Saturday, March 30, 2013

A Baby Shower? Animal Welfare League of Alexandria

"Noah, Pawthor of"
(C) Allen Pearson
My buddy Patrick sends me these announcements and news releases about all these events going on at his end of the universe. I enjoy supporting his organization by writing a blog post, and hopefully one day my human and I can go to one of them. But, a baby shower? That’s kinda silly and that doesn’t work for a dog and cat blog!
(C) Allen Pearson

“MEOW!!!!! HISSSSS!! MEOW!! Cousin Noah!! I think you are missing the point,” purrs Zoey.

“MEOW!! Read it again!” mumbles Max.

“Ok, not sure what I missed, but will read it again," Noah replies, "The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria is hosting a Baby Shower on Saturday, April 6, 2013, at their open house from 12 PM to 4 PM at their Vola Lawson Animal Shelter, 4101 Eisenhower Avenue Alexandria, VA 22304. The event is open to the public and there is no cost to attend. The League asks that attendees bring an unwrapped item from the Foster Care Wish List to support the animals in need. Oh. Oops. Maybe Patrick isn't so crazy after all?"

(C) Allen Pearson
“Uh no! Sometimes you get this way after too much reading! But, yes, it’s an event to help the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria assist the newborn puppies and kitties that may come to their facility this spring. The items will go to the foster care program,” Max adds.

Zoey says, “and you can visit this site Foster Care Wish List to get a list of items. Many of the kitties and puppies are too young to be adopted so in Alexandria they enter the League’s foster care program, which prepares them for adoption and beyond! Adult animals recovering from medical procedures or simply in need of a stable home environment are also candidates for foster care.”

Thanks for your help Zoey and Max!

Animal Welfare League of Alexandria's
Baby Shower!
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Open House, 12 PM to 4 PM

Foster care supply drive for kittens and puppies.

 A baby shower
to collect items needed
for its foster care program.

Animal lovers and prospective foster parents are invited.

Learn about the Foster Care Program!

More information about the AWLA Baby Shower
and here's  link to the Foster Care Wish List.

Event is open to the public
No cost to attend.

The League asks that attendees
bring an unwrapped item from the Foster Care Wish List
to support the animals in need.

Saturday, April 6, 2013
Open House
12 PM to 4 PM

Vola Lawson Animal Shelter
4101 Eisenhower Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22304

Friday, March 29, 2013

Friday's Friend - Washington Humane Society

HAPPY FRIDAY!!!!  I can't get enough of saying that, HAPPY FRIDAY!!!!!  Almost time for your humans to spend extra time with you over the weekend!!!

"Flash Gordon"
Used by Permission of the
Washington Humane Society

I would like to introduce you to "Flash Gordon" from the Washington Humane Society, Washington, D.C..  When I looked at their webpage, I found this statement to be very interesting and wanted to share it with you: "the Washington Humane Society has been the National Capital area's leading voice for pets and wildlife since 1870?  They have done their work through donor support too."

A one-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier, Flash Gordon’s favorite game is fetch and is looking for his next side kick for runs and adventures on planet Mongo. 

Flash is a speedy learner and would be a good fit with an active family or adopter eager to continue his training. He gets along well with other dogs, and when it’s time to settle down after the day’s adventures, he’ll calmly enjoy soft chin and neck rubs. 

Meet Flash at the Georgia Avenue Adoption Center today (7319 Georgia Avenue, NE/ 202-723-5730!) or visit Washington Humane Society.

Now through Easter Sunday, WHS is offering 50% off ALL adoption fees for ALL animals!

Thank you to the Washington Humane Society for supplying information for Friday's Friend. 

Friday's Friend - Lab Rescue of the L.R.C.P., Inc.

Happy Friday!!  End of another work week, time for all good pet parents to spend some extra quality time with their pets!! If you are searching for a companion, I'd like to introduce you to two dogs who are looking for their "Forever Home."

Please meet Coco and Boxer from  Lab Rescue of the L.R.C.P., Inc.,

"Coco and Boxer"
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These two are a bonded pair, buddies, friends, and must be adopted together!

Coco is a 9 year old spayed chocolate female who weighs 72 lbs and should lose 5-7 lbs. Boxer is an 8 year old neutered yellow male who weighs 87 lbs and should lose about 7 lbs. They are both up to date on their shots and heartworm negative. 

