Sunday, December 14, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Now... that's something to bark about!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Society of Missouri's St. Louis City Center and Westport Area Veterinary Medical Centers in this accreditation that only a very small percentage of veterinary hospitals hold throughout the country.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Get some tissues handy. Here's the story:
This is one of the kindest thingsI've ever experienced. I have no way to know who sent it,but there is a beautiful soul working in the dead letter office of the US Postal Service.
Our 14 year old dog, Abbey, died last month. The day after she died, my 4 year old daughter Meredith was crying and talking about how much she missed Abbey. She asked if we could write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her. I told her that I thought we could, so she dictated these words:
Will you please take care of my dog? She died yesterday and is with you in heaven. I miss her very much. I am happy that you let me have her as my dog even though she got sick.
I hope you will play with her. She likes to play with balls and to swim. I am sending a picture of her so when you see her, You will know that she is my dog. I really miss her.
We put the letter in an envelope with a picture of Abbey and Meredith and addressed it to God/Heaven. We put our return address on it. Then Meredith pasted several stamps on the front of the envelope because she said it would take lots of stamps to get the letter all the way to heaven. That afternoon she dropped it into the letter box at the post office. A few days later, she asked if God had gotten the letter yet. I told her that I thought He had.
Yesterday, there was a package wrapped in gold paper on our front porch addressed, 'ToMeredith," in an unfamiliar hand. Meredith opened it. Inside was a book by Mr. Rogers called, 'When a Pet Dies.' Taped to the inside front cover was the letter we had written to God in its opened envelope. On the opposite page was the picture of Abbey & Meredith and this note:
Abbey arrived safely in heaven.
Having the picture was a big help. I recognized Abbey right away.
Abbey isn't sick anymore. Her spirit is here with me just like it stays in your heart. Abbey loved being your dog. Since we don't need our bodies in heaven, I don't have any pockets to keep your picture in, so I am sending it back to you in this little book for you to keep and have something to remember Abbey by.
Thank you for the beautiful letterand thank your mother for helping you write it and sending it to me. What a wonderful mother you have. I picked her especially for you.
I send my blessings every day and remember that I love you very much.
By the way, I'm easy to find.. I am wherever there is love.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
- Limit your furry friend's time outside only for bathroom breaks if it too cold.
- Provide them with a dry, warm secure shelter out of the wind such as a garage or insulated pet house.
- Even barkers that normally spend most of their time outside need good shelter in cold weather, even if it is only a garage.
- Heated water dishes help keep water from freezing.
- Keep us away from antifreeze. Poisoning takes only a couple of licks. Antifreeze may lurk in your garage or on your driveway so clean up spills immediately. You know, pet safe antifreeze is available at a lot of stores.
- De-icing chemicals can be hazardous to us. The salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate the pads of our paws. Pet safe ice melt is available. Also, be sure to wipe your feet every time after being on sidewalks.
- Skeeter says to remind you that cats and kittens often nap on warm car engines and hoods. If your car was recently used, knock on the hood or honk the car horn before starting the engine.
Lucy, Jeffie and I live in the house with Mama and Daddy, but a lot of dogs live outside with their own dog house. If that's what your situation is, then be your dog house is winterized.
- The dog house floor should be raised a few inches off the ground. Cedar chip can make a fair bedding. Some people use straw. Of course, you should make sure the bedding stays dry.
- The dog house itself should be turned to face away from the wind, and the doorway should be covered with a flap of heavy waterproof fabric or heavy plastic.
The only other thing I'll say about winter is that it also can be a lot of fun. We all love to play in the snow, especially Jeffie! Lucy and I like to chase snowballs, but Jeffie loves his flippy flier all year round!
Stay warm and woof woof until next time...
Monday, November 3, 2008
What really got to me is that this is not the first time this town has elected a dog as mayor! In fact, their last mayor was a canine who died while in office. They have a website with all the candidates pictures, qualifications, and campaign promises. You really ought to take a look.
I am so jealous. I don't live in a town... so I can't run for mayor. I think I'd make an excellent mayor! I know I've got the looks for it. My security experience would be a real asset. I love company, so I'd make a great goodwill ambassador.
Darn it, I want to move to Rabbit Hash! I'd give those dogs a real run for their milkbones!
Saturday, November 1, 2008
4 paws up for the dog vote!
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Did you know that black dogs are often overlooked at animal shelters? Here's what they say about it:
Most animal shelters find it difficult to place large black dogs into forever homes. Black dogs, especially large ones like Labrador Retriever mixes are overlooked in favor of lighter colored dogs.
Some shelter staff think black dogs are more difficult to see inside their kennels making it hard to connect with the dog. Others think they don't photograph as well as a lighter colored dog explaining why placing their picture on the internet or in posters sometimes is not enough. Others think it's hard to see facial features on black dogs and therefore hard to gauge their emotions.
There is absolutely no evidence that color has any bearing on temperament, behavior, or health regardless of breed.If you are thinking about adopting a dog, please remember that black dogs make wonderful companions just like lighter-colored dogs.
I happen to think that black dogs are some of the coolest dogs around.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
You know, Lucy is pretty much a bully and Jeffie mostly drives me nuts, but I do love them so. It's hard to imagine life without them. I remember how Mama cried when Spanky left. She said the thing that made her feel better was thinking about seeing him again at the Rainbow Bridge.
