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We Wish All Our Dogster Pals A VERY HAPPY & HEALTHY NEW- YEAR!

December 31st 2008 2:30 pm
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The greatest thing that happened to us in 2008 was finding this wonderful place called Dogster! We have met so many wonderfully kind and compassionate new friends and treasure each and every one of you. This is our place to come when all around us is in turmoil, to find comfort and peace and we feel truly blessed.

We want to thank each of you who have extended the paws of friendship to us and welcomed us so warmly. We truly believe there are more good people here in this community of Dogster than we meet in the "outer world" and wonder how we managed stress or shared joy before coming to Dogster.

You are all so very special and our greatest hope is that each and every one of you will find happiness, maintain good health and keep sharing so willingly with one another throughout the coming years.

Blessings to all of you as we enter a new year!


Sully & Socks & Family


Levi, PAWS Needs All Power of the Paw!

January 8th 2009 2:26 pm
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Today, our dear furiend, Levi, PAWS (Dogster ID#299966) had surgery to remove a large lump from his leg. The results are not what everyone had hoped for as it was found to be a "spindle tumor" that the vet was unable to remove completely and said it had attached to a blood vessel & is sure it is malignant. Awful news for all.

If you can, please stop by Levi's page and offer him and his family a kind word of hope for this beloved dog.

Many thanks~

Sully & Socks


Please Leave a PoP Message for Levi on Forum!

January 9th 2009 6:49 am
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Dear pals~

As we said in our diary yesterday, our dear friend, "Levi, PAWS" had surgery yesterday and part of a tumor was removed and found to be malignent (they couldn't remove it all). A page has been set up in the Power of the Paw forum called "Prayer for Levi". The more of us who post on that page will strengthen the Power of the Paw for "Levi, PAWS"!

Please go to this link to add your message of support for dear "Levi": aw/thread/587892/2

We thank you and know how much this will mean to "Levi" and his family!

Sully & Socks


Come Celebrate "LEVI's" 11th Birthday With US!

January 18th 2009 7:16 pm
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Come one, come's Levi, PAWS 11th Birthday Party Celebration on Sunday, January 25th at 2:00 pm EST!

Levi s Birthday Invitation

Buhens Thread for LEVI'S PARTY (Go to the end of the thread to join the pawty for "Levi"!)

Let's really show Levi how much we all love him by celebrating his birthday together!

Y'all come!

Sully & Socks


Levi's 11th Birthday Pawty is Sunday, January 25 at 4- pm..Y'all Come!!

January 22nd 2009 11:57 am
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Many of you know Levi's 11th birthday is tomorrow, January 23rd, but please remember there's a big birthday bash for him THIS Sunday, January 25th at 4pm EST!

Levi hasn't been feeling well and we think it would really cheer him up for as many pups as possible to come to his pawty! Levi always does so much for others, let's show him how VERY much we all love him this Sunday!

Levi s Birthday Invitation

Click on the following link to join us:

Buhens Thread for LEVI's BIRTHDAY PARTY

We'll see you there, k?

Sully & Socks


Boobie & Goober Potty Shorts Want You to Play....

January 31st 2009 8:45 am
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Boobie Potty Shorts (I prefer Sully!) & Goober Potty Shorts (Socks) here! Leave it to our darling pal, Sunny Lee, to come up with this cute game!

Post your name in your diary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1. Use the third letter of your FIRST NAME to
determine your new first name:
A = snickle
B = doombah
C = goober
D = cheesey
E = crusty
F = greasy
G = dumbo
H = farcus
I = dorky
J = doofus
K = funky
L = boobie
M = sleezy
N = sloopy
O = fluffy
P = stinky
Q = slimy
R = dorfus
S = snooty
T = tootsie
U = dipsy
V = sneezy
W = liver
X = skippy
Y = dinky
Z = zippy

2. Use the second letter of your LAST NAME to determine the first half of your new last name:
A = dippin
B = feather
C = B batty
D = burger
E = chicken
F = barffy
G = lizard
H = waffle
I = farkle
J = monkey
K = flippin
L = fricken
M = bubble
N = rhino
O = potty
P = hamster
Q = buckle
R = gizzard
S = lickin
T = snickle
U = chuckle
V = pickle
W = Hubble
X = dingle
Y = gorilla
Z = girdle

3. Use the third letter of your LAST NAME to determine the second half of your new last name:
A = butt
B = boobhump
C = face
D = nose
E = hump
F = breath
G = pants
H = shorts
I = lips
J = honker
K = head
L = tush
M = chunks
N = dunkin
O = brains
P = biscuits
Q = toes
R = doodle
S = fanny
T = sniffer
U = sprinkles
V = frack
W = squirt
X = humperdinck
Y = hiney
Z = juice

Fun, huh?

Sully & Socks


Letter From A Shelter Worker ~ ADOPT!! DON'T SHOP!!

February 21st 2009 11:26 pm
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We're posting this "Letter from a Shelter Worker" which was posted in Redford's Diary and we felt so strongly about it that we wanted to post it to. Thanks, dear Redford, for posting this for all of us to read!

A Letter from a Shelter Manager:

I think our society needs a huge " Wake-up" call.

