Friday, August 28, 2015

Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day - Celebrating Special Friends



Today is Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day - a special day for pet guardians to honor the memory of cherished pets who have passed on.

I've been blessed with many loving animal companions in my life, including equine, bovine, canine, feline and fowl.  Since this is primarily a dog blog, I've chosen to include my dogs in the graphic above, along with one very special cat.

I have no doubt that they'll be there to great me "on the other side."  And there is no doubt that I miss these sweet souls every single day:
  • My shelter dog, Benji, who lost a leg to cancer yet lived to a ripe old age. He joined me when I was in college and we grew up together.
  • My shelter dog, Sherman, a stroke survivor succumbed to old age. He was fully of mischief and honestly earned the nickname "Trash Dog."
  • My rescued Border Collie, Lizzy, who left me way too early. She chose me and I still feel the honor of that trust.
  • My shelter dog, Spanky, who lost his battle to mouth cancer. He knew no fear and brings to mind the word courage.
  • Sweet Petey who sometimes seemed more dog than cat.
  • My rescued dog, Tucker, the original Talking Dog. I strongly believe he was sent to us.  Thank goodness.
  • My heart dog Lucy.   Oh, Lucy.  She's the dog in my business logo and my heart still aches from the loss.
 My mind plays little videos of good times together. They may be gone from this earthly plane, but they still are with me.  My heart remembers and feels the love.




Established by Deborah Barnes in honor of her beloved, Jazz, Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day is a special day dedicated to honoring the memory of cherished pets worldwide.

Barnes has created a special event page on Facebook so that on August 28th people will be able to pay tribute to that pet (s) in any way that feels most comfortable to them, such as by posting a picture, writing a poem, or sharing a favorite story or memory. Barnes hopes this will become an annual event and rather than it being a day of sadness, she wants it to be “a celebration – a time to remember those pets we have lost with love and happiness – for however long or short their time on this earth was.”

Thursday, August 27, 2015

For Love of a Dog Jewelry Sale for #NationalDogDay and #RainbowBridgeRemembranceDay



We're celebrating National Dog Day and Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day with a HUGE sale on all Mutts Dog Jewelry and Rainbow Bridge Jewelry at For Love of a Dog!

Mutts Dog Jewelry includes necklace, bracelets and earrings with adorable mixed breed dog pendants and charms, as well as rescue, adopt, paw print and dog bone jewelry.

Choose a special Rainbow Bridge necklace or bracelet which can be personalized with your beloved dog's name.
One of the personalized Rainbow Bridge bracelets available  at For Love of a Dog.
One of the Rainbow Bridge necklaces available at For Love of a Dog.

 Remember, all of my jewelry items are handmade and one of a kind. When they're sold, they're gone.  Shop now for best selection.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Celebrate #NationalDogDay - Adopt a Shelter Dog


Today is National Dog Day.  This holiday is dedicated to celebrating dogs and the essential role they play in our lives.
 
Founded in 2004 by pet lifestyle expert and author Colleen Paige, National Dog Day was created to honor dogs and give them a special day to show appreciation for our long connection to each other, for their endearing patience, unquestioning loyalty, for their work, their capacity for love and their ability to impact our lives every day in the most miraculous ways.

National Dog Day is also a day to bring attention to the many dogs that are in shelters and rescues waiting for a forever home.  One of the best ways to celebrate this special day is by adopting a dog from a shelter or rescue.

My own shelter dogs, Jeffie and Rosie, encourage you to adopt your next best friend from an animal shelter or rescue.  In fact, your local shelter may be celebrating National Dog Day with reduced adoption fees.  Can't adopt right now?  Please consider donating to your local shelter.  Even $5 can mean a lot!


Rudy may not be a shelter dog, but he's got some good ideas to celebrate National Dog Day:
  • Donate blankets, pet food and toys to your local shelter or rescue.
  • Visit your local animal shelter and take a shelter dog for a walk.
  • Write your Congressman and ask that he/she support the ban of Puppy Mills and gas chambers in your state.
  • Order a dog shaped flower arrangement from 1-800-Flowers.com and enjoy a 10% discount by using the code GOODLIVING when you place your order.
  • Help an ill or elderly friend or neighbor by walking their dog.
  • Buy your dog a fun new dog toy.
  • Have a little party for your dog with treats, toys and extra cuddles.
 
