Monday, September 30, 2013

How Dogs Became Our Best Friends-

I have got some barkingly creative pawsome pals at The UnCommon Dog, an internet store whose name actually seems to be named after, though it's not, as I am far from a common dog- they have sent me a great infographic to share with you about how wonderfully, fantastic we dogs are and how we became the humans best friends-

Friday, September 27, 2013

Friday's Friend - Operation Paws for Homes

I say there, now!! It is the Duchess of Roxy. She was introduced to me by a friend at the Operation Paws for Homes.

"The Duchess of Roxy"
Credit: Operation Paws for Homes
The Duchess is such a happy hound! She has quite the fabulous name and lives up to it- being quite the proper girl- a sweet girl who loves to relax and be close to her foster family. She is warming up to the idea of playing with other dogs, she just isn't quite sure she wants to yet- leave it to a Duchess- though she has been wonderful around the other dogs- just a spot shy, I’d say, properly soon enough- she’ll be playing and running around!
"The Duchess of Roxy"
Credit: Operation Paws for Homes

The Duchess is quite crate trained but is working on her house breaking manners. Since she was in a shelter for a bit, she has a new task to learn, I’d say!! She catches on to thing quite quickly, and is fairly curious about her surroundings- you’ll often find her nose to the ground exploring! She loves to prance in her Duchess way around the yard getting exercise and having fun.

The Duchess of Roxy would most enjoy a rest happily sleeping at your feet when playtime is over! These days, Roxy can frequently be found hanging by her humans at her foster home and is quite curious with new things (such as a camera). She’s got 3 year old human foster brother that coos over her and tells her stories about how cute she is and that she will soon be adopted.

A very smart girl, the Duchess of Roxy is, as she works on her basic commands.

The Duchess of Roxy needs to go to home where she can get plenty of exercise so an active family would be the perfect fit for her! The Duchess has been through more than a gorgeous girl should have to and is looking for her forever home; this beautiful girl deserves her own family! Could she be a part of yours?

For more information Operation Paws for Homes.

"The Duchess of Roxy"
Credit: Operation Paws for Homes

Friday's Friend - Washington Humane Society

This week, the Washington Humane Society brought a cat for me to introduce to you through my Friday's Friend post.  Meet Odie......
Credit: Washington Humane Society
“Odie is a sweet, adult kitty who just needs to be loved,” says Beau Archer, New York Avenue Shelter Director. “Odie is a distinguished, gentle cat who would love a human companion (or companions!) to share her life with. She would do best in a low key, to middle of the road home where she can spend her days perched in a window looking out at birds, or on the couch on your lap!”

If you would like more information about Odie contact the Washington Humane Society New York Avenue Adoption Center, located at: 1201 New York Avenue, NE (202-576-6664).

Friday's Friend - Operation Paws for Homes

One of the pleasures I get in writing “Friday’s Friend” is meeting young pups just starting out in life and is looking for their “Forever Home.”  This guy is quite handsome- much like me!!  He was introduced to me by a friend at Operation Paws for Homes.
Credit: Operation Paws for Homes

Please meet Hayden, a playful, energetic, 4 month old-sweet male black Labrador mix puppy who weighs around 40 pounds. He has been neutered and is current on all of his shots.

Hayden is potty trained, crate trained, knows his basic commands, loves to play fetch and is great with children, other dogs and cats! He is a big sweetheart who enjoys snuggling on top of your feet and loves a good belly rub. And, he’s a water dog!!!! He will swim in the pool and roll around in a puddle if he can find one! He loves running and being chased around the yard.  A great pup all rolled into one!

But WAIT, there’s more- Hayden aims to please and is an easily trainable dog. He will be a great forever friend and a fantastic member of any family. Hayden has a beautiful black coat which has minimal shedding. He will be approximately 60-75 pounds when he is fully grown. Hayden does need to be exercised regularly as he is a high energy dog.

If you are interested in adopting Hayden or would like more information, please contact Operation Paws for Homes.

Friday's Friend - Operation Paws for Homes

One of the pleasures I get in writing “Friday’s Friend” is meeting young pups just starting out in life and is looking for their “Forever Home.”  This guy is quite handsome- much like me!!  He was introduced to me by a friend at Operation Paws for Homes.
Credit: Operation Paws for Homes

Please meet Hayden, a playful, energetic, 4 month old-sweet male black Labrador mix puppy who weighs around 40 pounds. He has been neutered and is current on all of his shots.

