Saturday, March 30, 2013

Sunday's Gratitude: Happy Easter!

Happy Easter to all our readers!  

Whether you celebrate Easter as the resurrection day of Jesus, or in the secular tradition of eggs and bunnies, or not at all, Easter still symbolizes the coming of SPRING for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. 

Here on the blog it's an EGGcellent (<-- sorry, I just felt I had to) excuse to make Wiley wear bunny ears as we celebrate all God's creatures, great and small. 

Since I have connections, I am able to share some AVAILABLE bunnies and other little critters. These animals are all at the Hillside SPCA in Pottsville, Pennsylvania.  Clicking on any of their pictures will take you to the Hillside's website.

Meet Juliette

Look at Stormy's hair!

This is Carmine.

This is McKinley.

Godly the guinea pig

Mr. Bunny

Polly Gee, Kester, and Mr. Funk         

This is Wizard.

Chuck, a deaf guinea pig.

Magic the bunny.

As I said above, these animals are all currently available.  Unfortunately there will likely be more all too soon, as it is very popular to buy small pets around this time of year, rabbits being the obvious choice. Many people do not realize the time commitment and level of care required for these animals, and wind up dumping them at a shelter. Special thanks to Sarah, who volunteers at Hillside SPCA and is also Lilith's mom, for sharing these pictures with the blog.

Now, I have two more pictures to share. The first one is Wiley sitting up while wearing his bunny ears, and it is just too cute.  It's hard to tell he's sitting up because I wasn't prepared to take the picture and didn't have it framed right. Sorry.

The next picture. . .well. . .brace yourselves.  You might want to even cover your eyes.  Wiley really misunderstood what I meant when I told him to pose like a bunny. He went right for the centerfold pose!  He's so immodest. 

Shame on him. 

Thanks for making time for us! Hope you are having/have had a lovely weekend. Happy Easter. Now get out there and take some pictures of your pets outside for the Great Outdoors Photo Share!

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What did you miss? 3/25-3/29

I know I say this every week, but WOW-we had an awesome week on the Rescue Dog Blog.  We started with Rachel's Mika and her mesmerizing eyes. The next day we talked about Kami, who lives in Delaware with Michelle and has about as good of a life as could be. On Wednesday I introduced our next big Photo Share: The Great Outdoors. Without your pictures there is no photo share so please get them into the blog.  Thursday I just had to catch you up on Waldo, who was introduced back in December and continues to melt our hearts (well, my heart anyway).  Finally on Friday I shared a few pictures of Cujoe and Gracie all dolled up in bunny ears. 

Now, here is the best thing you'll see today: It's a Buzzfeed story about the cutest Easter picture ever. Make sure you scroll all the way through to the bottom of the pictures. I know when you get there you'll think, "Well, there can't be anything cuter than this,"  but trust me, there is. Click on the picture to get there.

Thanks for checking in!  Have a great Saturday and don't forget to share your story too!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Feel-Good Friday: Bichon Bunnies

Cujoe Cottontail

It's Feel-Good Friday. On Fridays we like to share uplifting posts and/or real-life stories beyond our usual rescue pieces.  For Christians, it's also Good Friday.  I contemplated making a pun with Feel Good Friday, but I was afraid people might be offended given the solemn nature of this day in the Christian tradition.  Anywaaayyyyyyyy, the Rescue Dog Blog operates best in the world of light-hearted journalism, so I'm sharing these pictures of Cujoe and Gracie in bunny ears!

Br'er Gracie

Cujoe and Gracie are my parents' rescue dogs. Cujoe is a Bichon Frise and Gracie is a Havachon. Gracie, pictured directly above, was not particularly cooperative. Below, she is more interested in kissing Olivia.

Cujoe was compliant but very unamused when I first put them on.

Once I pulled him away from his comfy spot on the chair next to my dad and thrust him into the spotlight he seemed more resigned to the process. 

Gracie complied for one more decent picture before the ears were pawed off.

Cujoe gave us one more too.

After that I just didn't have the heart to torment them anymore. My parents dress them in costumes for every holiday. They have seasonal sweaters with turkeys and bunnies and who knows what else? But the ears. . . well that was just more than they signed on for, so I wrapped up the photo shoot. I did, however, still have one very willing model:

Enjoy the upcoming weekend but don't forget about your homework for the Great Outdoors Photo Share

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Waldo Revisited

A few weeks ago a picture showed up in my Facebook newsfeed that inspired the latest Photo Share, The Great Outdoors.

This is Waldo. LOOK AT HIM. I am so in love with this dog it's ridiculous. We featured him on the blog back in December, and his story is so compelling. Please please go read about Waldo if you haven't yet. His story will make your day. I mean, have you LOOKED AT HIM!?!

Waldo was absolutely loving the snowstorm Missouri got back in February and Clare's neighbor Teri took some great pictures to show how at home he was.

Do I have something on my face?

Could you even imagine being victimized by the elements and looking up to see Waldo coming to your rescue?  If I lived near Clare I would spend my summer flailing around in a swimming pool just to get Waldo to save me. The picture below shows how heavily his responsibilities sit with him.

Luckily his toy giraffe brings him comfort. haha

To conclude today's post, Waldo is amazing. I want to meet him. I feel like I've known him forever and I could tell him all my secrets.  Wouldn't you love to see this at your door every day?

Go and read Waldo's original story if you haven't. Find some pictures of your pets outside and share them with us. Put together some details on your rescue story and share it with the blog. And follow us on social media. I'm very demanding today, aren't I?

