Monday, December 6, 2021

Half-Full Comics by Maria Scrivan

© 2021, Maria Scrivan, Half-Full Comics
© 2021, Maria Scrivan, Half-Full Comics


MEOWS! Many paws of thanks to Maria Scrivan for sharing her pawsome artistic talents with us! Visit her work at GoComics.com

Maria’s graphic novel series, NAT ENOUGH, published by Scholastic/Graphix is available for ordering at "Nat Enough!"

Meowy Christmas!
(C) 2021, from The Dog's Paw!

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Tips for Christmas Decorating with Dogs and Cats!

Photo by freestocks.org from Pexels
"Christmas Decorations"
Photo by 
freestocks.org from Pexels

Oh, my barkness! I thought my humans, or least Dad, was going a bit off the edge- again- this past Saturday. He and mom assembled what turned out to be a tree. I wanted to inaugurate it to the property but Dad kept looking at me funny so I didn’t! The tree was placed in the front room and many boxes surrounded it. Barkingly, what a beautiful tree it turned out to be! For many years, my humans put up a ceramic tree on the TV cabinet, which diligently served its purpose of celebration and keeping the cat from swatting ornaments. It was beautiful with its lights brightening the days and nights.

During the Christmas season. It’s pawsitively impawtant to pay pawticularly close attention to your fine furry friends and their pawssible antics with Christmas decorations and the like. The glitter, the shininess, the cute, and the clever will do their best laying there on the floor or even hung on the tree to get the attention of your beloved pet so you must be a bit wiser to prevent problems!

My humans have some old ornaments, some really old ornaments, some ancient ornaments, and those which have gone into fossilization as they were new when my human was just a young sprat! These variety of ornaments were in boxes, wrapped in paper, or bubble-wrap stuff, which are fun toys for me. Behaving was not something I can do around those toys. My human knew this because as I snuck closer to these items, he kept them away as they hold glass and plastic which could harm me.

Having recently read a story about a cat swallowing a piece of string and having major surgery to remove it, reminded me to share with humans to keep ribbons and accessories out of reach. Harmless as they may seem, my cat friend learned differently!

If you enjoy live plants around the house, be careful to place poinsettias, holly, mistletoe, and the like out of reach! These plants can be poisonous to your pet. My humans use fabric-like plants so he can enjoy the color and doesn’t have to worry about me! Of course, I might still knock off the plant and get dirt everywhere. BARKs!

Barkingly, my advice for the safety of us all, do not use edible Christmas decorations on the tree. We are curious enough about the tree without having the incentive of food smells which can be incredibly delicious making us want to explore the tree even more. Paws, if my human did that, I would go after the food and lay there until I was done and look at him- “gee Dad, that was delicious… more please!”

If you use a live Christmas tree, keep the area free of pine needles. Though seemingly harmless, if ingested, they could cause intestinal blockage and who knows what gaseous moments they could cause- who wants an evacuation during a Christmas party?!

WOOFS! Instead of a live Christmas tree, or even an artificial one, a product we just learned about is decorative wall decals! These simply go on the wall pawsitively easier than decorating a Christmas tree. Barkingly, there are no messes from pine needles and no vacuuming. After the Christmas season, remove the tree off the wall, not taking it apart and re-boxing. 

If you burn candles in your home, place them high up on mantles or other places where curious noses and excited wagging tails can not knock them over. Sometimes I get so excited to see my Uncle Ed that my tail wags fast and furious all things in the way are, well, no longer in the way- BARK!

When decorating our tree, I never saw light bulbs on a string look so tempting to play with before. They move across the room, here and there, there and here, and it was hard not to play with them. Now, if I were a cat, I can only imagine how difficult it could be to not play with and pull and maybe chew these cords. Then, get an electrical shock which could be very unhealthy, to say in polite company, for the cat. And the dog too. Keep cords away from pets by taping them against a wall or cover them with those cord cover things. Better safe than sorry.

(C) 2021, from The Dog's Paw!

Friday, December 3, 2021

Frida'ys Friend! Cat Adoption, Humane Society of Northern Virginia (Advocates for Abused and Abandoned Pets (A3P))

Cat Adoption
 Photo: Humane Society of Northern Virginia (Advocates for Abused and Abandoned Pets (A3P))
Creative: from The Dog's Paw! 