Hayden is potty trained, crate trained, knows his basic commands, loves to play fetch and is great with children, other dogs and cats! He is a big sweetheart who enjoys snuggling on top of your feet and loves a good belly rub. And, he’s a water dog!!!! He will swim in the pool and roll around in a puddle if he can find one! He loves running and being chased around the yard.  A great pup all rolled into one!

But WAIT, there’s more- Hayden aims to please and is an easily trainable dog. He will be a great forever friend and a fantastic member of any family. Hayden has a beautiful black coat which has minimal shedding. He will be approximately 60-75 pounds when he is fully grown. Hayden does need to be exercised regularly as he is a high energy dog.

If you are interested in adopting Hayden or would like more information, please contact Operation Paws for Homes.

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

Credit: Lab Rescue of the L.R.C.P., Inc.
My friends for the Lab Rescue of the L.R.C.P., Inc., brought a cool dude by to meet me this week- I am anxious to share him with you- please meet Marley-

An 8-year old 65 lb. yellow neutered male who is up to date on his shots, is heartworm negative, is good with other dogs and cats, approved kids aged 12 and up is one big loving dog. He just loves people and dogs. He loves to lean into you to make sure you weren’t planning to stop petting or scratching his head. All he wants to do is curl up with someone.

He knows basic commands and does “roll over.” He’ll do any of these tricks when he thinks a treat is possible. He loves nothing more than to snuggle up in his foster’s lap and tell her how much he loves her and loves life. Marley gives tons of kisses, he really has it all together!!

Marley is house trained and doesn’t need a crate. At night, he likes to sleep up on the bed and will stay there until morning. On walks, he’s curious for critters and birds- but ignored a cat at a vet. He is healing nicely from his ACL surgery and will likely have another in October. Lab Rescue will pay for Marley’s surgery at their vet.

Marley isn’t a barker but is on alert when he hears noises and loves t watch the neighbors coming and going.

Marley loves most toys and will pick out soft toys to chew! He likes to bounce a tennis ball around and would enjoy chasing tennis balls, but currently his activity is still limited. He needs a family that will be willing to help build the strength in his muscles after his surgery.

A great dog, who is just looking for a Forever Home and to share his love with a human. Interested, contact Lab Rescue of the L.R.C.P.

For a limited time Marley is available at the discounted senior rate of only $100, more than 50% off the normal adoption fee! 

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

Friday's Friend - Montgomery County Humane Society

My friend Big Bruno introduced me to two dogs looking for their "Forever Home."  He shared this video with me of Tyson and Zoe- take a look and me two great dogs.

Tyson is a 13 year old Labrador Retriever/Pit Bull mix male and Zoe is a 15 year old Beagle/Shepherd mix. These two dogs are very friendly, affectionate, up to date on vaccines dogs and are spayed.

Come and visit them at the Montgomery County Humane Society in Rockville, MD or call 240.773.5960

Thursday, September 26, 2013

How to Make the Dog Take the Plunge - Successfully Bathing Your Dog

Pet dogs. You just got to love them, especially when it’s bath time when you yourself get a good amount of exercise from chasing your pet around.

So how do you make the dog take the plunge and make sure that it does each time? Below are some helpful tips to a successful bath time with your dog.

Things to do before bathing the dog
It’s a great idea to give your dog a long walk before bathing to help it become more relaxed and calm. It will also become less likely to resist.

Be sure to have every item you need before the bath such as towels, shampoo, conditioner, and have them within reach from the tub. Also set the right temperature for your dog beforehand.

During bathing
Treat the bathing process as a bonding activity between you and the dog. That’s why keep a positive attitude and make the dog feel your love and affection while bathing it.

The best way to start the bathing process is just to pick it up without having to call, drag or pleading with it. Put a leash on the dog, and simply lead it to the bathroom. Gently start wetting your dog on a gradual manner. This also helps in minimizing resistance. Start wetting from the neck and shoulders and go down lower to the rest of its body.

