Wednesday, September 19, 2018

6th Annual Bark, Wag, Wine 2018, Hosted by Operation Paws for Homes

(C) Operation Paws for Homes
WOOF! Coming up this weekend! WOOF! WOOF! My barkingly pawsome friends at Operation Paws for Homes will host their 6th Annual Bark, Wag, and Wine on Saturday, September 22, 12 p.m. too 4 p.m.! WOOF! BARK! Put this one on the calendar!

Barks, the event will be held at the pawsomely beautiful Hiddencroft Vineyards, 2202 Axline Rd, Lovettsville, VA 20180! Nestled on rolling farmland in Northern Virginia's wine country, Hiddencroft greets guest with an exceptional blend of fine wine, gracious hospitality, and pawsome service.

Barkingly 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!

WOOF! Best of all, the event is dog-friendly! The vineyard is dog-friendly! Operation Paws for Homes would love to see your dog! You can enjoy lots of outdoor spaces with them, gorgeous views and there are plenty of gathering places to hang out with your two- and four-legged family members!
For more information, pawlease visit

Ticket info:
Adults, $25 in advance ($30 at the door)
* includes wine tasting*

Children 12 and under are free

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

Monday, September 17, 2018

Off The Leash Cartoons by Ruppert Fawcett

(C) Ruppert Fawcett, Off The Leash Used by Permission

I paw and bark my thanks to Ruppert Fawcett creator of Off The Leash Dog Cartoons for sharing his pawsome artistic talents with us.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Thank A Police Officer Day!

Police Car
(C) Shahid93 - Wikipedia Commons, Used by Permission

I see you sometimes when I take my human for a walk. I see you when we are going for a ride through town or to the local garden center or the home improvement store. I see you when we are sitting near the railroad tracks waiting for the next train to roar through. You are not hard to miss since you drive brightly colored cars or because of the lights on top and the logo along the side telling me who you are. Sometimes I can tell you are there when you are driving a nondescript car or truck to do your work. You are there, doing what you have to do every day and every night. Sometimes I see one of my K9 friends working alongside you with much focus and concentration.

I am thankful for you. You take your work seriously as you go about. You work to guard me against crime, you work to protect us from accidents, you work to protect us from harm, you work to help us when we've been wronged, and advise us how to prepare for emergencies even at the last minute. You often put yourself in harm’s way to protect those you serve.

A few years ago, when my sniffing a scent or two took me a block or two away, one of your colleagues in another area took me home making sure I was safe and reminded my humans of their responsibilities. I was safe and they were extremely happy.

A day like today, I cannot let today go by without pawing or barking and maybe a few woofs to salute and say “THANK YOU” for all that you do every day and every night. Though your work may seem endless, my thanks are endless too- I thank the Prince William County Police Department and ALL the many other officers human and K9 in our country.


"K9 Police Officer"
(C) King of Kings Security, Inc. 

Friday, September 14, 2018

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

Photo Credit: Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.
Creative: Allen Pearson

Photo Credit: Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.
Creative: Allen Pearson
BARKS! and Paws! My pawsome friend "Lab Lady" brought by a beautiful young lady for you to meet! Meet Breezy!

Breezy is a 3-year-old Chocolate Labrador Retriever who is looking for a "Forever Home" in a rural or suburban single-family home with no fence requirement.

Woof! While Breezy may not look like the typical Labrador Retriever, she has the Labrador heart and pawsome great "Lab Lean!" She loves to be loved. She loves snuggling too!

Breezy enjoys settling in on her doggie bed or even her crate after she's had a few good ear scratches and belly rubs.

Breezy walks like a lady on the leash. She enjoys going for car rides too.

WOOF! Breezy enjoys relaxing on the front porch of her foster home watching birds and squirrels go by - between a few naps that is!

Barks, Breezy is good with dogs but has an unknown history with cats. She is recommended for mini-humans ages 1o and older.

If you would like to learn more about dog adoption, pawlease visit the Lab Rescue Adoption Guide!

