Monday, December 17, 2007

Presenting the 11 Contestants for the Best Photo/Adoption Story Contest

As you probably can see I have added 11 adoption stories, most with a picutre. These eleven beautiful dogs are our contestants for the Best Photo/Adoption Story Contest. Please when you get a chance vote for one of these great dogs. Tell your friends so they can vote too. Some of these stories really will bring a smile to your face or maybe a tear to your eye but they are all really great.

The voting will be open until the 15th of January. The winner will receive a 100 dollar gift certificate to http://www.lucysdoghouse.net so they can pick up all of the things that they wanted for the holidays but didn't manage to get.

Do you have a dog that you think has a great photo and/or adoption story? If so let me know at hans@lucysdoghouse.net and you will be entered the next time we do one of these contests.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Brooklyn



When I would mention to people that I was moving to New York City with my Great Dane, Brooklyn, everyone's reaction was always the same. It was a mixture of disbelief and amusement that washed across their faces every time, as if to say "Good luck with that!"
It didn't phase me. I figured we had a whole city at our disposal and no strange looks were going to prevent me from facing the biggest move of my life with my greatest partner.

After the two and a half day drive I can't deny I was having second thoughts on my own judgment. Brooklyn was an angel in the car, riding like a pro in the back amongst everything else I had managed to cram into the SUV from my spacious Texas lifestyle, but I was beginning to believe I was a bit of a fool to think I'd have room for all of it.

As it turns out, I was kind of right. Having the crate was a joke. It took up half the living room. Had it been my decision I would have set one of the old recliners out on the street in favor of the crate, but I didn't think my two roommates would have gone for that. So to the basement it went as I told Brooklyn she would have to behave herself with out the confines of the crate. She has since taken over my bed as a substitute.

Fortunately she has adapted well to city life. She is somewhat of a local celebrity at the dog park where we visit almost every day. Everyone knows Brooklyn and her pink spiked collar. She has even met a few Dane boyfriends. Her favorite is a tall fawn Dane named Jake. He belongs to an equally tall Australian guy, and I believe its probably Jake's charming foreign accent that bought them together.


It's a short seven blocks from the apartment but even in that short distance we get the standard comments every Great Dane owner has come to accept and, in turn, ignore:


"You should put a saddle on that thing!"


"Nice pony!"


"That's a huge dog!" (Oh really? I was told she was a Chihuahua!)


However for the most part, she fascinates people. They stop to pet her. I field questions about owning a giant dog in the city while Brooklyn works her charm by looking up at them with those beautiful amber eyes and of course – leaning.

It's been a great comfort for me to have her here during this transitional period in my life. Even in a city of 8 million people it can be a lonely, anonymous existence if you're not careful. Having a dog forces you to get out, walk around, meet new people and explore your surroundings. I look forward to our days in the city where she goes with me on errands and she, in turn, enjoys the sights and smells of the city (especially hot dogs!) She waits in line with me at fed-ex or lays quietly at my feet while I enjoy a coffee or a glass of wine at the cafés in Little Italy.

I never forget to mention, when talking to people about her, that she is a rescue dog. She is a true individual in a city filled to the brim with tiny chihuahuas, yorkies and maltipoos in custom carriers. Brooklyn is not my accessory, she is my companion, and I look forward to all our adventures together.

*This story was originally written in 2005 to share in the GDRNT newsletter. Brooklyn has since passed away but her memory and impact on the lives of everyone she met during her all too short life lives on. She inspired myself and others to be passionate about rescue.

Nala




In May of 2006, we purchased (yes, purchased) our first puppy online
from a puppy mill. They shipped him to us, he arrived at the airport, and our
lives were changed forever. Herschel, our little Schnauzer mix
(Schnoodle to the less scrupulous), has taught us so much about canines, from
behavior and nutrition to breeding ethics and therapy. In fact, just over a
year after Herschel flew to us, we adopted Nala from the MidWest Border
Collie Rescue (MWBCR). During that year, I worked with several rescues (and
even fostered a cat-killing MinPin) while searching for our next forever
dog. I have fancied Border Collies for so long and I worked with the MWBCR for
the better part of a year trying to find the right one for our family.
Believe me, every person in that organization knows my name whether they've met
me or not. They've put me through heartache and also given me tears of
joy.

So, introducing Nala. (See attached photo) She came from kill shelter
in Oklahoma with 4 sisters. 2 of them had parvo, all of them had several
types of worms, coccidia, and were malnourished. After some TLC at her
foster home we picked her up on June 19th (who knew Iowa could be so pretty).

Barney


Barney’s Story

My name is Barney and this is my story to the best of my recollection. This is actually my third name and I’m planning to keep it. You see, this is the name given to me by my current and final family.

I started out in a home where they didn’t understand me. They took me out on a leash to potty and sometimes I couldn’t go just then and later I had accidents in the house. I wanted them to know I needed to be out more and have a yard to run in but they didn’t understand. They put me in a metal box and I stayed there most of the time. It was hard and my body hurt, but mostly I was lonely.
Then, one day this woman came to the house to check me out. She was a “rescue volunteer” and, I was to be moved to another home. I was scared. I didn’t like the metal box but it was all I knew.

The next day the woman came back and took me in her car. We drove very far and I was even more scared. She was nice to me and told me I was a good boy. I never heard those words before but they were happy words and I liked it.

I then went to what they call a foster home. My foster Mom was really great. She fed me a lot of food and hugged me a lot. She told me I was good .too.. Must be true.
A few weeks later I heard her talk to the woman that picked me up and said that I was falling down and they felt I had Wobblers Syndrome. Don’t know what that is but I quess you fall down a lot.. I think the other name for Wobbler’s Syndrome is expensive because I heard that word a lot.

A few days later we had a visitor. It was the woman who brought me to my foster home. She had her dog Olivia and she wanted to see if we got along. Rumor was she might adopt me. I tried to be nice to Olivia and I leaned on the woman a lot. They said I have cute eyes and I used them a lot that day. I didn’t know that I had already won her over two months before on the long car ride.


Anyway, I’m home. I have lots to eat and two big comfy beds. I get hugs all the time and sometimes I fall down but someone helps me up. The people here are still telling me that I am a good boy. I knew that all along.

Georgia



Georgia was found on the side of the road and couldn't even stand up. She was skinny, dehydrated, sick and had a previously broken leg that no one had taken the time to fix. I saw her picture on a Great Dane chat room and those eyes just melted my heart.... I knew I had to help her. I called the shelter and they said they had several rescues come to see her but none of them would take her, she would be too expensive to treat. Well, I arranged transport for her to SC and MAGDRL took this sweet girl in and got her the treatment she needed. Poor Georgia, still couldn't stand up on her own for very long and swayed from side to side when she walked, like she was drunk. We discovered that she had Wobblers, a very debilitating disease for these large dogs. The treatment was extremely expensive but through tremendous fundraising efforts we raised the money so she could have surgery. Georgia now has been treated and runs, well.... let's say trots, plays with my other dogs and even loves to go swimming. This girl melted my heart and the heart of another volunteer, Allyson with her determination to survive and her sweet, loving nature. In August we came to the realization that we could not bear the thought of her ever being adopted by someone else and us not being able to see her on a regular basis. We decided to both adopt her and share custody. This was also the only way both our husbands would agree since we both already have several rescues in our homes. We rotate her monthly and she is spoiled rotten! She never gives up and we have never given up on her. She goes to Meet and Greets and is our official ambassador for our Western NC chapter of MAGDRL.

The picture I sent in is from the day we brought her home from the shelter..... could you have said no to that face????

Hope



In July of 2006 the local ACO found a 3 month old puppy in Stratford.. She had a fractured pelvis and was going to be put down. My daughter, Christine is president of an animal rescue group STARS (Stratford Animal Rescue Service). The ACO contacted her and asked if they would be willing to care for the puppy. When she saw her she agreed to raise the money. The puppy was transported to a veterinarian who fused her bone and inserted 4 screws in a plate in her leg. She came to stay at our house to recuperate. We had just lost our 15 year old lab. Hope (as she came to be known) moved into our house and our hearts. She is the sweetest dog you can imagine.. Soon after we purchased a black lab named Cole. They are best friends. Hope has fully healed. She loves to run and play with Cole and the dogs at the dog park. People tell us how lucky she is to be in a good home. While we agree we believe that we are lucky to have her in our home. Thank you for letting me tell the story of Hope.

