Saturday, May 31, 2008

Meet Baxter!

Baxter is a darling, whimsical boy who appears to be Poodle/Schnauzer mix. He is rather quiet most of the time and laid back, but likes to have fun as well. He loves hugs and really wants to be with his people!! He would do well with another pet, and likes the company when his family is not there.

This cutie gets along with other pets and is a joy to take on walks, loves car rides and sleeping with you. He has a wonderful, soft hearted personality. Just an easy going guy most of the time once the routine sets in. Baster is a sweet, gentle boy approx 18 months old, and 65 lbs.

We found Baxter currently being cared for by Agape Foster in Reinbeck, Iowa. Agape Foster is a 501 C3 Non Profit Charitable organization, committed to assisting and placing homeless animals into loving, responsible, lifelong, indoor homes.

For more information about Baxter, click here!

Friday, May 30, 2008

Meet Fluff!

Fluff is a 15 year old senior dalmatian who is full of energy. He was relinquished to the shelter when his owner of 14 years became ill and his family refused to keep the dog.

He is blind in one eye but perfectly healthy - if you didn't know he was 15, you would not believe it! He loves to play fetch for hours. He is somewhat house trained and really affectionate towards men.

We found Fluff currently being cared for by Spots Unlimited Dalmatian Rescue in Rock Hill, South Carolina. They are a local group of people that have banned together to try to help save as many dals as they can and find them fantastic forever home!

For more information about Fluff, click here!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Meet Star!

Star is a nine year old sable male Collie who was rescued from a puppy mill. He is a quiet, laid back, gentle, and reserved purebred who loves to chew on rawhides. He enjoys having his chest and face rubbed, and loves the attention he gets when being brushed. He is not afraid of new people, and warms up quickly to everyone he meets. Star enjoys roaming the fenced yard, and has made no attempt to find an escape.

Star is house trained, but not crate trained. His foster family is working on basic commands such as sit and stay. He is good with kids, and great with other dogs. It is unknown how Star is around cats.

Star enjoys time alone as well, lounging in his comforter. He is described by his foster family as “a big teddy bear with a lot of love to give,” is great with everyone, and will fit right in to any family, if given the chance.

The adoption contribution for Star is $175.00. Please contact Daryl at halvacs@aol.com for more information on Star. For information on how to adopt Star or to see other Almost Home dogs that are available for adoption, click here.

Almost Home Dog Rescue of Ohio's mission is to provide homeless Collies, Shelties, and mixes of those breeds, a safe haven where they will receive medical care, nutrition, and love until an approved home is found; to reduce the number of unwanted pets by altering all dogs in our rehoming program; to educate the public about the importance of altering pets, and to promote the message that owning a pet is a lifelong commitment. AHDRO is a 501 (c)(3), all volunteer organization.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Meet Mingus!

This is Mingus, a Dachshund, Tibetan Spaniel mix, who, like his namesake is ready to bring some music into your life. He's housebroken, rides well in the car and would be perfect for any family. His greatest joy in life is being by your side. Why don't you consider jazzing it up!

We found Mingus currently being cared for by Wayside Waifs Animal Shelter in Kansas City, Missouri. Wayside Waifs, Inc. is an independent, not-for-profit humane society and animal welfare organization. Our mission is to provide for the well being of unwanted companion animals; to place as many animals as possible in responsible homes; to educate the public on the humane treatment of pets; to offer cemetery services; and to help reduce pet overpopulation by spaying and neutering adopted pets.

For more information about Mingus, click here!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Meet Sam!

What a handsome boy Samson is, you would never know he is 7 yrs old by his playful puppy demeanor... if you want a canine partner to play fetch with, Sam's your man!

We met same through the Michigan Weimaraner Rescue in Mason, Michigan. Michigan Weimaraner Rescue, Inc. is a not for profit, federal 501(c)3 charitable organization founded in 1993 by Chris Conklin, our state coordinator and director. With the tireless help of 70 plus volunteers who are dedicated to finding forever homes for displaced Weimaraners, we fostered and placed 68 dogs in 2006. We rely 100% on grants, fundraisers, private contributions, and adoption donations to care for the dogs currently in our rescue; all donations are welcome and needed.

For more information about Sam, click here!

Monday, May 26, 2008

Meet Hannah!

Hannah is playful, happy, and very energetic! She is a Welsh Springer Spaniel mix and is really curious and willing to trust you. You can take her for long walks or a run on the beach every day. She just loves being active. Give her a job to do, and after it's done, she'll curl up in front of the fire with you in the evenings. She's a dog on a mission to please you!

While you're down there in Florida, why not check out Orlando vacations, I hear they can be fun!

We met Hannah through the Halifax Humane Society Inc., in Daytona Beach, Florida. The Halifax Humane Society was Founded in 1937 by Mrs. Elsie Beatty and soon became well known for helping homeless and wild animals in Volusia County, Florida.

For more information about Hannah, click here!

Dog survives tornado!

From ABC News comes this story...

By GINA SUNSERI, WINDSOR, Colo., May 24, 2008

Sarah, a very gregarious black lab who thinks she is still a puppy, is back with her family, which had been frantically searching nearly 24 hours for her.

Her recovery is a miracle for her family, because she was literally sucked out of her owner's home in Windsor, Colo., when a tornado hit Thursday.

But the family's joy is tempered somewhat because Buddy, the family's tabby cat, remains missing.

The day after the tornado, residents in this rural Colorado town were tallying their losses and counting their blessings. Families and friends were checking on one another, and volunteers are helping to clear yards and streets of debris.

As the tornado closed in, Maria Belasquez had only minutes to grab her two children and run into the laundry room before the tornado tore through her neighborhood. She also corralled Sarah and Buddy.

She heard someone pounding on the door, ran to open it, and found her next-door neighbor seeking shelter from the storm. That's when a panicked Buddy and Sarah escaped from the laundry room seconds before the storm hit.

The Belasquez family survived the tornado, though family members were forced to evacuate their badly damaged home. They frantically searched for Sarah and Buddy but could not find their pets.

Read more...

Boat angels!

Every now and then we come across interesting charities. This one may be of interest to you if you are looking to find a way to Donate Boats and get rid of that old boat of yours that may be sitting out the driveway and being a nuisance.

With Boat Angel you can provide Boat Donations even if your boat is not in running condition. The organization makes make all the arrangements to pick-up your boat donation at no cost to you. And they will pick up a boat anywhere in the US. They supply you with the necessary legal paperwork so you can claim your tax deductible charitable vehicle donation. And you can receive the full fair market value as a lawful IRS tax deduction for your boat donations.

