Thursday, August 30, 2012

New Rescue Adopt Dog Bone Bracelets at For Love of a Dog Jewelry

Dog Rescue Bracelet  
At For Love of a Dog Jewelry & Gifts, dog rescue is near and dear to our hearts.  Most of our own dogs were rescues before they became special members of our family. 

Here are some of our new dog jewelry pieces that celebrate animal rescue and those special people who work to rescue and find forever home.  These new rescue and adopt bracelets all begin with dog bones.

Urge adoption with this beautiful dog bone bracelet.  Rose pink dog bone proclaims ADOPT and is combined with soft salmon pink coral and blue turquoise gemstone beads.  Hand wire wrapped with copper.

Here's a rescue angel dog bone bracelet in copper made especially for that special rescue angel you know.  Blue handmade porcelain dog bone proclaims RESCUE and is combines with an assortment of gemstones including peridot jade, turquoise howlite, yellow aventurine, and carnelian.

Check out the dog collar and dog bone toggle on this rainbow adopt dog bone bracelet.  Turquoise, peridot jade, coral, and more gemstones are hand wire wrapped with silver jeweler's wire to accent the red handmade porcelian ADOPT dog bone.
Shown above is a rescue dog bone bracelet with a midnight blue RESCUE dog bone with coordinating crystal and smoky quartz gemstone beads.  

This is just a small sample!  Fetch more rescue jewelry and more dog bone jewelry at For Love of a Dog.  And while you're browsing, check out our dog breed jewelry, too.   All of our jewelry is handmade and shipping is free. 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: My Rowdy Retriever Boys

It's a bit like a dance...
until Rudy flings himself onto the ground.
And my rowdy retriever boys work towards a good game of bitey face.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Lidia a Senior American Bulldog is Looking For Love

Lidia, senior American Bulldog 
 I don't know how this beautiful 8 year old girl came to the Humane Society of Missouri animal shelter.  It certainly could not have been from behavior problems.  Lidia is a senior white American Bulldog.  She's spayed, housebroken and up to date on routine shots.

Lidia is a calm, mellow, love of a dog.  She'd love to take a stroll with you or snuggle up on the couch.  

Take a look at her dog video, then call the HSMO in St Louis for more information 314-951-1562.  Lidia is animal ID # A527705  You can also find Lidia on Petfinder.

You may interested to know why Lidia caught my eye when I was choosing a dog to feature today.  She looks so much like Hanah.  On May 22, 2011, a devastating tornado struck Joplin, Missouri.  The storm yanked Hanah from her owner's arms as they were taking shelter.  At the time Hanah was 5 years old and 110 pounds.  She was seen after the tornado and it is suspected that she was picked up by someone.  Hanah's family is still searching for her.  

Hanah's dog mom, Kari Wilkes has set up this Facebook page, Bring Hanah Home and you can read more about Hanah there.  Whenever I see a white American Bulldog, I make sure to check for Hanah's one blue eye, one brown eye.  After you read Hanah's story, you will, too.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Dog Song Saturday: A Doggy Beach Party

It's Saturday, so time for a dog song at Talking Dogs.  Kick off your weekend with a little dog video fun.  Technically, today's selection is not a dog song, however when you watch this video you'll see why we chose to share it.  Walking On Sunshine is performed by Aly and AJ and is background music for a group of friends having some fun at the beach.   However, they're not just any friends, as you'll soon see.

Given that summer is winding down and fall is just around the corner, what better way to celebrate the last gasp of summer than a doggy beach video.  These dogs have been trained in the Mirror Method and you may recognize some of them from their incredible Christmas dog video.

Grab a dog.  Sit. Stay. Relax and enjoy Walking On Sunshine and a doggy beach holiday.  Fetch more dog song videos at Talking Dogs.  Be sure to scroll down below today's video to explore some barking good blogs because today is a Pet Blogger Hop

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Summertime

All of our many hummingbird feeders are very busy as the "hummers" ready themselves to take off for winter quarters.  Flocks of geese began heading south a couple of weeks ago.  I suspect we'll have an early winter in the Ozarks.

Our equine, Cakes and Ditty, could care less about the little winged things.
Jeffie likes to watch the hummingbird wars from a safe distance where they won't dive bomb him.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Adopt Shawnee an Irish Setter Dog Looking for Love

Beautiful Shawnee is a seven year old Irish Setter currently in foster care.  He's neutered, up to date with routine shots, and house trained.  Shawnee is overweight and on special food right now, but otherwise a healthy boy looking for a forever home.  He'd really prefer a home without any cats.

If you'd like to adopt Shawnee please visit and complete the on-line adoption application. Transportation can be arranged to just about any place in the United States.

Save Our Setters, Inc. (S.O.S.), a non-profit organization, is a network of volunteers located across the country dedicated to rescuing and re-homing displaced Irish, Irish Red & White, and Gordon Setters. Their foster families take these dogs into their homes, evaluate them, and get them ready for adoption. They provide a written profile of the dog to share the benefit of our knowledge of the dog with the adopting family, including commands, good and bad characteristics, and other pertinent information.  Visit their website for a complete listing of all the available adoptable pups.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Dog Song Saturday: Don't Roof Rack Me Bro by Devo

Kick off your weekend with Dog Song Saturday at Talking Dogs.  Today we present Don't Roof Rack Me, Bro by Devo.  

This new single, which honors Seamus Romney, will be released on August 26.  Just in time for National Dog Day.

According to an article in Rolling Stone, Devo's Jerry Casale wants it clear that he's not stumping for Obama.  And neither are we.  

However, we agree with Casale that how someone treats his dog reveals a lot about his character. We already weighed in on Seamus' journey to Canada strapped to the roof of Mitt Romney's car in this Talking Dogs blog post.

Grab a dog.  Sit.  Stay.  Have a listen of Devo's Don't Roof Rack Me, Bro.  Fetch more dog song videos at Talking Dogs and be sure to scroll down to explore some barking good blogs in today's Pet Blogger Hop.


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Jeffie and His Dog Toys

Jeffie's first very own rope toy.
Please, please throw the tennis ball.
C'mon... it's never too cold for some Flippy Flier action.
And what's this new toy?  Jeffie's very own puppy.
Best. Toy. Ever.
Jolly Ball is a game best played with your best friend.

Monday, August 13, 2012

USDA Plan to Regulate Dog Breeders Internet Sales

Is this where that puppy came from?
  Time is running out for you to make your voice heard regarding the USDA's plan to regulate dog breeders who sell over the internet.  All comments must be received by August 15, 2012

You can submit your comments electronically by going to the federal rule making portal here.

These new USDA rules would require breeders who sell multiple puppies over the Internet to be federally licensed and regulated by the U. S. Department of Agriculture. Currently, Internet sellers are exempt from the Animal Welfare Act which only covers breeders for the wholesale market such as those who breed dogs for pet stores. 
The new rules would require large scale dog breeders that sell their puppies sight unseen over the Internet, by phone, or by mail, to be licensed and regulated to ensure they are providing their dogs with humane standards of care. These new rules would also apply to cat breeders who sell kittens over the Internet.

If you've followed the various legislation in several states that has been aimed at tightening dog breeding regulations and establishing humane care standards, it should come as no surprise that agriculture groups are very vocally opposed to the proposed USDA plan.  

Pigs, cows, and sheep are coming soon to your local pet store if you listen to some agricultural interests. Believe it or not, some farm groups are alleging that USDA's plan to redefine the term "retail pet store" could adversely affect farmers. The Animal Agriculture Alliance (AAA) issued an alert on July 24, 2012 entitled "Proposed APHIS Rule Could Impact Farmers."

