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DooGooders’ welcomes guest blogs from organizations across the region. This month, we hear from Sharee H. of Sioux Falls wanting to make animal cruelty crimes felonies. You can learn more about the campaign at its website.

Have you ever got something stuck in your head and just can’t get it out? That happens to me when I hear things that make me sick to my stomach like:

  • The guy next door beats his neighbors dog to death with a hammer; his sentence is less than a $400 fine.
  • Someone gives jerky tainted with poison to at least 6 dogs in Tea, SD; no charges filed.
  • A horse is abused with deep rope burns around his legs and severed tendons; the abuser’s punishment is 15 days in jail…5 days in July every year for three years.
  • A man ties his dog to a tree, sets her on fire and lets her burn to death. He was fined $1000 and a few months in jail.

Unfortunately, the list goes on. These are crimes that meet the need for felony punishment, not the ‘slap on the wrist’ sentence of a misdemeanor. But, in the state of South Dakota these horrific crimes are viewed as a misdemeanor; we are one of only 3 other states in the US that have not updated their animal abuse laws to felony status. Yup, something else that makes me sick to my stomach.
Why are we one of those three? Well, it’s not for lack of trying. South Dakota has an agricultural lobby that views animal protection issues as potentially limiting options for farmers – ridiculous but they are entitled to their opinion. We lobby to get the laws changed and they (along with dog breeders – I don’t have enough space to go into that one) lobby to stop us. Both sides, agricultural and animal protection organizations need to find a way to work together and to hammer out an agreement that includes felony penalty for torture, including starving and neglect of our companion animals. I refuse to believe that these two sides are that far apart in our beliefs in what is right and what is humane when it comes to animals.
We need to be the voice of our pets. We need to ensure that our companion animals are protected through legislative means. Our legislators need to know that ending animal suffering is important to us. I believe there is power in numbers so please step up and contact each SD representative and senator about this now. They have the power to help end these travesties. We need the change now.  I want it to be a song that gets stuck in my head not the visions of these crimes and if my stomach is upset, I want too much ice cream to be the culprit not the visions of abused animals.

Sharee H., Sioux Falls

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Guest Blog by: Northern Plains Boxer Rescue

Hello all! Northern Plains Boxer Rescue’s 2nd Annual Boxer Walk is fast approaching. It will be Saturday, September 24, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at Sertoma Park in Sioux Falls, SD. For just $15, you get lunch, boxer walk, silent auction, talk from an area dog trainer, and a gift bag with several samples, dvd from Science Diet, dog food measuring cup and more. Check out everyboxercounts.com for a complete list of silent auction items. We will also be selling Boxer Walk and NPBR t-shirts with our logo on them. If you would like to pre-order a shirt just indicate that on the registration form. There will be some shirts available for sale at the Boxer Walk, too. The walk is open to all dogs, so tell your friends! For more information, contact Marvin Bahr at marv@everyboxercounts.com or (605) 690-8976.


Northern Plains Boxer Rescue is a nonprofit, all-volunteer effort where every boxer counts. We are an organization that strives to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home all boxers in need. Northern Plains Boxer Rescue makes every effort to educate the public about the boxer breed and responsible pet ownership. We serve a five state region: South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, North Dakota, and Minnesota. Currently we have more than 50 boxers in rescue who need a good, loving home. We operate solely out of foster homes so we know every boxer in our rescue and their lovable personalities. Without our foster homes and other volunteers, we could not operate. We are always looking for new volunteers and foster homes!

Guest Blog by: Lori Schnabel, fetch!

With all the rain we have gotten, there are a lot of flooded areas around the area, especially by the Big Sioux River, which is where Spencer Dog Park is. It’s a good reminder to not let your dogs play in the flooded waters.

Spencer Dog Park, Aug. 2010 (Courtesy: fetch!)

Melissa, CVT at Horizon Pet Care in Brandon, SD says, “The biggest concern with dogs swimming in [flooded] water is that they can get intestinal parasites. The most common being Giardia. Giardia causes bloody diarrhea in dogs. This particular parasite is transmissible to humans especially children. Another concern with swimming in this water is the potential for dogs to be cut on their paws or legs by objects under the surface”. There are a lot of other concerns about dogs going in flooded water, but these are the big issues.

fetch! Sioux Falls pet magazine is a Southeast South Dakota magazine about pets, for pet lovers. You can pick up a copy at grocery stores and pet businesses in the Sioux Falls area. Be sure to also check out fetch! on Facebook.

