Meet Johnny!

Meet Johnny! He's listed on Petfinder.com for adoption.

Johnny was rescued by the Animal Rescue League of Boston(Dedham branch), in Dedham, Massachuestts. The Animal Rescue League is a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing domesticated animals and wildlife from suffering, cruelty, abandonment, and neglect. Since 1899 we have advocated the philosophy of our founder, Anna Harris Smith, that “Kindness Uplifts the World”.

For more information about Johnny, click here!

Meet Liam!

Liam was rescued from a Livestock auction at the Otsego County, New York fair - doomed to the dinner plate as Lamb chops (so the flyer read that hung on their pen).

He was rescue by the Victory Farm Foundation, Inc., in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Founded for the Welfare of Animals -- they are a cruelty-free working farm (crop only) located in New York State with volunteers throughout the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions. The companion and livestock animals that live there have all been rescued from abuse, neglect or slaughter. And we hope have put away the terrible memory of their past.

Their mission is to educate the public on animal-related topics, provide shelter relief and support, fund low cost spay/neuter programs to individuals with genuine financial need and the rescue, rehabilitation and placement of homeless animals. Through the generous hearts and hands of people like you, they can ensure that animals who come into the care of Victory Farm will never again be harmed.

For more information about Liam, his rescue and how you can sponsor him, click here!

I's sheep week at Rescue Me!

This week is sheep week at Rescue Me!

Being the herding dog that I am (well, when I get the chance anyway), I love sheep. And we found some cool sheep on Petfinder.com!

So we thought we show them off, hopefully help them find a home, and bring you the World of Sheep.

Some are lambs, some are rams, some are ewes and some are wethers! If you'd like to learn about skinny sheep, fat sheep (that need corsets), or just riiiggghhhtt sheep, check out this sheep site! It's all sheep, all the time.

And we hope you enjoy sheep week!

Meet Annie!

Annie was turned in by her owner because she couldn't afford to feed her...a sad fact and result of the recent economy.

She is a full blooded cocker spaniel needing a loving forever home. She is great with kids of all ages, dogs of all ages and size and even cats don't bother her. I bet she won't even bother your luxury watches! Can you take this beautiful girl into your home and give her the love that she so deserves?

We met Annie through the True Care Humane Society in Union, South Carolina. They are a non-profit organization, organized to help lower the rate that animals are euthanized in local shelters in the Union, South Carolina area.

For more information about Annie, click here!

Nearly 700 dogs rescued from puppy mill in Tennessee!

This news comes from the Tennessean...

By MITCHELL KLINE and NANCY STEPHENS • Staff Writers • June 26, 2008

LYLES, Tenn. — Authorities yesterday began seizing nearly 700 dogs in what the Humane Society of the United States is calling the "largest puppy mill rescue ever conducted in Tennessee."

The dogs were taken from Pine Bluff Kennels on Ed Lyell Road in Hickman County, which sells a variety of dog breeds on the Internet. Investigators believe many of the dogs were not being properly cared for.
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"We are looking at about 700 animals right now, maybe more will be added to that count," said Stephanie Shain, director of the Humane Society's Stop Puppy Mills campaign. "The conditions are extremely poor. They are typical of a breeding operation like this, what we call a puppy mill."

Shain said investigators saw "considerable buildup of feces in the cages." Many of the dogs did not have water. Shain said some dogs were "clearly suffering from illness or injury," such as skin conditions, eye injuries and broken bones. It's believed that many dogs were never let out of their cages.

Shain said puppy mill dogs typically are sold at prices from $150 to $1,000.

"It is likely that no one who ever purchased a puppy from this operation saw these conditions," Shain said.

Selling puppies on the Internet allows breeding operations to remain out of sight from potential buyers, Shain said. She estimated that there are more than 10,000 "puppy mills" operating in the U.S.

The rescue was set in motion by the Humane Society, which received tips from residents. Kim Helper, district attorney for Hickman, Lewis, Perry and Williamson counties, had investigators build a case against the puppy mill operator, who has not been identified or charged. Read more...
Read more information from the Humane Society of the US, help stop this horrific practice and view this video of the raid...

Meet Tibbs!

Introducing Tibbs. He is a one year old, beautiful, pure bred Rottweiler. He is full of energy and is great with other dogs. Tibbs has a docked tail, neutered and up to date on all shots. He loves the snow as you can see in his pictures.

We found Tibbs currently being cared for by R.E.A.L. Rott Rescue, Polk, Ohio. R.E.A.L. Rott Rescue is a small, private rottweiler rescue in Ashland, Ohio. They help homeless Rottweilers and work with them in our home to assess personality, temperament, training, and needs, then place them up for adoption. Their goal is to find not just any home for each dog, but the perfect match for both the dog, and its new family.

For more information about Tibbs, click here!

Aspen to hold poetry contest on dog poop!

From Vail Daily comes this news...

ASPEN, Colorado — The city of Aspen wants the scoop on dog poop.

By holding a poetry contest on canine feces, the city hopes to raise awareness about unclaimed dog poop in Aspen. In a survey conducted in October, Aspen residents deemed left-behind feces their biggest complaint about living here.

“We are hoping to get good poetry and cast a fresher light on a problem that requires awareness and personal responsibility,” said Brian Long, the city parks and open space ranger.

Submissions for the contest are due early July. All types of poetry are accepted.

“We talked about just doing Haikus,” Long said. “But we thought it would be more fun to open the contest up to more types of poetry including limericks, short poems and basically everything but Homeric epics.”

