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Velvet Says….

January 27, 2009

….ADOPT ME! NOW!!

How can you possibly refuse? I met Miss Velvet this past weekend, and let me just say, she is a real love. And even better, she’s available for adoption and just waiting for you to find her and be her forever home.

Velvet is 8 years young. She currently shares a room with another cat and does quite well. She hasn’t spent much time around dogs though, so I’m not sure how she would do in a home with one. A RESCUE Matchmaker might be able to give you more information on that. She’s a quiet and friendly gal who will be happy to grace the sunny spots in your home.

Velvet went through a rough patch in life. She was adopted out but returned due to her family moving. Initially she was scared and confused, but she has since blossomed and learned to trust people again. She loves attention and isn’t afraid to ask for it. Her space at our cat facility looks out into the entrance area. I was greeted by her when I came in the door. She let out a little meow and then reached out a paw to me. And when I decided to stop scratching her head before she’d had enough lovin’, she let me know about it. 😀

If you’re interested in Velvet, or know someone who might be, check our her profile on our website. Then fill out a Matchmaker form.

Thanks for stopping by. See you at the dog park.

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I’m in Love….

December 9, 2008
…with a boy named Tad.


I got the joy of spending some time with Tad a couple of Saturdays ago. And I have fallen hard for this adorable little guy. I posted a picture of him from his rescue day back in May. Little did I know that the sad little face belonged to the sweetest little dog.

We list Tad as a Chihuahua, though he reminds a little of my Min Pin (and it’s not just the markings). He could have a little crazy pinscher in him, who knows.

He has soulful eyes, a soft smooth coat, and a funny little “collar” of fur that sticks out a bit on his neck. He loves to sit in your lap and give you soft little puppy kisses. He’s a quiet little guy who is content to just “be.” He has wonderful manners in public and walks well on the leash. He also appears to be mostly housebroken (we were at Noble Beast in Phoenix, and he let me know he needed to go outside while we were there).

Tad enjoys spending time with his canine companions, and while he would probably be fine as an only dog, he would also do well with a sibling. Because he’s a small, calm dog, he doesn’t require a large amount of exercise beyond daily walks and romps across your living room. He’d make an excellent apartment or condo dweller.

Tad also looks quite stunning in a sweater, as you can see from the photo. ;D

Do you have a space in your pond for this little Tad-pole? If you do, hop on over to our website and fill out a Matchmaker Form.

And until he finds his forever home, I will continue to pine for the little guy.

Thanks for stopping by! See you at the dog park!

Help RESCUE Win $10,000!!!

September 29, 2008
All you have to do is vote! Its that easy.

Click on the “Go Now” button above and vote. To browse for RESCUE, select Arizona for the state, then scroll down until you see the Phoenix listing. Click on RESCUE and vote! We have 183 votes as of this posting. We’ll need a whole lot more to win, so start voting!! You can even send it on to everyone in your email address book to help spread the word.

Thanks for voting. See you at the dog park!

Bowl-a-rama Was a Success!!!

August 4, 2008

Wow! We had an initial goal of $45,000 for this fundraiser. At the beginning of last week we were only up to about $31,000 and so dropped that goal to $35,000 for a final total. Well, we surpassed that, and while we didn’t quite meet the original goal, we did raise a whopping $43,000!!!! I don’t know if any of those donations came from my 2 readers, but if it did, thank you very much!!

We also had a blast bowling on Saturday morning. People came dressed in their best ’50s attire and we bowled our little hearts out. The dogs beat the cats, ahem. You can see some video footage on RESCUE’s Facebook page. Check it out! And check out some of our other videos and photo albums while you’re there. You can get your morning dose of cuteness from all the dogs and cats.

Thanks for reading. See you at the dog park!

Bowl-a-Rama Fundraiser: Three Days Left!!

July 30, 2008

Well, we have three days left until Phoenix-area shelters converge and take over a bowling alley this coming weekend!!

RESCUE has a goal of $45,000. This will help cover most of our expenses for the rest of the year. $1500 a month covers our dog boarding costs. But we also have cats in boarding, medical expenses (we recently had to have all the teeth pulled from one of our little dogs, man was the expensive) and various other expenses that come with any business (even non-profits have bills to pay). But with only three days left, it looks like we won’t quite meet that goal, which is unfortunate.

However, the volunteers have all worked really, really hard to raise the money we have so far. We now hope to raise at least $35,000 before the end of the week. We’re about $1000 short of this goal!! If you haven’t made a donation yet, please take a moment to go over to the website and make a secure, tax-deductible donation. Every little bit helps, even a donation as small as $5 will help make a difference.

