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Pip’s death is a reminder to beware of coyotes

By DAVID BORAKS
CorneliusNews.net/DavidsonNews.net

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Pip died after two attacks in his yard in Davidson, NC.

Coyotes are more prevalent than ever in Lake Norman, NC neighborhoods these days, and they’re presenting a new danger for our pets. Two coyotes fatally attacked a dog in his Davidson yard last week, and his owners say it’s a reminder that pet owners need to beware.

Bruce and Lynn Henderson of Lynbrook Drive, off Concord Road, lost their 10-year-old Sheltie named Pip last week after he was attacked for the second time in two weeks.

The dog’s injuries from the Jan. 7 and Jan. 16 attacks were so serious he had to be euthanized.

“I hope our neighbors learn from our painful lesson: Keep a close eye on small dogs and cats, which coyotes target as easy prey,” Bruce Henderson said Tuesday. “Make sure rabies vaccinations are up to date (coyotes are carriers). And don’t assume fences will keep them out — we think our coyotes wriggled under the wire, and they easily scaled its 4-foot height.”

Experts say humans are the coyote’s only real threat in North Carolina right now, leaving most other small animals and pets as prey for the 20- to 40-pound animals. They’ve been seen with increasing frequency on greenways and trails and in neighborhoods.

In 2011, Cornelius police issued a telephone alert after a woman walking her dog spotted a coyote on the McDowell Creek Greenway, off Westmoreland Road.

Residents in other neighborhoods in the Lake Norman area also have reported seeing or hearing coyotes in recent years. The problem of urban coyotes came up at the Mecklenburg County Commission in February 2012, after fatal attacks on dogs were reported in east Charlotte and other neighborhoods.

Mecklenburg County Parks & Recreation set up a coyote page on its website, offering information and asking residents to report sitings.

Bruce Henderson, the environmental reporter for The Charlotte Observer and a longtime member of the Davidson Lands Conservancy, said this month’s attacks were the first time he has seen coyotes so close to homes in Davidson.

“We see deer routinely in our yard, and we’ve seen foxes, groundhogs, skunks, raccoons, barred owls and other types of urban wildlife that in retrospect are probably coyote prey,” he said. “But we’d seen no suggestion that coyotes were in the area.”

Pip, a 25-pound Shetland sheepdog, was inside a 4-foot fence in the Hendersons’ back yard during the first attack on Jan. 7. A neighborhood boy saw the attack from the street around 5 or 5:30pm. One coyote attacked the dog in the backyard, while another coyote was outside the fence.

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The Hendersons’ two, larger Australian shepherds ran out out of the house as Pip scooted inside through a dog door. The coyote jumped the fence and fled. (Experts say coyotes can leap a 6-foot fence.)

A passing Fed Ex delivery driver flashed his headlights and honked his horn to help scare off the coyotes, Bruce Henderson said.

After examining Pip’s injuries, veterinarians told them they believe both coyotes had attacked at once, biting him all over his body, including to all four legs.

Henderson said Pip seemed to be on the mend until Jan. 16, when he got out of the house and into the backyard again. Lynn Henderson came home to find him bloody again.

“The vet told us those bites were superficial. We think the Aussies chased off the attacker. But the vet found that Pip’s skin had been basically ripped off the muscle over most of his body during the initial attack — the coyotes apparently shook him like a rug, one on either end,” Bruce Henderson said.

That led to an infection, and the dog’s skin was dying. A long and uncertain recovery seemed likely. “We couldn’t let him suffer through that, so put him down,” Bruce said.

Missing UK Sheltie found 500 miles from home!

by Samantha Williams

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Annah is reunited with her delighted owner.

A much-loved pet dog that went missing has been found safe and well in Ashford – 500 miles from home in Scotland.

Annah, a seven-year-old Shetland sheepdog, was reported lost by her owner Leanda Scott-Loosemore in May after disappearing from Cupar, in Fife.

Despite alerting the police and posting an appeal on Facebook, Mrs Loosemore was shocked to received a call from Ashford Borough Council to say Annah had been discovered wandering the streets here.

Officials were able to trace Annah’s owners after scanning her microchip.

Although it is not known how Annah ended up in Ashford, the pet is now happy at home again after being reunited with her family in Scotland just in time for Christmas.

Mrs Scott-Loosemore – who is mother to Jayden, four, and three-year-old Chantelle – said: “We had given up hope of ever getting her home. When we got her back up to Fife it was a very, very happy time!

“My kids were so excited to see her, as was she to see them.”

Ashford council spokesman Mark James said: “We were delighted to be able to reunite Anna with her owner.”

He said Annah had been found at Ducks Farm in Smarden.

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Shetland sheepdog Annah was found wandering around Ashford.

Mr James added: “Apparently a builder on site saw the dog running around in a nearby field and managed to catch it and report it to the council.

