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New Photo for an Ole Rainbow Bridge Pup

December 11th 2011 8:18 am
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How does a Rainbow Bridge Pup end up with new photos? Wellwoof, my diary was Diary of the Day once and I've had Diary Pick a time or two and wonderful friends will make up nice commemoritive pictures. Then there was a Candle Lighting that my family took part in, plus a 9/11 Remembrance Day and a K9 Cancer Walk. Maybe those do not contain actual pictures of me but think we are following the spirit of Dogster, if not the actual rule to a T.

But this latest photo is a 'new' old picture of me. Back in 1996 there were not digital photos, at least my family did not have a digital camera back then. Finally some of my photos have been pulled from the drawer and scanned. One is now on my page.

I was about 10 months old. The Kid was not born yet, although, he was a big bulge in the humom's tummy. This was the front of the folks' very first Christmas card as a married couple.

Although I was a puppy, this photo captures my personality very well. I was a serious girl. And while I did not have to deal with Halloween shananigans I did have to put up with Christmas. Merry Christmas from a grumpy old bear!


Regan - Hero Dog

December 8th 2011 6:32 am
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Warning, this is a terrible story of human cruelty to start out. The humom shed tears of anger at those awful, horrible people who could do this. But this dog is so amazing I just had to record it in my diary.

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN/WHO) - Meet Tipper and Skipper, or as animal sanctuary volunteers call them, the "bag kittens." They were sealed into a bag, dumped on the road and hit by oncoming traffic.

"It was quite gruesome, it was quite gruesome because the other kittens, there was a litter of four or five, but you really couldn't tell if it was two or three, but they had been run over by the vehicle so it was not a pretty sight," said Linda Blakely with the Raccoon Valley Animal Sanctuary.

It is a miracle Tipper and Skipper survived. But that's not the end of this story. The kittens were rescued by a dog named Regan. He found the bag and dragged it all the way home to his owner and whined until she opened it.

"The instincts of the dog was to nurture, not kill because the blood. Regan the dog is a hero," said Blakely.

The kittens were so weak they had to be fed with a bottle every two hours.

"Whether them being dumped out was an act of cruelty or desperation, we will never know. But we want people to know there's better ways," Blakely explained.

Three months later, Skipper and Tipper look like normal, healthy kittens. It's all thanks to a loving pooch and the kindness of animal lovers.

The Raccoon Valley Animal Sanctuary says it has been flooded with calls from people who want to adopt the cats.


Duncan the Boxer Hero

November 2nd 2011 8:17 pm
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Sad but touching story. You done good Duncan!

From the ABC news website

By Gillian Mohney
Nov. 2, 2011

A Georgia man says he was saved from a house fire thanks to his dog, Duncan, who later perished in the flames.

Still hoarse from smoke inhalation, Scott Dunn of Marietta, Ga., says he is heartbroken after losing his beloved pet of two-and-a-half years. "He was the most lovable—just a wonderful dog," said Dunn. "Every time I saw him, it was like I hadn't seen him in years."

Dunn was asleep Monday night, when he woke at about three in the morning to find smoke "down to the floor" in his home.

It was Duncan, a three-year-old boxer, who woke him in time. "He was just pawing at me. I thought he was trying to go out," recalled Dunn.

Dunn says he grabbed his keys and Duncan by his collar as he attempted to leave the house to get to his car. "The minute I opened the door, it was like the house exploded," said Dunn. "The flames went from one end of the house to the other."

In the confusion Dunn didn't realize that Duncan hadn't made it out of the house.

"I realized I only had his collar in my hand," said Dunn. While Dunn tried to return to the house to rescue Duncan, the heat of the fire kept him out.

"After [the fire] the fire fighters found him curled up in my bed," said Dunn. "That's where he would go when he was scared."

Dunn is adamant he would not have survived the fire without Duncan. "I wouldn't be here talking to you if it wasn't for him," said Dunn, his voice breaking.

With his house uninhabitable and the cause of the fire still under investigation, Dunn has been staying with a neighbor.

Dunn's loss and emotional reaction has touched other animal lovers. Since the news broke about the fire, the Cobb County Fire Department has received multiple calls and emails from people asking how they can help Dunn.

Denelle Boyd, the public information officer, said she received a call from a woman with five dogs asking if she could donate clothes. "[She] said it bothered her all day," said Boyd. "Most everybody who's a pet lover has compassion for him."