As a shelter manager, I am going to share a little insight with you all. ..a view from the inside if you will.

First off, all of you breeders/ sellers should be made to work in the "back" of an animal shelter for just one day.

Maybe if you saw the life drain from a few sad, lost, confused eyes, you
would change your mind about breeding and selling to people you don't even
know. That puppy you just sold will most likely end up in my shelter when
it's not a cute little puppy anymore.

So how would you feel if you knew that there 's about a 90% chance that
dog will never walk out of the shelter it is going to be dumped at?
Purebred or not! About 50% of all of the dogs that are "owner surrenders"
or "strays" that come into my shelter are purebred dogs.

The most common excuses I hear are;

"We are moving and we can't take our dog (or cat).
" Really? Where are you moving to that doesn't allow pets and why did you
choose that place instead of a petfriendly home?

Or they say "The dog got bigger than we thought it would".
How big did you think a German Shepherd would get?

"We don't have time for her".
Really? I work a 10- 12 hour day and still have time for my 6 dogs!

" She' s tearing up our yard".
How about making her a part of your family?

They always tell me: "We just don't want to have to stress about finding a
place for her we know she'll get adopted, she' s a good dog."

Odds are your pet won't get adopted & how stressful do you think being in
a shelter is? Well, let me tell you, your pet has 72 hours to find a new
family from the moment you drop it off. Sometimes a little longer if the
shelter isn't full and your dog manages to stay completely healthy. If it
sniffles, it dies.

Your pet will be confined to a small run/kennel in a room with about 25
other barking or crying animals. It will have to relieve itself where it
eats and sleeps.

It will be depressed and it will cry constantly for the family that
abandoned it.

If your pet is lucky , I will have enough volunteers in that day to take
him/her for a walk. If I don't, your pet won't get any attention besides
having a bowl of food slid under the kennel door and the waste sprayed out
of its pen with a high-powered hose.

If your dog is big, black or any of the " Bully " breeds (pit bull, rotti
e, mastiff, etc) it was pretty much dead when you walked it through the
front door. Those dogs just don't get adopted.

It doesn't matter how 'sweet' or 'well behaved' they are.

If your dog doesn't get adopted within its 72 hours and the shelter is
full, it will be destroyed.

If the shelter isn't full and your dog is good enough, and of a desirable
enough breed it may get a stay of execution, but not for long.

Most dogs get very kennel protective after about a week and are destroyed
for showing aggression. Even the sweetest dogs will turn in this

If your pet makes it over all of those hurdles chances are it will get
kennel cough or an upper respiratory infection and will be destroyed
because shelters just don't have the funds to pay for even a $100

Here's a little euthanasia 101 for those of you that have never witnessed
a perfectly healthy, scared animal being "put- down".

First, your pet will be taken from its kennel on a leash.

They always look like they think they are going for a walk- happy, wagging
their tails.

Until, hey get to "The Room" , every one of them freak out and put the
brakes on when we get to the door. It must smell like death or they can
feel the sad souls that are left in there, it's strange, but it happens
with every one of them.

Your dog or cat will be restrained, held down by 1 or 2 vet techs depending
on the size and how freaked out they are.

Then a euthanasia tech or a vet will start the process.

They will find a vein in the front leg and inject a
lethal dose of the "pink stuff".

Hopefully your pet doesn't panic from being restrained and jerk.

I've seen the needles tear out of a leg and been covered with the
resulting blood and been deafened by the yelps and screams.

They all don't just "go to sleep", sometimes they spasm for a while, gasp
for air and defecate on themselves .

When it all ends, your pets corpse will be stacked
like firewood in a large freezer in the back with all of the other animals
that were killed waiting to be picked up like garbage.

What happens next?
Cremated? Taken to the dump? Rendered into pet food? You'll never know and
it probably won't even cross your mind.

It was just an animal and you can always buy another one, right? I hope
that those of you that have read this are bawling your eyes out and can't
get the pictures out of your head I deal with everyday on the way home
from work.

I hate my job, I hate that it exists & I hate
that it will always be there unless you people make some changes and
realize that the lives you are affecting go much further than the pets you
dump at a shelter.

Between 9 and 11 MILLION animals die every year in shelters and only
you can stop it. I do my best to save every life I can but rescues are
always full, and there are more animals coming in everyday than there are


Hate me if you want to. The truth hurts and reality is what it is.

I just hope I maybe changed one persons mind about breeding their dog,
taking their loving pet to a shelter, or buying a dog.

I hope that someone will walk into my shelter and say "I saw this and it
made me want to adopt." THAT WOULD MAKE IT WORTH IT!

Copyright ©2008


Eva ~ one dog's story:

March 7th 2009 4:34 pm
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We copied this from Daisy-Mae's diary and thank her for posting it. We wanted to cross post the story so more could see it:
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This was posted on Care2 originally and we were so touched by the efforts of this rescue group which in turn could be every rescue group out there in the trenches working to save animals.

