Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year!

All of us here at Rescue Me would like to wish you a very, very Happy New Year, filled with peace, happiness, love, friendships, family, freedom and, of course, a nice full tummy!

We found this wonderful card from annemade.com and thought it expressed perfectly our sentiments on this New Year's Eve! See all of their wonderful cards, all printed on recycled paper.

We'll leave this year, 2007 with a video Mum and I put together showcasing many of the pups we featured on our blog this year. We hope you enjoy and share this video with anyone and everyone you think would be able to get the word out, so that these pups, and others just like them, in shelters and rescues through the US, can find their forever homes.

Meet Eve!

Eve is approximately 1 to 1 1/2 years old. She was a stray rescued from the shelter. She delivered 9 puppies 2 days after leaving the shelter. She is an excellent mother. She is a very friendly dog, gets along well with other dogs and cats. She has been spayed, is heartworm negative and on preventive.

She loves to go on walks and is a very strong swimmer. Eve will sit on command and is learning some other basic obedience. She does well in the house and hasn't had any accidents. We are working on crate training. Eve will make an excellent addition to any family.

We found Eve currently being cared for by the East Tennessee Border Collie Rescue in Oliver Springs, Tennessee. Their goals are to rescue and rehabilitate Border Collies that have been abused, abandoned, neglected, or placed in a situation where it is no longer appropriate that they stay in their present home. And to find loving, permanent, and appropriate homes for these dogs, ensuring that the right match is made and our rescued Border Collies will have a second chance at a loving family for life.

And I'm sure that if you have it in your heart to donate, Eve and the others at East Tennessee Border Collie Rescue would love a donation of dog supplies.

For more information about Eve, click here!

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Meet Chill!

Chill, along with his 5 siblings, are well socialized Rottweiler/Shepherd mixes. These puppies were from an unexpected litter. Their owner cared very much for them and wanted help finding them loving homes, so they came to WhipStaff Ranch and Rescue for medical attention and rehoming.

We found Chill currently being cared for by WhipStaff Ranch and Rescue in Solway, Minnisota. WhipStaff Ranch and Rescue is celebrating it's 17th year of operation in 2007! They are the only animal welfare organization in the northern part of the state that is able to work with all species of animals. Animals accepted into the rescue are treated like they were their own pets until they place them into a new home. They work with livestock, horses, small caged animals and more, and rehabilitate and rehome hundreds of animals each year. They are a volunteer based organization and rely on donations and adoption fees to keep the rescue going.

For more information about chill, click here!

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Meet Weather!

Three year old Weather, came from a puppymill. He is a beautiful boy. Weather is shy but warming up quickly and learning about housebreaking. Weather's left eye is much smaller than his right. His vet says it is functional though. Weather has been neutered and his shots are up to date.

We found Weather currently being cared for by All Rovers Rescue Friends (ARRF) in Toledo, Ohio. They are a non-profit 501c3 organization completely run by dedicated volunteers. We accept dogs from shelters and owner releases for placement to be re-homed as companion animals. We are not breed or age specific, but do our best to find temperamentally sound dogs that will become full family members.

For more information about Weather, click here!

Friday, December 28, 2007

Meet Ice!

Ice is a sweet sweet boy, loves people, gets along with everyone and all the other Danes in his foster home. He is learning about crates and he's great on a leash. He is HW positive and is on preventative. He is altered, vaccinated and microchipped. He is a very special guy. He is smart and very loyal. He will be a great addition to any family that has a little extra time to spend with him.

We found Ice currently being cared for by Deaf Dane Rescue, Inc., in Oakridge, Oregon. Deaf Dane Rescue Inc. (an Oregon non-profit corporation, Reg #097803-96) is an independent Great Dane rescue organization that services the needs of deaf and other special needs Danes exclusively.

For more information about Ice, click here!

An fundraising idea for rescues and shelters!

If you are a rescue and looking to add some additional income for the animals in need, you may want to look into selling items on line to raise funds!

By utilizing your website and adding shopping cart software, you can easily make some extra bones. Ashop Commerce is a leading US provider of hosted shopping cart software. Their website indicates they offer a complete solution for merchants to sell online.

The software is web based, so it requires no installation. Additionally, it allows for your customers to utilize credit cards for payment and it's fully customizable to your 'brand.' Also when you sign up there is a 10-day free trial, so you can try it out to see if it works for your situation.

For as little as $39.95 per month you can get started earning more money for your rescue, and there are other levels of service that include additional features.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Meet Snow!

Snow is a real pretty young Jindo mix girl who is being left out in the cold with no shelter. She lives a very isolated life and needs someone who will socialize her into a home & family environment. She came as a stray and has not learned about love and comfort. She is plenty young, weighs around 45 pounds, and her neighbor is contact.

We found Snow currently being cared for by A Passion for Paws in La Jolla, California. They are a 501(c)(3) certified non-profit dedicated to saving the lives of Akitas and other large breeds that have lost hope of finding a new home while awaiting death. They are a 100% NO KILL rescue organization that survives entirely on donations.

