Saturday, August 31, 2013

Saturday's Success - Operations Paws for Homes

"Blake and His New Family"
Credit: Operation Paws for Homes
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I love to paw stories from humans who have adopted a dog- this week's Saturday's Success story is from Operation Paws for Homes. I received this story around the beginning of August but had a full editorial calendar- 

"Blake and New Human Brother"
Credit: Operation Paws for Homes,
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"We're celebrating just had our two week anniversary with Blake, and he continues to be the greatest dog! We had a pretty full weekend this weekend, as we all celebrated my birthday. My parents came to dinner on Friday and were totally charmed by Blake! They arrived before I returned from work and Blake was happy to greet them and explore on two short walks (so hot out!). Later, my brother got me birthday gifts that were really for Blake: a new raccoon squeaky stuffed animal, a sweet new Redskins bandana, and some gourmet treats.

On Saturday, Andy’s parents and brother came over for brunch, and again Blake wowed with his hospitality. And even though we all went on a long walk, Blake was ready for a short run in the evening. On Sunday morning, we visited my aunt’s house and a dog park with her three dogs. Blake fit right in and we all look forward to many more play dates. He loved playing with their little Boston terrier. He sure was tired out afterwards and enjoyed napping in the car on the way home.

We visited the vet last week, and got a clean bill of health (we also met Nikki Sheckells who works at our vet!). Blake hasn’t had any accidents and besides a chewed up piece of plastic that accidently was left on the ground, has kept his chewing to his toys. He really loves other dogs, so we try to give him opportunities to visit dog parks often. He hasn't really figured out fetch, but we are working on it. Andy and I agree that bringing Blake home has made us very happy-and Blake seems happy too."
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Friday, August 30, 2013

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

I'm really happy today is Friday and my human and I have a long weekend planned together- hiking, gardening and gardening and maybe more hiking!  My friend from Lab Rescue of the L.R.C.P., Inc. shared with me a friend looking for a "Forever Home."

Credit: Lab Rescue of the L.R.C.P., Inc.
Jensen is a 1 year old neutered yellow male, cool guy who loves other dogs and playing with them as well as playing with stuffed animals and chewing on bones. He is still very much a puppy and needs lots of attention and exercise! He is learning basic commands and responds well to "sit" and "come." He's not a big fan of the crate, so he'd do best with a family not gone for a long work day. As a young lab, he will benefit from formal obedience training.

He is up to date on his shots and is heartworm negative. He is good with other dogs and must go to a home with another dog. He is approved for kids aged 10 and up, and weighs 65 lbs.

If you would like more information on Jensen, please contact Lab-Rescue of the L.R.C.P., Inc. 

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Friday's Friend - PetConnect Rescue

My friend, "Cat Lady," from PetConnect Rescue introduced me to a pawsome looking cat- 

Credit: PetConnect Rescue
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When I first saw the picture of this cat, and I still do, I thought "Wow!" what an incredible looking cat- very cool indeed (BARK!! please do tell my dog buddies!!)  I can see why they named her Diamond.

Diamond is a beautiful, very special cat looking for a special, loving home. Sadly, Diamond came from a place where she was neglected! Though a sweet cat, she's never had a proper family to show her affection and love. 

Credit: PetConnect Rescue,Used by Permission
When she arrived at PetConnect Rescue, her right cornea was completely covered with a painful ulcer. Diamond is feeling better now, but her eye is scarred and has a slightly different appearance. She is hesitant around new people but just needs time to warm up and feel safe. Once she knows you, Diamond will chatter and purr, and roll around to express her affection. 

Diamond is stunningly gorgeous lady!! She will reward you, if you will only given the chance! 

She is healthy, spayed and up-to-date medically. 

For more information, please click PetConnect Rescue - Adoption and fill out their online application. Someone will contact you.

Friday's Friend - Washington Humane Society

Credit: Washington Humane Society
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Happy Friday-  Meet my buddy Chuck from the Washington Humane Society.  A handsome dude looking for his "Forever Home."

Chuck is 5 years old and what an A+ student!! With the help of his buddies at Washington Humane Society, he is showing himself to be a fast learner. Chuck loves to show off his “sit” move. He is a wiggly playful boy looking for a forever family to go back to school with.

