Sunday, May 31, 2015

Adopt Sherman a #SeniorDog @WaysideWaifs in #KCMO


This good looking guy is Sherman.  He's an 8 year old senior dog who's had a rough life.  Rescued from a hoarding situation in New York City, he was taken in by Wayside Waifs in Kansas City.

Wayside Waifs describes Sherman as a Hound / Retriever mix.  He already knows basic commands, but would be a great candidate for further training.

Here's Sherman's adoption message:
How's it going everyone? My name is Sherman and I come to you from New York City. Wanna good dog and pal to call your own? Fuhgeddaboudit!! I am the boy for you.

Let me give you a little history on myself so you can get to know me. I have had kind of a rough life up to this point, and I am just looking for a family to call my own. I am an 8 year old Hound/Retriever mix. So I am a little older, but you know what they say "Like a fine wine, I just get better with time." Like I said, I came here from the Big Apple to find a new life and new family. I was transferred here from the ASPCA that rescued me from a hoarding like situation. I did not always get the care and training I needed, but I am ready to start life now and do whatever you need me to do.
Like a true New Yorker, I had to fight and be tough to get along. However, now that I am here in Kansas City, I am ready to find a nice home that I can be with a good family. I already know commands like sit and come, but I think it is going to be best that I get some more training so I can be an even better companion for you. I haven't really had a home of my own, so it is going to be best to get some refresher courses on house training and basic obedience also. I do also like to get outside and have some exercise that will keep me mentally and physically happy. I am older, but I still have a lot of life and energy to give in this body.

So let's talk a little about when we go home together. I am going to need a place with older kids living there and I will also want to meet all new canine family before we go as well. Coming from the environment that I did, I do get a little stressed out and take some time to warm up. Once I do warm up to my new family, I am going to show you how great I am. I will usually seek out love and attention, but when I do I love to get petted as much as you want to. If you just have patience with me to help me learn and let me adjust, then I promise I will be the best dog you will ever want.
Oh, and before I forget, I do have one more thing to let you know. Like any New Yorker, with pizza, pasta, or steak, I do love my food. I am not saying I need to eat that kind of meal, but I will need to eat in a safe place away from everyone. I just want to enjoy my dinner in peace before we get back to all the family loving on me.

So as you can see, it has been a rough go for me. But I am not complaining one bit. I came here to seek out a new life and start with a clean slate. Give me your time and patience, and I will give you my unconditional love and a lot of fun. Take a chance on me; you won't be sorry you did.
See ya soon, Sherman

For more information about Sherman 
contact Wayside Waifs at  816-761-8151.  
Sherman's animal ID number is 27638785 and he is 
available for adoption with a reduced adoption fee of $25.
Wayside Waifs is Kansas City’s largest no-kill animal shelter.   They are an independent, 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit humane society and animal welfare organization established in 1944.  Wayside Waifs is committed to finding homes for all adoptable pets. Wayside is the largest pet adoption center in Kansas City, placing over 5,400 animals each year in loving forever homes. Wayside does not euthanize adoptable animals, and there are no time limits for animals in our care. Only animals suffering from significant medical issues or thnose that pose a danger are humanely euthanized. Wayside Waifs is proud to be a part of Kansas City's no-kill community.  

Talking Dogs blog is participating in the Tuesday's Tails blog hop hosted by Dogs N Pawz and Talking Dogs. This is the blog hop that features shelter pets.  Find a pet at your local animal shelter or rescue and join us!


Tuesday's Tails blog hop participants can post any day of the week and link up with a fresh blog hop linky every Tuesday.  Though targeted at adoptable pets, we also welcome blog posts regarding pet adoption, rescue organizations and adoption events. Fetch the Tuesday's Tails Facebook page and give us a like and if you're participating in the blog hop, post your featured pets! Please help spread the word about these beautiful animals via social media and let's find them forever homes!


Talking Dogs is the official blog of For Love of a Dog Jewelry.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

The Dog Song with Xavier Cugat and Betty Reilly 1948 | Dog Song Saturday

Take a little walk into the past with us today.  

Dog Song Saturday is heading back to 1948 and the movie On An Island With You for a fun golden oldie.

On An Island With You is an MGM musical starring Ester Williams as a Hollywood star on location in Hawaii with love interest Peter Lawford. Ricardo Montalban, Jimmy Durante, Cyd Charisse, plus Xavier Cugat and his Orchestra also star.

The Dog Song is performed here by Xavier Cugat and Betty Reilly with them singing to Chiquita, a Chihuahua dog.
"Don't be afraid of my little chihuahua.
He's only a little wah wah wah.
He never will fight and he never will bit
If you give him tequila and agua..."

