Thursday, May 21, 2015

Dog Breeds: Siberian Husky and Siberian Husky Mixes

WOOF!! I love sharing with you the various dog breeds pawing that it will help you when considering dog adoption.  The Siberian Husky is a beautiful, handsome dog- my human and I occasionally see the neighbor walking theirs and it is an interesting sight.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Buyer Beware: How to Tell a True Breeder from a Puppy Mill

Photo taken by: Krotz
Dogs make for one of the best pets we could ask for. They can be trained to perform a multitude of tasks from simple tricks for amusement or obedience to tasks that can greatly increase quality of life for those suffering from impairment. When it comes to finding your furry companion, it’s important to know where your dog is coming from. There are a lot of pitfalls when buying a dog that take the form of puppy mills or BYB’s (back yard breeders) If you’re looking for a quality pure breed dog, here are some things to keep in mind when looking for the right breeder.

If it’s advertised, it’s probably not a true Breeder
Dog breeders have a genuine love of their breed. When breeding their pups, it’s not for the monetary outcome but for the betterment of the breed. Because these dogs are among the best of their breed, a true breeder won’t advertise with signs or ads. In fact, most breeders pups are sold before the litter is born, meaning there is typically a wait list for their pups.

Shows a genuine Love and concern for their Pups
A true breeder sees a dog for what it is, a sweet animal in need of a good home, not just another paycheck. True breeders not only keep tabs on their pups to see how their doing, but will also encourage you to come visit their homes and see their conditions for yourself. Puppy Mills and backyard breeders will typically try to get you in and out as quickly as possible, answering the questions they have to with answers they think will make you happy. Not only will a true breeder be happy to answer any of your questions, but will likely have just as many for you, ensuring that their pup is going to a good and loving home.

The Proof is in the Papers
Anyone who sells dogs will have some titling involved. A common one is AKC which stands for the American Kennel Club. If you have any doubts about where your dog is coming from, check with the AKC to make sure their kennel is not only registered but is also in good standing. A true breeder will also have an equal amount of documentation on the health of your pup. Genetics, hips, heart, thyroid and eyes are all things that are inspected and certified before a true breeder is willing to sell you a dog. If their Dam fails any one of these qualifications, she isn’t bred. This means that your pup is coming to you in the best possible health and condition it can be.

It’s always encouraged to do a little research when it comes to any major purchases in your life, this is especially important when it comes to buying a pet. Your dog is more than just some animal, it’s a part of your family and will be for many years to come. There’s nothing wrong with purchasing a purebred pup, it’s just important to make sure that you’re funding someone who’s breeding them out of love of the dog, rather than love of the money.

+Neil Kilgore is the Jack (Russell) of all trades at Greenfield Puppies in Lancaster Pa. He regularly blogs about dogs, breeders and puppies on the Greenfield Puppies website.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Friday's Friend: Dog Adoption, Washington Humane Society

My friends at the Washington Humane Society brought me a beautiful six-year-old, 58 lbs., American Staffordshire Terrier mix named Mila.

A stunning, mature and sophisticated girl, Mila is pretty laid back at home but is always ready for an adventure whenever her human is!!! WOOF!!!!

Mila enjoys the finer things in life, like a comfy couch with plenty of pillows, long walks along the beach, and fine food and not-so fine food and your food and well, okay, any food.  WOOF!! And, what else would you pawpect!

A very smart girl as she is on top of commands like “sit,” “stay,” “wait,” “down,” “back up,” “crawl,” “touch,” and “speak.” She ADORES human friends and has a wide social circle, but would prefer to be your one and only pupdog!  WOOF!!!!!

If you would like to meet Mila, you can do so in her foster home! Contact her foster mom at

To learn more about dog adoption and procedures, please visit, Washington Humane Society.

Friday's Friend: Cat Adoption, PetConnect Rescue

CAT LADY!!!!! WOOF!!! WOOF!! WOOF!!! ARF!  I HAVE MISSED YOU! WOOF!!! Happy Friday!!

Seems like I haven't seen my friend in forever- she has brought me two cats for you to meet and consider adopting!   Meet Scott and Sybil!

(C) PetConnect Rescue

(C) PetConnect Rescue
Scott and Sybil were born at the end of February and are very excited to find their humans and a "Forever Home!"  These two would LOVE to be adopted together!

