Friday, July 23, 2010

Dog Songs: I Need a D O G

Such a catchy tune along with great video of beautiful dogs!  We love this!  Labrador Retrievers, a Golden or two and more.  Love the senior dog at the end.  He reminds us of Tucker with his sugar lips (aging grey).  The song lyrics are simple and resemble the songs we make up for our own dogs.  The chorus of this one gets stuck in our heads (which is a good thing):  I need a dog.  Woof!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Another Dog Song with Dog Art

We just discovered this a few days ago (better late than never) and we're crazy about it.  Art by Nancy Schutt, who commissioned a song from singer songwriter Emily Westman.  The result is charming and just plain fun.  Sit.  Stay.  Relax while you enjoy gorgeous dog pictures to this howling good dog song!

Okay, now, can anyone tell us where we can purchase a download of this song for our iPod?

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Gulf Dogs Find Forever Homes

Most of the news out of the Gulf is incredibly depressing.  Especially the photos, news stories and videos of folks affected by the oil spill feeling forced to surrender their family pets.  Unable to take care of them financially, family pets are deluging animal shelters.   However, here a CNN story about some very lucky dogs who have found new forever home.  We're barking about Anderson Cooper and Randi Kaye who've called attention to the plight of the silent victims of the oil spill.  CNN won't allow embeding of their video, but you can watch it here

Louisiana SPCA Christmas in July Benefit

Louisiana is hard hit right now by the oil spill and folks are surrendering their pets in record setting numbers. If you can attend this benefit and support the LA/SPCA, terrific! If not, please visit their website for ideas on how you can help the people, pets, and animal shelters of Louisiana.

Saturday, July 21 from 8 pm to 11pm
The 16th annual Christmas in July fundraiser to benefit the LA/SPCA will feature a free holiday turkey dinner for patrons, raffle and photos with Santa.

Dinner served at 8:00pm

Raffle drawing at 10:00pm (must be present to win)

Location: Igor's Lounge & Game Room
2133 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA
Fees: FREE holiday dinner.

$2 raffle tickets

Monday, July 19, 2010

Summer Pleasures Songs about Dogs

It is hot.  No, I mean really hot.  Heat index well over 100 degrees every day.   Our senior canines, Tucker and Lucy, manage to run their patrol route around the yard very slowly venturing from shady spot to shady spot.  Jeffie ignores the heat for the most part, but has decided his favorite yard spot in under the (big) mimosa.  Of course, they, like we humans are staying inside in the a.c. as much as possible.

One of our indoor pleasures is to take the time to relax and resume our search for songs about dogs.  I know, it sounds crazy, but we like songs about dogs.  In fact, each of our dogs has it's own song... except Jeffie.  Most of them are pretty silly.  But we sing them and remember old friends who've long since crossed the rainbow bridge. 

Browsing the web gives us inspiration and I predict that soon, very soon, Jeffie will have his own song.  In the meantime, we feel like sharing one of our favorite dog songs.  Nellie McKay's Dog Song is just plain fun and promotes the excellent idea of rescuing a dog from prison (a shelter).  Our dogs love the panting and barking!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Cause for the Paws in Napa Valley CA


Cause for the Paws
A benefit for Napa Humane hosted by Mark, Anna and Gus Rivers Pope.

When:  Sunday, July 25 from 1 pm to 5 pm
Where:  The Grove at Silverado Resort in Napa Valley, CA

Enjoy a walk-around tasting of culinary delights and over 60 wines to taste;  live music; silent and live auctions, too.  Don't miss the adoptable animals from the Napa Humane Mobile Adoption Unit. Proceeds benefit Napa Humane.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Dog Fighting Raid in Stone County MO

What a way to celebrate an anniversary.  A year ago marks the one year anniversary of the largest dog fighting raid and rescue in United States history.  To date 17 defendants in that case have pled guilty and been sentenced to do federal time.

This week, on July 8, 2010, the Humane Society of Missouri was involved in a dog fighting raid in Stone County, MO.  At the request of the Stone County Sheriff’s Department, the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force last night rescued seven adult pit bulls and eight puppies from the property of an alleged dog fighter near Kimberling City, MO in Stone County. Several of the dogs had old wounds and two adults had recent wounds – including one with a bloody eye. The dogs were found on a densely wooded hillside away from public view. Most of them were attached to heavy log chains and thick collars. The property was trash strewn and had dilapidated buildings with multiple abandoned trucks.
The Stone County Sheriff’s Department has been investigating this situation since last December and consulted with members of HSMO’s Animal Cruelty Task Force during the investigation. The Humane Society of Missouri was asked to assist with rescue of the dogs when the warrant was issued yesterday by the Stone County Sheriff. The owner of the pit bulls voluntary surrendered all of the rescued animals to the Humane Society of Missouri. The rescued dogs were taken to the Humane Society of Missouri’s Headquarters shelter in St. Louis City for triage and care. During the next several weeks, the dogs will receive thorough veterinary examinations and behavior evaluations with the goal of placing as many of them as possible with qualified rescue groups or in private homes.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Pool Paws for Humane Laws in St Charles MO

Mark your calendar now for some swimming fun with your favorite canine.

