Archives for April 2009
Courtesy of Susan Catton, Pickens Animal Rescue
During DOG DAY IN THE PARK, there were also 25 pets that received AVID Microchips, thanks to Pickens Animal Rescue Volunteers working that day. For only $20, Microchipping is the best way to Tag / ID your pets. Having this form of ID can help ensure their safe return to you if they are ever lost. Collars may come off but the Microchip remains in place and can be scanned by any shelter, rescue or Vet. FOR THE SAFE RETURN OF YOUR PET…Please get a Microchip TODAY!
Microchipping For Your Dog’s Safety
Should you microchip your pet? Pickens Animal Rescue says, Absolutely Yes! Microchips are the best way of permanent identification of pets. The chips are considered reliable and an effective way to identify lost pets.
The microchip is a tiny computer chip or transponder about the size of a grain of rice. It stores an identification number and transmits that information through radio waves to the appropriate scanner. Typically, the microchip number contains 10 characters, making available 275 billion separate codes. This makes it highly unlikely that the same identifying code will be used more than once. Rest assured that your pet will have a unique microchip code.
Microchips come pre-loaded in a syringe, and the needle is inserted just under the skin between the shoulder blades where the microchip is implanted. The entire procedure takes less than 10 seconds and is only as painful as a vaccination injection. After injection, the tissue surrounding the microchip reacts to this new substance and forms a casing. This helps prevent migration of the microchip. Since the microchip is made of biocompatible material, rejection is uncommon and infection at the site is very rare.
The microchip scanner is used as a power source for the microchip and is used to receive the message encoded in the chip. The scanner uses electromagnetic energy to empower the chip to transmit its message through radio waves. Universal Scanners are provided to animal control, humane shelters and other rescue organizations in an effort to ensure that every stray pet is scanned and those with chips are reunited with their owners. Veterinarians can also purchase scanners for use in their clinics.
Even if your pet has a microchip and is properly scanned, without an accessible database, this information will not return your pet to you. Each microchip that is sold is registered to the veterinary hospital or shelter that purchased it. It is the responsibility of the veterinary hospital to record your pet’s unique microchip identification number in his health record but you must notify the microchip database company or manufacturer of the chip that is used. You can register your pet in your own name for faster notification when your lost pet has been found. There may be a separate charge for this service. These microchip databases are usually available 24 hours a day and are even accessible via the Internet. But remember, the database, as with computers, is only as good as the data it contains. Annual confirmation of your pet’s microchip information is strongly recommended.
In the United States, there are currently two active suppliers of microchips. American Veternairy Identification Devices (AVID®) and HomeAgain®. Each has unique codes and each support their own databases. Each is readily accessible.
On Saturday, April 18th, 2009, Pickens Animal Rescue participated in the Dog Day in the Park event at Lee Newton Park. They had the AVID Microchips available for $20.00 per pet. The fee included the database registration. To date, AVID® has sold several million microchips. According to a spokesperson, a pet is reunited with his owner every 32 minutes. Currently, over 142, 000 lost pets have been returned home. For more information on AVID® microchips, visit them at www.avidid.com or call 1-800-336-AVID.
PAR has been the primary source of help to animals in Pickens County for over 12 years. They take in hundreds of lost and homeless pets each year. Please help make their job a little easier and have your pet microchipped.
It is recommended that all pets are microchipped. Even those pets that do not venture outside may escape one day.
· Register your pet!!! It is recommended that you pay any additional fee and have your name and telephone number listed with the microchip code.
· It is recommended that you use an identifier on your pets collar indicating that he or she has a microchip and what kind.
· An annual visit to the vet specifically to test the microchip is recommended. Have your veterinarian scan your pet to determine if the chip is still transmitting data.
· Annually confirm your pet’s information with the microchip database and ensure that all contact information including your address, home and cell phone numbers, email address, and pager number, etc are all current. Ask your veterinarian or their staff where the chip is located in your pet. Most chips are injected over the back but they may migrate to the side.
Have you every watched the Biggest Loser on TV? Have you ever wondered, does that really work? Well let me tell you, it does!
