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JULY 2012 newsletter

CLASSES AND CONFERENCES

Information on LAR and related classes, as well as speaking engagements/conferences, and requests for classes. For a complete list of classes, visit www.saveyourhorse.com/wholearn.htm

NOTE TO INSTRUCTORS: Please submit your new classes at the end of each month to be included in the next month's newsletter. I will send out a monthly notice a week or so before the newsletter is due. I would appreciate it if you would send in your class schedules, along with contact information, at that time. Thank you. ALSO: You are welcome to send in your class lists and I will send out a notice to each student inviting them to subscribe to the newsletter

REQUESTS FOR CLASSES

Gisele Gariepy, a volunteer firefighter in the province of New Brunswick, Canada, would like to get information on holding a clinic open to the public and local fire depts. morningstaracres@gmail.com

ONGOING CLASSES

North Strabane Fire Dept., Canonsburg, PA (Just south of Pittsburg). LAR Awareness for First Responders, and Save Your Horse! A Safety Seminar for Horse Owners. Those that attend the seminar will receive a Certificate of Attendance for the purpose of reimbursements or to forward to your equine insurance carrier. Call 724-745-1010, ext. 333 or email ed.childers@nstfd.org

CLASSES

EERU (Emergency Equine Response Unit) classes include Basic Equine Awareness and Response, Large Animal Rescue Operations, and Large Animal Ice Rescue. Schedule and information are available at http://www.code3associates.org/eeru.php
LAR training by D&J Fox: www.largeanimalrescue.com
TAR incorporates water and flood rescue techniques with animal behavior www.wavetrekrescue.com
TLAER training is provided by Dr. Tomas and Dr. Rebecca Gimenez, and is available at www.tlaer.org/TLAER_Schedule.html
WASART training is provided by the Washington State Animal Rescue Team www.washingtonsart.org

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NOV 15-18 Dr. Rebecca Gimenez will be speaking at Equitana, Melbourne, Australia 15th-18th –Rebecca will be assisted by MaryAnne Leighton, Selina Neil and Sonya Hatch, and will conduct two Large Animal Rescue demonstrations on the Friday and Saturday of Equitana. You can meet these ladies on the Horse SA stand in the Epsom Pavilion.


JUL 13 FREE!!! Pet shelter training and evacuation course in Gretna, LA 9-12 Pet Shelter Training 1-4 Pet Evacuation Training Sponsored by Louisiana State Animal Response Team (337) 298-1636 lsartinfo@gmail.com
JUL 28-29 WASART Emergency Sheltering Training, Enumclaw, WA. Contact WASART Training Director, training@washingtonsart.org
AUG 25-26 Equine Veterinarians Australia two-day course for equine vets, held in Brisbane, Australia. Instructors are Christine Smith President of EVA and Anthony Hatch Fire and Rescue NSW. http://eva.ava.com.au/calendar-of-events
SEPT 8 Sunshine Coast awareness course, Caboolture Showgrounds, Queensland, Australia. Instructor is Selina Neill. Please contact Marilyn Taylor iandmtaylor@optusnet.com.au or phone (07) 3289 2509.
SEPT 17-19 TLAER Operations, TEEX Training Facility, TX Openings in Awareness and Operations. Contact Dr. Ben Buchanan bbuchanan@bveh.com
SEPT 24-26 TLAER Operations, Wiggins (Gulfport), MSU, MS Contact Dr. Carla Huston at Huston@cvm.msstate.edu
SEPT 28-30 TLAER Operations, Verona (Tupelo), MSU, MS Contact Dr. Carla Huston, Huston@cvm.msstate.edu
OCT TBA Reality Based Emergency Training, Ladd Farm, Bridgewater, NH Contact Kelly Patterson (803) 522-4395 kelly@kellysigler.com or Tori Miller (910) 494-8210 NC4HoovesFarm@hotmail.com
OCT 6-7 TLAER Awareness, Thomasville GA Contact Jayne Roberts equijay@gmail.com

