Friday, June 24, 2016

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

Pawsingly, if you know me very well, you know I like to have fun.  I like to pick on my human as much as possible and I like to do the same to furry friends.  I love enjoying life as it may be-  WOOFS!!!

Barkingly pawsome is this young lady that "Lab Lady" brought by for you to meet- her name is "Toffee!"

(C) Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.
 This photo of Toffee reminds me of when I was young.  When I first found my human and we played with toys for seemed like forever!  I was, and still am, glad we found each other-  his life has improved considerably with me in his life! WOOF!!

Yours will be better when you add a dog to the family too- especially one like Toffee who is looking for a human or a family of humans to share life and have plain fun!  BARKS!!  She is looking for a home with a fenced backyard, not a home with an invisible fence.
(C) Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.

Toffee is a 2 year old female Chocolate Labrador Retreiver who just gave birth to 10 puppies and found them "Forever Homes." Now, she's getting used to being a lady by herself and enjoying some fun. Now that the kids are gone, she is showing her unique puppy personality wanting to play all the time.

Among her foster siblings, Toffee has figured out the play dynamics with her youngest foster sibling and appropriately shares times of tackler vs being tackled, instead of always taking on the role of letting herself be tackled!  WOOF!!  The foster humans have had a pawsome blast watching her play! She loves pulling all the toys out of the toy box one at a time and playing with each one. She fetches tennis balls, toys, chases frisbees, though not always returning them to the human- yet, anyway, she tells me!  Barks!

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Toffee is house and crate trained- though she really doesn't need one as she didn't get into stuff at her foster's house.  She does great on leash with an Easy Walk.  And, rides pawfectly in the car!

Toffee will do best with a family who has a young and playful dog as she may be too much for an older and more mellow one.

Toffee is good with other dogs, has no known experience with cats and is recommended for children 10 years and older!

Interested in meeting Toffee and learning more about dog adoption?  Please visit Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc..

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

WOOF! WOOF!!  Oh WOW! What a pawsomely beautiful brindle Dane/Mastiff mix.  She is as sweet as she is beautiful- my friends from the Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League brought her by for you to meet!  WOOF!!

Meet Nila!

(C) Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League

Nila is one easy-going girl!  She's happiest when she's taken to the dog park and gets to run around or is chased by her new little friends!  It's pawsomely hilarious to see her being changed by a Pug.  WOOFS!   Nila wonders what it'd be like to be chased by a big dog but she will never know the answer to that!  BARKS!

Nila enjoys playing "freeze tag" with her foster humans!  She loves the thrill of a good chase- which is probably why I saw her chasing her tail!!

Most of the time, this sweetie just loves to be a snuggle bug and nearly smother you with lovin's!

(C) Mid-Atlantic
Great Dane Rescue League

Nila is a bit reserved about making new friends especially when they come into a room.  Nila used to like to have conversations with them, sometimes would be mistaken for growling, but now she will come to humans for a good pet!  Now, she's great at meeting new friends!

Interested in meeting Nila?  Please contact the Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League to learn more about dog adoption!

(C) Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League

Friday's Friend! Cat Adoption, PetConnect Rescue

I am pawsitively delightfully surrounded by pawsome kitties this week!  WOOF!  I love catching up with my friend, "Cat Lady" from PetConnect Rescue.  She and her volunteers do pawesome work with kitties and cats!  Meows!

"Cat Lady" brought two cats by for you to meet, Fudge and Caramel.  Those names make me hungry and drool!  WOOF!!!, er, purr, meows!

Meet Fudge!

(C) PetConnect Rescue
Fudge is all dressed up in his tuxedo finest to find himself a most pawsome "Forever Home!"

Fudge was rescued with his brother Caramel from a North Carolina shelter. PetConnect Rescue believes the boys to have been born around November 2015! BARKS! er, MEOWS!
(C) PetConnect Rescue

Fudge and Caramel are full of purrs but can be shy when they initially meet new humans in their life!

Fudge and Caramel do everything together and are bestest buddies!  WOOF! A quiet home would be best for these two guys! Purrss, please don't tell the guys! Meow.

Fudge and Caramel are healthy, neutered and current on their vaccinations!  These guys have excellent litter box manners.

A note from PetConnect Rescue: The adoption fee for kittens $135, which helps cover costs of routine vet care.

Barkingly, cats adopted through PetConnect Rescue must be indoor only, and may not be declawed (unless already declawed at the time of rescue).

Interested in meeting these two characters? Please complete the PetConnect Rescue Adoption Application. Once submitted, an Adoption Coordinator will contact you.

Interested in learning more about cat adoption?  Please visit the PetConnect Rescue Adoption Guide.

Friday's Friend! Cat Adoption, PetConnect Rescue

arf? uh. hmmmm. meows? grrrrrr. er, purr... I thought I was seeing double ... wasn't pawsitive what to make of it!   ARF!!!

My friend "Miss Catherine" from PetConnect Rescue snuck to cool kitties in to meet me - they look alike, purr alike, and well, see for yourself-

"Liz and Leah"
(C) PetConnect Rescue
Are these two cool kitties or what?  I thought they were twins but after looking closely, I can tell them apart!

After being dropped off at a shelter at a very young age, these two were taken to foster care with PetConnect Rescue!  WOOF!! er, uh, barks!  At 11 weeks old, they are affectionately called "the twins."

