Saturday, July 4, 2020

Happy Independence Day!

(C) 2020, from The Dog's Paw!
(C) from The Dog's Paw!

Samson and I paw, bark, woof, purr, and meow our wishes that you have a safe, fun, and happy Independence Day!

Remember to keep an eye on your dog and cat all day today to make sure they don't escape the house or yard. Today is the day in which more pets go missing than any other holiday or day of the year. Pawlease don't let your dog or cat become part of the statistics!

Samson and I believe it is impawtant for you to have the bestest treats, a few new toys, and maybe some brain games for your dog and cat to enjoy tonight when all the crazy noise and fireworks start. You need to stay home and cuddle with them the entire night! WOOFS!

Thursday, July 2, 2020

July 4th and Missing Dogs!


Photo by Mike Burke on Unsplash
"A Dog In the Home!"
Photo by Mike Burke on Unsplash

Every year around this time many of my friends go missing. At first, I thought it was one of those weird alien things where they went off into space somewhere or something strange like that as some of them never returned to their humans! WOOF!! WOOF!! BARK. Well, that may be a bit of an exaggeration as I don’t know all the dogs who go missing every year.

Paws, did you know that the time period around the 4th of July and its celebrations is when more dogs go missing than any other time of the year? BARKS! Fireworks, loud noises, and bright flashing lights are not your dog’s best friend - not even a close distant cousin!

Remember to your dog, the noises and light flashes of fireworks are unlike other loud noises such as thunderstorms because they are closer to the ground, louder, brighter, and have burning smells. Barkingly, thunderstorms come on gradually with related signs, fireworks do not. Since dogs experience the world through their nose, eyes, and ears, fireworks can be a pawsitively overwhelming time for them! WOOF!! These frighten dogs causing them to run and hide.

A bark or two of preparation will help keep your dog safe, sound, and happy! Barks, my humans plan to be home with me on the 4th making sure I have pawlenty of treats, snacks, and water. We’ll watch music concerts or TV shows which will not have any loud booming noises from 4th celebrations. Sometimes, I curl up in my crate not far from my humans. Other times, I curl up with them. If they can’t be home, and they cannot take me with them, they arrange for my uncle Ed or his pawsomely beautiful wife to sit with me! Barkingly, Doggie Day Care could be an option for your dog too. If you have to make arrangements unfamiliar to your dog, take him there a few days ahead to visit and sniff around. Paws, this will help him be less anxious on the day.

Barks, another pawsome idea is to create a safe room for your dog. Make sure the room is well-lit, you turn on some music or TV to help block the firework noise, and place your dog's favorite toys, blankets, and pillows in the room. Barks, a T-shirt or two with your scent on it is helpful too. I always remind my human to buy me the bestest treats and a new toy or two for me!

WOOFs! My human will let me out in the backyard and take me for walks earlier than normal on the 4th. Sometimes, the loud noises of firecrackers and fireworks will make dogs jump fences or take off running so to be prepared, he watches over me. So pawsome to have a human who loves me!

Barkingly, putting a comfortable, tight-fitting T-Shirt on your dog is a pawsome way to help them
feel secure. Paws, you can buy a Thundershirt which has proven to be a pawcellent method for helping dogs relax.

If your dog seems to have a barkingly rough time with the fireworks, paw with his Veterinarian for solutions. A Veterinarian can offer sedation methods and ideas which would help the dog relax. These methods should be checked out ahead of time so you’ll both be prepared and there will be no surprises.

Barkingly, if you expose your dog to these noises in a positive manner at an early age, like
3 weeks to 3 months, you may be able to de-sensitize them. I recommend asking a dog trainer for ideas to assist with this.

BARK! The most important thing you can do for your dog is to stay relaxed! Don’t fuss with your dog during fireworks as it just reassures them it’s a time to be afraid or apprehensive. Accept the situation and do your best to make your dog happy and comfortable.