In January, the First Ever Pickens County Biggest Loser competition was started. It was a 13 week weight-loss/exercise program where 12 contestants worked out with personal trainers, doing water aerobics, working with a nutritionist and just an overall renewal on their way of life. For 13 weeks they met with their group and worked together. They wore their Biggest Loser t-shirt, Red or Blue, when out and about in Pickens County and in a way, became celebrities.
On Saturday evening, April 18th at the Jasper Middle School gym, the Grand Finale’ for the First Ever Pickens County Biggest Loser Competition was held. All the contestants, their personal trainers, their motivators, team leaders, sponsors, family and friends attended the event to show their support and find out who the winner of the competition was!
Joel Keys was announced as the winner by losing a total of 79 pounds, going from 261 pounds down to 182. What an accomplishment Joel! Check this out!
Beginning Weight 261 – Ending Weight 189
Joel, you cannot imagine all the comments that people have written throughout the competition about how well you have done and how proud they were of you. How you have really stuck with the diet and exercise and totally put your heart and soul into getting healthier and stronger. We are all very proud of you and the whole group of the First Ever Pickens County Biggest Losers.
You all are Winners!
Here are some of the prizes that Joel won-
BodyPlex of Jasper – Free Membership
Kroger of Jasper – $600 grocery certificate
Jasper TV & Appliance – Stove and Refrigerator
Bent Tree Community – Free membership of golf & tennis
Sacketts, Inc. – (Sacketts Wstn Wr Tack & Feed)- $100 Gift Certificate
New Beginnings Therapeutic Center – Gift Certificate for Water Aerobics
Everyone involved had a great time, made lasting friendships and incorporated good health and nutrition into the lifestyle. We truly appreciate Connie Dixon and Tania Clark for the idea of the Pickens County Biggest Loser and lastly, Connie, for the hard work and endless hours that it took to put together and keep going the Biggest Loser competition. There is a lot of behind the scenes that goes on to put together something like this and keep it running. There was so much support from the community for the competitions, we thank ETC (Dave Gardner) for their exposure on Wednesdays, for the Pickens Progress, WYYZ am 1490 and for everyone who had a part, big or small, in the First Ever Pickens County Biggest Loser. Just wait for the next one!!!
On Friday afternoon, the weather radio went off telling us there were Tornado Warnings in Bartow County and the bad weather was heading east (toward us) at 45 miles per hour. I do not like the bad weather in the spring. I was trying to finish up for the day and get credit cards batched out and work orders and agreements faxed to my inspectors when the bad weather came in. I was rushing, trying to get done what I needed to do when all of a sudden, the weather hit and we lost power. Great! The wind was really howling and I called to my husband to come downstairs to the basement until this bad weather passed. The wind and rain was around for about 10 minutes, then it was over and what a path of destruction it left us in Bent Tree. Thankfully, there wasn’t much damage to our home but one of the homes next to us had a tree fall on their roof. The owners live out of state so we called security so they could inform the owners and their family, who live in Jasper. On our deck, the wind was so powerful that it moved our 6 chair, outdoor table about 15 feet across the deck and our glider about that same distance. There were tree limbs all over the deck, driveway and the yard (lots of clean up still to do) and when we drove through Bent Tree, with all the trees down, it looked like a war zone. Thank goodness there were no major injuries and the biggest thing is the clean up that we all need to do. Here is a video of the storm and bad weather coming in.
We had a beautiful Saturday afternoon for the Dog Day in the Park – in support of Blecky, a trained drug dog, to bring her home to Pickens County, GA. There was quite a crowd of citizens enjoying different events, socializing, listening to Simple Southern Man”, a southern rock band and doing their best, young and old, to dunk Sheriff Craig. All for a good cause of course. Per Kevin Osborne, The Pickens County Anti-Drug Coalition, Inc. fund raiser for Dog Day in the Park raised over four thousand dollars for Bleckey, a drug/search dog for the Sheriff’s Office, sixteen dogs were adopted from Pickens Animal Rescue, over twenty dogs were inocculated for rabies and everyone had a blast of a time. Thanks for the updated information Kevin! (PS My husband and I won tickets to Steel Magnolias, which we plan to see this week)
Check out the video of how many Pickens County residents, for $1.00 a throw, wanted to see Sheriff Craig take a nice spring time swim in the Dunking Booth –