For more information about Snow, click here!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Meet Winter!

This is Winter. She's a friendly Husky mix girl looking for a new home, preferably with a fenced yard, because my former owners didn't appreciate the needs of an active young dog. She's clean in her crate, so she'll probably catch on to housebreaking quite easily.

We found Winter currently being cared for by the SPCA of Northern Virginia. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Northern Virginia is a non-profit, all-volunteer, private organization established by local concerned citizens to rescue domestic animals from cruelty, neglect and abandonment. They receive all our funding from membership dues, donations, and fund-raising events and are always striving to enlarge our animal rescue operations and expand their services to the community.

For more information on Winter, click here!

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Meet Christmas!

Christmas, a Basenji, Shiba Inu mix, is a very sweet and happy dog. He is always wagging his furry tail. You can make this sweet dog even happier by giving him a good home!

We found Christmas currently being cared for by the SPCA Suncoast in New Port Richey, Florida. The SPCA Suncoast is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to finding homes and caring for animals in need. Their goal and commitment is to provide the animals in their care with a loving, nurturing environment until a suitable home can be found.

For more information about Christmas, click here!

Tagged!

Merry Christmas! I've been tagged by the nice folks over at Curious Animals to write 7 weird or random facts about myself and what is more to tag 7 more bloggers to do the same. So, here we go!

Here are the rules: Link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog. Share 7 random and/or weird facts about yourself. Tag 7 random people at the end of your post, and include links to their blogs. Let each person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

And now, 7 random or weird things about me:

  1. I love carrots.
  2. I actually like my kittie bro, Wiggy.
  3. Cuddling with my Mum is one of my favorite things!
  4. I'm an agility fanatic, love it, love it, love it.
  5. I follow my Mum everywhere she goes.
  6. Don't touch my toes, I don't like it!
  7. I prance when I walk.

Now I tag, anyone and everyone who is interested in sharing their inner most secrets! Have fun! And let me know if you participate; we'll get a little party together complete with kids party invitations!

Insurance!

Have you thought about insurance for your pup? With the rising costs of healthcare for us pups, it's always a good thing to be prepared for any emergency. I've had health insurance since I was four months old, and I have to tell you it's really paid off.

There are all types of health insurance companies for pups, the one we found that we really liked was QuickCare. Why? Because they don't exclude for breed specific health conditions like a lot of other companies.

Just like life insurance quotes for two-leggers, looking into health insurance for your pup could be a saving grace.

We got an award!

Our new friends over at The Dog Log, presented us the other day with a wonderful new award - The community Blogger Award.

The creators of the award tell us...

"The Community Blogger Award recognizes bloggers that celebrate those who reach out and make the blogger community a better one. It also underlines the importance of a blog's readership community, one of the most rewarding parts about blogging. It's those who come back to comment, adding to the conversation, making you feel like someone is listening and interested."

Thanks so much Dog Log, we most certainly appreciate this award! Now I'd like to present this award to my Mum, 'cause she is my secretary, my inspiration, my best friend and with a little Miracle burn, she'd be svelte too!

Monday, December 24, 2007

Meet Elf!

This is Elf and he is a nine month old golden retriever, cocker spaniel mix. He is such a sweet, submissive, and friendly dog. He really loves to play and gets along really well with others. He likes to go on walks and give you kisses on the cheek.

We found Elf currently being cared for by Project Pet in Columbia, South Carolina. Project Pet is a 501(c)(3) community-based, people/pet project founded by volunteers from four local animal welfare organizations who have joined together to humanely reduce pet overpopulation in the Midlands through innovative, pro-active programs.

For more information about Elf, click here!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Meet Noel!

Noel, and Italian Greyhound, is a sweet gal with a lot of love to give the right family. She was born with severely luxated patellas and a lowered lung capacity. She gets around great on her wheelchair. She is a true blessing and a joy. Her tremendous spirit will enrich your life.

We found Noel currently being cared for by Southern Ohio Sighthound Rescue in Jackson, Ohio. They are a private rescue group with the sole purpose to find homes for unwanted animals. These animals are either owner surrendered or strays. Originally, they started off as a sighthound rescue, but have quickly become an all breed, cat and dog rescue.

Each animal is evaluated so that it can be placed in a home suitable to both the dog/cat and new owners. All animals are spayed/neutered and up-to-date on all vaccinations.

For more information about Noel, click here!

A Rescue Dog's Christmas Poem!

A Rescue Dog's Christmas Poem

Tis the night before Christmas and all through the town,
every shelter is full - we are lost, but not found,

Our numbers are hung on our kennels so bare,
we hope every minute that someone will care,

They'll come to adopt us and give us the call,
"Come here, Max and Sparkie - come fetch your new ball!!

But now we sit here and think of the days...
we were treated so fondly - we had cute, baby ways,

Once we were little, then we grew and we grew
now we're no longer young and we're no longer new.

So out the back door we were thrown like the trash,
they reacted so quickly - why were they so rash?

