Friday, November 30, 2012

Friday's Friends

"This is ME!!"

Happy Friday!!  Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!  I sure did.  My grandparents came over and my uncle did too!!

My uncle and I love to take walks together so we headed over to Great Falls and hiked this long trail- Dad was so tired when we were done but he says he loved the hike.

I had the opportunity this week to go visit a few friends over the long weekend, especially while Dad was out working at Alexandria Animals, and met a few friends I'd like you to meet.
"Wanna Friend?  -Mickey"

I stopped at Ambassador Pit Bulls and met Mickey who is looking for a home of his very own. He's refreshingly mellow and is content just hanging out on the couch with you while you watch TV or read a book. He's a silly boy who never misses a chance to make you laugh.

Mickey is great with other dogs but is not high energy, so he would do best with another low energy dog or as your only love.

If you'd like to meet Mickey please email
"AHHH Sunshine! -Mickey"

If you would like more information about how to adopt Mickey, visit
Ambassador Pit Bulls Adoption Procedures.

I was very happy to find "Cat Lady" around this weekend, one of these days I am going to introduce you to this wonderful lady.  She, of course, had a cool cat for you to meet.


Meet Petunia!  She is looking for a friend and "Forever Home" too.

Petunia's a beautiful kitty who loves to have her fluffy coat petted and brushed! Her markings are striking.

Petunia loves people and likes to be nearby. She loves attention and rolls over to have her belly rubbed! 

A healthy kitty, Petunia is up-to-date medically, spayed and has excellent litter box manners. If you would like to meet Petunia, please complete the online application and we will contact you,  PetConnect Rescue Cat Adoption Application.

Thank you to Ambassador Pit Bull Rescue and "Cat Lady" for submitting information this week!  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Dog Adoption, Cat Adoption Event Calendar

Looking for a dog or cat to adopt?  Here are a few rescue groups hosting adoption events:

Sunday, December 2, 2012 
11:00 AM -  1:00 PM
Dog Adoption Event at Unleashed in Olney
3134 Olney Sandy Spring Rd
Olney, MD 20832

Saturday, December 1, 2012
12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Unleashed by Petco
2304 Hunters Woods Plaza
Reston, VA

Saturday, December 1, 2012
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Tractor Supply Co.
1150 Carlisle Street, Hanover, PA
(717) 630-0555

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

"Paws To Reflect" Winner!!

Ms. Virginia Carlin of Ashburn, Virginia!!!
She is the winner of the book,
"Paws to Reflect"
by Devon O'Day
Kim McLean

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Hunt for Homepage Hounds Photo Contest

Embarkly Logo

Here's a photo competition I was sent information about... thought you might be interested in participating:

Embarkly a new online pet boarding and daycare booking engine website, is hosting a cover dog contest in order to allow the community of online dog lovers to help choose dogs to feature on their homepage. They're launching their new site with a photo contest. Pet parents upload pics of their pup.

All participants receive an exclusive 35% off coupon towards a photo canvas as a thank you. All visitors to the page can vote on whichever dogs they like. The three highest vote getter will be featured on our homepage, win a free photo canvas, and $50 in free boarding or daycare.

They've got a number of very cute dog contenders. But the contest is very much still open and will continue until December 5, 2012. You can visit the contest page at Embarkly Contest Rules.

Be sure to look around the site while you're there and make note of it so when you get ready to travel you'll have a good reference point.  

Monday, November 26, 2012

Christmas Gifts Festival - Tracy Ahrens

Today's artist for my Christmas Gift Festival uses graphite to create her art.
illustrator.  If I didn't know better, I'd say that's my Aunt Connie Barker in this picture.  Anyway, meet Tracy.

Tracy Ahrens of Momence, Ill. has been a journalist and editor for newspapers, magazines and Web sites for over 20 years. Currently, she's a freelance writer for the Chicago Tribune and the American Red Cross Greater Chicago Chapter. Her monthly humorous column on raising her pets can be seen at Tails Pet Media Group’s web site

Tracy's won 51 writing awards statewide, locally and nationally. She is a member of the Illinois Woman’s Press Association and the National Federation of Press Women.

For years she's volunteered for animal rescue groups including the Kankakee County Animal Foundation, which she co-founded in 1994. Further, Tracy is  an artist, creating graphite pet portraits. Her illustrations have been showcased on note cards for the Kankakee County Animal Foundation in Kankakee, Ill. She's donated portraits for fund-raising events at Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago, the University of Illinois Wildlife Veterinary Clinic in Champaign-Urbana, Ill.; Critter Corral guinea pig rescue in Steger, Ill. and Crossroads Shih Tzu rescue based in Joliet, Ill. In the past she offered pet portraits through the University of Illinois Small Animal Veterinary Teaching Hospital to help raise funds for their Humane Connection Fund. Several of her pet portraits are currently on display in the Small Animal Clinic at the UofI.

Her portrait of a cat titled “Jackson Brown” is on permanent display at the Cat Fanciers’ Association Foundation cat museum that opened in June 2011 in Alliance, Ohio.

She is also a recommended illustrator through Infinity Publishing.

Tracy has written two children’s books, “Cloud Jumpers” and “What if the Moon” through Guardian Angel Publishing, and two non-fiction books titled “Giant Hero” (Infinity Publishing) and “Raising My Furry Children” (Weaving Dreams Publishing, 2011). “Raising My Furry Children” features a guest story by Steve Dale and proceeds are going to the American Humane Association and American Brittany Rescue. Her most recent published work is a book of poetry titled “Nature will heal” by Finishing Line Press (2012).