Donations to Boat Angel help an increasingly wide range of charities, including the Blount Animal Rescue Kennel in Locust Fork, Alabama. They are a No-kill shelter for animals that operates in a country setting which is a frequent local for the dumping of unwanted and unloved pets.

They say they do a very complete background check on any charity that they consider for their services.

Why not Donate my Boat to Charity today?

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Girl saves stray dog's life with baby-sitting wages!

From the Rapid City Journal comes this story...

By Heidi Bell Gease, Journal staff

Hit by a car on West Main Street in Rapid City on April 21, the little Chihuahua was picked up by a passer-by and taken to Humane Society of the Black Hills. A veterinarian said the dog's badly injured back left leg needed to be amputated.

But shelter staff had just managed to scrape together enough money to pay for another amputation, that one involving the leg of a stray cat that had been shot with a shotgun. There wasn't any money to pay for another surgery.

But luckily for the little dog, there was Emily Thies.

Emily has always loved animals.

"She would have rather had a stuffed animal than a doll any day when she was little," her mom, Betsy Thies, said. "And she does a lot of animal-sitting, whether it's dogs, cats, geckos, frogs."

So it didn't surprise Betsy much when Emily, 14, said she wanted to pay for the Chihuahua's surgery, even though it meant using $500 she had earned baby-sitting and pet-sitting.

Read more...

Personality tests match cat, dog to right human!

From the Cincinnati Enquirer comes this story...

BY LINDA LOMBARDI | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

It happens to all of us. You fall in love with someone's looks ... but then he's not quite what you expected. Even, sometimes, if he's a cat.

"People come in and say, I had a black and white tuxedo cat before, so that's what I want," says Jim Monsma of the Washington Animal Rescue League in Washington. "But cats are not all the same. They have widely divergent personalities."

That's why the shelter is now using the Feline-ality program, developed by behaviorist Dr. Emily Weiss of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
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Part of the ASPCA's Meet Your Match program, which also includes Canine-ality for dogs, the program assesses a variety of behaviors in individual cats. It rates the animals on confidence and sociability, which Weiss' research shows are independent of each other.

The program then tallies those assessments to place the cat into nine personality categories, which can be matched with a family's situation and desires.

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After the crash, a family is reunited!

From the LAUnleashed Blog of the LA Times comes this story...

Emmy is back with her family in San Diego.

The 11-year-old Jack Russell terrier was ejected from her owners' car as it crashed and rolled off Interstate 15 early Thursday. MaryBeth Zmuda and her husband, Timon Martin, were not injured but soon became frantic when they couldn't find Emmy.

They searched, they called. Finally they placed an ad, with Emmy's picture, on Craigslist and called KUSI-TV. Complicating matters, the couple has just moved to San Diego and not had time to get tags for Emmy.

A woman recognized Emmy as the dog she had spotted about three miles from the crash site and had called county Animal Services to report. Calls were made, and pet and people were reunited Friday.

"It's really beyond belief, it's heaven," said Zmuda.

Before they took Emmy home from the Animal Services shelter in Carlsbad, Zmuda and Martin got some insurance against her being lost again: a microchip implanted in her skin. If she ever shows up at a shelter, workers can use a scanner to read her address and phone number.

--Tony Perry

Photo: Zmuda/Martin family album

We are really happy this family got their pup back. But please remember to take care in the safety of your pet while riding in the car. Visit my Squidoo Lens on Dog Car Safety for more information.

Meet Sebastian!

Sebastian is a sweet boy who was recently rescued from a puppy mill. He is a West Highland White Terrier who likes to be held and petted but he does not know how to walk on a leash, yet. He is very quiet and doe not interact much with people. He needs a quiet home which will give him the attention and care he has missed out on for so long.

We found Sebastian currently being cared for by the Humane Society of Pulaski County in Little Rock, Arkansas. Since its inception in 1946, The Humane Society of Pulaski County has worked to improve the quality of life for Arkansas animals, saving nearly 57,000 animals over its rich history.

A 501(c)(3) IRS charitable organization, the Humane Society receives no support from the City, County or State and depends solely on individual and corporate contributions to provide a wide variety of programs and services to people and animals in the community including.

Living in Arkansas this time of year, you and Sebastian may be more comfortable if you look into using dehumidifiers. It can get kind of humid down there.

For more information about Sebastian, click here!

Team up with Kyle Busch!


Team up with Kyle Busch to raise money for shelter dogs!

More than four million dogs end up in shelters and breed rescue organizations every year, and only half of them ever find a home.

Kyle Busch isn't just a NASCAR® star, he's a dog lover, too. That's why he's racing to raise $100,000 for The PEDIGREE® Adoption Drive Foundation. With the Kyle's Miles program, you can help by donating $1.00 per mile driven by Kyle this season. Your donation can be for as many miles as you want — and it also enters you for a chance to meet Kyle at the Checker Auto Parts 500 in Phoenix.

Watch Kyle pilot the PEDIGREE® car at these races:

Richmond, VA: May 3
Talladega, AL: October 5
Phoenix, AZ: November 9

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Meet White Fang!

White Fang is a happy boy. He's a white german shepherd mix, and would look like a purebred if his ears stood up! He's a social butterfly so he needs a fenced yard or he'll visit the whole neighborhood.

We met White Fang through Haven of the Ozarks Animal Sanctuary in Washburn, Missouri. They are a non-profit, 501(c)(3) facility offering long-term care to dogs and cats until they can be found a loving forever home.

They are a true no-kill facility. Feral and 'barn' cats are allowed to roam the grounds freely after spay/neuter. They are located on over 11 acres near Cassville in Southwest Missouri.

Their cats live in community rooms with plenty of space to climb, play, and hide, and are caged only when in need of isolation to maintain good health for all. One room has an outdoor area, with plans for more. All we need is some theater seating to watch these kitties play all day. Their dogs live in large, outdoor pens - most 16 X 16 for 2 dogs, and 30 X 90 fields holding 3 dogs each. They enjoy access to fresh water, food, shelter, and shade, with swimming pools during warm weather.

For more information about White Fang, click here!

Friday, May 23, 2008

Meet Gracie!

Gracie came from the Memphis Animal Shelter and taken in by Sunny Meadows Rescue. She would love to go on long walks with you or just run around your yard! She loves toys too. She is very attentive, and won't move till you tell her she can. She loves to please!

People say she is very well behaved and that she is always happy when they see her. She would love to spend her days running in the yard and her evenings curled up next to you watching TV, waiting for dinner. Who wouldn't love that!

We found Gracie currently being cared for by Sunny Meadows Safe Haven for Pets in Memphis, Tennessee.

For more information about Gracie, click here!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Meet Winnie!

Winnie was found at Silver Lake in Highland. She has a very nice personality, but needs a little work on his leash manners. She will make a great family pet, and would prefer to be the only dog in the family.

