HABIT Informational Meeting

Monday, August 25 , 2008



HABIT will be having their informational meeting at the UT College of Veterinary Medicine in Room A118. This building is located on the right as soon as your turn into the Agriculture Campus on Joe Johnson Drive. Registration will begin at 6:00 PM. There will be signs posted and due to UT parking regulations, please stop at the first HABIT sign and get a parking permit. You may park in the lot to the right of the stop light (Lot 66) behind the vet college.

Come on out and meet Jazz and get introduced to the wonderful world of pet assisted therapy!

Visit their site for more information: http://www.vet.utk.edu/habit/meetings.php

Do not bring your pets to this meeting.

Jazz & her new little brother, Nestle

Welcome Jazz's New Sibling


B. 5-22-08

Chocolate/Rust long hair Mini-Dachshund

Nestle comes from a local breeder by way of Chattanooga where his original owner kept him for two days before surrendering him to the Small Breed Rescue of East Tennessee. In spite of a traumatic month in the life of this little fellow, he seems quite at home with us and his new big sister Jazz and extra big brother Elvis both are very comfortable with him.

Welcome home Nestle.


Toy Safety

Dogs are like small children and toys must be evaluated and monitored by us, the responsible humans. Don't forget that dogs can have accidents too! Most can be prevented, some toy related accidents can cause death, or hefty medical bills.

Small "super balls" that children love for their high-bounding feats, are a serious choking hazard to dogs. These balls lodge in the throat of the playful dog, cutting off air supply and death can result in mere minutes.

Thick rawhide chews pose a similar hazard to food gulping dogs, or if large enough peaces are swallowed, can become lodged between the large and small intestine requiring expensive surgery to correct.

Any chew toy that gets small enough to be swallowed can become a choking or obstruction hazard and should be thrown away.

Toys should be checked frequently for damage. Small plastic parts should be removed and thrown away. Squeeky toys can become an enjoyable thing to tear up, at which time the plastic squeeker should be retrieved and thrown away.

Other hazards exist as well. Here, Chai's owner shares his horrific story so that other owners can be aware and take precautions. Thank you Chai, our prayers are with you: http://www.thechaistory.blogspot.com/