Monday, February 29, 2016

Happy Leap Day!

(C) Allen & Noah
Barkingly pawsome to have an extra day of fun?  WOOF! Why?

Every four years, er- years that can be divisible by 4 like 2016, are Leap Years. Barkingly, a Leap Day is added during these years to pawsomely keep the human calendar in alignment with the Earth's revolutions around the Sun.  WOOF!!!!

The Earth takes approximately 365.242189 days – or 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 45 seconds – to circle once around the Sun. This called a tropical year.

If we didn't have the extra day on February 29, almost every four years, we would lose almost six hours every year. BARK!!!!  Paw, then, after only 100 years, our calendar would be off by approximately 24 days in relation to fixed seasonal days days like the vernal equinox or winter solstice.

So, get there and enjoy this extra day!!! The weather where I am is pawsome so my human and I will get an extra day of fun together!!! WOOF!!!

What are you doing with your extra day?  Pawsly me know about your adventures in the comments below!

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Prayer Pups

A barkingly pawsome welcome to Jeffrey Smith of Prayer Pups to the "from The Dog's Paw" family!

Used by Permission, Prayer Pups by Jeffrey Smith

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Book Review: "Earnest" by Kristin Von Kreisler

Used by Permission, Kristin Von Kreislet
A barkingly pawsome book!  An author who can keep my human's attention and wanting to read more- is an one woofly pawcellent author!

Kristin Von Kreisler captures the unique loving bond between a dog and his humans in her newest book "Earnest."  My human kept saying, "This reminds him of how I would react!" Meaning, me as the dog in the book- WOOF!!

A refreshingly, clean, page-turner, the book shares the beauty of adding a dog to your family and the love that comes with this new experience.

Anna and Jeff adopt a Yellow Labrador Retriever Ernest together and soon discover his trust and loyalty to be a barkingly impawtant aspect of their relationship. Earnest works to keep the two together through life's events.

A book all animal lovers need to read!

"Earnest" is available February 2016 at online and other retail booksellers.

Disclaimer: I was not given treats, toys, food, or anything else special to write this post. Or anything plain either for that matter.  WOOF!  Neither did my human.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Friday's Friend: Dog Adoption, Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League

"Nike and Rex"
(C) Allen Pearson, All Rights Reserved
My human got the pawsome oppawtunity to photograph two Great Danes, Nike and Rex, for the Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League a few weeks ago and had a pawtastic time! WOOF!!!

Now, these two guys who will need to be adopted together, they are bonded brothers, are ready to find a "Forever Home" and humans to love!

You've got to meet these two. Dad sat down on his photo cart he uses to prepare to photograph and got loved on by these two -to his surprise and he'd just met these a few minutes prior.

Meet Rex-! He is a 145lb, 2 ½ year old male with natural ears.

(C) Allen Pearson, All Rights Reserved
After a bit of time working with the pawsome volunteers at the Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League, he is ready to find a "Forever Home" along with his brother.

Rex is a big goof ball, full of the Great Dane personality, sweet, loving, bouncy, happy and playful guy! He will give you doggie kisses all day if you let him!

He is learning leash manners which are coming along well. He is pawfect in the car- he climbs in, sits down, and enjoys the ride and being with his human. BARK!!

Rex has learned a few tricks to talk to his human- he will give a large bark when he goes outside! He waits to see if his brother wants to go. If not, then he takes care of his “personal business” and gets the zoomies out, comes to the door and waits to be let back in. If he DOES get a response then a conversation will begin but literally calling his name once stops the barking. LITERALLY! WOOF, er, arf.

Rex has met several other dogs and cats and has always greeted them with a wagging tail!

He has mastered "sit" and "down" commands and has a high willingness to please!

Rex will need to remain on a high quality dog food diet to keep his immune system in synch and a daily dose of fish oil never hurt anyone! RUFF! RUFF!!

Rex and his brother Nike love baths, to be brushed, petted and snacking on ice cubes! WOOF!!! Pawsingly, both are house and crate trained!

Oh, and by the way, if you don't like a Great Dane in your shower, Rex and Nike might not be the dogs for you- WOOF!

Barkingly, meet his brother Nike- what a face, huh! Like his brother-

(C) Allen Pearson, All Rights Reserved
Nike, a 2 1/2 year old, 150 lbs., Blue Great Dane with natural ears keeps an eye out for his brother Rex- it is pawsingly cool how these two guys get along- as Nike gets a little anxious when Rex is away, these two buddies are to be adopted together.