“We have a microchip reader and so always scan dogs when we pick them up as strays so that we can see if it is possible to trace the owner as soon as we can.

“We read the chip and then phoned the company that administer the microchips and they tally the number up with the contact details they have and that’s when we were made aware the dog had been stolen and from there made steps to reunite Annah with her owner.”

Mr James said the incident emphasized the importance of having a dog micro-chipped.

He added: “We are pleased that there was a happy outcome to this story and that Annah is now safe and enjoying home comforts once again.”

Heartwarming Reunion: Illinois Tornado Survivor Finds His Missing Sheltie Buried Alive Under Rubble

Charles Ledford, University of Illinois Published: Nov 19, 2013, 4:10 PM EST weather.com

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Jon Byler Dann, above, survived the devastating tornado that struck Washington, Ill., by hunkering down in the basement clutching his four children – ages 8, 5, 2½ and 1½. But an important member of the family was still in harm’s way. Before the storm, as debris started to hit his house, Byler Dann had tried to coax the family dog, Maggie, into the safe room. The skittish animal refused to leave her kennel. After the storm passed, Byler Dann emerged from the basement to find that his home of five years had been destroyed above him. Maggie was missing and Byler Dann assumed his beloved pet was dead.

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Nearly 30 hours later, while searching through all that was left of 1322 Coventry Drive, family friends heard a faint bark coming from beneath where they were standing.

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They immediately started digging and discovered Maggie buried beneath the rubble, wrapped in a piece of carpeting.

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 Byler Dann burst into tears. Maggie was shivering, filthy and in obvious pain. But she was alive.

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After giving her water, Byler Dann posted her photo to his Facebook page while friends arranged to drive her to a local veterinarian’s office – Teegarden Veterinary Clinic.

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Maggie is being treated for a dislocated hip, but is expected to be okay. Byler Dann, 37, has had the 11-year-old dog since she was 4 months old.

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“I felt intense relief and elation but also just panic,” Byler Dann says of finding Maggie injured. “I’m very thankful and blessed to have my wife and my children. And finding my dog today was just unreal.”

Weather.com Assistant Editor Allie Goolrick contributed to this report.

Update – The clinic reports: “Maggie is doing good considering everything she has been through. We expect a good prognosis with her. We’re taking donations by calling the clinic (309-444-2311) or mailing to 2323 Eureka Rd., Washington, IL 61571. Maggie’s current needs have been met, but further contributions will go towards other pets that we have been treating here at the clinic as a result of the tornado.”

Dog Saves Man. Man Saves Dog

By Michael Walsh / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

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Animal lover Paul Kemp of Des Moines, Iowa, amazed his co-workers at no-kill shelter Animal Lifeline Thrift Shop with the tale of Sheeba’s heroism.

Man’s best friend earned that moniker — yet again — when one saved her owner’s life by waking him during a house fire Tuesday morning. That man wasted no time returning the favor.

Paul Kemp lost everything in the fire that ravaged his Des Moines, Iowa, home, and he would have died if his Shetland Sheepdog, Sheeba, 3, hadn’t jumped on his chest, reported KCCI .

“Her first instinct was to wake me up, you know, thinking about me first,” Kemp told the local station.

The Iowa man awoke to see the fire raging a mere 10 feet away and used his coffeepot to throw water on the flames, but when that didn’t help, he bolted from the home.

Kemp thought the Sheltie was hot on his tail but realized she was still in the burning building once he got outside. He rushed back inside and yelled for Sheeba, who came running toward him. Both emerged from the flaming home unscathed.

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Sheeba is Kemp’s ‘life, his pride and joy,’ said a co-worker.

“I love her. She’s my little girl, you know,” Kemp said. “I’ve always loved her, but, you know, now that she, you know, she saved my life, you know, she showed me that she’s my best friend, you know, because, she was worried about me.”

Kemp went to his job at the Animal Lifeline Thrift Shop, a no-kill shelter for abused animals, where he has worked for about six months and amazed his co-workers with the story.

“He has the best spirits about it, and he just loves that dog,” assistant manager Amy Jones told The News. “He’s so thankful for what happened and what he’s got. That dog is his life, his pride and joy.”

The man and his best friend are staying at a nearby motel until he finds a new apartment. He has homeowners’ insurance.

Sheltie Nation email is fixed. Well, sort of fixed.

tobyhappy2I still do not have an answer from the developers of the new email delivery software as to why the importation of existing emails is not working. However, we did get the new sign up process to stop sending duplicate emails. So if you miss your daily Sheltie Nation email, all you have to do is type in your email into the box on the upper right hand side of the page that says “SN Daily Email”.  Be sure to check your email spam folder for the confirmation email that will be sent and follow the instructions from there. That should do it!

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