Meet Azar!

Azar is a playful boy seeking some fun in his life. He is a Bluetick Coonhound, Dalmatian mix. Make no mistake about it, he is an energy in a sleek package. Affectionate, gentle, and obedient are some other adjectives that can describe him. Does he sound like the dog for you?

We found Azar currently being cared for by Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control in Fort Wayne, Indiana. they are the City of Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control Department, a a division of Public Safety serving the City of Fort Wayne. Guided by the humane ethic and livability interests within their neighborhoods, the mission of Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control is to ensure public health and safety, as well as prevent pet overpopulation, animal neglect, and animal cruelty through education, rescue, and law enforcement.

For more information about Azar, click here!

Play to save shelter pets!

Provide food to abandoned (and often abused) dogs and cats just by playing a trivia game.

For every question you answer correctly, kibbles of food are donated to help feed abandoned pets. The more you play, the more shelter pets can be fed! So far over a ton of food has already been donated! Recruit some friends and make a huge difference!

For each correct trivia answer, Experience Project donates the equivalent of 1 kibble of food to Rocket Dog Rescue & the Urban Cat Project, helping save pet's lives.

Annoying calls!

Do you ever get calls, day in and day out that never leave a voice mail, but keep bugging you? Are you annoyed by those pesky telemarketers? Here's an answer - register for the National No Call Registry. We did it and it works!!!!

And if they keep on bugging you do Reverse Phone Lookups and then you'll know who you can report!

Dog agility!

If you haven't visited our Squidoo Lens on Dog Agility lately we've been adding some new links, new books and DVD's, vids and more. We think you'll enjoy some of the new additions.

One of the new DVD's we've added is a new release from Clean Run:

How to Win at Gamblers and Snooker DVD
ALL NEW! Do you want to know how to play Gamblers and Snooker? Or maybe you are looking for ways to improve your distance work and obstacle discrimination skills for the standard classes? Learn from 13-time national champion Terry Smorch.


If you'd like to link to our Squidoo Lens on Dog Agility on your blog, we would, of course, love it! Here's a handy chicklet, or just blogroll us!

Dog training!

Gracie, my sis, and I love to train - give me a clicker, some treats, tell me to do some sits, downs, stays, begs, rollovers, and more - I'm on it!

We are firm believers in training, but we don't like to think of it as training. It's more like having fun!

When I was little, under a year old, Mum taught me all kinds of great things, but when I went out in public it was gone, gone, gone - I lost my head. So she signed me up for some puppy training. I spent the first two sessions trying to play with all the pups and two-leggers in the class. But at the dog obedience school, I learned a lot and at the end of the class I was most improved!

We are firm believers in learning new things, with lots of distractions like you can at a dog training class. Learn with all the pups and activity around can be very educational, helpful, and rewarding!

And there are lots of places to go for training, all over the country; they even have dog training Toronto style! And it is sooooo much fun. So get out there and learn!

Meet Ellie Mae!

Ellie Mae is an 8 year old , Bloodhound, looking for her forever home. She is very friendly, good with other dogs, children and cats. She is current on vaccines, microchipped, and heartworm negative. She is ready made, perfect with good house manners, and house broken. Ellie Mae's owners moved from a house in the country where she could run, to a house in the city and Ellie Mae isn't adjusting to her small yard.

We found Ellie Mae currently being cared for by Flying K9s Herd Dog Rescue in Milford, Ohio. Flying K9s Rescue specializes in rescuing purebred Australian Cattle Dogs, and the occasional Border Collie, Australian Shepherd, or mix of the 3 breeds. They temperament test all dogs coming into their program and will not take in any animal with dog or human aggression issues.

For more information about Ellie Mae, click here!

Stamps!

I love anything that makes life a little easier!

We fill out a lot of agility trial entries, and writing and writing our names, address, city, state, zip on the envelopes can be time consuming. So when we saw these custom rubber stamps, we thought they were a great idea to help us save some time.

And what's really cool is you can use VistaPrint rubber stamps for all kinds of things, by uploading your own custom design. Like adding a paw print, or a caricature of your pup, your shelter or rescue logo, just about anything to your address!

VistaPrint has all kinds of printing services including business cards, rubber stamps like we described, business cards, stamps, car magnets, invitations, announcements, postcards, sticky notes, t-shirts, hats, and more. They even have some free products, like business cards and so you can try out their services to see if you like them!

And we found a really cool new thing on their site - you can create a dog caricature with holiday hats or other accessories to add to your designs! Very cool.

They may very well be worth checking out the next time you are thinking of printing some materials for fun or for marketing!

Meet Osita!

Osita is a a 6 year old Black Russian Terrier mix that was finally bailed from the West LA Shelter. She is a very healthy girl who loves to go on walks and rides in the car.

She is house broken after all this time in the shelter and has had some basic training- her favorite thing to do is "Sit" on command and stare up at you with her sweet puppy eyes. She loves to play with other doggies and has a very calm and serene disposition. Osita sounds like such a good pup, you'll never need gps fleet tracking for her!

