Abandoned Pup Becomes a High Flying Star on the Dock and at Home

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Flying is not something you usually associate with dogs, but a former APA Adoption Center rescue dog is changing that.

13494787_10207056851919422_2885648887790078003_n-1 A puppy was found abandoned in a rural area of Missouri. The Labrador mix named Serenity by her rescuers was transferred from the overcrowded rural St. Clair County Animal Control shelter to the APA Adoption Center .A044044

The former stray seemed to have springs in her legs and an eagerness to learn. APA matchmakers alerted a Purina trainer, Sara Brueske. Brueske is always looking for canine athletes in her work as an award winning trainer who frequently fosters dogs. Serenity became Kapow and began training with Brueske for a possible slot in a performing team at Purina Farms.

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Working with the award winning trainer, Kapow was a stand-out in several competitive canine events including Frisbee play and dock diving. But she didn’t have everything Brueske was looking for, so a search was on for a new home.

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Kapow’s wait for a new owner wasn’t long. An animal advocate added this high-flying pooch to his pack. An authority on flight as a professional avian ecologist, Ryan Brady knows a lot about active dogs.

Brady lives with a dock diving Yellow Labrador that is also an award winning sporting companion and a trained barn hunt dog. Rounding out the active Brady bunch is a sweet Puggle who embraces the hunting heritage of her Beagle ancestors and lap dog tendencies of her Pug lineage.Kapow_3_medal

”Kapow is a great dog! She fit right in with my other two dogs from the first day I adopted her and is a member of the family,” said Brady who is committed to new stimuli and training for his canine companions who often accompany him on nature hikes and farm visits.Kapow_1

Kapow won a ribbon on her first jump in a dock diving competition with Brady. He is continuing training on the Frisbee and dock-diving while adding new pursuits like retrieving and putting out bird decoys.Spending a lot of time in nature where her owner works at a wildlife refuge, Kapow succeeds at a pursuit where many other dogs fail.

”She catches and kills squirrels frequently,” explains Brady. “Her speed and agility are amazing.”

Kapow may not have wings, but it isn’t keeping her from flying on the ground or in the air.

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Kapow is one of thousands of pets who find homes at the APA Adoption Center  every year. Providing services to more than 10,000 animals annually, the APA is a humane option for those surrendering unwanted or abandoned companion animals, provides education and outreach programs, reunites lost animals with their owners, provides pet adoption and foster care services and offers veterinary clinic services at a reduced rate. The APA Adoption center is open 7 days a week. For more information about the APA of Missouri, visit www.apamo.org .

photo courtesy of Ryan Brady

Love a Party Animal? Check Out Purina Farms Pooch Parties

Valentine’s week is not just chocolates and flowers at my house. It is also time to stock up on special pet treats and toys. It was the second week in February eight years ago my heart was forever changed by the adoption of my dog Coconut. 
I am among many pet owners who observe the day my furry friend came to be a part of our family. The adoption days for both dogs are reason for celebration. The folks at Purina are offering a new way to make the day even more special with Pooch Parties.
A Purina Farms Pooch party is $75 and includes:
A 16 x 18 party room with a convenient prep room next door
An adjacent off-leash fenced-in exercise area
Two hours of party time for dogs
Max of 10 people with their dogs
Printed or electronic invitations
Goody bags with Beggin’ treats and a collapsible water bowl
A dog-appropriate cake and cupcakes for human guests
There are extras that can be added like a sandwich platter for human guests for an  additional $45 people and includes sandwiches, chips and soda to feed 10 people.
Call 314-982-3232 Monday through Friday between 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., or email purinafarms@purina.nestle.com to book your party.
Purina Farms is offering Pooch Parties for Your Furry Friends

Purina Farms is offering Pooch Parties for Your Furry Friends