A Pet’s Ten Commandments

July 25, 2008

A friend of mine passed this along to me today. It’s so, so true.


1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful.

2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.

3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being.

4. Don’t be angry with me for long and don’t lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment, but I have only you.

5. Talk to me. Even if I don’t understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.

6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.

7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to bite you.

8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I’m not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak.

9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too, will grow old.

10. On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you can’t bear to watch. Don’t make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so. ALWAYS!

**Take a moment today to thank God for your pets. Enjoy and take good care of them. Life would be a much duller, less joyful experience without God’s critters. It’s one of the saddest moments in life to live through.**


Beagle Wins Best In Show

February 14, 2008

Congratulations to Uno — named best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club. Read more about the Belleville Beagle from the Associated Press article, posted here.

Interested in adopting a beagle? Then check out Marcella, a little bitty beagle Stray Rescue saved from a puppy mill in southern Missouri.

Learn about how to STOP puppy mills here.

Make Stray Rescue No. 1 on www.zootoo.com

February 11, 2008

Stray Rescue of St. Louis has signed up for Zootoo.com’s $1,000,000 Shelter Make-Over. As a volunteer foster for SR, I’d love your help to make our wish come true!  Plus, for all those dog lovers out there, it’s quick, easy and fun if you enjoy reading the news stories, doing product and service reviews and posting pictures of your dogs, cats, critters and even fish.

Interested?  Go to http://www.zootoo.com/helpout/, which will bring you to the sign up page. When it asks what shelter you want, type in the zip code 63104. You will find Stray Rescue as well as some others. If you make Strat Rescue your shelter of choice, we’ll receive 100 points, 100 points as a referral through the link, and all other points that you gather up!
Stray Rescue is currently #54 among 900 shelters across the U.S.
We are hoping to be #1, and the top 20 shelters will be reviewed for the Shelter Make Over.
Thank you for your time and hope to see you on www.Zootoo.com!

Dogs Seized from Michael Vick Are Finding Loving Homes

January 28, 2008

Local Associated Press writer Cheryl Wittenauer just wrote a piece updating on the dogs seized from Michael Vick. Thanks to dog rescuers, fosters and behaviorists, they’re being socialized and finding loving homes.

Visit this MSNBC link to read more.

Thanks Cheryl, for furthering the message of dog rescue and adoption. There are so many dogs and shelters out there that can provide great alternatives to breeders and the puppy mill perpetuators pet stores in the mall.

Dog Adoption — Need a Great Pet?

January 25, 2008

Zane and I sat down for a photo session last night. He’s a fantastic dog, and he thought you might like to see more photos that showcase him as such.


Look how cute he is! 

If you’re interested in adopting, please consider Zane. We are fostering him through Stray Rescue of St. Louis.

Why adopt this dog?

At 1.5-years-old, he’s a full-grown lab mix who is completey healthy, is set with vaccines for three full years, and comes micro-chipped. He’s also great in the house, is completely house-trained, crate-trained, and enjoys playing fetch. He also enjoys walking on the leash and loves going jogging. 


He’s also extremely smart. Since we’ve been fostering him, he’s already learned “sit” and “laydown” through hand commands, and is working on “stay” right now. He also loves young 20-somethings. He’d be an ideal pet for a single guy or gal, or a family with a child who is about 10 or so.  He enjoys spending time in his kennel, and keeps it neat and clean. And, he’s quiet too!  Just look (below)!


At his previous kennel, he ran with the dogs daily. So, he also should play along well with other dogs in your family, and perhaps even cats.

If you’re interested in making Zane apart of your family, please let me know. Feel free to just leave me a comment below.

Soulard Dog Parade

January 23, 2008

Yes, this weekend is the annual pooch parade!  On Sunday, Jan. 27, costumed canines will march through Soulard, signifying the beginning of another Mardi Gras season.

Click here to learn more. Or, see what Mayor Slay thinks about the festivities here.