We found Osita currently being cared for by Karma Rescue in Santa Monica, California. Karma Rescue is a non-profit 501c3 organization that saves at-risk dogs from the high kill Los Angeles area shelters. Karma provides each dog a new beginning and finds them safe and suitable permanent homes through adoption, advocacy and education. We run completely off charitable contributions. We want to thank all of those who have been contributing to our cause, and wish everyone good Karma.

For more information about Osita, click here!

Meet Memzee & Teller!

Memzee & Teller are registered, 11 month old Black Mouth Cur siblings. They are currently being cared for by Noah's Arc, Inc., in Talbott, Tennessee.

Noah's Arc is a nonprofit 501c (3), "no-kill", animal rescue organization founded in 1991, as an alternative to animal shelters. They have grown from six members to over 400 in and out of Tennessee. They are funded solely from donations and fund raisers with 100% of money raised going directly to improving the health and lives of rescued animals. Since 1991, they have placed over 4,000 rescue animals, (many with handicaps or special needs), into quality, loving homes.


For more information about Memzee & Teller, click here!

Meet Bryce!

Bryce is a sweet but shy little three year old fellow who spent his early years in a commercial breeding facility. He is very loving after he gets to know you. He came into rescue with his buddy, Briscoe. We are hoping to adopt them out together.

We found Bryce currently being cared for by the Illinois Cocker Rescue. They were created to rescue abandoned and homeless Cocker Spaniels, was incorporated as a Not-For-Profit Illinois corporation in November, 2000 and is recognized a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.


For more information about Bryce and Brisco, click here!

Meet Soozer!

Snoozer is a laid back kind of guy. He gets along with everyone and would love to have his very own forever home. He is a Basenji mix.

We met Snoozer currently being cared for by Perfect Pet Adoption Center, in Pickerington, Ohio. Perfect Pet Adoption Center is still a work in progress. We are a not for profit organization that currently has pets in foster homes, but our goal is to have an adoption center in central Ohio in the next few months. Pets often do not get adopted as quickly as they should because they are not easily accessible for people to meet while in foster homes. We want pets to get into perfect homes as quickly as possible so that more pets can be placed.

For more information about Snoozer, click here!

Fixing the eyes!

She would never tell anyone, but Mum really would like to get her eyes fixed. She's worn coke-bottle glasses when she was young (made her really pupular, btw). Then she got contacts (and became more pupular, btw). Now she's back to glasses.

At least now they make the lenses less thick and you can get the really neat anti-glare on them so they don't look thick. She has to wear glasses when she runs me in agility because the contacts bother her in the sun, wind, rain and other yucky weather stuff. But she'd still like to get her eyes fixed. Some of her friends have tried Lasik surgery and they their Lasik results. But Mum has always been hesitant.

Recently some preliminary results of USAEyes Competence Opinion Relative to Expectation (CORE) independent patient survey was provided to an FDA panel and indicated Lasik is safe, predictable, not always perfect.

More than 99% of patients reported that their quality of life after Lasik surgery was as they had expected or better. But 2% reported complications that are frequently or always problematic, according to the survey conducted by the nonprofit Council or Refractive Surgery Quality Assurance (USAEyes).

USAEyes certifies patient outcomes through its CORE survey. The unique survey requests “better than”, “worse than”, and “as expected” responses to key questions about Lasik results.

It's that 2% problematic that worries Mum.

Another Million Dollar Makeover candidate!

This from the Tonawanda News in Tonawanda, New York!

TOWN OF TONAWANDA: Support could win SPCA a makeover

Hundreds of loyal supporters of the Erie County SPCA gathered with brightly-colored signs and customized T-shirts Wednesday to show visitors from Zootoo House Inc. how much the not-for-profit means to them.

The group burst into song as Zootoo Founder Richard Thompson stepped out of his van, showing him how much the local SPCA could use the $1 million makeover his company will be giving away to one lucky shelter. Mary Jane Smith is a frequent visitor to the facility and said there couldn’t be a more deserving shelter.

“This is definitely the best shelter,” Smith said. “The people here are so helpful and knowledgeable, so when you’re walking through it’s a social experience. It’s not like walking through a supermarket of dogs.”

Read more!

Getting the best dog friendly travel deals!

When Mum and I travel to agility trials, we always look for the best deals. Traveling as much as we do can get expensive!

We of course have to find a hotel that is pet friendly. And hopefully one that doesn't charge an additional fee for dogs. Lately we've settled into Red Roof Inns - they've been clean, provided easy bottom floor access, and fairly quiet for a good night sleet. But we are always open to other hotels/motels that are just as pet friendly.

The next time we need to make a hotel reservation for our next agility trial, we'll most certainly take a look at TravelHERO.com and see what they have to offer.

Cars get hotter than you think! Keep us pups safe, spread the word!

It's getting warmer and warmer by the day, finally! But you know what that means, right? Yep, time to watch out for dogs in hot cars.

Be sure and visit my Squidoo Lens - Keeping cool dogs out of hot cars! to learn more and get ideas on how you can spread the word.

An Animal Protection Institute study shows that even moderately warm temperatures outside can quickly lead to deadly temperatures inside a closed car. So be careful K? And help spread the word! Here's what you can do!

Be safe out there!