We "jump on the children:, "don't come when they call",
we "bark when they leave us", climb over the wall.

We should have been neutered, we should have been spayed,
now we suffer the consequence of the errors THEY made.

If only they'd trained us, if only we knew...
we'd have done what they asked us and worshiped them, too.

We were left in the backyard, or worse -let to roam-
now we're tired and lonely and out of a home.

They dropped us off here and they kissed us good-bye...
"Maybe someone else will give you a try."

So now here we are, all confused and alone...
in a shelter with others who long for a home.

The kind workers come through with a meal and a pat,
with so many to care for, they can't stay to chat,

They move to the next kennel, giving each of us cheer...
we know that they wonder how long we'll be here.

We lay down to sleep and sweet dreams fill our heads...
of a home filled with love and our own cozy beds.

Then we wake to see sad eyes, brimming with tears -
our friends filled with emptiness, worry, and fear.

If you can't adopt us and there's no room at the Inn -
could you help with the bills and fill our food bin?

We count on your kindness each day of the year -
can you give more than hope to everyone here?

Please make a donation to pay for the heat...
and help get us something special to eat.

The shelter that cares for us wants us to live,
and more of us will, if more people will give.

--Author Unknown

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Meet Grinch!

Never thought you'd fall in love with a dog named Grinch? Think again! Our Grinch has a wonderful disposition! He is playful, affectionate, and very sweet. He has a beautiful, soft coat and gorgeous brown eyes. Instead of stealing Christmas, our Grinch will steal your heart! Grinch is a Spaniel, Poodle mix.

We found Grinch currently being cared for by the City of St. Charles Animal Control in St. Charles, Missouri.

For more information about Grinch, click here!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Meet Frosty!

Oh he's a cutie curly guy! If you're looking for a little one with poodle curls and lots of sweetness, he's your guy. Frosty is a Poodle, Maltese mix. He can be shy sometimes in the kennels due to all the noise and hustle and bustle, but if he's out in the yards, he's really playful.

We think Frosty may have some Bichon or Wheaten in him as well, but regardless, he's as cute as a button!

We found Frosty currently being cared for by Animal Control Shelter & Services in Vancouver, BC. The shelter will keep dogs until a new and loving home is found for them.

For more information about Frosty, click here!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Meet Mrs. Claus!

Mrs. Claus, a boxer, needs a place to go quickly! If you can provide a foster or permanent home for her, please email us at pets@anewleash.org. Time is of the essence, as they cannot hold her very long.

We found Mrs. Claus currently being cared for by A New Leash on Life, in Huntsville, Alabama. A New Leash on Life is a non-profit, animal rescue organization striving to make a positive difference in the life of every homeless animal they come in contact with. All of their adoptable pets are housed in foster homes until their permanent homes are found.

For more information about Mrs. Claus, click here!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Meet Kris Kringle!

Kris Kringle is an adult Labrador Retriever, Newfoundland Mix. We found Kris at the Wisconsin Humane Society.

Founded in 1879, the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) is a private nonprofit organization that is funded through the generosity of individual donors and receives no government support. As the largest and most recognized shelter in the State of Wisconsin, WHS offers specialized adoption services to match homeless companion animals with new families and provide follow up and support.

WHS receives animals from the community, the local animal control facility and other shelters inundated with animals. WHS also provides medical care for nearly 20,000 animals annually. Some of those animals are patients in our clinic and more than 5,000 are wild animals in need of rehabilitation. WHS maintains a spay/neuter clinic for animals from low-income households and provides education for children and adults to respect and care for animals and to end neglect and abuse. WHS also offers manners and puppy classes for dogs from the public.

The WHS Wildlife Rehabilitation Center is one of the largest in the nation. WHS merged with the Ozaukee Humane Society in 2004 to more effectively meet the needs of animals. Both the organizations remain focused on a shared mission and service to animals and people in their community.

For more information about Kris Kringle, click here!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Meet St. Nicholas!

Nick is a 5 year old mis-marked mantle Great Dane who loves people! He is playful and energetic for a 5 year old. He loves to talk and snuggle. He is crate trained, potty trained and has basic house manners...sometimes, you have to tell him twice! He is a great boy, but is scared of cats! He enjoys other dogs his size. He loves older children, and would prefer a home with kids. If you give him a stuffy, you'll be his friend for life! If you'd like a friend to play, snuggle and chat with, Nick would be your guy!

We found Nick currently being cared for by Heartland Great Dane Rescue, Inc., in Guthrie, Oklahoma. Heartland Great Dane Rescue, Inc. is an Oklahoma Non-Profit Corporation dedicated to saving abandoned, abused, neglected and unwanted Great Danes. They are composed of an all volunteer staff and rely solely on donations to support their programs. They strive to help Danes in need and educate the public on the breed. And they participate in several community events to help promote rescue and spay/neuter programs.

For more information about St. Nicholas, click here!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Meet Rudolph!

Here he is, big enough to pull a small sleigh, and his name is Rudolph.

