An amusing hazard of working with geriatric dogs

This dastardly deed occurred at House with a Heart Senior Pet Sanctuary

Note: House with a Heart is not a foster home or rescue group. Once a dog becomes a resident, it has a loving home for life.

House with a Heart has previously been featured on Divinity’s blog:
* A Retirement Home For Unwanted Senior Pets

* Senior sanctuary dog finds a girlfriend

House with a Heart – contact links
  • House with a Heart Senior Pet SanctuaryWebsite
  • House With A Heart Senior Pet SanctuaryFacebook
  • House With A Heart Senior Pet SanctuaryTwitter

Cold weather safety for pets

Nikki and everyone’s favorite, Brutus, from Bob’s House for Dogs are giving some great tips for this frigid weather!

Baby its cold outside and while many of us wish we could just sit inside with our furry friend, the truth is our pets and us have to go outside at some point.

From WEAU TV: Nikki Ristau of Bob’s House for Dogs joined Hello Wisconsin with safety advice for our pets against the bitter cold.

She explained that there are common misconceptions that dogs are not affected by colder temperatures. But they can be more susceptible depending on the breed and body type.

Dogs especially can experience frostbite and hypothermia on their ears, pads of feet and respiratory tract. Pet owners can notice these signs if their dog starts to move slowly, shivers, stops moving, and acts lethargic.

It’s important to note no dogs should stay out in below freezing temperatures. Therefore, owners should skip the walk on bitter cold days. However for comfort in colder weather, there are a few options to help our pets. These include an off ground bed, booties, sweaters, and don’t over bathe. The skin of dogs can become dry.

Dangers to watch for include ice and salt, because pets often lick their paws which then goes into their digestive system.

  • Bob’s House for Dogs – Website


Pilots N Paws, giving man’s best friend a lift

Pilots N Paws is a 501c3 charitable organization who through the help of general aviation volunteer pilots, transport rescue animals by air.

From the “Pilots N Paws” website

The mission of Pilots N Paws is to provide a user-friendly website communication venue between those that rescue, shelter, and foster animals and pilots and plane owners willing to assist with the transportation of these animals. Founded in February of 2008, Pilots N Paws continues to make a difference in the lives of innocent animals.

We have flown thousands of rescue animals, military working dogs, service dogs, and dogs soldiers have adopted from war zones to safe havens provided by rescues and families. We encourage everyone to please alter your pets and become responsible pet owners.


Pilots N Paws pilots volunteer to fly animals from kill shelters to rescue groups nationally. By the end of 2014, Pilots N Paws 4,200 volunteer pilots from all over the United States had helped fly about 60,000 animals to new homes in just six years.

Freedom Flight ready for takeoff

Freedom Flight ready for takeoff


The best view for a PnP's rescued dog

The best view for a PnP’s rescued dog


A dog enjoying their Freedom Flight

A dog enjoying their Freedom Flight


This Doodle is the co-pilot

This Doodle is the co-pilot


Everyone is smiling on this flight

Everyone is smiling on this flight



This video from early 2016 documents a flight from Spokane, WA to Medford, OR to transport a rescue dog for Pilots N Paws.


This is a clip from a mission on December 15, 2015. Just in time for the holidays, Toby, a beautiful and sweet Golden Retriever traveled from Finding Great Homes in Greensboro, NC to his new forever home near Richmond, VA.

Memorial donation to the Appalachian Bear Rescue for Miss Divinity

A Memorial donation to the Appalachian Bear Rescue was made for what would have been Miss Divinity’s 17th birthday. Until now, I’ve only made memorial donations to senior dog rescues, but there was a rescue of a stranded little lady in Tennessee that caught my attention.

I’ve been following the Appalachian Bear Rescue since the summer of 2015 when I read the story of Noli Bear’s rescue by a raft guide on the Nolichucky River. The rescue of Noli Bear was published in newspapers and featured on TV broadcasts worldwide. Shortly after Noli was rescued, the Appalachian Bear Rescue began receiving emails from people living in Finland to New Zealand who had read, or heard about Noli Bear.

To read about Noli’s rescue, and watch a wonderful video about Noli, click the following link: A different kind of Rescue

Noli Bear during rescue

Appalachian Bear Rescue

  • Appalachian Bear Rescue – Website
  • Appalachian Bear Rescue – Twitter