It’s time for another monthly roundup. Please enjoy these phenomenally pleasing posts that I loved in the month of January. Continue reading
Step 3: Enjoy today’s dose of Friday linkage. It’s that easy.
- First up, your punny pet name: Hayton Manning (for a horse, obviously).
- So, let’s talk about the most important bowl in the cupboard this weekend. That’s right… the Puppy Bowl is almost here! Who’s on your fantasy team?
- Forget Behind the Music. Let’s go behind the Puppy Bowl! (Here’s even more behind the scenes action. You’re welcome.)
- You may have already seen it by now, but if not… Budweiser has officially won the advertising portion of the Super Bowl. (I don’t normally go for a Bud Light. However, the next time my only choices are of the cheap beer variety, I think I’ll have to give it the edge.)
- Speaking of ads, these guys are a strong contender in the less prestigious (but still intriguing) non-animal division. (Unfortunately, this year’s crop of ads aren’t all winners. Le sigh.)
- Anyway… wondering who will win the actual game that’s being played on Sunday? These puppies know the answer.
CarMax made an all-puppy reenactment of its Super Bowl ad this year. I heard that it was only going to be posted online, but this really has Puppy Bowl written all over it:
Next year, I think all Super Bowl ads should be reenacted with adorable animals and aired during the various Adorable Bowls.
Finally, in case you missed it, here’s what we’ve been up to on the blog lately:
- Animal Odd Couples 2: Eclectic Boogaloo
- Are dogs furry kids?
- Who run the world? Squirrels.
- Caption this dog: Do I amuse you?
- Caption this dog: This is my serious face
Who are you rooting for this weekend? The Broncos? The Seahawks? Opie? Wyatt? Pong? (Choose your favorite player here.)
For this round of Blog the Change for Animals, I wanted to (once again) highlight an organization that has been helping animals since before I was a twinkle in my parents’ eyes.
Friends of Homeless Animals (FOHA) in northern Virginia has been serving the DC area since 1973. In 2012, FOHA gave me a wonderful place to volunteer and a new pup in the form of Tavish. In 2013, FOHA celebrated its 40th anniversary. This year, the fantastic folks at FOHA are continuing this important work into year forty-one. Continue reading
I have a special edition of No Frown Friday for you today. I’m shining the spotlight on a very special blog: The Puppy Tails!
When I found out that I was paired up with The Puppy Tails for the Pet Blogger’s Gift Exchange this year, I was pretty excited. I mean, the name alone is clever and cute. The blogger behind the pups, Laura, looks like a lot of fun. The canine stars of the show, Monty and Delilah, are heart-meltingly adorable. Like me, Laura still calls her crew puppies even though they might not technically fit that definition anymore. Obviously, this match was meant to be.
I’ve spent some time reading up on The Puppy Tails this month, and I’ve really enjoyed it. If you, like me, are new to this wonderful blog, allow me to give you some tips on where to start (and at the end, I’ll tell you how you can help me spread the blog love to Laura, Monty and Delilah):
- First up, a punny pet name inspired by The Puppy Tails: Monty Paw.
- The Puppy Tails is a relatively new blog – it began in August of this year, and it’s a welcome addition to my reading list!
- Unlike this blog, The Puppy Tails contains useful information in addition to being entertaining and well-written. Check out this list of Puppy FAQs - I love how Laura is dedicated to helping others care for their puppies.
- Monty the pup is a rescue, and Laura recently dedicated an awesome post to him during Adopt a Dog Month.
- Laura is super talented too. Check out her upcoming line of homemade dog beds! (I totally want one.)
- She’s also cool and ahead of the curve – she totally posted adorable selfies with her pup long before the rest of us decided to step out from behind the camera as part of the Meet the Bloggers hop.
- Laura also gets to do awesome things in London, which has resulted in my undying jealousy.
- Seriously, The Puppy Tails is awesome. It tackles anything and everything you might want to know about having a puppy, including diet, teething, separation anxiety, walking, going to the vet, socializing (or, socialising) your puppy, clicker training, and so much more.
So, that’s a quick intro to the wonderful blog that is The Puppy Tails. Want to help me spread the blog love to this adorable addition to the pet blogosphere? If so, please do the following:
- Stop by The Puppy Tails, leave a comment, and say hello.
- Follow The Puppy Tails on Twitter. As a bonus, you will then be treated to tweets like this one. Awesomesauce.
This post is part of the Pet Blogger’s Gift Exchange, co-hosted by this humble blog and Something Wagging This Way Comes. For more feel-good bloggy goodness, check out the other blogs participating in this year’s exchange:
… or you know, to have your dog read to you. (Seriously though, if your dog can read to you, please send video footage. I’d like to be your manager.)
Anyway, It’s time for another monthly roundup. Here are eleven posts that made me smile during the month of October:
- Guest Post: Why I Approved 1 Border Collie’s Adoption to 1 Particular Family from Champion of My Heart – I love the idea behind this post, and I love hearing how it all began.
- Jemma, The Ohio Puppy Mill Chihuahua, Rescued and Healed! from Dog House Adoptions - Success stories always warm the cockles of my heart, whatever those are. (Anyone? Bueller?)
- Favorite Video Friday – Sheltie Puppy Zoomies from No Dog About It – The cuteness. It is too much. I swoon.
- Adopt a Shelter Dog Month: My Favorite Videos - from Talking Dogs – Take that, Sarah McLachlan. You’re not ruining my day.
- If Dogs Wrote Advice Columns from Something Wagging This Way Comes – Tavish would probably just advise me to give him a treat.
- Bark & Bites – Dog Baby Decor from My Life in Blog Years – Would it be weird if I made it my decor too? I mean, I’m just saying…
- Our trip home – A Journey to Adoption from Wag the Dog UK – A sweet tale, for sure. I love a happy ending.
