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April 27, 2011 12:00 am

Wow. It's hard to believe that we were looking forward to our vacation for so long that it finally came and past. Most people would think that a week in the sunny south is not long enough and I couldn't agree with you more, especially with the cold weather that we are currently still experiencing. We talked about staying for 2 weeks but truthfully 1 week was hard enough without my beagles...2 would have made a great vacation into one sad country song.

I was hoping to bring some of the above normal hot weather that Florida was experiencing home with me.  I know how much both my beagles love laying outside in the hot sun. Hunter is just as eager for warm weather as the rest of us are but Mother Nature is still calling for warm socks and snuggling up in front of the electric fireplace insert instead of community bon fires outside with the neighbors.

Oh Mother Nature, please send some hot weather this way so that pets everywhere can continue those Frisbee games from last summer.


Happy St. Petty’s Day

March 17, 2010 8:07 am

Have Fun Today People!

As everyone goes out tonight in their shamrock green shirts, drinking green beer and wearing their green custom hats I'd like to post a great story I stumbled upon about one of the US Olympic Bobsledders unique adoption story.

While Steven Holcomb was arriving at the Today show in New York City for some interviews – he was walking backstage when his eyes met with a copper colored golden retriever.

Two-year-old Bailey, who was picked up in Harlem after being abandoned on the street, had come to the studio to tape a segment called Bow-to-WOW!, where shelter dogs from the city's Animal Care & Control get to strut their stuff on camera in the hopes of finding their forever homes.?

The show's producers decided to have the dogs walk out onto the set led by the four members of the bobsled team, and "sure enough, they handed me Bailey," Holcomb says.

Despite having just won an Olympic gold medal, Holcomb filled out an adoption application "just like everyone else," which has since been approved by AC&C, according to spokesperson Richard Gentles.?

"It's been lonely and empty," Holcomb says. "To come home after a really hard workout and there's nobody there waiting for you."

Once Bailey gets settled into her new home, the first order of business might be to teach her his world-famous Holcy dance.

What a great story to start off St. Patricks Day.

Holcomb and Bailey!

Dog Whom Was Thrown Away – Saves Girls Life

March 12, 2010 9:32 am

I was forwarded this story by a friend of mine Jennifer, and had to share..

By Laurie LaMonica

Though he was once left to die in a garbage bin, a Terrier mix has found new purpose in caring for and protecting a little girl with a rare neurological disorder. (Pet Pulse Photo by Rob Gill)

Good On Ya Jack!

LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. -- When the Pieters family adopted Jack, a dog once left to die in a dumpster, they hoped he would act as a constant companion to their daughter, Maya.

They never considered that the Terrier mix would also save the little girl's life, on more than one occasion.

Jack's loyalty -- and keen senses -- have proved that one person's trash can truly become another's treasure.

Just ask 8-year-old Maya, who inspired her family's trip to the Humane League of Lancaster County in 2004. When the Pieters saw how seamlessly Maya bonded with Jack, he had nowhere to go but out of the kennel, and into their home.

"Maya was down on her knees and her face as close to the gate as can be and he's licking her and I heard Maya talk more then to him then she had in a whole week," recalled Maya's mother, Michelle Pieters, of their first encounter with the dog.

The connection was exceptional for the young girl, whose condition forces her to struggle with normal oral and social functions.

When Maya was 3-years-old she was diagnosed with congenital bilateral perisylvian syndrome, an extremely rare condition that only 100 to 200 people in the world are reported to have.

The disease affects Maya's oral motor functions -- such as speech and swallowing -- and could cause seizures. But it also took a toll on Maya's self esteem. Always left out by other children, Maya became very withdrawn at a young age.

Maya's speech therapist, Donna Buss, suggested the Pieters family get a dog in 2003. She thought it might benefit Maya's socialization skills. Buss says Maya's shyness made their sessions difficult -- at the time, very little progress was being made.

So the Pieters launched a search to adopt the perfect dog. It took one year to find one that Maya felt comfortable with -- but the wait, in the end, was all the more worthwhile.

Though flea infested and dirty, Jack was the miracle for which the Pieters were searching.

Maya bonded with Jack instantly and the connection would prove more significant than Maya or her parents could have ever predicted.

Jack was sleeping in his crate one morning last year, when suddenly, without apparent provocation, he leaped from his bed and darted up the steps to Maya's room. The door was closed, but Jack sensed that Maya was inside -- and that she, for whatever reason, needed help.

The dog began to relentlessly claw and bark at the door, until Maya's family took notice of the dog's frantic state.

Jack, the Pieters realized, knew exactly what he was doing. Maya was found in her room, having her first seizure in her sleep.

Jack's urgent response to Maya's seizure probably saved her life, as the seizure was a new, unprecedented symptom of her condition.

The Pieters took to calling the little shelter dog "Maya's guardian angel."

