Sunday, August 31, 2008

Meet Lacey!

Lacey is a new arrival to the shelter. She is beautiful but doesn't trust people just yet. They are working with her. Ideally, the shelter would love to find an Aussie Rescue that could work with her.

We found Lacey currently being cared for by the Madison County Humane Society in Anderson, Indiana. The Madison County SPCA Humane Society, Inc. operates a 501c3 tax exempt public charity. MCHS is a "N0-Kill'' receiving facility dedicated to providing housing, food and health care for lost, homeless, surrendered, or neglected companion dogs and cats. Our adoption program is designed to find new forever homes for all of our temporary residents.

For more information about Lacey, click here!

More news about animals being evacuated in prep for Hurricane Gustav!

More evacuation info for animals and pets being evacuated in preparation for Hurricane Gustav:

Petfinder:

Petfinder has set up a blog for rescue and shelter organizations, and individuals who have information that would be helpful in the Gulf Area. Here are just a few post excerpts:

August 31, 2008--The Humane Society of South Mississippi will provide a shelter from Hurricane Gustav for domesticated pets on the grounds of Harrison Central High School, at 15600 School Road north of Gulfport, MS starting at 6:00 pm today (Sunday, 8/31/08). The school will open a shelter for humans at the same time.

August 30, 2008---Petfinder.com has member animal shelters in Louisiana and the Gulf coast. We are in touch with these shelters to find out how they are doing and what we can do to help. Here are some of the updates we've gotten from shelters scrambling to get ready for Hurricane Gustav:

Read more...

Foster homes needed for shelter pets in St. Tammany Parish
A special request is being made for foster homes for pets currently in the St. Tammany Humane Society. Please call (985) 892-7387 if you can foster a pet
to get them out of the way of possible flooding of the St. Tammany shelter. (Shelter workers say that if necessary you can evacuate with your foster pet.)
Dallas Area:
McKinney, Texas (CaymanMama.com) — The SPCD of Texas in Dallas and McKinney, Texas are calling on the support of animal lovers everywhere as they prepare to take in the thousands of displaced pets who are facing losing their homes to Hurricane Gustav.

The already overcrowded shelters in Dallas and McKinney have ceased the admission of owner-surrendered pets in order to accommodate the animals who will be soon be without a home due to the natural disaster.

Read more...
New Orleans area:
Pet shelters emptying cages as Gustav approaches
By JANET McCONNAUGHEY
The Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An animal shelter sent dozens of stray cats out of towns while pet owners bought supplies for a possible evacuation as Tropical Storm Gustav approached the Gulf of Mexico.

When Hurricane Katrina threatened, and even after it hit, some pet owners refused to go to shelters because their pets couldn't come. Other animals, left with food and water for three days, died because it took nearly a month to pump out the flooded city.

This time, a hurricane shelter in Shreveport will take pets as well as people, Gov. Bobby Jindal said at a news conference Thursday.

One reason shelter animals are leaving so early is in case the staff is needed to help evacuate busloads of pet owners, said Lee Anne Matherne, director of the Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter.

Pets weighing less than 15 pounds, such as cats, rabbits and small dogs, can go on their owners' laps if they are in small crates or soft-sided carriers. Others — also in carriers — will follow the buses in temperature-controlled tractor trailers.

"Tomorrow, we're going to be shipping out our shelter animals from Dallas to Atlanta, possibly up to New York," Matherne said Thursday. "That will free us to assist the people-and-pets evacuation."
More from the New Orleans area:
PasadoRescue is on the scene in New Orleans rescuing animals from shelters and rescue organizations. They have been provided a 600 acre farm for their rescue efforts and are in desparate need of volunteers and donations of supplies and money. Here is their website with more information and frequent updates on their activities.
Jefferson Parish area:
News from the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution...The Atlanta Humane Society is offering an alternative by taking 115 dogs and cats from the East Lake Animal Shelter in Jefferson Parrish. The Atlanta shelter on Howell Mill Road will try to find new homes for those animals.

Richard Rice, spokesman for the Atlanta Humane Society, said some of the animals are expected to arrive around noon Sunday. Some animals could be placed immediately in new homes if they’re up to date on shots and spayed or neutered. “We’re making some room [for the additional animals] and asking people to come in and adopt some [Humane] Society pets,” Rice said.
GustavPets.com
A blog has been created, Gustavpets.com, by concerned citizens of the pets in the path of Gustav. They indicated they will be providing regular updates from shelters and rescue organizations, as well as monetary and supply needs.

Animal evacuations begin in anticipation of Hurricane Gustav!

As Hurricane Gustav nears the gulf coast, preparations are well underway for evacuations of humans and animals.

Here is some of the latest information we found on animal evacuations taking place in the areas expected to be affected by the storm.

Keep a watch on our site and we will bring you the latest information we find on animal shelters and rescues, as well as pet and stray information coming out of the Gulf Coast Area.

Our prayers of safety and strength go out to every human and animal as they prepare for this anticipated massive storm.

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The Ties-Picayune reports...
State Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain said pet shelters for animal owners with "critical transportation needs" are ready for service during the Hurricane Gustav evacuation.

"We are taking the necessary steps to ensure the safety of Louisiana 's pets," Strain said.

Those with pets that will need assistance to evacuate are urged to make arrangements with their local parish Office of Emergency Preparedness as soon as possible to arrange transportation to the pet friendly shelter.

"It is imperative that pet owners with critical transportation needs (CTN) get to the parish pick-up points as soon as possible," Strain said. "It will take time to register everyone and their pets and complete all the paperwork accurately."

Parish pick-up points for transportation to the CTN pet shelters are expected to close as storm conditions become unsafe for volunteer and personnel.

Additional shelters for pets and people without critical transportation needs are being readied as well and will be available as storm conditions dictate.
Read more...

From PRNewswire and MarketWatch...
ASPCA Deploys Disaster Response Team to Assist in Animal Evacuations, Sheltering in Anticipation of Hurricane Gustav

Last update: 3:18 p.m. EDT Aug. 30, 2008
NEW YORK, Aug 30, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- The ASPCA(R) (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals(R)) has deployed a team of disaster response experts to assist the state of Louisiana in pre- and post-storm evacuation and sheltering in anticipation of Hurricane Gustav. Louisiana state officials have declared a pre-storm State of Emergency, and Gustav is a Category 3 Hurricane that could make landfall as early as Monday morning, September 1.

"We have received numerous requests for assistance from local parish shelters and other animal welfare organizations in Louisiana," said Sandy Monterose, the ASPCA's Senior Director of Community Outreach. "We are working closely with the Louisiana State Animal Response Team to assist and provide resources."

Members of the ASPCA disaster response team arrived at the site of the Louisiana Mega Shelter in Shreveport, La. on Friday, August 29. One disaster response trailer, being driven by other ASPCA team members, will arrive on Saturday. The ASPCA also contacted its partner agency, the Saranac Technical Rescue Team, to be on standby for post-storm activity. Currently, the ASPCA team is involved in sheltering efforts on the ground and is working to coordinate evacuation of local animal shelters.
Read more...

