Happy New Year

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Happy Nu Year. May no one interrupt your naps.

Merry Christmas!

Celebrating the human-animal bond with photos and captions submitted by readers:

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This is a photo of my daughters and our pit bull Trixie, having a sleepover in the living room. Trixie was a stray living in a vacant lot. Wiley, she was able to evade all efforts to capture her until she spotted my husband with the word “sucker” written across his forehead and trotted right on up to him. And that’s how we got a third dog. – Anne S.

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This is of happier times. Left to right Kathryn with Roxie, Paul with Sidewinder, Shane with Paige (daughter) and Beethoven. – Anne Marie

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Lisa and Sir Digby Chicken Caesar. Digby came from the Rowan County, NC, pound. He’s the kind of impulsive, over-exuberant dog who jumps all over potential adopters and gets labeled a “behavior problem” at many pounds. Fortunately for Digby, he ended up jumping on the right person, and now he’s in training to be an agility and flyball dog. – Lisa

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A girl and her dog. R.I.P., Rosie, May 8, 2002-March 23, 2015. A very good dog. – Claire

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Gladys, a 15-year-old deaf cat owner-surrendered to the shelter, embracing my arm shortly after joining my family in August. Any time I pet her, she grabs my arm like this. – Leslie in San Lorenzo, CA

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Harry whom I rescued from certain death at Worcester County Animal Control, is the most lovable and dignified soul. He loves to snuggle and be carried around in a sling while you do chores. I love him so much. – Susanne

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My son Zak and my rescued pit bull type dog Jenny. I pulled Jenny from animal control where I vol to save her from being killed in July 2011. I intended to foster her but failed as a foster and adopted her myself. She is one of the loves of my life! – Susanne

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Here is a photo of me saying “see ya later!” to a shelter dog on his way to a rescue foster home. I put out a call for help (as a shelter volunteer) for this little guy, now named Rocco, as he was getting overlooked at the shelter and his spirit was dying. Rocco was adopted by his foster family because he immediately deeply bonded with the husband. They adore him and send me pictures of him often. I love this picture of us! – Jenn

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SPCA of Brazoria County (Texas) shelter employee Sam feeding an orphaned kitten. – Stacey

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This is Justus, a would be Black and Tan Coonhound, probably Doberman mix, and I think he has Poodle in there somewhere. When his rescue didn’t want to keep him because he wasn’t a B&T, I adopted him at cost. He is my traveling companion and my big bud. He is a “Whineramer,” because he whines, and a Guy Magnet, because when my girlfriend kept him while I was in the store, 4 guys came up to see him…..Justus also still considers himself a lap dog. In this photo, he is lending support to my back. – Roberta

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Bertie Woofster & Eucritta in Northern California.

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This photo is of my son, Zach with former foster dog Milkshake. – Jane

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Vera at her nursery in Seattle with Bruce. – Karen F.

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Sometimes Indy insists on holding hands when we snuggle. – Danielle S, GA.

Thank you to everyone who sent in these truly lovely photos for this post. And thank you to all my readers for sharing part of your day here all year long. I appreciate you and everything you do to help animals in need. Pets are family.

Christmas: Nailed It

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Weekend Jade

We passed by a few Halloween displays set up at the park today:

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Knock, Knock: Santa’s at the Door and He’s Got a Puppy

Pets make great gifts and I’m glad to see many shelters are finally coming around to that view, even if some only embrace the concept once a year.  Christmas deliveries of adopted shelter pets to their new families has grown in popularity and along with it, some long overdue myth-busting.

Staff from the New Hampshire Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals dressed up as elves and delivered six kittens to adopters on Christmas Day:

“Studies show that animals given as gifts are much less likely to be surrendered or given up because of the emotional attachment they give to the owner,” [director Jen] Corbin said.

Dressed as Santa and his helpers, staff from St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, New Jersey delivered adopted pets in wrapped boxes to adopters on Christmas:

The holidays can be a great time to adopt, [CEO Heather] Camissa says, because families are often at home and have time to spend with the pets and to acclimate them to their new home.

Also delivering pets to their new homes on Christmas morning were the Fairfax Co shelter in VA, volunteers from the Nevada Humane Society in Reno, the Charleston Animal Society in SC, and the Franklin Co shelter and the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society in Maine.  And an adorable 9 year old girl in New Jersey got a pair of pitbull puppies delivered to her home on Christmas morning, courtesy of the Cumberland Co SPCA.  The pictures will cure what ails ya.

Did your local shelter deliver pets on Christmas?

Merry Christmas

Celebrating the human-animal bond with photos and captions submitted by readers:

"Anne and Redd in West Virginia"

“Anne and Redd in West Virginia”

"Peter Masloch) and (now former) shelter dog Mikey.  The story of Mikey can be found here."

“Peter Masloch and (now former) shelter dog Mikey. The story of Mikey can be found here.”

"Jeanne and Midnight in Covington, NY"

“Jeanne and Midnight in Covington, NY”

"My friend Tim relaxing with Dobbs. Alpine Lake, WV"  (Photo submitted by Anne D.)