Dunn is thankful for the outpouring of support and hopes it means people will remember his beloved pet. "I just want to people to pray for Duncan," said Dunn. "He was my world."


Halloween Haunted?!

October 31st 2011 7:11 pm
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The folks have always been pretty enthusiastic Halloween celebrators. I was lucky, The Kid was born less than a year after I came into the family. So I was pretty much spared the whole Halloween rubbish. Poor Pepper is not so lucky and Dogster only encourages the humom.

The first Halloween in our neighborhood the folks bought candy and waited for the trick or treaters to arrive. Well, it was a long wait, only one or two showed up the whole night. They learned in this town everyone goes downtown and trick or treats the merchants there. Fine by me, I didn't have to bark all night long.

The next Halloween The Kid was about 9 months old. Poor little guy had no say in the matter his first 3 or 4 Halloweens. He was a fluffy Winnie the Pooh that year. The next year he was Tigger and the year after that Eyore. Finally, when he started school he started selecting his own costumes. He was a fireman that year.

Then he joined Cub Scouts and humom was corralled into becoming the den mother. The years of elaborate Halloween parties began. The humom now had captive Halloween participants.

During these years there was the pre party decorating and planning, the party itself, plus the downtown trick or treating. There was plenty of Halloween celebrating opportunities.

Now The Kid is in Boy Scouts. He no longer trick or treats but he has been helping out with working on the town's haunted house the last few years. This gave the folks an excuse to come into town and walk around with the other Halloween revelers. Pepper has had to endure silly costumes the last couple of years. Sweet, innocent pup that she is, though, I think she kind of enjoys the attention.

This year, The Kid is working as a techie on the school play. He won't be doing the Halloween thing at all. So poor Pepper pup has become the only Halloween outlet left. The humom was planning on taking her to a parade at our local pet supply place but her plan was foiled by the Apple Hill trip. Other than the rather sedate Halloween collar she posed in for Dogster, seems Pepper pup dodged the Halloween bullet this year!



October 27th 2011 5:36 am
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Love the happy endings!


DETROIT — Jim Arrighi last saw Petey, his 4-year-old Jack Russell terrier, in the backyard of his home in Erin, Tenn.

That was in July, and the 73-year-old retired electrician had nearly given up on seeing his pet again when he learned the dog turned up safe about 500 miles away in suburban Detroit.

A Michigan Humane Society volunteer was expected to return Petey to Arrighi on Thursday morning.

"This is just a little town and everybody is buzzing about it," said Arrighi's daughter, Tyanne Morrison.

Most of Erin's roughly 7,000 residents know one another, and many of them would recognize Petey, which is why Arrighi, Morrison and their friends suspect he was pooch-napped by an out-of-towner.

Morrison believes Petey left his yard "and somebody picked him up."

"We searched. We knew someone had gotten him," she told The Associated Press by phone on Wednesday. "We got on 4-wheelers and went all over the area. There had been some more dogs over the last few months that were missing."

While struggling with the loss of his dog, Arrighi also lost his wife, Juanita, who suffered from pulmonary disease and died Oct. 12.

"Since my mother passed away, even I told him `why don't we go to the pound to give a home to a puppy that don't have a home,'" Morrison said.

Last week, a homeowner in Rochester Hills, about 20 miles north of Detroit, saw Petey in his backyard and took him to a Humane Society animal care center.

As it does with every recovered dog and cat, the Michigan Humane Society scanned Petey for an implanted microchip, which led the organization to its owner, spokesman Kevin Hatman said.

Arrighi, who has been staying at Morrison's home since his wife died, was thrilled to receive the call, she said.

"He thinks my mother, who is in heaven, sent the dog back to him," Morrison said.

She said their local veterinarian likely recommended Petey get a microchip.

"It was only about $70 total," Morrison said. "Now, a lot of people are inquiring about it."

In September, an implanted microchip helped an animal control agency in New York City locate the owners of Willow, a calico cat who turned up on a Manhattan street after going missing five years ago in Colorado.

The Michigan Humane Society recommends that all pet dogs and cats get microchips implanted, in addition to making sure they have collars and identification tags.

"It's wonderful when we see microchip reunions, including those that seem like miracles," said Marcelena Mace, shelter manager at the Rochester Hills Center for Animal Care. "It really proves that no matter how far your pet may travel, a microchip can help him find his way home."

