Saturday, June 24, 2017

Thank You Dr. Medici, My Beloved Veterinarian!

"Mom and Me!"
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As we grow older, into each life must come a little visit to the Veterinarian. In my short lifetime, I've had 3 Veterinarians, most because my humans had moved and wanted someone close to the house.

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My first was Dr. Steven Velling. DVM, of Ashburn Village Animal Hospital in Ashburn, VA. He is a very young guy, just out of school or at least that's the way he looked- he was a great Veterinarian. The next Veterinarian was Dr. Deidre DuBissette, DVM of Franklin Farm Veterinary Clinic, who is an pawsomely talented lady. Today, it's Dr. C. Ululani Medici, DVM of Ohana Veterinary Care another pawesome lady with pawcellent skills. I have been blessed with the most pawsome of Veterinarians!

An aspect of each of these Veterinarians and their practices is they treat me like a real person instead of some critter off the street- and they would love them too!  Dr. Medici loves to explain what she's doing and what she's finding to my human as she goes along.  As a Service Dog, she gives me an exra-going over too- which I wish I'd known when I applied for the job. WOOF!!

Through all the vaccinations, the pills, the prods, the nods, the looks, the tugs on my legs,touching my tail and another place you have no business touching, the pushing of my chest, the sticking that thing where nothing should ever be stuck by anyone, the looking in my ear with that flicky thing, and why you enjoy shining a really bright light in my eyes- all of you do it- I'll never understand!  Barkingly, you are all GREAT!

But, thanks.  Thanks for being you and for all your years of study and doing without so you can help all the critters along life's way that you do.  So many humans, including my own, come to depend on you to help them through crisis's that we go through in this life!  Thank you for all the efforts to keep me healthy so I can keep my humans healthy and happy!

"Dr. Medici"
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"Dr. Medici"
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"I See You Too!"
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Friday, June 23, 2017

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

My friend "Lab Lady" has had her hands full taking care of many dogs in her care.  Barkingly, I think, and know, they are doing more for her than she knows.  After all, we dogs are so barkingly pawsome and make the lives of humans so much better!

Since I had horrid internet problems last week, "Lab Lady" brought by ALL her friends for last week and this week for you to meet!  BARK!!!

Meet Daisy!

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Daisy is a pawsome 11-year-old Yellow Labrador Retriever looking for a "Forever Home" in a rural or surburan single-family home with a physical fence.  She will do best as your one and only!! WOOF!!

Daisy is a fun girl with a lot of spunk, watch her play on Daisy!

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Daisy enjoys moments of playing with a ball and playing fetch. She will pick the ball up and bring it to your feet! She likes sleeping on her dog bed in her foster's bedroom.

Daisy listens well and will stay until she gets released. She loves to follow her human around to see what they are doing and just hanging out. She would be a pawsome gardening partner or a companion for a human needing attention. WOOF!! We dogs are great at that!

A pawsome sweetheart who will be a barkingly grand addition to a human family.

Daisy is good with cats and the dogs she's met. She is recommended for mini-humans ages 10 and older.

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Meet my friend Bob!  A handsome young fella, who is a 4-year-old Black Labrador Retriever! He is looking for a "Forever Home" in a single-family house located in a rural or suburban setting. He is a true country boy as he likes the quiet and limited traffic and no large groups of humans. He must have a physical fence, barkingly, not a chain link one as he will climb it to chase critters!

BARKS! He cannot go to a home with cats, rabbits or any other small critters as he loves them wayyyyyy to much! WOOF!

Bob is a low-key guy who has pawcellent house manners.  He is friendly but not clingy. When he hangs out he loves to show off his pawsome crossed legs pose. 

He does well on his own during the work day but he loves and is glad to see you when you get home.  He likes watching critters out the back window! 

Bob enjoys going for a walk, He prances and dances when you take out his leash and harness- such a pawsome fella! Barking, he adores chasing critters a bit too much.

He sleeps soundly through the night and is a happy to snuggle too.  He enjoys belly-rubs too!

Bob is a great companion indoors too.  He likes to follow his humans around and know where they are!  

Bob knows some basic commands-  He knows some commands, too. He enjoys showing off a few tricks too! 

Sometimes, Bob is a little hesitant in new settings like a garage door opener or at the Veterinarians office- but he's good and seems to learn quickly. 

Bob is good with the dogs he's met and is recommended for mini-humans age 10 or older.  Absolutely NO CATS or small pets! 

Now, I have always said, and it is so true, 2 dogs are better than one- meet Max and Morris- a bonded pair who are looking for a "Forever Home" together! The two have been together all of their lives!