Rudolph is a fine purebred Chocolate Lab. Don't be fooled by his sad compelling eyes, he knows how to have fun - 2+ years is just the right age for being settled, mellow with knowledge of a few commands under his belt. He knows sit and stay; and he's good on a leash. Good with my colleagues (canines) and friendly to humans, he'd be proud to accompany someone on a stroll around the block.

We found Rudolph currently being cared for by the Miami Valley Labrador Retriever Rescue. The Miami Valley Labrador Retriever Rescue is a small group of volunteers from the Miami Valley Labrador Retriever Club (an AKC licensed specialty club in southwestern Ohio)and other caring community members. They are dedicated to the Labrador Retriever breed and support the rescue and referral of Labs in need of new homes in our geographic area.

For more information about Rudolph, click here!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Meet Cupid!

Cupid is about two months old (as of 11/26/07) and weighs approximately 13 pounds. Cupid is very friendly, very calm and loves to play. She is non aggressive with her food and eats very slowly! She enjoys every bite! Cupid is a beautiful reddish brown color with a few hints of white on her. She is going to make someone a great pet!

We found Cupid currently being cared for by Almost Home Rescue in South Portland, Maine. Almost Home Rescue is dedicated to saving lives and finding forever homes for stray, abandoned and surrendered dogs in high kill shelters. We are a small, volunteer run, non-profit organization. All of our dogs listed are either still waiting in the Arkansas Shelter, or they are in New England foster homes waiting to be adopted. We do not have a physical shelter as we are strictly a rescue organization.

For more information about Cupid, click here!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Meet Blitzen!

Blitzen is a very cute three month old Black and White American Field Bred English Setter pup. He will be in foster care shortly.

He is currently being cared for by the Illinois Birddog Rescue in Addison, Illinois. They are a 501c3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to saving, transporting, vetting, fostering, and adopting homeless American Field-bred English Pointers and English Setters - a group of canines commonly known as birdogs. They are funded solely from adoption fees and donations.

For more information about Blitzen, click here!

Friday, December 14, 2007

Meet Donner!

It's hard to say what mixed breed Donner is. He's so cute that it doesn't really matter though. Initially when meeting Donner, he's a little shy. A few minutes and dog treats later, he becomes your buddy.

He's a young adult and does well with other dogs, cats, and children. Donner is crate-trained. He is very smart and can figure a way out of many kinds of enclosures. Therefore, he needs to be a primarily indoor dog and be let out to potty under supervision or some kind of tie out. Donner does stick around once he's out, but seems to like the challenge of getting away.

Donner is currently being cared for by Four Paws Rescue in Millville, Utah. They started as one woman's dream in 1995 and was crystallized in 2000 through obtaining a non-profit 501c3 status. They have a solar powered shelter on 11 acres in Cache Valley.

The shelter has facilities for the housing and care of dogs. They provide food, shelter, and medical to the homeless dogs and work to find permanent, loving homes for them. In an effort to help control the pet population, each pet is spayed or neutered prior to adoption.

For more information about Donner, click here!

A little about the Shetland Islands and the Sheltland Sheepdog!

Mum has always dreamed of traveling. Not for work, but for fun! She's had enough of traveling for work! She showed me this book today - the Globetrotter's LogBook®. Now I want to be a globetrotter!

I'd absolutely love to travel to where my ancestor's came from - The Shetland Islands.

The Shetland Sheepdog originates from the Shetland Islands that lie northwest of the British Isles, between Scotland and Norway, approximately 50 miles north of Scotland and a bit south of the Arctic Circle. As can well be imagined, the climate is harsh and the terrain, rugged.

But the hiking I bet would be fantastic! Walking the rugged coast, taking in the sea air. Just sounds like a little bit of a dream. Unlike many Shelties we know, I just love the wet, cool air.

Then using the handbook we could check out much more of Europe with it's maps, site web addresses, accommodations listings and much more!

I'm in Mum, when do we leave?

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Meet Comet!

Comet, a black labrador retriever mix, is a sweet, playful girl who craves attention.

We found Comet currently being cared for by the Forever Friends Animal Sanctuary in Buchanan, Tennessee. Forever Friends Animal Sanctuary is a “no-kill” shelter for companion animals. They provide community services and funding assistance for spay and neuter and emergency veterinary services for low income families.

The goal of Forever Friends is “No More Homeless Pets”. To that end, each cat and most of the dogs we take in are spayed or neutered.

For more information about Comet, click here!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Marion, Indiana shelter full! Can you help?

This is Hazel one of the hundreds of pups in Marion, Indiana needing a home. She's currently at the Grant County Animal Shelter which is overwhelmed with pups right now due to confiscation from a hoarding situation. And many are in danger of being euthanized. Can you help?

From WANE-TV in Fort Wayne comes news that....

The Grant County Animal Shelter, in Marion, is overwhelmed with pets this winter. They're asking for the publics help to find suitable homes. The shelter has had busy months before, but rarely like this. Animal control recently took seventy-five neglected animals from residences in the area. Thirty-one came from one house alone; some were near starvation.

