Heartworm Prevention, Pagie, Winston IV

Posted October 22, 2009 11:25 am
The vet just called, Paige is heartworm positive. Keep your pets on heartworm prevention people!!! Let's break it down so you can see just how foolish of a decision you are making NOT to keep your pet on heartworm prevention. A box of decent heartworm prevention costs about $75 for a year supply. That comes out to $6.25 a month.... equivalent to just one visit to a fast food restaurant a month! This inexpensive, simple, easy prevention could have saved what Paige will go through over the next few months. Here are some stats:

Heartworm Treatment: Average cost: $800.
Painful: Yes - 3 Injections into the lumbar area.
Risky:   Yes - She could die from the treatment. 


In warm Florida temperatures insects are a year round problem.  You might be unaware that mosquitoes pose a deadly threat to your pet by transmitting serious Heartworm Disease.  However, mosquitoes are not only an outdoor threat.  They can easily carry larvae from pet to pet indoors as well.  Heartworms are parasites that live in the tissues of infected dogs and work themselves towards the heart and lungs. They can grow up to fourteen inches long and do enough damage to the ‘host’ pet to cause heart failure and death.  In rescue, Adopt-A-Bull is very aware of the dangers of this fatal disease.  We are always praying that our new intakes test negative for this nasty parasite.    

The life cycle of a heartworm starts with a female adult worm releasing her young into the bloodstream of the host animal.  Then, mosquitoes become infected with the larvae while taking blood from the infected animal.  Next, the mosquito bites another dog or animal and then passes the larvae through the bite wound.  It then takes a little over 6 months for the larvae to mature into adult worms. In dogs, the worms may live for up to 7 years.

The clinical signs of heartworm disease may not be recognized in the early stages.  As the number of heartworms in an animal increases over a period of months and sometimes years so can the symptoms.  Heavily infected dogs may show signs of a persistent cough, reluctance to move or exercise, fatigue after only moderate exercise, reduced appetite and weight loss.

Detection of a heartworm infection is usually done with blood tests.  Although the test is not consistently positive until about seven months after an infection has occurred.  In dogs that test positive, severity of the infection is determined through ultrasound and/or x-rays.

Because heartworm disease is preventable, there is no reason you pets should not be protected.   Heartworm prevention is safe, easy and inexpensive.  There are monthly chewable tablets or topicals.  All of these methods are extremely effective when administered properly and on time.  These medications interrupt heartworm development before adult worms reach the lungs and cause disease.

While treatment for heartworm disease in dogs is possible, it is a complicated and expensive process, taking months for infected animals to recover.   Usually, all but the most advanced cases of heartworm disease can be successfully treated in dogs.  Adult heartworms in dogs are killed using a drug called an adulticide is injected into the muscle through a series of treatments.  During treatment activity should be limited.  This decreases the risk of partial or complete blockage of blood flow through the lungs by dead worms.

Adopt-A-Bull knows all too well the risks of heartworm disease.  Tyson, Piggy, and Pickles were all heartworm positive when admitted into our rescue.  Fortunately, treatment has been successful for them.  However, we know that there will more heartworm infected bullies in our future.  Please don’t take heartworm preventative lightly; it is too easy for this deadly disease to rob your pet of its life.   

The American Heartworm Society has an excellent web site with more information about heartworms and other parasites.   www.heartwormsociety.org 


Bathtime, Radio Response, Dozer IV

Posted October 21, 2009 4:35 pm

Dear Mr. Waring,

Thank you for contacting Beasley Broadcast Group, the parent company of Power 96 WPOW-FM in Miami.  We are sensitive to listeners’ feedback and concerns and want to assure you that Power 96 and Beasley Broadcast Group respect animals and animal lovers. We regret that several listeners have indicated that they believed a portion of the broadcast on the DJ Laz Morning Show on Friday, October 16 regarding a cat and a balloon was true.  Please note that before the show ended Friday morning at 10:00 a.m., station personnel made an on-air broadcast clarifying that the broadcast was untrue and the station continued airing this clarification for the remainder of the day on Friday, October 16 and throughout the weekend.  In all, the station has clarified the record on this subject on-air 22 times since Friday morning. DJ Laz went on the air this morning with an apology which will air throughout the day and be posted on the homepage of the station’s website, www.power96.com. Monday morning, October 26th, Tracey Zack, founder and president of the non-profit organization, Urban Tails, will be a guest on the Morning Show. We sincerely regret the confusion caused by the original broadcast and hope you will accept the station’s and Beasley Broadcast Group’s apology.  If you have any further questions about this matter, please contact me at denyse@bbgi.com.  Sincerely, Denyse Mesnik

Ms. Mesnik,

     I was aware following the broadcast that this was in fact a hoax. Regardless, many listeners, including myself were led to believe during the show that it was real. The impact of this could be devastating- how many listeners do you think later attempted this stunt "for real" at home, endangering the lives of countless animals. It is not acceptable as a real act or as a hoax. A flimsy apology (even if it is made a whopping 22 times on air) does not make up for the actions of DJ Laz.  He, as well as the others on his morning show, have a responsibility as a public figure and DJ Laz has certainly fallen of this duty short on multiple occasions. 

