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TABLE OF CONTENTS

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Cover Story

I Dream of being a Cover Dog Feature 26 Cover Dog Models

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Official “Pawtograph” Page

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Noodle the Disabled

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Lady Bug the Pibble Mix

I Love Big Sticks Me & My BFF’S

Kona Stealing Hearts and 5 of his Best Friends

Dachshund ParkerPup

In the Dog’s Kitchen Dog of the Month: Sept For Love of Gabe

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Dog of the Month: Oct

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Dog of the Month: Nov

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Dog of the Month: Dec

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Famous Dog on Facebook

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Raegan the Pit Bull Therapy Dog

Holly – Through the Eyes of a Service Dog Copper the Therapy Dog

With Friends Help with Vet Bills


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Pet Business Profile

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Pet Business Profile

Pet Pizzaz

Fundraising With Candise

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Featured Artist Julia Vogel

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Dexter’s Bucket List

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Smiley ( Sick and Injured

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Teddy Roo From Cleveland Jeffrey, the Positively Peaceful Pit Bull

Feral Dog Pack in East Texas) Rescuing Captain Courageous Balto of Jeremy’s Journey Thor of Creekside K9 Love Me… Don’t Leave Me!

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I Love My Adopted Dog!

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Book Reviews

Who’s Ready For Some Football?

All Books Reviewed by Nancy Allen

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Happily Ever After

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Happily Ever After

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Happily Ever After

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Happily Ever After

Oscar the Happy Sweet Pea

Mr Jack Therapy Dog

Enzo of Fresno Bully Rescue

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THE DISABLED DACHSHUND

A voice for the voiceless and his message: “Adopt, Don’t Shop!” By Ewa Jelonek (Noodle’s mum)

It was in 2004 that I came across a tiny Dachshund puppy, the last of his litter to find a home. He appeared sad and sickly, and it was those big brown eyes staring up at me, pleading with me to ‘take me home,’ that made me scoop the little puppy in my arms and give him a warm place to call his own. We named him Noodle.

Three discs had ruptured in his spine, but on a positive note, surgery was possible and Noodle was operated on. It took many months of physiotherapy and the recovery was long, but Noodle’s determination to live an energetic life again (overtook his disability), and with wobbly legs, swaying hips, and a weak spine, he took his first steps again!

As Noodle got older, he lived the perfect life – beach trips, play dates in the park, toys galore, and even a big-boned cat as his best friend. For six years Noodle was full of energy, never a dull moment in the house or with visitors. But, in a sudden moment, his life changed forever.

After much progress, discs ruptured two more times and Noodle went through the same process of more surgery and rehabilitation – an enduring challenge for a tiny dog. Even though he’s slower than most dogs in the neighborhood, Noodle takes life with gusto – he still plays at the beach, attempts to chase his feline best friend, and cuddles with us all the time.

It was just one day; one day that he didn’t want to go for a walk, he appeared depressed, and suddenly his back legs dragged along the floor. In a panic, we rushed him to the hospital and the veterinarian said that Noodle was paralysed.

In his spare time, Noodle is a representative for disabled and homeless canines. His Facebook page has more than 14,000 fans, and even though we live in Australia, the majority of his dog

friends are in the United States because of the social network there. Noodle supports various animal charities and shelters by sharing with the world the plight of dogs who suffer – dogs who are on death row and have just hours to find a new home, dogs who are severely injured and are in desperate need of life saving surgery, and animal abuse cases to raise awareness of how some people treat animals. He has received numerous emails from the families of other dogs, thanking him for his hard work to ask the world to help those in need, and has even raised money for registered charities. After meeting so many of the disadvantaged dogs online through social networking, Noodle’s biggest message to the public is: To Adopt, Not Shop. He is the voice of the voiceless.

Become a fan on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/ Noodle-The-Disabled-Dachshund

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L AD Y B U G PHOTOS BY MERRiLY TiTHOF

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A strAy dog rescued off the streets And PAwing it forwArd! By mERRily tithoF (lady BuG’s mama)

When Lady Bug came to us that night in October 2009, we never realized how much more our lives would be enriched. Already a family of seven dogs and three cats, we knew there was room for one more. Many already know her beginning, from thrown away street dog, to beloved and pampered family member. Creating a Facebook page for Lady Bug was not my idea though. On the advice from her BFF, Juno the Pit Bull Bulldog Goddess, she was the one who convinced me to allow Lady Bug her own page. Going in, I had no idea of how I was going to make this work. What do I do? How do I “create” her to be her own dog? It was simple really. I looked at her and realized that if Lady Bug could talk, she would be exactly as she is portrayed; kind, concerned, caring, compassionate, and a big dash of mischievous and funny imp! Always being an advocate for animals, we decided to take our voice to her Facebook page! I was approached by several people asking us to help network

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the death row dogs of the NYACC, and that is where it really took off. Lady Bug is an advocate. No dog should be on death row for being homeless not because of the faults of humankind. She also advocates for the end of BSL (Breed Specific Legislation), for responsible dog ownership, spaying and neutering, and the end of puppy mills. She advocates against irresponsible breeding, promotes Adopt-Don’t Shop, wishes there were harsher penalties against animal abusers, and raises awareness about the use of cruelty-free products in hopes of ending animal testing. She has hosted several fundraisers on her Facebook page. We did an auction for one of the NYACC rescues, Second Chance Rescue of NYC, and raised over 5,000.00! With the help of Sammie the Pit Bull, her “Be Kind” t-shirts generated over a 1,000.00 donation to Cherry H.E.A.R.T. Rescue! She entered and won the Pet Kiss Products contest and gave the $300 prize money to Rehome Animal Rescue, Inc. We also collected

toys last Christmas for the I’m Not A Monster Christmas Drive for shelter dogs or dogs in boarding, and she pulled in quite a haul! We are very proud of these accomplishments, and want to do more to help. She is a solid pledge partner on death row dog’s threads. Her Paw It Forward ideas and theology is to help whenever possible and save lives. One by one, until there are none. Lady Bug lives with her four siblings, in complete peace, harmony, and utter chaos! It is a perfect life for this once street dog. Of course, what would she be without her famous ball, all gazillion of them, which are all named ball! Ball is definitely her sidekick! We have to add the good things in life as well. There is good out there. We call them the “WHEEEEEEEES” in life. Those moments that give pause to the horrors, and provide us with the hope that keeps us fighting the good fight. Lady Bug is hope.

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therAPy dog, model, Actor, Agility comPetitor, Volunteer, cAncer AwAreness AdVocAte By JEnniFER mCFaRlinG (paRkER’s mom)

Cancer. It affects us all. You probably know one or more people who have battled the disease. And if you add dogs and other pets, you may begin to lose count. Parker started out as a star puppy student, mastering tricks and obedience and obtaining his AKC CGC before the age of one year. Soon he was getting gigs as a professional model and animal actor. He has appeared on the big screen in Times Square, in various television and web commercials, magazines, print ads, music videos, and even in live theater – most recently playing the dog in Cheaper by the Dozen for a non-profit children’s performing arts academy (STAGES). As a registered therapy dog with Pet Partners, Parker visits cancer patients at Kaiser Radiation Oncology and Doernbecher Children’s Hospital/ Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU). He also works with the “Read to the Dogs” program at Beaverton City Library. These visits come with so much reward – for the recipients, for Parker, and for his handler. When he puts the

vest on, he knows what he is going to do. He knows his job is to help people feel better. You can see a twinkle in his eye and hear the thump of his tail. At the hospital, he performs tricks to get them to smile, or just rests his chin in a lap. He helps distract them from the stresses they face and helps them to heal. Cancer has touched Parker in many ways. His 2-legged dad battled an aggressive form of cancer. This past August, he lost another ‘golden’ member of his family, Daisy, to lymphoma. Our family has lost a total of 3 of our 7 goldens to cancer, and we have known countless others who have battled the evil C-word. One in two dogs will get cancer. One in four will die from the disease. For golden retrievers the cancer rate jumps to 60%. In our household with golden retrievers, the odds are not in our favor. This is why we are strong advocates for Morris Animal Foundation (MAF). They are helping to conduct a study called the Canine Lifetime Health Project, and they’re starting out with the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study.

This study will follow 3,000 golden retrievers throughout the course of their lives. The work they do may help all of us in the battle with cancer. Every year Parker travels from Portland, Oregon to Sacramento, California to support MAF’s K9 Cancer Walk. He wears a vest that holds over 1,500 names of people and animals that battled cancer. We continue to add names as the requests come in. Parker fundraises for MAF throughout the year, as well as other cancer organizations such as the American Cancer Society and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and participates in cancer walks all over. In the last year, he raised over $10,000 for organizations working to find a cure. Parker is a small golden retriever, but he has a very big heart! Someday I want to say that, working together, we helped find a cure.

