Wee Bee Benji Come Home Inc
By Dr. Becker
A retractable leash is not so much a leash as it is a length of thin cord wound around a spring-loaded device housed inside a plastic handle. The handles of most retractable leashes are designed to fit comfortably in a human hand. A button on the handle controls how much of the cord is extended.
Retractable leashes are popular primarily because they aren't as confining as regular leashes, allowing dogs more freedom to sniff and poke around on walks. But unfortunately, there are many downsides to this type of leash.
10 Reasons Not to Use a Retractable Leash
The length of retractable leashes, some of which can extend up to 26 feet, allows dogs to get far enough away from their humans that a situation can quickly turn dangerous. A dog on a retractable leash is often able to run into the middle of the street, for example, or make uninvited contact with other dogs or people.
In the above scenario, or one in which your pet is being approached by an aggressive dog, it is nearly impossible to get control of the situation if the need arises. It's much easier to regain control of – or protect -- a dog at the end of a six-foot standard flat leash than it is if he's 20 or so feet away at the end of what amounts to a thin string.
The thin cord of a retractable leash can break – especially when a powerful dog is on the other end of it. If a strong, good-sized dog takes off at full speed, the cord can snap. Not only can that put the dog and whatever he may be chasing in danger, but also the cord can snap back and injure the human at the other end.
If a dog walker gets tangled up in the cord of a retractable leash, or grabs it in an attempt to reel in their dog, it can result in burns, cuts, and even amputation. In addition, many people have been pulled right off their feet by a dog that reaches the end of the leash and keeps going. This can result in bruises, "road rash," broken bones, and worse.
Dogs have also received terrible injuries as a result of the sudden jerk on their neck that occurs when they run out the leash, including neck wounds, lacerated tracheas, and injuries to the spine.
Retractable leashes allow dogs more freedom to pull at the end of them, which can look like aggression to another dog who may decide to "fight back."
The handles of retractable leashes are bulky and can be easily pulled out of human hands, resulting in a runaway dog.
Along those same lines, many dogs – especially fearful ones – are terrorized by the sound of a dropped retractable leash handle and may take off running, which is dangerous enough. To make matters worse, the object of the poor dog's fear is then "chasing" her, and if the leash is retracting as she runs, the handle is gaining ground on her – she can't escape it. Even if this scenario ultimately ends without physical harm to the dog (or anyone else), it can create lingering fear in the dog not only of leashes, but also of being walked.
Retractable leashes, like most retractable devices, have a tendency to malfunction over time, either refusing to extend, refusing to retract, or unspooling at will.
Retractable leashes are an especially bad idea for dogs that haven't been trained to walk politely on a regular leash. By their very nature, retractables train dogs to pull while on leash, because they learn that pulling extends the lead.
If your dog is well trained, gentle mannered and smart enough to master a regular leash and a retractable leash without being confused, you could be one of the rare guardians that can walk your pooch on any kind of leash without increasing risks to either one of you.
Our Featured Pet
We show our companions by appointment ONLY. Please call Delana at (580) 585-3021 or Denise at (580) 585-0358 Sorry for any inconvenience. We have had people dropping off there companions and throwing them over the fence. This is very dangers for all concern. We have to keep them separated for a short time to be sure they all get along as well as to make sure of the health of the companion. These are just a few of the reasons why we do appointment only.
PLEASE THINK IT THROUGH
Before adopting any companion, whether from us or another rescue make sure you are ready to take on this big responsibility. They can live for a very long time. Please don't take them for a couple of weeks and give up on these guys. Just like a kid they have to learn what you want from them as you are learning what they need from you. They are not to be passed around if it doesn't workout. Most rescues have a contract they have you to sign. PLEASE read it and if you have a question then ask it. In most contract it states in there that they are to be returned to the rescue!
If We don't have what you need
There is a big turn over in companions. We have around 15 to 30 companions at a time, so if we do not have what you need you may like to try the Ardmore Animal Care Shelter. Unfortunately they are a kill shelter. They are a very clean facility. They do give there pets a good chance to get a home. Please let them know that the Wee Bees sent you. Here is there web site www.ardmoreanimalshelter.org or go to http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/OK204.html We do have other rescues in our area that are great so please
ask us if we can help you.
Read before you fly with your pet!
date added May 25 2010
Flights are risky for pets, just do your best to be prepared.
