Join the San Francisco SPCA for the third annual Whole Enchihuahua! This fun-filled afternoon in Dolores Park includes a doggie costume contest (registration is noon - 1pm, contest starts at 2pm), live music, food trucks, children's activities, an exciting dog training course, Ask-A-Vet booth, Ask-A-Trainer booth, free dental checks for dogs, pet-related vendors, and adoptable dogs and cat from the SF SPCA and our rescue partners.
This event is designed to raise awareness about Chihuahuas, which represent a disproportionately large and growing percentage of dogs in Bay Area shelters.
Details at: www.sfspca.org/twe2013
Photos from last year: www.7x7.com/thewholeenchihuahua2012_photos
Sunday June 2, 2013 Experience the 9th annual Dog Day on the Bay – the only dog friendly brunch cruise in the Bay Area! A full buffet of human foods and free-flowing champagne is included, as is a buffet of fresh doggie treats and water bars throughout the boat.
Free-flowing Champagne, Bottomless Mimosas, Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice, Coffee, Tea and Water
One 5x7 Boarding Photo
Scenic San Francisco Bay views
Doggie relief area "poop deck"
Raffle prizes and more!
One dog per person, all dogs must be on leash. Please see guidelines for more information. Proceeds are donated to the San Francisco SPCA. For more information on the SPCA, please visit www.sfspca.org.
This is how I'll always see my dog Cleo, reflecting the love she sees coming from my eyes. By now she'd been with us four years and she had fully embraced my devotion and commitement to her. This photo is from 2009 during a moment when we had just returned to pick her up from a visit with Team Cleo.
She is telling us that she had a good time but that she was ready to go home. We happily complied.
The San Francisco SPCA is hosting the second annual Be Mine Adopt-a-thon weekend, February 8th - 10th. Adoption fees will be waived all weekend for animals from the SF SPCA and select rescue partners, including SF Animal Care & Control, Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, and Family Dog Rescue.
The festivities will kick off Friday evening with a FREE Be Mine Tattoo Cocktail Party, 4:30pm - 9:00pm, at the SF SPCA's Adoption Center (250 Florida Street).
Beer, wine, cocktails, and snacks will be complimentary. Flexx Bronco's Voodoo Van and Manna Japanese Comfort Food will also be on site serving up tasty treats from their food trucks.
I'm happy to be again contributing to Pet 'Net Adoption Event 2012 sponsored by Petside.com. This is the fifth year Petside is linking bloggers together celebrating pets as part of the family, and encouraging adoption.
Last year I wrote about my new life with a senior dog. Now that Cleo is well into her golden years, she continues to change my life and I gain wisdom daily. It has been a gift to experience everyday life for the first time through the eyes of an old dog. I don't know how this adopted dog is able to give fearlessly to me an unending amount love, especially when I am giving her an insulin injection twice daily.
Editor's note: Visit the Pet 'Net Hub Page to read special adoption-related content from all the participating participating blogs.
I don't always know what she is going through, but her patience with me can be humbling. From the first obvious changes to her mobility and diet due to her advancing years, I've been learning to have more compassion for my elderly mother and father. When she bumps into chairs or gets lost in the house because her vision is too poor, my heart swells when I call out "Cleo" and her face lights up with joy and recognition. I'm like a mother with a toddler, cheering her on as she hustles directly to me.
Today with her limited eyesight, she struggles to find a toy to chew and squeak out her frustration after smelling another dog on my pant legs. But once she does, look out! Even with a few teeth, she squeaks that toy loudly, showing me how much she has missed me and loves me.
An adopted dog gives you an indescribable measure of love
"For me a house or an apartment becomes a home when you add one set of four legs, a happy tail, and that indescribable measure of love that we call a dog." ~ Roger Caras
This is one of my favorite quotes, because it reflects how it has been since we adopted Cleo. The amount of love that our dog has given us for the past seven years is indescribable, and without measure.
We're celebrating 84 months with Cleo, our adopted dog. I prefer to calculate our time together in months because in a good way it feels like forever, and eighty four is bigger than seven. The number seven seems way too short and brief.
Most shelter dogs are not broken, they are discarded. This is why many people and organizations care about making cities, states and our entire country, no-kill. Compared to when I was a kid, more people understand that dogs we find at rescues, shelters, humane societies, and animal centers are there because a family or a person didn't want them anymore. We've made progress. Today more communities have rescues and family friendly animal centers than the cold, and brutal looking pounds.
September 17-23, 2012 join in Petfinder's "Adopt a Less Adoptable Pet" Week
Some people seem to believe that there are senior dogs who are "less adoptable." I don't know anyone who has met my old dog Cleo that would say or believe that. However, to promote these senior sweethearts, and other incredibly special animals, Petfinder.com has designated September 17-23, 2012 as “Adopt a Less Adoptable Pet Week”.
In case you were wondering if I was lying about my sweet and adorable old dog, let me present her photo..
Sleepy sweet senior dog alert!
..and after the jump, a few thoughts on why a senior dog could be the perfect match for you too...
How do you make your dog's health a priority? When we first adopted our dog, I simply fed her the way my mom had fed our dogs when I was a child. Like many people, I copied what my parents did before I began to learn about my dog's individual needs and personality. As we got to know her, we figured out what she liked, but we also figured out what she needed. As she has aged, and her nutrition needs have changed, because we took an active role in what she ate, Cleo has managed to live a pretty healthy and active life.
Cleo cleans her plate
September 15 may be called Responsible Dog Ownership Day, but we see it as "being responsible people because we have a dog day." If you know Cleo, then you know we could never "own" her. We're lucky to have her.
Do you have a "teenage" dog? We want your nutrition questions! This Thursday, September 13, we’ll be with a handful of bloggers participating in The Nutro Company's NATURAL CHOICE® Young Adult Interactive Chat with celebrity veterinarian, Dr. Jeff Werber.
Dr. Werber on the Dr. Oz Show
Nutro is launching an entirely new pet food specifically for dogs between six months and one year old. As a dog grows from a young pup into an adult their developmental needs change with them. Cleo is a senior dog but some of you may be interested in information regarding this lifestage -- Email me your questions to ask Dr. Werber: email@example.com.