From the Houston Chronicle...
SPCA of Texas heads to La. to evacuate animals

DALLAS — An animal protection group will evacuate more than 250 cats and dogs from Louisiana as Tropical Storm Gustav approaches the Gulf Coast.

Staff members from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Texas will fly to New Orleans Friday to round up the animals and caravan back in three Louisiana SPCA vehicles to its McKinney, Texas headquarters.

A statement from the animal welfare agency says the animal evacuees are expected to arrive on Saturday afternoon.

Then, they'll be evaluated, spayed or neutered and placed for adoption at half the cost of the normal adoption rate.

Only animals whose owners have surrendered them will be brought to Texas. All strays will be sent to other Louisiana shelters.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Meet Hunter!

Hunter is a darling Cairn that came into rescue when his owners no longer had time for him. Hunter was 2 years old in November and is very playful. Hunter is being fostered with the foster parent's Beagle, Cairns, and Irish Wolfhounds. Hunter is not crated at night and he sleeps on the floor on a dog bed or under the foster parent’s bed. We are working on his housebreaking which is not yet 100%. Hunter is neutered, UTD on all shots, and on Heartworm preventive.

We found Hunter currently being cared for by Cairn Rescue USA - Northeast in New York, New York. Cairn Rescue USA is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and re-homing purebred Cairn Terriers and mostly-Cairn mixes. We are incorporated in New York, but we rescue Cairns nationwide.

For more infomration about Hunter, click here and watch this fun vid of Hunter!

Adoption process for puppy breeder dogs released!

This news comes from WTAP.com in Parkersburg, West Virginia.

Adoption Process For Puppy Breeder Dogs Released

Reporter: Abby Kidder

PARKERSBURG, WV (August 29, 2008) – The Humane Society of Parkersburg (HSOP) is pleased to announce the adoption process and viewing schedule for the dogs seized from the Whispering Oaks Kennel that remain in our area. The remaining dogs will be housed at the Floodwall Building behind HSOP at 29th and Poplar Sts. and will be available for viewing for those wishing to adopt and the general public according to the following schedule:

Saturday, August 30 – 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Monday, September 1 – 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Tuesday, September 2 – 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Wednesday, September 3 – 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Thursday, September 4 – 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Friday, September 5 – 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

All interested families must complete an adoption application if they have not done so already. Adoption applications will also be available on-site. Potential families will then be able to select the dog they are most interested in and this will be noted on your application for processing. HSOP will then use their standard matching process to ensure the best fit for family and dog alike. Those matched with a dog will be notified by phone to arrange a time to sign their paperwork, be advised of the spay/neuter and veterinary appointment, and pay their fee. The adoption fee is $100 and will include:

Spay or Neuter
Heartworm Test
Microchip
Rabies Vaccination
General Health Exam
HSOP Adoption Fee.

Only 20 people will be allowed in at a time for the safety and well being of the dogs so HSOP asks for the patience of the public. Entrance to the building is first come; first serve and adoption priority will be given to local residents.

“The demand to adopt one of these precious pups has been tremendous. The compassion of the local community is like nothing I have ever seen before,” said Maryann Hollis, executive director of the Humane Society of Parkersburg. The dogs that were selected to remain here are ones that HSOP feels are ready to go right into a family home and that is a small percentage of the overall number. “The majority of these dogs were the breeding dogs that need the most rehabilitation to be able to go into a loving home. I would highly suggest that anyone interested in adopting a puppy mill dog do their research because it is a huge commitment,” said Hollis.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Meet Shadow!

Shadow was rescued out of a neglectful situation. Two young kids owned him and loved him until they got a new puppy. Then they decided he wasn't worth their time anymore. He got no attention except when he was tied on a short chain two times a day.

Shadow loves to go for car rides (especially if you go through the drive thru and grab him a burger). He enjoys playing with other dogs and actually helped 'save' his girlfriend, another foster dog, Phoenix. (a dog had come up to Phoenix and started attacking her and Shadow grabbed the dog's back leg and tried to pull the dog off of Phoenix).

Shadow does need someone who devote time to him. He needs a lot of exercise and someone will discipline him and not let him get away with a lot. He will try to push you to see how far he can go. An experienced owner would be best.

We found Shadow currently being cared for by There's No Place Like Home Dog Rescue in Rockbridge, Ohio.


For more information about Shadow, click here!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

A nose for natives: Can dogs help locate rare plants?

We found this interesting story from The Nature Conservancy:

By Jen Newlin Bell

Rogue prefers his steak medium-well. But when it comes to sniffing out a rare plant, this dog performs work that’s very well done, indeed.

The 4-year-old Belgian sheepdog is part of a Nature Conservancy collaborative project to test the efficacy of using dogs to sniff out the threatened Kincaid’s lupine. The plant is host to the endangered Fender’s blue butterfly, found only in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

Using detector dogs for such inventory work is new territory: No one’s tried it before.
Read more and watch Rogue work!

Meet Ruckus!

This gentle giant is a real catch. Ruckus is very friendly with both people and other dogs. Plus, he already knows how to “sit” and “shake.” This big boy would rather play with his people than toys, and despite his size he’s fairly neutral about rawhides and other treats too. So if you have enough love for this 150 pound cuddle bug then come meet Ruckus today!

We met Ruckus through the Anderson Animal Shelter in South Elgin, Illinois. Incorporated in 1966, Anderson Animal Shelter has provided temporary housing for approximately 3,400 dogs, cats, birds, gerbils, hamsters, ferrets, rabbits and other homeless or abandoned pets. They are committed to a low-kill philosophy (100% adoption of adoptable animals) and so do not place time limits on any of the animals in their care. In 2001, an on-site veterinary clinic was added to provide health care for Shelter animals and to assist in the goal of spaying/neutering all adopted dogs & cats before they leave the Shelter.

For more information about Ruckus, click here!

How you can adopt some of the dogs from the West Virginia puppy mill rescue!

Approximately 100 dogs who were rescued from the Parkersburg, West Virginia puppy mill were transported to the Washington, D.C. area the past few days. Some of the dogs will be available for adoption beginning next week. Watch this video for more information.

This news also comes from the Humane Society of Parkersburg:

The dogs that will be available locally are those that are ready to go into new homes right now. Because the community has been so supportive and compassionate, and many of the dogs need to be placed in a rehabilitative setting, there will not be enough ready-to-place dogs to meet the demand. We will begin reviewing the adoption applications we received for the dogs that will remain here beginning on Saturday. We also encourage you to apply to the organizations who will be receiving the dogs. Those organizations are:

We strongly suggest however, that anyone interested in adopting a puppy mill dog should read up on some of the challenges you might expect with such dogs. Please also note that we are finding some genetic congenital disorders which will create even more challenges. Before adoption we strongly encourage you educate yourself about these challenges. We highly recommend reading Rehabilitation of a Puppy Mill Dog.



Best Friends is on hand to help with the rescue of Parkersburg puppy mill dogs.



The Parkersburg community rallys to helps dogs rescued from puppy mill. (From Best Friends)

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Meet Missy!

Missy is about two years old. She likes to snuggle, and give really sweet kisses. In fact, her foster mom says she is just too sweet.

