Buy-A-Brick Two Week Update

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After just over 2 weeks into our Buy-A-Brick campaign we have sold 746 bricks to date.

The list below shows the individuals who’s names will be proudly displayed on our Archangels Wall of Honour. We have listed them in alphabetical order. If you have bought bricks and your name does not appear please send proof of payment to candice@arkanimalcentre.co.za and we’ll sort it out. 🙂

If you would like your name to appear here, please click here for details on how you can Buy-A-Brick!

A LEDGER
Abigale McVea
ACS
ADELE ANDERSON
Adelien Coetzee
ADHITI, PRANIL, TEQU
AIDAN BEERE
Alan Otto
ALAN WALSH
ALI ILSLEY
Allen & Ursula
Andrea Campbell
Andrew Langman
ANGIE FERDI NIKITA
Ashleigh Bester
BEV COMBE
Brian Mason
BRIANO IN THE MIX
BROWNS
CALLUM AND KADE
Candace Ingarfield
Caroline Allen
CAROLYN
Casia McVea
CATH ALBERTYN
CATHY SEXTON
Chantelle Dewing
CHARLIE AND HARRY TUCK
CHARLOTTE CRISP
Charmaine du Plessis
Chica, Tansy and Killer
CHLOE
CLAIRE CUTHBERT
CLAIRE LUISE
Claire Raath
Clayton Keudel – schaffer
CLEMIE THE DOG
COCO & LOUIS ANTAO
CODY
Craige Nel
CRISP FAMILY
DANA AND WARREN
DANA ROLLE
DARREN AND LAUREN TUCK
DEANNE
DEBBIE FASS
Derick Senekal
Diana Napper
DINGO, BARBIE, SIOUXSIE, POLLY AND MAGGIE
Djurovic Family
DODDY RILEY
DUKE
ERIC KOPANSKI
FEE RILEY
GAY LEWIS AND SHADOW
Genevieve Krol
GENNA CLOUD
Geoffrey Steel
GEORGINA CRISP
GILBERT TUNMER
Graham Ebedes
HAPPY PAWS PUPPY SCHOOL
Hayley Slavin
I NAUDE
Ina-Mari Ferreira Robbertse
INGE SMITH
JAMES FARNELL
JANET ELLIS
JANET VAN ZYL, PE
JESSIE NICHOLLS RUN
JO, EV AND TOFFEE KARZIS
JUDY KIRBY
JULIA MCCUE
JUSTINE LOUW
KABOUTER
Kamal Nana
KAREN JOHNSON
KATE HILDYARD
KATELIN HUGO
KATHY RAFFRAY
KERRY STANLEY
KEVIN TAYLOR
Kirsty, Paul and Sarah
LEONIE SCHOEMAN
Liezél Smit
LINDA LICHT
Lisa Hechter
Lisa-Marie Wippich
LIZ CRISP
Lorina Sherwood
LOUW
LOVE LIVES HERE
LYCHELLE SWALES
LYNNE IRVINE
Maggie
MARAIS FAMILY
MARC VAN DE STADT
Marco
Marco Hamaty
MAREAN COMBRINK
Matthew Quiterio
Matthew Sherwood
Megan Cross
MELISSA & JUSTIN MATTHEE
MELODY HUGO
Michelle Scholtz
MIDGET HOLZ
MILES CRISP
MN HAMPSON
MUST LOVE DOGS
MYNETTE AND ANEL
NADINE BEHRENS
NAT AND AUST
NATASHA AND KYLE BALLOCH
NATS & JR VAN WYK
NICOLA DEE
NICOLE ANTAO
Niki McVea
Nikki Spurgeon
OCTAVIUS
PAIGE AND MEGHAN GOLDIE
PATRICK & MARISKA CASEY
PATROON
Pet Welfare SA
Peta-Anne Kiessig
R & C LAMBRECHTS
RACHEL AND GEORGIE YOUNG
RANGO RILEY
RICHEL HEITMULLER
RICKY ANTAO
RIENIE BOYS
Riëtte Nieuwoudt
ROBERT F TYRER
Rohit Mistry
ROXY BLOWS
ROZZY RILEY
RYDAN BEERE
SAMEET KESHAV
SARIE ERASMUS
Sean Greenway
SIAN ALAIN
SIOBHAN NEL
SOCKS
SOHINI AND SUVANA
Stephen Klinkert
Steven and Andre Rheedes
SUNEHRI KESHAV
Susan Janse
Teagan Anderson
TESSA, JEMMA AND SASHA
THE BRAUM FAMILY LONEHILL
The Rao Family
THERESA LANE
TINKLES
Toby, Hailey, Pebbles and Pixi
Tyler-Rupert
Vicki Platt
YODA RILEY
Yolandi Scanes
Yvette, Balu and Mika
Yvonne du Preez
Zoé Hamaty
ZONNICA & MARTHIN
Zulu McVea