We found Winnie currently being cared for by the Highland Animal Shelter in Highland, Illinois. He is a Airedale Terrier, Wire-haired Pointing Griffon mix.

For more information about Winnie, click here!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

A dog’s best friend!

From The Providence Journal in Rhode Island comes this story...

By Bryan Rourke
Journal Staff Writer

A pack of dogs races across the hard-packed dirt of Fajardo, Puerto Rico, running to greet Steve McGarva and photographer Traer Scott.

Steve McGarva went to the beach to kite surf, not to crusade.

This was more than two years ago in Puerto Rico, where McGarva’s wife Pam had taken a job for the pharmaceutical company, Amgen, which provided McGarva, 42, an artist and extreme sports enthusiast, with a studio and easy access to the ocean.

“I thought, ‘What a great opportunity.’ ”

McGarva, who parasails, hang-glides and base-jumps, thought he had entered heaven, until he visited hell: the beach.

“There were stray dogs everywhere. They weren’t just stray, but skinny and abused.”

Some dogs had been burned with fire, others with acid. Some were slowly suffocating on too-tight collars and ropes. Many nursed machete wounds. All were starving.

“This is the island of enchantment,” McGarva says. “It says that on their license plates.”

The United States territory, about twice the size of Rhode Island, has an estimated 150,000 abandoned dogs roaming around. This is not new. What is new is how one man is doing something about it — by providing food and care for the dogs; and by making one public and shocking tourism-deterring disclosure at a time.

Read more...

Photo by Traer Scott.

Pet blogs from Alltop.com!

Check it out, there is a new directory on the Internet from Will Mayall, Kathryn Henkens, and Guy Kawasaki, call Alltop.com.

You can think of an Alltop site as a “digital magazine rack” of the Internet. Alltop sites are starting points, to enhance your online reading by both displaying stories from the sites that you’re already visiting and helping you discover sites that you didn’t know existed. All categorized and organized.

They are beginning to build a nice little pet section. So if you have a cool site that you think fits in, let them know about it!

Animal Planet Pet Video Successfully Distributes First Round of Shelter Helper DVDs to Animal Shelters Across the Country!

Animal Planet Pet Video, producer and distributor of industry leading dog- and cat-training videos, has successfully distributed the first 250,000 of its signature Shelter Helper program DVDs to participating pet rescue organizations across the United States. The program provides dog- and cat-training DVDs to new pet parents of adopted pets through participating shelters, free of charge, to assist both pet and pet parent with the transition. This amazing program is made possible through the generous support of sponsors like Bayer Animal Health whose assistance funded this initial distribution.

"With the Shelter Helper DVDs we are able to send every new pet parent home with valuable information that will help them establish a life-long bond from day one," said Karen Sands of the Humane Society of Greater Kansas. "The information on these DVDs also helps pet parents address many common pet training and behavioral issues, reducing the number of returned pets and assisting with the pet overpopulation problem facing our animal shelter, as well as many others across the country."

The training DVDs provide easy-to-follow pet training covering common issues faced by pet parents including house training, crate training, chewing, jumping, mouthing, and manners in dogs and how to prepare your home, litter box training, playtime, scratching and marking in cats. The format of the dog- and cat-training videos are short and easy to understand making them effective tools for all members of the family including children and adults.

Read more!

$1 million comes to the rescue of strays!

From USAToday comes this story...

At Stray Rescue of St. Louis, every inch of two tiny buildings is devoted to accommodating strays that have been plucked from the streets and are being nursed into adoptability. The "office" exists in name only; it houses dogs, so the staff does paperwork at home. Anyone who uses the bathroom shares it with Josephine, a shepherd mix who is assigned that space.

Today, Stray Rescue — which specializes in capturing and rehabilitating dumped or abandoned street dogs — will be declared the winner of a $1 million makeover, a windfall exceeding its $800,000 annual budget and an amount rarely heard of in the shelter world.

"My first thought was that Josephine won't have to live in the bathroom much longer," says Stray Rescue founder Randy Grim. He was informed of the win Saturday (and sworn to secrecy until today) by Richard Thompson, multimillionaire founder of Zootoo, an online community created in October to convene animal lovers and to wage a national competition for animal shelters.

The $1 million prize includes money, goods and services provided through Zootoo.

Read more...

101 fundraising ideas for rescue organization!

Have you seen this from the National Association of Pet Rescue Professionals?

Get our free 101 Fundraising Ideas for Rescue Organizations just for stopping by! We've scoured magazines, news sites, and the Internet to find the coolest ideas people have thought up to help raise money for the animals.

When you sign up, we'll send you ideas every day! You'll get ideas like:101 Fundraising Ideas for Rescues, Shelters, and Humane Organizations

  • How one humane society laughed themselves all the way to $43,000 with a fun comedy fundraiser
  • How working with restaurants can net big profits, like the shelter that told everyone to "Eat for Pete" (who is a very cute dog by the way).
  • How you can creatively ask for money using a simple letter writing campaign instead of a bake sale, picnic or dog walk. An SPCA made $980 the first day, they used this tip.
  • How to use the power of "small change" to your advantage. A few pennies can turn into a lot of dough!
  • How to use nothing more than card stock and your printer for a super quick and easy fundraiser.
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Meet Fuzzy!

Fuzzy is a 3 year old 30 lb (miniature/intermediate) Xoloitzcuintli (Mexican Hairless) girl who is a lovely specimen of this ancient noble breed. She wants very much to please her people and she’s not shy about asking for attention if she feels she’s been shortchanged.

Her current foster home thinks she would do well with another dog as a playmate. Xolo’s enjoy a good run, so a large yard or access to a dog park would be a plus too. Fuzzy is housebroken and knows how to use a doggy door. She loves to go for a walk and does well on a leash.

She’s an affectionate girl and loves to be near her humans – in the house or going for a ride. She’s good with cats, but might be a bit too rambunctious for very small children.

I'm sure Fuzzy doesn't need progesterone for her hair! LOL!

We found Fuzzy currently being cared for by a private foster through Southwest Cairn Rescue in Orange, California.

For more information about Fuzzy, click here!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Meet Edie!

Edie is a young (~12-18 month old) yellow Labrador Retriever female surrendered by the person who found her running loose over the winter. He kept her in a corn crib for the last 4 months where she was underfed and injured by the jagged corrugated metal floor.

He finally decided he no longer wanted her. She is very sweet, very thin, friendly, loves attention and is a little shy. Her coat is in poor condition and has a healing "gouge" injury on her right hip.

She will be given time to recover her ordeal and then spayed, vaccinated and Microchipped in preparation for a new home. She is about 22-23 inches tall and weighs ~45-50 pounds. I can tell she has a huge heart and is very forgiving despite her recent treatment. What a special girl this is!!!

