Saturday, January 28, 2017

Product Review: Dog CPR, First Aid + Safety for pet pros + Dedicated Owners

"Taiga and Melanie Monteiro"
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My human and I had a pawsome opportunity to take a class together!  BARKS!  It was a pawsome experience- except for him- as I know some of his secrets - he may have a hard time sneaking to check my vitals!   WOOF!!!  

The class “Dog CPR, First Aid + Safety for pet pros + dedicated owners” which is hosted at Udemy and created by Melanie Monteiro, a pet first aid instructor, dog safety consultant, and author of The Safe Dog Handbook: A Complete Guide to Protecting Your Pooch, Indoors and Out which is endorsed by top Veterinarians!  WOOF!  Barkingly, the class would be nothing without the pawsome assistance of Taiga, Melanie’s pawsitively beautiful Labrador Retriever. BARKS!!!  She kept my attention during the entire class!

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Most humans don’t give dog first aid a second thought until something happens causing them to wish they knew what to do.   Melanie had an incident with Taiga which caused the dog to spend a night in an emergency office.  Sadly, the incident could have been easily  prevented if Melanie had been trained.  Paws.  Hence the book and video began.

The class is modeled after Melanie Monteiro’s book, The Safe Dog Handbook!  Barkingly, it goes further in that it uses video, handouts, and examples to instruct the best ways to provide first aid to your dog.  Barkingly, warnings and pawsome advice are shared to prevent future problems!

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One of the coolest features is you can view the video at your own pace. Barkingly, you can return whenever you want and as often as you would like. WOOF!!!  Get a new dog?  Review the class. Cold winter day and want something to do?  Review the class.  Preparing to travel with your dog? Review the class- you can pawsomely do this anytime you want!  WOOF!!  My human loves the simplistic, 1-2-3, matter-of-fact approach to the First Aid as it allows anyone with an interest in dogs and their care to learn all you need.  Barkingly, you can go back and repeat something whenever you want too.

Barks? What did my human learn from the class?  Paws, he learned how to check my vitals, to perform CPR and life-saving first aid skills pawsingly beneficial for choking, heatstroke, bleeding, car accidents, and accidental poisonings, to dog-proof your home and outdoors areas, how to spot bloating, preventing accidents before an emergency happens and the best car restraints for your best buddy- yes, car restraints!  BARKS!!

Why would humans want to know First Aid for their dogs? My first thought is “why not?”  If you are out traveling or taking a hike or just out playing, the skills you can learn from this class could help you save your dogs life and prevent traumatic events from being worse.
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So who’s the class for?  Any human with a dog or an interest in dogs.  More pawsicifically, dog sitters, dog walkers, trainers & doggie daycare staff, dog and puppy owners, animal shelter and rescue group volunteers. Certain professionals can receive credit for their credentials by viewing the course.

BARKS!! WOOF!!!! The course IS NOT a replacement veterinary advice. ALWAYS SEEK prompt veterinary care in an emergency. While every caution was taken to provide safe recommendations based on the standard accepted methods of pet first aid, it is impossible to predict the outcome of their use.

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Friday's Friend! Dog Adoption, Homeless Animals Rescue Team

My friends at Homeless Animals Rescue Team has been busy assisting dogs from North Carolina to find "Forever Homes!" I'd like you to meet a few of them-

Meet Molly!

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Molly is one sweet, loving, and playful Hound mix whose owner can't afford to keep her.  Though she just arrived at the rescue, she is beginning to come out of her shell and see out humans for lovin's and attention!  She seems to get along well with everyone!

Meet Bella!

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Bella is around 4 months to a year old.  She is a mixed breed and was surrendered by her owner because they didn't have time!  arf!  She is a friendly and loving girl who is a little young.  She loves playing in the yard prefers hanging out with her humans.  She seems to get along very well with everyone she meets.

Meet Bonnie!
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Meet Bonnie- she is a female 3-8 year old Beagle mix.  A Good Samaritan found her along a main highway.  She is the sweetest girl.  She may be pregnant and several front teeth loose.  Details not sure on this.  She loves being outside in the yard, playing and learning to  sit for treats. She prefers napping to everything else except food! 

If you would like to inquire about any of these gals, please contact, Homeless Animals Rescue Team,, 703-691-HART,  

Friday's Friend! Dog Adoption, Cat Adoption, Paws for Seniors

I barkingly enjoy catching up with my friends at Paws for Seniors!  I got to meet a dog and cat this week to introduce to you- they do not have to be adopted together- just to let you know!  WOOF!! BARK!

"Lil Bit"
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Meet Lil Bit! A 10-year-old incredibly handsome fella- almost as handsome as me- whose coat doesn't shed very much.  He gets along well with other cats too!  BARKS, er meow.  A bit shy at first, but warms up quickly.  He loves being petted!

