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Green Ridge Recreation Center is hosting a six-week Dog Obedience 101 program starting Oct. 29.
From the Roanoke County website:
Join us at Green Ridge Recreation Center for an exciting 6-week dog obedience course, designed to get you and your best friend to work together as a team with verbal commands and hand signals. This beginner class is for dogs six months and older. We will use positive reinforcement to train your dog in a fun, easy way. Classes include educating owners about canine nutrition, exercise, and enrichment activities. You and your dog will work together as a team learning both verbal commands and hand signals for the following behaviors: sit, down, stay, look, leave it, off, come, heel, and release. Class is taught by High Hopes Dog Training staff. After registering for the program, a dog registration form will be e-mailed to owners and must be filled out to complete registration. Six week program.
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We posted this morning about a missing cat in Salem. Since then, we’ve had some reports — both here and on our Facebook page — about possible sightings of Charlie.
Victoria Abner shares some more photos of Charlie, and this info:
Our cat Charlie has been very sick. She was being confined in the bathroom until she showed improvement in her health and she escaped out the bathroom window. We thought she had gone to be by herself while she passed but the vet said she believes Charlie will get better with a potassium shot! Please, if you see her, pick her up. She is a very sweet cat and very sick. She answers to Charlie but she may not come to you since she is so weak. If you try to get her, I don’t think she’ll run. Please call 540-330-7400 or take her to Companion Pet Care (540-375-0350). She got out around Elm St in Salem, between Main St and truck route.
Lean about snakes from herpetology specialist Ron Cromer. Program includes a “hands-on” experience.
Submitted by: Roanoke County Public Libraries
Christina Lee is a dog lover. That has been true nearly all of her life.
It’s that love that the Salem resident has taken and used into making sure some dogs have the life they deserve. All because of her own formerly troubled four-legged best friend.
“When we were little, every time we brought home a puppy or stray dog, my mom couldn’t say no to us,” said Lee. “We had 6 dogs, and she was such an animal lover…so I think dogs and rescue are in my DNA.”
Rescuing is something Lee is responsible for every day. She is creator of the ever growing website DeafDogsRock.com. And she was able to impressively start the whole thing from scratch right here in her hometown.
Back in 2011, Lee, along with her husband Chris, were contacted about a struggling stray boxer along the Roanoke River in Salem. At Chris’ urging, the couple decided to adopt him, naming him Nitro. But this dog was vastly different than any Christina had ever come in contact with. Nitro was deaf. It understandably made the adoption and training process more difficult.
“At first he was distant, and wouldn’t even make eye contact with me,” said Lee. “And training a deaf dog is all about making a consistent commitment to help the dog be the very best canine and good citizen he or she can be.”
Once Lee enrolled Nitro with a trainer at Field of Dreams Dog Training Center in Vinton, he started to turn the corner.
“We started to bond and have fun,” she said. “He would start to watch and react to my hand on sign commands…now he watches everything I do and he knows when I’m upset or feeling sad.”
Christina was inspired by her boxer treasure. So much so that she wanted anyone else with a hearing impaired dog to be able to conquer the obstacles.
“I could not stand the thought of all those dogs being put to sleep just because they were deaf…so I felt like I had to do something,” said Lee.
Nitro then became the poster dog not just for Lee, but all other dog owners all across the country. Launched on Lee’s birthday of August 1st back in 2011, DeafDogsRock.com’s concept is to help deaf dog owners train their dogs, promote deaf dogs, fight discrimination through telling positive stories on the Deaf Dogs Rock Happy Tails and Canine Good Citizen Award Wall of Fame, and to list deaf dogs at shelters and rescues across the United States to find them good homes. There is also a place on the website to raise money for deaf dogs needing treatment.
And in its two years of existence, the website has already gained national recognition. The website was awarded with the 2012 BlogPaws Blogging and Social Media Award for the Best Cause Blog in the country. Just last month, Lee had an article published in the 2013 USA Today’s Pet Guide and in the July issue of Dog Fancy Magazine, Lee, Nitro and the website she created are all featured as their rescue feature story of the month. The website has at least 1,500 unique visitors every day, and their Facebook page has over 12,800 likes.
But to Lee, the awards pale in comparison with finding a hearing impaired dog a home where it will be loved and taken care of.
“Saving just one dog won’t change the world, but surely it will change the world for that one dog,” she said. “So that is our mission. To save one dog at a time.”
Lee may be the founder and creator of Deaf Dogs Rock, but she hands the credit to her inspiration and best friend – Nitro.
“All I have to do is look into Nitro’s eyes and I know in my heart he would want me to do this for all the dogs out there just like him,” she said.
Make your own pet rock! You don’t have to feed them or clean cages. This program is basically a parent’s dream come true. It’s your answer to “Can we get a [insert fluffy creature here]?”
Submitted by: Roanoke County Public Libraries
Join the staff of High Hopes dog training for “Obedience 101″, on Tuesdays starting May 14 at Green Ridge Recreation Center. These classes use positive reinforcement to train your dog in a fun, easy way. For dogs ages 6 months and older.
- Submitted by Roanoke County Parks & Recreation