The Arrow Fund: Making Money Off of Tragedy

Although I had requested this tax form, the Arrow Fund refused to provide it for me. Another private person got it and posted it on Facebook. Here is the post. 

In the world of rescue, I think it is wrong to exploit animals for financial gain, you are not only exploiting the animal but the human emotions as well, which turns in to big money. It is not wrong for rescues to ask for donations, but when it as at the expense of some poor animal it becomes very ugly. 13394200_10209839633897668_7302175115218373484_n

I believe such was the case of Lad the collie, shot in the face with a shotgun and left for dead in February 2014. He was picked up by The Arrow Fund, and little did they know how collie lovers are huge supporters of their breed. Well their page went from 9 thousand likes to over 20 thousands likes in a short period of time. The donation dollars started to pour in. Now, all of the collie lovers who were blinded by the love for this beautiful boy, did not see what was really going on.

The Arrow fund publicly trashed collie lovers and called us selfish and egotistical, all the while taking their money. Now, as many have forgotten, The Arrow Fund, Rebecca Eaves in particular told us in no uncertain terms, we were to take our prayer page down, as she owns Lad. We did not ask for donations and we even had their link on our page. She wanted no one to post anything about Lad as to steal her glory. We did not take down our page and it thrives, 2 years later.

Now, we knew donations were very high and we had asked them to disclose financials so we knew when to stop sending money. They refused to disclose financials and even sent a reporter a cease and desist letter to stop inquiring about the financials. One of the board members of The Arrow Fund also served as a board member on HSUS. A coincidence, I think not.

The Arrow Fund is partners with Blue Pearl and in their infinite wisdom, hacked off what was left of Lad’s jaw, without further consultation from anyone. A grave mistake in many people’s eyes. Was Lad suffering in their care, I think so, he should have humanely been let go before they paraded him to the public, resulting in thousands upon thousands of dollars. Meanwhile, refusing to disclose how much they were taking in, knowing he was their money maker. It was one poor medical decision after another, that I believe led to Lad’s death. In a period of 4 months, after repeated postings of Lad having a bone infection, they flew him to UC Davies for a very risky jaw replacement surgery. This surgery was experimental at best. They kept him in isolation for the entire time he was there addressing the bone infection. Then 2 days after his death, they decided to post he suffered from blood clots after surgery and did not make it. They were extremely secretive with everything that was going on with Lad and I believe when people donate thousands upon thousands of dollars, some transparency is a must. Actually transparency should always be first and foremost.

In my opinion The Arrow Fund, found out they had a cash cow and milked it not only during his life, but after his death. I have attached their financials, that they tried so hard to hide, but it is public record.
I will never forgive them for exploiting Lad, and their deceptive rescue practices.

I would like to think they are the only rescue that does this, but we all know it happens often.

Another person was also threatened. 

May Pixie I remember this well. Threatening our prayer page and demanding we remove it. Calling us names and claiming we were a scam page trying to siphon off their donations! Then they even contacted the editor of The Examiner and suddenlyJana J. Monji had to remove her articles about Lad or risk possible punishment. The entire Lad ordeal was very sad and I actually demanded my donation returned after their threats. The Arrow Fund is NOT a rescue that puts animal welfare first. Profit is their main goal.

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Fun days at the Beehive cluster in May

The Beehive cluster is held at the end of April or the beginning of May. Held in the Salt Lake City area of South Jordan at the Salt Lake County Equestrian Park (2100 West 11400 South, South Jordan, UT 84095)  the Beehive cluster includes all-breed conformation and specialties, obedience and rally and agility.

The Beehive Cluster is a four-day show hosted by the Intermountain Kennel Club and the Utah Valley Kennel Club. The specialties include the Utah Shetland Sheepdog Association, the Bulldog Club of Utah, the Salt Lake Doberman Pinscher Club and the Utah Collie Club. The collie specialty was held in the evenings in both 2015 and 2016. In 2016, the Sussex Spaniel Club of America and the Harrier Club of America also were held with the cluster. The conformation, rally and obedience are held indoors.

The agility field is on what used to be a polo field. It has no gopher holes and is very flat, but does have weeds (e.g. dandelions) as well as grass. There are a few trees, but if you only have one dog, you can stay in your car. In 2015, the agility people had blue skies. In 2016, the weekend was plagued by rain, hail and thunder. This was my first experience with thunderstorms on the course. They were close enough that I was considering pulling out as my turn came up, but just before my class went on, a lightning timeout was called. On the Friday I competed, there were several timeouts for rain.

