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Flyball! See a Live Demo at the 2015 Howl & Yowl!

The 2015 Howl & Yowl Musical Benefit at Living Free will feature an exciting demonstration of Flyball, the fast-paced sport for agile dogs. Flyball started as a dog sport in the late 1960s and early 1970s, in Southern California. Some dog trainers combined scent hurdle racing with the dogs bringing back a tennis ball to the finish line. Then a tennis ball-launching apparatus was added and the first flyball box was born. Herbert Wagner is credited with making the first real flyball box.

Flyball is a dog sport in which teams of dogs race against each other from a start/finish line, over a line of hurdles, to a box that releases a tennis ball to be caught when the dog presses the spring-loaded pad, then back to their handlers while carrying the ball.

Flyball is run in teams of four dogs, as a relay. The course consists of four hurdles placed 10 feet (3 m) apart from each other, with the starting line six feet (1.8 m) from the first hurdle, and the flyball box 15 feet (4.5 m) after the last one, making for a 51-foot (15.5 m) length. The hurdle height is determined by the shoulder height of the smallest dog in the team. Under current North American Flyball Association (NAFA) rules this should be 5 inches (12.7 cm) below the withers height of the smallest dog, to a height of no less than 7 inches (20.3 cm) and no greater than 14 inches (40.6 cm). Current EFC (European Flyball Championship) rules limits the height to no less than 17,5 cm and no greater than 35 cm. Each dog must return its ball all the way across the start line before the next dog crosses. Ideal running is nose-to-nose at the start line. The first team to have all four dogs cross the finish line error free wins the heat. Penalties are applied to teams if the ball is dropped or if the next relay dog is released early.

Flyball provides an entertaining and active way to interact with one’s dog and other dog enthusiasts in an environment that is fun while allowing the dogs exercise and enjoyment. It is an especially effective way to burn off the energy of dogs with a high drive to work, such as Border Collies and Staffordshire Bull Terriers.

A large part of flyball’s popularity stems from the fact that it is one of the competition activities available to mixed-breed dogs, allowing rescued mutts and non-pedigree dogs to shine alongside their purebred canine counterparts. Though herding dogs currently dominate the courses, many champion teams have mutts on them. Dogs earn titles and awards based on points earned by their team in racing.

As the sport has developed better dog training regimes have been introduced as knowledge has increased within the sport. Specific training has been developed to promote the dogs using ‘swimmers’ type turns on the Flyball box when catching the ball and turning.

Flyball is not limited to the size of the breed, as smaller dogs such as Patterdale Terriers, Jack Russell Terriers, Whippets and even miniature poodles, often compete with great success in mixed-breed teams (teams consisting of dogs of various sizes and breeds). Smaller dogs are often prized as the hurdle height is based on the height of the smallest dog in the team, commonly known as a height dog. Their only limitation is whether they can trigger the release pad, and small dogs often have to fully jump on it to do so.

Flyball is one of the non-hunting dog sports in which dogs and people work as a team. Many casual pet owners use their flyball time more as a way to relax and socialize with other dog owners than as a competition, and many champion flyball dogs are essentially pet dogs with a hobby, rather than dedicated sporting or working dogs. On the other hand, modern flyball has become the fastest growing teamsport, a sport for dogs, handlers and coaches. First division teams have well trained dogs and handlers and are trained and coached to perform. Some teams use dedicated special bred sportdogs. Flyball can be a real sport for dedicated performers, a hobby for all! (source: Wikipedia)

Don’t miss this fun demonstration at the 2015 Howl & Yowl on October 24th.

Tickets are $15 for adults, children under 12 are free. Pre-purchase tickets at Eventbrite, or purchase them at Living Free the day of the event. Can’t make it to the event? Consider donating the ticket price to help the animals – all proceeds benefit cat and dog rescues from local kill shelters.

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Howl & Yowl Musical Benefit for the Animals

Welcome to Honey County!

A great reason to join us at the 2015 Howl & Yowl – Honey County!

