Summer’s Here! Beat the heat.

Today is the first day of summer! It sure is finally getting warm here in the Bitterroot Valley.

Since I lived in South Florida and I am the older, wiser one of the pack, I volunteered to do this post.

Here are some ways to help you fur kids beat the heat this summer.

Leaving us in a vehicle is bad news

NEVER, EVER leave us in a vehicle. Especially with the windows only partially rolled down. It gets very hot in a short amount of time. The same goes for leaving us in the back of a pick up truck where we can literally roast in the hot sun. Last summer a person who had put their fur kid in a plastic traveling crate (while safe for the pup, he couldn’t jump out of the truck) and parked his truck in the sun for just a little bit, they said. The person rushed the limp, blue tongued, overheated fur baby into the vet clinic where mom works. His body temp was 105 and rising! They put an ice pack on his head and gave him a very long cold shower and then placed him on oxygen. He lived, but this can be prevented.

It’s time for a summer hairdo. See your local groomer or have your human do it. A simple brushing, hair cut, nail trim and bath work wonders for getting one ready for what looks like to be a hot summer.

Always have a stainless steel dish full of fresh cool water around for us to wet our whistle with. This is very important in helping us regulate our body temperature.

Have your human make you some “polar bones”. Our mom makes them for us in a bone shaped mold. She adds water and puts them in the freezer. If your human doesn’t have a bone shaped mold, tell them to simply give you an ice cube. They are fun to chew on and really help cool you down.

Humans sometimes use these fancy new fan towers you place on the floor. Please be very care not to put it in an area where it may get knocked over.

The lake, ah yes the lake. It is very important when going to take a swim in the lake or river that it is not in its “rising stage” or has a fast moving current. I recall mom speaking of a guy last year who took his four legged best friend for a swim during “run off” time and the current swept the poor pooch away, never to be found.

Make sure you have a cool or shady place for you fur kid to get out of the direct sun. Being out of the direct sun can sometimes make a big difference in the feel of the temperature.

While exercise is very important for us, it should be done in the early morning or late in the afternoon. It is important to remember, PAVEMENT GETS HOT and can burn our pads on our paws. Poor Ollie can attest to that. The shelter was walking him around on the pavement at the local Farmer’s Market (read his bio) and when mom & dad got him here to his new forever home, the poor kid stood with his paws in our water dish.

Remember, fur kids can get skin cancer too. Put some sun block on the tips of their ears and on their nose, yes, we make lick some of it off, but some of it will have soaked in.

These are just a few things you can do.

Everyone have a safe and fun summer and remember, love your fur kid unconditionally.


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Golden Retriever Rescue Looking for Good Home

Zeke is no longer available for adoption. He is staying with the “Pack” at Freckled Paws. We simply have to much of our hearts invested in his recovery to let him go at this time. Thank you to all who applied to adopt him as well as those who kept Zeke in their prayers, thoughts and well wishes. Zeke is completed healed at this time and looking forward to all the action at the Freckled Paws Daycare/Boarding Facility.

Jennifer just happened to walk over to the vet clinic, where she works on Tuesdays and Thursdays, this past Friday. Upon her arrival, she was greeted by an incoming emergency case involving a Golden Retriever. Zaphod just had his 5th birthday May 9.

The Case

Zaphod had spent his life on an outdoor run, consisting of a overhead, plastic coated cable stretching the length of his backyard. He was attached to the overhead cable by a 20′, plastic coated cable allowing him to run a large part of his backyard.

At some point the plastic coating closest to his collar had worn off and the cable had wrapped around his neck. The post photograph shows the extent of Zaphod’s injury after the cable was surgically removed from his neck. Actually, the photograph doesn’t do justice to the injuries compared to seeing them in person. Zaphod is just beginning his long road to recovery.

My wife, Jennifer, spoke with the owners and told them if they weren’t able to care for Zaphod they could surrender him to us. An hour, or so after Jennifer first met Zaphod, the owners realized the huge task ahead for them and Zaphod. The doctor made it clear to them Zaphod needed to be kept inside until his wounds healed. After careful consideration, Zaphod’s owners decided to surrender him to our care.


The wound was left open to promote healing and guard against infection. The doctor decided the wound needed air circulation. We took Zaphod in Friday afternoon and began his treatment. We started with an injection of antibiotic. He also takes oral antibiotics twice daily.

