Meet Molly!

Molly is the sweetest little girl you'll ever meet! She has been at our shelter since she was a tiny pup and has seen all her friends get adopted She is so sad at our shelter and really needs a home of her own. She loves to take walks and when you go down to pet her, she rolls over so her tummy will get scratched. If you kneel down next to her, she will come up and nestle into you. She gets along great with other dogs. She thinks she is everybody's friend. She is just one big love bug!!!

We found Molly currently being cared for by Animal Aid, Inc., in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. They are a non-profit, no-kill animal rescue shelter and adoption center. Their shelter takes in emergency, abuse and neglect cases as well as dogs and cats from various animal control agencies in Palm Beach, Dade and Broward Counties in South Florida. We offer cats and dogs for adoption 7 days a week.

For more information about Molly, click here!

Meet Domino!

Today we will be featuring a shelter dog from the Oklahoma area in honor of AKC National Agility Championships going on this weekend in Tulsa!

This gorgeous pup is playful and gets along with other dogs. He loves attention from anyone who happens to be around, and seems to listen when you talk to him. Very sociable.

Obviously Domino knows how to make you laugh! He's somewhat reserved until he gets to know you, but then he's a lot of fun! Very nice boy.

We found Domino currently being cared for by Pets & People Humane Society in Yukon, Oklahoma. They are a 501(c)3 non-profit, no-kill humane society that rescues adoptable cats and dogs from municipal animal control facilities across the state of Oklahoma on the day they are to be euthanized. We provide a safe harbor for our pets until they are adopted into responsible, loving homes. All are spayed or neutered to help end the vicious cycle of homeless pets.


For more information about Domino, click here!

Meet Reba!

Today and tomorrow we will be featuring shelter dogs from the Oklahoma area in honor of AKC National Agility Championships going on this weekend in Tulsa!

Meet Reba, a shepherd mix. She's currently being cared for by Tulsa Animal Welfare in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and needs a furever home. I'm sure she would love to have her own bed, pillows, bowl, and loving family!

For more information about Reba, click here!

A letter from a Dog!

We found this today over at PetPlace.com and had to share it:

A letter from a dog – "How Could You?"

How could you?

When I was a puppy, I entertained you with my antics and made you laugh. You called me your child, and despite a number of chewed shoes and a couple of murdered throw pillows, I became your best friend. Whenever I was "bad," you'd shake your finger at me and ask "How could you?"...but then you'd relent and roll me over for a belly rub.

My housebreaking took a little longer than expected, because you were terribly busy, but we worked on that together. I remember those nights of nuzzling you in bed and listening to your confidences and secret dreams, and I believed that life could not be any more perfect.

We went for long walks and runs in the park, car rides, stops for ice cream (I only got the cone because "ice cream is bad for dogs" you said), and I took long naps in the sun waiting for you to come home at the end of the day.

Gradually, you began spending more time at work and on your career, and more time searching for a human mate. I waited for you patiently, comforted you through heartbreaks and disappointments, never chided you about bad decisions, and romped with glee at your homecomings, and when you fell in love. She, now your wife, is not a "dog person", still I
welcomed her into our home, tried to show her affection, and obeyed her. I was happy because you were happy.

Then the human babies came along and I shared your excitement. I was fascinated by their pinkness, how they smelled, and I wanted to mother them, too. Only she and you worried that I might hurt them, and I spent most of my time banished to another room, or to a dog crate.

Oh, how I wanted to love them, but I became a "prisoner of love." As they began to grow, I became their friend. They clung to my fur and pulled themselves up on wobbly legs, poked fingers in my eyes, investigated my ears, and gave me kisses on my nose. I loved everything about them and their touch-because your touch was now so infrequent-and I would've defended them with my life if need be. I would sneak into their beds and listen to their worries and secret dreams, and together we waited for the sound of your car in the driveway.

There had been a time, when others asked you if you had a dog, that you produced a photo of me from your wallet and told them stories about me. These past few years, you just answered "yes" and changed the subject. I had gone from being "your dog" to "just a dog," and you resented every expenditure on my behalf.

Now, you have a new career opportunity in another city, and you and they will be moving to an apartment that does not allow pets. You've made the right decision for your "family," but there was a time when I was your only family.

I was excited about the car ride until we arrived at the animal shelter. It smelled of dogs and cats, of fear, of hopelessness. You filled out the paperwork and said "I know you will find a good home for her." They shrugged and gave you a pained look. They understand the realities facing a middle-aged dog, even one with "papers." You had to pry your son's fingers loose from my collar as he screamed "No, Daddy! Please don't let them take my dog!" And I worried for him, and what lessons you had just taught him about friendship and loyalty, about love and responsibility, and about respect for all life.

You gave me a good-bye pat on the head, avoided my eyes, and politely refused to take my collar and leash with you. You had a deadline to meet and now I have one, too. After you left, the two nice ladies said you probably knew about your upcoming move months ago and made no attempt to find me another good home.

They shook their heads and asked "How could you?" They are as attentive to us here in the shelter as their busy schedules allow. They feed us, of course, but I lost my appetite days ago. At first, whenever anyone passed my pen, I rushed to the front, hoping it was you that you had changed your mind-that this was all a bad dream...or I hoped it would at least be someone who cared, anyone who might save me.

When I realized I could not compete with the frolicking for attention of happy puppies, oblivious to their own fate, I retreated to a far corner and waited. I heard her footsteps as she came for me at the end of the day, and I padded along the aisle after her to a separate room. A blissfully quiet room. She placed me on the table and rubbed my ears, and told me not to worry. My heart pounded in anticipation of what was to come, but there was also a sense of relief. As is my nature, I was more concerned about her.

The burden which she bears weighs heavily on her, and I know that, the same way I knew your every mood. She gently placed a tourniquet around my foreleg as a tear ran down her cheek. I licked her hand in the same way I used to comfort you so many years ago. She expertly slid the hypodermic needle into my vein. As I felt the sting and the cool liquid coursing through my body, I lay down sleepily, looked into her kind eyes and murmured "How could you?"

Perhaps because she understood my dogspeak, she said "I'm so sorry." She hugged me, and hurriedly explained it was her job to make sure I went to a better place, where I wouldn't be ignored or abused or abandoned, or have to fend for myself-a place of love and light so very different from this earthly place.

Learning classical!

My name is Johann - named after Johann Sebastian Bach; so it's no wonder I'm a huge classical music fan. My Mum named me Johann (and my kittie bros, Wolfgang (aka, Wolfie) and Wiggy (aka, Ludwig) and Gracie after famous classical composers, because she wanted to remember the wonderful time she spent in her youth playing the flute.

Mum lived in a small town and had to travel 40 minutes several times a week to participate in youth symphony, and take lessons at the university. But she didn't mind, she got to play.

Now that learning from the Internet is becoming so pupular, you can learn to play Suzuki violin via online video lessons. How great would that be for someone who doesn't live near a teacher, or doesn't have the means to travel like my Mum did.

Cats in translation!

Cats - can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em. Check out these videos! The first one shows the kitties talking, but the second shows what they are really saying, too funny!




They sure are chattie catties aren't they? Who knew they would be guys?

Announcing your new arrival!

