Christopher Aust, Master Trainer
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The newsletter this week isn't that long as I have several projects I have absolutely had to get done. I am hoping that next week I will be caught up enough to be able to start running the Breed of the Week section again.
While this issue is shorter than normal, I am really excited about this week's article. It's very inspiring and I believe it shows there's hope for us old farts in the youth of today. In fact, over the last few weeks as I have worked on it, I have walked away each time simply feeling good. You don't want to miss this one.
What is so cool about this is, first, it is on-line so you can visit at your leisure. Second, you will be able to talk directly to the presenters and company reps in most cases just as you would if you flew to a normal convention. It also appears there are going to be a number of freebies available for attendees offered by the organizers and some of the vendors.
Best of all, it's free! Now if you have ever attended a convention or exposition before, you know that this event being free is a huge deal. You could easily spend a couple of thousand dollars attending an event like this.
If you are in the pet care/training/supply industry, and are interested in being a vendor, please go to http://expo-order.com. They have several ways you can become a vendor regardless of your budget. You will also have the opportunity to be a speaker at the Expo.
If you are interested in attending the Expo as a spectator, and I highly suggest that you do, go to co-opworld.com/member/51750 and register with the community. I will be posting more information about the Expo and also some of the other benefits of this dog community soon.
Okay, that's it for now. I'm outta here!
Dog Chewing the Sofa? Puppy Eating Your Shoes? Or WORSE?
Admittedly, these articles tend to be the most widely read and generate the largest amount of reader mail. Most are as surprised as I at the information the articles provided but sometimes I think we, as humans, like to read the negative more than the positive. I guess it's just our nature.
Every week, I scour the internet looking for feel good news about dogs because I like to include these in the Drool section. These little bits get a paragraph or two but it usually takes me twice as long to find something good as it does to write my featured article. I would guesstimate that for every ten pages of the negative, I am lucky to find one positive bit. I must admit, this is rather frustrating, as I would like to think there is more good than bad out there.
Now, I was not only impressed with the number of dogs she has rescued. Having been involved in rescue myself, I can tell you that averaging twenty rescues a year is no small task. In fact, it's a full time job. However, what I was most amazed at was the individual who ran the organization.
“I started Augie's Doggies when I was 12 1/2. One day I was searching petfinder.org when I found out about these dogs at this one shelter in Philippi, WV that were only given 5 days to find homes. When their 5 days were up the dogs would be euthanized using a gas chamber.
I was shocked. I had no clue that this was going on in shelters. I went to my parents and begged my parents to let me do something about it. My mom and dad finally gave in and said if I could find them homes, we could take some in. After that, I contacted the shelter and let them know that we could take in some dogs. The shelter workers were thrilled when they found out I could help. On September 14, 2002, my dad, sister, a friend and I all drove 2 1/2 hours away and took in 8 dogs. After that I realized that this was what I loved. I had no clue that day would change my life the way it did.”
“All of my relatives and friends are very supportive of what I do. My dad is the designated driver on our rescue trips. My mom allows me to keep the dogs in the house, which is a big deal because like every mother in America, she loves a clean house! My five brothers and sisters like to help out too.” she says.
“The funding for our rescue comes from my family's own pockets. On average, we spend $200 - $250 on each dog, so when we receive donations from people, they are very much appreciated. We have an adoption fee of $150 for puppies and $125 for adults so we make no money at all from doing rescue.”
“I decided to go with an all breed rescue mainly because mixed breeds were most of he dogs that were in shelters. I realized that every shelter we work with has an excess number of a certain breed or breeds of dogs that people just don't want in that area. So, I decided to try to help whatever dog needed help, no matter what their breed.” she says.
While it may seem her life is consumed with rescue, she still manages to go and do the other things teenagers like to do. She was recently in her school musical and finds time to hang out with her friends. However, she hopes to go on and become a dog trainer and, hopefully, a veterinarian as well.
I conducted my interview with Augusta in two parts: one a Q&A and the other on the telephone. I have to tell you I was extremely impressed with her knowledge of the issues that surround rescue. She had a firm and intelligent grasp on things like responsible ownership and breeding, Breed Specific Legislation, the need to train our furkids and the necessity of spay/neuter. I have met adult rescuers in my day who were far less informed.
Augusta DeLisi epitomizes the abilities our teens have to make a significant change for the better that rescue dogs so dearly deserve. Not only has she saved as many dogs as some rescues (with many adult volunteers) have during her time, she has done most of it single handedly. In all my years in the business, I have never seen a teen with so much desire, knowledge, drive and passion for what she is doing. On top of all that, Miss DeLisi is just a darn nice kid!
We need dozens of Augustas out there working in rescue and promoting responsible ownership, and I think she could very well be the “poster child” in showing our youth exactly what they can do. With this in mind, I am asking all of my readers to help Augusta continue her efforts. There are a number of ways this can be done.
Most importantly, share her story with every young person out there. It really doesn't matter if they are interested in rescue or not. Having teens, I know there always comes a time when they have to take on a project that leaves them feeling as though they can't do it. I am betting her accomplishments will inspire them.
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