Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Pug Dog Breed Necklace from For Love of a Dog Jewelry

We think you will agree that dog breed jewelry is always in fashion.  And if you love Pugs, this necklace is a winner.  Darling Pug dog pendant is beautifully hand sculpted and painted, plus true to AKC dog breed standards and absolutely beautiful. I handcrafted this Pug dog lover necklace with sterling silver hand wire wrapped with lovely soft pink Rhodonite gemstone beads. The extender chain is accented with Snow Quartz and a cute three dimensional silver dog bone.

See more Pug dog breed jewelry at For Love of a Dog Jewelry.

If Pugs are not your favorite dog breed or need a gift for that special friend, visit For Love of a Dog Jewelry for a wide variety of dog breeds and mixed breed mutts.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Carob Dog Treats Recipe from For Love of a Dog Jewelry

I confess.  I'm a chocolaholic.  And yes, I do feel bad when I enjoy a chocolate treat in front of my canine companions.  They feel bad, too, and are exellent beggers.  So now they have their own version of chocolate yumminess in these Carob Dog Treats:

3 cups whole wheat flower
1/2 cup wheat germ
2 1/2 cups oatmeal
1/8 cup peanut oil
1/8 cup corn oil margarine
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 oz carob chips, melted
1/4 cup molasses
1 cup water
1/2 cup powdered milk

Mix all the dry ingredients in your bowl.  Add the remaining ingredients and stir until blended well.  This dough will be stiff.  Chill for at least 1/2 hour.  Roll dough and cut with cookie cutters or however you please.  I usually just cut the dough into squares 1/2 inch thick.  Bake at 300 degrees for 1 hour.  Makes 2 to 3 dozen depending on the size treats you cut.

Bone Appetite from For Love of a Dog Jewelry!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

For the Hounds - Adopt a Retired Racing Greyhound Dog

If you are thinking about getting a new pet, why not consider a retired racing Greyhound. These retired canine athletes make excellent pets. Racing Greyhounds are sensitive, intelligent creatures who adapt easily to home life and you will be rewarded with many years of unconditional love and companionship.

For the Hounds was organized in 2003. They are an all volunteer, non-profit organization. Though they focus mainly on Greyhound rescue, their members have vast experience, and dedication, working with all sight hounds (Greyhounds, Italian Greyhounds, Borzoi, Whippet, Afghan, Saluki ). Their main goal is to match the right hound with their perfect family. Even if you don’t live in the Clemson, SC area, if you’re looking for a sight hound you should be sure to check out the adoptables at For the Hounds.

Check out other dog rescue and adoption organizations at For Love of a Dog Jewelry's resource pages.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Bits and Bones Dog Lover Stories, Songs, Jokes from For Love of a Dog Jewelry

We are dog crazy.  You probably guess that from our business For Love of a Dog Jewelry.  And if you're reading this, we figure you're crazy about dogs, too.  For sure we know our wonderful clients share our obsession with all things canine, so we've begun to gather dog stories, songs, video, jokes and more.  You'll find our collection on our web site and we invite you to share your favorites with us.

Be sure not to miss the songs about dogs.  Right now I'm listening to Nellie McKays's The Dog Song.  It is howling good!  And if anyone knows where an mp3 download can be purchased of Emily Westman's song about dogs can be purchase, please let us know.   Fetch our site.  Sit.  Stay.  Relax and enjoy!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Cheese Dog Biscuit Recipe from For Love of a Dog Jewelry

Lucy and Jeffie begging for cheese.
My dogs are cheese hounds.  Big time cheese hounds.  They can hear us getting the cheese from the frig even when they're outside in the yard.  It's probably a fabulous psychic talent or something.  For sure they are wild about these Cheese Dog Biscuits, so here's the recipe:

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
1/4 pound corn oil margerine
1 clove garlic - crushed
Pinch of salt
Grate the cheese and let is stand until room temperature.  Then cream the cheese with the softened margerine, garlic, salt and flour.  Add just enough milk to form a ball.  Chill for at least 30 minutes.  Roll out onto a floured surface and cut into shapes.  Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes or until lightly brown and firm.  Makes 2-3 dozen depending on the size of your cookie cutter.

