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Pet Rescue – LHM’s and Other Specific Breeds

Hi all,

Opie here!

As we near the end of my adoption anniversary month, pet rescue is on my mind. Mama ran into some people a few days ago who were looking for a dog. They wanted a specific breed. Mama wanted a specific breed too – LHM Loveable Hypoallergenic Mutt!

This is what this breed looks like with his full coat on.

LHM’s are frequently quite cute!

Here he is after a severe summer cut.

As you can imagine, we LHM’s have a variety of looks. With our many variations, we are probably one of the largest dog breeds in the world.

Here’s our recipe:

  • Take any hypoallergenic breed plus any other pure breed or LHM breed.
  • Add a lot of love and cuddling to your LHM’s puppyhood
  • Result — a “BONEY- FIDE”
    LHM.

I may have Mama petition the AKC to recognize our status. Who knows? We may be at the dog show next year!

(I know I can run around a carpet and earn treats as well as a Rhodesian Ridgeback!)


The folks that mom talked to last week were very precise about what breed they wanted.

They wanted a Vizsula.

I must say this Vizsula is a very good looking dog.

And I am certain that this breed has an “L” for LOVEABLE in its genetic code. (We can’t all be pure bred LHM’s – poor hound!)

There’s nothing wrong with wanting a specific dog breed. However, I worry that people might end up getting a dog from a puppy mill or some other undesirable place because they are breed specific. Mama and I thought it would be a good idea to do a quick blog about places that you can go to RESCUE
the particular dog you want.

Unfortunately, no dog breed is immune to bad owners, irresponsible breeders and rotten circumstances. You can probably find any sort of dog you want at a rescue or even the dog jail
pound shelter.


Where to start?

Anyway, here are some great websites we found where people can begin their search for Breed Specific
RESCUES!

    • They say all breeds, but we saw a lot of information about greyhounds and whippets and other sight hounds. This place is local for those in Southern California. When you check out this site be sure and surf around. There was a great photo of some whippets all piled together in a ….wait for it, wait for it….DOG PILE!

       

  • Of course, the American Kennel Club has a big directory that you can look at as well. It’s alphabetized! Of course, they make all sorts of disclaimers about their list – not responsible, not necessarily accurate, not endorsed… GEEZ why’d you provide it in the first place? It’s a good place to start, I suppose. American Kennel Club ( http://www.akc.org/breeds/rescue.cfm )

     

  • All about Dogs and Cats has an extremely comprehensive directory for breed rescues and good advice on how to deal with breed specific rescue organizations. I like this site. They have a blog called Paw Prints that I’ll be visiting soon! So whether you live in Texas, California, Pennsylvania or Nevada, or pretty much any state in the Union, this website has a great list for you. I was very impressed.

(http://www.allaboutdogsandcats.com/Dogs/BreedRescue.html )

Another great dog breed!

There is one other great breed of dog out there for those of you looking.

The LM breeds (Loveable Mutt)! They are an even larger and more varied group than my beloved LHM breed!

Lots of rescues handle this sort of doggy – more rescues than I can possibly list!


Whatever dog you want, make certain that you have L genetic trait in your own make up!

We doggies don’t do well with Mamas and Daddy’s who are missing this gene.

But if you have LOVE in your heart and a good dose of R (Responsibility!), I think we might accept you as our furrever friends.

Well, fellow doggers!

Gotta run!

Mama has an excess of L to pass on to me via a tummy rub!

Your Pal,

Opie


My Rescue Day! Reminiscence and Celebration


Hi All,

Opie here.

We’re
Celebrating

My One Year

Adoption
Anniversary!

This month last year I was adopted by my current family.


It’s only fitting to reminisce a bit about those early days so that we can all really appreciate the present!

I don’t remember my old family at all. That’s fitting since they didn’t think too hard about me when they dumped me at the Riverside County Shelter. The folks there try very hard to get cats and dogs adopted out, but Riverside Shelter is not a no-kill shelter. Last year they euthanized over 350 “adoptable” dogs. If the folks at Lhasa Happy Home Rescue had not picked me up last June, I might have been one of those unlucky pooches. Believe me it was quite lucky. Please note that I am NOT a Lhasa Apso. Luckily, Lhasa’s mission includes other small breeds. ( Snorkie’s must be included!) Randee said she fell in love with my ears!

Here is a picture of me in from those early times.

This was taken near the end of August 2010.


I’ve always loved belly rubs. And my ears are quite cute.