We won't say "sit" and "stay" today because you may have to do a few rumba moves to The Dog Song. Fetch more dog songs and music videos at Talking Dogs.  You'll be surprised at how many we've collected over the years.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Adopt Drew a #SeniorDog #Akita Mix @HSMO in St Louis


This handsome fellow is Drew.  He's an 8 year old senior Akita mix at the Humane Society of Missouri.  Just look at those gorgeous blue eyes!

Drew walks nicely on a leash and would love to be your walking partner.  Staff and volunteers at the animal shelter report that Drew is a sweetheart.

Take a look at Drew's adoption video and then contact the HSMO Maryland Heights animal shelter at 314-951-1588 for more information.  Drew's animal ID number is A461752



Since 1870, the Humane Society of Missouri has been dedicated to second chances.  They provide a safe and caring haven to animals - large and small - that have been abused, neglected or abandoned.  Their mission is to end the cycle of abuse and overpopulation, assist in creating lasting relations hips between people and animals, offer world-class veterinary care, plus offer pet obedience and behavior programs.

HSMO operates three animal shelters in the St Louis, Missouri, area, plus Longmeadow Rescue Ranch in Union, Missouri, for abused and neglected horses, cows, goats, chickens and other farm animals.


We are participating in the Tuesday's Tails blog hop hosted by Dogs N Pawz and Talking Dogs.  This is the blog hop that features shelter pets.  Find a pet at your local animal shelter or rescue and join us!  Please help spread the word about these beautiful animals via social media and let's find them forever homes! 
 


Talking Dogs is the official blog of For Love of a Dog Jewelry.  Handmade artisan jewelry gifts in pet themes including dogs, cats, and horses.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Some Gave All - Honoring Military Dogs | Dog Song Saturday

This Memorial Day weekend we're devoting Dog Song Saturday here at Talking Dogs to all of the amazing dogs who have stood by our soldiers for decades.  

Today we honor Military K-9s and, of course, also remember the people who have died while service in our country's armed forces.

The music video was put together by From the Heart Rescue and is accompanied by Some Gave All sung by Billy Ray Cyrus.



From the Heart Rescue notes:
  • 1914–1918: Dogs were used by international forces to deliver vital messages. About a million dogs died in action. Sgt Stubby, an American Pit Bull Terrier mix was the most awarded dog of World War I and became the first dog to be given a rank (of Sergeant) when he discovered and alerted the Allies to the presence of a German spy.
  • 1943–1945: The Marine Corps used dogs, donated by owners, in the Pacific theater to help take islands back from the Japanese. The Doberman became the official dog of the USMC; however, all breeds of dogs were eligible to train to be "war dogs". At the height of WWII more than 10,000 dogs from the United States were in action. Of the 549 dogs that returned from the war, only 4 could not be returned to civilian life. Many of the dogs went home with their handlers from the war.
  • 1966–1973: Approximately 5,000 US war dogs served in the Vietnam War (the US Army did not retain records prior to 1968); about 10,000 US servicemen served as dog-handlers during the war, and the K9 units are estimated to have saved over 10,000 human lives. 232 military working dogs and 295 servicemen/dog handlers were killed in action. It is estimated about 200 Vietnam War dogs survived the war to be assigned at other US bases outside the US; the remaining dogs were euthanized or left behind. 
  • 2011: United States Navy SEALs used a Belgian Malinois war dog named Cairo in Operation Neptune Spear, in which Osama bin Laden was killed.
Sit. Stay. Take a moment to reflect on these remarkable dogs and have a barking good Memorial Day holiday weekend.   Fetch more dog songs and music videos at Talking Dogs.  You'll be surprised at how many we've collected over the years.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Wellness CORE Protein Bars for Dogs from @Chewy | Product Review



When I realized that the folks who make Old Mother Hubbard dog biscuits are the same who make Wellness CORE Protein Bars for dogs, I could hardly wait to try them.  Old Mother Hubbard dog biscuits are the favorite around our house.  All three of my dogs love their crunchy goodness.

All three also love these protein bars! They're a part of the Wellness gourmet dog treats line and the whole point is healthy dog treats with no empty calories.

Wellness CORE is based on the nutritional philosophy that dogs, given their primal ancestry, thrive on a diet mainly comprised of meat. These nutrient-dense protein nuggets are packed with quality animal protein, without fillers or grains, along with wholesome superfoods. Each tender bite delivers an incredibly healthy and exceptionally tasty way to treat your dog.