Meows! Purrs! Happy Friday, my fine friends! I hope you have had a pawsome week and, I know, you are ready for the weekend! My friend "Miss Sherry" from Humane Society of Northern Virginia (Advocates for Abused and Abandoned Pets (A3P)) brought by a sweet guy for you to meet! Snickers is looking for his "Forever Home!" with humans to love who will love him too!

Meows! A good Samaritan contacted the Humane Society of Northern Virginia about a stray cat that was following him but was walking strangely. Snickers was taken in and evaluated which proved he had a significant injury to his left rear leg. HISS! His leg was fractured and splintered in three places. He needed surgery to repair it versus amputating his leg. The surgery was successful with Snickers recovering. What a stoic fella this guy is!

Snickers in super lovely, very cute with cute a bit of handsomeness too!

He is neutered, current with age-appropriate vaccinations and preventatives, and microchipped. 

To meet Snickers, learn more about him, apply to pawssibly adopt him, or to Sponsor his care, pawlease visit Humane Society of Northern Virginia (Advocates for Abused and Abandoned Pets (A3P)) - Adoption.

Cat Adoption
 Photo: Humane Society of Northern Virginia (Advocates for Abused and Abandoned Pets (A3P))
Creative: from The Dog's Paw! 

(C) 2021, from The Dog's Paw!

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

Great Dane Dog Adoption
Photo: Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League
Creative: from The Dog's Paw!

WOOF! WOOF! Happy Friday! Dad used to say when he worked in an office, he would look forward to today. The Friday of the week after Thanksgiving because the week was always long since last week was only a 3-day workweek. Then, he would spend the weekend preparing for Christmas. Do you have my present yet?

(C) 2021, from The Dog's Paw!My friend the "Great Dane Dame" from the Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League has been pawfully busy with her volunteers taking care of Great Dane dogs left in their rescue. This week, they brought by Blu for you to meet. Paws, she is looking for her "Forever Home!" with humans to love who will love her too! Woofs. 

Blu is a 3-1/2-year-old Merle Great Dane. She is doing well in her foster home settling in to a household routine and is less anxious when her foster mom heads out to work. 

Blu's leash skills have improved quite well as have her responses to commands. She is making improvements every pawsome day! Barkingly, she enjoys learning new things, pawlaying fetch, snuggling with her human, and chewing a massive Nylabone before bedtime. 

Blu is a human pleaser though when meeting someone new for the first time, she will be hesitant. She likes time to sniff visitors and warm up first. Then, paws, you'll get kisses and lots of lovin's. Barks! 

Woofs, Blu does not like fast movements, mini-humans make her nervous, nor hearing angry/loud voices. 

Blu isn't a complete velcro-Dane! She enjoys being with her humans and snoozing within earshot as long as she gets her daily quota of snuggles and leans! 

Barkingly, Miss Blu is good with mini-humans, dogs, but is unknown with cats. She has lived with other large dogs.

To learn about adopting a Great Dane from the Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League, more about Blu, or pawssibly meeting her, pawlease visit their Adoption Guide!

BARKS! Do you love Great Danes, but, for whatever reason, are not able to adopt? Pawlease consider supporting Blu financially. Donations will assist with her care. Any extra funds will be used to assist other Great Danes at the Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League. Interested, pawlease donate HERE! Donations are tax-deductible as permitted by the IRS.

Great Dane Dog Adoption
Photo: Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League
Creative: from The Dog's Paw!

(C) 2021, from The Dog's Paw!

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

A Dog's Life in the Country: A Visit to the River

(C) 2021, Margie Harlow
"Abby at the River"
(C) 2021, Margie Holmes 


WOOFS! BARKS! WOOFS! I am pawsitively LOVING living in the country! My mostest favorite pawrt is having my friends Max, Mojo, and Carly around all the time. We have so much fun running the fence, playing and running in my backyard, and WOOFS playing in all of our front yards too!

(C) 2021, Margie Harlow
"Max and Abby"
(C) 2021, Margie Holmes 
Yesterday, I got a humongous pawsomely grand surprise from Max's Mom, "Miss Margie!" I had the mostest pawleasant time walking my human when I was greeted by her near the end of it. She was taking Max to the river to romp and play and invited me to go along. I was so surprised when Dad said "YES!" I could go with them. I think he wanted a few hours of quiet! Barks. Arf?