One of Mum's favorite memories was when she was able to announce to the world and her friends that I had arrived! It was a really big day for both of us and the occasion deserved some fanfare!

If you are getting ready to announce a new addition to your family, we highly suggest you use photo birth announcements, like these that folks use for two-legger baby arrivals. It will make the memory and day just that much more special!

Meet Becky!

Becky is a 5 year old Sheltie Mix. She was given up because she has allergies and lost a lot of her fur. Her family didn't have the money to take care of her. She is housebroken, and likes cats and dogs and enjoys riding in a car.

We found Becky currently being cared for by HART, a no-kill animal rescue/support group located in Fairfax Station, Virginia. They take in and rehome stray, abused and unwanted dogs and cats. Whether the animal is a give-up or a stray, HART works with local veterinarians, trainers, foster homes, and kennels to provide temporary care for the pet until s/he is placed in a loving, carefully-screened forever home.

For more information about Becky, click here!

Videos!

Nothing can showcase an issue, subject, product or service more effectively than video. It's more visual, more impactful, and many times easier to present your topic. Many companies, rescues, shelters and other non-profits are using video as a means to communicate with their audience.

We even put together a video about Rescue Me, uploaded it to YouTube to showcase some of the pups that need furever homes, and to remind folks to help their local shelters and rescues with donations, time, money and effort.

Utilizing corporate video production may be a great way for you to marketing your product or service.

Meet Humphrey!

Humphrey was born in 1999 and is a handsome Black Setter Mix. He was born blind and adopted at 10 months old. He recently returned to the shelter when his family circumstances changed. He is an energetic boy that loves to be with people. He knows a few commands, but we are working hard to expand his vocabulary. He loves squeaky toys and his favorite toy is an empty water/soda bottle and will carry it around for hours.

We found Humphrey currently being cared for by Animal Lifeline of Iowa, Inc., in Des Moines, Iowa. They were founded in 1987 Incorporated in 1989 as a 501(c)3 Charitable organization. As a special needs no-kill animal shelter, much of the work is done by their caring volunteers.

For more information about Humphrey, click here!

Blinds!

My kittie bros, Wolfie and Wiggy, and my dog sis, Gracie, kind of enjoy playing with our window blinds. It's not something that Mum's fond of - but I see they sure have a lot of fun doing it. Mum always works to redirect when they start playing with the blinds. And it works - but the blinds are looking a bit tattered as a result.

If you are looking for beautiful window blinds, like my Mum may soon be, we found a site today that may be just the ticket. NoBrainerBlinds is a company that sells custom made, factory-direct window blinds at very reasonable prices. And you get a lifetime warranty, they guarantee it in writing.

Ten Commandments for Pet Owners!

We came across a great article yesterday from HometownAnnapolis.com and wanted to share it with you:

Dog's World:
If your dog could talk, here is what he might say

By PEGGY JOHNSON

The following was sent to me, and I was sure that pet owners needed these commandments, too. Here, the dog does the talking. Author unknown:

Ten Commandments for Pet Owners

1. My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years. Any separation from you would be very painful.

2. Give me time to understand what you want from me. Do not break my spirit with your temper, though I will always forgive you. Your patience and understanding will teach me more quickly, those things you want me to learn.

3. Have me spayed or neutered.

4. Treat me kindly, my beloved friend, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for your kindness than mine. Don't be angry with me for long, and don't lock me up as punishment. After all, you have your job, your friends, your entertainment.

I have only you.

5. Speak to me often. Even if I don't understand all your words, I understand your voice when it's speaking to me. Your voice is the sweetest sound I ever hear, as you must know by my enthusiastic excitement when your footsteps fall upon my waiting ear.

6. Please take me inside when it's cold and wet, I'm a domestic animal and no longer accustomed to the bitter elements. I ask for little more than your gentle hands petting me. Keep my bowl filled with clean water. I cannot tell you when I'm thirsty. Feed me good food so that I may stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding, to be by your side, and stand ready, willing and able to share with you my life, for that is what I live for. However you treat me, I'll never forget it.

7. Don't hit me. Remember, I have teeth that could easily crush the bones in your hand. But I choose not to bite you.

8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I've been out in the sun too long, or my heart may be getting old and weak.

9. Take care of me when I get old. You will grow old, too.

10. When I am very old, when I no longer enjoy good health, please do not make heroic efforts to keep me going. I am not having fun. Just see to it that my trusting life is taken gently and be with me on that difficult journey when it is time to say goodbye. Never say "I can't bear to watch!" Everything is easier for me when you are there. I will leave this earth knowing with my last breath that my fate was always safest in your hands. I love you.

Meet Austin!

Austin, a Bluetick Coonhound mix, was adopted as a puppy last year but later returned when his owners no longer cared to deal with puppy behavior. A beginner’s obedience course would be great for this boy! For now, he would do best in a home with children over the age of eight. Austin is keeping his kennel clean here at the shelter, which is a sign that a dog is on the right track toward being housebroken when in a home.

We found Austin currently being cared for by the League for Animal Welfare. They are a voluntary, non-profit animal shelter located in Clermont County, Ohio. Our shelter houses approximately 80 cats and 40 dogs looking for permanent, loving homes.

For more information about Austin, click here!

Costumes?

I don't know about you, but I'm not a huge fan of costumes. However, I indulge occasionally, especially at Halloween.

Last year I went as a little prisoner, not sure yet what I'll be this coming Halloween. But there are a lot of holidays in between and parties to attend. So if you are looking for some costumes for you or your pet, try out a Funny Halloween Costume!

Meet Bonnie!

Bonnie came into rescue in May 2007, after being involved in a cruelty case in a nearby town. She is 3-4 years old and she has always has a happy face! She loves to go for hikes and to play with toys in our play yards. She only gets along with certain male dogs, and likes to be the boss.

Bonnie gets very excited when people come around, and so far she has done great with meeting people of all ages. She needs to a home without cats, as she desperately wants to chase them. Another dog might be okay, but it would probably have to be a very submissive male dog...that would let her have her way all the time. If you want an active running or hiking partner...Bonnie might be the right dog for you!!

We found Bonnie currently being cared for by the Tri-Lakes Humane Society, in Saranac Lake, New York. A non-profit, no kill shelter, their mission is to provide shelter to all stray and unwanted domestic animals. They work toward educating the public about proper animal care including spaying and neutering, outdoor housing, water, food, veterinarian care, and the many different state and local laws and ordinances that a new owner should be made aware of. They are proud to say that we have placed 3000 animals in loving homes since 2001!

For more information about Bonnie, click here!

Listening to the radio!

We listen to the radio a lot when we are traveling to agility practice or agility trials. Sometimes I hear a song and think it would be really great to add it to my play list on my IPod.

Now there is a new high definition radio receiver that you can get and when you hear a song you like on your local FAM HD Radio station you can hit the 'tag' button and the song you are listening to will be saved from the radio to your Ipod. It's called iTunes Tagging.

Then when you sync your Ipod to your computer when you get home, you can find the tagged iTunes and with one click you can download and buy the songs you want from the iTunes Music Store! How cool is that!

With the new HD Radio receiver you can listen to your favorite new radio stations in crystal-clear digital sound, subscription free.

Meet Brooke!

