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Posts having to do with either adopting rescue dogs, or a dog being rescued.

Doggie Bloggie has a new doghouse!

Announcing the relocation of A Doggie Bloggie to a new site:  Motley Dogs!

Same content, same postings – but a new look and feel!  Please come over to the new site to check it out… and DON’T FORGET TO SUBSCRIBE!

This site will remain up, but I will no longer be posting here.  Well, maybe a reminder or two about the move… 🙂

Please check it out… I think you will like it!

 

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I am an Animal Rescuer

Previously I had posted an abbreviated version of this poem below, only because that is all I had.  Now, via an online fellow animal and dog-lover, I have found the full poem, the website, and the author.

Thank you, Notsuredomus and his blog “The Familiar Spirit” (please check it out – some great postings) for helping direct me to the original!

Here is the poem in full from the site “Wild Heart Ranch“.  Photo below of the author and a coyote rescue.

I Am an Animal Rescuer

My job is to assist God’s creatures
I was born with the need to fulfill their needs
I take in new family members without plan, thought, or selection
I have bought dog food with my last dime
I have patted a mangy head with a bare hand
I have hugged someone vicious and afraid
I have fallen in love a thousand times
and I have cried into the fur of a lifeless body

I have Animal Friends and friends who have animal friends
I don’t often use the word “pet”
I notice those lost at the road side
And my heart aches
I will hand raise a field mouse
And make friends with a vulture
I know of no creature unworthy of my time

I want to live forever if there aren’t animals in Heaven
But I believe there are
Why would God make something so perfect and leave it behind
We may be master of the animals,
But the animals have mastered themselves
Something people still haven’t learned

War and Abuse makes me hurt for the world
But a rescue that makes the news gives me hope for mankind
We are a quiet but determined army
And making a difference ever day

There is nothing more necessary than warming an orphan
nothing more rewarding than saving a life
No higher recognition than watching them thrive
There is no greater joy than seeing a baby play
who only days ago, was too weak to eat

I am an Animal Rescuer
My work is never done,
My home is never quiet
My wallet is always empty
But my heart is always full

Written from a wild heart by:
Annette King-Tucker, Animal Rescuer
Wild Heart Ranch Wildlife Rescue
Claremore, Oklahoma
www.wildheartranch.org

 
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Posted by on September 13, 2011 in Dog Blog, Rescues, Stories

 

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Dedicated to all animal rescuers…

“I am an animal rescuer.
I have bought animal food with my last penny,
I have patted a mangy head with a bare hand.
I have hugged those that are vicious and afraid.
I have fallen in love a thousand times,
and I have cried into the fur of a lifeless body too many times to count.

I am an animal rescuer.
My work is never done, my home is never quiet,
my wallet is always empty…

…but my heart is always full.”

~ Unknown

Thank you for all you do!

With love,
All dogs and animals you have rescued, and those you will rescue

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2011 in Dog Blog, Rescues, Stories

 

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Woofstock!

On Saturday, August 20th, Edgewood, New Mexico had their very first “Woofstock”!  The event was put on to help promote and celebrate anything canine – and a benefit for the Edgewood Animal Care Facility Building Fund.

Here is a scan of the follow-up article – which is featuring a great picture of my dear friend Kaia!  You have a wonderful dog there, Clint!

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2011 in Dog Blog, Dogs in the News, Rescues

 

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Doggie Bloggie now on Facebook!

Hi, every canine lover out there!

I have just added Doggie Bloggie to Facebook!  Please feel free to come aboard and join in the canine activities!  You may post pictures, links, stories, anything to your hearts content – as long as it is dog-related (a few other critters are fine, too) and tasteful.  This page was created OF and FOR dogs and dog-lovers.  Click the link below to go to my new page.

A Doggie Bloggie on Facebook

 

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Autumn comes early this year… A Lethal White rescue puppy :)

Being the proud and loving owner of a lethal white rescue myself (picture left), this video is even more special to me.  If you are not familiar with the term “lethal white,” they are dogs born from a merle-to-merle breeding which are typically deaf and/or blind.  Commonly found in Australian Shepherds.  For more specific details, pictures, and wonderful stories, please visit Amazing Aussies website.

I would like to emphasize… my Lethal White is the BEST thing that has ever happened to me.  It was actually very easy teaching him hand signals and touch commands.  Much easier than I ever imagined.  In fact, easier than training my Huskies I used to have… (I am sure a Husky owner knows exactly what I’m talking about here…)

So, please watch, enjoy, and consider adopting a lethal white.  You will not regret it.

