Monday, January 30, 2012

I failed as a cat lady.

I realized sometime last week that I failed as a cat lady. For about three weeks I'd been telling myself I needed to look up what day I brought Ora home last year. I knew it was in January but I couldn't remember the exact date. Since, I don't know her birthday, I wanted to celebrate her "Gotcha Day." So of course I kept telling myself, "I'll look it up later," and before I knew it, I'd missed it. What kind of person forgets that and just let's it go without a gift or a treat or anything. I was a complete and utter failure.

But then - I had an epiphany - subconsciously I had remembered! You see - a couple weeks ago a friend posted on facebook that she had a kitty in need of a home and would send the adopter home with a cat tree (at a great price!) if they wanted it. I did not hesitate, I didn't want the kitten (ok I did, but I couldn't have it) but I surely wanted that cat tree. I can't afford a cat tree at the store, but this was totally in my price range. So I left her a comment and told her if the adopter didn't want the tree I'd take it. I was very excited a few days later when she let me know I could have it. So, on Friday the 13, my friend and I went and picked it up. I brought it home and set it up for Ora on January 14. And then, once I finally looked it up, I found out Ora's gotcha day was actually January 15. So once I figured that out I was pleased with myself and was no longer a failure. I had succeeded! I also made a note to myself to remember Astrea's birthday on the 31st.

Anyway, all of this story was just so I could show you how cute Ora is on her new favorite toy. She is the happiest I've ever seen her since we got this thing set up.

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Help Shadow's Fund Stay Open

Sometimes I wonder if people get sick of me posting pleas to help struggling organizations, but then I don't care. And here's why, I don't expect that people always can or want to give. I know it's not possible to give to every person or group that needs help, but you never know if the right person will see it and be moved to make a donation. So with that said, here's another "please help these guys out" posts and expect that they'll keep coming in the future. :)

Shadow's Fund needs your help to stay open. Please read on for more information, or visit to donate.

Here's a message from their website:

A little over a year ago we took over the lease of a 100 acre ranch and opened the doors to a very special place for animals in need. The Sheltering Oak Sanctuary was created as a safe haven for pit bulls and senior dogs - the dogs first to be abandoned and last to be adopted. Many of the dogs that come to us have been left behind, abused, or neglected. We give them all the time they need to learn how to trust again, to understand that people can be kind and loving (not just cruel) and to become ready for a new home. Their forever home if we do our jobs well. During our first year of operating the sanctuary we have helped 90 of the most high risk dogs get the help they need, we have opened our doors to disabled adults and at risk youth - understanding the profound ability animals have to help people heal too. The sanctuary is home to some 50 animals on any given day. Dogs in need of a 2nd chance, horses, pigs, chickens and plenty of wildlife.

Today we face serious risk of losing the ranch, and closing the doors to the sanctuary if we cannot raise the funds needed to purchase it. We're so close and yet we still need to raise almost $100,000 more - right now. It seems like an insurmountable number but if you've ever visited the sanctuary you would see that our sign at the gate says "come dwell in hope". We won't be the ones to give up on hope now. Not when so many lives look to us to provide hope for them. Hope that they will make it out of the shelter alive. Hope that they will experience life without abuse or empty stomachs or cold nights on the street. . .

We CANNOT do it without a small army behind us. We're not asking for much. We're only asking for a small donation and that you would tell a friend or two about us and ask them to make a small donation. It adds up quickly and for a very small contribution you will play a role in keeping our doors open permanently so that we will always be there for the animals no one else will help.

Please make a one time donation of whatever you can afford and help us spread the word by sharing it with your friends with a personal note from you. We are 100% volunteer and work 7 days a week to be there for as many dogs as we can. If you help us, we will continue to work hard to earn the support you've given. I know we can do this! Please stand by us now. This is our only shot to make this miracle happen.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Bailey Chair

Remember a few weeks back when I posted this picture of a dog eating in a high chair? The picture is pretty funny, but I wondered what the back story was. One of my readers commented that he may have a malformed esophagus. I never looked into it, but I figured she was probably right. Last night I came across this video of a dog in Colorado that has a similar high chair and this really gets into the details of what makes a dog need this type of set up. Pretty interesting and glad there is a fix for this problem that allows these dogs to still live long happy lives. Also, Nala looks super cute falling asleep in her high chair.

Thanks to 9 News

Monday, January 23, 2012

Barbie is a Responsible Dog Owner!!