We found Edie currently being cared for by Canine Solutions: Rescue in Rochester, Illinois. Canine Solutions: Rescue is a division of Canine Solutions which is a doggie help service providing assistance with dog behavior problems, training issues and foster care for Labrador Retrievers

For more information about Edie, click here!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Visit those who support us and keep us helping the pups!

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


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

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

The Yorkie boys!

This is one of two Yorkie boys. These boys are sweet as pie, very friendly and very sweet. They even seem housebroken! One is only about 5 years old, the other is about 8 years old. But you would never guess it, they are full of energy and act like 2 year olds. They are very pretty boys.

We found these pups currently being cared for by OK Save a Dog in Prague, Oklahoma.

For more information about the Yorkie Boys, click here!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Abandonment!

All over the country, every day of the week, humans abandon their pets at animal shelters, along the side of the road, leave them behind when they move and other ways.

Mum and I caught a piece on CNN today of a middle class woman with two golden retrievers who lost her home and is currently living in her car. Even though the living conditions for all three of them aren't ideal, she never abandoned her pups. They have all three taken up residence in her car until then can afford to get a home again, which they hope will be very soon, since she's secured a job.

The abandonment of pets is very sad. Here's just one more sad tale of abandonment.

Dog cars!

When you have dogs and do dog sports or competitions like we do, the kind of car you drive is really important.

Even though we are lucky enough not to have to look for Car Loans for Bad Credit, we have to look for a car loan, nonetheless. Price and financing is always a consideration.

And we have to consider a lot of other things, like: Does it have room to hold the crates, will it be expandable if we decide to expand the family? Is it comfortable for all of us and have all the important safety features? Is it easy to clean inside?

Getting just the right car for all our travels can sure make a big difference in keeping us safe and comfy when we're on the road.

The rescue!

I love searching through YouTube and finding some hidden dog treasures. Here we found a great little rescue tale from a student at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. I sure hope he got a good grade!

Meet Mekia!

This smart, alert, very terrier, 18 lb girl is about two years old. Very friendly and loves to play fetch, is toy/ball motivated. She will roll the ball to you with her nose to get you to play with her. Her foster mom says she is so gifted with the ball they decided to try her on Frisbee and she is excellent. Will make a great agility dog. She is gorgeous to watch!

She was being kept locked on an apartment balcony. The grandmother took her from the grandkids because the dog was miserable locked out on the balcony all of the time. She is thriving in foster care and ready for a home of her own!!! I bet Mekia will look great under some nice bathroom lighting! Currently Mekia is being cared for by Ozark Haven Rescue in Cabool, Missouri.

For more information about Mekia, click here!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Meet Reggie!

Reggie is a 3 year old dachshund, rescued from the Sand Springs Animal Shelter. He is currently being cared for by the Animal Rescue Foundation in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

ARF rescues adoptable animals from the local kill shelters and then places them in foster homes until they are adopted to approved permanent homes.

Reggie is so small I bet he could have his bath in the kitchen sink (sometimes, that's where I get my bath). But you may need new kitchen faucets that are tall, like my Mum and I have.

For more information about Reggie, click here!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Meet Lassie!

Lassie was surrendered to Collie Rescue Network by her owner when it became clear she did not like the attentions of the small toddler in her home. Since being in foster care Lassie has been around children ages 4 and up and seems to like them just fine (seeks them out for petting and play), as long as they understand the "doggie rules" (don't tease her, etc.). That said, due to the circumstances of the reason for being in rescue, Lassie will only be adopted to a home with children over the age of 12.

Beyond the issue of children, Lassie is truly a sweetheart of a collie. She is good with other dogs, seems to really love to be with people and is affectionate and loving. She really wants to spend time with her human family so if you are looking for a dog to snooze at your feet while watching TV, Lassie is your girl.

We found Lassie currently being cared for by Collie Rescue Network in Toronto, Ontario. Collie Rescue Network is a national non-profit organization established to provide for the rescue and care of collies that have been abandoned, surrendered, lost, neglected and/or abused. Our goal is to place each and every collie that comes into our care into a carefully screened, approved home where they will be loved and cherished as a member of the family. We are looking for families who are willing and able to commit to these sweet and gentle souls for the rest of their lives.

For more information about Lassie, click here!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Meet Nicholas!

Nicholas is from West Plains, Missouri. He is a collie mix, housebroken and gets along with dogs and cats. He is super sweet and gentle. He does however like to climb fences or stand on the dog house and jump over. He is neutered, heartworm negative, UTD on shots, and microchipped.

We found Nicholas currently being cared for by Partners For Pets in Troy, Illinois. Partners For Pets volunteers regularly visit rural animal shelters and rescue animals that have used up their time, need medical care and/or are too fragile for shelter life. Partners for Pets provides care to each animal prior to adoption.

For more information about Nicholas, click here!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Meet Rocky!

Rocky is very lovable Clumber Spaniel. He is about 1 and a half years old. He does need some training because we think that he was never allowed inside before. He does very well in a crate at night. He just needs some love and guidance. If you are interested in this dog please be ready to take him to obedience training. He will make a wonderful pet with a little training.

We met Rocky through Perfect Paws Rescue Group in Downey, California. Founded in 1999, they are a non profit animal rescue group, dedicated to rescuing, caring for and rehabilitating unwanted pets - and then finding them permanent loving homes.

For more information about Rocky, click here!

Network management!

If you are looking for award-winning IT remote network management solutions, check out Uplogix, located in Austin, Texas and London, England.

They could be a great resource for overtaxed IT departments, or for smaller organizations not yet ready for a full time IT staff because they provide real-time management, not just monitoring.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Fun things to do with your dog!

Are you looking for some fun things to do with your dog? We can help!

We've put together an extensive Squidoo lens that's packed full of all kinds of things you can do with your pup, from teaching them tricks, dog agility, frisbee to playing fetch, hiking, camping and loads more!

Have fun with your dog, 'cause dogs know how to have fun!

Meet Simba!

Simba is a one year old male hairless Chinese Crested. Simba weighs about 13 pounds and has very handsome cream/ strawberry blond hair on a slate body. He is rather shy and timid of strangers at first so his new owner will have to show some patience and TLC to gain his trust.

He is very submissive to other dogs. He loves to go outside and run and play with other dogs. However, Simba shouldn't be in a home with cats as he chases them and that could lead to trouble. Simba is learning to walk on a leash but prefers his freedom and to run on his own terms. He is crate trained but will need watching some in the house for marking but since he has been neutered, this should improve. He hasn't marked in his foster home so this is really good. Simba is up to date on his vet care and neutered. And you may want to consider getting Simba some new furniture of his very own from a furniture catalog, he would love that!

