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Happy Merry HO HO HO

Some gifts for Cici this holiday season from our friends at Dogbook, a card and a bit of cash… thank you !!!

Photo on 2013-12-16 at 11.30

a lovely wooden tree ornament with her name on it from Marked Moments

Photo on 2013-12-12 at 11.52

and some yummy treats (we are also doing a giveaway for a bag of these)… just send us a photo of your dog in holiday attire (or near a xmas tree) and tell us why they’d love some treats.. (they could beg for their treats, and we will pick a winner by January 2, 2014.

Indigo Smokehouse Strips

made with real, premium cut chicken and bacon that are sourced from the USA. These USDA inspected smoked and cured treats are free of by-products, wheat, corn, and soy as well as, no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives! What’s left is a deliciously meaty snack your pet will love. And indigo Smokehouse Strip are the first meaty treat of its kind that’s vacuum-sealsed for safety and freshness. And brought to you by PetSafe the makers of Lickety Stik!
Chicken: Chicken, Brown Sugar, Natural Liquid Smoke, Water, Condensed Cultured Skim Milk, Sea Salt, Green Tea Extract, Rosemary Extract.

Cici loves them, thinks that they are woof woof yummy good… drool worthy even !!!

a few gifts have not yet arrived…maybe today…

Cici and I wish you all Happy Holidays and safe travels !!!!!

a doggie in Rohnert Park Animal Shelter named PIP that looks like my red toed girl… go get him a HOME !!!!

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Adopt a dog

my name is cici… although some people call me the polka dot princess. Am a sweetheart with spots who gives lots of kisses and cuddles, loves to show off my belly to humans and canines, alike. . love to run and play with other dogs and enjoyed meeting some farm animals. Am not a big fan of cats, skateboards or baths. My favorite treats are pizza, cheese, turkey jerky and bones. Am very gentle with children and people in wheelchairs. Am always on board for new adventures, traveling by car or long walks, swimming, surfing or hanging out with motorcyclists!  If your family wants a best friend to join in on the fun, from strolling the mall to pet friendly wineries, you might be the perfect match for sweet, goofy Cici!

If I were writing about my sweetness to get her adopted from a shelter, I might write her bio like the one above.

Doesn’t this dog look like my girl Cici???

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What catches a potential adopter’s eye as they search for a new pet online? Fabulous photos and the bios that go along with them! A well written bio, complete with details that are specific to that individual dog, sends a message to the public that your organization knows your dogs and can help them find the right match for their family.

Always remember that looking for a pet is a family project for many households. Keep the information you share kid-friendly by skipping scary and graphic details at this stage of the game. Instead focus on each dog’s individual pet qualities and help readers envision the dogs as part of their families. To help make this important task easier for busy shelter staff and volunteers, we’ve got two different fill-in-the-blank formulas that you can use for your bios!

LOVE __________ (ex: some dogs, walks, people)

I HAVE __________ (ex: a gentle disposition, a snoring problem)

I GET ALONG WITH __________ (ex: people but I am selective about my dog friends)

I WOULD RATHER NOT __________ (ex: ever be in the shelter again, as I am struggling here)

I NEED __________ (ex: attention, some basic obedience training, a warm bed to sleep in)

Want more tips for writing bios and another formula to get you going? Check out our website: http://www.animalfarmfoundation.org/pages/Writing-Bios

example:
I’m Ducky. I love people; especially ones that give me massages, peanut butter, and let me snooze in the sun. I have a favorite spot, right behind my ears, that I like to get rubbed. When that happens, I make a funny sound, because it feels so good! I get along with the dogs and people I have met here, including respectful children of all ages. I would rather not spend my time jogging or wrestling with energetic dogs since I’m a really mellow guy. I need a house full of soft beds, people who like snuggles, and yummy treats!


Here’s one more option:
MEET  __________ (name).