 Guest Blog By: Mandy Sieck-Vavreck, Sioux Falls Puppy Love Bakery

We have bark-worthy news!  In an effort to spread the word about dog happenings in Sioux Falls, Lily, our long-haired mini dachshund started her own blog.  She calls it Lily’s Guide to Dog Friendly Living in Sioux Falls and she’s paws-itively pumped to walk all over town and find the best spots for her canine counterparts to have a good time.
Inspired by directories like Sidewalk Dog in the Twin Cities and Portland Pooches in Portland, along with a surprising report that named Sioux Falls one of the top ten dog friendly cities in the U.S. (albeit a few years ago), Lily decided to spread the word!  Who knew her community was so open to canines?

Lily checks out The Falls!

When she’s not being our official Puppy Love Bakery Taste Tester, Lily plans to spread the word about events for dogs in Sioux Falls, restaurants with pooch-friendly patios, businesses that cater to those with paws, and other opportunities to celebrate man’s best friend.  She has also set a goal to visit each and every park in Sioux Falls and talk about them from her perspective!  Lily has already gained a few fans and already has people suggesting blog post topics.  If you have an event or another topic you’d like her to incorporate, please email mandy@sfpuppylovebakery.com and I will pass along the message!
In the next few weeks you’ll see posts on some of the following topics:
  • A visit to Camille’s Sidewalk Café
  • Many Sunday afternoons in various parks
  • The 2011 Sculpture Walk
  • Her 2nd birthday party, (which will be a fundraiser for local rescue organizations)
  • Her favorite downtown spot, Michelle’s Coffee

Lily’s blog:  http://www.dogfriendlysiouxfalls.blogspot.com/
MSNBC’s dog friendly city list: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21195469/ns/travel-family/t/top-pet-friendly-cities/

Canine Cuisine is a guest blog by Mandy Sieck-Vavreck of Sioux Falls Puppy Love Bakery. Sioux Falls Puppy Love Bakery creates tasty, natural and healthy treats for your pooch.

Guest Blog By: Craig LeeCraig Lee Studios

Where ever I am and what ever I am doing, I challenge myself to learn something new.   A few days ago as I was watching the Dock Dogs competition at the Outdoor Expo and realized that we all could learn a thing or two from these four-legged, tail wagging pups.

There were a few dogs that wanted to jump in the water so bad. They knew what they wanted, but were afraid to go after it. They sat on the edge of the dock barking, whining and jumping around.  Their owners would try to get them to jump.  The crowd would cheer for the dog to jump.   But none of that worked and the dog would not jump into the water until he was 100% confident he would do his best.

One other dog ran like mad to the end of the dock, put on the breaks at the last moment and just sort of flopped into the water.  He was not really taking advantage of the momentum he had built up. Others dogs had no trouble leaping into the water but lost sight of the duck decoy as soon as they hit the water. They swam around looking for their decoy, losing time and energy by not being focused. They tried hard but they just hadn’t trained enough.

You could easily pick out the dogs that had been training for this competition.  These dogs were so intensely focused that the yelling crowd, the announcer and the gun shots from the quick draw tent down the way did not knock them off their game. The only thing that mattered was running, jumping, leaping off that dock and getting to the decoy. Then doing it all over again, until it’s second nature to them. These were the dogs that succeeded at this game.

Which dog are you?

DooCrew Note: Be sure to check out Craig’s blog to see more of the pawesome pictures from Dock Dogs.

Craig Lee, founder of Craig Lee Studios, is a professional photographer based in downtown Huron, South Dakota. He also rocks the Mitchell area shooting weddings, engagements, senior portraits and commercial awesomeness. For more information, give him a ring at (605) 212-0256 or drop ’em a line craig@craigleestudios.com.