That's left the humane society scrambling to find owners.

"We are way past capacity right now," said shelter director Kim May. "In general, I think its because people don't understand how one animal coming in impacts the shelter, because we're always full."

The shelter has room for about 100 dogs. Right now they're up to 150. If some of those animals don't find a home soon, they could be put down.

"We try and be a low-kill shelter, but sometimes we're forced to do things we prefer not to do", May said.

Jeff and Darlene Hauser made a trip today from Indianapolis when they heard of the problem. They hope to take in a few adult dogs until a permanent home can be found.
"We're just trying to help out, and give some socialization skills to some of the dogs", Hauser said.

May says many of the animals have been nursed back to health. She hopes anyone looking for a canine companion will make the trip to Marion.

"From Fort Wayne, we have mad multiple people that have adopted from us in the past", May said. "We would love to have foster owners up there as well, but adoption is the best. It's what we're looking for!" she said.

Anyone interested in finding a home for some of those pets can contact the Marion-Grant County Humane Society at 765-664-1232 or visit their website for more information.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Meet Vixen!

Vixen is an adorable 8 week old Chesapeake Bay Retriever/Newfoundland puppy. She is 1 of 3 females in the litter of 7. (From left to right, back row first, Vixen, Rudy, Comet, Cupid, Blitz, Donner, Dasher). She is a confident, exhuberant puppy that is very loving. She will need a job to keep her out of puppy trouble.

Currently Vixen is being cared for by the Chesapeake Bay Retriever Relief and Rescue in San Diego, California. As part of the national Chesapeake Bay Retriever Relief & Rescue organization,they are a group of rescuers in the Southwestern Region of the United States, dedicated to the Chesapeake Bay Retriever Breed. They have members in UT, NV, AZ, HI, and CA and rescue CBRs from shelters, owner releases to rescue, and strays. They place them in foster care, get to know them, and then adopt them into appropriate homes.

For more information about Vixen, click here!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Meet Prancer!

Prancer is a very cute little dog with mystery lineage. He looks sort of like a terrier/chihuahua/lab/beagle mix. He is great with other animals and kids. He is really hoping for a home to call his own for the Holidays.

We found Prancer currently being cared for by Angel Paws Rescue Haven in Gloversville, New York. Angel Paws Rescue Haven was founded in October 2003 in Cheektowaga, NY. This group was formed to help save the thousands of animals put to sleep each day throughout the United States. APRH was formed to help as many dogs and puppies as possible escape death from shelters. Since their start in 2003 they have successfully rescued and placed over 200 dogs into kind, caring, and loving homes.


For more information about Prancer, click here!

Any sorority/fraternity folks out there?

If there are any sorority/fraternity folks out there, we've got a fun idea for a Holiday gift idea - custom sorority t-shirts. And it sure would be great if the sororities or fraternities thought about doing a fundraiser for the pups out there needing rescue!

The site offers custom fraternity and sorority t-shirts at a very reasonable prices. And you can have screen printed or embroidery. Upload a design or logo to create your own embroidery and customize your design all the way from position to thread colors. Custom EmbroideryAnd since they are customizable they can say just about anything - from charity and school functions to Holiday themes and more. You can start from scratch or get some help with their design templates.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Meet Dasher!

Dasher is a gorgeous tan and white male Boxer/Terrier mix. He seems to be a year or two old and is a very friendly boy. He seems to know some commands such as “sit” and is very smart. Come see this handsome guy in Pen #7.

The Catoosa County Animal Shelter is located in Ringgold, Georgia. They are an Animal Shelter that fights hard to place pets into rescue and into forever homes.

For more information about Dasher, click here!

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Meet Dancer!

Dancer, the Greyhound, is looking for a partner to practice her moves with! She's eager to demonstrate that she has good leash manners and will come when called. Dancer has a pleasant, happy attitude and is friendly to everyone she meets. This girl is almost 3 and raced at a weight of 65lbs. She has not been introduced to cats, she will meet them soon!

We found Dancer currently being cared for by a foster family through the Greyhound Pets of America in Wisconsin. Greyhound Pets of America (GPA) is a nationwide non-profit, volunteer-supported organization dedicated to the placement of ex-racing Greyhounds in ideal home situations. GPA Wisconsin's Milwaukee adoption operation primarily services the greater Milwaukee metro area, as well as eastern portions of Wisconsin, and Northern Illinois. GPA Wisconsin's Madison adoption operation primarily services the greater Dane County area, as well as central and western Wisconsin. They are a Greyhound-placement organization that accepts Greyhounds primarily from Wisconsin and Iowa Greyhound racetracks, and local shelters. Through a network of local veterinarians, our organization provides full examinations, spaying, neutering, dental care and other needed medical procedures prior to adoption.

GPA Wisconsin's Milwaukee and Madison adoption operations rely heavily upon Greyhound-savvy families to act as temporary "foster homes" for ex-racers to make the transition to home life while awaiting adoption. Fostering is a very rewarding activity, where the foster family helps a Greyhound explore a home (most have never seen stairs, patio doors and other interesting things), recuperate from spay or neuter surgery, learn good manners, and best of all, learn that the transition to becoming a pet is journey filled with love.

