(Not So) Wordless Wednesday: Supermodels

 Tallulah and I want to be supermodels . . . and we want to help displaced animals from Hurricane Harvey. The Impact Advisors 2017 Pet Supermodel Contest is underway and we need your votes to be top dogs in our human daddy’s company competition. If we place in the top three, we’re donating our prize to Zeus’ Rescues, a New Orleans shelter that has taken in animals from the path of Hurricane Harvey . . . so your vote really makes a difference.

It’s pretty simple. Click here. Scroll through the pages until you find our picture. Click the VOTE box. You can vote once every 24 hours from multiple devices (once from your computer, once from your phone, once from your tablet, etc.). Feel free to share . . . and thank you, thank you, thank you!

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Sunday Sisters: August 20, 2017

You’ll have to forgive us today. Tallulah and I are slightly exhausted from preparing for the Pet Supermodel Contest that our human daddy’s company holds every year. Each Winner (that’s what they call the employees at Impact Advisors) is invited to submit a photo or photos of their pets. The voting is open for two weeks and anyone can vote once every 24 hours. The top three vote getters win $150 to $50 in pet supplies or services.

Last year, we submitted separate photos. We did well–finishing in fourth and sixth place, thanks to all of our wonderful friends who voted for us–but we suspect that the separate entries might have split our votes. So this year, the humans got wise and decided to enter one photo featuring both of us. (I mean, who can resist two Golden girls in one picture?) From literally thousands of photos, the humans narrowed it down to four and then picked the one that we will enter in the contest.

These three contenders were the runners-up to the photo that we’ll be entering. Voting begins this coming Saturday (August 26), so expect to see our Impact Advisors 2017 Pet Supermodel Contest photo in a special Saturday edition of Sunday Sisters. And then expect daily begging for votes. (Hey, we’re dogs, so we’re really good at begging.) You might get a little tired of the begging, but we want you to know that it’s for a good cause. If Tallulah and I finish in the top three, we’ll be donating our prize to Zeus’ Rescues at Zeus’ Place.

So Happy Sunday, and get ready to vote vote vote!

 


Pawing It Forward

Remember when I told you about all the stuff that filled our chariot on the road to BlogPaws 2017? Well, on the way home, we had to find a little additional room for these huge duffle bags overflowing with all kinds of fabulous swag. Everyone attending the BlogPaws conference received a swag bag of goodies specifically selected for dogs, cats, or both. Because both of my humans were officially registered, Tallulah and I came home with two bags . . . filled with dog items, of course.

Those two bags sat on top of the dryer in our laundry room for way too long several weeks, until Mommy finally let us dig in.

Wow, the haul was somewhat overwhelming. We’ve set aside a few things that we think you might like to know about. Look for more on that in the next couple of months . . .

. . . but Mommy and I delivered most of the items to our friends at Animal Rescue New Orleans (ARNO). ARNO is a nonprofit, grassroots, volunteer organization founded after Hurricane Katrina. ARNO operates a no-kill triage shelter and has found homes for more than 8,300 companion animals. We can’t think of a better place to paw the BlogPaws love forward.

We also delivered a bag of super yummy and healthy food from The Naked Dog. Here’s a little background info from The Naked Dog website:

In 2014, Marco and Bere Giannini started The Naked Dog with the mission of helping pet parents access only the healthiest products for their pets. Within the next three years, The Naked Dog family grew to 11 retail locations in Southern California and built a group of pet parents dedicated to their grain-free, gluten-free in-house pet food and treat brand, Naked. In 2017, The Naked Dog Box was founded to help broaden the reach of this healthy mission, allowing pet parents across the nation to get Naked with its bi-monthly pet food subscription service. Marco, Bere, and the whole Naked Dog family are proud to have kept their Naked Promise: higher quality pet food and fair prices, available to all.

My friend Emma from My GBGV Life wrote an excellent review of The Naked Dog food and subscription service. I hope you’ll click here to read more. As you can see from the picture above, Tallulah was a little unsure about parting with The Naked Dog food, but I explained to her that the dogs at ARNO would really, really appreciate the donation. I think she understood.

