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Every year around Thanksgiving, everyone takes a moment to reflect on what they’re thankful for. We usually will send out a Thank You email, a facebook post or even an individual email. Then *POOF* the HOLIDAYS are upon us and all that gratitude seems to go the way of fake snow and Elf on the Shelf (tucked away somewhere til the next year rolls around).
Here at CSRA, we want to start making it a point to remember how incredibly grateful we...
Foster mom (and CSRA Board Member) Shawna wrote this memorial for Scout. Scout died yesterday at the age of...well, to be honest,we have no idea how old Scout was. Sometimes we get kennel cards that read, "I'm FIVE YEARS OLD" and we think, "hmm, like Five Years on Jupiter??" I'm reposting here because I think it's a perfect example of how sometimes what we do "for the dogs" affects us maybe even more than it affects them.
My heart sank when I looked at the scruffy, wobbly, bony, myopic dog with his big grinning muzzle and gaily...
One summer a few years ago, I decided to take my dogs with me while I went on a morning run to the bagel place a few miles away. I knew they didn’t allow dogs in the storefront, so I took my extra car key so I could keep the car running and locked while I ran in to grab some bagels quickly. I get out of the car, locking it on my way out and run in—I was gone two minutes, tops. When I get back out, I tried my extra key on the door. Nothing. Uh, oops. What I thought was my extra CAR key was actually my extra HOUSE key. Apparently, the house key no workie on the car door. So here I...
warning: Clicking on either of the links in this article will likely result in intermittent sobbing. The first is a story. The second contains images that some of you may find disturbing. Not gross disturbing, just emotionally very very hard.
Back before I had my two sons back to back, you know, that time (before now) when I could spend more than five minutes a day to myself, I spent much more time doing a lot of legwork for CSRA. One of the things I did each week was go and evaluate potential CSRA dogs at the local shelter here. It wasn't unusual for me to...
I want to start off by saying that I hope all of you have a very happy, hotdog-filled, fireworks-booming Fourth of July. I hope the potato salad is yummy. I hope the pool/lake/ocean/water source of your choice is cool and refreshing. And I hope you spend it with loved ones and eat too much pie.
That said, for the sake of your four-legged friends, please keep your pets safe this year... before you take off into the Red White and Blue Yonder. How do you do that? Well, here are a few suggestions.
1). Keep your pets in a safe, secure spot if you are going to be...
You can never have enough dog stuff adorning your walls (or can you?) I love these prints created by Dogs Incorporated. You can personalize the prints with your dog's name and they have other cute prints as well.
A few days into our week and we haven’t had enough time to establish any sort of routine. I don't want to leave her alone in the bathroom with the puppies all day, but she can't be trusted in the house yet. There are several things I have learned about Karou already in our short time together.
First and foremost, against all odds, she's friendly. Very, very friendly. When you say hi to her, her nub of a tail starts waggling and doesn’t stop. She smiles at me. The first time she did it, I had to email everyone and let them know. “LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WE HAVE A...
When I wake up Sunday morning, I poke my head into the small bathroom that I have outfitted as a nursery for my puppy mill momma and her babies. They don’t have names yet. It’s something that has bothered me all night. No names. Just a pink paper collar with a number on it. There’s something about assigning something a number as a name that doesn’t sit well with me. It never brings up any positive associations.. I think of prisons..concentration camps.. When you’re talking about dogs ..or cats, or birds, or guinea pigs or whatever you have in your care.. if you have too many to...
It's Saturday afternoon and I'm waiting, waiting, waiting. CSRA had been notified earlier in the week that 100 dogs were seized from someone operating a suspected puppy mill in another part of the state. Almost half the dogs were cocker spaniels. We looked at news reports and saw pictures that would turn your stomach: Dogs being kept in tiny cages, matted, dirty. In one picture you can see that there's a whole row of these cages separated by what looks like plywood. The plywood has huge holes chewed in it. CHEWED. In another, there's a buff cocker spaniel with the biggest, saddest...
I have to say, I'm not sure how I feel about this.
For a mere $250, you can take mold of your dogs nose print, have it cast in solid sterling silver and wear it as a necklace.
Yeah. Still undecided.
Would you wear your dog's nose as an accessory?