Already made a donation? Please pass the link on to the animal lovers in your life and encourage them to make a donation as well.

Thanks for reading. See you at the dog park.

Meet Paisley!

July 23, 2008

Today I wanted to break from the dog world and step briefly into Kitty Kat Land. Now, I don’t get to spend much time with the cats of RESCUE personally, but I do like to check in and see how my favorites are doing. Every now and again I get the chance to swing by our cat boarding facility to pick up or drop off supplies.

Last year, I was picking up the tent for an event. I was greeted in the lobby by a rather curvaceous kitty name Paisley.

Paisley is a 10 year old, female, tortie (tortoise-shell). She’s a full-bodied gal, but it just adds to her feminine allure. She is a gorgeous cat with a short-medium length coat, and stunning eyes. Her photos just don’t her justice though. Paisley will greet you with a meow and will then proceed to tell you all about her day. She’s a talkative one. After that she’ll often flop over for tummy rubs and lots of petting, or give you little head-butts. She’s a sweet and mellow girl, who still likes to play with toys. She doesn’t know she’s supposed to be an “old” cat.

Unfortunately, due to her age, and the fact that the tortie coat never really photographs well, she is often overlooked by potential adopters. It’s such a shame because she is a wonderful, sweet, loving cat, just looking for a forever home where she can spend her golden years.

You can now view a video of Miss Paisley over on RESCUE’s Facebook page. Check it out!!

Do you know of someone who might be interested in Paisley? Pass on the link to her bio! If you’re interested in her yourself, you can fill out an application online.

Thanks for reading. See you at the dog park!

Rocky Has An Adoption Appointment!!

July 23, 2008

Ah, the good life, the life of a foster dog in our household. Yep, that’s the same Rocky you see in the earlier post. But now he’s clean, comfortable, and happy. We have had the little guy for just over a month now and he has been an absolute joy. He was housebroken that first weekend and has adjusted to our work schedule beautifully and is able to hold it while we’re at work. No accidents. He gets along with our Min Pin and he’s polite to the cats. Okay, he’s mostly terrified of the cats and avoids them at all costs. But he has started to show some interest, if only he could get close enough for a sniff.

Rocky is a quiet and well behaved little guy, and he has “cool hair” as my husband would say. (See the picture below from his rescue day). He has learned to sit before I put down his food bowl, to sit when it’s time to come back in from a romp in the back yard, and he crates up when we tell him to. Gotta love that. We were only able to train one other foster dog to crate up on command, and it took him longer than a month. Rocky had that down in about two weeks. He’s a smart little guy.

Rocky also discovered the joy of a good squeaky toy and it’s now non-stop squeakage at the House of L.

But this may just be our last week with this wonderful little pup. We received an application for him earlier this week and are now in the process of finalizing an appointment for Sunday. His potential adopter is a single man, who is home more than away and has no other pets. He owned a Min Pin and a Yorkie previously (how ironic) so he’s used to the small breeds, particularly the small terriers. He has a lifestyle that will allow him to devote plenty of time, love and attention to little Rocky, and that’s exactly what we want for our little buddy.

So keep your fingers crossed for us and I’ll be sure to post an update next week!!

Thanks for reading. See you at the dog park!

Bowl-a-rama Time!

July 1, 2008

It’s that time of year again, time for Bowl-a-rama!

Bowl-a-rama?!

Yes, Bowl-a-rama!

Bowl-a-rama is a fundraising event sponsored by PACC911. Animal shelters and rescue organizations from around the Valley participate in this fun event. From May through the end of July groups make a big push to raise as much money as they can. Then, on the first Saturday in August, the groups take over a local bowling alley for the entire day (and I mean take over, it’s crazy animal lovers as far as the eye can see) and have a great time bowling, wearing goofy costumes, and belting out creative cheers. There are also raffle prizes and a silent auction going on that day. The bowling day itself is just for the rescue groups. Prizes are also awarded to the groups for best costumes and best cheers, and for raising the most funds.

RESCUE has a goal of $45,000. This will help see us through the remainder of the year. We have two teams working to meet that goal: The Leader of the Pack (the dog team) and the Rockin’ Bowlin’ Felines (the cat team, obviously). So far we’ve raised almost $20,000, so we are close to that half-way mark. But there’s only one month left to raise money.

I am on the Leader of the Pack team, go figure. Each team member has an individual goal of $1,500. $1,500 will help cover one month worth of boarding costs. Or it could help cover medical costs for a dog or two. Am I anywhere near that? No. But you can help me out!!