Pool Paws for Humane Laws

Monday, August 9, 2010, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. • McNair Park Pool

3200 Droste Road, St. Charles

(inclement weather phone number 636-946-1553) no rain out day scheduled

These pool pooch party fundraiser offer well-manered dogs and their families the opportunity to take an end-of -season dip for $10 per dog and one human companion, and $3 per additional friend or family member.  One half of the entry fees will be contributed to Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation. The Alliance is the only non-profit organization lobbying full time on aniaml welfare issues in Missouri. Mark your calendar and plan to join us for some good clean fun, while helping the Alliance speak up about puppy mills and other legislative issues involving

animals. For more information about the Alliance, please visit their website at

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Paper Cities Dog Show in Wisconsin

Paper Cities Dog Show, our 63rd and 64th Anniversary - July 24-25

PCKC has held a raffle at their annual dog show for the past two years.  The first year they were able to donate $250 to their local shelter's building fund.  Last year they donated $500 to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.  This year they plan to purchase a ballistic protection vest for Chip, a Canine Police Dog at their local police department. Due to budget limitations, the police department cannot afford a vest for Chp. 

Paper Cities Kennel Club is located in Wausau Wisconsin with members living in several surrounding  counties.  They are a group of dog enthusiasts that operate as a not for profit organization.  They are licensed by the American Kennel Club.  Many of their members are active in rescue organizations, therapy dog work, national and regional breed clubs, puppy and adult canine obedience education, competition sports and training and a host of other activities.

for more information, visit Paper Cities Kennel Club on the web.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Dog Fighting Legislation in Missouri

According to the Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation two bills were introduced in the Missouri legislature regarding dog fighting - SB 632 and SB 664 - both failed. These bills were introduced to strengthen Missouri's dog fighting statute. Unfortunately, neither bill was ever given a hearing in the Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee and they failed to advance this session.

Fortunately for the more than 400 tortured dogs that were rescued in the most recent federal raid, the U.S. District Court was permitted to make a timely decision about the fate of these dogs (adoption, foster care, rehabilitation, etc.). In contrast, as a result of the Missouri General Assembly’s failure to pass dog fighting reforms, our state law still requires the victim dogs to be held until all criminal proceedings are resolved. If charges are brought now in Missouri state court, the seized animals must often remain in isolation for many months and even years!

Dog fighting is the only such animal cruelty crime that is currently exempted from this procedure in Missouri. Bills filed by Sen. Jane Cunningham of Chesterfield (SB 632) and Sen. Scott Rupp of St. Charles (SB 664) would fix this problem by strengthening Missouri's dog fighting statute. Both bills would allow a judge to hold a disposition hearing within 30 days of seizure to determine what happens to the dogs that are seized (i.e., adoption, foster care, rehabilitation).

SB 632 and SB 664 would also have increased the penalty for repeat spectators at a dog fight, giving law enforcement an important tool for cracking down on this barbaric “sport”. Rep. LeVota's HB 1689 would have prohibited anyone from possessing dog fighting paraphernalia. This bill would also have enhanced the criminal penalties for all second or subsequent dog fighting offenses.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Lucy's Birthday Sale at For Love of a Dog Jewelry

We're celebrating Lucy's 12th birthday!  Shop at For Love of a Dog for handcrafted dog, cat, horse, and animal rescue jewelry and save 5% on your total order.  Just enter the special discount code during checkout:  12BDAY     You'll even save on all new and sale items!  Now, this is a sale to bark about.  This offer is good July 7 - 14, 2010 and limited to in-stock items and a $15 total order minimum.

Yappy Hour in Kansas City Missouri

Don't miss this fundraiser for the Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation.
Yappy Hour at Dluxe Lounge in Kansas City MO

Thursday, July 22, 2010
5PM - 7PM
160 S. Main St.
Kansas City, MO 64152

Monday, July 5, 2010

Jade Black Dog Necklace Shelter Rescue Jewelry

This black dog necklace features amazing Czech glass dog heads that are double sided, very detailed. Black dog head beads remind me of Labrador Retriever dogs, but could represent greyhound, whippet, many other breeds including mutts. From them dangles a puffy Black Onyx heart and from that freely dangles a charming silver three dimensional dog bone.

I handcrafted this necklace with lots of Peridot Jade in graduated sizes, starting with big fat ones, combined with lots of little Black Onyx round beads. Incredibly charming dog lover necklace. Even the extender is accented with more gems and another dog bone.

This black dog necklace is another in a series at For Love of a Dog Jewelry to advocate awareness of Black Dog Syndrome and the plight of black dogs in shelters who are usually the last to be adopted only because they're black. Perfect gift for someone involved in dog rescue or simply happens to love a black dog. Visit For Love of a Dog for more unique handcrafted jewelry for dog lovers.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Horse Meat for Human Consumption in Missouri

In Missouri the Horse Slaughter - HB 1747 - FAILED. This bill attempted to circumvent the current federal ban in the United States against horse slaughter for the purpose of selling horse meat for human consumption.

Despite the fact that the federal government no longer permits the slaughter of horses for the purpose of selling horse meat for human consumption, this bill attempted to go around the federal ban. While the constitutionality of this proposal is questionable, the bill would allow the Missouri Department of Agriculture to regulate horse slaughter facilities and would have compensated the USDA for inspecting such facilities. Missouri would have been the only state in the country to have such a law.

For more information about animal legislation in Missouri visit the Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation on the web.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Australian Shepherd Necklace Dog Breed Jewelry and Gifts

You'll find unique handcrafted dog breed jewelry at For Love of a Dog. This handcrafted Australian Shepherd dog necklace will fetch compliments and start conversations about your beloved Aussie dog. Beautiful tri color Australian Shepherd dog charm is not a flat cut out, but rather a little dog art sculpture. Handmade of hand cast resin in a hand sculpted mould, then carefully painted. True to dog breed standards, highly detailed and absolutely beautiful.

I've combined this Australian Shepherd dog charm with sleek grey Hematite gemstone beads. All hand wire wrapped with silver. Dangles include sweet little Hematite hearts and round beads all accented with sterling silver. This handcrafted dog breed necklace would make a perfect jewelry gift for anyone who loves an Australian Shepherd dog.