HE/SHE IS  __________ (what are the best things about this dog? ex: a friend to everyone, an amazing athlete)

A PERFECT DAY FOR (NAME) INCLUDES  __________ (ex: playing ball with you, learning a new trick, sleeping at your feet)

(NAME) PREFERS NOT TO  __________ (ex: be left home alone all day, share his home with other pets)

IF YOUR FAMILY  __________ (ex: loves the outdoors, enjoys quiet time, wants a travel buddy)

THEN YOU MIGHT BE THE PERFECT MATCH FOR __________.


Example:
Meet Cindy Lou! She is a ball-catching superstar who loves sports and spending time with friends of all ages, especially if they like to teach her new games. A perfect day for smart Cindy Lou includes going for a jog or playing ball, stopping by a training class, then snuggling up for a nap on your lap. Cindy Lou prefers not share her home with other dogs, but has lived with cats in the past. If your family loves going on adventures and wants a best friend to join in on the fun, from hiking to drive-in movies to Frisbee tournaments, you might be the perfect match for sweet, silly Cindy Lou!

Formulas are helpful, but not necessary as long as you remember to include important information AND help potential adopters envision the dog as part of their families.


Here’s an example of a freestyle bio:
Peaches and Cream: This 2 year old spunky, good time girl is looking for a family that loves to have fun! Peaches is intelligent, focused, and enjoys her training sessions here because she learns new tricks quickly. She’s quite the smarty pants and loves to show off her new skills for an audience of friends! Plus, her fun-loving play style has made Peaches popular in the play yard with other dogs. She may love other dogs, but this sweetheart really enjoys the company of people too! Her favorite activities include car rides and long walks (she’s already mastered loose-leash walking). But at the end of the day, Peaches loves nothing more than cuddling with the people that love her. Want to make Peaches a part of your family? Fill out an application!

Instead of saying “Scooter is a nice boy who loves people,” say “Scooter knows how to work a crowd! At a recent adoption event, he showed off his training by sitting and giving highfives to everyone he met!”

Adopt a pet at your local shelter….

Is your local shelter no kill?  If not, why not?  Help the No Kill Revolution…

visit nokill.org

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Free Pet finder apps

You know you want to adopt a pet and maybe you even know which one. But in this digital age, many people are seeking solutions online to help them bring home the pet of their dreams. Petfinder has an app used with smart phones that can make the whole process easier. And the best part, the apps are FREE… You can Find your Match today, read on…

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Petfinder iOS and Android Apps Help Prospective Pet Parents On the Go 

 

Petfinder, the top digital destination for adoptable pets and the online leader in responsible pet ownership, announces the release of its new Android app today, on the heels of an updated iOS app. With more than one million downloads of Petfinder’s iPhone app to date, pet lovers are using their smartphones to make smart decisions about adoption when looking to add a furry friend to the fold.

 

Both apps are free and make searching for adoptable pets a breeze. Users have access to more than 375,000 pets from approximately 14,000 Petfinder member shelters and rescues. Features spanning both the iOS and Android apps include:

 

·       Searchability by type, breed, gender, age, shelter or rescue group and more;

·       Easy sharing of pets with friends via email, Facebook and Twitter;

·       Ability to save pets as favorites and make notes about individual adoptables;

·       Contact information and directions to the rescue group associated with each pet; and

·       Touching Happy Tail adoption stories.

 

Potential adopters and current pet parents also can find out more about the right pet for their family with handy dog and cat breed guides and access Petfinder’s library of video training materials to help ensure a happy, lifelong relationship with their pets.

 

“We have seen enormous growth in the number of people accessing Petfinder and our resources through mobile devices over the past several years, and we are excited to be able to expand our offerings to consumers,” said Iain Langridge, General Manager of Petfinder. “Petfinder has facilitated more than 20 million adoptions since its founding, and these apps will help us better serve prospective pet parents and our members and, most importantly, to find homes for millions more adoptable pets.”

