Friday, December 15, 2017

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


Black Labrador Retriever Adoption
"Magic!"
Photo Credit: Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc. Creative: Allen Pearson
Barkingly, this young lady is a most beautiful girl! WOOF!  She is a 3-year-old Black Labrador Retriever who is looking for her "Forever  Home" in a single-family home with a fence located in the suburbs or rural areas.  My friend "Lab Lady" from Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc. brought her by to meet you!

Magic is one of those very cuddly loveable fellas who loves giving as many doggies kisses as he pawssibly can! Barkingly, he will follow his humans around and cuddle up with you whenever and wherever pawssible!

Magic loves to play with toys, going for walks, playing fetching and meeting everyone he passes on his walks, humans and dogs!
Black Labrador Retriever Adoption
"Magic!"
Photo Credit: Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc. Creative: Allen Pearson

A smart fella, Magic know his basic commands like "sit," "down" and "come." He is learning to pay attention when food is involved! 

Magic is crate and housse trained. Woofsters, he prefers not to be in the crate so he can snuggle with his humans!

Magic is one of those BBB Labs! A "Big Black BlockHead" who is full of Lab personality and Lab energy!

Magic needs an active family with an active lifestyle who will play with him and take him to socialize with other dogs in addition to walks.  He wants a fenced yard so he can run around and play fetch frequently. Walks will not be enough for this guy!

Watch Magic play at: Magic and his toys!

Magic is recommended for mini-humans ages 10 and older. He is good with other dogs but has no cat history! WOOF!

Magic is up-to-date on vaccines. He is Heartworm positive. Lab Rescue will provide Magic's Heartworm treatment, at no cost to the adopter, at one of their designated Veterinarians. The requirement to treat the dog at Lab Rescue's vet is included in the contracts "Heartworm Treatment Addendum". Adopters are encouraged to speak with the Lab Rescue Heartworm Coordinator prior to adoption to learn more about the treatment process.

If you would like to meet or apply to adopt, Magic, pawlease complete the Lab Rescue Dog Adoption Application.

Black Labrador Retriever Adoption
"Magic!"
Photo Credit: Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc. Creative: Allen Pearson




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

BARKS! My pawsome friends at Operation Paws for Homes have brought by a barkingly grand fella for you to meet this week, Dubble Bubble!

American Foxhound
"Dubble Bubble"
Photo: Operation Paws for Homes Creative: Allen Pearson
I had to ask. Is Dubble Bubble a thoroughbred of dignified distinction or ... and he told me that its pawssible he is a mix of Harrier and American Foxhound. This makes sense as his nose is usually sniffing out what's around when he's out and about. Much like I do when I am walking my human!

American Foxhound
"Dubble Bubble"
Photo: Operation Paws for Homes '
Creative: Allen Pearson
He has a pawsome handsome tri-colored coat with the classic hound eyes too! WOOF!  We hounds are quite handsome, I'd say!

Though Dubble Bubble loves to give doggie kisses, affection, and welcomes calm affection from humans, he is an independent sort of fella preferring leadership from his humans! He is looking for a human who wants the same thing he does, structure, intelligent games, lots and physical activity and may some couch time when its all done!  WOOF!!

Dubble Bubble is a smart guy who knows basic commands and learns new ones quickly!  He is housebroken.

Dubble Bubble is smart, knows basic commands, and learns new ones quickly. Dubble is looking for someone who wants the same thing he does: structure, intelligent games, lots of physical activity, and some couch time after all of that. He will go into his crate on his own if he's tuckered out and just wants some peace and quiet.

Dubble Bubble gets along well with many other dogs but he prefers the others who like to rough and tumble while playing.  WOOFs!

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

If you would like to apply to adopt this pawsome fella, pawlease complete the Operation Paws for Homes Adoption Application.

American Foxhound
"Dubble Bubble"
Photo: Operation Paws for Homes '
Creative: Allen Pearson




Friday's Friend! Cat Adoption, PetConnect Rescue

Happy Friday! I hope you have had a pawsome week! I got to catch up with my friend "Cat Lady" from PetConnect Rescue. She brought by a most meowingly purrster for you to meet, "Baby Girl!"

