HOWS spends a silly amount of time and $$$ obtaining rental pickup trucks each time we head out to deliver fencing, dog houses, straw / pine bedding, dog house materials...
We have an awesome HOWS van, but it is typically crammed, jammed, wall to wall. So we often rent pickups to accommodate the overflow. For the cost of these rentals through the years, we could have already bought a pickup! 😬
So we are looking to maximize our efforts by purchasing a pickup by summer’s end! And we need your help! We are partnering with a local car dealership who is totally hooking us up, but we still need to raise a total of $15,000 to make our purchase! Thanks to those of you who’ve already donated, we have a few thousand dollars currently saved up! But we need more 🙏 Please consider a donation to help us maximize our time and money — enabling us to ultimately help more dogs! 🐕😉💟
Donate on our website’s PayPal at www.howsproject.org or mail a check to: HOWS Project PO Box 56 Ruckersville, VA 22968 (note ‘truck’ in the memo line)
The 2019 HOWS Fence Initiative is well underway! We have so far helped Pearl, Hypo, Mac, Marshall, Bear, Buddy, and Red with fencing that allows them to not only be unchained but also have some room to "zoom"! 🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕🐕 Our goal is to raise *$6,000* for fencing this year -- and thanks to those who've thus far donated -- we are half way there!
PLEASE CONSIDER A DONATION TO OUR FENCE INITIATIVE! Visit our NEW website and donate through Paypal at www.howsproject.org Or Send a check* to: HOWS Project P.O. Box 56 Ruckersville, VA 22968 *Please specify ‘Fence' in the memo
Today, Team HOWS erected 2 “play yards” for some sweet dogs who desperately needed them.
Our first stop was to Red & Buddy. At one time, they occupied a large living area built by HOWS. Recently a tree fell on it and destroyed half of it. The dogs ended up in a very small, super saturated enclosure. Today, we moved their small kennel to a better high-and-dry area and enlarged it. We also fenced and tarped the top for shade and added protection and put fencing along the bottom to prevent digging. We are honored to be able to restore Red & Buddy’s living area and provide peace of mind to their person. Carry on boys!
Our second stop was to help out Marshall & Bear. When we met them for the first time in late April, they shared a small kennel and one igloo. When we stopped to checked on them last weekend, we discovered that Bear & Marshall had begun fighting and as a result Bear had been moved to the basement. To us, this was an urgent cry for help. Today, we erected a 10 x 10 kennel for Bear, near his brother Marshall. We also brought two dog houses, built by Walton MS and Albemarle HS. When Bear was released in his new “play yard” he seemed overjoyed to be outside and near his brother. We saw no sign of aggression. This made our team very happy! Hopefully, once the brothers are neutered, they can be reunited in one large “play yard.” That is our hope. Dogs are social and need close interaction.
A shout out to our construction coordinator, Nancy Burr, for being at the ready to assist us today. Our van could not accommodate all the play yard panels required. So we had to reload in between stops. She happily met us and energized us with her playful banter! We loves us some Miss Nancy!
We have initiated a capital campaign to purchase a pick up truck. The more of these jobs we do, the more urgent this need becomes. Please go to our website and donate towards this important initiative!
Thank you for your support, in whatever form it is...from all of us at The HOWS Project.
🐕 HOWS is in need of a positive reinforcement trainer for our sweet but sort of scared of lots in his new life surrendered dog Whiskey. He is the sweetest boy, but after two months in the good hands of our fosters, Amanda then Karla then back to Amanda, he IS progressing, but slower than we’d hoped. We would love for some expert evaluation and advise as to how to better help him.
Please if you are or know if a great trainer whose training method focuses on positive reinforcement let us know.
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When there are lots of fears, it can take lots of time...two months is very short time. Very often there is benefit in working with a veterinarian with experience in the use of anti-anxiety meds used in conjunction with a strategic training and counter conditioning plan. That pairing can speed up results. For information on the topic of fear...check out Debbie Jacobs, fearfuldogs.com
A lot of times these dogs have an over-developed amygdala from handling fear so much in life. You can assist them some with training and medication but they can only go so far because of the way their body developed for survival early in life. I'm not saying don't seek additional training assistance as building confidence is always a good thing, but be aware that this dog may have his limitations on how far he can go based on development. Sometimes forcing these dogs to face their fears can cause more harm than good, so make sure you ask trainers what they know about the amygdala and how it functions in a dog's brain. Karla Wilson's idea to consult with a veterinarian who is familiar with behavior is a good one. Have you consulted with Dr. Kinnaird at Earlysville Animal Clinic in Charlottesville?