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Joint Puppy Adoption Day with PETS!

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Join Us on 12 January 2013 for our JOINT ADOPTION DAY with PETS JHB!! ♥

Come through to adopt one of the many adorable little babies that are looking for a new family 🙂

Date: 12 January 2013
Place: Happy Tails Doggy Daycare, 1 Albatross Drive, Fourways
Time: 11am – 2pm

See you all there!! ♥

SMS ‘Donate FOOD’ to 48748 & help us feed our rescued puppies!! R10/sms. All SA networks.

THANK YOU FOR CARING!

Playboy’s Playmate, Imogene Meyer visits Ark!

So a normal Saturday at Ark, we have our amazing volunteers and excited new parents all chatting, laughing and enjoying another great Ark Saturday. Then Imogene Meyer arrives…in her shorts and polka dot top with Tommy her adorable Pug bouncing at her feet, she had everyone’s attention. She is a strikingly beautiful woman, with a carefree, loving attitude that radiates everywhere she goes.

Once our potential parents and volunteers had stopped staring, we found out that she is the January 2012 Playboy Playmate!!! There was much excitement as we realised we had a celebrity in our midst! Not only did she love and cuddle our pup’s but has also offered to get involved with a couple fundraisers for Ark! Clearly beauty does come with brains and a biiiiiig heart ♥

Watch our Facebook page and blog for updates on the event to be held around October 2012 🙂

Imogene with Poncho – a very lucky Ark puppy! ♥

♥ SMS “Donate FOOD” to 48949 to help feed a hungry puppy! ♥

Ark’s New Facebook Design Layout!

We are very proud of our NEW Facebook layout design!

Easy to read, simple and efficient! We have fitted all the puppies information, picture, breed, size, age, sex etc. into a perfect box designed for Facebook posts.

We feel this will give our animals a better chance of grabbing someones attention and finding their forever home!! ♥

Please give us your feedback on our Facebook page, or view all our animals up for adoption here by clicking here.

Below is a snapshot of our awesome MUTT SHOTS! 🙂

Miley and Mika – puppy love ♥

Miley and Mika

Miley & Mika… those two names were rather famous on Ark Animal Centre’s Facebook and Twitter accounts — Miley’s water broke on the evening of 21 May 2012 sending Ark’s followers into a buzz of excitement as they sat waiting in anticipation of the birth of Miley’s puppies.

Miley when her water broke

Puppy number one was born soon after her water broke. She was later named Mika by her loyal Facebook supporters, who had been waiting like excited parents for the news of her birth.

Mika seconds after birth

 A while after Mika was born, an empty sac came out along with this very strange black, green, slimy, smelly thing. We later discovered it was an unborn puppy that had died in her womb.

The empty sac and puppy fetus that came out after Mika.

After the shock of the strange black stuff Miley started contractions again. We were excited, Facebook was excited and we were all waiting. And waiting. And waiting. We waited so long Miley even had a quick nap.

Miley and Mika napping

Little Mika had her first taste of milk!  She clearly loved it as she never stopped drinking after that and became a little pig! 🙂

Mika having her first taste of milk

Still in labour Miley and Mika were bonding nicely, but we were getting very worried. We gave her 20 more minutes & then rushed her off to the vet.

We could definitely tell that there was another baby inside but it seemed that her labour had stopped. Once we got to Fourways Vet at about 11pm, Dr. Pranish examined Miley. He was fantastic with her. He gave her 2 shots of oxytocin which should have helped the contractions. We did an x-ray which showed us that the baby was lying sideways and needed to move down. Miley’s uterus was, by now, very tired and therefore was not contracting. Below is a picture of the x-ray:

The baby that was stuck inside Miley

Tracy stayed with and comforted Miley through the entire night. Eventually after the injections had no reaction. We took Miley to Northrand Animal Clinic in Kyalami, where Dr.’s Mike and Eilmien York did a cesarean on her. While Miley was in theatre, little Mika was safe with Tracy waiting for her mom to return.

