Saturday, May 14, 2011

Dog Bite Prevention Week

That's right - there's actually a dog bite prevention week. Millions of people are bitten by dogs every year and several hundred thousand require trips to the hospital. Most of these could probably be avoided. 

When I was 7 years old I was bitten in the face - 24 stitches! I didn't have a dog of my own, but I LOVED dogs! I was visiting neighbors (who did not educate me about their dog) and had cornered the dog with a box of dog treats. I was going to feed him. I thought that would fun. He didn't like being in a corner. He didn't like kids. He didn't like that I had the treats. I teased him by pretending I was going to eat his treat. I was right up in his face. The skin on a child's face is very soft and tender. It tears easily. It was a horrible experience. 

I wish someone had told me that my behavior was intrusive and rude, had taught me how to approach a dog politely. It would have been nice if the owners had been paying more attention, especially if he was a fearful dog. Not all dogs want to be touched by strangers. Educate your kids!

Here's a great video on how to approach a dog. And if you want to read more on this or other behavioral stuff, check out the blog of Dr. Sophia Yin, an expert on dog behavior.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Chance to Win!

We have until tomorrow, May 14 to nominate our rescue group to win up to $20,000 in veterinary and pet supplies:

Dr. Marty Becker, the resident veterinarian on Good Morning America and The Dr. Oz Show, wants to give more than $70,000 in veterinary and pet products to shelters and rescue groups. If you are a 501c3 organization or a municipal shelter located in the U.S., you are eligible.

Nominating EGRR is easy.  Simply LIKE the Dr. Becker Facebook page ( and post the name of our organization, our location and our web address on his wall. But hurry – you only have until May 14!

Dr. Becker will randomly select 50 finalists for the voting phase, which begins on May 18. The more times our group is nominated, the more chances we have to be a finalist. Read all the details at