Feeling ruff, lately? Head out to the Northern Plains Boxer Rescue’s 2nd Boxers and Bikers Poker Run this Saturday, June 18, 2011 in Tea SD, during Teapot Days.  Registration starts at 9 am at the Tea Middle School (map) parking lot. A poker run is an organized event where participants visit several “sniff trail” checkpoints, getting their poker hand card marked and at the end of the run if all of your stops are marked you get to draw cards. The best poker hands win prizes. First place is a 32″ TV, second is a blue ray player, and third is an iPod nano. The event begins at 10 am with the parade. Poker hands will be drawn at 5pm and prizes at 6 pm. Anyone interested in participating in this event can register at www.everyboxercounts.com. Registration fee is $20 a person. Click on the poker run link on the main page (you may have to scroll down a little) to enjoy the PowerPoint presentation from last year or call 605-366-3105 for more details.

Northern Plains Boxer Rescue is a nonprofit, all-volunteer effort where every boxer counts. We are an organization that strives to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home all boxers in need. Northern Plains Boxer Rescue makes every effort to educate the public about the boxer breed and responsible pet ownership. We serve a five state region: South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, North Dakota, and Minnesota. Currently we have more than 50 boxers in rescue who need a good, loving home. We operate solely out of foster homes so we know every boxer in our rescue and their lovable personalities. Without our foster homes and other volunteers, we could not operate. We are always looking for new volunteers and foster homes!

 Guest Blog By: Mandy Sieck-Vavreck, Sioux Falls Puppy Love Bakery

We’re back! Lily and Mandy are here to talk about food allergies and the importance of feeding your dog the right food and treats! Does your dog seem to get ear infections often? Does your pup itch her skin excessively? Does Fido chew his feet? Your four-legged friend might be suffering from allergies! Though some dogs suffer from allergies related to the great outdoors, approximately 20% of allergy issues in dogs are food allergies. The most common food allergies in dogs include: beef, dairy products, chicken, eggs, soy, and corn. Allergies can cause itchy and dry skin, ear infections, hair loss and skin infections. In order to keep our dogs happy and healthy it is important that we make ourselves aware of the potential for food allergies and their side effects.

With all of those potential allergy culprits, why focus on corn? Corn is a cheap way for dog food and treat companies to add filler to their products, thus, corn is present in many dog foods. By using corn, companies can avoid spending extra money on healthier vegetable and fruit options. Even if your dog is not allergic to corn, it doesn’t provide them with a health benefit—it serves only to as filler. Make sure that the first ingredient in your dog’s food and treats is not corn. For every day food, a high quality meat should be the first ingredient. For treats, look for treats with the first ingredient is a fruit, vegetable, or high quality meat. It’s best if your dog’s treats are made without corn or corn products.

Just as we need to watch what we eat, we also need to watch what our dogs eat. It’s our responsibility to ensure that our pets are getting a high quality food and high quality snacks to help ensure they live long, healthy lives.

As an ending note, here’s a shameless plug for Puppy Love Bakery treats—as a precautionary measure, we never, ever use corn, beef, chicken, soy, eggs, or dairy products in our treats. Though we use whole wheat flour in our baked treats and pup cakes, we also offer all of our treats in gluten free options. Now, go check the ingredient list on your dog’s food and treats and make sure you’re doing your part to keep them healthy and allergy-free!

Additional Resources:

Modern Dog: Food Allergies 101

PetEducation.com: Food Allergies & Food Intolerance

Canine Cuisine is a guest blog by Mandy Sieck-Vavreck of Sioux Falls Puppy Love Bakery. Sioux Falls Puppy Love Bakery creates tasty, natural and healthy treats for your pooch.

Guest Blog by: Northern Plains Boxer Rescue

Northern Plains Boxer Rescue is hosting the 2nd annual Boxers and Bikers Poker Run June 18, 2011 in Tea SD, during Teapot Days.  We’ll start at 9 am at the Tea Middle School (map) parking lot. A poker run is an organized event where participants visit several “sniff trail” checkpoints, getting their poker hand card marked and at the end of the run if all of your stops are marked you get to draw cards. The best poker hands win prizes. First place is a 32″ TV, second is a blue ray player, and third is an iPod nano. The event begins at 10 am with the parade. Poker hands will be drawn at 5pm and prizes at 6 pm.

Anyone interested in participating in this 100% non-profit event can register at www.everyboxercounts.com. Registration fee is $20 a person. If you register by June 5 you will receive a free “doggie” gift bag. Click on the poker run link on the main page (you may have to scroll down a little) to enjoy the PowerPoint presentation from last year or call 605-366-3105 for more details.

