Thursday, February 19, 2009

Gin the Dancing Dog

What a beautiful bond this little teenage gal has with her dog.

Incredible Hero

Absolutely amazing heroics of a dog rescued by another dog caught on video!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Letter from an Adopted Dog

In August 2008, I rescued little Spencer, a purebred Beagle, from a high-kill shelter in Zanesville, Ohio. After several months in my care, Spencer finally found his very own family earlier this month.

I received the wonderful letter from Spencer (written, of course, with his help of his daddies). They have graciously allowed me to share it with you. Enjoy!


My name is Spencer. I am a 5 year old Tri-Color Beagle.

I had a rocky start in life with my first family. They did not care for me properly and made me stay outside all the time. Then they dumped me off at the Muskingum County Animal Shelter. The Shelter was such a scary place but I did get food and water.

Luckily a sweet lady named Jo Ann gave me a foster home in August 2008. I had 11 foster brothers and sisters to play with. We got a lot of love from our foster mom and I am so grateful that she saw something special in me. She taught be how to potty, walk on a leash, stay in a crate, and how to be loved.

A little over a week ago my Dads found me in Jo Ann's online web site. They said my cute brown eyes just melted their hearts. Daddy Jeff started adoption procedures, and my friend Al took me to meet Jeff and Mike on February 5, 2009.

It's been a difficult adjustment arriving in a new place and trying to get settled. I only came with the collar around my neck.

Daddy Mike went out that night and bought me a big crate, food, a collar and leash. They petted me all night long and made me feel welcome. I slept pretty soundly my first night in this new place.

I have not been perfect but my Dads have been very patient with me. I guess it's kinda new for them too. There have given me all kinds of gifts. My favorites are a cloth chew cow toy and a huge red pillow (It's really comfy). I have not learned how to play fetch but I am trying. My Dads give me all the love they can, I always want more but that's okay.

Daddy Jeff took me to a new doctor (Swenson Veterinary Clinic) on Monday. They checked me over and said I was in great health. I do have a problem with separation anxiety so I am taking some medication to help me.

Last night the storm really scared me. Usually I sleep on my big pillow in the dressing room just inside the bedroom. I was shaking badly so my Dads let me on their bed. After snuggling between them I felt safe and dropped off to sleep.

Here's my picture so you will know me when you visit! Looking forward to meeting you in my new home!

Spencer - Goodwin-Page

If you live in Central Ohio and are considering adopting a pet, please visit my website Jo Ann's Foster Animals. If you don't see a pet that interests you, be sure to visit my Links page for my recommendations for online pet adoption resources, and rescues and shelters in the Central Ohio area.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Prayer For Dogs

A Prayer for Dogs

"Dear Lord, as we start each day
There's just one gift for which I pray
Please watch over all dogs everywhere
And bless them with someone to care.

Watch over the pups with plenty to eat
And the hungry strays out on the street
Those getting treats each time they yap
And those who struggle for every scrap

Those that sleep on a nice soft bed
Those with hard ground under their head
Those who play with girls and boys
And those who never have any toys

Those kept clipped and brushed and clean
And scruffy ones that don't smell too keen
Those who get to ride in cars
And those that sit behind cage bars

Those that flunk obedience school
Dig up the yard, snore and drool
Chew up your stuff, chase the cat
And they're still loved in spite of that

And those that are as good as gold
But left out to shiver in the cold
Chained up and forgotten there
They long for a warm home to share

Please God, as we end each night
Help more people do what's right
For each dog they meet, to do their best
And send your comfort to all the rest."
~Author Unknown

Did You Buy a Puppy from Bulldog Ravine?

From the Humane Society of the United States...

Lisa Mullins didn’t know she was purchasing a sick puppy when she bought her bulldog, Otis, from Bulldog Ravine. The Internet seller had a flashy website depicting cute, healthy puppies, concealing the true nature of its business.

It wasn’t until after Otis became seriously ill that Lisa realized she’d been had: he came from a puppy importer who has reportedly sold unhealthy bulldogs from overseas puppy mills. Sadly, Otis died at only 8 months of age.

Like many Internet sellers, Bulldog Ravine owner Brenda Moncrieff may have operated under more than one business name using more than one website to market English and French bulldog puppies. These alternative business names and websites may include: B&E English Bulldogs, Heavenly French Bulldogs,, and

If you have purchased a sick dog from any of these businesses, or any other such business or Internet site that markets French or English bulldogs, or if you otherwise have had a negative experience with any of these businesses, please contact us immediately. If you have friends, neighbors, or family members who have experience with any of these businesses or sites, we would also like to hear their stories. Please share this email with them and ask them to contact us if they are willing to share their stories.

Unethical puppy sellers like Bulldog Ravine typically promise purchasers that they only sell healthy dogs who have been raised in a home, but often these people are in the business of selling unhealthy puppies from miserable puppy mills. They also may promise pedigree papers that they cannot deliver. WBRE Eyewitness News' reports about these practices and Bulldog Ravine are available in part one and part two of a series on their website.

If you believe that you have been victimized by puppy mill pushers, please tell us your story.

Thank you for your continued support in our campaign to stop puppy mills.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Obama Gives Wolves Reprieve, Help Make It Permanent

The Obama Administration has put a freeze on the Bush Administration's last-ditch attempt to strip wolves in the Northern Rockies of their Endangered Species protection. We now have a historic chance to roll back this deadly rule -- and close the book on eight years of relentless government-sponsored attacks on these living icons of the American West.

Tell Interior Secretary Salazar to reverse the Bush Administration's policy and maintain strong Endangered Species protection for the gray wolf.

Sign the petition by clicking HERE! Thank you!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Tell Petland to Stop Selling Puppies

The Humane Society of the United States is asking for your help! Please watch the video below and then click on the link for more info. Thank you!


Help End Aerial Hunting of Alaska's Wolves

Please visit today and sign the petition!

Why Kids Need Pets