Thursday, December 11, 2014

Circus Stella

I think I might know what you're thinking. You're thinking, "aww, another cute picture of Wiley, but he looks a bit smaller here."  Well-guess what? This isn't Wiley! This is Adrian, and she's a Circus Dog! Read on my friends, read on.

It's not every day that one gets to take a trip back in time to the days of King Henry VIII and the English Renaissance, but one of the perks of teaching high school English in Pennsylvania is we have a great Renaissance Faire in Manheim.  Each year the senior English teacher and I take our AP Language, Literature, and 12th grade Honors classes to the Faire for the day, where we compete in the writing contest, in which we have had many winners, several 1st place!   After about a dozen years of attending, we have seen nearly everything the Faire has to offer on its school days, although this year they switched to Henry VIII instead of Queen Elizabeth I, which was a nice change of pace. 

The teacher I attend with is also an animal lover and mom to two dogs, Daisy and Dobby. Dobby is from the Hillside SPCA, which is the same shelter Wiley came from! Anyway she and I always head to the animal exhibits. For example, there is a greyhound rescue organization that usually has a stand at the Faire, and for the past few years there has been a "Court Jester" act with their Border Collies, who are "untrained" and thus run into the audience to try to steal turkey legs, and hilarity ensues.

 After we saw their show, we were heading around the fairgrounds when we came to a crowded venue and saw a man walking on a ladder in front of a small stage. Then this man was juggling on the ladder. It was impressive enough to get our cynical, seen-it-all-here attention, so we stood in the back. However, after the juggling was over, we heard some mumbling audio (we were in a bad spot) about dogs, and I took off like a shot, climbing over people to get right down to the front and leaving my other teacher-friend behind. BOL! (Bark out loud!) 

Well, readers. . . this performance turned out to be more than I could have ever anticipated! The act's name is Circus Stella, with two acrobats, Dextre and his wife Jana, and their five rescue dogs! In fact the act is named after Stella, seen below. 

Rescued as a puppy, she is clever, talented, and according to their website, full of attitude.

I also saw Mabel, who seemed to be thoroughly enjoying herself.

Lastly was Adrian, and of course I was struck by her similarity to Wiley with the reddish coat. 

She was much smaller and more slim than Wiley in real life, but she definitely bears a resemblance no? 

And to watch her walk across these. . . 


I don't know what you call them but she was wonderful.  

She got plenty of applause at the end of the show of course, and she didn't let it go to her head.

When the crowd let out, we saw they had tshirts for sale, but there was no one there selling them because Dexter and Jana were still backstage. We decided to go get lunch and then come back to buy a shirt.

We hit the jackpot upon our return. Dextre was selling the shirts, and I shamelessly starting talking up the Rescue Dog Blog and gave him my business card. He responded with kind interest, bless his rescue-loving heart, and asked if we wanted to meet one of the dogs! Uhhhh. . . . OF COURSE!

So he brought Adrian out for us, and we were lucky enough to get in some good pets and scritches, which made my day anyway. Here I am, kneeling in her presence. I didn't even do that for Henry VIII!

Dextre explained a bit more about what goes into training these rescues, and how he ran five miles a day for a few months with a rescue after he first got her, just to help her relax and learn to get out her nervous energy. He didn't even start the training until those months were over and she was in a better, calmer state of mind. But now look at these animals! 

They are all shelter dogs that so many people would have passed by. Just think how many people  "have to" get a full-bred dog because they believe that's what they need to be able to train them. Circus Stella is proof that the right people, with the right hearts and talent, can find dogs in shelters who are destined for greatness! In saving their lives, they also gain talented and loyal co-stars and spread the great joy and value in rescuing animals!  

I want to thank Dextre and Jana for what they do. Yes, they are talented. The show is really fun and you should check out their schedule to see if they're ever going to be performing around you. They travel all over the country. But more importantly they are doing an incredible service to their particular dogs and shelter dogs in general. Thank you Dextre for taking the time to talk with us and giving us something to talk about most of the way home. Wiley was a bit jealous when I showed him the shirt though. 

For more information on Circus Stella, check out their website here.   This page lists the five dogs and gives some background. I recommend following them on Facebook as well if you're on social media. They post some fun dog-related content. 

Okay, now readers, it is the holiday season you know. I would love to see pics of your pets, no matter what kind of animal they are, in their festive holiday gear. You can email me at or contact me via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram below, to share your pictures. I will share them here on the blog. Here's Wiley's contribution from today, our second snow day so far this school year. I'm not thrilled about the weather, but he doesn't seem to mind. 

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving friends of the blog! I have a number of cute things to share with you here. First of all, I thought you'd enjoy these behind the scenes pictures that led to the final picture shared up above. It all started when I went in to feed Jenny this morning and remembered I had a little pilgrim owl from last year. I sat on the bed waiting for her to eat, and when she finished she came over to rub on me. That's when Wiley came in and they checked each other out.

  I got the owl out, and Wiley posed with it once. 

Then he grabbed it in his mouth, presumably to hold as ransom for a treat. I just sat still for a few moments and he gave up and laid down. 

That's when Jenny came up on the bed to see what he was up to. 

I did not put the owl in his paws in that position by the way. That's just the way it wound up. I realized if I played my cards right I just might be able to get them to pose together, which wasn't what I originally intended, but hey-they were almost being chummy. 

In the picture above, I'm pretty sure Wiley was thinking "Darn it cat! Stand still! We get the treats when we are still!" In the picture below he might want to eat her.

In the end I got a few good shots, the best of which became the first picture on this post; it might be the most cooperative they've ever been! I got some other good pictures of Wiley in some Thanksgiving accessories, such as these beeny-boppers.

Jenny was less enthused with them.

Later, when I was making sausage, Wiley brought the beeny-boppers to me, once again to try to get a treat.  This time it worked. Sigh.

I also ordered this pilgrim hat for him, not realizing how big it was. BOL!

And finally, my favorite accessory, this adorable bow tie. 

Here's a close-up. It has turkeys and says "Gobble til you wobble."  

He's very interested in the sausage on the counter here. 

I got his bowtie on Etsy from a new shop called Mister Butters. Guess what? Mister Butters is a rescue dog! In the interest of full disclosure, when I showed an interest in the bowtie the shop owner offered to expedite shipping to me at the same cost as regular shipping so I could get it in time for the holidays. You should check out Mister Butters's shop and get your pets some fancy bowties for Christmas! (And no-I don't get anything for free for saying that.) You can also follow Mister Butters Bow Ties on Facebook.

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and for our international friends who don't celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope your Thursday is awesome! If you have a rescue pet, please contact me if you'd like to share its story here on the blog. 

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!


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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