The 4th of July, and the days before and a few or so after, are my leastest favorite days of the entire year! Paws, it is an impawtant part of dog ownership to remember is to ALWAYS keep your dog’s ID collar and microchip current! WOOFS! Yes, I recommend the ID collar along with a microchip as it could allow your dog to be ID’d faster and quickly returned to you.

Have a Safe and Happy 4th of July!

Friday, June 26, 2020

Friday's Friend! Cat Adoption, PetConnect Rescue

Cat Adoption
Photo: PetConnect Rescue
Creative: from The Dog's Paw!

Meows! My pawsome friend "Cat Lady!" from PetConnect Rescue brought by a beautiful cat for you to meet and pawssibly consider adopting! Pawlease meet Dana!

Purringly, Dana is a around 2-years-old, petite, and has a sweet disposition! She is looking for a "Forever Home!" with a confident, calm feline companion or two who will help build her confidence while she settles in!

Dana is good with cats, dogs, and mini-humans. She is moderately active and indoor only!

Paws, with patience, Dana has settled into her foster home. She has shown her foster mom that she loves interacting with humans and toys. Meow, there isn't a kitty she doesn't enjoy playing with inside the home!

Purringly, she will be happiest in a home with older mini-humans or humans only, a laid back cat-friendly dog would pawssibly be fine too!

If you would like to learn more about adopting a cat with PetConnect Rescue, pawlease visit their Adoption Guide!

To meet or apply to pawssibly adopt Dana, pawlease complete the PetConnect Rescue Cat Adoption Application!


Cat Adoption
Cat Adoption

Friday's Friend! Dog Adoption, PetConnect Rescue

Dog Adoption
Photo: PetConnect Rescue
Creative: from The Dog's Paw

Dog Adoption
Photo: PetConnect Rescue
Creative: from The Dog's Paw
WOOF! WOOF! Happy Friday! I paw that you had a pawsome week! My friends from PetConnect Rescue brought by a handsome fella named Oliver for you to meet and pawssibly adopt as your bestest friend!

Barks, Oliver is around 6-years-old and believed to be a Hound Mix. He is a pawsomely friendly fella who gets along great with other dogs and humans he's met! Woofingly, he loves human and canine companionship so he will require another dog in his "Forever Home!" and a human who isn't gone an entire workday!

Oliver is a playful boy so he will require a fenced yard where he can romp, play, and explore!

Barks, he is eager-to-please his humans and will make a pawnderful companion! He is eager to find his family to love!

To learn more about dog adoption with PetConnect Rescue, pawlease read their Adoption Guide.

To meet or apply to pawssibly adopt Oliver, pawlease complete the PetConnect Rescue Dog Adoption Application.

Woofs, are you unable to adopt but love dogs? Pawlease consider supporting Oliver financially. Donations will assist with his care. Any extra funds will be used to assist other dogs at PetConnect Rescue. Interested, pawlease donate HERE! Donations are tax-deductible!

Dog Adoption
Photo: PetConnect Rescue
Creative: from The Dog's Paw
Dog Adoption

Dog Adoption

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Dog Enrichment by Mighty Dog Graphics

© 2020, Mighty Dog Graphics
© 2020, Mighty Dog Graphics, Facebook/MightyDogGraphics

WOOF! BARK! A Paws of thanks to Mighty Dog Graphics for sharing their pawsome artistic talents and educating us about dogs!

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


(C) from The Dog's Paw

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

On The Prowl Cat Cartoons by Ruppert Fawcett

(C) 2020, Ruppert Fawcett, On The Prowl Used by Permission
(C) 2020, Ruppert Fawcett, On The Prowl Used by Permission

MEOWS! Meow... purr... a few weeks ago was National Hug Your Cat Day! I hope you read my post! Paws, to continue the celebration, I had to share this pawsome cartoon from On The Prowl Cartoons by Ruppert Fawcett!

Meows and pawlenty of purrs to "On The Prowl Cartoons" and Ruppert Fawcett for sharing their artist talents with us!

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Happy Gotcha Day Samson!

Happy Gotcha Day!
(C) from The Dog's Paw!