Brook, an Australian Shepherd, Cattle Dog mix, is between 1-2 yrs old. She is great with other dogs, has ignored the cats she has encountered, and is good with kids. She would do great in a home with kids to play ball and frisbee with her. She is active, but very loving dog. She knows basic commands like sit and down, but sometimes she will only do it for a treat!!

We found Brooke currently being cared for by the West Alabama Animal Rescue in Brookwood, Alabama. WAAR is a non-profit tax-exempt, animal rescue and re-homing organization dedicated to the rescue of animals who have been abused, abandoned, lost, starving, those living in unbearable conditions and those facing certain euthanasia in the Metro Animal Shelter.

For more information about Brooke, click here!

Web hosting!

Designing, creating and setting up a website or blog can be a time consuming and, sometimes, frustrating task, especially if you are kind of a newbie like me. Just this weekend we were working on redesigning our JohannTheDog.com site. What a big job - deciding on a template, trying it out in Dreamweaver, configuring the code and adding our products!

The last thing you need is to worry about your hosting. Will you get a host that's reliable? Compatible? Worry free?

We came across a blog post the other day that has a few suggestions for hosting. Kaushal Sheth, who creates and designs wordpress themes for a living, had trouble with his host. So he did a little research to find his perfect and best web hosting company.

We like our host a lot, but are always looking for new ideas in a hosting company, just in case. I think we'll be checking out his recommendations!

Some fun for a Saturday!

Guess if your two-leggers get tired of throwing the ball, they could get you one of these!


The pups two-legger says he built the ball machine because he thought his dog Jerry, might like it and that it would be something fun for him to build. So after two years of on and off work, with many safety features such as IR proximity sensors to protect Jerry and his son from the machine, he finally completed it.

I bet that would reach way over to the Blanco sinks! Wow!

Meet Rudy!

Rudy is a beagle mix. He is on the smaller side, weighing only about 20 lbs. He is very sweet and loving. He seems to be housebroken and is neutered and up to date on vaccinations. Rudy loves to play, so fenced yard would be great for him.

We met Rudy currently being cared for by Because You Care in McKean, Pennsylvania. They are dedicated to the rescue, treatment and placement of stray and abandoned pets in northwestern Pennsylvania.

Because You Care is an all volunteer, non-profit 501(c)(3)organization founded in 1981. Rather than housing pets in cages, BYC pets live with families in volunteer foster homes. Using this model, the personality, habits and health of pets are well known enhancing the ability of BYC to place them in adoptive homes that are a "good match".

For more information about Rudy, click here!

Lunar eclipse!

About a month ago we were watching a bit of the lunar eclipse. It was pretty cool. A really clear night and we could see it from our living room window. It was nice to stay inside and see it since it was about 10 degrees outside. Mum took a quick pic from our little digital camera - here's what we saw...

We see that Astromart.com, a site for amateur and advanced star-gazers and one of the leading portals for astronomy news, classified ads and telescope reviews, has some awesome telescopes for sale. It sure would have been cool if we could have seen it from a telescope - see it more close up!

The dog ate my tax refund!

We thought this was pretty funny from MyFox Cleveland! Keep those check away from your pups!

The Dog Ate It, Puppy Devours Income Tax Refund Check
The Internal Revenue Service is not known for its sense of humor, but even IRS agents had to laugh when they re-issued a Massillon man's income tax refund check.

The reason, Jeff Vogelgesang's rambunctious Doberman puppy, Nevaeh, ate the $4,100 check.

His step-son left the envelope on the kitchen table and the dog got her paws on it.

Vogelgesang, a truck driver, received the bad news when he called home from the road.

Read more!

An article: Animal shelters faulted for pet overpopulation!

An interesting article in Newsday.com by Denise Flaim...

Animal shelters faulted for pet overpopulation

It's the breeders' fault for churning out too many puppies.

It's the owners' fault for lacking the moral fiber to provide a forever home.

Heck, maybe it's the animals' fault, for their persistent fecundity and reliance on we notoriously unreliable humans.

When it comes to the blame game over animal overpopulation, Nathan Winograd has an unusual - some might argue counterintuitive - target: shelters and humane organizations.

A former attorney and founder of the national No Kill Advocacy Center, Winograd is the author of "Redemption: The Myth of Pet Population and the No Kill Revolution in America" (Almaden, $16.95), which advances an almost unthinkable notion: That shelters and humane organizations are complicit in the overpopulation issue because of an institutional bias - imperative, even - toward killing animals.

Read more!

Meet Bindi!

Bindi is a special Aussie girl! She's deaf and suffers from some vision loss. She doesn't let any of this slow her down though! She loves to play and wrestle with her foster buddies. She very submissive and gets along with both males and females.

She also loves trying to play with the cats and kittens in her foster home, but gives up quickly and is content just to watch them play. She's crate-trained, although she really does not care for being crated. She's working on house-training and is almost there. Bindi adores her foster mom and chooses/needs to be with her whenever possible! She's incredibly sweet, affectionate, and gentle. She even tries to hang out in the shower or bath with her foster mom! Bindi is well-behaved by her own doing, but could benefit from some training for communication sake. She's a great girl that has no idea she's any different from other dogs.

We found Bindi currently being cared for by Columbia Second Chance in Columbia, Missouri. Columbia Second Chance was founded in 1985 as a privately-funded, all-volunteer organization dedicated to "seeking first-class homes for second-hand pets." Through the kindness of our volunteers and our foster homes, we care for animals of all types, either on a temporary basis while we search for a new, permanent home, or on a long-term basis while the animal is treated for illness or injury. At no time are animals euthanized just because they don't have a home - all animals have a home at Columbia Second Chance. Animals are accepted on a space-available basis.

For more information about Bindi, click here!

Maybe if you visit Bindi you could swing on over and check out a Branson condo!

Rainy!

It has been very rainy here the past week, inches and inches! And we've seen that flooding is occurring in many parts of the country. Even our own White River is pretty doggone high, right now. And we've heard that some of our blogging buddies are getting their basements flooded! That's no fun.

We came across a site today that offers the B-Dry® System Wet Basement Waterproofing Process - which we hear that it has been proven to be so unique and so effective at preventing wet basement problems that it was awarded a 1986 United States Government Patent!

Wow, if you had that you would have a need for a sump pump anymore!

13 Groups that help owners who can’t afford veterinary care!

Our new friends at Frogdog Blog - A French Bulldog Breeder’s Blog, wrote a great post the other day listing 13 groups that help owners who can’t afford veterinary care. We just had to pass it on!

Responsible pet owners are aware of the costs involved in caring for their pets, and do their best to provide the best Veterinary care possible. But what about those people who have suffered financial set backs - the people who’ve been laid off, or have lost their jobs, or who simply are on limited incomes? Their budgets might force them to choose between emergency care for a beloved cat or dog, or paying the rent. The following groups help the poor, the lower income, the elderly, women in shelter situations and those with limited incomes to cover health care costs on their pets. Some also provide low or no cost spay and neuters.
Read more and see the list! Thanks Frogdog Blog - we're pulling out the popcorn machines and pupcorn for you, great list!

Hot dog!

What dog doesn't like hot dogs? I know I do (they have to be turkey with no preservatives for me, but I digress). If you live near Chicago, it's just about the best time for hot dogs - Wrigley Field hot dogs. Mum would take one with everything. My sis, Gracie, would take one plain and love it!

