Thursday, June 30, 2011

Sixteen Sensational Sweethearts!

Yesterday there were no new dogs listed in the shelters...and today there are new dogs at all the shelters!  It's like everyone updated at once!  Let's jump right in & meet the latest pups who might steal your heart!

Darke County Doggies
(if you're interested in one of these dogs, please contact the Darke County Animal Shelter at 937-547-1645!)

First up is Scooter!  He's a 10-year-old Jack Russell Terrier who is a friendly little guy & loves people!  He will make a great housedog & is just looking for a nice home to retire to!

Next we have Baxter!  He's a 1-year-old Lab mix who loves to have his picture taken (just look at that statuesque pose!) and loves people.  He will make a super companion and a good friend!

Meet Rex!  He's a 2-year-old Lab mix.  He's a friendly guy, but he prefers to be a one dog family member.  He loves attention and is looking for a good home!

This smiling sweetheart is Sparky!  He's a 6-month-old Rottweiler/Lab mix.  He is a nice dog and will make a good friend!

Meet Spunky!  It seems like he might be a littermate of Sparky's, as he is also a 6-month-old Lab/Rottweiler mix.  (It looks like he got the Rottie & Sparky got the Lab!)  The shelter staff says he's a nice dog who just needs a good home!

Another possible littermate is Theador, yet another 6-month-old Lab/Rottweiler mix!  The shelter staff says he's a friendly guy who will make a nice companion!

Miami County Doggies
(if you're interested in any of the following dogs, please contact the Miami County Animal Shelter at 937-332-6919!)

Meet Patsy!  She's a 1 or 2-year-old Pug who was brought in as a stray and has not yet been reclaimed by her owners.  The shelter staff says she is a very friendly and loveable little girl!

Next up is Ernie.  He's a "very old" Terrier mix who was found as a stray.  The shelter staff keeps hoping that his owner will come to find him!  They say Ernie is a sweet & gentle old boy.

Shelby County Doggies
(if you're interested in any of these dogs, please contact the Shelby County Animal Shelter at 937-498-7201!)

First up is Noble!  He's new to the shelter - and new to life, as he's just a baby!  He's a Dachshund/Jack Russell Terrier mix.  If you call the shelter, they'd be more than happy to answer questions about him!

Meet Audrey!  She's a two-year-old Sheltie/Golden Retriever mix.  She came into someone's yard and wouldn't leave - they just had way too many dogs of their own to keep her.  They did state that she was a very well-behaved dog & that she just stayed in their yard!  They tried placing an ad in the paper but no one claimed her, so they brought her to the shelter.  She does well on a leash, loves people, and would make a nice-sized house dog!

This handsome boy is Levi!  He's a 1-year-old Border Collie/Lab mix who is very submissive and calm.  He has great leash manners and would make a wonderful family pet!

Next up is Angus!  He must also be new to the shelter, since the only thing on his profile is the fact that he's a Black Lab.  If you've fallen in love with those gorgeous hazel eyes, call the shelter to ask the staff all about Angus!

Meet Queenie!  She's an adult Boxer who appears to be potty trained - she will hold it in her kennel.  She is well-behaved on lead & has lots of good manners!

This little sweetheart is Meyer!  He's just a baby - only 3 or 4 months old.  The shelter staff is guessing he's a Beagle/Rottweiler mix and that he'll grow up to be a medium or large dog.  He's very playful and loves attention!

Meet Jonas!  He's a 1 or 1.5-year-old Border Collie mix who is "on the high side of medium size."  He is a well-behaved, lower energy dog who seems to like people and other dogs.  He's a very beautiful guy!

Last, but most certainly not least, is Cane!  He's a Great Dane/Boxer mix puppy who's new to the shelter - as I've mentioned before, the shelter staff will be glad to answer any questions about him!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Buster needs our help! **UPDATED WITH HUMANE SOCIETY INFO!**

**UPDATED 8/28/11**

Sweet Buster is still in need of a good home!  He's being cared for by the Humane Society of Greater Dayton - you can see his profile at:

The Humane Society says he's quite friendly, loves to play, gets along well with other dogs, and is good with kids.  He's also eager to learn new commands and tricks - he just desperately wants his new home soon!

If you'd like to give Buster the forever home he deserves, contact the Humane Society of Greater Dayton at (937) 268-PETS (or 937-268-7387)!

