Sunday, July 31, 2016

Yogi Proud to Be Mutt!

Yogi Big Brown Dog - According to DNA testing he us Bulldog Mix crossed with Boxer Mix, Bullmastiff, Basset Hound, Ibizan Hound, Greyhound 

Thursday, July 28, 2016


Lady is 2 years old Great Dane/Mastiff/American Bulldog mix. She doesn't like dogs with high energy, she is comfortable when dogs respect her boundaries. Matching her with polite, and good energy dogs will be part of her socialization success.

She is a young, smart and very curious Lady

Muzzle will help Lady to stay calm, and protect her from making not good decisions. 

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Buster Very Special Lavender Bubble Dog and Magical Spell

For the first time I met Buster two days ago on Thursday. He was anxious and nervous, he was not sure about doggie daycare concept. He did fantastic that day!
On Friday he came back to spend a day and night with other dogs at Canine Corral Dog Daycare.
Today I stopped by in the morning at the daycare and gave him a bubbly lavender bath, to make feel him very special Bubble Dog for his Adoption Day, he loved his bath, and even let me dry him with powerful blow dryer.
Buster is all ready to put his magical spell on You! Please wish him good luck!
Buster loves people, other dogs, walking, playing and now LIFE! He was surrendered at the age of 10 by his former owner, but that didn't get him down. He knows The Thulani Program and all their supporters will find him his DREAM FOREVER HOME. Don't miss out on this FAB GUY!
Buster T. is available for adoption and will be attending Adoption Day:
Saturday, July 23rd at 11 AM - 2 PM @Pet Food Express, 1152 Blossom Hill Road, San Jose, California
Buster’s medical expenses will be covered for the rest of his life by The Thulani Program! Thank You Robert Jachens and German Shepherd Rescue of Northern California for saving Buster life!

Buster after his bubble bath with Auntie Brittany at Canine Corral Dog Daycare 7/23/2016

Friday, July 22, 2016

Buster the Thulani Dog

Buster is looking for forever home while staying under foster care at Robert Jachens house. Buster is 10 years old and was owner surrendered and impounded from the City of Downey near LA. Please help Buster find forever home.

Buster’s medical expenses will be covered for the rest of his life by The Thulani Program! Than You Robert Jachens and German Shepherd Rescue of Northern California for saving Buster life!

Buster spend a day at Canine Corral Dog Daycare, socializing with dogs and people. He did fantastic! Check out his video!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Nala - Animals Make Us Human

You might see stories about rescued dogs, how they changed people lives. 

HSSV’s Nala “People who have pets are less stressed, there’s more laughter in their life"

In the shelter you can find many dogs that are waiting to be part of human pack, maybe yours :)

Time that I spend with Nala is giving me lots of fantastic moments. For a moment she is mine clown, she is bringing tears to my eyes while zooming around. Silly girl!

HSSV’s Nala “Sharing secrets and gossiping”

I didn't see her for two weeks, so we took off for a long walk and had many secrets, and gossips to share. She was whispering into my ear how she is missing her own bed, quiet night, stability and the most important that she can start building relationships with people and call them own.

HSSV’s Nala “LOL"

Dogs need people, play, and lots of opportunities to explore and learn, and they can't provide these things for themselves. That's human job. 

Dogs need social companionship almost as much as they need food and water.

HSSV’s Nala  “Dogs need social companionship almost as much as they need food and water” 
Dogs that live in animal shelters need at least forty-five minutes of play and exercise time with a person every day.

HSSV’s Nala “Can we go now?"
Temple Grandin graduate student Christa Coppola conducted a study in an animal shelter. Her study indicated that when a dog had been played with person for forty-five minutes its cortisol (stress) hormone was lower the next day.

Unfortunately, the cortisol levels returned to sky-high levels if play period was not repeated.

HSSV’s Nala “One Inch of Cuteness"
Dogs in animal shelters need volunteers to play and socially interact with them EVERY DAY! 
As a volunteer you can experience beauty of amazing relationship with dogs. Being so close to this animals is fascinating, simple and pure.

HSSV’s Nala “Eye of wonder"
Temple Grandin in her book "Animals In Translation" wrote that dogs have different sensory organs than people do, organs that let them see, hear, and smell things we can't. All sensory data has to be processed by the brain. And when we you get down to the level of brain cells, neurons, humans have the same neurons dogs do. People using them differently, but cells are the same. 

HSSV’s Nala “Brain"
HSSV’s Nala “Ears" 
HSSV’s Nala “Nose"
Pet owners know how much their furry friend improves their quality of life. But it’s not all about unconditional love — although that actually provides a wellness boost, too. On an emotional level, owning a pet can decrease depression, stress and anxiety; health-wise, it can lower your blood pressure, improve your immunity and even decrease your risk of heart attack and stroke. But the positives don’t stop there. Read on to discover all of the incredible health benefits that can come with owning a pet.