"Max and Morris"
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Max and Morris are a pair of pawsome young Chocolate Labrador Retrievers looking for a "Forever Home" in a rural or suburban single-family home with a physical fence required. They are not used to the noises of the city life like traffic and groups of humans! 

The pair loves to be outdoors playing, fetching and retrieving, running, and swimming in ponds. The guys are smart and need time and attention to become even more pawsome dogs than they are already! The two seem to have a prey drive.

Max and Morris like to be pet, enjoy belly rubs and going for walks on one of those "coupler" leashes!  BARKS!!!

Max and Morris are NOT reccommended for homes with cats or other small pets.  They get along with the cats they've met. They are approved for mini-humans ages 10 and older. 

Interested in applying to adopt Daisy, Bob or Max and Morris, please complete the Lab Rescue Dog Adoption Application

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Friday's Friend! Cat Adoption, PetConnect Rescue

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My pawsome friend "Cat Lady" from PetConnect Rescue brought by two sisters for you to meet this week!  Meet Isabella!
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Isabella is a sweet and playful kitty who was rescued with her two sisters, Carolina and Adrianna, from Puerto Rico!  She's a curious and loving girl who enjoys cuddling, dragging her wand toy all over the room and playing soccer with her sisters!  She would do best with a playmate like one of her sisters.

She is healthy and up to date on age appropriate vaccinations and dewormings and is spayed.

Meet her sister Caroline!

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Caroline is a sweet playful girl like her sister Isabella!  She enjoys playing with her sisters, cuddling, and stretching out for naps in the sun!  She is a pawcellent soccer player who loves to hide and jump out surprising her sister.  She will do best in a home with a playmate - preferably her sister.

A note from PetConnect Rescue: The adoption fees for these kittens is $135, which helps with the cost of routine vet care. The fee DOES NOT INCLUDE spay/neuter if the kitten is not already spayed/neutered. If the kitten has is not already spayed/neutered, you will be required to sign a contract legally obligating you to have the animal altered. A $100 spay/neuter deposit is collected to help ensure that the procedure gets done in a timely manner.

Please note that cats adopted through PetConnect Rescue must be indoor only, and may not be declawed (unless already declawed at the time of rescue).

PetConnect Rescue's first step in approving adoption applicants is to complete a vet check. Vetting of current and past pets is very important to them so they will be speaking with the Veterarian 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 the Veterinarian.

Interested in learning more about cat adoption? Please visit the PetConnect Rescue Cat Adoption Guide!

If you would like to apply to adopt Isabella or Caroline or both, please complete the PetConnect Rescue Cat Adoption Application.

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Friday's Friend! Dog Adoption, The Humane Society of Loudoun

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BARK! I am pawsitively thrilled to introduce you to sweet Molly from the Humane Society of Loudoun County!

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Molly is 4-5 years old and past the energetic puppy stage.  She enjoys having playtime with her foster brother, exploring the backyard, going for walks around the neighborhood chewing on a bullystick and relaxing on a big comfy chair.  WOOF!

If you are interested in meeting Molly, please email the Humane Society of Loudoun County at

Interested in adopting Molly? Please complete the Adoption Application at Humane Society of Loudoun - Adopt!

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

WOOF!! Sometimes technology just isn't what it should be, how you want it, and when you need it. Last Friday, my humans and I went to a graduation party in North Carolina. I was planning to spend a few hours before the party writing "Friday's Friend" and sharing my about my friends who need "Forever Homes" but could not get online.  So, this week I'm sharing a few friends who need humans to love.

My friend "Miss Lisa" from Operation Paws for Homes brought by two friends for you to meet.  This is Jelly Belly!

"Jelly Bean"
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 Jelly Bean is one fun and sweet character.  He is a 3-year-old, Pug Terrier mix who enjoys being with his humans.

"Jelly Bean"
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He has done very well with other dogs in his foster home.  He's crated trained and learning to be house trained.  He is making pawcellent progress with only a few accidents!

He enjoys going on walks and does very well on a leash. He is content snuggling up for awhile too.  

Jelly Bean is working on improving his manners too. He's a quick learner and loves getting attention from his humans.  

A note from Operation Paws for Homes: Jelly Bean tested positive for heartworm disease before arriving to the rescue. Heartworm disease is transmitted to a dog through a bite from an infected mosquito producing a positive test in six months. Operation Paws for Homes will treat the dog and provide two weeks’ recovery time prior to adoption. Potential adopters will receive detailed information on the disease and their role in completing the recovery process from the Operation Paws for Homes Heartworm Coordinator. With monthly preventatives, the disease is completely preventable. Read about heartworm disease here: Heartworm Society, Pet Owner Resources, Heartworm Basics

Interested in learning more about Dog Adoption? Please visit Operation Paws for Homes Adoption Guide.

