About Way Cool Dogs
What does it take to start a home for old dogs that nobody wants? Or providing a home for dogs that require ongoing specialized care due to illness or behaviors — from serious trauma, abusive backgrounds, lack of socialization, to lack of training. To work with dogs successfully, it requires entering their world and leaving yours behind to understand their needs and problems.
Every dog is different, every dog is unique and every dog requires love and companionship. That is who they are. There is no such thing as a bad dog, a vicious dog or a mean dog — there are only bad or ignorant owners who know little of their dog’s breed or about dogs in general.
Over the years, we have been called for emergency puppy whelpings, to treat sick dogs and to provide homes for dogs that nobody wants. We have dogs here that have been dumped onto the road. Yes, we have become overwhelmed over the years and have had to cut back, but we still have the more serious dogs who require massive care.
Most of our time is spent on educating the public about shelters, feed, medical issues, and training. The majority of the dogs who have been turned out or into shelters are due to training issues, which is the owner’s fault — not of the dog. We believe in gentle training and entering the world of the dog for full communication.
A few of our examples of the daily cares are J.J. (Joyful Jasmine), a Shiba Inu who refuses to eat – requiring four feedings a day from a small spoon; little Buttons, an elderly Rattie who is so shy and retired, she needs special care and is just now coming into her own at ten years of age. Tiny Maya Rose likes to be carried around on her back as often as she can because she needs lots of attention and love, and will throw herself backward the minute you pick her up. Old Trixie was a breeding dog going from kennel to kennel until she ended up here…she is now one of the girls who runs at will, attaching herself to us as often as she can. Today, she sleeps in her chair, with a few of the other girls.
There is also little Tilly Mae, a Rat Terrier-Pomeranian hybrid puppy who was born at two ounces, and today at full growth weighs only three pounds. She thinks she is a one-owner dog – and now belongs only to me. Holly Higgins, a little black and tan long-haired doxie, was born at 1 1/2 ounces with a parrot mouth, being tube-fed until she was over three months of age and decided she wanted to live. She requires a special diet and a special plate to eat to work with her parrot mouth. Barbie – a Miniature American Eskimo – was taken out of a breeding mill about 10 years ago. She runs loose and is over 26 years of age, only recently slowing down.
Way Cool Dogs was originally started by myself, a great-grandmother in south-central Nebraska, telling of our experiences about taking care of dogs. Over time, we began to see issues that were important to dog lovers that needed more attention. Over the years, things that are common everyday practice to is were things we did not know earlier in our own lives. This is what we choose to write about. (View some reader testimonials here.)
Our readers learn, ask questions and enjoy the stories. We have a wide variety of subject matter that is all related to dogs. Not only can you have our daily posts downloaded to your computer every day, but we also Twitter and Facebook under Way Cool Dogs. We hope to see you there . . .
NE Pets Meals on Wheels
Another part of Way Cool Dogs is the development of NE PETS Meals on Wheels – a hub of NE volunteers throughout the state helping struggling Nebraska families and individuals who have pets and have lost their job, are elderly, have health problems, or are disabled. If you are in need and live in Nebraska, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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More about Nancy:
- Nancy is Channel Manager of Dogs (Other) Channel, Channel Manager of Animal Rights and Issues, and on the Helium Advisory Board for Title Seeding. View About Me page on Helium
- Nancy’s pet and dog articles on Helium
- Nancy’s art on Facebook: Art Styles–”Channeled Art”
- Nancy’s Hub articles
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