Sunday, January 18, 2015

NorthStar Pet: Ball On The Dash - Karson, Come Home

Karson is a K9 Officer from Wilmington, Ohio (Clinton County) who cannot find his way home to his partner, Wilmington Police Officer Jerry Popp.

On December 23, 2014, Karson took off from a boarding kennel in Clinton County, Ohio, and has been missing and on the road since. He may have an injured front leg.

He is friendly (a sniffing dog, NOT at attack dog) and loves tennis balls.

Look closely at his picture and you can see a distinctive scar (white-ish line) across his nose.

Out in the elements, Karson continues to try to make his way home, and as late as this past week, Officer Popp has been able to confirm sightings in the general vicinity of Xenia, Ohio (Greene County), where Karson lives with Officer Popp and his family.

Local residents are distributing flyers and traveling the roads along fields, woods, parks, and towns (binoculars at-the-ready) always on alert.

And, Officer Popp is working with a professional search crew as well.

If you see a dog you think might be Karson, please do not approach him. Call the Wilimington Police Dispatcher @ 937.382.3833 without hesitation.

Officer Popp posted these instructions on facebook:

Folks, if you see a dog moving out there that you believe may be Karson, do not post it on Facebook, contact 911 immediately and speak to law enforcement. They have my number and can contact me directly and then I can contact you directly for detailed information. I am not monitoring Facebook and do not see posts of sightings. It's important for me to be able to speak on the phone to the witness directly. Thank you.

What else can you do, especially if you don't live in the area? Include and keep Karson and Officer Popp in your thoughts and prayers. We all know how valuable collective concern can be for humans and animals. Dogs sense our energy and the collective power of moral support, for dog and human, carries great value.

Karson, Go home.

For more information:

K9 Karson on facebook.

WHIO News Report from 12.23.14, with regular updates.

Please note: The 1.17 sighting was confirmed to not be Karson.

Xenia Gazette article on 1.14.15 by Nathan Pilling.

Xenia Gazette article on 12.31.14 by Nathan Pilling.

FOX45/ABC 22 report from 1.16.15 by Christian Hauser.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

NorthStar Pet: A Pet Safe New Year's Eve

Just a reminder that some of your neighbor's may be inspired to usher in the New Year with loud and incendiary devices.

Be Safe.

Fourth of July guidelines apply for New Year's Eve.

To learn more:

NorthStar Pet: Exponentially Loud Infographic.

NorthStar Pet: Red, White, and Bark. Fireworks Guidelines

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Monday, December 22, 2014

NorthStar Pet: Eye Color

Here is a handy guide from Yaletown Dog Training on a dog's point-of-view when it comes to color.

Yaletown's Sara Pennington shares:

"Does your dog run by toys you throw for him, as if he doesn’t see them? Dogs see colours differently than we do. Research has shown that red appears brown, and purple looks blue to a dog. Grass as well as his green, yellow and orange toys can all look yellowish to him. No wonder he cannot find that tennis ball in the grass."

For more information (Sara's blog is excellent), click or tap here.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

NorthStar Pet: Thanksgiving Wishes!

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision of for tomorrow. Melody Beattie

On the road today, so puppies and kitties can be cared for and happy, and their families can enjoy the holiday. 

On this day of celebration and gratitude, I have much to celebrate and much to be grateful for.

Sincere best wishes for a safe, happy Thanksgiving holiday and weekend!

- Linda.

Thanks to The Master Shift for the beautiful art to go with Melody Beattie's beautiful words.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

NorthStar Pet: Click/Tap, Help

Citizens for Humane Action is a finalist for a $75k donation from DSW's Shoe Lovers Care.

You can help and it takes less than 30 seconds! Visit the Shoe Lovers Care site, click on CHA Animal Shelter, click or tap on Vote (it's above the video in the right corner).

It's that simple!

You can vote once a day through November 25th.

Learn more:

Citizens for Humane Action

DSW's Shoe Lovers Care

Thursday, November 13, 2014

NorthStar Pet: Embracing Winter!

Dogs and snow!!

Rafi has an awesome good time!

Thanks to Rafi and his humans for sharing this!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

NorthStar Pet: The Accidental Teacher

Patience. Kindness. Dignity. Contentment. Good Temper. 