Contest winners will be announced July 4; they will receive a gift certificate and will have their entries published in The Aspen Times. All entries will appear on the city of Aspen’s website.

To participate in the contest, e-mail your submission to brianlo@ci.aspen.co.us, or mail entries to the Aspen Parks Department, Attention Brian Long, 130 S. Galena St., Aspen, CO 81611. For more information, call (970) 319-0536.

Meet Isabelle!

Meet Isabelle, she is a beautiful purebred Weimaraner. She is very well mannered and sweet. She loves to be where people are. Her previous owners aid she was not housebroken, however she has done great at her foster mom's house. She is however fully crate trained. She gets along great with other dogs and cats. She is great with kids. she is spayed, up to date on her shots and heart worm free.

We met Isabelle through All 4 Mutz in Walhalla, South Carolina. All 4 Mutz is a non profit dog rescue in Oconee County, South Carolina. They do not have a shelter, but are a group of hard working volunteers that love and foster dogs in our homes. By working with the Oconee Animal Control Shelter in Walhalla, South Caroina, they minimize the need to euthanize healthy adoptable animals, by placing them in foster care until they can be adopted.

For more information about Isabelle, click here!

Meet Simba!

Simba is a loving, playful, mellow dog. He’s 8 years old and weighs about 8 pounds. He likes to follow his foster parents around and play with them. When he’s not playing, he is a very mellow guy who just lounges in his bed or wherever his people are. Simba enjoys going out on walks and other outings where he can explore new areas.

He gets along with most dogs, but doesn’t seek them out for playtime. He does not like cats. He is looking for someone who will take him out on walks, play with him regularly and rub his belly. Simba will need an enclosed backyard and a doggy friend to hang out with when mom is gone would be nice.

We found Simba currently being cared for by Yorkshire Terrier National Rescue Inc. in Chapmansboro, Tennessee. Yorkshire Terrier National Rescue is looking for top quality human beings who are interested in being adopted by a Yorkshire Terrier rescue. Qualities we are looking for in potential adoptees are kindness, compassion, gentleness, and patience. Humans must be willing to pamper, love, and spoil a rescue and must be capable of going for walkies, car rides, and giving hugs. Humans must be willing to share their homes, couches, laps, and beds. Featherbeds are optional.

For more information about Simba, click here!

Meet BJ!

BJ is a beautiful dog, approx. 3 yrs. old, A Lhasa Apso, Dandi Dinmont Terrier Mix. Very sweet, gets along well with other dogs, loves women, great lap dog. He weighs about 18 lbs. and is an adorable little guy. This breed is a great dog, good family dog. He does fine with most other dogs, and seems to like children. Secure fencing is required for all of their dogs.

We found BJ currently being cared for by the Homeless Animals' Lifeline Organization (H.A.L.O.), Oakley, California. They lead the way as the oldest and most successful all-breed cat and dog rescue on the eastern side of Contra Costa County. To date, H.A.L.O. has successfully placed over 2000 dogs and cats into loving homes-- giving these wonderful animals, and their humans, a new life. H.A.L.O. is an all volunteer organization, and has no shelter. All cats and dogs are lovingly cared for in our fosters' homes.

For more information about BJ, click here!

DVR Alert: Big Ideas for a Small Planet on Sundance Channel focuses on Animals!

From zoos to shelters to pampered pets, Sundance Channel's upcoming episode on Big Ideas for a Small Planet, explores how animals' diets and living environments are increasingly reflecting the 'green-ness' of their human guardians. The episode will air tomorrow night 9:00 PM/ET!

A not to be missed episode and definite DVR alert! And when you get a chance, visit The Sundance Channel's guide to ways you can help animals and the environment.

Looking for new cell phones?

Mum and I love our new cell phone - it's a Palm Centro. It helps us stay organized, in touch with our friends, up to date on all the doggie news and lots more. We can sync with Outlook which keeps my blogging and agility calendar up to date, and it manages all of our contacts. We Twitter from it, and even have blogged form our cell phone! And one of Mum's favorite features is the MP3 player that she uses at agility between our runs to keep focused.

If you are looking for a new cell phone - maybe a at&t phone, or one from Verizon Wireless check out bestincellphones.com. They have some super deals.

This is just one of them we found for a Sprint phone; if you start new service with Sprint you an get a free Palm Centro, just like ours! And you can even get pink cell phones.

Mum and I are always looking for deals to save money and have more to use for agility trials. This site has even more deals you can check out - everything from family plan deals with T-Mobile and other companies, and free ringtones, bonus headsets to great cell phone plan deals.

Meet Mopsy!

Mopsy is a 13 month old poodle mix, probably a cockapoo. He was badly matted when he came into a shelter, and the subsequent grooming gave him the look of a mop, with a stripped down body and a shaggy tuft on his head, hence his name.

He is very affectionate, but unpredictable, and easily scared. He is all white, and weighs in at 18 lbs. He's coming around and beginning to trust us, but still leery, and the story is that after a certain point he objects to the attention and gets cranky. With the right, patient family he should make a nice pet, but it will take time.

We found Mopsy currently being cared for by Small Dog Rescue in Princeton, New Jersey. They are a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, a no-kill sanctuary, primarily for small dogs.

For more information about Mopsy, click here!

Meet Clarence!

Clarence is incredibly adorable. He was taken off of the streets of East St. Louis. He was quite afraid of his rescuers. As soon as he allowed one rescuer to pet him, he hopped on her lap. He is the quintessential lap dog. That is definitely where he would be at all times if allowed.