Simba is currently being cared for through a foster associated with the Humane Society of West Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. For more information about Simba, click here!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Meet the CO pups!

Along with friends at Ovcharka Rescue, Northern Lights Molosser Rescue has taken in nine, eight month old Caucasian Ovcharka pups & their four year old mother. Five of the puppies are located in Missouri, at Northern Lights Molosser Rescue.

These poor pups have been neglected, are underweight, and have sores & hair missing from Demodectic mange that went untreated. Demodectic is not contagious, but it takes longer to clear up. These pups are currently undergoing treatment for their mange, and wounds and are now on a healthy diet, once they are up to a proper weight, and their skin is on the road to fully healing, they will be altered, vaccinated & microchipped. Then they will be ready to go into their new homes.

We found these pups currently being cared for by Northern Lights Molosser Rescue in Viburnum, Missouri. For more information about these pups, click here!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Meet Bonnie!

Bonnie is a mid-size cattle dog mix, weighing around 40 pounds. She is approximately one year old. Bonnie has a sweet disposition and a friendly nature. She wiggles from head to toe when she wags her tail. Bonnie loves to be with people and loves to play with the other dogs. She likes to play with tennis balls and seems to understand "fetch."

We found Bonnie currently being cared for by Animals Best Friends in Independence, Missouri. Animals Best Friends is a non-profit organization run soley by volunteers. Our mission is to contribute to the humane care and treatment of rescued animals by connecting our loving animals to caring homes.

For more information about Bonnie, click here!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Meet Scarlett!

Scarlett, a Bouvier des Flanders, Golden Retriever mix, was an owner surrender because her dad passed away and my mom couldn't take care of her anymore. Everyone tells her she looks like a movie star with a gold bangle of fur, but she will still play in the dirt and is just as down to earth as any of those other pups.

She lives with a rescuer and two Great Danes, and, even though they all love each other and get along great, she is looking for her forever home. She gets along well with other dogs and is very sweet! (Do you want a dog that’s adorable, be fun and playful, loves attention, is very obedient, and not destructive? Then look no further — she's the one for you!

We found Scarlett currently being cared for through the Forte Animal Rescue in Marina del Rey, California. Their mission is to create a network for the rescue community, and cultivate the human-animal bond through educational activities.

For more information about Scarlett, click here!

Friday, May 9, 2008

We have a guest in the Dog House for Be Kind to Animals Week!

I'd like to introduce you to Susan Daffron, the founder of the National Association of Pet Rescue Professionals and the author of books on caring for adopted dogs called Happy Hound and a book about adopted cats called Happy Tabby.

Johann: So Susan tell us about what a special week this is!

Susan: This week is Be Kind to Animals Week. The American Humane Association created Be Kind to Animals Week in 1915 to celebrate the human-animal bond. One of the best things you can do to be kind to a companion animal is to save his life. A staggering number of animals are euthanized in animal shelters every year and most of them are not "bad" dogs or cats. They are just unwanted and unlucky. When you adopt from an animal shelter or rescue group you lessen the amount of animal suffering in the world and do a good thing for your community too. (Impounding animals and tracking down cases of animal cruelty do have financial implications, after all!)

Unfortunately, even now after many years of promotion and increasing awareness of humane issues, statistically, many people still do not adopt from shelters and rescues. Sure not every shelter or every animal is going to be a perfect match for you. But it's easy to find a wonderful pet through a shelter or rescue and save a life. If you are one of those people who has worried about adopting from a shelter or rescue

Johann: Do you have a few tips for our readers?

Susan: Yes I do!

1. Go with your instincts. If a shelter/rescue "feels wrong" to you, odds are good that it's poorly managed. Animals pick up on human emotions. If the humans running the place are miserable, the critters know. You'll know too.

2. Watch for "cage crazy" animals. Some humane societies keep animals for literally years in small cages. If you see animals lunging against the cage and snarling, odds are good the shelter/rescue isn't doing any behavior testing at all. Ask about their techniques.

3. Avoid "feeling sorry" for animals in poor conditions. A clean shelter is a good shelter. A filthy shelter is often a sign of things gone very wrong. In fact, filthy conditions can indicate a situation that is really an animal hoarder using a "shelter" as a way to collect more animals. Contact the Humane Society of the United States if you see animals in dirty, inhumane conditions.

4. Fees should not be a stumbling block. Reputable rescues may charge high fees because they have invested a lot of money in getting an animal spayed/neutered and other health care costs, such as heartworm treatments. Owning a pet is expensive and if you are worried about the fee, you might want to rethink getting a pet at all.

Remember that whether or not you go to a shelter, the animals will still be there. Avoiding the homeless animal problem doesn't make it go away. There are always animals waiting for homes. Adopting an animal gives you an opportunity to do your part to help ease this serious problem. Plus, if you're an animal lover, the satisfaction you experience when you adopt a pet is incomparable.

Johann: Do you have any final thoughts?

Susan: Yes. Thank you again for helping me spread the word about why adopting pets from shelters and rescues is so important. The whole reason I wrote my books and started the National Association of Pet Rescue Professionals is to help get more critters into their "forever homes." Here's to saving more lives!

Petfinder.com!

Did you know that both my sis, Gracie, and I were both found through Petfinder.com? Yep, we were!

Petfinder is an on-line, searchable database of animals that need homes. It is also a directory of over 10,000 animal shelters and adoption organizations across the USA, Canada and Mexico. Organizations maintain their own home pages and available pet database.

Petfinder has all kinds of really cool badges that you can add to your blog, rescue or shelter site, or website! Here's one we made of my sis, Gracie!

Meet Gene!

Gene is a six-year-old labrador retriever /greyhound mix who appears well trained and housebroken. He knows the commands sit, down and give paw. He was found as a stray with a micro-chip which was never registered so his original owners could not be located.

We found Gene currently being cared for by by Chicago Animal Care and Control. Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support the goals of the City of Chicago Animal Care and Control in their efforts to care for and find homes for thousands of rescued and unwanted animals.

For more information about Gene, click here!

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Meet Patty!

Patty is an approximately 3 year old spayed female Bichon Frise who came from a Wisconsin puppy mill. She is current on vaccinations, heart worm negative and on preventative and microchipped. She is also working on house training.

Patty's foster mom writes on 5/5/08 - "Patty was basically feral upon arrival. Had no idea about walking on a leash and was terrified just walking through doorways. The first week here, just getting her outside for a walk was a chore. Once out, she would do everything in her power to get as far away from me as possible. If I pulled on the leash, she would just lie down in fear. She did however, potty outside.

