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Dog with two broken legs finds owner after storm

By Liz Goodwin – This is a reprint of an article posted on 5/25/11.

A scruffy Alabama terrier mix named Mason was whisked away by fierce twisters last month, prompting his owners, who lost their home in the storm, to fear the worst. But the redoubtable mutt apparently crawled back to his home days later with two broken legs in a remarkable tale of survival.

Local news outlet WBRC reports that Mason was blown away by the storm from the garage in Birmingham where he was hiding on April 27. His owners looked for him everywhere but couldn't find him. Two and a half weeks later, though, they found Mason waiting for them on their front porch when they returned to the house to look through the debris.

Workers at the Birmingham Jefferson County Animal Control shelter are now caring for Mason, since his owners say they can't take care of him while they piece their lives back together after the storm. "This is probably the most dramatic we've seen as far as an injury in an animal that's survived this long. It's kind of tapering off, the amount of animals we're seeing because of the storm. For an animal just to show up on someone's porch after this time was pretty remarkable, especially with the condition he's in," shelter worker Phil Doster told the news station.

Mason is "doing fantasic" after his May 20 surgery where metal plates were attached to his bones so they could heal, Doster told The Lookout in an email. "We are excited that he will be going back to his family and to the home where he finally returned after 3 weeks," he wrote. Mason is expected to be able to walk completely normally after he recovers in about six weeks, though his front legs will be a bit shorter than his back legs. Mason's family has requested to not be named in the media, Doster added, but they are "very excited" for Mason to come home when their house is again inhabitable in about five weeks.

Pets are often forgotten victims of natural disasters such as the fierce storms and tornadoes that have battered the Midwest the past few months. The Human Society of the United States has sent rescue teams to find pets in Joplin, Missouri, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and other hard-hit areas.

You can watch a video report on Mason's recovery below.

Don’t Forget Fido When Treating Your Yard

As summertime approaches and people begin to think about bringing color back to their lawns, I find myself reminding clients, “When landscaping your yard, please remember that animals are sensitive to topical parasiticides and weed killers.” Then, they always follow up with the question about what kinds of pet-friendly sprays they can put on their yard to keep away weeds, fleas, ticks and other pests.

Animals lick their paws after outdoor exposure, and many will frequently eat grass and soil, so it’s extremely important to watch what goes onto your lawn.

Some pets that already have allergies can experience a hypersensitivity to topical chemicals. Adverse reactions can mimic an anaphylactic reaction like vomiting, diarrhea, facial swelling, hair loss and labored breathing.

In addition to pesticides, careful evaluation of mulching agents should be considered. To achieve rich, dark-colored mulch, some companies include recycled coffee grounds in their mulch. Coffee grounds contain methylxanthine, a stimulant found in caffeine, and dogs are highly sensitive to caffeine. If the mulch is ingested, they can experience gastrointestinal upset and elevated heart and respiratory rates. Be sure to ask what ingredients are actually in your mulch before spreading it on your garden.


As a veterinarian, I frequently recommend that clients use preventive medicine based on their pet’s health status, disease exposure and travel history. If you have wildlife in your backyard, plan on taking your pets hiking or camping, or want to visit areas with free-standing water, extra precaution is a good idea. In addition to heartworm and intestinal parasite control, a flea and tick preventive is warranted. Clients who prefer to avoid topical products, bathe their pets often, or have pets who swim should consider a combined oral flea, heartworm and intestinal parasite preventive with a tick collar.

Be aware that many over-the-counter drugs are obsolete pesticides that may cause harm to your pets and do not prevent or control fleas, ticks or intestinal parasites. However, the good news is that there are many safe prescription preventive choices, and your veterinarian can help you determine which prescription agent is best suited to the needs of your family and pets.

Fleas and ticks aren’t just a danger to your pets; they are also a danger to all members of your family. Respect these pests and the terrible diseases they carry by using monthly preventive on all your pets year-round.


By Elizabeth Maimon, DVM, MPH

Hills and Dales Veterinary Clinic, Kettering, Ohio






Independent Service on Invisible Fence Systems


Now you have a choice!

The Oregon Dog Fence Company also provides service as an independent contractor for other containment brands such as Invisible Fence®, Pet Safe®, PetSafe® Professional, DogWatch® and others.

For current owners of Invisible Fence® brand products, Oregon Dog Fence offers outstanding trade-in prices on used Invisible Fence® systems and can trade your product for an American made, Pet Stop® brand dog fence!  Oregon Dog Fence also offers compatible collars and batteries for Invisible Fence® brand products and Independent service on Invisible Fence® brand containment systems.

Japan Earthquake Relief


Oregon Dog Fence wants to help raise money for Japan!

We will donate 10% of all profits during the month of April to provide aide to the victims of the Earthquake and Tsunami disaster in Japan.

Red Tag Sale

Pet Warehouse Direct is having a huge sale on pet ramps, pet stairs, bark control collars, sport dog training collars and much more. Pet ramps and accessories of all types; full size, half size, telescoping and wide are on sale at 10 – 20 percent off.

We feature PetSafe training collars that utilize either sonic or electric shock technology. PetSafe electronic collars feature muliple levels of electric reinforcement that will automatically increase as needed. No more guessing what setting you need for your pet. Many of the bark control collars are lightweight and can be used on some of the smallest dogs.

The sport dog training collars were featured on ESPN Outdoors and are widely used by professional sport dog trainers around the country. Features such as the ability to add additional recievers; to enable training multiple dogs at once, waterproof recievers and transmitters and a lifetime warranty are standard with all PetSafe training collars. 

Salmon Paws Dog Treats

100% Alaskan Salmon Premium Pet Treats | Salmon Dog Treats On Sale Now!

Purchase the finest premium salmon dog treats today!  

10% of all internet sales proceeds will go to the LANGE FOUNDATION (a no kill shelter that runs solely on donations). You can visit them at

Salmon Paws contains only human-grade Wild Salmon caught in the pristine waters of Alaska. Unlike many other salmon pet treats on the market today, Salmon Paws is 100% pure salmon meat with NO bones, fillers, or yeast! Only the finest salmon is used to hand-make and BAKE the salmon jerky and cat treats. The love for our dogs shows in every bag of Salmon Paws!

ENJOY!….Your dogs will!


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