Saturday, May 30, 2015

Friday's Friend: Dog Adoption, Operation Paws for Homes (Saturday Edition)

WOOF!!! Happy Saturday!  Hope your weekend has gotten off to a pawsome start!  Mine has- I get to spend two days with my humans!  WOOF!!

My human was traveling yesterday and didn't have good connection to the internet, so please enjoy this Saturday edition of "Friday's Friend!"

I have a new friend at Operation Paws for Homes named "Miss C."  She will introducing me to her friends who need "Forever Homes" and I'll share with you-

Meet Carla!  She is a sweet, hot to trot, er, uh, sorry, beautiful 6 year-old, 70 lbs., "Treeing Walker Coonhound!

(C) Operation Paws for Homes
A good Treeing Walker Coonhound is a great dog to find, and Carla is the best! Hounds make great pets as I should know- WOOF!!!!!!

Carla is an absolute sweetheart and gentle with everyone and pawsingly loves children.

(C) Operation Paws for Homes
Since she has the perfect manners and is house-trained, Carla enjoys the home life and likes to hang out and relax with her humans.

Barkingly, this big hound does need a lot of daily exercise, is a terrific walking, running, or hiking partner. She will match your pace and be great company, too!

Carla is a very vocal dog with the full range of deep hound barks to soft murmuring.

Her previous humans were expecting their fourth child so they could no longer give her the attention she needs. Now Carla is ready to give heart to a new family and fill a home with love and fun.
If you'd like to learn more about Carla from her foster mom, check out this blog, Another Good Dog.

Are you ready to meet this pawderful, sweetheart of a gorgeous, most beautiful Treeing Walker Coonhound- she'd make a great addition to an active family, pawlease visit Carla!

Interested in learning more about dog adoption, please visit, Operation Paws for Homes Adoption Guide.

(C) Operation Paws for Homes

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Dog Breeds: Siberian Husky and Siberian Husky Mixes

WOOF!! I love sharing with you the various dog breeds pawing that it will help you when considering dog adoption.  The Siberian Husky is a beautiful, handsome dog- my human and I occasionally see the neighbor walking theirs and it is an interesting sight.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Buyer Beware: How to Tell a True Breeder from a Puppy Mill

Photo taken by: Krotz
Dogs make for one of the best pets we could ask for. They can be trained to perform a multitude of tasks from simple tricks for amusement or obedience to tasks that can greatly increase quality of life for those suffering from impairment. When it comes to finding your furry companion, it’s important to know where your dog is coming from. There are a lot of pitfalls when buying a dog that take the form of puppy mills or BYB’s (back yard breeders) If you’re looking for a quality pure breed dog, here are some things to keep in mind when looking for the right breeder.

If it’s advertised, it’s probably not a true Breeder
Dog breeders have a genuine love of their breed. When breeding their pups, it’s not for the monetary outcome but for the betterment of the breed. Because these dogs are among the best of their breed, a true breeder won’t advertise with signs or ads. In fact, most breeders pups are sold before the litter is born, meaning there is typically a wait list for their pups.

Shows a genuine Love and concern for their Pups
A true breeder sees a dog for what it is, a sweet animal in need of a good home, not just another paycheck. True breeders not only keep tabs on their pups to see how their doing, but will also encourage you to come visit their homes and see their conditions for yourself. Puppy Mills and backyard breeders will typically try to get you in and out as quickly as possible, answering the questions they have to with answers they think will make you happy. Not only will a true breeder be happy to answer any of your questions, but will likely have just as many for you, ensuring that their pup is going to a good and loving home.

The Proof is in the Papers
Anyone who sells dogs will have some titling involved. A common one is AKC which stands for the American Kennel Club. If you have any doubts about where your dog is coming from, check with the AKC to make sure their kennel is not only registered but is also in good standing. A true breeder will also have an equal amount of documentation on the health of your pup. Genetics, hips, heart, thyroid and eyes are all things that are inspected and certified before a true breeder is willing to sell you a dog. If their Dam fails any one of these qualifications, she isn’t bred. This means that your pup is coming to you in the best possible health and condition it can be.