Happy National Dog Day 
from all of us at 
Talking Dogs and For Love of a Dog Jewelry!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Adopt Woofie an #AustralianCattleDog Mix @WaysideWaifs in #KCMO

This handsome fellow is Woofie.  Don't you just love that sweet face and name?  Woofie is a 5 year old Australian Cattle Dog / Shepherd mix.

Woofie is crate trained, knows sit and come commands.  He had some hard time on the streets and tends to be fearful of other dogs.  He's hoping for a forever home with no small children or cats. 

Here's Woofie's adoption message:
I am an Australian Cattle Dog/Shepherd mix male dog of 41 lbs. I am medium in size and about 5 yrs. old. You will love my fur because it is dense and very fluffy and soft!

I have been without a home for a while and found on the street by a caring person that took me in. They hoped they could find my owner by themselves but that didn't come to be. This person wanted to add me to their family but they had too many other dogs already. I became crate trained and feel I am at least partially house trained. Being the smart dog I am commands of "sit", and "come" were easy for me to learn. Food really gets my attention for training purposes. My breed back ground and current behavior suggests I am a high energy dog and need attention and activity to keep me happy. So if you are an active outdoor person I would love to me you! My capacity for learning is limitless just give me a chance.
 I have been tested with other dogs here at the shelter and I find that it is over whelming. I tend to freeze up from fear and will growl to protect myself. Life on the street is unpredictable and so I carry that memory with me. I know that forever home is just around the corner! The new family needs to give me a little tenderness and go slow for me to gain confidence in myself and in them. When approaching me if I seem very nervous it is suggested that you make yourself look smaller by kneeling down to the ground or sitting. Humans are so tall! I have the great heritage of very intelligent dog bloodlines and would make an excellent companion.
To add to my back ground it is known that I have been around older children and did fine but I am not recommended for children under 5 years. No cats please or other small furry animals. Please bring your family and other dogs to meet me if you want to add me to your family so we can meet on neutral territory and become friends first.
Your friend, Woofie

Contact Wayside Waifs for more information about Woofie at 816-761-8151. Woofie's animal ID number is 28202926

Wayside Waifs is Kansas City’s largest no-kill animal shelter.   They are an independent, 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit humane society and animal welfare organization established in 1944.  Wayside Waifs is committed to finding homes for all adoptable pets. Wayside is the largest pet adoption center in Kansas City, placing over 5,400 animals each year in loving forever homes. Wayside does not euthanize adoptable animals, and there are no time limits for animals in our care. Only animals suffering from significant medical issues or thnose that pose a danger are humanely euthanized. Wayside Waifs is proud to be a part of Kansas City's no-kill community.  

Talking Dogs blog is participating in the Tuesday's Tails blog hop hosted by Dogs N Pawz and Talking Dogs. This is the blog hop that features shelter pets.  Find a pet at your local animal shelter or rescue and join us!

Tuesday's Tails blog hop participants can post any day of the week and link up with a fresh blog hop linky every Tuesday.  Though targeted at adoptable pets, we also welcome blog posts regarding pet adoption, rescue organizations and adoption events. Fetch the Tuesday's Tails Facebook page and give us a like and if you're participating in the blog hop, post your featured pets! Please help spread the word about these beautiful animals via social media and let's find them forever homes!

Talking Dogs is the official blog of For Love of a Dog Jewelry.



Saturday, August 22, 2015

Goodbye Love Song for a Dog | Dog Song Saturday

Kick off your weekend with Dog Song Saturday at Talking Dogs. 

Every Saturday we feature a new dog song music video. Some are original dog songs and some just for fun. 

You might want to grab some tissues for today's song.  Goodbye Love Song for a Dog is an original dog song composed by a dog lover in celebration of his dog.

Sit. Stay. Relax and enjoy Goodbye Love Song for a Dog.  Then fetch more dog songs at Talking Dogs. You'll be surprised at how many we've added to our collection.