For more information on Chuck, please contact, Washington Humane Society.

Attention Veterans:
Washington Humane Society is a Pets for Patriots adoption partner offering veterans in our program a 50% adoption fee discount! Pets for Patriots and Washington Humane Society.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Back to School- (SSSSHHHH! Don't tell my human!)

"Back to School"
(C) Allen Pearson, 2012, All Rights Reserved
WOOF!! I have to paw this post behind my human’s back since it contains 3 dirty words, at least to him they are- “Back to School.” Those 3 words mean the warm or hot weather is going to begin turning cooler as we head toward the fall in late September and my human LOVES the hot weather of summer! He says, the “hotter the better.”

In a few days, the children will be heading back to school for another year of learning. While you are busy preparing your children for school with all the new supplies and clothes, have you given any thought about those left behind…. as in your dog?

Dogs in the summer get to spend more time with their humans and children.  We build a bond and it gets strengthened as time goes on.  For us, this is really cool- we love spending time with our humans and having fun- we look so forward to it!

RUFF!  Did you know though, that when the routine changes for your children going back to school, it can be rough on us dogs? Barkingly rough!!  The time together in the summer means a lot but now, we are separated. We can experience depression and even separation anxiety due to these changes which we will often take out:
  • on unsuspecting pillows-ripping them to shreds
  • oblivious cardboard boxes –shredding them to smithereens
  •  Shredding or chewing on obnoxious furniture
  • Shredding paper to bits
  • Obsessive barking and/or whining for extended periods of time which could annoy you and the neighbors to no end
  • Making “other” messes in the house
  • And, my list can go on, but I think you got the idea

And, keep an eye on your dog as they might even try to follow their children to school! You know how dangerous that can be!! Those school bus drivers……..

It’s up to you to try and prevent these issues from happening- so plan and prepare. Instead of having a mass exodus leaving the dog to wonder “where did everyone go?” prior to school starting:
  • leave your dog at home for short periods so he can get used to being alone 
  • avoid dramatic and emotional or over stimulating greetings on departures or arrivals       
    • have your children say goodbye or hello as if greeting someone at school, not their beloved most wonderful dog that they really don’t want to leave at home
  • have your school books, a photo of your dog, lunches and other belongings prepared so that your departure from home is calm
  • Maybe give your dog a special treat at doggie daycare for prolonged absences or a spa retreat for the day (RUFF!!)- Hey Human!! Pay attention to this one!
  • Take your dog for a walk or run in the morning before leaving for the day so he can rest while you are gone and be ready for play when you return. 
  • Leave some sturdy, interactive toys for your dog to help keep your him occupied.
Not only does separation anxiety or depression affect dogs whose children are going back to school, but sometimes when the dog returns from vacation with their family and everyone goes back to their routine as well.

Also, before assuming the symptoms are just related to the children going back to school or family returning to work after a vacation, be sure check with your veterinarian to have your dog fully evaluated and correctly diagnosed so to rule out any underlying medical condition that may be misconstrued as separation anxiety.

Have a GREAT year kids- learn a lot- it will help you in the long run- PAWS TO YOU!!!

"Ready to Roll"
(C) Allen Pearson, 2012, All Rights Reserved

Sunday, August 25, 2013

10 Tips for Road Trips with Your Cat

My cousins Max and Zoey found this really cool information from PetFinder about traveling with cats they asked me to share with you.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Saturday's Success - Operation Paws for Homes

I love to Bark every Friday about friends who need Forever Homes- occasionally I get to share with you a story about an happy ending to an adoption.  This week's Saturday's Success story is from Operation Paws for Homes.

Semi was adopted on a two week trial that ended around August 16th, after nearly four months with Operation Paws for Homes. He was adopted by a lovely family, John, Paula, and their daughter.

Paula, Semi, Daughter and John
Credit: Operation Paws for Homes, Used by Permission
All Rights Reserved.
"Semi and His New Sister"
Credit: Operation Paws for Homes
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Semi was adopted on trial adoptions before which for some reason didn't work out. Somewhere in his former life he had not been treated the way a dog should be! 

He had neck wounds, separation anxiety and was unsure of other dogs in the home. Operation Paws for Homes had Semi in a training program, which helped him overcome his anxiety and learn to play well with others in play groups.

