Dog Safety

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Proper dog safety is something every parent should teach their children. Studies have proven that education is the number 1 measure to prevent dog bites. Children who are properly taught how to behave around dogs and how to treat them are less likely to be bitten.
According to the CDC, an estimated 4.5 million dog bites occur in the US each year. 50% involve children under 12 years old.
Pause & Paws is dedicated to responsible pet guardianship and animal advocacy through education.
On April 25, Pause & Paws taught dog safety to 28 toddlers and preschoolers. Trinity was the assistant that the children were able to practice proper behavior with.
The first thing the children were taught was to always ask the owner if they can pet their dog. But also to remember, that if the owner says yes, don’t run up to the dog – let the dog approach you!
Once the dog has approached you, pet them on the back or side – never on the head.
The question, “who hugs their dog at home?” was asked of the children and almost all raised their hand, saying “I do!” The next thing Pause & Paws taught the children was to never hug or kiss a dog they don’t know.
One by one, the children practiced asking if they can pet Trinity and showed what they learned.
The last thing the children learned was how to properly give a dog a treat. Always give the treat with an open hand.
Pause & Paws gives some tips on what to do when you see a dog you don’t know.
What NOT to do:
• Do not stick your hand out at the dog.
• Do not lean over the top of the dog or pet the dog’s head.
• Do not run towards the dog.
• Do not grab, hug or kiss the dog.
• Do not stare into the eyes of the dog.
• Do not squeal or talk in a loud, excited, high pitched voice
The RIGHT thing to do:
• Make little to no eye contact.
• Let the dog approach you on his own time to smell you.
• Be patient! It may take a few minutes for the dog to come to you, sniff you and feel comfortable enough to let you pet him.
• Keep to the side and not in front of the dog.
• If in front of the dog, keep your body sideways or even turn your back to him.
• Keep your hand to yourself if the dog has not come to you.
• Touch him on the side or back rather than the head once he has approached you.
• Accept that you may not get to pet the dog. Understand that not all dogs are eager to meet people or children.

Kitten Season

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Spring is here! And generally, any rescue or humane society knows that spring is also known as kitten season. I had an opportunity to ask Laura Tellberg of the Sioux Falls Humane Society (SFHS) a couple questions regarding the season that is now upon us.

Around what month does the SFHS notice kittens among kittens (or pregnant cats) coming in?

When steady, warm weather arrives the shelter receives kitten litters and pregnant moms. Maybe it’s because unfixed animals roam further than in colder weather or mothers find it more comforting to birth in warmer weather. So the month of May is when we see kittens numbers start to rise.

What should a person do if they find a litter of kittens/pregnant cat?

Any stray animal that is found must be reported to your local animal control or law enforcement office. Keeping a stray animal without reporting it is considered “stealing” someone’s property and is illegal. The shelter holds all strays for 3-5 days to allow owners to reclaim their pets. If the animal is not claimed within that time frame, it is considered abandoned and the shelter can then evaluate it for adoption. We have no problem calling the finder if they want to adopt or foster the pet they found.

What advice can you give someone if they decide to help and keep the pregnant cat since they have the room?

To care for a pregnant cat, the first priority is to get her in for a vet visit. While she cannot receive vaccinations while pregnant, she can be treated for any upper respiratory infections or dewormed if necessary. Feed her a high fat diet like hard kitten chow and always keep a full bowl available for her. And fresh water (no milk) is a must for all animals. The mother will often choose a quiet, secluded area to give birth (perhaps under the bed, a closet, under the stairs, etc.). A plush bed, peace and quiet is all she’ll need. Do not interfere or supervisor her during the birthing process as this can cause her stress and may cause her to stop giving birth altogether. As you check on her, if you notice any problems contact your vet.

After giving birth and the mother happens to escape/run away, what advice can you give a person in taking care of the newborn kittens?

Be patient for a few hours, mom may be out hunting or simply taking a “break”. Cats have a strong instinct to return to their litter. If she does not return after a few hours, you can call a vet or shelter to see if they have a mom to nurse them. Taking on the role of mother cat is a full time job. Feeding every 2 hours with Kitten Milk Replacer (using an eye dropper, syringe or bottle), keeping them warm with fleece blankets or a towel warm from the dryer, and stimulating them to go to the bathroom within 20 minutes after feeding will be the norm for several weeks or until they potty on their own. They won’t begin eating soft and hard food till about 4-5 weeks old.