For more information about Dancer, click here!

Friday, December 7, 2007

Wow, meet Santa!

This is Santa's shelter picture. Christmas is going to happen for Santa! The shelter was full and Santa's guardian angel, Cindy got him and his mom, Noelle, out. Please be part of the rest of his Christmas dreams and give him his own awesome home!!

A beagle mix, Santa is a small pup currently being cared for by Kimbers Kritters Dog Rescue in Shelbyville, Tennessee, near Nashville. Kimber's Kritters is a charitable 501(c)(3) Non-Profit No-Kill Animal Rescue with large goals. They receive no government grants nor corporate sponsorships. They rely on donations and adoption fee's to pay the medical bills and take care of the dogs in our foster parent's care. They are shelterless and rely on fosters to help save dogs targeted for euthanasia.

For more information about Santa, click here!

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Meet Karson!

Karson is among 8 pups who were rescued, but now he is the last one needing to be adopted. He is a border collie mix, about 6 months old and is so sweet and cute. He is very laid back and would make a great family pet.

We found Karson currently being cared for by the Humane Society Adoption Center of Monroe, in Monroe, Louisiana. They are dedicated to the welfare of all animals because of their intrinsic value and rights. Its primary purposes are the prevention of cruelty to animals, the relief of suffering among animals, the extension of humane education, and the provision of shelter-based services.

For more information about Karson, click here!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Meet Kramer!

Kramer was found as a stray, and no one came to claim him so he lives at Houndhaven in Central Florida now. He is a big beautiful boy and is in good shape. Kramer is big (80 pounds) and goofy, and seems to be very well housebroken. Kramer seems to be okay with other dogs and loves people. He's been neutered and microchipped and up to date on other vet work. If you want a big, sweet hunk of love, Kramer may be just the dog for you!

We found Kramer currently being cared for by Houndhaven, Inc., near Orlando, Florida. Houndhaven rescues dogs and puppies from euthanasia at kill shelters. They care for them until they can be placed in loving homes or with another rescue group. They believe that these lives are precious, and we are strictly a no kill organization. That is their mission is life.

For more information about Kramer, click here!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Meet Queenie!

Queenie is a Beagle Mix who absolutely loves kids! She's about 28lbs, 12 years old, but is still a very young at heart, very affectionate girl, with lots of love left to give.

We found Queenie currently being cared for by the Columbus Dog Connection in Columbus, Ohio. Their mission is to rescue abandoned dogs, promote all rescues and shelters in Ohio, and be in dogged pursuit of saving every adoptable dog they can.

For more information about Queenie, click here!

Monday, December 3, 2007

Meet Rocky!

Rocky is a very active 7 month old red and white border collie. He is house broken, loves to play fetch, loves to play in the water, knows basic commands but could benefit from an obedience class. He is ok with cats and would do best with children over 5 years old.

We met Rocky currently being cared for by South Bay Purebred Rescue in San Jose, California, a non-profit, all volunteer organization dedicated to the rescue and placement of purebred dogs of all breeds.

For more information about Rocky, click here!

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Meet Pepper!

Pepper weighs 46 lbs. She has recently been fostered and is housebroken when taken out frequently enough. At home she will stay close to you and seldom barks, maybe once or twice if there is a good reason, and will immediately stop when asked.

She is an excellent companion in car rides and loves to play ball or frisbee. She'll make sure you get the toy back! Pepper is calm at home and does not touch your things but she does need good time out and play time. Pepper does not beg for food, but of course she likes to have a share of your food after you are done eating, and she
does not jump on sofas.

She is good with dogs, kids and ladies she meets in the neighborhood but may need a little time to warm up to men. Pepper is a really nice companion if you can provide her with the outdoor/playtime needed. She may turn out to be good in agility if you are into that great sport!

We found Pepper currently being cared for by the Northern Chautauqua Canine Rescue, Inc., in Westfield, NY. They are a non-profit rescue group formed to help the neediest dogs and puppies in our area -- the strays, the orphaned, the abandoned.

For more information about Pepper, click here!

Saturday, December 1, 2007

We're at an agility trial this weekend!

We're at an agility trial this weekend and may be late posting the pups in need. For an update on the trial - visit The Days of Johann - an agility dog!

We'll be posting tomorrow or Monday and catch up on the pups - thanks for understanding!

--Johann

This is Sushi, a female Maltese, Chihuahua [Mix] that weighs about 5 pounds. She's approximately 3 years old, spayed, current on shots, heartworm negative and microchipped.

Sushi is good with other dogs and cats. She seems very sweet around children, but under certain fearful conditions, she may nip, so she should be placed in a home with small children. She was rescued from a county shelter and was scheduled to be euthanized. When she came into the shelter, I was nursing a puppy.