Nike is very pawleased to be looking for a "Forever Home!"

Nike has been working hard on his leash skills with a Gentle Leader and is becoming pawsingly confident!

Doggies kisses and lovin's is what Nike loves to share with his human.  Given the pawportunity, he will lick you silly with tons and tons and tons of kisses.

Nike has still NOT chewed on anything but his Kongs and bones.  No shoes, nothing that wasn't made for him to chew!

A barkingly smart boy, with lots of love to give and extremely obedient dog, Nike is pawsome to be around. 

Nike has mastered the "sit" command but is still working on "down" and "stay" and "shake". Being a quick learner and food motivated barkingly helps with his training!  

Nike isn't vocal at all. Not much of a barker, he makes funny noises when he yawns but that's about it.

Interested in meeting Rex and Nike?  To learn more about dog adoption and pawsibly meet these guys, please visit Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League

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

(C) Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc. 
"WOOF! I am pleased to meet you!  My name is Henry!

I am a 98 lbs., 2 year-old male Black Labrador Retriever. Somewhat like my friend Noah who told me had this great blog where I could meet some humans and maybe find myself a "Forever Home" and someone to love me so I can love them!

First, I have to tell you that I am a country boy, I've never lived in the city and am not used to the craziness of loud noises and crowds of people so I'm looking for my "Forever Home" in a single family home, stand-alone type, in a suburban or rural area or one of those nice huge homes in a country setting.  WOOF!!

Woofsters, I need a home with a fenced backyard to have fun exploring and playing with my new humans.

Barkingly, I used to live with a little boy, slept in his room on my dog bed, so I am approved by Lab Rescue for children ages 8 and older.

Paws, I lived with a Dachshund too, with no problem so other dogs are fine with me.  WOOFly, I don't have any experience with cats!

What do I like to do? Well, pawsly, about everything from retrieving toys and balls to swimming!  And, I can do the infamous Lab lean that you'll paws to love!! I love being petted and getting all the attention I can get! And, sitting in your lap is a great way to spend the day! WOOF!

I like walks and do pretty well on a Lead, but you can help me improve with that!

WOOF!  I am house trained and will wait to go outside to take care of my business.

Barks, I am a little shy at first, but will warms up within a few minutes of meeting you!

Want to see me play?  Check out my video, Henry!

And, I am up to date on vaccines.

If you would like to meet me, a pawfectly pawnderful, pawtastic, fella, and learn more about dog adoption, please visit Lab Rescue!  And thanks Noah for letting me talking with these great humans today! BARK!"

(C) Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc. 

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

WOOF!! Hope you are having a pawsome Friday and ready for the weekend with some great plans.  Of course you do- who isn't ready for a weekend!  BARK!

Do your plans happen to include adopting a dog or at least looking for that special addition to your family?

If so, I'd like to paw about a friend I made this week with a lady from Operation Paws for Homes, Barbie Doll!

(C) Operation Paws for Homes
Looking for a loyal companion and a great kisser?  arf? BARK!! WOOF!!! uh, er, sorry, well Barbie Doll is the girl for you- sounds like the one for me too- but- woof!

A 2 year-old, 51 lbs., Carolina Dog/Retriever mix and maybe some Boxer thrown in for good measure, Barbie Doll is actually a timid young lady when she first paws someone though she loves humans and other dogs.   She does warm up quickly, pawsibly within a day.

Barbie Doll has a low to medium energy level so she enjoys playing with tennis balls, Kongs, and a short sprint in the yard.

Barbie Doll knows the basic commands of "sit, stay, paw, rollover" and "come."  Barkingly, she does well on leash walks.

House-trained and crate trained makes her a pawfect girl to bring home.  The foster parent has only used the crate when pawsitively necessary as Barbie Doll has not had an accident in the house.

And this girl knows how to dance-just grab a treat and watch her go on her back paws!!  A special treat for you!
(C) Operation Paws for Homes

At night, Miss Barbie Doll likes to sleep right next to her humans bed and usually doesn't make a peep!

Barbie Doll is looking for humans and a "Forever Home" where she can share her sweet self!!  Barkingly, it can be in a home with or without other dogs.

Up to date with shots, spayed, and microchipped.  She is ready to come love on you !  WOOF!!!

If you are interested in meeting Barbie Doll, please complete the Operation Paws for Home Adoption Application.

Interested in learning more about dog adoption?  Please visit the Operation Paws for Homes Adoption Guide.