Semi was always extremely gentle with children. He quickly bonded to the little boy in his foster home. In his new home, Semi has a sister. We're so thrilled that Semi now has a new forever home. 

PAWS TO YOU:  Semi and his new family and Operation Paws for Homes!!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Dog Breeds - Pit Bulls & Pit Bull Mixes

When I  think of Pit Bulls, I think of a friend my human made last year while photographing for a local rescue group. His name is Pacino. A month later, my human me Pacino at "Home 4 the Holidays" in Reston.  Surprisingly, Pacino remember him.  Last my human read, Pacino found his "Forever Home."

(C) Allen Pearson

Here is some information about the breed and mixes.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Prevent Heat Strokes

This is a great reminder, even in late summer!!  Sometimes you get carried away with running an errand or you'll think you'll just be a minute, think of this infographic- don't let your dog or cat suffer or possibly die due to heat stroke -something that can be prevented.

"I Hate Heat Stroke" - An infographic by The Preventive Vet

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

An Update on Tasha's Tribute

A few weeks ago, on August 3, I shared with you a tribute to a dog named Tasha, today, I would like to share an update with you-

Dear Family and My Dear Friends,

Today, Wednesday, 14 August 2013, Miss Tasha found her 'forever slumber'. After having been diagnosed with Stage 5 Lymphoma in January and being given 4-8 weeks to live, we began steroid therapy which took effect almost immediately. We enjoyed 7 months of remission - during which we lived life to its fullest every day.

Tasha and I had a professional photographer come over for a photo shoot one afternoon that produced some 'classic' Tasha photos and a lovely tribute CD done by the photographer. We also got 'published' in his blog "From the Dogs Paw"
 on August 3, 2013.

Tasha and I took a road trip and were able to visit with Grandpa for a couple of days and just had a nice time in the country. We had several cookie baking parties, sleepovers and meet ups with old friends and new.

The cancer came back with a force…Monday, she stopped eating; Tuesday, her face and throat swelled, although she started eating again; Wednesday, she was still eating fairly well but clearly not happy and unable to get up or walk very well.  The look in her eyes told me she was tired and didn't want to be forcibly immobile as her body had made her.

She went gratefully and peacefully with the help of Dr. D. and Vet Tech, Chelsea. I was with her the entire time.

I will dearly miss her - I already do.  She was my soulmate if anyone ever was and she will be with me forever.

Rest easy, sweet Tasha,

The hard times are through.
You're on your way to a better place
& I will always be with you.
Julie K. 

Monday, August 19, 2013

Product Review - Entirely Pets

I am so excited! I received a package in the mail from Entirely Pets- quite to my surprise but I think my human may have known something about it- anyway, it was two packages of Virbac’s C.E.T. Home Dental Care Chews for Dogs from Entirely Pets!
"Virbac's C.E.T. Home Dental Care
Chews for Dogs"

Credit: Allen Pearson, 2013

Dental Care is extremely important part of caring for your dog and cat. My human takes me to the vet to have a Dental exam and a cleaning. Sometimes he has the groomer clean my teeth too- depends on what I’ve gotten into!! Being a Labrador Retreiver /Plott Hound, I’m just like a teenager where I put everything that smells good, looks interesting and might taste good in my mouth- that sometimes can leave something on my beautiful pearly whites that I use to scare the dickens out of just about anyone who is annoying- so they gotta stay barkingly clean, sharp and perfect!

The one thing I have to Bark about is these things are supposed to freshen my breath, keep me smiling and less stinky smell- kind of embarrassing to get this package and treats in front of my buds- what if “she” was here and saw this- will have to bark to my human about being more discreet. But, since it helps, I’ll keep chewing them so my breath will smell great for my ladies and the humans too, I guess.

Dad tells me the story of a prior cat they got at 11 years old. Later in years, he went from a sweetie to a grouchy in no time all –Dad thought it was just the cat in him because he’s not used to cats and was a tad nervous around them. Mom and Dad took him to the vet for a check-up and they learned he needed dental work done. Once it was finished, he was back to being a sweety. If my humans had had him all his life, this would have been avoided with proper dental care by the vet and now, by the treats Virbac’s C.E.T. Home Dental Care Chews which they make for cats too.

