Sunday, August 30, 2015

Adopt Lucy a 5 yr old #LabradorRetriever #Pitbull dog @HSMO in #StLouis

This adorable girl is Lucy.  She's a 5 year old black and white Labrador Retriever / Pit Bull Terrier mixed breed dog. What a fantastic breed mix!

Lucy is looking for a quiet home and a new best friend who will help her feel safe and not be so shy around new people and situations.  Lucy does warm up to people and is a sweetheart when she gets to know you.

Take a look at Lucy's adoption video and then contact the Humane Society of Missouri - Maryland Heights animal shelter at 314-951-1588.  Lucy's animal ID number is A599096.

Since 1870, the Humane Society of Missouri has been dedicated to second chances.  They provide a safe and caring haven to animals - large and small - that have been abused, neglected or abandoned.  Their mission is to end the cycle of abuse and overpopulation, assist in creating lasting relations hips between people and animals, offer world-class veterinary care, plus offer pet obedience and behavior programs.

HSMO operates three animal shelters in the St Louis, Missouri, area, plus Longmeadow Rescue Ranch in Union, Missouri, for abused and neglected horses, cows, goats, chickens and other farm animals.

We are 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!  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.  Handmade artisan jewelry gifts in pet themes including dogs, cats, and horses.  

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Stray Dogs Prayer by Heino Obenhaus | Dog Song Saturday

Welcome to Dog Song Saturday at Talking Dogs!  Today's featured dog song music video may require a tissue alert.  

A Stray Dog's Prayer is an original dog song and was composed by Heino "Bottleneck" Obenhaus.  The video that accompanies it was created by Heino with his own dog, Ginger.

Sit. Stay. Grab a tissue and enjoy A Stray Dog's Prayer.  Then fetch more dog songs at Talking Dogs. You'll be surprised at how many we've added to our collection.

Dear God please send me somebody who'll care!
I'm tired of running, I'm sick with despair.
My body is aching, it's so racked with pain
dear God I pray as I run in the rain.

That someone will love me and give me a home
A warm cozy bed and a big juicy bone.
My last owner tied me all day in the yard
Sometimes with no water and God that was hard!

So I chewed my leash God and I ran away
To rummage in garbage and live as a stray.
But now God I'm tired and hungry and cold
And I'm so afraid that I'll never grow old.

They've chased me with sticks hit me with stones
While I run the streets just looking for bones!
I'm not really bad God, please help if you can
For I have become just a "victim of man!"

I'm wormy dear God and I'm ridden with fleas
and all that I want is an owner to please!
If you find one for me God, I'll try to be good
I won't chew their shoes, and I'll do as I should.

I will love them, protect them and try to obey
When they tell me to sit, to lie down or to stay!
I don't think I'll make it too long on my own
Cause I'm getting so weak and I'm Oh so alone.

Each night as I sleep in the bushes I cry
Cause I'm so afraid God, that I'm gonna die!
I've got so much love and devotion to give
That I should be given a new chance to live.

So dear God please, please answer my prayer
send me somebody who will really care,
That is, dear God, if You're really there.

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 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!