Monday, August 29, 2016

Travels With Noah: BringFido

"Dad and I"
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All Rights Reserved 

BARKS!  There are very few things better than traveling with my pawsome humans when they want to go see the universe!  So cool!

Last Spring, I had a barkingly pawsome experience going to a human's wedding in Pennsylvania.

My humans weren't able to get someone to stay with me, I was NOT staying in a kennel, BARKS! and they didn't want to miss the wedding and celebration, so they decided to take me with them.  What to do-

Dad contacted Bringfido-
A nice young human helped Dad find an awesome hotel for all of us.  Barkingly pawsome, we had no worries on our traveling about whether the place would allow me when we arrived.  This pawsome benefit is an incredible asset to humans and dogs alike.

Barkingly, the trip allowed me to wake up next to my human!

"A Wake Up Call!'
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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Saturday's Success: Dog Adoption Story

(C) Operation Paws for Homes

My friend "Miss Ashley" from Operation Paws for Homes shares a successful story about dog rescue, fostering and adoption. "As you may remember, Butch was with us for over six months. He is doing very well in his new home. Below is a statement from his foster:"

"We received a plea from the shelter early in the week that they were full and needed help - Butch's future did not look promising as he had been there for two months already. We committed to him and he was transported up just days later, Feb 12.

Butch was terrified and shy but had such a gentle demeanor - we knew he would blossom, he just needed time. For the first two weeks he lived in his crate despite us keeping the door open 24/7. Slowly (and I mean slowly) he got comfortable enough to explore the house, room by room, on his own terms, of course running for his crate with any sight of us! We moved his crate into a more active room after a month of him being with us. This really helped him become comfortable with us. He watched us interact with our own dog, was kept company and talked to by our son, he watched us cook meals in the kitchen from his crate. He was forced to be with us and learn our behavior. One night, out of the blue, he decided to sit with me on the couch - I was thrilled. That was the turning point and from there on he opened up more and more each and every day. He started playing with our dog, he would follow us around the house, he would keep me company in the nursery as I put our baby to sleep, he kept my son company while he played, we started bringing him on walks which he learned he absolutely loves.

It took a lot of patience. He needed time. He needed to learn that we were good. He is still terrified of new people and noises but for a dog that probably had no human interaction prior, that's understandable. Because of this, he was passed up by two adopters for being too shy and too skittish. Actually one of them came back two times to spend time with him - she followed his journey through with me but just didn't think she would be the best fit for his needs. The third meet and greet was the winner. They liked that he was so good with our kids (they had two kids of their own), that he was fantastic with other dogs (they have a dog of their own) and that he was generally a laid back, calm dog. Their meet and greet was two hours and Butch warmed up nicely to them while they were here. Since the adoption on June 6 they report back that Butch tends to stick by their sons side, spends much of his day with their other dog chewing on bones and is a delight."

Here is a statement from his new family:

"Just wanted to give you some feedback on his first day. We actually named him "Bruno," which everyone has taken to. He explored last night and found a nice quiet place to retreat to eventually (guest bedroom). He has spent a lot of time in my son's bedroom, I even found him sleeping on the foot of his bed earlier when my son took a nap. He has been following me around when he feels like it, and has explored the yard a number of times off of the leash (with supervision). He really enjoys snoozing in the dog beds or wherever he can! Our dog walker came by too and spent some time and we worked out a plan for this coming week. He seems to transitioning well. I am hopeful he will continue to do well. Right now he is curled up in the dog bed in the basement while we watch TV."

Interested in learning more about dog adoption and adopting one yourself? Please visit Operation Paws for Homes

Friday, August 26, 2016

Friday's Friend! Cat Adoption, PetConnect Rescue

You know, I always love a visit with my friend "Cat Lady" from PetConnect Rescue.  She loves taking care of the cats! And, I love chatting with her about them- BARKS!

This week, she brought by a pawsome kitten named Cloud to meet you!

Barkingly, er, meows, she reminds me of the saying  "every cloud has a silver-lining" meaning what a beautiful face and cat she is!

When Cloud was about one years old, a kind human found her as a stray in a Frederick neighborhood.  Cloud was hungry and pregnant.  The kind human won her trust which allowed her to be brought to PetConnect Rescue.

The timing was pawfect as Cloud got a roof over her head just in time to give birth to five kittens.  The kittens have been adopted and moved on to loving their humans in "Forever Homes."  Now, Cloud is looking for hers!

A gentle kitty, Cloud is affectionate but a little shy around around strangers.  She would thrive in a quiet home.

Cloud would be the pawfect companion for a human who would enjoy a kitty sitting by them while they read a book or watch TV!