Keeping your dog focused might be difficult if you have a set ritual to warm up. We were on deck twice, went on the field and were told to get off twice. This can be confusing for your dog who might wonder what they did wrong. This is a good reason for attending classes in the rain. Otherwise, your dog will not be used to running in wet grass and mud.

Other things to consider are whether you’d be able to handle your dogs and get home if you are injured. I had a fall (which resulted in a refusal for my dog). I wasn’t the only person. There is first aid for humans available at the park indoors but they were not prepared for a wrist sprain.

On one day when my dog did qualify and win first place, all of the dogs in his class (open 24 inches) slipped off of the table and had to re-mount. By the last day, the field was muddy and sawdust was brought in to cover the mud. This did help somewhat, but neither the dogs nor the people could run full out.

On Friday, your entry fees include a free barbecue lunch and that means pork and chicken, beans, bread, potato salad, a soft drink and a desert. The line isn’t unbearably long and you get to meet people while waiting. In 2015, when there were more entries in the collie specialty, the Utah Collie Club did have a derby day hat contest and a welcome buffet. In 2016, with the numbers down, the Utah Collie Club didn’t have any social events linked to the specialty that I knew of, but the agility people went all out for their Derby Day festivities.

Not only did they have a derby where people ran a short modified agility course in their hats, but they also had a hat contest and dog and owner hat contest. Prizes were awarded. Most of the people did not make their hats, but decorated their hats according to a theme, agility ribbons, horse racing or My Little Pony. Several people went beyond the hat and into a full costume (tiger print pajamas and a pimp hat or the My Little Pony in full pink and purple velour). I hope the agility people continue this tradition.

The agility is held in one ring, but the order of running varies. Some days the Open and Novice went before the Masters and days were alternated between tall-to-small and small-to-tall. You could drive up on the grass and park very close to the agility ring. If you crossed the parking lot, you could get to the indoor conformation and obedience rings which were held on the dirt. Above the rings were various vendors, none of which had hats or hats for dogs. Hopefully that will change next year. This is one of the funnest trials I have attended for agility and I highly recommend this trip to Utah.

 

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Dog-friendly hotels: Salt Lake City area’s Super 8 South Jordan

From the beginning my stay at the Super 8 in South Jordan, I felt unwelcome. This was my first visit to the Salt Lake City area for a dog show. This Super 8 has some unusual practices and doesn’t honor the supposed special deal you get by making early and non-cancelable reservations.

My online reservation for the South Jordan Super 8 (10722 S. 300 W Interstate 15) supposedly gave me a 15 percent discount. For four nights, one adult, it was supposed to be $259.72 with taxes. Dog fees are not included in that total and one is supposed to ask about an AKC special price for the Beehive Cluster of dog shows in April through May. I was charged $260.87 at the desk. I had my online receipt printed out and showed it to the clerk, but this did not make any difference. There was no AKC rate either from what the desk clerk told me. That $1.15 dollars might seem like a small amount, but there seemed to be no reason to make an early reservation that I could not cancel. It was too late to reserve another hotel on a Thursday evening, even when I called around. I called the Super 8 company 800 number, but no one was able to respond at that time of night.

Further, once I agreed to these new terms, I was then required to give my credit card so that the clerk could run a blank credit receipt that I was required to sign. I was given a second floor room and a key card. The nearest stairway led down to the ice machine and to the indoor pool on the right side. Once out the door, you could see the pool as could anyone else in the parking lot. That particular door leading to the outside was never locked. This set up an unsafe situation where a person alone would easily be targeted by someone watching in the parking lot and then approached, either at the pool or on the way back to one’s room. The whole weekend I was there, the door was never locked. At times, there were people lingering outside, mostly smokers. The neighboring building is an auto dealership (Honda) and not active in the early mornings or evenings, increasing the sense of isolation.

There is a short grassy area where one can walk their dogs, but the people in charge are not necessarily aware of what room has what kind of dogs so should there be a complaint, they cannot follow up. When I was there, a man has his two Dobermans off-leash and one barked aggressively and dashed partway down the opposite end of the hall toward my two dogs. I reported this, but the clerk was afraid of my dogs and didn’t seem aware of who that person would be.

The Super 8 reservation included a queen bed in a non-smoking room, free wifi, free breakfast, a refrigerator and a microwave. The floor had a carpet. The room was reasonably clean and the service was fine. The neighborhood is fairly quiet. Just down a building is another hotel, Sleep Inn. The road isn’t that busy although you are right off of the freeway.