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IN THE DOG'S KITCHEN

photo by Jamie M Downey

SCRAMBLED EGGS WITH DICED ZUCCHINI AND GRATED CARROTS Scramble organic, free-range eggs in a frying pan while you dice up fresh zucchini, and saute in olive oil over medium heat. After the eggs are scrambled and the zucchini is lightly cooked, then scoop a generous heaping of scrambled eggs over your dog's favorite dry kibble and put a few spoonfuls of diced zucchini over the eggs. Sprinkle some grated raw carrots over the food bowl and watch your dog dig in!

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MEATBALLS WITH FRESH SPINACH You can make your own homemade meatballs or buy already cooked frozen meatballs. Bake the meatballs or follow heating instructions. Steam the fresh spinach till lightly cooked. After the meatballs are cooked and the spinach is lightly steamed, then scoop a generous heaping of meatballs (slice into chunks) over your dog's favorite dry kibble and put a few spoonfuls of spinach (chopped up) over the food bowl and watch your dog chow down!

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IN THE DOG'S KITCHEN

POT ROAST WITH FRESH CARROTS, BABY POTATOES AND GREEN BEANS Best way to cook a pot roast is in the crock pot on the “low” setting for 12 hours! Get up early in the morning and it just takes a few minutes to get this meal ready. Pour a cup of water or broth in the crock pot, then add a medium-size pot roast. Put your fresh carrots, baby potatoes, and green beans on top and let simmer for 11-12 hours. Dinner for the pups will be ready when you get home from work. Just slice up the veggies and roast into small bite-size pieces and add some kibble. Yummy!

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PHOTO BY BETH WILLIAMS

EXTRAORDINARY DOG OF THE MONTH: SEPTEMBER

FOR LOVE OF GABE

Overcoming the odds to survive! From being raped and beaten to a journey of healing, love, and happiness! By Beth Williams (Gabe’s mama)

Gabe’s story has a very grim beginning. In November 2012, when he was found by Joe, the animal control officer in Lampasas, Texas, it was believed Gabe had been hit by a car. He walked with his back stooped, with his broken tail dragging the ground, urine dribbled with each step, and he cried out in pain with the slightest touch. When he was examined, the horrific secret Gabe had been carrying with him, was finally revealed. Gabe had been raped,

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sodomized by a human. The sadness in his eyes told of the guilt and shame he held within his soul. For the first time in his life, tears were shed for him, and a will to live burned within him. Eagle’s Den Rescue in Clarkton, North Carolina, was called on to come to Gabe’s aid. Sadly, they had past experience with the sexual abuse of dogs, and gladly took Gabe on, providing the means for his care. His tail was amputated

and a metal plate placed to stabilize his spine. With each passing day, he grew stronger, both physically and emotionally. He began to trust again. His broken soul began to heal. After his recovery, Gabe was transported to Eagle’s Den Rescue in January, where the search for his forever home began. I followed Gabe’s story on Eagle’s Den Rescue’s Facebook page, and each time I would look into his eyes, I wept. To


EXTRAORDINARY DOG OF THE MONTH: SEPTEMBER

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AFTER think of the pain that he endured tore at the very pit of my soul. When I shared his story with my husband, Glenn, he said, “We just need to get him.” We were chosen out of the 400+ applicants to give Gabe his forever home. I will never forget receiving the call from Eagle’s Den saying that we were being chosen to be Gabe’s parents. Gabe is an extraordinary dog, with an amazing life. He lives in Ocala, Florida on three acres along with his fur siblings, Sarge, Sadie, and Max. He has blossomed into the dog he was always meant to be. He loves hunting lizards and wrestling with his big brother Max. He has his very own Facebook page, with over 3,500 fans! In one of Gabe’s photos, his ears are flipped back, and a fan called them doodle ears! The name stuck and the craze started! Gabe is

GABE

PHOTos BY BETH WILLIAMS

the Master Doodler! This craze had led to fundraising for Eagle’s Den Rescue with a doodle ear contest, selling of postcards featuring all the doodle dogs and cats, and now a calendar featuring the top twelve winners! We have raised over $1,000 for Eagle’s Den Rescue! While Gabe’s story began grimly, his future is nothing but bright. Gabe has come full circle, overcoming the odds, thanks to the great people at Lampasas Texas Animal Shelter, his rescue angels at Eagle’s Den Rescue, and the thousands of angels who donated for his care, and prayed for his recovery. His journey is one of inspiration and hope for others like him. Sadly, bestiality is a growing problem with many states having no laws against it, and many animals suffer in silence, or if rescued, never recover

from the physical and/or emotional abuse. My hope is that by telling Gabe’s story, we can bring awareness to this abuse and work to change laws that will protect our animal companions. I once wept for Gabe for the pain he endured. Today, I shed tears of joy, knowing that he has learned to trust again, that he no longer has those sad eyes, and that he will never know pain like that again.

Become a fan on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/ForLoveOfGabe

Become a fan of Eagle’s Den Rescue at: www.facebook.com/Eagles.Den.Rescue

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EXTRAORDINARY DOG OF THE MONTH: OCTOBER

RAEGAN THE PIT BULL THERAPY DOG

PHOTOS BY ASLYN ESTILL

Overcoming Parvo and Encephalitis, Raegan has a greater purpose in life and has never stopped wagging her tail! By Aslyn Estill (Raegan’s mama)

Raegan’s story begins in late 2009 when she was brought into a veterinary clinic that I was working at in Louisiana. She was extremely sick and diagnosed with Parvo. Her previous owner said to treat her, but never called to check on her and never came back for her. She fought through and got well, however, she had nowhere to go. She stayed at the clinic until legal matters were settled for the clinic to release her. At that time, she was set to go to the shelter where 99% of 'pit bull' type dogs do not make it out of alive. I wanted to make sure Raegan was safe as I had become extremely attached to her, so the veterinarian approved our family to adopt her and she came home on Christmas eve. All was well until August 2010. When I opened her kennel door one morning she couldn't walk. I rushed her into work and the tests began. Between x-rays and blood tests, we couldn't find anything that

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caused this sudden onset. The veterinarian referred us to a specialist a few hours away. More tests, a spinal tap, and an MRI later, she was diagnosed with Encephalitis. She had blood/fluid in her spine and her brain had severe swelling. The internal specialist said she was the worst case he had seen and he couldn't believe that through it all, her tail never stopped wagging. She went home 4 days later with injections, multiple medications, and a plan for physical therapy. She was restricted to the house and could not be around any other animals due to her compromised immune system from the medications. She finally came off medications and was cleared to start living a normal life in early 2012. Due to her love of everyone she meets, I decided to see if she would enjoy being a Therapy Dog. In July 2012, she got her Canine Good Citizen (CGC) and her Therapy Dog Certification. She

has loved every minute of it. Since then we have visited, and continue to visit, nursing homes, veterans hospitals, a local children’s home, schools, and multiple libraries to help assist children with reading. We have done many lessons to help teach children the proper way to take care of their pets and proper safety around dogs. Even though Raegan is healthy now, her past still shows, as she was left with nerve damage on her right front leg. She is a constant inspiration and reminder that no matter what life throws at you, if you keep a positive attitude, and stay determined, you can overcome it. We work hard to show others that being different or having a disability is not a bad thing - embrace it and be proud of who you are.

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EXTRAORDINARY DOG OF THE MONTH: NOVEMBER “I BELIEVE EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON AND HOLLY WAS SENT HERE TO SAVE MY LIFE”

HOLLY THROUGH THE EYES

OF A SERVICE DOG By shanna wilkinson (holly’s mom)

Holly is my best friend and my wonderfully trained Seizure Alert and Response Service Dog. Our journey began 13 years ago on October 8th, 2000. When Holly came into my life, we became best friends and did everything together, learning new things as days and years went by. We competed in AKC events, and together as a team, we earned 28 AKC titles in Agility, Herding, Obedience and Rally. At times, it felt like we could read each other’s thoughts.  When Holly was just 4-years-old, our lives changed forever. I was diagnosed with Epilepsy. When life changed dramatically, Holly knew exactly what to do. She started alerting me to my oncoming seizures 5-10 minutes ahead of time. I started experiencing seizures and Holly started warning me that something was wrong by pawing at me. When that did not work Holly stood back and barked at me. It was then that we realized “what” she was trying to communicate with us. We were in awe that this 19-pound dog

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could predict, and then tell me, when a seizure was approaching. After 2 years of training, we passed the Public Access test and Holly then became my Service Dog and 24/7 guardian angel. Holly has saved my life too many times to count. Together we can accomplish anything and we have set out to change the world, one person and one animal at a time. Holly’s pure zest for life and compassionate heart has changed the lives of thousands. Her Facebook page: www.facebook.com/servicedogholly has reached over 13,000 fans and continues to grow. In the past 2 years we have raised over $17,000 for non-profits and vet bills for other dogs that needed help. Holly’s favorite thing to do is to visit elementary schools and scout troops and teach children about the amazing things Service Dogs do, service dog etiquette, and how to take care of their own pets. Some other ways that Holly paws it forward include: visiting and making the seniors smile at the rehab/rest home, collecting stuffed

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dogs to pass out at Christmas at the rehab/rest home, community events raising awareness and funds for Sheltie Rescue, raising awareness for epilepsy and service dogs, sub for Santa and teaching love, kindness, acceptance and the importance of helping others.  Holly is more than just another dog; she is my life, my love, my protector, and my everything. Holly has given me the strength and courage to follow my dreams despite my Epilepsy, and she has inspired me to reach for the stars and accomplish life. Holly has touched the lives of thousands of people around the world. I believe everything happens for a reason and Holly was sent here to save my life and to forever touch the lives of those who know her. Holly is my hero, and because of her I will never be the same. She truly is the dog that started it all!

Become a fan on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/servicedogholly

Email Holly at: servicedogholly@yahoo.com


EXTRAORDINARY DOG OF THE MONTH: DECEMBER

COPPER THE THERAPY DOG

Sitting on death row in a kill shelter to getting a job and becoming a service dog! By Christina Colla (Copper’s mom)

Copper was born in a TN shelter and scheduled to be euthanized that Saturday. I saw her picture on a Facebook post on the Wednesday before, and her face captured my attention. I called the shelter to make the inquiry. She was there with her Mom and two sisters from her litter, but one sister was being adopted that afternoon. I explained that I was in CT and that I could not come down there until Monday at the earliest. I’m not entirely sure if the woman at the shelter believed me, but she agreed to hold the three of them until the following Tuesday. A couple of days later, on Monday February 27, two friends and I jumped into my car and drove to TN where we rescued the entire family. Her mom, Ginger, found a home with the friends who had driven to TN with me, and her sister Zoey found a home with a childhood friend of mine. Copper was the runt of the litter and suffered from demodex, so I kept her with the

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intent of getting her healthy and then finding a good home for her. Being a Navy military veteran with PTSD, I was in a dark place. I was having a difficult time dealing with life in general. I was on a list to receive a service dog, but that list was long. It could be years before my turn would come up. Within 3 weeks, and with no training, Copper began to alert me to some of my PTSD triggers. She accompanied me everywhere, learning commands on the fly. It was soon realized that Copper was a special puppy with extraordinary abilities, becoming a staple in not only my life, but all of those around us. Fast forward about 10 months to that fateful day, December 14, 2012. A day that will live on in everyone’s memory – the day Newtown, CT was put on the map. There was a need, and I knew that Copper could fulfill that need. I was asked to bring her to Newtown to

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participate as a therapy dog for the families affected. At just over a year old, she took on a second role – that of therapy dog - seemingly knowing exactly what it was she was there to do. Copper went on to work in the schools the following week, participating in therapy sessions – she put in 12-14 hour days with no complaint. Being a therapy dog is a tough job, especially when faced with more than 100 children per day. She would take it all in stride. Copper is one of a few dogs who can distinguish her roles, from playful puppy, to service dog, to therapy dog. She knows each role and can perform each flawlessly. Copper saved my life, and in turn, I have helped her to do the same for so many others. She will continue to be a part of the ongoing work in Newtown and anywhere else she is needed.

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FAMOUS DOGS

FA M O U S D O G S

ON FACEBOOK WITH FRIENDS!

"jUST CALL ME ZOEY"

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"ROCKY AND MANDERS"

"MAISIE THE CHIHUAHUA"

"LILY SNUGGLE BUG"


FAMOUS DOGS

"THE WORLD ACCORDING TO PUPCAKE"

"TRUFFLE AKA STINKY D, CREEPO"

"TUBBY THE SNUGGABULL PITBULL"

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"MOUSE IN THE HOUSE"

"NELSON THE TOY POODLE"

"TEDDY"

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"ROXY MUNCY"

"TUGGERTAILS"

"EMMITT"

"DUNKIN'S ROAD TO LOVE & HEALING"

"CALI CARES"

"EVERYTHING ROSIE"

"SPARKY'S WORLD"

"ALL THINGS DOBBY"

"INDIE WINSTONE"

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FAMOUS DOGS

ON FACEBOOK!

"THE ADVENTURES OF SASHA"

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"SUSIE'S HOPE"

"SAWYER THE GOLDEN RETRIEVER"

"KONGO "BUBBAS" THE BIG BLACK DOG"

"ADORA THE BULL"

"ANISE THE FRENCHIE"

"TATORS TIME TO SHINE"

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FAMOUS DOGS

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"CRYSTAL LOVES YOU TOO"

"LUNA-TIC"

"MOE THE CRAIGSLIST PUPPY"

"LITTLE DOG LINUS"

"PRECIOUS PEANUT"

"FURBY & FRIENDS"

"TINY TILLIE"

"MIA BRYANTBEDARD"

"ANGEL N SHADY"

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FAMOUS DOGS

ON FACEBOOK!

"CHIP THE MALTESE FARM DOG"

"jUST jESSE THE jACK"

"SKYLAR THE WESTIE"

"MATILDA GRACE'S EARS"

"FOXY ROXY THE ITALIAN GREYHOUND"

"GLADYS, GLORIOUS ELDERBULL"

"SCARLETT SUNSHINE"

"REMY THE PIBBLE AKA FARTBAG"

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PET BUSINESS PROFILE

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PHOTOS cOuRTESY OF PET PizzAz

mAkes the coZy cuddleBud Bed, hAndcrAfted in the usA! By iREnE simonson, ownER oF pEt piZZaZ

What was your inspiration for starting your own dog bed company? When we got our first Miniature Pinscher 10 years ago, we bought a bed that he could hide in, as he liked to burrow. However, after it got worn out I had trouble finding them again. Since I am a seamstress, I started experimenting and making the beds myself. After making many sample beds, washing them hundreds of times, and having my 3 Min Pins “test and try” them, I started to sell them in 2010, and attended our first Pet Expo in October that year.

What is the most exciting reward of owning a familyrun dog bed company? I love all the feedback I get from my clients about how happy they, and how happy their fur babies are with the CuddleBud Bed they bought. I receive many photos of their little ones cuddling in the bed, and I also receive many emails with comments saying things

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like, “took Pepper about 5 minutes to snuggle in for a nap,” or “Macie likes hers so much she's smiling,” and “Our beds have arrived and we just love them.” Having so much feedback gives me such a sense of accomplishment, as I know these beds are appreciated, and at the same time I get to connect with others who love their pets just as much as I do.

What makes your dog beds a little different from other dog beds? It is hard to find good burrow beds, and Pet Pizzaz CuddleBud Beds are one of the best. All our beds are handmade in the USA, and they are a little different as they have a sturdy opening, which makes it easier for some pets to get into the bed. The animal is still covered if they go into the back of the bed, as the “sack” falls down on them. We have many different color combinations available, and in addition, we offer our customers custom colors. If we can make it for you, we will!

What are the future plans for Pet Pizzaz? At this time, we offer the beds in 4 sizes, from X-Small to Large. Large beds are custom made-to-order, but that is something we hope to expand, and be able to keep in stock in the near future. Right now, we offer the beds in about 12 colors with some exciting patterns, such as zebra and giraffe print. We are planning to  increase the colors available so that customers will have a large selection to choose from. Pets love our CuddleBud Burrow Beds so make sure to visit our Website.

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FUNDRAISING WITH CANDISE

Endorsed by Titus and His Girl Hailey, Ambassadogs for Tuff Tails Animal Rescue, a non-profit 501c3 tax-exempt no-kill rescue and adoption agency in Levittown, New York. Visit our Website at: www.tufftails.org for more information. Become a fan at: www.facebook.com/TitusandHisGirlHailey Become a fan at: www.facebook.com/tufftailsrescue By Candise Nolan-Fine, Fundraising Specialist, Owner of Fundraising with Candise

What was your inspiration for starting your fundraising company? My husband and I believe in helping our community. The old adage, “To those whom much is given, much is expected,” really epitomizes our beliefs. I’ve raised money for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital for over 20 years. And I’ve had

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many years of fundraising for all of the activities that my daughter, Kirsten, was involved in, so this is second nature to me. Offering Right Response products gives me the opportunity to help a lot of people in our community, whether it’s high school sports, Relay for Life, or my own favorite program which is

Wine, Women, and Wigs to help women battling cancer. I have a special place in my heart to help people who are raising money to save animals, and also for cancer research, as I lost my only sibling, Mike, to lung cancer almost 3 years ago. I'm told that I'm a giver. I like to fix things and find resolutions.

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PET BUSINESS PROFILE PHOTOS COURTESY OF FUNDRAISING WITH CANDISE

Candise with the Boys in Frenchglen

Fundraising helps people find a way to say “YES” to their kids who want to make the trip with their class to Washington, DC, or to attend that summer sports camp. It also just might help the kids refine their skills and get that full ride scholarship because their parents can’t afford college. Life is all about giving back, and Fundraising With Candise gives me the opportunity to do that on a really big scale.   What is most exciting reward with owning your fundraising company?  With our products and program, we make fundraising fun. I get to assist a variety of groups in not just achieving, but exceeding, their financial goals. The great thing is that you can accomplish that with a plan. That’s what I provide A plan! My title is Fundraising Specialist for a reason. It’s my mission to help groups or individuals explore every avenue and to raise as much money as possible. We have a purpose, and we love to make a difference in the lives of others, and we’re really good at it.

What makes your fundraising company a little different from other fundraisers on the market? Wow, that’s such an easy question to respond to. Our program offers products

that everyone uses and really needs. First Aid is something that people think about when they need it, and don’t think about it again until their next urgent situation. We help people be prepared in a time that, unfortunately, man-made and natural disasters seem to be on the rise. Accidents will always happen and we offer a variety of first aid kits for those and every other situation. What are the future plans for Fundraising with Candise? Exciting is the best way word to explain it. We have an innovative strategy with cutting edge products, and we have a program that is unmatched in the industry. We also offer a Referral Reward program, Refer-A-Friend, that no one else offers. That’s how I’m helping my buddy, Rufus The Cancer Pitty. I just love that guy! You can follow Rufus on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/ RufustheCancerPitty. We also have new products that are amazing. In addition to our kits for cars, sports bags, and those everyday boo-boo’s, we have some new products that are for those diehard outdoor people. We offer an Extreme Survival kit that has received rave reviews from doctors and EMT’s. We listen to our customers and take their suggestions to heart.  We realize that the way to be the best is to adjust and be flexible when needed.

How many pets do you currently have?   I have two boys, Jack and Cai, that have no idea that they’re dogs. We got them from a couple that were in the Peace Corps in Kenya. They brought a bigeared and wild bush dog back to the United States, and my boys are from her only litter. They turned 12 this past August. I only wish that all dogs could have a life as good as my boys. They all deserve that! I get to help people raise money for the things that are closest to their hearts, and I love that! I’m currently working with some rescues and can’t wait to help others save just one more life with the funds that they raise. If we each just strive to help just one more, think of how it could change our world. Right Response makes fundraising simple! First Aid is something everyone needs and uses. Innovative first aid kits show supporters you care and keeps them prepared for emergencies, big or small. Be a part of America's #1 First Aid fundraiser and start earning today.

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Email Candise at: info@fundraisingwithcandise.org

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FEATURED ARTIST PHOTOS cOuRTESY OF JuLiA VOGEL

Just a 14-year-old girl trying to change the world for our pit bulls!

Julia features her work on her Facebook page at: “drAwings for PitBulls And those who loVe ‘em”

JuLIa VoGeL

Just a 14-year-old girl trying to change the world for our pit bulls!

What inspired you to start drawing pit bulls? My love for pit bulls started when I saw a TV show about Best Friends Animal Society’s intake of “Vicktory Dogs” (former Michael Vick fighting dogs), especially Georgia. A couple years later, I learned about Breed Specific Legislation, also known as BSL. Even though it was not where I live, I read how it affected families and was unfair to them. I saw the love in these dogs that some people don’t see, and how people blame the dogs for the decisions of their owners. I wanted to make a difference for them. I drew a few pictures of pit bulls and put them on my Facebook page and I asked people to

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send in pictures of their pets for me to draw. I was hoping to spread the word about helping pit bulls. It sort of grew from there.

become a better artist. Looking at all the pictures customers have sent to me with their drawing is so cool! I have gained so much confidence throughout this.

What’s been the most exciting rewards of being such a young artist?

I have also been amazed at how people have been touched by my drawings. Some people have asked me to draw their recently departed pets. Maybe the most rewarding drawing was one that I did for a 3-year-old girl named Raelyn who had cancer and was undergoing chemotherapy. I drew a photograph of her with a pit bull named Oliver. After I sent it to them, her parents sent me a picture of Raelyn holding my drawing in a fancy frame, smiling away! It really touched my heart and made me feel great about my drawing.

I have been blessed to have so many supporters. I have had people from around the world want a drawing done by me too. It is so amazing to know that there are thousands of artists out there, and people want a drawing by me. I have met some amazing people, and everyone encourages me so much. I am especially thankful to artists who have gone out of their way to help me


FEATURED ARTIST Rufus the Cancer Pitty • www.facebook.com/RufusTheCancerPitty (R.I.P.)

Lucas, a former Vicktory Dog

Caine, one Mama Petunia's pups www.facebook.com/MamaPetunia

How many drawings of dogs have you done so far? I probably have almost 400 drawings, and most of them are dogs. People have also asked me to draw their cats, horses, and even a pet pig. I have mostly used pencil and crayon for the drawings, but I have been teaching myself to use other mediums, such as charcoal and acrylic paint. I have even started to draw people in some of the pictures. It’s really hard to draw a person’s face, and it never seems to look right. But people have wanted me to draw them along with their dogs, and I try my best!

Do you work with any rescues or dogs for fundraisers with your artwork? I have helped a couple local animal shelters, as well as Love Me Furever

(Bre Pilley), Adonai's Animals, National Mill Dog Rescue, Best Friends Animal Society, and Janet's Ark. What are your future plans as an aspiring young artist? I really enjoy art and would love to learn different techniques and media. I hope to get an art scholar ship to college someday. Eventually, I would love if my art could allow me to open my own pit bull rescue -- that is my dream. My art projects are also giving me an education on how to run a small business. I’m learning to track orders, operate a PayPal account, account for the costs of supplies and expenses, and communicate with my clients. I never expected this would happen. It’s a lot of work that I have to fit around my busy schedule for high school, but it’s worth the effort.

I really hope people will realize how unfair they are being to Pit Bulls. It’s shocking that in Miami, for example, you can own an exotic wild tiger, but not a pit bull. In Maryland, BSL is making landlords kick out tenants who own pit bulls. Pit bulls used to be the most popular breed and were considered the perfect American dog. I hope it won’t be long before Pit Bulls regain that status again.

Become a fan on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/pages/ Drawings-for-Pit-Bulls-and-those-who-love-em

Email Julia at: Drawings4pitbulls@hotmail.com

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An Abused Bait Dog Named Dexter is Rescued and Finds Love! By Tyler Nasise (Dexter’s daddy)

Time was running out for a dog named Maverick (now known as Dexter) at East Valley Shelter in Los Angeles, CA. He cowered in a corner on the cold, dark shelter floor with his time coming to an end and set to be euthanized. Just hours away from a fatal injection, he was pulled from the shelter and immediately transported to my vet in San Diego, CA. Dexter was rescued in January 2010. He was listed as 4 years old at the shelter with skin issues. The fact is, he was emaciated, had no ears, and was beaten down and spiritually broken. Signs of abuse and neglect showed in his eyes and his body. He was covered in scars and it was determined that he was used as a bait dog. His real age was

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approximately 9 years old. In January 2014 we will celebrate his 13th birthday! Dexter had a softball-size retention cyst on the salivary gland of his neck that the vet feels was due to trauma, possibly by hanging, or some other form of abuse. He has very few teeth and what teeth he has, looked to be filed down. Physical scars cover his body, emotional scars broke his spirit. Dexter had to undergo an emergency surgery due to a botched neutering at the shelter, and he also had to have surgery on his salivary gland. Dexter remained in the hospital for 9 days. I would visit him frequently and started to learn more about him. I would sit on the floor and he would

slowly crawl into my lap, still unsure, but I would reassure him it was okay. He showed me that he lived a life of abuse. He cowered at everything, literally. He would lie there, just shaking, if my voice was a certain tone, or if I raised my hand to reach for something. He was literally afraid of his own shadow, and that is no joke. I started with the change in myself to work with him, which meant talking to him in low tones or “baby talk.” I watched my movement around him to make sure that it wasn’t quick movements that would scare him, and make him cower and drop to the floor in fear. From that point on the rehabilitation of Dexter emerged. I worked on his

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DEXTER'S


BUCKET LIST BEFORE

AFTER emotional needs as he was so broken, mentally and emotionally. I gave him a lot of love, compassion, good food, treats, a warm bed, and more love and a lot of affection and attention. Once he began to trust me, I started to work with commands. He learned quickly and was rewarded with praise, which he loves even more than treats. My intention at first, when it was believed he was 4 years old, was to get him healthy, happy, and find him a new home. Slowly Dexter started to trust, and as the days passed he started to trust me more. His smile began to emerge and there was a light in his eyes that gave him a sense of hope and security. At that moment I promised him he would never be hurt again, and he will live out his life with me and our family. A few months after having Dexter, it was apparent that the physical abuse he endured had other effects on his body. When his lower spine was barely touched he would cry and yelp in pain. He wouldn’t jump on the couch or give me his bear hugs like he had started to do. I took him to the vet and x-rays

were taken which showed more signs of trauma (per the vet) to his back and lower spine/nerve endings - more than likely from being beat with something. He has nerve damage, and also arthritis in his spine due to the trauma. He has been diagnosed with Spondylosis. Dexter started breaking out in what looked like a lot of small-type tumors all over his head, neck, and ears. I was worried that it may be skin cancer, but they turned out to be benign and were all removed. So once again, Dexter had surgery, and it turned out to be a papillomavirus. In May 2013, Dexter passed his Canine Good Citizen (CGC) at the age of 12 years old with flying colors! He is a true ambassador for the bully breed. Dexter brings awareness and education about the affects of dog fighting, and bringing awareness of shelter animals that need good homes. On September 29th, Dexter was diagnosed with MCT (Mast Cell Tumor) - cancer. He underwent a procedure called cryotherapy, which is the freezing of the tumor to kill the diseased tissue. He is also on various

immune boosters to help with his immune system and fight the cancer.  Today, Dexter is always smiling, full of life and love, and his eyes are no longer dull from his dark past. His spirit is no longer broken, and he has a best friend in his brother Smokey and he will play like a puppy. He loves his Kong toys and runs around as if it was the best gift ever. He is now like a little puppy in a big dog’s body! He had absolutely no idea how to play, and was deathly afraid of toys that made noises. He is very eager to please, no longer cowers, and is a big, cuddly teddy bear. I am proud of him and the growth he has shown in the 3 ½ years. Dexter loves people and does well with most dogs. He is a goofy lug that wants nothing more than to be a part a family member and he has that with us.