It’s always encouraged to do a little research when it comes to any major purchases in your life, this is especially important when it comes to buying a pet. Your dog is more than just some animal, it’s a part of your family and will be for many years to come. There’s nothing wrong with purchasing a purebred pup, it’s just important to make sure that you’re funding someone who’s breeding them out of love of the dog, rather than love of the money.

+Neil Kilgore is the Jack (Russell) of all trades at Greenfield Puppies in Lancaster Pa. He regularly blogs about dogs, breeders and puppies on the Greenfield Puppies website.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Friday's Friend: Dog Adoption, Washington Humane Society

My friends at the Washington Humane Society brought me a beautiful six-year-old, 58 lbs., American Staffordshire Terrier mix named Mila.

A stunning, mature and sophisticated girl, Mila is pretty laid back at home but is always ready for an adventure whenever her human is!!! WOOF!!!!

Mila enjoys the finer things in life, like a comfy couch with plenty of pillows, long walks along the beach, and fine food and not-so fine food and your food and well, okay, any food.  WOOF!! And, what else would you pawpect!

A very smart girl as she is on top of commands like “sit,” “stay,” “wait,” “down,” “back up,” “crawl,” “touch,” and “speak.” She ADORES human friends and has a wide social circle, but would prefer to be your one and only pupdog!  WOOF!!!!!

If you would like to meet Mila, you can do so in her foster home! Contact her foster mom at

To learn more about dog adoption and procedures, please visit, Washington Humane Society.

Friday's Friend: Cat Adoption, PetConnect Rescue

CAT LADY!!!!! WOOF!!! WOOF!! WOOF!!! ARF!  I HAVE MISSED YOU! WOOF!!! Happy Friday!!

Seems like I haven't seen my friend in forever- she has brought me two cats for you to meet and consider adopting!   Meet Scott and Sybil!

(C) PetConnect Rescue

(C) PetConnect Rescue
Scott and Sybil were born at the end of February and are very excited to find their humans and a "Forever Home!"  These two would LOVE to be adopted together!

Scott is a cute and cuddly kitty who loves attention!  He has a great purr and is happiest when curled up in your lap being the the center if the action.  He actively seeks out lap time!

When he's not busy cuddly, he's playful, active, chasing toys and exploring alongside his sister Sybil. 

Scott's young age will require an adopter who is home much of the day and would love to be adopted with his sister Sybil. 

Scott is up-to-date on his vaccinations, tested negative for FIV/FeLV and has excellent litter box manners. 

Sybil is excited to be looking for her human and "Forever Home" too- and she's hoping it will be right along with her brother Scott!  WOOF!! er, meow?

An absolutely adorable, beautiful fluffy fur kitty with big earnest eyes, Sybil likes to climb up and all over her humans taking the time to find the perfect relaxing position where she can snooze. 

When she’s not cuddling, she likes to play-wrestle with her brother Scott, affectionately showing him who’s the boss!!

Sybil's young age Sybil will require an adopter who is home a good portion of the day.  She would love to be adopted with her brother Scott!

Sybil is healthy, up-to-date on vaccinations and always uses her litter box. 

Interested in meeting Scott and Sybil?  Please complete the PetConnect Rescue Application and one of their Adoption Coordinators will contact you! 

Interested in learning more about cat adoption, please visit, PetConnect Rescue Adoption Procedures.

Friday's Friend: Dog Adoption, Operation Paws for Homes

WOOF!  Happy FRIDAY!!!!  I met the most beautiful young lady this week from Operation Paws for Homes-  She is just 1 year-old and is a Black Labrador Retriever-  Meet Mai Tai!

"Mai Tai"
(C) Michael Garth Photography
Mai Tai would be a wonderful addition to a family.  She has the typical, sweet, loving, outgoing, perfect, beautiful, pawsome, much like me, uh, well, er personality that we Labs have! She still behave little the sweet puppy Labs are!

