Saturday, February 6, 2016

Off the Leash Cartoons

(C) Ruppert Fawcett, Used by Permission
This cartoon is way too familiar! WOOF!! WOOF!!!

WOOF! WOOF!! I have found this barkingly pawsome cartoon while surfing the internet, when my human wasn't looking, hee hee, WOOF! that I will be sharing with you monthly.

The cartoon is "Off the Leash" and pawsomely reminds of life as a dog with humans! The artist, Ruppert Fawcett, has granted permission to publish his work, so will be doing that monthly.  WOOF!!  Barkingly, before I do, I want to share about the artist!

WOOF!! WOOF!!!! Meet Ruppert Fawcett- Here’s a bit about him and how "Off The Leash" came to be.

"He was born and raised in West London where he still lives with his wife and three children. He became a professional cartoonist almost by accident when in 1989 while doodling he drew a little bald man in braces and carpet slippers and named him "Fred."

After receiving over 80 rejection letters from publishers, he was finally offered a place in Midweek, a free magazine given away at London tube stations. This was soon followed by his first book deal and a contract for "Fred" greeting cards! The cards proved very popular and within a short period of time were seen in all over the place.

A range of "Fred" merchandise followed with a steady succession of books. The cartoons also appeared in the Mail On Sunday for four years. Over ten million "Fred" cards have been sold in the UK, Australia and New Zealand and they are still going strong on

When his children were small he created a new character, "Daddy" which was based on my own experiences of parenthood. Three "Daddy" books and a range of merchandise followed. "Daddy" greeting cards are available on

Later, he gave himself the pseudonym Oscar Wendlow and wrote scores of spoof letters to public figures, politicians, and celebrities. A collection of these letters and their replies was published as The Letters of Oscar Wendlow.

Subsequently, he created "Uneasy Street," a half-page colour cartoon strip which appeared in the Sunday Express Magazine every week. Barkingly, he created "Close Encounters," a range of humorous colour cartoons which were published as a book and greeting card range.

Other recent creations are "The Mighty Pen" and "Midnight" ranges of greeting cards which are both available through

He recently signed a licensing deal with Clive Juster Associates and, as a result, has several new "Fred" and "Daddy" products coming out.

Off The Leash is my latest creation and the first to be launched on Social Media. If you like it, he hopes you will register to receive daily posts and, hopefully contribute to it yourself.

If you have any questions please visit his Frequently Asked Questions page to see if he's already posted an answer. If you can’t find the answers you are looking for he will do his best to answer them. Simply complete the form on my Contact page."

Welcome "Off the Leash" to "from The Dog's Paw!"  WOOF!!!

Disclaimer: I was not given treats, food, toys, belly rubs, ear scratches, a nice long walk at my most favorite beautiful park or anything else to write this post, and neither was my human.

We're doing this just for the humor of it!  WOOF!!!!

Friday, February 5, 2016

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

WOOF!!  When "Lab Lady" came by to visit this week, it was like triplets in a room having fun!!  WOOF!!  You've got to meet these two incredible gentlemen!!

Two 5 year-old Black Labrador Retriever brothers who are bonded and will need to be adopted together!!

Meet Rambler!

(C) Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.
Meet Jake!
(C) Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.
See what I mean? We are all three incredibly handsome and smart guys- though I am not up for adoption, just Rambler and Jake!

Jake and his brother Rambler are owner surrender because they chased some chickens that got into their yard, so no chickens! arf?  

These two guys have been together since they were just young pups, never been separated.  The guys are friendly with great personalities!  BARK! BARK!! 

Jake and Rambler are used to having a fenced-in yard to run around, explore and have barkingly pawsome fun!

Good with other dogs, no known experience with cats and no history with children, so they are approved for children ages 10 and older.

Jake and Rambler are up to date with their vaccinations and are neutered.  

Interested in meeting these two pawfect Black Labrador Retrievers?  WOOF?  Please contact Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc..

Friday's Friend: Dog Adoption, Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League

(C) Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League
WOOF!! Happy Friday!! Hoping you had a pawsome week- at least you didn't have any snow to shovel and got back to a reasonable schedule.  All that snow was pawsome, but a bit much too.

My human and I had fun relaxing in front of the fireplace, playing tug-of-war, and fetch.  No, we don't have a big place, mom actually had to duck a few times- BARK!  We made use of our family room since we couldn't get out and I was full of energy.  It was fun.

With warmer weather on the way, have you considered adopting a dog to join in on your family fun?  Go on walks or long hikes or even playing in the backyard can make your day fun with a dog.   My friends at the Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue brought by a character I'd like you to meet, Odin!

A 2 year-old, male Fawnequin Great Dane, with natural ears, Odin is one big goofy puppy who came into the Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League  through no fault of his own. He was happily living with a loving family who decided they would no longer have time for him since they are expecting a baby human.

Fawnequin Great Dane? arf? Had to DogPile that one, no not what you are thinking, but the search engine, so I could learn what "Fawnequin" means!  Barkingly pawsome, these are Great Danes which are white with fawn patches and spotting, in a harlequin pattern.  WOOF!! Now, we both know something new- !!
(C) Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League

WOOF!!! Odin loves to play, enjoying chasing, chewing on tennis balls (especially over-sized squeaky Kong tennis balls), playing tug-of-war with his rope toys, and play-wrestling with his foster parents.  Being the big dog he is, he plays like one and can be mouthy along with it!  WOOF!!!

BARK!!  WOOF!!! When he's not playing and zooming around full of life, he likes to give lots of hugs and doggie kisses!!  He'll come right up to you, in that typical pawfect Great Dane fashion and lean on his foster parents while they rub his belly!

