Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Shih Tzu Dog Breed Jewelry Necklace


Wonderful Shih Tzu dog was skillfully handmade to be true to AKC dog breed standards by a Wisconsin artist. This dog is darling. To create this handcrafted dog breed necklace, I hand wire wrapped this little Shih Tzu dog with sterling silver wire to dangle freely from a big puffy Black Onyx gemstone heart. Necklace is composed of lots of jet black Austrian crystals combined with genuine white Marble and deep red Czech glass. Accented with teeny tiny sterling silver round beads and Bali silver beads. Even the extender chain is accented with another crystal and a little silver three dimensional dog bone in case this little sweetie needs a dog treat. One of a kind, this unusual piece of dog breed jewelry would make a wonderful gift for a Shih Tzu dog lover.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Tigers Eye Cat Lover Bracelet



Somehow it just seems right for a cat bracelet to be handcrafted with Tigers Eye gemstones. Check out this darling antiqued gold cat head bead. So cute. Surrounded by lots of tiger eye in big fat round beads with Bali style spacers. Beautiful cat bracelet. Cat jewelry always makes a great gift for a feline lover.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Black Dog Rescue Bracelet and Jewelry Gifts



At For Love of a Dog Jewelry we're partial to black dogs. Here's a terrific black dog bracelet that is sure to start some converstions. Charming jet black Czech glass dog head bead has wonderful details. 8mm jet black Austrian crystals and poppy jasper for a ball dog toy for fetching. Gold toggle closure is accented with little three dimensional dog bone and poppy jasper heart. This great dog bracelet would make a wonderful black dog lover gift that's perfect for anyone who owns a black dog or is involved in dog rescue..

Sunday, March 28, 2010

New Springer Spaniel Dog Breed Jewelry


Here's our new, adorable black and white English Springer Spaniel dog breed pin. These handmade dog breed pins (brooches) are like no other I've ever seen. Entirely made by hand by a Michigan porcelain artist. Literally hand sculpted porcelain ceramic, hand glaized, and high fired. Such happy little dogs. Frankly, they are amazing works of dog art. Check out the details on this English Springer Spaniel dog breed pin. Black and white with a sweet pink tongue. Could easily represent another spaniel or setter breed, or even a mixed breed pup. Visit For Love of a Dog for more dog breed jewelry and special gifts perfect for any dog lover.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Today is National Puppy Day

Now here's a holiday all of us at For Love of a Dog can get behind! Today is National Puppy Day!

A special day to celebrate the love and magic that puppies bring to our lives. And to promote adoption of rescue and shelter dogs everywhere. It's a day to help save abandoned puppies and educate the public about puppy mills, as well as to push the agenda of a nation of puppy-free pet stores.

There's no need to buy a puppy from a pet store when the shelters and rescue groups are full of adoptable puppies. Love is waiting for you...

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Humane Society of Missouri Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Webster Groves district teacher, Mary Ann Howard. She's been named the 2010 Humane Teacher of the Year by the Humane Society of Missouri. The announcement was made in a surprise ceremony at her school on February 16, 2010. Following the ceremony there was a celebration at the Clark School Library and included many dogs, rabbits, a mini horse and a mini donkey.

The Humane Society of Missouri recognized Mary Ann for her achievements incorporating humane, environmental and character education into her class curricula, and for leading an after-school community service club benefitting animals called Club HOPE (Helping Our Pets and Environment).

For the past 27 years, the Humane Society of Missouri has had the pleasure of acknowledging area teachers who strive to incorporate humane education into their daily lessons and activities and more importantly serve as humane role models demonstrating values of kindness, respect and compassion for animals and people alike.

Mrs. Howard was chosen for her concerted efforts to teach invaluable animal-related character education lessons to her students in the Webster Groves School District for more than two decades. Mary Ann has been leading an after-school kids club called Club HOPE for the last two years. Club HOPE membership at Clark School is now 83 students. Under her guidance, her students have completed numerous and remarkable community service projects benefitting the animals in our community including various donation drives, crafting blankets and toys for homeless animals, donating to various animal rescue groups and through community education at neighborhood events
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Friday, March 19, 2010

HSMO Animal Cruelty Task Force rescues 131 domestic rabbits and 26 other animals in Franklin County

On February 25, 2010, working in cooperation with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force today is rescuing 157 animals from a property in Franklin County near St. Clair, Missouri. The animals include: 131 domestic rabbits, 3 dogs, 4 cats, 1 guinea pig, 3 baby goats, 5 doves, 7 chickens, 2 pigeons and 1 duck.

