American Humane Association’s Be Kind to Animals Week®

Click on the photo to visit the American Humane  Association website

Click on the photo to visit the American Humane
Association website

 

Hi everyone! It’s Dakota and I am happy to tell you that it is Be Kind To Animals Week! In my opinion kindness to animals should be shown EVERY DAY but we can help spread that message this week!

There are so many ways you can be kind to animals, here are just a few:

Do NOT keep your dog in a hot car (even if the windows are cracked) Would YOU like to bake in a car?

DO NOT FEED YOUR DOG:

  • CHOCOLATE
  • ONIONS
  • GRAPES

Just to name a few!

Feed your dog the most nutritious food that your budget can afford.

Keep up to date on vaccinations and “wellness” visits at the vet!

Exercise your dog regularly (that is something that my Mom and Dad are working on with me, because I am not overly fond of walks.)

Keep your dog well-groomed

Photo courtesy of American Humane

Photo courtesy of American Humane

Donate items such as:

  • newspapers
  • food
  • toys
  • crates
  • food bowls
  • blankets
  • towels
  • money
  • paper towels
  • YOUR TIME!

to  local rescues!

There are so many ways that you can show kindness to animals

 

My Mom and Dad are always giving me hugs and kisses and they provide a safe environment for me. I feel secure and loved.

Kindness to animals should also include animals in the wild!

 

Provide water for the birds

help save endangered species

You know the ducks in the pond? Unless told to do so, do NOT feed them! Yep you heard me right! Many ducks and geese that live in areas that are well populated with humans are OVER FED and that can not only kill them, the food can pollute their water!

I know that all of you show kindness to animals on a  regular basis, leave me a comment and tell me what you are going to do THIS WEEK that is extra special!

Barks and licks and love,

Dakota

 

 

 

 

Book Review: Circling the Waggins How 5 Misfit Dogs Saved Me From Bewilderness by C.A. Wulff

Many of you saw my blog post from April 15th, where I featured the book “How To Change The World in 30 Seconds” by C.A. Wulff.  She is one talented author! Today, I have the pleasure of presenting to you “Circling the Waggins, How 5 Misfit Dogs Saved Me From Bewilderness” also by Author C.A. Wulff.

circling the waggins

From www.yelodoggie.com

Living in a rugged log cabin in a National Park can be challenging for two middle-aged women; especially when one has physical limitations and the other’s mental illness is a wilderness of its own. Add in the daily trials of senior pet care, plus a mouse rescue gone comically awry, and it might just be a recipe for disaster. But even as the two women care for, and say goodbye to, longtime companion animals, a pack of misfit dogs enter their lives to keep them grounded. The couple find a new awareness and understanding of the experience of living.

You don’t have to be involved in animal rescue to appreciate this book, but if you are, you will love it all the more.  One of my favorite lines from this wonderful book happens to be at the beginning. When speaking about the animals that she has rescued and why she continues to do so, even after having her heart-broken when they pass, C.A. Wulff says: “They reminded me that joy comes in furry packages, and love is an eternal circle that keeps on waggin.”

Just when you think that you cannot bear to experience the loss of a beloved animal again, you find another, and yet ANOTHER, each unique, each special,  each needing love, and you learn that YES indeed you CAN (and you will) dedicate your life to an animal again.

If you love animals, you will love Circling the Waggins.

You will smile, nod your head in recognition and yes you will cry, you will be as moved by the dedication of C.A. Wulff and her partner Dalene, as I was.

The ONLY criticism that I have of this book is Wulff’s obvious lukewarm attitude about cats. I know that 99.9% of you who read my blog are die-hard dog lovers, most of you do not have cats, many of you do. Until Dakota came into my life in 2007 I was 100% TEAM CAT and TEAM CAT ONLY. Don’t get me wrong, I ADORE DOGS, I just feel that I understand and relate to cats better. So, passages such as these, upset me:

It’s not that I dislike cats. Cats are beautiful animals and make lovely pets. Perfectly fine pets for SOMEBODY ELSE to have. I have loved felines in the past, counting myself fortunate to have known them. But over the years, I’ve come to understand that I find relationships with dogs much more rewarding.

One of the things I dislike about our current group of cats is their blatant disregard for our furniture and carpeting. They remind me of wild and uncontrollable rock stars who trash hotel rooms. My role in the relationship with them has evolved into little more than a janitorial service.