"Me Chewing a Chew!!"
Credit: Allen Pearson, 2013
A few cons I found were they chews are small for a big dog so you should have your human keep an eye on you while you munch.  Also, they are made in Mexico and I am mentioning this, just so you know!

These chews can be ordered from Entirely Pets which is an online store run by Veterinarians- though that scares me some I pawed my way to the website, keeping an eye out for a vet with a needle! And, now I understand what my human means when he says a website is user-friendly. I love the ease of finding what you want- I found toys, treats, healthy food, information on diseases (with products on the page to help!) and so much cool stuff for pets- The website is so easy to use, even a cat could do it! PAWS TO YOU- Entirely Pets!!

Be sure to paw them at FacebookPinterest and Twitter sites-

My human was not compensated for this post while I was given some cool treats by C.E.T. to maintain my teeth and good breath, brilliant smile and handsome face- what can I bark!! All product review barks, opinions and woofs belong to me and my human at all times!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Happy Black Cat Appreciation Day!

Max and Zoey found this infographic on BlogPaws and had to share it with you- so many people are afraid of Black cats and dogs- that we wanted to meow a few great things about black cats.....

Black Cat Appreciation Day

Saturday, August 17, 2013

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

My crazy human, he mowed the lawn which was pretty high since he's been on business lately and hasn't had the time- laid down on the couch afterwards and as I expected, fell asleep.  I tried to wake him so I could write, but no avail.

Barkingly, I want to share my visit with the Lab Rescue of the L.R.C. P. today- My friend from the Lab Rescue of the L.R.C.P., Inc. introduced me to a cool dog dude this week!  MARLEY!!

Credit: Lab Rescue of the L.R.C.P., Inc.

 Marley gets along with dogs as he is living with two others at his foster home. He shares his toys and likes to relax close to the other dogs! Marley even met a cat at the vet’s office and he showed little to no interest.

Marley loves most toys and will pick out soft toys to chew! He likes to bounce a tennis ball around and chase them though the activity is limited due to torn ACLs. His surgery is scheduled soon so until then, Marley’s happy to go for short walks and snooze on his foster mom's lap!

Marley will need a family which is willing to help him build the strength in his muscles after his surgery. Though Marley is eight years old, he's got energy to play.

After his recovery, he would like the chance to go for longer walks and would would enjoy the company of another dog -but does not need one. Most importantly, Marley would love someone to be gentle with him and give him lots of love. He shows his love by snuggling and giving lots of kisses. 
Marley is house trained and understands if his new family has to leave for work. Lab Rescue will pay for Marley’s surgery and it will be completed in the Baltimore MD area.

Saturday Success Story- Lab Rescue of the L.R.C.P., Inc.

Bounder was adopted by a human named Amy from the Lab Rescue of the L.R.C.P., Inc..  She writes that "Bounder is just loving his mountain trails."

Is this pawsome or what?!  PAWS TO YOU AMY!!

Credit: Lab Rescue of the L.R.C.P., Inc.
Used by Permission

Friday, August 16, 2013

Friday's Friend - PetConnect Rescue

Max, Zoey and I had a great time meeting with "Cat Lady" this week to chat about a new arrival at PetConnect Rescue

Credit: PetConnect Rescue
Last week, you meet Killian, who is the brother to this week cat "Friday's Friend."  I'd like you to meet Bill who is approximately 6 months old.

As a stray he was a frightened stray when was rescued as a baby.  So, at first, he is timid around people; but once he gets to know he can trust you, he is really affectionate!

If he wants more attention, he likes to sit up on his back legs and butt my head against his humans' hands until they scratch him between the ears.

Bill is a really cool and sweet cat.  He has the most beautiful, the most handsome, the most gorgeous, er, sorry, rich jet black fur with a white flash on my chest and on his belly. (he's as handsome as I am!).

Bill would be happiest in a quiet home without young children so he can learn to love his new family at his own pace. I'm very healthy, neutered, and I've had all my shots.

Bill would love to meet you!

If you would like information, please visit PetConnect Rescue and fill out their online application. They will contact you.