In addition, we clean the wounds with sterile saline then pack the largest wound (approximately 4 inches long and one inch deep) with “Freckled Paws Wound Butter”. Finally, the entire shaved portion of his neck is covered with Freckled Paws Wound Butter. Freckled Paws Wound Butter is our latest, all natural product set to be released as soon as the product labels are completed. Although, Zaphod is not out of the woods yet, his recovery has been remarkable to this point. All the swelling and redness are gone. There is no more puss oozing from the wounds. The wounds are healing nicely and there is no sign of infection. We’ll have the doctor examine him tomorrow and see if there is any change in his treatment plan.

Apply to Adopt Zaphod

As you can see, Zaphod, we call him Zeke, is in good spirits and hasn’t lost his sense of humor. He gets along with other dogs very well. We are still learning his personality, as we have only had him a couple of days. He does exhibit a typical Golden Retriever personality, though. He also has AKC Papers although he has been neutered.

Zeke will be remaining with us until he is completely healed. If you think you might like to give Zaphod/Zeke a good home, you can stop by to meet him at Freckled Paws K9 Hostel, 1028 Main St, Corvallis, MT or you can call us (406) 375-5369 to make an appointment or application.

We, at Freckled Paws, will make the final determination as to Zeke’s new home, which could include him remaining with us as part of our pack.

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Rescued Golden Retriever Recovery Update

Zeke is no longer available for adoption. He is staying with the “Pack” at Freckled Paws. We simply have to much of our hearts invested in his recovery to let him go at this time. Thank you to all who applied to adopt him as well as those who kept Zeke in their prayers, thoughts and well wishes. Zeke is completed healed at this time and looking forward to all the action at the Freckled Paws Daycare/Boarding Facility.

It has been about a week and a half since Zaphod, now Zeke, was surrendered to our care. Only 12 days ago, we weren’t sure whether Zeke would survive let alone make the remarkable recovery he has made to this point. What a difference 12 short days has made in the life of Zeke as well as our own.

Zeke’s Rescue

Zeke had a steel cable wrapped around his neck which had cut 1 1/2″-2″ deep. The wounds were infected and the infection had spread to surrounding skin causing numerous sores to develop. The cable had to be surgically removed from his neck. From the first post, on this story, it was pure coincidence my wife, Jennifer, happened to walk over to Willow Mountain Veterinary Clinic when the surgery was happening. Jennifer talked with the owners and made it clear she would take Zeke, assume responsibility for his care and veterinary bills if it was too much for the current owners to handle.

Once the surgery was completed, the doctor spoke with the owners and made clear what they would need to do help Zeke survive and heal. The care Zeke required proved to daunting a task for his owners and they made the tough decision to surrender him to Jennifer.

Wounds and Treatment

The doctor didn’t want to close the deep lacerations on his neck. To heal properly, they needed to remain open so they could heal from the inside out to the skin surface. Zeke had two major lacerations, where the cable had cut up to 2″ deep into his neck. The largest wound was about 6″ long. In addition, some infection had started and cause several sores to develop around the cuts. The swelling was severe as well. The vet tech, Mary, who has over 20 years experience stated this was one of the worst cases she had ever seen. Mary was very concerned about Zeke surviving, let alone recovering.

Once surrendered to Jennifer, we spoke with Mary and the doctor. We decided Zeke needed immediate antibiotics on board, so we gave him an injection and set him up on an oral antibiotics regimen as well. The infection getting out of control or Zeke becoming septic was the major danger to his survival in everyone’s opinion.

This was all happening on Friday of a Memorial Day Weekend, so Jennifer and I were on our own with Zeke’s treatment until the following Tuesday. Of course, if Zeke were to start going downhill, we were only a phone call away from getting Mary and/or the doctor involved.

To treat the wounds we irrigated them once or twice per day with 0.9% Sodium Chloride (Normal Saline). We flushed the lacerations with the normal saline and then removed any scabbing using sterile gauze, to open the wounds back up to the air. Remember, the doctor wanted the wounds to heal from the deepest area outward to the skin’s surface. Any scabbing would hinder this healing process. Once the wounds were cleaned, we dried the area very well and then packed the wounds with a little antibiotic ointment and Freckled Paws Wound Butter. We then spread the Freckled Paws Wound Butter on all the skin exposed from Zeke being shaved. We massaged the wound cream into the skin very well, especially on and around the sores that had developed from Zeke’s infection.