Sweet dog that are fully house trained and have full run of the house during the day, Coco and Boxer are good with cats and are approved for kids aged 2 and up.  Their exposure to other dogs is limited, but would do best with proper introductions, but are fine once they sniff a bit and get over the initial excitement.
"Coco and Boxer"
Used by permission of

Walking?  Coco is good on the leash while Boxer does better with an Easy Walk harness! They both know basic commands like sit, stay, and down. They love scratches and belly rubs.

Coco is the more serious retriever of the pair and prefers her bones in her crate where they can be just hers. Boxer and Coco eat out of the same bowl; Boxer is a perfect gentleman and lets the lady eat first. 

They both like to swim and doing so with their new family will help them lose some weight.

If you would like more information about Coco and Boxer, please visit, Lab Rescue of the L.R.C.P., Inc., Adoption Info..

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Thank you to the Lab Rescue of the L.R.C.P., Inc., for supplying information for Friday's Friend.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Pupprotector- Be Seen At Night or Early Morning

My human and I take most of our walks in late evenings after dark.  We love walking- it's our quiet time together with no distractions!!   Depending on the time of year, our morning walks are in the dark too. We've had a few close calls with cars and a bicyclist. But, hey, we've also had trouble with people not paying attention in the daylight hours too! I remember one incident a few summers ago where a van came around the corner about the time we stepped off the curb. My human yanked me back and out of the way. That was a very scary moment for both of us!

Up to that moment and continuing now, my human and I stop at each intersection. I have to wait until my human says “OK” to cross or I am in big trouble. Even that, isn't fool proof! We have to be constantly on our guard in daylight or at night so we don’t get hurt.

It’s amazing to me and my human how people drive. If I had a license, I certainly would be careful and would not speed, well, at least not in residential areas or where there are a lot of humans and dogs!

Why am I barking about this? I want to "Ruff" your attention to an accident in California which has started a company.  Trevor Jensen from San Diego, California was walking his dog one evening. He realized the car coming down the street was not going to stop so he kicked his dog out of harm’s way. However, he got injured. And, unfortunately, it was a hit and run!

In America, there was 4,280 pedestrian accidents in 2010. WOW!! That is way to many accidents!!  There is an average of a pedestrian being hit every 8 minutes. Trevor Jensen has determined to address this issue by educating and spreading awareness of the problem through a company he created called,
"Pupprotector Collar"
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Pupprotector is a collar and leash of ultra-bright LED lights.   The product is designed so that your dog will be seen at night or in the early morning hours.  You and your dog should be a bright spot on the walk, at the beach, on the mountain trails, in the city, and in the suburbs of the city, like where I live!!

Trevor Jensen turned to crowdfunding to raise the needed money for his campaign to raise awareness as well as get his company rolling.  He's determined to help other humans and dogs like me avoid an accident which could really hurt you.  
"Pupprotector Leash"
Used by Permission of Pupprotector
Check out his website, learn more about his product and ideas.   Be sure to watch his video produced and acted out by his dog.  We dogs are so great that I just don't know what humans would do without us!!  Anyway, I think he might be onto something......

Monday, March 25, 2013

Product Review: Toughhound All Sports Collar

 A few weeks ago, I got a package in the mail. I was surprised! I opened it to discover a beautiful red collar! It’s called a ToughHound All Sports heavy-duty dog collar and it was sent to me by

"Me with my New Collar"
(C) Allen Pearson
While Dad was taking it out of the packaging, I went to the company’s website and read about the product. It’s made of a highly durable polycoated nylon-webbing which makes it maintenance-free. That’s cool as I was really wearing out my other collar and I hadn’t had it long. While there, I surfed around the website as I like to learn as much as I can about a company. When I went to the “About Us” link, it didn’t work so I was a bit disappointed.

My human took the collar from the bag, twisted it several different ways, yanked and pulled on it as hard as he could to see if it was made well. He wanted to see if it would keep its shape and if it could easily tear as he is really picky what I wear.

Also, he pulled on it really hard to see if he could pull it apart. It maintained its shape really well. He took a close look at the area where the metal plate is attached to the rest of the collar and determined it was good too.

I took my old collar off and replaced it with this new one! I felt so handsome and snazzy as the red collar goes great with my black shiny fur. My human said it is a good color too, meaning colorful or rich in color. Sometimes when a red is made for collars, it’s faded and less vibrant. The company offers several other colors, black, brown, orange, pink, yellow, green, blue and red.

