A Christmas stocking filled with … a puppy! (photo)

Too, too cute! My friend Kim at Gentle Shepherd Farms in Franklinville, NY share this super cute puppy photo - just one of five little  merle Border collie pups ready for their new homes. (Kim is the breeder where I got my darling little devil, Bandit. But don't hold that against her.)Do you have a Christmas or holiday pet photo you'd like to share?Check out more reader photos! … [Read more...]

Setting the record straight on Barkworks, puppy mills and the work of CAPS

  Last week I told you that back in October, Macerich has banned the sale of live animals at 70 of its malls nationwide in response to protests from animal rescue groups. My post was based on a story at GlobalAnimal.org and some press materials from Best Friends Animal Society in regards to a lawsuit they filed.I heard back immediately from Deborah Howard, President of Companion Animal Protection Society, who wanted to share some information to help clarify and expand the … [Read more...]

Monday morning cute animal video: Cute baby … sloths?

Last year, Lucy Cooke traveled to Costa Rica to visit the world's only sloth orphanage, where orphaned baby sloths whose mothers have been zapped by power lines or hit by cars are brought to the sanctuary to be cared for by legendary sloth whisperer Judy ArroyoAnimal Planet's "Too Cute!" debuted a documentary last night on the super cute baby sloths, and Cooke is also working on “The Little Book of Sloth” for Simon and Schuster. You can learn more at www.slothville.com. … [Read more...]

Leo, one of the Michael Vick dogs, passes away

When it comes to being the poster pup for resilience, there may be no other dog worthy of the title than Leo, one of the fifty dogs confiscated in 2007 when authorities raided Vick's Bad Newz kennels. Leo may have begun his life in a dark place, but he was redeemed under the loving guidance of Marthina McClay, founder of Our Pack Pit Bull Rescue.After his rough start, Leo went on to be a bright light in the lives of the sick when he became a therapy dog, earning the nickname "Dr. Leo" from h … [Read more...]

Patheo blogger Rev. Carl Gregg and his Christmas pups! (photo)

I love writing at Patheos and I love meeting my fellow bloggers. What better way for all of us to get to know each other than through our pets!This is Patheos blogger Carl Gregg with his two dogs, both rescues: the black and white, 20 lb. terrier mix named Dobby Templeton ("She's our house elf", says Carl) and the 15-week-old, (already!) 19 lb. hound/boxer with a brindle coat named Scout "Boo Radley" ("Think To Kill a Mockingbird", he says).Carl's blog is "Pluralism, Progressivism, … [Read more...]

My pup waiting for Santa (photo)

Since I asked readers to share photos of their pets I thought I'd share one, too!This is my dog, Scout. Back in May, when he was just five years old, he was diagnosed with canine lymphona. It was in his spleen, his lymph nodes and likely his digestive tract. Without chemo, the doctors gave him 30 days to live.Knowing my pup and how much he hates going to the vet, plus the grim prognosis that even with three months of weekly treatements he would have possibly three months remission, we op … [Read more...]

Unlikely friends: The owl and the pussycat (video)

Oh, that we could learn to get along with each other the way Fum and Gerba have! Fum (which means "smoke" in Catalan) and Gerba ("frost") are both about a year old. The pair live and romp together in Tarragona, Spain. You can see more from them on their Facebook page. … [Read more...]

Friday food for thought quote: animal welfare and the church

"Still, there is a growing awareness that how we treat animals is a measure of our own humanity—that violence inflicted on animals is inexorably linked to human-against-human violence, that compassion is a big enough idea to encompass animals as well as humans." Christine Gutleben,  senior director of the Faith Outreach program of The Humane Society of the United States, in a piece about animal welfare and the church … [Read more...]

Pet sales banned at malls nationwide; rescue stores begin to replace pet shops

Even though the story broke in October, it's still making the rounds on Facebook -  just in time for Christmas: retail developer Macerich announced that it will no longer allow pet stores that sell animals in more than 70 malls nationwide. According to a story from October at GlobalAnimal.org, "This new humane policy designed to break the puppy mill business chain is taking effect nationwide within 30 days. Macerich confirmed that they will not renew the leases of existing pet stores that sell an … [Read more...]

Humane Society of United States announces winner of hymn contest (video)

I love that the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has launched a faith outreach dedicated to engaging people and institutions of faith with animal protection issues, recognizing that religious values call upon us all to act in a merciful way toward all creatures.And to launch that outreach, the HSUS held a contest and invited people to submit a video of themselves performing their interpretation of the hymn “O God Your Creatures Fill the Earth,” by lyricist Pastor Carolyn Gillette. A … [Read more...]


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