Saturday, April 12, 2008

Extreme Makeover: Shelters

"The Danbury Animal Shelter wants to build a better place for its animals to stay and they may get some help from an on-line contest.

The Danbury Animal Welfare Society is trying to win a million dollar makeover from

"Very similar to what ABC does in extreme makeover for houses, we're doing that for pet shelters across America. We've had over a thousand shelters compete for the first year," said Richard Thompson from"

"While perusing the Web for blog topics today, I found a link to a Web site for Lifestyle Pets, a company that is selling cats and dogs genetically engineered to be hypoallergenic.

Price for a kitty guaranteed not to make you sneeze? $5,950 to $130,000. The pooch price? $15,000 to $21,000.

If home security is more of a concern for you than allergies, they also offer the Titan Family Protector dog in prices ranging from $85,000 to $120,000.

Please, someone tell me this is a joke."

Friday, April 11, 2008

Black Dogs

"When Aaron Jones walks Gozer, his Rottweiler-hound mix, people cross the street to avoid them. Mothers scoop up their children. A lost motorist once rolled up the windows and drove off after spotting the dog. One woman screamed.

"He's the nicest dog I know," said Jones, 33, of Oakland, Calif. "It's hard to understand all the fear."

Gozer isn't aggressive and doesn't look mean or bark, Jones insists — people are afraid of the dog purely because it's big and black. As a puppy, Gozer was passed over for at least a month before Jones took him home."

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Rescue and Adoption

"Right now, as I am writing this, dog rescue organizations across the country are being inundated with requests for adoption of their dogs. Why?

Because Oprah Winfrey said so. Oprah told everyone - well, okay, her viewers, so close enough - to go out and adopt from their local rescue or shelter, so everyone - yes, everyone - knows what that means."

"Adopting a pet from a shelter can save an animal's life and help end puppy mill breeding.

Adopting instead of purchasing an animal from a pet store can help save a life. Adoption prevents an animal from being euthanized, or killed because there is not enough room in a shelter. It also frees up an additional cage, allowing another homeless animal to be rescued off the streets."

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

A Few Great Blogs

Just a few great blogs:

"Welcome to the Big Paw Blog! Visit often to learn about Pet Tips, Breed info, Pet Rescue, Pet photos, & more Shop for Pet Gifts | Contests | Email us your blogworthy pet stories! Family Friendly Ad only, prefer pet, kid or garden related."

"Fun, affordable and practical products - especially for small dogs."

"Explore the work of K. Turple, miniature needle felting artist. See the latest needle felted dog & cat sculptures, and keep updated on my recent projects."

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Losing A Pet

"Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable."

Pet Loss Grief Support

Links to more pet-grief support

Monday, April 7, 2008

Wolves, Cats, Turtles, and Dogs

"There is a new way for Houstonians to find a furry friend to join their family, KPRC Local 2 reported Friday.

Comcast has launched a pet adoption channel through their ON DEMAND service available to digital cable customers.

The site features dogs, cats and other animals up for adoption at the Houston SPCA."

If you love wolves, watch this video. Fascinating.

The Cat and the Turtle

Such a sweet story.