City Dogs Rescue is a volunteer-led organization and relies on the help of some truly stellar people like Ethan Katz. At the young age of 9, Ethan has already made a difference in the lives of 10 shelter dogs he had never met, as well as the dogs his family has fostered and adopted. And he hopes to be able to do more. Ethan has designed this T-shirt, and for his 9th birthday, instead of asking for Legos or remote controlled airplanes, Ethan asked for one gift – buy an Ethan Katz T-shirt so more dogs come out of high-kill shelters alive.
That’s where you come in.
In case there already wasn’t enough reason for you to scroll down to the “buy now” link, here are 5 reasons you should stop what you’re doing and buy this T-shirt.
1. These dogs are still alive thanks to the T-shirt. More T-shirts sold means more dogs stay alive.
2. You not only get to make dogs happy, but you get to make this little boy VERY happy!
3. How often do you wear a T-shirt whose designer is 9 years old?
4. The T-shirt is famous! It was featured on Good Morning America!
5. It's what all the cool kids are wearing!
So there you have it. Buying this T-shirt is easy. Simply go to our Booster page, select your size (the T-shirts come in kid and adult sizes), enter your info (it’s all safe), and presto – you’re done! And just by doing that, you have helped save a life.
After you’ve bought your T-shirt, check out Ethan and his family on Good Morning America!
OregonLive.com offers a handy guide to teaching kids appropriate behavior around dogs to prevent dog bites.
"Dogs are also more likely to attack if they feel their food or home territory is being threatened.
That's why it's so important that people – and especially children – should never approach a dog that is sleeping, eating, chewing on a bone. The same is true for dogs that are behind a fence, tethered in a yard or inside a car.
Approach a dog only if the owner is present, and never leave children alone with pets unattended.
Kids tend to be more at risk for being bitten because they typically approach animals fearlessly rather than cautiously, Dr. Katherine Miller, director of ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Behavior Research says, and their movements are more abrupt and less gentle than those of adults.
"It's important to first ask permission of the owner if it's OK to pet the dog, and then ask the dog for permission," Miller says.
Do that by putting your hand out with palms are facing upward; a palms-down position may indicate to the dog that you intend to strike.
If the dog seems open to being touched, don't pet the top of its head, which canines also interpret as aggressive.
Instead, reach for Fido's chest, the front flank where the legs meet the chest, or its shoulders.
Children are also smaller, "so they're right at eye level with dogs and often stare directly at them, which is a threatening gesture to a dog," Miller says.
If you have a dog with aggressive tendencies, train him to wear a basket muzzle(not a sleeve muzzle, which prevents panting and should be worn only briefly).
You may feel uncomfortable, but it's better to be safe than sorry."
Read the full article on Oregon Live here.
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