Microchips, which also are implanted in pet cats, are about the size of a grain of rice and typically injected near the animal's shoulder blade, said Adam Goldfarb, director of pet care issues with the Washington, D.C.-based Humane Society of the United States.

The chips do not have their own power sources and only can be found and read with a scanner.

"In the last few years there has been a real jump in microchip usage, especially in animal shelters," Goldfarb said. "There are not nearly as many that should be microchipped. Sometimes owners are not great in registering their animals with microchip companies or updating their home information."


Thank you!

October 19th 2011 5:51 am
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After my last entry a few pups went through the effort to send me a paw mail. Thank you Petey, Zoe, Flicka and Milo!

I see that there are a few comments to that entry, Dear Dogster, now. Unfortunately, I cannot access them. Guess I missed that brief window when things were working again. Thanks for the comments!

Hope everypup has a nice day:)

Rainbow wags,


Dear Dogster

October 17th 2011 6:51 am
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First, we love you very much! You have helped many pups and people learn about and reach out to other dog interested folks. You have helped dogs to be able to record and memorialize their lives in pictures and writings. You have done a very good job at these things. We do not mean to be unkind or critical of you, Dogster, in any way.

We are worried about your new owners, however. Do they understand a Dogster with as many big and important responsibilites as you needs lots of time and attention? Are you getting enough food and water? Are you being groomed and walked? Have you been invited in as part of the Say Media family?

See, we believe you have been adopted by some well meaning folks. But seems you went from being a well cared for indoor Dogster to an after thought outdoor dog website. You seem to be stumbling and struggling, dear Dogster. We are so very sad and sorry to watch this happen to you.

Please, Say Media, bring the Dogster in! Give the Dogster the care and attention the Dogster needs to be a healthy, happy Dogster!


K9 Cancer Walk

October 8th 2011 7:12 pm
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Tomorrow the humom and Pepper will be walking in the K9 Cancer Walk in Los Gatos, CA. Yes, the city of cats is hosting a dog walk! BOL!

I left the earth at a decent age of 12. But it is suspected that cancer in concert with old age played a part in what might have been a longer quality life.

I always loved my walks. Think I'll come along. Maybe I'll make my presence known in the rustle of the leaves. Will they know it's me?


Fly and Be Free!

October 4th 2011 8:24 pm
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Magic happens every day!


Three foundling great horned owls treated and raised at the SPCA for Monterey County were launched into the wild from Carmel Valley's Holman Ranch Sunday.

The release of the owls on a picture-perfect afternoon, witnessed by more than 300 participants, was the climactic moment for the 18th annual Wild Celebration by the SPCA.

Two of the owls came from the Salinas Valley and the third from Pebble Beach, said Gary Triscornia, SPCA executive director.

The birds had fallen from their nests, and while the best rescue solution is to reunite the chicks with their parents, that wasn't possible in these cases, he said. One of the birds was treated — successfully — for an eye injury suffered in the fall.

Nesting owls usually kick their young out of the nest to fend for themselves in the fall, Triscornia said, and the SPCA "family" did just that.

"You have no concept of the depth of emotions involved in an owl release," he said, "until it happens. It's pretty magical."

The SPCA Wildlife Center is the only wildlife rescue and rehabilitation facility in Monterey County and one of the very few in existence directly connected with an animal shelter.


Jax Retires

September 28th 2011 8:23 pm
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Just thought this was a nice story in my family's local paper


SANTA CRUZ -- He took a bite out of crime for eight years -- finding burglary suspects and hunting illegal drugs and weapons -- but Santa Cruz police K-9 Jax retired Tuesday after a long and productive career.

Jax, a German shepherd, was born in 2003 and lived with officer Karina Cecena soon afterward. He helped in searches for missing people and aided officers in finding weapons in several cases.

Officer Cecena said earlier this year that it was "quite a commitment" to live and work with a police dog like Jax, but she thoroughly enjoyed working with him.

Jax was honored at a Santa Cruz City Council meeting Tuesday and received a proclamation declaring "Jax Day" in the City of Santa Cruz.

Santa Cruz police spokesman Zach Friend said Jax is expected to enjoy his retirement with long walks on West Cliff Drive -- one of his favorite places.

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