But I'll never tire of stinky dog treats

Hold the dog toys please! As an old dog with little interest in toys now, I just got a jump on spring cleaning!

It feels good to share.

Yep, we washed over a dozen dog toys and gave them to our local San Francisco rescue Grateful Dogs Rescue. They don't have a shelter but a nice network of foster homes. Sometimes a foster family hasn't cared for a dog in a long time. Now there is a big bag of toys waiting, with one I'm sure they will like to have.

image from http://www.grouchypuppy.com

It's nice to know my old toys bring squeaky joy to other dogs. I kept a few but this is better than having so many just getting dusty in my toy basket. It's Christmas in February!

If you want to contribute too, or be a foster parent visit --

Grateful Dogs Rescue


Give Fearlessly. Influence Positively.

Life is good with a buddy

My adopted life has been better than even this smart dog could have predicted. Trust me, as a Shepherd-Husky blend, I know I'm smart. BOL Well, now I'm a lucky old dog, whose life has made a real impact on others.

My life in San Francisco has motivated my female to make changes in hers. Together we saw the lack of stories about how dogs influence positively or give fearlessly on the interweb. My female started taking photos of me doing what I do best around the city of St. Francis. She shared them across social media and in emails to friends. 

On patrol in Golden Gate National Recreation Area

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Sept 14-16 PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend

This weekend September 14-16, 2012 is the PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend, being held at your local PetSmart store. More than 2,000 animal welfare organizations in all 1,250 PetSmart stores will provide opportunities for pet adoptions to find lifelong, loving homes for thousands of pets.

Every adoption benefits participating local shelters and rescue agencies which receive $35 in adoption-reward grants from PetSmart Charities for every pet they adopt during the event.

PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend 2012
Photo credit is Art Foxall/Associated Press.

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Pet 'Net 2011: Consider Adopting Senior Dog

This week on the Grouchy Puppy Blog, next door, my female is going to talk about adopting a senior dog. Not like she doesn't already, but this time, she will be writing as a Pet 'Net Contributor. I'm so proud of her. BOL

2011 Pet 'Net Event, November 16. It has been four years since Petside started this great event, and we're happy to join in again. Everyone involved cares about positively influencing the public about animal welfare and pet adoption.

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Influence Positively Interview - Kellie Heckman

Dr. Heckman brings her background in research science to FiXiT Foundation. Her experience in science includes the use of genetic tools to examine the evolutionary relationships and the examination of natural populations in a variety of animal groups. During her PhD research at Northwestern University, she examined the evolutionary history of mouse lemur species, the world's smallest primates. At Yale University, her postdoctoral research focused on the population biology of North American freshwater and Mediterranean fish species.

Dr. Heckman also provides nearly a decade of animal welfare experience. She was a member of the executive committee of the Friends of the New Haven Animal Shelter and performed additional duties for the organization during her 7 year tenure, including volunteer orientation, fundraising, and feline socialization. In addition, Heckman was also involved with trap-neuter-release efforts in New Haven, CT. Dr. Heckman would then use her research background in PETA's Corporate Affairs Department, supporting the animal welfare movement with hard science.

Dr. Heckman was born in Indiana and received her Bachelor of Science in population biology from Purdue University and doctorate in evolutionary biology from Northwestern University.

What is your idea of perfect happiness? Perfect happiness is when all animals are treated humanely -- of course, starting with the end of needless euthanasia as a product of companion animal overpopulation.

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