MEOWs! Please note, cats adopted through PetConnect Rescue must be indoor only, and may not be declawed.

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

If you would like to learn more about cat adoption, please visit the PetConnect Rescue Cat Adoption Guide.

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

(C) Nid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League
Great Danes are pawsitively beautiful dogs. Though huge and magnificent in size, they have this gracefulness about them that is barkingly pawsome.  We have a neighbor who has one - when they go walking it is a beauty to behold.
(C) Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League

Meet my friend, Chantel, is a pawsitively beautiful 2 year-old Harlequin Great Dane who is looking for humans to love and a "Forever Home."

Are you looking for a dog who likes to play? She loves to play tug-of-war and other games with humans.  She often has the mouthy thing going on when she wants to play with her humans or another dog.  She is learning to be more polite- WOOF!

 Chantel loves to cuddle with her human and wants nothing more than to love and get as much attention as she can get!  ARF!

She has learned to do basics commands, like "sit," "down," "stay," and "paw" for praise instead of attention.  Her leash work is coming along great. She is double-leashed while walking in areas with a lot of dogs as her behavior is still unpredictable.

My pawsome friend at Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League told me Chantel is truly a girls girl- though she isn't a fan of nail trims, she loves baths, to be brushed, is not a messy eater or drinker and takes treats pawsly gently- humans might not even know the treat is gone.

Chantel is picky with who her dog friends are- she is dog selective but does well with larger submissive dogs.

Sound like a dog for you?  Chantel is pawsome and barkingly interested in meeting you too- please contact the Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League to make a date!

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

Friday would not be Friday without a pawsome visit from my friend "Lab Lady" from Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc..  Seems she and her volunteers have been inpawdibly busy finding "Forever Homes" for the many Labradors which come to them for help!  WOOF!!

"Lab Lady" brought by a cool girl for you to meet, her name is "Lady!"  Where I saw her and then this collage of her beautiful self, I know she will be adopted soon-

(C) Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.
See what I mean?  AND WHAT A FACE!!!  She's a real sweetheart- a 3 year-old Yellow Labrador Retriever.

(C) Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.
Lady is looking for a "Forever Home" with a 6-foot fence in a quiet neighborhood without too much going on.  She can jump a four-foot fence- BARKS!!!

This girl just loves her walks!  She gets pawsitively excited when she sees the leash and seems to understand when her walks are cut a bit short due to the extremely hot weather.   She loves as many walks as she can get in the day!

Swimming?  Yups, she's the girl for you - with her foster family, she gets to go for about an hour on the weekends and she loves it!!

Lady isn't much for car rides, so no long trips, though taking a trip to go swimming works for her.

Lady enjoys running and playing, will play with toys occasionally, and sometimes will play tug of war with the foster dog.  She does need a human who will exercise her regularly and consistently.

House and crate trained.  Should she need out in the night, she will wake you with the gentlest kiss on the check but will mostly sleep through the night.  She knows basic commands. Her excellent house manners has gotten her full run of the fosters house.  Paws to you Lady!

Lady has a high prey drive so small dogs or cats should not be around.  Oh, and she seems to be way-to-interested in free range chickens, BARKS!!, so she needs a "poultry-free "Forever Home."

A great girl, fun of fun, love, and energy, she will make life quite a bit of fun for the right family.  WOOF!

Lady has no history with children so she's for ages 10 and up. Remember, no cats or chickens.  arf!

Interested in meeting this pawsome young Lady?  Please visit Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.  Tell them Noah "barked."

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

Friday's Friend! Dog Adoption, Cat Adoption, Homeless Animals Rescue Team (HART)

"Homeless Animals Rescue Team"
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WOOF!!  Over the past few weeks, I've had the pawsome pleasure to meet some humans and make new friends with the volunteers at Homeless Animals Rescue Team (HART).

Barkingly, it is my pawsome pawleasure to welcome them, the dogs, and cats they rescue and take care of, to "Friday's Friend."  WOOF!  Paws to You!

My friends at Homeless Animal Rescue Team brought by two friends for you to meet! Barks, meet Crux, a 2 year-old male Great Pyrenees mix.  One handsome pup of a dog!

Crux is a very large dog.  He is mixed with a working breed so he needs to respect his human for them to get along.  Jobs, tasks, stimulating activities, playing in the backyard with his human, which is one of my major tasks as I've got to keep mine very busy, you name it!  

(C) Homeless Animal Rescue Team
Crux is still learning his manners to be more polite and will need more training.  Being a smart fella, he will learn quick and soon become the most pawsome dog he can be!