Sammy Bear



Last year around this same time I was at a job that was taking its mental, emotional and physical toll on me. I was suffering severe depression from the passing of my father, the inability to grieve and Grad school was weighing heavily on me. Needless to say, I was not completely checked into my marriage as you can imagine. Things just seemed to be spiraling out of control.
In order to begin to take control of my life, I quit my job. However, the new found freedom and relief also impacted my depression and the ability for treatment. My birthday being in December was around the corner and I was just knee deep in depression and finding it hard to get out of bed.
Well the weekend before my birthday my younger brother Richard brought me home a pug named Pugsley for my birthday. Well this pug that I impulsively named Lola won my heart in minutes. Lola was being turned over to a shelter due to the fact that her original owner lost his apartment and job and the fact he couldn’t care for her. My brother had remembered me saying that I wanted a little pug and thought they were adorable and immediately got her for me. Well his memory and this sweet Pug saved my life.
Lola made me get up out of bed and walk her. She gave me this feeling of love and companionship that I craved. She gave me this special feeling that not anyone could give me; because it had no agenda. There was no reason for it and yet it was… It was pure, unadulterated love and companionship and loyalty. I had no idea dogs fill your heart up with love and make life good and livable. Lola gave me purpose when the job, friends and marriage were lacking. Lola put me in touch with my body by walking her. Lola made me smile and laugh daily and want to treat her well and therefore walking became our thing and taking care of me became part of that equation. It became clear to me that I needed to be around in order to be there for my buddy.
I have lost twenty pounds since adopting Lola. I love my Job/Internship. I haven’t been depressed in along time since Lola and this month I decided I needed to do something special for my Lola. I adopted Samuel Bear, a male pug to be Lola’s companion. Sammy Bear was adopted from parents who loved him, but who had recently had an unplanned baby and work eighty hours a week.
Sammy is just a big teddy bear. He is a large pug with a heart of gold. He loves Lola and is already protective of her; if she barks he gets up and checks and where ever she goes, he’s nearby. They play tug of war, chase and fetch together. Sammy gives Lola the company I cannot, no matter how I try. I think this gift to her was a way of telling her, thank you my friend. I love you, you saved my life and I give you this brother so that you are never lonely and feel love in every way possible.
Last night I saw Lola and Sammy give each other what appeared as a kiss. Sam leaned his head into Lola’s back and cuddled them both to sleep. Seconds later there a wheeze and light snore coming from there bed. It filled my heart to see this and know that adopting is synonymous with filling up with “Love.” I am grateful this year to Lola Bella and Sammy Bear for adopting me as their mom and loving me and filling my life up with passion, vigor, laughter, and happiness.

Look at my babes below... aren’t they precious?

Bovie


This is a story about Bovie, the black lab mix that
was adopted in August. I am a recently graduated
veterinarian and finally had time for my own dog. i
applied to multiple rescue organizations and was told
that although I was a vet i did not have a fenced in
yard, did not own a home, and was not a stay at home
mom so i was not qualified for adoption. after about 4
months of applying and 8 rejections later i cam across
a rescue dog on line with an organization that my
hospital worked with. i applied and was FINALLY
approved. Bovie was so scared he sat in the corner of
the bathroom for 24 hours, wouldn't pee poop eat or
drink. we didn't know how to walk on a leash and
didn't know how to play. he cowered whne you went to
pet him and touching his head was a huge problem.now
he is a happy, still shy but curious puppy with a Mika
the kitten to keep him company. we are moving on the
shyness and now we wag the tail for female strangers
and any strangers with dogs. we love getting belly
rubs and my boyfriend and i now get full body wags
when we get home. he's been A LOT of work but a great
addition to our family.

Bert

I work at home, as a writer and an editor and am generally on line. One day, a friend sent me an e-mail with a photo of a big blond chow. He looked very dignified and serene. The friend told me that he was in a high kill "shelter" in la and begged me to help him.
Since I already had two rescued dogs and four rescued cats, our small household was at its animal capacity.
But I couldn't get the dog out of my mind and so I e-mailed a friend who lived in LA and asked her if she was interested. To my delight, she said she would take him. So I e-mailed the dog's advocate and told her the good news. She was thrilled and said she would have him pulled from the shelter immediately.
Once the dog was safe, she called and asked where the friend lived. I told her Slidell. "Slidell?" she responded, "where's that?" It's a little bit east of New Orleans, I said. Isn't that where the dog is?"
"Um, Rose," my friend said quietly, the dog is in la." "Yes, I know," I replied, "LA, what's the problem?"
"Rose, la, as in la, California."
As a writer and editor, I had taken her writing too literally and thought la meant Louisiana, not Los Angeles, California.
Obviously, the dog could not be sent back to the shelter, nor could I afford to ship him to LA. So Bert joined our household and I promised my husband that I would adopt him out and he would only be with us for a short time.
Unfortunately, what I took to be Bert's dignity, was actually extreme terror of people. To say he was shy is the understatement of the century. He was so fearful that at best, we caught mere glimpses of him as he did his best to hide from us. It was clear that he would be with us for more than a little while.
It's been 18 months now and Bert has finally responded to our patience and friendship. He is still quite shy but is an integral part of our household and is now a beloved "forever dog".

Chloe




We had been admiring our rescue president’s great dane and we decided that we wanted to adopt one if the rescue ever got a Dane in the rescue.

Several months past , one day the adoption coordinator called me and said we have to come over to her house. I walked downstairs to find this shy and scared big dog. That was Chloe. John arrived after me and fell in head in heals in love. WE took her home to evaluate her and then adopted her.

Chloe’s story (as I know it) - Chloe was taken to an animal shelter because she did not meet the “standards” of breed by the breeder. She has two VERY stunning blue eyes. NOT a desired trait for breeding or show ring. Chloe was adopted by a single mother and her children. They lived in a small older style mobile trailer home. At 1 year of age Chloe was too big for the house and took too much work for the lady to take care of and she was trying to get rid of her.



Chloe’s life now- Chloe has learned the dog sport of Flyball & completed obedience school. She enjoys going on vacation and staying in a hotel rooms during her trip to Greyhounds reach the beach with her sisters and Big “little” yorkie brother and about 1500 other greyhounds. This picture was taken on the beach at this event.

Jig


On a stormy night on the Oregon Coast I received a call from a woman who's daughter had found a dog on a 'field island'. According to the woman, "She must have been surviving on dirt and worms. I cannot keep her, I can't get close to her, I am disabled, can you help?"



Later that night, I met 'Jig'. She was plastered against the wall, terrified. With the coaxing of my dog Mick, I saw a sparkle in her eye, saying she wanted to play-but would still not come out. I finally looped a leash around her, and dragged her into the car.



Arriving at the vets office, I realized 'Jig' was a mess...at least 20 sores from untreated tick infestation donned her underside and flanks, she was rail thin, and undersocialized. She also had two broken and abcessed teeth. ..and Mick LOVED her.



I found out later, that Jig was a junkyard dog...choke chained to a fencpost 24/7, with a lean-to board as her only protection from the weather. A never-ever' dog. Never been in a house, never been to the vet, never had the love of a family, never been someone’s friend.



Now, Jig is not only Mick's girl, but my loving companion, my agility dog, and my protector while I travel.. She is the best girl in the world...and is now a 'for-ever' dog. Forever in the house, forever in our family, and forever...my friend.

Jammer




So, what does the County shelter do with an unruly dog? Call in the reinforecements! Such was the call I received one Monday morning, "Hi Liz, we have a dog for you!" I answered, "But you're closed today." "Yes, but you can come out anyway--how about NOW?"

An hour later, as I rounded the corner at the shelter, I was met by a VERY loud barking snarling dog. "Whew, that's NOT him, I said to my friend"...but right next door, in unison of the same nasty chorus, was Jammer. "NO WAY!!" I told the shelter manager! She coaxed me into taking him out, and seeing he was quite harmless. Well, kind of. I took him.