See and for more information.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Paws To Reflect - An Interview with the Authors

I have had the opportunity to paw an interview with two ladies, Devon O'Day and Kim McLean, who used their skills to write a devotional book titled, "Paws to Reflect."

Here is our discussion:  Hello Ladies! Great to meet you. My name is Noah, I’m the Pawthor of "From The Dog's Paw". I write about my fellow dogs and cat friends at local rescue groups who are looking for their “Forever Homes,” share tips for new Pet Parents, and other newsworthy items that may interest them. I read through the .pdf pages you posted on the BlogPaws Community page. I appreciate you sending it there. My human won a copy of it so he’s excited about my interview with you. I would like to discuss the book with you so my readers and fellow Pawthors, can learn about it and possibly obtain a copy.

1. Please tell me about yourself, your background, where you are from?
Hi Noah, so paw-leased to meet you! I'm Devon and I'm from Louisiana, where I adopted my first pound puppy - Andy, a dachshund mix. I have always been an animal-person rescuing and rehabilitating. My favorite wild rescue was a baby raccoon that was able to go back into the wild. There are too many dog and cat rescues to pick a favorite among those. 

Hi Noah, Kim here. I'm happy to meet you, too. I'm from Greensboro, North Carolina and grew up in a neighborhood full of furry friends. My collie, Shane, loved to paw-around with her friends, Clementine and Charlie Brown, basset-hound and dachshund, respectively. They were part of all the fun we kids had. I love all animals, though, and have had many pets of all kinds throughout the years. I also grew up loving God, and believe that we humans are given the great privilege of helping take care of all the beautiful creatures he created.

2. My human is big on education, I’m home-schooled, where did you go to school? 
Devon: My parents were both public school teachers so I went to public school. Pineville High School in Pineville, LA then on to Northeast State University (now University of Louisiana Monroe) where I graduated even though I was constantly in trouble for sneaking animal rescues into my dorm room. Then I moved to NYC where I took continuing education classes at NYU studying writing under published authors, independent acting classes, and voice-over at Weist-Barron School. Even in apartments with several moves, I ended up with 2 rescue cats from the ASPCA, 1 from Northshore Animal League, and a 'found' cocker spaniel.      
Kim: I graduated from a public highschool in Jamestown, N.C., just outside of Greensboro. I got busy with building a family and a music career for a while, but eventually went to college in Nashville, TN, where I earned my BS in music with a minor in religion, and my MA in Biblical Theology from Trevecca University. It was on that campus that our cat, Sophie came to us. She was a little kitten stuck in a drainage ditch. Today she is fat and sassy! My collie, Veronique, who still makes me smile and laugh all the time, was actually a graduation gift.

3. How did you two get together to write this book? How long have you known each other?
Devon: Kim and I are long-term soul friends. I always say she is my sister from another mother. We met when our songwriting publishers had us write a song together. This book is just a song, only longer and without music. Over a decade ago, we rented then bought a farm where we rescue, foster, and furr-ever home a menagerie of animals. Big Sky Heaven Blue is a private venture now, with charity status before the year is out we hope.                                      

Kim: That pretty much says it. We've been friends for about 14 years.

4. What inspired you to write this book? 
Devon: This book had been rattling around my cage for a long time. I was spiritually healed and brought to God on paws-feet-in-low places. When God could get me to understand His unconditional love, he sent one animal at a time till I got His message. This book if for all those people like me who have harbored deep hurts and who have found comfort and healing among God's creatures. I really wanted it to be Scripturally sound, so that's why I would not do this book without my best friend and Bible scholar.

Kim: I was thrilled when Devon invited me to write this project with her. For one, I love devotional books, and I saw it as a chance to help both people and animals. The Bible is such a profound testimony of the God-human relationship, but if you look a little closer, you find plenty about God's love for His creation and ALL creatures.

5. Why did you write for dog or animal lovers?
Devon: In writing, the adage is 'write what you know'. This is what I know. Animals speak to me and move my heart. I have always wanted to tell their stories. Animal lovers are called by God to do what they do. We are no different than those called to house the homeless or feed the children. Animals are just our job.

Kim: People who love dogs, or animals, are my favorite kind of people. It tells you a lot about a person, the way they treat animals. People who don't respect animals, don't really respect people either, you know? We wanted to inspire, encourage, and appreciate animal lovers who also love God. It's a celebration, with a few insights along the way. I hope our book gets people talking about the special gift God has given us in our pets.

6. Have you done any work with animals? Do you have any education in the animal field? (such as veterinary education/veterinary technician, etc.)? 
Devon: I spent all my formative years hanging on my grandparent's farm. Dogs, cats, pigs, cows, goats, and every conceivable wild animal were part of my young life. I loved the medical care and the getting dirty of all that. I began college wanting to be a vet, but chemistry got the best of me. Not getting that degree in veterinary medicine is my greatest regret. However, I have studied animal care as a layman extensively and have worked in rescue groups since I was in high school. I learned to groom dogs so that they would be more adoptable. I studied dog training with the canine division of the police department. I spent hours helping one of my favorite vets get his practice set up, in exchange for his teaching of lay-skills. So, giving shots, administering meds, and wound care are all in my skill set. My approach to animal care is very practical. It's not about how much money you spend that heals and gives longevity to animals. It's all in the love you spend on them.

Kim: I have a nick-name for Devon. It's Devondoolittle. She's gifted at pet care and could be a vet if she were not busy writing books with me! I have little experience in the area of animal care in a profession way, but I am VERY prompt with heart-worm meds and such. I did get pretty good at training hamsters for a while there, but my daughter Danielle was especially gifted at it! Anyway, I know who the good vets are and I'm not afraid to call them any time day or night. Love your pet? Love your vet!