Firefighters save lives!

There has been a lot of talk in the news lately about firefighters saving not only the lives of two-leggers, but their canine pals too!

Not too long ago there was a great story in the news about firefighter Stephen "Odie" Odom. The Ouachita Parish firefighter went above and beyond the call of duty, performing CPR on a dog and ultimately saving its life.

I'm sure that saving a pups life isn't something they are trained for, but translating their training to help pups is an incredibly admiral thing to do - we salute all the firefighters, trainers and the fire fighting equipment manufacturer, like FireBlast 451, for all chipping in when needed - no matter what.


Bowling Green Animal Shelter is a finalist for Million Dollar Makeover!

The Bowling Green Warren County Humane Society has been named a Top 20 Finalist in the Zootoo.com Shelter Makeover Contest, according to Lorri Hare, Director of the BGWC Humane Society. Zootoo.com will visit the BGWC Humane Society at 2:00 on April 30th as part of the final contest evaluation.

The final decision on the $1,000,000 grand-prize winner will be named following a Zootoo.com visit to each of the twenty finalists’ facilities. The first runner-up will win a $10,000 cash prize, and the other 18 finalists will each win $5,000.

“We reached the finals because of the tremendous support of our community and their registrations on the Zootoo.com website,” said Hare. “We hope to show even more community support while the evaluation team is here on April 30th.”

A goal of the Zootoo.com Shelter Makeover Contest is to generate awareness and encourage community involvement in animal shelters. Community involvement played a key role in determining the finalists, and will also be important in the selection of the winner.

“At their visits to other finalist shelters, the Zootoo.com crew has been met by scores of supporters waving signs and banners,” said Hare. “We want hundreds, if not thousands, of our supporters on hand encouraging Zootoo.com to award the prize to our shelter.”

Supporters are encouraged to make signs and banners encouraging Zootoo.com to select the BGWC Humane Society as the $1,000,000 makeover winner, and be at the shelter by 1:30 on April 30th.

The BGWC Humane Society currently uses a temporary trailer as a pet clinic. Should they receive the grand prize award, it will be used for construction of a new, permanent pet clinic with dedicated space for operations, sick animal treatment, quarantines, and animal intake evaluations. A portion of the award will also be used to renovate the current shelter building.

Read more!

New York is more dog friendly than you think!

New York is a much more dog friendly city than you would think. There are many off-leash dog parks, dogs are allowed on some forms of transportation, and they are allowed in many stores and outdoor restaurants. You can visit some of those really cool doggie spas, take in some swimming, and you can even do agility in New York. And they have some of the largest and most fun doggie events in the country.

So the next time you are thinking of visiting New York, think about taking your pup along! With a New York tourist guide, you'll find plenty of fun!

CPR for your dog!

Learning CPR is so important for your pup. Check out this news article!

Man Saves Dog's Life Using CPR

(Rochester, NY) -- Molly Brady and her dog Bella are playing together again thanks to two men who saved Bella's life.

The Rochester woman’s dog was nearly killed Monday night when an elevator door closed on her dog’s leash, trapping little Bella on the outside.

Two nearby workers sprang into action, freed the trapped dog, and literally breathed life back into it.

"I had just gotten home from work, and I just took Bella out like I do my regular routine," said Molly Brady. "We go into the elevator, and all of a sudden Bella darts out at the last minute."

The door closed, trapping Bella on the outside with Molly on the inside.

The elevator began to rise...

"I saw the dog slowly rising up the side of the elevator door. Then it stopped, and the dog was being strangled in the corner of the elevator," said Pete Strohmeier, an employee of Full Moon Vista Bike & Sport. Strohmeier and his boss, Scott Page, rushed to help.

"I went to grab a pair of scissors and ran back out. I couldn't get up there because it was so high. I couldn't get my fingers up there. Scott's taller, and he came out," Strohmeier said.

Together they managed to free her from the collar.

"The collar was kind of embedded right into the dog's neck. The dog wasn't moving. It was completely stiff. We thought for sure it was dead," said Scott Page.

"I was holding it, and I could see its eyes were just losing life. It was just this blank stare and there was no life left in the dog,” Strohmeier said.

Then Strohmeier did the only thing he could think of -- he began CPR.

"I figured I'd pinch its little nose and try blowing air into its mouth, and it seemed to come back to life after about five times," he said.

Bella was back.

A trip to the animal hospital confirmed she was OK and that CPR, even on a dog, will work.

"In cases, especially where they just stop breathing and their heart's still beating, there's a much greater chance to actually bring them back," said Dr. Simon Kirk of Animal Emergency Service.

Veterinarians warn dog owners to be careful of retractable leashes when riding elevators or near fences because dogs do accidentally choke themselves.

Strohmeier says this was not the first time he had performed CPR on a dog. He says he previously tried CPR on one of his puppies, and it worked then too.

"They're heroes. I don't know what I would do...I thought she was dead,” said Brady. She says she will be carrying Bella on and off the elevator from now on.

Halloween?

I just love Halloween. Why? Because it's a great time to have a pawty!

