Now more than ever, you are needed to donate your old blankets, towels, and sheets to your local animal shelter. With financial cut-backs, repairs on shelters are often put off, so if it's drafty, the animals suffer. I know my shelter uses rags to stuff under doors. No kidding! Empty out those closets... this is your chance to get rid of stuff and do something useful!

Friday, September 30, 2011


I will be on vacation until Oct 10th... a much needed trip! I hope not to see stray dogs, as that will ruin my trip.

Until then...


Thursday, September 29, 2011

Abby, Search and Rescue Dog Extraordinaire, RIP

It was just a short time ago she was honored.  (See the forth picture down).

From Dog Bless You on Facebook:
ABBY (14) - HERO - 9/11 Search and Rescue Dog - PASSES AWAY - Dear Abby and your handler Debra, please know that at Dog Bless You that your spirit will always have a home here. THIS GOES TO ALL DOGS. Your spirit will always be honored and alive on this site.

My thoughts are with Debra at this time.


Wednesday, September 28, 2011


via the Daily News:

This one hits close to home.  Not only is the perp a piece of shit, but so is the judge.

Richard Harbus for News
Cherika Alvarez became the target of widespread scorn after her arrest for leaving the dog alone in a Bronx apartment following her November 2009 eviction.

The starving dog ate garbage, razor blades, wood chips and ketchup packets in a desperate effort to stay alive before dying after six weeks alone in the apartment, authorities said....
Prosecutors in the case asked for 30 days behind bars and 30 days of community service, although the judge said that sentence wasn't necessary.
Here's another picture of POS Alvarez, this one from the Pet Abuse Registry.  Get a good look, so if you bump into her you can tell her what a trashy thing she is.

Remember Suzie's Law, in North Carolina, where this exact behavior (neglect that resulted in the starvation or torture of an animal) became a Class H Felony, and as such carries mandatory jail?  North Carolina, which still gasses it's animals to euthanize them, and has far fewer spay-neuter programs than enlightened New York?!

Here is what the ASPCA found when they got to the house of POS Cherika Alvarez.

And the Judge?

"Hon." Robert A. Sackett
Sullivan County Supreme Court
414 Broadway
Monticello, NY 12701
(718) 618-3666

Here is another case, where this POS judge ended up apologizing to the victim whom he forced to testify about sexual abuse in court.
The 15-year-old girl testified that the defendant had "grabbed" her breasts, but she later used the words "touched' and "fondled" to describe the contact.

"Could you stand up and dramatize with your hands what he did to your breasts?" Judge Sackett said, according to a transcript of the March case. "Act it out. You can stand up."

"It's a little embarrassing," the victim said.
Pieces of shit, both of them.  She faced up to one year in jail, but the "Honorable" Judge Sackett let neglect that resulted in a starvation of an animal go scott free.


Seeing Potential

All of the dogs I've ever gotten I've gotten from a shelter. I can recall choosing one dog over another, and my reasons were varied. I do recall seeing dogs that looked like they had shut down or had something wrong with them. Now with being a shelter volunteer and doing Facebook crossposting as well, I know what the shut-down look is: Fear, confusion, loneliness, homesickness, worry, and a lack a hope.

Here is an example:

Please consider taking in a shelter dog. Dogs are social animals. With a little cleaning up, they recover so nicely.


Thank God for Mr. Li in China

This week is becoming International Week. Some good things are happening!

This info is from facebook and I have no way of verifying it. But it's clear these dogs are used to this situation and are not afraid. Here's what accompanied the picture on facebook:
Li Zongwen makes food for the stray dogs at his house!!!!!!!

Mr Li, 59, has become a dog's best friend after adopting a number of stray and abandoned pooches.

Walkies must be a nightmare and dealing with the poop almost unimaginable because Li takes care of over 140 of the animals in his home in China.

Rescued from the streets on the outskirts of the city of Wuhan, they are given a roof over their heads and a meal to eat.

The rescued animals like to sit and watch as the former chef rustles up their grub in a big cauldron using a garden spade.