7. How did the idea to write this book come about? 
Devon: There are devotion books for everyone about everything. There was nothing for 'my' people. Animal lovers have sometimes been looked at askance because in some church circles, animals are only soul-less creatures for our use. I do not believe this at all. In fact, in the revelation of Scripture as I read was that animals are divine creations just as human-kind. They are not for our use, but our responsibility. It's stepping out into some new territory so I knew I needed my well-studied co-hort (an amazing writer in her own right) to filter and test each Biblical insight for Truth. Animals teach us, and God definitely whispers to us through purrs and barks and hummingbird flutters.

Kim: Honestly, I have always wanted to write devotional books. It's a great way to get people thinking about God's love and to give them something positive to think about for the day. I believe the more we love God, who IS love, the more we will love each other and our animals. Of course, the idea for this book in particular came from Devon!

8. Do you think this book will reach out and help others? 
Devon: This book is right from the heart of animal lovers to other animal lovers. We need to hear the Word of God in our language. This is what Paws To Reflect is all about. Tough subjects like abusive relationships, hoarding, anger, and resentment are dealt with through real life stories and real life Scripture. 

Kim: Yes.

9. What is your favorite story? 
Devon: For me, this one is easy. When our best laying hen was lacerated by a dog trying to get her back in the coop, we called vets far and wide getting only laughter and stew pot references in return. So I stitched her up, while Kim helped. She not only healed but maintained top egg-laying honors in the hen house. We didn't give up on God never gives up on us. I wrap that thought around me all the time. 

Kim: So many! I really like our book. I think today my favorite story is the one about my daughter's Sheltie, Abby, who had a very strong conscience. She learned a very important fruit of the spirit, self-control, when she "accidentally" ate a newborn bunny she'd found in the yard, in a nest, with other newborn bunnies. Abby understood our shock and disappointment (though she was only acting like a proper dog!) and, though she licked her chops a little, she did not touch bunny ever again. We had a pet rabbit after that, and Abby and that rabbit actually played together. It was amazing! Of course, that bunny grew to be almost as big as Abby, so trying to eat it would have been a little like trying to eat a Volkswagen.

10. And, finally, just in time for Christmas and the New Year, where can your book be purchased?

Devon: Purchase is easy with Amazon, where they run sales often and with prime status often shipping is free. Barnes and NobleCokesbury Online Lifeway, and wonderful indie booksellers all over the country will house or be able to order this book. We also try to schedule BookSINGings (our signings with music and stories presentations) along our tour routes. We also do fundraising events for rescues around the country, encouraging rescues to use this book as a fund-raising item. Buy the book wholesale, and retail it to supporters of the organization as a unique new item that yields more interest than a t-shirt.

Kim: Think my marketing genius partner covered that one.

11. Anything that you would like to leave with my readers?
Devon: Animals are our connection with God. That's a big statement, I know - but it's how it is for me. I know I'm not alone in that insight. This book is for those people. 

Kim: I'd like to leave our book with your readers! Ya'll get your paws on it!

Thank you Devon and Kim!!  Great meeting you both.  I have thoroughly enjoyed chatting with you today. I think one of the reasons your book got my humans attention is it's ability to relate animal stories with Scripture as a devotion.  Hits his interest right on the head.

A special giveaway:
My human has an extra copy of this excellent book, "Paws to Reflect" written by these two wonderful ladies. If you would like to have it, be the first to email me, Noah, with all of your snail mail information, and I'll send it to you! Winner agrees to allow their name, city and state published on my blog. Winner will be determined by time and date stamp on email and notified by reply email. Competition closes at midnight, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Christmas Gifts Festival - BaileyBeGood

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving- I know I did, it was great to see my grandparents and uncle. My uncle and Dad took me to Great Falls National Park where I got to snoop and sniff and sniff some more along these great trails. 

"Drawing Dewi"
Today, I am featuring an artist for my Christmas Gifts Festival.   I am pleased to paw to you "Drawing Mom."

My name is JM, or DrawingMom. I'm the mommy to Bailey from I've been drawing, painting and creating for as long as I can remember. Earlier this year I started focusing on drawing dogs, cats, and other furry and feathered friends. I'm a pencil painter -- I draw using colored pencils (and white acrylic for highlights). Drawing, for me, brings out a connection with each subject. I am available to bring your furry or feathered family member to life in a 5x7 (1 pet) or 8x10 size (2 pets max), just in time for the holiday season. I've drawn many dogs & cats that you may know from the blogging world.

You can see samples and more information on my website: Drawing Mom. If you'd like to order for the holidays, now is the time -- you can contact me at my website. I'd love to hear from you! :)

"Dawing Cocobean Cat"
"Drawing Fred"

"Drawing Leroy"

"Drawing Teebo"

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Alexandria’s Animal Shelter Hosts Black Friday Adoption Special

Adopters can name their own adoption fee for animals ages 6 months and older.

Here’s a BLACK FRIDAY Deal worth mentioning and attending!!!!!!!!!   The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA) is hosting a “Black Friday Adoption Special” for homeless animals at the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter at 4101 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA, 22304, (703) 746-4774. Alexandria Animals.

From 10 AM to 5 PM on Friday, November 23, 2012, adopters will be able to name their own adoption fee for all animals ages 6 months and older. Animals 5 months old and younger will be available for adoption at the normal fee. The minimum adoption fee required is $10 and adopters are encouraged to make a tax-deductible donation to the AWLA to help them continue to care for the region’s homeless animals and match them with loving families. Potential adopters are encouraged to arrive early and bring every member of their household for adoption consultations. Standard adoption rules apply and more information about the event can be found at Alexandiria Animals, Black Friday.

