Thursday, October 30, 2014

New Dog Lover Necklaces at For Love of a Dog Jewelry

I haven't had a whole lot of time to spend in my studio lately, but I've tried to make the most of it.  I think I succeeded with some new dog bone necklaces.  They contain three of my favorite colors:  pink, turquoise and black.

I'm a pink girl, so I had a lot of fun creating the lampwork dog bone necklace shown at the top.  Love that fat foiled glass heart pendant!  I surrounded it with some sweet double sided white dog bones with pink paw prints.  Then added some rose pink based swirling bubble and white based pink polka dot lampwork beads.  A one of a kind creation for a dog lover who loves pink and gold.

Similar in design, the turquoise WOOF dog bone necklace shown above, is all about turquoise blues and is one of a kind.  Gorgeous, very fat, foiled turquoise glass heart pendant matches the other lampwork and crystal beads.  These artisan lampwork beads include a swirling tan based raise turquoise flower beads, a deep turquoise blue based bead with lighter "bubbles," ad another with a elongated polka dots and raised bumps.  Of course, they all accent a hand crafted porcelain WOOF dog bone.  Pretty spectacular, if I do say so myself.

A more natural, earthy take on this design, the WOOF dog bone necklace above begins with a chubby black onyx gemstone heart.  The necklace includes black obsidian gemstone beads with some beautiful artisan lampwork beads in swirls of black, caramel, and soft sage green.  Once again, the real focal point is the handmade porcelain WOOF dog bone.

Though I have some other color combinations of beads laid out to play with, I got distracted by some custom orders this week.  Hopefully, I'll be able to have some more fun studio time soon.

These necklaces join other unique dog bone themed jewelry at For Love of a Dog.  Perfect pieces ready for gift giving since they come in festive packaging.  Plus, For Love of a Dog offers free standard shipping to US addresses. 

Remember, almost all of my items are unique and one of a kind.  When they're gone... they're gone!

Do yourself a favor and enter my For Love of a Dog October Giveaway!  You could be the lucky winner of a personalized Rainbow Bridge pet memorial bracelet.  Hurry, this giveaway ends today!  Enter now!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Are You the Winner of the Paw Street Barkery Gift Certificate?

Congratulations to
Jason Diehl

He was selected at random by Rafflecopter from 1,075 entries 
as the winner of the Paw Street Barkery Giveaway
and will receive their $25 gift certificate.
I'm sure his dog will love these gourmet organic treats!

Thanks so much to everyone
who entered the giveaway!

We have 2 other giveaways going on right now!

You might be the winner of this personalized Rainbow Bridge bracelet in the For Love of a Dog Jewelry October Giveaway.  Enter Now!

Don't miss Wag 'n Woof Pets Three Days of Happy!  One of my WOOF dog bone pendants in a prize in one of their prize packages (there are two).  Enter Now!

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Plus, we'll be celebrating Rosie's birthday in November
with another very special giveaway from Dog is Good!

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

A Talking Dogs Ghost Story | Monday Mischief

When another pet blogger put out a call for spooky pet ghost stories, it reminded me of Tucker's story.  Though not really scary, it certainly adds some Halloween flavor!

You may remember Tucker as the original Talking Dog.  Though he lived here in Missouri, he spent most of his life with us in southside Virginia.

We spent a few years restoring a 256 year old three story plantation manor house there, then enjoyed it for quite awhile.  Including visits from former residents.  Very old former residents.

We had been there about a year when we realized we weren't always alone.  When "they" were visiting, we'd be in the kitchen (first floor).   Usually it began with the faint whiff of pipe tobacco odor.  Then we could very faintly hear music (flute or recorder) and it was Colonial era music.  Sometimes we could hear voices, clinking of glassware, all very soft in tone.  All of this was coming from the original dining room (right above where we were.)

When these incidents began, Tucker would become quite excited and race up the stairs.  He might pause on the second floor for a bit, but would then madly skitter up the next flight of stairs to the third floor.   Always to the large room that was the children's bedroom in Colonial times.

We could then hear him racing around and playing.  The times we followed him, we'd find him happy as can be.

There was never, ever an evil feeling or vibe about any of this.  It never felt threatening in any way.  I always liked to think the former residents of our home liked what we were doing to their house.   They obviously liked Tucker and the feeling was mutual.

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

Adopt Ava a #Pitbull #AustralianShepherd Mix Dog @WaysideWaifs in Kansas City

Lovely Ava is a 3 year old Australian Shepherd Pitbull mixed breed dog.  Just look at Ava's beautiful eyes:  one blue and brown eye - one brown eye! 

Ava was picked up as a stray in Grandview, Missouri and is now at Wayside Waifs animal shelter in Kansas City, Missouri.  It was a hard life on the streets as a homeless stray and Ava had the cuts and scars on her legs to prove it.

Ava is a shy gentle soul and here's her adoption letter:
Hello there, my name is Ava! I'm so glad you are reading about me, I am ready to find my forever home and I know I am in the right place here at Wayside to do that. I want to tell you all about myself in hopes that you are the right person for me!

I am a 3-year-old Australian Shepherd, Pit bull mix. I am told I have the most beautiful and unique eye coloring; I have one blue and brown eye and my other eye is brown. I am a gentle soul, and I can be a little shy and slow to warm up to you. Once I do you will see how sweet and loving I can be.
I came to Wayside when I was picked up as a stray in Grandview, MO. I am still a little confused and scared because I don't remember how I ended up getting lost and being homeless, but I do remember how lonely I felt! I was tired, not feeling good, and I didn't know whom to trust. I'm so lucky that I ended up at Wayside and got the help I needed so much! When I first got here, I was really sad and scared. I had some small cuts and scars on my back legs and tested positive for heartworms. I am on medicine now and my small cuts are starting to heal too! I don't like to think about those scary times now, because I am ready to put them behind me.
I am looking forward to a home with a patient family, warm bed and lots of belly rubs. I'll just need a little time to get used to my surroundings once I go home with my new family. I know they'll be patient while I get settled in and warm up. I'll need a home without kids under 5 years old. I hope someday I'll be fine around small children, but for now, I think this is best. Since I am still unsure of strangers, small children might startle me. I am working on trust so I hope in the future I can be around all kids. Please bring all dogs and human family members out to meet me; just to be sure everyone gets along before we go home together.

I promise I will be the best snuggling buddy ever! Once I warm up in the home, I would love to continue training just nice and slow because I am one laid back girl. I tend to pull a little on my leash just because am I so excited to walk around with my human friends. I might need a refresher course on house training, but I know we can work on it together.

Do you think we might be meant for each other? If you think so, please don't wait another day to come out to Wayside to meet me!!! I have your hug waiting for you!

Love,  Ava

Take a look at Ava's adoption video and then give Wayside Waifs a call at  816-761-8151.  Ava's animal ID number is 23494258.

BARKING GOOD NEWS!  Azalea has been adopted!

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!