If you're heading out to Wrigley Field to see the Chicago Cubs this season, don't miss out on visiting CubWorld.com where you can buy Cubs merchandise online and get yourself all ready for the game! CubWorld.com is the online website of Sports World, which is located across from Wrigley Field. They say they have the biggest selection of Chicago Cubs apparel and merchandise around!

800 rescued dogs find home!

According to the Mutts blog from the Baltimore Sun.com...

Hundreds of rescued chihuahuas find homes

An Arizona animal shelter that rescued hundreds of Chihuahuas from a filthy mobile home last week says nearly all have been adopted.

Nearly 800 small dogs, mostly Chihuahuas, and 36 parrots were found in a large mobile home northwest of Tucson. All that were old enough and healthy enough to leave the shelter were adopted by Monday, the Associated Press reported.

Hundreds of people showed up at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona last Thursday after news reports about the case in hopes of adopting the dogs, and -- after some shoving matches -- the sheriff's department was called in to clear the crowd out, spokeswoman Jenny Rose said.

The shelter reopened the next day, and 500 people lined up to get the dogs, which included terriers, Pomeranians, Chinese cresteds and Lhasa apsos. Rose said calls came in from Germany, Australia and across the nation.

The hoarded animals belonged to an elderly couple who felt no one else could give them a good home. No charges have been filed against the couple. Some of the animals were missing paws — either from having been attacked by animals or getting caught in fencing outside, Rose said. To read the full Associated Press account, click here.

Hosting!

I know how difficult it is to find a good hosting company for my blogs and website. You need someone you can trust, someone that's reliable, and that can handle the types of specific needs that you have.

If you are looking for a cost affordable way to host your blog or website, you may want to look into Concentric Business Solutions. They say they are a leading provider of shared web hosting for small businesses.

They offer a wide variety of small business web hosting and registration services just for small business websites. And they can take care of your domain name registration, email hosting, web hosting, and other items like spam filters and virus protection.

Visit those that support us!

Over on the right side of our blog are our advertisers - they help us keep going and help us get the word out on pups all over the country that need to find their furever home!


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PetCareRX offers all kinds of flea and tick products, like Sentinel, to keep your pup safe, along with other medications - prescription and non-prescription. And they have all kinds of other dog (and cat) products - from toys, clean up, to leashes and collars, beds and loads more!

Help us keep going, visit our advertisers and check out the products and services they have to offer.

Meet Caddo!

Caddo is very energetic, but very lovable! He craves attention, and would have a lot of fun taking an obedience course.

We found Caddo currently being cared for by Free To Live in Edmonton, Oklahoma. They are a non-profit animal sanctuary. At their sanctuary, animals who are not adopted will live out their lives, if not adopted. Euthanasia is not practiced.

For more information about Caddo, click here!

Event planning!

Perhaps you are a shelter or rescue in the midst of putting together a big fund raising event and may need some help with planning, implementation or promotion. If you are looking for help in planning an event and live in the San Francisco area, we found a California event planner today that may be able to help!

Innovative Entertainment is an event planning and even management company. They provide planning, promotion, production, trade show implementation and much more. Their specialties are in theme parties, dance bands, theatrical productions, interactive enttertainers and games, virtual reality and more! With their experience they could just possibly make your event much more successful!

Meet Bailey!

Bailey is a 2 1/2 yr old cream colored chow. He is used to having run of the house and sleeping in the previous owner's bedroom. He is housebroken. He wasn't allowed on the furniture, but he would sit in the love seat in the front of the picture window to look out. He is not good with any small animals.

He loves the car and lays down right in the back. He loves playing in the snow! He likes to play fetch and play with anything that squeaks. Bailey could potentially get along with other dogs since he did live with 2 other female chows. He is quite the escape artist and will door bolt, then hates to be caught! He will protect his bones and is scared of the vacuum and thunder. He likes to give hugs and wag his curly tail when he greets people.

We found Bailey currently being cared for by the Animal Rescue League of Southern Rhode Island, in South Kingstown, Rhode Island. Their mission is to find permanent and suitable homes for animals in need, to provide interim humane care for those animals, and to promote the humane treatment of all animals

For more information about Bailey, click here!

Windshields!

Cracked windshields are such a pain. You're just driving along and then suddenly a rock flies up and hits your windshield, nicks your glass and then a crack starts making it's way across your windshield.

If you live in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area and need Minneapolis glass repair, Rapid Glass certainly could help you with a situation like this. They use equipment from the original manufacturer and their installers are certified to ensure your auto glass repair or replacement meets or exceeds the strictest auto glass industry standards. And they say they stand behind all of their windshield and auto glass replacements with a leading National lifetime warranty!

May be worth giving them a try if you live in the area!

Another dog whisperer!

We found an interesting article in the London Telegraph about a dog whisperer of another sort. Christopher Middleton on a vicar who believes godliness is next to dogliness, writes about the sermons of the Dog Whisperer...

"It was 9.45 in the morning and I was going to the pub to get blotto. My company had gone bankrupt and I had lost my house, my cars and all my money," he recalls. "Suddenly, I saw this border collie lying in the middle of the road, about to be run over by a truck.

"I don't know why, but I called out 'Annie!', as in Orphan Annie, and she ran straight over to me, the truck missing her only by inches. It was a moment that completely changed my life."

No question about it. A rescue dog in more ways than one, Annie accompanied the newly impoverished Graeme and his wife, Maureen, to their new, downsized life in Devon ("We went there because at least the fresh air was free").

It soon became clear that, although he had in the past been a chef, a soldier, a gardener, a painter and the creative director of a large advertising agency, Graeme's true vocation lay in training - and talking to - dogs.

Put simply, Graeme, now 71, believes that we all have the ability to communicate with our four-pawed friends, and they with us. "Everyone knows that if a dog is wagging its tail, it's happy, don't they?" he says. "What I do just takes things a stage further."
Read more!


With all this knowledge maybe we could send the BC's over todirectbuy, and they could whip us up a shelter for the sheepies!

Projectors!

If you are a rescue or shelter that gives presentations frequently for education and fund raising you may want to look into LCD and DLP business projectors, high quality discount projector lamps, projector cases, projector mounts, or any other projector accessories.

At PresentationMart.com they have everything you may need. Their promise is to deliver their customers low prices and outstanding customers service. On their site they also have a wizard to help you select just the right projector for your needs. And if they don't have what you are looking for you can contact them to have them help you!

May be worth checking out!

Animal Planet premieres new show - Groomer Has It!

Animal Planet premieres a new show on April 19 at 9:00 PM ET, called "Groomer Has It". Twelve of America's best dog groomers compete to test their desire, creativity and affinity for animals.

At the end of the 14 episodes, one groomer will be crowned "Groomer of the Year' by panel of three judges: Karen Halligan, Xavier Santiago and Joey Villani. Jai Rodriquez, of Queer Eye fame, will host the show, which includes everything from pampering the tiniest pups to taming the largest aned fiercest dogs on the block, according to Animal Planet.

Here's a link to Animal Planet. Once it gets closer to the time, I'm sure they will have some information on their site.

Meet Benny!