Crux is looking for a "Forever Home" with a fenced backyard so he can run and play and have a pawsome blast with his human!  BARKS!

He is good with other dogs and meeting new humans. He is recommended for mini-humans ages 12 and older.  He has no known history with cats!

Interested in meeting Crux? Please complete the Homeless Animals Rescue Team Adoption Application.

If you have questions about this pawsomely pawtastic fella named Crux, please contact Brie!

Meowingly, the paws at Homeless Animals Rescue Team take care of Meowsters too.  You know...... cats!  My buddies think I am crazy or have been sniffing the cat nip again,,,,,.  WOOOOF!!! er, no, my human mom loves cats so I like to help them find "Forever Homes" too.

Meows to that, meet my new friend, Skylar, a sweet loving 1 year-old girl.  She pawsitively loves rubbing all over you to get as much attention as she can- the more better!  Her kitties have found humans to love and "Forever Homes" so she's looking for a place to call her own!

(C) Homeless Animals Rescue Team
Interested in meeting Skylar?  Please complete the Homeless  Animals Rescue Team Adoption Application.

If you have further questions, that I didn't paw, please contact Bettina!

Now, that meows!  If my buddies want to tease me, they can go bark at themselves!  WOOF!!

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

It's always a barkingly pawsome pleasure to catch up with my friend "Miss Ashley" from Operation Paws for Homes. These days, she's got so much going on, I am amazed she hasn't gone crazier than she already is. Since she cares for dogs needing "Forever Homes," and brings them to meet me, it helps he to keep sane! Well, sane for a human!

This week, she brought by a really cool pups named Marley Girl for you to meet!
"Marley Girl"
(C) Operation Paws for Homes
An pawsomely sweet young lady, Marley Girl is a 2 years old Australian Shepherd with the most adorable face!

If you are looking for a dog with energy to play, who loves to play fetch, loves to play with toys and tennis balls, Marley Girl is the pups for you! An active home, with a human experienced with the herding breed would be the best for this girl.

She is crate trained and housebroken.

Marley Girl is eager to please, she knows her basic commands and quick to learn new stuff! WOOF!!

Marley Girl will need a a slow, proper introduction with other dogs and would do best with ones larger than herself. 

Barking. Marley Girl does well with mini-humans but is recommended for over the age of 10.  She's still got that herding thing going on, you know.  WOOF!   She does pawcellent with redirection when needed.  She is not good with cats, so none in her new "Forever Home."

She is pawsome at pleasing humans and listening to their instruction. 

Marley Girl is up-to-date with her vaccinations and ready to move into her "Forever Home!" 

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

Interested in meeting Marley Girl?  Please complete the Operation Paws for Homes Adoption Application.

"Marley Girl"
(C) Operation Paws for Homes

Friday's Friend! Dog Adoption, PetConnect Rescue

Happy Friday!  Hope you've had a pawsome week!  My human and I have had a barkingly grand week- since the weather has cooled a little, we were able to go more places together and stay outside longer!  I love barking with him- and, I know he does with me as his life is pawsome with me in it!

I have a friend from PetConnect Rescue I'd like you to meet this week, Harry Potter- no, not the actor or movie but a pawsomely cool, 2 year-old Chihuahua/Doxie mix!

"Harry Potter"
(C) PetConnect Rescue
Harry Potter was a bit shy when we first met, but he warmed up quickly and became a friend pawsly quick.   WOOFs!

Harry Potter enjoys the company of other dogs and the 10-year old mini-humans he met at the shelter.

The perfect size for cuddling, BARK!, Harry Potter is around 15 lbs..

Up to date with his vaccinations, Harry is looking for humans to love and a "Forever Home!"

Interested in meeting Harry Potter, the pawsome dog?  Please complete the PetConnect Rescue Adoption Application.

If you'd like to learn more about dog adoption, please visit PetConnect Rescue Adoption Guide!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

5 Natural Remedies to Cure Cat Constipation

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Our feline friends can be prone to constipation. Cats tend to be inefficient water drinkers; it’s in their nature. A majority of their water intake is derived from their diet. Nowadays, most felines are fed a dry food diet, which goes against their nature. Nature designed cats to be carnivores; they love to hunt and eat things such as a mice. Mice and other small animals contain more water than dry cat food.

Symptoms of Constipation

Cats can get very sick when constipated. In general, a cat will have a bowel movement one to two times per day. If the cat is going every two to four days, they may be experiencing constipation. This is because stagnant feces will frequently be hard and dry. Certain cats, such as those with long hair, tend to suffer more because of hairballs. Consider that when determining the cost of different breeds of cats before selecting your feline friend.