Cat Adoption
"Baby Girl!"
Photo: PetConnect Rescue Creative: Allen Pearson
Baby Girl is looking for her "Forever Home" and humans to love!  She is around 2-years-old and is up-to-date on her vaccinations, preventatives and is spayed! What a pawsome purrster!

Baby Girl was found abandoned outdoors with a rear broken leg. She is fully recovered and nothing slows the girl down!  WOOF, er MEOW!!

Baby Girl gets along with other dogs and cats and loves being near her humans. She loves to watch the world go by through the windows of her foster's home.

Baby Girl loves wet food.

Baby Girl is hoping that someone will give her a chance to be their meowingly pawsome cat.  She has no idea why her previous humans left her-look at that face- isn't she sweet? Woof, and a meow too.

A note from my friends at PetConnect Rescue: The adoption fee for Baby Girl is $135, which helps with the cost of routine vet care. Cats adopted through PetConnect Rescue must be indoor only, and may not be declawed (unless already declawed at the time of rescue).

The first step in approving adoption applicants is to completing a Veterinarian check. Vetting of current and past pets is very important so they will be speaking with the vet(s) listed on your application to ensure that your current and previous pet(s) are kept up to date on vaccines (including rabies), spayed or neutered and examined annually by your Veterinarian.

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

Interested in meeting Baby Girl or pawssibly applying to adopt her? Please complete the PetConnect Rescue Adoption Application.  Once submitted, one of their pawsome Adoption Coordinator will contact you. 


Monday, December 11, 2017

A Charlie Brown Christmas!


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Christmas finally arrived at our home! It is not Christmas until my human has seen "A Charlie Brown Christmas" on the local television station. Apparently, it needs to be on the TV channel, the right time and the like for my human to realize it's Christmas or maybe for him to start celebrating the Christmas season. A right funny bloke, he is!

Prior to the show, as you can't miss one second of this glorious fun, he will gather snacks and drinks and curl up in front of the TV with anticipation. You'd think the most glorious event in history was coming on. Paws, to him it probably is!

Part of my human's enjoyment is his snacks and what he drinks during the show. Since all the "good" and "delicious" stuff isn't allowed within his reach these days, I'm pawing to see what he grabs to snack on.  And, he is way too careful at how many treats he gives me so can't wait for that either.

My human tells me every year, and being the great dog that I am and not wanting to be rude and knowing that his dad used to do the same thing to him, I am quietly polite as I listen to the once again story of why he does this every year!

"Noah!"

"Human! er, sorry, Yes Dad?" woof quietly under my breath...

"When I was just a young sprat." (what is a sprat I ask myself again quietly) "my parents and I used to watch a Charlie Brown Christmas every year. It wasn't Christmas until it came on the TV." (I think what a boring sprat ... I digress!) "We watched other Christmas shows like Rudolf-the-Red-Nosed-Reindeer or Frosty too. But, Charlie Christmas was the best and still is. We'd our snacks and be ready at 8 p.m.!"

Being totally surprised that there was television and in color when he was young, I try not to gasp or allow my face to turn all white or ashen as I say, "WOW- what a great memory Dad!"

So I paw and gently nudge my human as we curl up to watch his favorite Christmas show.  After all, Santa Claus is watching so I better watch out!"

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 8, 2017

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

"Sandy"
(C) Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.
It wouldn't be Friday without a visit from my human friend of "Lab Lady" who is infinitely surrounded by many Labrador Retrievers-  she brought by a pawsome lady named "Sandy" for you to meet!

Sandy is a 7-year-old Yellow Labrador Retriever who is looking for her "Forever Home" in a single-family house located in a rural or suburban area. She has a physical fence requirement.

Sandy is a most beautiful and sweet girl, with soulful eyes which will tug at your heart, who loves other dogs and is a little slow to warm up to humans.  She is adjusting well to her new life and putting her past one as a breeder dog behind her.

Sandy enjoys playing with other dogs in the backyard and lounging around the house. One of her absolute must-haves includes a playful companion, fenced yard, and someone who is home more often than not.

Sandy is crate trained.

Sandy is approved for mini-humans ages 7 and older.  She is not recommended for cats!