When I was a kid I wasn't a huge fan of Barbies, except the collectibles, I LOVED the collectibles. I wanted a Happy Birthday Barbie so bad. But just to look at. I eventually got one and I kept it in it's box forever. I actually had it up until about a year ago when I finally gave my small Barbie collection up. Anyway, since I wasn't really interested in everyday Barbies, I didn't pay much attention to all the other random Barbies that came out. This though, I should have known about this. I really can't believe I missed this one.

Thanks to The Daily Beast and ONTD

Thursday, January 19, 2012

I love a good dog rescue video...

Clearly I love videos where dogs (or other animals) get saved. You just can't but feel happy afterwards. This is one lucky dog. A man nearby could hear the dog barking non-stop and walked down to the water to see what was happening. Poor thing was in there at least 45 minutes. You can hear the closer the rescuers get just how desperate the poor pup is to get out. Even Astrea got a little distressed when she heard the crying. But, of course, all is happy in the end. Hopefully the dog was able to get warmed up with no long term damage.


Sunday, January 15, 2012

Blog the Change: 1/15/12

It's the first Blog the Change day of 2012 and I'm excited for this one. Now I'll admit, I don't always participate (sometimes I forget), but when I do I try to make it a worthwhile post. In the past I've blogged about puppy mills, local animal rescues and you.

I've been thinking about what to post about, trying to think of something new but I kept coming back to you guys. So, I decided I wanted to make this one about you and your favorite rescue or shelter. For anyone who has ever volunteered at a shelter or worked for a rescue, you know, no matter how much you do - there is always more that needs to be done. Unfortunately, especially right now, we don't always have the time or the money to support the organizations we'd like to. I've had so many friends tell me they wish they had more money to give to their local shelter, or to buy food for their shelter's food bank, or to buy toys for the foster providers they know. So in order to get those toys or food or whatever, I'm going to help you out with this one.

One of the major surprises that came along with this blog were the companies that have written to me offering freebies for Astrea and Ora or as giveaways for my readers. Last month I was contacted by Mr.Chewy. The wonderful folks at Mr. Chewy offered me $50 to use for whatever I want on their website or to give away to one of my readers. I started to read through the Mr.Chewy site and was totally impressed by their "Refer Your Friends Donation Program." Most websites offer some sort of bonus for referring friends - but the way Mr. Chewy has done it is a little bit different. For every friend you refer to Mr. Chewy that friend will receive 10% off their order AND Mr. Chewy will make a $10 donation one of their partner charities - North Shore Animal League, Best Friends Animal Society or Bideawee. So got me thinking - this is a company that likes to give back so, why not use that money to give back even more. Of course I could have used the money to buy something for my local shelter, but there are so many deserving groups out there I wanted to spread the love a bit.

So here's the deal, if you want to try to win this giveaway for your favorite animal organization this is what you need to do:

Comment on this blog post with your name and email address along with the name and location of the organization you'd like to receive the $50 for Mr.Chewy. Pick any group you'd like, in whatever state you want, big or small. If you don't feel comfortable leaving your email address, still comment and then send me an email at Each entry will be assigned a number and then on January 31, 2012 I will pick a winner using! You can comment on this post to enter up until midnight on January 30, 2012. I will contact the winner and we will make sure that the organization of their choice is able to purchase $50 of whatever they need for their animals.

No purchase necessary to participate. Void where prohibited. No shipping cost to winner.

Celebrity Sunday: Kelly Clarkson

From American Country Countdown:

Hey Kix,

I have to tell y'all this story! It's unbelievable!

So, I had an awesome New Year's last night with some friends in Oklahoma and then I had to head back home to Texas this morning to get back to catch a plane and when I arrive home my sister calls me bawling saying when she took my two little dogs (Security and Joplin) outside to potty last night, the fireworks all around the area where we live scared Joplin so much (he is shy and skittish) he ran away. He is small, black (hard to see at night), and doesn't bark so he doesn't make a sound (because I teach my dogs that barking is bad) and also he isn't even a year old!

I lost it (like a little girl) and started bawling when she told me. Seriously, I was so dramatic (hard to believe, I know), but I don't have children and they are my babies that I sleep with every night.

Anyway, I literally walked around for hours looking for him.