Clarence loves to play with toys, chew on bones, and to run around with his foster brother and sister. It is important that this little guy finally gets the special home, that will spoil him, as he has for so long deserved. Clarence is 4 years old and weighs 49 lbs. He has lived on the streets for all of his 4 years, but somehow still has a great temperament and has adjusted very quickly to the comforts of home life. He has not had an accident in the house since he moved in. He gets along well with other dogs, and kids. And to keep all of Clarence's things safe, check out Pacsafe!

We found Clarence currently being cared for by Gateway Pet Guardians in Saint Louis, Missouri. Gateway Pet Guardians is dedicated to rescuing homeless pets in the St. Louis area, getting them great veterinary care, and finding them forever homes. We are a virtual shelter with all of our pets waiting for adoption in the care of volunteer foster families.

For more information about Clarence, click here!

Meet Brian!

Brian is just the nicest collie you could meet! Unfortunately, the animal shelter got him after he was a hit by a car. He had a fracture in his foreleg, and since it was not taken care of when he was first injured, he had to get more involved surgery to repair it. His leg is now healed, and he is doing physical therapy to help strengthen and foster the use of his leg. The physical therapy he is receiving is a mixture of: swimming, water treadmill, and exercises at home.

Brian is about 2 years old. He is neutered and tested heartworm negative. His foster mom says that he is the sweetest collie you will ever meet! When his leg was broken and he was in pain, he was still gentle with everyone! Brian gets along great with other dogs and cats. He loves children, but is a big boy, and will probably be better for children 9 years and up. Brian walks great on a leash and is very good when he gets groomed! Brian is a good swimmer and rides well in the car.

We met Brian through Collie Rescue, Inc., Chantilly, Virginia. Collie Rescue, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. Our mission is to place stray, abandoned and surrendered collies into loving and permanent homes, educate the public about the collie breed, and promote responsible pet care. Our goal is to provide a safe and healthy haven for all dogs placed in our care until loving, adoptive homes can be found.

For more information about Brian, click here!

Meet Hewy!

Hewy is an 18 month old registered catahoula. He is a 65 pound lovebug, is used to kids and other dogs. He gets along well with another female catahoula and he comes when you call him.

Hewy has been very receptive to training, he is a great hunting dog and is experienced on a hog. They can also send him to train on cattle and hope he will be able to work on a farm or ranch. They think Hewy will make a great family pet for someone, and we would love to tell you more about him. He rides well in the car and is learning how to enjoy boat rides on the lake!

We met Hewy through Blackjack Animal Rescue in Piney Flats, Tennessee. They are advocates for catahoulas, catahoula mixes and other needy shelter animals in East Tenneessee. They have not shelter, and all pups in need are cared for through foster homes.

For more information about Hewy, click here!

Western style!

When Mum lived in Texas, she got into the Western Style for some parties. Learned how to two-step, and had a blast. Dressing up can sometimes be really fun.

She got a nice pair of western boots, a western shirt, even a hat for those real special occasions. Because that's what everyone wore in Texas. If you're looking for some western gear, even Stetson hats, check out this site, for some cool stuff.

Hector goes home!

We just had to share this wonderful story from our friends at In The Shelter of Your Heart. It's about Hector, one of Michael Vick's dog - his story, his heroes, and his new life.

For more information about how to adopt an amazingly loving, wonderful, beautiful Pit Bull, visit BadRap.org, or too consider one of the Vick Dogs, visit the Vick Dog Blog!

Prison tails!

Have you ever heard of Prison Tails? Well check out this info from their website...

Prison Tails (PT), is the award winning program that trains men and dogs to be better members of society.

Dogs and offenders are partnered 24 hours a day. Dogs learn basic obedience through repetition and positive reinforcement. Offenders learn the values that many of us take for granted.

Elements of this rehabilitative program include required reading, classroom instruction and discussion, writing and report presentation, as well as visiting speakers and experts.

Volunteers from MUM visit Westville Correctional Facility's (WCF) medium security complex weekly for training sessions. And now we have a full time staff member dedicated to overseeing the program on-site.

Through special arrangements with the AKC, dogs receive Canine Good Citizen certification. Offenders also receive recognition from AKC, Mixed Up Mutts and Westville.

In 2005, Prison Tails was awarded "Program Of The Year" by the Indiana Department of Corrections and the first ever Outstanding Program Award from the American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizen Program.
Wow, what a cool program! Learn more and check out their adoptable dogs looking for their furever home!

Meet Chip!

Chip is a very intelligent and energetic dog who needs someone who likes to be active! Chip loves people and other dogs and needs someone who has a lot of time to exercise him. He would be the perfect dog for agility, flyball, or frisbee, as he shows potential in any of those. If you are looking for a dog to compete or play sports with then Chip is the dog for you!

We met Chip through Cleveland County Humane Society Inc., in Shelby, North Carolina. The Cleveland County Humane Society is a nonprofit, charitable organization dedicated to the promotion of animal welfare throughout Cleveland County. Our purpose is to provide care to unwanted or distressed animals and to educate the public on proper animal care.

For more information about Chip, click here!

Good food!

You are what you eat - that's what the 2-leggers say, right? Well, it's the same for us pups!

What we eat is incredibly important to our health, our happiness and our well being. Just ask my sis Gracie! When she was at the shelter, she ate a poor quality food, but now that she's been on holistic dog food, her coat is shiny, she sheds less, her teeth have improved, she doesn't have the health problems she did when she came to live with us and more!

