Monday, November 26, 2012
Friday, November 23, 2012
Having a little play time. I promise, Indie was having fun, Astrea just sounds so vicious when she plays.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
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Thursday, November 01, 2012
Superstorm Sandy's destructive path took lives, forced people from their homes and shut down cities. Its powerful winds and rains also spooked and swept hundreds of pets away from their homes. As people struggle to rebuild their lives in Sandy's wake, many have been left searching for beloved family members--dogs, cats, birds and other pets.While some people look for pets, other people are looking for the owners of stray animals who have wandered into their neighborhoods.
Both groups have taken to social media to try to reunite pets with owners. A Facebook page called "Hurricane Sandy Lost and Found Pets" has over 7,000 supporters, a number that is growing by the hour. The page has dozens of photos of pets that have been lost and found. Others are using Craigslist and the hashtag #SandyPets on Twitter.
"People are being very proactive and number one is being aware that after a storm of this magnitude there's going to be a lot of misplaced people and animals," Pennye Jones-Napier told ABCNews.com. "The animals can be very scared and have just gotten away through fences or losing their collars because they got frightened."
Jones-Napier is a Red Rover responder for disasters in Hyattsville, Md. Red Rover is a national team of volunteers that helps with the sheltering component of disaster relief. She has already gotten several calls from people this week who have found lost animals after the storm and one even turned up at the shop where she works, The Big Bad Woof pet store. "He showed up on Tuesday afternoon around 4 p.m. and it was still raining here," Jones-Napier told ABCNews.com. "He was scared to come in at first, but we got him in with some treats."The people who brought him told the store that they had found the dog outside of a Chipotle and had taken him to a veterinarian's office to see if he had a microchip implanted, but he did not. The people who found him said they'd be back in an hour-and-a-half for the dog, but they never came back. An employee of the store is sheltering the dog. "We're calling him Taz because we don't know what else to call him," Jones-Napier said. "He's adorable. He's such a nice dog. Everyone here is in love with him." She said that Taz greets everyone and is especially intrigued by children. "I have a feeling he was with a family or someone who has kids around," Jones-Napier said. His body mass index was good and he was not injured. His photo is on Facebook and the store is trying to find his family.
Jones-Napier said that there are some basic steps people can take if they come across a lost dog. "If they don't have a collar, take them to a local vet or shelter to see if they have a chip," she said. The microchip implanted in many dogs now can be a quick way to identify them and reunite them with their families. Second, Jones-Napier suggested sheltering the animal yourself if possible, as shelters are currently overwhelmed. Otherwise, they can be taken to area shelters. She also noted that if the animals have rabies collars, that can be a way to track down their owners through veterinary clinics.
In New Haven, Conn., another family is desperately searching for their beloved dog Sophie, a 7-pound terrier. Mallory Diedrich and her family -- including a 2-year-old, two other dogs and two cats -- survived the worst of Sandy relatively unscathed. They lost power at their home and are surrounded by debris from trees and fences. The morning after the storm, they were in their backyard cleaning up some tree limbs and pieces of fences. They decided to go for a walk, but discovered something was wrong shortly after they returned -- Sophie was gone. Diedrich believes the "nervous" dog may have slipped out of the yard through a broken portion of the fence and tearfully described how the indoor dog does not even have a collar. "We've barely noticed the fact that we don't have power because we've spent since Tuesday looking for her," Diedrich said. "I can't do anything else but look for her."
For some, using social media to search for lost pets is already working. Two basset hounds, Mango and Finn, escaped from their Ridgewood, N.J., backyard after owner Jeanne Johnson had let them out for a little bit when the worst of the storm was over. In the dark, Johnson had not realized that the storm had wiped out the yard's fence. "I panicked because the wind had picked up," she said. "I went out in my bare feet and was screaming at the top of my lungs...My kids were hysterical and I was trying to keep it together. I could hear them barking," Johnson recalled emotionally. "I could hear my dogs, but I couldn't get across the street. There were downed power lines and I was scared."
Her home lost power but at a friend's recommendation, she was able to use her phone send her story to a local news blog with a photo of her dogs. Soon after, she realized her phone battery was faltering, but wanted to make sure she kept the phone alive in case anyone called with news of the dogs. Johnson was in her car, which was swaying from the forceful winds, charging her phone when she saw a small light in the dark. "Some random man that I've never met in my life was standing there soaking wet with shorts on yelling, 'I'm not going to leave until I find [the dogs],'" Johnson recalled, still in disbelief. The dogs were eventually found, amidst tears and hugs. The good samaritan, named Dave, had heard the sound of dogs wailing from his house. He thought it was coyotes, but shortly after got on Facebook and saw the post about the dogs. He jumped out of bed and went to search. "What do you do to repay a man like that?" Johnson said. "Half of me was thinking he was crazy, the other half was thinking, what a hero. What a brave man."