OCT 12-14 TAR, Index WA Contact Chris Jonason, info@wavetrekrescue.com 360-793 -1508
OCT 13-14 TLAER Awareness, Glen Oak School of Arts, Maitland, NSW, Australia. Please contact Jo Briggs info@horsewelfare.com.au
OCT 21-22 TLAER Awareness, Launceston, Tasmania Contact Raylene Garwood raylene.garwood@defence.gov.au
OCT 27-28 TLAER Awareness, The Gordon TAFE - Geelong-Victoria, Australia Contact Margaret Anderson manderson@gordontafe.edu.au
OCT 27–28 Equine Veterinarians Australia two-day course for equine vets, Perth, Australia. Instructors are Christine Smith President of EVA and Anthony Hatch Fire and Rescue NSW. http://eva.ava.com.au/calendar-of-events
NOV 3-4 TLAER Operations with Rebecca Gimenez at Gatton, Australia. Attendees must have completed a two-day awareness course to be eligible to attend this operations course. Please contact Debbie Dekker, President of Queensland Horse Council president@qldhorsecouncil.com
NOV 10-11 TLAER Operations with Rebecca Gimenez, Cairns, Australia. Attendees must have completed a two-day awareness course to be eligible to attend this operations course. Please contact Debbie Dekker, President of Queensland Horse Council president@qldhorsecouncil.com
DEC 7-9 TLAER Operations, TLAER International Training Facility - Gray (Macon), GA Contact Dr. Rebecca Gimenez delphiacres@hotmail.com
DEC 11 Euthanasia Certification, Colombia, SC National Animal Control Association http://www.nacanet.org/euthanasia.html for more information.

LAR PEOPLE

MaryAnne Leighton has been nominated for two awards for her work promoting LAR in Australia. She says they are: "a director of Queensland Regional Rural and Remote Women's Network nominated me for their "Strong Women Leadership Awards" (that was a big surprise, I can tell you), and Rebecca nominated me for Quest Equine Welfare's "Equitarian Award" for individuals who are making a positive difference by way of consistent, compassionate and selfless service that improves the welfare of horses and other equids." SWEET! And well- deserved, MA .

Tim Collins has been teaching semi-locally and in house at the Santa Barbara Humane Society. He has also been busy working on several new rescue pieces including this water rescue piece, on which he's planning to reduce the size of the side tubes. Way to go, Tim!

From Michelle Melaragno
You’ll love this story! I was on my way home from work and I passed a farmhouse with an above ground pool in the side yard. I saw a large calf and two goats running around the edges of the pool. Thankfully, the walking edges were wide and well supported, and there was a barrier fence about 4 feet high. There was one guy trying to herd the goats and calf away from the pool, and another guy standing at the “exit” – the only place where the animals could get OFF the pool edge, if he hadn’t been in the way! I quickly turned around and drove into their driveway, jumped out of my truck as someone approached, and explained that I could help. I started to unload some of my simple equipment from my truck and further explained to the person about TLAER. As we turned to head toward the pool, the two guys began chasing the animals, who were frantically trying to get away – slipping, panicking, splashing at the edge of the water and getting more stressed with every passing second. Just as I started to yell out for them to “STOP CHASING…” I woke up. Gee, you think I’ve got a little TLAER on the brain???

http://thehorsesafetyblog.wordpress.com/2012/06/24/tlaer/ Spencer Smith - a high school student - is championing the effort to get TLAER safety and handling information out to high school students. Please take a look at his BLOG and vote whether you think this is useful. This is our future!

Welcome to The French Connection: Rescuing large animals in France. From Véronique Vienet, Vétérinaire Commandant Vétérinaire Chef Départemental, Conseiller technique Départemental Groupe Sauvetage Animalier http://www.sdis06.fr/ SDIS Alpes-Maritimes in France.
The animal rescue group Yvelines emerged in the early 90s.Today, the specialty has 5 technical advisors, heads of units 12 and 40 crew. It carries out between 150 and 220 operations per year. Good slide show of rescues at http://translate.google.ca/translatehl=en&sl=fr&u=http://www.sdis78.fr/&ei=1EbRT6m_F4Ks8 ATlhf3gAw&sa=X&oi=translate&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CFkQ7gEwAA&prev=/search %3Fq%3Dsdis78%2Bfr%26hl%3Den%26biw%3D1234%26bih%3D581%26prmd %3Dimvns