Holistic dog food is food of much, much higher quality than grocery store brands. The ingredients is more wholesome, human grade and include all the key ingredients to a health pup. It's also cooked less through the extruding process to retain the key vitamins and minerals us pus need.

Also holistic dog food, doesn't have all those unnecessary and unhealthy additives like, steroids, hormones, by products, artificial flavorings and colorings, or chemical preservatives. We don't like that stuff in our food, so why should we like it in our pups food?

So next time you are off to the store to buy your pups food, be sure and read the labels, do your research, check the ingredients and buy the best you can afford for your pup! You and your pup will be glad you did!

Book store, animal adoption group join forces!

This news comes from the Sturgis Journal...

By Rosalie Currier

Marge Malone and Merrily Hamp are animal lovers and book lovers alike. Malone helped start Ark Animal Rescue and Adoption Inc., and Hamp organizes volunteers for Paws and Claws Bookstore that supports the Ark.

Pets in LaGrange County have a better chance at life, and book lovers are benefiting, too.

Paws and Claws, a used bookstore across from the town square in Howe, Ind., supports Ark Animal Rescue and Adoption Inc.

Readers can support unwanted pets by donating books to Paws and Claws or by picking up some fresh reading material in exchange.

The organization started in 2005 when Scott Hanna, Staci Phillips and Marge Malone could no longer bear to have so many pets at the LaGrange County Animal Shelter euthanized.

They developed an organization that cares for injured, sick, neglected and abused animals, provides medical care like rabies vaccinations, and spaying and neutering when possible.

All of it is preparation for adoptable pets to find a good place in the world, but it all costs money.

“Last year we spent more than $14,000 in medical care,” Malone said.

While they receive grants to help fund their efforts, the organization also opened a used bookstore. All bookstore proceeds go to the Ark because Peoples Federal Savings Bank in Howe, donates space that houses the bookstore facility, and volunteers donate their time to work in the store.

Since Ark began, not one adoptable pet at the county’s animal shelter has been put down, Malone said, and more than 300 animals now experience a much more interesting and useful life.

Read more...

Camping!

Camping and hiking with your pup can be an amazingly fun time! Gracie, my sis, and I love short hiking trips with my Mum. And it doesn't have to be difficult.

But there are some tips you need to consider. First be sure that the location where you would like to hike allows pets. Not all parks do, but many will allow hiking with your pup and even overnight camping.

Second, be sure you have all the necessary gear for your pup - water, food, leash, a toy or two, first aid kit, rough terrain boots, and more. There are all kinds and types of gear that you can get for Fido that's portable and easy to carry. And you can even have your pup wear a hiking backpack to carry some of their own gear.

And third, be sure you have all that you need - backpack, good hiking shoes, food, water, first aid kit, wall tents, flashlight and more.

You and your pup will have the time of your life hiking and camping! Do a quick search on YouTube for dog hiking and you'll see what great fun others have had! And be sure and bring the camera and video cam!

Monterey County SPCA opens Food Bank for pets!

This info comes from The Californian!

The SPCA for Monterey County is opening a Pet Food Bank for pet owners who are faced with giving up their pets because they can no longer afford to feed them.

The SPCA’s Pet Food Bank, the first of its kind in Monterey County, is supported by cash donations and donations of unexpired, unopened pet food.

Many needy families in our community are pet owners who love their pets but are having a difficult time providing food for both their families and their animals. This new program reduces the risk of families being forced to give up their beloved pets because they can’t afford to feed them.

People experiencing economic difficulties, especially those with no close family, are particularly in need of their pet’s unconditional love and companionship.

To donate, bring unopened and unexpired pet food to the SPCA, 1002 Highway 68, directly across from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on any day.

You can also donate online at www.SPCAmc.org to support the SPCA Pet Food Bank for Monterey County.

Businesses that would like to donate a large amount of food should contact the SPCA directly.

If you are in need of aid to keep your pet in your home, please visit the SPCA. Pet food will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Information: (831) 373-2631, (831) 422-4721 or www.SPCAmc.org.

Meet AJ!

This is AJ. He the perfect dog in so many ways. Perfect with people, wonderful with dogs, awesome, happy personality, a real gem! He was a Tennessee stray who was rescued in April and neutered. He is very friendly and outgoing with everyone. He is a big fluff ball and just full of himself.

He loves to play but is old enough to calm down inside and be a great companion for someone. He is just waiting for an application so that we can bring him up north to be adopted. He needs a stay-at-home, preferably a fenced in yard as he love to run around and another dog to play with would be awesome. He has no issues, wonderful collie-like temperament!

AJ is currently being cared for by Save A Dog in Framingham, Massachusetts. Save A Dog, Inc. is an all breed dog rescue and adoption agency. They take in dogs from high-volume shelters and thus save them from being put to sleep. They also take in dogs whose owners no longer want or who have been abandoned.
For more information about AJ, click here!

Meet Moxie!

After having her puppies taken away from her at a very early age, Moxie has come a long way in her foster home. She is now available for adoption. She is a terrier mix and weighs 11 lbs. She is around 4 years old, has been spayed and up to date on her vaccinations and heartworm negative.

She is very sweet, but when she first meets you, she has to trust you, but once she does, she becomes your constant shadow. She gets along with small dogs, but they think big dogs intimidate her. She does okay with cats, but she does like to chase them. She will eventually listen and leave them alone. She is housebroken and crate trained. She needs a home with adults.