Key Benefits
  • Grain-free, gluten-free, tender, bite-size bars
  • Perfect pairings of hearty proteins and delicious superfoods
  • No meat by-products, wheat, corn, soy or artificial flavors, colors or preservatives
  • Only 16 calories per treat
  • 100% natural
  • Made in the USA!

Wellness CORE Grain-Free Protein Bars come in four varieties:
  • Chicken and Turkey with Sweet Potates
  • Beef and Bison with Blueberries
  • Salmon and Whitefish with Pomegranates
  • Turkey and Duck with Kale
We received a bag in the Beef and Bison with Blueberries recipe.
Ingredients:
Beef, Peas, Flaxseed, Natural Flavor, Bison, Cane Molasses, Salt, Broccoli, Carrots, Blueberries, Mixed Tocopherols added to preserve freshness, Dried Cultured Skim Milk, Rosemary Extract

Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein  not less than 26%
Crude Fat  not less than 18%
Crude Fiber  not more than 4%
Moisture not more than 20%
16 Calories per Treat

These treats are not a uniform shape.  Trying to halve them means they kind of come apart.  Plus, because of the irregular size of these treats, I had to use my judgement about the calories.  Jeffie and Rosie who are watching their weight, received the smaller bits.
Jeffie didn't care if these protein bars contained blueberries.
My dogs really love these tasty treats.  Even Jeffie, who does not like blueberries, would have liked to eat the whole bag. 

Our Verdict
Though I do wish they were easier to break into smaller pieces, I have to agree with my dogs:  PAWS UP for these healthy natural dog treats!
Sweet Rosie patiently waited her turn for these yummy treats.

Wellness CORE Grain-Free Protein Bars are on sale now at Chewy - $7.89 for a  5.5 oz bag



We also give Chewy our highest recommendation.
There are lots of reasons to like Chewy.com
  • Fast shipping to our front door (free if our order is over $49)
  • Hundreds of brands to choose from in pet food, treats, and supplies
  • Great prices and frequent sales
  • Easy to navigate web site and terrific customer service
  • Chewy.com gives back via their Shelter and Rescue Network
* We received one bag of Wellness CORE Protein Bars from Chewy.com in exchange for our honest opinion of the product and service.  Talking Dogs only shares information about pet products we think our readers might enjoy.

We're joining the Tasty Tuesday blog hop today.  This is a blog hop that celebrates good food, sponsored by Sugar the Golden Retriever and Kols Notes.  

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Adopt #OceanBreeze a #Basset #LabradorRetriever #SeniorDog @WaysideWaifs in #KCMO


I admit I chuckled when I read the breed description for this beautiful boy.  Let's face it, it's an unusual mix.  You see, Ocean Breeze is a Basset Hound and Labrador Retriever.  He's also a senior dog that has found himself at Wayside Waifs animal shelter in Kansas City, Missouri.

Ocean Breeze is 7 years old and looking for a forever home.  You could call him a Bassador, but as he barks in his adoption message, he prefers Ambassador!  And it sounds like he knows what he's talking about.

Hello Everyone! I know what you're thinking...why am I named Ocean Breeze? Well, I've been wondering the same thing. Someone gave me that name and it does paint a peaceful picture. Don't you like an ocean breeze? And I'm a peaceful kind of a guy. After all, peace and wisdom come with age and I'm a mature gentleman.

I'm a black basset hound/labrador retriever mix...or a "Bassador." I prefer "Ambassador" because I like to meet and greet everyone I see, and I'm very polite. In fact I'm the good will ambassador for dogs my age, who are no longer puppies, but full of life and love. I'm seven years old and still have lots of energy and interests! I'll be wagging my big, lush tail when you come to meet me. (My tail is remarkable, if I do say so myself!) 
 

Exploring, walking on a leash, and sniffing my surroundings are my favorite things. It works for me, because I'm a low-rider and my nose is already close to the ground. I hope you like taking walks, because I'd be very happy as your partner. I'm a calm fellow, rather laid back, and eager to please. I know how to "sit" and "come" and enjoy all kinds of attention. A refresher course in basic obedience and house training might be something to consider. I'm up for anything because I'm just a happy, confident guy!

I was transferred to Wayside Waifs from another shelter which became too crowded. Boy I'm happy to be here, because I know this is a great opportunity for me to find my forever home. The people here say I'll make some lucky person an excellent companion. Being an ambassador, I get praised a lot around here. Praise and treats make me even happier. 

