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!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Olive Is A Celebrity!

Regular readers know how much I adore Penny Eims and appreciate her work. I happen to send her a link about Olive and her plight and she did a story about her!!!

Thank you Penny!!


Saturday, October 22, 2011

National Pitbull Awareness Day

I'm celebrating by visiting Olive and Dixie at the kennel (I have tasty chicken bits for them today!), and then off to the shelter, where I cannot wait to walk our babies. I woke up thinking about them today. A new big blue boy named Wags is on my mind. What a love! I need to take some new pics of him because they do not capture his goofy, loving, floppy ways, nor his sweetness. This dog is a gem.

I have to admit I've fallen down on the blogging job recently. I forgot to post about Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month (October!), and I really don't have much prepared for today. Between the dog walking, dog advocating (I've put up 150 flyers in the last ten days and crosspost on Facebook for about an hour a day), supporting soldiers (as I do) and just having adopted two birds (last weekend, they were rehomed), I'm pooped! My own boys keep my busy, too. They just sat down for naps (after their 45 minute walk in the morning, their breakfast (microwaved for 11 seconds and with chicken cut up in it), their dental bones (after a piece of dried lamb lung), fixing the bed with them both on it, and maneuvering around them as I now also care for the birds, it's a full morning and I have one hour till I leave for the kennel.

Okay, so enough of my sob story.

Here is a nice story about a man who walked into a shelter, was taken with a dog, and left with him. Nothing big, but it meant everything to that dog. And now the man and he are inseparable.

Consider getting your next Scrabble buddy from a shelter! There are so many wonderful animals that aren't nearly reaching their full potential as happy-makers, who would do anything to please you.


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Olive Still Needs A Home Too!

 Olive came back from the adoption I set up for her. She has some issues but I am not giving up on her. The people who adopted her are lovely and wonderful, but Olive probably needs a somewhat quieter home and not so many visitors. Her right forever-home and person are out there.

In the meantime, I am boarding her along with Dixie. Here is a chip in if you care to help with those costs. At the chip in link there is a longer update on Olive. I would greatly appreciate you passing this around to your dog-loving friends. These pictures were the first time Olive had sat on grass that was not really weeds between concrete slabs in five years. We had a nice day at the park.

Click here for the page with the update.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Pug as Shark, again, and Costumes for the Little Guys

I'm not making this up and I do not profess to understand. While perusing for Halloween costumes for the little guys, this is what I came across. Keep in mind this past post on the subject.
Pugs have a very determined lobbying group and a clearly thought-out branding campaign.

About two months ago, while taking my little guys on their second morning walk before I leave for the office, Renaldo saw a baby skunk and managed to get away from me to run after it. In a rare moment, I had my guard down and was not expecting anything to be nearby. He got skwirted and stunk up the whole house for several weeks. Oh joy!

I learned that you "take care of" skunk smell by mixing one small bottle of peroxide, one cup of baking soda, and two tablespoons of dish detergent. Shake it up in a container, get a washcloth soaking wet with it and hand-bathe the dog (do it in the tub so it can coat him). It went a long way to removing the smell from Renaldo, but the scent still hung in the air in the house for weeks.

Pics to follow after the howliday.


Dixie Still Needs Your Help

I realized when searching past blog posts to make a link to an old story, that she has actually been in boarding since August 21st, not the second week of September as I said.


Monday, October 10, 2011

Dixie STILL needs a home

 ...and in the meantime, I'm boarding her. Please consider donating one day worth of boarding ($12 bucks). See below for the story. Basically, I pulled Dixie from Yonkers Animal Shelter, which was full and is still full and is still putting down dogs almost weekly. Olive also came from this shelter and she is also being boarded, but I am at the moment focusing on one dog.


You might have seen the other chip-in I did for Dixie. That ended (they require an end date) and I was not able to re-open it to extend the period to collect funds. I collected $300 out of the $500 goal; her boarding costs $84 a week. Dixie has been in boarding since the second week of September.

I pulled Dixie from a kill shelter. It is a low-kill / low-visibility shelter and she spent three long years there (with volunteer love, but she so wants a home of her own!).  Like many shelters across the country, we are completely full and Dixie needed to move on or it wasn't going to end well.

She was to be an easy adoption; she never caused any trouble for anyone and was just basically homeless. I had an adoption lined up for her; she got along with the nice people's dog and they loved her, but when we brought Dixie to the house to meet the cats, we learned she REALLY doesn't like cats (and there were three). So, I am back at square one and out of boarding money at the end of this week.

Boarding costs $12 a day. I hope you can give one day of boarding, and pass this along. If you would like to donate directly to the boarding facility, please contact me and I will send you the info.

Thanks for your interest and please pass this on through any social media or through email to friends.

Dixie will come fully vetted to an approved home. Application, vet check, and home check are necessary. Adopters should be in general NYC area, as she is boarding in the Bronx, and we want to have you meet her in person.


Dixie's Advocate