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Monthly Archives: March 2013
when you do not feel well, I bet you turn to your furry loved ones for comfort and healing. A purring cat, stroking a dog’s fur, a cuddle buddy make the best medicine. I have been having back pain which is quite unusual for me. Cici is such a source of strength during this time of healing. And I do not know what many of us would do if we had to be in a cold, antiseptic hospital environment without our beloved pets.
That is why, this article make me happy. Some hospitals are actually letting patients pets visit them while they are ill. Imagine if every hospital had therapy dogs and allowed pets to visit patients.
Healing power of dogs
Counselors with fur
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???
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
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 __________.
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…
One of the best reasons to take your favorite pooch with you on vacation (even if it is a home staycation) for the Easter or Passover holidays or Spring Break is for the guaranteed exercise you will get with your canine buddy at your side. Here are a few of the fun attractions that you can enjoy with Fido or Fluffy that will give you both a good workout.
Cici loves to zoom around the park every day… zoom zoom zoom… girl dogs just LOVE to run…born to zoom…
1. Tiptoe through the tulips at Mendocino’s Botanical Gardens
Between the tulips and other flowers, (over 150 varieties), Fido will enjoy a nice stroll with you to the beach. Well-mannered dogs on leashes are always welcome and enjoy free admission.
2. Romp amongst the waves and practice the dog paddle together at Carmel by the sea’s Carmel Town Beach. There are always plenty of dogs splashing, swimming, zooming and chasing one another. Plus the walk into and out of the beach will get all of your endorphins flowing.
3 Go kayaking … You can paddle up Big River in a canoe from Catch a Canoe & Bicycles, Too, located at Highway 1 & Comptche-Ukiah Rd, Mendocino, 707-937-0273.
Enjoy a kayak tour through the bay with your pet, courtesy of Central Coast Outdoors in San Luis Obispo
4. Do doga together (doggie yoga)
The downward-facing dog pose is no longer just for humans.
5. Take a hike along the Asilomar Trail in Pacific Grove… Take your time and enjoy a casual stroll or pick up the pace for a fast, vigorous hike
Jughandle State Reserve features a 2½-mile self-guided nature trail called the Ecological Staircase. Starting by the ocean, this trail goes inland up a series of five ancient terraces formed by waves, glacier, and tectonic activity. The trail features an amazing variety of trees, since the ecologies of the different terraces vary widely.
Three miles south of Fort Bragg. Turn west off Highway One into the well-marked parking area. 707-937-5804
Some of the national parks are dog friendly and have hiking trails to trot upon as long as dogs are on leash.
6. Play catch or frisbee at the local dog park.
7. Go surfing together in southern Calfornia
8. Take dog agility classes at a doggie gym / sports center such as the Zoom Room in Monterey or Carmel Canine Sports Center, an athletic club for dogs and their people
World champions Wallace and Roo
9. Go to a canine getaway camp like the one in New York (Adirondack Mountains / Lake George)… The camps are held twice a year and offer dog-friendly activities including hiking, swimming in the dog-friendly pool, dog agility, canine freestyle dancing, karaoke and more. An all inclusive vacation, with three meals a day, http://caninecampgetaway.com
10. Manhattan aka New York City offers a wealth of self-guided walking tours, beaches, off leash dog parks and historic sites where dogs are welcome
Wallace the SuperStar and Roo on the cover of their local new pet magazine called Wagazine…
Shorty Rossi, the Pit Boss on Animal Planet, is now doing his part to fund pit bull rescues medical and financial needs. If you are a non-profit rescue and need assistance, contact them for help.
They are in need of YOUR help.
To donate visit http://www.floridabigdogrescue.com/
~Julie for Shorty’s
”Fund-A-Pitty” is Shorty’s way of helping rescues with medical needs dogs. Once a week, a 501c3 nonprofit charity rescue group will receive promotional assistance via the Shorty Rossi & Hercules Facebook fan page. Email your requests for extraordinary and urgent needs for aid to firstname.lastname@example.org. Only 501c3 charities apply. Need can be of medical and/or urgent financial assistance in nature. Dog must be RESCUED, safe and in need of a home and a Bully Breed.
Does your pooch have an Easter bonnet or gift basket? Whether or not you celebrate Easter or Passover or whatever holiday or not, you can still have some fun with an Easter Egg dog hunt on Sunday, March 31… can be for treats, bones, toys, whatever gets your dog in the mood for fun…dogs love finding treats in the grass so why not give them some special time and treats to hunt for. Cici loves to sniff the grass at the park near our house every day and she comes up with all kinds of awful surprises. This could be a fun way to channel your dog’s inner sleuth in a positive way.
An Easter outfit with bonnet is optional, but here’s how to make a costume if you must
Your back yard or closest dog park or even a room in your home can suffice to be the place where your doggie will sniff out his prizes… If you want to take photos of the event, you probably should take them before the treasure hunt unless you want some photos of your dog with their goodies and their costume off.
an Easter bunny stuffed animal
a hardboiled egg or two
small bits of cheese cut up into squares
a bone (deer antler perhaps)
a few cookies (homemade or others)
chicken or turkey jerky or bits of hot dogs
some kibble thrown around in the grass
If your dog is a seder dog who celebrates Passover, the treats can be appropriate to that holiday. For instance, bits of gefilte fish, tuna, and/or salmon.
Popular Easter treats like jelly beans, marshmallow chicks and chocolate eggs can upset your dog’s tummy and make them sick. DO NOT give any dogs chocolate treats since chocolate is toxic for dogs.
If your dog is a piglet like Cici, do not toss out too many treats for your pooch to consume or they will eat all of it and then still want to eat their meals. These treats can replace one meal that you normally feed them.
On a larger scale, this can make a great charity fundraiser for your local pit bull rescue or shelter and an adoption event, to boot. For a community dog hunt, use plastic eggs and put the treats inside the eggs for the dogs to find. Have someone dress up as the Easter Bunny so pet guardians can take photos with the bunny and their pooches. Be creative. Offer fun dog activities such as agility, a parade, some donor booths filled with goodies and food for humans and pooches. Sponsors from the local community who donate will get Free publicity and a tax write off.
Please let us know about your event at home or in the community and send us photos of your dogs in bunny ears/outfits.
Below is one event taking place in the Sacramento area soon…
here is an event taking place in New Jersey
gotta love Polka Dot doggie biscuits…Life with Dogs, Two Little Cavaliers and Confessions of the Plume… grab the blog hop link
Happy Saint Pitties Day…
An original poem by Oz the Terrier; re-posted with permission, in its entirety, as originally posted on www.oztheterrier.com.