About Pet Blogs United

Pet Blogs United aims to support our fellow pet bloggers by encouraging members to visit other members and leave comments. It’s a great way to find great blogs & new friends.

Pet bloggers are some of the kindest people we’ve come across, so we know that with your help, this site will become a great place for everyone.
We will have a featured blogger every week once we get going and that person will hopefully be showered with comments from our members.

To be a PBU featured blogger, first become a follower through Google Friend Connect (juct click the follow button you always see). Then just send an e-mail to Pet Blogs United. We'll contact you, have you pick some of your favorite posts and feature you when your turn comes up on the list. Pet Blogs United will only feature blogs about, by or for pets & animals.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Red Carpet Cat Blog Tour - Hipster Bag Giveaway

Cat Walk Blog Tour
Our friends at The Tiniest Tiger Conservation Cub Club were just in Hollywood for the Oskar parties to give out The Tineist Tiger Hipster Bag in a swag room for the attendees. 

Now is your chance to win one of these hipster bags which is packed full of goodies for any cat lover!

When I got the bag in the mail Chloe was all over it smelling the good catnip and claiming the bag for herself, as you can see.

This one of a kind hipster features The Tiniest Tiger's feline finesse quilted inot the fabric creating a subtle yet cool cat appearance.  The irrestible design combined with the hands free practicality of the cross body Hipster make this the perfect bag when you are on the prowl.

The Hipster is slightly padded providing protection for your iPad, mobile phone, and other essentials.  Handy front zip pocket keeps your ID, cash, credit cards and keys secure, yet easy for you to access.

This bag comes filled with amazing feline friendly fun products and savings of over $200.

We can ship the Tiniest Tiger Hipster Bag to the USA, Canada, Europe & Australia, so check out the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win.  Contest will be open until midnight, March 5th.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Yuki & Rocket, Weekly Featured Blogger

This week we are happy to introduce you to 2 adorable mini schnauzers, Yuki & Rocket.  Their person is an an amazing photographer & their blog is delightful!

To say I’m a bit obsessed with my two schnauzers would be a big understatement. I love dogs, and I love talking about dogs. Combine my dog love, with my love for dog photography, and you have Yuki and Rocket the blog. The whole reason for me starting our blog was because I needed an outlet for my dog obsession. It was pretty clear to me that family and friends were getting a bit annoyed at my non-stop dog talk. Luckily for me, I discovered the pet community and have met many people who share the same type of interest for our furry ones.

Yuki was our first schnauzer who I found through a breeder out of state. I knew I eventually wanted another schnauzer and when Yuki was about 10 months old, we got Rocket through a local breeder . Both Yuki and Rocket have completely different personalities, yet they are a perfect pair. Yuki is vocal, bossy, and demanding, but is actually very shy. She needs constant attention and affection. With Yuki, you need to be one step ahead of her because she is very clever. Rocket has made it clear he has two missions in life: to eat as much food as he can and annoy Yuki as much as possible. Rocket is the big boss and likes to let every dog know it. But, with the humans he’s very submissive and so loving. He really likes meeting new humans and greets many of our guests with a big kiss. Rocket is more independent and doesn’t need the constant affection Yuki demands.

For the most part, our blog is told through my point of view. Sometimes, Yuki and Rocket will give their take on things. A big part of my posts is talking about Yuki’s and Rocket’s behavior issues. I discuss what the problem is, how they have overcome it, and what they need to work on. I really enjoy the feedback I get from fellow bloggers or fans of the blog, because I love that they can either empathize with me and/or suggest things that may help. Although, it is mainly about Yuki and Rocket, there are bits of my personality as well. I love baking and crafty stuff and I incorporate my two favorite things into dog recipes and sometimes dog crafts. The three following links I have included will give you a feel as to what we're all about. I hope you enjoy our little blog.

