Approved Therapy Equipment – Bright and Beautiful

URGENT MESSAGE FOR THERAPY DOG TEAMS

Below is part of the letter that was sent to Gold Star Dog Training from Bright and Beautiful regard approved equipment. Please review and make sure that you understand this information. Please understand that effective immediately Gold Star will only allow buckle collars and a leash when doing Gold Star related events. We at Gold Star Dog Training have never done a condition on a pass and will not do it in the future.

“In a recent B&BTD Board meeting, the issue of approved equipment has been discussed. Approved equipment such as buckle, choker, and martingale collars may be used on visits whereas harnesses and prong collars are allowed with a conditional pass for medical conditions or if necessary for controlling the dog. We want to make sure that all of our teams are using approved equipment so they may be well protected under our insurance, so we are adding approved equipment statements on membership ID badges. These badges will bear “APPROVED TO WORK ON [one of the pieces of approved equipment].”

If you have any questions, please contact Mark at Mark@GoldStarDogTraining.org

 

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Santa Paws – July 23 at Castle Noel from 11am to 5pm

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Jager Needs Help!

Jager has recently graduated from a Therapy Dog course to be a comfort animal in nursing homes and hospitals. Unfortunately, over the past week, he has stopped eating and has become lethargic and distant. He can no longer walk up stairs or get up on his own. The diagnosis is Addison’s or Cancer.

The vet bills have gone over $1,500 at the moment and we still need more. In order to perform the surgery needed to save him, we’re looking at another vet bill of $2,500.

Time is a factor and I appreciate every dime. If you are unable to donate, I understand, but I always appreciate this being forwarded to more people.

Thank you for helping him get back to helping others,

Michael Jordan

Visit this site to donate money: https://www.gofundme.com/2b2rz43a

 

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Last Known Living 9/11 Search Dog Dies in Texas at Age of 16

Bretagne

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — The last known living 9/11 search dog has died in a Houston suburb at age 16.

Bretagne (BRIHT’-nee), a golden retriever, was euthanized Monday at a veterinary clinic in the Houston suburb of Cypress, according to a statement from the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service.

Bretagne was 2 years old when she and her handler, Denise Corliss, were part of the Texas Task Force 1 sent to the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan after the terrorist attack brought down the buildings on Sept. 11, 2001. They spent 10 days at the scene searching rubble for human remains.

About two-dozen first responders lined the sidewalk leading to the veterinarian’s office and saluted Bretagne as she walked by for the final time Monday, The Houston Chronicle reported. An American flag was draped over her body as she was carried out of the facility.

Bretagne retired from active duty at age 9. At 15, she was taken by Corliss to the 9/11 memorial and participated in an interview with Tom Brokaw of NBC News. Corliss told NBC’s “Today” that in recent weeks Bretagne began experiencing kidney failure and slowing down.

Bretagne was nominated for a Hero Dog Award from the American Humane Association in 2014. An online biography posted by the organization says that Bretagne served as an ambassador for search and rescue dogs in retirement, often visiting elementary schools.

Bretagne and Corliss met with former President George H.W. Bush at his presidential library late last year.

A post on the Texas Task Force 1 Facebook page remembers “the valiant effort and dedication to finding a victim trapped in a destroyed building that Bretagne showed us on a regular basis.”

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Windsong Care Center Needs Pet Therapy Dogs

Windsong Care Center in Akron has contacted Gold Star and has requested Therapy Dogs to do visits are their location. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact:

Andrew Caruso

120 Brookmont Road

Akron, Ohio 44333

330-666-7373 ext: 109623

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24 Brunswick Families Displaced by Fire

If you haven’t heard, there was a horrific fire in Brunswick this week. There are 21 – 24 families without homes. Gold Star Dog Training will be collecting donations for the animals that are now out of homes. If you would like to donate any money, please send it to: Gold Star, Attn: Brunswick Fund, 5271 Yellowstone Drive, Medina, Ohio 44256.

We will be using the money to purchase food, treats, food bowls, leashes, beds etc.

Thank you for all your help.

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Mansfield Reformatory – Ghost Hunt

The Mansfield Reformation Ghost Hunt is schedule for July 2, 2016.

If you want to go to the event, please register by go to: https://www.mrps.org/event-registration/393

In addition, please let Denise know that you are going by e-mailing her at: Denise@GoldStarDogTraining.org

Here is the information on the Ghost Hunt:

Public Hunt admission is $70* per person and includes access to the building from 8:00 pm until 5:00 am and a late dinner of pizza and soda.  Complimentary water, soda, coffee and hot chocolate available throughout the evening.

*All Public Hunts, are $70. 

  • Gates open 7 pm*
  • Check in between 7 pm-8 pm *
  • Guided tour of facility 8:30-9:30 *
  • Independent investigating 10 pm-5 am
  • Must be 18 and over to participate

*Please note, there are no physical tickets for ghost events. An email confirmation is sent automatically to the person who registered. All registered participants will check in with a photo ID.

