11-year-old friendly dog dumped at shelter for no reason

Butter the dogIt was the 4th of July as families and friends gathered together to celebrate; that is except for Butter. The 11-year-old Chinese Sharpei was surrendered to the Carson Animal Care Center without even a reason. His family said he was fine with other dogs, he was house trained, walked fine on a leash and even knew his commands, but he was no longer wanted. Just like that! With the flick of a signature, his leash and collar removed, Butter’s new home was to be a temporary cage.

Click here for Butter’s Pet Harbor listing.   ID#A4695079.

My name is Butter and I am described as a male, red and tan Chinese Sharpei mix. The shelter thinks I am about 11 years old. I have been at the shelter since July 04, 2016.”

For more information about this animal, call Los Angeles County Animal Control – Carson at (310) 523-9566. A Facebook page for this dog can be found here. Although Butter lived in the backyard most of his life, he was accustomed to being inside of the home. Now in an overcrowded shelter, his days are numbered. He will need a temperament test before he can be adopted. A video for Butter can be viewed here. When called, he happily peeks his head out towards the volunteer while wagging his tail; perhaps hoping he will spot his family and be on his way home.

Share Butter’s plight with approved rescue organizations, family, friends and social media contacts. Surrendered dogs have no required holding periods and can be euthanized at anytime. Sharing saves lives, and this kind older soul certainly deserves better than this. For more information, contact the Carson Shelter located at 216 Victoria Street, Gardena, California. Phone: 310.523.9566.

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(Photo courtesy of Saving Carson Dogs)

Dogs 101: Blue green algae and the risk to your dog


T809954178c50bb1c3e32a2dd691aab06here aren’t many dogs who don’t enjoy a day at the water. Bounding after a stick or ball, splashing, swimming…in general having a blast in the great outdoors. The possibility of a lurking danger is most likely the furthest thing from most dog owner’s minds.

However, there is a toxin that every dog owner should be made aware of. Blue-green algae can form in any water, but is most visibly apparent in water that is not moving, or stagnant. The algae can cause the water to turn green, and surface scum is often seen.

Blue-green algae is actually a form of bacteria – if ingested, it can make humans or dogs, ill, or it can even cause death. If water is known to be contaminated by the algae, it should not even be allowed to get on the skin.

Lakes in public parks are frequently shut down when the toxic algae is found.  Right now, Connecticut’s New Fairfield Town Park is closed due to the presence of the toxic algae, reports Wednesday’s News Times. A large portion of southern Florida is currently experiencing an unprecedented number of toxic blue-green algae blooms. The slimy, foul-smelling sludge has local residents up in arms over the contaminated waters and beaches.

Take care when you visit a lake or pond – if you see a slimy green sludge on the water’s surface, steer clear and check with your local health department before attempting to enjoy a watery outing.

According to Pet Poison Helpline, dogs who ingest blue-green algae may experience the symptoms including:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Weakness
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Seizures
  • Disorientation
  • Death

“as published on Examiner.com

Dogs 101: What to expect from your newly adopted dog


You did the right thing – you adopted a dog from a rescue or a shelter. You have bought all of the wonderful dog toys and treats and the best food and your expectations for a wonderful life together are flying high.

You have visions of your first day together. A trip to the dog park, followed by an outdoor latte at Starbucks…dog companion close at hand, and finally, rest time, nose to nose, paw to hand, lying on the floor or couch together.


 Sound nice? Perhaps, but realistic? Nope. First of all, if you adopted from a rescue organization, you may have had the opportunity to see your new dog at his/her foster home. You probably had the chance to see him playing with the family, their dogs, or just hanging out, relaxed on his dog bed.

Reality check time. The dog that you observed with his foster family was comfortable there. He knew the routine, had bonded to the family and knew the dogs in the household. You?? Not so much – you’re new.

It is important that when you come home with a newly adopted dog, that you allow for bonding time. Some dogs will meld into your household quickly and seamlessly. Others? They will require time and patience.


Heading immediately to an off-leash area is a mistake. Not only does the dog not know you very well, but you do not know the dog.  You do not know the dog well enough to anticipate (correctly) his reactions to other dogs, in new situations. The dog doesn’t even know you well enough to guarantee that he’ll respond when you call his name.


Taking the dog to an outdoor cafe to socialize with a mass of new faces and smells can be a mistake too. Again, there is no bond there and you are unable to anticipate reactions. You might think that your dog will welcome all of the pro-offered hands from well-meaning strangers, but you don’t know this for sure.

In the beginning, it’s best to tell strangers that you have just adopted the dog and that you are getting to know each other, so please, no petting. This is not the case for all dogs, but if you aren’t 100 percent certain that your dog will happily accept the touching from strangers, skip it initially. Do you really want the risk of your dog snapping at a perfect stranger? Probably not. This is especially important for large breed dogs in areas where there are children (playgrounds, parks, crowded beaches).

Head over heels in love with your dog and wanting to plant multiple kisses on that adorable snout?? Step back and take a moment. You might get away with the kissy face antics right off the bat, or you might get a tooth through your nose. Again, take some time, build a bond and get to know your new dog (and let him get to know you).

The first 24-48 hours often brings some pacing, whining, or otherwise uncomfortable behavior from your newly adopted dog. This is normal and you should not panic. So many people expect to bring home a rescued dog and have him be perfect from day one.

Again, while this can happen, it’s not the norm and you shouldn’t be upset if Rin Tin Tin or Lassie isn’t channeled through your dog immediately.

Your best first day routine? Take a long walk together in an area that you are familiar with. Don’t take your dog where there are known fence chargers or off-leash dogs roaming. Head out somewhere comfortable and quiet – build a bond together.

Allow your dog sufficient down time. After your lengthy, quiet walk, allow your new dog to have some quiet time in his crate.

Establish the routines that you want to see followed from day one. Don’t make the first week all about coddling, spoiling and breaking rules. If you don’t want your new dog to take up residence on your bed or couch, don’t allow it in the beginning “just to make the dog feel more at home” , and then change the rules a couple of days later.

If you have another dog, be sure to feed the dogs separately until you are aware of any food guarding issues. The same thing goes for toys, treats and dog beds – observe and monitor the dogs until you know how they are going to react to one another, in varying situations.

Most of all, have patience and allow time for the bond and love to grow. Have no doubt, the bond and the love will grow – just don’t rush things. Plan on taking time to get to know one another.  Enjoy the relationship as it blossoms.

“as published on Examiner.com