Apply shampoo and conditioner gently, and be careful not to hit your dog’s skin with your fingernails.

Rinse thoroughly and ensure that no shampoo or conditioner residue is left to avoid irritation.

It’s also a good idea to bring along some toys to the tub to make bathing a happy, playful experience for the dog.

After bathing
Dry your dog well with a towel. You can also use a blow dryer to gently dry the dog. Be sure to have someone secure the house to ensure that the dog doesn’t come dashing out of the house as soon as bath time is over.

Make the dog feel that bathing isn’t something to fear or worry about. Just be calm and let out a loving and caring feeling that your dog can pick up.

About the Author:  Mark Perissinotto has been a practicing veterinarian for over 20 years, 14 years of which he was the owner and principal of a busy multi-vet mixed animal hospital. One of the two co-founders of Vet Shop Australia, graduated from the University of Queensland with Bachelor of Veterinary Science and one of the best retailer of pet supplies Australia.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

An Expert Advice on Preventing Tick-Borne Diseases Among Your Pets

Tick season can be really bad news not just for your pets, but also for you and your loved ones at home. Not too many pet owners realize, though, that aside from causing stubborn itchiness, ticks can also spread a number of diseases. You may have heard of Lyme disease since it's one of the most common tick-borne diseases, but there are other far more serious ones you may have not heard of yet. Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis, and RMSF or Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever are just a few of the the many other diseases transmitted by ticks that can really be fatal to your pets. For this reason, it is very important that pet owners know about ticks and know what they can do to protect their pets and their family members from these little monsters.

Take Advantage of Numerous Products Available
As a pet parent, one of the things you can do to protect your pets from ticks is to take advantage of commercial tick preventatives available in the market today. The question, however, is what kind of preventatives you are going to choose. As much as possible, you wouldn't want to go for the first brand you find in the market. Instead you would want to talk to your veterinarian first and ask him what brands and what types of preventatives he can recommend for your pet. Whether your pet is a dog or a cat, you need to understand that different breeds may have different particular needs when it comes to tick preventatives. Some brands may be good for a particular breed of dog or cat, but may not work for another. Take time to research to end up getting the right treatment for your animal companions.

Take advantage of Screening Tests
Another thing you would want to take advantage of are screening tests. A lot of times, pet parents are not aware that their pets have been bitten by a tick at all or are not even aware of the fact that there's already a tick infestation among their pets. Before they know it, their pets have already become sick and weak as a result of a tick-borne disease. To make sure you are a step ahead of these little pests, ask your vet about screening tests like the SNAP test. Such test enables your vet to detect whether your pet has a tick-borne illness so they can start treatment right away.

Identify Ticks and Learn How to Remove Them
The last important thing you should do as a pet parent is to learn how to identify ticks and how to remove them. Obviously, you'll never be able to have a battle plan or strategy if you don't know what your enemy looks like. The good thing is there are a good number of websites today that you can visit so that you will have an idea how these little creepy bugs look like and how to properly remove them.

About the Author: Tony Green is a big pet lover. He loves to write anything that has to do with caring for animals, especially domesticated ones. As an owner of numerous dogs, cats, and other various types of pets, he believes the best way to prevent tick-borne diseases is to invest in a reliable tick preventative like Advantix.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Quips, Quotes, Thoughts and Other Notable Sayings

(C) Allen Pearson, All Rights Reserved

"The average dog is a nicer person
than the average person
- Andy Rooney

Sunday, September 22, 2013

My Home- Northern Virginia

"The Intellectual!"
(C) Allen Pearson
All Rights Reserved
I was asked by a fellow blogger to paw a post about a pawsome opportunity online. DogVacay has started a photo sharing campaign to find out how dogs represent their city and interests. A really cool idea! Where I live is a suburb with a zip code- though not far from exciting stuff, I don’t really represent it very well-

But, being the intellectual, forward-thinking, adventurous, creative, smart, exciting, artistic, curious, diverse dog that I am, I determined it would better to represent Northern Virginia- an exciting and historical suburb of Washington D.C., but don’t call my human a Washingtonian- he’ll resent it! (And probably correct you!)

I moved to Northern Virginia in 2009, and have been on an exciting journey ever since! My human came to Northern Virginia at the age of 7 and have lived in many locations since then.