I must be part cat because I felt my hair beginning to stand on end and my claws began extending. I had my first cat for 18 wonderful and MEANINGFUL years. He was my soul mate, he lived for me as much as I lived for him.  The unbearable devastation and pain I felt when he passed, was excruciating as all of us who have loved and lost beloved pets know. The above couldn’t be FURTHER from the truth IN MY WORLD.  I won’t lie. This passage and a few other cat references didn’t sit well with me.

The book also, for me, seemed to end rather disjointedly without obvious closure. When it ended, it was DONE and I was left confused about one issue in particular, whatever happened to Max? (the cat)

There is much in this book that I DID like:

  • It made me remember what it was like to care for a senior pet
  • What would I do if my dog or cat were to be diagnosed with cancer?
  • How do those in multiple pet households cope? (When I say multiple, I mean more than 2 pets)
  • It made me relive having to euthanize my “soul kitty”
  • It discusses the importance of spaying/neutering
  •  the love and dedication to animals that is clear by C.A. and her partner

If you have ever rescued an animal, loved a pet (dog OR cat) with your entire being, sacrificed for your pet, and experienced the unconditional love that they offer in return, you will appreciate Circling the Waggins and be able to relate to the “Circle Of Life” going on.

Paperback: 344 pages
Publisher: Barking Planet Productions (July 16, 2012)
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SBN-10: 0978692861
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SBN-13: 978-0978692865

C.A. Wulff has generously offered my readers a $5 discount!

The estore url is:
https://www.createspace.com/3921424
and the $5 off discount code is:
QC3XD965

To purchase on Amazon  click here

You can follow Wulff on the Internet at:

www.yelodoggie.com

Up on the Woof blog: thewoof.wordpress.com

Twitter: twitter.com/yelodoggie

Facebook: C.A. Wulff

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Michigan Humane Society’s Valentine’s Telethon, Presented by Purina, Airs Thursday, February 14th, As a bitterly cold winter drives need!

MHS asks community to

Say “I Do” to Saving Animal Lives

 

Photo Courtesy of Michigan Humane

Photo Courtesy of Michigan Humane

Love is in the air, and there’s nobody who loves you quite like a furry friend. Show them you care by supporting the Michigan Humane Society’s 2013 Valentine’s Telethon, presented by Purina. WXYZ-TV Channel 7 Action News Anchor Alicia Smith will host the event, airing Thursday, Feb. 14, between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m.

Alicia Smith and doggies, photo courtesy of Michigan Humane

Alicia Smith and doggies, photo courtesy of Michigan Humane

 

“There are so many animals out there who need the Michigan Humane Society, and sadly, this need has never been greater,” said Cal Morgan, MHS President and CEO. “We rely on the support of pet lovers across Michigan to help us care for animals who are homeless, hungry, neglected and abused. On Thursday, Feb. 14, please say ‘I do’ to saving animal lives.”

 

The 17th annual MHS Valentine’s Telethon will feature adoptable pets and stories that show how your support can make a lifesaving difference for animals in need.  As a private, nonprofit agency, MHS receives no government funding and is not affiliated with any national humane organizations, relying instead on the generosity of its supporters to help save animal lives.

 

MHS Valentine’s Telethon donations can be made online at www.michiganhumane.org on or before Thursday, Feb. 14, or by calling 855-MHS-GIVE (647-4483), 24 hours a day.

 

In addition to Purina, sponsors of this year’s Valentine’s Telethon include Jim Riehl’s Friendly Automotive Group, US-Mattress.com, Center for Computer Resources, Meijer, Grid4 Communications, Strategic Staffing Solutions and Petco.

 michigan humane logo

The Michigan Humane Society (MHS) is a private, nonprofit organization which cares for more than 100,000 animals each year, while working to end companion animal homelessness, provide the highest quality service and compassion to the animals entrusted to our care, and to be a leader in promoting humane values.

 

Share the Love Valentine’s Day Fundraiser from Pawsitively Pets and the Winner of the Puppy Parcel from Five Wags!!

Wouldn’t you like a special photo of your pet(s) like this, created just for you?

Cody and Dakota best friends from Ann

I knew you would say yes!

Well check out

this super adorable and fun

fundraiser being sponsored by

Pawsitively Pets

Click on the Badge to learn more!!!

Click on the Badge to learn more!!!

 

Now…on to the winner of the Puppy Parcel from Five Wags!!! This lucky winner is going to get a TWO MONTH SUBSCRIPTION to the Puppy Parcel!! Thanks to all who entered! Hint: there is ANOTHER give-away coming up on Friday…be sure to visit us!