Danni, Devon and Leeann are taking over the pop country scene with undeniable harmonies, melodic hooks and songs that speak the truth.  Within six months of playing together their music caught ears across the country when they were picked as semi-finalists on VH1’s “Make A Band Famous”.  In August 2014, their first single “Blood From A Stone” gained popularity with a feature on HBO’s TRUE BLOOD, and began spinning on the fan-favorite Los Angeles indie radio station, KCRW, and iHeartRadio’s  2014 CMA Award winning station, WPOC 93.1 in Baltimore, MD.  Following the success of the first single, the group went on to record their self titled debut EP in Los Angeles, CA with award winning producer Ryan Williams (Kelly Clarkson, Train, P!nk, Adam Lambert) at Pulse Recording and released it with a feature on CBS Los Angeles morning news show July 21, 2015.  Two days following the release of the EP, the single and music video, ’99 Bottles’ was selected as one of seven finalists picked for Southern California’s GO COUNTRY 105 Country Showdown, simultaneously, ’99 Bottles’ was also picked as a top five finalist in a contest to support country  music star Brett Eldredge.  The band plans to announce a tour in the fall of 2015.

You can buy tickets now at Eventbrite or at Living Free the day of the event. Adults, $15, children under 12 are free. Can’t join us on the day but want to be a part of this very important benefit? Donate the ticket price through our website! All proceeds help dogs and cats rescued from local kill shelters.

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Howl & Yowl ~ Benefit for the Animals ~ October 24th 2015

H&Y Event-Square copyLiving Free Animal Sanctuary’s 2nd Annual Howl & Yowl Benefit for the Animals is coming up this October 24th! Perfect for the entire family, the event includes a full day of music, demonstrations, dog training, and of course, features adoptable cats and dogs. This year we’ve expanded to include other animal rescue groups for adoptions – you’re sure to find your next furry BFF! Also on site, Alpacas of Anza, Beau-Peep Baby Doll Sheep, and Artisan  & Crafts Booths.

The music will be outstanding again this year! We’re pleased to present world-class jazz, country and rock from Honey County featuring Devon Eisenbarger, Don Reed & Black Swan, and Jason Power and the People.

Stay tuned for more details on demonstrations, vendors, and entertainment!

Tickets are $15 for adults, kids 12 and under are free. Purchase through Eventbrite or at the door on the day. All proceeds help save dogs and cats whose time has run out at local kill shelters.

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“Happy Tails” – Spirit


Spirit came to Living Free when she was a puppy and was adopted about a year and a half ago, at the age of nine.

Becky Fears, her adopter, says Spirit is doing well. She loves to run around the yard and play “keep away” with her stuffed toy, Dragon (her usual morning routine). She has a ramp to go down into the back yard which she uses to get into the yard, but prefers to walk up the steps to come back in. She takes great delight in burying Becky’s garden gloves to see how long it takes Becky to find them. She now has an orthopedic, memory foam bed to ease the arthritis in her hips.

Her walks are shorter than before, but she still enjoys getting out and takes time to sniff every single blade of grass. She loves to greet each person she meets, but finds it hard to resist chasing small dogs. She and the resident cats get along and chase each other around the backyard.

Becky says Spirit is a real character with a sense of adventure. Everyone loves her and Becky loves her most of all. Thank you, Becky and Ian, for taking such good care of our girl. Love to you Spirit from everyone at Living Free.

Ian & Spirit on walk

Spirit on her daily walk with Ian.

Spirit & dragon

Spirit on her orthopedic bed with her favorite toy, Dragon. She has a box of toys she can choose from each day.



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** Snakebite Safety & Prevention **

The Idyllwild subspecies of the Southern Pacific rattlesnake is considered the most dangerous in the US, combining a potentially lethal mix of hemotoxic and neurotoxic venoms.

Living Free has joined with the Idyllwild Antivenom Group (IAG), ARF and Dr. Lindsay Crowley to provide rapid response emergency treatment for animal envenomation for Idyllwild and surrounding communities.