"Bill - Hope to Meet You Soon!"
Credit: PetConnect Rescue

Friday's Friend - Washington Humane Society

Happy Friday- been a long week for me and my human, so we're glad the weekend is almost here!  I got introduced to a cool dog from the Washington Humane Society that I would love for you to meet!

Credit: Washington Humane Society
KAHUNA!!!  What a cool name!! He is a one-year-old pit bull terrier type dog! Kahuna came to the Washington Humane Society as a stray.

Kahuna is a cool, friendly, young pup who loves his kennel buddy and would do well in a home with another young pup where they could both play! Kahuna needs an active family who has plenty of time to play and keep up with his training. It won't be hard—he’ll do just about anything for a treat!

If you would like more information about Kahuna, please contact Washington Humane Society, Pet Of The Week.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Pet Care 101: Maintaining Pets' Good Health And Wellbeing

In many homes, pets are considered as part of the family and they give their owners great joy. While owners depend on their pets for companionship, pets depend on their owners for their health and well being. A dog cannot speak if he is feeling ill and a cat cannot convey her discomfort to her human owner. It is because of this that pet owners have the full responsibility to take care of their pets and ensure their pets are getting all they need.

So what are the things you need to take care of to ensure the good health and well being of pets?

1. Regular check-up
Aside from giving them food, shelter and a lot of love, pets need to have regular check-ups with their vets. Since most pet owners are not veterinarians, they won’t know if something is wrong with their pets just by looking at them. Pet owners need the expertise of vets to diagnose and cure their pets of any diseases or illnesses they may be having. Veterinarians can also give their pets required vaccines and treatments.

Pet owners should take note of a house call vet in their area for emergency situations. During emergencies or if on a tight timeline, they can call on their trusted mobile vet to give their pets a check-up in their own homes.

2. Dental hygiene
Most pet owners forget to take care of their pet’s dental hygiene. It is important that owners maintain their pet’s hygiene by brushing their pet’s teeth regularly. Pets will also need to undergo a dental scale and polish, which is taken care of by a vet. Oral infections and periodontal disease might develop if pet owners don’t take care of their pet’s dental hygiene.

3. Nutrition and weight management
The pet owner’s responsibility to their pets doesn’t stop at just providing them food. They should make sure they give their pets food that supplies the nutrients they need. Pet owners should also make sure that they are not giving their pets too much as obesity is a common problem in pets. Some pet owners may just brush this aside, but if untreated this may lead to diseases. Just like humans, animals also need to stick to a proper diet and maintain a healthy weight.

4. Geriatric care
Pets that are in their older years should get increased veterinary care. They need more attention as it’s during these older years most illnesses show up. If pets get regular check-ups veterinarians may detect illnesses early on and allow pets to live more comfortably in their last years.

5. Bereavement counseling
Like humans, animals also feel grief over the loss of someone close to them. And like humans, there are ways to help animals go through their loss. Some cases of animal grief have led to change of eating habits, some eating less while some not eating at all. Other effects are being quieter or more vocal than usual, and being too dependent or possessive of their owners. Pet owners can take their grieving pets to a pet clinic. A mobile vet in the area can also provide grief and bereavement counseling for pets. Some house call vet provide this as part of their wellness program.

Pet owners need to ensure that their pets are given the best care. Whether emergency care or preventive care, pet owners need to make sure that their beloved pets get access to these. This is the least that pet owners can do in appreciation to the happiness that pets bring to every home.
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By Debra Wright
Debra Wright blogs about a plethora of topics including mobile and house call veterinary services. Wright considers Vetaround as one of the best veterinarians.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Animal Welfare League of Alexandria’s End-of-Summer Adoption Special

Credit: Animal Welfare League of Alexandria
The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA) is waving goodbye to summer by waiving adoption fees for all adult cats at the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter happening now through Saturday, August, 18, during normal shelter hours! Adopters can ride off into the sunset with a tabby, a tortie, a Siamese, or a Persian. Adopters are encouraged to make a donation to help care for the new cats entering the shelter every day.

Credit: Animal Welfare League of Alexandria
All standard application processes and screening procedures remain in place, and AWLA staff will continue to educate adopters on the responsibilities and requirements of caring for a pet.

WHEN? Saturday, August 10th through Sunday, August 18th, 2013 during normal shelter hours. The shelter is located at Vola Lawson Animal Shelter 4101 Eisenhower Avenue Alexandria, VA 22304.