Now Mama has found what they call a Squidoo lens about Goldie, a Golden Retriever, who is at the Rainbow Bridge. She asked me to tell you to take a look. Like Spanky, Goldie had a fast growing form of cancer. I'm partial to Golden Retrievers and if you are too, you should check this out: a tribute to a golden retriever, Goldie.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Those of you who read our post and checked out Bunny Roo Beagle - the website - will be saddened to learn that Bunny Roo has crossed the rainbow bridge. Our hearts go out to Kathy who misses her so. Kathy tells us that the website will continue, dedicated to the memory of Bunny Roo, and encourage pet rescue and shelter adoption. Grab a dog for a hug and tummy tickle... and enjoy the blessing!
Monday, September 1, 2008
- product reviews
- animal news
- Dog of the week
- Dog treat Recipes (recipes for cats, too)
- Health information
- Breed information
- Rescue information and links
- Helpful articles
- Adorable photographs and irresistible stories and much, much more!
Bunny Roo is an old Beagle that was adopted approximately three years ago from HART, a Virginia based rescue.Bunny was very sick with mange, eye and ear infections, and a chest cold. Oh, and she is also 90% blind! She was found on the side of a rural road in West Virginia....sick and hungry. Bunny is now healthy, happy and a wonderful member of Kathy’s family!
Bunny Roo inspired Kathy to start this website. First and foremost, she LOVES dogs. Second, she wanted a creative outlet to highlight dog adoption (especially older dog adoption).
So click to check out Bunny Roo Beagle and, as Kathy says: sit back, grab a dog, and enjoy! Woof!
Friday, August 29, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
We're so excited! Now at For Love of a Dog we have new AKC breed dog ornaments and they are exquisite! They're handcrafted, signed by the artist (Julie in Wisconsin) and perfect to display all year round... not just on a Christmas tree.
They make perfect gifts, of course! Visit For Love of a Dog and take a look! The photo is just to give you an idea. They're generous in size (average 4 1/2" x 3") and the details in the sculptures are wonderful! Limited quantity... don't miss out!
Friday, August 15, 2008
It's a great article. Plus it let me know that the American Kennel Club (AKC) is conducting a survey to suggest the "right" dog for the Obama family. Given that those girls have allergies, the ballot selection is limited to 5 hypoallergenic breeds. Nancy Gibbs makes a good case for a mixed breed pup in her essay. Here! here! and amen!
While you're surfing, check out a photo gallery of US Presidents and their canine companions.
Who said election season wasn't fun for dog people?!
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Excerpts from a Dog's Diary...
8:00 am - Dog food! My favorite thing!
9:30 am - A car ride! My favorite thing!
9:40 am - A walk in the park! My favorite thing!
10:30 am - Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!
12:00 pm - Lunch! My favorite thing!
1:00 pm - Played in the yard! My favorite thing!
3:00 pm - Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!
5:00 pm - Milk bones! My favorite thing!
7:00 pm - Got to play ball! My favorite thing!
8:00 pm - Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!
11:00 pm - Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!
Excerpts from a Cat's Diary…
Day 983 of my captivity.
My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects.
They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength.
The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet.
Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates what I am capable of. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a 'good little hunter' I am. Bastards.
There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of 'allergies.' I must learn what this means and how to use it to my advantage.
Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow -- but at the top of the stairs.
I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released - and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously retarded.
The bird has got to be an informant. I observe him communicating with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe. For now.........
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Here she is - doing her Sphinx pose. Skeeter was a stray that we rescued. Luckily she's obviously used to dogs, since she now has 3 canine siblings. Lucy and Tucker were absolutely thrilled. I think they've missed Petey more than we knew.
Jeffie is another story. He'd never seen a feline in his whole little life and it's taking some getting used to. He is both terrified and fascinated. In fact, obsessed would not be going too far to describe it. Skeeter rapidly figured out that he was pretty much harmless and she's shown much patience and restraint!
Skeeter was a city girl who is slowly embracing the country life. To our knowledge she's not ventured out to the barn to meet the horses yet. She sticks close to the house and her source of food! Each and every day she is getting more comfortable and her sweet personality is revealed.
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
You can simply purchase postage and money will go to the Humane Society of the United State's Disaster Fund! Click here and you'll be taken to more information.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
I tried it out yesterday and it's simply lots of fun. They have 3 standard dogs and 3 standard cats. One of the dogs looks very much like Jeffie, so I used that one. You can add different backgrounds, accessories (Jeffie in a cowboy hat), wardrobe (there's even a feather boa). Then you can add your message with their voices (text to voices) or even record you own! When I got finished playing, I realized that you can even upload your own pet's photo to further personalize the email.
You've just GOT to try this! Hey... I forgot to mention... it's FREE!
Sunday, June 1, 2008
June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month
Our beloved kitty, Petey (to the right), urges you to consider giving a forever home to a cat (or two).
Simply can't adopt? Please think about a donation to your local shelter or rescue group.
For Love of a Dog is having a big sale on all cat items this month! How about a cat to wear?!
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Monday, March 3, 2008
Tucker, Lucy & Jeffie
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
I'm sorry that I haven't written for awhile, but I have a good reason!
Now I know there's something I hate worse than lightning and thunder... tornadoes! They ripped through our neighborhood and just when we thought the coast was clear, here came another one on the same track! Here at our house we just had some minor damage, but several of our neighbors lost everything.
Mama and Daddy have been helping with the clean up and they come home talking about how lucky we were. In fact, at one place the humans weren't home, but their dog was. Poor guy was outside in his pen. The tornado took their house, barn, the dog pen, the dog house and the tree it was under... but the little dog was just fine! Boy! He was a lucky little soul!
Now its bitterly cold here, but I don't mind because there won't be another tornado!