Manassas, Virginia, known for the First and Second Battles of Manassas in the Civil War is where my human grew up. Manassas is full of history and historical sites to visit. You can go to visit the Old Town area which was used to bring in supplies by railroad for the war. You can walk among the current day shops, then stroll over to the museum to learn about the history.
"Antiquing for Dog House Furniture"
(C) Allen Pearson, All Rights Reserved

The Manassas National Battlefields are not far from the Old Town just across town. The Visitors Center has plenty of exhibits and even a movie about the history that happened on field surrounding it. Taking a walk through the battlefield at sunrise or sunset can be invigorating to bark the least!

Not far from home is Mount Vernon, which was the home of George Washington. A trip there makes a great day trip as it’s close, has a beautiful home, grounds and educational center to tour, but it may not take your whole day. The gardens are incredible and you can follow some trails to the Potomac. It is well documented that George Washington loved dogs and was the father of the American Foxhound. Dogs are permitted on the terrain, but not in the historic buildings and that’s fine with me- more scents outside!

A trip to Old Town Alexandria after visiting Mount Vernon is an excellent choice. Not only does it have an interesting history to enjoy (I think everything in this area has some hysterical significance of one kind or the other!!), there are several excellent places to eat and some great shops. Also, Alexandria is known for its reputation of having great places for humans and dogs to go- even out to eat.

Prefer to get back to nature? Great Falls National Park is located just west of Washington D.C. and has beautiful waterfalls and great hiking trails. You can access it from Northern Virginia or Maryland.
"Me at Great Falls National Park"
Credit: Allen Pearson, All Rights Reserved

Northern Virginia with its history, arts, diversity, shopping, restaurants and so much more is a great place to visit. Should you want to visit and you cannot bring your buddy with you, DogVacay can assist you in finding a pet sitter, you can do a quick search here!

Friday, September 20, 2013

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

Happy Friday!! My friend from the Lab Rescue of the L.R.C.P., Inc. introduced to an absolutely gorgeous female black lab!   She is only 5 years old, h-m-m-m my age, up to date on her shots, weighs 78 lbs. is heartworm negative and approved for kids aged 10 and up.  

I'm wagging my tail over this young pup and introducing her to you- meet Bella:

Credit: Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.
A loving, enjoys being petted and being with her humans, Bella has perfect house manners -even at mealtime.  She shows no interest in what's on the table at mealtime though she tends to graze at her food, occasionally.  RUFF!!! 

Bella loves soft toys and will shake and retrieve it- enjoying the play time with her humans.  Though she pulls on the leash, she loves to go for walks and can be trained to behave better.  

She loves to explore her territory, sniffing out any chipmunks, squirrels, rabbits or other wildlife.  While she gets along with other dogs, her strong prey drive wouldn't work well with small dogs or cats! She has been known to scale a 3.5 foot retaining wall is she suspects there's prey to be found!  
Bella needs to be lavished with love, praise, and attention, to make up for lost time, and lots of time with her people. She will give her new owners loyalty and the purest kind of love in return.

Bella needs an experienced adopted who would be willing to continue her training.  If you would like more information, please contact, Lab Rescue of the L.R.C.P., Inc.

Friday's Friend - Washington Humane Society

Credit: Washington Humane Society
Wow!  Cool- this week's Friday's Friend from the Washington Humane Society is a rabbit- I'd never thought about a rabbit for a pet until they introduced me to one several weeks maybe months ago.  A rabbit is a great idea for someone who cannot have a dog or cat- they seem so cool-

My friends from the Washington Humane Society introduced me to Widget and I like to bark a share with you- According to Dominique Bell, Customer Care Specialist, Widget is a "loving rabbit with a lot of attitude! Before I got to know her, she was known to be the 'mean bunny' on the block! After a week I got to know the true Widget, and discovered she isn't so mean after all! She loves to being hand fed and will cuddle when she knows a cuddle is needed!!"

Widget would do best with a family experienced with rabbits, and with a lot of time and love to give her.  If you would like information on adopting Widget, please contact the  Washington Humane Society.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Dog Breeds - Mastiff

When my humans were looking around for their next dog, they took an online test, this was long ago- I think computers were fairly new- hee hee- don't tell them I said that-   Anyway, the test showed the Mastiff was the perfect dog for their lifestyle and what they want in a pet.  BUT, not wanting to turn their family room into the dog's house or crate, as in literally, they took the test and got me! So am glad they did-  And, don't get me wrong- the Mastiff is a great dog and you need to select based on your requirements.......