Randee, the head of the Lhasa rescue, immediately sent me to live with my Foster Mom. She had two kids and they were great to me. I don’t remember them very well now. I think I was a little traumatized by all the shifting from place to place. Consider this — I was with my first family as a puppy(home number 1) , then when I was about 6 months old they brought me to the pound ( home number 2) , then about a month later, Randee came and got me and I stayed with her ( home number 3) and then with Barbara ( home number 4) and finally…. Finally with my mama. That’s five
different places before I was 10 months old. Let’s face it. I was a nervous wreck. I didn’t really settle down until a couple of months after Mama and Daddy had me. Mama has the vet bills to prove it!

How My Mama Found Me

Mama’s allergic to most dogs so they looked on Petfinder.com for a hypoallergenic dog. (By the way, we think that the study that said that hypoallergenic dogs don’t exist is deeply flawed.) Mama knew that if she went to the local pound, she was bound to fall in love with a dog that would make her eyes red and nose itchy. Finding a forever fur friend is a lifelong commitment. People need to use their heads along with their hearts to match themselves with an appropriate fur friend. Mama saw me online and I fit the bill. I was the right size for our house and the right breed or combination of breeds for her nose! She filled out the adoption forms, cleaned up the house for a home visit from the Lhasa volunteers, and then finally met me!

The rest, as they say, is history.

This is me that first day on Randee’s couch.

The picture is not good. Mama took it with her phone.


The whole family fell in love with me on the spot. Within about 3 hours I was on my way with Mama and the boys to buy me a bed, water and food bowl and dog food. With the exception of vet and grooming appointments, it’s been paradise here!

As he was giving me a belly rub, Daddy told me that I was spoiled rotten!

He’s right!

I am.

How Are We Celebrating My Anniversary?

Mama started the celebration by making my every day food especially savory.

I’ve had a little wet canned food mixed into my kibble every day. OMD! It’s heavenly! I’ve also shared family cook out grub! I’ll just say one word – Hamburger!

To complement my new hair cut, mama got me a t-shirt. I think I look tough.



Daddy thinks I look tough too! Here I am greeting him at the door!


I love Daddy! And I kind of like my t-shirt too. I don’t try and bite it off like my Christmas sweater.

It suits me perfectly.

SECURITY! That’s what I am, that’s my job!

I’m the SECURITY DOG!

It fits my new MUSCLE DOG look!

Mama has also taken me to the dog park a few times this month!

Of course, I don’t wear my t-shirt to the park.

I don’t want to make anyone jealous!


At the park Mama took some pictures of me before I got down to the serious business of playing!




Then it was play time!

Here I am with my new buddy! I never got his name. His Mama was way at the other end of the park!


And here’s my other buddy!


I’ve had a great time at the park! I’ve even renewed some old acquaintances.

I love riding in the car with Mama.


Here we are coming back from the park on one of our many trips this month!


This is just a taste of the type of things that we’ve been doing this month to celebrate my anniversary. Mama says there’s more fun on the way. She mentioned something about a play date with Mo-mo – the poodle down the street. And I think there’s more time at the dog park on the calendar!

But the truth is…

I don’t really need all this stuff.

I’m happy sitting on the couch with my hu-brothers while they play video games or practice the guitar.

I’m happy sleeping at the foot of Mama and Daddy’s bed.


I’m happy pressing my face into Mama’s hand for a ear scratch.

I’m happy sitting on Daddy’s lap while he’s watching a movie.

I’m happy because I’m in my house with a family that will NEVER give me up!

We belong together.

If I have a wish for my anniversary (like a birthday wish!),

It is that every dog and cat can have a forever home where people love and care for them.

That’s my anniversary wish!

I may keep Mama and Daddy up all night barking at critters in the back yard.

I may chew on somebody’s glasses if they are left in my reach.

I may threaten the mail carrier every morning.

I may run under the coffee table when the grooming brush comes out.

I may even jump on the dining room table and steal a piece of breakfast bacon!

But I know I am loved!

I am an integral part of the family

I’m home.

Forever!


Smell you later fellow pet bloggers.

Licks and Sniffs,

Your Pal,

Opie

 


 


Guido Needs a Home – Let’s Give Him One!

It’s Pet finder’s Internet Day!

What does that mean? It means that Opie and I have pledged to tell at least one person about a pet that needs adopting!

We’ve decided to tell EVERYONE on the INTERNET about GUIDO!

