, check-ups, deworming and much, much more! 1st Prize: $300.00
2nd Prize: $200.00
3rd Prize: $100.00
Draw will take place on March 31st, 2015
Winners will be notified by email or phone on or before April 2nd, 2015
A total of only 2000 tickets have been printed! Great odds!!
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March 28, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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202 8th Ave N,
In Memory of Darlene Kerr May 21, 1949 - November 16, 2014 Join Collie Rescue Network at the Warman Pet Expoon March 29th, 2015 from 10am to 4:30 pm. You'll The celebration at the Rainbow Bridge November 16th, find something for everyone - pet products, health 2014 must have been almost deafening! How excited the and nutritional information, kennels and doggie many beloved Collies of Darlene Kerr must have been daycare, animal rescues, pet fashion accessories, when they saw her approaching. Here though, we mourn groomers, pet photographers, toys and more! her passing and wish to send condolences to her manyfriends and family members. Some of you know Darlene There will be stage demonstrations including dog from the CRN Facebook group where she was always obedience training, reptiles, door prizes and even a willing to share her extensive knowledge about Collies 50/50 raffle.
and her expertise in the health issues and geneticsparticular to the Collie breed. Some of you share your Admission: $3.00 per person at the doors ($1.00 if homes with a Kerrhaven Collie, Darlene's line of beautiful you bring a non-perishable item for a dog rescue e.g.
blankets, cans of food, leash, toys, bowls, etc.) Rough and Smooth Collies or perhaps you know her fromher days in the show ring or her time with the Collie Clubof Canada. Darlene has always supported Collie RescueNetwork in every way possible; right from day one shewas one of our biggest champions because she so lovedthe breed. Collies were the very centre of Darlene's heartand her willingness to share in everything Collie and thevast network of friends she has around the world is atestament to what a wonderful friend she was to so many.
Her kindness, her generous spirit and her love of the Collie Come join Collie Rescue Network on breed will be forever treasured. Heartfelt condolences to Facebook! The CRN community on friends and family of Darlene Kerr.
Facebook is a friendly place where youcan share photos and stories, askquestions and get tips for everything frommedical issues to training tricks. You findCollies for adoption, Collies from all overthe world and more! It's a great place tokeep up with what's new and exciting atCRN while spending time with fellow Collielovers! Join us today and let's chat! How To Adopt From Collie Rescue Network
Calling All Collies!
Step One: The Adoption Application
It's time to send in your photos
The first step is filling out the Adoption Application. Theapplication allows CRN to determine what you are looking for in for the 2016 Collie calendar!
a Collie in order to best match your family and home with thedog that is right for you. Some Collies are fine with hardwood If you'd like to see your Collie in the 2016 Collie
flooring while some are terrified of any slippery surface. Some calendar, submit your photos before March 21st, to
Collies make wonderful jogging buddies while some spend the
entire day as a couch potato. Some families don't mind a "countersurfer" Collie while others prefer a Collie with impeccable Looking for photos of Collies (this is a Collie calendar soobedience skills already in place. The application gives us a better although we love lots of breeds, for the calendar we're lookingidea of what type of Collie would best fit into your home.
for photos of just Collies).
Step Two: Meeting the Collie
Please, no people in the photos. We know you are all lovelybut we're just looking for Collie photos.
The second step in the adoption process is for you, along withyour entire family, to meet the Collie in person. This meeting Photos of Collies in all seasons needed! Check back throughgives you a better idea of that Collie's personality and allows you some of your old files from last spring and summer too!to better decide if this particular Collie would be a good fit foryour family. We would like for everyone living in the home to Outdoor shots preferred but indoor photos will be consideredbe present at this meeting. CRN does, however, understand that (please, uncluttered backgrounds in the photos).
we are a very "spread out" rescue in that our foster homes coverenormous areas. If the Collie that best fits your family is adistance that makes driving to meet the Collie impractical, wewill work together to ensure that both your family and CRN arecomfortable that this is truly the right dog for you.