We found Missy currently being cared for by Save Our Setters Inc. Illinois Office, in Galesburg, Illinois. Save Our Setters, Inc. (S.O.S.), a non-profit organization, is a network of volunteers located across the country dedicated to rescuing and rehoming displaced Irish, Irish Red & White, and Gordon Setters.

For more information about Missy, click here!

BBC One reveals shocking truth about pedigree dog breeding in UK!

This from the BBC...

Two years in the making, Pedigree Dogs Exposed (Tuesday 19 August 2008, 9pm, BBC One) lifts the lid on the true extent of health and welfare problems in pedigree dogs in the UK.

Seventy-five per cent of the seven million dogs in the UK are pedigrees, and they cost their owners over £10m in vet fees every week.

This in-depth investigation suggests they are in serious trouble, plagued by genetic disease due to decades of inbreeding.

They are also suffering acute problems because of the showring's emphasis on looks over and above function and health.

Some physical traits required by the Kennel Club's breed standards have inherent health problems (short faces, wrinkling, screw-tails, dwarfism) while other problems occur because of exaggerations bred into dogs by breeders trying to win rosettes.

Deliberate mating of dogs that are close relatives is common practice and the Kennel Club continues to register dogs bred from mother-to-son and brother-to-sister matings.

Scientists at Imperial College, London, recently found that pugs in the UK are so inbred that, although there are 10,000 of them, it is the equivalent of just 50 distinct individuals – making them more genetically compromised than the giant panda.

Steve Jones, Professor of Genetics, UCL, says: "People are carrying out breeding which would be, first of all, be entirely illegal in humans and secondly is absolutely insane from the point of view of the health of the animals."

He adds: "In some breeds they are paying a terrible, terrible price in genetic disease."

The film exposes the devastating consequences of such genetic disease for dogs and the distress it causes their owners.
Read more...see the film via YouTube beginning here.

So what do you think? Are purebred dogs, not only in the UK, but in the US as well, being overbred and inbred? Do you see an increase of these serious genetic disorders? Do you have a pup with a genetic disorder that has been attributed to overbreeding and inbreeding? Comment and give us your views!

How to help the 1000 puppies seized from West Virginia puppy mill!

The Humane Society of Parkersburg, along with Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, and staff from the Humane Society of the United States are working along side many other rescue organizations from all over the country to coordinate efforts and find foster homes and temporary shelters for the dogs rescued from the Parkersburg, West Virginia puppy mill this past weekend.

The dogs will need to be evaluated and transported before being put up for adoption. It is expected that adoption information will be coming by the end of the week and this weekend.

When we find out more information we will keep you updated. In the meantime, here is some additional information that we gathered today:

Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah is on hand helping in the rescue efforts. One of the rescuers is blogging about the horrific experience. If you'd like to donate to Best Friends in helping them further their efforts in helping these pups, click on the image below.


This info is from the Humane Society of Parkersburg website:

If you would like to assist the HSOP at this time of great need, we are accepting monetary donations to help cover the costs of this effort. We are also in need of clean towels and rolled newspapers. All donations should be taken directly to the main Shelter at 29th and Poplar (or click here).

People interested in volunteering for the effort should call the Shelter first at 304-422-5541 and leave a message on the Volunteer line. We appreciate all volunteers, but in order for things to work smoothly we must schedule volunteers for needed jobs. So PLEASE call first and leave a message of what you can do and when you are available. We'll get back to you as soon as possible.

While some of the surrendered animals will be made available for adoption locally, they will not be available until August 30th and will be adopted out using our normal adoption process. See Adoption Process on this website. Many of the animals will be going to rescues around the nation that are better equipped to deal with puppy mill animals, but animals that we feel are appropriate for local adoption, will be available beginning on that date.

Lastly, thank you to everyone that has been a part of making this amazing rescue of these animals possible. There are too many to name at this hectic time, but you know who you are and you're efforts are saving lives at this very moment.

Carrie Roe, President
HSOP

Many of the dogs rescued at the puppy mill are dachshunds. If you'd like to apply to be a foster home for one of the pups, click here for more information.

Cool Stuff for Cool Dogs!

Be sure and visit my website - JohannTheDog.com - where you can shop for cool stuff for cool dogs!

We've put together, in one place, all the cool stuff you need for your dog!

Find dog beds, all natural foods and treats, collars, leashes,charms, training and agility gear, vitamins and supplements, books, clothing, toys and more!

And the best part is that we donate 10% of our profits to dog rescues and shelters!

A Rare Breed of Love!

A Rare Breed of Love: The True Story of Baby and the Mission She Inspired to Help Dogs Everywhere. It's a tale of hope, courage, and the amazing journey of one special dog.

When you meet Baby, the first thing you notice is her limp. She only has three legs, you see -- she lost one following years of mistreatment at a puppy mill. But spend a little more time with Baby and her irrepressible "Ma," Jana Kohl, and you'll hear the story of how this gentle creature has gone from puppy-mill victim to celebrity "spokesdog" -- hobnobbing with celebrities, lobbying politicians, and inspiring an entire movement to end the kind of animal abuse she suffered for so many years.

Get the book and read more about Baby and her story.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Meet Gabriella!

Gabriella is a petite little girl, perhaps 4-5 months old. She came to rescue from a shelter in SC that was going to euthanize her. She is a sweet dog that is looking for a quiet house to call her own. Weighing in at only 10lbs she needs to gain 2-3 more to be at a healthy weight. She sure doesn't need any treatments for acne, with that perfect snout! What a cutie!

We found Gabriella through RescuedMe in Charlotte, North Carolina. Gabi would do best in a home that is active. She needs to have a fenced yard or someone willing to walk her a couple of miles a day. She likes to play fetch and gets along with other dogs. She is not potty trained yet, but we are working on it. Gabi is crate trained. She would do best in a home that has no children under the age of 10.

For more information about Gabriella, click here!

Update on seisure at West Virginia puppy mill!

Many organization are joining forces to help the nearly 1,000 puppies seized from a West Virginia puppy mill on Saturday.

The dogs were surrendered by Whispering Oaks Kennel after officials executed a search warrant at Sharon Roberts' Internet-based dog-breeding business at 301 Whispering Oaks Lane, Parkersburg.

Humane society officials said they still need newspapers, towels, and monetary donations. To help, call (304) 422-5541 or log on to www.hsop.org.

Here are some other updates:

Utah Shelter Caring For Puppies Rescued From Mill
PetSmart Charities(R) Dispatches Emergency Relief Waggin'(R) to Massive "Puppy Mill" Rescue in West Virgina; Officials Estimate 1,000 Dogs, Puppies in Peril
Parkersburg Dog Rescue Requires a National Effort
Local, National, International Volunteers Helping Dogs

Michael Phelps talks about Herman!

Did you see this video of Michael Phelps talking about his best friend, Herman? Herman's a bulldog, and Phelps says 'I don't think I've heard anyone snore so loud in my life'!

Watch the vid for more!

Monday, August 25, 2008

1,000 dogs are freed from West Virginia puppy mill!

This news comes from the Humane Society of the United States...