WOOF! I was so excited! I jumped in the pickup truck right next to Max! I did my best to behave myself like Dad asked but it was so challenging to do that. There was so much to take in as we drove along the curvy two-lane country roads. The beautiful trees, the houses, the cars, pawlenty of things to see!

Barkingly, I sat and waited and tried to be on my bestestest behavior ever because I paws and hope Miss Margie will take me again and again and, well, again! WOOFS!

We turned off the main road by this really cool looking store-type pawlace. I'll have to paw this so that I can get Dad to bring me over here and pawssibly do some shopping! Barks. 

WE ARRIVE! WOOF! I tear out of the car with my buddy Max and look at all the water. I jump in and realize I may have made a mistake and jump back out! WOOF! Barks. 

Barks! Max and I ran all over the pawlace! We climbed over rocks, we ran along the river, we chased each other! We had an hour of doggie fun like nobody's business! I got soaked and soaked some more! Woofs! 

I can't thank Miss Margie enough for taking me along with Max to the river! I love country life!

(C) 2021, Margie Harlow
"Max Shakes Off the Water!"
(C) 2021, Margie Holmes 

(C) 2021, from The Dog's Paw!

Dog and Cat Adoption: Once Upon a Christmas by Noah!

Photo by Lorena Esparza from Pexels
"A Dog at Christmas!"
Photo by Lorena Esparza from Pexels


Once upon a Christmas, not too many years ago, I was adopted by my humans and brought home to celebrate life with them! I wasn’t a surprise Christmas present to my humans by any means as they adopted me together. As it was the Christmas season and Mom’s Christmas bonus was used to pay the expenses of my adoption. Dad likes to say that I am his best Christmas present ever!

Barkingly, on many Christmases along the way dogs and cats, are given presents to surprise mini-humans only to have a disaster on Christmas day. Or another day and time for that matter. Lucy accidentally gets bitten when playing with the new pup. Or Bobby rough houses too much with the pup and gets scratched. Or, personalities of the mini-humans, other humans in the house, and the new dog or cat just don’t mesh. It’s a sad situation for all involved as the mini-humans are upset, the dog or cat is upset, and are usually taken to a local shelter and left in confusion thinking “I didn’t do anything wrong!” Woof!

A few paws to consider when adopting a dog or cat barkingly before getting one for Christmas. First, gifting a pet is not just something at Christmas- it is a 10-20 year commitment! The Christmas season and the weeks after can be full of wintry weather - remember someone will need to housetrain “Barksters” even on the coldest, snowiest, darkest days of the season. Unless you already have the experience, the weather will make it a seemingly impawssible chore! Warmer weather is a better time for new pet owners. Are the mini-humans old enough for the responsibility of caring, handling, and living with a pet? Have you considered the financial commitment? It can cost $700/year for cats and $800/year for a medium dog and more for a larger dog! WOOFs!! Are you committed to the pet? When the mini-human becomes involved in sports or goes off to college, you might be the one responsible for the pet's care. MEOW! HISS! Do you have an appropriate space for a pet? Dogs need places to run and play like a fenced backyard. A new pet is not the best way to teach mini-humans responsibility. Responsibility should be taught before the pet is even considered. Paws, if the pet doesn’t work out, it can be a pawful situation for your mini-humans and you to take them to the shelter and leave!

What to do? Barkingly, the volunteers at Rescues and shelters, are often great resources, as well as reading my blog- WOOFs!- to adopting pets and caring for them. Visit rescues read about in my writings, visit www.petfinder.com or www.adopt-a-pet.org. which allow you to search for the pet which suits your needs. Visit some of the online quizzes too!

Barks, if you decide to place Barksters or Meowsers under the tree, never ever wrap them up, even placing bows, clothes, or other decorations on them as we’ve all seen on a barkzillion TV shows can be dangerous. Instead, place a stuffed toy dog or cat with a gift card to a local rescue or shelter attached.

(C) 2021, from The Dog's Paw!

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Considering Adopting a Dog? Corgi and Corgi Mixes!

WOOFS! Barkingly, an incredibly cute dog breed is the Corgi and Corgi mixes. Did you know the name Corgi is from the Welsh language? Paws, "Cor" is for "dwarf" and "Gi" means dog! Barkingly, when we woof, or speak, their name we are saying "Dwarf Dog!"

Adopt A Pet has shared this infographic about Corgi and Corgi mixes to provide you with information about this breed. Adopt A Pet is an excellent resource when looking for a new furry family member!