In an effort to limit congestion in the shelter and the additional stress placed on the animals, the AWLA is regulating the number of visitors on Black Friday. A maximum of seven households for dog viewing and seven household for cat viewing will be allowed inside shelter at a time. There is no limit on the number of households viewing small animals. Tickets will be assigned to all household members at the door, and required for entry into the adoption areas of the shelter.

Adopters also receive a complimentary veterinary check-up after adoption, and all dog adopters receive 4 free classes in the League’s Charm School to begin training and bonding with their new pet. While the “name your own adoption fee” promotion is sure to bring dozens of families and pets together on Black Friday, the League relies on donations for approximately two-thirds of its operating budget in order to continue providing these adoption benefits and other life-saving programs throughout the year.

While adoption fees are not tax-deductible, donations to the AWLA are. All Black Friday adopters will receive a special treat for their new pet courtesy of Pro Feed Pet Nutrition Centers and the League will also be holding a volunteer bake sale on-site.

About the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria is an independent, local, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and recognized by Charity Navigator as a Four Star Charity. Operating the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter, an open-admission facility and Alexandria’s only animal shelter, the League provides care for more than 3,500 animals every year, including strays, lost pets, local wildlife, rescue animals, and pets surrendered by their owners. Serving the community since 1946, the League has contracted with the City of Alexandria to provide animal care, control, and sheltering services since 1989. The AWLA is committed to ending animal homelessness, promoting animal welfare, and serving as an educational resource for the community. Alexandria Animals703.746.4774

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thankful at Thanksgiving

"Dad and me preparing for a Walk"
You know, sometimes it seems that no one is thankful for the blessings God has given them these days.  Of course, I could be misunderstanding, but it just seems instead of being thankful, humans want more and more and more.

I am thankful.  I am thankful for so many blessings especially when I think of where I could have ended up. So here is my list, not in any barking order, so here we go:
  • A "Forever Home" with three places that are mine and I can call my space. 
  • A beautiful crate with wall to wall carpeting, air conditioning, heat, water and beautiful artwork, by my human, on the walls.
  • A special travel crate, a home away from home.
  • A human who walks me at least once every day.  On the weekends, we get special time together and walk wherever and whenever. 
  • "The Green Team" at Centreville Baptist Church who invite me to join them in doing yard work on Saturday mornings or whenever my human can go. 
  • My humans who take me on vacation with them whenever possible. 
  • A big backyard to run and play.
  • Playing fetch and running in the backyard with my human.
  • Great food and fresh water daily.
  • Belly rubs especially from my mom. 
  • Rubs behind the ears.
"My Neighbor Girlfriend and Me!"
  • My neighbor girlfriend who loves me alot!
  • My treats- wholesome healthy ones!
  • Manicures, pedicures and grooming by the girls at Featherle.
  • My Veterinarian and Vet Tech. even though they like to poke and prod in places where I don't like to be poked and prodded. 
  • God for ALL of His many Blessings to me and my humans.
You see, I was at a high kill shelter before PetConnect Rescue found me on a list, sent Pilots N Paws to rescue me and bring me to Potomac, Maryland where I met my "Forever Family" and went to my "Forever Home."  I am THANKFUL!!

"Dad and I"
Happy Thanksgiving! 
from the Crew at 
"From The Dog's Paw" 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Christmas Gifts Festival- Cori's - Pawtraits

"Santa's Helper"
As part of my Christmas Gifts Festival, I'm introducing you today to Cori Solomon who creates pet portraits, er, oops, Pawtraits, original art.  If you are interested in a gift for Hanukkah, she can provide that too.

Cori Solomon’s interest in dogs began in the mid 1980's with the purchase of two Salukis. These dogs introduced Cori to the world of showing and lure coursing. Having been an art major but putting her creative side on hold, Cori’s Salukis encouraged her re-connection with her artistic side. Cori’s Salukis continue to be her inspiration as she watches their daily antics.

"Santa Blues"
The death of Cori’s sister in 2001 opened the door to more creativity when she discovered that her breakthrough in artistic expression and experimentation was through animals. This event also brought cats into Cori’s life, as she chose to care for her sister’s cats.

Cori creates her animal artwork know as Cori’s Pawtraits in pastels, acrylics or Monotypes. A Monotype is a form of printmaking whereby an original inked or painted image is transferred from a plate onto paper. Each print is a unique work and is not repeated. This medium enables Cori to become more fluid and loose. Employing brighter colors in these works has also added a new dimension to Cori’s art. With pastel Cori’s artwork has a soft and poetic quality.

"Boston Terrier"
Cori captures the spirit and emotion of each animal or pet through their eyes. Every pair of eyes tells a story and like a writer it is Cori’s job to find that story by looking beyond to find the heart and soul of each pet.

One of Cori’s motto's is less can be more. Let the observer visualize their own interpretation, thereby creating the image and story. This is accomplished through many styles, whether it is realism or abstraction.

Cori is an award winning animal artist donating a percentage of her proceeds from art sales to various animal charities and rescues.

Besides her original artwork Cori has a line of note cards, gift tags, note pads, magnets, prints, mouse pads, glass cutting boards, and tile coasters.  These products make fantastic holiday gifts or Christmas stocking stuffers and can be seen in Cori’s shop called Terikor.

Cori has a line of Holiday themed products, which can be found on Etsy too.

A wonderful gift for the holidays is a commissioned pet portrait.  A portrait paying tribute to one’s canine companion is a very personalized gift that any dog or cat lover would love to receive.