I have a certain whistle that I do that they recognize and I was whistling and yelling his name while two neighbor dogs (Luna and Buddy) were walking with me. Then I started walking through this land across from us that's like 400 acres and is undeveloped and rough terrain and home to many coyotes and God knows what else and I thought maybe he ran in there, so me and Luna and Buddy walked for another hour around this land and then I just started bawling and sat down on the ground giving up (because it has been a really rough week for me and my family and I couldn't stop thinking of how scared Joplin must be) and Buddy started licking me and then barking and trying to get me up when all of the sudden they dart across this big giant pond and are doggy paddling in it and then I'm thinking, "Oh sure now they're gonna leave me and all I have is this stupid knife to defend myself." Ha! Then, they start doggy paddling towards this big sticker/brush tree thing that is half in and half out of this pond and I whistle once just because I'm cheesy and thinking that life is like some movie and my dog is gonna be there AND HE WAS!!!!

I swear, I can't believe I'm admitting this but I ran through the shallow part of the pond which was knee deep yelling for him as if he were the last living thing on the planet and he was stuck in all these vines with thorns and he was half in the water and stuck and I got my knife and cut him free and ended up having to carry him home!!!


My sister came climbing over one of the hills a bit later because I called her and told her I was lost but I had found Joplin and after we yelled for a while to find each other we cried so hard - like we were 10 years old - almost the entire walk home! Yes, I might be too attached to my dogs and highly sensitive, but I don't care :) I love them!

Buddy and Luna are heroes!!! I am so happy!! 2012 is gonna rock because my year just started off with a freaking miracle!! Seriously, if you lose a dog around here, they either get hit by a semi or eaten by coyotes. You don't EVER get them back!

Best part of this story though is when I walk in to the emergency vet clinic and I'm checking him in to make sure everything is alright with him and the girl saw my credit card and says to me "Oh, you have the same name as Kelly Clarkson," and I said "Oh yeah" not really paying her much attention because at this point I'm gripping and focusing on Joplin and then she says "Oh, but you're way prettier than her." Hahahaha!! I looked up and I said, "Thank you, I think. I am her," and the girl got so red in the face and almost started crying. Haha! It was awesome! Well, horrible for her but very funny to me and my mom.

Sorry my story is so long, but it is a miracle and I had to share! I am covered in mud, dirt, and stickers so now I am going to go shower and continue to love the hell out of 2012!!

Love y'all and I hope y'all have a great New Years Day!!

Kelly :)

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Cat vs. Rat: Battle of the Milk

One of my friends posted a little clip of this on facebook, and I have to share the entire video for you. I love how the rat totally steals the bowl, multiple times! Someone should let him know - sharing is caring!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

2012 Pet Blogger Challenge

I like to get involved with pet blogger challenges or blog days. It gives me a chance to find new blogs or meet other bloggers. This is the first time I've done the "Pet Blogger Challenge," but this is the second year it has been held. I like this one because it's simple and I think it gives bloggers (and readers) a chance to find out how each blogger ended up where they are today. So since this is my first time, I get to answer the newbie questions...

Pet Blogger Challenge Jan. 10

1. When did you begin your blog?

I started my first blog in the spring/summer of 2009. I started a second in the fall and then at some point, I can't remember where, I combined them to become A Blog from the Doghouse.

2. What was your original purpose for starting a blog?

When I first got started the entire purpose was to keep my friends and family up to date on my fight against the group I adopted Sancho from. The more I talked with law enforcement and heard from other people who had been in the same situation, the more people wanted to know. Rather than answer the same questions a million times I went ahead and started a blog. After a while it was a little depressing to just write about such a terrible and stressful situation. That's when I started a second blog to chronicle the funny things Astrea and Jameson were doing. When I decided to combine the blogs, I realized that I wanted to write about other things happening in the world of animals and also talk about the things I was learning about animal law. So it was at that point I transitioned to a more general concept for the blog.

3. Is your current purpose the same?

I think my purpose is bigger now. I want people to know about Sancho's story so that they can watch out for the things I didn't know to look for. I want people to understand that just because a group calls themselves a rescue doesn't mean they are. But I also want to get educated on other things - picking the right foods, the health of their animals, things happening in the law that affects our animals. And I want to make people laugh or smile and just get a kick out of the funny things Astrea and Ora do that make me love having them around.

4. Do you blog on a schedule or as the spirit moves you?

I try to keep certain things on a schedule. If you read my blog regularly you'll know that there are certain things I (try to) do weekly. Other than, whenever the mood strikes me or I find a funny video or a heartwarming story I post it.

5. Are you generating income from your blog?

I do generate a minimal amount of revenue, and am very lucky to receive generous offers from different companies that work in the pet care industry.