Lil Bit has had some changes in his life but you never hear a hiss nor get scratch or any other bad behavior out of him.

The best humans and home for Lil Bit is one where they will understand he will want to hide out awhile until he learns to trust them.  Yummy treats and daily brushing will help the bonding!

Lil Bit is a gentle fella who will blossom in a patient and caring home.

If you would like to meet Lil Bit and learn about cat adoption, please complete the Paws for Seniors Adoption Application.

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Meet my friend Pris! She is an 11 lbs. Princess with plenty of spunk for an older gal.  So much so that its hard to believe she is 14 years old.  When she prances around the house, humans think she is much younger!  WOOF!!!  Barkingly, humans will think she's "mamma's little helper" as them around wanting to help.

Pris enjoys being petted too.   No passing up on those!

She would be a pawfect for any family, young or old.  She is in pawcellent health too!  She's a bit hard of hearing but she is currently learning sign language!

Pris is good with cats, other dogs and mini-humans.

If you would like to meet this pawsitively darling young lady, and learn about dog adoption, please complete the Paws for Seniors Application.

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

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This week, a most lovely 10-year-old Yellow Labrador Retriever from Lab Rescue of L.R.C.P., Inc. stopped by to meet you-  Miss Sunshine!!

Sunshine is looking her "Forever Home" in a rural or a suburban setting in a single-family home with minimal steps which may change in time.  She recently had surgery and needs to avoid them for now!

Looking in her eyes will make you melt.  She is a very mild-mannered girl with a sweet personality which will capture your attention too!  WOOFs!!

When Sunshine was found, she had surgery for a mass on her leg.  She is doing pawsome and is tolerating physical therapy and is scheduled to begin water therapy soon- hope she doesn't do Deep Water Aerobics with my human, they will get nothing but fun done!! WOOF! BARK!  She will get range of motion exercises too which will decrease as time goes on and humans can be shown how to do this at home.  She will need a human who will take her on short walks several times a day! The sweet girl has gone from a twisted and painful leg to having a leg in the normal position!

Sunshine enjoys relaxing with her humans and watching some TV.  She recently went to the beach with her foster family and enjoyed it.  

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She is hoping to find humans to love and a "Forever Home" before much longer.  WOOFs!  She is good with other dogs and cats.  Sunshine is approved for mini-humans ages 10 and older.

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

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

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Another sweet girl from Operation Paws for Homes stopped by this week to meet you too! Meet Jourdin, a beautiful Retriever mix who is around 3 years old! She reminds me of a mini Golden Retriever. She has the most beautiful coat and the happiest dog smile!

Jourdin can be somewhat shy when she first meets you as she prefers to take it slow!

Jourdin likes playing with and chasing her ball and flushing birds out of the bushes! BARKS! She enjoys walks and is pretty pawsome on the leash. She does good traveling in the car.

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Jourdin is looking for a home with a fenced yard as she prefers to go potty off-leash!

Being around her humans is her favorite thing, so Jourdin is looking for a human who is home a good part of the day. WOOFs!

Jourdin is friendly with other dogs.

Interested in meeting Jourdin? Please complete the Operation Paws for Homes Adoption Application or email

If you would like to learn more about dog adoption? Please visit Operation Paws for Homes Adoption Guide.

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

WOOF!!!! WOOOF!!! WOOOOF!! BARKS! ARF!!! It was like looking at a long lost relative- I was pawleased to see "Miss Ashley" from Operation Paws for Homes bringing a Plott Hound for you to meet.  YES, a Plott Hound.  My breed or at least part of me- the better part or the most part as my human says- Meet Miss Lisa!

"Miss Lisa!"
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Barkingly brighten your house to a home by bringing a pawsome Plott Hound there! Miss Lisa is a petite, young, and sweet gal who loves everyone she meets!
Miss Lisa is house trained and a pretty laid back gal.  She takes an excellent job of security guard for her humans by letting out a bark when humans she doesn't know come by.
"Miss Lisa!"
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Miss Lisa is not good with cats!

Miss Lisa will make a great hiking friend, a great walking friend, and a warm snuggle friend!!  She is just waiting to find the pawfect humans!

Interested in meeting Miss Lisa and learning more about dog adoption?  Please complete the Operation Paws for Homes Adoption Application or email

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

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

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Every once in awhile, a dog comes by that I just want to run and play forever!  WOOF! WOOF!  This would be the case with Spike!!

BARKS!  Wouldn't it be most pawsome to see his handsome smiling face every day? 

Spike is 10 months old.  He loves playing and gets along pawsitively well with humans and other dogs.  WOOF!!!! 

Spike loves giving wet doggies kisses especially as a special wake-up call in the mornings.  Barkingly, he loves snuggling with his humans and will curl up next to you and sleep through the night!  Bark!