She is great with other dogs, humans and little humans.

Labrador Retrievers are social and outgoing dogs, so Mai Tai is looking for a family who would enjoy outdoor time, playing and exploring!

She is a loving girl who enjoys a good belly rub and will curl up with you every night!
"Mai Tai"
(C) Michael Garth Photography

Labrador Retrievers are very alert, Mai Tai is no exception!  She will alert you to someone at the door, but isn't a frequent barker!

At her young age, a teenager in dog years, this girl would do best with "Forever Parents" who are confident and consistent in their continued training with Mai Tai.  An obedience class is recommended so you can get to know her and she you!  WOOF!!!!!

 Mai Tai is crate trained, house-broken, and socialized with people and other dogs!

Mai Tai is being raised with a cat in her foster home and is learning to be very patient in making friends.

Mai Tai is approximately 60 lbs., is up to date on her vaccinations.

Interested in meeting this beautiful girl?  Learn more about Mai Tai by completing an Operation Paws for Homes Application.   To learn more about dog adoption, please visit, Operation Paws for Homes- Adoption Guide!

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

(C) Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.
It is the barkingly grand opportunity we have in this life to meet our elders in which we can learn, have fun, and see life as it can be- "Lab Lady" brought by an older pup this week for you to meet-

Cashew!  What a happy face he has!  A 9-year old Chocolate Labrador Retriever, he has decided it's time to settle down and enjoy his golden years.

Older pups are great for older humans or humans who don't necessary want an energetic dog around. They make great companions for those who have a laid back lifestyle- WOOF!!

Cashew is no longer interested in really long walks or hikes up the mountain, but prefers to go on laid strolls to the park or around the block. He is good on a Lead.

He seems to know some of the basic commands, but since he's almost deaf it's hard to tell if he is ignoring his foster human or isn't hearing her!

(C) Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.
Cashew is happy to be with a human receiving affection, petting and brushing.

He has no history with children, so he's recommended for ages 10 and older.  Nor does he have any cat history.

Cashew is crate trained and possibly house trained as he keeps his room clean at the kennel.  WOOF!!

Watch this video of Cashew playing, at: Cashew at Play!.

Cashew- is a neutered male and  up to date on vaccines. Like most older pups he has arthritis, he is on Carprofen and Glucosamine supplement to help it.

Want to meet Cashew and learn about dog adoption?  Contact the Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc..  Tell "Lab Lady" Noah said "WOOF!!"

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Drinking Water!

With dogs and cats, or all forms of life for that matter, clean drinking water is imperitive for them.  Each time you feed your dog or cat, you should change the drinking water, if not more frequent.  WOOF!!

In most cases, tap water from the faucet will work fine for your dog or cat but not all of them.  Me, for one.

A few years ago now, my humans took me to the veterinarian as I was constantly scratching.  Enough so, that I began to wear a red spot on my skin.  The veterinarian, bless her ever loving heart, gave me medications to clear up the spot and recommended an allergy medication.

Unfortunately, I kept scratching but not as bad as before.  Pawviously, dad doesn't want me to be scratching at all.  So, back to the vet we went. The veterinarian, bless her ever loving heart, prescribed a vitamin which would be good for my coat and skin.  So, off we went to try this.

Not much change. Still scratching.  My coat looks great, my skin feels like skin does! Thanks to the vitamins- but I still itched. WOOF!!!

My human reads quite a bit about dogs. SOMETIMES he learns something that he'll try with me as long as there are no risks involved.  This one was about drinking water.

Apparently, there is a Black Labrador Retriever, beautiful handsome dogs -aren't they, who had the same problem I did. The human discovered that by giving the dog "bottled water" it solved the itching problem.

My human changed my drinking water to bottled water and it worked for me too.   Within a short period, my itching stopped.


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all the mom's in the entire universe whether human or dog or cat or fish or raccoon or frog or deer or insect- er, uh, oh, you get the idea! 