Krista Winbigler's wonderful tribute to our relationships with dogs is a great read and just a click or tap away.

The Five Virtues of the Dog Lover

Photograph courtesy of Krista Winbigler on Instagram.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

NorthStar Pet: No Clock Watchers Here

Animals, not operating via clocks - just humans!

So, just a reminder to give your pets a chance
 to get used to the change in your schedule 
now that clocks have fallen back.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

NorthStar Pet: Halloween Mashup

There are nights when the wolves are silent
and only the moon howls. George Carlin

What a fun, Halloween-esque set of photographs 
(and mad Photoshop skills) from artist Sarah DeRemer.

Thanks to Mashable and artist Sarah DeRemer.  

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

NorthStar Pet: Cat's Paw

Earth Porm (a really cool website, by the way)
offers this great, fun pictorial of cats who just can't resist!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

NorthStar Pet: Sing Me a Love Song!

Doogie loves music. Especially this ballad
from his human, Shane K.

Thanks, Shane for sharing this sweet video.

Monday, September 22, 2014

NorthStar Pet: One More Reason to Be Safe

Awesome message from Budweiser:
Always remember and never forget... 
Friends are Waiting.

And... when you do stay with
 a friend to stay safe... call your pet sitter!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

NorthStar Pet: Progress, Dogs, and Simple Truths

As writer and teacher Joseph Deumer says: There are some simple truths inside the world's complexity, and the dogs know what they are.

Progress by Cesar Millan 
September 21, 2014

Greetings from Germany! I’m on the road again with my Cesar Millan LIVE tour, and one thing that always strikes me about Europe is the combination of the old and the new. I can be looking at a gleaming, modern skyscraper in the heart of a city, then turn around and see an ancient cathedral or castle.

It’s a reminder that one of the key words defining humanity is progress. We don’t always progress forward, but our species is always changing — think about how a lot of us update our phones every two years or constantly have to learn new skills for work.

But there’s one thing that does not change...

How dogs work. Or, more specifically, dog psychology. If you went back to the fifteenth century and grabbed a human from that castle, then dropped him in the middle of modern Berlin, he would barely understand anything that he saw or heard. But do the same thing to a dog, and she’d barely notice the difference.

This is why dogs adapt so quickly when they’re rescued or adopted into a new human pack. By living in the moment, what was novel soon becomes routine. Humans can do the same thing. It just takes a lot longer.

You’ve probably read the story of how Daddy helped me adopt Junior. Once Daddy made his decision, Junior followed him away from his mother and littermates and never looked back.

Humans have a habit of looking back and of holding on — especially to pre-conceived notions and ideas. Since a lot of people have the idea that dog psychology works exactly the same as human psychology, it’s very hard for them to understand that the two species look at the world in entirely different ways. I’ve worked with PhDs and CEOs who were brilliant in their fields, but then could not understand why it never works to treat a dog like a five year-old child.

Ironically, five year-old children do understand how to relate to dogs because, unlike the intellectual PhDs and CEOs, children are very instinctual. They relate to animals because they are very direct in communicating their emotions through their energy and body language.

Any parent can tell you when their five year-old isn’t feeling well or did something wrong in the other room. Dogs are the same way. They don’t lie. If they try to, just like human children, they’re not very good at it.

I mentioned before that dog psychology does not change and has not changed for the thousands of years that they’ve been our companions. What does change, though, is our understanding of it. And the more we learn, the simpler it is to understand.

People have tried to complicate dog psychology with elaborate theories and, while they have made breakthroughs in determining certain ways dogs think and what they are and are not capable of doing, nothing about the psychology of dogs has changed.

As I like to say, life is simple. We make it complicated.

Dogs don’t need to build castles, cathedrals, or cities and they don’t need to develop complex languages, cultures or political systems. Everything a dog needs to communicate is in its energy and body language, and everything a dog needs to know it perceives through its senses — nose, eyes, ears — in the moment.

Human intellect has achieved great things, but dogs have an enormous lesson to teach us. Listen to your instincts, especially when communicating with the animal world. That “voice” you hear calling back is Nature, and it’s the best voice to listen to.

Stay calm, and keep it simple!

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