Deer and cat bond at animal rehab sanctuary

My dog says it's amazing how well animals can sometimes get along (and how humans frequently can't!). Check out this great video taken at Arnold's Wildlife Rehab in Okeechobee, Florida.

Little man is big hero to pitbulls

My dog says he is anxious to see the new show Pit Boss on Animal Planet. It's about a guy, Shorty Rossi, who runs a talent agency for little people and is founder of Shorty's Pit Bull Rescue.

Watch the trailer below and I think you'll be as excited to see the show as I am. Pit Boss premieres on January 16 at 10:00 pm on Animal Planet.

Two woofs for Shorty!

Honoring Michael Vick is sick

My dog says he is quite disgusted that the Philadelphia Eagles have given animal abuser and convicted felon Michael Vick the Ed Block Courage Award. Courage? Since when does it take courage to torture animals?

First, the Eagles gave this murderer a multi-million-dollar job and now they're essentially calling him a hero? Shame on everyone associated with the Eagles. Shame.

Read the full story HERE. And, please consider signing the petition to revoke the award by clicking HERE.

From stray dog to spoiled pooch

My dog says he's turning over the blog to his sister Faith today. Faith, have at it!

Hi folks, I'm Faith. This is my first guest post on Puddy's blog.

Today I felt compelled to write something personal so I hope you'll bear with me. I've been with my family since 2006. Three years ago on this very day I was lost, starving, cold, and scared. I was limping because I had been hit by a car and my teeth were in bad shape because I was so hungry that I was chewing on things that weren't edible (I was underweight and just a small, 75 pound little girl). I had just about given up hope that someoneanyonewould help me. That's when I saw her.

A woman was getting into her car on a very industrial street. She was kneeling on the front seat, leaning into the back rearranging some bags and didn't see me on the other side of the road. MAC trucks were speeding by so fast it was all I could do to cross all four lanes to get to her in one piece. I had been through so much and I simply needed some help. Her car door was still open so I quickly snuck up and bolted inside. Safety at last!

I was panting and pacing around in her compact car; so terribly relieved to be off the street. The woman stared at me in disbelief. I smiled.

To make a long story short, the lady fixed me up, took me home, and made me part of her family. There are so many lost and scared animals out on the streets, fending for themselves, and I know I'm one of the lucky ones because I was saved (although she always tells me she's the lucky one).

My only wish on my anniversary is that everyone who reads this does something to help an animal in need. Pick up a stray, feed a feral cat, take an injured wild animal to someone who can tend to his or her injuries. Make a difference, embrace compassion, and extend the circle of kindness to all animals, wild and domestic. Do something.

Thanks for listening to my story. I hate to rush off, but my family has a special anniversary party planned for me.

Until next time,

Three tips for happier dogs

My dog says this little pugger has it right! This fun, one-minute video includes three things you can do to make your dog happier.

From tails of woe to Tails of Joy!

My dog says there are lots of needy animals out there in need of your help! Why not lend a hand by supporting Tails of Joy, the wonderful nonprofit started by comedian Elayne Boosler. Check out the video below to learn more about how TOJ is making a difference in the lives of animals!

Two-legged dog inspires soldiers

My dog says you have to check out this video featuring an amazing two-legged dog. Faith (no relation to my sister Faith) was determined to walk despite her disability and is now an inspiration to injured military veterans.

To learn more about Faith, click HERE to visit her website.

Actor John Schneider speaks out for animals

My dog says he was quite moved by this video diary piece by actor John Schneider. If you are interested in finding out more about the movie Earthlings, which he refers to, click HERE for information (it is an AMAZING film). You can also see the film for free, by clicking HERE (Google has the entire film broken down into chapters). And, to learn more about Thanking the Monkey and its author Karen Dawn, click HERE.

Yes, ignorance is bliss. But, creating change saves lives. I hope you enjoy John's insights.

Free download: Shepard Fairey Obama-style animal adoption artwork

My dog says you may know Shepard Fairey as the artist who made the famous Obama posters. However, there is now a doggy version of the artwork that you have to check out.

Designed to bring attention to animal adoption, most of the artwork is available for free download (there are also some specialty items for sale). There are two beautiful designs, one in red and blue and the other in yellow and black (both feature different verbiage on the dog tags). And, you can get the artwork on posters, stickers, banners for your website/blog, wallpaper for your cellphone or computer, t-shirts, coloring pages for kids, and more. There are even links to share the images on all the social networking sites! Finally, for the art collectors, there are a limited amount of numbered prints available which are signed by Fairey himself.

To learn more, click HERE. Or to go directly to the download/order page, click HERE. And always remember: Adopt, don't shop!

Extreme dog houses

My dog says he just saw some of the most amazing doghouses ever. Really fancy. But, he'll take his cushy dog bed or his mom's comfy mattress any day of the week!

If you want to see some amazing canine architecture, click HERE to see the most incredible doghouses ever made!

"Rent" a Christmas tree

My dog says he stumbled across a wonderful company! The Living Christmas Tree Company will deliver a live, potted tree to your home for you to enjoy during the holidays; and then take it back to the nursery after the festivities have passed. You can even "adopt" a tree, which means the same tree will return to your home year after year (and you can see how it has grown!).

This is a great way to bring sustainable living into your life. It is eco-friendly and a wonderful way to respect nature (who said trees have to be cut down in their prime just to be tossed out two weeks later, anyway?).

I hope this idea catches on. Two paws up!

* To learn more about the Living Christmas Tree Company, click HERE.
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