Yesterday morning (August 23, 2008) in Parkersburg, W.Va., a cycle of animal abuse that lasted nearly two decades was finally broken. Local authorities raided the Whispering Oaks Kennel and found one of the most prolific puppy mills in the state's history.

By the end of the day nearly 1,000 neglected and abused dogs were freed from the horrendous industry that traps hundreds of thousands of dogs in a dismal cycle of suffering.

The Humane Society of the United States was there from the beginning, acting as the lead animal welfare organization for this mercy mission.

Local authorities had received complaints that the property owner was discharging pollution without a permit. When they arrived on the scene to investigate the claims, they found a grossly overrun breeding facility wrought with obvious animal neglect.

Once on site, the officials convinced the property owner to relinquish ownership of all 1,000 dogs at the facility. The owner also signed a document barring her from ever operating another breeding facility.
Read more...

Meet Frannie!

Frannie is a 2 yr old gal that has found herself in need of a new home. She is timid and nervous at first but warms up quickly. She will benefit from obedience training to give her the confidence she needs to be a well adjusted dog. She is petite at 42 lbs so easy to manage. She absolutely loves kids but has a strong herding instinct so her ideal home will be someone with experience with herding breeds if they have small children. She gets along with all other dogs and cats.

We found Frannie through Collie Rescue of Indiana in Winchester, Indiana. Collie Rescue of Indiana is a non-profit, volunteer based rescue organization whose primary goal is to rescue abused, abandoned or lost Collies ; to restore, rehabilitate and rehome these animals into forever homes and to educate the public about the care and needs of these canine companions. Our dedicated volunteers strive to rehome our collies into the ideal situation for each dog while providing a loving companion for your family. We are a 501(c)3 tax deductible organization.

For more information about Frannie, click here!

Car safety for dogs!

With the big Labor Day weekend coming up, we hope you'll be out and about playing with your pup! Maybe get in that big hike you've been wanting to do, or going camping or canoeing (some of my favorite stuff).

When your off traveling with your pup, remember to be safe in the car. And check out my Squidoo Lens on Dog Car Safety to get some great tips and securing your pup and keeping all of you safer and happier!

And here's a little vid to share with your friends and family. Good thoughts about being safe in the car:

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Meet Mojo!

Mojo is an adorable black and white jowly boy. He is just 1 year old and weighs about 42 pounds. Mojo has the cutest face! You just want to grab those chubby cheeks!! Mojo seems like a mix of an English Bulldog and a Boston Terrier. He is a very stout chunky boy. Mojo has a fabulous and very laid back personality. He loves to lay on the couch or on your lap. Mojo is relaxed and very friendly with everyone. He seems great with other dogs, cats, and even kids! Be sure and get your authorize.net ready for this adorable boy. He will make a perfect family pet.

Mojo has tested positive for Heartworms and will need to be treated before he can be adopted. He will be available for adoption on September 6. Any donation towards his treatment will be very appreciated!!

We found Mojo through Rescue Farm in Portland, Indiana. Rescue Farm, Inc is a 501c3 non-profit rescue working to end euthanasia of adoptable animals. They are run out of a private residence so all adoptions are done by appointment only!

For more information about Mojo, click here!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Meet Bailey!

Bailey is a four-year-old, adorable cream and white cockapoo. He is 30 pounds, sweet and gentle. Bailey is housebroken and likes other dogs and cats. He seems to melt when you touch him.

We met Bailey currently being cared for by Herding Dog Rescue in Baldwin, New York. They are a 501c3 rescue dedicated to the rescue of Collies , German Shepherds, Corgis and collie mixes. They are on a mission to end animal suffering, aiding dogs from shelters. They also help people rehome their pets and have a small sanctuary for elderly and handicapped dogs.

For more information about Bailey, click here!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Meet Tulip!

Pit Bull Rescue San Diego has countless kind-hearted supporters to thank for making Tulip's second chance at life a reality. This sweetie was dropped off by her owner at a local shelter with a serious yet fixable medical condition (prolapsed rectum - ouch!). PBRSD fell in love with her immediately, but lacked the money to fund her surgery.

The cards were stacked in Tulip's favor that day, because as soon as they sent out a plea for donations, wonderful people started to line up one after the other to help pay for her procedure. Next thing you know, she was resting comfortably in foster care recovering from her surgery. They now report that Tulip is 100% healthy and happy, and has been given her puppy hood back. She loves running and playing with other dogs, getting lots of love from her foster parents, and snuggling up into the nearest lap for nap time.

Tulip continues to thrive in foster care, learning basic obedience and getting the hang of house training. Now all she needs is a forever family who will love her for the little angel that she is.

For more information about Tulip, click here!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Meet Bozo!

Bozo, a Lhasa Apso, Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Mix, was a total mess when he was dumped at the shelter - matted and very very dirty, poor boy. He is a sweetie pie and likes other dogs. With the correct grooming he will look like superstar! He has short legs and a long body very similar to a PBGV and he is very playful and can be stubborn at times, so a experienced dog lover would be helpful for him.

We met Bozo through Sparky and the Gang, Long Beach, California. Sparky and the Gang is a not-for-profit charitable group working to rescue dogs and place them in safe, loving homes. Group volunteers rescue primarily dogs but sometimes cats from local pounds, off the streets and from unsuitable homes. They also pull dogs off Los Angeles freeways and from areas in downtown Los Angeles and South Central.

For more information about Bozo, click here!

Visiting doc walks dogs, helps find homes for pups!

We found this great story from Trail-Rossland News in Rossland, Canada...

Visiting doc walking dogs, helping find homes Doctor unleashes generosity at shelter

By Willa Condy - Trail-Rossland News
Published: August 19, 2008 3:00 PM
Elizabeth Thompson is almost finished with her two month family medicine rotation in Trail.

The 35-year-old medical student has found a unique way to stay in shape — she started volunteering walking dogs at the Trail and District SPCA Shelter.

“I’m living in Victoria right now doing my residency and I volunteer there (Victoria SPCA) and, prior to that, I volunteered at the Coquitlam SPCA,” said Thompson.

Thompson is enjoying working in Trail, but noticed that there was a shortage of dog walkers and other volunteers coming to the Trail shelter.

She started putting up posters to encourage others to come to the shelter and walk a dog.

“If people aren’t comfortable with the dogs they can always come and play with the cats,” said Thompson.

Walking dogs is not the only way that Thompson has helped the animals at the shelter.

“My husband came out on August long weekend and it’s our fifth anniversary this year and I said to him my gift for our anniversary would be renting a van and getting some of these animals down to Victoria,” said Thompson.

So four dogs and 17 kittens made the trip to Victoria. Three dogs came from Trail and one from the Grand Forks SPCA shelter.

Currently one dog is still looking for a home but half of the kittens have been adopted already.

Thompson and her husband, Bernard, are not going to forget about the West Kootenay area and the animals looking for homes.

They are planning to make two to three trips a year here to transport animals to Victoria.

When Thompson goes back to Victoria, she will continue walking dogs.

Donations can be made at the Trail and District SPCA to cover the cost of transporting the animals.

