Blog Topic: Shelters & Rescues

Write a Blog Post, Feed a Shelter Dog

By Lisa-Anne Manolius | September 17, 2010 ~ Be the 1st to Comment

Oh, shelter dogs! How you’ve stolen my heart again and again!

I still remember the first shelter dog I ever trained. A big handsome super friendly Catahoula hound mix named Bear. He loved people so much he’d jump all over anyone who went into his kennel. My assignment was to teach him to sit and stay when people entered the kennel.

I cried tears of joy when a couple weeks after I began working with Bear, a young man entered the kennel, and Bear sat, stayed and showed off his best behavior. He didn’t jump once and the guy adopted him that very day.

Every year, 4 million dogs in the U.S. end up in shelters. Pedigree wants to raise awareness about shelter dogs and help them in a meaningful way. That’s where you come in. Continue Reading

Blog the Change for Animals: Second Chance for Senior Dogs

By Lisa-Anne Manolius | July 15, 2010 ~ 13 Comments

Blog the Change

Sometimes I’m a little behind. I just learned about this terrific cause/movement called Blog the Change for Animals, which takes place today, July 15 and on 3 other days during the year. I’m adding this post to the mix hoping to inspire you to do something to help animals in need.

I’m thinking of senior dogs, the ones who are so often rejected by shelters or overlooked by potential adopters. Those graying muzzles, those slow careful gaits, those soft sweet eyes. . . I’m thinking of Rocky, a senior chihuahua-terrier shelter dog in my last East Bay SPCA humane education class, who stole my heart with his lavish affection for any and every human, his love of food and training, and his happy goofy personality. He was adopted by a family who seemed to be enamored of him from the get-go and didn’t mind his advanced years in the least. Continue Reading