Here at For Love of a Dog Jewelry these dog treats do not last long!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Labrador Life Line Saves Dogs One Life at a Time

Labrador Life Line, Inc. is a not for profit organization created to help owners or rescuers of Labrador Retrievers who are in need of financial assistance. Originating on the LABSR4U mailing list, members of the list joined together to help purebred Labrador Retrievers at times when financial difficulty could make the difference between life and death, or health and sickness. Their financial assistance includes, but is not limited to, covering various medical costs (surgery, treatment, medication) and help to cover rescue or transportation expenses.

Success stories abound and will tug at your heart strings. Among them:  Dino escaped from his yard and was hit by a car. His right rear leg had a fractured femur which required surgery and the insertion of a plate and pins for a successful recovery. Captain Morgan had torn his CCL. His right leg was fixed in 2008, but when he injured his left leg his owners were unable to get it fixed with out some assistance.  Tupelo was very healthy, but one day he began vomiting. His owner to him to the vet on the second day, and he was given IV fluids, an injection to stop the vomiting, and some Flagyl. He did not respond as hoped to this therapy, so they took him back to the vet for x-rays. X-rays indicated a foreign body in his intestines and surgery was immediately done. He had a squishy ball cat toy lodged in his small intestine.

There are countless similar stories along with photos of the dogs at Lab Life Line’s web site. There are also lovely letters from recipients posted that give updates on the dog’s condition, plus some before and after photos.

To receive help from Lab Life Line, it’s not as simple as exchanging emails and they send a check to your veterinarian. Lab Life Line evaluates all applications very carefully. They must maintain complete files on every case they process for IRS regulations and to account for their funds to their donors, as well. Though they would like to be able to assist everyone who applies for assistance, sometimes it is just not possible due to limited funds and high volume of requests. Before you contact Lab Life Line you should check out any and all other possible resources for financial assistance.

Their annual Auctions and Cybershow are their biggest fundraisers. Each year, Lab Life Line twice offers bidders the chance to win their hearts' desires. Beautiful, fun and unique items are offered at both their Heart Dog Auction in early spring and our Labour of Love auction in the fall. This year’s Labour of Love auction will be September 24th - October 8/9th . Visit Labrador Life Line on the web for more information and to view the great items up for bid.

Shown is the For Love of a Dog Jewelry Lab Life Lines bracelet that will be available for bidding on September 24.  And be sure to visit For Love of a Dog Jewelry's resource pages for information on other dog rescue and advocacy groups.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Ohmidog.com John and Ace visit The Dog Bar

Very rarely does a day go by when I don't check the updates at Ohmidog.  This is my favorite dog blog on the web for dog related news and entertainment.  Sometimes I cry;  sometimes I laugh.  I am always glad I checked in with Ace and John.

Ohmidog.com is the web domain of John Woestendiek, a former newspaper reporter and Pulitizer Prize winning author who, after bloggin about dogs and animals for the Baltimore Sun newspaper, decided to unleash himself and go out on his own.  Among other things, authoring dog related book is in his future.

This summer John and his canine companion, Ace, are traveling the United States taking an up close and personal look at what dog friendly really means.  One of his recent blog posts is simply not to be missed by any dog lover.

John and Ace have discovered a version of dog lover nirvana and John tells about in his blog post:  "Chasing the Blues Away at The Dog Bar Where Everybody Knows Your (dogs) Name"  The Dog Bar is located in Charlotte, North Carolina and this video explains:

If you're like all of us at For Love of a Dog... you'll wish you could head on over to The Dog Bar right now.  I guess if we hurry we might catch John and Ace!  

For more dog lover fun, fetch For Love of A Dog Jewelry's dog stories, humor, songs, video and more at our web site.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Puppies for Parole Prison Inmates Train Dogs for Adoption in Missouri

From a report by Jay Scherder, KY3 News in Springfield, MO

In Licking, Missouri, a new program gives state prison inmates a chance to train shelter dogs. "Puppies for Parole" lets convicts prepare them for adoption, while repaying communities.

It's been a long time since Joe Denti has had the chance to pet a dog, let alone care for one. He's been incarcerated for 21 years. The program gives selected offenders like Denti the opportunity to become trainers to rescued dogs.  "It's a very strict criteria," said South Central Correctional Center activity coordinator Tina Holland. "They do have to reside in our privilege unit, so they have to be conduct-violation-free for a year."

Other requirements involve education and anger management classes.  "It's more than just giving back and helping out," said Denti. "It's also proving ourselves in being worthy of responsibility that's been given to us."

