Category Archives: animal rescue

Children’s Toys Are NOT Dog Toys!

I was just sent an alert by a Dachshund rescue friend regarding a dog who died after eating a stuffed animal. Please take note of this newsletter article, it could save your dog’s life: Last night at agility class, a … Continue reading

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Adopt a Less Adoptable Pet

This week is Petfinder.com’s “Adopt a Less Adoptable Pet” campaign. To aid in the effort, I’d like to share a story that brings to light the Black Dog Syndrome (this applies to cats, too). It was featured in Lost Souls: Found! Inspiring Stories About Great Danes: Continue reading

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Boris da Bloggeh

I wish my cats could type! I didn’t get to meet Boris at BlogPaws, but I did get to meet his mommy, Kelly, who kindly granted me an interview with Boris, who is a perfect example of the fact that we can ALL lend a hand to rescue causes. You don’t need to walk on two legs to do good deeds – look at Boris! With all four of his paws, he is tirelessly working to help rescues. Continue reading

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Hanging Out at Blogpaws

Up For Pups! launched its first performance this week at the BlogPaws conference in Denver, CO. Despite some technical difficulties, the feedback we received is that everyone enjoyed the performance and “got” the message about puppy mills and volunteering to reduce the suffering. Continue reading

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A Four-Week-Old Puppy Crosses the Country Alone

After six weeks of medication, the dog recovered, and I received his paperwork from the pet store. It turned out he was born in Arkansas, and taken from his mom at four weeks of age (way too young to be weaned). He was transported to Missouri, where he sat at a puppy mill stacked in a crate for a week. Then he was transported across the country to Massachusetts, where he was dumped off at a truck stop with other dogs before being distributed to the pet store. This was all by the time he was six weeks old. This was my second wake-up call regarding the trade of pets. For the first time I began to understand the horror of puppy mills. Continue reading

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Creative Volunteerism: Saving Craigslist’s Pets

I’m not sure who suggested this, but I want to share an idea with you for how you can very easily help animals in need. On Craigslist you’ll find many “free to a good home” postings from people who have … Continue reading

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An Insider’s Perspective on Beagles

Rescuers really get to see the difference you can make, hands-on, for both the dog and it’s new family! Continue reading

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Shouldn’t It Be Fun?

Upon more carefully considering what would draw people in, I started thinking about my history as a pet owner, and I realized that I was guilty of the same irresponsible practices for which I’m always admonishing others. As a teen, I bought all sorts of exotic animals at pet shops (an iguana, a chinchilla, etc.) and then when the honeymoon wore off, I dumped them on my mom. How terrible! Not only that I bought animals at a pet shop, animals that shouldn’t be pets to begin with, but then I abandoned them. This is exactly what others have done to the dogs I foster now. How ignorant I was! Continue reading

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Up For Pups! Goals

If I do 25 presentations a year for an average of 100 people per presentation, and 50% of those people tell three people what they have learned, the presentation will have touched 37,500 people in one year! Maybe those people would go on to tell more people, and well… Change will have to follow. Continue reading

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#Dogtalk – Twitter Just Gets Better and Better

Overall, yesterday was very productive. I finished my slide show for the lecture part of my Up For Pups! presentation, and a wonderful musician named Marilyn Milano, who is putting together a CD to raise shelter-dog awareness, offered to compose the music for my aerial presentation. What a great opportunity for us to work together and co-promote our rescue work. Continue reading

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