The lucky winner(s) as chosen by www.random.org are:

Click on their blog name to visit their blog!

Click on their blog name to visit their blog!

 

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Donna: please email my Mom your complete mailing address to: cgittleman at mi dot rr dot com

Enjoy your Puppy Parcels!!

Barks and licks and love, Dakota

Book Review: The Rescue Team by Billi Tiner

When I  first met Author Billi Tiner  on Twitter and saw the cover of  The Rescue Team, the first thing that intrigued me about this wonderful book for youngsters in the “middle grades” or grades 9-12, was the cover! The cover features the two “stars” of this heartwarming and excitement filled book, Ellie, a Border Collie with an endearing “smile”  and a penchant for “spinning”, ( Shelties can certainly relate!), who was unceremoniously “dumped” off at a shelter when his owners discovered they were going to have a baby, and Toby, a silver-gray tabby cat, who was also treated less than admirably by his owners.  For those who read both of my blogs, do these two remind you of anybody?

 

to purchase in paperback or Kindle form, click on the book cover!

to purchase in paperback or Kindle form, click on the book cover!

That’s right! The two featured on the cover remind me of my Dakota and Cody!

Flat Cody and Flat Dakota that Mom had bought for trip

Cody and Dakota!

When I read the first few pages I was hooked!  There were many things that I loved about this book, but one of the main themes that I loved was the “pay it forward” message that Ellie and Toby display throughout the entire story. Having been rescued, they live their lives rescuing OTHERS, both people and other animals. Ellie, being a “working” dog, finds her “job”,  her  “purpose”  rescuing others with Toby the cat, working devotedly by his side.

There are delightful “messages” or “lessons” that are learned when young people AND adults read The Rescue Team. The “pay it forward” message is clear but there are more messages such as, the power of love, devotion, determination, trust, courage, hope, to name a few.

Another aspect of The Rescue Team that I found to be delightful, was how Author Billi Tiner has the animals that are in this book “speak” to each other.  There are examples of how they speak with their “eyes” throughout the book, sensing whether a person or an animal can be trusted, just by looking into their eyes.  The animals in The Rescue Team “speak” to each other when no humans are around, they also have an uncanny ability to “speak” to the humans, Anne Richards, who adopts Ellie and Toby, and Brent Davis, the EMT who rescues Anne,  (in more ways than one!)


Animals have an inherent form  of communicating  that humans who LISTEN  understand, be it a “smile”, a “spin”, a tail wag, a cat showing love through brushing up against a human, Tiner shows throughout this book that SHE is an animal lover by her obvious understanding of these “gestures.”

 The Rescue Team also teaches us  how, often our first impressions can be wrong, as exhibited when Toby the cat is startled by Tank, the “huge” dog with the “freaky” eyes (one blue, one brown) that sent Toby running up the first tree that he could find!

The Rescue Team is a quick read,  fast-moving, exciting, packed with warmhearted “feel good” moments and lessons that can be learned by both young people and adults alike.

Be sure to put this one on your MUST READ list!

 

ISBN 9781478318156

To purchase in paperback form click here

To purchase in Kindle form click here

“Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo”—Michigan

Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo – MG_3452 – Photo by Ed Serecky

MICHIGAN HUMANE SOCIETY PARTNERS WITH

MEIJER AND PURINA ONE TO SAVE MORE ANIMAL LIVES

Collaboration to bring awareness, help more homeless animals find their way home

MYBFZ boy and dog

 

Tens of thousands of homeless animals find their way to area animal shelters and rescue groups every single year, and not enough of them find forever homes. That’s why the Michigan Humane Society (MHS) is partnering with Meijer and Purina ONE to raise awareness of the number of homeless pets in our community, and to help more of them find loving homes. As part of this partnership, Meijer and Purina ONE are sponsors and key participants in the

MEET YOUR BEST FRIEND AT THE ZOO

adoption event

 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sept. 22 and 23

at the Detroit Zoo

 Royal Oak, Michigan

 

Angela-mom and Kaya Scott of Ferndale adopted Stanley_pictured with Emily and Nadia Jackson

The partnership will assist pet owners in every phase of pet ownership – from adopting a pet at the Michigan Humane Society to keeping your new family member healthy and happy by purchasing Purina ONE food and other pet-related items at Meijer. Meijer and Purina ONE will also provide every dog and cat adopter from MHS with valuable moneysaving coupons including free pet food, cat litter, photo prints, and huge savings on other pet supplies.