I’ve been out for several long walks showing my dog friends and other humans how good I look in my new collar. At the speed I walk, I was concerned it would fall off or come loose. My human wouldn’t take me to the wooded trails until he was sure it was going to work for us.

"See the Steel Plate?"
(C) Allen Pearson
I had to do my best to test the durability of it by doing my usual rolling around the yard on my back with it on. I got it a bit dirty but it cleans off really easily.

I have to say, my favorite feature of the collar is the stainless steel plate, located about the middle has my contact information on it. 
If I get lost or someone needs to take me to my humans or if I am in an accident with my humans the First Responders will know where I live. There are quite a few good reasons to have a collar like this!

Also, my human really likes the way the collar seems to "sit" or "fit" on me.  The ID tag, as shown in the photo above, seems to sit on top of my neck, instead of underneath. This allows me to be identified quicker.  If someone happens to be afraid of me, but wants to help, they can see the tag without putting their arm or hand near my mouth.  A smart design!

One concern I have is there is nothing in the envelope describing what the product is made of which could be a problem for someone. For example, if the collar was bought as a gift for someone and shipped directly to them, there isn’t anything in the package letting them know the materials. If the dog happens to be allergic to the material, there could be a problem. I happen to be very allergic to nylon, my fur falls out!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Friday's Friend - Washington Humane Society

"Lady Gaga the Cat"
Used by permission of the
Washington Humane Society
Happy Friday!! Been an interesting
week for me. It started out with a snowy Monday and warm and Tuesday. Spring arrived Wednesday, I awoke to icy snow on Thursday and who knows what today will bring! I am anxious for the warm weather to get here as I saw my human looking at maps for places to go walking!

For this week's Friday's Friend from Washington D.C., I've got someone very special for you to meet today- so stand UP!!! Put your paws up, to meet Lady Gaga the cat!

Lady Gaga, a three-year-old cat whose kittens have all been adopted, came to Washington Humane Society on December 3, 2012.

When she wants attention, she'll give you a little nudge. A little scratch behind the ears, and you'll win her love. Can you read her poker face? Just dance your way over to the New York Avenue Adoption Center to meet this star cat today (1201 New York Avenue, NE/ 202-727-5494).

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Super Pet Expo, Chantilly, Virginia

"Super Pet Expo, Chantilly, VA
(C) Allen Pearson

My human and I had a great time at the Super Pet Expo, Dulles Expo Center, Chantilly, VA on Saturday afternoon, March 16! Or, at least I did.

I got carried away when we got into the building! So many smells, so many things to look at and so many treats to taste! I could barely stand it so I took off in the direction of the best scents and the prettiest babes, er, dogs, and began our visit. There was so much to see!!! Treats! Toys! Leashes! Treats! Dog Car Seats!

"Mutt Matter Rescue"
(C) Allen Pearson
 The first thing that got my attention was the rescue groups there showing information about dogs and cats that need “Forever Homes.” I felt sorry for the animals as I know what it’s like to be spoiled by human parents. There were a few breed specific groups too, like the German Shepherd Rescue of Virginia. My grandpa needs to go visit them!

My Aunt Tammy and Cousin Coal made it to the show. For Coal, this was a great event! It allowed Aunt Tammy to see various products for him all in the same place. She compared food dishes, treats, leashes, harnesses, and food and water feeding stands. Coal ended up getting a bunch of stuff!

As for me? Dad said we already had everything we needed for me.  He mostly wanted to walk around and look at the stuff and take some photographs. So, we enjoyed walking around and seeing all the stuff!!

At one booth, unfortunately I don't remember the name, I came upon a wagon, I thought I had struck it rich, I was in heaven, it was incredible, I couldn't believe it!!! I had to get a closer look!! YUM!!!!!!!
"A Dog's Heaven"
(C) Allen Pearson

Among the many great treats I got to taste, we caught up with our friends from last year, Wild Meadow Farms.  A family-owned business in Lancaster, PA, they have really delicious treats.  Last year, they offered beef but this year, they had more variety and Dad bought me a few treats for later. I think he bought me Bison and Duck treats.  Never had Bison before but I love duck!  RUFF!!!!!!

There were several veterinary clinics and hospitals there.  I was beginning to think it was a trick by my human to get me to the vet!  We stopped and visited Pender Veterinary Centre since it's close to home.

And, I caught up with my friend Debra Johnson, who never looked so good, from Doggy Baggage again. It was great to see her. She makes these really cool bags for travel and to keep stuff in for emergencies.  Check out her website for products and information on how to use them.
"Debra Johnson of
Doggy Baggage and Me!

(c) Allen Pearson

We stopped by the Only Maine Coons Rescue group.  My brother, who passed away last Christmas, was a Maine Coon cat. We had a great chat with a lady about possibly finding mom another cat since she's the cat person in our family. And Dad, he likes Maine Coon cats as he's not quite as afraid of them.  RUFF!!!!!

We ended our day by walking back to visit a few vendors we didn't stop at the first time.  It was quite a large show and we had limited time so we went around first to see everything then back around.  We stopped at the Pet Diners Plus and looked around a few minutes at their wooden dog dish holders.

Unfortunately, we didn't get to see the show that I was hoping to see, but my Aunt Tammy said the Dog Agility show was great and fascinating. The frisbee throw kept her attention!!

If you didn't make it to the show this year, I hope you will check it out next year.  If you have a dog or cat- it's a great place to find important items for them as well as comparison shop!

Monday, March 18, 2013

The Critter Corner by Dr. Steve Velling

“A Bark with Bite”

Joe couldn’t sleep. For the fourth straight night, the neighbor’s dog Bailey was outside barking incessantly. At first he tried to ignore it, then he tried plugging his ears with ear plugs, but that bark still seemed to work its way into his brain. It was 2 AM and he had a big presentation tomorrow. If he didn’t get some sleep he wasn’t going to be his best, not ideal for impressing the boss.

This scene may be playing out in a neighborhood near you. I was asked to write an article about barking, that it is becoming a common complaint in Ashburn. A dog barks primarily for communication, but the causes are numerous, depending on both the circumstances and the individual dog’s state of mind.
  • Warning – Dogs will bark if they see someone approaching their house or yard, or if they sense danger. Their bark is saying “Stay away” or “Hey, somebody come quick!”. This protective bark can often be trained and controlled.
  • Anxiety – This bark is a cry for help. Something is creating fear in the dog and they are expressing their need for attention, often accompanied by whining. This may be heard during thunderstorms or when the owner is gone from the house.
  • Playfulness – This is a dog’s way of saying “Hey, there’s fun stuff going on! I want in!” They will bark like this when they are playing with people or other dogs, or in anticipation of a car ride or play time. 
  • Boredom – When a dog has nothing to do, or is being neglected, they will bark to let out energy or to express their loneliness. These dogs need something to do and lots of exercise.
Once you determine the causes of barking, you can take steps to control the unwanted behavior. The best way to prevent the barking is to remove any source of the behavior. Be careful not to inadvertently encourage the barking, and look for other outlets that will help curtail the barking by redirecting his/her energy and focus.

  • Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise. A dog needs to get out that excess energy, especially if they are a puppy or young dog.
  •  Avoid leaving your dog for long periods if at all possible.
  • Never comfort or reward your dog for barking for attention – this will only encourage it to bark more next time.Try a loud clap or whistle to stop the barking. When they are quiet, take that moment to reward their behavior.
  • If you haven’t already, train your dog or go to classes to learn. You have to get your dog to focus on listening to commands to stop barking.
  • Do NOT let your dog bark outside constantly, regardless of the reason. This is a quick way to turn neighbors into enemies and to get either the HOA or the police to pay you a visit. 
  • Consult your veterinarian or a trainer if you are still having trouble.
Poor Joe had to do something. At 3 am he called over to his neighbor, Matilda, and asked if she realized that Bailey was barking outside. She apologized, saying that her hearing aids hadn’t been working well recently so she didn’t know about Bailey’s barking. She brought him inside and Joe had at least a few hours of solid slumber before going to work and nailing his presentation.

In this case, if a friendly call doesn’t help, then a reasonable letter may be the next step, suggesting a trainer. If that doesn’t help, then perhaps a call to the HOA may be needed. This may add to an already strained relationship, but at that point you may be too sleep-deprived to care.

Till next time, Dr. Steve,                                   

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Quips, Quotes, Thoughts and Other Notable Sayings

"Forsythia at Walney"
(C) Allen Pearson
"And let us not be weary in well doing: 
for in due season we shall reap,
if we faint not. 
-Galatians 6:9 

Friday, March 15, 2013

Friday's Friend - Washington Humane Society

Happy Friday!! I know you are as glad about it being Friday as I am. Usually my human has more time to do stuff with me on Saturdays and Sundays, so I can't wait!