The friends, the food, the pressies, the costumes and the fun! Everything about Halloween is fun to me! And I love getting dressed up in my doggie costume. Last year I went as a little prisoner, because I'm a bad boy, BOL!

A couple of years ago we went to an agility fun match on Halloween and did my favorite thing in the world - agility!

It's never too early to plan on what you're going to be on Halloween - check out doggie costumes, adult costumes and even Halloween Costumes For Teens!

Meet Edison!

This absolutely gorgeous Malamute boy is what's known as a "wooly", due to his extra-long, fluffy coat. He came to rescue from a NE Ohio shelter, where he would have met a terrible fate in a gas chamber. Fortunately a new adopters found out about him and offered to make room for a foster!

Edison is about 85 pounds and is just a baby at approximately 18 months of age. He has amazing amber eyes, and the "baby face" one often sees with woolies.

He is currently being cared for by Northern Lights Sled Dog Rescue, Inc. They are a group of committed and experienced rescuers who came together because they wanted to stay true to our shared passion and priorities and keep their rescue about helping dogs. They maintain excellent working relationships with virtually all the leading northern breed rescue groups in the Midwest and Great Lakes regions

For more information about Edison, click here!

Operation Roger!

It is a sad fact that each year, millions of healthy, adoptable animals are admitted to animal shelters or are taken in by animal rescue groups across the United States. Many of these animals are adopted into new homes, but many others are not so fortunate.

It is also a fact there are thousands of homes who would adopt many of these animals, but how do you get a dog in Alabama to a new home in New Hampshire? How do you transport a pup in California to it's forever home in Florida?

Many would dread a 500 mile or more drive, but for Operation Roger...Truckers Pet Transport, it's another day at the office-

Operation Roger is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization comprised of regional and long-haul truckers who volunteer their time to share their love of animals with people who run animal shelters or animal rescue groups who are trying to save the lives of pets.

They can also help other pet owners by providing pet transportation in special circumstances such as family illness or loss of a loved one.

Many times, an adoption agency has a client in a far away location who is ready, willing and able to adopt a pet, but cannot figure out how to transport the animal to it's new home.

It is also a fact that every day and night, tractor/trailers are rolling up and down the nations highways, heading to far away places hauling the freight that we all depend on. Operation Roger serves the animals as the trucks serve the economy while saving everyone interested in helping pets and saving valuable resources.

And keep the corset at home, you're not going to need it!

For more information about Operation Roger, click here!

Meet Casey!

Casey and her companion were abandoned by their owner when they moved. They were found by some very nice people, almost starved to death. These people took both dogs to the vet and have been nursing them back to health. Unfortunately, they have their own health problems and no fencing and are not able to keep Casey or her companion.

Casey is very sweet and affectionate and walks on leash. She is good with children and loves to be loved on. She is healthy now, and doing great. Casey would love to go to a home that can adopt both her and her best buddy, Cody, but it is not a requirement. She weighs 96 pounds.

We found Casey currently being cared for by the National Anatolian Shepherd Rescue Network. The National Anatolian Shepherd Rescue Network (NASRN) is a nationwide, 501(c)(3) recognized non-profit,organization. NASRN is dedicated to placing unwanted, displaced and abandoned Anatolian Shepherd Dogs(ASDs) into safe, caring homes. Anatolian crosses will be included in our efforts as we believe crosses not only have many of the unique needs/characteristics of purebred Anatolians, but are often born due to the lack of responsibility on the part of the owners of purebred Anatolians.

For more information about Casey, click here!

Egyptian dogs!

If I were to travel to Egypt I would absolutely love to learn more about the heritage of my canine brothers that lived before me.

Did you know that the ancient Egyptian word for dog was "iwiw", which referred to the dog's bark. Dogs served a roll in hunting, as guard and police dogs, in military actions and as household pets in ancient Egypt.

And these pups are well known from ancient Egyptian paintings, but their breed is still difficult to discern completely. However many pictures show resemblance to basenji, saluki, greyhounds, mastiffs and others.

Flights to Egypt should be pretty easy to come by...for me to find out more!

Things to consider before you adopt!

Courtesy of the Milton Animal League in Milton, Massachusetts:

Things to consider before adopting a pet
By Beth Bersani

Congratulations on wanting to give a good home to a stray, abused, unwanted or neglected pet. Before you adopt your pound puppy or kitty, it is important to understand the following:

  • Pets are like babies; they cry, chew, get into things and have accidents. You wouldn't take your child back for these reasons so please make sure you can commit to your new family member.
  • Pets are not disposable. They are not something to get rid of when you no longer want them.
  • Be sure that you have the time and space for a pet. If you rent, you must have your landlord's permission before you adopt a pet.
  • Adopting an animal means a long-term commitment. Many dogs live to 15 years, while indoor cats can live into their twenties.
  • Shelter dogs are often not housebroken. They are confined in kennels for up to 15 hours a day, and even previously housebroken dogs may need a refresher course.
  • Dogs from shelters are usually not well trained. This is your responsibility.
  • Make sure no one in your home has allergies before you take your pet home.
  • Animals are a big responsibility. They require feeding, grooming, vet care, exercising and play.
  • Puppies will grow up! Cute little puppies may become large dogs. Know the breed.
  • The average adjustment period for a shelter dog to its new home is 3 to 6 months. Don't give up on them. These animals truly want to be a part of your family; they just need you to show them how.
All shelter animals have suffered some trauma in their lives. They need LOVE, ATTENTION, PATIENCE, and TRAINING. In return you will receive unconditional love and companionship. Not a bad deal!