Here are 3 of Yuki & Rocket's favorite posts:

The New Problem

Schnauzer Tote

Pumpkin Dog Cookies

Due to some computer problems this got posted a lot later than it should have, so do me a favor & hope over to Yuki & Rocket's blog and spend some time looking around.  You won't regret it!

If you are interested in being featured on Pet Blogs United, drop us a line at PBU at comcast dot net.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Foster Friday - Smokey

Let me tell you a little bit about Smokey. Smokey showed up at a home in the City of York in December 2011. The wonderful folks who live there are animal lovers and they tell us it is very common to see animals pass through their yard. One day in December they spotted Smokey stocking a Mole but think think that much about it. Then in January they noticed their inside cat watching Smokey as he busily made himself a little nest in some weeds so as to catch a mid-afternoon sunpuddle.

Then one night the gentleman of the house called his wife from his cell phone to have her take a look outside in the driveway. Smokey was interested in getting some attention and perhaps some much needed help. Well after that initial contact handsome Smokey began to hang around more and more and the humans decided it was time to put out some food in case he wasn’t getting fed elewhere.

Since he was spending so much time at their house they decided to take him to the vet to determine his gender, age, and see if he was micro-chipped (which he wasn’t) and to get his shots etc. This is when they found out Smokey is FIV+.

The moment you touch Smokey he starts “making biscuits” or kneading. The vet says his overall health appears to be good. She gave him a shot of Depo Medrol for dermatitis, which she thinks was caused by fleas and they have treated him with Advantage for fleas. He has also been treated for worms. He was so sweet when they took him to the vet. He laid on the table and let them scratch his belly and purred loudly. He allowed them to clip his nails with no problem and only cried a little on the car ride there, which is totally understandable.

Since returning from the vet they put a collar on him with the rabies tag and none of their neighbors have called to tell them that he belonged to them or ask why they took their cat to the vet…..so still no owner is stepping out and claiming this beautiful creature. He belonged to somebody at some point because he is neutered, loves humans, and is totally handsome and looks very similar to a Zeus Seal Lynx Point Siamese.

He is incredibly friendly…loves to be petted…wants to come inside so badly he can’t stand it and due to his FIV+ status they are heartbroken that he can’t come in.

Won’t you please help us spread the word about this handsome boy and help him find the home and life he deserves?

Additional Details:
Name: Smokey
Neutered, Male
Short Haired – Siamese/Tabby with beautiful markings and ice blue eyes.
About 1 year old. Has a great personality, loves to be petted, sweet and affectionate. Loud purr and makes biscuits the entire time you pet him.
Weights 10.58 lbs
2/10/12 – Current on Snap Test -Feline Leukemia, Feline Aids and Heartworm test Wellness Exam
Fecal FVRCP and FeLV
Advantage Multi Cat
Depo Medrol Injection for Dermatitis
Tested positive for Feline AIDS and vet suggested that he be kept inside and isolated from other cats. Said he will probably live a long life with good care.

If you can help, please email brianfrum (at) gmail (dot) com. Transport can be available if necessary.

Post courtesy of Brian's Home.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Where My Dogs At, Cool Phone Networking Site

We just found a cool new doggie social site called Where My Dogs At.  Here's what the company has to say about it.
"Where My Dogs At is the first ever location-based social network for dog owners and we’re making it fun and easy to find the best places to hang with your four legged friend.
Mark your territory without the mess. Use your mobile phone to find, rate and check-in with your dog to great locations in your area. As you explore, you’ll make plenty of connections, human and canine alike. Add friends, send messages and sniff around.

Remember - it's a dog meet dog world. So log onto http://www.wheremydogsat.com/ from your mobile phone today and see what everyone’s barking about!"

Check out Where My Dogs At & let us know what you think.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Raising Rama - New Blogger Alert

Raising Rama is a blog about the daily life of a Cane Corso pup as she grows into adulthood. It chronicles her life as a show dog, an obedience dog, aspirations to become a therapy dog and most importantly, beloved family dog. We will touch on the subject of judging on appearances, as Rama is sometimes feared because of her size and because she has cropped ears. We will also examine dog training (Mom is a former obedience instructor), feeding (Mom is also one of those kooks that makes her own dog food), basic care and grooming as well as news of note in the dog community.