If you would like to apply to adopt Jelly Bean, please complete the Operation Paws for Homes Dog Adoption Application.

Meet Schnapps!

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This incredibly adorable pups was born around April 22, 2017.Though she seems to have a calm personality, her playful side does come out too!  She is looking for a human who will not leave her home alone for more than four hours at a time!  The human needs to understand puppies need constant attention as they love to get into and chew on everything. WOOF!!

She is not potty trained but is working to get there!  

Since Schnapps is so young, she has only had 2 sets of the required 3 sets puppy vaccinations. Barkingly, this is most important to note as it means her immune system will not be fully functioning until about 6 weeks of age! WOOF! 

Barkingly, she MUST stay out of public spaces where she could be exposed to the germs of other dogs for another 8-10 weeks after going home.  BARK! These NO PUPPY ZONES include all pet stores, dog parks and for apartment dwellers, all areas used by other dogs.  These requirements are strictly for the puppy’s medical safety and longevity.

Barks, if you would like to apply to adopt Schnapps, please contact Operation Paws for Homes, or email:

To learn about upcoming adoption events, please visit Operation Paws for Homes - Events.  No guarantee these two dogs will be at these events. 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Volunteer for the Sake of Dogs and Cats!

My friends at the Prince William Humane Society have been diligently working to assist local area d
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ogs and cats find "Forever Homes" and humans to love!

With the work being done, the Prince William Humane Society Pet Adopt Shop is officially open and in full swing!  The pets are beginning to fill the shop and we need your help!!

The Prince William Humane Society is looking for volunteers to assist with kennel/pet care throughout the week including weekends with shifts in the early morning, afternoon, and evening:
  • Canine care involves feeding/watering, kennel and dog room cleaning, walking, socialization, and assisting with laundry (for kennel bedding), reinforcing basic obedience, dispensing medicine, if needed, along with a few other things. And, of course, these adorable pups need lots of affection and attention.
  • Feline care involves feeding/watering, litter box cleaning, socialization, cleaning of community cat room/cages, and dispensing medicine, if needed. These furry friends need plenty of affection and attention, too!
All volunteers will receive necessary pet care training and there are processes and procedures in place to ensure everyone knows exactly what’s needed and how to do it.

Barkingly, volunteers interested in fostering pets and/or supporting events and activities are need too! WOOF!! The Society has a busy schedule and can use all the help they can get! BARK!

Paws, if you are interested in volunteering in any of these areas, please contact the volunteer coordinator at

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Happy First Day of Summer!

"Arizona Blanket Flower"
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My human looks so forward to the "First Day of Summer" - it's funny.  He will probably have a "Summer Solstice" party on the back deck or the front porch staying outside until all light from the sun has diminished in the West.  He will have his book, a bottle of Snapple Green Tea and these things which will keep some bugs away. Barkingly, I will be right there with him enjoying the time. Big party guy, huh?! 

With the warm weather here to stay for a few months, we will travel and go and go some more until we gone as much as we can go or the first snowstorm hits in the winter!  WOOF!! Dad doesn't travel far in the winter months or at least he will pay close attention to the weather forecast. 

As we travel this summer, Dad will make preparations to take me wherever he goes wherever he can, and however he can. He loves having me travel with him and says it's so much easier, even though a bit more work, than leaving me at home. He prepares for the heat which can be dangerous for me and he uses BringFido to make any hotel reservations we need. This way, he knows the hotel will accept large dogs like me! 
I know we are planning to go railfanning, sea turtle watching, to the beach, to the mountains and a few other places that get our attention along the way.

Whatever you do this summer, have a blast, make the pawsome memories with family which will last forever!  Be careful! Be safe!  

Barks and Paws!  Happy Summer!

"Purple Cone Flower"
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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Dog Adoption, Cat Adoption!

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WOOF!! Meet my friends from Homeless Animals Rescue Team, Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League, Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc., Operation Paws for Homes, PetConnect Rescue, and Prince William Humane Society who are looking for "Forever Homes" and humans to love! I'll share their likes and dislikes and contact information.  WOOF!!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day!

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I don't remember much about my dog father. I know he was a really cool guy and did his best to raise me well. He gave me life along with my pawsome mom so I bark a huge "Thank You" to Dad.

