NEW HAVEN RESIDENT Ursula Olender welcomes home her dog Tela, who was on the loose for six days last month. Finding the dog was a community-wide effort, including friends, neighbors, fellow dog park users, and work colleagues of Olender and her husband, Jon. The couple also had some help from unusual sources — a dowser who does animal communication work and an unnamed Vermonter who had “insights” about Tela’s location. Paul Dahm, right, and his wife, Carolyn, finally discovered the dog near a swamp on Field Days Road.
Photo by Jon Olender
NEW HAVEN — In late August, after their four-year-old English setter, Tela, bolted from a nearby hay field and sallied forth on six days of unknown adventures to undisclosed locations, Ursula and Jon Olender learned what they say was a valuable lesson:
Ask for help and you will receive it.
“One of the best pieces of advice we received was to let people help,” Ursula told the Independent. “Don’t do this on your own. Let as many people know as you can, keep updating Facebook, put your posters everywhere, knock on doors.”
And it worked.
More than 140 people joined a Facebook group called “Find...
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is providing the following list of certified leashed tracking dog owners who volunteer during the hunting seasons to help hunters locate deer or bear that have been shot during hunting season but not yet recovered.
The leashed tracking dog owners, who provide their services free of charge, must pass an extensive exam administered by Fish and Wildlife in order to be certified and licensed to provide their services.
The full list, which may be updated during hunting seasons, is available on the Vermont Fish and Wildlife website...
For many, it seemed like a heartwarming idea: rescuing a pup from the local shelter to help battle loneliness during the coronavirus quarantine. From the minute the dog came home, they could do no wrong — until, for some owners, shoes were chewed on, socks went missing, carpets were stained, and furniture became glorified dog beds. Sometimes, other unexpected behaviors came through, like pulling on the leash, baring teeth over scraps, or barking
Now is a good time for pet owners to find a trainer to help work through issues they and the dog may be experiencing. For starters, consider the type...
September is Animal Pain Awareness Month. Pain comes in many forms: arthritis, cancer, post surgery, acute injuries, and chronic injuries. Acute pain is obvious and distressing and hard to miss. Think of a broken leg or an injury from falling down the stairs. Chronic pain can be subtle — some may just think their pet is getting old. However, while old age is not a disease, pain is and can be treated. There are many options to treat the various causes of pain in animals including pain medications, physical rehabilitation and integrative medicine options — acupuncture and chiropractic.
During the hot summer months, both large and small animals can suffer unwanted attention from fleas, ticks, biting flies and mosquitoes. Besides the annoyance, pain and itching they cause, they can also transmit disease to your animal. There are many things you can do to help avoid this.
The flies that cause problems with animals are not the typical house flies, but species such as black flies, deer flies, and horse flies. In many cases, the flies (and mosquitoes, too) prefer to “strike” the sensitive and fairly thin skin of the animal’s ears. This has led to the common term “fly strike” as...
Fireworks, barbecues and heat can be a dangerous trio for pets. As the state begins to ease COVID-19 restrictions, friends and family will begin to gather again and with the Fourth of July rapidly approaching, barbecues and fireworks may be on the agenda. While most people love the festivities, fireworks, barbeques and heat of day can all pose issues for dogs, cats, horses and even livestock, which can react to fireworks in ways that could potentially cause injury and sometimes death. Some simple precautions at these gatherings can help keep your animals safe.
Whether you’re attending a...
Homeward Bound, Addison County’s Humane Society, encourages pet owners to plan and prepare — but not to panic — about the impact that COVID-19 may have on their four-legged family members.
Pet owners can ease some of the fear of the unknown by taking steps to make a care plan in the event that they become sick or otherwise unable to care for their pets. The essentials of a care plan include a 30-day supply of food and necessary medications, a list detailing the pets in the house, veterinarian’s contact information, the names and contact information of at least two people willing and able to...
MIDDLEBURY — Homeward Bound, Addison County’s humane society, deals with pets of all kinds, and pets in all kinds of circumstances. The Middlebury agency has developed a program called “Pets in Crisis” to provide short-term boarding and free basic medical care for companion animals of people facing temporary homelessness.
Through this program, Homeward Bound assists owners by enrolling their pets for two weeks (or more as negotiated) while they focus on their personal needs and regain stability. In most cases, when the time of crisis or emergency settles, the pets are reunited with their...
VERMONT — Many pet owners are wondering how the COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus could affect their pets. Can they be carriers? Can the get infected? Should they be quarantined? The advice from veterinary care experts, while helpful, is not by any means definitive.
At issue is the fact that there just isn’t enough information or studies out there that can shed more than a little light on the subject. A Hong Kong Pomeranian that tested positive for the disease last week has heightened public concern and caused some take actions against dogs based on wrong information....
MIDDLEBURY — Homeward Bound, Addison County’s Humane Society, has announced the dates of their 2020 Open Door Microchip and Nail Trim Clinics. The clinics will be offered on Saturdays, Feb. 15, April 11, June 20, Aug. 24 and Dec.12, from 10 a.m. to noon.
A microchip is a small electronic chip (about the size of a piece of rice) that is inserted under the skin between a pet’s shoulder blades that contains all of the owner’s contact information. Most veterinary offices and shelters have the ability to scan for this chip and quickly identify the owner. The entire process takes less than two...