- The Story of How I Rescued Jen from Rumpydog – Do you ever wonder how your dogs would tell this story about you?
- Oh Lord, My Water Broke from Heart Like a Dog – It’s not what you think.
- Funny Bone Monday, 44 – the Llama Edition from the Jones Natural Chews blog – All I can think about is The Emperor’s New Groove. That is not a bad thing.
- Service Dog Training: The Things a Dog Trainer Learns from Her Dogs from Smart Dog University – What do you learn from your dogs?
Did I miss any of your favorites? Share them in the comments!
It’s time for your weekly linkage. I’ve chosen today’s theme for one simple reason. Senior dogs rock.
- First up, your punny pet names: Lickey Rooney and Ben Catlock.
- This month, I’m doing a series of posts about senior pets on the Grouchy Puppy blog. Head on over and check out my first post to find out how an old dog can teach you some new tricks.
- These dogs with old man faces are awesome, as are the accompanying Sanka and Matlock references.
- I’m loving these photos of senior dogs across America from Nancy LeVine.
- This is slightly off topic, but I don’t care. History is old. This Animals From History ebook looks amazing. (There are puns!) I want to hang prints of the illustrations around my house. It would totally class up the joint.
- These vintage art dogs are also pretty great.
Finally, I give you today’s video. This mature dog is pretty charming, don’t you think?
In case you missed it, here’s what else we were up to on the blog this week:
- You (still) otter know
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mewzart: The early years
- I get lost in your eyes…
- 250 punny dog names… and counting
- Caption this cat: The not just being Miley edition
- Flipping off cancer… the canine way
- Honest movie summaries: Dog edition
…or, you know, a dog named Unicorn. But you can call her Corny. (I can relate. I’m pretty corny myself.)
In any event, the following video is rated U for Unicorn.
I didn’t quite get the weird dude at the end, but what can you do? It’s not like I’ve gone out and made my own parody adoption video, after all. He’s still coming out ahead of Sarah McLachlan. Humor always wins over soul-crushing depression.
Speaking of unicorns, I wish that Corny had rocked a unicorn costume somewhere in there. Thank goodness that my other favorite Bella has anticipated my needs. She knew what I needed before I even knew myself.
Also, speaking of being corny… thanks to those of you who totally appreciate my special brand of rambling nonsense. To you I say…
Hope you had a great Halloween… I’m off to celebrate by watching a few of my favorite specials! (The dogs are not in costume, but they’ll more than make up for that at our Christmas card shoot.) Unicorn wishes and rainbow dreams, my friends…
I like pie.
I like helping dogs.
I like helping people.
I never dared to dream that I would able to combine these three interests into one activity. The pie piece (feel free to groan) always threw me off. However, someone out there has solved this puzzle. Now, you can eat pie that helps puppies and people.
Fun fact: Generosity pie (as opposed to humble pie) totally has no calories.*
If you buy a Thanksgiving pie (or you know, a Tuesday pie – why should we limit pie to holidays?) using this link, you can benefit two charities at once! City Dogs Rescue in DC is selling pies to support Food & Friends, another DC charity. The mission of Food & Friends is “to foster a community caring for men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses by preparing and delivering specialized meals and groceries in conjunction with nutrition counseling.”
The proceeds from the pie sales go to help Food & Friends support people in need. In addition, for each pie that City Dogs Rescue sells, Friendship Hospital for Animals has generously offered to give CDR over $20 in free vet services.
So, as you can see, eating pie allows you to help both people and pets. If I’m doing my math right, that means that you’re actually required to eat pie now. Such a sacrifice. We’ll get through it together, okay?
Pies start at $25 and can be picked up at over thirty locations in DC, Maryland, and Virginia on Tuesday, November 26, 2013. If you don’t live in the area (or don’t like pie for some confusing reason**), you can even order your pie to be donated to a Food & Friends client for the holidays. Click here or on the photo above to order.
I’ve volunteered with Food & Friends in the past, and it’s truly an amazing organization. I’ve dabbled in volunteer blogging for City Dogs Rescue too, and they’re also pretty rad. (I can’t believe I just used that word. I’m so tragically unhip these days.) So, get out there and order some pies. You can never have too much pie.
*This is not really a fact, although it’s still fun.
**I am puzzled by your very existence. What did pie ever do to you?
It’s time for yet another edition of Blog the Change for Animals. This time around, I thought I’d talk about dog socialization and the ways in which shelter dogs can benefit from being socialized. Sometimes, socialization at the shelter can make a huge difference in the life of a dog.
I was inspired to write about this topic today because of a program that’s currently going on at Friends of Homeless Animals (FOHA), a local no-kill shelter (and the reason I have a Tavish snoring by my side). FOHA has started play groups for some of the dogs – they get together weekly to work on socialization. The play groups often result in fun videos like this one:
I love that FOHA focuses on dog socialization. It’s a great way to get the dogs out of their runs and to let them learn how to interact with people and other dogs in a relaxed setting. While this type of group might not work for every dog, it can help prepare some dogs for their future adoptive families. Structured play groups can enrich the lives of dogs while they are in the shelter. In addition, these type of groups can be useful for training and assessment. Finally, they can give shelters a chance to show off some of their adoptable pups having fun and being adorable (like the dogs in the video above).
I’m far from an expert on this issue, but I’d love to hear your thoughts. Do you have any experience with shelter play groups? Would you be interested in implementing this sort of program at your local shelter? For more information about play groups, check out Playing for Life!, a training and behavior program focused on this issue.
I’m not the only one blogging the change for animals today. Check out these other great posts: