Saturday, December 31, 2011

Saturday's Dog: Tatiana

My friend, Cindy, canine massage therapist extraordinaire, and I recently spent some time at Buddy Dog Humane Society in Sudbury, MA playing with and photographing some of the dogs there available for adoption. The idea is to feature different dogs here each week in the hope of getting them in front of more people - one of which might just be looking for this dog to add to their family.

Today's dog is: Tatiana!

Isn't she cute!?!

Tatiana is a very shy, 9 year old Sato who has been at Buddy Dog for about 4 years. She's so shy in fact, this was the second time I tried to photograph her. The first time, whenever I picked up the camera, she turned her head and hid. A little wiser on our more recent visit, I set up a blind of sheets and took pictures of her while she played with Cindy, paying "no attention to the 'man' behind the curtain".

Tatiana was adopted out once before but she came back even more traumatized by the experience than she was in the shelter. In fact, she's not unhappy at the shelter - she's not terribly bothered by other dogs and she doesn't get a lot of attention from the public, which is just fine by her.

When I first arrived yesterday, she had her face tucked into her blankets and her back to any visitors who might want to befriend her. This, as you can imagine, makes it unlikely people will stop to inquire about her.

Oh but they should. She's playful and sweet to those she knows and is comfortable with - she was giving Cindy kisses before she even got the leash on. She just needs to get her head out of her blankets so the right person(s) can find her.

She will need a gentle, patient owner, one who is familiar with shy dogs and ready to give Tata the space she needs to adjust to a new environment. She would not do well in a noisy, busy home and I would not recommend children in the home of any extremely shy dog.

It's also likely that, due to her first bad adoption experience, Buddy Dog would rather she continue to live with them as the shelter mascot than be put in the wrong home again.

But every dog deserves their own home with their own people who love them above all comers. And Tatiana is no exception.

If you want to help that special person find this special dog, please consider tweeting her information or posting her to your Facebook profile.

You never know who might be looking for a dog just like Tatiana.

Oops, the Great Oz has been discovered.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Thank you very much

I should have written this post ages ago (okay, at least before Christmas anyway) but time just got away from me. For that I must apologize to some really lovely people who thought enough of us here to present us with the Kreativ Blogger award.

First, Roxy the Traveling Dog gave us the award and we were truly verklempt with the nice things she said about Bella and our blog. Then, probably because it took me so long to write this, Brando and Bogart and Pauley James Former Foster Baby gave us the award as well. I am really touched by their kindnesses.

Doing some research about the award, I found it has evolved over time and the 'rules' are slightly different depending on the blogging community sharing it. It started in 2008 as a small and informal award given by Norwegian arts and crafts blogger, Hulda, to a few of her friends in recognition of their creativity. I think it's neat how this award has continued on and morphed into so many varieties.

This time around, thankfully, the rules seem pretty simple: I have to share 10 things you don't know about us and then I get to pass the award on to 6 of my favorite blogs.