Blue is a young male pit bull/mastiff mix. He'll be vetted and neutered before he goes home. Blue was abandoned in an apartment with another dog. He's a loveable goofy guy.

Click here for more information about Blue!

Meet Ukie!

Ukie is a 9 year old Lab/Shepherd/Boxer mix. Ukie is a great dog, who loves being with his person(s). He loves to go for walks and walks nicely on a leash, always staying by your side. He is crate trained and housebroken. He gets along well with other dogs and cats. He knows basic obedience commands: sit, down, stay, and heel.

Ukie will make a great companion and addition to any home. Even though he is 9 years old he is in excellent health and has lots of love and energy to give. He is UTD on his vaccinations and is neutered. Ukie is such a good boy, bet you won't even need steam cleaners.

We found Ukie currently being cared for by Blue Moon Meadows in New York State. BlueMoon Meadows provides an alternative solution to the shelter system, the streets, or private euthanasia for people who can no longer provide for their pets due to a long term illness or death.

For more information bout Ukie, click here! And you can visit his blog!

A Happy Ending!

According to the LA Times:

Happy ending to the dog and sheep story...

Daily News columnist Dennis McCarthy has an update on the saga of the dog and the sheep that were founding walking down a street together in Mission Hills:

"So often we hear the sad stories of what happens to lost or abandoned animals, so it was nice to read one with a happy ending," said Maria Dales, founder of German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County.

If the owner doesn't show up within the 10-day waiting period, Dales said, she would adopt both the sheep and dog to keep them together, which is important.

And she's not the only one interested in the inseparable animals.

Meet Nisa!

Nisa is a beautiful Afghan Hound with a gorgeous silver and tan coat. Not only is she a real beauty, but she's a real sweetheart. She's very calm and gentle and loving.

She is about 6 years old and she weighs 52 lbs., house trained and loves lounging on a comfy dog bed. Her coat will require regular grooming. Nisa gets along with other dogs as long as they're not too active - she's really not interested in a playmate, just companionship! For that reason, we'd also prefer to place her in a home without children. Nisa has been spayed, vaccinated, micro chipped and tested for heart worms. She was a stray.

We found Nisa currently being cared for by the Humane Society of Greater Kansas City. They are a private non-profit organization that has been helping animals in their community since 1912. They strive to promote the general welfare of dogs and cats in the greater Kansas City area. They do this by providing education, preventive veterinary care, adoptions, and spay/neuter services to prevent pet overpopulation. If Kansas City isn't your place and you are thinking about New York, look here for a New York Moving Company.

For more information about Nisa, click here!

Meet Storm!

Storm is an American Staffordshire Terrier, Bull Terrier Mix. We found Storm currently being cared for by Midwest Area Pit Stop Inc. in Madison, Wisconsin.

They are a non-profit (501c3 status pending) Pit Bull Terrier rescue in Madison, WI. They make regular trips to Rockford, Illinois and Michigan City, Indiana, so approved applicants have many geographic options to see their foster dogs.

Their goal is to help as many deserving, homeless Pit Bull Terriers as possible that have been abandoned. They work extensively with Humane Societies and/or Animal Control Facilities in the Upper Midwest to save Pit Bull Terriers. In addition, they conduct extensive background checks on all potential adopters, and work hard to find the best homes for the pets.

For more information about Storm, click here!

Meet Tucker!

Tucker is a 10-12 month old "Not Really Sure" mix. He looks a bit like a Brussels Griffon Mix. He is happy and eager to please, and loves to sleep next to you on the bed at night.

Tucker is in a foster home with doggy doors. He goes out to do his business and has not had any accidents. He's 12 pounds, neutered, current on shots and is microchipped.

We found Tucker currently being cared for by K9Kat2 Rescue in Lewisville, Texas. They are an all breed dog and cat rescue group in the Dallas/Ft Worth area. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit, no-kill, foster home organization that has no paid staff. K9Kat2 Rescue was founded by animal lovers who saw adoptable animals euthanized because they were not placed quickly enough through the public system. We offer those animals a second chance to find a loving home.

For more information about Tucker, click here!

Meet King!

This is King and he's 4 years old. He came from an Amish puppy miller who had no use for him any more.

We found King currently being cared for by the Apollo Bernese Mountain Dog Rescue in Paris, Kentucky. They are an all volunteer, not for profit, 501(c)3 organization dedicated to finding new homes for Bernese Mountain Dogs. They take in rescue dogs for the Kentuckiana Bernese Mountain Dog Club which is responsible for Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio.

For more information about King, click here!

Sheep, a dog's best friend!

From the Daily News in LA today:

So there's this guy who owns a pizza joint in Sylmar driving to work Tuesday morning when he sees a dog and sheep walking down the street together.

No, it's not the start of a bad joke. It's a real love story.