Looking for a Maltese Dog or Puppy? Why Not Adopt! Why Not Adopt!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Critter Corner

“Puppy Love – Part 2”
Dr. Steve Velling

Well, we took the plunge.  My wife, daughter and I adopted a puppy, and I wanted to share my experience with all of you.  First, you may recall at the end of my last article that I mentioned that we would be looking to add another dog to our house to go along with our old Corgi, Copper.  My daughter wanted a Great Dane, which my wife was a rather worried about – big dog, big poop, lots of drool and potentially hard to walk.  My condition was that we try our best to adopt a dog from a shelter, so of course my daughter took to the internet looking for Great Danes to rescue.  We actually did see a few online at a nearby shelter, so we planned a day to go out and visit.

My daughter was extremely excited, already planning on where the dog would sleep, what she would name it, and what they would do together.  I had to temper her excitement by reminding her that a lot goes into adopting a dog, and you can’t just look at a picture and expect to get that dog or expect that dog to be a good fit.  We drove out to the shelter, located on 40 acres south of Leesburg, a beautiful spot.  We walked around the grounds, saying hello to all the dogs while I was mentally keeping track of which ones seemed to have the gentlest disposition.  We did in fact see a gray and white female Great Dane that seemed calm enough in her cage, but when she was brought out to meet Copper, she nearly took his head off.  No Great Dane for us on this visit.  My daughter was quite upset, but she got over it fairly quickly as we continued to look online and saw a litter of 4 month old puppies available to look at with the same shelter, but at a foster mom’s house.

We went and saw three of the puppies – Doberman mixes with dark faces, long gangly legs and brindle coloring (brown and black stripes).  They were all adorable, but there was one that literally went over and sat on my daughter’s lap - Eli.  I had to check him out (I brought my stethoscope), and then we had a family vote on the ride home.  The consensus was that Eli was the best choice (as he made it so clear to us!), but we did decide to change his name to Boone.

I have to say that I now have a re-appreciation for people that have a puppy in their house.  The puppy-proofing, constant trips outside, occasional accidents or ripped up toys, and grumpiness by Copper towards Boone are greatly off-set by having such a lovable, smart, cute dog in the house.  He brings a lot of joy to our house, and it all started with taking our time and making the right choice. 

Till next time,                   

Dr. Steve

About the Author: Dr. Steve Velling is a Veterinarian at Ashburn Village Animal Hospital in Ashburn, VA.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

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

An adoption success story from the Lab Rescue of the L.R.C.P., Inc. I'd like to share with you-

Credit: Lab Rescue of the L.R.C.P., Inc., Used by Permission.
When two humans rescued Rocco, or vice versa, we were told that certain sounds caused him serious distress (not storms, thankfully). Recently, they had septic and plumbing work done. There were 3 trucks, 6 guys, and lots of noise! He greeted everyone. When they were inside, he was social, yet stayed by my side and calm the whole time. Clearly, we're a perfect match!!!! Just love him so much!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Friday's Friend - PetConnect Rescue

My friend, Miss Cathy from PetConnect Rescue, brought by a sweet young lady for me to introduce to you this week-

Please meet Zoe, a friendly 4-5 month old Boxer mix pup!

Credit: PetConnect Rescue
Zoe, a sweet and pretty young lady is great with other dogs and likes all humans.  A happy puppy, who loves to romp and play in the yard and will need someone to teach her how to play fetch!

Since Zoe is a young girl, she will need an adopter who is home a good part of the day to continue housetraining and social skills. Zoe is up-to-date on vaccines and preventatives, microchipped and spayed.

For more information, please visit PetConnect Rescue and complete their non-binding, online application, then email France.

Friday's Friend - Pet Connect Rescue

I love meeting cats.  They are fun to play with- sometimes. These two cats names make me hungry for some reason- my friend "Cat Lady" from PetConnect Rescue introduced me to these two cool cats - and since everyone loves Pete Za and Pepper Roni- you need to meet them.