THIS MONTH’S "Large Animals in the News"

TRAINING

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/story/2012/05/31/pei-large-animal- rescue-584.html Come on down to the east coast! PEI is the prettiest place you'll ever visit! http://www.wgme.com/news/top-stories/stories/wgme_vid_12488.shtml Story on ME training with video
http://www.wmtw.com/First-responders-get-hands-on-experience-with-large- animals/-/8792672/15361536/-/wbd5a9/-/index.html ME training with video

RESCUES

http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2012/06/09/workers-rescue-horse-after-it-falls-into-ditch-in- norco/ video of "low tech" rescue
Also, http://www.pe.com/local-news/riverside-county/corona/corona-headlines- index/20120609-norco-horse-rescued-from-drainage-ditch.ece
http://www2.wjbf.com/news/2012/jun/15/aiken-equine-ambulance-goes-rescue-ar- 3981596/ Aiken, South Carolina horse ambulance rescue video
http://www.pro8news.com/news/local/Young-horse-rescued-from-storm-drain-in- Nuevo-Laredo-159276915.html and http://translate.google.ca/translate? hl=en&ie=UTF8&u=http://www.elmanana.com.mx/notas.asp%3Fid%3D289922 Mexico rescue video
http://www.care2.com/causes/washington-man-saves-bald-eagle-video.html video
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-57453545-504083/horse-on-pa-highway- subdued-by-cops-with-stun-gun-lasso/ Stun gun?!?!?
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2164514/Newborn-foal-rescued-services- falling-15ft-getting-stuck-neck-deep-mud.html Day old foal rescued
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=8487456 Woman gives horse CPR

http://www.wildandmisguidedadventures.com/?attachment_id=363 and
http://www.care2.com/causes/canoeists-save-two-baby-moose.html Moose rescued by canoeists

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4w-eLx9IksQ&feature=player_embedded another moose story
http://onlineathens.com/uga/2012-06-21/perimeter-slows-crawl-after-horse-falls-roadway Horse falls out of stopped trailer
http://www.thisisnorthdevon.co.uk/Calf-rescued-River-Torridge-falling/story-16475458- detail/story.html Calf out of water
http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktla-sun-valley-horse-rescue,0,2068861.story Video horse out of empty pool
http://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/news/local/trapped-horse-is-rescued-by- firefighters-1-3971253 Short article
http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-06-29/news/os-lk-horse-in-sinkhole- 20120629_1_sinkhole-groveland-horse Horse self-rescued from sinkhole
http://www.derbyshiretimes.co.uk/news/local/horse-rescued-from-river-1-4664846 Horse out of river

http://www.animalrescuechase.com/rescue_showcase/story.php?id=879 Newborn wild horse rescue
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8482373/horse-rescued-from-sewage-pit With video
http://www.birminghammail.net/news/top-stories/2012/06/08/trapped-horse-is-rescued- from-transporter-on-a46-near-kenilworth-97319-31137247/ Horse removed after becoming lodged between partitions in moving trailer
http://www.enfieldindependent.co.uk/news/localnews/9745650.Dramatic_rescue_for_you ng_horse_trapped_in_River_Lea/ Foal rescued from river
http://www.sunjournal.com/news/oxford-hills/2012/06/08/hebron-barn-burns-after- lightning-strike/1207740 Goat rescue funny video

RESCUE STORIES

Eric Thompson sent in this story: EERU was called out this afternoon for a cow stuck in a drainage area. The cow was named Maddie and had a very young calf with her. We called the calf Zippy because he was very anxious in the grass near his Momma as we worked on her. She apparently stepped into this drainage area to get a drink and quickly found herself in a mix of silt, water, and mud. It made a very effective quicksand mixture. My knee boots lasted a few seconds before they were compromised and I might as well been standing in the mud in barefooted. I'm so glad I remembered I had Tyvek suits in the trailer after the rescue was complete! After assessing her leg position we ran a forward assist strap and hooked her to a bobcat bucket. The bucket was used more for a high point that pulling her out. Once we got her chest up and she hit dry ground, she quickly got to her feet. We placed her in a small confinement pen and ran some orange fencing into a funnel to catch her calf and reunite them. Both the cow and calf were loaded into a trailer and returned home to a drylot area for a good cleaning and fresh water and grain. Another happy ending.