Sunday, September 25, 2011

Bull Fighting Ends in Barcelona

More good news!  I remember visiting Barcelona (a truly beautiful city) in summer of 1990 and piously turned my nose up at the bull fight the tour offered. No way! Periodically I still hear of bull fighting (the only time I hear of it actually) when the matador get goured.  I always cheer for the bull.


Friday, September 23, 2011

2011 Hounds On The Sounds

This is a GREAT group. I am always amazed at how many animals they save each year. It's upwards of what national groups do, only they do everything from pulling from the shelter, to vetting, to fostering, to getting dogs and cats adopted. That's a tall order. If you are in the area (just above NYC), come for the day!

Enjoy a leisurely 1.5 mile stroll with your dog on a path bordering Long Island Sound, followed by a fun day at the park with vendors, refreshments, activities for kids, demonstrations, dog contests, music & much more! Last year's event was a huge success, with almost 1,000 people and their dogs attending.

Proceeds benefit Pet Rescue and New Rochelle Humane Society plus part of the proceeds will help the animals at the Mt. Vernon Shelter.

Walker Registration is now open..

Please help us spread the word!

Visit: for more information.


Monday, September 12, 2011

Lost Dog in NYC (Upper East Side)

LOST GERMAN SHEPERD MIX. ESCAPED FROM COLLAR IN CENTRAL PARK, EAST SIDE. HAS NO TAGS ON OR COLLAR. HIS NAME IS FLACO. PLEASE CALL  917.817. 9576. He was last seen on September 11 around 5 pm on 70th and Third avenue in Manhattan. He is very friendly but scared. He is 40 lbs.

A dog looking for its owner can run for miles!!


Saturday, September 10, 2011

K9 Heros of 9-11

Over 100 dogs performed searches in the days and weeks after 9-11.  Of those today just 12 survive. I cannot help but to think while looking at these fine pictures by Dutch  photographer Charlotte Dumas that any of these dogs might be ones we see in animal shelter photos. Who can know what a dog has endured during their life? Perhaps they worked tirelessly to save a human at some point.


Scout (and another unidentified dog)


Hard to believe it's been ten years since 9-11. I was in class at Hunter College, taking a masters in Urban Affairs, and we were waiting on a speaker who was hugely late. At some point two other professors rushed into the classroom and said "two planes have hit the World Trade Center." I knew, and probably a lot of people knew that it was no accident. I pictured the towers toppling down, which is not how it happened of course, and said to myself instinctively that such a circumstance would be a tremendous victory "for them."  After the class was over, everyone jumped up and started making calls on cell phones. Down the hallway (we were on the 17th floor,) you could see all the way down Lexington Avenue that smoke was billowing downtown. The towers had not yet fallen. I got downstairs and made my way to my office, some two avenues and three blocks away. On the way I saw a woman making a call; she was in front of the Eddie Bauer store (which is not there anymore) on 68th Street and Third Avenue, and as I walked past her I heard her say, frantically, "Have you heard from Eileen?!" I never, of course, found out if she or the person she was speaking to had heard from Eileen, but her voice and that moment remain with me.

I got to the college where I was working at the time, Marymount Manhattan on East 71st, and I can recall thinking of the freshmen standing out front indulging in their new smoking habit, that they have no idea things are about to change for them and that this will be their JFK moment. The towers still had not fallen down.

I got upstairs and my colleagues were standing around our 85 year-old secretary's transistor radio, listening to what was going on. A plane had gone done in Pennsylvania near where a co-worker was from.  Students started wandering around looking wide-eyed and we began grabbing them and telling them to call their parents on our office phones. They were fine till they got the parents on the phone and then the tears started. The large event room next to our suite of offices was set up for a lecture that included a pair of TVs and many chairs. Someone flipped the sets on and people began trickling in to watch.