Do you have an active family with, maybe mini-humans too, or another playful dog who's looking for a friend?  Spike would be a pawsome addition to an active family.  WOOFs!! 

Dog adoption is a pawsome part of a human's family.

Interested in meeting Spike?  Please contact The Humane Society of Loudoun County or email

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

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A pawsome friend for you to meet this week, "Miss Calliope!"  My friend "Great Dane Dame" brought her by from the Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League this week-

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Calliope is one beautiful Great Dane with big blue eyes and a sweet, loving personality.  She was so pawsome to meet- she is learning to meet humans and makes friends everywhere she goes.  Once she trusts you, which usually doesn't take long, you will become her  "bestest best friend in the whole wide world" (her words). WOOF!

Calliope is loving her new good life and has no plans to look back!  For this sweetheart, this includes the best spot on the couch regardless of who might already be comfortably sitting there (WOOOOF!!) and getting for fair 3/4 share of her human's bed.  BARK!  She still gets a little anxious about abandonment so she will keep close to you or make sure you aren't far away.

Once Calliope adopts you, pesky little things like privacy in the bathroom, personal bodyguard, and home security will be things of the past.  She will bark to let you know neighbors are around or the acorns are falling from the tree into your yard.

Being crated or corralled by a baby gate is the only time she throws a real puppy tantrum and digs her heels in.

Calliope is the pawfect houseguest and is 110% potty trained.  She gets along great with her fosters much smaller Frenchie roomies. BARKS!

Calliope enjoys walks. She is a strong gal, so a "Halti" should be used keep her from pulling you across the floor in the infamous "Risky Business" style.

Since she is such a young girl and still learning the ropes of dog life, she will need an adopter who will put time into her training.  The human will not allow her beautiful looks and goofy grin to distract them from being consistent with her!  arf!

Calliope is still very much a puppy!  She just LOVES inventing various new creative ways to entertain herself trying to get your attention. Since she is such an attention-hog, she will do well as an "only-child" so doesn't have any co-conspirators egging on her antics!

She is good with other dogs, mini-humans ages 8 and older but has no history with cats!

Interested in learning more about dog adoption and meeting Calliope?  Please visit Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League, call (703) 644-8009 is a hotline where you can leave a message or email

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Dog Breeds: Shih Tzu and Shih Tzu Mixes

WOOF!!! A few years ago, I shared monthly an infographic from Adopt-A-Pet about the different dog breeds so you could know a bit more when you start looking for a dog for your family. This month, I am pawing about Shih Tzu's. If you've had one, and would like to share for others to learn, please comment below! WOOF!

Friday, January 20, 2017

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

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I am always amazed at some of the situations dogs go through yet they overcome odds or difficulties to become the most pawsome dogs. and yet they come out one top of the best!  My friend "Miss Ashley" from Operation Paws for Homes brought by a dog like that for you to meet-  Mojo!

Mojo Desi Dog came to the USA from India to find humans to love and a "Forever Home!"  In India he was a street dog who got injured and lost one of his legs.  Without the leg, he was not able to take care of himself so some really kind humans worked to help him find his way to Operation Paws for Homes.  Barkingly, the first thing I noticed about Mojo was his enthusiasm and how much he loves to walk, run, jump and chase squirrels even without the one leg!

Mojo has adapted easily to his life in an American home and has fit into the routines of his foster family quite well.  His true breed mix is unknown because of his background- his Veterinarian lists him as Labrador-Whippet mix. Paws, the curly tail suggests some other breed is probably in the mix too! BARKS!!!

Mojo is a sweet, cuddly, fun, happy-go-lucky, house and crate trained, respects mini-humans, rocks at cuddling, gets along with other dogs, will guard your home from cat invasions- so no home with small animals for goooooood reason-type dude! WOOOOOOOF!!!!

Desi Dogs from India have made make pawsome additions to human families.  The dogs are smart and loyal.  Barkingly, with the Desi Dogs unique history and background, humans adopting these dogs will be required to have training set up and ready to help him continue adjusting from street dog in India to a most pawsome spoiled dog in the USA.  The training will ensure he will become the best he can be!

Interested in meeting Mojo Desi Dog?  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.

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

I had a pawsome discussion this last week with "Lab Lady" about senior dogs.  WOOFs!

Barkingly, Lab Rescue is bursting at the seams with pawsome, mature, loving dogs between the ages 8 - 12 years old!  Oops- guess that makes me a senior fella too!   The rescue has 15 senior Labs who would love to find their "Forever Homes."