I would like to introduce you to Taji from the Washington Humane Society (WHS).
Used by Permission, Washington Humane Society

Taji is a  staff favorite when it comes  to cuddles. This six-year-old orange cat loves chin scratches, mouse toys, and warm cozy hideouts. 

Taji came to WHS on January 2, 2013, when health issues made him too difficult for his owner to care for. 

With his sphinx-like ears and calm demeanor, a now healthy, ready-to-find-his-home Taji brings to mind the cats worshipped by Egyptians. Taji would be fine in a home with other pets. Come visit this regal cat at the Georgia Avenue Adoption Center today, 202-723-5730 or Washington Humane Society.

Thank you to the Washington Humane Society for supplying information for today's Friday's Friend.

Friday's Friend - Operation Paws For Homes

My human just did some photography work for Operation Paws for Homes.  You can read about his adventure with his furry clients at

Anyway, I would like to introduce you to Angel!

Used by Permission of Operation Paws for Homes

Angel has come a long way from the pregnant dog found shivering in a corner at high-kill shelter.

Angel is completely house trained and knows how to "sit" on command. She will even sometimes "stay" if you have a big enough treat! She loves to play with the neighbor's dog and is doing well with leash training. 

She is a young dog who is very playful, loves to snuggle - and for that reason we recommend a family with children age 6 or above. She would love a home with a fenced yard where she could run and play. 

Angel is our #1 lapdog, she loves to snuggle and will sit in your lap for hours if you let her! She is fostered in Washington, DC! 

To see more photos and learn more about Angel please visit our website: Operation Paws for Homes, Angel.  If you would like information on adoption, please visit, Adoption Guide.

Thank you to Operation Paws For Homes for supplying information for today's Friday's Friend. 

Friday's Friends - PetConnect Rescue

I love the weeks that I get to chat with "Cat Lady" from PetConnect Rescue. She does an excellent job caring for the cats- I know I mention this often, but I think she and her volunteers deserve a lot of credit. I know I couldn't do the job they do with cats each and every day!!

Used by Permission of PetConnect Rescue
"Cat Lady" has brought me Brook to introduce to you.  I'll let her do the introduction this week.

"Brook was born approximately November 23, 2012. Her sister Basha and her have already had many adventures even though we’re still pretty little. Right now they are staying in a “foster” home which is much nicer than the cage at the shelter.

They have lots of toys to play with, but Brook's absolute favorite is this crinkly ball thingy that’s oh so much fun to chase, especially when someone throws it in the air for me to catch! But best of all when she's done playing Brook love's to cuddle up next to my foster mom and purr as loud as I can so she knows how happy I am!

Is there a crinkle ball thingy at your house? Brook is healthy, am almost done with my vaccinations (yay) and always use the litter box. To meet Brook, please complete the Online Application and someone from PetConnect Rescue will call you."

"Brook and a Bow"
Used by Permission of PetConnect Rescue

Thank you to Cat Lady and PetConnect Rescue for supplying information for today's Friday's Friend.

Friday's Friend - Lab Rescue of the L.R.C.P. , Inc.

Happy Friday to you!!  Hope you have a great day and a great weekend full of fun plans.

Used by permission of the
Lab Rescue of the L.R.C.P., Inc.
I'd like to introduce you to Buck!  He is visiting from the Lab Rescue of the L.R.C.P., Inc.!

Buck is a little older than me, a 9 year old yellow neutered male. He's up to date on his shots and is heartworm negative. He weights 75 lbs.

Buck is a strong, energetic, handsome guy who loves to spend time with his people. Buck loves going for long walks and has excellent manners on leash.  He meets other dogs well.  Buck would prefer a home with someone around more than not so he can go out for potty breaks.

He enjoys the company of another canine friend, but is a little too interested in the felines to be their friends. He should go to a home with another dog.  He is approved for kids aged 10 and up.

Buck is a wonderful dog and would make a great companion for any lucky family. He loves to do anything you are doing and is an absolute joy to have around. He always has a smile and wagging tail every time!

Buck enjoys spending time outside scratching his back in the grass and soaking up the sun's rays. Everyone who meets Buck falls in love with him.

For more information about Buck, please visit, Lab Rescue of the L.R.C.P., Inc..

Used by Permission of the Lab Rescue of the L.R.C.P., Inc.
Thank you to the Lab Rescue of the L.R.C.P., Inc. for supplying information for today's Friday's Friend.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Paws Calendar

The Paws Calendar

Friday, Saturday, Sunday
March 15, 16, 17, 2013
Super Pet Expo!