You’ll want to adopt Guido when you hear his story. Guido is being taken care of by Lhasa Happy Home Rescue. Just a little background.

When we made the decision to adopt a dog, we looked on Petfinder.com. We knew if we went directly to a shelter we’d end up with a dog we loved, but that might be completely inappropriate for our family. I would happily have spent the rest of my life on allergy medication with the pup we fell in love with. However, that was not the right thing for us to do. It’s not the right thing for anyone to do. Find the pet that fits you and your family. If more people did this, I believe we’d have fewer dogs in shelters and in trouble if people used their heads just a little bit.

We found Opie on Petfinder.com , but he was being taken care of by Lhasa Happy Home Rescue. Guido is one of Lhasa’s dogs.

Here is a cut and paste of his story form Llasa and some adorable pictures.

THIS IS GUIDO….and a luckier boy you will not find.  This handsome, 17 lb, white, 3.5 yr old, Lhasa Apso was dropped off at the vet to be euthanized because his owner just didn’t want him anymore.  No reason given, she just didn’t want him.  His guardian angel, Tori, saw him and said, $#@? 

She took him home and said to this almost perfect boy, “we’ll find you a home” and she called Lhasa Happy Homes!  We’ll never be able to understand his human’s mindset…but we are grateful to Tori for saving Guido’s life.  Tori reports that this boy is a stud!  He is a lhasa with long legs, but a purebred who did come from a pet store in Westminister originally (birthday March 3, 2007). 

He understands “sit, let’s go, come, go potty and high 5!” 

He is good with older kids, dogs, cats, men, women…you name it!  He is a dog for all seasons!  He loves to ride in the car and is a perfect gentleman; does need some leash training, but does love his walks!  He doesn’t like crates, but is fine when he is getting groomed.  He loves toys…and is a little hard on them — so please have plenty back-ups ready!  He isn’t a barker, but will whine if he is left alone….still probably suffering from being abandoned….but likely will get over this.  He would love to be in a home with another dog…or a cat….he LOVES cats…and will give you kisses to show you how much he appreciates your caring for him after he knows you better….oh yeah, and he will sleep at the foot of your bed and move the toys off to make his comfy place!  He is a very loving dog who just wants to be back in a forever home where he can cuddle and love you …and let you know he truly wants to be your very best buddy!  

 If you love the breed, you’ll love Guido!

If you are interested in adopting this dog from Lhasa Happy Homes, please complete the Adoption Application on our home page and submit before calling. We will contact you once it has been reviewed

We hold our weekly adoption events most every Sunday at MY PET NATURALLY (check calendar link below for special events and directions). Here you will have an opportunity to interact with the dogs and see which might be a perfect fit with your household!

Our website is updated daily. Please do not apply for this dog unless your home fits the specified criteria. All our dogs are spayed/neutered, microchipped, groomed, vet checked, dewormed, deflea’d and come with a leash, collar and LHH ID tag!

Thanks for considering saving a life…it will be the best gift you ever give yourself or your family.

If you are interested in any other dogs from Lhasa please enjoy the following slide show! It has sound.

 Enjoy the music too!

 

 

 



Baby – I’m Back! Opie’s in His groove!

Hi All,

Opie here! Mama’s been working like mad grading papers so I couldn’t get near the computer. She’s passed out now. She’s graded her 60 papers now, and she’s exhausted. It’s my turn now to get on the computer and catch up to everything. So here are a few things I’d like to jump on!

  1. My Healing Powers!

    In my last blog posting I was nursing Michael back to health. Well, you can imagine the results of MY tender loving care. He’s better. He bopped off to school this morning. His little boy tummy is A-okay. He’s going to refrain from eating bad kibble from now on! So, thanks for all the good wishes blog buddies!


  2. Big Boy is back!

    What you guys didn’t know is that my big boy, Gregory (Michael’s older brother) is back. He went on a field trip with his class to New York and Boston. I missed him a lot. I see no reason for any of my pack mates to leave town — OR the state — ever again! Hu-brothers have to stay home WITH ME! YOU GOT THAT MAMA!!!! Gregory’s glad to see me. He didn’t even mind that I chewed up the full bag of his highlighters that he left under his school pack. Mama found bits of plastic under the dining room table. I was really good at hiding it, but I’ve got to learn how to dump it in the kitchen trash next time. Nobody looks in there once the lid is closed. BOL


  3. What’s upcoming – ADOPT THE INTERNET DAY – March 15!

    I’m already gathering my information about great doggies that need a home and great shelters that need some donations. So get geared up for that. All we pet bloggers should do blogs on that day about doggies that need help and really make a strong effort to bring this issue to as many people as possible. Pledge to Adopt a Pet!  So get ready! Bloggers Start your Computers!!!!!…. whirrrrrr beep!