She has never really been a pet before and gets very scared when I meet someone new. I hide and shake. I need an owner that is very understanding and patient. It's going to take me a little while to totally come out of my shell. I am not housebroken yet, but I'm working on it.

Sushi is currently being cared for by the Chihuahua/Small Dog Rescue of Central Florida. They are a Chihuahua/Small Dog Rescue staffed by a small group of dedicated, unpaid volunteers. They receive no commercial or government funding.

For more information about Sushi, click here!

Friday, November 30, 2007

Meet Finn!

This is Finn. A terrier mix who is good with children over 5, weighs about 15 lbs., is good with other dogs. He is about 1-2 years old. And not so great with cats. Finn has been neutered and is ready for adoption!

We found Finn currently being cared for by Smiley Dog Rescue in Oakland, California. Smiley Dog Rescue is a group of volunteer dog lovers whose mission is to rescue, provide sanctuary, and ultimately to re-home abandoned, stray and neglected dogs in the San Francisco Bay Area.

For more information about Finn, click here!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Meet Rascal!

Rascal is a super dog! He is friendly, loving and handsome too. No one knows what kind of life Rascal had before being picked up running stray by animal control. When his time was up at the shelter, Second Chance was there to take him into rescue.

Rascal has adjusted very well to his foster family. He gets along well with the other dogs and has no problem at all sleeping in his kennel crate at night. His foster mom thinks that he would be a great dog for older children if given the chance. A fenced yard would be perfect for him.

Rascal is young, probably around 1 year old. He is looking forward to getting settled with his very own family. If you are looking for a new best friend, please consider Rascal. He will be a devoted companion and loads of fun too!

We found Rascal currently being cared for by a foster family through Second Chance rescue in East Tennessee. They are an all volunteer group in Roane County, Tennessee, dedicated to finding good
homes for homeless animals. They are an IRS 501 (c) (3) tax exempt non-profit organization all money raised through membership and fundraising is spent on animal welfare ONLY.


For more information about Rascal, click here!

Fun stuff for your blog!

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Whew - we are rated G for all audiences. That's a relief!

I love putting fun things on my blog - informational, but fun! Here's a site that has all kinds of interesting widgets and quizzes you can put on your blog. For example: I put together a countdown to the day that my November injury curse is lifted! Only one more day, plus some change and it's over! Yeah!



You may remember that every year of my life I have received a bad injury in November - dog attack in 2005, broken paw at the doggie daycare where I was boarded in 2006. This is the year I break the curse!

Check out the other Blog Stuff they have on their site. It's fun!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Pups from a puppy mill in Maine to be up for adoption soon!

Hundreds of dogs seized from a puppy mill will soon be put up for adoption by three animal shelters in Maine.

The animals include about 250 dogs -- miniature Australian shepherds, Brussels griffons, bulldogs, shelties and other breeds -- that were seized from the J'aime Kennel in Buxton in August. Those dogs have since given birth to more than 100 puppies, which are also being put up for adoption.

The animals are now being spayed and neutered and will be released for adoption over the next several weeks.

The animal shelters involved in the adoptions are The Animal Welfare Society in Kennebunk, the Animal Refuge League in Westbrook and the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society in Lewiston. Those three facilities have about 130 of the dogs among them, with the rest placed at a Portland facility leased by the state's Animal Welfare Program.

For more information read the story from Boston.com.

Donating dog beds to shelters this holiday season!

In the spirit of the holiday season a special gift arrived at the Elmsford Animal Shelter in New York, when an a donor provided over 200 Kuranda dog beds for the comfort of the shelter pups.

The donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, had donated previously to the shelter and decided to help again after having a successful year in business.

The donated beds, manufactured by Kuranda, a Maryland-based company that specializes in cot-style dog beds made of materials such as metal, aluminum, fleece and vinyl, were ordered from the donor through the Kuranda's 'Donate a Bed' program. The program allows customers to buy beds at discounts if they are donated to a shelter.

Read more and happy sleeping, pups, until you find your forever home!

An all natural remedies!

We always try to follow a natural way of life at our house. Traumeel for sores spots (me and Mum), grape seed extract for Mum's nose in the winter, acidophilus and probiotics for my tummy, extra omega-3's for my skin and coat, Bach Flower remedies for stress and chiropractic to keep me in great shape for agility.

I've had, at times, taken manufactured drugs when things were serious - like the dog attack and my broken paw, and of course my rabies three year vaccine. But most all the time at our house we practice healing the natural way and feel the best way to heal is from nature itself. A lot of folks lately have been talking about colloidal silver. A natural antibiotic, it is used on pups and other pets for everything from ear and eye infections, coughs and infections, to improving the general health and well being of your pup.

Shawn Messonnier D.V.M., also talks about colloidal silver in her book the 'Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats.' Mum and I are going to research further to look into this idea!

Meet Glitter!

Glitter is a sparkling 1 year old, female, spayed, Shar-Pei, Labrador Retriever, Terrier Mix. She will add a lot of zest and sparkle to your ordinary day! Glitter is fully grown at 51 kissable pounds and shimmering with animation. She's a super athletic coach who will keep you in sparkly shape.