For more information about volunteering at the Trail SPCA, call 250-368-5910.

Careers!

Way back in the old days :), when Mum was just becoming an adult, she dreamed of traveling the World. Back then she didn't have me, my sis Gracie or my kittie bros Wolfie and Wiggy. She had no ties, the world was her oyster!

She thought about a career in the airline industry, maybe a flight attendant career, thinking that could be a way for her to travel and see all the cities and sites she had read about in school over the years. But it wasn't to be. She has no regrets, she having a great life and really loves having the four of us as her family and working from home, so she can spend all her time with us.

But if you, or your teens, are thinking about a career with an airline, there is a
flight attendant school, that could give you a really great start, and put you on the path for a flight attendant career or an other career in the airline or travel industry.

It could be a great way to fulfill your dreams, travel the World and get paid for it at the same time!

Help for animals during tough times!

We found this great story from The Post and Courier in Charleston, South Carolina.

More people surrendering animals to shelters

By Prentiss Findlay (Contact)
The Post and Courier
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Ashley Mills wanted to keep a cat her mom found at an abandoned house, but it was just too expensive in tough times.

"If the cat got sick, I could not afford to take it to the vet," she said.

The rising cost of living, coupled with a recession, shaped her decision to take the cat to the Charleston Animal Society, where staff named it Linus.

"The cat was very sweet. I could see myself easily becoming attached to it," said Mills, 28, a Daniel Island coffee shop barista. "Now it's mostly guilt because I can't take care of the cat. I'd feel a lot better if the cat found a home."

Mills' story is one that shelter officials are hearing more often these days as pet owners are forced to make difficult choices because of the economy. Some surrender their animals after losing a job or home. Others cut costs by moving in with a relative who doesn't want the animal around.

"It's increased a great deal. I'm sure all the shelters are feeling it," said J.J. Messervy, president of the Francis R. Willis Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Summerville. Up to five people per week surrender an animal at the Dorchester Countyshelter because of the cost of caring for it. That is a six-fold increase over last year in the number of pets given up for economic reasons, he said.

To help the situation, the Charleston Animal Society will start a pet food bank to offer a month's worth of free food for those struggling to keep their dog or cat because of financial problems. The organization plans to announce the new initiative on Sept. 2, said Charles Karesh, the society board of directors president.
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Keep up the energy!

When we go to agility trials they are sometimes very long days. And we need to keep our energy going for those runs!

Mum gives me treats throughout the day, before and after my runs, not only as a reward but to keep me going all day. Those runs can be very taxing on the body and my energy.

For Mum, she always packs a lunch for herself. She'll maybe bring a banana, sandwich with cheese, some orange juice, but that lunch doesn't always do it for her if the days is really long like some USDAA trials can be. So she's been looking into healthy snack bars to keep her going.

These high protein bars could be just the answer for her to keep her energy up, and get me running at my best on the course. And the all natural energy bar have some great ingredients, like soy and protein. And they are low in calories - always important to keep in shape for agility!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

A tired dog is a happy, well adjusted dog!

When my Mum adopted me I was a wacky, busy dude. She knew instinctively that I needed a job; I'm a herding breed you know!

So she signed me up for an obedience class and then an agility class after that. We've never looked back. Agility is my absolute favorite activity and it keeps me fit, happy, healthy and tired. The tired part is key to me not getting into trouble in the house. It keeps Mum in great shape too, and has allowed us to form an incredible bond.

Dogs need exercise every day. Even though agility is our favorite thing, there are lots of activities you can do with your dog to get that exercise they need to be happy, healthy and well-adjusted.

If you're looking for fun things to do with your pup, check out my Squidoo Lens. It's packed full of fun information and ideas!

Planning for Cyber Monday!

I know it's a little early, but it's really never early enough to think about the holidays, right? I'm in the holiday spirit all the time, BOL!

Our plan for all of our holiday shopping this year is to do what we did last year; do all of our shopping for our friends, and family - two and four legger - all online.

Why not? It saves on gas, saves on time, and with all the great deals on the Internet (especially that time of year), we usually never have to pay shipping. So we end up saving lots!

And one of the best days to do online holiday shopping is Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. All those people will be out and about in the stores and the malls, and we'll be home, watching football and the big dog show, and getting all of our shopping done.

There's another big shopping day - for online shopping that is - it's cyber monday; the biggest online shopping day of the year. This site has everything you'll need to get ready for black Friday and cyber Monday - shopping planning lists, email alerts, and more.

One page we'll be keeping a good eye on is the Dicks Sporting Goods deals, we love to shop there for our friends.

Check out Raise A Green Dog!

If you haven't stopped by and visited my other blog lately, we encourage you to! Raise a Green Dog has all kinds of info on how you can help your dog go green, help the environment and have a healthier pup in the process.

Some of our latest posts include:

Cookin' the Doo!
Eco-friendly shoes made just for walking your green dog!
Honor your best friend with a lasting green gift!
Reusable totes, priced just right!

Dog toys, pet med, Aeropostale coupons and more!

I don't know about you, but in this horrid economy, I'm always looking for ways to save money. We drive the speed limit, we consolidate our errands, we conserve our water and electricity, and we work hard to not waste.

Another one of the ways that we save is by looking for online coupons for when we have to purchase items. We almost always find a coupon for something we need to purchase when we search around a bit. Even coupons for free shipping can save some good bucks that we can use towards gas for driving to agility.

We found a site today that has all kinds of coupons for all kinds of products - we found dog toys coupons, pet med coupons, free shipping from dog stores and more.

We also found great deals on housewares coupons, clothing and Aeropostale coupons, electronics coupons. And you can save big on back to school items like software, computers, dorm supplies, school supplies and more. One of our favorite items is music for when we travel to agility trials and they had some great deals on music.

So when your in the hunt for your next purchase, don't forget to check out online coupons to help save you some bucks.

Meet Andrew!

Andrew appears to be a Bearded Collie mix. Whatever his heritage this boy is so very cute, just try and ignore that button nose!! He's a sweetie and we plead that you not delay with Andy... some of the kennel employees noted he was 'lethargic' or not really interested in life... we beg to differ! He did very well outside, possibly house trained, and who wouldn't be depressed in a shelter kennel?! Please give this guy a chance, he's just too cool to be lost forever.

We found Andrew currently being cared for by the Pasadena Animal Control and Adoption, Pasadena, Texas. Pasadena Animal Control & Adoption is a division of Pasadena Health Department. Our goal is for every adoptable animal to find a loving home with responsible caretakers. The dogs and cats adopted through the shelter are meant to be companion animals who have a secure place within the family structure. If you are looking for a pet to enhance your life, please consider one of the many dogs or cats waiting at the shelter for someone to love.

For more information about Andrew, click here!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Meet Gordon!

Gordon was born approximately June of 2005. He is a typical big, goofy Bloodhound - very loving and willing to please. He plays well with female dogs his size (no small dogs and no cats please). He is very handsome, weighs about 75 lbs and would do best in a household that understands the breed. If you like big goofy boys he might just be the boy for you.

After a big day with Gordon in the woods, you may want to check for ticks; and pick up Rubis tweezers to get those little nasties off your pup!