Please visit Cori’sPawtraits or you can contact Cori by clicking here. You can find her here Facebook too.

"Soulful Eyes"

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Quips, Quotes, Thoughts and Other Notable Sayings

"Rain on Iris"

".....give thanks in all circumstances, 
for this is the will for you 
in Christ Jesus." 
-1 Thessalonians 5:18

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Christmas Gifts Festival- For Love Of A Dog

"For Love of A Dog"
I have had the opportunity to meet Sue Kottwitz who makes really cool jewelry. I invited her to share with us a bit about what she does.

"Jewelry at For Love of A Dog"
Fetch For Love of a Dog Jewelry for unique artisan jewelry pieces that make barking good gifts for dog lovers. Choose from dog breed jewelry - over 80 dog breeds, dog bone jewelry, Rainbow Bridge pet memorial jewelry. Even mutts and mixed breed dog jewelry. Necklaces, bracelets, earrings, pins, pendants and even Christmas ornaments.

For Love of a Dog's rescue and adopt dog jewelry can start conversations that save lives. You'll find cat and horse lover jewelry, too.

Shop For Love of a Dog Jewelry with a 10% discount on your entire purchase, plus free standard shipping, by using this special discount code at checkout: NOAH Shop early because most items are one of a kind and will not be repeated.

The crazy dog lady behind For Love of a Dog Jewelry is Sue Kottwitz. Sue believes that life is best lived with a dog or two, or more. She loves dogs and the people that love them, too. That's why she's been creating handmade dog jewelry for people since 1991. Meet Sue's dogs and follow their adventures at her Talking Dogs blog.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Friday's Friends

My wonderful friend Cat Lady from PetConnect Rescue stopped by this week to introduce me to one of her friends. Meet Bob!

Rescued from a North Carolina shelter, he now shares a foster home with several other kittens, cats and dogs and gets along great with all of them.

Bob loves a good game of tag or a wrestling match with hia brother Billy, but when he’s worn out he’ll look for an available lap for a good snuggle. Once there, he purrs nonstop and gently nuzzles your hand to say, “Please don’t stop petting me it feels so good!” 

Bob is healthy, neutered, current on vaccinations and always uses his litter box. If you would like to meet Bob, please complete the online application and we will contact you, Online Application.

I met another friend this week from PetConnect Rescue named Ari.

Ari is a Hound mix, and the sweetest dog you’ll ever meet (obviously, when one of my rescue worker friends say this... they haven't met me yet! -oops, I'll go on) At 2 yrs old, Ari is full grown at around 50 lbs. 

Ari loves affection from people, and loves curling up in bed with his foster mom, the other dogs in the home, and the cat. He also loves to spend time outdoors, and likes to rest in the bushes, shrubs, or shady places. He is often shy with new people, and sensitive to noises, and he would do best in a quiet, all-adult home. 

Although he gets along with other dogs, he prefers sedate, couch-potato canines. Ari is housebroken, crate-trained, healthy, neutered, and up-to-date on shots. If you would like to know more about Ari, please complete an online application,  Online Application, then email Lyn.

Thank you to PetConnect Rescue for introducing me to Bob and Ari.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Christmas Gfits Festival November 15- December 15

Every year that I have lived with my humans and celebrated Christmas together, I've had a difficult time finding the perfect gifts for my humans.  It's got to be special since it's coming from me!!

"Dog Themed Jewelry"
So, this year, I invited artists, jewelers, and crafters who are members of the BlogPaws community to share what they make, dog and cat related that is, on my blog as part of a Christmas Gifts Festival.  This is going to be great!!!  You'll find images of their work, a brief description and links to their websites, blogs, Facebook pages and more so that you can order gifts for all the dog or cat lovers in your life. A unique gift for the unique family member or friend.

From what I've seen of the guests, you're going to love it and the cool thing is, most of the gifts are one of a kind- so don't wait- it might not be there tomorrow.  Be sure to order early, which is why I'm hosting this early, so you'll get your gifts on time.  Here are a few of our guests this month:
"Boston Terrier- A Christmas Terrier"
"Drawing Coco Bean Cat"
"Don't Be Shy"


Sunday, November 11, 2012

Happy Veteran's Day- This Able Vet!

 My first thought today is to say “THANK YOU” to all the VETERAN’s for everything you have done so we can have the freedom to write blogs, to take long walks with our humans, to go to church, and all the many blessings we have because you have given of yourself for our country.  THANK YOU!!

I’ve got to share this with you, I was reading the news online a few weeks ago after my human had gone outside and came across an interesting article concerning the lack of funding for service dog programs which help our veterans with mental disabilities, especially Post Traumatic Syndrome Disorder (PTSD), I’ll share the link to the article here, "VA Won't Cover Costs of Service Dogs Assigned for PTSD Treatment."  One of the reasons cited was there isn’t sufficient evidence that the program works the way intended. I contacted, the group mentioned in the article, for information and was sent this great brochure.

The mission of “This Able Veteran,” (TAV) started by group of civilians and veterans, is to support veterans with issues related to their service to our country by training service dogs to assist them. The Service Dogs are trained to interrupt the cycles of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and to support veterans with mobility issues. 
"Turning On the Lights"

The first thing they do is shape the skills needed in the dogs. For 9 months, an average of 100 hours per month, goes into training each of these dogs. The training includes typical Service Dog skills, but then they further tailor the dog’s skills to address the specific issues of the veteran they are to be paired with. After the extensive training for the dogs, the veterans and the dogs learn to recognize each other’s signals and to form a bond strong enough to carry the veteran through the challenges of recovery.

