Sunday, November 16, 2014

Happy Birthday Rush!




Readers, today is Rush's birthday, and what kind of Rescue Dog Blogger would I be if I didn't get his post up for his big day?


  I first introduced Rush way back in September when I wrote about what attracted Amy to greyhounds in the first place, and how bonded she became with Rush's sister Bijou.



 Rush, however, was her first furbaby, and he's the one who opened her heart to the world of greyhound  rescue. 



They go way back, over eight years to be precise.



Now they're celebrating his 12th birthday! wooohooooo!  See? Just look at this picture Amy took of him today celebrating with his brother Rammy. BOL!




Amy has been making a fuss over birthdays and gotcha days for quite some time now. Check out this cake!


She sets the bar pretty high but her boy deserves it. Check out this year's cake.



Rush was clearly digging it.



Of course it seems like Rush enjoys life in general.


So what if he's missing a few teeth? 



It only adds to his cuteness.


What a face!


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Rush and his brother Rammy know they live the sweet life with Amy.



Rush has had his naughty moments.


But undoubtedly he is spoiled silly because he has a special place in his mom's heart, beautiful captured in this picture by Sassafras Photography.


Happy Birthday Rush! Wiley and I wish you the best life with the best mom and family! 



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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Happy Veterans Day



Readers it is my great pleasure to share today's post. In honor of Veteran's Day, I want to share some information about Warrior Canine Connection with you. 



 I first learned about this organization when I read about a live "Puppy Cam," which is exactly what it sounds like. When a new litter of puppies is born, people can go to a live feed of the puppies doing puppy-like things. If the puppies have grown up and moved on to the next phase of their life, camera footage plays from previous litters. It is, in short, a beautiful thing that got me through a tough summer a few years ago after our dog crossed the Rainbow Bridge but before I could work up the nerve to get another one. 



Here's where the program gets even better. These puppies are then socialized and trained with the help of veterans who are having a difficult time coping with life post-deployment. Working with the puppies builds confidence in themselves and others, gives the Warriors a sense of purpose, reduces their anxiety, and increases the positivity in their lives.


 But the Warrior Canine Connection doesn't stop their good work there. Once the puppies are trained and socialized properly, with some very specific skills in place, they are given to disabled veterans as service dogs! Isn't that a fantastic idea? Talk about capitalizing on all the very best things dogs have to offer!!!

This organization obviously makes for a great topic for Veterans Day, but I have an even deeper motivation. I kind of want to toot Wiley's horn a bit. You see, the Warrior Canine Connection mentioned a costume contest on their Facebook page as Halloween was approaching, and I entered Wiley. Well, as you might be able to guess, he won!  And boy was he in some great company!



Of course I think Wiley is adorable but when I saw some of these winners I was very proud to see Wiley alongside of them.  

His prize came in the mail about a week after Halloween. We were both impressed with the generosity of the Warrior Canine Connection. 



We thought the personalized certificate was a really nice touch, even if Wiley held it upside down the first time he posed with it.



He got it right the next time.



When he got the frisbee, I didn't even tell him to sit up. He just took the initiative.


So I got a little cocky, and gave him the treat bag to pose with.  



He promptly ran off with it to the living room and make pretty short work of it. Sigh. That's what I get for over-tempting him I suppose. 



Needless to say, he enjoyed the treats very thoroughly.



The lanyard will be great for me to use for my classroom keys or school ID, and Wiley said he doesn't mind if I take it for myself. He's generous that way. BOL. 



Anyway, we both want to say "THANK YOU" to Warrior Canine Connection and our Veterans. Our Vets should be one of our nation's greatest priorities since they have given us all of our greatest liberties. Thank you WCC for working on helping them through a difficult transition few of us could ever imagine, and on a much lighter note thanks for selecting Wiley as a contest winner and thank you for his goodies.


Happy Veterans Day to all who have served and are serving right now. We owe you everything.

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Friday, October 31, 2014

HAPPY HOWLOWEEN

EDITED: Sorry but I just had to add: Wiley made it onto Buzzfeed's "33 Pets Who Are Totally Winning Halloween!"   I'm so excited. Click here to check it out: http://www.buzzfeed.com/kaelintully/good-job-mouse-pig-u-rly-won-halloween-vry-cool



Time to share some of your Halloween pictures! I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who goes a little crazy around Halloween. First up we have Mr. Wilson. We've featured his rescue story on the blog before, and his mom Gina is a photographer, so naturally his picture is fabulous.




Next up we have a puppy named Huck. 




He is a rescue we will be featuring in the future on the blog.





His mom April went with the shark costume so he could be HUCK FINN. Get it! hahahaha  BOL!




Next up is Lilly the butterfly!



I wanted to make sure we included a cute picture of her face!



How about these three? From left to right we have Mollie, Penny, and Allie.


Penny



Look at Pella all dressed up for the Halloween trick or treaters!




How about we check in we sweet Charlie Jo, decked out in candy corn lights.



She's with her rescue cats, Dora and Jessie.



Dora's a pretty calico girl.



We also have Beaux, who just might be able to fit into his Jack-o-lantern here. Do hotdogs and pumpkins go well together?




Lastly, let's not forget Fanny and Leroy.



Fanny is a typical pittie who can't sit still so it's tough to get a picture that isn't blurry.


Leroy. . . well he's stoic as always.


Sorry, I should have referred to him as His Royal Majesty Leroy.


Happy Howloween to you and yours! Click below if you haven't seen Wiley and Jenny in all their Halloween glory.




Keep your pets safe during this holiday too.   

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