Friday, September 19, 2014

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


"Tico"
Credit: Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.
I always enjoy my woofing visits with the Lab Lady. She is nearly as crazy and loves dogs as much as my human does. When my human goes on a Rescue[d] dog photo shoot, I wonder if he'll bring a dog home with him- he says its hard not to do so! The "Lab Lady" always has barks of fun when she brings me a dog for you to meet- TICO!!!

A 2 year old male Black Labrador Retriever who weighs around 54 lbs., Tico loves nothing more than playing and being around his humans. A very happy dog whose tail wags nonstop!! Tico is looking for a family who will exercise him and has a fenced backyard where he can play!

Games of run/chase around the back yard at full speed, chasing tennis balls and pulling on rubbing toys and wrestling with humans are a few of Tico's favorite things to do to satisfy his play drive. Yes, wrestling with humans- but if you're not up to is, he likes a good ear rub just as much!

Tico is housetrained and will go to the door or will move frantically about when he has to go out. He is crate trained and will stay in it overnight or for a few hours- he's cool either way!
Walking on a leash is coming along well along with some basic commands but will do great with more proper training. He is eager to please his humans!

There is no cat or kids history so he's recommended for ages 10 and up. 

Tico is up to date on his vaccinations and shots.  If you would like to meet Tico and learn dog adoption, please contact Lab Rescue

"Tico"
Credit: Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.


Friday's Friend! Dog Adoption, PetConnect Rescue

My friend Miss Cathy from PetConnect Rescue brought one of her buddies by to meet you this week- This is Waffles!

"Waffles"
(C) Allen Pearson
My human got to meet him a few weeks ago at an adoption event in Reston, Virginia.  One cool pup!

Waffles, is a 1 1/2 year old Pomeranian/Chihuahua mix who is a super friendly boy who does well with other dogs and humans!  He enjoys romping and playing but is the perfect size for cuddling too!!

Waffles is neutered, microchipped, up-to-date on vaccines and preventatives and eager to find a family to love!

If you would like to meet Waffles and learn about dog adoption, please visit PetConnect Rescue!


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

"Sebastian"
Credit: Operation Paws for Homes
WOOF!! Barking pawsome to introduce you to Sebastian!  He is from Operation Paws for Homes!  This guy is a lot like me- so he's perfect for an active family!

Are you a family that enjoys adventure and exploring?
How would you like to have a dog that is still a playful puppy yet housebroken?  Motivated to please?  One that loves humans, the water, jogging, other dogs?
Sebastian is the dog for you!  WOOF!!!

Pawsome, Sebastian isn't like many of the laid back large breed dogs. He is a CoonHound breed which are very intelligent and high energy! 

He is always curious and likes to have things to occupy himself. He loves and needs to be part of someone’s life that would enjoy his daily outside antics.
His expressive face and body language add to the enjoyment you'll have with him in your home!

Sebastian loves to be talked to and isn't very demanding. Even with the high energy, once completely trained, Sebastian can go anywhere with you and charm the socks off anyone. 

Sebastian is nearly one year old and is altered and current on all of his vaccines.

If you would like to meet Sebastian and learn more about dog adoption, and begin a fun adventure, please visit Operation Paws for Homes.

"Sebastian"
Credit: Operation Paws for Homes



Friday's Friend! Cat Adoption, Washington Humane Society

"Tiger"
Credit: Washington Humane Society 

Happy FRIDAY!!! WOOF!!!  

I'd like you to meet my friend Tiger!  He was introduced to me by the Washington Humane Society. 

A really cool guy, Tiger is a sweet and affectionate nine-year-old, 15 lb., American shorthair!  And, he is still independent though this distinguished gentleman is in the prime of his life!

He is content to supervise the daily goings-on of Kitty City from his favorite perch near the window so he can see his new humans coming to go to his new "Forever Home."

Tiger brings a sphinx-like air of grace and poise. He gets along well with other cats, but he prefers to be a bit laid back rather than spend his time playing. He enjoys laps, windows, and gentle chin scratches. Tiger would do well in most homes without small children.

If you would like to meet Tiger or learn about cat adoption, you can visit him at the Washington Humane Society's New York Avenue Adoption Center, 1201 New York Avenue, NE, Washington, D.C, (202) 576-6664, or visit Washington Humane Society


Thursday, September 18, 2014

From A Foster Parent: Dog Adoption

WOOF! Barkingly pawsome are the Foster Parents and Families which take in dogs and cats in to their homes-

Today, I am pawed to share this story from Dennis Norkus, a foster parent whose family is contacted by A Forever Home to care for dogs.

"We have fostered several dogs since becoming involved with A Forever Home Rescue Foundation. All have been worthwhile and satisfying experiences. It has helped in the fact that we have three dogs of our own, two cavaliers (mom and daughter), and our daughter's 3 year old black lab.