  4. Human Rescue – Pet blogger style

    “There but for the Grace of God, go I”

    Without our Hu-mamas and Hu- daddy’s where would we be? A lot of humans were hurt and killed by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. I’m sure a lot of pets were lost too. I feel so sad for everybody over there. We dogs and cats should encourage our Mamas and Daddies to donate something for their relief as well. International rescue crews with rescue dogs are already on their way or in Japan right now. We pets have a fine tradition of helping our humans. Let’s keep that up. I’ve got mama’s credit card right now, and she promised me she’d donate something to the Red Cross. ( Click here to donate to the Red Cross Tsunami Relief) We live in California and tsunamis and earthquakes are a part of our lives too. Oberrieder Dog Park, where I went while my beloved bone yard was closed is in a marked Tsunami Flood zone!

    “There but for the Grace of God, go I” So make your Mama and Daddy pony up some cash for these folks.


    Here are some other  places that you can donate:

    GLOBALGIVING: Established a fund to disburse donations to organizations providing relief and emergency services to victims of the earthquake and tsunami. Donate here.

    SAVE THE CHILDREN: Mobilizing to provide immediate humanitarian relief in the shape of emergency health care and provision of non-food items and shelter. Donate here.

    SALVATION ARMY: The Salvation Army has been in Japan since 1895 and is currently providing emergency assistance to those in need. Donate here.

    AMERICARES: Emergency team is on full alert, mobilizing resources and dispatching an emergency response manager to the region. Donate here.

    CONVOY OF HOPE: Disaster Response team established connection with in-country partners who have been impacted by the damage and are identifying the needs and areas where Convoy of Hope may be of the greatest assistance. Donate here.

    INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL CORPS
    : Putting together relief teams, as well as supplies, and are in contact with partners in Japan and other affected countries to assess needs and coordinate our activities. Donate here.

    SHELTER BOX: The first team is mobilizing to head to Japan and begin the response effort. Donate here.

So, Pet Bloggers – Opie’s back on the computer! Here are some really cute pictures of me that I had Mama down load before she passed out from grading exhaustion! Enjoy!




See you on March 15!!!!


 


Please Help – Adoption Alert for L.A. Burbank Area … or anyone willing to drive.

PLEASE help save this dog! He is soooo adoptable!!! The family is young, out of money and heartbroken!

They only have until Wednesday January 19, 2011 to find him a home of he’s off to the shelter.

He’s living in the abandoned house right now and neighbors are feeding him.

Obviously this situation can’t continue!

 

I just got the email today!

I received this plea from the the president of our Culver City Friends of Animals.

If you live in the L.A./ Burbank area this could be the dog you’ve always wanted. Even if you are a little further north, south, east or west please consider helping in some way – foster the dog yourself, contact a good rescue in the area, and/or share this blog!

To my East Coast, Midwest and Southern and European Blog buddies – if you’ve got Southern Cali friends and relatives please share this posting with them. This doggy sounds ideal.

 
 

Here is the background on the sad family and the dog.

This devastated young couple (under 30) with 2 children are heartbroken. The husband hasn’t worked a regular job in 2 years. They just got evicted and had to move in with his mother, who won’t allow them to have their family dog (Obi), who they rescued when he was 6 weeks old. They had a home arranged for Obi but the people backed out at the last minute. The young family has moved and Obi is at the empty house (neighbors are feeding him) until next week, when they are forced to take him to the Shelter! They have nowhere else to put him.

Obi is a 4 year old lovable, neutered, highly trained
(shakes, sits, high fives, lays down, fetches, etc.),
housebroken, great with kids, dog friendly, brindle lab/shep/pit mix.

Cats…if they run, he will chase themHe has all his shots, but they are due soon...This is a great dog that is healthy and just needs to be rescued or re-homed. 

 



  


 


Obi’s losing his entire world and the only family he has ever had!!!

 

The contact has offered to arrange transport for him…He is in Burbank, CA.

If this looks like a dog that you might like, make a comment and I’ll email you the contacts email address.




