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Happy Howlidays ~ A Season for Giving
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By Susan Frisch

Sue Frisch is a professional dog trainer with 25+ years of experience working with dogs and their owners. She is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) and the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW) and Tri-State Dog ...

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Your Dog's Place

Sue Frisch is a professional dog trainer with 25+ years of experience working with dogs and their owners. She is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) and the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW) and Tri-State Dog Obedience Club (TSDOC). After 25 years managing an animal shelter while also running a dog boarding business at her farm and teaching training classes at night, Sue’s expertise includes everything from basic manners training and behavior modification to dog psychology, nutrition, and exercise. Over the years she has worked with hundreds of families and their pet dogs. Sue knows that the science of canine behavior and training—and the resulting training techniques—is a field in constant development, and she makes sure to keep abreast of the latest discoveries. She regularly attends seminars with eminent behaviorists and dog trainers, and reads every significant book and publication on relevant topics. She is currently an American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, is in the instructors training course for K9 Nose Work and studying to become a C.L.A.S.S. evaluator for the APDT’s Canine Life and Social Skills program. Through her business, Your Dog’s Place, Sue helps dog owners train dogs of all sizes, ages, and temperaments to be polite four-legged family members—and she gives dogs a home away from home when they board at her farm, Countryside Kennels. Sue lives in Honesdale, PA, with her four dogs, Mackie, April, Mystery, and Monkey.

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Mackie, one of my lucky dogs....peeking over the couch :-)
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Mackie, one of my lucky dogs....peeking over the couch :-)
Dec. 10, 2012 12:37 p.m.

 

               Today, as I am writing this, my 4 dogs are lounging on the couch, there’s a fire in the stove, our house is toasty warm and all their bellies are full.  They are lucky dogs, and I imaging that many of the River Reporter reader’s dogs are living the same type of life.  I find that many dog lovers think of their furry friends as family, and treat them as such.  Our dogs don’t want for much, they receive routine veterinary care, quality food, toys, they often accompany us on our travels about town, and most of us will include our dogs on our holiday gift list.  Like I said, our dogs are lucky.

                Unfortunately, our communities are full of less fortunate dogs (and other animals) who are homeless, lost, hungry, abused and abandoned.  All of our local shelters have an abundance of animals in need of new homes.   During this season of giving, there are many things you can do to help the less fortunate animals in our neighborhoods.   A donation to your local animal shelter can top the list.    While many people will drop of a bag of food, or toys/treats for the animals, I’ve come up with a list of other items that my help as well.



  • Office supplies such as pens, paper, postage stamps


  • Pet grooming supplies such as shampoo, towels, and brushes, a good pair of clippers


  • Gift certificates to local pet supply stores ( many shelter become overwhelmed with donations of food this time of year, and a gift card will allow them to get what they really need when they need it)


  • Offer to pay one month’s utility bill


  • Donate your time to help with a fundraiser, or to visit with and socialize the animals


  • Cat litter, even though it doesn’t sound too exciting, most shelters go through 100’s of pounds a month.


  • Gently used towels and blankets


  • If your local shelter has a thrift store, donate your gently used household items there


  • Cleaning and laundry supplies, such as bleach, laundry detergent and dish soap, paper towels and toilet paper


  • Adopt your new pet rather than buy it, you will open up a cage for the next needy animal and save a life!




I am sure that any of the above items would be greatly appreciated by all of our local animal sheltering organizations.  If you are unsure what may be the best donation, it can be a good idea to call and ask what they need the most.   Shelter staff and volunteers will let you know what their most important, immediate need is.

And while you are at it, take the time to give big thank you to the shelter staff and volunteers who work tirelessly day in and day out to give so much to the community and its animal population.  A tray of fresh baked cookies, a gift certificate for a staff lunch from a local pizzeria, a basket of bagels with cream cheese, a box of chocolates will go a long way in helping to show your appreciation of the good work they do!

From our house to yours, we wish you all a safe and happy holiday season!

 

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