10 things you don't know about me and Bella

  1. Fetch is a foreign concept to Bella. She will, on occasion, chase after a thrown ball but generally just keeps running as opposed to picking up the object and returning it.
  2. I have hypothyroidism. So does Bella.
  3. Bella likes to smell my breath. As she has not yet fallen down dead from the experience, I assume my dental hygiene program is sufficient. (Come to think of it, however, she also likes to roll in dead things on the lawn...)
  4. I am a pretty good cook. I wasn't always. When we first moved into the house (Fall 2000), we had a party and Jan tasked me with the grocery shopping. I was doing just fine until I realized I had to ask the grocery clerk in which department I would find cilantro. (Ah, it's an herb.)
  5. Bella doesn't like toys that 'squeal' and 'scream' like real animals (see: Talking Pipsqueak and Flingshot Flying Animals). She whimpers and cries and delicately carries them around with her. We think she's 'worried' about it, which is strange because, well, see #6.
  6. Bella is addicted to jerky treats. Seriously addicted. It's like puppy crack. With all the FDA warnings about chicken jerky from China, we have done our research and found only Blue Buffalo and Kona's Chips use US-sourced chicken. I also bought Jan a dehydrator for Christmas. I'm sure you can see where this is going...
  7. I am an avocational musician. Or at least I was until Bella arrived. She's afraid of the guitar so I haven't played it, or any other instrument, in a few years. I do still sing and dance with her though. She remains unimpressed.
  8. Taking Bella's collar off used to send her into a state of panic. She got the collar when she came home from the shelter with us and, of course, had never worn one as a street dog in Puerto Rico. She apparently associates the collar with her family and her home. Over the years, we have had to make a point of taking it off occasionally and putting it back on to assure her we're not sending her back to Puerto Rico when it does come off.
  9. Bella always uses the pillows when she is on the couch, a chair, the bed or the futon. Now if she'd only discover that human laps make great pillows. (Oh yeah, obviously, Bella is allowed on the furniture. ;)
  10. Bella and I have spent the last 3 years hiding in the basement during thunderstorms - she goes into an absolute panic during storms and leads me desperately to the basement door. Don't feel too bad for me, this is where our television set is and once we're down there, I turn on the TV to a nice quiet music station, Bella hops up on the couch beside me and goes to sleep. It's a small price to pay for her comfort - even if it is usually at 3 am.

And now the fun part:

We are really pleased to forward this award on to 6 of our favorite blogs. I tried to find blogs that I love and haven't been given this award yet. (If I take any more time to write this post though, I'm sure somebody will come along and beat me to the punch!) So without further ado, may I present, in alphabetical order, our selections for the Kreativ Blog award:

  1. Chronicles of Cardigan - 'Chronicles' the adventures of Cardigan Welsh Corgis Dewi, Jon Farleigh and their scribe, Elizabeth. Seriously funny stuff that always makes me laugh. I also very much appreciate their efforts to promote pet adoption and shelter animals.
  2. CindyLu's Muse - CindyLu is the sweetest little Shih Tzu you'll ever meet. She and her hu-mom, Kim, host a blog full of information, funny stories, giveaways and other pet-related treats they find of interest. Tireless in their support of adoption and rescue, they also offer a weekly Fab Feline/Furry Friend Friday featuring animals in need of a home.
  3. Declan's Dogs Blog - Declan is a retired racing Greyhound who, per his profile enjoys eating, sleeping, walking, eating, sleeping and farting. And eating. He is a very silly boy and totally aware of his own awesomeness. Accompanied by fantastic photos, the blog also promotes adopting Greyhounds and has a great page of resources on where to adopt one in the UK.
  4. Greyhounds CAN Sit - Sue and her pups, Beryl (the Greyhound) and Frankie (the rescued 'muttley dog') spin their tales from New Zealand and invite us to come along with her fabulous photos and wonderful stories. Beryl recently started visiting a local resthome (that's a nursing home for us Yanks) and both she and Frankie are awesome ambassadors for adoption. Greyhounds CAN Sit was the first pet blog I "followed". I'm not sure whether to thank Sue for my blog addiction or curse her. ;)
  5. I Still Want More Puppies - Pup Fan, the blog author is an enormous fan of "pup and pop culture". She's also a freakin' riot! The blog features her pup, Bella (the first ;) as well as all sorts of entertaining original content. (Her Christmas "caroldies" were a highlight of the season). Sundays feature her "Adorable Adoptables" theme highlighting shelter animals looking for their forever homes.
  6. Life With Desmond - I have a soft spot in my heart for Desmond and his hu-mom, Lauren. Another slightly crazy rescue dog, I see so much of me and Bella in their often hilarious, always entertaining antics. Disillusioned with the overbearing, outdated training resources available to her, Lauren took matters into her own hands and is now training to be a trainer herself. Way to go, Lauren!