Mika waiting while Miley was in surgery

 Eventually after what felt like ages for us at the office and our Facebook supporters, we received news that Miley was fine! But, there was some bad news…the puppy that was inside her womb had died. The labour had stopped because the puppy had got stuck. We think – due to Miley’s petite frame, and she was probably mated with by a larger male dog causing the babies to grow too large to be delivered.

Miley recovering at home with Mika

After many hours and thousands of prayers, thoughts and good energies sent to Miley, she returned to Tracy’s home as a foster to recover from her operation. The vets had sterilised her at the same time, so she won’t have to go through this trauma again.

She is a very strong little girl and we are so proud of her for pulling through this ordeal. She is an amazing mom to Mika; doting on her every second.

Thank you so much to all our incredible supporters who followed our posts and supported this very special girl! ♥ Without you, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do! THANK YOU!!!! ♥ xXx

Keep watching our Facebook and Twitter pages as well as our blog for updates on Miley and Mika. 

Miley and Mika, mother and daughter bonding

—- And most importantly —-

PLEASE STERILISE YOUR PETS and STOP UNWANTED ANIMALS and UNNECESSARY SUFFERING!

Choosing the Best Dog Breed for You

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How to choose the best dog breed for you? Well, there are many important factors to remember when looking at getting a new puppy or dog, whether it’s your first canine pet or an addition to the family. Getting a new dog is an experience that will bring you both joy and companionship and it’s important that you try to make the right choice for you and your family.

Firstly, you need to research the breeds that are out there. There are many places you can look where they give you all the information you’ll need to know what sort of dog you’ll be getting. Remember though, that each dog is an individual and while the research tells you that the breed is very placid and doesn’t like a lot of exercise, you could find yourself with an exception to the rule. The guidelines on the breeds are just that, guide lines. When researching you need to think about the lifestyle you currently have and how your new pet will fit into this lifestyle. There are so many breeds to choose from that there will mostly always be a breed or two to suit you. Making a hasty decision, or getting a pup for the wrong reasons can land up costing you dearly in finances as well as emotional wellbeing.

With regards to your lifestyle and your environment, ask yourself the following questions:

1)      How much space is there for your pup/dog to run around in at home? This is important because if you live in an apartment, getting a Labrador will not be the best option for you, even if you can walk it every day, as a medium or large breed will find it difficult to keep itself busy during the day when you are not home. Some breeds don’t require lots of space if you are able to exercise them every day, but you should always but the wellbeing of your new pet first. Will your Great Dane be happy in a townhouse garden? Use the research and be honest about the space available. Maltese, Schnauzers, Yorkies are great dogs for smaller gardens, whereas Staffies, Jack Russells, Pointers, Bouviers and Great Danes require larger properties.

2)      How much time can you spend with your new dog? It is very important to remember that a young 8 week old puppy will require more time from you than an older dog. Even though a puppy sleeps most of the day, they need to be taught house training and have companionship for a fair amount of the time. Getting an older dog means that normally you have to go to a shelter to adopt them, but it also means that a lot of the time they already have their own personalities and are able to look after themselves when you are not there.

 

3)      What is your activity level like? The reason you ask this question is because if you are a very active person, running, cycling, etc, get a dog that has a higher level of energy. Trying to take a Bulldog on a 10Km run is both dangerous for the dog as well as cruel. Look for a breed that enjoys running, a working breed perhaps, like a Pointer. If you prefer to laze around at home and relax, then a dog that is more calm and placid is the better choice. Getting a Border Collie when you want to watch TV every day could possibly lead to boredom and behaviour problems. Breeds like Maltese, Schnauzer, Yorkies and Bouviers do not require as much exercise as the other breeds.

4)      What are your current and near future family plans? If you have young children, it’s always a better option to get a dog that has a higher pain threshold than other breeds. Maltese and Spaniels tend to snap at children when they have their ears pulled as it really hurts them. Staffies and Schnauzers, for example, handle the pain much better than their more fragile counterparts. A large family means a lot of activity. Try and stay away from your more timid breeds (although timidity can be found in any dog depending on their breeding, temperament and surroundings) and look for a more solid breed.

