This is a rescue dog! We found Wiley at an awesome animal shelter called the Hillside SPCA in Pottsville, PA. He joined our family in July of 2011. Rescue dogs make the best pets; I would know. My family has had pound puppies my whole life and I am a better person because of it. This is a place we can share our stories and spread the word: get a rescue pet!
The Rescue Dog Blog continued to establish itself as a global presence this week. We started on Monday with Mac. Mac is a very special Pit Bull whose mom refused to give up on him when many others would have. Now Mac and his mom work together to give the same chance to other pitties who need someone to go the extra mile for them. On Tuesday we expressed our heartfelt sorrow for the people and animals affected by the storm that tore through the mid-west. Wednesday we concluded our Great Outdoors Photo Share, and I am now taking suggestions for the next one. Thursday we met Meko. Meko's story is great because she is quite the character and her mom is very good at catching her in her naughty and silly moments. Finally, on Friday I showed you how Wiley and I hope to spend our free time this weekend.
Please email me if you have any rescue stories to share or any suggestions for the next photo share! email@example.com
And now. . . enjoy this video of a bulldog riding a merry-go-round. Click on the picture.
Well, if you live in America and are lucky enough to have a job that allows you to celebrate Memorial Day then a LONG WEEKEND is almost here. Schwhewwww. I didn't think I would make it.
I can't speak for other teachers but for me during the last month of school I feel like Sisyphus. I am just perpetually rolling a rock up a hill and when I get to the top it rolls right back over me. But the end is in sight.
While other people may go away for the long weekend or plan a big picnic, Wiley and I have one major goal. RELAX. Just like this:
I want to do as little as possible, because I have one week of school left and I need to conserve all my energy for that. I don't want to sound like I'm complaining or ungrateful. I'm. Just. Tired. Spending each day with about 175 teenagers can do that to a person.
So Wiley and I will hang out in the yard. We'll play fetch and read and draw (he doesn't read much but he is a wiz with sidewalk chalk) and maybe have some beverages.
We'll recharge our batteries and batten down the hatches for Finals Week. Well, I will do most of the battening. Wiley will mostly do this:
Enjoy the weekend. Make the most of it no matter how many days you have.
Check in with the blog often, and if you have a little down time use it to write up your rescue story and share it with Wiley and me. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
It's time for you to meet Meko. Brace yourself: she is a handful! She is Akira's sister, so she is another big lovable dog from the land Down Under. When Jenna first met Meko, this is what she saw:
At four months old, this Akita/Malamute mix was not on the highly adoptable list. All of Jenna's friends and even the people at the RSPCA, the pound in Australia where Jenna found her, were hesitant to send Meko and her siblings home with anyone.
Akitas are famously protective and Malamutes are famously headstrong (remember Dio?), so people assumed these puppies would be vicious and untrainable.
When the RSPCA workers saw Akira and how well-trained she was, they let Jenna take Meko home, even though they knew she'd be a lot of work. And so the fun began! Just look at what a brief grooming produces.
Meko enjoys chewing wood, and Jenna says she turned her mom's rectangle coffee table into an oval-shaped one. Here she is hiding her shame.
She is also famously good at stealing.
And being where she shouldn't be.
In the picture below, she had gotten herself into this predicament.
Luckily she isn't a runner, like Malamutes have the tendency to be. Instead she exhibits the Akita guard dog quality. She is very protective. She sleeps across the door to the bedroom every night.
Jenna says she only escaped once, at which time she ran to the fence and patrolled the gate area. The neighbors tried to catch her and she wouldn't let them anywhere near the house.
Even though she has a naughty streak, Jenna loves Meko to death and can't imagine not having taken a chance on this special dog.
I think Meko knows just how good she has it.
She knows who keeps the toys coming.
She knows who takes her to the beach.
She knows that she belongs with Jenna and Akira, and sometimes she is even sorry for some of her naughtiness.
Jenna has done a great job with Meko and Akira. I am just falling in love with these big lovable oafs. Jenna has so many good pictures of them together that I decided to save them for another post, so we can enjoy a whole other day of them! Yay me!
And many thanks to Jenna too, for sharing her pictures and stories and home! You can follow her on Instagram @jennatennant.
Please don't forget you can share you own rescue stories. There are no special qualifications. All you need is a rescued pet and some pictures. We take stories of animals from shelters, rescue organizations, strays, and animals who needed a new owner and had no place else to go. Please join us in spreading the word: Adopt-don't shop. Email me at email@example.com