To be safest, always consult your vet with any questions or concerns!

Jenny Whetzel

{fetch! contributor}

Canine Comfort

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I’m guessing you’ve probably had those days when nothing is going right and you just want to crawl in a hole for a couple days.
Your Dog Is More Than Likely Trying To Comfort You
Whether you’re sad or hurt with tears running down your face, frustrated or ill, there may just be a four-legged friend who becomes your comfort. According to recent research, dogs respond in a unique way when you cry.
In a study done by researchers at the University of London, dogs are apt to approach, with submissive behavior, a person who is crying.
Dogs Communicate Through Scent
Dogs can smell things humans can’t because of their nasal membrane. A dog’s nostrils act like little antennas! Have you ever noticed your dog wiggling her nose? She’s trying to figure out where certain scents are coming from. Their nose is always wet, as well, which aides in trapping scents as they float by their nose.
A dog can tell a lot about the mood you’re in by your scent. They are capable of telling the difference between happy tears and sad tears by the different chemicals produced. That could be why you’ve noticed your dog may come closer to you, nuzzle you and even lick the tears off your face when you are crying.
What do you think?
We did a quick survey to get other’s opinions about if their dog showed specific behavior when they were sad or crying.
I would say she does sense emotion. When sad she definitely seems concerned and cuddles up in her own form if comfort.
I have one dog that can sense if I’m sad. If I cry she will lick my tears and curl up by me. My other dog can sense better if I am sick. She will lay next to me with her head on me if I’m lying down and not feeling well. Between the two….I feel better in no time!
Also my feeling sensitive dog is also sensitive to people with any type of mental disability (especially kids). Her ears lay back and she approaches them slowly with slow licks to the face as if to be extremely careful. My dog that is sensitive to sickness I had just found out is very drawn to crying babies. We had witnessed her licking a crying baby’s cheek to calm him. As soon as he stopped crying she sat next to his stroller and wouldn’t move.
Kind of. My Aussie might lay with me for a couple of minutes and that is all. My two are so different from the dog I grew up with: now she knew if something was wrong.
{He} usually knows if I am down. He becomes more clingy and alert. If I am crying he usually will sniff my face and lick at the tears and then he cuddles up to me and becomes clingy. After a few kisses from my favorite pup though I quickly forget my troubles and my mood lightens.
Dogs definitely can sense emotions in people. Many dogs will respond to sadness by reacting gently to humans. On the flip side dogs get excited when they see their owners happy.
After watching the movie Hachi, I was sobbing hysterically. Went to bed still sobbing. He was laying by my feet, but looked up at me with his puppy dog eyes and got up and moved so he was laying on top of me and cuddling. When I fell in the stairs, he came and stood over me and licked my face. So, yes, I do think he senses my emotions.
He doesn’t care if I’m upset or otherwise, LOL. Stuck up lil ******. It’s all about him, NOT me.
{She} is very aware of my emotions. Sometimes I think she is aware of some of my emotions before I am aware of them. When I am upset at times she will try and get me to play with her but when I am really down or struggling emotionally she becomes very clingy and protective of me. Recently I had some very emotional news. {She} curled up next to me while I cried and would not leave my side and she would not even let the cats near me.
Share with us in the comments your experience with your dog when you are sad or crying.

Sioux Empire Pit Rescue – Meet Dinah


Meet Dinah, short for Miss Dinah Drake of comic book fame! Like most comic book characters, Dinah had a challenging beginning to the her life and had to learn to use her superpowers to overcome a tough situation. Now Dinah is safe and can’t wait to fight crime with her forever family!

You may wonder that Dinah’s superpowers are…well, they are being SUPER CUTE and SUPER FRIENDLY! Dinah put those powers to use at the shelter back in Iowa, and that’s how she got to SEPR. Dinah is still working these superpowers as she is now healthy in her foster home. She has gained weight and her fur has grown back in, so she looks like the lucky little princess she is! Dinah did have to have hip surgery after she dislocated her hip. SEPR’s veterinarian said that Dinah probably slipped her hip due to going from severely underweight to a normal weight fairly quickly – her poor little tendons and ligaments just couldn’t keep up with the weight gain. However, she had a successful FHO and has made a full recovery. The surgery was a minor blip that will not affect Dinah’s quality of life at all.