Two years ago Samson you came into our lives. I have to admit, my first thought was that I didn't want to adopt another cat especially since I will be the one who is home all day with it. But, Mom found you online and you looked to be a perfect fit for our family. I thought if we had to adopt a cat, you might be the perfect one for us.

I talked with Noah about the possibility of him having a cat brother again. After reading about you and looking at the pics, he thought you might be the perfect addition to our family too.

So Mom and I jumped in the car and drove to Annapolis, Maryland to see you! It was no short trip either... two hour drive each way! It was an interesting visit because we couldn't see you- except maybe a bit of your cute face while you hid from us. I can't say that I blame you at all! I would be scared too with all the changes in your life happening and all the strange humans coming by to look at you.  When we left, Mom prayed and hoped that we would get to adopt you. Little does she know, I did too.

Within a week or so, we got the news that you would be joining our family. Mom prepared you a place in a bedroom where you could feel safe and become acquainted with your new surroundings and life.

I thought it was really cool that we got to adopt you on "Father's Day!" This made the day become very special for me as I have another furry son!

It took you a while to come out of your room and explore the rest of the house. And, a bit longer to learn to love Mom but even longer to learn that I am a good guy and would never ever hurt you.

Now, you rule the house as if you have lived here forever!

Today, we celebrate your "Gotcha Day!" because Mom, Noah, and I are very happy we "GOTCHA!" and welcomed you home. Happy "Gotcha Day" Samson!

Happy Gotcha Day Samson!

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Happy Summer Solstice!

(C) from The Dog's Paw!
(C) from The Dog's Paw!

WOOF! WOOF! WOOF! IT'S HERE! Summer is here! Summer is here! It means more fun outside. More walks. More hikes. Swimming! VACATIONS! I love traveling so that will be the most pawsomely incredible part of the season.

Barks, today is the longest day of the year too. Dad always celebrates it by being outside in his garden until the sun has gone down and it's totally dark outside. Paws, it's his favorite time of the year!

Summer Solstice! (C) from The Dog's Paw!



Friday, June 19, 2020

Friday's Friend! Cat Adoption, PetConnect Rescue

Photo: PetConnect Rescue
Creative: from The Dog's Paw!

Purrs! Purrs! My pawsome friend "Cat Lady" from PetConnect Rescue brought by beautiful lady named Silver for you to meet this week!

MEOW! Silver is a curious, intelligent girl with bunny soft fur! Purrs, she has an outgoing pawsonality and just loves being around her foster humans!

Cat AdoptionShe seems to be content to be your one-and-only-cat-that-is and may do well with a very calm cat-friendly dog!

Silver would be an ideal kitty for the first-time cat owner!

Paws, if you would like to learn more about cat adoption from PetConnect Rescue, pawlease visit their Adoption Guide.

Meows, if you would like to meet Silver or apply to pawssibly adopt her, pawlease complete the PetConnect Rescue Cat Adoption Application.

Purrs, unable to adopt? Pawlease consider supporting Silver financially! Donations will assist with her care. Any extra funds will be used to assist other cats at PetConnect Rescue. Interested, pawlease donate HERE! Donations are tax-deductible!

Cat Adoption
Photo: PetConnect Rescue
Creative: from The Dog's Paw!
Cat Adoption




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

Cat Adoption
Photo: Operation Paws for Homes
Creative: from The Dog's Paw

Cat Adoption
Photo: Operation Paws for Homes
Creative: from The Dog's Paw
Meows! Meet my friend Peppa from Operation Paws for Homes!

Peppa is a cat who knows where it's at as she has one BIG pawsonality! 

She loves interacting with humans but will do best in a home with older mini-humans! 

Peppa loves belly rubs until she doesn't. Meows, the typical cattitude! She is the BOSS and you will know it! She will keep you in line without you even noticing because she is a comical girl.  

To learn more about adopting a cat from Operation Paws for Homes, pawlease visit their Adoption Guide

If you would like to meet Peppa or apply to pawssibly adopt her, pawlease complete the Operation Paws for Homes Cat Adoption Application

Purrs! Do you love cats, but, for whatever reason, are not able to adopt? Please consider supporting Peppa financially. Donations will assist with her care. Any extra funds will be used to assist other cats at Operation Paws for Homes! Interested, pawlease donate HERE! Donations are tax-deductible.