If you would like to learn more about dog adoption and meet Sandy, pawlease complete the Lab Rescue Dog Adoption Application


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

"Apollo"
(C) Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League

My pawsome friend the "Great Dane Dame" of the Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League stopped by this week with a barkingly grand, and large-I'd say, guy for you to meet- Apollo!

Apollo is an affectionate, playful, and very smart Great Dane who shares his emotions through hilarious facial expressions. He knows his basic commands like "sit," "down," and "stay" but if he doesn't agree with them, or other commands, he will mumble back at you- which is often quite hilarious! His foster parent wonders if he really does know English! BARK! WOOF! He is very well trained but does need reminding as he can be stubborn!

Apollo is house-broken and will let you know when he wants to go out. BARKS! He is good about not eating things he shouldn't and is not destructive. He is crate-trained but is fine to stay in a confined area when his humans are working.

Barkingly, Apollo has a blanket obsession! He only takes the one he knows is his! He'll go everywhere with his blanket in tow.

Apollo walks fantastic on a leash and even stops traffic with his handsome stride. He is still learning some leash manners as he likes to pull and bark when he sees other dogs! Given Apollo still needs some work on manners, he will have a training requirement as part of his adoption.

Apollo requires special attention during feeding and needs specific easy digestion dog food. His bowl needs to be elevated to head height, his foster parent uses a tall bar stool, to feed him. He has a slow feeder which he gives him 1 cup at a time (3 cups total) with 4 breaks while eating that 1 cup. Feeding time takes around 20 minutes twice a day which is a commitment with pawsitively must be kept to keep him healthy. It is an easy thing to do for such a pawsome fella! He is food motivated and will do just about anything for peanut butter and milk bones!

Apollo is recommended for mini-humans, but not for cats or small dogs!

If you would like to learn more about Apollo and Great Dane Adoption, pawlease visit the Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League.


Friday's Friend! Cat Adoption, PetConnect Rescue

Cat Adoption
"Cleo"
(C) PetConnect Rescue / Creative: Allen Pearson

WOOF! BARK! MEOW! I hope you are having a pawsome week! My meowingly great friend "Cat Lady" stopped by this week with a very special kitty for you to meet!

Meet Cleo! An adorably, gentle, and sweet little girl with the most pawsomely angelic green eyes! She loves being with her humans and just hanging out. Meowly, Cleo gets along with the dogs in her foster home!

Cleo is a miracle kitty! She will need a very special human to adopt her! Cleo is around 1-year-old and has had a few challenges in this short time. She swallowed a string which required pretty major surgery to remove it.  As a result, it is hard for her to put on weight and get the nutrients she needs. She will need to be fed special wet food 4-5 times daily. Meows, she will need to take two pills each day and weekly Vitamin B shots. The Veterinarians think Cleo may need a similar level of care for the rest of her life.  Even with the pills, sometimes her tummy hurts and she gets sick. She will need an understanding adopter who has the time and patience to give the care needed. 

A note from my friends at PetConnect Rescue: Cats adopted through PetConnect Rescue must be indoor only, and may not be declawed (unless already declawed at the time of rescue).

The first step in approving adoption applicants is to complete a Veterinarian check. Vetting of current and past pets is very important so speaking with the Veterinarian(s) listed on your application to ensure that your current and previous pet(s) are kept up to date on vaccines (including rabies), spayed or neutered and examined annually by your Veterinarian.

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

If you would like to apply to meet or adopt Cleo, pawlease complete the PetConnect Rescue Cat Adoption Application. Once submitted, one of their adoption coordinators will contact you.


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Keep Pets Safe During the Holidays

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I paw and bark my thanks to Mighty Dog Graphics for sharing their pawsome artistic talents with us.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Friday's Friend! Dog Adoption, Cat Adoption

Dog Adoption
(C) Allen Pearson

WOOF! My friends looking for humans to love and their "Forever Homes" will return next Friday! Stop by and meet these pawsome dogs and cats!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Training a Pet to Love Being Groomed

Dog Grooming
"Dog Being Groomed"
(C) Cleaner Paws
For some dog owners reading the title of this article, your initial reaction may simply be - impossible! We understand, we get it, some dogs, no matter how hard you’ve tried so far just thoroughly dislike being groomed.

Whether this is done by a professional groomer or at home, your dog’s resistance to being groomed often means you stop enjoying the process of having them cleaned and thus the cycle begins with this displeasure multiplying.