This sweet pup came to Helen Woodward Animal Center from another shelter. About 80% of HWAC's adoptions are pets that have been transferred from other shelters. Under one management, this unique organization benefits the community by providing educational and therapeutic programs for people, and humane care and adoption for animals.

For more information about Glitter, click here!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Dog-friendly cities!

According to DogFriendly.com, there are some really dog friendly cities out there. Chicago tops the list with Vancouver, Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, Salt Lake City, San Diego, Tucson, Toronto and San Antonio following behind.

Since we live near Chicago, we've visited there often - love the city, it's dog friendliness and its beaches. One city we'd like to visit is San Diego.

Here's what DogFriendly.com has to say:

Dogs love San Diego's off leash parks and especially the beaches. Dog Beach and Fiesta Island offer your dog off-leash beaches second to none in California. Many other beaches allow your well-behaved leashed dog to accompany you.

In San Diego you and your pup can ride in a carriage together, or rent a boat or kayak for the afternoon. You can stroll around Old Town State Historic Park with your dog and dine at an outdoor cafe. San Diego has a lot of outdoor restaurants for you and your dog to choose from.

Sea World San Diego has day kennels for dogs at a minimal price of $5 per day and they lend you a pager just in case they need get in touch while you are in the park. Nearby attractions include the mountain town of Julian and the wine country of Temecula.

Room for Improvement - The San Diego Zoo doesn't allow dogs or have a kennel for dogs to stay in while you visit the zoo. It makes visiting this landmark difficult while traveling with a dog.
So if you are looking for a great vacation place to take your dog, San Diego and these other cities look like winners.

As you plan your trip, you may want to visit Trusted Tours and Attractions. They offer discounted tickets to the best sightseeing tours in a wide variety of cities, including San Diego, Chicago, Key West and more! And if you sign up for their newsletter by December 14th you will be automatically entered to win 4 free tickets to tours in a city of your choice.

If I ever get a chance to go out to San Diego, I'll be sure check out the beach and hopefully get to to look up SurfDog. And, oh, I truly want to visit the folks at the Helen Woodward Animal Center and learn more about their facility, program and events for pet rescue.

Dogs homeless following California wildfires soon to be up for adoption!

Sixty-six dogs now find themselves homeless following the recent California wildfires and have been taken to Colorado to find new homes. Most all of these pups were family dogs, given up because their owners lost everything in the fire and could no longer take care for them.

Many are well behaved, family dogs who are in shock as to what has happened to them. The looks on many of the dogs' faces seem to say, "What did I do wrong?"

This past Monday, the dogs were placed with foster families as they go through a series of veterinary checkups and receive any necessary care. Within the next week or two, the dogs will be available for adoption through the Animal House shelter in Fort Collins.

Read more about you can help or adopt these lost pets.

A bed of beans!

OK, I'll spill it! Here's a an interesting new product, a dog bed full of beans!

And it's a big one, 50x34x6, faux suede and very practical. The K9 Couch has an inner liner containing beans, is fire retardant, tough and hard wearing, machine washable. And they offer a similar version that is completely water and dirt resistant, for that messy pup.

In addition to the K9Couch, Bean Bag Bazaar, offers all kinds of bean bag chairs for all shapes and sizes, including two-leggers - including floor cushions, cube and they also offer huge 6ft sofa beanbags. What fun!

A happy tail from the Virginia Puppy Mill seizure!

November was a big month for pup rescue in the Virginia area, as over 1100 pups were seized from a Virginia Puppy Mill, and sent to shelters all up and down the East Coast.

But thanks to hundreds of good Samaritans, the pups have been cleaned up, cared for and put up for adoption - and hundreds of other good Samaritans have welcomed many of them into their homes, forever.

The Washington Post has a great story about one of the pups. This is Barbara Grewe and Gerti. Gerti was adopted from the Montgomery County Humane Society, a shelter that took in over 160 of the Virginia Puppy Mill pups.

As with all rescues of this nature, both pup and their new adoptive families will have new, wonderful, and very challenging days ahead as both begin to adapt to their new living situations. These pups have never been socialized, or free from their cages. They have never seen a toy and don't know how to play. They have never walked on a leash and have no idea about potty training.

They will have a lot of adjusting ahead for them. We are very happy to hear that the shelters are taking these circumstances into consideration and helping potential adopters learn and be aware of the special needs of these pets - through training sessions, screening, and awareness.

These pups and their new families have a long road ahead of them - we wish them well and are sending lots of love their way.

Basements!

We know a lot of pups out there have basements. We even have some friends that have put down matting and do some agility practice in their basements during the winter. A nice open basement with a nice flooring could be a great place to train your pups on some tricks, foundation work and more!

But some basements are usable and some aren't. If you have a basement with a foundation that leaves a bit to be desired, that is wet and leaking, you may want to look into making it useful with basement wall repair. It could come in real handy for a nice place to play with your pups this winter.