Become a fan on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/DextersBucketList

If you would like to send fan mail or donations: Dexter Nasise PO Box 762036 San Antonio, TX 78245

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PHOTOS BY MICHELE BURCHFIELD

TEDDY I’m a puppy mill survivor and a spokesdog against puppy mills! By Michele Burchfield (Teddy’s mom)

Teddy was born and raised in a Kansas puppy mill, where he lived for 7 years as a breeding dog to produce pet store puppies. He was rescued, along with Gwinnie (his soulmate), by National Mill Dog Rescue in August 2012 and taken to Lily’s Haven in Colorado. I was a volunteer there and spent time with both of them and decided to adopt them together. At the time of rescue, both dogs were very scared and unsocialized. Teddy was extremely thin, had eye ulcers and rotting teeth, a very typical condition of dogs from puppy mills. Gwinnie was also underweight and suffering from pyometra and hernias. Also, Teddy has scars on the top of his nose and small chunks missing from both of his ears. He also runs crookedly because one hip is shorter than the other, but it doesn’t slow him down.   As with any puppy mill dog after adoption, Teddy continues to make daily progress in learning about life outside the cage. All the experiences that a typical dog learns as a puppy are all brand new to him. During the past year he has learned about the

outdoors, trust, belly rubs, stairs, drinking from a bowl (rather than a lick-it water bottle), leashes, doorways, mirrors, treats, and love. He shares his experiences about learning of life outside the cage through his posts and videos, hoping to inspire others with the fact that rescue dogs can learn and can love, even if they are senior dogs. His bond with me and our family is amazing to see. For him, life began at 7, when he was rescued and adopted.  Shortly after being rescued, I started a Facebook page for Teddy in hopes of using it to share his stories for others to learn from. He uses his Facebook page to spread awareness about puppy mills and functions as an active spokesdog for National Mill Dog Rescue. He currently has over 11,000 fans who follow his page and share his stories with the world. The unfortunate reality is that the general public doesn’t understand that if they buy a puppy in a pet store or over the Internet, they are supporting puppy mills. Most pet stores get their puppies from puppy mills. The general rule to follow is that if you can’t see

the mother dog and how she is living, don’t buy the puppy. Teddy works with his good friend, Harley – a very famous spokesdog against puppy mills and another puppy mill survivor – and they have banded together to create an awareness and fundraising campaign called ‘Harley to the Rescue’ on behalf of National Mill Dog Rescue. Their first campaign in the spring of 2013 rescued 64 dogs from puppy mills throughout the Midwest. Their second 'Harley to the Rescue' campaign in September raised about $30,000 and resulted in the rescue of 112 dogs from puppy mills. Both Teddy and Harley traveled throughout Missouri and Kansas on this trip. Dogs Saving Dogs is their slogan. Teddy is an active ambassador helping to spread the word against puppy mills and a spokesdog for National Mill Dog Rescue.

Become a fan on Facebook at:

www.facebook.com/teddybearburchfield

For more info about Harley to the Rescue: www.youcaring.com/harley_to_the_rescue

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PHOTOS BY PATRICIA HOLCOMB

ROO:

A Handicapped Dog Who Doesn’t Know He’s Handicapped!

By Patricia Holcomb (Roo’s mom)

Roo was dumped on the streets in Tampa, Florida, and found by a compassionate person that took him to the Hillsborough County animal shelter. Roo was born without arms, and it was estimated that he was only about 5 months old. How could anyone dump a handicapped puppy in a city and not worry about him?   I found out about Roo in January 2012, when my friend, Michael, who worked at the shelter posted on my Facebook page and said, “This dog has you written all over him.” All of the shelter employees were so kind to this little angel, and they immediately found a shelter volunteer to provide a foster home for him.   Luckily for me, I filled out the adoption paperwork and got accepted to be his new mom! Michael took care of Roo's vetting and had him chipped, and I made arrangements for Roo to spend a few weeks at my friend Cheri and Todd's house, just a few hours away. Then Roo went to my other friend, Tim

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and Judy's house in Lake City, Florida, where he stayed for 3 weeks until I could pick him up.   At the time, the new North Florida Animal Rescue was just getting ready to open and they held a fundraiser for a cart for Roo. They raised the needed money in 7 hours and the cart was ordered from Eddie's Wheels. Roo practiced rolling around, and he was an honorary dachshund at the North Florida Dachshund races in March of 2012, which is also when we went to Florida to pick him up. Roo is in Ohio now, and I'm sure that was quite a weather shock. I realized during our first big snow that Roo can't just hop outside and go potty. We keep an area cleaned off for him so he doesn't get stuck. He would rather hop than roll, but we have to be careful with his little hips and joints. Roo gets massaged regularly and voices his opinion when we stop. He's the boss around here. He loves life and plays constantly with his dachshund siblings.

Roo and his brother Butch travel locally, and also nationwide to tell people how wonderful it is to love special needs dogs. They appear at pet expos and have a Facebook page in case people want to contact them for info. His brother Butch is in a cart also. When Butch races in dachshund races, Roo comes along so people can meet them and learn about them. Butch and Roo also paint and auction their paintings to raise money for rescues. Roo and some of his siblings visit adult day care centers. Butch is a therapy dog and Roo will be tested in the future, but for now he's having fun just being Roo! He loves to lay in the sun, go for stroller rides and go on vacation! This fall he will be at the Pittsburgh Pet Expo spreading the word about how wonderful these little guys can be. Hopefully, more people will see that special needs pets just need someone…. who thinks they are special.

Become a fan on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/Butch-and-Roo-from-Cleveland


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PHOTO BY Michele Houston

PHOTO BY Katey Cusack

PEACEFUL PIT BULL

PHOTO BY MaryKay Wishneski

PHOTO BY Katey Cusack

JEFFREY

THE POSITIVELY

Registered Therapy Dog and Pit Bull Goodwill Ambassador! By Michele Houston (Jeffrey’s mama)

Jeffrey, The Positively Peaceful Pit Bull is a living lesson in gratitude. He is kindness personified, with a childlike innocence capable of melting even the toughest, skeptical heart. Jeffrey thoroughly enjoys his work as a therapy dog and he visits several different venues, but his specialty is his work with grieving children. He is intuitively drawn to those that need him most, offering a soft shoulder to lean on or a silly wiggling tail to anyone in need of a good laugh! Jeffrey and I volunteer at The Cove Center for Grieving Children and were very honored this summer to participate in Camp Erin, which was generously brought to Connecticut by The Moyer Foundation. Jeffrey is beloved by children throughout southern Connecticut, visiting schools, scout troops, hospitals, and special events. He makes weekly visits to an inner city library as a registered Reading Education Assistance Dog helping young readers gain confidence and enthusiasm toward reading. His playful spirit and signature painted toenails delight children and adults alike!

Rescued at the eleventh hour from death row at a high kill New York City shelter, Jeffrey was spared for a reason, and he truly seems to know it - he was born to be a therapy dog. He thrives upon the good vibrations reverberated back from each heart he touches. He is a shining example of grace and resilience. This formerly abandoned boy has blossomed into an extraordinary ambassador, not only for pit bull type dogs, but for shelter pets everywhere. He is showing the world that they are not damaged, only richer in life experience, and deserving of a second chance at life. Jeffrey is an AKC Canine Good Citizen, Registered Delta Pet Partners Therapy Dog, a Registered Reading Education Assistance Dog, a Reiki Attuned Canine, as well as a Goodwill Breed Ambassador. He lives with his sister dog Sara, a 13-year-old cattle dog mix who is totally the boss of him. As Jeffrey’s mama, we both advocate for the animals and I’m also the co-president of the CT Pit Bull Project, the group responsible for hosting the annual CT National Pit Bull Awareness Day event. Jeffrey and I tirelessly support our beloved Bruised Not Broken (BNB),

the NYC advocacy nonprofit responsible for saving not only Jeffrey, but hundreds of shelter pit bulls each year. Recently, CharlieDog and Friends LLC released a line of “Pocket Pitties” stuffed toys patterned after dogs that were saved through BNB. That’s right! Jeffrey has his own stuffed toy that when purchased, donates $4 back to Bruised Not Broken helping them continue their amazing work! In addition to BNB, we support many CT and NY rescues and maintain a close relationship with everyone involved with Jeffrey’s rescue and his shelter volunteers, Jeff Latzer and Carol Rothschild, are now considered family. He also has a guardian angel family that was integral to his survival. To say that Jeffrey is blessed would be an understatement! He is fulfilling his purpose here on earth with pride. Shattering stereotypes and opening minds... one belly rub at a time!

