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  • “There’s a Puppy at the Dump” - LightShine Canine: A Rez Dog Rescue

    Written By Jenny Pavlovic

    They have today’s game plan mapped out. On the Pine Ridge and neighboring Rosebud Indian Reservations in South Dakota, this "boots on the ground" group, small enough to sit at the same picnic table, has a list of dogs to pick up from calls that came in over the past couple of days. The plan is in place to cover an area the size of the state of Rhode Island. The group knows that the plan can shift at any moment, and it certainly will if these words are spoken at the other end of the line: "There's a puppy at the dump."

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    A day headed in one direction is now immediately headed in another. Sometimes the team's conversation on priorities can be complicated when so many calls are coming in on a busy day, and sometimes the decision is easy. A puppy at the dump is Priority One. If the team hears of one late in the day and cannot find it before dark… sleep does not come.
    LightShine Canine (LSC) has rescued more puppies (and even large dogs) dumped or stuck in the massive dumpsters after scavenging, than KC can count. Most of the dozen small dumps and landfills sprinkled around the Reservation have housing nearby. Many stray and free-roaming owned animals frequent them for scavenging, and even for socialization, as people come and go throughout the day. Pups follow Mama there, or get brave and head that way on their own, and yes, they are dumped there. On the Reservation, this is akin to putting a baby at the door of the fire station, the best bet they have for maybe, just maybe, someone finding it. On a reservation without an impound or a veterinarian, where many people live in remote areas, this might be the best they can do.

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    KC Willis first arrived at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation five years ago to help change the lives of a small group of grandmothers. Since drugs and alcohol were stealing the lives of their grown children, they were raising the next generation. These powerful fabulous women in their 60s, rooted in their land and their culture and their people, became KC’s friends and family.
    It was the grandmothers who first began asking KC for dog food…They explained to her how they fed the strays outside the grocery store or on the streets in front of their houses. It was a grandmother who held out a puppy to KC one day and said "Here KC, it's sick can you help it? Please take it." And so she did. And then another and then another, until one day KC found herself with a Lakota friend at her side driving the reservation looking for the ones who had no grandmother to pick them up and hand them off.

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    KC didn't originally go to the reservation to rescue dogs. But with the help of the grandmothers and their request that she do something about a great sadness that walked through their land – thousands of homeless animals who were suffering from over one hundred years of unchecked population growth – LightShine Canine: A Rez Dog Rescue was born.

    When KC was criticized for shifting her focus from daily help for the grandmothers to daily help for The Sunka Oyate – The Dog Nation – an elder shook her finger in KC’s face and said "Do not let them tell you that helping the animals isn't helping the people. You are removing a visible sign of hopelessness from our reservation. We never thought the dog situation could change and we are seeing a change and it gives us hope that if this can change maybe that can change."

    LightShine Canine, a 501c3 non-profit organization, brings the heart of the Lakota and the needs of the dogs together. Their goal is to rescue stray, abandoned, injured and abused dogs on the Reservations, provide them veterinary care, and relocate them to foster-based rescue groups around the country. LSC’s dog rescue work program is geared to ensure that the dogs they rescue and the Lakota who assist with this dream are changed forever. The majority of LSC volunteers and rescuers are Oglala Sioux Tribe members taking ownership of the crisis their animals are in. LSC also offers material and educational support to Lakota families who want to better care for their animals.
    Every single day of the year LSC picks up stray dogs (and cats) on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud
    reservations. They cover a large territory answering calls from communities that can be two hours apart. They visit the housing areas and the country roads and the dumps, taking into their care the animals that need help. They respond to Facebook messages, texts and phone calls from residents young and old who now have hope and help care for animals until LSC can get there. They respond to calls from the Tribe and from police officers about the locations of dogs in need. On their way to picking up strays they come across strays, dogs who were born not belonging to anyone and who would otherwise die not belonging to anyone.

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    The populations of the two vast Pine Ridge and Rosebud reservations are among the poorest in this country, with no veterinarian inside their borders. The number of homeless dogs is beyond what the community itself can handle, with no animal impound. But last year LSC rescued and relocated over 2,000 dogs from the reservations. In the next decade that will represent tens of thousands who will not be born into suffering. LSC has already rescued over 2,000 dogs in 2016, and expects to rescue 2,600 by year-end. LSC knows they cannot save them all, but still pushes forward with love to make a difference for the ones who are close enough for them to touch.
    So when LSC received a call at 10 o'clock on a very cold night from an animal lover who had rescued a puppy from the cold, even though a “no travel advisory” had been issued by the Tribe, LSC worker Pete headed out. With a desire to respond to the needs of his community and a mission to save puppies and dogs one at a time, he drove slowly and surely, and made a difference in one more life. Late that night, he sent out the text, "One male puppy on board… a happy camper".