All of the animals were living in filthy conditions. The rabbits were housed in raised wire-bottom cages with feces piled up high enough to come through the bottom of the cages. Many of their cages had no shelter from the weather. The dogs and fowl were living outside, also with no shelter and the only sources of water were frozen. The cats, goats and guinea pig, which were inside a home on the property, also were living in extremely filthy conditions. The goats appear to be suffering from an upper respiratory illness.

Aware of a possibly neglectful situation, the Humane Society of Missouri’s Animal Cruelty Task Force contacted the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department which conducted an investigation resulting in the Sheriff’s Department serving a warrant to remove the animals.

The rescued rabbits, dogs, cats and guinea pig were taken to the Humane Society of Missouri’s Headquarters shelter in St. Louis City for triage and care. The goats, dove, chickens, pigeons, and duck were be taken to the Humane Society of Missouri’s Longmeadow Rescue Ranch in Union, Mo.

As of March 10, the rabbits are stable after receiving fluids for dehydration. They have been treated for ear mites and other bacterial ear infections. Approximately 25% of them are being treated with systemic antibiotics for an upper respiratory infection. They continue to receive excellent care from Humane Society of Missouri staff and the House Rabbit Society of Missouri.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

HSMO Animal Cruelty Task Force rescues 11 horses and 2 mules near death in Gasconade County

On January 26, 2010, working in cooperation with the Gasconade County Sheriff’s Department, the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force rescued 11 horses and two mules from a property near Rosebud, Missouri. The horses appeared to be severely underweight and had no access to fresh water. Twleve deceased equine also were found on the property.

On February 10, the Humane Society of Missouri received custody of these emaciated horses and neglected mules. . Many had teeth and hoof problems, external parasites and severe rain rot (a skin problem). The cost of their care has already exceeed $10,000. Twelve deceased horses also were found on the property with one carcass in the only available water source.

As of this week, the horses have been treated for internal and external parasite infestations. Their skin conditions are improving but this will be a slow process as they start to grow new healthy hair coats. As they have gained weight and start to feel better, their personalities have started to show, their heads are held higher and their appetites have grown stronger. The stallions will need to gain additional weight before gelding (neuter) them and making them available for adoption. Many of the horses had sharp points and other dental issues which have all been corrected and treated. One of the geldings, Ruger, had a broken tooth that caused a painful and infected pocket in his lower jaw. He has had surgery to have the tooth removed and is recovering.

Some of the equine (horses and mules) that had less weight to gain will soon be available for adoption.
For more information on adopting the animals as they become available visit www.longmeadowrescueranch.org.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St Patrick's Day



May you always walk in sunshine.
May you never want for more.
May Irish angels rest their wings right beside your door.

May you have the hindsight to know where you've been,
the foresight to know where you're going
and the insight to know when you're going too far.

Happy St Patrick's Day
from all of us at
For Love of a Dog Jewelry

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Help Children Who Love Animals

Would you like to lend a hand to children who love animals. Here's a great idea: the Fresh Air Fund is in need of host families for this summer. Host families are volunteers who open their hearts and homes to children from the city to give a fresh air experience that these disadvantaged children never forget. For more information visit the Fresh Air Fund on the web.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Purina Incredible Dog Challenge in St Petersburg FL

The Purina Incredible Dog Challenge is coming to St. Petersburg, Florida on April 16-17, down at Spa Beach Park. With a variety of canine competitions on the waterfront, it’s an exciting local event for residents and visitors alike! Another cool reason to attend is that the 35th Annual Mainsail Arts Festival is also a part of the excitement in the park, kicking off on Saturday, April 17.

Dogs, owners and pet enthusiasts will journey to Spa Beach Park in St. Petersburg to compete in and watch the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge. This one-of-a-kind canine competition showcases the world’s most athletic dogs and their trainers. Events include agility, flying disc, Jack Russell hurdle races, head-to-head 60-weave pole and the crowd favorite, dog diving.

All events are free and open to the public. For more info visit www.purina.com.

Event Schedule Friday, April 16
9:00 AM Swim Race Registration
9:30 AM Swim Race Exhibition
10:00 AM Competitor Registration & Head Shots
11:00 PM Competitor Meeting and Lunch
12:00 PM Incredible Agility Practice
12:45 PM Incredible Diving Dog Practice
1:15 PM Incredible Jack Russell Hurdle Racing Practice
2:00 PM Incredible 30-Weave Pole Practice
2:00 PM Qualifying Sign-Up and Registration
2:45 PM Incredible Freestyle Flying Disc Practice
3:15 PM Incredible Freestyle Flying Disc Qualifying
3:30 PM Incredible Diving Dog Qualifying

Event Schedule Saturday, April 17
11:00 AM Agility Course Inspection
11:20 AM Agility Forerunners
11:25 AM National Anthem
11:30 AM Incredible Agility - Large & Small
12:30 PM Incredible Diving Dog Competition
1:15 PM Incredible Jack Russell Hurdle Racing
2:00 PM Incredible Head-to-Head 30-Weave Pole Racing
2:45 PM Incredible Freestyle Flying Disc


Sunday, March 14, 2010

Arizona Beaglefest

This event will be taking place on March 14, 2010 at Kiwanis Park in Tempe AZ.