The closest store is a huge WalMart. On the other side of the freeway is a Whole Foods. There were, at the time, 2015, no restaurants in walking distance. In 2016, a BBQ joint opened next to the Sleep Inn.

Later, on the trip, I learned that my credit card had been compromised and I couldn’t help but wonder if that had happened at this Super 8. After reading other reviews, I noted that the blank signed charge receipt was a regular practice. Be sure to ask for it back before you leave and watch your credit card charges afterward.

 

 

 

 

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Dog-friendly hotels: Motel 6 St. George, Utah

My friend who grew up in Utah recommended that I break my journey from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City at St. George. So pass up Las Vegas and stop at the St. George Motel 6 #4673 (205 N. 1000 East, St. George). For a bare-bones economy motel, this place really tries.

The charge in 2015 was $36.89 (not including tax). In 2016, the rate went up to $39.99 ($44.59 with tax). The first time, I had a microwave and fridge. The second time, I did not. Both times I was able to arrange to have a ground floor room. If you have your own food, there is a microwave available near the vending machines and ice machine.

The room is clean and comfortable.  You wish that some of the guests tried harder. There is a lovely strip of grass with has beautifully blooming roses and doggie poop bags. As you will find in most places, not everyone picks up after their dog.

There’s really not a great neighborhood to walk your dog. You’re surrounded by other hotels. Across the street is a strip mall that includes a smoothie and sandwich place that opens early in the morning. On the same side of the block, just down the street, is a Denny’s. Your room comes with a coupon to get a discount at the Denny’s. There’s also a Chinese restaurant that I didn’t try.

Sadly, in 2016, the dinosaur that sat outside of Sinclair’s gas station was gone. I hope it comes back. Seeing them always makes me smile. Overall, I like this Motel 6 and will return to this one.

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Coyote in Laguna Beach cause Chihuahua death

At about 7:45 p.m. on Monday night, Nov. 23, 2015, John Fischer heard his three Chihuahuas barking. He was in the kitchen. The dogs were in a bedroom with his week-old granddaughter. The front door had been left open. Fischer has spoken about his concern about coyotes on various news media. He has written a long letter to the Coastline Pilot. It is that letter which is most shocking.

Coyotes do attack. According to the letter there have been 35 coyote attacks in Southern California.  That might be a good reason to take safety precautions.  There are other types of wildlife in Laguna Beach: raccoons, skunks, opossums and rats. These could easily enter through an open window or door as could stray cats or dogs, or even a pack of dogs. Other dogs can kill small dogs. Skunks or bats could have rabies. Any of the animals could have parasites that would not be good for either the Chihuahuas or the week-old baby.

There are other good and more pressing reasons for keeping one’s doors and windows closed and locked. According to Trulia.com, there are various crimes within 1 miles of homes in the 500 block of Oak Street. On Nov. 27, there was a theft (Call ID #: 541591873). On the same day, a burglary alarm went off. On the 26th, there were three reports of burglary alarms. An auto-involved disturbance was reported. On the 25 and the 21, there were reports of suspicious persons or circumstances. Other people within a one-mile radius don’t feel safe enough to keep their doors and windows open. We know this because they have burglar alarms.

In 2013, the latest year information is available on City-Data.com, there were three rapes, five robberies, 33 assaults, 87 burglaries, and 356 thefts.  If we look over the last five years (2009-2013), we see two murders, 31 rapes, 35 robberies, 256 assaults, and 292 burglaries in the city of Laguna Beach alone. If we looked at all of Southern California, the numbers would be much higher. For these reasons, it would seem wise to lock one’s doors and windows. One could have a security screen on windows or doors.

Coyotes may be an increasing problem, but in this case, the Fischers were shockingly careless. While the Fischers might want to give the illusion that Laguna Beach is a relatively safe neighborhood, they have neighbors who have burglar alarms. The past has shown that leaving the doors unlocked even in the relative safety of the countryside can be unwise: Richard Hickcock and and Perry Smith reportedly entered through the unlocked doors of the Clutter home while the Clutter family slept. They killed the four people there; Truman Capote wrote about the Kansas murder in his “In Cold Blood.”

Previous reports had indicated that the doors being left open was accidental and not a habitual thing. In the Los Angeles Times, it was reported: “Typically, Fischer explained, he closes up the small cottage around dusk to keep out the coyotes he and his wife see around their property. In this case, he forgot to shut a pair of double doors that lead from the bedroom to the yard.”  In his opinion piece, Fischer justifies his open door policy as being something his wife likes. “It’s one of our favorite things about Laguna Beach. She gets claustrophobic if there isn’t a window or door open, especially at night.” Being foolish is their choice. If the doors are left open, then the dogs could easily be outside and been taken by a hawk. Would the Fischers then insist all the hawks and birds of prey be trapped?