Fri: 4-9pm
Sat: 10am-7pm, 
Sun: 10am-5pm

Dulles Expo Center
4320 Chantilly Shopping Center
Chantilly, VA 20153

For more information Super Pet Expo! or watch the Video!

Friday, Saturday, Sunday
March 15, 16, 17, 2013

Fri: 4-9pm
Sat: 10am-7pm, 
Sun: 10am-5pm

Dulles Expo Center
4320 Chantilly Shopping Center
Chantilly, VA 20153

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Super Pet Expo, March 15-17, 2013, Dulles Expo Center, Chantilly, VA

Pet Expo is COMING!!!
(c) Allen Pearson
I can’t believe it!! It’s time once again for the Super Pet Expo at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, VA, NEXT weekend, Friday through Sunday, March 15-17, 2013!!! The coolest thing is you can take your leashed, no-flexi leashes please, well-behaved, vaccinated dogs with you along with your children or any other friend. It’s a great time of family fun, games, meeting pet-related businesses, and many other professionals in the pet industry.

I can’t wait to go! Last year was great!!! I tried my best to be on my best manners but it was hard since there was so much to do and see! I was so excited to be in a new and different place with all the smells and excitement with my two humans that I was barkingly happy!!

My humans bought our tickets, registered for a giveaway and we were on our way!! Then, we walked down the aisles looking at the various booths. One stop was at Doggy Baggage created by Debra Johnson. My humans bought one of the larger Doggy Baggage pieces and which they use when I travel with them on vacation. You can read the review here. My humans love it because it gives them an easy way to carry some of my stuff. We used it on vacation last summer and will be this coming summer. Anyway, we bought a bag to carry important papers which allows Dad to keep my paperwork handy and accessible! Or, just to keep in the case for emergencies. And, I have to say my humans and I enjoyed chatting with Mrs. Debra Johnson who is really nice.

As we strolled on, Dad came across a business that was perfect for him, and probably me too! He bought a few mugs and T-shirts with cool sayings on it like “Life is short, play with your dog” –that is so true. And, “I Love Dogs- it’s Humans Who Annoy Me!” I chuckled.

Another really cool part of the day was visiting the different businesses (or barkeries!) who sold treats and food. I got to taste several samples. All of them were barkingly delicious!!  I visited so many of these, I can't remember all of there names.

Believe it or not, and I can’t believe that I am going to say this, my friend Dakota will wonder about me now, but I met several friendly veterinarians too. Some of the vets and vet techs I got to meet were from the ClockTower Animal HospitalBlueRidge Veterinary and Blood Bank, and Caring Hands Animal Hospital. These were not the only ones that will be there, I just got met them!

I will be very excited to meet the volunteers and dogs looking for “Forever Homes” with Operation Paws for Homes. My human photographs for them and he always comes home smelling like a 10 different dogs so I have to tackle him to stake my claim. But, he is always saying how great the people are and the fantastic job they do at assisting dogs to find homes.
"Used by permission- Super Pet Expo"
This year, there are a few events that I want to see and, again, I can hardly wait- I think the Black Labrador Retriever in me is starting to show. I am anxious to visit the Dog Agility Classes where I might learn a few obedience skills from Kathy Benner of The Animals' House. My human will be so surprised!! I've heard from my dog friends that she’s great.

Then, I’m heading over to the Dock Diving: Fueled by EVO, where I’ll get to watch four-legged performed soar through the air into a 30,000 gallon swimming pool- that’ll be exciting to see- the abilities of these critters are amazing.
"Used by permission of Super Pet Expo"

My mom enjoyed meeting all the different dogs who attended the event last year so she and I can hardly wait to see you again this year!!!  See you Saturday.

Super Pet Expo is giving away passes for next weekend's event.  To participate,   Click on a Rafflecopter giveaway to participate.  ThThe rafflecopter is live right now it will run through Wednesday the 13th at 12:00pm (meaning noon eastern time.) so that we can choose winners and get their Expo Passes emailed to them in time for them to plan their weekend.  Time is short- enter now!!!!!!!!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Friday's Friend - Lab Rescue of the L.R.C.P., Inc.

"Lab Pup"
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Lab Rescue of the L.R.C.P., Inc.
Oh WOW!! HOW COOL!!  Little "me's" running around and looking for companions and "Forever Homes." Ok, so not really little "me's" as I don't have any pups, but these guys are as cute, good-looking, handsome, adorable, and love-able as me!!  Oops, sorry, a little egopawstical of me!