3 years and LOTS of training later, the 'unadoptable' Jammer is a Master level agility dog, a friend to my other two dogs, and a snuggle bunny next to me at night. He is loved, and returns the love daily.

Amenities for cats, dogs

By Michael Martinez
Mercury News
Article Launched: 12/16/2007 01:53:13 AM PST

Related Stories
Dec 16:
South Bay hotels that welcome petsThe pampered guestWith so many hotels accepting pets, it's no surprise that travelers are including the family dog - and sometimes cat - on their vacations. Here's a sampling of what some California hotels and B&Bs are offering to entice pet owners (always ask about size restrictions and fees):
• Have a cat? At W Hotels, guests receive cat toys and treats at check-in and can request food, litter boxes, a birthday cake and a "Meow-ow Box" first-aid kit. www.starwoodhotels.com.

• The Cypress Inn in pet-friendly Carmel has doggie blankets, evening turndown service and pet sitting. Dogs can run off-leash on nearby Carmel Beach. www.cypress-inn.com.

• The Viceroy Palm Springs offers a personalized dog dish, freshly baked dog biscuits and, in the summer, four cooling pools for dogs to escape the heat. www.viceroypalmsprings.com.

• The Casa Laguna Inn and Spa in Laguna Beach has a certified canine massage therapist available for relaxation, pain or anxiety-relief massages, at $75 a session. www.casalaguna.com.

• Don't have a pet but wish you did? The Hotel Monaco in San Francisco will lend guests a goldfish during their stay. Dogs get use of a bowl, bottled water, chew toys and Lassie videos to stay entertained. www.monaco-sf.com.

- Michael Martinez, Mercury News


http://www.mercurynews.com

This article is another indication that pets are becoming a greater part of our lives and are influencing our decisions more and more. Even more so, leading edge companies are aware of this and marketing products and services to entice pet owners.



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Saturday, December 15, 2007

Prison program turns problem dogs into pets

Eileen Mitchell

Saturday, December 15, 2007


Last year, Melody was just another typical mongrel from Taiwan: sharp features, pointy ears, curly tail. A fat scar around her muzzle looked as if it had been closed with electrical tape, leading her Taiwan rescuers to believe she had been destined to be somebody's entree.

When the 35-pound mutt arrived at the Marin Humane Society, she was frightened, wary and withdrawn, refusing to leave her crate even for food. Today, Melody is thriving as the beloved pet of Dick and Sandy Drew. Their union came about thanks to Pen Pals of San Quentin, an innovative partnership between the Marin Humane Society and San Quentin State Prison.

The program, funded entirely by the humane society, shows inmate handlers how to teach basic obedience skills and make shelter dogs more adoptable. Since 2005, they have helped at least 86 dogs find homes.

The idea for Pen Pals hit Larry Carson, canine behavior evaluator at the society, after he caught an Animal Planet channel show called "Cell Dogs." The award-winning television series profiled inmates in more than 120 prisons throughout the country who care for and train shelter dogs. Immediately, he envisioned a partnership between the humane society and San Quentin prison, and pitched the idea to his colleagues.

They loved it. So the retired Marin County building contractor traveled to Carson City, Nev., to meet with the Nevada Humane Society and the warden of Nevada State Prison. Since their program, Puppies Up for Parole, was introduced three years ago, prison violence has dropped by 30 percent.

"The warden told me this is the greatest program they've ever had," Carson said. "Prisoners build fences based on ethnicity and geography, but introducing the dogs has lowered those fences and given both inmates and staff an excuse to talk to one another. Because of this animal, they're on common ground."

Using the Nevada program as a prototype, Carson approached San Quentin officials, and they were all for it. Well, most were.

"Some staff didn't think the inmates deserved dogs, plus they had security and health concerns," Carson said. "But after the program was in place and they saw the benefits, their resistance melted. Now most are in favor."

Many prisons conducting similar programs do so in the cell blocks, but this isn't feasible at San Quentin because of its age and lack of space. Instead, Pen Pals is limited to the prison firehouse. Located on the prison grounds but not within the walls, the firehouse is staffed by inmate firefighters who are low-risk, low-security prisoners convicted of nonviolent crimes. They are carefully screened for histories of violence and animal abuse, must have a record of good behavior and have enough time remaining on their sentence to complete at least one full year.

"Humane Society staff and volunteers visit every Tuesday and Thursday," Carson said. "We conduct continuous training classes, follow up on each dog's progress and help with any issues the inmates might be facing. We're in constant contact. It's a real team effort."

Each dog lives with its handler, and canine "sentences" vary from a couple of weeks to six months. Recuperating medical fosters, which constitute 60 percent of Pen Pal dogs, often stay longer because they require close care and monitoring.

About 20 percent are shy dogs that need socialization, and the remaining 20 percent are naughty adolescents in need of basic manners. Aggressive dogs are not considered for the program.

Each inmate keeps a daily log that is monitored by humane society trainers. After the dog leaves San Quentin and is adopted, the new owner gets a copy of the log so he or she knows exactly what the dog experienced during its time in prison. Inmates get a binder with a certificate of completion, photos of their dog, plus paperwork and evaluations. As soon as one dog leaves, most inmates get another one the same day, which makes it easier to say goodbye.

"They take their responsibilities very seriously," Carson said. "That's the most positive thing about the program. They don't feel like they're just wasting their time in prison. Adopters often write to the inmates, through me, saying thanks for the work they put into their new dog."

One such dog was Tigre, a hefty brindle greyhound mix who was 20 pounds overweight and in dire need of training. Carson laughs about photos of the dog on the treadmill. "He was there for a month, lost 15 pounds and returned to MHS with a spring in his step."

Shortly thereafter, retired nurse Pat Flyer adopted Tigre. "The program is terrific. They do a wonderful job," she said. "Tigre was very well trained and listens to everything I say. He's the best dog I've ever had."

The Drews, who adopted Melody, agree wholeheartedly. "They gave us her handler's daily log. He wrote about her with deep care and compassion and expressed the desire to take her back if no one adopted her," Sandy Drew said.

"We have this preconceived notion about inmates, but most of them aren't different from people you meet on the streets," Carson mused. "They just made a mistake or exercised poor judgment. Almost everybody inside is going to be outside. It's our job, through programs like this, to make them the best people possible. Animal shelters and prisons are both in the rehabilitation business: We put out good canine citizens and hopefully they put out good human ones."

Pen Pals of San Quentin
The program teaches specially selected inmates how to train and socialize dogs in preparation for adoption. To learn more about the program, go to www.marinhumanesociety.org


E-mail freelance writer Eileen Mitchell at home@sfchronicle.com. Send your pet concern questions to home@sfchronicle.com with "Ask the Vet" in the guideline, and each month a guest veterinarian will address a different subject. "Ask the Vet" is for informational purposes only. Readers should not act on information seen in this column without seeking professional veterinary advice.

Dog sniffs out record offenders






A Durham Police dog has become so successful at sniffing out offenders that he is being sought after by other forces to assist their operations.

Dibley is believed to be the best performing passive drugs dog in the country, having notched up more than 120 arrests in the last 12 months.

The three-year-old golden Labrador now travels as far afield as North Wales with his handler, Pc Alison Dawson

He can detect drugs including cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, cannabis and rohypnol.

Most of Dibley's work is in pubs and clubs, but he has also visits businesses and schools.

Pat on head

Once his keen nose picks up the smallest trace of a drug on a person he sits, looks at them, and refuses to move.

Pc Dawson said: "Dibley is absolutely phenomenal.

"He is food rewarded and won't move until he gets a reward, or a pat on the head.

"I have come across lots of scanning dogs but Dibley is the best I have ever seen. He just wants to work."

She added that although his arrest total during the year is now 122, he has no plans for retirement.

"He still has a lot of working years ahead of him.

"Although he is currently in love with our cat I have got my eye on a mate for him to develop the Dibley 'strain'."

Original artile is from http://news.bbc.co.uk

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Friday, December 14, 2007

4th Annual Pool Plunge in Colorado




Here is a video from the 4th Annual Pool Plunge in Colorado.

Pretty Cool

We Have Snow



Here is a pciture of Kona, kind of just kicking it in the snow.



