Sunday, July 31, 2011

Adopt Bruno a Big Labrador Retriever Dog

Bruno is a blue and white Labrador Retriever mix dog who's looking for a forever home.  He's about 7 years old and neutered.  Bruno loves people and walks nicely on a leash.  Can't forget to mention that he is absolutely gorgeous.

If you have room in your heart and on your couch, contact the Humane Society of Missouri's Chesterfield Valley animal shelter for more information about Bruno.  His animal id number is A357359.

Our Tucker, who is a big black dog and 14 years old, says don't let Bruno's age deter you.  There's plenty of time for some barking good adventures and lots of doggy love.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Dog Song Saturday: Tennessee Hound Dog

It's Dog Song Saturday here at For Love of a Dog.  Today's offering will get your toes tapping!  Tennessee Hound Dog is performed by bluegrass artists, the Osborne Brothers.  It's accompanied by a fun montage of, what else, hound dogs.  Have to say there's a photo or two that gave me that puppy fever, if you know what I mean.

Grab a dog or two.  Sit.  Stay.  Tap that toe and enjoy Tennessee Hound Dog!  Then scroll down below to explore some barking good dog blogs because today is a Pet Bloggers Hop.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Poker for Pooches 2011 in Olathe Kansas

Saturday, August 5  -  7 pm
Symphony Hill's Clubhouse, 14915 S Gallery St, Olathe, KS

Poker Tournament fee $25 in advance;  $35 at the door.  No entry fee if you are not playing poker in the tournament.  Big prizes and great food and drink. All proceeds benefit the Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation.  Call 913-709-9438 for more information.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Adopt Gabby a Brown Brindle Pit bull Terrier

This sweet girl's name is Gabby.  Gabby is a spayed female Pit Bull Terrier with a gorgeous brown brindle and white coat.  Animal shelter staff believe she is about 2 years old.  Gabby knows how to sit and walks on a leash very nicely.  She seems to be housebroken and has a very mellow personality.

If you have room in your heart and on your couch for a new friend, please consider adopting Gabby.  She's available for adoption from the Humane Society of Missouri in St Louis 314-951-1562.  Gabby's animal ID number is A512304.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Pit Bull Dog Art Exhibit: Stray Rescue's Urban Wanderers

The Urban Wanderers art exhibit at the Saint Louis University Museum of Art puts a new spin on the image of Pit Bulls.  According to Randy Grim, the organizer of the event, this art show is about dispelling the myth of the Pit Bull.  "Everybody has these preconceived notions.  Actually at the turn of the century they were used for nanny dogs," he said.

The artwork in the exhibit depicts dogs that Grim and his team have saved, or attempted to, through Stray Rescue of St Louis organization.  Dogs are not only the subject of the paintings, photographs and sculptures, in some cases they are the artists.

Admission to the exhibit is free.  The Saint Louis University Museum of Art is located at 3633 Lindell Blvd in St Louis.

Bids are being taken online for the artwork until the end of August.  Head on over to Stray Rescue and bid.  Proceeds will go to Stray Rescue and help them continue to rescue abandoned and abused dogs.  You can also read more about Randy Grim and his efforts to rescue the homeless dogs of St Louis in our Talking Dogs blog post.

Dog Song Saturday: Letter to My Dog

It's Saturday!  Time for a dog song from For Love of a Dog!  Today's selection is technically not really a song about dogs.  However, A Little More of You, performed by Ashley Chambliss on her album Nakedsongs, is a lovely song about needing just a little more time.  As pet lovers, we've certainly all felt that way.  At least I know I have.  

A Little More of You accompanies a video letter written by a veterinarian.  Jessica Braun, DVM composed this letter to her dog, a rescued black Labrador Retriever, Stoupie Braun.  I won't say more because I don't want to spoil it for you. 

Grab a dog.  More than one if you can.  Grab a box of tissues.  Yes, a box, because you'll need more than one.  Sit.  Stay.  Relax and enjoy A Letter to My Dog.  Breathe a little.  Cuddle with those dogs.  Take a moment to remember some old friends.

Then scroll down below the video to surf some barking good dog blogs because today is a Pet Blog Hop.  And they're sure to cheer you up!