Gordon is currently being cared for by Lake Lanier Humane League in Dawsonville, Georgia. Lake Lanier Humane League is a network of foster homes and caring volunteers who work together in an effort to place rescue animals into loving, permanent homes.

For more information about Gordon, click here!

The Top Ten Reasons for Pet Relinquishment to Shelters!

Every day as we post about a pup from a shelter or rescue looking for their forever home, we run across posts where the pups are in need because their two leggers had relinquished them to the shelter or rescue. It's a very sad situation when someone has to give up their 'best friend.'

Not too long ago the The National Council on Pet Population
Study and Policy
did a study and highlighted The Top Ten Reasons for Pet Relinquishment to Shelters in the United States. Here are their findings:

Dogs

1. Moving
2. Landlord issues
3. Cost of pet maintenance
4. No time for pet
5. Inadequate facilities
6. Too many pets in home
7. Pet illness (es)
8. Personal problems
9. Biting
10. No homes for littermates

Cats

1. Too many in house
2. Allergies
3. Moving
4. Cost of pet maintenance
5. Landlord issues
6. No homes for littermates
7. House soiling
8. Personal problems
9. Inadequate facilities
10. Doesn't get along with other pets

Before you adopt a pet, think long and hard about your life, your lifestyle, and your future. It could mean the matter of life and death for your new potential adoptee.

Bissell Pet Games Video Contest!

Does your pet play games, do amazing tricks or have a talent that the world should see? Maybe your dog plays tug of war or you have an acrobatic cat. If it makes onlookers laugh or just raise an eyebrow, grab a video camera and capture your funny and playful pet on tape.

Bissell is looking for the funniest and most unique pet videos to post to their website during the Bissell Pet Games Video Contest. Your pet video may be voted a weekly winner or even win the Grand Prize! Submit your video today and once its posted encourage your friends and family to visit the site and cast their vote!

New car? New car loan?

With gas prices as high as they are, you may be looking to substitute that gas hog with a more fuel efficient vehicle. I know Mum and I have thought about it.

For many of us getting a new or used car means getting a Car Loan. Although it may be tough to have those car payments for now, by getting a more fuel efficient car you can save big in the long run. You may even want to look into one of the new hybrids and really save! And now is a great time to get a replacement vehicle with all the great car deals going on, and there are even great deals on car loans.

So what are you waiting for?

Pledge for a new dog from Petfinder.com Library!

Pledge for New Dog Adopters
Sue Sternberg
Rondout Valley Animals for Adoption
From the Petfinder.com Library

* I pledge to make a reasonable commitment of time and effort, and to affect scheduling and lifestyle changes in order to make this relationship work

* I pledge to make sure my dog is not exposed to the elements of weather without proper shelter, shade cover, dry ground, access to fresh water and at least 1 hour of loving companionship and play a day (I understand this is a minimum and will strive to keep the dog with me as much as possible and treat him/her as an important member of my family)

* I pledge to provide appropriate and timely veterinary care for the life of my dog

* I pledge provide my dog with the proper nutrition for optimum health, and to keep my dog the proper weight, neither obese nor emaciated

* I pledge to keep this dog indoors at night, and to include him/her in the activities of the household while we are home, as much as possible

* I pledge to keep my dog groomed and free of external parasites and matting (particularly behind my dog's ears, under his elbows, his tail and thighs)

* I pledge to spay or neuter my dog, if he/she is not already

* I pledge to give my do ample aerobic exercise daily, and make sure that at least three times a week he gets to run and play and get tired out

* I pledge to provide my dog with mental stimulation in the form of either play, interactive toys, training, or off territory leash walks, DAILY

* I pledge to provide my dog with enough training and/or behavioral management so as to enable him to be a welcome part of my community, or managed safely

* I pledge to provide my dog ample outlets for his instincts (such as off territory leash walks/running, opportunities to sniff and explore the natural world, agility training, trick training, fun and rewarding obedience training, play with other dogs, etc.), so that he does not feel constantly frustrated, or develop behavioral problems because he is neglected or under stimulated

* I pledge to provide a home in which my dog clearly knows there are certain rules to which I will insist on and he can count on

* I pledge to provide my dog with enough toys to satisfy his urge to chew

* I pledge to get professional help if my dog has or develops behavior or temperament problems, and, if safe, to manage my dog carefully so as not ot endanger the people and other pets in my community

* I pledge to do everything I can to keep my dog from becoming a nuisance in my community

* I will not allow him to run free/out of my control, chase cars, bicycles, children, etc.

* I will seek professional help to get my dog to be quiet, or keep him quiet both when I am home and away, so as not to disturb my neighbors

* I pledge to "scoop poop" from my dog when off my property, so that my dog and other dogs will always be welcome in public

* I pledge that if I have to move residences for any reason, I am aware that finding housing that accepts pets can take longer than average, but that I will commit to moving with my dog, as I would move with a member of my family

* I pledge that if, for any reason, I can no longer keep this dog, I will not abandon this dog, and

* I will return the dog to the shelter (if required) or leave ample time to find a new, appropriate home, tell the new owners truthfully all the dog's behaviors, good and bad, and follow up occasionally to make sure the dog is safe and content

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Meet CiCi!

CiCi was surrendered by her owners on 2/27/08 when the landlord would not let her stay. She is good with kids and is good with other dogs. She has lived indoors, although she is not completely house trained yet. She is a very happy girl and would be even happier to find a permanent home.

We found CiCi currently being cared for by the Humane Educational Society of Chattanooga, Tennessee. She is a Besenji. If you don't know much about Besenji's they have a unique characteristic - no bark, only a yodel. So closed captioning may be in order!

For more information about CiCi, click here!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Meet Mr. Snoopy!

Mr. Snoopy is a gentle,mild-mannered and very affectionate Beagle. He loves to be with "his" people and is also great with kids. He is house trained to use the doggy-door.

We found Mr. Snoopy currently being cared for by the Southern Arizona Beagle Rescue in Tucson, Arizona. Southern Arizona Beagle Rescue (SoAZBR) is a charitable, non-profit, 501(c)(3), all-volunteer organization dedicated to beagle and beagle-mix dog rescue, education on the breed and general animal welfare. Formed in October 2005, we serve all of southern Arizona, including Pima, Cochise, Santa Cruz and Pinal counties.

For more information about Mr. Snoopy, click here!

Friday, August 15, 2008

Meet Clara!

This is Clara, an adorable beagle girl. She weighs about 28 pounds and is a young beagle, less than 2 years old. She is very sweet and lovable, and very gentle. She likes to play every once in a while, but mostly like to just hang out with her humans. She gets along fine with the two beagles in my foster home, but she'd be fine as an only dog also.

We met Clara through the Houston Beagle and Hound Rescue in Houston, Texas. They are a small group of friends who are committed to rescuing needy Beagles and occasionally other Hounds from shelters, abandonment, neglect, and other dangerous situations.

For more information about Clara, click here!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Meet Lucky!