It's a win-win for the offenders, the dogs of the Texas County, MO animal shelter, and for the community.  "This program definitely made a positive behavioral change and even some thinking changes," said Warden Michael Bowersox. "When they go back out, hopefully we'll see a different individual than what came into the system."

"I've created a lot of harm in my life and these dogs are out suffering and that gives me a chance to give back," said Denti.   "For our shelter, which is a small shelter, it frees up space because they are a no-kill shelter," said Holland.

Training a dog can be a real challenge, from commands to house training. They also learn to sit, stay, shake, and roll over. Denti admits that it's rough at times but certainly has its rewards.  "There's nothing better than seeing a dog smiling at you in the morning, first thing in the morning. You just can't beat it. It's priceless," he said.

So far, five rehabbed dogs have been adopted, and five have already been trained. The local animal shelter provides the food, dog crates and treats. This program is currently operating in seven Missouri state prisons.

Monday, August 23, 2010

New Cat Jewelry I Heart Cats Lapis Bracelet from For Love of a Dog

  What cat lover wouldn't love this pretty blue and silver handcrafted cat lover bracelet. Focal is a hand stamped sterling silver circle. Gently domed and proclaiming the wearer loves cats, the circle is accented with a little hand carved Hematite gemstone heart bead. Beautiful deep royal blue Lapis Lazuli gemstone beads are hand wire wrapped with silver jeweler's wire. A nice big matching Lapis Lazulie hand carved heart dangles from the end. A perfect gift for any cat lover, pet rescue volunteer or cat foster mom.

Stroll over to For Love of a Dog for more one of a kind handmade cat lover jewelry including bracelets, necklaces and earrings.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Pug Dog Jewelry New Jasper Bracelet at For Love of a Dog

  This Pug dog breed bracelet will fetch compliments and start conversations about your beloved Pug dog. Beautiful Pug 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 AKC dog breed standards, highly detailed and absolutely beautiful.

I've combined this Pug dog charm with Tiger Jasper round gemstone beads that I've hand wire wrapped with silver jeweler's wire. In a addition to the Pug dog, I've added a puffy hand carved Black Onyx heart and a three dimensional silver dog bone. This handcrafted dog bracelet is perfect jewelry for anyone who loves a Pug dog.

Fetch more one of a kind dog breed jewelry at For Love of a Dog.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Dogs Rule Jewelry Dog Bone Bracelet from For Love of a Dog

  What dog lover wouldn't love this pretty handcrafted dog lover bracelet. Focal is a hand stamped sterling silver circle. Gently domed and proclaiming DOGS RULE, the circle is accented with a little hand carved red Jasper gemstone heart bead. Beautiful red and taupe Jasper gemstone beads are hand wire wrapped with silver jeweler's wire in combination with darling three dimensional lampwork dog bones. A perfect gift for any dog lover, pet rescue volunteer or dog foster mom

Fetch more dog lover bracelets, earrings, necklaces and gifts at For Love of a Dog.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Is Your Dog King or Queen of Hearts?

Does your dog have what it takes to be King or Queen of Hearts?  Join the Southwest Missouri Humane Society in their contest to crown canine royalty.  The Southwest Missouri Humane Society will celebrate the first anniversary of the opening of its new building on Oct. 2 and they invite dog owners to to help it raise money.

You can submit a picture of your dog for the "Hound Dog Homecoming" contest. Registration has already begun and goes through Sept. 27. The registration fee is $10.

"Pet owners who raise the most money will win the contest," said Lesly Thurman of the Humane Society. The King and Queen candidates who raise the most money on behalf of the homeless pets at the Humane Society will be crowned Hound Dog Homecoming King and Queen and will represent the Humane Society for the next year.  Visit the Southwest Missouri Humane Society web site to register for Hound Dog Homecoming.

Swiss Mountain Dog Jewelry Handmade Brooch Pin from For Love of a Dog

 I have a friend with Swissies and they are fabulous dogs. The more I know about them, the more I like them. If Swiss Mountain Dogs are your dog breed, then don't overlook this Swissy pin. This is an absolutely gorgeous handcrafted tri color Swiss Mountain Dog breed pin.

These handmade dog breed pins (brooches) are like no other. Entirely made by hand by an American artist. First a hand carved sculpture is created which is then used to create a mould. Cast in resin, then hand air brush painted. They are then given a protective coating of lacquer so you can enjoy this dog breed jewelry for many years. Every effort is made to adhere to AKC and UKC dog breed standards.