All you have to do is make a donation using our secure donation page: http://azrescue.org/servlet/sponsor02?bowl=1

Every little bit helps, whether it’s as small as $5 or $25 or larger donations of $50 or more. It’s tax deductible as well. I know the economy is tough right now, gas prices are through the roof, food costs are going up, people are losing their homes. But the dogs and cats still need your help, maybe now more than ever before. But if we don’t have the funds, we can’t help as many of them as we need to.

Home foreclosures are at an all time high. People are finding themselves in situations where they feel they can no longer keep their pets. The number of pets ending up at shelters has grown considerably in the past year. People are turning in pets at a higher rate and the city and county shelters find themselves at capacity. They are also abandoning animals in the homes when they have been foreclosed. There are just so many animals out there in need of new homes. Smaller groups take in what they can, and that includes RESCUE. We managed to rescue five new dogs two weeks ago (Rocky was one of them). But we can’t do this without your financial help.

Maybe you can’t adopt one yourself, and maybe money is tight for you, but maybe you can find a way to spare $5 or $10 this month and make that donation to RESCUE. Tell a friend, or ten friends. Take up a collection within your carpool, at your work, from your family and friends. Every little bit adds up.

And it’s so easy. Just click the link I posted above. This will take you to our donation page. Select a bowler (Leader of the Pack in this case ;D), type in a quicky message to encourage us, indicate the dollar amount of your donation, and you can put me down as the Referrer (AZ Dog Mom) so I know it came from a reader. Didn’t I tell you that would be easy?

So please, head on over to the site this month and make a donation. Then tell everyone you know about it and ask them to make a small donation. With your help, we can reach our goal of $45,000.

Thanks for reading. See you at the dog park!

Meet Our New Foster Rocky!

June 16, 2008

This is little Rocky. He’s a terrier mix (Yorkie/Cairn perhaps?), or as I like to say, “He’s a little scruffy dog!” He’s has cute little round brown eyes that just stare up at you, giving him a sad little face. And his hair sticks up all over, much like Einstein’s did. Its quite endearing really.

Rocky was sprung from the joint on Friday, June 13th. Being the day that he was rescued from the kill list, and given a second chance at life, it should have been a pretty lucky day for the little guy. But ended up being a pretty rough one instead. That evening we went to a fundraiser event, “Yappy Hour” at a resort in Scottsdale. The first hour went well, he got lots of attention from folks. But then I put him down to get a drink of water. The water bowls were near a door to the patio. One of the guests came in with her dog. The dog sniffed at Rocky and then turned to walk away. Suddenly it turned back and chomped down on little Rocky, picked him up and started off with him, shaking him and all that, as if Rocky were a toy (and maybe that’s what the dog thought he was….). I was of course yelling and screaming. When you’re in a situation like that, you’re not always thinking, you’re just reacting. Luckily, someone else did have their wits about them and dumped a large pitcher of cold water on the dog’s head. It let Rocky go and I scooped him up and backed off quick. Rocky let out the scream that little dogs scream when they’re frightened out their tiny little skulls, which of course scared everyone present, even more so than we already were. We rushed him out of that room into a quiet office to look him over. He has a little sore on one of his front legs, but its minor and should heal up quick. No other punctures, though he did bite his tongue, but it only bled a little bit.

He’s come out of it sore, and a little nervous of everything in general, but I don’t think there’s any lasting physical damage. He was a rather happy-go-lucky pup when I picked him up, but not so much right now. I’m hoping that after a week or two in quiet, stress-free, safe and loving environment, that he’ll perk up and be back to normal. I came out of it with rug burn on the top of one foot, bruises on my knees, and nasty sore on the inside of one knuckle (I think the leash ripped the skin when he was pulled from me).

But now its time to tell you a little about Rocky. He’s a quiet little guy who loves some lap time. He’s a bit of a circus dog in that he’ll get up on his hind legs and walk a bit if he thinks there’s something up high of interest. He has jumped up onto our dining room chairs in order to get high enough for me to pay attention to him (hey, it worked didn’t it?). He enjoys looking out the front window, and even more so if the office chair is pushed up close to it so he can sit rather than stand as he watched the street. Rocky also enjoys the large dog bed we have. All the little guys love it. He spent about an hour yesterday passed out on his back, head to the side, legs up in the air. Here’s a picture that I took of the little guy. (**Note: This photo has been censored, as this is a family friendly blog. ;D)

So far, he has not shown much interest in toys or playing, but new fosters often don’t until they have been with us for a bit and are more comfortable. He does not try to get Marie to play with him, but he has tried to sniff her a few times. The cats absolutely terrify him and he avoids them at all costs. Even if it means taking the long way around the dining room table.