In case you have not heard, we got a bit of snow in the Northeast. This is Kona and Lucy's first experience with any significant amount of snow. Lucy loved it but Kona simply revelled in it.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

The Paw Haus

I was cruising the web today and found this website, www.thepawhaus.com. It is an online pet boutique that sells a variety of gift basket like packages.

This is really a perfect site if you have a friend that is getting a new dog and does not have the right stuff or for yourself if you want to take care of a lot of dog or puppy needs all in one swoop.

Dogs to provide therapy to soldiers in Iraq



Here is Boe, one of the therapy dogs going to Iraq.


BY JENNIFER BARRIOS | jennifer.barrios@newsday.com
December 13, 2007

Sgts. First Class Budge and Boe are headed to Iraq.

Budge and Boe don't have last names: They're dogs. But the pups are now officially enlisted as the Army's first therapy dogs for soldiers in combat.

The two black Labrador retrievers will be stationed with the Army's combat stress units in Tikrit and Mosul. Their role? To help soldiers deal with the stress of fighting overseas.

On Sunday, two (human) sergeants from the 85th Medical Detachment flew to Long Island to meet the two dogs at the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind in Smithtown, which trained Budge and Boe.

"Our hope is that it brings some normalcy to the soldiers," said Sgt. Mike Calaway, an occupational therapist based in Tikrit, who will handle Boe. "The human-animal bond will help relax them."

And the dogs won't just be playmates for the troops, said Sgt. Jack Greene, another occupational therapist who will take Budge back with him to Mosul.

"The major thing is, they are going to help us knock down the stigma around mental health," he said.

But before heading off to Iraq, the dogs needed to get used to sights and sounds similar to those they will encounter in Iraq.

This week, the soldiers, the dogs and foundation officials visited the shooting range at Brookhaven National Laboratory, where the dogs were exposed to the sounds of submachine guns and handguns.

The dogs went to Long Island MacArthur Airport, standing by as Suffolk County police hovered in a helicopter, the wind whipping at the dogs' fur.

And the dogs braved perhaps one of the toughest tests of all: a jaunt through Smithhaven Mall during holiday season, designed to test their reaction to the chaos of crowds.

The dogs have been in training for months, and each has learned simple tricks as well as how to respond to voice commands such as sit, stay and play.

Now Budge and Boe must bond with Calaway and Greene, their handlers until the spring, when the men are scheduled to return from Iraq.

Then, Maj. Arthur Yeager, an occupational therapist based at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, takes over. Yeager, who is to deploy to Iraq next year, said therapy dogs are used at Walter Reed to help soldiers deal with treatment and recovery. He said he expects it to work on the battlefield as well.

"This is very touchy-feely, no doubt about it, but this works," Yeager said. "I know it works. I've seen it work. These dogs are stress sponges."

Soldiers in Iraq visit the combat stress unit when they become overwhelmed with the rigors of battle or by problems their families face at home.

But not every soldier welcomes the idea of going to the unit. Some have difficulty asking for help with stress, Yeager said. That's where Budge and Boe come in.

"To have a dog come up and nudge your hand -- I have yet to see even the hardest soldier refuse that," Yeager said.

The sergeants and dogs plan to leave Long Island on Saturday for Fort Hood, Texas, where the 85th Medical Detachment is stationed. There, Budge and Boe will be examined by a veterinarian for medical issues before deploying to Iraq.

Boe and Budge also will be given the new rank of sergeant first class. No one has to salute them, though. The rank is set higher than that of their human handlers to prevent possible abuse of the dogs, because the Army looks severely at any service member who abuses a higher-up.

Mike Sergeant, chief training officer with the foundation and a Vietnam-era veteran, said the Army's program is a good step toward meeting the mental health needs of its soldiers.

"Dogs are not going to be the sole answer, but they certainly will be an icebreaker," he said.



- It looks like the troops overseas will be getting a couple of therapy dogs. Awesome.

Two Dogs Save Toddler



staffordshire bull terrier

This article originally came from http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,22923049-5001021,00.html

TWO family dogs are being hailed as heroes after they saved a two-year-old boy from drowning in a dam in Queensland yesterday morning.

Police said the dogs, a rottweiler cross and a staffordshire bull terrier, dragged the boy from the water after he had wandered into a neighbour's dam at Mackay on the state's central coast.

The owner of the property found the boy lying on the embankment of the dam covered in mud with the two dogs by his side.

Police said there were drag marks from the water's edge to where the boy was lying and small scratches on his arms from the dog's claws.

"We are certain the dogs pulled him out of the dam," a police spokesman said.

"It is an amazing story."

The Queensland Ambulance Service said the boy had been taken to hospital and was recovering at home last night.



I am not sure if a lot of folks have seen this article. I would assume not since it was over in Australia. If you notice the dog breeds involved, a staffordshire bull terrier a dog breed we Americans often confuse for a pit bull and a rottie mix breed, another dog often targeted for breed specific legislation. It is too bad this story most likely will not get more play over here in the U.S. to possibly help with the sad reputation bully breeds have here.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Dogs Eating Carrots







I like my girls Lucy and Kona to eat their veggies from time to time. Often I just put out a carrot for them to gnaw on but lately they have not been into it all that much.

Well, I proved that I was the smarter mammal today and gave them carrots covered in a cheese sauce today. Oh yeah, that worked like a charm. Actually Kona climbed up into my lap to see if she could get some more. The cheese sauce was a light one from Green Giant. I had some too, so we all got our veggies today.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Great Dane Puppy Chasing Bubbles



You know there are some days that I really cherish that I have my dogs. Come home sort of grumpy and then watch a video like this puts me in a good mood.



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Sunday, December 9, 2007

Top 20 Male Dog Names

Here is the second part of the list. It is the top 20 names for a male dog.

1. Max
2. Jake
3. Buddy
4. Bailey
5. Sam
6. Rocky
7. Buster
8. Casey
9. Cody
10. Duke
11. Charlie
12. Jack
13. Harley
14. Rusty
15. Toby
16. Murphy
17. Shelby
18. Sparky
19. Barney
20. Winston

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Saturday, December 8, 2007

Top 20 Female Dog Names

Hi everyone,

Just a little bit of interesting dog information. Here are the top 20 female dog names:

1. Maggie
2. Molly
3. Lady
4. Sadie
5. Lucy
6. Daisy
7. Ginger
8. Abby
9. Sasha
10. Sandy
11. Dakota
12. Katie
13. Annie
14. Chelsea
15. Princess
16. Missy
17. Sophie
18. Bo
19. Coco
20. Tasha

Enjoy.

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Lucy has a Boyfriend

Well I guess it was bound to happen sometime or another. Lucy went to daycare yesterday and she has a boyfriend. The dog is a german shepherd/great dane mix, he looks like a german shepherd but has the body composition of a great dane. Pretty cool.

The daycare lady had Lucy in a different run than the other dog but they would run back and forth along the fence line playing with each other. Then latr in the day they were licking each other through the fence. Seriously big silly billies.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Dog and Kitten


Here is a cute video.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2007

7lbs during the holiday season

Did you kow that they average person gains 7lbs during the holiday season, from Thanksgiving to the New Year. Well I got to tell you there have to be a few people that do not gain any weight at all because I am already there. I have always bee a little bit of an overachiver.

Lucy and Kona continue to maintain their somewhat girlish figures, though Kona has an appetite that puts most much larger predatos to shame. I am pretty sure she could go toe to toe with any two lions or tigers, oh my.

Monday, December 3, 2007

A couple of great online pet stores

I just added a couple of links to the right navigation bar. They are both newer sites with a fresh look and really great products. Check them out when you get a chance if you care to. I guess they are competitors to http://www.lucysdoghouse.net, my store, but I really like their sites and I like the folks that run them.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Who owns who?





Well, I think it has happened. I think my dogs own me now instead of the other way around. I got a bit of proof this morning when my chocolate lab Kona jumped into bed. She was a little whiney brat this morning and wanted to be petted. So what did I do, of course I pet her. Anytime I would stop she would thump her paw on my pillow right by my ear. So of course I would pet her again. I think she has me pretty well trained. You could see it on her face that she was very satisfied with the attention she was getting.