Frankly, these dog pins are amazing works of dog art. Notice the bone structure and musculature of the dog. I've tried to show the sculptural details in the photos of this Swissy dog breed pin. In addition to being a perfect gift for a Swiss Mountain Dog lover, this would make a fabulous jewelry gift for someone who is involved in Swissy dog rescue.

Note: this is only a pin. It does not have a built in pendant bail. If you wish to use this pin as a pendant, you'll need to purchase a converter. If For Love of a Dog Jewelry has some available you'll find them in the dog breed pin brooches items.

Fetch more one of a kind dog breed jewelry at For Love of a Dog.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Parti Cocker Spaniel Jewelry Dog Bone Heart Necklace from For Love of a Dog

  This Parti Cocker Spaniel dog necklace has a wonderful Parti Cocker Spaniel art sculpture as a pendant. The dog is handmade of hand cast resin in a hand sculpted mould, then carefully painted. True to AKC dog breed standards, highly detailed and absolutely beautiful.

I've hand wire wrapped this little treasure with silver wire and Black Onyx gemstone bead, accented with sterling silver beads. The second charm is a puffy Black Onyx heart hand wire wrapped with sterling silver. The third charm is a white lampwork three dimensional dog bone.

All three charms are removable from the silver snake chain necklace. In fact, you can wear them singly, together, or even add in some other charms, too. If you love Cocker Spaniel dogs this is dog jewelry you need to have in your jewelry box.

Fetch more one of a kind dog breed jewelry at For Love of a Dog.

Black Labrador Retriever Therapy Dog for Conway MO Schools

This news just in from KY# television news in Springfield, MO.
There's a new student in the Conway School district. She's about 13 months old and carries quite a bark. School is going to be a little different this year at Conway. It will be a common sight to see a black lab roaming down the hallways and invading the classrooms.

Braxton is a therapy dog. She's been through weeks of training to prepare for Conway. The last of it spent with Guidance Counselors Jamie Stokes and Stacie Vestal.  "Basically we learned all the commands that the dog already learned," said Vestal.  "I've already had 5 emails and 4 teachers come in my classroom saying, 'hey I think this would be a great way we can use Braxton,'" said Stokes.

Braxton isn't just around to play fetch, although she likes doing it quite a bit. She is there to help kids.  "There's 3 different types of students that Braxton's really going to be able to help," Stokes said, "and one of them are students that have autism."  Autistic children often get overstimulated. Braxton will be there to help calm the child down and give them unconditional love.

Braxton also helps children with emotional issues.  "We've got a couple of kids that deal with anger a little bit and its hard to relate to their peers and even sometimes to teachers," Stokes said.  "My 5 year old started crying," Vestal said, "Braxton literally came over from across the room and just licked her tears away. It was just precious."

The black lab will also help students who have trouble reading.  "A lot of times when kids who struggle with reading, go slow or sometimes mess up," Stokes said, "they feel a lot of judgment. Braxton is going to be able to give them that unconditional...there's no judgment."

They were lucky to get Braxton so quickly. They applied for her in January and normally the waiting period is 12 to 18 months.  "We were very fortunate that Braxton came along and she fit our application perfect," Vestal said.  Now Braxton has a place to call home. He has a place with loving kids, loving parents, and plenty of attention.

The dog is coming at no cost to the district. It is completely being funded by donorschoose.org which is a website completely dedicated to help fund school projects around the country. Facebook donated $2,000 to help get it going and individual donors donated in the other $500.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Cat Lady Jewelry New Pearl Bracelet from For Love of a Dog

  What cat lover wouldn't love this creamy white and silver handcrafted cat lover bracelet. Focal is a hand stamped sterling silver circle. Gently domed and proclaiming the CAT LADY, the circle is accented with a little hand carved Hematite gemstone heart bead. Lovely creamy white Freshwater Pearls are hand wire wrapped with silver jeweler's wire. An adorabale sitting kitty cat silver charm dangles from the end. A perfect gift for any cat lover, pet rescue volunteer or cat foster mom.

Fetch more one of a kind cat lover jewelry at For Love of a Dog.

Try Natura Advantage Dog Food Special Limited Time Offer

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Here at For Love of a Dog Jewelry we're going to use our free sample to carry in the car.  We tend to stop and feed skinny dogs and pick up strays.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

German Shepherd Dog Jewelry Gold Bracelet from For Love of a Dog

  This German Shepherd Dog bracelet will fetch compliments and start conversations about your beloved GSD dog. Beautiful German 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 AKC dog breed standards, highly detailed and absolutely beautiful.

