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Happy Tails: May 19-25, 2013 is Dog Bite Prevention Week

Children are the number one victims of dog bits. A shocking statistic: the ASPCA reports that 50 percent of children in the United States will be bitten by a dog before their 12th birthday. Click on headline for entire column with valuable tips on preventing dog bites
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By Peg Schaeffer

I watched the Preakness Stakes on Saturday. Unfortunately we will go another year without a Triple Crown winner. Orb was the favorite and went off with even odds. (Now that's an oxymoron) and Oxbow, the horse who won the Derby, was a 15-1 shot. The previous day was the Black Eyed Susan stakes (the Preakness for the fillies). The favorite, Emollient, finished 6th place out of 7 and the race was won by FiftyShadesofHay, who was 2-1.

Even four legged athletes have off days. I have shown horses for 50 years and there are days that you win and other days you wished you'd never gotten out of bed. My horse, Hocus Pocus, a.k.a. Lacey, would fly over the fences as if she had wings and then we'd be in a class and as we approached a fence she play the "polite" horse and let me go over the fence first. There are things that you just can't predict.

The week of May 19 through 25 is Dog Bite Prevention week. According to the Center for Disease Control, about 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year and approximately 885,000 of those bites require medical attention. Dog Bite Prevention Week is a public safety campaign to focus on safety tips and emphasize the need for increased pet owner responsibility in the prevention of dog bites.

Children are the number one victims of dog bites. Shockingly, the ASPCA reports that 50 percent of children in the United States will be bitten by a dog before their 12th birthday. Here are some tips to keep your child from being included in that statistic.
  • Before bringing a dog into your home, learn about the breeds and determine what type will suit your family best.
  • Spay/neuter your dog to reduce aggressive tendencies.
  • Properly train and socialize your dog from the moment you meet him.
  • Teach your dog appropriate, not aggressive, behavior. Don't teach your dog to chase or attack, even if it is in fun.
  • Seek guidance from a veterinarian or trainer immediately if your dog exhibits dangerous behavior.
  • Make sure your child knows he should never pet a dog without permission from the owner, and even then, he should seek the dog's permission first by letting the dog sniff his closed hand.
  • Teach your child not to approach a loose dog, a chained dog, or a dog behind a fence. Be sure that children know to tell an adult immediately if a dog is roaming the neighborhood.
  • Instruct your family members and those who enter your home to never disturb a dog while she's sleeping, eating, chewing on a bone or toy, or caring for puppies.
  • Never leave a young child unattended with a dog.
  • Make your child aware that if she is ever approached by an unfamiliar dog, she should remain motionless. She should never scream or turn her back and run, which encourages a dog to chase.
As much as our dogs are a part of your family, always remind your children that they are still animals and can be unpredictable. How many times have you heard the words "It's okay - he doesn't bite" before the dog has struck. Even the best dog can have a bad day. - Peg Schaeffer

Contact us if you would like to help.

Peg Schaeffer, Sugarfoot Farm Rescue,
860 Sparksville Road
Columbia, KY 42728
Home telephone: 270-378-4521
Cell phone: 270-634-4675

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Happy Tails: Zoey is available for adoptiong at Sugarfoot

2013-05-19 - Sugarfoot Farm Rescue, 860 Sparksville Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Peg Schaeffer.
Zoey, a Blue Heeler/Border collie mix.
She's a spayed female and a great dog. She is vaccinated, house broke, and great with kids. She's available for adoption. - Peg Schaeffer Sugarfoot Farm Rescue, 860 Sparksville Road
Columbia, KY 42728. Email:
Home telephone: 270-378-4521
Cell phone: 270-634-4675

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