It’s been two weeks since she’s been with me and she is eager to go for walks now although, she is still hesitant when I go to attach the leash to her harness. Once on, she’s fine. She’s doing all her jobs outside but she doesn’t yet know how to tell me she has to go out so once in awhile, she’ll piddle in the house.

She loves to be petted now. When I stop, she’ll nudge my hand with her paw to get me to continue. She has been going to adoption events and she’s getting braver all the time. She still sticks close for safety and security but she is not shrinking in fear when people pet her.

All in all, she’s a very sweet dog whose life had a terrible beginning. She’s just beginning to accept that it’s in her past and only good is in her future.

Patty is currently being fostered through New Beginnings Shih Tzu Rescue in Joliet , Illinois.

For more information about Patty, click here!

The importance of knowing CPR for your pup!

In August of 2007, we created this lens in honor of our great blogging friend, Tish and her pup Cruella. Because, in February of 2007, Tish and Cruella had a really big scare. Cruella choked on a piece of hot dog and couldn't breath.

Tish told the story on her blog, "Cruella became disoriented and started to stumble around the room. I started screaming, and I continued to whack her between the shoulders, hoping to dislodge the food." Every time I read Tish's post about this terrifying night, I start to get those scary chills and go over and hug my Mum. It really makes me scared, and at the same time grateful, that I'm alive and so is Cruella, thanks to Tish.

Recently, Tish attended a Red Cross training and became certified in pet first aid and cpr. It's an incredibly important and life saving program they offer, and Tish's program only cost $25.00.

Please visit my Canine CPR lens and learn about how to save your pup's life. Your pups life is too important, and you just never know when something can go terribly wrong. What you know may be just the help your pup needs in times of crisis.

Pet insurance!

Who would have thought what a big role pet insurance would have played in my life?

First, it was the time I was attacked by another dog in 2005, then a dislocated toe and a broken metacarpal in 2006, then a pulled iliopsoas muscle in 2008. Mum jokes sometimes that I'm the $10,000 dog without a documented pedigree.

Luckily Mum had signed me up for a catastrophic pet insurance plan the first time she saw what I threw up in the car when I got car sick at a very young age. She had no idea what I was taking in. Oh, she watched me closely when I was a wee pup, but I was sneaky you see. And good thing she did get that insurance policy, it's come in real handy and paid for a lot of my injuries over the years.

Whether you get a catastrophic policy (that pays for first time illness and injuries) or you get a maintenance health plan, we really recommend it to help defray the expensive costs of veterinary care.

If you live in the UK, here is a great site that can help you decide what pet insurance plan and company is right for you. And if you are looking at comparisons for credit cards, they can help you with that too!

May be worth checking out, you never know what can happen!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Meet Cheever!

Cheever is one of the ARPO's Race Puppies, Shar Pei, Mastiff mixes! They race around the house, and race around the yard, and want to race right into your hearts.

Friends at FIDO (Friends of Indy Dogs Outside) were notified about the litter and hooked them up with ARPO. They are some of the cutest puppies you'll find. Their mommy is a brindle colored mixed breed, long haired dog of about 45#, but their daddy is a bigger dog who wandered thru their 'hood. The pups range in weight from 10-15# already and are just 8 weeks old (born 3/11/08), so most of them will grow to be large adults. Mom's been spayed now and there will be no more accidental litters from her.

We found Cheever being cared through a foster home with the The Alliance for Responsible Pet Ownership, Inc., in Indianapolis. ARPO was conceived in 1998 by a group of Indianapolis citizens concerned about the continuing high rate of euthanasia in our city. ARPO seeks to unite animal-related businesses and organizations in central Indiana for the purpose of promoting responsible pet ownership and decreasing the number of companion animals surrendered to shelters. ARPO is funded solely by donations and is staffed entirely by volunteers. We do not have a shelter, so all of our adoptable animals are housed in temporary foster homes until loving permanent homes are found.

For more information about Cheever, click here!

Fundraising locations!

If you live in the Milwaukee area and are looking for a place to hold your next event, you may want to check out utilizing a conference center Wisconsin style and look into the Davians Banquet & Conference Center, located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

It's one of the areas most popular places to host weddings, corporate and association events, fund raisers, and other social functions.

They also provide off site catering, as well as vending and coffee services, school lunch programs for private schools and contracted cafe dining.

So the next time you are in the Milwaukee area and looking for an event location, check out the Davians Banquet & Conference Center.

Bonnie L. Hays shelter to receive dog agility center!

From the Hillsboro Argus in Hillsboro, Oregon...

The Bonnie L. Hays Small Animal Shelter in Hillsboro has received a $5,000 donation from The Home Depot and a commitment of more than 100 Home Depot associates who will volunteer their time and skills to build a dog agility, training and play area at the shelter.

From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, volunteers will build the exercise area, including a teeter-totter, ramp, high jump and a tunnel on a 1,600 square-foot lot adjacent to the shelter, at 1901 SE 24th Ave. They will also paint a dog mural on the shelter's shed.

The Home Depot will supply the fencing, wood, concrete pavers, paint and hardware. Additional businesses have collaborated by donating in-kind items. Baker Rock Resources, of Beaverton, contributed 10 yards of pea gravel and 5 yards of sand. Contech Construction Products Inc., of Portland, delivered the culvert for the tunnel. J. Frank Schmidt & Son Company of Boring gave six trees and additional bushes for landscaping.

Animal Services manager Gary Hendel said the long-term goal of the new structures will be to hold dog obedience classes for the public and adopters.

"The completion of this long desired project will mean we can enhance the well-being of all the dogs in our care," Hendel said. "And, once the obedience classes start, they'll be designed to promote the human and animal bond."

Commercial furniture for your next event?

You've seen them at all the outdoor and indoor restaurants - restaurant chairs, tables, umbrellas and other furniture. And maybe you thought that they would be great for your shelter or rescue. Or perhaps your shelter or rescue is planning a big special event to raise money and you need some furniture.

We found a site called Contract Furniture Company that has fairly good prices on these items. So, if you have a commercial establishment or shelter and have the need for furniture they may be worth checking out. And rather than getting very inexpensive furniture that may not take the wear and tear, these may cost more, but would last for a much longer time.

Of course there would be a cost involved. But perhaps you could get a sponsor to help defray the costs, and then you would have seating for every event you held in the future!

Animal groups to get $600,000

Partnership with ASPCA aimed at saving area's unwanted pets

By Jenny Peterson
The Post and Courier
Charleston, South Carolina

Surrounded by dogs of all shapes and sizes, local animal welfare groups gathered Tuesday at the Charleston Animal Society shelter in North Charleston to accept a $600,000 pledge to help save more abandoned and unwanted pets.

The money, presented by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, will be used to help increase area shelter adoption rates by 10 percent within a year and reach a 75 percent save rate by 2011.