NY Daily NewsA horrible tradgedy struck the Travolta family at an airport in Maine recently. This loss came just a year after the tragic death of their son Jett.
According to the Bangor Daily News, “At approximately 1 a.m. on Thursday, May 13, 2010, an airplane carrying members of the John Travolta family landed at BIA. While there, two small dogs were taken for a walk by someone who is not a family member. An airport service pickup truck was approaching the airplane to service the airplane and did not see the dogs. Unfortunately, the dogs were struck and killed. The airport is investigating the accident. Out of respect for the family’s privacy the city will make no further comment.”
This incident comes shortly after another story covered by CNN where a family claims Delta airlines lost the dog they had rescued during a vacation in Mexico and then ducked out of responsiblity for the mix-up. The airline however claims the carrier was too small, causing the dog to break out on the tarmac and never made it on the plane. The family insists it was not their error and that Paco had comfortably slept in the crate for two nights before the incident at the airport.
Delta has offered a flight voucher for the family's troubles, but say there is nothing else they can do.
Flying with a pet should be done with a healthy dose of caution. Pets can and have been lost like a piece of luggage. They have also escaped and overheated before and after transport. The best way to travel with a small pet is to find an airline that will allow your dog or cat to fly inside the cabin with you.
If your pet is too large, be sure to depart during comfortable times of year when the summer heat or bitter cold will not affect their travels. Many airlines have rules in place regulating when and how your pet may board. Have an ID tag on your dog's collar and his crate identifying you as the owner. Provide a phone number where you can be reached such as a cell phone number or the number where you will be staying. You can also affix a tag to the crate specifying your pet's flight destination to help avoid any confusion.
Typical airlines are not all well equipped to handle transporting animals. You may want to consider Pet Airways, an airline that is specifically for pets only and is set up to deal with pet-related issues. They have a limited number of destinations, but have a solid reputation and flights start at $99 one way.
Dallas is a city full of animal lovers with pets that sometimes have to fly the friendly skies. Just be careful when allowing them to join you on a flight, know the risks, and be prepared for what could happen.
Is Your Pet Legal?
Did you know that keeping a ferret as a pet is against the law in California, but legal in Illinois? And are you aware that you may be required by state law to spay or neuter your cat or dog? Since laws vary from state to state, it can be difficult and frustrating to get accurate information on animal-related issues. By educating yourself on the laws that affect your animal companion, you will help to ensure the safety and welfare of your pet and the public.
The first step in obtaining information on animal-related legislation is contacting your state's Department of Agriculture. If you have access to the Internet, a good place to start is the department's website, where you can find answers to many animal-related questions (to narrow your search, look under "Animal Industry" or "Laws and Regulations"). You may also send an e-mail or call your state's Department of Agriculture, usually located in your state capital, with your questions about animal laws. Remember to be specific: It's easier to get an answer to the question, "Are iguanas legal in Ohio?" than to the question, "What reptiles are legal in Ohio?" Your state's Department of Agriculture should also be able to provide regulatory information, such as pet licensing and vaccination requirements, in addition to your legal inquiry.
If your initial search proves unsuccessful, turn your attention to your state's Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC), which can help answer questions about companion animals as well as exotic animals and livestock. Although the names may vary from state to state, there are two departments you'll want to contact for information on your pet's legal status and relevant regulations: the Game Management and Law Enforcement divisions. Once you've determined that your animal companion is legal within your state of residence, you must determine that he is legal in your city or town. In the case of domesticated animals, such as cats and dogs, contact your city or local animal division; local governments usually determine things like spay/neuter and leashing laws, or bans on breed-specific animals like pit bulls or Rottweilers.
Read the Fine Print
If you live in the suburbs, you might encounter some unexpected legal problems. For instance, many suburban neighborhoods have specific codes that govern which animals may be kept as companions. There may be clauses in your neighborhood ordinance stating that livestock of any kind cannot be kept on residential property. However, the term "livestock" may or may not be defined. Having a clear understanding of any ordinances will help you gauge your pet's legal status. Apartment complexes and co-ops may have even stricter rules about which animals may be kept on the property.
Many states require that companion dogs be licensed and have a yearly rabies shot in order for their guardians to renew their license. Other laws include clauses on sterilization. New York, for example, requires that all dogs and cats adopted through an animal adoption agency be spayed or neutered. Exotic animals usually require a license that can be obtained from your state's DWC. This license is needed to regulate these animals and to protect the public. If you keep exotic animals, you might get a visit from a representative of your state's DWC who will evaluate the animal's living space and ensure that you're providing a proper environment.