Rocky enjoys being picked up and held. He likes to be close. He also likes to curl up for his naps in safe little spots such as under the dining room chairs, between the bar stools at our kitchen island, in the little space between the recliner/end table/sofa, under my worktable, etc. He actually briefly went into his crate when I was working in that room yesterday.

He does okay in the crate when we leave or at night. He’ll bark for a while, but then quiets down.
Overall, so far he’s been a good little guy. He’s only had a few accidents in the house, but they were really “marking” more than anything. He’s not yet neutered, so its to be expected. There are plenty of other fosters that marked those same places, so he’s just letting future fosters know he was there. Think of it as doggie graffiti.

Well, that’s about all I can tell you about this sweet little guy for now. As we get to know him better, I’ll be sure to post some updates and of course some great new photos.

Thanks for reading. See you at the dog park!

Thursday Thirteen!

June 4, 2008


I’ve never tried the whole “Thursday Thirteen” type of post, but I want to try to post more often here, figured I’d take advantage of this. So here it is, my first attempt at a Random Doggie Thursday 13! (And I’ll throw in some cat stuff too)

1. If you have a peach tree in your backyard, birds will indeed flock to it. And proceed to feast on the peaches you have not yet picked. And make a big mess, in more ways than one. The ground beneath said tree will soon be sporting many sticky peach-pits. Your dog will discover these long before you do and is likely to pick them up and carry them around the yard, and attempt to chew them. Bad, very bad. Lesson to be learned, do a daily peach-pit check BEFORE you let the dogs out.

2. When you take a brief break from fostering, your own dog will love you more, and then become bored because she has no one to steal toys from or snap at. And you will once again see the elusive scaredy cat on a more regular basis, outside of her feline sanctuary. But you will find you miss having another little four-legged one around.

3. My cat spends way to much time near the water bowl. Chest and neck mats are a real pain to comb out. Much comb-biting is involved.

4. When you have so many leashes hanging on the leash hooks that they start to fall off if you brush by too close, you have too many leashes. Especially considering there are never more than two dogs in the house at one time.

5. Its can be frightening to find clumps of fur in the back of the coat closet. Especially when that fur is from a dog that you fostered over a year ago…..maybe I need to vacuum out the closets more often.

6. Dog + Moth = Me laughing hysterically through the patio door. Good times were had by all, well except for maybe the moth.

7. There’s this great new alarm clock out. Its called the Reggie-Clock. At 6am, every morning, it marches into the bedroom and lets out a LOUD and startling “MUR-ROWR!” Trust me, you’ll jump so high you won’t be able to go back to sleep. And there’s no snooze button. (Who knew a 15 year cat could be so loud and demanding)

8. RESCUE is working one of our biggest fundraisers of the year right now. We have until the beginning of August to raise as much money as we can for the Bowl-a-rama fundraiser. This is an event sponsored by PACC911 and rescue groups and shelters all over the Valley will be joining in. RESCUE has a goal of $45,000 and we need all the help we can get!!! So take a moment to visit the website and maybe even make a small donation. You’ll be helping to fund our efforts to give homeless dogs and cats a second chance at life and a new forever home. I will be doing a separate post about this soon (I’m on the Leader of the Pack team).

9. When you own dogs and/or cats, you can take them with you wherever you go. Just take a look down at your shirt or pants. You’ll see, they’re always with you, whether you want them to be or not. Where’s that lint-roller?

10. A dog can make your day. No matter how bad your day at work was, you can’t help but smile, laugh, and feel calm when you have a warm, furry friend sitting on your lap loving you unconditionally (though a treat won’t be turned away). I love my Min Pin.

11. Cats are not always graceful or sure-footed. Neika, our Siamese, is the poster child for the graceless cat. When she’s not catching a foot on the top of the baby-gate as she jumps over, or trying to balance on the bars of the clothes hamper cart only to fall into one of the hamper baskets, she’s sitting on the bed in a most unlady-like position. A position that compels us to ask her if she’d like a beer. Use your imagination. I came out of the bathroom this morning only to see her lounging on the bed in one of these lovely positions. Really, its a wonderful way to start the day.

12. Could there be a more sad little face than this?

This little guy is Tad. No, he’s not my new foster, but he is new to RESCUE. And he just looks so little and sad and scared. Tad is a chihuahua, about one year old and sweet as can be. He’s not quite ready for adoption, but watch for him, he’ll be up on the website real soon.

13. “Anyone who doesn’t know what soap tastes like never washed a dog.” — Franklin P. Jones (And Saturday, I will once again get to taste the sweet elixir of clean, as I give Marie a much-needed bath)

Wow, that was tougher than I thought to come up with 13 things. But, there you have it, 13 random thoughts from yours truly.

Thanks for reading. See you at the dog park!

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