Later in the day a group of staff and student workers (we had many working in our office and we were close with them so they instinctively came to hang out during the crisis,) walked to give blood at the 67th Street NY Blood Center. We waited there on line for three hours. Slowly the line snaked around four city blocks and we were finally next to be able to donate. But instead they shuffled us into the high school across the street and we sat on cafeteria table benches that seemed much smaller than the last time I sat on ones like them. The blood center staff began handing out snacks and a guy said aloud (it was completely quiet so we all heard him) "did you ever think when you woke up this morning you would be sitting in Julia Richman High School eating cheese-its?" By this time both towers had fallen. It was inconceivable.



We never did get to donate. The blood center ran out of supplies. We thought this was good in a way because it meant many people would be getting blood. But that's not what happened.

We know there were few survivors from the actual towers that fell. But before we knew that, there were those who were searching the rubble for hours and days on end.

 Anna Edwards from the UK reports.
Travelling across nine states in the U.S. from Texas to Maryland, Dutch photographer Charlotte Dumas, 34, captured the remaining dogs in their twilight years in their homes where they still live with their handlers, a full decade on from 9/11.
Their stories have now been compiled in a book, called Retrieved, which is published on Friday, the tenth anniversary of the attacks.
Noted for her touching portraits of animals, especially dogs, Charlotte wanted 'Retrieved' to mark not only the anniversary of the September 2001 attacks, but also as recognition for some of the first responders and their dogs.





Friday, September 9, 2011

Lost Dog Near Patton, PA

LOST DOG! Patton, PA: This little sweetie is Bella, she got lose in Patton, PA. Not sure her breed - Mixed - she is smaller about 20-25lbs, fur is med length and multi-colored. She likes to hide, so could be under a porch, please if you have seen her email me at  She is desperately missed and could possibly be anywhere in the Patton or Colver area.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

If You Need Help With An Animal in Texas (in the Austin Area)...

A note from Austin Pets Alive!
Please repost: If you have a pet trapped in your house/property in Bastrop, please contact Austin Pets Alive! at (email preferred) or call us at (512) 961-6433. We'll need: name, street address, whether the pet was inside or outside, how many, and if we have permission to access the home to get them out.


Renaming Your Rescued Pet

Interesting article by Paw Nation.


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Austin Texas Animal Resources


Austin Pets Alive!
We have a team set up to help people displaced by the fires who need help with their pets. If you need a place to board your pet or need food or supplies, we can help! Email us at or call us at (512) 961-6433.

And from a caring individual who does rescue, via facebook:
VET HELP!! I have a vet in Bastrop trying to do triage out in the fields for the Bastrop animals and she is in desperate need of help. She needs vet or medical people to help her, bandages, meds, whatever she can get. Please contact Christy at 512-796-0327 Please leave a message if she does not answer!


Bastrop Texas Animal Lost and Found

via the most excellent Austin Pets Alive, re the wildfires in Texas:

Reminder for those in Bastrop: Erica with the Bastrop Animal Shelter has a lost and found registry for the animals in Bastrop. Because their building is unsafe, strays are being sent to different places in the Austin Metro area. If you are missing a pet or have found a pet, please call her at 512-629-3159.


Monday, September 5, 2011

Please Vote for Southbark

Do me a favor, and vote for this group in the Pepsi Challenge. They rescue dogs off of death row, often at the last minute, in the south and they need a van to transport dogs northwards.

Thanks. This is a great group.


Commandments and Top Ten


Top 10 Peeves Dogs Have With Humans

1. Blaming your farts on me..... not funny... not funny at all !!!

2. Yelling at me for barking. I'M A FRIGGIN' DOG

3. Taking me for a walk, then not letting me check stuff out. Exactly whose walk is this anyway?

4. Any trick that involves balancing food on my nose. Stop it

5. Any haircut that involves bows or ribbons. Now you know why we chew your stuff up when you're not home.

6. The sleight of hand, fake fetch throw. You fooled a dog! Whoooo oooooooo what a proud moment for the top of the food chain.

7. Taking me to the vet for "the big snip", then acting surprised when I freak out every time we go back!

8. Getting upset when I sniff the crotches of your guests. Sorry, but I haven't quite mastered that handshake thing yet.

9. Dog sweaters. Hello ??? Haven't you noticed the fur?

10. How you act disgusted when I lick myself. Look, we both know the truth. You're just jealous