Please join me in welcoming a guest blog post by Dayton Uttinger who informs us about the new law being discussed in the New Jersey Legislature. If enacted, it will prevent pet stores from buying animals from “mills”, only from rescue and adoption shelters.
Thank you, Dayton, for your article. – Julie
The Well-Known Secret Behind Pet Stores
By: Dayton Uttinger
There are few things that excite a household more than bringing home a new puppy. Everyone crowds around the new addition to the family. Some are eager for attention, others withdraw into the arms of whoever’s carrying them, but they are all small and fragile, no matter how large they’re destined to grow later. However, depending on the dog’s origin, dangerous health problems can develop with time, especially if it came from a puppy mill.
Puppy mills have long been the bane of animal rights advocates. Although 62% of American households own at least one dog, and we all tend to treat them like family, we don’t always investigate where they’re coming from. We figure that we’ll be giving our pet all the love that they deserve, so really, we’re rescuing an animal from a puppy mill when we buy from a chain store, right? Continue reading →
A story about truck drivers and dogs that need a lift. Mark Potter, NBC News reports about a group of volunteer truck drivers and an organization named Operation Roger . . . Truckers Pet Transport, where pet loving truck drivers, men and women, help needy pets. As you can see from the video and the article written by Erika Angulo, Producer, NBC News, it is so good to hear about a successful effort to find permanent loving homes for dogs in need of people.
In beautiful Tok Alaska an anxious family awaits an important delivery. A puppy was hand delivered by a truck driver. It took 9 days and traveled more than 4,500 miles thanks to a kind-hearted trucker, David Binz and Operation Roger. “It’s a good way that truck drivers in America can give back to society because we’re not home a lot,” Binz said. “We can’t do a lot of volunteer projects, but this is something that we can do.”
WAY TO GO TRUCKERS! Blue Belle and the dogblog think you guys are pawsitively the best. This sounds like a great cause. By the way, it appears that this volunteer organization can use more volunteers:
Layover Homes – temporary fosters
Shuttle Drivers – 4 wheelers in major cities and surrounding areas
By: Murry and Julie Walton – Boise, Idaho
December 7, 2012
Why We Needed to Be Rescued
Imagine yourself in our situation. The wife goes through two thyroid surgeries and cancer diagnosis. After being home from the hospital for just one week, your beloved 5 year old dog dies. This was our sad circumstance in the fall of 2012.
Having lost our treasured pet Maggie to sudden sickness and death, we were both devastated. Life was a struggle. Oh how we missed our early morning puppy play before going off to work. There was no longer a loyal companion to greet us when we entered our home. No longer a best friend to play fetch, find the hidden squeaky squirrel, sit up, roll over and to give praise with a treat. Our routine dog walking workout came to an abrupt halt. Our tail wagging puppy had filled our home with smiles and laughter. Our happy feelings were replaced with grief, a strange emptiness and a great big hole in our hearts.
Together we soon decided that we needed to look for another dog as our home was not the same without a canine companion.
We wanted a young beautiful really smart dog (preferably one that would never die) We both realized the responsible thing to do was adopt another rescue dog. We started to camp out on the Petfinder.com web site to find a dog that we felt might best fit our family situation. We preferred a female dog of the herding breed, since that was the type of dog we were most familiar with. Murry found a nice female border collie named Misty that was in Thayne, Wyoming at the Animal Humane Association of Star Valley, also known as Lucky’s Place. Julie really liked the look of Misty so she contacted Mary Ann Ahrens, the President and Director of the animal shelter. It looked like Misty was already going to be adopted, but Mary Ann thought we should look at a dog named Bella. Continue reading →
"The Grace Foundation is so grateful for the response we have received to our little Beyonce and her story of survival. We never could have predicted the amount of attention her story would receive or that she would become an international sensation.
Beyonce has become an ambassador for rescue dogs everywhere and has brought much needed attention to the plight of these dogs. In just two weeks this amazing little girl has put a face on the struggles that shelter dogs must face. Although some of them, like Beyonce and her family, are lucky enough to be rescued and find loving homes, millions more are euthanized every year. It is our hope that Beyonce will continue to encourage people throughout the country to adopt these rescue dogs, who are truly on their last chance at life."
This amazing rescue story comes from Hope For Paws, a non-profit animal rescue organization, based in Los Angeles, California. Hope For Paws rescues dogs and all other animals who are suffering on the streets and in the shelters. They foster these animals in homes, cage free, until they can find them permanent, loving families. They can use our support.
Our dog blog readers love rescue stories. We found a doozie of a cautionary tale from Moxee, Washington.
Here in the northwest we use irrigation canals to water our crops. Many of these water ways have concrete walls. As a result, canals can be very dangerous, so signs are posted to warn people to stay out of the canal. We invite you to follow the link to the report from the Yakima Herald about a couple dogs that found themselves doing a fast dog paddle and needing to be rescued from the Yakima Valley Roza Canal.
We applaud the very skilled gentleman from Mexico, Jesus Villanueva.