Why should humans adopt a senior dog?  There are barkingly tons of reasons which include, but are not limited to, senior dogs love naps and cuddling, senior dogs have tons of love and snuggles and happy tails to share with humans, senior dogs have learned that bones or toys are for chewing- not your shoes, senior dogs make pawnderful companions, most senior dogs are house trained, and these barkingly pawsome senior dogs are often overlooked for puppies or younger dogs, yet they still have a lot to give.
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BARKS! I'd like you to meet Jackson!  He is a 9-year-old Yellow Labrador Retriever who loves to be with his humans.  He is looking for a "Forever Home" where his human would be home more often than not.  WOOFs!

He gets along with other dogs but not cats - uh, no, cats in his new home!  WOOF!

Jackson has pawcellent house manners and does not need to be crated.

Jackson is a handsome gentleman who loves to play fetch and is looking for a pawsome family who will shower him with love!

If you would be interested in meeting Jackson and learning more about dog adoption, please complete the Lab Rescue Adoption Application.

Lab Rescue has several senior dogs looking for humans to love.  Please visit Lab Rescue Senior Dogs.

Friday's Friend! Cat Adoption, Homeless Animals Rescue Team

My friend who pawsitively loves cats at the Homeless Animals Rescue Team came by this week to meet you- she brought Riley, a cool meowster for you to meet!

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This pawsome character, Riley, is a handsome fella who is good with mini-humans, dogs, and other confident cats!

Riley loves to be picked up, snuggle, and will curl himself up around you when you sleep!  MEOWs!!

Riley tends to be a "man's man" and can be a bit of a bully to a docile kitty!  He meowingly wants human attention and would love a "Forever Home" where he could get paws full of it!

Do you have questions about Riley?  Please contact Kelly.

If you would like to meet Riley and learn more about cat adoption, please complete the Homeless Animals Rescue Team Adoption Application!

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

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BARKS! er, maybe Meow would be better!  My friend at the Humane Society of Loudoun County brought by two friends for you to meet this week!  Bomber and Tracker!  These characters can be adopted separately or together should you want- MEOW!

Meet Bomber! A sweetheart of a cat- he loves to be near his humans- he'll occasionally give himself a bath while keeping your lap warm!  He really loves snuggling with humans and keeping them warm and toasty!

Bomber does have a cat-titude too! He occasionally loves his independence and wants his own space. A cat-thing you know!

Bomber pawsitively loves hanging out with his harem of foster sisters! Way to go buddy!  WOOF!!! They like to hang out together in front of the fireplace every evening!  He is even a pawsome gentleman as he lets the girls have the comfy cat bed while he sleeps on the floor!

If you are looking for a sweet, friendly, pawsome, and sometimes independent cat to adopt and keep you company- consider Bomber!

If you are interested in adopting Bomber and learning more about cat adoption, please contact the Humane Society of Loudoun County.

And, you've got to meet Tracker-  must be my pawsome day to meet grand and handsome black animals- as Tracker is one of those handsome black cats-

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Tacker pawsitively loves being a lap kitty!

Tracker had a bit of a difficult bit of time as he may have been lost or dumped by his humans.  When he found by Loudoun Humane volunteers, he had a few health challenges.  The volunteer saved his life!

Since he's been at a foster home, he is doing great.  He's gaining weight and his fur growing back where it to be cut out.  MEOW!!! barks.

Barkingly, thanks to the volunteers, he is healthy and ready to look for humans to love and a "Forever Home!"  He hopes to find someone who will enjoy pawlenty of snuggles on their laps!

Tracker prefers to be your one and only cat.  He doesn't like other cats.

Interested in adopting Tracker and learning more about cat adoption, please contact the Humane Society of Loudoun County.

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

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Great Dane Rescue League

WOOF!!!  When this young lady came by to visit, she got my immediate attention at how pawsomely beautiful she is. She adds truth to the saying, "Black Dogs are BEAUTIFUL!"  WOOF! or, handsome as it applies to me, er, male dogs!

Meet Bella, a happy-go-lucky, sweetheart of a Great Dane.  She is a petite girl weighing around 90 lbs.  Barkingly, what she lacks in size, she makes up with her pawsome personality!  She's always wagging her tail and smilin'.

Bella loves spending time with her 6-year-old foster Dane brother and has been pawsomely sweet when introduced to smaller dogs. WOOF!!

Bella is house trained and will sleep in her crate.  She knows a few commands and is working to learn more these next few days!

When she's left alone, she does tend to bark a bit.  Paws, her foster mom is working on this.  Since she is a good talker, she is probably not a good fit for an apartment.  WOOFs!!!

Miss Bella has greeted every human with a smile and a wagging tail.

Like going for drives?  Bella loves car rides- she just wants to be next to another dog or her human- she's a true "Velcro Dane!"

As she is a young gal, she still has some learning to do so she will have a training requirement to ensure she can be all she can be!

Bella is good with cats and other dogs.  She is recommended for mini-humans age 8 and older.

Interested in meeting Bella and learning about dog adoption? Please visit the Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League!

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Great Dane Rescue League