Monday, July 18, 2011

New Retriever Dog Lover Necklaces

As one of Santa's unofficial elves, I've been hard at work in my studio handcrafting new dog lover jewelry.  I've very excited about some new dog pendants I was able to import from Hong Kong.  They are amazing!

Shown here is a necklace with a retriever dog pendant hand carved from solid tigerseye gemstone.  This pendant is large, stunning, and really makes a statement.  I've teamed it with faceted tigereye gemstone beads by hand wrapping gold jeweler's wire into a chain.

This retriever dog pendant could easily represent your Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever or even a number of the Spaniel and Setter dog breeds.  Browse For Love of a Dog for your special dog breed, but be sure to also take a look at our Mutt Jewelry category for some incredible dog lover jewelry pieces.  Great dog lover gifts await you!

Shameless self promotion by For Love of a Dog where you'll find unique, one of a king dog lover jewelry and gifts.  Free standard shipping with each purchase.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Adopt Shortcake a Black Labrador Retriever German Shepherd Dog

Oh, what a sweetheart!  Shortcake is a female black Labrador Retriever and German Shepherd dog.  Staff at the Humane Society of Missouri's Chesterfield Valley Animal Shelter think she's about 7 years old.  She loves people and already has basic training.

If you have room in your heart and on your sofa, consider adopting this beautiful black girl.  For more information about Shortcake you can call the HSMO Chesterfield Valley animal shelter at 636-530-0805.  Shortcake's animal id number is A506088

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Dog Song Saturday: The Puppy Song with Harry Nilsson

It's Saturday!  Has to be time for a dog song from For Love of a Dog.  Today's dog song is a mellow tune by Harry Nilsson.  The Puppy Song is accompanied by a video montage including some pretty cute puppies.  However, it's the song that is the real treat. As Nilsson says:  If only I could have a puppy, I'd call myself so very lucky...

Okay, time to grab a puppy (any dog will do)!  Sit.  Stay. Relax and enjoy The Puppy Song by Harry Nilsson.  Then, while you're still swaying from the music, scroll on down to check out some barking good dog blogs from today's Pet Bloggers Hop.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Missouri Puppy Mill Shut Down: Linda Brisco's Moser Kennel

The puppy mill shut down in Missouri yesterday is Moser Kennel.  Owned and operated by Linda Brisco in Lawrence County, Missouri.  She is the first dog breeder to be prosecuted under Missouri's Proposition B changes for violating the law.

Briso is charged with allowing excess build up of feces on flooring surfaces, allowing water sources to become dirty, and failing to keep sick, aged or young dogs indoors.  She's also accused of not allowing adequate veterinarian visits.  Brisco also failed to provide adequate shade for animals, as well as housing that protected the animals from injury.

On June 28, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster obtained a restraining order stopping Brisco from operating the business and allowing the Department of Agriculture to inspect the dogs on her property in preparation for trial. 

Missouri Puppy Mills: New Law Shuts Down Dog Breeder in Monett

 According to the Humane Society of Missouri, the first bad dog breeder has been shut down thanks to Missouri's new cruelty prevention law.

Seventy-three dogs were rescued by the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force from a dog breeding facility in Monett (Lawrence County) Missouri.  Dogs included Cocker Spaniels, Labrador Retrievers, American Eskimos, Poodles, Beagles, Papillons and Brussels Griffons.  These dogs were living in cramped, dirty, unsafe cages, often outside with no access to shade or protection from the sweltering heat due to the neglect of this dog breeder.

Under the new Canine Cruelty Prevention Act and with the join efforts of the Office of the Missouri Attorney General, the Missouri Department of Agriculture and HSMO, this commercial dog breeder is no longer in business.  According to Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, this rescue is just the beginning of efforts leading to a significant improvement of Missouri's dog breeding reputation.

According to inspections by the Missouri Department of Agriculture, this dog breeding facility:
  • failed to provide adequate veterinary care to animals in obvious medical distress;
  • failed to clean and sanitize the facility, allowing excrement in food receptacles and dirty, muddy drinking water;
  • failed to keep sick, aged, or young animals in indoor or sheltered housing facilities;
  • failed to equip housing facilities with disposal and drainage systems in order to keep animal waste and water eliminated so the animals stayed dry;
  • failed to provide shade for the dogs;
  • failed to collect and remove animal waste – in some places feces had accumulated to the point that it was indistinguishable from the flooring; and
  • failed to provide housing that protected the animals from injury.
In addition, the owner routinely used a gunshot as a means of euthanasia, also in violation of the law.