Right now I'm hoping I can become an ambassador in your home. I promise to keep things running smoothly and will try to make everyone comfortable! I'd love to meet all the members of your family and any other pets you have. Since I'm an older boy, I may do better with kids over 5, but we can see about that when you visit. I'll appreciate a safe, quiet place when I eat my meals in my new home. I know you will help work that out for me. Please come out to meet me soon. I just have a feeling that we'll be perfect together!

Lots of love from Ocean Breeze...the Ambassador of Wayside Waifs

Intrigued?  Contact Wayside Waifs at 816-761-8151.  Ocean Breeze's animal ID number is 27642808.


Wayside Waifs is Kansas City’s largest no-kill animal shelter.   They are an independent, 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit humane society and animal welfare organization established in 1944.  Wayside Waifs is committed to finding homes for all adoptable pets. Wayside is the largest pet adoption center in Kansas City, placing over 5,400 animals each year in loving forever homes. Wayside does not euthanize adoptable animals, and there are no time limits for animals in our care. Only animals suffering from significant medical issues or thnose that pose a danger are humanely euthanized. Wayside Waifs is proud to be a part of Kansas City's no-kill community.  

Talking Dogs blog is participating in the Tuesday's Tails blog hop hosted by Dogs N Pawz and Talking Dogs. This is the blog hop that features shelter pets.  Find a pet at your local animal shelter or rescue and join us!


Tuesday's Tails blog hop participants can post any day of the week and link up with a fresh blog hop linky every Tuesday.  Though targeted at adoptable pets, we also welcome blog posts regarding pet adoption, rescue organizations and adoption events. Fetch the Tuesday's Tails Facebook page and give us a like and if you're participating in the blog hop, post your featured pets! Please help spread the word about these beautiful animals via social media and let's find them forever homes!

Talking Dogs is the official blog of For Love of a Dog Jewelry.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Throw This Poor Dog A Bone by Memphis Slim | Dog Song Saturday

It seems to rain every single weekend this spring, so we're kicking off this weekend with some blues.  
 
Though this song is technically not about dogs, the lyrics are pretty clever for dog lovers.
 
Throw This Poor Dog A Bone is performed by blues legend Memphis Slim and available on (AmazonMP3 and iTunes)

The lyrics:
How come my dog's so calm
Man, whenever you're on the scene?
How come my dog's so calm
Man, whenever you're on the scene?
Man I just can't understand it
'Cause I know my dog is mean

Well, he bit my next door neighbor
Bit my father too
Growl at my mummy
Ate up my own shoe

How come my dog's so calm
Man, whenever you're on the scene?
Man I just can't understand it
'Cause I know my dog is mean

You've been coming around my house
When my wife is all alone
No, you don't know voodoo
My dog don't like no bone

How come my dog's so calm
Man, whenever you're on the scene?
Man I just can't understand it
'Cause I know my dog is mean

Well, I've got a good watch dog
With me he never failed
But every time you come around, boy
He just sit and wag his tail

How come my dog's so calm
Man, whenever you're on the scene?
Man I just can't understand it
'Cause I know my dog is mean

Now, he can see like an owl
He can hear you drop a pin
But what I want to know, boy
How the hell, did you get in?

How come my dog's so calm
Man, whenever you're on the scene?
Man I just can't understand it
'Cause I know my dog is mean

Sit. Stay. We're just going to let the raindrops fall while we relax to Throw This Poor Dog A Bone by Memphis Slim.  Fetch more dog songs and music videos at Talking Dogs.  You'll be surprised at how many we've collected over the years.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Duck Sausages for Dogs from @LovingPets | Product Review

Yum! That's what Jeffie, Rudy and Rosie say about these tasty natural duck dog treats.

I'm so glad I agreed to let my dog pack do a taste test of Loving Pets dog treats!  

We received one package of their Natural Value Duck Sausages.  These also come in beef and chicken.


Natural Value™ Duck Sausages are 100% farmed and made in the U.S.A. Cooked on open grilling racks to reduce fat and give them a delicious flavor. 

Natural Value Duck Sausages are wheat, corn, soy, and gluten free, and contain no by-products. These soft-chew treats are perfect for any age or size dog. 
Rosie is so disappointed the package is not open.


Key Information:
  • Fine for Puppies, as well as adult and senior dogs
  • Made in the USA
  • 100% All Natural
  • Soy Free
  • Gluten Free
  • Wheat Free
  • Corn Free
  • Easy to Chew
  • Competitively Priced
Jeffie can't believe how yummy these look.
These dog treats look exactly like you think sausages will look and come in a long "string."  You can easily rip or tear one off, or use a scissors.  Of course, my dogs wouldn't have minded a whole string...  However, since I couldn't find calorie information, they each got to try just one sausage.

