Stuff you need

 

I've been thinking about writing this piece for a couple of months now, because I KNOW there are things we use at The Waystation that make life easier that a lot of people with a lot of dogs could probably use. About half of these suggestions came from friends. The others I sort of stumbled onto. 

First, get yourself a really sturdy dustpan. This puppy is metal, 17 inches wide, and totally rocks. You can use it to scrape crates out, too. Get two and you have a kennel equivalent of oven mitts. 

Then add a tile scraper. This bad boy is used to wedge under tile and adhesive to get it off a floor, and it works great for getting up most of any stubborn stuck on poop. 

Next on the list -- a good floor absorbent. I like the ZEP brand. This stuff is very light and absorbs multiple times its weight in liquids. Hands down the easiest way to reduce nasty blow out diarrhea into something you can deal with. Sprinkle it on, stir it around a bit with your boss dustpan or long floor scraper, and wait. Pretty soon you have something you can sweep out. Nasty but about 100 times better than what you started with. 

For those deep clean days -- knee pads. Seriously. Even a cheap set will make your knees feel SO much better. Added bonus -- you strap them on over your pants and reduce the odds of kneeling down into some unsavory mess.

Now, you'll need something to hang up all these need new tools, so pick up about 20 carabiners or spring clips. Get twenty. Trust me. You'll use them when zip ties and bungie cords won't work. Everything from clipping water buckets to kennel to holding tarps down. They are perfect for clipping onto your boss dustpan and clipping it to the side of a kennel bank. 

 

 

 

 

Other things in the "Really Nice to Have" category:

 

Stall mats. They're heavy carbonized rubber, around 3/4" thick.  We use them in our platform kennels to cut down on drafts, protect the wood, and make a more comfortable surface for the dogs. Around $40 for a 4x6 heavy stall mat. They also come in 2x4 size.  Do not get the ones with a pattern on one side. Flat smooth surfaces are easier to clean. Dogs CAN gnaw off a corner, but it takes a very long time and a lot of determination. These won't tear up quickly. I like the larger ones because there are fewer seams when you put them down, but the smaller ones are easier to handle.

If you're going to have stall mats, then you're going to want some vise grips to move them around, because they are heavy and there is nothing to grab. Don't skimp and get the cheapest ones, they won't handle the weight and the gripper caps will pop of. Get the metal ones like these. 

Do I have to mention zip ties (variety of sizes), bungie cords, and tarps? Didn't think so.

 

 

 

How hot is your kennel?

 

In the wake of the dog show tragedy where 12 dogs were killed when the van they were in overheated, I got to thinking about the heat and The Waystation. What would happen if the AC cut out on a hot day when the dogs were put up? Usually we'd lose power at the house at the same time and I'd know, but what if the AC malfunctioned? What if The Waystation lost power alone? What if I weren't home?

So I went in search of something that would monitor the temperature and power status in The Waystation and notify me if it were too hot or too cold.  First on my list was that it had to work without a telephone line (we've been cell only for years) and without WiFi or internet access. That eliminated a lot of choices.

Here are the ones I checked out: 

When you don't know where to start, try these national breed contacts. Many, but not all, are drawn from the AKC breed club listings, modified by my personal experiences with different groups. The national contact can forward your email to the appropriate regional contacts.

 

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American Bulldog  regional contact list
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Australian Cattle Dog Rescue This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Bernese Mountain Dog This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Black and Tan Coonhound This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Bluetick Coonhound This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Chinese Crested  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Chinese Shar-Pei Rescue This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Chinook This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Chow Chow This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Collie This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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English Foxhound This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
English Setter  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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English Springer Spanie This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
English Toy Spaniel  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Entlebucher Mountain Dog This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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French Bulldog  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
German Pinscher This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
German Shepherd Dog  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
German Shorthaired Pointer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
German Wirehaired Pointer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Glen of Imaal Terrier This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Great Dane  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Havanese  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ibizan Hound Rescue This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Irish Setter  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Irish Terrier  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Irish Water Spaniel  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Irish Wolfhound This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Italian Greyhound This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Jack Russell (Parson Russell)  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Japanese Chin This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Kerry Blue Terrier This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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At Risk Intervention (ARI) is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt public benefit charity run by a group of smart geeks and nerds who  provide infrastructure, support, advice and fundraising tools to other groups and individuals. Our primary core competencies are innovative fundraising (ain't free but won't cost you anything), information products, legal advice and limited pro bono representation, and slack in the rope logistics support. We also run The Waystation, a rescue-only short term kennel that helps area rescue groups, shelters and transports.