The most common piece of advice often handed out is simply start grooming your dog when they are young. If you wash them regularly as a puppy, they should in theory just get used to the practice and accept it over time even if they don’t necessarily enjoy it. However, this isn’t always possible for some owners, what about if you have only recently adopted your pet? Or if you did as everyone seems to advise and frequently groom your puppy only for them to grow up and still not take a liking to it?

If either of these scenarios sounds familiar then this post may be for you. We don't for a second claim to have the one size fits all solution for all pets, we wish we did have but quite frankly I don’t think it exists. Instead we will offer three tips that if followed can make the process of grooming your pet far more enjoyable for both you and your dog.

As we’ve mentioned, none of these tips will be necessarily ground breaking. In fact to some they may be pieces of advice that you’ve already heard elsewhere, or may even seem like plain old common sense. However using our 40+ years of combined professional pet grooming experience (Both me and my Mom) we believe these three easy to follow tips are the best place to start for owners looking to make the whole grooming experience a more pleasurable one.

Improve Your Dog’s Attention Span
Now bear with us for a second here. We know you’re probably thinking to yourself that this is far easier said than done. Especially when you are confronted with a boisterous young puppy who doesn’t want to sit still for longer than 30 seconds. At this stage in their development dogs are easily distracted, and as we all know it doesn’t take much for them to be disturbed and attracted by virtually anything that moves.

"Dog Being Groomed"
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This is obviously a groomers worst nightmare (we can confirm this 100%!) and will lead to issues both if you decide to professionally groom your pet or if you carry out the process at home.

The problem with this tip is that it really does take time to see results but when your pet does start to learn this new behavior, boy will you see an improvement in how much easier it is to groom them!

The best way to and improve your dog’s attention span is to work on commands from an early age, once they have a good understanding of these and what it is you want them to do you can then start introducing distractions.

This should hopefully improve their concentration and by getting them to focus on one thing at a time you should find it easier to train them in other areas as well.

Introduce Your Dog to Noisy and Crowded Environments Slowly
This tip relates specifically to having your dog professional groomed. It is not uncommon for a grooming salon to be both noisy and crowded at times and ensuring your pet is comfortable in this type of environment will have a huge impact on their overall enjoyment of the process.

By introducing them to these types of environment slowly you will ensure they avoid experiences that will leave a negative impression and potentially lead to them thinking of these surroundings unfavorably. Although great for grooming, this technique will also help to make your dog more sociable around large groups and show them they have nothing to be afraid of when meeting strangers.

A professional groomer can be just this, a stranger that not only is your pet wary of but also wants them to sit for long periods at a time while they groom them with unusual tools and products.

Familiarizing your pet with surroundings such as these will only help when taking them to be groomed and just by introducing them slowly to shops of this kind and crowded places you will be met with far less resistance when you try to do so in the future.

Use Practice Objects
Although this might sound a little strange at first this is actually our favorite tip to give to pet owners looking to calm the nerves of their anxious dogs before grooming them.

It is quite simple in practice and works along the same lines of familiarizing your pet with a process they aren’t too sure about. Grooming your pet will obviously involve a number of different items being used, from nail clippers to hair dryers.

Not only can these foreign objects frighten your pet if caught off guard but they also come into very close contact with their skin, face and eyes.

You can train your dog to become used to these objects by practicing with ‘safe’ items first. To do this you can literally use anything you have nearby and should begin by running the object around your pet’s face and paws to see how they react.

In most cases it should be absolutely fine, in which case you can progress to using the real thing but if your dog does start to act anxiously you know to slow things down slightly. Not only is this a great way to familiarize your pet with the process but it also means if you do catch or motion too close to them you won’t do any harm at all.

We hope you can take at least one of these tips and implement it effectively to help change your dog’s attitude towards being groomed. As with any pet training practice, patience really is key but the results are definitely worth it.

Just remember to reward your pet when they have done well and rather than having to drag your pet to be groomed they may even start to remind you.

About the Author:

As well as being a full time pet groomer, Jenny Nolan enjoys splitting her time between looking after her lovable dogs and a little too much time shopping online for pet supplies! As well as that she contributes to family run blog Cleaner Paws along with Mom Sue.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

#GivingTuesday 2017! Dog Adoption, Cat Adoption



WOOF! Today is #GivingTuesday! A day fueled by the power of social media and collaboration of many humans! WOOF! Bark!