     Furthermore, this does not change the fact that he previously stated on air that he keeps his dogs in a garage in the Florida heat- an action that I have seen to be fatal to many dogs. Not to mention his blatant disrespect to Animal Services by keeping his dogs at the shelter knowingly. I stand firm in my belief that DJ should be permanently removed from the air; and until he is, I will not be listening to your radio station.
MS. Neely Waring

Wilbur, Champ, Yoshi, Bruno, Macy's Shop for a Cause Event!

Posted October 20, 2009 1:42 pm

Wilbur is back with Mommie Erica. His foster home is painting the inside of their house and the fumes are not good for him, so he's back! Wilbur and his friends desperately need local foster homes that can help with their care. Please fill out a foster app if you can help us. 


Adopt-A-Bull spent a total of 5 full days celebrating Macy's Shop for a Cause event at the Coral Square Mall over the past several weekends! We sold a total of 320 Shopping Passes which translates into a total of $1600 for the bulldogs in our program! Whoo Hooo! Thank you Salma and Macy's for allowing us to participate in this wonderful event! Enjoy these pics from 10-17-09!

Dozer IV, BULLIE PICNIC: Winston IV, Champ, Brutis, Paige, Bruno, TV WINNER!

Posted October 18, 2009 11:35 am

Well, Dozer went the vet yesterday and the bad news is that he has severe pneumonia. As you may be able to see below, the x-ray of his chest is horrible! Where all the cloudly white is, it should really be black :( Poor baby. Perhaps this may be one of the main contributing factors to why he can't keep food down. He is very conjested, not only is it hard for him to eat, it's hard for him to breathe :( It is very apparent that this illness did not just recently happen, but that Dozer has been suffering with this for a long amount of time.

Today was a bull-ti-full day! The temps went down to what felt like 70 degrees and we spent much time outside in the yard today. We spent basically the whole day playing outside in the yard, even Mommie Neely came over to visit with Champ! We had so much fun.... well, except when a few squabbles broke out and it was time to cut nails, but overall we had a great day! It was too cold for Dozer to come out, plus, he's on quarantine anyway because he's sick, but he stayed inside sleeping the entire day in his dog bed like he usually does.


Animal Abuse

Posted October 17, 2009 5:37 pm

If you are as outraged as we are over the "stunts" by DJ Laz please voice your outrage to 96.5. Contact information is listed below followed by the letter that we have sent to management discussing the multiple cases of animal abuse by DJ Laz.

Thomas Manning (GM): Thomas.Manning@power96.com  

Tom Calococi (Program Director): Tom@power96.com

Eddie Mix (Program and Music Director): eddiemix@power96.com

Over the past few months I have been outraged by the comments and “stunts” by DJ Laz.

Approximately 3 weeks ago DJ Laz asked listeners “How long would you let a friend stay in jail to teach them a lesson?” Ivi responded a week and asked why. DJ Laz proceeded to explain that it was not a friend, but his 2 dogs who had “ran away” last week and were picked up by animal control. DJ Laz stated that he wanted to leave his dogs at the Miami shelter to “Teach them a lesson.” I was instantly outraged by the complete ignorance and disrespect he has for shelters in general. Shelters are overrun because of the serious issue of pet overpopulation. Miami Dade Animal Services (MDAS) receives between 100-150 animals a day. Because of the simple lack of space, many wonderful, healthy, adoptable pets are euthanized. FOR SPACE to make room for another dog. The likihood that 2 dogs had to be euthanized to make room for DJ Laz’s dogs in order for them to “learn their lesson” is fairly high. Furthermore, the money that has to be spent in employee salaries, food, water, electricity to maintain the shelters has been abused by DJ Laz and his irresponsibility as a pet owner. 

As if this isn’t bad enough, it gets worse…Ivi commented that maybe DJ Laz shouldn’t keep his dogs locked up in the garage all day and they wouldn’t want to run away. DJ Laz continues to influence listeners in the irresponsibility of being a pet owner. Keeping a living creature in hot garage all day is inhumane. Many dogs are heat sensitive and die in such situation. As a volunteer for Adopt-A-Bull Rescue, Inc I have seen my fair share of what living in a garage can do to a dog. This is, in fact, considered abuse and should not be discussed so lightly on air.

Just this past week I was flipping through the stations (keep in mind I had refused to listen to 96.5 since this incident), and the words “balloons to lift a cat off the ground” caught my attention. Of course- it was on 96.5 during DJ Laz and Ivi’s time block. AGAIN, I was outraged that the abuse of a cat was carried out and described on air by your radio personalities. How many people do you think then tried this at home, possibly leading to the injury or death of another cat?? Your radio station has shown complete disregard to the lives of other living creatures on multiple occasions; this one going so far as to broadcast the abuse LIVE.