Why I started this blog:

I love to write. I love dogs. I have a TON of information in my brain after working as an obedience instructor, veterinary technician and pet retail sales associate and fostering dogs for some 20+ years. Miss Rama is special. I have a feeling she will do great things. I wanted to capture her life on a day-to-day basis and give people who might otherwise not know anything about them a humorous, light-hearted glimpse into one dog's journey to becoming an ambassador for the breed.

Let's stop by & give Raising Rama a big Pet Blogs United welcome to Blogville!

If you're interested in having your pet blog featured on PBU, drop us a line at PBU at comcast dot net.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

#RedCarpetCat Twitter Party!

Red Carpet Badge Update

Our friends over at The Tiniest Tiger have an amazing hipster bag that is being featured in a swag room at the Oskar awards this week.

Tomorrow from 5:30 to 7:00 Pacific time, Joanne from The Tiniest Tiger will be tweeting live from the Secret Room swag event and will be joined by none other than Jackson Galaxy of My Cat From Hell.

There's going to be lots of fun & giveaways every 10 minutes, so RSVP today!

Click the link below to RSVP

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Bicontinental Dachshund Featured Blogger

Today we are please to feature Tootsie, the Bicontinental Dachshund.  What an interesting life she leads!

Hi! I'm Tootsie, the Bicontinental Dachshund. I'm an American by birth and a naturalized Swiss citizen. I divide my time between southern Switzerland and northern Idaho. I don't have opposable thumbs, so Mom and Dad help me with my blog. Of course, I tell them what to write!

I have a wide palette of interests. At "Bicontinental Dachshund," you'll find posts about hiking, dog philosophy, literature and writing, travel, and much more. I'm a punster, and I love to create cartoons. I've included some of my greatest hits for you here. Hope you like them!

I send a bark-out to all my fellow bloggers and thank them for their inspiration. And special thanks to Oskar and your biped Pam for your support!

Keep on wagging!

Love, Tootsie

Here are three of Tootsie's favorite posts:

Tootsie travels to a Swiss cow festival

Tootsie tries to catch a wave on the beach in Tuscany

Paraphrasing Descartes, Tootsie takes us on a journey into the canine mind

Stop by & visit Tootsie & tell her that Oskar sent ya!

If you're interested in being featured on Pet Blogs United, drop us a line at PBU at comcast dot net. 

Friday, February 17, 2012

Traveling With Your Dog

Traveling with your dog is a fantastic way to forge and strengthen the human+pet bond. You get to introduce your dog to new and fun activities, enjoy a change of scenery, and create lasting memories. While it takes a bit more planning on your part to take your dog on vacation, it isn’t difficult and it’s certainly worth the effort.
Gunnar on a 4,200 mile road trip.
Even though an increasing number of hotels now welcome dogs, they can be a bit tricky to locate. That’s why I created the specialty travel website, http://www.dogwonderful.com/. I came to this endeavor after 20+ years as an entrepreneur in the travel industry, owning and operating dog friendly hotels throughout the country. I saw a need for a website that allowed users to easily search for pet friendly hotels, using familiar interfaces such as those found on major online travel sites like Travelocity or Priceline. I also wanted to couple the travel booking engine with top-quality content. DogWonderful’s articles focus primarily on dog friendly travel and vacation ideas, but also include how-tos, product reviews, and fun stuff like contests and giveaways. The other major feature of DogWonderful is that we contribute 10% of any commissions and fees earned on travel bookings to our dog-related charity partners.

So be part of this growing pet trend! Check out DogWonderful and start planning a vacation with your dog today.