I think I am going to have to work on who is in charge in my house.

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Saturday, December 1, 2007

Vick Pays $1 Million For Care of Dogs

RICHMOND, VA—Suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick placed nearly $1 million in an escrow fund to pay for the care of 54 pit bulls seized earlier this year from his Bad Newz Kennels property in Surry County. The dogs had been part of his dog fighting operation.

Vick, 27, pleaded guilty in August to felony dog fighting conspiracy charges and voluntary surrendered to U.S. Marshals on Nov. 19 to begin serving his prison term. He faces up to five years in prison when he’s sentenced on Dec. 10 but it’s likely it will receive 18 months. Vick is being held at Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw, a facility which houses about 450 inmates.

Vick placed $928,073 into the escrow fund which will be “used to pay whatever restitution money is ultimately ordered in this case”. Federal prosecutors had ordered Vick to pay for the dogs’ care and as part of his guilty plea, he agreed to pay “restitution for the full amount of the costs associated with the disposition of the all dogs” involved in the case.

On Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Henry E. Hudson sentenced two of Vicks’ co-defendants for their roles in the dog fighting operation. Although federal prosecutors had asked that Quanis Phillips and Purnell Peace be sentenced on the low end of the sentencing guidelines for their cooperation in the case and subsequent guilty pleas, dog owner Hudson sentenced Phillips to 21 months and Peace to 18. They could have been each sentenced up to five years in prison.

The state trial in the case is scheduled to begin on April 2 in Surry County.

Vick has admitted that he financed the dog fighting operation and had participated in the killing of at least six pit bulls which had not performed well in “testing sessions” but said that he had never gambled on the dog fights.

According to a summary of facts recited in the plea agreement, “most of the Bad Newz Kennels operation and gambling monies were provided by Vick” and that when the dogs of the kennel won, the winnings were split between Vick’s co-defendants and partners in the operation, Tony Taylor, Peace and Phillips.

Taylor is also scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 10.

The court papers said that Vick didn’t receive any of the purse money won by the kennel. He did admit to joining with others in killing six to eight dogs that didn’t perform to their standards and executed them by drowning or hanging the dogs.

As part of the plea agreement, prosecutors have agreed to recommend the minimum sentence which is 18 months in prison but ultimately, the final decision in sentencing rests with the judge. Vick’s surrender was approved by the judge.

Vick has agreed to cooperate with the government’s investigations into the dog fighting operation including testifying before grand juries.

He has been indefinitely suspended by the NFL.

The Falcons are attempting to recover $22 million of Vick’s signing bonus from the 10-year, $130 million contract he signed with the team in 2004. At the earliest, Vick would not be eligible to play again until 2009.

In the July 17 indictment, it was alleged that Vick bred, raised and trained dogs at his home expressly for dog fighting. The indictment also included a forfeiture allegation seeking recovery of any property constituting, or derived from, proceeds obtained directly or indirectly as a result of these offenses.

According to the indictment, Vick and his co-defendants were involved in an ongoing animal fighting venture based out of a property owned by Vick located in Smithfield, Va., from early 2001 through on or about April 25. Vick had allegedly attended the dog fights in Virginia and several other states. 12-1-07

I just saw this in the news. It looks like Michael Vick's challenges as a result of this part of his life are just beginning.

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Friday, November 30, 2007

Another great pit bull video



What was a little disturbing is I found this on you tube as " Pit Bull attacks 8 month old baby". As you can tell the baby is in no danger. It is a shame that people try to leverage pit bull's bad rep to market a cute video.

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Pit Bull and Chicks



I love pit bulls almost asmuch as I love Great Danes. I think pit bulls get such a bad rap and it is so unfortunate that they have been picked as "America's fighting dog". There are so many other breed s that could have just as easily been picked that we do not hear all that much about with regards to aggression and fighting.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Top Ten Dog Breeds

The AKC recently released their top ten dog breeds in the country list. I was reading about it in one of the dog magazines that I receive every month.

Here is the list in case you have not seen it:

1. The Labrador Retriever - No surprise here. Labs have been atop the leader board for the last 16 years.

2. The Yorkshire Terrier - A lot of dog in a little package.

3. The German Shepherd Dog - One of the hardest working and trainable dog breeds.

4. The Golden Retriever - Who does not love a golden.

5. The Beagle - Snoopy would be proud.

6. Dachshund - A burrowing dog with a unique personality

7. Boxer - A big silly billy with tons of energy

8. The Poodle - Glamorous and smart

9. Shih Tzu - A little lion dog

10. Minature Schnauzer - a fearless and sometimes mischievious dog

Lucy is not talking to me because Great Danes did not make the list, but then again she does not talk to me anyway.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

The Difference Between Cats and Dogs

I found this list on a site: www.naute.com. This might make you laugh regardless if you are a dog or cat owner or both.

The Difference Between Cats and Dogs

Dogs come when you call them. Cats take a message and get back to you when they are good and ready.

Dogs will give you unconditional love forever. Cats will make you pay for every mistake you"ve ever made since the day you were born.

Dogs will let you give them a bath without taking out a contract on your life.

Dogs will tilt their heads and listen whenever you talk. Cats will yawn and close their eyes.

Dogs will bark to wake you up if the house is on fire. Cats will quietly sneak out the back door.

Dogs will sit, lie down, and heel on command. Cats will smirk and walk away.
Dogs will bring you your slippers or the evening newspaper. Cats might bring you a dead mouse.

Dogs will greet you and lick your face when you come home from work. Cats will be mad that you went to work at all.

Dogs will play Frisbee with you all afternoon. Cats will take a three hour nap.
Dogs will sit on the car seat next to you. Cats have to have their own private box or they will not go at all.


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Saturday, November 24, 2007

Update on Lucy's Dog House Best Pet Photo/Adoption Story Contest


The Ex Toy

This is the Ex Toy. You know we all have that ex somebody, husband, boyfriend, room mate, best friend, whatever. Now you can just feed that ex-whoever to your dog and let her chomp on his head.


This is an update on the contest we are having at Lucy's Dog House. So far we have 8 really awesome entries and I will be posting those here pretty soon. I will be accepting entires up until Dec 15th. Below is a cut/paste of the original post aout the contest.


At Lucy's Dog House I am going to be holding a Best Dog Photo/Best Adoption Story Contest. Please send in a picture of your pet with the story of how you adopted your dog. The story should be about 100-200 words or so. I will be accepting photos/stories until Dec 15th.

Then from Dec 16th to January 15th I will open up the voting to the public. The ddog with the best photo/story will win a $100 gift certificate to www.lucysdoghouse.net.

Please send in your photo/story to hans@lucysdoghouse.net

Ah, The gift that keeps on giving

Rememeber yesterday when I said that Lucy had gottn into a pile of something and just rolled around in it. Well she must have really gotten into it. I was petting her late last night and what do I smell? That same horrid smell from the day before.

This is after a good 20 minutes or so washing her off yesterday. Luckily we have a walk in open shower that she can just, well, walk in. She does not mind it too much.

So, I used some wipes that we keep around the house for this very reason and Lucy is back to be the sweet smelling girl that she should be.

Oh, the fun does not stop. Every morning Kona comes into bed with us and gives us a bunch of Kona hugs which involve her putting her paws on our shoulders and some nuzzles and licks. Well, I think you know where this one is going. Oh yeah, same smell. Got to love it.

I am pretty sure I am going to come down with the plague or something.

Friday, November 23, 2007

I made my first squidoo lens

I just made my first squidoo lense, www.squidoo.com/treatstiks. It took me a couple of hours but I am sure the next few will go much quicker.

If you don't know, squidoo is a site that lets anyone make a webpage about anything that they want.

Interesting Day Already



So today I was a little over caffinated and grumpy about something stupid. Anyway, I let the dogs out into the yard. Now we do not have a fenced yard but I still let them off the leash from time to time during the day when no one else is home. They run aound on our beach and in the marshy areas to the right and left of the beach. Usually no problems. They just run around chasing after the birds for a little while. They are both responsive to voice control most of the time.