Here are other common signs:
  • Depression
  • Defecating in areas outside of the litter box
  • Loss of appetite and weight loss
  • Vomiting
  • Sluggish and fatigued
Natural Remedies for Cat Constipation

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If your cat is constipated, here are some natural remedies to try. If this is a frequent issue, speaking to your vet is also a wise idea.
  • Oat Bran: Fiber is important for regular bowel movements; this is often lacking in dry cat food. Add oat bran or other bran cereals to your pet’s food each day. This will help regulate their bowel movements.  
  • Bran is a common source of fiber and is found in wheat, oats and rice.
  • Pumpkin: This is another way to give your cat a boost of fiber. A tablespoon or two of canned, pureed pumpkin once or twice a day can help give enough fiber in their diet to make them go to the bathroom more frequently. If the cat refuses pumpkin, try butternut squash as an alternative. This is especially a great idea if you notice your cat is having a really difficult time.
  • Trim and Brush Your Cat: Cats tend to groom themselves, but this can lead to excessive hairball issues especially in long haired cats. Also, if you own a long haired cat, trim the hairs around their bottom so that tangled hair doesn’t lead to constipation. If hairballs are a frequent issue, adding a bit of petroleum jelly to the cat food should help. It provides intestinal lubrication.
  • Milk: Despite the common myth that cats drink milk, it actually can cause pets to develop severe diarrhea. If your cat is constipated, this isn’t a major concern. It is suggested to give your cat 1/8 cup of milk two times per day. Don’t continue with this method once the problem is gone.
  • Broth: Cats are naturally carnivores. They will be attracted to the smell of a meat based bone broth. Heat it up and add a ½ teaspoon of a laxative that contains psyllium. This will give them extra fiber, along with ensuring they are properly hydrated.
Psyllium is the husk of a seed. It is used in many common brands such as Metamucil and Fiberall. There are veterinary brands available as well. Owners can try to add some to canned cat food as well to help digestion get moving.
Along with these suggested remedies, be sure to try to encourage your feline friend to drink more water. Staying properly hydrated is essential. If your cat refuses to drink, adding a flavor, such as the water from a can of tuna, should entice them to drink. Switching to canned cat food instead of dry food may help eliminate these issues. Speak to the veterinarian if constipation becomes a constant or severe problem.

Author Bio:
Rohit is a pet enthusiast who believes that animals are the purest spirits. He feels that animals are the most faithful and loyal creatures. He has a cat, and loves to play with her in his free time.

Friday, August 19, 2016

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

Do you love Labrador Retrievers? Those incredibly, pawsome, handsome, intelligent, yet playful and fun, charming and magnificent and brave and strong, well, like me you know? Well, I'm not available for adoption, my friend "Lab Lady" has quite a few Labradors for you to choose from-

Meet my friend Milo- what a pawsome face, huh? barks!
(C) Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.
Milo is around my age, 8-years old, and is one of the handsomest greatest breed of dogs you can find, Black Labrador Retriever. Yes, you know I know!  

Milo is one laid back dude who totally ignores his fosters cat and is great with the dog too!  WOOFs! He does pawsomely well on walking on a leash.  Barks, he knows he gets fed after a walk so he will bark at his foster mom if she's not preparing his food quick enough- which she thinks is really cute- am getting an idea to try this on my human! 

Milo loves Nylabones, and watch his pawsome happiness here- Milo and NylaBone!  He seems to enjoy water so he might like to go swimming too.

One cool, and sweet guy- says his foster mom,barks!- Milo is looking for a "Forever Home" with humans he can love and get attention he deserves! 

Milo came to Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc. after he was left behind in an apartment when his previous owners moved.  Despite this, he is doing pawsomely well.
Mile is good with other dogs,  Barkingly, he has no history with children so he's approved for ages 10 and older.

Interested in meeting Milo and learning more about dog adoption?  Please visit my friends at Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.

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

My friend "Miss Ashley" is one pawsome young lady- she has been pawfully busy with many humans tasks of life but always has the barks to share about a dog needing a "Forever Home." She loves what she does- Paws!

I'd like you to meet my friend Mary Kay, a pawsomely adorable 3 month old,Yellow Labrador Retriever mix. Isn't she just the cutest thing? WOOFs!
"Mary Kay"
(C) Operation Paws for Homes
Mary Kay is pawsibly the youngest pups I've introduced to you over the years that I've been writing about dogs and cats needing "Forever Homes!"