Ingredients: Duck, Turkey,Tapioca, Brown Rice Flour, Vegetable Glycerin, Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, Rosemary Extract.
Guaranteed Analysis: Crude Protein (min): 35.0% • Crude Fat (min): 8.0% • Crude Fiber (max): 2.0% • Moisture (max): 27.0%
Retail price is $19.99 for a 14 oz bag.  Approximately 7 strings of sausages in the bag with 6 sausages to a string.  Each sausage is about 2 1/2 " long by 3/4" thick.
  
As pet owners themselves, the Loving Pets family values the importance of safe, healthy and affordable pet products. That’s why their dog and cat treats are made with only all-natural, high quality ingredients and are designed with pet’s health in mind.

In 2007, when treat safety became a major concern of the entire pet industry, Loving Pets responded by launching our Tested in the USA Quality Assurance program. Since then, Loving Pets treats are TESTED BY AN INDEPENDENT, USA LAB. Now, every batch of their treats baring our “Tested in the USA Seal” has its complete results posted within the Quality Assurance section of our website.

In 2010, to further ensure the quality and safety of their pet treats, Loving Pets began to focus on creating Made in the USA and Sourced in the USA dog and cat treats. When they make Barksters®, Grill-icious™, and It’s Purely Natural™ dog treats, as well as two varieties of their It’s Purely Natural™ cat treats, they hand-select only the healthiest, all-natural USA farm-raised ingredients. As a result, Loving Pets has proven that Made in the USA pet treats can be affordable, healthy and available to any pet-parent.

Rudy is pretty happy about this taste testing session!
Our Verdict - Paws Up!
My dogs love these duck sausages and their chewy goodness!  I like them because they're made in the US with US sourced natural ingredients.  They do have a strong odor - like any meat jerky product - but that didn't bother me at all.  Since I don't know the calorie content, I'll be feeding these sparingly.  However, I already know they make a great treat for a rainy day.

* We received one package of Natural Value Duck Sausages dog treats from Loving Pets in exchange for our honest review of their product.    

We're joining the Tasty Tuesday blog hop today.  This is a blog hop that celebrates good food, sponsored by Sugar the Golden Retriever and Kols Notes. 

Monday, May 11, 2015

Adopt Happy an #Akita #GermanShepherd Mix Dog in #Missouri


This gorgeous girl is Happy.  She's an Akita and German Shepherd mixed breed dog at the Humane Society of Missouri's St Louis City animal shelter while she waits for a forever home.

At only 2 years old Happy still has lots of puppy energy.  She's a bit shy and needs a best friend who can show her the world is a good place.

Take a look at Happy's adoption video and then contact the HSMO at 314-951-1562.  Happy's animal ID number is A591660



Since 1870, the Humane Society of Missouri has been dedicated to second chances.  They provide a safe and caring haven to animals - large and small - that have been abused, neglected or abandoned.  Their mission is to end the cycle of abuse and overpopulation, assist in creating lasting relations hips between people and animals, offer world-class veterinary care, plus offer pet obedience and behavior programs.  HSMO operates three animal shelters in the St Louis, Missouri, area, plus Longmeadow Rescue Ranch in Union, Missouri, for abused and neglected horses, cows, goats, chickens and other farm animals.

We are participating in the Tuesday's Tails blog hop hosted by Dogs N Pawz and Talking Dogs.  This is the blog hop that features shelter pets.  Find a pet at your local animal shelter or rescue and join us!  Please help spread the word about these beautiful animals via social media and let's find them forever homes! 
 


Talking Dogs is the official blog of For Love of a Dog Jewelry.  Handmade artisan jewelry gifts in pet themes including dogs, cats, and horses.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy #MothersDay from For Love of a Dog






we especially love Dog Moms, Cat Moms,
& all Pet Moms.

I'm proud to be a Dog Mom and my pups never forget a holiday. 
Here's a look at my Mother's Day card. 

Happy Mother's Day!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

#OaktownPup Parody of Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars | Dog Song Saturday

Get up and dance with Dog Song Saturday at Talking Dogs.  

We think you'll have a hard time sitting still listening to this barking good parody of Bruno Mars hit Uptown Funk.

Oaktown Pup stars adoptable dogs from the East Bay SPCA in Oakland, CA and we have no doubt you'll love the music video.  The opening shot features a pit bull mix named Carla and don't blink at the :54 mark or you'll miss the sweet doxie on wheels.

