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Adopt a Virtual Pet!

Check these out!  These are the cutest things I’ve seen in a long time!  You can adopt a puppy or a kitten!  They play, you can pet them, you can even breed them (without adding to the overpopulation problem)!  They are really adorable!  Check them out at:


National Dog Day–August 26

National Dog Day is celebrated every August 26th and is an opportunity for us to recognize and appreciate the value and importance of dogs in our lives.

  • The first goal is to honor dogs for all that they do for us.
  • The second goal of National Dog Day is to rescue dogs in need.

National Dog Day offers us an opportunity to recognize all the dogs that perform tasks everyday in the service of mankind.  Whether it is to assist law enforcement, serve as a guide for a blind companion, or searching for someone lost in the woods, dogs perform tasks that keep us safe and bring comfort every day.  This is an opportunity to recognize those dogs for their work, their capacity for love and their unquestioning patience and loyalty.

Additionally, National Dog Day strives to bring to the attention of all Americans, the millions of dogs that are destroyed each year because they are unwanted.  It encourages Americans who are considering purchasing a companion to only deal with reputable breeders or to get their pet from local shelters and rescue groups.

National Dog Day is intended to serve as a “K9-4th of July” of sorts, and it hopes to draw attention to these wonderful animals!

For further information, visit:

Some suggested activities:

  • Throw a doggie costume contest
  • Get married and include your dog
  • Schedule a professional photo shoot for your dog
  • Get your dog some yummy treats
  • Make something special treat for your dog
  • Let your dog be lazy and sleep all day
  • Get your dog a new toy
  • Buy your dog a new bed
  • Dress your dog in red, white and blue and let everyone know it’s national dog day!
  • Donate $5 to your local shelter or dog rescue organization


For some fun activities for kids, visit: Calendar National Dog Day

A Couple of Fun Recipes for Your Dog!

Try this easy recipe for a cool treat for your dog on these hot summer days:

Yogurt Pups

16 ounces plain nonfat yogurt
3/4 cup water
1 tablespoon chicken bouillon granules
Dissolve bouillon in water, Combine water and yogurt in blender and
blend thoroughly, Pour into small containers for freezing, cover and

An Apple a Day Dog Treat

2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup unbleached flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1 apple — chopped or grated
1 egg — beaten
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon brown sugar, packed
3/8 cup water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray cookie sheet with vegetable oil
spray. Lightly dust work surface with flour. Blend flours and cornmeal
in large mixing bowl. Add apple, egg, oil, brown sugar and water; mix
until well blended.
On floured surface, roll dough out to 7/8-inch thickness. Cut with
cookie cutters of desired shape and size. Place treats on prepared
Bake in preheated oven 35 to 40 minutes. Turn off oven. Leave door
closed 1 hour to crisp treats. Remove treats from oven.
Store baked treats in airtight container or plastic bag and place in
refrigerator or freezer.
MAKES 2 to 2 1/2 dozen


Breed Specific T-shirts!


Our hearts belong to our favorite dogs. There’s no doubt about it. Michelle Crowley knows that and has created art that allows you express this about your favorite breeds. We’ve put her images on 100% cotton pre-shrunk high quality tees, fashion tees, tank tops, and 50/50 cotton and polyester sweatshirts. Choose from S, M, L, XL, and XXL sizes. Michelle’s designs are also available on totes, aprons, and one-size-fits all sleep shirts (white only).


Over 180 Breeds available at

The Pet Postcard Project

What a great idea!


Rachael Ray’s Nutrish has pledged 1 pound of dog food for each homemade postcard received in the mail by the Pet Postcard Project! The goal is to give 3 TONS of food to both Best Friends Animal Sanctuary and Sabbath Memorial Dog Rescue

The Pet Postcard Project. Each card earns 1 pound of food for shelter dogs. So, if you send 10 cards for the cost of a stamp, you have given 10 lbs of food for shelter pets!

Go here for rules and regulations!

My Sweet Ebbie Girl

I give piano lessons.  One summer morning during the course of giving a lesson, I looked out the screen door and there stood a beautiful black dog.  I completed the lesson and after my student left, I went out to check on it.  She was completely black…not one white hair on her!  I checked!  She even had a black tongue!  When I spoke to her, she rolled over and let me scratch her belly.  I needed to go somewhere, so I hopped in the car and started down the hill.  At the bottom of a hill was a rather busy street.  I looked in the rear view mirror and I realized the black dog was chasing my car down the hill!  I couldn’t (wouldn’t) let her follow me out on that street, so I stopped and she jumped right into the car with me!  She accompanied me on my errands and couldn’t have been more well behaved.

When I returned home, I took her into the house and held my breath to see how she would interact with Oreo and Chips.  All went well.  She had a collar, but no tags.  She was healthy and appeared to be slightly younger than Chips.  I checked with Animal Control, vets, radio station,etc.–no one had reported her missing.  After a few days, I decided that if she were going to stay with us, I’d have to take her to the vet to get shots and get her checked out.  It turned out she had been spayed.  Someone had obviously cared about her at some point.  But, they weren’t looking for her now.  Thus, Ebbie (short for Ebony) joined our little family. Continue reading

What Kind of World Do You Want?

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