Thursday, May 26, 2011


          Let me introduce you all to Mailman.  He is this months featured dog from the Delaware county SPCA.  

         I met Mailman in the reception are of the Delco SPCA.  He was a very happy dog.  he was nothing but wags and licks from the first second I saw him.  I am writing about this wonderful pit bull because he is currently the longest resident of the SPCA having been there since February.  He came to them in very sad shape.  His collar was so tight that his skin had grown into it, and he was covered in tar.  He was not in very good shape, but as you can see by the pictures he has bounced back incredibly.  Now he just needs to find a loving home.

          Mailman is very people friendly,I should know, as I said he was all wags and licks when I first met him.  He has been showing some aggression toward other dogs. So I would recommend Mailman to a home that does not have other dogs.  They are working hard on helping him overcome this issue, and they are doing a wonderful job.  I have been told he has befriended another dog, and that is a big step for mailman.    If you are interested in adopting Mailman you can visit the Delaware County SPCA and ask for him by name or you can give his ID number which is 40465. If you have any questions feel free to call the Delaware County SPCA at 610-566-1370.  You can also check out their web site  I really hope one of you out there can find it in your heart to give this truly deserving dog a home.  He is in real need of someone who can keep him healthy and happy in a loving home.

Nick Carreno

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Sit, Stay, Love

          I had a friend tell me about an adoption event going on in Santa Barbara in the coming week.  I would encourage any of my readers in California, living in or around Santa Barbara, to check it out

          Anthropologie has partnered with the Dog Adoption and Welfare Group (DAWG) for an adoption event.  So stop by and see if you can find it in your heart to open your home to a homeless dog.

          The event is being held on May 22nd 2011 from 11am to 1pm.  The event will be located at the address below.

1123 State Street
Santa Barbara, California

          So go check it out, you may just find a new furry friend to share your time with. 

Nick Carreno

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Dogs Talk While They Walk

Spring is here, the weather is warm and people are once again out and about with their dogs.  It is a wonderful thing to see people caring for their dogs.  Most people don’t understand what they are doing when they walk their dogs.  Sure you are taking the dog out to go to the bathroom and to get exercise, which is great, but that is not all that is going on.  Have you ever sat in an area where a lot of people will walk their dogs?  I am lucky, all I have to do is go sit on the porch and people walk their dogs right by my house.  If you watch the interaction you will see much more than a potty call and some exercise going on.  Some people are being pulled along by their dog, some are walking with friends without a clue as to what their dogs are doing, and some are walking in a very symbiotic way with their dogs.  Those that are walking with their dogs, as opposed to just walking their dog,  are so much more at ease and their dogs are comfortable, not pulling or darting off a the slightest movement.  It is really a remarkable thing to watch if you know what to look for.  The communication is all there as well.  The dog is part of a pack and at ease instead of nervous and jittery with no direction.
What most people don’t seem to understand is that a walk is a very social activity for a dog.  They meet other dogs, smell other dogs markings, and they see the outside world much differently while on a walk then they do if they are in the yard.  Walking creates an environment where you and your dog can bond.  Whether or not you know it, when walk your dog, you are communicating a lot of very important things.  You are discussing authority, caring, assertiveness, rules, and much more.  In your dog’s eyes, a whole other world is opened to them while on a walk, and a lot of communicating is going on without one sound being uttered.
A walk is a great time to take advantage of your dog’s natural instincts, and use them to your benefit.  It may not seem like your dog is paying attention to you while on a walk, but I can assure you nothing is further from the truth.  Just because your dog seems to be sniffing at everything and distracted by the slightest movement of a squirrel or a leaf, doesn’t mean the dog is not paying attention to you.  Your dog is always paying attention to you and your body language.  Once you understand that, you will find communicating with your dog not only simple, but a very rewarding experience.  If your dog is pulling, just stop; don’t say anything, just stop.  Wait for your dog to understand that you have stopped and they need to stop.  Calm your dog down standing in front of him; don’t let your dog walk until they are calm.  Once calm you can begin to walk again, and as soon as your dog pulls, do the same thing.  You will find yourself stopping every three feet, and it will be difficult to calm your dog down at first.  After a while you will see that your dog will understand that you are in charge.  This is one simple way to communicate with your dog without having to say anything.  Just stay calm, and don’t speak to your dog, let your actions do the talking for you.
Once you get the hang of it you will see that walking your dog is more like having a chat with your dog.  How the silent chat will go is all up to you.  If you are calm and you put yourself in the leadership role on the walk, you will see that it will translate to all other aspects of your life with your dog.  You may even notice your dog calming down and doing what you want, without you ever having to say a word.   That is a great feeling.  It will help to keep your dog calm and happy, and a calm happy dog is a great way to ensure your dog stays healthy and happy for many years to come.

Nick Carreno

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Scarlet Has a Home

          As some of you may know, I have been working with the Delaware County SPCA.  I have been trying to help them find dogs a home, particularly dogs that are having a hard time being adopted.  A few months back I did an article on Scarlet, entitled Scarlet Needs a Home.  I got a great response for her, I had people tell me they were interested in giving her a home, but it just didn't happen.  I usually don't speak about my personal life on this blog.  This blog is meant to be an informative blog concerning dogs.  I am breaking that rule today.

          I could not believe Scarlet was having such a hard time getting adopted, she was friendly, playful, young, and house broken.  What more could you ask for in a dog you want to adopt.  Scarlet was just having no luck.  She was placed in a foster home with really great people to look after her.  I had asked how she was doing a few times, and the answer was always the same, Scarlet is doing great but still has no "forever" home.  I decided that enough was enough.  If no one else would adopt this great dog then I would.  I took my family over to meet Scarlet and they loved her at first sight.  Scarlet put on a show, hamming it up for everyone in the room.  We spoke with her foster family for a little while, and they just loved Scarlet.  They had other dogs and Scarlet was doing well being around them.  We decided to have Scarlet meet our two dogs.  I have mentioned them several times in other articles.  We have a black lab and a siberian husky.  So we set a date for the dogs to get together.  Scarlet met Frankie (the husky) first.  Frankie has got to be the most mellow dog I have ever had, so she was the logical choice to be the first to meet Scarlet.  They hit it off right away, there were no problems at all.  They seemed to become friends very quickly.  Now it was Jasmines turn.  Jasmine is a very uptight dog, I know labs are meant to be mellow, but Jasmine has a really bad case of separation anxiety and gets very nervous when meeting new dogs and people. I was a bit worried how this would turn out.  Jasmine met Scarlet, and it went well.  There were a few growls that came from Jasmine when Scarlet tried to play, but other than that it went very well.

         I went to the SPCA last Tuesday (May 3rd 2011) and filled out the paper work to adopt Scarlet.  I picked her up that night from her foster home.  The adjustment has gone much better than I anticipated.  Jasmine warmed up to Scarlet with in the first few hours.  It seems Scarlet is very good at making friends.  It has been a couple of days now, and though I swore i would never have more than 2 dogs at a time, I know this was the right thing to do.  Scarlet is fitting in wonderfully, I have even caught all three dogs sleeping together at night.  I think I was very lucky to be able to give Scarlet a good home.  I intend to keep her healthy and happy for as long as she is with us.

Nick Carreno