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Death Sentence? Two Dogs Wind up in Jones County Animal Control after Owner Dies

Death Sentence? Two Dogs Wind up in Jones County Animal Control after Owner Dies

The man who loved his two dogs all of their lives probably never dreamed they would end up facing death at Jones County Animal Control. He probably thought he had time to make arrangements for them to be cared for when he passed on.

But there wasn't time.

Bucky and Jenny's owner died before he could make arrangements for someone to care for them, and with no family to step in, the dogs were sent to Jones County Animal Control.

They don't know why they are in this strange, noisy place. They don't know why their owner has not come to get them. All Bucky and Jenny have left is each other. They've been together, safe and well cared for and loved their whole lives. Now, they are likely to die together unless they are adopted or rescued quickly.

Pet of the Week: Dixie

Pet of the Week: Dixie

Dixie, a large adult female black labrador, is available for adoption at Jones County Animal Control.

Call Animal Control 478-986-1427 for more information.

 

Pet Tips: Pros and Cons of Taking Your Pet to the Cherry Blossom Festival

Pet Tips: Pros and Cons of Taking Your Pet to the Cherry Blossom Festival

Fortunately for pet lovers, the Cherry Blossom Festival not only has pet-centered events, but allows festival-goers to bring their pooches any time.

But before you whistle for Fido to jump in the car, take a moment to ensure your dog's safety - and the safety of others at the festival.

Make sure you hold your dog's leash correctly. If you have a small to medium-sized dog, you can usually loop the handle of the leash around your wrist and grasp the leash with the fingers of the same hand. Use your other hand to hold the leash about halfway between the leash handle and your dog's collar when you need to exert extra control of your pet.

If the dog is large and strong enough to drag you off your feet, either leave the dog at home or use an alternate method of holding the leash securely.

Macon Animal Control Officer Van VanDeWalker has some valuable information on taking your pet to Cherry Blossom Festival in today's Pet Tips video.

Annual Pet Fashion Show at Cherry Blossom Festival Saturday

Annual Pet Fashion Show at Cherry Blossom Festival Saturday

FURever Friends Humane Society of Gray is holding its annual Pet Fashion Show this Saturday during the Cherry Blossom Festival.

This special event gains in popularity every year. Proud owners parade their primped up pooches across the Coca-Cola Entertainment Stage to the delight of spectators, while eagle-eyed judges study each entrant.

The fashion show is from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Entry fee is $5, and first place winners receive a $25 cash prize.

Categories include Most Unusual, Best Kimono, Pet/Owner Look-Alike. At the end of the regular fashion show, a special fashion show featuring pets available for adoption will be held.

All entrants will also be eligible to win the Doggie Dazzle Queen or King crown and a trophy.

Tips for Owners:

Pet Tips: Choosing a Dog

Pet Tips: Choosing a Dog

If you are planning to adopt a pet (and we hope you will adopt and not buy your new friend), take some time to do a little research, first.

Many breeds have specific traits. Dachshunds are often diggers, because they were bred to dig up and kill badgers and other burrow-living animals. Herding dogs such as Australian shepherds and cattle dogs, like to herd things. This may include your children or your other pets!

Working breeds need a job to keep them busy, whether fetching the newspaper and your slippers or showing their stuff on an agility course.

Basset hounds and beagles often bay rather than bark, and they do so quite loudly.

Many of the active breeds will not be happy spending hours every day in a crate, and are unlikely to want to become couch potatoes. Look for calmer breeds if you live a sedentary lifestyle.

Concert to Benefit "Paws for Hope and Faith"

Concert to Benefit "Paws for Hope and Faith"

Paws for Hope and Faith is a community of dedicated animal lovers whose goal is to wipe out abuse, homelessness and the killing of pets in municipal animal shelters.

The group, formed by Shane and Janet Smith, honors the legacy of Hope, a dog nearly decapitated in Monroe County. Hope had been tied with electrical wire in the woods, and her struggle to free herself caused the wire to nearly several her neck completely.

Despite intensive medical care and the Smith's love and support, Hope ultimately succumbed to her injuries last year.

"...Hope’s message inspired so many people worldwide, we formed a united global community to honor Hope’s legacy," Smith writes on the Facebook page, Paws for HOPE and FAITH.

Terrific Tootsie

Terrific Tootsie

Considering her rough background, Tootsie is amazingly forgiving. Exiled to the outdoors her entire life, kept only to produce litter after litter of puppies, Tootsie came into Macon Animal Control some time ago.

The over-breeding affected her health, but the shelter and volunteers saw to it that Tootsie received the care she needed.

Fully recovered, now, Tootsie is spayed, has all her shots and is on heartworm prevention.

Tootsie loves people in spite of the way she lived before coming to the shelter. She spent some time at Endless Love Pet Palace, and proved to be playful and energetic.