I've combined this German Shepherd Dog charm with Tiger Jasper round gemstone beads that I've hand wire wrapped with gold jeweler's wire. In a addition to the German Shepherd Dog, I've added a puffy hand carved Black Onyx heart and a three dimensional gold dog bone. This handcrafted dog bracelet is perfect jewelry for anyone who loves a German Shepherd Dog.  

Fetch more one of a kind dog breed jewelry at For Love of a Dog.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Bernese Mountain Dog Jewelry Dog Bone Bracelet from For Love of a Dog

  This new dog lovers bracelet includes a wonderful Bernese Mountain Dog charm. The dog charm is handcrafted of hand cast resin from an orginal hand sculpted mould, then carefully painted. This Bernese Mountain dog charm is true to AKC dog breed standards, highly detailed and absolutely beautiful!

I've hand wire wrapped this little dog treasure with white lampwork dog bones and big black agate beads. Extender charm is a puffy black onyx heart. Classic black and white with a gorgeous dog sculpture makes for beautiful dog lover jewelry.

Fetch more one of a kind dog breed jewelry from For Love of a Dog.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Charity Polo Match to Benefit Longmeadow Rescue Ranch in Missouri

Charity Polo Match to benefit Longmeadow Rescue Ranch
August 21, 2010

Activities begin at 3 pm

Match begins at 4 pm

McGehee Polo Field at Spirit Valley Farms

17899 Wild Horse Creek Road

Chesterfield, MO 63005-3621

Enjoy a day of fun for the whole family!  Barn Buddy TV Stars from Longmeadow Rescue Ranch, including Mama Llama, Tiny the pygmy goat and Twister the miracle colt.

Tasty summer treats at the Food Court:  funnel cakes, snow cones, gelato and more.

Family fun at the Children’s Activity Center:  inflatables, interactive games and more.

The Polo Match:  a showcase of equestrian excellence!

Family friendly ticket pricing: bring your own picnic at the carload price or enjoy the match and dinner in a VIP tent.

Polo Match proceeds benefit Longmeadow Rescue Ranch and the Humane Society of MO

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Wine Whiskers and Wags Wine Tasting Washington Missouri

Wine, Whiskers & Wags Wine Tasting
August 28, 2010
Washington, MO
Benefit for the Franklin County Missouri Humane Society
Fetch more infomoration at the Franklin County Humane Society web site.

Where can you savor a really fine glass of wine? Maybe on the grounds of an Italian vintner in Tuscany at sunset as you listen to Bocelli sing II mare calmo della sera.

Or maybe it is in Washington, Missouri,  where the bouquet in each glass arises from the knowledge that you are drinking the wine in support of a cause you really believe in. Now, that's fine wine, and you are drinking it with friends who share your passion for helping homeless animals. 

Fine wines will be featured for tasting at the event. Hors d'oeuvres will be served and a silent and live auction will be held with many wonderful items to bid upon including professional sports tickets, gift baskets, art, restaurant gift certificates, and more. For more information and tickets, contact Ron Foan now (636) 583-8646. Last year we hosted 180 partiers. You don't want to miss this chance.

FCHS is an independent, privately run nonprofit animal shelter serving resident animals and people in Franklin County. It is funded only by fees, fundraising events and private donations. FCHS receives no municipal tax support or funding from other national organizations like HSUS, ASPCA or United Way. FCHS currently receives roughly 4,000 animals from the community annually. FCHS provides health care and housing, adoption programs, spay and neuter programs, lost/found assistance, and municipal animal control boarding. In its fifteen year history, FCHS has taken in approximately 75,000 animals.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Saving the Vick Dogs: Jim Gorant's book The Lost Dogs

New Book:  The Lost Dogs is due out next month, September 2010.  Author Jim Gorant offers an insider's view into what went into saving 49 legendary dogs from Vick and then, the system that wanted them destroyed.

Promises to be a good read for all dog lovers.

Vick Pit Bull Jonny Justice on Cover of Parade Magazine this Sunday

If you've followed the Michael Vick case you don't miss this Sunday's newspaper.  Do you remember Jonny Justice?  Jonny was one of 51 pit bulls seized in April 2007 from Bad Newz Kennels, the Smithfield, Va., dogfighting ring run by Michael Vick.   According to BAD RAP, Jonny Justice's big baby browns will be staring out at you when you open your paper this coming Sunday. Parade Magazine is covering the dogs from the Michael Vick case with the latest updates and some heartwarming photos. Dog lovers will want to grab up a few copies of this historic issue as keepsakes.