Dinah loves everyone – canine and human – but her absolute favorite is her doggie foster sister. Dinah follows her around the house and runs in circles with her in the backyard. Dinah isn’t too sure about this new sudden cold and snow business! Like a true pittie, Dinah also loves the older children in her foster home. A good game of tug with the kids is her favorite and she is a good sport even when she doesn’t win in the end. Dinah also loves to settle down quietly and gnaw on her Nyla bone for while. And of course, there are those famous pittie zoomies – Dinah says she is faster than a speeding bullet!


Dinah enjoys being outside, soaking up rays, and dreaming about her future forever home. She also adores care rides, walks, and has learned that putting on her gentle leader means one of those two things is going to happen. Dinah attended SEPR’s “Train-a-bull” classes and continues to strive to be the perfect little lady. Her Favorite part, though, was the car ride to and from class. A close second was the treats she gets when she’s practicing her commands. Dinah is very food motivated and so training with her is a breeze.


Dinah is crate and house trained. She is always excited to meet and greet new visitors. Then Dinah will plop down on her back so she can receive belly rubs – her all time favorites! Since Dinah is so super cute and super friendly, she would do great in any kind of home. She would love an active family that would include her in everything that’s going on. Dinah says life is really great with her foster family, but she cant wait to meet her forever family – could it be you?

Dinah is a liver and white 1 1/2 year old female, spayed, weighing 45 pounds. She is good with dogs and cats. Contact Sioux Empire Pit Rescue if you are interested in adopting Dinah.

{Photos by Elisha Page}

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Sioux Empire Pit Rescue
PO Box 2321
Sioux Falls, SD 57101


Netties Spay & Neuter Benefit

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Annette Hof’s bucket list someday might include exotic vacations and daring adventures, but first she wants to check off something much more humble and a lot closer to her heart.
The Crooks woman wants to make it easier for homeless dogs and cats to find someone to take them in. That’s why, so far, she has paid the veterinarian fees for neutering or spaying five dogs and three cats out of her pocket.
Hof, who holds down two jobs, feels that strongly about making sure unloved animals can find a permanent place to live, and she knows that’s much more likely to happen if the prospective pets can’t reproduce.
According to the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society, fees vary among veterinary clinics, but it costs about $200 to spay a cat or dog and $150 to neuter it.
Those figures mean Hof easily has spent more than $1,000 on dogs and cats she doesn’t even keep.
Hof knows some people will roll their eyes at what they see as misplaced generosity. As her husband reminds her, not everyone sees things the way she does.
For those of us who do, however, Hof is a bit of a hero.
She doesn’t see it that way. Hof sees it as something that needs to be done, for the animals’ sake, and she has decided she’s the one to do it.
“When Second Chance Rescue was in Sioux Falls a while back, I volunteered there for five years,” she says, referring to a now-defunct animal shelter. “I would take them to Dr. (Dayton) Williams at All Animal Pet Hospital and he would spay and neuter them, and I would pay out of my own pocket. Then they were getting adopted.”
After Second Chance closed, she missed the contact with the animals, despite always having some of her own at home, along with a couple “granddogs.” She missed helping out the animals and increasing their chances of adoption by funding necessary, but often overlooked, surgeries.
That’s why she decided to do it again. This time, however, she’s thinking bigger, with Netties Spay and Neuter. She has organized its first fundraiser. The proceeds will help pay for the spaying and neutering of foster dogs and cats in rescues and shelters.
Her goal is to stockpile $5,000. If accomplished, that would stop a lot of puppies and kittens from being born, Hof said. Right now, an unwanted animal is euthanized every eight seconds, she says. Reducing unwanted animals means a reduction in euthanization.
It also would make the adult animals’ lives healthier. That’s why the fundraiser isn’t all about accumulating money, Hof says. She intends to educate people on health benefits to animals who have been neutered or spayed.
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Since October, Hof has been raising money to start up Netties Spay and Neuter. She makes homemade dog treats, and whenever she has free time, she makes soft, warm, fleece blankets for dogs.
“I’ve been busting my butt making blankets and doing all sorts of things to raise money for these animals,” Hof says. “It’s all worth it to me.”
Some people want the companionship of an animal but can’t afford to pay for the surgical procedure. Hof, who has a 2-year-old yellow Lab named Brandi, a 7-year-old ferret named Snowy and two “granddogs,” K-Oz and Jose, understands how important it is to feel loved when you walk through your front door.
She has heard too many horror stories about unwanted puppies and kittens being dumped in the country, though, to let it go on when she can do something about it.
She also never tries to talk people into spaying and neutering their pets, preferring to lead by example, not barking orders.
“I’m a vegetarian, but I don’t preach about it,” Hof says. “They should be, but that’s my belief. I’m here to help the ones that do want help.”
The heady thought of being able to help shelter and rescue cats and dogs, however, is enough to make her speak out.
“It’s from the heart, all this is all from the heart,” she says. “I’ve got a love for the animals. I hope it turns out good and is a big success.”
If you go:
WHAT: Netties Spay and Neuter
WHEN: Noon to 6 p.m. May 18
WHERE: American Legion, 1701 W. Legion Drive
EVENTS: Vendors, live music from The Outer Limits of Madison, food, a magician and raffles.
GOAL: To raise $5,000 to spay and neuter foster dogs and cats, making them more adoptable.
Article by Jill Callison – Argus Leader
Reach Jill at 331-2307 or