I really would like to thank everyone for the warm welcome we've received from the pet blogging community. It has been both sweet and humbling. We always knew Bella was special. We're glad to find some of you think so, too.

Wordless Wednesday 21 - My beautiful Beau

3.14.1994 - 5.16.2008

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Bella really does love Christmas (video)

A little video 'evidence' that Bella really does love Christmas. (Or at least she loves the tasty treats waiting for her on Christmas morning!)

Merry Christmas one and all!

(Ooh, and 5 points to the first commenter to name the Christmas musical playing in the background. ;)

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Wordless Wednesday 20 - The Best Gift of All

Click for larger view - you really should, it's beautiful. :)

Note: This is not my picture. The photo was taken by Michael Bilotta who used to go to the same dog park we did. I added the text by photoshopping the note that came from Bella's rescuer, Nilsa, into Michael's photo. I should add that I then printed it out, framed it and gave it to Jan for Bella's first Christmas with us.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Bah humbug - a scared-y dog's view of the holidays

First, allow me to say, I LOVE the holidays. L.O.V.E. them. I love the traditions. I love the music. I love all the cookies and movies and lights. Hmmm, this is starting to sound like a Dr. Seuss thing so we'll just cut to the chase: I love Christmas.

Bella, on the other hand? Not so much.

Well, actually, she does love Christmas (See: video evidence here). What she doesn't love is all the company the holidays bring. And well-meaning animal lovers who want to pet her.

Four years

Bella is almost 4 years old and the only people who can reliably pet her are me, my husband Jan and my mom. My sister and my youngest nephew are about 50/50 and my oldest 2 nephews have to wait for the rare occasion when Bella is worn-down-to-the-bone exhausted for a chance to sit quietly next to her and get a snuggle in. (See: only existing photographic evidence of such below.)

This picture was almost 2 years in the making...

Bella doesn't want to make toys er, friends...

It's nothing against you, really. Even Bella's trainers, vets and behaviorist aren't immune. One trainer, that magical Sheila again, can usually coax Bella into a chin scratch but only when there's food involved. We are working with a few select friends and neighbors as well as her vets so someone will be able to handle her in case of emergency.

I wish for her sake and yours that it was different and I know some will not believe me so, on behalf of Bella and all the other shy and fearful dogs out there, and for those who feel they absolutely must pet the pretty dog's head, allow me to offer this advice:

    Over head = bad.

    Under chin = good.
  • Don't try to pet the pretty dog's head! It will not happen. She will still, on occasion, duck away from me and Jan if we approach her from above. She's much more comfortable with an under the chin approach.
  • Pay attention to what she's telling you. Bella is very (very, very, very, very, very) communicative. She will tell you how she's feeling with her body language. If she's ducking her head, leaning back, moving away or just averting her eyes, she's telling you she'd rather you not try to pet her. Don't.
  • If she approaches you to sniff, let her. She's assessing your risk to her. Offer her the back of your hand to sniff, a loosely closed hand is best. This is not the time to try and pet her!
  • If she thinks you're not hearing the messages she's sending you with her body language, she will actually try to speak to you. (Did I mention she's very (very, very, very, very, very) communicative?) It's okay to listen to her. She's scared and she's doing her level best to tell you that, so go ahead and let her have the treat. Drop it on the floor and end the game. She won that round. It's okay, really.
  • Finally, if the barking doesn't work, Bella will leave the room. Please, for the love of all that is holy, let her leave. Bella is a dog. She's a fearful dog. If you remove her option of flight, well, there's only so many options left, right?

As her owners, Jan and I take our responsibility very (very, very, very, very, very) seriously. If we sense a situation getting out of control, we will leash her or remove her from the room. But we're trying to teach her that people = good things and we can't do that if every time company arrives, she gets thrown in another room.

Every person she meets in her life will teach her something. What do you want your lesson to be?