Foster Dog Mom Heart and Bone Bracelet at For Love of a Dog Jewelry

  Now here's a beautiful handcrafted dog lover bracelet for a special woman who fosters puppies and dogs . Focal is a hand stamped brass oval. Gently domed and proclaiming the wearer is a FOSTER DOG MOM, the oval is accented with a little hand red Jasper gemstone heart bead. Highly polished black Agate gemstone beads are hand wire wrapped with gold jeweler's wire. A nice fat three dimensional gold dog bone and a hand carved Black Onyx gemstone star dangles from the end. A perfect gift for any dog foster mom. Afterall, anyone who fosters dogs is definitely a star.  Fetch For Love of a Dog jewelry for unique one of a kind jewelry for dog lovers.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

City of St Louis Closes Animal Shelter Facility

The talking heads can say all they want about how the economy is just fine, but I don't think those of us out here in the real world would agree.  Especially not the animal lovers.  All of us at For Love of a Dog were shocked, though I guess we shouldn't have been, that the City of St Louis has closed one of its animal shelters.

According to the Humane Society of Missouri, in late May, the City of St. Louis made significant changes in the operation of their animal control and shelter services. Since June 1, they have ceased receiving stray and owner surrendered animals at their Gasconade St. facility. While the City is working with two other organizations to provide some animal sheltering services, their capacity is very limited and, according to City officials, will be limited for some time to come.

Annually, more than 6,000 animals from St. Louis City are taken in by the Humane Society of Missouri at a cost of more than $1 million and at no cost to St. Louis City taxpayers.

What seems to be a tradition of challenging summers at the Humane Society of Missouri continues in 2010. In recent past summers they have rescued and rehomed thousands of hurricane survivors; operated an emergency cooling center for hundreds of St. Louis area pets; rescued and rehabilitated hundreds of dogs from the ravages of substandard puppy mills; and lead the largest dog fighting raid, rescue, sheltering and adoption effort in U.S. history.

The summer of 2010 has been even more challenging for them and the animals.  In just the last two months since the City closed its shelter,   Their Macklind Avenue shelter has seen a 26% increase in the number of stray animals taken in from the City.  In that same time period, they have received more than 1,300 animals from the St. Louis City area. Every day they receive 20 to 50 animals just from St. Louis City.

In effect, the Humane Society of Missouri, along with the APA (Animal Protective Association), has become the de facto animal control shelter for St. Louis City. While this significant additional intake of animals severely strains their already limited resources, they are doing the best they can to help animals in need.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Hope for Animals Day sponsored by OpSPOT St Louis MO

Hope for Animals Day
Sponsored by OpSPOT
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Sons of Rest Pavilion, Tower Grove Park, St Louis MO
2PM - 4PM
Fetch more information at Operation Spot

$10 Rabies Vaccination
$10 Distemper Combo Vaccination
$10 Microchips
Nail trims and ear cleanings
Blessing of the Animals
"Ask-a-Vet" booth with Dr. Daniel Smith Pet
Related vendors and information tables
Cold drinks and snacks available

Operation SPOT (OpSPOT) is dedicated to eliminating the unnecessary euthanasia of dogs and cats in St. Louis and surrounding areas. They are registered as a 501C3 in Missouri and were founded in 1995

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Cruel Summer for Animals

Summertime often makes us think of vactions and long, beautiful sunny days. But for pets in some parts of our country, summer can be the most dangerous time of the year.

Animals who are chained to trees or fences and left outside to fend for themselves suffer from dehydration and overheating. Too many pets are abandoned by careless humans in backyards or garages, without enough food or water.
 During the summer of 2009, the  Humane Society of Missouri  helped 7,216 animals and spayed or neutered 4,902. Kathy Warnick, President of the HSMO says summer is one of their busiest time. Cats and dogs are just as vulnerable to hot weather as people. Their Animal Cruelty Task Force is constantly bringing in animals in desperate need of shelter, food and medical care.