Benny is a small Poodle. He's a smart fellow who has most likely been abused. He is wary of people. When he learns to trust a person then he is very loving to them. He was born in 1999 and weighs 13 pounds. He has been neutered and is current on health care.

Benny needs a person with a huge heart for animals to adopt him and help him learn that he can trust again. He needs a person who really understands and loves dogs.

We found Benny currently being cared for by Hearts United for Animals in Auburn, Nebraska. They are a national no-kill animal shelter, sanctuary and animal welfare organization dedicated to the relief of suffering. They rescue dogs from all over the country and specialize in long distance adoptions. They take the creatures who are lost, afraid, hungry or ill and comfort them, give them a warm, soft bed, good food, medical care and most of all, love.

For more information about Benny, click here!

Meet Bobo!

Bobo is a very friendly boy. He's a Silky Terrier, good with cats, dogs, and children. He's about four years old. He came into rescue over concerns he is epileptic, but has shown no signs of seizures.

We found Bobo curently being cared for by The Nevada SPCA in Las Vegas. They are a nonprofit organization that operates a no-kill animal sanctuary, promotes humane education, makes referrals for lower-cost spay/neuter and vaccination services, and challenges people to be the best possible guardians for the companion animals in their care.

For more information about Bobo, click here!

Insurance!

Finding the best insurance at the best possible costs is always a challenge. My Mum is always reviewing our insurance to make sure it fits our needs and our budget. If you are looking for insurance options, SecureInsuranceQuotes.com offers free online insurance quotes for a variety of insurance including health, car, home, life, business, rental and more.

They can provide insurance quotes, for any area of the country. We live in Indiana so we checked out Indiana insurance quotes. You may want to check your state, you never know if you could save some money!

800 dogs seized from home in Arizona!

We were watching Nancy Grace on CNN last night and saw a report about this horrible situation described by the Arizona Republic.

800 dogs seized from home

Northwest of Tucson, in a triple-wide trailer in rural Avra Valley, officials are making a most unusual rescue effort.

About 800 small dogs - Chihuahuas, terriers and Pomeranians - are being taken away, along with 82 parrots.

Jenny Rose, a spokeswoman with Humane Society of Southern Arizona, described filthy conditions and said three dogs were found dead.

She said the rescued dogs will be treated and put up for adoption.

Pima County sheriff's Sgt. Terry Parish described the elderly couple who live at the home as well-meaning but in a situation that had grown out of control. "They knew they were in over their heads," he said. "We came here and worked out an agreement."

County records show Billy and Wanda Jones own the house, but Parish did not identify the couple, and it was not clear if the property owners also own the animals.

Deputies visited the home after a tip from a woman who had bought a Chihuahua from the couple.

The new pet was diagnosed with kennel cough, and a vet advised her to alert authorities.

"Two people, especially elderly people, trying to care for these animals is just not possible," Parish said.
In an update in today's online edition of the Arizona Republic:
Volunteers from the Arizona Chihuahua Rescue are packing for another trip from the Valley to Tucson.

They're hoping to bring back more of the 800 dogs seized on Tuesday from a mobile home trailer - where officials said a an elderly couple was hoarding the animals under horrific conditions.

The non-profit Phoenix based group has already brought about 108 of the Chihuahuas, Chi mixes, Pomeranians, and Yorkies, to the Valley. The group is working to get about 150 of the dogs.
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From Apache Junction to Scottsdale and Peoria, the rescue group's trained network of foster families are working to care for the dogs. Families like the Someros in Apache Junction are caring for five Chihuahuas.

"The poor things are so used to being crammed together that they don't even know how to explore away from the kennel in our bedroom where they're free to roam around, " said Stacey Somero.

Two of the dogs that arrived on Saturday were in a kennel labeled biters. "It's O.K," she says as she tries to coax them out. "They're nipping or biting out of fear - and I'll keep showing them the hand isn't any thing to be afraid of," she said.

In a small parade of cars, armed with kennels, water bowls and blankets, the Chihuahua Rescue has made two trips to Tucson. On Wednesday night they rendezvoused with the caregivers in the parking lot of Arizona Mills.

Even the paperwork has been overwhelming, recording the dogs numbers on their taped collars from the Humane Society, the dog's immediate medical needs and where they'll be cared for.

Barb Rabe, of Mesa is caring for one of the four mother and pregnant Chihuahuas and her four 4-week old puppies.

Rabe and Michele Marske, of Mesa founded the organization three years ago.

"I never imagined seeing anything like this," said Rabe, who has been coordinating the rescue efforts. "When I got the call on Tuesday night about the hundreds of dogs. I thought it was a joke - a very sad joke. But then I got another call and another, as the numbers of dogs kept adding up."

Rabe is grateful for the public's response.

Calls and support have come in from all over the country causing the group's website to crash a few times.

Rabe says right now the group could use cash donations to fund not only the vet bills for a dogs' final checkup, before adoption, but for microchips, and the spay and neuter costs the group incurs for every dog they adopt out.

Donations can be made through a Chase bank account, 2903372221 or at azchihuahuarescue.org

IT help!

If you are looking for some IT help, we came across a company that may be of service. Momentum.com is a a source for total internet solutions designed to meet the unique needs of your business, whether it be for profit or non-profit.

As a managed services provider, their IT specialists can help assist your in-house IT team, be your IT department, or just work on a per-project basis. Their services include managed hosting, online data backup, remote monitoring, managed backup and server management. And they offer their services and solutions specific to your budget and needs. May be worth checking out!

Dogs train with inmates to be service dogs!

We found a great article in today's IndyStar...

A win/win/win idea Therapist's network uses inmates and dogs to help people with disabilities

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By Abe Aamidor
After earning her Ph.D. in marriage and family therapy from Purdue University in 1990, Sally Irvin took a job at an in-patient youth psychiatric facility in Memphis, Tenn.

That lasted a year.

Later, she trained physicians at Community Health Network in the art of grief counseling.

In the back of her mind, though, were always the dogs. Irvin, 48, had loved dogs, and had always owned dogs, since her childhood in Albany, N.Y.

That led Irvin to start ICAN, the Indiana Canine Assistant Network, in 2001. The nonprofit organization teaches prison inmates to train service dogs, which in turn are provided to people with disabilities.
Read more!

Window treatments!

If you have cats like we do, you have to be very selective about what you dress your windows with, fur sure! You need something sturdy, but you definitely want something stylish. We came across a site today that has all types of curtains and window treatments that are high-quality and affordable.

Their curtain details include blind-stitched hems and weighted corners giving them a great look at a fraction of the cost of other custom made drapes and their are made in the USA! They offer a unique selection of retro or modern curtains and matching pillows, as well as modern wall décor and kitchen curtains. ContempoCurtains.com has some very cool designs!

What a rescued dog can do...

We found this in the Evansville Courier Press this morning and just had to share it...just goes (again) to show you just how much a rescue dog can do.

Rescued pet makes most of life by being a friend to everyone she meets

By Rich Davis
Sunday, March 16, 2008

Sue Schriber recalls her introduction to Myah.

Rehearsal had begun for Civic Theatre's "Smokey Joe's Cafe" and the band — which included off-duty Evansville police detective Jim Allison, a bass guitar and tuba player — was walking in from the alley.