BlogPaws is all about sharing the love and improving the lives of animals. I’m so happy that I could paw it forward by delivering treats, toys, and food to the dogs at Animal Rescue New Orleans. Even with my new shades, I see a bright and shiny future for my shelter friends.


Shiny Things

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What girl doesn’t like shiny things: diamonds, pretty shoes, new cars, a bright smile? Well, this Golden girl is no different, and I recently received the best shiny thing ever from not one but two very bright and shiny blogs.

It’s the Shine On award, and it’s a gift from Monty and Harlow at How Sam Sees It and Bernie at Bernie the Frenchie.  As with most things in life, this award comes with a few rules:
  1. Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you.
  2.  Acknowledge that blogger on your blog, and link back.
  3. Share seven random things about yourself. 
  4. Nominate up to 15 bloggers for the Shine On award, provide a link to their blog in your post, and notify them on their blog.

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 To Monty and Harlow: thank you, thank you, thank you! Handsome Monty and beautiful Harlow are two Golden Retriever rescues living the good life in Arizona with their loving human mom and dad. You can click here to meet them and read more about their adventures and all they do to support Arizona Golden Retriever Connection (AZGRC). And to Bernie: thank you, thank you, thank you! Bernie is a cute French Bulldog who celebrated his first birthday this past December. He lives in North Devon, England, with his human mom and dad and a new little human brother. Click here to read more about Bernie and join him on one of his beautiful beach visits.

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 So, I’ve completed #1 and #2 under the rules. That must mean that it’s time to move on to #3–seven random things about me.

  1. I start every day with a perimeter search of my yard.
  2. I’m afraid of bugs that buzz.
  3. I won’t walk over manhole covers.
  4. I have to be kissed before I’ll eat.
  5. I deliver a big burp to my human daddy every morning after breakfast.
  6. I’m very vocal.
  7. Black and White Sunday is my favorite blogging day.

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And finally #4–nominating my blogging friends for their very own Shine On award.

  • Adventures of a Dog Mom–fun times with Labs Boomer and Dottie and their fun humans . . . plus a whole lot of delicious edibles for dogs and their people
  • FOZZIE.M–if you haven’t met fozziemum, you’ve missed a real treat and a yummy taste of life in rural Australia
  • MusingsbyMartyManx–Marty is a kitty cat friend (cats and dogs can be friends, at least through a blog) who lives with one kitty cat brother and three puppy dog sisters
  • MyDogLikes–product reviews and fun adventures with Golden Retrievers Harley and Charlie
  • paws2smile–the adventures of an American Bulldog named Storm, who recently celebrated her fifth birthday

If you haven’t met these wonderful bloggers, I hope you’ll stop by for a visit. And to my nominees, if you’ve received the Shine On award before, you can now consider yourself to be super shiny!


Creating the Perfect Canine Carnival Collar

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While most of the world is deep into Valentine’s Day festivities, my thoughts have turned to carnival season. About this time last year, I wrote about South Louisiana’s obsession with Mardi Gras. (You can click here to refresh your memory.) The season begins on the evening of Epiphany (January 6) and runs right up until midnight on Mardi Gras, which isn’t until March 4 this year. For almost two solid months, humans will enjoy king cakes, balls (not the kind you chase and catch, but the kind where you dance), and parades. Fortunately, dogs get to have a little carnival fun, too. In Baton Rouge, we have our very own parade just for us this weekend. It’s called the Capital Area Animal Welfare Society (CAAWS) Mystic Krewe of Mutts Parade, and attending this one has been on my bucket list for quite some time. But oh, the horror, I didn’t have anything to wear.