"Pete Za"
Credit: PetConnect Rescue
Pete Za was found around the first part of July with his siblings Pepper Roni and Motz Erella when they were about a week old.

Pete Za is almost identical to Pepper except he has a little more white on his front toes and his humans think he might be a big boy because he's already a lot bigger than his siblings. The vet wanted to called him chocolate tuxedo because he looks brownish in certain lighting and has tabby stripes. He has lots of love to give to your family! Won't you take me home?

Hmmm- though I am getting hungrier by the minute, I want you to meet Pepper Roni
"Pepper Roni"
Credit: PetConnect Rescue
Pepper Roni's story is pretty much the same as Pete Za's except he claims to be the better looking of the two!  RUFF!! 

They just love their humans, they sprint across the room to greet them and if they happen to be wearing blue jeans, they climb to say hello! And, they want to be around our humans all the time and purr so loudly when they pet us! 

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

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

So very good to meet two other dogs who are about as handsome as me and seem to be as playful as well me, so that may mean that they, uh, would make as great of a companion to someone who would like to adopt two black Labrador Retrievers and give them a Forever Home- I don't think you would be sorry as I have made my human very happy and these two, again, seem as perfect as me- my friends at Lab Rescue of the L.R.C.P., Inc. brought me these two guys for you to meet-

"Buxton and Yahma"
Credit: Lab Rescue of the L.R.C.P., Inc. 

Buxton and Yahma are really cool guys, well-behaved and laid back, polite and kind!! They enjoy being chauffeured in the car and enjoy going wherever you will take them. These guys go for walks together and do beautifully on leash, they are totally in sync! 

Credit: Lab Rescue of the L.R.C.P., Inc.
Buxton and Yahma love being together! They are both like chewing on balls and de-stuffing animals, but neither has shown any inclination to chew things they shouldn't. While they both fetch, Buxton is likely to try to stuff 2 or 3 balls in his mouth at any given time, he's always ready for a game. Yahma is an easy-going guy who goes along with whatever the other dogs are doing. He sits, stays and will fetch if someone else is going too. He does like to steal a ball from Buxton if the opportunity arises. Both are pretty low-key and settle quickly after playing. They do well with other dogs. A great pair of boys!

Credit: Lab Rescue of the L.R.C.P., Inc.
Though they can be crated, they are not fans of it nor do they need them- they like to sleep next to each other at night. And, these two have house manners.

Both are neutered male labs, up to date on their shots and are heartworm negative. Buxton is 7 years old at 81 lbs and should lose a few. Yahma is 8 years old at weighs 82 lbs and should gain a few lbs. These guys are good with other dogs and cats, and are approved for kids aged 10 and up. 

These two are a great pair of guys and would make great companions!

If you would like more information on these two barkingly pawfect Labs, please contact Lab Rescue of the L.R.C.P., Inc. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

September 11

A Search and Rescue Working Dog  
at the World Trade Center
in New York City
Credit: Beverly & Pack, 2001,
Creative Commons, Flickr
Today is a day that my humans don't like to remember- September 11, the anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Mom worked in Washington D.C. at the time, Dad was not too far from the Pentagon but in Virginia.  Mom had to take the Metro Subway to the Springfield, Virginia stop to meet up with Dad. Dad wasn't sure he was going to see mom again- she had to pass the Pentagon on the subway to get to him.  He sat at his desk and prayed and prayed.   Finally, Mom called and asked him to meet her at the subway- she was safe.

They headed home.  Grateful to have each other.  And, prayed for those who were not so fortunate.

Today, PAWS TO YOU and salutes to all of the Search and Rescue Working Dogs and the human First Responders who didn't think twice about going into a situation and helping others!  

Patriotic Picture of a Working 
Search and Rescue Dog taking a nap, 
Fire Department New York FDNY, 
World Trade Center, Twin Towers
Credit: Beverly & Pack, 2001,
Creative Commons, Flickr

World Trade Center, 
New York City, 
New York, NYC, Urban Search 
and Rescue 
Working Dog Napping
Credit: Beverly & Pack, 2001,
Creative Commons, Flickr

Friday, September 6, 2013

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

A young lady came to visit me this week from Lab Rescue of the L.R.C.P., Inc. Her name is Shea.  She needs lots of exercise- full of energy, loves to play with toys, and the occasional squeaky one if she picks one up, and loves to chase moving things as long as they keep moving! She loves to go for a walk, does fairly well on a leash but still needs a harness to help with being so squirmy. Antlers are her favorite chew, after a good, long romp outside she'll come in, grab an antler, hop on the couch, and have a chew.