In an agreement approved July 14 and enforceable under the circuit court, the owner will surrender all animals to the Humane Society of Missouri, surrender her Missouri Department of Agriculture commercial breeder license and will not operate a dog breeding facility for at least the next 6 years.

The rescued animals were taken to the Humane Society of Missouri's Headquarters for individual veterinary exams and treatment.  As soon as  they are healthy, as many of them as possible will be made available for adoption.

Pool Paws for Humane Laws Dog Swims in St Louis

 The Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation has announced the schedule for this years Pool Paws for Humane Laws Dog Swims.

McNair Park Pool, 3200 Droste Rd, St Charles, MO
Monday, August 8, 2011 from 6 - 8 pm
Thursday, August 11, 2011 from 6 - 8 pm
Inclement weather number 636-946-1553
* No rain out day is scheduled.

Kirkwood Aquatic Center,  111 South Geyer Road, Kirkwood, MO
Tuesday, September 6, 2011 from 5 - 7 pm
Thursday, September 8, 2011 from 6 - 8 pm
Inclement weather number 314-984-6972

Splash at Wabash,  501 North Florissant Road, Ferguson, MO
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 from 6 - 8 pm
Inclement weather number 314-521-1313
Rainout date:  Thursday, September 8 from 6 - 8 pm

Alligator's Creek Aquatic Center, 403 Civic Park Drive, O'Fallon, MO
Saturday, September 10, 2011 from 11 am - 2 pm
Inclement weather number 636-272-1626
Rainout date:  Sunday September 11 from 11 am - 2 pm

These pool pooch party fundraisers 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 animal 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.


  • No Aggressive dogs. No pinch/choke collars.
  • Proof of current vaccination records, DHLPP and Rabies, required before entering pool.
  • Owners must bring bags or other method to clean up after their dogs before entering pool.
  • Dogs must be leashed unless swimming in the pool and closely supervised by their owners.
  • Dogs must be recently bathed.
  • All children under the age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • All humans must sign a wavier and are legally responsible for their dogs and any injuries or damage caused by their dogs.
For more information about attending or sponsoring these events, call Jan at 314-323-5443

I Won The Versatile Blogger Award

Thank you so much to Nanny McFur for bestowing me with a Versatile Blogger Award!  

Before I pass along this award to some other bloggers, I'm supposed to tell you 7 things about myself.  Okay, here goes.
  1. We eat healthy:  no processed foods.  We garden organically and cook from scratch.
  2. We live in a sort of working museum (translation:  I collect antiques)  some of my favorite vintage finds are canine or equine themed, including a nice collection of dog and horse bookends.
  3. I am a voracious reader.  When I was in 3rd grade I challenged myself to read every single book in my elementary school library.  I did.  Alphabetically.
  4. I grew up in the suburbs of a major city, but found my heart belongs in the country.  We now live on a farm in the Missouri Ozarks.
  5. I'm fascinated by history and years ago began genealogy research.  As a result I traveled to Russia, located a cousin who'd been exiled to Siberia and was able to visit he and his family.  I also found out that my husband and I are 6th cousins thanks to a marriage in 1796 Virginia!
  6. Gary and I have restored several historic homes including a 1905  shirtwaist, a 1920's farmhouse, and a 1750 Virginia plantation manor house.  We currently live in a house that we built ourselves, though we just might have one more restoration in our future.
  7. Though this began as Tucker's blog, and I talk more about Jeffie and puppy, Rudy...  Lucy is my heart dog.
Now, on to more important business - the new winners of the Versatile Blogger Award.  I've chosen 7 winners.  Rather than selecting my favorite blogs, I decided to pass on my award to blogs that are somewhat new to me.  So, in no particular order, please join me in congratulating:

Team Beaglebratz 

I invite these bloggers to have some fun exploring the blogosphere to bestow their award on new winners.  Please let me know when you pass it along, so I'll get to hear who your choices are, while knowing that you've had a chance to enjoy your time as a winner.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Focus

When it comes to popcorn, there's FOCUS.
Then there's FOCUS...