To all who enter our home, we want everyone to be comfortable, including our dog. To help us achieve that for Bella permanently someday, we're asking for you to help us by following these few simple rules.

To our friends and neighbors who are working with us to help Bella overcome her fear of people, thank you! It takes guts to offer a piece of food to a 60 lb barking dog.

To my family who didn't sign up for this, has put up with the crazy dog and done everything right every time, including sometimes just treating her like a normal dog, I love you all so much.

To strangers on the street, yes, I know my dog sounds like Cujo. You shouldn't get so close to an unfamiliar dog.

And to all our friends in the blogosphere, we here at Bringing up Bella would like to wish you the happiest of holidays and all good fortune in the New Year.


Sunday, December 18, 2011

Social Media for Social Good - It's Twitter Time!

As noted last week, I'm participating in the Social Media for Social Good holiday event hosted by Two Little Cavaliers and Pamper Yourself in Pink. It's a neat opportunity for bloggers to get together and give something back to the animal welfare community, as well as directly to our readers.

See, the bloggers created this pool of cash ($325 to be exact) that will be awarded at the end of the event: $112 to an individual (that could be you!) and $213 to the animal charity of the winner's choice.

You have up to three ways to enter as each week we'll present a new "Rafflecopter" with some tasks you have to perform. Last week, every blog "Liked" on Facebook was an entry in the contest - and you can still enter there if you haven't already.

This week, it's Twitter's turn!

Just click on the Rafflecopter buttons to "Follow" any or all of the blogger accounts on Twitter. Each follow = 1 contest entry. (If you already follow someone, you can still enter - just click the "Enter" button.) Follow all the bloggers to unlock even more chances to win.

As a side note for anyone wondering, I promise, my next post will actually be about Bella. Thanks for sticking with me through these blogging-about-the-blog-more-than-the-crazy-dog days.

Now - go click on the Rafflecoptor. Let me know who you're playing for in the comments. And GOOD LUCK!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Saturday's Dog: Milla

Hello friends,

Well, it's not quite Saturday any more (nor, despite what the publishing date notes, is it Friday either - guess I've been trying to write this for 2 days) but I didn't want to neglect my commitment to my "Saturday Dogs" - dogs that are waiting for their new homes in local shelters and rescues I volunteer with. Dogs that, for whatever reason, can't seem to get the attention of that perfect family they just know is out there looking for them.

I've been planning to feature today's dog all week and she certainly needs and deserves the spotlight but before we get to her, I did want to take just a moment to recognize the tragedy in Texas and express my deepest sympathy to Sandra and her family (both 2-legged and 4.)

For the few people that may not have yet heard, "The Houston Pittie Pack" suffered a devastating fire Thursday night losing their home and 5 of their 7 rescue dogs. Their grief and pain is unimaginable.

Some folks in blogville have set up a "ChipIn" to raise cash for the family while they work through this terrible time. I've posted a picture link to the ChipIn on my side bar and it will remain there until the ChipIn closes on February 15. If you have any cash at all to spare, these folks could surely benefit from some holiday kindness.

You can also visit the blog and leave a comment for Sandra to let her know you're thinking about them.

And now a word about Milla, our "Please-adopt-this-dog" dog of the week.

I usually try to feature dogs I've actually met here so I can personally speak to their temperament. I'm breaking that "rule" today because I'm worried this dog may be running out of time.

Milla is a beautiful black Lab mix that North East All Retriever Rescue was asked to help find a home for because the new baby in her home is allergic to her. She didn't enter our program because the family said they were willing to keep her until a new loving home was found so we started featuring her on our "Referrals" page. Unfortunately, that was four months ago and there seems to have been no interest generated by her post or from the ads the family is running.

She's a pretty dog and has been raised by a loving family. She loves people and gets along with other dogs (no mention of cats). She just can't seem to get anyone to notice her. And that's where you come in. Can you take a moment out of your busy day to tweet or post Milla's information to your friends and followers? The perfect family is out there looking for her, I just know it. Maybe your tweet will be the one that helps them find her.