Moxie is currently being cared for by New Beginnings Dog Rescue in Bondsville, Massachusetts. They are an all volunteer, non profit , 501C3 organization who provides rescue to homeless pets that are surrendered by their owners or have come from a shelter. These pets are placed in foster homes to receive any necessary veterinary care, including required vaccinations and sterilization, socialization, basic training and temperament evaluation. They have foster homes in Ct. and Massachusetts.

For more information about Moxie, click here!

Be sure and spread the word to keep cool dogs out of hot cars!

It's really getting hot out there! And 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.

And, while you're reviewing your monthly bills why not look into a new car insurance quote, it may save a few bucks, and help defray the increasingly high cost of gas so you can do more to help you get the word out about dogs in hot cars.

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!



Meet Hippie!

Hippie, a Airedale Terrier, Otterhound mix, is quite the gentleman. He loves to go for walks and is an excellent house dog. He gets along with kids, but doesn't get along with small animals or cats. He is typical terrier when it comes to small animals. He goes to the door to let you know he needs to go out.

We met Hippie through Wag Again K9 Rescue, Temecula, California. Wag Again K9 Rescue is an all breed, no kill, non-profit dog rescue staffed by volunteers. They are dedicated to finding enduring, happy homes for abandoned/shelter dogs. Their goal is to rescue as many adoptable dogs from animal shelters as possible and put them in stable, permanent homes where they will live the rest of their lives as a happy and cherished member of the family.

For more information about Hippie, click here!

Costumes!

I just love a great party - food, fun, friends and good times! Now that the 4th of July is coming up, it's a great time for a pup party. Be sure and visit my Squidoo lens on how to throw the most fantabulous party for your dog, ever!

Summer is a great time to throw a pup party. You can have it in your back yard, at the dog park, or at a doggie daycare (in air conditioning if it's too hot in your area). My big bash Gotcha Day party was held out our house. We had 30 pups and 20 humans, custom cakes for humans and pups, goodie bags for 2 and 4 leggers, games, prizes, presents and lots more. It was one of the best days of my life!

Here's a great idea for a theme. Have a costume party! There are some really great pet costumes out there to choose from - everything from a little prisoner to Superman! I'd like to go as Rocket - hoping some of that super sonic speed will rub off and get me back to speedy on the agility course.

If you were going to a costume party, what would you go as? Tell us, what costumes would you wear, we'd love to know!

Meet Fiona!

Princess Fiona is the fairest in the land. With her beautiful face and magnificent personality, who could not love her?? She is approximately 7 years old and is great with dogs, cats, and children. She will be available for adoption after the middle of May. Poor Fiona has been casted a spell of heartworm disease and she will be treated before she can find her one true love!

We met Fiona through her current caretaker, Illinois Saint Bernard Rescue in Bedford Park, Illinois. Illinois Saint Bernard Rescue, affiliated with the National Saint Bernard Rescue Foundation, Inc., is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping abandoned, abused, homeless, and relinquished Saints find a "forever home".

For more information about Fiona, click here!

Meet Illusion!

Magical looks, smart as a whip, just a great pup! Meet Illusion. This handsome guy is about 7 months old and searching for his forever home. He is very sweet and will make a wonderful new addition to your home. Illusion is not an alpha, and will do wonderfully with any nice dog in the home!

This ones a cutie, so why not get a memory upgrade so you can take those wonderful pics when you bring him home!

We met Illusion through the Fresh Start Animal Rescue in Belvidere, Illinois. They are a Illinois State Licensed, Non-For-Profit, No-Kill Animal Rescue, that works rural high kill shelters and animal control facilities where animals do not have much of a chance to find a home.

For more information about Illusion, click here!

Meet Miles!

This is Miles, a 3 yr. old male Pug. He is playful and loving and very sweet and, of course, gorgeous! Miles is sight impaired but gets around very well. He loves walks and specially cuddling with his humans.

We found Miles through Pugs 'N Pals in Newport Beach, California. Pugs like cooler weather, so why not find some Winter Park real estate!

For more information about Miles, click here to see him and all the other pugs needing their furever homes.

Meet Luki!

Luki is a 2 year old, Saluki Greyhound mix. She is full of life and loves everyone! She is great with children and cats too. Luki is ready for her forever home; won't you consider her? She loves to be outside but also likes to come inside too. She is 95% house trained; has been spayed and is up to date on all her shots and deworming. I'm sure that this pup doesn't need any diet pills!

We found Luki currently being cared for by All 4 Mutz, Fostered in Westminster, South Carolina. All 4 Mutz is a non profit dog rescue in Oconee County, South Carolina. They are a group of hard working volunteers that love and foster dogs in their homes. By working with the Oconee Animal Control Shelter in Walhalla, SC, they minimize the need to euthanize healthy adoptable animals, by placing them in foster care until they can be adopted.

For more information about Luki, click here!

Meet JoJo!

This is a special little boy. Jojo is about 6 years old and weighs 15 lbs. He is a very sweet little dog. He can't understand why he was left at our shelter. He needs a home to call his own. His owner had a stroke and is now in a nursing home. He gets along well with other dogs and loves everyone. Jojo had to be shaved, but will have a beautiful coat of white when it grows out. He will need regular grooming. I bet JoJo is such a good boy, and would never hurt your window blinds or your furniture.