Last year, more than 600 people and 350 beagles showed up and we raised over $7,000!!
We sell raffle tickets for gift baskets and the like and also give prizes for contests such as "Longest Ears", "Last to Come When Called", etc. Every dollar we bring in goes directly to pay for vet bills, shelter fees, and spay/neuter. All of us are volunteers who are dedicated to saving the lives of beagles and beagle mixes.


Visit For Love of a Dog for a pet events calendar and handcrafted dog lover jewelry gifts.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Black Dog Pearl Necklace Dog Lover Jewelry



Black Pearl Dog is a name commonly given to black shelter dogs who are commonly the last to be adopted, if they're adopted at all. Animal shelters are increasingly outspoken about what is called Black Dog Syndrome. This black dog necklace was inspired by the advocacy of many who are trying to rescue black dogs.

Absolutely charming Czech glass dog heads with lovely details are featured in this black dog necklace. Black Labrador Retriever dogs may come first to mind, but these dog beads could represent almost any dog including most retrievers, greyhounds, and more.

I've hand wire wrapped beautiful creamy white Freshwater Pearls with gold. A gold filigree ball seems to be the center of a tug of war between these pups. Perfect handcrafted gifts for a dog lover friend or for yourself are available at For Love of a Dog Jewelry.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Rhodesian Ridgeback Dog Breed Jewelry and Gifts


Beautiful Rhodesian Ridgebackr dog breed pin.These handmade dog breed pins (brooches) are like no other I've ever seen. Entirely made by hand by a Michigan porcelain artist. Literally hand sculpted porcelain ceramic, hand glaized, and high fired. Such happy little dogs. Frankly, they are amazing works of dog art. Check out the gold details on the edges of this Rhodesian Ridgeback dog breed pin.

This particular pin also reminds me of a Tibetan Mastiff, Leonberger, or could easily represent a mixed breed dog. Check For Love of a Dog for more handcrafted dog breed jewelry and gifts.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

King Charles Cavalier Spaniel Dog Leash Hook



Very lifelike and more delightful than our photographs show, this Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dog could represent many mixed breed dogs, as well as other Spaniels. Use this dog hook for your dog leash or hang up your jacket in style. Great dog lover gifts and dog breed jewelry at For Love of a Dog.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Airedale Dog Breed Jewelry and Gifts



Beautiful Airedale dog breed pin.These handmade dog breed pins (brooches) are like no other I've ever seen. Entirely made by hand by a Michigan porcelain artist. Literally hand sculpted porcelain ceramic, hand glaized, and high fired. Such happy little dogs. Frankly, they are amazing works of dog art. Check out the gold details on the edges of this Airedale dog breed pin. Visit For Love of a Dog for handcrafted dog breed jewelry made by dog lovers for dog lovers.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Shaggy Dog Brooch Mixed Breed Dog Jewelry Gifts



Absolutely wonderful shaggy dog pin could represent many different breeds, as well as a mixed breed mut.These handmade dog breed pins (brooches) are like no other I've ever seen. Entirely made by hand by a Michigan porcelain artist. Literally hand sculpted porcelain ceramic, hand glaized, and high fired. Such happy little dogs. Frankly, they are amazing works of dog art. I've tried to show the sculptural details in the photo of this shaggy dog pin.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Australian Shepherd Dog Breed Jewelry and Gifts


For Love of a Dog Jewelry offers many dog breeds in our handcrafted dog breed jewelry. This dog necklace features a wonderful Australian Shepherd pin that I've used as a pendant. This Australian Shepherd dog pin (brooch) is handmade by a Michigan porcelain ceramic artist. Truly hand sculpted using no moulds, the pin is ceramic porcelain and signed by the artist. I've added a silver converter to use the pin as a pendant.

The necklace is composed of fat black Agate and sleek grey Hematite gemstone beads that I've accented with sterling silver. You'll notice the sweet little three dimensional dogbone and Hematite star at the end of the necklace.

Such a versatile piece of dog breed jewelry. Wear this Australian Shepherd dog necklace as it is, or easily and simply remove the pendant to wear as a pin. In fact, you can even wear other pins you own on this piece. A perfect gift for anyone who loves an Australian Shepherd dog and one of a kind artisan jewelry. Many of our dog breed jewelry pieces can easily represent a mixed breed dog, like this one.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

24th Genesis Awards March 20

24th Genesis Awards
Saturday, March 20, 2010
International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA
Ticket info 310-440-0600 or on the
web site of the Humane Society of the United States

Celebrate all animals, with a special tribute to dogs. Each year, the Genesis Awards honors outstanding individuals in major news and entertainment media whose artistry and journalistic integrity has raised public awareness of animal issue


Fetch the For Love of a Dog pet events calendar for good things doggie..