"Used by permission, GraphicStock"

Saturday, May 9, 2015

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

(C) Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.
WOOF!! WOOF!!! arf?  My friend "Lab Lady" is always up to something- am not always sure what that something is, but she is.  This week, she brought a dog that is not a lab for me to introduce to you!  A bit confused, I look at her with an arf?  She WOOF'd back. That was interesting-

This character of a lady, the dog- not "Lab Lady," is an 18 month old possibly a boxer-shepherd mix but she thinks she is a Lab! Please don't tell her otherwise- we're a special class of dogs, you know!! WOOF!!!!!!  Please meet Yayi-

A sweet and loving dog who was brought in with a Labrador Retriever which the rescue that they were bonded.  Within a few weeks, they determined they'd do better apart!! WOOF!!!

Yayi is an excellent leash-walker and such a lady!! She looks to her human you for cues and likes to meet and be around humans. She loves to seek attention from humans.  She loves children and is very good with them as she's come from a home with a child as young as 5.

She does good around the males dogs, as long as it's off leash, but not so good around the female dogs as she was to be the Queen!  She is a true sweetheart and will melt your heart when you met her.

Yayi is house trained and learn commands well to correction if you divert her attention.

This beautiful girl is approved for children ages 5 and older. She has no experience with cats.

Yayi is up to date on vaccines, is Heartworm negative, Lyme positive and is being treated by Lab Rescue.

Interested in meeting Yayi and learning more about dog adoption? Please visit, Lab Rescue, tell Lab Lady, "WOOF!"

(C) Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Friday's Friend: Dog Adoption, Operation Paws for Homes

WOOF!! Barkingly pawsome to catch up with my friends at Operation Paws for Homes this week!  My human photographs for them too and loves meeting the dogs looking for a "Forever Home."

This week, "Miss J" introduced me to Calla, a one year and one month old, 41 pound, spayed white and tan American foxhound/terrier mix!

(C) Operation Paws for Homes
This character is full of love and licks and is naturally playful, curious and trusting pup.

He loves a big long walk everyday, having something to do or for a human to play with her.

After her work is done, she'll curl up with you and cuddle all night!

Calla is a a sweet, loving girl who loves to give face kisses! Adorable, well mannered, loves people and other dogs and can learn new behaviors and tricks through positive reinforcement training- what more can you want in a dog to spend life with!?  WOOF!!!!

Calla is up to date on all vaccinations, microchipped, and spayed.

If you'd like to meet this pawsome girl, please visit Operation Paws for Homes and submit your application!

Interested in learning more about dog adoption?  Visit, Operation Paws for Homes "Learn More About Adopting!"

Friday's Friend: Cat Adoption, Washington Humane Society

(C) Washington Humane Society
I barkingly happy to meet Thumpler this week from the Washington Humane Society who is looking for his "Forever Home."

A gentle giant of a cat, Thumpler is a 5-year-old, 18 lbs., Harlequin cat. He loves to spend his days in Kitty City socializing with the other cats.  He is very curious and friendly with humans and animals.

Thumpler loves to have his ears scratched and attention yet can be completely content sitting in a nice sunny windowsill and watch the world go by.

Interested in meeting Thumpler and learning about cat adoption?  You can visit Thumpler at the Washington Humane Society's New York Avenue Adoption Center, at 1201 New York Avenue, NE, Washington D.C., 202-576-6664 or visit Washington Humane Society.

Friday's Friend: Cat Adoption, PetConnect Rescue

WOOF!! Happy Friday- I've had a pawnificent opportunity to meet a 10 week old kitty from PetConnect Rescue who is looking for his "Forever Home."

Meet Luke!
(C) PetConnect Rescue

Luke is a playful and cool kitty who enjoys running around with his kitten buddy Murray, and enjoys sitting in your lap and purring too.

(C) PetConnect Rescue
He's got lots of kitten energy loving to play with toys.  He would love an adopter  who is home most of the day or to be adopted with a buddy. Isn't he a cutie??