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Liebster means Dearest

Wow. This has been a pretty hectic week what with us participating in the "Social Media for Social Good" (SMfSG) holiday event campaign, Pet Fiction Theater's "A Blogville Christmas Cabin" (I make no apologies for my goofy love of the creativity behind these shows :), Bella's agility class and the normal blogging schedule.

Add to that a big project at work and oh yeah, Christmas preparations(!) and I'm so stupid tired right now it'll be a miracle if this post makes any sense at all due to my failing-by-the-minute cognitive skills.

Breathe, Leslie, just breathe.

First I'd like to welcome all our new visitors (and Facebook followers) that found us via the SMfSG campaign. Lovely to have you here. I hope you'll poke around and join in the conversations.

Today I woke up to a very nice surprise on top of all this fun (2 somethings, actually, but I feel it's important to cover them separately to give appropriate attention):

Bringing up Bella won our first award!

Jet from over at Jet's Furkid Palace chose us as one of their recipients of the Liebster Blog award. I am very touched. And they called Bella gorgeous, too! (We agree, thank you!)

So here's how it works:

"Liebster means “dearest” in German, and the award is intended to help up-and-coming blogs get the attention they deserve. As with any award, there is a bit of ceremony involved. In order to accept the award, we must do the following:
  1. Copy and paste the award on our blog.
  2. Link back to the blogger who gave us the award.
  3. Pick our five favorite blogs with less than 200 followers, and leave a comment on their blog to let them know they have received the award.
  4. Hope that the five blogs chosen will keep spreading the love and pass it on to five more blogs."

Now onto the fun part.

I have really enjoyed discovering lots of awesome blogs over the past few months. Being new myself, I like to specifically search out smaller blogs that are either just getting started or for some reason or other haven't gotten the attention I think they deserve. This "Liebster" award with its "less than 200 followers" requirements fits nicely into that and I hope the blogs I've chosen will end up on your regular reading list, if they're not already.

Our 5 blogs (in no particular order):
  1. A Coonhound's Tale - Prudence is a beautiful rescued Coonhound living in NJ and entertaining her mom. She shares her adventures with us with lots of pictures of the pretty dog. Being a big fan of hounds, I can't resist checking in to see what Prudence has gotten up to in any given week.
  2. Doodling Dogs - I have to admit, I was surprised to see this blog didn't already have, like, a thousand followers. Emily and her pup, Leila, offer up a variety of dog-related topics including a "Breed of the Week" spotlight that can leave even canine fanatics like me stumped on occasion.
  3. Two Collies and a Mutt - Marquie is a lovely young blogger with a penchant for Collies. Her blog is full of wonderful photos and commentary about her mutt, Ella, and 2 Collies, Petal and yes, Lassie. How can you not check that out?
  4. Pupparoos - Continuing in the Sheltie category (Editor's note: Edited to correct breed. I'm a dolt, I know the difference between a Collie and a Sheltie - ack! Sorry Ellen! See "cognitive skills" above. ;), Ellen from Pupparoos blogs about Stewie (not the Sheltie) and new pup, Tucker (the Sheltie). Blogging about a fantastically adorable puppy certainly ensures this blog's success but we're kind of infatuated with Stewie here.
  5. Pauley James, Former Foster Baby - Pauley's Mr. and Mrs. are those incredible kind of people we all probably aspire to be: they're fosters. Pauley, it would seem taught them the meaning of "failed foster". ;) The blog is full of the fun-filled adventures of their 3 dogs and 5 cats as well as the heart-warming, and sometimes heart-breaking, stories of animal rescue.

I hope you enjoy visiting our "Dearest" selection of blogs. And once again, I'd really like to welcome everybody and to thank Jet for thinking of us when selecting their award recipients. It made my day.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Wordless Wednesday 19 - New Friends

And now, back to our regularly scheduled blogging. :)

Bella and her little friend, Chipper, at the Tufts Farm Field.

