Shelter Sunday: Pound Puppies

March 18, 2018

Pound dogsA good reminder for those of us who adopt and rescue dogs.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Chicago Honors K-9 Force

February 25, 2018


Chicago police officer and artist Peter Bucks stands behind the police dog art piece he created during a press conference Jan. 24, 2017. (Phil Velasquez / Chicago Tribune)

Will you be anywhere near The Windy City this summer? The Chicago Tribune reports The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation is backing a public art initiative called K-9s for Cops to bring 200 German shepherd statues to the Magnificent Mile and other locations from July 23rd to Labor Day.

The 54-inch statues will be made of fiberglass, designed and painted by local artists in collaboration with sponsors. After Labor Day, the statues will be auctioned off to benefit both the memorial foundation and PAWS Chicago, where the money will be used for a spay / neuter initiative. A similar project featuring Horses of Honor several years ago netted $480,000.

Can’t wait to see it!

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

National Justice for Animals Week

February 21, 2018

NJAWThe Animal Legal Defense Fund, the nation’s preeminent legal advocacy organization for animals, has chosen America’s Top Ten Animal Defenders – the list of top prosecutors, law enforcement officials, lawmakers and others who champion the cause of animal crime victims honored during National Justice for Animals Week, Feb. 25 – March 3, 2018. Each year, National Justice for Animals Week recognizes these individuals’ outstanding contributions to the protection of animals, raises public awareness about animal abuse and advises advocates how to pass stronger laws and demand better enforcement for acts of animal cruelty. [Read more]

Southwest Airlines Rescues Pups from Puerto Rico

January 24, 2018

Shelley Castle Photog

Courtesy Shelley Castle Photography

Not once, not twice, but three times, Southwest Airlines (my favorite way to travel!) flew to Puerto Rico to pick up planeloads of animals who needed to be rescued after the busy hurricane season. [Read more]

The Power of Facebook

January 4, 2018


Photo: Kelly Gray

Sharing a story today from the small town of Upper Sandusky, Ohio, which points out the power of Facebook.

A random Good Samaritan named Kelly Gray posted on her Facebook page that three dogs were left outside in the extreme cold we’ve been experiencing here in Ohio: The dogs in the Kirby puppy mill are freezing with no water and no one takes action! Who can help!! She also uploaded a few pictures and a video of the cold Beagles. The post was shared over 6700 times, prompting action from the Wyandot County Sheriff and Humane Society. [Read more]

Winter Pet Care

January 2, 2018

NativeAmericanHumane Helpful infographic from Native America Humane Society.

A simple rule: if you’re cold, they’re cold. Bring them inside!

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

The Reality of Shelter Euthanasia…AKA…No Dogs Under the Tree!

December 23, 2017

EuthanasiaFrom the Facebook page of Shelter Dogs Rock: I died today. You got tired of me and took me to the shelter. They were overcrowded and I drew an unlucky number. I am in a black plastic bag in a landfill now. Some other puppy will get the barely used leash you left. My collar was dirty and too small, but the lady took it off before she sent me to the Rainbow Bridge . Would I still be at home if I hadn’t chewed your shoe? I didn’t know what it was, but it was leather, and it was on the floor. I was just playing. You forgot to get puppy toys. Would I still be at home if I had been housebroken? Rubbing my nose in what I did only made me ashamed that I had to go at all. [Read more]

Salute to Old Dogs on Giving Tuesday

November 28, 2017

Penny Skunked

Old dogsOld Dogs 2

Looking at my 10-year old Beagle, Penny, I have old dogs on my heart today. Since it’s Giving Tuesday, I would encourage you to donate your time and / or money to a shelter near you that serves old souls.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

October: A Special Month

October 26, 2017

Pit Bull Standing
Time is running out on October, but I wanted to remind you of two designations this month carries: National Adopt A Shelter Dog Month, and National Pit Bull Awareness Month.

Sounds to me like a great time to visit your local shelter and adopt a Pittie.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

FMLA to care for your dog

October 17, 2017

Sick dog wearing a funnel collar. Treatment of injured hind legs of a dogIf you’re lucky enough to work in Italy, you may now be able to take paid time off of work to care for your ill dog.

As you may know, here in the States, we have the Family Medical Leave Act, under which employers have to give you (usually unpaid) time off to care for sick family members. Well, in Italy, they’ve now taken that to a whole new level! [Read more]

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