JoJo is currently being cared for by Furry Friends Animal Rescue in Thompson Station, Tennessee. Furry Friends Animal Rescue has been operating since December of 1999. Most of the dogs we rescue come from County Animal Shelters. We have them spayed/neutered, tested for heartworms, given their vaccinations, and dewormed prior to putting them up for adoption.

For more information about JoJo, click here!

Meet Abigail!

Abigail is an 8 year old chocolate female labrador retriever. She is AKC registered and comes from a great pedigree. This is not your sedantary 8 year old. Abby is an independent girl who wants her people all to herself and she lives to retrieve! Abby has been formally trained and is very responsive to commands. She can play a little rough and has lots of energy, so no small children, but she does calm down and settle well. She would do well with an active family with some dog experience. Abby is not really good with other dogs, so she needs to be an "only" dog.

We met Abby through Central California Labrador Retriever Rescue [CCLRR]. They were "born" in July of 1998 due to the great need to find loving homes for abused, abandoned or unwanted Labrador Retrievers in the Central Valley. They are an all volunteer organization covering telephone area codes 209, 916 and 530 which include the greater Sacramento, California area South to Merced.

What a great organization! If you have a playstation 3 lying around, why not donate it to a shelter as something they could raffle or hold a drawing (depending on state laws) for to earn extra funds to help the pups!

For more information about Abigail and all the labs needing homes, click here!

Meet Bubba Lishes!

Bubba is the greatest dog. He had been adopted about 5 years ago but has now had to come back to rescue, because his family could not care for him anymore so he came home. He is the greatest dog, good with other dogs, good with children, good with cats. He lights up any environment. Bubba is a little boy in a big body with a face shaped like a Shar Pei and the coloring of a Husky. He is so easy going and is always smiling!

You'll need some baby gifts, for this sweet baby!

We met Bubba through Pet Project Inc., in Grand Ridge, Illinois. They are dedicated to saving the lives of unwanted, abused, or abandoned pets. As a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, their shelter is a NO-KILL animal shelter and are not state, county or federally funded. All of their funding is raised entirely by donations and charity events.


For more information about Bubba, click here!

Meet Zeus!

Zeus is a 10 month old purebred Japanese Chin. He is crate trained, and is working on the house training. He loves to play with other dogs, and is getting used to playing with people.

Zeus will need to be a completely indoor dog. Because of his size, small children or huge dogs would probably not be a good idea, and 6 ft. privacy fenced yard is a must.

We met Zeus through Pets For Life Rescue in Ponca City, Oklahoma. They consist of a group of volunteers who assists the local Animal Control and other sources to minimize the euthanasia rate in our community by finding homes for abandoned and unwanted animals. PetsForLifeRescue operates solely on donations and help from volunteers, the pets are fostered in our rescuers' homes.

For more information about Zeus and and other pups adoptable through Pets For Life Rescue, click here!

Want to see how humane your city is?

The Humane Society of the United States - Humane Index

If you want to see how humane your city is, check out the Humane Index. The Humane Index ranks the nation's largest 25 metropolitan areas according to 12 criteria. Experts at The Human Society of the US selected the criteria because they offered a measurable way to judge the attitudes and behavior of residents on a wide variety of animal issues, ranging from puppy mills to the welfare of laying hens confined in cages.

Watching closely!

I love keeping an eye on things, especially in my back yard. Herding birds and watching birds are one of my favorite things to do in the World, besides agility of course.

Now that all of our plants, shrubs and trees have grown up, we have a lot of wild life in our yard now. And it's been so wet that we have a lot of aphids on our spirea bushes. they are so small you almost need Microscopes to see them.

There's a great place where you can find telescopes, binoculars, and other things to see up close if you like to get really close in on the action too! Check it out - OpticsPlanet.com

Meet Koal!

This is Koal. He is a blue, Italian Greyhound. Although he is five years old, he acts like a puppy. He loves his toys & to play fetch with them. He is really a lap dog & will lay for hours snuggling onto a warm lap! Koal will require a fenced yard & preferably a home that is used to his breed requirements. He is house trained & gets along very well with other dogs & cats. He loves children but due to his fragile build, older children are recommended.

We met Koal through K 9 Stray Rescue League in Oxford, Michigan. K-9 Stray Rescue League is a state and federally licensed non-profit group formed in 1990 primarily to save dogs on the euthanasia list at local animal shelters.

For more information about Koal, click here!

DogTime.com Launches First Comprehensive Video-based Dog Training Center Online!

This news comes from WebWire...

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, May 8, 2008 - DogTime.com, the premier destination for dog people, today announced the launch of the Dunbar Training Center (http://www.dogtime.com/training-center.html), which features everything pet owners need to know to raise a well-behaved dog.

Created by experts Ian and Kelly Dunbar, noted behaviorists and trainers, the five-step program is the first of its kind. It distills a comprehensive dog training program into its most critical ingredients and then wraps it up into an engaging online package. Each lesson, from House Training to Raising a Friendly Dog, is reinforced by a short video starring the Dunbars and their dogs, plus a quiz that encourages owners to test their progress.

"We want to make training the first thing you do after you bring home a new dog, so we worked closely with the Dunbars to make this program easy to follow" says Clare Ellis, head of content for DogTime.com. "Our goal at DogTime is to put dogs and their people on the path to building a beautiful relationship together, and proper training is a critical part of achieving that goal"

The Dunbars, contributing editors to DogTime.com, note that almost half of all puppies adopted each year end up in shelters the following year, and the lack of training is one of the primary reasons. "Without a doubt training and behavior problems are the number one terminal illness for pet dogs" says Ian Dunbar, who founded the country’s leading dog training association, and has published several books and launched two websites with his wife, Kelly Dunbar, on dog training.