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Ther e has been a lot of publicity about raids on puppy mills with animal welfare groups rushing to the scene, scooping up hundreds of abused dogs and taking them to safety. Those stories are great because it brings the problem to the attention of the public, but there are lots of other dogs like Eva that are saved everyday in quiet transactions between a rescuer and a breeder. Here's one dog's story.

For five years the only home Eva knew was the small concrete cell that sat alongside hundreds of other cells filled with breeding dogs. She never saw daylight, never chased a ball, never saw a vet, and never interacted with people. She dutifully gave her owner one litter after another of Boxer puppies until her body could not reproduce anymore.
Then her owner put a small ad in a local mid-west newspaper listing the dogs he planned to "retire." Luckily a rescue group saw the ad and told the breeder they would take all of his dogs, which included Eva. It isn't clear what would have happened to the dogs if nobody stepped in to help, but more than likely they would have been sent a municipal animal shelter and euthanized because they had never been socialized.

However, these Boxers were quietly picked up and distributed to three different rescue groups. In one small transaction, their life of misery ended. Eva went to Minnesota Boxer Rescue.

Jodi , Vice President of the organization said, "When Eva first came to us she was scared. She didn't know how to walk on a leash and all she did was crouch to the ground. We had to carry her to and from the car. She was very skittish and didn't want to be around humans. It was heartbreaking."
Then Jodi introduced Eva to her three dogs. "She started to warm up and evolve day after day," said Jodi. "First she did the Boxer wiggle, soon she loved treats, playing with toys and running in the backyard. It was amazing to see."

On February 20th Eva was ready to be spayed. This was the next step in helping her find a new home. But the simple surgery didn't go well and Eva began to bleed badly. The lining of her uterus had become too thin because she had been over-bred. The Boxer was rushed to an emergency clinic where they pumped out the blood from her abdomen.
Then Eva's blood pressure dropped and the bleeding started up again so she was wrapped in warm blankets and transported to the veterinary school at the University of Minnesota for intensive care. The dog was so weak when she arrived that it took two blood transfusions before they could do an exploratory surgery to save her life. It took 21 hours before Jodi learned that Eva was stable and that a small tear had caused the problem.

Eva is now on bed rest recovering from the ordeal. She is getting stronger everyday and is expected to make a full recovery. But in saving her life, the volunteers from Minnesota Boxer Rescue incurred more than $6,000 in veterinary bills. They are now working hard to raise money to cover the expenses or they run the risk of turning away other homeless Boxers.
Jodi is proud of her small rescue group and very happy that Eva is safe. She expects the dog to be ready to find a new home in a couple of months. The one unexpected outcome of the situation is Eva's new trust in people. "She used to be timid and now she wants to be right next to us. It's like she somehow knows and appreciates all we have done," said Jodi. "We are all looking forward to the day when Eva will live like the princess she was meant to be."

The breeder who owned Eva will never know the torture he put her through or the strength it is now taking to get her health back, but thank goodness there are small, dedicated rescue groups that quietly create puppy mill survivors.


Stop the bullying, please!

March 13th 2009 7:03 am
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We are so sad to read that our beloved friends, the Chicago Crew, was flagged for something written about the Shelter that brought sweet DixieBlackPearl to all of our lives. This is sad because it is not the pups and kitties writing these things, it is a bully hiding behind their precious family, writing to the headquarters to complain. Dogster has grown so much since we have joined and we love it so much, and have met wonderful and dear friends that we cherish and see every day. To think that any pup or kitty is being hurt just breaks our hearts. Shelters and Rescue organizations are so so needed, there aren't enough and to take umbrage at trying to help them to survive - to care for these dear pups who have no furrever homes - is beyond comprehension. We should be doing more for them, they are saving lives each day. The bully thing has to stop, it is going to tear our beautiful community apart. We hear of it more and more and it has to stop. Think before you fire off a "report" - don't hide behind your dear little family to do these things, at least stand up and identify yourself and state your feelings. Let us please keep Dogster the way it started out, a group of pups and kitties, added each day, to be seen and make friends, join groups and share ideas. Help each other, don't be tearing this wonderful community apart


You Can Help Stop Alaska's Aerial Gunning of Wolves!

March 17th 2009 5:59 pm
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Last fall, Ashley Judd helped Defenders of Wildlife expose Governor Palin's efforts to eliminate vital federal protections for America's struggling polar bears. Now, as Governor Palin expands the barbaric aerial slaughter of wolves, Ms. Judd is speaking out once again. "I am outraged by Sarah Palin's promotion of this cruel, unscientific and senseless practice which has no place in modern America," she said to Rodger Schlickeisen, President of Defenders of Wildlife. "I am proud to be a part of Defenders Action Fund's efforts to stop it."

Watch Ashley Judd's new video and please take action today. Governor Palin needs to know that caring people like you from across the nation find her cruel aerial wolf slaughter appalling. Please join me by sending your own message to Governer Palin, urging her to end this brutal practice once and for all. It's fast and easy. The website will show you how.

(Please pass this along to anyone you know who would be interested.)

(Being members of Defenders of Wildlife, we've been fighting this for a long time now, but seeing Lydia's (and other pups' diary entries, we have borrowed it (thank you Lydia) so, hopefully, more people can see it! Sully & Socks)

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