The IAG, Donivee Nash and Dr. John Etchart have provided a supply of Venom Vet antivenin (formulated to combat both neurotoxic and hemotoxic venoms) and Living Free has IV fluids, endotracheal tubes, injectable Benadryl and other medications required to treat animal envenomation.


Time is critical when treating for snakebite, and it’s also critical to remain calm. Your dog will respond to your energy, and the calmer the dog remains, the better.

  1. Call Dr. Crowley immediately at (951) 444-1838. Dr. Crowley can be reached through her service 24/7.
  2. Call Living Free at (951) 659-4687 and notify Sharon Caughron, Matt Worthington or Edgar Santiago that your dog has been bitten and you are in transit to Living Free.
  3. Do not delay transit to the clinic, but if you are delayed, if possible, Benadryl can help slow swelling. Children’s liquid Benadryl is easiest to administer for pets. Dr. Crowley recommends at least a double dosage (2 mg per pound) for canine snakebite victims. There’s little danger of overdose, but slowing the rapid swelling may save your dog’s life.


  • Stay calm and drive carefully. An accident or ticket will only delay getting your pet help. Have a friend or other family member drive, if possible.
  • Keep the dog calm and curtail all activity. Carry your dog, if possible.
  • Keep your dog cool by placing ice packs, alcohol or cool water on their feet.
  • Do not attempt to treat the bite area.
  • Notify the vet of any allergies or other medical conditions.


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Everyday Heroes

“I am Cheryl Winfrey. I retired to Hemet in 2005 with Sam, Charlie & Sara, rescued stray cats from my backyard. In 2009, I lost Sara to cancer and needed to integrate another female as Sam and Charlie were fighting. I found the Living Free Animal Sanctuary website and December 13, 2009, I went to the cattery for the first time. I met with Matt Worthington, Cattery Supervisor, and told him I needed a female who would not want to be in charge but would not let Sam bully her. He immediately said “Felicity.”   I adopted her that day and she has been a wonderful companion. At Living Free they know the personalities of their cats and can steer you to making a good match.

I wasn’t able to adopt Felicity’s sister Butterscotch and so I resolved to visit once a month and bring gifts from Felicity. (Butterscotch was adopted by a couple from Palm Springs in 2012.)

Felicity always sends paper towels and paper plates and sometimes tuna for cats from Trader Joe’s. She sends collars, Kit N Kaboodle (as treats), cat beds, cat trees, water fountains, blankets and toys when I find them at a good price. The cats always appreciate Felicity’s gifts and so do the staff.  (Once in a while I bring things for the dogs but I never let Felicity know.)”


From all of us at Living Free, thank you, Cheryl, Felicity, Sam and Charlie!

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Huge Yard Sale


Curated and organized by Los Angeles Resale Company, this one will be our biggest and best ever!

Memorial Day Weekend 2015. Fri, Sat, Sun May 22, 23, 24

7am-4pm daily. Half price Sunday!


All sales proceeds help maintain our indoor/outdoor kennels, cattery, and 160-acre grounds, providing food, shelter, and medical care for cats and dogs awaiting adoption!

Browse tables and tables of great donated merchandise, tour our facility, and meet over 150 loving pets looking for new homes!  Free parking.  Snacks available for purchase.

Furniture: Mission style console table & wall unit, Chippendale style highboy dresser, mahogany breakfront china cabinet, 2 dining sets, vintage bow front desk and dresser, vintage Brown Jordan patio furniture, Asian folding screen, bed frame w headboard, two sofas, kids chair/table set, bookcase, massage chair, inversion table, bar stools, assorted vintage side tables, lamps and ceiling lighting fixtures

Collectibles: 400 Dept. 56 Storybook Holiday collectibles (in original boxes), Madam Alexander dolls, Sports cards, hundreds of collectible knickknacks!

Home Decor: Vases, Picture frames, artwork, Blankets, Bed linens, Comforters, Christmas/Halloween decorations, Decorative glassware and pottery, baskets, tons of knickknacks, many eras and styles!