HSSV’s Nala “Calming energy"
1. Decreases stress 
In a 2002 study at State University of New York at Buffalo, researchers found that when conducting a stressful task, people experienced less stress when their pets were with them than when a spouse, family member or close friend was nearby. Promises Treatment Centers, which specializes in addiction, not only recommends its patients consider getting a pet, but even allows pets in its rehabilitation facilities, according to Dr. David Sack, CEO of Promises. “One of Promises' core beliefs is that we need to remove obstacles that prevent people from getting help,” Sack says. “We are committed to making Promises a safe and reassuring homelike environment. And what could be more like home than to have your pet accompany you?”
HSSV’s Nala “Stop and enjoy moments"
2. Lowers blood pressure
While some studies have found a stronger connection than others, having a pet has the potential to lower blood pressure, especially in hypertensive or high-risk patients, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “If you have a dog around, your blood pressure is lower,” says Marty Becker, DVM, veterinary consultant for "Good Morning America" and author of the upcoming book, "Your Dog: The Owner’s Manual." “A lot of it goes back to reducing stress: You might lose your job, your house, your 401(k) — but you’ll never lose the unconditional love of your pet.”
3. Eases pain
Believe it or not, pets can be the best medicine, especially when a person is dealing with chronic pain such as migraines or arthritis, says Becker. “Just like Valium, it reduces anxiety. The less anxiety, the less pain,” he says. “Some studies about acute pain actually found that adults who used pet therapy required 50 percent less pain medication than those who did not.”
HSSV’s Nala “Reduces anxiety"
4. Lowers cholesterol
According to the CDC, another heart-healthy result of owning a pet is lower cholesterol. “They lower cholesterol by about five points,” says Becker. It isn’t clear whether the pet’s presence decreases cholesterol, or if those who maintain a healthier lifestyle are more often pet owners. However, it is known that male pet owners, in particular, have lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels than non–pet owners.
HSSV’s Nala
5. Improves mood
A lot of the health benefits of owning a pet may stem from the mental and emotional benefits. “People who have pets are less harried; there’s more laughter in their life,” says Becker. “When you come home, it’s like you’re George Clooney. You’re a star.” This is a primary reason pets are used in various forms of therapy. “At Walter Reed Army Medical Center, they’re using dogs to help soldiers dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder,” says Katy Nelson, DVM, associate emergency veterinarian at the VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital in Alexandria, Va. “They’re finding the guys who have a pet are able to re-enter society a little bit easier. They’re showing a decreased suicide rate, one of the biggest health threats [veterans] face. These guys who have a pet have someone they’re responsible for, someone who cares about them. And they don’t have to explain what they’ve been through.”
HSSV’s Nala “Whne you come home, it’s like you’re George Clooney. You are a star."
6. Helps people socialize
While it may seem a bit counterintuitive, owning a dog actually increases a person’s opportunities to socialize, according to Michael Landa, CEO of natural pet food brand Nulo and founder of Los Angeles–based dog-walking service The Pet Staff. “I take my dog for a two-mile walk every day, and I run into five to 10 people whom I stop and talk to,” he says. Christie Keith, the online and social media editor, agrees. "A 1999 Canadian study found that pet owners were more 'socially engaged' than non–pet owners," she says. In addition, an Austrian study “found that pet ownership led to an increase in social contact, more socialization within neighborhoods [such as neighbors chatting as they walk their dogs], and even a greater perception to observers that the neighborhood seems 'friendly.’” 
HSSV’s Nala “Pet ownership led to an increase in social contact" 
7. Prevents strokes
Although dogs are often touted for their health benefits, cat owners can see gains, too. Felines are just as beneficial to your health as dogs. “If you have a cat, you’re 30 percent less likely to have a heart attack, and you’re 40 percent less likely to have a cardiovascular incident like a stroke,” Becker says. In addition, pets can aid in the recovery of a heart attack. “If you have a heart attack and you have a dog, you are eight times more likely to be alive a year later,” Becker says.
HSSV’s Nala "If you have a heart attack and you have a dog, you are eight times more likely to be alive a year later” 
8. Monitors blood sugar levels for diabetics
According to the American Diabetes Association’s Diabetes Forecast magazine, a 1992 study found that one-third of the pets living with diabetics (mostly dogs, but other pets included cats, birds and rabbits) would change their behavior when their owner’s blood sugar level dropped. Most likely a reaction to chemical changes in the owner’s body, the behavior noted in the study has resulted in organizations likeDogs4Diabetics, which trains dogs to be companions for patients at risk of unstable blood glucose levels.
HSSV’s Nala “Looking to be part of human pack"
9. Prevents allergies and improves immunity
Becker says pets can dramatically improve immunity and prevent allergies. “A study found that children ages 5 to 7 from pet-owning households attend school three weeks more per year than those who don’t have pets,” he says. He also says that the more pets you have earlier in life, the fewer allergies you will develop. “Kids who grow up on farms and around animals don’t have allergies,” he says. “That dander on that hair, that’s natural immunotherapy.” But he notes that this effect is not reversible: Getting a pet as an adult will not minimize allergies, it only helps prevent certain allergies from developing in children.
HSSV’s Nala “Happy face" 
10. Helps children develop
Children who grow up in a household with pets benefit in myriad ways, especially in their emotional development. “When a child is attached to a dog or cat, they learn to express themselves in more ways and they learn to relate better,” says Landa, who brings children to animal shelters to deliver toys and food. Pets are also hugely beneficial to children suffering from autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). For children with ADHD, taking care of a pet can encourage them to focus on responsibilities through a predictable routine. While the sensory experience of holding and petting an animal can be soothing for children with autism. 