Who doesn’t love masqueradering mutts?!  Leave me a comment if you’re attending. I’ll post the best ideas & photos here! 

Animal Shelters in St. Louis

January 22, 2008

Over the last couple of months, I’ve met several people who have had to put their dogs up for adoption. Although it breaks my heart to hear about something like this, sometimes people are left with no other choice. I’d rather hear that a suitable new parent was found, then hear that they had to do something much more drastic.

Below you’ll find resources (from Metro Animal Resource Services, Inc.)that may help. You’ll also find a newly improved blogroll to the right, which features other animal shelters in St. Louis.

  • Adopt-a-Pet: 217-835-2538, near Springfield, IL.
  • All Paws Rescue, Inc.: P.O. Box 1274, O’Fallon, MO, 63366. 636-288-2999
    weezmags@charter.net; http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/MO199.html.
  • Alton Area Animal Aid Association/Five A Humane Society: 501 E. Delmar Ave., Godfrey, IL, 62035. 618-462-3721.
  • BARC Inc.No-kill dogs and cats. 818 Spring Crest Drive, Fenton, MO, 63026. 314-732-9679 or 314-769-1004. lynnemma@aol.com; http://www.petfinder.org/shelters/MO331.html.
  • Blue Moon Sanctuary, Inc.: No-kill dogs and cats and special needs. Box 294, Linn Creek, MO, 65052. 573-317-9385. bluemoon@zigs.nethttp://www.petfinder.org/shelters/MO51.html.
  • Bond County Adopt-A-Pet: 406 Stephen Avenue, Greenville, IL, 62246. 618-664-0486
  • Country Acres Rescue: Cats, kittens and puppies. 739 Weidman Road, St. Louis, 63011. 636-527-5464. thompsongn@aol.comhttp://www.petfinder.com/shelters/MO291.html.
  • Gateway Pet Guardians: Rescue, no-kill, home fostering. P.O. Box 13243, St. Louis, 63157. 314-664-7398. info@gatewaypets.comhttp://www.petfinder.org/shelters/MO286.html.
  • Granite City APA5000 Old Alton Rd., Granite City, IL, 62040. 618-931-7030. Http://www.apagc.com/.
  • Happy Tails Sanctuary: No-kill dogs and cats. 5900 South Rangeline Rd., Columbia, MO, 65201 573-445-1680. info@htsanctuary.comhttp://www.htsanctuary.com.
  • Heartland Humane SocietyHome foster, dog and cat adoptions. P.O. Box 113 , O’Fallon, MO, 63366. 636-922-0569. animalchef@prodigy.net; http://www.petfinder.org/shelters/MO49.html.
  • Impact For AnimalsHome foster, dogs and cat adoptions. P.O. Box 190184, St. Louis, 63119. 314-995-9260. ImpactforAnimals@aol.comhttp://www.petfinder.org/shelters/MO243.html.
  • Jefferson County Humane Society: P.O. Box 475, Fenton, MO, 63026, 314-277-5743. http://www.jeffcohumanesociety.org/.
  • Miller-Roth Foundations: No-kill shelter. 2000 E. Broadway – #141 Columbia, MO. 65201-6009 573-657-9633. millroth@coin.orghttp://www.geocities.com/miller-roth/.
  • Mutts-n-Stuff Rescue: No owner turn-ins. Shelter and pound rescue only. P.O. Box 187, Foristell, MO, 63348. 314-306-MUTT. mutts@muttsandstuff.comhttp://www.petfinder.org/shelters/MO81.html.
  • Open Door Animal Sanctuary: P.O. Box 870, House Springs, MO, 63051. 636-671-3643.
  • PALS (Pets A-Lone of Lincoln County): Animal rescue/adoption. P.O. Box 462, Troy, MO, 63379.
  • Partners for Pets: P.O. Box 445 Troy, IL, 62294 618-346-3010, Fax: 618-667-6806
  • Pet Placement, Inc.: Home foster, dogs and cats. P.O. Box 190244, St. Louis, 63119-6244. 314-781-1034. petplacement@earthlink.nethttp://www.petfinder.org/shelters/MO74.html.
  • Pet Services: Animal rescue, home foster, adoptions, St. Louis. pleasespay@aol.com.
  • Raven Animal Sanctuary: Rte. 1, Box 110, Belle, MO, 65013. 573-859-3756.
  • St. Charles Humane Society: Animal rescue, no-kill shelter. 1099 Pralle Ln., St. Charles, MO, 63303. 636-949-9918. http://www.petfinder.org/shelters/MO107.html.
  • St. Francois Society: No-kill dogs and cats. P.O. Box 410122, St. Louis, 63141. 314-994-1033. pets@rescues-r-us.comhttp://www.petfinder.org/shelters/MO167.html.
  • ShowMePets: No-kill dogs and cats. P.O. Box 372, Ballwin, MO, 63022. 636-227-3198. rsqNOW@hotmail.comhttp://www.petfinder.org/shelters/MO212.html .
  • Do you know of another animal shelter?  If so, please let me know. I’d like to make the listing to the right as resourceful as possible.