 

Both Petfinder apps are currently available on the iTunes App Store and the Android Marketplace.

And before you can say woof woof woof, you and your four legged furry friend will be going to the beach together. Make sure that they have a driver’s license before you let them drive… Happy Adoptions !!!

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Adopt a dog

do not talk much about Cici’s spots/Dal side, but this is a wonderful resource about Dalmatians…

http://www.squidoo.com/dalmatians101

now on to the pit bull side…

first, the good news…

Seven happy and healthy former Vick dogs have reunited, five years later

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/11/five-years-rescued-vick-dogs-reunite/

how to adopt or rehome a pit bull

http://www.badrap.org/adoption-strategies

Now, the not so good news, a”vicious” pit bull KTLA banned from the show.

email: sarah.grooters@ktla.com, Nancy.Cruz@ktla.com

Yesterday morning, Sally was scheduled to be on KTLA, a local news station in Los Angeles, with two adoptable dogs, Gideon and Franklyn (see Franklyn’s video)

Franklyn’s foster lives an hour away and arrived early to be there.

Prior to the day, the producers of the show asked for descriptions of the dogs and were given them.

When they arrived, one of the show producers came out, looked at Franklyn (who was busy kissing a human admirer) and said, “Oh no. We have an anti Pit-Bull policy.”

I calmly told her that we were not informed of this, and had we been, we would have cancelled our appearance as breed discrimination is not something I tolerate, and more so, is against public policy.*

She stated that I could go on with Gideon but not Franklyn. I told her that if Franklyn was not allowed, I was leaving as well, so she went in to talk to another show producer. 30 minutes later in the freezing cold, she came outside to say that they would not allow Franklyn on the air. I explained that this is also a violation of law and that they would have to find something else to fill the spot since there is no way I would support or be in a show that discriminates.

Gideon, Franklyn, and his foster Sally then left.

* California Food & Ag code Section 31683 states, in relevant part: “Except as provided in Section 122331 of the Health and Safety Code, no program regulating any dog shall be specific as to breed.”

JOIN ME IN TELLING KTLA THAT YOU WILL NOT SUPPORT BREED DISCRIMINATION.  KTLA can use some education about pit bulls and could do a show about pit bulls. Be polite and professional. Thanks.

Contact details are below.

Producers for today:

Nancy Cruz
Nancy.Cruz@ktla.com

Sarah Grooters
sarah.grooters@ktla.com and 323.460.5530 (DIRECT)

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ktla5?fref=ts

Fax Number: Morning News: 323-460-5404

To send an email to the morning news in general:

Fill in online form for “Contact the Morning News:”

http://www.ktla.com/about/station/contact/ktla-morningnews-email-page,0,1576831.htmlstory

Twitter: @KTLAMorningNews

http://www.ktla.com/about/station/contact/

Address for letters:
5800 SUNSET BLVD. | LOS ANGELES, CA. 90028

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Cherry, Jonny, and Wallace, oh my…

WALLACE is not technically a Vicktory-dog (former M. Vick dog), his brother Hector is though, and Wallace is a star in his own right… The book about Wallace by Jim Gorant (author of The Lost Dogs book) is a winner. Sadly, Wallace is very ill with cancer. Please see Prayers for Wallace and Angus blog post.   thanks.

 

http://celiasue.com/2012/09/14/prayers-for-wallace-and-angus/

 

http://www.usatoday.com/life/books/news/story/2012-08-24/new-and-noteworthy-gerritsen-rizzoli-isles/57292218/1

JONNY JUSTICE

A toy company, Gund, held a contest and Jonny won. They will be making a plush toy from his likeness, and it will be available in 2013.

http://blogs.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/2012/08/onny_justice_top_dog_contest_gund.php

Cherry Garcia has his own street in Burlington, Vermont (near Ben and Jerry’s store)…

Dogs Deserve Better

“The founder and executive director of Dogs Deserve Better, a chained dog rescue that operates where Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick once owned a dog-fighting compound, is facing animal abuse charges, said Surry County Chief Animal Control Officer Tracy Terry.