Let the games begin!

The "Social Media for Social Good Holiday Event" has started and you can be a part of it!

How you would like to start the New Year by winning some cash for you AND your favorite animal charity?

Two Little Cavaliers is giving a bunch of us pet bloggers and small businesses the opportunity to bring you a special social media holiday event. The winner of the event will receive $112 via Paypal for themselves as well as $213 sent directly to their favorite animal charity. And that winner could be you!

To enter just:
  1. Leave a comment below and tell me about your favorite charity. What 501(c)(3) organization would you donate the charitable portion of the prize money to if you win?
  2. "Like" any (or all!) of the Facebook pages of the bloggers and small businesses who are participating in the event. Already "Like" one of the pages? That's ok, just click the "+1 Do It!" button on the Rafflecopter widget and select "Enter".
Our chosen charity: Save a Sato

I've mentioned previously that if we win, we will be donating 100% of the proceeds to Save a Sato in Puerto Rico, Bella's rescue group. Here's a little more about them:

"Save A Sato is a non-profit, all volunteer organization dedicated to easing the suffering of Puerto Rico's homeless and abused animals. "Sato" is slang for street dog. We rescue Satos from the streets and beaches, give them medical care, food and shelter, and plenty of love. When they are healthy, we send them to one of our shelter partners for adoption into loving homes."

They have an ambitious Mission Statement that includes everything from providing basic care like feeding and vaccination programs to legal advocacy and, most notably, "re-homing services" in which they partner with shelters on the mainland to be adopted into loving homes here.

Conditions in Puerto Rico are rough for stray dogs and cats and the Save a Sato volunteers save lives every day with little money and even fewer resources. Every donation goes towards improving the conditions of the animals in their care.

Your turn

Remember each activity completed earns you an entry into the random raffle at the end of the event. So check out the blog hop to get started and don't forget to tell us what charity you're participating for in the comments section. Good luck!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

"One Day @ Save a Sato" (video)

Last night I announced in my post about the "Social Media for Social Change" event that I would be participating on behalf of Save a Sato in Puerto Rico. Shortly afterwards, I happened upon this video by lolavibemusic on Youtube. It is the most extensive view I've found of Save a Sato, the shelter and organization that rescued my Bella.

These are not the conditions we're used to seeing in the States. But please remember, this is the rescue. The conditions of the non-rescued on the streets and beaches is far worse and very dangerous.

This video was taken during June 2011. I am pleased to tell you the shelter is under-going a much needed update and you can see the progress made as of November 2011 at the Save a Sato web site. Much still needs to be done.

It's very difficult for me to imagine the silly, spoiled scared-y dog currently lying behind me on the couch as being rescued TO these conditions. However, I also know that Gloria and all the volunteers at Save a Sato are there every day caring for and loving these dogs. They are saving lives. Every day.

One day, a little over 3 years ago, they saved Bella's. I will never forget that.

And now, if you don't mind, I'm going to go hug my beautiful little girl.

PS - For all my dog blogger friends who love to "Guess the Breed", new sato blogger Enzo is running a fund-raiser to benefit Save a Sato. $5.00 gets you a guess and all proceeds go directly to Save a Sato. How fun is that?

UPDATE: Enzo's Guess My Breed contest has ended but I'm keeping the link to his post up so you can all check out his blog. He's a very handsome and silly guy.

The "Social Media for Social Good" holiday campaign

"A Holiday Blogging Event for Animals in Need"

Hey, have you heard about the terrific holiday event Two Little Cavaliers is running from December 14th through the 28th? "A Holiday Blogging Event for Animals in Need" is designed to help us bloggers get a little publicity and our favorite charity a decent pile of cash!

Participating bloggers (and non-bloggers, too!) chip-in $10 and, at the end of the event, that pool of funds will be randomly awarded to one of the entrants in a 60/40 split between charity and blogger. (Non-blogger donated funds will go directly to the charity of the selected blogger.)