In reality, the proposed USDA rule merely extends the definition of a pet store to include large scale dog breeders who sell puppies over the Internet sight unseen. The AAA maintains, however, that if a farmer sells even one farm animal for a pet or sells a farm animal "for purposes such as a 4-H project" that they "could potentially come under the impact of the proposed new rule."

Never mind the fact that "farm animals" are specifically exempted from the Animal Welfare Act, the AAA states that this new proposed rule could cost a farmer "up to $10,000 per day" in penalties and that USDA may "seize animals or work with state and local authorities to seize animals." Later in their alert, the AAA concedes that "livestock used for food production are not included in this rule." The AAA continues to argue, however, that the new rule "potentially does present an opportunity for APHIS inspectors to gain access to agricultural operations, which is unprecedented."

What is not without precedence is the paranoia of agricultural groups and their claims that dogs are farm animals. We heard the same preposterous claims during the Prop B campaign when farm groups argued that Prop B covered all domestic animals and would lead to the closure of Missouri farms. While one might be tempted to laugh at such outlandish claims, the AAA alert encourages farmers to "take action" and provides the link for submitting comments to USDA on the new rule.  Unfortunately, pork and cattle industry publications have reprinted this same message urging farmers to submit comments in opposition to USDA's proposed rule.

Thousands of dogs desperately need your help to counteract the campaigns being waged by farming interests.   In addition to submitting your comments to the USDA, you should contact your US Senators and Representatives to let them know of your position on this issue.  Take action now!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Adopt a Black Dog: Milo, Oreo, Bugsy and Pearl

Join black dog lovers by adopting one of these beautiful black Lab mixes.  All are available for adoption from the Humane Society of Missouri in St Louis. All are neutered / spayed and up to date on vaccinations.

Milo is a 5 month old male black Labrador Retriever mix dog.  Still filled with all that wonderful puppy energy.  Milo is Pet ID: A532307

Oreo is a 7 months old female Labrador Retriever / Beagle dog mix puppy who is ready to explore the world with you. Pet ID A534263

Bugsy is an 8 month old Labrador Retriever / Pit Bull Terrier mix dog.  He sits for treats and walks nicely on a leash.  If you follow the link on his name, you'll be taken to an additional video of Bugsy on Petfinder.  Pet ID A530016

Pearl is a young female adult black Labrador Retriever / German Shepherd Dog.  She is very calm, gentle and mellow, plus she walks nicely on a leash.  Pet ID A531841


For information about any of these beautiful black dogs, contact the Humane Society of Missouri at 314-647-8800

Saturday, August 11, 2012

The German Shepherd Song: Dog Song Saturday

It's Saturday!  Time to kick off the weekend with a dog song at Talking Dogs!  Today we present The German Shepherd Song featuring absolutely wonderful photos of these beautiful dogs. This dog song music video was put together by the My Dog Club facebook page folks. Listen the the lyrics of this rhythmic rap song and even if you don't usually like rap, you'll like this song.

Rudy and Jeffie are grooving... he's loyal... he's spoiled... Just don't tell them that they're not German Shepherd Dogs.

You know the drill.  Sit.  Stay.  Relax and enjoy The German Shepherd Song.  Fetch more dog song videos at Talking Dogs and be sure to scroll down below today's dog song video to explore some barking good dog blogs in today's Pet Blogger Hop!  And just a little shameless self promotion - fetch our hand crafted German Shepherd dog jewelry at For Love of a Dog!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Little Rudy

Three of my favorite photos of Rudy when he was a puppy.
Puppyhood never lasts long enough. 
Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize 
they were the big things.  ~Robert Brault 

Scroll down and enjoy more pet photos at the 
Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop sponsored by Blog Paws!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Adopt a Beagle Dog: Layla is Looking for Love

 Layla is looking for a forever home.  She's a spayed female, tricolor Beagle who is about one year old.  Just look at that happy face and wagging tail!  Layla's a beauty!  Right now she's living at the Humane Society of Missouri Chesterfield Valley animal shelter, but she'd much rather have some fun with you and your family.