    Other Ways to Help Dogs in St. Louis

    January 19, 2008

    Trivia Night, Saturday Feb. 9:


    This event will benefit Stray Rescue and PoundPals. Doors open at 6 p.m.; games start at 7 p.m. $20 a person/8 per table. Beer, wine and soda is included. (Attendees are encouraged to bring snacks.) To reserve a table, call Arlene at 314.416.8081 or e-mail kulade5@yahoo.com. More details: www.strayrescue.org.

    Visit http://www.zootoo.com/makeover/:

    And register with Stray Rescue as your shelter of choice. This Web site was created for animal lovers and houses numerous ways to generate points for Stray Rescue by simply surfing the site. The top 20 shelters with the most points will receive a donation. The contest ends in February 2008, so share with friends and start surfing for the dogs!

    Shop online at www.igive.com:

    Each purchase includes donations to benefit your charity of choice, so check it out and sign up for Stray Rescue. (This shopping service is available all year long and includes stores like Best Buy, Target and Home Depot.)


    Try www.goodsearch.com as your search engine:


    Powered by Yahoo, each time you use Goodsearch and choose Stray Rescue, we benefit. Right now, not very many people have signed up with Stray Rescue as their charity choice. Let’s change that! The more people who do this, the bigger the donations.

    Got Puppy Fever?

    January 18, 2008

    If you’re thinking about purchasing or adopting a puppy, why not give it a trial run first by fostering a puppy?  If so, Stray Rescue has plenty of puppies waiting in the wings.

    At least 30 puppies are currently in need of foster homes. And, this time of year is the worst…think cold little noses and shivering little tails. Survival is the toughest in the most extreme temperatures.

    If you’re still not hooked, look at how wonderful it is. Plus, Stray Rescue covers ALL vetting bills.

    If you have any questions, I’m happy to answer any that you have, and also help you get your first litte bits of Heaven set of puppies!

    Scientists develop computer that can ‘translate’ a dog’s bark

    January 18, 2008

    According to a story posted by the Daily Mail on Jan. 16, computers are predicting dog-speak.

    Read more:

    “What would a dog say if it could talk? “Stranger”, “fight”, “walk”, “alone”, “ball” and “play”, according to scientists who have developed a computer programme to translate dog barks.

    The special programme analysed more than 6,000 barks from 14 Hungarian sheepdogs in six different situations.

    In a series of tests the team of scientists, from Eötvös Loránd University in Hungary led by Csaba Molnár, discovered that a computer could recognise whether a dog was in a stranger, fight, walk, alone, ball or play scenario.”

    Do you believe it?

    Read the rest of the story here

    The Plight of Pit Bulls

    December 13, 2007

    Today, Randy Grim spoke in a special segment on KTRS. He appeared as part of the discussion about pit bulls and Michael Vick.  As a rescuer, Grim contends that it’s not the breed, it’s the training that makes them behave viciously. 

