Category Archives: Dogstuff

Man who befriended stray dog during extreme desert marathon brings her home to Scotland | The Independent

gobiAn extreme marathon runner met a stray dog with whom he formed an “unbreakable bond” during a 250-kilometre (155 mile) race in the Gobi desert in China. Dion Leonard, 41, said he hoped to raise the funds that will allow him to be reunited with the dog, named Gobi, who joined him during the annual 4 Deserts Race Series in March.

Mr Leonard, from Edinburgh, developed a particularly close bond with Gobi. He told The Independent: “At the start of Day two, Gobi was on the start line next to me looking up at me.

“This was the first contact I had with her and as I ran off the line I noticed her by my side.

“I didn’t speak much to her that day thinking she wouldn’t stay with me, but at the finish line she followed me into the tent and we slept next to each other. That was it then.”

Read more at the Source: Man who befriended stray dog during extreme desert marathon launches reunion appeal | Home News | News | The Independent

See some very cute pictures or donate at Dion’s CrowdFunder Page

Conservation Canines | AWF Yearbook

 African Wildlife Foundation’s canine detection units are making it harder for poachers to profit off elephants and rhinos. They are specially trained to  sniff out elephant ivory and rhino horn in Africa’s major airports and seaports. I like that it’s one area where dog’s hunting skills can be used to help wildlife and this kind of work is generally fun for them.

Click the link below to meet the first graduating class.

Source: Conservation Canines | AWF Yearbook

Protect Pets And Women From Domestic Violence! – The Animal Rescue Site

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Protect Pets And Women From Domestic Violence! The PAWS Act recognizes that domestic violence impacts all members of the family – including the four-legged.

No one should have to choose between leaving an abuser and protecting a beloved pet, yet far too many women are forced to make this very choice.The solution is the Pet and Women Safety Act (PAWS) Act. This legislation would help protect women and their pets in two ways: by setting a national policy that includes protections for pets of domestic violence victims and by establishing a federal grant program to assist in acquiring a safe shelter for pets.The PAWS Act recognizes that domestic violence impacts all members of the family — including the four-legged.Tell Congress you want pets to be protected under the Pets and Women Safety Act!

Source: Protect Pets And Women From Domestic Violence! – The Animal Rescue Site

Two Dogs Rescued By Hikers After A Week Lost in the Woods – American Kennel Club

TWO DOGS RESCUED BY HIKERS AFTER A WEEK LOST IN THE WOODS

When Gracie got spooked and ran off a few years ago we hung up signs and Marty the milkman spotted her and called me. Rob once slipped out when the guy who scoops the yard didn’t latch the fence and I received a call from a guy on the next block a few minutes after I let him out, “This very friendly dog has your phone number all over him, I guess you want him back!”

This news story shows that we have reached the point where Social Media really is the way we are communicating now so if you have lost a pet be sure to check Facebook, Craigslist, etc.

Check out this article from the AKC News:

On October 26, Dennis Elton brought his two dogs with him on a trip to the Gifford Pinchot National Forest near Mt. St. Helens. When they got out of the car, Woody’s and Brock’s instinct kicked in.

Woody is a Brittany, a breed known for its sharp pointing skills, and Brock is a Labrador Retriever, another high-energy hunting breed. Both dogs caught a scent and ran off in search of it. Elton wasn’t able to find them after hours of searching, KGW-TV reported.

 He returned to the forest each day and posted flyers, hoping desperately someone would find them. (Note: We recommend using social media if your pet goes missing to help expand your search.)

A week later, hikers in two different areas of the forest found the two dogs. Both dogs had separately traveled 25 miles from where they were lost, and both were scared and soaked. The hikers shared photos online, one on Facebook and the other on Craigslist. Elton learned about Woody’s whereabouts first, when a photo shared more than 9,000 times made its way back to him. On his way back from picking Woody up, his wife came across a Craigslist ad by the person who found Brock.

Source: Two Dogs Rescued By Hikers After A Week Lost in the Woods – American Kennel Club

Link: Gracie is Missing

What your dog does when you are not watching

I give this beagle a 10 for creative problem solving.

Our Gracie was a counter-surfer when she first came to live with us so snacks, the butter dish, balls of yarn all needed to be kept off the kitchen table when unattended. Since the only dogs we had previously lived with were Freya (100 pounds) and Robby (70 pounds) who couldn’t have gotten onto a counter if they’d wanted to, nothing really prepared me for what this Formosan Mountain cat-dog could get into. The only difference between her and the beagle in the video is that she is so athletic that she didn’t need a chair.

One day I left the two dogs upstairs with their dog door open into their dog yard while I was downstairs in my studio with a client and the communicating door was closed. When I was finished for the day and came upstairs Gracie was all excited and was trying to herd me outside like Lassie. I walked out onto the porch and she leaped off to run a gleeful Victory lap around a cairn of avocados and other fruits she had stolen from the garden window over the sink and carried outside to stack into a pile. As I brought them all back inside I saw that each had a distinctive fang pattern pierced into it.

My Holiday Card

I think you’ll enjoy this whether you celebrate Christmas or not…

Merry Christmas from the animals!

The best part is that by sharing this video with anyone else who needs a laugh IAMs will donate food to shelters all over the USA. So enjoy, share, and have a wonderful holiday.

Snow!

Snow!

We have a fresh dusting of the lovely, clean, white stuff today!

Granted, it is 41F so it won’t last long but  it is pretty. Rob and Gracie were so excited to run around in it this morning that it is already plowed under in the  dog yard. Gracie apparently decided an extra layer was needed over her sweater because her blanket is out there too. I searched the archives and found some fun old posts…

Previous Snow posts:

Rob and the Snowman

Snowshoeing at Crystal Mountain

And these two written by Scott:

Winter in Seattle

Snow Dog Action Photos

 

How many Goldens does it take to fetch an ice cube?

I found this great video today…

Our dogs love ice cubes, we call them water-bones, but only Freya ever operated the ice maker on her own. Rob sits at the fridge and asks nicely. I think Scott’s Aunt Judy’s Golden retriever, Sam, did what this dog is doing because I remember coming into the kitchen and finding spots of water on the floor when he had been alone in there.

I love how you can hear the woman filming say that there is never any ice … check your ice dispenser and see if it has a lock button, mine does but we never use it. I guess someone ought to point hers out to her 😉

Piggly gets a new blankie!

Scott keeps sending me these irresistible videos!

Meet Piggly. She is a rescued pig at the Motley Zoo Animal Rescue in Redmond Washington. She has also been featured on King 5 news. Watch her here as she gives her new blankie the same treatment our Gracie gives her own blankies…

The Little Drummer Dog…

This is too cute! Make sure to show it to any kids you know…

I can’t stop staring at the husky. Everyone else is moving around and the husky just keeps watching the camera,  like “come on, throw the ball!” LOL

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Click the photo to launch or here is the link: http://www.wimp.com/banddogs/