For the record, if I happen to be the one selected, I pledge 100% of the funds to Save a Sato in Puerto Rico - Bella's rescue organization. There's also a prize for the blog that sends over the most folks who sign up to participate so if you happen to hop on over and join, you can mention you saw it here at Bringing up Bella.

The more folks who participate, the bigger the pot at the end of the event! So blogger or non, I hope you'll consider heading over to the Two Little Cavaliers' site to contribute to the "Chip In".

Think of it as a holiday gift you'll open to you see who wins when all the other presents are gone.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Saturday's Adopt-this-dog-athon: Lovely Lekoda

Allow me to introduce today's dog: Lekoda

Updated: I am VERY happy to report that Lekoda has been adopted! She went to her forever home in February 2012. Thanks to everyone who helped get her story out so her new family could find her. :) (You can continue to follow her progress on North East All Retriever's "Happy Tails" page.

Available through North East All Retriever Rescue, I met Lekoda at the Woofstock event I attended in October. She's a real sweetie. And just beautiful, too, don't you think?

Lekoda is a 9 year old Lab whose disabled owner very reluctantly had to surrender her due to moving. She is good with cats and dogs and kids, has no bad habits and is even excellent off-leash.

As you might be able to tell from the photo, she's wearing a Thundershirt which means she's a bit of a scared-y dog but the shirt and some homeopathic remedies help with that. She is very Labbie and needs to be with her people. She will be happiest lying quietly at your feet or nearby while you're working or watching TV.

If you or someone you know is looking for a gentle, loving companion, Lekoda would make an excellent choice. Please don't let her age discourage you from welcoming her into your family. Or perhaps you could take a moment to Tweet her story to your followers? Someone out there must be looking for a dog as wonderful as Lekoda. She is certainly waiting for them to find her.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Wordless Wednesday 18 - Thor's cushions

I had a different picture planned for today but recently received this in an email from my sister. Apparently her Bull Mastiff*, Thor, didn't appreciate how she had the cushions laid out and decided to, shall we say, 're-decorate' according to his needs.

I love this big guy! (Bella, however, does not so we have wisely chosen to limit their interactions since Thor has about 70 lbs on Bella and probably wouldn't be as gracious as Gus in her ill treatment of him.)

* Donna, did I finally get it right - Bull Mastiff, not English, yes?

Monday, December 5, 2011

Notes from Home - 12.04.2008

It's been a while since we've had an installment in our "Notes from Home" collection. With winter approaching, we were learning some new things about our 'hot-blooded' pup.

December 4, 2008

Jan: The dog is curled up on the bed.

Just for jollies, I wrapped her in the heavy blanket earlier.

Thirty minutes later, she is still snuggled under the blanket.

What did you expect? I'm from Puerto Rico and you people have SNOW here!

Wait, where ya' going? My shoulder's untucked... Come back! Please?

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Saturday's Dog: Meet Mr. Ed

This is Ed.

Ed is an awesome Shar Pei mix from Puerto Rico waiting for his new awesome family to take him to his new awesome home.

I know they're coming....

He's available at Buddy Dog Humane Society in Sudbury, MA and is just the coolest dog you can imagine.

I had the pleasure of spending about half an hour with him last Sunday and, apologies to Bella, but she almost had a new little brother. I absolutely fell in love with this guy. He's a very strong boy even for his short stature but he's playful and fun, loves to lean and give kisses.

He's been in the shelter too long. I think people might be a little afraid of him but if they could only see him romp and play, they'd realize he's just an overgrown puppy with the best personality. Want to help me help Ed get the exposure he deserves? Just click to Tweet his profile - maybe Ed's forever family is reading your Twitter stream right now. :)

Come on - how can you resist those eyes?

UPDATE: Ed was adopted and is now living happily in his forever home! Thanks to all who helped tell his story.