**UPDATED 7/16/11!**

Good news!  Buster has been admitted into the Humane Society Adoption Program!  Here he is in the car on the way there:

Here's what his rescuer, Hailey, had to say in her update: "I figured I would update you all and let you know that Buster has been admitted to the Humane Society Adoption Program and is now officially at their site. After a stay with the vet, he is looking MUCH better. His fur has already started to grow back in, and his fur is shiny and soft. He is getting better by the day, and now that he's at the Humane Society, he will be neutered! If you or anyone is interested in adopting him, he will probably be up for adoption in the next few weeks or so. He's gotten all his vaccines, been treated for fleas, eating much better, and he's in much better spirits. I appreciate all the love and help that has been offered to Buster, and now he's in a place that can keep him and offer a large net of exposure. Thank you SO much to you all, and keep him in your thoughts and prayers that he finds his forever home!"

 If you're interested in adopting Buster, post a comment on this blog & I'll give you all the appropriate Humane Society contact info!


Meet Buster!

Today I received an e-mail from one of the founders of Dream 4 Pets - she'd been contacted by a woman named Hailey about helping to find a home for Buster, a stray she had helped to rescue.  Hailey has gone above & beyond what most would do when they encounter a stray, and I definitely want to help get Buster's story out there to help him find a great home!

Here's what Hailey had to say about Buster:

"I've been trying so hard to find a place for a dog today who apparently everyone is intent on abandoning or trying to kill. He was wandering around my backyard a few days ago, and I called the animal resource center to come get him. After a ton of phone calls to the center, and only one in response I was told he was going to be euthanized because he has a skin condition. Regardless, I picked him up this morning and took him to the vet who told me that he didn't have a skin condition, he had just been out alone for so long and he has allergies to fleas, that he's got scarring on his back. He's since been bathed and treated with flea medication. He's also gotten a rabies shot. He's the sweetest dog you'll ever see, he kind of looks like a gargoyle as he looks like shar pei and bull dog or boxer (to be honest, I'm not sure) mix. I took him to SICSA where he passed the SAFER test, but failed their vet exam because of the skin on the base of his back near his tail. He's not a pretty dog, but I would bet good money if he were a lab he would have fit in just fine. Also, this dog does not seem to be aggressive. He's been great with all animals he's been in contact with over the last few days and all of the people he's met. I currently have two female dogs in my house and I rent, so taking on a new male dog isn't a possibility for me. I am in desperate need of a place for this guy to stay! I can provide support for neutering and any supplies this little guy needs (I'll give you a cage and blanket he has come to love plus leash, a new collar, and funding for neutering and food) but I cannot house him for more than a couple days. Right now he has a temporary shelter outside, but he needs somewhere that provides better shelter, where he can recover from neutering without having to battle the elements and a place he can stay that can help him find a forever home.  If you think you can help me, please contact me at or by phone at (937) 776-8897. He's got a cage in my back yard up from the ground, and covered in case it rains, but he's in desperate need of help, and it seems like I am running out of options. Thank you so much for reading, and any help you can give me would be much appreciated. Also, wherever you are I can bring him to you."

In case you're wondering what a SAFER test is, it's a 7-step behavioral test designed by the ASPCA to test dog temperments.  You can learn more about it here:

Buster certainly sounds like a great dog!  If you'd like to give him a foster home or a forever home, please contact Hailey at or by phone at (937) 776-8897!


I got another message from Hailey today - Buster is getting SO close to having a place to below & see if you can help!

"First and foremost, thank you to everyone who has responded and to the Members of Dream 4 Pets as well as numerous others who have done so much to help Buster.  He's already starting to come out of his shell and I've learned that he knows how to FETCH!

BUT we still have just a little bit further to go. He has been accepted into the humane society adoption program as of 6/30! However, they have absolutely no open kennels which means that even though they want him, they can't take him until one dog is adopted. Just one! So, we're VERY close to finding a place for him to go! What I am asking is that if you or someone you know can temporarily foster him (and by temporarily, I mean until that ONE kennel opens at the Humane Society), while he waits. I would keep him here, but if it rains in the next few days, he needs somewhere to go inside.

He remains unneutered, but the Humane Society has offered to take care of that once they take him into their care. Also, I have absolutely every intention of making sure that while in the care of the Humane Society he receives as much exposure if not more than he's been getting in the past few days. If you think you can keep him while he waits, and might be able to offer temporary sanctuary until he finds a place more equipped to address all that he needs, I would be extremely grateful. He's an amazing dog who everyone's just fallen in love with, and I would be happy to provide anything he needs while he's temporarily in your care.