Liz and Leah are two friendly gals who alternate between playing and cuddling- both have these pawsome purr motors.

The "twins" are having a blast with the other kittens in their foster home and consider everyone a friend.

PetConnect Rescue prefers to place these girls in a home where someone is home a good part of the day!  Paws, or they could be adopted together or with a similar age kitten.

Liz and Leah prefer to live with respectful children, age 8 and above.​

A note from PetConnect Rescue: The adoption fee for kittens $135, which helps cover costs of routine vet care. The fee DOES NOT INCLUDE spay/neuter if the kitten isn't already spayed/neutered. If the animal you are adopting is not already spayed/neutered, you will be required to sign a contract legally obligating you to have the animal altered. A $100 spay/neuter deposit is collected to help ensure that the procedure gets done in a timely manner.

Barkingly, cats adopted through PetConnect Rescue must be indoor only, and may not be declawed (unless already declawed at the time of rescue).

Interested in meeting these two pawesome twins?  Please complete the PetConnect Rescue Adoption Application. Once submitted, an Adoption Coordinator will contact you.

Interested in learning more about cat adoption?  Please visit the PetConnect Rescue Adoption Guide.

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

The week has been awesome, I got a visit from my friend "Miss Ashley" from Operation Paws for Homes.   She a kind young lady who brings by a character for you to meet!

Meet Sullivan!

(C) Operation Paws for Homes
(C) Operation Paws for Homes

Sullivan is a 10 month old, 60 lbs., Strafford Bull Terrier who is looking for his "Forever Home!"

Sullivan is housebroken and crate trained.  He knows his basic commands.

Sullivan's pawsome favorite activities are going for rides in the car,  going to the dog park, chewing on toys, bully sticks and milk bones!  Barks!

He is good with cats, and you could paw that he's good with cats as he just ignores them!  WOOF!!

"Miss Ashley" recommends, due to his age and size, Sullivan needs a "Forever Home" with older children.

Interested in meeting Sullivan?  Please complete the Operation Paws for Homes Adoption Application.

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

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Saluting a Hero! The Last Known Canine Survivor of 9/11 Dies

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Bretagne, May She Bark in Peace!

A loving tribute to pawnderful leader and example of the best of Canines everywhere!  WOOF!! WOOF!!!!  I paws to salute, 16-year-old Bretagne, a beautiful Golden Retriever.  She was the last known FEMA Search and Rescue Canine who served at Ground Zero died peacefully in Cypress, Texas.

An absolutely pawsome remarkable girl, Bretagne served with members of Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) at the site of the World Trade Center for 10 days in 2001. She was 2 years old and newly certified as a FEMA Search and Rescue canine when she served to help humans at the terrorism incident in U.S. history.

A confident girl whose drive, determination, skills and personality were pawsome to her career.  During her pawsomely barking career with TX-TF1, Bretagne responded to nearly a dozen other disasters, including Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ivan. 

After retiring from her formal search and rescue work, she continued to serve humans as a goodwill ambassador for her local fire department and as a reading assistance dog at an elementary school near her home.  The barkingly sweet girl was the star of a non-fiction book about senior dogs  She met Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott, and late last year, former President George H.W. Bush at his Presidential Library in College Station, TX.

As a nominee for the 2014, American Humane Association “Hero Dog Award,” she received red carpet treatment during the Hollywood, CA, ceremony. Her 16th birthday was celebrated last year with a bash in New York City- it gained worldwide media attention.

She was loved by all her teammates even those who had just met her in training.  Asking team members about her, the common comment you'd get is,
‘Oh she just loves me!’.  Bretagne was fiercely devoted never taking her eyes off her handler always taking her job seriously.   At her first deployment at the World Trade Center, she took her job seriously in an unknown chaotic situation. Paws, somehow she always knew who needed her comfort who needed to hold her close and stroke her fur.

Bretagne had a long-term relationship with the Penn Vet Working Dog Center, where her namesake, Bretagne 2, was trained as a diabetic alert dog for an individual with severe Type 1 diabetes.

As a feature about her 16th birthday said: “To Bretagne and all of the working dogs who give so selflessly to help humans around the world, thank you.”

May she rest in peace!  arf.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Happy Summer!

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Happy first day of Summer!  My human's favorite season as he loves the heat and all the things he can do outside.

Barkingly, this isn't the best season for me.  The heat can be too much for dogs and if you're not careful, it could even be dangerous for us.

When you are outside in the summer's heat, pay special attention to your dogs needs.  Be sure he's not getting too hot- if you think it's hot- your dog is REALLY hot!  Take him inside to an air conditioned area.

Walking in the summer can be particularly stressful.  My human takes me for our walks in the early morning or late evening to avoid the extreme heat of the day.

Be sure to keep plenty of water around.  When going on long walks or hikes carry bottles of water just for your dog!  Canteens for water which can be easily carried can be found at Pet Stores.

And, remember, never, ever leave your dog or cat in a closed car in the summer.  Even a car with windows open can heat up fast and become way too hot.  Leaving the car running with air conditioning on is a bad idea because the car could stall, the air conditioning could quit and newer cars don't always keep cool when the car isn't moving.

Dehydration and heat stroke can happen very quickly in the hot weather. Keep a close eye on your dog and cat.  Any concerns, contact your veterinarian immediately.