With no tuba lessons on the books this Tuesday evening, Jim Allison has time to spend with Myah in his West Side home. Allison makes sure Myah gets her fair share of treats.

With no tuba lessons on the books this Tuesday evening, Jim Allison has time to spend with Myah in his West Side home. Allison makes sure Myah gets her fair share of treats.

Schriber, a veteran community actor, figured it must be one of those stray mutts who's never met a stranger: "Then Jim said, 'This is Myah. She always comes to rehearsals.' Myah walked on stage, lay under the piano and watched. The minute the director said, 'Let's take a break,' Myah was all over the stage, so energetic. The cast was petting her and talking to her."

During performances Myah waited in the van, but the cast would go outside to greet her.

"She's truly a character. You miss her when she's not around," says Schriber.

Everybody who knows Allison seems to have met or heard about Myah the moosedog. She visits schools and nursing homes, attends church at Crossroads Christian, shows up at concerts, travels to music conferences with her "Dad," and is tethered beneath a bench outside Bob Evans when Allison has breakfast.

They're a team, even if she's not a police dog. She's a Norwegian elkhound whose dark tongue and dislike of baths suggests some Chow DNA, too.

She likes to roll in the snow, play with squeaky toys and peer at fast-food drive-up windows almost as much as she enjoys meeting new people.

"She's my surrogate child. I don't mind saying that," Allison observes while taking Myah to the veterinarian for a teeth cleaning. "I include her in things more for her benefit than mine, so her perception of the world and life is as rich as it can be.

"I've had her since Oct. 15, 2005. Dr. (Brent) Branson says she's 6, maybe 7. I'm hoping 6, which gives us a little more time together."

Myah is lucky to be alive, based on her pieced-together past.

She was with her original owner the day the man, despondent over the breakup of his marriage, jumped to his death at an Illinois construction site.

Sydney Smith, a volunteer with a Moosedog Rescue group, heard about Myah through a Web site tracking elkhounds facing euthanasia. Myah's 60-day stay at an Illinois shelter was expiring.

Smith, a paralegal then living in Owensboro, Ky., learned Myah had sat beside her owner's body and cried, then refused to budge from his truck. At the shelter she rarely ate.

Smith and her fiance, Nick Hirsch, and his sister, Kalah Hirsch, brought Myah to live with them in Owensboro, caring for her even as Kentuckiana Animal Hospital veterinarians rated her survival chances at 10 percent. She had a serious infection and tested positive for heartworm.

The friends nursed her to health, and Smith says it wasn't long before they realized Myah "will always be happy as long as she believes she is pleasing whoever is guiding her."

Later, Myah needed a "forever" home. Smith's new job was taking her to Florida, the Army was sending Nick Hirsch to South Korea, and his sister also was moving.

Nick and Kalah's mother, Kathleen Harris, is an Evansville police officer. "I took a beautiful picture of Myah and put it on the board at the Civic Center," Harris recalls.

Allison expressed interest, but Harris thought the dog was "awful furry" for the neat and orderly detective. "But that didn't bother Jim at all," she says, laughing. "The first time Myah saw Jim, she sat at his feet and leaned her head against his knee."

"She's a special dog — compliant," the 54-year-old Allison says with a grin, using police-speak to describe how Myah was "bonded out" of the shelter. "What a shame it would have been, what a loss, if she had been put down."

He says elkhounds need exercise and mental stimulation, so he involves her in activities. But it's Myah who initiates the contact with people.

"I don't have to say 'Come talk to this lady in a wheelchair' at nursing homes," says Allison, a bachelor. "She goes up to them without prompting."

She also likes the automatic doors at the Solarbron Pointe retirement community, aware she can romp through them at full throttle.

One day at Crossroads on the East Side she reached out to Rick Huffman, whose wife, Claudia, was killed in a 2006 motorcycle accident.

"I was kind of having a rough time and Myah picked up on it," recalls Huffman, 52. "It was during a church orchestra rehearsal and I was thinking of Claudia, who played the flute."

Myah came up from behind, nuzzled his elbow and made him smile.

"All of us have something to learn from her," says Linda Bernhardt, a Crossroads employee. "She doesn't have a problem going up to anyone to share her love and joy."

On West Franklin Street, the "No Pets" sign on the door of The Haircut doesn't apply to Myah, who lies on a rug waiting to greet customers while Allison gets a trim.

"Myah is like a person, she really is," observes shop owner Kathy Godeke-Diehl, recounting the Halloween when Allison dressed Myah as Dogzilla to please a group of preschoolers.

"If Jim is wearing his uniform, customers think Myah's a police dog," says Godeke-Diehl. "But I tell them, 'No, no, she's more like his best friend, his companion.'"

At home on Evansville's outskirts Myah can prowl some woods, maybe spot a squirrel or deer. She wears an electronic leash with a transmitter. One push of a button by Allison beeps her home.

Although he won't let her ride in his 2004 GTO, "my midlife toy," Allison has been known on occasion to take her to Wendy's or Arby's for a sandwich.

"I don't think she can read," Allison jokes, "but when she sees the message board she knows what's next. There's that board and 'Dad talks to someone I can't see,' and we drive around to this window and not only is there free food, but someone who likes her."

If your group is interested in meeting Myah, write to Jim Allison, P.O. Box 874, Evansville, Ind. 47705.

Credit card comparisons!

Lately, we've seen a wide variety of credit card companies coming out with 0% interest introductory offers for up to 12-15 months, and other credit card low interest rates offers. If you've got a credit card carrying some interest, it may be time to look at transferring that balance to a credit card with a lower (or in some cases - 0%) interest. Could save you a lot of money!

The site also offers a community of people and resources to help with advice on credit repair, and other information about popular credit card offers, company reviews, credit alerts and more.

May be worth checking out!

The pet food recall - one year later!

It's now been a year since the largest pet food recall in history occurred. But what has changed? Not much, according to an article in the San Francisco Chronicle yesterday.

Christie Keith, who was on the front lines during the recall reporting a wealth of information to pet owners, is a contributing editor for Universal Press Syndicate's Pet Connection and past director of the Pet Care Forum on America Online. She writes in the Chronicle...

"A year ago, Canada's Menu Foods announced it was recalling more than 60 million containers of dog and cat food sold in the United States. Although the name Menu Foods wasn't familiar to pet owners, the recalled cans and pouches bore the labels of dozens of the most familiar and trusted brands in the marketplace.

In the end, more than 1,000 brands of pet food were recalled over a period of about four months, and two chemicals, melamine and cyanuric acid, were blamed for kidney failure that killed thousands and sickened tens of thousands of pets from what came to be called melamine-associated renal failure."
She asks the question "Could it happen again?" Her answer is probably "Yes." Read more of her article and about what actions have been and need to be taken to keep our pets safe.

Pets and foreclosures!

There is so much talk on the Internet and on the news about how foreclosures and the affect these foreclosures are having on the family pets. People in financial trouble are being forced to foreclose on their mortgages, move into apartments or other living arrangements where they are unable to take their pets, and are sending their pets to the shelter. It's a very sad situation.

We came across a site today that talks about the financial and mortgage climate in the UK, which is also struggling. There have been calls for rate cuts by home builders, who are also suffering. This site also has advice and guidance in looking at all types of mortgage and mortgage options, and has ideas that would easily apply in the US.

