Staff and volunteers of the Elmbrook Humane Society will be blogging about what's going on at the society, as well as other observations about life in Wisconsin.
The mission of the Elmbrook Humane Society is to promote the human-animal bond through adoption and education, to provide shelter to homeless animals, and to prevent animal cruelty and neglect. EBHS services the city of Brookfield, the villages of Butler, Chenequa, Elm Grove and Nashotah, and the towns of Brookfield and Delafield. EBHS shelters unwanted pets and strays, and rescues injured domestic animals and wildlife, provides resources for individuals with companion animals and provides Humane Education to schools and civic groups.
Visit our web site at www.EBHS.org.
Canine gender bias has always fascinated me. We had 7 lab puppies come into the shelter recently. I cannot tell you how many potential applicants said "I want a female". They did not meet the dogs, see them, or have any interaction with them at all. But said "I NEED a female". All of the puppies look exactly the same. All act essentially the same. But they were ALL wanting the females. Why is this?
Should we not pick a dog out by their personality and temperament?
Spring has officially arrived at EBHS! The wild residents in the area are keeping us busy by losing their parents, wandering into homes, getting stuck in sewer grates, flying into windows, and nesting in unwelcome places (like the wrens nesting in my bike helmet!).
Wild animals are so fun to watch, even for an adult like me.
The other day I was driving down North Avenue when I saw a woman walking a beautiful German Shepherd. Readers will recall how much I love the breed, so I watched them walking while I was driving by, admiring this beautiful dog when all of the sudden the lady kicked the dog.
I have seen this same kick administered on the controversial show "Dog Whisperer". Seeing Caesar Milan kick a dog on TV, and seeing a lady in Brookfield kick a dog is two entirely different experiences. Whether I agree with Caesar or his training techniques is not at issue here. It is just jarring to watch someone kick a dog and to not know why. At least you know why Mr. Milan is doing it, as he explains why he does what he does. I do not know what the dog did to deserve this kick, as I had been watching it before the kick, but for someone to kick their dog on a busy street is really hard to watch or understand. I would also like to point out that his show recommends not trying his techniques on your own. Especially on North Avenue.
I have done something so contrary to my personality. So unexpected that people who know me are wondering if I have lost my mind. I have adopted a Pug.
I fostered this Pug overnight until another foster family could take it in. I had picked her up from an animal control facility, got her back to the shelter, thinking she was a male, and took her home in the dark. I walked "Fred" near all of my trees hoping that he would go potty like a good boy to no avail. It was early the next day when I realized that Fred was actually a female. Hey, it was dark and late!