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2011 in Dog Blog, Lethal Whites, Rescues, Videos

 

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Seeing my dog the day I got back from Afghanistan

This video was uploaded onto YouTube on Apr. 11, 2008, and is still worth watching.  There are some occasions time knows no bounds.

Here is the first description given by the owner.  After the video are the follow up comments as this became viral.

“I’m uploading this for family. This was the day I came back from Kandahar in Sept. 2005. Life has changed since then. But Gracie is still a good dog.”

Follow up comments:

UPDATE: (11-13-2009) – This is crazy. I posted this years ago along with three other clips of my wife in Haiti for my parents to see (Jen does medical missions in Haiti and runs a clinic in Cap Haitien). They still have like 400 hits a piece.
This clip had like 30,000 hits two days ago. I’m not quite sure where this attention is all coming from. [EDIT: It appears to have started at Mentalfloss.com]
Oh, and it was filmed by my wife Jen in our front yard in Springfield, VA.. Gracie is six now. She’s asleep at my feet as I’m typing this.
Take care, all – A.S.

UPDATE (11-14-2009). O-kaaaaay. This is getting crazy. They ran this on the Today Show today. I’m not a public person … this is getting a little intimidating.
I’m glad that this clip of Gracie has made so many people happy. If it makes you smile, it’s a good thing. But please remember the men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan right now. My buddy Steve Taylor who is in Iraq wrote me to say that it bummed him out, because it reminded him of how much he missed his dog …

FINAL UPDATE (11-15-2009) Again, thanks for everyone’s kind words. Yes, we did a short (2-min) spot on the Today Show this morning. They were nice, but I didn’t get to say what I wanted to say about my friends deployed or the many Guardsmen overseas right now. But it went well (do a Google for Capt. Andrew Schmidt to see it).
We were contacted by another news outlet, but we declined. We’re 17 minutes into our 15 minutes of fame. We’re private people, and these things can get out of hand. For one, I am a staff officer in the Air Guard (even though I am past enlisted) … there are tens of thousands of combat arms soldiers and Marines on their third+ 12 month deployment down range; I’m only gearing up for my second. I don’t want to be made a symbol for something that I don’t deserve to be. You have to be careful, because you have no control when you go on TV unless you are very, very savvy (I am not). Or you get crazy and end up building a UFO weather balloon in your back yard.

Take care. This was a fun week, but it’s over now. I have to go change a diaper, then walk Gracie.

Andy and family.

FINAL FINAL UPDATE (11-16-2009) — I forgot to say this earlier, but if you ever want to get a dog, go to the pound. Pound dogs will always appreciate what you did for them. Save a life, adopt a mutt. Mixed breeds rule (Gracie is half Corgi, and a bunch of others, I’m sure). Gracie was on doggie death row — she had been there for four months — when we got her. She was days away, and she’s been the best dog and a vital part of our family for the past five years. It’s funny that a little dog that was found abandoned in a pen in West Virginia, completely neglected, could put a smile on so many faces.

FINAL, FINAL, FINAL UPDATE (11-18-2009) I wanted to point out two things that have happened as a result of this. First, Kong Toys, which makes those wonderful little rubber dog toys with the peanut butter, reached out to me so that they could send a basket to Gracie (spoiled). That’s nice, but I give the plug because they asked for my friend Steve’s parent’s contact info so that they could send a ton of stuff to them to help them look after his dog Maxine, since he’s overseas. We had some talks about how we could build a program where when Guardsmen get deployed the company can do something for the pets left behind. Hopefully more to follow that.

Second, I reached out to the Alexandria, VA, animal shelter to let them know that Gracie is one of theirs. They saved her in 2004. They were elated — those people have a tough job, and if it picks up their morale, then great. I also told them that they could use it in any way for marketing or promotion purposes, full rights. Hopefully more to follow on that as well.

DECEMBER UPDATE (12-30-2009): Thanks to everyone who clicked the ads. This week I received a check for $602.23 from Google Adsense, which I am donating to the Alexandria Animal Shelter today (already spoke to them via e-mail). Obviously, the attention on this clip has come and gone, but it still gets some hits from time-to-time. Have a happy new year everyone.

[Money made from the ads running on this page were donated to the Alexandria, Va, shelter where I got Gracie. $602 the first month. I later donated about $250 from money made from click-thrus – Andy]

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2011 in Dog Blog, Rescues, Videos

 

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