Chihuahua Tug of War

UPDATE June 4, 2014: #FelipeForAdoption is now “FelipeTheFosterFail. How could we separate these two BFFs?!

Original article from April 26, 2014:

My puppy, #GiorgioTheRescue and his foster brother #FelipeForAdoption love to play. Last night, they started a pretty epic tug of war in my kitchen.

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Felipe is available for adoption with Anarchy Animal Rescue. You can watch him twerk here.

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Pawlicious!

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Introducing a new addition to the “Animal Rescue” section of my Etsy store: Pawlicious Poochie Pet Rescue necklaces! When Jaime, the founder of PPPR, ordered one of my “Furever” necklaces, I started following her Florida-based rescue on Facebook. It wasn’t too long before her positive attitude and adorable use of the word “Pawsome” inspired me to create a fundraiser for her rescue. Make sure to check out the Pawlicious necklaces and consider purchasing one (or more!) as a donation to PPPR.

 

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Just a Thought: Shelter Pets

A week or so after my 16th birthday, I woke up with a video camera in my face and my siblings telling me to come outside. On the porch, there was a tiny crate and a note that read “Thank you for 16 years of love. May the next 16 years of your life be filled with puppy love”. Inside, there was a teeny little shih tzu who my parents had named “Ping” after my favorite Disney movie, Mulan.

Last year, at eight years old, Ping really began to slow down. He had always been a sleepy pup, but he seemed to be sleeping more and eating less. My mom was worried and began researching here and there to see what could be done to get him moving again. Eventually, she came to the conclusion that a companion dog would be our best bet. She searched PetFinder and inquired about various dogs, but nothing really panned out.

This was right before Hurricane Sandy ripped through New Jersey, destroying thousands of homes. In the weeks after Sandy (when our power returned), I began to see news stories about abandoned, missing, and displaced pets. You see, people were welcomed into shelters but often their pets were not. I remember Rachael Ray donating $500,000 to open a temporary shelter for the Sandy animals, but it was clear that many of them would never get to go home again.

As I searched PetFinder, I saw some things that confused me, like talk of “death row” pets and “to be destroyed” animals. When I was in college I volunteered briefly at The Animal Haven, where a nice woman named Christie (I think) told me that Connecticut was a “no kill” state. When I didn’t understand this, she explained to me that other states euthanized cats and dogs. Honestly, I don’t think I really understood what she was telling me. In fact, I am sure that I did not. Researching adoptable dogs led me to a dark place. I learned about the euth lists, the death row dogs, the animals who were “to be destroyed”. I saw that most pets who are lost never make it home. Overall, I was horrified. At this point, I hadn’t brushed the surface – I still had no idea about puppy mills, dog fighting rings, bait dogs, etc. But I knew I wanted to do something. I started volunteering a shelter in Jersey City. I collected food and toys from friends and family. I also decided that my family would absolutely adopt a dog.

I found Giorgio on PetFinder about two weeks after the hurricane. I sent my parents an e-mail with the subject “the one” and told them that this was my dog. My mom declared him a mouse and said that he didn’t look like a good fit for our family (he wasn’t house-trained which was something she insisted on because we all worked long days and had little time to train him). I begged for a while before my parents gave in. The funny thing was that I was convinced someone else would adopt him before I could – there were even comments on his Facebook picture from people who wanted him. Somehow, he waited for me. When my family finally caved, I submitted the application, received a phone call the next day, and the rest is history.

Ping & GiorgioAlthough Giorgio loves Ping, Ping never really warmed up to playing. He is back to being a lazy dog, and Giorgio and I now live with my boyfriend, Will, in an apartment. My hope is that my parents will adopt another dog, one who is more Ping’s speed, but we will see. The point of this whole ramble is this: Giorgio is perfect for me. He was two years old when I adopted him. He had his own personality, a past, and quite the little attitude. It took time for us to understand each other. But he is truly my best friend and I am so thankful for him. He is so protective over me and I know that we both feel lucky to have each other. I cannot understand why people choose to buy from pet stores or breeders when thousands of adoptable pets are euthanized every day because the shelters are full. It is sickening. Giorgio is, hands down, the best dog I could have found (aside from my Pingster), partially BECAUSE he was a shelter dog.

If everyone understood this and chose shelter pets instead of supporting pet stores and breeders, we could put an end to animals being euthanized in this country. Just for the record: All shelter pets are not adults – there are puppies and kittens euthanized every day. So if that’s your excuse, it’s not an excuse.

I’m sure I’ve rambled – there is so much I want to say and so much I don’t know how to say. If you’ve ever adopted a shelter or rescue pet, I’d love to hear about it in the comments. Let’s raise awareness and help more people to understand why shelter pets are the best pets.

PS: I make and sell a line of jewelry with all sales donated to the rescue that gave me Giorgio. Check it out.

How To Turn a Dog Bed Into an End Table

Months ago, I saw dog bed end tables floating around on the internet and immediately sent links to Will. We both love DIY projects and this seemed like a great opportunity to work on something fun together. I knew I had seen those old octagon end tables everywhere and I was sure we’d find one on the side of the road within a week…. we didn’t.

Luckily, in Westchester, NY, there’s a store called The Benefit Shop. Not only do they have some great stuff, but it’s consignment for a good cause. We ventured in with high hopes and were thrilled when we found exactly what we were looking for! It was an octagon end table the perfect size for our pup.

I hope you enjoy seeing the transformation!! We still have to seal the top and dust out the inside. Afterwards, I’m sure I’ll post a picture of Giorgio asleep in his new house.

Update:

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Dog Bandanas!

My pups, Ping and Giorgio, don’t really like to be dressed up and, even though they look adorable in the argyle sweaters they were gifted last year, I try not to make them miserable. In searching for a way to dress them up without actually dressing them up, bandanas became my go-to accessory. They don’t bother the dogs much and they still add that cute festive look! Last spring, I ordered a Bills bandana for Giorgio and a Cowboys one for Ping (my boyfriend roots for Buffalo and my family roots for Dallas). They were so adorable that I filled up my Etsy cart with Halloween and Thanksgiving themed bandanas this week. As I was about to make my purchase, I realized I should probably save my bank account and look into making them myself. I stopped at Joann’s Crafts before heading my Grandma’s house where I announced, “We have a project to do!”.

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Play date?

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My mom brought home this little set over the weekend and tried to hide it from my dad (we REALLY don’t need anymore furniture). She said it was for her future grandchildren … so I put her canine grandchild in the chair and sent her this picture.

He had been misbehaving so I received the following response:

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