    Cesar Millan agrees: “My kids are around pit bulls every day. In the ’70s they blamed Dobermans, in the ’80s they blamed German shepherds, in the ’90s they blamed the Rottweiler. Now they blame the pit bull.”

    If you’re thinking about purchasing a dog, you may want to consider adopting a pit, one of the most prevalent breeds found in St. Louis shelters such as Stray Rescue’s.  You may also want to know that according to the Humane Society of the United States, and MSNBC, “Even the trendiest, most upscale pet stores may sell puppies from puppy mills.”

    So, before making your puppy purchase decision, or speaking out against pits, consider these fun facts, taken from Cesar Millan’s Web site: www.cesarmillaninc.com.

    • Helen Keller had a pit bull as a family pet.
    • Dakota is a pit bull search and rescue who searched for the remains of the astronauts who lost their lives in explosion of the space shuttle Columbia.
    • Popsicle, who received his name after police found him in a freezer during a drug raid, is famous for sniffing out drugs for the DEA.
    • A pit bull rescued in South Los Angeles by County Fire Station 14 during 1985 was the station’s mascot for years.
    • The pit bull is the only breed to have graced the cover of Life Magazine three times.

    And from Wikipedia:

    “[Pit bulls] can and often do make wonderful family pets. Known to generations of American children as the dog from the Little Rascals and Our Gang shows, the pit bull has frequently been among America’s most popular dog breeds. The American Temperment Testing Society gives the American Pit Bull Terrier breed a pass percentage of 84.1%. The average of all breeds is 81.5%.

    Although friendliness and tolerance towards humans are traits of the breed, there are, as in any breed, those that are dangerous toward humans. It is the owner’s responsibility to be in total control of his dog, and it is the owner who, through intentional mistreatment or neglect, is frequently responsible for pit bull bites. Many attacks by other dog breeds are misclassified as “pit bulls” by media reports.”

    Peep Toes and Puppy Snacks…

    December 13, 2007

    So far, Zane has been pretty interesting. At first a docile young doggie who barely came out of his shell, Zane is no longer shy. He parades around our home, thinks he owns it, and likes to wonder around and find things to hide. Sometimes we’ll find a sock in the corner, other times, it’s his hair brush on the rug by our front door. No big deal.  He never chews on things.

    Last Sunday, I Christmas-shopped till I dropped. Drained, yet thrilled about the bargains in my bag, I came home to a toasty-warm house. I flipped on the Christmas lights and headed downstairs to let Zane out for a little tail-wagging and play-time. Together we headed back upstairs and over to my favorite chair to remove my boots…Zane tailing behind me.

    Much to my surprise, I found my beloved Nina peep-toe satin pumps askew at the foot of my chair. Satin heel: snarled and ripped. Chewed like a doggie bone. The rest of the shoe, pristine…as I’ve only worn the things a total of TEN TIMES!!!

    They were one of those purchases to be proud of… a sexy pair of heels that just make you feel good when you wear them. And, when I bought them, they were spur-of-the-moment. Not for anything in particular. But a little surprise in my closet that garners compliments every outing. 

    Sorry to go on about my shoes, but damn it. I’ve made it through two sets of puppies and now this 1.5-year-old Shepard (who has at least three bones lying around the house) deems my Nina’s an enjoyable afternoon snack?

    Yes, puppy love is grand, and I do love fostering, but to this I say truly, what the F!


    Tell me your worst/funniest/favorite puppy debacle

    Vick Sentenced

    December 11, 2007

    As most predicted, Michael Vick was sentenced yesterday to more than the minimum required punishment. He’ll count 23 months in prison for financing a dog fighting ring and assisting in the deaths of pit bulls. For more: http://www.zootoo.com/petnews/vicksentence.

    It’s expected that the Commonwealth will also hand down a sentence. 