Since that first episode, Maya has suffered other seizures. Each time, Jack has been able to preemptively sense when Maya is about to have a seizure. He has broken her fall, sat on top of her to help settle her convulsing body, and when she finally wakes up, licks her tears dry.

Jack has helped Maya in other ways as well. Upon adopting the dog, Maya's oral motor functions have improved drastically. Before Jack, Maya did not speak very often and was very sensitive to her face being touched.

Jack has helped Maya overcome these problems with routine face lickings, playtime and simply standing in as Maya's constant companion.

All of these accomplishments led to Jack's nomination for the Humane Society of the United State's "Valor Dog of the Year," an award to honor and celebrate dogs that have performed extraordinary acts of courage.

Jack competed against heroic dogs across the country, and although he didn't win the main prize, he was granted the "People's Choice" award.

Jack may have no idea he is nationally known for his good deeds. All he knows is someone once gave up on him, threw him away like a piece of trash.

And now, he is loved by a family, cherished by a little girl. In return, as much as Maya Pieters gave him a new chance at life, Jack has given her the same gift, as well.

If you're a pet owner like myself.. well jeez.. I'm near in tears after re-reading the story.

Little Miracle: Owner Dies in Plane Crash, But Dog Survives

March 2, 2010 9:35 am

I sort of have mixed feeling about this story. On one hand, it's great that the dog survived, and the more survivors in a tragedy the better, but on the other hand, this dog lost his best friend. The following article was found on PeoplePets.com:

James "Jim" Trefz had recently rescued a dog from a shelter, a white terrier mix named Zulu. Trefz, an avid pilot who liked to fly his plane several times a week, took Zulu with him on every trip.

"He and the dog became instant companions," Trefz's friend John Amundsen (pictured) tells PEOPLEPets.com.

Last Thursday, tragedy struck, when shortly after taking off from the Winter Haven airport in Florida, the single-engine plane lost power and crashed into a tree. Trefz and his passenger, George Azize, both died, but incredibly, Zulu survived, without sustaining any injuries.

"We were stunned, to be honest. He's just a little, small white dog," says Amundsen, who runs Accelerated Flight Training at the airport. "We've been to too many wrecks over the years, and we were stunned to find the dog still alive."

Hardly anybody at the scene of the crash was thinking about Zulu given the two human lives at stake, but as members of the Polk County Sheriff's Department spoke with a group of reporters, pubic information officer Carrie Eleazer spotted a white dog crossing into the scene of the crash.

"I walked over to him thinking he belonged to one of the bystanders," Eleazer says. She checked his tag and confirmed that he had belonged to the pilot. "He wasn't scared. He didn’t seem traumatized. He was just trotting around like he knew where he was, like he belonged there."

Eleazer handed Zulu over to Amundsen, who carried the dog back to the airport. He says that Zulu was searching for his owner, and at every sound of a plane, Zulu would run around looking for Trefz, who wouldn't be coming back for him. Amundsen then returned the dog to Trefz's girlfriend and 2-year-old daughter.

"It can't make up for everything that happened, but to me, he's the only good thing that came out of this," Eleazer says. "Without a broken bone on his body. It's just amazing. It's a tiny little miracle. They should change his name to Miracle."

Can you imagine how lucky that dog was? Not only to survive this crash.. but also to have an owner whom took him on plane rides every day? Heck I have a tough enough time just keeping my dogs in the yard with the wireless security system that we have!

Dog Survives 40 Days Stranded In Mountains

February 23, 2010 5:59 pm

Found this article on Alyssa Milanos' twitter page... and figured I'd share, I love these articles. Man, as much as I love my hounds, I don't think it would matter whether I took them on a Branson vacation package or a trip to Vegas.. they're not going!!

SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS, Calif. (CBS) ? A very strong-willed dog has returned to its owner after surviving 40 days in the freezing wilderness of the Santa Cruz Mountains, CBS station KPIX-TV reports.

Buck, a black lab, got lost near his home Jan. 6. Owner Terina Held thought he got swept up in a swollen river during a rain storm. Flyers went up and calls were made to shelters, but Held gave up after five weeks of searching.

"We figured he was probably dead or what not. Or someone fell in love with him and (they) weren't going to give him back," Held recalled.

But the story changed on Feb. 16 when neighbor Mark Smith took the day off to go hiking on his birthday. Smith and his dog Copper heard whimpering and found the weak, emaciated black lab stranded on a patch of dry river bed not far from where Buck went missing.

Smith scooped him up, waded 200 yards through an ice-cold creek, and carried Buck to safety.

"I would think that anybody who loves animals and was walking and seeing what I saw probably wouldn't have hesitated to do what I did," said Smith.

Buck lost 50 pounds as he lay in the cold without food for more than a month. Held is relieved to have her companion back at home.

"I know he knows that we love him, and maybe he didn't want to leave us hanging dry," said Held. "Maybe he wanted to make sure to give us more love before his dying day."