The End-of-Summer Adoption Special comes at a critical time, as the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter nears capacity for caring for homeless cats. Summer’s warmth doesn’t have to fade away, just put a cat in your lap!

About the Animal Welfare League of AlexandriaThe Animal Welfare League of Alexandria is an independent, local, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Operating the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter, an open-admission facility and Alexandria’s only animal shelter, the League provides care for thousands of 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.

Credit: Animal Welfare League of Alexandria

Monday, August 12, 2013

Does Your Dog Know How To Swim?

"Klondike Playing in Pool"
(C) Anna Grob

Most dogs love water. They like to play with the water hose, splash in a doggie pool, or catch rain drops in their mouths. But, do all dogs know how to swim? Believe it or not, the answer is no. 

Dogs have the instinct to paddle and kick their back legs, but not all dogs do it correctly. Some dogs will paddle with their front legs to high, making a big splash which causes them to get water in their nose, eyes, and ears. Paddling incorrectly will also cause the dog to tire faster. Some dogs paddle correctly with their front legs, but not with their back ones, causing their back end to sink.

Here are two examples. Klondike our big male Alaskan Malamute, was
"Kia Helps Klondike Relax
While Swimming"

(C) Anna Grob
fascinated with water. The first time we put him in our pool, he splashed very hard getting no where. Our dog Kia who is an excellent swimmer, coached him with her silent animal communication, making Klondike more relaxed and later, he paddled correctly which lessened the amount of splashing.
On the other hand, we thought Klondike was doing very well swimming from one side of the pool to the other; but he was cheating. He was using the floor of the pool to walk on while he paddled with his front legs. When Klondike was in deeper water,he paddled with his front legs, and didn't 
"Klondike Swimming with a Noodle"
(C) Anna Grob
move his back ones which caused him to sink. To correct this, we put a swimming noodle under his stomach. This made his body level, getting him used to not walking on the floor of the pool. We also placed our hands behind his back legs. When he felt our hands touch his legs, he started to kick with them. Klondike is now a excellent swimmer.
Dogs can learn how to swim by watching other dogs do it. An 8 week old Chesapeake Bay Retriever pup,Rugor, visited us one day. We took him to Lake Michigan with our dog Kiana for a swim. Rugor followed Kiana into the water. Kiana nuzzled him with her muzzle, positioning him to swim correctly, then later guided him out of the water for a break.
Dogs can learn from humans too. My husband Don wanted our dogs to jump off the platform into the pool. Neither dog knew what to do. Don dove into the pool 

"Don Teaches Kia to Go In on Her Own"
(C) Anna Grob
thinking that maybe the dogs would understand what he wanted them to do. Klondike soon dove in after him. Kia is an excellent swimmer, but is not as confident as Klondike is about going into the pool herself. We are still working on this with her.

Be sure to teach your dog where the latter/stairs are in the pool so they know where and how to get out if they accidentally fall in. Also, it is a good idea to let them rest often by bringing them close to the stairs or latter.

Many people like to take their dogs to the beach. If your dog goes for a swim, be sure to watch out for rip tides and high waves. Be prepared to go into the water with him. Some people like to use a light weight harness that floats, with a long nylon leash attached to it. The nylon leashes float which is great because it doesn't get in the way or tangle with the dogs legs while they are swimming. Having them on a leash makes it easier to bring the dog in if he tries to swim to far, or if a shark is spotted near by, which by the way, happened to a friend in Florida. If you go boating, always make sure your dog has a doggy life jacket on. Especially if you have a small dog, or one with tiny legs like the dashound.
Swimming is a lot of fun for both humans and their dogs. Be sure you teach your dog how to swim properly, and have a safe and enjoyable summer.