Cat Adoption
Photo: Operation Paws for Homes
Creative: from The Dog's Paw
Cat Adoption

Cat Adoption

Friday's Friend! Cat Adoption, Operation Paws For Homes!

Photo: Operation Paws for Homes
Creative: from The Dog's Paw

Meows! I have a new friend from Operation Paws for Homes for you to meet this week! Let me introduce to you, Brock!

Cat AdoptionThis fella is has had a bit of a rough life but is doing well now. He was found living on the streets, starving, and completely defenseless- HISS!! HISS!! Yups, no claws at all! HISS! Paws, since he was defenseless, he developed some anger issues. Meows, through extensive psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and Pavlovian conditioning with his foster, he has worked through his anger issues with lots of love and treats.

Brock is loving life in his foster home! Paws, since he's completely defenseless, he doesn't like other animals or taxidermy either! HISS!

Paws, Brock does love his humans and looks for attention.

Brock is looking for a very special, cat savvy person or family to give him the life he deserves!

Brock is very affectionate and ready to find his "Forever Home!"

To learn more about adopting a cat from Operation Paws for Homes, pawlease visit their Adoption Guide!

If you would like to meet Brock or apply to pawssibly adopt him, pawlease complete the Operation Paws for Homes Cat Adoption Application!

Meows, are you unable to adopt? Purrs, how about supporting Brock financially? Donations will assist with his care. Any extra funds will be used to assist other cats at Operation Paws for Homes. Interested, pawlease donate HERE! Donations are tax-deductible!

Cat Adoption
Photo: Operation Paws for Homes
Creative: from The Dog's Paw
Cat Adoption

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

Cat Adoption
Photo: Homeless Animals Rescue Team (HART)
Creative: from The Dog's Paw!

MEOWS! Happy Friday! I have a pawsome cat this week from the Homeless Animals Rescue Team (HART) for you to meet!

Purrs, this is handsome Fiyero! He is not declawed and is around 8-years-old! He is dog- and cat-friendly but not so with mini-humans!

Fiyero has a pawsome grand pawsonality! He just loves hanging out with his humans... in the same room... on the same bed... but he's not a clingy-kinda guy!

Paws, he is pawsitively hilarious around a water faucet! He tosses the water around, lets it run down his head! Just look at his pawsome water adventure photos!

MEOWS! He even likes vegetables! Oh my catness! He prefers vegetables over cat treats! He will push an apple off the counter to play with like a toy and steals carrots, celery, and cilantro!

Cat Adoption
Photo: Homeless Animals Rescue Team (HART)
Creative: from The Dog's Paw!
Paws, now this is so cool... Fiyero greets all visitors at the door and is super watch kitty... on the alert for any delivery trucks in the driveway... he growls to let you know! Meows!

Fiyero is a sweet fella who loves flying toys and wagging his pawsomely expressive tail like a puppy!

He needs an adopter who can read cat behavior and knows when to pull away when he wants to play "love bites on daddy's hand!"

Paws, if you are looking to adopt and incredibly cool kitty, you should meet Fiyero!

Do you have questions about Fiyero? Pawlease contact Kim!

To learn about adopting a cat from the Homeless Animals Rescue Team (HART), pawlease visit their Adoption Guide!

To meet Fiyero or apply to pawssibly adopt him, pawlease complete the Homeless Animals Rescue Team Cat Adoption Application!

Do you love cats but are not able to adopt? How about considering sponsoring Fiyero? Sponsoring him provides financial resources for his food, care, and Veterinary needs. Interested? Pawlease visit Sponsor! Donations are tax-deductible!

Cat Adoption

Cat Adoption

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Half-Full Comics by Maria Scrivan

(C) 2020, Maria Scrivan, Half-Full Comics
(C) 2020, Maria Scrivan, Half-Full Comics

"WOOF! WOOF! Barks, a huge paws of thanks to Maria Scrivan for sharing her pawsome artistic, Half-Full Comics, talents with us!