Again, Thank you SO much for all the kind words and help already given! Just a little bit further to go! PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU CAN HELP! My e-mail is, and my phone number is 937-776-8897.

ALSO: To anyone willing to take him in, I will be creating a line of CHARITY EARRINGS on my shop on Etsy, ( and all proceeds earned will be donated to any groups that have helped in finding Buster a home or have provided a place for him. I have a feeling this will be ongoing because I have discovered a side of the state treatment of animals that has given me a new feeling of urgency to do whatever I can for the animals that can't speak for themselves. NOTE: These are not available yet, but once they are, I will be making them on a pretty regular basis, with all proceeds going towards your organization."

So if there's anyone out there who can take Buster in until just ONE kennel opens up at the Humane Society...please, please, PLEASE contact Hailey!  If you can't take Buster in, but know someone who might be able to, please share this link!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A Four-Legged Friend in Need

Meet Alex!

Alex is a little different from the dogs I usually feature on my site - he's already got a wonderful home where he's showered with love & affection!  Alex belongs to a friend I've known for years, who is also involved in dog rescue - he takes in the senior dogs that no one wants, tries to find them homes, and if they haven't been adopted, his home becomes their forever home and he gives them all the love & care they could need until they pass over the Rainbow Bridge. 

Sweet little Alex is an Italian Greyhound who is one of my friend's beloved pups.  Almost two weeks ago, Alex was playing in the backyard with some of his doggy friends when... YELP!

Poor little Alex broke his leg!  Like any good dog owner, my friend rushed Alex to the vet.  As it turns out, Alex needed surgery - at a cost of more than $2700.00!  Like most people in this economy, my friend didn't just have that much money laying around.  He tried applying for Care Credit and personal loans, to no avail.  So he started selling his electronics to help pay for the OSU Vet Hospital bill.  In the meantime, an acquaintance of his who already had a Care Credit account came forward and said he could use the account - so Alex's surgery was on!

Since the surgery, Alex has been recovering nicely and being a very good boy!  My friend is now trying to figure out how to raise funds to pay back the Care Credit he used.  He's planning a big garage sale/bake sale for mid-July, with all the proceeds going to the vet bills!  I advised him to start a ChipIn account, to make it easier for friends & family to donate online.

If you've read this and want to send a few dollars Alex's way, great!  If not, that's fine, too - prayers & healing thoughts are appreciated as well!  I just wanted to share the link because I know if it were my dog, I'd want to find every possible way to get her story out & get her the help she needed! 

If you'd like to follow Alex's recovery, he has his own blog at:

Monday, June 27, 2011

Dora needs a forever home!

Meet Dora!  She's a 1-year-old Basset Hound/Beagle mix who's currently being fostered in Huber Heights, OH.  Her rescuer got in touch with Dream 4 Pets, who asked me to feature this gorgeous gal on my blog.  I'll let Dora's rescuer tell you all about her!

"Dora spent 3 months in a kill shelter sleeping on a hard, cold, concrete floor. She and her brother were released because their owners could no longer care for them. I spent a lot of time with Dora at the shelter and knew she was a great dog. I just couldn't understand why no one adopted her. But adoptions have been very slow these past few months. The folks at the shelter knew how much I liked Dora and I was told that if I didn't get her out of there that her time was nearing. She is now in a wonderful foster home and doing well.

She is a very sweet, calm, and gentle dog but has a very playful side too. She loves nothing better than climbing up by your side on the couch, getting petted, and taking a nap, but also likes her squeaky toys and a run around the back yard.

She loves to follow her foster mommy around and will bond easily to her new family. She gets along just fine with other dogs. She is good with kids too.

Dora is crate trained and sleeps all night without a peep. She enjoys taking walks and loves rides in the car, enjoying the smells along the way with the back window cracked open.

Dora is a very quiet dog and her foster mom says she only barks when someone is at the door.

Dora would be great as a second dog or as a dog for someone that wants some companionship thru out the day and night.

She's a gentle soul that has so much love to offer, will you help to give her a bright future?"

Dora weighs 33 lbs., is spayed, and is up-to-date on all her shots, including Rabies.  She is heartworm negative and is on preventative.  She is housetrained! 

Her adoption fee is $100, which covers her spaying, shots, heartworm test, and worm preventative meds.  A home visit is required before adoption!

Please e-mail Marcy at for an adoption application, or call her at (937) 308-0705 for more information about sweet Dora!

URGENT!! Sweet Kenya is at the top of the euthanization list!