Call 636-530-0805 for more information about Layla ID# A534752

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Dog Song Saturday: I'm Just a Dog

Kick off your weekend with a dog song music video at Talking Dogs.  Today we feature I'm Just a Dog and I'm Doing Dog Stuff starring Barry the rapping dog, Mylo the singing cat, Rhett, Mush, Maddy, Pitty Pat, Hank, Madeline, Mammy, Scrappy, Sammy, Whitie, Lola and Roxie.  And, yes.  Those are the dogs that are rapping.

Don't care for rap music?  Well, then you haven't experienced dogs and cats rapping!  Give it a listen.  We're pretty sure you're going to enjoy the critters in this video.  Woof!

Grab a dog.  Sit.  Stay.  Groove along with I'm Just a Dog and I'm Doing Dog Stuff.  Fetch more dog song videos at Talking Dogs and be sure to scroll down below today's video to explore some barking good dog blogs because today is a Pet Blogger Hop.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Product Review: Rachael Ray's Nutrish Naturally Delish Wet Dog Food

 We love Nutrish Naturally Delish wet dog food!  And by "we" I mean both the canine and human members of our family.

Rachael Ray's Nutrish Naturally Delish is an all natural wet food for dogs inspired by the recipes from Rachael's kitchen.  You won't find any corn, wheat, soy or any nasty artificial junk in these wholesome doggie stews.  Using only tender chunks of real meat, veggies, essential vitamins and minerals, Nutrish Naturally Delish provides a nutritious and tasty food that we bet your dog will love.
Rachael Ray Nutrish Naturally Delish wet dog food stews.

Jeffie and Rudy were eager to give Naturally Delish a try, but first had to select from the four varieties sent to us for review:
Choosing took a bit of thought and sniffing.

Given Jeffie's Border Collie heritage, I thought for sure he'd pick the lamb, but he immediately chose the Hearty Beef Stew.  
Nutrish Naturally Delish Hearty Beef Stew - chunks of beef plus garden vegetables like peas, carrots and potatoes, all simmered in a yummy homestyle beef gravy

Jeffie thought it was... delish!

Rudy's a southern boy, so it was no surprise he wanted to begin his taste test with the Chicken Paw Pie.
Nutrish Naturally Delish Chicken Paw Pie - juicy bites of chicken with a medley of green beans and sweet potatoes in a savory chicken gravy.
Taste testing is extremely serious work for Rudy.

The boys loved Nutrish Naturally Delish and even ventured a bit of tandem testing.

There was no doubt that Nutrish Naturally Delish passed Jeffie and Rudy's taste test with all paws up.

We like this wet dog food for many reasons:
  • All natural ingredients; no by-products, artificial flavors or artificial preservatives
  • Fortified with essential vitamins and minerals for balanced nutrition.
  • The packaging is convenient - plastic tubs come with resealable lids. However, it is not a good thing that these plastic containers are not BPA free.
  • Made in the USA.  Produced by Ainsworth Pet Nutrition - a US family owned company for over 75 years.
  • 100% of the proceeds from sales of all Nutrish go to help animals in need via Rachael's Rescue.  So far, sales of Nutrish have raised over $4 million.
Fetch a coupon and let your own dogs try Rachael Ray's Nutrish Naturally Delish wet food for dogs.  

Better yet, enter below to win a sample of all four varieties of Nutrish Naturally Delish.  One lucky winner will receive a press kit just like we received.  

The winner will be announced here on August 10.  Good luck!

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Talking Dogs blog is being compensated for this review and did receive free sample products as a part of the Blog Paws team.  However, our opinion remains our own honest review of Nutrish Naturally Delish wet food for dogs.  And yes, that is one of the For Love of a Dog elevated feeding stations!

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Best Friends

Though Rudy considers himself Jeffie's dog, he does take time out for a little feline companionship with Skeeter.