6. What do you like most about blogging in general and your blog in particular (bragging is good!)?

This really is my favorite thing, mainly because it makes me laugh, I LOVE that my obsession with Coco and Tori Spelling has brought me a HUGE amount of traffic. I never would have imagined that me posting about how much I love those two, and their animals, would have brought so many people here. It's amazing. Thanks Coco and Tori!

7. What do you like least?

Sometimes it does feel like work. I really love blogging, and want to continue, but there are times when things are busy and I think, "I should really write a new post," but I would rather play with Ora and Astrea. And sometimes it's hard. It's hard to not post about the same things you read on every other blog, or repost the same video you've seen all over the internet. Sometimes, the creativity and the drive just isn't there.

8. How do you see your blog changing/growing in 2012?

I don't know. This is going to be a huge year of changes for our little household. I would love to say that this blog is going to grow and change and continue to get better and better, but honestly - I don't know. So all I can say is - I hope that I can do as much as I can and bring even more to the table in 2012.

Monday, January 09, 2012

Saving Barney

If there is one thing in life I absolutely love, it's people who do the right thing for someone in need, no matter the circumstance. On the other hand, one of the things I hate most in life? Drunk drivers. Some how these two things converged and this video is the result...

So how did Barney get all the way out in the water like that? Well first an idiot named Blake C. Talman, was drunk and thought he'd go for a drive. While fleeing from another crash scene, Talman hit and killed a 53-year-old woman named Donna L. Chen as she was jogging with Barney. Barney, as you can see in the video, was also injured and was so spooked that he took off and when he ran out of land - started to swim. Thankfully, Barney has since been reunited with his family and is on the mend.

Sources: Youtube and ABC

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Celebrity Sunday: Carrie Underwood

A couple weeks ago I posted about Pink donating money to save an injured dog in LA. Well here is another wonderful (although sad) story of a celebrity helping an animal in need...


The day before New Year's Eve, Carrie Underwood was on her way back to Nashville after visiting her family when she saw two Labradors on the side of the highway. Underwood pulled over, checked on the puppies. Unfortunately one of the pups had already pass, but the other was alive and in need of help. She took the dog to an emergency vet, who said it had road rash, had bitten through its tongue and was most likely thrown from a moving vehicle.

After all that, Underwood took the dog home to her garage and named it Stella. Because she already has two dogs and a busy 2012 ahead, so she decided to find Stella a home with a couple that lives down the street. That will work out nice when Underwood wants to check up on Stella, even though her husband warned her not to stalk Stella.

I'm so proud of Carrie for taking the time to stop and see if she could do anything for the pups and ultimately for saving Stella. I'm sure Stella will be forever grateful. And, just because I like pictures - here is one of Carrie with her dog Ace on her wedding day...

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Absolutely Appalling...

It appears the Police Captain in Harrisburg Pennsylvania has decided to take matters of stray dogs into her own hands - and it is not pretty. Check out this memo below from Police Captain Annette Books that gives officers three options when they come upon a stray dog - kill it, keep it or dump it. This makes me so scared for owners who have missing dogs - the chances of having them returned seem slim to none! Read the full article below - and if you have time, give the Harrisburg Police Department (717.255.3131) and Mayors Office (717.255.3040) a call, let them know that a budget decision is an unacceptable reason for this behavior, and officers are being asked to break the law. There should be swift action to end this instruction and it should be made clear that the instructions in that memo should not be carried out.


It’s a bad time to be a dog in the city of Harrisburg.

Slip the leash, get lost or — worse — abandoned, and a dog faces summary execution or extraordinary rendition to some remote corner of Dauphin County.

All of it’s beyond the law, according to Tom Hickey, a member of the Governor’s Dog Law Advisory Board.

Hickey said the people of Harrisburg should beware.

“Keep your dogs inside — don’t risk them getting lost,” Hickey said. “If it gets lost, you’re going to find out real quickly how bad this is.”

Pat Wadsworth learned firsthand on New Year’s Eve.

The 65-year-old city resident saw a dog wandering near a Dumpster-style trash bin at Cameron and Herr streets.

“It looked out of sorts,” Wadsworth said. “I could tell something was wrong.”

The dog was frightened, and its uterus had prolapsed.

Wadsworth called city police, who responded promptly.

The officer told Wadsworth — despite what Mayor Linda Thompson had said on TV — the city had no contract with the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area Inc.

He could shoot the dog, he said, if she thought it was aggressive.

It wasn’t.

“He said he wished he could do something, he was apologetic,” said Wadsworth, “but the city has no money. That’s the way it is.”

Luckily, Wadsworth knew some people who rescue animals. “I made a couple of calls. They made a couple of calls, and the dog was saved,” she said.

