Tuesday, September 30, 2014

We Have a Winner | For Love of a Dog Jewelry September Giveaway

Congratulations to
Melissa Clinton

She was selected at random by Rafflecopter from 1,570 entries
and will receive this handmade copper dog bone and lampwork bead bracelet.

Thanks so much to everyone 
who entered our giveaway!

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You don't want to miss it because we'll be celebrating Rudy's birthday
with a very special giveaway!

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Ignorance Meant Bliss | Rosie and her Wisdom Panel DNA Results

I found Rosie on Petfinder.  At the time her name was "Puppy" and there were no photos, merely the description:  black Golden Retriever 7 week old puppy.  That's it.  (And if you click that "Puppy" you'll be taken to puppy photos of Rosie.)

As in the case of Rita and Jackie, had Rosie been labeled as another breed of dog, it is very likely she would not have become a member of our family.

So, I have to be grateful to the volunteers at the animal shelter for totally blowing the dog breed.  They blew it big time, but their ignorance meant bliss for us.

I decided to do a Wisdom Panel DNA test on Rosie to help us prepare for possible health issues in her life and, frankly, just for fun.  It did turn out to be fun.  We've had her results for over a week and can't stop laughing about them.

Our funny little Rosie has a strange body build.  Delicate legs; bowed back legs.  She's short and barrel chested.  Relatively large body for her legs and her little head!
Can you see the bow in her back legs?

From time to time, I've wondered(like Sandra and Dolly) if she didn't have some Dachshund.  Her snoot reminds me so much of my mom's standard Doxie, Hansel.  She certainly likes to dig.
With her short legs and long body, in high grass Rosie looked like a Doxie to me.
I've also wondered about various Terrier breeds as some of you have suggested.  Plus, given her odd body build and obsession with food, JoAnn wasn't far off the mark in her guess:  piggie.

Lab, sure. We'll go with that, too.

The shelter insisted, rather vehemently, that Rosie's mother was a Golden Retriever.  As I shared last Wednesday, Rosie is absolutely NOT a Golden Retriever.

I'll give them this:  if Rosie's mama looked like these two dogs, I can see why someone would say Golden Retriever.  Both Flynn and Huey are Akita / Lab mixes and part of the Wisdom Panel Community.

Yes, Rosie is part Akita and part Labrador Retriever.  She's also part Smooth Fox Terrier and so much more!

One of Rosie's parents

Rosie's Other Parent

From now on, when you hear "Heinz 57," think of Rosie.  You have to look back to Rosie's great grandparents to find pure bred dogs  Rosie's genetic make up:   12.5% Akita, 12.5% Labrador Retriever, and 12.5% Smooth Fox Terrier.

Honestly, we see zero similarities between Rosie and the Akita dog breed profile provided by the Wisdom Panel people nor the AKC profile.  Though her short (and bowed back) legs and proportionally small head don't agree, we recognize many of the Labrador Retriever physical and personality traits in Rosie.  

The big surprise (to us) was the Smooth Fox Terrier. However when reading the breed traits our heads are bobbing up and down in recognition.  Definitely an "Ah ha" moment.  Intelligent, agile, energetic, watchful, quick learner - check.  Digging, hunting wildlife, tenacious - check.  She also has the Smooth Fox Terrier stance.

So now you're probably wondering about that other 62.5%, right?   The Wisdom Panel folks state that though it is difficult to identify strong breed signals in this mixed portion, the 5 dog breeds with the strongest statistical likelihood in their analysis of Rosie's DNA are: Dogue de Bordeaux, Belgian Tervuren, French Bulldog, Basset Hound, and Shetland Sheepdog.

What a stew of dog breeds!  

As I said before, we've been laughing quite a bit about these results.  Rosie now has a new nickname:  Little Akita.    And yes, she answers to it!  I wish my mom was still alive to enjoy Rosie's Smooth Fox Terrier heritage, since mom's heart dog was one of these wonderful dogs.

The bottom line?  Not very helpful in managing Rosie's health.  Lots of laughs and fun.   And really, who cares.  We love our girl, no matter what dog breeds combined to make this marvelous mutt we call Rosie!

Reminder:  Be sure to enter our September giveaway!  You could be the lucky winner of this copper dog bone and lampwork bead bracelet!

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Thank you to Snoopy’s Dog Blog, Alfie’s Blog, and My Brown Newfies for hosting Monday Mischief! 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Adopt Koda a Lab Shepherd Mix Dog at Wayside Waifs in Kansas City

This adorable boy is Koda.  He's a 15 months old Labrador Retriever / German shepherd mix.  In spite of living almost his whole life in the shelter, Koda full of life and house broken.  He's still got lots of puppy energy and would love to share adventures with a special person.