My human Dad and I have been together for 8 years.  He adopted me at age 2.  We have had a pawsome journey barking together over the years.  I love taking him for really long walks making him as tired as possible then resting just a few minutes at home and rushing out the back door to play fetch and run the yard- he looks at me and says "I can't keep up with that!" I love the trips we take exploring the human universe and especially when we go railfanning! Those trains are pawsome too! Sometimes we get in the car, take our fur off and go for an "R" yes Dad, I know what it means and blast the radio. Dad makes sure that I have the bestest of food and treats and the cleanest of waters.  He takes me to the Veterinarian regularly- though if it weren't for the pretty Vet Techs, I'd get mad at him and bark really loud. He says I am really good for him and I know he is for me-  WOOF!!

Happy Father's Day to all the fathers in the universe.  Whether you are human or pawsome animal, whether you are the natural father or a stepfather or adopting father or whatever role of father you may be- there are many ways of being a father so I don't want to leave anyone out- may you have a pawsomely blessed day with those you love and love you too!

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

How To Treat Canine Arthritis And Other Health Issues With Turmeric

Dog owners know too well how canine arthritis can cause disabilities in their favorite pets. It is indeed disheartening to see your friend which was once energetic, lively and a happy dog succumb to a life on a scrunched up doggy bed. It is also quite costly for dog owners to take their pets to the vet all the time to get the necessary treatments they need.

There is a natural treatment for canine arthritis and it is the use of turmeric curcumin. Turmeric is a spice commonly known as a cooking ingredient but it also has healing properties that do not just work on us humans, but on dogs too. It is also an effective remedy for skin problems that most outdoorsy dogs usually suffer from.

Below are the health benefits your pets can enjoy when you supplement them with turmeric.

Treats Canine Arthritis
The effects of turmeric curcumin on human arthritis are known all too well. Believe it or not, its functions are the same when administered to your pets. The effects of curcumin - the potent compound responsible for its effectivity, comes from anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic natural compounds. That alone helps the swelling and the discomfort they feel on their joints.

Additionally, curcumin helps protect chondrocytes (cells responsible for bone development) from damage by supporting osteoblasts (cells responsible for bone healing and bone formation) on the problem area. Therefore, turmeric directly protects the overall bone health of your dogs.

Supports Heart Health

For older canines, one major health concern is their heart condition. As older dogs are more susceptible to blood clots and excess cholesterol, it is also important to help them prevent these health issues. Turmeric has been known to lower down cholesterol levels in mammals. When their cholesterol is controlled and maintained, it can take some workload off from the liver. This ultimately prevents your dog from getting a stroke or heart attack.

Prevents Cancer
One of the most dreadful diseases your dog could suffer from is cancer. Just like humans, they experience a lot of discomfort, pain and are forced to adapt with lifestyle changes that they may never understand. The turmeric cancer benefits come from another biocompound called ar-turmerone. Proven to be effective in treating lymphoma at its early stages, it can inhibit the activity of proteins essential for cancer cell survival. This makes it a good natural remedy in preventing cancer cells from multiplying.

Other Uses of Turmeric
In addition to the three main health benefits of turmeric curcumin to dogs listed above, below are also some other notable benefits:

  • reduces gas pain and bloating
  • treats skin allergies
  • supports weight loss for obese dogs
  • helps with epileptic episodes
  • prevents formation of cataracts
  • improves gut health

How Do You Give Turmeric To Dogs?
Different dogs prefer different forms of turmeric. While some of them might be fine with licking turmeric powder off of a spoon, other can only take it when incorporated in their food. As a dog master, you may have to do some trial and error with your pets. You can probably mix them in gravy, dog treats, or milk.

You can also opt for turmeric supplements in capsule form. These are more potent as curcumin has already been extracted from the plant itself. There are many trusted pet supplement suppliers and you can buy from them. You can also find these products at online stores. Just make sure you buy from a reputable company to guarantee that quality standards are met. Get the 95% curcumin and don’t go beyond that dosage.

The question now is, how much turmeric to give your pooch? The amount of turmeric you can give your dogs is portioned to how much they weigh. If your dog weighs 1 lbs to 20 lbs, you can give them half or a whole capsule. If they weigh 20 lbs to 100 lbs, you can offer them 1 to 2 capsules per day. One tip to remember is that it is always better to start with a smaller dosage regardless of your dog's weight to prevent an upset stomach.

Author Bio:
Used by Permission, Katrina Rice
Katrina Rice is a mom, a freelance writer and has two 11-year-old golden labs. She strongly believes in the concept of holistic wellness through healthy and natural living, and using natural alternative treatments to help restore the animal’s health in its best shape. An animal-lover and a self-proclaimed health enthusiast, she hopes to inspire more people to do the same.