-- Teresa Matsui Sanders is a travel industry veteran and creator of http://www.dogwonderful.com/, a website specializing in pet friendly travel. Mostly she specializes in obeying her dogs.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Interview With Jackson Galaxy of My Cat From Hell

I was lucky enough to have an interview with Jackson Galaxy star of Animal Planet's My Cat From Hell. 

If you haven't seen this show, it's an amazing testament to his love of cats and how one person can really make a difference.

The season finale of My Cat From Hell airs this Saturday on Animal Planet, so make sure to tune in.  If you're an animal lover, you won't be sorry!

PBU: Hi Jackson, can you tell me the story of the night of the thunder storm and the slow blink.

JG: I was working at the shelter; I was the Community Outreach Supervisor. I had a notoriously ADD personality, so if there was anything was going on around the building during work hours I would find that thing to do and not work on the thing I was supposed to work on, which was, in this case, a presentation.

So it was 1:00 in the morning and the place was empty, but the shelter was full of cats. We had taken previously taken in a huge transfer so we were just busting at the seams. It was an old, old building. It was also pouring rain that night and in Colorado that summer it was drought conditions, so I started panicking because we could flood pretty easily. The worst part about it was I was trying to get this job done and these cats were screaming because it was a loud, loud storm. It was at that moment that I said this presentations not going to get done anyway, ‘cause I can’t concentrate, so I’m going to go into the cat impound area and I’m going to start working this technique that I had picked up from Anitra Frazier in her book, The Natural Cat.

That technique was what she termed “the cat I love you,” and they call it the slow blink. She discovered it and she thought outside the box. She met a lot of cats & she discovered if you softened your eyes, don’t stare at your cat, but soften, and do a slow blink. She would put the words behind the blink. With your eyes open you said the word “I”, you slowly close and say “love”, slowly open and say “you.” More times than not, you will get a return blink.

PBU: How interesting!

JG: That’s the cat saying, “trust established”, “yeah, we’re OK.”

And the amazing thing is, that to me, it represented like a Rosetta Stone; the first glimpse of human-animal communication. In the course of the night I managed to get 45 cats and some kittens to be quiet. They all just went to sleep in the midst of this incredible storm and the upshot of that is I refer to it as The Night of 45 Kisses. At the end of that night I had a defining moment, I was no longer a gypsy, no longer a wanna be rock star, you know this is what I want to do; this is what I have an obligation to.

PBU: I heard you mention The Natural Cat…

JG: Yes, The Natural Cat, by Anitra Frazier, and to me it was always my bible of holistic cat care. She is a wonderful person. I just met her for the first time back in New York & we are totally kindred spirits and she was doing this in the 70’s. Talk about the front line of the profession.

PBU: The thing that I’ve found is that I have a miniature schnauzer, a terrier, who doesn’t like to listen, he can be a nightmare when he wants to be, but I can find so many resources for how to interact with my dog differently to help improve his behaviors. Besides your show and a few books, there don’t seem to be as many that teach us how to interact and exchange behavior with our cats in a way that they understand.

JG: Honestly, it’s a gift horse that I definitely don’t look in the mouth, because having been a veteran of the shelter system, the fact that I know for certain that my show will affect euthanasia numbers, even a little bit, is so humbling.

PBU: We were amazed. My husband & I saw 4 episodes of My Cat From Hell back to back & we just sat here and thought, “How could this make this big of a difference?” You’ve seen that kind of turnaround in dogs on TV before, but your show is the first time that we get to see a turnaround in cats…where you can actually make a difference to the point of the cat being allowed to stay in the home.

JG: The beauty of where I came from at the beginning was, this cat is so scared, and so displaced in this cage that she is putting her head to the back of the cage and nobody ever gets to see her face, so she’ll sit around, no one will adopt her, and she’ll get killed. That’s simple, the math is so simple. So just as simple is the reverse math. If I somehow get that cat to come to the front of the cage, she will go home so that’s the only thing I was doing.