Step Three: The Home Visit
CRN sends Collie Tail Wags of Appreciation to The home visit is a very important part of the adoption process the following groups for their help and supportand NO adoption will take place without this very important step with the rescue Collies! being completed. A home visit is when a rescue volunteer comesto your home and visits with all your family members present.
We are not there to judge your home, your family or your lifestyle.
The reason for the home visit is to get to know your family a littlebetter in our quest to make the best match possible for our sake,but also for yours! This step in the process is also a greatopportunity to ask the home visitor questions about rescue, rescuedogs and to get tips and thoughts on how to help a new dogs settleinto their new home.
Step Four: The Adoption Contract and the Adoption Donation
The last step of the process includes reading, the signing, theadoption contract. The contract is signed by both the adoptersand by a CRN representative. The purpose of the contract is tooutline and set into agreement what is expected of the adoptivefamily in regards to future care of their new Collie. It also statesthat if at any time during the lifetime of the Collie, for any reasonwhatsoever, you can no longer care for your adopted Collie, thatCollie must come back to Collie Rescue Network. This last stepis also when the adoption donation is paid. We request aminimum donation of $350.00 to help off-set the costs incurredby the Collie while in the care of CRN. Please note that thisalmost spaying/neutering, vet exams, vaccinations, medications,grooming and any of the myriad of other things a rescue Collierequires before being considered adoptable. Currently theaverage cost incurred by a Collie in the care of CRN isapproximately $600.00 Wishing all our new adoptees a happy, healthy furever life with their new families! Happy Collie Tail Wags to all! At NO cost to you, you could be raisingfunds for Collie Rescue Network everysingle time you walk your dog! Downloadthe ResQwalk app today and help raisefunds for the Collies in rescue with CollieRescue Network! By doing something youdo every day anyway, and at no cost toyourself, you can help pay vetting bills andbuy food for rescue Collies every time youwalk your dog! Try it today and help us,help them! Furever Homes Needed!
Visit www.col ierescuenetwork.com to find out how to become a Furever Family! In mid-December a young Rough Col ie named Echo came to rescue. Two days before her spay we discovered that Echo was pregnant, and on January 23rd she gave birth to eight fat, healthy Col ie mix puppies. The pups wil al be ready to find their Furever Families any time after April 3, 2015. If you think you are that special place for one of these cutie-pies visit www.col ierescuenetwork.com to find out how to adopt or to sponsor a puppy today! There are several OTC medications that are generally accepted to be safe to give your pet at home.
We advise always consulting your vet first, especially if you give your pet other daily medications orherbal supplements in case of interactions. As with any illness in your pet, symptoms that are persistentmeans it's time to take your pet to the vet's office. NEVER assume all human OTC medications are okayto give to your pet. Dogs, and cats in particular, metabolize medications very differently from humansand some OTC medications can kill your pet. Below is a list of OTC medications that are accepted assafe to use for your pet. Please pay attention to dosage amounts and notes.
DO NOT GIVE Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or Ibuprophen (Advil) to either cats or dogs as they are both
toxic, sometimes even in small doses.

IMODIUM (loperamide): Can be given to SOME dogs but note that 1 tsp. For every 20 lbs
some breeds, including Collies and Shelties among others, may have
adverse reactions to Imodium due to the MDR1 gene mutation. If you Repeat every 4-6 hrs., do not know the MDR1 status of your dog, DO NOT give Imodium.
do NOT exceed 24 hrs GRAVOL/DRAMAMINE (Dimenhydrinate): This drug works to help
prevent motion sickness in both cats and dogs and works best if given 30 - 45 minutes prior to travel.
ROBITUSSIN DM (dextromethorphan): This cough medicine works 1 tsp. For every 20 lbs.
for just that - coughing or hacking associated with things like minor
bouts of kennel cough. Note that coughing can be a sign of more serious Repeat every 8 - 12 medical conditions (like heart failure) so consult a vet for coughing.
hours as needed.