Meet Shea-

Credit: Lab Rescue of the L.R.C.P., Inc.
Shea sleeps quietly in her crate at night but only after about ten minutes of reminding you she's there! She'd do well in a dog park as she enjoys the play/wrestle/run/chase balance of a pack of dogs.

She enjoys other dogs, so she must go to a home with another dog, and is approved for children ages 10 and up.

She is a 6-month old black spayed labrador, up to date on her shots and is heartworm negative.

Shea is looking for her Forever Home and companion- if you'd like to meet her or obtain more information, please visit, Lab Rescue of the L.R.C.P., Inc.

Friday's Friend - PetConnect Rescue

Another fun visit with Cat Lady this week from PetConnect Rescue- I think she is trying to wear my puppiness out by bringing me two young kittens to introduce to you this week!

Please meet Olive and Olivia.....
Credit: PetConnect Rescue
Credit: PetConnect Rescue

Are you missing the fun and enjoyment of a romping, rollicking, playful kitty (or two) to brighten up your heart and home? Olive (and her sister Olivia) could definitely be the girl(s) for you! 

These sweet kitties love to play, chase, wrestle, climb cat trees and will keep you laughing with their antics. The girls were born in May, Olive and Olivia are now ready and waiting for their forever home. Olive and Olivia would love to have a playmate to go on adventures with and to cuddle with on a warm lap.  These two kitties can be adopted together or separately- 

The girls are healthy, up-to-date on vaccinations and have excellent litter box manners. 

For more information, adoption procedures, fees and applications please click here and fill out our online application. Someone from PetConnect Rescue will contact you.

Are they cool kitties or what?!  Better check them out soon- they are something else!  WOOF!!!!

Friday's Friend - Washington Humane Society

This week, I've got a friend from the Washington Humane Society to share about a young whipper-snapper pup who'd make a great companion and is looking for a "Forever Home."  Meet Cici.

Credit: Washington Humane Society

Cici is a one-year-old male pit bull terrier type dog who was brought to Washington Humane Society on July 13, 2013. “I picked Cici for the Pet of the Week, because of her active, outgoing attitude,” says Lando McCall, Animal Care Supervisor. “Cici deserves a great forever home. She already knows the commands for sit and shake and would love to learn more.”

 Cici is best suited for an active home which can provide both mental and physical stimulation. Since she is very social, Cici would love to be part of a loving family.

For more information on Cici, contact, Washington Humane Society.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Happy Labor Day - Honoring Service Dogs

"Lulu - A Diabetic Alert Dog"
H.H. Photography, Used by Permission
While humans are celebrating their work and contribution to society, the economy and the nation on this Labor Day, I want to paw, celebrate and honor the Service Dogs who work every day without a bark or paw of regret- these are incredible members of our society who do a pawsome job helping humans have a great quality of life- all while having fantastically great dog!!

"Lulu Pushing Handicap
Button to Open Door"
Credit: H.H. Photography,
Used by Permission
I would like to introduce to you a hot beautiful babe, er, oops, sorry, but she is beautiful… WOOF!!... her name is Lulu and she is quite a fantastic, sweet, wonderful, uh… back on the topic …. BARK! to know.  Lulu works 24/7/365 and does her job extremely well.  She is a Diabetic Alert Dog.

Lulu was selected by her breeder at a very young age as being a good choice for a Diabetic Alert Dog. She has the right temperament, is emotional stable and sound, does not bark or make other noises unnecessarily. She is able to be in public areas and not deliberately attract attention from other humans or dogs. Lulu can go into businesses and not distract the core operations. Of course, she must be clean and not have an odor or aura about her. She was the perfect fit.