About the Author: Anna Grob has worked with animals for over 25 years as a vet assistant and professional all breed pet groomer. She studied the art of grooming for competitons and attended many workshops and seminars, while working side by side with well known groomers and judges. Anna participated in a study for many animal related projects such as animal behavior, skin and coat health and animal enrichment. Anna is a docent volunteer at Brookfield Zoo near Chicago. She has studied wolves, coyotes, and related canids. She is an Award winning artist, and an author and illustrator of Childrens Books. Anna's first book A Coyote Who Wished He Lived In A Zoo was released last year. Her second book A Wild Dog Without a Patch will be released 2013.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

10 Tips for Flying Safely with Your Cat!

Hey Cat friends- Zoey and I have been doing some traveling and discovered a few things you should know about taking your cat on an airplane- Zoey got air sick, hairballs all over the place and I didn't know so many humans could move so fast when a cat is making noises to well, cough up a hairball- excuse me- but it was interesting- PetFinder created this infographic for your use- 

Saturday, August 10, 2013

The Art of Saving Shelter Dogs at "An Act of Dog"

"A Collection of Paintings to be Hung"
Credit: An Act of Dog
Mike Barone and Marina Dervan
The portrait of many shelter dogs jump out at you with their soulful presence at the non-profit An Act of Dog in Mellwood Arts Center, Louisville, KY. All of these dogs were euthanized at animal shelters. This is the reason that "An Act of Dog" exists, to prevent other dogs from their sad fate.

"Mark Barone and Marina Dervan"
Credit: Mark Barone
Mark Barone and Marina Dervan are co-founders of the non-profit An Act of Dogwhich strives to make our country a no-kill nation for shelter pets. Mark has been an artist for over 30 years and has been featured in top art publications as well as winning awards for his work. Many of his pieces are hanging in private and corporate collections all over the world.

There is one event in Mark and Marina’s life that turned their entire focus and talents towards saving shelter dogs across the country. Mark’s 21 year old little dog Santina passed away in 2010. After moving to New Mexico to live, Marina decided to go online to search for a new dog for Mark. What she found would change their lives forever. While searching she was finding out about a tragic story that is played out across the country every day in animal shelters. A staggering number of shelter dogs are euthanized every day in this country, that number comes to about 5500 dogs a day being put to death. After a passionate discussion of this tragedy they decided to try and come up with a solution to the problem thus they combined both of their considerable talents and the non-profit An Act of Dog was born. Mark and Marina soon realized that in order to pull this off, it was going to require 100% commitment from them both; which meant giving up their jobs and income, cashing in all of their retirement savings, and living frugally for a few years, and maybe forever.
"Mark Painting Oreo"
Credit: Mark Barone
What is An Act of Dog? Mark is putting his huge talent as an artist to work and is currently in the process of painting 5500 portraits of shelter dogs who did not make it out of shelters alive in studio space provided by the Mellwood Art Center in Louisville, Kentucky. This is the same number of dogs killed in America each day. When you look at each of these pieces of work the dogs’ personalities jump out at you. They exhibit playfulness, sadness, but the eyes are what grabs your attention, those soulful eyes. His work is amazing and up until this project was launched he had not painted dogs before; but his passion about saving other shelter dogs from the same sad fate is evident in each portrait so that the subjects of his paintings will not have died in vain. Presently 3500 paintings have been finished over a two year period. When you look at all those paintings it is quite an emotional experience to understand that dogs portrayed in the paintings, did not get their happy ending. Getting the collection finished is phase one of the project.
"Harry- owner surrendered- killed
within 5 hours"
Credit: Mark Barone

The goal for the once completed 5500 paintings is to have them displayed in a permanent museum devoted to raising funds for no-kill rescues and shelters across the country to help them save more animals. The paintings will be reproduced on shirts, cards, and other products to be sold via an online store with the goal of raising $20,000,000 plus with 100% of funds to be distributed nationally to no-kill facilities and rescues. This would allow the museum to continue funding well into the future. Phase two has them looking for cities to be a host to this museum and willing to subsidize the costs of getting permanent space and getting it open to the public. The biggest and final goal of this museum is to become an educational platform for ushering our nation to a no-kill platform that spends tax dollars on more positive solutions to the unwanted pet problem.

Credit: Mark Barone
An Act of Dog has a number of wonderful supporters in Louisville helping them to get their project completed. They are so very grateful to those who share in their vision and have helped them including John Clark, owner of the Mellwoods Art Center for donating their work space for the past 26 months, Tammi and Tabby Lewis Conti, John Conti, Colin and Woo Speed McNaughton, and Becky Brown, all banded together to pay their rent for both housing and studio for the next 7 months, in order to help them finish painting the exhibit.