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Getting around NY!

If you are a dog getting around New York can sometimes be a challenge. But we found a limousine service that accepts pets! Good for them.

This car service has been named "the best ride in town" by New York Magazine, is THE limousine service JFK and other surrounding airports. And besides New York City, their service extends to Brooklyn, Manhattan and all the surrounding tri-state regions.

Their rates are extremely reasonable, and just a call will get you a quick reservation. So the next time you are in New York, why not try out a car service, get where you want to go, easily and in style.

Biggest loser pet contest helps pets loose weight!

From The Register-Herald in Beckley, West Virginia comes this story we found from E-Vet Clinic - Dog Health Care Blog...

By Bev Davis
Register-Herald senior editor

NIMITZ — If your pet needs an added incentive to get in shape for the summer, New River Animal Hospital might have just the prize package that will get Fido and Fluffy up and moving.

Dr. Connie Hyler-Both and her staff will host a biggest loser pet contest with weigh-ins for dogs Monday and for cats Tuesday. Canines and felines will be confronted with the dreaded scales from 6 to 7 p.m. each day.

“We wanted to do something that would promote better health for our pets,” said Hyler-Both, who has become concerned about the increase in the number of overweight and obese pets. “About 40 percent of the animals in the United States are overweight, and about 25 percent are obese.”

Carrying around an excess amount of weight has been shown to shorten the lives of cats and dogs as much as two years, she said.

“Just as with humans, obesity contributes to diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and other joint problems, liver disease and other ailments.”

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Meet Klyde!

Klyde's dad is a purebred Komondor and his mom a black lab. He is 5 months old and very large. He is also very sweet and gets along with the other dogs. He is doing very well at housebreaking. Klyde is neutered and his shots are up to date.

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

For more information about Klyde, click here!

Meet Sebastian!

Sebastian a/k/a Mr. Fluffy is an 11 month old Old English/Great Pyr mix. He was found wandering a very rural area and he was significantly underweight. Sebastian is a very sweet and calm boy who loves people. He is shy around other dogs but warms up quickly. Sebastian is still underweight and needs to gain 15 pounds, but he is working diligently on fattening up. He is very fond of his food and treats. He walks well on a leash and rides well in the car. He has good indoor manners. We expect Sebastian to weigh around 65-70 at maturity.

We found Sebastian currently being cared for by Big Fluffy Dog Rescue of New England in Marblehead, Massachusetts. Big Fluffy Dog Rescue of New England is affiliated with Tennessee Big Fluffy Dog Rescue, a 501(C)(3) non-profit, rescue group headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. Big Fluffy Dog Rescue values dogs of all breeds, but specializes in what the name says: big, fluffy dogs. They have volunteers in several states in the South and New England who want to help homeless, fluffy dogs find a place to call their own. They do not have a shelter and all our dogs are in private foster homes.

For more information about Sebastian, click here!

Hernando pet owners welcome new storm shelter plan!

From the St. Petersburg Times comes this story...

By Michael Sanserino, Times Staff Writer
In print: Monday, June 2, 2008

WEEKI WACHEE — Cecilia Patella knows that most pet owners won't leave their furry family members behind when hurricanes threaten Hernando County.

She just hopes that doesn't mean both pet and owner will stay in danger.

Patella, mitigation and recovery coordinator for Hernando County Emergency Management, said the office will likely be able to open the county's first hurricane shelter for pets and pet owners at Parrott Middle School by the end of this year's hurricane season.

Elements of those plans were presented Saturday at the annual Hernando County Hurricane Expo at Weeki Wachee Springs. The 2008 hurricane season began Sunday.

Spring Hill resident Mariann Kohnke, who attended the expo, said she thought Emergency Management's plan to provide refuge for pets and their owners at Parrott was the best plan she's heard yet.

"There's no way I'd leave them behind," Kohnke said of her two cairn terriers.

She said she evacuates for most storms, but if the hurricane doesn't appear too threatening, she might stay put in her home with her dogs.

Alice Odom of Spring Hill agreed she couldn't leave without her four animals.

"Our pets are like our kids," said Odom, who has three cats and a dog.

Patella said Emergency Management is trying to target people, especially elderly residents, whose only reason for riding out storms is to take care of their pets.

"We know from the past that some people will hesitate to leave because they don't have a place where they can safely leave their animals," she said.

The Parrott plan has been in planning stages for some time, Patella said, and there's still a lot of work to do before the school is ready to house hurricane guests.

Emergency Management recently received grants from FEMA to retrofit Parrott, but most of the new equipment to be installed at the school has to be approved by the School Board, which could take some time.

"The process is very cumbersome," Patella said.

Previously, animals could be housed at the county's animal shelter in Brooksville during storms. Patella said Parrott could hold pets and their owners in separate wings, which would allow owners to care for their pets once the storm has passed.

Keeping up the energy!

When Mum and I go to dog agility trials they are usually long days, tiring days, and energy sapping days. That's why Mum and I always take snacks to munch on during the day to keep our energy up.

Mum takes Zukes, and Lakse Kronch dog treats for me and Gracie. And she packs a lunch for herself; usually a sandwich. But late in the day, she needs a little more. So she's been taking some energy bars to help her keep up her strength.