"Retrieving and Holding items
are part of the training"
Why are they doing this?  There are over 400,000 veterans who suffer from mental trauma. Everyday things we take for granted, such as going shopping, to a ballgame, to class, to dinner with family, or getting on a plane, are things they often cannot do. Just the simple act of driving can trigger flashbacks. These veterans dedicated themselves to our country and deserve no less than the care a specially trained Service Dog can provide. The right Service Dog, one custom selected and trained for each individual’s needs, can give these men and women a chance to truly come home.
The greatest rewards are the comments heard or received from the veterans who have graduated from the program:

Henry said “TAV has changed my life. The course, the people, and my dog Stella have helped me start sleeping again and to open up emotionally. This is one of the only effective types of therapy I have found, and I have hope for future progress.”

Jason said “I am living my life again. I have a wife who loves me, a daughter I can connect with, and a dog that makes it all possible. After all these years, I never would have imagined this could be said of me!”

Kevin said “Most people find me to be the picture of self confidence, while inside I boil over like a volcano. Having my Service Dog in my life is like a calming oasis in an otherwise anxiety ridden existence. There is a truth to life here with him I can’t find anywhere else.”

Howard, who is now driving again, going to the mall, and about to start school, says “Maverick has become such a part of me that I feel we communicate as one. I take care of his needs and he takes care of mine. This has made all the difference in my life.”  

How can you help? Plenty!  There are several options, so start here, donate (and volunteer), then go here, donate, to learn more!  Now, I found a really cool hoodie for my human, he loves those things and with Christmas coming, I may have to connive with Mom to get him one,  Hoodie.

"A Group From TAV"


Saturday, November 10, 2012

Assistance Dogs on Cruise Ships

Wanting to do some traveling with your Service or Assistance Dog, here are some tips from a guest blogger.

Assistance Dogs on Cruise Ships 
Despite regulations or rules that deny access to animals in restaurants and other public places, in many countries, guide dogs and other types of assistance dogs are protected by law, and therefore may accompany their handlers most places that are open to the public. Laws and regulations vary worldwide:

All Cruise lines must accept Assistance Dogs as it is against the law & human rights code.

Most Cruise lines will require you to sign a document confirming that your dog is an assistance dog and not a ‘pet’ before embarkation.

What restrictions are there for the entry of assistance dogs in different countries?

· When dogs or pets are imported or taken into Australia they must stay in quarantine for 30 days. However, the 3 main kinds of assistance dogs; guide dogs, hearing dogs and service dogs can enter Australia when entering a cruise port, provided they have not come from a high-risk country for rabies. They will be placed under quarantine surveillance but won’t actually spend any time in a quarantine station.


· Your pet must have an ISO pet microchip inserted and then be vaccinated for rabies and various other diseases at least 21 days but not more than 12 months prior to travel prior to travel.

· If your pet has been vaccinated before it was fitted with a microchip, it will have to be vaccinated again after the microchip is inserted

· If your pet' microchip is not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, you can bring your own microchip scanner.

· Pets entering Estonia from a country with a high incidence of rabies must have Blood Titter Test 90 days in advance to avoid quarantine.

· Unvaccinated pets (dogs and cats only) under 3 months old may enter an EU Country, but there are additional regulations that must be met. Certain aggressive breeds of dogs are prohibited from entry.

· The laws of Barbados do not provide for access of service/assistance dogs to public places (shops, restaurants, hotels, etc.). There are no special exemptions to the import veterinary health requirements for service/assistance dogs. They must satisfy the same import conditions as pets.

· In the event that you are traveling with a service animal or emotional support animal, you will be required to obtain an import permit from the Veterinary Services Division of the Ministry of Agriculture prior to arrival.

·         All animals traveling to Caribbean must be rabies-free, and must never have been rabies vaccinated.

· All pets must arrive in UAE manifested cargo- it cannot arrive as accompanied baggage.

· Dogs cannot be under 4 months old

· Must have had rabies injection

· All dogs must be walked on a leash in public areas in Dubai

· There is no quarantine in the UAE for pets arriving with all their vaccinations, documents or any other ministry requirements in order. If everything is not fully in order, then your pet may be quarantined, re-exported or even confiscated.

· You must provide a summary of full vaccination

· Must have a RMATT blood test ( rabies test)

· If travelling here from EU member states or listed countries the same rules apply. They must be micro chipped and have a pet passport, and be vaccinated against rabies (at least 21 days before departure). If you are entering from non-EU or non-listed country same rules apply but a blood sample must also be taken 30 days after the vaccination, and then you must wait 3 months to avoid your dog being put into quarantine.

Far East (China, Hong Kong)
· China does not recognize as many kinds of service dogs as the U.S. does. For example, they do not recognize psychiatric service dogs. Service dog owners also don't have as many public access rights as they do in the U.S.

· Pets must have a certificate showing they have been vaccinated against rabies within one year and at least 30 days prior to entry into China. Pets under 3 months of age are exempt from the rabies vaccination.

· Only one pet can accompany the traveller and the travellers name must be on the export health certificate. In addition, each animal needs its own health certificate, so multiple pets cannot be on the same APHIS 7001.

· There are restrictions regarding the entry of service animals into Hawaii. Customers planning to travel to Hawaii should contact the Hawaii Animal Quarantine Branch manager directly for quarantine requirements. The 24-hour phone number is 1-808-837-8092. You may also view animal quarantine information at the Hawaii Department of Agriculture website.