Odin does have a bit of a happy tail which is constantly going since he's a very happy puppy!  He is still not quite aware of his size, so he'll need to be supervised around children.

Odin gets along with cats and is great with other dogs.  Sometimes, other critters will get intimidated by Odin's size and enthusiastic method of play. A training requirement will come with Odin as part of his adoption.

A selective eater, Odin has taken to eating "Taste of the Wild" buffalo and venison kibble.

Odin will alert you to strange noises and strangers at the door but once he determines all is alright, he returns to his sweet self.

A perfect dog for an active family with all household members over the age of 13.

Odin will be neutered (Ouch!! arf!?) and have a Gastropexy.  Once he recovers he will be looking for his "Forever Home" and some pawsome humans to share life with!  WOOF!!!!

Interested in learning more about Great Danes and dog adoption?  Please visit Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League.

(C) Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League

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

I know you are hoping the Groundhog was right earlier this week when he declared an "early spring!"  My human is happy and anxious to get outside for more fun with me.

Speaking of me, and this isn't always about me, but sometimes it is because I write this blog, but one great thing about adopting a dog is the pawsome fun you'll have as the weather warms- the places you'll go, the people you'll see, you've got the world, er, uh, sorry, but seriously, my human and I have fun exploring the world by hiking, walking, going for rides and sometimes a vacation where we get a cabin in the woods.  Having a dog along truly adds to the fun.

My friend "Miss J" from Operation Paws for Homes brought a friend by earlier this week that I would like for you to meet.  His name is Spelt-
(C) Operation Paws for Homes
A 4-5 month old male Terrier mix puppy, Spelt comes to Operation Paws for Homes from a shelter in South Carolina.  He wasn't well when he was rescued but with the love and care of the rescue volunteers, he's doing very well- healthy and happy.

Spelt loves to play with toys and taking naps throughout the day. His foster mom says he's a pawsome snuggler.

Spelt is up to date with all his shots and is puppily looking for his "Forever Home" and a great human to paw- could that be you?

Interested in meeting Spelt?  Complete the Operation Paws for Homes Adoption Application.

Pawing about dog adoption?  If you would like to learn more about dog adoption, please visit Operation Paws for Homes Adoption Guide.

(C) Operation Paws for Homes

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Happy Ground Hog Day!

"Ground Hog"
Credit: Flickr Creative Common, Francesca Cappa

WOOF!! WOOF!! Ground Hogs.  Fat, delightfully tasty-looking critters that like to come out and torment us hounds every February 2, er, uh, 'xuse me, but they are tasty looking- my human would not be happy if I didn't behave -

Barking, this critter, the Ground Hog, comes out of hiding, every February 2.  If he sees his shadow, it means 6 more weeks of winter.  If not, it means an early spring!  

WOOF!!!   Slobber, drool, BARK!!!!

Here's to an early spring and no MORE HISTORIC SNOW STORMS!  WOOF!!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Friday's Friend: Rabbit Adoption, Animal Rescue League of Arlington

WOOF!  Happy Friday!!! Hope you've had a pawsome week.  I know commutes have been really frustrating this week after our historic snowstorm last weekend. BUT, barkingly, it's FRIDAY!  The weekend will be here soon!!

Weekends are meant to spend with family, dogs, cats, pets and friends.  Barkingly, my friends at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington introduced me to a rabbit which may make a great pet for you!  WOOF!!! OOPS- hope I didn't scare it away!

Meet Christopher Rabbit-

"Christopher Rabbit"
(C) Animal Welfare League of Arlington
Christoper Rabbit is an 8 month old, small Black and White Dutch Rabbit.

Christopher Rabbit is quite the character!  WOOF!!  He draws visitors at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington like a magnet!

Small and adorable does not mean he's passive and cuddly.  A very active little boy, Christopher is a bold and can become very wiggly when being held and will not hesitate to give a little nip to tell you to put him down or to "move over, I need to get around you."

Christopher Rabbit is not a good choice for young children or for those who do not understand his assertive behavior.  Pawsingly, Mr. Rabbit will bring joy and delight to a rabbit-savy family who will give him the space and attention he needs.  WOOF!!!

Interested in meeting Christopher Rabbit and learning about rabbit adoption, please contact the Animal Welfare League of Arlington.

Friday's Friend! Dog Adoption, Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League

WOOF!! WOOF!! I love meeting Great Danes.  Something about those dogs that fascinates my human and me- big, huge, elegant, smart, fun to hang out with-

My friend at the Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League brought by the most beautiful 16-month old Great Dane/Labrador mix, who is looking for her "Forever Home" and some pawfect humans to love- WOOF!!!!  Please meet Bella!

(C) Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League
Isn't she a beautiful young lady!

Bella came to the Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League from a family who loves her but due to housing restrictions were unable to keep her! arf!

Bella loves to be outside and loves playing with all dogs, large, medium, small, whatever size- she loves to play with them!

Bella is looking for a "Forever Home" with a family who have another dog to play with and plenty of room to run around.

Bella does show signs of "resource guarding" with food and toys.  She pulls very hard on a leash and loves to jump up when shes excited- just because she wants to love, hug and play!

A smart girl who learns quickly, and it eager to please, Bella's foster mom is working on these things with her.   Obedience training will be a requirement of her adoption!

Bella is crate trained and house trained and knows how to keep herself entertained with chew toys and bones.

Looking for a new best friend with lots of energy, Bella may be your girl.

Bella will do best with an active family, at one other dog and children over 8 years old!

Up to date on vaccinations, Bella has not been spayed yet but will be before adoption.

If you are interested in meeting Bella, please contact the Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League.

(C) Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League