Maria’s forthcoming graphic novel series, NAT ENOUGH, published by Scholastic/Graphix is available at Nat Enough!"

Monday, June 15, 2020

Friday's Friend! Dog Adoption!


Are you looking for a furry furever friend? Are you willing to provide a pawsome home to a furry friend furever? WOOF!

Pawlease visit my posts most Friday's for "Friday's Friend!" I feature friends from local dog rescues who you might like to adopt!


Dog Adoption

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Prayer Pups by Jeffrey Smith

© 2020, Prayer Pups, by Jeff Smith, Used by Written Permission
© 2020, Prayer Pups, by Jeff Smith, Used by Written Permission


WOOFs! I paw and BARK a loud thanks to Prayer Pups for sharing their pawsome artistic talents with us.

All content and characters © 2020, Jeffrey Smith. All rights reserved. Used by Permission, Prayer Pups by Jeffrey Smith

WOOF! To learn more about God's Plan for Man, the Good News, pawlease visit Peace With God!

© 2020, Prayer Pups, by Jeff Smith, Used by Written Permission

Friday, June 12, 2020

Friday's Friend! Cat Adoption, Advocates for Abused and Abandoned Pets (A3P)!

Cat Adoption
Photo: Advocates for Abused and Abandoned Pets (A3P)
Creative: from The Dog's Paw

MEOWS! Meows! You have got to meet this incredibly handsome feline my fine human friend, "Miss Sherry" from the Advocates for Abused and Abandoned Pets (A3P) brought by for you!

Paws, he is almost as handsome as me, those extremely good looks that just a few of us cats have! Purrs, he is quite a lovable fella too. He LOVES being pampered by your petting him.  Paws, he will head-butt you to ensure you give him your undivided attention!
Cat Adoption

Meows and purrs, Jack is a mellow dude who lives with numerous other cats. He loves laying in the sunshine, meandering around the house, and waiting for his humans to dote on him. Paws, sounds like almost the pawfect cat... he'd be perfect except I am the mostest pawfect cat ever... so there you go! Jack is available for adoption though!

Jack is around 2-years-old and ready to go to his "Forever Home!"

To learn more about adopting a cat with Advocates for Abused and Abandoned Pets (A3P) and to meet or apply to pawssibly adopt Jack, pawlease visit their Cat Adoption Guide.

Purrs! Do you love cats, but, for whatever reason, are not able to adopt? Pawlease consider supporting Jack financially. Donations will assist with his care. Any extra funds will be used to assist other cats at Advocates for Abused and Abandoned Pets (A3P). Interested, pawlease donate HERE! Donations are tax-deductible!

Cat Adoption


Friday's Friend! Dog Adoption, Lab Rescue


Black Labrador Retriever Dog Adoption
Photo: Lab Rescue
Creative: from The Dog's Paw!

WOOF! Barks, my pawsome friends Jenny and Hayley from Lab Rescue are looking for their "Forever Home!" These two are bond-bestest-buddies who must be adopted together. They would like their "Forever Home" in a single-family house located in a rural or suburban location with a physical fence!

Jenny and Hayley love to play and run! A big fenced yard is a huge plus. They will need adopters who will have patience to allow them to move at their own pace around humans. They will require time to become the bestest-dogs-they-can-be! Barks, if you like watching dogs have fun, these two are for you!
Black Labrador Retriever Dog Adoption
Photo: Lab Rescue
Creative: from The Dog's Paw!

Jenny is a Black Labrador Retriever who is around 3-years-old. Hayley is a Black Labrador Retriever around 1-year-old.

WOOF! After running, playing, and rolling around in the yard, they take a long nap until the next round.

The girls are not your typical outgoing Labs. They are brave and improve every day in their foster home. Baby steps are best for them. Watch them play, Hayley and Jenny play in Slo-Mo!
Black Labrador Retriever Dog Adoption
Photo: Lab Rescue
Creative: from The Dog's Paw!

