Tuesday, June 30, 2009

MAAL Wine Tasting on July 27

Please join the Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation for a Wine Tasting on July 27th and bring your pooch, too!

Great wine, food and a raffle will all be a part of a fun evening at Happy Hour, Inc in Independence, Missouri. Each guest receives their own wine glass, food and wine.
When: Monday, July 27, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Happy Hour, Inc.19341 East US Highway 40Independence MO

Tickets: $25 per person in advance $30 per person at the door Order tickets online or call 314.361.3944.

PETS ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND ON A LEASH. We will provide water bowls and canopy outside. Attendees are welcome to come and go inside and outside with their pets for this event.

Brookside Barkery and Bath will be onsite to demonstrate how to make your own dog food. Featuring all-natural, high protein dog foods and tools to keep your furry kids groomed and cool this summer.

Monies raised go to support the very important work of MAAL. Very important because, as you may all ready know, if there's a capital of puppy mills... it's Missouri.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Take Your Dog to Work Day - June 26

What a barking good holiday! I'm lucky because I go to work with my mama every day, but some pups are not so lucky. Of course, some places won't allow pets, but if your people work somewhere that does... I think you should try going to work with them for just this one day.

I'd say every day, but I've been to work with my daddy before and, to tell you the truth, it was pretty boring. When I went I was the only four legger and I'd just been to the vet. But to go when other humans brought their dogs... now that could be some fun!

Woof! woof!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Here We Go Again!

Mother Nature is beginning to get to me. Just a little bit ago the mother ship passed over. That's what we call humongous black storm clouds that seem to fill the sky, but keep on truckin'. It's been day after day of wicked weather and my nerves are shot. So shot that even I barked at the FedEx man when he came a little bit ago! Usually it's the youngster, Jeffie, who goes into the vicious dog act.

Storms used to never bother me. In Virginia we had our share of hurricanes. Here in Missouri it seems to be awful lightening and tornadoes! I'm beginning to think, I'll take the hurricanes. Wow.

We've got a new routine this week. Rain in the mornings, punctuated by Mama going out to pick up storm damage from the day before. Storms begin rolling in with big thunder and light show after lunch. The winds howls. Eventually the tornado sirens wail. It comes, it goes. It ebbs, then the rains flow. This is day 4 and even Mama and Daddy get edgy! Not to mention Lucy who starts that anxiety panting. She's doing it now and I see that the sky is getting black. Here we go again!

I'll talk to you later when Mother Nature is done with her tantrom.

Woof! woof!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Taking Action for Animals Conference July 24-27

Sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States, this conference welcomes newcomers to animal protection movement, as well as experienced advocates. Taking Action for Animals will be held July 24-27 in Arlington, VA.

80 speakers, 4 tracks of workshops, vegan meals, and an exhibit hall full of experts. The HSUS says:
  • Find out how to end the euthanasia of millions of pets in two special workshops: How to be more effective in promoting spay and neuter and The Shelter Pet Project - a 3 year national public service campaign to encourage adoption.
  • Learn the most effective tactics for getting an elected official to listen to your views and then meet with your members of Congress during Lobby Day.
  • Learn how to reduce the threat of swine flu and other emerging infectious diseases and prevent a pandemic.
  • Meet Ginnifer Goodwin - animal advocate and star of the hit movie "He's Just Not That Into You."
  • Enjoy comedian and author Carol Leifer and singer/songwriter Nellie McKay
Register before June 20 and save $25 on registration. Book your hotel room by July 2 to receive a special group rate at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City. For more information

Saturday, June 6, 2009


We live in the country where there can be plenty of excitement: possums, raccoons, bunnies (lots of bunnies), bobcats, coyotes, ... you get the picture. At the same time, we're house dogs, all of us. So I'd have to say that skunks might be the most exciting. When they're around there's always the possibility that we'll want in and Mama will scream, slam the door in our faces and run to get her skunk remedy.

She keeps this stuff on hand at all times: a quart of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide, baking soda (1/4 cup), and liquid soap (about 2 teaspoons). She mixes this stuff up with water and we get a bath pronto. She once tried the tomato juice remedy... it tasted good, but didn't do a thing for the smell. Anyway, Mama found the recipe on the web and a guy who's a chemist, Paul Krebaum, deserves the credit. In fact, he's got a web site with all the instructions. Mama says there should be a thousand blessings on his head for figuring out this formula - because it works!

From our point of view, none of us is all that crazy about getting a bath. But then, none of us is all that crazy about smelling like a skunk! In fact, we sort of hang our heads and feel stupid when we fall for that chase-a-skunk thing.

Last night we'd all gone to bed with the windows open. There was a lovely breeze and it was nice to listen to the birds sing and the coyotes yip. And then.... pee-yoo! Heavy duty SKUNK. I was glad I was all comfy and cozy in my bed and not outside!

My advice is to stay away from those black and white critters - they'll get you every time. But if you can't resist, be sure your person has this recipe!

Woof! woof!


Thursday, June 4, 2009

June is Adopt a Cat Month

I almost forgot that June is Adopt a Cat month (and Adopt a Shelter Cat month). It probably has something to do with how I feel about cats! Lucy loves cats and she reminded me. Our cat, Skeeter, is too stuck up to talk to me much. I'm not all that crazy about her either. First day she was here she swiped my nose a good one. I know I was really giving her a once over with my sniffer, but how else was I to know where she had been?

Anyway, even though Skeeter and I are not close, I did adore Petey. Technically he was a cat, but I'd swear he was part dog. Since my older brother was sick and hated my guts, Petey taught me all I needed to know about playing. I still miss him.

Certainly all cats are not the same... so there's bound to be one perfect for you at your local shelter or rescue group. Visit today or browse PetFinder. Just can't adopt one now, then do like we do and donate some kitty litter or food!

Woof! woof!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Missouri Dog Events

It's another rainy day here. Jeffie is watching bunnies munching grass. I admit, sometimes he gets me excited about them, too. But, really, bunnies have to eat, right? Mostly I'm taking little naps and thinking about things to come when the sun shines again.

There are some fun things coming up for dog lovers here in Missouri. I thought I'd let you know about them before my eyelids get heavy again.

June 13 (that's a Saturday) there's a Bark in The Park in Springfield from 8 am until noon at Sequiota Park (3500 S Lone Pine)

June 14 (that's a Sunday) there's a Dog N Jog in Kansas City from 6:30 am until 10:30 am at the Country Club Plaza

Well, my tummy is full... the rain has a certain rhythum, and my eyelids are soooooo heavy....

Woof! woof!

Monday, June 1, 2009

For All You Horse Lovers...

Fabulous clasp on the carved bone and dragonskin turquoise extra long necklace. And talk about chunky! How about this awesome jade and jasper necklace with the carved serpentine jade horse head! Wow! I don't know any cowgirl or horse lover who wouldn't just love these. Check them out.