Meeting one of our boxers looking for a forever home: Hi, my name is Joel. I’m a handsome 2 year old white boxer boy. I love playing with my resident boxer sisters and going for walks. I’d be the perfect running companion. My sister, Sky, and I came into rescue together and she has already found her forever home. Everyone keeps telling me I’ll find a new home soon because I’m so good looking and sweet. My adoption donation is $350. Like all NPBR boxers 3 years of age and under, I will be adopted out with an obedience contract. My foster dad also says I’d be best in a home with a 6 foot fence.


Check out Joel and all of the available boxers out at everyboxercounts.com or email for more information!
Northern Plains Boxer Rescue is a nonprofit, all-volunteer effort where every boxer counts. We are an organization that strives to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home all boxers in need. Northern Plains Boxer Rescue makes every effort to educate the public about the boxer breed and responsible pet ownership. We serve a five state region: South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, North Dakota, and Minnesota. Currently we have more than 50 boxers in rescue who need a good, loving home. We operate solely out of foster homes so we know every boxer in our rescue and their lovable personalities. Without our foster homes and other volunteers, we could not operate. We are always looking for new volunteers and foster homes!

Guest Blog by: Northern Plains Boxer Rescue

Gypsy, one of the lovable boxers needing a forever home

Northern Plains Boxer Rescue is a nonprofit, all-volunteer effort where every boxer counts. We are an organization that strives to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home all boxers in need. Northern Plains Boxer Rescue makes every effort to educate the public about the boxer breed and responsible pet ownership. We serve a five state region: South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, North Dakota, and Minnesota. Currently we have more than 50 boxers in rescue who need a good, loving home. We operate solely out of foster homes so we know every boxer in our rescue and their lovable personalities. Without our foster homes and other volunteers, we could not operate. We are always looking for new volunteers and foster homes!

Two-year-old Boxer Gypsy

And here is one of our boxer friends looking for a forever home:
I’m, Gypsy, a gorgeous sun-kissed 2-year-old brindle, a sweet, playful girl who loves attention, and getting frisky. I love long walks, riding in your car, hanging out on the patio, and relaxing on the sofa with my head on your lap. Cuddles and caresses will be lovingly reciprocated with kisses. I know sit, leave it, lay down and kennel up. I love to play and wrestle with other dogs. I especially love chasing water from the hose. Tug-of-war is another party favorite in my home. I have the tendency to become a little rowdy when playing, but when my foster parents tell me to stop, I listen like a good girl and stop playing. I have mastered the art of jumping a four foot fence and will show off my talent at any time, day or night. I am actually on the shy side. I like slow introductions to people and dogs. I get a little scared and nervous. I am getting to be a pro at walking with a Gentle Leader, but I still get nervous passing barking dogs in yards and dogs or people as they approach. I am just a little nervous until I know I am going to be safe. I am a professional teacher of humans. I like teaching them their doggy manners.

Check out Gypsy and all of the available boxers out at everyboxercounts.com or email for more information!

DooCrew Note: NPBR will host a meet and greet April 17, 1-4pm at PetCo in Sioux Falls. You must be pre-approved to adopt that day, but anyone can come to visit some of the boxers in the area!

Does your pet have a chauffeur? Have a pet and a hectic lifestyle all at once? No worries. Paws Up Pet Sitting offers a wide variety of services for you to use. One of the services is a Pet Taxi Service. We will chauffeur your pet to the vet, groomers or to the doggie park.

Being a human, we lead busy lifestyles that do not allow us to fit a vet appointment or a groomer’s appointment into our busy schedules; this is where we come in. Schedule your pet’s vet appointment and we will bring your pet to and back from the vet!

Just as our pets needs to see a vet, if we have an extra furry baby they will need a proper spruce up every now and then to keep them mat free and smelling pretty. We will also help you out with this.

Those owners who have an extra high strung pup in their family, a trip to the doggie park for an hour or more is also available.

Paws Up, based in Brandon, SD, offers a variety of pet services and is bonded and insured. To learn more about how they can help you and your fur babies, give the team at Paws Up a ring (605) 351-7229, email amustic@hotmail.com or check them out at www.pawsupsd.com.

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