Interested in applying to adopt or meet Breezy? Pawlease complete the Lab Rescue Dog Adoption Application!

WOOF! Do you love dogs but, for whatever reason, are not able to adopt? Please consider supporting Breezy financially. Donations will assist with Breezy's care. Any extra funds will be used to assist other dogs at Lab Rescue. Interested, please donate HERE!

Photo Credit: Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.
Creative: Allen Pearson


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

Photo Credit: Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.
Creative: Allen Pearson

WOOF! My friend "Lab Lady" from Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc. stopped by this week with a pawsome young man for you to meet! Maxwell!

Photo Credit: Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.
Creative: Allen Pearson
This pawsome fella is looking for a single-family home with a fence located in a rural or suburban area!

Maxwell has adapted well to his foster home! He sleeps through the night in his crate.

Maxwell acts like one of those guys who you've known all of your life! WOOF! He loves hanging out with humans getting pawlenty of belly and head rubs!

Barks, since Maxwell was a stray who found his way Lab Rescue. He will have a training addendum attached to his adoption. He pulls a bit on his leash and will benefit from an Easy Walk Harness.

Maxwell's history with mini-humans and cats is unknown. He is great with other dogs.

If you would like to learn more about dog adoption, pawlease visit the Lab Rescue Dog Adoption Guide.

Interested in applying to meet or adopt this pawsome guy? Pawlease complete the Lab Rescue Dog Adoption Application.

WOOF! Do you love dogs but, for whatever reason, are not able to adopt? Please consider supporting Maxwell financially. Donations will assist with his care. Any extra funds will be used to assist other dogs at Lab Rescue. Interested, please donate HERE!

Photo Credit: Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.
Creative: Allen Pearson


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Friday's Friend! Cat Adoption, Homeless Animals Rescue Team

Photo Credit: Homeless Animals Rescue Team (HART)
Creative: Allen Pearson

WOOF! HAPPY FRIDAY! My pawsome friend, "Miss Kim," at Homeless Animals Rescue Team (HART) brought by two of the cutest little kittens for you to meet, Minime and Muffin!

These two pawsome female meowsters are dog, cat, and mini-human friendly. Meows! They are twin Tabby sisters! Woofs, these two little silver sweethearts are about as cute as they come! Purrs.

Cat If you have questions about these two adorably pawsome meowsters, Minime and Muffin, pawlease contact Kim.

Pawlease review the Homeless Animals Rescue Team Kitten Adoption Policy.

If you would like to learn more about cat adoption, pawlease visit the Homeless Animals Rescue Team (HART) Adoption Guide.

Meows, interested in applying to adopt or meeting these two lovely ladies? Pawlease complete the Homeless Animals Rescue Team Cat Adoption Application.

Purr! Do you love cats, but, for whatever reason, are not able to adopt? Please consider supporting Minime and Muffin financially. Donations will assist with her care. Any extra funds will be used to assist other cats at Homeless Animals Rescue Team. Interested, please donate HERE!
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Thursday, September 13, 2018

PenFed Credit Union Launches Assistance Dogs in Training Program in Partnership with Canine Companions for Independence®

(C) PenFed Credit Union

WOOF! Paws, I have a heart for working dogs, especially since I am one too, so I want to share this pawsome news story with you!

BARKS, in Tysons, VA, not too far from my studio, PenFed Credit Union launched a new program in partnership with Canine Companions for Independence®. Two puppies, Admiral III and Clint III, were welcomed as assistance dogs in training. The partnership kicked off at the company’s Tysons Corner headquarters with a welcome party and tour for the new canine members of the PenFed team! Barks, the event was followed by the dogs visiting the company’s Alexandria Service Center location. Admiral will be based in Tysons Corner and Clint in Alexandria. WOOF!
"Admiral and Clint were greeted with a new employee welcome party at 
PenFed’s Tysons Corner Headquarters. 
Left to right: Clint, Emma Phillips, Lisa Jennings, 
Admiral, Debra Dougherty (Canine Companions for Independence)"
(C) PenFed Credit Union

Paws, James Schenck, PenFed Credit Union president and CEO said, “PenFed is proud to work with Canine Companions and provide support to children, adults, and veterans with disabilities. We are especially proud to support the men and women who have served our country and protected our freedoms."

