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I <3 Dogs Week 3: Favorite Animal related book, movie, song, etc.

When I think about dogs the movies Turner & Hooch, Homeward Bound, and Old Yeller come to mind. My kids are more enraptured by the Buddy movies, the offspring of the loveable Golden Retriever that was featured in about 3-4 Disney films in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. There’s books like Shiloh, and The Red Fern Grows. This week that’s what we’re talking about. Our favorite animal or dog related movies, books, songs, and any other type of media that relates to animals that touch your heart. And I don’t mean that YouTube video about the Honey Badger. 🙂 So share your favorites and you can click on the links to visit our participating blogs and see what some of their favorites are.

Other Participating Blogs:

Going From Nobody to Somebody – Thurs. (3/8)

Confessions of an Animal Junkie– Tues. (3/6) & Guest Posts Thurs. (3/8)

Prizes up for grabs this week: A copy of Katharine Ashe’s newest historical romance When a Scot Loves a Lady or a $15 Starbucks Giftcard. All you have to do is comment on any of our posts, or the participating blog’s posts this week (3/5-3/11). Winner will be announced next Monday (3/12).

Booklist named Katharine Ashe among it’s “New Stars of Historical Romance” and her Captured by a Rogue Lord is a nominee for “Best Historical Adventure” in the Reviewers’ Choice Best Book Awards. Find her at http://www.KatharineAshe.com .

In When a Scot Loves a Lady, a spinster fleeing society and a roguish lord bent on seduction find themselves trapped in a tiny snowbound village. A perfectly delectable scandal is in the making! But things aren’t always what they seem…

*Last week’s prize winners will be announced later today!

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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).

 

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.

Blogfest Update- Giveaways and more!

Pawsibilities ‘I ❤ Rescue Dogs’  Blog tour is still looking for participants. We’ve got 3 blogs on the sign up sheet and are looking for more. One of our participants has upped the ante! If you visit Lexcade’s blog ‘Going from Nobody to Somebody’, comment, and participate in the Blog Fest then you’ll be entered in a drawing for a $25 Amazon gift card. A really awesome offer.

Don’t know what our blog fest is all about? Click Here for more info. 

Remember you can participate in just one week if that’s all you have time for. This is a unique opportunity to share your love of dogs, and we’ll promote you’re blog here as well. 

Join in the fun, tell your story.

NDP- What about my dog?

The sirens go off. Weather radio is blaring the alert. You grab your kids, husband and family pet. It’s time to go to your safe spot. The basement, the center-most room of the house, the outside underground tornado shelter. Regardless of the location you’re looking for a safe space to reach until the storm ends. In some cases you’ve grabbed the essentials, things you’ll desperately need (water, flashlight, radio, blanket, purse). What about the dog?

That member of your family is gonna be thirsty, hungry. What happens if you get seperated? If you’re not home when the disaster strikes? This is when you need to have an NDP (Natural Disaster Plan) for your pet. Now, some would call this idea crazy; possibly a little overboard. But if your dog is as important to you as any other member in the family it doesn’t hurt to err on the side of caution.  That being said here are a few tips to make sure that your loving animal has every chance to stay with you or be reunited.

– Microchip, Microchip, Microchip! These little darlings are easily applied, and will allow your dog to be re-connected with you even if they run off or survive that disaster at home. Couple these with identifying tags on your dogs collar and you have just doubled the rate of success.

– Keep up-to-date medical records and a photo of your dog with you.

-Have information on dog friendly hotels/motels and boarding facilities/kennels in your area.

Other supplies to have ready:

-Portable carrier

-Extra leash and collar with an identification tag

-Pet food (at least a two-week supply of dry food in water-tight container or canned food; non-electric can opener needed)

-Water- at least a two-week supply of clean water– large dogs need one gallon per day.

-Up-to-date health records

-Medications – flea and tick and two-month supply of heartworm

-Toys and treats (kongs, ropes, and balls)

As mentioned above, these lists may be considered a little over dramatic, but it helps to be prepared. You can’t predict when disaster will strike. Even compiling half of the supplies will have you more prepared then most. If there’s something missing from the list or you have other items that you think are important to have during a disaster comment and let us know!

Linda the Clown

*Guest post by Landra, originally featured on Confessions of an Animal Junkie*

 Like some of the other stories on this blog, the best ones are about the animals that flourish after being saved from horrible circumstances. Linda the Clown is another example of why rescue work is rewarding.
 
 Linda is a 14-month-old Basenji Shepherd Mix. This sweet girl was in Pawsibilities’ local pound, and when the local ACO (animal control officer) resigned from his position our rescue stepped up and brought Linda into our fold. When Pawsibilities got her, Linda’s first experience with us was a trip to the vet.
Side note: One of the reasons her position at the pound was dire is because she was originally mistaken for a pit bull.
 
The town Pawsibilities is based in has laws that pit bulls and pit mixes are not allowed within city limits. This makes them extremely hard to adopt—and the first up on the list for euthanasia. Fortunately for us the vet was able to give her a positive identification as a Basenji Mix, which opened a lot more doors for her.
She had mange, and acted extremely terrified of everything—it didn’t matter if it was a person, a bug, a new blanket or treat. On top of the mange this baby was also suffering from an ear infection. Since that first day Linda has been with us for 5 months, and now she’s every bit of rambunctious puppy. In that time her personality has completely changed.
At first we thought she was the devil dog, and possibly psychotic.  She would tear into everything at her foster’s house. Threaten to chase cats with a gleam in her eye, and act completely hostile at Pet Fairs. Linda even took the time to tear up a doggie door at a local boarding facility that was holding her for us while her foster went on vacation. Unfortunately the facility owner has since banned Linda from the establishment, and in retrospect we realize that not everyone is good at boarding. At that point Linda had been a member of Pawsibilities for only a month, and likely thought she was being abandoned again. No one, animals or people, enjoys the idea of being cast aside.
 
A few more months behind us and Linda’s not afraid of anything. In fact, she’s shed her devil dog persona and replaced it with that of a clown. Her everyday antics and actions provide a ton of comic relief—from chasing paper towels to leaping over the couch. The couch trick is one of her favorites, and is a daily source of exercise. Her foster will fill a Kong toy with peanut butter and throw it back and forth over the couch. Linda will play chase for hours as long as the Kong keeps moving. 
The best part is when you talk to her; she’ll tilt her head to the side as if your sentences really bear some sort of important factor. In reality she could be just mesmerized or relieved at the sound of your voice.  She mimics Snoopy by sleeping on top of the dog house, and has a genuine love for gardening. Just don’t draw her attention to the carrots because she just raises her nose at them.
As time passes and this darling is avoided at Pet Fairs, we wonder if there will ever be a family for her. She’s only a year old and her behavioral issues are those any puppy experiences. Surprisingly she fits in well with the other dogs at her foster’s home, and some of them ignore her when she goes hyperactive ninja or decides to pole vault over people’s knees. 
At some point we hope that this precious bundle will get the chance to make others laugh and enjoy her cozy, snuggling ways. Until that point, we can only continue to help her grow, and keep her from chasing the cats. FYI: She typically stalks a cat in slow mo, and then runs away in the other direction.

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