Well not today. Lucy found the most awful smelling stuff and decided she wanted to roll around in it. Was it a little, ohhh nooooo, of course not. It was a big pile of something. So I get her in the house and give her a bath and I have to tell you that whole episode made me laugh and put me in a good mood. Wierd huh??

I guess it is hard to mad at this face for very long and when I am I realize how stupid I am.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Thanksgiving Dinner Disaster


Well, we had a Thanksgiving disaster tonight. Well not really a disaster but it still did not go so well for Lucy.

We thought it would be a good idea to cook up a couple of chicken breasts for the girlies for their Thanksgiving dinner. That and some sweet potatoes. They love sweet potatoes for some reason. Well Kona ate hers just fine but Lucy totally bolted her food which she does not normally do, even if it is something special. Well tonight she did it and it did not go so well.

We spent the next half hour or so cleaning up all the chicken after it came back up. It was still intact, it did not look like there was even a tooth mark on most of it.

I know to much information but hey it is my blog.

Lucy is doing well laying on her blue coach and getting lots of love.

I should have used one of the
Brake Fast Bowls that I have. That would have made it impossible to do that.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you that might be reading this blog.

It is unseasonally warm here. I went to take the dogs on a walk today and I was all bundled up ready to brave the cold northeast and it was almost 70 degrees out. Needless to say I was a little warm on my walk with the girls. The temperature definately helped but it taking a Great Dane on a walk after being pretty much cooped up inside for 5 days is quite the workout. I need to work with her more because she is pulling like crazy on her lead.

It is a good thing it is high quality leather dog collar. It is from a company called Purple Peebles and I am going to have to start stocking them at www.lucysdoghouse.net becuase they are great collars. I always like to use a new product with my dogs for a while before I go ahead and stock anything.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Top 10 pet Friendly Cities Continued...

Here is the rest of the article

Chicago
If you're a baseball fan, diarize the White Sox annual Dog Day baseball game each spring. This cosmopolitan city has lots of pet-friendly places to visit, a wide selection of outdoor cafes and pet-friendly bars. Upscale hotels such as the luxurious Hotel Burnham and Hotel Monaco both welcome dogs of all sizes. Lake Michigan, a focal point of the city, offers more than 18 miles of paved trails that trace the lake’s edge. Want to take a lake cruise? Many boat operators will happily take Fido along too. And if your dog is getting bored with eating kibble, be sure to dine at Cucina Bella on N. Sedgwick or the branch on W. Diversey where he will be served a complimentary bowl of pasta.

New York
Some of the most fashionable hotels in this city can be a temporary home away from home for your dog, including the trendy Soho Grand Hotel. (For travelers who can’t bring their pets, the Grand offers a complimentary goldfish at check in, and will bag it for take-home.) Despite being a concrete jungle, there’s a lot for pets to enjoy in the Big Apple — a carriage ride through Central Park is a must-do activity. Many upscale stores also welcome well-behaved pets, and if Fido will sit quietly, you can drool over the jewelry at Tiffany’s on Fifth Avenue. The NYC Dog Walking Tour visits such neighborhoods as Greenwich Village, Soho, Lower East Side and Little Italy. A special highlight is a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge at dusk. Be sure to visit the William Secord Gallery on East 76th St. that specializes in 19th Century dog art — your pooch is welcome to browse too. And if you want your dog’s portrait painted, it can be arranged it at a price.

Orlando, Fla.
Be sure to visit Sam Snead's, on E. Pine Street. It was here that Governor Jeb Bush signed Florida's doggy dining law that allows dogs to sit with their owners in an outside location. Both dogs and owners can have fun meandering the paved paths of the Paw Park of Historic Sanford and cooling off at the misting tower. Because of Orlando’s location to Disney World, Universal Studios and other theme parks, there are lots of pet-friendly hotels in the immediate area; and the theme parks will pet-sit your dog while you go off and enjoy the rides. One place dogs are especially welcome is in Celebration on U.S. 192, a tiny town created by Disney with a population of around 2000. Downtown Celebration is a lively mix of retail shops, restaurants, offices and apartments that line a wide promenade circling the lake in the center of town.

Colorado Springs, Colo.
Colorado Springs is all about nature and the great outdoors. Hiking and walking trails abound, making this an excellent pet destination. Pets are welcome at the Bear Creek Nature Center, as well as the Manitou Cliff Dwellings. Preserved under a protective red sandstone overhang, the authentic Anasazi dwellings were built more than 700 years ago. The Garden of the Gods Park is another popular natural landmark. With its towering sandstone formations, paved and unpaved hiking paths, it’s a great place to enjoy various outdoor amenities. Dogs are allowed off leash in the area east of Rock Ledge Ranch & south of Gateway Road. Tucked away in the foothills of the famous Pikes Peak region of the Rockies, your pet will be in the lap of luxury at the grand Broadmoor Hotel. This five-star resort is set in 3,000 acres of manicured gardens acres against a backdrop of breathtaking scenery. There are three golf courses, gorgeous shops and pet sitters on hand to give pet parents some alone time to enjoy any one of the complex’s 15 restaurants.

Austin, Texas
Austin boasts 12 off-leash parks for doggy fun and games. In particular, canines love to cool of in the natural creek in Bull Creek District Park and Greenbelt on Lakewood Drive. Pooches are also welcome to tour the city in a horse-drawn carriage, a popular pastime, so it’s best to call ahead. The Spider House Patio Bar and Café on Fruth Street, on the edge of the University of Texas campus, is a popular student hang-out and is reputed to make the best espresso in town. If you enjoy ribs (and what dog can resist) Artz Rib House on S. Lamar Boulevard will draw you with its irresistible aromas. Stock up on special treats such as PeaMutt Butter Pleasers and Yummy Chummies at the Groovy Dog Bakery on Baylor Street. Finally be sure to visit Plush Pad on W. Anderson Lane and buy your pooch a cowboy hat — a great souvenir to take home from the Lone Star State.

Happy travels!

Sandy Robins is an award-winning pet lifestyle writer. She is a member of both the Dog Writers Association of America and the Cat Writer’s Association of America. She lives in Southern California with a menagerie of well-traveled pets.

The best places to eat, stay and play with your furry mates

This is an article from MSNBC and is by Sandy Robbins.

As it becomes more common for people to travel with their pets, cities around the country are beginning to appreciate the discernable impact the doggie dollar is having on their economy. Consequently, many are reacting to this tug on their purse strings by making an all-out bid to label themselves pet-friendly on the tourist map.

But what does it mean for a city to adopt this title? Generally-speaking, “pet-friendly” can be equated with “dog-friendly” as canines are undoubtedly America’s most well-traveled animals.

For the last three years, the editors at Dog Fancy, one of the country’s leading canine-centric magazines, have compiled a list of the best cities in the U.S. to be a dog, naming San Diego as this year’s winner of their DogTown USA award. Chicago and Portland Ore., topped the polls in previous years.

“It takes a lot to create a city that truly embraces its canine population,” says editor Susan Chaney. “We look at over 20 criteria. Naturally, it has to be a fun place for dogs and their owners. For example, we check into dog-centered activities, such as doggie festivals, parades and other events, as well as how many hotels are dog-friendly and how many restaurants allow dogs to eat on their patios. However, excellent veterinary care and an active humane society are also key elements of a pet-friendly city, and are as essential for travelers passing through as for the pets and their people who reside there. Further, it's clear that in the cities on our annual list, both the local government and general population embrace having that ‘doggie element’ in their communities.”

Here are suggestions to have fun with your pet in 10 cities that have been collared pet-friendly.

San Diego
The warm Californian climate makes this a year-round animal playground, and there’s a wonderful selection of both pet-friendly and off-leash beaches. The Otay Ranch Town Shopping Center has an off-leash park as part of this sprawling facility, making this a one-stop entertainment center for both pets and their people. A pet sitting service is provided at $5 an hour so that pet parents can enjoy a meal in one of numerous eateries. Seaside La Jolla boasts a selection of pet-friendly restaurants such as the Nine-Ten Restaurant and Bar on Prospect Street that offers great sea views from its outdoor patio. In addition, your dog may enjoy a kayaking excursion around La Jolla Bay — although pet life jackets are provided, dogs should be good swimmers.