WOOF, he continues, “Admiral and Clint are part of a mission to help open doors for people with disabilities to become more independent. Also, they provide unconditional love, companionship, and loyalty. We are committed to this program and making it work for our employees who are donating their time to raise these dogs for a very noble cause and plan to expand the program to our Omaha and Eugene locations,” James Schenck said.

Paws, PenFed provided $60,000 in funding to Canine Companions in the last year and is covering all costs associated with the puppies for the two employee volunteer dog raisers.

"Admiral and Clint Receive their Official Employee ID Badges"
(C) Penfed Federal Credit Union
Woofs, the puppies will learn basic commands and socialization skills by accompanying PenFed’s first volunteer assistance dog raisers Lisa Jennings, Senior Executive Vice President, and Emma Phillips, University Relations, and Campus Recruitment Lead, to work every day and by joining all of their personal activities.

“With every gift given there is a responsibility to give to others,” said Jennings, who is also a volunteer member of “Pets on Wheels,” an organization of the Fairfax County Area Agency on Aging where pets visit and support people living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. “I’m excited to raise Admiral as one of PenFed’s first volunteer dog raisers as it’s an opportunity to improve a life not just for a few moments, but for years to come.”

Woof, part of Clint’s mission to become an assistance dog includes accompanying Phillips on college campus visits this fall to recruit future PenFed employees. It’s part of how the company is showing up differently on campus.

“I strive to give back to others and am delighted to take on this opportunity to show my children what it takes to have a heart of service,” said Phillips, an experienced Show Dog Trainer. “I look forward to traveling with Clint to college campuses this fall to recruit future PenFed employees because it shows our company’s commitment to bettering the lives of others, in all that we say and do.”

"Admiral (front) and Clint (back) enter through the front doors
at the PenFed Headquarters in Tysons Corner, VA
and are welcomed by their new colleagues."
(C) Penfed Federal Credit Union
Barkingly the PenFed volunteer dog raisers will spend 18 months raising Admiral and Clint as part of the PenFed family to prepare them for the next step in the program, where they will spend an additional six months with Canine Companions professional instructors learning over 40 advanced commands that are useful to a person with disabilities.

"We're excited to form this new partnership with the employees of PenFed Credit Union, and we congratulate them for their ongoing compassion and commitment to helping people with disabilities," said Debra Dougherty, Canine Companions northeast region executive director. "We know that PenFed employees will have a great experience supporting these new puppies as they begin their journey to become highly trained assistance dogs. Canine Companions is extremely grateful to PenFed and their employees, who are supporting our program and giving their time and energy to raise two pups that will soon be making an amazing difference in the life of a person with disabilities."

For the last 43 years, Canine Companions has been committed to providing four different types of highly trained assistance dogs to those in need at no cost. Assistance dogs assist adults with physical disabilities by performing daily tasks. Hearing dogs alert their partners, who have a hearing disability, to important sounds. Facility dogs work with clients with special needs in a visitation, education, criminal justice or health care setting. Skilled companions enhance independence for children and adults with physical, cognitive and developmental disabilities.

About PenFed Credit Union
Established in 1935 as the War Department Credit Union, Pentagon Federal Credit Union (PenFed) is America’s second-largest federal credit union, serving 1.7 million members worldwide with $23.5 billion in assets. Our long-standing mission has been to provide superior financial services in a cost-effective manner while being responsive to members’ needs. 

About Canine Companions for Independence®
Canine Companions for Independence® provides expertly trained assistance dogs to children, adults and veterans with disabilities. Established in 1975 in California, Canine Companions is the largest non-profit provider of assistance dogs in the United States. Canine Companions is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and the quality and longevity of the matches it makes between people and dogs. There is no charge for the dog, its training and on-going follow-up services. For more information, visit or call 1-800-572-BARK.