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November 14th, 2013 at 12:37 pm

Daisy’s Story



For those of you with big families, you can probably relate to my parents who raised five girls. We always had pets growing up…dogs, cats, birds, gerbils, lizards, snakes (much to my mother’s dismay), you name it.  Now that all of us have families of our own, they live in a big house by themselves. Last month my mother started talking about adopting a dog and asked for my help in finding the best pup for her and my father. As an animal lover with two dogs myself, I was really excited to take on this responsibility and find my parents the perfect new addition.

I started by quizzing her on her preferences regarding size, gender, shedding, personality, look, etc. so that I could narrow it down to a few breeds that would suit them. We did a lot of research and decided that a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was a perfect choice. I hit the Internet to search Cavalier rescue groups, local shelters, and, all great resources when looking to adopt a pet. I spent most of October filling out applications, providing references, and calling shelters. The adoption process is very detailed if you work with a credible shelter/organization…when they require multiple references, adoption fees, and sometimes even home visits, it’s a good thing because it means they care about where these dogs end up and that they go to a family who will give them a loving “furever” home. Surprisingly, many of the dogs we were interested in were adopted before we could even check them out.

Finally, while browsing (which had become my daily routine), I stumbled upon a brand new listing for a tiny Cavalier…the pretty little girl you see in the picture above. She had been rescued from an Ohio puppy mill by the Champlain Valley Canine Rescue, a group of volunteers dedicated to rescuing animals from puppy mills across the country. I immediately contacted them about this pretty red and white colored girl (her coloring is referred to as “blenheim”). Thankfully we were first in line, and after submitting all the necessary materials and doing a phone interview, my parents traveled to Vermont to pick her up from the foster mom. They decided to name her Daisy. A happy ending for both the puppy and my parents…there is truly nothing like the unconditional love of a dog.


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August 14th, 2013 at 5:00 am

Throwing a Birthday Party for Your Pet


My little Comet turns 1 year old today (or at least that’s our guesstimate based on how old he was when we adopted him). And yes, I planned a birthday party for him.  I know I’m not the only person out there who loves their pet so much that they’ll throw parties for them! If you are so inclined to celebrate your pet’s birthday, try some of these fun ideas:

Decorations.  Pawprint tablecloths, balloons, and other “paw-ty” supplies will make everything festive.  If your pet allows, feel free to adorn him with his own party hat or a special bandana.

Food.  Keep your pet at the top of your mind when making food. For a dog party, you can serve hot dogs for the humans and kibble for the dogs. For a cat party, humans can feast on fish filets while Kitty can enjoy Fancy Feast or a small helping of canned tuna, and of course, catnip.

Activities.  Be sure to set aside some playtime!  Play fetch or tug-of-war with the dogs.  Dangle a piece of yarn or have your cat chase a flashlight beam.

Cake.  It’s not a party without a birthday cake! Use a bone- or fish-shaped cake pan for the humans and give something special to the guest of honor, such as this tuna birthday cake for Fluffy or this tasty cake for Fido.

Be sure to keep your pet’s personality in mind. If he prefers quiet, then consider keeping the party to immediate family or maybe invite one animal friend.

Have you ever thrown your pet a birthday party?

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