Tag Archives: Utah

Re-visiting Old Friends

Old Friends

Today, I worked at Old Friends.  This is the ‘old people’s home’ of the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.  Besides helping to take dogs for walks in the cooler morning hours, I also got to use my massage skills on some special needs dogs.

Google

Google

Google was rescued from Kanab, Utah.  He spent most of his life chained; and as a result he has neck problems.  Because of his neck problems, his back, mid-thoracic, is also tight.  Google thoroughly enjoyed his massage.

Google has been at Best Friends for some time; he's over the age of 12 and still looking for a home. He's also been a blood donor for other dogs. Some nice person is sponsoring him so he can receive a free flight anywhere in the USA if adopted.

Google has been at Best Friends for some time; he’s over the age of 12 and still looking for a home. He’s also been a blood donor for other dogs. Some nice person is sponsoring him so he can receive a free flight anywhere in the USA if adopted.

Wrangler, who is suffering from heartworm

Wrangler, who is suffering from heartworm

Wrangler had just had his second injection as part of heartworm treatment.  Dogs undergoing this treatment have a series of injections and are restricted in exercise to ensure that the worms don’t dislodge from the heart causing respiratory arrest.

Wrangler needed very light massage (so not to stress his system) and few acupressure points for relaxation.

By the end of his massage, Wrangler rewarded me with a smile

By the end of his massage, Wrangler rewarded me with a smile

I am convinced that there is a role for massage therapy in the shelter environment, particularly for long-term residents and those with special health needs.

I am grateful to the caregivers at Old Friends who allowed me to work with these animals.

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand

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Remembering Katrina – 7 years later

Last week, on the 28th of August, we marked the 7th anniversary since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and other Gulf communities.

In marking this sad anniversary, I share with you the Hurricane Katrina memorial at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.  The Best Friends staff and volunteers saved over 6,000 animals in the aftermath of Katrina and the relief efforts will be remembered by all of those involved for many years.

The Hurricane Katrina memorial at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah.

In addition, here is the video compiled by Best Friends to mark the 5th anniversary of the Katrina relief efforts:

I’m friends with a Pit Bull…and so are 2,764 others

A  Pit Bull named Little Red is proving to many folks that Pit Bulls are lovable creatures deserving of a good home.  I’m proud to say that I’m one of Little Red’s 2,765 Facebook friends (and she’ll probably have more by the time you read this).

Little Red was rescued from Michael Vick’s Bad Newz kennels.  From there, she traveled to Kanab, Utah to the Best Friends Pet Sanctuary for rehabilitation.  Known as ‘Vicktory Dogs,’ all of the dogs rescued from Michael Vick’s properties were segregated from all non-staff at the Sanctuary under court order.

It took years to see Little Red come back to a state where she could be adopted.  Her adoptive owner, Susan, never gave up hope about Little Red after seeing a photo of her shortly after her rescue.  Susan sponsored Little Red and kept in touch about her progress.  By February 2011, Susan was able to go to the Sanctuary to visit with Little Red.  In September 2011, she was cleared to be Little Red’s foster mother.

This is their story:

There are still those who believe in breed-specific legislation and it is dogs like Little Red that prove that these rushes to judgement are unnecessary and unwarranted.

I’ve previously written (June 2011) about Michael Vick and the book concerning the rehabilitation of some of his Pit Bulls.

Thank heavens for the good people at Best Friends who took in so many Vicktory Dogs and worked with them on the long journey to rehabilitation.

Source:  Best Friends Sanctuary Stories