We have a beagle (Ruby) that took 5 months to allow herself the courage to go into a different room of the house or to eat in front of us...and like maybe 8 months before greeting us when we came home.... she was just a shivering, pooping mess quite often.... fast forward to a year and 9 mos later, she is still terrified of most other people, but will guard the yard against strangers (until they enter haha then she scatters)...she still runs off most times if we walk towards her but she happily follows... i dunno... i agree 2 months is a very short time. After a year and 9 mos Ruby still pushes herself to try new things and has come so far.
Our rescue, Sophie, finally started asking for affection and joining us on the couch one day after about 6 years with us. Now 3 years later, she is a cuddle-bug and smiles all the time. It does take time. We didn't pressure her and we gave her verbal praise often. So we were very pleasantly surprised when she asserted herself.
Valerie Balwanz is fantastic! I highly recommend her.
Whiskey seems to be doing great! I adopted a severely abused girl. After 2 months, I was still carrying her outside to go to the bathroom because she was too scared to walk outside on her own. I didn't hear her bark for at least 6 months (a hound dog). It was at least a year before she stopped cowering in a corner whenever a stranger came into the house. I taught her some coping mechanisms, and she finally let her quirky flag fly at home. 🙂 I just learned to accept that she'd never be able to do some things, and we worked around those limitations.
Hi guys happy to help or at least do a consult if you'd like. I have worked with many dogs like this. What Cheryl said is correct and some of these dogs can only progress so much. Others do adapt well over time but it can be a slow process. Medication can indeed be beneficial but I'd like to know if his behavior is rooted in anxiety and fear or just a lack of coping skills and knowledge about the world he has now been thrust into.
I contacted my magical dog trainer and he said he'd be glad to meet Whiskey and help. Can you DM me? I cannot say enough good things about this man and his wife. ❤️
Yesterday we were invited to join #momsdemandaction at the Safe Summer Kickoff in Crozet. There were local vendors, our local emergency responders, snow cones, music, a library bus, and Creigh Deeds came to speak!. What a fun day! 🚒🚓🚑🚌
HOWS Project will be tabling at the Safe Summer Kickoff from 10-2 this Saturday, June 8th, in Crozet behind the Blue Goose Building at 1186 Crozet Avenue, brought to you by Moms Demand Action for Gun Safety in America.
Get tips on keeping your family and pets safe this summer. There will be first responders - and their trucks!- pediatricians, outdoor safety experts, and more.
Moms Demand Action be giving away gun locks and letting you know how you can get involved, the Free Book Bus will be giving away books for summer reading, and Kona Ice will be keeping everyone cool.
HOWS will have flyers about how to keep your dogs safe during the summer months.
Enjoy live music by Silas Frayser while kids play games, get their faces painted, and jam with Blue Ridge Music Together.
Little does sweet Bandit know that his life just got a whole lot better! Once relegated to a small shared pen with little food, no vet care and minimal human interaction, this boy is on his way to be neutered then onto a loving foster home with Karen Grubb. After about a week, he will be transferred to the capable hands of Green Dogs Unleashed for evaluation and placement. Yes! It takes a village and Bandit is worth the effort! For those of you following Lily’s legacy, this is the 6th dog surrendered from the property where she died as a result of exposure. We are so thankful to Lily for watching over her friends and that we at The HOWS Project can make Lily’s life matter. Thank you Jaleen Tocco for transporting Bandit today and thanks to everyone for your well wishes and support. Welcome to freedom Bandit! ... See MoreSee Less
would love for you to rescue some dogs from Main St. Palmyra. Message me. You know the house. Have been there before. Dogs are not happy, and in the same condition as this dog Bandit. pls. help them. They get minimal, not positive at all, interaction, no vet care, and are kenneled outside most of the the year. Only inside when it freezes in the winter, and only at night. I beg you to remove these animals. The owner should not have animals period!
Poor Lily. Bless you Bandit!! 🙏🏼🙏🏼
He’s adorable and looks so happy to be on his way to a much better life!
Wish uall were in Halifax County.
This makes me so happy! I can't thank the The HOWS Project crew enough for rescuing Penny. She has been a total joy. (Except when she does things like get into the kitchen trash.) 😀 If Bandit, or any of the others that were removed from this family, would like a play date, let us know.
What a cutie!
Awwwww, that is wonderful, looks like a real cutie that will find a home fast! Blessing to sweet Lily 😇