FIRE

The Colorado wildfire are on our minds. http://www.newsnet5.com/dpp/news/national/horses-and-livestock-saved-from-colorado- wildfires The Horse magazine last week said that over 400 horses were evacuated and put in large arena facilities. The way it sounds the fire is only 15% contained and getting worse.

http://www.9news.com/news/local/article/272225/222/Lost-horse-wanders-up-to-High-Park- firefighter Lost horse in fire
http://www.kxlh.com/news/19-horses-die-in-billings-barn- fire/#.T5XMbmEwnbg.facebook 19 horses die in Montana fire
http://www.buffalonews.com/city/communities/lockport/article897870.ece In Lockport, NY, possible arson of barn. No injuries.
http://www.sunjournal.com/news/oxford-hills/2012/06/08/hebron-barn-burns-after- lightning-strike/1207740 Fire in Hebron

Check out Laurie Loveman’s website: http://www.firesafetyinbarns.com PLEASE install a sprinkler system in your barn!

ON THE ROAD

http://www.platinumweekly.co.za/articleA016.html Regardless of WHO OR WHAT is in the road, swerving to avoid him/her/it it is not a good idea.
http://www.wsmv.com/story/18768601/wreck-involving-trailer-blocks-lane-of-i-440 Trailer of negligent company collapses, killing one and injuring others

http://www.rionegro.com.ar/diario/rn/nota.aspx?idart=892721&idcat=9574&tipo=2 Bus kills horse, people injured in Argentina (use Google translator)
http://www.omaha.com/article/20120622/NEWS/706229913/1707 Dozen cows die due to trailer rollover
http://lubbockonline.com/local-news/2012-05-17/crossing-blamed-train-cattle-trailer- collision-video#.T9p9OrVDyWE Many cows dead in Semi/Train collision due to poorly designed railroad crossing.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/news/7066172/Crash-injures-man-horse-put- down Horse dies in collision http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8RSFu2LNhs&feature=related Great 5 min video of removing horse from trailer

EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES

http://www.shropshirestar.com/news/2012/06/06/model-horses-proving-a-sure- bet/attachment/21672458/#overlay Rescue Randy in colors! And a cow in the works???

LINKS

http://www.facebook.com/groups/107753472632283/324766910930937/ North Carolina Specialized Mobile Animal Rescue Team has a Facebook page and photo gallery. Check it out! www.washingtonsart.org If you live in Washington State, and/or are interested in active animal response, check out the WASART site.

Los Angeles’ SmART is now S.M.A.R.T. which stands for Specialized Mobile Animal Rescue Team. The New Team features the combined efforts of the Departments SmART (Small Animal Rescue Team) and four members of DART (Department Air Rescue Team). Both Teams have a 100% save rate since they began and together bring all the expertise, experience and knowledge for rescuing small and large animal in distress situations. The Team consists of ten LA Animal Services Officers and one Registered Veterinary Technician. Videos at animal rescue team la on www.Youtube.com Check them out at http://www.laanimalservices.com and “like” them on Facebook at Facebook/SMART.LA Welcome to the newsletter and LAR!