This project has received national and international attention having coverage in USA Today, and will have an article published in Oprah’s “O” magazine, as well as be included in a new National Geographic book. They will continue to seek media coverage to garner more support for this one of kind worthy cause.
If you want to help them out and keep up with what is happening at An Act of Dog you can do so by going to their website An Act of Dog.

"An Act of Dog"
Credit: Mark Barone

Friday, August 9, 2013

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

Credit: Lab-Rescue of the L.R.C.P., Inc.
Meet Handy!!  My friend from Lab Rescue of the L.R.C.P., Inc!  He is a 6 year old yellow neutered 66 lbs. male, who is up to date on his shots and is heartworm negative! He is good with other dogs and is approved for kids aged 10 and up. 

Handy has a truly lovable personality. At his foster home, he has taken on the ole of being the "snoopervisor" in the kitchen. He likes to make sure they are getting the right things out of the refrigerator or that we are properly preparing treats for him. 

Handy knows sit, down, and to wait for his food. He does not need to be crated. Handy walks well with the EZ-walker. He gets very excited when meeting people or other dogs on our morning and evening walks and is very interested in cats so no cats for him!

Handy will be a wonderful addition to the home of anyone who is looking for an affectionate, friendly and happy long as there are not cats!

If you would like more information on Handy, please visit,  Lab Rescue of the L.R.C.P., Inc!

Credit: Lab Rescue of the L.R.C.P.

Friday's Friend - PetConnect Rescue

My friend "Cat Lady" from PetConnect Rescue brought by a New Arrival for me to introduce to you this week.   Looking for a kitty?   Meet Killian-

Credit: PetConnect Rescue
Killian is a little girl about 6 months old who is looking for her forever home!

She can be timid, at first, around new people until she knows who they are. I am a fluffy, super affectionate tabby with big round eyes who loves to cuddle up with my humans after a hard day of running around playing with my toys. 

Killian adores being held like a baby, loves running up and down the stairs chasing a jingly ball. She would love to live in a home without young children or other cats. 

Please come and meet Killian! I am healthy, spayed, and I have had all my shots. I am looking forward to meeting you.

For more information, please click here and fill out our online application. Someone at PetConnect Rescue will contact you.

Credit: PetConnect Rescue

Friday's Friend - PetConnect Rescue

My friend Miss Cathy from PetConnect Rescue brought by a dog that reminds me so much of me when I was a young pupster that if I could adopt a dog, I'd consider this one- TIGGER!!!!!

Credit: PetConnect Rescue

Remember the movie "Marley & Me?" Did you like it?  Well, you can have your very own Marley, also known as Tigger! 

Tigger, 2-3 year old Lab, approximately 65 lbs. Lab is just like his namesake, bouncy, flouncy, trouncy, pouncy, fun, fun, fun, fun, FUN!Tigger's adopter will need a great sense of humor, as he is all about fun! 

Tigger is great with other dogs!  Although he loves kids, since he has a "bouncy personality," he is not recommended for kids under the age of 7. Tigger would do great with an active family and a good sized fenced yard for him to romp and bounce in. 

Currently, Tigger is in foster care working on house manners. Tigger is friendly, , eager to please and will make a great and fun addition to an active, fun, family, who is willing to continue his training. 

Tigger is neutered, microchipped, heartworm negative, and is up-to-date on vaccines and preventatives.

For more information, please visit PetConnect Rescue and complete our non-binding, online application, then Mike or Bev will contact you.

Friday's Friend - Washington Humane Society

WOW!! This is one pretty lady- please meet Fesha from the Washington Humane Society- she is looking for her "Forever Home!"  What a face!!

Credit: Washington Humane Society
Fesha is a five-year-old female dog making a comeback! She was a stray and brought to Washington Humane Society on May 23, 2013, she was found near the 800 block of Eastern Avenue, NE. 

When she was found she had heartworm, a disease she caught from mosquitoes but the WHS Spay and Neuter Center treated her, and she’s feeling much better now. 

Fesha loves warm laps and is the perfect little lady. And don’t worry! She’s not contagious to your pets at home. 

If you would like more information about Fesha, please contact the Washington Humane Society.