Friday, October 18, 2013

BlogPaws October Adopt a Pet Month: Infographic and information

BlogPaws Adopt a Pet Month Infographic: October 2013BlogPaws

You should be surrounded by ads on streets, on billboards, in your mail, in pet stores (that don't sell animals) and yes even PetCo and PetSmart, on blogs, on ads on the Internet, etc... for the NEED to adopt your pet.  

Blogpaws is an incredible source of material, stories, contests, blog articles (by my friend, Robbi Hess!) for those of you who would like to consider adopting your first fur baby to your continued efforts to adopt all throughout your life.

I belong to so many adoption groups on FaceBook, the Internet and by postal mail (although I have to say that it never bothers me to throw out the please for money for some organizations that will rename nameless) because I am part of the SOLUTION, not the problem.   All of my animals throughout my adult life have been adopted!  I used to be a guinea pig rescue with my husband and some wonderful volunteers until we sold our house and moved to the beach 11 years ago.  We also fostered dogs and that helps in the adoption process too!

Sandie (see the name of this blog) is our 11 year old Sharpei mix and we are her FURever home!  We adopted her from a kill shelter 9 years ago and she is the star of our lives.  She is standing in the aisle of Pet Co. posing before  getting her "icecream" aka Frozen Yogurt for dogs.  

 Here she is enjoying her yogurt while my husband enjoys a cup of coffee while having his date with his daughter! 

Your life can literally go from zero to HERO when you adopt a pet.  I know that Sandie has been with me (faithfully) through many ups and downs in my life over the past 9+ years. 

So as you look at the infographic, you can see how important is to be part of the solution and not the problem.  I hope to hear comments about your pets have affected your life or the life of a friend (if you don't have any pets).

I am currently reading the book, Shelter Dogs and will be reviewing it on this blog soon.   You can click on the image to be taken to the book for sale.

If you want to be changed by the stories of lives of shelter dogs, or cats, or any pet really....  just GOOGLE the words, homeless animals or shelter animals and you can't help but find a rescue near you.

Here is a film that was made about SHELTER DOGS that you may want to find for you to see.  And here are the RESOURCES for shelter dogs (and cats and other animals) 

Please adopt this month, or ANY month!  Thank you!

  Day 18 of The Ultimate Blog Challenge

Monday, October 7, 2013

Book Review: If I Should DIe Before My Dog and Giveaway Oct. 7 - 15, 2013

We (my husband and myself) were inspired to read this book when it was first presented to us in a blog tour.  To be sure I had my husband read to me pages 9 thru 19.  After filling up with tears anyway, I said that I would fill in this book after I spent time talking with our Sharpei Mix dog, 11 year old "Sandie."  I haven 't been able to do anything but go through the book and take some notes in my journal about it and have been waiting for a time when I'm in good health to finish all that I need to do.
"Both of Cathy's parents died within a few months of each other.  Cathy's father's last words were "Take care of my baby dog."  They left behind  little "Mandy", a twelve year old pomeranian.  Cathy's brother had been the caretaker of their parents for many years, so Mandy was very fortunate."   

Click on the book image to buy the book 

This book is:

A Dog Lovers lasting guide.......An beautifully illustrated interactive book that one fills in all of the information about their dogs life in the event they can no longer care for them to help ensure your pets are taken care of. 
This book is # 97 in TOP 100 of Dog Care Books!

A thought provoking check list for dog lovers, who unfortunately and with much sadness can no longer take care of their dog. 

This book will assist those who want to prepare for their dogs future in an easy to use format that will guide them through the process of telling the "story" of their dogs life, for their pets "Next Guardian".

My Sandie, a kill rescue dog, is an "elder" and she would really need to go somewhere that had no cats (she's cat crazy) and although she is learning to get along with another rescue dog in our home, I would say that she would rather be in a home where no other dogs live because we have helped shaped the fact that she thinks she is the Queen of the Dog Universe.  Sandie came with a lot of issues and we were the perfect match for her because she picked us and told us all that she had been through (via her chart) and we asked her the first night, "Why did you pick us?"  How did you know you could trust us?  So I think we would need to find an Elder Rescue somewhere here in Southern California.  She's a beach dog but loves the grass too.   

Cathy and Joe say, "This interactive workbook is meant to ease this trauma by going with the dog to the next caregiver.  This transition can be eased by having all of the needed information about the dog such as: habits, grooming, medical, words they know, nicknames, how they were trained and much, much more.  If this book were never needed it then becomes a precious keepsake of your dear companions life with you."

I can tell you who I wouldn't leave Sandie with and I better not mention them here since they could be reading this review.   But John and I really have to talk about this and now I am so happy for having read this book.  We will make this careful and thought out process with each other and Sandie. 

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