After 5 days, we gave Zeke a bath using Dawn dish detergent to remove the oils from the hair surrounding his shaved area. Mary was concerned about the oily hair around the wound site holding moisture and possibly causing a Staph infection to erupt.

12 Days Later

Zeke is fitting in nicely. He gets along with all of our furkids as well as those that are boarding and come for daycare. We have been working on house breaking Zeke as well since he was an outside dog that had never been in a house. Zeke is doing extremely well with his potty training.

Zeke was very hyperactive when he first arrived. He went a little nuts with all the attention and his new found freedom from the tie out. Zeke has calmed down immensely since those first days. He is learning from the “Pack” and is copying much of their behavior.

We have received numerous applications to adopt Zeke. As we said from the beginning, we would not make any decisions concerning Zeke’s future until he had healed 100% from his wounds. Zeke has had many visitors and one prospective adopter even took him on a hike on the Fred Burr Trail last Saturday.

As you can see from the poor photographs, Zeke is healing very well. He is Golden Retriever through and through, with the happy go lucky attitude toward everything, even after all he has been through. We’ll keep updating Zeke’s progress since there are so many people that have shown interest in his story. Zeke thanks everyone for their prayers and well wishes.

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Dealing with Dog Vomiting

Dog throwing up help! This is one of the most common phrases used by dog owners. Seeing your beloved pet throwing up can be disheartening. In order to keep him away from potential discomfort and pain, you need to understand potential causes behind dog vomiting and treatment options.

What is dog vomiting?

Vomiting can be referred to as canine universal central nervous system. It is not similar to reactive throwing up of undigested food. Vomiting, demands active efforts from the abdomen. Dog owners usually refer to this as “retching”. This is experienced by dogs just before “throwing up.”


Dog vomiting can lead to many problems in dogs. Some of these include weakness of muscles, dehydration, electrolyte disturbances, severe malnutrition, aspiration pneumonia, tremors, inflammation of the esophagus, and severe malnutrition. Sometimes, vomiting leads to nausea accompanied by profuse salivation, swallowing, licking of lips, retching and contractions in the abdominal area. The frequency of dog vomiting can be erratic or steady. While intermittent vomiting is normal, frequent attacks of vomiting are not. If your dog is vomiting regularly and shows the following symptoms, it is time that you take him to a vet for thorough examination.

  • Confusion
  • Weakness
  • Severe diarrhea (bloody or mucoid)
  • Fever
  • Lethargy
  • Depression
  • Pain

In case, you feel that your pet is unable to hold down even small amounts fluid and food, there’s something seriously wrong. The poor buddy of yours might be suffering from pancreatitis, intestinal obstruction, poisoning, bloating or a serious infectious disease.

Causes of Dog Vomiting

There can be innumerable causes of dog vomiting. In most cases, it is result of lack of caution in dietary regimes. Dogs tend to throw up after eating trash, rancid food, poisonous plants, foreign bodies, or some toxic/unpleasant substances. Another cause is an underlying disease such as allergies or food poisoning. Sometimes, dogs throw up undigested or partially digested food. However, repeated vomiting, accompanied by diarrhea can be a warning sign for a serious condition. This might be a result of gastrointestinal disease, drug abuse, dietary conditions, neurologic disease, ingestion of toxins etc.

Prevention Methods

Unfortunately, there is no miraculous technique to keep a dog from vomiting. Prevention requires elimination of root causes of vomiting. Since these are known to be diverse, a single protocol cannot be recommended. However, dogs must be kept aloof of various toxic substances. They also require regular veterinary checkups to diagnose diseases or conditions that can result in vomiting.
Healthy diet and lifestyle with moderate exercise, attention, care and companionship will keep your dogs in good shape.
Dog throwing up help! If this is what you have been shouting, we are here to help you and your pet deal with the problem. We help you understand the reasons behind sudden behavior of your dog and frequent bouts of vomiting. Our info related to bog vomiting will help you understand your pet in a better way. We can help your dog stay healthy and sheer fun to be with.
Check out our site for latest information on do vomiting and solutions at We want you and your pet stay happy and healthy together always.