Friday, June 9, 2017

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

Barks! You know it would not be Friday without a visit from "Lab Lady!" She surprised me this week with a pawsome fella who isn't a Black Labrador Retriever but a Fox Red Labrador Retriever!  Meet McGregor- quite the handsome fella!

Fox Red Labrador Retriever
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WOOF! McGregor is looking for his "Forever Home" and humans to love in a rural or quiet suburban setting single-family home with a physically secure 6 foot fence!  Barks, an adult household would likely be best!

Fox Red Labrador Retriever
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When he first arrived to Lab Rescue and his foster's home, he was a bit shy but quickly overcame it when he engaged in play other dogs!  He is learning to trust humans but it's taken a bit longer.  Barkingly, he does enjoy pets behind the ears! 

McGregor would like to go to a home with a confident dog which will help him learn the ropes of being a dog and being good at it!  WOOF!!!  And learning more about trusting his new humans! 

Barkingly, he will warm up in his own time. Humans just need to let him be for a bit so that he can figure out that you are okay. WOOF!

McGregor is pawcellent in the crate and goes right in. Currently, he spends the night on a dog bed in his foster Mom's room and is very happy!

He is still learning about toys and balls and chasing the balls when thrown. It will probably only be a matter of time before he learns to play fetch!

McGregor loves to being outside and playing. He is learning though that the inside has advantages too like treats which he takes gently and air-conditioning!

He is a calm fella for a 1-year-old and pawsomely behaved in the house for his age!

If you would like to apply to adoption McGregor and learn more about dog adoption, please complete the Lab Rescue Dog Adoption Application.

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Friday's Friend! Dog Adoption, PetConnect Rescue

Dog Adoption
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WOOF! I am having one pawsome week! I got to catch up with another friend from PetConnect Rescue this week too!  Big Bruno is a buddy I met several years ago.  He fosters dogs every chance he gets- which is a pawsomely great thing to do!  WOOF!!!! He brought a friend for you to meet too!

Meet Ella!  Ella is hoping you will meet her and take her home to love forever!  She is a 7-year-old pawsome angel of a dog!

Ella is house and crate trained.  She is extremely responsive to all commands.  Though she only has 3 legs, she gets around just fine including being able to jump up on a coach to nap.

Ella is friendly with some dogs though she prefers to be your one and only - dog that is!

Ella is a real pawsome joy to care for and barkingly easy.

Would you like to learn more about dog adoption? Please visit the PetConnect Rescue Dog Adoption Guide.

Interested in meeting and pawssibly adopting Ella? Please complete the PetConnect Rescue Adoption Application! Once application is submitted, please email Tammy at

An adoption event this weekend with PetConnect- please contact them about Ella's appearance at the event, email: or call 1-877-838-9171.
Sunday, June 11, 2017
12:00 p.m. - 02:00 p.m.

Kriser's Tysons (Formerly Wylie Wagg)

Kriser's Natural Pet
7505 Leesburg Pike Suite 120A
Falls Church, VA 
Admission: Free

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

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WOOF! My pawsome friend "Miss Lisa" from Operation Paws for Homes came by this week with a barkingly grand dog named Colton.  He is 2-years-old and a Shepherd mix.

Colton is friendly with all humans and other dogs that he has met. He doesn't jump up when meeting new humans!
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Colton is house and crate trained.  He does well in his crate during the workday.

BARKS! Colton does need some work on a leash but should learn quickly! He has a laid disposition with a moderate activity level and will make a great dog for a lucky family!

BARK! A note from Operation Paws for Homes! Colton has tested positive for heartworm disease before arriving to the rescue. Heartworm disease is transmitted to a dog through a bite from an infected mosquito producing a positive test in six months. Operation Paws for Homes will treat the dog and provide two weeks’ recovery time prior to adoption. If everything goes as planned, he will be able to go home with potential adopters on June 28.

Potential adopters will receive detailed information on the disease and their role in completing the recovery process from Operation Paws for Homes Heartworm Coordinator. With monthly preventatives, the disease is completely preventable. Read about Heartworm disease here: Heartworm Society, Pet Owner Resources- Heartworm Basics

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

Interested in applying to adopt Colton? Please complete the Operation Paws for Homes Dog Adoption Application!

A few adoption events for this weekend are:

Saturday, June 10, 2017
11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Pet Valu
9809 Main St
Damascus, MD

Saturday, June 10, 2017
8:00 am to 2:00 pm

Shining Stars TLC
Freedom Valley Church
3185 York Road
Gettysburg, PA 17325

Sunday, June 11, 2017
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

The Dog Park
705 King Street
Alexandria, VA

Please contact Operation Paws for Home for information about Colton's attendance,
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