Tag: Animal shelter

Blogging for Dogs + How to Use More Brain Power

By Deborah Taylor-French

When I started Dog Leader Mysteries, I had clear ideas on why I wanted to write a blog. For a number of weeks I struggled with my tagline. Yesterday, I picked up a note pad with my outline and felt dumb-struck. The first part of my tagline scrawled in my looping, quickly penciled notes, seemed to look back at me.

 What was written there?

Saving dogs’ lives

My mission has not changed. Saving dogs continues as the guiding purpose in both this blog and my fiction. Then the second half of my mission came after blogging for a few months.

and Dog Lovers’ Sanity

 Happily, I have met hundreds of dog lovers over the past two+ years of writing. I have met them in animal shelters, at fundraisers for homeless pets, at pet stores, in dog parks walking their dogs, on their blogs advocating for pet adoption, on YouTube through their videos and on Facebook.

All of these animal advocates, shelter workers and volunteers share my two-part mission.

They know if they fail to educate the new families who give pets foster care or adopt, those pets end up dumped back in an animal shelter. All pets depend on their caregivers for their lives, food, wellness, and exercise plus their emotional and mental engagement.

Is it dinnertime yet?
Is it dinnertime yet?

I like LinkedIn’s pet professionals and dog lover groups. Members offer mostly positive, helpful information. I also joined groups that share software tips about working with software and widgets for WordPress.org. Two weeks ago I discovered the group, Grammar Geeks. They hone in on how to write correct and clearly. This welcoming mix of professionals and hobby writers has fun while sharpening pencils on American English. I find myself laughing. Our English is a mash-up of many languages, therefor puzzling to both native and second language speakers.

One pet blogger received a snippy comment from a person on LinkedIn. “Why are you writing about saving dogs at a time when so many human rights need champions?”

The pet blogger gave a kind and simple response, “I had to start somewhere, and so I started with dogs. I blog for giving dogs more humane treatment.”

Wow! With that one comment, she had me as a fan.

This morning I listened to three minutes on the huge capacity we have to use the unused parts of our brains.

My comment: Writing exercises the brain. Original thinking often surprises a leads writers on adventures, adventures sparked by questions like “What if, you were Superman? What if, you could stop inhumane treatment of people or animals? What if, you had the power to invent a product so amazing that you could not even dream of it, it just appeared in your mind and you wrote it down and began creating it?”

I want to recommend a few dog or pet lover sites I visit. I found Kimberly (Morris) Gauthier, a great dog lover and writer on a LinkedIn dog discussion group. You can find her magazine at  Keep the Tail Wagging, an Online Magazine for Dog Lovers

Top Dog Blogs in 2012

Life With Dogs: http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/

Happy Rescue Dog: Photo Friday

Favorite T-Shirt from The Animal Rescue Site
Favorite T-Shirt from The Animal Rescue Site

By Deborah Taylor-French www.dogleadermysteries.com

Hey there. I know I have been a bit thin on posting for a few months. Family stuff took  me away a few times, but now that my loved one is better…I am back.

Sydney wants 100% happy rescue dog photo splash today. A little birdy told me. Of course, Sydney usually is not camera-shy. He peeked away as if to tell me, “That’s enough posing, Mom!”

A Happy Rescue Dog
A Happy Rescue Dog

I saw this doggie bandana made by Two’s Company. They donate part of their Happy Dog Rescue profits to animal shelters across the United States.

No Puppies Please

By Deborah Taylor-French at Dog Leader Mysteries

Have you seen this video?

No more puppies, please.

Did you know? Do you know?

Pssst! Please share.

Keep pets out of animal shelters. Spay and neuter your pets.

Good News: College Students Volunteer Building Animal Shelters

For my readers who have not read about or viewed the Dog Files work for pet and animal welfare, please read and share this fun and newsworthy video. College students giving a week of their vacations to making shelter pets more comfortable, handsome and adoptable. Funds from Petfinder Foundation helped them do more for animals.

Thanks for watching. But most of all, thanks for sharing this GOOD NEWS Dog Files video. Animal shelters need help from all animal lovers from families, business owners, college, high school students and families with young children. Donations of time and money are always welcome to animal welfare agencies and volunteer groups.

Think of buying a toy or donating items for a local animal shelter.

Your dog or cat or rabbit could leave a paw-print on your donation card.

I think our dog Sydney, and Tokyo Tuxedo will be happy to autograph a card with paw-prints. We adopted our rabbit, Tokyo Tuxedo from Rohnert Park Animal Shelter and they have a wish list.

Adopted Dogs Give Back
Adopted Dogs Give Back

What is your pet GIVING for the holidays?

Terrier/Chihuahua: Mutt Monday

A short-coated guy named Augustus wants to know if you will take him home. This one-year-old terrier/chihuahua boy looks ready for his new family. He is small with short fur.

Augustus Looks R

“Augustus’ family had to move and could not take him. He is still adjusting to being here at the Shelter – which can be a scary place. He is shy when you first meet him, but he will warm up quickly after spending time with you. He seems to love people, other dogs, and even our Shelter cat. He loves to go on walks and play with his stuffed toys. He is still a bit unsure of the big world, but with time and a loving family to live with, this guy will blossom into the wonder dog he can be. He just needs to know that his new family will not give him up again, too.”

This pet also is eligible for 30 days of pre-paid pet health insurance. For more information please visit http://www.sheltercare.com or call 1-866-375-PETS.Visit ThePetangoStore.com for discounted prices on pet medication and supplies! Low prices on Flea/Tick, Heartworm & more! Receive a 10% discount on your first order.

Posted October 10, 2011


Augustus waits in the city of Sonoma in northern California.

Contact Pets Lifeline for Augustus and tell them you want Animal ID# 13991400.

Please let me know if you take Augustus home.