Archive for the ‘Dog News’ Category

2nd Annual Mutt Show on The View

February 22, 2010

What is better than the 2010 Westminster Dog Show? The Mutt Show! For the 2nd year in a row, The View hosts a dog show featuring mutts! Although Sadie (a purebred Scottish Terrier who was awarded the Best in Show in the 2010 Westminster Dog Show) is a very wonderful dog, mutts are great dogs too. And it is time they got their recognition.

The View separates the show into two segments – the first one is for the viewers mutts and the second one is for mutts up for adoption. All the dogs were adorable, but I especially loved Katrina who was a survivor of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Louisiana. Katrina wasn’t voted as best in show but she got her own special award.

You can watch the 2nd Annual Mutt Show on The View at

You can watch a behind the scenes segment of The View mutts for adoption at

Small Puppy is a Big Hero

February 1, 2010

NBC Washington posted a recent story about a puppy who saved his owner from fire. Coco is a 4 month old Chihuahua puppy who rides with his owner on his big truck. They were sleeping in the cab when Coco woke his owner with a lot of barking. The cabin was filled with smoke and both dog and owner escaped. The smoke could have suffocated them while they slept, but Coco’s keen senses told him to wake up and make a lot of noise.

Both dog and owner are receiving medical attention and Coco’s situation is critical. Coco’s vet bills could be over $2,000. To read more on this story and learn how you can help the owner pay this little hero’s vet bills, visit NBC Washington’s website at

Above photo courtesy of NBC Washington

If Oprah Can Adopt a Dog, So Can You!

January 31, 2010

Oprah, Sunny and Lauren

Why buy a purebred puppy when you can adopt? Oprah did. She was on a waiting list, but she wanted a purebred dog so she waited. And just in time for your 56th birthday, two puppies with her requested breed came available and she adopted both. Sunny and Lauren are the most adorable 14 week old Springer Spaniels. They were adopted from PAWS Chicago which is a no-kill shelter. After showing her support against puppy mills on her show, we are glad to hear that Oprah takes her message home. Thanks, Oprah!

Information and above photo courtesy of

Maya, My Labrador Retriever, is the Most Popular Dog Ever!

January 28, 2010


Labrador Retriever

Maya, the Labrador Retriever

Per the AKC Registration list, Labrador Retrievers are the most popular dog. And they have been the most popular dog for years now. What about the mutt? (But, then again, doesn’t it seem that almost every mutt is a lab mix?) My dog, Maya, is a Labrador Retriever while my other dog, Sephi, is a Lab/Chow/Shepherd mix. To read more about Labrador Retrievers, visit

While the Labrador Retriever is the most popular dog in America, the German Shepherd came second, and the Yorkie third. Following these are the remaining top ten – Golden Retriever (4), Beagle (5), Boxer (6), Bulldog (7), Dachshund (8), Poodle (9), and Shih Tzu (10). The AKC has also listed the most popular dog breeds by major US cities. To read more on the AKC statistics, visit

Former Fighting Dogs Rescued – There is Hope

November 12, 2009

There is a very happy ending for hundereds of the pit bull dogs rescued during a dogfighting raid in the central US on July 8, 2009. A quote from an article at says, “Animal behaviorist Pamela Reid, who was part of the team that evaluated the dogs, said a surprising two-thirds tested well for nonaggression and adoptability.” To read more about this happy story and to see pictures of the dogs visit the link above.

Local News – 25 Puppy Mill Puppies at Wayside Waifs

November 11, 2009

A puppy mill in central Missouri was shut down and 90 dogs were rescued. 25 of the dogs are receiving care at Wayside Waifs animal shelter in Kansas City, Missouri. These dogs are being treated and are recovering, but it is not known how the other 65 fare. It is possible that they are being treated at other animal shelters in Missouri. For more information visit the article at Fox 4:,0,5609770.story
 Or visit Wayside Waifs’ website at
Wayside Waifs says they will have updates on You Tube.

The Wayside Waifs animal shelter is only a 45 minute drive from where we are located. We have been there numerous times and it is a very nice facility. If you live in the area, please visit and consider adopting a homeless pet. Please also consider making a donation. View their site to see how.


Fantastic Dog Segment on the Rachael Ray Show

November 10, 2009


I was just brought to tears of joy from watching the Rachael Ray Morning Show.  She talked about a caring woman named Lisa who is trying to build her own animal shelter for homeless animals.  Lisa has been taking animals into her home for some time and was that if she keeps these animals, she must build a proper facility.  Rachael Ray happily donated money and food in order to help Lisa with her venture.  Congratulations Lisa!  People like you make the world better.

Also featured in this segment were two chow mix puppies (above).  The puppies had a lot of missing hair from an infection and were in sad shape when Lisa rescued them.  The dogs have since received medical attention. Rachael Ray put these dogs on her show this morning and announced that the puppies are going to be just fine.  The dogs are still missing a lot of hair, but much of it is growing back and they are now ready for adoption.

I not only want to honor Rachael for helping Lisa and these animals out, but I also want to honor her for putting these two puppies on the air.  Most people who put dogs for adoption on the air only show “cute” puppies with no defects.  People forget that there are other animals out there who may have special needs and may not fit the ideal “cuteness” as other dogs in need.  Without Rachael and Lisa’s help, these dogs might have languished in a kill shelter before being put to sleep.

Here is a link to the Rachael Ray show and her segment on Lisa’s shelter and the chow mix puppies:

Police Dogs Being Adopted From Shelters

November 6, 2009

The Chicago Police Department is doing a great thing by getting their police dogs from a shelter rather than from an expensive breeder.  This helps give homeless dog a chance at a happy life and proves that an adopted dog can be just as good as a dog purchased from a breeder.  And it saves taxpayor money!

Pantera is the dog’s name and she was adopted from the Chicago Ridge Animal Welfare League.  Pantera is a 16 month old black lab with a great drive for her job.  She helps to sniff out narcotics and has already succeeded at her job.

Great job, Pantera!  And great job to the Chicago Police Department as well!  Check out more of this story at,0,7894347.story.

Dog and Car Stolen – Owner Wants Dog Back

October 24, 2009

If you live in the Annapolis, Maryland area, help this man get his dog back.  Army Sgt. Ben Terfehr had his jeep stolen Wednesday evening from a local gas station.  Unfortunately, his 8-month-old German Shorthaired Pointer, Ellie, was in the vehicle at the time.

The sergeant isn’t concerned about the jeep, but he wants his dog back.  If anyone knows anthing, please contact the police.  To get more information on this story, visit

Dog in Car Accident Put to Sleep

October 24, 2009

Here is a sad story about a 7 month old lab puppy put to sleep after being in a car accident.  His owner’s car was struck by a teen driver who was texting while he was driving.  A fireman tried to help the puppy in the wrecked vehicle, but the puppy bit him – most definitely in fear.

When a dog is in a car wreck, they are terrified.  And when a dog is terrified they may bite or run out of fear.  It is important to remember to try to muzzle an injured animal before trying to help them.  It is not known whether the puppy was put to sleep because of his injuries or because he bit someone.

To read more about this very sad incident, check out this site:

For more pet auto safety tips, visit