INNOVATIONS, EDUCATION, AND LESSONS LEARNED

http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=20115 Fire season could be fierce. Be prepared!
http://www.vin.com/proceedings/Proceedings.plx? CID=DISASTER2006&Category=2198&O=Generic Great set of disaster documents. First Responders Guide to Animal Care
http://www.emergencymgmt.com/emergency-blogs/campus Emergency Management blog
http://www.nfpa.org/itemDetail.asp? categoryID=2504&itemID=56130&URL=Research%2FStatistical+reports%2FFire+service +statistics%2F&order_src=C246&cookie_test=1 NFPA's study on 2011 firefighter fatalities

http://www.fireengineering.com/articles/2012/06/barn-fire-tactics-and-strategies-part-2-cross- barns.html combination barn/living quarters
http://cs.thehorse.com/blogs/horse-911-whats-your- emergency/archive/2012/06/28/Improving-Transport-with-Scientific-Evidence-and-Animal- Welfare-Legislation.aspx Rebecca's blog on transporting animals

http://peabodykansas.com/direct/rabid_horse_bitten_by_skunk+4338rabid +526162696420686f7273652062697474656e20627920736b756e6b Horse contracts rabies. Read about the symptoms, and remember, ALL mammals can become infected with rabies, even people. (Have you read "Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston?)

SUMMER TIP

Summer Safety Tip: Watch out for hot asphalt or metal that can burn dog paws or at least make them terribly uncomfortable. Dogs and people can and do get burn wounds from contact with hot asphalt. If you suspect asphalt or metal on the ground may be hot enough to make your dog uncomfortable, simply bend down and test the surface with the back of your hand. You should be able to press the back of your hand firmly into the asphalt or metal for seven seconds with no discomfort.

Many of us have had the experience of stepping barefoot onto a hot beach and then high- stepping quickly to a safe spot. Imagine if you were on the end of a leash being and not allowed to get off the hot sand. Under the worst conditions (i.e. no wind, no shade, direct sun, low humidity), asphalt temperatures have been measured at 143 degrees Fahrenheit when the ambient temperature was only 87 degrees. To put this in perspective, 140 degrees can cause skin damage to vulnerable areas in five seconds. Eggs can literally fry at 131 degrees. If you have a repeated need to walk your dog over hot surfaces, booties may be the solution (From Healing Springs Animal Hospital)

LESSON STORY

from John Haven, havenj@ufl.edu For further questions about anything regarding this article, or the UF VETS Team in general, contact John

Since 2002 the state of Florida's SART (State Agricultural Response Team), has continued to grow into one of the largest and most capable teams in the country. Starting with 2004, the University of Florida "VETS" Disaster Response Team has been a SART component and built a significant medical and technical rescue capability as well. But, recognizing that "all disasters are local" and that many don't rise to the need of deploying resources across the state, the FL SART has focused on building regional capacity these last few years.

The state of Florida is set up in 7 RDSTF (Regional Domestic Security Task Force) zones, capturing the 67 counties. The state initially deployed 7 MARE kits (Mobile Animal Response Equipment) to each RDSTF. These kits consist of a 4 horse stock trailer, with the contents of a 150 cage animal shelter inside. The second type of kit to be deployed to the 7 RDSTFs is a trailer full of mobile cattle panels. The latest kit type to be deployed is our Animal Technical Rescue kit. These kits are currently on order, and will be ready for deployment by late August or early September. Each kit contains a Rescue Glide, a Becker/Haast Sling system, a TLAER A Frame, TLAER Mud Lance Kit, TLAER Strop Guide, TLAER Nikopolous Needle, lots of rope, prusiks, carabineers, reach poles, pulleys, etc. Each kit is stored in an enclosed 6 X 12 trailer, so when needed, they can be grabbed and know all the equipment is ready. Each kit is approx. $15k of equipment. If money is left over from the funding source, we will also add an XL USAR dog rescue sling which works well on companion farm animals in addition to rescuing dogs.

Typically these units will be assigned to a fire or sheriff agency since the equipment is the property of the state, and will be on indefinite loan to the local agency. The local agency can use the equipment for practices, real rescues, etc. Some RDSTF's will be extra fortunate - 3, which includes the UF Team and it's equipment, but spans the full width of the state, will likely end up with its kit assigned on the east coast with St John's County Fire Rescue. The real winners are 7, which already has equipment/teams in Palm Beach with the fire dept in Wellington, Broward has a team with Southwest Ranches, and Miami-Dade has USAR Task Force 1. Monroe is the remaining county for RDSTF 7. Zone 1 will likely be based in Walton County with the Sheriff's Dept, Zone 2 will likely be based with Midway Fire Dept in Leon County, Zone 3 will likely be with St John's Fire Dept which has done extensive training with TLAER and the UF team over the past few years. Zone 4 will likely go to Polk County Sheriff's Office - they have special agriculture deputies. Zone 5 will likely go with Volusia County Fire Dept, and Zone 6 will likely go to Lee County Sheriff's Office. These are the host agencies in each of the RDSTFs who we are working with to store the equipment, and to develop an Operations Level capability for conducting an actual rescue. Any other agency in the RDSTF can ask the host to borrow the equipment for training or through mutual aid request assistance for a rescue.