The Labs-Rescue has lots of black lab puppies, males and females!! These puppies are all looking for homes to provide snuggles, love and training just in time for St. Patrick's Day!

These puppies are available to puppy approved adopters only, which means that the family is approved but also has an appropriate lifestyle for a puppy since they require more time, attention and training.

If you would like more information on these cute and adorable pups, contact, Labs-Rescue Adoption.
"Lab Pup"
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Lab Rescue of the L.R.C.P, Inc.
"Lab Pups"
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Lab Rescue of the L.R.C.P, Inc.
"Lab Pup"
Used by Permission of
Lab Rescue of the L.R.C.P, Inc.
Thank you to the Lab Rescue of the L.R.C.P., Inc. for supplying the information for today's Friday's Friend.

Friday's Friend - Ambassador Pit Bulls

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Ambassador Pit Bulls

I got to be introduced to a cool girl from the this week and would like for you to meet her.

Would you like to add something sweet to your life? Well, look no further, Cupcake is as sweet as her name suggests!

She is a true wiggle butt and has the prettiest smile! She is new to the Ambassador Pit Bulls  program, but, has already shown that she would be a fantastic family dog. She met a four year old child and took instructions from her (sit, come here) very well. Not once was she forceful with her interactions. 

Cupcake is very gentle, has nice manners, and already seems to know "sit", "down", and "come". For being a rather large girl, she knows her size and strength and walks nicely on leash.

If you would like more information on Cupcake, please contact

"Cupcake:  Are you looking for a friend?"
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Thank you to the Ambassador Pit Bulls for supplying today's Friday's Friend.

Friday's Friend - PetConnect Rescue

I checked in on my friend, Cat Lady, from PetConnect Rescue to see how she liked our snow this week and she introduced me to one of her cat friends!

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Please meet Duchess!  WOW!!  She's about as white as the snow we had this week-  a beautiful cat!

Don't hate Duchess because she's beautiful -give her lots of love, instead!  Unbelievably, Duchess (born in January 2011) was tossed aside with her baby, Winnie, and they ended up in a rural shelter.

Duchess is a gorgeous girl who is friendly, sweet, and looks like a model! She is gentle and calm, which is quite fitting her regal appearance. 

She has a coat that is gloriously full and white with no tangles whatsoever. Duchess is healthy, up-to-date medically, and of course has excellent litter box manners. 

To meet this beauty, please fill out PetConnect Online Application and they will contact you!

Thanks to PetConnect Rescue for supplying information for today's Friday's Friend. 

Friday's Friend - Washington Humane Society

Happy Friday!!  I have you and your human(s) survived the crazy snow and rain on Wednesday.  My human and I went for a walk then played some "Snowball" before we had to go inside to dry off.

I'd like you to meet Suree who is looking for a companion and a Forever Home. She is currently staying at the Washington Humane Society in Washington DC.

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Isn't she a cute pup?  Are you Looking for a sure fit? Look no further than Suree!

Suree is a two-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier, who came to the Washington Humane Society on January 14, 2013 because her family could no longer care for her!

A polite and calm girl, she has been melting hearts left and right. She would do best in a calmer home, as lots of commotion can be a bit overwhelming for her.

Suree could go to a home with another dog of the right match and with children who understand her gentle nature.

Ask to meet her today at the New York Avenue Adoption Center (1201 New York Avenue, NE)! Call 202-727-5494 or visit  Washington Humane Society for more information.

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Thank you to the Washington Humane Society for supplying today's Friday's Friend. 

Thursday, March 7, 2013

A Snowy Day

"Me and Snow"
(c) Allen Pearson
Well, it finally happened. We got snow. And lots of it. I’m hoping my human will have some time today to go out and play in it. I love to chase the snowflakes and the snowballs!

My human and I have so much fun in the snow. But, that hasn’t always been the case. At first, I didn’t know what to think of it. All those white things falling from a dark gray sky and laying on the ground- there must be been gazillions of them. I went out the first time with my human but stayed in the garage as I watched him go out in it. It was awfully cold and all new to me, so I went back inside for awhile. My human understood as it was a period of adjustment for both of us, I’d only lived with him for a few months, maybe a year.
"Noah Playing In Snow"
(c) Allen Pearson

I went outside later to discover snow is a lot of fun. And, I wish it would snow all the time. My Dad tends to go outside and play fetch with me more on snowy days than other winter days. He says it’s because dogs can get easily lost in snow as they lose scents even their own which help to lead them home.  

