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Winners! Wk 2 & 3

It’s a bit late coming, but I’ll tell ya what the rescue business is busy. Spring time is upon us and between vet runs, pet fairs, and a massive web domain change a few lapses occurred.

I’m here to remedy that with a few giveaways! Yay! I’ve finally tallied up comments and the winners have been selected for the blog prizes of the weeks 2 and 3. *To claim your prize send an email to Landra at landra.graf7@gmail.com . She’ll be happy to get your winnings on their way to you.

Week 2 Winners

Not Wicked Enough by Carolyn Jewel- Melody (commenting on Kay Elam Writes post).

Season of Temptation by Theresa Romain- Linda Ann (commenting on Kay Elam Writes post).

Week 3 Winners

When a Scot Loves a Lady by Katherine Ashe– Lauren Diamond (commenting on Going from Nobody to Somebody).

Starbucks $15 gift card- Lisa Fox (commenting on Going from Nobody to Somebody ).

Congrats to the lucky winners! Look for the winners for Week 4 & 5 coming soon! Now off to let the dogs out one more time!

I <3 Dogs Blog Tour Week 6: Favorite Dog/Pet Stores in your area

For those who travel, who are new to different cities, and those who don’t spend too much time scouring for local fare for the animals this week is all about favorite dog/pet stores in your area. From the doggie bakery hiding on the square to the cute little sweaters sold in boutiques. If you’ve got a favorite store we want to hear about it. Don’t limit yourself either, the best things can sometimes be online. So for those with a favorite online shopping spot for their pets tells us about it (free shipping, great selection, etc.) Don’t forget to share the links/locations.

Other Participating Blogs:

Going From Nobody to Somebody – Thurs. (3/29)

Confessions of an Animal Junkie– Tues. (3/27) & Guests Posts Thurs. (3/29)

Prizes up for grabs this week: A copy of Hajar’s Hidden Legacy by Maisey Yates or a copy of A Night To Surrender by Tessa Dare. All you have to do for a chance to win is comment on any of the posts this week here on Small Town Rescue or our participating blogs between 3/26/12- 4/1/12.

She’s a mother, a romance lover, and a U.S. Bestselling Author. Who you ask? Maisey Yates, that’s who! She’s awesome and one of the most friendly romance author’s you’ll ever meet. 14 books in her backlist and growing, this gal knows how to write. She hangs out on twitter, and is usually lurking with a cookie in hand. Check out Maisey’s website: www.maisyyates.com for her complete backlist.

Tessa Dare is the USA Today bestselling author of eight historical romance novels and two novellas. She has twice been awarded the RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award, and has twice been a finalist for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® award. Her books have been contracted for translation in ten languages. Recently, Booklist magazine named her one of the “new stars of historical romance.” The first Spindle Cove book, A Night to Surrender, received critical acclaim, including starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and Booklist. The digital-only release Once Upon a Winter’s Eve: A Spindle Cove Novella spent four weeks on the USA Today bestseller list. The next Spindle Cove installment, A Week to be Wicked, will be available March 27, 2012 from Avon Books. www.tessadare.com

I <3 Dogs Wk 3: A day in the life

There are several different types of days in Pawsibilities rescue and an average day for us is most likely completely different than the

Linda ready for the parade!

average day for another rescue as each rescue has its own procedures, processes, etc. With Pawsibilities there are Vet Run days, Dog Pull days, Transport days, Pet Fair days, (My Least Favorite-Day BEFORE pet fair day), etc. Then there is the “Thank Our Lucky Stars” day. The latter is the day when there is no major emergency, no driving for hours, I don’t have to work my regular job today, etc.

The day in the life of Pawsibilities Are Endless dog rescue on a “Thank Our Lucky Stars” average day from the point of view of Lora, Pawsibilities Are Endless president, treasurer, transporter, vet run coordinator, pet fair coordinator and foster mom.

Morning: When I wake up in the morning the first thing is feedings, of course. We let each dog out to use the restroom and then feed them. While they’re eating we start the process of cleaning the patio, which is usually a 45 min. to an hour job.  While I clean the patio, I also clean dog houses. Although I’ve only seen the dog houses used 2 times in the past year and a half, we keep them out there “just in case”, they still get dirt and leaves in them daily so they need to be cleaned. During all this I’m also checking twitter, facebook and all our email addresses to keep our animal’s profiles actively moving. Add in crossposting other dogs from all over the world who need help as well, keeping up with any needs from fosters, potential adopters, and extended family members (aka: adopters).  When the patio is finally clean it’s time to get all the dogs out to the back yard to play. I like to be out there with them to work on any issues I see. (barking at neighbors, digging, etc) This also gives me the chance to socialize the dogs and do basic training at the same time.