*The building contains hazards including, but not limited to: steep steps, uneven surfaces, and lead-based paint.  It is not recommended for pregnant women. Sleeping during a hunt is prohibited. For a full list of rules and regulations, please see below.

If you have purchased your ticket online, there is no need to send in a license agreement.  All participants will be required to sign in at check in and present a valid photo ID.

*Any changes to participant registration can be made at the registration table on the day of the hunt. Replacement participants must be at least 18 years of age and provide a photo ID.

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Hospice Fundraiser – Dec 20th – 4:00 – 6:00pm

We have two slots available for the Pet Therapy volunteers for the Hospice Fundraiser on December 20th from 5pm to 6pm. If you would like to work it, please let Denise know at Denise@GoldStarDogTraining.org.

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Medina Hospice Holiday Fundraiser

On December 5th from 1pm – 3pm, Pet the Pooch has been ask to do a fundraiser for Medina Hospice. We will be taking the dogs to their store and will be raising money for them. The store is located next to Marshall’s in the old K-Mart plaza in Medina.

If you are interested in volunteering for this, please let Denise know at Denise@GoldStarDogTraining.org.

 

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Halloween Safety for Dogs

Halloween can be a fun time of year for the whole family – even your dog. However, there are also many potential dangers and sources of stress for your dog. Just remember to keep your dog safe from these Halloween hazards.

Halloween Candy and Other Treats: Remember that human treats are not usually good for dogs! Candy – especially chocolate – can be extremely toxic to your dog. Artificially sweetened candy, gum and other goodies may also contain xylitol, a highly toxic substance. Dogs may also ingest food wrappers, causing a risk of choking, upset stomach or gastrointestinal blockage. Various party snacks can be too salty and may contain ingredients that can poison your dog. Alcoholic beverages and dogs do not mix – they pose a significant risk of severe illness or even death! Keep all of these “human goodies” far out of your dog’s reach. If you are not positive that you can keep your dog away from these hazards, then consider confining your pet to another area of your home during the festivities. Keeping appropriate dog treats around for your dog can be a great idea, but remember not to overfeed. Sliced carrots or apples (hold the caramel) can be tasty and healthy snack alternatives for people and dogs alike!

Halloween Decorations: Your dog is bound to be curious about new objects around the house, and that includes Halloween decorations. Be sure decorations are not in areas where your dog could ingest them or bump into them. Power cords trip your dog or lead to electrical shock if chewed. Be careful with the placement of jack-o-lanterns – have you ever seen a dog eat a whole pumpkin? It is not pretty! Also, candles can be knocked over, potentially burning your dog and/or starting a fire. Other decorations can be eaten or broken, causing serious harm to your dog. Have fun and decorate – just think about your dog first!

Trick-or-Treaters and other Guests: Though many dogs love visitors, some can become fearful of strangers. Many dogs will even be afraid of people they know if those people are in costumes. Plus, constant ringing of the doorbell might get your dog over-excited or very stressed out. Think about your dog’s typical reaction to visitors and take extra precautions for Halloween. Keep your dog at a distance when greeting trick-or-treaters by putting up an baby gate or confining her to another area of the home. When inviting guests into your home, introduce them to your dog in a positive manner. If your dog seems afraid of guests in costumes, remove her from the situation calmly. During parties and loud gatherings, your dog might do best in another area of your home unless she is used to these types of events and has done well in the past.

Halloween Costumes for Dogs: Some dogs really enjoy getting dressed in costumes – they might ham it up and revel in the attention. Other dogs can become scared or uncomfortable in clothing of any type. If you want to dress your dog up, start simple and see how she handles it. If she does not like it, then don’t push the issue. Try a Halloween bandanna or collar instead. If your dog does seem to enjoy getting dressed up, be certain you choose a costume that fits comfortably. If it is too tight, it could cut off circulation or cause sores to develop. Loose-fitting outfits can trip your dog or get caught on objects around the house. Because of these potential dangers, never leave your dog unattended in the costume. She could become injured or may ingest parts of the costume and choke, become sick, or develop gastrointestinal blockage.

Outdoor Dangers: I personally feel that unsupervised dogs are best kept indoors year-round, though some dogs will do fine living outdoors alone. However, the rules are different during the Halloween season! It is extremely crucial that you keep your dog indoors unless directly supervised. Sadly, there are cruel people who have twisted ideas of fun this time of year – and your dog can be the victim. Though it is more widely know that black cats are targeted during Halloween, any household pet can be at risk and MUST be kept indoors!

Your dog can be part of Halloween fun if you play it safe. As always, follow common dog safety rules: be certain that your dog wears current identification at all times, keep your dog on a leash when outdoors, and keep her safe from potentially dangerous situations. Have fun, be safe and have a happy Halloween!

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