Created by the East Bay SPCA in an effort to get more of their rescue dogs adopted, Oaktown Pup is compelling.  We're betting the song's refrain will be an earworm:
Cause time's right for you to adopt!
Oh! And spay or neuter your pup!

In fact, you may want the lyrics so you can sing along!
This pup, he's East Bay
Pit Bull, just wanna play
These ones, from Stockton
Them good dogs, great lap sitters.
Long coat, short coat, livin' it up in the kennel
Got leash on with tongue out
Got lick myself, so pretty
I'm too cute (hot dog)
Call the mayor and your girlfriend
I'm too cute (hot dog)
Take selfie for instagram
I'm too cute (hot dog)
Read my tag, you know who I am
I'm too cute (hot dog)
And I'm ready to go home, break it down
I'm adopted, hallelujah (whoof)
I'm adopted, hallelujah (whoof)
I'm adopted, hallelujah (whoof)
Cause Oaktown pup gonna give it to ya
Cause Oaktown pup gonna give it to ya
Cause Oaktown pup gonna give it to ya
Cause time's right for you to adopt!
Oh! And spay or neuter your pup!
Spay or neuter your pup!
Spay or neuter your pup!
Spay or neuter your pup!
Spay or neuter your pup!
Spay or neuter your pup!
Hey Hey hey, HOWLLLLLL!
Stop! wait a minute.
Fill my bowl, put some water in it.
Read the forms, sign your name.
Counselor! grab the leash
From East Bay SPCA
to my foreva home.
When I show up, gonna show ya
How awesome shelter dogs are!
I'm too cute (hot dog)
Call the mayor your girlfriend
I'm too cute (hot dog)
Take selfie for instagram
I'm too cute (hot dog)
Read my tag, you know who I am
I'm too cute (hot dog)
Goin' to my foreva home
break it down!
I'm adopted, hallelujah (woof)
I'm adopted, hallelujah (woof)
I'm adopted, hallelujah (woof)
Cause Oaktown pup gonna give it to ya
Cause Oaktown pup gonna give it to ya
Cause Oaktown pup gonna give it to ya
Cause time's right for you to adopt!
Don't believe me just watch (come on)
Spay or neuter your pup!
Spay or neuter your pup!
Spay or neuter your pup!
Spay or neuter your pup!
Spay or neuter your pup!
Hey Hey hey, HOWLLLLLL!
Before we leave
Lemmi tell y'all a lil' something
Oaktown adopt a pup
Fruitvale adopt a pup
Montclair adopt a pup
Rockridge 'dopt a pup
I said Oaktown adopt a pup
Fruitvale adopt a pup
Montclair 'dopt a pup
Rockridge 'dopt a pup
Come on, Sit, shake on it
If you're sexy then flaunt it
If you drooly then own it
Don't just lie there, come show me
Come on dance
Jump on it
If you sexy then flaunt it
Cause time's right for you to adopt!
Don't believe me just watch (come on)
Spay or neuter your pup!
Spay or neuter your pup!
Spay or neuter your pup!
Spay or neuter your pup!
Spay or neuter your pup!
Hey Hey hey, HOWLLLLLL!
Oaktown 'dopt a pup
Oaktown 'dopt a pup (say Woof)
Fruitvale adopt a pup
Montclair dopt a pup
Rockridge 'dopt a pup
Oaktown adopt a pup (say Woof!)
Fruitvale adopt a pup
Montclair 'dopt a pup
Rockridge 'dopt a pup
Oaktown adopt a pup (say Woof!)
Fruitvale adopt a pup
Montclair 'dopt a pup
Rockridge 'dopt a pup
Oaktown adopt a pup (say Woof!)
Oaktown adopt a pup
Sit. Stay.  Turn up the volume.  Get your groove on and get funky with Oaktown Pup sung by  Amanda ShechtmanFetch more dog songs and music videos at Talking Dogs.  You'll be surprised at how many we've collected over the years.
 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

@LovingPets Robusto Dog Bowl and Bella Mat | Product Review


At our house our dog bowls are an uncoordinated mix-up of vintage souffle pan, and a couple of cute dog bowls.  All are ceramic pottery which means taking some extra care to not crack or full-out break one.
  
So when I was offered a Robusto dog bowl from Loving Pets, I happily agreed to give it a try.

Loving Pets says their Robusto dog bowls are nearly indestructible.  In fact, they survived a true test of durability.  They ran one over with a 6500 pound truck and there was no damage! Seriously, no dents or scratches.



Robusto Bowls feature solid heavy gauge aluminum with cute creamic-like, bacteria resistant interiors.  Reasonable prices from $9.99 to $19.99.