#GivingTuesday is celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and the crazy Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping days.#GivingTuesday was founded in 2012 and in its fifth year!

The day reminds humans to give and begin the pawsome season of giving when many will focus on doing so during Christmas. Barkingly, it is a good reminder that is is “better to give than receive” and for Year-End giving! Arf.

Barkingly, of course, I support the idea of #GivingTuesday and am sharing a list of the dog and cat rescues which do pawsome jobs in their efforts to rescue, care for and love on many dogs and cats throughout the year.

Donations are tax-deductible! WOOF!

- Homeless Animals Rescue Team (HART) -

(C) Homeless Animals Rescue Team (HART)

(C) Homeless Animals Rescue Team (HART)

Donate to Homeless Animals Rescue Team (HART) here:


- The Humane Society of Loudoun County -




Donate to The Humane Society of Loudoun County here: Humane Loudoun - GivingTuesday, Donate!





- Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc. -



Donate to Lab Rescue here: Lab Rescue - GivingTuesday, Donate!




- Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League -


Donate to The Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League here: 


- Operation Paws for Homes -

(C) Operation Paws for Homes

Donate to Operation Paws for Homes here: 


- PetConnect Rescue - 

(C) PetConnect Rescue

Donate to PetConnect Rescue here: 



Friday, November 24, 2017

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

WOOF! Happy Friday! I am pawleased to catch up with my friend "Lab Lady" who seems to have gotten a lot of chocolate or into a lot of chocolate over the Thanksgiving holiday! Barkingly, she brought a pawsome Chocolate Labrador Retriever for you to meet! Meet Maggie!

"Maggie"
(C) Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.
Maggie is looking for a "Forever Home" in a single-family home located in a rural or suburban setting! She wants a fenced yard!

If you are looking for a gentle, quiet Labrador, Maggie isn't the gal for you! Please check a few other Labradors at Lab Rescue!

Maggie is 6-years-old and one pawsome gal! She loves to play and play hard! She loves to retrieve and will bring the ball back to you! She will play ALL DAY and collapses at night for a good nights rest! Though she likes to be outside, she enjoys time inside with her humans too.
"Maggie"
(C) Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc.

Maggie enjoys going for walks and likes to be by her human. She does really well on a leash. She is friendly with the dogs she meets on walks! She knows some basic commands, "sit," "down," and "come." She is house and crate trained.

Maggie enjoys meeting new humans too. When she does, she has lady-like manners of friendly and calm.

Maggie will take treats gently.

Maggie will make a pawsome addition to an active family.

Maggie is good with other dogs and has lived with one.  She has no cat history. She is recommended for mini-humans ages 10 and older.

Watch Maggie at: Maggie Playing!.

If you would like to meet or apply to adopt this pawsome Chocolate Labrador Retriever, pawlease complete the Lab Rescue Dog Adoption Application.

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






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

Labrador Retriever Mix
"Elska"
(C) Operation Paws for Homes
WOOF! Happy FRIDAY!  Weekends are much better with a dog to take for long hikes or walks! My friends from Operation Paws for Homes brought by a really cool girl for you to meet- Elska!

Elska, a beautiful Labrador mix around 2-years-old, is looking for her "Forever Home" in a quiet area with no city noises. She will not do well in an apartment or heavy traffic location.
Labrador Retriever Mix
"Elska"
(C) Operation Paws for Homes

Elska is a happy, loving and energetic dog who loves to go on outdoor adventures! She enjoys going on car rides and will hop right into the car and get comfy! She will make a pawsome companion to an active family or an individual!

She is smart, intelligent, quick-learner. She has learned leash-training and some basic commands!

Elska enjoys meeting new humans and even mini-humans! WOOFs!

Elska has lived with two other dogs and get along with them!

Elska tested positive for Heartworm and will be treated by the rescue before she heads to her "Forever Home!" Operation Paws for Homes will answer any questions about this and will provide adopters with detailed information.

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

Interested in meeting Elska or applying to adopt her? Pawlease complete the Operation Paws for Homes Adoption Application.