Since she is so young and small, Operation Paws for Homes recommends she goes home with a
family whose children are respectful of her size and age. Barkingly, she will require an adopter who not out of the home for more than 4 hours at one time to continue her training - Operation Paws for Homes isn't allowing exceptions to this requirement!

Barks! A special paw from Operation Paws for Homes: As Mary Kay is so young, she has only received 2 sets of the required 3 sets puppy vaccinations. This is very IMPORTANT because it means that her immune system will not be fully functioning until about 16 weeks of age. She MUST stay out of public places where she could be exposed to the germs of many other dogs for another six weeks after she goes home. These no puppy zones include all pet stores, dog parks, and for apartment dwellers, areas used by other dogs. These requirements are strictly for the puppy’s medical safety and longevity.

Mary Kay is up-to-date on age appropriate vaccines and will need to be spayed at the age of 6 months.

Barks! Interested in meeting this pawsome pup?  Mary Kay would pawsomely bark for you to complete the Operation Paws for Homes Adoption Application

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

"Mary Kay"
(C) Operation Paws for Homes

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

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A few weeks ago, my human had the pawportunity to meet this beautiful Great Dane and photograph her.  She was pawsome to photograph and have fun with.   And WHAT A FACE!

It's my pawleasure to introduce Nila who is visiting with the Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League. Nila wanted chat with you about herself!

WOOF!!! Hooooowdy! My name is Nila, and I'm one queen bee. I love attention and when I don't get it I'll ram my head into your lap and give you just about the biggest puppy eyes. I'm getting used to having a sibling (Ripply is a boxer) and I love to play with him and we love to play chase! Sometimes I'm a little territorial over my areas but for the most part I have adjusted well to a sibling. I have also learned to love toys! Rip has taught me how to play. My favorite is a big blue bouncy ball that I'll chance down and pounce on! I love having my own dog bed but also love to have the option of snuggling with my humans. I am a 2 yr old brindle Dane/ Mastiff mix.   Wags and Paws! Nila

Interested in meeting this sweetheart of an awesome dog?  Nila can be contacted by visiting the Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League.

(C) Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League

Saturday, August 13, 2016

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

Paws to you and all the volunteers at Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc. for your work rescuing and helping 37 Labrador Retrievers find humans and "Forever Homes."

My friend "Lab Lady" has been one crazy woman this week.  Am wondering if she hasn't like go crazy or something as she's laughing and chuckling and jumping for joy all at the same time- she loves what she does and since Lab Rescue had a record last week, she's delirious.  But, not so that she forgot to bring a friend for you to meet- Sophia!

(C) Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.
Sophia is a sweetheart and cuddly girl with everything you'd want in a dog!  A pawfect 18 month old Black Labrador Retriever.

Sophia is good with other dogs but cats seem to be new to her- she way to interested in them! BARK! WOOF! meow?  She's doesn't want to chase them, she just wants to sniff and check them out- WOOFS!! she's never rough with them!

Sophia enjoys playing with squeaky toys, tennis balls, and antlers. She will play for awhile then head for a nap by your side! She thinks a kiddie pool is a giant stand-in water dish!  WOOF!!

A bit shy when she first meets strangers, Sophia usually warms up within a few seconds or so, then her tail starts wagging like pawsome!

Sophia sleeps through the night in her crate and is good while her foster home works!

Sophia is an exceptional dog looking for exceptional humans to have fun with!

Approved for children ages 10 and up.

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

Friday, August 12, 2016

Friday's Friend! Dog Adoption, Paws for Seniors

This week has been pawsome, not only meeting many dogs needing "Forever Homes" but getting to meet a very special dog from Paws for Seniors named Toby!
(C) Paws for Seniors

Why is he so special? Barkingly, he has had a bit of a rough life- he is known as Tripod Toby as he had to have one leg amputated after being hit by a car and pawsibly in a dog fight. He is healed and ready to find his "Forever Home" and humans to love! 

Toby is 8 years old, a bit shy to strangers at first but then wants to be your friend!  WOOFs!  

One of his pawsome favorite pastimes, I need to convince my human to do this with me!, is to go for a ride and go through the drive-thru to get French Fries!  

Barkingly, he likes to go for a romp in the backyard and then take a nap. 

Toby does amazing well with 3 legs but does prefer a home with no stairs.  He is pawsomely pawfect with his house manners. 
(C) Paws for Seniors

Toby isn't into cats and is selective as to who is dog friends will be, and I count it as a privilege to among one! Potential adopters will need to schedule a meet and greet with their current dog.  WOOF!  

Toby is neutered and up to date on shots. 

Interested in meeting Toby?  Please visit   Paws for Seniors - Adoption Process!

(C) Paws for Seniors