"This is not smoke and mirrors" said ASPCA President Ed Sayers. "These are real numbers the community can be accountable to." Charleston County is the eighth community in the nation to partner with the ASPCA on its "Mission: Orange" campaign.

The $600,000 can be used in a number of ways, including increasing adoption efforts, offering incentives for spaying and neutering and educating the public about the 10,668 homeless pets that local shelters took in last year alone.

As part of the campaign, the ASPCA has sent a team of six employees to Charleston County to help determine which areas need the most work.

"The concept is like training wheels. The idea is that you give the community the tools (it needs)," Sayers said, after the presentation.

To learn more about "Mission: Orange," go to aspca.org.

"It's unconscionable to have the thousands of animals killed every year," Charleston Mayor Joe Riley said. "We will be a model for the rest of the country."

Read more...

Being more green!

Mum and I are big fans of helping to improve the environment, however and whenever we can. We utilize organic products to feed our lawn, flush the doo, use environmentally safe products to clean and much more. So when we say this we wanted to be sure and share it with you.

Did you know that Power Save Energy products can help you save lots of money on your utility bills? Nearly as much as 25% on your electric bill every month without even reducing any of your usage.

You can save money, and increase the life of your appliances, eliminate power surges, and help save the environment all at the same time!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Should I get a dog?

We saw this on Dogster's Blog and just had to share it. It's one man's journey into adopting a dog - responsibly.

They say..."This Current video, One Man and His Pug, is totally lovely, Tom Mitchelson takes us through an entertaining journey as he moves from deciding he wants a dog in his life to borrowing a pug to “test drive” the dog-driven life."


Sunscreen!

With all the outdoor agility we do we are always looking for ways to protect our skin. Mum uses cool coats on me to keep me cool, and keeps me out of the sun in our shade tent as much as possible. But she's out there walking courses, checking results, building courses in between our runs, so she gets exposed to the sun a lot more than I do.

Sometimes putting sunscreen on your face can be pretty yucky and greasy. So getting one that stays on, but doesn't feel like grease paint is really important to Mum. And when she is out in the wind and the sun she has to protect her lips too. Screen, Inc. has products on the market that really fit the bill and are made just for the face and lips.

Their products have been dermatologist-approved. And their have received the coveted Seal of Recommendation from the Skin Cancer Foundation.

Dealing with devastating pet injuries!

I've been through my share of injuries, even one of them was life threatening. Having an injury or illness sure isn't fun, but there are lots of folks out there doing amazingly, wonderful things to help us pups recover, get back to our great lives, and live a longer and happier life.

This fella to the left? That's Tripp. After alerting his family to a fire in the house, Tripp, a three-legged dog, received the Golden Retriever Club of America’s G.R.A.C.E. award, given to rescued goldens with significant and exceptional accomplishments.

Here's a great story we found on MSNBC.com:

Dealing with devastating pet injuries.

Spared euthanasia, animals can overcome adversity surprisingly well

By Kim Campbell Thornton
MSNBC contributor

A man followed a trail of blood that led beneath his house. There he found a cat, skinny and full of fleas, that had been shot in the leg. He took the stray to a veterinarian, where the initial decision was to euthanize the animal.

“I had just given him a tranquilizer and when I sat by his cage, talking to him, he started purring and licking my hand, so I asked the doctor if he could try to save him instead,” says veterinary technician Randi Golub, of Eugene, Ore. “He had to have one of his legs amputated because it had been shattered by the gunshot.”

Golub cared for the cat as he slowly regained health and eventually adopted him. Now three years later, Cassidy climbs to the top of his cat tree with as much agility as Golub’s four-legged cats.

Historically, most animals like Cassidy were euthanized without much of a second thought, under the rationalization that their lives wouldn't be worth living minus a leg or an eye. Today, while there are no hard statistics on how many pets undergo surgeries such as amputation or removal of an eye instead of euthanasia, veterinarians say there's more discussion about and use of other options.

Part of the reason is that modern advances in rehabilitation techniques, pain management and cancer therapy have contributed to the successful treatment of dogs and cats with devastating injuries and other disfiguring diseases and conditions.

Read more...

The dentist!

Going to the dentist for our hooomans is never a fun thing to do. But did you know that some dentists, including those that practice Beverly Hills cosmetic dentistry are utilizing new and innovative tools to help the process be much more bearable!

They are using tools like painless air drills, miniature cameras, and digital x-rays, for a more pleasant and pain free dental experience. And with the new kinds of braces on the market, you can get your teeth straightened without being called metal mouth!

Your teeth, just as your pup's teeth, are very important, and going to your dentist regularly can keep them healthy and make you happy. And give you a winning smile!

RescueInk!

You take a look these guys, and maybe your first reaction is to cross to the other side of the street. They remind you to just remember to look both ways before you do.

No, they're not a gang, vigilantes or a social organization, but they do have that certain "in your face" style when it comes to animal abusers.

They formed Rescue Ink because they feel the problem of animal abuse and neglect has grown beyond the resources of the existing animal welfare agencies. They love the work done by many of the local shelters, but they cannot possibly keep pace with the volume of problems that need to be addressed.

That's where Rescue Ink comes in. They will stop at nothing within the bounds of the law to protect animals at risk. They will intercede without hesitation when they are informed of a situation that needs to be addressed, and they will address it. If they need to convince people to do the right thing ... they can be very convincing, they'll even buy animals if that's what it takes to get them away from abusers.

Rescue Ink is all about zero tolerance when it comes to animal abuse and neglect. Their ranks are growing every day, as Americans from coast to coast are reaching out to join in their efforts. If you know something they should know, give them a call... NOW!

Learn more about Rescue Ink, and their great programs for Companion Outreach Services, The Feral Cat Trap, Neuter, and Return program, the School Visitation Initiative, the Animal Housing Workshop, Rescue Ink Animal Advocates, and the Pit Bull Awareness Program.

Shopping cart software!

If you have a website and want to sell items you're going to need a shopping cart. There are a wide variety of ways that you can incorporate a shopping carts into your website and into your website design. And to keep with your branding, you want it to be customizable, and flow well with your current website.

We found a company today called AmeriCommerce that has an interesting online store software product, that may be worth checking out. I'm sure there would be a cost involved, but for shelters and rescues looking to pick up some extra money, perhaps you could find a sponsor for your website to defray some of the costs.

Meet Lincoln!

Lincoln is a fawn male who is house trained, neutered and up-to-date on shots. He has always lived with Dakota (see other posting), so if we they could find a family who would want an awesome senior couple, their life would be perfect! In the world of reality, we realize this may not be possible. The previous owner feels they will do fine on their own. We will update Lincoln's bio as we learn more about him.