Every dog we have fostered has appeared to fit into our three dog's schedule. Most of them attach themselves to Brady, the black lab since he likes to run and
play with them more than the cavailers. With every new foster, we introduce him/her to the others by bringing them into the fenced in back yard first and let everyone get acquainted. It seems to lessen the territory/ownership factor once inside the house. I have yet to meet a dog who doesn't like a treat. After all the dogs have gone out in the backyard to do their business, they would come in and line up near the treat jar and patiently wait their turn. 

"Baylie"
Used by Permission, D. Norkus
Another thing they all seemed to enjoy was to take a walk around the neighborhood. Our development has quite a few dog owners and we always stop for the dogs to get to know each other.

We did make a mistake with Baylie though. She was a little skittish when we first got her. When we brought her around to the backyard and mistakenly 
took off her leash, she ran away from us and wouldn't come no matter what. We chased her around the yard for about a half hour. My wife then had the idea to bring the other dogs in the house and then place a few treats leading up to the door and into the house. It worked to coax her into the house, and eventually she settled down.

Lovey was an interesting corgi that we had for a while. Being low to the ground and a little overweight when we first got her, she had trouble getting up the steps.  She would stand at the bottom and bark for a while, turn a few circles to get some momentum, then charge up the steps. At times, she would stop half way up, which would put her in a dilemma. She would have to turn around, go back down and start all over again. After going for walks and slimming down a little, the steps became a little easier for her.

Brodie, a lug (lab and pug mix) was the latest foster that we had. Being a puppy, he did like digging small holes in the backyard. He didn't chew things much, but at times you would find someone's shoe in the hallway that he had carried from the closet. He had a playful gait to him, prancing around the yard with not a worry at all. He had so much energy and it was funny at how he chased Brady around the back yard.
"Brodie"
Used by Permission, D. Norkus

I have to admit, you do get attached and the hardest part is seeing them go once you get used to having them around. One thing we did last year was to invite all of our past fosters with their owners over to our house for Brady's birthday party. It was good to see them all again and to know that they are being taken care of in a loving home.

About the Author: Dennis Norkus has lived in Northern Virginia for some 40 years, after moving here from Kansas City Mo.   He retired from the federal government in 2007 and is now a government contractor for a military agency.  His twin daughters graduated from Battlefield High School where they played varsity soccer.   He followed the program since then, taking videos of the games and posting the highlights for the coach and teammates to view. Battlefield won the VA state championship this past spring.  Also, he likes to garden, but feels his success rate is only about 60% of things planted. Growing up, he was a competitive roller skater and placed in the top ten in the nation in several years.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Bark, Wag and Wine Fundraiser for Operation Paws for Homes

Used by permission,
Operation Paws for Homes
WOOF!!!!!! Barkingly pawsome! Operation Paws for Homes will host their 2nd Bark, Wag & Wine Fundraiser and Event on Saturday, September 27, 2014, from 11am to 3pm!

The fundraiser and event will benefit their mission of rescuing dogs and finding them "Forever Homes!" Operation Paws for Homes is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and 100% donor funded. They depend on the dedication of our amazing volunteers, adopters, and supporters to continue rescuing great dogs who are in need!

Join Operation Paws for Homes at the beautiful Chrysalis Vineyards in Middleburg, Virginia for this event. Enjoy amazing live music, award winning wines, shop with dog-loving vendors, meet Operation Paws for Homes families and dogs, and start your holiday shopping with an incredible silent auction that has something for everyone!

The vineyard is nestled in the hills of Loudoun County and has stunning scenic views out over the vines, a lake, and clear blue skies. There are several tasting stations spread through the vineyard and hundreds of places to sit and enjoy your wine.

The Event is Dog Friendly! The vineyard is dog friendly and we would love to see your dog! You can enjoy lots of outdoor spaces with them, and there are plenty of picnic tables and gathering places to hang out with your two- and four-legged family members! Just remember, alcohol isn't good for your dog.

Tickets Available! Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children. The adult ticket includes an amazing catered BBQ lunch, a fantastic goodie bag with treats, an OPH wine glass, and much more! Your tax dedictible contribution will support our mission to end the senseless euthaniasia for homeless dogs in shelters.

Support OPH Rescue with a Donation!

For more information, contact Operation Paws for Homes.


Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday's Friend! Cat Adoption, PetConnect Rescue

"(Penelope) Garcia"
Credit: Allen Pearson's Photos
Meet (Penelope) Garcia, a sweet and beautiful young mom.  She was introduced to my human a few weeks ago at a photography shoot and to me this week by my friend "Cat Lady!"  

(Penelope) Garcia was rescued with her kittens which make up one gorgeous family (hey- don't tell the guys I barked that- OK?)! She took great care of her kittens, but it's time for her to find a "Forever Home."  

She loves to snuggle with her human, purr a lot, being petted, brushed and especially loves to be on a lap.  (Penelope) Garcia's long hair is soft and silky, with a tail that is soft and poofy. Since her whiskers are really long, the foster parents think she will fill out to match them. 

If you would like to learn about cat adoption and meet (Penelope) Garcia, please complete an PetConnect Rescue Online Application.  One of their Adoption Coordinator will contact you.