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Never fear. My human mommy had an idea. Several years ago, she saw a little tutu for sale and thought, “That sure would make a cute dog collar.” And then she thought, “I can make that.” Uh oh. That usually means that Mommy is going to spend way too much money and way too much time making something that she just should have bought in the first place. But in this case, the fancy children’s-tutu-turned-canine-collar project has worked out well. She made my pretty Christmas collar and a jeweled collar for me to wear to the occasional black-tie event. (True, I’ve only worn that one once, but I’m sure another special event will come along at some point.) So Mommy and I decided to make a fancy tulle collar for me to wear to the Mardi Gras parade. I sent Mommy to the store to buy fabric in the Mardi Gras colors–a half yard each in purple, gold, and green. Then I watched (well, I might have napped just a bit) while she cut the fabric into strips that measured about two inches wide and 12 inches long. (Honestly, I would have loved to help with cutting the fabric, but I won’t be five years old until next month, and so I’m not allowed to use sharp scissors.)

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Next, Mommy figured out how much three-quarter-inch elastic she would need to go around my neck slightly loosely with about an inch overlap. She says that this step is much easier if the dog actually wakes up and lifts his or her head off of the ground. Whatever.

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Then she sewed the elastic together at the overlap with a zig-zag stitch. You could easily do this step by hand or even safety pin the two ends of the elastic, but Mommy feels super creative when she gets the sewing machine out, so it’s best just to humor her.

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And then you start tying all those tulle strips in knots around the elastic. Trust me, this part is super boring, so you really should just let your human do this step. Mommy says this part only takes a little less than an hour, and the time just flies by if you have something like Olympic figure skating on the television. I’ll just have to take her word for that, because I found this to be the perfect time to nap. After all, I needed to look lovely and refreshed when it was time to model the finished product.

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And voila . . . the perfect canine carnival collar. I cannot wait to wear this to the Mystic Krewe of Mutts Parade this weekend. I’m sure to collect gobs and gobs of beads to add to my collection. Throw me somethin’, Mister!


A Special Soft Spot for Ku

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I have a soft spot in my heart, and it’s reserved for my special friend Ku from Haiku by Ku. A couple of weeks ago, that soft spot got a little bigger when a package addressed to “Beautiful Miss Harper Lee” arrived in the mail. Well, as if that wasn’t enough, inside I found my very own pawtographed copy of Ku’s new book, Kuruk: The Little Bear That Could–One Rescue Pup’s Journey of Healing, along with a lovely note.

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I just had to sit down so I could take it all in, and so I could nibble on Ku’s book a little. I had never nibbled on a book before, so it was extremely clear to my humans that I was super excited about this one.

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And then I grabbed my new book and ran to my bed, because that’s where I take all the things I really love. I settled into my bed and started to share Ku’s story with my favorite toy, Alli Gator. Ku’s book begins in an Alaskan puppy mill. “My first year of life was rough,” he writes. “When I was about one year old, some of our pack members started to die. It was very traumatic and sad to see my family members pass away before my eyes.” At this point, Alli Gator and I were very, very sad for Ku and his Alaskan Malamute pack. I have been loved by humans since the very first day of my life, and Alli Gator has been loved by me since the day I got her. We so wanted Ku to feel that same sort of love. Fortunately for Ku and the others, things started to look up when some caring humans arrived at the puppy mill to rescue all of those sweet pups. Ku eventually ended up with a group called Washington Alaskan Malamute Adoption League (WAMAL) and then with his foster mama Miss Cindy.

That’s when Ku’s dreams really started to come true. A pretty lady and her big Malamute named Simba came to Miss Cindy’s home to meet Ku. “Inside the pretty lady looked into my eyes and spoke to me. She did not use words though,” Ku recalls. “She knew how to talk with her eyes!” Ku had found his forever home with the pretty lady, handsome Simba, two cats, and chickens. Alli Gator and I looked at each other and gasped: chickens! I am constantly asking my human daddy if we can have chickens and he always says no. But back to Ku’s story. Sadly, Simba passed away, but not before teaching Ku some very valuable doggy lessons, and Ku got a beautiful sister named Nalle from the nice people at WAMAL. The pretty lady, Ku, Nalle, and the two cats eventually moved to San Francisco (the chickens found a new loving home) and that’s where Ku now lives.

