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I <3 Dogs Wk2: The gals of Pawsibilities favorite pets!

So far this week we’ve heard and read a bunch of stories about loving pets from sweet Huskies to cats that embody the spirit of a canine. Honestly I’m lovin’ it! Don’t be shy, and share your story too. We want to hear about the animals that have touched your hearts, and it doesn’t have to be one that lives in your house. For today the gals of Pawsibilities would like to share a bit about our favorite pets.

Monica-

Best dog I ever had was a female blue heeler named Momma Dog. We called her that because the second we brought her home my little sister got into my mom’s makeup and before my mom could say anything to my sister, Momma Dog nipped her on the heel (not hurting her), like she was telling her “NO.” She did this with me and my siblings until she passed away at age 14. She never left our side and if she did she was keeping close watch to make sure we were making the right decisions. I remember one day playing in  my front yard and getting bit by a snake, hauled to the ER, and when I arrived back home and got into my room she kept me and her in my room and kept everyone else out and cuddled with me on my bed for two days. I am convinced it was her way of trying to apologize for what had happened because she tried to get the snake before it bit me. She was loyal, loving, caring, my best friend and my savior many times!

Lora-

I tend to live in the present. I’ve encounter a ton of animals and each one touches my heart in some way or another. So my favorite pets are the ones that reside with me and here’s why. Rachel, my son’s golden retriever, for knowing exactly when I need her. Bubba, the brindle killer dog who falls out of chairs, for his loyalty. Belle for acting like she’s 2 when she’s actually about 13; the sneaky act on the hunt for treats and still wanting to ride in the truck every chance she gets. Linda for making me laugh because you can’t do anything else when a dog uses your couches for hurdle practice and chases paper towels across the house. And  finally Miley for her kisses.

Landra- 

The dog of my life was a Great Dane mix, brindle sweetie named Koda. Koda didn’t live with me, she belonged to my parents. But from the moment we met we became best buds. Every time I would stay at my parents she slept with me– which was an experience since she was about the same length as I am. When I would call my parents on the phone if Koda heard my voice she would try to get as close to the phone as possible to hear me. There were also multiple times when I arrived for a visit and she was the first one out the door to greet me.  Unfortunately, our relationship was not meant to last the long haul and Koda has since passed on after only being in my life for 4 years. I will always remember her and her love for me. If I ever decide to add a dog to my home, or somehow stop being allergic to dog dander, I pray that I find someone as sweet as she was.

Thanks for reading about our favorite pets! Be sure to comment and tell us about yours. Not only do we want to hear your stories, but you have a chance to win some awesome prizes:  

A signed copy of Carolyn Jewel’s newest release NOT WICKED ENOUGH, and a signed copy of Theresa Romain’s Historical Romance Debut SEASON OF TEMPTATION. All you have to do is comment on any of our posts, or the participating blog’s posts this week (2/20-2/26). Winners will be announced next Monday (2/18).

 

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I <3 Dogs Tour Week 2: Tell us your favorite pet story!

Remember that little beagle that used to follow you around the woods in the summertime, or the basset hound that would chase your little brothers sniffing their butts because of dirty diapers? Maybe it’s that fuzzball cat that kept your feet warm in winter. Whatever the animal, whenever the animal tell us about your favorite pet. You don’t have one? Did you ever admire a friends pet? There’s lots of options here, so don’t be shy and pipe up! The rescue gals and I will have our favorite pet stories up on Wednesday so be sure to stop by and read our praise for the animals that have touched our hearts.

Participating Blogs:

Going From Nobody to Somebody -Thurs. (3/1)

Confessions of an Animal Junkie– Tues. (2/28/) and Thurs. (3/1)

Blog For Paws -Tues. (2./28)

Full Frontal Fantasy– Tues. (2/28)

Kay Elam Writes– Mon. (2/27)

Prize up for grabs this week: A signed copy of Carolyn Jewel’s newest release NOT WICKED ENOUGH, and a signed copy of Theresa Romain’s Historical Romance Debut SEASON OF TEMPTATION. All you have to do is comment on any of our posts, or the participating blog’s posts this week (2/20-2/26). Winner will be announced next Monday (2/18).