What Thanksgiving Means to Me — A Rescued dog

 

I was born near the first of December. Very soon after that I was sent away.  I lived in a shelter for a while and then I got rescued.  This is my first Thanksgiving so I don’t really know what to expect.  Mama says that it is a time for family and friends and to reflect on our blessings, the things we are thankful for.  She also says I’ll get a very special dinner that day – very meaty! Yum I can’t wait!

Mama is making me make a list of everything I am thankful for.

Here goes:

I am thankful for Mama and Daddy who adopted me into this family – I love them to infinity and beyond!

I am thankful for my two boys, Gregory and Michael – I love them. I wish they’d let me play with their toys. Their stuff looks so chewable!

I am thankful for Randi who first rescued me. She runs Lhasa Apso Happy Homes Rescue. I’m not a Lhasa Apso, but she loved my ears, so she saved me!

A Lhasa Apso.

Image via Wikipedia

 

I am thankful to Barbara, my last foster mom. She was great.

I am thankful that Mama and Daddy let me into their bed at night. I get to sleep with them and it is so, so nice.

I am thankful for walks in the neighborhood – It’s my job to keep it free of squirrels.

I am thankful for a big backyard to play in and the play set that I can climb up into to bark more effectively at the squirrels.

The squirrel is a red blur at the top of the ivy covered wall. When I jump, I'm just a foot short of the top.

I am thankful that Mama doesn’t seem to care about the big hole I’m digging next to the rose bush.

I am thankful for my bully stick. I love my bully stick. I wish I had a better place to hide it.

I am thankful for the ivy under the Ficus tree. I love that smelly stuff I roll in there. (I am not grateful for all the doggy deodorizer and doggy wipes mom uses on me when I do this.  I am also not grateful to the groomer. I hate having baths, and being clipped and brushed and being away from my family for so long. I hate it, hate it, hate it! )

I am thankful for my breakfast and my dinner. (Even though I wish I could have some of that ham and sausage Mama cooks on the weekend!)

I am thankful for the couch.  Need I say more?

I am thankful for the dining room table and boys who leave lots of crumbs.

Opie Crate Free and all over the furniture!

I am thankful for treats like dried chicken – I love that stuff!

I am thankful that Michael seems to drop lots of food off his plate under the table.

I am thankful for my Hedge hog toys – big Hedgie and little Hedgie

I am thankful for my doggy friend Chewy who plays with me a little when we meet on our walks.

I am thankful that Chewy’s Dad doesn’t seem to mind when we wrap him up in our leashes. He’s really nice.

I am thankful that Gregory likes to run on his walks with me. We go fast!

I am thankful for ALL of my dog park friends even if I haven’t seen them in a long, long time.

Getting to know you, getting to know all about your, hmm, hmm.. cup of tea..

I am thankful for all my pet blog friends – Sage, Chewy, Stella and Bocci in particular!

I am thankful for the Culver City Bone Yard – my dog park. I wish it were fixed now, but I’ll be really glad to get back to it.

I am thankful for my crate because it’s comfortable and smells like all the treats I get when I go in to it.

I am thankful Mama hasn’t left me alone locked up in the crate yet for more than 10 minutes.  I miss Mama so much.

I am thankful that Mama seems to be a pushover.

I am thankful that Daddy forgave me for being mean to him when I first was adopted.  I don’t know what I was thinking.  He gives the best chin and tummy rubs and always lets me on the couch and in the bed.

Ball? What Ball?

I am thankful for a lot of things.

I am thankful for the life that I have.

It makes me sad to think of so many doggies who don’t have anything to be thankful for. They don’t have food or mamas or daddies who love them. They have a steel cage and are scared and alone.

I am thankful that so many people are working to make those dogs (and cat’s too,  I suppose) lives better. I am thankful for all the pet adoption organizations and people that run them.

I’d be even more thankful if more doggies could get Mamas and Daddys.  I think I’d like that a lot.

I am even thankful for squirrels, crows and the cats that cross my backyard – they make life interesting. I enjoy a good chase!

Mama was right – writing down the things I’m thankful for really makes me feel good and lucky.   Well, I heard Mom’s going shopping for a big Bird later.  I wonder if it’s a crow. I’ll let you know later.

In the meantime, Happy Thanksgiving!

Your Pal,

Opie


Adopt a Special Needs Pet and get Extra Special Love!

 

Attention Southern Californians in the L.A. or South Bay area!

I recieved a great email from my friend Deborah Weinrach of the Culver City Friends of Animals Society!  I want to share it with all of you. Maybe  you have room in your home for an extra special dog that can give you extra special love.