Meet Kenya!  Poor Kenya has been waiting a loooooooong time at the Shelby County Animal Shelter for someone to take her home.  She came into the shelter with that blue bandana tied around her neck, but no one came to reclaim her - poor girl!

Kenya is a Boxer/Black Mouth Cur mix who is approximately a year & a half old, and hasn't been spayed yet.  She's young at heart & still very trainable.  She's full of energy & is always ready to play, go on a walk, or get lots of attention!  She seems to do well with other dogs & walks well on a leash - she is a super sweet & beautiful dog!

The Shelby County Animal Shelter staff & Dream 4 Pets volunteers have contacted many rescue organizations for Kenya, but haven't been able to find a safe haven to take her in.  If you know of a legitimate rescue organization who'd be willing to take her in, please share this link with them!

Or if you've fallen in love with Kenya's gorgeous smile & adorable face and want to give her a second chance at life, please contact the Shelby County Animal Shelter at (937) 498-7201!

More Marvelous Miami Co. Dogs!

Hi all! 

Miami County Animal Shelter has added some more dogs to their Petfinder site - let's hop right in & meet the newcomers!  Remember, if any of these pups steals your heart, call the shelter at (937) 332-6919!

First up is Scooter!  He was found running as a stray with Sam, another pup you'll meet shortly.  Scooter is a 6 or 8-month-old terrier mix who will be available for adoption on 6/30/11.  He's a little bit shy, but very sweet!

Here's Sam!  He's a 2-year-old terrier mix who will also be available for adoption on 6/30/11.  He is a sweet and loveable little guy!  (Just look at that face!)

Next up is Mason - this big boy is a 2-year-old Alaskan Malamute.  He was found running as a stray & will be available for adoption on 6/29/11.  The shelter staff says he's a very outgoing & energetic big boy!

Last but not least, meet Kirby!  The shelter says he's a Leonberger mix - I had never heard of that breed, so I Googled it - apparently they are a German breed known as "gentle lions."  This particular sweetheart was found running loose & will be available for adoption on 6/29/11.  He is already neutered, is mild mannered, and is very eager to please.  The shelter staff says he's a very nice big boy!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Elwood needs a home by 6/29/11! **UPDATED!!**

**UPDATED 7/9/11 - Elwood is safe!  He is still with his owner, but will soon be moving to a farm to live with a widow!  It sounds like Elwood will have a great new life!!**
Meet Elwood!

Elwood is in desperate need of a home by Wednesday, June 29th, 2011!  You see, Elwood has an owner, but his owner "feels no special attachment" to him so he's just going to take him to the pound when he moves on the 29th.  I was contacted by someone who knows Elwood & doesn't want to see him go to a kill shelter!  She's afraid for his life & has been passing on his info to everyone she can, and learned of my blog through Dream 4 Pets. 

Elwood is a 3-year-old hound mix who weights 60 lbs., is neutered and is up-to-date on his veterinary care.  He is used to apartment living, knows some commands, and is sweet, quiet, and happy.  (Just look at that wagging tail!) 

If you're interested in giving Elwood the home he deserves, contact Becky at and she will put you in touch with Elwood's owner.  If you can't adopt Elwood but know someone who might be interested, please pass on this link - the more people who see his sweet face, the better chance he has to avoid being unfairly sent to a kill shelter!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Miami County Spotlight!

All of today's new dogs come from the Miami County Animal Shelter - so if you're interested in any of the pups you see, don't hesitate to call 937-332-6919! 

Meet Gretel!  She's a senior Collie who was found in Tipp City.  The shelter staff hopes that an owner will show up for this sweet old girl, but if not she will be available for adoption on 6/28/11.  She is a mild-mannered girl who loves to lay around all day!

This little sweetheart is Joey, a 10-month-old Poodle who was found as a stray in Troy.  If not reclaimed, he will be available for adoption on 6/27/11.  The shelter staff says he's a friendly & loveable guy who is very sweet and loves nothing more than curling up in your lap!

Next up is Boo, a 2-year-old Sheltie found as a stray in Piqua.  He will be available for adoption on 6/27/11 and is described as friendly and outgoing!

Meet Beanie!  He's a 1-year-old Beagle found as a stray in Troy.  He will be available for adoption on 6/28/11 and is sweet, friendly, and outgoing.  He is a typical, energetic little Beagle!

Last but not least is Inky!  He's a Chihuahua/Terrier mix who was found in Troy and will be available for adoption on 6/25/11.  He's a nice & friendly little guy!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Eighteen Extraordinary Pooches!