Carolyn Jewel. . . was born on a moonless night. That darkness was seared into her soul and she became an award winning author of historical and paranormal romance. She has a very dusty car and a Master’s degree in English that proves useful at the oddest times. An avid fan of fine chocolate, finer heroines, Bollywood films, and heroism in all forms, she has three cats and a dog. Also a son. One of the cats is his.  You can learn more about her on her website and follow her on Twitter @cjewel. Her latest release Not Wicked Enough has been receiving rave reviews. You can read review and chapter excerpts here.

Theresa Romain holds degrees in psychology, English literature, and history, an impractical education that allowed her to read everything she could get her hands on.  Her historical romance debut, SEASON FOR TEMPTATION, was published in October 2011. The sequel, SEASON FOR SURRENDER, will be published in October 2012.Theresa lives with her family in the Midwest and lives online at http://theresaromain.com. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

So for your first shot at a chance of winning NOT WICKED ENOUGH or SEASON FOR TEMPTATION, tell us what animal rescue or organization has your attention? Feel free to share links because we love connecting with other groups.

Thanks to random.org for helping pick our comment winners for the Wk 1 prizes. The winner of David Cleinman’s book PRINCIPLE DESTINY is Devon! And the winner of the $15 Starbucks Gift Card is Teri Ann Stanley. Please email landra (dot) graf 7 (at) gmail (dot) com to claim your prize.

I <3 Dogs Wk 1: It's Saturday!

That’s right, the weekend is here! What do dogs and weekends have in common? Pet adoption fairs! The weekend is the most popularCourtesy of adoptapet.com time to put on an adoption fair. Let’s face it, most of the folks in the rescue world have other jobs during the week or are dedicated to vet runs, transporting, and half a dozen other activities all in the name of the furry folk! Saturday’s are the day that these folks gather at Petco’s and other locations (dependent on your state) to show off the animals they genuinely love and want to see placed in a forever home.

Pawsibilities typically holds adoption fairs on Saturdays, courtesy of the wonderful Petco in Lees Summit, MO. Each one is an event of its own because other rescues show up to participate too. It’s a great place to talk dogs, even if you’re not planning on adopting. A great source of info, and volunteering to help with one is extremely rewarding. There’s a ton of planning and organization that goes into each one. Bathing the dogs, making flyers or cards with the dog’s info (history, stats, temperament, etc.), gathering of needed materials (applications, business cards, pens), and so much more.  Every rescue has their own style and action, but the one thing they all want is to make sure they’re equipped with the necessary things to help get their furry friends noticed.

I’m continuously humbled by the effort that goes into each adoption fair, and any rescue that holds them on a regular basis gets my undying appreciation because it’s not easy. Though the most successful ones are the ones that give visitors the impression of easy and organized. So my questions for you: Have you been to a pet adoption fair? Did you adopt a furry friend there? Have you ever volunteered to help with a pet fair?

Don’t forget there’s still two days to comment on any of the posts (ours or our participants) for week 1 and get entered in this week’s prize giveaways. What’s up for grabs: A e-book copy of  PRINCIPLE DESTINY by David A. Cleinman, or a $15 gift card to the ultimate Frappaccino destination, Starbucks.

Pawsibilities Are Endless <3 C.A.R.E

Sarah

Colorado Animal Rescue Express, known as C.A.R.E. to some, is one of our favorite animal rescue transporting organizations. Why you ask? Because they’ve supported us in multiple ways since day 1. They love animals and desperately want to help in any that they can. Add in the fact that this group is more than willing to share their knowledge of the rescue community at large and transporting procedures. All-in-all, I don’t think Pawsibilities would be as strong as we are now without their support.

C.A.R.E. has also helped us save many of our furry friends. From the sweet, German Shepherd Sarah, who was afflicted with parvo and miraculously survived to the sweet pit bull Cocoa Puff suffering from a gastro issues during a hot summer. There’s many more, and all of them were in dire need of medical care. C.A.R.E. stepped up and has sponsored Pawsiblities more than once to make sure these bundles of joy (big and small) got their bills paid and were able to survive to find forever homes that would love them.

Cocoa Puff

I could keep blabbing on and on about what C.A.R.E. has done for Pawsibilities, but there’s more to this awesome organization’s story. They work hand in hand with over 110 rescue organizations across the country providing everything from vet expenses to covering spay & neuter costs, food costs, supplies, and more. One stop at their website and the numbers you’ll see are staggering. Since inception, in 2007, C.A.R.E. has transported/saved over 11,050 dogs and 788 cats. That means transport volunteers have logged over 631,500 miles transporting animals to safety.