Long Beach, Calif.
Belmont Shore is fast gaining a nationwide reputation for hosting several annual pet parades and doggie beauty contests, such as the Easter and the Howl o’ween parades and the Most Beautiful Bulldog competition that draws contestants from near and far. The city also has the only off-leash dog beach in L.A. County. Situated between Roycroft and Argonne Avenues, it's open daily year-round. All the stores that line Second Street are pet-friendly offering bowls of cool fresh water and lots of doggie treats. Pet parents will enjoy crepes and crisp salads at La Creperie while their canines snooze and watch the passing parade. The French bistro-styled eatery hosts a popular bar in the evenings and you can enjoy the soft sounds of live jazz.

Carmel, Calif.
Without doubt the pet-friendly Cypress Inn on Lincoln Street is a tourist attraction in its own right and is widely recognized to have pioneered many of the pet-friendly policies practiced by many of the large hotel chains and private inns around the country today. Co-owned by the legendary Doris Day, it’s filled with memorabilia of this Hollywood star. Your pet will particularly enjoy snoozing in front of a roaring log fire in the lounge, while you enjoy a pre-dinner sherry. Walking tours are a great way to discover the town’s scenic charms, and dogs will enjoy the smells along the way. Cats are regulars at this fur-friendly inn too.

Portland, Ore.
Traveling and touring can be thirsty work. The Lucky Labrador Brewing Company is a great place for both beer and man’s best friends. The brews with dog-inspired names cater for all tastes. Looking for a little perk-me-up? The Iron Mutt Coffee Company will ensure that you get a great caffeine fix while your pooch enjoys fresh eats and a complimentary biscuit. The Portland Saturday Market located under the Burnside Bridge between S.W. Naito Parkway and S.W. 1st Ave. offers an eclectic mix of merchandise and is a great place to stroll and shop. There’s no shortage of off-leash dog parks in the city — be sure to visit the Hoyt Arboretum on S.W. Fairview Boulevard. that offers canine visitors more than 185 acres of greenery to enjoy.

Seattle
For travelers who enjoy visiting historical points of interest and appreciate beautiful scenery, be sure to add a trip to Blake Island State Park the ancestral campground of the Suquamish and Duwamish Indian Tribes and believed to be the birthplace of Chief Seattle. Foodies (and that includes your dog) will enjoy Chinook salmon cooked Northwest Coast Indian-style around an open alder wood fire.

The Pensione Nichols Bed and Breakfast on 1st Ave. in downtown Seattle is a well located pet-friendly establishment. Well-behaved leashed dogs of all sizes are allowed on the buses and trains throughout the city. Dogs on leashes are also allowed at the tables on the patio at Crave on 12th Ave. (only operative in the summer). Madison Park Café on 42nd Ave. E. is another attractive garden setting and welcomes pets. And if you have time, add Norm’s Eatery and Ale House on 36th St. to your list. This laid-back pub is named after a dog and your pet will feel more than welcome here too.

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Seventh Annual AKC/Eukanuba National Championship

Here is the Press Release about the American Kennel Club National Championship. I never ever in my life thought that I would be looking forward to watching a dog show on TV but things have really changed for me. I actually am looking forward to it.

NEW YORK, Nov. 20, 2007 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Kennel Club(R) and Eukanuba announced today that 2,444 dogs will compete for a total of $225,000 in cash prizes at the Seventh Annual AKC/Eukanuba National Championship on Dec. 1 and 2, 2007 in Long Beach, Calif. The show is held in conjunction with the AKC Agility Invitational and the AKC National Obedience Invitational (entries of 470 and 95 respectively) making for a combined entry of nearly 3,000 dogs competing in the three events.

The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship will be simulcast on Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008 from 8-11 p.m. (ET/PT). Highlights from the AKC Agility Invitational will air on Animal Planet on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2008 from 8-9 p.m. (ET/PT).

"The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship is a unique experience for any dog lover -- whether they are watching it on TV or enjoying it in person," said Ron Menaker, Show Chairman. "With nearly 400,000 square feet of event space, 3,000 dogs in competition, dozens of vendors, 148 educational displays, numerous demonstrations and now 40 international competitors in our Eukanuba World Challenge event, there is nothing that can compare to this complete canine extravaganza."

"The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship is a phenomenal event that brings together the best breeders, handlers and champions to encourage and celebrate the excellence of dogs," said Dan Rajczak, general manager, Procter & Gamble Pet Care. "Alongside our partners -- AKC and Animal Planet -- we're proud to be part of one of the most prestigious and well-respected dog shows and to provide a showcase that allows the world to appreciate these amazing animals."


Event highlights include:

-- Eukanuba World Challenge -- This inaugural international competition
will feature top dogs from 40 countries and six continents. Rare
breeds such as the Spanish Greyhound and the Azawakh will compete
against more traditional favorites such as Poodles and Dalmatians for
the title of "Eukanuba World Challenge Winner" and a total of $15,000.
The 2006 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship and 2007 Westminster Kennel
Club Best in Show winner -- "James," an English Springer Spaniel --
will represent the U.S.

-- AKC Meet the Breeds(R) -- Dog enthusiasts will have the opportunity to
get up close and personal with 148 breeds, as the AKC/Eukanuba National
Championship continues its honored tradition of highlighting
responsible dog ownership with its "AKC Meet the Breeds" event.
Designed to showcase a wide variety of adult dogs and puppies, breeders
will also be on-hand to share their insights and expertise on unique
canine characteristics. Visitors should make sure to stop by the
booths of the two newest AKC breeds -- the Beauceron and Swedish
Vallhund.

-- The AKC Agility Invitational -- The AKC's fastest-growing canine sport
and one of the most exciting to watch, agility allows dogs to
demonstrate their athleticism and versatility by racing against the
clock and overcoming a challenging obstacle course of tunnels, weave
poles, jumps and seesaws. It's a sport of physical skill, control,
patience and -- most importantly -- teamwork between handler and dog.
The top five ranked agility dogs in each of the AKC recognized breeds
are invited to attend this prestigious event. A total 470 dogs of 129
breeds from 41 states plus Puerto Rico and Canada will compete. The
AKC Agility Invitational airs 8 p.m., (ET/PT). Feb. 10, 2008, on Animal
Planet.

-- AKC National Obedience Invitational -- Obedience trials demonstrate the
usefulness of a dog as a companion to humankind. Accuracy and
precision are essential, but the natural movement of the handler and
the willingness and enjoyment of the dog are also important. To be
invited to this prestigious competition, a dog and handler must be
ranked within the top 10 percent of their breed or be ranked in the top
25 nationwide. A total of 95 dogs of 30 breeds from 44 states and
Canada will compete.

-- Junior Showmanship -- The excitement of competing in the National
Championship isn't just for adults -- 159 Junior Handlers (ages 9-18),
who have met high academic standards and qualification criteria based
on year-round competition will compete for prestigious wins and
scholarship money.

-- AKC Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE) -- Given annually to dogs in
five categories (Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue, Therapy, Service
and Exemplary Companion), the ACE Awards commemorate loyal,
hard-working canines that have made significant contributions to their
community. The five honorees and their owners -- including Junior
Handler Francisco Sanguino who discovered the sport of dogs with the
help of his foster mother and a rescued Rottweiler -- have been flown
to Long Beach to receive their awards and be recognized in front of the
AKC/Eukanuba National Championship audience.


For more information visit www.akc.org or topdogshow.com or to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.akc.org/invitational/2007/tickets.cfm.

The American Kennel Club (AKC), founded in 1884, maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world. Its rules and regulations govern more than 20,000 canine competitions each year.

Eukanuba offers the most complete food lineup, delivering nutrition that is customized by breed and breed size, as well as health and performance requirements. Eukanuba is a division of Procter & Gamble , and you can visit us on the Web at www.eukanuba.com or visit Iams at www.iams.com.

Animal Planet, available in more than 93 million homes nationwide, is the only television network dedicated exclusively to the connection between humans and animals.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Our pets sometimes tell us things we do not want to hear


So I am starting to develop a little bit of a complex about this. Kona my little english lab girl always lays right at my feet when I eat. Plus she looks up at me like she is just waiting for something to fall. She does not do that for my girlfriend. I didn't think I was much of a piggy eater but maybe just maybe my girl Kona is trying to tell me something.