HSSV’s Nala “Resting in her temporary home, after interaction with Bubble Mom"

Monday, April 14, 2014

Nala - How Do You Spell Love?

Piglet: "How do you spell love?"
Pooh: "You don't spell it. You feel it."

HSSV's Nala "Awesome, smart and happy"
Nala is awesome, very happy and smart dog. She loves people. I am enjoying time spending with her, she is very active, but also loves sitting next to you and experiencing world surroundings.

HSSV's Nala "Experiencing surroundings "
For her and other dogs staying in the shelter is drastic change and a stressful experience. 
HSSV's Nala "KONGS time"
HSSV is making every effort possible to make dogs very welcome, and love. But shelter is still often a place where dogs will be confined, separated from their previous families, and exposed to more noise due to the close proximity of other dogs. 
HSSV's Nala "KONGS attack"
These environmental changes are very stressful for most dogs.  Because of the influence of individual dog personality on behavior, signs of stress can vary. Some dogs will hide in the back of the kennel, be less active or stop eating. 
HSSV's Nala "Selfies"
Some dogs may behave aggressively in response to stress, while other dogs will begin to perform repetitive behaviors, increase their frequency of barking/vocalization, become destructive, and start to urinate and defecate in their kennel.

HSSV's Nala "Experiencing pink"
Stress may also affect a shelter dog’s physical health, causing increased susceptibility to diseases and a longer recovery time from illness. 
HSSV's Nala "Selfies"
Sharing my time with Nala is priceless. With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering are enormous to you, your family, and your community. The right match can help you find friends, reach out to the community, learn new skills, and even advance your career. Volunteering can also help protect your mental and physical health. 
HSSV's Nala "Measuring benefits of volunteering"
I guess Nala can measure all these benefits in licks on my face. 

HSSV's Nala

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Yogi and His Adoption Story

Yogi adopted from HSSV October 2011
I met Yogi in April 2011 when I started volunteering at HSSV. First he was a dog behind glass window, with red, tired and sad eyes. In July 2011 finally I could take him for a walk. At HSSV you have to complete five levels of training to start socializing more challenging dogs and Yogi was one of those dogs - diamond dog. I was taking him every other day for a walk, so he could excersise and have some special time just for him. At the end of the September 2011 I read carefully Yogi's adoption plan and noticed that he was in the shelter since December 2010, almost 10 months. At first I couldn't believe it, and that day I asked at the shelter if it is ok if I can take Yogi home so he can have some break. Shelter environment is very stressful for dogs. For 3 weeks I was fostering him, and at the end of October 2011, I signed adoption papers and he was mine. During our journey we went through many training session, I started taking seminars with the best dog trainers, reading tones of books, watching hours and hours of videos, and absorbing everything about dog aggression, about fears in dogs, about socialization. I started exposing Yogi to dogs and people, and using positive reinforcement, good structure we started our journey that is continuing. In July 2012 we joined together doggy daycare me as an employee and Yogi as a student, special needs student. In December 2012 for the first time Yogi was able to play with another dog . From that point he started playing with more dogs, and his group was including more buddies to play with. 
Yogi at Canine Corral Doggy Daycare with Dakota
Bringing Yogi home was one of the good things that happened to us. Watching his transformation is amazing. YOGI gave me and my family great lessons that patience, kindness, no judgment can open all the best sides of anyone, fulfill with good energy. Yogi shares his life with me, my husband and 13 and 17 years old human brothers. 

Yogi sharing his life with his family with respect, love and understanding :)
He goes with us everywhere, loves backpacking trips in Sierra, he helps socialize other dogs, and he is an integrated part of our family. He is six years old, we don't remember how was our life before him 

Yogi at backpacking trip at Lost Coast last summer