Monday, October 29, 2012
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Friday, October 26, 2012
For the past few weeks I've been catching up on, "Things Your Dog Doesn't Want You to Know." I always imagine the things that Astrea is really thinking when we're talking to her - especially now that we make her "say" banana before she can have one - so it's been very fun to see that I'm not the only one who thinks dogs have a great inner monologue.
"Things Your Dog Doesn't Want You to Know," is a collection of short essays from eleven dogs brought to life by Hy Conrad and Jeff Johnson. The confessions these dogs make range from their thoughts on food to destruction of property and of course the ever important poop. One of my hands down favorites is from a drug sniffing dog named Sarge. Sarge's confessions of his "habit" may have made me tearing up a little from laughing so hard. Each of the dogs have their own personality, life, and hilarious story to tell - which means I am occasionally that crazy lady on the train laughing out loud at her book.
If you're looking for a funny, easy read that you can pick up whenever you want with out worrying about where you left off I'd definitely suggest picking this one up! And if you'd like a preview before you buy... check out one of Tinkerbell's thoughts on her birthday-
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
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Monday, October 01, 2012
The Yellow Dog Project is an awareness and global mobilization to help people recognize a dog that needs space. By adding a small yellow ribbon to the leash, we hope to give owners and general public the ability to identify dogs that are not ready to say hi. This includes dogs that have had surgery, are in training, just need space, or are in a rehab/rescue program.
So, if you see a dog with a yellow ribbon on its leash, please give that dog some space. Also, if you have a dog that may need some space, please tie a yellow ribbon on the leash to help signify to others to stay back. And above all - spread the word! Let's get this movement going so that we can keep ourselves and our dogs healthy and happy while out in public!
Friday, September 28, 2012
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Following a horrific case of animal cruelty in Susanville, Grace rescued A LOT of horses from the Whispering Pines Ranch. Although the owner of the ranch has been charged with 70 felony counts of animal cruelty, this doesn't end the struggle that these animals face. The cost of caring for this many animals is outrageous and has absolutely crippled the Grace Foundation. If you want to read just how much of a struggle rehabilitating these horses has been, visit www.thegracefoundation.com/susanville.
The volunteers at Grace don't want to see this be the end of the organization and are doing all they can to help raise funds. This weekend there will be a yard sale to benefit Grace with ALL PROCEEDS going straight to the organization. So if you're in the Sacramento/El Dorado Hills area - please come out and see what kinds of treasures you can find. The yard sale will be this Saturday, September 29 from 8am to 3pm at 1066 St. Andrews Drive, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762. And if you can't make it out and would still like to help, please visit http://www.thegracefoundation.com/donate to make a donation.
Monday, September 24, 2012
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Wednesday, September 19, 2012
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Friday, September 14, 2012
Ok really, I'm sure she'd like to eat him based on how she watches him, but because she can't, I'll pretend they're friends.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Since she first came home with us Ora has been difficult to please in the food department. If it's cheap and processed she's all over it, if it's somewhat healthy she'll take a bite to be polite and then move on. I've finally managed to get her on a good quality food - but treats were still giving me trouble. No matter what I brought home, nothing compared with the 50 cent bag of cheap-o treats. A few weeks back we got the new Greenie's Smart Bites. When I saw the package and realized they were similar in size and texture to the cheapy ones Ora loves, I may have let out a small squeal of excitement. FINALLY! A treat I could feel better about giving her!
With Ora's dental problems, I've tried to get her to enjoy the other types of Greenie's treats, but it wasn't really easy. I learned that if I mixed them in with her cheap treats she would eat them, but never just on their own. So I was anxious to see if she would love these like she loves her little kitty junk food. It didn't take Ora long to decide that she loves her new Greenie's. I tried to get a good picture of her enjoying the treats, but she was too fast. No sooner had I put them out she gobbled them up and was waiting for more.
I'm so excited to let her try all the flavors and finally have treats for Ora that she loves and I don't mind giving her!
Monday, September 10, 2012
Tuesday, September 04, 2012
Once he was taken in, Obie topped the scales at 77 pounds. Luckily, when he was given an examination by a vet, his blood work all came back normal. So despite his morbid obesity, Obie is a somewhat healthy guy. Obie's foster mom, Nora, has him on a special diet and with time plans to get him involved in swim and treadmill therapy. If you would like to help Nora with the costs of getting Obie healthy, please consider making a donation.
Photos Courtesy of Biggest Loser, Doxie Edition.
Sunday, September 02, 2012
Monday, August 27, 2012
So, how can you guard your guard dog? Check out this guest post from Select Home Security for a few tips on how to keep your house and your pets safe while you're away.
