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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.



** 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.