In tough times like these, we encourage people to look at an array of options when faced with living situations with their pets. Look to family and friends, refinancing your Mortgages, and try to find options to keep your pets with you.

Meet Jack!

This is Jack and he's a chocolate Labrador Retriever! Now much is known about him.

We found Jack currently being cared for by the Quad City Animal Welfare Center in Milan, Illinois. Their mission of the QCAWC is to operate a shelter for homeless animals, to offer a spay and neuter program and provide humane education. They are the only full-service, no-kill shelter serving the Quad-Cities Area.

For more information about Jack, click here!

That doggone time change!

I don't know about you but I love Spring forward! Many pup families don't like it, but its Fall back that upsets our household. Since we almost always get up at 5:00 AM, in the Fall when the time changes, we get Mum up at about 4:00 AM for our backyard business and for breakfast. She just can't handle that very well. And it's about a month before we can adjust our internal time clocks to getting up at 5:00 AM again.

We came across a blog post by Clocks Blog today that reminds you to pay attention to your clocks - it's Clocks Blog. Not only do they talk about the importance of paying attention to your clocks this time of year and help you decide if you have the right clock for your home and style, but Clocks Blog also reminds you to check those batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Gray Hawk Animal Clinic in Kentucky is in desperate need of supplies!

According to an article the other day from Lexington, Kentucky's WKYT over 100 dogs are found living in filth:

SAND SPRINGS, Ky. (AP) - Police raided an Eastern Kentucky animal shelter and found more than 115 dogs starving, disease infected and at least 40 of them dead or dying.

Officers said the dogs found Tuesday suffered all manner of abuse, including starvation, untreated disease and wounds inflicted by other dogs.

Timothy Foust, 32, and Shawn Embs, 18, were each charged with 117 counts each of animal cruelty. A 13-year-old boy who was living inside the home was put into state custody

Jackson County Sheriff Ted Fee said he plans to charge Foust's wife, Aimee Robbins-Foust, on the same counts, but she was at the hospital Tuesday with a sick child, so she will be allowed to surrender to police.

The shelter is known as Animal Assist. It is in a house with outside kennels in Sand Springs, north of McKee.

Authorities say some dogs may have to be euthanized because of their poor condition, while other may be put up for adoption.

Right now the Gray Hawk Animal Clinic is in desperate need of supplies to care for the dogs and they say you can make a donation to the Gray Hawk Animal Clinic, PO Box 387 Mckee, KY 40434.

You can also reach them at 606-287-8475.

Truckers transport!

Did you know that there are lots of full time working truckers out there helping pets find homes? And their are websites and forums that are helping rescues and shelters connect these truckers to help transport adoptable pets to locations where they may be more adoptable.

We think it's wonderful that these truckers would take the time and energy to help pets in need.

If you are a trucker that helps transport these wonderful, adoptable pets to help them find their furever home, we sure applaud you! And if you know any truckers that may be interested in helping, encourage them to participate in this wonderful cause.

We also wanted to mention that there is a site we came across that offers freight broker training in case you're tired of life on the road. A freight broker is a middle man between the shippers (manufacturers who make and sell products) and carriers (the trucking companies or owner operators that move the product). Transport Training International’s 3 and 5 day freight broker classes can help you learn what you need to know to get started.

Meet Kirby!

Kirby, a Corgi Mix, was surrendered to the shelter by his person because the landlord wouldn't let him stay. He is a very sweet, but quite overweight dog. He needs a new person willing to get his weight under control through a healthy diet and careful exercise.

We found Kirby currently being cared for by the folks at the Brooklyn Animal Rescue Coalition in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York. BARC's mission is to provide safe haven for homeless animals and find permanent, loving homes for these animals. The animals in our care receive quality food, shelter, and medical attention. They meet the needs of homeless animals through the assistance of dedicated volunteers, revenues generated from the success of our pet supply business, and from private donations.

For more information about Kirby, click here!

More fundraising ideas?

Here's another interesting fundraising idea for shelters and rescues! You know those custom silicone bracelets and car magnets that are so pupular!

Silicone bracelets have been popular for many years, but really came into their own when Lance Armstrong began promoting the yellow his Livestrong bracelet. Many millions of those yellow silicone bracelets were sold to raise money for his foundation and cancer research.

Here's a company that can help you design your car magnet or bracelet, sell you the bracelet at about 85 cents per and you can sell them for about $2.00. And the car magnets are about $2.17 each for an order of including the "one time" set up charge, and you could sell your magnet for about $5.00. Not too bad. And it helps promote your rescue or shelter at the same time!

May be worth looking into.

Best friend at Best Friends!

The Mum of one of our best blogging buddies recently returned from a sabatical of sorts - she took an entire week to venture to Utah and volunteer for the acclaimed Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. And she blogged about it!

We really enjoyed reading about her adventures at Best Friends, viewing her amazing photos of the landscape and the wonderful animals. She met some amazing pups, horses, donkeys, and lots more.

When you get the chance, be sure and stop by her blog and read up on her time spent with the best friends at Best Friends!

Computer help!

Every now and the we have some 'computer trouble'. Either something isn't working or we need something installed that we can't do ourselves. And Mum and I hate taking the computer to the store or repair service and have to wait to pick it back up.

We came across a site today that may just be the ticket the next time we need something. Fast-teks business services help any small and mid size businesses, and they have certified technicians that can provide fast, affordable business computer service and technical computer help.

They even offer same day, weekend and evening appointments. And they can help with all type of computer needs from network installation, to data backup, website design, consulting, software training, wireless services and more.

Help find Johnny - the lost Newfie!

Help find Johnny! He was lost from the 900 N. Block of Franklin Ave, in Chicago IL 60610, this is the "River North" neighborhood at 11:45 am on Fri. December 7th. He was last seen headed West on Chicago Avenue near the Chicago River.

Johnny is a 2 year old male Newfoundland, Neutered. He has a microchip, a very small cataract and he is black with white feet and a white chest.

There recently have been sightings of Johann in the Chicago area, possibly in the area of 1212 South Michigan Ave. If you see Johnny please attempt to restrain him, he will not bite, while contacting his owners. Their info is here! If you prefer not to contact us for pickup please return him to any shelter or police station in the Chicagoland area where his chip can be scanned for return to us.

For more information, click here!

Meet Zephyr!

Zephyr has been in with Border Collie rescue since late December. He was surrendered by his family for behaviors common in border collies. The family had tried to "tame" his border collie ways through negative training methods which left this sensitive boy apprehensive and shy.

They are seeing the border collie within emerging. Zephyr is responding with zest with positive clicker training, and encouragement to "think", not wait to be told. Zephyr already has an arsenal of tricks and bounds back to you with great enthusiasm when recalled.

He is still shy in new situations, but recovers quickly. So far Zephyr has been somewhat neutral with other dogs, but does seem interested and speaks dog very fluently. We think he will bond and do well with other dogs, and eventually learn how to play and run with them, he is lightening fast!!

We found Zephyr currently being fostered through MidAmerica Border Collie Rescue, a great organization helping border collie and BC mixes through the Midwest.

Check out his new video!


For more information about Zephyr, click here!

Fund raising!