Friday, March 5, 2010

Obituary for her Golden Retriever Dog by Ann Quindlen

Jason Oliver C. Smith, a big dumb guy who was tan, died March 30 of lung cancer and old age... He was 13 years old and lived in New Jersey, Pennsylvania... At the time of his death, his license was current and he had had all of his shots. He is survived by two adults, three children, a cat named Daisy who drove hime nuts, and his lifelong compainion, Pudgy, who spaying he always regretted, as well as a host of fleas who have gone elsewhere, probably to Pudgy. He will be missed by all, except Daisy. He never bit anyone, which is more than you can say for most of us.

From the obituary for her golden retriever dog, Anna Quindlen

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Basenji Dog Breed Jewelry and Gifts


For Love of a Dog Jewelry offers many dog breeds in our handcrafted dog breed jewelry. This dog necklace features a wonderful Basenji pin that I've used as a pendant. Such a happy little dog, he just looks like he's frolicking the day away. With a smile on his face and a three dimensional curl in his tail, he's ready to play. This Basenji pin (brooch) is handmade by a Michigan porcelain ceramic artist. Truly hand sculpted using no moulds, the pin is ceramic porcelain and signed by the artist. I've added a gold converter to use the pin as a pendant.

The necklace is composted of creamy Riverstone and tawny Jasper gemstone beads that I've hand wire wrapped with gold wire. You'll notice the sweet little three dimensional dogbone at the end of the necklace. Such a versatile piece of dog breed jewelry. Wear this Basenji necklace as it is, or easily and simply removed the pendant to wear as a pin. In fact, you can even wear other pins you own on this piece. A perfect gift for anyone who loes a Basenji dog and one of a kind artisan jewelry. Many of our dog breed jewelry pieces can easily represent a mixed breed dog, like this one.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Eulogy on the Dog by George Graham Vest

Below are excerpts from attorney and US Senator George Graham Vest's Eulogy on the dog speech, given while Vest was representing a man who sued another for the killing of his dog, Drum. The trial took place in a small Missouri town. According to the recollection of Thomas T. Crittenden, counsel for the defendant and later governor of Missouri, it was as perfect a piece of oratory as was ever heard. Court, jury, lawyers, and the audience were all entranced. Vest won the case and the jury awarded his client $500 which was in excess of the maximum allowable damages of $150. George Graham Vest died 1904.

Gentlemen of the jury: The best friend a man has in this world may turn against him and become his enemy. His son or daughter whom he has reared with loving care may prove ungrateful. The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog. He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer.

When all other friends desert, he remains. When riches take wings and reputation falls to pieces, he is as constant in his love as the sun in ints journey through the heavens. If fortune drives the master forth an outcast in the world, friendless and homeless, the faithful dog asks no higher privilege than that of accompanying him, to guard against danger, to fight against his enemies. And when the last scene of all comes and death takes the master in its embrace and his body is laid away in the cold ground, no matter if all other friends pursue their way, there by his grave side will the noble dog be found, his head beneath his paws, his eyes sad, but open in alert watchfulness, faithful and true even to death.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Dog Rescue Bracelet Advocacy Jewelry

Rescue is a cause near and dear to our hearts at For Love of a Dog, so we're pleased to offer this dog rescue bracelet. The centerpiece is obviously these ceramic handcrafted alphabet beads that spell RESCUE. Surrounded by blue Turquooise gemstone beads and sterling silver. Charms include a antiqued silver dog house representing a forever home, white heart for love, and a three dimensional lampwork dog bone.

If you love a rescue dog or are one of the wonderful volunteers who work so hard to find homes for shelter dogs, this bracelet was handcrafted with you in mind. Destined to be one of your favorite pieces of jewelry and guaranteed to spark compliments and conversation. Raise awareness of the plight of shelter dogs with this handcrafted dog rescue bracelet.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Pembroke Corgi Dog Breed Jewelry and Gifts

Shown above is an absolutely wonderful Pembroke Corgi dog breed pin.These handmade dog breed pins (brooches) are like no other I've ever seen. Entirely made by hand by a Michigan porcelain artist. Literally hand sculpted porcelain ceramic, hand glaized, and high fired. Such happy little dogs. Frankly, they are amazing works of dog art. I've tried to show the sculptural details in the last photo of this Pembroke Corgi dog breed pin. Visit For Love of a Dog for dog breed jewelry made by dog lovers for dog lovers.