** EBONY **
  
“Special Needs” Sweety
  
Harbor Shelter – A1144871
  
  
Hasn’t A Clue She’s Different From Other Dogs!
  
EBONY – 3 yo female Spaniel Mix – URGENT!!!!
ID# A1144871
Intake Date: August 22, 2010
  
EBONY is a 3 yr old female Spaniel Mix who came to Harbor Shelter as a stray on August 22.  Sweet Ebony is SPECIAL NEEDS – she has a congenital deformity resulting in her hindlimbs being contracted into a flexed position.  Ebony doesn’t seem to be aware that there is ANYTHING wrong with her!  She gets around just great & is very functional – sometimes hopping on one hindlimb, and other times using both hindlimbs.  Ebony is exceptionally sweet, loving, affectionate, and a very happy girl….. she enjoys both human time and playtime w/ her kennel mates.  She loves “lap time”, too.  This very special little girl does not have a clue she is a bit “different” from other dogs….. making her all the more special!!! 
  
Check out Ebony in action:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9eZwJuXfcw
  
If you can help Ebony
  
please contact Harbor Shelter ASAP!!! 
 
    

A special note from Opie:

I never forget that I was a rescued dog.  Please note the intake date.  I don’t know what Ebony’s  execution date is or if she has one yet. Mine was about 30 days from the date of my intake. Lhasa Happy Home Rescue grabbed me  3 weeks before my date.  I was adopted by my mom, and I am so happy and so loved.

You can make Ebony happy too. We doggies have a lot of love to give. We don’t talk back ( much).  We don’t judge at all. We listen to your troubles. We lick you when you need it and we cuddle you. We make you laugh and smile. We bring joy to your lives. We don’t ask for much. Food, a good place to sleep, a chewy toy and walkies so we don’t make a mess.  Sombody please help Ebony. She looks nice!

Take Care,

Opie 

Harbor Animal Care Center, San Pedro, CA 
Direct Line (310) 548-2632                     
Kennel Supervisior, Leslie Corea,
 
city cell (213) 305-8323 leslie.corea@lacity.org
 

Dogs Rule! Pet Adoption Pet Rescue Drives

Help 4 Million Dogs Across the Country!

Hey everybody! I’m jumping on the band wagon to help ownerless doggies get a good meal and in some cases get a good owner.  I’m jumping on the band wagon with Bocci from Bocci’s Beefs and Pedigree Dogs to put a free meal  in a hungry little dog belly, or maybe a big doggy belly!

Go to face book and click on the DANG Button! Don't click it here!

Bocci points out that every year, more than four million dogs end up in shelters and breed rescue organizations. Hello! That’s scandalous!  Obviously, these dogs need owners, but that’s a lot of dogs, and they have to eat, right.  Pedigree has stepped up to the plate ( pardon the pun) and will donate food for every person who becomes a fan of theirs on Facebook.  I already did my part, and some pup is going to have a meal today that might otherwise not have.  You can go to this link to become a fan. www.facebook.com/Pedigree?ref=ts.   

Pedigree will donate a bowl of food to every dog in a shelter or rescue organization if you become a fan or “like” them on Facebook by September 19th.  So, go to the link and hit the button!  ( How long did that take 1 minute?)

I hope my readers will take full advantage of this great opportunity to help millions of homeless dogs. How often do we really get a chance to help our little furry friends en masse?

Okay now, if you want the dogs to have more, then post on your blog about this drive. Pedigree will donate one 20 pound bag of food to the shelters for every blog posting. How does that work? Make certain you have the words,   Dogs Rule  and Pedigree Adoption Drive.   Their search engines will find those key words and Presto — Huge bag of food for pups to eat on for a while! That works for me!

Please remember that Opie was once one of these millions of dogs.  I see pups every day on Petfinder.com who’ve been rescued by foundations or are slated for execution because of this terrible situation. 

The least we can do is feed them!  So, all you have to do is

1. Become a fan of Pedigree Pet Rescue adoption Drive on Facebook, ( see link above)

2. And if you blog, do a quick blog about this, so that Pedigree automatically donates a 20 pound bag of food.

By September 19, 2010!

Yeah! Dogs Rule and  Go! Pedigree Adoption Drive!

What can you do locally?

Now, for my Angeleno buddies, what can you guys do? Well, you can do this  thing easily. But there’s one other thing I’d like you to note. 

Go to Face book and donate or sponsor somebody!