"Lulu with Christian at
Church Youth Retreat"
Credit: H.H. Photography,
Used by Permission
Diabetic Dogs are trained to recognize when to alert diabetic humans in advance of low blood suger (hypoglycemia) or high blood sugar (hyperglycemia)
before they become dangerous. The human can take steps to return their blood sugar to normal, such as using glucose sweets or taking insulin.

Another important area where a Diabetic Dog has special duties is in emotional security and a sense of balance for individuals and for those who have a loved one with diabetes. They can help you lead a more confident, independent lifestyle. For a young person, this technique can work wonders in the midst of the stress and pressures of growing up.

Lulu works hard as she constantly keeps an eye on her buddy, Christian. As a Diabetic Alert Dog she has accompanies him on church youth trips, family trips, to school, to church, she is his constant companion. Lulu loves her work and knows it’s importance.

"Lulu Alerting to High Blood Sugar"
Credit: H.H. Photography,
Used by Permission
On one occasion, her human’s blood sugar got to low and she immediately alerted him so he could take appropriate actions.  Another time, the blood sugar went too high- Lulu ran down the hall, jumped up on the counter, got the device she needed and took it to Christian –these are just a few of the amazing things she has done to keep her human going. 

And, of course, as my human has said many times, “A boy and his dog are never parted” meaning, the dog is sharing confidence and strength to a young man while he goes through his life- an unconditional  love and care.
"Lulu and Christian
at Ocean City Boardwalk"

Credit: H.H. Photography, Used by Permission

I’ve had the special opportunity to get to know her and play in my yard on several occasions!  My job has been to socialize with Lulu so she knows how to interact with other dogs.  I love the work as I get to spend the time looking at her beautiful face! WOOF!! 

PAWS TO YOU LULU!!! For your hard work and the blessings you share with all of us!!! 

"Lulu and Christian
at Ropes Course"

Credit: H.H. Photography,
Used by Permission

Sunday, September 1, 2013

School Bus Stop Safety Tips

"School Bus Stopping"
Credit: Those Guys, Flickr, Creative Commons
The best safety tip I could give a human about taking your dog with you to the school bus stop, especially on the first day of school is DON’T do it!  Leave Fido at home even after the first day of school.  WOOF!!!

My Crazy Uncle who drives one of those huge monster school buses for a large metropolitan school district tells the story of a dog that a parent brought to the bus stop.  “All of the excitement at the school bus stop is enough for a school bus driver to contend with-  you have children running in every direction, traffic to watch, the safety patrol, parents who often are not paying attention to anything other than their cute, sweet, darling little Jack and Jill! The first day of school is the worst because everyone is so excited about the new adventures coming in the school year so it’s added pressure for the bus driver without having anything else unnecessary added to it.  Well, one day, a parent brought their dog with them to the school bus stop.  One of our best drivers who has been driving since the very 
"School Bus and Students"
Credit: Pat00139, Flickr, Creative Commons
first school bus was invented- matter fact her first bus is in the Smithsonian Institution!  Well, she was unloading elementary students, as usual, at this stop, and had the safety patrol out for students crossing in front of the bus.  The patrol began to return to the sidewalk after the last student crossed when she noticed a dog got loose from its human. The human wasn't paying enough attention to the dog, so at first the human wasn't aware the dog was loose. The safety patrol immediately got the attention of the school bus driver to stop!  Thankfully, the bus driver and the safety patrol stopped a terribly awful accident from happening.“

I barked with my Crazy Uncle for a few more minutes, He advises:

·        When going to the bus stop, leave your dog at home.  There’s no reason to bring him and add to the already excited kids who will get more excited when they see a dog. 

·        The school buses in our county make the weirdest noises- air brake releases- which can be frightening to a dog causing him to run, jump, and maybe hurt himself or someone.

·        Some dogs see an open door to a vehicle and try to get in- it wouldn’t be a good idea for a dog to get on a school bus loaded full of students. Some students could be allergic and/or afraid.

·        A dog could become a distraction for the bus driver and cause her to make a tragic error.

·        Remember every school bus has a safety zone of a couple several feet around it- you need to be away for the bus and where the driver can see you and your children.

·        He emphasized, for safety’s sake, I’d say this about the best trained dogs too.

A few last thoughts for my friends who are heading off to school- I will be home waiting for you to come over and play fetch after school. RUFF!!

This post is based on a true incident.