Scott is a cute and cuddly kitty who loves attention!  He has a great purr and is happiest when curled up in your lap being the the center if the action.  He actively seeks out lap time!

When he's not busy cuddly, he's playful, active, chasing toys and exploring alongside his sister Sybil. 

Scott's young age will require an adopter who is home much of the day and would love to be adopted with his sister Sybil. 

Scott is up-to-date on his vaccinations, tested negative for FIV/FeLV and has excellent litter box manners. 

Sybil is excited to be looking for her human and "Forever Home" too- and she's hoping it will be right along with her brother Scott!  WOOF!! er, meow?

An absolutely adorable, beautiful fluffy fur kitty with big earnest eyes, Sybil likes to climb up and all over her humans taking the time to find the perfect relaxing position where she can snooze. 

When she’s not cuddling, she likes to play-wrestle with her brother Scott, affectionately showing him who’s the boss!!

Sybil's young age Sybil will require an adopter who is home a good portion of the day.  She would love to be adopted with her brother Scott!

Sybil is healthy, up-to-date on vaccinations and always uses her litter box. 

Interested in meeting Scott and Sybil?  Please complete the PetConnect Rescue Application and one of their Adoption Coordinators will contact you! 

Interested in learning more about cat adoption, please visit, PetConnect Rescue Adoption Procedures.

Friday's Friend: Dog Adoption, Operation Paws for Homes

WOOF!  Happy FRIDAY!!!!  I met the most beautiful young lady this week from Operation Paws for Homes-  She is just 1 year-old and is a Black Labrador Retriever-  Meet Mai Tai!

"Mai Tai"
(C) Michael Garth Photography
Mai Tai would be a wonderful addition to a family.  She has the typical, sweet, loving, outgoing, perfect, beautiful, pawsome, much like me, uh, well, er personality that we Labs have! She still behave little the sweet puppy Labs are!

She is great with other dogs, humans and little humans.

Labrador Retrievers are social and outgoing dogs, so Mai Tai is looking for a family who would enjoy outdoor time, playing and exploring!

She is a loving girl who enjoys a good belly rub and will curl up with you every night!
"Mai Tai"
(C) Michael Garth Photography

Labrador Retrievers are very alert, Mai Tai is no exception!  She will alert you to someone at the door, but isn't a frequent barker!

At her young age, a teenager in dog years, this girl would do best with "Forever Parents" who are confident and consistent in their continued training with Mai Tai.  An obedience class is recommended so you can get to know her and she you!  WOOF!!!!!

 Mai Tai is crate trained, house-broken, and socialized with people and other dogs!

Mai Tai is being raised with a cat in her foster home and is learning to be very patient in making friends.

Mai Tai is approximately 60 lbs., is up to date on her vaccinations.

Interested in meeting this beautiful girl?  Learn more about Mai Tai by completing an Operation Paws for Homes Application.   To learn more about dog adoption, please visit, Operation Paws for Homes- Adoption Guide!

Friday's Friend: Dog Adoption, Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.

(C) Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.
It is the barkingly grand opportunity we have in this life to meet our elders in which we can learn, have fun, and see life as it can be- "Lab Lady" brought by an older pup this week for you to meet-

Cashew!  What a happy face he has!  A 9-year old Chocolate Labrador Retriever, he has decided it's time to settle down and enjoy his golden years.

Older pups are great for older humans or humans who don't necessary want an energetic dog around. They make great companions for those who have a laid back lifestyle- WOOF!!

Cashew is no longer interested in really long walks or hikes up the mountain, but prefers to go on laid strolls to the park or around the block. He is good on a Lead.

He seems to know some of the basic commands, but since he's almost deaf it's hard to tell if he is ignoring his foster human or isn't hearing her!

(C) Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.
Cashew is happy to be with a human receiving affection, petting and brushing.

He has no history with children, so he's recommended for ages 10 and older.  Nor does he have any cat history.

Cashew is crate trained and possibly house trained as he keeps his room clean at the kennel.  WOOF!!

Watch this video of Cashew playing, at: Cashew at Play!.

Cashew- is a neutered male and  up to date on vaccines. Like most older pups he has arthritis, he is on Carprofen and Glucosamine supplement to help it.

Want to meet Cashew and learn about dog adoption?  Contact the Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc..  Tell "Lab Lady" Noah said "WOOF!!"