Killing Dogs One Bite at A Time

You saw my sweet baby last week, but here she is again!

Hi Ada!

Ada has been such a loving dog and it saddens us to know that we have not protected her as well as she has protected us. So many people are uneducated on the seriousness of heartworms in dogs so I wanted to share some insight on it today.

Heartworms are twelve inch worms that are transferred by mosquito’s. A mosquito bites an infected animal, sucking up larva along with blood. Once that mosquito bites another animal the larva is deposited where the worm will enter through the bite wound and make its way to the heart and lungs. Read more about its severity  here. Heartworms are PREVENTABLE by inexpensive monthly pills. However by not giving your pup the preventatives you are putting your pet at risk and at that point causes a very expensive treatment. Here you can read about the costs that I can personally vouch for.

Ada was diagnosed with heartworms about six months ago. We assumed something was up when she was rapidly loosing weight and became slightly less active. Our back yard was infested with mosquito’s but we didn’t understand just how easy it was for a dog to contract heartworms. Especially since she was only outside for walks or to go potty. A trip to the vet confirmed what we feared and we began treatment. Treatment for heartworms is very pricey so an alternative is to give your pup medication that enables the worms to further affect the dog. unfortunately it does not kill them.

She is still affected but we hope to soon get rid of these deathly worms once and for all in the next few years. Love your fur babies. Protect them from getting this awful disease. Stop these mosquito’s from killing!

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Ada

Hello all!

For my first Tell a Tail Thursday I thought why not share a little about my own fur baby. This is our two year old German/retriever Ada. We got her a little over a year ago from an elderly lady that couldn’t take care of Ada and her brother any longer.

When I first met Ada I was a few month pregnant with my Daughter. I was nervous and so excited to meet her! I had always wanted a German Shepherd because they’re known for being loyal, protective, and oh so smart! As I approached her for the first time she barked and growled. At that moment I almost turned right around and passed on her. I had a three year old’s safety to think about. And a growing fetus! I paused a moment to recall a few nights prior to this moment when I laid in bed terrified because someone was banging on my front door at 3 am! I have awful anxiety problems and after that incident I decided a dog was the answer. A dog would let me know of any danger outside. A trained one would know what to do.

With that night in mind, I reach my hand out to allow her to smell me. She still gave me intimidating   warning signs to back off her territory and I wasn’t going to push her to accept me. All of a sudden my three year old son comes charging out of my car straight for this giant, aggressive dog! My heart stopped for a moment and I tried to grab him as he ran past me but I missed him.

He stood inches from her face and she immediately sat. The lady holding the leash told Logan it was okay to touch her and she licked his hand and seemed to LOVE the hug he gave her. After witnessing this I tried to approach her again. This time she got in front of Logan and gave me some warnings to back off which scared Logan and he came running into my arms.

I suppose Ada saw this and realized I was a safe person because she slowly approached me. I stood still and let her do her thing before reaching out to touch her again. She accepted my extended hand, allowing me to touch her for the first time. I was still a little uneasy about bringing her home but decided to give her a chance before her owner took her to the pound.

I brought her home and she fit right in! This was her first night home. 936085_10153080075052154_3456740180722264265_n

Ada and my son curled up on the couch. Those two became instant friends. Inseparable ones at that! Now getting her to accept my boyfriend was a nightmare! For WEEKS she would lose it if he got too close to me or Logan. Almost bit him twice! Of course she warmed up to him and has proved time and time again how loving and patient she really is. She stopped Logan from running into the street by knocking him over (gently of course). As I got bigger and acquired a sciatic nerve problem, she would pull me off the couch by allowing me to grasp her harness and slowly back up. And never has she ever let a stranger approach us without her/our approval.

I definitely got the perfect guard dog.  A dog that loves my family and has shown just how much she cares and appreciates us. We love you Ada!

Tell me about your furry best friend!

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