C.A.R.E. is one of our favorite organizations, but there are a few others as well and I would be remiss if I didn’t at least mention them here also.

Furry Kids Refuge– A local group to the K.C. Missouri area. With a wide network of supportive fosters, transporters, and animal lovers Furry Kids is a huge help locally and an inspiration to rescues everywhere.  

Secondhand Hounds– Located in Minnesota, this group has found forever homes for over  8 of our dogs. They are a joy to work with.

As our Wk 1 continues don’t forgot to comment here or on any of our blog participants posts to enter our drawing for the book PRINCIPLE DESTINY by David A. Cleinman or a chance to win a $15 Starbucks gift card! Thank you for your support and your time!

I <3 Dogs Week 1: Your favorite animal organization or rescue

Today is Launch Day! The Pawsibilities Are Endless I ❤ Dogs Blog Tour is officially commencing. This is a brand new venture, and we hope that visitors enjoy the information we have to share.

This week it’s all about the rescue’s and animal organization’s we love! Pawsibilities favorite animal organizations and rescues post will be up Wednesday. Other participants will be discussing there favorites as well so be sure to stop by the other blogs by clicking the links below, the day’s they’ll post are listed as well.

Other Participating Blogs:

Going From Nobody to Somebody – Thurs. (2/23)

Confessions of an Animal Junkie– Tues. (2/21) & Guest Posts Thurs. (2/23)

Blog For Paws– Tues. 2/21 

Prizes up for grabs this week: A ebook copy of  PRINCIPLE DESTINY by David A. Cleinman, or a $15 gift card to the source of caffienated heaven Starbucks.  All you have to do is comment on any of our posts, or the participating blog’s posts this week (2/20-2/26). Winner will be announced next Monday (2/18).

David A. Cleinman was born in 1964 in upstate New York and grew up in the small village of Gilbertsville. Surrounded by the natural beauty of the rolling Butternut Valley hills and its rivers, forests, and streams, he began writing at age 13. A fan of classics, Tolkien-style fantasy, and literature of all kinds, his writing encompasses many genres and ideas. Characters are his favorite part of a story, both when reading and writing. His first novel, PRINCIPLE DESTINY, is a treatise on political and personal struggles where deadly consequences meet the heroine’s desires head on. You can learn more about David and his work by visiting his website at www.davidcleinman.com

So for your first shot at a chance of winning PRINCIPLE DESTINY or a $15 Starbucks card, tell us what animal rescue or organization has your attention? Feel free to share links because we love connecting with other groups!

Also we have the Animal Junkie Challenge! That’s right… the lovely Phoenix Sullivan with the Confessions of An Animal Junkie Blog is sponsoring Pawsibilities Are Endless. Phoenix has agreed to match each $1 donation (up to $50) towards our organization. To donate click the ‘Donate’ button at the top of the list. Be sure to mention the Animal Junkie Challenge so Phoenix knows how much dough will be going to our adorable dogs. Remember each donation contributes to vet visits, medicine, food, cleaning supplies, and toys. We give our dogs every penny and try to help as many as we can.

Protect your dogs, protect your assets

A recent story from the local news station in Kansas City delivered some big ‘warning flags’, couple that with a recent rescue credit card breach (which we got zipped up tight right away) and security is now more important than ever.

The KMBC 9 News team reported that a Harrisonville Animal Shelter, Friends of the Friendless, had their computers hacked 3 weeks ago. Donations were stolen, and over a million dollars in checks written. Luckily, Bank of America, the bank the shelter held an account with, replaced the funds and put a stop to the issue fairly quickly.

Regardless this story highlights a big warning: protect your accounts. In this modern age, and with hackers/scam artists running rampant, it’s important to be vigilant. Change passwords frequently and mix it up. While it’s recommended to pick a password that everyone can remember, I would caution against it.  Don’t be afraid to complicate things, people who need access will adjust. Also protect your checks, credit cards, and any other financial related item that ties into your donations or accounts.

To me, this is a good reminder that no one is safe and no account is safe. You have to do everything you can to protect your assets for your sanity and the animals you’re assisting.

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