And the dog and the sheep are now sharing a kennel at the animal shelter in Chatsworth waiting for their owner to come and claim them.

"We tried separating them, but the sheep started bleating and got all nervous," said kennel supervisor Christine Carr.

The tale of the errant pair started when John Caruso dropped off his son at school.

"As I'm driving away, I see this dog and sheep starting to cross the street at San Fernando Mission and Hayvenhurst heading for the freeway off-ramp," said

"I couldn't believe it. People were blowing their horns, trying to stop them from walking up the off-ramp and onto the freeway."

So Caruso jumped out of his car and collared the German shepherd and put him in the back seat of his car.

He didn't even have to go back to get the sheep - she jumped in the car right after the dog.

"It was like wherever the dog was going, she was going, too," Caruso said.

At this point, though, Caruso - like most people - wasn't sure what to do with a dog and a sheep in his car.

And he needed to get to work.

So he headed to his grandmother's house in Granada Hills and dropped the animal duo off for safekeeping

"We put them on the side of the house where there's a gate," he said. "She was so excited. She lives alone.

"After school, my son and all his cousins came over and played with the dog and sheep. Wherever the dog went in the yard, the sheep followed him. You could tell they'd been together a long time.

"When I tried to pet the sheep, the dog let out a low growl, so I backed off," he said. "It was like it was OK for the kids to touch her, but not an adult.

"They spent the night together in the corner of my grandmother's yard."

On Wednesday morning, Caruso had a plan. And he packed the pair up - back into his car - and drove to the local animal shelter in Chatsworth.

"I walked in and told them I had a lost dog and sheep out in my car," Caruso said. "They thought it was a joke."

No, it wasn't a joke, the pizza man told the animal-control officers. All the shelter workers walked out to see.

"As far as I know, it's the first dog-and-sheep duo we've had," Carr said. "Very unusual. You can tell they're really bonded."

The shelter had one call Monday from someone wanting to know whether they had a dog and sheep in custody, Carr said.

"But he didn't leave any information so we couldn't call him back," she said. "We're hoping whoever owns these two sees your story and comes (to) get them."

So if you're missing a dog and a sheep with serious separation-anxiety issues, they're waiting for you at the animal shelter at 20655 Plummer St. in Chatsworth.

Go pick them up. Then give me a call so I can tell people how this love story began.

Living a great pup life, even if your eyes don't work!

Amos can do just about everything that a sighted dog can do!

Check out budget software, to plan for those unforeseen veterinary expenses!

Animal Planet announces new Fall reality show featuring strays!

LOS ANGELES, Ca., April 08, 2008 – Animal Planet, the world's only entertainment brand that immerses viewers in the full range of life in the animal kingdom, unveils its most ambitious slate ever for the 2008-2009 season.

The new Animal Planet, which relaunched with an "Entertainment Has a New Face" brand campaign in February, presents bold new entertainment-focused programming that taps into people’s primal instincts with compelling stories, engaging characters and the innate drama of the natural world.

One of the programs slated to air in the Winter of 2009 is "Stray to Hey."

There’s not much in this world more heartbreaking than looking into the sad, sweet, helpless eyes of an abandoned stray dog that hasn't been adopted from a shelter. The new series "Stray to Hey" takes that same stray shelter pup and turns its four-legged life completely around.

Our very own Doggie Dream Team comes to the rescue when they snatch that dog from its formerly miserable existence and transplant it into its very own Cinderella fairy tale! Each stray will be rescued and rehabilitated, trained, primped, pampered and finally placed in a loving home that’s been specifically designed and decorated to fit its personal doggie needs.

"Stray to Hey" is taking the pet makeover to unbelievable new heights, going to the ultimate limits to help these down-on-their-luck pups hit the lottery with total life-changing makeovers from head to tail, complete with absolutely staggering before-and-afters in every episode!

The companion website to this series includes a pet makeover game, rating the makeovers, tips on turning viewers’ dogs from "Stray to Hey" and photo submission galleries.
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Get out those magnifying glasses, so you can keep up with all the new programs on Animal Planet!

Meet Bella!

This is Bella! She was chained on a porch most of her life and then her owners moved away and left her behind. She's a beautiful Bearded Collie/Terrier mix.

We found Bella currently being cared for by the Alabama Animal Adoption Society, in
Homewood, Alabama. They are a nonprofit organization supported entirely by private donations and volunteer effort serving the Greater Birmingham, Alabama area.

Their mission is to help strays and unwanted family pets find loving and responsible homes and to educate the public regarding the problem of pet overpopulation and the importance of spaying/neutering their pets.

For more information about Bella, click here!

Cards!

Are you looking for greeting cards that would be great to send to friends, business associates, donors and other friends, family and business acquaintances? We found a site that may be of interest to you.

The Gallery Collection is a business to business publisher of high quality greeting cards. We liked their selection of Business Birthday Cards , holiday cards, thank you cards and all occasion cards. They are a family owned business and they guarantee their products. By buying from them you will receive a very unique card, low prices, a customized personal ink imprint and more. The price also includes envelopes made of recycled paper, which we think is great!

Meet Lucky!