Among other things, we typically think of our canine companions as stalwart guardians when it comes to our home and our well-being. It’s no surprise, really. Dogs have been known to reduce the stress in any home, help children develop both socially and emotionally and are often highly attentive to changes in their environment.
They are man’s best friend in every sense of the term. That being said, have you ever stopped to think about how you could protect your home’s protector? A loyal dog will defend the home no matter what, but they can only do so much. This is still man’s world and if you have a canine in the home, you really ought to consider ways you can guard the guard dog – especially if you leave him or her indoors during the day.
Below are just a few ideas:
1. Invest in a home security system. Security systems like the ones you can get through sites like selecthomesecurity.com have advanced motion detectors. These can easily be programmed to recognize your dog’s shape and weight. This means you can leave your home security system going to provide extra protection for the pooch without worrying about him setting it off. This is key! Poor Astrea, on more than one occasion, has had the unfortunate luck of setting off the alarm system at my parents house. An alarm system is no good if you can't turn it on when you're away, so make sure have everything programmed properly for your pets!
2. Make sure you turn off the stove. We all make mistakes from time to time, especially during our daily rituals. Constantly doing the same thing over and over – turning on the coffeemaker, using the iron, making breakfast on the stove – it can all get pretty mindless sometimes. One thing you want to always remember to do is turn off those appliances and give them a chance to cool. You owe it to your dog to keep the house safe from fire.
3. Always make sure there is food and water. Even with central air conditioning, it can get a little hot and dry in the house – especially during the hotter months of the year. You need to make sure your dog has enough food and water to get them through the day. If you do that, then you’re guaranteed to come home to one healthy, happy and grateful dog.
And just remember, you may think of your dog as a guardian, but they need protection too. Make sure that you meet your dog halfway.
Thanks to selecthomesecurity.com for the tips!
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
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This little boy, Cole, has had his life saved countless times by his service dog Bingo. Now Cole just wants to give Bingo the best in life in his final days so he created Bingo a "Lick It List." As a part of that list, Cole would like Bingo to experience treats from all around the world - so if you'd like to contribute visit Bingo's facebook for more information or just go ahead and send some Bingo's way to Cole Hein/Bingo Hein PO Box 413, Shilo, MB, Canada, R0K 2A0. Keep reading for the full article on Cole and Bingo.
Earlier this week, the Merriam-Webster added the term "bucket list" to its vocabulary, describing it as "a list of things that one has not done before but wants to do before dying."
Already, the word is being redefined.
One 11-year-old boy from Canada is thanking his service dog in a very special way during the final days of the Jack Russell terrier's life.
Cole Hein set up a "Lick It List" for his 14-year-old dog Bingo, who was given to his family in 2005 by the Ontario-based National Service Dogs due to an undiagnosed medical condition that causes Cole to stop breathing.
Although Cole now has control of his condition, Bingo has helped save his life several times over the last few years; when he stops breathing, she's trained to bark to alert others that her owner needs CPR, according to the Winnipeg Free Press.
Bingo, who was inducted into the Purina Animal Hall of Fame in 2010, according to Modern Dog Magazine, was diagnosed with canine Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome and was given just weeks to live.
On Bingo's canine-friendly bucket list: "I want to take her on one last public outing to Ruckers [recreation center]. I want to walk her around the block twice. And I want to get her treats from around the world," Cole tells the Free Press.
Cole's getting a hand with that last hope. The family set up a Facebook page, and Cole "is teasing Bingo about her new treats coming," his mom, Mandi, added to the Winnipeg Free Press. (The family is not asking for monetary donations, and Bingo's veterinarian bills are covered by insurance.)
Adds Mandi: "Cole is doing the happy dance." Article from People/Alison Schwartz
Thursday, August 16, 2012
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Thursday, July 26, 2012
Miranda Lambert is happy – six times over!
Earlier this month, Lambert rescued a litter of 7-week-old German shorthaired pointers from outside an Oklahoma day-care facility where they had been abandoned.
She fostered the six puppies – Conway, Jackson Brown, Cabella, Bentley, Whitley and Ms. Danks – and on Monday, the country star brought the last remaining pup to its permanent home.
"Just dropped the last puppy with her new family in Jersey," she Tweeted, with a photo of the pooch and her new family. "Bye bye (Ms.Danks) Lilly!"
Lambert, who has many of her own dogs at home, Tweeted on July 3 that forever homes had been found for the pups through her Muttnation Foundation animal charity – but she encouraged people who had been interested in the dogs to adopt elsewhere.
"If you weren't able to get one of these sweet angels … please visit your local shelter!" she wrote on Twitter. "Don't forget … love a shelter pet! Y'all rock!"
Monday, July 23, 2012
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As much as I love the original ermahgerd girl above...the ermahgerd animals that have come out since are even better. So, here's a few that make me giggle...