Friday, February 19, 2016

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

WOOF!!! Happy Friday!! This week's visit is a special one for Lab Rescue!  "Lab Lady" shared with me that "Lady Bear," one of today's Friends, is the 100th Labrador Retriever rescued by Lab Rescue in 2016!!

While it's sad to know that in a short time, there have been at least 100 dogs needing to find new homes and humans to love- on the other paw, it's 100 dogs saved from the other issues!  WOOF!!  I'm grateful they are there for us dogs!

"Lab Lady" brought by two pawfectly pawsome ladies for you to meet, Wanda and Lady Bear!  Wanda is a 47 lbs., 3 year-old Black Labrador Retriever and Lady Bear is a 47 lbs., 1 year-old Black Labrador Retriever.

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

Wanda & Lady Bear are two special girls who are bonded pals who must be adopted together!  

These two beautiful young ladies came from the country. Barkingly, they have had no exposure to the noise and crowds of the city, so they are looking for a home in a single family home, a suburban neighborhood or in the country.

Wanda is the laid back one and Lady Bear still has the puppy energy!  BARK!! WOOF!!!

These sweet girls are outgoing and love to play and be petted by their humans.  

Tag team playing?  Its what it sounds like to me- if you through a ball, Wanda gets it, drops it so Lady Bear can get it, pick it up and bring it back!  WOOF!! Barkingly pawsome!

The ladies are crate trained and possibly house trained as they did pawingly well keeping their room cleaned at the kennel.

Wanda and Lady Bear know the "sit" and "come" commands but need further training.  Neither lady has had much experience walking on a leash! They will come with a training addendum. 

Wanda and Lady Bear are looking for a home with a backyard so they can run and play and explore with their new humans!

Take a look at these two on YouTube at: Wanda and Lady Bear! 

Wanda and Lady Bear have no child so they are approved for ages 10  years and older.  They are good with other dogs and have no cat history! 

Wanda and Lady Bear are Heartworm and Ehrlichia positive.  Barkingly, they are currently being treated. Lab Rescue will pay for Heartworm treatment if done at one of their vets. 

If you would like to meet Wanda and Lady Bear, please visit Lab Rescue!

Friday's Friend! Cat Adoption, PetConnect Rescue

Always a fun time when I am able to catch up with "Cat Lady"- as she's always running somewhere or the other to care for the cats or rescue one from a shelter.

This week, "Cat Lady" has brought a pawsome cat named "Mia" for you to meet!

(C) PetConnect Rescue
Mia was a fun and sweet girl to meet!  She is a laid back, easy going and pawsomely extra friendly type of girl.

She loves to purr as loud as she muster!  WOOF! er. MEOW!!!   She just loves to allow her humans to give her belly rubs and playing with her feathery toys.

Mia makes the coolest, most meowingly pawsome "chirp" noise to let you know how happy she is!   BARK!  Pawingly, she is one happy cat!

Interestingly, Mia marches in place and kneads with her paws to express her happiness and gratitude for your attention!

Mia does well with the dog in the foster home where she is currently staying.

This pawsome kitty, will make one human family an awesome addition.  She is ready to meet you, if you are looking for a cat to add to your home!

If you would like to meet Mia, please complete the PetConnect Rescue Adoption Application. Once you submitted it, an Adoption Coordinator will contact you!

If you would like to learn more about cat adoption, please read the PetConnect Rescue Adoption Guide!

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

WOOF!!  Happy Friday!  Barkingly, if you live in the Mid-Atlantic to the Appalachian you might want to prepare for another snowstorm- get items you need this weekend- another snowstorm might be coming next week. Depending on the track of the storm will depend whether its snow or rain.  Either way, you want to be sure you have what you need.

While you may not be able to adopt a dog before the snowstorm comes, consider how pawnderful it would be to have a dog like Queen from Operation Paws for Homes to snuggle or cuddle with during future snowstorms!   

Meet Queen!
(C) Operation Paws for Homes
A 1 year old, 8 lb., happy, white and brown brindle Chihuahua mix, Queen is looking for a "Forever Home" with humans who enjoy snuggling and cuddling- one of her most pawsome pastimes. The human will need to have patience and
love as you go about slow introductions to new things for her.   She adjusts well, but will want to take it easy and explore her new area at her own pace!  WOOF!

Queen's size allows her to be carried in your arms and carried around easily.

Queen is up to date on her shots and vaccinations. 