So when I’m trying to get somebody, who’s admittedly not a cat person or doesn’t really care or “I’m in the because my girlfriend wants me to be in this”, all they’ve got to see is the equivalent of the cat coming to the front of the cage, and then I’ve got their buy-in. Once I’ve got my hooks in them, then I can try and deepen their relationship, but all I care about right away is that you’re not going to turn this cat out.

PBU: Are there places that people can go in different cities, are there other people like you if they’re looking for help?

JG: It’s not a very large community, no. I’m sure there are some, but to be completely honest I’m not really synched into that community, we’re fairly fragmented, and hopefully through shows like this we won’t be. It’s hard because quite honestly, there’s a lot of methods out there.

PBU: It seems like you’re totally unique when it comes to the cat world…

JG: I’m not totally unique, there are people out there who do what I do, and it’s just that we’re all individuals, we believe sometimes different things. But that being said, it’s all about the results. As long as you do no harm to the animal, I’ll listen. I would love to learn from you if you get results, because the bottom line is we’re all, I would hope, going for the same end game, which is no homeless animals having to die. It frustrates me sometimes that we can’t develop a consensus, but we will.

PBU: I think this show will help people see that cats can be changed behaviorally and your show puts it out there that cats don’t deserve less of your time and effort than a dog, if the cat needs you then you need to find a way to meet it on its terms…

JG: Very well put, that’s the bottom line about cats; if you don’t meet them on their end of the fence, then you don’t stand a chance and it’s our egos that prevents us from solving these problems. People think “really, you want me to go to their end of the fence when I just spent $2,000 replacing my furniture?” That’s the initial level of buy-in that I’m constantly working towards.

PBU: It looks great on the show; it looks like you’ve done wonders for a lot of these cats. Was your research mainly a lot of trial and error?

JG: There’s tons of trial & error, sure. One of the beautiful things about working in a shelter is that, I would immerse myself in anything ever written about cats and anything that I could translate into a theory, boom, I’m in the back of the shelter trying it out. Talk about win-win, because I get to further my studies and these cats are enriched. It was a great way of solidifying a method. But with that being said, you don’t want to throw out what I consider to be some amazingly ground breaking writings, some of it had to do with cats and some of it just had to do with the inner life of animals and how to understand their world more fully, not just understand it, but if you can walk a mile in their shoes so to speak, then your empathy goes to a place where why would you ever think of “getting rid of” your cat.

PBU: I see that you do seminars, have you ever thought of doing webinars?

JG: Yeah, and I probably will, I’m looking to affect as many cat people as I can in one fell swoop. Right now my concentration is on the book that’s coming out. I’m still putting finishing touches on the edit.

PBU: Now you have to tell us more about the book!

JG: The book is called Cat Daddy and right now the working subtitle is My Life Working With The Cat From Hell, and that book is coming out on May 10th. If you Google it on Amazon, it is available for pre-order.

It’s about my life with my cat Benny and how he was my most esteemed teacher and most frustrating companion. Every time I thought I had cats figured out he’d just flip me the bird. That was just his life’s mission to frustrate me it seemed. But I learned so much from him and it’s just about our lives together sort of a journey about two broken things fixing each other because we were both pretty busted up so it’s just the years I was with him. The cool thing about it is that as I spent time with him, I also developed a lot of these methods I talk about, so we highlight these methods in there. We hit on a lot of different things. That’s the next big thing, we’re going to put out the book in May, so we’re going to go on a book tour and we’re going and also we’re going to shoot another season of the show coming up soon.

All of the bloggers I’m working with are going to get a copy of the book and then we’re going to hit you up in May.

PBU: That’s great; I’d love to read this story, because Oskar, my miniature schnauzer, is my heart dog. He’s the one that brought me out of myself during some hard times, so I love reading stories about the special connection between people and their pets.

JG: I’m literally not exaggerating when I tell you that had it not been for cats in general, and Benny specifically, I really don’t think I’d be here right now. The debt I owe them is huge.

PBU: Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me.

JG: Thank you.