Become a fan on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/ Jeffrey-The-Positively-Peaceful-Pit-Bull

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photos by Kim D Cooper

THE RESCUE OF SMILEY

And the Sick and Injured Feral Dog Packin East Texas

As told by Smiley in her own words

Hi, my name is Smiley, and I am the head female of a whole pack of previously feral dogs in East Texas. It has been estimated that, in the United States, there are more than 6 million feral dogs due to irresponsible pet owners who don't spay and neuter. When dogs are dumped in the wild, they form into “packs” to survive. They hunt for food and reproduce. It is very common in areas like where I live for feral dogs to have never had human contact, so if someone does catch one of us, they have to be really patient. We are not at all like strays or abused dogs, and we have very special needs. But, we didn't ask to be abandoned in the wild, and we deserve to be saved. My rescuers were shocked by what they saw when they first met our pack. Nothing could have prepared them for the horror that they witnessed when they approached the holding pen that a sweet lady and her special needs son had lured us into before they called my mom for help. We were running every

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which way. It was hot, we were furious and petrified, and we were in unspeakable conditions. Some of us had mange so severe, that our skin was bleeding and falling off in chunks. Our bones were protruding from our sides and our skin was sagging. And then there was me. My hair was all but completely gone, and most of my teeth were missing, but I walked right over to that fence where our rescuers were standing. I could tell by their tears that they were in shock by our appearance and demeanor. I don’t think they had ever seen true feral dogs before and I was afraid they might turn away in fear. So I started gyrating and wagging my tail with all of my might and I flashed them my prettiest, toothless smile. With every wag and smile, I was saying, "Look at us. We are here. We are struggling, and we want to live! " They understood. With the help of our “people pack” (the awesome folks who have ‘adopted’ us and follow us on Facebook), we have been spayed/neutered and are

physically healed. We are safe and have food every day. We never worry about tomorrow, because, even though some of us still have a lot of soul healing to do, for the first time in our lives, we have LOVE. Through our journey, we encourage others to follow our one rule, "Never Give Up." And if one of my people pack members is fighting Cancer, I send them a Cancer ribbon painting with my very own paw print on it for free. I want to let them know that no matter how bad things might seem right now, if you just keep putting one foot in front of the other, believe in tomorrow, and Never Give up, there are wonderful things ahead. Blessings, Love Smiley

Become a fan on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/ SickAndInjuredFeralDogPackinEastTexas


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RESCUING CAPTAIN COURAGEOUS BEFORE: CAPTAIN

AFTER: Captain & Dr. Daniel Sims

CAPTAIN, KILAUN & STORM PHOTOS COURTESY OF HEATHER SILVERS

The rescue and healing of an abandoned stray dog to his forever home By Heather Silvers (Captain’s mom)

In early July 2013, a good samaritan named Randy Hamner noticed an emaciated, hairless dog wandering in his neighborhood in Mobile, Alabama. After a week, he couldn't bear to see the dog suffer anymore. Unable to take him in himself, he picked the stray dog up and took him to the county animal shelter on a Saturday, not knowing there was no intake on that day. He was told he could come back on Monday with the dog. Flossie Orr, A Krewe de Rescue (KdR) member who was volunteering at the shelter that day overheard, and went out to look at the dog in the back of Randy’s pick-up truck. She was alarmed at the state of the GSD, and knew that if he were brought back he would have no chance to make it out. She made a call to her rescue group, and they sprung into action. Randy, thankfully, agreed to keep the dog for a few days. He was given the name Captain Courageous, and his picture was posted on Facebook on July 6. The next day I saw it and fell in love. I tried calling the shelter and a different rescue group

that had posted his picture, to no avail. My husband Eric, and I had recently lost our German Shepherd to chronic illness. I prayed to my German Shepherd angel to make a miracle happen. In the meantime, Captain had a medical check-up; he had double ear infections, double eye infections, was heartworm positive, had mange, and was not neutered. He then went into a local foster home. I searched Facebook and found "Rescuing Captain Courageous." I contacted KdR and immediately applied to adopt him. I work at Suntree Animal Clinic in Melbourne, FL. I knew I could offer him the medical care he needed as well as a loving forever home. I was thrilled when my application was approved. I met Flossie and Captain in Northern Florida to bring my boy home!   Captain was introduced to his new brother Kilaun and sister Storm, and he fit right in. The TV alarmed him, toys and couches were strange, and sleeping in the house was not “normal” to him. After a couple days I took him to work, where clinic owner, Dr. Daniel

Sims, evaluated him and began the extensive lab work. Dr. Sims started Captain on necessary medications and daily medicated baths. As the days and weeks went on, Captain's health improved, he was neutered, and his hair was growing.  He learned that couches, toys, TV’s and beds are a wonderful thing. His personality has bloomed. Captain has a sweet soulful, yet very playful, goofy attitude. His hair still continues to grow daily and members of "The Captain's Club" faithfully follow his progress via his Facebook page. He had his first heartworm treatment on Monday Sept. 8, the same day we learned that he would be in American Dog Magazine. He is our miracle boy! Thanks to his many angels along the way, he is safe, loved, and thriving!

Become a fan on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/ Rescuing-Captain-Courageous

Become a fan of Krewe de Rescue at: www.facebook.com/KrewedeRescue

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J o u rney

A Boy liVing with sws And his Journey with his serVice dog to helP him Be indePendent! By amanda huston (JEREmy’s mom)

My boy’s name is Jeremy and he is twelve years old. He was born with Sturge-Weber Syndrome (SWS), which can cause seizures and Glaucoma that leads to blindness. Because Jeremy has both of these medical conditions, as his parents, we decided to seek out a service dog to help him have as much independence as possible. We worry constantly when he is not with an adult who understands that if Jeremy has a seizure, he needs immediate medical attention. My boy can turn blue very quickly from the lack of oxygen during a seizure and have a stroke. This is where our search for a service dog comes into the story about Jeremy’s journey for independence, and this service dog’s name is Balto. The organization, 1Boy 4 Change (www.1boy4change.org), out of Georgia heard about Jeremy and offered to help find him a service dog in training that would be donated at no cost to our family. A puppy named Balto was donated out of Michigan from Zwinger vom haus Huro. I flew to Michigan in January to pick Balto up. Balto was only ten weeks of age and he came to live

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in Washington State with Jeremy. We started Balto’s training from the minute we brought him home where he learned to wear his service dog vest. Balto attended puppy socialization classes from twelve weeks of age that continued into obedience classes starting at fourteen weeks. It is very important for him to be able to predict and respond to Jeremy’s every command. I made sure that Jeremy and Balto would train together every day. As Jeremy’s parents, it is our hope that in the future Balto can attend school with Jeremy full-time. This will give him the independence his three brothers already have. Balto is not alerting yet to seizures before Jeremy has them, but he is being trained to bark while lying next to Jeremy when he does have a seizure. He is also going to be trained for guide work as well. Jeremy is considered legally blind due to the Glaucoma in his right eye only. He has trouble going up and down stairs, escalators, and seeing people approaching from his right side. I had Balto go on escalators and

training at 16 weeks old. People always enjoy seeing a German Shepherd riding an escalator. Balto will be traveling soon to do his advance training at Island Grove Kennels in Limestone, TN, where he will learn some very special skills for Jeremy. There is no set time limit for a service dog’s training. 1 Boy 4 Change does have regulations and rules they ask all their trainers, as well as dogs to follow. Balto must pass the Canine Good Citizen test and the Public Access Test. This is not a requirement for all service dogs in training, but it just makes sense that a service dog must know at all times how to behave with good manners. Balto will be working everyday as hard as he can so he can get home to Jeremy as quickly as possible.

Become a fan on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/jeremyandBanyan (Jeremy’s Journey)

Visit the Website: www.1boy4change.org

PHOTOS BY B & M GALLARDO PHOTOGRAPHY

JEREMY & BALTO’S


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PHOTOS COURTESY OF CREEKSIDE K9

THO R

A MIRACLE PUPPY

a mighty warrior, a fighter, a survivor of Creekside K9! By Kim French

Thor entered our lives, and our hearts, this year on May 10th at 6:20 am. He was the final puppy born in our litter that arrived five days prematurely. His tiny body weighed in at 6 oz, much smaller than the rest of the litter. Within hours, we realized he had become too weak and would not survive. As a small private breeder, we were responsible for this life we had created and had to act quickly if there was any chance of his survival. With uncontrollable tears, I removed the lifeless puppy from his momma Sadie and the litter and quickly set up an ICU area. He was so tiny, so cold, and gasping for air. It would take a miracle to save his life, but we just had to give him our all. We lived for Thor. With tube feedings every two to three hours around the clock, heat to keep him warm, love, determination, and lots of prayer, he finally tipped the scales at three weeks old from ounces to one pound! As I shared his daily fight for survival on our Facebook page, Creekside K9,

our fans quickly nicknamed him QTip, due to his size comparison in a photo I shared on the page. Our page fans raised him up in prayer, they sent their own canine angels to protect his weak body, and they held on to hope, right along with us. We asked his fans to give this little fighter a name and they chose Thor. A mighty warrior, a fighter, a survivor. That’s exactly what he was and who he is. He’s an inspiration to thousands worldwide. He is living proof that when you are faced with the impossible, when all odds are against you, when you are fighting for a life never meant to be, this is when you reach deep down inside and say, “I am worthy.”

to herd our chickens away from the puppy yard without ever harming them. He is also a gentle puppy sitter to our youngest litter, caring for them as if they were his own. He makes us laugh and makes us proud. We never imagined our Thor would touch the hearts and souls of people worldwide.