5)      What does your cash flow look like? Many breeds require specific foods and special grooming. While a Schnauzer doesn’t shed its hair, it requires regular grooming and if you cannot afford or aren’t prepared to spend the extra money, go for an easy to groom dog with a short coat, like a pointer, Staffie, Mini Pinscher that has a short coat which will only require brushing and the odd bath. Keep in mind though that most short-haired breeds shed their fur all year round.

 

6)      Do you have other pets at home? Adopting a gun dog, like a pointer, that is bred to retrieve birds will see you having many sleepless nights if you have an aviary or pet birds at home. Hunting dogs like terriers tend not to do very well with cats as when the cats run away from them, their first instinct in to chase them. Keep in mind that your other pets already have a home and that they were there first. The new puppy or dog needs to fit in with the existing family.

7)      Set ground rules before getting your pup. If you want your new companion to be an outside dog, make sure that you start from the beginning with the rules. (Keep in mind that leaving an 8 week old puppy outside all night is not the best idea). Have a space allocated to them so that they do not get used to sleeping in your room or on the bed. If you want them to stay off the furniture, then do not allow them onto the couch when they are pups. It’s very unfair and confusing for them when they have been taught and allowed to do specific things and then all of a sudden they get punished for doing them. Be consistent and more importantly, be patient. They learn fairly quickly, no matter their age and it’s important to keep in mind that they learn the good behaviours as well as the bad ones.

8)      Are your prepared to take your pup/dog to training? Socialisation is essential for a new puppy. Starting as early as possible in their lives is hugely beneficial as it not only teaches them how to interact with other dogs, but teaches them what is acceptable in our lives as well as what is unacceptable. Training older takes sometimes takes a little bit longer than training an 8 week old puppy, but every dog is able to learn. Not taking your dog training can be detrimental to the overall wellbeing of your dog.

Researching your perfect breed or mix breed:

Once you have decided on the right size of dog for your family, you can now start to research the breeds/mix breeds that are out there. Look at the following information when researching a breed:

1)      The size of the dog – Does the size of the dog fit your environment and the space available?

2)      The exercise requirements of the breed – make sure that you get the right trype of dog for your lifestyle.

3)      Grooming Requirements – You need to be aware of how much the dog sheds its coat, how often they suggest grooming the breed and what type of grooming is required. All these need to fit into your budget and time schedule.

4)      Temperament of the breed as a whole – Remember that there are always exceptions to the rule. But have a look at what the general breed personality and temperament is like, this will tell you whether the dog will fit into your family.

5)      Learning ability of the breed – Some dogs tend to learn faster than others and if you are looking for an easily trainable dog, choose a breed that is known for its trainability.

6)      Health issues – some breeds tend to have more known health problems than others. Bulldogs for example suffer from back problems, joint problems, overheating, breathing problems, etc. German Shepherds have a common problem with hip dysplasia, as do many of the other larger breeds. It’s also important that in general, the larger the breed, the fewer years it lives. Small breeds can live for up to 18 – 20 years, so again it’s important that you are willing to have this companion in your life for so long. Great Danes tend to live to between 8 and 10 years and while there are always the dogs that live longer than the average, make sure you know what you are getting yourself into.

There will always be a breed/mix breed out there for anyone who is willing to care and love their pets but remember, patience, consistency and training are a must..

FOOD SHORTAGE!!! ♥ ARK FOOD DRIVE ♥

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We Need Your HELP Please!

We have 75 dogs in total. In the last 2 weeks we have rescued over 30 dogs and puppies and have 18 new born puppies needing puppy milk and puppy pellets. This is the most dogs we have ever had – and will need to stock up on food ASAP! Please could you spare even R10 for our beloved animals. ♥ EVERY BIT HELPS!

Our banking details are: Ark Animal Centre FNB Cheque Acc: 62335841301 Branch: Broadacres Code: 204809

Our Address is: 122 Summit Road, Midrand.

Fourway’s Drop off point address is: 55 Trust Avenue, (Cnr Granite road) Lonehill.

♥ THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP & SUPPORT!  IT IS MUCH APPRECIATED ♥