PEPTO-BISMOL: Used to relieve upset stomach or excessive gas in 1 tsp. For every 20 lbs.
dogs only (never cats!).
Repeat every 4-6 hrs, do not exceed 24 hrs.
BENADRYL (diphenhydramine): An antihistamine that helps relieve
1 mg per lbs body itching and swelling associated with allergic reactions. Benadryl is safe Not effective, call your for cats but not overly effective and your vet will have better vet for alternatives.
antihistamines for your cat available.
EG: 25 lbs = 25 mg PEPCID-AC (famotidine): Used to help prevent ulcers in dogs and cats
< 20 lbs = ¼ pill taking other medications and used to help reduce stomach acid in 20-60 lbs = ½ pill ¼ pill for all weights dogs/cats that already have ulcers. Whether this medication is given once > 60 lbs = 1 pill or twice daily should be decided with your vet's input.
HYDROGEN PEROXIDE (3%): Used to induce vomiting after 10 ml. By mouth. Wait 10 ml. By mouth. Wait
accidental ingestion of poisons. ASK YOUR VET before giving this
15 min. And if not 15 min. And if not OTC as some poisons will cause more damage on the way back up! vomiting, repeat. DO vomiting, repeat. DO Animal Poison Control Centre: 1-888-426-4435 (fee applies).
NOT exceed 3 times) NOT exceed 3 times GLUCOSAMINE: Used to treat stiffness and joint pain associated with
< 25 lbs = 500 mg early stages of arthritis. Note that you will need to administer this 25-50 lbs = 1000 mg medication for several weeks to first see the benefits.
> 50 lbs = 1500 mg Visit www.collierescuenetwork.com to find out how to become a Furever Family! Echo (AB)
LuLu (ON)
10 months
Bella (SK)
Robbie (SK)
We often hear about adopted pets going missing and the reasons areusually preventable if you take precautions. For dogs, the very obviousone is to not let them off leash, not even in an off leash dog park, untilyou are confident your dog will not run away and that you have anexcellent recall. But no matter how cautious you are, it can happen andeven experienced dog and cat rescuers and people very experienced inhandling pets are not immune. Something as simple as a loose collar,an unexpected loud noise or a guest in your home leaving the doorunlocked and a sudden burst of wind blowing it open.
Newly adopted pets or a pet you are sitting are a high risk to run. It's not because they don't like you, it's becausethey do not know you and may bolt to find their family or foster family.
There are many precautions you should take and the top three that we recommend are to first have your petmicro-chipped. This is so very important. The second is to keep tags on your pet with your contact information.
And our third tip is to register your pet on HelpingLostpets.com (HeLP) as ‘Safe'. If they do go missing, you canalert HeLP members in the area with just a few clicks. Having one website where every lost and found pet is listedmeans wherever you are, you know where to turn.
We have even made up an adoption card for shelters and rescues that they can include with each adoption kit.
We have more tips to keep you pet Safe and you can find them below. For more tips to keep your pet safe, pleasevisit: About HelpingLostPets.com (HeLP)
HeLP is a National Pet Registry that is FREE for all to use. A central database where every lost and found pet is
listed will make a difference. Join today and you can get set up to receive alerts in your area.
FOSTER HOMES NEEDED!
Every time I hear someone say, "I could never foster! It would be too hard tolet them go so I don't foster", I cringe and wonder how much harder it is forthe poor dog sitting in the shelter waiting for a foster home to open up, orworse, for the dogs euthanized every single day for lack of space in both theshelter system and the rescues out there. Letting your foster dog leave isheartbreaking, every single time AND it is so very rewarding and fills yourheart with joy. You have not only changed that dog's life (really and truly!)but you're also about to change the life of the next dog who needs a safe placeto wait for his Furever Family. If you'd like to change a dog's life and makea difference, contact us today at foster@collierescuenetwork.com.
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