Lucky is a 10-year-old spayed female Beagle who was surrendered to the San Jose Animal Services when her elderly owner was evicted from her home. Lucky is a 13" Beagle and weighs 18 pounds. She had been neglected, but her minor medical needs were taken care of and she's doing great.

Lucky was used to being a mostly outside dog, and now loves being an inside dog with a soft fluffy dog bed of her own. Lucky is good with cats, children and other dogs. She walks nicely on the leash and is a happy gal looking for a loving home where she can spend her golden years. She is in foster care in Salinas.

We found Lucky currently being cared for through a foster home with Northern California Beagle Rescue. Their mission is to help beagles find loving homes throughout the Northern California region and provide education to current and potential beagle owners about this marvelous, challenging breed.

For more information about Lucky, click here!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Meet Doc!

Doc is a senior beagle mix. He is approximately 7 years old. He was found as a stray in Newport Township. Doc is ready for a place to settle down.

We found Doc currently being cared for by the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley in Marietta, Ohio. They are a non-profit organization dedicated to the health and welfare of homeless animals. They primary source of funding comes from donations from individuals and organizations in the community.

For more information about Doc, click here!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Meet Wally!

Wally is a 4 years old beagle. Wally is a happy go lucky dog. She is always ready for fun.

We met Wally through the Tri-County Animal Shelter in Hughesville, Maryland. The Tri-County Animal Shelter, through mutal agreement, provides animal sheltering services to Charles, St. Marys, and Calvert counties. Funding of the costs associated with operating the shelter is split between these counties. Primarily, the animal shelter is the facility that accepts stray, ill, injuried and unwanted domestic animals both from the general public and the animal contol agencies of the three counties it serves.

For more information about Wally, click here!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Meet Kylie!

Kylie is a beagle/hound mix that was taken from a high kill shelter at six weeks old. She is spayed and up-to-date on vaccinations. She has been placed in two different homes, neither working out for her. Kylie is a lovable dog that loves all other animals, people and going for walks. She is still looking for that right, forever family that will make her part of their family.

We found Kylie currently being cared for by the Twin County Humane Society in Hillsville, Virginia. The Twin County Humane Society is a group of individuals who care about the animals that are in need in the city of Galax, Grayson, and Carroll Counties. They have several committees that play a part in saving animals.

For more information about Kylie, click here!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Meet Dixie Girl!

Dixie is a dainty and mellow 2 year old beagle. She is recovering from a broken leg and collar bone with no complaints. As if that wasn't enough for a little 13' beagle to deal with, she is also being treated for heartworms, but none of this has dampened her cuddly nature and sweet disposition. Dixie gets along well with other dogs in her foster home and when she met a cat nose-to-nose, she wasn't phased in the least, although the cat was somewhat perplexed by Dixie's nonchalant behavior. Dixie is crate-trained and almost completely house-trained.

We found Dixie currently being cared for by PAW-fect Match Rescue in Holly Springs, North Carolina. They are an all-volunteer rescue organization devoted to saving dogs from shelters, puppy mills, abusive situations, and abandonment in North Carolina. Their members foster, transport, and help the rescue efforts with their individual skills, experience, knowledge and expertise, and most importantly, their love of dogs.

For more information about Dixie, click here!

Insurance!

Yes, insurance. It's not just for cars, or homes anymore. With the increasing cost of pet care here in the us and the UK, pet insurance is very important to every pet owner.

I'm a perfect example of how important pet insurance can be. Throughout my four years of life, I've been attacked by several dogs and required major surgery, got a broken foot at a dog boarding facility, had a serious muscle pull injury doing agility, and a dislocated toe from, well, we're not sure! All of these injuries required extensive veterinary care and rehabilitation to get me running agility again. And this care was not cheap. The broken foot costs $2500, and the dog attack costs over $2000!

Thank Dog we had pet insurance, because the insurance paid for all but $500 of each of these bills. The last thing you want to do is run up those credit cards, paying for veterinary care. There are several types of pet insurance policies; ones that cover health and wellness, and check ups. And ones like we have that just take care of first time injuries and illnesses - it's called a catastrophic policy.

So check out health insurance for your pup, you'll be glad you did!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Meet Andy!

Andy is a 14 week old male Yorkie, Poodle puppy. He weighs 4 1/2 pounds and has a sweet loving disposition. Andy loves to be held.

We met Andy through For Paws Rescue in Newnan, Georgia.

For more information about Andy, click here!

Friday, August 8, 2008

Go Daddy Dogs 'Max & Chief' Deliver $50K Donation to Help Arizona Pets!

From MarketWatch...

Dog-Gone It! Go Daddy Makes Giving Away Money Look Fun!!!
Go Daddy Dogs 'Max & Chief' Deliver $50K Donation to Help Arizona Pets

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Aug 03, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Saturday, Go Daddy delivered big dollars for Arizona animals. Go Daddy, known for helping people get online with Web sites and domain names, donated $50,000 to help Arizona pets during the Arizona Humane Society's annual telethon.

Go Daddy also used its expertise to organize online donations, helped answer phones and kept the live event's Web site running smoothly. If you watched the telethon you know Go Daddy donated in "GoDaddy-esque" style too - having their CEO's own dogs deliver the donation on live television.

"Max and Chief are quite the dynamic duo," said Go Daddy CEO and Founder Bob Parsons, referring to how his own dogs rode in a customized Go Daddy remote control car to deliver the special envelope.

This is the third consecutive year Go Daddy co-sponsored the telethon to help animals.

"Members of our organization are still talking about what a huge help Go Daddy was to us from the start," said Tim Crum, Executive Director of the Arizona Humane Society. "One year, Go Daddy jumped in to save the telethon's online component, the next year they helped to significantly increase our online contributions and this year they helped us reach our goal in donations."

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Meet Lil Bear!

Lil Bear, a Flat-Coated Retriever, has grown to be a magnificent dog, is now about a year & a half old and probably weighs in at between 90-100 pounds. You can see by his new pictures that he's a gorgeous, friendly boy. His personality has continued to be outgoing and personable ... he's great with people and other dogs.

We found Lil Bear through the GRReat Dog Rescue in Knoxville, Tennessee. GRReat Dog Rescue (GDR) consists of a group of volunteers that love dogs (and other animals too) and want to help the adoptable pets that end up homeless through no fault of their own. Some of the volunteers have been involved in rescue since the 1980's and still enjoy helping these wonderful dogs.

Be sure and check out your car insurance before you head out to see Lil Bear; and make sure you're covered for anything that could happen!

For more information about Lil Bear, click here!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Meet Rorie!

Rorie came to rescue as a OTI. This is probably the best thing that could have happened to this poor girl! She was kept in a crate all the time except to go out and potty. They estimate her to be around a year old. She was extremely shy and withdrawn when she first came in. With some time and patience she has come around and is learning that people and affection are good things! You sure don't need eyeglasses to see the beauty in this girl!

She has been kenneled with another male Dane and we think that he has actually helped build her confidence some and she would probably do best in a home with another dog. She has been good with other dogs, cats are unknown. She would be fine with older less rambunctious kids. Once she trusts you she comes she gives kisses and leans and will follow you around!

Rorie is currenly being cared for by the North Carolina Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League in Hickory, North Carolina.