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Great Outdoors: Photo Share Time

Furball in action.
I wouldn’t consider myself an outdoorsy kind of person. I don’t like bugs, I don’t like being dirty, and I burn very quickly and very badly in the sun. In the winter I just hate everything. EVERY.SINGLE.THING.  Every flake of snow that falls makes me angrier and more frustrated than the previous one. Nevertheless, I still find myself braving the elements for Wiley’s sake so he can enjoy his absolute and unequivocal favorite pastime, fetch.

Every time I walk to the back door, and I mean every time, even if I’m just going to throw something in the recycling bin, Wiley’s ears perk up in the hopes that we will be going out to play with the ball. He very first move when he goes out the door is to find his ball. He pees with the ball in his mouth.  So it’s no surprise that anytime I hang laundry out, he thinks I should be throwing the ball. If I take too long to participate of my own volition, he drops the ball in the basket to get my attention.

On this particular day, I ignored the ball until I was finished. Then I turned the basket on its side to see what he would do.  It threw him for a total loop.  He spent at least two minutes trying to determine his next move, which is obviously when I snapped these pictures. I shouldn’t have laughed so hard but his puzzled face was too funny.


 Eventually he figured it out, and it was back to business as usual.

What are some of the things your pet enjoys outdoors?  I would like to share their outdoors pictures here on the blog! Do you have pictures of them playing in the snow or the creek?  Are they running a course or hiking with you?  When we do a Photo Share we will run pictures of any pet, even if it’s not a rescue. Any species, as long as it is legal and ethical, is welcomed. So your pet rats are eligible, if for some reason you have them outside. Of course if you’re taking pictures of rats outside you might want to reconsider your whereabouts.

Love the timing on this picture. It was a total coincidence. I can't really take credit.

I will start sharing your pictures next Wednesday, and continue to share them each week if the supply demands it. Click here to see a Photo Share for sleeping pets, and here to see one for naughty pets.  All you need is a picture of your pet and its name, which makes it easy to be a part of the blog even if you feel pressed for time.  Just click the link to see the various methods to share, or email me at Of course, if you find yourself with a few spare moments and haven’t shared your rescue story yet, we’d love to have it.

Spring is trying to get here. Get outside and get some pictures. Dig through your old pictures and find some good shots of snow pups. And if you’re somewhere with nice weather all the time, then you have no excuse! 

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013


 Puppies are a lot of work. Sometimes people see the cuteness factor and have no idea what they’re getting into. When Michelle saw Kami, however, she didn’t know how much work it would be just to bring her home!

Kami was in the Kent County SPCA in Camden, Delaware when Michelle saw her picture online.  She called right away but they were closed for adoptions. The next day she drove there, timing her arrival with the minute the doors opened so she could be the first one inside. 
Michelle says it was love at first sight as they played together in the meet and greet room. What really made Michelle sure that Kami was part of her destiny was the comical moment when Kami saw some people walk by the floor-to-ceiling window in the room and ran after them, only to be stopped quite short by running directly into the window. 

Unfortunately Michelle found out that someone else had placed a hold on this puppy, and she would have to wait until 6:30 that evening to see if  Kami could be hers. Obviously the people never claimed Kami, and Michelle was eager to go bring her girl home the next day.  

She drove the hour from her house to the shelter, again, only to find out Kami was out being spayed, and wouldn’t be available until the next day!  So far Michelle had invested four hours into adopting Kami and had nothing to show for it.

The next day she had company visiting for the weekend. They were not going to deter her from getting her precious pup though! Her friend Claraann went with her on the trip, and that day she was finally able to bring Kami home! Claraann held her all the way. 

At Michelle’s house, Kami (short for Kamiflauge) was a bit intimidated at first. It didn’t take long for her to make herself at home though! 

She makes the most out of her cushy life, enjoying swimming and lounging in the pool, trips to the beach, long walks, car rides, and everything else life offers! 

Kami was worth the work and the wait, and now she is part of a loving family and a great home. Much love to Kami and Michelle from Wiley and me and all of our readers too! And thanks for finally sharing your story! ;-)  Readers-don't forget you can share yours too!

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Monday, March 25, 2013


Meet Mika. Take a minute to gaze into those eyes. She is simply stunning. This girl, this perfect, beautiful, red Husky is a rescue dog.  Still think you have to go through a breeder to get just the right full-bred dog?  


Look at 
her. Even she knows she's legit!

When Mika was a puppy, a woman saw her owner beating her in a parking lot. She asked the man why he was hitting her, and he said he had to because she was so bad. The woman asked if she could have her, and he said "Take her!"  Can you even imagine!?! 

 That's how Mika ended up in rescue with Operation Education Animal Rescue (Nashville, TN), and that's when Rachel and her family brought her home. They fell in love with the breed and began rescuing and fostering many more, eventually reaching out to other breeds as well. They spay/neuter, microchip, and vaccinate on their own dime. Rachel does home visits and has the new owners sign contracts.  She also works with other volunteer organizations as well, donating time, money, food, transportation, anything at all to help.

Mika is the alpha female of Rachel's pack, and don't worry, we will share the whole pack on the blog in the future!  Rachel calls her "perfect."  She is good with kids and cats.  Look how well-behaved she is on a retractable leash with this young man.

She is easy to train and proud to show off her tricks for Rachel's guests. She also likes the snow, but fetch is her very favorite thing!

She is patient when her brother shoves his paws in her face.

She is a cuddlebug.

She seems like the pack leader even when she's totally chill.

Rachel has a beautiful family. Here's a little sneak peak at what you'll get the next time we check in with Rachel's pack.

Rachel is the former foster coordinator for Hogan's Husky Heroes, and volunteers with Alabama Siberian Husky Rescue, but we know she and her family are heroes for opening their hearts and home to Mika and her brothers and foster siblings. Thanks Rachel for sharing Mika's story!

Readers, if you haven't shared your story there's no time like the present! 

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