Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Welcome Ivan and Scout!!

WOOF!!!!  Barkingly, around mid August of this year, Ivan, a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois, began his first shift with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.  Scout, a Black Labrador Retreiver joined him soon after.

I've been pawing the internet trying to find photos of both guys, I wasn't successful- either way, since I'm remiss in my welcoming them to the neighborhood-

Welcome Ivan and Scout!

Credit: Shamus Ian Fatzinger/ Fairfax County Times
Virginia Task Force 1 team members Lt. Kristi Bartlett and Ivan.

Ivan and Scout were trained by the National Search Dog Foundation in Ojai, California, for nearly a year before they were partnered with two local firefighters. The foundation has rescued hundreds of dogs, many on the brink of euthanasia, and turned them into highly skilled rescuers.  Most of the dogs rescued are strong dominant type that are not suitable for family pets.

Though it costs the organization nearly $20,000 to recruit, care for and train each dog, partner it with a firefighter-handler, and provide ongoing training to the team. These guys joined the Fairfax Search and Rescue at no cost to the fire department.They are funded only by private donations and grants.

Since Ivan's handler is part of the VATF1, Virginia Task Force 1, he will join the team after he finishes training with FEMA, Federal Emergency Management Agency. Once certified, his primary responsibility will be to seek out people buried beneath rubble by way of smell.

WOOF!!! Paws to You two!!!  Will be pawing for you in the news!


Friday, October 17, 2014

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

# 800!!!!!!  WOOF!!! Barkingly pawsome! What am I pawing about?  Bella is the 800th dog Lab Rescue is working to find a "Forever Home!"  PAWS TO YOU LAB RESCUE!! WOOF!!

My friend "Lab Lady" brought a beautiful, young, 3 year old Chocolate Labrador Retriever for me to introduce to you! BELLA!!

Credit: Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc. 
Bella loves attention, playing, running, retreiving and swimming.  She is looking for a human to spend life with that will do just that- except maybe the retrieve part! WOOF!!

A country setting has always been Bella's home so a rural setting would probably be best for her.

She is house and crate-trained. Bella does well on a leash but would benefit from more training and an Easy Walk harness to limit her pulling.

Bella is good with big and little dogs but should not go to a home with cats. Nope.  She is approved for children ages 8 and up.

If you would like to learn about dog adoption and meet Bella, please contact the Lab Rescue.

Friday's Friend: Dog Adoption, Washington Humane Society

WOOF!!! Happy Friday!!  Hope you have a great weekend- and it'd probably be much more fun with a dog in the family.  I know my human is always saying life is better with a dog along.   Meet Pumpkin Spice!

"Pumpkin Spice"
Credit: Washington Humane Society

A handsome and charming guy, a ten-month-old, seventy lbs., American Staffordshire Terrier Mix, Pumpkin Spice is always ready to play and go on adventures!  He LOVES snuggling with humans when he’s tired!

Pumpkin Spice is smart dog too!  He's learned many tricks in a short amount of time. He knows the basic commands of “sit,” “down,” “focus,” and is learning more every day! 

As much as he loves to play fetch, Pumpkin Spice knows how to relax and just hang out. He pretty much will do what you'd like to do, want to play- he wants to play; want to be a couch potato- he'll join you!!   WOOF!!!

While Pumpkin Spice is good with other dogs, he is a little picky about his friends. He’d do best in almost any home since he is a pretty relaxed dude!

Would you like to learn about dog adoption and meet Pumpkin Spice?  You can meet him at the Washington Humane Society's New York Avenue Adoption Center, 1201 New York Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20002, (202) 576-6664 or visit Washington Humane Society

Friday's Friend: Cat Adoption, PetConnect Rescue

WOOF!!!  My friend "Cat Lady" from PetConnect Rescue brought a "cool" cat for you to meet this week, Elza!

Credit: PetConnect Rescue
Ever hear of the "Canine Good Citizen" certificate?  It's awarded  to dogs who pass a test or good behavior. If there was one for cats, Elza would have one framed on the wall of her crate!!!  WOOF!!!

Elaza loves to be petted, cuddled, is good with other cats, uses her litter box, is confident and laid back but will also play with the adorable abandon of a kitten? 

If you'd like to be owned by the first cat who could win the "Feline Good Citizen" award, just think how proud you will be to have her in your home!

If you would like to learn about cat adoption and meet this star cat, Elza, please complete the PetConnect Rescue Online Application and an Adoption Coordinator will contact you.

Cat adoption procedures, fees, and applications may be viewed by clicking here.

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

Credit: Operation Paws for Homes
Happy Friday!   BARK!!! Hope you got some great plans for the weekend- possibly including adopting a dog for your family?   Operation Paws for Homes brought by a sweet lady who is looking for her "Forever Home."

Meet Aliana.  She gave birth to eight pups safely under a house with a flood coming.  Barely a pup herself, she was successful in her ordeal and her future is looking much brighter thanks to a shelter in South Carolina and the Operation Paws for Homes volunteers.

A sweet and good mother, she is enjoying time and space, given to her by foster parents, to adjust being a mother.

This means her crate training has been put off a little bit but Aliana gives no indication this would be a problem.   With all the changes in her life, she is a smiling and happy girl. 

Aliana is so much more than the photos could reveal!!  WOOF!! She would make an excellent family dog. Maybe her name in her new home should be Lucky.

By the way - perhaps her new name should be Lucky!

Alaina is a 50lb, female, 1-year old Shepherd mix and up to date on all vaccinations and microchipped.  If the dog you are adopting is not already spayed/neutered, you will be required to sign a contract legally obligating you to have the animal altered.

If you would like to meet Aliana and learn about dog adoption, please visit Operation Paws for Homes.  

Credit: Operation Paws for Homes

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Fairfax County Police Department: K-9 Krawl

WOOF!!! Did you know that pets are affected by domestic violence along with their humans?  I didn't realize that as I am blessed to live with two great humans (no my human didn't make me write that)!

The Fairfax County Police Department will host it's 8th Annual K-9 Krawl on Saturday, October 18 to recognize "Domestic Violence Awareness Month."  The event will be held at the Fairfax County Government Center (parking lot C). October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a tradition that remembers the victims of domestic violence and celebrates those who survived!

Barkingly sad, pets are not immune to domestic violence. Batterers’ frequently threaten to injure or kill their partner’s or children’s pets for the purpose of revenge or control.

The Fairfax County Police Department's K-9 Krawl 5K walk is designed as a healthy and appealing way to draw attention to this issue and make the community aware of the impact domestic violence has on the human(s) directly involved in the situations and the resources that our community has to offer citizens and how we can help them.

To participate, please visit, K-9 Krawl!

Credit: Fairfax County Police Department

Monday, October 13, 2014