Rescue

Can an adopted dog be loyal?

Can an adopted dog be loyal?

Dear Labby,   We’ve been thinking about adopting a dog from the shelter. I don’t think we’re prepared for a puppy, but I worry about an older dog. Will they bond to my family? Is it better to get a puppy? Does it upset a dog to get a new family? Will they ever learn to be loya... »

Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog month. You will see all sorts of news stories, blog postings, photo contests and even TV specials about adopting shelter dogs. It’s great to devote a whole month to raising awareness about the importance of adoption and we can’t say enough in support of it.... »

Exercise to Reduce Stress in Dogs. Part 1

Exercise to Reduce Stress in Dogs. Part 1

Like humans, dogs can feel stress and it can lead to changes in their behavior (e.g. undesirable behaviors like barking or biting) as well as changes in their body chemistry. For many people, the solution to stress is often found in a prescription and although not as common, the same can be said for... »

Should I Spay or Neuter my Pet?

Should I Spay or Neuter my Pet?

Conventional wisdom in the United States says that spaying or neutering your pet is the responsible thing to do. The only “politically correct” excuse for not spaying or neutering is if you were a responsible dog breeder or if you have a pedigree show dog and they are required to be inta... »

Are Shelters a Good Place to get a Pet?

Are Shelters a Good Place to get a Pet?

Recently, the Washington Post published a story, “Why I’d Never Adopt a Shelter Dog Again”. The author told a tale of woe about adopting three shelter dogs and encountering various health issues with them over the years. Mind you, one of the dogs lived to age nine and her complaints were about incre... »

You’re Invited to Our Gotcha Day Virtual Party

You’re Invited to Our Gotcha Day Virtual Party

  BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop! »

What You Find on Craigslist

One of the blogs I read regularly is Keep the Tail Wagging. Kimberly recently lost one of her pups and soon found her boyfriend looking for a new pup on Craigslist. She was so appalled by what she encountered she decided to have this Blog Hop to help raise awareness and fight the proliferation of pu... »

National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week

National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week

This week is designated National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week. I’m not sure who created the ‘week’, I think the Humane Society, but it’s certainly a worthy cause. Our shelters do amazing work with limited funds, resources and a growing overpopulation of dogs, c... »

Jack & Maggie’s Birthday

Jack & Maggie’s Birthday

If you read our blog, you know that our two dogs, SlimDoggy Jack & Maggie are rescues. We rescued Jack in 2011 and Maggie in 2012 when our dog’s Tino and Becca passed. Since they are both rescues we’re not really sure of their birthdays. Jack was found wandering in the mountains abov... »

Blog the Change for Seniors

Blog the Change for Seniors

Today is “Blog the Change for Animals” day a special event sponsored by Be The Change 4 Animals. It’s a day when pet bloggers & pet lovers come together and blog about animal causes that are near & dear to them in an effort to raise awareness and support for their cause. We... »

Help Us Help Others

Help Us Help Others

We were pleasantly surprised when we were nominated for “The Petties” this year. The Petties are awards given out each year by DogTime.com for the best pet blogs in a variety of categories and we were nominated for Best Mobile Phone App! That’s pretty cool in and of itself, but eve... »

Wordless Wednesday 5-29-13

Wordless Wednesday 5-29-13

 PS. He might really be saying “Why didn’t you take ME to BlogPaws??? It’s time for BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday blog hop! »

Dear Labby (Concerned & ChubbyDad)

Dear Labby (Concerned & ChubbyDad)

  Dear Labby, I love dogs and really want to help out my local dog rescue, but I just can’t provide a forever home right now (work schedule & living situation).  How else can I help? WantsToHelp Dear WantstoHelp,  There are so many things you can do to help out and your local shelter ... »

Tale of Tails: Clifford Part 1

Tale of Tails: Clifford Part 1

A touching story submitted by our reader Tina F. about the love of her dog Clifford and their fight with cancer. Clifford came to me 1/27/05.  It was a bitterly cold night and I had just finished dinner with my friend at El Matador.  We were walking to our car when I saw this large dog running in th... »