Barks, Jenny will do just about anything for a treat! She has gained confidence after a rough beginning in life. She has overcome a lack of socialization and human contact! Barks, she enjoys hanging out with the family but wants her crate left open so she can chill when she needs it! Hayley feels very brave around her! She was not socialized and was left with the impression that people are unkind. She may not cuddle but will lick your hands. The pair will need time to adjust to new situations.

Woofs, Jenny and Hayley love other dogs- the more the merrier! This high energy duo needs the oppawtunity to run like the wind and play hard to work off their youthful energy. Watch Jenny and Hayley playing: Hayley and Jenny Love to Play!

Jenny and Hayley are approved for mini-humans ages 10 and older. Barkingly, they will NOT do well in a home where mini-humans are coming and going! Paws, they are good with cats as they lived with one in previous homes.

Barks, to learn more about adopting a Labrador Retriever with Lab Rescue, pawlease visit their Adoption Guide.

If you are interested in meeting Jenny and Hayley, or would like to apply to pawssibly adopt them, pawlease complete the Lab Rescue Dog Adoption Application.

Do you love Labrador Retrievers but are not able to adopt? How about considering sponsoring Jenny and Hayey? Sponsoring these two pawsome girls provides financial resources for their food, care, and Veterinary needs. Interested? Pawlease visit Sponsor!

Black Labrador Retriever Dog Adoption

Black Labrador Retriever Dog Adoption






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


Great Dane Dog Adoption
Photo: Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League
Creative: from The Dog's Paw!

WOOF! WOOF! Though I wish this beautiful young lady would find humans to love with a "Forever Home!" and the humans would love her too-she is so beautiful and would be a pawsome addition to an active family, I do enjoy her visiting to share about herself to you! Chloe is a 2-year-old Great Dane from the Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League.  She has beautiful markings, stands up tall and straight with her tail curled. Many humans, and me, comment on her beauty!
Great Dane Dog Adoption
Photo: Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League
Creative: from The Dog's Paw!

Woofingly, Chloe had ACL surgery on her right leg in January 2020 which was successful! She has been in foster care strengthening her leg and has been released to regular activities by her Veterinarian! She has all of her energy back!

Paws, Chloe enjoys playing with her squeaky toys! She is completely house- and crate-trained. Woofs, she loves her crate using it to hang-out or sleep.

Woofingly, she doesn't do well with other female dogs. Paws, due to ACL recovery followed by the COVID-19 restrictions, the Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League has not been able to "test" interactions with other dogs.

Barks, er, meows, she is curious about cats. If they move slowly, she's good but wants to chase them if they bolt! Paws, she is more interested in squirrels and wants to chase them! She stops when told!

Chloe has had a bit of training. Barkingly, she is working on her "leash/heal," and "sit/down/stay" commands. She is learning very quickly. She heals when walking but will pull. She is very strong so she will need training.

Great Dane Dog Adoption
Photo: Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League
Creative: from The Dog's Paw!
Barks, as she gets more playful, Chloes doesn't recognize how big she is. Paws, she bumps and steps on her foster parents wanting to play rough. She will calm down when told.

Barkingly Miss Chloe will do best in a home with no mini-humans under age 10 or significantly older humans. Her energy levels and activity could injure someone if she knocked them down.

Chloe is a true love-bug! She loves her humans will want to lay down next to you and cuddle all day if you'd let her! She is smart too. She knows how to tell her humans when she wants to play, go potty, or want water. 

To learn more about Chloe, Adoption Procedures, Adoption Requirements, applying to adopt Chloe. pawlease visit the Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League's Adoption Guide

Woofs! Do you love Great Danes, but, for whatever reason, are not able to adopt? Please consider supporting Chloe financially. Donations will assist with her care. Any extra funds will be used to assist other Great Danes at the Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League. Interested, pawlease donate HERE! Donations are tax-deductible!

Great Dane Dog Adoption
Photo: Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League
Creative: from The Dog's Paw!
Great Dane Dog Adoption

Great Dane Dog Adoption