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Cooking for Pets

I returned home from the pet food class a couple of hours ago.

The class was extremely educational. We discussed nutrition, supplements, exercise, good foods, not so good foods and adopting your next best friend from a rescue group or shelter.

Mary Wulff and Jeanie Notti-Fullerton really know their stuff.

Mary Wulff is an herbalist who co-authored a book every pet owner should have on their shelf; All You Ever Wanted to Know About Herbs for Pets Wellness.

Jeanie is a cHome & CAMT, meaning she is a certified clinical homeopath and certified animal massage therapist.

I absorbed so much knowledge not only from Mary & Jeanie, but from other class members as well.

In the future, they will do specific diet classes i.e. cancer, kidney, etc.

I highly recommend you purchase Mary’s book if you are interested in your pet’s nutrition.

With their permission, I will do a few future posts with some of the class content from today.

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Canine Intestinal Blockage | A Good Friend’s Story

My dear friend Sue contacted me the other morning very concerned about her new puppy, Zadok. She informed me Za had been vomiting and couldn’t keep anything down. Za, also, was in apparent pain and was lethargic. I advised Sue to bring him in right away.

Za’s Story of canine intestinal obstruction

After arriving at the clinic, Za was examined by Dr. Mike and sent to x-ray. The resulting x-rays were inconclusive. Za was given an anti-vomit injection and sent home. Sue was instructed to keep close observation on Za. Several hours later, Sue called in an update stating Za was no longer vomiting but was not interested in food or water and remained lethargic. Dr. Mike wanted Za to come back to the clinic for more x-rays.

The second set of x-rays were also inconclusive but the intestines appeared to be abnormal. Dr. Mike recommended exploratory abdominal surgery. Sue agreed and Za was prepared for surgery.

Some time into the surgery, Dr. Mike exclaimed,”I got it.” I went into the surgery suite to the site of Dr. Mike holding part of Za’s small intestine with an obvious obstruction.

Since Sue and Dr. Mike were proactive and the blockage hadn’t been in the intestine for long, the object was able to be removed with a small incision. In many cases, where the obstruction isn’t found quickly, the intestine develops necrotic tissue and portions of the intestine require removal. Dr. Mike sutured the intestine and closed Za’s abdomen. Za was sent to recovery where the staff kept a close watch on him.

One Lucky Dog!

Not all dogs have the fortunate outcome that Za experienced. I lost a very young puppy to canine intestinal blockage about two years ago. You can read his story on Doc’s Memorial. Za was lucky to have a watchful mom and a wonderful veterinarian. As with many medical issues, early detection leads to quality outcomes.

As Sue is a diligent furkid parent and lives just minutes from the clinic, Za got an early release this morning along with medications and strict after care instructions.

The next post will cover the signs, symptoms and treatment of canine intestinal blockage. In addition, I will cover steps you can take, as a furkid parent, in providing a safe environment.

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Hi. I’m Lilly. My good friends call me Poot. I’m the youngest in my pack. I’ve been with Mom and Dad for about 3 years.

I was born in Texas. My first family bought me at a flea market. A year later they got married and were going to have a baby. At the reception the bride announced to the groom she was going to have me euthanized because I had a pee pee problem. I was only 14 months old.

The groom’s mother wasn’t having any of this. She said she would take me back to Montana. She said she knew someone who would give me a good home. So I got aboard a plane and flew to Montana.

I met my new mom and a short while later was in a car on the way to her home. I sat next to her looking out the window at all the open land and mountains. This was quite an adventure I was on.

When we got to the house I heard barking and got excited. We went into the house and I met Abbie and Boo. I went looking around the house and came face to face with Ashley. What was this, I thought. It doesn’t look like a dog. Ashley began rubbing against me and purring. I got down in a playful crouch and started to bark. Then Abbie got between Ashley and me and started to growl at me. I ignored her and ran over to my mom with my tail wagging.

My pee pee problem persisted. I heard mom and dad talking saying I wasn’t a dirty dog. The pee was leaking out while I slept. I sometimes squatted with excitement also but they said that could be worked with. Everytime I got excited, I would check myself to see if I had gone potty. I was so embarrassed.

With good nutrition and healthy supplements my pee pee problem is under control. I am so lucky to have received a second chance

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