She found one the other day that she may try out. It's called Promax, they are billed as healthy snack bars with only 70 calories each, that can help you starve off hunger. These high protein bars have pretty good ingredients, are packed with a wide variety of vitamins and minerals, although Mum would like a little less sugar in them. But mostly they are an all natural energy bar, primarily containing soy protein, which Mum likes.

They come in three flavors - Cookies N Cream, Double Fudge Brownie and Nutty Butter Crisp (which Mum thinks sounds like the best one to try). They sure sound yummy to me! But remember, dogs can't have chocolate!

The Case of the Battered Pet!

Who would suspect that a family’s animals could be pawns in domestic violence? Or that their sad condition might tip off investigators to women in trouble? The terrifying truth about cats and dogs.

By Barry Yeoman - Originally published in O, The Oprah Magazine, June 2008

Marcella Harb-Hauser, DVM, was doing her morning rounds at a San Rafael, California, veterinary hospital when she first met Malibu. The gray tabby was hunched in his cage, his face swollen and right eye bulging. His lungs were bruised. His ribs were broken. He had a fractured tailbone. When Harb-Hauser examined the cat's mouth, she says, "it looked like an eggplant inside."

An experienced emergency vet, Harb-Hauser tried to make sense of the medical evidence. The cat had obviously suffered a trauma, but there was no sign of a car accident or fall from a window. "This didn't just happen," she told her colleagues. "Something is fishy." The cat's owner, she learned, had brought him in at 5 a.m. and for the past three hours had been sitting quietly in an exam room. Maybe, she thought, the young woman could provide some answers.

Malibu's owner had milky skin and dark eyeliner, with tattoos on both arms. She was barely 30, her face youthful, but her gaunt frame and blank expression suggested a hard life. Speaking in a high, thin monotone, she told Harb-Hauser that she had separated from her boyfriend a year earlier, moving three times to escape him, only to have him track her down and break into each successive apartment. This morning she'd come home from a trip and found him waiting. Fresh scratches and bite marks covered his arms. The apartment was wrecked, and Malibu was hiding under a glass table, barely breathing.

"I really don't know how to tell you this, because it breaks my heart," Harb-Hauser said. "But someone tried to strangle your cat." For the first time, emotion registered on the woman's face. She looked up and locked eyes with the vet. "Yeah," she said. "My boyfriend likes to do that to me, too."

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Children learn and work with dogs!

From the Herald Tribune in Sarasota, Florida comes this news...

By SARAH LANSKY CORRESPONDENT

Fifty sixth-grade students at Laurel Nokomis School received certificates at a special awards ceremony on May 8 after completing "K9 for Kids," a course designed to teach them how to make good judgments by working with therapy dogs.

The students, selected on recommendations from principal Nancy Dubin, their teachers, counselors and the school resource officer, learned to "Paws and Think" about their actions and the consequences.

Throughout the school year, a series of five-week classes paired 10 students with volunteers and their therapy dogs.

Through interaction with the dogs, the students developed skills to help them be better citizens, make friends, build self-esteem, resolve conflict and learn not to succumb to peer pressure.

They also learned the proper way to approach and pet dogs.

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Meet Elsie!

Elsie, an American Bulldog, Norwich Terrier mix, is a beautiful, sophisticated little girl. Born June 2006 she weighs an estimated 48 lbs. Out of her kennel, she's lovable as can be, and smart as a whip! She sits nicely and will drop her much-loved toy on command. The way she runs will crack up even the biggest stoic - she bounds like a clumsy puppy, all paws! She melts at the slightest touch.

Elsie would probably do best in a home with adults with or without older children. She would be a perfect companion for adults who can devote time to honing her natural intelligence. She can be possessive of real bones, which we are working on, but in the meantime simply reinforce the greatest of her den (her crate) by letting her have her bones in her crate.

Elsie has the cutest face - she doesn't need any natural acne treatments, fur sure!

We met Elsie through the Midwest Area Pit Stop Inc., in Madison, Wisconsin. They are a non-profit (501c3 status pending) Pit Bull Terrier rescue with the goal to help as many deserving, homeless Pit Bull Terriers as possible that have been abandoned.

For more information and a video of Elise, click here!

Animal shelter shows off dogs at Farmers’ Market

I love this story...it's about a shelter that is thinking out of the box to help their pups find new homes, and taking adoptable dogs to a farmers market. I love farmers markets, and there are a wide variety of people that attend such events to find everything from locally grown produce, to jams/jellies, and even coffee. What a great social place to help a pup find a new furever home...

From the Northwest Arkansas Times comes this story...

Animal shelter shows off dogs at Farmers’ Market
By Kate Ward, Northwest Arkansas Times

The Fayetteville Animal Shelter is seeking volunteers to help showcase homeless pets in Fayetteville.

One of the most popular venues, according to Animal Shelter Superintendent Jill Hatfield, is the Fayetteville Farmers' Market.

"The Farmers'Market is great because you get all types of people since it's a community type event," she said. "Some people don't necessarily come out to the shelter, so it gives us an opportunity to show people the types of dogs and cats we have in the community."

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Meet Gator!

Gator is a little over 2 years old, a Newfoundland Dog, Golden Retriever mix. He has had extensive training by the rescue's trainer and knows many obedience commands. He heels on his lead and is a very nice boy.

I bet he would look great doing his obedience on television, up high on a plasma tv mount!

We met Gator through Massas Creek Companion Animals in Hermann, Missouri. They are a non-profit and no-kill animal shelter. They are just starting to get organized and could use more volunteers, especially volunteers with fund raising experience if you have the time!

For more information about Gator, click here!