Lucky is one lucky dog! He was spotted in the Rockdale, GA shelter by a rescuer, who contacted a friend who contacted Atlanta Beagle Rescue.

Lucky is completely blind. They suspect from birth or a very young age. He is still quite a puppy - maybe 9 months to a year old. Other than the blindness he seems perfectly healthy and happy.

Blind dogs can have just as a fulfilling and wonderful life as sighted dogs and with a dog friend to pal around with Lucky will make a wonderful family pet. We hope that we will be able to place him here in the Atlanta area, but he will have a home at Rolling Dog Ranch if we can't.

For more information about Lucky, click here!

Protecting your electronic devices!

Nowadays nearly everyone has electronic devices - from cell phones and mp3 players, to digital cameras and gps units. And those electronic devices can be quite an investment. So when we came across a site today that has all kinds of Discount Mobile Phone Accessories, and other accessories for your other electronics devices, we had to go take a look. And because we've been looking for a protective bag for our digital camera and camcorder for when we are at agility trials.

We were impressed with the site - SFPlanet.com! They had everything from skins for your iphone, to camera and camcorder bags, to silicon skins for your Wii - and everything in between. And they are all at great prices.

It's National Pet ID Week!

We shared this on my other blog, but thought it was too important not to share on Rescue Me as well.

This week is National Pet ID Week! See me, I'm wearing my tags.

This week is a great time to check your pet's id tag and make sure all the information is up-to-date. We do this every year.

A few times in the past year, Mum and I have found dogs wandering around our neighborhood. Mum and I immediately get in the car with a bag of treats and try to catch them, in hopes that we can help them find their way home.

The nice thing is that all of these pups had tags. So Mum called the numbers and were able to get the pups home in just about an hour! We've been able to do it quite a few times, and we have to say the pups were grateful and so were their owners.

Having a tag or microchip for your pup is soooo important. What if, heaven forbid, that they would get lost, one day. It's so much easier for them to find their way home with some type of identification.

Here are some resources for tags that we use and like, but whatever you do, tag us!


Hard to keep it clean this time of year!

Like many pet owners, our house can get pretty messy sometimes. And lately with Mum working so much, Spring and mud season arriving, and agility season starting up - our house is getting dirtier by the day, with no time for cleaning.

I think it's time Mum called in the pros. Someone to catch her up on the cleaning, so that maybe, just maybe, she can keep up with it and not worry so much. It was really embarrassing for Mum the other day when our neighbor came over to take care of us while Mum was in Louisville. The house was a mess! But of course our neighbor was nice and said she didn't even notice. BOL! That was so kind.

I think Mum should look into the MaidPro Cleaning Franchise to help her get a handle on things around here.

Fundraising ideas for shelters and rescues!

If you work with a dog shelter or rescue, we came across a site the other day that you will want to check out. It's called HumaneFundraising.com, and it is filled with all kinds of ideas.

It was started by Danielle Hamilton who has been working with animal rescues since 1998. She started fostering heartworm positive dogs, and quickly took on the role of publicity representative to increase adoptions and awareness of animal rescues in the area. Danielle has been sharing her creativity and ideas in the online fundraising communities since 2000. Her specialties are creating new ideas geared specifically towards animal rescues and humane societies while tweaking old ideas to make them work for unique situations.

The site has ideas from dog walks and washes, to auctions, raffles, events, memorial, bequests and more. And they have a Yahoo Group you can join. Visit the site, may you can get a new idea to help your shelter!

Magazines!

Mum and I love magazines. I go for the dog rags - The Bark, Modern Dog, Clean Run and others, and, well, so does Mum, BOL! I have to tell you when we get our Clean Run Magazine, we are glued to the couch for about an hour, reading it cover to cover. And we pour over the dog magazines looking all the time for new products and ideas to share with our readers.

Some folks like the rags like US Weekly, but Mum likes to read magazines like Better Homes and Gardens, American Photo, Body and Soul or Martha Stewart Living. Here's a site you may want to try the next time you are looking to subscribe to a magazine - MagsforLess offers a good selection of magazine subscriptions at pretty low prices.

Meet Holly!

This is Happy Holly! Her nickname fits her to a T. She is a cute little yellow female, 3.5 yrs old, housebroken, crate trained, spayed, up to date on vaccinations and she is good with dogs and children.

We met Holly through Labrador Retriever Rescue in the Washington, DC Area. As an organization, they strongly believe that matching Labs with the perfect owner is of utmost importance, so they take the extra time to thoroughly evaluate both Labs and potential adopters.

For more information about Holly, click here!

I thought it was supposed to be Spring?

Well, the day was amazing, about 60 degrees and sunny. Mum took Gracie and I for a long walk and it was so much fun. The smells were fabulous today.

But Mum is a little worried about her blooming shrubs, because tonight it's supposed to have a hard freeze, and the buds could get nipped! This will be the first year our Lilac and our Magnolia are looking like they are going to bloom. And our Fosythia is just beautiful! We sure would hate to lose their beautiful blooms to a freeze.

And of course we've turned off the heat since it's supposted to be Spring. We may just have to get out the gas heaters to cut the chill tonight!