It might be easy for some animals and lots of humans to have a bit of bitterness in their hearts if they had the kind of start to life that Ku had. But Ku isn’t at all bitter. In fact, he has one of the most loving, generous, and optimistic souls you could ever imagine. His beautiful book ends with these words:

“My healing journey will continue on, but I know I can do it! And if I can do it, I know other rescue pups, and kittens, and horses, and other animals can do it too!”

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And now for a special footnote: Ku has promised to donate a portion of the proceeds from his book sales to animal rescue. You can click here to visit Ku’s blog and find out where you can buy the book. My mommy loves Ku as much as I do, so she bought a copy of Kuruk: The Little Bear That Could several weeks ago, and now she’d like to share that copy with one of our blog readers. Just make a comment by this Thursday evening at 6 p.m. central U.S. time and you’ll be eligible to win a random drawing for a copy of Ku’s heartwarming story of rescue and healing. Good luck!


The Belle of the Fur Ball

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Last weekend, my humans and I put on our best party attire (in my case, a fancy new collar created just for me by my mommy) and we headed to the Fur Ball. Billed as Baton Rouge’s premier pet-friendly gala, the Fur Ball benefits the Companion Animal Alliance of Baton Rouge, a nonprofit that operates our local animal shelter and seeks to reduce animal euthanasia and find permanent homes for dogs and cats. How could we possibly have passed on such a great event for such a great cause?

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The evening started with a walk down the red carpet. (I guess they didn’t dare opt for a green carpet; that might have confused some of the guests!) I’m quite accustomed to flashing cameras–it seems my mommy always has that crazy camera of hers in my face–so I struck a few of my best poses and really showed off my canine couture. Somewhere around 75 dogs attended the event, and we spent a little while meeting and greeting (as only dogs should) while our humans enjoyed cocktails and perused the silent auction items. For the pups, there were plenty of huge water bowls throughout the ballroom. I will admit that I drank . . . a lot. It seemed as if every time we passed one of those water bowls, I had to have a little sip . . . or a big gulp. When it was time for the human dinner, some dogs went to day care and others stayed with their humans. I stayed with my humans and enjoyed a very nice nap.

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After dinner it was time for more mingling. I found myself quite smitten with a couple of handsome German Shepherds. This is Dutch and he is currently being fostered by Red Stick German Shepherds, an organization of volunteers dedicated to finding forever homes for this special breed. Dutch came to his foster home a little thin, but he has put on some weight and I must say that he is looking quite fabulous, and he is super sweet. I’m keeping my paws crossed that he finds a very special family that will love, love, love him forever. I know my wish will come true.

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This is Casper, a very lucky German Shepherd rescue who has found a wonderful and loving forever home. Casper was wearing a little note politely asking partygoers not to touch him. Casper is blind and unexpected touches can startle him, but once he is comfortable and expecting to be touched he loves it just as much as I do. My mommy was so proud of me with Casper. I was super sweet, calm, and gentle. I really enjoyed getting to know Casper, and I am so happy that he has such a great home.

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After visiting with Dutch and Casper, I hit the dance floor with my daddy. It was so much fun to see so many dogs and their humans cutting a rug–or more accurately slipping and sliding on a temporary parquet wood floor. My daddy and I had the very best time.

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When we got home, mommy and daddy shared with me some of their impressions from the evening, and now I am sharing those impressions with you:

  • There were far more large dogs than my humans expected to see, and all the dogs were on their very best behavior.
  • All of the humans were happy and generous with their silent- and live-auction bids. Perhaps all fundraising events should consider allowing people to bring their pets.
  • All the humans were eager to talk to each other, but none of them wanted to talk about themselves. They wanted to talk about all of the dogs.

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The Fur Ball was super fun and super exhausting. Not long after I had removed my pretty party collar, I stretched out on the floor, propped my head up on a bookshelf, closed my eyes, drifted off to la la land . . . and had sweet dreams of Dutch and Casper and all the homeless animals who will benefit from the fun we had.