September is Puppy Mill Awareness Month: Harley’s Hero’s

As long-time readers of this blog know, my beloved Miss Divinity spent the first nine years of her life in a cage in a puppy-mill. The effects of living in a cage all those years stayed with my little lady for the rest of her life.

Now, Harley, the Puppy Mill Dog (Harley spent 10-years in a puppy-mill) has extended an invitation to everyone to join Harley’s Puppy Mill Action and Awareness Project.

Harley’s dream was to put an end to puppy-mills, and you can be a part of that movement as one of Harley’s Heroes.

HERE’S HOW:

* Form an anti-puppy mill group in your town or community. Your group could have as few as two-members, or as many as twenty or more. Even established anti-puppy mill groups can become Harley’s Hero’s!

* Hold regular meetings to discuss the puppy mill issue. Educate yourselves and learn what you can do to make a difference. Determine what your strategy will be; some ideas are listed below.

To read the rest of the information on Harley’s Hero’s, click on the map below. Currently, Harley’s Hero’s has member groups in forty-two states, and in four Canadian provinces.

 

Action and Awareness Groups map

Action and Awareness Groups map

Note: Click the above map to open a link to membership information and how to start a group.

 

This week is “Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week!”

Many factors can make a pet seem “less adoptable.” To promote these unusual (or, in some cases, too common) animals, Petfinder has designated the third week of September as Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week.

Did you know that 99% of our shelters and rescue groups have housed adoptable pets that have a harder time getting adopted?

In fact, according to our survey, these “less-adoptable” pets wait for a home nearly four times longer than the average adoptable pet does … sometimes more than two years!

Which pets do our shelter and rescue group members have the hardest time finding homes for? Here’s what they said:

survey

While everyday new doggies find forever homes, sometimes for different types of dogs the journey can be more difficult. The last full week in September is Adopt a Less Adoptable Pet Week. Dogs that are older or have disabilities can have a harder time finding a forever home. In honor of these pups, we are sharing ten stories of less adoptable dogs who found amazing forever homes. Remember, if you are thinking about adopting, don’t forget that adopting a dog that seems “less adoptable” might actually turn into the best decision of your life. These dogs are just as loving and sweet as any other dogs!

Click the following link to read the stories on Ten Less Adoptable Dogs Who Found Amazing Homes. This link includes a wonderful video on each dog, and the list of ten consist of the following:

1. Two-Legged Dog and 3-Legged Cat are Best Friends

2. Pit Bull Gets Adopted After Waiting Five Years

3. Former Fighting Dog Finds Forever Home

4. Marnie, The 14-Year Old Shih-Tzu

5. Rescued Toothless Chihuahua Gets Adopted

6. Blind Dog About To Be Put Down Gets Adopted

7. Deaf Dog Gets Adopted By Deaf Owner

8. Disabled Child Adopts Three-Legged Dog

9. Dog In Wheelchair Adopted By Man In Wheelchair

10. Tuna, The Dog With An Overbite

Chance zooming around in his wheelchair

Chance zooming around in his wheelchair

H/T: DogTime

The Col. Potter Cairn Rescue receives a donation from Miss Divinity

I’ve made a memorial donation in Miss Divinity’s name to the Col. Potter Cairn Rescue. I adopted Divinity from the Col. Potter rescue in May, 2009. Unfortunately, it was two years ago today that Miss Divinity died from cancer.

At the time I did not know it, but adopting this 9-1/2 year old, 17-pound Cairn Terrier would change my life forever.

Divinity & Dad - our first meeting

Divinity & Dad – our first meeting

 

Please consider making a donation to a senior rescue, and think about adopting one of these seniors, or maybe a younger dog in need. You’ll never regret it.

Col. Potter Cairn Rescue - 4,166 Rescues

Interactive Map of Senior Dog Rescues, Sanctuaries and Special Programs

Note: This map is presented with kind permission from Senior Pups

Click the “Brackets” on the right-side in the Map Header below to view the full-size map

Divinity’s Blog – 7th Anniversary!

Happy 7th Anniversary, Divinity's blogToday, is the seventh anniversary of Divinity’s blog. Unfortunately, Divinity is no longer with us.

As for dad since Divinity’s death, I have continued what Divinity started by maintaining Divinity’s blog, and doing what I can to help Cairns and other dog breeds in need.

I’ve continued to post information on topics such as cancer in dogs, dementia in dogs, senior dogs, blind dogs, hospices for dogs, handicapped pets, boating with dogs, dog treat recipes, and a variety of other information related to pets. This is my way of honoring Divinity’s memory and the causes that, through her, became so dear to me.

In celebration of this years anniversary, here is a link to the first post I published about Divinity.

Divinity, An introduction

Divinity with her long leash

Today is National Dog Day

National Dog Day celebrates all breeds, pure and mixed and serves to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, either from public shelters, rescues and pure breed rescues.

National Dog Day honors family dogs and dogs that work selflessly to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort.  Dogs put their lives on the line every day – for their law enforcement partner, for their blind companion, for the disabled, for our freedom and safety by detecting bombs and drugs and pulling victims of tragedy from wreckage.

National Dog Day

Celebrating National Dog Day

 

Memorial donation to the Golden Valley Humane Society for Miss Divinity

I’ve made a donation to the Golden Valley Humane Society in memory of Miss Divinity. The Golden Valley Humane Society is where Divinity attended Puppy Playtime, and where she was awarded her Canine Good Citizen & Therapy Dog certifications.

Puppy playtime

In her foster home, Divinity had two Cairn Terrier playmates. However, her life after her adoption was as an only dog. As such, I thought it might be helpful to take her to puppy-playtime so she was used to being around other dogs again before she began her formal Canine Good Citizen training.

Divinity & her pals at Puppy Playtime. Divinity was seven years older than the next oldest dog in this group

Divinity with her pals at Puppy Playtime. Divinity was seven years older than the next oldest dog in this group

 

Training

Divinity went through both Canine Good Citizen & Therapy Dog training. I believe that this training built, and then strengthen the bond between us that remained throughout Divinity’s life.

Canine Good Citizen training

In September, 2009, I signed Divinity up for Canine Good Citizen training. Divinity then completed the following training levels:

Divinity with her Canine Good Citizen certificate

Divinity with her Canine Good Citizen certificate

 

Therapy Dog evaluation

Divinity did not attend formal therapy dog classes. She was home-schooled by her dad who at the time was an assistant therapy dog trainer at Golden Valley Humane Society. However, Divinity did take her evaluation test at Golden Valley.

FYI: Patti who was the head therapy dog trainer at Golden Valley was also the home inspector for the Col. Potter Cairn Rescue from whom I adopted Divinity.

Read about Miss Divinity passing her Therapy Dog Test!

Divinity with her Therapy Dog certificate

Divinity with her Therapy Dog certificate

 

Please consider making a donation to a senior rescue or pet shelter in your area, and think of adopting one of these seniors, or younger dogs in need. You’ll never regret it.

Interactive Map of Senior Dog Rescues, Sanctuaries and Special Programs

Note: This map is presented with kind permission from Senior Pups

Click the “Brackets” on the right-side in the Map Header below to view the full-size map