    A blog friend of mine and I had a good amount of e-discussion on this a week or so ago. To me, I say right on. I believe it’s what he deserves. But for others, he’s already done the damage, and the time he spends in jail won’t do anything. The $900,000 fine however, will do something to help, or at least work to undo some of the damage he’s done.

    She made a good point too — is Vick’s sentence a deterrant? Or, does it push this disgusting “sport” further underground?

    Michael Vick Update

    November 30, 2007

    This just in from ZooToo, another pet lover site:

    November 30, 2007

    ATLANTA – As part of a plea deal, former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick will pay over $900,000 for the care and rehabilitation of 54 dogs rescued from his Atlanta home.

    The amount is based on estimates agreed upon by animal care professionals. It will go toward care, rehabilitation, adoption and if necessary euthanization of the dogs.

    Caretakers aren’t yet sure if the dogs can be adopted since in many cases fighting dogs remain aggressive. However, both young and less aggressive canines stand a good chance with proper rehabilitation.

    To cover those costs, the quarterback deposited $928, 073 into his lawyer’s escrow account. His sentencing isn’t until December 10th, but prosecutors say they wanted to make sure he had the money available immediately.

    According to the plea agreement, Vick will spend no less than 12 months and no more than 18 months in jail – in addition to paying the large restitution.

    Between the loss of bonuses from the Falcon’s contract, the restitution and a few loans he’s had to default on, Vick looks to lose around $26M overall.

    To me, this is sick. I don’t think a mere 18 months in jail is enough. I wouldn’t doubt it if he does it again.

    What’s your opinion?


    November 30, 2007


    My apologies; I’ve been away due to a crunch at work. I owe you a photo of Zane — here he is!  He’s a smart guy…an expert at hiding one’s shoes and getting you to play before you’re even aware you’re participating.  

    Sweetiepie Zane

    November 20, 2007

    On the ride home yesterday, I must say I was a bit terrified. Clearly, there’s no reason why…

    I’ve got photos of myself strangling, cuddling Beagles as soon as I could carry them. At age four, we had Shainy, the beautiful auburn Irish Setter that I thought was a horse (no really, totally tried to saddle him up in my back yard, before my parents caught me). My first dog of my very own, Mandy the Cocker Spaniel, I found under the Christmas tree at age five. And finally, my dad and I began raising German Shorthairs by 1990. I’ve got three litters under my belt thus far. Not to mention several sets of puppy fosters.

    Still, as my first adult foster dog, Zane threw me for a loop. I wasn’t sure what he would do. I knew he had a tough life, and had been beaten as a puppy by a very mean man (this I know since he’s deathly afraid of men). So, you never know what resonates…or worse…what the wrong move is that doesn’t.

    After a full 24-hours however, Tony and I have both won him over. He’s a soft-hearted puppy in a 63-pound adult doggie body. He’s scared of doorways, stairs and just about anything that moves suddenly. But, he’s also a lovebug who at about two-years-old, has never had a home. It’s hilarious watching him try to cuddle; he’s so awkward and large and doesn’t know how to curl up nealtly by one’s legs. He sits/stands/sprawls instead.

    Soon, Tony and I will be working on standard commands with him, and trying to socialize him to work on the skittishness. (He’s fantastic on the leash; he’s been for one walk and one run already.) Afterwards, he’ll be an amazing pet for any family. He’s so gentle, even when he takes a treat, he barely graces your hand… 

    Enough about Zane…what about you?  What’s your canine companion like?  

    Taking Zane Home Today

    November 18, 2007

    Thanks to those of you who submitted your votes. Today, I’ll be picking up Zane.


    He’s up for adoption at any time. I’ll tell you all about him as soon as we get to know him.

    For more info, visit: http://www.strayrescue.org/zane.html.