Thor is our miracle puppy. He is full of life, full of love, and incredibly happy. He was destined for a life of meaning, to give hope and love and inspiration. He will be trained to become a Certified Therapy Dog. His heart is bigger than he is and we will share his love wherever he is needed. Until then, Thor is happy

www.facebook.com/CreeksideK9

A charity close to our hearts is Vested Interest in K9s Inc. With donations, they are providing working K9s across the United States with life saving vests and it is our hope that we can help raise awareness. Please consider donating to this charity. Just like Thor, every Dog deserves a fighting chance for survival.

Become a fan on Facebook at: Email Thor at: creeksidek9@ymail.com

Become a fan of Vested Interest in K9’s at: www.facebook.com/vk9s

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By Cecelia Blake, RN, Adoption Coordinator for Second Chance Rescue NYC Dogs

“Lots of people talk to animals. Not very many listen, though. That’s the problem.” — Benjamin Hoff People adopting a shelter dog often expect the dog to come prepackaged. Everything they want in a pet is expected to be there, all wrapped up neatly in a bow and ready to be transplanted into their lifestyle. Then there are people who will always go the puppy route and buy a puppy from a breeder or pet

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store due to concerns of not knowing a shelter pet’s history. Something must be wrong with the shelter dog for it to be among the homeless, right? Wrong! “The line we draw between animals that are socially acceptable and those we find repugnant can be awfully arbitrary.” — Alexandra Harney People often purchase puppies with false expectations as to the amount of

training and time involved in raising them. As it happens, puppies from all over the world will be poorly trained, or not at all, only to become a shelter dog statistic. Many of these cute puppies will end up being dumped at the shelter at some point during their adulthood.   Irresponsible and unethical breeders, as well as pet overpopulation, have become major concerns for rescue groups. If you know someone who has bought a


color, breed, sex, and age - the opportunities are truly endless. If you find that hard to believe, then watch the intake of animals (both cats and dogs) at your local animal shelter for one month.   We also have the category of people I refer to as the fastidious adopters. They adopt or foster a shelter pet with such exacting expectations that a dog who pulls on the leash, may be returned (dumped again) for such a trivial issue. These adopters want instant results, and have neither patience nor understanding of an animal’s needs. An animal that has been in a home and then finds him/herself at a shelter is sure to be somewhat traumatized by their current situation. Also, depending on how long their stay at the shelter becomes, they may even pick up bad habits.   “Hey that guy barks like mad and look at all the attention he receives.”   Please keep this in mind when you adopt your next family member. These bad habits may take a week, a month, or even an entire year for your family (together with your new fur member) to overcome. Remind yourself how worth it the entire process will be. Adopted animals blossom with minimal care and love, better yet, they actually appreciate you and love you more for it. You would never bring home that new puppy with the expectation of said pup knowing where to go potty, being able to shake your hand, or acknowledge your shoes as footwear within the first few moments. Why would you expect that of any animal new to your home?

puppy and said pup has had a myriad of health problems, their situation is not unique with the amount of puppy mill breeders and backyard breeders out there. There is no guarantee, beyond the cuteness of the puppy, that you will end up with a pup with the perfect temperament for your home and lifestyle situation. On the flip side, people who actually choose to adopt a shelter pet often find themselves with wonderful companions. You can pick the size, appearance,

When you walk through that row of cages, the dogs are not judging you. They hold no hatred as you pass them by. They settle back in for the day and when another human comes by, then their curiosity, hope, and interest will come alive once again. They repeat this process every time a person passes by, and some dogs may become withdrawn and defeated. Ask your local shelter or rescue this question, “Who needs me most? Who has been here the longest? How can I help?” Think about visiting your dog of choice at the shelter to create a slight bond beforehand. This can be done in a few visits. And despite

what they have endured thus far in their life, they will love you, adore you, and forgive you.   One of the hardest parts of rescue, aside from the obvious awareness of death or animal abuse, is the re-dump. We rescue a dog from certain death or an abusive situation. The dog is adopted, and we, the rescuers, are so happy. Then the dog turns up on our doorstep again, or worse, in a shelter across the country (chip your dogs)! You are probably thinking the dog must have been defective or had issues. The truth is people get bored, they want instant results, or they have high expectations and low tolerance. Shelter animals are dumped for a myriad of excuses such as the dog’s health, age, or size. Families move and abandon them. Having a baby is a classic excuse, or a new relationship, got roommates, income changes, or not being trained by the dumper. People often ask, “what is wrong with the shelter animal?” The answer can be and often is – absolutely nothing. So please consider adopting a shelter pet in lieu of shopping for one at a pet store, and reach out to the rescue community when in need. Whether it’s the rescue you adopted from, someone online, or a local trainer. Facebook and other social media venues are ripe with rescues, trainers, and animal families who are willing to help guide you and your furry family member. Tune in to your animal’s actions and possible reactions. Know they are worth it, and you are worth it. You are better together, than apart.   “Because the heart beats under a covering of hair, of fur, feathers, or wings, it is, for that reason, to be of no account?” – Jean Paul Richter

Become a “friend” on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/cecelia.blake.39

Become a fan on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/ SecondChanceRescueNycDogs

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I LOVE MY ADOPTED DOG!

SOPHIE

DAISY LOUISE

FANCY

LOUIE

ELMO

NILLA WAFER

FRANKE

KRONOS

LUCY

NELLIE BELL

DELILAH ROSE

CARLOS

FLOWER

TIDBIT

GUCCI

ZEUS

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I LOVE MY ADOPTED DOG!

ZOEY

ASHA

VINNIE

OLLIE

MADDIE

RILEY JAMES

THE DOCTOR

COOPER

DEMPSEY

GRACIE

PACHI

BAILEY

DELILAH

SADIE

SADIE

CASSIDY

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WHO'S READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?

CHARLEY

LOLA

MILO

MOCHA

GIZMO

BELLA

BUDDY ROSE

ARCHIE

SKYLA MARIE

ANGUS & LUCY

RAMBO

BRUTUS 88

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WHO'S READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL? ANGEL

AVALANCHE BRINA

Jackson Esposito

WINSTON

KODA

BREES ARCHIE

ALICE ALI-GATOR

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WHO'S READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?

DAISY & MAYBELLINE

KARMA

FAITH

DAISY

GIDGET

JEANIE

HALI & STELLA

GOTTI

JASPER 90

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BRYNN

JEZABELL

LUCY


WHO'S READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?

TALLY

Piper, Hunter & Willow TUCKER

CHICO

KINGSTON

RUFIO

ODIE

HARLOW DREAMER

MILEY SUE MOCHA

ROLL TIDE

RAMBO

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BEDTIME BOOKS All books reviewed by Nancy Allen

I,TOTO: The Autobiography of Terry the Dog Who Was Toto by Willard Carroll

This book was first released in 2001, but now is being reissued with a new cover to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Wizard of Oz. The book tells the beginning of Toto's career which was heartbreaking, covers her film career which was exciting, and then goes into her retirement in Southern California, which was blissful. The book also looks at her co-stars and the making of The Wizard of Oz movie.

Don't Judge a Book by its Cover by Denise Fleck and illustrated by Lili Chin

This is a great book to teach children and adults about the misconceptions of older dogs and black dogs. Dogs do not judge us whether we are poor, ugly,or just somebody that everyone doesn't socializes with. So we should treat dogs the same way, and if we do, we will have a wonderful loving companion for life.

Chaser: Unlocking the Genius of the Dog Who Knows a Thousand Words by John W. Pilley with Hilary Hinzmann

Here is the most amazing story you will read about the super smart border collie who has a very large vocabulary. No other animal knows as many words. Chaser also understands sentences and by imitating her trainer she has learned many new behaviors. This book will show, "our evolving understanding of how animals and humans learn." Great book!

Trouper: Based on a true rescue story by Meg Kearney and paintings by E.B.Lewis

A dog lovers dream story. A group of mutts running the streets are lured into a rescue truck and brought to the shelter. The 3-legged mutt, Trouper, sees all his friends being rescued, but what about him? Read this great book and find out how Trouper ends up.

