Welcome to Shih Tzus and Furbabies
We are a national organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of small breed dogs. We are also committed to educating the public about the importance of ethical, responsible, and humane pet guardianship.
We are a 100% volunteer, privately-funded organization and we couldn't do what we do without your support.
Dog Portrait Fundraiser
Paul Atzmiller, a children's book author/illustrator, has come up with a unique way to share his talent and raise money for Shih Tzus & Furbabies.
Mail Paul a GOOD photo of your dog (Photos will not be returned, as he'll keep the photo for advertising). Paul, or a member of his artists group, will draw a 9x12 black & white, pencil drawing of your dog's head. (no cats or humans, please.) Paul will send you the drawing and a STFBR donation form. You write a check in the amount of your choice and send it to STFBR with the form. He does not want to know the amount you've donated or even if you've donated - it's all on the Honor System.
If you are interested in his "Draw Your Dog" offer and helping support Shih Tzus & Furbabies, please send your good quality (head shot) photo to:
Paul E. Atzmiller
10438 Ellison Place
Littleton, CO 80125
Please make note inside the envelope that this will be a donation for the Shih Tzu and Furbaby Rescue. Please include your phone number and return address as well as your email address in case he has any questions. Please be patient as Paul has recently been swamped with requests!
A Little About Fleas and Ticks
Where Do Fleas and Ticks Occur?
Fleas and ticks occur throughout the United States, although they are more prevalent in some areas than others. One particular type of flea is the most abundant in the United States, and it is susceptible to drying. As a result, humid, wetter parts of the country have more fleas than drier regions; the Gulf coast and southeastern part of the country are prime flea real estate. On the other hand, there are numerous species of ticks in the United States, and they live in many types of environments. Therefore, ticks are found in most of the country.
How are Fleas and Ticks Transmitted?
Fleas are transmitted by flea-infested animals, either domestic pets or wildlife. They can be transmitted directly, with the flea jumping from one animal to the other, or they can be transmitted via eggs which have been shed from a flea-infested animal into the environment. When the eggs hatch, the fleas jump onto a “clean” animal. Ticks are usually found in wooded or grassy areas, where they perch about 2 feet off the ground and brush off onto animals as they walk along. They can wait a long time for a host as they can last more than a year without a meal.
What Problems do Fleas and Ticks Cause?
When fleas feed, they inject saliva, which contains proteins to which many animals are allergic. Allergic reactions in dogs usually manifest as biting and scratching and, possibly, some hair loss. The bite of only a few fleas can cause allergies to flare. In cases where there are a lot of fleas, dogs (especially puppies) can become anemic and even die. There are many tick-related diseases, including tularemia, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and Lyme Disease, many of which can be fatal.
How Can Fleas and Ticks be Controlled?
Adult fleas spend most of their time on an animal, but many eggs and other flea life cycle stages are mostly found in the home and yard. Therefore, an effective flea control program treats the pet as well as its environment. An effective flea/tick control program includes the following:
- Remove fleas from indoors by vacuuming, being careful to include areas under furniture edges, drapes, and in pet bedding. Daily vacuuming is recommended in areas where the pet spends most of its time (don’t forget the car and kennel), and weekly vacuuming elsewhere. Seal used vacuum bags in plastic and throw away immediately.
Use a product designed to kill remaining adult fleas and inhibit growth of other flea life stages. Carpet powders, foggers, and sprays are available for this purpose. Ask your veterinarian for recommendations. Wash pet bedding weekly.
- Treat your yard and kennel areas with outdoor sprays. Remove organic material like leaves, brush, and high grass which are favored by fleas and ticks.
- Treat your pet. Remember that you may continue to find fleas on your pet, even when she is being treated, until fleas in the environment have been eliminated. There are several forms of flea treatment available for pets: once a month topical, sprays, dips, shampoos, collars, oral medications, and flea combs (dispose of fleas in a solution of water and detergent). Ask your veterinarian for recommendations. Note that some of these treatment methods also kill ticks.
Persistence is critical in the battle against fleas. You must continue the program long enough to kill fleas in all life forms. Depending on the situation, this could take several months.
Show Your Support
Our shop is open for business and we are adding new items reguarly. WE HAVE MANY GREAT NEW MAGNETS! Show your support against puppy mills with one of our wonderful car magnets, Or choose a Shih Tzus & Furbabies ribbon magnet. We also have t-shirts, cards, and more. Continue...