For more information about Rorie, click here!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Red Cross is Hounding the Public on Pet Safety during the Dog Days of Summer!

This comes from the American Red Cross!

WASHINGTON, Tuesday, July 29, 2008 — The American Red Cross is launching a new campaign for canines that will help pet owners keep their furry friends safe during the hottest days of summer. The Dog Days of Summer campaign promotes Red Cross pet safety trainings and programs, which are especially important as we enter the peak summer months.

The Dog Days of Summer campaign strives to teach some new tricks to dog owners and caretakers about heat safety, pet first aid and CPR, and disaster evacuation plans. The Red Cross is also encouraging dog owners to cool off during these dog days by diving into the American Red Cross Pet Photo Pool. Get your camera ready and sniff out these instructions to enter our Dog Days of Summer photo contest. Two pet owners will receive a free copy of the Dog First Aid guide and DVD.

“The Dog Days of Summer campaign is a great way to educate the 67 million American dog owners about how to keep their furry family members safe this summer,” said Elisabeth Rohm, actress and American Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet Member.


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Meet Lenny!

This is Lenny. He is a flat coated retriever, mixed with something very sweet and smart, maybe labrador retriever. He was born about October 2007, weighs 45 pounds, is fixed, up-to-date on all shots, is HW negative and on preventative. He is great with every living thing he has met. Right now he is living with 14 other dogs and he has learned his place in the pack (very low) quite fast. Lenny also lives with 5 cats and does great.

We met Lenny through The Dog Found Street Dog Rescue and Adoptions in Trinity, North Carolina. They formally started in 2000. For years they had been rescuing skinny scared dogs from the streets and they realized, these are the dogs that have no one. So it became their mission to give them someone, either an adoptive forever home, or life forever with them. They have placed around 300 dogs since then and many have loved out their lives with them. All their dogs are indoor/outdoor, so they can learn the ways of life in a family. Their aim is for a perfect fit between the dog and you.

For more information about Lenny, click here!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Meet Max and MoJo!

This is Max, one of two active, affectionate Shetland Sheepdog, American Staffordshire Terrier mix puppies who are looking for their special forever homes.

At 13 mos old now, they are not very big for their age, and only weigh around 35 lbs. They both love to give kisses, so they are seeking someone who is not afraid of a little PDA ! An active family is also on the wish list......walks , jogging, and playing in a fenced yard would be perfect! These boys love children and other dogs so they would enjoy that companionship as well. They love to be with people! So get that tv stand ready to cuddle on the couch with these two cuddle bugs. They'll need families that will help them with the remainder of their house training, as well as basic obedience.

We met Max and Mojo through the Gemini Rottweiler and Pitbull Rescue, Inc., in Madison, Minnesota. They are a 501c3 non-profit rescue in S.W. Minnesota working mainly with Rottweilers and Pitbulls, although they will take in other breeds in emergency situations. They have dedicated their lives to helping each of these wonderful dogs find an appropriate home to help bring out the best of their potential.

For more information about Max and Mojo, click here!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Meet Boston!

Boston is a Belgian Sheepdog mix currently being cared for by the Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Nevada SPCA) in Las Vegas, Nevada.

We have a Belgian Sheepdog that lives next door and he is the sweetest, most lovable pup I've ever known. He's a lot bigger than I am and you may have to get some home theater seating to watch him in action. But he's an amazingly smart and wonderful pup.

The Nevada SPCA is a nonprofit organization committed to saving and protecting animals in need and educating people to become better guardians for the animals in their care. They challenge the community to prevent and stop animal cruelty and abuse. Their no-kill animal sanctuary is a safe, loving home to hundreds of cats and dogs, as well as guinea pigs, rabbits, hamsters, gerbils, pot-bellied pigs, ducks, chickens, more -- all awaiting new homes with compassionate families, for life.

For more information about Boston, click here!

It's black dog week at Rescue Me!

I'm Black and proud of it!

This week is Black Dog Week at Rescue Me! Why? Because many believe that black dogs have a harder time being adopted from shelters and rescues, just because of the color of their fur.

There is a great website devoted to promoting the wonderfulness of Black Dogs. It's called Black Pearl Dogs and has a wealth of information about Black Dogs and adoption, how to help Black Dogs in shelters, links to Black Dogs needing furever homes, and more.

Here is their list of 10 ways you can help a Black Dog:

1) Spay and neuter your pets. Urge those around you to do the same.

2) If you can adopt, please consider adopting a black dog who is waiting just for you. "Many beautiful black dogs are overlooked—and, sadly, euthanized in disproportionate numbers".

3) Sponsor a black dog or open your heart and home to foster care for a black dog (if you can't adopt), in a rescue or shelter so they can open their doors to another black dog on death row without worry of finances.

4) If you can't sponsor or foster, make posters for a black dog you find in a shelter or rescue to **advertise** their need of a home on community bulletin boards, vet offices, pet stores, your work office board, the company newsletter, the school paper. Gain permission from the sponsoring rescue or shelter first. Include the Blackpearldogs webpage address as part of the advertisement so interested people can understand more fully the plight this waiting BlackPearl faces.

5) Go past your apprehensions and stretch yourself: walk a black-dog-in-waiting in a park and advertise to all that s/he needs a home. They will appreciate that you left your comfort zone so they could (hopefully) enter into one.

6) Volunteer to take them to obedience classes to attain skills that will make them more adoptable to the average family or teach them an endearing human greeting (like sit and shake).

7) Share this webpage address to let all dog lovers know how wonderful and in need a black dog is in today's' canine adoption community.

8) Start your own rescue...just for black dogs rescued off euthanasia row. They can be found easily and it can be done just one dog at a time. Be inspired by the Starfish Story and Stop the Killing .

9) Click on "Free To A Good Home" and read Brutus's story. Help a black dog (or any dog for that matter ) avoid this fate. Prepare your own rescue aids using the tools found here at Sun Bears Squad.

10) For those with savvy or flair: coordinate a "Tux and Tails" event for your local shelters or rescues. Gather up all the black coated critters waiting to find their forever heart and "do the bubbles" to make all fresh and clean. Add a tux (red or white) bow tie or a snappy collar (Bison Designs has brillant ones) and provide these waiting pearlies the opportunity to "run way" their stuff and become available for folks to appreciate them out of a dimly lit kennel run. You could even go as elaborate as every hour have a "walk" set to music with cards read that share what they already know: sit, down, off, fetch. I am guessing some of the pearlies would even do a demonstration of what they have to offer. Have a table set up to take applications or to donate financially to support these waiting pearls.

**The image that you make....i.e. the picture that you take..... may be the key to his or her being adopted by the right person. Black dogs are in desperate need of great photos in shelter listings. Practice using tips from "Photographing a Black Dog" to get your technique down before applying to help all the shelter animals have a better photographic chance to meet their future forever person.
Black Dogs are amazing dogs. Some dock dive, some search and rescue and save lives, some do therapy work, and some (like me) do agility! Some are skinny (yep, I'm skinny and sure don't need any diet pill), and some are big and muscular. But they all have one thing in common, their Black and their beautiful!