“Tamira Thayne, who opened the Good Newz Rehab Center for Chained and Penned Dogs in June 2011, was charged with one count of inadequate care of animals, a Class 4 misdemeanor, on Aug. 23, said Terry. A hearing on that charge is scheduled for Sept. 25 in Surry General District Court.”

http://www.dailypress.com/news/crime/dp-nws-dogs-deserve-better-20120827,0,7663188.story

Evidence found: http://wtvr.com/2012/08/28/warrant-shows-kennel-owner-allegedly-used-mace-taser-on-animals/

Just a reminder…

Blog Hop time…  thanks to Life with DogsTwo Little Cavaliers and Confessions of the Plume…  grab the blog hop code

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Top 10 Popular Dog Breeds in California

the ten most popular breeds, state by state… thanks to Seattle DogSpot…who posted that state’s most popular dog breeds…

in California and Nevada, American Pit Bull Terriers are the 2nd Most Popular dog breed (as well as other states)… yay… Nevada has Chi’s in the number one spot… and all of the rest of the dogs on California’s list except in different order of popularity…  with all of the Chi’s here in California that need homes, and just in my neighborhood, all of the Chi’s running around, I would have thought that they would have made it to the top 10.

California

1. Lab

2. APBT

3. German Shepherds

4. Yorkies

5. Shih Tzu

6. Maltese

7. Boxer

8. Terrier/unknown mix

9. Golden Retrievers

10. Standard Poodle

http://www.vetstreet.com/our-pet-experts/top-dogs-across-america-10-most-popular-breeds-by-state

Blog Hop time…  thanks to Life with DogsTwo Little Cavaliers and Confessions of the Plume…  grab the blog hop code

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Super-Doggies

March 23, is National Puppy Day, and there is a new cast of animated characters helping to promote the adoption of dogs all over the world – the Super-Doggies.

The Super-Doggies are a trio of animated singing dogs featured in a music video encouraging people to visit dog shelters with hopes of giving abandoned puppies a caring home. The Super-Doggies feature Barack Obama’s dog, Bo and Vladmir Putin’s dog, Buffy.  In fact, in this video both world leaders join their dogs for a global dance party.  Lending a hand in the creation of this video is none other than Eugeniy (Eugene) Kuritsyn, the 2012 Oscar award-winning animator of Rango.

Eugeniy has teamed up with Grammy Award winning producer Neal Pogue who works with musicians like Nicky Minaj, Lil Wayne, Outkast and Pink.  The effort is also getting guidance from marketing veteran Bruce Kirkland who directed The Beatles Anthology project, the Beastie Boys, the Spice Girls, Radiohead, and Everclear.

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are pets good for your health?

some people just want a pet for a companion, because a dog/cat came around and the pet was adorable so they kept it, and many other reasons… well, here’s a few more… Adopt a shelter pet today…

 

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heroes welcome: adopt a Vicktory dog

Today am feeling sad about a neighbor’s sweet puppy Coco, a chi mix, a tiny dog with markings similar to my Cici… the neighbor brought Coco to me last night for help and assistance, and wanted me to keep her… I could not do so, the dog is only six months old, not house trained nor fixed. At the time they visited I was reeling from the violent police attack on Occupy Oakland as well as just found out that the dogs below are up for adoption, so I was a bit scattered. I called my friend and dog rescuer for assistance and she told me that the people would have to surrender the dog to the SPCA and then another rescue group could get the puppy and get her adopted.

looking back, I feel sick to my stomach. The boy David was crying when I told him this. We brought him and Coco to another neighbor to see if they might want the pup to play with their dog. They said no. If I had it all to do over again, I’d still be knocking on doors until someone said yes.