    When LSC received a call about a pup stuck in a ravine, Pete headed out with a rope and rescued the pup.

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    When LSC sees a desperate dog in the middle of nowhere daring to get close to the road to search for food, LSC stops to help the dog. Boots on the ground – Paws off the ground. The dog is safe that night, maybe for the first time in its life.

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    When LSC is asked to help a large dog with a terrible skin condition, they pick her up and take her to one of the veterinarians who work with them to care for dogs who may have never seen a veterinarian before. Months later, a photo of this dog is posted on Facebook. No longer the miserable, hopeless looking dog with hairless patches and dull eyes, she shows off a glossy coat and looks straight into the camera with a sparkle in her eyes. You have to look twice to make sure this dog with the big grin is the same dog, and indeed she is. Then you see that her foster dad has failed as her foster dad and has become… her Dad. Her forever Dad. Another happy ending.

    When LSC has a very dark day because dogs have been lost to car hits, to abuse, and even to parvovirus while being rushed to the vet, they hold the heartbreak close. And then they look into the eyes of the pup on the seat beside them who almost starved to death, and they know she is safe. They whisper farewell to the ones they lost, sit up a little straighter in their seats, and with determination and a glance at the face next to them, they say, “Paws off the ground.” Today is a new day.

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    To quote KC, “If we as Rescue do not make a difference in the lives of the animals that cross our path…If we do not show the children what it looks like to step in for the innocent…If we do not honor the elders who fear for an animal's safety...if we walk away from that because we don't feel we can ever cross some kind of Finish Line...then we are running the wrong race and we have made it about us. It is not about us accomplishing something. It is about not turning away from something that must be done.” And to quote KC again, “The stray dogs of Native American reservations across this country are the invisible dogs of America. But they are not invisible to LightShine Canine, and now they are not invisible to you.”
    With winter coming, LSC is working furiously to help as many dogs (and cats) as possible.
    Follow the daily rescue efforts of LSC on Facebook at
    https://www.facebook.com/lightshinecanines/?fref=ts and visit their fundraising page at
    https://www.facebook.com/LightShineCanineFundraising/?fref=ts
    LSC relies on donations to pay most of the gas and veterinary bills for the animals they rescue. You can donate via the following methods:
    gofund.me/SavingTheRezDogs
     Checks can be sent to: PO Box 36, Whiteclay, NE 69365
     PayPal is lightshinecanine@yahoo.com
     “Donate” tab top of Facebook page.
    Wopila!

  • Selenium- Omega Horseshine / Omega Grande / Daily Requirements

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    What is considered optimal for horses?

    •  Horses need between 1 -3 mg per day.  Recommendations are closer to 3 for optimal health.  The guidelines for concentration in the total feed are .1 to .3 ppm.  Essentially if a horse ate 10 kgs (2% of bwt for average horse) they would get the right amount.  Complete feeds are limited to this upper guideline in order to prevent toxicity as well as limit environmental contamination.  Supplements will be much higher in concentration because the horse would consume far less.

    Safe Limits/Upper Limits

    • The suggested toxicity level is 2-5 ppm, or again using our 500kg horse eating at 2% would be 20-50 mg of SE

    Omega Grande

    • If feeding recommended 3 scoops (provided) of Omega Grande per day , 0.95mg of Se per 3 scoop serving, it will meet the daily needs of Se. It is a safe mark / pretty much all of what the horse needs (from our OG supplement) as we don’t know what else the horse is consuming in its daily ration

    Omega Horseshine

    • Guaranteed Analysis lists Se as 1.90 ppm Min.
    • Horseshine would provide 19% of the horse’s minimum requirement of Se

    Also on our website, two links for Se and PPM conversion

  • A Better Understanding of Guaranteed Analysis -Why units: % min/max , PPM and IU are used

    Components in the diet that are present in larger amounts will be listed as % . In a traditional feed, that would include crude fiber, fat, protein and the macrominerals Ca and P. It is optional to include more information on a feed tag. If the items are in large enough quantities, it makes sense to list them in %. Calcium and P are always listed in mins/max – it allows some flexibility as feedstuffs naturally have some variation, but the manufacturer has to provide the customer the assurance they fall within that range.

    Components that are found in smaller quantities, the trace minerals are listed in ppm. Although most people still think in pounds, I always prefer to think about ppm in mg/kg. The reason I do so is that the requirements for these nutrients are always listed in mgs, so it just makes sense to get that answer right away.

    IU are international units which are only used for vitamins. Because vitamins act as catalysts , their unit of measure is relative to the amount of activity they have. Each vitamin will actually have a different weight required for its international unit. Of course, some vitamins are actually listed in concentration by weight, however A, E and D will all be as IU.