So be sure and heck on Lincoln and Dakota who we found are currently being cared for by the South Dakota Boxer Rescue in Vermillion, South Dakota. They are a 501(C)3 Tax Exempt organization serving part of the midwest, boxers in need and the families who need them.

For more information about Lincoln, click here!

Monday, May 5, 2008

Spay or neuter! It's so important!

According to the ASPCA: What are the top 10 reasons to spay or neuter your pet?


1. Your female dog or cat will live a longer, healthier life.
Spaying—the removal of the ovaries and uterus—is a veterinary procedure performed under general anesthesia that usually requires minimal hospitalization. Spaying a female cat or dog helps prevent pyometra (pus-filled uterus) and breast cancer. Treatment of pyometra requires hospitalization, intravenous fluids and antibiotics. Breast cancer can be fatal in about 50 percent of female dogs and in 90 percent of female cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.

2. There are major health benefits for your male animal companion, too.
Besides preventing unwanted litters, neutering your male dog or cat—the surgical removal of the testicles—prevents testicular cancer, if done before six months of age.

3. Your spayed female won't go into heat.
While cycles can vary greatly, female felines usually go into heat four to five days every three weeks during breeding season. In an effort to advertise for mates, they'll yowl and urinate more frequently—sometimes all over the house. Unspayed female dogs generally have a bloody discharge for about a week, and can conceive for another week or so.

4. Your male dog won't need to roam away from home...
An intact male in search of a mate will do just about anything to get one! That includes digging his way under the fence and making like Houdini to escape from the house. And once he's free to roam, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other males.

5. …and he will be much better behaved to boot!
Neutered cats and dogs focus their attention on their human families. On the other hand, unneutered dogs and cats may mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Indoors, male dogs may embarrass you by mounting on furniture and human legs when stimulated. And FYI, a neutered dog protects his home and family just as well as unneutered dog--and many aggression problems can be avoided by early neutering.

6. Spaying or neutering will NOT make your pet fat.
It's no use to use that old excuse! Lack of exercise and overfeeding will cause your pet to pack on the extra pounds—not neutering. Your pet will remain fit and trim as long as you continue to provide exercise and monitor food intake.

7. Spaying or neutering is highly cost-effective.
The cost of your pet's spay or neuter surgery is a lot less than the cost of having and caring for a litter. It also beats the cost of treatment when your unneutered tom escapes and gets into fights with neighborhood strays…or the cost of cleaning the carpet that your unspayed female keeps mistaking for her litter box, or the cost of…well, you get the idea!

8. It's good for the community.
Stray animals pose real problems in many parts of the country. They can prey on wildlife, cause vehicular accidents, damage the local fauna and scare children.

9. Your pet doesn't need to have a litter for your children to witness the miracle of birth.
We've heard this one a lot. But you know what? Letting your pet produce offspring you have no intention of keeping teaches your children irresponsibility. Anyone who has seen an animal euthanized in a shelter for lack of a home knows the truth behind this dangerous myth. There are countless books and videos available to teach your children about birth in a responsible manner.

10. It packs a powerful punch in the fight against pet overpopulation.
Millions of cats and dogs of all ages and breeds are euthanized annually or suffer as strays. These high numbers are the result of unwanted, unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering.
Where to get your pet spayed or neutered:
Many states and counties have established low-cost spay/neuter programs that make surgery easily affordable. To find a low-cost program near you, search our Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Provider Database.

Found dog alert!

If you, your family or friends, have the horrible experience of a missing pup, or have found a pup, here's a site we think could help. It's called the Found Dog Blog, and it lists all kinds of dogs that have been found all over the country.

It's provided by the Dog Detective, an on-line database of lost and found dogs. Their site supplies a free search service, RSS feeds, posters and web pages for anyone that has lost or found a dog. They also provide these free services for any and all organizations that deal with lost dogs.

Important calls!

If you are in business, or are a shelter or rescue, those phone calls are important! You don't want to loose a good client, or potential client; and you don't want to lose a potential adopter for the pups you have in rescue.

Here's an interesting solution - an Answering Service. Map Communications Answering Services tailors their service to your business and can provide a great way to keep those calls flowing, never loose a call, forward them to the right people and more. Their service integrates with your website, provides an #800 service (for the US and Canada) and they have other online management tools to make managing your phone calls easy.

There is a cost involved, so if you are a rescue or shelter you may want to look into a sponsor for your answer service. It would be a great opportunity for a business to promote their services and help your shelter or rescue at the same time.

Mum gets calls for her business and sometimes the calls can surprise you! It could be the newspaper wanting to do a story on your business or shelter/rescue, or it could even be Oprah! It never hurts to check it out - you never know who's on the other end of the line.

Meet Kia!

Kia is approximately ten months old, white, and has beautiful yellow eyes. Kia is a natural bundle of joy as she fit quickly into her new foster home. She is currently fostered with two canine brothers and three cats.

She loves them all, wrestling with the dogs, and playing gently with the cats. It seems she loves everyone she meets, animal or human. Kia recently had time to play with a three year old. It was hard to say who was more fascinated with who, but she was very careful and gentle while they played.

We don't think Kia has had much exposure to toys or bones but she is quickly making up for lost time. She absolutely loves to run and play and wiggles her entire body when she gets a bone.

Kia has been a joy to everyone she has met, winning the hearts of her foster family and their friends. What Kia really deserves is a forever home. She needs somebody to supply the time and place and she promises to supply tons of fun and love. Give this little girl a shot, if you have room in your heart she has room in hers!

Kia is currently being fostered through Pit Rescue of the Great Plains in Southeastern South Dakota. They rescue, foster and rehabilitate Pit Bulls that have been abandoned, neglected, abused and injured.

For more information about Kia, click here!

Remembering the younger days! Empire Today!

Back when Mum was just a wee pup, she lived in a small town. One day these guys came to the house and said to GrandMum, "do you want to be a test family for cable TV?" Well, GrandMum had never heard of cable TV, but thought it was a pretty good idea.

So these guys, ran a wire into the window and suddenly we had all kinds of television stations to watch. This was in the early 60's. Long before cable actually was available to the masses - or at least to the masses of people we knew.

We could watch WGN in Chicago, Channel 4 in Bloomington, it was like a whole world opened up to us. Mum was just about five years old, but she still remembers the commercial from one of the most famous advertisers on WGN - Empire Today.

Over the years their commercial has changed a bit and we see them on other channels, but never have they changed their jingle - 599-2300, Empire! It always brings back good memories for Mum. Here they are on YouTube.


Empire Today provides empire carpet, ceramic tile, laminate and hardwood flooring. They will provide quick and easy in-home estimates, next day installation, and easy financing for all your flooring needs, including a one year no payments plan.