The sweet shy little puppy, I kissed her head several times and she kissed me back… I do NOT want her to go to the SPCA. She could get lost in the system. I called them this morning and was not very assured. They have a lot of chi’s and chi mixes up for adoption. The gal was ok but there are four gals and some kind of evaluation process. IF Coco passes the eval then she goes to adoption. If not, she gets euthanized. The shelter system is BARBARIC.

So I worry about what happened last night to Coco. The mother of David told me that her friend was going to pick up the dog and keep her for the night. Apparently, the father or her boyfriend, is mean and told David that the dog could not stay. And the mother does not have a car to take Coco to the SPCA. Hoping that the friend came by and got Coco and can take care of the puppy.

Now am thinking of all the things I should have done… I should have taken a photo of Coco, I should have gotten their phone number and address and last name, we talked about it but it did not happen, I should have let David sleep in the living room with the dog last night and so on and on…I pray Coco and David are ok.

Cici, who used to cuddle with me ALL THE TIME, every day for five years, has not been lately, all of a sudden, for about the last month, has come up to me today and is snuggling right beside me… what a comfort she is to me !

Currently, at Best Friends Animal Society, there are FIVE Vicktory Dogs who are up for adoption. Don’t you think it is time they go home??? It HAS been 3 1/2 years. Ellen, Squeaker, Georgia, Ray and Oscar♥. please share.

Little Red

10-26-11 I’ve been thinking about the Vicktory dogs Georgia, Oscar and Squeeker. They have been in sanctuary for over 3 1/2 years and every year that goes by is one year less they will live in a home. (Little came home at 8 1/2 years old). These dogs are ready or nearly ready to find their forever homes. I hope people will reach out and adopt them as soon as possible so they have a chance at a happy home. I can’t tell you how close I came to NOT applying to adopt Little. I had been watching her progress & sponsoring her for over 3 years. I day-dreamed about adopting her but I thought there would be many, many other people with pitbull experience who wanted he. I didn’t think I would be considered since I had 4 other dogs. I met Little twice & spent a week volunteering in her unit. The last day I was at BF — the last hour before I was leaving for home — I got up the nerve to go to the adoptions office and ask about her. I expected to be told that she already had a home — as soon as she passed her CGC. I was floored when I found out no one else had completed an application. Kristi told me there were people interested, but no applications. That was all I needed, I started the process that day and 6 months later she was home. The moral of this story — if you think you are interested in adopting these dogs – go for it. Don’t wait and expect someone else to do it. They need homes now and they are getting on in years. It would be a tragedy if these dogs pass away without ever knowing the joy of living in a home. Little’s Mom

Ellen

http://adoptions.bestfriends.org/Default.aspx?dbid=1013629

Oscar

http://adoptions.bestfriends.org/Default.aspx?dbid=1013621

Ray

http://adoptions.bestfriends.org/Default.aspx?dbid=1013639

Georgia

http://adoptions.bestfriends.org/Default.aspx?dbid=1013627

Squeaker

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Victory-for-Squeaker/134215559967930

How to Adopt

One of the most awesome dogs that have already been adopted (they are ALL awesome), Cherry Garcia was adopted by a family in New England who have another pibble and have two cats. One of the cats, Walker, really helped Cherry settle into his new home.  They are best buddies, still regularly snuggle together and groom each other. Cherry (a Very Important Dog) and  family go to lots of events to show how fabulous Pitbulls are. Even after the horrible situation from his past, Cherry shows no aggression toward anyone. Like all dogs, he just wants to be loved.  Check out the progress of Cherry, Ginger Girl, Little Red, Handsome Dan, Hector the Pitbull and others on Facebook.

These dogs are shy and need the confidence that comes from being loved every day by a family. You can follow Cherry’s progress at Vicktory 4 Cherry. If you think you’re ready to bring one of these special dogs into your life, contact Best Friends Animal Society at dogadoptions@bestfriends.org.

http://adoptions.bestfriends.org/HowToAdopt.aspx

Tours and volunteer opportunities at Best Friends

Call (435) 644-2001 ext 4537. Full tours take approximately an hour and a half and wind through the magnificent red-rock landscape of Angel Canyon.