“My friend Tim relaxing with Dobbs. Alpine Lake, WV” (Photo submitted by Anne D.)

"My dear friend Dennis with the love of his life, Augie. Sebastopol, CA"  (Photo submitted by Anne D.)

“My dear friend Dennis with the love of his life, Augie. Sebastopol, CA” (Photo submitted by Anne D.)

"Lisa and Talladega, Durham, NC. Talladega was adopted from Surry Animal Rescue, Mt. Airy, NC"

“Lisa and Talladega, Durham, NC. Talladega was adopted from Surry Animal Rescue, Mt. Airy, NC”

"My grandmother Frances in Memphis, TN greeting her FIV+ foster  Rockette saved from “the list” at Memphis Animal Services."  (Photo submitted by Angie W.)

“My grandmother Frances in Memphis, TN greeting her FIV+ foster Rockette saved from “the list” at Memphis Animal Services.” (Photo submitted by Angie W.)

"Me and my dogs 10 years ago, after a long walk. I'm happy to add that today, when walking the same dogs, I got stopped and asked about my 'puppies'!"  (Photo submitted by Connie.)

“Me and my dogs 10 years ago, after a long walk. I’m happy to add that today, when walking the same dogs, I got stopped and asked about my ‘puppies’!” (Photo submitted by Connie.)

"Inana, AKA Banana, under a blanket in the Pacific Northwest last year. She loved to nap under soft, warm cloth and would pull and wrestle a towel or blanket into the position she wanted, even if it was on the floor in a high-traffic area or on the bed where you might accidentally sit on the innocent-looking lump. When one of us came upon her wrapped up like this, we would retrieve our already-written note and place it there for the other as a precaution. She died this summer. She was a once-in-a-lifetime cat, and we miss her more than we can express. My condolences to all who have lost pets in any manner this year. - Karen F."

“Inana, AKA Banana, under a blanket in the Pacific Northwest last year. She loved to nap under soft, warm cloth and would pull and wrestle a towel or blanket into the position she wanted, even if it was on the floor in a high-traffic area or on the bed where you might accidentally sit on the innocent-looking lump. When one of us came upon her wrapped up like this, we would retrieve our already-written note and place it there for the other as a precaution.
She died this summer. She was a once-in-a-lifetime cat, and we miss her more than we can express. My condolences to all who have lost pets in any manner this year. – Karen F.”

Thank you to everyone who sent in photos for this post. It was a pleasure putting these pictures together. Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, I hope everyone is having a happy day celebrating the bond we share with our animals. Pets are family.

Name That Animal – Rankin/Bass Edition

This is just for fun and the only rule is:  no researching.  Looking for actual names here, not the type of animal like we usually do.  Post your best guesses in the comments.  Reading other people’s answers before posting your own gets you coal in your stocking is optional.  Answers will be posted later today.

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Happy New Year!

What is the best animal-related thing that happened in your life in 2013?

For me, it was adding Wendy to the family.  It was a bumpy start dealing with her myriad medical issues and her repeated escapes though.  The vet knocked out all her medical problems one at a time and she’s been in good health ever since.  Project Runaway was a horse of a different color.  It’s not something I’ve dealt with before and at first it was perplexing.  She would be out in the yard, seemingly fine and then POOF – she was gone.  We added additional fencing but that was just a little exercise for Billy apparently.  What ended up working for us was a combination of limiting her outside time to direct supervision in a small portion of the yard and taking her for leashed walks.  When she needs to go out for a potty break or wants to have a bone, we put her on a tie-out (only when we are home and can see her out the window if we are indoors).  She loves her tie-out and took to it like a duck to water.  My vet guessed that perhaps she had been on one previously and it represented something familiar for her.  Whatever the explanation for why it works, I am just happy that it does.  We haven’t had an escape since we started using this system and she seems very content.

Wendy was shot at some point before we got her, as evident by the small game shot visible throughout this x-ray.

Wendy was shot at some point before we got her, as evident by the small game shot visible throughout this x-ray.

The trigger for Wendy that causes her to run away is gunshots.  We did not realize this for quite awhile.  We were aware she was afraid of gunshots (and firecrackers and thunderstorms) but had no idea this was what was putting her into a state of panic.  Then one day Billy was outside with her in the small portion of the yard where she gets her freedom under direct supervision and she happened to be on the back deck when a gunshot was fired in the area.  Being on the back deck, she could have either come to the back door and scratched to be let in or gone down the stairs to get down to the yard.  Instead she immediately began attempting to hurl herself over the side of the deck.  This would have resulted in a fall down to the back yard and accomplished nothing from a practical point of view.  In other words, she still would have been outside and within the small fenced portion of the yard.  Billy intervened quickly and brought her inside.  But the behavior was revealing.  Apparently hearing a gunshot outdoors sends her into such a state that all she can think is to hurl herself over the nearest barrier, without rhyme or reason.  I guess this would be described as an extreme fear response and it would explain why and how she escaped several times in her first weeks with us.  We live in a rural area where gunshots are common and it’s possible that she exhibited this same extreme response then, which resulted in repeated yard escapes.

