March seems to be the month for pet adoption awareness – one of my favourite subjects. Petfinder.com turning 15 years old and on March 15 the site is hosting a fantastic Adopt the Internet event to bring together all who are passionate about animal rescue. If you take the pledge, you can even win a chance at a Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Vacuum. Over the years I know Petfinder has changed the way many people look at shelter animals. If it wasn’t for that website, Shiva may be living somewhere else right now. That’s a pretty tragic thought. So if you have some time and are interested in joining in, click on the badge below to find out more.
Fido and Wino is rapidly coming upon the April deadline of finding a rockin’ rescue family for each Canadian province and U.S. state. If you have been waiting to join the R.O.A.R. Squad, time is running out. Sign up soon and help show off how awesome adopted pets can be! Seriously, everyone is going to be so jealous.
And… This week another fellow Canadian Pup Love is hosting a fabulous blog hop all about rescue. Each week, the author of this blog shares a photo of a local dog up for adoption. Now she is hoping to make it bigger by encouraging readers to do the same. The more publicity these dogs get, the better, right? If enough bloggers participate, this could become huge. Last fall, I wrote a Blog the Change post that featured several dogs in my community I wished I could sneak into my pocket. I was stunned to learn that this post actually helped one of the dogs find his forever home. It may seem small, but with a little effort we can all make a difference. You just never know what impact you may have. So get on to Petfinder.com, find a dog you would love to take home if you could, and link up!
This cutie-pie is Ghetti. He is a super-sweet Amstaff mix and at the age of three years old has already learned more tricks than my childhood dog did in her entire lifetime. Ghetti’s case is a unique one. He is currently living with a family who adopted him from the NS SPCA Provincial Shelter. Unfortunately for Ghetti, this family already had their hands full with other awesome rescued pets. They soon realised they just couldn’t spend as much time with him as he deserves. However, instead of just taking him back to the shelter, this family loves Ghetti so much they are going to foster him until his ideal home can be found.
Ghetti has lived with his foster family for over two years, which means he has already learned many skills that make him an awesome dog to hang out with. He loves car rides, heels perfectly on leash, and even gets along with cats. This family has put a lot of the ground work in. All he needs now is some one-on-one with a family who has the energy to keep up with him. They report that Ghetti is very food motivated. In my opinion, that right there is enough proof that he will make a very impressive dog one day. He even loves to swim, which is more than I can say of my dog. Perhaps there is Dock Dog championship in his future. You just never know…
If that wasnt’ enough, Ghetti is also a superb cuddler and often forgets he is a bit too big to be a lap dog. There is nothing he adores more after a game of fetch than cuddling up for some hard-core belly-scratching.
This dog seriously has it all. If I had a fenced yard, well, I probably would have brought him home already! I mean, look at that happy face. I challenge anyone not to fall head over heels in love.
ETA: My review of Darby’s Story: The Life of an Adopted Dog is up at All Things Dog Blog. If you click on the link, you will find a chance to win a copy of the book.