If a tour just isn’t enough, and you have time to interact more closely with the sanctuary animals, please contact us about volunteer opportunities at (435) 644-2001 ext 4119.

love the new badrap website

http://www.badrap.org/

find the former vick dogs under blogs

http://badrapor.www65.a2hosting.com/vick-dogs

http://www.alternet.org/newsandviews/article/686298/occupy_updates:_oakland_protesters_tear_down_fence_to_reclaim_space,_nypd_gets_violent_during_solidarity_march/

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from high kill to no kill

There are some animal advocates who are committed to creating a No Kill Nation so shelters and communities jump on board. Creativity and imagination plus persistence and willingness to save lives against the odds are making this dream come true in various communities around the USA.  Make the story of Rockwall or Austin, the story of your community…  (click on the pdf link at the end of the No Kill blog, link below)…

Read this inspirational story about two naive people in Texas who built a compassionate and humane empire with a grassroots group of volunteers… the staff of the shelter were committed to laziness. Hard to imagine for people who love animals, but the staff kill animals because they do not want to work hard. Obviously, people like this DO NOT BELONG and should NOT work at any animal shelter. Another obstacle to NO KILL but don’t know how it works, is IF dead animal bodies have value, are sold by shelters to rendering plants who grind them up to put into name brand dog and cat food (does anyone know how this works?) then shelters may want to or could be addicted to that revenue stream. UGH…  But Pam and Michael did NOT accept the staff’s excuses.  Due to their efforts, the shelter had a stunning 97% rate of lifesaving for one of the busiest months of the year, an August to remember.

http://www.nathanwinograd.com/?p=6880

Other model programs:

http://www.bestfriends.org/nomorehomelesspets/localnmhpprograms/mpindex.cfm

Save a life.. get a Muttigree

http://www.multivu.com/mnr/51368-north-shore-animal-league-america-psa-beth-stern

1. Get a magic bus

what if each of the Patrick movement pages people got together and raised funds for a magic bus, called for volunteers and animal rescue groups to travel to places where animals are in high kill shelters, even in another state, on a regular basis, once a month? quarterly? and bring 100 animals to where they can be adopted/fostered???

http://www.muttshack.org/

Be inspired by the Muttshack Bus adventures

2.  A Picture is worth a 1000 words

this is fantastic !!!! save shelter dogs just by changing adoption photos, wow…photographers could partner up with their local shelter and do the animals a great service like this woman…

http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2011/09/photographers-ambitious-adoption-photos/

http://theshelterpetproject.org/

3. Creative adoption practices

support your local shelters in teaming up with pet stores to do adoption events, bring animals inside store, and show customers how great these animals are, do local publicity for the events and more

4. Create fun adoption videos

that make people smile, entertain and want to adopt pound pups and kitties

5. Coordinate low cost and free spay/neuter clinics, and educate the public about the HIGH COST of leaving their pets intact…

6. Educate the public about puppy mills, shut down the breeders of puppy mills, and make puppy mills illegal in all 50 states

7. Make ZERO tolerance the rule of the land for animal abusers, animal cruelty including dog fighters

8. Fame When celebrities and others with means are willing to save/rescue, they make a big difference in terms of publicity, education and taking care of animals

9.  It’s Me and the Dog When dogs in shelters are socialized, trained, and live in human-like dwellings, the easier it is to adopt them (less behavioral problems/issues)

10. Make it EASY to adopt by going where the people are so that they’ll get to know shelter animals rather than shop at breeders or for puppy mill animals at pet stores

More info:

http://www.bestfriends.org/nomorehomelesspets/resourcelibrary/nokillindex.cfm

And when you shop… Adoptashelter.com … support your local No Kill shelter/animal rescue group !

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