With all the things that could have happened, the death of one dog isn’t so bad. In this respect the Fischers were lucky. In the city or the country it is unwise to let a small dog roam free or leave it unprotected in the day or night.  That Chihuahua is more defenseless than a cat that might escape by climbing up a tree. Yet if you allow your cat to roam at night, one is taking the chance that it will be hit by a car or killed by a coyote. Likewise, if you leave your door open, you are taking a calculated risk. Crying about the consequences afterward seems disingenuous.

Fischer write: “Coyotes should not be here for the very reason that their natural behavior is a danger to our pets, our children and our neighborhood. They need to be removed. Preferably not euthanized, but caught and taken back to where their behavior is appropriate. We were not made to cohabit.” He forgets that coyotes also keep  the skunk, rabbit, rat, squirrel, opossum and feral cat population down. He also forgets that as a pet owner and grandfather, he has responsibilities, too. One of those responsibilities is locking one’s doors and windows.

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‘Shock’ collars: Abuse or good use?

You can buy so-called shock collars at your local Petco or Petsmart, although maybe by using that phrase. Shock collars are one of three types of aversion collars (along with “choke” chains and prong collars) and are commonly used to stop dogs from barking as well as keeping dogs within certain areas (electronic containment fencing). Are shock collars animal abuse?

Petco prefers to call them “bark control” collars and lists them under training and behavior. A PetSafe Basic Bark Control Pet Training System is $60. PetSafe also sells that Instant Fence Containment System for $259.95.

Petsmart wants you to find the product you want fast and a search for “shock collar” will bring up quick results such as High Tech Bark Terminator 3 Bark Control Collar ($89.99) or the PetSafe Ultrasonic Bark Control Collar ($39.99).

Shock collars work giving an electrical charge to the dog at its throat when it makes an undesirable behavior. Some can deteck when a dog is barking. The shock intensity can be changed and the charge reaches the dog through prongs or metal contact points placed against the dog’s throat.

The Humane Society considers shock collars “the least humane” training device. Electronic signals can vary from a mild tickling sensation to painful and traumatic shocks that can even cause thermal burns. If one uses them, the Humane Society recommends that the collar should not be left on “for an extended length of time” and that the dog’s neck should be cleaned and the contact points should also be cleaned regularly. This doesn’t always happen.

No one knows just how dogs rate these collars, but recently usage of these collars by professionals has been questioned.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on Aug. 20, 2015, that two men were accused of animal abuse for using shock collars on four animals at a St. Peters dog training facility, Sit Means Sit. According to the Post-Dispatch, the men, Anthony Dean Lampert and Nicholas Zachary Labath were charged with three misdemeanor counts of animal abuse. The use of “shock collars” is not illegal in that county.

In April of this year, a woman boarded her dogs (corgis), Bonnie and Faye, at Broward Pet Sitting in South West Ranches, Florida and returned to find the nine-year-old badly injured according to Local 10 News. The vet called the trauma injuries from thermal burns.

Bethan Ramos, owner of two Chihuahuas, wrote a column in favor of the responsible use of shock collars, “Why I don’t think shock collars are animal abuse,” citing Elaine Pendell, M.Ed., CPT, of Carolina Dog Training who considers the collars a communication tool, and Ann King, certified trainer at The Local Bark who feels the benefits of remote negative communication need to be coupled with positive associations and feels that the collars do not cause pain at all if you chose the right product (E-Collars Technologies  is her choice.

I’ve used a bark collar on my first rescue collie. He outsmarted it by barking and then pausing. The second dog just panicked and his barks became hysterical shrieks. Now I prefer to use positive reinforcement.

An Australian group, Australian Working Dog Rescue, sponsored a Change.org petition, “Ban electric shock collars, including those associated with ‘invisible fence barriers’ for use on all companion animals” which had a goal of 25,000 names, but as of Oct. 8, only had 16,879 supporters. The featured photo shows burns on a dog’s neck that are less gruesome than the ones on the corgi.

Should no bark, electric shock collars be banned and should anything that could potentially cause burns on an animal’s neck be considered animal abuse or torture? What’s your take on the shock collar controversy?