Now that we have the routines in place to keep her safe and know that if we hear a gunshot when she is outside we need to run, not walk, to carry her indoors – it’s all good.  The only problem now is that Billy has stolen her from me – just like he did with Graham.  The man is obviously not to be trusted.

Beagle thief and his loot.

Beagle thief and his loot.

Merry Christmas!

Celebrating the human-animal bond with photos and captions submitted by readers:

Me with Shorty at home in Ashland City, TN.  Our special needs Pit Bull Bassett Hound boy from a litter dumped on  our road.   - Karen Josephson

Me with Shorty at home in Ashland City, TN. Our special needs Pit Bull/Bassett Hound boy from a litter dumped on
our road. – Karen Josephson

1/4/12 - Merlin napping with (and on!) me. Merlin is a cuddlebug who never misses an opportunity to cuddle, even if you're out cold and don't realize it. Picture thanks to hubby. - Carol in Alabama

1/4/12 – Merlin napping with (and on!) me. Merlin is a cuddlebug who never misses an
opportunity to cuddle, even if you’re out cold and don’t realize it. Picture thanks to hubby.
– Carol in Alabama

This is Mallymkin getting her first bath at her new home about two weeks ago.  She was seized, along with a pit bull puppy, from a bad situation by animal control.  The puppy was adopted, but Mally languished in the shelter.  Twelve years old, toothless, plagued with skin problems, her prospects were not good.  But when my husband, Frank, and I saw her photo on Facebook, we fell for her and fell hard.  We went to the shelter and adopted her the next day.  The thing is, as rough as her condition was and as rough the circumstances she came from apparently were, we could tell she was loved.  She knows how to cuddle and burrow under the covers for a snuggle.  She's sweet and tolerant and took no time at all to fit into our pack.  I feel sad for her former owners.  Maybe with a little help they could have kept her and made her life better.  I hope that somehow they know she made it out of the shelter and is safe and loved and adored by her new family.  - Denise Mulliken

This is Mallymkin getting her first bath at her new home about two weeks ago. She was seized, along with a pit bull puppy, from a bad situation by animal control. The puppy was adopted, but Mally languished in the shelter. Twelve years old, toothless, plagued with skin problems, her prospects were not good. But when my husband, Frank, and I saw her photo on Facebook, we fell for her and fell hard. We went to the shelter and adopted her the next day. – Denise Mulliken

My father and Chichi in TN. Chichi was a senior chihuahua at a high kill shelter. She is the light of my dad's life. She is celebrating her rescue with her party hat on.  - Andrea

My father and Chichi in TN. Chichi was a senior chihuahua at a high kill shelter. She is the light of my dad’s life. She is celebrating her rescue with her party hat on. – Andrea

Ten year old Billy Boy and rescuer, Lorie Beville, in emergency clinic.  Memphis, TN.  - Ona

Ten year old Billy Boy and rescuer, Lorie Beville, in emergency clinic. Memphis, TN. – Ona

Submitted by Karen F: Banana starts to express boredom at having her very own biped to ride.

Submitted by Karen F: Banana starts to express boredom at having her very own biped to ride.

This is a photo of me and Chloe. Chloe and her eight puppies were dumped at a high kill shelter in Merced, a rescue pleaded for a foster home and we offered ours. After the puppies were weaned and went on to their foster/forever homes we kept mom for some rest and rehab. We ended up falling in love with her and 'failed' at fostering : ) - Loran

This is a photo of me and Chloe. Chloe and her eight puppies were dumped at a high kill shelter in Merced, a rescue pleaded for a foster home and we offered ours. After the puppies were weaned and went on to their foster/forever homes we kept mom for some rest and rehab. We ended up falling in love with her and ‘failed’ at fostering : ) – Loran

"Sheldon" after 14 months in foster care with me, Dot Kirby, Yanceyville, NC.  This tiny 11th hour rescue has an adopter!  His new Mom will be flying from Canton,OH to NC to meet him for the very first time on Jan 8, 2014 and flying him back to his forever home.

“Sheldon” after 14 months in foster care with me, Dot Kirby, Yanceyville, NC. This tiny 11th hour rescue has an adopter! His new Mom will be flying from Canton,OH to NC to meet him for the very first time on Jan 8, 2014 and flying him back to his forever home.

"Dandy".. Very shy little JRT mix, another foster baby since Dec 30, 2012   She is still waiting for her forever home. - Dot Kirby, Yanceyville, NC

“Dandy” – Very shy little JRT mix, another foster baby since Dec 30, 2012. She is still waiting for her forever home. – Dot Kirby, Yanceyville, NC

Thank you to everyone who sent in photos for this post. It was a pleasure to put all these pictures together. Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, I hope everyone is having a happy day celebrating the bond we share with our four-pawed family members.

Labor Day

A good time for everyone to take a rest. In your proper pack order, of course.

wendy and billy

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