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HAPPILY EVER AFTER

PHOTOS BY AMY PAULSON

OSCAR THE HAPPY:

CHAINED TO CHERISHED By Amy Paulson (Oscar’s mom) 

PAWS of Hertford County, a local rescue in Murfreesboro, NC, rescued Oscar when he came into the shelter as a stray American Staffordshire Terrier – a “pit bull dog.” Normally, dogs like Oscar don’t fare well in shelters. Luckily, PAWS of Hertford County evaluates dogs on behavior and not breed. He passed his ASPCA SAFER testing with flying colors. He was terribly thin, had heartworms, and was wearing a collar that is commonly used on chained dogs. We assume he was chained, but the truth is only Oscar knows the horrors of his past. He clearly had never been inside a house before and was scared. Oscar stayed at PAWS for many months and was treated for heartworms before he came to us as a foster. Our family has special challenges; including two family members with severe allergies and asthma. We have two young children and a 19-year-old rescue kitty weighing 7-lbs who is an avowed

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dog hater. We created a Facebook page for Oscar during his fostering to help him get adopted, but we fell in love with him! The allergies have mostly cooperated with a lot of work to keep down allergen levels. And, our kitty, Her Royal Highness Queen Nala, decided Oscar could stay.   We adopted Oscar in June 2012, a little over a month after he came to foster with us. Grateful is the only word that really comes to mind. He is just so grateful. He sleeps so deeply and loves so completely. We have only heard him really bark once. He has never growled, except in his sleep as he dreams. Oscar gets along with everyone and everything except bunny rabbits, which he chases dutifully out of our garden. He is a gentle giant. Oscar is so sweet and his expressions tell a story. Despite his rough beginnings, he is just happy to be alive, warm,

fed, and loved. He is scared of storms and it was clear he had weathered his fair share of bad storms outside. He was scared of baseball hats, loud noises, and being left alone. He’s come a long way, although he still won’t go outside at night without a flashlight! He also loves his kids. If you follow his Facebook page, you will see Oscar with them, or rather sitting on top of them - daily. It turns out he’s a lap dog! Oscar is an ambassador for his breed and works with us in the community to dispel pit bull myths. In addition, Oscar raises money online for our two favorite local charities – PAWS of Hertford County and Bully Advocate and Rescue Collective. But, mostly Oscar is happy. Oscar is love. And, Oscar will be loved and cherished for the rest of his life.

Become a fan on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/OscarTheHappy


HAPPILY EVER AFTER

PHOTOS BY KILEY THOMAS (Sweet Pea's mommy)

SWEET PEA

A puppy mill survivor rescued by National Mill Dog Rescue As told by Sweet Pea (in her own words)

Hello! I'm a puppy mill survivor. I'm 5-years-old, but my life really started in February of this year when National Mill Dog Rescue (NMDR) saved my three puppies and myself. My mill was being shut down, and thankfully, the owners called in NMDR and the team to save us doggies. I was not treated well there at all, I slept in a cold, wire cage, and I have splayed paws and a bent tail. But, we were being rescued, and my two-week-old puppies and I were transported from Missouri to NMDR's kennel in Peyton, Colorado. We soon went into foster care because we had a disease, and one of my pups, now named Nitro, had a liver disorder. So we stayed with a very kind foster mommy and she helped us get rid of our disease, care for us, and rehabilitate us. When my puppies were old enough, we were all put up for adoption, and

the pups immediately had adoption applications in for them. I mean who wouldn't want rescued Chihuahua pups! Me, not so much interest, until one day my future mommy was just looking on the NMDR website and happened to see me, and it was love at first sight! My mommy quickly called and made sure that we would be together forever! So, a week later I got spayed, and all of us went to our forever homes. And our foster mommy even adopted Nitro! Now, I live with 3 other doggies (including another NMDR rescue) and 2 kitties. I'm learning all about life. I'm learning that human hands can be gentle, toys are fun, food is good, and the grass is soft, not scary. I am best friends with Velvet, my NMDR Schipperke sister, and I love my Mommy! All of my pups were adopted locally, so we get to have play dates together.

I am living proof of how pawsome puppy mill dogs are, and I stand here today to say, “Adopt Don't Shop!” Please consider adoption before you are fooled by those cute little puppies at the pet stores.

Become a fan at: www.facebook.com/Sweet-Pea

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HAPPILY EVER AFTER PHOTOS BY SHERI STETTER

MR. JACK THERAPY DOG by Sheri Stetter (Jack’s mom)

I was not looking for a dog, as I was struggling taking care of a close relative who was battling an illness and living with me and my family. A dog was the last thing I needed. Especially, a 110-lb dog. I already had a dog and 3 cats, I didn’t need any more animals, or so I thought. Jack had a few issues he would have to overcome if he was going to live in my busy home. Like stairs, televisions sets, radios, and noise. Lots of noise, as I have 2 teenage daughters. Lucky for me, I also have an understanding husband.

I needed. He was my guardian angel. He stayed by my side through the ups and downs of this difficult time, never judging, as he had been judged by his previous “homes.” He taught me love, patience, and understanding. Unconditional love when I wasn’t loveable, patience when I thought I couldn’t go any further, and understanding when I wasn’t in the mood to play or interact with him.

This big dog had lived in a cage most of his short life (only 1-yr-old). Four different places to be exact, including a “kill shelter.” He wasn’t used to the hustle and bustle of a busy home. Would he adapt? Where am I going to find the time and energy to train him? Could he even be trained? I had more problems than I knew what to do with.

Fast forward 2 years, and life was going well. Jack was happy and thriving. He loved racing me down the stairs for a treat. He enjoyed dancing in the living room with me and the girls, and enjoyed daily walks in the park. He ”smiled” at every person and dog that passed him by, just waiting for a kind word or a pat on the head. At this time, I knew in my heart that Jack was more than just my angel, he needed to help others.

To make a long story short, Jack fit in instantly, and turned out to be just what

I did my research as to what was entailed in him becoming a therapy

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dog. I didn't have the money or the skills to train him, but with the bond we shared, I knew we could do it. Jack passed the test with flying colors and a big toothy grin, and also passed his AKC Good Citizen Test. I had complete faith in him. Jack is now 5-years-old and has come a long way. He visits nursing homes and assisted-living homes weekly, and loves meeting new friends. He also has a Facebook Fan page (Mr Jack Therapy Dog) to promote animal adoptions (a voice for the voiceless you might say), and therapy work. Yes, this is the dog that no one wanted, including me, but this is the dog that I needed. He truly is a guardian angel, not only mine, but now for others as well.

Become a fan on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/Mr-Jack-Therapy-Dog


Left in the backyard of an abandoned house to die. . . then rescued!

AFTER PHOTOS COURTESY OF FRESNO BULLY RESCUE

ENZO

HAPPILY EVER AFTER

BEFORE

Now Enzo is a great ambassador for the pit bull breed! By Bridgette Boothe Director of Public Relations for Fresno Bully Rescue

On July 22nd, Fresno Bully Rescue received an urgent email from a property management company stating they had found an abandoned dog left behind in the backyard of one of their vacant properties. Startled at the sight of what they had found, and not wanting to call the SPCA because they knew this dog’s fate would be sealed, they contacted us. It was the middle of July, in the midst of a 100 degree-plus heat wave. We knew we didn’t have much time. We rushed over to the location, opened the gate, and found a dog that we now call Enzo. There sat this skeleton of a dog, huddled in a corner by a trash can trying to take advantage of any shade and comfort he could find. An empty water bowl and piles of feces surrounded him. His skin was cracked and bleeding due to his untreated mange. Emaciated, dehydrated and starving, it was clear that this dog was just days, and even hours away from his last breath. With leash in-hand, Enzo dashed over to us and eagerly made his way out of that backyard and right into our car. We rushed him to our vet hoping

that it would not be too late to save this sad-looking dog. Upon examination, our vet was clearly taken back. They see many difficult cases, but very few as severe as this. Enzo was 30 to 40 pounds underweight, had severe untreated mange, and a heart murmur due to his vast malnutrition. Many of these abuse and neglect cases go without justice. Sadly, this type of situation happens all too often here in the Central Valley. Luckily, in this case, we were able to track down Enzo's owner. He was arrested and was charged with neglect and the trial is currently pending. Since Enzo has been with us, his story has touched many people. Our local newspaper and TV news stations have been gracious enough to help us get the word out about Enzo’s story and hopefully spread awareness about abuse and neglect. Enzo is a special boy who has really come out of his shell as he has gained strength. It’s been a little over a month and he has already gained over 25 pounds! We are also seeing new hair growth where bleeding scabs once were.

He is also starting to gain his muscle mass back. After all he has been through, he is still the most loving and affectionate boy. Many people have donated for his care, even made him his very own personalized blankets! Enzo has come a long way, but still has some time ahead of him to completely recover. The level of emaciation and mange may possibly take a year to fully heal. Many vet visits, medicated baths, medicine, and plenty of TLC are still in his future. The goal is to eventually find him a new family, but until his body is ready, he has a home with us at Fresno Bully Rescue.

Become a fan on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/Fresno-Bully-Rescue

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American Dog Media Fall Issue 2013