Florida's Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services continues to take disaster preparedness very seriously, and actually came to me with a possible source of funds if I could spec out what we needed. Very quickly we went from a concept to state approval. Now we're just waiting for the equipment arrive, I'll assemble the kits at UF, and then deliver them this fall. This wouldn't have been possible without the new standards for the FEMA AEL - Approved Equipment List. Less than a year ago it was almost impossible to get specialized large animal technical rescue gear purchased with DHS funds. Now, if there is DHS funds available, other states and counties can do the same as what we are doing here in Florida. There are a few states that have some equipment distributed in regions - North Carolina SART has CAMETs much like our MARE unit, Pennsylvania SART has some teams and equipment, and of course South Carolina has animal rescue teams and equipment throughout its state, and I'm sure there are others, but it is still pretty thin nationally.

As a side note, our UF "VETS" team is a state level resource, and can actually be requested via EMAC (Emergency Management Assistance Compact) to deploy to other states during a presidentially declared emergency. It can respond with a full complement of 3 trucks, 2 support trailers, the rescue trailer, 4 tents, generators, air conditioners, cots, diesel fuel, etc. We do envision a "light" deployment where we bring a small team and all the equipment, and partner with a host state cadre of trained rescue staff to actually do the rescues. We will be hosting a meeting at UF in August with all the SAADRA (Southern Agricultural and Animal Disaster Response Alliance) region veterinary colleges (UF, Auburn, UGA, Tenn, NCSU, LSU, MSU, Tex A&M) to discuss mutual aid during responses in the region. Not only can we leverage the large UF equipment cache, but we could also borrow some of the local cache kits I mentioned above, since they are state resources. For example we could go to Mississippi which regularly trains people from all over the state with TLAER, and bring several kits of equipment to assist. We will also be discussing at the meeting curriculum issues on how each school teaches students about disaster response, and how to get them more involved so they become resources in their communities after they graduate.

WELFARE and DISASTER and JUST PLAIN STRANGE

http://www.kentucky.com/2012/06/11/2220372/boy-5-killed-while-riding-horse.html A 5 year old child without a helmet was killed while riding

http://cs.thehorse.com/blogs/across-the-fence/archive/2012/06/04/disaster-preparation- relfections.aspx?CommentPosted=true#commentMessage Prepare for disasters!

http://www.care2.com/causes/ann-romney-doped-up-horse-got-sued-too.html The wife of a presidential candidate sold a doped up horse and was sued.
In 2008, the Romneys sold a horse named Super Hit for $125,000. The horse was subsequently found to be lame and unable to perform dressage. Dr. Steven Soule, veterinarian for the U.S. Equestrian Team, was consulted. He found that Super Hit, at the time he was sold, had been drugged with a staggering amount of painkillers - more than he had ever seen given to a horse in 38-years of practice.

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/1218580--how-canada-gets-dog-and-cat-fur- from-china Kudos to the Toronto Star. They have run a few full front page stories on animal abuse, torture, neglect, and the decline of the horse industry.

Betty Jones in Arkansas sent this via our "Man in MN", Marian Robinson: “All of us are praying for rain again. All the pastures burnt up and no hay. I just hope we don’t catch on fire like CO has. That is so devastating. I have about 30 horses that I’m trying to find homes for now. People just can’t keep them because they can’t get the hay. I am hoping that we can get all of them somewhere better soon. Most are untrained mares. Most folks want trained geldings. This year we have hordes of grasshoppers and they have stripped all of my ornamentals, roses, snowball bush and everything in sight. What a mess! All of our little ponds are either dry as a bone or have become mud puddles.” If you can help Betty and the horses in Arkansas, please email her at Betty Miller Jones bjahc@madisoncounty.net

http://www.itsadisaster.net Don’t forget to get your “It’s a Disaster” book from the website of the same name. Janet and Bill Liebsch are newsletter subscribers, and friends of LAR.