And then there's FOCUS!
And then... there's delivery!
(Age has it's benefits)

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Help Joplin Tornado Pets With One Click

You can help the hundreds of pets left homeless by the May 22 Joplin tornado simply by one little click of your mouse.

Philanthropist and American Dog Rescue founder, Arthur Benjamin has announced that for every "Like" that the American Dog Rescue page on Facebook, his foundation will donate a dollar to the Missouri Humane Society - part of which will go directly to the Joplin Humane Society.  Benjamin will donate up to $10,000 through his foundantions.The money will go directly to help care for the animals.

“The disasters that struck Joplin and the surrounding areas in Missouri were devastating,” said Benjamin. “And while immediate efforts were made on the ground to rescue animals in danger, to recover lost animals, and to reunite families with their pets, there is still so much to be done. The awe of the situation struck the hearts of Americans, which is why it is so powerful that a viral fundraising campaign like this be launched so people from around the country can help. Through the unwavering efforts of the HSMO, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), The Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation, and American Dog Rescue, there is no doubt that we will make a difference in the aftermath of this devastation. Never has one click, one ‘like,’ one fan been so meaningful to thousands of lives – both animal and human.”

Head on over to Facebook now and click that mouse! 

Adopt Davey a Tricolor Australian Shepherd Dog Mix

Take a look at this sweetie.  Davey is a tricolor Australian Shepherd mixed breed dog.  He's neutered and about one year old.  Davey loves people, walks well on a leash, and appears to be housebroken.  He loves squeaker toys and even knows how to sit.  

Davey is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Missouri at their Maryland Heights animal shelter.  You can find out more by calling them at 314-951-1588.  Davey's animal identification number is A511329.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Dog Song Saturday: Hangin Out The Window

Another Saturday... another dog song from For Love of a Dog.  Believe it or not, I'm not all that keen on rap or hip hop music.  However, this is the second or third hip hop song we featured here at Talking Dogs.  And this is another one that's going on my iPod.

Hangin Out The Window is written and performed by Esoteric.  It just happens to star a yellow Labrador Retriever dog named Logan.  Great video of Logan's doggy friends and, of course, Logan hanging out the window!  Even if you don't usually care for hip hop or rap, give this dog song a try.  I bet you'll find your head nodding along with Logan's at the beat.

If you're like me, you're gonna love the dedication at the end of this video:
Long live the Labs, the Danes, the Pits, the Boxers, and every other breed.  Bow down to the canine, for he rules the planet.

Sit.  Stay.  Grab a dog - especially a yellow Lab if you've got one!  (Lucky me, I do!)  Relax and enjoy Hangin Out the Window by Esoteric.  While you've got your groove on and are feeling all mellow, scroll down below the video to explore some barking good dog blogs in today's Pet Bloggers Hop.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Pet Photo Contest - America the Beautiful

America the Beautiful is the theme of the July Pet Photo Contest at Purina Petcentric.  Upload a photo of your pet wearing or surr4ounded by red, white and blue.  You could win a $500 American Express gift card.  The contest runs through August 1. 

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Adopt Milo a Black Labrador Retreiver Mix Dog

Just look at this big, beautiful boy! Milo is a black Labrador Retriever mixed breed dog available for adoption.  He's about 1 year and 8 months old and neutered.  Shelter staff report that Milo already knows how to walk nicely on a leash and sit for treats.  He appears to be already housebroken.  If you're looking for a new canine companion, why not Milo?

For more information contact the Humane Society of Missouri at 314-951-1562.  Milo's id number is A508803

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Dog Song Saturday: Hey Little Doggie with Corgi Gaga

It's Saturday!  Time to take a break for a dog song!  Today's dog song video is entitled Hey Little Doggie with Corgi Gaga.  It was recorded with Noelle LeBlanc and the kids from the San Francisco Cathedral Boys choirs.  

This Corgi dog song is accompanied by video of a very cute Corgi dog headed to the dog park.  Okay, I admit it... I can't resist video of a Corgi dog butt!  And I'm so charmed by this song that I'm headed straight to iTunes to download Hey Little Doggie for future listening pleasure.

Fetch a Corgi.  (Okay, any dog will dog.)  Sit.  Stay.  Relax and enjoy Hey Little Doggie with Corgi Gaga.  Then scroll down to check out some barking good dog blogs because this is a Pet Bloggers Hop.