Here's his adoption letter:
Hello there! I'm Koda and I am one precious dog, searching for my forever home. Why does it have to be so hard to find you? Why didn't I get a home when I was just a cute puppy with so much of life ahead of me? Well, I can't worry about that now. I've spent most of my young life in a shelter, but that has allowed me to make many friends and learn lots of things about life. My past made me the amazing dog I am today, so who can say that's a bad thing? I look forward, with faith and hope, that my forever family will find me soon! 
I am a super handsome, 1 year old, 55 pound, mostly housetrained, Labrador Retriever/German Shepherd mix. I am soft and adorable and so much fun! I think I'm still growing into my long and lanky legs and I'm quite an athlete. I came to Wayside from the shelter in Topeka, KS, where I had lived since I was a pup. It's hard growing up in a shelter, but I had many people who loved me very much. Once I got to Wayside, I quickly became a volunteer favorite! I'm friendly and social. And you won't find a dog who is better than me at the game of fetch! I am an expert at it and I never tire of playing. 
Since finding my way to Wayside, life has sort of been a whirlwind for me. I was adopted for about a month and I've spent some time in a foster home, too. So I've finally had my first taste of a normal life in a home. My family that adopted me had many great things to say about me! For one, I absolutely adored them to the point where I wanted to be by their side at all times. They lived on a rural piece of property without a fence, but I never once ran away. I always liked to be where I could see them. 

 Besides being an expert at fetch, I'm also a perfect running partner and went running 4 or 5 times a week. I loved it! I also loved going to the dog park and was always polite and respectful of the other dogs. I'm smart, treat motivated, and I love to learn new things, so I'm an excellent candidate for training. I already know 'sit', 'stay', and 'down', but I'd love to learn more, so please teach me! One of my other favorite things it to go for rides in the car and I quietly curl up in the backseat when traveling. 
So, as you can probably tell, I'm an excellent companion in so many ways. My problem in my last home is that I didn't like to be left alone. It took me so long to finally find my people that I was afraid to let them go! When they left me alone, I was worried that they wouldn't come back. They tried to crate me and that made me feel even more anxious, so I would panic and try to figure my way out of the crate. Wayside staff thinks I'll do best in a home with another dog, who can help me relax and learn that things are ok when we're alone. And I don't like to be confined to a crate, so I hope I never have to go through that again! 

 I can't get enough of my people. I love to sit with you and listen to you talk and feel your gentle touch on my fur. I like to exercise with you and watch TV with you and just hang out. We can do whatever you feel like, but I would love to go home with someone who is around a lot. It makes me feel comforted and safe when I am with you. I'm such a good boy! I'm friendly and laid back and polite. It's just that I never felt wanted before, so now I try so hard to always be by your side, making you happy. I feel like that's my job and I worry when we're not together. I will gain confidence over time though, with positive reinforcement and praise from you. 

Once I know I am home for good and that you love having me as part of your family, it will help me to relax. I hope you can give me the feeling of safety and peace that has been so elusive to me. I hope we will become best friends and stay together forever. Love, Koda

Check out Koda's adoption video and then give Wayside Waifs a call at  816-761-8151.  Koda's animal ID number is 22783376 and his adoption fee is $65.

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 those 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 new Tuesday's Tails Facebook page and give us a like! Please help spread the word about these beautiful animals via social media and let's find them forever homes!
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Saturday, September 27, 2014

To Everyone Who Loves Dogs Music Video | Dog Song Saturday

I know, Dog Song Saturday really is supposed to be about dog songs.  However, once in awhile we find a music video we just can't resist sharing with you.

If you love dogs, you're going to love this wonderful video from Dog Work.  Fabulous video clips of all kinds and breeds of dogs and puppies are accompanied by the song More Than a Feeling by Boston.

I just can't even decided what my favorites are - the swimming underwater dogs, the black Lab leaping into a pond, or... the puppies.  Lots of puppies!

Dog Work created this music video to encourage shelter pet adoption.  If I didn't already have three dogs, I'd be at the shelter now.  That's how good this video is!

So sit.  Stay.  Relax and enjoy To Everyone Who Loves Dogs. Then fetch some more dog songs at Talking Dogs.  You'll be surprised how many barking good original songs about dogs and music videos we've collected over the years.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Copper Dog Bone Jewelry Bracelets at For Love of a Dog

Since my September jewelry giveaway is one of my copper dog bone bracelets, I thought it would be a good time to feature some more of my copper dog bone jewelry.

Each of these bracelets is one of a kind and includes a beautiful two dimensional flamed copper dog bone focal.  Gorgeous warm colors like a vivid sunset comes from the heat of the flame:  shades of pink and orange.  Each one is a little bit different.

The bracelet shown at top emphasizes the beautiful pinks, from soft rose to hot raspberry.  In fact, the faceted crystal rondelle beads I used are a soft, mellow rose color and coordinate nicely with the hand selected artisan lampwork beads.  This bracelet is hand wire wrapped with copper jeweler's wire.

I adore the deep cherry rose blossom handmade lampwork beads in the dog bone bracelet shown above.  The copper dog bone has the addition of some raised golden "bumps," so I hand wire wrapped these beads with gold jeweler's wire,. Then I added a sweet little gold heart and a gold dog collar and bone toggle clasp.

This confection (shown below) makes me think of pink lemonade and cotton candy.  Sweet shades of pink with some yellow, too.

Not all my copper dog bone jewelry is necessarily girly bling.  The bracelet shown below is simple and unisex, you could even say it has a grunge flavor.  Basic black onyx gemstone beads surround the focal and are hand wired wrapped with copper jeweler's wire.  Then I added a little copper heart which I hand stamped: DOG.

Fetch my handmade dog bone jewelry and you'll find other variations of bracelets including these wonderful copper dog bones.  Well, and other kinds of dog bones, too!   They make perfect gifts for dog lovers. 

And be sure to enter the September Giveaway!

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