Kitchenware: 10-pc china set, 200-pc set of flatware from Bangkok, set of fondue forks from Bangkok, Gold-plated serving spoons, Brand-new boxes of silverware, Dishes, glasses, Cookware, Bakeware

Kids’ Stuff: Books, Coloring books, Crayons, Craft supplies, Puzzles, Telescopes. Pirate ship kite, Beanie Babies, board games, stuffed animals, baseball mitts, bicycle

Electronics and Appliances: 15-inch flatscreen TV, VHS/DVD players, stereo tuner, speakers, small refrigerator, toaster oven, fans, sewing machine

Household: Pet supplies, Hand tools, Power tools, Garden tools, Pots and planters, Leaf blower, Plastic organizers, Office supplies, exercise bike

Clothing & Accessories: Men’s, women’s, and children’s t-shirts, pants, sweaters, dress shirts, jackets, dresses, skirts all sizes (many new with tags women’s clothing). Shoes, Purses, bags, luggage, jewelry, makeup, vintage hair dryer, wigs

Miscellaneous: Books, CD’s, DVD’s LP records

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“This short film is our gift to all living creatures on the planet and we hope you will like it, and it will make an impact. Then it was worth it.”

Ez a kisfilm az ajándékunk minden Földön élő számára, reméljük tetszik és hatást gyakorol. Akkor már megérte.

Red – Bernáth Júlia

Father – Bernáth Dénes

Mother – Berki Szofi
Blond girl – Helmeczi Emma
Dog – FAPF Heather
Director – Zsemberi Zsófia
DoP – Horváth András
Idea, Script – Görögh Attila, Zsemberi Zsófia
Editor – Zsemberi Zsófi, Szigethy Márton
Post-production- Horváth András, Szigethy Márton, Fazakas Fanni
Make-up – Horváth Enikő, Szathmári SzilviaMusic Rachael Dadd – Wake It (Eastaste)
Stray Dogg – Almost (Eastaste)Sponsored by Zoetis Hungary Kft.

Nagy Leia Tímea, Mártai Mariann – Zuii Organic Hungary, Bíró Csaba – Dévai Szent Ferenc alapítvány, Jostein Skare Thygesen, Zsebe Zsolt, Szigethy Márton, Fazakas Fanni


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“Happy Tails” – Andy

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Look Who’s Going into to Service. Andy, formerly known as Rawson, was adopted last February by Paul and Laura Anderson of Hemet, CA. Paul and Laura had something special in mind when they went looking for a companion animal — Paul has been deaf since birth and they wanted to find the right dog to become a Service Dog for him. Paul is employed by Riverside County Office of Education as a Deaf and Hard of Hearing Itinerant/Specialist serving Hemet Unified School District where Laura teaches Second Grade at Bautista Creek Elementary School.

Paul and Laura visited several surrounding shelters but were uncertain about the dogs they met because the people in charge did not know the animals well enough to help them. The Andersons had heard of Living Free and visited to see if they could find a dog with the perfect temperament and size for their needs.

They were impressed with Edgar Santiago, the Kennel Supervisor, because he knew each dog so well. They felt comfortable knowing Edgar would guide them to make the right choice… and when Andy was brought to them, it was love at first sight. They’re not sure who picked who, but Andy is now an integral part of their family that includes two cats named Miss Kitty and Annie (who have allowed Andy to share their home).

Andy has had basic training and has learned to wake Paul in the morning when the alarm goes off and to let him know when someone is at the door. He’s also learned many words in sign language. Andy knows that when he has his service vest on he’s “at work”.

Paul assists school personnel and hearing-impaired children with their language development, understanding their hearing loss, and with instructional support to successfully assimilate into the regular classroom. The next step for Andy The Service Dog is specialized training to learn more complex techniques. Ultimately, Andy will be providing Paul with some support in his job. They want to be able to take him on trips such as cruises and to restaurants. Andy has already been on camping trips with them and enjoyed Doggie Day Camp on a recent trip to Texas.

We are proud of Andy. Thank you, Paul and Laura, for recognizing what a special dog he is and that he’ll be a loyal companion and true friend. Thank you, too, for having faith in Living Free and what we do.

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