Well-Known Secret Behind Pet Stores


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

Happy puppyThere 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

Saving abandoned animals, one ride at a time

See the video, reach the article by NBC News.

See the video, reach the article by NBC News.

Saving abandoned animals, one ride at a time.  – VIDEO

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:

  • Truck Drivers
  • Layover Homes – temporary fosters
  • Shuttle Drivers – 4 wheelers in major cities and surrounding areas

The Rescue Dog That Rescued Us


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

Former Cowboy Lassos Dogs


Good Samaritan lassos pair of dogs trapped in canal

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.

Link to Article from the Yakima Herald – Oh No.  The article was removed.

Idaho Eagle Hits Truck – All Survive Close Encounter


Bald eagle crashes through truck windshieldA Bald Eagle – A Truck Driver – An Amazing Rescue Story

Truck driver Ben Wright was minding his own business, driving down an Idaho road when BAM something crashed through his front window. “I didn’t know what hit the windshield, all I knew was the glass exploded, and this thing was screaming just like a child, or something,” Wright said. What was this “THING”? It was a bald eagle. The eagle’s wing was stuck in the windshield, injured but still alive. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game carefully rescued the majestic bird and sent it to a non-profit organization in Wyoming, the Teton Raptor Center.

The eagle was patiently nursed back to health. Today she is soaring the skies of Idaho.

On the Road Again

In Idaho we often hear of close encounters on the highways between vehicles and critters such as deer, elk, even squirrels. I have a feeling this truck driver will never forget the day in Idaho when he couldn’t wait to get on the road again – in fact he was see’n things that he may never see again. Now when we go for a drive with our dog, Maggie, we’ll keep our eyes open for Wiegle – the Window Eagle. Don’t you just love rescue stories. (Willie Nelson‘s music is now going through my head . . . “On the Road Again . . “)

Blog the Change for Animals


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Here’s our dog adoption story featured in the BestDogBlog.com. We really missed having a dog after our beloved 14 year old Australian Shepherd/Blue Heeler, Scout, died. We seriously questioned the wisdom of searching for another family pet. It was so difficult to grieve the loss of such a good companion and member of our family. But we soon realized that our house was not a home without a dog. READ ON . . .