September 19th there will be a STRUT YOUR MUTT fundraiser.  I’ve been invited by Randee Goldman the founder and owner of Lhasa Happy Home Rescue, the place that rescued Opie.  I have a very warm place in my heart for this organization.

Here are the details:  Cut and pasted from the Strut your Mutt  Fan page on Facebook. Here is the direct link. or paste it into your browser. http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=146629815351093&index=1

It will be at the Santa Monica Pier from 8:30 – 10:30 AM on September 19, 2010

We will be doing a 1 mile walk to raise money for Lhasa Happy Homes, in conjunction with Best Friends, in an effort to put an end to homeless pets. All donations are 100% tax deductible. Please join our “Dog Pack” and walk with us (and your pooch!) or just sponsor one of our walkers. EVERY PENNY raised goes directly to saving lives as we are a volunteer based group. HELP US SAVE INNOCENT LIVES!!! We appreciate your support!

Walk With Us:
http://bestfriends.donordrive.com/team/LhasaHappyHomes

Sponsor Us:
http://bestfriends.donordrive.com/participant/Randee
(or choose any of our other walkers!)

Message us with any questions and join us in Struttin Our Mutts!

This can be a great week for dogs. Let’s  feed our homeless and hungry pups! Let’s Strutt our Mutts!

Let’s really show the world that 

DOGS RULE!


Did we find the right dog for our family?

My eyes are not blue -- It's Mom's flash. She's a lousy photographer

  

In an earlier posting I told you that we had certain criteria that we were looking for in our dog search.  You may wonder how we came up with that criteria.  Well, we found an online quiz. Here is the link: http://www1.dogbreedinfo.com/search.htm    

 The quiz makes you consider things like whether you want a pure breed or a hybrid dog, whether you’ve ever owned a dog before, whether you think you can control a dominating dog, the size of your yard, etc.  The quiz is fast and tabulates the responses to spit out a list of dogs that might be appropriate based on your answers.   When we put in our responses, the list we got contained the following dogs:  Cocker Westie, Miniature  Labradoodle, Petite Goldendoodle, Miniature Schnoodle and Whoodle.    

 Notice that most of these dogs have a little poodle in them. My guess is primarily because poodle mixes are by far  the most hypoallergenic dogs out there, or so I’ve been told.   You may notice from the picture of Opie that he doesn’t appear to be very poodlelish.  There’s a very good explanation for that.  He has no poodle in him.  He is  a mix between a Schnauzer and a Yorkshire Terrier.  Okay, how did we end up with a Yorauzer instead of  an “Oodleish” type dog?   

When we surfed the web for all of these Oodle dogs and we didn’t find one within 100 miles of our location.  Hold on —  that’s not exactly true.  We did find some Oodles in our area, but they were either too old, inappropriate for children , adoptable only with their Tasmanian devil  litter mate, or missing an eye or a leg or pancreas. I suppose if we’d had more patience we would have found a sound and healthy Oodley pup that fit our criteria, but the boys had already gone completely against character for 6 months. We’d made them wait until we got back from 3 weeks worth of travelling in the summer and they were literally chomping at the bit. Too be honest the boys weren’t the only ones yearning for a furry little mammal to cuddle.    

Is our little Yorauzer right for us? Well, let’s see.    

1. He is not only hypoallergenic, but he seems to be anti-allergenic.  I am not assailed by pollen allergies when I am walking him outdoors.  He’s a cure! Hallelujah and don’t tell the pharmaceutical companies!    

2. He is house trained!    

3. He loves me slavishly!    

4. He loves the boys slavishly!    

5. He is a smallish medium-sized dog!    

6. He fits compactly in our car on rides to the dog park.    

7. He ‘s not a picky eater!    

8. He comes when called most of the time.    

9. He has learned to sit when commanded to most of the time.    

10. He is a sociable and fun pooch at the dog park and conducts himself well even when faced with bullies.    

11.  Did I mention that he’s  house trained?    

Now what are his drawbacks?  Well the quiz asked if we wanted a dominating dog. Opie is a bossy little guy who definitely wants to rule the roost.  However, he already knows that Dad is the purveyor of food and treats and neither Mom, Dad or the boys wants his little smelly dog bottom on the couch.    

He is territorial. He doesn’t like anyone other than us to come into the house. He hates the mail carrier, the UPS guy and anyone and everyone walking down the street.  He doesn’t seem to like men an awful lot and barely tolerates Dad.  He barks and growls at our very friendly favorite neighbor.  His favorite spot is right under my chair.    