If you would like to meet Queen, please complete the Operation Paws for Homes Adoption Application

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

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Chips and Food Bags- A Safety Note

Used by Permission, Center For Pet Safety and Prevent Pet Suffocation
Though I would have pawed to have had this graphic for the Super Bowl, it is still worth sharing as many humans eat chips and other foods packaged in bags throughout the year.

An barkingly pawsome website about pet safety is the Center for Pet Safety and Prevent Pet Suffocation- a pawly new site to us.   WOOF!!!!!!

Monday, February 15, 2016

President's Day

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A day to celebrate the February birthdays of two most important and barkingly pawsome United States Presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

Pawsingly, remember the accomplishments of these two humans who worked to make this country great!  WOOF!!!!!!!!!!! 

Friday, February 12, 2016

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

WOOF!! B-R-R-R-R-R-R-R-R-R-R-R-R!!! I, for one, will be barkingly happy when the pawsome warm weather returns!  My human and I do not like the really cold weather, and it's supposed to get even colder over the weekend.

I had another pawsome visit with "Lab Lady" at Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.. We had a pawsome time discussing the greatness of the Labrador Retrievers, solving the world's problems and how pawsome it would be to have a Labrador Retriever run for President - incredible or what!?  WOOF!!!!

Adding to our conversations is "Lynx," a two year old Yellow Labrador Retrievers who seems to think that Yellow Labs make better pets than Black Labs but, of course, I was able to correct his error-  Lynx would make a great pet though-  meet him-

(C) Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc. 
Lynx will having extensive rehab after his successful ACL surgery, so he is looking for a "Forever Home" which has limited steps, no apartments or townhouses.

Lynx has been called an overgrown, squishy, yellow marshmellow!  He is super friendly, pawsome, his tail rarely- if ever- stops wagging, loving and just an all around pawleasure to hang out with! WOOF!!!
(C) Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.

He is house broken and crate trained.  Crating may not be needed but pawed to know he's trained!

Lynx walks nicely on a leash on an easy walk harness.  He loves to play with toys but hasn't chewed anything to pieces but will pick up everything in his mouth!

Though Lynx is a good listener, we chatted all afternoon- woof!- he doesn't seem to know any commands so some basic obedience training would be beneficial.

Arf? A table/counter surfer? Uh, I got into huge trouble for that and learned to not do it! WOOF!! Lynx's foster parent is working on breaking him of this habit!

Lynx is good at letting you know when he wants to play as he will bark at you!
Pawsingly, he's a quiet boy besides his grunts and groans, that is!

Lynx forgets that he's a 100 lb. dog insisting that he is a lap dog and enjoys every minute of it!! WOOF!!! He loves to snuggle and share doggie kisses with his human- he doesn't always follow his foster around the house but likes to be near a human.

A great addition to any family, Lynx would love to be a part of yours! See Lynx on youtube here: Lynx!

He adores children so he's approved for ages 8 and up. He is unknown with cats. Good with other dogs.

Interested in meeting Lynx and learning about dog adoption?  Please contact the Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.

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

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

WOOF!! I am barkingly pawleased to catch up with "Miss J" this week from Operation Paws for Homes.  She has been busy helping care for many dogs needing a "Forever Home."

Valentine's would be the pawfect day to add a member to your family. "Miss J" brought the pawfect dog for you to meet and consider making part of your life!

Meet Simone- a most beautiful, 4 year old, 55 lbs., Doberman Pinscher!

(C) Operation Paws for Homes
I have to paw, there is some adorable and beautiful about a Doberman Pinscher with floppy ears- seems like it makes them even sweeter and cuter- she is one gorgeous young lady!

Simone (aka Zoey) loves humans and loves to snuggle with them!  A quiet girl, she is not a big barker.  She knows her name and has perfect recall!

Zoey loves to snack on apples, bananas and carrots and loves to chew on nylon bones.

Perfectly crate and house trained, Zoey knows how to make herself at home with her humans.

An important note from Operation Paws for Homes:  Since they were told Zoey was abused as a very young child, she will need to have older children in the
home.  While she has never shown any aggression towards a human, she is shy and a bit timid upon meeting new people.  She craves attention and love and will give it back pawfectly!  WOOF!!!

Simone is up to date with shots, spayed, and fostered in Hanover, Pennsylvania.

If you are interested in meeting this pawfectly gorgeously beautiful girl, please complete the Operation Paws for Homes Adoption Application.

