A Dog Named Yeager and His Job


A dog named Yeager,  who is an explosive detection dog in Afghanistan, lies next to Staff Sgt. Derick Clark (kennel supervisor) and Chief Warrant Officer II Michael Reeves (kennel officer in charge) while observing a moment of silence in honor of Lance Cpl. Abraham Tarwoe (who was a dog handler and mortarman). This memorial service was held on April 22, 2012. Yesterday was Memorial Day, and hopefully we all took a moment in thought, of what sacrifices our U.S. Military (either human or canine) have given for all U.S. Citizens to live free and without fear on our soils.

Photo © by US Marine Corps

Bike Tow Leash Giveaway Contest Ends on June 22nd

Dog Fancy Magazine is giving away products that won their Editors’ Choice Awards for 2012.  Each month there is a different giveaway and July’s will be a 1-running-dog bike tow leash from Leon Engineering.

You can only enter once for the July 2012 giveaway, by sending them a postcard marked Editors’ Choice Award July 2012 and include your name, address, phone number and email address.

Address to: Dog Fancy, P.O. Box 6050, Mission Viejo, CA  92690-6050.  Deadline is June 22, 2012.

Bike Tow Leash for One Dog

PuppyLight Give Away Contest

Enter the PuppyLight drawing for one of three collars, each valued at $35.  PuppyLight is known for their LED paw shaped designs and they even have a collar with a Swarovski crystal available on their website PuppyLight.  Deadline for entries will be June 22, 2012.

If interested in entering the contest; send Dog Fancy a postcard marked July Fun Dog Prize and include your name, address, phone number and email address.  You can only enter once per person.

Mail to:  Dog Fancy, P.O. Box 6050, Mission Viejo, CA 92690-6050

Give to Charity While Web Searching

By simply searching the Internet, you can give money to The Puppy Rescue Mission (TPRM) at the same time.  Every time you search the web with GoodSearch, they will donate a penny to TPRM.  I know that there are days that I have searched over a hundred times.  That is a dollar for only one day!  Think about a month’s worth of searching and thousands of people?  If only 1,000 people searched GoodSearch once per day… that is over $3,700 for a year.

If you shop online at GoodShop, a percentage of each purchase will also be donated to TPRM.

If you dine out, register with GoodDining and register your credit cards. Every time you use your registered credit card at one of the participating restaurants, they make a donation to your charity on record.  We try to dine out at least once per week and we already started using the local restaurants on their member list.

If you are already doing either or both of these activities, why not help The Puppy Rescue Mission and reunite more deserving dogs to welcoming military homes from war torn countries.

For more information:    Puppy Rescue Mission

All Dogs Deserve a Life With Open Spaces

As I am sitting here in tears, I realize just how many dogs are living in pain from testing each and every day.  I feel these facilities are right up there with ill conditions like puppy mills.  The video shows beagles at this particular Italian breeding facility. They have been known to supply up to 250 dogs per month to testing companies.  Where do you think some of our U.S. companies get their test animals?  If you don’t think U.S. companies are testing…..think again.

All dogs deserve a life with green grass, open spaces and loving families.



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I Rescued a Human Today!

We came across this online story and not a dry eye to be found in our bakery today.  Please enjoy this lovely story by Janine Allen .


I rescued a human today.

Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the kennels. I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her.

I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn’t be afraid. As she stopped at my kennel I blocked her view from a little accident I had in the back of my cage. I didn’t want her to know that I hadn’t been walked today. Sometimes the overworked shelter keepers get too busy and I didn’t want her to think poorly of them.

As she read my kennel card I hoped that she wouldn’t feel sad about my past. I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someone’s life.

She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me. I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her. Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship. A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well.

Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms. I would promise to keep her safe. I would promise to always be by her side. I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes.

I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor. So many more are out there who haven’t walked the corridors. So many more to be saved. At least I could save one.

I rescued a human today.

Written by Janine Allen CPDT, Rescue Me Dog’s professional dog trainer. Janine’s passion is working with people and their dogs. She provides demonstrations for those who have adopted shelter dogs, lends email support to adopted dog owners that need information beyond our Training Support Pages, and aids shelter staff and volunteers in understanding dog behavior to increase their adoptability. Copyright 2012 Rescue Me Dog; http://www.rescuemedog.org

Truckers Have a Heart For Rescued Pets

Operation Roger is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission of transporting needy pets by way of regional and long-haul truckers who volunteer their time to transport as they do their regular jobs of delivering freight across the country.  They care for one or two pets in the cab of their trucks and give them loads of attention.

Operation Roger only transports dogs, cats and companion animals at this time. Their charity is an all volunteer organization and it can take 3 to 7 days for a connection between someone needing an animal transport and the trucker able to fulfill that need.  There is no guarantee that a connection is made but they do what they can to communicate the need.

You can find more information on their website, http://operationroger.rescuegroups.org/

Have you heard about the work of Pilots N Paws?

Pilots N Paws is a 501c3 charity that transports rescued animals by air, with help from volunteer pilots and plane owners. This charity was founded in February of 2008 and has continued in making a huge difference in the lives of innocent animals.  I understand that they not only transport rescued animals but military dogs, working dogs and service dogs.

If you are looking for a new and worthy charity to give during 2012, please check out Pilots N Paws at http://pilotsnpaws.org/.

I will be featuring in the coming days, more charities worthy of your donation in 2012.

Is Kelp Safe for My Dog?

I have recently read blogs that tell dog owners that kelp is safe for dogs.  That may be misleading.  I once believe it myself but have changed my thoughts on the subject after some research about a year ago.

Dr. Jean Dodds (DVM in California), recently presented on this subject at the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Conference. Her presentation was about hypothyroidism in dogs and she mentioned that iodine can suppress a dog’s thyroid function.  This would include the intake of kelp and seaweed, both forms of iodine.

Commercial dog food will need iodine levels changed in order to be compliant with changing ingredient standards.  My suggestion is to avoid any dog food or dog supplement that you know for a fact, contains iodine in any form.