US/ South America (Panama Canal)
·   Traveling on domestic flights within the United States
Currently there are no vaccination or health/veterinarian document requirements for pets on domestic flights.
·      Traveling to the United States
A general certificate of health is not required by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention for entry of pet dogs into the United States, although some airlines or states may require them.

· However:
Dogs are subject to inspection at ports of entry and may be denied entry into the United States if they have evidence of an infectious disease that can be transmitted to humans. 

If a dog appears to be ill, further examination by a licensed veterinarian at the owner's expense might be required at the port of entry.

· In most South American countries and Mexico, in more tourist-heavy areas, guide dogs are generally welcomed without problems. In Brazil, however, a 2006 federal decree requires allowance of guide dogs in all public and opens to public places. The Brasília Metro has developed a program which trains guide dogs to ride it.

What happens when you disembark the cruise ship?
If you have an assistance dog you will not be able to disembark until last. Stay behind the yellow line on the platform until all disembarking passengers have left the cruise ship.

About the Author: Holly Evans is 24 and loves to blog about cruising. Her main hobby is kayaking and exploring different countries. If you would like her to write you a blog related to anything travel then email:

Friday, November 9, 2012

Friday's Friend and Hurricane Sandy

I am so excited to introduce you to Pacino from Ambassador Pit Bulls.  If you follow my blog, you got to meet him a week ago in a story titled, A Quick Surprise! My human just loved meeting Pacino and then, he got to see him again at the "Home 4 The Holidays" event in Reston, VA last weekend.  Pacino recognized him and gave him a good slobbery kiss!!!

So, meet Pacino.  He's looking for a Forever Home.

Pacino! Gentle, sweet, loving Pacino! Ambassador Pit Bull Rescue doesn't know what happened to him before he was left in a crate at the shelter in the middle of the night, but he has scars on his face and body that say he's had a rough time.

Despite his experiences, he is an absolutely wonderful dog, calm, attentive, and wanting nothing more than to be your constant companion. If you have room for another dog in your heart and home, please consider giving this great boy a "Forever Home".

If you would more information about Pacino or how to adopt, please visit this website, Adoption Information.

Hurricane Sandy
We've all heard about Hurricane Sandy. My human went to great lengths to prepare our home, mom and me for the storm.  Dad gathered all my stuff so it'd be convenient if we had to leave.  We ended up being on the outer edges of the storm and didn't have much property damage or issues from the storm- I got to spend more time with my humans which was cool!

Not every dog or cat was quite as fortunate as I was.  Some have lost them homes, some people need food for the animals, the list is long. PetConnect Rescue got their start during the Hurricane Katrina storm several years ago.

If you are interested in helping the animals in the storm, please consider donating to PetConnect Rescue - Hurricane Sandy Donations for Cats & Dogs in Need


Thank you to Ambassador Pit Bull Rescue and PetConnect Rescue for today's information.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

...She Scampered Over the Hills! -And lived happily Ever After-

The Need to Know 
“Gone are the days when puppies were happy with the crumbs,” thought Royal to herself as she pawed the crumbs that Junior had just sprinkled bountifully off his highchair. “Today’s canines are far more sophisticated,” and with that thought, and a huff to go along with it, she pointed her nose towards the ceiling, turned heels, and left the unworthy breakfast scene far behind her.

...Perhaps a little too vivid, but this is the usual scene these days. The truth is, some puppies and even full grown canines are just as food-picky as toddlers are! I still remember my two year old nephew sitting in his highchair and demanding, in his limited vocabulary, what was in his cereal bowl, before he ate the contents thereof. Kids and puppies ARE very much the same. While it’s pretty easy to sum up the nutritional value of what I put into the toddler’s cereal, I’m sure pet owners have asked themselves: What goes into making Pet food? What are the key ingredients to fulfilling our four pawed family member’s dietary needs? Let’s try to “paw” under the rubble and find out.

Marking the Trail of Where Puppy Food Began
“I’m not satisfied with just anything...” thought Royal to herself. “Puppy food has got to be authentic—starting from where it began, and then only getting better!”

Somewhere in the midst of 1860, the concept of making dog food “on purpose” came into being. Previous to that, pet food was neither hype nor necessity, but rather the leftover family dinner that mother had made too much of. The trend was begun by a gentleman named James Spratt. After seeing a sailor throwing hardtack biscuits to the dogs on the dock, he was inspired to make a similar biscuit with more canine appropriate ingredients like vegetables, beef blood, wheat, and beetroot. They were a success! But the concept wasn’t on an up rise till post WW2, when businesses saw it as a profitable way to use their by products.  Today, puppy food brands have big competitors like Hills Prescription Diet, Royal Canine, Pedigree, Arden Grange, Whiskas, Felix, and IAMS. Pet food is one of the largest packed food categories, and this year Americans have spent $50.84 billion on pet food alone. 

Sniffing for Secrets...
“I know real dog food when I smell it and that...sure was NOT it!” thought Royal shaking her head, as if to exhale the smell, and sneezed, “I’m a thoroughbred Chihuahua! I was named after pedigree class, puppy food Royal Canine, and I know what it should smell like—Definitely not Junior’s leftover slobber crackers,” sulked Royal in the corner of the hall.

While we know that the first canned canine and kitten food was James Spratt’s biscuits, what do canines and cats have in the can these days? Caned pet food generally consists of meat, meat by products, cereals, grain, vitamins, and minerals. The meats used in pet food usually are the leftover bones, cheek meat, kidneys, liver, and lungs etc. Soybean meal, corn, cracked wheat, and barely are the cereals grains that are added to improve the consistency. And lastly, water and meat broth or beef blood are used as liquids. Salt, fats, protein sweeteners and other preservatives are sprayed over the food after it has been baked to make the dish more palatable for pets.