If you're looking for some fund raising opportunities here's an idea - Schoolpop. It's touted as America's #1 school fund raising and tuition credit program. They've contributed more than $200 million to over 30,000 schools and other nonprofits nationwide. It could be a great program for school fund raising supporters. Financial support comes from people doing their normal, everyday shopping.

All you do is shop for your everyday purchases and earn up to 20% for your school. And they have arrangements with all kinds of online shopping sites with pet related items - including PetCareRX, Amazon, Target, Petco, Petsmart and more!

Meet Scooter!

Scooter is a 10-month old hound mix, as cute as they come, sweet, affectionate, and happy. Adopted from the shelter last fall as a happy-go-lucky, high-energy guy, he was recently surrendered for being fearful of men in his adopted home. We're not sure what must have happened to make Scooter so afraid, as he was a loving and outgoing dog in his time with us, but we're hopeful that we can find that happy dog again. He's settled in very well at the shelter, enjoying any attention and remembering his basic training commands.

Scooter will need a mature, patient person or family who can provide him with the love, structure and training he needs in order to regain his trust in men and help him become a more well-behaved dog. Because he is a hound, he can't be trusted off-leash–he will need a fenced yard and a family able to give him lots of exercise. Another friendly young dog would be the perfect companion for him, and help him work off some of that energy! Click on his photo for more information and a larger view.

We found Scooter currently being cared for by The Ark Animal Shelter in Cherryfield, Maine. Their mission is to provide compassionate care and placement of homeless animals through the shelter operation.

For more information about Scooter, click here!

Meet TC!

TC is approximately 17 weeks of age and is ready to find his forever family. TC had sarcoptic mange when he was rescued, but he has recovered since then and his hair has fully grown out. He will continue with his treatment for a little while longer, however the vet said he is no longer contagious.

This little guy is sweet and energetic, as most puppies are. We're not sure of his breed but think he's a Labrador/pit mix. He is ready to become part of your family.

We found TC currently being cared for by the Hawaii Dog Foundation. Their mission is to assure that every dog in Hawaii regardless of age, breed, temperament or treatable medical condition has the opportunity to live out their natural life in safety, health and contentment.

For more information about TC, click here!

A shelter/rescue wish list!

Many times you'd like to help out your local shelter or rescue but just don't have the time.. Well here are other great ways you can help with this general shelter wish list:

How can you help with donations of:

Cat litter
Litter Trays
Canned/Dry cat food
Canned/Dry dog food
Monetary donations
Dog toys - used if still in good shape
Cat toys - used are OK or even homemade
Cat Scratchers
Dog and cat collars - new/used
Stainless steel dog/cat bowls
Towels
Blankets
Sheets
Pillow cases
Cat carriers
Dog crates
Paper towels
Bleach
Disinfectant
Laundry Detergent
Dish liquid detergent
Newspapers
Gift certificates/gift cards
Latex gloves
Unused heartworm pills
Kitten/Puppy milk replacer
Bottles to feed newborn puppies/kittens
Pet travel kennels (all sizes, esp large/X-large)
Small washable cat beds
Carpet squares
Grooming supplies
New or gently used tools
Straw/bedding
Toilet paper
Paper towels
Volunteers (some shelters need dog walkers)
Cameras
Computers
Printers
Cordless phones
and much, much more!

Meet Newman!

Newman was just put up for adoption at the city shelter. He is about 6 months old, has a very nice spunky attitude and walks admirably on the leash, especially for a fun-loving little pup. He's black and white with spots all over and a nice black/tan with a white slide down the middle mask on his great happy face. He is so good natured and his tail stays up, assuredly and joyfully, always on go for the next adventure.

We found Newman currently being listed with CARA, a non-profit “No-Kill” animal rescue group in Jackson, Mississippi. The primary goal of CARA is the placement of our adoptable animals into loving, caring homes, thereby enhancing the bond between animals & people. Their services are designed to promote responsible pet ownership.

For more information about Newman, click here!

Meet Petey!

Petey is a one year old traffic stopper- handsome, calm and cool - a bona fido, one of a kind! They shelter folks says he is fine with other dogs, but they're not sure about cats. He will be neutered prior to adoption.

We met Petey currently being cared for by the Jersey Animal Coalition, Inc., in South Orange, New Jersey. Jersey Animal Coalition is an all volunteer not-for-profit that has rescued and placed over 7,000 stray and abandoned pets since it was founded in 1989. Their mission is to preserve life. Now, the dream of their own Shelter has become a reality, and they could use your financial support today!

For more information about Petey, click here!

Get on the Fun Dog Tricks train!

I thought it was about time for another fun link project! And we'd love for lots of dog bloggers to participate. It's fun!

I absolutely love learning new tricks. And there are so many tricks us pups can do, all we need is to learn them. I've learned a lot of tricks, but I know there are many more I can have fun doing. And I know all of us pups would love a cool list of fun tricks we can learn and do with our humans. So, I put together this Fun Dog Tricks Train, for us to all have a great list of tricks!

If you participated in my other Link Projects, you know what to do! If not, read on.

-------Copy and paste starting with this line and everything below----------

There are all kinds of fun tricks for us dogs, right? Well, let's make a list! And share it with the dog world!

Here's how it works:

1.) Copy and paste this post beginning with the "copy and paste" line at the top of the post to the "copy and paste" line at the end of the post, courtesy of Johann The Dog!

2.) Substitute the Host Tag (see below) and one of the vacant “Tricks” spots with the name of your dog trick and the URL of your blog, just like I did.

3.) When you find out that someone has added this link post to their blog and their trick isn't listed on your post, practice good paw and add their link in one of your “Tricks” slots, by copying his/her 'Host Tag’ and paste it over one of your “Tricks” slots below, and republish. This makes the list the same on everyone's blog!

5.) Encourage and invite your readers to do the same and soon this can grow fast. And if your not a dog, but you blog about dogs, or own a dog, you are also welcome to participate!

Host Tag: Danger! - JohannTheDog

1. Danger! (run and sit between your 2-leggers legs) - JohannTheDog
2. Rollover - Rescue Me
3. Beg - Raise a Green Dog
4. Bang! (play dead) - Fun Dog Tricks
5. Jump over 2-leggers' Back - Pacco de Mongrel
6. Cover Your Eyes - Tummy Scratch!
7. Push the door closed - Jake's Progress
8. Super chase dogs - Gus and Louie
9. Trick
10. Trick
11. Trick
12. Trick
13. Trick
14. Trick
15. Trick
16. Trick
17. Trick
18. Trick
19. Trick
20. Trick

There it is! It's as easy as that! I hope to make lots new friends with this project and learn about all kinds of new tricks I can learn! Please leave a comment here if you have added this project to your blog, so that I can add you to the list!

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Meet Rascal!

Rascal is a darling little Dachshund mix. He is about 6 months old and very playful and loving.

We met Rascal currently being care for by Pets Haven, a "no-kill" non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation for animal rescue based in NW Arkansas. Pets Haven was founded in 1992 but rescue efforts go back more than 20 years.

They are a leader in providing humane care to lost and abandoned animals, rescuing sick, injured and abused animals, adopting pets to new homes, helping pets stay in homes, and educating pet owners and the public about the needs of companion animals. And they offer pet behavior information and advice.

For more information about Rascal, click here!