If you're moving to another state, you'll want to find out ahead of time your new state's regulations for animal importation. While an animal may be legal within a state, he may not be allowed to enter the state. States regulate their borders because of the diseases that many animals carry, and try to protect their state from the spread of such diseases. Hawaii, for example, is a rabies-free state that requires a quarantine period for all cats, dogs and carnivorous animals who enter.
Whether you're the parent of a toy poodle or a six-foot-long iguana, you can ensure that you and your animal companions live in legal harmony. The information you need is just a phone call or a click of the mouse away.
Kelsey Pyle, a native of Cashion, Oklahoma, is a freelance writer currently living in Los Angeles.
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We would like to thank the Meers Store for being pet friendly. They have wire pet carriers outside for you to use when you come and eat. They are under a shaded pavilion. If you will let them know you have your companion there they will even let you use a lock and may even give you a rib bone for your friend.
If you know of any place that is pet friendly please let us know so we can get the word out.
Our Oddest Rescues
PetuniaPetunia is a young boxer looks to be about 1 yrs old.
When we found this little girl she was starving. A mail carrier call her in. Someone had dumped this poor thing out into the country. She had been sprayed by a skunk and had about a 1,000 porcupine needles in her face. It took a while to get her because she was so scared. She was not able to eat or drink because of all the needles in her face. This little girl was adopted and is living a wonderful new life.
How you can help
If you would like to help us with vet bills, food or up keep please send your donation to Benji Come Home 4532 N.E. Highlander Lawton OK 73507. We also recycle soda cans to help. Anything will help and is truly appreciated.
Getting To Know Our Vet
We would also like to welcome Dr. Catrina Black to our Wee Bee Family. She is our Vet at Midtown Animal Hospital Inc. 1101 Park Ave. Lawton, OK 73501-5024 PH: 580-353-3438
They are also AAHA approved!!!!!!!!!
Who is AAHA?
AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) was founded in 1933 and is the only association that provides voluntary accreditation to companion animal hospitals. Midtown is one of approximately 3,000 veterinary hospitals in the United States and Canada that are AAHA -accredited and have made a commitment to meeting the highest standers of veterinary care. To maintain their accredited status and to make sure they are keeping up with industry updates, they are checked every year and have to be rectified every 3 yrs. If you would like to know more about AAHA please feel free to call them any time and ask for more details.
WAY TO GO MIDTOWN!!!!!!
We are no longer taking Pit bulls of any kind
We have been swamped with call wanting us to take pit bulls. We are unable to take them at this time. What we can handle are a few smaller dogs under 50 pounds. Our space is very limited.
Our First Rescue
We had our first official rescue.
We were sitting down for a a peaceful lunch with a rescue worker from OKC when the phone rang and the lady on the other end was frantic. She was needing our help getting 2 dogs out of the swimming pool. She was unable to get a hold of the fire dept. and didn't know what to do. When we arrived Delana began to strip down to her undergarments so she would be able to get into the pool if needed. When we got to the back and saw what we were dealing with we were surprised to see 2 beautiful labs that were full grown. The pool had been partly drained of the water, but the deeper half was full. There was no way they could have gotten out because it was way to slick for them. We found a rope and Margaret tied it to the ladder then we made a human chain. Denise held on to Delana then Susie held on to Denise and Margaret was on the end of the chain. When Denise yield PULL , Delana grabbed the collar of the first dog and up he came and then the second one. They were so grateful to be out of there. After it was all over the fire dept. came. We told them they we a bit to late. I just love happy endings!
One Of Our Rescues
We had a call from Good Year to come out and get a dog that had been on the plant site for about 2 weeks. She was living in a tin horn. Some of the people were feeding her and others were kicking at her trying to get her to go away. She was so scared of people. It took us almost 2 hours to get her. We knew we could not leave without this little girl because a snow storm was coming our way and she was going to have puppies! This was on a Sun. We took her to the vet Mon to find out she was going to have 7 babies, but all looked good. We got her the shots that we could and Delana took her home. A week and 2 days after the rescue I am proud to say we have 7 wonderful puppies.