 Pet owners have a variety to choose from on the “pet menu”, ranging from dry food, canned food (which contains fresh meat products), semi-moist food, snacks, biscuits, kibbles—or biscuit bits, and other pet friendly treats.

“Finally! Food at last!” thought Royal in relief, as Junior’s mother placed an overflowing bowl with little bits of Royal Canine Chihuahua food rolling delicately off the sides. “I knew she’d get it right!” With that thought, and the last lick of food, Royal went out to play. She scampered over the hills, and lived happily ever after. 

Author Bio: Smith Jones owns 2 dogs and he regularly feeds them with Hills Prescription Diet and Royal Canine. He says that those produces best food and medicine for your pets as well as it provides a high protein diet which is perfect for keeping your pet healthy.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

3 Reasons Why I No Longer Support Dog Breeding

"Blue and Rodrigo"
By Kimberly Gauthier, Keep The Tail Wagging

When I launched Keep the Tail Wagging, one of the missions of my blog was to educate people about finding a reputable breeder. I’ve met great breeders and felt that more needed to be done to highlight these amazing people and condemn irresponsible breeders.

And then the Universe brought some amazing and challenging life experience to our door that change my mind. I don’t support dog breeding. I don’t condemn responsible dog breeders, but after my experiences this year, I can no longer support dog breeding, because I don’t agree with bringing more dogs into a world overrun with dogs who need a home.

I no longer support dog breeding for three simple reasons…

1. Riley – Riley was a puppy that was found and turned in to a shelter. We don’t know if she was exposed to Canine Parvovirus before or after she was rescued, but it doesn’t really matter. She’s no longer with us. Whenever I go through something painful, and this rocked my world, I try to understand what lesson I’m supposed to learn. Even as I type this, my eyes are welling up with tears, because losing a dog is so very painful.

I believe that Riley came into our life for three reasons. To give her a home filled with love and happiness, for a brief time. To show us that we had room for one more rescue. Having three dogs is a lot more work than I expected, but the happiness and laughter in our home is a fantastic trade off. And losing a puppy made me want to take my blog more seriously, sharing accurate information on dog training, behavior, health, nutrition and safety.

2. Blue – Blue joined our family nearly a month after we lost Riley. We were planning to adopt a third dog, but wanted to wait 6 months to a year. I came across Blue’s video and couldn’t stop watching him. When we met him, it was love at first sight for my boyfriend. He loves our first two dogs, but I think the loss of Riley broke my tough guy’s heart and Blue was able to help him heal.

Blue was a stray (or lost puppy) who was found and turned in to the shelter. Shelters aren’t a great place for puppies and this shelter immediately contacted the rescue group we support, Motley Zoo, who picked up Blue. He was placed in parvo quarantine, he received his first and second round of vaccinations and was neutered, and then he went to live with a foster family before he came to live with us.

Blue loved us immediately and warmed to our dogs quickly. But it took him 2 weeks to relax in our home. When he realized he would be staying, he turned into the outgoing, crazy puppy who makes us laugh every day.

3. Puppies sold on the side of the road – There is an empty lot in Smokey Point near Target and Costco where dog breeders sell puppies. This was the first year that I noticed people with puppies and as I sat at the traffic light watching people pull over, I wondered: Are the puppies vaccinated? Is it safe for so many strangers to handle the puppies? Do these people understand the size of adult Mastiffs or the energy level of Australian Shepherds? Will the breeders do a home inspection?

And on and on the questions went. I have no idea if these were “reputable breeders,” but I do know that the breeders that I know would not sell their puppies on the side of the road. They take finding homes for their puppies very seriously and their adoption process is very thorough.

Again, I’m not judging people who breed dogs or choose to buy their puppies from breeders, but personally, I can’t support dog breeding in this current environment of dog rescue. I choose to rescue and support dog rescue and I hope to continue to see more steps taken to put irresponsible breeders out of business.

Author Bio: Kimberly Gauthier is the founder and Editor in Chief of Keep The Tail Wagging, an online magazine for dog lovers that shares tips on dog training, dog behavior, dog nutrition, dog health, dog safety, and new pet products. Kimberly lives in Marysville, Washington with her boyfriend, their three Cattle Dog Rescues and two very tolerant cats and also writes for Girl Power Hour as The Fur Mom (Twitter: @TheFurMom).

Monday, November 5, 2012

A Quick Surprise -"Pacino""Pacino!!!

My human was photographing for a dog rescue group a few Saturdays ago and came home with this wonderful story:

"I arrived at my location to photograph several Pit Bulls.  I noticed one dog must have been having a rough day because he was picking a fight with another dog.  These things happen at events like this, regardless of breed.

I went over and selected what I thought would be a good location to photograph the dogs and began photographing the dogs as the coordinator directed them my way.

I'd forgotten about the dog who was having a rough day.  Then, he came up to get his picture taken.  When he headed my way, I started clicking away to get some good shots- still not knowing he was the one!!

He got to me and took a small leap putting his paws on my shoulders.  I thought, ok, my first issue in the 40 some-odd dogs that I've photographed for rescues.  Not a problem- except since I didn't know what was behind me (a wall, concrete, a pole, who knows) so I balanced myself and prepared.

Next thing I knew, my face and neck was being "kissed" by this dog. It was funny and a nice surprise- but it got better.  He finished with my face and headed his way when the handler said, 'this guy has been having a rough day- been in a blue funk- this is the first time he has been out of his since we got him!'

This was an added benefit and a fun memory of a photo shoot intended to help dogs get a "Forever Home."

"Smiling Pacino"