Also, I discovered that snow is fun to eat! But, my human gets unhappy with me when I do this. He doesn’t mind my eating snow in my yard, but nowhere else, sometimes this is hard to remember since it all looks like whipped cream to me. But, since Dad doesn’t use chemicals on our property or the county sidewalks, I can eat the snow, play in it, whatever and I can even tackle Dad and knock him down into the snow! In other places, I have to leave it alone.

Dad and I will took our annual winter walk through the snow this morning- huge snowflakes were falling! I have to be careful walking on the snow-covered paths since Dad is old and all, I don’t want him falling down and busting something. Gotta love him though- he keeps going, I mean 50 isn’t an age to sneeze at. Imagining that in dog years is beyond comprehension. As we go on our walk, my human, again, tends to pay attention to me more than normal. Though I am never off leash when we walk, he pays attention to be sure I don’t accidently get off leash- as once again, I could get lost in the snow. And, being part Plott Hound, sometimes my instinct of chasing a wild animals scent gets me carried away. Of course, you know and I know that I am spoiled- so I’m not even remotely going to try to get away.

Dad puts my winter coat on as we head out. I was so hoping he would forget all about that and we’d just head on out- but he knows I am not used to these really cold days. However, I draw the line at wearing those boot things we saw at the store a few weeks ago at one of the shops we went to.

I share these tips as words of wisdom to my fellow canines and the humans they love and have to train so they too, can have a happy snow day.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Snowstorm On The Way! Dog and Cat Care Tips

(c) Allen Pearson
I just love my humans!! I always have, from day one to now, except for those times when Dad points his finger at me and says repeatedly, “No! No!” Well, maybe even in those times, but I can’t help it if mom or him leaves a book out and it looks good. Who cares if I tear a page after I’m done reading it, I’m not going to go back to it again- though my humans seem to have to interest in doing just that.

Anyway, we’re supposed to get a bad snow storm on Wednesday of this week. We could get rain, or we could get sleet but, for now, the weathermen are forecasting at least 5 inches of wet snow for the Northern Virginia area!! All winter, or at least the past few months, we’ve heard about storms just missing our area and heading north- now it might be our turn!

So, why do I love my humans? I heard them talking last night making sure I have enough stuff to survive the storm should it happen and if it went bad and we were stranded a few days- I would love being stranded with my humans for a few days. Dad likes to discuss these things out loud with mom, just in case he might miss something:
  • We've got plenty of dog food- enough to get through the next week! 
  • Do we have nutritious snacks? 
  • Do we have blankets ready in case of a power failure?
  • Do we have plenty of bottled water? (I’m allergic to water from the faucet.)
  • Do we have some “extra” toys or games ready to play in case we are inside the house for a day or so?
  • The emergency shelter closest to our house accepts pets.
    • Is the portable crate ready? 
  • Do we have towels by the front and back doors to inspect and clean off my paws when we come in? 
  • Are my tags on my collar? Are they clamped tight so they won’t fall off? 
  • Is the winter emergency items ready in the Forester in case we need to go somewhere?         

o   My pillow?
o   My Blankets?
o   Towels to clean off my feet?
o   Plastic container of food for a few days (2 meals a day).
o   Plastic container of treats for a few days.
o   My notebook!:
§  Photos of me!
§  Information Page about me and my human.  Info. about my veterinarian too.
§  Certificate of Vaccinations
§  Emergency contact information should I get separated from my humans (heaven forbid!!)
I think this is about it- but, it’s always subject to change.  And, yes, this might seem to be a little overkill but the area where we live is ever changing so we could get a little snow or a blizzard.  Either way, my humans are ready to take care of me and I, them.
"It's Snowing"
(c) Allen Pearson
The same preparations can be made for your cat too, with a few minor changes.

I’m secretly hoping and praying that we have a big storm but can stay home- I want to tackle my Dad in the snow and bury him.  Spend time playing with him in the snow before he gets too old to enjoy it- after all, he turns 50 in May!!  He'll be slowing down soon... hee hee hee..... RUFF!!

If you are in the path of the storm, be sure to prepare for yourself and your pets.  

Question:  What precautions do you take for your dog or cat before a snowstorm?  Please leave a comment below.