If you would like to meet Luke and learn more about cat adoption, please visit PetConnect Rescue.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Friday's Friend: Cat Adoption, PetConnect Rescue

(C) PetConnect Rescue
Is this a "FACE" or what!?!  WOOF!  Happy Friday- my friend "Miss Cathy" from PetConnect Rescue brought this guy by for you to meet!

To kick off kitten season, how about Murray??!!​

Murray,  a.k.a. furry, purry, Murray by his foster family, is a 9 week old, as of April 20, 2015, brown tabby mix kitten.

Murray is a small little boy, weighing maybe 2 lbs at this point and still has lots of growing to do.

He's a friendly and playful little guy in search of his forever home.

Murray loves to play with kitty toys and climbing up on cat trees.

He would love to go to a home where someone is home for a good part of the day or better yet, to a home where there is another young kitty to play with and help to burn off some of his kitten energy.

Is Murray the kitten for you?

Interested in meeting Murray and learning about cat adoption?  Please visit PetConnect Rescue, complete the application and one of their adoption coordinators will contact you. WOOF!!!!

Friday's Friend: Dog Adoption, Operation Paws for Homes

WOOF!! Happy Friday!  Hope you've had a barkingly pawsome week!  My friends at Operation Paws for Homes have been busy this week caring for the many dogs they've rescued!   They brought one of them by this week for you to meet!

Meet Bear Nowzad!
"Bear Nowzad"
(C) Operation Paws for Homes

This guy traveled quite a distance to meet you and find himself a human and a "Forever Home!"  WOOF!!!!

It's a pleasure to meet Bear Nowzad who is from Afghanistan through our partner adoption agency Nowzad. He was found as a stray and raised by a westerner working/serving in Afghanistan.

Bear is a black male dog, a mix of likely Collie/Saluki and a few others. His coat is fairly long and thick. He is shy at first, but loves humans.

Bear will take some time to settle in as he is experiencing a lot of "firsts" here in the US.

Humans interested in adopting Bear will need to understand that patience, love, and time will be required for him to adjust.  He has come a long way but will need his human to teach him about his new world in the U.S.

"Bear Nowzad"
(C) Operation Paws for Homes
Bear's mother had been poisoned and the litter at that stage still had their eyes closed so were only a few days old. He was hand-reared along with the rest of the litter and they all grew to be healthy dogs.

He arrived on April 15 via air transport with stops in Amsterdam and Dubai. Needless to say - this boy is a world traveler!

Operation Paws for Homes is looking for a patient human or home that understands Bear will need your help in experiencing more "firsts" in the US. A training program will be required for anyone interested in adopting one of the Nowzad dog. It's important for adopters to learn from my friends at Operation Paws for Homes and a training professional that transitioning for these pups will take time and patience.

Bear is a handsome boy and deserves an incredible future! We are so proud to work with Nozwad dogs and help these dogs get a future with wonderful homes here in the US.

He is neutered and has no health issues. He is fully vaccinated.

If you would like to meet this incredible character, Nowzad Bear, an international dog, please visit complete an application here!

If you would like to learn about dog adoption, please visit Operation Paws for Homes Adoption Guide.

Friday's Friend: Cat Adoption, Washington Humane Society

Meet my friend, Maulty, he was introduced to me this week by the Washington Humane Society!  WOOF!!!!

(C) Washington Humane Society
Maulty is a three-year-old, 11 lbs., domestic shorthair tabby cat, mysterious and handsome character!

He likes to plays hard-to-get in the beginning, but is the biggest sweetheart once he gets to know you. 

Maulty's favorite things in the world are cat nip and naps. He is looking for a home where he can just kick back, relax, and get to know his best bud.

Interested in meeting Maulty and learning about cat adoption?  You can meet him at the Washington Humane Society's Georgia Avenue Adoption Center located at 7319 Georgia Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C., 202-723-5730 or visit, Washington Humane Society.