    The Next Step in Fostering

    November 17, 2007

    I’m thinking about fostering an older dog. This puppy thing is taking a toll on my heart…

    I dropped off Prince and Duke (our last set of puppies for the Humane Society) on Wednesday to be neutered. Now, I’m sitting here at home, knowing they’ll officially be placed on the floor today for adoption. I’m absolutely sure they’ll get adopted this weekend. But it’s all I can do to keep myself from driving over there to say hi, see their little tails wagging when they see me walk trough that door, and give them some love. Most likely, I’d be a wreck when I left… And feel like a horrible person for not adopting them. (They’re so cute and loveable, I know they’ll be great pets…they followed me around everywhere I went, and loved to lay beside me.)  

    Instead of putting myself through that again, we’re trying out fostering an older dog. We’ll have it longer, and hopefully it’ll be a tad less work to clean up after. (I’m also scared we’ll have him for months, but that’s the risk we take.) The other thing is, it’s my responsibility to get it adopted…so I’ll be spending my Saturdays at Petsmart.

    Which one should we choose?

    Stray Rescue of St. Louis: Cisco

    Stray Rescue of St. Louis: Apple 

    Stray Rescue of St. Louis: Grover

    Stray Rescue of St. Louis: Hanley

    Stray Rescue of St. Louis: Zane

    Stray Rescue of St. Louis: Zeke

    Stray Rescue of St. Louis: Marilyn

    Stray Rescue of St. Louis: Hugo

    Stray Rescue of St. Louis: Adonis

    Stray Rescue of St. Louis: Judy

    Visit www.zootoo.com and Help Stray Rescue

    November 16, 2007

    Please visit http://www.zootoo.com/makeover/  – and register Stray Rescue as your shelter of choice. The site is created for animals lovers; there are numerous ways to generate points for Stray Rescue as you surf the site. The top 20 shelters with the most points will get monetary donations. Contest ends February 2008, so share with your friends and start surfing!

    A Tribute to Rescuers

    November 16, 2007

    Jennie Foster, Director of Operations for Stray Rescue, sent all the volunteers this poem today. All those dog lovers out there, enjoy. And, go grab a tissue 😉  

    A Tribute to Rescuers
    By Arlene Pace
    Once I was a lonely dog, just looking for a home.
    I had no place to go, no one to call my own.
    I wandered up and down the streets, in rain in heat and snow.
    I ate whatever I could find, I was always on the go.
    My skin would itch, my feet were sore, My body ached with pain.
    And no one stopped to give a pat or to gently say my name.
    I never saw a loving glance, I was always on the run.
    For people thought that hurting me was really lots of fun.

    And then one day I heard a voice so gentle, kind and sweet,
    And arms so soft reached down to me and took me off my feet.
    “No one again will hurt you was whispered in my ear.”
    “You’ll have a home to call your own where you will know no fear.”

    “You will be dry, you will be warm, you’ll have enough to eat.”
    “And rest assured that when you sleep, your dreams will all be sweet.”
    I was afraid I must admit, I’ve lived so long in fear.
    I can’t remember when I let a human came so near.

    And as she tended to my wounds and bathed and brushed my fur,
    She told me about the rescue group and what it meant to her.
    She said, “We are a circle, a line that never ends”.
    “And in the center there is you protected by new friends”.

    “And all around you are the ones that check the pounds,
    And those that share their home after you’ve been found”.
    “And all the other folk are searching near and far.
    “To find the perfect home for you, where you can be a star”.

    She said, “There is a family, that’s waiting patiently,
    And pretty soon we’ll find them, just you wait and see”.
    “And then they’ll join our circle they’ll help to make it grow,
    So there’ll be room for more like you, who have no place to go”.

    I waited very patiently, the days they came and went.
    Today’s the day I thought, my family will be sent.
    Then just when I began to think it wasn’t meant to be,
    There were people standing there just gazing down at me.

    I knew them in a heartbeat, I could tell they felt it too.
    They said, “We have been waiting for a special dog like you”.
    Now every night I say a prayer to all the gods that be.
    “Thank you for the life I live and all you’ve given me.

    But most of all protect the dogs in the pound and on the street.
    And send a Rescue Person to lift them off their feet”.