Tale of Tails: Maggie May – Part 3

Tale of Tails: Maggie May – Part 3

Maggie has been with us for almost nine months now. We can truly say she is a different dog. Mind you, she still has her moments when the fear takes over and she shuts down, but they are fewer and farther between and she recovers from these much more quickly. So how did we do it? It’s slow and... »

Tale of Tails: Maggie May – Part 2

Tale of Tails: Maggie May – Part 2

We went looking for more information about Maggie’s background to see if it could help us help her overcome her fears. Unfortunately, the rescue couldn’t tell us much. Maggie had been through one adoption already and had been returned. The rescue said it was due to too many grandchildren... »

Tale of Tails: Maggie May – Part 1

Tale of Tails: Maggie May – Part 1

We adopted Maggie May in July of 2012. Becca, our black lab we had rescued 3 years previously had just passed away from bone cancer in her right shoulder. We wanted another dog, one to fill out our family and the hole in our hearts and also to be a sister/companion for SlimDoggy Jack. Becca had been... »

Tale of Tails: Tino Part 4

Tale of Tails: Tino Part 4

 Chapter 4………Gratitude  Gratitude is the memory of the heart. Jean Baptiste Massieu If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man. Mark Twain   Tino settled in to his life with us extremely well.  He blended... »

Exercise as Magic, Part 2-  Working with Danny

Exercise as Magic, Part 2- Working with Danny

In our last post, we introduced you to Danny and Angel, two foster dogs who we recently met through our volunteer exercise and weight control service that we provide to local dog rescues.  Today’s focus is on Danny, the high-energy puppy-ish lab mix who is somewhat hard to handle. First Impres... »

Tale of Tails: Tino Chapter 3

Tale of Tails: Tino Chapter 3

Chapter 3…….Perseverance What does not destroy me makes me strong. John Milton And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow. Jerry Chin Putting Bernie to sleep was extremely difficult, but we knew it had to be done. Watching the seizures tak... »

Tale of Tails: Tally (Part I)

Tale of Tails: Tally (Part I)

A Tale of Tails from a reader – Anne P. Getting Tally – Part I The dog came up from behind, running alongside me on the sandy beach, keeping pace.  At first, I was startled and concerned. Seemed like a friendly dog but I wasn’t sure. And why was it running alongside me, as though we were partn... »

Tales of Tails: Tino Chapter 2

Tales of Tails: Tino Chapter 2

Chapter 2 – JOY None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm. Henry David Thoreau   Happy the man, and happy he alone, he who can call today his own; he who, secure within, can say, tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today. John Dryden   The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may m... »

Tales of Tails: Maddie

Tales of Tails: Maddie

  A Tale of Tails from one of our Readers: Terri   A bedraggled flea-ridden little mess of fur greeted me as I returned home from school one day.  My younger daughter and boyfriend “rescued” this tiny little thing that had been wandering around outside his store, obviously dumped th... »

Tales of Tails: Tino Chapter 1

Tales of Tails: Tino Chapter 1

Chapter One – Fortitude Life is like an ice-cream cone. You have to lick it one day at a time. Charles M. Schultz (Charlie Brown)   I’ve learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances. Martha Washington &nb... »

Tales of Tails: Ivy

Tales of Tails: Ivy

  A Tale of the Tails from one of our readers – Peg O.   Our late dog, Ivy, a Lab/Akita mix was rescued – not from an animal rescue but rather via a friend. Ivy’s Mom was a white Akita and her Dad a black Lab. Her Mom was owned by a friend of ours and 14 days after giving... »

Helping Pets in Need

Five ways to help out your local rescue/shelter. This is worth the quick read. http://www.examiner.com/article/make-a-difference-this-new-year-five-ways-you-can-help-your-local-shelter Here are a few other ways you can help: Become a “Fitness foster”.  Volunteer to exercise dogs that you... »