How Your Pet Can Benefit From Raw Goat’s Milk

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Raw goat milk is a nutritious and tasty addition to your dog’s and cat’s diet. It is full of vitamins and minerals, is highly digestible and has the enzymes, anti-oxidants and electrolytes your pet needs. Goat milk is also a great way to help meet your pet’s daily need for moisture (this is especially true for cats).  Raw goat milk is also recommended as a replacement for mother’s milk for kittens that have been separated from their mother before being weaned.

Until recently, finding raw goat milk was nearly impossible. The folks at Primal Pet Foods have begun distributing frozen goat’s milk, raised without antibiotics or added hormones, that also includes organic cinnamon, organic ginger, organic turmeric and probiotics. These ingredients benefit your pet by helping with digestion and arthritis relief as well as having anti-bacterial, anti-fungal properties and being gluten free.

Frozen goat milk is available in Sioux Falls at Northview Fishing and Pets along with many premium brands of dry and canned foods for your dogs and cats.


Submitted by Matt Staab


Heartland Humane Society

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I would love to find a home with a nice secure area for me to run and run and play! I do love a good mental challenge as well as physical, so a home that can provide that would be fantastic. I will get bored easily if not kept active and my brain is always thinking. I’ve heard my people describe me as energetic and Happy-go-Lucky. I definitely like to be with people and don’t like being put into a kennel. When my people are home, I really want to be with them wherever they are going to be. I do admit that I need some structure in my life, so be prepared to help me learn some new manners. If you are an active family who is ready to have some fun with me, please call the ladies at HHS and find out more about me.
Doc is a young German shorthair needing love and some basic training. Doc is good around other animals. His excitement for life will keep you on your toes.
Adopt Doc for $100.00. He is neutered, up-to-date on vaccinations rabies and microchipped.
Heartland Humane Society
3400 East Highway 50
Yankton, SD
(605) 664-4244

Heartland Greyhound Adoption

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Frank, WW’s Flame On, is a complete charmer who loves to be talked to. He hops up and down on his front legs and snaps his jaws when he’s excited, but most of the time he’s as quiet and mellow a dog as you could wish for. He likes to shake stuffed toys, but isn’t fond of the squeakers. He enjoys ear and face rubs. He loves to go for walks, and has very good leash manners.
Frank just turned 4 on April 16th. He’s currently being fostered in Omaha with two cats and another greyhound. He’s getting along very well with the cats. Frank will play-chase if they run, so introductions to nervous cats should be carefully monitored.

One Sunday afternoon in September 2000, three greyhounds and their owners gathered for a “Meet-And-Greet” at the PETCO Store on Buffalo Rd. in Clive, IA. In June 2001, Heartland Greyhound Adoption was formally established as a volunteer, not-for-profit organization. Currently Heartland Greyhound Adoption has about 200 members in the Midwest.

Heartland Greyhound Adoption is a volunteer not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, formed and operating in central Iowa to promote the adoption of retired racing greyhounds.

The mission of Heartland Greyhound Adoption is: to educate the public about greyhounds through outreach projects; to encourage and nurture the adoption of greyhounds; to accept and screen applications for greyhound adoption; to establish foster homes for greyhounds prior to adoption; to aid and support the efforts of other greyhound friends and adoption groups; to establish and promote cooperation and understanding with local humane societies and other animal-interest groups.

P.O. Box342
Bondurant, Iowa 50035
(515) 967-6564