Interested in learning more about dog adoption?  Please visit the Operation Paws for Homes Adoption Guide!

Friday's Friend! Cat Adoption, PetConnect Rescue

WOOF!! Happy Valentines Day Weekend- hope you have a pawtastic time with the human you love!   BARK!!!!

One of the humans I love and enjoy working with is "Cat Lady!"  She is with PetConnect Rescue and works with the kitties and cats!

This week, "Cat Lady" brought with her a beautiful male cat named "Wizard!"

(C) PetConnect Rescue
What a handsome fella!  He was born in August!

Wizard loves to play with and capture toys dangling from wants- though he is still perfecting his magical skills- but watch out- he's one smart boy and already showing nimble skills!  WOOF!!!!!

Wizard does have quieter times, in those moments he enjoys being petted or tickled gently behind the ears! MEOW!! He will purr to show his pawfect appreciation of your attention!  WOOF!!!

He gets along pawty well with other cats but don't know about dogs.

Since Wizard is still working on his confidence with his magical powers, he would do best in a home with adults and cat savvy older children!

Is Wizard the pawfect cat for you?  Interested in giving him a pawfectly pawnderful "Forever Home" where he can reach his magical potential?

Wizard is a healthy, up-to-date on vaccinations, and the perfect gentleman when it comes to using his litterbox. MEOW, er, PURR!!

If you would like to meet this magical wonder, please complete the PetConnect Rescue Adoption Application.  Once submitted, a PetConnect Rescue Adoption Coordinator will contact you!

If you are interested in learning about cat adoption, please visit the PetConnect Rescue Adoption Guide.

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Friday's Friend: Dog Adoption, PetConnect Rescue

Happy Friday!! WOOF!! Been a busy week in my studio - visiting with dogs and cats needing adoption and their foster parents.  WOOF!!

"Miss C" from PetConnect Rescue came by this week with a handsome dog named Bandit for you to meet!

(C) PetConnect Rescue

Bandit is a handsome 3 1/2 month old Boxer/Beagle mix, otherwise known as a Bogle. arf?!

A playful, friendly and curious guy, Bandit is pawsome with humans of all ages.  He enjoys playing with other dogs.

Bandit is working on his manners and house training skills with his foster parent.

Due to his young age, Bandit will need an adopter who is home most of the day to continue his training.

Bandit is current on his vaccines and preventatives but will need neutered at age of 6 months.

Interested in meeting Bandit?  Please complete the PetConnect Rescue Adoption Application.

If you are interested in learning about dog adoption, please visit PetConnect Rescue Adoption Guide.

Used by permission, GraphicStock

Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Importance of the Colonoscopy

Uh Oh!  arf?  woof! It is that time again. Time for the annual or bi-annual or who knows when time, to stay out of Mom's way.  WOOF!!

It's really odd.  She will be sitting all quietly, behaving herself nicely on her chair that she bought for Dad but decided to use it for herself when all of a sudden she gets up and runs to the bathroom.  arf.

From that point on, no one is permitted to use the downstairs bathroom or the one closest to where she is depending on what she does during the evening- thank goodness, I use the backyard.

Dad has been caught in the path a few times and learned "get out of the way!"  And, what's funnier, is Dad was in the backyard, a difficult area of the garden, when his moment hit and he had to take off moving as fast as he could to get through the garden, run across the deck, through the kitchen and to the bathroom.
Today will be challenging.  Dad likes to stay near Mom so that if something goes wrong, though highly unlikely, he will be there.  He has learned his way of staying out of the way just like I have! WOOF!!

The fun of this event for all of us, will last through the night and into tomorrow.  Dad will take Mom somewhere and bring her home- then she sleeps until she's done-  but, in the meantime, DON'T GET IN MOM's WAY!!

Oh, and the noises that happen over the next few days are hilarious- they are more like something Dad would do- than Mom- so my goodness, I have to bark!! So as Mom prepares, we are holding our breath and going outside often-

Mom has to have a Colonoscopy every year or two because of family history.  Now, knowing Mom, she would have done the one required at age 50 because she believes in taking care of herself for all of us and the procedure is really nothing compared to getting Colon Cancer or some other awful disease.

Typically, the humans should have a Colonoscopy beginning at age 50 unless there is a family history or the Primary Care Doctor requests it.

To make it more fun or add something special to an already interesting day, Dad takes Mom out for breakfast or lunch at her favorite restuarant!  WOOF!!!