According to an internal police department memo, officers have three options when responding to a dog complaint: Kill it, adopt it or dump it.
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The Dec. 5 memo from Capt. Annette Books instructs officers to “destroy” animals at their discretion if the animal is a danger to the public or obviously sick or suffering.

Alternately, the officer can ask the person to adopt the animal or adopt it himself.

Or he may “place the animal in the prisoner van and release it in an area where it will be safe for the animal.”

Hickey said that’s abandonment, it’s illegal, and any officer doing it “should be charged.”

The Governor’s Dog Law Advisory Board member said it’s time to play hardball with city officials.

“Somebody in Harrisburg is making up their own laws,” Hickey said.

Every provision of that memo, he said, is illegal.

Hickey said the law is clear: Stray dogs must be kept in a publicly accessible facility for 48 hours “to give the people whose dog it is an opportunity to find the dog.”

The Department of Agriculture enforces the dog law.

That’s why the memo instructs officers who kill dogs to take the corpses to the back of the Agriculture Department building on Cameron Street.

Hickey said he has spoken with folks at the Agriculture Department and told them, “If carcasses are brought in, I want them to count the bullet holes.”

“Under Pennsylvania law,” he said, “you may shoot a dog with one bullet. More than one bullet, and it’s cruelty.”

If a carcass from the city has more than one bullet hole, he said, “I want the department to charge the person who fired that gun with cruelty.”

A spokeswoman for the Department of Agriculture said no carcasses have been delivered to its building.

“We have not had any discussion with the city of Harrisburg regarding this matter,” Samantha Krepps said in an email. “We have a call in to the police chief. The city of Harrisburg exclusively handles the dog licensing and dog-control activities within the city limits. However, if we are made aware of inappropriate activities, we will pursue.”

Thompson’s spokesman, Robert Philbin, acknowledged the police department’s memo is still in effect.

He and the mayor had previously denied it.

They thought the issues with the Humane Society had been resolved, he said.

The city had failed to pay its bills, and the Humane Society terminated service in October.

Philbin said city officials sat down with leaders of the Humane Society in mid-December and agreed on a number of issues, including that “payment would be made — about $6,000 — that would keep services in place into 2012, when the first-quarter payment could be approved by [the] Council.”

Humane Society Executive Director Amy Kaunas acknowledged payment came in, but said now it’s a new year.

“It’s a whole new ballgame,” Kaunas said. “We need a new contract.”

Philbin said, “Our understanding was the payment received last week would keep our relationship going,” but the city has since received letter from the Humane Society “asking for another $10,000.”

Philbin said: “The mayor has budgeted $85,000 to the Humane Society for 2012. City Council cut it to $70,000. ... Be that as it may, we are in a budget situation right now. Making any payment to the Humane Society is unlikely deep into February.”

Until then, Philbin said, “that memo is in effect for the police officers.”

“It’s the best way for them to address the situation,” he said.

Philbin said he didn’t know who devised the memo, calling it “a policy of the Bureau of Police.”

When told a member of the governor’s Dog Law Advisory Board was calling it illegal, Philbin referred questions to city solicitor Jason Hess, who failed to return multiple messages.

Since Pat Wadsworth found the injured dog New Year’s Eve, other cases have come to light.

A beagle puppy was found shivering in the cold. Police officers told the woman who found it to return the puppy to the street or find a rescue.

A pit bull was found on City Island. A sympathetic police officer called animal rescue.

Hickey said the Humane Society used to get 60 dogs a month from the city.

If they aren’t taking them, and none have appeared dead behind the Department of Agriculture, “Where are all the dogs going?” he asked. “There’s something not right here.”

The Central Pennsylvania Animal Alliance, a rescue group, is inundated.

Volunteer Kris Baker, who answered Pat Wadsworth’s call, said, “We are in a crisis here in the capital city of Pennsylvania.”

Congrats Nicole McArthur and Sac Co Shelter!

The ASPCApro Blog posted 10 More Shelter Photos They Love last week on their blog. Included on that list is an AMAZING shot by local photographer Nicole McArthur from Vets and Pets at the Sacramento County Shelter. How wonderful to see a local program get national attention!

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year from Astrea, Ora and I!! It's going to be a busy beginning of the year, we're studying for bar! Hopefully we will still have time to blog now and then. I'm excited for this January - we get to celebrate Ora's gotcha day and Astrea's 3rd Birthday!!! Here's to a fantastic 2012!!!

Sisterly Love
(This was my favorite picture of 2011)


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