 

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Why Johnny Depp and the Australian quarantine question

In April of this year, Johnny Depp flew in on his private jet to Australia. On board, Depp has his two dogs–Pistol and Boo, two Yorkshire terriers. According to reports, Depp failed to declare them and broke the quarantine laws. Depp was in Australia filming “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” and has been threatened with a jail term of up to 10 years or a maximum fine of AU$340,000.

My neighbor across the street while I was growing up had a Yorkie. They can be adorable. What is not adorable is the presumptive attitude of some small dog owners.

A dog is not an accessory like your scarf or your ring.

Some small dogs owners have an air of entitlement. They feel they should be able to take the dog anywhere–in restaurants where health codes don’t permit them except in the cases of service animals, in department stores brought in as a purse accessory and in classes where the chemicals might be dangerous to the dog in question. Some people have gotten around this by simply using a service dog patch or claiming they need the dog’s emotional support.

Reading the comments to a recent article on Yahoo by Luchina Fisher for Good Morning America “Amber Heard and Johnny Depp Will ‘Avoid’ Australia After Pup-Roar,”  it became apparent that some people thought quarantines are unnecessary part of bureaucracy.

Heard said, “I have a feeling we’re going to avoid the land Down Under from now on, just as much as we can, thanks to certain politicians there.” One of those politicians might be Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce of Australia who said  Depp should abide by the laws of Australia.

One commentator wrote: “My wife and I want to move to Australia, but we have heard they would hold our cats for 6 months. This seems insane… is there any possible disease that would take that long to show up? Certainly not rabies. Is there some particular disease they are worried about? Can’t you test for it?”

I can’t be sure what the people who devised the quarantine in Australia were thinking, but here are some reasons for quarantine of domestic animals:

  1. Rabies
  2. Feline leukemia
  3. Heartworms
  4. Tick-borne diseases
  5. Attachment to animal

Australia has a handy calculator for quarantine. If you brought in a dog from the U.S. mainland for export on 26 June 2015, you would have needed to visit your vet by 7 December 2014 at the latest and then again on the 28 December 2014.

The dates would run like this:

  1. 27 May 2013-7 December 2014: Visit vet for microchip and rabies vaccination
  2. 26 June 2013-01 May 2015: Visit vet to scan microchip and take a blood sample for rabies.
  3. 26 June 2013-1 May 2015: Visit government office to provide rabies blood test and get rabies declaration form signed and completed.
  4. 26 December 2014-1 May 2015: Apply for an Australian import permit
  5. 15 January 2015-26 June 2015: Book pet accommodations at Australian quarantine facility
  6. 8 May 2015-22 May 2015: Visit vet for tick inspection and possible treatment for ticks and other external parasites, vaccinate against canine influenza
  7. 5 June 2015-12 June 2015: Visit vet for tick examination, treatment for intestinal parasites, blood tests for brucellosis and leptospirosis, leishmaniasis and ehrlichoisis and booster vaccination for canine influenza virus.
  8. 21 June 2015-26 June 2015: Visit vet for second treatment for intestinal parasites, tick treatment, and final examination for clinical signs of infectious and contagious disease.

Currently, Australia is free from many of the serious tickborne diseases found in North America.

Heartworm is found in dogs in Australia, but the test to detect heartworms in dogs (which should prevent export) only tests positive if there are adult male and female heartworms that have mated and produced offspring.

You might be surprised to learn that rabies varies in its incubation period. “The typical incubation period is three to eight weeks, but it can be as little as nine days or as long as several years in some rare cases. The incubation period depends on several factors, including the location of the entry wound, the severity of the wound and the animal’s immune system. In general, the farther the wound is from the brain, the longer the incubation period will be.”

Brucellosis is a bacterial disease usually affecting cattle but also causes undulant fever in humans. B. canis can be found in dogs. Antibiotic treatment requires several weeks because the bacteria incubates in cells.

Leptospirosis is also a bacterial disease that can cause kidney and liver failure and even death. This disease can be transferred to humans and other pets.

Leishmaniasis is a parasite infection with in incubation from one month to several years. This condition causes severe weight loss, diarrhea and vomiting.  In dogs, it can cause renal failure. Sandflies are a common host.

Ehrlichiosis is a tick-borne disease caused by a bacteria. Severely affected dogs can die from the disease. There are three phases of this condition: acute, subclinical and chronic.

Think carefully before you take your dogs anywhere and consider the consequences.

Recently a family brought a dog from China and left it in the U.S. before heading off to Europe. Just how important is your pet and would your pet be happier and healthier at home?

Let Depp and Heard’s fido fiasco be a lesson for travel (or not) with your dog.

 

 

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