He steals shoes, socks and anything that looks interesting . Luckily the kitchen trash has a lockable lid on it. He is not a picky eater.    

He does not fetch and if he does fetch something  certainly won’t give it to you  without a vigorous game of tug of war.    

Did I mention that he’s not a picky eater.  We’ve been to the vet to the tune of about $300 for various tummy troubles.  Now, he’s on the expensive vet provided food.    

 Oh and yes, he’s expensive.  Here’s his tally:    

$200 adoption donation. ( We got him from a rescue organization and that fee covered his shots, spaying/neutering , microchipping  and flea treatment and volunteer foster family overhead.)    

$230 Emergency Vet  Fee ( Tummy trouble was very severe! Intravenous fluids, antibiotics, anti-emetic, ant acid and special vet food, Parvo test)    

$170  Initial pet supplies ( dog food, dog bed, ball,  hedge hog toy, tug of war rope, new collar, bag of treats)    

$50 flea killer for yard, special cleaner for puppy accidents ( so far unused), grooming wipes to combat bad doggy butt odor between groomings, doggy brush, doggy toothbrush and doggy toothpaste    

$100 initial check up with regular vet    

$130 check up for recurrence of tummy trouble, special vet doggy food 12 day supply, doggie antibiotics, doggie probiotic powder to fix tender doggy guts    

$25 pet grooming  ( The most reasonable cost here!)    

$180 ( anticipated cost of initial session with trainer/animal behaviorist to help us deal with Opies “ugly man doll”/ territorial issues)    

Okay, did I mention that we’ve now had  Opie the Opulent for a little over 2 weeks.    

Is Opie the right dog for us?     

Even with his little foibles and the fact that he was not on the list of dogs that fit our family, even though he’s expensive as all get out and is personally responsible for them adding a new clerk over at Centinela Feed,  I’d say yes.    

He is the right dog for us.    

As I write this, Opie is playing wounded caribou with the boys outside.  They are having a great time!  So far, I’d say he’s worth the love and affection that he’s spreading in our family. If you pet him on the side of the head he will collapse on the floor and lay on his back,  not his side, for a full tummy rub!Is he one of the breeds on the quiz list? No, but who cares?  He’s the dog for us.  He fits. He’s just like us — territorial, a little bossy, not a picky eater, prone to tummy troubles,  occasionally obedient,  warmly affectionate and yes, costly. 


How did we find a hypoallergenic dog?

What I look like when confronted with pet dander.

I have always been a dog person. Imagine my surprise to discover that not only was  I allergic to cats in my 40+ years but I was now allergic to dogs as well.  I love dogs.  As I child my parents kept German Shepherds as guard dogs in the yard.  Believe me,  they were all looks and bark and no bite. Prince I and Prince II ( Yes, I know that’s confusing, but they let me — the 6-year-old only child —  name them) were complete pushovers.  One good belly rub and the dog was yours.  The worst thing either of them did was pen me down and lick me.   I do not recall having a runny nose or that hair ball sensation in the back of my throat in those days at all.  That came later.  

Now it was imperative that we find a hypoallergenic dog for the boys. We couldn’t get out of our commitment using the paltry excuse of an allergy. In response to my half-hearted attempt to renege on the deal, my steely eyed  12-year-old said one word,  ” Benadryl”.   I had  a choice — spend the next 10 or 15 years popping antihistamines to deal with my itchy runny eyes and nose or get a hypoallergenic dog.  Thanks to President Obama  we knew that such animals did exist. But how to find one?  I doubted the Kennedy’s were going to oblige our little family and send us a little blue dog.

How did we find one?  We did what any red-blooded American family would do. We googled it. We found lists and lists and lists of such dogs.  It turns out that there are lots of breeds out there that fit the bill. Just about anything mixed with a poodle or a terrier will do.  Just to be helpful,  here is the link to one of the more helpful websites  http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/allergy.htm

We started out wanting a labradoodle. We searched high and low for one in our area that met our search criteria. However, they are very popular dogs. We couldn’t find one within 100 miles of our house. There was no way we were going beyond that.  We live in a small town within a very big city. Overpopulation of dogs is a huge problem.  Travelling beyond a 10 mile radius seemed a bit excessive to us.  Luckily,  we had other breeds to choose from.  It was just as well, because we had more criteria in our pooch search than hypoallergenic. The dog had to be medium-sized, have a good disposition and fit our family unit.  We took a quiz that listed the breeds that were good for us.  I’ll give you that site in a different posting.