Monday, November 21, 2011
Her story has been featured in The American Dog Magazine as well as on DogCast Radio in two installments: Part 1 and Part 2. As a result, she's accumulated an impressive Facebook and Twitter fan base.
Should you find yourself similarly moved by Sadie's remarkable and death-defying story and/or touched by the actions of her alpha female and male, we welcome your friendship and support.
Additionally, we are thankful to all who have already donated toward our veterinary-bill debt. If you are willing and able, we thank you in advance for chipping in via PayPal at this link. We also have a fabulous collection of Sadie-inspired gifts on sale at the Smiles for Sadie CafePress store.
Thank you, thank you, thank you. Sloppy Sadie kisses to all!
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Sadie snores blissfully, nestled between her alphas in our bed as I write tonight. It's four months into the journey that started with tragedy, led me to create Smiles for Sadie Facebook Fan Page to maintain sanity during one of the most difficult weeks of our pack's collective life and ultimately morphed into something so much more meaningful.
Smiles for Sadie is more than a vanity project to showcase cute photos of our beautiful dog. This multimedia project is a tribute to a miracle and our goal to promote rattlesnake awareness for pet owners.
In the wake of last month's feature in American Dog Magazine, I was delighted to this week hear the resulting podcast of an interview I had done with DogCast Radio a couple months back.
Julie Hill in England (!) discovered Sadie's tale on Facebook and invited me to Skype in for an interview on DogCast, which she's spread over two shows.
Additionally, I hope Sadie Dog and we inspire and educate others who find themselves in similarly frightening and tragic situations. For this purpose, I continue to collect and display rattlesnake-awareness resources for dog owners. Thanks, Julie, and everyone for your continued interest and support!
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Sadie | Vote for the Next Pet Star - Photo Contest | Show Us Your Pet's Healthy Smile
Because it was a rough ride and we thought we'd never see her smile again!
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Roger May of Mayday Retrievers in Oxbow Estates presented a program by Jay Smith on rattlesnake avoidance training this weekend. It is something he tries to do once a year, he said.Smith operates Community Dog Training in Oracle, north of Tucson and is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, which can be found at www. APDT.com.
Smith developed his snake avoidance training by studying a learning theory called Operant Conditioning.
He explains, “This learning theory simply says: Anything that immediately follows a behavior will increase or decrease the chances of whether that behavior will be repeated."
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Friday, September 16, 2011
Buy a one-of-a-kind T-shirt, hoodie, tank top or apron and honor an exceptional dog! Artist Erik Morris created this inspiring image in Sadie Dog's likeness to help us pay off the extra $10K remaining of Sadie's $15,000 veterinary bill debt via Printfection T-Shirt sales. Each product purchased adds an extra $5 to the pool. Take your pick from three impactful slogans: "I'm a Miracle," "Courage," and "One Tough Bitch."
Monday, September 12, 2011
We purposefully adopted a black dog (and a pit-bull mix at that!). Do you own a black dog? Share and encourage others to look beyond fur color and associated stereotypes.
Find out other ways you can help:
Sunday, September 11, 2011
And so I chose a beachy, rather than wilderness weekend. True, Sadie was bitten first at the water's edge, but that was in a remote canyon in the San Gabriel Mountains and not the action-packed Labor Day-weekend-crowded urban retreat we found in Santa Barbara.
The best part? Dog-friendly lodging, dining and fun!
Pet-Friendly B&B: The Old Yacht Club Inn
Pup-Friendly Pub: Yes, SB's Brewhouse does serve beer. An impressive cast of lagers, pilsners, ales, IPAs and wheats are handcrafted onsite. Sample a pint or two as you sup up local oysters, jerk chicken or a mint-lamb burger.
But the real reason to hit this hip Montecito Street gastropub? The "Brew-Dog Menu," of course! Your pooch has her pick from tri-tip bites (which Sadie devoured) and chicken strips to gravy and dog biscuits and frozen marrow served with a bottomless dog bowl of water. Just what you'd expect from a place that serves its own Buster Brown Ale.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
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Monday, August 15, 2011
- Snake Bites Treatment & Symptoms Overview from MedlinePlus
- Coping with Snakes from Camino Animal Clinic
- Rattlesnake FAQ from San Diego Natural History Museum
- Snake Bite Information from the California Poison Control System
- "Venom ER" by Sean P. Bush, MD, FACEP, Loma Linda University Medical Center
- Rattlesnakes in California from Department of Fish & Game
- A Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of California
- Ma & Paw Rattlesnake Avoidance Training with Gina Gables & Ken Beaman
- American International Rattlesnake Museum, Albuquerque, NM
- Herper.com's Viper ID pages