I demand the DJ “Laz” be removed from the radio station immediately and Ivi be reprimanded as well. Her sarcastic remarks following this incident show complete ignorance and a lack of remorse. The complete lack of regard for a living creature is sickening. The fact that these incidences were broadcast to the general population for individuals to follow in the footsteps of their favorite DJ is appalling and unacceptable. You have lost one listener here, and from what I have heard, many others. His continuing to broadcast such appalling “stunts” and discuss his own pet irresponsibility and abuse will only continue to lose you listeners. 

Neely Waring
Vice President
Adopt-A-Bull Rescue, Inc.

Dozer IV

Posted October 16, 2009 10:52 am

Night 1 in rescue went relatively well. Dozer was terrific - he slept thru the night like a baby... well besides the constant chewing of his feet and throwing up from time to time. It is quite apparent that Dozer has some major underlying issues and not just "severe allergies". We finally received a return phone call from Dozer's surrendering owner and when pressed for more information we discovered that Dozer has been throwing up/regurgitating food ever since he was a puppy. His health issues were attributed to him "just being a bulldog" by the vets he had previously seen.  Medicated shampoos, meds, and diet changes were in frequent rotation, but never a trip or recommendation to a specialist after years and years of no significant improvement. Dozer had been living outside at night because she just couldn't deal with him constantly scratching himself all over the furniture. Dozer has an appointment today with our vet, he hasn't been able to keep any food or water down. We have a full exam in order including blood work, x-rays, skin scraping, and further testing.

For a positive little update, take a look at Champ getting ready for Bull-O-Ween:

Owner dumps bulldog at Shelter, can't wait for return email.

Posted October 15, 2009 2:37 pm

Early Saturday morning, (10-10-09) a shelter in Central Florida called us with a Bulldog in need of rescue. He was dumped at their shelter that morning in very rough shape - the owners requested he be euthanized. Clearly older in age with a few "issues" we made arrangements and immediately put a rescue plan in place.

WHAT WE DIDN'T KNOW, but recently discovered, was that eariler that same Saturday morning, an English Bulldog owner in Central, FL sent an email to a rescue organization close to them wishing to surrender their bulldog. That rescue group was full so they forwarded the email from the owner to us, it read: "I have a 7 year old English Bulldog that I can no longer afford to keep...... our dog has severe allergies, we have tried multiple medications over many years, nothing has ever worked. We want to put him into a rescue home, our only other option is putting him to sleep." (Name and phone number of owner withheld for privacy)

Could it be.... we wondered!?!?!?! The same dog??? I called the shelter and asked them if the surrendering owner was (Name withheld for privacy) and they were shocked of how we knew this information! It was the same friggin' owner!!! They could not wait even 1 day, not even half a day, for the rescue group to respond to their surrender request. They dumped their bullie at their county kill shelter requesting he be put to sleep! If it weren't for this other rescue group sending us the orignial email, we would have never put 2 and 2 together. How sad! How awful and horrific that one could simply dispose of their pet in such a way..... and not even give rescue a chance to respond to them! Not even give their poor bulldog a chance of getting the help that they, as his owners, were unable/unwilling to provide.

We were in contact with the owners on Sunday, we called them out of courtesy, to let them know their dog was not dead per their request, but rather in our care. We wanted them to realize that if they only waited a few hours for a response we could have formulated a more effective plan for Dozer instead of them doing what they did! Since Monday we have been waiting for Dozer's medical records that they agreed to furnish to us.....but we are still waiting for them.

Thanks to Kathleen, one of our newest volunteers, who made the 4 hour trip to rescue this boy, Dozer is now safe with us.

On a much brighter note, can you tell what Mommie Neely's favorite holiday is????


Amazing Similarities between my Bulldog and a bullie in the Shelter:

Posted October 14, 2009 2:06 pm

  • Congrats to Petunia Lou's Parents, Christine and John! They were the winners of the 57" TV drawing!
  • New features have been added to our Avail-A-Bull Bulldog page! Each rescue dog will have a youtube video promoting their adoption! Special Thanks to http://animalrescueradio.com for this amazing free service!

Champ, Lemon & Habi were adopted today!

Posted October 11, 2009 4:29 pm

Champ has been with Mommie Neely since the day we rescued him. She has been fostering him thru all his ups and downs, thru his extreme makeover, recovery, and all the drama that went along with it. We are happy to announce that Mommie Neely has decided to keep Champ. He has been officially adopted! (See Champ's Blog for more on his story.) Lemon's adoption was finalized this morning, his new family drove 23 hours all the way down from MA. Habinero, our little Shih Tzu mix was adopted locally to a couple in Palm Beach County.

At the Macy's event today, we raised $305 for the bullies. We ended the event a little bit early, still exhausted from yesterday.

Abby & Stimpy were adopted today!

Posted October 10, 2009 7:04 pm

All today and tomorrow we will be at the Coral Square Mall promoting Macy's Shop for a Cause Event from 12pm - 4pm. See our September Newsletter for the flyer and more info. We did great today, raising $362 for the bullies! Stimpy and Abby's adoptions were finalized at our event today. Stimpy's family drove all the way down from Alabama, Abby's new mommie is local :) Congrats guys!

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