Key Benefits:
  • skid free
  • clean easily
  • low noise
  • spill preventing
  • extremely durable
  • rubber base
  •  4 sizes - SS, S, M, L 

We received a large size Robusto Bowl in ivory with scarlet dog bone interior pattern and I love it!
Though Jeffie and Rudy are not messy eaters or drinkers, Rosie seems to send more water onto the floor than she manages to get in her mouth.  So I was delighted that we also received a Bella Mat to try, too.
Bella® Spill-Proof Dog Mats prevents splashes and retain spills.  They have raised edges for maximum spill capacity, a slip-resistant, dog bone embossed surface, plus anti-skid feet to prevent slips, slides, nose and loor damage.  They are non-toxic and BPA free.  Great for indoor or outdoor use.  Priced from $10.99 for the small size 18.25 x 13.25 x 1.5 high) and $13.99 for the large size (21.25 inches long by 15.5 inches wide by 1.75 inches high.)
Rudy checked out the Bella Mat very thoroughly.
Key Benefits:
  • skid free
  • extremely durable
  • rubber feed
  • low noise
  • cleans easity
  • BPA free plastic
  • available in black or tan


Our Verdict:
All paws up!  The Robusto bowl is definitely sturdy and easy to wash.  Plus, it's very attractive.  The Bella Mat is wonderful  and saving our floors from Rosie's enthusiastic water lapping.  

Fetch Loving Pets Products website for more information and to purchase your own.

* We received one large Robusto Bowl and Bella Mat from Loving Pets Products in exchange for our honest review of the products.  We received no other compensation - financial or otherwise. Talking Dogs only shares information about pet products we believe our readers might enjoy.


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Canine Mistaken Identity | Wordless Wednesday

 Is that the German Shepherd dog that's missing
and shown on all those "missing dog" posters
 all over our neighborhood? 
 
Ummm...  no, it's one of our wily coyote visitors looking for breakfast.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Adopt Penelope a #LabradorRetriever #Rottweiler #Dog @WaysideWaifs in #KCMO


UPDATE - May 6 - ADOPTED! Thanks to all who shared Penelope!
 
This sweet girl is Penelope.  She's a Labrador Retriever - Rottweiler mix dog who's 4 1/2 years old.  She's a big beautiful girl at 82 pounds.

Poor Penelope found herself at a shelter that ran out of space last summer.  Thankfully she was rescued by Wayside Waifs.  She's been there ever since and is hoping that she'll find her forever peeps soon.

Here's her adoption message:
Hello! My name is Penelope and I am a beautiful, 4 ½ year old, 82 pound, partially housetrained, Lab/Rottweiler mix. I'm a smart and sweet natured dog with a delightful personality. I originally came to Wayside Waifs last summer, from the shelter in Clinton, MO, when they ran out of space for me. Even before that time, my life had been full of instability and stress. I longed for a routine and a family to care for and love that would do the same for me. But it just hasn't happened. I was adopted last fall, but things didn't work out for me there, so now I'm back. I'm searching and I'm waiting and watching for you. I hope we recognize each other when we meet. I've been waiting for you for so long now.

It's hard getting used to life in a shelter. When I first got here, I was so afraid and didn't know who I could trust. But I started making a few friends and life got so much brighter. It's a pretty incredible thing when you figure out how to bond with people and let them into your life. And I started enjoying my walks and playing with toys and just hanging out. I became a volunteer favorite at Wayside. I'm a sensitive dog, so I hope you will be gentle and calm with me. Please use positive reinforcement only, by offering me plenty of praise when I am a good girl. This will help me learn what you expect from me and help build my confidence at the same time. I'm smart and very eager to make you happy, so I promise to pick up on things quickly. And it's so much less confusing when you treat me calmly and consistently. I understand so much better! I know several commands already and will be happy to show them to you when you come to meet me.


In my last home, I was on my way to getting housetrained, but I couldn't quite fully get there. I was left alone for over 10 hours a day, so that was a long time for me to hold it. You can crate me when you are away, and that will help me become fully housetrained, since I'm already close. Of course, I hope you are home with me as much as possible, because I love to be by your side. I'm an affectionate and loving gal. In my last home, I didn't get along well with the cats. I was always afraid they were going to take my stuff, so I liked to keep them out of my space. I'm sort of protective about my things. Please give me a safe and quiet place to eat my meals, so that I won't feel threatened. Also in my home, I was well behaved in my fenced in yard, I loved to go for car rides, and I was friendly with new people, once I became comfortable with them. Please let me go at my own pace though. I will approach new people when I am ready. I barked when people came to the door, but in general, I'm a quiet and calm dog. At night, I liked to be in the bedroom with my mom. And I slept with my favorite toy every single night. It comforted me.