 

Abby finds new home with Matt Hutchins and family_Royal Oak (1)

Meijer and Purina ONE have also teamed up to sponsor

Michigan Humane Society’s 2012

Mega March for Animals

being held Sunday, Oct. 7,

at Hart Plaza in Detroit

and at Kensington Metropark in Milford

The largest walk for animals in Michigan, the event supports MHS’ many lifesaving programs, including animal sheltering and adoption, veterinary care, cruelty investigation and rescue and much more.

For more information about the 2012 Mega March,

please visit  www.michiganhumane.org/MEGA.

 

“It is important for people to understand that shelter pets are among the very best companions you can bring into your home and as such, we are so proud to partner with the Michigan Humane Society, Meijer and the greater Detroit community to make more adoptions possible,” said Pamela Hill, Purina ONE Shelter Pet Program Manager.

 

If you’re interested in bringing a homeless pet into your life, visit www.michiganhumane.org, or call 1-866-MHUMANE (648-6263) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Michigan Humane Society is a private, nonprofit organization which cares for more than 100,000 animals each year, while working to end companion animal homelessness, provide the highest quality service and compassion to the animals entrusted to our care, and to be a leader in promoting humane values.

Meet “Almost Home, A Truly No-Kill Animal Rescue and Haven”, Please Help US, Help Them!

I would like to introduce you to  a rescue here in Michigan,  “Almost Home, A Truly No-Kill Animal Rescue And Haven” whose founders Gail and Lauren Montgomery,  work tirelessly in their quest to find the  dogs and cats  at their rescue a furever home.

 

Meet Gail Montgomery, co-founder,with her daughter, Lauren, of Almost Home:


This message is directly from  Gail: “After volunteering at a number of animal shelters and rescue groups I became disenchanted and sad about the philosophies of so many such organizations. Even the so-called “no kill “shelters were euthanizing adoptable animals. I was devastated, to say the least.

 
Being a person who is so very passionate about animals, I decided to make a difference. In 2001 I started Almost Home Animal Rescue League. It consisted of myself and my daughter, Lauren. I wanted to help all animals, whether they were young or old, sick or healthy, maimed or beautiful. I wanted to create a place for them not only to FEEL SAFE  but to BE SAFE.

 

Please help Andrew

It was really difficult in the beginning. Many people thought I was unrealistic. I have proven them wrong. With my compassion for these helpless creatures who ask for so little and give so much in return, I am able to continue my work with a motivation that, well… kind of drives people a little crazy! I have never been so tenacious and diligent in my whole life. Most of the animals that we rescue are so frightened, confused and sick. It breaks my heart to see them in this condition. There is nothing more rewarding than to help them recover from these traumas. Hugging them, bathing them, loving them and giving them a sense of security is just a start. A big bowl of nutritious food to help make them strong and healthy, and then trips to the veterinarian. Then, ultimately finding them their loving, responsible  “forever home”. Now, what can be more rewarding than that?

 

“Armando” Read About Him Here

It’s hard to believe we live in a world where innocent animals are put to sleep simply because  society says there is no room for them. I feel there is a way to SAVE EVERY ANIMAL. And this is my mission. I encourage every caring person to do your part to help the animals. If you work at a shelter and you see that bad things are going on, speak out. Or start your own organization to advocate for them. Speak for the animals. Do what you can.

 

“Farrah” Look at that FACE! Read about her here
One day I hope to walk into an animal shelter and all I will see are a few animals there, waiting for their owners to arrive because they were licensed and properly tagged. One day when I see a pregnant dog or cat I won’t cry, feel sad or be frightened. One day I hope there will be no use for organizations like mine.

But, for now, there’s Almost Home.

 

 


Help us save the lives of animals

As always, we are in dire need of monetary donations. We can really use your help. We receive no money from governmental funds in any way. All donations, either monetary or material, are TAX DEDUCTIBLE! The more money we raise through donations, the more lives we can save. It’s as simple as that. Please help our animals find their way with a donation today.


You can help by clicking on the widget on the top right hand side of the original blog post that my Mom and my brother Cody put up on their Cat Chat blog. You can see that post and find that widget  here


Or, please send donations to:

Almost Home, P.O. Box 250602

 West Bloomfield, Michigan 48325

Please make checks payable to Almost Home

 It would mean a lot to my Mom, my brother Cody and me if we could help!

Thank you for your support!

Barks and licks and love, Dakota