Blogging


This is a somewhat unrealted post. You know I never understood everyday folks like me blogging. I mean what is the point. Since I have started blogging I understand it a lot better. It is a lot more fun than I realized.

Why do you blog?

Monday, November 19, 2007

Dan The Basset Hound



Here is a picture of Dan. Dan as you can probably tell is a Basset Hound. We see Dan almost every time we go to the dog park. Dan is a really good dog with an owner that really loves him. Dan plays with most dogs and runs around barking in his deep basset hound voice.
Dan has some really silly habits. I think it is because he is a scent hound he likes to roll around in poop more than your average dog to bring the scent back to his pack. One time Lucy really let one go. Great Danes are a pretty big dog and with big dogs come big messes. Sorry for getting a little graphic but it is a funny story. Remember I said Dan likes to roll around in poop. You know where this one is going. He was there quicker than anyone could get there and sure enough he was sure able to carry that scent around for a while.

The funny part of the story was he turned around to his owner, ran up to her and sat up like only a basset hound can. They sit on their butt with their long body vertical in the air. I do not think I have ever seen a dog more proud of himself. He sat there giving that doggie smile, wagging his tail like crazy.

I know this goes without saying but it was a while before his owner was able to get the stuff off and into the car.

Lucy and Kona's trip to the dog park




Well, we went to the dog park as planned. It was a good time and the girlies had a good time just running around. Lucy, of course, went from person to person getting them to pet her. She acts like she gets no attention at home, she looks up at everyone with those sad, sad eyes of hers and people just love on her for a while. When they get tired she goes to the next unsuspecting person. Kona just goes from person to person, to dog, to person tail a wagging the entire time. she is very much the social butterfly. Both girls had a good time chasing the other dogs. Kona usually gets some unwanted attention from a dog while we are there and yesterday was no exception. She is pretty good at letting the other dog she wants to be left alone. But sometimes the other dogs just do not get it. That is usually when Lucy comes over and gives her very inimidating growl combined with a little aggressive posturing. Strangely enough that has a 100 percent success rate. It is kind of funny but Lucy treats Kona like her little sis or daughter. She is very protective.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

We are off to the dog park



since it is a nice day here. well nice and cold we are off to the local dog park. the girlies love it there.

Getting Your dog to be more affectionate


I was just reading in one of my dog magazines that if you want to get your dog to be more affectionate you should hand feed them. I thought that was a pretty cool idea. But then I thought about it for a second. I would have to feed Lucy from both hands. Then I thought about it some more, I do not think that I could handle her being more affectionate. Both Kona and her climb into bed (usually with a dog toy) with use pretty much every morning, especially on the weekends. Kona is a little more of an issue as she is jumping around, lightly biting me on the face (I understand that is a way of her showing companionship) and eventually sitting on my head. Lucy just wants to be pet the entire time. It is hard to say no when she looks at you with those big calf like eyes.

She always looks so sad even when her tail is going around the world.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Why Lucy doesn't like winter




Based on Lucy's action over the last few weeks I am getting the distinct impression she does not like the cold all that much. It was raining the other day and she refused to go outside. We had to wait a few hours until you could just tell she just could not hold it anymore. We don't have a fenced yard so we have to go out there with her. So just imagine her and I standing out in the pouring rain while she took care of business. Come to think of it, I don't blame Lucy for not liking the cold.

We don't get to go on walks as much anymore. It is usually pretty dark by the time I get back from work. The neighborhood I live in does not have sidewalks so it is a little dangerous to take her on a walk at night.

She does like being tucked in at night though.

What type of dog do you have?

I have two dogs, Lucy and Kona. You can read about both of their stories by following these links. Lucy's Story Kona's Story

As a direct result of having Kona and Lucy I will have labs and great danes the rest of my days.

Why do you have the dogs that you do? Is there a specific breed that you love? I would love to hear from you.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Best Dog Photo/Best Adoption Story Contest

At Lucy's Dog House I am going to be holding a Best Dog Photo/Best Adoption Story Contest. Please send in a picture of your pet with the story of how you adopted your dog. The story should be about 100-200 words or so. I will be accepting photos/stories until Dec 15th.

Then from Dec 16th to January 15th I will open up the voting to the public. The ddog with the best photo/story will win a $100 gift certificate to www.lucysdoghouse.net.

Please send in your photo/story to hans@lucysdoghouse.net

Lucy's Dog Food

Ever since we switched Lucy's dog food about 10 months ago she has been a different dog. We feed her Innova Evo, a high protein kibble with the first two items in it being turkey and chicken and the next being apples. She runs around like a little puppy with tons of energy. She has gained some healthy weight.

From a financial aspect it is pretty good too since we only have to feed her half the amount of kibble because it has a ton of calories in it without a lot of fillers.

What do you feed your dog and why??

Why Dogs Are Better Than Humans

If you are reading this blog you probably can relate to the idea that dogs are better than humans.

I had lunch today with a really negative person. No matter what anyone had to say he had something to counter back with that was negative and a total buzz kill. Even when I proved that his logic was somewhat flawed it couldn't change his overall attitude. It was a good thing I was in a really good moode because it didn't affect me too much.

When I came home today just like everyday, Lucy was there to greet me with her tail a swinging like crazy, a toy in her mouth running around like a nut. Nothing but love for ya babe is what I imagine her broadcasting. Kind of made my day.

Lucy and Kona at the Dog Park



One of the reasons I like the summer a lot more than winter. It gets dark so early during the day. I got home at 4:55 today and it was already completely dark. One of the things I like to do with the dogs is take them to the dog park a couple of times during the week. Both Lucy and Kona get what they need there. Lucy just goes from person to person getting pet. She would be a perfect therapy dog. Kona gets to run around with the other young dogs and go from person to person looking for food.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Great dane Water Bowl - funny



An oldie but a goodie.

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Lucy's Dog House Sponsors Paws of Austin

Every month at Lucy's Dog House we sponsor a different Great Dane Rescue. We have a new rescue this Paws of Austin, www.pawsofaustin.org. They are a great rescue that helps out tons of dogs, mostly great daes in the austin area. PAWS concentrates on promoting public awareness of animal welfare issues among other things.

So I give them 5% of my sales for the whole month plus whenever someone uses the coupon code: rescue I donate an additional 10% to the rescue for the month.

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Vick dogs Up For Adoption

I came across this article today and I am glad to hear that they are up for adoption. I know when the case first broke they was a lot of speculation that most of the dogs would never be able to put up for adoption.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Twelve dogs that belonged to suspended football star Michael Vick are up for adoption in Virginia, but the new owners may not know where the animals came from.

Nine beagles, two Rottweilers and a Cane Corso seized from Vick's Virginia property are among 50 dogs available for adoption, the Virginia Beach Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said on its Web site.

But prospective owners won't be told if a dog they wish to adopt was one of Vick's, Sharon Adams, the shelter's executive director, told The Virginian-Pilot newspaper.

"Folks that want a 'Vick dog' are not who we are looking for," Adams said, the newspaper reported Wednesday.

Vick, who was quarterback of the Atlanta Falcons, pleaded guilty in August in a federal dogfighting conspiracy case and is to be sentenced Dec. 10.

The 12 dogs apparently have no scars that would indicate they were fighters.

More than 60 dogs, including 48 pit bulls, were taken from Vick's property in Surry County, Va. Most of the animals remain in federal custody, awaiting placement in shelters.

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Monday, November 12, 2007

Great Danes are Pretty Clingy

For those of you that don't know, one of a great danes characteristics is that they are very clingy and want to be with you all the time. They might be the biggest lap dogs around. Well Lucy is no different. Tonight I had to study for an exam that I will be having later this week. So what does Lucy do? Well, she decides to climb on the couch right next to me and proceed to stretch her big paws in front of me for almost an hour. It is hard to say no to her since she is a big sweetheart but it work has to get done sometimes.

They are definately not the bred that you can leave in the backyard all day, especially when the family is home. They will get really wierded out if you do as they are very social dogs with regards to their family.