Afternoons are for naps. -Miley

Afternoons: Afternoons are spent rotating our foster dogs out for exercise and fresh air while again working on twitter, facebook, youtube, emails, phone calls, etc. At the same time I’m trying to get my personal duties accomplished (paying bills, cleaning, tutoring my son, etc). Every time a text, phone call or email comes in I’m hoping it’s not an emergency. Afternoons are also for research, paying rescue expenses, updating medical records, making videos, taking and cropping photos, etc. Glamorous… I know. But in reality if I ever wanted to go into pet photography I would be on the right path.

Evenings: Evenings are probably the most hectic. As soon as 4pm hits the family starts trickling in the front door. Now on top of juggling the never-ending dog rotation and trying to handle rescue related items, etc, it’s also family time.  From  4-10pm it’s really just a matter of juggling family and fosters (and making sure Flower doesn’t run off with another one of my shoes, which by the way, she just did, then walked back in to make sure I knew and left again : ) trying to make sure everyone’s needs are met while again working online. FYI: The insanity of these moments is actually what makes this kind of worth while because my fosters provide so much comic relief. 

Yes, I eat shoes. You love me
-Flower

After 10pm it’s usually “Potty and Playtime.” I like to make sure each foster dog is pretty well worn out and has used the restroom before I go to bed. This is for my own selfish reasons as well as their comfort. In most cases I kennel our foster dogs at night, if they are well exercised they are nice and quiet all night and sleep like babies like the rest of us. So, from 10pm until about 1am the foster dogs again take turns using the restroom and playing to their hearts content.

Please remember as you read this, I could tell you stories about the worst days, but you hear about those all the time so I chose to discuss the easiest day in rescue. The “Thank Our Lucky Stars Day” is my favorite day. Even though it’s extremely busy— and I never get everything done— this is a day when all of our dogs are healthy and we have time to help other rescues/shelters by crossposting their dogs. I get to spend time with my family, my dogs and my foster dogs. I don’t have to commute. This is a day I can actually take time to enjoy the volunteer work that I do. I don’t take these days for granted because I know tomorrow may bring a long drive, hours at the vet clinic or a major emergency. I also know we can’t save every dog so I just try to do the best I can for the dogs we do bring into our rescue.

Lora

President, Pawsibilities Are Endless

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!

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).

 

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!

Pawsibilities ‘I <3 Rescue Dogs’ Blog Tour

Pawsibilities ‘I ❤ Rescue Dogs’ Blog Tour

Our blog is hosting an 8-week blog tour all about rescue dogs and pets, and the owners who love them. The tour starts Monday, February 20th, 2012, and is a great chance to show your love for the animals that have touched your heart or changed your life. Now how do you get involved? Easy, you sign up! Below you’ll find info on how to sign your blog up to participate.

What does participating mean?

It means you’re committing to posting 1 blog post a week, based on that particular week’s theme. Anyone can be involved: rescue, author, chef, mom, or random blogger. You can choose the day you would like to make your theme post on your blog. Just let us know which day that is so we can help promote your involvement. With the post, if you’d like hold a giveaway for commenters you can. All we ask is that with each post you add a small blurb about our tour/rescue and a link back to our blog. There’s no other catch; we just want to hear your stories and information, and spread our stories and information as well.

What are the Themes?

Week 1 (2/20-2/26) – Favorite animal organization/rescue

Week 2 (2/27-3/4) – Favorite pet story (Tell us about your favorite pet! Doesn’t have to be a dog)

Week 3 (3/5-3/11) – Favorite animal-related book, movie, song, etc.

Week 4 (3/12-3/18) – What I know about dog rescues organizations?

Week 5 (3/19-3/25) – The gorgeous, the active, and the unique. Tell us your favorite dog breed.

Week 6 (3/26-4/1) – Favorite Dog/Pet Stores in your area.

Week 7 (4/2-4/8) – Favorite dog parks and dog-friendly attractions in your area.

Week 8 (4/9-4/15) – If I had a dream… What would you do for rescue dogs if you could?

What if I can’t blog, but still want to be involved?

-Write a guest post for any of the weekly themes and our awesome participant blog Confessions of an Animal Junkie will post it for you.

-Mention and promote our tour on your blog/tweet stream/ facebook wall over the course of the tour.

-Send us an item to give away on one of our themed posts; we will link back to your blog/website and promote information about you in return.

If interested:

-Send an email to landra.graf7@gmail.com  

-Include your info: link to blog, website, email, and any other information you’d like me to have.

-Tell me which weeks you would like to participate in (you’re not required to participate in all of them), and which day of the week you’re planning on posting.

-If you can’t participate by blogging, let me know how you would like to assist.

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