Wednesday, December 8, 2010

I'm With the Band

One day Broadway decided to crawl into a guitar case to relax and nap. It became one of his favorite places.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Please save the trees!

Come on, folks, have a heart. Stop cutting down so many trees.
No one likes waiting in the restroom line.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Pin-Ups Love Pound Pups

This Bark Of Love post is authored by Parker (Aussie Cattle/Cardigan Corgi/?) and Bennie (Pembroke Welsh Corgi/Who could resist all this!) because they are both rescued dogs.

Hey everybody! Got anything to eat? Want to scratch us?

(Mistress of Corgi Manor to boys – Hey, you're on the gig now, writing a blog, treats and scratches later! Get to work and mind your manners – ahora mismo!)

Okay, keep your wig on. Where were we? Anyone out there who is a rescue dog, or lives with one, knows that no matter how cute, fun, smart and lovable we are, well, sometimes things arent' all that good. Sometimes we start life with people who don't deserve us, or we get lost, or whatever.

Then the smart, good people find us and life is what it ought to be. That's why we're waggin' slap to death to tell you about some really fine ladies we just found out about who live in Oregon. You two leggers call them pin-ups, or calendar girls. We call them beautiful and very clever because they created the Pin-ups Love Pound Pups calendar. It raises money to help dogs who need homes. We talked to the wonderful Angel Maree to learn more about how she got such a brilliant idea.

"I had the idea to create Pin-ups Love Pound Pups after searching online for pin-up girl art to decorate with. I saw these amazingly beautiful pictures of pin-up girls and dogs and it combined my love of both. I also saw that calendars were produced in the same fashion," said Angel. "I knew that I had great friends that would help me. So Pin-ups Love Pound Pups is a group of friends that created a calendar to raise money for their favorite non-profit, PAWSitive Changes, Inc."
Okay, then we asked about that; and believe us – you're gonna want to give them a biscuit and buy a calendar!

"PAWSitive Changes, Inc, is a 501c3 non-profit organization which exists to promote the human-animal bond with shelter dogs and incarcerated youth, she explained. "These young people care for, train, and help the dogs with social skills so they can be ready to be adopted into their forever homes."

That's so nice, Angel. You're a goooood lady, yes, you are, you're a goooood lady! We'll just snuggle up with you while you tell the readers more about the calendars.

"Sure, and you're both goood boys! Well, many of the girls also volunteer with the youth/dog program and also at the animal shelter. They are in the trenches getting their hands dirty and that is what makes us different. Our purpose is to catch the attention of society and urge responsible pet ownership, shelter animal rescue, and female empowerment. All of the girls are beautiful inside and out, and the common bond is that they want to help animals and youth, while engaging in a project that allows them to be creative and socially responsible. We have found the beauty in combining all worlds.

"2010 is our first calendar and 2011 is already proving to be an exciting venture. We are representing girls and dogs, all still friends, up and down the West Coast. This year, we have doubled the amount of girls and dogs in photo. We are working with numerous photographers that have volunteered their talents for our cause.

"Our 2011 calendar is planned for release in October and we couldn't be more excited. We have done social events to raise money for the non-profit from art gallery exhibits and photo shoots, to calendar signings, and martini parties. This year, we have been invited to more art gallery socials and even car shows. Basically, we make friends wherever we go and doors just seem to open because people see that the girls are all very kind, and down-to-earth, real people. The most exciting part is that 100% of the calendar profits go to the animal rescue non-profit. The calendar was hugely popular this year. We sold online to all over the US, and even the UK. People also purchased calendars from us for the troops and we sent a huge box to our friends serving in Afghanistan. Overall, we feel loved, supported, and energized by the progress we made in one year and plan for bigger and better things in the year to come."
Woof Woof! Baaaarrrk! We think that you and all the pin-up girls are our dream girls, Angel, and you really are an angel. Anything else you want to tell us while you're here, and still scratching us?

"We, myself and friends, started PAWSitive Changes to support the prison dog program and to pay the dog vet bills, etc. A small goal that is developing into bigger things. We want to help elderly, military, incarcerated, basically anyone in need with their animals in the future."

Bennie and Parker stop here to show Angel Maree their tricks, and give her a little doggie kiss. You can order the Pin-Ups Love Pound Pups calendars now, and they would like to be friends on FaceBook. Angel Maree is the pin-up for June!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

I Remember Mama

The inaugural post is by Julie, a beautiful and brilliant Pembroke Welsh Corgi with keen observational skills, strong opinions,and (dare we say it?) a biting sense of humor.

It’s all about us, folks. Us dogs and what we go through to train you people. Can I get a witness? Bark or howl. You with the appendages in the back, just wag them.

I’m Julie, a fabulous Pembroke Welsh Corgi and my column is designed to report life from the corgi’s eye view. As the Head Corgi In Charge (you thought I was going to say H.B.I.C.?) of my home, Corgi Manor, I’ve got a lot of responsibility. Nothing I can’t handle and I run the household with ‘Pembroke Precision.’ If it moves, I herd it.

Of course, I learned from the best. My mother, Edna, was a corgi to be reckoned with. Descended from corgis holding titles in the USA and England, she was deemed too small to show and was sold. Actually, she was sold twice to folks that she somehow convinced to return her to her breeders. Apparently knowing from birth she was destined to live a life raising the humans that we humor by calling them Mom and Dad.

Edna came to fame in her own way.

The first time was by surviving an apartment fire where she was given mouth-to-muzzle resuscitation and CPR by a handsome and noble Gwinnett County Firefighter. She enjoyed the press and news appearances. Later, she co-hosted a cable television show with Mom.

People commented often on her beauty and sweetness. And pity the fool that got on the wrong side of Miss E!

One famous episode began when she was pregnant with me. She already had one litter to share the corgi love with others – though she kept Broadway, whom everyone referred to as ‘the jewel of Edna’s loins.’ Is that deep or what!

Anyway, Edna – great with child, er, litter, for the second time – is in the front yard handling her business, when the nosy lab next door comes over trash talking about her very short, very pregnant figure. In her zeal to handle the situation, Edna loses balance and falls on her back, feet in the air, helpless. There and then she made a vow of vengeance. Once these critters are outta me and I’m back in shape, you’re going down, Missy! It’s on!

And so it was to be for the rest of her life. When Edna was back in shape she pursued that lab every chance she got. Mom caught her once when she had chased the lab into its own garage, with her teeth in its neck, lab deliriously spinning in circles and Edna swinging on the side like a cheap carnival ride!

Even in her last year, when her back legs were crippled, she’d crawl up the hill with her front legs, growling through bared teeth and still scared the big lab off. No wonder Mom and Dad’s friends had key chains made that read “W.W.E.D.?”

Now I’m not advocating vendettas and violence mind you. Life is an adventure, folks. So the next time you’ve got a problem that seems bigger than you, remember W.W.E.D.? - then sink your teeth in and enjoy the ride!

Julie lives in her country estate, Corgi Manor. This canine columnis loves to travel anywhere there are people who haven’t had the chance to pet her.