I've noticed on TV that sometimes in Florida in the orange groves that they get out gas heaters to keep the oranges from freezing. That's cool!

Shelter Dogs - the movie!

In December 1999, filmmaker Cynthia Wade, interested in making a film about ethics, approached shelter owner Sue Sternberg and asked if she could document the events at Sue's facility. Sternberg not only offered unrestricted access to everything that happened at the shelter, but she also entrusted Wade with complete editorial control over the project.

For more than two years, Wade filmed pet surrenders, staff meetings, temperament tests, adoptions and euthanasias. The film took approximately eight months to edit and was completed in February 2003.

Learn more about the movie, Shelter Dogs.

PLEASE NOTE: This film contains strong content and scenes of euthanasia, and therefore may not be suitable for children under the age of 14. Viewer discretion is advised.

Help articles!

We came across and interesting site today called the The web articles directory.

If you need help, this may be a great place to seek out some answers. They have all kinds of freely submitted articles on subjects ranging from Windows XP common problems, to help in starting your own business, to deciding which camcorder is the best for your needs, and everything in between.

And if you love to write you can submit your articles and tutorials at web articles directory, but only if they are not published elsewhere on the Internet, thus making all their content very unique.

Interesting!

Meet Sophie!

This is Sophie! She is 3 years old and really loves people and other dogs. She is located in California. We met her through the Saint Bernard Rescue Foundation.

Their mission is to act as a shepherd for Saint Bernard dogs and puppies that are without suitable caretakers and are in need of help; to shelter the homeless; to care for and find homes for the unwanted, abandoned, neglected and abused; to feed the hungry; to provide medical services to the sick, injured and lame; to assist in the rescue of those subjected to conditions hazardous to their well-being or to confinement in government or private shelter, who without intervention would be needlessly euthanize; to provide for the humane disposition of those not sound in mind, body or temperament; to educate the public as to the characteristics of, and proper care for, the breed so as to promote compatible, loving, lasting home/family placements; to educate the public as to responsible pet ownership so as to prevent accidental litters and to prevent inhumane trafficking in puppies and dogs, and so as to promote the most humane manner of disposition of pets at journey's end; to encourage, promote and support research respecting the breed that explores or improves relations between the breed and owners or sheds light on the causes of abandonment, neglect or abuse, or promotes the publics understanding of the special characteristics and attributes of the breed or that is designed to improve the welfare of the breed in any manner.

For more information about Sophie, click here!

Learn and have fun with my Squidoo Lenses!

Giant SquidFor the past year and a half, I've been creating educational and really fun Squidoo lenses on all kinds of subjects related to us pups.


From dog sports and fun things you can do with your pup, to dog parties and great dog people, there is a wealth of fun and information! Be sure and check them out, we know you'll have fun and learn something too!





Shotsie!

Shotsie is just one of the great dogs available for adoption at PAWS in Philadelphia!

Check out this great vid of Shotsie on PetVideo.com!

And don't forget to line up your pup's pet sitter when you're off on vacation, to DisneyWorld or carnival cruises!

Find a shelter pup!

1-800-Save-A-Pet.com is a non-profit pet adoption charity that helps shelters, humane societies, SPCA's, and pet rescue groups advertise their homeless pets to adopters for free. They're all about getting homeless pets into homes.

And they use the power of TV, the Internet and a toll-free phone number to connect adopters with shelter pets and help pets go from alone to adopted. They're working to help the good people at shelters and rescue groups find homes for their pets. Check out 1-800-Save-A-Pet.com!


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Petfinder.com gives $15,000 to help vaccinate county's shelter dogs!

The Humane Society of Hall County in Gainesville, Georgia, has received a $15,000 grant from Petfinder.com that will help dogs stay healthy while they’re awaiting adoption.

The money will allow the shelter to vaccinate incoming dogs against infectious tracheobronchitis, commonly known as kennel cough. It’s a highly contagious respiratory virus that triggers a hacking cough and can spread easily in boarding kennels.

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And if you are looking for a way to promote your shelter or rescue, try promotional products.

A Poem: Take me to rescue.

Take Me To The Rescue

You may not think you know me,
but I'm sure you've seen my face
In back yards, fields, and busy streets,
you'll find us any place

I'm what you'd call a rescue dog,
who needs a safety haven
I may be thin, and sickly, too,
but I promise I'm worth saving

I'm the dog who lives next door,
the one you always see outside
Seeking shelter from the sun,
and a cool, safe place to hide

You have seen me on the streets
with no place to call home
Or maybe in an open field,
scared and sad, and all alone

But did you know that there's a place
that was built with me in mind?
Where people love and care for me
and and show me the world is kind

Where no dogs will go hungry,
where peace and love abounds
Where kind and caring people
will always be around.

I may be scared of humans
because of what they've put me through
But my heart is quite forgiving,
won't you please take me with you?

Take me to that rescue place,
they'll help me find a home
And they'll make sure while I'm waiting,
I'll never be alone

I'm small, I'm meek, I'm timid,
but I'll be strong before they're through
For life will begin again for me,
if you'll take me to the Rescue.

Debi Laibe
Oct 2001