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



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

Transformation of homeless dog found living in pile of trash

A homeless dog was found living in a pile of trash; she accepted help from Hope for Paws rescue. Now one year later, look at her amazing transformation!

Miley - at rescue and one year later

Miley – at time of rescue and one year later


Photo Credit: Hope for Paws

Hope for Paws is an organization dedicated to rescuing stray dogs and animals suffering on the streets and rehabilitating them so that they can find a forever home. They make videos of their rescues that show the progress of the animals and the amazing transformations they undergo, and oftentimes the videos are emotional as you first see the dog struggling and watch them get better.

Note: This is the second post I’ve published on this wonderful organization. Previously, I featured Hope for Paws in a post about A homeless dog living on railroad tracks gets rescued. 

Hope for Paws received an urgent call about a sick dog living in a trash pile. The stray, who they later named Miley, had been surviving for months living on this pile of trash while developing skin infections and parasites. Luckily for her, Hope for Paws was determined to help her reclaim her healthy life and find her forever home.

To read the rest of Mily’s rescue story, click the following link: Homeless Dog Living In Trash Pile Accepts Help

H/T: Misty Woo Engle

Watch the following video to see Miley accept help as a sick stray and develop into a strong, nurturing dog!

Dog Treat Recipe Posts

The Blueberry and Banana Dog Cookie recipe published here in April 2015 has been wildly popular with more than 3,000 reposts.

Unfortunately, the Blueberry and Banana recipe has overshadowed the other treat recipe’s published on Divinity’s blog, so I thought I create a post with links to all these other wonderful dog treat recipes. Hopefully, dog owners will make some of these other treat recipe’s for their dogs to enjoy.

Here are links to previously published dog treat recipe’s.

Cookies & Baked Treats

Blueberry and Banana Dog Cookies

Peanut Butter & Bacon Treats

Fall Leaf Treats

Smoothies & Frozen Treats

Turmeric & Carrot Smoothy

Frozen Berry Treats


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