I can't wait to review Jackson's Book Cat Daddy and don't forget to tune in this Saturday for the season finale of My Cat From Hell!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Pillars of Strength

Today we are dedicating our post to a new blogging friend KB, who is facing a difficult time with her beloved dog K.  K is facing one of the ugliest things that our loved ones can, cancer.

When I look at Oskar's face & think of the possibility of losing him, of him having to fight a horrific battle like the one K & KB are facing my heart just breaks.  The desire to take the pain from a loved one, to make them whole again must be so strong in KB's daily existance.

K has her next round of chemotherapy this Friday, 2/17, so if you could please take a minute to say a prayer that this powerful drug find and destroy every single cancer cell.

Oskar & I pray that K & KB stay strong and focused and know that they have the entire community at their backs, praying for the day that the Dr. will say that K is cancer free.

Give your loved ones a little extra hug on this Valentines day, and know how precious true love is.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Dachshund Nola Featured Blogger

This morning we are please to introduce you to Dachshund Nola.

Hi I'm Dachshund Nola, and I live in hot and sunny north Florida with my crazy human family and my two adoring minions, Boston and Augustine (also Doxies). I also have two adopted cats, Saphira and Star, five chickens and one hermit crab named George.

I started my blog to document life as a crazy, fun loving Doxie, and it's grown into a place where I share my adventures about proving that just because I'm an 8lb Doxie doesn't mean I can't have just as much fun as a bigger dog. I share my recipes for homemade food and treats, Doxie info and humor, funny and interesting finds, my pictures and my life.

I'm fun and loving, but I'm also bossy and loud. I may be the second smallest pet in my house, but I still rule the roost.

I'm your typical Dachshund and at the same time I'm completely unique. My mom just took a sign language course and we're working on hand signals and hopefully soon agility. It's been quite an adventure for me and my family; I'm their first small dog.

I came to my family at just the right time. Mom had just lost her lab, and it was a very difficult time for everyone. I'm bonded very strongly to my mom, as she is to me.

We've had bumps in the road, like food allergies, barking and separation anxiety, but we're working through them and it's been the time of our lives.

Here are three of Nola's favorite posts:

Me And Mister Squeaky


Atlanta Pictures

Please stop by this week and say hi to Nola.

If you're interested in being featured on Pet Blogs United, drop us a line at PBU at comcast dot net.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Foster Friday - Sophia

Got love? Then Sophia is the ladycat for you!  This super snuggly senior was a bit overwhelmed when she first arrived at PAWS, which we can certainly understand.  How sad that at 12+ years old, she suddenly found herself without a home, and in the midst of so many unfamiliar sights, sounds and smells.  We imagine that's why she was withdrawn and depressed for so long.  While she did enjoy being pet, she seemed to prefer the comfort of her cage -- even when it was her turn for "out" time.  About three weeks ago (just to see what would happen), I decided to try to hold her in my arms.  Boy, am I glad I did!  It turns out that Sophia LOVES being held.  She purrs extra loud, and burrows her head between my neck and shoulder.  And spending regular time with her with each visit has made all the difference in her demeanor.  She now recognizes my voice, comes to the front of the cage to be let out when I enter the room, and enjoys being out of her cage. And if a shoulder isn't available, this lovebug is also pretty happy in a nice warm lap. :)

Sophia is spayed, and up to date on all her vaccinations.  She has tested negative for FIV and FeLV.  She does have hyperthyroidism, but is regulated and quite good about taking her medication (especially when it is wrapped in a salmon treat). :)  Sophia would do well in a quiet home with someone who is willing to give -- and get -- lots of loving snuggles.  She would do best as an only pet. Won't you give this sweet gal the forever home she deserves?

Sophia is available for adoption at PAWS (Pet Animal Welfare Society) of Norwalk, CT.  If you or anyone you know would be interested in adopting her, and live within a reasonable driving distance of Norwalk, CT, visit http://www.pawsct.org/, where you'll find the online adoption form, shelter hours, directions and contact information.