The puppy population explosion continues - I can't believe how many amazing adoptable dogs have shown up in area shelters!

Darke County Doggies
(if you're interested in adopting any of the following dogs, contact the Darke County Animal Shelter at 937-547-1645!)

Meet Bo!  He's a 2-year-old Lab/Coonhound mix who is neutered & is current on his shot.  The shelter staff says he's a friendly guy who would make a great companion!

This big boy is Rambo, a 3-year-old Newfoundland.  He's a gentle giant, has been neutered, and is good with kids.  He needs a good bath & a haircut, and he'll be ready for a great new home!  The shelter staff did mention that he is a little food aggressive around other dogs, but that he's still a sweetheart!

Miami County Doggies
(if you're interested in adopting any of the following dogs, contact the Miami County Animal Shelter at 937-332-6919!)

Meet Daisy May!  She's a 3-year-old Lab mix who was picked up as a stray.  She is spayed and the shelter staff says she's a very sweet, mellow big girl!

This sweet little guy is Odie!  He's a 1-year-old Jack Russell/Dachshund mix who was turned in by his owners because he was "too much to handle."  He's already neutered and is a little shy, but he comes around!

This little sweetie is Kenai!  She's a 7-month-old Fox Terrier mix who was brought in as a stray & will be available for adoption on 6/24/11.  She's very sweet and loveable!

Next up is Henny Penny, a 1-year-old Boxer mix.  She was brought in as a stray & will be available for adoption on 6/25/11.  She is very sweet, friendly, and loveable!

Meet Dina!  She's a 3-year-old Rottweiler.  She, too, was brought in as a stray and will be available for adoption on 6/25/11.  The shelter staff says she's a sweet & mild-mannered girl!

This gorgeous gal is Powder!  She's an American Eskimo Dog who was brought in as a stray & will be available for adoption on 6/24/11.  The shelter staff says she's a very friendly & energetic girl!

Meet Sarge!  He's a 2-1/2 year old Golden Retriever who was released to MCAS because of a move.  The owner stated that he's good with kids & is housebroken, though he had to be an outside dog for the past few months.  He is very friendly and affectionate!

Next up we have Gus!  He's a 1-year-old Lhasa Apso who was picked up as a stray & will be available for adoption on 6/25/11.  The shelter staff says he's a very friendly & outgoing little guy!

Shelby County Doggies
(if you're interested in adopting any of the following dogs, call the Shelby County Animal Shelter at 937-498-7201!)

This blue-eyed beauty is Daliah, a Chow Chow/Husky mix that the shelter staff describes as very intelligent & alert!

Meet Maverick!  This handsome fellow is a Great Dane Mix who still needs to be neutered, but who has a very sweet & quiet nature.  The shelter staff says he's well-behaved and beautiful!

Next up is Delilah!  She came into the shelter as a stray and seems to get along with other dogs - the shelter staff put her in with Abriel, the Chocolate Lab & they got along fine.  The staff also said she's very well-mannered!

Meet Zyler!  He's a 3-year-old Flat Coat Retriever who just loves to be near you!  He's a little scared in the shelter because of all the noise, but he adjusts once he's out on a leash & has super leash manners.  Zyler is considered URGENT because he has a large lump on his side - he was probably dumped at the shelter because of this.  :(  (I can speak from experience when I say lumps on dogs aren't always "the big C" - they're often just fatty benign tumors that can be removed with a simple surgery!  So don't count Zyler out just because he's got a lump!)

Next up is Tommy!  He must be new to the shelter because there's no info in his profile other than his name & the fact that he's a Black Lab - if you call the shelter I know they'll be glad to answer any questions you might have about him!

Meet Siler!  He's a 1-year-old neutered male Schnauzer who just came in to the shelter.  The shelter staff says he has great manners!

Meet Larkin!  He must be one of the smartest pups in this area, because he wrote his own profile!  "Hi, my name is Larkin.  I have passed from one home to another.  None of my owners were very loyal or committed to me like I was to them.  I just want an owner that I can trust and love...would you be willing to give me that chance?"

Last, but most certainly not least, is Boss!  This smiling guy is a 4-year-old Bloodhound mix, who's already neutered.  He was dumped at the shelter.  :(  The shelter staff says he's super well-mannered & seems to be potty trained - they believe he was a house dog, based on how he acts.  He is super sweet and LOVES people - his eyes just light up when he's shown any attention!  He's also considered URGENT because of how full the shelter is - call them up to give him a forever home!