If you can, send your local Humane Society or animal shelter a little something to help out this summer. Or give them a call and see if they have in-kind needs that you can help with. You’d be surprised how little it takes to make a very big difference.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Heat Wave in the Ozarks

Our heat wave continues here in the Ozarks. Unfortunately the rain keeps missing us, so now we’re kind of browning out. And boy, does it have our pups depressed. Jeffie spends a lot of his afternoons in front of the front door surveying his world and hoping for a bunny or something. Not likely. The rabbits have more sense than to be stirring then.

Lucy and Tucker, old codgers, enjoy the mornings and evenings outside as much as they can. Running their perimeter patrols as normal, albeit at pretty slow speeds. Skeeter’s main occupation is napping. Actually, with heat indexes at 105 degrees and above… napping sounds pretty good to me, too! Instead I gather the canine gang and head for my studio. We hang out in the air conditioning, listen to tunes, and work on dog jewelry. It’s hot, but life is good.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Poker for Pooches MAAL Benefit in Kansas City

The Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation's
2nd Annual Poker for Pooches
 A Great Time for a Great Cause in Kansas City!

Saturday, August 7    6 PM to 11 PM
Symphony Hills Clubhouse
14915 S. Gallery St.
Olathe, KS 66062

Poker Tournament - Texas Hold 'Em - Starts at 7PM
$25 donation in advance
$35 donation at the door

*Limited Seating for Poker Tournament - Contact www.MAAL.org for more information.

Lots of prizes including first place cash prize. Over $3,000 in prizes will be given away throughout the evening.
Prize for each of the top ten players guaranteed.

$1 drinks, pizza, desserts and more
Raffle drawings every 30 minutes! Purchase raffle tickets - 1 ticket for $1 or 6 tickets for $5.

Sponsored by Boulevard Brewing and Old Chicago Pizza.
Proceeds to benefit the Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Spay Neuter Dog and Cat Advocacy Jewelry

If you're reading this blog, you probably already know these tragic facts:
  • An unspayed female dog or cat and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies or kittens over a six year period (source: SPAY/USA)
  • Fewer than 2% of the stray cats admitted to shelters are reunited with their owners (source: American Humane Association)

 There are lots of forms of advocacy and I've found jewelry to be a subtle and fun way of starting conversations about my own love of animals.
Just one example is this Spay Neuter animal lover bracelet.  The focal is a hand stamped brass oval. Gently domed and proclaiming the message SPAY NEUTER. Beautiful natural Tigerseye gemstone beads are hand wire wrapped with gold jeweler's wire. Perfect gift for any dog or cat lover, pet rescue volunteer or animal shelter volunteer. Wear a stylish bracelet that advocates being a responsible pet owner.

Fetch more dog and cat advocacy jewelry at For Love of a Dog.   Tell the world you're a dog mom, a cat mom, a foster dog mom, or involved in animal rescue.  Great gifts for dog, cat, and horse lovers can be found at For Love of a Dog Jewelry.

Free Kitty Litter

They claim to be the best. We don’t use kitty litter, so I am not endorsing them. However, if you use kitty litter you may want to take them up on their offer of a free bag. The World’s Best Cat Litter is offering a free 7 or 8 lb bag for a limited time. To download your rebate for a free bag of World’s Best Cat Litter visit http://www.worldsbestcat%20litterrebate.com/

They say that their product is the only cat litter that harnesses the power of whole kernel corn to provide unsurpassed odor control, fast clumping and longer lasting use. 100% naturally safe for pets, people and our planet.  Sounds good!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Puppy Mill Bust in Missouri

On June 14, 2010 the Humane Society of Missouri’s Animal Cruelty Task Force was called in to help shut down another substandard puppy mill in central Missouri. This puppy mill was run by a breeder licensed by both the US Dept of Agriculture and the MO Dept Agriculture.

Canines removed included 109 Cocker Spaniels, Poodles, Pekingese, Beagles, Shih Tzues, and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. All at the request of the MO Dept Agriculture. The facility was cited by the USDA and MDA for lack of sanitation. Citations included kennel areas overrun by feces and insects, overcrowded and unsafe pens with exposed wires and jagged edges, and chronic lack of adequate ventilation.

With heat indexes well over 90 degrees, the rescuers found indoor conditions almost unbearable. Dogs and pupples were underweight, lethargic and dehydrated. Dogs were matted with encrusted fur, fleas, and displayed bloated bellies. Dogs were also suffering pneumonia, eye infections, paw pad burns and other severe infections.

All the rescued puppies and dogs have received veterinary and shelter care from the HSMO.