DOWN UNDER NEWS

Story from Facebook: “Sadly while moving Rusty to his new foster home today he decided that he didn’t want to go after loading him up and he kicked the crap out of the back of the float getting his leg stuck, we tried for 20 mins. to free him while he was panicking and sadly did some pretty bad damage to his legs. He was stitched and stapled up by our amazing vet but we can’t tell for sure if there is any permanent damage or not. He is currently drugged and stabled and is very lucky to have not broken his leg. This would have to be the most scariest thing I have ever experienced being a horse owner.”

FEEL GOOD STUFF

And now for something completely different: http://www.flamingpot.com/2011/09/horse- themed-cupcakes.html
http://www.care2.com/causes/dog-protects-abandoned-baby.html Dog protects abandoned baby in Ghana

http://www.care2.com/causes/heroic-donkey-keeps-buddies-calm-and-safe-in-co-wildfire.html Donkey in CO -- animals rescuing animals

One of our small-animal friends, Canines For Service, needs a little help with their outstanding program. They have been rescuing shelter dogs, providing Veterans with Disabilities with quality trained service dogs for mobility, TBI and PTSD, and teaching military prisoners how to train service dogs, since 2008. They need folks willing to fundraise, and they need some corporate sponsorship. Most of us either know a veteran or are a veteran. Let’s all work together to get our disabled veterans the service dogs they need. http://www.caninesforservice.org/Donate.html Send ‘em some money, some time, or some love. As their motto says: “Serving veterans, four paws at a time.”

This Canines For Service photo, taken after a long day of training, is of Joey Bozik, US Army Retired and his service dog Joshua.

Our condolences go out to the family of Lawrence Anthony, The Elephant Whisperer, who died March 7.
http://delightmakers.com/news/wild-elephants-gather-inexplicably-mourn-death-of- elephant-whisperer/
http://www.beliefnet.com/Inspiration/Home-Page-News-and-Views/Wild-Elephants- Mourn-Death-of-famed-Elephant-Whisperer.aspx

Lawrence Anthony, a legend in South Africa and author of 3 books including the bestseller The Elephant Whisperer, bravely rescued wildlife and rehabilitated elephants all over the globe from human atrocities, including the courageous rescue of Baghdad Zoo animals during the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. He is remembered and missed by his wife, 2 sons, 2 grandsons & numerous elephants.

Two days after his passing, the wild elephants showed up at his home led by two large matriarchs. Separate wild herds arrived in droves to say goodbye to their beloved man-friend. A total of 20 elephants had patiently walked over 12 miles to get to his South African house.

Witnessing this spectacle, humans were obviously in awe not only because of the supreme intelligence and precise timing that these elephants sensed about Lawrence 's passing, but also because of the profound memory and emotion the beloved animals evoked in such an organized way: Walking slowly - for days - making their way in a solemn one-by-one queue from their habitat to his house.

Lawrence's wife, Francoise, was especially touched, knowing that the elephants had not been to his house prior to that day for well over a year! But yet they knew where they were going. The elephants obviously wanted to pay their deep respects, honoring their friend who'd saved their lives - so much respect that they stayed for 2 days 2 nights. Then one morning, they left, making their long journey back home.

QUESTION OF THE DAY:

There are so many new rescue teams now, I was wondering if you would like to have your own page on the LAR website, www.saveyourhorse.com I’ll make a button for it – “Rescue Teams” or whatever you’d like – and you can submit a picture, a small write-up of your team, and a link to your website or your contact info if you don’t have a website yet. I’ll list you by state or country. That might make it easier for outsiders to find you. Please send me your thoughts. You can reply to this newsletter, or send a separate email to info@saveyourhorse.com

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