    Essentially, macronutrients will always be in %, micronutrients in ppm, and A, D, and E in IU.

  • Déjà vu – Could this Happen to You?

    Written By Jenny Pavlovic

    The video showed houses submerged in brown water, with neighborhoods vacant and almost unrecognizable. A dog struggled to stay afloat in his outdoor run as a man in an LSART shirt reached in to rescue him. With the 11th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina just days away on August 29th, these images looked all too familiar. But this flood occurred in August of 2016, many miles inland from the Gulf coast. Continue reading

  • Omega Fields Ambassador, Ivory Pal to Perform at HHH Annual July 4th Celebration

    Sheboygan, Wisconsin – Omega Fields, Inc. announces that its Omega Horseshine® (https://www.omegafields.com/equine-products/omega-horseshine-26.html) Ambassador, Ivory Pal (https://www.omegafields.com/aboutus-ivorypal/) will perform at Hillenglade Hope & Healing annual July 4th Celebration on Saturday, July 2nd. All active armed forces, veterans, first responders and their families are invited for a relaxing day in the country to enjoy the therapeutic wonder of horses.
    I am so thrilled and honored that Ivory Pal will be performing for our troops, veterans and their families. They have given and sacrificed so much for our country through their service, it will be humbling to be able to do a patriotic musical freestyle exhibition with Ivory Pal for them", states Rafael Valle. (http://www.ivoryknollranch.com/)
    “The HHH Team is thrilled to feature the fabulous IVORY PAL as the opening performance at our 4th of July Hope and Healing at Hillenglade Celebration for our Active Service Members, Veterans, First Responders and their families. Come one-come all in support of those Heroes who sacrifice so much for our freedoms!” Jennifer O’Neill, Founder and President of HHH Equine-Assisted Programs and Events serving over 2500 guests since 2010. Continue reading

  • Training Your Horse

    Written By Walt Friedrich

    Here's some dialog between you and your horse. Does it seem familiar?

    You: “I want to pick up your foot.”

    Horse: “I don't want you to.”

    You: “I'm gonna do it anyway.”

    Horse: “No, you won't, I won't let you.”

    Then it becomes an argument, then a fight as you apply force, and you finally walk away, disgusted with your uncooperative horse. You may even be hurtin' from where his kicky hooves caught your hands as you tried to impose your will. You may even have smacked your horse on the butt for his recalcitrance. “Dammit, I need to see his feet,” you mutter. Continue reading

  • Old Dog, Same Old Tricks

    Written By Jenny Pavlovic

    I am ecstatic to report that Chase and I passed our Pet Partners therapy dog renewal test in June. It was by no means a slam dunk! Moving twice in the past year has not been easy for Chase. Since we moved the second time, at the beginning of May, he has been more on edge and learning the new neighborhood, which has more activity than our old neighborhood. We've had a few encounters with loose dogs at the park, which have made Chase wary of strange dogs. And his veterinary chiropractor reported last week that Chase's back was the tightest she has ever seen. So we went into this test knowing it might be more of a challenge than in previous years. Continue reading

  • Nice Move

    Written By: Jenny Pavlovic

    Last fall I wrote about moving my four-legged family from Minnesota to Wisconsin to be closer to my extended family. This first involved a move to live in my parents’ house while our Minnesota house went on the market and I started a new job. The dogs and I stayed with my parents for about six weeks until they went to Florida for the winter, then took care of their 17-acre place over the winter. We sold our Minnesota house in December and began the search for our new home in Wisconsin. Continue reading

  • Omega Fields Spokesperson, Hallie Melvin Hanssen Places 4th at Old Fort Futurity

    Sheboygan, Wisconsin – Omega Fields, Inc. is proud to congratulate and announce one of its spokespeople, Hallie Melvin Hanssen for a successful Old Fort Days Futurity in Fort Smith, AR last week. Hallie and Margarita Red Rita (owned by Shari Taggart) placed 4th in the finals, earning just over $12,500 for the week.

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  • Omega Fields at Ohio Equine Affaire 2016

    Sheboygan, Wisconsin – Omega Fields, Inc. announces that it will be at the 2016 Equine Affaire in Columbus, OH on April 7-10, 2016. This year we will be our 2nd year partnering with Cheshire Horse for the retail sales of our products at #323 in the Better Living Center Building. Booth specials available for horse, dog and human products; 6 month Omega Horseshine® (https://www.omegafields.com/equine-products/omega-horseshine-26.html) product sign up and giveaway; along with other product giveaways. Omega Fields team members will be at the booth to answer any product questions.

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