UPDATE: They where all adopted out to good homes when we had the Fair!
Who We Are
Let me introduce myself. My Name is Denise and the two other ladies who are resposible for this rescue is Delana my sister and a good friend name Margaret.
We were founded quite by accident. We started out by helping a few ladies, find homes for abandoned and abused animals.
Countless number of animals are thrown away, or put to sleep, because of ignorance. It was going to be just a part time things but the three of us got together and decided to start our own rescue.You have to truly love animal to do this. There is nothing easy about it. The hours are long and the pay is none except for the love these little guys show you and for that we are truly rich.
Without each of us encouraging the other and without Benji to inspire us, even though it was for a short time, that's all it took. We were on our way.
We can't save them all,but we can try and save as many as possible.
Please spay or neuter your pets, and if your willing to adopt an animal, keep in mind, it could be from 1 to 12 years or longer. So if you're not truly committed, please don't unless its for keeps.
Our goal is to STOP KILL SHELTERS, and find as many homes as we can, where dogs can live a long and happy life. Wee Bee Benji Come Home Rescue Ink is a nonprofit organization.
I would like to take this time to thank Dr. Hanye who believes in us and has helped us a lot!
Carol and Elizabeth who are dynamite ladies who's courage is beyond belief.
The Meers Volunteer Fire Dept. for all there help with the water. Please remember to donate to your local Fire Dept. They are a great group of people!
The Story of Benji
The story of Benji.
While at camp a stray little dog came up to my sister. He had the most beautiful eyes you have ever seen. He would hold his paws up for you to hold him, just like a child needing comfort from there momma. This poor little guy was so messed up. His neck had a big open wound as well as other cuts. You could see it was infected. We took him to the vet where Delana had him treated and given meds. for her to give to him. We tried to find who owned him. We took him to the shelter. We decided to call him Benji. He was on the road to recovery when one night someone stole him. We look for this little guy with no avail. Three day had past and on one of the coldest night he tried to make it back because the next morning he was found in a pile of hay where he had died. Delana went down and bought him a casket and we buried our beloved Benji at the shelter with a cross to market his resting place.
When I get discouraged all I have to do is go to the grave site and I remember why we are doing this.
Thank you for taking the time and reading this.
Prayer for Animals
Hear our humble prayer.O God,for our friends the animals,
especially for the animals who are suffering;
for animals that are overworked, underfed and cruelly treated;
for all wistful creatures in captivity that beat their wings against bars;
for any that are hunted or lost or deserted or frightened or hungry;
for all that must be put to death.
We entreat for them all Thy mercy and pity,
and for those who deal with them we ask a heart of compassion
and gentle hands and kindly words.
Make us, ourselves, to be true friends to animals
and to share the blessings of the merciful.
By: Albert Schweitzer
Adopting a friend
We all have a time in our lived when we want a companion that we can have around who will love us just as is. We at Wee Bee Benji Come Home Rescue may just have the friend you are looking for. Please feel free to call us and ask us about any of our wonderful four legged companions. We may just have the right one just for you.
A Pet's 10 Commandments
A PET'S TEN COMMANDMENTS. ........
1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful.
2. Give me time to understand what you want of me
3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being.
4. Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment, but I have only you.
5. Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.
6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.
7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to bite you.
8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak.
9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too, will grow old.
10. On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you can't bear to watch. Don't make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so.
Take a moment today to thank God for your pets.
Enjoy and take good care of them.
Life would be a much duller, less joyful experience without God's critters.
We do not have to wait for Heaven, to be surrounded by hope, love, and joyfulness. It is here on earth and has four legs!
All donations of any type is truly appreciated.We do recycle cans to help with food and Vet bills. If you would like to come out and walk the companions and give them a little TLC that would be GREAT as well!
Away to help us to help our companions
1-800-Petmeds has a great new program for rescues called the Partner Program. Not only will they give us pet medicines - they also give funds. When you purchase pet supplies we get a donation from them. Please help us to support our animals by using the link below to order Frontline Plus and other products. Please Support Our Rescue!
Click this link to be taken to 1-800-PetMeds.
Support our shelter! Buy
Frontline Plus and pet medications today!
If you call please use the code Wee Bee.
Come Visit Us!
Wee Bee Benji Come Home Inc
25006 State Highway 115
Lawton, OK 73507
Phone: 580-585-0358 or 580-585-3021
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