Since I'm cautious of new people and situations, and since I'm protective of my things, I think I'll be happiest in a home with just adults or with kids over the age of at least 12. I also need a home without cats, small dogs, or other small, furry animals. Truth be told, I'd love to be your only animal, but I might do ok with a laid back male dog who doesn't get in my face. If you'll allow me to be your only pet, I will promise you so much doggie love that I'll be enough for you!



I am sweet and sensitive and unassuming. I promise I won't ask for much. I just want to be part of a family. I want to feel safe and loved and wanted. A little exercise and a little attention will go a long way with me. I just want to be yours, for the rest of my life. I hope you want that too. I'm ready to go as soon as you get here. My bags are packed, I've said my goodbyes, and I am so ready to walk away from my past and into my future with you.
Love, Penelope

Take a look at Penelope's awesome adoption video and then contact Wayside Waifs at  816-761-8151.  Her animal ID number is 22942062.



Wayside Waifs is Kansas City’s largest no-kill animal shelter.   They are an independent, 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit humane society and animal welfare organization established in 1944.  Wayside Waifs is committed to finding homes for all adoptable pets. Wayside is the largest pet adoption center in Kansas City, placing over 5,400 animals each year in loving forever homes. Wayside does not euthanize adoptable animals, and there are no time limits for animals in our care. Only animals suffering from significant medical issues or thnose that pose a danger are humanely euthanized. Wayside Waifs is proud to be a part of Kansas City's no-kill community.  

Talking Dogs blog is participating in the Tuesday's Tails blog hop hosted by Dogs N Pawz and Talking Dogs. This is the blog hop that features shelter pets.  Find a pet at your local animal shelter or rescue and join us!

Tuesday's Tails blog hop participants can post any day of the week and link up with a fresh blog hop linky every Tuesday.  Though targeted at adoptable pets, we also welcome blog posts regarding pet adoption, rescue organizations and adoption events. Fetch the Tuesday's Tails Facebook page and give us a like and if you're participating in the blog hop, post your featured pets! Please help spread the word about these beautiful animals via social media and let's find them forever homes!

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Saturday, May 2, 2015

For Pete's Sake by Jason Matthews | Dog Song Saturday

Sometimes I think I should issue a tissue alert for a dog song featured here on Dog Song Saturday.  This is one of those times.

For Pete's Sake is an original dog song composed by Jason Matthews and performed here with Kerry Kurt Phillips.  

Matthews notes:  Anyone who has ever loved a dog will understand.  For Pete's Sake tells the story of a "throw-away pup" that he rescued.  Pete became his closest friend and just like a brother.

I found him down on Red River Road, hungry and crying and cold
Just another throw away pup someone left to die
I wrapped him in my Carhart coat, let him have the rest of my Coke
The burger that I bought for lunch and the rest of my french fries
I knew dad would disapproved but all he had to say
Was "What ya gonna call that mutt for Pete's sake"

So I named him Pete with the one black eye
Corkscrew tail and funny underbite
He became my closest friend, just like a brother to me
And I slipped food underneath the table
Took the heat for that chewed-through cable
And I threw that tennis ball 'til my shoulder ached for Pete's sake

We'd go to town on Friday nights, Pete was just another one of the guys
Hanging out of my backseat window howling at the moon
Every time we passed a sno-cone stand, he would bark 'til I pulled in
And those girls would feed him rainbow ice until his tongue turned blue
He always had to chaperone when I went on a date
I let a couple cat lovers go for Pete's sake

And I leaned on Pete when my grandpa died
And for the next three weeks he never left my side
The way he looked at me, somehow he understood
And I had dreams out in Music City
So I left home and brought my biggest fan with me
Got a place next to a park with plenty room to play for Pete's sake

But the years turned Pete's eyes cloudy and his big nose gray
His old hips gave out he couldn't get around, I couldn't watch him hurt that way

And I told him, "Pete, up in Doggie Heaven
There's lotsa rainbow ice and tennis balls for fetching
And you won't hurt anymore, now, you be a good boy, ok?"
And I said, "Doc, go ahead and do it
Before I change my mind, before I lose it"
And I did the hardest thing I've ever had to do that day for Pete's sake

Sit. Stay. Enjoy this love song For Pete's Sake by Jason Matthews.  Fetch more dog songs and music videos at Talking Dogs.  You'll be surprised at how many we've collected over the years.  You'll find a few cat and horse songs, too!