If you have a foster or shelter animal that you'd like to have featured on Pet Blogs United, please contact us at PBU at comcast dot net.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Bengal Business - New Blogger Alert

My name is Jennifer, I am 31 years old and I live with my husband and two daughters in a little town in The Netherlands. I work in the healthcare system and in my free time I love to go jogging, take pictures, take long walks with our dog and write a blog about our two cats. My husband works in the airforce and he's away quite a lot so it's so nice to have 3 pets who are always around when you need a cuddle!

I decided to make a blog about our 2 cats Lars and Odin because I love to write and I think they have lots to say. They each have their own personality and feelings. And I think it is so much fun to figure out what they must be thinking. Sometimes it causes lot's of laughter in our house so I wanted to share it with everyone.

Lars and Odin are 2 Bengal mancats. They come from the same breeder but they are not brothers. Lars is 5 months older but Odin is bigger! Lars has a sweet personality, he loves te cuddle and follow me around where ever I go. Odin is a tough mancat, much more "wild" then Lars is. He loves to lay on your lap and he loves to eat....everything!

We blog daily and we hope you will pay us a visit sometime and be our friend.

Stop by Bengal Business today & welcome them to Blogville.

If you would like to be featured on Pet Blogs United, drop us a line at PBU at comcast dot net.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Groucho The Wonder Westie - Weekly Featured Blogger

Today we are pleased to introduce you to Groucho The Wonder Westie!

Groucho entered our lives on 13 April 2006. At the time, we were living in Dublin, Ireland and, after many years without a dog, having just moved into a new home that had enough room for a 'four legged family member' we had registered with the truly amazing Westie Rescue Ireland (www. westierescue.ie). This organisation is run by an inspirational woman who, with her band of dedicated volunteers, rehomes abandoned Westies, many of whom are in a terrible state when they are handed in to Westie Rescue.

On 12 April, Westie Rescue called to say they had heard of a wee Westie puppy (6 months old) in a pound who was looking for a home, and would we be interested - if we were, we had to collect him the next day before 2pm otherwise he would be put to sleep. Well, of course we said yes and, at 11am the next day, we set off, allowing plenty of time (it was a 50 mile drive which, in Ireland, takes some time!). We arrived at the pound to find this bundle of white fur waiting for us and, of course, it was love at first sight - he turned our lives upside down, for the better!. Groucho had a very tough start to life so it took some time for him to understand that we would not abandon him or treat him poorly as his first owner had.

Groucho has had any number of adventures since arriving in our lives. We call him a frequent flyer as he has lived in Dubai for 15 months (which he loved - he was able to attend a doggy creche twice a week and, in true Westie fashion, had all the other dogs doing what he wanted them to do! He was like a little general, commanding the Rotties, the Dobermans, the Vizlas etc to do what he wanted, when he wanted!), back to Ireland for 12 months (loved it, particularly his visits to the country, in the West of Ireland, where he was made a fuss of wherever he went!) and now, Australia. He has developed into a real 'Aussie' dog (although we like to think he has retained his Irish woof accent!), spending most of his spare time on a beach or the river foreshore, taking up kayaking, learning to deal with the overwhelming number of flies that torment us every Summer (he tries to eat them) and, most of all, charming all he meets.

But, for us, the best thing about Groucho is his ability to delight - we love his affectionate nature, his button eyes and little black nose, his cocky personality, his determination to get his own way (a constant battle of wills!), his cheeky sense of humour (he is named after Groucho Marx - same whiskers, same sense of humour!) but, most of all, it's his ability to delight us that we love the most. He has brought a huge amount of humour and love into not just our lives, but all who know him and his ability to continue to trust and love us four legged ones after his tough start to life has been a wonderful lesson for us.

We hope you enjoy his blog and his perspective on life!

Here are some of Groucho's favorite posts:

If You Go Down To The Woods Today

Day One: Groucho Enters Our Lives

I Am Groucho

Why I Love Sundays

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